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The Christian religion invests the individual with full, undivided responsibility. She never permits him to merge himself with his fellows, corporate or noncorporate; she never permits a single particle of his conscience to be yielded up on his entering any fraternity; she never permits one item of service to be withheld on the plea that co-partners are under equal obligation to perform it; she proposes to bestow her full glorious rewards ou him singly, if lie singly be worthy; she proposes all her woes to him singly, if singly he be unworthy.
By thus separating men from masses and amalgamations, by thus setting down each man apart, and constituting him an entirely accountability to breathe, to think, to desire, to will, to act, to attain, religion holds an influence in producing human activity of vast, iucalculable power. Left with none to depend on but himself, he must act, or gain nothing—lie must act, or lose everything. No man has an oarsman to push him while he is asleep. He must up and strike for himself; lustily and alone must stem the tide, or be swept on hopelessly into uselessness, ruin, and oblivion. The associated fact, ever recognized in the Scriptures, if not by statement, certainly by inference, that the great ends of life, not attained personally, are not attained at all—that who.
succeeds not by his own labours has failed, and who wins not by his own prowess is defeated—this adds a perpetual and powerful influence to great and multiplied individual labours.
The conscious dignity with which religion invests men. by investing them with this conscious individualitv, is an additional inducement to human activity. As a self-constructing, self-acting, self-responsible isolation among the works and intelligences of God, man is intensely prompted, in order to be worthy of himself, to attempt great outward efficiency and accomplishment. Brave a man may be, as an undistinguished ingredient of a body of soldiery; but detached and drawn forth singly for a daring exploit, the motive to chivalrous action is immensely augmented. By religion every man without exception is thus detailed and assigned singly to a momentous, a hazardous, a holy service. He feels the honour and importance of his position; he turns his eye upon the great interests dependent upon himself alone; his heart swells witli noble, high purposes, as be thinks of the part committed all to himself to perform. Under a lofty and generous impulse, created by this consciousness a great instrument exclusively in his own hands, he will go out to almost incredible energies and labours.— White.
True Methou Of Reform.—Man's constant prescription for the elevation of man, is to alter his circumstances — God's grand prescription for the improvement of man, is to change his heart. Man's plan is to give the patient a new bed—God's divine plan is to give the patient health. Man goes to the circumference, and tries by civilizing to get inward and ultimately to Christianize, God's plan is to begin at the centre, Christianize the heart, and then civilize the whole circumference of the social system.—Rev. Dr. dimming.
Maximsforteachers.—Franklin says, "If you want a good servant, serve yourself." I might startle you
by saying, "If you want a good education, teach yourselves"—nor would the advice, if understood in too literal a sense, be sound; but it is true beyond doubt, that every man who has had really a good education has done more for himself than his best teachers have done for him; and it is equally true that many of the greatest men that ever lived have been self-educated. I believe the greatest difficulty is overcome when the scholar is made aware that with ardour and industry he may do everything for himself, and that without these good qualities no teacher enn help him.
EXTRACTS FROM THE MINUTES OF THE METHODIST NEW CONN?;XION CONFERENCE OF 1852.
According to the appointment of the last Conference, held at Ashton-underLyne, the Ministers, Lay-Representatives, and Guardian-Representatives, assembled at Huddersfield, on Monday, May 31st, 1852, and, after the worship of God, proceeded to the transaction of business.
Question 1. Who compose the present Conference?
Ashton—William Mills, Joseph Tipping.
Barnsley—William Innocent, William Brown.
Birmingham—H. 0. Crofts, D.D., Benjamin Whitehouse.
Boston—-John Nicholas, Jehn Hall.
Bilston—John Stokee, Thomas Rose.
Bradford—John Addyman, John Shaw.
Burslem—Thomas Griffiths, John Watkin.
Chester—John Nelson, H. Thomas Rawlinson.
Dawley Green—John Barker.
Derby—Simeon Woodhouse, Samuel Waiker.
Dewsbury—James Henshaw, John Jnbb.
Dudley (West)—P. T. Gilton, John Raybold.
Dudley (East)—Thomas Boycott, Thomas Smith.
Gateshead—William Cocker, Robert Foreman.
Halifax—Law Stoney, Edwin Lumby.
Hanley—Andrew Lynn, Ephraim Curzon.
Hawarden—Samuel Smith, Thomas Read.
Huddersfield—James Staoey, William Sykes.
Hull—Thomas Scattergood, William Craggs.
Leeds—William Ford, Dennis T. Moss.
