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have forgiven me, then attend to my last wish and dying request-Love one another! Do not suffer any quarrels and disputes to arise among you after my decease. No, my Children, (raising his voice,) love one another cordially: let each strive to shew proofs of love to his brother or sister; nor suffer yourselves to be tempted

by any thing to become proud, for by that

you may even miss of your souls' salvation; but pray our Saviour to grant you lowly minds and humble hearts. If you follow this advice of your Father, my joy will be complete, when I shall once see you all again in eternal bliss, and be able to say to our Saviour, "Here, Lord, is Thy poor unworthy Cornelius, and the children whom Thou hast given him." I am sure our Saviour will not forsake you; but I beseech you, do not forsake Him.

Words cannot describe what a sense of the peace of God, and what melt. ing of all hearts, prevailed during this most affecting scene. The Missionary, having taken occasion, from the above, to address all present in an affectionate and earnest manner, sung a few verses; then, kneeling down, offered up a fervent prayer, thanking our Saviour for all the proofs of mercy and faithfulness experienced by this dear patient, now ardently longing for his release, and especially that He bad drawn him by cords of love unto Himself, granted him to be lieve in Him and enjoy the merits of His sufferings and death, and preserved him in this faith to the end of his mortal life: then, with many tears, he besought the Lord to grant to this His faithful servant rich consolations; and to remove every cloud that might, in any degree, obscure the bright prospect of everlasting joy-to keep the eyes of his faith steadily fixed on that great atone. ment made for all sin; and, when his

time was come, to take him' home into His joy, and impart unto him that reward of grace which He had promised unto all those who were found faithful unto death-closing with those words, 66 Amen, Lord Jesus!

come, and take this Thy blood-bought sheep home to Thy

self!" In these last words Cornelius


joined most fervently; and added, "Yea, Lord Jesus! soon ! come, come, Oh come!" The bless. ing of the Lord was then pronounced over him. His countenance shone with an expression of joy and peace; and he could not express in words how thankful and happy he felt, while the tears flowed down his aged cheeks.

His departure did not take place till in the night between the 29th and 30th of November; when he fell gently asleep; his children, who were singing a hymn at his bed-side, not even perceiving when he breathed his last.

His two sons and four daughters are employed as Assistants. By them he lived to see twelve grand and five great-grandchildren. According to his own account, he was 84 years old.

He was buried in the Buryingground at New Herrnhut, and fol. owed to the grave by many of his Negro Brethren and Sisters. The Funeral Discourse was from the text appointed for the day on which he departed, Ezek. xxxiv. 15. I will feed my flock, and I will cause them to lie down, saith the Lord. The Chapel could not contain the numerous company, among whom were a great many White People-a pleasing proof how much this venerable Negro Brother was esteemed and beloved by persons of all ranks and colour.

Proceedings and Intelligence.

United Kingdom.


the Clergy and Laity of that city and its vicinity; the Very Rev. the Dean of Lichfield in the Chairwhen a Diocesan Committee was

Formation of a Diocesan Committee at formed, under the sanction of the


A MEETING was held, on the 17th of January, in the Chapter House of the Cathedral at Lichfield, of

Bishop, in aid of the Society.

The Meeting felt that the support of the Clergy and other Members of the Established Church was



more especially required at the present time, on account of the inadequacy of the Society's funds to the great importance of its undertakings and to the increasing magnitude of its operations.


Retirement of the Secretary, and appointment of Two Successors.

THE Rev. Dr. Gaskin, after faithfully serving the Society for a period of thirty-seven years, has resigned his office of Secretary. The nature and extent of the duties now devolving on the Secretary having, on this occasion, been taken into consideration, it has been resolved that two Joint Secretaries, with equal powers and in Holy Orders, should be appointed to fill the office. The Rev. W. Parker, Son-in-law of Dr. Gaskin, and long and deservedly known as the Society's Assistant Secretary, and the Rev. Archibald Montgomery Campbell, have been elected to the office.

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THE Committee of the Church Missionary Society beg to call the attention of the Members to a subject, which materially affects its progress and efficiency.

