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deepened both by observing the havoc dred pounds? And will our rich brethren which pestilence and civil war have lately grudge even a much larger grant, if it be made in France, and by remembering necessary? How easily might God have the circumstances of extreme peril into permitted events to occur which would which the peace of our own country was have taken from us, at a stroke, half or brought a very few weeks ago.

the whole, not of our income only, but of The people at large will manifest their our property! And if we and our fellowjoy by illuminations and feasts; but are Christians generally in Britain shall perthere not some other more permanent and sist in allowing thousands of our neighbeneficial actions within our power, by bours to grow up in pagan ignorance, or which we may evince our gratitude to in infidel error, God may still, in just reGod, who has so wonderfully answered tribution for our criminal negligence, our prayers and interposed for our help? allow “the floods of ungodly men” to Let us look round our respective locali- break down our ramparts of law and justies, and consider in what way we can tice, strengthened though they now are most effectually promote the best interests by what we may fondly deem the imof our neighbours. Nothing is compar

moveable buttresses of constitutional reable to instruction, moral and religious form. instruction ; and the larger the measure June 11, 1832.

J. B. S. G. of civil liberty which a nation enjoys, the more important it becomes that the popu- DECREASE OF THE SLAVE POPULATION. lation should have their minds imbued with those principles of justice, truth, be.

The following summary is taken from

Mr. Buxton's printed “ Statement of the nevolence, and peace, which the Holy

Decrease of the Slave Population in th Scriptures inculcate. Is there a populous Sugar Colonies, drawn up from Official village, then, or a district of a town,

Returns." where a place of worship is urgently re

Decrease in 11 years

868 quired? Let the Christians who live near


1844 that neglected spot unite in a benevolent


12 12,037 confederation for the purpose of supplying Grenada


2597 the deficiency Or, is a school, a Sabbath


12 18,024 school, a British school, or an infant



131 school, still more urgently needed, let Nevis


192 neighbouring Christians resolve to supply St. Christopher's 10

100 the desideratum. Let an effort of un

St. Lucia


1942 common generosity be made, proportioned St. Vincent's


1248 to the greatness of the occasion. Has


10 such an occasion ever occurred in England Tortola


143 since the year 1688? Nay, the present Trinidad


6168 is in one respect a more memorable occasion than was that “ glorious revolution.” Decrease in the above 13 colonies, Is it not a new thing in the history of man

the average being 11 1-13 years 48,097 kind, for a government to reform itself, Mauritius, decrease in 103 years 10,767 without external violence, or the shedding of one drop of blood ? Second causes,

58 864 grant, may be stated to account for the Deduct, Increase in the two followwonderful event; but these causes will not diminish the gratitude of the pious

ing colonies, viz. Dominica, in 9 years

11 man, knowing, as he does, how completely

Barbadoes, in 12 ditto 5966 all events are under divine controul.

5977 Nor let any one attempt to abuse our grateful joy by reminding us of the uncer- Total decrease in the slave populatainty of all human affairs. We know it; tion in the Sugar Colonies, on an but we contend, that as God has most re

average of 11 years

52,877 markably interposed to deliver us from twoimminent perils, and has apparently re

Surely these official returns supply the moved one of those perils farther from us place of a thousand other arguments Slathan ever, it is our bounden duty loudly very must be a murderous system, or such to praise him, and to show our gratitude a waste of human life could not be occaby some special act of pious beneficence.

sioped. Shall those of us, who spend from one hundred to one thousand pounds a year

INCREASE OF MINISTERS IN THE STATE on ourselves and families, grudge on such

OF NEW YORK. an occasion a donation of one, or two, or It is with sincere pleasure that we exfive, or ten, or twenty, or fifty, or a hun- tract from the New York Observer the


thirteen years.



