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Poultry Chapel. On TUESDAY, the 13th, brethen in the ministry, we take the oppor. at half-past nine o'clock, the first Session tunity of presenting the following as an of the Union will be held ; the Rev. John example worthy of imitation. In a letter Kelly, of Liverpool, will preside, as Chairman addressed to the Secretary, the writer says:for the year.

At six o'clock, the Annual " A few of the members of the Congregational Meeting for British Missions will take place church at S-- are desirous to insure the at Exeter Hall. On Friday, the 16th, at life of their minister for thirty pounds & half-past nine o'clock, the first adjourned year. Will you please to send me the printed Session of the Union will be held. At six forms, which I will hand over to Mr. Mo'clock, the Public Meeting for General Educa- that he may state the particulars required? tion will take place. On SATURDAY, at half- Yours," &c. past nine o'clock, the second adjourned Meet This insurance has been effected. To ing will be held at the Congregational many a church we may say, “Go thou and Library.

do likewise." We cannot look forward to the goodly fellowships connected with our Union, without

THE PASTOR'S WIFE'S SUGGESTIONS ON yielding to a feeling of deep and chastened

MINISTER'S SALARIES. grief. Dear Mr. Wells will not be in the midst of us, to direct and animate our pro- (To the Editor of the Evangelical Magazine.) ceedings! Our loss will be great. But the SIR,- In addition to your many excellent Divine Redeemer can sanctify the bereave- letters upon the pecuniary resources of miment; and, if we are looking to Him, can nisters, perhaps a few suggestions from the overrule it for great and incalculable good to wife of one who has had often to sympathise the Assembly. May the thought that he is with brethren who have not dared to name removed from our imperfect fellowships, sub their sorrowsin other circles, may be admissible. due and sanctify our spirits, and bring us all In this county scarcely any minister's income together, “in the fulness of the blessing of amounts to £100 per annum (except in the the gospel of Christ,” to address ourselves county town)—perhaps £80 on the average-with new life and energy to the work of and that arising from various sources—pew God!

rents, extra subscriptions, the county union, and Lady Hewley's charity. If we deduct

£20 for the house rent, rates and taxes, and THE NEW ASYLUM FOR INFANT ORPHANS, £6 servant's wages, there will not remain one

guinea per week for food, fuel, clothing, meHer Majesty the Queen has been graci- dicine, education, and all the other decencies ously pleased to patronise the above institu- of ministerial life: and as to books, “ I can tion, by presenting the sum of 250 guineas,

never have a new one!” said a laborious to secure to His Royal Highness the Prince minister in this situation the other day; and of Wales the right of presentation to one bed another_“ I have not bought a book for two for life.

years.” The latter wished to furnish his mind with arguments to controvert the wild

errors of a clergyman; but, alas! prudence We beg to call the attention of ministers to forbade him to avail himself of the writings the advertisement on our cover, of the Pro- of others. Is it reasonable to complain of testant Union, for the benefit of Widows and the “paucity of ideas,” when the proper Children; and earnestly do we recommend to food for a minister's mind is withheld? our brethren to secure its advantages by Should he not always be a s:udent? Could early membership. The number of widows not some plan be devised whereby a sacred at present receiving legal annuities, by which literature fund, to the amount of from £2 they are secured from the pressure of poverty to £5 per annum, could be supplied from

-some of whom, we perceive by the Report, some central source wholly independent have been annuitants for upwards of thirty of family expenditure ? Let a ininister years—cannot fail, we think, to induce those know that he may expend a certain sum who have not private resources to make some exclusively in books, and he will immedi. sacrifice for the purpose of securing so desira- ately select what would be the most valu. ble a provision. Besides this, we have reason able to himself, and economise the sum by to know, that the considerable sums paid to choosing from catalogues of second-hand children have materially assisted to relieve books, &c. The people would soon renp the them from difficulties which might otherwise benefit of this benevolent economy. Yet the have pressed heavily upon them. At the writer of this knows an individual (and there same time, the improved and improving state may be others of his class), occupying the of its funds is such as to inspire the fullest respectable position of class leader and circuit confidence in its permanence and stability. steward, who, referring to a more intellectual