Of all parts of the Society's proceedings, the preparation of suitable Missionaries is confessedly one of the most important. On them, under the Divine Blessing, depend all the hopes of the Society for the attainment of its objects.

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In the choice and preparation of Missiomaries, the Committee have hitherto availed themselves of the best means in their power; but these means are be. coming so inadequate to the increasing wants of the Missions, that the Committee have found it requisite to adopt some more efficient measures.

In the choice of Students, it has been the usual practice to place them with a Clergyman for Six Months on probation; and, in their preparation, if approved, to continue them with him, unless sent to one of the Universities, till ready to be offered as Candidates for Holy Orders. It

is an obvious defect in this course, that the Committee and Officers of the Society can have but an imperfect acquaintance with the character of the Missionary; and thead

vantages connected with mutual knowledge in their future correspondence are, consequently, in a great measure, lost: neither are such opportunities afforded by this course, for the character of the Candidate to develope itself, as more constant intercourse with other Missionary Students would furnish; nor can those means, of instruction and

improvement be so well supplied, with reference to the Students who do not go to College, in small and insulated circles, as may be brought into action when a larger number are collected together. The duty of adopting the best practicable system of obvious: advantages are afforded for this preparation for the Society's Missionaries object by the vicinity of the Metropolis,



which cannot be elsewhere secured: means, for example, of acquiring from living instructors the Elements of various Heathen Languages are thereby offered, from the early application of Missionaries may obviate much of the evil arising to that object in debilitating and unhealthy climates. A further advantage will be obtained, the importance of which has been strongly represented to the Committee, by several friends of the Society who have returned from India; which is, that the capacity or incapacity of a Student to acquire the requisite languages may be thus ascertained, before the expense of sending him abroad shall be incurred.

The benefit of personal intercourse between the Society's Missionaries and its Committee and Officers has been already felt, even in the imperfect manner in which it has as yet been attained. It has been the practice for several years, for such of the Missionaries and Schoolmasters as could be there accommodated to reside with the Assistant Secretary in a House rented by the Society at Islington, as opportunities may have offered during the course of their education, and also for a few weeks before their embarkation: but this House is quite inadequate to the present wants of the Society.

In contemplation of these and other advantages, the Committee, after frequent and serious deliberation, have judged it conducive to the interest of the Society that an Establishment should be formed within such a distance from Salisbury Square, as might place it under the constant superintendence of the Committee and Officers of the Society: and they have, in pursuance of this object, availed themselves of an opportunity to purchase a House and an eligible piece of Land, the

greater part of which land is Freehold and the rest Copyhold of Inheritance, in the Parish of Islington, within a short distance from the Church.

A Special Committée having been ap-pointed to consider the best mode of rendering these Premises available for the purposes of the Society, they entered with much care into the inquiry. It appeared, on an examination of the number of Students and Missionaries likely to be brought together, that an average of not less than Twenty should be taken; for whom, together with the necessary Teachers, suitable apartments must be provided: with these apartments must be connected, a Hall or Common Dining Room ; and a Lecture Room, - which might also serve for a Library. The buildings at present on the premises may be rendered available to the objects for which the purchase was made: but other buildings will be required, and for these the ground offers a very eligible site.

In contemplation of the opening of a Separate Subscription for the attainment > of the proposed object, the Committee have advanced about 2500l. for the purchase of the premises in their present state: but as the regular income of the Society is barely sufficient to meet the current demands of the various Missions, the Committee hope to be enabled to ⚫ replace the said sum of 2500l. for the general use of the Missions; and having formed, on the most economical principles, a Plan and Estimate of the - proposed buildings, they bave every reason to believe that the sum required for the necessary alteration of the present buildings, together with the erection of such new structure as is found requisite, the furnishing of the whole, and the replacing of the money advanced, will not exceed 10,000l.

The Committee hope, therefore, to be enabled, by the bounty of the Members and Friends of the Society, to raise a structure which shall afford every reasonable convenience, while its plainness and simplicity - shall comport with the principles and objects of the Institution: and they are well satisfied, on accurate calculation, not only that the preparation of the Society's Missionaries will be rendered more efficient by this plan, but that the annual charge of such preparation will be very considerably diminished.

