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and in the harbour; they are well attended, and the congregations are remarkably serious and attentive. I do trust that the word preached will be the Savour of life unto many. Our prayer meetings contiuue as attractive (if the word may be permitted) as ever; the greater part of the people remaining, during the prayer meeting, held after the preaching, when our souls are abundantly refreshed with the hallowing influences of the Divine Spirit. Our seafaring brethren enjoy

these means exceedingly ;—I would not deprive them of such privileges on any account. On Sunday last we had overflowing congregations; and yesterday evening we had two captains and six seamen at the class-meeting. The sailors alone are a sufficient reason for the continuance of this mission. Again we earnestly beg an interest in your prayers, that the work of the Lord may prosper in our hand. May, 1842. W. H. Walkeb.


To The Editor,—Dear Sir,

This circuit has suffered materially from emigration, and is now suffering in more respects than one from that circumstance. Even within the last few weeks we have had to part with, I suppose, not less than fifty members of Society, who are now far away on the billows, and some of them were most pious, active and useful in the circuit, including three of our worthy Local Preachers, who had each one or more classes under their care; more intend to go before the expiration of the year. I am happy, however, to be able to say, that through Divine Goodness we have had some ingatherings, which I hope will be in some measure a sett-off against our outgoings.

I think I gave you an account in a friendly note a short time ago of what, in some few instances, the good Lord had been doing for us, and expressed a wish that they might be as drops before the shower. I can now add a little more, of what both I, and my colleagues have seen, and which I am sure will be gratifying to you. We have had a most glorious revival in this part of the county, which has not been confined to any one branch of the great Methodistic family.

Its movements and progress have been most remarkable. It seemed to break out first in the far West, near the Land's End, and swept away up Northward and Eastward, touching at many of the dwelling places of Zion, and resting on some of them for weeks' together.

On Monday, the 14th of March, we

commenced a weeks' protracted meetings in the town of Ilelston: we held a prayer meeting at 5 o'clock in the morning, one at noon, and another at 7 o'clock in the evening. That in the evening was attended by a large congregation; many were evidently under deep concern for salvation. After we had delivered a short exhortation, we requested the penitents to come into the vestry adjoining the chapel, where a few of the prayer leaders talked with and prayed for them; before the meeting closed seven souls professed to find peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.

The meetings were continued in the same order during the whole of the week. On the Tuesday, eight found peace; on the Wednesday five; on the Thursday four; and on the Friday, seven professed to be made happy in the love of God. On the following Lord's day, four, and some few during the week. On the Sunday night after that, two I think were made happy in the enjoyment of salvation. Last Thursday evening after preaching, three souls professed to be made happy; on the Lord's day evening, two; and on the Monday evening, one. Thanks be to God for all his goodness and mercy. One of the cases on Lord's day evening deserves a little attention,—namely that of a woman, who, from the first week of the revival had been under the intolerable burden of a wounded spirit. After wrestling in the vestry for upwards of an hour, the Lord spoke peace to her troubled conscience, and graciously applied the balm of pardoning love to her wounded soul, when she rose up, and in an extacy clapped her hands, and shouted the praises of God. At that moment seeing her brother, who is a respectable member of our Society, in the vestry, she rushed towards him, when in the most affectionate manner they embraced each other, and for some moments wept upon each other's neck. It was an affecting season. At Redruth also the Lord has been pouring out his holy Spirit, particularly in the prayer meetings held in different parts of the town. In the same week in which the revival began in Helston they there had about fourteen souls brought to a knowledge of the truth; several in Easter, week and some few since; glory be to God.

At Penzance also, we have had several tokens for good. On Good Friday night after preaching, three professed to find "him of whom Moses in the Law and the prophets did write." On Easter Sunday night many were under deep impressions; one person left the chapel in that slate during the prayer meeting, and was obliged to send for one of the prayer leaders, who found her in an agony which was happily removed by her obtaining peace. On the Tuesday night following, the Lord spoke peace to her soul, whilst her servant maid was conducting family prayer. In the prayer meeting, five were enabled to rejoice in a sin pardoning God; several have since obtained the blessing. "Praise the Lord for he is good, and his mercy endureth for ever."

I might mention other places of minor importance where the work has been going on, either to a greater or lesser degree; such as Ruan, Roswick, Rinsey, Tres Row, and Asbton. The two last mentioned places claim our special attention.

Tres Row is a small village about Italf way between Helston and Penzance, a mile from the road side. They have a neat little chapel with about twenty members in Society, the whole of them Teetotalers. For some weeks before the revival broke out, tltey had established Tee-total meetings in the chapel on the Saturday nights, and the result was, that at three meetings not less than ninety persons signed the

pledge, some of whom, though far advanced in life, felt a strong desire to be able to read in their old age, and began to attend our Sabbath School to be instructed—some joined our - Society, and the blessed work soon followed, which was carried on in some instances almost night and day. And such have been the cries of distress, that more than once the preachers could only join with the congregation in supplicating the throne of grace in behalf of the penitent, burdened sinners.

