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men of the “baser sort," companions At our Quarterly Meeting, our total in vice, the troublers of the neigh. increase of members since the Conbourhood, and guilty of various mis. fsrence was 500, besides 400 received chiefs and offences, and likely, if on trial, and 125 children, apparently they had not been stopped, to have the subjects of a work of grace, come to an untimely end, as some of making upwards of 1000 persons who them acknowledge; for one of them bave begun to meet in class in this has owned, that it was the object of circuit since the last Conference, the his ambition, “ to get a horse and a greater part of whom bave, I believe, brace of pistols, and then he should tasted that the LORD is gracious; nor have been set up." But thank God; does the work seem at a stand; many some time ago, first one came to the brave been awakened, and have begun Chapel, was awakened, and joined to meet, since the tickets were rethe Society, and then another, till newed. Children are exhortiug their only one of the gang remained. One parents to turn to the Lord, and evening, wishing to engage in his parents their children. And, in many former parties, he came to the usual of the cottages of the poor, both in place to seek for some of his com- the town and country, where vice panions; when he was informed that held its dark and unmolested sway, ihey were gone to the Meeting! He and little was heard but profaneness, thought it was time for him to go too, quarrelling, and complaining; order and did so, and has become serious and peace have been introduced, and and reformed; and now the neigh- whole families are heard lifting up bourhood has peace. They have all the voice of prayer and praise around continued steady, except two, and the domestic altar. Even the colliers most of them have found peace. They in the coal-pit, and the batters and all meet in one Class, and their potters in their shops, are seen in Leader gives me great hopes that little groups, einploying their poonsome of them will become useful tides in prayer to God, thus taking characters.
religion with them into their daily The work has been amazingly labours, and sanctifying their busipowerful and rapid. Old grey-headed ness by the spirit of devotion. Indeed, sinners, from 60 to 75 years of age, prayer is become the delight of many; and children of 9 or 10, have found a good sign that the root of the rest for their souls, and can give a matter is in them. reason of the hope that is in them. When I look at the change that
Our snciety in this town has been has taken place in so short a time, doubled since the last Conference; and consider the number of people those at Stoke and Lane End, and now among us, with their faces some smaller places, have been pearly Zionward, I cannot help exclaiming, trebled ; those at Etruria and Fenton “What hath God wrought!" To bis have been more than trebled; and in holy name be all the glory. all we have had some added. . April 13, 1821.
| OPENING OF NEW METHODIST sometimes diminished, by the erection of CHAPELS: (1.) Brunswick Place, New- other chapels in the neighbourhood, it CASTLE-UPON-TYNE.----It is not our continued to be in general greatly crowdcustom to notice very frequently the ed, and on many occasions numbers went opening of New Chapels; but this we away for want of room. Difficulties, consider to be a case of peculiar interest. which seemed insuperable, prevented for The Orphan-House, in the place of which several years the building of a new chapel; the present chapel has been erected, was and such were the attachments of the the second chapel which MR. WESLEY senior members of the Society to the ever built; and its erection forms a pro- House in which they had waited upon minent event in the early history of Me- God from their youth, and had often thodism. It was occupied by the Society heard the word of God from the lips of and congregation in Newcastle more the venerable men who were the first in: than 76 years. For a long time it had struments of the great revival of religion been far too small for the congregation; in these lands, that it was no very easy and, though the excess of hearers was matter to persuade them to embark in
sa undertaking, which would issue in their (2.) SECOND CHAPEL IN DERBY.--A removal from a place with which were Correspondent informs us, that the Meassociated so many grateful recollections. thodists of Derby, with the consent and At length, however, a conviction of duty apppobation of our General Building Comoperated on their conscientious minds, mittee, have recently purchased a neat. and they then gave to the proposal for and commodious Chapel in that town, erecting a new chapel their hearty and (43 feet by 36,) erected A.D. 1816, by a liberal support; other impediments were congregation of Dissenters, and situated removed ; and about fifteen months ago directly on the contrary side of the town the building was commenced with great to our Chapel in King-street, (erected teal and unanimity. A handsome sub- A.D. 1805,) amidst a large and increasscription was soon obtained. His Grace ing population. --The said chapel, now the DUKE OF NORTHUMBERLAND, with called Green-Hill Chapel, was re-opened his usual benevolence, subscribed 501.; for the public worship of Almighty GOD and accompanied his subscription with a on Tuesday, March 20; when two serpolite note, expressive of his approbation mons were preached by the Rev. JONAof the tried loyalty and good conduct of THAN EDMONDSON, from Birmingham, the Wesleyan Methodists of Newcastle. and collections made in aid of the Funds, The chapel is now finished in a style which amounted to 291. 6s. 3d.---We conhighly creditable to the taste, the judg. sider this endeavour to promote the furment, and the piety of the Trustees : its therance of the Gospel in that large town dimensions are 64 by 81 feet, and the as highly honourable to the zeal of our whole expense of land and building, we friends; and heartily wish them success. are informed, is under 50001. We ex- We take the opportunity, suggested by tract the following short account of its the mention of the two new chapels opening from the Newcastle Courant, of mentioned in this article, to observe, that the 3d of March :
