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accompanied with such information as Thomas Wilson, Esq.; Dr. J. B. may be deemed necessary.
Brown; Mr. Challis ; Mr. Coombs; 5. To obtain accurate statistical in- Mr. Morley ; Mr. Coles ; Mr. Jackformation relative to the Congrega- son; Mr. W. C. Wright: and that the tional churches, throughout the king- following gentlemen be the officers of dom and the world at large.
the Union for the year ensuing, -Mr. 6. To inquire into the present me Benjamin Hanbury, Treasurer; the thods of collecting funds for the erec Rev. Arthur Tidman; the Rev. Jotion of places of Worship, and to con- seph Turnbull, A.B.; and Joshua sider the practicability of introducing Wilson, Esq., Secretaries. any improved plan.
The Rev. J. A. James then intro7. To assist in maintaining and en duced a paper, containing a declaralarging the civil rights of Protestant tion of the principles of faith and order Dissenters.
of the Congregational Body, drawn up IV. To promote the accomplish- by an individual at the request of ment of these objects, and the general several brethren in town and country, interests of the Union, that an Annual and which he proposed to read to the Meeting shall be held, consisting, if meeting, which having been assented practicable, of an equal number of to, the declaration was read at length ministers and laymen, and that each by Mr. James, and the business of the Association may appoint such a num Union was adjourned until Friday ber of representatives as it may deem morning, the ilth of May, at nine necessary; that the Annual Meeting o'clock. be held in London, or such other The Rev. Dr. Bennett concluded town or city as may from time to time with prayer and thanksgiving. be appointed ; and that at the Annual Meeting of Delegates, every minister and officer connected with any Asso
Adjourned Meeting, Friday Morning. ciation united in the general body shall
The Rev. Thomas Palmer Bull in the be eligible to attend and vote.
chair. III. Moved by the Rev. T. P. Bull; seconded by James James, Esq. and After prayer
by the Rev. resolved unanimously,
Archibald Douglas, of Reading, the “ That for the purpose of defraying minutes of the former meeting were the necessary expenses of printing, read; upon which the Rev. J. A. James postage, committee meetings, &c. con was requested to read the preliminary nected with the business of the Union, notes of the declaration, which had been it is recommended that the churches read at the conclusion of the former united should severally send an annual meeting. After lengthened conversacontribution, to be transmitted on or tion on the subject, it was, before the first day of May, in every v. Moved by the Rev.H.F. Burder, year, to the official persons connected D.D. ; seconded by the Rev. Thomas with their respective Associations, and James, and resolved unanimously, by them remitted, before every general “ That this meeting respectfully meeting in every year, to the Treasurer invite the opinion of the Associated of the Union.”
Ministers and Churches on the followiv. Moved by the Rev. Samuel ing questions:Hillyard ; seconded by the Rev. James “ Whether, in accordance with the Brown, and resolved unanimously, example of our Nonconformist an
“ That the Committee for the fol- cestors, it be desirable to present to lowing year consist of the Treasurers the public a declaration of the leading and Secretaries of all the united Asso- articles of our faith and discipline; ciations, (being members of churches,) and whether, if it be deemed desirable, together with the following gentlemen, that declaration should be made by resident in London, with power to such a statement as the following; * add to their number, viz. the Rev. which has been read, but not disDr. Bennett; the Rev. Dr. H. F. Burder; the Rev. Dr. Fletcher; the * The declaration being of some length Rev. John Clayton, M.A.; the Rev. we are obliged to defer the insertion of John Burnet; the Rev. W.S. Palmer; it until our next number.--Editors.
cussed in the meeting of the Union, inform his beloved brethren, how subject to such modifications as may happy we shall always be to receive be suggested, and generally agreed on delegates from their body at our sesat the next annual meeting ?”
sions." vi. Moved by Dr. J. B. Brown; One of the Secretaries having read seconded by the Rev. Dr. Bennett, and a letter from the Rev. John Watson, resolved unanimously,
of Musselburgh, Secretary to the “ That the Committee be instructed Congregational Union of Scotland, to prepare a letter to accompany the containing the following resolution proposed declaration, carefully stating passed at Edinburgh on the 3d inits object to be, the communicating of stant: viz. information to the public, on the doc “ That this meeting, sensible of the trines generally held and maintained importance of union, in devising by the Congregational denomination, means for the extension of the Reat a period when so much ignorance deemer's kingdom, without pledging and misrepresentation prevail upon
themselves to all the details, express those subjects.”
