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Esq. ; Drs. Harris, Vaughan, Halley, Rev. | for carrying its details into effect. The Rev. E. T. Prust, &c., &c. After the healths of B. Brown seconded the proposition. Messrs. the Queen, Prince Albert, and the Royal R. Fletcher, Walter Scott, R. Slate, J. G. Family, and the singing of the National An- Miall, J. Glyde, and A. Reed spoke on the them, Dr. Halley proposed the sentiment, - question. “The Congregational Union of Scotland," which Tlie SECRETARY then brought up a Rewas excellently responded to by our friends port on the Dissenters' Marriage Law; when, of the Scottish Deputation, the Rev. W. on the motion of the Rev. G. A. Rogers, seSwan, and the Rev. J. D. Cullen, brethren conded by J. Glyde, the following resolution whose praise is in all the churches north and was submitted, -- but the Report was ulti. south of the Tweed.
mately referred back to the Committee :J. R. Mills, Esq., proposed, “ The Trade “ That the Report of the Committee on and Town of Bradford,” which was responded the Marriage Law be received and adopted, to by R. Milligan, Esq., M.P., for the Bo- and that the alterations and amendments rough. Samuel Morley, Esq., proposed “The proposed by them in the existing law be reCongregational Ministers of Yorkshire,” which ferred to the Committee for further considerawas interestingly acknowledged by the Rev. J. tion and correspondence, previous to their Pridie.
being embodied in a Memorial to Her MaTHURSDAY, Oct. 21.
jesty's Government, with a respectful but The Rev. Thomas Scales opened the third earnest request that they may be considered sitting of the Union with prayer, when the by the law officers of the Crown, with a view Secretary introduced to the assembly Pastor to the removal of those grievances from the Giraud, from the south of France, an exile Protestant Dissenters of England and Irefrom his native country, for his attachment land ; and that a copy of the Memorial be to liberty. He was received with cordial sent to the Right Hon. Lord John Russell.” affection.
American Slavery. Immediately after this, the Sub-Com- Upon the motion of the Rev. S. M'All, mittee, appointed the preceding day, brought seconded by the Rev. J. L. Thompson, from up the Memorial on the Crystal Palace New York, the following resolution was which they had prepared in accordance with passed :the terms of the resolution agreed to by the “ That the Congregational Union of Engassembly ; when the Rev. J. A. James moved, land and Wales has frequently uttered its and Edward Baines, Esq., seconded the adop- protest against slavery, as a fearful evil, detion of the Memorial, which was carried. basing to those who uphold it, and ruinous to Scottish Deputation.
those who are subjected to its woes and The Rev. W. Swan, a Deputation from wrongs. That observing, with painful emothe Congregational Union of Scotland, was tion, its continuance in a portion of the then introduced by the President, and was otherwise free and noble country of the favourably greeted by the assembly. His United States, with all the aggravations resketch of Congregationalism in Scotland was sulting from the operation of the Fugitive vivid and telling; and his reference to Eng. Slave Law, this Assembly feels bound to relish affairs, and to our English periodical iterate its deep and unalterable conviction, literature, was in the best possible taste and that to maintain, amidst the light of good feeling.
this Christian age, the system of slavery in Dr. Campbell, in his own best way, then any form, to claim property in man created moved the following resolution, which was in the image of God,' and make merchan. seconded by the Rev. J. Glyde, and carried dise our equals and our brethren, is an by the assembly :
enormity which can plead no shadow of “That this assembly hails with satisfac- Scriptural sanction, and which no laws or tion the presence of the Rev. W. Swan as a usages ought to protect from utter and unidelegate from the Congregational Union of versal condemnation ; and, therefore, this Scotland; has heard with much pleasure his assembly, in the name of justice, humanity, interesting statement respecting the condition and religion, would once more earnestly enof the Congregational churches in Scotland, treat the Christian Churches of the Ameriand begs to assure them, through him, of its can Union to rid themselves of any appearsincere Christian sympathy and affection, ance of giving sanction or tolerance to an with an earnest desire for their continued and i evil so extreme." increasing prosperity."
