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ing degrees of talent and acquirement were evinced, the impression was, that commend. able and successful diligence had been exhi. bited in pursuit of their various studies.

At the general meeting the friends and subscribers derived great pleasure from the fact, that in consequence of the active exertions of friends who know the value of the institution, and of some new arrangements made by the committee, the financial state of the institution presents an improved aspect, which it is hoped its friends will continue to sustain.

An eloquent and impressive sermon was delivered on the occasion, in the chapel in Castle-street, by the Rev. G. Smith, of Poplar, London

the report for the year, which was, upon the whole, highly encouraging, the only deside. ratum appearing to be a more extended pecuniary support.

The Rev. Thomas Roome, the domestic chaplain, also read a short report, in which he detailed the religious instruction afforded to the pupils during the session, and the two reports taken together conveyed a very satisfactory idea of the state of discipline and improve. ment at Silcoates. This institution is established for the purpose of affording a liberal education, at a cheap rate, to the sons of ministers and missionaries connected with the Independent denomination. The school is beautifully situated ; it is an Eden spot ; embosomed in woods, and surrounded by the fairest scenery. This is no slight matter; for the forms of nature have an influ. ence, whether it be perceived or not, in forming the tastes and habits of the boy, and, of course, of the man. The moral ten dency of the institution cannot be otherwise than good. Secular education of the best sort, combined with religious instruction, is the very beau ideal of education; and such an education is imparted at Silcoates School. It is well deserving of public support; and we trust that the support which it has hitherto received will be increased, in pro. portion as the nature and design of the insti. tution become better known and understood.

IRELAND.

CONGREGATIONAL UNION.

NORTHERN CONGREGATIONAL SCHOOL For the Education of the Sons of Ministers

and Missionaries. The twelfth annual examination of this excellent institution took place at Silcoates House, on Wednesday, July 5th. The Rev. W. H. Stowell, President of Rotherham College, presided, and the attendance of friends of the institution was numerous and very respectable. Amongst the ministers present were the Revs. A. Ewing, A.M. and Pridie, of Halifax ; Scales and Rawson, of Leeds; Lorraine and Lamb, of Wakefield; Eccles, of Hopton, and Stringer, of Idle, &c.

The scholars were examined in the Greek and Latin classics, French, history, mathematics, geology, land-surveying, and several other departments of literature. Some of them exhibited their proficiency in English composition, by reading original essays ; they also showed an accurate knowledge of acoustics, and of the important art of ora. tory. At the conclusion of the proceedings, the chairman paid a high and well-deserved compliment to the scholars for their general proficiency; also to their principal tutor, Mr. Munro, for the care he had evidently bestowed upon them. All who were able to form an opinion must have felt, and they appeared to feel, that Mr. Stowell had flat. tered neither the scholars nor their master. The excellent training of the boys, and their prompt and intelligent answers to the various questions put to them, were suggestive of many pleasing reflections. Prizes were next distributed to such as had distinguished themselves during the session, the chairman accompanying each prize with a few appropriate remarks.

The financial and general business of the school was then transacted, and officers and a committee appointed for the year ensuing. Robert Milligan, Esq., of Acacia, the treasurer of the institution, was voted into the chair, and called upon Mr. Munro to read

The fourteenth anniversary of the Con. gregational Union of Ireland was held in Dublin, on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, the 13th, 14th, 15th, and 16th of June, 1843.

The proceedings commenced with a public prayer meeting in Plunket-street Meetinghouse, early on Tuesday morning, when the devotional exercises were conducted by the Rev. Messrs. Morrison, Godkin, Potter, M.D., and Urwick, D.D. An address was delivered by the Rev. J. Jennings.

On Tuesday evening a large number of friends assembled at à tea party, in the school-room, in Plunket.street. T. Figgis, Esq., presided; and addresses were delivered by the Rev. Messrs. Smith, Brien, Silly, Dillon, Jordan, Bain, Morrison, and Urwick, D.D.

On Wednesday evening, the Rev. David Russell, of Glasgow, delegate from the Congregational Union of Scotland, preached a powerful sermon in York-street Chapel; the Rev. J. Potter having commenced the service with reading the Scriptures and prayer.

