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advocacy during the year, The committee has been, and is, the I am, dear Sir, yours most truly, spring of the entire movement; and
Josian Viney. possessing as it does the confidence of all Highgate, 15th Dec. concerned, it is only for want of thought P.S. My esteemed friend, the Rev. John that more abundant means have not been Corbin, the honorary and indefatigable placed at its disposal. A word to the secretary of the committee, will be glad wise is enough.
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Diary of the Churches.
The next Half-yearly Meeting of the Trustees will be held at the Guildhall Coffee House, on Tuesday, January 20th, at Half-past Twelve o'clock. The Auditors will meet at Twelve.
Nov. 11.-Glamorganshire. The Asso- | Carlisle, B.A., gave an address ; the Rev. ciation of Congregational Ministers for R. Robinson proposed the usual questions, this and the adjoining counties held its and offered the designation prarer; the meetings at the Market-square Chapel, | Rev. T. Adkins delivered the charge, and Merthyr. The Rev. J. Rees read a paper the Rev. J. Woodwark preached to the on the “ Pilgrim Fathers; "the Reys. W. people in the evening. Jones, J. Waite, B.A., W. J. Ford, J. E. Nov. 26.--Heywood. Sermons were Evans, J. James, J. G. Parish, B.A., D. preached in connexion with the recog. M. Jenkins, and J. T. Davis, M.A., took nition of the Rev. T. Slade Jones as pastor part in the discussions. Two sermons of the Church in York-street, by the Rev. were preached in the evening.
J. Falding, D.D. On the following day Nov. 17.- Coventry. A meeting was the recognition service took place. The held in St. Mary's Hall, to bid farewell | Rev. W. H. Parkinson delivered the into the Rev. W. T. Rosevear, and to troductory address; the Rev. Professor present him with a gold watch and a C. C. Tyte offered the recognition prayer: Durse of money, The Revs. W. Shillito, and the Rev. Dr. Falding delivered the G. B. Johnson, J.J. Brown, C. Vince, T. | charge. In the evening a meeting was A. Binns, and many other ministers were held, the Revs. J. H. Ouston, J. R. present. The Rev. E. H. Delf occupied Thompson, G. Snashall, B. A., R. Dawthe chair,
son, B.A., G. Shaw, and E. Dawson, Esq., Nov. 19.- Bingley. A new Indepen- | J. P., speaking on the occasion. dent Sunday-school was opened in this Nov. 30.-Beverley. The Independent place. A public meeting was held, W. Chapel here was re-opened, after having Murgatroyd, Esq., J.P., in the chair. undergone extensive alterations, when Addresses were delivered by the Revs. sermons were preached by the Rev. G. J. R. Campbell, D.D., J. P. Chown, Richards. On the following evening J. Ward, and H. Brown and E. Kenion, the Rev. H. Ollerenshaw preached ; and Esqg. The entire outlay has been £663. the next day the Rev. G. Richards was
Nov. 25.-Skipton. The Rev. T. J publicly recognised as pastor. The Windsor. of Manchester College, was | Rev. R. A. Redford, LL.B., gave the ordained pastor of the Church in Zion introductory discourse; the Rev. J. Chapel. The Rev. J. B. Lister read the Sibree asked the usual questions, and Scriptures and offered prayer; the Rev. | offered the recognition prayer; the Rev. A. Thomson, M.A., delivered the intro- | E. Jukes preached to the people ; and the ductory discourse ; the Rev. R. Gibbs, | Rev. J. Dickinson concluded with prayer. late pastor, asked the usual questions; Dec. 1.-Petersfield, Hants. A meetthe Rey. J. Tastersfield offered the ordi- | ing was held to take leave of the pastor. nation prayer; and the Rev. Professor | the Rev. James Duthie, and to present Newth gare the charge. In the evening him with a purse of gold as a testimonial the Rev. E. R. Conder, A.M., preached, of affection. Mr. R. H. Jackson took and Rev. Professor Creak conducted the the chair, and the meeting was addressed devotional exercises.
