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THE LATE REV. JOHN SCOTT, THE LATE REV. JOHN HANNAH,
The Rev. Joux HANNAH, D.D., of
Didsbury, for many years a member of It is with the deepest sorrow that we the Missionary Committee, was during have to record the death of this much his long ministerial life a zealous and loved minister of Jesus Christ, who for successful advocate of Missions, both in a long series of years had been an actire the pulpit and on the platform. Many member of the Missionary Committee, of the candidates for the ministry who and for more than thirty years one of were placed under Dr. Hannah's tuition the General Treasurers of the Society. at Hoxton, and others afterwards, at Having been called to the Methodist Stoke Newington and Didsbury, became ministry in the year 1811, he was inti- able and zealous missionaries to the mately acquainted with the venerable heathen. Beside the numerous conmen who by their labours and example versions effected by his ministry at gave an impulse to modern Missions , home, in which he was indefatigable, to the heathen and other neglected the fruits of his evangelical labours populations such as had never before continue to be gathered, in the South been witnessed, and was their zealous Seas, India, and Africa, by those who associate in this great and good work. bave profited by his teaching; whilst He was the intimate friend of Richard others of his pupils, such as the loved Watson and Dr. Bunting, and of Joseph and lamented John Hunt, have won for Butterworth, Esq. When he succeeded themselves an imperishable name in the the late Rev. Joseph Taylor as one of history of Christianity. By two official the General Treasurers of the Society, visits which Dr. Hannah paid to the in 1836, he was first associated with United States of America, his theoloThomas Farmer, Esq., by whom he was gical learning and ministerial ability highly esteemed, and after Mr. Farmer's and power became well known and lamented decease he continued in office highly appreciated in the numerous with his successor, Mr. Heald. It is churches of that land. It was thus that well known that he discharged the God honoured His faithful servant duties of his office with a diligence during his life ; and at his death He which commanded the gratitude of the enabled him to testify to the suíficiency Committee on behalf of the Society, of that grace which he had so long and secured the confidence of the commended to others. May those Methodist Connexion, and of the friends who remain, and succeed bim in his of Missions generaliy. The value of his labours, follow him as he followed Christ; services in the formation of the Training and, equally with him, ultimately Institntion at Westminster, and of his triumph through Christ orer all the faithful oversight as Principal since its power of the enemy, and over death commencement in the year 1851, has itself! long been recognized, and will be duly Dr. Hannah died at Didsbury, aged acknowledged by the Committee of seventy-five, on Sunday, December that Institution
29th, 1867 ; peacefully passing from an Mr. Scott finished his long and earthly to an heavenly and everlasting useful course at the house of his son-in- rest. law, J. J. Lidgett, Esq., at Blackheath, in the seventy-sixth year of his age; having been fully employed in the work of the Christian ministry more The amount of Contributions and than fifty-six years; sincerely and Remittances announced on the Cover dceply lamented by his family and of the Notices this month is £12,500. friends, and by the Connexion at large. 138.
1. GOSPORT.-The Rev. John Walter tian brethren. One minister, to whom writes, December 4ih, 1867.-In the 2d you gave me a letter of introduction, Battalion ith Regiment, which left us gave us a hearty and cordial reception. recently for Liverpool, there were one is in earnest, and will, I trust, hold bundred Wesleyans. We have now on in the good way. I have formed an eighty-five men of the Line in the new acquaintance with a corporal, who is a barracks. I do not know what number of minister's son. He is well educated. Wesleyans are at the new forts: we He has become quite serious, and regularly cambot arrange for a parade-service for attends our meetings in my company. I then, in consequence of the distance. ain thankful to say that we are prospering Our puber of the marines last quarter in the Divine life, and shall ever have was ninety-five. The average attendance cause to be grateful for your parental of seamen of the navy was fifty-four. A advice and affectionate encouragement. large number of boys returned as Wes- In leaving Parkhurst, we keenly feel your leyans have been removed from the St. loss; nor shall I ever forget Mrs. Moister's Vincent to the training ship at South- kindness : she was as a mother to me. I aimptou. I understand that there are one shall always remember you both with love huedred Wesleyans on board the “Irre- and gratitude. nistible," in Southampton Water, for shon it is desirable to provide a service from a soldier's mother.-My son ca shore, if practicable.
