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sacrificed, continue to be practised with several attempts had formerly been undiminished frequency in various parts made to establish the Independent of British India : and that pilgrimages to interest in this large and populous parish, certain idolatrous temples in that country, containing about 13,000 souls; but, on are superintended by the British au account of strong prejudice and opposithorities, as sources of revenue to the tion, without any success, till February, Honourable East India Company's Go 1826, where a spacious room, before part verpment.
of a silk factory, was opened for divine “ That it further appears to your peti worship, by the Lancashire County Union tioners, that the existing regulations of for the Spread of the Gospel : on which the Suttee, have increased the number of occasion, sermons were preached by the human sacrifices; and that the system Rev. Dr. Raffles, and the Rev. S. pursued by the local Governinent, which Charrier, of Liverpool From that time allows a premium to certain agents,
it was mostly supplied by students from known by the pame of pilgrim hunters. Blackburn till January, 1827, when Mr. has occasioned an unprecedented in: W. R. Dawes first preached there, who, crease of the native superstitions, con- proving acceptable to the congregation, trary to the purport of a resolution of at their request continued to supply tó your Honourable House, passed in the the present time; and by the liberality year one thousand eight hundred and of several individuals, the place nf wor. thirteen, recognizing it as the duty of ship, which will contain about 300 perthis country to introduce among our In- sons, has been very commodiously fitted dian fellow-subjects, the blessings of up with pews, &c. Christianity.
In the morning of Wednesday, Octo“ Therefore your petitioners most ear- ber 29, Mr. Dawes was ordained pastor nestly implore your Honourable Honse, over this infant church. The Rev. James to adopt such measures as may be deemed Lister (Baptist) of Liverpool, began by most expedient and effectial for the reading and prayer; the Rev. G. Payne suppression of such murders, and for the preached a very judicious sermon on abolition of the Pilgrim Tax, as alike the nature of a Christian church, and abhorrent from the British character, proposed the usual questions ; the Rev. and opposed to the welfare of our In S. Saunders (Baptist), offered up the dian possessions; and thus to remove the ordination prayer with peculiar energy stigma which attaches to our national and pathos; the Rev. Dr. Raffles, (of character, and to relieve the inhabi- whose church Mr. Dawes had been a tants of 'British India from a cruel member), delivered a most interesting scourge,
and impressive charge to the minister, “ And your petitioners will ever pray.”
from 2 Tim. iv. 5. - Make full proof of thy ministry;" and the Rev. R. Maclean,
of Liverpool, gave an excellent charge THE FORMATION OF A CONGREGA to the people, from 1 Cor. iv. 1. “ Let
TIONAL CHURCH, ORMSKIRK, LANCA- a man so account of us, as of the miniSHIRE.
sters of Christ, and stewards of the
mysteries of God;" after which, the On Tuesday evening, Oct. 28, 1828, Rev. G. Greatbach, of Southport, conwas formed in the town of Ormskirk, cluded with prayer. Thirteen ministers Lancashire, a church of the Independent were present; and many persons from denomination. The Rev. R. Slate, of distant parts, especially Liverpool, atPreston, delivered a very appropriate tended on the occasion, which was one discourse on the occasion, in which he of such peculiar interest, that the congave an interesting account of the state gregation, many of whom were affected of this town, which has been nearly des- to tears, expressed the highest satisfactitute of evangelical light, except what tion at the very solemn and appropriate it derived from a small Wesleyan chapel, manner in which the service was consince the days of the puritans; when ducted. As the congregation has greatly the pious Nathaniel Heywood was vicar increased since Mr. Dawes's residence of the church, from whence he was in this place, and several persons appear ejected by the Act of Uniformity, in to have received much spiritual benefit, the chancel of which he was, some years we hope that the time to visit this dark after, interred. The Rev. George Payne, neighbourhood is at length arrived; and A.M. Theological Tutor of the College that this small beginning will hereafter at Blackburn, publicly recognized the yield an abundant harvest to the glory formation of the church, and afterwards of God in the conversion of souls. A administered to them, and some members Sabbath School has also been estaof neighbouring congregational churches, blished, at which the average attendance the ordinance of the Lord's Supper. of the children is about 150.