This appeal is made to the liberality of the Society's Friends; because its Expenditure has, for several years, kept so steady a pace with its Income, that its regular annual resources are inadequate to carry into effect the plan in question, however

directly and intimately connected with the vital interests of the Society: nor can any part of its funded property be alienated for that purpose, as that has long been scarcely adequate to cover the claims on the Society becoming due.

The Committee have no doubt, therefore, that, on this representation of the facts of the case to the Society's Members and Friends, the requisite sum will be cheerfully contributed.

Benefactions in aid of the proposed plan will be thankfully received at the House of the Society, and by the Members of the Committee. The Committees and Officers of the different Associations throughout the United Kingdom are also respectfully requested to receive and transmit Benefactions. A List of the Contributors to this object will be printed with the next Report.

By Order of the Committee,

Church Missionary House, Salisbury Square,
Fleet Street, April 15, 1822.


Anniversary of the Clapham,

On the evening of Wednesday, the 12tn of March, the Annual Meeting of the Clapham Association was held, in the Free School; Samuel Thornton, Esq., one of the Vice Presidents of the Parent Society, in the Chair.

Movers and Secouders. Rev. W. Dealtry; and the Assistant SecretaryJohn Thornton, Esq., Treasurer of the Society: and the Rev. David T. Jones, Missionary to the North-West-American Indians-Rev. T. Robertson, Chaplain to the Hon. E. I. Company; and Rev. C. James Hoare-John Poynder, Esq.; and Rev. Peter Treschow-and C. Elliott, Esq.; and Mr. James Thomas.

Nearly 301, was received at the doors.

Fifth Anniversary of the Bath.

On Tuesday, March the 18th, in the Guildhall at Bath, the Fifth Annual Meeting of the Association took place; Sir W. Cockburn, Bart. in the Chair. Movers and Seconders.

Major-General Baynes, and the Secretary of the Society-the Assistant Secretary, and Rev. Spencer Drummond-Rev. Dr. Thorpe, and Rev. John Richards-General De Butts, and Rev. Joseph Richards-Sir Orford Gordon, Bart., and Rev. James Haldane Stewart-and Rev. T. A. Methuen, and Rev. Mr. Turner.

The Collection, including a customary Benefaction of 501., amounted to upward of 717.

In the evening, a Meeting was held at the house of Major-General Baynes, when a Ladies Association was formed in aid of the General Association, when the names of nearly Thirty Ladies were

delivered in as Collectors of Weekly and Monthly Contributions.

Tenth Anniversary of the Bristol.

The Sermons at this Anniversary were preached as follows:

At St. James's and St. Philip's, by the Rev. Dr. Thorpe-at St. Werburgh's, Clifton, and the Temple, by the Secretary of the Society-at St. Mary Redcliff, Bedminster, and Downy Chapel, by the Rev. J. H. Stewart-and at St. Thomas's, St. Michael's, and Christ Church, by the Assistant Secretary of the Society.

At the Annual Meeting, held in the Great Room in Princes Street, on Thursday March the 20th, the Mayor of Bristol, James George, Esq. in the Chair, the chief Resolutions thus noticed the principal scenes of the Society's labours:

-That this Meeting views with thankfulness the extended labours of the Society to evangelize India; and, while it deeply deplores the loss which has occurred to the cause of Missions and to the Church at large, by the death of the late Lord Bishop of Calcutta, it cannot but rely with confidence upon the known piety and talent of his Successor in that high station, to carry forward with energy and effect those admirable plans for the extension of Christian Knowledge, which have been already begun by the late lamented Prelate.


-That this Meeting is desirous to record its gratitude to Almighty God, for the culiar manner in which He has been pleased. to overrule the discouragements and trials which have attended the Society's efforts at Sierra Leone; and, whilst it contemplates the abundant blessings vouchsafed to that Mission, is encouraged to hope for a similar manifestation of the Divine favour in behalf of New Zealand.

