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REVIVAL OF SPIRITUAL RELIGION THE ONLY EFFECTUAL REMEDY FOR THE DANGERS WHICH NOW THREATEN THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND. By DANIEL WILSON, M.A., Vicar of Islington. 8vo. pp. 50.
London: Thomas Hatchard.
THIS is an outspoken, admirable pamphlet, which strikes at the root of the Puseyism of the Church of England. In a truly spiritual state of the Church, Popery could not have so reared its head within its pale. Nothing but the spirit of our most devout Reformers rekindled can save it from antichristian apostasy.
WHITFIELD AND HILL: Addresses delivered at the laying of the Foundation-stone of the New Whitfield Tabernacle, Kingswood, Bristol, July 23, 1850; and of the New Tabernacle, Wotton-under-Edge, June 18, 1851. By GEORGE HENRY DAVIS. Small 8vo. pp. 40.
London: Houlston and Stoneman. THESE Addresses are worthy of being printed in letters of gold, and sent all over the kingdom. They have in them the spirit of true revival.
SOUTH SEA ISLANDS.
THE missionaries lately departed to various islands in the South Seas were supplied by the aged author of "The Sinner's Friend," with nearly 1000 copies of that little work; and "Come to Jesus," for English seamen returning from the whale-fishery. The author also wrote a letter of sympathy, congratulation, and encouragement, to Pomare, Queen of Tahiti, with a copy of "The Sinner's Friend," neatly bound, in the Tahitian language; also, copies of "Come to Jesus," "It is I," to be presented to her majesty, by the Rev. David Darling.
DESTRUCTION, BY FIRE, OF THE INDEPENDENT CHAPEL, RICHMOND. WE most deeply sympathise with our dear friend, the Rev. Evan Davies, of Richmond, and his flock, in the calamity that has overtaken them, in the burning down of their beautiful sanctuary. It is, indeed, a great disaster; and the more so, as it was only insured to half the amount of the original cost. We fear that most of our places of worship are insured far below the proper amount: this is a policy greatly to be deprecated. Why insure at all, if not for the real value of the property? But our Richmond friends must be assisted generously in their affliction. The station is most important, and is well and usefully occupied by Mr. Davies, a most devoted servant of Christ. We are happy to find that our noble-hearted friend, William A. Hankey, Esq., has led the way, by a donation of Fifty Pounds. Others, we trust, will follow his example; and that, at no distant day, our Congregational Brethren, at Richmond, will find themselves in their new Chapel, free from all incumbrance. The cause must not be suffered to be oppressed and weakened by debt. We have confidence in the Religious
FIFTH ANNUAL MEETING OF THE EVANGELICAL ALLIANCE.
WE regret that absence from town has deprived us of the pleasure and benefit of attending the Fifth Annual Meeting of this hallowed fraternity. The Conference, which was held on the 20th, 21st, and 22nd of August, was characterised not only by a spirit of Christian love, but by an enlightened discussion of almost all the great topics which now agitate the great body of Evangelical Christians throughout the world. The morning service, for devotion, on Wednesday, the 20th, at Freemasons' Hall, was presided over by the Rev. Dr. Buchanan, of Glasgow, who delivered a most spirit-stirring catholic address, full of all valuable materials, especially against bigotry, on the one hand, and latitudinarianism, on the other. Dr. Urwick, of Dublin, offered prayer for the Divine blessing; after which, the Rev. Edward Bickersteth, who paid a beautiful tribute to the memory of his late honoured father, stated the great general principles of the Evangelical Alliance. He said, those principles “might be summed up in four words,-humiliation, brotherly-kindness, prayer, and praise." On these he descanted with great effect. The Rev. Mr. Brock concluded the devotional service with prayer.
The Conference, Sir Culling Eardley having been called to the chair, proceeded to
business. The worthy chairman made many interesting references to the state of Evangelical opinion and feeling throughout Christendom; and recommended a growing effort to become acquainted with the actual state of Evangelical religion over the entire continent of Europe.
On the motion of the Rev. Thomas Scales, a number of gentlemen were chosen as VicePresidents of the Conference. The Rev. Carr Glyn moved, and the Rev. Mr. Scole seconded, the selection of the Secretaries to the Conference. Several appropriate Committees were then appointed; upon which, addresses were delivered by the Rev. J. R. Birks, the Rev. John Hands, the Rev. Mr. Johnstone, the Rev. Mr. Curme, the Rev. Dr. Wardlaw, Robert Walters, Esq., the Rev. Dr. Cox, the Rev. Dr. Bates, the Rev. Dr. Townsend, Prebendary of Durham, the Rev. Peter la Trobe, the Rev. John Jordan, Mr. Bignold, and Mr. Wills.
