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Trustees, and by most of the ministers | value of the services which you have so
and the churches by which the publication is sustained.
"Your Editor has justly attached a high degree of importance to the connexion originally subsisting between the EVANGELICAL MAGAZINE and the London Missionary Society. Each of these has rendered substantial service to the other; and from the commencement, our Magazine has been the faithful recorder of the transactions, and the devoted advocate of the claims of that noble Institution. May the connexion between them [never be dissolved !
"On the present occasion, we should be culpably wanting in gratitude to the God of all grace, if we did not acknowledge, with devout thankfulness, the encouraging prosperity which has distinguished the history of our Magazine from its commencement to this day.
"That its circulation should not now be equal to the extent which it attained in very different times, when religious periodicals were almost novelties, can occasion neither surprise nor discouragement. That its present circulation, surrounded by so many competitors, should extend to more than 10,000 copies, may well call forth our thankfulness to God.
"It has always been regarded as a recommendation of our Magazine, that its pecuniary proceeds are devoted to the relief of the widows of evangelical ministers of irreproachable character.
"The amount of its profits, aided by the munificent bequest of the late Mr. Hill, enables us to grant annual gratuities to one hundred and fifty widows: and, without going into exact calculations, I may express it as my persuasion, that more than £30,000 have been applied to this benevolent purpose.
"And now, my dear Dr. Morison, I have the high gratification of presenting to you, in the name of the Trustees, a small testimonial of our fraternal regard, and of our appreciation of the
long and so efficiently rendered, as Editor of the EVANGELICAL MAGAZINE,—I request your acceptance of this Time Piece, together with a purse of a Hundred and Ten Guineas.
"May the blessing of our God and Saviour rest upon your time and your talents, your strength and your labours, upon your flock and your ministry, upon the endeared companion of your life, and upon the children of your love; may you long be sustained in your career of usefulness; and then, in a higher sphere, may you shine with the brightness of the firmament, and as the stars for ever and ever!"
To this address, which was listened to with deep interest and cordial approbation, the Editor replied in the following terms:
"Beloved Brethren, you must place yourselves in my position, in order fully to understand my feelings. I am subdued and almost silenced by this extraordinary mark of your respect and kindness. So generous a token of regard, from brethren with whom I have so long and so cordially acted, is truly soothing to the heart. And the fraternal tone in which my esteemed and honoured friend, the Treasurer, has indulged in his touching address, has rendered the costly gifts now before me doubly precious. Coupled with other acts of kindness and confidence which I have experienced, during the period of my official connexion with the EVANGELICAL MAGAZINE, I feel that this Testimonial calls alike for gratitude and humility:-gratitude, that my imperfect services have been so generously estimated, and humility, that I have not better deserved the great liberality evinced towards me in the performance of an anxious and arduous duty.
devoted to the pages of the EVANGELICAL MAGAZINE, for the space of more than twenty-seven years, by far the largest portion of a man's working existence; -nor shall I fail to regard it as a monitor, ever reminding me of the powerful claim which you have upon my best services.
"And although I did not desire this pecuniary gift, -so large beyond all that could have been anticipated,-I | value it for its own sake, for the sake of the respected donors, and, most of all, for the sake of that noble and Christian spirit with which it has been contributed and presented.
"Receive, dear brethren, my heartfelt acknowledgments, for so gratifying an expression of your personal and collective regard, in the relation in which I stand to you, as the Editor of your Magazine; and believe me when I say, that it will be the study of my every-day life, to make the work what it must be, in order to secure your enlightened and discriminating approbation.
That this Testimonial should have been presented to me at a time when I have just recovered from threatening and protracted indisposition, is a circumstance which, though, perhaps, accidental, greatly enhances, to my mind, the delicacy of the offering;-but, with restored health, and with as much of mental vigour, if I mistake not, as I ever possessed, I feel strongly and conscientiously the duty of husbanding my powers, that I may the more efficiently discharge the duties which you have devolved upon me, at a time when the competition of the periodical press requires of every Editor the most sleepless exertions.
"Only, dear brethren, let me have your most fervent supplications at the throne of grace, your literary co-operation, and your continued friendly greeting, and I will yet hope to render you acceptable and successful service, in carrying out your best wishes for the
prosperity of the EVANGELICAL MAGAZINE, which, next to my own salvation, the happiness of my dear family, and the religious progress of my attached flock-lies nearest to my heart."