their happiness at the proposals now vii. Moved by the Rev. J. Burnet; making for the formation of a General seconded by J. Brown, Esq. of Ware- Union among the Congregational ham :
Churches in England.” “ That this meeting deems it highly x. It was then moved by the Rev. expedient, that a sum not less than John Blackburn ; seconded by the £10,000 be collected for the erection Rev. George Redford, and resolved of such a building in London as the unanimously, Congregational Únion may consider “ That the resolution passed by the necessary for the permanency and · Congregational Union of Scotland at efficiency of their operations, and the their last annual meeting, held on the promotion of the general interests of the 3d instant, has given us great satisfacdenomination ; and that application be tion; and that our Secretaries be remade to the members and friends of quested to communicate to that body the Union in London and in the coun the expression of our respect and fra. try, for their co-operation in the con ternal regard, soliciting correspontribution of funds for this purpose.”
dence from time to time on the subjects VIII. Moved by the Rev.Dr. Fletcher; of the Congregational Union in both seconded by the Rev. G. Redford, and countries.” resolved unanimously,
XI. Moved by the Rev. Archibald • That the Committee of the Union Douglas ; seconded by the Rev. T. be requested to confer with the Com- Timpson, and resolved unanimously, mittee of the Congregational Library, “ That the Congregational Union on the subject of the previous resolu now formed, authorize their Secretation, and to adopt such measures as
ries to write to those associated ministhey may think proper for carrying it ters and churches in England and into effect."
Wales, who have not yet concurred in The Rev. Noble Shepperd, of New- the measure, respectfully inviting ry, then addressed the meeting on them to join us in affectionate cobehalf of the Congregational Union of operation.” Ireland, and one of the Secretaries XII. Moved by the Rev. Dr. Benread a letter from the Rev. James nett; seconded by the Rev. Geo. RedCarlisle, of Belfast, Secretary to the ford, and resolved unanimously, Irish Union, expressing their cordial That the cordial thanks of this concurrence in the Union for England meeting be presented to the Treasurer and Wales ; when it was
and Committee of the Congregational ix. Moved by the Rev. J. Black Library, for the use of the Library burn, seconded by Dr. Fletcher, on the present occasion, with the best
That this meeting has heard with wishes for the prosperity of that Inmuch pleasure the expressions of fra- stitution.” ternal regard now made by the Rev. XII. Moved by the Rev. Joseph Noble Shepperd, of Newry, on be- Turnbull; seconded by Dr. J. B. half of the Congregational Union of Brown, and resolved unanimously, Ireland, and that he be requested to “ That at the Annual Meetings of
the Union, there shall be a public re 1832. Acceptable and appropriate ligious service connected with its spi sermons were preached by the Rev. 'T. ritual interests."
Cousins, of Portsea, and the Rev. J. XIV. Moved by Dr. J. B. Brown; Chapman, of Billingshurst. The atseconded by the Rev. R. Ashton, and tendance and collections were encou. resolved unanimously,
raging. Ministers, and other agents “ That the next general meeting of connected with the Western Committee this Congregational Union be held, regularly preach the gospel in eleven (D.V.) in the Congregational Library, villages. Sixteen Sabbath schools on Tuesday the 9th of May, 1833, at stand connected with the Western Di. ten o'clock, A.M.'
vision of the County Society. During The thanks of the meeting were then the past year, two small chapels have offered to the Chairman, who con been generously built by two indivicluded the whole business of the meet duals in this part of Sussex. Reings with prayer.
viewing the past year, the Committee thank God and take courage.
Much ARTHUR TIDMAN,
land, however, yet remains to be posJoseph Tu BULL, Secretaries.
sessed ; and our cry to our Christian JOSHUA WILSON,
brethren is that of the Macedonian to
Paul and his companions—“ Come ESSEX COUNTY ASSOCIATION.
over and help us !” At a Meeting of the Associated
R. CHAMBERLAIN, Secretary. Congregational Ministers of the County of Essex, held at Witham,
ORDINATIONS. (Rev. R. Robinson's,) on May 2d, 1832. It was resolved nem. con.
On Thursday, April 5th, the • That the Members of this Associa
Rev. Joseph Sortain, of Trinity tion, earnestly desirous that the Holy
College, Dublin, was ordained to Scriptures should receive the widest
the pastoral charge of the church and circulation, decidedly approve the plan of education for Ireland proposed
congregation assembling at the late
Countess of Huntingdon's Chapel, by His Majesty's Ministers, being
Brighton. The Rev. James Trego, of fully persuaded that this important London-road Chapel, commenced the object will be more effectually pro- service by reading the Scriptures and moted by such plan than by any other
prayer. The Rev. William Hodson, hitherto adopted.
of Zion Chapel, London, delivered a “That a copy of the above resolution
succinct and scriptural introductory should be forwarded to one of the Members of His Majesty's government.
