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removed. This is indeed a noble effort! and as the chapel does credit to our community in Sheffield, so the effort sus. tains well the high character of those friends who have taken part in the enterprise.
The chapel is situated in the midst of & dense popalation, where an extensive field for mission operation is open for our culture. There is at present every prospect of its being rendered a great blessing to the locality, and a source of income to the Circuit. Already 200 seats have been let, the greater part to persons who have had no previous connexion with us.
The school, which has been open about five months, is in a very flourishing state. There are now upwards of 300 names on the school register and fifty teachers and officers. The trustees anticipate shortly being in a position to farther meet the claims of the neighbourhood by establishing a Connexional day-school. This is, of a truth, a step in the right direction.
The building, which was commenced in faith and prayer, bas thus far been prospered, until the topstone has been brought on and the whole structure dedi. cated to God. May the Great Head of the Church own the efforts of his servants, and whilst our Connexional inte. rests are extended, may his glory be advanced in the conversion of thousands, and in the deeper spirituality of his own people!
R. B. CLARK. Park. NEW CHAPEL AT HARTLEY NEW Pir, BLYTH CIRCUIT.-The foundation-stone of a small chapel was laid at the above place on the first of January. After singing the 306th hymn, an appropriate prayer was offered by Captain Robson, of North Shields. The seriptures read on the occasion were 2 Sam. vii., Psalm lxxxvii., and Mark xii., 41–44. Another hymn of praise was followed by a brief summary of our doctrines, ordinances and discipline.
Messrs. T. D. Stewart, W. Waine and J. Wallace, rendered efficient assistance. The attendance was excellent considering the coldness of the morning, and the service was one of extraordinary interest to our Hartley friends. We commend this enterprize to the divine blessing, praying that the house which is now in progress may be the birth-place of thousands of immortal souls.
J. RAMSDEN. ASHTON SUNDAY-SCHOOL8.-The annual festival of the teachers and friends of our Sunday-schools, connected with
Stamford-street Chapel, was held on Christmas-day, when upwards of 500 persons partook of an excellent repast. After toa, which was served in our large school-room, the meeting was held in the chapel; and it has seldom been the lot of anyone to share a richer intellectual feast than was provided for the occasion. There are few reminiscences connected with our Christmas gatherings that will equal in interest those which must ever be identified with our late anniversary.
After singing and prayer, Mr. Coun. cillor Winstanley was called to preside over the meeting; and, having opened the proceedings by an appropriate address, he called upon the secretary, Mr. Aaron Andrew, who read a valuable and interesting report of the state and progress of the schools, from which it ap. pears there are 1,474 scholars, receiving religious instruction at the hands of 194 teachers; of this number, 125 teachers and 100 scholars are members of the Church. The libraries, which are well stored with valuable works, contain 1,599 volumes; and while there is abundant cause for gratitude and thankfulness to God for the past, the prospect of future success is most hopeful and cheering.
Our excellent choir having sung a beautiful selection from the “Messiah," the chairman called upon the Rev. Benj. Turnock to respond to the first motto: “ Education, its nature, design, and agencies." The necessity of a sound, scriptural education, to meet the growing wants of the age, was strongly urged upon the meeting by the speaker.
The second motto, “Our Connexional principles, their scriptural character and certain progress," was allotted to Mr. W. H. Waterhouse; who, with his usual masterly argumentation, sustained the superiority of our Connexional polity and principles, and the advantages of popular representation as an efficient guarantee against the abuse of ministerial authority.
The third motto, " The year 1851, its great events, and their probable effects upon the future,” was most judiciously assigned to Mr. Jabez Waterhouse. Among the many exciting incidents referred to by the speaker, the gathering of the people to witness the Exhibition of the World's Industry was not the least prominent; but there was none more pleasing than the reference to the suc. cessfal struggle made in connexion with many of our trust estates, to free them. selves from pecuniary embarrassment.
