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of their God and Saviour. There was one point to which he must be excused for referring. His American friends had not on some occasions been treated so courteously as he could have desired, on the subject of slavery. They felt a difficulty in uttering themselves on that sub. ject, because they had been misconceived. He begged to say, on their behalf, that they were the foes of slavery, and that the whole truly religious community in America were opposed to it. He begged to remind the Meeting, that though England now rejoiced in the abolition of slavery, yet they were fifty years in ac
complishing the task; and in their triumph they must not forget the common and special difficulties associated with that subject, in the United States of America. He entreated the Meeting to fear nothing for the cause of slavery. When slavery was abolished for England it was abolished for the world. That was his opinion formerly; but since he had visited the United States it was the fixed sentiment of his heart and judgment that slavery was virtually abolished. England had only to attend America with her sympathies, and prayers, and example, and slavery would be no more.
XIII. ANTI-SLAVERY SOCIETY. A VERY numerous Meeting of the Stephens, Esq.; J. S. Buckingham, Esq., friends of Negro emancipation was held M. P.; the Rev. John Burnet ; Daniel at Exeter-Hall on Friday, May 15th : the O'Connell, Esq., M. P. ; the Rev. Dr. Right Hon. Lord Brougham and Vaux Morison; John Jeremie, Esq.; and in the chair. The Speakers were, Tho. William Allen, Esq. mas F. Buxton, Esq., M. P.; George Several strong resolutions were adopted.
RESOLUTIONS OF THE KENT DISTRICT-MEETING. QUESTION.--What is our opinion of the 5th.-We affectionately sympathize attempts that have recently been made in with those of our honoured fathers and different parts of the kingdom to disturb brethren who have personally been made the peace of our Connexion, and to alter the objects of insult and abuse; and the principles of our constitution ? whilst we express our admiration of the
Answer Ist.-We feel it our duty to spirit they have manifested under their express our deep regret, on account of trials, we would not forget to bear our the opposition that has been made against testimony to the valuable services they the decision of the last Conference, on have rendered Methodism at this eventful the subject of the Theological Institu- crisis. tion, as at variance with all the great prin 6th. -We think it due to our excellent ciples on which conventional bodies are President, and the Preachers in London, formed, and as directly opposed to the to express our sense of the obligations rules and usages of Methodism.
under which the Connexion in general is 2d. We regard the formation of what laid to them, in the present agitated state is styled, the " Grand Central Associa. of things, for their diligence and assi. tion,” with its avowed objects and pro. duity in watching the proceedings of the ceedings, as a factious attempt to over- dissatisfied parties, collecting the sense of turn our constitution, and create a schism the body of Preachers, and the various in that church of which the Holy Ghost Committees, on the subjects in question, has made the Wesleyan Preachers “over and conveying with promptness to the
brethren in the country the necessary in3d.-We solemnly avow our firm and formation on topics which so materially unabated attachment to the constitution affected the existence of Methodism. of Wesleyan Methodism as it is; and 7th-We heartily concur in the opisteadfastly resolve to maintain it entire, as nion expressed by our brethren of the handed down to us by our fathers in the London District-Meeting, that “explaministry, and to resist every attempt to nations of any thing in our existing rules mutilate or alter any of its essential prin- which may appear obscure or ambiguous, ciples.
or even a careful revision and amplification 4th. We conscientiously deny the of those rules, if effected by proper auslanderous accusations, tending to excite thority, and after full and leisurely delisuspicion in the minds of our societies, beration, may possibly be deemed by Con. against the Conference as a body, and ex- ference 9 wise and seasonable measure. press our unshaken confidence in the But never will we agree to mutilate or wisdom and uprightness of its measures alter any of the essential principles of the and decisions.
pure and simple constitution which, under Vol. XIV. Third Series. JULY, 1835. .
God, was confided to us, as a sacred de posit, by the Rev. John Wesley."
8th.-We devoutly acknowledge our gratitude to the Giver of every good and perfect gift, for the harmony which, with very few exceptions, prevails in every Circuit of this District ; for the general prosperity of the work of God; for the accession of new members to our societies; and that the unjust and cruel advice to “ stop supplies" has produced no deficiency in the contributions, taken in the aggregate, to any of our funds, whilst those to the Missions have been consider. ably augmented.
9th.-We solemnly resolve, in the presence of the great Searcher of hearts, and of each other, to devote ourselves anew to our great work, in labouring for the salvation of souls, firmly purposing, by the assistance of Almighty God, to spend and be spent in the propagation of the pure doctrines, and in the maintenance of the holy discipline, of Wesleyan Methodism.
Jon. Edmondson, Sen., Chairman.
