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Biggleswade had been tried by Mr. Brad. Robert Newton preached in the morning, nack during his ministry among us; but and was engaged for the afternoon ; but, Methodism had never been able to ex. in consequence of peculiar circumstances, cite much interest there. A large room to the deep regret of a crowded audience, was offered, capable of holding from it was deemed desirable that he should eighty to one hundred persons. This return to Manchester in time to preach opportunity was embraced; and the place on the Saturday evening. His place was was fitted up, and opened for divine wor- supplied by Mr. William Dawson, who ship on Friday, June 6th ; on which also preached in the evening. The coloccasion the Rev. Wm. Barton, from lections amounted to £103. On the folCambridge, preached. The collection lowing Sabbath the Rev. Jabez Bunting was about £6.
and the Rev. Wm. Jenkins preached. While thus busily engaged in different The collection exceeded the expectations parts of the Circuit, the Circuit town of all, amounting to £80; and making a was not forgotten. Ground, in a most total of £183. To God's holy name be delightful situation, in the main street, all the glory! The erection of the chapel commanding two thoroughfares, with a and school-room, the taking down of the house recently erected upon it, was adver. house, and rebuilding it in a better situa. tised for public sale. This was pur. tion, as a residence for the Preachers, the chased for £620, and regularly vested in walls, palisadoes, deeds, &c., &c., will Trustees according to the Methodist cost £2,500; towards which there has plan. One of the Trustees, to expedite been raised by the sale of the old premises, the business, agreed to purchase the old subscriptions, and collections, the sum chapel and premises for £500 as soon as of about £1,300. The property is freehold, the new one should be finished. Mr. and altogether one of the most comJenkins, of London, the only surviving pact and delightful in the Methodist Trustee of the old property, was sent Connexion. for, who consented to the sale, and the Although the chapel contains more appropriation of the sum towards the in- than twice as many pews as did the old one, tended new chapel. He at the same yet they are nearly all let; and every suctime received instructions to draw a plan, ceeding Sabbath, since the opening, in and superintend the erection, of the new the afternoon and evening, the chapel chapel, which was to be fifty feet by forty has been entirely filled with devout and in the inside, and to have a gallery at the attentive hearers. “This is the Lord's end. A public meeting was called ; the doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes." importance of making a vigorous effort May this become the spiritual birthwas strongly urged; and God gave the place of hundreds of the inhabitants of people a willing mind. Three of the the town and neighbourhood ! Trustees subscribed £50 each; others It may further be stated, that the same £30, £20, &c., &c.; so that the sub Trustees have purchased property at scriptions soon amounted to £400. No Langford, a large village two miles and sooner had the people given this proof of a half south of Biggleswade, and subtheir attachment to the house and ser- scriptions have commenced to erect a vice of God, than He in infinite con- chapel there, which it is hoped will be descension gave them a token for good, ready in the spring of 1835. by pouring out his Holy Spirit upon At Steeple-Morden, also, a village them. Sinners were pricked to the heart, eight miles east of Biggleswade, suband began to cry for mercy; the old scriptions some time ago were comchapel was crowded to excess; and about menced for the purpose of erecting a new forty souls in three weeks were added to chapel, which will be built as soon as the society. This induced the Trustees suitable ground can be procured. to extend their plan, and determine to At Shefford, where we opened a small put in side-galleries, and thus make the place in June last, the congregations place complete. The chapel will contain more than fill the chapel, and another about eight hundred people, including must be erected as soon as possible. So about two hundred free sittings for the that, notwithstanding the exertions of poor. A large school-room is built be- the past year, there is yet much before us hind the chapel, forty feet by eighteen to be done ; and, by God's help, it shall be in the inside, in which nearly one hun- done. dred and eighty children are instructed for many years this Circuit did noon the Sabbath-day. This chapel, the thing, comparatively, for God, or for the object of strong desire, and of many souls of men : satisfied themselves with prayers, was opened for divine worship the enjoyment of Gospel blessings, the on Friday, Nov. 7th, 1834. The Rev. wants of those places by which the socio
ties were surrounded called forth no ade- dition the fallen race of man, should quate exertions. The Lord now evi. condemn us for such undertakings, is no dently calls upon us to spread his truth, cause of grief. God loves a cheerful and to shake off the supineness of by- giver. The liberality of our friends in gone days. A great desire for the word this Circuit has furnished a theme of of life is evidenced in every place, and wonder to all parties in the neighbourevery chapel is crowded with hearers; hood; and let it still do so. However and we have about thirty Local Preach- liberal many of the brethren have been, ers and Exhorters. For many years our (and the extent of their liberality can societies never reached three hundred and only be known to Him from whom no. fifty members; but we have now up- thing can be hid,) not one of them re. wards of six hundred ; and our prayer to pents, or has any cause to repent, of what God is, that “the little one may become he has done for God. They have acted a thousand, and the small one a strong from a spirit of gratitude. They owe nation."