much good, we are persuaded, may be "The new Methodist Chapel, in Bruns- effected in various populous Towns and wick Place, Northumberland-street, in Cities, where our Societies are now estathis town, was opened for divine worship blished and respectable, by prudent and on Friday the 23d, and Sunday the 25th well-timed etforts to provide additional ult, when sermons were preached, by the facilities for the ministry of God's word; Rev. Messrs. R. NEWTON, W. ATHER- either by procuring new places in neighTON, and R. Wood, and collections made bourhoods considerably remote from the amounting in all to 2201. 4s., (since in- existing chapels, or by the substitution, creased by donations to 2511. 178. 6d.) if it be practicable, of larger ones for The chapel was crowded, to excess, it those already occupied, where the latter being calculated that nearly 4000 persons are found to be habitually inadequate to were present, of every rank and con- the reception of those who, if they and dition, and of the various religious com- their families could be suitably accommunities, who all seemed liberally to modated, would be disposed to attend patronize the undertaking by their coun- our public worship. Some few chapels, tenance and contributions. The edifice, it must be confessed, have been built in point of commodiousness, taste, and foolishly, where they were not needed; Capacity, is not exceeded by any place of and a still larger number have been worship in the North of England, and on erected on a scale of magnitude, or of the occasion of this solemnity, presented expense, which nothing in the circuma scene of deep and lively interest to the stances of the Societies concerned could religious public of this town and neigh- either require or excuse. But while bourhood, unequalled for a long series of these instances of mischievous error call years."
for deliberation and caution, they ought A respectable correspondent of New- not to extinguish the spirit of zeal and castle, in a letter of recent date, says : enterprise. Our more atfluent friends, “Our new chapel continues to be well who entered in early life, in this respect, attended : the Sunday morning congre- into the labours of the Methodists of a gation is larger than that of the Sunday former generation, and who, with their evening used to be at the Orphan-House, families, have long enjoyed the accomand, we think, we perceive that it regu- modations provided by the liberal sacrilarly increases. On the Sunday evenings fices and pious cares of religious ancesevery seat is filled, and frequently some tors, are, we think, under solemn obliare standing in the aisles : and what is gations to ponder well this subject, if best of all, our prayer-meetings are much their local situation be such as to render increased ; many appear to be deeply it matter of seasonable enquiry, and to impressed ; and we are in great expecta- do at least as much for the spiritual intotion that the LORD will do a great work rests of the succeeding generation, as among us.",
was done for them and their cotomporaries by those founders of Methodism, refusing to bury an Infant Child of two or their immediate successors, who are of his parishioners, who had been bapnow gone to their reward in heaven. 'tized by a Dissenting Minister.' I im. Every Christian should feel himself bound mediately procured it through Mr. . to leave the Church and Cause of CHRIST in Blanshard, and shortly afterwards had a better situation than that in which he found occasion to use it. A Clergyman refused it, by doing every thing in his power to inter a child in this Circuit, because it (especially in his own immediate neigh- was baptized by one of our Welsh bourhood, to which he has peculiar re- Preachers. I sent him Sir John Nicholl's sponsibility,) to consolidate, perpetuate, “ Judgment," requesting him to read it, and extend the influence of Divine Truth: and to return it with a line on the subject; and whoever fails in this part of his duty, or otherwise to allow me, as I should be through carelessness or covetousness, in that part of my Circuit soon, to do whenever he goes hence, will certainly myself the pleasure of calling for it, and die in debt, in a sense not very creditable to have an interview with him. He sent to his christian principles or character. no note, and therefore I called on him, We have no particular reference what- and to my satisfaction he assured me that soever in these remarks; but we con- he never would again refuse to inter chilceive there isust be many cases in our dren, if he were sure they were baptised by large Connexion, to which they may be us; and there it ended. 'We spent half an not improperly applied.
