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man said, there were not fewer than 1200 persons.of was pleased with the arrangement: the gallery was oceupied by the coloured people, the men'onomy right-hand, and the females on my left; and the bottom of the chapel was nearly filled with whites, of very respectable appearance, who attended to what was said with great seriousness and devotion. In the gallery, there was an earnestness of desire in every countemance, with an occasional smile of approbation, accompanied with a flowing fear, and an exclamation of “Amen!” or “ Glory to God!” which showed an awakened feeling of interest, so encouraging to the Preacher. The Lord was with us, and the time to me was well spent: I shall long, remember it as the first opportunity which I had of preaching to slaves and coloured people. At a quarter before twelve o'clock I concluded a day of unusual toil and pleasure; and after a short hour's repose 1 was aroused by the mail coach stopping at the door, in which I was to proceed to Winchester. Here I parted rom my affectionate friend and fellowtraveller, Brother Lindsey; and Mr. Smith now became my only companion. The air was cold, and the road as yet rough; for this was the first journey which the coach had made during the resent season. We stopped to breakast and change horses at Providence, in Fairfax county. The landlord was a member of the Methodist church, and a pious man. . The population was thinly scattered on this line of travel, and the road cutthrough the wilderness was mathematically direct, so that we could see through the gently-rising vista for many miles, all of which appeared to be a smooth uninterrupted ascent; and yet, as we proceeded, I found it to be completely undulated, and the point of vision receded as we advanced, a great part of the day. We saw hundreds of turtle-doves on the road, all in pairs, and very tame. This beautiful bird everywhere abounds in the Virginia woods: By twelve o'clock we had arrived at Middleburgh, in London county, and had stopped to change the mail bags. I entered the inn to warm my feet, as the air had been cold all the morning, and saw two men of respectable appearance' talking with much earnestness, who, on my approaching the fire, removed to the other side of the room,

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diately a boy of colour, about twelve years of age, tall, well-grown, and of most interesting countenance, came and stood before me, when I addressed

him: Can you read? (“No, Sir.” Do W. ever pray to God?. “No, Sir.” hat! did your mother never teach you to say, Our Father, &c.? “No, Sir” To what place do you belong? “I don't know, Sir.” Where does our father live?” “I don’t know that have any father, Sir.” Well, but where does your mother live? “At Paris, Sir.” I felt an affectionate interest on the boy's behalf, and spoke to him about God, as the friend of the desstitute, who would be a father and a friend to him, if he sought him by rayer, &c. At this instant the landF. John Upp, came in, and sternly ordered him into the kitchen. I said to the landlord, That is the most interesting boy of colour that I have seen; but he has surprised me my saying that he does not know to where he belongs. “I do not wonder at that,” he replied, “for he has just been sold for 200 dollars, to go down into South Carolina.” Sold! I exclaimed.—A human being like that sold for 200 dollars : “Yes, Sir; the two men that you saw talking here, when you came in, were bargaining for him ; and he is to go down, with several others tomorrow.” Wretched man? he has been selling his own offspring. “I believe that is more than probable,” very coolly said Mr. Upp. I was glad to quit this scene; but my spirits received a shock which I could not recover for some days afterwards. Here was a boy of most intelligent countenance, and as comely as one of colour could be in the eyes of a white man, who only lacked education and religion to qualify him to act an honourable and useful part in any state of society; who had never known a father, and was now sold, like a beast of burden, to toil in a distant State, and to suffer “ the oppressor's wrongs, the proud man's contumely, the insolence of office, and the spurns that patient merit of the unworthy takes." O slavery: these are a few of the ills which thou art inflicting on our nature; and this proscribed race of colour has its ample share, and drinks the brimful chalice to the very dregs: After having travelled along a most delightful country for twelve miles, we came to Paris, at the foot of the last hill, by which we reached the summit of the blue ridge. Here I made inquiry of the landlady, if she heard of the circumstance, and if she knew the man who had taken his young slave to sell at Middleburg; but the case was so common, that it excited no feeling of surprise or disgust, nor did she know anything about the affair,


