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THE MYSTERIES OF DIVINE PROVIDENCE. To appreciate an act, it is neces. God governs the affairs of men so sary to understand the aim of the “that they should seek the Lord if actor. Ignorance on this point not haply they might feel after him, and unfrequently involves observers in find him ;" and this delightful truth perplexity or mistake. The old lady has the highest possible confirmation who lived contiguous to the great in the fact that the government of philosopher Newton, took him to be the world is in the hands of Christ. some silly man sunk in thoughtless. From his mediatorial throne goes ness of senility and second child forth the power which upholds the hood, because she frequently saw physical universe, governs the nations him sedulously watching the soap of the earth, and protects the hairs bubbles which he created from a which grow upon a disciple's head. bowl of suds and a pipe. But when What a beautiful thought is this ! she learned that by means of these What light and lustre it sheds upon very bubbles he was intensely study the common-places of life! What ing the laws of light, she readily unity it imparts to millions of seemchanged her mind and viewed him ingly isolated events! Looking on in his true character.
the nations and on individual history, Many of our perplexities concern we see what appear to be a strange ing the mysteries of Divine Provi- medley of mysteries, and wonders, dence, as we term those acts of God and contradictions. We look again; which we cannot understand, grow we regard all these facts as God's out of our failure to keep in view the means of making man sick of sin and great aim of his government. We desirous of purity, and the contradicwonder what they mean and why tions disappear, the mysteries vanish, they are permitted. Providences ap- and all things stand as consistent pear to us as strange, as inexplicable parts of a great and beautiful whole. and inconsistent as did the act of the Everywhere we see God teaching the philosopher to his unreflecting and people how bitter a thing it is to sin ignorant observer. Examined by the -how unsatisfactory, and even light of the Divine aim, they would wretched is life without his favourwear the aspect of beautiful and love how beautiful and blissful is virtue. ing consistency.
Everywhere we see him maintaining Can we know what that aim is? the glory of his own character, un. Is it revealed ? May it be under- tarnished by a single violation of the stood? We think so. To us it ap- great principles of righteousness. pears that the object of the atone. Every fact is like a line of light ment and government of the world tending to a common focus; and is one and the same. In the former, though in reaching its focal point it God aims to restore a fallen race to passes through a medium too dense purity; to " present every man per for us to trace its passage distinctly, fect in Christ Jesus;" in the latter he yet we may feel assured it will not directs the affairs of men so as to fail of doing so; for the Lord is king, place them in circumstances most and he governs all things and all conducive to their salvation. This is men in strict accordance with the distinctly asserted by the great apostle ends of the Saviour's death.-Zion's in his celebrated discourse on Mars Herald. Hill, where he expressly teaches that
Hope.-A bright and beautiful bird is Hope; it will come to us mid the darkness, and sing the sweetest song when our spirits are saddest; and when the lone soul is weary, and longs to pass away, it warbles its sunniest notes, and tightens again
the slender fibres of our hearts that grief has been tearing away.
FIVE FACTS.-A firm faith is the best divinity; a good life the best philosophy; a clear conscience the best law ; honesty the best policy, and temperance the best medicine.
INDIVIDUAL RESPONSIBILITY. The Christian religion invests the succeeds not by his own labours has individual with full, undivided re- failed, and who wins not by his own sponsibility. She nerer permits prowess is defeated this adds a per. him to merge himself with his fel petual and powerful influence to lows, corporate or non-corporate; great and multiplied individual she never permits a single particle of labours. his conscience to be yielded up on The conscious dignity with which his entering any fraternity; she religion invests men, by investing never permits one item of service to them with this conscious individube withbeld on the plea that co-part ality, is an additional inducement to ners are under equal obligation to human activity. As a self-constructperform it; she proposes to bestow ing, self-acting, self-responsible isolaher full glorious rewards on him tion among the works and intellisingly, if he singly be worthy; she gences of God, man is intensely proposes all her woes to him singly, prompted, in order to be worthy of if singly he be unworthy.
himself, to attempt great outward By thus separating men from efficiency and accomplishment. masses and amalgamations, by thus Brave a man may be, as an undissetting down each man apart, and tinguished ingredient of a body of constituting him an entirely account. soldiery; but detached and drawn ability to breathe, to think, to desire, forth singly for a daring exploit, the to will, to act, to attain, religion motive to chivalrous action is imholds an influence in producing hu mensely augmented. By religion man activity of vast, incalculable every man without exception is thus power. Left with none to depend on detailed and assigned singly to a mobut himself, he must act, or gain mentous, a hazardous, a holy service. nothing-he must act, or lose every. He feels the honour and importance tbing. No man has an oarsman to of his position; he turns his eye push him while he is asleep. He upon the great interests dependent must up and strike for himself; upon himself alone; his heart swells lustily and alone must stem the tide, with noble, high purposes, as be or be swept on hopelessly into use thinks of the part committed all to lessness, ruin, and oblivion. The himself to perform. Under a lofty associated fact, ever recognized in and generous impulse, created by the Scriptures, if not by statement, this consciousness a great instrument certainly by inference, that the great exclusively in his own hands, he will ends of life, not attained personally, go out to almost incredible energies are not attained at all—that who, and labours.- White.
TRUE METHODOF 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 circumfer ence, 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 civi. lize the whole circumference of the social system.- Rev. Dr. Cumming.
Maxims FOR TEACHERS.-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 can help him.
THE SUPPLEMEN T.
CONNEXIONAL DEPARTMENT. EXTRACTS FROM THE MINUTES OF THE METHODIST NEW
CONNEXION CONFERENCE OF 1832. 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.
Thomas Allin, Missionary Secretary.
Richard Roberts, Guardian-Representatives.
A. Built and opened : Midgley and Monk Bretton, Barnsley Circuit; Honley, Huddersfield ; New Hartley, Blyth ; Park, Sheffield South ; Wepre and Kinnerton, Hawarden ; Colcham, Shrewsbury; Levels, Thorne ; Princes End, Dudley; Langley, Macclesfield. Chapels enlarged: Brancepeth, Sunderland; Bitch Burn, Sunderland.
Q. 4. What Chapels are now being built ?
A. Henry Piggin, William Wilshaw, Charles Mann, Cathbert 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, wbo 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 ?
The Rev. George Wall, was born 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 & 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 bis persuasion that Mr. Wall was in. duced 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 Itineraney;" and upon all occasions was ready to advocate its polity. In 1799, he was called out as a Circuit preacher, and appointed to Newcastle-npon 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 esteemi 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 apon 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 bad 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 Christ Jesus. . .. I would now fully, freely, abso-
Q. 10. How are the Ministers stationed for the ensuing year?
(supply); and John Hillcock (supernumerary).
Parkinson Thomas Gilton, Chairman.
Poxon; Joseph Livingston, superannuated.
Law Stoney, Chairman.
Thomas Waterhouse, Chairman.
Gutteridge; William Jones, superannuated.