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following summary of the Comparative the other prizes, accompanied with those number of the Clergy of that State, in 1819 affectionate and instructive remarks, for and 1832, as it exhibits a very extraor- which he is always distinguished on those dinary increase in the short period of interesting occasions

The Rev. Joseph Hughes, M. A. de1819 1832 livered a short Address, and concluded

the business of the day with prayer. Presbyterians and Con.


A very numerous company of ladies gregationalists,

and gentlemen (about 400) then sat down Episcopalians,

143 in the spacious hall of the Institution, to Baptists,

139 310 a cold collation, E. Edwards, Esq in the Reformed Dutch,

105 98 chair. The assembly was briefly addresMethodists,

90 357 sed by the Rev. Messrs. W. Clayton, H. Lutherans,


L. Berry, J. Burnet, G. Clayton, and Other denominations, not ?

A. Tidman. After which, they adjourned

89 enumerated in 1819, S

to the gardens, and tea being served, they

slowly retired, taking with them many Total. .716 1470 of the interesting youths who are pupils

in the establishment.

The congratulations were numerous ANNIVERSARY OF THE DISSENTERS'

and heartfelt on the very auspicious state SCHOOL, MILL HILL.

of the school, and it was unanimously The 24th Annnal Day of this invaluable acknowledged to have been the most in. Institution, was held on Wednesday the

teresting public day ihat has been seen

at Mill Hill for many years. 27th of June.

The company began to assemble at an early hour, and strolled through the beau- PARLIAMENTARY tiful grounds, enjoying the lovely prospect by which they are surrounded, until eleven o'clock, when the bell called Mr. John Wilks, the member for Bosthem to assemble in the chapel ; amongst ton, moved in the last Parliament, for a whom, we observed, Messrs. J. Burnet, Statement of the Monies paid for Church J. Blackburn, G. Clayton, W. Chapman, Rates, &c. and how expended, which W. Ellis, J. Gunn, J. Hughes, C. S. has been recently laid on the table of the Stewart of the United States, A. Tid.

House of Commons, and is now printed man, J. Yockney, and a large number for the use of members, under the title of of our respected Missionaries.

“Abstract of Returns,showing the amount The Rev. Wm. Clayton the Chaplain, of Monies received and expended by read the Scriptures, and the Rev. Mr. the Churchwardens and Chapelwardens, Elliot of Devizes, offered prayer. The from Easter, 1830, to Easter, 1831.” Rev. Joseph Berry occupied the chair It contaius the accounts from 41 Coun. till the arrival of Sir J. Key, Bart. the ties in England and Wales, each county Lord Mayor, who presided during the is classed by itself. To give the respective recitations of the Greek, Latin, French,

amounts under their different heads, is and English speeches, by twenty-three of for general purposes unnecessary; the the pupils.

totals, however, are important, and are Prizes were then distributed, and his therefore classed together in the followLordship had the pleasure of seeing his ing table, as a species of account cur. own son Mr. J. S. Key, receive a hand- rent, by which it may be seen the amount some volume as a prize for English com

that has been received-the sources from position. Official duties requiring Sir J. which it came, and the manner in which Key to return to London, he expressed, it has been expended :before he left the chair, not only the pleasure he had felt on the occasion, but also

Receipts from his sincere gratitude to the Directors and Tutors of the Institution, for the care

Church Rates

-£446,247 12 they had taken of their pupils; and he Estates, &c.

51,919 1 0 could not, as a Christian parent, withhold Mortuary, or Burial Fees 18,216 0 his best thanks for their attention to the Poor Rates

41,489 17 religious and moral education of their pu- Pews and Sittings

39,382 12 pils, without which, he felt that all their Any other source

66,559 16 other attainments would lose half their value.


· £663,814 18 The Rev. Dr.J.P. Smith then distributed .

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Payments for

his father urged him very affectionately Repairs of Churches, &c.£248,125 16 0 and seriously, to begin

in earnest to seek Organs, Bells, &c....... 41,710 15 0 the great salvation. The father of our Books, Wive, &c. 46,337 19 0 friend had indeed to rejoice that he had Salaries to Clerks, Sex.

not laboured or prayed in vain ; for in a tons, &c.