Liverpool—William Baggaly, John Tilston.
London—John Orme, Henry Howard.
Longton—P. J. Wright, George L. Robinson.
Macclesfield—Thomas Waterhouse, Hugh Grimshaw.
Manchester (South)—Charles J. Donald, Joseph Pember.
Manchester (North)—Thomas Cartwright, Samuel Holt.
Mossley—Thomas W. Ridley, Thomas Halkyard.
Newcastle—James Frederic Grant.
North Shields—William Hughes, Joseph D. Welch.
Nottingham—John Hudston, John F. Sutton.
Ripon—Chris. Atkinson, William Day.
Rochdale—David Bound, James Hopkinson.
Sheffield (North)—John Poxon, George B. Fox.
Sheffield (South)—William Burrows, Thomas Firth.
Shrewsbury—Joseph Simon, James Icke.
Staleybridge—Henry Watts, John Ridgway.
Stockport—Samuel Jones, George Barrow.
Stourbridge—Charles Hibbert, Bennett Gibson.
Sunderland—William Pacey, Isaac P. Love.
Thome—William Reynolds, Charles Thorpe.
Wolverhampton—James Curtis, Stephen Evans.
Ireland—Thomas Mills, William Sorsby.
James Dean, Treasurer of Yearly Collection, dc.
Benjamin Fowler, Treasurer of the Mission.
Josiah Bates, Treasurer of the Book Room.
Thomas Allin, Missionary Secretary.
Samuel Hulme, John Ridgway, Richard Simon, Joseph Fenton,
Q. 2. What Circuits have sent letters and not representatives?
A. Dawley Green, Stafford, and Truro.
Q. 3. What Chapels have been opened or enlarged during the year?
A. Built and opened: Midgley and Monk Bretton, Barnsley Circuit; Hpnley, Huddersfield; New Hartley, Blyth; Park, Sheffield South; tVepre and Kinnerton, Hawarden; Colcham, Shrewsbury; Levels, Thome; Princes End, Dudley; Langley, Macclesfield. Chapels enlarged: Brancepeth, Sunderland; Bitch Burn, Sunderland.
Q. 4. What Chapels are now being built?
A. Newton, Alnwick; Lees, Mossley.
Q. 5. What Preachers are received into full Connexion?
A. Henry Piggin, William Wilshaw, Charles Mann, Cuthbert Young Potts, Thomas Cartwright, and James Maughan.
Q. 6. What Preachers remain on trial?
A.. Thomas Rudge and William Nelthorpe Hall, who have travelled three years; Thomas Gutteridge, Clement Linley, Charles Ward, and Thomas Clifton, who have travelled two years; George Wood, John White, Thomas Dickson Crothers, James Wonnacott, Edwin Wright, and James Ogden, who have travelled one year.
Q. 7. What Preachers are now received on trial?
A. John Medicraft, Thomas Harrison, and John Innocent.
Q. 8. What Preachers are made supernumeraries?
A. W. Ford, G. Goodall, and John Flather.
Q. 9. What Preachers have died this year?
A. GeoTge Wall and John Hilton.
The Rev. George Wall, was boru in the Peak of Derbyshire, in the year 1774. While young he was convinced of sin, and, through faith in the atonement of Christ, obtained peace with God. When about twenty years of age he fixed, for a time, his residence at Nottingham, and joined the Methodist Society, but soon removed to the village of Arnold, where he was happily associated with our late valuable friend, Mr. Huddlestone. It was by his persuasion that Mr. Wall was induced to become a local preacher in the Wesleyan body. When the division took place, in 1797, our brother cordially espoused the cause of the "New Itinerancy;" and upon all occasions was ready to advocate its polity. In 1799, he was called out as a Circuit preacher, and appointed to Newcastle-upon-Tyne; his succeeding appointments embraced the leading Circuits of the Connexion, in all of which he was highly esteemed for his integrity, piety, and devotedness to his high vocation. The esteem entertained for him by his brethren in Conference was evinced by choosing him three times to be their President. Mr. Wall's ministerial qualifications were such as to render him an acceptable preacher. He did not serve God with that which cost him nothing; being a deep thinker, a hard student, and one who gave "attendance to reading," the natural result of which was an enlightened and efficient ministry. He continued to publish the glad tidings of salvation until the year 1836, when, owing to the declining state of his health, he was placed upon the list of superannuated preachers. The gospel, however, which he had so faithfully preached for more than forty years, was his solace during retirement from active labour; and his last hours were hours of unclouded peace. His decease took place at Lightcliffe, near Halifax, March 4th, 1852, in the seventy-eighth year of his age.
