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MONMOUTHSHIRE ENGLISH ASSOCIA

TION.

Friday morning, which to several of

ESSEX CONGREGATIONAL UNION. the brethren was the time of taking leave, will never be forgotten. In

On Tuesday, the 26th of April, the flence from above seemed sweetly and annual meeting of this excellent So. powerfully to descend, blending all ciety was held at the Rev. T. Q. Stow's bearts in fellowship and inspiring chapel, Halstead. After reading and each with renewed intense devoted- prayer by the Rev. W. Chaplin, of ness to the service of bis Lord. After Bishop Stortford, the Rev. R. Robin singing, Christians, brethren, ere

Bon, of Witham, preached an excellent we pari," &c. as a second close to the

and appropriate sermon. Interesting opportunity, a stillness prevailed for speeches were made by the Rev. some time, as if every one was reluc- Messrs. Wells, of Coggeshall; Gray, tant to leave the place, or was occu

of Chelmsford ; Steer, of Castle Hepied with inward prayer and gratitude dingham; Marsh, of Colchester ; ihat could not be expressed. May Frost, of Dunmow ; Sewell, of Thax. such seasons frequently return, bring- ted; Thornton, of Billericay; and ing with them increasing showers of Mr. N. C. Wells, of Chelmsford. blessing. It is expected that two ad

From the Report read by the Rev. R. ditional Missionaries will shortly be

Burls, of Maldon, one of the Secreengaged.

taries, it appears that the Society is in
a prosperous condition, and effecting
much good by its village and home

missionary efforts.
At the half-yearly meeting of the
English Independent Association of
Ministers and Churches, held at Mon-

RESTORATION OF THE OLD MEETING mouth, April 20th, it was,

AT MORTLAKE, SURREY, Resolved, That the proposed plan of the Congregational Union, to con- We are glad to learn that the Old fine the applications of chapel cases, Meeting House at Mortlake, Surrey, as much as possible to Districts, erected in 1716, and secularized and meets our views ;- that we deem our metamorphosed into a private dwellingselves included in the Western Dis- house for the last half-century or more, trict of which Bristol is the centre ; has been recovered, and is about to be and that though the raising of regular restored to its original use. It is unfunds appears in our existing circum- dergoing thorough repair, and will be stances, impracticable, yet a deputa- shortly re-opened for Divine worship. tion for the district would, we believe, It is a unique and commodious buildfind access to our pulpits.

ing, and will furnish more ample acAt this meeting other resolutions were commodation for the church and conpassed, commending Sunday schools gregation than they at present enjoy. to the prayerful exertions of the asso- The estimable pastor has sperienced ciated churches ; – urging extended no little anxiety, and incurred no support to the London Missionary small expence, in securing and beauSociety, and recommending the rais- tifying this ancient edifice. We trust, ing of a fund to commence an academy therefore, that the contributions of for the education of young men for the religious public will be generously the ministry, within the sphere of the awarded, when the re-opening and the Association.

re-dedication of the chapel shall take Rev. Mr. Lewis, of Abergavenny, place; or when personal application preached on Gen. xlii. 8. Mr. Blow, shall be made for their assistance. of Brecon, Rev. i. 7. and Mr. Byron, The re-opening of the chapel will of Newport, the Association Sermon, form a new era in the history of Nonon the Invitations of the Gospel.” conformity in Mortlake and East The Association has seldom bad so Sheen. The good cause began there interesting a meeting.

immediately after the ejectment of B. BYRON, Secretary 1662, and has been continued with Newport, May 10, 1836.

more or less success to the present

day: the seed sown by David Clark- Abbotts Bromley is an interesting son, Richard Byfield, Edmond Moore, and promising spbere of labour. Since Dr. Jacob, and others, whose names Mr. Jones commenced his ministraare familiar to those acquainted with tions, the blessing of God has evidentour denominational history, has not ly rested upon them. A Christian altogether perished; some fruits of church has been formed, and the contheir labour yet remain, and most gregation has considerably increased. cordially shall we rejoice to learn, We trust and pray that the little one that ere long a luxurious harvest will will soon become a strong people. be reaped. A brief History of the Church, &c,

REMOVAL. with historical and biographical notices of some of its pastors, has been

The Rev. J. Barfitt, of Launceston, recently printed by the Rev. C. Riggs, has accepted the unanimous invitation which will “not only prove interest

of the church and congregation asseming to the members of his charge, but bling in Endless Street Chapel, Sawill engage the sympathies and prayers lisbury, and purposes entering. upon of neighbouring churches."

