« VorigeDoorgaan »
the principal direction and management en“rgies of a united people be wasted of the affairs of this Society. (Renewed upon questions of very inferior and cheering, and some interruption.) They doubtful importance ?
The world canare men ; and none of them would thank
not spare our agency.
We have a great me for saying that they are infallible. work to do; much of it remains undone; I do not claim for the officers of this So and let us, to all who would vainly chalciety infallibility. (Dissent.) Hear me, lenge us to contention, as with one voice, you Christians! Hear what may be said say, “We are doing a great work ; and in defence of those who may be called we will not, we cannot, we dare not come accused persons, who do not claim for down to you, lest the work cease.” themselves a perfect freedom from error. (Cheers.) No, Sir, the spirit of disorder And I ask any man, what system is and the spirit of revolt are essentially there existing on earth, administered by opposed to the spirit of our Divine Chrisman, which is wholly exempt from the tianity. (Hear, hear.) Union must be traces of human imperfection and in our watch-word; and, thus confederated, firmity ? (Hear, hear.) But they are under the banner of the Cross, let us go honest men. (Loud and general cheers.) forth, not to contend with each other, but They are able and faithful men. (Re to conquer the world. (Cheers.) Sir, I newed cheering.) Their eminent talents have great pleasure in proposing the foland virtues, the ability and integrity lowing Resolution for the acceptance of with which they have administered the this Meeting :affairs of this Socieiy, entitle them to “ That the cordial thanks of the Soyour confidence and to your thanks. ciety are due, and are hereby presented, (Cheers, and some dissent.) It is a to the General Committee ; to Thomas common sentiment, that we live in criti. Farmer, Esq., and the Rev. John Scott, cal times. The spirit of the age, of the General Treasurers ; and to the Rev. which we hear so much, is restless for Dr. Bunting, the Rev. Dr. Beecham, change. What have we witnessed in the Rev. Dr. Alder, and the Rev. Elijah neighbouring countries? We have seen Hoole, the General Secretaries ; for the the frame-work of society shaken to its valuable services which they have sevefoundation, and the very elements of rally rendered to the Society, in the which it is composed threatened with direction and management of its affairs dissolution ; and permit me, my Chris. during the past year.” tian friends, to ask, What is the lesson The Resolution was seconded by the which the wise and the good in those REV. JOSEPH LAWTON, nf Leeds. countries have sought to inculcate, and The CHAIRMAN.-I must request to act upon ? It is this,-Union, union, that you will hear me for one moment. union of the friends of order and of All the Resolutions that preceded this authority, against proceedings which were founded on the principle of supthreaten the dearest interests of society, port to the great Missionary Society of and the liberties and properties of indi. Wesleyans; and I assumed there could vidual men. (Cheers.) My Christian be no reasonable ground for any indi. friends, shall this example be lost upon vidual differing from these Resolutions. us? or shall we be guilty of the suicidal It is in vain for me to conceal from myfolly of becoming the blind instruments self, stranger as I am, that there are two of the same spirit of reckless change in opinions on the present Resolution : I its assault upon the institutions of Me will, therefore, put the Resolution to the thodism? (Great cheering.) If that Meeting in the affirmative, in the first attempt is made, our watch-word must instance; and those who approve of it be, “Union, Union, Union,"—the union will hold up their hands. I shall then of the wise, and the pious, and the gene put it in the negative on the other hand ; rous, and the patriotic, for the preserva and those who disapprove of it will hold tion and support of that religious system up their hands; and, as an honest man, which has descended to us, consecrated I will state which, in my opinion, is the by the counsels, the prayers, and the greatest number. And, if you will persufferings of our sainted fathers, and mit me, I will first read distinctly the which has been signalised, throughout a Resolution which I wish to put to whole century, by the blessing of God.
