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suaded, doing all he can for us; his place has been well and ably supplied by the Rev. J. H. Robinson, our present much-beloved General Superintendent. N. C. Gowan, Conference Reporter.
, PRESENTATION TO JOSEPH LOVE, ESQ. On Monday evening, the members and friends of the Methodist New Connexion held a public tea-meeting in the New Town-hall, at Durham, for the purpose of presenting a testimonial of their esteem to Joseph Love, Esq., of Willington-house. The testimonial consisted of an elegant epergne candelabrum, manufactured by Messrs. Reid and Sons, Newcastle-on-Tyne, and valued at about .£100, and, in addition to its adaptation for holding candles, can be used either for flowers or fruits. About 500 sat down to an excellent tea, with all the usual accompaniments, provided by Mr. Wilkinson, grocer, of this city. Tea having been concluded, and the meeting opened with an hymn.
Roreet Thwaites, Esq., was called to the chair, and introduced the pleasing business of the evening by an appropriate speech.
Mr. Lameeet, secretary to the committee, then addressed the meeting at some length, and concluded by reading the inscription engraved on the testimonial, as follows :—
"Presented to Joseph Love, Esq., of Willington - house, by members and friends of the Methodist New Connexion, in the Sunderland Circuit, as a mark of their approbation of his high moral character, and as an acknowledgment of the great liberality and devotedness to the interests of religion by which his career has been distinguished. Presented on behulf of the subscribers by Robert Thwaites, Esq., in the New Town-hall, Durham. Sept. 13,1852."
The Chaieman then rose for the purpose of making the presentation; and, in a suitable address, gave utterance to the high estimation in which Mr. Love was held for his exalted moral worth, his disinterested benevolence and public usefulness, especially in promoting the interests of Christianity. Amongst some of his excellent doings, it was stated that Mr. Love had largely promoted, by his influence and liberality, the erection of about six chapels in that neighbourhood.
Joseph Love, Esq., then rose and said—I have great pleasure in expressing
my gratitude and thanks to the committee, and to all my friends who have been connected with the presentation to me of the testimonial now before us. (Loud applause.) I am not one of those people, neither would I wish to be, who set no value either upon the praise or the disapprobation of their fellow-men. I esteem the good opinion of my fellow-men, in order that I may be of more benefit to them, have greater access to them, and be the means of promoting their spiritual happiness. My principal desire is not to shine in the world, nor to mingle with the great and noble, but to mingle with the pious and good. (Applause.) I esteem it a much greater honour to receive an expression of this kind from the Church than I should have done from the world. I love the Church, I delight in it, and it has been my happioe3s from infancy to be connected with it; and I attribute all my happiness to my piety to God, and to my devotedness to his cause. (Applause.) The testimonial before me is splendid, 1 admit; yet I do not put much value upon the article itself, but I do put a great value upon the disposition which has produced it, for it is the good opinion of my fellow-men, in which I delight, and that good opinion I shall ever cultivate, and ever study to increase. (Applause.) As I said before, anything coming fioei the Church I esteem as a much greater honour than from any other source, an I especially as it comes from that branch of the Church with which I have been connected from boyhood, because 1 esteem it more highly than any other in the world. (Applause.) It comes from that section of the Church of God to which my heart is closely wedded; more so, indeed, than to anyprofit which I have in the world. I delight more in the prosperity of the New Connexion than I do in the prosperity of my own business or in my own family; it was the choice of my youth, and I have admired it as I have advanced in life. The more I consult the principles upon which the Connexion is established, the more I admire them; and though I never saw our founder, yet 1 love him, and admire the wisdom which guided him in the adoption of the discipline by which we, as a body of Christians, are governed. (Applause.) I feel proud to see not only our Christian friends around me on this occasion, but also a very great number of those who are serving me daily; for I covet their esteem next to that of the Church. (Applause.) I think it is most desirable for a master to gain the affection of his
