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happy in the enjoyment of religious privi- I give expression to it, in włat he called leges, and active in holy duties amidst great “ tears of overwhelming joy." physical infirmity and ever-growing dis 1 On the 13th of January, 1848, my be. ease he passed the last years of his life. loved friend finished his course, and * fell

The immediate cause of his death was asleep in Jesus ;” and on the following said to be gastric irritation, which became Thursday was interred by his pastor in the more and more aggravated, till he could | burial-ground of Paul's Chapel, Taunton. not take a particle of food. For himself He was “a good man and feared God he had no anxiety-no" fear of death ;" | above many." Reader !-nay you and I he felt that he was in Christ, and desired to “ be followers of those, who through faith depart and be with Him. At one period, and patience now inherit the promises.” so vivid was his sense of the love of God

H. W. to his soul, that he could hardly bear the Teukeslury. blessedness he felt ; and was obliged to

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Field, Esq., F.R.S., of Balham. The first The meeting for the Midsummer half

testimonial that was presented was from the yearly distribution of profits arising from

church and congregation, consisting of a The sale of the Evangelical Magazine, will

purse of gold and an address, elegantly take place, (D.V..) on Tuesday, the 3rd of |

| bound, which was read by Price Hopkins, July, at eleven o'clock, at Baker's Coffee Esq. The next testimonial was from the House, Change-alley, Cornhill, when the

officers and teachers of the Sabbath-school, attendance of the town and country Trustees

a large number of whom had been brought is earnestly and respectfully requested.

to the knowledge of the truth by the earnest and faithful ministry of Dr. Alliott.

The present consisted of a copy of the VALEDICTORY SERVICES, YORK-ROAD

Septuagint, beautifully got up, with a suitCHAPEL, LAMBETH.

able inscription, and an address delivered

by the superintendent, Mr. John Terry. IN consequence of the Rev. Dr. Alliott

The last testimonial was from the students having accepted an urgent invitation to the

of a logic and rhetoric class, which has been important office of President and Theolo

gratuitously conducted by the Doctor for gical Tutor of the Western College, at many months. Most of these young men Plymouth, the following valedictory ser | are in course of preparation for the Chrisvices have been held by the Church, at | tian ministry, and all have found in Dr. York-road, to take leave of their beloved Alliott a tried and valued friend, a wise and and highly-esteemed pastor. On Monday

| efficient teacher, a spiritual adviser, and evening, June 4th, the first of these services

a beloved pastor. The testimonial was was held, when a most affectionate address | a handsomely bound copy of Bagster's was delivered to the Pastor by the Rev. | English Hexapla, with an appropriate James Sherman, who brought with him the | inscription within. It was presented sympathies of many ministers, and many

nany ministers, and many with an affectionate address to the Docchurches, and many students of different

many students of different tor, by Mr. P. I. Percy, who observed colleges, who would lose, in the removal that it was “a trifling tribute to great of Dr. Alliott, a most efficient examiner, worth.” The Doctor briefly replied to and one who was always at his post. An | each; the intensity of his feeling would not address was also delivered to the church by permit him to say much; he closed, amidst the Rev. George Clayton, suited to the cir: the excitement of all, with the beautiful cumstances in which it is placed by the loss blessing of Dr. Watts : of so beloved a pastor. The Revs. Dr. Jenkyn, James Hill, D. Thomas, and J. "Peace be within this sacred place, Baldwin Brown took part in the devotional

And joy a constant guest;

With holy gifts, and heavenly grace, exercises of the evening. On Thursday

Be her attendants bless'd. evening, the 7th inst., the church and congregation met at a social tea-meeting, for Resolutions were also moved and seihe purpose of presenting to their valued / conded by the deacons of the church and Pastor, some trifling tokens of their high others who had formely held office in the VOL. XXVII.