The fourth motto, “Our young men," was intrusted to Mr. Samuel Mills, who
Head of the Church make us as many more as we are !
has long and industriously laboured for their welfare. His appeal to our young men was characterized by a degree of affectionate earnestness that could not fail to secure most important results.
The fifth motto, “ Our country, its position and influence," was given to the Rev. Henry Piggin, who beautifully pour: trayed the commanding influence wbich Britain occupies, among the nations of the earth, and the mighty achievements she is yet destined to accomplish by the pure faith of the cross.
At the close of his address, thanks were yoted to the choir for the very efficient services rendered during the evening; to the committee of management, for the admirable arrangements they had made; and to the chairman of the meeting; and thus terminated one of the very best tea-parties ever held in connexion with our schools.
S. A. ALTRINCHAM.-The annual tea-meeting of the friends and congregation was held on Wednesday. Mr. William Jenkin son, Broughton, presided; and addresses were delivered by the Rev. William Mills, Ashton-under-Lyne ; Rev. C. J. Donald, Rev. T. Cartwright, Mr. David Faulkner, Mr. Robert Whittaker, Manchester; Rev. T. Allin, Rev. T. C. Sevier, Mr. William Martin, Mr. John Mills, Mr. John Lockett, and Mr. John Ambler, Altrincham. The trays were furnished gratuitously by the ladies of the congregation, and a handsome sum was realized in aid of the current expenses. To those of our friends who have attended our previous Altrir. cham tea-parties, more in praise of the meeting cannot be said than that it fully equalled its predecessors.
TEA - PARTY AT SUNDERLAND. - On Sbrove Tuesday we had (for Connexional and Society purposes) a social tea party. From 300 to 400 of the friends of different denominations, who kindly favoured us with their presence, took tea together, and appeared as one happy family. The trays were furnished gratuitously, which, with subscriptions, realized the handsome sum of £24 4s.6d.
We have forwarded towards the relief of Chester Chapel £20, and hope to be able to do a little more. May other Cir. cuits, not only do likewise, but greatly excel us.
I am sorry to say that things in Sunderland, both spiritual and commercial, are in an exceedingly depressed state. In some parts of the Circuit we have a good work going on, and I hope we shall have an increase, both to our numbers and also to all our funds, at the approaching Conference. May the great
MISSION ANNIVERSARIES. SUNDERLAND.-The annual meeting on behalf of our Missions was held on Wednesday, Jan. 28th, 1852. J. Love, Esq., Willington House, was called to the chair. The report was read by the Rey. T.Clifton, after which the meeting was addressed by the Revs. J. Morris and J. Parker (Presbyterians), R. W. McAll and E. Bewisy (Indepen. dents); W. Beresford, W. Pacey, T. Clifton; Messrs. W. Henderson and T. D. Stevinson. The speeches were excellent, the chapel erowded, and the col. lections nearly 24 more than last year. The sermons were preached by the Revs. T. Greenfield (Primitive), J. Ramsden and W. Beresford. W. PACEY.
Roch DALE CIRCUIT.-On Feb. Istu, two suitable and heart-stirring sermons were preached in Water-street Chapel. Rochdale, by the Rev. H. Piggin, on behalf of our missions. On the same day two sermons for the same cause were preached by the writer at Mount Gilead. The public meeting was held at Mount Gilead on the following day; Mr. George Leach, Ashworth, kindly consented to preside. The glorious cause was well advocated by the Revs. G, Wood, H. Watts, and H. Piggin. On Tuesday evening the public meeting was held at Rochdale; the chair was taken by George Ashworth, Esq. (The liberality of the chairman, and the kindness of his family to the deputation, richly claim our grateful acknowledgments.) The report having been read, the meeting was favoured with excellent and powerful addresses from the Revs. J. Joblin (Primitive), F. W. Burchell (Baptists), H, Watts and H. Piggin. The interest of the meeting was delightfully sustained. A good feeling in favour of our missionary operations was produced. There is also a considerable improvement in the collections.