While we recommend the institution to our | preacher than was usual for his circuit to ob.



tain, said, —“ Knowledge! what do we want to proposed the questions, and the Rev. W. do with knowledge? We don't want knowledge Alliott, of Bedford, the pastor of the young in the pulpit;" and afterwards seriously pro- minister, offered the ordination-prayer; the posed to a minister that he might“ get quit Rev. Dr. Vaughan, President of Lancashire of his old serinons by selling them as waste College, delivered the charge ; the Rev. W. paper for 1s. a cwt.” Again, there may be Parks, Professor Halley, and the Rev. E. others who think personal affliction the best | Day, gave out the hymns; and the Rev. instructor for ministers; like a lady who James Gwyther, of Manchester, closed the feelingly remarked, that “ her minister never interesting and solemn service with prayer. preached so well as when in trouble," forget On the following Sunday evening, the Rev. ting that the people are often under similar Dr. Halley, of Manchester, delivered an apcircumstances the best hearers. We are, propriate sermon to the people. however, thankful to know, that a great ma There is something peculiarly interesting jority of our people are unmindful of their in the history of the church at Oldham-road minister's necessities, bodily and mental, from Chapel. ignorance of the fact, or from not knowing a A Sunday-school for children and adults inethod by which they could contribute to his was opened some years ago in the neighbour. happiness and usefulness.

hood, and Mr. Bedell, assisted by some of his Many years ago, when visiting in a large fellow-students at the college, undertook the town the family of one of the first ministers management of it, and conducted a public of that day, occupying a most respectable service on the Sunday evening. The school sphere, I was struck with the great plainness, rapidly increased, and the large room wa not to say meanness, of the children's dresses.

soon crowded at evening service. The numba There were seven, of various ages, all to of services was then increased, and increased clothe, all to educate, out of the chapel in success followed. The entire management of come. I did not then know the expenses of the whole affair now rested with Mr. Bedell; a family, but have often thought since of the and, on leaving college, he devoted himself remark of the mother, who was a pattern for entirely to the work of nurturing and estaall ministers' wives:-“ The ladies of the blishing the infant cause. After he had congregation perhaps think I should be hurt laboured for some time with increasing acto receive some of their faded or old-fashioned ceptance and success, the propriety of erectclothing; but indeed I should be thankful if ing a chapel suited to the wants of the neighthey were not so delicate towards my feel- bourhood became evident. Oldham-road Chaings." Since then I have been practically in pel was consequently built, and opened last the secret of the benefit derived by ministers' October The congregation continuing to families who have recived from thoughtful increase in the new chapel, and Mr. Bedell's donors presents in this way. I know a manu- ministry proving highly useful, it appeared facturer who inquired of his minister's wife to the friends and ministers at Manchester if she knew of any person in decent circum- especially interested in the undertaking, to be stances, who would be glad of some second- expedient that a church should be formed, hand clothing, too good to give away at the and that the whole management of the interest door. It immediately occurred that a minister should be confided to its trust. Accordingly, in a small country place, with a large family, a church was formed on the 20th of March, would be a suitable recipient; and the whole consisting of from seventy to eighty members, spare wardrobe was, to the satisfaction of all who unanimously agreed to invite Mr. Bedell parties, so disposed of.

to becoine their pastor. A considerable inSacrificing private feeling to public utility, crease to the number of the communicants is and leaving the enforcement of Scriptural expected shortly. The schools are flourishing, motives in hands more appropriate, I remain, and the teachers active, intelligent, united. Mr. Editor,

May the Lord bless this infant cause an Your obedient servant,

hundredfold! A Pastor's Wife. It is right to add, that, through the liberal

ity of the friends at Manchester, the debt is

all but liquidated. The Rev. James Bedell, of Lancashire In Much is owing to the interest which the dependent College, was ordained pastor of ministers of the town have taken in the rise the church meeting at Oldham-road Chapel, of this new church, and especially to the Manchester, on Tuesday, the 25th of March, energetic efforts on its behalf of the Rev. 1851.

