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few there are that even preach the first sound and faithful ministers raised up principles of the gospel, and fewer still within her walls, who may, through who are made instrumental, through the God's grace, be enabled to work such an grace of God, in gathering together entire change, as shall cause the hearts Christ's sheep dispersed abroad in this of God's people to rejoice; if things conwicked world, and in building them up tinue as they are, the wrath of God will in God's most holy faith, by setting forth soon be poured down upon her. But before their hearers the fulness of may the Lord's people be led to pray for Christ in the gospel of the grace of an outpouring of the Holy Spirit, that God; therefore, instead of seeing we may see more manifestly a true church poor, outcast, despised, and persecuted called out, and increasing in this our land, ministers of the Lord, enduring hard- bearing the plain and simple marks there. ness as good soldiers of Jesus Christ,' of as stated in the word of God ! we, alas ! behold a large body of men, “I trust your kindness will excuse so the generality of whom have not a single long a letter, as I am anxious fully to mark of a true servant of the Lord, explain my reasons for the important living at ease conformed to the world, step, which I have taken. For as I can• seeking their own, and not the things not hold my living and a good conscience which are Jesus Christ's.' Nor do I too, I am bound even as an honest man see any prospect of an improvement to prefer the latter; for the apostle Paul amongst them, whilst the revenues of says, if a man only doubts in doing that the Church of England are so immense, which is lawful, he is condemned. I and consequently form so strong an feel assured with my present views, as inducement for ungodly and worldly- stated in this letter, I am by no means minded men to enter the ministry, in justified in keeping my living. Therefore, order to enjoy at least a comfortable I trust that you will kindly receive this maintenance. But the way to heaven letter, giving you due notice of my reis strait and narrow, and whoever signation of the vicarage of Sutton Courtis called by grace
travel that ney, in the county of Berks, and diocese way,
must take up his cross daily, of Salisbury.” and deny himself, and follow Christ; Since the publication of this pamfor through much tribulation we must phlet, the Rev. M. R. Whish, who we enter the kingdom of God.' Surely then,
understand is a dignitary of the church, the true ministers of Jesus Christ, instead
and attached to Salisbury cathedral, of living in ease and comfort, must suffer trials in various ways, for they cannot
has written a letter to Mr. Tiptaft, in in any way expect to escape the cross, the Salisbury and Wipchester Journal, if they be faithful in their great Master's
to warn him as a brother,” and to But the world will love its own, inform him that other persons whom and take care of its own. Then whilst he has known, have fallen into the we behold the Church of England closely same snare." Mr. Whish wishes connected with the State, sharing the Mr. Tiptaft to " deliberate a little riches and honours of this world with it, longer," then be will not have writincluding almost every body amongst her ten in vain." His letter is couched in members ; if she be a true church, where
a friendly style, but he says it is on a is the world ? but rather with grief and pain may we not say, Where is subject in which he can only have a the true church ? Where is Christ's
common interest with other brethren kingdom, which is not of this world ? in the Church of England.” It is a Where is the salt of the earth, and the truly lame performance. If the church city set on a hill? Where is the little has no more skilful defenders, she is flock, hated of all men for Christ's sake, in a sad and hapless condition. Mr. which • the world knows not, but to W. combats Mr. Tiptaft's objections which ‘God according to his good plea- to the marriage service of the church, sure will give the kingdom ?
