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Language. By Charles Richardson. To Huddersfield, August 31, 1834. By be completed in Thirty Parts. 4to Part Robert Jackson. 8vo. pp. 24. 6d. Mason. 1. 3s. 6d. Pickering.
-The text selected, as the basis of this A Charge delivered in the Autumn of discourse, is Exodus ii. 13, 14: “ And 1834, at the Visitation in Hampshire. when he went out the second day, behold, By William Dealtry, D.D., F.RS.; two men of the Hebrews strove together : Chancellor of the Diocese. 8vo. pp. 142. and he said unto him that did the wrong, 48. Hatchard.-This is an able, earnest, Wherefore smitest thou thy fellow ? And and temperate defence of the established he said, Who made thee a prince and a Church, against the attacks which have judge over us ? intendest thou to kill me, recently been made upon it by the political as thou killedst the Egyptian ?” From Dissenters. With the Charge is con- these words the writer takes occasion to nected a very copious Appendix, contain speak of the origin and tendency of quaring many facts and documents of superior rels among mankind. The sermon will value, illustrative of the controversy not be regarded as an example of practised between the Church and Dissent, and of and accomplished authorship; but it the present state of religion in this coun- contains many just and pertinent remarks, try. The pious and excellent author which bear directly upon the peace of the manifests considerable familiarity with church, the happiness of families, and the the writings of Mr. Wesley, and speaks welfare of mankind, expressed with clear. of the Methodist body in terms of Chris ness and energy. The following pastian kindness.
sage may be given as a specimen :-“ In Lectures on the Atheistic Controversy ; cases of disagreement the principal aggressdelivered in the months of February and or is not unfrequently the last to come to March, 1834, at Sion Chapel, Bradford, terms of reconciliation. Moses said to Yorkshire ; forming the first part of a him that did the wrong, Wherefore smitest Course of Lectures on Infidelity. By the thou thy fellow ? and he said, Who made Rev. B. Godwin, Author of " Lectures on thee a prince and a judge over us ?' ObBritish Colonial Slavery." 8vo. pp. 279. serve, the man who used this insulting 6s. Jackson and Walford. In these language was the man who did his days of licentious speculation, scepti- neighbour wrong.' And how often have cism, and open infidelity, it becomes the we known the same conduct pursued by Christian to be armed at all points against the guilty party! Two persons differ ; the enemies of his faith ; and to be able, wè inquire the cause; and having acwith meekness and fear, to give such a quainted ourselves with the facts of the reason of the hope that is in him, as shall case, we find that the innocent party is at once satisfy his own mind, and silence the most willing to come to an explanagainsayers. Those who are engaged in tion ; while the person with whom the the work of public religious instruction principal part of the guilt lies spurns are bound especially to acquaint them every offer, and perhaps insults the very selves with the objections which have been men who, from a love of peace, affectionraised against the principles of true re. ately entreat him to be reconciled. From ligion, and the manner in which those cases of this kind that have fallen unobjections may be the most effectually der my own observation, I will vouch, refuted. The volume of Mr. Godwin, that, generally speaking, when disagreenow before us, contains an acute and wellments occur, in order to find out who is reasoned refutation of the revolting theory the principal offender, you have only to of Atheism ; and its publication is season. inquire who is the most unyielding and able in these times, when the very exist. intolerably overbearing in his temper ; ence of a First Cause is boldly and who creates the greatest clamour about openly denied. We believe it will be his pretended injuries and wrongs. To found, on examination, that the evil him you may say with Nathan, 'Thou against which our Author raises the art the man." There is no necessity for warning voice prevails at present to a either judge or jury to prove him to be considerable extent, especially among the the chief offender: he furnishes his own lower classes in some of the manufacturing judge and jury. He practically declares districts of this country; and to this that in the quarrels in which he is infruitful source of misery and crime Mr. volved he has nobody to blame but himGodwin's book will prove an antidote, self.” both seasonable and powerful
Doctrinal Errors of the Apostolicat Disagreements among Men: a Sermon, Fathers. By William Osburn, jun. 8vo, delivered in Great Queen-street Chapel, pp. 337. 10s Hamilton.
