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TRANSACTIONS OF THE CONGREGATIONAL DISSENTERS.

KENT INDEPENDENT ASSOCIATION. the care and skill of their Tutors,

The Annual Meeting of the Kent while they feel justified in anticipating, Independent Association was held at from a beginning so auspicious, a very the Rev. H. J. Rook's, Faversham, respectable degree of scholarship at on July 3d and 4th, on which occasion the end of their academical course, the Rev. Messrs. Prankard, of Sheer- and their entrance upon the duties ness, and Chapman, of Greenwich, and relations of the Christan Minispreached. At the meeting for busi- try.” The general report announced ness, held on the afternoon of Wed- the bequest of a legacy from the late nesday, amongst other resolutions, the Miss Elizabeth Walker of £300; from following were unanimously adopted, the late Mr. Townsend, of London, after considerable discussion, on the £100; and from the late Mr. Josiah subjects to which they refer :

Parry, of Shrewsbury, of €10. " That this meeting feels great satisfaction in the establishment of the

ORDINATIONS, General Congregational Union, and On Wednesday, July 18th, the Rev. would renew the assurance of the cor- James Sibree, from Highbury College, dial approbation which this Associa- was ordained as pastor of the newlytion has already given to the princi- formed church, assembling in Nile ples and plan of that important insti- Street Chapel, Hull. tution.

The Rev. j. Macpherson, Baptist “That the Members of this Asso- Minister, in Hull, commenced the sociation, feeling deeply concerned for lemnities of the day by reading the the advancement of the cause of gene- Scriptures and prayer; the Rev. T. ral education in Ireland, and con- Scales, of Leeds, delivered the introscientiously believing that the plan ductory discourse; the usual quesproposed by his Majesty's Ministers is tions to the Minister and Church were eminently adapted to effect the end proposed by the Rev. T. Stratton, of intended, would express their cordial Sunderland ; the ordination prayer was approbation of that plan, and their offered up by the Rev. Peter Sibree, earnest hope that it will be carried into of Weathersfield; and the charge aduniversal operation.”

dressed to the young pastor by the Rev. John Sibree, of Coventry.

In the evening the congregation assemROTHERHAM COLLEGE.

bled again, when the Rev. Joseph On Wednesday, June 27th, was Gilbert, formerly pastor of the Church, held the Annual Meeting of the Sub- in Fish Street, Hull, now of Nottingscribers and Friends of Rotherham ham, preached the sermon to the College, at which several Resolutions Church. The Rev. Messrs. Winterwere passed, and the usual business of bottom, of Barton; Bramall, of Pathe College transacted. The preced- tricroft; Tarbotton,of Totness; Bergne, ing day the Examining Committee were of Lincoln, and E. Morley, of Hull, occupied in investigating the progress assisted in the various devotional serof the Students, and from their Report vices of the day. it would appear that there is the high- It gave a peculiar interest to the ocest reason to be satisfied with their di- casion to see three brothers, the sons ligence and attainments, and with the of the late J. Sibree, of Frome, taking attention of their Tutors. They ob- their respective parts in this service; serve, that “they are compelled to de- and to their surviving parent, who was clare themselves not merely satisfied, present, the scene must have been grabut even surprised, with the general tifying

and delightful in the highest deimprovement of the young men, and gree. The Church in Fish Street, Hull, they deem it alike creditable to their from which this is an amicable separaown application and industry, and to tion, was founded in the year 1769 by the Rev. George Lambert, who was its Lutterworth, Leicestershire. The faithful and beloved pastor, till his la- Rev. W. Wild, of Harborough, commented decease, in March, 1816. His menced the services of the day by successors have been the Rev. Joseph reading the Scriptures and prayer; Gilbert, already mentioned, and the the Rev. T. Price, of Devonshire Rev. Joseph Fox, now of Sheffield. Square, London, described the nature The necessity of another place of of a Christian church ; the Rev. Walworship for the accommodation, and ter Scott, of Rowell, received the conthe enlargement of the Congrega- fession of faith,

