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wept for the desolation of Zion, as if, friends to be healed, and to be saved ; and • between the porch and the altar.' And we should go and do likewise. gradually a degree of solemnity appeared “ There was no noise in meetings, as is the to rest on the minds of Ministers and case in Wales in times of revitals, except people, and it became a time of great amongst the Wesleyan Methodists. There is heart-searching and confessing of sins be. a good deal of animal feeling excited in fore God. Days of fasting and prayer this way amongst this denomination of were kept in every church, wbich were Christians. With this exception, divine solemn seasons, and some mercy drops,' worship is carried on in times of revivals appeared to fall upon some churches in America with the utmost order and These increased and multiplied, and Mini- solemnity. Nothing is heard but the sters appeared to possess more earnestness, voice of the speaker, and the sobbings of and concern for the salvation of their burdened souls. Some are affected so bearers, and a great change was apparent deeply as to fall into fits of convulsions, in the prayers both of the Ministers and and there have been some instances of private Christians. Instead of a formal partial derangement for a few days, but recitation of the divine perfections, and not often : the effect appears to be on the eulogizing of the divine plans and opera- reason and on the conscience, more than tions, &c. &c. Christians appeared to on the passions. I shall now relate an come to the throne of grace with a burden instance or two of deep feeling. A person upon their minds, and with a solemn and of my acquaintance, (who lives in a part weighty cause, which they had to lay open of my house,) has been known to spend before God. When some places were whole nights in werping and praying. visited with a revival, members from other One time in particular, he went to a churches would visit those places, and prayer-meeting in the evening, and on remain for a few days, and, as it were, returning home, began to think how bard • catch the fire,' and return with their his heart had been in meeting ; how little hearts warm with the love of Christ, and he had been affected by the solemnities be tell their brethren and sisters what they had witnessed; he went home, and rehad heard and seen. Prayer-meetings tired to pray, got up again and wept; he were soon established to implore the same thought the Lord was going to give him blessings upon them also. This has been up to hardness of heart for his unwillingin several places the commencement of a ness to submit to Christ, for as yet he had glorious revival of religion. Prayers, pub- not professed faith in Christ, and was on lic and private, were made in those places the verge of utter despondency. He again where a work of grace had commenced, prayed and wept, and so continued till for other places by nume. Also, indivi- breuk of day,' which was Sabbath morning. duals were prayed for by name, and the I heard him say afterwards a little of his Lord graciously answered those prayers in feeling that night; his great request to very many instances. Some were struck God was, that that Sabbath should not under convictions at the very time that pass without some light from Calvary shining prayer was offered for them, and they to his heart, and his prayers we hope were knew it not. Others, who had been sube heard, for on that Sabbath, his mind was jects of great remorse of conscience be- brought to rest with composure upon the fore, bave been brought to enjoy divine Lord Jesus Christ, and such a sense of consolations in answer to prayer made for the divine love filled his soul that he never them. I believe there has been more of had realized before, and he has never afterthis mode of praying in this revival than ward entirely lost the impression. He is in any other known in America ; and now a member of our church, and an Christians appear to be pretty generally amiable and devout Christian. convinced, that they ought to pray in this “ At Rome, a village a few miles from way. Seeing that the design of prayer in this place, there was one who had been a great measure is to affect the mind of under very deep convictions for a long the supplicant himself and his fellow-sup- time, but could obtain no comfort. One plicants, it is agreed that the mind can be evening he went to meeting with a great affected much more powerfully by taking burden of guilt upon his mind; he conone object, and fixing the attention upon tinued throughout the meeting in the same it, in all its consequences, through eter- state, and at the close of divine service nity, than by endeavouring to compre- felt a desire to conceal himself, that he hend many objects at once. It is also might remain in the house of God alone agreed, that individuals were prayed for to pray. Being in the gallery, he sucin the days of the apostles, as in the case ceeded; the congregation retired, the of Peter wben in prison; and Paul says, light was extinguished, and the doors were wben be requested an interest in the shut. He went to prayer, and felt deterprayers of the churches, and for me ;' mined, as he afterward stated, not to leave and when Jesus Christ went about doing the house of God until he should obtain good, some brought their sons to him, some comfort in Christ. He there cried and some their daughters, and their and prayed, until some time before dayN. S. No. 31.