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church. A most harmonious and delight- Rev. Dr. Raffles. The bnsiness of the day ful spirit pervaded the meeting.

consisted, in part, in receiving reports from On Lord's-day evening, June 10th, the the examiners as to the progress of the Rev. Doctor preached his farewell sermon students in their various departments of to a crowded audience, from Acts xii. 25, study,-in classics, mathematics, biblical which, at the particular request of many | criticism, ecclesiastical history, and docfriends, will be published. Doctor Alliott trinal and pastoral theology. The examiners has been beloved by all who knew him; 1 were 'the Rev. Drs. Redford and Halley, his preaching has not been with enticing / and the reports read by these gentlemen words of man's wisdom, but the plain,

were honourable to the students and tutors, faithful, and unadorned preaching of the

and highly satisfactory to the meeting. cross. His labours have been eminently The President read a report as to the inowned, to the conversion of vast numbers ternal state of the College during the to the faith of Christ. His loss will long be sessional vear, and bore gratifying testifelt in this Christian church, in the neigh- 1 mony to the truly fraternal feeling subsistbourhood of Lambeth, and by surrounding ing among the students, and to their general ministers and churches; the testimony of conduct. The Rev. John Kelly then deall to his character is, that he is a man who livered an address to the students, full of has walked with God. But while the wise counsels in relation to their duties and church laments their loss, they cannot but | prospects, and which it is hoped will be congratulate the students of the Western printed. “After this address, several resoluCollege on the prospect of enjoying the tions were adopted by the meeting, being tuition of so competent a teacher, so great moved and sustained by the Rev. Drs. a scholar, and so exemplary a Christian ;

Redford, Halley. Vaughan, and Davidson ; they heartily congratulate the church at | by the Rev. Messrs. Fletcher, Sutcliffe, large that the chair of the late excellent Dr. Poore, Gwyther, and Raven, and by Mr. Payne is about to be filled by so able and Charles Robertson. In the refreshment worthy a successor, by one who, in addi- | room, the claims of the College were again tion to eminent literary qualifications, is a urged on the attention of its friends, and living epistle of Christ, an embodiment of the general feeling appeared to be, that no the spirit of the gospel. They pray that he temporary difficulty can prevent this immay be abundantly blessed in the new, im portant institution from becoming the centre portant sphere of Christian 'usefulness on of large benefit to remote generations. The which he is entering, and may see, as the plantations around the college are now result of his labours, multitudes of young grown into great richness and beauty. Not men go from beneath his spiritual over the least pleasing feature of the day was sight. who shall be devoted and faithful the presence of so many pastors of churches, preachers of Christ crucified, and shine in | who had received or completed their educathe church as stars in the firmament of tion in the new college. heaven. Lambeth, June 11th, 1849.


On Tuesday, 29th of May, Mr. J. C. NEW TABERNACLE, OLD-STREET-ROAD. Rook was ordained to the pastoral office THE Rev. Isaac Vaughan, of Olney,

over the church and congregation assemBucks, has been invited to become the stated

bling at the Old Meeting House, Thaxted, minister of the Church and Congregation

Essex. assembling in the New Tabernacle, Old

The Rev. R. Frost, of Dunmow, comStreet-road, and has cordially accepted the

menced the morning service by praver and same.

reading the Scriptures; the Rev. S. Ransom, Classical and Hebrew Tutor of Hack

ney College, delivered the introductory PROVINCIAL.

discourse; the Rev. John Adey, of Union

Chapel, London, asked the usual questions; LANCASHIRE INDEPENDENT COLLEGE.

the Rev. H. J. Rook, of Faversham, offered

'the ordination prayer; the Rev. John WatOn Thursday last, the fifth anniversary son, Resident Tutor of Hackney College, of the Lancashire Independent College i delivered a most powerful charge to the took place at the College, Moss-side, near newly-ordained minister, and the Rev. C. Manchester. The day was highly favour- | Berry, of Hatfield Heath, concluded with able, and the attendance more numerous'prayer. At the close of the service, about than it has ever been on these occasions. two hundred persons, including a numerous The large library was well-filled with assemblage of ministers, dined together in ladies and gentlemen from Manchester, a spacious booth, erected for that purpose, Liverpool, and various parts of Lancashire when addresses of an appropriate character and Cheshire. The chair was filled by the were delivered. In the evening, the service