you. Shall we be guilty, O ye Methodists, of The Resolution was then read by the the strange infatuation of destroying the Chairman; and, upon a show of hands intluence, and throwing away the oppor being taken, there were not a hundred tunities of usefulness, which God, in His hands held up against it. providence, has bestowed upon us, as a The CHAIRMAN-I beg to say, the great religious community ? or shall the Resolution is carried in the affirmative;
and I have much pleasure in so saying Committee to preside over us on this in(Great cheering.)
teresting occasion. I feel we are under JOHN CORDEROY, Esq., rose to an obligation which it would be in vain move the next Resolution,
for me to attempt to express, for the 6 That the thanks of the Society are great service which our excellent Chairdue to the Rev. Thomas Jackson, Pre- man has bestowed on our Society, by sident of the Wesleyan Conference ; the presiding over us to-day, in a manner so Rev. John Hannah, D.D., of Dirlsbury; able, so kind, and so likely to contribute the Rev. William Bevan, of Wolver. to the lasting welfare of the Wesleyan hampton; and the Rev. Daniel Mac- Missionary cause. (Great cheering.) afee, of Dublin, for their excellent Ser. The Rev. Dr. BUNTING was then mons preached before the Society during called forward, and was hailed with enthis Anniversary ; and also to the Rev. thusiastic and long.continued cheers, Robert Newton, D.D., the Rev. John He said,—It is my pleasing duty to ask Bowers, the Rev. Peter M'Owan, the the Meeting to pass the vote of thanks to Rev. John Rattenbury, the Rev. Charles our Right Hon. Chairman, which has Presl, the Rev. John C. Leppington, been moved and seconded, and which the Rev. John H. James, and the Rev. has, I am sure, been already passed in William Arthur, for their very accept the recesses of your hearts, in the conable Pulpit-Services on the same occa viction of your best judgment, and in sion,”
the affection which you feel for one who, The Rev. JOIN HALL, of Lon from love to the common cause of our don, seconded the Resolution, which was common Saviour, has done us this great put to the Meeting by the Chairman, service. (Cheers.) I have hard work and declared to be carried ; about four to restrain myself from adding a single hands only being held up against it. sentence. (Cries of “ Go on.") I have
THOMAS FARMER, Esq., then felt pain to-day on one ground only. rose, and was greeted with very loud (Hear, bear.) I had no doubt what was cheers. He moved
the general feeling of the Society, no “ That the very cordial and respectful doubt what was the general feeling, in thanks of the Society are due to the respect of our Missionary cause, of the Right Honourable For Maule, M.P., vast majority of our people and of our for the great kindness and ability with subscribers, (hear, hear,)-I say, the which he has conducted the business of vast majority. (Cheers.) I did, there. this Meeling.” (Loud cheers.)
fore, feel ashamed, that there should I am pleased that I have not been disap- have been persons found, so wanting in pointed in the expectation that I have common propriety, and in common sense, formed. Whatever may be the difference as, before strangers, to have exposed of opinion that exists in this Meeting, I their own want of The remaintrust that there is not an individual so der of the sentence was drowned by the destitute of right feeling as to withhold burst of cheering that followed.] That the expression of thanks to our worthy feeling, however, has been greatly reChairman. (Cheers.) In every respect lieved, by the manner in which those I feel grateful myself, and I am sure I Resolutions, which were calculated to express the sentiments of by far the call forth whatever little difference did majority. (Cries of “ All, all.”) I am exist, were put by our Right Hon. very happy to be corrected : I believe I Chairman. The sense of this Meeting express the sentiments of all here present has been fairly taken. (Loud cheers, in proposing this vote of thanks to you, and a cry of “No, no.”) Deny it who Sir, feeling tbankful on every account, can. (Cheers.) He who denies that, but especially thankful for the support will deny anything. (Renewed cheers.) which you have given us on this occasion, A vast and incalculable majority was in and the views you have expressed, which favour of those very Resolutions. There we believe are in accordance with the was a small, a miserable (speaking of it sentiments of the Committee, and of the arithmetically)-(laughter) - minority officers whose duty it is to carry out the only, who had the-something, I hardly business of this Society. (Cheers.) know what to call it - presumption