At breakfast on Wednesday and Thursday mornings, addresses were delivered by the Rev. Messrs. Russell, Kirkpatrick (Presby.

terian), Gould (Baptist), Dill (Presbyte- represents among us the expression of our most rian), Hands, Godkin, King, Gordon, Smith, cordial Christian affection, our joy in the prosUrwick, D.D., Jennings, Carroll, Hanson, perity with which God has favoured them, and and White ; also by Mr. J. J. King.

our desire that yet greater grace may rest upon On Thursday evening the annual public them all ; also, that we receive with high satismeeting of the Union was held in York. faction the proposal with regard to promoting street Chapel ; T. Turner, Esq., treasurer, fraternisation among all the people of God, in the chair. After prayer by the Rev. J.

wbich has been made to us in common with Carroll, the report of the committee was

other Christian bodies, from the Congregational read by the secretary. It detailed the home Union of England and Wales, trusting that the mission proceedings of the Union for the past

movement so happily begun will proceed till year, both general and local, including, besides

the love of the brethren is proved by all who are the stated agencies, the labours of students,

“one in Christ," we holding ourselves ready to during the summer vacation, from High

concur in any consistent and practicable meabury and Spring-hill Colleges, and the Dub.

sures for obtaining that most important and lin Theological Institution. It suggested the

desirable object; also, that an acknowledgment

of the letter with which we have been favoured formation of local committees, where practi. cable, through the country; the engagement

from the Congregational Union of East Canada

be forwarded to those beloved Transatlantic of a general agent, with suitable qualifications and provisions, for circulating intelli

brethren, fully reciprocating their sentiments of gence. It recorded communications from

holy affection, sympathy, and zeal, and intimat

ing the hope that we shall receive another comthe Congregational Union of England and

munication from them previously to our next Wales on the subject of Christian Union,

anniversary. and a fraternal letter from the Congregational Union of East Canada. It also no. The Rev. D. Russell responded to the ticed the petitions that had been forwarded former part of this resolution, in an address from various places in Ireland, against the fraught with Christian eloquence, in the educational clauses of the Factories Bill, and course of which he referred to the late seadverted to the late ecclesiastical movements cession from the Scottish Establishment. in Scotland, and other matters. An andited On the motion of the Rev. A. King ; sestatement of accounts having been presented, conded by the Rev. J. Bewglass :it was resolved unanimously,

3. That this meeting records its unqualified On the motion of the Rev. J. Hands; se- admiration of the dignified and uncompromising conded by the Rev. S. G. Morrison :- stand for the prerogatives of Christ our Saviour

1. That this meeting has heard with much King, for the freedom of the church from the pleasure and humble gratitude to God the de. control of the civil power in matters ecclesiastitails of home missionary proceedings contained cal, and for the rights of Christian men, which in the report now read, and that it be pub

has been made by our Nonintrusion brethren in lished, together with the audited cash state- Scotland,-a stand for truth and conscience unment, under the direction of the committee for equalled since the days of the Protestants, Purithe ensuing year ; that we rejoice in the promise tans, and Nonconformists of the sixteenth and of increasing usefulness which the present posi

seventeenth centuries, and which we are confition of the home missions affords, provided that

dent will, by the blessing of Providence, prosuitable agency and adequate resources can be ob

duce results most important and advantageous tained for carrying out its designs ; that we con- to our common Christianity; also, that a comsider it our privilege equally as it is our duty

munication be forwarded to the ministers and to co-operate, so far as we can, in forwarding

members of the Free Presbyterian Church of with greater energy, and on a larger scale, this Scotland, through their highly respected modetruly patriotic Christian undertaking-an under- rator, embodying these sentiments, representing taking which involves, with the best interests of the deep and prayerful interest which we take our country, the health, efficiency, harmony, and in their affairs, and our full preparedness to respectability of the churches themselves; also,

fraternise in the faith and service of our comthat the aspect of the times particularly calls for mon Lord, the utmost amount of scriptural effort on the On the motion of John Waller, Esq., part of our denomination, and of others, who know and love “ the truth as it is in Jesus,” Jennings :

barrister-at-law ; seconded by the Rev. J. for the maintenance and diffusion of " Christ's gospel," in its purity and power throughout

4. That this meeting has beard with much Ireland.

pleasure of the steps taken by several congrega

tions in this Union towards preventing the adopOn the motion of the Rev. J. Godkin ;

tion by the legislature of the education clauses seconded by the Rev. S. Shaw:

in the Factories Bill, as now under considera2. That this meeting welcomes with heart- lion in the House of Commons; that we regard felt pleasure the Rev. David Russell, delegate those clauses as inconsistent with the principles from the Congregational Union of Scotland, and of civil and religious liberty, with common jus. begs through him to convey to the churches he tice, and with natural rights,-as likely to interVOL. XXI.