was commenced by the Rev. F. Pollard, of Rev. J. Tippetts. A tea-meeting was apSaffron Walden, and a highly useful and pointed to take place in the school-rooms judicious discourse was preached to the adjoining the chapel; but owing to the people by the Rev. W. A. Hurndall, of unexpected number that attended, it was Bishop Stortford, from Heb. xiii. 17. The found necessary for the accommodation of Rev. E. Stephens, Baptist minister, at all to adjourn into the chapel. The chair Thaxted, concluded the services of the day was occupied by the Worshipful the Mayor, with prayer. The church at Thaxted can | J. J. Ridge, Esq. In the course of the boast, like many churches in the surround evening one of the deacons, in the name of ing town, that it has had but two ordination the congregation, presented their much. or recognition services in the space of more respected minister with a handsome timethan sixty years.

piece, which bore upon it the following

inscription : “ Presented February 20th,

| 1849, by the church and congregation PRESENTATION OF A TESTIMONIAL.

meeting in Princes-street Chapel, GravesOn Tuesday, the 20th Feb., the con- | end, to the Rev. John Tippetts, as a token gregation assembling at the Princes-street of affectionate regard for twenty-one years' Chapel, Gravesend, celebrated the twenty- faithful and devoted services as their pasfirst anniversary of the pastorate of the tor.'

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cognizes, and our modes of worship imply, Read at the Annual Meeting of the Durham

absolute and direct dependence upon the and Northumberland County Associution,

agency of the Holy Spirit for spiritual

success. For the most part, we commence April 11, 1849.

the public worship of the sabbath by an " AMIDST much that is calculated to hum. avowal of that dependence, invoking that ble us and to depress, in the present position sacred Being's aid. We repudiate liturgical and circumstances of the church, we may forms, because we rely upon his making regard it as a token for good that a general intercession within us according to the will and anxious inquiry has been awakened of God; and while in the exposition of the respecting the causes of failure, and the Scriptures and the proclamation of the most etficient methods to be adopted in gospel, we bring into exercise the mental carrying forward the work of the Lord. powers we possess, and the various learning How we can best meet the intellectual we may have acquired, we often distinctly requirements and remedy the intellectual declare that all ettorts will be in vain unless evils of the age,-how we can interest the the Holy Spirit prepare the hearts of the masses of our population,-how we can hearers and water the seed which is sown. secure the affections of our sabbath scho If, then, He be dishonoured--if our prolars, and attach them to our churches, fessed devotions be cold and functional, he these, with others, are questions which have will be grieved—will withdraw his sacred been earnestly canvassed amongst us. The influence, the evil will be increased, our same feeling prompts the present inquiry efforts will be paralyzed, no blessing will inferior to none in importance, and cer attend the means used, and soon lukewarmtainly not uncalled for, if we reflect upon ness will be succeeded by the icy chill of the listless and undevout appearance which death. Our worship may be intellectualour worshipping assemblies often present, there may be classical correctness and or upon the feebleness of and scanty attend imaginative beauty, but if there be not the ance upon our meetings for prayer.

direct aid of the Holy Spirit, there will be The inquiry fairly embraces both these no heart, no warmth, no real worship at all. departments, relating alike to improvement It is an evil which generates itself, which in the devotional parts of our public ser increases insensibly, though with rapidity, vices, and in those engagements which are and against which, even at its commencealmost exclusively devotional, - engage ment, we must be upon our guard. Is it ments which, for the most part, are attended affirming too much, or exaggerating the by professing Christians alone. The evil importance of the theme, when I say, that it implies is one of great magnitude, very so long as this evil is rife, all the other perilous, and, if not remedied, fatal to all evils we mourn will remain, and that to our hopes of denominational prosperity and remedy this is the surest, the wisest, the

