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prosperity,--they poured out their souls whole world, and lost his own soul, it to God in gratitude for the blessing which profited nothing. The Honourable Gen. he had been pleased to confer upon them. tleman contended for the necessity of He visited them upon this occasion, and some general legislative principle as aphe endeavoured to seize the opportunity plicable to Sabbath observance. It would of addressing them as to how they ought be unwise and unjust to leave it to into employ the time thus placed at their dividual feeling, for then it would be disposal, so as not to give the masters regulated by individual interest or caoccasion to say that it would be much price. It was true, men could not be better for them to employed on the made religious by an Act of Parliament. Sabbath, than to spend it in getting Religion was in the heart; but an Act of drunk ; and if that Meeting could see Parliament could prevent men from the appearance of those poor men upon shocking the feelings of others by gross that occasion, it would greatly affect desecrations of the Sabbath, or from them. He wished that those who were obliging those under their control to called the friends of the poor in the violate it against their will. It might House of Commons could have witnessed be asked, Were there no exceptions the sight : it would have disposed them to the Scriptural law against Sabbath to be, in reality, what too many of them works? There were, and they were were now only in name, the poor man's the exceptions made by Christ himfriends. The Rev. Gentleman concluded self. They were works of necessity and by expressing an earnest hope that the charity. The works were worthy of the Hon. Baronet, Sir A. Agnew, would per day. A work of necessity was that of severe until he had carried the Bill, the David eating the shew-bread, which was whole Bill, and nothing but the Bill. necessary for the support of himself and
John HARDY, Esq., M.P., said he was his followers, though in appearance it struck by the remark which had been might be in opposition to the divine made by Mr. Buxton, that the first use command. If then, he contended, it made by the negro population in the West should be admitted that the Sabbath Indies of their freedom was to put an was to be hallowed to God, it was the end to Sunday markets,—that great dis- duty of the Legislature to prevent its grace to our West Indian colonies. desecration. He remembered having Would that our senators in this country had a conversation with a gentleman who might imitate the example! One of the had opposed any measure of Parliamentarguments that had been urged against le- ary legislation in the House, and he gislation respecting the Sabbath was, that asked him, “Do you go to church ? " it was unnecessary, in consequence of the The answer was, “Yes.” " Then I improvement that had taken place of late presume you do not go except for a years in Sabbath observance. He did spiritual purpose ?" His friend replied, not see the improvement thus spoken of. " I go to hear the word of God, and I But supposing it existed, he could not hope I profit by it." Then he (Mr. Haradmit the cogency of the argument. It dy) replied, “ How is it possible that you would be no good argument against pre- can prevent another from enjoying that cautions to prevent the small-pox, to say advantage which you think so necessary that the disease had been greatly dimin- for yourself?” He received no answer to ished of late years. Another perversion of this beyond a general remark, that we argument on the subject was the quotation should not be too strict; we should not of that saying of our Saviour, that the be too ascetic, or too much like MeSabbath was made for man. That argu- thodists. However, if that were Method. ment was used by Him who had said ism, it was a Methodism which he (Mr. that his kingdom was not of this world. Hardy), should continue to support as The quotation, however, was made by long as he lived. those who, in arguing that the Sabbath Sir ANDREW AGNEw said, that in the was made for man, meant no more than part which he had taken he felt greatly that man might spend it in any worldly indebted for the support which he had way he pleased, for religion was alto- received ; and he should, therefore, be gether out of the question. They forgot, wanting in gratitude to this Society, to however, that in using those words, and the Sabbath cause, and to Almighty God, in defending himself from an alleged if he did not now express his most humbreach of the Sabbath, our Saviour meant ble thanks. The wish had been expressed not to speak of worldly interests, but of more than once that day, and he doubtthose which concerned man's eternal wel. ed not that it had been expressed in fare. He spoke in the sense in which he almost every religious family throughout used the words, that if a man gained the the kingdom, that this cause might ad.
