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and better calculated to instruct and
As I am addressing you, it has occurred to my mind that I may with propriety add a few words on another publication, recently issued from the press, by our mutual friend, Mr. Allin; I refer to the improved edition of his able volume, entitled
"DISCOURSES ON MODERN ATHEISM," &c., by THOMAS ALLIN. I wrong when Am work one I pronounce this creditable alike to its author, to our of extraordinary merit, community, and to the age? I think, for close, sound argumentation, and powerful eloquence, these discourses stand unrivalled by any of a similar kind in our day. And in this view I am, as I well know, sympathized with by yourself and other highly cultivated individuals in different religious communities. I have reason to know, also, that the respected author possesses communications addressed to him by some eminently gifted men, congratulating him on his performance. I think, sir, that you would do well to induce him to furnish you, at least, with a few extracts from such communications, which, with some others taken from different reviews that have appeared, might properly be inserted in your pages, and tend to promote a wider circulation of this masterly volume, and gratify your readers, especially Mr. A.'s particular friends. I refer to this matter in this way for the very purpose, and should this, my address, be inserted in the Ma
gazine, let it be understood that you
Yours as ever, very sincerely,
Both these works we again cordially
The first is an extract from a note by
every class of society, and every degree of intellectual cultivation. It is my heart's desire and prayer that it may have a wide and permanent circulation."
The second is an extract from a note by Dr. Pye Smith to Mr. Allin himself. "I cannot sufficiently express my dedelight in seeing this much augmented edition of the Discourses, with their enrichments. The class of subjects upon which I am now (May, 1850) lecturing, led me to bring down the volume to recommend it to my pupils, and to engage that it should soon be perused in class."-" It is indeed the very and appropriate dupɔ" (gift of God). "The comprehension of the subjects, and the manner in which they are treated, fill with, not satisfaction merely, but lively joy. Blessed be he who put the design of the work into your heart, and who has enabled you to accomplish it!"
The next is a notice from the "Manchester Examiner." "We congratulate the gifted author, ourselves, and the public, on the re-issue of this masculine performance, as no ordinary boon to the religious literature of our country. It is a work that deserves to live. first edition won the admiration of such men as Drs. Pye Smith and Kitto, Samuel Drew, Richard Watson, and other eminent theologians; and this second edition, with its numerous important additions, cannot fail to prove even more acceptable to men of similar attainments and pursuits."-"It is peculiarly applicable to our times, when so many, especially of our youth, are disposed to indulge in mental superficialities; and is calculated, in no ordinary degree, to serve the interests of sound philosophy and pure Christianity."
The last is from the 66 Wesleyan Magazine." "It would be highly praiseworthy, in such persons as have it in their power, to deposit copies of this work in public libraries, to which scepties and unbelievers resort, and in any way to place it within the reach of those who unhappily deny their Maker and Redeemer
If these testimonies be regarded as reflecting honour on the excellent author, we beg to state that they reflect equal honour upon the Connexion to which he belongs; and for the interests of which he has devoted a long life of self-sacrificing labour and devotedness. While he has our carnest wishes for his con
tinued success and usefulness as an author, he has our prayers for his personal happiness as a Christian brotlier.
NEWCASTLE CIRCUIT.—Reverend Sir, At Scotswood we have followed the advice of many friends who at different times have written in our Magazine on the importance of a Sabbath and day school being connected with our chapels.
We have had for a few years, both a Sabbath and day school at Scotswood, but we were necessitated to hold them in our chapel, which has so defaced the pews and building that we fear it has compelled some to neglect, and others to despise it as a place of public worship, for sometimes even trifles light as straw form a plea for not attending the house of God; but truly, the place of happiest moments, richest feasts, and noblest pleasures, ought at least to be equal to other places in exterior respect and interior comfort. So the few friends at Scotswood resolved that a new schoolroom be erected in connexion with our chapel, and after that was done and the schools removed, the chapel to be thoroughly repaired.
The purport of this intelligence is to inform you (for we doubt not that it will be ever pleasing to you to hear of improvements in our chapels and schools) The both these things are well done. chapel is not only now in a good and comfortable state, but we have a new school-room 32 feet by 23 feet, for a Mechanics' Institute and Reading Room, which was needed and requested in this neighbourhood. Part of the schoolroom is partitioned off, and we believe will be useful as a public place of instruction and resort, instead of the tavern, which we believe is too much attended.