METHODIST FUNDS. To Thomas Farmer, Esq., Treasurer of the Wesleyan Theological Institution. When the Institution for the iin- opposite to that which they were intended proreinent of our junior Preachers was to produce. Instead of £5, I therefore suggested, I felt rather hostile to it; but enclose £10, as a donation to the Wesafter having heard what was said for and leyan Theological Institution; and one against ii, during the Conference, I made pound as a subscription. I also purpose up my mind to give a donation of £5. I to double my subscriptions, for this year, have since received several communica. to our other institutions. I pray that the tions for and against it; and, amongst Great Head of the church may overrule the latter, an infamous letter (for such I the attempts to injure Wesleyan Me. must deliberately call it from Manches. thodism for its more extensive diffusion. ter, signed, a “ Wesleyan-Methodist « Surely the wrath of man shall praise Local Preacher.” The perusal of those thee: the remainder of wrath shalt thou against it convinces me that the promi. restrain." pent object of the opposers is to injure If you think that this letter will serve our other institutions. Because the hos- the cause of Methodism, and stimulate tile party cannot have every thing in their others, who, I am persuaded, at this criG# way, they attempt to wreak their sis, think and feel as I do, to support vengcance on the poor children at Kings our various institutions, whilst many are wood and Woodhonse-Grove schools ; attempting to injure them, an early inseron the worn-out Preachers and the widows tion of it in the Methodist Magazine will of those who have spent their strength in much oblige our service; and to deprive the millions
Yours very respectfully, of perishing Heathens of the means of
om WILLIAM PEARSE. salvation! The feeling excited in my Newport, Launceston, mind, by these communications, is the Dec. 17th, 1834.
METHODIST CHAPELS LATELY ERECTED OR ENLARGED.
CARLEEN, in the Helston Circuit :- month of August of that year Mr. Wes** June 24th, 1834, and on the following ley again preached at Penhale, and lookLord's day, a new chapel was opened by ing into their house, not then finished, the Rev. Messrs. Scurrah and Hobson. prayed that many souls might be born The collection far exceeded the expecta- there. And so it has come to pass. The tions of the Trustees. A good woman, first house was twenty-four feet by who died about eighteen months since, eighteen, within. In 1799 twelve feet heard Mr. Wesley preach at Carleen in were added in length. Large societies the year 1750. But full ten years passed branched off from Carleen, one at Sithaway before a society was formed here. ney, one at Breage, and one at Trenwheal, The first Methodists in the neighbour. none of them more than two miles distant hood met at St. John's, a village at the from the parent society; and at each entrance of the town of Helston. One place a chapel has been erected. Yet it of their Class-Leaders at that time was was found necessary to have a much larger Peter Quintrell, of Sithney, a mine black. chapel at Carleen. It was accordingly amith, whose place of labour was seven agreed to build a chapel fifty-one feet long miles from St. John's. He used to walk by thirty-five feet wide, outside ; and thither after his day's work to meet his Captain Thomas Richards, the managclass before he went to his home, which ing agent and engineer at the neighbour. made his journey nine miles. August ing mine, Wheal Vor, was requested to 18th, 1760, Mr. Wesley preached at make an estimate of the expense necesPenhale, near Carleen, at the house of sary for completing this erection, with a Mrs. Warren, one of the society at St. gallery all round, including the purchase John's. About this time a society was of land, deeds, a wall round the premises, formed, and met by Peter Quintrell, at and every thing complete. His estimate Mrs. Warren's house. At first they was within twenty shillings of the actual were five in number, but in a short time result; which was £412. £300 were they were fourteen men and several wo. raised by one hundred shares of £3 each, men ; and in 1762 they built the first which were very readily taken up by the preaching-house at Carleen. In the miners and others. The remaining £112 were raised by subscription and public peace. Many persons having received collections. These shares are to be paid spiritual good, a small society was formed. off by the pew-rents; no interest to be After changing the outbuildings, in which paid until the shares are paid off. The divine service was held, no less than five chapel is vested in Trustees, and settled times, our people at last bought an old on the Methodist plan. Captain Richards barn for £40, made it into a chapel, and and his clever mining artisans are now collected the amount of the alterations erecting an organ, with fifty-two keys and and repairs, so that only £40 debt refive stops. It is to be both a barrel and mained. Mr. Christopher Lawrance, now finger organ. When finished, there will near eighty years of age, who has been be found a man from among themselves converted to God by means of Methodism, to play it. The congregation has greatly and has become very zealous for the good increased since the chapel was opened. of the cause, made the Trustees a present « The Lord revive his work !'”
