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interruptions, some of the books which, abilities, who fill the offices of Exborters as candidates for the ministry, they are and Local Preachers; but their poverty expected to study, are ill-adapted to is such that they can neither purchase awaken the interest, and keep alive the books to read, nor decent clothes to ap. attention, of illiterate people. One of pear in, nor pay the boat-fares which are our young brethren lives on a solitary charged at the ferries they have to cross station; and though the other two reside on their way to their appointments : and, in the house of the Superintendent, they as their rent is paid out of the proceeds enjoy but little of his society, owing to of their fishing, they are obliged to sus. the necessity which exists of his being in pend their evangelic labours for several the country, when they are at home. months in the year, to the great injury Thus, without great care and extraordi. of the congregations, schools, and classes. nary diligence on the part of the Superin. Now if the annual grant to the District tendent, they are prematurely thrown on were so increased that the sum of £30 their own scanty resources, and are might be distributed among five of these left to fabricate and follow such plans excellent men, they would then be able of study as they may happen to prefer; to visit the surrounding societies during greatly, it is to be feared, to the injury of the greater part of the year ; much to their intellectual povers and ministerial the joy of the regular Ministers, and the usefulness. Having to preach only in increase of the work. What renders cottages, or in chapels not much larger some arrangement of this kind the more than cottages, to a simple and unedu- necessary, is the fact, that the Dissenters cated people; having comparatively no have Lay Teachers in several parts of ministerial rivalry to excite them; and the field, who by the little contributions being, by circumstances, deprived of the of the people, and occasional supplies seclusion necessary for pulpit preparation, from “ Congregational Unions,” are en. they are in some danger of becoming abled to devote most of their Sundays to superficial in their plan of preaching, or village preaching; and some of them, in of falling under discouragement in the their eagerness to establish the orthodox prosecution of their unaided efforts at pronunciation of their shibboleth, de. self-improvement, and the acquisition of scend to schemes of proselytism which necessary knowledge. As a means of the regular Pastors of their own body preventing these evils, of giving the would despise. young men a fairer trial, and of securing I regret to state, that disputes about the Connexion against the liability of fishing affairs, and the trespassing of having untried men admitted into the cattle, are but too common in Shetland; Itinerancy, I would humbly suggest, and our own societies are not always that, instead of four, they spend only two exempted from their agitating influence. years, in the islands; or at the utmost Some of the Preachers, with a laudable three'; and that, during their stay, they desire to reconcile brethren, have atbe required to communicate quarterly tempted to arbitrate in these matters; but with the Theological Tutor of the Wes. for want of local knowledge, or because leyan Institution, on the general subjects of the disputatious character of one or of ministerial study and labour. Having other of the parties, they have seldom said so much, I ought to add, that I have succeeded in effecting a lasting reconcili. introduced this subject at the request of ation; and instances have occurred in the excellent young men who are at which whole families, conceiving therupresent in Shetland ; and who, accord selves to be aggrieved, have withdrawn ing to their opportunities, labour to from our communion, greatly to their be "workman who need not to be loss and our reproach. After consider. ashamed.”