by the Rev. H. Kiddle and Messrs. Nov. 26.-Totton, Hampshire. The | Holder, Calvert, and James. Rev. J. Sherratt was ordained pastor of Dec. 2. —The Sussex Home Missionary the Independent Church. The Rev. R. Society. The annual meeting of this Compton opened the service; the Rev. H. / society was held at London-road Chapel,
Brighton, Mr. Stevens in the chair. Mr. | the introductory discourse; the Rev. J. Samuel Morley and the Rev. J. H. Wilson Hoxley asked the usual questions, and attended as a deputation from the Home addressed the pastor; the Rev. J. GuenMissionary Society. The Revs. Messrs.nett offered the recognition prayer ; and Rogers, England, Figgis, Pryce, Paxton the Rev. W. Densham addressed the conHood, Bean, Hamilton, &c., assisted in gregation. The Revs. E. Aulton, R. the proceedings.
Hutchings, W. Major, W. Wells, and J. Dec. 2.-Uủesthorpe, Leicestershire. Collier were also present. The recognition of the Rev. W. Harbutt, Dec. 11.– The Dissenting Colleges. as pastor of the Independent Church and | The Rev. Samuel Martin, chairman of congregation, took place. The Rev. R. the Congregational Union, invited the W. M All preached in the afternoon; and committee of the Union, with other a public meeting was held in the even friends, to meet the professors and ing, presided over by J. Cripps, Esq. students of the London Colleges--New Addresses were delivered by the Revs. J. Hackney, and Cheshunt - at Willia's Barker, LL.B., J. James, J. W. Moore, Rooms, this evening. W. Bull, and J. Vernon, T. Woodburne - St. Albans'. The recognition of and J. C. Bassett, Esqs., &c.
the Rev. W. Braden, late of Cheshunt Dec. 3.-Bristol. The Kev. Uriah College took place. The Rev. H. Thomas, of Cheshunt College, was or. A. New read the Scriptures and dained as the first minister of the Red- I prayed ; the Rev. H. B. Ingram gare land Park Congregational Church. The an address; the Rev. T. Hill offered Rev. D. Thomas, B.A., read the Scrip the recognition prayer; and the Rev. tures and offered prayer; the Rev. J. B. A. M. Henderson gave the charge. Brown, B.A., gave an address ; the Rev. | The Rev. T. Jones preached to the Dr. Alliott offered the ordination prayer; people in the evening, and the Rev. the Rev. D. Thomas, D.D., the father of W. Griffiths and S. Davies offered the minister, gave the charge; and the prayer. Several neighbouring ministers Rev. J. Glendenning concluded the were present. service. The Rev. J. Stoughton preached in the evening, and the Revs. H. M. PASTORAL NOTICES. Gunn and S. Hebditch offered prayer. The Rev. Matthew Braithwaite, of
- Bromsgrove. The ordination of Cavendish College, Manchester, has acthe Rev. R. Tuck, B.A., as minister of cepted a call from the Independent the Church here, took place. The Rev. Church, Theddingworth, Leicestershire. J. Marsden, B.A., gave an address ; the The Rev. James Duthie, of Petersfield, usual questions were proposed by has accepted the invitation of the church the Rev. J. Richards; the ordination at Beaconsfield, Bucks. prayer was offered by the Rev. W. H. The Rev. Thomas Vine, of Blandford, Dyer; and the charge was delivered to Dorset, has accepted the pastorate of the the pastor by the Rev. T. R. Barker, his churches at Polesworth and Baddesley, late tutor. The Rev. R. D. Wilson Warwick. preached to the people in the evening. The Rev. J. E. Richards, of Coverdale
Dec. 9.-Bradford. The congregation Chapel, Limehouse, has responded to the assembling in Sister Hill's Chapel, under invitation of the church at Ebenezer the care of the Rev. A. Russell, M.A., Chapel, Hammersmith, to become its has erected a gallery in the nave, which pastor. was opened by a " service of praise." The Rev. R. Bulmer has accepted the The alterations effected will furnish 150 pastorate of the church assembling in additional sittings.