Lectures to Working Men. A very well digested scheme for Chapel Dr. Massie moved, and Dr. Halley seextension, consisting of sixteen excellent conded, the following resolution, which was rules, was then laid before the assembly, by carried by acclamation :the Rev. G. Smith, and by him was ably ex- " That the best thanks of this Assembly pounded and commented upon ; when John are hereby presented to the Rev. A. Reed, Remington Mills, Esq., moved a Committee and to the Rev. Brewin Grant, for their ap
propriate Lectures addressed, at the request | shed the dew of his refreshing blessing, and of the Congregational Union, to the working thus promote their increasing prosperity." men of Bradford ; and is much gratified to
Milton Club. know that this endeavour to benefit this im. ! Henry Bateman, Esq., made some pertinent portant class of the community was, to a remarks on this popular measure. A reso good extent, appreciated, as was indicated by | lution was moved by the Rev. R. Ashton, their attendance, attention, and the earnest seconded by Josiah Conder, Esq., and adopted expression of their approbation of the truth by the meeting: de ered to them."
“ That the assembly has heard with much Sympathy with Foreign Christians. pleasure and satisfaction the address of Pas. The Rev. E. J. Prust moved, the Rev. E. tor Giraud, the delegate from the pastors of Davies seconded, and the assembly adopted Poitou, and also receives with fraternal sym. the following resolution :
pathy and respect the letter forwarded by " That this Assembly, enjoying as it does their delegate to this Union. This assembly all the happy results of religious liberty, can- remits the letter to the committee, to consider not forbear to express its sympathy with the the same, and to forward a reply at the earlie Protestant churches of the Continent of Eu- est opportunity." rope less favourably situated, and especially On the erening of Thursday, the Rev. with those victims of Papal tyranny, Fran- John Angell James delivered an eloquent and cesco and Rosa Madiai, who have been con- impressive sermon on the Christian ministry, demned and imprisoned for reading the Bible, in Horton-lane Chapel, to a crowded audience. and, as a consequence, leaving the Romish At the same time, Dr. Halley preached to a Church; and would commend to the Congre. full house, at Salem Chapel; text, “ Be of gational churches of this country the duty of good cheer, I have overcome the world." fervent supplication on behalf of these patient Noble and animating meetings were held sufferers, that they may be preserved faith- on Tuesday evening in support of Congregaful, and through the goodness of Providence, tional principles. R. Milligan, Esq., M.P., speedily be delivered from their present cruel in the chair. The speakers were, the Rev. and unjust bondage.”
G. Smith, the Rev. D. Vaughan, Josiah ConHere a beautiful letter was read from Pas- der, Esq., the Rev. J. G. Rogers, George Hadteur Monod, regretting his absence from the field, Esq., M.P.; the Rev. J. B. Thompson, assembly through illness, and asking the sym- of New York; the Rev. J. Sibree, and the pathy for Evangelical Protestantism in France Rev. Dr. Campbell. of his English brethren.
On Wednesday evening, British Missions, The cordial thanks of the assembly, upon in Salem Chapel; Frank Crossley, Esq, in the motion of the Rev. D. E. Ford, seconded the chair. The speakers were, the Rev. by the Rev. J. Gawthorn, was then tendered Thomas James, the Rev. J. G. Gallaway, the to Dr. Harris, for the kind and able manner Rev. J. W. Richardson, the Rev. R. Baldwin in which he had fulfilled the duties of his Brown, the Rev. S. M'All, the Rev. A. C. office; who responded with much simplicity Geikie, and the Rev. Dr. Massie. and affection.
On Friday morning there was a public Dinner.
breakfast, for the Congregational Board of The Rev. Walter Scott presided. The Education, Titus Salt, Esq., in the chair. Rev. G. Smith proposed, the Rev. R. Arthur The speakers were, Samuel Morley, Esq.; seconded, and the assembly heartily adopted the Rev. G. Smith, the Rev. James Parsons, the following resolution:
F. Crossley, Esq., M.P.; R. Milligan, Esq., " That this assembly cannot separate at M.P.; J. Pilkington, Esq., M.P.; the Rev. the end of a series of services and sittings of Dr. Halley, John Crossley, Esq.; James Carunusual interest and extent in the town of ter, Esq.; Edward Baines, Esq.; the Rev. Dr. Bradford, without tendering its warm and Campbell, the Rev. B. Parsons, and Josiah affectionate thanks to the pastors, deacons, Conder, Esq. and members of the Congregational churches In review of these meetings we would of this town for the reception and comfort of thank God, and take courage. the pastors and delegates here assembled; and would express the conviction, that the CELEBRATION OF THE REV. THOMAS CRAIG'S visitors at this Autumnal Meeting will long JUBILEE, AT BOCKING, ESSEX, 12TH OCTOretain a grateful recollection of the hallowed
BER, 1852. fellowship they have enjoyed in the public Tue unconstrained homage tendered by services of the sanctuary, and in the social virtuous minds to distinguished worth, is a intercourse of the Christian families of this lesson, in this frail world of ours, in the highand other denominations to whom they have est degree instructive to mankind. And never, been introduced; and would fervently pray perhaps, is this lesson more instructive, or that upon the churches and colleges of Brad. more influential for good, than when we are ford our gracious Saviour would continue to | privileged to see the veteran-pastor of fifty years, receiving at the hands of his attached , held. Every countenance expressed feelings flock costly and heart-felt tokens of their un- of benevolent joy. All present were perabuted esteem and regard. Such a spectacle vaded with one common desire to record proclaims the value of character, the recipro- their veneration for “the man of God,” who cal affections connected with the ministerial had been the instrument of converting so office, and the compliance of Christian many sinners, and building up, in faith and churches with that apostolic precept, too holiness, so many of God's children. often neglected, “ Let him that is taught in The hallowed service was commenced, by the word communicate uuto him that teach the fine choir of the chapel singing the welleth in all good things."