ing this subject with some degree of The six brethren who are stationed in attention, I would advise that the brethe Shetland District have no fewer than thren abstain from judging in such seventy preaching-places on their re- cases; and that they do not even permit spective plans; and from the paucity of them to be discussed in the Leaders' their number, taken in connexion with Meetings, unless they imply a manifest the localities of the country, and the breach of Christian morality. The stormy nature of the climate, it must be Lairds are by usage, if not by office, apparent that they cannot visit the dif- judges in all disputes between their ferent stations otherwise than at remote tenants ; and our wisdom is to leave periods; and that to keep up the con- them in the full enjoyment of their ungregations, Local Preaching is absolutely enviable prerogative. necessary. God has given to us a few I am afraid an impression has gone men of deep piety and good natural abroad, that any Preachers will do for
Shetland; and that men of slender abi. of the wide world, we restrain prayer, lities, provided they are warm-hearted rest satisfied with former successes, bury and pious, are really preferable to Minis- our talents, and merely aim at mediocrity ters of greater talents. My unwavering among the other denominations, God will conviction is, that this is a mistake; and disown us, and the people will desert us. that a new infusion of godly energy, and A few days before I left Shetland, five of ministerial talent, is necessary to re- men came from Stronsay, in Orkney, a cover the Mission from the temporary distance of one hundred miles, in an open depression into which, by various means, boat, over one of the most stormy seas in it has fallen. The Lairds are shrewd, the world, for the sole purpose of carryinquisitive, and intelligent men; and to ing back one of the Lerwick Ministers, retain their esteem, and that of their that they and others might hear the families, the Missionaries must possess Gospel from his lips. They said, adgeneral knowledge, and be well versed in dressing Messrs. Catton and Breare, history, and the various branches of the- “ The seed sown by you in February has ology. The people also are distinguished taken root; the persons admitted on by a strong vein of common sense. They trial continue to stand fast ; and though are continually applying for the explana- the Secession Minister has been preachtion of difficult passages of Scripture, and ing against the Methodists ever since, the the solution of cases of conscience; and people generally long for another visit. if they discover ignorance in the man Our commission is, not to return without whose lips should dispense knowledge, one of you; and whilst we shall be ready they are sure, in their surprise and grief, to sail in an hour, we are willing to wait to make it known; and in proportion as days, if you cannot accompany us earit is known it will operate to his disadlier.” After some time spent in necesvantage. They have formed a high sary arrangements, Mr. Breare went with estimate of ministerial qualification ; and them, nothing doubting, but that God are disposed to give double honour to the would prove himself anew good and faithful Minister of Christ, who respecter of persons,” by granting his proves himself “a workman who need. Holy Spirit to those who so earnestly eth not to be ashamed ; ” but they will sought to “hear words whereby they not long esteem a ministry that is either might be saved.". In a letter, detailing feeble or unfaithful, or which is not the particulars of his visit, which I have sustained by a life of dignified moral had from him, he says, “Had you seen rectitude. The great majority of the in- the joyful countenances of the people habitants have a strong predilection in when I arrived, and heard the hearty favour of the established Church ; and welcomes with which I was received, you unless our Ministers preach better ser- would have been highly interested. I mons than are to be heard in the kirk, preached on Friday, the 29th of May; display greater pastoral diligence than and on Sunday, the 31st, I held three the Ministers of the kirk, and prove, public services, besides meeting the soci. under God, instrumental in bringing ety, and conducting a prayer-meeting. those who hear them to a saving acquaint. During the five ensuing days we had ance with the truth as it is in Jesus, they frequent services, but nothing special will not, for any length of time, submit took place; only my constant cry was, either to the discipline or the reproach of Lord, give us a token for good ; and Methodism. Our work in Shetland is show that thou hast sent me to this the same as in all other parts of the place.' Saturday, the 6th, was the saworld, namely, to bring the people from cramental fast; and we resolved to make sin to holiness, and from resting in forms it a day of humiliation before God. I and opinions, to an experimental know- preached at eleven o'clock, A. M., and ledge of the power of godliness. To afterwards spoke to each member of the effect this we must, like our fathers in class. I found many of them unparthe Gospel, possess' deep piety, and an doned, but all earnestly breathing after intimate acquaintance with the workings the blessing of justification. After an of the human heart, and with the sublime interval of about twenty minutes, we met and awfully-important verities of God's to hold a prayer-meeting; and then it holy book. While our ministry is cha- was that the presence of the Lord came racterized by prayerfulness, scriptural in- down, and filled the place. I felt contelligence, awakening energy, and labori- fident that God was about to work ; and, ous diligence, God will own us, and the as a means of preserving order, I placed people will be given to us in thousands, two forms for the weeping penitents; one as the hire and the seals of our ministry. on the right, for the women; and another But if in Shetland, or in any other part on the left, for the men. All kneeled down, and all appeared in earnest for day, being the Sabbath, I preached three salvation ; we prayed, and at intervals I times, and administered the Lord's supexhorted. Such a sight was certainly per. We were favoured with much of never seen in Orkney before. On one the presence of the Lord; and fire others side was the husband, on the other the found peace with him. The last Sabbath wife ; here were a father and three sons ; I spent with them was June the 14th. and there a mother and three daughters; It was a blessed day; and I trust the all seeking redemption through the little leaven will work till it has learened blood of Jesus. We sang,
the whole lump."