. Before we had arrived quite at the summit of hill, I desired the driver to stop, that I unight take a look at the vale which we were leaving. The prospect had a thousand charms of sublimity and beauty, which it is impossible for the most inventive imagination to improve ; wood and water, villages, orchards, and louely log huts, all combined to awaken pleasure. I then looked on the other side, which was mostly woody, and at the bottom of a gentle declivity of two or three miles flows the Shenandoah, beyond which is the rich and extensive vale that reaches from the banks of the Potomac to the states of Tenessee and North Carolina, that skirts the uorthern mountains, or the first of the series which compose the Alliganies. The road was in good repair as we descended the mountain ; and on the banks of the river, at four o'clock, we changed our horses and driver, being then sixteen miles distant from Winchester. We crossed the river by a ferryboat, and proceeded slowly aloag roads winding through the woods, and along the rocky beds of winter streams, now nearly dry. But the moon shone brightly, and at eleven o'clock our sixteen miles were accomplished, and we arrived safely at Winchester, where the Conference was then assembled. On Friday the 9th, Mr. Emory introduced me to the Couference assembled in the Freemasons' Hall, Bishop George in the Chair. The subject to be considered this morning had excited a deep and lively interest in the minds of the Preachers, and many of the People. For several years unany of the Preachers in the General Conference had wished to take the appointment of the Presiding Elders out of the hands of the Bishops, and transfer the right to the Annual Conferences. This having been the subject of mauy previous debates, had now become a general question; and as the parties on both sides were numerous and respectable, most of the annual Conferences were divided in their sentiaments; and on choosing the delegates to the General Conference, which is the legislative hudy, great exertions were employed to procure the election of men who favoured the opipious and wishes of this party. At the receding General Conserence, in May 820, the subject was, debated, and the two following Resolutions were carried :“That whenever, in any Annual Conference, there shall be a vacancy, or vacancies, in the office of presiding Elder, in consequence of his period, of service of four years having expired, or

the Bishop wishing to remove any presiding Elder, or by death, resiguation, or otherwise, the Bishop, or President of the Couference, having ascertained the number wanted from any of these causes, shall nominate three times-the number, out of which the Conference shall elect by, ballot, without debate, the number wanted: Provided, when there is more than one wanted, not more than, three at a time shall be nominated, nor. more than one at a time elected : provided also, that, in case of anyovacancy, or vacancies, in the office of Presiding: Elder in the interval of any Annual Conference, the Bishop shall have authority to fill the said vacancy, or vacancies, until the ensuiug Annual Conference. “That the Presiding Elders be, and hereby are made the advisory council of the Bishops, or Presidents of the Conference, instationing the Preachers.” Shortly afterwards, Brother Suule, who had been elected to the ..I. office a few days before, presented a formal declaration to the Bishops, expressing his determination, “if ordaiued, not to carry those Resolutions into effect, because he believed them to be unconstitutional.” This was followed by a formal protest against the Resolutions by the senior Bishop, avowa ing the same determination on his part, and for the same reason. After a spirited debate, it was agreed to suspend the Resolutions till the approaching General Conference. In consequence, the intervening time had been employed by each party in endeavours to increase the number of adherents to its own sentiments. This morning had been appointed to debate this subject. Soon after my entrance, Mr. Soule read over a paper, giving at length his reasons injustification of his conduct, and complaining of a pamphlet recently published by Messrs. Emory, Waugh, and others. Mr. Emory followed in reply, and commented upon the pamphlet, Mr. S. Roszell and others took a distinguished part in the debate, which was conducted with great order, and considerable talent, highly creditable to the speakers, and the character of the Conserence. The point of debate was, “Can a Bishop legally resuse to act upon a resolution of the General Couserence, because he thinks it to be unconstitutional?” Much having been said on both sides, and frequent reference made to the laws by which the Congress is governed, and the power of the President defined and limited, the subject was dropped, without any resolution being proposed for the adoption of the mecting. However, when the delegates were subsequently chosen, the result was seen in ther election of mone but those who were advocates of the old-plan, and these gave the casting votes in the General Conference, when the business came for decision before that Assembly. In the eveninglheard a warm-hearted, zealous mano preachin, our chapel; and his exhortation was the most awakening of any to which I had ever listened. The place was crowded beyond endurance, although there were other Preachers occupying other churches at the same time; all of which, I understood, were equally well filled. - On Saturday, the 10th, at the request of the Bishop, I opened the Conference, by reading a chapter, singing, and prayer. The day was chiefly spent in examination of the characters of those Local Preachers who were candidates for ordination to the office of Deacons, an affair which could not furnish many points for debate. Sunday, the 11th, all the six churches were open to our Preachers, and the whole of them overflowing. In the foremoon I preached inthe episcopal church, with much freedom to my own mind. The windows were open, and many heard who could not gain admittance. After service. I went to our own chapel, and was present at the ordination of eight Preachers, who were admitted to Deacon's orders. The Bishop was very lively in his exhortation, and the peo§: were fervent in their prayers for a lessing upon the ordained, and the prosperity of the work at large. In the evening a spirit of prayer was poured out upon the Preachers and people; and the former discovered a servency, and some of them a fluency, such as I have seldom known. Many sinners were awakened ou this day, and a gemeral interest appeared to pervade not ouly the town, but the country around. On Monday I was requested by the Conference to preach in the evening at six o'clock. The place was much crowded, and the presence of the Lord was with us...After sermon, I observed persons in distress coming forwards to the communion rails; and, reverently falling upon their knees, requested the Preachers to pray for them. The Lord was present to heal the broken in heart; and it was said, that on this, the former, aud the following night, more than fifty souls were clearly justified, and that some others received the blessing of ect love. On Tuesday, at five o'clock, the business of Conference concluded. Immediately after prayer, the Bishop took


