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BIOGRAPHICAL

NOTICE

OF

THE REV.

half, Protestant Dissenters can never feel has been defrayed out of the fund raised too grateful.

at the instance of this Deputation. At the election which immediately fol

ROBERT WINTER, Secretary, lowed the dissolution of parliament, in

16, Bedford Row. the month of March last, the tried friend of civil and religious liberty, Lord John Russell, was proposed as a candidate for ALEXANDER STEILL, LATE OF WIGAN. the large and important county of Devon. Mr. Steil was born at Portsea, of reYour Committee, having taken into con

spectable and pious parents, February sideration the propriety of calling a 24th, 1768. Of his early years little is general meeting of Dissenters, for the

known. Upou being called to the work purpose of promoting his Lordship’s re

of the ministry, he entered the Academy turn, were at first apprehensive that at Gosport, and became one of the eartheir interference would prove rather in- liest students in that Institution, under jurious than beneficial to his Lordship ; the able presidency of the late Dr. Bogue. but it having been intimated, from an au He remained at Gosport four years, durthentic source, that the co-operation of ing which period' he must have been a the general body of Dissenters, in pro. hard student ; for he there laid deep and moting the return of Lord John Russell, broad the foundations of a theological was highly expedient, your Committee no

education, which, for extent, solidity, longer hesitated to call a meeting of the and rich pess, has scarcely been surpassed. Deputies, which was accordingly held, His first public service was at Fareham, and resolutions were passed, expres a town about six miles from Gosport, and sive of a determination to promote his first settlement in the ministry was at the election of Lord Jolin Russell, by a Winchester. He was ordained to the subscription towards defraying his Lord- pastoral office over the congregational ship's expences, and by any other mea church in that city, Sept. 10th, 1793. sures which might appear to your Com. The venerable William Kingsbury, of mittee desirable for effecting that object. Southamptom, Edward Ashburner, of A subscription was accordingly set on Poole, and John Winter, of Newbury, foot, which the Deputies commenced with taking each a part in the service. He the sum of £509. This was immediately remained at Winchester five years, when followed by a handsome subscription from he received a call from the church and the Protestant Society, and numerous congregation assembling in the old meetothers from private individuals.

ing house, Kidderminster, to be their Measures were adopted for making pastor. The document is dated July 28th, public the resolutions of this Deputation ; 1798. He laboured at Kidderminster till and your Committee have the satisfac- July 1809, when, removing from thence, tion to know, that the Committee of Lord he continued for a short time, preaching John Russell attribute the absence of op at various places in and about London. position to his Lordship’s return, mainly In December, 1809, his steps were di. to the prompt and spirited manner in rected to Wigan, in Lacashire, and having which Protestant Dissenters came for accepted an unanimous call from the ward in his Lordship’s cause.

people assembling at St. Paul's Chapel, in It will be in the recollection of the De that town, to become their pastor, he putation, that the foilowing acknow

entered immediately on the duties of his ledgment was publicly made by Lord

office, and continued in the faithful disJohn Russell after his return :

charge of them till the month of May, The Protestant Dissenters are al

1831. For several years his health had ways so willing to aid the cause of been declining, but after the sudden retheir country, that I am not surprised, al moval of Mrs. Steill, in April, 1829, he though deeply affected, by your eager began visibly to sink under the pressure ness to assist Lord Ebrington and my. of his complicated afflictions; yet he conself against the adversaries of Reform

tinued to preach on one part of the Saband of the existivg government.

bath, being happily assisted by his sonYour prompt liberality has helped to in-law, the Rev. M. T. Adam, recently prevent the struggle which it was in

returned from India. His last discourse tended to sustain ; and the field being was delivered on the 1st of May, 1831, abandoned by the enemy, it only re from 1 Peter i. 13.; and though neither mains for me to record your patriotism he nor the people of his charge knew that and my gratitude.

it was his last, no subject most assuredly “I remain, &c. J. RUSSELL.could have been chosen more truly apThe return of Lord John Russell for propriate; " Wherefore gird up the loins Devonshire, was effected at the small ex of your minds,” &c. He did, indeed, feel pence of about £350); the whole of which himself unequal to the discharge of his