Since the letter of which this is an • Come, Lord, tle drooping sinner cheer, Norlót thy chario:-wheels delay;
extract was written, two Ministers hare Appar, in my por beart appear
been appointed to Orkney, and the .. Diy God, my Saviour, come away!'
jacent coast, by our Conference; and Several of the men prayed, and I pointed from their faithful labeurs we anticipate the mourners, individually, to the Lord cheering intelligence. Jesus. The first who obtained pardon
In concluding this account, I bare was a young man of twenty-two years of only to remark, that though I undertook age ; and while we were praising God on
the task of visiting these interesting his behalf, a young woman joyfully broke islands, with fear and trembling, Fet i out in praise with a loud voice. Her have had great pleasure in the duty. I husband was on the other side, deeply my journeyings by sea and land, I was distressed. I encouraged him; and in preserved from the appearance of dana short time, he and two others obtained ger, and from even the shadow of fear. the blessing. And whilst we were sing. My strength was according to my day, ing, God made bare his arm, and ten
and a delightful sense of the divine preindividuals entered into the liberty of
sence cheered me in all my ways. My God's children. I wept for joy, to see
intercourse with my brethren was proheaven beaming in the countenances of fitable; my communion with the people those who, two hours before, were in was sweet; my privations were not ferbondage and sorrow. I was indeed over
thy of being named ; whilst my mercies whelmed; and cried, O Lord, thou
call for sbouts of praise, and a life of last surpassed my utmost expectations.' entire devotedness to God. In the
islands I saw nature in her wildest and
sublimest forms, society in ils primitive "Tis love' 'tis love I thoa diei's for me ; I hear thy whisper in my heari !
simplicity, and piety prospering amids The morning breaks, the shadows flee, the sterility and impediments of the deepPure, universal love thou art:
Happy shall I be if the To me, to all, thy bowels move,
statements furnished shall in any degree Thy nature and thy nanie is love.'
tend to endear the Mission to the WesAfter which I requested all who had been leyan community ; for sure I am, that made happy, to stand up; when fifteen God has by the instrumentality of our persons presented themselves, as having Ministers wrought a work in Shetland been made partakers of God's pardoning which is both great and honourable." love in that meeting ; besides one who
PETER M'Owax. had received the same blessing under
London, the word, in the morning. The next November 11th, 1835.
METHODIST CHAPELS LATELY ERECTED OR ENLARGED. In the Thetford Circuit :-“On the “ Within the last five years ten ne* 27th of September a new chapel was chapels have been built in this Circuit: opened at Croxton by the Rev. John
narely, at Thetford, Methwold, MildenReynolds, and Mr. James Fison. On hall, Beck-Row, Icklingham, Bridghan, the following Friday and Sunday a new Exning, and the three above named chapel was opened at Lakenheath, by the And the Wicken chapel is now in : Rev. Henry Turner, of Downham, and course of enlargement. These chapel Mr. Fison; and on the following Thurs- are, in general, substantial and commoday and Sunday a new chapel was opened dious buildings; and larger in proportion at Burwell, by the Rev. James Cook, of to the inhabitants of the towns and ril. Norwich, and Mr. Fison. The services lages in which they are erected, than the were interesting, and the collections chapels in our agricultural Circuits gehandsome. The chapels have been wellnerally are." attended since; and all, or vearly all, the TEMPLEMORE, in the county of pews are let.