vance; and every step was so much their representatives in Parliament, the gained towards the great goal. In that avowed wishes of the constituency must opinion he most cordially concurred. be obeyed, and a law must be passed that When he was first induced to give notice every man should have an opportunity on the books of the House of Commons of worshipping the Lord on the Sabbath. of a Committee to inquire into the laws day according to the dictates of his conand usages regarding the Lord's day, he science. Few things had given him was looked upon as a fanatic, and he more pleasure than the conduct of his had been so called to the present day. Hon. friend, Mr. Hesketh Fleetwood, The fact was, the term “Lord's day" who, after the general measure had become obsolete, and the simple em- thrown out of the House, introduced one ployment of the term was sufficient to more partial in its nature. He gave that cause a man to be called a fanatic. But gentleman every credit for being actuated through the agency of this Society the by the best intentions and the highest public had become familiarized with the principles. He thanked every Hon. phrase, and he thought its use was cal. Member who had seen it his duty to culated to bring them back to that source bring in a more moderate measure; but from whence the Lord's day was derived. he must in justice to himself remind the The Report made by the Select Commit- Meeting, that his duty had been very tee of the House of Commons was different from theirs. He had had to printed and circulated before the House act the part of a pioneer ; he had had to adjourned ; persons in various parts of open the ground, and establish the printhe country, not their own masters, ap- ciple ; and until the principle was estab. proved of the sentiments it contained; lished, it was impossible to hope that and in the following session the House they could legislate with success on mat. was deluged with petitions on the sub- ters of detail. He felt it to be his duty ject. If he were permitted to tell a to stand upon that principle, and he secret, he would inform the Meeting that would support it. He was reluctant to there was no better way of influencing introduce a partial measure, lest it might the members of the House of Commons, be said that he had made a compromise ; than that of placing petitions in their but he should rejoice when any other hands signed by the most respectable of Hon. Member was permitted to introtheir constituents. Whatever their pri. duce a Bill which might be useful to any vate opinions were, they were much mo- classes, however few. A card had been derated by such petitions. His idea up put into his hand, and he would merely to that period was still that of bringing adduce the statement written upon it as in a moderate and partial Bill, and an illustration, though it was altogether almost every Hon. Member stated that he unnecessary for him to attempt to prove should be happy to give him his support to that Meeting, that there was no truth He entered into conversation with them in the imputation alleged against him, on the subject, and found their ideas that his object was to oppress the poor, were so ill-defined that no two of them and to allow the rich to go free. The agreed upon any one point on which they card had been sent to him by Mr. Panwould le :islate. In the few months which ther, a gentleman who had given some intervened between the opening of the valuable evidence before the Committee session and the bringing in of the Bill, of the House of Commons. Mr. Panther he was led to see that if he depended -- was a clerk to a canal carrier between upon the promised support, he should be Manchester and London, and had been disappointed ; and he therefore deter- induced to leave one situation, and take mined to bring before the House and the another where the parties had tried the country the simple principle of the divine experiment of stopping their boatmen institution of the Sabbath. Three years from working on the Sabbath. They had elapsed since that step was taken, had been led to make the experiment in and everything which had occurred dur- consequence of the dishonesty of the men ing that period confirmed the propriety They had determined to try whether of the course he had pursued. He found allowing the men to attend divine service it was impossible for them to make pro- on the Sabbath would improve their pringress in the cause except as they could ciples. On the back of the card he bring home to the constituency of this found written, “Several boatmen on the country the conviction of the divine au- line of canal from Manchester to London, thority of the Lord's day. If that have a petition ready to present to their sentiment could be impressed upon employers to allow them to rest on the the constituency of the country, and Sabbath-day. Some have offered one through their instrumentality upon pound and upwards to defray the ex
penses of the petition." Mr. Panther, as he had said, had been examined before the Committee of the House, and he was asked, “Have you seen any good result from the experiment?” His reply was, “ At the end of three months we could load a boat without an oath being sworn. It may appear but little to you, gentle. men, who know nothing of the details of our business; but before, their conversation was one continued strain of oaths." At the end of three months the observ. ance of the Sabbath produced that happy effect. The Chairman had applied the word pertinacity to him, and he (Sir Andrew Agnew) hoped that every lady and