JAMES HEALD, Esq., M. P., (cheers and laughter) to lift up their amidst great cheering, seconded the vote hands against it: therefore I feel thankof thanks. He said, -I beg to bear my ful that the strangers who have honoured grateful testimony, in the presence of us with their company to-day have had you all, to our excellent Chairman, for an opportunity of perceiving, in the the manner, so gracious and so kind, in numbers who voted for and against those which he accepted the invitation of the particular Resolutions, what is, I believe, the prevailing, decided, command. sibility which will rest upon any who ing sense of the whole Methodist body, either court unnecessary investigation of the Methodist Connexion at home, into matters with which they may have and the Methodist Connexion abroad. nothing to do, (hear, hear,) or with (Cheers.) Our Missionaries, had they those, on the other hand, who refuse inbeen here, would have been with us to- formation upon matters on which inform. day; our Missionary Societies and con- ation should be given. (Hear, hear.) gregations, had they been here, would I earnestly implore you, one and all, to have been with us to-day; and they remember the deep responsibility which would have been against those who are rests upon you, of maintaining the public against us. (Cheers.) I ought to beg utility and character of the great Wespardon of you, Sir, for giving this ex- leyan body before the world. (Loud pression to my own individual feelings; cries of “ Hear, hear.”). The world but I now ask the Meeting to pass this knows what you have done for Chrisvote of thanks, with the full persuasion tianity; the world sees what you are that it will be carried with the greatest doing for Christianity; and don't let possible cordiality, and with the sincerest any little difference interfere to disapfeelings of gratitude. (Cheers.)
point the world in what they anticipate The vote of thanks was then put to the that you will do for Christianity in Meeting by Dr. BUNTING, and carried future. (Cheers.) Ladies and gentleunanimously amidst great applause. men, I congratulate you upon this Meet
The CHAIRMAN, in returning ing. I thank those who differ from the thanks, said,-Ladies and gentlemen, I majority for the ready manner in which feel that, tó all in this Meeting, my they conceded to the opinion of the thanks are due for the comparatively Chair. I trust that I have not kept easy task which I have had to perform order here with any rigour, or without to-day ; but I cannot conclude without due impartiality; and I only press, that expressing -- and I trust that, as a at our Meeting next year, all differences stranger, I may be allowed to express may be removed from amongst us: the deep sense of sorrow which came (cheers ;) that you will then meet united over me. when I perceived that shades of in heart, and prodigal in hand, to the difference hung over this vast and most good work before you ; and that, in the useful Society. At all times I am happy mean time, not only this Society, but all to have the honour of coming among Societies advancing in the same course you ; and would to God I had the power with yourselves, may be blessed in their of pouring oil upon the troubled waters! work, and encouraged as they proceed. I would say to all parties differing in (Loud cheers.) your Society, that I trust they will call The Rev.' DR. NEWTON then to mind the vast use which this Society closed the proceedings with prayer and is of to all the world ; the deep respon- the benediction.
The Congregational Collections at the late Anniversary, including those at ExeterHall, on Monday, April 29th, and at Great-Queen-street chapel, on Wednesday, May 15th, amount, as nearly as can be ascertained, to £994. 78. 10d. ; which, added to the Contributions and Legacies reported on the Cover of the Missionary Notices for June and July, as received at, or in connexion with, the late Anniversary, make a total of more than £4,000.
DEATHS OF MISSIONARIES. It is our painful duty to announce the deaths of two valuable labourers in the Mission-field. Mr. Sampson Busby, after having laboured for upwards of thirty-three years in various parts of North America under the direction of the Society, has been suddenly removed from his family and the church to his everlasting reward. He died at the city of St. John's, New-Brunswick, on the 31st of March last. Mr. William Guard, Superintendent of the Donegal Mission, died at Donkeneely, Ireland, on the 7th of April, after three hours' illness, in the fifty-fifth year of his age.
LONDON : PRINTED BY JAMES NICHOLS, HOXTON-SQUARE.