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age from the churches they have left; and of Kensington, preached an admirable sermon, they never ought to do so while those churches founded on 1 Thessalonians ii. 14—20. On require their support. We congratulate our the following Sunday, the Rev. J. W. Richardfriends at New Broad-street, that they have son, of Tottenham-court Road Chapel, and not listened to the counsels of fear and dis- the Rev. J. Kennedy, M.A., of Stepney, couragement; and we earnestly hope that preached excellent and appropriate sermons. their work of faith and labour of love will, Our most fervent prayers will be offered up under the Divine blessing, be crowned with to the throne of grace on behalf of this inthe desired success.
teresting cause. The pastor we have long
known, and greatly loved;—and cannot but TESTIMONIAL TO DR. REED.
regard him as peculiarly adapted, from perTHE Rev. Andrew Reed, D.D., having com sonal and educational habit, to the sphere in pleted the fortieth year of his pastorate over
which he is now called to move. May peace the church assembling in Wycliffe Chapel, a and prosperity attend his steps ! special service in celebration of the event was held on Thursday last, November 27th, that BENEFITS OF THE PROTESTANT ALLIANCE. day being the double anniversary of the LORD PALMERSTON, at the instance of the Doctor's birth and ordination. In the after- Protestant Alliance, has secured, by diplonoon of the day, the deacons of the church, matic correspondence, the liberation of Dr. headed by Mr. Walker, now in his ninety- Marryot, who had been imprisoned at Carlssecond year, met their pastor, for the purpose ruhe, for the circulation of writings against of presenting an address, unanimously adopted the Jesuits. This is creditable to the zeal of at a meeting of the members of the church the Alliance, and to the character of the and congregation. The address, which is Foreign Secretary. One great object of the engrossed on vellum, refers to the prominent Alliance is to watch over the liberties of points in the Doctor's career, and alludes in Protestants in Roman Catholic countries. most affectionate terms to his faithful labours among his own people, as well as his self THE WESTERN COLLEGE CENTENARY. denying and laborious efforts in the cause of Tue Western College was founded in the the fatherless and the widow, and other ob- year 1752, under the auspices of the London jects of suffering humanity. In a church Congregational Fund Board, with a view to numbering more than a thousand members, counteract, by means of an evangelically scarcely a representative is left of those who, educated ministry, the Arianism which had forty years ago, gave Mr. Reed a unanimous then so widely diffused itself amongst the invitation to become their pastor. In addi-churches of the West of England. Under tion to the address, the church expressed a the successive presidency of the Revs. J. wish, that they might secure to themselves Lavington, Jas. Rooker, Thos. Reader, Jas. some memorial of their minister which might Small, Dr. George Payne ; and now of the remain amongst them after he had closed his Rev. Dr. Alliott, and the Rev. Samuel earthly labours; and they presented him with Newth, M.A., it has, by God's blessing, mathe sum of two hundred guineas for this pur-terially contributed to accomplish its original pose. In compliance with this request, it is design,—whilst, at the present time, seven understood that Mr. Foley, R. A., is charged honoured brethren are usefully employed in with the execution of a marble bust of Dr. the foreign service of the Redeemer, and Reed. A numerous company, including many about forty in the ministry of the churches at of the neighbouring ministers, with the mem- home, who owe to it their preparatory trainbers of the family, assembled at tea in the ing. It is the oldest provincial institution of vestry, and afterwards a most impressive the kind in the kingdom, and bids fair, from service was held in the chapel. The devo- the extensive district which it commands, tional exercises were conducted by the Rev. and the position it has happily acquired, to Messrs. Bayley, Price, of Sheerness, Smith be not the least permanent. In this view it and Woodhouse, and the attendance was was resolved, at the Annual Meeting of Subvery large.
scribers, in September last, that the centenary
year should not pass away without an effort SYDENHAM, PARK CHAPEL.