speaks most gratefully of your kindness;
and I beg you to accept my warmest thanks 2. PARKHURST.–From the Rev. W. also for the interest you have manifested Moister, December 5th, 1867.— I forward in his spiritual welfare. Words fail to you a list of thirty-two " declared Wes- express all I feel for the deep sympathy with legats " who have just left this depôt him which you have shown, as well as to join the 69th Regiment at Malta. with us. May God continue to bless your The whole of them, with two exceptions, labours, and may you be rewarded by te recruits, who have come here from sccing many turning to the Lord. varions parts of the kingdom. I have reason to know that my labours have not From a soldier's sister.-Pardon the been in vain among them. I hope you liberty of one who is young and a stranger, are making some provision for the in- in thus addressing you, to express my creasingly important garrison of Malta; sincere and earnest thanks for your kind. Where these thirty-two Wesleyans will not ness to a beloved brother. His joining find a Methodist chapel or à Methodist the army was an exceeding bitter trial to minister, but will be as destitute of the me. I had looked forward with pleasure care of their own church as hundreds of to his coming of age, and cherished many the military now are, and have been for a bright hope as to his future career, and jears, on that station.
the comfort he would be to our dear December 29th. Our men during the mother. The blow fell with a crushing quarter have been very attentive to the weight upon me. I can, however, thank Word preached; and I have been much God for it now, as it has been the means encouraged by the steady and consistent of bringing him to a knowledge of the truth leportment of our church-members, and as it is in Jesus. Your interest in him has by the attendance of soldiers' children at been very consoling to us all, and the or Sunday-school. I have had most earnest prayers of his pious mother have fateresting interviews with men in been answered. May He who has said, hospital, seven of whom I found, on one “Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of of my visits, had been in our Sunday- the least of these My brethren, ye have schools in their boyhood.
done it unto Me,” reward you and Mrs.
Moister—to whom we present our grateful The following extracts from letters acknowledgments—for your united kindreceived by Mr. Moister are interesting ness to our dear F- , of which he informs and encouraging :
us in his letters since his conversion. From — I and have settled 4. THE CURRAGE CAMP.-From the down in our new quarters, and have Rev. Robert Hazleton.--December 31st, become acquainted with several Chris. 1867.-In the quarter just closed, being
VOL. XIY,-FIFTH SERIES,
that in which many of the troops leave Marshal Commanding-in-Chief, and by the camp, several changes have taken place. that of the Major-General commanding at The regiments assembled here during the Woolwich, the use of a school-room in summer months for military practice are the barracks, for a parade-service for our now scattered. Some of our church-mem- men on Sundays. For the present, this bers, and those who were “declared Wes- service will be conducted by students from leyans,” are in places were they can enjoy Richmond, who will be directed by the all our Wesleyan services; but others Superintendent of the Circuit, and by the are not so favourably circumstanced. Secretary of the Army Committee in this We follow them with Christian affection, important work. and with earnest prayer. Our hope is that the good seed sown will not die, but 5. ABERDEEN.—The Wesleyan school will bring forth fruit to the glory of God. for soldiers' children at Aberdeen contains We have established an additional volun- nine soldier-teachers, all members of tary service at Newbridge Barracks. My Society, and more than two hundred present Sabbath-work, therefore, consists scholars, twenty of whom are members of of two parade-services, and two voluntary Society, several others being communicants ones, besides other duties. This in- in other churches. The Rev. John volves a drive of four miles in the morni• Holmes states that the school-room is in ing, and a walk of the same distance in the the centre of the city, and permission is evening. Our week-day services continue given for the children of civilians to to be well attended. I have received attend. highly encouraging letters from men who have been removed from the station. One 6. RELIGIOUS INSTRUCTION IN THE srites, “I should have written before to ARMY.—The attention of commanding you, who poured such Divine comfort into officers is drawn to clause 101 of the my heart. Your visits to me were made Army Schools' Regulations, whereby it is a blessing to my soul. It has been good directed that the business of Army schools for me that I have been afflicted. 0, shall be suspended for an hour on two the happiness of a man whose whole trust separate days in each week, to enable the is in God! I have to stand against the clergy to give religious instructions to mocking and scoffing of men around me; classes of adults and children ; and general but I am enabled to do so. May you be officers are requested to give such direcvery successful in leading poor sinners to tions to the chaplains and officiating Christ, and to the enjoyment of His sal- clergymen, within their respective comvation.”
mands, as shall insure the above order
being carried out; requiring them to 4. WARLEY BARRACKS.-At this im- enter in the school-book the hours portant military station, to which recruits at which they attend for the discharge of for the Royal Artillery are sent, and which this important duty, and the subject on is a large establishment, we have just ob- which, on each occasion, instruction has tained, by the authority of the Secretary been given.-General Orders, January, of State for War, and H.R.H. the Field 1868, No. 7. Army List, January, 1868.
