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M.P. Charles Barclay, Esq. M.P. Henry Brougham, Esq. M.P. J. Butterworth, Esq. M.P. T. F. Buxton, Esq. M.P. Thomas Denman, Esq. M.P. Pascoe Grenfell, Esq. M.P. Thomas Lennard, Esq. M.P. S. Lushington, LL.D. M.P. Richard Martin, Esq. M.P. W. T. Money, Esq. M.P. 6ir J. Mackintosh, M.P. C. E. Rumbold, Esq. M.P. John Smith, Esq. M.P. George Smith, Esq. M.P. Abel Smith, Esq. M.P. William Smith, Esq. M.P. Sir R. Williams, Bart. M.P. Anthony Brown, Esq. Aid. John Key, Esq. Aid. William Allen, Esq. Thomas Barry, Esq. John Deacon, Esq. Charles Field, Esq. Samuel Hoare, Jun. Esq. W. L. Hanbury, Esq. R. H. Marten, Esq. I. T. Barry,Esq. Benjamin Shaw, Esq. Thomas Sturge, Jun. Esq. Henry Waymouth, Esq.
Letters or communications addressed to the Committee, at the bar of John's Coffee House, Cornhill, (where the Committee will meet,) will be attended to; and where Donations will be received.
Joseph Butterworth, Esq. M.P. Bedford Square. T. F. Buxton, Esq. M.P. Brick Lane, Spitalfields. R. Martin, Esq. M.P. 16, Manchester Buildings. W. T. Money,
Esq. M.P. 181, Piccadilly. Ashley,
Esq. Tokenhouse Yard. S. Hoare, Esq. Jun. Treasurer, 62, Lombard Street. Benjamin Shaw, Esq. 72, Cornhill. J. T. Barry, Esq. Plough Court. J. Challis, Esq. Leadenhall Market. George Dillwyn, Esq. Walthamstow. William Foster Reynolds, Esq. Great St. Helens. Charles Field. Esq. Lambeth Marsh. Luke Howard, Esq. Tottenham. W. L. Hanbury, Esq. 18, Aldermanbury. John Fry, Esq. St. Mildred's Court. R. H. Marten, Esq. Mincing Lane. Charles Marten, Esq. 9, Finch Lane. Thomas Sturge, Esq. Jun. Newington Butts. Henry Waymouth, Esq. 6, Connaught Place. -— White, Esq. Nine Elms, or Jamaica Coffee House.
The Committee for raising a Subscription for the Widow Smith think it right to inform those who are expected to feel interested in her welfare, that the limitation of individual Donations to One Pound, and the offer to receive smaller Donations was, with the view of giving opportunity for all to contribute according to their means, without raising a larger sum than would be reasonable for a permanent and suitable support for her future life; but it is with regret they find, from some of their correspondents, that an opposite idea has prevailed, and that because little is asked individually, it is presumed the aggregate will become very large, and therefore many have not contributed at all. Should su?h an idea become a prevailing one, it will frustrate the purpose proposed, and become a disgrace, rather than an honour
to the great cause under which the Widow has so deplorably suffered. The Committee therefore hope, that this will confidently be left to their discretion, and that the friends of religious instruction will shew their love to Missions, by taking; this cause up in their respective circles, and extend their attentions to the humblest members, in order that all may be enabled to manifest their sympathy with the worthy and innocent sufferer.
Hitherto the receipts do not by their amount justify any fear of a surplus; but on the contrary, the fear rather preponderates, lest an unfounded apprehension of such surplus should prevent the Subscription rising to the moderate amount which the Committee have expected from this measure.
Committee Room, Johrti Coffee House,
Died, on Monday, 28th June last, aged fifty-one, Lieutenant Francis Collins, R. N. well known as the late Depositary to the Religions Tract Society, leaving a disconsolate Widow and Five Children (the eldest not sixteen years old) to lament his loss, and in circumstances wholly inadequate for their support.
Mr. Collins was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in the Royal Navy in the year 1801, through the recommendation ot the late Admiral Lord Viscount Nelson, for his gallant behaviour while commanding a division of boats, in effecting the landing of the British Troops composing the Army in Egypt, under the command of the late General Sir Ralph Abercromby. In this distinguished eflort he received a wound on his head from a musket ball, which at the time was considered mortal, (every officer and man in the boat being either killed or wounded.) The Lord was pleased to restore him ; but from the effects of this wound he sought for, and obtained a retreat on shore, after fifteen years service at sea, having first entered upon his maritime career at eleven years of age.