gentleman would be pertinacious in this
May 21st, 1835. QUESTION.-What is the opinion of effectually securing the liberties of our this Meeting respecting the proposals people, it is seeking, in our opinion, to made of late to change the economy of put fetters upon the Ministers of Christ, Methodism, and the methods which have by which they would be restrained in been employed to effect that change? seeking to extend the influence, and pre
Answer.-We here record our undi serve the order, of our Christian society; minished admiration of that beautiful and we repeat, as our conviction, the sensystem of Christian order which God, timent expressed by the brethren of the by a remarkable course of providence, London District, is that any union with led Mr. Wesley to institute for the the aforesaid Association is inconsistguidance of the Methodist community, ent with the duties, and, if persisted and with which we have been solemnly in, after due warning and admonition, entrusted by our fathers ;-a system will be utterly incompatible with the which, whilst it places the appointment rights and privileges, of membership of a salutary discipline, and its adminis among us." tration, in those whom Christ raises up We declare our conviction, that the as the Ministers and Pastors of his Conference has, in no instance, invaded church, gives also to the people of their the rights, or trespassed upon the libercare the best guarantee for the character ties, of our people, and that no intention of the men who labour among them, and was ever entertained by that body so to the most effectual safeguards against any do. We offer our Christian sympathy to improper exercise of pastoral authority. those of our brethren whom great talents It was to observe ourselves, and admi and great usefulness have made eminent nister among our people, this system as among us, and who, during the year, we received it, that we pledged our have been so wickedly maligned; we selves when we entered the ministry ; assure them, that we know the aspersions and we now repeat our solemn engage cast upon them to be utterly unmerited ; ments, that we will - walk by the same and we are firmly persuaded, that with rule," and will consent to no alteration the strictest Christian integrity, as well whatever, which will change any of the as with great ability, they are “servrelations in which we stand to the church ing their generation by the will of of Christ, or impair our ability to pre God." serve the people of our charge in truth, We here express, finally, our devout in purity, and in love.
gratitude to God, for preserving the We regard the Association recently members of our society, in this District, formed in Manchester, and pompously in peace and Christian affection, and styled the “ Grand Central Association,” for the measure of spiritual prosperity as an iniquitous confederacy, organized with which he has favoured several of to subvert the system that we so justly the Circuits. To our beloved people admire and love : under pretence of more themselves we also present our affection
VOL. XIV. Third Series. JUNE, 1835.
ate thanks, that they have not only stood have them in our hearts,” and we are apart from the unquiet men that would theirs “ to live and to die.” have destroyed our unity, and gloried in the discord and confusion they had cre- RICHARD TREFFRY, Chairman, ated, but have preserved themselves, by John Scott, Seorelary. the grace of God, uninfected by their spirit; and we beg to assure them, that The above Resolution passed unaniwe never had, we never can have, anymously, with the exception of the Rev. interest separate from theirs :-“We Joshua Fielden.
METHODIST QUARTERLY FAST-DAY. *** The next Quarterly Fast-Day for the Methodist Societies, according to the Rules of the Connexion, will be Friday, June 26th, 1935.
MISSIONARY NOTICES, Relating principally to the Foreign Missions carried on under the
direction of the Methodist CONFERENCE.
ANNIVERSARY OF THE WESLEYAN-METHODIST MISSIONARY
SOCIETY. It is with feelings of gratitude to Almighty God for his continued benediction, that we record the recent celebration of the Anniversary of the Wesleyan Missionary Society. This occasion, always interesting and important, was anticipated during the present year with feelings somewbat peculiar, on account of various circumstances 10 which we need not here more particularly advert. We are happy to state, that the results have been in all respects satisfactory.
The first of the three Annual Sermons before the Society was preached in the City-road chapel, by the Rev. James Dixon, of Liverpool, on Thursday evening, April 30th. A large and highly respectable congregation of the members and friends of the Society assembled in Great Queen-street chapel on the following forenoon, Friday, May 1st; when, after the usual morning-service had been read, the Rev. William Jay, of Bath, pleaded the cause of the institution in an interesting discourse. To this venerable Minister, “ whose praise is in all the churches" of every religious denomination, the Society is particularly indebted for the Christian liberality and kindness which he evinced, in thus affording to it, for the second time, on the occasion of its general Anniversary, the aid of his talents and influence. The third sermon was delivered in Hinde-street chapel, in the evening of the same day, by the Rev. Robert Newton, of Manchester, the long-tried and indefatigable friend and advocate of the Wesleyan Missions.
