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August 2. By eleven o'clock, many churches in the Union are little more boats were seen quite loaded with than eighty in number, and that about immortal beings, coming to hear the one-third of these need aid from their word, from Jura, Ling, Balnihua, and brethren in supporting the gospel and Lunga. From the earnest and solemn gospel ordinances among them, it will attention they gave to the word spoken, at once be seen that they have done I would fondly hope that some received what they could in seeking the salvareal benefit to their immortal souls. tion of their countrymen; and that, in After a short interval, I preached soliciting aid from others, it is not to again in the evening in the same place; ease them of a burden which they and on finishing my last sermon, many themselves could bear. Indeed, the pressed me to visit their islands the work is too great for a body compafollowing week, if possible, offering to ratively so small; and yet it is so send a boat for me.”
necessary and so important, that the Another of these Agents says, in a Committee feel that they dare not letter dated 11th July, 1836– relinquish any part of it, if assistance
“ I have just had a most interesting can by any means be obtained ;-Day, tour, for three weeks, on the West they feel that far more than double coast. I travelled about 250 miles, the number of labourers is requisite, and preached 24 nes, through a po- and might be most advantageously pulation of from 6000 to 7000; and I employed. do not think that 50 persons, of all At the last distribution of funds, in ranks, who could hear, absented them- May, of £1200, besides paying off selves from our meetings. I was much some former debt and incidental excomforted in meeting with some Chris- penses, the Treasurer was left in adtian friends, and never enjoyed more vance not less than £144. 178. 5d. To enlargement and comfort in speaking liquidate this debt, and enable them to the truth. There is one district proceed in the work, at least to the through which I passed, where there same extent, the Committee have reare about 3000 souls under the charge solved on making application to some of one minister, from whom” (for good of their friends and sister churches in reasons stated by the writer) " the England, to whom they have never parishioners will take neither baptism applied in vain. nor the Lord's Supper, nor will they Subscriptions and Donations for go to hear him; so that they are falling these objects will be thankfully realmost into a state of heathenism. ceived by the Rev. Thomas Smith, They told me they must place them. Sheffield; the Rev. J. A. James, Birselves under Dissenters, and why mingham; the Rev. R. S. M'All, LL.D. should we not take them up? They Manchester; the Rev. Gilbert Wardare very poor, and could do little or law, A.M., Blackburn; the Rev. Mr. nothing for the support of a minister; Ritchie, Wrentham, Suffolk; the Rev. but to send the gospel to them, is Mr. Scales, Leeds; and in London, by really the same as sending it to the the Rev. Dr. Henderson, Highbury; heathen."
the Rev. John Campbell, Kingsland; Besides the Gaelic districts, the the Rev. John Burnet, Camberwell; Congregational Union bave a very the Rev. William Henry, Tooting ; wide and important field before them, and the Rev. John Campbell, Taberin the numerous islands of Orkney nacle. and Shetland, where seven ministers are aided, some of them wholly supported, from the funds. This year, SUSSEX CONGREGATIONAL SOCIETY the sum of not less than £600 has AND COUNTY ASSOCIATION. been expended in supporting the gospel The fourteenth anniversary of this in the Highlands and Islands, along Society, for the Diffusion of Religious with a sum of the same amount for Knowledge by Preaching, by Sunday the other objects of the Union—the Schools, and by Tracts, was held at assistance of the smaller churches, and Hanover Chapel, Brighton, on the 6th itinerancies, &c., in the Lowlands. and 7th of September. And when it is considered that the On Tuesday evening a meeting was N. S. No. 142.
held in the spacious school-room ad- But on the supposition that the reignjoining the Chapel, when, after taking ing Monarch should spontaneously tea together, the friends of the Society bestow on poor Dissenting Ministers had a conference on the state of reli- of our denomination any such tokens gion in the county. The Rev. J. Ed- of his bounty and royal esteem and wards presided, and much interesting favour, out of his own privy purse, it and useful information was given from is the opinion of this Meeting that they various parts of the county ; on the ought to be received with thankful one hand showing the deplorable ig- acknowledgments. norance and irreligion of many, and “4. That a Chapel Building Fund, on the other stating
some very pleasing in connexion with the Congregational and encouraging instances of good Union of England and Wales, be estadone by means of Sunday Schools, blished on the following plan: Tracts, &c.