asked the usual questional order, in Hull, has long been tions, and offered the ordination felt and acknowledged, and projects prayer, with imposition of hands; and have been repeatedly formed for the Rev. Dr. Collyer delivered an accomplishing it; at length the design impressive and appropriate charge to has been taken up cordially and zea- the new minister, from 2 Tim. ii. 15. lously, and with the most cheering The Rev. E. Webb, of Leicester, conprospects of success. In the course of cluded the morning service by prayer. : the last year, a chapel in Nile Street In the evening the Rev. T. W. Price, was vacant; an opportunity so favour- of Warwick, preached to the people able was not to be again neglected. With from 2 John, ver. 8. The Rev. Messrs. the concurrence of all parties inte. Mansell and Trestrail conducted the rested in the scheme, it was taken, and devotional services. preaching was commenced. The mi- The Independent Church and Con-. nistry of Mr. Sibree, who was sent gregation at Lutterworth appear to from Highbury College, proved have now presented to them the prosvery acceptable and useful, and the pect of much comfort and prosperity, congregation rapidly increased. The in the settlement among them of the Parent Society, in Fish Street, saw all Rev. J. G. Hewlett, at their unanithis with unfeigned satisfaction; and mous invitation. The services of the at a Church meeting, held on Friday day were numerously attended by the evening, April 6, 1832, gave an affec- ministers and Christian friends of the tionate and friendly dismission to ten county. They were of a peculiarly inor eleven of their members, as the teresting, and it is hoped profitable nucleus of another society. On the character, both to the parties more imevening of the following Lord’s-day, mediately concerned, and to those from April 8, these persons were formed other Christian societies who attended into a Church, by Mr. Scales, of Leeds, on the occasion. in the presence, and with the cordial On Tuesday, July 24th, 1832, the sanction and fervent prayers of a large Rev. Isaac Evans, from the Academy body of the deacons, and members of at Newtown, Montgomeryshire, was the venerable and honoured commu- ordained to the pastoral office over the nity, from which they had so recently Independent Church at Weedon Bee, separated, but with which, it is mu. Northamptonshire. The service was tually hoped, they will ever be united commenced by reading the Scriptures in Christian affection and zealous co- and prayer, by Mr. Miller, of Bransoperation. May all separations, in ton; Mr. N. M. Harry, of Banbury, churches of our order, be conducted stated the scriptural constitution of a in the same spirit, and be attended Christian Church ; Mr. Davis, of Dawith the like happy results. It should ventry, asked the usual questions ; have been stated, that the services of the ordination prayer was offered by the ordination were conducted in Fish the former pastor, Mr. Pinkerton, of Street Chapel. The Filial Society is Totteridge; the charge was delivered taking measures for the erection of a by Mr. Scott, of Rowell, from 2 Tim. new chapel, their present place of iv. 5. latter part, “ Make full proof worship being already found too small of thy ministry ;” and Mr. Prust, of and inconvenient.

Northampton, closed the morning serOn Wednesday, June 27, the Rev. vice with prayer. J. G. Hewlett, late of Newbury, Berk- In the evening the people assembled shire, was ordained to the pastoral again, when, after prayer by - Woodcare of the Independent Church at wark, of Northampton, a sermon was N. S. NO. 93.

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addressed to the people by Mr. Griffith, of Stroud, delivered the introductory of Long Buckby, from i Cor. xvi. 10. discourse; the Rev. Robert Philip, “See that he be with you without of London, offered the ordination fear, for he worketh the work of the prayer; the Rev. John Morison, D.D. Lord ;” and the service was closed of London, gave the charge; and the with prayer, by Mr. Gray, of North- Rev. George Redford, A.M. of Worampton.

cester, preached the sermon to the On Tuesday, July 31, the Rev. Church. The other devotional serGeorge Legge, A.M., was ordlaiped to vices were conducted by neighbouring the pastorship of the Independent ministers. Church at Bridge Street Chapel, Bristol. The Rev. Mr. Davies, of the Bristol Tabernacle, delivered the in- The Rev. R. Ashton, late of Dedbam, troductory discourse ; the Rev. Wm. has accepted the unanimous invitation Thorpe offered the ordination prayer; of the Independent Church at Warthe Rev. John Morison, D.D. of Lon- minster, Wilts, and will enter (D. V) don, gave the charge ; and the Rev. on his pastoral labours in that town on Robert Philip, of London, preached the last Sabbath of the present month. the sermon to the Church. The other We also learn that the Rev. Luke devotional services were conducted by Foster, of Blackburn, Lancashire, has the Rev. Messrs. Lucy, Crisp, Legge, of accepted the call of the Church and Reading; Campbell, of Cheltenham,&c. Congregation assembling at Abbey.

On Thursday, August 8, the Rev. Jane Meeting, Saffron Walden, Essex, Mr. Campbell, A.M. was ordained to late under the pastoral care of the the pastorship of the Independent Rev. W. Clayton, now Chaplain to the Church, at Highbury Chapel, Chel- Dissenters' Grammar School, Mill tenham. The Rev.John Burder, A.M. Hill,

MISCELLANEOUS INTELLIGENCE.

INFORMATION ON THE RELIGIOUS state of religion and religious institutions STATE OF HOLLAND.

in Germany. The size of the work (the A minister of the German Lutheran two volumes making more than 1000 Church has lately been in England, whose pages) preclude the hope of seeing it in pious and amiable character, evangelical an English translation ; but it supplies sentiments, and rich stores of informa- one motive, in addition to many others, tion, rendered him a very acceptable stimulating to the study of German companion to all who had the happiness language, for the

Bological of enjoying his society ;-the Rev. Theo- literature.

