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glory alone belongs to God, shame and con- | have endeavoured to inculcate the same exfusion of face is mine. Give the glory to perience upon you. I could wish myself to God-upwards ! look to eternity- I want | be a living exposition of my ministry among that all men should be saved, and come to you. The Lord pardon my manifold shortthe acknowledgment of the truth. I have comings! hold of Christ, and be will never let me go." The affecting bereavements referred to ad. This day, for the last time, he requested a dress themselves not only to me, but to you hymn to be sung, in which he feebly joined. also. They speak londly and powerfully.
July 5th.–Sunday, the day of his de They proclaim, trumpet-tongued, that we patare, he said, “I commend you all to the are all dying ; that both pastor and people tender mercies of God." To Mrs. Bridg. | are fast nearing eternity. man he said, “What is there to stay you My dear people, how stand you in relaor me here?"
tion to that, as yet untried, eternity? What
effect has my ministry produced in you? “Clap your glad wings and haste away; To realms of everlasting day."
Alas! to many, too many of you, I fear, I
have only been as one “playing upon an Observing him in prayer, Mrs. Bridgman instrument." Well, if from the gospel, said, “ You have had a nice meditation, through the living voice of a Christian, you dear;" be replied, “ Certainly I have, on have turned away the ear, will you not listen Jesus." These were the last words be spake to the ministry of Providence- Providence audibly; and his happy spirit took its flight preaching “by terrible things in righteousto glory, at three o'clock in the afternoon. ness," - Providence, saying, by stroke ra
pidly succeeding stroke, “ Prepare to meet thy God, O Israel?"
o my dear friends, let not the solemn, A PASTOR'S LETTER TO HIS FLOCK, IN rapid visitations of death among us be disHIS AFFLICTION.
regarded. They summon to immediate at. My dear People, -The band of God is
tention ; they urge every soul to deep heart.
searcbings-to personal examination. As upon me. Two years ago I took the oversight of
I may possess your confidence and affection, you in the Lord. What solemn events
I beseech every one of you, in this, the day have been crowded into that brief period !
of my calamity, not to neglect the "great
salvation." Give it now your undecided About fourteen months since, she who had been the wife of my youth was taken
concern. We shall all soon be in eternity !
Sball we meet in heaven? Some among from me. For three-and-twenty years we had travelled together; and after enduring
you have long been in the way; others a great fight of affictions, the hand of death
have just taken the pilgrim's staff; some
hesitate, “halt between two opinions ;' and terminated the painful conflict. Within one
others again, scarcely think at all. Oh! month from that period, the youthful niece
my heart's desire and prayer to God for you of my now departed wife was taken, when full of promise, and with whose brief his.
is, that you may all be saved. Turn this
most awakening Providence to the best actory you are all acquainted.*
count. You, who profess to be on “the Now her aunt, whose marriage to your mourning pastor was solemnized pot quite
Lord's side," who have passed from death four months ago, has been mysteriously
unto life, who have felt the attraction of the
cross, who have started for the “incor. called to her reward. All is solemn. I feel it. My hearth is
ruptible crown," in your families, in the
solitude of the closet, in the social meeting, desolated. My soul is bowed down within
and in the assemblies of the faithful, pray me; yet, “it is the Lord.” I can, through his infinite mercy, bow to the stroke. I am
for your pastor, not only that he may be
sustained in the hour of trial, but that he assured the Judge of the whole earth must do right.
may come out more fitted to make full proof
of his ministry. I wish not, neither do I murmur. If
And, now, by all the solemnities of death, clouds and darkness are round about him,
by all the dread realities of eternity, by tbe judgment and righteousness are the basis of
everlasting song of the redeemed before the his throne. My anxiety and my prayers
throne, by the wailings of the finally lost, are, that my heavy-heavy trials may be
by the incalculable value of the soul, and by made useful to me, both as a Christian and a pastor. It is in times of trial, when
all the arguments appealing from bleeding earthly friends can be but partial comforters,
love, I once again implore every one of you that the religion of the gospel is of unspeak.
to seek an interest in the salvation which is
in Christ Jesus with eternal glory. able consolation. This I have felt, and I
I am your faithful and affectionate • Vide an Obituary of this interesting young lady
servant in Christ, in our number for October last.