“I. Object—To establish a fund On the morning of Wednesday, a for the liquidating of all debts on the sermon was preached by the Rev. present chapels, of the congregational John Titley, of Shoreham, on “ The order, in the county of Sussex ; and adaptation of the Gospel to the spiri- for the erection and enlargement of tual necessities of believers."
other such chapels; together with In the afternoon, the fourteenth an- school-rooms attached, in those parts nual meeting of the Association of of the county where they may be rethe Congregational Ministers of the quired. Also to aid in the promotion County of Sussex, was held, the Rev. of the same object, in other parts of J. Turnbull, B. A. in the Chair, at England and Wales, according to which the following Resolutions were ability. unanimously adopted :
11. Fund ---Congregational col“1. That in harmony with the lections, annual or otherwise ; annual Congregational Churches, and other subscriptions, donations, bequests, &c. bodies of Christians, in various parts “III. Agency-A general commitof the world, it is the avowed and tee, consisting of all the Congregasettled conviction of this Christian As- tional Ministers of the county, with sociation, that the dominion of our their Deacons, and Sub-committees, blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, as locally convenient." in respect to his church on earth, is On Wednesday evening a public purely spiritual, and admits of no al- meeting of the Society was held in liance with temporal power.
Hanover Chapel. The Rev. Joseph “ 2. That this Meeting deeply sym- Turnbull, A.B., having been called to pathises with those brethren, of their take the Chair, the Rev. John Press, own and other denominations, who of Heathfield, offered up prayer; and have suffered loss of goods and impri- the Chairman explained the object of sonment, with other injuries, for con- the Meeting, and referred to the note science sake, in resisting passively the of John Hey Puget, Esq., in which he impost of church rates and other ex- apologised for bis absence as Chairman actions, in support of the ecclesiastical of the Meeting, and expressed his establishment.
views of the great importance of the “3. That consistency requiring, at Society at the present juncture, when the present juncture, the expression of superstition and infidelity are attackan opinion on the subject of Parlia- ing with renewed efforts the bulwarks mentary grants toward the support of of Christianity. poor Dissenting Ministers, commonly The Annual Report was then read, called the · Regium Donum ;' it is the which stated that there are in connecdeliberate opinion of this Meeting, tion with the Society 22 ministers, that such grants are incompatible with about 30 congregations, 314 sabbaththe principles which we profess; since school teachers, 34 sabbath-schools, they are voted out of the Consolidated 2602 children, and 22 tract societies, Fund of the whole nation, who are by means of which about 40 villages thus unjustly taxed towards the sup- are receiving religious instruction. port of a ministry and a form of reli- 1. The Rev. J. Trego, of Londongion of which many do not approve. road Chapel, moved, and the Rev.
John Harris, of Alfriston, seconded, Mission, which we trust is destined to the resolution for the adoption, print- enjoy a large share of the liberality ing, and distribution of the Report. and confidence of our Churches.
2. Moved by the Rev. Dr. Styles, of Claylands Chapel, Brixton, and COMMEMORATION SERVICES AT UNION seconded by the Rev. L. Winchester,
CHAPEL, ISLINGTON. of Worthing, and resolved unani
On Monday, the 29th of August, mously—“ That this Meeting, learns being the thirtieth anniversary of the from the Report now read, with great opening of this place of worship, the satisfaction, that the Congregational church and congregation commemoUnion of England and Wales is adopt- rated the day by several interesting ing general measures of usefulness, services. At seven in the morning, for the spread of Divine truth in the the members assembled for solemn world; and more especially, that at prayer and thanksgiving, when a suitits assembly in May last, the Colonial able and affectionate address was deliMissionary Society, in connexion with vered by their beloved senior pastor, the Union, was formed for the pur- the Rev. Thomas Lewis, who has conpose of supplyiug our brethren in tinued for thirty years to be their foreign lands with the regular means faithful minister. of evangelical instruction. This Meet
At twelve o'clock, the foundation ing, also, is gratified with the an
stone of a new school, for the educanouncement of the publication of the tion of about 400 children of the poor, Congregational Hymn Book; and (a large proportion of whom are antrusts that the sacred psalmody of our nually clothed by the Christian libeChristian worship will thereby be con- rality of the congregation,) was laid ducted with more general edification by the Rev. Thomas Lewis and Joamong the Congregational Churches." Two or three other resolutions con- piece of ground in the rear of the
seph Procter, Esq., in a commodious nected with ordinary proceedings of chapel, when, after the children had the Society were proposed by the Rev. sung the praises of God, the Rev. J. Messrs. T. Wallace, of Petworth; Watson, the junior pastor, delivered an Wm. Davis, of Hastings ; E. Newton,
appropriate address, and Mr. Lewis ofof Cuckfield, &c. The collections and fered prayer for the Divine benedicsubscriptions exceeded the amount of tion. The children were afterwards any preceding year.
regaled by the liberality of their
friends. COLONIAL MISSIONS.