1. EASTBOURNE.- From the Journal of the Rev. L. Railton.-September 22d, 1867.-Much encouraged to-day. The congregations were considerably increased, and the quarterly collection was much larger than before; but, best of all, the Divine Spirit was powerfully in our midst. Our Sunday morning prayer-meetings are seasons of unusual refreshment. Several men of the artillery attend our services. A short time since I paid a visit to the “Redoubt," where they are stationed, and was received very cordially. I obtained leave to call as frequently as I please, and
to hold a meeting for worship in one of the rooms. There are many opportunities for usefulness, which I shall gladly embrace, among the fishermen and the coastguard. Many of the latter interesting class are in this neighbourhood. Several of our members regularly come to our chapel from an adjacent village, in which High-Church bigotry prevents our having a room for preaching. There is much to cheer us at Hailsham, where we are taking preliminary steps for the erection of a chapel, for which a pressing necessity exists. At present we have to use a clubroom at a public-house, which, besides hoping to complete and open a new being an undesirable place, has become too Mission chapel soon at Springbourne, small for the congregation. There is a where we have formed a Society under large rope-making establishment in this encouraging circumstances. The whole villige, in which many hands are em- Mission is doing well. ployed; and these workmen are just the sort of people to whom Methodism is 3. LEOMINSTER. From the Journal likely to prove serviceable.
of the Rev. Henry Wilson.-September October 17th.-Oar Sunday services are 10th, 1867.—We have to-day received still well attended; and as the visiters the grant of £100 from the General leare, it is gratifying to see their places Chapel Committee ; so that our Homef.kd by residents. Several additional Mission chapel here is free from debt. sittings have been taken recently.
November 14th.-Held the Foreign October 22d.-Held our Foreign Mis. Missionary Meeting at Kingsland, one of sionary Meeting, which was numerously the places included in the Mission Disattended. We have doubled the income trict. We have obtained more money of last year.
here for the Foreign Missions than in any November llth.-We had a remark. village in the Circuit. The Mission conably good Sabbath yesterday. In the even- gregations are good and increasing, and inz I was much pleased to observe at least souls are being converted. House-totherty of the working-class present. house visitation reveals much of ungodliTheir attention was deep, and some of ness, immorality, and consequent misery. these strong men wept. They were wel. The cottage-services are well attended. Ou Ded among us. On conversing with an artüleryman in hospital, who is con- 4. MANCHESTER. (Regent-road.)-The samptive, I found that his first acquaint. Rev. James Daniel writes, December Dee with the Methodists was formed at 10th, 1867.-I am glad to report favourGibraltar, eighteen years since, and that ably of the Home-Mission work at be had there been much profited by our Regent-road. The congregation conDinistry. He has since attended our tinues to increase most encouragingly, services whenever practicable. He is and the spirit of hearing is highly gratifydeeply concerned for his soul's welfare. I ing. We have lately been favoured with have commenced a new class, and hope instances of conversion, and additions to that many may be gathered by it into the church are being made. Obstacles the Church of Christ.
having been put in the way of the WesNoveinber 28th.—This afternoon I walked leyan soldiers at the Infantry barracks, eta the Downs to a village called East respecting their being marched to our Dan, where a fortnightly service was chapel, the case, after some correspondformerly held. A congregation of thirty ence, was officially referred by us to MajorPanons assembled in a kitchen ; and I General Sir John Garvock, the general have seldom enjoyed so great liberty in commanding the northern district; by blering salvation to sinners. Many were whose orders the men's rights were deeply aliected. I have arranged to visit acknowledged, and directions given that them again in a fortnight. During the they be duly marched to our services, quarter, the ordinary congregations have according to the “Queen's Regulations.” ba much enlarged; the members, with but few exceptions, meet well in their 5. MOSSLEY, (Ashton-under-Lyne.) classes ; and they are coming into closer From the Rev. John Colwell.-Decemfeliowship with each other.
