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the dust. In the midst of the great popular wide and varied ; his career has been unusucommotion which now obtains, in which all ally brilliant ; and his evening hour has corranks are seeking to testify their respect to responded to the morning and meridian of the memory of the noble Duke, we have lis remarkable life. Many are the prayers been filled with one all-pervading sentiment, which rise to "the God of all comfort," that it viz. the wisdom and goodness of God, who, may please Him to smile graciously upon the in his merciful providence, raised up for us, last days of this veteran of the Christian cause. in our time of need, a man gifted by nature He has “ borne the burden and heat of the for the arduous work to which he was called. day” with an unfaltering zeal, and, by the We honour Wellington as God's instrument grace of God, with an unrivalled consistency for putting down one of the greatest usurpers of charaeter. If, as Britons, we do honour to whose name appears on the page of history; our hero of a hundred battles, with what love and, comparing him with other great warriors, and reverence, as Christians, ought we to look we feel that he is worthy of being had in on his contemporary, who has spent more perpetual reinembrance. His death and than sixty long years fighting the battles of funeral have, we fear, been associated with the Lord, as a good soldier of the cross; and something bordering on creature-idolatry; contending for “ the faith once delivered to but it is difficult, in such cases, to evince the saints," from the pulpit and the press. the respect due to departed greatness without Our fervent prayer is, that it may be light indicating something like excess. Few pub- and joyous with our revered friend, at evenlic men have better earned their country's tide; and that when he vacates that charge reverential love than the late Duke. What which he has so long held with honour to ever might be his infirmities, he was beyond hiinself, and benefit to his flock, the “ Chief doubt a patriot-spirit ; for he knew how to Shepherd” may provide a meet successor, sacrifice his own cherished predilections for who shall, with equal zeal and fidelity, prowhat he deemed the public weal. There was claim and defend “the truth as it is in nothing little or mean in the character of Jesus!" Wellington. He was less, perhaps, a partyman, strictly speaking, than any distinguished Whig or Tory of his day. No circle of
WOOLWICH. politicians could make him their creature. SEVERAL members of various CongregaHe had and preserved his own identity. tional churches, feeling desirous to unite toAnd, all things considered, he was made a 'gether in Christian fellowship, and believing blessing to his country. Great in war, he that there was ample scope in the town and was equally great in peace; and strenuously neighbourhood of Woolwich for a new incontended for its conservation by all honour- terest in the above principles, after holding able means.
various meetings to seek Divine guidance,
and for consultation amongst themselves, reTHE SYDENHAM PALACE.
solved, relying upon God's grace and assistWe are thankful for the great unanimity ance, to form themselves into a new church, of the religious world in opposing the Sab- on Independent or Congregational principles, bath-desecrating portion of this otherwise in accordance with New Testament Scripgreat and desirable undertaking.
ture. They have hired, for a term of years, ceptions are so fractional, as rather to help determinable at their own option, on giving than binder. It would damage the noble six months' notice, a building in Williamstand made, if certain opponents were to be street, Woolwich, which they have duly recome converts to the views of the majority. I gistered as “ Ebenezer Chapel.” The chapel We earnestly entreat prompt and continued was built about two years ago, for an auction action against the illegal and unrighteous room, but is peculiarly adapted for the purmovement, which would do more to change pose to which it is now dedicated. It is fortythe aspects of English society than even the nine feet long, by twenty-five feet wide ; far-famed Book of Sports. We say to all twenty-one feet high, with arched ceiling ; who do not wish to see a continental Sab- has been fitted up with gas, and open benches bath in this country,--Petition your Sove- throughout, in accordance with the modern reign, -meinorialize the Prime Minister, with-system of fitting up chapels; will seat two out delay, against the proposed Charter. hundred and fisty persons comfortably, and
has a vestry adjoining The friends met to
gether in the chapel on Monday, the 23rd of The late indisposition, and proposed retire- August last, and formed the church. Deament from the pastoral office, of the dear and cons were chosen on the 3rd of September, venerable Mr. Jay, have awakened many pen- and on Tuesday, the 7th of September, the sive, as well as many grateful feelings, in the opening services were beld. At the morning Christian community. His day of service has service, the Rev. John Cox, Baptist minister, been long; his sphere of usefulness has been of Woolwich, conducted the devotional ser.
THE REV. WILLIAM JAY
vices before the sermon.
