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« The storm came on in the most sudden vered a lively interest in the proceedings. manner, and in the course of a very short It is a subject of the greatest thankfulness period swept upwards of thirty souls (fisher to God, that this Society has been enabled men and pilots) into eternity! nineteen of to do much in exciting a spirit of zeal in the whom have left widows and sixty children neighbouring villages, and has rendered its to deplore their loss, and are totally de- welcome assistance to those benevolent inprived of every means of supporting them- dividuals, who were disposed to teach others selves, having lost their property, as well as to read the blessed records of eternal life. their friends! The loss of their boats and The following statement of its numbers at nets is estimated to be upwards of 12001. three different periods, will shew its gradual A public subscription has been set on foot, in increase: order to supply, if possible, a part of their 1817,12 schools, 1040 children, 150 teachers. melancholy loss. The boats were so near, 1819, 18 1364 that the people on the shore heard distinctly, 1821, 28. 2297 - 320 . amidst the rattling tempest, the agonizing
R. Foster, jun. Esq. was re-elected Treashrieks of affrighted and expiring nature.
surer, and Messrs. S. Gallyon and G. Paul, Many beheld their nearest and dearest rela Secretaries. In the evening, the Rev. Mr. tives contending with the raging billows, but Crisp, Tutor of the Theological Seminary at were incapable of rendering them assistance; Bristol, preached an impressive sermon upon and saw these proud waves' quickly gain the occasion, Psalm cxviii. 23. “ O Lord, the contest, and plunge them to the bottom I beseech thee, send now prosperity." of the deep
July 30 and 31, a new Independent “ One poor mother saw her only remain- Chapel was opened at Rhydri, in Glamoring son sink near to the same spot where, ganshire. On Monday afternoon, the 30th, but a few years ago, her beloved husband
the service was commenced by Mr. Jones, and another son were torn from her, and
of Lanharan ; Mr. Davies, of Swansea, hurried to the bar of God! Jehovah is, in- preached from Gen. xxviii. 17; and Mr. Mordeed, terrible in majesty! He makes bare
ris of Tredegar, Zech. viii. 23. Tuesday his arm, and scatters his mighty terrors
morning, Mr. Bynon of Llangynwyd, introabroad. The wind and the sea confess his
duced the service; Mr. Lewis of Aber, power, and execute his deep designs. 0, preached from Isaiah lvii. 15; Mr. Lewis that this affecting and mysterious Providence
of Newport, johin xviii. 38; and Mr. Jones, may be seriously and wisely regarded ! Surely Pontypool, Ex. xx. 24. In the afternoon, it calls loudly for renewed exertions among
Mr. Davies, Cymar, introduced; Mr. Wilthe sailors in particular."
liams, Tynycoed, preached from Ps. cxliv. 3;
and Mr. Jones, Bridgend, Isaiah liv. 10, PROVINCIAL.
In the evening, Mr. Harrison of Aberdare,
prayed; M:. Jones of Lanh.nan, preached ORDINATIONS, CHAPELS, &C. from Luke xix. 41, 42; and Mr. Evans, July 26, Rev. J. Elborough, late student Mynyddbach, Gen. xix. 17. of Hoxton Academy, was set apart over the Some years ago, the inhabitants of the Independent Church, Thetford, Norfolk. parish of Rhydri possessed but very few Mr. Alexander, of Norwich, commenced the religious privileges, not having a place of service; Mr. Hull, of Norwich, delivered worship within a convenient distance. A the introductory discourse; Mr. Ward, of sew of the members of the church at WhiteStowmarket, proposed the usual questions, cross, about five miles from Rhydri, then and offered the ordination-prayer ; Mr. Ray, residing in that parish and its vicinity, of Sudbury, gave the charge from 2 Tim. ii. rented a small cottage as a place of worship; 15; Mr. Dewhirst, of Bury St. Edniund's, prayer meetings, &c. were held every week. preached to the people from 2 Cor. i. 12; The minister of White-cross preached to them Mr. Garthwaite, of Wattisfield, concluded. once every month, and occasionally other In the evening, Mr. Alexander preached. ministers. But in a short time, some of those
Cambridgeshire Sunduy School Union.- members being moved to a distance, and The Fifth Annual Meeting of this Society was others called into the world of spirits, their held at the Meeting-house in Green-street, number was so much reduced, that those Cambridge, July 27. R. Foster, jun. Esq. who were left thought of giving up the cot(the Treasurer) in the Chair. The Report tage to the owner. Among them, however, was read by the Rev. S. Thodey, and the was an active, zealous, and indefatigable old Resolutions were proposed and seconded by man, who could not be prevailed upon to the different ministers and gentlemen pre, relinquish the cause, but laboured diligently sent. Though the weather was unfavour- for years, though with little prospect of suce able, the friends of the Society from a dis, More than once has he been known tance made a point of attending, and discos