The Rev. J. P. Dobson, one of the Secretaries, then read the Report, which contained much interesting matter. It stated that Mr. Birks had been chosen to fill the seat in the Council vacated by the death of his late father-in-law, the Rev. Edward Bickersteth; it referred to the unanimity of the Council against the late Papal aggression; it announced that the Prize Essay on Infidelity was about to be published, &c. &c.
On the motion of Dr. James, and R. Bald, Esq., the Report was adopted.
MEMOIR OF THE LATE DR. J. P. SMITH.
Searle J. Nash's, Esq.,
Homerton, Aug. 13, 1851. REV. AND DEAR SIR,-The family of my late revered tutor and friend, Dr. Pye Smith, have put into my hands a variety of papers with a view to the preparation of a memoir of his life. His own letters during a long and wide correspondence are entitled to hold a prominent place in such a memoir; and it has been thought that the loan of not a few of the letters might be secured for a time, if you would kindly give expression to the wishes of the family in the September Number of the EVANGELICAL MAGAZINE. A paragraph of your own (may I say?) in some prominent part of the body of the Magazine, would, it is thought, be attended with far richer results than have been hitherto obtained from the advertisement two or three months ago.
Great care will, I am sure, be taken of any papers placed at the service of the family for the one purpose before mentioned; and the strictest caution will be used in regard to names, or to circumstances, the knowledge of which would be either painful or superfluous.
In particular:-Should the notice in the Magazine attract the eye of any minister who has in his possession letters from Dr. Smith relating to an offer from the Regium Donum Fund, some of these might answer the very valuable end of elucidating his motives and his manner in dealing with that litigated subject; and would so far be of especial service in a memoir of his life: but as letters of this
The Council for the ensuing year was then chosen, on the motion of Messrs. Olden and Lillington. It was agreed that the next An-class were in the writer's opinion sacred to nual Conference should be held at Dublin. Mr. Johnstone then closed the morning sitting of the Conference with prayer.
The evening sitting commenced at half-past five o'clock, when the Foreign Brethren were introduced. Rev. Dr. Leifchild presided, and delivered an address full of pathos and enlightened observation, which was delivered in French by Dr. Cook, of Paris, after which the Conference was addressed by the Foreign Brethren, Messrs. M. Fische, Professor Baup, M. Kuntre, and M. Oncken. Many foreigners were here introduced, among whom were some Israelites from Holland. Dr. Baird introduced many distinguished Americans, among whom were Drs. Robinson and Alexander. cannot particularise, as we are compelled to go to press.
The second day's Conference was presided over by the Rev. John Angell James; and the Hon. and Rev. B. W. Noel delivered one of his glowing appeals. Next month further particulars.
himself and to the individual receiver, should any of them be lent to us for a while, a religious watchfulness will be used not to violate in any form the spirit of Dr. Smith's conduct towards these generously shielded correspondents.
The letters will be acknowledged when received; and will in time be returned to their respective owners. They should be addressed to Ebenezer Pye-Smith, Esq., 7, Billiter-square, London.
If you can kindly aid us in our purpose, not only shall we feel greatly obliged, but we would venture to hope, that an important public benefit will be secured.
I remain, Rev. and dear sir,
Rev. John Morison, D.D.
TESTIMONIAL TO THE REV. W. LEGG, B.A., OF
THE Rev. W. Legg, B.A., having completed the twentieth year of his ministry in Broad-street Chapel, Reading, his church and congregation, as a token of their attachment to him, and of their high appreciation of his
labours among them, presented him on Thursday evening, July 31st, with a valuable and elaborately finished silver tea-service, and an elegant knitted purse, containing one hundred and ten guineas.
The testimonial was presented to Mr. Legg at a tea-meeting, at which a large number of friends from the town and neighbourhood were present. The Rev. Dr. Morison, of London, presided, and was surrounded by the following ministers and gentlemen:-The Rev. Geo. Clayton, of Walworth; the Rev. J. Rowland, of Henley; the Rev. Mr. Woolley, of Pangborne; the Rev. S. Curwen; the Rev. J. J. Brown; J. M. Furnell, Esq.; J. Ord, Esq.; W. W. Morley, Esq.; J. Cooper, Esq.; T. Gill, Esq.; and Messrs. J. G. Lamb, J. Brain, T. C. Williams, J. Dyson, &c. &c.