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ve select dore Fliedner, pastor of Kayserswerth, the following very important paragraphs. near Düsseldorf. Last year he published, “ –My remarks, in the way of comat Essen, in Prussian Westphalia, his plaint or censure, extend chiefly to the Travels in Holland, two volumes. This state of the CHURCH, and the institutions work is chiefly occupied with the sta- for EDUCATION; particularly in reference tistics of pious and benevolent institu- to the spirit of refined infidelity, [under tions, missionary, Bible, and other So- the name of rationalism,) which is now cieties; and, in particular, the schools, spreading itself in the evangelical church the universities, the established church, of Holland. [We apprehend, that Mr. and the different classes of dissenters F. uses this designation to comprehend from it, the theological literature, and the Reformed as well as the Lutheran the apparent state of vital religion within communities.] My opinions upon this every circle of his observation. The ful point, I am well aware, will, to neither ness and minuteness of his communica- party, the rationalist or the orthodox, tions, and the excellent spirit which they appear perfectly uñexceptionable; since breathe, render them highly valuable. both go into extremes, à fact, however, This value and the interest thence arising, very difficult for them to perceive in the are much increased by the references heat of the theological controversy which and comparisons continually made to the is now carried on between them.

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ficiency to these exertions, it is felt to be anarchy, and to promote every measure a matter of importance to urge on the for advancing the cause of good governfriends of religion and order UNANIMITY ment and religious improvement both at ON ESSENTIALS; lest, in spending strength home and abroad. on disputable points, they shonld diminish In addition to all these suggestions, it the force of that general effort, which is earnestly recommended, that the local should be made by Christian electors on endeavours used to influence members the members of the new parliament. should not cease with the elections, but This effort, though proceeding from par- be followed up and maintained during the ties in different and distant quarters of continuance of the parliament, by the the United Kingdom, and unconnected, electors addressing their representatives, except by a common principle, will act from time to time, on all important subwith the force of a combined movement. jects in which the interests of religion, How powerful that force may be if the morality, and social order may be ineffort be universally made and well sus- volved. tained, may be inferred from the con- But, after all, in the confessedly peril. sideration, that, notwithstanding the ous position of our national affairs, the abonnding and daring impiety of the noblest and only effective means of actimes, there can be no reasonable doubt tion will be those which obtain the exthat the number of conscientious persons ertion of divine power on behalf of our who live and act in the fear of God is country. The inadequacy of the human very great-far inferior, indeed, numeri- agency sought to be employed at this cally, to those who have no true fear of crisis disappears before the energy of the God; but a noble company, when con- Omnipotent Arm. Let but those who sidered in the aggregate; and of a moral are here addressed seek the union which power only short of irresistible, if wisely has been recommended let that union and steadily acting toward a proper be as comprehensive as the most favourpoint, in reliance on the divine blessing able construction of character will justify Nor can it be doubted, that if the Re- - let the combined endeavour commence formed Parliament shall collect an in- with the humble and sincere acknow. creased number of members with feelings ledgment of incompetency, and fervent hostile to the interests of true Chris- prayer for divine direction--imitating tianity and religious order, it will present herein the conduct of the devout ruler of on the other hand increased facilities for Judah in his emergency, Neither know we the impartial discussion of topics con- what to do, but our eyes are upon Theenected with the cause of social improve- it will then remain to be seen, whether, ment, of humanity, and of pure religion. as in that case, wisdom, courage, perse

There is another point which it seems verance, and success against the irreli. fit to urge upon this occasion. Attaching gious spirit and influence of the day, the importance which in the judgment of may not be bestowed-such as may even a Christian ought to be attached to the yet avert the impending calamities of our election of men of religious principles country; and lead to the lengthening of as members of parliament, it is earnestly our tranquillity, by the temperate and recommended that suitable candidates of wholesome reform of those imperfections this character should be sought out, which adhere to our most cherished insti. and that all proper influence should be tutions, and by the removal of those leused to prevail on such persons to come galised outrages upon humanity in one forward at this crisis.

