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far surpassed expectations; and ere the general tea-meeting was held the whole debt was cleared away.
But Tuesday the 2nd of March came, and about two hundred friends assembled in the school-room to sing the requiem of that terrible plague, an ugly old debt. It was hardly prudent to tell all at once; but those who knew the real state of the collectors' books could not suppress & smile as they saw such a goodly group assembled at the time appointed. When tea was over, and the tables removed, the superintendent of the Circuit, the Rer. Wm. Baggaly, took the chair, and opened the meeting with a suitable address. Mr. Tilston read a report of proceedings, and the Reverends S. Hulme, J. Dixon, and Messrs. B. Fowler, J. Davis, S. Boyce, and M. Fowler addressed the audience with considerable effect. Messrs. H. Stuert and J. Foster were on the list of speakers, but the lateness of the hour deprived us of the pleasure of hcaring them.
Our truly excellent and devoted friend, Mr. Hull, with a very efficient choir, con. tributed to the interest of the meeting by a choice selection of music.
What has been done at Purk place may be done in other societies-not by idle wishes, but by generous and devoted efforts. A little sacrifice will cancel all such local burdens, and put our societies in a far more favourable position. Let every friend of the Connexion do his duty, and the very last remnant of our debts will be swept away ,to harass us no more for ever.
A FRIEND TO THE COXXEXION. Liverpool, March, 1852. M18810NARY ANNIVERSARY AND OPENING OF A New School, HULL CIRCUIT. -On Sabbath, March 11th, the annual sermons in aid of our Missions were preached in Bethel Chapel by the Rey. H. 0. Crofts, D.D., of Birmingham. Two discourses more appropriate to the occasion, more thoroughly imbued with the spirit of the gospel, or more admirably adapted to promote the great object of the missionary enterprisc. we never re. member to have heard. Indeed, it was a rich banquet of truth and eloquence with respect to the world's evangelization. On the same Sabbath two sermons were preached at Steppey Chapel; in the afternoon by Dr. Crofts, and in the even ing by the Rev. R. Rutherford (Wesleyan Association). On the Monday evening the annual missionary meeting was held at Bethel. John Solomon Thompson, Esq., presided. Mr. J. W. Longbottom, the secretary, read the report,
which was highly encouraging and satis. factory ; and interesting addresses were delivered by the Reverends W.M.Conkey, G. Gladstone, R. Rutherford, Dr. Crofts, and the ministers of the Circuit. Dr. Crofts gave a graphic and most interest. ing description of Canada. Having been an eye-witness to the scenes he described, there was a freshness and vigour in his portraiture of the actual condition of the Canadians. Some of his statements were thrilling, others were humorous, and the whole showed the difficulties and dan. gers which the messengers of mercy bave to encounter in their efforts to disseminate the glorious gospel of the blessed God." The congregations were good, and the collections exceeded last year's. On Tuesday evening the annual meeting was held at Stepney. Oar esteemed and venerable superintendent, the Rev. T. Scattergood, presided. Dr. Crofts and others addressed the meeting. The chapel was filled, and the collections nearly two pounds more than last year, The meetings on the Wednesday evening at Wawne, and on Thursday at Duns. well, were well attended, and great in. terest in the cause of Missions was mani. fested.
Onward we go in the prosecution of this blessed work, cheered with the as. surance that the issue is certain, that the kingdoms of this world shall become the kingdoms of our God and his Christ. Partly in promotion of the above object, the annual sale of useful and ornamental articles was held in the Mechanics' Institute on March 24th, and 25th. In this department of the Church the ladies have manifested their peculiar energy and perseverance, though the year has been one of singular discouragement, arising from commercial embarrassment and other causes of a depressing nature. The proceeds were not equal to those of last year, yet are considered satisfactory.
We regard Sabbath-schools as a field which the Lord has already graciously blessed, and, if properly cultivated, present a prospect of yielding a hundred. fold into the vineyard of the Church. In one of the most destitute parts of the town, where ignorance reigus triumphant, and the education of the rising generation is of paramount importance, we have succeeded in opening a room for a Sunday and week-night school, and for the preaching of the truth as it is in Jesus. We have now between sixty and seventy children; and on the evening of the Lord's day a number of people assembled to hear the glad tidings of the Gospel. A small class has been formed, and we trust by benevolent exertion in visiting the population from house to house, to draw many to the Saviour of the world. The sphere here opened we consider an important one, and sincerely wish its success.
