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ttho, by being at Ryde in the course of business, some years since, was struck with the necessity of preaching (lie gospel there; and who has generously contributed to the keep. ing up of public worship, and to. wards the building of the place. Commendations are likewise due to the generous and activeexertions of J. Kirkpatrick, Esq. of Newport.
Dec Ii, in the afternoon, was opened a small chapel at Wistanwigg, about four miles from Market Drayton, by the Rev. John Wilson, minister of the Calvinistic chapel at that town; at whose sole eipence the above chapel was
erected, after his having, for near two years, preached at a house tu the neighbourhood with encouraging success. Mr Wilson preached from Exod. xx. 24.
Dec. it, was opened the New Independent Chapel (called Bethel) at Leeds, In the morning, Mr. Rayson, of Wakefield, preached from Is. lvi. 7. In tl>e afternoon, Mr. Bennett (pastor of the church) preached from Zech. vi. 13. la the evening, Mr. Parsons, of Leeds, delivered a third discourse, from Phil, i i8.lat.cl.' The congregations throughout the day were numerous and attentive.
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January 10, 180?. At a Meeting of the Trustees, the following Cases being properly recommended, were according! y relieved :—
So may I act, and som these fears
Joy will succeed tliese flowing tears,
HYMtf Tot the Missionary Meetings.
~My own dear child when dangers rfeafrj
Runs tp my arms to hide;
Crie-, "Father will provide."
lout), in thy churches now appear,
With great success ocr prospects cheer!
Since thou lust rescued us finm Death,
To know thy love, and taste thy grace, O let us spend our life and breath
In winning sinners to thy ways! Shall we he cold and live supine,
While thousands pervh all around! Dotv is ours, — success is thine,
Now let thy pow'r with us be founi!
And efforts oft abortive prove,
Fill ev'ry heart with hope and love!
Into thv vineyard many send,
And light, and z.eal.'and grace supply; Be thou their guide, iheirGoil, their friend!
In danger and distress be ugh!
Are preaching Christ, as all in all!
Crown v.i:h success the Gospel call 1
He water'J with the Split's |».w'r 1 May Christ tStu'ev'ry ciime be known,
And blessings ofi the heathen show'r!
On rrading the Motto on the late vtnerable Countess Dozvagtr of Hun ~ tin? Jon's Arms,
"IN VF.RITATE VICTORIA.
Eteknju. Truth, thou shalt prevail
Or aim to wound thy cause:
And shame upon tliein draws.
What fierce assaults hast thou repeH"rf,
'I'hy iccj trc and thy throne:
Truth shall its foes cast down.
Just as the sun with' pow'rM light
And mists and shadows rlec;
From darkness set us free!
O Truth divine, we hail thy beams t
Of superstitious rues:
1 hy blessings praise elates S
WILLIAM COWPER, ESQ.
Few persons, in any age of Christianity, have been equally eminent for Evangelical devotion, and for literary genius ana taste. Religious people may, indeed, in general, be regarded as better informed, because more accustomed to read, than others in the classes of life to which they chiefly belong: but while an earnest desire of religious knowledge usually renders the pious peasant, or mechanic, superior to his worldiy neighbours, it seldom pervades the circles of the polite; and when it does, is likely to render them less ardent in the pursuit of literary excellence, by fixing their principal attention on objects of infinitely greater importance. The very remarkable subject of this memoir, might, at the first view, be deemed a striking exception to this rule; yet it may reasonably be doubted, whether, if a sovereign dispensation of the providence of God, had not incapacitated him for the sublimer enjoyments of devotion, he would ever have attained to the summit of poetical fame. His iife, on the whole, has become an object of great curiosity to all who possess a relish for literature and humanity; but to the religious, mind, especially if in some measure endowed with si similar taste, the enquiry is singularly interesting. We should therefore, gladly have gratified our leaders with an earlier Memoir of Mr. Cowper: bur, as a full and authentic account of his life, under the sanction of his relatives and intimate friends, was earnestly expected, motives of respect for their inclinations, induced us to wait for its appearance. We can cordially recommend Mr. Hayley's elegant performance to the attention of all whose circumstances enable them to purchase it, as a faithful and satisfactory delineation of his admired friend and literary associate. The judicious selection he has made from Mr. (5owper's confidential correspondence, comprizing the substance or extracts of Dearly 300 letters, exhibits his character ia an amiable and instructive point of view. His work includes