I had the happiness of being there last Monday night, when I gave twentynine notes on trial, seven had got notes before, and some others although converted in our chapel, have from special motives joined the Wesleyans. Well, I hope they are joined to the Lord in a perpetual covenant never to be forgotten. May he keep them till the day of eternal redemption.

At Ashton, a village four miles from Helston, on the Penzance road, the work has been going on for several weeks, and sinners have been converted almost every night in the week. There too, the preachers have been compelled to turn the service into a prayer meeting, to pray for those who were in distress. The friends there have been indefatigable in their labours, and have been abundantly rewarded in their own souls, and in seeing the salvation of others. Mr. Wright, a few weeks ago, in renewing their tickets, gave thirtyfour full tickets, eight more than on the previous quarter, and about seventy notes on trial. "What hath God wrought?" He was there last Lord's day again, leading a love-feast, one of the best he ever attended. I was out there last Tuesday night preaching; a season I hope I shall not soon forget. The place was literally crowded with people. They are about making it a third larger. A good influence attended the word, and after the sermon, while giving out that delightful Hymn "Lovers of Pleasure," &c, the third verse,—

'' The God of I.ove to earth he came,
That you might come to heaven."

We paused, and requested those who were happy in God and on their way to heaven, to hold up lheir hands, which was instantly responded to by the whole congregation, 20 or 30 persons only excepted,

At the conclusion of the prayer meeting, when praying the last time by way of concluding, I felt uncommon liberty of access—but O the noise, and as some would say disorder, my voice was lost almost in the gene

ral shout, till one loud, shrill voice rose above the rest, like the shrill blast of a trumpet rising above the tumult of battle. And lo! it was the joyful shout of glory bursting from the lips of a new-born soul; who had, in that happy moment stepped into the glorious liberty of the sons of God. "Hallelujah, praise the Lord." April, 1842. J. Edcar.


On~Monday last, IGth May, was laid the foundation stone of our new chapel, in the town of Macclesfield. The site, on which the building is being erected, is one of the most central, and, in the general opinion, the most eligible, in every respect, which could have been selected for thepurpose.

We designed the ceremony of laying the foundation stone, to be attended to, as unostentatiously as possible. We, therefore, did not give extensive publicity to our intentions. Nevertheless, the assemblage of people on the occasion was rather great.

We commenced the service by singing part of the hymn beginning with—" Eternal power whose high abode." Then unto Jehovah, the only true and living God, and in his great temple—the open air, solemn supplication was presented. After this, we sang a verse or two of the hymn commencing with—" Lord of the worlds above, &c." Afterwards, a document which had been prepared for the purpose, to be enclosed within a sealed bottle, and also to be deposited in a cavity of the stone, was read. The reading of it occupied about twenty minutes.—It was manifestly listened to with attention, accompanied with feelings deeply impressive and interesting. Mr. Joseph Blythman, Wesleyan Methodist Association itinerant Minister, then laid the foundation stone, in the name of the Holy Trinity— the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost—the one only God. A brief address was also given by Mr. Blythman; after which we sang part of that almost inimitably fine devotional composition—" Before Jehovah's awful throne," &c. Again

prayed, and closed with the usual benedictional dismissal. The dimensions of the building are 48 feet by 33 feet; the edifice will be both neat and commodious; and the expenditure an economical one.'

Our cause in this town and neighbourhood has had to contend with many difficulties; and those of no ordinary description. And, notwithstanding the faithlessness of some, yet, a devoted few, a little band, zealous and persevering, have proved faithful, even amid the faithless; and, the Great Head of the Church hath blessed them.

During the sittings of our last Annual Assembly, about forty persons, with a Mr. Crowther, their minister, all of whom were of a denomination called, "The Christian Society,' withdrew from our friends in this town. In point of fact, they were never of us; union with us, depending on the reception of their minister into our itinerancy. — They were, nevertheless, by some means, perhaps through mistake, included in the aggregate of number for Macclesfield, as appears in our Minutes of last year.

The real number of members at the commencement of our present Methodistical year, was, therefore, only 87. Yet we have cause of abundant gratitude; we now stand as to number about 120. Our societies have been both gradually increasing and consolidating. They are, generally speaking, growing both in "knowledge and in love." Their spiritual state, I believe to be a healthy one: and we are anticipating much, in connection with the erection of our new chapel.

