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Gibbs as minister of the place, under the auspices of the Home Missionary Society. The Rev. Dr. Massie presided. The Rev. J. E. Richards implored the Divine blessing, after which the Rev. W. Tyler bore favourable testimony to Mr. Gibbs. Dr. Massie then gave Mr. Gibbs suitable counsel and advice. The Rev. Messrs. Frame, Bowrey, and Glass successively addressed the meeting in terms of fraternal encouragement and sympathy.
HOPE CHAPEL, WEYMOUTH.
ON Sunday, April 11th, two sermons were preached by the Rev. J. Pyer, preparatory to the ordination of the Rev.
W. Lewis, of the Western College. On
the following Tuesday evening a special prayer-meeting was held, and on Wednesday the public services. In the morning the Rev. E. R. Conder, M.A., delivered the introductory discourse. The Rev. T. Smith proposed the usual questions, and the Rev. W. Smith, the former pastor, offered the ordination prayer, after which the Rev. J. Pyer delivered the charge to the minister. In the evening the Rev. J. M. Charlton, M.A., preached to the people.
CONGREGATIONAL CHAPEL, BURTON-UPON
conducted the devotional exercises; and the Rev. R. Ferguson, D.D., preached to the church and congregation.
ON Good Friday, April 2nd, the Rev. Robert Berry was publicly ordained as pastor over the church and congregation worshipping in St. Paul's Chapel. The Rev. Mr. Wilsden conducted the devotional exercises; the Rev. J. Noall, B.A., delivered the introductory discourse; the Rev. W. Roaf received the confession of faith; the Rev. J. Widdows offered the fles, D.D., preached the sermon to the ordination prayer; and the Rev. T. Rafpeople. In the afternoon, the Rev. G. Berry delivered the charge to the minister.
ON Monday evening, the 22nd of March, the Rev. Henry Shrimpton, of New College, London, was ordained to the pastoral charge of the church of Christ assembling in the Congregational Chapel, Oakhill. The service was com menced with reading the Scriptures and prayer, by the Rev. T. Flower. The introductory discourse, upon the "Nature of a Christian Church," was delivered by the Rev. D. Anthony, B.A. The Rev. R. Brindley asked the usual questions. The ordination prayer was offered by the Rev. J. Rowland. The Rev. Professor Godwin delivered the charge to the The Revs. R. E. May and V. J. Taylor assisted in the devotional exercises.
THE Rev. Alexander Mackennal, B.A., of Hackney College, has accepted a unanimous invitation to take the pastoral oversight of the church and congrega-pastor. tion assembling here, and commenced his duties on Lord's-day, the 9th of May.
THE Rev. Henry J. West, of New College, was publicly ordained as the pastor of the church and congregation assembling at Endless - street Chapel, Salisbury, on the 2nd of April. The devotional exercises were conducted by the Rev. H. J. Chancellor; the Rev. E. R. Conder gave the introductory discourse; the usual questions were asked by the Rev. R. Ferguson, D.D.; and the charge to the minister was delivered by the Rev. Professor Godwin. In the evening the Rey. J. Metcalf White, B.A.,
THE REV. G. K. Walker, of Tideswell, Derbyshire, has accepted a cordial invitation from the friends connected with the Independent Chapel, Waterloo, Liver pool, to become their pastor, and entered on his labours there the first Sunday in April.
THE Rev. Richard Salkeld (late of the Lancashire Independent College,) was or dained on Friday, April 2nd, as pastor of the Church and congregation at the above town. The opening services were con
ducted by the Rev. John Stroyani ; the introductory discourse was delivered by the, Rev. J. S. Russell, M.A. ; the usual questions were asked by the Rev. S. Davidson, D.D.; the ordination prayer was offered by the Rev. R. Gibbs; and the charge was given to the pastor by the Rev. Dr. Davidson, based on Matthew xiii. 52. In the evening, the Rev. Watson Smith preached to the people from Philippians ii. 15 and 16. The services of the day were peculiarly interesting.
EXTINCTION OF DEBT.