discourse, and asked the usual ques
tions; which, on behalf of the peo“ That this Association is prepared to
ple, were answered by Henry Brooker, concur with other County Associations,
Esq. The Rev. John Finley, of Tunto establish a general Congregational
bridge Wells, offered the the ordinaUnion, upon the plan described in the
tion prayer. The charge was given Congregational Magazine, and ap:
by the Rev. James Sherman, of Reapoint the Rev. Messrs. Craig and
ding, in a manner the most impresWells, together with Messrs. Robt.
sive and affectionate, from 1 Tim. Dixon, Wickham, and Stephen Un
iv. 16; and the Rev. J. N. Goulty, win, Coggesball, to attend the meet
of Union Chapel, concluded. In the ing of Delegates in Loudon, on the
evening, after a prayer by the Rev. 8th instant.'
John Edwards, of Hanover Chapel, Signed on behalf of the Meeting,
a very forcible and appropriate serStephen MORELL, Chairman.
mon to the church and congregation JOSEPH GRAY, Secretary.
was preached by the Rev. G. Clayton,
of Walworth, from Deut. i. 30, and SUSSEX CONGREGATIONAL SOCIETY.
the Rev. John Harris, of Epsom, The half-yearly Meeting of the Sus closed the solemn and ever memosex Congregational Society, was held rable services of the day. We unat the Rev. W. Malden's Chapel, derstand, that agreeably with the urChichester, on Thursday, May 3d, gent request of the minister and con
gregation, the services will be pub- Harris and Jones. The union of feellished.
ing manifested by the ministers on this On Thursday, April 26th, 1832, the occasion, was peculiarly delightful,and Rev. W. Jones, was ordained pastor evinced a sincere regard for the welfare of the Congregational church of the church and pastor. The Lord be Pwllhely, Carnarvonshire, North praised. Messrs. R. Rowland, Henryd; Wales. The Rev. W. Williams, of W. Davies, Nevyn; R. Owen, LlanenCarnarvon, commenced the service by gen; and J. Harries, Talsarn, were reading and prayer; the Rev. E. engaged in the work on the preceding Davies, of Llanrwst, stated the na and succeeding evenings. We trust ture of the gospel church; the Rev. the Lord smiles again upon his people Arthur Jones, (the young minister's and his cause in this town and its vicirelative, of Bangor,) proposed the nity. usual questions to the church and On Wednesday, May 2d, the Rev. pastor, which having been satisfactorily John Robertson, late of Airedale answered, the Rev. Ll. Samuel, of Academy, was ordained to the pasBethesda, offered up the ordination toral charge of the Independent church prayer, accompanied by imposition at Selby, Yorkshire. The Rev. J. of hands: the Rev. D. Griffith, of Wilkinson, of Howden, commenced Bethel, delivered the charge from the services; the Rev. T. Scales, of Acts xx. 28. The Rev. D. James, of Leeds, delivered the introductory disParadise, addressed the church from course, and proposed the usual quesExod. xvii. 12; and the Rev. A. Jones, tions; the Rev. James Jackson, of of Bangor, closed by prayer the truly Green Hammerton, offered the ordisolemn and pleasing service. In the af- nation prayer ; Rev. R. W. Hamilton, ternoon two sermons were delivered in of Leeds, delivered the charge to the the presence of a numerous assembly, minister; and the Rev. James Parwho had come together in the burying- sons, of York, preached to the people. ground adjoining the chapel, where Although the day was very unfavourthe precious dust of the late ministers able, the att nce was numerous, is entombed; and overpowering and and the services produced an imprespathetic indeed was the effect, espe
sion which it is hoped will be long recially upon the old people, when membered, and abundantly useful. the preachers alluded to the names of
ON THE STATE OF RELIGIOUS# FFAIRS IN me, poor and weak man, at the time, AN IMPORTANT PARTO RMANY. what I shall say. I will give you notice
when the synod takes place; and then (Concluded from pag 4.)
