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From the preceding statement, it will be observed that these excellent Charities have each their peculiar functions in ministering to the varying exigencies of the Indigent Clergy, their Widows, and Children, and concur in forming one great comprehensive plan of National Charity. It is fervently hoped, therefore, that their respective funds may be greatly extended, and their benevolent purposes carried into wider and more general operation.
The CORPORATION of the Sons of the CLERGY affords assistance to Clergymen whose stipends are inadequate for the support of themselves and their families, and takes their widows and maiden daughters, who have attained a certain age, under its immediate protection, allowing to considerable numbers of them small pensions, so long as their condition and circumstances continue unchanged. The Incorporated CLERGY ORPHAN Society undertakes the maintenance and education of the Children of deceased Clergymen, till they are of age to be apprenticed. By the Festival Of The Sons of the CLERGY, material aid is afforded to the other Charities by means of Apprentice- Fees or Outfits, whereby Children of Clergymen are assisted in obtaining a comfortable subsistence, and becoming valuable members of society.
THE LION WALK CHAPEL, COLCHESTER,
ON SUNDAY, APRIL 9, 1848.
T. W. DAVIDS.
PRINTED AND PUBLISHED BY J. BRACKETT;
SOLD ALSO BY C. F. FENTON, COLCHESTER; AND SIMPKIN, MARSHALL,
AND CO., LONDON.
ENGLAND'S OBLIGATIONS, &c.
..... As A TEIL TREE, AND AS AN OAK, WHOSE SUBSTANCE IS IN THEM, WHEN THEY CAST THEIR LEAVES: SO THE HOLY SEED SHALL BE THE SUBSTANCE THEREOF.—ISAIAH VI. 13.
The prophet is the best interpreter of history. He enables us to solve its problems, reconcile its apparent discrepancies, and penetrating the confusion which so often lies upon its surface, to discover the illustration which it always furnishes of the perfect unity, and the uninterrupted progress, of that great plan, in harmony with which God's universal Provi. dence controls all human things. The vision ’ sheds millennial light upon the times’ as they are passing over us; frequently instructs us how to read and understand their otherwise inexplicable signs,' and always serves for the strengthening of our confidence in the glorious fact, that all events are so ordained and so controlled, as most effectually to advance that glorious consummation under which the Wicked One shall have been finally overcome, and all the gracious purposes of the Saviour's mediation triumphantly accomplished in the perfect restoration of our fallen