their all to God; and their language has Engaged in such a work as this, it is been, “What shall I render to the Lord no wonder that the enemies of God and for all his benefits ?” At the same time man should revile us, and count us mad. they have realized the paradox of the wise men and enthusiasts; and that even man, “ There is that scattereth, and yet. those who profess religion, but are too increaseth; and there is that withholdeth careful of what a kind Providence has more than is meet, and it tendeth to po. committed to their trust, to expend it verty."
WM. CONQUEST. even in attempting to rescue from per- Biggleswade.
• METHODIST CHAPELS LATELY ERECTED OR ENLARGED.
CARNARVON:-“A new Wesleyan than one person of considerable influence chapel, for English service, was opened in society has strayed into an English in Carnarvon, on Thursday and Sunday, chapel, and has been led to Christ," the 15th and 18th of January, 1835, WALLINGFORD, in the Watlington when sermons were preached by the Rev. Circuit :-" It will be gratifying to the Messrs. Newton and Leake. In the Me. friends of Wesleyan Methodism to learn thodist Magazine for July, 1832, there ap- that a room, fitted up as a place of relipeared an article from the pen of the Rev. gious worship, was opened on Sunday, J. E. Moulton, exhibiting the state of February 1st, 1835, at Wallingford, English Wesleyanism in North Wales. when two impressive discourses were Its rise, progress, and claims are there preached by the Rev. Isaac Aldom. Seinterestingly stated. Since that article ven pews have been erected in it, which was written the cause of English Me- will seat about forty persons ; (most of thodism has been steadily advancing in which are already taken ;) and there are North Wales. The congregations and about the same number of free sittings. societies are increasing in number and The expenses incurred in fitting up the influence. For some time the English place amount to upwards of seventeen chapel in Carnarvon has been too small; pounds; towards defraying which, three besides persons in the town who pounds were collected at the opening; wished to have sittings, in summer and a friend on the spot is now soliciting a gieat number of visiters are attracted contributions for the purpose of liquidata to this neighbourhood by its salubritying the remainder of the debt. The inand scenery, who often wish to attend the habitants of the town seem to feel a liveEnglish service, but could not be accom. ly interest in the concern, as some of modated. By the erection of this chapel them have very liberally contributed on this inconvenience is at an end. It is the occasion. This may appear to some neat and elegant ; and has been opened a feeble attempt; but considering all the with the most pleasing prospects of suc- circumstances of the case, (this being cess. In its erection the exertions of the the third time of introducing Wesleyan English Wesleyans have been most grati. Methodism into Wallingford, it must fying. Though the society does not be acknowledged to be a spirited effort. amount to forty, and none of them are Mr. Wesley makes frequent mention, in wealthy, yet between £150 and £200 will his Journal, of visiting this place; and be raised by the opening services and sub- about forty years ago, there was a small scriptions. The chapel may not only be chapel, and a society of upwards of fifty expected to be a blessing to the town, members ; but as the chapel was not setbut to the numerous visiters; as more tled on the Methodist plan, when the owner died, it was sold, and converted and the most influential and zealous into tenements. The society afterwards member left the place. The preaching dwindled away. A second attempt was was therefore discontinued, and the somade eight years since, by the introduc. ciety dissolved. A little more than five tion of preaching, and the formation of years since a member of our society, in a society ; but owing to unfavourable a neighbouring county, who had settled circumstances, and the want of a suitable at Ross, was desirous that Methodism place to preach in, it was again abandoned; should regain at least its former position. and the society was broken up two or After many attempts,' he succeeded in three years ago. In August last, a mem opening a room for preaching. It could ber of our society from the Witney accommodate only eighty persons, and Circuit came to reside in Wallingford, its situation encouraged the persecution who, being a Local Preacher and a Class which again began to rage. At length Leader, succeeded in forming a small Nathaniel Morgan, Esq., a member of class. The congregations, both on the the Society of Friends, kindly offered Lord's day and week-evenings, are at ground for a chapel. The consent of present overflowing, and the prayer. the proper authorities being obtained, meetings are well attended. The room and upwards of £100 collected by the stands in an eligible situation; and should extraordinary exertions of Mr. W. Jones, Providence prosper this beginning, a cha. the building was commenced ; and on Fripel might be conveniently erected at a day, October 17th, 1834, a neat chapel future period. Wallingford is an ancient was opened by the Rev. Messrs. Macborough, on the river Thames, and has a donald and Graham, jun. In the afterpopulation of upwards of three thousand noon the congregation was so large, that souls. It is situated in the centre of a the Rev. E. Claypole, Baptist Minister, great number of villages. There are obligingly offered his chapel for the evenabout twenty of them within six miles of ing service. The collections amounted to it, that have no preaching by the Wes. £40. 3s. 68d. The expense of the buildleyan Methodists. Let us devoutly praying is abuut £280; whilst the sums subthat the Great Head of the church may scribed and collected make a total of £200. raise up in this place many living wit. The society at Ross take this opportunity nesses of his power to save.”