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fere with well-conducted voluntary efforts for the education of the humbler classes, and to disseminate among them principles which are subversive of religious truth,—and as giving to one denomination a predominance above others, which predominance of one is to be sustained at the expense of all; that accordingly the following petition be signed in behalf of the Congregational Union of Ireland by the chairman of this meeting, and by the ministers present, and forwarded for presentation on Monday next :

To the Honourable the Commons of Great Britain and Ireland in Parliament asseinbled. “ The humble petition of the Congregational

Union of Ireland, agreed to at the annual meeting of that body in Dublin, on Thursday, June 15, 1843, and signed in their behalf, and at their desire, by the chairman and ministers whose names are thereunto subscribed,

“Sheweth, “That your petitioners have heard, with much concern, that it is the intention of her Majesty's Government to proceed with the education clauses of the Factories Bill now before your honourable House, notwithstanding the decided expression of opinion against the measure, constitutionally and respectfully conveyed to your honourable House from so large a portion of her Majesty's subjects.

“ That, yielding to none in loyalty to the British throne, and without questioning the motives in which the obnoxious provisions of the bill originated, your petitioners cannot but regard those education clauses as inconsistent with the principles of civil and religious liberty, with common justice, and with natural rights, as necessarily interfering with well-conducted voluntary efforts for the instruction of the humbler classes, and to disseminate among them principles which are subversive of religious truth, -and as further establishing one denomination of professing Christians in predominance above others, and unfairly and unnecessarily increasing its resources at the expense of all.

" That your petitioners therefore most carnestly pray your honourable House, that the education clauses of the Factories Bill may not pass into a law.

“ And your petitioners will ever pray."

On the motion of the Rev. J. D. Smith; seconded by the Rev. J. Hodgens :

5. That the following gentlemen be the officebearers of the Congregational Union of Ireland for the ensuing year :Treasurer.—Timothy Turner, Esq.

Committee.
Rev. J. Hands Mr. J. J. King.
Rev, S. G. Morrison Mr. Leachman
Mr. Barton

Mr. Matheson
Mr. Bond

Mr. Nicholson Mr. J. Figgis

Mr. Pollock Mr. Galbraith

Mr. J. Robertson
Mr. Kinder

Mr. Waller
Secretary.- Rev. W. Urwick, D.D.

The meeting closed with praise and the benediction.

As time did not allow the gentlemen who moved and seconded the third, fourth, and fifth resolutions to address the meeting at any length, an adjourned meeting was held at ten o'clock the following morning, in the same place, for the purpose of hearing their statements. The Rev. S. Shaw presided. Their speeches were marked by vigorous thought and feeling. Nothing could be more complete than Mr. Waller's exposé of the Factories Bill. Besides the gentlemen connected with the resolutions, the Rev. D. Russell spoke a second time, and the Rev. J. Gould (Baptist) also addressed the meeting.

On Friday evening the ordinance of the Lord's supper was administered in Plunketstreet Meeting-house. The Rev. S. G. Mor. rison, minister of the place, presided; and the Rev. Messrs. Murray, Hands, M'Assey, Russell, and Dr. Urwick, took part in the service. It was altogether a solemn and delightful season of fellowship with each other, and with our God and Saviour.

The Rev. D. Russell delivered able and impressive discourses on the following Lord's day, when liberal collections were obtained on behalf of the Union.

Besides the foregoing meetings and services, the members of the Union met daily for conference on a variety of subjects affecting the welfare of the denomination, At the sixth conference, the Rev. J. Hands in the chair, it was moved by the Rev. J. Godkin, agent of the Irish Evangelical Society; seconded by the Rev. A. King, pastor of the church in Cork; and unanimously resolved :

“ That an account of our anniversary, with the resolutions passed at the public meeting, and an abstract of our proceedings in conference, be published in the Evangelical Magazine, in the English and Scottish Congregational Magazines, in the Christian Examiner, and in the Patriot newspaper."