out his list of the stations for the coming year, and read it deliberately; each Preacher taking notes as pleased himself. He then rose und departed. I did not hear a murimur, nor did I see a dissatisfied counteilauce. The-Preachers were mostly young men, or men in the prime and vigour of life, whose grand characteristics, in my” apprehension, were strong sense and burning zeal. In the evening, I preached to the coloured people in the Lutheran church, which was much crowded. Since this time the Lord has revived his work within the bounds” of that Conference, and especially in the city of Baltimore, as the following extract of a letter from the Superintendent shows :“Our Camp Meeting was held in August. The weather was excessively hot, but great numbers repaired to the grove; and such a spirit of prayer, I think, I never witnessed on any occasion. The people of God were much revived, backsliders were reclaimed, and many sinners received the pardoning love of God. Immediately on our return, the revival commenced in the city, with power and glory. The east Station was the first that was affected, and has been the most highly favoured, although the work has been diffused all over the city in all our congregations. Meetings for prayer have been continued almost every night in the week, and our largest houses of worship frequently crowded to overflowing. All classes and ages have been embraced in the work, but by far the greatest proportion have been persons of good moral character, Gentile and Jew, Protestant and Papist, have been enabled to testify.that Jesus has power on earth to forgive sin. Very few days have passed withoutsoune having found the pearl of great price. A hundred and fifty have been in deep distress at one time, crying for mercy, under conviction-uf sin, while deep solemnity rested on a crowded and attentive audience. In the city, 700 have been admitted on trial since April, 600 of whom have found peace with God, and the the work stili proceeds. In conducting our meetings, we have uniformly addressed congregations in a short sermon, in which was stated and explained the nature and necessity of the religion of Jesus Christ; aud very often before we have fittished, the altar has been crowded with penitent, praying mourners. I know that you will praise the Lord for this his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men.”

Jan, 7, 1826, R. REEcE.