After Dr. Morison had resumed his seat, amid the warm greetings of his brethren, addresses, of a most friendly and instructive character, full of kind reference to the efficient manner in which the EVANGELICAL MAGAZINE is now conducted, were delivered by the Rev. William Legg, B.A., of Reading; the Rev. James Stratten, of Paddington Chapel; the Rev. John Angell James, of Birmingham; the Rev. Dr. Harris, President of New College; the Rev. Thomas Binney, of the Weigh House; the Rev. Dr. Henderson, of Islington; the Rev. Samuel Thodey, of Rodborough; the Rev. Dr. Burder, Treasurer; and the Rev. Dr. Tidman, Foreign Secretary of the London Missionary Society. The whole proceedings, which were characterised by a spirit of fraternal confidence and love, were closed in a solemn act of devotion, in which the Rev. E. Mannering commended the Magazine and the Editor to the special blessing of God. Few meetings have been more harmonious or edifying.
CONFERENCE ON VOLUNTARY EDUCATION.
THE friends of voluntary education, in their efforts to promote the instruction of the people, besides the ordinary labours and diffi the additional embarrassment of being comculties incident to such enterprises, have had pelled constantly to leave their work, in order to defend their principles. For years past, it might be said of every one devoted to this cause, as it was of those engaged in building the walls of Jerusalem, that "with one of his hands he wrought in the work, and with the other hand held a weapon." We would fain hope that that time is nearly passed. The constant variety and succession of the schemes of compulsory education that have of late claimed the public suffrage, and the hopelessly irreconcilable principles which they severally espoused, must convince every reflective mind, that there is no rational prospect of any system emerging out of this class, that can be universally acceptable to the people of England.
The earnest convictions of large classes of the community revolt against each of these projects, and yet it is clear as the day, there can be no national system of education without the general concurrence of the nation.
unanimously, at a meeting of the General Committee, held at the Caledonian Hotel, Adelphi, on Tuesday, the 4th of November, the Earl of Shaftesbury in the chair, to commence, without delay, a vigorous effort for the discontinuance of the Endowment for the support of Maynooth College. This is indeed good news, which every one who believes Rome to be the antagonist of God and man will hail with delight. It is high time that the anomalous, and, as we believe, sinful support of the Papacy by the British nation should cease, and that so corrupt a system should be left to bear its own burden. Opposed on principle to all government Endowments of religion, as unjust and unscriptural, we regard the direct or indirect support of Antichrist in the light of an awful affront to the truth and holiness of God, who has expressly threatened its utter consumption and
Such being the case, we think the advocates of voluntary education may, and ought to go to their work with better faith, and a deeper sense of security than ever. They may safely leave the rival theories to dispute the ground, and mutually to neutralise each other, while they proceed patiently and diligently to their appointed task. We believe there are not a few who have been keeping aloof, deluded, by the pretensions of one or other of these schemes, into the expectation that some great and comprehensive plan might at length be elaborated, which might respect the rights of all, without infringing the principles of any, but are now beginning to tire of conflicts which serve only to sus-ruin, that it may no longer deceive and corpend the real work of education, and to feel that it is in vain to look in that direction for any solution of the problem which shall respect liberty of conscience, be free from social injustice, and exempt from danger to the liberty and independence of the people of England.
It is pleasant, therefore, to observe, that the friends of voluntary education are earnestly betaking themselves to a practical illustration of the soundness and sufficiency of their principles. The Congregational Board of Education has recently set its machinery in motion with a fresh and accelerated impulse, and now we rejoice to hear that the Voluntary School Association is about to call a large conference of its friends, from all parts of the country, to strengthen its present position, and to enter upon a new and enlarged sphere of activity. Without instituting any invidious comparisons between this organization, and other bodies having similar objects in view, we may be permitted to say, that the broad and unsectarian platform which this society erects, affords an opportunity which, we venture to think, a large body of persons in this country covet, to promote feelings of kindness and charity between Christians of different denominations, while uniting in some work of common interest and utility. We earnestly hope, therefore, that large numbers of those who have been hitherto neutral or expectant, will rally round this Institution, and that its approaching conference will be productive of such results as will constitute a memorable era in the history of voluntary and unsectarian education in this country.
THE PROTESTANT ALLIANCE.