From his relation to the Religious Tract Society, which, as its Depositary, he continued for fourteen years, he was well known to the religious public, and highly esteemed by all who knew him. His zeal, activity, and piety, he manifested to all around him. His unwearied exertions in visiting and relieving very many of the sick and other poor in, and about the Metropolis; and his readiness to engage in every good work in promoting the enlargement of the Redeemer's kingdom, will long be remembered. Of his talents as a speaker, his occasional pulpit labours, and at the public meetings, will fully attest that they were respectable; and, considering his former habits and pursuits, his publication," Collins's Voyages," certainly exhibits a mind of no inferior talent, as well as energy and zeal for the Redeemer's cause. His truly benevolent and kind
disposition, caused him to submit to very frequent and severe privations, in order to minister to the wants of the destitute. He was indeed indefatigable in his labours for the spiritual and temporal welfare of others: he aimed to follow the bright example of his Lord and Master, " who vent about doing good." His widow and children are left in circumstances which are by no means adequate to their support; and it is confidently hoped, that the religions public will not suffer the family of such a useful, zealous, and valuable servant of Christ to want.
With a view to bring this interesting and necessitous case before the Christian public, the undermentioned Gentlemen have formed themselves into a Committee, by whom Subscriptions will be thankfully received:—Capt. C. Allen, R.N. Secretary, 8, Grove, Camberwell—Capt. Lamb, R.N. 5, Lower Southampton Place, Camberwell—Lieut. Norris, R.N. 9, Beresford Street, Walworth—D. A. Com. Gen. Yeoland, Secretary, ditto—Dr. Smith, 62, Hatton Garden — Mr. Thomas Pellatt, Treasurer, Ironmongers' Hall, Fenchurch Street—Thomas Thompson, Esq. Brixton, and at 18, Aldermanbury—J. Ross, New Inn, and at Hammersmith—D. Simpson, 57, Bishopsgate Street—J. Nisbet, 21, Berner Street, .Oxford Street—Mr. Fox, 2, Stationers' Court—T. Phillips, Potter's Fields, Tooley Street—J. Dawtry, Carey Lane, Cheapside—Mr. Marriott, 77, Old Broad Street—at the Publishers of this Magazine, and at the Depositary of the Religious Tract Society.
The importance of Hamburg, as a commercial situation, having long been felt by the British nation at large, has, since the restoration of peace, induced many of our fellow countrymen to settle there. In the exchange of countries, however, it was soon found, that they had deprived themselvesof their most valuable privilege, the public exercise of religion.
In the year 1818, some Gentlemen obtained from the Senate a concession, allowing the British residents a full protection in their religion, (otherwise not tolerated), and the evangelical English Reformed Church, thus formed, has since continued with varying success. Some oppressive difficulties owing chiefly to the want of a . place of worship of their own, in connexion with some very encouraging appearances at the present lime, have induced the Committee to resolve on the erection of a Chapel, in which the pure religion of the Gospel may be maintained, and that with very especial reference to the spiritual good ot seamen, of whom, during the greater part of the year, there are some Hundreds in the harbour.
The amount of Subscriptions in Hamburg rose above the most sanguine expectations, though far from adequate to the sum required.