servants—to keep harmouy and union between them—and whenever it can he effected it will never fail to he beneficial. (Loud applause.) Animosity and bad feeling between masters and servants are always attended with injury to the master, and ruin and distress to the servants; and 1 assure you that it is my constant study to act liberally to all employed under me. (Loud applause.) I never allow myself to do an act that I would not wish to be done to me if I were placed in the same circumstances, and always prefer drawing to driving— kindness to harshness; and I believe it is to this that I owe my success in having gained the affection of the men under me. I can see individuals of every grade of society, and I look hack along the road which I have come, and perhaps this enables me to treat the men better than if I had never moved in other circumstances than those in which I now am; and I have no higher pleasure, next to my Christian spiritual enjoyments, and next to the promotion of Christianity, than to promote the comfort of every man who comes within my influence. (Loud applause.) If 1 can remove sorrow, poverty, and distress, this ismy highest happiness. (Applause.) However rich I may be, I do not value it, but how much good I can do is my daily happiness, and my highest gratification. Our worthy chairman has spoken of chapel-building, and I certainly should be much gratified at seeing asplendidchapelinDurham. (Applause.) You know that I have offered £--W0 to get a chapel in this city, which is ready whenever you will build one —(loud applause)—and then, perhaps, I will come and tell you we must have a very different chapel at Brancepeth. (Applause.) We are too much crowded there, I am happy to say, although the chapel has been enlarged, but I do hope that by next summer we shall have a comfortable chapel at Braucepeth. Now, in these things I do delight. I am not one that courts flattery, or aims to have worldly profits and gains, but I do study to aim at whatever I think will promote Christianity; because, in proportion to a man's piety, so will he pass through this world happy; and whatever spiritual influence you can give him will best support him through the troubles and afflictions of this world, and inspire his mind with a prospect beyond this life, which will afford a comfort to his mind which no worldly circumstances or advantages can impart. (Applause.) Therefore, when I consider that I can impart spi
ritual consolation aud spiritual privileges, this is a source of much greater pleasure than any temporal prosperity; and if God in his Providence shall spare me, I shall be prouder, much prouder, than I am this evening, when I shall come down to Durham to see that you have a new chapel open for divine worship. (Loud applause) With these remarks I beg to withdraw.
The meeting was afterwards addressed by the Revs. W. Ford, of Shelton; Thomas Griffiths, Superintendent of the Sunderland Circuit; C. Linley, our Minister resident at Durham; and Mr. R. Sutherland. The meeting was full of interest from the beginning to the end, and will long bo remembered by all present.
We hope our friends at Durham will now take heart, and arise and build. The time, the set time, to favour our Zion has now come. Let there be no further delay. You have the means. Doit!
LECTURES AND LECTURERS.
Mil. Editor,—With open eye and liberal heart, you have opened the "Conncxional Department" in your serial, not more to reporters than suggesters. The function of the oue is to show what is, of the other what may be: the one deals with the past, the other with the future; the one describes the real, the other pourtrays the possible. This is as but few things earthly are besides— as it should be. Reporting and suggesting are mighty levers of mortal progress. By these we leave "the things which are behind and reach forth to those before." Permit me, sir, to appear in your pages as a suggestcr, with a suggestion by which the interests of our Churches and congregations may be aided and advanced.
This is a lecturing age. All subjects, political, mechanical, and biographical, scientific and theologic, are treated of in lectures; and all classes, the labouring, the clerical, aye, and the aristocratical, furnish lecturers. Thus knowledge has been and is widely and wonderfully diffused. The lecturer has the advantage of bringing into the small compass of an hour, knowledge which has been collected during a long life; and by means of maps, diagrams, and illustrations, of placing close at hand a distant scene, and of dressing up the abstract in the drapery of the concrete. "Much in little'' is his watchword.
