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sor, with the intervening height of Har. this room, on the right, is the pupils' row, and its beautiful spire, is one of the staircase, and beyond, westward, the five most extraordinary pictures of highly school-rooms. There are three for clas. cuitivated English scenery that can be sics, one for French, and one for writing; found.
it being considered more conducive to These advantages determined the health, comfort, and discipline, that each Committee in tbeir original purchase of master should bare his classes to himself. the property, and after encountering In the remainder of the building, at this great inconvenience from the imperfect end, is a play-room for the pupils in bad accommodation which the premises af weather, with a washing room attached, forded, they have recently erected upon to which they have constant access, and their own land the structure of which we a small room for the master who has the have given an elevation and ground plan. care of the boys when released from their
In this plan has been embodied the studies. The play-ground adjoining conesperience of the Committee upon the tains nearly an acre, is well drained, and necessities of a building for this highly has a gentle declivity towards the south. important object, together with all the To the left of the dining-hall are the information that their most anxious and school-library and the masters' sittingdiligent inquiries could obtain.
rooms; and on the other side of the pasThe south, or principal front, is shown sage are the housekeeper's apartments, in the Engraving; il presents to the storé-rooms, kitchen, and accommodasurrounding country a hexastyle portico tions for the servants, of Ionic columns, in pure Greek' taste. On the one-pair floor there are eight The north, or entrance front, towards dormitories for the boys, to contain from the road, has a pediment and entablature 14 to 18 single beds each, all ventilated of the same character, supported by Antæ in the best manner. Toeach two dormiof the same order.
tories are attached a washing-room, with The building forming the eastern wing the water laid on, and apartments with is the minister's house, the western the presses for each boy's clothes, hats, shoes, chapel ; neitber of these are yet erected; &c. A master's sleeping-room is placed the one will occupy the scite of the old in the midst of the boys' dormitories. house, and the chapel will be used for There are also provided two large rooms, some time to come,
in case of illness, one for the sick, and However important it may be to con. one for the convalescent; these, with the sult the respectability, in its external housekeeper's and servants' sleepingcharacter, of a public building of this rooms, are over the domestic apartimportance, it is upon the internal ar- ments, and the spare rooms and masters' rangements that the comfort and disci. sleeping-rooms are in the same end of pline, as well as the health of the school, the building to the south. depends, and it is therefore to this that The building is, to a certain extent, all decoration, whether external or inter- tire proof, the passages and staircases nal, has been made subservient.
being all of stone, which would secure a It has been the object of the Commit. safe retreat in case of accident. tee so to provide for the different parts Accommodation is provided for one of the establishment, as that each may hundred and twenty scholars. have access to its several apartments without interference with the others. It THE LONDON CONGREGATIONAL UNION. will thus be seen by the Plan, that the We are happy to inform our readers, western portion, both on the ground floor that a plan, wbich was originated at the and one pair, is appropriated to the Monthly Meetings for the Establishment pupils, with a staircase for their sole use. of a Union of Pastors and Churches in the The eastern portion, to the south, is set Metropolis, to promote the Interests of apart for the masters, their sitting rooms Religion, in connection with the Congreoti the ground floor, and sleeping-rooms gational Churches of London and its over them, having also a separate stair Environs, is now matured ; and at an case : this last portion, to the north, is early period we shall be able to present it occupied by the domestics, who have to our readers, with a list of the officers, their own passages and distinct staircase. &c. The following Address of the Mini
The enirance is from the north, or sters engaged in the Monthly Exercise to road front, into a vestibule which leads the Congregational Churches connected to a hall, 100 feet long, 20 wide, orna. with that Association has been circulated; . mented with a double row of lonio co but as we wish widely to diffuse the prins lumns; from each end of this hall is con. ciples it advocates, we insert it in our tinued a passage, 8 feet wide, which ex- columns, which we consider appropriately tends the whole length of the building. occupied with such documents. Immediately facing the entrance is the “Christian Brethren-The principles of dining-ball, 50 feet by 38 feet, and the Congregational church-government derive whole height of the building, Close to their primary value from their accordance