The tea-service consists of a handsome teapot, cream-ewer, and sugar-bowl. On the tea-pot the following inscription is engraved:
a Purse of One Hundred and Ten Guineas,
in testimony of their growing respect and confidence, after 20 years of faithful and devoted Pastoral Service."
Dr. Morison, in opening the more immediate business of the evening, adverted to his intimate knowledge of Reading and its religious societies; to his acquaintance with the Rev. A. Douglas, the late pastor of Broadstreet Chapel, and to the fact that he had been the means of introducing Mr. Legg to the people, among whom he had so long laboured with acceptance and success. He expressed his unabated attachment to Mr. Legg, declaring that had he to write again the letter by which he introduced his friend to the people of Reading, it should be done with as hearty a confidence as when first penned. In reference to the testimonial about to be presented, the Doctor observed that, whilst some people had scruples and misgivings of conscience as to the propriety of poor ministers having silver services and gold purses given them, he had no apprehension of anything like excess on that score; and, moreover, conceived that such beautiful links of attachment between a pastor and his flock tended to inspire him with augmented freedom and happiness, and to fit him for greater efficiency in the discharge of his duties. The Rev. Geo. Clayton, of Walworth, presented the testimonial to Mr. Legg, and in a speech of great adaptedness and force, endeavoured to show that every public testimonial is really valuable on account of the principles it embodies and the spirit it breathes. He observed that in the testimonial which, as the delegate and representative of
the Committee, he handed to his friend, there was a tribute of homage to " the truth as it is in Jesus," to the ministry as Christ's institution and ordinance, and to the man under whose edifying instructions the people had sat for the long period of twenty years. Clayton concluded his address by intimating that a letter had been received from the Hon. Justice Talfourd, whose grandfather formerly occupied the pulpit of Broad-street Chapel, expressive of his high admiration of the cha racter and abilities of Mr. Legg, and enclosing a subscription to the fund. Mr. Legg, who was surrounded by his family of eight children, replied in a speech fraught with feeling and sound manly sense. Whilst he thanked his people with the eloquence of true gratitude for the very magnificent gifts then pre sented to him, he dwelt more especially on their sympathies, prayers, and co-operation, which extended uninterruptedly over the long period of his ministry among them. He observed, that if he was the head of the congregation, he had often found the members more active than himself, ready both to prompt and encourage, in the discharge of ever-recurring and arduous duties. The Rev. S. Curwen, the Rev. J. J. Brown, and the Rev. J. Rowland, of Henley, delivered addresses in the course of the evening, in which they expressed their fraternal sympathy in the object of the meeting, and their warm congratulations to Mr. Legg on the reception of such a magnificent testimony of the grati tude, confidence, and affection of his people.
BROAD CHALK, WILTS.
ON Wednesday, the 18th June, 1851, the friends of the Independent Chapel of the above place met to celebrate their Jubilee, by holding a public Tea Meeting; when addresses were delivered by the Rev. T. Greenfield, of Salisbury; Rev. C. Baker, of Wilton; Rev. J. Woone, of Tisbury; Rev. C. Harrison, of Bird Bush; Rev. C. Collier, of Downton; and Mr. W. Cox, of Fovant; when two papers were read, that created great interest. One was, "The Account of the Opening of the Chapel," which was recorded in the "Theological Magazine" for July 1801, and which is in the possession of one of the members of the church, whose family have taken the EVANGELICAL MAGAZINE from the commencement. The other paper was drawn up by the deacon, which was Account of the Ordinations of three of its Pastors." The papers created great interest, especially the old Magazine, which, by the bye, is a curiosity, having two portraits, very different to the sort issued by the EVANGELI
ON Tuesday, the 6th of May, Mr. Charles Duff, of Highbury College, was ordained pastor of the Congregational church at Stebbing. The devotional services were conducted by fathers and brethren from the surrounding churches.
The Rev. J. De Kewer Williams, of Tottenham, London, delivered the introductory discourse, which presented a comprehensive statement and able defence of the principles of our "faith" and "order," from Col. ii. 5, The questions were asked by the Rev. J. Carter, of Braintree, and the ordination prayer was offered by the Rev. T. Craig, of Bocking. The Rev. Dr. Henderson then gave the charge, which was founded on 1 Tim. iv. 15, and marked by his usual fatherly affection and wisdom.
