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they owe to their venerable parent. I love the children, Mr. Editor, and I love the mother also. She is not yet sinking under the decrepitude of
age; and I hope she will not be suffered to be eclipsed by the splendor of her offspring, nor be forgotten in the midst of a crowd. The returning Anuiversary is her Lever-Day; and I earnestly hope that her friends from town and country will be as numerous as ever.
I have been in the habit of attending on these interesting occasions from the first establishment of the Institution; and I have not only found my mind instructed, and the dying embers of Christian zeal rekindled, but have returned into the country, determined, by divine assistance, io scatter the holy fire, collected froin the altar of God, among the people of my own charge. They now expect it. Were I got to attend, there. fore, I should not only be a loser myself, but my people also would suffer loss. The affairs of the Missionary, Tract, and Bible Societies have hitherto furnished me with ample mattor for public discussiou on my return. The recital of these concerns, together with occasional observaLions, have been rendered the means of exciting the same glow of holy affection and noble expansion of soul, which have been experienced by thousands in London during the Anniversary. I most cordially, therefore, wishi, that your invitation to tho minisiers in the country, in your last Sumber, may be altended with its desired effect, that the fervor of Christian affection may flow from the metropolis of the hingdom into all the churches in the country, as vigorously as the viial fluid in the animal econoiny, streaming warm from the principal orgau of life, diffuses sensibility and energy thoughout every part of ihe human system.
But iny chiet object in this paper is to suggest that has occurred to me, as a principal reason why many more of the pastors of churches in the country do not attend on these occasions, I mean the difficulty which many of them find in obtaining accommodations for the week they spend in town! I have beeu in the habit of visiting London for a month or six weeks, as a supply to some chapel, for more than a dozen years; and have some relations and friends who have kindly received me to their houses at the Missionary Meeting; yet I feel for several of my brethren, possessing talents superior to iny own, who are discouraged from occasionally attending, on this account. From what I know of the hospitable and generous disposition of a great number of religious persons in London, I feel persuaded, that if this idea were communicated to them through your Magazine, they would most cheerfully invite some ministers of their acquaintance in the country to their hospitable abodes for the Missionary Week; and that by becoming the means of interesting them in these benevolent institutions, they may also become the instru. ments of promoting the success of the Missionary Society, and of aniinating the peoplc in the rural congregations. Several ministers, not having friends in London, and not knowing where to apply for private lodgings, have been obliged to resort to the tavern, after the holy services of those days. This is not only attended with a great expence, in addition to that of travelling, beyond their nicans, but is for various reasons so unpleasant to their feelings, that it can hardly be expected they will frequently attend. The consequence is, that the minister, not feeling the impulse which this publie occasion imparts, does not exert himseif as he otherwise might in behalf of the cause ; and his people, not baving their attention drawn to the subject by their minister's representation of what past on the occasion, do not employ their influence, aad bestow their aid to promote the welfare of the Society. It is not a sufficient answer to this objection, that the reports are printed, - for these reports cannot speak; nor is it possible by reading them to excite the lively feelings wiich the publie services produce; besides, few persons comparative.y read them; so that the congregations, as public bodies, Iemain uniuuenced.
It would likewise be an advantage to the common cause, if the deacons and liberal members of congregations would aid and encourage their ministers in going to the Missionary Meeting: They would thereby benefit their pastor, themselves, and the people. A berevolent friend of mine, who was well acquainted with the world, but who has since been united with the • spirits of the just made perfect,' when the Society was first formed made me a present of five guincas to defray my expences, saying, ' I am glad you are going to the Missionary Meeting ; I wish you to attend; it will do a young preacher good to associate with aged and judicious ministers,-to hear the discourses of men of celebrated talents, - and to engage in plans of public benevolence. It will extend his mind beyond his own sphere, - will give him a public spirit, and prepare him for greater usefulness in future life.'* I earnestly wish that every young ininister in the kingdom had such a friend ; his memory will ever be dear to me and the church.