J. L. Poore, of Salford. The Rev. T. L. Poore, of Salford, opened the service with reading and prayer ; the On Wednesday, October 2, 1850, the Rev. Rev. R. Fletcher, of Manchester, delivered Joseph Hoyle, B.A., of Airdale College, and the Discourse on the Nature of a Christian the University of London, was ordained to Church; the Rev. J. Griffin, of Manchester, the pastorate of the church and congregation


assembling in the Independent Chapel, Pick- NEW SCHOOL-ROOM, AND JUBILEE MEETING. ering. The morning service was commenced On Thursday evening, the 6th February, a at half-past ten o'clock. The Rev. G. B. newly erected, large, and commodious schoolKidd, of Scarborough, read suitable portions room was opened in connexion with the Inof Scripture, and engaged in prayer; the Rev. dependent Chapel, Whiting-street, Bury St. Professor Creak, M.A., of Airdale College, Edmund's, when upwards of 200 persons of delivered the introductory discourse, on the all denominations sat down to tea. nature and duties of a Christian Church; the The room, which has been fitted up with Rev. J. C. Potter, of Whitby, proposed the all the apparatus necessary for carrying out usual questions, and received the confession the system of the British and Foreign School of faith; the Rev. G. Hoyle, of Northowram, Society, and is also applied to the uses of the father of the young minister, offered the or- Sabbath School, was, on this occasion, most dination prayer; and the Rev. Professor Scott, tastefully decorated with evergreens, mottoes, President of Airdale College, delivered an devices, &c. able charge to the young minister, from Addresses were delivered by the Rev. Al. 2 Tim. ii. 15.

fred Tyler, minister of the chapel ; Rev. C. In the evening, the Rev. James Parsons, of Elven (Baptist), Revs. J. Guenett and H. York, preached an eloquent and impressive Coleman (Independents), Rev. R. Tabraham sermon to the people, from Malachi iii. 10 (Wesleyan), Mr. King, of Ovingdon, Mr. (the latter clause).

Portway, and Mr. George Portway, jun., the The Rev. Messrs. Croft, Mr. H.'s prede- Secretary to the schools. A inost kind and cessor; Brewis, of Penrith; Jameson, of Kirby Christian feeling pervaded the meeting. Moorside; and Thomas, of Rillington, were During the evening, the children of the also present, and took part in the services. minister's singing-class afforded much grati

On the preceding evening, a preparatory fication by the execution of several anthems, devotional service was held, at which the Rev. being accompanied by the Rev. A. Tyler on J. C. Potter presided, and several of the the pianoforte. ministers engaged for the ordination took In the course of the proceedings, Mr. John part.

Hunter (Treasurer to the Sabbath and Day The services throughout were attended by Schools), who had been connected with them large and deeply attentive congregations. ever since their establishment in 1801, read

a statement embodying a most interesting

history of their progress from that period, and The ordination of the Rev. Henry Davies, containing important instances of decided conlate of Newport Pagnel College, took place version and of happy deaths, as the result of at George-street Chapel, Ryde, Isle of Wight, the instructions they had been the means of February 12th, 1851. The service was com- affording. menced by the Rev. F. W. Meadows, of Gos- The building, a handsome red-brick erecport, reading the Scriptures, and prayer. Dr. tion, stands on ground adjoining and belongFerguson delivered the Introductory Disourse, ing to the chapel, and cost the sum of £200, in which he admirably set forth the nature the whole of which was raised before its and constitution of Christ's kingdom; Rev. completion. C. Giles, of Newport, asked the usual questions, to which Mr. Davies satisfactorily re

WELLINGTON, SOMERSET. plied; the ordination prayer was also offered The Rev. James Le Couteur (late of Lisby Mr. Giles, Rev. G. Smith, of Poplar card, Cheshire) having accepted the cordial (Mr. Davies' pastor) gave a most eloquent, and unanimous invitation of the Church asfaithful, and affectionately impressive charge, sembling at the Independent Chapel, to befounded on 2 Tim. ii. 25: “ Study to show come their pastor, commenced his stated thyself approved of God, a workman that labours on the first Sabbath in April. needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth." A spirit of regard and Christian friendship was manifested The Fifty-fifth Anniversary of the Beds. throughout the delivery of the discourse. Union of Christians will be held at Bedford, Rev. J. Bailey, of East Cowes, closed the on Wednesday, the 28th of May. The Hon. solemnities of the occasion, which were lis- and Rev. B. W. Noel, M.A., has engaged to tened to with deep attention.