of £20; for which he is to receive, dur• THE DALE OF Dent, in the Kendal ing his natural life, the sum of eighteen Circuit.-“The Dale of Dent is about nine shillings per annum. After they had ocmiles in length, and contains about two cupied this chapel a number of years, the thousand inhabitants; and the probability roof became so much out of repair, that is that they will be greatly increased. it was deemed altogether unsafe. The Public preaching, by the Wesleyan Me- Society of Friends had an old meetingthodists, was not introduced into this Dale house in Dent's Town, with a piece of land till about 1803, when Mr. J. Kershaw connected, which they had occupied for went and preached to them. At first, di- about eighty years. This they offered to vine service was commenced in a barn ; the Methodists at a moderate price, which and as no person took the Preacher to his was accepted. The old meeting-house house, he had generally to travel about was pulled down, and the Methodist chafour miles for a lodging, after the evening pel is built in the Town of Dent, which is preaching. Various false reports were near half-way along the Dale. It is ten spread, and curious ideas entertained, by yards by ten, within; is pewed on one side, many of the people, respecting Methodism from the pulpit to the door; has one hunand Methodist Ministers. At first very dred and eight sittings, seventy of which considerable indifference was manifested are already let. The other side is for the by the hearers. The people in this Dale poor. The whole expense was about £131 ; are great knitters; and the women used to towards which £81 have been raised; so come into the place of preaching, and all that the remaining debt is £50, beside the the time the Preacher was holding forth eighteen shillings yearly to Mr. Lawrance, the word of life, they were busily engaged during his life. We have in Dent's Town in plying their needles. However, ere three classes, containing thirty members, long, their hearts were deeply affected and several persons on trial. The chapel with their sinfulness, and in their peni. was opened on Tuesday, October 21st. tential distress they seemed to forget their The Rev. C. Taylor preached in the forework; their needles dropped from their noon, and Mr. Brooke in the afternoon and hands to the ground, and a cry was ex evening. The attendance and collections torted from some of them, What must I were very good. The premises are setdo to be saved ?'. Very considerable op- tled on the plan of our new Modelposition was raised ; and stones, mud, Deed.” putrid eggs, &c., were sometimes levelled LLANELLY, in the Swansea Circuit : at the Preacher. One evening, while he --" The Wesleyan-Methodist chapel at was addressing them from the parable of Llannelly, after being considerably enthe rich fool, there was an esquire, of con- larged a second time, and improved for siderable property, listening at the door, the convenience of public worship, was whose feelings were wrought up to the re-opened on the Lord's day, October highest pitch of rage ; after some time he 25th, when two impressive sermons were rushed into the house, and through the preached by the Rev. J. Smith, and one crowd to the Preacher, determining to by the Rev. D. Rees, Independent Mi. pull him down, declaring that the sermon nister. The Rev. J. Buckley, whose was directed against himself, and that he declining health would not allow of his would not be exposed in this way to all preaching, commenced the solemn ser. the people. The Preacher, conscious of vices, and gave an appropriate address at his own innocence, as he did not know the the close. This was a season of holy soman before, requested him to wait a little, lemnity, and gracious manifestations of till he had finished his discourse, when the divine presence, evinced by the ferthey would settle the matter. The man vour of prayer and praise presented to did so, and the service was concluded in the throne of grace by the numerous and respectable congregation assembled. It “The English population of Llanelly might truly be said, “Thy God in the greatly increasing, in consequence of the midst of thee is mighty ; He will save;' erection of extensive works in the neigh. while their hearts responded, "Lo! this bourhood, it was judged proper, in order is our God; we have waited for him; and to meet the spiritual wants of the people, he will save us ; this is the Lord; we to take down the chapel, and rebuild it on hare waited for him, we will be glad and a larger scale. On the 18th of July, 1828, rejoice in his salvation.'