to have gone, when only himself and one
other pious old christian attended; and fre- of Swansea) ; Mr. Noyes concluded the quently, when he was the only person who service with prayer. Two discourses were could engage in prayer. But so exemplary again deliveredi n the afternoon by the Rev. was his conduct, that he was highly respect- Mr. Watkin Williams, of Trewen, and Mr. ed by his neighbours ; who would
« So Luke. The devotional part of the service long as is able to go to meeting, we was conducted by Messrs. Noyes, Jones, and
go there too." The old pilgrim, thus Griffiths. persevering, assisted by a few brethren, their August 22 and 23, the old Dissenting Pastor, and the worthy inhabitants, they Chapel (Ynysgou) in the town of Merthyrwere enabled to keep open the cottage for Tydfil, after having undergone a thorough religious worship, until the desponding pe- repair, was re-opened for divine worship. riod was over. At length their hearers be- On Wednesday evening, Mr. Griffiths, of came very numerous, and it was deemed Newport, commenced the service ; Messrs. necessary that a chapel should be erected. James, Cardiff; Jones, Maesyronen (English;) When this intention was made known to the and Jones, Llanharan, preached. On Thursinhabitants, they evinced the utmost readi- day morning, at 7 o'clock, Mr. Price, Treness to contribute to the building. Accord- degar, began; and Mr. C. Morris, student, ingly the chapel was erected, which will con- Carmarthen, preached. At 10, Mr. Evans, tain about 500 persons; half the expense Nantyglo, prayed; and Messrs. Williams, has been already paid, and it is fully ex- Llanwrtyd; Jones, Pontypool (English ;) and pected that the remainder will soon be dis- Griffiths, Glandwr, preached. At three, Mr. charged. The state of religion in this vici. Morris, Tredegar, prayed; and Messrs. nity, now presents a very pleasing aspect. Bowen, Neath (English;) and Lewis, preachMay this narration prove an additional en- ed. At 6, Mr. Howel, Baran, prayed and couragement to professing christians, not to preached; and Mr. Hughes, White-cross, be weary in well doing.
preached. The congregations were numeAugust 1, the Rev. R. Robinson, late stu- rous, respectable, and attentive. dent at Blackburn Academy, was ordained August 24th, the foundation-stone of anoto the pastoral charge of the Independent ther chapel, to be erected at Park Mill, in Church at Cratfield, Suffolk. Mr. Haward, Gower, and to be called Mount Pisgah, was of Rendham, began with prayer and reading; laid by Master Wellman, of Poundsford Park, Mr. Ward, of Stowmarket, delivered the in- Somerset; after which, his venerable and introductory discourse, and asked the ques- pious grandmother, the Right Hon. Baroness tions, &c.; Mr. Dennant, of Halesworth, of- Barham, offered up a fervent prayer in the fered the ordination-prayer; Mr. Fletcher, presence of a numerous congregation. The from Blackburn, gave the charge; Mr. Dew- Rev. J. Lewis preached from Ps. lxxxvii. 5; hirst, of Bury St. Edmund's, addressed the Messrs. Hammerton, Noyes, and Griffiths, people ; Mr. Hickman, from Denton, con- engaged in the other parts of the service. cluded the service with prayer; Mr. Fletcher This Chapel, when completed, will be the preached in the evening.
sixth place of worship, for which the inhaAug. 8, Rev. T. Williams Jepkyn, late bitants of Gower are indebted to the Right of Old College, Homerton, was set apart to
Hon. Barcness. the pastoral charge over the Church meet- August 30, at Bridge Street Chapel, Bris ing in Noble Street, Wem, Shropshire. Mr. tol, the Rev. Herbert Herbert, late Student Weaver opened the service with reading the of Lanfyllin, was set apart to the pastoral Scriptures; Mr. Kidd, of Whitchurch, en- office over the Welsh Congregational Church gaged in prayer; Dr. Lewes, President of usually meeting at Bakers' Hall. The serthe North Wales Academy, described the vice commenced a quarter before six, Mr. nature of a church from Acts xiv. 23. and W. Thorn, of Penrith prayed ; Dr. Ryland asked the usual questions; Mr. Francis, of delivered the introductory discourse ; Mr. Ludlow, offered up the ordination-prayer; D. Davies, Penywain, asked the questions, and Dr. Winter (Mr. Jo's pastor) gave a very
received the confession of faith, both in solemn and affectionate charge from 1 Tim. iv. English and Welsh; Mr. Percy, of War16.; and Mr. Walford, Classical Tutor at wick offered up the ordination-prayer. Mr. Homerton College, addressed the people Thorp delivered an excellent charge to the from I Cor. xvi. 16.
