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the aflernc-on, from Luke xiv. 23. Messrs. Towne, of ftoystoo, Maslea, of Hertford, and Dobson, of Chishill, engaged in the other parts of the services. A large congregation attended throughout the day. This chapel is at present supplied by the students of Cheshdnt College.
May 17. The Rev. S. Johnson, from notion Academy, was ordained pastor over the Independent church at Leekv Staffordshire. Mr. Williams, of Stone, commenced the service by prayer and reading; Mr. Gawtborn, of Derby, delivered'an introductory discourse, &e.; Mr.. J. Johnson, of Warrington, offered up the ordination-prayer; Mr.Rohy, of Manchester, gave the charge, from Titus ii. 15 (last clause); Mr. Boden, of Sheffield, preached' to the- people, from 1 Gor.xvi.19; Mr. Browning, •f Macclesfield, preached in the evening, from Isa. xlix. 22; Mr. Johnson, of Warrington, on the preceding evening, from Eph. ii. 7. Messrs. Brook, of Tulbury, Rose, of Hales Owen, Gloss-jp, of Chinley, Thompson, of BursleTh, and Sawyer,, the County Itinerant, were engaged in the other parts of the service. The prospect is rbore pleasing in this town than for many jears past.
May-;. 'The Rev. Jacob Martell was ordained as o-nastor oyer the church of Christ at neatkrSeld, in the «S«inty of Sussex. Mr. Sabiue, of runbridge, read the Scriptures and prayed; Mr. Styles, of Brighton, delivered an introductory discourse, on the Nature of a Gospel-Chiircit, and asked the questions ; Mr. Kerby, of Lewes, prayed the ordination-prayer, with imposition of hands; Mr.C. Hyatt, of London, delivered the charge; Mr. Kvans, of London, prayed the general prayer; Mr. Fisher, of Lewes, preached to the people; and Mr. Gilbert, the venerable pastor, concluded in prater. Itwasa good (by,'and many found it a-time of refreshing, from the presence of the Lord. — Mr. Got git, or Brighton, preached on the pieceding evening; and Mr. Sabine, of Tunbririge, the same evening.
On Wednesday, May 30, the Somerset Association, which was to have been at Winsham, lor convenience was held at Mr. Winton's, at Chard. Mr. Tracy,- of Yeovil, preaclied trom Gen. xir. 3; Mr. Major, of Glastonbury, Mr. Golding, of rnlwood, and Mr. Jlerdsinaivot Sooth Pettier! on, prayed, lu the afternoon, Mr. Saltren^of Mridijoit, preached from Jer. xxiii 28; Xlt. Wiuton, seL. of Lxaiouth, .old Mr.
Wheaton, of Lyme, prayed. S4t. Thorpe, of Bristol, preached from2 Cor. iii. iS; Mr. Tozer, of Taunton,, and Mr. Prankard, of Somerton, prayed. The preceding evening Mr. Bannister.of Wellington, preached. — The pleasure of the day wa» much irKerupted, by the breaking out of a fire in the afternoon; which destroyed a large brewery, and four dwelling-houses.
June 6. The Rev. S. Jackson (late student at Newport) was ordained"at Old, in Northamptonshire. Mr. Bull, jun. commenced the service with reading and prayer; Mr. Whitehead, of Creaton, delivered the introductory discourse, asked the questions, and received the confession of faith; Mr. Toller, of Kettering, prayed the ordination prayer; Mr. Boll, sen. gave the charge, from Gen. xliii. 29 ; Mr. Washbourn, of Wellingborough, preached to> the peopje, from-2 Cor. vi. ti—13 s. and Mr. Horsey, of Northampton, concluded the morning service. In the evening, Mr. Hillyurd, of Bedford, preached from Ruth i. 16, 17; Mr. Hartley, of Lutterworth, and Mr. Chater.'of Kibworth, engaged in prayer.— Tne services were numerously attended; and there appears a pleasing prospect of much good being done in this newly-raised interest.
Same day. The Association for Buckingham and its vicinity, was held at the meeting-house of Mr. Reynolds, at Nash, near Buckingham. In the morning, Mr. Srraggs, of Buckingham, began by reading the Ssriptures anrl prayer; after which Mr. Dsnham, of Towcesier, preaclied from Heb. x. 6: and Mr. Richards, of Banbury, from Heb. xi. 6. Mr. Gardner, of Pottar'sj Pury, preached in the afternoon, fron> Rom. ill. 24. — The next Meeting is appointed for the first Vt-ednesday ir» June, 1811; at Mr. Scragg's Meetiug.. Buckingham.
Juns 14. The New Independent. Meeting house ;.• Stourbridge, Worcestershire, was openei* for divine service, la the. morning, Mr. Jayi of Bath, preached from Isa. liii. 101 ami Messrs. Ueluiore, Grove, and Barber prayed. In the evening. Mr. James, of Birmingham, preached from Com. iii. 31 ; ami Messrs. Theodosius, Dawson, and Cooper, were engaged in the devotional parts of the service.
