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posed by a member, and seconded, and carried unanimously, that the grant should be four pounds; and a general wish expressed, that every Fellowship Fund in the kingdom would come forward in aid of a society whose minister has shewn himself to be so able an advocate in the cause of truth by his Four Letters to Taylor and Carlile on their denial that Jesus Christ ever existed.
The proceedings of the society were closed with singing and prayer; and from the unanimity which prevailed, and the perfect satisfaction which was manifested, it is expected that the newlyintroduced practice of taking tea together at the Annual Meeting will be repeated by the members of the Fund.
The Wesleyan Methodist Conference.
(From the Congregational Magazine. The Eighty-eighth Annual Conference of the Methodist Preachers was held at Liverpool, on Wednesday, July 26, 1826, and following days. The Rev. Richard Watson was elected President, and the Rev. Jabez Bunting Secretary to the Conference.
The following particulars, from its published minutes, will be acceptable to our readers.
Forty preachers were received into full connexion.
The number of regular travelling preachers, and of supernumeraries, and superannuated preachers, is as follows, viz.
In Great Britain :
21 Supernumerary & superannuated preachers
152 Total number of Anglican Methodist Preachers 1104 The number of members in Great Britain is 231,045, being an increase of 1378 members during the past year.—Ditto in Ireland, 22,514, being an increase of 437.-Ditto in Foreign Stations, 32,960, being an increase of 626.-General total of members under the care of the British and Irish Conferences,
286,519, making an increase in the connexion during the past year of 2,441 members.
To these must be added the returns of the several Wesleyan Conferences in the United States of America for 1825; from which it appears that the total number of regular circuit preachers, supernumerary and superannuated missionaries to the Indians, &c., is 1314; and that the number of members is as follows: Whites
291,007 Coloured and Blacks
341,144 being an increase of 19,672 members during the past year,
The grand total of Wesleyan Methodists through the world is 630,081 of whom 2,418 are preachers in the connexion.
There were no deputies from the United States at the Conference; but a letter was addressed to them by the Rev. Bishops George and Hedding, on behalf of their brethren of the Episcopal Board. The answer of the British Conference addressed to the Bishops of the Methodist Societies contains the following passages;
“ We affectionately hope that no difference of opinion which may exist amongst you on minor points of ecclesiastical government will be allowed to excite unfriendly feeling, to retard the progress of your ministerial labours, or to impair any part of the system of discipline which relates to the more essential and vital principles of our original constitution. From the peculiar distresses of the present times, many of our people have suffered considerably in their temporal circumstances, and our plans for extending and establishing the cause of God have in some degree been impeded. We cannot this year report a very large increase of numbers, but we trust that we are still favoured with a considerable degree of religious prosperity.”
A paragraph in the Liverpool Advertiser announced that it had been determined in Conference to appoint three of the leading preachers as Bishops, with an episcopal or overlooking power, and it further ventured to name the gentlemen who are to be elevated to this new episcopate. No such determination is, however, recorded in the published minutes, and we presume has not been adopted. But it is evident that the step from district to general superintendents is not great, especially after the American Conferences have made it. The absence of lay representation in the Conference may also facilitate its accomplishment whenever it is formally introduced into the British Conference.
Communications have been received from A. Y.; and R. W. W. " The Character of Alla Bhye” is also received.
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