The minister of the church, therefore, having been desired to visit his native land, in the hope of completing the important design, employs this mode of making known to Christians of all denominations, (for in this foreign object all are equally interested;) his intention of calling on them, under the assurance that his application will not be in vain to those whose hearts are influenced by the Divine precept, " Freely ye have received, freely give.*'
The Baptist Churches in the Midland district, (now including 32,) held their Annual Assembly at Coseley,Staffordshire, June, 8 and 9, 1824. Tuesday, three o"clock. Brother Morrell of Brettell Lane commenced with prayer. Brother Beddow (Minister of the place,) was chosen Moderator. The preliminaries and letters from the churches were read, and Brother Hardcastle of Dudley, closed in prayer. Evening, half past Six. Brother Shoveller of Bridgnorth prayed, Brother Davies of Evesham preaened from Luke x. 42. "One thing'is needful, and Mary hath chosen that good part which shall not be taken an ay from her." Brother Poole of New Hall Street, Birmingham, closed in prayer, after which the ministers and messengers heard the circular letter on Church Prosperity, drawn up by Brother Fry, of Coleford, which was approved. Wednesday, at six in the morning, Brethren Bissell from Bilstone, Hall of Nitherton, and Bayliss of Willenhull engaged in prayer, after which the money for the association fund was received and distributed. The
churches at Rowley, Stourbridge, and Holy Cross were added to the Association. At eleven, Brother Tayler of Boston, Lincolnshire prayed. Brother Shoveller preached from Col. i. 18. "that in all things he might have the pre-eminence;" and Brother Morgan of Bond Street, Birmingham, from Luke xvi. 15. Brother Roar, (Indcp.) of Wolverhampton closed in prayer. After which it was agreed for the next Annual Meeting to be held at Gloucester, at the usual time. Brethren Birt and Page to preach, incase of failure, Brethren Waters and Beddow. Clear increase of members the last year, 75. Evening, half past six. Brother Page prayed, Brother Drayton of Gloucester preached from 2 Tim. ii. 3. "A good soldier of Jesus Christ." Brother Fry prayed, after which the members of the Association finished their business, and the Moderator concluded the whole by prayer.
The Southern Association of Calvinistic Baptists, held their First Meeting, April 21, 1822, at White's Row, Portsea. On the Tuesday evening, Brother Ivimey of London, preached from 2. Cor. ix. 28. On Wednesday morning at half past six, Brother Burnett, of Lockesley, preached from Sol. Song, v. 16. At half past ten, Brother Draper preached from Psalm li. 8; and Brother Bulgin discoursed in the evening on Matt. xxiv. 14. Brethren Read, Yamold, Ivimey, Futcher, Brand, and Mileham conducted the devotional exercises.
The next circular Letter, on the Doctrines of the Gospel, which are essential to salvation, to be drawn up by Brother Neave.
The next Meeting of the Association to be held at Southampton, on Tuesday and Wednesday, the 14th and 15th of next September. Brethren Mileham, Tilly, Miall, and Welsh of Newbury, to preach on the occasion.
This First Meeting of the. Southern Association was numerously attended, and its engagements were very interesting. The most entire harmony distinguished the intercourse of the Brethren, and there is good reason to believe, that the services were generally profitable.
SOME ACCOUNT OF THE CHURCH OF CHRIST AT STREET, NEAR GLASTONBURY.
The first features of Christianity to be traced in this place, arose from the preaching of two obscure individuals, namely, John May and Philip Hays, about twenty years ago. These disinterested men having experienced the power of the Gospel in their own souls, felt an ardent desire to communicate the knowledge of it to their erishing fellow-sinners. It appears that oth these individuals laboured indefatigably, travelling on Sabbath days, at times, nearly thirty miles to carry the glad tidings of salvation to different villages. From their pious efforts many receivedthe incorruptible seed; and not unfrequently do we hear the aged in the neighbourhood declare their attachment to the memory of those worthy preachers.
From the church minutes it appears, that John May visited this neighbourhood about the year 1796. When first he came to Street, he met with some opposition; but persevering in the work, he surmounted difficulties, and collected a society, of which we. have the following rule, drawn up and signed by twenty-three members and subscribers.
"July 26,1798. The church of Christ, established at Street, have, in mutual deliberation and in brotherly love with each other, agreed to contribute weekly to support the exigences which the church may require. And we further agree, that J. F. and E. P. shall be chosen to distribute these our contributions, in the best manner they shall think proper: such as, relieving preachers who stand in need— sick members of the church, &c. and they are to keep regular and just accounts, to
be made up and examined when the majority of the church shall think proper. We, whose names are hereunto subscribed, do reciprocally agree to the following rules."
These friends had not been long united before a persecution commenced, which ended in the magistrates' interference. The most prominent character in the church was Mr. Wm. Gould. It is worthy of remark, that, for some time after May and Hays began to preach in Street, Mr. Gould felt indignant atthenew religionists who had come amongst them. A fter many entreaties, however,he was prevailed upon to hear these dissenters for himself; the consequence of which was, that his prejudices gradually yielded to the force of truth, and he began to relax in his attendance on the Established Church, to which he was brought up ; which the clergyman anticipating u iifavouralily to himself, voluntarily offered Mr. G. an exemption from all his tythes, if he would return to his old seat in the Parish Church. This offer, however, he was enabled to resist, it occasioned no alteration in his mind; he became encreasingly attached to these few despised people, sanctioning the cause with his presence, and supporting ittilfthe hour of his death.
