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The obsequies of our beloved brother took | mentioned amongst religious obituaries, as one place on Thursday, the 20th February. The that has fought the fight and obtained the Rev. J. H. Muir officiated on the mournful victory. occasion, and seldom has it been our oppor. Mr. Postlethwaite was for some years a tunity to witness such a manifestation of member of an Independent church, presided sympathy as was shown by all classes on over by the Rev. H. Griffiths, at the Old this occasion. Some time before the hour Chapel, at Stroud, in Gloucestershire; and in fixed for the setting out of the melancholy 1846, upon his removal to Wantage, he cortège, hundreds of respectable persons were joined the church under the pastoral εuperto be seen wending their way to the cemetery, | intendence of the Rev. C. E. Birt, and which, the place of sepulcbre; and when the sable though professedly Baptist, admit Independprocession formed, thousands thronged to ents into the communion. During many show their esteem and respect for the de- years Mr. P. was actively engaged as a ceased, by joining the long train of mourn- Sunday-school teacher, and at prayer-meeters, which was further increased by the ings was always ready to assist in leading the teachers and children of the Queen-street and devotion of the assembled worshippers. At Wicker Sabbath-schools, to the latter of which Uley, in Gloucestershire, where he had the Mr. Tucker had been superintendent for superintendence of the Sunday-school, he more than twenty years. During the service sometimes officiated in the pulpit
, in the in the chapel, every corner was closely absence of the minister; and at Wantage he crowded, and multitudes were unable to gain took his turn in addressing, on Sabbath afteradmittance. Never in our recollection was noons, a congregation who meet in a chapel in the cemetery thronged with such a number the suburbs of the town, and which is conof true mourners; and of that large con- nected with Mr. Birt's church. At the soli. course, every heart appeared sad, and every citation of some of his Wesleyan friends, he eye dimmed with sorrow. There were the occasionally spoke to the scholars at the merchant and the manufacturer, the master Wesleyan Sunday-school, and at village and the servant, the rich and the poor; mini-meetings of the members of that connexion. sters, deacons, and members of other churches; In these addresses he never studied to be and teachers and children from other congre- ornamental, but endeavoured to be a faithful gations in the town and neighbourhood; all expositor of God's word, and not unfrequently drawn together by one desire, to testify their dilated with much force upon the relative affection, and to pay the last mark of respect duties of professors of religion. for one who was widely known, and univer- The health of Mr. P. had been for some sally esteemed as a man and a Christian. long time delicate; but it was not until The funeral discourse was delivered by Mr. within a few weeks of his death that he Muir, on the following Lord's-day evening, exhibited symptoms to prepare his friends for February 23rd, from Psalm xiith, verse 1st: a separation that was so near. He was con“ Help, Lord, for the godly man ceaseth; for fined to his bed for a month prior to his disthe faithful fail among the children of men,” solution; but till within four or five days of to a deeply affected audience. The chapel his decease, he did not himself abandon all was densely filled on the occasion, and long hopes of restoration to health. And as far as before the hour of service arrived every corner human associations were concerned, he might and aisle was occupied, and hundreds had to very well have desired to live. He was surreturn unable to gain admittance.
rounded by many Christian friends, he was Such was the character of our dear friend, respected by his employer, and by those and such the admonitory circumstances under under his control, he had just helped to which he was removed, at the age of 51. establish a Mechanics' Institution, in the suc
By this death, the church has lost one of its cess of which he felt anxious; and, above all, brightest ornaments, the school a valuable he had an affectionate wife, to whom he had superintendent, and society at large an ex- been but a few years united, and two little emplary, benevolent, and most useful member. children, whose future years would require a “ The memory of the just is blessed."
father's industry to support, and a father's
discretion to guide. But he was empowered MR. PETER POSTLETIIWAITE.