to create some memorial of gratitude approThe recognition of the Rev. W. Campbell, priate to the occasion, and which, whilst it M.A., as minister of the Park Chapel, Syden- met an existing requirement, might help to ham, took place on Thursday evening, the strengthen the pledge of increasingly effective 11th December, when the Rev. Dr. Campbell continuance. The Committee have, thereasked the usual questions, and offered the fore, in accordance with this resolution, underdesignation prayer; and the Rev. Dr. Morison taken, either by purchase or new erection, to addressed the pastor and people with great obtain for the Institution a local habitation impressiveness, affection, and solemnity. On consistent with its character and name, which the preceding evening, the Rev. J. Stoughton, it may call its own. More definite particulars
will be laid before the public shortly. It is ) and the Rev. Dr. Alexander, of Argyle-square encouraging to find that this scheme is already Chapel, Edinburgh, addressed the church. receiving practical countenance of just the The Rev. G. D. Cullen, of Leith, concluded right kind. One minister, whose associations with prayer. The ministers and friends and remembrances intimately identify him dined together in the interval, Messrs. Ochwith the cause of the Western College, writes, terlonie and Alexander, sen., presiding. " I dare not be untrue to Alma Mater ; put In the evening, a social meeting was held down my pledge for £50.” Another, in like in the chapel, at half-past six, Mr. Mac Gregor circumstances, guarantees the same amount. in the chair, when, after prayer by the Rev. May not the expectation be reasonably in- Dr. Innes, of Edinburgh, addresses were dedulged that many will imitate their example? livered, on various interesting subjects, by the All the alumni have not, of course, equal re- Rev. Messrs. Deans, of the United Presbysources at their disposal ; but all may do terian Church ; Lang, of Dundee; Cullen, of much which fellow-feeling dictates-either Leith; Blackwood, of the Established Church; by personal gifts, or relative influence—and and other ministers. these, abetted by the efforts of Christians The chapel was well filled, during both generally, and especially by those of the services, by a deeply interested andience, friends of evangelical truth in the Western many of the members of the neighbouring Districts, will doubtless secure the intended churches in Edinburgh, Leith, Musselburgh, result. The Committee are anxious to receive &c., being present. The following pastors communications on this subject, both of sug- also attended, to show their interest in the gestion and support, which they invite to be young minister, viz., Messrs. Wight, of Hadaddressed to the Treasurer, David Derry, dington ; Gowan, of Dalkeith; Roebuck, of Esq.;
; or to either of the Secretaries, the Rev. Musselburgh ; Wilson, of Linlithgow; and T. C. Hine, and Alfred Rooker, Esq. Robbie, of Kirkcaldy. The Rev. James Ken.
nedy, Missionary from Benares, who had SCOTLAND.
frequently preached, when a student, at the commencement of the infant cause, was also
present, and took a lively interest in the proOn Thursday, the 20th of November, 1851, ceedings. On the following Lord's-day, the Mr. George D. Mac Gregor, formerly student Rev. Professor Thomson, of Glasgow, introin the University of St. Andrew's, and in the duced Mr. Mac Gregor to his new charge. Glasgow Theological Academy, was set apart May the Great Head of the Church smile to the pastoral office over the Congregational upon the union thus formed ! church in Portobello, near Edinburgh. The service commenced at eleven o'clock, A.M. The Rev. Robert Lang, of Dundee, the former Mr. U. Brodrill Randall, M.A., of Cheshunt pastor of the church, read the Scriptures, and College, has accepted a unanimous invitation prayed. The introductory discourse, from from the United Independent church now Acts ïj, 47, was delivered by the Rev. Dr. assembling in the Old Chapel, Wareham, and Wardlaw, of Glasgow. The Rev. Henry commenced his ministry there on the 23rd of Wight, of Edinburgh, put the usual questions, November. and received the confession of faith: the or- The Rev. George Willets, of North Petherdination-prayer was offered up by the Rev. ton, Somerset, has received, and accepted a Wm. Lothian, of St. Andrew's, under whom cordial and unanimous invitation to become Mr. Mac Gregor commenced his theological the pastor of the church assembling in Scots
The charge was delivered by the lane Chapel, Salisbury, and will enter on his Rev. J. R. Campbell of Edinburgh, Mr. Mac stated services (D.v.) the first Sabbath in the Gregor's former pastor, from 1 Cor. ii. 10; new year.