J. BARFETT. VOL. XXV.
RECOGNITION OF THE REV. JOHN support of Christians, I am induced to re
KENNEDY, A.M., AT STEPNEY. quest the insertion, in your next number, Mr. Kennedy, having accepted a very
of a short paragraph relative to its recent cordial invitation to the pastorate of this
operations. ancient and respectable charch, was solemnly
About two years ago, the chapel of the set apart to his work, on Wednesday, the
Scottish Hospital, Fleur-de-lis-Court, Fet16th December. The congregation, not
ter-lane, was engaged by the Rev. R. Simwithstanding the severity of the weather,
son, M.A., and friends, as a place of worwas good, and the attendance of ministers
ship for a class of people of whom, it is unusually large. Dr. Henderson read ap
supposed, there are not less than 1,500 repropriate Scriptures, and implored the Divine
siding in London. Many of these are in blessing on the engagements of the day.
the lowest depths of poverty, while some The Rev. George Smith, of Poplar, de
belong to families of considerable wealth and livered the introductory discourse. Dr.
respectability. Mr. Simson soon collected Burder proposed some interesting questions,
a congregation, and was joined in this genewhich were responded to by W. A. Hankey,
rous effort to " save the souls of the needy' Esq., the senior deacon of the church, and by Mr. Banks, who has gratuitously per
formed the laborious task of interpreting, by the Rev. John Kennedy, who witnessed a noble testimony for “the truth as it is in
by signs, the prayers and discourses of his Jesus.” The Rev. Mr. Kennedy, of In
ministerial friend. verness, (the newly-elected pastor's vener
In January last the first anniversary of able father,) offered up the designationi
the society was held in the school-room and prayer, with a holy and scriptural pathos. chapel of the Rev. J. Robinson, Soho. Dr. Morison gave the charge to his respect. Being one of a number of ministers who ed friend. The Rev. Mr. Stovel concluded
took part in that service, and feeling deeply with prayer. The Rev. Josiah Viney, of impressed with the obligation devolving on Bethnall-green, preached in the evening
the servants of Christ to care for these longto the people.—A numerous circle of friends neglected souls, I signified a willingness to sat down to dinner with Mr. Kennedy, in
hold the next anniversary in our Tabernacle the adjoining school-rooms. The occasion
at Paddington. Arrangements were made was peculiarly solemo and delightful; and
accordingly, and on November 30th the inthe prospect of usefulness which opens to
teresting service took place. One of our Mr. Kennedy is in a high degree encourag
deacons, Henry Willman, Esq., provided ing.--Messrs. Freeman, Talbot, Seaborn,
tea in the school room for two hundred and Drs. Campbell, Hewlitt, and Carlile as
persons, including the deaf and dumb, at sisted in the religious solemnities of the day. journed to the chapel, to hold a more public
his own expense. Tea being over, we admeeting. Mr. Simson made a statement of
the affairs of the society, and appealed to We are happy to state that the Rev. H.
the congregation for help in defraying the J. Gamble, late of Margate, has accepted a
expenses involved by the rent of the chapel, unanimous invitation from the church and
and by sundry needful appliances in concongregation assembling at Hanover chapel,
ducting its worship. Mr. Banks interpreted Peckham, to be associated as co-pastor with
the addresses that were delivered to the the Rev. Dr. Collyer.
mutes by the different speakers. Several letters were read from deaf and dumb persons, expressing tbeir gratitude to Mr. Sim. son for his kind attention to their welfare, and professing to have derived saving bene
fits from his labours. One deaf and dumb To the Editor of the Evangelical Magazine. gentleman, Mr. Burns, interpreted a written
address of his own to his afflicted brethren DEAR SIR,—The title of your now vene. and sisters, while the chairman read it to rable Magazine-not misnamed Evangelical the auditory. At the close of the meeting -points it out as a suitable medium for a collection was made, which, together with conveying intelligence to the religious public | the profits arising from the sale of tickets respecting an unsectarian society for the for the tea, amounted to a handsome sum. preaching of the gospel among the deaf and Permit me to add, that if the ministers of dumb. Finding, moreover, that your name our metropolitan chapels would follow up is on the list of ministers who have recom- the example set by Mr. Robinson, and mended the society to the sympathies and each, in his turn, give an annual entertain
REV. H. J. GAMBLE.
