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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 popular tunity 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 paare 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 encou
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 band
some new chapel, with stone front, was opened in holy communion at the Lord's table, con: in March 4, 1845: the Rev. Drs. Raffles and ducted by the Rev. D. Charles, Tutor of Urwick, and Rev. J. A. James, preached on Trevecca College, with the co-operation of the occasion, about thirty-three other minis the Congregational minister, which proved to ters attending, either to take part in the be a most heavenly expression of the “ unity solemnities, or to evince, by their presence, of the Spirit in the bond of peace." their approval of the effort to evangelise a On Tuesday evening, sermons were deneglected, and, for the most part, ignorant livered by Revs. T. Jones, of Hermon, and population. The day after the chapel was D. Williams, of Llanwrtyd. On Wednesday opened, the minister of their choice, the Rev. morning at seven, addresses were delivered E. Hill, was ordained. The excitement being on the following subjects:- 1. "On the proover, it was thought that, as the chapel was priety of cherishing unity and love between larger than that of the parent Church, it Christians of other denominations," by the would not be full, but, in a few Sabbaths, Rev. E. Jones, Crugy bar. 2. “To the meinnearly every seat was let. The school, which bers of the Sabbath-School," by the Rev. T. is on the top of the chapel, still kept in Davies, of Llandilo. D. Thomas, Esq., Mayor creasing, the pastor's labours were crowned of Llandovery, as their superintendent, gave a with the Divine blessing, the Church mem detailed statement of the number, labours, bers were soon doubled, and more accommo success, and present prospects of the school
. dation was required. In this emergency, the 3. “ Our obligations to acknowledge the kind Church resolved to erect a large gallery, and
hand of Providence in our being spared from paint the chapel. The money, amounting to the ravages of the epidemic with which we £200, was soon obtained, and, in a few weeks, have been surrounded of late," by the Rer. all the additional room provided was occu D. Evans, of Cwmwysg. 4. “To the unconpied, and all this in a town said to be doomed verted," by the Rev. D. Davies, Pauleg, Theoto Church rule,--a High Church town. As logical Tutor of Carmarthen College. Ten the new movement came to be known, minis o'clock, the Rev. D. Williams, Llanwrtyd, ters, in all parts of England, were willing to commenced by reading the third chapter of lend a helping hand, and the little one soon the First Epistle to Timothy, and addressed became a thousand. But then the debt; in the minister, church, and congregation, in this the Lord helped us, the people gave which he gave a very interesting account of liberally, we were a wonder to ourselves; a the commencement and progress of the relifew gave of their abundance, the majority of gious cause in the place, and earnestly prayed their poverty, weekly and monthly contri that their future fellowship might be crowned butions poured in; some friends at a distance with the blessing of God. The Rev. D. Dasent their help, the money kept pouring into vies followed in the same strain, congratuthe treasurer's hands, and in five years we lating both minister and church on the relahave raised towards the debt £2,000. The tion formed. The Rev. H. Jones, of Carmarabove statement is sent to encourage the timid then, preached, and concluded the solemn in large towns. From what is going on in services with prayer. Two o'clock, Revs. C. Shrewsbury, it is evident the like may be Gwron, of Brecon, S. Roberts, Llanbrynmair, accomplished in other towns. If ministers, (English) and J. Williams, Llangadog, beloved and respected, would lead on a will preached. And at six, the Rev. S. Roberts
, ing people, all obstacles would be removed; and W. Hopkins, of Llangatwf, preached our principles are right, and must prevail. The devotional parts were conducted by the Let ministers and people arise and build, Revs. E. Griffiths, of Swansea ; J. Griffiths, obtain faithful, devoted ministers, and the en Llanwrlyd; W. Rees, Bethel; and J. Philips, terprise must be successful.
Calvinistic Methodist minister, Llandovery.