It is evident to me that the increasing demands for inissionaries, the various other hustitutions which solicit public attention, and the accumulating expences of former establishments, will render it necessary that something more be done to interest the religious and benevolent public out of London in this important cause. Tlie conduct of a popular sect, in having their annual conference in other great cities and towns besides the metropolis; and the formation of Auxiliary Societies to an admirable ard useful Institution, may teach the Missionary Society that some similar means should be devised, to impart to the congregations in populous towns, and to the places around them, the general inpulse which the Annual Meeting of the Society diffuses through the churches in the capital. I would appeal to every man, whether he believes that if the Missionary Society were held annually at Bristol, for instance, it would be possible, without something of the saine kind in London, to interest the Christians there in the same degree as they now are. Seppose, therefore, without relinquishing the Verpai Meeting in London, there were also an Autumnal Annual Meeting, in succession, at Bristol, Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham, Sheffield, Leeds, Plymouth, and Portsmouth, and other large places, with Auxiliary Societies attached to those principal stations and their vicinities,-something of the same generous and missionary spirit would be imparted to the churches in each of those places, at least, once in seven years, as is annually experienced in the metropolis
. Were the meetings held in different parts of the country in succession, the extreinities of the nation would be animated and invigorated crery year as well as the metropolis. By this means, ministers from London and distant parts of the kingdom, would be heard in places reinote from their own immediate spheres of operation. An eminently useful society, by the appointment of Presidents, Vice Presidents, Treasurers, and secretaries in their Auxiliary Societies, draw forth the interest, talents, and property of a numerous body of Christians ; and, though the objects of the Missionary Society may not lead us to expect the same descriptions of persons to form these local institutions, yet there is another class equally benevolent which the plan would amalgamate, and whose talcuts and property would be directed toward the attainment of missionary objects. I most cordially approve of the British and Foreign Bible Society: but I wish the religious public to consider the formation of that institution, so far from lessening the inportance of missionary exertions, increases the necessity of employing more missionaries, for the purpose of translating the Scriptures into foreign languages; and were even shiploads of Bibles seat abroad, missionaries would be necessary, in order to distribute them, and explain and exemplify their principles.
The Annual Meeting of this Society will, with divine permission, be
held in London, on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, the 8th, 9th, and 10th Days of May. — The Arrangement of the Services is as follows:
SURRY CHAPEL, Wednesday Morning, May 8. The Rev. EDWARD Parsons, of Leeds, to preach.
TABERNACLE, Wednesday Evening. The Rev. Joseph JEFFERSON, of Basingstoke, to preach.
SILVER STREET CHAPEL, Thursday Morning. The Members of the Society will meet to hear the Report of the Directors, and transact the general Business of the Institution.
TOTTENHAM Court CHAPEL, Tkursday Evening. The Rev. JAMES STEVEN, A. M. Minister of Kilwinning, in Scotland, to preach.
ST. BRIDE'S CHURCH, Fleet Street, Friday Morning. The Rev. John Wilcox, A. M. Minister of Ely Chapel, Lecturer of St. George's, Southwark, and Chaplain to the Right Hon. the Earl of Kingston, to preach.
Friday Afternoon, at Four o'clock, the Members of the Society are to meet for Business at the School-Room of Sion Chapel.
Sion CAAPEL. On Friday Evening the Sacrameut of the Lord's Supper will be administered to those Members and Friends of the Society who are stated Communicants with a Christian Church (of whatever form) who produce Tickets, signed by their respective Ministers. It is hoped that no pesson will be offended by the strict regard which, to prevent confusion, or the admission of improper persons, must be paid to this Regulation.
Ministers resident in town, will be pleased to send to Mr. Williams, Stationers' Court, for Tickets, on the preceding Thursday, Friday, or Saturday Morning. Ministers from the country may obtain them on Monday Afternoon, at No. 9, Old Swan Stairs; or on Wednesday Morning, before the service, at Surry Chapel.
We are desired to say, That the Front Seats in the Galleries at each of the Chapels, being reserved for the Ministers, other persons are requested not to occupy them.
The Morning Services to begin at Half past Ten, and the Evening Ser: vices at Six o'clock. — A Collection, for the benefit of the Institution, will be made at each of the Places.
6 An enlarged Collection of Hymns for Missionary Occasions, price 6d. may be had in Stationers' Court, or at the doors of the Chapels.
BRITISH AND FOREIGN BIBLE SOCIETY.—May l. This day, at Elever o'clock, the Annual Meeting of this Society will be held at the Freemason's Tavern, as mentioned in our last.
LONDON FEMALE PENITENTIARY. - The Annual Meeting will be held on Tuesday, the 7th of May, 1811, at the New London Tavern, Cheapside.