By the efforts of the Rev. W. Hood, in conjunction with his people and other friends, the above chapel has been relieved from a debt which has long pressed upon it. To celebrate the extinction of the debt, public services have recently been held. On Wednesday evening, March 17th, a sermon was preached by the Rev. J. A. James. Nearly 300 friends assembled at a meeting, on Monday evening, March 22nd. The Rev. J. Hammond presided, and addresses were delivered by the Revs. W. Bevan, R. Davies, T. Arnold, J. Whewell, R. Ann, W. Creed, and D.
In the evening, the devotional exercises were conducted by the Rev. I. F. Poulter, and the sermon to the people was delivered by the Rev. Geo. Legge, LL.D.
The Revs. A. Murray, G. Bullock, T. Lord, &c., were present, and took part in the services.
THE Rev. R. W. Carpenter, senior student of Hackney College, has accepted
a cordial and unanimous invitation from the church at King-street, Portsea, to be co-pastor in connexion with the Rev. T. Cousins, and commenced his labours on the first Sabbath in May.
THE REV. W. Slater, of Barnstaple, has received and accepted a most cordial and unanimous invitation to the pastorate from the church assembling in the Abbey-road | vered. Independent Chapel, Torquay.
Hughes, as pastor of the Congregational THE recognition of the Rev. J. Gwynne Church, Maldon, took place on Tuesday, March 30th, 1858. The morning service was introduced by the Rev. J. Hill, M.A., of Witham. A discourse on the Reasons for our Congregational Nonconformity was delivered by the Rev. T. W. Davids, of Colchester. The dedicatory prayer was offered by the Rev. Thomas Adkins, of Southampton. The address to the pastor and people was presented by the Rev. Robert Ferguson, D.D., LL.D., of Ryde. In the evening a public meeting was held,
several addresses were deli
PECKHAM RYE, LONDON.
ON Wednesday evening, March 31st, 1858, the Rev. J. Hiles Hitchens, late of Western College, Plymouth, was publicly set apart to the ministry in connexion with the New Congregational Church, Peckham Rye. The Rev. R. W. Betts commenced the service with reading and prayer. The Rev. A. M. Henderson delivered the introductory discourse, and proposed the usual questions. The Rev. J. Sherman, of Blackheath, offered the ordination prayer; and the Rev. R. Alliott, LL.D., delivered the charge from 2 Tim. ii. 15. The Revs. S. Thodey, J. Barker, LL.B., and others, took part in the service.
THE Annual Meeting of the British and Foreign Bible Society was held in Exeter Hall, on Wednesday, May 5th. There was an overflowing attendance, and the chair was occupied by the Earl of Shaftesbury.
The business of the day commenced with prayer, which afforded much satisfaction to all the best friends of this noble and truly Christian institution.
After a psalm had been read, the chairman addressed the meeting, alluding particularly to the fact, that, when holding their anniversary last year, there appeared not the slightest cause to arouse suspicion or alarm; yet within one week from that time, there broke out that most fearful revolt in India,—the most awful exhibition of human cruelty and wickedness which had, perhaps, ever defaced any portion of the habitable globe, awaking the utmost consternation on every hand. He referred to the significant circumstance, that in the favoured Brahminical Presidency of Bengal, where the Scriptures had never been allowed to approach the Sepoy cantonment, and the missionary was positively interdicted, and where the chaplain was prohibited from giving instruction in the Word of God, there was it that the rebellion raged most fiercely.
The Report-which was an elaborate and able document-announced that the entire receipts for the year amounted to £152,574 3s. 6d., and the issues from the various dépôts to 1,602,187 copies, being an increase of 84,329 copies. The total issues now amount to 33,983,946 copies.
The various resolutions were very effectively spoken to by the Bishops of London and Ripon, the Revs. W. Brock, Dr. Cumming, Canon Stowell, W. Cadman, C. H. Wilson, and G. Osborne.
A special resolution was adopted, expressive of the Society's obligations to the Earl of Shaftesbury; after which the vast assembly retired, more than ever convinced, by terrible recent events, of the desirableness, the duty, and the blessedness of circulating throughout the whole earth the Word of God.
BAPTIST MISSIONARY SOCIETY.
THE Anniversary Meeting of this valuable Society was held on Thursday, April 29th, at Exeter Hall. The morning was somewhat unfavourable, but the attendance was large, while the platform was crowded.
