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the relief of aged and poor ministers, let it “ This memorial of our affection and esteem not be forgotten that the Evangelical Magafor you would not do justice to our own feel zine has always cared for the widows of our ings, and must seem defective in your eyes, brethren, and that a hundred and fifty of were we to omit to mention our grateful recol them are now receiving regular assistance lection of the kind and diligent labours of from its fund. We plead as a matter of right your excellent companion and dear friend, and duty that we may have fair-play from Mrs. Townley, and other beloved and pious the pastors, deacons, and members of our members of your family. Committing them churches. Let new subscribers order the and you to the tender care of our Heavenly January number of the Magazine in good Father, earnestly praying that your valuable time from their booksellers. lives may be spared for many years yet, and that, wherever your future lot may be cast,
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“We remain, yours very affectionately, in INDEPENDENCY IN SHREWSBURY.-CASTLEthe bonds of Jesus Christ.”
Thomas Raffles, D.D., LL.D., preached in the SABBATH AFTERNOON LECTURE AT FETTER
above place of worship, and on the following LANE CHAPEL.
Sabbath, the Rev. Robert Vaughan, D.D., We are happy to learn that this lecture, preached morning and evening, on the Mon. undertaken by the Christian Instruction So day following, the Rev. E. Nolan, LL.D., ciety, is exceedingly well attended, consider with other ministers, gave addresses. On ing that it has been so recently established. each occasion the place was quite full. The Our hope is that it may prove a blessing to Castlegate Chapel, which is the second Indethe neighbourhood, by affording an oppor pendent interest in the town, amidst a populatunity to many persons to unite in worship, tion of 23,000, was commenced in September who could not attend on any other part of 10, 1843. Fifty-six members deemed it their the Sabbath. The lecturers for November duty to resign their fellowship with the pa. are Rev. Thos. James, Rev. John Adey, rent Church, and endeavour to raise a new Rev. J. C. Gallaway, and Rev. Dr. Martin. interest. Their first resolve was to com
mence as far as possible from the old chapel,
and with this intent they hired a chapel in NOTICE TO WIDOWS RECEIVING ASSISTANCE the midst of a dense population. It was soon FROM THE MAGAZINE FUND.
evident that the labours of faithful ministers, We beg to remind our friends, that their aided by the strenuous exertions of the few applications must be made to the Editor, members of the Church, were being crowned through the Publishers, on, or before, the with success; the Sabbath-school soon dou25th Dec.; and that no grant can be made bled and trebled; the attendance, at each without such application. It is necesary also successive service, increased ; there was no that their letter should state any improvement stationary period ; the progressive, onward in their incomes which may have taken place movement of the enterprise was astounding; during the past year.
chapel and school were filled; ministers of all No one who received a grant at Mid denominations gave their help; the three summer can have one at Christmas.
tutors of Springhill College successively ministered to the infant cause. Thus encon
raged, thus blessed, the members determined CLAIMS OF THE EVANGELICAL MAGAZINE
to erect a chapel, but how to obtain funds · As the close of the year draws nigh, we nearly frustrated their desires; most of them have to request of our ministerial brethren, young and poor, they had no money; howwho estimate the importance of our labours, ever, onward they went; premises were that they will use their best influence with bought, contracts entered into, and they found their flocks to promote the wider circulation themselves in debt to the amount of £2,700. of the Magazine. We hope, without vain | They had made a firm resolve to erect a sancglory, that we may throw it on its own merits; tuary for the worship of the Most High God, that it has deserved well of the churches and, therefore, were not overwhelmed when during the past year ; that its literary and they set to work. By giving of their subtheological character never stood higher. If stance to the Lord, it was soon found that a we are correct in our impression, let us have willing mind can do wonders. The hand
some new chapel, with stone front, was opened in March 4, 1845: the Rev. Drs. Raffles and Urwick, and Rev. J. A. James, preached on the occasion, about thirty-three other ministers attending, either to take part in the solemnities, or to evince, by their presence, their approval of the effort to evangelise a neglected, and, for the most part, ignorant population. The day after the chapel was opened, the minister of their choice, the Rev. E. Hill, was ordained. The excitement being over, it was thought that, as the chapel was larger than that of the parent Church, it would not be full, but, in a few Sabbaths, nearly every seat was let. The school, which is on the top of the chapel, still kept increasing, the pastor's labours were crowned with the Divine blessing, the Church members were soon doubled, and more accommodation was required. In this emergency, the Church resolved to erect a large gallery, and paint the chapel. The money, amounting to £200, was soon obtained, and, in a few weeks, all the additional room provided was occupied, and all this in a town said to be doomed to Church rule,-a High Church town. As the new movement came to be known, ministers, in all parts of England, were willing to lend a helping hand, and the little one soon became a thousand. But then the debt ; in this the Lord helped us, the people gave liberally, we were a wonder to ourselves; a few gave of their abundance, the majority of their poverty, weekly and monthly contri. butions poured in; some friends at a distance sent their help, the money kept pouring into the treasurer's hands, and in five years we have raised towards the debt £2,000. The above statement is sent to encourage the timid in large towns. From what is going on in Shrewsbury, it is evident the like may be accomplished in other towns. If ministers, beloved and respected, would lead on a willing people, all obstacles would be removed; our principles are right, and must prevail. Let ministers and people arise and build, obtain faithful, devoted ministers, and the enterprise must be successful.