Tipperary, in the hoscrea Circuit :
“On Wednesday, November 4th, a new highly honourable to themselves, have Wesleyan chapel was opened in this aided in the erection of this chapel. The town ; when two sermons were preached collections at the opening were liberal. by the Rev. Robert Young, of Leeds. An additional Wesleyan chapel in a The congregations were large, notwith- county distinguished for insubordination, standing the unfavourable state of the and where the Protestant population is so weather, and appeared to be deeply im- thin, cannot fail to excite a special inpressed. The proprietor of Temple- terest in those who rejoice in the spread more, Sir Henry Cardin, and other of scriptural Christianity.” respectable gentlemen, in a manner
CHAPEL DEEDS. It is generally known that the Deeds for any estate or interest wiratsoever, or of Chapels, in order to their validity, anyways charged or incumbered by any are required by an Act passed in the person or persons whatsoever, in trust reign of George the Second, to be or for the benefit of any charitable enrolled in His Majesty's High Court of uses whatsoever, unless such gist, conChancery within six months after they veyance, appointment, or settlement of are executed. It has therefore been con. any such lands, tenements, or hereditacluded that all the Chapel-Deeds which were made by deed indented, have not been thus enrolled are of no sealed and delivered in the presence of value; that the property to which they two or more credible witnesses, twelve relate is insecure; and that such Deeds calendar months at the least before the may be violated with impunity. This death of such Jonor or grantor, (includ. however, is a mistake. An Act passed ing the days of the execution and death,) on the 25th of July, in the year 1828, and were enrolled in His Majesty's High giving validity to the Deeds in which this Court of Chancery within six calendar and other formalities had been neglected, months next after the execution thereof, up to that period. So that the Act of and unless the same were made to take effect George the Second, which requires the in possession, for the charitable use intendenrolment of Deeds within six months ed, immediately from the making thereof, after their execution, only applies to the and were without any power of revocation, Deeds which have been made since the reservation, trust, condition, limitation, 25th of July, 1828. Every Deed which clause, or agreement whatsoever, for the bewas executed before this period, if it be nefit of the donorcrgrantor, or ot'any person unexceptionable in other respects, is va. or persons cla'ming under him; but it was lid, notwithstanding the omission of the thereby provided, that ncthing there inenrolment The following is the Act in before mentioned, relating to the sealing question. It will be seen that it perempto- and delivery of any, deed or deeds twelve rily requires the duc cnrolment of every calendar months at least before the death Deed to be hereafter executed.
of the grantor, should extend or be con
strued to extend to any purchase of any Anno nono Georgii IV. Regis.-- An Act estate or interest in lands, tenements, or
for remedying a Defect in the Titles hereditaments, to be made really and of Lands purchased for Charitable bona fide for a full and valuable consiPurposes. - l'a;». Ixxxv. [25th July, deration actually paid at or before the 1828.]