by Divine grace to rise superior to these Died, on the 7th of July, 1849, at Wantage, earthly ties. In the remembrance of the pio. Mr. Peter Postlethwaite, aged 34. Mr. P's mises of his God to provide for the widow position in society was not such as will and the fatherless, and with the prospect of procure for him a notice by worldly biogra- that eternal weight of glory, purchased for phers; but the consistency of his conduct as a him by his Saviour, he was enabled to aniprofessor of Christianity, and the resignation cipate his departure with composure, and, iu which marked bis departure, added to the the throes of dissolution, to pronounce himfirm hope entertained by him of being eter- self happy. His friends could not but le nally blessed, deserve that he should be struck with the resignation which marked his last hours. He was a man of quiet demeanour in the world, he was not of the world; and his and reserved habits, but the tenor of his ob- widow is comforted by the recollection of the servations indicated that he enjoyed that regularity and earnestness with which he peace “which passeth all understanding." conducted the family devotions, and his eagerEven while uncertain as to the issue of his ness at all times to render any available affliction, he remarked to one friend, that leisure subservient for spiritual exercises. sick ness was the time to test the power of God has promised to renew the strength of religion; and to another, that he was prepared those who wait upon him, and He, in his for the worst-speaking in ordinary phrase- infinite love, most undoubtedly possessed the ology with reference to a fatal termination of soul of the subject of this memoir with that his disorder, and he gave directions concern- firm faith which disclosed to his spiritual ing some little matters in which those sur- vision the heavenly Canaan, and gave him viving him might be interested, with coolness the triumphant assurance, that nothing temand precision. The complacency of his mind poral or spiritual, present or to come, should was much assisted by a merciful absence of be able to separate him from the love of God physical suffering. His peaceful end could | which is in Christ Jesus. not fail of inspiring those who witnessed his death with the sentiment expressed by the REV. D. W. ASTON, OF BUCKINGHAM. ancient prophet—“Let me die the death of We have to record the decease of this the righteous, and let my last end be like his." good minister of Jesus Christ,” for the Mr. Birt improved the event on the Sabbath space of forty-seven years the faithful and following the funeral, and spoke of the de- devoted pastor of one of the Independent ceased as one of those who would be the joy churches at Buckingham. The event took and crown of rejoicing, of Christian ministers place at Hull, on the 9th of January, in the at the great day of account.
seventy-ninth year of his age.
Never was This instance of premature removal from death more peaceful or triumphant. An the ranks of the living, may be useful to those honoured ministerial Brother, who visited who are journeying to the same goal, by way him in his last hours, said emphatically, of exhortation, and also by way of consola- when he left his room, « Whys he is half way tion. Mr. P. was actively engaged in the in glory now. It is delightful !" He was, inbusiness of life, and was strenuous to pro- deed, a good man, full of faith, and of the mote the interest of his employer, but while | Holy Ghost."
BERRIEW CHAPEL, MONTGOMERYSHIRE. present efforts, until the whole of the remain
An interesting meeting of the members, ing debt of £70 is cleared off. Mr. Davies teachers, and children the congregation, and Mr. Roberts very warmly seconded the assembling in the above chapel, was held on suggestions of the letter; and the whole conFriday evening, November 7, and was ad- | gregation, in the most feeling manner, signidressed by the Rev. Samuel Roberts, of Llan- fied their deep gratitude to Mrs. Arber and brynmair, on the importance of early and her friends for this extraordinary service of diligent study of the Scriptures; and by the Christian charity to a humble congregation, Rev. John Evans, of Newton, on devotedness in a rural district, at a time of need unusually to Christ in early youth. At the close of the trying. Encouraged to work by such kind addresses, the Rev. Thomas Davies, the assistance, the poor congregation have now in minister of the congregation, opened a letter hand just the half of the remaining £70, and that had just been received from Mrs. Arber, should any kind Christian friend be willing of London. It contained a cheque for ONE to aid the completion of this good effort to reHUNDRED POUNDs, which she had collected move a burden that has proved so injurious towards the debt on the chapel from friends to a weak interest, in an important district of in London. The letter gave a very grateful the English border of Montgomeryshire, they testimony to the liberal aid which the Rev. are happy in being authorised to say, that any James Stratten and his friends had so kindly additional donation for this object will be extended to the cause; and it affectionately gratefully received by Mrs. Arber, 1, Mountpressed the congregation to continue their street, Berkeley-square, London.