in holy communion at the Lord's table, con ducted by the Rev. D. Charles, Tutor of
Trevecca College, with the co-operation of the Congregational minister, which proved te be a most heavenly expression of the “unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace."
On Tuesday evening, sermons were de livered by Revs. T. Jones, of Hermon, and D. Williams, of Llanwrtyd. On Wednesday morning at seven, addresses were delivered on the following subjects:-1. “On the propriety of cherishing unity and love between Christians of other denominations," by the Rev. E. Jones, Crugybar. 2. “ To the merrbers of the Sabbath-School,” by the Rev. T. Davies, of Llandilo. D. Thomas, Esq., Mayor of Llandovery, as their superintendent, gave a detailed statement of the number, labours, success, and present prospects of the school 3. “ Our obligations to acknowledge the kind hand of Providence in our being spared from the ravages of the epidemic with which we have been surrounded of late," by the Rer, D. Evans, of Cwmwysg. 4. “To the unconverted," by the Rev. D. Davies, Pauleg, The logical Tutor of Carmarthen College. Ten o'clock, the Rev. D. Williams, Llanwrtyd, commenced by reading the third chapter of the First Epistle to Timothy, and addressed the minister, church, and congregation, in which he gave a very interesting account of the commencement and progress of the religious cause in the place, and earnestly prayed that their future fellowship might be crowned with the blessing of God. The Rev. D. Davies followed in the same strain, congratulating both minister and church on the relation formed. The Rev. H. Jones, of Carmarthen, preached, and concluded the solemn services with prayer. Two o'clock, Revs. C. Gwron, of Brecon, S. Roberts, Llanbrynmair, (English) and J. Williams, Llangadog. preached. And at six, the Rev. S. Roberts, and W. Hopkins, of Llangatwf, preached. The devotional parts were conducted by the Revs. E. Griffiths, of Swansea ; J. Griffiths, Llanwrlyd; W. Rees, Bethel; and J. Philips, Calvinistic Methodist minister, Llandovery.
The congregations were numerous, and the sermons most appropriate and impressive. The chapel improvements were completed under the inspection of D. Thomas, Esq., one of the deacons of the church, to whose chaste taste, and indefatigable exertions, we are indebted for the satisfactory arrangements in which the whole have been executed. The workmanship reflects great credit on Mr. Daniel Morgan, and others, of Llandovery. The whole improvements, including the deco. ration of the ceiling, the extension of pews, the painting of the building, as well as the cementing of front, &c., meet the approbation of all. The expenditure was defrayed by collections already in hand, and no previous
RE-OPENING OF SALEM CHAPEL,
LLANDOVERY. A PUBLIC meeting was held on the 2nd and 3rd instant, for the re-opening of the above place of worship, and the recognition of the Rev. R. Parry, as pastor of the church and congregation assembling therein. The whole edifice has undergone thorough repair. During the ten weeks occupied with the work, the congregation met for Divine worship at the Tabernacle, kindly invited to unite with the Calvinistic Methodists, whose liberality and charitable feelings are above all praise. During this interval, the two churches united
incumbrance rested on the place. The ac- | Edwards, of Machynlleth, and Owen Thomas, cession of nearly one hundred new members of Talbout, and in the evening, by the Revs. to the church, during the last two or three Richard Roberts, of Clarach, J. Williams, of weeks, is a great reason for gratitude, and Aberhosan, (on total abstinence,) and J. renewed zeal and devotedness, on the part of Jones, of Barmouth. The Revs. Robert the members of the Church and Sunday Ellis, of Brithdir, and William Davies, of School. An extensive sphere of usefulness Rumni, preached on the preceding evening; presents itself in connexion with this house the Revs. Grey Evans, of Penal, John Owens, of God.
