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Methodist Association, with its present cheering position, after all the decided and ungracious opposition manifested by the agents of the Connexion from which he had seceded; noticing at length the encouragements he had met with from the Kingston municipal authorities, and other authorities of the island, together with the Christian-like kindness and sympathy of the Baptist brethren, the Rev. Mr. Knibb, and other excellent ministers of that church, some of whom have since gone to their heavenly rest. Mr. Pennock, in the course of his speech, gave an interesting account of the remarkable and unexpected assistance he had met with from the sympathetic kindness and pecuniary aid afforded by a number of Hebrew merchants in Kingston, in the season of extreme difficulty, in fitting up the first Association chapel in that city, who in three weeks contributed, with other respectable natives, to the amount of several hundred pounds for that purpose; and that many individuals of that nation, not unfrequently, attend the ministry of the Association at Kingston, one of whom, a very talented youth, was converted under the first sermon he (Mr. P.) preached in that chapel, and is now become an able, and highly acceptable minister of the Christian faith in the Wesleyan Methodist Association in the island of Jamaica, declaring to both Jews and Gentiles, that Jesus is indeed the Christ, the sent of God.
Mr. Pennock also presented a very interesting account of the success of the Association in its commencing attempt to raise up a native ministry and self-supporting churches, unaided by funds from the mother country; the commencement indeed, of a new and important era in the work of missions; seven or eight talented native men are now, as ministers of the gospel employed by the Association as Missionaries in Jamaica. Mr. P. not only afforded an ample detail of the rise, progress and present position of the Association Mission in Jamaica, but also some exceedingly interesting statements in regard to the personal and religious acquirements, and men
tal expansion of the sons of Africa, more especially visible since the passing of the act of entire emancipation, thereby exhibiting to every unprejudiced individual the fact, that "mind is not confined to colour or clime." The address, which was continuously interesting for nearly two hours, was admirable both in detail, and incident; and closed with an earnest appeal in behalf of the Association Society's Missions. The succeeding resolutions were moved and seconded by Messrs. James Edgar and Weston, Association ministers, with animated speeches. Thanks were also tendered to Mr. Pennock, for his very interesting and efficient aid, and were signified in a very impressive manner by the large congregation standing. Thanks were also voted to the collectors, for their efficient and gratuitous services; to the chairman and the Rev. T. C. Finch, Baptist, for their continued kindness in attending the Penzance annual meetings. The doxology was then sung, and a dismissive prayer having been offered by the Rev. James Edgar, the large assembly which had again and again throughout the evening evinced its unqualified approbation of the proceedings, retired highly gratified with the mental treat which had been afforded. The collections at this anniversary exceeded those of any former year.
Other meetings of the same interesting character have been held, we understand, at Boscastle, Camelford, Wadebridge, Bodmin, Lostwithiel, St. Austell, Redruth, Helston, Mullion, Liskeard, Polruan, Polperro, and Devonport.
A new Chapel, belonging to the Congregational Methodists, in connexion with the Wesleyan Methodist Association, was opened for divine worship on Sabbath the 10th of October; when sermons where preached in the forenoon by the Rev. W. Anderson, of the Relief Church, John Street; in the afternoon by the Rev. A. Keene, minister of the congregation; and in the evening by the Rev. Dr. Wardlaw, Independent minister. The congregations, especially in the morning and evening, were densely crowded; and many were obliged to return unable to obtain even a standing-place within the walls of our "habitation for the God of Jacob." On Monday the 11th, the service was conducted by the Rev. Thomas Pullar, Independent minister, and on Thursday the 14th by the ltev. A. Keene. On Sabbath the 17th, the opening services were continued; when we were favored with the valuable assistance of the ltev. J. Graham, Secession minister of Duke Street, in the morning; the Rev. C. J. Kennedy, of Paisley, in the afiernoon; and the Rev. A. Harvie, Relief minister, of Calton in the evening.
These services have been remarkable for a rare combination of distinguished talent and eminent piety ; and will not soon be forgotten by the numerous congregations who had the privilege of attending them. The members of the Church,desire to record their gratitude to the several ministers who have taken part in these solemnities, for the promptitude, cheerfulness and ability, with which Ihey have come forward to countenance and assist them, in their responsible, but interesting undertaking. The liberality of sentiment they have displayed, cannot be too much admired and applauded; and we hope the day is dawning when the Christian Church, in her different sections, shall be more concerned to enjoy and manifest the unity of love, and less intent upon uniformity of faith, in matters, confessedly non-essential to the salvation of the soul.