of recording their gratitude for the geneRoss, in the Hereford Circuit :-“ Me. rous manner in which members of differ. thodism was introduced into Ross about ent denominations of Christians expressed twenty-seven years ago, and in the midst their desires for the welfare and prosper. of much opposition existed fifteen years. ity of their infant cause. The chapel is About this time the room in which the secured to the Connexion, and it is hoped society worshipped was burned down, will be a means of good to many."
INSTANCE OF CHRISTIAN LIBERALITY.
To the Editor of the Wesleyan-Methodist Magazine. Your valuable pages occasionally an frauds of executorships, and the litigious nounce considerable testamentary bene- contentions of disappointed and angry factions, left by the wealthy friends of legatees, he adopted the somewhat rare Methodism, to aid some of its particular alternative, of becoming his own execuobjects. Such instances are unquestiona tor, and so reserving to himself the disble evidences of attachment, and are de- position of his personalty in questionservedly entitled to honourable mention. less accordance with his own will; and it Sometimes, however, cases of genuine is but an act of justice to say, that few liberality occur, which are to be estimated, men have made their bequests with more by quality rather than by quantity, and judicious discrimination than he. Sevewhich, though of lower aggregate, yet ral chapel-trusts and institutions within ought not to be overlooked. The Hinck- the Circuit have found in him a valuable, ley Circuit contains an individual named unostentatious, unsolicited friend. In a Hurst, of very retiring and unobtrusive few cases of great pecuniary difficulty habits, who, through a long course of and embarrassment, he has contrived and prosperous industry, has gradually risen supplied the mode and means of relief in in his pecuniary circumstances; and who, a manner only known to the “ liberal, who during that growth of substance, has devise liberal things." A few months made the ratio of his increase the ratio since, he formed the generous design of of his beneficence. Having in earlier supplying every Local Preacher in the lif had opportunities of witnessing the Circuit (upwards of thirty, principally in
humble life) with a copy of the late Rev. As example is frequently superinducive Richard Watson's invaluable Theologiof imitation, perhaps, you will not deem cal Dictionary, thus placing in the hands this communication unworthy of a corner of a number of useful labourers in the of your excellent miscellany. Gospel vineyard a rich compendium of
RICHARD MILLS. divinity, beyond the reach of their own Hartshill, Hinkley Circuit, resources.
Feb. 16th, 1835.
EFFECTS OF INTEMPERANCE. THE Annual Report of the Middle- at this period of the year, the worse than sex Pauper Lunatic Asylum " has just foolish custom of giving Christmas-boxes been published; from which we select the to all the lower classes of society so genefollowing notice concerning the effects of rally prevails. These donations in their drinking ardent spirits, written by Dr. origin were, no doubt, given for the pur. Ellis, the intelligent and humane Physi. pose of, and expended in, procuring the cian of that Establishment. The entire little comforts which every kind heart document is replete with interest, and would wish their fellow-creatures to en. shows the beneficial influence of cheerful. joy, with sobriety, at this returning ness and moderate exercise upon persons season. But not only has the general afflicted with insanity.
necessity for these gifts, in money at In the last Report it was stated, that least, long since ceased, from the circumin a great number of cases, both amongst stances of the receivers being so materi. the men and the women, the insanity had ally changed; but the mode of expend. been caused by spirit-drinking. It is to ing the donation has now so greatly be lamented that this ensnaring vice has changed also, that it has in reality becontinued to be productive of the same come a serious evil. There are, no doubt, misery in the year that is just past. many worthy exceptions ; but a great Many cases have been brought to us, mass of the people from this source de. which from the symptoms they have ex. vote themselves, as long as the means hibited, were no doubt the consequence last, to drunkenness, and sink themselves of this practice ; and applications have to the lowest depths of human degradalately been made for the admission of tion; the dram-shop only reaping the others, in which intemperance has been benefit ; whilst many a sorrowful wife in stated as the sole cause. Nor can this be her heart laments that such temptations wondered at, when it is recollected, that are offered to vice and indolence.