| Castle-street Chapel, Reading Dec. 10.- Warminster, Wilts. Com The Rev. W. D. Ingham, of Pem. mon Close Chapel was re-opened, after bridge, has taken the pastoral charge of having undergone considerable renova the churches of Repton and Barrow, tion. A public meeting was held, H. Derbyshire. 0. Wills, Esq., presiding. The Rev. J. The Rev. W. H. Fuller, late of New C. Harrison afterwards preached ; and on College, has accepted the invitation of the the following Lord's-day sermons were Congregational Church in Winchester, td preached by the Rev. D. Thomas. The the co-pastorate with the Rev. W. Thorne cost of the alterations amounts to $240. | The Rev. Edward Gatley, of Knot
- Axminster, Devon. The Rev. S. tingley, has intimated his intention of J. Le Blond was recognised as pastor retiring from the pastorate at the close of of the church in this place. The Rev. the year 1862; after having been perR. Penman read the Seriptures and mitted to labour uninterruptedly foi prayed ; the Rev. D. Hewitt delivered forty years in his Master's service.
LATEST INTELLIGENCE. Wa commence the New Year with tidings from Madagascar equally interesting and important. During the last month letters have been received from the Rev. WILLIAM Ellis, full of information, on various topics connected with the state and prospects of the Mission, and also a journal, containing, with other intelligence, a very graphic and interesting account of the coronation of the King and Queen, on the 23rd of Septenber. Our friend and the newly arrived Missionaries were specially invited to attend this splendid celebration. They were also honoured as guests at the banquet by which it was followed. A body of native Christians attended at the coronation, but so large was their number that the greater part were unable to obtain access to the enclosed ground. The joy of all classes of the native population was unbounded on the coronation of their new monarch, who had, during the few months of his reign, proved himself indeed the friend of the oppressed, and the father of his country; and his Christian subjects did not fail to seek on his behalf, by solemn prayer to the God of all grace, peace and prosperity, and length of days.
CORONATION OF RADAMA II. "Sept. 23rd.—After a night of short sleep I rose, and soon after six, a captain and twenty men, in uniform and armed, came to my house, and drew up in front of the door. The officer said they were sent to conduct me to Mahamasura, the place in which the coronation was to take place, and to attend upon me through the day, and see that I was not incommoded by the people.
*When ready, I seated myself in my palanquin, with the star of the Order of Radama II., with which his Majesty had honoured me, and proceeded with my attend. ants through the city. In the latter part of my way, I was immediately behind the idols, and at one time quite surrounded by them; and at that early hour, hundreds of people, in palanquins and on foot, were pressing towards the entrance to the ground. Banners, inscribed with “R. R. II.,” were fixed on both sides of the road, at intervals of about every hundred yards ; and tall green plantain trees had, during the previous day, been brought from the adjacent gardens, and planted, in groups of five or six
together by the side of the way. On the ground, the position assigned to the respective divisions of the people were also designated by banners bearing their namse. Banners were also placed along the whole line of the platform.
“ About half-past ten I took my place in front of the Christians, among the native pastors, on the south side of the steps leading to the throne, it having been agreed that we were to offer prayer at the time of the crown being placed on the head of the King. Although the Christians occupied more space than that allotted to them, more than half their number could not find admission to the ground. On the opposite side of the steps were the Sisters of Charity, and about forty girls and children, and, still nearer the stage, five or six Catholic priests, and some of their people. Immediately in front of the Sisters of Charity and the priests, were the idol-keepers, with their also small number of adherents. The idols, thirteen in number, were carried on tall siender rods or poles, about ten feet high. In most of them, there was little resemblance to anything in heaven or in earth; yet such were the objects on which the security and prosperity of the realm were formerly supposed to depend, and for refusing to worship which so many of the most intelligent and worthy among the people had been put to death, while others had been subjected to banishment, slavery, torture, fetters, and imprisonment! . “The stage or platform was occupied by members of the royal family, on one side, and foreign guests on the other. Nearest the throne sat Rasalimo, the Sakalava princess whose marriage with the first Radama was the seal of peace between the Sakalavas and the Hovas. Next to her sat one who in her day must have been one of the brightest belles in Madagascar, for traces of beauty still lingered in her oval face and expressive features. She had been the wife of the first Radamas's father. The types of three successive generations of Malagasy nobles were there assembled, and it was deeply interesting to watch their varied aspects, the resemblance and the deviations from the Hora type, the latter being much fairer than any others.