Mulgrour, Qxon, —Through the commendable exertions of a lady and gentleman iu the vtciuiiy of this populous village, a place of worship hatbeen efteased . and was o|>cneil Lord's Lay, June 24. Mr. Ciban,.ot Hal
finjrfbrd, preached on the occasion, frryn Rom. xv. io, ir, to a very numerous and attentive audience His assiduous labours in this desfltu'e neighbourhood have led the way to a student from Hackney being stationed there, vlso i-)w preaches al four villages, fin cjrawi'rd cougiegalious-, who seem anxious to hear the ward of life.
The Old R.iotist Meeting-house at Chaiford Bottom being rebuilt, and considerah'y ■>: 'iirged, was opened Ju-'t 27. In the morning, Mr. Hawkins, of Easteotnb, read and prayed; Mr. J. Williams, aeuior, preached from 1 Jtines viii. 27; j.lr. Uaviei, ofTetfttiry, closed with prayer. In the afternoon, Mr. Winlerbottiam prayed, aal preached from Zech. iMi.ij, and concluded in prayer. In the evening, Mr. Williams prayed; Mr. Kurchel, of Tetbury, preached from Eph. lii. 8; add Mr. Jones, of Chaiford, closed the day with prayer. The (louse was full each time, though it was a very wet day; All had reason to say, It is good to be here.
July 4. The Independent Ministers of the County of Kent, held their A11mal Association at Mr. Percy's Chapel, "Woolwich; when Mr. G. Twwnsend preached in the morning, on the Passover; and Mr. Chapman in I he evening, on the Holy Tendency of ihe Doctrines of Graces Mr. tJeanfoy preaeh«d on the preceding evening, 0.1 t!ie Sanctidcation of the Sabbath. — The next Meeting to be held, at Sheemcss or Chatham; of which notice will be given.
The little chapel at Ryegate was reopened last Michaelmas; and worship lias constantly been kept up since that time (except when illness prevented); out. the evening services ha.e been frequently interrupted by the rudeness and indecent behaviour of some persons who entertain violent prejudices a?ains.t "the Dissenters. They have often been st> much interrupted as to he obliged to slop in the midst of the service; and oue evening, some persons had the audacity to force a poor ass inlo the house. Soon after the innocent ereature was turned out, a man came into ♦he place, tat with his hat on, spoke to the minister, and-entirely disturbed the worship. He was retmested 10 leave Ihe chapel; and afterwards, with great difficulty, conducted out. This ■was a case which, it was thought, required immediate attention; and an application was made to a magistrate (Mr. Burkitt) who readily-granted a warrant; ana behaved to us with the
utmost impartiality through the business. The offender was bound over to the quarter sessions, when (he grand jury i'ouud a true bill; and next morning the culprit appeared in court, where he pleaded guilty; atyl was fin.-d, as we are informed, the penalty of ml. to the King. — The Deputies of the Dissenters in London conducted the prosecution:
Awful Warning. — At a village a few miles from London* where soma sirioui pets His attended on. lite Lord's Day, to teach a SundaySchool and exhort a few plain people who attended, a young womwt frequently came, because, as she siid, she loved t>> hear J.he singing. One day s'ie came accompanied by two or three gay young men, who-, together wilh her, laughed, and be- < haved very indecently during the prayer. After the prayer was concluded, one »f the friends, who offi. elated ai cierk, s-rituisly reproved the young woman and her com pa-' nions, fur their very improper benaviout; and solemnly reminded them, that they were not loo young Id die, &c.
The joung woman, who treated, this ad'Yioni.'ton with disdain, when reporting it to i'. neighbour the same evenioj.', prophanelj added, ' I wish; I may have the small pox nud die* (Ihe- small pox was (hen very riftj m the ne ghbotirhood). Sad to relate, it pleased God to take her at her word : she was very shortly after seized with the s-nfall-pox, anil died in lerrdajs; and there is reason to fear, without discovering any sigtis of repentance!
One of the young men before mentioned, was called to carry her to the grave, and wasdeeply affected with the event: and afterward* attended the preaching of Ihe gospel; but removing to another p:ace, it is no»t known whether hisconvietioM ended in conversion or not.
The fate of th'» young woman giould ha a warning to young persons not to ridicule serious things, or dare to* invoke the judgments of
On the 9th irnt, died at Walling, forti, Mrs. Petit&crutJ, the aeuiauie,
benevolent, and pious relict of the Key. T. Pentycross. late Rector of St. Mary's, in that town. The fear of death was happily removed ; and she died waiting and praying for her admission iato tlie abod-s of bliss.
A few honrs previous to Mrs. P. died at Cholsey, hear VVallingford, Mr. Melony, Assistant Preacher to Mr. Lovegrove', of the lailer place. The preceding day was to him a happy iirdib.ition of the eternal Sabbath. During a long and painful affliction, he enjoyed a degree of patience, gratitude, and joy, which would meet with very few parallels in the record of modern Obituaries. He has left a widow and several young children, to whose case a.benevoie.it public are referred.—See ike sldverliaentunt on our Cover.
