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meeting; the ladies to furnish the tea gratuitously; and they, ever foremost in zeal and liberality, cheerfully responded to the call

. About twelve ladies provided a company of two hundred and thirty persons with that cheering and delicious repast-a cup of good tea. By this meeting, the sum of nearly fourteen pounds was realized.

On Lord's-day, August 24th, the Rev. W. Mills, of Nottingham, delivered two impressive and eloquent discourses, after each of which, a collection was made for the above object; and we are happy to state, that the collections, with the proceeds of the tea meeting, and two or three donations, amount to the handsome sum of twenty-one pounds, leaving a deficiency of only three pounds.

This is a noble effort; most of our friends being poor. Some of them, nevertheless, contribute quarterly for the support of the cause a sum which would shame some of their more wealthy brethren. The members and office-bearers are pious and united, and appear determined to co-operate with their beloved minister in plans of usefulness.

May our little Zion prosper abundantly! May the God of Jacob ever be our refuge, and make us a thousand times more than what we are! Newark.

A. B.



Having made several unsuccessful attempts to acknowledge the kindness of friends in assisting our Irish Mission, perhaps you will allow me a corner in your truly valuable Magazine for that purpose. We are indebted to the Religious Tract Society for a large package of tracts (value £5), per Rev. J. Bakewell; to some kind friend or friends in Leeds (Bethesda), for a parcel of tracts, per Mr. Howard; to the New Radford Tract Society (Nottingham Circuit), for two large bundles of tracts, per Mr. Heathcote; and to a friend for one dozen of Irish Testaments, per Rev. Wm. Cooke. Thousands of those silent messengers of mercy are already in circulation, and from nearly every station we have urgent applications for more. To the above friends I tender my sincere thanks for their favours, and any other individual assisting us in a similar way, will confer a benefit on the Mission, and greatly facilitate our means of usefulness.

Yours affectionately, Salem Chapel, Belfast.



A NEW and beautiful organ, built by Mr. John Nicholson, Leeds Road, for Ebenezer Chapel, was opened on Friday evening last, August 29th, when a sermon was preached by the Rev. T. Allin, of Altrincham. On Sunday the services were continued by the Revs. T. Allin; T. W. Ridley, of Leeds; and S. Hulme, of Huddersfield; all of whom preached able discourses on the distinguishing doctrines of the Christian religion. The congregations were good, and numbered many liberal-minded persons of other communities. On Monday evening a selection of sacred music was performed, gratuitously, by the principal vocalists in the town. The singing was truly excellent, and gave satisfaction to a full audience. Mr. Simpson, of the parish church, kindly and very efficiently presided at the organ both on Friday, Sunday, and Monday evenings: the proceeds (about £40), together with previous subscriptions, will nearly cover the cost of the instrument, which, in the opinion of competent judges, is the best in richness of tone, and power of expression, of the several good ones Mr. Nicholson has lately erected. The manner in which this organ has been introduced, furnishes a fine illustration of the utility of the voluntary principle, and of the power of determinate perseverance in the midst of opposing difficulties. Here we have had a small congregation struggling for four years against the enfeebled circumstances in which the late secession left them, and gradually rising above their poverty and loneliness to such an extent that they are now enabled, with the aid of friends of their own and other denominations, to introduce a large and beautiful organ to assist in conducting their psalmody, without adding to their Chapel debt. Latterly, we understand, the number of regular hearers has greatly increased, and a larger number of new sittings has been let the last quarter, than in any previous one since the Chapel was opened. Most

heartily do we wish them continued and greatly augmented prosperity.-Bradford Observer.

In addition to the above, the following particulars are given by one of the Bradford friends:

“ The services of Messrs. Allin, Hulme, and Ridley, were highly appreciated. The manner in which they followed each other in defending the Deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, the atonement, and other essential doctrines, was truly edifying, and calculated to produce conviction of their truth and importance. The cost of the organ is £130; towards which £60 has already been paid in subscriptions, and about £20 more promised, which, with £40 raised at the opening services, will pay for the organ within £10. The efforts of the Organ Committee will not cease until the whole amount has been realized.

It would be unpardonable injustice if we did not here acknowledge our deep obligations as a church, to the steady and disinterested zeal and truly Christian prudence of our highly esteemed minister, Mr. Wynne. Under many disadvantages and difficulties, he has devoted himself to the interests of our cause, with a fidelity and devotedness that have both merited and secured our highest regard and affection.

Besides the price of the organ, about £20 has been expended in necessary alterations. The generous help of kind friends in the Connexion would be gratefully received. Much has been done for us by the Conference and various Committees acting under its direction, as well as by many individual friends in different Circuits, (for which the warmest thanks of the Bradford Society are tendered. We are looking up, and God is amongst us. We are doing our utmost to help ourselves and render our meed of support to the Connexional Funds. We still need the prayers, the sympathies, and for a time longer yet, the pecuniary aid of the lovers of our Zion. Praise shall however be the uppermost theme of our hearts. To God be all glory for what he has done. As the name of our sanctuary (Ebenezer) denotes divine help being rendered thus far,we will, with joy and thanksgiving exclaim," Hitherto hath the LORD helped us."