D, R. Feb. 18th, 1852. ASHTON CIRCUIT. - Sermons were preached in aid of our Missions on the 8th and 15th of February; at Openshaw by our excellent friend, Mr. J. Sandiford; and at Hooley Hill and Redhall, by the Rev. Henry Piggin.
A very interesting missionary meeting was held at Hooley Hill on the 9th instant. The chair was occupied by A. Thompson, Esq., of Stockport, in a manner creditable to himself and the Connexion. A brief report was read by the Rev. H. Piggin; and the meeting was addressed with great interest and effect by the Revs. W. Mills, J. Wilson ( Bolton), and J. Waddington (Denton), late missionary in Berbice. Such details as none but missionaries can give were furnished by the home missionary, and especially by Mr. W late an agent of the Lon. don Missionary Society.
On Tuesday, the 10th instant, at Audenshaw, J. Ousey, Esq., was called to the chair; and, after a brief and suitable address, the Revs. J. Wilson and B. Turnock efficiently advocated the claims of our Missions. The Openshaw meet. ing was held on Wednesday, the Ilth instant. Mr. William Hall presided with much of the missionary spirit. Earnest addresses were delivered by the Revs. W. Mills, B. Turnock and H. Piggin. Improved collections on each occasion testify the increasing number and liberality of the friends of our Missions.
H.P. LEEDS Circuit.-On Sunday, Febraary 15th, 1852, sermons on behalf of our Missions were preached at Hunslet, Bethesda, Leeds and Armley, by the Rev. C. Atkinson, from Ripon; the Rev. W. Burrows, from Sheffield; and the Rev. T. Guttridge, from Otley. On the three following evenings, missionary meetings were held : Mr. R. Britton occupied the chair at Hunslet; Mr. J. G. Heaps at Bethesda; and Mr. B. Wainman at Armley. The report, which was read by the Rev. R. Henshaw, stated faets of a very cheering character both in relation to Ireland and Canada. The cause was advocated by the Revds. Atkinson and Burrows (the esteemed deputation), Henshaw and Candelet; and by Messrs. J. Shaw, F. Nettleton, J. Matlinson, W. Crampton, J. Bywater, and
other friends. The meetings were well attended, refreshing influences felt, the claims of a perishing world strongly enforced, and the collections in each place an advance upon those of the previous year.
OUR Mission services have been hela this week, and have been interesting, produetive and encouraging. The Rev. T. W. Ridley preached on the Sabbath with his usual power and exuberance.
On Monday, a public meeting was held at Hollingworth ; Mr. J. Ridgway, chairman. The Rev. T. W. Ridley, and the resident ministers, took part in the proceedings. Some of the friends said that they could have stayed all night.
On Tuesday, the annual public meeting was held at Stalybridge; T. Cheetham, Esq., chairman. The chief speakers were the Revds. T. Ridley and W. Mills. The first spoke with extra sententiousness; the other, with extra pleasantry and effective fire. The collections at both the meetings were an advance on those of the preceding year.
A FACT FOR THE CONEXION.-At Seaton Delaval, where we have no Society or religious service whatever, there are ten large Magazines and sixty-one JUVENILEs circulated monthly. It will be seen at once that this circulation does not arise from Connexional considerations, but purely from the intrinsic value of our periodical literature. All honour to the young man through whose instrumentality this result has been effected! Let the Connexion take the hint, and our circulation will not only be doubled, but trebled--yea, quadrupled.
NOTICES OF BOOKS.
PICTURES OF LIFE IN MEXICO. By R. H. Mason. With Etchings by the Author. In two volumes. London: Smith, Elder and Co., Cornhill.