for example, by presuming that, with“The reason for my mentioning, so fully the present state of the Church of to“ run away from the nuptial vows,'
out it, ungodly men would be at liberty England is, to show that I can scarcely
a very luckless consequence, certainly, distinguish a church from which I am
of the absence of a state religion; as seceding, as she is now lost and buried in the world, whatever she might have been though there were noconnubial fidelity in her better days. I can assure you, in Ireland or in Scotland, or in the Unithat I lament and mourn over her present ted States. The argument of Mr.Tiptaft state ; and shall be delighted to see many against the catechism, is met with the
irrefragable rejoinder,“ The Catechism ear-and arrested by the last anis a system of divinity, and can any nouncement of inspirations, the one lightly think of it?” Mr. Whish, song of one that hath a pleasant on the subject of the church and state voice,” at once loses half its charm. union, says, “ I leave this point with Under these circumstances, Mr. the proper persons!” “but who will Bowles' poem certainly appears to dissay that the powers that be are not advantage; nevertheless ordained of God,” as though civil pleased upon the whole with his visit power, the ordinance of God for man's to the sacred island of St. John. To temporal protection and benefit, in- the Christian mind, the solitudes of volved the monstrous perversion, of Patmos are invested with inspiring secular authority over that kingdom and hallowed associations—its illuswhich is “ not of this world !" If the trious exile, though“ dead, yet speaks” church has no sons that can better along its shores, and to us its monasdefend her than this member of one tery, grotto, and volcanic cliffs, form of her most splendid sanctuaries, she a far more interesting site than the may well hoist signals of distress, and plains of Marathon, the summits of cry out that she is “ in danger.” Ida, or the coast of the Troad. Here
it was that heaven took away her in
spiration from the bosom of man. St. John in Patmos. By one of the old Here the voice of the revealing Spirit,
living Poets of Great Britain. London. --beard in all ages since the institution Murray.
of the redeeming covenant-heard by The Apocalypse with its lofty train Abraham in his tent-Moses in the of visions and symbols – vials pouring tabernacle-Prophets amid the crowds forth and trumpets sounding-awful of Jewish cities, or the wild fastnesses glimpses of the future—the burning of Jewish deserts—and Apostles comlake, the purified world, and the holy municating the testimony of Jesus city-is a subject perhaps too sublime Christ – that voice ever recognised by and magnificent to be successfully its awe-struck hearers as no earthly treated by a mortal muse. It seems
tone, gave expression on this sea-girt an attempt too hazardous and daring rock to its farewell accents, and unthus to si
presume into the heaven of folded those scenes of weal and woe, heavens, an earthly guest.” We can of light and shade, of joy and gloom, ' not forget the splendid original, in which shall chequer the concluding reading the composition founded upon pages of the world's brief history. it—" The noise of many waters and of The following extract contains mighty thunderings" breaks upon the pleasing anticipations :
6. That Book
TRANSACTIONS OF THE CONGREGATIONAL DISSENTERS. ,
diligence with which the young men At the Annual General Meeting of the have prosecuted their various studies.” North Riding Association of Indepen On the latter day the general busident Ministers and Congregations, held ness of the Institution was transacted, at Malton, Yorkshire, May 30, 1832, and in the evening Mr. Edwards, one
Resolved unanimously–That be- of the senior students, delivered an lieving the entire extinction of the Essay on the Difference between NaRoman Catholic religion is rendered tural and Moral Inability. certain by abundant divine promises, and cannot be very distant, and that it is high time to use active measures
COLLEGE. avowedly for this object, this meeting The Annual Examination at Highrequests the attention of their Protes- bury College took place on the 3d and tant Dissenting brethren throughout the 4th of July. On the former day the kingdom to the fact, that wbile we have Students were examined in the classicombined in missionary exertions for cal department, from a statement of overthrowing, as our God may pros- the books which have been read durper us, the idolatry of distant nations, ing the session. Passages were sewe have made no united effort towards lected by the Chairman from Sallust, subverting that of continental Europe, Virgil, Horace, Tacitus, Xenophon, to which recent providential openings Herodotus, and Thucydides. On seem particularly to invite; and sub- the latter day, several essays were mits to their consideration, whether it read, and a series of questions probe not our duty as strenuous Protes- posed on Rhetoric, Biblical Criticism, tants, to unite for this object, either by and Theology. One class expounded joining the British Reformation Socie a portion of the Greek Testament, and ty, or by forming a separate institu- another read selections from the Hetion.
