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and Liverpool; at Weymouth, Guernsey, and Jersey; and at Worcester—the Rev. Joseph Jowett, at Wakefield, Huddersfield, Manchester, Preston, Lancaster, Chester, Newcastle-under-Line, and Liverpool—the Rev. W. Marsh, as one of the representatives of the Society at the Anniversary of the Hibernian Auxiliary, just held in Dublinthe Rev. Thomas Mortimer, at Yeovil, Exeter and various Branches of the County Association, Plymouth-Dock, Weymouth, Taunton, and Wellington; at Staines and High Wycombe; at Ipswich, and the Branches of the Suffolk Association; and at Bromley—the Rev. S.C. E. Neville, at Bristol, Hereford, and Worcester—the Hon. and Rev. Gerard T. Noel, at Harrow, Staines, and Chatham ; and at Edinburgh and Carlisle; in which part of the Kingdom he is still actively engaged in promoting the interests of the Society — the Rev. Henry Palmer (recently appointed one of the Chaplains of Sierra Leone), at Bromley; and at Edinburgh, North Shields, Darlington, and Carlisle; in which quarter he also is now occupied with Mr. Noel-the Rev. James Scholefield, at Chester, Newcastle-under-Line, Worcester, Birmingham, Bewdley, Dudley, Yoxall, Derby and its vicinity, and Tamworth and some other places in Staffordshire- the Rev. Richard Waldo Sibthorp, at Cambridge and at Carlisle—the Rev. Charles Simeon, in Dublin, at the Anniversary of the Hibernian Auxiliary—the Rev. James Haldane Stewart, at Bath, Bristol, Hereford, Worcester, and Gloucester-and the Rev. Dr. Thorpe, at Chester and Liverpool; at Staines, Reading, and Henley-on-Thames; at Norwich; and at Chichester.
The Secretaries of the Hibernian Auxiliary, and other Members of that Society, have renewed their claims on the gratitude of the Institution. At Cork, in particular, the duty of attempting to convert the Heathen was urged with such force as to effect an entire revolution in the minds of many who attended the Anniversary Meeting in that city.
The Committee cannot enumerate the various friends, both of the Clergy and Laity, who render assistance in their respective neighbourhoods; but they beg to
return to all of them the cordial thanks of the Society. Some of these Gentlemen have attended Anniversaries at a considerable distance, and have thereby afforded very seasonable and important aid to the interests of the Society.
The Committee observe, with gratitude, that the Noble President of the Society, and other VicePatrons, with several of its Vice-Presidents and the Treasurer, assist at the Meetings held in their respective neighbourhoods. To Lord Calthorpe, in particular, they beg to convey their best acknowledgments for presiding, during the last year, at the Anniversary at Birmingham, and at those of the Counties of Norfolk and Suffolk.
The Committee cannot dismiss this subject, without apprising the Members of the obligation under which the Society lies to a Gentleman whom they should have had the pleasure to see among them on this occasion, had his engagements allowed. Sir Henry Blosset, proceeding as Chief Judge to Bengal, has had the kindness to assure the Committee, that he will lend every assistance in his power to the objects of the Society in India ; and has given the Society a pledge of his affection, in making himself, by a liberal contribution, a Governor for Life. Nor can the Committee allow another Gentleman, John Herbert Harington, Esq., to depart on his return to Bengal, where he has passed in the public service the greater part of his life, without assuring him, in the name of the Society, of their unfeigned thankfulness for the liberality and zeal which he has at all times manifested in promoting its objects, and the confidence which they entertain that he will continue to afford to the Society's concerns the benefit of his influence and counsels. While Adversaries will not be wanting to this great Cause, so long as men will listen to any other voice than that of Charity and Wisdom, your Committee rejoice in the more competent and authoritative testimony of Gentlemen, who, estimating Facts and Opinions by the only unerring standard, support from the heart that Cause which they know from long experience to be the only remedy for the evils against which it is directed :
and who, either at home continue to protect and advance that cause, as they have opportunity ; or openly avow their determination, on proceeding to the scenes of the Society's labours, to render it all practicable aid.