126,185 17 0 retrospect of that event (when he was Any other purpose

183,521 2 2 just ten years of age) which he made long

afterwards, the following reflections were £645,883 9 found in his own writing :-" Then, 1

trust sincerely and earnestly, and, as OBITUARY NOTICE OF THE REVEREND well as I can recollect, for the first time,

I poured out my soul to God, beseeching Most of our readers have learned that him to give me an interest in Christ, the above venerable man terminated his and desiring above all things to be found labours, and entered on his eternal rest, in him.” on Tuesday, the 29th of May, in the 80th Having at an early age displayed a paryear of his age. His funeral took place tiality for drawing, he was placed with at Bunhill Fields burial-ground on Tues- an eminent engraver, and afterwards beday, June 5, which was attended by came a student in the Royal Academy at a numerous company of ministers and Somerset House. As he advanced toother directors of the Missionary Society wards maturity, he frequently heard with and a large body of church meinbers and deep interest the preaching of the illusprivate friends, who accompanied his sor- trious Whitefield, and the excellent Rorowing family to the grave. The previous maine. To use his own words, he beservice was conducted in the City Road came fond of that sort of preaching Chapel, which was kindly lent for the oc- which was commonly termed methocasion,

dism ; “ my judgment,” he says, The Rev. C. Morris commenced the before informed; but I found it necesfuneral service by reading the Scriptures. sary that my heart should be affected.” The Rev. Dr. Winter prayed, and, after At the age of twenty-one he entered singing, delivered the address, which was on business, and the prospect of success characterized by the Doctor's accustomed which speedily opened before him was neat and judicious method; the Rev. highly encouraging; but secular pursuits George Collison offered prayer at the were not accordant with his feelings and grave. The funeral sermon was preach- his wishes. He saw at that period much ed on the following Lord's day morning, in the state of the country generally, and at Fetter Lane, by the Rev. Dr. Fletcher, even of the church of Christ of his from Jude, 21st verse, and, from the pub- own denomination particularly, to excite lished report of that service, we extract anxiety for the moral and spiritual inthe following biographical particulars.

terests of men. Some of the descendants The Rev. George Burder was born of the venerable nonconformists had dein London, on the 5th of June, 1752 ; and, clined from the faith and simplicity of by a reinarkable and memorable coinci- their ancestors; and the orthodoxy of dence, the day of his burial was the others was in too many instances cold, eightieth anniversary of his birth. His formal, and unproductive. A society excellent father, Mr, Henry Burder, existed at this time, not unlike the was for many year a much-respected Home Missionary Society of our time member and deacon of'the church, Fetter as to its immediate objects and plans ; Lane. His son, George, was sent at the and with this institution he became in. age of about ten years to a grammar. timately connected, and afterwards maschool, where he applied himself with terially promoted its interests. Intent diligence to classical studies. On his on doing good, he seized on all opportubirth-day, when only ten years of age, pities of promoting the best interests of

those to whom he had access. • The payments contained in this co- We now approach the period when he lumn are principally on account of Visi- became a public advocate of the name tations, Fees, and of Travelling and other which he had long honoured and loved. expenses attendant thereon.

About the age of twenty-four he took a N. B. No balance is struck,which huw- journey into Shropshire, and spent some ever amounts to £17,931, 9s. nor is any time there on his father's estates. By account given of former balances. It is

the persuasion of a friend he was induced true the order did not require it, and

to preach the gospel of Christ at the the parties concerned are not disposed to house of one of his father's tenants, in supply more information on such subjects 'reference to which occasion the following than they are compelled to do.

memorandum was found : "I was much

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assisted, and had far more boldness and Lancashire, his itinerating labours in that liberty than I expected.