Our re-opening services were held on Sunday, Oct. 13, by the Revs. T. Boycott and W. Cocker. We had crowded congregations. On the Tuesday evening, about 200 friends partook of tea in the new school and reading-room. The tea was gratuitously provided by a number of ladies. After tea we had a most delightful meeting, at which we trust some good was done. The chair was taken by our esteemed brother J. F. Grant, of Newcastle. The meeting was addressed by the Revs. T. Boycott, T. Lec, and several others, to the number of twelve, all expressing the agreeable surprise they felt at seeing so great an improvement effected for comfort and
uefulness in the village of Scotswood. The whole expense has been about £100; and already, though it is not two months since we commenced the alterations, the sum of nearly £40 has been realized in our neighbourhood by subscriptions, &c., to meet the cost. Some may smile at these little doings, but we thought the matter worthy of your knowledge, so we write.
Scotswood, Oct. 19th, 1850.
REMARKABLE PRESENT EDITOR.-About two months ago a parcel, directed for Rev. W. Cooke, was delivered at the Book-room. On opening the parcel, it was found to contain a copy of the Holy Scriptures, in quarto, very richly gilt, most superbly bound in morocco, with massive gold or plated clasps, richly chased. Scripture scenes are illustrated with
gravings, in the most exquisite style. To whom the Editor is indebted for this handsome present, has been a subject of much conjecture. He has looked all round the Connexion for the donor, but in vain. Sometimes he has thought it may have been sent by some generous friend, possibly in the Wesleyan Association, in approval of the manner in which he has conducted his recent controversy with the Rev. Robert Eckett. As a dernier conjecture, the Editor has thought that, perchance, the superb volume might have been sent as a present from the publishers, Messrs. Eyre & Spottiswoode; but this is all uncertainty, as he is totally unknown to the parties. Under these circumstances, the Editor has thought it advisable to make this public acknowledgment of having received the present, and to tender his warmest thanks to the unknown but generous donor.
BAZAAR AT DAWLEY GREEN.-For some years the ordinary income of the circuit has been considerably below its expenditure; the consequence of which has been the rapid accumulation of circuit debts. On my appointment to this circuit I found a debt of this kind, with a quarterly deficiency of about £8. It is however gratifying to know, that during the last few months there has been a gradual improvement in our finances, notwithstanding the great poverty of this district, owing to the want of employment and consequent lowness of wages. About twelve months past the writer of this article suggested
the propriety of getting up a bazaar to remove our pecuniary difficulties; this suggestion was well received by our friends, who set to work, cheered by the hope of removing a weight which crippled our energies, both for the circuit and the Connexion.
Our object has been accomplished. We held our bazaar on Monday, Oct. 21st, and following days, (in Mr. Tranter's room, kindly lent for the occasion,) when we realized the sum of 54, by which our stewards will be able to pay off the whole of our circuit debt, and place it in a position it has not enjoyed for some years.
We look forward with hope to the time when our income shall be fully adequate to meet all necessary expenses, and render us able to assist our beloved Connexion in carrying out its plans of love and benevolence. May "the time, yea, the set time, to faveur Zion, soon come."-W. REYNOLDS.
BRADFORD BAZAAR.-OMISSION SUPPLIED.-Dear Sir, - In transcribing the article which appeared in the last Magazine, Huddersfield was undesignedly omitted in the list of places which had rendered us help. this omission, as our Huddersfield friends We very much regret both nobly contributed to the Bazaar, and liberally patronized it by their purchases. At all other times the Huddersfield circuit has united with other adjacent places, and cheerfully helped our struggling cause. is not far distant when the Bradford We hope the time Society will be able to make some return to the Connexion, for the multiplied kindnesses it has received. Already we are giving our quota of labour, in conjunction with Leeds and Dewsbury, to carry on the mission lately opened at Wakefield. Yours truly,
Bradford, Nov. 15th, 1850.