64 years.

official duties, and had formed the in- tion, for tenfold will be their guilt, to tention of immediately resigning his pas whom they shall have proved a savour of toral charge, and had purposed, on the death unto death. "He departed this life following Sabbath, preaching a farewell on Friday morning, March 23, 1832, aged discourse to his people. His sermon was prepared from that impressive passage, 1 Peter i. 24, 25, “ All flesh is grass, DEATH OF THE 'REV. D. PARKER, M. A. &c. The morning had arrived on which

OF SIDMOUTH, DEVON. it was to have been delivered, he was in

(From a Correspondent.) his study preparing for the solemn, and We have with deep regret to announce to him most trying service, when he was

the almost sudden death-at the comparasuddenly arrested by the hand of disease, tively early age of forty-five-of the Rev. the forerunner,after a lapse often months, David Parker, minister of the indepenof the stroke of death. From that period dent church at Sidmouth. to within a few days of his dissolution, he On Sunday, the 11th of March, 'he continued, with little variation, quite help- 'preached to his people in usual health and less, and sometimes exercised with much vigour. Early on Wednesday the 11th, pain; but his mind enjoyed a sweet se he was atlacked by a complaint he had renity, and settled peace; he knew in been occasionally subject to; from which, whom he had believed; a good hope, however, he was so far relieved by medithrough grace, cheered and sustained his 'cal skill as to give prospect of recovery, soul, and he calmly waited all the days of till within a few minutes of his decease, his appointed time till his change came. which took place on the following mornThe truths he had preached to others he ing. found fully adequate to his own support. Of Mr. Parker, it is not too much to Christ and him crucified, the grand topic say, that his intellectual endowments-his of his ministry, was the sole foundation of theological learning-his sound and dishis confidence. He trusted, he gloried, passionate judgment-his powers as a in nothing else ; this was all his salvation preacher, and the eminence of his piety, and all his desire.

class him with those who may truly be deAs a Mas he was distinguished by in- nominated the “Great men who have flexible integrity, by a stern uncompro- fallen in Israel.” If, as such, he was not mising adherence to principle in all he more extensively known, it is to be atsaid and did. Every thing like fawning tributed solely to the great modesty and and cringing he abhorred. From every humility of his character which induced thing like duplicity and meanness he was him, whenever practicable, like his great as remote as the antipodes. He always Master, to shun the multitude—and made said what he meant. He never professed him content to “dwell among his own what he did not feel. His heart was seen people”-- by whom, as well as by all who in his countenance, and the words that had the happiness of intimacy with him, fell from his lips were true and faithful it is difficult to say, whether he was more representations of the thoughts that were revered or beloved. passing in his mind.

This truly excellent man, whose fidelity As his owo character was open and as a minister of the gospel, prevented undisguised, so he had a keen penetration him from seeking to “ please his neighinto that of others. He read men, as bour, excepting for his good to edificawell as books, and was seldom wrong in tion,” may be appealed to as an example the judgment he formed of those with of the influence of religious consistency in whom he came in contact, and with in the life and conversation, although acwhom he had to do. As a MINISTER, he companied by a diffidence that invariably was distinguished by sound learning, shrunk from observation. Since his la. theological knowledge, at once accurate menţed decease, is discovered, on every and extensive, a skill in biblical criticism, hand, the high estimate formed of his keen and discriminating views of diviné character, even by those who it was hardtruth, evangelical and comprehensive, ly supposed had any knowledge of him. and a devotion to his work uniform and The writer of this potice regrets that exemplary. His preaching was charac- 'the limits to which he presumes he is conterized rather by solidity than ornament, fined, do not allow him the gratification and was more adapted to inform the of saying much more of this his late venejudgment and impress the heart, than to rated, endeared, and inestimable friend. please the imagination and captivate the Mr. Parker was born at St. John's, fancy. They who have to answer for Newfoundland, and when quite a child, such sermons as he was accustomed to was removed to his father's native state, preach, will have no ordinary account to Massachusetts, where he remained till give, and deep will be their condemna- within a short time of coming to Great