The Rev. Patrick was begun with the reading of suitable pas. Thomson, A.M., of Chatham, preached an sages of scripture and prayer by the Rev. W. eloquent and affectionate sermon, from the Wheeler, Stroud. Mr. S. S. Marburg, (deaseventh verse of the fifty-sixth chapter of con,) in the name of the church, gave an acIsaiah, “ Even them will I bring to my holy count of the steps which had led to Mr. mountain, and make them joyful in my house Evans' settlement among them. The Rev. of prayer; their burnt offerings and their sa- John Burder offered the ordination prayer, crifices shall be accepted upon mine altar, for and the Rev. Charles Wills, M. A., delivered mine house shall be called an house of prayer an earnest address from the words, “ Keep for all people."
thine heart with all diligence, for out of it are The Rev. William Lucy, of Greenwich- the issues of life.” The Rev. Joseph Hyatt road Chapel, conducted the closing devotional concluded the service with prayer. Both service, and the Rev. Thomas Timpson, of the introductory discourse and usual quesLewisham, gave out the hymns. The Revs. tions were omitted: in lieu of the latter Mr. Robert Thompson, and J. W. Close, Wes- Evans gave an address appropriate to the ocleyan ministers; W. M. Thompson, of the casion. A numerous party dined in the Presbyterian church, and William Wood-school- room adjoining the chapel, when lands, Independent minister, all of Woolwich, speeches were delivered by the Rev. Messrs. were also present on the occasion.
Hyatt, of Gloucester; Burder, of Bristol; The attendance at the morning service was Thodey, of Rodbourgh; Wheeler, of Stroud; not numerous, but the congregation com- and Watson Smith, of Wolverhampton. A prised many of the respectable and influential vote of thanks was unanimously passed to inhabitants of Woolwich. It was anticipated the Rev. Charles Wills, for his excellent ailthat the chapel would be much too small for dress, aceompanied by the earnest desire that the evening service; and application was he would allow it to be printed. At five therefore made to the Trustees of the Wes- o'clock a large party sat down to tea. In the leyan Chapel in William-street, for permis- evening the Rev. Watson Smith preached an sion to hold the service there, and, pending impressive discourse from the words, " He that application, the Baptist friends kindly that believeth on me, the works that I do offered the use of their Queen-street Chapel ; shall he do also; and greater works than but the Wesleyan friends having kindly these shall he do, because I go unto my granted permission, the service was held in Father." The Rev. Messrs. Whitta, of Chal. their chapel. The attendance was very con- ford; Parsons, of Ebley; Mound, of Stonesiderable, clearly showing the propriety of house; Lewis, of King Stanley; Newman, of the arrangement.
Shortwood; Hebditch, of Ashburton; Ayers, The Rev. Robert Thompson, Wesleyan of Presteign; with several other ministers, minister, of Woolwich, conducted the devo- were also present and took part in the tional services before the sermon. The Rev. solemnities of the day. Samuel Martin, of Westminster, preached a most touching sermon, from the 2nd Samuel,
ASTON TIRROLD, BERKS. 14th chapter, and 14th verse, “ Yet doth he The public recognition of the Rev. H. devise means that his banished be not ex- Pawling, as pastor of the congregational pelled from him."
church, in Aston Tirrold, took place on the The Rev. J. W. Close, Wesleyan minister, 5th instant. The Rev. E. A. Claypole, of of Woolwich, concluded by prayer. The Wallingford, introduced the service by read. services were most interesting, and the im- ing the Scriptures and prayer. The Rev. J. pression produced it is hoped will prove deep B. Brown, B.A., of London, delivered a clear and lasting. Arrangements have already been and impressive discourse on the nature of a made with several metropolitan and county New Testament church. The Rev. W. Harris, ministers to supply the pulpit, and it is the of Wallingford, proposed the usual questions intention of the church, after having thus and offered the designation prayer. The Rev. received and interchanged Christian fellow- | W. Legg, of Reading, severally addressed the ship with other churches, to proceed to a pastor and the people. The Rev. Messrs. choice of a permanent ministry. It is hoped Lapine, of Abingdon; Woolley, of Pangthat this movement will prove a lasting bless-bourne; and Howse, of Goring, took part in ing to the town, and its immediate neighbour- the service. hood.