double your intercessions for our church “ We have this year a general synod, and for your unworthy brethren. The rato which I have also been chosen, which tionalists and the mystics will probably both will probably be held in Nuremberg, and
agree, that the oppressive burdens which will last two or three weeks. The ra
lie upon the Bavarian clergy, should be tionalists are making angry preparations diminished. They often cannot be paid. to gain the victory. For the church, the Thus, for instance, during my eighteen evangelical deputies are preparing them years' service, I have had to pay for selves; they are in proportion to the for- deanery and quarterly charges (that is, mer but as one to six; but they trust in the tax of 25 florins for every 100 florins the Lord with great confidence. All
of income, on entering into office) one Bavaria, the two consistories and the
per cent. taxes, i. e. the half-yearly tax superior consistory, are looking with anx of one florin for every 100 of incomeious expectation to this meeting of the in dues and taxes therefore already 882 general synod; the rationalists will chief- florins, which was a very heavy burden ly assail me, because they regard me as for me, who did not possess one farthing the cause of all the supposed evil, and of property. My promotion to my preincreasing darkness. The Lord will give sent situation cost me, including the
worthy of all the mercy and faithfulness head, made an affidavit before the com
most simple and necessary household much instruction as pleasure. He has expenses, more than 300 forins; but been residing here for a week, in order now I hope, if God will, to continue to have the advice of his spiritual brethren here till death, and thus be able to enter here, with regard to his further proceedinto a truly paternal connexion with ing in his important affair, which is now my parishioners. If I can in time do come to a crisis. O! how much could I away with the taxes that are attached write regarding him !
For the present to my situation, which is perhaps possible, I can only express myself briefly. You I can then breathe more freely. It is already probably know, that Lutz has estimated at 885 florins, but from this been long contemplating joining our 75 florips are deducted for house and church, as well as his congregation, conbarn; and I have then a yearly tax of sisting of 1100 souls, whose hearts the 50 florins and 40 florins dues to pay. Lord has enabled him to turn as the water After the lapse of three or four years, I brooks. The Episcopal commission at hope to do away with the yearly tax of Augsburg thought to obviate the scandal, 50 florins. You may think, my dear by nominating him to a very considerable brother, that under these circumstances, living, with the order to euter upon it (especially whilst being above 600 in immediately. Another vicar,of the name debt,) assistance from Christian friends of Bruer, was, at the same time, nomiwas a very great benefit. The Lord bless nated to Carlshuld. Lutz's immediate all those who so charitably stood by me protestation, that he had not applied for in the time of need! My son ----- costs that living, and was resolved to stay me yearly only about 150 florins, since where he was, was most promptly replied he resides with my sister, where he has to, that the authorities were commissioned board and lodging free, and Dr. to represent to him, that the will of the attends to him with a father's care, which commission could not be changed, and if is a great ease and comfort to me. If he he did not obey it within two days, they continues to act thus, in his learning and were forcibly to expel him from the conduct, he may hope in three years to vicarage. He continued in refusing to obtain the gymnasial stipend of 100 forins obey the mandate, and retired to Maxper annum, so that I can then spare some feldt (a few miles from Carlshuld), where thing for my second son, the godchild his sister is living. The new vicar did of dear Mr. Bomhurn, who a few days all he could to bring the people to other ago, chose me to be the godfather of his sentiments, and not less was attempted second son. When I reflect upon my by a member of the Privy Council, from past life, I must ever exclaim,- What Augsburg, who was there as commissioner. am 1, O'Lord, and what is my house, that It was all in vain! Nearly 1100 members thou hast brought us hitherto?
of his congregation, with Lutz at their which thou hast manifested to me.' Often missioner, of their going over to the Evanwhen the necessity was the most urgent, gelical [Lutheran] Church, and communihelp came in the most surprising manner, cated the same immediately afterwards in and drew from my eyes tears of thanks a letter to the superior consistory. Lutz's giving and joy. I will, therefore, cheer- reception amongst the Protestant clergy, fully commit all my ways unto the Lord. presentations, rights of the church, free 0! that I could only serve him more choice of the elders, articles of the Lufaithfully, and show myself more grateful theran Church, the hymn-book, Presbyto all those through whom, as instruments, terian constitution after the example of he has so favoured me!
the reformed, form the chief points of that “ You will scarcely yet have heard of which they desire. We are now anxiously the remarkable transition to the Protes- expecting the sequel and result of the tant faith of the Roman Catholic vicar, matter. For many of the [Catholic] Lutz, with the greatest part of his con. clergy in the Bishopric of Augsburg, acgregation in Carlshuld, on the Danube, cording to Lutz's affirmation, are, with between Ingolstadt and Munich. I will, their congregations, of the same sentitherefore, give you a very interesting ments. The king, it is said, is angry at extract from a letter, which I received this event, and suspects there is a secret three days ago from the Rev. Dr. in inclination to excite disturbances. Lutz's Erlangen.
raising his congregation, during his five “But now, upon the subject to which years' ministry, from its former state of I referred above as something extremely the deepest misery, both of body and soul, attractive and pleasing. I have become borders on the incredible, and leads us personally acquainted with that wonder back to the times of the Apostles- the ful man, Lutz, vicar of Carslhuld, and same, the very same operation of the spent two afternoons with him, with as Holy Spirit! Also, with regard to temN. S, No. 90.