The conferential address to the Connexion adverts to several topics of weighty importance, intimately connected with our Connexional prosperity. The devout and zealons intentions avowed at the late Conference, have ample scope for development, if measures of a discreet and energetic character can be devised. Truly we have heretofore dwelt with too much reliance on the soundness of our principles, the liberality of our system, and its adaptation to the times in which we live. The letter, but not the spirit; attachment, but not enterprise; knowledge, but not power; zeal, but not active exertion, have too frequently been preferred as a charge against us, from without. Let that charge, well or ill founded, be repudiated. If, in our official meetings, one heart and one mind inspire our Ministers, Leaders, and Local Preachers to union of effort, by the next Conference, sorrow would give place to rejoicing. Let not the statement be deemed invidious, that all has not been done which might have been accomplished for an increase of members in every Circuit. The fact, though very humiliating, cannot be hid, that a deficiency occurs in a majority of our Circuits. This retrograde movement operates with baneful influence not only on every institution in our body, but on every preacher, office-bearer, and member.

Allusions to a similar state of things as existing in other communities, if it could be proved, ought not to be admitted in palliation or excuse for any neglect of the means of improvement amongst ourselves. In both instances, may not the morbid state of feeling arise from the same disease? Let the cause of this moral dearth be ascertained, and immediately apply such remedial measures as shall effect a renovation and then a perfect cure, The ordinary subterfuge so often resorted to, of wrong returns, has become a mere flimsy argument. To admit this kind of evidence, involves grave suspicion; it is a reflection on business habits, and a sure indication of the absence of ardent zeal and devotion. Liberality and enterprise appear to be in a state of suspension, blockaded by doubt and fear, instead of combining together to effect the greatest amount of good. To rest on the pivot of hope, anticipating that events will, ere long, take a turn in our favour, is to act as the man who waits on the river's bank until the

stream passes by, that he may gain the opposite shore, and is in contravention to the divine command, “Whatsoever thine hand findeth to do, do it with thy might.” Either courage should plunge into the water, or wisdom devise a scheme by which the desired object may be gained. To wait is imbecility; to act is praiseworthy.

We admit, that untoward circumstances may occasionally occur, which even foresight could not avert or control; but those dertainly are fewland far between; they do not happen in every Circuit in every year; therefore it is not unreasonable to look for at least a small increase in those Circuits where no unhappy sputes have occurred, but where peace and harmony have generally prevailed.

asked nexional character ? Would it not be well, seeing that few or none have been converted last year, to mark out a completely different course ? In what way or by what means can an effectual stimulus be given to pious zeal ? How promote enterprising efforts, not only for local, but connexional objects? In fact, to induce an intense anxiety both amongst preachers and people for the salvation of sinners. Put the simple questions, What is the reason that we had no increase last year? Did we put forth exertion-all the exertion in our power? Did we, and if we did not, shall we adopt protracted meetings occasionally ? Cannot preachers do a little more in this respect? Why not the preachers in one Circuit get the preachers from another adjoining Circuit to assist during the week-night services ? We have seen it answer well in some instances, and is there any reasonable ground to fear that it would not succeed if attempted in this or any other Circuit? Let each Superintendent at the ensuing Quarterly Meetings, seriously and pointedly ask every Local Preacher and Leader, and every member, too, Will you, my brother, join with me heartily in holding revival services the next quarter ?

Give encouragement to active faith and lively zeal; to a wrestling, agonizing spirit; and if suddenly, under some sermon, or at the Sabbath-evening prayer-meeting, the work of God should break out as in the earlier days of Methodism, and a sort of undefinable disorder or seeming confusion occur, neither be abashed nor demur, neither run away from it nor stand still, but let loose old prejudices, throw off old habits, strip off all niceties and refined rationalities, enter heart and soul into the work, pray and work, sing and work, and no doubt but the Holy Spirit will help and work also. Rough unpolished stones require a deal of squaring, and often leave a deal of rubbish and scraps about, but these are easily swept away, whilst the stone is fitted to its place, in the spiritual temple of our God, then the Christian rejoices at the beautiful order which has arisen out of the confusion. In the divine economy, prosperity in the church is made to depend on prayer and faith. “I will be inquired of saith the Lord.”

According to your faith it shall be done unto you.” How can there then be any distance between prayer and faith? the prayer must be cold, or the faith vain, if no heavenly rain descends. But when they sweetly operate together, the fragrance rises, the sacrifice is accepted, the heavens open, the blessing descends, the church is revived, souls are quickened, souls are saved. Oh! that some attempt may be made, some plan devised; for in whatever Circuit the attempt is made, in the exercise of prayer and faith, prosperity must follow. God will own the labour of his servants, and his work shall not return unto him void. Leeds.

