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Enflanrl and Scotland, amount to fi?3, besides 23 in the West I.idles, Nova Scotia, &c. the whole (in Britain) are included in 2fi i^istricts. Towards the conclusion of ti:e Conference, several Regulations were made, from which we subjoin the 'oiiowiog exrract: —
'Q. 13 As several complaints have heen made of great impositions practised upon some of our dimple people by quacks and empirics, especial'y such as pretend to cure all diseases in the eyes,— What it the Opinion of the Coufeience on th;s su.bjr.cl?
'A. We are unanimously of opinion, That no countenance <>i support should ba given to such persons; and we earnestly exhort all our preachers, both itinerant and local, and all the members of our societies, to have no intercourse or connection with them.
'Q. 18. How may we transact the Business cf ,our future Conferences with greater expedition?
* «s?.. The Chairmen of onr districts are required, not only to examine very minutely in their district meetiogs all persons proposed to travel as preachers anrfti.ig ns,—hut also to repon distinctly in their District Minutes, for the consideration of the Conference, the Opinion of the District Meetings after such txahnination, respecting their health, piety, and moral character, ministerial abilities, belief »f our doctrines, attachment to our discipline, and freedom from debt, as well as from all secular incumbrances. In 'he same District Meetings, thepreacher who recommends any candidate siall slate his age, and sign a recommendatory character of him, which may f< rihwilh be copied, if the Conference receive su*h candidate upon trial, into the book provided for that purpose.
4 The result of an Enquiry into the Spiritual State of our Societies was particularly pleasing. It appears that, in the course of the past ye.-ir. 5811 new members in Great Britain, and I960 in Ireland, have been added to our Societies; and about 12,000 in the United Stales of America, Tiies;, we have reason
to believe, are, in general, resolved to forsake the world and s u, aud to take Hie Father of our Lord Jesus for their Goii nnd portion; and ws hope pure and undefined religion is increasing among our people in most places.'
Ji t the close of a short account of deceased, prr o''-rs, a note is added, vriiich deserves . h-. attention of all religions -eis-ns Hiio -occasionally entertain iiir-■• nt rain;s'ers: — ' It is much to be d..s>';il ih.it all our frien.'s vouM lake due'care to have the hods in whuti they put the preacot.s perfect!; dry.
Aug. 13. Th' Trii.'iecsp.r.dFricm!* of the Countess of Huntingdon's College, at ( h.;ioiint, held their Anniversary at '.'le College. The Rey. T.Jones, oi Oi\t-h;>!!, opened th« meeting with prayer; oiler which, the students read sonv; poet of the church-service, wit.-, psalms and .essor.s selected for ihe occasion. The Rev. J. J. Richards, the tutor, then, addressed the congregation briefly, in order to introduce the orations; which were to bespoken by three of the senior students, on given subjects. Th? !ir»t was on theMysteriousness and (Inser.rehableness of the Divine Providence, by Mr. J. Bloomfield. The second, on the Wisdom, Righteousness, and Equity of Wie Divine Government, by Mr. Francis Mardin. The third, on the Duty and Benefit of a calm Resignation :i"d quiet Submission to the Wilt of God in his Providential Dispensations, by Mr. Joan Williams. These being ended, the Rev. K. Lake, formerly a student in this college, preached a sermon, from Numb, xxiii.,24, ' What hath God wrought!' TheRov. II. Siodhart,, minister of Pell Street Chapel, csacluded with prayer.
We hear that the late Mr«.Pentycross (relict of the Rev. Mr. Pentycross) of Wallirtgford, has le'l £100 stock, 4 per cents, to the Missionary Society ; — £ 100 ditto, to the Society for Missions to Africa and the East; —£100 ditto, to the Biitis!» and Foreign Bible Society; bes'u'f s several other Legacies to Funds, far
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the Education of Ministers, and the Support of poor and pious Clergy.
Feb. 11. A convenient place of worship was opened at Cromer (an •xcelleut Ualliing-place) in Norfolk, by Mr. Beanl, of Wonted; who has, with the kind ass;stance of neighbouring ministers, preached there once a fortnight on Lord's Day evening*. Many of the inhabitants ol Cromer and its vicinity attend with evident seriousness, and it is hoped with t> divine blessing.