with the constitution of primitive churches, the promotion of evangelical religion, at as exhibited in the records of the New once meets with support; but, the adoption Testament. Their direct tendency to pre- of practicable measures for increasing and serve the purity of christian truth, and the strengihening the Churches of our own fuith simplicity of christian institution, might and order, by a zealous and affectionate cobe naturally presumed to result from that operation, has never yet been sufficiently accordance. At the same time, they are regarded as the immediate and imperative obviously distinguished by the practica- duty of the Churches of London and its bility of their application to all the di. vicinity. It is the object of this Address versitied circumstances of society, and the to direct the attention of the Congrefacility with which they can be every gational Body of the metropolis to this where brought into full operation. In important object. this respect they harmonize with the lead. The union proposed in the resolutions ing features of the christian economy accompanying this circular, is not designitself, and present an additional proof of ed to interfere with any cxisting Society, the universality of its adaptation to the which may have been established for the state and condition of mankind. The bis- “ Christian Instruction" of the lower tory of Congregational Churches furnishes" orders of the population, and which, froin a decisive illustration of the actual effi- its salutary combination of various parties, ciency of their principles. In proportion may thereby operate more efficiently in to the fidelity with which those principles accomplishing that specific object. It is have been regarded, the interests of " pure also not designed to interfere with any and undefiled religion” have been pro- benerolent exertion on the part of itimoted; and, under the divine benedic- nerating preachers, or Sabbath School tion, true prosperity has been secured, in teachers in the villages which surround the union, spirituality, and zeal of Chris. the metropolis; but, on the contrary, it tian Churches; while, on the other hand, may be found, in some instances, both to the neglect or violation of those prin- desirable and expedient to recommend ciples, may be traced the prevalence of prudent co-operation with such instidiscord, the declension of godliness, and tutions. Nor is it intended to establish the torpor of inactivity
a GENERAL Congregational Union, such as “ In the spirit of devout gratulation, was proposed many years ago, and was and not of unholy complacency, it may be not acted upon because of the suspicions asserted that no principles recognized by which it excited in various parts of the Christian Societies as the basis of their country, and because, by aiming at too constitution, have been so effective in pro. much, it effected nothing. Still less is it ducing a truly liberal, unsectarian, and designed to adopt any measures, which general co-operation, for the diffusion of may, directly or indirectly, interfere with evangelical religion, as those which cha- the rights and government of the separate racterize the Congregational Churches of Churches that may be incorporated in this our country. This remark particularly Association. The INDEPENDENCY of each applies to the Churches of the metropolis. church it most distinctly recognizes as an Locally connected with the great move. essential principle in the constitution of ments of the various, yet harmonious, the Union itself; and to guard against machinery by which the world is to be the possibility of misconception, or the subjected to the dominion of the TRUTH suspicion of its being a ministerial Union, AS IT IS IN Jesus, the ministers and ac- that might lead to synodical jurisdiction, tive members of such Churches have been it proposes that double the number of “ ready to every good work.” They are those who are not ministers, shall conemployed in all the institutions for the stitute the general body, to which the dissemination of the Gospel which admit Committee shall be responsible; that such of general co-operation, without any par. body itself shall be constituted by the row regards to the interest or extension of annual appointment of the respective their owu particular communion. This is Churches, and that no measures to be most commendable, and with such an en adopted by the Union shall respect the larged system of christian benevolence, interior regulation of the Churches themthere is no wish to occasion the slightest selves. Guarded by these provisions, interference. "If Christ le preached, which are distinctly stated to prevent therein we do rejoice, yea, and will re- misconstruction, the friends of this meajoice.'
