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deemed more appropriate, less conformed to the customs of the world, and which, while it would be no less complimentary to their minister, would be productive of benefits to others. In addition to holding a meeting for devout thanksgiving, and reading to me a most kind, respectful, and grateful address, they raised the sum of five hundred pounds for the purpose of founding a perpetual scholarship in Spring Hill College, to be called after the name of their pastor. On that foundation one promising student has been already placed, who is going successfully through his curriculum, and thus a name, to which many are attached far beyond its deserts, will go down to posterity in a way very congenial to the predilections of him that bears it. No splendid and costly monument of his people's regard will glitter on the sideboard of his descendants, and there tell how, for forty years, he had served his flock, but a living and perhaps grateful testimony will be borne by tongues who shall preach the gospel of God's grace for the salvation of man,
In addition to all that has been stated as regards the erections on our own premises, it may not be improper to mention what the congregation has done elsewhere : we have erected a chapel at Smethwick, at the cost of nearly a thousand pounds, where we have formed a separate and independent church, enjoying the ministrations and oversight of its own pastor. We have done the same at the Lozells, in the vicinity of this town, at a cost of nearly twelve hundred pounds. We have erected a first and a second chapel, in Garrison-lane and Palmer-street, in this town, at a cost of seventeen hundred pounds, in which we support a home missionary. We have erected chapels at Yardley and Minworth, at a cost of seven hundred pounds. So that during my pastorate my ge
nerous, but by no means wealthy, flock have expended little less than twenty-three thousand pounds in the various erections to which they have set their hands, thus affording a striking and convincing illustration of the energy, power, and efficiency of the voluntary principle, when properly called into activity.
Our present condition then is as follows:-Our chapel is well filled-our church numbers nearly nine hundred communicants—we have a large Sunday school establishment, including about twelve hundred scholars, in the various town and country schools—we have a boys' daily school, a girls' daily school, and three infant schools, containing altogether nearly six hundred pupils
—and besides this we have a brotherly society for the mental, religious, and social improvement of its members, which amount to nearly a hundred and fifty-we have a general provident society—and we have all the usual religious and charitable societies for the conversion of the heathen, the evangelization of our own coun. try, the visitation of the sick, and the diffusion of knowledge, which are usually to be found in every well-ordered and working Christian community.
Settlement, succession, and chronological order of the pastors :
Mr. Wilde, commenced 1748 died 1766
1767 , 1791
1791 removed 1795 Mr. Brewer
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TRACTS AND SERMONS.
And about thirty other Tracts, and Sermons on various occasions, funeral-public-and ordinary.
The following is a list of the ministers who, from the commencement of the church, have gone out from it to fill the sacred office: Mr. Halford, who settled in London. - Berry, at one time Principal of Homerton College
- Walford, formerly Professor of Languages in Homerton College
- Bradley, Manchester - Cooper, formerly of West Bromwich Dr. Urwick, Dublin Mr. Smith, Missionary to the East Indies - Aston, Wingrove - Parker, - Greenway, Saltley - Pritchard, Tahiti – Joseph Warden, East Indies - William Warden, Ventnor
Mr. John Kay, Coggeshall
- Eustace Conder, Poole
EBENEZER CHAPEL, STEELHOUSE-LANE. On the removal of Mr. Brewer and his friends from Carr's-lane, as we have already stated, they retired to the amphitheatre in Livery-street. There they remained for about seventeen years, when they determined to erect a new chapel. The spot which they selected in Steelhouse-lane, it is traditionally reported, had already been consecrated by the labours of Whitfield, who somewhere in that neighbourhood once published the glad tidings of salvation. This Chapel was opened for worship in the year 1819, by Mr. Bradley, of Manchester, and Mr. Thorp, of Bristol. It is a noble erection, and was copied in its internal and external arrangements from that which was built for Mr. Spencer, who was drowned at Liverpool, and was afterwards occupied with so much effect by Dr. Raffles.
Mr. East followed Mr. Brewer, and occupied the pulpit for a quarter of a century. Mr. Raven, who had preached with great success, raised a large congregation, and built a new chapel at Hadleigh, in Suffolk, succeeded Mr. East, in 184), and after three years removed, to the great regret of the congregation, to Dudley, from whence he transferred his valuable services to Manchester, where he is now labouring with great acceptance.
On the departure of Mr. Raven, in 1844, the congre. gation chose Mr. Roberts, of Melton Mowbray, who went to that town when there was not a single dissenter in the place to receive him. He preached first in the theatre, and subsequently succeeded in raising a congregation respectable both for its numbers and its station in society, who built for themselves a neat and commodious chapel, and to whom the loss of their pastor, on his removal to Birmingham, was a deep affliction. Mr. Roberts remained in Birmingham about three years, and then, in 1848, settled at Truro, where he is now preaching to a respectable and much attached flock.
In connexion with the congregation assembling in Ebenezer chapel must be mentioned the founding of Spring Hill College, which takes its name from the suburb of the town in which it is placed. Mrs. Glover and her sister, Miss Mansfield, had been for many years members of the church in that place of worship, when their brother, the late George Storer Mansfield, Esq. came to reside with them. This gentleman was possessed of considerable landed property, as were his sisters also of property of other kinds. Reviewing in the latter part of his life, his former course, which had been that of a respectable country gentleman, but not of a real christian, he was brought to see the importance, and to experience the power of religion. He then felt an anxious desire to do something in the way of glorifying God with that property which had hitherto been employed only for his own comfort and amusement, and wished to know in what way he could best accomplish this object. It was suggested to him by Mr. East, that it would be a useful appropriation of it if he founded a college for the education of young men for the Christian ministry. He approved of the plan, and gave some landed estates