JAMES WONNACOTT. Mission Services, North SHIELDS CIRCUIT.-The annual sermons on behalf of our Missions were preached on Lord's-day, March 7th, in Salem Chapel, North Shields, and West Holborn, South Shields, by the Rev. W. Cocker, and W. Berresford, of Gateshead.
The congregations (especially that in the evening at South Shields, when the Rev. W. Cocker delivered a inost able and interesting discourse on "the Millennium") were very good, and the contributions an advance on those of the previous year. The meeting on the following evening at Salem Chapel was well attended and admirably conducted, under the presidency of our valued friend, Mr. W. G. Tate. The above-named ministers, together with the Revs. T. G. Robey (of Newcastle), J. Fraser (Presbyterian), W. Alderson (Primitive) and E. Wright, addressed the meeting obviously to the high gratification and spiritual incitement of those who composed it. At South Shields (on Tuesday evening) Mr. R. Foreman (of Gateshead) kindly took the chair, and our own ininisters before named, together with the Rev. D. Moir (Independent), expatiated on the mis. sionary enterprise with an unction and felicity of enforcement that told with very evident effect on the sympathics, and we may add the offerings, of those who were present. The entire amount of collections and subscriptions will be several pounds more than that of last year.
E. W. MISSIONARY SERVICES, Ripon CIRCUIT. — On Lord's-day, March 28th, 1852, the Rev. J. Addyman, of Bradford, preached at Kirby Malzard in the morning; and in the city, afternoon and evening. Public meetings were held at Kirby on Monday night; Ripon, Tues. day night; Skelton, Wednesday night; and Monkton on the Thursday night.
We were assisted by our most kind and ready friend, Rev. J. Croft (Independent), Rev. J. Penrose (Primitive Me thodist), C.Atkinson, and the Missionary Secretary, Mr. W. Day; and in the third meeting, by the Rev. I. Nelson, from Chester. Each meeting was deeply in. teresting, especially at Kirby and Ripon. Our excellent brother Addyman described in graphic and pathetic strains our Canadian Mission, and the successes
that continued to attend the zealous labours of our missionaries. All present appeared deeply interested, and new sympathies were evidently interested in the good cause. Collections, all things considered, were equal (except in one case) to expectation, and even in that instance there is hope for the future.
Over each of the above meetings, our excellent friend and brother, W. Williamson, Esq., presided ; and none could more satisfactorily have occupied the chair-be is so kind, so amiable, and so gifted with appropriate remark. We only just add the feeling of obligation to our dear brother Addyman, who so willingly and efficiently served us in the time of need. May his life be long spared to preach the gospel, and promote by his judicious missionary zeal the good cause.
C. ATKINSON. MISSIONARY SERVICES, MANCHESTER CIRCUIT.- In addition to those reported in previous numbers of the Magazine, missionary services have been held in this Circuit in the following order :- At Crab-lane Head, on Dec. 10th, 1851, a sermon was preached by the Rev. T. Cartwright, and on the 1st of March a missionary-meeting was held, over which Mr. S. Holt presided. Stimulating addresses were delivered by the Revs. C. J. Donald, D. Round, T. Cartwright, and Messrs. John Shaw, of Pudsey, John Makinson, J. Brookes, and J. Alcock.
April 4th, two sermons were preached in Ebenezer Chapel, Peter-street, by the Rev.B. Turnock, and in Bethesda Chapel, Pendleton, by the Rev. S. Hulme and T. Allin. A missionary-meeting was held at Peter-street on the Tuesday evening following ; Mr. J. Teale presided. After & report by Mr. T. James, the meeting was effectively addressed by the Revs, T. W. Ridley, B. Turnock, W. Baggaly, H. Piggin, C. J. Donald, and T. Cartwright. On Wednesday evening at Pendleton Mr. W. F. Chadwick presided, Mr. T. Elkington read the report, and addresses were delivered by the Rev. C. J. Douald, W. Baggaly, and T. Cartwright.