The people

sphere, and the revival of religion in were all attention ; some wept much, various parts connected with his faithful and many were greatly moved. O Jesus, and energetic ministrations, are well refriend of sinners, make it useful : make membered. In an interesting memorial me so happy as to hear of some turned to found among his papers is a reference to thee !” Thus, in simplicity and godly this : "I was about six years at Lancassincerity, and without any direct and ter, where I hope my ministry was formal preparation, he became a preacher blessed to the conversion of souls, and of the gospel. But though no academic the edification of the church. But, sanction had been conferred on him, he though hearers were added, our number was neither ignorant nor unlettered: he was not increased: the sea-service of had been a diligent student, though not that town, and the removal of members at college ; and his habits were those of to other parts, was a constant drawback; constant, uniform, and systematical ap- but my usefulness was, to a considerable plication. His future course proved that, extent, by itinerating ;" and he has rewhatever was the immediate source of corded various places which he systemahis knowledge, he was an able minister tically visited. In many places chapels of the New Testament, and well-in- were erected; in many of them now there structed into the kingdom of God. On are churches of the living God, to the the evening of the Sahbath that followed praise and glory of his grace. He says, his first exertions, finding that the house * The six years spent at Lancaster were where he had preached in the morning perhaps some of the most useful of my could not contain the people, he took his life, and the most laborious, for [ preachstation under the shadow of an oak tree, ed some years two hundred and fifty and delivered on that spot with youthful times, rode somewhere about two thouardour his testimony for God. Not far sand five hundred, or two thousand six from that very spot, many years after- hundred miles; and yet, amidst no small wards, he had the honour of opening a infirmities, and manitold weaknesses, chapel he had himself erected for ihe God enabled me to persevere.” worship of God, and a school for the in- A wider sphere of labour, and one more struction of the young: and thus there adapted to the powers and energies of his were delightful and interesting pledges mind, was presented to him in the popuof the brightness and success of his path. lous city of Coventry; and there our

The first time he preached in London esteemed and lamented friend continued was for his friend Mr. Clayton, who was nearly twenty years. Of this period he then engaged in connexion with the Coun- remarks, “ I humbly trust God gave tess of Huntingdon's Society; and he also

many seals to my ministry, who, by bis preached repeatedly for the late Mr.

grace, I hope will be the crown of my Crowle, at that tiine living in London. rejoicing in the day of the Lord Jesus." Such engagements became a virtual It was during his residence in Coventry, pledge that he should do greater things, and while engaged in the arduous duty and enter on a more extended and per- of his pastoral and itinerating labours, manent sphere of labour. At this period that he published the first volume of his he felt a difficulty, and no small diffi- “ Village Sermons," a work which he culty, as to the course he should pursue. afterwards extended to eight volumes, He had observed much of the power all of which are marked by his characte. of religion amidst the Calvinistic Metho. ristic qualities—eminent simplicity, didists, and some of the evangelical clergy; rectness of adaptation to one end, and men of the Established Church; and, had that end continually usefulness. The not difficulties pressed upon his con- Village Sermons” are a publication science, and rendered it impossible to that will never be forgotten; and they conform to the national hierarchy, his deserve the immortality they will most views of the most inviting sphere of use- ssuredly obtain. Evangelic in sentifulness, might have induced him to enter ment, pervaded by a rich tone of practiwithin its pale. Long afterwards, how. cal piety, pre-eminently lucid in their ever, he recorded his entire satisfaction style, their method and their object in the choice he had made of pursuing marked by a calm dignity and an unathis ministry among Congregational Dis- fected plainness as remote from vulgarity senters. In about a year afterwards he