CHRISTMAS HALF-YEARLY DISTRIBUTION OF PROFITS
WIDOWS OF EVANGELICAL MINISTERS,
6TH JANUARY, 1852.
READER! examine the following list of grants to the Widows of godly Ministers, and then ask yourself whether you are doing what you can and what you ought for the circulation of the EvangELICAL MAGAZINE ?
Denomination. Age. Sum. M. E, M. M. A.
Independent 55.. £ 6 M. M. A... H. B.
M. M... S. B.
M. Mt M. L. B.
42.... 8 H. M. E. C.
78....10 | E. N. A. C.
.... 68.... 10
E. N-n A. C-k..... Do.
....66.... 10 A, N. J. C.
....83....10 L. P. A. C-t Ch. of England ..70.... 10 S. P. E. C.
Independent ....71.... 10 J. P. M. C.
57.... 8 M. M. R.. M. A. C....... Independent
8 E. R. E. D.
...... Ch. of England ..52.... 8 E. C. S. M. A. D....... Independent
....49.... 8 E. S. M. D-y.
57.... 10 A. T. S. A. D.
62....10 J. W. E. E.
65....10 A. W. A. E.
.... 82....10 M. W. E. E -9
Do. ....52.... 8 M. W-d.
57.... 6 S. W. S. E.
.... 82....10 | M. S. Et Do.
10 A. E-n..
C. P. L. G.
J. J. R.
68. E. H. Do.
10 A. HMS
67....10 E. C. C. H.
55.... 8 J. B. M. H.
58....10 M. D. L. I.
63....10 R. G. H.J.
60....10 W. K. M. J.
.... 46.... 6 J. J. M. C. J.
52.... 8 B. M. J. J.
Presbyterian 49... 4 | E. P.
Independent 56.. 10 M. P.
8 A. R. S. L.
63....10 J. W. R. L. A. L. Ch. of England ..54.... 8 J. T. E. M.
Independent .... 43.... 6 M. W....
Age. Sum. Independent
....81..£ 10 Do.
....40.... 6 Do.
52.... 8 Do.
8 Do. .. ..47.... 6 Do.
51.... 8 Do.
....86.... 10 Do.
42.... 6 Do.
....87....10 Do. Do.
57.... 8 Do.
.60....10 Do. ....79.... 10 Do. ....67....10 Do.
....58.... 8 Do.
....59.... 8 WELSH WIDOWS. Independent 87.... 8 Do.
51.... 6 Do.
.... 69.... 8 Do.
....50.... 6 Do.
. 72.... 8 Do.
72.... 8 Do. .... 72.... 8 Do.
....42.... 6 Do.
43.. Do. ....57.... SCOTCH WIDOWS. Independent . 43.... 4 Do.
.61.... 8 Presbyterian 69.... 8 Do.
79.... 8 Do.
67.... 8 Independent .... 46....10 Do.
85.... 8 Presbyterian 74.... 8 Independent 74.... 10 Do.
61.... 8 Presbyterian ....71.... 8 Do.
....75.... 8 Do.
of the age.
TWO EVENTS DESERVING OF NOTICE. R. Morley, Esq., Mr. N. Dunn, Mr. W. Bell BIRMINGHAM has been favoured with two (Wesleyan), Mr. Alderman Heard, Mr. E. great meetings, which will be memorable. Hart, Mr. Alderman Herbert, and the Rev. Both were held in the Town Hall; and both John Wild, all vied with each other in doing were crowded to excess. The first was to justice to the character of one, whom all who listen to a Lecture from Dr. Cumming, on ever knew him respect and love. His own Popish Miracles, intended as a reply to Dr. son's address is a model of filial piety and Newman, who has, with his usual courage, chastened eloquence. avowed himself a believer in the miracles of Many letters were read by the Chairman his adopted church. No better thing could from distinguished individuals,--such as the he have done to shake public confidence in Rev. J. A. James, the Rev. Dr. Alliott, and the soundness of his judgment. In Dr. Cum- the Rev. S. Lewin,-expressive of their symming's hands be cuts a very sorry figure in- pathy with the object of the meeting, and deed. Popish miracles, we should suppose, their deep and heartfelt respect for the Rev. will be at a discount in Birmingham for some Joseph Gilbert. time to come.