Minister, and Mr. G. Hughes, of Whitecross, August 22, a small neat chapel, capable of to the people. The congregation was numeholding about 500 persons, was opened at rous, and the solemnities of the evening Pilton Green, in the Peninsula of Gower, highly interesting. Glamorganshire. The service commenced Sept. 4, the Rev. J. S. Watson, late of in the usual way, by the Rev. Mr. Ham- Oat Hall, was ordained Pastor of the newly
After which, two discourses were formed Congregational Church worshipping delivered by Mr. Jenkin Lewis, of New- in London Street, Reading. Mr. J. H. Hinport, Monmouthshire; and Mr. Luke (late ton, of Reading, commenced the service with
prayer; Mr. J. Sherman, of Reading, Sandbach, proposed the usual questions, and offered the general prayer; Dr. Collyer, received Mr. R.'s confession of faith ; Mr. of Peckham, explained the nature of a Wilson, of Northwich, offered up the ordiGospel Church ; Mr. C. Hyatt, of Lon- nation-prayer; Mr. Turner, of Knutsford, don, proposed the usual questions, &c.; gave the charge, from Matt. X. 16.; and Mr. Mr. Walker, of Peppard, offered up the Bradley, of Manchester, preached to the
ordination-prayer; Mr. G. Evans, of Lon- people from 1 Cor. ii. 7.1 don, gave the charge from John xiii. 17; Cheshire Union.—The half-yearly meeting Dr. Collyer preached to the people from of the Cheshire Union was held at Sanda 1 Thes. ií. 1; and Mr. Newbury, of Brack- bach on the first Wednesday and Thursday nell, closed the service with prayer. In in September. On the Wednesday evening the evening Mr. Lear (Wesleyan Minister) a sermon was preached by Mr. Harris
, of commenced with prayer; Mr. C. Hyatt, Macclesfield, from Matt. xvi. 18. On the preached on Brotherly Love ; Mr G. Law- Thursday morning, at seven o'clock, a serrie, of Readinę, closed with prayer. The mon was preached by Mr. Kidd, of WhitChapel in London Street not being large church, from John xv. 26. The ministers enough, the use of the Wesleyan place of and delegates from the several churches in worship was kindly granted for the occasion. the county met at ten in the forenoon, to
Same day, the foundation-stone of a new transact the business of the Union. Several Chapel was laid in Southwood Lane, High- interesting communications were read from gate, for the use of the church and congre- the itinerants and others, relating to the gation under the pastoral care of the Rev. progress of the Gospel in the county, and John Thomas. A large concourse of people particularly in the districts
, to which the atwere assembled, when prayer was offered up
tention of the Union has been directed, in by the Rev. E. J. Jones; Dr. Harris gave a several of which much good has been done, -suitable address, and the Rev. John Yock- and present appearances are considered to be
ney concluded in prayer. The Rev. B. very encouraging. Various Resolutions were Rayson preached in the evening.
passed, and sums voted, from the funds of Sept. 5, the Rev. G. Nettleship, late of the Union, for the support of itinerant Rotherham College, was publicly set apart preaching in the different parts of the county: to the work of the Ministry over the Inde- In the evening another sermon was preached pendent Church and Congregation at South by Mr. Ashton, of Stockport, from Ex. XXXVII. Cave. A sermon was preached on Tuesday 23. and the interesting services of the meet
: evening; a special prayer meeting at seven
ing were closed with the administration of on Wednesday morning. At half-past ten
the Lord's Supper. The next meeting will o'clock the service commenced in the usual
be held at Northwich' on the Wednesday way by Mr. Sykes, of Hornsey ; Mr. Cur- and Thursday after the first Sabbath in wen, of Cottingham, delivered the introduc- April 1822. tory discourse, and received the confession of faith ; Mr. D. Williams, of Swanland,
NOTICES. implored the divine blessing; and Mr. Gil- The next half yearly meeting of the new bert, of Hull, delivered an animated and Independent Association for the southem impressive charge from Malachi ii. 5, 6, 7.
