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increase of its income during the past year, and the cordial unanimity of the meeting, rendered it highly agreeable.
It was also resolved to establish a fund for the support of aged and infirm ministers in this district ; in aid of which the several churches are recommended to appropriate the first sacramental collection in each year. It is also hoped that this fund will be remembered by the wealthier members of our churches in their bequests.
N. B. Any donation of books towards the formation of a Library for the benefit of the Students in the Theological Institution, will be gratefully received by either of the Secretaries of the Association--the Rev. G. Croft, Pickering, and Rev. W. Blackburn, Whitby.
ROTII ERHAM COLLEGE, YORKSHIRE. The annual meeting of the subscribers and friends of this College was held in the library, on Wednesday, June 28th. The Rev. W. Eccles, of Hopton, in the chair. A report of the state and prospects of the Institution was read by the President, the Rev. W. H. Stowell; and the Rev. Walter Scott, President of Airedale College, as Chairman of the examining Committee, reported that the greater part of Tuesday, and a portion of Wednesday morning, had been occupied in a minute and careful examination of the students, in Cæsar, Virgil, Cicero, and Homer; in the Hebrew Scriptures and the Syriac New Testament; that in Theology the examination was very protracted, and a great variety of questions were proposed by the Committee, most of which the students answered with promptitude and correctness, and in such a way as proved that they understood the several subjects to which their attention has been directed, and had profited by the valuable lectures of their tutor; that in one class three essays on Mental Philosophy were read; that the Committee had great pleasure in being able to state, most conscientiously, their full conviction that both tutors and students had discharged their duty in the last session, and that they congratulated the friends of the College on its present state and future prospects. Discourses were read by the senior students, Mr. Adin, on the Doctrine of the Trinity, and Mr. Vaughan, on Justification; after which, a most interesting address was delivered to the students by the Rev. W. Scott. The resolutions relating to the business of the College were ably moved and supported by the Rev. T. Dixon, T. Stratten, J. Parsons, J. Barber, J. Roome, M. Docker, S. McAll, J. A. Miller, W. Scott, G. Waterhouse, T. Smith, and Messrs. J. Montgomery, Cooper, Wilson, &c. The annual sermon, on behalf of the College, was preached in Masbro' Chapel, on Sunday morning, by the Rev. J. Bennett, D.D. when the collection for its funds amounted to £30. It was the unanimous feeling of the meeting, that at no former period was the state of the College more satisfactory than at the present time. The harmonious character of the meeting, supported by no ordinary degree of religious feeling, was highly gratifying to all whose privilege it was to be present on this occasion. The Rev. Thomas Smith, in the course of his address, stated the interesting fact, that this anniversary closed the twentieth year of his connexion with the College as Classical Tutor.
HIGHBURY COLLEGE, MIDDLESEX. On Friday, the 23d of June, the classical examination of the students of Highbury College was conducted by the Rev. Joseph Wall, assisted by the Rev. R. Redpath, A.M., and Dr. Stroud. The first class was examined in the Græca Minora and Virgil; the second in the Iliad, and in the Odes of Horace; and the third in the Hecuba of Euripides, and the first book of Livy.
On Tuesday, the 27th, the theological examination took place : the Rev. John Young, A.M., in the chair. In llebrew the students read the third and ninth chapters of Genesis, the twenty-seventh of Ezekiel, and the thirty-eighth of Job; in Syriac, the third chapter of the Epistle to the Galatians. They were also examined in the Evidences of Christianity, Biblical Criticism, and Doctrinal Theology; and essays were read by one of Professor Rogers's classes on the advantages and disadvantages of the pulpit orator.
About six hours each day were devoted to the examination, which was gone into very minutely by the gentlemen who favoured the College with their valuable services on the occasion.
A public meeting of the friends and subscribers of the Institution was held the following evening at Claremont Chapel, Pentonville, at which Thomas Wilson, Esq. the venerable Treasurer, presided, when the Rev. John Blackburn delivered an appropriate and important address on “The duty of the Churches with respect to the rising Ministry;" after which the annual report was read, and other business transacted. From the report it appeared that the Committee have been under the necessity of declining six applications on account of the want of room at the College.