This Chapel is, perhaps, the neatest and most comfortable of its size, in the City ; and the workmanship reflects great credit upon all the contractors for the elegant and substantial manner in which it has been executed. The dimensions are sixty feet by forty, with front and side galleries; and the chapel is capable of accommodating eight hundred persons. For the pulpit there is a platform, fifteen feet long by ten feet broad, with a balcony in front; and furnished with a neat carpet and small
sofa. This variation from the usual mode of constructing pulpits, is the first of the kind in Glasgow: it has a very pleasing appearance from the body of the chapel; and will supersede the trouble and expence of platform arrangements for special occasions.
The collections amounted to about thirty pounds, a sum which may appear small to our English friends, who not unfrequently announce their hundreds. It is however a custom, in Scotland, among all denominations, to make a collection at every service, Sabbath and week-day, on entering the sanctuary; so that very large sums are seldom realized on special occasions. We raised in this way, at our former place, about eighty pounds a year; and have every prospect now of increasing it to above one hundred. The aggregate amount of subscriptions for religious purposes, in Scotland, is very liberal; and the efforts of our church may be deemed such, when it is remembered that the number of members is only about one hundred and fifty. The subscriptions received amount to upwards of £400. The total cost of the chapel, and premises adjoining, (which will yield from £30 to £40 a year) is £1300; and the remaining debt about £800, the interest of which the members have agreed to subscribe, that the seat rents may be applied to the liquidation of the principal. About £30 has already been realized by seat letting. It is situated within a short distance of the college, to which the trustees pay an annual ground rent. The neighbourhood is thickly populated, and affords us an ample field for doing good.
Our cause, in Glasgow, is now upon a more eligible footing than it has ever been heretofore. We have a place to worship in, of which we have undisturbed and unrestricted possession; and it is our ardent prayer that God may favour us with his effectual blessing, in seeking to arouse the listless, reclaim the wanderer, and edify the believing. The words of the Psalmist aptly express the cherished desire of our hearts, "I-et thy work appear unto thy servants, and thy glory unto their children. And let (lie beanty of the Lord our God be upon us: and establish thou the work of our hands upon us, yea, the work of our hands establish thou it."
LEEDS. On Sabbath morning, December 12, 1841, Mr. Pennock preached in Park Chapel, Caroline Street; at the same time Mr. Rowland preached in the Lady Lane Chapel. In the afternoon Mr. Rowland preached in the Tabernacle; and in the evening Mr. Pennock preached in the chapel in Lady Lane. Mr. Pennock was surprised when he came within sight of the Lady Lane Chapel, its elegance and magnitude being so much superior to his expectations. The congregation also exceeded his expectation: the place was crowded to excess; a delightful feeling pervaded the assembly. On Monday our public meeting was held in the same place, we commenced at six o'clock with singing and prayer, and it was, with great difficulty, concluded at 10 o'clock. John Clapham, Esq. one of the magistrates for the Borough, occupied the chair, and never did a chairman seem more at home. After Mr. Clapham had spoken, he was followed by the Rev. E. Jukes, Independent minister; Rev. T. Atkinson, New Connexion Minister; Mr. Rowland and by the Rev. Mr. Pennock. The address of Mr.Pennock, which occupied nearly two hours, referred to the social, moral, and religious condition of the people of Jamaica, and to the origin of the VVesleyan Methodist Association in that island; its progress, and present condition. He said, four years and a half ago they numbered only one hundred, but at the time of his leaving for England they had increased to near five thousand. He also gave an interesting account of the Missionaries now labouring there, and of the calls they have from other parts of the island; and also to the favourable situation of the island itself for the transmission of the Word of Life to Cuba, Hayti, the Bahamas, the Carribee, the Virgin, the Leeward, and Windward Islands; and concluded
with an appeal to the Leeds' Society, at once earnest and successful, that as one of the brethren now labouring amongst them, had offered himself to the Connexional Committee to return with him to Jamaica, and as the Committee had thought him the most eligible person, and had therefore accepted his offer, that although he was appointed to them until the next Annual Assembly, they should freely give him up. The whole of Mr. Pennock's speech was fraught with information the most interesting, and incidents the most striking. Mr. Baxter then addressed the meeting, after whom the Rev. J. E. Giles, Baptist minister, delivered an appropriate speech. The collections amounted to £34, and, considering the vast amount of distress- which prevails in the town and neighbourhood of Leeds, it was fully as much as we expected. On the Sabbath, and on the Monday evening, the influence which attended the sermons and speeches was extraordinary. On euch occasion truths the most substantial and telling were announced, and the congregations at each of the services, especially on the Sabbath afternoon and evening, and on Monday evening, were overflowing. Two blessed days we had, and they will not, I am sure, be soou forgotten by our friends in Leeds.