known Jubilee Hymn:-The events which took place at Bocking,
“ Blow ye the trumpet, blow, on the 12th October, the Jubilee-day of the
The gladly solemn sound, Rev. Thomas Craig's ordination in that town,
Let all the nations know, were eminently creditable to all parties con
To earth's remotest bound,
The year of Jubilee is come, cerned. Such a day will be remembered for
Return, ye ransomed sinners, home." good beyond the immediate circle of the grateful commemoration. Other communi- The Rev. John CARTER, of Braintree, Mr. ties will follow the example set by the vener-Craig's nearest ministerial neighbour, then able church at Bocking; and other pastors read suitable portions of Scripture, and offered will be made glad by the unequivocal tokens up fervent prayer for a blessing to rest on of their people's love: “not because they desire the gathering, and on the brother whose a gift; but because they desire fruit that may praise is in all the churches.” abound to their people's account.”
The chairman who presided on the occasion Every thing connected with this Bocking was MR. RICHARD BAYNES, who addressed testimonial is grateful to the best feelings of the assembly in a very feeling and approprisanctified humanity. In looking forward to ate manner, though frequently overcome by the completion of Mr. Craig's Jubilee-year, his feelings. He stated that of all the minishis friends began to muse on the best method ters who attended Mr. Craig's ordination, but of testifying their sense of such distinguished only one survived; and that not more than excellence, extending over so lengthened a ten or twelve, who were present at that soperiod of human probation. Delicately, and lemnity, were spared to join in the Jubilee in the best possible taste, they sought to draw commemoration. But two members of the from Mr. Craig himself some idea of what church from which Mr. Craig received his would be most acceptable to his own feelings. call are now alive; “ the others,” said he, "are With a dignity and generosity of mind worthy gone to their rest, and, I trust, to glory." Of of his own manly character, he indicated a the few spared he was himself one. “I was wish that a new school-room, for the accom- here," he added, " at the ordination, and God modation of their educational institutions, has in great mercy spared my life to see this might become the memorial of his fifty years' interesting sight. Nearly forty years have I toil. He had taken great interest in unsec- be en in inimate connection with our pastor as tarian Christian education, and, if his friends one of the flock; and I stand here to testify wished to do him honour, he felt that it would to the utmost to the integrity and piety of his be best done by promoting the favourite ob- character.” ject of his public life, long before education The chairman then introduced MR. SHEARhad become the popular theme of the day. CROFT to the assembly, as appointed, by the
No sooner was the pastor's wish known church and congregation, to dress Mr. than it was sought, with the utmost vigour, Craig on occasion of his Jubilee celebration. to be carried into effect. The sum required We deeply regret that our limited space will was a thousand pounds ; and within a com- only allow us to make a few extracts from paratively brief period, with a few donations this admirable address, imbued alike with the from other quarters, the amount was secured, spirit of wisdom and piety:the school-rooms were erected, and prepara- " Reverend and dear Sir,—The church and tions were made for the celebration of the congregation over which you have so long Jubilee, on Tuesday, the 12th of October. and happily presided, desire most affection
The day was very brilliant, and multitudes ately to congratulate you this day on the thronged, from all quarters, to do honour to completion of your pastoral Jubilee. That the character of a man who had so nobly sus- Divine power by whose sovereign good pleatained, for fifty years, the credit of the Christian sure the union between this church and yourpastorate, in one of the most numerous congre- self was effected on the 12th October, 1802, gations out of the metropolis. The service has graciously maintained the relationship up was announced for eleven o'clock, and before to this hour, amidst an assemblage of circumthat hour the large chapel in which Mr. stances which call for devout acknowledgCraig officiates was crowded in every part. ment and grateful praise. No one who has A more animating sigbt has rarely been be attentively read the history of your fifty years' pastorate, and who has familiarized in the forty-sixth year of his ministry here. himself with the manner of your coming in On his tablet, in the adjoining yard, are inand going out among the people, will refuse scribed the following lines: to glorify God in you. They will adore the
"In yonder sacred house I spent my breath ; grace that committed the treasure of the gos- Now silent, senseless here I lie in death; pel to your trust-that has enabled you in- These lips again shall wake, and yet declare violably to maintain the faith which was once