And all the Preachers in the District signed these resolutions, excepting the Rev. James Gartrell.
LETTER FROM THE MIDSUMMER-NORTON CIRCUIT.
To the Editor of the Wesleyan-Methodist Magazine. On Monday, May 18th, 1835, the preached on that verse in one of the Wesleyan chapel in Midsummer-Nor. Psalms for the day, Open thy mouth ton was re-opened, after the erection of wide, and I will fill it.' Many, I believe, an additional gallery, a school-room, and found the promise true.” vestries, in connexion with it. The Rev. More than sixty years ago the PreachRobert Newton preached in the morning ers of the Bristol Circuit were prevailed and evening of that day; and the con- upon to preach occasionally in Midsumgregation was addressed in the afternoon mer-Norton, as they journeyed to Coleford, by the Rev. J. Evans. On the following or some neighbouring village. Messrs. Sunday two sermons were preached by Mather, Pawson, Murlin, Allen, and the Rev. John Burdsall, of Weymouth. others, are mentioned as among the first A gracious influence attended these ser. who preached the doctrines of Methodism vices, and the collections amounted to in this village. A small class was suon nearly £55. This sum, connected with formed. None of the members of that handsome subscriptions previously ob class being in circumstances to receive the tained, will leave the chapel in easy cir. Preachers into their houses, they were in cumstances. One immediate advantage the habit of jointly furnishing the requisite arising from the enlargement of the articles for procuring the Preacher a cup chapel is, the increased facility afforded of tea when he had finished his sermon, to the children of the Sunday-school for generally on the afternoon of a week.day. attending divine worship, both on the After the preaching had continued for morning and evening of the Lord's day. some time in a small room, partially oc
Since the last Conference we have cupied by a weaver's loom, the small opened a new chapel at Clandown, in the society succeeded in obtaining a large parish of Midsummer-Norton. This neat room in the house of a friend, who when little place will accommodate between he died bequeathed a sum of money totwo and three hundred persons. Sermons wards building a chapel, and directed that were preached by the Rev. Messrs. G. the room should be occupied for divine B. M.Donald, J. Evans, S. Rowe, and service until the chapel was built. The E. Nye. The collections were nearly money given towards erecting a chapel £30; all the sittings are let; and the came into the hands of a person who was debt on the chapel is moderate.
determined to execute the design of his Midsummer-Norton-of which Mr. benevolent friend. In this determination, Wesley has remarked in his Journal, however, he was much opposed. The that he supposed its name was acquired parish authorities all opposed the erection by its being accessible only, in former of a Methodist chapel. After land had times, in the middle of summer- was been procured, and stones collected for visited several times by Mr. Wesley, the purpose of building a house for God, when he usually preached in the opposition was manifested to the undervillage church. His last entry in taking in a somewhat singular manner. his Journal on this subject is as fol. In the absence of the friend principally lows;Wednesday, September 16th, concerned, the greater part of the stones 1789. I went on to Midsummer. Norton. provided for the building were removed, I never saw the church so full before. I by one having authority, and employed in
repairing the highways. Other materials miles of Midsummer-Norton, one thou. were quickly found ; and, as usual, oppo- sand persons in the W'esleyan society. sition to a good cause defeated its own Much of the good fruit of a gracious redesign. The chapel, thus built, had been vival of religion, with which this Circuit twice enlarged previous to the last altera. was favoured a few years since, still retion. More than twenty years ago it was mains, and appears likely, in many pleasre-opened after enlargement by the Rev. ing instances, to be gathered unto life Samuel Bradburn.
eternal. This Circuit has had great peace The immediate neighbourhood of Mid- throughout the year, and some spiritual summer-Norton contains about two thou prosperity. The contributions for the sand inhabitants. We have now, in three Wesleyan Missions, Sunday-schools, and chapels, accommodation for fifteen hun. the General Funds of the Connexion, dred persons ; and of this number, from have all improved ; in addition to which, three to four hundred are in religious so. about £45 were collected for chapels in ciety. Almost every house in the village the island of Nevis. We are contemof Norton sends one or more of its in- plating the adoption of several plans mates occasionally or regularly to the Me. for the public benefit in this neighbourthodist chapel. Methodism has achieved, hood; and, above all, we are fervently prayunder God, many triumphs, and exerted ing that, in His plenitude of saving much valuable influence, in this neigh. influence, “the Spirit may be poured bourhood. In addition to the many out from on high." people who, in the last fifty years, have
Joun Evans. been admitted to the “realms of day," Midsummer-Norton, there are, in seven villages within four June 11th, 1835.
LETTER FROM THE HUNGERFORD CIRCUIT.