Now, sir, it is known to you and to your readers, that Churches have not left untouched ami unused this means of good. The " Young Men's Christian Association," in the Metropolis, making us an annual present of "Exeter Hall Lectures," with others of like existence and end in large provincial towns, is proof of this. Yet to us it scarcely appears that this instrument of improvement is either so generally or so successfully tried as it should be. For instance, how very little we have of it in connexion with our Churches and congregations! And where it is found, how contracted and confined! Our venerable and respectable friends do not trouble the lecture-room. It is a nursery, and they have a pretty tolerable notion of their having been nursed once, and they hold pretty tenaciously to the belief that to be nursed once is enough!
As a Connexion, then, it would appear that the lecturing influence, to say the least of it, has not intoxicated us. We have drunk it but little, and that little has been rather weak and watery! Let us drink it a little more heartily and freely. I should not like us to be drunk with it. You know what I mean, Mr. Editor? But let us take it regularly, periodically, and withal moderately; not in homoeopathic doses exactly,nor yet in wholesale draughts, but moderately, which means midway of two extremes, In such measure, it would be a means of renovation and robustness to the body; it would brighten our eye, colour our cheek, strengthen our arm, and put life into our frame.
In the district where your correspondent serves his generation, the ministers have heartily taken up the subject. They have arranged a course of lectures to be delivered during the wintry months and dark nights, now gently stealing upon us. Any principal Church or congregation in the district can have it by application: price "Ask, and ye shall receive." The course itself is intended to be a summary, or small edition, or scraps, or crumbs which fall from the table of Church history. That it may not be dry or dull, insipid or uninteresting, each lecture will contain a biography, and eachbiography a history. You know, Mr. Editor, the world's epochs or periods are oft held in the hands of the world's heroes or personages. Biography is history. Great men are representative. On this ground, we of this district thought it wise and well to teach Church history in connexion with human biography. Our worthies, like the God-placed and Ged-preserved "lights in the firmament," are "for
signs and for seasons." A man is often an age or epoch, or index to the book of human life. Bnthere are the subjects :—
I. Polycarp; or, Christianity Persecuted. II. Constantine; or, Christianity Established.
III. Peter the Hermit; or, Christianity
IV. WycluTe; or, Christianity and the
Bible. "V. Leo X.; or, Christianity and Popery. VI. Luther; or, Christianity and Protestantism. VII. Wesley; or, Christianity in Earnest. VIII. Kilham; or, Christianity and Liberty.
This lecturing system, if adopted amongst us, will be a mutual good to the lecturer and the lectured. Taking it for granted that our ministers will be mo3t frequently our lecturers, how beneficial to them! First, in enabling them to have clear and comprehensive, fixed and finished, views of persons and periods previously but little or indistinctly known. Before we have worked out for ourselves, after careful, industrious and elaborate inquiry, our views of this person or that period—worked them out into an essay, or lecture, or book—we can scarcely be said to have any views. We may have the indistinct, misty, motley view of the sea-voyager, who, well-nigh out of sight of land, cannot discern and distinguish men from cattle and cattle from men. We must get on shore, search and see for ourselves, and then we can confidently and clearly report. This is the lecturer's task.
Again. This exercise will supply agreeable diversity, and healthy liberality, to a preacher's mind. We need new themes and new methods, alike to enlighten and liberalize us. How, then, do better than taste the diversified courses, and try the pleasant exercises, of the lecturer? Preachers, for purposes of recreation and relief from harder and more care-worn studies, should become lecturers.
Moreover, the growing tendency of the age and the liberal genius of the Connexion need, ask, demand this step, study and service. If we will not, others will, lecture. Mechanics' Institutions, Athenseums and kindred societies will draw off our best, our inquiring, our influential young men. There bald-headed atheism, sanctimonious - looking pantheism, or well-dressed formalism will come before their view, and, by fair pretensions, wily promises and airy prospects, lead them astray and awry. Oh, do not, I beseech you, allow this wellconstructed and powerful-working locomotive to be handled, braked and guided by those only who drive it along the railway which terminates in darkness and damnation!