April 11th, the Rev. T. Allin preached a sermon at Piercy-street, and on the Monday evening following a meeting was held. Mr. W. Jenkinson occupied the chair, and, dispensing with a general report, the Revs. J. Wilson, T. Cartwright, and J. Fearns gave considerable informa. tion respecting our missionary operations. Generally the congregations were good, and in most places collections are in ad. vance of last year; but in Manchester, as in many other parts of the Connexion, we seem to be wanting in missionary zeal. Let us do more for the cause of missions, and God will prosper us more abundantly in our home operations.
Pendleton, April 13th. T. C. MISSIONARY SERVICES. - HALIFAX CIRCUIT.-On Shrove Tuesday, anni. versary sermons in aid of our missions were preached at Salem and Hanover (Halifax), by the Revs. Dr. Crofts and R. Henshaw; at Brighouse, by the Revs. Dr. Crofts and J. Bensley; at Ambler Thorne and King Cross, by the Revs. R. Henshaw and L. Stoney. During the week, the usual public meetings were held at the above places; James Dean, Esq., presiding at Halifax, Mr. E. Lumley at Brighouse, Mr, J. Skyes at King Cross, and the Rev. L. Stoney at Ambler Thorn. Besides the services of the deputation and of the resident ministers, we were favoured with the aid of the Rev. J. Addyman and the Rev. E. Mellor, M.A., at Halifax, and the Rev. J. Stacey at Brighouse. This anniversary has been a good one. The attendance at the meetings has been such as to cheer the hearts of ministers and friends. We have been saved the mortification of wit nessing ourselves and of exhibiting to strangers the coldness of our people in the noblest of causes. The labours of both members of the deputation were most efficient; and we may reasonably hope that the very ample and deeply in teresting history of our Canadian Mission, given by our indefatigable and honoured brother, Dr. Crofts, will produce that enlargement of heart and practical benevolence so necessary to the wide diffusion of saving light and truth.
John BENSLEY. Missions, Boston.-The missionary services in connexion with this Circuit were held on Sabbath, March 7th, 1852. when the Rev. John White, of Nottingham, delivered two instructive discourses. The public meeting was held on Monday, March 8th, when appropriate addresses were delivered by the Revs. J. Nicholas, J. Watts, and John White (of Nottingham). On Tuesday evening, March Oth, a public meeting was held at the village of Freiston, at the house of Mr. Dewick, where a small Society has recently been formed. The attendance was good, and the meeting attentive. The meeting was addressed by the Revs. J. Nicholas and J. White, and by our friends J. H. Bailey and J. Flint. The collections at the various services were nearly equal to last year.
J. N. TEA MEETING, BOSTON.--On March 22, the choir of Zion Chapel held their
annual tea festival. The gathering on the occasion was numerous and respectable. Various anthems were sung in a very efficient manner, to the great delight of all present. Addresses were also delivered by the Revs. J. Nicholas, J, H. Holmes (Independent), and also by Messrs. J. H. Bailey, J. Flint, and W. Stout (Wesleyan). The proceeds are intended to be appropriated to the enlargement of the organ. The choir, under the skilful management of our friend Mr. T. Bailey, is both numerous and effective, and not excelled by any in Boston.
J. N. Missions, STOCKPORT.-On Sunday, March 7th, the annual sermons in behalf of our missions were preached in Mount Tabor Chapel, by the deputation, the Rev. J. Poxon, of Sheffield. In the afternoon of the same day, a sermon was also preached at Handforth, by Mr. Poxon, for the same object. On Monday evening, March 8th, a missionary meeting was held in Mount Tabor Chapel, at which T. Eskrigg, Esq., presided. The speakers were the Revs. J. Poxon, Dr. Crofts, J. Macpherson (Primitive), W. B. Davies (Baptist), J. Thornton (Independent), S. Jones, W. N. Hall, and Messrs. A. Thompson and G. Chapman. A similar meeting was held at Handforth, on the succeeding evening, over which our valued friend Mr. A. Thompson presided. Addresses were given by the Revs. J. Poxon, W. B. Davies, S. Jones, and Messrs. T. Harrison and R. Bedford, jun. At each of these services a collection was made in aid of the Mission Fund. We have much pleasure in stating that the amount raised in this Circuit towards the cause of missions will be in advance of last year.