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METHODIST CHAPELS LATELY ERECTED OR ENLARGED. CHESHUNT, in the Waltham-Abbey ford-Street, in front, and in lieu of the Circuits On Monday, July 18th, old Chapel, which is too small to af1825, a neat Methodist Chapel was ford accommodation adequate to the opepeds for divine worship jo Goff's-. wants of the people in its imnsediate Lane, in the parish of Cheshunt, in the neighbourhood. From the present county of Herts, near the celebrated exertions of our friends, we may exoak which was planted by one of the pect great religious benefit to result; party pamed Goff, who came over and should these exertions be continued from Normandy with William the First. a few years, we may reasouably hope In this peighbourhood our preacbing that Methodism will produce the salu was limited for some time to the even- tary effects in Birmingham, which, ings of the Lord's Days, in a private through the blessing of God, it has done house. The students from the College in most of the populous towns of this in Connexion with the late Countess of kingilom." Huntingdon, distant about two miles, RÅNDWICK, in the StroudCircuit.bad long been in the habit of preaching “On Tuesday, Sept. 27th, a new Chapel in the same house in the mornings and was opened in this place by the Rev. afternoons. The Lord was pleased to give Joseph Entwisle, President of the Con

testimony to the word of bis grace;' ference, and the Rev.James Blackett, sinners were converted; a Methodist of Gloucester. The dimensions of the Society was formed, and a Chapel be- Chapel are sixty feet by thirty, includcame requisite. One individual sub- ing a room for a Sunday-School. The serioed twenty-five pounds ; * three Collections were liberal, as were also others, ten pounds each; four more the private Subscriptions. A gentleman five pounds; and many others in in the neighbourbood, belonging to the smaller proportions; so that half the established church, gave fifty pounds, cost (£250) has been raised by sub- and the lord of the manor the stone, scriptions and collections. Sermons at lime, &c., with a donation of ten the opening were preached to . very guineas. Mr. Wesley has recorded in crowded congregations, large numbers. his Journal, Vol. i. page 102 : • On of whom found it impossible to gain Sunday, tbe 7th October, 1739, about admittance into the Chapel, by the eleven, I preached at Randwick, seven Rey. Charles Cook, from France, who miles from Gloucester. The church was the first Missionary in this Cir- was much crowded, though a thousand cnit; and by the Rev. Peter M.Owan, or mure stayed in the church-yard.'. of London. The population of Ches. Since that period it had become a rude huat consists of 4,376 spuls.".. and barbarous neighbourhood, till about

BIRMINGHAM.—" A ncat and ele- twenty years ago, wben preaching was gant Chapel, which will seat above 600 again established in a small building, persods,was opened in this populous town and by the introduction of a Sundayon Thursday the 25th, and on Sunday School, tbrough the instrumentality of the 28th of August. The Preachers on a youog man from Stroud, a most exthe occasion were, the Rev. Joseph En. traordinary reformation has taken place. twisie, President of the Conference, The Chapel is well attended, and a So. and the Rev. Messrs. J. Lomas and ciety of nearly fifty members meet in J. Bicknell. The Collection amounted Christian communion.'"-. to $121. 9s. 5d. This Chapel, which ENFIELD, in the Waltham-Abbey makes the fourth occupied by the Wes- Circuit. On Monday, October Toth, leyas Methodists in Birmingham, is - a Methodist Chapel was opened in Tursituated in St. Martin's Street, in the key-street, in the parish of Enfield, immediate vicinity of Islington, in the Middlesex. The ground, accompanied midst of a large and rapidly-increasing by a subscription, was kindly given for population, and is the only commodious the purpose by James Meyer, Esq., of place of worsbip in that neighbourhood. Evfield, the lord of the manok At the There is a numerous and prosporous opening, Sermons were preached to Society connected with it, and every crowded and attentive congregations, reason t believe that it will be well » by the Rev. A.E. Farrar, and tbe Rev. attended. And as, a further proof of Peter M Owan, both of London. The the zealous and lively interest wbich the total cost of the Chapel is not more thart Birmingham Methodists are now tak- £120, half of which has been raised by ing in the religious welfare of their Subscriptions and Colleotions. The towusmeo, ladd, that fon Thursday, - Parish of Enfield contaids-a population Sept. 29th, the first stone was laid of a = of upwards of eight thousand soulsi" Dew and commodious Chapel in Brad- ST', IVES. On Sunday, Oct 16tb,