sure recommend it on the following « But it cannot be denied, that amidst grounds. all this laudable and successful activity, “1. The number of Congregational the direct interests of that community, the Churches is greatly disproportioned to principles of which supply so much of the the immense population of the metrorigour and efficiency which mark their polis ;-and if the spirit of Christian general and extensive operations, are com- activity were called forth, or some plan paratively neglected and disregarded. Every of united and systematic exertion, they cause, however remotely connected with might be considerably augmented, 'with
ont any local interference with existing churches; it will excite a deeper and churches.
more systematic interest in the ministers " 2. There are many populous villages, and churches of the metropolis generally, and bamlets, surrounding the metropolis, by bringing under successive review, and where no churches of this order are to in all their minute and varied detail, the be found. Individual exertion is inade- different parts of the metropolitan dis. quate to their establishment, but a union trict which may demand the sympathy of churches and ministers would easily and exertion of the Union. It will conrender it practicable.
nect the various churches of our order or 3. li frequently happens, that from more closely together in friendly and the various fluctnations and changes that harmonious co-operation--strengthen the affect the resources of churches, useful bands of fellowship amongst ministers and ministers are compelled to abandon their churches-cause the richer and the poorer station, or, through inadequate provision churches to feel a more kind sympathy for carrying on the cause of iastruction towards each other-and present a pracand the worship of God, Societies are tical refutation of the charge too often often reduced to a state of great weakness brought against our system, that it sepaand inefficiency. The Congregational rates and insulates our respective societies, Union may interpose its timely aid, and instead of combining their forces into one strengthen the things that remain and mighty agency against the united powers are ready to die.
of darkness. Finally, such a union may « 4. In some cases, ministers may be bave most beneficial effects on the genecompelled to engage in the work of daily ral interest of the Congregational Body instruction in schools, who, if not thus through the kingdom, by presenting an occupied, might be usefully employed in example of practical and consistent comitinerating exertions and village preaching. bination, and thereby facilitating, still A small addition to their resources might more extensively, the provision of means render such secular engagements unne- and resources for the universal diffusion cessary, and thus increase and extend of truth and righteousness. their ministerial usefulness
“ Signed on behalf of the Meeting, " 5. Such a union as is now recom;
“ JAMES STRATTEN, Chairman. mended is precisely conformed to the
“ JOHN BLACKBURN, Secretary, principles on which many County Asso
pro tempore." ciations are formed in various parts of the kingdom, and which have been found
CONTROVERSY ON THE CLAIMS OF Deists. most beneficial in tbeir influence. Surely, On the 29th of November Mr. Hume tbe facilities for such intercourse and presented to the House of Commons a co-operation in the metropolis, where petition from an ex-clergyman of the name the population is so much more abundant, of Taylor, who has sunk so low in society and the resources so easily accessible, as to become the apostle of infidelity to ought to stimulate to the immediate the lower classes of the Metropolis, whom adoption of similar measures.
he secks to seduce, not by sound argu66. The Academical Institutions con ment, but by low buffoonery and vulgar nected with the London Congregational banter. This worthy took care to emChorches, will furnish obvious facilities body in his petition a full advertisement of for carrying some of the proposed objects his profane quackery, and closed it by of the union into effect; and provision praying that deists, in giving evidence in fo: Sabbath School operation might, in a court of justice, may be permitted to various ways, be rendered subservient to swear on the works of nature, rather than the same general object.