Ilght, the God of all grace was pleased to interest. And although it is hoping too rift
upon his burdened spirit the light of much, to expect the entire abolition of his countenance, and he went home re. slavery, throughout the land, by the direct joicing in Christ.
efforts of this, Institution, yet it is im“ There is a great deal of visiting from possible to say, that its indirect and ultihouse to house here in times of revivals, male effects may not be of this gigantic to talk personally to sioners, and to pray character. Public opinion in this country for them, which appears to be attended is the lever which moves every thing; and with a great blessing. One time a Mini. by operating upon this, as the Colonizaster (this was at Rome) went into the tion Society is doing, the most efficient house of some ungodly people, and after method is adopted, of accomplishing the conversing with them awhile on the state grand design which is in view, and will of their souls, he asked them indivi- never be lost sight of by thousands of dually if they would wish to be prayed American citizens. Already are there es. for, and stated one condition, viz. that tablished, in different parts of the land, they must promise to try to pray for more than a hundred Anti-Slavery Societies, themsclves; otherwise he did not think it SEVENTY-THREE OF WHICH ARP. LOCATED his duty to pray for them, por could he IN SLAVE-HOLDING STATES. Within about pray for them. Each one consented, and a year past, the Friends' Yearly Meeting promised to do so, excepting one girl; in North Carolina have removed to more she would not promise to pray for herself, favourable climes not less than 300 people nor did she care whether she was prayed of colour, and are making arrangements for. The Minister reasoned with ber, for still further and larger removals. Jo but in vain ; at last, he told her, she must the month of Jannary last, 34 coloured then retire to another room while he emigrants sailed from Boston for Liberia, prayed with the others. She did so, and under the patronage of the American Cohe prayed for each one personally, and lonization Society, and in February, 154 when he came to her case he paused, as from Norfolk, Va. for the same destinaif not knowing what to say ; but at length tion. Another expedition is fitting out at prayed for her, and appeared to be as- Baltimore, and will sail in a few days. sisted in his prayer for her, more than for The population of this flourishing Colony any of the rest. The wicked prayerless is now 500 or 600. In the latter part of girl overheard the prayer; she was 1825, two churches were built by the pricked to the heart ; and has afterwards colonists ; and in the spring of 1826, a given evidence, that prayer is her delight; Missionary Society was formed. Five or and she is one of the humble followers of six schools are in operation; in which the Lord Jesus. Other instances might be not only the children of emigrants are given, but I must cease. The revival still instructed, but also 60 children of natives. continues, though not so powerful as it An earnest desire bas been expressed by has been. About 2500 have been hopefully all the Leeward tribes, except one, that brought to the knowledge of Christ during the schools may be immediately established present year in this country. It contains among them, for the instruction of their about 60,000 inhabitants. In our small so- children. More than one hundred and ciety, between 40 and 50 have been re- fifty Africans, who had been seized for ceived since last Christmas. Our church transportation as slaves, have been rescued consists now of about 130 ; but being by the colonists; and by the same instruvery much scattered through the country, mentality, in connection with that of the they are hardly ever all present at the British Colony at Sierra Leone, the slave same time. Though I have long delayed trade has been banished, almost entirely, writing to you, yet I hope you will not from a line of coast three hundred miles follow the example. Please to write to in extent. With the help of a printing. me soon again; I feel, as if I could have press, wbich was carried out by the expeno time even to write to my dear friends dition from Boston, a newspaper was in Wales. Pray for me, that the work commenced in the Colony on the 15th of of the Lord may ever be my delight, and February last ; but in consequence of the that I may be faithful wherever I shall untimely death of Mr. Force, the printer, have to finish my few days.
only one or two numbers were issued. In “ Your's truly and affectionately, the death of this young man, and of Rev. ** ROBERT EVERETT." Messrs. Sessions and Holton, who accom
panied the expedition, one as agent of the PROGRESS OF ANTI-SLAVERY OPINIONS
Society, and the other as a Missionary,
and of 15 out of the 34 emigrants comThe cause of injured Africa is taking a posing it, the Colony bas suffered a severe stronger hold on the sympathies and loss. The fate of these men, we believe, charities of the people, with each suc. has convinced the friends of African Coloceeding year. Many a benevolent eye is nization, that in future, the emigrants directed to the movements of the Ameri- must be gathered from the Middle and can Cotonization Society, with the deepest Southern States,
IN THE UNITED STATES.