THIS Confederation of enlightened and strong-hearted Protestants, composed of various Evangelical denominations, has resolved
rupt the nations.
DR. CAMPBELL AND HIS LABOURS.
ONE of the greatest prodigies of Literary labour in the present age, is the respected Pastor of the Tabernacle. We have sometimes thought ourselves moderately diligent; but we shrink from comparison with our Brother-Editor, who does the work of at least three competent men. Long may he be spared for that high service which Divine Providence has evidently assigned to him!
From a late article in "the British Banner," we were much gratified to find that it so nobly stands its ground. Among our religious newspapers, there is nothing answering to it in circulation, and nothing exceeding it in useful and stirring composition, on all subjects connected with politics, religion, social economy, and Christian philanthropy. Happily, the Stamp Office demonstrates its unprecedented success;-and, if we are not greatly deceived, its character, in various ways, is immensely improved. Dr. Campbell even, like all wise Editors, feels that he is still at school; and no one will suspect him of being a dull scholar. The "Banner" deserves well of the entire nonconforming community; and many, beyond its pale, would do well to ponder its spirited articles, and to gather wisdom from its seasonable and faithful warnings. We venture to anticipate a great increase in its circulation, proportioned to its merits, during the coming year. Our Literature should be promoted earnestly by every one interested in the destiny of Nonconformity; and the "Banner," with its Supplement, issued quarterly, is one of our cheapest papers.
"The Christian Witness," too, and "the Christian Penny Magazine," are more than entitled to their original standing. No one, capable of judging, can take up a single
number of either publication, without feeling that they are eminently adapted for general usefulness, and that, with all their extraordinary success, they yet deserve a far wider circulation.
We trust that 1852 will be a good year for ourselves and for Dr. Campbell. We are not rivals, but coadjutors. The EVANGELICAL MAGAZINE, we are persuaded, will not fare the worse, because we do not regard it as the only good thing in the world. Nevertheless, we do wish to see it in every Nonconforming Family throughout the United Kingdom.
AMONG the Religious Newspapers of the age, the "Patriot " deserves to occupy a distinguished place. Its now venerable and highly cultivated Editor, to say nothing of his able coadjutor, Mr. Hare, has performed, in many different ways, most acceptable service to the cause of Evangelical Nonconformity; and, as a newspaper Editor, has produced articles, upon all subjects of public interest, which have been among the most enlightened productions of the age. The "Patriot" is singularly well conducted; and the estimate formed of it is proved by its extensive sale twice a week. In the late Papal aggression, it maintained a firm tone, and exposed the folly of those who sought to confound the demands of Rome with the sacred cause of Religious Liberty. It is somewhat to the discredit of the Dissenters, that they do not more thoroughly patronize their own Literature. Large as is the circulation of the " Patriot," it ought to be doubled. With the New Year, we would fondly anticipate an improving taste in nonconforming circles, and that they will more generally and liberally recognize their true friends, and help them forward to public notice.
THE VISIT OF KOSSUTH.
As religious Journalists, longing for the downfall of all those cruel despotisms by which humanity is oppressed, and vital Christianity is retarded in its life-giving career, we have hailed, with inexpressible delight, the visit of Kossuth to our shores, as an omen for good to the world. The traductions of certain portions of the public press have only served more signally to vindicate the claims of this noble-hearted Foreigner, and of his down-trodden but heroic country. His orations and written addresses to various public bodies, have been marked by a degree of moral fitness and political sagacity, equalled only by their masculine vigour, and their subduing eloquence. There has been no such display, in the present day, of the highest order of political philosophy. All the cabinets of Europe and the world may well sit down at the feet of this illustrious Exile, and learn
to think and feel anew in reference to the awful reign of despotism. It is easy to say of this powerful, but temperate, advocate of the liberty and independence of nations, that his plans have proved abortive. So they have; through the tyrannies of Austria, and Russia, and France; but are not the principles for which he has sacrificed all but his honour and his manhood, those which must rule the destinies of the future, and before which the mightiest forms of absolute and irresponsible power must fal!, as Dagon before the ark?