THE RELIGIOUS CLAIMS OF THE DEAF
ment to the beneficiaries of this too obscure Surrey Mission Society, having accepted society, they would be acting in the spirit the unanimous invitation of the church and of Him who astonished the people on the congregation assembling in the Independent coast of Decapolis “beyond measure,"con. chapel, Marden, Kent, commenced bis stated straining them to say, “ He bath done all services on the 15th November, 1846. things well: he maketh both the deaf to hear, and the dumb to speak.” Yours, in the work of the Lord,
GORLESTON, SUFFOLK. W. UNDERWOOD. On Thursday, Nov. 12, the Independent Paddington, Dec. 8, 1846.
chapel, in the village of Gorleston, Suffolk. was re opened for Divine service, when
sermons were preached, afternoon and evenPROVINCIAL.
ing, by the Revs. Isaac Ford and John
Alexander, of Norwich. On the Lord's. ORDINATIONS.
day following, sermons were also preached,
in the morning by the Rev. Joseph Pike, Rev. John Reynolds.
minister of the chapel, and in the evening, The ordination of Rev. John Reynolds, by the Rev. J. S. Russell, A.M., of Yar. late of Cheshunt College, over the Congre. | mouth. The entire amount collected was gational Independent church, Clavering, | 121. 1s. 2d. Essex, took place on Wednesday, Sept. It will be gratifying to the friends of 30th, 1846.
Evangelical religion, and the Voluntary Rev. H. Bromley, late pastor of the principle, to be informed, that about 1701. church, commenced the morning service, have been raised by this infant church, by reading the Scriptures and prayer ; Rev. among themselves and in the neighbourS. S. England, of Royston, delivered an hood; and as the entire cost of the enlargeadmirably luminous discourse on the nature ment will be about 1801., only 101. remains of the principles of a church of Christ ; Rev. to be paid. We confidently believe that J. H. Hopkins, of Newport, Essex, pro- this trifling sum will soon be raised, and posed the usual questions; Rev. W. A. the church and congregation being free Hurndall, of Bishops Stortford, offered the from debt, and rejoicing in their liberty, ordination prayer; Rev. W. Lucy, of Bris- will gird themselves afiesh, for renewed tol, delivered the charge to the young mi. efforts to promote the cause of the Great nister ; and the Rev. D. Davies, of Stan. | Redeemer. stead, Essex, concluded with prayer.
The church and congregation at GorlesAn excellent collation was provided in ton would take this opportunity of return. the British School-rooms, which were ele. ing their sincere thanks to their numerous gantly decorated with appropriate mottoes, friends at Yarmouth, Norwich, and other &c., by the ladies of the congregation. places, wbo have so kindly and liberally Many interesting speeches were delivered assisted them in their time of need. during the afternoon.
In the evening, Rev. John Harris, D.D., President of Chesbuot College, preached a
TRINITY CHAPEL, CARDIFF.-- DEDICATORY most eloquent and impressive sermon to the people.
The services connected with the dedicaRev. Messrs. Hartland, of Chatteris ; tion of the above sanctuary, took place on Trigg, of Thirfield ; Hodgkins, of Stort. Thursday the 5th, and Sunday the 8th, of ford ; Player, of Langley; Grundy, of Nov., in the following order :-On ThursDuxford ; 'Haycroft, of Walden ; Leth day morning, at eleven o'clock, the Rev. bridge and Burgess, of Cheshunt, engaged T. G. Carver, minister of the chapel, offered in the services of the solemn and interesting the dedicatory prayer ; after which, the Rev. occasion.
W. Gregory, of Clifton, delivered the ser
In the afternoon, at three o'clock, the Rers. J. Hughes, of Dowlais, and W.