-That this Meeting cordially wishes success to the Society's labours, in promoting the revival of the Ancient Christian Churches round the Mediterranean and in Travancore; and especially rejoices in the Mission lately established for the benefit of the North-West-American Indians.

Movers and Seconders.

Sir Edmund Cradock Hartopp, Bart., and the Se-
cretary of the Society-G, Sandford, Esq., and
John S. Harford, Esq.-Rev. Mr. Thomas, and
Rev. Dr. Hamilton-the Assistant Secretary of the
Society, and Rev. W. Day-Rev. J. H. Stewart,
and Arthur Foulks, Esq.-H. Davis, Esq., and
Rev. John East-and Rev. James Vaughan, and
Isaac Cooke, Esq.

The Collections and Benefactions amounted to upward of 6001.

Passion Week intervening, the visit of the Society's Officers and their Friends could not be extended on this Journey, as is intended when practicable (see p.143 of our last Volume), to Gloucester, Hereford, and Worcester.

Anniversary of the Broadway-Church.

On Tuesday Evening, March the 25th,


this Annual Meeting was held in the Great Room, in Tufton Street, Westminster; the Rev. G. Mutter in the Chair.

Movers and Seconders.

The Assistant Secretary of the Society, and Rev.
David T. Jones-Rev. Solomon Pigott, and Rev.
T. Webster-Mr. Bingham, and Mr. Adeney-and
Mr. Welford, and Mr. Ayre.

Collection, 51. 12s. About 80%. was contributed in the last year.

First Anniversary of the Bromley and

The Meeting was held, on the 2d of
April, in the Large Room at the White
Hart, Bromley; John Cator, Esq. in

the Chair.

Movers and Seconders.

John Wells, Esq. M.P., and the Assistant Secretary of the Society-James B. Wildman, Esq. M.P. and Rev. Andrew Brandram-Rev. T. Bartlett, and Rev. John Sheppard-Rev. A. Jenour, and Rev. David T, Jones-and W. Jenney, Esq., and Rev, Andrew Brandram.

The Right Hon. Lord Bexley, Walter Boyd, Esq. of Plaistow Lodge, and E Goodhart, Esq. of Langley House, were added to the list of Vice Presidents.

This Association had raised, in its First Year, about 3607: and there was received at this Meeting the sum of 1447. 8s. 2d. consisting of 781. 14s. Benefactions, 381. 10s. Annual Subscription,

and 271. 4s. 2d. Collection.

Sixth Anniversary of the Gloucestershire.

The Rev. Fountain Elwin, of Bristol, met the Assistant Secretary on this occasion; and preached, on Sunday the 6th of April, at Stroud, in the morning; and at St. Michael's, Gloucester, in preached at Dursley in the morning, the evening. The Assistant Secretary John's, Gloucester, in the evening. The Stonehouse in the afternoon, and St. Rev. C. Neville preached at St. Nicholas, Gloucester, the same morning.

The Annual Meeting was held in the Shire Hall, on Monday the 7th, the Lord Bishop of Gloucester in the Chair and was more numerously attended, notwithstanding an unfavourable day, than on any preceding year. *About 1201. was collected.

Movers and Seconders.

The Right Worshipful the Mayor of Gloucester,


and the Assistant Secretary-Gen. Prole, and Rev.
John Davies Major Newenham, and Rev. C.
Neville-Rev. F. Elwin, and G. Sandford, Esq.-
Col. Barry, and Rev. G. Hodson-Rev 11. Camp-

bell, and Rev. Jeremiah Smith-and Rev. Jolin
Martin Whish, and W. Montague, Esq.
The Anniversary of the Forest-of-
Dean Branch was held on Thursday the
10th of April; the Rev. Robert Strong

in the Chair, Sermons had been preached-on Sunday, by the Rev. T. R. Garnsey, at the Holy Trinity Church; on Tuesday, by the Rev. F. Elwin at Weston, and by the Assistant Secretary at Little Dean; and, on Wednesday, by the Rev. F. Elwin at Brampton.