hour in friendly conversation, after which he walked with me out of the yard, and
we parted in peace.” METHODIST-PREACHERS' AUX
We mention this circumstance for ILIARY FUND. As the time approaches
the sake of our Brethren, in retired for collecting the Private Annual Sub
Country-Circuits, who may at any time scriptions on which this Fund, so vitally
meet with similar difficulties. - The eximportant to the comfort of many of our pedient adopted by the writer of the aged or worn-out Preachers, and of the Foreco
foregoing Extract, has recently been Widows and Orphans of those now de
tried in two other cases, and was equally ceased, entirely depends,---we feel it
successful. It will often be found where a duty to insert the following brief
these vexatious refusals take place, that extract of a Note, lately received from a
the parties are really ignorant of the Gentleman of London, in the hope that fact that the Law has been solemnly such a noble example will not be exhi
pronounced, by so high an authority, bited without exciting many to imitate it.
to be in our favour, and that the case “ I have enclosed,” says Mr. --, having been legally settled, no room * a Check for Ten Guincas, to pay up my is left for the exercise of private feelarrears for the last ten years to the Aux- ing or discretion. To remove such iliary Fund for Superannuated Preachers
respectfully furnishing, and Widows ; my subscription having through the transmission of Sir John been annually only one guinea, instead of Nicholl's “ Judgment," the recorded detwo. I was not aware, till lately, of the cision of one of the highest Ecclcsiastical many and pressing cases which that Fund Courts, will generally be found the most is called upon to assist. It appears only effectual step, as well as the inost peacereasonable and just, that when any of our able and conciliatory, that can be taken. Preachers are no longer able to continue And if, in other instances, something less their itinerant labours, a provision should excusa
excusable than mere ignorance may be be made for, their comfortable support reasonably suspected, even then, the peand respectable appearance. This Fund,
rusal of that pamphlet may seasonably and its claims on us, are not suíficiently
remind the party incliacd to practice such known."
intolerance as has sometimes been at
tempted, that he will thereby certainly REFUSALS TO INTER CHILDREN expose himself to the penal visitations of BAPTIZED BY OUR PREACHERS.--- the law; which, in our happy country, The following is an Extract of a Letter extends its impartial shield over all peacereceived from a country-circuit.-" I able and loyal subjects, by protecting the thank you for recommending to us, rights of conscience, and the freedom of at the last Conference, the Pamphlet cn- religious opinion and practice, not only titled “The Judgment, delivered, Dec. from present interruption or molestation, 'sl, 1809, by the RIGHT HONOURABLE but also from that indirect and subse<Sir JOHN NICHOLL, KNr. LL.D. Official quent annoyance, which the spleca and • Principal of the Arches Court of Can- resentment of ill-informed or illiberal in• terbury; upon the Admission of Articles, dividuals have endeavoured to inflict, in . exhibited in a Cause of Office promoted the cases to which this article refers. by KEMP, against Wickes, Clerk, for
(Various Articles intended for our Obituary, and some pieces of Original Poetry, we are Teluctantly obliged to reserve for future insertion.]
Relating principally to the FOREIGN Missions carried on under
the direction of the METHODIST CONFERENCE.
METHODIST MISSIONARY ANNIVERSARIES IN LONDON.
Our Readers will justly expect that we should give some account, as usual, in this Number of the Magazine, of the Meetings lately held in London by the Friends and Supporters of the Wesleyan Missions; and we are happy to gratify that expectation as far as our limited space and imperfect materials will permit. When we speak of imperfect materials, we refer to the Reports of the Speeches delivered on these occasions. Those which have hitherto appeared, we are sorry to say, are by no means 80 accurate as was desirable. We have, however, carefully revised them; and, adopting as our basis the accounts published in that excellent weckly Paper, entitled The Christian Reporter, which we have endeavoured to correct, and in some instances to amplify, by the aid of other documents in our possession, we respectfully offer the following Sketch of these interesting Proceedings.