Thg Third Half-yearly Meeling *>f the London Society for promoting Christianity among the Jews/ took place on the 13th of J tine, when two sermons were preached : that in the morning, at St.Lawrence Jewry, King Streei, Cheapside,by the Rev. T. Scott, M. A. Hector of Aston Sandford, Bucks; and Lhat in the evening, at the Jews Chapel, by the Rev. Hoary Draper, I). D. late of St. Edmund's Hall, Oxford; when II adult Jews, and 14 Jewish children, were baptized. The services were silemn and impressive; "and the congregations, which were numerous and respectable, appeared must deeply aff<cTed.
On the 14th, the friends of the Institution dined together at Ihe City of London Tavern, in number 260 } which was composed of Christians of different denominations.
After the Heport was read, the
children were introduced; three of whom delivered suitable addresses', and concluded by singing a hymn, wh;ch made a strong impression. .
The amoUBt of the Collections, Donation', and Annual Subscriptions, alter the sermons and the dinner^ including a Legacy of £ ZOO left to the Society, by the late Rev. Mr. Pickersgill, amounted to j£820 8s. G|d. — Donations to the Fund for building a House of Industry for Adult Jews, £ 134 16s. 5d.
June 20. A numerous Meeling of the Supporters of this Institutioa was held in the adjoining chapel j when three of the sludenls delivered orations on the following subject* : —The Atonement of Christ, Mr. J. Burder ; — The Necessity of the Operations of the Holy Spirit, Mr. Stenuor; —The Influence of the Gofpel on Ihe Temper and Conduct, Mr. Spencer. Mr. Turnbuif and Mr. G. Clayton engaged in prayer. The next morning there was an Association of Ihe Ministers educated in this Academy; a: d many interesting accounts were given of the success of their labours. . In the evening, the Re-;. J. Slatleria preached on the Union of Zeal and Prudence in the Christian Cnaracter, from 1 Car. ix. S2. Mr. Kent, • of Gravesend, and Mr. Smith, of
Brentwood, engaged in prayer
Before the commencement of the • evening service, an old man was detected in stealing a Bible; which he secreted in his hat. As he begged hard to be forgiven, he was placed in a pew near the pulpit; and at the close of trie sermon stood up before the whole congregation, while Mr. S. addressed him in a solemn manner, on the esonnity of his offence.
MISSIONARY COLLECTIONS, &c.
A Collection at Heckmondwike, York-shire, on occasion of a Meeting
of Ministers there, by Iheitev. T. Hale. - —
Rev. Mr. Bennett and Congregation, Rounsey
H. Bavies and Congregation, Great YVigsfon, Leicestershire Collection at Devizes, Wilts, hy thq Rev. iYless. Sloper aud Elliott Friends, by the Rev. W. Howell, Knaresborough —
A. H. — _ _
A Friend, by Mr. J. Honywill, Melksham — —
Ditto, by Mr. Mufjkie — ^.
©iu-, by the Rev. Mr. Hopkins (received some time since) —
FAITH'S ESTIMATE OF LIFE.
What is your life ? — James iv. 14.
* Say, venerable Sire, whose hoary head,
* White as Hie almond's bloom, bespeaks thee near •
■ * The grave, — that dreary mansion of the dead!
* How many are thy days, and what the joys of each revolving year?*
Thus to good Jacob Egypt's monarch spake;
* Great King, my days have few and evil been,
* Nor have my feeble footsteps measur'd o'er
Ah! much-lov'd Israel, with thee I'll stand.
Ye blooming yonths who sport in Folly's train,
'Tistrue, yosr health still blooms, your morning's bright j
Sons of Ambition, who of empire boast,
Poor sordid slaves of Earih, whose anxious sight,
Thrice happy man, whose heart and hopes arise
Thine, though a tryiug and a thorny way,
Leads to fife regions'orclerna! day f
Kept by ifie'pow'rof .lesus, strong to save
From siu, and death, and the devouring grave,
Thy L rd, (he l.ainl), shall be thy Morbus light,
Nor sorrow grieve thine heart, nor veil thy sight;
With all the ransom'd h ists thy soul shall slu&t,
Aud one bright, holy, endless day he thine. PtlilEMOif,
CHRISTIAN FORGIVENESS. ,
Revenge exclaims, and (hen returns the blow.-—
"Aad kind furgioeness readily display." J. J.
Ob seeing the Print of Samuel at
What that implies, O could I be
But ah! I have a fue within, —
»> for thy Holy Spirit, Lord!
Then in the blissful realms of light,
To give the ciory due to grace,
The wicked shall not live out half their days.— Psalm Iv. 23.
"Tis Mirth and Wine that feast the
sonl,' Cries HeJIus; • fill the jocund howl, 'And wreathes of roses twine; • To eat, to drinii, to revel high, 'Surpass the glories of the sky,
'These pleasures still be miue!' He spake;, and in the wily snare Kevell'd awhile devoid ot'eare,
Of reason, and or grace:
Am! suard t.> those above!
Given troai the God af Love 1
G. Aut-n, Printer, Greyillc Sireet, London.