The author visited Mexico in 1848-9; but whether for business, or as a travel. ler in quest of information, is not stated. However, his position there enabled him to examine the geographical peculiarities of the country, to come into contact with people in all the grades of life, and to gather a host of facts illustrative of the habits and manners of society in that distant part of the world. The author states that, “ in order to form an idea of
the whole country, he visited wild and remote districts, as well as populous cities, for the purpose of observing life of many shades and colours;" and here he presents us with the fruit of his observations, describing scenes in the capital and in obscure hamlets, in prairies and mountains, in mansions of the wealthy and huts of the Indian, picturing life and character among priests and léporos, hunters and miners, farmers and Indians, carriers and city authorities. The author is as graphic with his pen as with his pencil, and has produced a work which will be read with intense interest. Here is information of all sorts, and given in a style of such remarkable fluency and attraction as irresistibly allures the reader through the diversified scenes and facts narrated in these elegant volumes. We cordially recommend the work to our readers.
A BIBLICAL AND THEOLOGICAL DicTIONARY, illustrative of the Old and New Testaments. By the Rev. John FARRAR, Classical Tutor at the Theological Institution, Richmond. 12mo, pp. 656. With a Map and numerous Engravings. Second Edition. London: John Mason.
We consider this Dictionary an important acquisition to Methodistic literature, and an invaluable boon to local preachers, Sunday-school teachers, conductors of Bible classes, and young people desirous of studying the Sacred Scriptures. It is clear in its definitions, correct in the information it affords, sound in the doctrines it maintains, thoroughly learned without ostentation, and it comprises a vast mass of important matter on all Biblical subjects. It is decidedly the best portable Biblical Dictionary we have examined, and we earnestly recommend it to our readers.
THE ROMISH HIERARCHY. By the Rey. S. HULME. Delivered in the Concert Hall: being the Fifth of a Course of Ten Lectures, in connexion with the Liverpool Sunday school Institute.
A well-directed thrust at the Man of Sin- truthful and faithful exposure of the arrogant pretensions, impious assumptions, and crushing despotism of
the Papal Hierarchy, alike insulting to God, and fatal to the interests of truth, freedom, and religion. We consider it as one of the best productions of Mr. Hulme's pen.
THE HEAD AND HEART ENLISTED AGAINST POPERY, under the Banner of Christian Truth. A Prize Essay, designed for Sabbath-school Teachers and Scholars. 18mo, pp. 148. London: Religious Tract Society.
A very suitable and seasonable production for young people simple in style but conclusive in argument, and well adapted to expose the absurd and unscriptural character of Popery. MONTHLY SERIES, BY THE RELIGIOUS
TRACT SOCIETY, LONDON. 1. JAMES Watt ON THE STEAMENGINE.
2. THE ANCIENT BAITISH CHURCH.
These are books of great interest, well got up, and marvellously cheap. The cheapness applies as much to the excellency of the matter as to the bulk and size of the volume for sixpence; for it is evident that men of learning and superior talent have been employed in preparing them. The whole series, when complete, will form a rich compendium of general literature, and be an untold blessing to the poor population of this country.
RECEIVED.-TAR BEAUTIES OF THE BIBLE: An Argument for Inspiration. In Ten Lectures. By WILLIAM LEASK. London: Partridge and Oakey.
MEMOIRS AND RECENT DEATHS.
MR. THOMAS KIRK, NOTTINGHAM.
In preparing a brief account of our highly-esteemed brother, Mr. Thomas Kirk, we have to regret that there are no written memoranda to which we can refer for particulars respecting his early life; while of the companions of his yonth nearly all, like himself, have gone the way of all the earth. We cannot, therefore, minutely narrate his manner of life from the beginning. He was born in Mount East street, Nottingham, on the 25th of April, 1777; and it was his happiness to be blessed with pious parents, who brought bim up in the way he should go. From his earliest youth he was accustomed to attend the ministry of the Methodists, and also the service of the Church of England; for in those days Mr. Wesley and his coadjutors were careful to preach as much as possible
out of church hours, and to enjoin upon their hearers the duty of attending the ministry of the national establishment as well as their own. This course was pursued, at the first, not from policy, but probably from a personal conviction of its propriety on the part of Mr. Wesley's “helpers," as well as in compliance with the predilection of their chief for the Church in which he had been brought up.