RELIGIOUS COMMUNITIES IN THE UNITED Maberly, Esq. M. P., W. L. Maberly,
STATES OF NORTH AMERICA. Esq. M. P., John Baring, Esq. M. P., Five Protestant Denominations.--Con, George Philipps, Esq. M. P., W. W. WhitGREGATIONALISTS, most numerous, and more, Esq. M.P., Henry Warburton, contain 2,500 churches, and as many Esq. M. P., William Allen, Esq. M. P., ministers; they bave a Missionary Society, John Calerast, Esq. M P., Henry established at Boston, A. D. 1810, and Brougham, Esq. M. P., Sir Robert Wilson, Missionaries employed amongst the North M. P., Sir George Robinson, Bart. M. P., American Indians in Ceylon, Bombay, Nicholson Calvert, Esq. M. P., Charles Western Asia, and Sandwich Islands; Fysh Palmer, Esq. M.P., Maurice Fitzsubscriptions 30,000 dollars ; 74 Mission- gerald, Esq. M. P., George R. Phillips, aries, and a Missionary School, in Corn- Esq. M. P., and W. B. Baring, Esq. M. P. wall, Connecticut, with 14 students.- The Committee held a conference with PRESBYTERIANS, 772 congregations, 434 the above-named noblemen and geotleministers, and a Missionary Society, esta- men, as to the expediency of requesting blished in New York, in 1817, for the Lord John Russell to withdraw or proIndian tribes in the West; subscriptions ceed with his motion, for the Repeal of 33,000 dollars, Missionaries 150, in- the Corporation and Test Acts, which cluding wives and children, and servants, stands fixed for the 7th June next; aud, --EPISCOPALIANS, 238 churches, 225 cler- generally, as to be best means
to be gymen, and 5 bishops ; a Missionary So. adopted for promoting this object. ciety, established in Philadelphia, in 1820, A lengthened discussion having taken uoder the bishops; a seminary at New. place, and the Parliamentary friends havhaven, each student serves three years as ing withdrawn :--it was resolved uvania Missionary after leaving the seminary. mously, --METHODISTS, most numerous in the " That it is the opinion of all our ParSouthern States, their total about 300,000, liamentary friends, and of this Committee, but cannot ascertain how many congrega- tbut every effort should be made to obtain tions ; a Missionary Society, founded as many petitions as possible during the 1819, to supply distant settlements in present Session of Parliament, praying for North America, and also to Negro slaves the Repeal of the Corporation and Test and people of colour; revenue 10,000 Acts." dollars.--BAPTISTS, about 100,000, but Resolved, “ That the Secretary do imcannot ascertain the number of congrega- mediately write to the Ministers of London tions; a Missionary Society, established and country congregations, with a copy of 1814, at Philadelphia, labours in the Bur- the last resolution, and urging their imman einpire, Rangoon, Ava, Indian tribes mediate attention thereto." in the West, and Cherokees; College at A Special Meeting of the Deputies was Washington.--There are also some Mis appointed for Friday, 25th, to decide on sionaries from other Societies in North the subject, when it was resolved to refer America, under the English government, it to the fioal decision of the Coinmittee. viz. the Society for the Propagation of the A Meeting of the Committee was held Gospel in Foreign Parts, and the Mora- at the King's Head Tavern in the Poultry, vian Missionary Society.--Christian Ex- on Monday, the 28th day of May, 1827, uminer, Vol. i. page 534.
W. Smith, Esq. M. P. in the Chair, when PROCEEDINGS
it was resolved, MITTEE
“ 1. That the present state of public TEST AND CORPORATION ACTS.
affairs, the advanced period of the Session We had only time to announce in our
of Parliament, and other circumstances, last pomber the determination of the Com
render it advisable, in the opinion of this mittee, to postpone the application to
Committee, not to press the Repeal of the Parliament for the present Session, and Corporation and Test Acts during the prewe therefore now publish the resolution to
sent Session. that effect.