METHODIST QUARTERLY FAST-DAY. *** The next Quarterly Fast-Day for the Methodist Societies, according to the Rules of the Connexion, will be Friday, March 27th, 1835..
direction of the METHODIST CONFERENCE.
MISSIONS IN CONTINENTAL INDIA AND IN CEYLON. The great and pressing want of our Missions in India and Ceylon, next to the more copious and powerful effusion of the Holy Spirit, is a more adequate supply of labourers, qualified to preach to the people in the different languages of the country. In connexion with this topic, we call the attention of Candidates for the ministry, and, also, of those of our former Missionaries who have returned from India and Ceylon, and are now in English Circuits, (their health being happily, in a considerable degree, restored and established,) to the affecting statement of Mr. George's letter. Can the “ returned Missionaries,” in particular, read without emotion, and serious searchings of heart as to what may be their line of duty in this matter, the following sentence in that letter?" There are thousands of souls who have no Gospel Mi. nister; and those which have been gathered into the fold are likely to be scattered, without the superintendence of the Shepherd. It would be much better to give up some of our stations to our American brethren, if you do not think of sending us immediate help." Are there none of our tried and esteemed brethren, already familiar with one or more of the languages of the East, whose residence in this country has now so far recruited their physical vigour, as to admit of their speedy return to those posts of foreign labour, which they, so reluctantly, abandoned for a season ?
Extract of a Letter from Mr. Bourne, dated Madras, April 15th, 1834. QUR English society is now prosper. their more affluent neighbours for their ing, and many of the members experi. Christianity ; but I generally find that a ence more of the power and comfort holy unction rests upon our meeting, and, of vital religion, and are zealous in their if my own feelings be a proper criterion endeavours to diffuse the savour of di- by which to form a judgment, God evivine truth among their neighbours. They dently manifests his power and presence are regular at their class-meetings and the among us when we thus assemble to speak other means of grace, and their general of divine things. I spend as much time deportment is highly becoming their as I possibly can, consistently with my Christian profession.
other duties, in conversing with the Our Tamul cause advances very slowly, Heathen, and distributing among them and discouragements present themselves religious tracts. Tuesday afternoon and, in every possible form. Christian Aroo. sometimes, the Thursday evening are lappen, the Assistant Missionary, is now thus employed; and we hold conversations with me, and I am happy to be able to on every branch of Christianity, and set add my testimony to his fervent piety, before the Heathen those truths which are unwearied diligence, and persevering zeal “able to make them wise unto salvation." for the conversion and melioration of the Some inquire seriously into the subject of moral condition of his countrymen. As discourse, and gladly receive our books; my health has been so delicate, I have others mock and “ make light” of the recently preached much less in Tamul message of salvation; and others coolly than I did formerly; but my lack of ser- observe, that “the religion of Christ is vice is amply compensated by the power- very good for Europeans, and suited to ful and energetic discourses of Christian their circumstances, just as Hindooism is Aroolappen. During the service on the adapted to the wants and necessities of Sabbath morning, many Heathens, of all the inhabitants of India.” We rejoice, classes, stand outside, and listen to the pro- however, that by these means the religion clamation of the Gospel of salvation” of the Bible is becoming more extensivewith the utmost attention ; and it is not ly known ; discussion is excited ; doubts too much to hope, that some of them, at arise relative to the truth of their own least, carry off with them a portion of systems; and, though light and convicdivine truth, on which they muse and re tion may be opposed and resisted for a flect, and which, at some distant period, season, we know who has said, “ My may ripen into fruit which is saving. word that goeth forth out of my mouth After the service we meet the Tamul shall not return unto me void; but it shall class, the attendance at which rarely ex- accomplish that which I please, and it ceeds twelve or fourteen, and often fewer, shall prosper in the thing whereto I send most of whom are poor, and despised by it."
CEYLOY.Extracts from the Journal of Mr. Kilner, dated Negombo,
March 1st, 1834. The following extracts from my jour other Singhalese as a class of men not fit nalwill, I trust, prove interesting to you: to be associated with. On my arrival at
December 29.-After having preached the place I found no less than one hun. twice during the day, and met two classes, dred and fifty adult persons collected toI went at night to hold a prayer-meeting in gether, all of whom are living without a very populous village of cinnamon peel. God and without hope in the world. The ers, who, in consequence of the inferiority strictest attention was paid to every part of their caste, are generally regarded by of the service. This large assembly at