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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 indirato a
has lately been showing up, with
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 1819," and also a history of their own body--works replete with inte. rest. 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
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 Wesleyan 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.---Editon.
THE STATE OF THE CONNEXION. We have not received many official We call attention to the interesting reports of the present state of ihe Con- communication from the esteemed nexion, but from all we hear there is president. The friends at Leeds are good reason to believe that there is a doing nobly. They are setting an general improvement. The accounts example to the Connexion. Let it of Tipton and London will be read be follower generally, and the sum with interest. The brethren in the of three thousand pounds will be seJanchester district seem alive to cured by next Conference. It is quite every department of usefulness. The evident that all our institutions are ministers of that district have issued now approaching towards that full an address to the members on the and cordial support, and are carried subjects of personal piety and use on with that degree of efficiency fulness, and we publish it in this which we have long desired to see. number for the edification and profit Let us go on to improve, and, comof others. A Circuit union of Sun- bining these laudable exertions with day-schools we are glad to see increased dependance on God, wo organized in Manchester. The re shall realize a new era in our history. port of their first meeting does them ENLARGEMENT OF THE MAGAZINE honour ; we give it entire, and its To FIFTY.Sıx Pages.-It will gratify perusal will well repay the reader. our friends to know that the ComWe wish these unions were general mittee have resolved to enlarge the throughout the Connexion. A novel size of the Magazine to fifty-six expedient has been tried with good pages per month. This step is success at Pendleton-& Parents' adopted at the suggestion of the Tea Meeting. Such a plan seems Editor', to afford him more scope for well adapted to secure the co-opera- the introduction of articles of general tion of parents, and is well worth a interest ; and in adopting it they trial in other places.
rely upon the zealous co-operation of ministers, local preachers, leaders, Sabbath-school teachers, and friends in general, to secure a large increase of subscribers to the Magazine. This is necessary to cover expenses. We should have now a circulation of at least 4000 per month, and we are glad to find others suggesting this number as our standard. Well, let us all resolve that it shall be done.
The enlargement of the Magazine will involve the Editor in additional labour, but this he is quite willing to render for so good a cause. Besides, he has the promise of assistance from esteemed ministers and friends whose contributions will enrich our pages and augment the usefulness of our Magazine.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR ON THE INCREASED CIRCULATION
OF OUR MAGAZINES. SIR-I was very much pleased on But in addition to this, every reading the letter from “ A Teacher" Sabbath-school teacher ought to take in your magazine for November re- the small magazine. This I consispecting the circulation of our two der to be their indispensable duty, very excellent periodicals. I hope and if it were done, the small magazine the matter will be taken up with that would attain a circulation of about sincerity and energy it justly de. 30,000. There can be very little mands. It is indeed high time for doubt, then, as to the ability of the the Connexion to bestir itself in this Connexion to take even a larger matter, for the magazines deserve to number of our magazines than what be much more extensively circulated is proposed by “A Teacher;" and than they are at present. They are there can be as little doubt that what good magazines : this is reason the Connexion is able to do in this No. 1 why they should increase in matter it ought at once to accomplish, circulation. The profits derived from as a duty to itself and those instituthem are devoted to good objects: tions which the magazines are dethis is reason No. 2 why their cir- signed to benefit. Why, if the proculation should increase. The Con posed number should be reached, I nexion is well able to take a much believe the additional profits would larger number than it does at present; enable us to support two bome misand this is reason, par excellence, sionaries-only think of that! An why the circulation of our magazines increased circulation of the magazines ought at once to be very greatly in would stimulate to their greater excelcreased.
