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ON RECOMMENDING THE MAGAZINES.
“What can be done to obtain an increased circulation of the Magazines ?" It must be allowed that the above is a very important question, and deserving of serious attention, especially as the season of the year approaches for soliciting Subscribers for another year. It must be obvious to all, that the circulation of a periodical amongst a body of Christians, constituted as the Association is, must, in a great measure, nay, almost entirely, depend upon the preachers.
* If the preachers interest themselves in its circulation, it will prosper ; if they do not, it will either languish for want of support, or not prove half so effective as it otherwise might do."
It is a question, whether, as a body in general, or as preachers in particular, we feel that interest in the larger Magazine which we ought: whether we regard its influence, in a moral or religious point of view, as we are warranted in doing. If the Magazine is at all calculated to further the cause we have in view-to disseminate Scriptural knowledge to build up believers on their most holy faith— to exert a moral influence wherever it is read-to lead the young to a knowledge of God,-ought not its circulation to be as extensive as possible? By this means, many will be made acquainted with the state of the Association, and thus be led to rejoice in its progress, and sympathize in its difficulties. Its precious biography will also prove a lasting blessing. Whilst thus encouraging its circulation in every possible way, we shall be doing good in our day and generation, and strengthening the weak hands, and confirming the feeble knees. The Magazine ought also to prove an auxiliary to the spread of the Gospel in a pecuniary point of view. But how can it, unless its circulation be extended ?
Though it is a hackneyed phrase, that infidelity, under various forms, with all its attendant evils, is on the increase ; yet still it is an awful truth; and the press is made to bear a part in this evil work. And what shall retard or stop its progress? The press, undoubtedly, in part. “ This powerful engine, the press (says Dr. Pye Smith), is now worked most dreadfully on the side of error and wickedness; and the result is easy to be foreseen, if the friends of truth and righteousness will not be active in the same way. Surely, then, it is a duty solemnly incumbent upon all, to do what they can for the upholding and extension of this mode of usefulness. From such a conviction, I have for many years endeavoured to serve my country and mankind." Such is the language of a distinguished minister of Jesus Christ.
In Mr. Wesley's letter to a preacher (see February Magazine, 1842), he thus writes: “ It gives me pleasure to hear that you are not weary in welldoing, but are diligent in advancing the cause of religion. There is one way of doing this, in which it will be worth your while to take some pains. I mean in recommending the Magazines. If you say of them, in every society, what you may say with truth, and say it with an air of earnestness, you will produce several new subscribers."
I believe the above has seldom failed. It is to be feared, that it is in this as well as in other respects, that we have not, because we ask not. Any want of subscribers, must in a great measure be chargeable upon our preachers. The people want the subject to be brought before them, and to be urged, and recommended to take them.
Let the Children's Magazine be recommended in every Sunday School, and in every family where there are children; and the larger Magazine in every Society, and in families generally where it is likely to be taken. If the above be done, there will speedily be an increased circulation.
It must be obvious to all, that the circulation of the Magazines will be of essential service to the Association at large. We should also have more intel
ligent congregations. Knowledge would spread, and knowledge confers power. If we are desirous that wisdom and knowledge should be the stability of our times, we must make use of the means. Let those who have the ability, send suitable communications for insertion in the Magazines, and thus make the Magazines as effective as possible, and let preachers and people circulate them to the utmost of their power.
We live in eventful times! Diligent efforts are now making again to cover the earth with gross darkness. We must combat this darkness with lightthe light of truth.
We live in eventful times! Many are saying, who will show us any good ? The mind of man, particularly at the present moment, is restless. It needs food-spiritual and mental food-food of the right sort,-not the unsubstantial food of mysticism, or the tainted food of Romanism, but the “ sincere milk of the Word, that it may grow thereby.”