The conference proceedings referred to in this resolution are as follow:

“ Fifth conference of the Congregational Union of Ireland for 1843. The Rev, J. Hands in the chair.

“ The subject of arrangements for the future education of candidates for the ministry, in connexion with the Congregational body in Ireland, was brought under consideration by reference to the minutes of yesterday.

“ Minutes of conference in 1841, appointing examinations and the annual meeting of the Dublin Theological Institution; also the second resolution of the annual meeting of the Union last year, recognising that institution as connected with the Union; also minutes of the committee respecting the case of three students who had relinquished their connexion with the academy, with parts of the Association's resola.

tions bearing upon it; also a letter from the 5. An examination of the students shall be Committee of the Dublin Theological Institu- held at each anniversary of the Union, as aption, stating that they had accepted the resigna- pointed by the conference of 1841, from which tion of the resident tutor, that they dispense date a period of three months shall be allowed with the services of the other tutors at the ex- for vacation, piration of the present quarter, that they shall “6. The course of study shall consist of four resign their own office in connexion with the In- sessions of nino months each, this term to be in stitution at the close of the present month, and no case abridged or extended, but at the recomthat the foregoing determination would be inti- mendation of the tutors. mated to the young men in the institution, with “7. No student shall be allowed to engage in the best wishes of the committee for their fu- any employment that would interfere with the ture welfare; also a letter from three of the due performance of his studies. present students, referring to these proceedings “ 8. The terms of admission shall be disof the academy committee, and requesting ad- tinctly stated and explained to every student vice of the ministers of the Union how they when received, and he shall engage to observe should act under the circumstances; also tho the regulations appointed by the committee.” proceedings of former conferences of the Union, at this anniversary respecting these matters hav

It was unanimously agreed, that, as the ing been read,

resources of the Union, according to the “ After mature consideration, it was resolved

present agreement, are inadequate to meet unanimously :

the expenditure required for the home mis. “ That arrangements be made for the educa

sion, to which alone that arrangement refers, tion of candidates for the ministry according to

application be made to the Christian public the following plan

in Great Britain in behalf of the college, the " ]. The name of the institution shall in fu- Rev. A, King undertaking to visit Scotland ture be, The Dublin Independent College.'

for the purpose before the close of the sum“ 2. Provision shall be made for superin

mer, and another appointment to be made tending the college studies, and for securing to

for the same purpose in England. the students, at the discretion of the managers,

It was also unanimously agreed, that the the advantages of the University course.

Rev. A. King be delegate to the next an“ 3. A sum not exceeding three pounds ten nual meeting of the Congregational Union shillings per month shall be allowed to each of England and Wales, and the Rev. student for expense of maintenance whilo at- James Godkin be delegate to the next antending the college, in cases where the com- nual meeting of the Congregational Union mittee shall deem such assistance to be re- of Scotland. quired.

All communications for the Congrega“ 4. Candidates shall be admitted to the col- tional Union of Ireland to be addressed to lege on probation by the committee at the com- the treasurer, Timothy Turner, Esq., Royal mencement of each session; the probationers' Bank; or to the secretary, Rev. W. Urwick continuance in the college to be determined at D.D., Rathmines Mall, Dublin. the next auniversary of the Union.

General Chronicle.

BELGIUM.

stated that there were ninety ounces of pure

gold in the crown, and the workmanship POPISH ABSURDITIES.

alone cost 2801. As may be supposed, the To the Editor of the Evangelical Magazine.

