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cause on the success of the experiment.” he felt very great pleasure in having to And God has given us success. We submit that Resolution to the Meeting, have gathered round the walls; we because he liked reciprocity, especially in have gone into the valley; we have lifted the discharge of acts of Christian kindness up our voices; and we have blown our and courtesy. He had had occasion lately trumpets. The valley is in motion, and to attend the Anniversaries of some of our the walls are ready to tumble down. Now, most important Auxiliary Societies, in difwhat is our duty ? What did the men offerent parts of the kingdom. At those AnIsrael, when they saw the seams of the niversaries, votes of undiminished constones opening ? Did they drop their fidence in, and unabated attachment to, the trumpet, and say, “O, it is all a bad cause; General Committee and Officers of the --we will stop the supplies' of breath, Parent Society were adopted, - not only and give the matter up!” No, no; if adopted, but adopted unanimously,—and they had courage to go on when there was not only adopted unanimously, but passed nothing but firm walls before them, and with a degree of cordiality alike honourable had courage to go on to blow these walls to the Parent and her offspring. This was down with nothing but trumpets ; how especially the case at Manchester and would they act when they saw the walls Liverpool, where, from circumstances to giving way? Would they then droop? which he need not more particularly advert, The devil, no doubt, might have told them a different result might possibly have been to do so; because, always when success is anticipated by some. He had to state to going to crown the efforts of either Minis that vast assembly, that the Auxiliary Soter or people, the devil is careful to inter ciety for the Newcastle District bad atfere, if he can, to prevent it, and it would tained its majority; and in order to comhave been very much in character that, on memorate that auspicious event, the Ladies that occasion, he should have whispered to connected with the Society in Newcastlethem, “Now, you need not blow any more ; upon Tyne resolved to hold a Missionary it will come down of its own accord;" or bazaar, and to devote the proceeds of it to something of that kind. But did they Missionary purposes. This proposal was receive any such satanic suggestion ? at first objected to, by some professedly Some of the waverers, some of the lazy prudent individuals, who thought that if ones, who wished to save their breath, per- a bazaar were held, the amount collected at haps hesitated for a moment; but not one the Anniversary would in this way be very of them threw down or removed the trum greatly diminished. The Ladies, however, pet from his mouth, but sent forth a louder persevered in their purpose; the bazaar blast, until the walls came tumbling upon was held two or three days before the Anthe earth. And I have no doubt, that those niversary; the receipts at the Anniversary who were tempted to " stop the supplies," were, he believed, as large as usual; and instead of justifying themselves, would be he had to state that £325. 28. were reso ashamed to think they had fallen even ceived at that bazaar, which sum he had for a moment into such a miserable tempta- now to present, in the name of the fair tion, that they would be ready to rend their daughters of Northumbria, for Missionary windpipes, and tear their throats, to make purposes. From what he had seen in up for their temporary faltering. I believe many parts of the country, and from what - indeed I know-this is the case with he had seen in that place that day, he was some already, in connexion with the Mis- fully persuaded that the cause would live ; sionary cause; and I believe it will be the and He, too, should live who was the very case with more.
life of the cause itself, and “to Him should The Rev. ROBERT ALDER rose to be given of the gold of Ophir,-prayer move
should be made to him continually, and “ That the thanks of this Meeting be daily should he be praised.” He was pergiven to the Auxiliary and Branch Socie suaded of this from the very difficulties to ties, both at home and abroad; to the which some allusion had been made. He Ladies' Associations ; to the different Ju- was reminded of an anecdote, respecting venile Societies ; and to their respective the venerable Founder of Methodisın; and Committees, Treasurers, Secretaries, and as it bore upon the present circumstances Collectors ; for their liberal and successful of their Society, he would relate it. In exertions in aid of the Funds of the Soci Dublin the Methodist society was greatly ety ; -and also to the Ministers who have agitated. A good man wrote to him on the $0 zealously afforded to the Society, during subject; told him the actual state of the past year, the aid of their valuable things; deplored it exceedingly; and conservices."
cluded his communication by saying, It was not, he observed, his place, even “ Where, Sir, are all these things to end ?" to attempt to make a speech, on the present The venerable Wesley replied, “Dear occasion ; but it was his duty to say, that brother, you ask where are all these things to end. Why, in glory to God in the ment of an aged and venerable friend, the highest,' to be sure,' and on earth peace oldest Travelling Preacher in our Conand good-will amongst men.'"
nexion, Mr. Gaulter. There were moThe Rev. MAXIMILIAN WILSON merely ments when things looked likely to be at rose, as coming from another District, to least annoying, if not destructive, so as to second the motion which had been submit give us some trouble, if not to do us perted to the Meeting, and he did so with very manent harm, and when, therefore, we great pleasure.
needed consolation ; and Mr. Ganlter has The Chairman then retired from the frequently met such circumstances by say. Chair, and LORD MOUNTSANDFORD was ing, “Fear nothing; we have not offended called into it.