A dread Amen to truths they published there.' delivered to the saints-that has supported “ During the last twelve years, the Rev. you amidst the arduous labours of so length- John Thorowgood was associated with him ened a ministry—that has given so many at- as assistant, or co-pastor, and his pastorate testations and seals to the successfulness of extended thirteen years beyond the time of your evangelical efforts—and that even now, Mr. Davidson's decease. Mr. Thorowgood at the celebration of your Jubilee, is affording was a man of great piety and extensive us encouragement to hope that the Lord learning. The late Rev. S. Newton, of Jesus Christ will continue to hold you as a Witham, who was himself an excellent schostar in his right hand, and make you the i lar, said of him, that he knew no subject minister of mercy, life, and salvation to many with which he was not familiarly acquainted. more immortal spirits. If the Israelites were When his ability for preaching had ceased, under obligations to look back on all the way he continued to attend the meetings of the by which the Lord their God had led them, church whose public services he had so long it must be right for us, both pastor and conducted. He took leave of his flock, and people, on this memorable day, to survey the of the social worship of this state, under cirground over which we have traversed, that 'cumstances peculiarly affecting. When unable together we may trace the footsteps of Him not merely to conduct, but even to attend the who has said, 'Lo! I am with you alway, ordinary services of the Lord's-day, he came even unto the end.' Your call to the pastoral at the close of the sermon, and, in a sitting office amongst us was perfectly unanimous: posture, administered the Lord's Supper. a type and emblem of the unanimity and har. His death occurred on the 12th November, mony which have illumined and graced your 1801. But though ministers continue not course up to the present period,-a period of by reason of death, the Great Head of the longer duration, by several years, than was church ever lives, and possessing all power in granted to either of your revered predeces- heaven and earth, he raises up and qualifies sors. The first dissenting minister of whom an unbroken succession of faithful men, there is any record, as having preached in whom he ordains in their several localities this immediate vicinity, is the Rev. S. Ban- to accomplish the purposes of his eternal toft, D.D., who was ejected from the village mercy. Hence, dear sir, your introduction of Stebbing by the Act of Uniformity, in 1662, into the pastoral office over this church. We and who, it appears, was driven from his trace your settlement amongst us to the ministry here also by the same unrighteous highest source of ecclesiastical power and power. In 1700 there was a small congre- authority; and to the same source we ascribe gation of dissenters, who assernbled in a barn all the success of your ininistry, and the near the White Hart Inn, and who invited general prosperity which has been enjoyed a young clergyman, named Shepherd, who during its continuance for the last half-cenlately, from conscientious motives, relinquished tury. We are persuaded that in the bosom his benefice, to be their pastor. Soon after of no one present do these sentiments find a the settlement of Mr. Shepherd, the place more cordial response than your own. As where they worshipped was found inadequate in the ceaseless changes, surprising developto the accommodation of the auditory, and the ments, and beautiful unfoldings of nature, original foundation of this present house was the devout philosopher recognizes and adores laid in the year 1707. He was a man of ardent the wonder-working, though invisible, hand zeal, and held his pastorate for thirty-nine of Deity; so the Christian loves to mark the years. From his tomb-stone, near the vestry goings of God in the sanctuary, and to watch door, we are informed that he was owned of the onward progress of events in connection God in the conversion of many souls. He with the spread of the Redeemer's kingdom in was succeeded in his office by Mr. Joseph the world, and in his own immediate locality. Pitts, who, after retaining it for three or four Although proofs were not wanting, honoured years, resigned his charge in 1741, and re- sir, on your coming amongst us, that the moved to London. The minister next in snc. Divine presence was in the unidst of bis peocession was the Rev. Thomas Davidson, who ple, yet it must be acknowledged that efforts had been recommended to the church by the to render the places round about our Zion a celebrated Mr. Whitfield. Mr. Davidson bad blessing—a fruitful field--the garden of the seceded from the Church of Scotland, and Lord, were languid, few, and feeble. The was held in high reputation as an eloquent only public institution in connection with preacher. He joined the church triumphant this church, at that time, was a day-school for the education of twenty boys and ten out any public collection, except one in the girls in tlie simplest rudiments of learning; ordinary course of the Lord's-day services. for the greater part of the last fifty years The number of persons admitted into the about three hundred children have been daily church during