We live in eventful times! And would adopt in conclusion, the words of a well known writer, “ Look at the state of the world : the whole of society in motion, and multitudes rising from their slumbers in all lands. Millions upon millions are looking out for the clear light of truth; and in consequence of the little that is done for the plenteous diffusion of that light, multitudes are losing themselves in darkness, and others see nothing clearly. We have it in our power, by the blessing of God, in some measure, to supply the called for light, and to communicate life and joy to thousands. We have the opportunity of pushing forward society at large in the way of religious improvement, and hastening the universal salvation of mankind. By a wise and liberal use of the press, we may do all these things; and shall we not have the heart to do them?” Camelford.
RELIGIOUS INTELLIGENCE. OPENING OF A NEW CHAPEL, | where he preached to a respectable
assembly from Matthew xxv. 34. HOLYWELL, WALES.
this time a labouring man, (Hugh Mr. Editor,—It will no doubt af Williams) voluntarily offered the use ford great pleasure to many of your of his house for Sabbath day preaching, readers to find that the cause of God which was accepted, and preaching in connexion with the Wesleyan Me- regular on the Lord's day was estabthodist Association, is at present gain- lished at the hours of two and six. ing ground, and taking root in several This was a happy circumstance, and parts of the Principality; through the with it may be connected the beneficial blessing of God on the indefatigable results that followed. About this time, labours of your Missionaries, a society the writer, with a few others, members has lately been established at Holywell, of the Methodist Society, attended the under very favourable auspices; as will afternoon service, when the Rev. R. appear from the following brief state Richards, (Missionary) preached from ment.
Isa. lxiii. 1. The discourse was afOn the 4th of August, 1841, one of | fecting, and inany shed tears of joy your Missionaries, J. Griffiths, visited whilst listening to the heart-felt recital this town, and preached in the open of our Saviour's sufferings, and ultiair from Prov. xxiii. 26, not less than mate victory over his enemies. The 1500 persons then listened to him. On following sabbath, brother T. Roberts the 13th of the same month he paid us of Wrexham, preached from 1 Pet. i. a second visit, and was favoured with 19. By this time great excitement the use of the Independent chapel ; ' prevailed with regard to the principles and objects of the Association; and | contributions exceeded our most sanin course of the following week, an guine expectations. Fifteen persons interview took place between the writer, remained behind, and were enrolled as W. Williams, class leader and local members of the Association; some of preacher, and W. Roberts, also a mem whom had never met in Christian felber of the Conference body; when after lowship before. some deliberation, and in consideration But now, Sir, we had a fiery ordeal of several Methodistic grievances, they | to pass through; the unkind insinuadetermined upon casting in their lot | tions of a bigoted and interested faction, with the Association. In the afternoon the revilings of our late brethren, and and evening of the following Sabbath, the upbraidings of those of our own R. Gabriel of Trenddyn, preached | households, conspired to make our pofrom Jer. viii. 22, and from Cant. iv. sition any thing but agreeable to flesh 16. After the evening sermon the and blood ; but Sir, our position was preacher invited as many as were se- sacred, we had principles to stand by, riously inclined to remain, for the and were resolved to keep our conpurpose of Christian fellowship, when science void of offence.seven remained. Brother Gabriel gave an edifying exhortation, and encouraged
The fiercer the blast, us with the assurance that when the
The sooner it's past. Missionary arrived he would enroll our names, and form us into a Society, In all our most trying circumstances and that every attention would be paid the Divine presence was recognized to our spiritual and eternal welfare. amongst us, and the hand of God was It was a blessed hour, and never while with us, and He prospered the work memory holds her seat shall we forget / of our hands. I shall now pass over the intense interest, and the heart. 1 a period of about ten months, during thrilling emotions we mutually felt on which, notwithstanding the wrong feelthe occasion. Next morning, brother ings of our opponents, we prospered ; Williams, waited on myself and T. our families became reconciled, and we Roberts. We then agreed 10 rent a had rest and were edified--and walkspacious room, connected with the ing in the sear of the Lord, and in the Coach and Horses Inn, Whitford-street, comfort of the Holy Ghost, were mul(in which the Calvinistic Methodists tiplied. Our members having now first commenced preaching in this reached to about forty, we became town) at £6 Os. per annum; we also, anxious for a chapel, but the idea bore on our own responsibility repaired and a very formidable aspect; however, fitted up the place with pulpit, forms, Providence opened the door, and out-door entrance, &c. incurring there- | through the unwearied exertions of by an expenditure of not less than brother Williams, we succeeded in £12. There was something providen- erecting a very neat chapel