In the evening, the chapel was very We are happy to announce that our numerously attended, to witness the esteemed brother, the Rev. Henry presentation to Mr. Lewis of a handWilkes, M. A. late of Edinburgh, who some silver time-piece, (value 100 has accepted the pastoral charge of the guineas,) which, after the laborious Congregational Church at Montreal, and faithful ministerial exertions of his Lower Canada, and has engaged to act public life, his friends considered it as a corresponding member of the Con- their duty and privilege to present to gregational Mission to those colonies, him. By a resolution of the Commitsafely arrived with his family at New tee of Management, and in order that York, August the 18th, on their way this manifestation of regard might exthither. They had a tedious passage press the general sentiment of the conof fifty days from Liverpool, but suf- gregation, no single subscription exfered no inconveộience but the delay. ceeded the sum of five shillings. The He conducted family worship on time-piece is of massive silver, adorned board in the cabin every evening, and with an appropriate device, and as a preached on the Lord's day when the work of art is highly creditable to the weather permitted, both to the cabin taste and skill of the gentleman who and steerage passengers. Our esteemed designed it. brother will proceed immediately after The business of the evening was his arrival to Upper Canada on some commenced by a short and appropriate important agencies connected with the religious service, conducted by Mr. future proceedings of this interesting Watson.
Mr. E. Smith, on behalf of the pastoral office, over the Independent Committee, presented the time-piece Church at Shaldon, Devon, vacant by to his honoured Pastor, and in a peat the removal of the Rev. W. B. Clulow, address expressed the feelings of the to the classical tutorship of Airedale Church and Congregation, and begged College. The service was commenced him to accept it, not as a compliment, by the Rev. R. Littler, of Buxton, who but as the pledge of the truth and sin- read portions of scripture and precerity of the sentiments which are en
sented prayer. The Rev. George graven upon its base.
Smith, of Plymouth, delivered an in“ Presented to the Rev. Thomas troductory discourse on the nature of Lewis, of Union Chapel, Islington, a Christian church. The Rev. J. by a numerous and attached people, Brewer, received the confession of to mark their grateful sense of his long faith, and offered the ordination and useful services, and to record the prayer. The Rev. W. Davies, of Ashexemplary piety, affection, zeal, and burton, gave the charge to the Pastor, judgment which, for more than thirty and the Rev. William Tarbolton, of years, have characterized both his pri. Totness, preached to the people. The vate and public life as a faithful Mi- service, which was well attended, apnister of Jesus Christ.”
peared to be accompanied by the graThe Rev. Thomas Lewis then ad- cious presence of the Great Head of dressed the audience in an affectionate the church. and interesting speech, in which he adverted with much delicacy and lowliness to the prosperous course of his
REMOVAL, &c. ministry for thirty years, and to the The Congregational church at Ebeproofs on earth and in heaven that it nezer Chapel, Ramsgate, have unanibad not been in vain. We regret that mously invited the Rev. Henry Joseph we cannot insert this judicious address Bevis, of Torquay, Devon, to become at length, but we must not omit one their pastor, who will enter on his fact which he stated, that besides his new duties, (D.v.) in November next. own liberal support, the people of The records of this ancient church exUnion Chapel had, during the period tend to the year 1687, in which the of his ministry, contributed more than town is called Romans-gate. The Rev. £20,000 for charitable purposes alone. George Whitfield, preached his last The interesting services of the day sermon in England in this pulpit, Sepwere closed with solemn prayer, by the tember, 1769, previous to his embarkaRev. Dr. Paterson, of Edinburgh. tion at Deal, for North America.
The truly venerable George Town
send, who is still living, sustained the On Tuesday, June 14, 1836, the Rev. pastoral office in this church nearly 45 William Smith, was ordained to the years.
ON THE STATE OF RELIGION IN gress of the Gospel; and on the other, GERMANY
the circumstances which facilitate its proTranslated from the French. pagation.