W.N. H. MISSIONS, TRURO.-On Lord's day, March the 28th, three excellent sermons were preached in aid of our Missions at Ebenezer Chapel; those in the morning and evening by the Rev. P. T. Gilton, from Dudley, and that in the afternoon by our beloved minister (Mr. Graham).
On Monday, the 29th, a public meeting was held in the above chapel, over which Mr. Britton presided with his accustomed ability, when the missionary cause was ably advocated by the Revs. P. T. Gilton (deputation), W. Harris (Bible Christian), T. Craigh (Indepen. dent), and J. Graham, with Messrs. Courtenay and May. Owing to the unfavourable state of the weather, which affected the congregation, the collections were short of last year. On Sunday, March the 28th, three sermons were preached in aid of our Missions at St. Agnes; those in the morning and evening by the Rev. W. Harris, from Truro, and in tbe afternoon by the deputation. And on Tuesday, the 30ub, & public meeting was held, when our esteemed friend, Mr. May, was called to the chair, and opened the business of the meeting in a neat and suitable speech, after which the good cause was well sustained by the Revs. P. T. Gilton, J. Whaiter (Independent), and J. Graham, with Messrs. Tregelles, Bishop, and Tre. gelles. The weather being fine tbe at tendance was good, and the collections in advance of last year.
I may add, that the visit of our excel. lent deputation gave universal satisfaction to the friends and the public at large, and that his sermons were listened to with deep attention, and will long be remembered with pleasing emotions.
Wu. Uglow, CHAPEL OPENING, BLYTH CIRCUIT. On Lord's days, March 21st, 28th, and April 4th, our little chapel at New Hartley was dedicated to the worship of God. On the first Sabbath, sermons were preached by Rev. W. Pacey, of Sunderland; on the second, by Messrs. T. D. Stewart, of Shields, and R. Patterson, of Delavel; and on the third, by Messrs. J. F. Grant, of Newcastle, and W. Waine, of Shields. The attendance at all these services was excellent, and the collections quite as large as our friends expected, considering the extreme depression of trade in the neighbourhood. A Sabbath. school has been opened, with encouraging prospects of success.
evening at seven. In the afternoon there were two open-air services at four o'clock, when the Revs. J. Argue and S. Nicholson preached at Prince's Dock to four or five hundred people, and the Rer. J. Shuttleworth, at Hardinge-street, to about half that number. The Lord's Supper was administered after the morning service in the chapel.
On Monday morning the Rev. W. Sorsby preached at six o'clock. On the evening of that day, the annual missionary meeting was held, the General Superintendent of the Mission being called to the chair. The meeting was addressed by the chairman, by the Revs. J. Hudston, J. Argue, W. Sorsby and s. Nicholson, and by Mr. J. Carlisle of Priesthill. This meeting was a deeply interesting one; and the accounts which were given of the revival of the work of God in some of our stations, and of the increase in the number of our members, were felt by all to be encouraging for the future. On the following evening we held a public tea-party, when the Superintendent again presided, and when addresses were delivered by the Revs. J.
udston, J. Lyons, T. Seymour and W. Sorsby, and by Mr. Boyd of Lisburn. On the Wednesday evening the Rrv. J. Lyons delivered the last discourse during the sittings of the Conference.
When the Conference had been formed according to rule, the Rev. J. Hudston was unanimously elected to be the President, and the Superintendent of the Mission to be Secretary. Nearly all the brethren were found, as usual, to have been deficient in the amount of their stipends, several of them seriously so; and a large number of removals of members, amounting this year to sixtysix, was as usual reported. Many interesting discussions took place during the Conference. All its sittings were dis. tinguished by great candour and kindness, and the brethren declared at the close that it had been the happiest they had attended for years.
Notwithstanding that we have had 156 removals during the last three years in this Mission, there has been an increase in the return of members in each year, and this year the clear increase is 115, and 85 on trial. To me, and to us all, this comparatively large increase is intensely gratifying. When the increase was ascertained, and announced in the Conference, all its members united together in an act of devout and adoring praise to God, who in his rich mercy and grace has vouchsafed to bless us this year so abundantly in some of our
THE IRISH CONFERENCE. The late Irish Conference was held in Belfast on the 11th and several following days of April.