in Welltial in all this; by the time ihe Mis- | street, capable of holding from 300 sionary arrived on Saturday the room to 400 people. was completed, and the bellman had On Sunday morning, August 21, announced the opening service. The 1842, the new chapel was opened : same evening brother Williams at at seven o'clock, a prayer-meeting tended the Conference leaders' meeting, was held for the special out-pouring and there, amidst the expostulations of the Holy Spirit. Several friends and general regret of all present, gave from different parts of the circuit were up his class books, and resigned his present, and united in supplicating the membership. The next day was throne of Divine Grace. A more defraught with blessings, brother Richards | lightful season we never enjoyed ; preached in the afternoon from Rev. | indeed such grateful acknowledgnients vi. 17, and in the evening from Job xix. of mercies received, such aspirations 25, 26, 27. The discourses were im of praise to the Giver of all good, and pressive and edifying. Collections | such importunate entreaties for the were made after each service, and the Divine blessing on the place we were
setting apart for the worship of the by many hundreds of perishing sinners, Almighty God, we have seldom heard. / may be as bread cast on the waters to At ten o'clock we re-assembled, when be seen after many days. our venerable fathers in Christ, the Tuesday morning at nine o'clock, a Revs. T. Jones of Liverpool, and R. public meeting, previously announced Blunt, from Harwood, preached ; the by placards through the town, was one was from John viii. 10, 11, the held; when lectures were delivered on other from Matthew vi, 21. At two the Constitution of a Church, and the o'clock in the afternoon we again met, nature and extent of Christian liberty ; when Mr. Jones of Liverpool, suppli and our reasons for seceding from the cated the throne of grace; and the Conference connexion were then stated. Rev.J. Griffiths (Missionary) preached The meeting, though held at an inwith his usual ability from Rev. vi. 2. convenient hour, was numerously The chapel was densely crowded, and attended; and it is hoped it will numbers were obliged to return home have a beneficial effect: indeed, the unable to obtain admittance. At six present state of intellect in Wales is o'clock in the evening, brother Griffiths such as to warrant us in the conclusion again preached from Jer. xxiji. 5, and that the reign of ecclesiastical misrule after him, Mr. Jones of Liverpool, is drawing to a close; and that the from Rev. vi. 17. The discourses were tree of Christian liberty shall ere long both powerful and searching, and three spread its broad branches throughout penitents were led to cry for mercy. the length and breadth of this land.
Monday morning at seven o'clock, Were I requested to point out the the brethren met again for prayer; the most striking features of the Principa. Divine presence appeared amongst us,
lity, I would not speak of the woodand never was the sentiment of the ed glen that echoes the sounding Poet more happily realized, than at cataract, or the blue lake that chequers that time :
the mountain scenery; I would menPrayer ardent opens heav'n, lets down
tion none of nature's beauties,—I a stream
would fix my finger on a bold and Of glory on the consecrated hour, intelligent peasantry, who abhor the Of man in audience with the Deity. very idea of slavery, in whatever form
or aspect it may appear. I would refer At ten o'clock brother Griffiths from to the fearless spirit of enquiry which Bangor, preached from John iii. 16, pervades the people, a spirit which afterwards Mr. H. Mitchell from Josh. accounts no subject too sacred for its xxii. 23. The chapel was well filled, investigation, but undauntedly requires and the congregation respectable. In the why and the wherefore of the laws, the afternoon at two o'clock, brother customs, and institutions of society. Michael commenced with reading and It avails not with them that we plead the prayer, and Messrs. Griffiths, and J. usage of former times, to prove that Harris of Bangor, preached two most our fathers thought and acted in this excellent discourses, the former from manner; these arguments have but 2 Thess. i. 7, the latter from 1 Cor. vii. little weight in the mind of an en30, 31. The congregation was very lightened Welshman; the reason of large. At six o'clock in the evening, the practice is demanded, and its oblibrother Jones opened the meeting, and gation on the conscience. must be brothers Harris and Michael preached; 1 proved. the former delivered a most elaborate Judging from the present aspect of discourse from Heb. i. 1.; the latter society, the success which has hitherto preached a very judicious sermon from attended our labours, and the calls Psalm xvi. 10, 11. The chapel during which are continually made by the adthis service was crowded io excess, 1 jacent towns and neighbourhoods, I and completely surrounded by a dense feel justified in asserting that any exermultitude. And may we not hope tion made by the Association, in prothat the word of life thus powerfully moting the cause of God in Wales, preached, and so anxiously listened to will be attended with beneficial results: the state of the cause in Holywell is lowed the whole of the services, and a sufficient demonstration, being en- | the collections far exceeded general extirely the fruit of Missionary labour. I pectation.
