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human flesh as far more, in one sense, to be pitied than the unhappy sufferers who groaned beneath their oppression. He maintained that political freedom, however dear, was not to be compared with personal freedom. He went the whole length of maintaining that there could be no property in the person of a human being. William Smith, Esq., M.P.; Daniel O'Connell, Esq., M.P.; the Rev. J. Burnett; William Evans, Esq.; G. STEPHEN, Esq. ; and — CRAMPTON, Esq., Solicitor-General for Ireland, severally addressed the meeting. Mr. O'Connell's speech was full of admirable appeals, and was managed with great effect. We believe that slave-emancipation is an event which must speedily be realized. God grant that the advocates of slavery may not attempt to uphold a system which must, sooner or later, involve its supporters in ruin and disgrace!
ANTI-SLAVERY SOCIETY. On Saturday, the 12th of May, a splendid meeting of the friends of this society was held at Exeter Hall, James Stephen, Esq., the long-tried friend of oppressed Africans, in the chair. Contrary to his usual rule, he had consented to take the chair, and perhaps it might be the last time that he might be permitted to occupy such a post. The Hall was crowded to excess in every corner ; and the intense interest felt in the cause of negro emancipation was powerfully marked in every countenance. LORD SUFFIELD moved the first resolution, and, in doing so, expressed his deep regret that, in 1832, and in the present state of public opinion, such a numerous assembly should have occasion to be con. vened, in Great Britain, for the purpose of
Great Britain for the purpose of annihilating colonial bondage. He observed that there was an apathy, in certain quarters, on the subject of slavery, which filled his mind with utter astonishment. He observed that the object of the Anti-Slavery Society was to hold meetings, to circulate tracts, and to resort to every other lawful expedient, for enlightening the public mind on the real and unalterable character of that dreadful system with which it had to contend. His lordship enumerated several of the most revolting features of slavery, both moral and social, and at the same time showed its general tendency, from its extreme oppressiveness, to diminish the population of the slaveislands. He rebutted, with suitable indig, nation and effect, the odious opinion that English peasants are in a worse condition than West Indian slaves. THOMAS FOWELL Buxton, Esq., M. P., next addressed the meeting, in a speech most luminous and eloquent, in which he succeeded in throwing all the charm of novelty around a theme which has been discussed a thousand times. He exposed the fallacy of appointing a committee of the House of Lords, at this late period, 10 furnish evidence on the state of slavery, with a view to guide either the decision of the public, or the course of government. There was no need of committees to determine whether human beings should be treated as beasts or as men. The Rev. J. W. CUNNINGHAM, of Harrow, next addressed the meeting. He maintained that the business of the meeting was not political, but reli. gious ; its basis was the gospel of Christ. On mere political grounds slavery ought to cease; but on Christian grounds its destruction was still more loudly demanded. His speech was full of wit, and argument, and honest remonstrance. Dr. Lushington then came forward, and with his usual zeal and good sense supported the great cause of slave emancipation. He urged the friends of the institution never to relax their efforts till they were crowned with triumph--in the complete freedom of African slaves. He considered the condition of those who trafficked in
NAVAL AND MILITARY BIBLE SOCIETY.
On the 8th of May, the fifty-second annual meeting of this society was held at Exeter Hall, the Marquis of CholMONDELEY, President, in the chair. After prayer, by the Rev. Mr. Davis, the noble chairman briefly introduced the business of the meeting. He congratulated the friends on the numbers assembled, and on the interesting object for which they were convened, viz. to promote the circulation of the Holy Scriptures among the sailors and soldiers of the country
The SECRETARY read the Report, which contained many encouraging statenients of the success of the society in its efforts to supply the troops at home and abroad with the word of God. Military pensioners, also, and seamen, both in the navy and merchant service, have received the constant and assiduous attention of the institution. The total number of Bibles distributed among the army, during the past year, have been 240). 510 copies have been placed in various regi. mental schools and hospitals; 300 copies have been sent to the veterans serving in the local militia in Prince Edward's Island, British America ; 100 copies have been placed at the disposal of the East India Coinpany's service at Chatham ; to the seamen of the merchant service 1238 Bibles and Testaments have been granted. The distributions of the society for the whole year have been 12,432 Bibles and Testaments ; and from its commencement, in 1780, 264,560. The total receipts of the society, during the past year, have been £2719 6s.; the expenditure has been £2854 158. 6d.