John Griffith, of Portway, Bryngwyn, was ordained pastor of the Congregational
church worshipping at Hermon, near PainsOn Thursday, October 7th, Mr. D. J. castle, in the county of Radnor, on October Evans, late of Homerton and New College, 5th. was publicly ordained as pastor over the old The Rev. W. D. Ingham, of Pembridge, chapel in this town. The morning service delivered the introductory discourse. The
Rev. William Jones, of the Gore, asked the ' Stowell; Richard Slate; Anthony Bateson, of usual questions; the Rev. Thomas Rees, of Egerton; Mark Hardaker, of Pendlebury; W. Huntingdon, offered the ordination prayer; Hope Davison, of Bolton; and Mr. Charles the Rev. Thomas Evans, of Carmel, delivered Thorpe, one of the deacons of the church. the charge to the minister; and Rev. David The Rev. Richard Fletcher, of Manchester, Price, of Cabaeth, preached to the people. delivered a charge to the church and congreThe service was attended by a numerous and gation on the Sunday afternoon following, respectable congregation. At night of the from Rom. xvi. 3. same day, the Rev. J. Evans, of Eardisley, preached from Job, 3rd chapter, 19th verse; and the Rev. Henry Jones, of Uley, Glouces- TAURSDAY, August 12th, the Rev. A. M. tershire, late pastor of the church at Hermon, Henderson, late of the Wesleyan connexion, preached from Daniel, 3rd chapter, 16th verse. was publicly recognised as pastor of the IndeThe evening service was opened by the read- pendent Church assembling in George's-street ing of the Scriptures and prayer, by the Chapel, Cork, formerly under the pastoral Baptist minister residing at Painscastle. care of the Rev. John Burnet. The Rev.
John Stroyan, of Dublin, commenced the SOUTH OCKENDON AND AVELEY, ESSEX. services of the occasion, by reading the Scrip
The Independent churches in the two tures and prayer. The Rev. William Tar. above-named villages having become destitute botton, of Limerick, stated the principles of a of a minister, through the decease of their New Testament Church. The cordial and late most excellent pastor, the Rev. A. Brown, unanimous invitation of the church to Mr. the Rev.J. Morrison, late of Romford, has been Henderson having been declared, Mr. Henchosen to fill the vicancy.
derson then gave a full and interesting stateOa Tuesday, Sept. 7th, 1852, the new ment of the reasons which induced his sepaminister was publicly recognized in the pre- ration from the Wesleyan body, and ascribed sence of a large audience, and of all the neigh- to the study of the word of God alone the bouring Congregational ministers.
decision he had taken to discharge the duties The Revs. G. Corney, B. H. Klubt, J. S. of the Christian ministry in connexion with Hall, R. Burls, C. Berry, J. Tippetts, J. Jo- the churches of the Congregational order seph, J. Young, and Wm. Joseph, took part The Rev. Alexander King, of Dublin, offered in the services.
prayer for a blessing on pastor and people. It was a day of hallowed enjoyment, and The Rev. John Burnet then gave the charge one suggestive of hopes of future usefulness to the pastor, on his duties and responsibiliand comfort.
ties. In the evening a public meeting was held ; the Rev. W. Tarbotton presided. The
people were addressed on their duties by the The church and congregation assembling Rev. Alexander King, the Rev. John Stroyan, in the Independent Chapel, Stand, near Man- and the Rev. John Burnet. chester, having admitted Mr. Alexander An. derson, B.A., to the office of pastor, several
FOLKESTONE. pastors and members of neighbouring churches On Wednesday, September 8th, the Rev. joined with them on Wednesday, the 29th J. M`Neil Boyd was publicly recognised as ult., publicly recognizing and confirming the pastor over the Congregational church at union. A part of Paul's First Epistle to the Folkestone, Kent. Corinthians was read, and prayer offered, by A preparatory sermon was preached on the the Rev. W. R. Thorburn, M.A., of Bury; previous evening by Rev. J. H. Bevis, of the Rev. J.Clunie McMichael, of Farnworth, Ramsgate. The service, on Wednesday, was delivered a discourse on Ecclesiastical Polity; commenced by Rev. D. Jones, B.A, of Folkethe Rev. Richard Slate, of Preston, sketched stone. Rev. Dr. Bennett, of London, deli. the local history of the Independents from vered a succinct and impressive discourse on the time of the Act of Uniformity; and then the Nature and Duties of a Christian Church. requested and received a brief expression of The Rev. Henry Cresswell, of Canterbury, Mr. Anderson's religious experience and be asked the usual questions. The recognition lief; the ordination prayer was then offered prayer was offered up by Rev. H. J. Rook, of by the Rev. James Griffin, of Manchester; Faversham ; and, in the absence of Dr. Masafter which, the Rev. William Hendry Stowell, sie, Dr. Bennett kindly and promptly comD.D., President of Cheshunt College, ad- plied with the request of the ministers predressed the minister, founding his charge on sent, and delivered a charge characterized by that of Paul to Archippus (Col. iv. 17,) and, the wisdom of " such an one as Paul the in conclusion, invoked the Divine blessing. aged." The Rev. Edmund Jenkings, of
Upwards of a hundred of the assembly re- Maidstone, addressed the church and congremained to dinner in one of the School-rooms; gation on their various duties in relation to and enjoyed the speeches of the Revs. Dr. their pastor, each other, and the world.