of Nevin, and Edward Williams, of Dinas
mawddu, also assisted in conducting the deORDINATION.
votional parts of the several services. The
chapel was thronged with hearers from the On Thursday, 27th September, 1849, the
beginning to the end of the meeting, and Rey. Isaac Thomas was ordained as co-pastor
many were ready to say, “ It is good for us to with the Rev. Hugh Lloyd, over the Inde
be here." pendent churches and congregations assembling for Divine worship at Towyn and Bryncrug, Merionethshire. At nine o'clock, A.M.,
BOLTON, LANCASHIRE. the public services of the day were introduced The recognition of the Rev. B. Backhouse, by the Rev. James Jones, of Barmouth, by as pastor of the church and congregation asreading portions of Deuteronomy xxxi., and sembling at Duke's Alley Chapel, Bolton, of Ephesians iv., and prayer. The Rev. | took place on Wednesday, September 12th, Samuel Roberts, of Llanbrynmair, described 1849. The morning service was opened by the nature, order, and design of the New | Rev. Lawson Brown, M.A., of Mawdesley Testament Church; the Rev. H. Lloyd asked Street Chapel, Bolton. The Rev. Dr. Raffles several important questions to the ordained, | delivered the introductory discourse, and prorespecting his own experience on taking the posed the questions to minister and people. pastoral charge jointly to himself; to which The Rev. J. Sutcliffe, of Ashton-under-Lyne, very satisfactory answers were given, with a offered the recognition prayer. The Rev. truly evangelical confession of faith; the Rev. | Dr. Vaughan delivered the charge to the Edward Davies, of Trawsfynydd, offered the minister, and the Rev. F. Skinner, of the ordination prayer; the Rev. Cadwalader Jones, United Presbyterian Church, Blackburn, of Dolgelly, delivered an affectionate and
concluded the service. In the evening, the solemn charge to the young minister, from Rev. J. L. Poore, of Salford, conducted the 2 Tim. iv. 2, and the Rev. Evan Evans, of devotional services. The Rev. James Griffin, Maentwrog, showed very precisely the man- / of Manchester, preached the sermon to the ner in which the church members should dis people, and the Rev. D. Nimmo, of Bolton, charge their duties towards their minister, closed the services of the day. The Revs. from 1 Thess. v, 12, 13. The Rev. John | Messrs. Thorburn of Bury, Pearce of PenWilliams, of Aberhosan, concluded the morn dleston, Feaston of Wotton-under-Edge, and ing services with prayer. In the afternoon, Etheridge (Baptist) of Bolton, also took parts sermons were delivered by the Revs. Samuel in the engagements of the day,
THE BIBLE IN GERMANY, HOLLAND, AND porteurs. In Rotterdam the cholera has been BELGIUM.
very violent. Van Dorp writes, in one of his (From Mr. W. Tiddy.)