pastor a discourse of unusual power, from
2 Tim. vii. 3-14 On Ministerial PerOn Thursday, 20th of November, the Rey, John Simmons was ordained to the severance, which, we are happy to an
nounce, has just issued from the press, pastoral office over the united churches in answer to the very earnest wish of of Helpringham and Heckington, Lin- all the ministers who heard it. The colnshire. "The Rev. John Pain, of Rev. John Clayton, Jun. preached to the Horncastle, delivered the introductory people from Habb.iii. 2. on the Necesdiscourse, and preached to the people sity' of a Revival of Personal and Dofrom Deuteronomy i. 38., and the Rex. mestic Piety; and the Rev. Dr. Bennet Ben. Byron, of Lincoln, (Mr. Simmons' closed the lengthened, but deeply inPastor,) presented the ordination prayer, teresting services with prayer. and gave the charge to the minister from 1 Tim. iv. 16. The numerous auditory
RECENT death. appeared deeply interested in the solemn
On the 29th of January, in his 83rd services of the day. The population of
year, the Rev. MATTHEW Wilks, the the two villages considerably exceeds
beloved and revered minister, for more 2000, the congregations have been col
than half a century, of the congregalected, and churches formed by the
tions at the Tabernacle and Tottenham divine blessing on the labours of Mr. S.
Court Chapels, London. during the last two years. On Thursday, January the 8th, the
NOTICES. Rev. Arthur Tidman was publicly re
The Anniversary Meeting of the Socognized as the Pastor of the Congrega
ciety for the Relief of the Widows and tional Church assembling at Barbican
Children of Protestant Dissenting MiniChapel, London, vacant by the removal
sters of the Three Denominations, instiof the Rev. Spedding Curwin to
tuted 1733, will be held on Wednesday, Frome.
the 1st of April next, when a sermon The Rev. William Orme, of Camber will be preached at the Old Jewry well, introduced the service by reading
Chapel, removed to Jewin Street, Aldersand prayer. The Rev Joseph Fletcher,
gate Street, by the Rev. Isaiah Birt, of M. A of Stcpney, delivered a luminous
Hackney. Service to begin at twelve introductory discourse on the principles o'clock precisely. The friends of the of the Congregational system. The Rev.
Society will afterwards dine together George Clayton, of Walworth. asked at the Albion, in Aldersgate Street. the visual questions, to which Mr.
We are informed, that the Rev. Thomas Challis, on behalf of the Church. George Payne, M. A. Theological Tutor and Mr. Tidman, for himself, returned at Blackburn, has accepted an invitavery satisfactory replies. The Rev. Dr. tion to become tutor of the western Winter offered the intercessory prayer. Academy, about to be removed from The Rev. Andrew Reed addressed to the Axminster to Exeter.
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COMMUNICATIOns have been received during the past month from the Reverend
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J. Storer--A. Shepherd -J. B. Williams.--A Countryman --Aeiva-Wintonian -a Constant Reader. An unexpected supply of domestic intelligence has compelled us to defer the American Record until our next.
We can assure Aeiva, that our correspondent J. S. is a resident at Cambridge, and is in no way intluenced by interested motives.
The communication from “ a Countryman,” in “ Devon,” respecting the Western Academy, we must decline, unless he will favour us with his name and residence.
THE LIFE AND TIMES OF ARCHBISHOP LAUD.*
ARCHBISHOP LAUD is, we sup- would not calumniate even the pose, no favourite with our old Adversary himself, we should readers. Nor are we aware of be sorry to speak evil of Archany reason why he should be so. bishop Laud, strongly as we view A friend to genuine religion, he his character, and detest his prowill never be considered by any ceedings.. who understand its nature. His Wonders, it is said, never name will live as an enemy to the cease. So it would seem. Mr. Puritans as long as the records of James Nichols tried, some time this country shall last, and which ago, to persuade us that the Calthe work now before us will assist vinists and Puritans were the to perpetuate. To British consti- enemies of civil and religious litutional liberty he was as much berty, and that High Church Aropposed as to true religion; and minians were the friends and deand while the deeds of the Star fenders of our constitution and Chamber shall be remembered, our freedom! Those who swalthe name of Laud will be exe- lowed the dose administered in crated as the chief inquisitor of “ Calvinism and Arminianism that disgrace to English justice. Compared,” will be prepared to There is no denying the principal digest the new nostrum—That facts in the life of this supersti. Archbishop Laud was a saint and tious, tyrannical and persecuting a martyr; every thing that was priest, and all attempts to ex- amiable as a man, excellent as a
futile. They are written in cha- as a Prelate, in short, the glory racters that cannot be effaced or of the Church of England, and misunderstood. We had thought entitled to rank high among the that the best friends of the Church patriots of the country, and the of England now considered that sufferers in the best of causes. the less that is said about Laud Mr. Lawson is, we confess, a and his times the better. We live courageous man. He asserts sufficiently distant from the period strongly; he calumniates boldly; to which he belonged to be able and, it will not be his fault, if to examine the subject with calm the Puritans, and all their abettors, ness and candour; and as we are not henceforth consigned to
* The Life and Times of William Laud, D.D. Lord Archbishop of Canterbury. By John Parker Lawson, M.A. 2 vols. 8vo. Price £1. 8s. London: C. J. and G. Rivington. 1829.
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