parts of Lincolnshire and the Isle of Ely,will In the evening, Mr. Wm. Greenwood, of be held, D.V. at the Rev. W. Everett's meet Walton, addressed the church and congre- ing-house, Whittlesea, on Wed. Nox. 7, gation from 1 Cor. xvi. 10.; the devotional when two sermons will be preached; by parts of the service were conducted by Mr. Chappel, of Yaxley, in the morning Messrs. Watkinson, Hutton, Flocker, Rust, and by Mr. Holmes, of Wisbeach, in the and Smith: after which the ordinance of evening. the Lord's Supper was administered, when The Autumnal Meeting of the Herts the Rev. D. Williams presided. Through Union will be held at Mr. Sloper's Chapels the divine blessing, the cause of Christ at South Cave has much revived during the Sermons are expected to be preached, one
Hitchin, on Thursday Nov. 8, when we last year, and the hope of future prosperity in the afternoon by Mr. Morell, Tutor of is encouraging.
Wymondly College; and the other in the Sept. 5th, the Rev. John Robinson, late evening by Mr. Hillyard, of Bedford. of Rotherham Independent College, was or. Highland Library. - The Rev. Joha dained pastor of the church of Christ meet. Brown, of Whitburn, lately received two ing at Queen Street Chapel, Middlewich, handsome donations of religious books, to Cheshire. Mr. Kidd, of Whitchurch, in- assist the Libraries now fitting up in the troduced the service with reading and prayer; Highlands, and Islands of Scotland ; these Mr. Harris, of Macclesfield, delivered the were sent by two respectable Booksellers in introductory discourse; Mr. Silvester, of London.
is preached unto idolaters, every week. Let
the Christian who knows the good effects of CALCUTTA.
the circulation of Tracts, view the nature Letter from Mr. Keith one of the Missionaries
and number of those printed by the Bengal at Calcutta, dated 20th April 1821. Auxiliary Society-their nature will be learnt REV. AND DEAR SIR,
by a perusal of the different Tracts which
have been published, and their number up It is just five years to day since I embarked on board the Moira with my colleague
to the present date is about 90,000! An in
stance of their usefulness will be seen in reMr. Townley, destined for this city, where
ferring to the Third Report of the Society. we arrived in September 1816. Here we have been enabled to preach the glorious
Another came to my knowledge last WedGospel of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ
nesday, I called at Mr. Trawin's to see to our fellow creatures every week, not only
Mr. Townley, who had just come down from without interruption, but, I trust, with some
Chinsurah to preach that evening at the degree of success. We have not had that
opening of Union Chapel; he told us that he
had an interview with a young man, a Roman out-pouring of the Spirit on our English
Catholic, lately at Chinsurah, who had re. congregation which we could have wished ;,
ceived a Bible from Mr. May, about four but yet the Lord has not left us to labour in vain, for there are some in the congregation
years ago, which he read; and he also men
tions that he had read all our Bengalee whose eyes the Lord has opened, and they
Tracts, and that they had been very useful can say “one thing we know, that whereas we were blind, now we see."
to him. He specified the Dialogue between
the Malee and Durwan, and the Voyage from The English congregation not only assist us with their substance but with their prayers;
England to India --another dialogue. If and a few have come forward to labour in
nothing more were done by all the Tracts,
these instances would be sufficient to repay the Lord's vineyard. Two have given them. selves wholly to the work; two others, who
all the labour and money that have been retain their situations, employ their respec
spent on publishing the total number; but no tive talents in making the Saviour known,
one who is acquainted with the way in which
the Lord works, will conclude that this is the one of them in Bengalee, and the other in English, on sabbath, and through the week
only good that has been done by these silent when business permits. In the English con
messengers of peace. gregation many distributors of Tracts in the native languages are also to be found. Thus
Opening of the New Chapel in Calcutta, our English preaching turns out to the Union Chapel being so far completed furtherance of our Mission in this great and
as to admit divine service to be held populous city. The increase of vital god- within its walls, was opened for that liness among Europeans will have its influ- purpose on Wednesday the 18th inst. at ence on the minds of the native population ; half past seven in the evening; and aland we may expect the natives will feel though the night turned out bad, it was the force of divine truth and the absurdity full, and the congregation evinced their apof their own system the more, as the doc- probation of its erection by a liberal collectrine of the Gospel is reduced to practice tion, at the close of the service, of between by those who profess it. Isado
12 and 1300 rupees, or about £ 150. This - When these things, in connexion with is a large sum, when it is considered that it the establishment of the Bengal Auxiliary is only a few months since I went round and Missionary Society, and the erection of collected between 5 and 6,000 rupees for the Union Chapel, are considered, it will be seen building fund. that the London Missionary Society have not
" The Rev. J. Lawson commenced the sera spent their time and money in vain on the vice by giving out a hymn ; the Rev. E. Mission to Calcutta. Let the pious mind Cary offered up the introductory prayer. dwell for a little on the idea of three Mr. Townley preached from Zech. iv. 7, native places of Worship, in which the Gospel “ He shall bring forth the headstone;" &c, xxix,
as far as
Here is a house erected for God, 70 by in the service; but the mighty power of 52 feet; constructed so as to admit of a gal- God is necessary to effect the great work on lery, if it be wanted. About 30,000 rupees or
which all our hearts are set. the sum of £3,750 has been raised here for its erection ; and among those who have given of
SOUTH TRAVANCORE. their substance,are there not somewho will pray that it may be the birth place of many souls ?