Few men have conferred greater obligations The second Meeting was drawn together on the Denomination than our revered to hear a Lecture from our distinguished | Friend. His work on the Atonement," friend, the Rev. J. A. James, to the Young and his Strictures on “ Infidelity," will stand Men's Societies of Birmingham. It was a
side by side with the best religious literature most pos ful appeal, full of rich and appropriate thought, and delivered with great pathos. Both Lectures, we are happy to say, are in print.
The Ordination Services connected with
the settlement of the Rev. R. D. Wilson, as ISLEWORTH INDEPENDENT CHURCH. pastor of the Congregational Church assemON January 12th, the members of the bling in Salem Chapel, Burnley, took place Rev. J. Whiting's Bible Class presented him on Thursday, October 30th, 1851. The folwith Eight Volumes of the Rev. W. Jay's lowing Ministers took part in the services: Works, as an expression of their gratitude The Rev. R. Fletcher, of Manchester, delifor directing their studies in Divine truth, vered the introductory discourse; the Rev. and for his expositions of it in the class. A. Fraser, A.M., of Blackburn, asked the
usual questions; the Rev. Richard Gibbs, of TESTIMONIAL TO THE REV. JOSEPH GILBERT, Skipton, offered the ordination prayer; and OF NOTTINGHAM.
the Rev. Walter Scott, Principal of Airedale On Monday evening, the 29th December, College (Mr. Wilson's Tutor), delivered the & very interesting meeting was held at Friar charge. Upwards of twenty pastors of Lane Independent Chapel, Nottingham, for churches were present, many of whom took the purpose of doing honour to the exalted part in the service. character of the Rev. Joseph Gilbert, on re- In the evening, the Rev. James Spence, tiring from his public ministry,—a ministry A.M., of Preston, preached a valuable and which has been sustained with equal vigour, instructive sermon to the people: the attendboth in its intellectual and spiritual func- ances were highly encouraging, and Mr. Wilson tions. The Mayor of Nottingham, W. Fel- commenced his pastorate with the good wishes kin, Esq., presided, and the gift of Christian and earnest prayers, not only of his own love presented to our venerable friend con- people, but also of many more who have been sisted of a purse containing £220, and a observant of what God hath wrought already beautiful mahogany Secretary, in the inside through his instrumentality. of which is a silver plate, with an appropriate The interest of which Mr. Wilson has be. inscription. The only drawback to the joy come the pastor was formed about two years of a meeting characterized by a most marked and a half ago, by the secession of forty-three cordiality was the absence, through indis- members from the church, of which, for thirposition, of the distinguished man whom it ty-four years, the late Rev. T. Greenall was was intended to honour. But his son, Mr. formerly the pastor; they worshipped for a Josiah Gilbert, took his father's place grace- time in a large hired room, and there multifully, and read a letter to the meeting from plied and grew. In the course of 1849, Mr. the pen of his honoured sire, which gave ex- Wilson, amongst other students from Airepression to his own loving heart, and to the dale College, occupied the pulpit, and it was delicacy and refinement of taste which per- soon manifest that the affections of the people vade all his compositions.
