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MEETINGS FOR THE REVIVAL OF
RELIGION. We have been much gratified to find, that protracted meetings, with a view to the revival of religion in the churches, have been held, during the months of December and January, at the places of worship of Messrs. Sherman, Morris, G. Clayton, Tid. mau, Townley, Binney, Dunn, Shepherd, Dr. Morison, Dr. Reed, and others. The spirit of prayer, union, and love, appears to have descended, in a remarkable manner, on ministers and people; and not a few souls have been awakened to concern about their eternal interests. It was our great privilege to mingle in several of the meetings, and we can truly say, that the greatest solemnity and sobriety of feeling prevailed. May the Holy Spirit descend on the pastors and churches, that Pentecostal seasons of grace may rest on all the dwelling places of Mount Zion. Such meetings tend in no ordinary degree, to concentrate the ener. gies of Christ's ministers, and to promote zeal, sympathy, and love among different sections of the church of Christ.
INCREASED SALE OF THE EVANGELICAL
MAGAZINE, We should hold ourselves to be very ungrateful, if we did not offer to our ministerial brethren and their congregations, in town and country, our warmest acknowledgments for their kind and energetic response to our late circular, suggesting the propriety of attempting to augment the circulation of our long established periodical, with a view mainly to the increased benefit of the widows of pious ministers, of various religious denominations. The sale of the Magazine has already risen from thirteen thousand to between fourteen and fifteen thousand; and we have reason to believe, that the full amount of the increase has not yet been ascertained. May we be forgiven, if we still entreat our friends, both ministers and private Christians, to keep the subject before the public mind, till we shall be able to say that the sale has reached twenty thousand. Can the churches better promote their own prosperity than by increasing the number of those who ponder the intelligence contained in our pages from month to month? We think not.
For the Evangelical Magazine. In calling the attention of the readers of the Evangelical Magazine to a political matter, I think I need not stop to refute the notion, that a Christian should not be a politician. A Christian must be a politician, though he need not be a party man. The subject I introduce, is one having no party character, but it is one, I think, bearing strongly on religion and murals. I mean cheap postage.
It is not my intention to enter into the details of Mr. Hill's plan for reducing the postage of all letters to a penny; nor into the calculations, which have produced in my mind the conviction that the revenue is not likely to suffer severely; nor into the immense commercial advantages of the plan. These points are ably discussed in the newspapers of the day. I take higher ground, and I say, that the plan is one which in a moral and religious point of view, has the strongest claims on the attention of Christians.
1. Moral effect on the poor. The present high postage acts really as an embargo on all correspondence among the poor. I wish your readers would ask the post-masters of their districts, how often it happens that letters lie for days or weeks, at the post-office, because the poor cannot raise enough to liberate them. We sometimes give the poor little credit for warmth of feeling, but we forget how much there is every way to repress it! A son goes out into a situation in one town; a daughter into service in another; a husband goes away in search of work : they might almost as well go the antipodes : the son cannot afford to pay his letter home, and he knows his mother cannot pay for it; and, at last, affection begins to languish ; it is well if it do not quite fail. How little can we enter into the feelings of the poor in cases like
these! Every poor person going from home this matter, which is, I fear, not enough becomes at once an isolated being, cast off,
considered by Christians; I mean, the illicit without any external check, to the tossings conveyance of letters. None of us would of his own passions. Let us remember, like to be considered smugglers, but I fear that the poor have not the means which we
there is little difference between the smuggemploy, too widely, of evading the law, and ling a quantity of brandy, and the putting a thus cherishing affection at the expense of
dozen letters into a parcel. The one, howsound morality.