lence; this would be a certain result. The number proposed by “A The minds both of our scholars and Teacher" is, in my opinion, à very members would be incalculably benemoderate one; and no one who looks fited; Connexional attachment would at the statistics of our Connexion increase among us; our funds would can have any doubt as to its ability be free from embarrassment; and as to take even a larger number than a Connexion, we should be doing our what he proposes. The number of duty in this matter, and thus secure members in England alone is 16,535, the divine blessing. Let us, then, and, supposing our large magazine Mr. Editor, agitate for a proper and to circulate 4000, it would even then true Connexional circulation of our be only one to every four members magazines. The way to attain it will indeed, not quite so much. Again, soon be found, if our people are the number of Sabbath scholars in brought to see and feel their duty in England is within a fraction of this matter, for “where there's a will 44,000, and supposing that half the there's always a way." Hoping to number of these scholars were to see this at once realized, I remain, take the small magazine, its circula- &c., tion would at once be increased to
A LAYMAN. 22,000 in round numbers.
SUNDAY SCHOOL UNION, MANCHESTER, NORTH AND SOUTH
CIRCUITS. Twelve months ago a union was formed ing it of vast importance that our mis. of the Sabbath-schools in these Circuits, sionary operations shonld be greatly exan account of which appeared in the tended, both at home and abroad, hereby Magazine for December, 1851.
pledges itself to exert its influence in On Saturday evening, the 16th Octo properly organizing and well sustaining ber last, the first annual meeting was Juvenile Missionary Associations in our held in Salem School-room, Strangeways, schools. Manchester. The Rev. S. Hulme bad Mr. MARSLAND. Our Adult Classes : been advertised for chairman, but domes. their object and the best mode of contic affliction preventing his attendance, ducting them to secure the intellectual Mr. W. Jenkinson, the treasurer, was and spiritual improvement of our senior called upon to supply his place, which scholars. he did in a manner creditable to himself Mr. T. E. WHITTAKER, Our School and to the Counexion.
Libraries: their character, importance, A report of the year's proceedings was and the duty of conductors, teachers and read by the secretary, from which it ap scholars in relation to them. pears that there are eight schools in the Mr. John Mack. Our “ JUVENILE INtwo Circuits, containing 252 teachers STRUCTOR." The importance of its more and 1,949 scholars, producing an average extensive circulation, and the means to attendance of 1,641. The sale of our secure it. " Juvenile Magazine" is 541 copies per At the close of Mr. Mack's address, a month, which it is hoped will be consi. few remarks were made by Mr. Sower. derably increased during the next year. butts, Mr. Derbyshire, Mr. T. Carter, There are 3,128 volumes for the use of Mr. C. Jackson, Mr. D. Holt, and the tcachers and scholars, each school having secretary. its own library. Juvenile missionary T he meeting was of a most interesting operations are also carried on very suc character, and the speeches well calcucessfully in the schools; and if adding lated to arouse all who heard them to believers to the visible Church of Christ still greater exercion in the glorious work be the best test of successful effort of Sabbath-school instruction. amongst us, we have abundant cause to I entertain little doubt, sir, but you take courage and go on our way re- will think with our committee, that it is joicing.
very desirable that similar Unions should Between 200 and 300 teachers and be formed in all our Circuits, feeling peradult scholars were present at the meet suaded as we do that they would tend ing, when able and interesting speeches to promote the general interests of the were made on the following subjects:- Circuits, and ultimately of the Connexion Rev. J. GRAHAM. The Sunday school at large.
Tuos. JONES, Union. What is it? Its importance
Secretary. and its adaptation to the wants of our 20, Grove-street, Manchester. schools and Churches.
8th Nov., 1852. Rev. T. CLIFTox. This meeting deem
SUNDAY SCHOOL UNION, MANCHESTER CIRCUITS. First ANNUAL REPORT, READ AT SALEM CHAPEL SCHOOL-ROOM, Oct. 16th, 1852.