We would adopt the sublimely beautiful language of the inspired Psalmist

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On Sunday, April 17th, 1842, two sermons were preached in the Association Chapel, North Clough Lane, Lynn, in aid of the funds of the Wesleyan Methodist Association, Home and Foreign Missions ;—in the afternoon, at half-past two, by the Rev. J. T. Wigner, Baptist Minister, and in the evening, at Six o'clock, by the Rev. R. Hamilton, Independent Minister.

On Monday evening, April 18th, a public meeting was held in the Chapel. Mr. Palmer, a respectable tradesman of the town, was requested to take the chair. A Report, illustrative of the origin, principles and present state of the Association, was read to the Meeting; after which speeches were delivered by the Reverends J. T. Wigner and W. Jones, and Messrs. Jessop and Palmer.

On Wednesday, April 20th, a tea meeting was held in the Baptist school room, Broad Street. Upwards of 120 persons sat down to tea. After tea, the writer took the chair; and the

meeting was addressed by the Rev. J. Wigner and R. Hamilton, Mr. Cook (Baptist) and the chairman. By a singular, but it is presumed undesigned, coincidence, there were special services at the Wesleyan and the Primitive Methodist Chapels on the same day that our sermons were preached. These things proved somewhat unfavourable to our collections. As a proof of the friendly feeling manifested towards us by the Dissenters, it may be observed, that the Baptists closed their chapel in the afternoon, and the writer occupied the pulpit in the Independent chapel in the evening. Through the kindness of some of our friends, who furnished trays at their own expense, almost the whole of the proceeds of the tea will be devoted to the Mission Funds. From what we can learn, all were satisfied with the provision, and delighted with the proceedings. 0 that God would look upon us, and revive His work among us.

W. Jones.


On Sunday, the 24th of May, two very appropriate and impressive Sabbath School sermons, were preached in Brunswick Chapel, Wesleyan Association, Bury. That in the afternoon by the Rev. W. Ince, of Heywood, and in the evening by the Rev. J. Molineux, of Liverpool.

On the morning of the same day, an address to the scholars and their parents, was delivered by Mr. Molineux, whose peculiar style of address, and admirable adaptation of phraseology, and matter to a juvenile auditory, never fail to command attention, to reach the understanding, and to impress the youthful mind with the importance of seeking first the kingdom of heaven and its righteousness. The collections amounted to £41 12 5J, which, considering the unparalleled commercial gloom which prevails around us, and the consequent scarcity of

money, exceeded our most sanguine expectations; and in addition to which we confidently anticipate donations, which with the above will place in the hands of the Treasurer, upwards of £50. The primary object of the teachers is to inculcate the imperishable principles of Christianity.

The Committee and Teachers of the School, in presenting their acknowledgments to the friends of the Institution, for the pecuniary aid afforded them during a series of years, stated with peculiar pleasure, that ninety-three of the scholars are now members of the society; and in their class meeting they fervently supplicate the divine blessing to rest upon the school and their teachers; thus manifesting their gratitude for the benefits they have received, and their solicitude for the spiritual welfare of others.

E. P.

T. C JOHNS, PRINTER, ltd Lion Court, Fteet StrMt




JULY, 1842.



By Mr. J. Tidswe/L

Thk recollection of departed excellence, which a long series of years had developed and matured, is mingled with a melancholy feeling, and not unfrequently excites the tribute of a tear from those who are left behind. True Christian humility has led some persons to desire that nothing be publicly said of their excellence and virtues after their decease; yet had they been sure that a faithful friend would only say so much as would exalt the riches of Christ, their scruples would perhaps have been overcome. However anxious we may be to regard the humble hesitations of those who have "passed the important hour of death," they ought not to be deemed paramount to the spiritual profit of the living. Humility was a grace which highly adorned the character of Mr. Hay; he was one of those individuals who were as so many "living epistles" of the age in which the founder of Methodism flourished.

Mr. Samuel Hay was a native of Ireland. He was born in the town of Carrickfergus, July 29, 1773. He was the youngest of his father's family consisting of eight children. Both his parents were among the first in Carrickfergus who were converted to God by the preaching of Mr. Wesley, and their house was always his home when he came round the north of Ireland; as it was also for all his preachers.

Mr. Hay's father was a class leader for many years, and zealous in promoting the interests of our common Christianity through the instrumentality of Methodism. He delighted in visiting the sick and afflicted, whether of body or mind; attending the prisoners in the jail and accompanying them to the place of execution. On swch occasions when the awful processions were slowly moving to the fatal spot, he raised his voice and pointed the condemned culprits to the Friend of sinners; told them of the love of Jesus in dying to save the vilest and worst: »nd it is to be hoped, says Mr. Hay, in his diary, that many of the

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