The Rev. John Hilton was a native of Bolton, Lancashire, and was born, April, 1816. Under the care of a grandfather he received a good plain English education, and at the age of seventeen was articled to an attorney, whose confidence in his integrity was soon evinced by his intrusting him with the cash account and bankingbook of the firm. He had scarcely been two years in the study of the law when, through the influence of a companion, who had been converted to God under the ministry of the Rev. T. Batty, he was brought to serious reflection, and, after severe mental struggles, was made wise unto salvation. On Good-Friday, 1835, it being the nineteenth anniversary of his birthday, he made, in writing, a full dedication of himself to God, in which, after great lamentation over his past life, indicative of deep and painful searchings of heart, he observes, " I desire that this day the death of Christ may be the means of infusing fresh vigour into my soul, that I may be completely a new creature in Chriat Jesus. ... I would now fully, freely, absolutely, and unreservedly, give myself unto my heavenly friend, my Saviour and my God." Growing in grace he rapidly developed qualifications for ministerial usefulness; and having served for some time as a local preacher, he was plaoed under the superintendence of the Rev. T. Allin, with a view to his preparation for the regular ministry. His progress was more than encouraging, and after a brief course of study, he was appointed by the Conference of 1839 ts the Leeds Circuit. After patient and persevering labours in several other Circuits, he was sent, in 1846, to Newcastle; and here began to manifest itself the disease of which he died. Shortly after leaving this Circuit, he was obliged to relinquish his public duties, and at the Conference of 1851 he was placed on the list of supernumeraries. Availing himself of the opportunity thus furnished, he spent some months in search of health, and more than once indulged the hope of resuming the labours he had been compelled to resign. But the hope was suddenly and painfully disappointed. The Master called for him when he little expected the summons. The surprises of death mingled with the cheerful endearments of domestic life. While seated with his beloved wife at the breakfast-table, on the morning of the 18th of December, 1851, he suddenly cried out, ''I'm fainting! I'm dying!" Rising from his seat, he walked into an adjoining room, and requested his partner to pray. She did so; and, in addition to this, read the twenty-third Psalm, and exhorted him to trust and rejoice in the Lord. His features rapidly changed; a sweet serenity spread over his countenance, which quickly kindled to an almost seraphic brightness, while he exclaimed, "Come, Lord! help me!" And then, with extraordinary energy of voice, he shouted, ': Glory! glory! glory! Come, Lord!" and with these words upon his lips he fell asleep.
Q. 10. How are the Ministers stationed for the ensuing year?
A. DUDLEY DISTRICT.
Dudley, West—Parkinson Thomas Gilton, James Candelett, Jabez Dixon
(supply); and John Hillcock (supernumerary).
Parkinson Thsmas Gilton, Chairman.
Halifax—Law Stoney, James Curtis (to reside at Brighouse), and John
Poxon; Joseph Livingston, superannuated.
Chapman, and Benjamin Earnshaw, superannuated.
Law Stoney, Chairman.
Thomas Waterhouse, Chairman.
Leeds—Philip James Wright, Christopher Atkinson (Honslet), and Thomas
Gutteridge; William Jones, superannuated.
Philip James Wright, Chairman.
Liverpool—William Baggaly and Charles Ward; James Wilson, sen., and
Qeorge Bradshaw (Soathport), supernumeraries. Chester—John Nelson and William Beresford. Hawarden—William Hughes.
William Baggaly, Chairman.
William Cooke, Editor and Book Steward.
William Cooke, Chairman.
Manchester, South—Samuel Hulme and Thos. Clifton; Thos. Allin,
William Shuttleworth, and Peter Wilson Greaves, superannuated.
James Henshaw, Chairman.
Newcastle-upon-tyne—Thomas Gordon Roby.
Gateshead—Samuel Jones and David Sheldon.
Noeth Shields—Lot Saxton and John Innocent.
Sdnderland—Thomas Griffiths and Clement Linley.
Samuel Jones, Chairman.
Nottingham—John Hudston and Charles Mann.
Thomas Scattergood (Newark).
John Ramsden (Mansfield); George Goodall, and John Flather, supernumeraries. Boston—John Wynne. Derry—Simeon Woodhouse. One to be sent.
Simeon Woodhouse, Chairman.
Sheffield, Noeth—Thomas Mills and John Medicraft.
William Burrows, Chairman.
William Ford, Supernumerary.
Bolton—Benjamin Turnock (Manchester District).