ever, is disreputable; the other is not con2. Intellectual effect on the poor. Cheap
demned at all-or, at least, not much so postage will be a great friend to education. —so no one cares to conceal it. How is The poor, now, set very little value on the art this ? Let me not be considered as palliatof writing, and if they learn it when young,
ing the offence. It is a clear defrauding of perhaps do not use it once in a year, or
the revenue, as much so as illicit distillaperhaps, totally forget it. But letter-writ- tion, and, therefore, a violation of scripture ing, also, tends much to expand the facul. precept; in other words, a sin. But that a ties. The limited reading of the poor re
sin should become really not disreputable quires little mental effort, but writing and among thinking men shows, I think, that composing are exercises requiring thought there must be some error in the law. The and attention, and, I think, there is no fact is, government having made that a sin doubt that their tendency will be far more which, otherwise, is no offence at all; and to expand the intellectual powers. Soldiers
having established a monopoly, puts on a receive and send all letters for a penny
charge about ten times greater than is each, and evidence has been given of their
needful. Hence the innumerable attempts eagerness to write, and to learn to write to evade so extravagant a price. Christians that they may send home their letters; and ought, I think, rigidly to abstain from vioalso, the fact has been established, that lating the law, but at the same time, seeing those who write most are the best men. the temptation to be so great, they should use Common soldiers receive and send from every endeavour to effect such a reduction, seven to ten times more letters than poor as shall render the offence unprofitable. people in general.
These are a very few of the effects of 3. Effect on other ranks, but especially high postage, and of the probable results of on the young. The high postage is a heavy
a reduction. burden on all ranks, but especially on large
Now, What is to be done? The at. families, who are generally the first to tempted alteration is so great, and, at first. separate. The young leave home just when sight, appears so chimerical, that nothing the character is forming, and when advice but a very strong and combined effort will is most needed-coming, perhaps, into all bring the “ practical” men to assent to it the temptations of a large metropolis—and, --commercial men are making this effort although the parents might bear the expense for commercial purposes--my object in of corresponding with one child, yet many writing, is to urge Christians to support letters to different parts become too heavy them on moral and religious grounds. I for their means. How often might a young would especially look to Christian ministers. man be kept from sin by the renewed im- It is a matter eminently practical, and perpressions of a mother's tenderness, or a sonal to their poorer members. Let them sister's pure affection! How often, and how but just inquire of the post-masters and vividly would the image of home rise to others likely to understand the matter, how bis mind, when tempted to sin! Besides, often letters lie neglected for want of the much time would be given up to answering money to pay for them, and then let them his home-letters, which might be otherwise bring forward the subject before their devoted to the works of sin. How much churches; I am much mistaken, if they family estrangement would be spared if find any difficulty in exciting attention. distant relations could but correspond more Strong and earnest petitions should flow to freely! In fact, on this head-of the effect parliament, from all parts and all classes, of cheap postage to the young, it is hardly and they should flow in early. possible to stop
I would fain hope, that many ministers 4. Ministers would be able to correspond will be induced to take up this matter, and, with those members of their flocks--espe. I think, that hereafter they will have plea. cially the young-who may be removed sure in reflecting, that they have aided a temporarily to a distance.
cause fraught with the most important re5. Religious societies would have the sults to the moral and religious feelings of means of diffusing their publications, and our country. If a strong effort be made at any religious information widely, quickly, once, there is no doubt that the postage and cheaply.
must be reduced. 6. There is one point connected with
stand its two chapels, both in the pointed The ordination of the Rev. Thos. Aveling,
style of architecture, commonly known as late of Highbury College, as co-pastor with
Gothic, and of its best age ; each building the Rev. John Campbell, took place at
faces that portion of the ground for which Kingsland chapel, on Thursday, the 11th of
its services are required, and while greatly October. On the previous evening a special
different in their character, they are each prayer-meeting was held to implore the
a beautiful specimen of architectural skill. sanction and benediction of the great lead
A chaplain, or rather two chaplains, are apof the Church on the engagement of the
pointed-one Episcopal, the other a Congresucceeding day. Tko services on Thursday
gational Dissenter. By the arrangements morning were commenced by the Rev. J.
made, however, any person may introduce Campbell, who for thirty-five years had
any clergyman or minister they may wish to been the pastor of the place. By him suit
officiate. The boundary of consecration is able portions of the Scriptures were read,
a foot-path so arranged as to appear to be and prayer presented. The introductory
only a part of the decorative arrangement discourse was delivered by the Rev. Dr.
of the ground, so that there is no offensive Halley, the classical tutor of Highbury Col.
and obvious difference. The grounds are lege. The questions were asked by the
beautifully laid out, and an inspection of Rev. Wm. Spencer, of Holloway; the ordi
them will repay the trouble of a short ride. nation prayer was offered up by the Rev.