Britian, in 1809. He returned to the 6th of June, when the Rev. John AlexUnited States in 1816. For some years ander, of Norwich, and the Rev. Daniel he resided at Philadelphia, and after- Gould, of Dunstable, are expected to wards at Rhinebeck, in the state of New preach. York, in each place as pastor of a Dutch The Twentieth Anniversary of the reformed church. Circumstances render Newport Pagnell Evangelical Instiing it necessary for him to re-visit England tution is intended to be held at the in 1826, he left his congregation at Rev. T. P. Bull's Chapel, Newport PagRhineback, with the hope of returning to nell, on Wednesday, the 16th of May. them at the expiration of a year, but the The Rev. T. Binney, of London, will continuance of these circumstances ob- preach in the morning, at eleven o'clock, liged him, though most reluctantly, alto and the Public Meeting for transacting gether to resign his charge. In 1827 he the business of the Institution, will be went to Armitage, in Staffordshire, where, held at three o'clock in the afternoon. after remaining a year and half, he re The Thirty-fourth annual meeting of moved to Sidmouth, Devon, from whence THE PROTESTANT Union for the benefit he was translated to that "rest which re of the Widows and Children of Protestant maineth for the people of God.”

Ministers of all denominations, will be held (D. V.) at the Congregational Li

brary, Blomfield-street, Finsbury Circus, The Anniversary of the Bedford and on Monday, the 14th of May, at twelve Huntingdonshire Union of Christians, o'clock precisely. will be held at Bedford, on Wednesday,

NOTICES

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS AND MINOR CORRESPONDENCE.

Communications have been received from Rev. Drs. J. P. Smith-Thomas Rees - Rev. Messrs. D. Rees—T. Milner-G. Redford-R. Ainslie-S. Binks-W. L. Alexander- Thomas James-- John Knight--Thos. G. Guyer--Joseph Turnbull - Wm. Salt -J. Armitage --J. W. H. Pritchard --Thos. Stratten--D. Thomas.

Also from Dr. Stroud-Messrs. S. Benham-J. Harvey-T. H. Justice -- Samuel Brown-W. B. Kilpin-W. Ellerby-A. Allan- James Edmeston-R. Steill-R. F. -J. C.-A.

Mr. Benham's MS. has been returned as he directed. We are compelled to defer Extracts from Gesenius until our next.

We learn with much surprise, that the conductors of the New Methodist Magazine have reprinted, in their March and April numbers, two of the eloquent and instructive Essays which have appeared in our pages on “ The Cholera,” without tbe slightest acknowledgment.

Such papers the Editors of any Magazine may covet, for they merit the widest circulation, and we will venture to state, for our valued correspondent who wrote them, as well as for ourselves, that no objection would have been made to their fur. ther publicity through that periodical, had permission been asked, or even the work from which they were extracted named, as is always usual in such cases.

Wholesale plagiarisms, however, are not honourable, and scarcely honest, and we are resolved that they shall not be practised on our pages unreproved. The closing paper which appeared in our last Number on Cholera, is disfigured by several errata, and some, we regret to observe, that materially affect the sense of the passages in which they occur. The most important error is found in the 225th page, ist column, 8th line, where a period should have been placed after “crucified," " Under” being the first word of a new sentence.

THE

CONGREGATIONAL MAGAZINE.

JUNE, 1832.

THE FIRST CONTINENTAL BIBLE SOCIETY.*

We know not whether the facts a part in the good work; contrirelated in the following paper have butions were received from any ever been communicated to the one that was willing to communiBritish public: but, if even they cate them, even from Protestants ; bave, they well merit to be brought and the Scriptures were circulated forwards anew. It is translated in an improved translation, without from Dr. Hengstenberg's Lutheran nole or comment, but merely accomChurch Journal, for June 17, 1829. panied with a short preface and