brew Bible. The following report was furnished by the examiners ;
We, whose names are undersigned, The Anniversary of this Institution cheerfully bear our testimony to the which took place on the 26th and 27th very scholar-like and admirable manof June, at the house, at Exeter, which ner in which the young men have achas been recently purchased for its quitted themselves; and whilst we use, was attended by a numerous com congratulate the Tutors on their sucpany of ministers, subscribers, and cess and the Students on their varied friends of the Institution. On the for- attainments, we indulge the hope that mer day, the students were examined an institution so highly favoured will by a committee appointed for that pur continue to enjoy the blessing of the pose, who made the following Re- Redeemer, and the increasing support port :
of the churches. “We have been highly gratified,
J. BERRY, with the results of a long and scruti
Jos. FLETCHER, nizing examination of the Students, in
RALPH WARDLAW, Theology, Hebrew, Latin and Greek
W. H. COOPER, &c." Classics, Mathematics, Natural Phi On the evening of July 4, the Annual losophy, and Mental Science; time Meeting of the Subscribers was held not permitting them to enter into all at the Congregational Library, Moorthe subjects of the course of study for fields. After an Essay on the Incarna
This examination equally tion,delivered by the senior Student,the evinced the zeal and fidelity with which Report was read and adopted, and the the highly esteemed Tutors have dis usual resolutions proposed. We regret charged the duties of their respective to learn, from a passage in the Redepartments, and the application and port, as well as from the statements N. S. No. 92,
FROPOSED DECLARATION OF FAITH
of the Treasurer, that a considerable day, Angust 15th, and in the mean defalcation has occurred in the Annual tine applications may be addressed to Subscriptions. Some liberal sub- the Principal, Rev. E. Miller, A. M., scribers bave been removed by death, Silcoates House, near Wakefield, or and others, through commercial diffi- the Secretary, Rev. T. Scales, Leeds. culty, bave been obliged to relinquish their assistance. The notice of this deficiency will, we trust, be quitesufficient to induce the friends of this most im We are happy to learn from several portant Institution, and especially the quarters, that the proposed Declaraministers who have been educated tion which appeared in our last, from under its patronage, to come forward the Committee of the Congregational immediately with their influence and Union, has met with much approbasupport in its favour.
One intelligent correspondent in the
north says, “many here have read it, CONGREGATIONAL SCHOOL FOR THE
and all concur in expressing their adOF MINISTERS, SILCOATES,
miration of its literary excellence, and The first Anniversary of this useful especially of its luminious and scrip
tural summary of evangelical docInstitution was celebrated on Wed
trines and precepts.
Our pastor nesday, July 4th, and proved highly thinks it to be an article of so much gratifying. About twenty ministers of the counties of York and Lancaster value, that he, with a few friends, is were present, besides a considerable for gratuitous distribution.
reprinting seven hundred copies,chiefly number of the subscribers from places in the more immediate neighbourhood. that the same degree of enlightened
It will give us pleasure to know, At the examination of the pupils, which
attention is paid to it in all our commenced at an early hour, the Rev. churches, so that it may be adopted at R. W. Hamilton presided. The several classes read in Delectus, Cæsar,
the Annual Meeting of 1833. Virgil, Horace, and Cicero, in the Latin; and in the New Testament and
ALTERATION OF THE MARRIAGE Euripides in the Greek. They were also exercised in Geography, History, the Congregational Union of England
At a meeting of the Committee of the Mathematics, and produced speci- and Wales, held at the Congregational mens of their attainments in writing, Library, London, July 9, 1832, it was mapping, English composition, &c. Prizes of Books were conferred upon
Resolved-That, as a new Parliathose who had distinguished them
ment is about to be elected, it is, in the selves in their respective classes, and opinion of this Committee, the duty of the general exercises of the school.
the dissenting body to connect with Immediately after this a public meet
the exercise of their elective franchise, ing of the constituents was held ; the
an effort to secure the support of their Treasurer, George Rawson, Esq. in future representatives to a measure the Chair. A Report of the proceed for such an alteration in the law ings of the past year was read, and relating to marriage, as will save ordered to be printed. Some import
Dissenters from being compelled to ant alterations were made in the laws worship, contrary to their consciences, and regulations of the school. Amongst at the altar of the Church of England.