To the Editor of the Wesleyan-Methodist Magazine. I am happy to be able to send you who had been living without a sense of some good news from this Circuit. The God's favour, have been brought into congregations and societies have been happy liberty. Their youth has been gradually improving for some time. One renewed like the eagle's ; they are now new chapel has been built in a new place; walking in the light of God's counten. a chapel has been taken, on a lease, of ance; and a goodly number have been the Dissenters, where we only had a pri- blessed with the perfect love of God. vate house for preaching ; one chapel has Boys and girls, young men and women, been enlarged, and must now be enlarged those in middle life, and hoary-headed again, or a new one built in its place; sinners, are found among the converts and a new chapel is now nearly finished and, what is a pleasing feature of the at Lambourn, which will be the largest work, many of the sons and daughters or in the Circuit; (of which, and the his. our own people have given their hearts tory of Methodism in that place, you to God. will perhaps have some account when it Perhaps a few anecdotes, connected is opened ;) and we still want room for with this little revival, may not be uninthe people who wish to attend our minis. teresting to your readers. At an early try in several places. Last year we add. stage of the work, a little girl said to her ed about one hundred and twenty mem- uncle, “Is this happiness you speak of, bers to the societies ; which was consider- uncle, for little children ; or only for ed a very good increase for this part of men and women ?” He told her it was the Connexion, being one in four; and for children, as well as for men and we thought that we should do well if we women, if they would seek it. She then kept up the number this year. But the began to seek it with all her heart. Ata Lord has graciously exceeded all our ex prayer-meeting she was heard pleading, pectations. We now have about one hun “Lord, take away my bad heart, and dred and fifty on trial, and the good work make me a good girl. Lord, take away is still advancing.
my bad heart, and make me a good girl." But this increase in numbers is not And so earnest was she, that she would that which especially excites our grati- not rise up when the others ar se to sing. tude. There has been a glorious work Ere long the Lord removed her sense of of conversion. Not only have most of misery, and filled her with peace and joy. those who have lately joined us found She broke out in the language of our peace, but many of the old members, poet,-
“ With confidence I now draw nigh,
much for me! It has been a hard winter; And, Father, Abba, Father, cry."'
but the Lord has recompensed me. Often This was the burden of her song all the on a Saturday night I have been obliged night ; and was only occasionally inter to sit up after all my family have gone to rupted by the exclamation, “O how happy bed, to get their clothes ready for the I am !” The next morning her aunt said Sabbath; and in the midst of my work, I to her, “Well, my dear, are you still have fallen on my knees to pour out my happy ?” “(yes, aunt; I don't feel soul to God, in behalf of my children ; my bad heart now !”
and the Lord has heard me. I have had An elderly woman, who had been many trials in this world ; but God has saved, went to the class-meeting. The sanctified them all. When he has taken Leader was rather searching in her one thing from me, he has given me an. questions, to ascertain how the work was other more valuable." This poor woman done, and whether it was genuine. The reminded me of what Dr. Adam Clarke aged woman said, “I don't know, I am once observed to me. « It is a glorious sure, Ma'am, how it was done ; but this thing,” said he, "to bring the poor peoI know, that the Lord has forgiven my ple to a knowledge of God, that they may sins, and made me happy. I was miser, have some peace and happiness in their able. I had no rest day or night. My consciences; for they really have no hapheart was as heavy as lead, but now it piness in this world.” it as light as a feather.”
The same afternoon I called on an old A woman, who had been a member disciple, who is a cripple, and not able to of the society many years, said to me one get to the house of God, but who parday, 0, Sir, I don't know what I takes of the happy feeling that is now have been doing. I have been creep- prevailing in the place. She said to me, ing. I have been asleep!” She now “A neighbour of mine has just been seemed to have waked up after the like. here, and talking about the disturbance ness of her Lord, and was happy beyond occasioned by the new Poor-Law. She obmeasure.
served, “You don't appear to trouble The delightful feeling which pervaded yourself about it.' Trouble myself about one meeting at which three persons it,' said I: 'why, the Lord has taken were set at liberty was thus described care of me seventy-five years, and he by a poor man to his neighbour :- will not forsake me in my old age. Why " It seemed as if the angels had come should I trouble myself about it?" down to help us to sing. We could sing She seemed as blithe and cheerful as a any tune, and raise our voices to any lark. height.”