Sir S. M. Peto, the Treasurer, occupied the chair, and was supported by the Revs. Dr. Campbell, Dr. Hoby, Hon. and Rev. B. Noel, C. H. Spurgeon, J. H. Hinton, J. P. Chown, W. Brock, &c.
The proceedings having been opened with devotional exercises, the Chairman introduced the business of the morning in a very appropriate address. He expressed an earnest wish, that, with regard to missionary operations, all Christians might be more entirely one ;-made some forcible remarks, in which we entirely concur, as to the undesirableness of having too frequent recourse to the "special fund" system, and concluded by strongly urging the assembly to give from a cheerful, grateful, and loving principle, accompanied by earnest prayer that God would with the gift grant His blessing.
The Secretary, the Rev. F. Trestrail, read the Sixty-sixth Annual Report, which stated that the receipts for the year were £22,946 15s. 10d., being an increase of £1,479 11s. 4d. over the previous year, while the total expenditure amounted to £23,593 13s. 8d.
Reference was made to the effect of the mutiny in India on the Society's stations in Calcutta, Benares, Dacca, Jessore, Barisane, Dinagepore, Chittagong, &c.
Having enumerated several touching instances of the firm devotion to Christianity exhibited by the native Christians, particularly at Delhi, the Report instituted a striking comparison between the state of India when Carey commenced his labours, and the present aspect of that land. "From the six or seven faithful men who first set foot in India, the missionary band has multiplied to nearly 500 missionaries, the chosen messengers of Christ from all the churches of Christendom. 700 converts assist them in preaching Christ crucified, and in distributing
countrymen; and 20,000 persons regularly gather around the table of the Lord; while the schools, in the hands of missionaries, contain 80,000 children."
the bread of life to their perishing fellow- | ton, Dr. Marsh, and the Revs. G. Knox, Dr. M'Neile, J. Scott, Hugh Stowell, and other gentlemen, advocated the claims of this important Society, in whose prosperity and usefulness we most unfeignedly rejoice.
The adoption of the Report was ably moved by the Rev. F. Tucker, and seconded by the Rev. Dr. Cumming. The Rev. J. Smith, of Chitowa, moved the next resolution, who, from his connexion with India, and thorough knowledge of all that has taken place there, was listened to with most riveted attention. The Rev. Dr. Angus then offered prayer; after which, the Rev. Dr. Spence, in a few sensible remarks, seconded the resolution. Thanks were voted to the Chairman, and the proceedings closed with the benediction.
We much regretted not being able to attend this interesting meeting, as we have sympathised most deeply with our honoured and beloved brethren in the trials and losses they have sustained in India, which we trust will, through the Divine blessing, yet result in great and lasting good to that country around which have recently clustered so many tears and prayers.
CHURCH MISSIONARY SOCIETY.
THE Annual General Meeting of the members and friends of this flourishing Society was held in Exeter Hall, on Tuesday morning, May 4th. The Earl of Chichester presided on the occasion, and the Hall was densely crowded. The Rev. H. Venn, Prebendary of St. Paul's, read the Report, which stated that the total income for the united kingdom amounted to £155,484 15s. 3d., and that the balance in hand, after all the expenses were defrayed, was £1,444 188. 11d. The total number of clergymen employed by the Society was 225; and the total number of European laymen, schoolmasters, female catechists, &c., was 2,077. The Report, in conclusion, expressed a hope that the government of India would openly proclaim its Christianity, and that it would admit the Bible into its public schools.
The Bishop of London, the Bishop Designate of Calcutta, Viscount Middle
WESLEYAN MISSIONARY SOCIETY.
THIS flourishing and influential Society held its Annual Meeting on Monday, May 3rd, in Exeter Hall, which was crowded to excess. The chair was taken by Lord Panmure.
The proceedings having been opened with singing a hymn, and prayer offered by the Rev. F. A. West, President of the Conference, the chairman proceeded to address the meeting, and expressed his congratulations that the results of the year had far exceeded those of any previous year, in a financial position, and in the Society's labours in foreign countries.
The Secretary then presented the Report, which was a very voluminous document, the reading of which occupied more than an hour. It detailed the operations of the Society in all parts of the world during the past year. A large portion
was devoted to the condition of the church in India, to which the Committee intended to send out an additional number of misionaries during the present year. The income for the year has been: - home receipts, £91,050 17s. 2d.; foreign receipts, £32,012 1s. 9d. ; total, £123,062 18s. 11d.,, being considerably in advance of the income of 1856. Twenty-two missionaries, and twelve wives of the missionaries, together with one school-mistress, have been sent out by the Society since the last anniversary.