About the year 1812, it was found that the place of worship was too small. On choosing a fresh minister, it was proposed to raise a more suitable edifice. One member gave the ground ; Mr. Gould and family subscribed liberally, his sons voluntarily engaged to perform the preparatory work, and hale the stone. In 1814, a commodious place of worship was opened, and the cause for a time bad a pleasing appearance.
About Lady-day, 1823, Mr. Orchard, of Bristol, was called by the church to the pastoral office. From that time the con
fregation has been gradually recovering. Ir. Gould and his family with the members, came forward liberally to its support. But, alas? he is now no more. Mr. Gould's companion, of late, was the Bible; his devotion was conspicuous; his conversation was savoury; and, of late, it turned principally on the vanities of the world. He was taken ill on Friday morning, and his sufferings were great; but till a quarter of an hour before his dissolution, he retained the full possession of himself. He was quite resigned to the will of God; and without a murmur on the following evening, Saturday, March 6,1824, he departed this life, aged 79, in hope of a blessed immortality. He has left a widow in a declining state of health, with five sons and thirty-three grand-children, the former of whom, since his father's decease, have united their efforts to maintain the cause of Christ in this place. A Sermon was preached by Mr. Orchard, on occasion of Mr. Gould's death, to a large congregation, from 1 Theis. iv. 13,14.
February 9, 1824. A Baptist Church, consisting of ten persons of Strict Communion principles, was formed in Carmel Chapel, Chelsea. Mr. Woollacott, of Lewisham Street, Westminster, introduced the service by explaining the nature of a Gospel Church, and the principles of Dissent. An interesting statement was given of the circumstances which led to the formation of this new church. The members, having previously had their dismissions from other churches, then gave to each other the right hand of fellowship; and received from Mr. House, of Clement's Lane, an affectionate exhortation on the various duties devolving on them in their new relation. Messrs. Bowes, Trimming, and Galpine, were engaged in the devotional exercises; and Mr. Robert Upton, (late of Lambeth) who has received an invitation to settle at Chelsea, administered the ordinance of the Lord's Supper to the newly formed church. May this Httlc one become a thousand, and this small one a strong nation. >
On June 27th, the Baptist Meeting in Castle Street, Bridgnorth,Shropshire,was re-opened for public worship, when three Sermons were preached by Mr. Page, of Worcester. It having pleased the great Head of the Church to revive the interest under the ministry of the Pastor, Mr. John Shoveller, the Meeting had been shut up for the purpose of being re-furuished, as much of the pewing, &c. was gone to decay, and for the erection of a deep and commodious gallery. The friends of the interest desire to express their thankfulness to the Lord, for having again visited liis churchiu that Town, and would pray and hope for yet further tokens of his favour.
On July 1, 1824, a Baptist McetingHouse was opened in the Town of Stroud, Gloucestershire, when three impressive Sermons were preached by the Rev. Jenken Thomas, of Cheltenham, in the Morning from Nehemiah x. 39. in the Afternoon from Isa. liii. 10. and by the Rev. Robert Stodhart, of London, in the Evening, from 2 Cor. iii. 9. The devotional parts of the services were conducted by Messrs. Thomas, Wotton-under-edge'; Sutton, Missionary; White, Cirencester; Drayton, Glostcr; Rogers, Monmouth; and Richards, (Independent) Stonehouse. Large and attentive congregations were present, and pleasing prospects are entertained.