reports, that “many have been brought to Brussels, Sept. 26, 1849. the grave by the disease, but that many of · The six months just ended have given us them have risen in it from a grave of sin and for sales in
spiritual death.” The more I peruse our Col. Germany ..., 17,428 vols. porteurs' reports, the stronger is my conviction Holland .... 11,091 »
that the system of Colportage is the best plan Belgium .... 1,587 , now in working for “preaching the Gospel to
every creature," and for “going out into the Total : 30,106
highways and hedges," as commanded by our The time of sickness and of death through Lord, Luke xiv. 23. which we have passed the last three months, 1 On reading, this morning, in an English has been painfully interesting to our Col. I newspaper, the instructions to the visitors of
cholera districts, I was much struck with one a difficult task, for the man knew nothing of part. It is said, “ It will be his duty to visit the Saviour, but his wife had felt the power every house in the district assigned to him of the living Word. “ She sent him to me,” once a day at least; and wherever several says Van Dorp; “but as I know little of families inhabit one and the same house, it German, which the sailor-boy could speak, I will be his duty, at each visit, to see one adult conducted him to a German family. These member at least of every such family." This friends were so pleased with him, that they is what we have been doing for years past, in intend to keep him for a fortnight with them. those districts where a more deadly malady We have given him new clothes, and a hus. than the cholera is reigning : this “can only sian New Testament, with which he was kill the body ; that is able to destroy both much more pleased than with his clothes. soul and body in hell.” Van Dorp, in another The expenses have been paid by the poor of his reports, speaking of the Word of God, people who frequent our prayer-meetings." says, “ It flows from an everlasting sea, and In Germany our sales, you will notice, have discharges itself into an eternal ocean, after increased during the last six months. I forhaving in its course refreshed many with its warded you, a few days since, a copy of the waters of life. It is now a year ago," con government order, which withdraws all retinues his report, “ that I was called to the strictions from our work, and orders the madeath-bed of a beggar's child. It was about gistrates to grant as our patents gratis. This eleven o'clock at night. The words I then 1 is certainly a noble act of the Prussian gorer. spoke, and the prayers I then offered, have ment, and His Majesty is showing himself s been blessed to the conversion of the father. true friend to Bible distribution. One of the I learned this from him some time after at German Colporteurs writes:-“At Dotteran one of our prayer-meetings, in which I had I had an opportunity of seeing the Grand six persons of this class (beggars) around me.” | Duke (of Mecklenburgh). I thanked him, These poor persons are despised by the world, in the name of the society, for the permission and their conversion not much sought after ; to colport which he had granted me. The but Van Dorp has had the happiness of seeing duke was very friendly. I begged him to the wonderful change which the Scriptures follow the King of Prussia's example, who have wrought on the six to whom he refers; distributes hundreds of Testaments amongst thus showing that they are not despised by his soldiers. He merely replied, “Does ho our Heavenly Father.
indeed ?' I presented him with a large Bible, In his report for the present month he gives which he accepted with thanks. He inquired a most interesting account of a poor sailor-| how I was received by the people. I gave boy, a native of the Caucasus mountains. him, in a few words, an account of my labours. Being with his vessel at Constantinople, he He wished me success, and bade me not to be went on shore every day to purchase pro discouraged.” This same colporteur has just visions. He once met, at a baker's shop, a been detained three days at the police station, Jewish missionary, who spoke to him of Jesus. in another part of the country. The police He became so interested in what the mission thought his papers were not in order, and ary told him of our Lord, that every day, for wrote to the government for instructions. three months, he sought out the missionary. Of course the answer was satisfactory, and On the vessel leaving Constantinople, the the colporteur was released. All his expenses missionary told the boy that he hoped they during the three days were returned him. would meet again, and as he was about to go Thus the Lord is removing out of the way to Holland for his health, perhaps the boy every obstacle on the part of the civil power. might visit that country during his stay there. May He remove the barriers which the powers For two years the boy sailed from port to of another kingdom have set up, and give us port, and wherever he came his first question grace and zeal to go in and to occupy the was, “How far is Holland from here ?” At ground until He shall come!- British and length he sailed for London, and on asking Foreign Bible Society's Extracts. his usual question, he was informed that the steam-boat would soon leave for Rotterdam. In the full belief that God would bring him
AN EXAMPLE WORTHY OF IMITATION. to Holland, and again to the missionary, in! THE postmaster, clerks, letter-carriers, and order that he might teach him more of Jesus, letter-receivers, of the town and neighbourhe left his vessel at night, and reached Rot hood of Maidenhead, Berks, have sent s terdam by the steamer, but nearly destitute of memorial to the Postmaster-General, praying money and clothes. On entering the town, his lordship to relieve them from all Sunday he wandered into the poorest part of it, but duty; and measures are being adopted to inwhere many of God's children reside. He duce the Post-Office officials of erery place in went into a barber's shop, where he saw a the kingdom to send similar memorials. Bible: he immediately asked the barber to tell him something of Jesus. This was rather