On Sunday, May 3d, the usual Annual Sermons for the foreign Missions were preached in all the Wesleyan chapels of London, and its immediate vicinity, by the Rev. Robert Newton, the Rev. James Dixon, the Rev. William Reilly, of Dublin, the Rev. John M.Lean, of Sheffield, and the Preachers of the London District.
On Monday, May 4th, the Annual Meeting of the Society was held in Exeter-Hall. According to previous announcement, the chair was occupied by John Hardy, Esq., M.P., who presided with distinguished ability and zeal. The attendance was numerous beyond all former example; and several hundreds of persons were unable to obtain admission. The spirit of the Meeting was altogether excellent; and we are thankful to add, that the collections and donations received in connexion with this Anniversary (including, according to the usual custom, the collection at the Meeting of the London District Auxiliary Society, on the 29th of April, at which William Tooke, Esq., M.P., kindly presided) amounted to THIRTEEN HUNDRED and THIRTY POUNDS; being an increase of more than two HUNDRED POUNDS above the similar receipts of the last Anniversary; besides the very handsome contribution of £325. 28., presented at the Meeting by the Rev. Robert Alder, from the Ladies of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, the proceeds of a bazaar lately held in that town, for which the best thanks of the Committee are most respectfully tendered.
Thus nobly and decisively have the supporters of the Society responded, not in word only, but in deed, to the appeals lately made to them, by friends and by adversaries, on the subject of Wesleyan Missions. At the Meeting of the parent Society, as at those of all the leading Auxiliaries lately held in various parts of the country, the deterinination has been evinced not to “stop” but to augment “the supplies."
The following account of the proceedings at the general Meeting is abridged and corrected from the report given in “The Watchman of Wednesday, May 6th :
MR. HARDY, on taking the chair, spoke your indulgence. I enjoy the comfortable as follows :-My Christian friends, Having satisfaction of being able to get through the been requested to allow myself to be called duties of this day; for I feel that I am not to the chair on this occasion, in acceding to here the arbiter of any species of combat, that request, I have been prompted by a though it were a mere war of words, but I desire to afford another proof of the interest am here merely and simply as an individual, which I feel in the Missionary exertions of to join in the celebration of a triumph of the this great and respectable body of my fellow- most pleasing nature; one, not of an arm. Christians, and of the pleasure with which of flesh, but of the sword of the Spirit; a I shall ever witness the extension of their triumph of knowledge and of truth over igreligious efforts at home and abroad. I am norance and error; of light over darkness; too well satisfied how much these spiritual of Him who came to seek that he might efforts have contributed of benefit and ad- save, over one that “goeth about as a roarvantage to our common country, and to ing lion, seeking whom he may devour." mankind at large, not to see, with pleasure, I have always witnessed the Missionary this Society, as well as others of a similar efforts of my fellow-Christians, on these description, cordially uniting together for grounds, with the greatest delight: and i the purpose of carrying to the distant re- trust I shall ever so witness them. gions of the earth the tidings of the ever- good cause, whatever may be its condition, lasting Gospel. I shall always see such whether prosperous or adverse, perseverance progress, made by such Societies, with the is unquestionably a duty ; but when a spirit deepest satisfaction. And when I look of perseverance is stimulated by the expearound me, and see by how many such a rience of success, it is indeed a great cause is supported, I cannot but feel grate- satisfaction to every mind; and I trust that ful to that almighty Being who is pleased the Report of your last year's Committee to prosper this design. Those who have
will this day furnish to your constancy a recommended me to your notice, for the spur of this nature, and that it will speak situation from which I have now the honour to you in a tone of congratulation on the of addressing you, will give me credit for prosperity of that cause which your united these feelings; and I ask of you to permit exertions intended to forward. Your Comthat to compensate for the want of any other mittee, I am sure, will exouse me, for so qualification for which I shall have to claim far anticipating the pleasure that Report in