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OPENING OF THE WESLEYAN COLLEGIATE INSTITUTION, BELFAST, 919
During his ministry he filled with accept- 2. EDWARD EDWARDS ; who for more ance the office of chairman in several than half a century laboured in various Districts. His health had suffered from parts of South Africa. Having in early his undertaking, in one of his later Cir. life experienced the converting grace of cuits, an amount of toil which was beyond God, and being moved by the Holy Spirit his strength, and soon after he entered on to preach the Gospel, he offered himself the Superintendence of the Sligo Circuit to the Wesleyan-Methodist Missionary last year, his constitution suddenly gave Society. He commenced his Missionary way; and on Friday, November 8th, career in 1817, as the colleague of the 1867, while visiting at the house of a late Rev. Barnabas Shaw, In 1864 he friend, and engaged in conversation, in a became a Supernumerary. In 1867, the moment he expired, but not unready to jubilee of his arrival in Africa was cele. meet his Lord, whom he loved and had brated at Stellenbosch. He finished his delighted to serve. He died in the fifty- course with joy at Mowbray, April 6th, fifth year of his age, and the thirty-third 1868, amid the lamentations of many of his ministry.
who had profited by his faithful labours.
He died in the seventy-sixth year of his 3. In our Foreign Missions, four; age, and the fifty-first of his ministry. viz.,
3. Josiah Cart; who, having passed 1. THOMAS JENKINS; who was of the usual examinations, was placed on the Welsh parentage. While yet a youth he list of reserve, at the last Conference, as a accompanied, in the year 1820, the emi. candidate for the Foreign Missions. grants who founded the British settle- Early in the year he was appointed to ment on the borders of Kaffraria. He Belize, but was cut down by fever before was converted to God during a revival of he reached his destination. He died in religion at Salem, and soon became an great peace at Jamaica, May 8th, 1868. active and consistent member of the 4. JACOB MARRAT; who was born in Methodist Society. After exhibiting the Lincoln. In early boyhood he evidenced fruit of true piety and zeal, he was em considerable power of mind, and there was ployed for some time as an assistant on a loveliness about his character which one of the Mission-stations in the inte. only the Spirit of grace could have imrior. His ready acquisition of the lan. parted. He was quietly allured to his guage spoken in the district, and other Saviour, and found peace through believ. valuable qualifications, led to his being ing; and, responding to the call of the recommended to the Conference for the Spirit and of the Church, soon began to full work of the Christian ministry. preach the Gospel. After enjoying the Since the year 1832 he has been recog. advantages of the Theological Institution nised as a Missionary, and his whole at Richmond, he went as a Missionary to subsequent course justified the belief that India, in 1860. He cheerfully accepted he was providentially directed to this the labours and responsibilities of Misimportant work. He acquired and exer- sionary life; and was much respected by cised much salutary influence over the his brethren for his high principle, piety, mind of the great Chief Faku; and for and zeal in his work. Failing health many years discharged his duties, with compelled him to return to this country; much efficiency, in the large tribe of the but he looked forward with great pleasure Amampondo Kaffirs. He was devout, to the time when he hoped to resume his hamble, happy, and consistent as a Chris- regular ministerial duties. A different tian; and as a Missionary, self-denying, lot, however, awaited him; and, instead zealous, and successful. His death was of happy toil, he was called to enter peaceful; and his lore to the native upon a happier rest. His gifts and Church found expression in his dying attainments were such that, had he lived, moments by the request that the funeral he would have been more than ordinarily service at bis grave might be read in the acceptable in our pulpits, and also useful Kaffir language. He died in the Amam. as a writer. He died in great peace, after pondo country, on March 20, 1868, in the a few days' illness, on August 6th, 1868. thirty-sixth year of his ministry.
OPENING OF THE WESLEYAN COLLEGIATE INSTITUTION, BELFAST.