The precise time and particular character of our brother's conversion cannot be given, as he has left no written record on the subject. It is known, however, that from a child he was of a serious disposition, and by religious influences preserved from those sins which so often ensnare and captivate the young. He must have been decided for the Lord at an early age, for at sixteen he had his name on the prayer-leader's plan, and a
surviving friend remembers that he was very zealous and devoted. He often alluded with pleasure to the circumstance that he heard the venerable founder of Methodism preach at the opening of Hockley Chapel in this town. When the separation took place in 1797, he did not immediately join the Methodist New Connexion : the reason of this I cannot state, but I believe a few years elapsed before he did so. His after-life showed that the step, when taken, was a decisive one, and taken from conviction and principle; still he did not become estranged in his feelings froin his former friends, or cease to entertain respect for the community he had left. On the contrary, he had ever great esteem for the parent body, and with many of its members, both at Nottingham and in other parts, he continued to hold Christian intercourse and reciprocate the feelings of sincere friendship. Indeed, he was eminently catholic in his spirit, esteeming and loving all whom he believed loved the Saviour. That was the bond of union which he delighted to recognize; he could overlook minor differences if the essentials were there, and preserve, notwithstanding an outward diversity, the unity of the spirit.
As already stated, for want of specific information we cannot give a particular and chronological account of all the occurrences of our late brother's earthly course—we cannot trace step by step the history of either his outward or inward life. Nor would such minuteness of detail be interesting or profitable, for there are no remarkable incidents or thrilling events to relate. His course was an even one, each day being an epitome of his whole life.
When a youth he was apprenticed to the late Mr. Charles Sutton; and in his employ, and that of his son, the present Mr. R. Sutton, be continued for many years, until he commenced business on his own account.
In 1800 he entered the married state, with Miss Sarah Street, with whom he lived in conjugal happiness for thirtyfour years. She was a helpmeet indeed to him, and they walked together in the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless. Her health was delicate, and he and his children had to mourn her removal, which was somewhat sudden and unexpected. An account of her life, written by the late Rev. T. Robinson, was inserted in the Magazine fer July, 1835.
Our brother did not escape domestic trials. Affliction invaded his habitation,
and sometimes it came in its severer forms. These visitations painfully affected him, for he was po stoic; still the grace of Christ was sufficient for him, and amidst all he possessed his soul in patience, casting his care upon God, who, he knew, cared for him.
As a member of the Church, he was perhaps more a man of peace than zeal. Still he could not be designated an idler. He might work in a different de part. ment, and after a different manner to some ; but by occupying various posts of usefulness, be showed that quietness is not always inaction. For a number of years he held the office of Circuit steward, and was the acting trustee for Radford chapel, as long as his health would permit him to discharge his duties. Nor did he omit to give, as well as do. His house was ever open to ministers and friends, and their entertainment was always cordial and sincere. He was likewise ready to help the cause in times when pecuniary help was required.
In his personal experience he was & man of very humble views. Very far was he from thinking more highly of himself than he ought to think, but walking humbly, he walked surely; and after starting for heaven when a boy, his feet were still found in the good way when he was well stricken in years ; while in his latter end he had the satis. faction to reflect that from that way he had never departed. For sixty years continuously was he preserved with his face Zionward.
Though exemplifying diligence in business, our brother loved retirement, le loved his Bible, and he loved prayer. In the law of the Lord he meditated both day and night. For the last few years of his life, being exempt from the cares and duties of business, he gave himself up almost entirely to spiritual exercises, and most of his time was spent between the sanctuary and the closet. But this was not the com. mencing of a new course of life with him, it was only carrying to a greater length what he had practised for years. He always began the day devotionally, and during its progress bis conversation was in heaven. He lived in the spirit of the Psalmist's prayer, “Lord, make me to know my end, and the measure of my days, what it is, that I may know how frail I am." In his correspondence with his son, Mr. Thomas Kirk, of London, extending over many years, he never allowed his letters to be mere business oues; religion, the life of God in the soul of man, is almost invariably