Still farther. Look at our Connexion. Is it not thoughtful, liberal, soul-like at its very core? Inquiry must sanctify and enshrine, cannot nullify and extirpate it. Power-loving, priest-loving systems may tread down or tremble at the march and machinery of the age; butwe are safe and sound at heart. Ours is a free, unfettered, ever-opening, ever-expanding, all-elastic system. In ignorance it will appear base, in knowledge brilliant. Up, then, ye sons of the morning! and let your light irradiate the ample page of history, the deep secrets of science, and the world-wide purposes of God. I am, Sir, for the
. Preachers of the Dudley District,
One Of Thrm. S,pt. 17/A, 1853.
Bkistoi. Home-mission Station.— Opening or Callow-hill Chapel — Having received OHr appointment for Bristol, we came to this important city to labour for precious souls. We entered , perfect strangers, nor did we know where
we should raise our banner; but knowing that the mission was according to the mind of that gracious God whose compassion for perishing sinners had distilled in the tears of Jesus and gushed in a crimson stream from his heart on Calvary, and who had also pledged his almighty power for the full triumphs of the Gospel in the world, we believed he would guide us to a proper place. In our labours we did not expect extraordinary providences nor miraculous interpositions. Man must use the means, do his duty with his might, and God will give his blessing; but faith and patience must be tried. We walked over the city to find a suitable place to commence operations, but could not see our way for weeks, and our faith was tried.
At length we took the chapel we are now occupying, which is situated in a densely-populated part of the city, where we are likely to succeed. It will seat about two hundred and fifty, and is lighted with gas. We took it for .£18 per annum, the landlord having engaged to put it in good condition at his own expense. We immediately commenced giving publicity to our object, by large posters, small bills, and personal invitations. We were assisted much in the last respect by Mrs. Whitebonse, formerly of Birmingham ; Messrs. Ellis and A Hawley, of Staffordshire; and Mr. Ait
kins, of Lees, who was on a visit to his friends. In the interval, the chapel was made clean and neat, and all was ready when Sunday morning, Aug. 15th, opened on ns. This was a day of intense solicitude and fervent prayer. We felt it was an important day to ourselves and to our beloved community. We were going to prove in Bristol, as we were doing In Bolton, that the Connexion has within itself the principle of expansion, and also to silence the taunt uttered by foes and keenly felt by all the zealous friends in our community, that we had done little or nothing to extend the Redeemer's kingdom in the south of England. The weather, which during the week had been very uupropitious, to our very great joy cleared up, so that we had a fine Sabbath. The chapel was opened at halfpast ten for divine service. As we were not sanguine about a large congregation, we were pleased to see about seventy adults present. In the evening the body of the chapel was filled, and there was a good number in the gallery. I suppose there were about two hundred present . I discoursed in the morning on the public worship of God, and in the evening unfolded my mission in a discourse on the full and universal mercy of God to sinners through Christ, based on these words, "He delighteth in mercy." At the close of each service, without alluding to any of the unhappy agitations of the Wesleyan Connexion, either when we separated or at the present time, I gave the date of our origin and a brief statement of the constitution of our Churches. I informed the people that our object in coming to Bristol was to take a part with the Churches in the city, in labouring for the salvation of souls; that, in obedience to the command of Christ, we had committed ourselves to the difficult and glorious work; that we were ready to make sacrifices, to exercise self-denial, and to labour hard in this good work; and that, with the goodwill of man and the favour of God, we believed we should succeed. I therefore solicited the friendly recognition and fervent prayers of the members of other Churches who might be present. Several came forward at the close of each service, and with a hearty shake of the hand wished me God speed.
We cannot expect many of those who were present to become permanent members of the congregation; but it is a matter of congratulation that so many were present. We only expect to see a good regular congregation as the result of prudent, patient, and persevering labour.