The Rev. J. E. Giles, in the conclusion of his speech, presented to the Almighty the most affecting petitions in behalf of Mr. Pennock's life, health, voyage, and success in his ministerial labours on his return to Jamaica. Turning to him in the presence of the multitude, and lifting up his voice and heart to God («ve felt he did,) he prayed in the most touching manner— "Long may you live; and may that life be crowned with health and happiness! May the God of winds and waves be propitious, and carry you in safety to your flock; and may the Holy Spirit give you success among your people, that many may in the great day call you blessed!" "And all the people said Amen!" And let the whole body to whom he belongs, and over whom you preside, reiterate "Amen and Amen."
The following communication nol having been forwarded until the commencement of December, we hesitated to give it insertion. If our friends wish their special services to be noticed, they must let us have the information soon after such services are held.
On Sunday, Sep. 19th, 1841, two sermons were preached in Baillie St. Chapel, Rochdale, by the Rev. T. Pennock, of Jamaica, on behalf of the Wesleyan Association Home and Foreign Missions; and on the following Tuesday Evening, a Missionary Meeting was held in the same pluce, the chair was taken at seven o'clock, by Samuel Heap, Esq., and the meeting addressed by the Revds. T. Pennock, of Jamaica, D. Hewitt, Independent,
W.T. Burchell, Baptist, E. C. Sims, Lady Huntingdon's, W. Seaton, New Connexion minister, J. Peters and W. Reed, of Rochdale, J. B. Sheppard of Bury, W. Ince of Heywood, and T. Townend of Bacup. The above services were numerously attended, and the deep interest felt in the Missionary cause, was manifested by the fact that the collections amounted to £93 5s. 0£d.
It is highly gratifying to witness the zeal and diligence with which the Ladies prosecute their duties as monthly collectors, notwithstanding the many discouragements and difficulties caused by the present depressed state of commerce'; and it is equally cheering to see that the liberality of our subscribers has not abated. May God increase this attachment to His cause, and give prosperity to Zion.
At these lines are somewhat extensively known, we have hesitated at giving them insertion. As, however, they are frobably unknown to many of our readers, their excellence, and the urgent request of a Subscriber, induces us to insert them.
What is eternity} can ought
Of all the drops the clouds have shed.
Where'er their watery fleeces spread:
Through old time's long protracted tour.
From Adam to the present hour.
Still short the sum, nor can it vie
With the more numerous years that lie
Embosomed in Eternity;
Were there a belt that would contain.
In its vast orb the earth and main,
With figures were it crusted o'er,
And not one cypher in the score,
And would your lab'ring thought assign
The total of the crowded line,
How scant the amount; the attempt bow
To reach durations endless chain; [vain,
For when as many years are run,
Unbounded age is just begun.
Attend, O man, with awe divine,
For this eternity is thine.
Blest opening of another year 1
That presses down my soul;
1 see the billows roll.
How darkly roll! though snowy crests Edge the blue waves, their gloomy breasts Heave heavily along;
ON THE NEW YEAR.
And vainly scans my feeble thought,
How low my joys may ebb; my woe—
I leave to his command;
My times are in His hand.
LONDON i T.C.JOHNS, PRINTER, Red Lion Court Fleet Street.
WESLEY AN METHODIST ASSOCIATION
MEMOIR OF THE LATE MR. THOMAS BOOTH,
The late Mr. Thomas Booth, of Rochdale, was born in the parish of Bury, on the 21st of May, 1779. His parents were members of the Established Church, and brought up their children in attendance on its ordinances, diligently instructing them in the principles of the Christian religion as taught in the catechism, causing them to read the Scriptures regularly, and enforcing the necessity of keeping the Sabbath-day holy.
He was the youngest of a large family, and his parents gave him the best education that their humble means could afford. This was partly received at a school in his native village, where his studious disposition was early manifested in the diligent acquirement of the instruction there given. His school books of that period, now in the possession of the family, bear ample witness to his habits of diligence, and the extent of his acquirements, whilst their homely manufacture manifests the limited extent of his means. The very exact order in which they have been kept, shews the commencement of those habits of neatness and regularity for which he was afterwards remarkable.
He was subsequently entered as a scholar at the Grammar School in Bury, where his progress in learning was equally satisfactory. Whilst at this school, which was too distant from home to permit his returning in the evening, he lodged with a relative near Bury, during the week, and spent his Sabbaths only at his father's house. Such was his desire to be useful, that on the only day he was at home, he commenced an evening school after the services of the church were over, at which he gratuitously instructed as many as would attend. He was then about eleven years of age.
After leaving school he assisted his father in labouring on the farm, and under his direction was taught to weave cotton, that he might have. in his hands a certain means of obtaining a livelihood.
His well known improvement at school procured him a recommend