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the Methodist Chapel in St. lves, Cornwall, was re-opened for divine worship, having been considerably enlarged. Three sermons were preached on the occasion, by the Rev. John Aikenhead and the Rev. Thomas Martin. The Collections amounted to upwards of £47; which, considering the poverty of a large proportion of the inhabitants, occasioned by the total failure of the fisheries during the present year, may Be regarded as a handsome amount, and certainly exceeded the expectations of many. Besides this, Sir Christopher IHawkins, Bart., one of the Members for the borough, has generously presented the Trustees with a donation of £100. It is worthy of remark, that St. Ives is the first place in the West of England, that is, exclusive of Bristol and its vicinity, into which Methodism was introduced. It was visited first by Mr. Charles Wesley, in July 1743; and then by Mr. John Wesley, who arrived August 30th, in the same year; being accompanied by three Travelling Preachers, viz. Messrs. John Nelson, John Downs, and William Shepherd." At St. Ives, as in most other places, the Methodists were, in those days, greatly calumniated and persecuted: and, on one occasion, the mob, by way of demonstrating their joy at the news of a victory, gained by 1he British fleet over the Spaniards, Pulled down the preaching-house. The cause of God, however, continued to prosper; and some, who were among the most forward in opposing and persecuting the Methodists, came to an awful and untimely end. The Chapel in this town has been several times reobuilt or enlarged; and at present we have there not only a neat, uniform, and commodious house for divine worship, but the largest Chapel in Cornwall or in the West of England. It is seventy-two feet and a half long, and sixty-four wide, within the walls. The Pews, which are all taken already, will accommodate 880 persons; and there same about 600 free sittings for the poor. JBesides this spacious edifice, we have a meat, small house in another part of 2he town, thirty feet and a half by twenty-four feet and a half, within the walls. This was built in is 24, and is chiefly designed for prayer-meetings, class-meetings, &c., and occasionally for preaching. It has been found of #reat service to some of the aged and infirm, who cannot, without great dif

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ficulty, go so far as the large "Chapel. The whole debt now remaining on both Chapels is about £1800; the whole of which has been borrowed at four per cent. interest. As the seat-rents of the large Chapel are likely to produce more than £200 per annum, the Trustees have a pleasing prospect of reducing the debt rapidly. The facts above stated are the more remarkable, as occurring in a town, the entire population of which is only 3500; and in reviewing them, we are constrained to exclaim, with wonder and gratitude, “What hath God wrought !” For several years St. Ives was the head of a Circuit, which then took in the whole western extremity of Cornwall; now divided into three Circuits, Helston, Hayle-Copper-house, and Penzance. But in 1791, Penzance, in consequence of its increasing population and importance, as also its more central situation, was fixed on as the Circuit town; and since that year, St. Ives has forme a part of the Penzance Circuit. Within the present year, new Chapels have, to my knowledge, been opened at the following places in this county; of which, I suppose, no account has been transmitted to you. At Callington, in the Liskeard Circuit;-at Wadebridge and Boscastle, in the Camelford Circuit; at Probus, Calistic, Chevelah, an Carnon-Downs, in the Truro Circuit; at Redruth-Highway, in the Redruth Circuit; and at Breage, in the Helston Circuit.” CLIFF, in the Selby Circuit.—“On October 30th was opened, a neat, new Chapel, at Cliff, by the Rev. Max. Wilson. It is well situated, and the only place of worship in the village. Its size is thirty feet by twenty-three and a half, without. The cost will be £180; towards which there has been

raised, by private Subscription, the sum . of £110; and, by public Collection,

£10. 18s. 6d. The pews will seat sixty persons; and nearly all of them are let. Mr. Walker generously gave the ground, and also £5.5s. As the Chapel is likely to be well attended, we ho it will be made a great blessing to the people.” - GROOBY, in the Leicester Circuit. —“On Thursday, Nov. 3d, and Sunday, Nov. 10th, a small, but meat Methodist Chapel was opened for divine worship in this village. The sermons on Thursday were preached by the Rev. John Smith, from Nottingham, and those on Sunday by the Rev. John Reynolds, and John W. Pipe, both of Leicester. The Chapel will cost something short of £200; towards which £90 had been previously raised by Sub

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