In the evening, the Rev. T. B. Sainsbury, B.A., of Finchingfield, addressed "the people' with great faithfulness and fervour, from Psalm cxxii. 6.
The numerous attendance of ministers and friends from the neighbouring churches, and the presence of many from a distance, testified the lively interest felt in the prosperity of the cause of Christ at Stebbing; and it was especially gratifying to see as one of "the Presbytery" the Rev. J. Morison, the former beloved and honoured pastor of the church.
In the morning the chapel was crowded, and in the evening filled with a most attentive auditory; and the services were such as to leave a deep and hallowed impression on the minds of all.
THE Rev. Rowland Williams was publicly set apart to the work of the Christian ministry, in connexion with the Congregational Churches at Flint and Bagillt, on Wednesday the 4th of June, 1851. Appropriate portions of Scripture were read, and prayer offered, by the Rev. J. Griffith, Buckley Mountain. The Rev. M. Lewis, of Holywell, delivered the introductory discourse; the usual questions were asked by the young minister's late pastor, the Rev. T. Edwards of Carnarvonshire; the ordination prayer was offered by the Rev. W. Griffith, Holyhead; after which the Rev. Michael Jones, Tutor of Bala College, delivered a charge to the young minister, and the Rev. Hugh Pugh of Mostyn, addressed the church. Discourses were also delivered in connexion with these interesting services, by the Revs. W. Griffith, Holyhead; O. Owens, Rhês; T. Edwards, Ebenezer; W. Lloyd, Wern; T. B. Morris, Rhyl; and W. Parry, Llanarmon.
Church, Little Hadham, Herts, on Tuesday, May 27th, 1851. The Rev. Robert Ricards, of Ware, opened the services with reading the Scriptures and prayer. The Rev. R. S. Bayley, F.S.A., of London, delivered a most eloquent exposition of the nature and constitution of a Christian Church; the Rev. George Pearce, of Ware, asked the usual questions, to which satisfactory answers were given; the Rev. C. Berry, of Hatfield-Heath, offered the ordination prayer; the Rev. W. A. Hurndall, of Bishops Stortford, gave a very im. pressive charge to the minister; and the Rev. J. Besley, of Buntingford, closed the afternoon service with prayer. The evening service was opened by the Rev. J. Lockyer, of Ponders End; and the Rev. W. H. Stowell, D.D., President of Cheshunt College, preached to the people. Other pastors of neighbouring churches were present, and took part in the services of the day.
THE ordination of the Rev. Albert Foys ter, as pastor of the Congregational Church at Cuckfield, Sussex, took place on Wednesday 30th July, 1851. In the morning, the Rev. J. T. Bright, of Dorking, delivered an excellent introductory discourse, from the words, "But Christ as a Son over his own house." Heb. iii. 6. The Rev. J. E. Judson, of Lindfield, proposed the questions, to which suitable and satisfactory replies were given. The Rev. William Davis, of Hastings, offered the ordination prayer; after which the venerable Dr. Bennett, of London, gave a most affectionate and impressive charge, from the words, "Thou shalt be a good minister of Jesus Christ." 1 Tim. iv. 6. In the evening, the Rev. T. W. Aveling, of Kingsland, preached an admirable sermon to the church and congregation, from "Encourage him and strengthen him." Deut. iii. 28. The Rev. Messrs. H. Rogers, of Petworth; E. Griffiths, of Billingshurst; W. Gravett, of Wivelsfield; J. Williams, of Newhaven; Geo. Hall, of Henfield; and J. Jenkyn, of Rye, also took part in the services of the day. Upwards of forty ministers and friends partook of dinner, and upwards of one hundred and forty of tea, which had been provided by the ladies, in the New School-Room. The addresses after dinner were of the most interesting and profitable character; and the whole of the services of the day were at once exceedingly interesting and truly solemn, and have left a hallowed impression upon the minds of most of those whose privilege it was to attend.
TIKELEY, ESSEX.-ORDINATION AT THE INDEPENDENT CHAPEL, ON TUESDAY, MAY 20TH.
MR. Thomas Taylor, Home Missionary, THE Rev. Robert Holden was ordained to was publicly set apart, as pastor of the Conthe pastoral office, over the Congregational | gregational Church in the above place, when
there was a large and respectable attendance from the surrounding neighbourhood.