ber 20, 1867.--Our Mission chapel has
recently been opened, under circumstances 2. BOURNEMOUTH. From the Rev. J. which show the success of the HomeT. Marquand.- December 5th, 1867. Mission work, commenced here four years Since our new chapel has been opened, ago. Then there were thirty churchper congregations have largely increased. members, contributing £1. 15s. per Two years sinee, sixty would have been quarter to the Circuit, and the chapel was considered a good attendance; now we small and uncomfortable, seating about hare three hundred present on Sunday one hundred persons. Now, by the blesstrenings. There has been also a corre- ing of God, we have one hundred and spanding improvement in the week- fifty members, whose quarterly contribnEvening congregations. Our classes have tions are from £12 to £14. We have a been re-organised, and the Tract Society re- beautiful chapel and school, &c., costing, modelled. We have taken a new and more with the site, £2,850. Towards this the prominent position in the town, and are Chapel Committee grant £100, and a
loan of £175. Our subscriptions amount persons. We hope to clear the cost of to £1,700, and the collections at the the erection, £900, by the end of the opening were £300. 16s. We hope year. soon to be able to fulfil our engagements with the Chapel Committee. The chapel 8. SUNDERLAND.-Trom the Journal is a handsome stone building, providing of the Rev. J. E. Hargreaves, to the end exclusive of the galleries, six hundred and of November, 1867.-September 21st.fifty sittings. The opening services, con- Called, in company with the Rev. George ducted by the President of the Confer. Blanchflower, at the barracks, to inquire ence, (the Rev. John Bedford,) the Rev. after Wesleyan soldiers lately returned Dr. Hannah, the Rev. Charles Prest, and from the Mauritius. The officer in comother ministers, were well attended, and mand received us courteously, promised to were seasons of great spiritual power and consult his superiors, and afterwards called profit. Friends in all parts of the Circuit upon me to say that the men should be bave liberally aided us in this work. marched to our chapel. During the quarter, Much patient toil has been necessary to noonday prayer-meetings have been held overcome difficulties; and none but those with good effect. The journal abounds who are well acquainted with the religious with instances of deep conviction for sin, wants of the neighbourhood can estimate and of the conversion of the ungodly.] We the gain to the cause of Christ which has shall return a large number of persons on tbus been secured.
trial for church-membership this quarter. The Rev. Thomas T. Dilks writes, De- Our Mission operations are hindered for cember 2d, 1867.- We view the Mossley want of a much larger place of worship Mission as an important illustration of as the centre of our work. This will the value of our Home-Mission work; have to be provided. and especially as an incitement to further and immediate operations of the same 9. GLASGOW.-- From the Rev. Jilliam kind in another part of our very populons Tilson.--December 20th, 1867.-Our Circuit, in which we hope to have the con new Mission-church in Claremont-street currence of the District and Home is a great success.* I hope we may secure Missionary Committees.
a wise and energetic minister for it at our
next Conference, when it is intended to 6. SHEFFIELD. (Ebenezer.) From the make it the head of a Circnit. AlJournal of the Rev. Thomas Horton.- though many of our members have gone December 11th, 1867.-The Home-Mis- to the new place, John-street chapel is sion work in this neighbourhood has filled; our church-members are steadily wrought a great change. In Ebenezer increasing in number, and our finances are chapel we have as good congregations on better than they ever were. We have also Sundays as are found in any place of wor. secured two Mission-halls or rooms, and ship in Sheffield; and the contrast with have obtained a suitable supply till Conthe past history of the place is remarked ference, when we must have either an by all. At our recent Foreign Mission additional Circuit minister, or one devoted ary Meeting, the chapel was full, and the to Home-Mission work. The latter would collection was £9 more than it was last be preferable. We intend, with the new year, year. We expect that the Home-Mis. to introduce the "Blake System" of juvenile sionary Meeting will be equally successful. collecting for Home and Foreign Missions; I trust that our past labours will prepare much can be done in that way. Our Misfor still greater success. [The Journal sion-halls are filled at the public services shows great diligence in visiting some of to the doors; and if the good feeling now. the most wretched abodes in Sheffield, apparent in Glasgow be maintained, we and of blessed effects resulting from this shall soon require another church equal self-denying Mission effort in the con. in size to the one just built. An encouversion of sinners to God.]
raging improvement is manifest at Dum
barton. 7. DONCASTER.-- From the Journal of the Rev. J. P. Keeley.-October 29th, 10. KILMARNOCK.--Trom the Journal 1867.-Our new chapel at Balby, was of the Rev. Joseph Symes, to December opened for Divine service to-day. 1st, 1867.-On arriving at this place, I This is one of the principal places was informed that it contained twenty-five included in this Home-Mission. It is a thousand inhabitants, with only twelve beautiful building, seating four hundred Methodists among tbein. In the adjacent
* An account of this building, &c., appeared in this Magazine for 1867, p. 1140.