They are just opposite the lower (St. Luke's) Dr. Henderson, the theological tutor at
church, at Norwood, rather more than fire Highbury; the charge to the minister was
miles from the Three Bridges. given by the Rev. John Clayton, jun., M.A., of the Poultry, from Isa. lxi. 1-3; and the Rev. R. Philip, of Maberly chapel, con
PROVINCIAL. cluded with prayer.
In the evening the Rev. John Jefferson, of Stoke Newington, preached to the people.
SHAFTESBURY, DORSET. The devotional services were conducted by The Dorset Congregational Union held the Rev. Messrs. Arundel and Ellis, the se
their autumnal meetings at Shaftesbury, on cretaries of the London Missionary Society.
Tuesday and Wednesday, October the 2nd
Messrs. W. Jay, T. Durant, R. Keynes,
J. Hoxley, R. Chamberlain, A. Bisenti,
A. M. Brown, Rice, Procter, S.
Little, B. D. Evans, and F. Evans, minis. Many circumstances have conspired ter of the place. Lay preachers--Messrs. within the last few years to arouse public George Grey, D. Brewer, and J. Bover. attention to the dangerous and offensive stock. The attendance of intluential lay. practice of continued interments in the men was considerable, among whom we middle of a dense population, and in grounds observed-B. Chandler, Esq., J. Dyer, teeming to overflow with all the evils of cor. Esq., J. Eames, Esq., J. Brown, Esq., ruption and decay. The occurrences at also, Messrs. M. Fisher, T. Bennett, H. Aldgate very recently afforded a most pain- Fisher, Marsh, Selby, C. Jupe, J. ful and striking proof in illustration of the Keynes, N. Coombs, &c. &c. The preachers truth of these apprehensions. The conse- on the occasion were the Rev. Andrew quence of this has been the establishment in Morton Brown, M.A., of Poole; the Rev. various parts of the neighbourhood of the Robert Chamberlain, of Swanage; and the metropolis of cemeteries of a spacious cha- Rev. William Jay, of Bath. The Rev. racter, having abundant room and extensive Messrs. Durant and Keynes presided at accommodation-if such a phrase may be the celebration of the Lord's Supper. allowed--for the melancholy purposes for On Wednesday afternoon, after the ordi. which they are intended ; among these, that nary business of the Union bad been transat Norwood seems well deserving of public acted, a subject of vital importance to the support, both on account of the exceeding churches was introduced and freely disbeauty of its natural scenery, the great spi- cussed, viz., That two of the brethren, rit with which its arrangements have been Messrs. Durant and Keynes, who have the carried out, and the liberal form of the par- entire confidence and affection of the assotition between that portion which is conse- ciated churches, should make a ministerial crated for burials according to the rites of tour through the county, and visit all the the Established Church, and the portion churches— see how they do,”-inquire which is left without the performance of that into their condition and circumstances, and ceremony for the use of all other denomina- administer such counsel, caution, or en. tions. The ground is diversified in its couragement, as the occasion may call for, character, having a bold eminence, on which with a view of promoting order, peace, and
the present "
prosperity, where they exist, and of restor- and the Rev. D. Senior, of Rotherham Col. ing them where they are suspended. The lege, became the pastor of the little flock measure was unanimously approved of by
assembling there. A larger place was soon the members present, and it was resolved, required, and an attempt was made to obThat a letter be written to absent members, tain funds for building a chapel, but it was and to those churches from which there unsuccessful. In the year 1836 a deputawas no representative present, stating the
tion from the Missionary Society visited object proposed, and inviting their cordial Brotherton, and recommended the pastor co-operation in a measure so highly cal
and his flock to make a second attempt to culated to advance and perpetuate their provide suitable and adequate accommoda. highest interest.
tion. They did so ; and succeeded so far Recollecting, as we do, with much satis- as to justify the determination to erect a faction, that it was at a meeting of the place of worship. An eligible and cenDorset Association, held at Shaftesbury,
tral piece of land was purchased, and on eight years ago, that “ The Congregational the 27th of August, 1837, the foundationUnion" originated, we devoutly wish that
stone was laid by John Clapham, Esq. essay to do good” may be The building is a gothic structure, of sinfavourably received, and acted on, not only
gular neatness and beauty, capable of seat. by the associated churches of Dorset, but
ing three hundred persons.