The meeting was addressed by Lord MOUNTSANDFORD ; Captain HARCOURT, R.N. ; Mr. W. MARSHALL, Surg. of R.N.; Lord MANDEVILLE; Captain CAMPBELL, R, N.; Lieut. Simmons, R. N.; the Hon.
and Rev. G, H. Curzon ; the Rev. J. Davis; Colonel Pupps; Lieut. Brown; and the Rev. G. W. PHILLIPS.
The meeting was interesting upon the whole ; but there was a slight portion of the leaven mixed up with it which has so seriously interrupted the peace of the Bible Society, We trust that all pretensions of superiority among brethren will speedily be laid aside.
Cook, Esq.; the Rey. Dr. Sryles ; Rev.
PROCEEDINGS OF THE THIRTY SECOND ANNUAL
MEETING OF THE CHURCH MISSIONARY $0-
LORD Bexley in the Chair,
POPT OF LONDON AND BETHEL UNION SOCIETY.
The thirteen+h anniversary of this truly excellent institution was held at the City of Londern Tavern, on Monday, the 7th of May, Lord MOUNTSANDFORD in the chair, who apologized for the absence of Lord Gambier, the president of the society, who was prevented from taking his place by severe indisposition. He said he had been his messmate many years ago, and he would endeavour to fill his place as well as he could. After prayer, by Mr. Drury, the Rev. E. MUSCUTT, the Secretary, read the report, which stated that the Floating CHAPEL had been well attended throughout the year, and that more than one half of the attendants were sailors, 5239 having at least made their appearance in the chapel. It also stated that twelve Bethel MEETINGS for prayer were held on the river weekly. The Loan LIBRARY was increasingly prized by the sailors, who were becoming a reading and thoughtful race of men. The number of books lent to sailors amount to 1300 volumes, including boxes of books lent to captains of ships going long voyages, and 5 Bibles and 51 Testaments given to sailors and apprentice-boys. The Day-Schools at Wapping, established for the children of seamen and rivermen, averaged in attendance 140 boys, and 70 girls. The boys educated in these schools are eagerly sought after by the masters of vessels. The MERCHANT SEAMAN'S ORPHAN ASYLUM had received, during the past year, most valuable marks of public patronage. Since its establishment, four years ago, 39 boys and 24 girls had been admitted, making a total of 63 orphans wholly clothed and supported. The report referred to the public testimony which had been borne to the merits of the society by several ministers in the metropolis, who had affixed their names to a document strongly urging its claims on the warm support of
s British Christians.
The receipts of the society, we regret to say, have only amounted to £709 10s. 6d. This is not as it should be, when the importance and excellence of the society is taken into account.
The meeting was interestingly addressed by the Rev. Joun CLAYTON, jun.; the Rev. J. ROBINSON; the Rev. T. LUKE; the Rev. Mr. SCOBELL ; R. W. MARTIN, Esq., W.
Moved by the very Rev. Dean of Salis. bury ; seconded by the Rev. Professor Scholefield :
1. That the Report, an abstract of which has been read, be received and printed under the direction of the committee; and that this meeting recognizes with thankfulness the continued goodness of God to the society during the past year.
Moved by the Rev. J. W. Cunningham; seconded by the Rev. William Jowett :
2. That the removal of those Christian brethren, who have been taken from the service of their Saviour on earth, should be considered as a solemn call to those who survive diligently to avail themselves of present opportunities, and to be followers of them who through faith patience inherit the promises.
Moved by the Bishop of Calcutta ; seconded by the Rev. J. H. Stewart:
3. That the thanks of this meeting be given to the Rev. Edward Bickersteth, for his sermon preached before the society last evening ; to the president, vice-patrons, and vice-presidents, and to all those friends who, during the past year, have exerted themselves in its behalt; and that the following gentlemen be appointed the committee for the year ensuing, with power to fill up vacancies.
Moved by the Rev. E. Bickersteth; seseconded by Lieutenant-Colonel Phipps :
4. That this meeting regards the various trials which the society has experienced in its foreign operations, and in the diminution of its pecuniary resources as special calls to increased dependence on the promises of God; and that it thankfully views the steady progress of the work abroad as an encouraging proof of the divine presence and blessing on the society's labours.