B. J.


FEELING much interested in the prosperity of the Book-Room under the new arrange. ment, and especially in the sale of the Magazines, I have made some effort to increase the sale in our neighbourhood. More than two years ago, when I was Steward, our parcel was four small and seven large Magazines. I was occasionally in the habit of speaking to the children in the school, or reading some interesting article from the small Magazine; by this means an interest was excited amongst the scholars. At the close of the year I announced that such and such articles which I had read to them, were in the small Magazine. The sale was, in consequence, increased to fifty copies. By similar efforts we now take one hundred, in a school of two hundred children. If all the schools in the Connexion would come up in the same proportion, we should have another “ Secret” announcel. I may also say we have doubled tlie sale of the large Magazine. Hollingworth.

J. R.

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(Continued from page 369.) As a minister of Christ, he had a pressing sense of his responsibility, and felt a proportionate interest in the prosperity of the cause of God. Some of his earliest reflections on the subject are contained in these words:

“ How solemn and important are the duties I am constantly called upon to perform; duties which not only relate to God and my own soul, but to the souls of my fellow-creatures and to the interests of the church, involving consequences which are eternal. Unable to think a good thought, or to speak a good word, what can I do? Vain is the help of

• I will lift up mine eyes to the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the Lord.' O that I may find my sufficiency for this great work is from him!”

June 18th, 1819. Entering on his duties at Glasgow:

“ How serious and responsible is the situation in which I am now placed-stationed alone as the minister of a weak and infant church! Here I stand in need of great wisdom, and of large and constant communications of grace and ability from above. Though at a distance from my friends, I may at all times find nearness to God, through the Son of his love. In order that I may be useful to the people amongst whom I am stationed, I desire

1st. That I may be delivered from every temper, motive, or inclination, which is not consistent with the character of a gospel minister. May pride, covetousness, sufficiency, and self-trusting be banished far from me. O that I may be delivered from darkness in the understanding, from carnality in my affections, and from stubbornness of will !

“2nd. I wish I may be adorned and filled with all those graces and qualifications that belong to the character of a gospel minister. May I be diligent in my calling; 'instant in season and out of season;' giving myself wholly to the ministry of the word and prayer.' O that my love for God and immortal souls may abundantly increase. And as I am surrounded by such a multitude of people in this city, Othat I may be enabled to cast the net on the right side of the ship, and to enclose a large number of souls. O that the word may run and be glorified on every hand. I feel a degree of hope that this will be the case, and that the Lord will send abundant prosperity. Knowing that, 'except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it; and except the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.' I desire that all the designs and the measures that I pursue may be of God, attended with his approbation, and succeeded with his blessing. May the word of inspiration be more than ever sweet unto my spiritual taste; and may I be enabled, by the Spirit of God, to deliver it with much affection and divine power. "Lord, I beseech thee, send me now prosperity.' And also I would return my unfeigned acknowledgments to the Lord my God, for preserving me from danger during so long a journey, and would desire to present my body to him as a living, holy, and acceptable sacrifice; which, considering the many favours received, is my reasonable service. O Lord, enable me so to do for thy name's sake. Amen."

May 29th, 1820. Chester Conference. "I have this evening been formally received into full Connexion; and may the Lord make me a lasting blessing to the people with whom I am connected. May the counsel given by an elder brother be remembered by me. May I walk in faith; may I preach in faith-believing that the Lord will make my labours effectual to the conversion of immortal souls. I would now afresh devote myself, both body and soul, to the service of God. May my appointment to this city be attended with evident marks of divine approbation, in making me the happy instrument of plucking sinners as brands from the burning. May I thus grow in grace, in conformity to the divine image, and in more abundant usefulness to the church of Christ."

August 20th, 1822. Dudley. “How deeply affecting is my present situation! Surrounded by an ignorant and ungodly people; living in the full sense of the word, without God and without hope in the world. I feel a rising desire in my breast to be useful amongst them, in showing them the danger of their present situation, and in warning them to flee from the wrath to come. May any design of speaking to the people more publicly (either out-door preaching, or visiting from house to house) meet the divine approbation, and may many of my ungodly neighbours be plucked as brands from the burning."

April 11th, 1834. Ashton. “I have been permitted to see another April Quarterly Meeting, and that under circumstances which call for the exercise of peculiar gratitude to the Giver of all my mercies. Last April I was absent from home for the benefit of my health; but now I am able to attend all my appointments. The past year has been one of great prosperity to the Circuit; three hundred members have been added to our societies. In reflecting upon the spirit in which I deliver the word, I see great cause for humiliation before God. O that my mind



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