We are

his stated labours ju that city about not aware whether the pamphlet is for

the first Sabbath in July. private circulation only or for sale: in either case, it is a gratifying docu

NOTICES. ment, as illustrative of the vitality of Claylands Independent Chapel, our principles amidst the most dis- Clapham Road, Surrey.— This place couraging circumstances.

of worship, erected under peculiar cir

cumstances, which have already awaORDINATION.

keped the generous sympathies of the The ordination of the Rev.J.Jones, religious public, and still needs their late of the North Wales Academy, as liberal aid, will be opened on Wednespastor of the united Independent con- nesday, the 29th of June (instant) gregations of Abbot's Bromley and when two sermons will be preached ; in Hixon (Staffordshire), took place on the morning by the Rev. Andrew Tuesday, the 19th of April Jast. The Reed, D.D. ; in the evening by the Rev. D. A. Owen, of Sarney, Mont- Rev. John Leifcbild. Services to begomeryshire, commenced the solemn gin at 11 and half-past 6.- The Rer. services of the day, by reading the Dr. Styles (D.V.) will enter upon bis Scriptures and prayer; the Rev. J. stated labours in this place on the folCooke, of Uttoxeter, faithfully deli- lowing Sabbath. neated the nature of a Christian The Monthly Lecture will be preached church, and gave an able and explicit at Barbican Chapel, on Tuesday evenstatement of our reasons for noncon- ing, June 14, by the Rev. Dr. Halley; formity ; the Rev. J. Shaw, of Tut- subject, “ The reasonableness of exbury, asked the usual questions, which perimental Religion." Service to comwere answered by the young minister mence at half-past six. in a manner at once so simple, so im- Tbe Anniversary of the Western pressive, and in detail so interesting, Academy, Exeter, will take place as to afford much sacred pleasure and (D. V.) on the 29th of June, at ten satisfaction; the Rev. J. Chalmers, of o'clock in the morning. The examiStafford, offered the ordination prayer, pation of the students will take place with imposition of hands; the Rev. at the Academy honse on the preceding Thomas W. Jenkins, of Stafford, deli- day, commencing at eleven o'clock, vered an impressive and affectionate A. M. On both days, the Committee charge to the minister; and the Rev. urgently invite the attendance of ConJ. Chalmers delivered an important gregational Ministers, and all the subaddress to the church and congrega- scribers and friends of the Institution. tion. The interesting services of the The annual examination of the studay were closed by a sermon in the dents of Homerton College will take evening by the Rev. D. A. Owen ; the place at the College on Thursday, Rev. i1. Ault engaged in the devo- June 30, at 11 o'clock in the forenoon. tional part of the service.

MISCELLANEOUS INTELLIGENCE.

FURTHER PROCEEDINGS OF THE UNI- individuals whom they choose, and to

TARIAN SECEDERS FROM THE THREE denominate such union by any pame or DENOMINATIONS.

title which shall truly designate it, we

feel ourselves bound, by a regard to our Ar an extraordinary meeting of the Body rights and privileges to resist and expose of Presbyterian Ministers, residing in an attempt to extinguish this Body, and and about the cities of London and West- to put in its place three individuals who minster, specially convened to take into in strictness of speech, are not English consideration certain resolutions, relating Protestant Dissenting Ministers; and to the withdrawnient of the Presbyterian that we do again declare in the face of Body, purporting to have been passed the world, that the anion of the Three by the General Body of the Three Deno- Denominations of Protestant Dissenting minations, held by adjournment at Dr. Ministers is dissolved from the period of Williams's Library, Red Cross Street, our withdrawment. on May 20, 1836.

(3.) That we adhere to the former The Rev. Robert Apsland, in the chair. resolutions of the date of the 4th of

(1.) It was resolved unanimonsly – March, which we are fully prepared That this Body of Presbyterian Ministers, to substantiate and defend. That having residing in and abont the cities of Loné carefully examined the resolutions of don and Westminster, by its constitution the two Denominations and others, we entire and independent, and entitled and do not hesitate to pronounce, that in so empowered to determine its own mea- far as they purport to be an answer to sures, at a special meeting held 4th of the resolutions of this Body, they are March, 1836, did by a deliberate vote, irrelevant, inconsistent, and evasive that passed agreeably to the forms and usages they are besides historically incorrect; which have been observed by the Body and farther that they completely justify from the period of, its incorporation, the charge preferred by this Body, of withdrew itself from the two other the violation, on the part of the majority Bodies of Congregational and Anti- of the General Body of the first prinPædobaptist Ministers; and that the ciples of the late Únion, viz. that the resolutions declaring and affecting this theological opinions of the separate Bodies withdrawment, were officially communis and their individual members should cated to the respective secretaries of the never be called in question, or brought two other Bodies, and were in various into discussion-inasmuch as they assert ways laid before the public; and that that “ the great majority” were for therefore, we have seen with a stronger many years,” watchfül as to the “ docfeeling than surprise, that those two trinal principles” of the minority, -as Bodies have associated with themselves they admit, although cautiously, that the Three Dissentients from the resolutions new election of the late secretary was of this Body, who are Members of the owing to the religious sentiments not Scottish Secession Church and connected being in accordance with those of the in discipline with an Ecclesiastical synod majority, as they declare cordial approin Scotland, and were never considered bation of the protest of the three individnals as English Presbyterians but by courtesy, dissenting from the resolutions of this and pronouncing these individuals to be Body, amongst which reasons is an appeal the Presbyterian Body, have assumed to a late decision in a Conrt of Law, supthat the two Bodies aforesaid, with the posed (as we believe very erroneously) individuals above described, constitute to adjudge the English Presbyterians to “ The General Body of the Three Deno- be « no Presbyterians” on account of minations of Protestant Dissenting Minis- their religious faith,--and, moreover as ters," and under this character have they uniformly studiously designate this issued a series of resolutions, bearing the Body a merely doctrinal term, which date of April 18, 1836, relating to onr term is not and never was assumed by withdrawment.