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nice, she

SABBATII RAIN “ It is very bad for the health to sit in “ But only let your laity once catch a church with wet clothes and damp feet.” glimpse of the glaring truth, that the tradi.

Well, it is. At the same time, Sabbath tion of your Church is a fiction—that she rain is not worse than week-day rain, although imposes that fiction upon them by a blasthere is apparently a inuch greater terror of phemous invalidation of the written word of it. The following considerations may suit God—that the written word is all-sufficient, the case of some “ fair-weather” church AS IT NEEDS MUST be--let them but once goers:

suspect this, and thence be led to diligently 1. It is as bad for the minister as for the search the Scriptures, with prayer for the people, and yet he must be there. Through light which the Author alone can give--with rain and snow he must go, dry if he can, the prayer of unwavering faith in the allbut if not, he must go. His health is no availing, only name, the name of the Lamb better than that of the male members of his of God, which taketh away the sin of the congregation, generally, usually not so good. world”—let this but once take place, and And if the rain furnishes no excuse for his they will spurn your superstitious altar, and absence, it furnishes none for theirs. If you rush to the True One-the final One-final say it is his business to go, so it is theirs ; by the voice of the Spirit-the cross of Calthere is one law for both, And,

To that, and to that only, will they 2. A wedding, a concert, a party, a fair, thenceforward cling, “ with all their hearts, seldom wait for the weather. They are never and minds, and souls, and strength;” and put off on account of the storm. I have remember your Church, only to look back noticed when people are excited, they rarely upon her with mingled loathing and comsuffer from exposure. If there were a little passion-compassion, for the fatal delusion more interest in church-going, a little more under which she, and those who yet cleave to unction in the worshippers, would it not her are labouring; and loathing, at the reprove favourable to health?

view of the merchandise which, 3. Bad weather reduces a church congrega made of them !"-James Sheridan Knowles's tion quite out of proportion to any other col Idol demolished by its own Priests. lection of people. Why, the other evening, a Thursday meeting was given up on account

CHINA. of the weather, no one but the minister and

MRS. LEGGE'S GIRLS' SCHOOL. one lady coming (which was hardly enough

Account for the past Year. to plead the promise and secure the blessing),

Hong Kong, Jan. 28th, 1851. and yet the minister met some twenty-five MY DEAREST FATHER,– It is just a year people that same evening assembled in a par- since I wrote you a little account of what we lour, who seemed to be quite unconscious are beginning to do for the Chinese girls here; that it was raining! And how they ever got and as some friends seemed interested in that there on foot, without soiling their silk dresses account I have determined, should my life be or damping their feet, has been a mystery spared, to continue the same every year. to him ever since. Here was a religious There perhaps may not always be anything meeting completely collapsed, and a social particularly interesting to communicate, but party reduced only about twenty per cent., the fellowship of feeling between our dear and all by the same storm. How is it that friends and ourselves, will, I think, be the rain is so much more terrible hard by the useful. synagogue,” than it is about town ? It is The number of girls during the past year quite true that many "women and children” | has been increased to fourteen; several of are precluded from attending church in these additions are of little children; still, storms. But verily, four or five hundred per their progress during the past year, has been cent. is too much to allow for shrinkage, in a on the whole satisfactory. They can read common congregation. We should be made words of four or five letters in English, and of sterner stuff. We should be less the sport have made about the same degree of progress of circumstances. Satan waits not for fair in Chinese. They have likewise learned a weather. He does his work in “ thunder, little sewing; and if you had but seen the lightning, and in rain," and we ought to be dirty, squalid little creatures they were when as busy as he. God has never said, “ Ye they first came, you would allow that there shall keep my Sabbaths, and reverence my is, at all events, a marked improvement in sanctuary, except when it storms."