On Thursday, August 24th, 1866, the the presence of a large number of refoundation-stone of the College, Belfast, presentatives of the Methodist Church was laid, amid many prayers, by Wil from nearly all parts o Ithe kingdom. liam M'Arthur, Esq., of London, in Just three years after, on Wednesday
August 19th, 1868, the formal open- Resolution, the first public service held in ing took place, amidst circumstances so the College was a prayer-meeting, conducted favourable as to leave nothing to be wished. in the Lecture Hall, on Tuesday, August Of those who took a prominent part in 18th, at noon, by the theological tutor, the the services connected with the laying of Rev. Dr. Scott. The attendance was large, the foundation-stone, all were, in the good and the meeting of great interest. Be providence of God, spared to share in the loved brethren, representatives of our general joy of the opening services, with Church in Great Britain, the United but one exception, the late lamented Rev. States, India, and France, with many Robert Wallace, whose honoured name is members of the Irish Conference, blended imperishably associated with this noble their fervent thanksgivings and earnest enterprise. His remaius sleep in the far supplications on this interesting occasion ; West, beyond the Atlantic, awaiting "the and all felt that it was truly good to be voice of the archangel, and the trump of there. May the earnest prayers which God.” We bow, in solemn silence, be- then arose, as from the heart of one man, fore the providence that so suddenly and to our Great Father in heaven, have an mysteriously summoned him away in abundant answer in the future power and the meridian of bis days, and believe influence of this college in Irish Metbothat what we cannot understand now we dism! shall fally understand hereafter.
The Committee had formally invited the The Coinmittee intrusted with the Rev. Dr. M'Clintock, one of the most various arrangements left nothing undone prominent friends of the enterprise in the to insure full success. For some considerable United States, to take part in the opening time prior to August 19th huge posters services; and for some time it was under. met the eye in every direction, along the stood that he had consented: but a principal thoroughfares of Belfast; and visit to New Brunswick, together with friends in the neighbouring towns were duly other claims on him, deprived us of the apprized of the various arrangements by cir- pleasure of again seeing him in Ireland. cular. Return tickets at somewhat reduced The Rev. Dr. Waddy had kindly consented fares were accorded by the several railway to preach on Tuesday evening; but a sudcompanies, so as to facilitate the attendance den attack of illness deprived us of bis of friends from all parts of the country. presence and services also. His place On Monday and on Tuesday numbers of was most efficiently supplied by the Rer. enger friends arrived from Dublin, Cork, Samuel Romilly Hall, President of the Down, Armagh, Lurgan, Lisburn, Cole- Conference, who preached an appropriate raine, Carrickfergus, Donaghadee, and and admirable discourse, on Sunday even. other places; and the houses of our ing, in the Donegall-square church, from people were thrown open with generous Ezekiel xlvii. 1-12. For this labour of hospitality. To complete the success of love, as well as for the distinguished the movement, the sky was bright and ability with which he conducted the cloudless.
business of the chair in the several meetThe late Conference, at the suggestion ings, the President laid the Committee of the Principal, with hearty unanimity, under weighty obligations which cannot adopted the following Resolution :
soon be forgotten. "The Conference, impressed with the On Wednesday, August 19th, the Prin. conviction that schools of learning de- cipal, the Rev. William Arthur, M.A., pend, like all institutions, for their delivered his inaugural address. This, of usefulness on the blessing of God, and, course, was the main attraction of the day. that, without much grace to inspire and It was arranged that it should be delivered guide those charged with their direction, in the College Lecture-Hall; but such was they are liable to many evils, as with such the amount of public interest excited that grace they may be the means of accom- it was found that, though spacious, and plishing much good, commends to the capable of accommodating several hundred special prayer of our ministers and people persons, it was utterly inadequate to the new Collegiate Institution about to be admit all who wished to be present. It opened in Belfast, and recommends that was therefore resolved to adjourn to the the 19th of August next, the day fixed on Elmswood Presbyterian church, kindly for its opening, be observed as a day of granted for the purpose. On the platprayer for the blessing of God upon its form with Mr. Arthur were the Rev. Dr. commencement and future course."* Heury, President of the Queen's College,