On Good Friday, April 20-. was opened a new and commodious place of religious worship at Knottingiey, when Dr. E. Williams preached from 2 Cor. iv. 6; Mr. Kidd, of Cleckheaton, from Zech. viii. 23; and Mr. Bruce, of Wakefield, from I Kings viii. 28, 29; and other-neighbouring miaisters engaged in the devotional parts of Ihe service. The discourses were suitable to the occasion, and a liberal collection was made towaids defraying the expences incurred. — This populous place, consisting chiefly of lime-burners and persons employed in the inland and coasting trade, was remarkably deficient in the means of religious iustrucliou; and, though this infant cause has »<ad some peculiar difficulties to encounter, the attendance continues tt> be respectable; and it is hoped that the labours ot the students lionitoe academies of Kolherhaiu and Idle, and the visits of many stated ministers, have already been blessed to the spiritual profit ot the people.
The Devon Association met at Totnifs, June 10. Mr. Mends jireached from ha. x. 15, 16; and Mr. Hooker, of Bideford, from Luke iii-16. The annual address Vd hxclgious Society was drawn up by Mr. Windeatt. Mr. Judson preached on the preceding evening Horn liev. v. 12; Messrs. Pinchhack, Small, Varder, Wiiiioi', S^niigue, ot Bovcy; Cone, of LaunVi-stou i aud Glee0,of Tcigumouth,
prayed. Mr. Cope preached an occasional sermon in the afternoon, from Heb. x. 32. The Association joined the Congregational Union, and nominated an open committee of five persons, which will meet at Ashburten oft the Wednesday after Christmas, and to whom those petitionary cases are to be referred, which may occur before the meeting of the next Association. Encouraged by the success of their present itinerant, the Association intend to employ another, when a suitable person utters.
Sep. 5. The Middlesex and HerU Union held their half-yearly Meeting at the Rev. Mr. Wbitefool't, Enfield. Messrs. Williams, of Edmonton, and Cox, of St. Alban'i, prayed; Mr. Porter, of Highgale, preached on the Peculiar Advantages of Secret Prayer; and Mr. Morrison, of Barnet, concluded. Their uext meetiug will be held at Barnet, on the Wednesday after the first Sabbath in April, 1811, Sir. Cox, ot St. Albau's, to preach on the Mutual Obligations between Pastor and People; »r, in the event of his absence, Mr. Knight, of. Ponders End.
Sep. 12. The Associated Independent Ministers of Corset, held their .lalf-yearly Meeting at Blandford. — la the morning' service, Mtssis.Collins and Bannister prayed; Mr. Jones preached from John v. 39; and Dr. Crackuell concluded bv prayer. In the evening Mr. Rogers prayed; Mr. Wbeatort preached from John i. £9; and Mr. Loader concluded with piayer. Mr. Duranl pre^chsjj the precedingevening. The next haif-yearly Meeting will be held at Weymouth, on the Wednesday in the Easter week.
The same day, a new chapel was opened at Brastetl, in Kent. Mr. Hyatt, of the Tabernacle, London, preached in the morning, from Psa. cxviii 25, last part; Mr. Williams, of Gate Street Chapel, London, iu the afternoon, from Psa. exxxii. 13 — 16; Mr. Hyatt preached again in the evening. The chape] baa. bean erected at the expence of aov
individual; and Ihe attendance and liberality manifested at its opening, encourage as to hope that it has not been erected in vain.
The Wilts Association intend t» hold their next Meeting at Warminster, on Thursday, the feth of October. Mr.W.Priestley to preach in the morning, on Chriitian Conversation; Mr. C. Eloper in the. afternoon; and Mr. Elliott in the evening.
f^alue of the Bible in a Prison.