most philosophical method of remedying pre-eminently the great instrument in the them? Let us be grateful that the glory conversion of sinners, while we would not has not departed from our assemblies, and for one moment attempt to lessen its imthat often we are made joyful in the house portance, yet it must not too exclusively of prayer; but still, has not the evil assumed occupy the thoughts in anticipating the such an aspect that it may well call for great | engagements of the sanctuary. Whether searchings of heart ? If it be true, that we, brethren, are blameless in reference to often in our public worship, when the pastor this, is a grave question. Do we manifest is engaged in prayer, avowedly presenting | by our deportment, and by our mode of the morning oblation of thanksgiving, or conducting the devotions of the congregasupplicating the blessing that all require, tion, that we regard this as the most solemn the majority are sitting listlessly with open and sacred part of our engagements? Is eyes, manifesting no sympathy, taking no not the low estimate which is formed of it part in the prayer. If it be true that the by the people fostered by the practice which songs of praise are often uttered without prevails amongst us on special occasions, thought, while the eye is roving round the when any eminent brother or gifted stranger assembly, or the heart is in the world. If has to preach, of letting the previous parts it be true that meetings for prayer are of the service be conducted by some one regarded as of very secondary importance, else, while anxious lest he, by any proas meetings to attend which there is no lixity, should trench upon the time to be obligation, and which any worldly engage. occupied by the preacher of the day? ment may set aside. If these things be If in these, or any other respects, we true, either wholly or in part, is it not have fostered the evil, let us seek to amend fitting that we should ask for the cause and it without delay. the remedy, while we are humbled in the The low estimate in which devotion is dust before God?

held amongst us, is indicated too surely by It would be very easy- more easy than the aspect which our prayer meetings prepleasant-to dilate upon the causes which sents." It is only a prayer meeting," is too have led to this state of things; this is not often regarded as a valid excuse for remainmy province. And yet a few remarks must ing round the fire-side, or neglecting the be hazarded before the remedy can be assembly of the saints for the frivolous found.

gossip of an erening party. Surely, if the The lack of a deep devotional spirit is idea were grasped in all its unutterable the immediate cause of the external evils solemnity, that whenever we pray, we are we mourn,--this lack arising, primarily, addressing the Most High and Holy One, and from the spirit of intense worldliness which that he is cognizant of us as really as if all prevails among professing Christians. the harps of heaven were hushed, and every

Forgetting the impossibility of religious voice in the universe were silenced that he compromise, they have attempted to unite might listen to our cry; then with greater the service of God with the love of the earnestness the inquiry would be made, world. Like the Samaritans of old, they | " Wherewith shall I come before the Lord, fear the Lord and serve other gods, the and bow myself before the high God ?" tendency of this being to deaden devotional

The Reverence which, by Association, is due feeling—to create a distaste for purely spi. ritual exercises-to demand in the sanctuary

to the Sanctuary, is too often Overlooked. fictitious excitement or intellectual amuse We have still too much of the iconoclast ment, while the heart is divided, and the amongst us, and because others pay undue reproof is provoked, “Who hath required homage to particular buildings, we rudely this at your hands, to tread my court." will pay none at all; because their external

In the chill atmosphere of earth, and the reverence appears to us to savour of superbarren soil of the human heart, true devo stition, we rush into the opposite extreme, tion is an exotic which, at the best, attains by not paying the respect to the sanctuary a stunted growth, requires constant care, which we show to the houses of our friends. and soon withers if the cold blasts of world- | Is there no sacredness in the place devoted liness succeed to the spiritnal warmth of to the worship of the Most High, wbere he the Christian's first love. But there are often makes himself known to his people, some subsidiary causes which may be men and manifests his power in the conversion tioned, and which are more strictly deno of souls? If we cultivate suitable emotions minational.

when visiting the house of some famous The Relative Importance of the Devotional

poet, or the grave of some sainted martyr,

-if the spots consecrated to liberty, and part of our Services has not been suffi

identified with the memorials of the past, ciently considered nor enforced.