In harmony with the spirit of this Belfast, Dr. Andrews, Vice-President, OPENING OF THE WESLEYAN COLLEGIATE INSTITUTION, BELFAST. 951 the Rev. Dr. M'Cosh, Mr. Sheriff M'Ar- Mr. MArthur, on behalf of the College, are thur, Mr. Pocock, and Alexander M‘Ar not included in the above, but are reserved thur, Esq., of London, together with to form an endowment fund of £20,000, tomany distinguished ministers and laymen wards which some assistance is expected whose names are familiar in Irish from our friends in England in due time. Methodism. The chair was occupied by On the same day, at noon, a bazaar, the President of the Conference, who, projected by the ladies on behalf of the after the usual devotional exercises, de furnishing of the College, was opened in livered an introductory address; brief, sug the Ulster Hall. This was amongst the gestive, and most suitable. He then most attractive and successful things of introduced the Principal of the College, the kind of which we have heard. We who, on rising, was enthusiastically have not a very high opinion of bacheered. The subject of the address zaars as a method of raising funds for the was a liberal education; its range and kingdom and cause of Christ. But it is process; its method and limits; and simple justice to say, that the varied its practical object. We express but the arrangements on the present occasion general impression when we say that it reflected the highest credit on the Secretary, was a noble effort, every way worthy of Miss Lindsay, and on the Committee. the occasion, the audience, and the dis- All articles were sold at their fair value. tinguished speaker. We are happy to A sum of ucarly 21,400 was realized tolearn that, owing to the universally- wards the Lalance of the debt, which expressed desire, Mr. Arthur has consented thus reduced to a mere trifle ; so that to write it out and publish it. The the College may practically be regarded meeting was subsequently addressed by as free of pecuniary encumbrance. the Rev. Dr. Henry, President of the Altogether, the opening services were Queen's College ; by Mr. Sheriff M'Arthur; most successful, beyond what even the and by the Rev. Dr. M'Cosh, who spoke most sanguine could have anticipated, and with a catholicity of feeling and largeness have filled the hearts of those more parof heart worthy of himself.
* Minutes of the Irish Conference, p. 27
ticularly concerned with joy and devout In the evening a public meeting was gratitude. held in Donegall-square church, Alex- The College itself will take rauk with ander M'Arthur, Esq., in the chair. the most complete institution of its class Stirring addresses were delivered by the in the kingdom. The site, for which the chairman, Mr. Pocock, of London, Mr, Committee are mainly indebted to Mr. Bennett, of Clonakilty, and Mr. Duncan. Alderman Carlisle, is all that could be of Athy. Several generous subscriptions desired. It is on a gentle eminence, were announced, including a cheque for overlooking the town, and nearly opposite £500 from Mr. Bennett, of Clonakilty, the Queen's College, which is separated with the understanding that there should from it by but a few yards. The district be no debt on the Institution. Ou Thurs. is perhaps the most healthy and attractive day morning Mr. Alderman Mullan and about Belfast. The College stands in an Mrs. Mullan entertained a numerous enclosed space of filteen acres, six of company at breakfast in the Ulster Minor which are given up to the building and Hall; amongst whom were many friends grounds. From the library and upper from the country, as well as not a few of windows the prospect is magnificent. the leading citizens of Belfast. The The grounds are laid out with great skill meeting, truly agreeable, and long to be and taste; and are adorned upon one side remembered, was addressed by the Rev. with a row of fine elm-trees, the effect of Mr. Vernon, of New York, a connexion of which is highly pleasing. The design the Rev. Dr. Charles Elliott; Rev. Mr. comprises a longitudinal range of buildM'Intosh, successor to Dr. Cooke; Sir ing, with two transverse wings projecting Charles Lanyon, M.P., and others. It both in front and rear; also a central rear appeared, from the financial statement building. The left side is devoted to the made, that the gross cost of the Col. collegiate department, the right to the lege, including furniture, laying out of the school; the departments comicon to both grounds, &c., was £26,000; of which, occupying the centre. The main entrance including the sum announced on the pre and the Principal's house occupy the centre ceding day as having been realized, the of thc front. The Theological Tutor's and treasurer had received £24,000 ; leaving Head Master's houses are placed at each a balance of £2,000, towards which seve- side with distinct entrances. Separal further subscriptions were promised. rate entrances are also provided for the It was understood that the generous sums students and boys in the centre of each obtained in America by Dr. Scott and return-wing under the side-towers. At