The congregations were numerous, and the
sermons most appropriate and impressive. RE-OPENING OF SALEM CHAPEL,
The chapel improvements were completed LLANDOVERY.
under the inspection of D. Thomas, Esq., one A PUBLIC meeting was held on the 2nd of the deacons of the church, to whose chaste and 3rd instant, for the re-opening of the taste, and indefatigable exertions, we are inabove place of worship, and the recognition debted for the satisfactory arrangements in of the Rev. R. Parry, as pastor of the church which the whole have been executed. The and congregation assembling therein. The workmanship reflects great credit on Mr. whole edifice has undergone thorough repair. Daniel Morgan, and others, of Llandovery. During the ten weeks occupied with the work, The whole improvements, including the decothe congregation met for Divine worship at ration of the ceiling, the extension of pews, the Tabernacle, kindly invited to unite with the painting of the building, as well as the the Calvinistic Methodists, whose liberality cementing of front, &c., meet the approbation and charitable feelings are above all praise. of all. The expenditure was defrayed by During this interval, the two churches united collections already in hand, and no previous
incumbrance rested on the place. The accession of nearly one hundred new members to the church, during the last two or three weeks, is a great reason for gratitude, and renewed zeal and devotedness, on the part of the members of the Church and SundaySchool. An extensive sphere of usefulness presents itself in connexion with this house of God.
ORDINATION. On Thursday, 27th September, 1849, the Rey, Isaac Thomas was ordained as co-pastor with the Rev. Hugh Lloyd, over the Independent churches and congregations assembling for Divine worship at Towyn and Bryncrug, Merionethshire. At nine o'clock, A.M., the public services of the day were introduced by the Rev. James Jones, of Barmouth, by reading portions of Deuteronomy xxxi., and of Ephesians iv., and prayer.
The Rev. Samuel Roberts, of Llanbrynmair, described the nature, order, and design of the New Testament Church; the Rev. H. Lloyd asked several important questions to the ordained, respecting his own experience on taking the pastoral charge jointly to himself; to which very satisfactory answers were given, with a truly evangelical confession of faith; the Rev. Edward Davies, of Trawsfynydd, offered the ordination prayer; the Rev. Cadwalader Jones, of Dolgelly, delivered an affectionate and solemn charge to the young minister, from 2 Tim. iv. 2, and the Rev. Evan Evans, of Maentwrog, showed very precisely the manner in which the church members should discharge their duties towards their minister, from 1 Thess. v, 12, 13. The Rev. John Williams, of Aberhosan, concluded the morning services with prayer. In the afternoon, sermons were delivered by the Revs. Samuel
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Edwards, of Machynlleth, and Owen Thomas, of Talbout, and in the evening, by the Revs. Richard Roberts, of Clarach, J. Williams, of Aberhosan, (on total abstinence,) and J. Jones, of Barmouth. The Revs. Robert Ellis, of Brithdir, and William Davies, of Rumni, preached on the preceding evening;' the Revs. Grey Evans, of Penal, John Owens, of Nevin, and Edward Williams, of Dinasmawddu, also assisted in conducting the de' votional parts of the several services. The chapel was thronged with hearers from the beginning to the end of the meeting, and many were ready to say, “ It is good for us to be here."
BOLTON, LANCASHIRE, The recognition of the Rev. B. Backhouse, as pastor of the church and congregation assembling at Duke's Alley Chapel, Bolton, took place on Wednesday, September 12th, 1849. The morning service was opened by Rev. Lawson Brown, M.A., of Mawdesley Street Chapel, Bolton. The Rev. Dr. Raffles delivered the introductory discourse, and proposed the questions to minister and people. The Rev. J. Sutcliffe, of Ashton-under-Lyne, offered the recognition prayer.
The Rev. Dr. Vaughan delivered the charge to the minister, and the Rev. F. Skinner, of the United Presbyterian Church, Blackburn, concluded the service. In the evening, the Rev. J. L. Poore, of Salford, conducted the devotional services. The Rev. James Griffin, of Mancbester, preached the sermon to the people, and the Rev. D. Nimmo, of Bolton, closed the services of the day. The Revs. Messrs. Thorburn of Bury, Pearce of Pendleston, Feaston of Wotton-under-Edge, and Etheridge (Baptist) of Bolton, also took parts in the engagements of the day,
porteurs. In Rotterdam the cholera has been very violent. Van Dorp writes, in one of his reports, that “many have been brought to the grave by the disease, but that many of them have risen in it from a grave of sin and spiritual death.” The more I peruse our Cola porteurs' reports, the stronger is my conviction that the system of Colportage is the best plan now in working for “preaching the Gospel to every creature," and for “going out into the highways and hedges," as commanded by our Lord, Luke xiv. 23.
On reading, this morning, in an English newspaper, the instructions to the visitors of
Total 30,106 The time of sickness and of death through which we have passed the last three months, has been painfully interesting to our Col.
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