quarter; and that connexion with heaFurther : if, as it is hoped may be the then idolatries and superstition in another, case, this Appeal should come into the the continuance of which, with our mulhands of gentlemen of religious principles tiplied national sins, have so evidently and eligible qualifications, but who may drawn upon us, as a people, the righteous not have hitherto considered the obliga- displeasure of our offended God. tions which devolve upon them to stand forth as candidates at this exigency of our To the Editors.— A paragraph having apnational affairs, let such persons weigh peared in The Morning Herald, “That well the duty which they owe at this all proprietary chapels in St. Marylebone time to their country and to God. Let Parish are to be rated for the poor, &c.” them not lightly neglect any available and a proposal to the same effect (as it reopening presented to them for obtaining spects Tottenham Court Chapel) having a seat in parliament, there to devote been made in the vestry meeting of St. themselves, with all the powers with Pancras, though negatived for the prewhich it may have pleased God to endow sent, I beg to suggest to the friends of them, in aid of the endeavours made by truth and benevolence the propriety of the friends of humanity and religion to obtaining from all candidates, that may repress the current of ungodliness and apply for their suffrages, a pledge that

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RANCE SOCIETY.

they will support a bill in parliament to that it did not regard the drunkard, but exempt all places of public worship, cha. merely the temperate man, who was safe. rity schools, and institutions of a purely He compared the drunkard to be the benevolent nature, from the payment of man who stood upon the brink of a river, rates and taxes of every kind. It is not whom we should spring forward to save. needful to occupy your pages with the Mr. H. Jenkins, (of Lambeth,) rose to reasonableness and propriety of this, reply. He said, that the temperate man which must at once appear to every was the man on the brink, but the drunprejudiced mind.

kard had fallen into the river, and was I am, Gentlemen, your's, &c. coming up the last time. Of the latter, Kentish Town.

J. H. MANN. there were little hopes, for the former

there was security, and that was to be MARINERS' CHURCH DISTRICT TEMPE- had by joining the Society, the principles

of which he felt would soon be as uni. The third public meeting of this Auxi. versal as the light of heaven. liary was held in the Mariners' Church, Mr. Simpson also replied to Mr. Talbot, Wellclose Square, on Monday last, when, whom he said would no doubt become after prayer by Mr. Jenkins, Mr. Cole- a member and firm advocate shortly; man was unanimously called to the chair. that such men were the best supporters

Mr. T. A. Smith proceeded to address of the cause by their opposition. the meeting upon the subject of tem- Mr. Talbot confessed he had not read perance, and very clearly stated the the pamphlets upon temperance, and origin and progress of the Temperance begged for information, when Mr. SimpSociety, its usefulness and necessity. son furnished him with the publications.

Mr. Fry, jun. detailed the lamentable After spirited and eloquent speeches by effects of intemperance, and pointed out Messrs. Fry and Clutton, in reply, the the real necessity existing for such asso- meeting, which was crowded, adjourned ciations all over the world.

to that day month. Mr. Clutton, in a most ingenious speech, illustrated by a variety of comparisons,

RECENT DEATH. showed the ill effects of ardent spirits We regret to record the decease of the taken by painters. He used once to do Rev. William Williams, late Pastor of the so; but had since abandoned a practice Church and Congregation assembling in destructive to the physical powers. the Independent Chapel, Norwood, Sur

Mr. John Boyd, (a mechanic,) whose rey. This painful event took place at his employment required him to stand in residence, in the King's Road, Chelsea, water nearly all day, used to take ardent on the 2d of August, 1832, after a pain spirits to preserve him from cold; but ful illness of only six days. We regret to since he became a member of the Society state, that Mr. W. has left a widow and he scarcely drank any thing but water, numerous family to lament their irreparaand could work as hard as those who ble loss. The greater part of these are consumed so much ardent spirits.

dependent on the exertions of their beMr. Talbot, who was present at the reaved parent. Under the excruciating last meeting, rose again to oppose the sufferings of a painful disease Mr. W. objects of Temperance Societies. He said enjoyed an invariable tranquillity of mind.

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS AND MINOR CORRESPONDENCE, Communications have been received this month from Rev. Drs. J. P. Smith, Winter, and Henderson; also from Rev. Thomas Scales-- R. Philip-G. RedfordR. A. Ashton--Thos. James-W. Urwick.

Also from Messrs. H. Rogers --J. Barfett-Z. Z.-M. S.-A Young Lawyer-Ingram Cobbin.--J. R.

ERRATA in our number for August. Some oversights occur in our last number, which we must request our candid readers to observe, and to alter with their pens.

Page 475, col 1, line 37, for geram read garem,

477, 1, 17, for Buccinam read Buccinum.
479,

1, .. 42, for: Πρεσβυτεροι read Πρεσβυτεροι

1,
480,

1, note t. for Tranicum read Irenicum.
485, 2, line 17, for æse perennuis read ære perennius.

479, 1, 28, for Petarius read Petavius. It should have been more clearly expressed, that the last article of poetry, p. 490, is a translation or imitation of the verses, by the eminent Dutch lawyer, poet, and advocate of vital Christianity, Dr. Da Costa, which begin with the line prefixed as a title.

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