An Englishman, who was confined in the prison at Malacca for piracy, began to reflect on his state,
and was very desirous of procuring a Bible; for which purpose he sold his shirt, jacket, &c.; but great was his mortification when hefo'ind that no Bible could be procured there; nor did he obtain one till he was removed to Calcutta, where he ha* obtained his desire; and there is reason to hope that he is now a changed man. Ho had b-;en sentenced to die for his crime; but his life has been spared, and he will be sent to New South Wales.— The Missionary who relates this, suggests the propriety of furnishing all the prisons in the British possessions abroad with Bibles.
MISSIONARY COLLECTIONS, &c.
Rev. W. Moorhouse and Congregation, Huddersiield
Rev. Mr. Harrison and Congregation, Bury, Lancashire
B. by Mr. W. Clapham, Leeds —
U. 6. —
A Mite, from Weymouth —
A Friend, by the Rev. Francis Perrolt —•
From a few Servants —
Further Collections after Sermons preached by the Rev. Mr. Bogus.
Addition to the Colleclions in Lancashire.
Rev. Mr. Ely's Congregation, Bury — —> * 3 4
Collections in Yorkshire.
Rev. Mr. Cockin's Congregation, Halifax — £ 38
Mr. Taylor's ditto, Bradford 22
Mr. Calvert's ditto, Kipping
Mr. Laird's ditto, Pudsey -—
Mr. Biake's ditto, Osaet —
Mr. Eccles's ditto, Leeds —
Mr. Parsons'i ditto, ditto —
Mr. Bruce's ditto, 'Wakefield —
Mr. Rayson's ditto, ditto, —
Mr. Toothill's ditto, Hopton —
Dr. Williams's ditto, Rotherham
Mr.Boothroyd's ditto, Pontefract
Mr.Thurgarland's ditto, York —
Mr. Bottomles 's ditto, Scarborough
Mr. Davidson's, ditto, Bridlington
Bridlington Key — —
Rev. Mr. Hobson's Congregation, Great Driffield
Rev. Mr. Lambert's Congregation, Hull s
Dagger Lane Meeting, Hull — '—
Rev. Mr. Cockin's Congregation, Holmfirth —
a 0 0
6 10 1 2 0 0
'(Cf" 0/ Ihe £ 124 14s. 7d. collected at Manchesier, as inserted in <>nr last, £ 65 12s. wa» received from the Congregation of the Rev. Mr. Bradley, and £ a9 Si. "id. from that of the Rev-. Mr. Jack.
Lines on the Death of Mr. Jjmes Hay, aged 28 Years.
Faiv would the Muse her biubble tribute pay
The softer music of the Roman lyre. . J
While Science thus artyrp'd bis early days,
CrownM with immortal life aud heav'nly joys!. • • . -•
AVhile his triumphant spirit wings her way
» These were his last words. He died with the Greek Testament in, his hand.
BY THEODORE DWIGHT,
Student of Law, Connecticut.
[From the American Museum.]
An Attempt to represent the Anguish
of a Mothtr, whose Son anil Vanf liter
were taken front her hi) a Ship's Crew. Help, ohlielp, thop God of Christian*!
Save a mother from despair; Cruel while mart steal my children:
God of Christians hear my prayer! From my arras by force they're vended,
Sailors drag them to the sea;.'
Swift will carry them away.
Fast with thongs his hands are bound;
See his sides a reeking wound!
See his little sister by him,
Quaking, trembling, how she lies!
Drops of blood her face bespiitikle, —
How they tear her brother from her,
Tho' agouiz'd with pain,—still silent
Hear the little daughter be«ging,
• Spare, oh spare, my darliug brother!
'He's my mother's only son 1*
See uporl the shore she's raving, —
Now she tears her flesh with mad-
* I am young', arid strong, and hardy;
k He's a sick and leehle hoy; 'Take rut?, whip ore, chain mc, starve me, — i
'All my life I'll toi' with joy!
'Christians, who's the God ye worship?
'Is he cruel, fierce, or good? 'Does he take delight in mercy?
'Or iu spitting human blood?
'Ah! my poor distracted mbther!
'Hear her scream upon the shore 1* Down the sava-ge captain strnck her,
Lifeless, on the vessel's floor.
Up his sails he quickly hoisted,
G. Aci.d, Printer, Greville Street, London.