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Methodist Association, with its pre- | tal expansion of the sons of Africa, sent cheering position, after all the more especially visible since the passdecided and ungracious opposition ing of the act of entire emancipation, manifested by the agents of the Con thereby exhibiting to every unprejunexion from which he had seceded; diced individual the fact, that “mind is noticing at length the encouragements not confined to colour or clime.” The he had met with from the Kingston address, which was continuously intermunicipal authorities, and other author esting for nearly two hours, was admirities of the island, together with the able both in detail, and incident; and Christian-like kindness and sympathy closed with an earnest appeal in behalf of the Baptist brethren, the Rev. Mr. of the Association Society's Missions. Knibb, and other excellent ministers The succeeding resolutions were moved of that church, some of whom have and seconded by Messrs. James Edgar since gone to their heavenly rest. Mr, and Weston, Association ministers, Pennock, in the course of his speech, with animated speeches. Thanks were gave an interesting account of the re also tendered to Mr. Pennock, for his markable and unexpected assistance he very interesting and efficient aid, and had met with from the sympathetic were signified in a very impressive kindness and pecuniary aid afforded by manner by the large congregation a number of Hebrew merchants in standing. Thanks were also voted to Kingston, in the season of extreme the collectors, for their efficient and difficulty, in fitting up the first Asso gratuitous services; to the chairman ciation chapel in that city, who in and the Rev. T. C. Finch, Baptist, three weeks contributed, with other for their continued kindness in attendrespectable natives, to the amount of ing the Penzance annual meetings. several hundred pounds for that pur | The doxology was then sung, and a pose; and that many individuals of dismissive prayer having been offered that nation, not unfrequently, attend by the Rev. James Edgar, the large the ministry of the Association at assembly which had again and again Kingston, one of whom, a very talented throughout the evening evinced its youth, was converted under the first unqualified approbation of the prosermon he (Mr.P.) preached in that ceedings, retired highly gratified with chapel, and is now become an able, the mental treat which had been and highly acceptable minister of the afforded. The collections at this anniChristian faith in the Wesleyan Me. versary exceeded those of any former thodist Association in the island of year. Jamaica, declaring to both Jews and Other meetings of the same inGentiles, that Jesus is indeed the teresting character have been held, Christ, the sent of God.
we understand, at Boscastle, Camel. Mr. Pennock also presented a very ford, Wadebridge, Bodmin, Lostinteresting account of the success of withiel, St. Austell, Redruth, Helston, the Association in its commencing | Mullion, Liskeard, Polruan, Polperro, attempt to raise up a native ministry and Devonport. and self-supporting churches, unaided by funds from the mother country ; the commencement indeed, of a new and important era in the work of
GLASGOW. missions; seven or eight talented native men are now, as ministers of the gos A new Chapel, belonging to the Conpel employed by the Association as gregational Methodists, in connexion Missionaries in Jamaica. Mr. P. not with the Wesleyan Methodist Associ. only afforded an ample detail of the ation, was opened for divine worship rise, progress and present position of on Sabbath the 10th of October; when the Association Mission in Jamaica, sermons where preached in the forebut also some exceedingly interesting noon by the Rev. W. Anderson, of the statements in regard to the personal Relief Church, John Street; in the and religious acquirements, and men- / afternoon by the Rev. A. Keene, minister of the congregation; and in the sofa. This variation from the usual evening by the Rev. Dr. Wardlaw, mode of constructing pulpits, is the Independent minister. The congre first of the kind in Glasgow : it has a gations, especially in the morning and very pleasing appearance from the body evening, were densely crowded ; and of the chapel; and will supersede the many were obliged to return unable trouble and expence of platform arto obtain even a standing-place within rangements for special occasions. the walls of our "habitation for the The collections amounted to about God of Jacob.” On Monday the thirty pounds, a sum which may ap11th, the service was conducted by pear small to our English friends, who the Rev. Thomas Pullar, Independent not unfrequently announce their hunminister, and on Thursday the 14th by dreds. Ii is however a custom, in the Rev. A. Keene. On Sabbath the Scotland, among all denominations, 17th, the opening services were conti to make a collection at every service, nued; when we were favored with the Sabbath and week-day, on entering the valuable assistance of the Rev. J. Gra sanctuary; so that very large sums are ham, Secession minister of Duke seldom realized on special occasions. Street, in the morning; the Rev. C. J. We raised in this way, at our former Kennedy, of Paisley, in the afternoon; place, about eighty pounds a year; and the Rev. A. Harvie, Relief minis and have every prospect now of inter, of Calton in the evening.