God! He is not displeased with us! We The Rev. Joseph Taylor moved ---- have not sinned! Why, what have we « That the very respectful and cordial done ?” Certainly, we have done nothing thanks of this Meeting be given to John new. We have introduced no new princi Hardy, Esq., M.P., for his kind and able ple into the management of the Missionary attention to the business of this day." Society. It has always been, ever since
Lancelot HASLOPE, Esq., seconded this Missionary Society was formed, its the Resolution.
principle and practice to give as much preA general call was now made for “ Dr. paratory instruction and assistance as it BUNTING."
could procure, to those candidates for DR. BUNTING at length came for Missionary labours who were about to proward, and said, I have no faculty, and ceed to foreign lands. We have only acted I never had, for speaking in obedi - more fully on that principle; but we have ence to such sudden and unexpected now obtained the means of doing it more calls. If, indeed, you will give me a effectually, more systematically, and more subject, I will then try to speak about it. economically. My firm opinion is, that if If you will tell me any thing you have to this system continues to be acted upon, say against the principles of the Missionary and I am quite confident it will and must, cause ; if you will state to me that you (for, when it has once been tried, I am have doubts and difficulties in reference to sure that nobody will be found seriously it; then I will endeavour to meet those and gravely to propose to abandon it,) doubts, and to solve those difficulties : but I my conviction is, that, by acting upon this am persuaded you entertain no doubts on the principle, by giving to candidates the subject. I have, in common with the ex opportunity of learning at home every thing cellent President of the Conference, who that can be learned at home, while they moved this Resolution, been exceedingly are preparing for their Missionary labour gratified with the whole of the proceedings abroad, you will save much Missionary of this day. But I am especially called health and life, you will prevent much loss upon by you, I believe, to acknowledge, of time and languor of spirit abroad, and and I do it with very peculiar emotions, you will eventually save, in various ways the kindness with which you have appeared that might be mentioned, many thousands on several occasions,—if I did not mistake of pounds to the Society. I maintain, in the matter,--to receive myself, or the inci the face of any man, and of every man, dental mention of my humble name. I that it is a part of the duty of the Missionthink you meant by your obliging cheers ary Society to prepare Missionary candito say, that although you knew very well dates for going abroad, to do the work of that I often make mistakes, and am often the Society, and that the expense of so chargeable with something like indiscre preparing them, whatever that expense tion in the way in which I go about the upon a fair calculation may be, ought to be work and duties of my office, (cries of paid out of the Missionary funds. For “ No, no,”)-well, but all that I am per what is the Missionary fund raised, but to fectly ready to admit; I have a deep feel. provide for the work, for the whole work ing on this subject; I am often compelled and duty of the Society, at home as well to say, “Who is sufficient for these as in the foreign stations ? ......... My things ?" But I understood you to say, Lord, I should not not have introduced that, whatever may have been my occa- this subject at all to the notice of the Meetsional blunders, or the blunders of my col. ing, especially at this late hour, but leagues, or of the Committee,—whatever that the Meeting compelled me to speak, may have been our mistakes, they have all and no other topic presented itself to my been errors in judgment, and that you all mind at the moment when I adverted to give us credit for having acted with hones- this question. I do give this Meeting ty, zeal, Adelity, and integrity. I have sincere thanks on behalf of myself, my sometimes, in the course of the discussions brother Secretaries, and the Committee, that have gone on during a part of the for the kindness you have manifested toyear, been greatly comforted by the senti- wards us; and now, let us implore that
you, with ourselves, will determine to set out afresh, in order to promote more efficiently the interests of the Society for the coming year. Let every Collector determine to get, within a month, one new subscriber added to his list; and I can assure yon, that a single new subscriber procured by every Collector would produce an amazing increase to our funds. But why should any Collector be content to procure only one ? I am perfectly persuaded that there are many benevolent persons who only wait to be asked. , They will not take the trouble to come and offer their subscriptions; but if you will make the application, they will meet it with kindness . . . . . . . As to the motion before the Meeting, I am perfectly sure that every person present is alive to its propriety. I express my own hearty concurrence in the proposal that cordial thanks be offered to our worthy Chairman for his kind and able presidency over the business of this day. I am sure we are very much indebted to him; and I believe he has even postponed some important private engagements of his own, that he might attend here, and show the interest he takes in our great cause.