BAZAAR. DEWSBURY CIRCUIT.-An effort is CHAPEL. being made to reduce the debt of the Methodist New Connexion chapel, Mir field, from £810 to £500. To forward this desirable object, the Conference has promised a grant of £100, on condition that the church and congregation raise the remaining £210.
They intend doing this by means of a Bazaar, which they purpose holding in the month of May next.
The kind assistance of Christian friends generally is now carnestly and respectfully solicited, and any useful and
fancy articles for sale, or contributions in money, will be thankfully received by the following friends:
Mrs. J. Darley, Mrs. R. Terry, Mrs. W. Whitley, Mrs. T. Mitchell, Mrs. T. Hebblethwait, of Easthorp-lane; Mrs. J. Sheard, Millford, all of Mirfield; Mrs. Henshaw, Dewsbury; Mrs. John Jubb, Batley; Mrs. W. Hutchinson, Brighouse; and Mrs. Collins, Hudders field.
ANNIVERSARY SERVICES AT STAFFORD CHAPEL.-These services have been of an highly interesting and instructive character. The first sermon was preached, Nov. 3rd, by the Rev. P. T. Gilton; the other, Nov. 10th, by the Rev. S. Hulme. The impressions made under these ministrations we hope will issue in saving and eternal effects. On Monday, Nov. 11th, the annual tea festival took place in the school, when about four hundred persons enjoyed, amidst the most exhilarating associations, not only refreshing tea, but the cheering society of Christians and other friends. At the after meeting, which was held in the chapel, in the absence of the Mayor, the Rev. W. Salt, with much interest, presided. Seldom, if ever, have we witnessed stronger religious and pleasing impressions produced on an audience than were felt and visibly expressed by the numerous assembly under the addresses which were delivered on the happy occasion. Altogether the pecuniary aid received, amounted to about £40.
We are happy in being able to state that our day school is going on prosperously; we have more than 300 names on the books, and an average attendance of about 200. This circumstance may afford stimulus and encouragement to other circuits to attempt the establishment and working of day schools. Nov. 15th, 1850. H. WATTS.
MISSIONARY SERVICES. ASHTON CIRCUIT.-On Sunday, Oct. 20th, the Annual Sermons on behalf of our Missions, were preached at Dukinfield, by the Rev. C. J. Donald, of Manchester; and at Hyde and Hooley Hill, by the Rev. S. Jones, of Stockport. In the following week the Annual Missionary Meetings were held at the above places, and also at Higher Hurst; the Revs. G. Goodall, B. Turnock, James Dean, Esq., and Mr. Samuel Mills, officiating as chairmen. The Revs. C. J. Donald, S. Jones, S. Woodhouse, W.
Beresford, G. Goodall, R. Calvert, and R. Day (Independents), and C. J. Potts, with the local secretary, Mr. Kelsall, rendered able and valuable assistance. The writer was absent from these meetings, on the Missionary Deputation to the North, but was happy to find on his return that all the services had been numerously attended, that the collections were in advance of previous years, and that the good cause had taken a firmer hold on the judg ments and affections of the people than before. W. M.
MISSIONARY Services.-Dewsbury CIRCUIT.-On Lord's day, Oct. 20th, two excellent sermons were preached at Dewsbury, by the Rev. G. W. Ridley. The following Monday evening the Annual Meeting was held, when our valuable friend, Mr. John Jub, of Batley, took the chair, and opened the meeting by an appropriate speech. He was ably sustained by Mr. Crampton, of Hunslet, the Revs. G. W. Ridley, J. Livingston, J. Candelet, the preachers in the circuit, and other ministers of the town.
On the same Sabbath, two sermons, on behalf of our mission, were preached at Mirfield, by the Superintendent of the circuit; and on Tuesday evening following the Public Meeting was held, when our esteemed friend, Mr. Crampton, who presided with his usual good feeling, stated the object of the meeting. Addresses were also delivered by most of the ministers who assisted at Dewsbury the previous evening.
The speakers at both meetings appear to have been aided by the Holy Spirit, a gracious influence was experienced, greater interest, we hope, was excited on behalf of a perishing world; and the collections at both places were an advance upon those of the preceding year. J. H.