Moved by the Rev. C. Simeon ; seconded by the Hon. and Rev. G. T. Noel :
5. That this meeting desires to remind the members of the society that the times in which we live are such as should excite every member of the church of Christ earnestly to intercede for the pouring out of the Holy Spirit, that the church, receiving a full blessing herself, may be made the instrument of an extensive blessing to the world.
Receipts of the year £40,751 18s. Od.
tlemen, resident in London, with power to add to their numbers ; viz. the Rev. Dr. Bennett, the Rev. Dr. H. F. Burder, the Rev. Dr. Fletcher, the Rev. John Clayton, M. A., the Rev. John Burnett, the Rev. W. S. Palmer, Thomas Wilson, Esq., Dr. J. B. Brown, Mr. Challis, Mr. Coombs, Mr. Morley, Mr. Coles, Mr. Jackson, Mr. W. C. Wright; and the following gentlemen are the officers of the Union for the same period ; Mr. Benjamin Hanbury, treasurer, the Rev. Arthur Tidman, the Rev. Joseph Turnbull, A. B., and Joshua Wilson, Esq., secretaries.
CONGREGATIONAL UNION. We have much pleasure in apprising our readers generally, that, after very mature deli
mature deli. beration and consultation, a union of the Congregational churches has been at last effected. on Tuesday morning, the 8th of May, and on Friday the 12th of that month, meetings were held at the Congregational Library for the purpose of effecting an object so desira. ble. The secretaries read a report of the provisional arrangements which had been made preparatory to the said meeting, after which the following basis of union was proposed and adopted. I. That its object is to promote Evangelical religion, in connexion with the Congregational Denomination. II. To cultivate brotherly affection and sincere co-operation in every thing relating to the interests of the associated churches. III. To establish fraternal correspondence with Congregational churches, and other bodies of Christians throughout the world. IV. To address an annual or occasional letter to the associated churches, accompanied with such information as may be deemed necessary. 1. To obtain accurate statistical information relative to the Congregational churches throughout the kingdom and the world at large. VI. To inquire into the present methods of collecting funds for the erection of places of Worship, and to consider the practicability of introducing any improved plan. VII. To assist in maintaining and enlarging the civil rights of Protestant Dissenters.
For the purpose of accomplishing these objects, and the general interests of the union, it was agreed that an annual meeting shall be held, consisting, if practicable, of an equal number of ministers and laymen, and that each association throughout the country may appoint such a number of representatives as it may deem necessary; that the annual meeting shall be held in London, or such other town or city as may, from time to time, be appointed ; and that at the annual meetings of the delegates, every minis. ter and officer connected with any association united in the general body shall be eligible to attend and vote.
It was further agreed that, for the purpose of defraying the necessary expense of printing, postage, committee meetings, &c., connected with the business of the union, it is recommended that the churches united should severally send an annual contribution, to be transmitted on or before the first day of May, in every year, to the official persons con. nected with their respective associations, and by them remitted, before every general meet. ing in every year, to the treasurer of the
LONDON SOCIETY FOR FEMALE SERVANTS.
The Report read at the nineteenth anniversary of this useful institution (of wbich the Lord Mayor is president) states, that during the past year, seventy-seven Bibles and £570 13s. 6d. have been given in 385 rewards to the servants of subscribers.
Since the commencement of the society £6507 7s. and 1459 Bibles have been given to servants in 5154 rewards. The Bible is in truth “a servant's directory;" it incul. cates contentment in the station in which God has placed us, though it be comparatively humble. It is a book for all, and graciously intended of God for the good of all.
The society gives annual rewards to the servants of subscribers, to induce them to view their employers as friends, and to continue as long as possible in the same service. Subscribers are allowed as many servants on the books for rewards as they subscribe guineas, besides the privilege of resorting to the Society's Registry, 110, Hatton Garden, for servants free of expense.
ON A SEASON OF TIIANKSGIVING.
Sir, It is not long ago that the Christian public was most seasonably and seriously addressed on the duty of prayer and fasting. A heavy judgment was hanging over our guilty land, and had already begun the work of destruction in our borders. The panic prevailed in all directions; and such was the alarm that our national interests were for the time materially affected. Al length the desire of many hearts was granted, and a day was set apart to confess our personal and public offences before God, and to implore, as with one voice, the divine clemency. It was a season of remarkable seriousness. There were few who did not outwardly respect the appointment. Our churches and chapels were thronged, and business was permitted to give place to devotion.