LORD MOUNTSANDFORD having presented the thanks of the Meeting to the late Chairman,
MR. HARDY said, - Ladies and Gentlemen, I am sure that any poor services of mine are very little deserving of the compliment that bas now been paid to me; but if they are of any value, they bave been more than amply rewarded in the pleasure I have experienced from the proceedings of this day. I have always been accustomed to look upon the Amiversaries of Societies of this description, as occasions of encouragement; and I think every one will be of opinion, who has heard the
speeches of this day, the animated appeals made by the friends of this institution, and the interesting statements of those who have been engaged in the labours and the works of this Society, that this has been one of those occasions of great encouragement. Without detaining you any longer, I will conclude by requesting, that you will attend to the bint given by my friend Dr. Bunting, that no effort shall be left untried by you for the purpose of increasing the funds of the Society. A great deal is yet to be done, as we have learned from all those who have favoured us with their sentiments and experience. Let us, then, not only maintain the ground which has been already won, but continue to carry on our bloodless incursions into the dominions of the rulers of the darkness of this world. The prospect before us is, indeed, encouraging ; for what eye but that of an allseeing God, to whom the future and the past are alike present, can take in the unnumbered generations, and the unknown regions, to which the light, and life, and liberty of the Gospel may not be extended by the instrumentality of such institutions as this? Above all, I would address again the female part of this Society, whom I am always happy to see taking an interest in such affairs. I shall not speak largely before them of the influence they possess ; but I call upon them to exercise that influence to the utmost extent. They are bound to do it in such a cause as this ; I know they will do it; and I am persuaded that the happiest effects will follow their exertions.
The Rev. Joseph TAYLOR then pronounced the benediction, and the immense assembly broke up at a quarter past five o'clock.
POSTSCRIPT. DEATH OF THE REV. VALENTINE WARD. It is our painful duty to record the decease of this highly-respected Missionary, which occurred at Montego-Bay, Jamaica, on Thursday, March 26th
Mr. Ward went out in November last on a special Mission to the West Indies. Many circumstances had rendered such a deputation necessary; and the long standing, various talents, and ministerial experience and activity of Mr. Ward, strongly marked him as eminently fitted for the service. He accepted it with the most cheerful and selfdenying zeal, after being assured by two medical gentlemen of the bighest reputation, (one of whom was personally acouainted with the West Indies,) that they did not perceive any thing in his case which rendered his temporary residence in Jamaica a matter of more than the usual and average risk. He arrived in that island on the 19th of
December. He appears to have conciliated the respect and esteem of all classes; and was received by his brethren in the ministry with the affection and deference due to his age, office, and character. His course of labour among them, though brief, was, in the highest degree, honourable and useful. The primary, though by no means exclusive, object of his Mission was happily accomplished in a manner more complete and speedy than could have been anticipated; and in the DistrictMeeting over which he most ably and acceptably presided in the month of January, various arrangements were effected, likely to promote the fraternal unity and co-operation of the Missionaries, and the permanent prosperity of the work of God. His letters to the Committee were uniformly encouraging; especially in reference to his own enjoyment of “excellent health” and spirits. It was his purpose, after making the tour of all the stations in Jamaica, to visit the other islands of the Western Archipelago, and after holding another Jamaica District-Meeting in January next, to return to England by the Conference of 1836. He who cannot err has otherwise determined; and to his disposals it becomes us to bow, with emotions of deep and solemn regret, but with reverential and lowly submissiou to the dispensation which has removed a Minister so devoted and faithful from a scene of labour, in which he had already been greatly blessed, and seemed likely to be yet more abundantly useful.
The details of this lamented bereavement we are under the necessity of reserving for a succeeding Number. In the meantime we refer the numerous friends of Mr. Ward to two affecting letters inserted in “ The Watchman” newspaper of Wednesday, May 13th
CONTRIBUTIONS. The amount of Contribntions received by the General Treasurers of the Wesleyan Methodist
Niissionary Society, since the 18th of April, is £3,307. 148. ltd.