Third Anniversary of the Worcester. Sermons were preached for the Socięty on Sunday the 30th of March, by the Rev. D. Morgan, at St. Oswold's Chapel; and on Sunday, April the 6th, at St. Martin's in the morning, and St. Clement's in the afternoon.

The Annual Meeting was held in the Guildhall, on Friday, April the 11th, the Rev. Digby Smith in the Chair.

Movers and Seconders.

Capt. Sherwood, and the Assistant Secretary-Rev. H. Berkin, and Rev. E. Whieldon Rev. John Davies, and Rev. John Cawood-and Rev. Mr. Bell, and Rev. Fountain Elwin.

The Collections were between 701. and 802.

Sermons at Monmouth.

The Assistant Secretary proceeded from Worcester to Monmouth; and pleaded the cause of the Society, for the first time, in the pulpit there. A considerable interest was excited, which there is reason to hope will soon lead to the forming of an Association. 241. was collected.


Fifth Anniversary of the Hereford. The Rev. T. R. Garnsey preached, on Sunday, April the 13th, at St. Peter's in the morning,and Burghill in the afternoon; and the Rev. H. Gipps, at Leominster and Bodenham. Mr. Garnsey also preached at St. Peter's on Monday Evening.

The Annual Meeting was held in the Shire Hall; which was so filled, that the assembly were several times requested to sit closer, in order to accommodate the fresh comers. The Rev. H. Gipps was in the Chair.

About 150/. was collected.

Movers and Seconders.

Rev. John Rogers, and the Assistant SecretaryRev. C. J. Bird, and Rev. 11. Biss-Rev. T. R. Garnsey, and Rev. H. Barnes-Rev. Hugh Stowell, and Rev. T. A. Stillingfleet-and Rev. J. Woodhouse, and the Assistant Secretary. Ninth Anniversary of Hibernian Auary.

The Ninth Annual Meeting of this Auxiliary took place in the Rotunda, at Dublin, on Friday, the 11th of April; the Right Hon. the Earl of Roden in the

Chair. The various Resolutions were moved or seconded, by the Hon. James

Hewitt, John M'Clintock, Esq., P.Æ. Singer, Esq., the Rev. Messrs. Athill, Irwin, Roe, Storrey, Pope, Burke, and Crofton, John Synge, Esq., and Admiral Oliver.

The Secretary, the Rev. J. H. Singer, writes in reference to the Meeting

One of the most numerous and respectable assemblies that I have ever seen collected, seemed animated by every emotion of Christian Feeling and Christian Gratitude for the prospect of eventual success crowning the exertions of our fellow-labourers.

We extract the chief Resolutions:

-That while the Society feels and acknowledges the paramount claims of Ireland on the attention of all her Sons, yet, knowing the expansive character of true benevolence, it trusts that convictions of duty, the feelings of humanity, and the due regard for the real interests of the Empire, will commend to their attention and exertions the claims of Africa and India.

-That the Society, looking forward with expectation to the period when faithful Missionaries from Ireland shall enter on the important work of bearing to the Heathen the glad tidings of Salvation, and the Form of Sound Words recognised by our Church, the prayers of its friends are entreated in behalf of the Students, now similarly engaged in preparing for this labour under its care, and of all others who are

of love.

-That the Society, in returning Thanks to the Ladies who have assisted the exertions of the Committee, would press on their attention the destitute state of Fifty Millions of their Female fellow-subjects in India; and would claim their prayers and their exertions in aid of the Female Schools recently established in that part of the world.

The Assistant Secretary of the Parent Society will proceed to Ireland in a short time, in order to visit the principal Associations in connection with the Auxiliary.


Formation of an Association at Bristol,

in aid of the Brethren's Missions. THE state and prospects of the Brethren's Missions, with their want of funds, were noticed at pp. 202— 205 of our last Volume. An Association was formed in London, a few years since, as our Readers are aware, in aid of the Brethren's exertions. Auxiliary Associations have been established at Liverpool, at Leeds, and at Hull; and, on the 11th of February, another was added at Bristol.

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