one side of the main entrance are the serence of 1867 sent an urgent request to waiting-rooms au 1 boord-room; acd at the British Conference for the release of the other, the hall and staircase leading Mr. Arthur from the Mission-House, in to the study and apartments of the Princi- order to fill the office of Priocipal of pal. Behind the entrance-hall a corridor the College. The request, we are happy to leads right and left to the school-rooms say, was granted, for a period of three and lecture-ha!), which occupy the front years; and called forth the following projecting wings, and are each fifty-three Resolution, unanimously adopted by the feet by twenty-seven feet in the clear. A late Conference: distinct entrance is provided for the ad “That the very grateful and respectful mission of the public on special occasions. thanks of the Conference be presented to The school-room is twenty-two feet high, the British Conference for their generoas with a large dormitory over it. The rear sacrifice in designatiog, at our request, projecting wings at each side contain the the Rev. William Arthur, M.A., Es. class-rooius, and the library of each dem President, as Priucipal of our Collegiate partment, with sleeping-rooms over. The Iustitution at Belfast; and that we restudents' bcd-rooms also occupy a portion gard this action on their part as an addi. of the second floor of the front, a separate tional proof of their deep interest in our room being given to each. The rear work in Ireland." * central building contains, nearest the The theological department has been front hall, a central staircase, with two placed under the care of the Rer. side passages to the dining-hall, which is Dr. Scott, one of the originators of the filty feet by twenty-three in the clear, with College ; and who has been long and an open roof. Altogether, the arrange. favourably known by his brethren, and ments are perfect in their way, and reflect who shares their affectionate confidence. the highest credit upon the talented The school department is under the official architect, William Fogarty, Esq., of Dab. management of the Rev. Robert Crook, lin; and also upon the builder, Mr. LL.D., of Trinity College, Dablin; James Henry, of Belfast.
kuown for many years as the able and The College is designed to embrace the successful head-inaster of our Connexional three following objects. 1. To afford a School in Dublin; who has a most efficient theological training for two or more years staff of assistants in the several de partto young men who have been accepted by the ments, and who will in due time win for Conference as candidates for the Methodist the new College a position, we doubt not, ministry. Here, in addition to a training not inferior to that previously won by the in Methodist theology, they may have the Connexional School, the pupils of which advantage of attendance at the various have, for many years past, taken sume of classes in the Queen's College, and of take the highest honours of the Dublin Univering out a degree, if they feel so disposed. sity. But rarely has any similar institu2. To provide a collegiate department, in tion been opened under more auspicious cir. which the Methodist students from all cumstances. We are not surprised at the parts of the land, who may be attending deliberate judgment of Dr. M'Cosh, as es. lectures on medicine, &c., in the Queen's pressed in his speech on the day of the College, will be provided with a residence opening. “I have great doubts whether, and home; together with the advantages of looking at the mere building, or the Price a library, reading-room, and select com- cipal, or the staff of preceptors attached pauionship, under the direction of expe. to it, the Methodist body bas any institurienced intors; so that their habits, tiou equal to it in any country. I am studies, and amnsements may contribute sure that it has no superior." "May the to thorough moral training, proficiency in faith and patience which have culminated scholarship, and physical development. in the opening of this College have their 3. A boarding and day sernivary, taking appropriate reward in its great 294 raak with the first of its class in the widening influence for good in Irish Me kingdom ; under competent masters thodism from year to year! May our qualified to prepare pupils for mercantile church date the inauguration of a new and pursuits, entrance into the Queen's Col. brighter era in its history, in every delexe, and competitive eraminations in partmeat of Christian enterprise, from the science and art; open to the youth of day signalized by the inauguration of the all Protestant denominations. The Con- new College at Belfast !