We were favoured with the valuable services of the Rev. John Hudstou, as deputation from our Conference in England. It is but justice to that esteemed ininister to say, that his public ministry secured the high and universal approval of the congregations, and tbat his con. duct in the Conference commanded the confidence and affection of all its members.
The first sermon was preached in the morning at half-past seven o'clock, by the Rer. T. Seymour. At ten o'clock, the Rev, John Shuttleworth preached at Ritchie's Dock in the open air. The Rev. J. Hudston preached in our chapel in the moroingat eleven o'clock, and in the
stations. But for a declension in two or three of them, the increase would have been greater in ihe aggregate number of our members. In ihe Lisburn, Priest. hill and Broomhedge Societies, the in
cre ise is 143, and 67 on trial. The col lections at the Conference services, which exceeded those of last year, amounted to more than £15.
MEMOIRS AND RECENT DEATHS.
JOHN TOWLSUN. For thirty-six years brother John Towlson had been identified with the Methodist New Connexion Church at Pendleton Manchester Circuit.
The place of his birth was Bank Top, Manchester, and the time November, in the year 1793. His parents were very poor, and when only five years of age John had to go to work. His education was entirely neglected, and being so early exposed to contaminating associations and principles, it could only be expected that he would grow up, not only naturally depraved but awfully rebellious. Ignorance is the stepping-stone to vice. At twenty years of age our brother was unable to read and write ; and long before he arrived at that period be had manifested & wayward disposition, and plunged into many scenes of dissipation. One of his youthful excursions was to sea. There Divine Providence often interposed when the storm was raging with tremendous fury, and all on board expected & watery grave. After effecting many deliverances for him in the sea, and in foreign lands, Jehovah brought him safely to his home.
Shortly after his return, in 1814 or 1815, he married; and, in the same year, he united with our Church at Pendleton. Probably he bad met in class some time before he experienced a saving change of heart; and what were the circumstances which led to his conversion and prompt determination to join our Society we cannot distinctly ascertain. In his most rebellious state he seems to have felt powerfully the strivings of the Spirit, and it is not unlikely that his frequent deliverance from danger and death had made a salutary impression upon his mind, and prepared it for the reception of divine truth.
Deeply convinced of sin, he com. menced his attendance upon the ordinances of the sanctuary. While feeling himself a sinner, he saw, by faith, the atoning efficacy of Christ's death. Gra. dually led on by the Divine Spirit, he continued his attendance on the means of grace, earnestly seeking an evidence of acceptance with God. Praying and believing on one occasion at his class,
he was at length enabled to throw him. self on the atonement of Christ. No sooner did he do this than he found his burden was removed. There was little excitement connected with the event, but he felt that be was changed. The cloud had dispersed, peace was communicated to his soul. Using his own expression, " the change was like emerging from midnight darkness to the splendour of the noon-day sun."
Immediately after this he more closely identified himself with the Church; and the genuineness of his conversion was evidenced in his sincere love to God and burning zeal for his glory. Concluding that the religion which made him happy was adapted to the circumstances of his fellow-creatures, he laboured to bring them to an acquaintance with it. In his family he lived as a Christian. Morning and evening, as often as he had the op. portunity, the Scriptures were read and prayer offered up in the presence of his family. To his children be had imparted suitable education, and, by his own example, he exbibited the excellence of religion, and aimed to impress their minds with the importance of immediately embracing it. His “ conversation was in heaven." All who knew bim bear testimony to his devotedness and zeal,
In connexion with the Church his labours were abundant. For many years he was one of its ornaments and pillars. Deeming his qualifications suitable for the office, he was soon appointed a leader of a class. Having been converted but two years, this may seem to some a premature act. But though onr brother was young in years and grace, he possessed the requisite quali. fications for a leader of the flock of God; and being called by God, through the medium of the Church, he felt that he dare not refuse. In accepting this office, however, he was duly sensible of the responsibility it brought upon him, and the need of divine grace to enable him efficiently to discharge his duty. In his closet, and upon his knees with his Bible before him, he sought the influence of the Holy Spirit. The Lord set the seal