In gratitude for the efficient services rendered to the Society by the Rev. Robert Cox of Bridgenorth, the Rev. John Langley of Shrewsbury, and the Rev. Robert Herbert Nixon and the Rev. Joseph Henderson Singer of Dublin, the Committee have nominated those Gentlemen Honorary Governors for Life. To the list of Vice-Patrons they have now the pleasure to add the names of the Right Hon, the Earls of Roden and Gosford, the Right Hon, the l'iscounts Lorton and Powerscourt, and the Right Hon. the Earl of Rocksavage now called to the House of
Peers by the title of Baron Newburgh. Sir Thomas Dyke Acland, Bart, M.P., and William Evans, Esq. M.P., have been added to the list of Vice-Presidents,
The Committee cannot close this record of exertions by the Society's friends without adverting to the loss of some, who, while living, laboured zealously in promoting its interests,
The death of the late Rev. W. Richardson, of York, and the testimony of that venerable man in behalf of the Society, were adverted to in the last Report. The Memoir of his Life, which has since appeared, contains a very striking attestation to the benefits, both personal and ministerial, which he derived from becoming cordially interested in the cause of Missions*.
There is something so instructive in the narrative of Mr. Richardson's Revelings with reference to the Society, that the Committee will quote it, for the benefit of such as may not have duly appreciated the duty and the advantage of entering heartily into the cause of Missions.
The following passage occurs in the Memoir :
Iu mentioning Mr. Richardson's encouragement of Missions, truth requires it to be observed that he never could be prevailed upon to avow his approbafint of the public meetings and speeches, which are so serviceable in exciting and cherishing in the public mind an interest in Bible and Missionary InstifutionsHe was of TuK OLD SCnool, and disliked novelty; and he could hare wished to see the cause of Christ carried on with equal success, yet in a
de more consument to the quiet and retired habits of his former life. “ To lint up my role in the Assembly Room," he would observe, “is hateful to me." And when two Clengrmen, from the Metropolis, visited York, in 1817, to mitend on Bible and pfiksionary Annirersaries, he avowed to them his pre.
The mention of Mr. Richardson reminds the Committee of the public loss sustained, in the same quarter of the kingdom, by the decease, about two years before, of the late William Hey, Esq. of Leeds. The Life of this distinguished man, which has lately attracted and amply repaid the public attention, presents his support of the Society in a light which may serve as an example to others :
Mr. Hey was an early and zealous supporter of the Church Missionary Society: his earnest desire of the salvation of his fellow-creatures excited him to co-operate with various Socie
judices against what he considered the parade and display of Public Meetings, so bluntly and unceremoniously, that persons not acquainted with him might have supposed that he did not value the services of these advocates of the Cause, and was even disposed to chill the ardour of their zeal. But it is gra. tifying to remark, in his private minutes of that period, how gratefully he acknowledges the services of these good men, and the benefit which he and his people derived from their visit.
An extract from the “private minutes" referred to cannot fail to gratify the Members. A few weeks after the visit of the Society's friends, Mr. Richardson writes
Hitherto hath the Lord helped me, and brought me on my journey through life--showering down mercies upon me, when I deserved punishment--attend. ing to the voice of my supplications ; forgiving mine iniquity, transgression, and sin; blessing my ministrations, and crowning me with mercy and lovingkindness. During the last four weeks, I have experienced a time of refreshing from His presence; which seeins, in my seventy-third year, to have renewed the days of my youth, and to have made me young and lusty.
After mentioning the visit of the Society's friends as peculiarly refreshing to him, he adds
The ardour and strong interest with which they embark in the grand cause of Christ against Belial, made me ashamed of my own slothfulness and lan. guor, during the course of my long Ministry. I seemed to have been slum. bering upon my important post, as a watchman to the house of God in this place; and to have done nothing, compared with what I might and could have done, to serve him in the Gospel of His Son. The effect of this visit has been, I trust, good to myself and the flock committed to my charge. The duties of this and the last Lord's Day, both in the Minster and in my Parish Church where I preached, were evidently enlivening and useful to us. My dealings with hundreds of Young Persons, to prepare them for Confirmation, have been satisfactory, and I may not have bestowed labour in vain. I can yet rejoice in Christ Jesus, and bless God for shewing me light, which shines upon my path, and makes known to me my portion in the blessings of the Gospel Covenant. May the Lord the Spirit continue to guide me by his counsel, through life; and finally receive me to glory!
It has been observed by Mr. Richardson's most intimate friends, that, from the period when his heart became thus more warmly interested in the extension of Christ's Kingdom among the Heathen, his views and feelings were more habitually cheerful and happy, until, about four years afterward, he departed in peace, in the seventyseventh year of his age and the fifty-third of his Ministry.
ties, which had for their object the civilizing and evangelizing
At Cove, an Association has been established in
Ladies' Associations have been formed-at Guildford, in aid of the Guildford Association for Stamford-Hill, Newington, and Kingsland ; in aid of the North-East London-and at Gloucester, in aid of the Gloucestershire.
* Life of William Hey, Esq. F.R.S., by John Pearson, Esq. F.R.S. 8vo. London, 1822, pp. 193–195.