We have now commenced operations in good earnest in the south of England, and to all who are acquainted with the views, feelings, and temporal and spiritual condition of; the people, it presents to us a most promising field of labour. Cheltenham, Gloucester, Bath, Exeter, Plymouth, Salisbury, and Southampton, are all great centres of operation. Established in these places, we could soon extend our influence to the adjacent towns and villages, and thus prove that we are endeavouring to act worthy of our great commission.
But when are we to occupy this field? We commenced the Bolton mission three years ago, and God blessed the effort and said most encouragingly, Go forward; but if it be only at the rate of one station in three years, most of our ministers will be worn out, and, most likely, many of us, together with great numbers of our members, be reposing in the grave.before our banner waves in all the great cities of the land. Shall this mournful thoug ht be realized? Ten thousand praying men say, " No ! we have found work to do and we will do it' while it is called to-day.'" Let all, even the poorest, give fervent prayers and holy influence, and let all who can, in addition to these, give money, give liberally and continuously, and in six or seven years our desires will be realized. Then news from the south shall kindle the ardour of the north, conversions here shall provoke to holy emulation there, until the south shall became independent and the north shall be greatly invigorated and enlarged, and then both shall rise, full of the purity and power of the Gospel, to devise and carry out large plans of aggression on the kingdom of Satan in the dark places of the earth. May the mighty God keep us! Amen and amen! Bristol. J. Wilson.
Our Opening At Biekenhead.—For many years the Liverpool Circuit has been confined to three places in the town, and the preachers have passed on consecutively from one chapel to another with little or no variation. This has been a matter of regret, especially to those friends who were anxious to see our cause expanding in this part of the country. True, a town like this is a Circuit in itself; but still there are many important and rising towns and villages in the neighbourhood of Liverpool, where the Methodist New Connexion may successfully raise the standard of truth and religious liberty.
The western banks of the far-famed Mersey are literally studded with populous villages, and in the midst of these
stands the town of Birkenhead. A desire was long felt to add this place to the Liverpool Circuit, but circumstances prevented its accomplishment.
At length it was resolved to take the necessary steps for effecting an opening there; and, though no suitable place of worship could be obtained, we commenced operations by a camp meeting, on the 8th of July. Notice was given by bills extensively circulated in the neighbourhood; and, at the time appointed, we found ourselves surrounded by a very numerous and respectable audience. The Revs. W. Baggaly, J. Bensley (who has engaged to supply this Circuit on the Sabbath until Conference), and C. Ward preached, and* several other brethren conducted the devotional services on the occasion. In the evening, Messrs. Tilston, Fowler and Preston addressed the people in a touching and profitable manner, and announced for similar services there on the following Sabbath. Next Lord's day the Rev. W. Baggaly preached again in the open air, and Mr. Coventry in the evening. Those services have been zealously followed up and accompanied by a sermon from the Circuit preachers every Wednesday evening. A small class was formed, which has received several accessions, and promises to do well. We trust Providence will ere long open our way to a suitable sanctuary in some convenient situation, and crown the labours of his servants with'abundant success.
The Society thus formed numbers several excellent friends from the Potteries, who are now employed at Seacombe, where our estimable friend Mr. Goodwin, from Longton, has opened a new establishment on a very extensive scale.
We commend this infant cause to the Geeat Head of the Church, by whose blessing the little one shall become a thousand, and the small one a great people.
Liverpool, September, 1862.
Stockport Ciecdit.—Anndal TeaMeetino.—For a considerable period, the general yearly expenditure of this Circuit has been defrayed, partly by the proceeds of an annual tea-meeting and partly by private subscriptions. On the evening of Wednesday, August 25th, the annual meeting was held in the school-room at Portwood. Our esteemed friend, Charles Robe, Esq., presided; and addresses were delivered by the Revs. J. Henshaw, H. Watts, T. W. Ridley, J. Graham, W. B. Davis (Baptist), E. W. Makinson, M.A., and W. Jenkinson, Esq. The meeting was of a most gratifying character. The speeches