ARTHUR TIDMAN, other changes, it was determined, instead of limiting its advantages to the
Secretaries. counties of York and Lancaster, to
JOSHUA Wilson, admit the sons of ministers from the counties adjoining, and in accordance
ORDINATIONS. with that enlargement of its sphere, to On Tuesday, April 24th, Mr. T. R. entitle it The Northern Congregational Barker, formerly Student at Homer. School. A considerable accession to ton, was ordained to the pastoral the number of pupils is expected at office at Harpenden, Hertfordshire. the next commencement, on Wednes. The Rev. J. Harris, of St. Albans,
read the Scriptures and prayed; the (and may not imagination indulge the Rev. J. Smith, of Redburn, delivered pleasing thought, that his happy spirit the introductory discourse; the Rev. is hovering over us, and is rejoicing to W. Chapman, of Greenwich, offered witness our proceedings), J. Clapthe ordination prayer, with laying on ham, and G. Rawson, Esqrs. But it of hands; the charge was given by was not mere sympathy; their zeal the Rev. A. Reed, of Wycliffe Chapel, was active, and they themselves for from 2 Tim. i. 14; the Rev. Dr. Smith, many a Sabbath came and preached Tutor of Homerton, addressed the to the inhabitants of Fairburn the glad people, from 1 Pet, iv. 18; and the tidings of a Saviour's love. And they service was concluded with prayer
did not labour in vain. A thirst was by the Rev. W. Upton, of St. excited for the water of life ; sinners Albans; and in the evening a sermon were converted and saints were edi-' was preached to the congregation by fied, some of whom remain unto the the Rev. H. Burgess, of Luton, from present, but some are fallen asleep. Psalm cxxii. 6, Pray for the peace Since that time, the neighbourhood of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that has frequently been favoured with the love thee."
occasionallabours of different ministers The ordination of the Rev. D. Se- of the Independent denomination. An nior, of the Independent College, Ro- itineracy was at once formed, when therham, over the United Church of some of our most valued ministers Fairburn and Brotherton, took place of the West Riding visited this as on Wednesday, May 30, in the Wes well as other places. The ministers leyan Chapel, Brotherton. In the of Pontefract and Knottingley, Dr. morning, the Rev. J. Roberton, of Boothroyd and yourself, Messrs. ChalSelby, commenced the services by the mers, Lees, and Hesselton, have reading of the Scriptures and Prayer; preached the Gospel here with zeal the Rev. James Rawson, of Ponte- and success. Still there was no perfract, delivered the introductory dis: manent ministry among the people, course, and proposed the usual ques- and they therefore asked you, Sir, if tions; the Rev. J. D. Lorraine, of practicable, to satisfy their wants, and Wakefield, offered the ordination meet their desires. You applied to prayer; the Rev. T. Scales, of Leeds, the Home Missionary Society for the gave the charge; and the Rev. J. West Riding of Yorkshire, and it Armstrong, of Wortley, concluded with very generously consented to assist prayer. In the evening, after prayer them. Its pecuniary resources were by the Rev. W. Gothard, of Knot much exhausted, but its deep poverty tingly, the Rev.J. Pudie, of Halifax, abounded to the riches of its liberality. preached to the church and congrega- A gratuity of twenty pounds was voted tion, and closed the impressive and for Fairburn and Brotherton. On the deeply interesting solemnities with third Lord's day of May, 1830, the prayer.
Rev. Dr. Cope, of Wakefield, introMr. Rawson having requested the duced the regular ministration of the church, through the medium of one Gospel in these villages. The church deputed by it, to furnish the assembly and congregation feel that they would with a narration of those circumstances be guilty of a neglect of duty, if they which had led to the transactions of that did not publicly express their gratiday, the following statement tude for the highly valued and most given :
self-denying labours of the different mi. In replying to your question, it nisters and students, who have preached would be improper to overlook events to them the word of life. Mr. Senior, prior to the settlement of Mr. Se who frequently, and with much acnior in this place, and in which this ceptance, bad preached to them when Christian assembly will trace the hand a student, was invited to supply them of a kind and gracious God. More during the vacation of last year. Не than twenty years ago, the moral yielded to their wish, and the result wants of this neighbourhood excited of his labours was an unanimous wish the attention and commiseration of that he should statedly instruct them three gentlemen of Leeds, the late in those things which belong to their amiable and pious William Clapham peace. He complied, and immediate