creasing it to above one hundred. The These services have been remarkable aggregate amount of subscriptions for for a rare combination of distinguished religious purposes, in Scotland, is very talent and eminent piety; and will not liberal; and the efforts of our church soon be forgotten by the numerous may be deemed such, when it is congregations who had the privilege of remembered that the number of memattending them. The members of the bers is only about one hundred and Church, desire to record their gratitude | fifty. The subscriptions received to the several ministers who have taken amount to upwards of £400. The part in these solemnities, for the total cost of the chapel, and premises promptitude, cheerfulness and ability, adjoining, (which will yield from £30 with which they have come forward to to £40 a year) is £1300; and the countenance and assist them, in their | remaining debt about £800, the interresponsible, but interesting undertak est of which the members have agreed ing. The liberality of sentiment they to subscribe, that the seat rents may have displayed, cannot be too much be applied to the liquidation of the admired and applauded; and we hope | principal. About £30 has already the day is dawning when the Christian | been realized by seat letting. It is Church, in her different sections, shall | situated within a short distance of the be more concerned to enjoy and mani college, to which the trustees pay an fest the unity of love, and less intent annual ground rent. The neighbourupon uniformity of faith, in matters, hood is thickly populated, and affords confessedly non-essential to the salva us an ample field for doing good. tion of the soul.
Our cause, in Glasgow, is now This Chapel is, perhaps, the weatest upon a more eligible footing than it and most comfortable of its size, in has ever been heretofore. We have a the City; and the workmanship reflects place to worship in, of which we have great credit upou all the contractors undisturbed and unrestricted possesfor the elegant and substantial manner sion; and it is our ardent prayer that in which it has been executed. The God may favour us with his effectual dimensions are sixty feet by forty, with blessing, in seeking to arouse the listfront and side galleries; and the chapel less, reclaim the wanderer, and edify is capable of accommodating eight the believing. The words of the hundred persons. For the pulpit there Psalmist aptly express the cherished is a platform, fifteen feet long by ten feet desire of our hearts, “Let thy work broad, with a balcony in front; and appear unto thy servants, and thy furnished with a neat carpet and small ) glory unto their children. And let the beanty of the Lord our God be with an appeal to the Leeds' Society, upon us : and establish thou the work at once earnest and successful, that as of our hands upon us, yea, the work one of the brethren now labouring of our hands establish thou it.”
amongst them, had offered himself to A. K.
the Connexional Committee to return with him to Jamaica, and as the Com
mittee had thought him the most LEEDS.
eligible person, and had therefore On Sabbath morning, December accepted his offer, that although he 12, 1841, Mr. Pennock preached in was appointed to them until the next Park Chapel, Caroline Street; at the Annual Assembly, they should freely same time Mr. Rowland preached in give him up. The whole of Mr. Penthe Lady Lane Chapel. In the after pock's speech was fraught with inforpoon Mr. Rowland preached in the mation the most interesting, and inciTabernacle ; and in the evening Mr. dents the most striking. Mr. Baxter Pennock preached in the chapel in then addressed the meeting, after Lady Lane. Mr. Pennock was sur whom the Rev. J. E. Giles, Baptist prised when he came within sight of minister, delivered an appropriate the Lady Lane Chapel, its elegance speech. The collections amounted and magnitude being so much superior to £34, and, considering the vast to his expectations. The congregation amount of distress" which prevails in also exceeded his expectation : the the town and neighbourhood of Leeds, place was crowded to excess; a de. it was fully as much as we expected. lightful feeling pervaded the assembly. On the Sabbath, and on the Monday On Monday our public meeting was evening, the influence which attended held in the same place, we commenced the sermons and speeches was extra. at six o'clock with singing and prayer, ordinary. On each occasion truths and it was, with great difficulty, con the most substantial and telling were cluded at 10 o'clock, John Clapham, announced, and the congregations at Esq. one of the magistrates for the each of the services, especially on the Borough, occupied the chair, and never Sabbath afternoon and evening, and did a chairman seem more at home. on Monday evening, were overflowing. After Mr. Clapham had spoken, he Two blessed days we had, and they was followed by the Rev. E. Jukes, In will not, I am sure, be soon forgotten dependent minister; Rev. T. Alkinson, by our friends in