"Some of the men were exceedingly handsome, among whom were the young Prince Ramonja, and Rambosalama's princely son. All were most gorgeously attired; scarlet was the predominant colour, though some wore green, others pucecoloured velvet. The gold lace, though not lacking, was not so abundant on the new as on the old uniforms. My scholars, sons of the nobles, in their velvet and gold uniforms, stood by my side, in front of the pastors, before the great body of the Christians.
“ Before twelve, the clouds of dust, and denser throng in the road, as well as the firing of cannon along the mountain side, announced the approach of their Majesties. The Queen, splendidly attired in a white satin dress, and a tasteful ornament of gold on her head, rode first, in a scarlet and gold embroidered palanquin, accompanied by her adopted little girl, the child of Prince Ramonja's eldest daughter. The King rode beside her, mounted on a beautiful little Arab horse, and greeted by the plaudits of the joyous multitude, who crowded every available spot within sight of which the pageant had to pass ; while the voices of the Christians might be heard singing most heartily the National Anthem, or Malagasy "God Save the Queen."
“Guards, clothed in green, and bearing silver halberts, attended the royal pair, and the officers of the Missions from England and France, as well as other foreigners, and Malagasy officers of State, followed. The Queen ascended the flight of steps leading to the seats prepared for their Majesties, under the canopy erected over the sacred stone on which the monarch, on commencing his reign, exhibits himself to the heads of the nation. The King followed, wearing the British field-marshal's uniform presented by Her Majesty Queen Victoria, and a splendid light-coloured robe. The dresses of the officers of State were most of them new, and some of them gorgeous. The robe of the minister of justice was of green velvet, trimmed with gold lace, the train carried by two bearers. When their Majesties had been seated a fery minutes, the King rose, and taking the crown from a stand on his right, placed it on his head. The firing of cannons announced the fact. The band struck up the National Anthem, while the multitude saluted the newly-crowned monarch with the Malagasy salutation, 'May you live a thousand years.'
* The King then turned to the Queen, who stood by his side, and taking a smaller open-work crown of gold from the page who bore it, placed it on the head of Her Majesty. After standing a minute or two, to receive the greetings of his officers, and the shoutings of the multitude, the King took off the crown, the Queen sat down, and the King then delivered his kabar or speech to the people, assuring them that his confidence in and affection towards them, and that his purposes for the welfare of his country and the prosperity of all classes, were the same as when he was raised to the throne, &c., &c. After this speech, of which I shall hereafter send a correct copy, the King resumed his seat, when we all presented the hasina-mine for the Missionaries and myself.
“ I then retired, asking an officer in blue velvet and gold to accompany me to my tent.* I threw my photographic blouse over my dress, prepared and placed my plate in the camera, and waving a white handkerchief as a signal, the King and Queen rose and walked to the front of the pavilion, and after a short interval I returned the signal that it was done. Their Majesties then resumed their seats, and the high officers continued to present their basina. I proceeded to develop my picture, which turned out very well, so far as the chief objects were concerned. These, and part of the city, which formed the background, came out well. The constant moving of the multitude in front made the nearer objects confused, but this may be corrected and made complete by filling in the figures in the foreground from a second which I took.
"When their Majesties retired, the scene became more crowded than before. I saluted the King as he passed near my tent on his return, and was surprised at the quietness of his horse among the floating of banners, sounds of music, shouting of multitudes, and report of cannon; to say nothing of the shouting, and running to seek palanquins or bearers, as the vast multitudes, like a surging torrent, approached the place of exit from the ground to the road leading back to the palace.
" And now the scene—which, favoured by the nature of the country, a cloudless sky, and tropical sun, together with the joyous occasion which had produced it, made it one of the most imposing I had ever witnessed-began to change. The lower line of the granite mountain on which the city stands--and which two hundred feet above the plain, stretched from north to south behind the platform, at a distance of two or three hundred yards-had been thronged with spectators. Greater numbers still had spread themselves over the sides and summits of the hills to the north and the west; while numbers were seen in beautiful perspective extending from the base to the very summit of Ambohi Zanahary (village of God), a massive circular hill to the south-west. This throng of spectators, clothed in the long
• Ur. Ellis had previously been requested by the King to take a photographic representation of the scene.