making such conveyance, without fraud WHEREAS by an Act passed in the or collusion; and it was thereby enacted, ninth year of the reign of His late Ma- that all gifts, grants, appo'ntments, as. jesty King George the Second, and inti. surances, transfers, and settlements whattuled “ An Act to restrain the Disposition soever, of any lands, tenements, or of Lands whereby the same become una. other hereditaments, or of any estate or lienable,” it was amongst other things interest therein, or of any charge or inenacted, that after the twenty-fourth day cumbrance affccting or to affect any lands, of June, one thousand seven hundred tenements, or hereditaments, to or in trust and thirty-six, no manors, lands, tene- for any charitable uses whatsoever, which ments, rents, advowsons, or other heredi. should at any time after the said twentytaments, corporeal or incorporeal, whutso- fourth day of June, one thousand seven ever, should be given, granted, aliene!, hundred and thirty-six, be made in any limited, released, transferred, assigned, other manner or form than by the said or appointed, or anyways conveyed or Act wa directed and appointed, sh uld settled, to or upon any person or persons, be absolutely and to all intents and purbodies politic or corporate, or otherwise, poses null and void: And whereas the said provision contained in the said re- has been actually paid for the same, cited Act, in relation to the purchase of every deed or other assurance already any estate or interest in lands, tenements, made for the purpose of conveying or asor hereditaments, for a full and valuablé suring such lands, tenements, or heredita. consideration, was only intended to pre- ments, estate or interest, as aforesaid, in vent such purchases from being avoided trust or for the benefit of such charitable by reason of the death of the grantor uses, (if made to take effect in possession, within twelve calendar months after the for the charitable use intended, imme. sealing and delivery of the deed cr deeds diately from the making thereof, and relating thereto : And whereas it has without any power of revocation, reservanotwithstanding been generally appre- tion, trust, condition, limitation, clause, hended that the said last-mentioned pro- or agreement whatsoever, for the benefit vision was intended wholly to exempt of the grantor, or of any person or pero such purchases from the operation of the sons claiming under him,) shall be as said Act, and in consequence thereof the good and valid, and of the same effect, formalities by the said Act prescribed, in both for establishing derivative titles, relation to the conveyance of heredita- and in all other respects, as if the serera! ments to charitable uses, have in divers formalities by the said Act prescribed had instances been omitted on purchases for been duly observed and performed. a full and valuable consideration, and by II. Provided always, and be it further reason of such omission the title to such enacted, that nothing in this Act colhereditaments may be considered defec- tained shall extend to give effect to ang tive: And whereas it is expedient that deed or other assurance heretofore made, provision should be made for remedying so far as the same has been already such defect in manner hereinafter men, avoided by suit at law or in equity, or by tioned : May it therefore please your any other legal or equitable means whatMajesty that it may be enacted; and be soever, or to affect or prejudice ang suit it enacted by the King's most Excellent at law or in equity actually commenced Majesty, by and with the advice and for avoiding any such deed or other assurconsent of the Lords spiritual and tem- ance, or for defeating the charitable uses in poral, and Commons, in this present trust or for the benefit of which such deed Parliament assembled, and by the au- or other assurance may have been made. thority of the same, that where any III. Provided also, and be it further lands, tenements, or hereditaments, or enacted, that nothing herein contained any estate or interest therein, have or shall be construed to dispense with any of has been purchased for a full and valua- the said several formalities prescribed by ble consideration, in trust or for the the said recited Act, in relation to any deed benefit of any charitable uses whatsoever, or other assurance which shall be made and such full and valuable consideration after the passing of this present Act.
INDIAN LOVE-FEAST. The following is the experience of Jesus. I am happy in my heart this some of our Indians at the Rice-Lake day. I hope to meet you all in heaven. Mission, expressed at a love-feast which This is all I have to say.' brother Jones and I held there some time Emma Ramahsega said, “I am res ago. The language is very simple, but happy in my heart this day. The Great the sentiments expressed in that language Spirit has done much for me, in bringing sufficiently prove that the light of divine me cut of darkness to see the way to truth has illuminated their minds and heaven. I am glad to see our Ministers changed their hearts. They spoke in the and to hear their good words. I vil following order :
try to be faithful as long as I live." Chief Yellow Head.“ Brothers and Chief Big Shilling. — “My dear brosisters, I arise before you and the Great thers and sisters, I am happy Spirit, to declare to you how thankful I you this day. I am happy every day is feel that the Great Spirit has spared me my heart. I will trust in Jesus as long to see this day and this love-feast. My as I live. This is all I have to say." greatest desire is to get safe to heaven, Captain John. — “My brothers and and there to be for ever happy with all sisters, I am glad to feast with you this those who have gone before. I always day. 'I thank the Great Spirit for what feel very thankful to the Missionaries, I feel in my heart. I will never let the who first told me and my people the way Great Spirit go out of my hands, but wil to the Great Spirit. I will always listen hold him fast as long as I live. He has to their words, that I may know all about done much for me, I who was once all