March 24, 1836. The leading cause of the extensive inMY DEAR FRIEND,-Before we enter fluence which has been so beneficially on the detail of isolated facts connected employed for several years in England, with the advancement of the kingdom of America, and France, and which has Christ in Germany, it may not be unin- acted like a powerful lever to stimulate teresting to describe some of the more and set in motion the whole religious general and characteristic features of that body, is the principle of association. This religious and political condition of that principle, applied to the advancement of country. They will show yon, ou the one Christianity, has given birth to that noble hand, the obstacles which oppose the pro- institution, the British and Foreign Bible
Society, which preaches the Gospel in every proposition of the different mem158 different languages, and which has bers, a sign from the others indicated the adopted for its motto - No rest until impossibility of carrying it into effect; every family in all the nations of the earth and at every “why?" which naturally shall possess a Bible.” It is the principle followed, the words “the police,” were of association that sends and supports despairingly pronounced and silence enministers of the Gospel from pole to pole; sned. Cannot we make an appeal to our that introduces into every hut those ac- friends to collect for the Society? No, tive and faithful missionaries called reli- the police would not allow it; besides, gious tracts; which has liberated 800,000 tbat would give publicity to the assoslaves in the English colonies; whilst to ciation, and the police have forbidden the same cause will they soon be indebted meetings of any kind. But cannot we, for their delivery from the heavier and said another, attempt to distribute relimore galling chains of ignorance and bar- gious tracts to dissipate, in some degree, barism. If then, by this means, the face the gross ignorance of the people? No, of the world has been so changed during the police have forbidden it; they caused, the last forty years, it cannot be unrea- you may remember, that poor seedsman, sonable to suppose that it is the principle from Wurtemberg, to be followed by the of association which God will yet make gens d'armes, for having given away use of in accomplishing his vast design of some religious tracts to the children he love and salvation.
met as he passed along the road. Well ! Now, in Germany, this underworking said a third, we have thousands of Jews principle is scarcely to be recognized; in our town, and since we are all inteand with the exception of some states, rested in their deplorably dark state, where Bible and Missionary Societies may we not support a missionary among have been instituted, it cannot exist-at them, who will distribute and explain the least in the present state of onr political word of God ? No, the trial was made affairs. This powerful influence, which, some years since; the police would not like the steam-engine, is to be applied to hear of a missionary residing in the town. almost any enterprise, has been exerted There is, then, but one other way in in forwarding certain schemes of a poli- which we can benefit the people, said a tical nature, more or less to be repre, fourth, it is this : our peasants read hended. The consequence is, that the scarcely any thing but their almanacks very attempt at association for any object from one year's end to the other; now is regarded with so suspicious an eye, our popular almanacks are filled with all that the mines of Siberia would be con- kinds of absurdity and trash, why not sidered as too mild a punishment for such follow the example of the zealous Chrisan offence. The word “society” is with tians in Paris and the Canton de Vaud, many synonymous with “democracy." and publish a popular Christian almanack Hence you may easily imagine, how dif- - thousands of copies would be sold ? ficult, and often bow impossible, it is for No; the police prohibit, under a penalty the most peaceable Christians to unite of six crowns, the sale of any almanack their efforts in the promulgation of the not authorized by them. The committee truth; and more especially in some of then broke up. the petty states, where despotism and ar- Added to this, the Church and State bitrary power reign undisturbed. Be- are so strictly allied in Germany, that sides the jealousy in the civil authorities, the government of the church is but a Rationalism, the religious system which department of the civil administration. predominates, has involved the people There are even very many pious and sinwith so deep an ignorance, that the idea cere Christians, who would consider you never occurs to them of an association almost a revolutionist in politics, and an having for its object the advancement of enemy to religion, if you expressed the pure religion.
desire to see the Church of Christ reIn many states a religious society is stored to what it was during the first neither acknowledged, nor tolerated on three centuries, and when, by the way, it any consideration. In a large town in flourished most in the enjoyment of Germany, I some time ago took part in the times of refreshing from the presence business of a committee of a religious so- of the Lord-pamely, a spiritual separate ciety, similar in its design and general body, whose interests and affairs were features to what in France you designate not mixed up with the regulations of the “ An Evangelical Society.” It was ne- kingdoms of this world. The result of cessary to impress upon its supporters the this alliance is, that if there be any repropriety of more decision in its efforts, vival of religion, any preaching or any order in its measures, and benevolence means of edification, which does not orito replenish its exhausted finances. At ginate from within one of those four