the letters of approbation of some “ When we reflect upon the ecclesiastical dignitaries. Our hostility with which the Papal friends will not read without a church of our days has stepped gladdening interest the following forth against the Bible Societies, extract from the advertisement we are the more astonished at the prefixed to the edition of Paris, fact, that the first association re 1719. sembling our Bible Societies was "Some persons, who are sinfounded by Catholics; though in- cerely affected with the spiritual deed it was by that party which wants of Christendom, have seriin other respects gave most signs ously considered that the WORD of Christian vitality, and which OF GOD is very seldom preached was eventually condemned and or read in many parts of this kingbanished by the French Court, the dom, so that millions of baptized JANSENISTS. It was about the Christians live in deep ignorance close of the seventeenth century, of their Christian obligations. that in France a small number of With an evil which cannot but persons, chiefly Jansenist clergy- draw tears from a believer's eyes, men and laymen, under the direc- they have felt themselves so imtion of the Abbé Barneveld, a na- pressed, that they have unanitive of Ireland, formed themselves mously resolved to seek out and into a united body for the purpose apply, as far as possible, some of circulating the Holy Scriptures means of remedying it. After deep and human writings of a religiously consideration, they are convinced useful kind. The principles on that the only way to counteract so which they proceeded were similar great an evil is a careful and funto those of our Bible Societies. damental instruction in the truths Not priests only, but laymen, bore of the Gospel. They have from

* It was the happiness of our own countrymen to witness an association of Christians, of different denominations, to print the Bible in the Welsh language, in the year 1675. Vide Cong. Mag. vol. 8, page 407.

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their hearts prayed to the Lord of of finding out means, by their own the harvest, that he himself may and other persons' efforts, of acgrant this means of salvation, by complishing the UNIVERSAL DIFawakening the zeal of those to FUSION of the Scriptures? Is whom the care of souls is com not this, to make fine orations, in mitted, in those parts of France; praise of the wheaten loaf, to a or that he would raise up labourers, company of poor hungry men ; mighty in work and word, to dis- and yet give them none of it ? We pel the darkness of spiritual ig- should, therefore, put forth our

After having implored utmost diligence in concerting the aid of the Chief Shepherd of plans, yea in devising new ways the church, we have requested to provide the poor, who have it some respectable prelates, who not, with the bread of life: for to lament the prevailing corruptions, them it especially belongs, that if they judged the measure Christ says, He hath sent me to right, they would unite with us to preach the Gospel to the poor. We advance the instruction of parishes believe that we need no apology by the circulation of pious books, for enlarging in commendation but especially of the Holy Scrip- of the Word of God. Who can tures, the rule of faith for all Chris- commend and praise it enough? tians. We have signified our cor It is with it as with God himself: dial willingness to contribute to to exalt him after the manner of multiplied impressions of the holy men, is to lower him. God only volume, that copies may be had at can worthily speak of himself. a cheap rate; as soon as it shall The best praise that we can give be satisfactorily determined what to the Holy Scriptures, is to show translation should be employed for by the most faithful obedience that this purpose. Our proposals have we do indeed honour them. The been accepted; and we have taken most eloquent praises of men will great pains in the revision of the not produce such a sense of the version here offered to the public. excellency of the Bible, as the The word of God, thus distributed reading a portion of it with a to both the poor and the rich teachable and humble mind. It throughout all France, will now is with it as with honey, to which proceed in its glorious course, as indeed the Holy Spirit compares the apostle prays (2 Thess. iii. 1. it; a little drop on the tongue that the word of God may run and gives a better idea of its sweetness be glorified:) and this course will than ever so long a declamation not only be resplendently glorious about it.' for the Divine Word itself, but " What true Protestant does not also for the Gallican Church, rejoice in these heartfelt expreswhich will thus obtain the distinc- sions of reverence for the Word tion above other churches of un of God ?—There follows an Apderstanding better than they how probation by the Bishop of Auxto sow the seed of the Gospel on ere, concluding thus: those dry and barren soils where One of our principal soliciits very name had been scarcely tudes is to nourish the people inknown. Is it not very surprising, trusted to our care with the Word that so many persons have vied of God; for it is the bread of life with each other in exalted re for consolation and instruction. commendations of the sacred We pray the Father of lights, that books, and yet have never thought he would be pleased to spread

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