The Rev. C. Berry delivered the introductory discourse, with a brief history of the cause in that place; after which he asked the usual questions. The Rev. J. Lockyer, of Ponders End, London, offered the ordination prayer. The Rev. T. Finch (Baptist), of Harlow, delivered the charge, from 2 Tim. ii. 15.
At the conclusion of this service, upwards of one hundred partook of tea, in a booth provided for the purpose, on the chapel ground.
In the evening, the Rev. J. Lockyer delivered a most appropriate discourse to the church and congregation, from Heb. xiii. 17. The following other ministers took part in the proceedings of the day:-The Revs. D. Davis, Stanstead; Rook, Thaxted; Henry Stacey, Abbot's Roothing; S. Druce, Henham; H. Holden, Little Hadam; and Fletcher, supplying at Dunmow. It is hoped that the services of the day will long be profitably remembered.
THE NEW CONGREGATIONAL CHAPEL IN THE CALEDONIAN-ROAD, ISLINGTON. THIS place of worship was opened by a series of interesting services, extending from the 8th to the 17th of June. Sermons were preached by the Revs. James Bennett, D.D., Joseph Waddington (late missionary of the London Missionary Society in Berbice), Samuel Luke, Alexander Fletcher, D.D., William Foster, T. W. Jenkin, D.D., and B. S. Hollis. The Revs. Joseph Turnbull, Alexander Good, E. Davies, John Waddington, A. Buzacott, J. W. Richardson, and John Ross (of Woodbridge, and formerly missionary of the London Missionary Society in Berbice), took part in the various services. The congregations were numerous and attentive, and among the friends, who, by their presence, manifested their interest in this undertaking, were Mr. Alderman Wire, Mr. Joshua Wilson, Mr. Roger Cunliffe, Mr. G. Brooks, Mr. John Scoble, &c. On the Sabbath-day (June 22) following the close of these services, the Rev. E. Davies, who originated this effort, commenced his stated ministry in the place. Several pews and sittings have already been secured by persons in the neighbourhood, who are glad of the accommodation thus provided.
It may not be known to all who read this notice, that this chapel is erected as the commencement of an entirely new cause, and not for any existing congregation. It was undertaken from a conviction of the extreme importance of providing a place for public worship, on Congregational principles, in this locality, where a large population is gathering
with almost unexampled rapidity. The building is respectable and commodious. It will seat about eight hundred adults and two hundred children, and contains in the basement a spacious, light, and airy school-room, 12 feet in height. The cost is about £2600. A considerable portion of this has been already contributed by friends in various parts of the metropolis, and of the country; but about £1300 is still required to meet the demands upon the committee. Towards this sum the London Congregational Chapel Building Society have, however, engaged to contribute £700, viz., £400 as a gift, and £300 as a loan, so soon as the other portion shall have been raised. It will, therefore, be evident, that it is highly important that this should be obtained as speedily as possible, so that the place may not be encumbered with debt. Mr. Alderman Wire, the Treasurer; Rev. E. Davies; or any of the Committee, would thankfully receive any contribution to this object.
THE VILLAGE OF COBHAM.
THE attention of the benevolent and Christian public is respectfully and earnestly invited to the following statement:
The unfortunately ignorant, and, until lately, neglected state of the village of Cobham, in Surrey, and surrounding villages, induced a lady, residing in the former, to make an attempt to supply the inhabitants (amounting to upwards of four thousand), by means of a resident ministry, with domiciliary visitation, Sabbath and week-evening services, and a Sunday and day-school, which already, though in an imperfect form (through want of increased means) have been attended with great success.
To the improvement that has taken place, it is desired (under the care, and with the support of the Surrey Mission, who have made it their jubilee station) to add a greater power of, and accommodation for, instruction; but the means are wanting, and the people themselves, though very desirous, are, through their position, unable to do more than has already been done by them to promote it, it being an agricultural district, and the inhabitants principally of the labouring class; but they have cheered and encouraged their friends by doing what they could, and have, in many instances, contributed in a manner that would do credit to a much higher position; and in cases where money was out of their power, have contributed by labouring in overtime, and giving the pay to the cause. One poor old woman, advanced in years, has taken in washing for this object. With such examples of merit we are cheered on to the work, and we trust that those who are more privileged, and happily circumstanced, will be willing to lend a helping hand to those who are so ready to help themselves, they