The plans, by the Congregational body at large. We working drawings, and other important proare persuaded that such a measure, if pru.
fessional assistance were gratuitously furdently, faithfully, and vigorously carried nished by J. P. Pritchett, Esq., architect, out, will be productive of the most benefi- of York. The cost, including 1501., the cial results to both ministers and churches. price of the land, has been about 7001. ;
Every thing contributed to render the of which sum nearly half has been colmeetings pleasant and profitable. One of lected. The claims of the poor saints at the oldest members observed, that “The Brotherton upon the Christian benevolence present has been one of the best meetings
of the disciples of Jesus are urgent and we have had in the county. Nothing has powerful ; and donations will be thankfully happened to produce pain or regret. All received by P. Willans, Esq., Leeds; J. has passed off well.” The weather was P. Clapham, Esq., Burley Hall; and by fine; the congregations large ; the sermons
the Rev. D. Senior, Brotherton. excellent; the collection liberal-161. 18. 8d.
INDEPENDENT CHAPEL, TITCHFIELD,
HAMPSHIRE, OPENING OF A NEW INDEPENDENT The above chapel was re-opened after CHAPEL.
considerable enlargement, on Wednesday, On the 15th of June last, a new chapel
the 5th Sept. 1838. Sermons were preached
by the Rev. T. Adkins, of Southampton, was opened in the village of Brotherton ; on which occasion sermons were preached
and the Rev. T. Cousins, of Portsea. The by the Rev.W. Eccles, of Hopton ; the Rev.
Rev. John Flower, who has been nearly J. H. Cooke, of Gomersal ; and the Rev.
twenty-eight years minister of the place, John Ely, of Leeds; and, on the following
was assisted on this interesting occasion by Sabbath, by the Rev. S. M‘All, of Don
four of his sons; all of whom are either encaster; and the pastor, the Rev. D. Senior. gaged in, or preparing for, the work of the The amount collected at the several ser
ministry. The cost of the enlargement is vices was upwards of 501.
about 3401. ; upwards of 1501. of which
have been collected in the immediate neighThis interesting cause originated in the zealous and laudable efforts of the lamented
bourhood. The people as a body are exand excellent William Clapham, Esq., and
tremely poor; their pastor has laboured his surviving brother, John Clapham, Esq.,
among them with much success, yet receivof Leeds. In the year 1801 they visited ing very inadequate pecuniary remuneration Brotherton, and the neighbouring village of
for his services. It is hoped, therefore, Fairbam, and preached the Gospel to the
that the friends of the Gospel will kindly benighted inhabitants; and some of the
contribute their aid towards the complete ministers of the West Riding encouraged discharge of a debt necessarily incurred in them by their co-operation in this labour
order to meet the desire of the people to of love. In this way these villages were
hear the word of life. supplied for many years. In 1830, application was made to the West Riding Home
AYLESBURY, BUCKS. Missionary Society for assistance, which was generously and promptly afforded. A On the 9th of October, 1838, the old Insmall and inconvenient house was taken in dependent Meeting-House, Castle-street, Brotherton, at a rental of 61. per annum, was re-opened for the use of the church and
congregation under the pastoral care of the ties of the day by reading the Scriptures Rev. William Moreland, lately worshipping and prayer; the Rev. W. Blackburn, of in Ebenezer chapel. Two sermons were Bamford, delivered the introductory dispreached by the Rev. P. Tyler, of Hadding- course ; the Rev. J. Sutcliffe, of Ashtonham, and the Rev. W. Wiffin, of Thame. under-Lyne, proposed the usual questions,
On the following Lord's day, Oct. 14th, and received the confession of faith, &c.; three sermons were delivered by the Rev. C. the Rev. T. Bennett, of Hatherlow, preHyatt, of Stoken church, and the Rev. P. sented the ordination prayer, accompanied Tyler. Mr. M. commenced his labours in with imposition of hands; the Rev. R. this town in Baker's-lane chapel. The Fletcher, of Manchester, delivered the church has been formed out of the world, charge to the minister; and in the evening, and the congregation consists chiefly of per- the Rev. J. Galland, of Greenacres, preached sons who never attended any place of wor- to the church and congregation. ship; and the removal to the present place On the preceding Sabbath, the chapel is in consequence of not having had suffi
was re-opened after enlargement, when apcient room to accommodate those who at. propriate sermons were preached by the tended.