We are thankful that Kossuth, in his prison hours, studied the English language. This has given to thousands an acquaintance with his real sentiments which they could not otherwise have acquired. It must have an effect upon the minds of Statesmen; and if they should fail to receive the lesson, it will not be lost upon the English people. Sympathy with despotism must cease; and, in future, the shield of British power must be thrown over the weak and the oppressed. America and England can bid defiance to the tyrannies of the world. With the fall of despotism will be the fall of Popery: never till then. We believe that, if Hungary had been protected from Russian interference, the Pope would, ere now, have lost for ever his status; we believe he will lose it still;-for he holds it not by the will of his subjects, but by the arms of nations trembling for their own destiny.
The affecting case of the Hungarian patriots is best stated in Kossuth's own address to the working classes.
We give it in his own words; and a better defence of any revolution was never furnished in the history of our world:
"In our past struggle we made no revolutions. We began to transform, in a peaceful, legislative manner, the monarchico-aristocratical constitution of Hungary into a monarchico-democratical constitution; we conserved our municipal institutions as our most valuable treasure, but gave them, as well as to the legislative power, for basis, the common liberty of the people. Instead of the class privileges of old, we established the personal responsibility of Ministers; instead of the Board of Council of old, which, being a nominal body, was of course a mockery, to that responsibility of the Executive, which was our chartered right on paper, but not in reality. However, we but conserved that which was due to us by constitution, by treaties, by the coronation oath of every king, to be governed as a self-consistent, independent country, by our own native institutions, according to our laws. We established the freedom of thought, of the word and pen, and secured the freedom of conscience. We introduced, with the abolition of exemptions, equality in duties and rights before the law.
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In reference to this appeal, we agree with Dr. Campbell, in the following eloquent passage from the "British Banner :"
"Such is the cause of Hungary, and with such a cause its Princely Advocate might, with all confidence, make his appeal, not only at the bar of universal justice, but to Heaven itself! To state the facts here set forth, is to confound the gainsayer, and to triumph in the conscience of mankind! In action and in abstinence, in doing and in suffering, he was alike and always right; in freedom and in slavery, in rule and in exile, he has been alike and uniformly great, wise, and good. His name is graven on the heart of English patriotism and philanthropy. When he leaves our shores he will carry with him, across the ocean, the God-speed of England, and of all the real worth of Europe; and his first step on the shores of the New World will wake, as the voice of its matchless waters, the acclamations of three and twenty millions of free men!"
world for the safety and advancement of all its greatest interests, intellectual, moral, or social, our phrase would be, Labour, labour for the abolition of the Roman Papacy. For the Papacy consists of all the worst things in the world, made more permanent and more formidable than they would otherwise be, by being tied together in a knot. Cut the knot, and the snapped springs of wrong will shrivel back in all directions, by the force of their own overstrained elasticity, seeking independent and less secure lodgments in society-one here, one there, and all enfeebled by their separation."
We should blush crimson, if our most cherished sympathies were not on the side of Kossuth and his oppressed country. Let the whole civilized world know, that all the healthy friends of liberty in Great Britain are with them; and that they associate the downfall of Despotism, which is fast approaching, with the overthrow of the Popedom, and the reduction of the Papal power.
THE "NO POPERY" CRY, GOOD AND BAD.
THE "No Popery" cry has often been the mere watchword of intolerant and selfish bigotry; but there is a sense in which the "No Popery" cry is a wise and a good one. We have no sympathy with-no respect for those who would assign to Popery a liberty in this country which no Roman Catholic state on the Continent, that is desirous of preserving the least vestige of independence, is able to allow. France, Austria, Bavaria, even Spain itself, find it necessary to enter into formal concordats with the Pope, which is neither more nor less than a binding of his Holiness over to keep the peace within their respective dominions. Britain can enter into no such arrangement, being a Protestant country. Is she, then, to be left a prey to the cupidity and ambition of Rome? Must her territory be parcelled out into bishoprics at the bidding of an Italian priest-her cities and towns forced to lend their names as titles to the nominees of this foreign power,-and no remonstrance be uttered-no legislation be interposed, for fear of trenching on toleration? Are her imperial edicts to be trampled under foot, and her queen and legislative counsels set at defiance by men living within her territory-and the arm of justice, that should descend upon their heads, by the maudlin cry of "Don't persecute"? Away with such insane follies-such treacherous and dastardly counsels. Let Roman Catholics have the same political privileges and the same religious freedom as other men; let them be free to build chapels, to perform ceremonies, to make converts, to endow monasteries, or to do aught else that they may be taught to believe connected with their spiritual welfare; but woe worth the day