Leeds. New Connexion Minister; Mr, Row The Rev. J. E. Giles, in the conland and by the Rev. Mr. Pennock. | clusion of his speech, presented to the The address of Mr.Pennock, which oc- Almighty the most affecting petitions cupied nearly two hours, referred to in behalf of Mr. Pennock's life, health, the social, moral, and religious condi voyage, and success in his ministerial tion of the people of Jamaica, and to labours on his return to Jamaica. the origin of the Wesleyan Methodist Turning 10 him in the presence of the Association in that island ; its pro multitude, and lifting up his voice and gress, and present condition. He said, heart to God (ove felt he did, he four years and a half ago they num prayed in the most touching mannerbered only one hundred, but at the “ Long may you live; and may that time of his leaving for England they life be crowned with health and haphad increased to near five thousand. He piness! May the God of winds and also gave an interesting account of the waves be propitious, and carry you Missionaries now labouring there, and in safety to your flock; and may the of the calls they have from other parts Holy Spirit give you success among of the island; and also to the favour- | your people, that many may in the able situation of the island itself for great day call you blessed!" " And the transmission of the Word of Life all the people said Amen!” And let to Cuba, Hayti, the Bahamas, the the whole body to whom he belongs, Carribee, the Virgin, the Leeward, and 1 and over whom you preside, reiterate Windward Islands; and concluded “Amen and Amen."
| W. T. Burchell, Baptist, E. C. Sims,
Lady Huntingdon's, w. Seaton, New The following communication not Connexion minister, J. Peters and having been forwarded until the com W. Reed, of Rochdale, J. B. Sheppard mencement of December, we hesitated of Bury, W. Ince of Heywood, and T. to give it insertion. If our friends Townend of Bacup. The above serwish their special services to be no vices were numerously attended, and ticed, they must let us have the infor the deep interest felt in the Missionary mation soon after such services are held. cause, was manifested by the fact
that the collections amounted to £93 On Sunday, Sep. 19th, 1841, two 5s. 0fd. sermons were preached in Baillie St. It is highly gratifying to witness the Chapel, Rochdale, by the Rev. T. zeal and diligence with which the Pennock, of Jamaica, on behalf of the Ladies prosecute their duties as monthWesleyan Association Home and For ly collectors, notwithstanding the many eign Missions ; and on the following discouragements and difficulties caused Tuesday Evening, a Mission ary Meet by the present depressed state of coming was held in the same place, the merce'; and it is equally cheering to chair was taken at seven o'clock, by see that the liberality of our subscriSamuel Heap, Esq., and the meeting bers has not abated. May God increase addressed by the Revds. T. Pennock, this attachment to His cause, and give of Jamaica, D. Hewitt, Independent, I prosperity to Zion,
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ON ETERNIT Y. As these lines are somewhat extensively known, we have hesitated at giving them insertion.
A8, however, they are probably 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, Paint its duration to the thought,
Where'er their watery fleeces spread : Tell every beam the sun emits,
Through old time's long protracted tour, When in sublimest noon he sets,
From Adam to the present hour. Tell every light winged mote that strays
Still short the sum, nor can it vie Within its ample round of rays:
With the more numerous years that lie Tell all the leaves and all the buds
Embosomed in Eternity; That crown the gardens, fields and woods.
Were there a belt that would contain, Tell all the spires of grass the meads
In its vast orb the earth and main, Produce, when spring propitious leads
With figures were it crusted o'er, The new-born year ; tell all the drops
And not one cypher in the score, That light upon their bended tops;
And would your lab'ring thought assign Sheds in soft silence; to display
The total of the crowded line, Their beauties with the rising day;
How scant the amount : the attempt how Tell all the sand the ocean leaves,
To reach durations endless chain ; [vain, Tell all its changes all its waves ;
For when as many years are run, Or tell with most laborious pains
Unbounded age is just begun. The drops its mighty mass contains.
Attend, O man, with awe divine, Be this astonishing account,
For this eternity is thine. Augmented with the full amount
ON THE NEW YEAR. Blest opening of another year!
And vainly scans my feeble thought, Thy cheerful sounds dispel the fear
What the year's changes will have wrought
If God my life prolong.
How low my joys may ebb; my woc
How high its rising tide may flow,
I leave to his command;
In bliss or grief, in smiles or tears,
My times are in His hand.
LONDON: T. C. JOHNS, PRINTER, Red Lion Court Fleet Street.
WESLEYAN 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