the Body, and could not have been used (2.) That while we do not dispute the in the General Body except in breach of riglit' of the Congregational and Anti. order, and is not a fair representation of Pædobaptist Bodies to unite with one ano this Body in its collective capacity, since ther, and to add to their united Body any whatever ma be the theological senti

ments of individual members, into which (5 ) That in this trying exigency, we no inquiry is allowed, all Ministers other have been encouraged and confirmed in wise duly qualified, are admitted into the our deliberate and conscientious deterBody, who hold the fundamental Protes- mination of withdrawment by the symtant Dissenting principle, (the funda- pathy of our lay brethren, the English mental principle at least, of the English Prebyterian Deputies of the metropolis, Presbyterians from the time they were as declared in their recently published recognised by law), of the right of the resolntions, and also by the general assufree and unlimited exercise of private rance of the approbation and concurrence judgment in matters of religion, together of the English Presbyterians, both miniswith the corresponding right to full chris- ters and laymen throughout the country. tian communion on the acknowledgment (6.) That it be referred to a comof the Divine Mission of our Lord, and of mittee, now to be appointed to draw up subjection to his authority as the head of and publish without delay, a statement his Church.

in justification of such of the foregoing (4.) That we are willing to give credit resolutions as relate to the resolutions of to the declaration of the Two Denomi- the Two Denominations, and the indivi. nations; disclaiming for themselves as duals associated with them Bodies, the purpose or wish to revive and

Thomas Rees, Secretary. put in force the penal statutes against any of their Dissenting brethren; aod

We defer our remarks upon this that we leave it to the individuals in those subject, until the statement, &c. shall be Bodies who have taken part in, or ex. published.—Editor. pressed approbation of the recent legal proceedings against some of the English Presbyterians, to vindicate their consistency in making such use, or seeing with- Died, on Saturday, the 30th of April, out remonstrance such use made, of the the Rev. JOHN HONEYWILL, of Melk. penal statues as tends to deprive the sham. He was the Father of the Wilts English Presbyterians of trusts committed Association, having laboured 59 years in to their hands from their foundation, and the cause of his Lord and Master, in that of ecclesiastical endowments established county. by and inherited from their fathers.

RECENT DEATH.

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS AND MINOR CORRESPONDENCE.

Favours have been received from the Rev. Drs. Urwick and Payne-Rev. Messrs. Thos. Scales-R. Ashton-G. D. Cullen-R. W. Hamilton J. BounsellA. Tidman - H. Wilkes— B. Byron. Also from Messrs. N. Knight-J. K. StarlingT. Christie-J. Wilks, M.P.-W. Ellerby.

It will not be convenient to give "A Reader" of this Magazine answers to his questions, which depend on circumstances. If, however, he chooses to inform us who he is, &c., we may communicate with him privately,

THE

CONGREGATIONAL MAGAZINE.

JULY, 1836.

THE KARENS OF BURMAH,

A

REMNANT OF THE TEN TRIBES OF ISRAEL.

In this Magazine for August last, we presented our readers with an article on The Karens and their Jewish Traditions, which was compiled from the Madrus Missionary Register and the North American Review. The Rev. F. Mason, an American Missionary in Barmah, who wrote the paper in the Madras Register, has favoured the Editors of the Calcutta Christian Observer with some additional in. formation, in the following paper, which they inserted in that interesting periodical for July, 1835, and which we transcribe into our pages, being convinced that it will interest many of our readers.-EDITOR. I have long been aware that the 1. Because the Karens are trustKarens were acquainted with white ing in a Saviour who is to come, men long before the arrival of the whereas, had they been taught by English on the coast, and I, there- Christians, they would be trusting fore, took it for granted, without in one who has already come. much inquiry, that all their scrip- 2. Because they trace their scriptural knowledge was derived from tural knowledge not to teachers, previous intercourse with Christian but through their fathers to God nations. Hence I wrote in one of himself. Not a vestige appears of my printed journals, “I am dis- their ever having derived religious posed to think, that whatever knowledge from foreigners; but, among this people has any refer- on the contrary, they always say, ence to the truth ought to be traced that “ God gave them commands.' to the Portuguese.”

With this 3. Because attributing their scripopinion, at the request of a gentle- tural knowledge to the instruction man in the Civil Service, I com- of foreigners, is supposing an effect menced collecting the Karen tra- without an adequate cause. It ditions, and the inquiries that exists as the national religion of ensued, resulted in the irresistible different tribes, that, until the preconviction, contrary to my pre- sent generation, were almost conconceived opinions, that the scrip- stantly at war with each other, and tural knowledge of the Karens has separated by a difference of dialect, not been derived from Christians, which prevents the language of the but from Israelites; and that for one from being understood by the the following among other reasons: other; among a people scattered VOL. XIX. N. S. No. 139,

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