are regarded with peculiar reverence, is These are too often considered but as none due to the place that is often the house preparatory to the preaching of the word; of God -- the gate of heaven? and while we would not forget that this is | The whispered converse which is conti. nued in the pew until the service has begun of that which we mourn, conscious that I --the unpunctuality of many who are most am among the last who should judge any punctual in worldly engagements—the dis or condemn. It is only as having detected turbance produced by them--the attention these evils in myself, and in my own peothey attract the sitting posture in prayer ple, that I venture to suggest them as pos-the hurried exit-the covered head before sibly existing elsewhere. the door is reached,- these are among the A very interesting question, but one indications that our devotional spirit is low, at which I can scarcely hint, here arises : while their tendency is to depress it lower Are our Modes of Worship those best still. The sitting posture in prayer should adapted to draw forth the Devotional be especially reprobated, though, undoubt Spirit ? edly, there is force in the excuses which

Dispensing with liturgies, we often speak are often urged in its defence. Our places

of the superior advantages of free prayer. of worship are not generally so constructed

We can adapt our petitions to the peculiar that kneeling is impracticable, while stand

circumstances of the assembly, or to the ing during a lengthened prayer is impossi

tone of our own spirit. But is free prayer ble to many, and wearisome for all. It

| always so conducted that its advantage would be well if, in future, when places of

over liturgical forms is gained ? worship are erected, such arrangements

Is it quite certain that it could never should be made that all might conveniently

with advantage be exchanged for form? kneel.

Have you never, brethren, entered the The Want of Devout Preparation on the

pulpit in such a state of physical weakness,

of mental depression, or of spiritual gloom, part of the Worshippers.

that you had little power to pray? Have Without wishing to be censorious, or to there not been seasons when you were judge harshly of any, expression may be harassed by the fear that you were not given to the fear that we do not, as a people, praying to edification, and when the assemso act, as to render the divine inquiry bly would, with yourselves, have been applicable, “ Who is this that engaged his gainers if you could have used some of heart to approach unto me ?” If the heart those forms of deep penitential confession be not warmed in the closet, it will rarely -of earnest and impassioned pleading, of glow in the sanctuary. If his preparation high and adoring praise, which date from for preaching chiefly occupy the pastor's an early period in the church's history, thoughts, or their domestic arrangements and which have been used by millions now those of his hearers until the time for pub before the throne of God. lic worship begins, no wonder if there be There are great difficulties to be surdifficulty in raising the soul to God. The | mounted in any attempt to alter our modes last subsidiary cause to which I advert or places of worship, even though the altera

tion should be manifestly an improvement; The Absence of deep Reverential Feeling in

those difficulties, again, are probably greater

here than in the south, but still something, the Officiating Minister,

perhaps, might be done without shocking This is so closely connected with the last the prejudices, or doing violence to the remark, that illustration is scarcely needed sincere though mistaken feelings of those If the matter of the supplication be not hearers, who imagine, if we venture to borsuch as will reach the heart-if it be not row a hint from our Episcopalian brethren, adapted to the various circumstances of that we are posting to Lambeth, or jogging the worshippers—if by prolixity it weary, to Rome. or if by functional coldness it chill - the Some brethren have advocated and tried spirit of devotion is checked when it should a change in the order of service by dividbe fostered. If, again, the manner of the ing the general prayer, which usually ex. speaker be repulsive; if his tones be tends over 15 or 20 minutes, into two unnaturally drawling, loud, or monotonous, shorter prayers. So long as our places of the same effect will be produced. Pro worship are so constructed that no opportubably this is one chief cause of failure in nity for kneeling is afforded, this alteration prayer meetings ; especially when the num is absolutely needful, if the worshippers ber of those who can engage publicly in are reverently to stand. But while circumprayer is limited. Unless they cultivate stances may render the change expedient, the gift that is in them, their prayers in itself, it is scarcely favourable, I imagine, become formal, their petitions almost stere | to that earnest, fervent, full outpouring of otyped, and the interest which otherwise the soul, which should characterise our would be awakened, and which would pro- | devotion. Our spiritual ancestors were mote attendance on such meetings, is not pre-eminently men of prayer ; they would

pray with fervour and rich unction far It is with great and unfeigned diffidence longer than our usages would permit. And, that I throw out these hints as to the causes if the spirit of supplication were poured



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