were set upon him. A proposal was made to All who spoke on the occasion gave utter- him that he should accept the pastorate, acance to the kindliest thoughts. The Chair-companied with the offer to build a commoman, the Secretary, Mr. Buttrum, W. Crips, dious chapel. This proposal he, in February Esq., the Rev. J. Edwards (Baptist Minister), | 1850, accepted, though his term at College did not terminate till June, 1851. The erec
Acts xvi. 29 – 31. Crowded congregation of a chapel was immediately set about, and tions listened, with great interest, to their was completed and opened on Good Friday, lucid expositions of gospel truth, and it is 1851. The chapel measures 70 feet by 50 believed that impressions were made on the feet, and will, with the galleries, seat 1150 hearts of some present, the result of which persons. The school-rooms beneath are of will prove lasting as eternity. The Reve. J. the same area, fourteen feet high, and abun- Baker, of Sandford, T. Sharp, of Chulmleigh, dantly lighted by twenty-two windows. The W. M. Anstey, of Plymtree, T. M. Davies, of cost of the whole, including land, is about Crediton, and E. Corke, of Lapford, were also £3000. Into this new sanotuary have been present, most of whom took part in the incollected an aggregate congregation of up- teresting services of the day. wards of eight hundred; the Sabbath-school This chapel, which was greatly needed in numbers four hundred and fifty; the church this populous village, is the result of the has increased from forty-three to one hundred self-denying efforts of some of the members and twenty-two members, with cheering pros- of the Independent Church at Lapford (five pects in each department of yet more abun- miles distant), who have for three years dant increase, seeing that the population of preached the gospel in a room, which bethe town, now about twenty-seven thousand, came far too small to hold the increasing with only one other Independent chapel, is congregation. Much good has already been continually and rapidly multiplying.
effected; twenty-five persons are united in church-fellowship; a great moral change has
been wrought in the character of many others, NEW CHAPEL, BOW, NORTH DEVON. and the increasing attendance affords hope The new Indopendent Chapel in this place that a far greater amount of good will yet was opened, for Divine worship, on Tuesday, be accomplished. July 22, when sermons were preached, in the The building is of stone, plain and sub. morning, by the Rev. D. Hewitt, of Exeter, stantial, and will seat 280 persons; it cost, with from 1 Tim. i. 15; in the afternoon, by the the ground, rather more than £200, and has Rev. H. Madgir, of Tiverton, from Phil. i. a debt remaining on it of £120, which the 27, “With one mind,” &c.; in the evening, friends will make strenuous efforts to liquiby the Rev. W. Slater, of Barnstaple, from dato as soon as possible.
BIBLE SOCIETY ON THE CONTINENT. could, the Rouennais, with the water gaining France.
on her very fast, got back to Havre with the From M. De Pressensé.
assistance of three steam-tugs. As soon as Paris, Dec. 15, 1851. it was practicable, I went among the poor Our Colporteur at Havre, writes as fol. people, who were still overwhelmed with the low:-" I recently visited the emigrant ship most indescribable terror. With the permisRouennais, where I encountered a number of sion of the captain, I addressed them on Rom. irreligious and impious persons, who scoffed ii. 4. Every one was moved to tears; and at me when I offered my books to them, and what afforded me much gratification was, my when I addressed a few serious words to them. being shortly afterwards accosted by the four Seated round a box, I observed, among others, card-players. Their appearance denoted the four young men playing at cards, whose con- | anguish which they had had to endure. versation was intermixed with the most hor- | They acknowledged to me that my parting rible blasphemy. They violently spurned words had so powerfully worked on their my advice and exhortations; and, for the sake minds, that they had cried unto the Lord of prudence, I left them, though not before for pardon; and that, having been so wondertelling them that I should implore the Lord fully heard, as regards the body at least, to have pity on their souls, and to preserve they now desired to learn how to serve Him them from the fury of the waves during their by the directions of his word. They were long voyage.
On Nov. 19 the vessel sailed not the only ones who provided themselves with three hundred passengers. The first with New Testaments; for I sold a number night she was run into by a much larger ves- of copies to others, with the conviction that sel, and was exposed to the greatest danger. the Lord would bless them to the salvation After repairing the damage as best they of the souls of the purchasers."