the late Mrs. Buckley laid the corner* English Wesleyan Methodism was stone, as her honoured mother had done planted in this town as an early period of the former; and the Rev. James Buckley the formation of this now prosperous sec- preached on the site ; and on the 21st of tion of the church of Christ in Wales. November following it was opened by Mr. Wesley remarks in his Journal, Au him and the Rev. Messrs. W. Davis and gast 8th, 1768, “I rode to Llanelly, J. Bond. The different services, both in and preached to a small earnest company, English and Welsh, were accompanied ca, Ye are saved through faith.' This with the unction of the Holy One, atgood seed has borne evangelical fruit af- tended with a gracious token for good. te its kind, to this day. The late Henry The chapel having till now been private Child, Esq., and his amiable wife, joined property, was gratuitously settled on this little society of the faithful soon after Trustees, agreeably to the enrolled deed its commencement, and continued through of the Connexion, that it might be secured life zealous and constant ornaments of and perpetuated to the sacred purpose for their Christian profession. They hospi- which it was originally erected, and had tably entertained Mr. Wesley and his been solemnly dedicated. From this Preachers, whom they ever regarded as time the good work of the Lord began a part of their own family, and highly more especially to prosper. The active bonoured as the ambassadors of Christ. energies of the society were called into Mr. Child, with great uniformity of cha- zealous and useful operation in prayerracter, and exemplary piety, faithfully meetings, the distribution of tracts, and Fatched over the society, as the Leader, the enlargement of the Sunday-school, for more than half a century, and was which at present consists of between three truly a father to this remnant of the and four hundred English scholars, some Israel of God. The limited sphere and of whom have given hopeful proof of concircumstances in which it was placed version to God, and are become steady rendered it comparatively small, there members of society. By the prayer-meetbeing but few English families in the ings a door of usefulness was opened at town or neighbourhood, and the inhabi- the sea side, and a little chapel fitted up, tants generally preferring their own native near the Docks, for the benefit of sailors energetic language. Mr. Child, however, and residents in this neighbourhood. The varmly attached to English Wesleyan society having within the last three years Methodism, was desirous of giving per increased to more than treble its former manency to it by erecting a chapel; and number, and the congregation in proporhis intention being mentioned to Mr. tion, it was deemed expedient again to Wesley, on his last visit to Llanelly, it enlarge the house of the Lord; which met with his warm approval; and when was accordingly commenced on the 4th leaving the family with his accustomed of August last, when the friends of the blessing, and benignly smiling, he pre- good cause once more assembled and presented to Mrs. Child a guinea, with his sented thanksgiving in hymns of praise devout wishes that the blessing of the for past gracious manifestations of the Lord might be upon their undertaking. divine presence and favour, and fervent The chapel was accordingly erected in prayer for continued and increasing pros. 1792. Many of the senior Preachers and perity. The foundation-stone of the enEnglish worshippers will recollect with largement was laid by the Rev. J. Buckley gratitude the seasons of refreshing from and his eldest daughter, and many hearts the presence of the Lord they have en- were deeply affected while he reminded joyed in that humble sanctuary ; while them in his address of past times and seaothers who there ripened for glory, now sons, and of the active zeal of those who seeing God as he is, and worshipping had before laid the corner-stone, and Him in his holy temple. record with ex- raised the superstructure which was now ceedingjoy the preparatory heavenly bless too strait for them, and who were probaing they were favoured with in that place. bly beholding them from the realms of For many years this was the only English glory, and participating in their joys while place of worship within a circuit of sixteen they were drawing the line to lengthen miles by the ordinary carriage road. the cords and strengthen the stakes of Zion. The public interest was pleasingly cuit :-“A new, substantial, and neat excited, and the liberal aid of the friends Methodist chapel was opened for divine and of persons of different denominations worship at Richmond, on Tuesday, Nov. in the town called forth ; so that, though 18th, when the Rev. Theophilus Lessey the enlargement is considerable, the chapel preached two eloquent and impressive now measuring in the clear twenty-seven sermons, which will not soon be forgotten. and a half by fifty-one feet, and well The blessed influence was continued unfinished, and admired as both neat and der a very excellent sermon in the evening, commodious, the debt amounts only by the Rev. Henry Davies. On the fol. to £250. The sittings are nearly all let; lowing Sabbath the services were renewed, by the income of which, and other anti when the Rev. Joseph Cusworth preached, cipated assistance, the whole debt is ex. assisted by Mr. Towler, from the London pected soon to be liquidated, and the North Circuit. Methodism in Richmond, annual proceeds to be applied to the sup- as in most other places, has had a difficult port of the ministry of the word. The progress from a very small beginning. attendance, both at the preaching and the Our little society in this place is an offprayer-meetings, is truly gratifying. God shoot from Twickenham, but has now is in his sanctuary.””