Jones, of Bridgend, conducted Divine service The Rev. W. P. Lyon, B.A., has removed in Welsh ; and in the evening, at balf-past from Albany chapel, Regent's Park, Lon- six, the Rev. T. Rees, of Chepstow, in don, to Stowmarket, Suffolk, having ac- English. On the following Sunday, the cepted a very cordial invitation from the services were continued—the Rev. G. Rich. church at the latter place to labour among ards, of Alnwick, Northumberland, conthem. Mr. L. commenced his labours at ducting those in the morning and evening ; Stowmarket on the second Sunday in Oct.
and the Rev. J. Robinson, of Merthyr, that in the afternoon. Although the weather was
unfavourable, the congregations were large The Rev. John Hedgcock, agent of the most of them crowded. The sermons
REV. W. P. LYON.
were lucid and masterly statements of evan- in Aug., 1845. The old chapel, which im. gelical truth, without one element of secta- mediately became too small, was taken riàn peculiarity. The collections realized down, and the present one erected. It is in the liberal sum of nearly 231. This church the Norman style, and reflects great credit dates its origin from the earliest struggles on the taste of the architect, Mr. G. Clinof Puritanism in the Church of England, ton. In addition to his subscription, and almost thirty years prior to the secession on ceaseless exertions, G. Insole, Esq., has Bartholomew-day, 1662. Its first pastor given the gallery. It is only just to record was the celebrated Walter Cradock, the the pleasing fact, that the influential ChurchEvangelist of the Principality. For upwards men of the district (especially the Most of a hundred years, however, “another Noble the Marquis of Bute, T. W. Bodker, gospel, which is not another," was preached Esq., and R. Reece, F.S.A.,) hare genein its pulpit. But a better day arrived. | rously rendered aid in the erection of this The present minister entered on his duties / sanctuary.
POPERY IN THE NINETEKNTH CENTURY
ON THE COXTINENT.
perhaps, prove amusing to your readers :-
and royal government officials were invited To the Editor of the Evangelical Magazine. to be present at the solemn unveiling of the
sacred relics, and every approach to the Sir, Having lately travelled on the minster was guarded by military, to insure Continent, I send you a memorandum of that none of lower dignity should attain to a few of the sights there; and am, sir, yours the pre-eminence ; and yet, so uncertain are obediently,
J. F. all human exclusions, a fortunate coincidence At the cathedral, or duomo, at Milan, procured for my unmagisterial self a favourthere is inscribed the words of our Lord, able position for viewing the whole drama. “I am the good Shepherd,” over a very * The ceremony' (as the officiating priest large figure of a cardinal archbishop, there himself termed it) began with the singing of being only a very small crucifix quite be- a choral, after which four cathedral priests low it.
appeared, each bearing one of the packages At Duomo D'Ossola, near the pass of the into which the relics are divided, placed Simplon, there is a zig-zag paved way up them on a table in the middle of the choir, the side of a mountain, with a notice at the and, amidst a burst of triumph from the foot of it, that all who go to the top in a organ, and the chant of countless choristers, certain devotional manner, shall have the freed them from their silken coverings, and same indulgence as if the person had gone then carried them round, one by one, for to Jerusalem.
the inspection and veneration of the closelyAltar-pieces, or canopies, are numerous wedged worshippers. Yet, strange to tell, at Milan, where the letter M (for Mary) is as if even in this select company secret written, with a crown over it ; although danger was apprehended to lurk, each relicthis place is purer than many others where bearer was at each round preceded by four the Roman religion is dominant, as the guards with fixed bayonets, and followed by Ambrosian liturgy is suffered to be used by four others with drawn swords! As to the Rome; an exception which proves that Rome relics themselves, my heretical eyes saw should not boast of even external unity. nothing in them beyond a parcel of disgust.
At the duomo at Milan, also, I saw writ- ing rags, of which every old clothes shop ten prayers at an altar, addressed to the could produce a hundred. *The swaddling five wounds of Jesus Christ, by saying band, in which Jesus was wrapped in the which five times, Pope Leo X. had granted Bethlebem stable,' is formed of a kind of indulgences for 10,000 years, (I presume in felt. "The shift of the blessed Virgin, with purgatory.)
the marks left by her milk,' (I repeat the reverend showman's words,) is five feet six
inches long ; so that Mary must have posGERMANY.
sessed the sublime stature of seven feet, at least. The cloth in which John the Baptist's
head fell is provided with a quantum sufficit The following account, by an eye witness,, of brown spots, which, doubtless, could and of the Aix-la-Chapelle rareeshow, may, I would resist every detergent as obstinately
THE AIX-LA-CHAPELLE RELICS.