"2. That Lord John Russell be thereAt a Meeting of the Committee, beld fore respectfully requested to withdraw the at Brown's Hotel, in Palace Yard, West- notice of his motion for such Repeal now minster, on Tuesday, the 22d May, 1827, given, and that he be most earnestly enWilliam Smith, Esq. M. P. in the Chair; treated, at the same time, to state the this Meeting was honoured with the pre- fixed purpose of this Committee, at all sence of the following noblemen and gen
events, to renew the motion now posttlemen, (viz.)-Lord Holland, Lord King, poped at the very earliest opportunity in Lord Milton, Lord Ebrington, Lord Al
the next Session of Parliament; and, thorp, Lord Clifton, Lord James Stuart, should it not then succeed, to persevere in Lord Nugent, Lord John Russell ; George it with their utmost energy, from year to Byog, Esq. 'M.P., Alexander Dawson, year until it is finally carried. Esq. M.P., Jobn Wood, Esq. M.P.,
“ 3. That the Chairman and Mr. WayJ. B. Monck, Esq. M. P., John Easthope, mouth be requested to communicate these Esq. M. P., Jobo Smith, Esq. M. P., John resolutions to Lord Joba Russell and to
OF THE UNITED COM-
Mr. John Smith, and to convey to them have been able to show the impolicy and the warmest thanks of this Committee for injustice of continuing as a test of loyalty, the readiness with which they consented or of qualification for office, a sacred rite, to propose and second the motion now which, he feared, as such test, was often recommended to be postponed ; and that grossly perverted, -of making that a sign they be most respectfully and earnestly of division and disunion which ougłt to be entreated to continue their invaluable a sacred symbol of conciliation. He assistance to the cause of religious liberty, should have been able to show that in many and of the Protestant Dissenters in parti- other points of view, those laws were a cular, by renewing that motion in the next disgrace to our statute-books, and ought Session of Parliament.
therefore to be repealed. Since be had « 4. That the numerous Members of given notice of a motion on this subject, a Parliament, who have, under all the diffi- change of Government had taken place, culties of their situation, given this Com- which, it was unnecessary to add, had bemittee the strongest assurances of support, come the subject of much conversation in be requested to accept their most grateful public and private. This had produced a acknowledgments, accompanied by an considerable change in the intentions of earnest expression of their wishes and the great body of Protestant Dissenters. hopes that they will afford their powerful It was admitted on all bands, that the presupport to the measure in which the Com- sent Administration was more favourable mittee have thus pledged themselves to to the repeal of the Test and Corporation persevere.
Acts than any which had existed for the “ 5. That the foregoing resolutions be 37 years during which the subject had been published in the newspapers and the reli. allowed to rest ; but there were very many gious periodical journals.
amongst the Dissenting body who doubted “ 6. That the above resolutions be com- the propricty of urging that measure upon municated to the various Dissenting Mini. the present Government so soon after its sters in London and the country, with a formation, and who were therefore for dcrequest that they will not, on account of laying the discussion of the question until this postponement, delay forwarding peti- the next session. Others of that body tions to Parliament."
were, however, of a different opinion (and
in that opinion he concurred), and thought PARLIAMENTARY PROCEEDINGS.
the present the most favourable opporLord J. Russell said, that having to tunity for the discussion of the question present several petitions for a repeal of the of repeal. He however could not act of Test and Corporation Acts, he felt it ne- his own mere will, but felt it necessary to cessary to say a few words in explanation consult those who took a lead in the affairs of the unusnal course he was about to of the Protestant Dissenters, and amongst take with respect to the motion of which others, of his Hon. Friend the Member he had given notice on that subject. He for Norwich (Mr. W. Smith), who by had on all occasions voted for a repeal of common consent was admitted to be the the laws affecting the Roman Catholics. organ of that body. On consideration of He had done so on the broad ground of the question amongst themselves, it did general religious liberty. If on this prin- appear that the majority were in favour of ciple he had voted in favour of the Catho- postponing the discussion of the question lics, whose religion even at the present for the present, and a request was made day was mixed up by many of its profes- to him (Lord J. Russell) not to bring it sors with the most objectionable and slavish forward.' With that request he found it doctrines, he could not refuse to give his necessary to comply; for be felt that if he support to the removal of the laws affect- brought it forward against the opinion of ing the Protestant Dissenters, who had on tlie majority of those principally conall occasions proved themselves the steady cerned, he should have afforded a good friends of civil and religious liberty ; if he ground for some of its opponents to meet had voted in favour of the Catholics, who his motion with the “previous question." had in the course of the last century been · He was aware that by the course he was the active partisans of the House of Stuart, pursuing, he had placed himself in the he could not consistently refuse his vote uppleasant situation of one baving the apto those who had in every instance proved pearance of acting with a view to party. themselves the strenuous supporters of the interests; but he should be ashamed of House of Hanover. (Hear, hear.) Had he himself if, to avoid an imputation personal brought this question before the House, as to himselt, be consented to a course which it was his intention