The Rev. Dr. Hannah, in moving the first resolution, congratulated the meeting upon the satisfactory condition of the Society, and the progress made by its agents in the spread of Christianity in foreign countries; but he considered that all that had been accomplished should only act as an incentive to greater exertions, while the fields of India, China, Northern Africa, the West Indies, and many other parts of the world had yet to be reaped.
The Rev. Dr. Dixon seconded the resolution, which was unanimously adopted.
Other resolutions were submitted by | Colonial Society. The day upon which he
the Revs. F. A. West, S. D. Waddy, J. Smith (of Agra), S. Coley, B. Field, R. Wallace, and J. Heald, Esq.
Our numerous engagements prevented our being at this meeting. We understand, however, that it was deeply interesting, and that the truly missionary spirit which pervaded the entire proceedings will not soon be forgotten by those who were present.
THE Twenty-eighth Annual Session of the Congregational Union of England and Wales commenced on Tuesday morning, May 11th, at the Poultry Chapel, when there was a very large attendance of pastors and delegates, with numerous visitors, who occupied the galleries. After the usual devotional exercises, the Rev. Dr. Alliott, of Cheshunt College, who is the Chairman for the year, delivered the introductory address, which was in the main a very lucid and masterly defence of the orthodox doctrine of the Atonement.
The address was received with the most profound attention, and at its close, on the motion of the Rev. A. Jack, seconded by the Rev. J. Hill, the cordial thanks of the assembly were presented to Dr. Alliott for the address he had delivered, with the request that it might be published with the other documents of the Union.
The Rev. G. Smith then read the Report of the Committee, which announced the completion of the separation of the affiliated societies, and of the new Trust for the management of the magazines connected with the Union; and said that a copy of the new Hymn-book would be placed in the hands of the Chairman before the sittings of the Union closed. The Report was unanimously adopted, on the motion of the Rev. J. Sherman, seconded by E. Baines, Esq.
The Rev. J. Stoughton gave an interesting account of his visit, as a delegate of the assembly to the Scotch Congregational Union.
He stated that he met with a most cordial reception from the friends at Edinburgh. He advocated the claims of British missions, and especially of the
preached was the Fast Day, when all business was suspended. His discourse was on the "Sacrifice of Christ;" and at the urgent request of the Scotch friends, he had consented to its publication. He congratulated the meeting upon the spirit of love and peace that prevailed in their midst that day-a spirit which augured well for the interests of the Union.
The Rev. Henry Wight was then introduced to the assembly, as a delegate from Scotland, and received a hearty greeting. He gave a striking account of three lay gentlemen who had recently gone through the length and breadth of the land from which he came, preaching the gospel to the poor with the most remarkable success.
F. J. Sargood, Esq., who was suffering from indisposition, was introduced as a delegate from Victoria, New South Wales, by the Rev. T. James.
Two interesting papers were read, -the one on "Ireland," by the Rev. A. M. Henderson; and the other on "Chapel Building," by the Rev. J. C. Gallaway.
The following took part in the proceedings of the day, the Revs. Dr. Burder, Dr. Halley, Dr. Legge, T. Mann, T. G. Horton, J. Parsons, J. Alexander, G. Rose, H. Allon, and C. Gilbert, and T. E. Plint, and A. Morley, Esqrs.
On Friday the brethren met again, at half-past nine, in a much larger number than we remember to have witnessed before on the second day, owing, no doubt, in a considerable measure, to the fact that it had been arranged for the whole of the morning to be devoted to the subject of a "Revival of Religion." Mr. Charles Reed read a very admirable paper on the American Revivals, setting forth their origin and progress, which was received with marked attention. After prayer by the Rev. James Griffin, a deeply important and heart-stirring paper was read by the Rev. J. A. James, on the general question of Religious Revivals. A hymn was then sung, and fervent prayer offered by the Rev. S. Martin. The Revs. J. C. Harrison, S. McAll, J. Alexander, Dr. Brown, Newman Hall, Andrew Reed, B.A., Edward Ball, M.P.,