What has been the issue? Shall we not acknowledge that God has dealt graciously with us, that he has turned away the fierceness of his anger, and in the midst of wrath remembered mercy ? Surely then such an
The committee for the following year are to consist of the treasurers and secretaries of all the united associations (being members of churches), together with the following gen.
Sermon to Young People, at Stockwell, on Whit-Monday, at 4 o'clock, by the Rev. T. Jackson.
On Whit-Monday, June 11th, the Annual Sermon to Young People, at the chapel, Lower Street, Islington, by the Rev. John Yockney. Service to commence at halfpast six o'clock.
The anniversary of the Village Itinerancy, or Evangelical Association for the propaga. tion of the Gospel, will be held in the society's chapel, 'Well Street, Hackney, on Wednesday the 20th of June. The public business to commence at eleven o'clock.
instance of the divine goodness and forbear. ance deserves especial and public commemoration. Shall we not be chargeable with ingratitude and inconsistency if we are not as ready to praise God as we were to implore his blessings ?
Days of thanksgiving are as scriptural and as profitable as days of humiliation and prayer; and if it is not thought possible or expedient to encroach so far on the ordinary business of life as to consecrate a lengthened period to this exercise, may not some evening in the week be fixed upon for our different congregations to assemble and openly to present with their respective pastors a tribute of gratitude and praise ?
Other reasons might be urged for this. We have still to desire a sanctified use of this alarming visitation ; and if we have found the efficacy of prayer on our own land, we should become the more earnest in our intercessions for others.
Must we not feel, and deeply feel, for those who are now smitten with that very pestilence which has so lightly afflicted us? and whilst we recognize, in this spreading evil, the consequence of sin and the display of divine indignation, shall we not beseech the great arbiter of life and death to render this event effectual to silence infidelity and subdue corruption where vice and impiety have so fearfully prevailed ?
The Bible abounds in invitations to thanksgiving, and contains some illustrious examples of gratitude for benefits received. In the narrative of the ten lepers who were cleansed, we read of one only who returned to give thanks unto God. Where were the nine? Wholly insensible perhaps to the blessings they had received. Referring them to second causes rather than to God, or perhaps abusing the return of health and strength to provoke additional displays of the divine displeasure.
In the 20th chapter of the 2nd of Chroni. cles we have an account of a solemn fast proclaimed by Jehoshaphat ; and at the close of the same chapter, after God had answered the prayer of the people, and given them signal success, we read that they re-assembled in the valley of Berachah expressly to bless the Lord. We can scarcely imagine, however, that these citations are necessary; and we venture to hope that it will not be long before the subject is taken into earnest and effectual consideration.
PROTESTANT SOCIETY FOR THE PROTECTION OF
RELIGIOUS LIBERTY. We state with pleasure, that though, from particular circumstances, the annual meetings of this society have been postponed, yet the institution continues vigilant and useful, and that any persons who desire its interference or advice, may address their applications to the Hon. Secretary, John Wilks, esq., M.P., Finsbury Square, London, who will kindly afford them all the attention they may require.
WESTERN ACADEMY. The anniversary of this Institution will be held (D. v.) on Wednesday, the 27th of June, at the Academy-House, Exeter, at 9 o'clock, A. M., when the subscribers and friends of the Institution are urgently requested to attend. There will be a public meeting in the evening.
The examination of the students, by a committee appointed for that purpose, will take place on the preceding Tuesday, commencing precisely at 11 o'clock. The examination will of course be open to all subscribers, and it is hoped that as many as possible will attend.
The Independent Chapel, Milbourne Port, Somersetshire, was re-opened on the 16th of November last, after a considerable enlargement. The Rev. Thomas Evans, of Shaftesbury, and the Rev. John Jukes, of Yeovil, preached on the occasion. Since the enlargement, the number of hearers has increased, and the cause has greatly improved.
The annual meeting of the subscribers and friends of this institution will be holden at the College, on Thursday, the 28th of June, at ten in the forenoon; after which the public examination of the students will take place
NEW INDEPENDENT CHAPEL, HOUNSLOW.
The Rev. T. Atkinson, late of Halstead, and formerly of Homerton College, has
accepted the unanimous invitation of the church and congregation assembling in the New Chapel, Hounslow, and commenced his stated ministry in that place on the first Sabbath in May.