COWARD COLLEGE. Although the Trustees of this important Establisment do not publish a report of their official examinations, yet, as their students attend the London University College, the religious public obtain, through its annual distribution of prizes, some knowledge of their progress in the ancient languages and natural and mental philosophy. We are happy to learn that nine students of that Institution received, on the 1st of July, from Lord Ebrington, the Chairman, prizes or certificates for their honourable proficiency, as under :
MATHEMATICS. Junior Class, Lower Division. 1st Prize. G. B. Johnson,
G. B. Johnson.
5th Certificate. Andrew Reed. Latin, Junior Class. 1st Prize. G. B. Johnson, HEBREW. Junior Class. Prize.
2d Certificate. Joseph Fletcher. MENTAL PuiLOSOPIIY AND LOGIC. 1st Prize. Nathaniel Jennings.
3d Prize. Joseph Fletcher. NATURAL PHILOSOPHY. Experimental Course. 1st Prize. W. H. Griffiths.
2d Prize. Andrew Reed.
5th Certif. H. M. Gunn, Do.
Mathematical Course. 1st Prize. Philip Smith.
BLACKBURN ACADEMY, LANCASHIRE. The Annual Meeting of this Institution was held on the 14th and 15th of June. On the evening of the first day, the Rev. J. A. Coombs, of Manchester, delivered an admirable address to the students, upon “ the importance of entire devotedness to the work of the ministry." The general Committee met at ten o'clock the following morning, when four students, who had completed the usual term of study, and received invitations to interesting and important spheres of ministerial labour, were presented with full and honourable testimonials, and two others were admitted to the privileges of the Academy. The report of the examining Committee was then presented, of which the following is the substance:
The whole of yesterday your Committee devoted to the important duties entrusted to them, and completed their labours at an adjourned meeting held this morning. From the various courses of study in which the students had been engaged during the year, the following portions were selected for the examination.
In Latin-The 4th and 5th books of Cæsar's Commentaries, the Agricola of Tacitus, and Horace's Art of Poetry. Greek-Valpy's Delectus, extracts from Herodotus, and the first five chapters of Exodus in the Septuagint. Syriuc
1 Timothy, 1st chapter. Hebrew Isaiah, 52d and 53d chapters. ChaldeeDaniel, 2d chapter. MathematicsThe first four books of Euclid, Plane and Spherical Trigonometry, and the application of these to the calculation of eclipses. Theology-The Evidences of Christianity and the nature of saving Faith, together with Essays on the following subjects: “ The perversion of the original principles of human nature by depravity;" Mr. Wolstenholme. “Is divine truth the means or instrument in regeneration ?" Mr. Morris. “The doctrine of divine influence in regeneration is not inconsistent with treating men as necessarily active in that change;" Mr. Baker.