J nlv 10th. Mr. John Jones, late of the Abergavenny Academy, was ordained Pastor over the Baptist Church at Pwllheli, Carnarvonshire. The church met iu the Morning to keep a fast and prayer meeting. In the Afternoon they again met, when Mr. John Edwards, of Rhnthyn, be
5 an the service with prayer; Mr. Thomas ones, of Rhydwilym, delivered a most excellent oration on the nature of a Christian church; and for the greater satisfaction of the church and Ministers present, asked Mr. J. Jones to give a confession of his faith; upon which, in a concise manner, he attested bis belief in the doctrine of Christ and his Apostles, to their great satisfaction. He was then set apart by the imposition of hands, and Mr. J. Pricbard, the other Elder of the church, offered a most fervent prayer for God's blessing on the work. Mr. W. Evans, of Aberystweth, gave a short and appropriate exhortation to the young minister; and Mr. Daniel Jones, of Liverpool, to the church. The interesting meeting was then concluded with prayer.
In the Evening, Brethren Edwards, of Rhuthyn, and Jones, of Liverpool, preached to a crowded congregation.
Union Street Chapel, Brighton.—June 1. The Rev. J. N. Goulty, late of Henleyupon-Tliamcs, was publicly recognized as the pastor ot the church and congregation late under the care of the Rev. Dr. Styles.
Mr. Hughes, of Battersea, preached on the preceding evening from Gen. iv. 9. "Am I my brother's keeper?" In the morning service, Mr. Douglas, of Reading, delivered an introductory discourse, at the close of which, Mr. W. Penfold, one of the deacons, read a concise statement of the proceedings which had led to the present serviee, and the call of the congregation was confirmed. Mr. Goulty confirmed bis acceptance, and stated the motives and principles by which he had been influenced in his decision. Dr. P. Smith, of Homerton, then offered special prayer; Dr. Winter, of London, addressed the minister on the duties of his office, especially in reference to the peculiarities of this important station, from Col. iv. 17; Mr. Griffin, of Portsea, addressed the people on the duties devolving upon them, from Eph. iv. 1—3; and Dr. Styles preached in the evening, from Acts xv. 14. The other parts of the services were conducted by Mr. Lucy (supplying at the Countess ot Huntingdon's Chapel). Mr. Parker, (Baptist Minister),Messrs. Lord, Newton, and Stamp, (Wesleyan Ministers), Brighton; Messrs. Davies of Hastings, Winchester of Worthing, Edwards of Petworth, and Davis of Lynfield.
THE IMMUTABILITY OF GOD.
Great God, bow bright thy glories shine,
In heav'n—and fear in hell.
Revolving years confirm thy pow'r,
Declares thy promise sure.
Thou only dost endure.
Thy word, thy record, speaks of thee
Unalterably the same;
Thy endless years proclaim.
The seasons in succession roll,
While order reigns throughout the whole
. In pleasing harmony.
Summer and winter, day and night,
Harvest with golden train,
Thy changeless pow'r maintain.
Theheav'nly bodies moving round,
And wisdom without space;
Assigns to each its place.
All—all In heav'n, in earth, in air,
Th* eternal truth abroad,
Unchangeable and God.
Here then we lake our stand—and here,
Our anchor hope retain;
The promises remain.
Stamp'd with inviolable truth,
On these unmov'd we cast
And land them safe at last.
Fain would my longing soul begin
Whose mercy has redeem'd from sin,
Fain would I praise my Saviour here.
In grateful strains with heart sincere.
But how shall finite beings raise.
With hearts to folly prone,
Which thou wilt deign to own.
We cannot praise thy holy name,
Unless thy grace inspire;
Impart the sacred fire;
The sighings of a contrite heart
Thou God wilt not despise,
Unblest, whose uprais'd eyes
And wilt thou from th' unceasing strain
Of pure and unmix'd praise
Pour'd forth in sweetest lays,
Cheer'd by the hope—through future days
The love of God I'll sing,
The name of Israel's King;
How sweet, when Evening's dusky shades steal on,
To dream on years irrevocably gone,
Between us and the friends of early youth,
Rolls the dark barrier of the threatening wave;
And they who taught our feet the ways of truth, Have found a refuge in the silent grave.
'Tis sweet to think upon those happy hours, When knowledge op'd her treasures to our view,
When science first displayed her golden stores,
Tis sweet, amidst the silence of the night,
Where youthful fancy decks in splendid light,
What tho' before the midnight lamps, grow pale
What tho' the youthful springs of life shall fell. And in th' untimely grave his dust should be'
For sordid wealth, themerchant ploughs the main,
Ambition dazzles with her regal train,
The conqueror's wreath shall fade upon his brow>
Celestial knowledge soars o'er all below,