your pastorate is deserving of receiving instruction, first on the Lancas- notice. There are only two individuals in terian and since on the British and Foreign communion with us now who belonged to school system; many highly gratifying proofs the church at the time of your ordination. have been afforded of the essential benefit Three times more members have been rethat individuals, who are now moving in very ceived into our fellowship during your prerespectable spheres in society, have derived sidency, than were admitted in the course of from this institution. At the period referred the forty-five years' ministry of the Rev. Mr. to there was no Sunday-school in this neigh- Davidson, although he was assisted the last bourhood. The Rev. B. Scale, the late vicar twelve years of his life by your immediate of Braintree, was the first to establish one in excellent predecessor. And now, dear sir, this locality. In 1806 or 1807, two valued the building is erected--the topstone is laid friends connected with this congregation, one —the doors are open-and all things are of whom is still living, commenced the under- ready to carry into full effect your Christian taking of uprearing one of these most im- and catholic desire. From this platform the portant auxiliaries to the advancement of notice is sent forth to all parents whose chilknowledge, morality, and religion; their suc- dren are not in connection with any school, cess exceeded their anticipations, and ren- that they will be received, on their making dered necessary the erection of a new school application to the proper parties, and that we room. Large as in those days it was thought are willing to labour for their good, during to be, it was soon found that it was too the whole seven days of the week, to the limited to accommodate the number of chil- utmost extent of our ability. We wish it to dren who were anxious to avail themselves be distinctly observed, that in the day-schools of its advantages.
Another room, nearly no denominational principles are taught; the opposite the meeting-house, was therefore scholars are left at entire liberty to attend at erected for the instruction of girls. Both the Sunday-schools and the places of worship places, however, failing to receive all who which their parents prefer. May the smile of were waiting to enter them, they were sub- Heaven, beloved friend and pastor, in all its sequently enlarged, and in that state they benign and cheering influence, shine upon have been in use up to the present time; you! May Almighty love enrich, console, several other rooms having been employed, and comfort you! May the arms of your in which separate classes have assembled. hands be made strong by the mighty God of In July, last year, a tea meeting was held in Jacob! May your life-health-laboursthe Corn Exchange, consisting of the old and usefulness be long perpetuated! May scholars and teachers, and also of the teachers the power of Zion's King uphold you to the who are now engaged in the work, including end! and when the Chief Shepherd shall apsix hundred persons, some of whom came a pear, may you not only receive the crown of distance of ten, twelve, fifteen, and twenty glory from his gracious hands, but be surmiles. The evening was spent in the most rounded by a multitude whom you were ingratifying manner. Our aged friends, who strumental in turning from darkness to light, were once our youthful scholars, became our who shall share with you the eternal felicities tutors. One after another rose, and gave of the celestial state.” utterance to sentiments and feelings which MR. CRAIG replied, and at intervals was delighted the assembled multitude, eliciting much affected; he said, “With feelings of the tears of joy from many eyes, and prayers for warmest gratitude for all the kind congratuheavenly benediction from many hearts. As- lations and earnest prayers contained in the sociations in connection with Foreign, British, most affectionate address which has been and Home Missions have been in operation read, allow me in reply to say, “having obfor many years amongst us. A society, like- tained help of God, I continue to this day.' wise, for visiting and relieving the sick and Knowing no words better adapted to my prenecessitous poor, as also a Christian Instruc. sent position, or more expressive of my feel. tion Society, by means of which one thousand ings, I adopt them on this deeply interesting six hundred families are constantly supplied occasion with profound humility and lively with publications issued by the Religious gratitude to the God of all grace. Often, Tract Society. Preaching stations in the very often, have I felt greatly depressed that adjoining villages, to some of which schools more good has not been effected, yet have I are attached, are visited and supported by been upheld to a period far beyond what I this congregation. In the year 1818, our | had ever anticipated, and honoured with a place of worship was enlarged and partly re- measure of usefulness for which I ought to built, at an expense of £2500, the whole of have felt more thankful. That usefulness I which was raised by the congregation, with. I do not estimate merely by the numbers it