as from display, and free from every began to preach, and accepted an invita- thing polemic and controversial, and yet tion to settle in the ministry, at Lancas- always maintaining the great truths of ter; and at Lancaster, where he conti- the common salvation-they have at. nued six years, he was most honoured of tained an extent of circulation altogether God. In that county his entrance at unparalleled in the history of sermons, They have gone through numerous and After being for ten years actively and large editions ; have been widely circu- usefully employed in his engagements in lated in America; are translated into Loudon, he thus wrote in one of his privarious continental languages; have been vate memorandums : “ When a traveller read in schools, villages, and chapels, gets near his journey's end, he notices in various parts of the country; have every hour of time, and observes every been the means of introducing the gos. mile-stone which he passes : so, when a pel even into parish churches ; thousands man reaches the age of sixty-one, it is and tens of thousands have been benefited high time to consider what progress he hy them where the name of their vene- has made, and how near he is to his home. rated author has been unknown; nume- I hope I am not insensible to these rous and most encouraging have been things. I have great cause to admire the the instances of conversion by their goodness of God, in continuing me so means; and some are now preaching the great a degree of health, greater than at gospel within the Established Church, any former period of my life. I am inand without it, who, by reading the clined to think the Lord has granted “ Village Sermons," were turned from me this favour that I may more fully de. darkness to light. Had our Friend wril- vote myself to his work, who, (blessed be ten only this work, his name would for his name) is my constant trust. I think ever be embalmed in the grateful re- myself highly favoured in being, permembrance of the Christian church, mitted, not only to preach his gospel with

After he came to London, he entered success and acceptance, but to engage on the duties of his office as gratuitous daily in promoting his cause among the Secretary to the London Missionary So- heathen. To God, alone, be all the ciety ; in this department he continued glory. As to myself, I wish to work till age and infirmities rendered him in. while it is day, and to watch while I capable of discharging them. Here the work, that I may be found ready for same quality of activity, diligence, sim- death and heaven, whenever the Lord ple devotedness to his work, were uni. may call me." formly evinced. Other institutions Fourteen years afterwards, in the year shared his labours; and he is indeed to 1827, his age and infirmities compelled be considered the father of the Religious bim to resign his office as Foreign SecreTract Society, and contributed more tary to the London Missionary Society. largely than any other individual to its On the 18th June, 1826, he thus writes: valuable and important publications. * It is fifty years since I preached my

We find on his leaving Coventry, that first sermon, and this day I have preachhe felt, as every man must

feel on leaving ed to my people, at Fetter Lane, from an important station of labour, no small the same text'; · the Spirit of the Lord measure of anxiety. On the decease of God is upon me.' &c. Isaiah lxi. 1. This the Rev. J. Eyre, of Homerton, in the (he says, with his accustomed simplicity) year 1803, he was solicited and elected is a day of humiliation to me. Enter not to be his successor in the London Mis- into judgment with thy servant, O Lord. sionary Society He received an unani. Accept my very imperfect services mous invitation at that time, to become through Jesus Christ, through whom the pastor of the church at Fetter Lane; alone I can hope for acceptance. And “I ventured (he says to accept these this must be a day of thanksgiving. appointments, I trust, with a sincere de- Half a century have I been spared to sire to glorify God, and edify his church, serve my Master, in his sanctuary, while 'humbly hoping that the Great Head of multitudes of younger ministers have the church would supply my old friends finished their course. 1

suppose I

may at Coventry with a faithful pastor. It have preached nearly ten thousand sercost him much to burst asunder the mons; and, blessed be God, some of the strong and tender ties which had, for seed has been productive.' To God be nearly twenty years, united him to that all the glory for ever !" church, which had been built up by his By the great goodness of God, he was zealous and successful labours-an at- enabled to preach with ease and energy tachment cherished and expressed by all once every Lord's day; this, however, classes of his hearers; and the unfeigned being the full extent practicable, at such respect with which he was regarded by an advanced period of life, it afforded him the inhabitants of that city, was such as great satisfaction to receive the aid of the to render the separation unusually pain- Rev. Caleb Morris, who was associated ful. It was sustained, however, on his with himn in the pastoral charge ; towards part, by an undoubted conviction of duty, whom he ever cherished the feelings of Ebough he never ceased to feel an affece fraternal affection, and from whom be tion for his former charge.


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