CHRISTIAN RETROSPECT. To the Christian philanthropist the made to spread the knowledge of revealed occurrences of the present month have truth, and thus to bring glory to Christ, been cheering in a high degree. The become more liberal and extended; and Anniversaries of our great religious So. sacrifices of time and property, for the cieties have just been celebrated ; and advancement of these holy objects, though never under circumstances more hopeful by no means equal to what they ought and encouraging. Notwithstanding the to be, far surpass those of any previous sameness of the topics which annually age in the religious history of our councome under discussion, these services lose try. At the same time, new fields of nothing of their interest, and assume Missionary enterprise are everywhere from year to year a character more hal presented ; and in some countries, relowed and spiritual ;-a sure sign that cently savage and barbarous Christianity the object to which they are devoted ac- not only exerts a present powerful influquires a deeper hold upon the under- ence, but is assuming an attitude of perstandings and hearts of sincere Christians manence, and is likely to become the of all denominations. By these yearly acknowledged religion of the people in assemblies one impression is unavoidably future generations. Who can reflect, made upon the mind of every attentive without gratitude to God, upon the ani. observer: it is, that scriptural Chris. mating fact, that in the islands of the tianity is steadily advancing, both at South Seas, in New Zealand, and in home and abroad. The efforts which are Southern Africa, considerable portions of the holy Scriptures have already been much deference is due. He sees that the translated into the native tongues, and are strict union of all the Methodist societies read with avidity and spiritual profit by invests them with a moral power of many persons who a few years ago had no which no other denomination of Chris. conception of letters whatever ; and many tians in the present day affords an equal of whom were the unthinking murderers example ; and that the legitimate object of their own offspring, and others the of that union is simply and exclusively the beastly devourers of human flesh? From advancement of spiritual religion. These, these converted and sanctified outcasts of we conceive, are principles which the mankind “incense and a pure offering” Connexion must maintain at all hazards. are daily presented to Almighty God. Perhaps Mr. Montgomery attaches an
The Anniversary of the Wesleyan undue importance to the decisions of the Missionary Society, which is always a approaching Conference, in regard to the festival of holy love, was this year a sea. noisy agitators that have recently risen son of peculiar interest. It was charac- up in Lancashire, and a few other places. terised by bursts of feeling in favour of Our judgment is, that, so far as these the cause, and of the measures employed misguided men are concerned, the mat. to advance it, and by expressions of the ters in dispute will be brought to a very highest regard for those excellent men short issue. The measures which they who, merely on account of their talents, advocate would inevitably dissolve the their influence, and the soundness of their union of the Methodist body, and thus Wesleyan principles, have of late by paralyze all its efforts both at home and some “false brethren” been singled out abroad; as is shown by Mr. Vevers in as special objects of slander and defama- an able pamphlet, just published, under tion. The Anniversaries of the principal the title of “A Defence of the Methodist Auxiliary Societies in the country appear Discipline.” Besides, the means which to have all borne a similar character. these men have adopted to attain their This is a gratifying proof of the strong mischievous and worldly objects are so attachment to their institutions which is directly opposed both to the letter and cherished by the Methodist societies in spirit of Christianity, and indeed to the the length and breadth of the land. In decencies of civilized life, that, in the the midst of so much soundheartedness nature of things, we should judge, the the friends of this good cause have no. Methodist Conference can never enter thing to fear. The strength and effi. into any stipulations and arrangements ciency of the Wesleyan Missionary with them. The essential principles of Society, and of the Wesleyan home Mr. Wesley's system will never be bar. ministry, are, unquestionably, under God, tered away, by his sons in the Gospel, to to be mainly attributed to the union of gratify a number of men who, after rethe Methodist body; and if that union peated attempts, have shown themselves be preserved inviolate, and the spirit utterly incompetent, either to agree of primitive piety be maintained, we among themselves, or to form a theory of have every reason to believe, that, as ecclesiastical polity possessing even a a part of “the sacramental host of plausible consistency in its several parts. God's elect,” that body will be Their projects vary every two or three used as an instrument of divine months ; and every new scheme obviously mercy to the world, upon a scale more involves in it the elements of anarchy extensive than its most sanguine friends and confusion. They can rail against ever contemplated. There are some ex. the Wesleyan discipline, but can no cellent remarks on this subject in the more improve upon it, after all their de. Speech of Mr. Montgomery, which is liberations, than a council of wild Caf. inserted in this Magazine ; and we have fres could improve the mechanism of a great pleasure in placing upon record the watch, or give increased power and sentiments and suggestions of a man to utility to the steam-engine. Qur decided whose judgment, on such a subject, so judgment, however, is, that these agi