Rev. I. Wilkinson, of Howden, commenced the services; the Rev. Thomas Scales, of Leeds, delivered the introductory discourse, and proposed the usual questions; the Rev. James Jackson, of Green Hammerton, offered the ordination prayer ; the Rev. R. W. Hamilton, of Leeds, delivered the charge to the minister ; and the Rev. James Parsons, of York, preached to the people. Although the day was very unfavourable, the attendance was numerous; and the services produced an impression which it is hoped will be long remembered, and abundantly useful.
LETTER FROM AMERICA.
ORDINATIONS. On Thursday, April 5th, the Rev. Joseph Sortain, of Trinity College, Dublin, was ordained to the pasioral charge of the church and congregation assembling at the late Countess of Huntingdon's chapel, Brighton. The Rev. James Irego, of London-road Chapel, commenced the service by reading the Scriptures and prayer. The Rev. William Hodson, of Zion Chapel, London, delivered a succinct and Scriptural introductory discourse, and asked the usual questions, which, on behalf of the people, were answered by Henry Brooker, Esq. The Rev. John Finley, of Tonbridge Wells, offered the ordi. nation-prayer. The charge was given by the Rey. James Sherman, of Reading, in a manner the most impressive and affectionate, from 1 Tim. iv. 16; and the Rev. J. N. Goulty, of Union Chapel, concluded. In the evening, after a prayer by the Rev. John Edwards, of Hanover Chapel, a very forcible and appropriate sermon to the church and congregation was preached, by the Rev. G. Clayton, of Walworth, from Deut. i. 38; and the Rev. John Harris, of Epsom, closed the solemn and ever-memorable services of the day. The hymns were given out by the Rev. Messrs. Owen, Lambert, and Soale.
We understand that, agreeably with the urgent request of the ministers and congregation, the services will be published.
To the Editor of the Evangelical Magazine.
Surrey Chapel, April 12, 1832. DEAR SIR, The accompanying letter was given to me the other day by Josiah Marshall, Esq., a gentleman from America; it was written by one that was formerly an attendant at Surrey Chapel. We have heard much of late of the gracious out-pouring of the Spirit of God in that happy land. Why are we not more in earnest for the like manifestations of a divine power amongst ourselves ? I think this letter will be judged a rich specimen of what the grace and power of God can do upon the heart; and as such may not be unworthy a place in one of the numbers of your magazine.
ROWLAND Hill. P.S. -If the letter from a young clergyman to an old man be not printed, I shall thank you to return it.
[The letter here referred to shall appear in some future number.---Ev.]
On Tuesday, the 24th of April, the Rev. H. Wingar, formerly a student at Highbury College, was publicly recognized as the pastor of the Independent Church at Roxton, Beds. The Rev. R. Cecil, of Surrey, commenced the services of the day by reading and prayer; the Rev. R. Halley delivered the introductory discourse ; the Rev. S. Hillyard, of Bedford, offered up the ordination-prayer; the Rev. H. F. Burder, D.D., gave the charge, from 1 Tim. iv. 15, 16; and the Rev. T. Middleditch, of Biggleswade (Baptist), concluded with prayer. In the evening, the Rev. J. K. Holland, of St. Ives, began with prayer ; the Rev. T. Morell, Theological "Tutor of Wymondley Academy, addressed the people from Acts xii. 5 ; and the Rev. Mr. Miali, of St. Neots, closed the services of the day with prayer.
Auburn, North America, Sept. 4, 1831. Dear BROTHER AND SISTER, Feeling as I do on the confines of eternity, and every moment getting nearer and nearer unto it; lying on the very brink of the river of death, and viewing the stream gliding swiftly by me ; waiting and looking out for the coming of the Son of Man; as the end of my pilgrimage appears more distinctly in view, I long to be holy that I may see him as he is, and be with him, whom my soul loveth. I am anxiously waiting for his appearing, that I may get down at his feet, and begin my happy employment to bless him to eternity. "I feel ready and willing to quit my hold of all those things that have occupied me in the world, and am an. ticipating a thrill of unknown joy, when I
On Wednesday, May 2nd, the Rev. John Robertson, late of Airedale Academy, was ordained to the pastoral charge of the Independent church at Selby, Yorkshire. The