FRENCH EVANGELICAL SOCIETY.
for January? The friends of Protestant truth
and of vital godliness cannot but look to the (To the Editor of the Evangelical Magazine.) continent with deep solicitude at this juncture;
7, Blomfield-street, Dec. 17, 1851. and may I suggest that fervent prayer be DEAR SIR, I have just received from the offered by the churches
, throughout this land, Secretary of the French Evangelical Society that the word of the Lord may have free the following letter, for which may I ask you course, and that our Christian brethren in all to make room in the EVANGELICAL MAGAZINE the nations of Europe may be eminently endaed with the wisdom that cometh from everywhere God is converting souls; there is above, that they may rightly improve the not a single station but ought to be preevents of Providence, through which they served. are now passing, as well as those with which But after this cheering account, our Treathe lowering future seems to be big.
surer placed under our consideration his Yours very faithfully,
financial difficulties. Fully confident of the
Lord's blessing, as we ought to have been at EVAN DAVIES.
the commencement of the present, exercise P.S. Other Continental Societies write in [i.e. financial year], when, for the first time a similar strain—and necessarily so. I shall in the history of our Society, we closed our be most thankful to receive and to remit any
accounts on the 30th of April, 1851, without contributions which the friends of this good a deficit, we voted a budget of expenditure cause may entrust to my charge.
amounting to 155,600 francs. Had we been Paris, Dec. 13, 1851. placed under ordinary circumstances, we DEAR SIR,- We do not intend to speak should take no alarm at our financial situmuch of our public events. The Lord reign-ation, difficult as it might be. Our Treasurer eth, and he is powerful to make all things declared that there was no contracting new ultinately concur in promoting his kingdom. loans, and that in the course of the present With a complete dependence on the Lord we year, he should have to pay of the salaries of the held our sitting last Monday, to consider what agents, 20,000 francs, and that he had only course we are to take under the present difti. 2000 in hand. This statement was a matter cult circumstances.
of very serious consideration, and required The Report concerning the situation of the prompt measures. We thought it would not work was as follows:-We employ 19 pastors, be warrantable to dismiss a single agent; as 9 evangelists, 41 schoolmasters and mis- the circumstances of our country require that tresses, 1 director and 1 sub-director of the the gospel should be announced more forcibly normal school, which numbers 24 pupils.
than ever. It is not sixty or eighty messenThe following are the centres of evan- gers of the good news that ought to be sent gelization, the number of our agents, together forth into the harvest field. It is double, trewith their expense:
ble, tenfold that number. When the evil is Seine. — 4 principal stations, the normal encompassing us on every side, it is necessary
school, 4 pastors, 9 teachers and school to proclaim in all quarters the gospel truth, mistresses, 1 director, 1 sub-director of the which alone is powerful to convert souls. To
normal school. Expense, 51,171 francs. bring peace where hatred, envy, revenge, and Yonne. — 7 principal stations, 4 pastors, unruly passions of all kinds are prevailing,
2 evangelists, 12 teachers and school it is necessary to raise up the standard of mistresses. Expense, 23,655 francs.
Jesus Christ, and to conquer those immortal Haute-Vienne.—8 principal stations, 5 pas- souls which follow the road to ruin, for they
tors, 12 teachers and school-mistresses. are ignorant of the name of Jesus Christ, the Expense, 26,070 francs.
Prince of Peace. Deux Charentes.-5 principal stations, 2 pas- All this we have seriously considered, and
tors, 2 evangelists, 6 teachers and school- we have been thus prevented from curtailing
mistresses. Expense, 11,233 francs. our work; and though under a heavy weight Orne and Sarthe.—2 principal stations, 1 pas- of responsibility, owing to the loans already
tor, 1 evangelist. Expense, 3320 francs. contracted, we have preferred entailing upon Marne. — 2 stations, 1 pastor. Expense, each of ourselves the duty of procuring a cer1890 francs.
tain sum, in order to provide, as long as posDunkerque.- 1 station, 1 pastor, 1 teacher. sible, for the maintenance of those who are Expense, 2600 francs.
evangelizing the agitated population, and Boulogne. — 1 station, 1 pastor. Expense, bearing the burden and heat of the day. 2880 francs.