ARBITRARY EXPULSION FROM THE KING.
as it is well-known Rizzio's blood (even (during my stay at least,) to cheer the though a less boly martyr,) still does in hearts of the faithful. But, on the other Holyrood House! Shoals of pilgrims from hand, the bookshops teemed with Romanist the Rhenish provinces, (those from Treves pamphlets and edifying tales of former mirawere specially numerous,) Westphalia, and culous manifestations, which the pilgrims Belgium, came pouring into Aix-la-Chapelle carried home in great abundance, if not to from the first day of the relic exhibition. their own spiritual benefit, at all events to Ten thousand at least must have found their the temporal gain of the booksellers. One way thither daily ; but one glance at their of these, entitled • The Relic Pilgrimage,' countenances sufficed to ascertain ia what | draws its defensive weapons from the Procategory of talent, whether natural or ac- testant camp, and enlists many heretic quired, they deserved to be placed. On the authors on the side of relics ; besides which, first Sunday, the archbishop himself ap Luther himself is introduced as confessing peared in the procession, attended by the | that his Reformation was good for nothing! bishops of Treves and Luxembourg. The More need not be adduced in proof that procession lasted from five to six hours, modern Romanism does not, any more than during which borse and foot soldiers were the ancient, stick at trifles, when a bold ceaselessly on duty, trying to keep some assertion is needed to stand in the stead of sort of order. Every afternoon the relics argument."- Continental Echo, were displayed from the highest point of the cathedral tower towards all the four winds of heaven. And while I beheld the clergy making their rounds at that giddy
FRANCE. height, from which their chants reached our ears only by snatches, and then turned to look on the gazing awe-struck crowd below,
DOM, ON ACCOUNT OF RELIGION. whose eyes were rivetted on the mysterious spectacle, I was involuntarily reminded of A most flagrant violation of the charter ibe Mexican priesthood perfoming their has recently occurred in the department of fierce rites on the lofty platforms of their the Var. Two years since, a petition was temples, and of the submissive, deluded mul. addressed to the Chamber of Deputies by a titude, looking up in speechless but undoubt. number of the inhabitants of Cannes, praying ing expectation to the ruthless mediation that they may be allowed the benefit of relibetween them and their blood-thirsty idols. gious freedom, according to Art. V. of the And yet all the worshippers at Aix-la-Cha- Charter, and be permitted to celebrate evan. pelle were not of the lowest class. Some gelical worship without molestation. Though few, whose birth and education ought to have the petitioners received no reply, it appears taught them better, mingled with the crowd ; that orders were given to offer no immediate though it may be that curiosity had its share obstruction to their worship, and they conin attracting them thither. And great as tinued to meet peaceably every Sunday. In was the concourse, it was, by all accounts, the absence of a minister of the gospel, wor. far from emulating that of former occasions ; ship was conducted by a schoolmaster who and this is openly ascribed to German Catho. settled at Cannes three years ago. Some licism, and that by its foes no less than its weeks before the recent elections, and withfriends. Another proof that the • Letter out any circumstances whatever having to the Archbishop of Treves' has not been occurred as ground of complaint, a decree wholly useless, even to the Romanists, is was received at Cannes, signed by the Preafforded by the fact, that Provost Grosman, | fect of the department, and countersigned even while extolling in his sermon the by the Minister of the Interior, ordering the value and importance of relics, and declaring expulsion of the schoolmaster from France. that heretics deserved the contempt of the The only shadow of justification for this act orthodox, were it only for despising them, seems to have been that the individual in still condescended to hedge off, by warning question was by birth a Swiss, and not a the people against worshipping these pre- | Frenchman; accordingly, the prefect or. cious things when exhibited for their venera- dered him to be conducted at once to the tion only; and as the bitter fruits of the frontiers of Piedmont. Great was the sorrow Treves Tunic are not yet forgotten, the Aix. of the inhabitants of Cannes, by whom this la-Chapelle pilgrims were forbidden to kneel excellent man was much respected. After to the relics! Devotional feelings were, much solicitation, the sub-prefect allowed however, by no means in excess ; for the him three days to quit the kingdom. After provost found himself necessitated more than his departure, sixty-nine of the most respecte once to interrupt bis introductory discourse able inhabitants of the town addressed a by exclaiming from the pulpit, I must re. memorial to the Minister of the Interior, quest, gentlemen, you will chatter less there showing the wrong that had been inflicted below!' Nor had any miracle occurred, on an unoffending individual, requesting in