Rev. T. H. Smith, the Rev. N. K. Pugsley,
of Stockport, and the Rev. Dr. Clunie, of WOODSIDE.
Manchester ; and very liberal collections
made towards defraying the expenses. The On Tuesday, October 16th, a commo.
services altogether were deeply interesting dious and elegant chapel was opened in Hamilton-square, Woodside, when sermons
and impressive. Mr. Smith enters upon his
ministry amidst a large population, and with were preached; in the morning by the Rev. T. Raffles, D.D., LL.D. ; in the af.
encouraging prospects; and it is hoped that
his zealous labours will be extensively and ternoon, by the Rev. J. J. Carruthers, of Liverpool; and in the evening, by the Rev.
permanently useful. Samuel Luke, of Chester. A considerable number of ministers and friends partook of July 3rd, 1838, the Rev. Robert Abram, a handsome collation which had been pre. (member of the Congregational church at pared in the magistrates' room by the liber. Southport, in which neighbourhood he has ality of a few ladies of the congregation. been a successful itinerant for several years,) The chapel is situated in the centre of a was set apart to the pastoral office over the rapidly increasing and respectable popula. Independent church at Martintop, near tion on the Cheshire side of the river Mer- Gisbourne, in Craven, Yorkshire. The sey, opposite to Liverpool. We are happy solemn services of the day were conducted to learn that it has been erected in a style in the following order :—the Rev. Mr. As. suited to the situation; and that the cost, pinall, of Colne, gave a scriptural explanawith the exception of a small portion yet tion of a Christian church, and proposed remaining, has been already raised by the several important questions to Mr. Abram ; friends with whom it has originated.
the Rev. Mr. Driver, of Holden, commend. ed the pastor to God in prayer ; the Rev. Mr. Wadsworth, of Clitheroe, gave the
charge; and the Rev. Mr. Greenall, of We rejoice to find that the ministry of Burnley, preached to the people. the Rev. Mr. Halliday, formerly a student at Rotherham College, is greatly prospered in this place. On the 4th of December On Aug. 6th, the Rev. R. J. Matthews bis place of worship was re-opened, after was solemnly ordained pastor of the Indehaving been almost entirely re-modelled, pendent church assembling in Providence when two sermons were preached to over
Chapel, Hilton-lane, near Horsely, Lancaflowing congregations; that in the morning shire. The Rev. J. Bramall, of Patricroft, by the Rev. P. Thomson, A.M., of Chatham; read the Scriptures and offered the interand that in the evening, by the Rev. J. cessory prayer; the Rev. R. Fletcher, of Morison, D.D., of London. The collec- Manchester, delivered the introductory distions were liberal beyond all former pre
course; the Rev. W. Jones, of Bolton, cedent in the congregation.
asked the usual questions, and offered the ordination prayer, with imposition of hands;
and the Rev. J. Dyson, of Halshaw Moor, ORDINATION.
gave the charge, from Heb. xiii. 17, last On Wednesday, July 18, 1838, the Rev.
clause. Thomas H. Smith, late of Rotherham Col- In the evening, the Rev. J. Anyon, of lege, was ordained pastor of the church and Pendlebury, commenced the service by read. congregation assembling in Hope Chapel, ing and prayer; and the Rev. J. Clunie, Denton, near Manchester. The Rev. R. LL.D., of Manchester, addressed the church Ivy, of Dukinfield, commenced the solemni. and congregation, from 1 Thess. v. 12, 13.