the Christian Scriptures. “ 7. This proposed union will derive In the course of the discussion on re. great and peculiar advantage from the long ceiving this document, two honourable continued existence and established ar. members (Mr. Batley and Sir E. Carringrangements of the Monthly Meetings. In ton) spoke in indignant terms of the pe. addition to the interest of such meetings, tition, which led Mr. W. Smith, the Memand the benefit derived from Christian ber for Norwich, and Chairman of the fellowship and social worship, it will con Dissenting Deputies, to censure their nect them with a system of ininisterial warmth, and to remark that he knew that and general co-operation for the spread an Atheist could not give any sanction to of the Redeemer's kingdom. In subordi an oath; but he believed a Deist could, nation to that great and paramount ob- and he had no hesitation in asserting, that ject, it will cause the principles of Con. the interests of justice would be much gregational Churches to be better under more likely to suffer from the oath of a stood, and more faithfully applied to the man who swore by the gospels, which he ioterests of the cause of Christ; it will did not believe, than from that of him who provide a direct channel for the distribu fairly stated tbat he denied the truth of the tion of Christian benevolence, on the part gospels, but at the same time firmly acof the more opulent members of our knowledged the existence of a God.
On this being reported by The Times, the NORTHAMPTONSHIRE ASSOCIATION. Rev. J. Ivimey addressed a letter to the On Thursday, Sept. 21, 1826, was held editor of that journal, showing that the the half-yearly meeting of the Northampinfidel preacher and his andience cannot tonshire Association of Independent Mibe under the protection of the Toleration nisters and Churches at Yelvertoft. On Act, and concluded by expressing his regret which occasion the Kev. B. L. Edwards, of that a gentleman supposed to be the repre- Northampton, preached in the morning. sentative of Dissenters, " should have In the afternoon, the business of the Assospoken in extenuating terms of the moral ciation was transacted in the meetingnature of Deism."-" Whatever, (said Mr. house, Richard Franeis, Esq. of ChurchI.) may be the opinion of Mr. W. Smith, over, in the Chair; the Reports of Proviand of that denomination of Protestant dent and Missionary Funds were then Dissenters with whom he is more imme. attended to, and various resolutions were diately connected, I venture to assert that adopted, and animated addresses delivered such is not the sentiment of the far larger by the ministers and otbers present on the part of the Dissenting community."
occasion, which was numerously attended. To this Mr. Smith chose to reply in the In the evening the Rev. William Gear, of same journal of the 5th December, in Market Harborongb, preached. which letter he explains the sentiment he
ORDINATION. uttered, and expresses himself “ anxious On Wednesday, Nov. 22, the Rev. Edonly wholly to exempt that class of mund Russ, late a student in the Academy offences from human" jurisdiction, in at Hackney, was ordained over the newlywhich I should have hoped and believed formed church at Gorleston, Suffolk. The myself indeed the universal representative Rev. Mr. Dennant, of Halesworth, read of the English Dissenters.” Mr. Ivimey the Scriptures and prayed ; the Rer. Mr. bas howerer followed this up by publishing Hickman, of Denton, delivered the intro: “ a letter to Henry Waymouth, Esq. De- ductory discourse, and asked the usual puty Chairman of the Deputies appointed questions; the Rev. Mr. Ritchie, of Wrento protect the civil rights of the Protestant tham, prayed the ordination prayer; the Dissenters," on a subject of vital interest Rev. Mr. Sloper, of Beccles, addressed the to the reputation of the Dissenting como minister ; the Rev. Mr. Innes, of Normunity, containing remarks upon “ the wich, addressed the church ; and the Rev. attempted exculpatory letter of W. Smith, Mr. Fisher, of Hartwell, prayed. May the Esq. M. P.” This letter, a copy of which blessing of the God of Zion rest on this has been sent to every Deputy, concludes infant cause ! by asking this plain question, “ Shalla
REMOVALS. gentleman, who, in his place in the House of The Rev. Robert M'AI), M. A., late of Commons, appeared as the apologist of a noto- Macclesfield, has accepted a call of the rions infidel, be continued the Chairman of a Church at Mosley Street, Manchester, to Society which represents the general body of undertake the pastoral office, vacant by rethe Protestant Dissenters in London ?" As signation, and will enter upon his new the Annual Meeting is very near, an an. labours the first Lord's day of this month. swer will soon be given, which we shall The Rev. W. Wild, late of Chalford, has report to our readers in our next number. removed to Gainsborough, Lincolnshire.