ceremony of crowning the image was one of

great pomp. The king and the queen were MY DEAR SIR,-Will you allow me, present during the service. The following is through the medium of your Miscellany, to an extract from the account published in the call the attention of the religious public in Journal de Bruxelles :this land to the state of religion in the neigh- At the entrance of the church, the car. bouring country of Belgium? Popery, with dinal-archbishop, at the head of his clergy, all its absurdities, exercises an influence complimented the king, on his following the which, unless counteracted by the friends of example of his august consort in honouring Scriptural truth, it is feared will absorb the the grand solemnity with his presence. entire population. Very recently a splendid “ The cardinal began the Veni Creator,' and imposing ceremonial took place in one which was executed by a full orchestra. The of the largest churches in Brussels, when a Rev. Father Boone addressed the assembly most splendid crown was presented to a in a short and touching discourse, proving in “ Miraculous Image of the Virgin." It is a few words, that the crown offered to Mary was a crown of glory for her, and a crown unbounded liberty enjoyed. Meetings for of joy for the people. The cardinal then worship may be held at any time, and in blessed the crown, after which the imposing any place. Not the slightest interference is ceremony of the coronation took place. allowed. The constitution guarantees proPreceded by two priests, who carried the tection alike to all. Did the Evangelical precious treasure, the cardinal ascended the Society of Belgium possess the means, they steps which were raised before the throne of could send their missionaries and colpor. Mary, and when the crown, proof of so teurs throughout the length and breadth of much affection, and of so many good works the land. There is also a spirit of hearing, and conversions, was placed on the bead of that is peculiarly encouraging. “Unless the Mother of Mercy, the eyes of all the we retrograde," says one of the agents, assembly were fixed on this good mother, “our chapel will be inconveniently small. and expressed a feeling of the purest joy Yesterday I was at Fontaine-l'Eêque, for and most filial attachment; no pen can de- the second time. The room was so crowded, scribe that moment of enthusiasm. The that there was great difficulty in getting out. music of the guides, which had played during Nearly six hundred persons were assembled the ceremony, now ceased, and that of the round the doors and windows. Many eyes college executed a hymn. The cardinal then were wet with tears, and many hearts were consecrated to Mary-the king, the queen, touched." Statements like this could be their august children, the parish, the capi- multiplied. Surely, then, those who are intal, and the whole of Belgium; and began terested in the cause, and anxious for the the Magnificat,' which, chanted by a progress of scriptural religion, and to whom numerous clergy, constrained every heart to God has given an ample portion of this the deepest devotion. The affecting cere- world's treasure, will be willing to aid in so mony being ended, the cardinal went to the good a work, and will readily assist those high altar and gave the triple blessing with who are ready to labour in so promising a the holy sacrament, and then conducted field. Having consented to receive contritheir Majesties to the church door. It is butions for this society, and to remit them impossible for us to describe the enthusiasm to Brussels, the undersigned will be most of the people when the Royal Family entered happy to be favoured with donations or suband quitted the church. • Long live the scriptions.

THOMAS JAMES. King i' •Long live the Queen l' • Long live the Duke of Brabant;' were repeated

7, Blomfield-street, by more than 30,000 tongues. We are

Finsbury. happy to see that it is to honour Mary, the Duke of Brabant appears, for the first time,

FRANCE. publicly in a church. In the evening there was an illumination in the streets through

EVANGELICAL SOCIETY. which the procession had passed, and also The committee of correspondence in con. in different parts of the parish ; the poor

nexion with this important institution beg places vied with the rich in the number of

to inform the religious public in this counlights. It was impossible for the people to

try, that they have received the report rebe happier than they were, at seeing the

cently presented to the annual meeting of Royal Family, the nobility, and the high

the society. It is a deeply interesting docuclergy associate with them, in a festival

ment, containing details of the operations of which they had begun in such an interesting

evangelists and colporteurs, who are labour. manner, and which, in establishing their

ing with success in different parts of France. religious principles, has given them a lesson

It also records, with expressions of devout of such high morality."

thankfulness, the sanction and pecuniary To courteract in some degree the perni

support obtained at the close of last year cious influence of such absurdities as these,

from ministers and other friends in this an evangelical society has, for about six

country, by Mr. Mark Wilks. The comyears, been carrying on a system of opera- mittee are intending to print and circulate tions which has already been productive of

copious extracts from the report, with a list the most delightful results. They have six

of contributions received, which they will be missionaries, three schoolmasters, three

happy to forward to any friends who may schoolmistresses, and one tract colporteur. feel interested in the progress of true evan. They support six missionary stations and

gelical religion in France. Subscriptions five schools. The amount of contributions

and donations will continue to be thankfully for the last year was only 1,0911. This is received at this office. the more to be regretted, as there are greater facilities for preaching the gospel and other

Thomas JAMES, Hon. Sec. evangelical efforts in Belgium than in most 7, Blomfield-street, of the continental nations. There is most Finsbury.

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