In the evening, a public meeting was held | Long may the blessing of God continue to in the chapel; Henry Leavers, Esq., of Isling- rest on this interesting cause. ton, in the cbair; when, after prayer by the Several of the Independent churches in Rev. Wallace, from Ireland, addresses the neighbourhood owe their origin to the exwere delivered by the chairman; Revs. Messrs. ertions of friends connected with this chapel. Massie, D.D., Cresswell, and H. J. Rook; also It has its Missionary, Tract, Sick Visiting Alexander Swan, Esq., J. Deuce, Esq. and J. , and Maternal Societies, with a well-attended Bamford, Esq. Rev. J. M`Neil Boyd con- Sunday-school. The friends, although they clurled the services of the day with prayer. cannot do all they could wish, being chiefly
Since the introduction of Mr. Boyd, the of the humbler class, are doing all they can church and congregation have greatly in- for “ the spread of the gospel at home and creased, and the people been encouraged to abroad." say, “Let us arise and build.” A suitable site for the erection of a chapel has been se- GOSPORT NEW INDEPENDENT OR CONGREGAcured, and contributions to a considerable amount promised, so that it is confidently On Lord's-day, the 12th September, two hoped, that before the next season for the Sermons were preached by the Rev. J. Wyld, influx of visitors for summer recreation in' of Albion Chapel, Southampton, when a new this rising sea port, a place of worship will organ, built expressly for this place of worhave been erected, adapted to accommodate ship, was opened. The collection after the the worshippers, and prevent the very great services amounted to £26. inconvenience experienced last summer. As This chapel was built in 1827, at a cost of this undertaking is in great part designed to £2300; but, froni a succession of untoward afford accommodation for visitors from distant circumstances, had become private property. congregations, it is hoped that such will Since the Rev. A. Ewing, M.A., nearly five promptly contribute to meet the cost. years ago, became the pastor of the church,
the state of things has much improved. The
chapel has been recently purchased, and conTWENTIETH ANNIVERSARY OF THE REV.
veyed to trustees on behalf of the church, J. STRIBLING'S SETTLEMENT.
agreeably to the rules usually adopted by On Thursday, August 26th, the friends Independents. After having undergone ex. connected with the Old Independent Chapel, tensive alterations and repairs, it was opened, Chase Side, Enfield, met to celebrate the in the month of June last, by the Rev. J. B. Twentieth Anniversary of the Rev. John Brown, B.A., and the Rev. J. W. Richardson, Stribling's settlement among them.
of London, when very liberal collections were Ten was provided in the British School- inade. Within the last nine months nearly rooms, to which about 250 persons sat down. £200 have been contributed, besides £100
In the evening a public meeting was held, from five of the late proprietors, in reduction the attendance having been considerably in- of their shares, towards the purchase and imcreased by the addition of friends from other provement of this place of worship. churches and congregations in the neighbour- A debt of £500 still remains, which it is hood; when addresses were delivered of a hoped, with the kind assistance of friends, highly interesting and instructive character, will be speedily reduced. by the Revs. James Sherman, of Surrey Chapel, London; J. D, K. Williams, of Totten
ROTHERHAM COLLEGE. ham; J. Lockver, of Ponder's End; G. Wil- This venerable and honoured Institution, kinson, of Enfield, and W. Weare. The Rev. after sustaining reverses which at a recent S. J. Smith, B.A., Minister of Baker-street period threatened its speedy extinction, bas Chapel, Enfield, very ably occupied the chair. revived, and has now the prospect of much
Mr. Richard Rowsell, one of the deacons, prosperity and usefulness. The property of on behalf of the church and congregation, the College has been safely and profitably after a very affectionate address, presented to invested. Two able and learned professors the Rev. John Stribling an elegant time- i have been appointed, the Rev. F. J. Falding, piece; and Mr. Haward Cole, another deacon, M.A., as Principal and Professor of Theology in the name of the Sabbath-school, presented and the kindred sciences; and the Rev, T. to the pastor a very chaste and handsome Clark, B.A., as Professor of Languages and silver pencil-case, accompanied by an appro- Mathematics. priate address. The Rev. J. Stribling, in re- Mr. Falding bas had the sole charge of ply, acknowledged, with much warmth and the students for the past eighteen months, feeling, these tokens of their respect and and has been elevated to the presidency of affection.
the institution as the result of the confidence It was felt by all present, that a most gra- inspired by his remarkable efficiency as a tifying opportunity had thus been afforded of teacher. Mr. Clark has the highest testicultivating and enjoying Christian fellowship. monials to his ability and attainments, and especially as à lingnist. Three of the stu.