We have to express our unfeigned The chapel has been made a third thanks to those friends who have so longer, besides the erection of an end promptly assisted us on this memorable gallery, and the walls raised much occasion; especially to those of dif | higher, with the addition of circular ferent denominations who have so cor- | headed windows. It stands in the dially entertained our strangers, and midst of a dense and increasing popucontributed to our funds. Through lation; is decidedly one of the neatthe active labours of our brethren, and est chapels in the circuit, and gives the liberal contributions of our friends additional interest to the appearance in general, together with the economy of the village. The prospects of the exercised in the building, the whole Church there are exceedingly cheering. of the debt remaining on this neat May their hopes be more than realized and commodious edifice will not ex in the salvation of hundreds of souls. ceed £100.
J. EDGAR. The advantages of this chapel over the late room will appear from our having had £6. per annum rent to pay
SALFORD. by special quarterly subscriptions.
On Monday, the 10th inst., we comWhilst in the new chapel, which is
menced a protracted meeting in our more conveniently situated, we have
new chapel in Oldfield Road, and contwice the room, together with eighteen
tinued it through the week. It was family pews to rent, a great part of
conducted as follows:- Sermons were which are already taken, and also a large space in the body of the chapel
preached, on Monday, by Rev. James
Molineux; on Tuesday, by Rev. Saappropriated to free sittings.
muel Lambrick; on Wednesday, by In conclusion we have to record our heart-felt thanks to Almighty God, for
Rev. A. Weston; on Thursday, by the signal marks of His favour in all
Rev. T. Ellery; and on Friday, by
Rev. H. Breedon ;—and a public band our undertakings, and we pray Him to grant that the place thus erected,
meeting was held on Saturday. and set apart for His glory, may be
As soon as the sermons, which were
edifying, impressive, and well suited recognized as the birth-place of many
to the occasion, were delivered, a prayer immortal souls. Amen.
meeting was commenced, and continued as long as circumstances rendered it expedient, All the services were ex
ceedingly well attended; an overwhelmHELSTON CIRCUIT.
ing influence rested upon the people;
and the end for which they were held At Ashton, on the 25th of Sept.,
was answered-sinners were saved, was re-opened, after undergoing considerable repairs, the Wesleyan Me
backsliders reclaimed ; and believers
built up “ upon their most holy faith.” thodist Association Chapel, when three
To God be all the glory. Could not most excellent and useful sermons were
our friends in other parts of the Condelivered. That in the morning at
| nexion follow our example ? half-past ten, by Mr. Hichens, of Illogan, from Is. xxv. 6,7,8. In the
A. WOODROW. afternoon by the Rev. E. Wright, from Gal. vi. 10.; in the evening, by the Rev. W. Jackson, from Acts xiii. 38,
MACCLESFIELD. 39. The congregations were exceed
OPENING OF THE WESLEYAN METHOingly good the whole of the day, and in the evening many were compelled
DIST ASSOCIATION NEW CHAPEL. to go away unable to obtain admission. | The erection of places for the public The Divine presence delightfully hal- | worship of Almighty God is, to minds