- The First Annual Meeting of the LADIES (Subscribers to the London Female Penitentiary) will also be held on Tuesday, the 7th of May, 1811, at the Paul's Head Tavern, Cateaton Street. - Both Meetings at Twelve o'Clock, precisely.
Socirly for promoting the Observance of the Lord's Day, and for the Suppression of Public Lewdness. The Annual Meeting of this Society will be held, by divine permission, on Tuesday, the 7th instant, at the New London Tavera, Cheapside, at Six o'clock in the Evening.
Religious Tract Society. The Anniversary Sermon, for the benefit of this Society, will be preached on Sunday Afternoon, the 5th of May, instant, at the Church of St. James, Clerkenwell, by the Rev. Legh Richmond, M. A. Rector of Turvey, Bedfordshire. Service to begin at Half past Three o'Clock. The Annual MEETING of this Society
will be held at the City of London Tavern, Bishopsgate Street, on Thursday, the 9th of May, at Seven o'Clock in the Morning.
Hibernian SOCIETY. — The Annual Meeting of this Society will be held on Friday, May 10, at the New London Tavern, Cheapside, at Sevea o'clock in the Morning.
Bartist ACADEMICAL INSTITUTION, at Stepney, near London. - 01 , March the 25th, we are informed, the Rev. W. Newınan removed from Bromley to Stepney, to take the charge of the Pupils of this Institution Three Young Nen have been received as probationers. – The Members of this denomination have now another powerful appeal to their liberalits; and an appeal we trust, that cannot be made in vain. Donations and subscriptions are received by Joseph Gutteridge, Esq. Treasurer. Donations of scarce and valuable books, and the applications of candidates (post paid) are received by the Rev. W. Newman, President. The Annual Meeting of this Society will be held (Providence permitting) on Thursday, the 36th of May; when the Rev. Robert Hall, of Leicester, is expected to preach at the Meeting-house in Prescott Street, Goodman's Fields. quriliary Association in aid of the ignorant, industrious, and wretchFunds of the London Female Peni
ed. Not a few of them are retired tenliary vi!h respect to the Prompt sufferers, struggling hard, in sor keceplion of sailable Objects.
row and silence, against the diftEXPERIENCE has not only culties which oppress them. To placed beyond dispute the advan- seek out such objects, and to relieve tages which arise from a measure them, is the design of this societs. which particularly distinguishes the The money contributed will be London Female Penitentiary, that distributed under the superintendof granting prompt reception to ence of the Rev. J. Pratt, Minister those unhappy females who implore of Sir G. Wheeler's Chapel in spital admission; but the benefits result- Square. - Subscriptions, we are ining from it so far exceed the most formed, arc received by him, hy sanguine expectations, that it has the Treasurer, John Kincaid, Esq. been judged expedient to form an Spital Square ; and by Mr. Cooper. AUXILIARY ASSOCIATION, with a 8, Queen Street, Cheapside; and view to enable the Penitentiary to Mr. Bickersteth, 3, Haiton Court. carry into more complete effect Threadneedle street. than its present limited resources admit, that humane and judicious The Rev. Mr. Wilcox and his measure of affording to the seduced congregation have set a most be and uufurinnate female, who is so coming example to all true Chris. lieitors to forsake the paths of Vice, tians, in the recent institution of a an immediate and secure refuge from Society, termed • The Fly Chape! the dangers and the miseries of hier Humane Society, for visiting and unhappy condition.
relieving the sick and Poor. The Further information respecting chief object of which is, not to this Auxiliary Society, may be had relieve the sturdy mendicants, who of Mr.J. Bevans, at Mr. West's, Bil- too generally are backneyed in all liter Lanc; and Mr. Deveys, 8, Shoe the arts of fraud and deception; Laue.
but to seek out and personally visit A BENEVOLENT SOCIETY has thosc immured in damp and gloomy Jately been established for Visiting cellars, or pining in a miserablegarand Relieving cases of great Dis- ret; and whilsi administering to Iress, chiefly among the numerous their wants, to distribute Religious Poor of spital fields, aud ils vici- Tracts, and inıpırt religious instruc mily. The special claims of that tion to them. The Address and Plan part of the metropolis on the cha- of their Proceedings may be had at rily of the benevolent are generally the Vestry, Ely Chapel; and Subknown and admitted. Many of the scriptions received by the Rer. Mr. puor in that quarter are at once Wilcox.
(Our Poetical Department is unavoidably deferrell; was also the Missionary Collections, and many Articles of Intelligence.