TRURO, CORNWALL. denti mitriculated at the last examination of the London University. Eight students are
The Rev. R. Panks, late of Bridgewater, now in the house. The Com nittee, at their has accepted an invitation to become the recent meeting, directed important additions pastor of the Church of Christ asseinbling in to be mude to the library, and improved pro
Bethesda Chapel, Truro, and com nenced his vision to he made for the health and comfort
stited labours on the first Lord's-day in of the students. The friends of the college
October. cherish confident expectations of its future
BRITISH MISSION TO THE JEWS.
kingdom, namely, to pray for the peace of In the September Nuinber of the Evan- | Jerusalem. In addition to this, we are as. GELICAL MAGAZINE, I directed attention to sured of the prosperity secured to all who the claims of this Mission, which has for its shall be found engaged in supplication for object the dissemination of the Scriptures the increase of the Messiah's reign univeramong the Jewish people at home and abroad, sally. Now if we connect the spiritual progand seeking to evangelize them, by sending perity of the Christian church with her efforts Missiɔnaries qualified to preach the glorious to spreal the knowledge of the Lord, we gospel of the grace of God. Having sug rested shall not be slow to discover that she has a plan for raising the funds of a Society so failed, to a great extent, in fultilling her high eminently calculated to accomplish the work and holy mission. In looking at the present of the Lord in their conversion, by the mein- condition of the church in reference to Misbers of churches aiding and sustaining so holy sionary efforts, we perceive that she is awaka cause by united efforts, and annual sub- ened but partially and feebly to her high priscriptions, I have begun to try the experi- vilege and obligations. Instead of the Jewish ment of ascertaining what may be done by a Mission being advocated and sustained by little perseverauce and persuasion, cominend- general co-operation, it is a fact, that few ing the attempt to Him who alone can prog- comparatively feel an interest for its prosper it. Accordingly, I sent to the Treasurer, perity. The word of the Lord, however, is requesting him to send me a supply of tracts, binding on every believer, and the command which was kindly and promptly acceded to. gone forth, “ Pray for the peace of Jerusalem." These I sent in envelopes to the members of Jerusalem was a type of the gospel-church, our church and congregation. I then called and as such, does it not devolve on all who on them personally, asking for an annual are looking for the in-gathering of the Jews, subscription to sustain the funds of the So- and the future prosperity of Christ's glorious ciety. Suffice it to say, that hitlerto I have kingdom, to pray and labour for its universal met with no instance of a refusal. My visits | increase? We are to give him no rest until have been cordially received, and already I he establish and make Jerusalem a praise in have the promise of many ponnds in the all the earth. How important, then, is the shape of subecriptions and donations. In- spirit of prayer, as the appointed means to stead of sending up next year a solitary sub- insure success in the spread of gospel truth, scription, or something beyond, to the Trea- and how great the responsibility resting on surer, I shall have the pleasure of forwarding those who have the light to diffuse its beams, a more substantial sum. I carry with me a until the Jew and the Gentile shall be brought collecting-book, lined and marked in due form, | under its life-giving influence! The kingdom for the convenience of receiving quarterly, of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent half-yearly, or annual subscriptions and dona- taketh it by force. The hope of the church, tions, and by a plan so simple, I have already and the revival of religion at home and abroad, succeeded in doing what every member of a are encouraging in proportion to the prayers church may do, excite an interest for the of the Lord's people. " If brighter times are salvation of Israel, and promote a spirit of at hand, the discovery will soon be made by inquiry and prayer for the cause of Zion and a large increase of the spirit of prayer. This its prosperity. How emphatic is the language is God's order, his appointed means, his reveof Holy Writ, “ Pray for the peace of Jeru- lation to the church, and the channel through salem ; they shall prosper that love thee.” which all spiritual blessings are bestowed. In this passage we have the duty prescribed, To give him no rest, would imply strong, and obligatory on all who love the Lord Jesus ardent, continued pleading with God, for the Christ and the advancement of his spiritual outpouring of his Spirit in the closet, at the