Thus, do we hope to procure some 25,000 or Manche. — 4 stations, 1 pastor, 1 evangelist. 30,000 francs. This will be rather difficult Expense, 2920 francs.
for some of us, but the work will go on. General expenses, viz., 3 itinerant evangelists, It seems to us to be impossible that our
rents for chapels and schools, &c., 26,700 brethren abroad should not feel for us and francs.
hold out to us a helping hand. It is not posMaking a total of 155,639 francs.
sible that our Committee should be left to The foregoing statement gives not an ade themselves, under a weight of personal diffiquate idea of the importance of our principal culties and financial responsibilities of the stations. Each of them has several annexes; most serious character, by such Christians as some of them six, eight, ten, and even twelve. fully understand how necessary it is that the A most cheering account of the spiritual state work of evangelization should not be slackof the work was presented to the Committee.ened in our country at this time. You and Everywhere the work is on the advance; your friends have always evinced a deep
sympathy with our work, and surely this and images but a revival of the old adorasympathy will not fail us when we most want tion paid to heroes and demi-gods? or what it. You will understand we are in great per- the nuns, with their vows of celibacy, but a plexity, and ready to exclaim, Lord, save us, new edition of the Vestal Virgins? Wherever for we are perishing! With Christian regards we turn, indeed, all is old, and nothing new. and esteem, we remain, dear Sir, yours very Instead of tutelary gods, we find patron saints faithfully,
and guardian angels, and the canonization of By order of the Committee,
a saint is but another term for the apoJ. Joel AUDEBEZ, Secretary.
theosis of a hero.”—The City of Rome-Tract
Society. To Mr. Evan Daries.
CONFIDENCE IN THE BIBLE.
“When you are zealous and active in dis“ Who are generally the most wicked
tributing God's sacred word, and your faith is persons in every locality? (I am speaking alive to the power of God through His Scriponly of Italy, indeed, only of Southern
tures, do not mistrust that power, and the Italy—a country emphatically Roman Ca
efficacy of that Book, if you do not yourself see tholic.) Forgive me, holy father, but it is a
the result of your efforts. We are merely the matter of fact,-priests and monks, what
instruments for scattering the seed: the Lord ever iniquity, wickedness, and abomination
will, in His own time, make it to bear fruit. has ever existed upon the earth, you will find
Others will reap, if we may not, the fruits of it among them. Haughtiness, luxury, ambi
what this society is now doing. We may not tion, pride,—where do they most abound?
see the heathen brought from error, but this In your temples. There the excessive love
Book will still accomplish its great purposes. of money, falsehood, fraud, duplicity, cover
We may not see it telling on the masses of our themselves with a sacred veil, and are almost
people, but the work is perhaps going on in in security from profane censures. And,
secret. That secret is between the individual's oh! how great are the horrors of the cloisters, soul and his God, and we may not penetrate where ignorance and superstition, laziness, it. All those results which we look back on indolence, calumny, quarrels, immorality of and refer thankfully to the Spirit of God, every description, not only live, but reign.
were the results of secret working. What is The most abominable vices, long banished
the history of the Reformation? Does any from all society, have taken refuge there,
one suppose that it was effected by the tyran. and there will conscience miserably dwell, nical conduct of Henry VIII., or that it was until God, outragedly, shall rain down
brought about by Act of Parliament? Nam upon them the curse of Sodom and Go
an agency more powerful than either was at morrah.”--Dr. Achilli's first Letter to Gre
work long before either. The people of this country had been silently prepared for it by
the circulation of the translated Scriptures MANUSCRIPTS IN THE VATICAN LIBRARY.
in their towns and villages. What is going on In the Oriental Department, there are
now in Ireland? We have been suddenly 590 Hebrew, 787 Arabic, 80 Coptic, 71 Ethi.
surprised--and none more surprised than the opic, 459 Syriac, 64 Turkish, 65 Persian,
Papal Church itself— by the conversion of I i Samaritan, 13 Armenian, 2 Iberian, 22 In
don't know how many in the west of Ireland.
How was it done? dian, 10 Chinese, and 18 Sclavonic manu
All I know is, it was scripts. The amount of the whole collection
preceded by the free circulation of the Scripof Greek, Latin, and Oriental manuscripts is
tures in the Irish tongue. Do not, therefore, 23,580, the finest in the world. The City of despair if we cannot ourselves see the fruits Rome — Tract Society.
of our labours, for God will in His own good time bring them forth. And let us not despond either if He remove from us any in
strumentality on which our work may seem “ Some traces," observes Mr. Mathews, “of to depend.”—From the Speech of the Bishop the old heathen superstitions are constantly of Norwich at the Annual Meeting of the peeping out from under their Catholic dis Norfolk and Norwich Auxiliary Bible Society, guise. What is the modern worship of saints Sept. 24, 1851.
PAGANISM OF ROMISH WORSHIP.