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LIVERPOOL DISTRICT. LIVERPOOL-William Baggaly and Charles Ward ; James Wilson, sen., and
George Bradshaw (Southport), supernumeraries. CHESTER—John Nelson and William Beresford. HAWARDEN-William Hughes.
William Baggaly, Chairman.
William Cooke, Editor and Book Steward.
William Cooke, Chairman.
William Shuttleworth, and Peter Wilson Greaves, superannuated.
James Henshaw, Chairman.
Samuel Jones, Chairman,
Thomas Scattergood (Newark).
Simeon Woodhouse, Chairman.
William Burrows, Chairman.
William Ford, Supernumerary.
Lisburn Branch-John Baird.
Lurgan-John Service, Assistant Missionary.
Assistant Superintendent, W. M'Clare.
TOTAL IN THE CONNEXION.-CHAPELS, 361; CIRCUIT PREACHERS, 146; LOCAL PREACHERS, 884; MEMBERS, 21,390 ; SUNDAY SCHOOLS, 342 ; TEACHERS, 7,853; SCHOLARS, 46,932.
• Since the Minutes were published, the returns for 1852 have arrived, from which it appears that the number of members in Canada is increased to 4,149.
THE WESLEYAN METHODIST CONNEXION IN AMERICA.
AND OUR OWN DENOMINATION. THE Wesleyan Methodist Con- organized as a Connexion at a Connexion of America commenced the vention held at Utica, May 31, proceedings of their third General 1813, and consisted of a number of Conference at Syracuse, in the State separate societies and ministers, who, of New York, on the 6th of October in different parts of the United last, and terminated their sittings States of America, had seceded from on the 14th; the Rev. Cyrus Prindle the “ Episcopalian Methodists," being President. One resolution of chietly on the ground of slavery. this Conference brings this zealous The existence of this denomination, and respectable denomination into therefore, is a monumental protest fraternal and immediate co-operation against the sin of slavery. Severe with ourselves. In revising their and protracted were the struggles measures for more effective mis which the leading men of this de sionary operations both at home and nomination made to purge the abroad, they have passed a resolu- Parent Body from its connivance tion which proposes to transfer the at, and participation in, the sin of whole field of labour in Canada to slavery; and it was not until all our body, cordially tendering to us hope of its reformation had expired, their “sympathy and material aid and certain arbitrary regulations had in supporting missionaries among been passed, which further abridged the refugees from American slavery." the liberties of the people, that these But we give the resolution itself, as several bands of Christian men officially reported in their newspaper adopted the resolution to secede. of October 23rd :
But this purpose once taken, they “That, by request of the Michigan Con
firmly stood to their ground; and the ference, a correspondence be opened be
several societies having coalesced at tween the Secretary of the Society to be the above-named Convention, they organized, and the Wesleyan Methodist formed an active, zealous, and enNew Connexion of Canada, with a view terprizing body, diffusing around to transfer the whole field of Canada them the light and liberty of the Missions to that body, tendering them Gospel, and promoting with great our sympathy and material aid' in enerov and devotedness the salvation supporting missionaries among the refu.
of immortal souls. gees from American slavery."
It is gratifying to find that in their Of course, we are not prepared to organization they have parted with report the result of the negotiations nothing in Methodism but slavery, here determined upon, nor can we prelacy, and despotism. They reform a conjecture as to the extent of tain the scriptural doctrines and soulthe field already occupied by our refreshing ordinances of Methodism, Wesleyan brethren ; but we look with the itinerant and local ministry, and much pleasure upon the spirit by have formed a constitution of Church which they are actuated in this order which secures for the people measure. It is evidently that of a voice in conjunction with the Christian kindness and confidence; ministry in all matters of discipline, and we can assure our brethren of finance, government and legislation. the Wesleyan Methodist Connexion Their annual and general Conferences that this feeling is most cordially are constituted on the principle of an reciprocrated by ourselves, and by equal number of ministers and lay all of our denomination to whom representatives; and, in fact, they their history is known. .
are almost identical with our own For the information of our readers Connexion in all matters of discipline on this side of the Atlantic, it may and government. be proper to state that the Wesleyan Not having yet received the Methodists of America are a denomi- Minutes of this denomination, we are nation distinct both from the Epis- not prepared to state precisely their copal and the Protestant Methodists number of members; but on reterring of America. This body was formally to the American Almanack for 1851