fairly outgrown the dimensions of the DANE-BRIDGE, in the Leek Circuit:- parent tree. About the year 1800, Mr. « A new Wesleyan chapel was opened at Morton went to Twickenham, and atDane-Bridge, in the Leek Circuit, Oct. tended the preaching, which was made 26th. Its dimensions are thirty-nine feet the power of God to his salvation, and by twenty-seven. The ground was granted he joined the society. Soon after, his by J. Brocklehurst, Esq., of Macclesfield, wife also was converted to God; and the on a lease for pinety-nine years, at a pious pair, with their only daughter, a girl rent of £1. 4s. per annum. It will con- of ten years of age, attended upon the tain about three hundred persons. Mr. Wesleyan ministry with great constancy Brooke, of Huddersfield, kindly came, and regularity. At this time the late and preached at the opening; and a very Joseph Butterworth, Esq., frequently gracious influence from on high rested visited Twickenham ; and the following on the congregations: the day will long anecdote will serve to convey a just imbe remembered by many. The people pression of the simple, pious, humble assembled manifested the great interest zeal of that excellent man. The daughter they took in the cause, by contributing of Mr. Morton had been by some means the liberal sum of £36. Subscriptions to allured to a neglect of divine things, and the amount of £125 had been previously to a youthful gaiety and folly unlike the given; so that, as the entire cost has not pious course she had formerly pursued. been more than £200, there will be but Mr. Butterworth, missing her from the £40 left as a debt. There are a few pews class, inquired for her; and when inin this chapel, which will bring in annu. formed of this unfavourable change, deally £6. 12s.: the whole of these are let; sired to see her. He then conversed very and more might have been let, had there seriously with her on the importance of been any. The chapel is settled on the early piety, and closed the conversation Methodist plan, and the deeds are regu. by kneeling down and praying with her. larly enrolled. Previous to the erection Prayer was heard and answered; the of this chapel, we had been much confined youthful wanderer was recovered, and the for room at Dane-Bridge, the place we resolutions then formed have not since occupied for preaching being generally been forgotten. The fruit of that pious crowded, and yet many were unable even act will, it is hoped, be gathered in to get in, much less to be comfortably ac. eternity. This converted family became commodated ; and no better place could now desirous that the religion which they be procured. As God has now graciously enjoyed should be communicated to their enlarged our borders, and made room for neighbours. They opened their cottage us, our congregations are much increased, for prayer-meetings, in which they were both on the Sabbath and on the week assisted by their Twickenham friends; and evenings, and several persons since the every Sabbath two pious young men came opening have been added to our society from London to join in the devotions of here. We have every reason now to ex- the praying few. Several persons attendpect a great revival of the work of God in ed; they became desirous to have preach, this neighbourhood. Throughout the Cir. ing; and about the year 1808, Richmond cuit, we have great peace, and God is also was placed on the London plan; and in a favouring us with prosperity. To his small room, at the foot of Richmond-hill, name be praise !"
the Local brethren from Sabbath to SabRICHMOND, in the Hammersmith Cir. bath preached Christ. The moral and