Extract of a Letter from Mr. Mead, one of Yes, certainly, there will some be found; and the Missionaries, to the Rev. Mr. Lewis,
be hoped that some of the deluded Islington. votaries of superstition shall “ there begin
Nagurcoil, 26th Feb. 1821. their lives a-new ;” and be raised up to pro- This Mission is situated in a country where claim within its walls the glurious Gospel of idolatry is supported at an immense expense
, the blessed Jesus when we are no more. and with enthusiastic folly. The whole
Thus, dear Sir, I have given you a brief country was formerly made over to the false view of what we have been enabled to do idol of their worship ; and then, every inch since the day we embarked for India. What of ground we now tread upon was devoted cause for gratitude and thankfulness, that to the Brahmins and their deities. A vast thus we have been spared and enabled to go change in the aspect of the country has forward in our work, notwithstanding all our taken place since 1807, when Mr. R— short comings!
first arrived in Travancore. We have much reason to be thankful for the tolerant spirit of the native government, and the protect
ing shield of the British name. The higher Extract of a Letter from Mr. Fyvie, orders of natives are the most depraved and Surat, to Mr. Langton, dated 12th Feb.
abandoned part of the community; a the 1821.
poor have the Gospel preached unto them." We have an amazingly large field in Surat, Upwards of 5,000 have renounced heathenism, and I may say, that it is becoming increasingly and no longer offer sacrifice to devils, as they interesting. Our time is very much taken formerly did. They are all enjoying the up in the translation, and must necessarily blessing of Christian instruction, continue so for some years, until the Scrip- we are able to attend to their requests for tures are finished.
Schoolmasters or Catechists. We are con: We make a point of spending some part stantly visiting them, and preaching the of every day (generally the evening, amongst Gospel to them, and rendering them every the natives in the city and suburbs, or in other assistance in our power. To us they the villages around. About a month ago I refer for counsel and advice in every diffipaid my first visit to the villages of Sunnia, culty, and to us they apply for redress under about nine miles to the eastward of Surat.
every grievance. The burthen is vastly too I arrived there about five o'clock, and was great, and we are sometimes ready to faint
. conducted to a seat made of mud and cow- Hitherto, however, strength has been equal dung, such as are generally to be found at to our day. the doors of Hindoo houses. Here I sat
The past year has been marked with seuntil about 10 o'clock, reading and distri- veral auspicious circumstances. The arrival buting Tracts, and speaking the word of the ' of another fellow-labourer ; the increase of Lord to the people. The moon shone de- our schools and congregations ; the erection lightfully, and I believe the greater part of of several new places of worship ; greater every description of persons in the village, attendance on the Sabbath ; evident increase came out to visit me in the course of the
in knowledge; and a spirit of liberality acevening, and expressed themselves much cording to the ability of the people are pleased with what they saw and heard. I amongst our encouragements to go forward. spent the greater part of the next day amongst them, and returned to Surat in the
New Station at Quilon. evening, much gratified with my visit, and After much deliberation, we liave resolved earnestly praying that God would pour out to commence a (Malayalim) branch of the his Spirit on these poor villagers. This is Mission at Quilon. The importance of the the blessing needed in India! O that British station was felt to be so great, that we were Christians may give the Lord no rest, until 'all equally willing to go; but brother Smith he pour out his Spirit, as water on the
was at length fixed upon, as the most proper thirsty, and floods upon the dry ground ! person to make the trial. We wish to have
In this manner I visit the villages about à chain of schools on the high road, at the Surat, of which the number is very great principal stations from Arambooly (entrance I experience much kindness from the people, of Travancore) to Quilon, the head-quarters and can truly say that I find great pleasure of the troops, and the principal abode of the