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS AND MINOR CORRESPONDENCE.
Favours bave been received since our last from the Rer. T. James-- G. Burder-C.
Mustoy – J. Turnbull-G. Betts-J. H. Cox-J. Gawthorn -- R. Ashton-R. H. Shepherd-G. Redford -- W. Chaplin-R. Halley-A. Wells-W. Harris, LL.D.
T. W. Junkin-S. Thodey-_J. P. Smith, D. D.-E. Darling--C. N. Davies.-
-G. P. B.-B.
We bad prepared a short notice of Beta's book before we received his note, which contains imputations that are not worthy of refutation. There is not a Review issues from the press more independent of private interests than our own.
We shall attend to the suggestions of several respected Correspondents, and give a List of Lectures, &c. on our Cover next month, we could not prepare one in time for the present number,
MEMOIR OF THE REV. JOHN COOKE, LATE PASTOR OF THE INDEPENDENT CHURCH AT MAIDENHEAD, BERKSHIRE.
(Concluded from page 7.)
The mysterious and wise arrange- pressive and sententious style in ments of Providence have often which he generally preached and been singularly illustrated in the wrote. . preparation of young ministers for
" extensive usefulness in after life,
But there is forgiveness with thee.'
me, What soul do I hear pronouncing these by severe trials and fiery tempta- words? Is it one of ibe heavenly host tions in their early days. Not 'chaunting it forth as the most delightful only has such a course of suffering theme? Or is it one of the fallen angels enhanced their estimate, and en- er
encouraged by a ray of bope? Or a just
person on earth, who never went astray larged their apprehension of the
from God, since his conversion, by any grace of Christ, but it has afforded enormous backslidings ? No: tell it not an insight into human nature, and in Gath, publish it not in the streets of
- Askelon tis David
David ! tbe a koowledge of Satan's devices,
. man alter. God's own heart ! the sweet which could not otherwise bave
otherwise nave singer of Israel!-Who is thus talking been acquired. One of the most with such anxiety of inind about forgiveimportant and useful qualifications Dess! "Tis a MURDERER, who felt the of the christian pastor is so to be guilt of blood upon his miserable con
science! "Tis an ADULTERER, who feels able to comfort others with the the defilement of the horrid act! 'Tis eomfort wherewith he himself one who lay pear, or quite twelve months has been comforted of Christ in sin, after the sweetest communion with Jesue” Mr Cooke's' woefulness God ! Astonishing ! such a man coder
the pleasing view of forgiveness! If a may be traced to his painful course,
u to ais påmus course murderer, hear the word of the Lord'of spiritual training, by which he He that sheds man's blood, by man shall acquired such a knowledge of his his blood be shed.'-Surely, then,'his own heart, as gave him a master- hope is false ; damnation, and not for
giveness, is his fate. An adulterer ! Thus key to the hearts of others, and
saith the Lord, Cursed is he that lieth by which he could speak experi- with his neighbour's wife.' He, therefore, mentally to almost every case must be cursed, and not forgiven. And so which he had to discuss in the
must I, says the trembling criminal, if the
Judge should mark iniquity, and give me pulpit, or treat in private. Many
the desert of my sin, and the threatenings of his papers record the deep an of his law. But hear it, O) ye despairing guish of his spirit under the vin sinners! sound it forth, o ye glorified vid perception of the holiness of saints ! join them, O ye heavcoly angels,
and rejoice in it, O my guilty and forGod, and a consciousness of his
saken soul, that there is forgiveness, FORown guilt and helplessness as a giveness with God, an offended and insinner. The following extract from jured, a just aud awful God! Not there his Diary, dated in the year 1785. was, but there is forgiveness with God,
though not with man. will illustrate his skill in exhibit
“O my God, could such a murderer, ing the truths of the Gospel, and such a defiled adulterer, find forgiveness show, at the same time, the im- of such awful crimes, against such know
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