In another place, a man who has kept In one place an aged woman was seek. a beer-shop, and has been a poacher, a ing mercy with all her heart. Her hus. gambler, a cock-fighter, and an encourager band was so exasperated at seeing her of every thing that is bad, - and who was among the penitents, that he went and regarded as a nuisance in the place, dragged her out of the chapel. She, was invited to hear the word, and unachowever, persevered. About a fortnight countably consented. The word reached after, at a prayer-meeting, she obtained his heart, and he has broken off his evil peace; and in so remarkable a manner, ways. Last week a message was sent that she exclaimed aloud,“ Jesus is come' to him to prepare two cocks, and take Jesus is come! Jesus is come!” The them to a neighbouring village, to hght next night her husband was found among on Whit-Monday. He replied, that the penitents, pleading for mercy. Be their heads would be off before that fore the conclusion of the meeting his time. He gathered up all his cards, and burden of guilt was removed ; and when committed them to the flames. And last the meeting ended, the old man stood, Sunday he gave his wife a charge, that, full of gratitude and holy love, and a if any persons came for beer on that day, countenance beaming with joy, to “shake not to let them have it. The change in hands,” as Peter Jones said, with the peo. this man is so great, that his wife weeps ple, “in his heart." At the place where for joy. this occurred, I called on a poor woman, I must cease to enlarge now. If these who has long been in our society. Two anecdotes should be acceptable to you, of her children also have been members I may furnish you with a few more in for some time; and three more have another communication. This good work lately been brought into happy liberty. began at Marlborough, and spread to With a feeling which I cannot describe, Ramsbury. From thence it has spread she said to me, “0, Sir, it is almost too into many other places; and it bids fair
to spread through the Circuit, if the busy season of harvest, which is just commencing, do not prevent it by en tirely occupying the people's attention,
and hindering them from attending the
IMPORTANT PROTESTANT MEETING. On Saturday, June 20th, a very large viewed without alarm. These gentleand interesting public Meeting was held men proved, by an appeal to authentic at Exeter-Hall, for the purpose of calling documents, that while the theological the attention of Protestants to the real tenets of Popery are unchanged, the doctrines held by the Church of Rome, Ronnish Priesthood of Ireland still hold, and especially by the Romish Priesthood in an unmitigated form, those principles of Ireland. The attendance was im- of persecution which formerly kindled mense ; and the addresses which were the fires of the Inquisition, and deluged delivered produced the most intense feel. Christendom with blood. We regret ing. The principal Speakers were the that we have not room to give even an Rev. R. J. M'Ghee, Dr. Cooke, and the outline of the facts and arguments which Rev. Mortimer O'Sullivan. An opinion were adduced upon this occasion; but as an seems to be gaining ground among Pro. authenticated report of the proceedings of testants, that the character of Popery is the Meeting is announced for publicaconsiderably ameliorated, and that its tion, we shall have a future opportunity struggles for ascendancy may therefore be of adverting to the subject.
MISSIONARY NOTICES, Relating principally to the Foreign Missions carried on under the
direction of the METHODIST CONFERENCE.
MISSIONS IN INDIA AND CEYLON. Madras.-Extract from the Journal of Mr. Cryer, dated Royapettah, May 20th,
1834. EARLY in the month of March I vi- to Sivan, the most obscene parts of the sited, in company with the Rev. W. H. history of that monster of iniquity and Drew, of the London Missionary Society, his wife, Parváthy, are sculptured in the town of Congeveram. This town is every street. Having selected what we the most notorious for Heathenism of any thought a suitable place, I sat down on near Madras; and although it is only about one side of the street, and Mr. Drew on eight miles from one of our chapels, (W'al- the other, where we soon had plenty of lajabad,) I had not visited it before. We hearers. I read the twenty-fifth chapter spent Monday, the3d of March, at Poona- of Matthew, and discoursed at some mallie; when, as usual, I examined the length on the judgment. We then gave English school, visited the European a few tracts, and walked forward to a hospital, and conversed with the natives large temple dedicated to Vishnoo, at the in the streets. In the evening Mr. Drew lesser Congeveram. In front of the tempreached for me in English ; and after ple I read St. Paul's address to the service we proceeded to Congeveram, Athenians, from Acts xvii. ; after which where we arrived about seven o'clock on we entered the temple, attended by a the morning of Tuesday, having been considerable number of Brahmins. It is travelling all night. The following one of the most stupendous specimens of extract from my journal will be interest. art I have ever seen ; and will probably ing.
remain such, when its idols shall have March 4th, 1834.-By the time we been cast to the moles and to the bats. had washed and refreshed ourselves, the Within the walls of this vast building sun was so powerful as to prevent our we bore our decided testimony against leaving the bungalow ; we, consequently, the abominations of idolatry, and for the remained till near five o'clock, when we truth as it is in Jesus. Leaving this place, sallied out into one of the principal we returned to the travellers' bungalow, streets. On every hand we met with the very much tired, but encouraged by the most disgusting marks of idolatry : the willingness of the people to listen to our place being noted principally as devoted doctrines.