The Annual Meeting of the Auriliary Society for the London District was held in Great Queen-Street Chapel, in the evening of Wednesday, April 25. It was most numerously attended. RICHARD ROTHWELL, ESQ. ALDERMAN, took the Chair, according to previous appointment, and addressed the Meeting in terms rery kindly and forcibly expressive of his interest in the cause of Missions, and of his attachment both to the Parent Society, and to this Institution, as one of its most important Auxiliaries. A short Report was read by the Rev. R. Watson; and the usual Resolutions, in which the regular business of the evening was embodied, were passed, having been mored or seconded by the following Gentlemen ; viz. the Rev. JAMES BUCKLEY, of Plymouth, and L. HASLOPE, Esq. of London, the Rey. E. GRINDROD, and W. BLAIR, Esq. of London, the Rev. JOHN ANDERSON, of Reading, and S. T. ARMSTRONG, Esq. from America, the Rev. R. Watson and N. BINGHAM, Esq. of London, the Rev. J. GAULTER, of Deptford, and the Rev. F. CALDER, of Brighton, the Rev. John Scorr, of Colchester, and Henry Nores, Esq. of Andover, the Rev. J. Bunting, and Joseph Bulmer, Esq. of London,---by all of whom, as well as by the Rev. Joseph TAYLOR, the Meeting was addressed. An abstract of the Speeches delivered on this occasion we had prepared for this month's Magazine ; but are obliged to defer their publication, in order to make room for even a part of our account of the Anniversary of
THE WESLEYAN-METHODIST MISSIONARY SOCIETY. The Meeting of the Auxiliary Society for the London District was followed by the Religious Services which were preparatory to the more General Meeting of the Members and Friends of the WESLEYAN MISSIONARY SOCIĘTY, assombled from many different parts of the Kingdom, for the purpo of renewing their public testimony of attachment to its object, and their annual pledge of persevering exertion in its support.
The three Sermons, usual on this occasion, were this year preached on Thursday and Friday, April 26th and 27th, in the Chapels of City-road, Queen-street, and Lambeth, by the Rev. Messrs. BUCKLEY, ROBERT NEWTON, and LESSEY, jun. We Vol. XLIV. JUNE, 1821.
take this opportunity of remarking, that we are more than ever convinced of the great importance of connecting such services with the Public Meetings of Missionary Societies, whether in Town or Country. They greatly tend, by the divine blessing, to produce a serious and hallowed tone of feeling ; to chasten and sanctify that high and cheerful excitement, which naturally results from the happy intercourse of large numbers of Friends with each other at these Anniversaries, and from the speeches addressed to them, when so assembled, on some of the most interesting, and often delightful topics, to which the attention of human beings can be directed ;---and to maintain those great principles, by which alone the purity and permanence of missionary zeal can be secured, in their proper position of paramount authority and obligation, as essentially identified with whatever is sacred or amiable in our Holy Religion, and founded on the peremptory injunctions of Divine Revelation. For Public Meetings, as affording the very best facilities for the communication of important intelligence, both as to the incipient success, and as to the still-existing necessity, of Missionary labours, we are sincere and decided advocates. We believe they are greatly blessed by Almighty God, not only in the excitement, but in the proper and efficient direction of benevolent zeal and activity ; and that if they were neglected or discouraged, a large portion of our present means of doing good must at once be (in our judgment most foolishly and criminally) abandoned. But if Missionary Sermons, without Meetings, would leave the work in most cases but halfdone, we fear, on the other hand, that Missionary Meetings, unconnected with Sermons suited to the solemn occasion, and with other special and appropriate exercises of social devotion, would soon lose, by such an omission, more than half of their present blessing to ourselves, and of their eventual utility to those for whose illumination and salvation they are principally convened. For the various information on missionary topics, and for the free and spirited displays of christian eloquence, which characterize a good public Meeting, we are best prepared, when we take time and pains to “sanctify" the whole system “ by the word of God and prayer." Much of this holy influence, we trust, was felt in our late General Meeting, as the result, under God, of the Three Annual Sermons to which we have referred ; and of those which were preached in various Chapels on the subsequent Sabbath.
The business of the General Meeting commenced at eleven o'clock in the forenoon of Monday, April 30, in the City-Road Chapel, which was well filled by a highlyrespectable audience at a very early hour. The applications for admission were, indeed, numerous beyond all former precedent; which we notice with gratitude, as one indication among many cheering ones, that though the novelty of such meetings is over, the interest felt in them has not subsided but increased.---The following is a Report of the Proceedings.
THE Rev. JABEZ BUNTING, as President of the Conference for the time being, was requested to open the Meeting by the usual devotional exercises. He then reported to the Society the unavoidable absence from town, through ill health, of one of its excellent Treasurers, JosEPH BUTTERWORTH, Esq. M. P., who was expected to have officiated as Chairman ; but announced at the same time that COLONEL SANDYS, well known to many of them as a gallant officer long resident in India, and a tried friend of our own and of other Missionary Societies, was on the platform, and had kindly allowed hiinself to be prevailed on to preside on this occasion.
COLONEL SANDYS, having accordingly taken the Chair, spoke, in substance, as follows:
It is with no sinall degree of reluctance that I find myself placed here, and especially when I look around me and see so many Gentlernen on the platform, who have in foreign climes devoted themselves to the glory of God and to the service of his eause. The reason which has prevented MR. BUTTERWORTH from taking the Chair will be sincerely regretted by all who are acquainted with him, and who know low