The Committee feel highly gratified at the evidence of diligent attention and zeal afforded by each of the classes in every department of their studies; and only regret that in some portion of the examination sufficient time could not be allowed some of the students to do justice to the attainments they had made. To Mr. Rice, one of the seniors, it is due to record the large and accurate mathematical skill he displayed in exhibiting the calculations he had made of the solar eclipse which is to take place in the year 1858, and in demonstrating some of the formulæ involved in them. Throughout the whole examination peculiar pleasure was felt at witnessing the extensive acquirements of the students; whilst renewed thankfulness was excited by the repeated evidences afforded of the eminent ability and devoted zeal with which this Institution is conducted. (Signed) On behalf of the Committee,
James GWYTHER, Chairman. NORTHERN CONGREGATIONAL SCHOOL, YORKSHIRE. The sixth Anniversary of this school for the sons of Ministers and Missionaries, established at Silcoates House, near Wakefield, was held on Wednesday, the 5th of July. The morning being wet, the friends who assembled were not quite so numerous as usual. With this exception, everything was gratifying and satisfactory; and the weather brightning up in the afternoon, the grounds near the house looked as beautiful as ever. At the examination of the pupils, the Rev. T. Smith, Classical Tutor of Rotherham College, presided. It afforded satisfactory proof of diligence and talents both in teachers and scholars. Poems, composed by some of the elder boys, were recited, and essays read, which reflected great credit on their authors. One essay, to which the prize given by some of the former pupils was adjudged, gave promise of great future excellence in composition. The writer was the son of the Rev. Dr. Matheson, of Durham. George Rawson, Esq., through whose exertions the Institution was founded, occupied the chair at the public meeting. The report stated, that the whole number of pupils who have been in the school since its commencement is 106; that the number during the past year has been 68; and that of these 20 have been the sons of Missionaries. The behaviour of the scholars during the past year has been, with few exceptions, orderly and good. Five or six of those who have recently left the school are about to devote themselves to the ministry of Christ, either at home or abroad. In this, as in many other excellent Institutions, the income is not quite equal to the expenditure; a debt has, therefore, heen incurred. But its existence did not throw a gloom on the friends assembled ; they only determined without delay to liquidate it, and by an increase of annual subscriptions and congregational collections, to prevent any recurrence of the evil. We understand that deputations have been appointed to visit different parts of the country, for the purpose of promoting the interests and extending the usefulness of this excellent Institution. The Rev. E. Miller, A.M., the Principal, will probably visit the metropolis for this purpose in the course of the present month.
NEW CHAPEL. On Wednesday, June 28th, a new Independent Chapel was opened in the village of Bishop's Itchington, in the county of Warwick. The Rev. John Sibree, of Coventry, preached in the morning and evening, and the Rev. A. Pope, of Leamington, in the afternoon. The collection amounted to £17. 8s. 9d. HONORARY DISTINCTIONS. Her Majesty the Queen has been pleased to confer the honour of Knighthood upon John Bickerton Williams, of Shrewsbury, Esq. LL.D. F.S.A., the author of the Lives of Philip and Matthew Henry, Sir Maithew Hale, &c. This mark of Royal favour, we understand, was bestowed irrespective of the office of Mayor, which Sir J. B. Williams sustains at the present time.
The University of Tübingen has conferred the Degree of Doctor in Philo. sohpy, honoris causa, and without fee, on the Rev. Professor Hoppus, M.A., of University College, London, and has forwarded a copy of the Diploma officially to the Council of that Institution.
MISCELLANEOUS INTELLIGENCE. ADDRESSES OF THE NONCONFORMIST BODIES TO HER MAJESTY.
On Friday, July 21st, Her Majesty held a Court at St. James's to receive on the throne the addresses from several of the ecclesiastical bodies, not of the Church of England. After a deputation for the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of Scotland had presented an Address, a large deputation of the Society of Friends were introduced to the royal presence, and being uncovered by the yeoman of the guard, they presented to Her Majesty the following address, which was read by William Allen. “ To Victoria, Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, and the Dominions thereunto belonging.
“ May it please the Queen, “We, thy dutiful and loyal subjects, members of the religious Society of Friends, commonly called Quakers, and representing that body in Great Britain and Ireland, are desirous to take the earliest opportunity of thus expressing our cordial and faithful attachment to our Queen.
“ We sensibly feel the loss of our late and beloved Monarch, King William the Fourth. We look back upon his reign as a period of no common importance in the bistory of our country, marked, as it has been, by the extension of civil and religious liberty, by mercy and compassion to the guilty, and by the recognition of the rights of our enslaved fellow-subjects. We rejoice in these features of his Government as evidences of the increasing sway of Christian principles in the legislation of our country.
“ Under feelings of thankfulness to Almighty God, we offer to thee, our Queen, on thy accession to the Throne of these realms, our sincere congratulations on the prevalence of peace abroad and tranquillity at home. May nothing be permitted to interrupt these blessings, and may the conviction more and more prevail that war is alike unchristian and impolitic.
“ Convinced, as we are, that the religion of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Redeemer, is the only foundation for the true happiness of man and the prosperity of a people, and that it is the sacred bulwark to any Government, our prayer to God is, that it may be the stability of thy throne, and may influence all the deliberations of thy Council.
