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Rev. John Taylor, Superintendent of the Mission.
Lisburn Branch—John Baird.
Broomhedge ditto—Samuel Nicholson.
Priesthill ditto—John Shuttleworth.
Lurgan—John Service, Assistant Missionary. Newtownards—Thomas Seymour. Smithborough—John Lyons.
General Superintendent, J. H. Robinson.
Assistant Superintendent, W. M'Clure.
Prince Edward—J. Oates and J. M'Allister.
Toronto City—General Superintendent, D. Savage.
TOTAL IN THE CONNEXION.—Chapels, 361; Ciecitit Preachers, 146; Local Preachers, 884; Memrers, 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.
Methodist Con- organized as a Connexion at a ConTHE STATE OF THE CONNEXION.
The Wesleyan nexion of America commenced the proceedings of their third General Conference at Syracuse, in the State of New York, on the Gth of October last, and terminated their sittings on the 14th; the Rev. Cyrus Prindle being President. One resolution of this Conference brings this zealous and respectable denomination into fraternal and immediate co-operation with ourselves. In revising their measures for more effective missionary operations both at home and abroad, they have passed a resolution which proposes to transfer the whole field of labour in Canada to our body, cordially tendering to us their "sympathy and material aid in supporting missionaries among the refugees from American slavery." But we give the resolution itself, as officially reported in their newspaper of October 23rd :—
"That, by requestor the Michigan Conference, a correspondence be opened between the Secretary of the Society to be organized, and the Wesleyan Methodist New Connexion of Canada, with a view to transfer the whole field of Canada Missions to tbat body, tendering them our 'sympathy and material aid' in supporting missionaries among the refugees from American slavery."
Of course, we are not prepared to report the result of the negotiations here determined upon, nor can we form a conjecture as to the extent of the field already occupied by our Wesleyan brethren; but we look with much pleasure upon the spirit by which they are actuated in this measure. It is evidently that of Christian kindness and confidence; and we can assure our brethren of the Wesleyan Methodist Connexion that this feeling is most cordially reciprocrated by ourselves, and by all of our denomination to whom their history is known.
For the information of our readers on this side of the Atlantic, it may be proper to state that the Wesleyan Methodists of America are a denomination distinct both from the Episcopal and tho Protestant Methodists of America. This body was formally
vention held at Utica, May 31, 1813, and consisted of a number of separate societies and ministers, who, in different parts of the United States of America, had seceded from the "Episcopalian Methodists," elderly on the ground of slavery. The existence of this denomination, therefore, is a monumental protest against the sin of slavery. Severe and protracted were the struggles which the leading men of this de nomination made to purge the Parent Body from its connivance at, and participation in, the sin of slaver)-; and it was not until all hope of its reformation had expired, and certain arbitrary regulations had been passed, which further abridged the liberties of the people, that these several bands of Christian men adopted the resolution to secede. But this purpose once taken, they firmly stood to their ground; and the several societies having coalesced at the above-named Convention, they formed an active, zealous, and enterprizing body, diffusing around them the light and liberty of the Gospel, and promoting with great energy and devotedness the salvation of immortal souls.
It is gratifying to find that in thenorganization they have parted with nothing in Methodism but slavery, prelacy, and despotism. They retain the scriptural doctrines and soulrefreshing ordinances of Methodism, the itinerant and local ministry, and have formed a constitution of Church order which secures for the people a voice in conjunction with tho ministry in all matters of discipline, finance, government and legislation. Their annual and general Conferences are constituted on the principle of an equal number of ministers and lay representatives; and, in fact, they are almost identical with our own Connexion in all matters of discipline and government.
Not having yet received the Minutes of this denomination, we are not prepared to state precisely their number of members; but on referri ng to tho American Almanack for 1851
we find them stated at 20,000. Their motto is evidently " Onward," and we believe they are increasing in number and daily augmenting in influence. They have had, and still have, a number of talented and energetic ministers in the body. The intrepid, upright, and noble-minded Orange Scott, who fell a sacrifice to his excessive labours, would have been an honour to any community. The Rev. Luther Lee, late editor of the " True Wesleyan," is the author of several excellent works, which indicate a thoughtful and vigorous mind. The Rev. Lucius Matlack, their present editor, is a talented and energetic man, and author of the "Memoirs of Rev. Orange Scott," and of a volume comprising a " History of American Slavery and Methodism, from 1780 to 1849," and also a history of their own body—works replete with interest. We have had the pleasure of seeing and shaking hands with one of their devoted ministers, the Rev. J. Miles, who called upon us in the spring of 1851—a gentleman who
has lately been showing up, with good effect, the Protean form of a certain arch-deceiver who once troubled our Israel, and is now diffusing his poisonousprinciplesinAmerica. This denomination has two periodicals— a weekly newspaper and a juvenile magazine; it has also lately opened a theological institution for the instruction of candidates for the ministry, of which the Rev. Cyrus Prindle, president of the late Conference, is the Professor. The name assumed by the body is one which is liable, at first sight, to be confounded with that of the parent body; but on the other side of the Atlantic it is sufficiently distinctive, as the parent body is there called "The Episcopalian Methodist Church," but this, "The Wesleyau Methodist Connexion of America." Most cordially do we wish this denomination a continuance of peace and abundant prosperity, and pray that God may make them a thousand times as many more as they are.—Editoh.
We have not received many official reports of the present state of the Connexion, but from all we hear there is good reason to believe that there is a general improvement. The accounts of Tipton and London will be read with interest. The brethren in the Manchester district seem alive to every department of usefulness. The ministers of that district have issued an address to the members on the subjects of personal piety and usefulness, and we publish it in this number for the edification and profit of others. A Circuit union of Sunday-schools we are glad to see organized in Manchester. The report of their first meeting does them honour; we give it entire, and its perusal will well repay the reader. We wish these unions were general throughout the Connexion. A novel expedient has been tried with good success at Pendleton—a Parents' Tea Meeting. Such a plan seems well adapted to secure the co-operation of parents, and is well worth a trial in other places.
We call attention to the interesting communication from the esteemed president. The friends at Leeds are doing nobly. They are setting aR example to the Connexion. Let it be followed generally, and the sum of three thousand pounds will be secured by next Conference. It is quite evident that all our institutions are now approaching towards that full and cordial support, and are carried on with that degree of efficiency which we have long desired to see. Let us go on to improve, and, combining these laudable exertions with increased dependance on God, wo shall realize a new era in our history.
Enlakgement Of The Magazine To Eiftysix Pages.—It will gratify our friends to know that the Committee have resolved to enlarge the size of the Magazine to fifty-six pages per month. This step is adopted at the suggestion of the Editor, to afford him more scope for the introduction of articles of general interest; and in adopting it they rely upon the zealous co-operation of