* Minutes of the Irish Conference, p. 26.
STATE OF THE HOME-Mission Work. friends feel that it will be desirable -It is gratifying that there has been an shortly to erect a new chapel. A site has increase in the income of the Home been secured in a good situation. We look Mission Fund, of nearly £800, in the year upon the past with thankfuluess, and to the just closed, and that a large portion of future with hope. T. WOOLMER. this increase arises from the operation of Javenile Home and Foreign Missionary 2. EASIBOUR. E. From the Journal Associations. There was also an increase of the Rev. L. Railton.- June, 1868.of the Foreign Missionary Fund for the We have secured an eligible site for a past year from the same source. The chapel at Hailsham, and about £150 has annual income is, however, yet far from been promised towards its erection. On what is required to maintain the Home- Easter Sunday we had fifty persons at the Mission work in efficiency, and to extend Lord's Supper. The collections both at it where it is greatly needed. Eleven our Home and Foreign Missionary Meet. ministers are now appointed to labour for ings have been much larger than hereto. the benefit of Wesleyan Methodists in the fore. God has sent to our help some Army and in the Royal Navy. The worthy friends from a distance, whose minister stationed at the Mauritius, hav. influence and co-operation strengthen our ing suffered much from the fever which little church. The Gospel has also come proved so alarmingly fatal in that colony, with power to several residents. Our and the troops there having been scat influence is beginning to be more felt and tered, has been directed to remove to the acknowledged, and our responsibilities are important garrison and naval port of consequently increasing. Our prayer is, Malta. This station has long had strong that we may be faithful in our labour. claims on our attention, and we rejoice that they are at length met. Our Army and 3. Norwich.- From the Rev. Hugh Navy Work is rich in spiritual results, fill. Jones.-May, 1868.-The Home-Mising our hearts with joy and gladness. sionary minister has been unremitting in
Seventy-one Home-Missionary minis. his efforts during the past year, but much ters are appointed to stations in Great hiudered by the fact that the MissionBritain this year, but many earnest appli- room, which is the centre of his labours, cations for Home-Missionary ministers is a most ineligible place. A site for a could not be met, for want of sufficient Mission chapel has, however, been secured, funds. An addition of £240 has also and we hope shortly to proceed with its been made to the grants in aid of strug- erection. Towards this object £335 has gliog Circuits; and the Committee are been promised. In February it was most anxious to be enabled to do much deemed desirable to rent a second Mismore for our village populations than the sion-room, in another part of the city. present state of the fund will allow. The neighbourhood is a low one, and the
need for Home-Missionary labours amidst 1. STOKE-NEWINGTON.--The Home- its population is most pressing. The Mis. Mission in this Circuit embraces four sionary minister's visits to the houses in the places ; namely, Edmonton, Enfield, En. locality are for the most part well received. field-Highway, and Waltham Abbey; and in some instances, however, he has met as these four places have Societies which with offensive opposition. This circuinnumber about two hundred and twenty stance only proves the necessity of aggresmembers, most of Mr. Bauham's time is sive exertions to win the people to Christ. necessarily occupied in looking after and Methodism has done right to enter upon fostering them. The Circuit, being under this Home Mission in this populous city, an obligatiou to provide for a married where quite one hall, to say the least, of man at the last Conference, took a suitable the people fail to observe the outward house at Edmonton, and furnished it well. forins of religion. Men are “ perishing In this they were assisted by the Home for lack of kuowledge” all aronnd us. I Mission Fund. In each of the places just am thankful to add that amongst our named, and in every department of our people generally there is a lively interest work, during the year, there has been a felt in this movement. steady improvement, and the prospect before us is exceedingly cheering. At 4. JERSEY.-From the Journal of the Enfield-Highway, the congregation and Rev. Alfred Tucker.-August, 1868.-I Sunday-school having increased, the have had much happiness, and considera