“ Be pleased, O Queen, to accept our earnest and heartfelt desire that thou mayest seek for heavenly wisdom to enable thee to fulfil the arduous duties which, in the ordering of Divine Providence, thou art thus early called to perform. Mayest thou live in the fear of God, and may He incline thy heart to keep his laws, and richly endow thee with the graces of his Holy Spirit; and at length, when the days of thy delegated trust on earth are ended, mayest thou, tbrough the mercy of God in Christ Jesus, enter into an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled, and that fadeth not away.”
Her Majesty returned the following gracious answer to the Address;
“ I thank you for your condolence upon the death of his late Majesty, for the justice which you render to his character, and to the measures of his reign, and for your warm congratulations upon my accession to the throne.
“I join in your prayers for the prosperity of my reign; the best security for which is to be found in reverence for our holy religion, and in the observance of its duties."
The General Body of Dissenting Ministers of the three denominations were then admitted to the royal presence, headed by the venerable and Rev. John Clayton and his son, the Rev. George Clayton, as Secretary to the Body.
Mr. Clayton then read the following Address : “ To the Queen's Most Excellent Majesty,
“ Most Gracious Sovereign, “We, your Majesty's dutiful and loyal subjects, the Protestant Dissenting Ministers in and about the Cities of London and Westminster, humbly approach your royal presence to assure your Majesty that we, in common with all our fellow subjects, largely share in those emotions of sorrow which have filled the heart of your Majesty on the death of your illustrious Relative, our late gracious and patriotic King.
« The numerous blessings which the adorable Author of all good has deigned to bestow upon this nation during the beneficent reign of our departed Monarch, excite in our minds the deepest sentiments of gratitude and joy.
“ We highly appreciate that great improvement in the representation of the people, which his late Majesty so decidedly encouraged, and which is so admirably adapted to promote the welfare of the United Kingdom.
“ With lively satisfaction we record the just and liberal enactments of the Imperial Parliament since the date of that great constitutional measure-enactments that have diminished the number of legal oaths, abated the severity of the criminal code, opened the seats of municipal authority to all, encouraged the diffusion of education, of science, and the useful arts, unlocked the ports of the world to the commerce of our country, and which, we trust, will remove the enormous evil of Slavery from the British Colonies.
“ Nor can we fail gratefully to acknowledge the pacific temper of our lamented Sovereign, who, though trained to the art of war, valued and preserved the blessings of peace, and sought, by a righteous policy, to secure the tranquillity and friendship of every nation.
" While, as British Christians, we celebrate these attributes of the late happy reign, it becomes us as Protestant Dissenters gratefully to acknowledge that our venerated King respected the rights of conscience and desired the amendment of those laws which we deeply feel as unequal and oppressive.
"In ordinary circumstances the loss of such a Monarch might have been thought irreparable, but your happy accession, most gracious Sovereign, to the throne of your forefathers, supplies that loss; for you venerate his illustrious example, and wish to perpetuate and extend the blessings which our country enjoyed under his paternal sway.
“ We entreat, then, your Majesty to accept our heartfelt congratulations on this most auspicious event, and the assurance of our entire allegiance to your royal person and government.
“As the Protestant Dissenting Ministers of this metropolis, the successors of those godly and patriotic men who assisted to establish your Majesty's family on the British Throne, permit us, most gracious Sovereign, to declare that we inherit their firm attachment to the Protestant faith, and their loyal devotedness to the House of Brunswick.
“ With the most illustrious of the Princes of that House, the name of your Majesty's royal father must ever be associated. We remember his powerful advocacy of the unrestricted circulation of the Bible, and of the universal education of the people in its holy truths, and feel grateful to almighty God for the salutary influence of those exertions on the welfare of the present generation.
“As your Majesty was deprived of his instructions when unconscious of your loss, we rejoice that one who sympathized with his noble sentiments, was spared to watch over your Majesty's earliest years. Nor can we fail to acknowledge and adore that gracious Providence which has crowned the exertions of your