externals. We are going on slowly, yet, I

would hope, surely. Sometimes I feel dis- | asked for things not supplied in the boxes. couraged by the ignorance and utter want of Thinking, therefore, these sales would realize thought of these poor children; but what can more if we had such things, I sent home an we expect? It really is wonderful, considering order for them to a friend in Leicester, and the homes they have, that they are as they likewise to Mr. Varty in London, asking are.

my dear husband to draw upon the MisFor some months past, Cilian, the daughter sionary Society to the amount of £20, to be of our good friend, A-Soo, the colporteur, has repaid here to the Mission fund by the Girls' been at home, partly in order to prepare for fund here. marriage, which is to take place to-morrow By a late communication received from (in the Mission House) with A-Sow, whom Dr. Tidman, we are led to hope that ere Jong you will remember as one of the three youths our long wished for project may be accomhe took to England. She is a fine young plished; viz.— the hiring or building a house girl of about sixteen, quite a beauty, accord- somewhere here, that under proper superin. ing to Chinese notions. I do trust that God tendence the girls may be taught. Here they may unite their hearts to fear and love hiin, are, as a necessary thing, rather too much and that they may be long useful among their confined ; it would not be in accordance with own people.

the Chinese custom, or indeed with our own On the the 24th December, my dear hus- ideas of propriety, to let the girls play inband examined the girls as to their progress discriminately with the boys, and not to have during the past year, and he was pleased with sufficient room for se tion. I therefore them. They repeated (the elder ones I mean) am obliged to keep the girls more in doors passages of Scripture, Watts's Second Cate- than I think is good for them. I will now chism, and a good many pages of Chinese and subjoin an account of receipts and disburseEnglish Vocabulary, being cross-questioned ments for the past year. thereon. The little ones read and spelt & little, with the exception of two, whom, I fear,

dls. cts. I shall find it no very easy matter to teach January, Balance in hand

133 16 at all.

October, Contributions from friends A few prizes, at a trifling cost, were distri at Trevor Chapel, £27. 18s. 7d. buted among them, to their great delight. at 4s, and 9 d. per dollar 116 56

Thus, my dear father, I have endeavoured Do. from Rev. J. Cleland for the to tell you what we have been doing during girl A-Soo, who has been under the past year. A-Sha continues to be a great Mrs. Cleland's care

44 0 comfort to me; though I fear, before long, I Work of girls during the year 15 44 shall lose her aid, as she, too, is engaged to Present of three boxes from friends be married to one of our Christian boys. Next in Huntly,Northampton,and Pres. in interest is a little girl, who has long been ton (the sale of the last box not in the school, A-Mueg. She is really a good closed at the end of the year) 260 65 child, most anxious to do what is right, at Mrs. Viney, Hatfield Heath, for one teutive, affectionate, and tractable. I have girl, £5 at 48. and 9fd. per dollar 23 87 great hopes that she will grow up to fill ASha's place; but she is yet very young. As

Dols. 603

68 in all schools, there are good and bad; but we try to overcome the evil by good, and,

dls. cts. taken as a whole, I do not think they are a od for twelve months

· 190 20 bad set of children.

Cooking and washing

18 0 During the past year we have received To the young person, Jane A-Sha three boxes, one from Huntly, one from

for clothes and pocket money 32 Northampton, and one from Preston; and this Clothes for girls

45 73 week we have received a large quantity of Flooring their room

12 clothing from our dear Trevor Chapel friends. Sundries--oil, soap, thread, candles At the last Chinese New Year, as some of you

&c., &c.

35 19 know, our poor girls were robbed of every- Stationery, books, &c.

13 0 thing but the clothes upon their backs-and Prizes considerable expense was requisite in order to refit them. The clothing these dear

Dols. 371 17 friends have sent will be specially useful.

I may just here say, that in the box for- Leaving a balance in land of Dols. 232 51 warded by our kind friends at Preston, a number of pieces of flannel, calicoes, rem N. B.-Dr. Morison will receive any comnants, &c., were most useful for clothing the munications for his daughter's school, from children; that we generally have some sales friends of the cause, either in money or during the year, and we have often been articles of clothing, &c., &c.

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