to have done, he trusted would be injurious to that cause of which he should have been able to make out a he was the conscientious advocate (Hear, good case to the House, to show why they hear.) In discharging a duty to those most should erase from the statute-book those interested, he could not iherefore bring laws which were the dregs of that penal forward the motion this session. It was, code which evinced the illiberal spirit of however, the intention of the whole body, the times that gave it birth. He should that the subject should be brougbt forward carly in the next session, and if then un- acted on the present occasion. The Dissuccessful, to be continued on from year to senters at large very naturally thought year. On this latter intention, he would not their interests were connected with those sayfurtber, than after so long a lapse, during of the state. It was true there were dif. which the question was not brought for- ferences of opinion amongst the body as ward, he could not think the wish to press to the question of bringing on their case it from year to year at all unfair." He in the present session, but the majority, would observe, with respect to the pe- in deciding for its postponement to the titions in favour of the repeal of the Test next session, hoped that by that time their and Corporation Acts, that on the present situation would be better known, that occasion they were numerous beyond pre- many of the prejudices against them would cedent. There was, however, a difference be removed, and that they would stand between some of the petitions from others. better with Parliament. The Hon. MemThey all concurred in praying for the re- ber then proceeded to show, that it was a peal of those acts, but some of them gross fallacy to suppose that the grievances prayed also for a repeal of religious dise of the Protestant Dissenters were only abilities of every kind. He had had to theoretical, and to contend that they were present many of that description, and from practical, and in many cases severely so. bis knowledge of the parties, he believed Was it not a practical grievance, that a that the most enlightened and intelligent Dissenter could not be a member of of that body viewed every kind of civil Oxford University without declaring his disabilities on account of religion amount- assent to the 39 Articles ?--that he could ing to persecution. Amongst the petitions not take his seat as a magistrate, without which he had now to present, was one the sacramental test, if any person chose signed by clergymen and other members of to insist on it? (and this was done in the church of England, calling themselves some counties, and might be done in all.) the friends of religious liberty, who stated He could mention a thousand other inthat they valued the repeal of those test stances, if he were disposed to go into the acts only as one step towards general re- question. He would not, however, tresligious liberty. There was also one petition pass longer on the House, as the question signed by the beads of a Roman Catholic was to be postponed. He trusted, howestablishment, by a Catholic baronet, and ever, that the justice of Parliament would by other highly respectable members of soon put an end to those practical disthat communion. They prayed for a re- abilities. peal of the Test and Corporation Acts. la Mr. J. Wood cxpressed himself favour. a letter which accompanied that petition, able to the Repeal of the Test and Corpoit was stated, that many were of opinion ration Acts, and contended that their exthat if the Dissenters were reliered, they istence were practical grievances to the would be found amongst the most bitter Dissenters. It was a practical grievance opponents of the Roman Catholics; but that many of that class, who were men of the letter added, that this would make no immense wealth, should be shut out from alteration in the prayer of the petitioners, all management or influence in the cor--that they would not be prevented from poration of Liverpool, as was the case for praying for a removal of the civil disabili- the last 50 years. ties of the Dissenters by any consideration General GASGOYNE hoped that the of wbat use they might afterwards make question would be brought forward early of their liberty. What he (Lord J. Rus- next session, though he could not see wby sell) was anxious to see, was a co-opera. it was not brought on at present. It tion of all parties to put an end to those would, he thought, be more satisfactory disgraceful acts. When they should have to the great body than the postponement. accomplished this,--that religion should That postponement was looked upon with no longer be considered a qualification for some suspicion--that it was a concession, office,--they would hare achieved a tri- not to public opinion, but to the opinion umph important not only to England but which was so strongly expressed by a right to the world in general. By such means hon. gentleman (Mr. Capning) on a they would strengthen the state, give stabi. former evening : and, indeed, he had heard lity to the church, and purify religion itself. that opinion quoted as a reason why the (Hear, heur.) He would now only add, question was postponed. From what fell ihat it was not his intention, for the rea- recently from an honourable member, it sons he had stated, to bring forward the appeared as if there was a kind of comquestions in the present session. He promise, and that the question of the Ca. would conclude by moving that the pe. tholics was not to be brought forward tition he beld in his hand be brought up. without that of the Dissenters. (Cries of
Mr. W. SMITH said, it would be unfair “No, no.") He should protest against of any parties connected with the Protes- any such course, as he felt that the man tant Dissenters, if they refused to thauk who took that course would be doing inthe Noble Lord for his general advocacy justice to the Dissenters. He did not imof their cause, and for the part he had putc apy intention of the kind to the