MISSIONARY ANNIVERSARY.-NORTH SHIELD'S CIRCUIT.-On Sunday, Oct. 20th, the annual sermons in aid of our missions were preached in Salem and and West Holborn chapels, by the Revs. William Mills and Josiah Howard (the deputation), and the Rev. Thomas Boycott, of Newcastle. On Tuesday, a public meeting was held at West Holborn, and on Wednesday at Salem. Our respected friend, Mr. J. D. Welch, presided on each occasion. The Report was read by the Rev. A. M'Curdy, and the meetings were addressed by the
esteemed deputation, the Revs. W. Cocker, T. Boycott, and J. Bensley.
The attendance on the Sabbath services, and at the public meetings, was good, considering the unfavourable state of the atmosphere. The services of all the brethren, for which we are truly grateful, were highly esteemed; but it is only just to say, that the pleasure derived from the excellent discourses and speeches of the Rev. W. Mills, was increased by his presence, as an old and beloved friend, he having travelled in this circuit when he was a young man. J. BENSLEY.
SHEFFIELD NORTH.The services recently held in the circuit in behalf of our Missions are thus adverted to by the "Sheffield and Rotherham Independent" of the 9th inst.: On Sunday last, two sermons, in aid of this religious denomination missions, were preached in Scotland Street Chapel, by the Rev. J. Hudston, of Nottingham. The sermons were appropriate, instructive, effective; that in the evening especially was distinguished by peculiar adaptation to our times, loftiness and richness of thought, and propriety and beauty of language. The rev. gentleman has received a very general request to place the manuscript without delay in the hands of the publisher.
Monday evening, the annual meeting was held in the same place of worship, Mr. Councillor Crowther in the chair. After a brief, but neat and appropriate speech from the chairman, the Rev. J. Stokoe read the report, which was very satisfactory. In every department, financial and statistical, there was proof of additional vigour and commendable enterprize." The meeting was afterwards addressed with ability by the Revs. S. Bellamy (Independent), W. Jeferson (Primitive), J. Hudston, J. H. Robinson, J. Poxon, and Mr. G. Fox. The collection, after these services, and kindred ones at Malin Bridge and Attercliffe, was about £22, being a slight increase on those of last year.
The sermons at Attercliffe and Malin Bridge were preached on Sunday, Nov. 3rd, by the Revs. J. H. Robinson and J. Stokoe; and the meetings held at those places on the 5th and 6th were presided over by Mr. George B. Fox and Mr. Timothy Scott, Sheffield.
Sheffield, Nov. 9th. J. STOKOE.
P.S.-We were gratified to see our young friend, the Rev. W. N. Hall, on the platform, at the meeting held in Scotland Street Chapel. With great care and the divine blessing this esteemed brother, it is hoped, will soon be restored to his wonted health and usefulness. J. S.
THE LAITY IN CONVOCATION.-At the dinner which succeeded the visitation of the Bishop of Chichester, held at Lewes a few weeks ago, his lordship said: "It may be interesting to you to learn, that if a Synod of the Church be assembled in Convocation or otherwise, it is the unanimous opinion of the whole bench of Bishops, without a single exception-I repeat it, without a single exception-that there should be a considerable infusion of the lay element in its constitution." I will not be quite positive that these were the exact words used, but they were to this precise effect. -Correspondent of the Guardian.
AN IMPORTANT GEOLOGICAL DISCOVERY has just been made at Applecross, on the west coast of Scotland. A large mountain called "Tore More," on being accidentally excavated the other day, presented a substratum of pure lime, within five feet of the surface; and on prosecuting the discovery by a fur
ther excavation, it was ascertained beyond the shadow of doubt, that the whole mountain, except an average surface of twenty feet, consists of lime fit for the field, or the mason, the result of organic heat. The hill appears to have been at one time a stupendous limestone rock, submitted to the influence of immense heat.
A NOVEL IMPORTATION.-A correspondent of a morning paper says:"It may be interesting to many of your protestant readers to be informed, that on the 4th of November instant nine cases were imported into London, in the steam-boat City of Boulogne, containing 21,000 crucifixes of different sizes, from one inch to two feet, several thousand figures of the Virgin Mary, and a large quantity of prints of bleeding hearts, &c., besides an immense number of rosaries and charms, probably in anticipation of a large conversion of our population to Romanism."