It has been observed, and with the the extraordinary power of steam, not force of truth, that the previous six only to human wants, but to human incenturies have a character peculiar to tercourse, sometbing more seems imeach of them. The thirteenth century plied than the lessening of manual may be termed the age of chivalry and labour, preparing us for a great increase romance; the fourteenth, that of trade of knowledge and civil improvement and commerce ; the fifteenth, of dis a splendid development of the powers of covery-printing, and the passages to nature, and the faculties of man. Even India and America; the sixteenth, the now, though only half of the nineteenth age of religion ; the seventeenth, of century bas rolled away, perhaps we science; and the eighteenth of war may venture to call it, THE AGE OF cruel, horrid war! We cannot yet tell EDUCATION!! what the leading features, the charac With this talismanic word the Comteristics of the present century may be ; mittee of the Union appear with their but looking at its mechanical aspect, First Annual Report before their breththe application and general direction of ren, neighbours, and friends. But here,
perhaps, it may be necessary briefly to view. Though originating with, and state what we mean by education. Dr. generally speaking sustained by the Johnson defines it thus, “ To bring up, middle classes, this system has rapidly to instruct youth, formation of manners increased knowledge, given birth to in in the young;" and the judicious fant and day schools, elicited and proved Hooker says, “ Education and in the capacity of infancy, explored the struction are the means, the one by use, field of childish thonght and expression, the other by precept, to make our produced libraries for the nursery, mulnatural faculty of reason both the better tiplied in abundance the aids to develop. and sooner to judge rightly between ment, improved onr literature, and truth and error, good and evil."
created a sound, healthy, and effective To raise this question in public esti. public opinion, Nor is even this all ; mation, to rouse families and Churches it has moreover educated and prepared to a deep and an abiding sense of its im many ministers and missionaries, who portance, was this Educational Union have been pillars and ornaments of the formed. Its promoters united as one Church; and to supply Sabbath-schools man, in the desire, prayer, and effort to with Bibles, first arose that mighty promote the general interests of the agent for good, the British and Foreign Circuits, and ultimately of the Con- Bible Society. Judging from the innexion at large, by an improvement of terest which her Majesty the Queen its schools, the spread of sound prin- took on her visit to Manchester, twelve ciples, the establishment of meetings months ago, in the scene which was pre. for regular intercourse, and mutual im pared for her in Peel Park, your comprovement among the instructors, and mittee believe that, could she be induced in an especial manner to engage general to visit Sabbath-schools, and attend the attention to the Sabbath-school system, examination of the children, sbe would as admirably adapted to this glorious ob- be delighted with their knowledge and ject. Thousands of voluntary instructors understanding of the sacred volume, her are teaching, Sabbath after Sabbath, tens maternal heart would throb with emoof thousands of children to read, to un- tion as she listened to their artless rederstand, to love and obey, the book plies; and, if left to her own judgment of books; that, like Timothy, from child and feeling, she might turn to her behood they may know the Holy Scrip- loved consort and say, in effect, “We tures, as given by inspiration of God, will patronise these schools; they are and as profitable for instruction in the best means for carrying out my righteousness. Can there be a more de royal grandfather's wisb, that every lightful sight than a large school filled child in these dominions may be able to with the young, classed according to read the Bible.'” their capacity, seated and standing How great would be the influence of alternately around the person of a faith- sucb royal visits! What an encourageful and diligent teacber, who, with de- ment to the friends and teachers, and vout and studious care, takes the Bible what a stirring among the cold and halflesson, and with looks of kindness, and hearted in this labour of love! simple words, with gentleness not to be Though not surprised that this quesruffled by perversity, with patience nottion is not mooted among the high and to be exbansted by dulness, imparts mighty of the earth, still deeply do your saving truths, “line apon line, and pre- committee deplore that so much indifcept upon precept," as their youthful ference to this interesting system preminds can bear and comprehend ? If vails, not only in general society, but in angels, and the “spirits of the just our very Churches; and with anxious solimade perfect," are observant of anything citude we ask, Do not the days in which below, surely they often bend from their we live present considerations eminently celestial thrones to look upon a scene calculated to stimulate, and arouse like this, and as they witness impressions Christians of every name to combined made on the minds of young immortals, and strenuous effort, in imperting to the which, through Christ, shall be the youthful mind those Scriptural truths means of raising them to the skies, they which make wise to salvation ! Would gladly tune afresh their harps of gold, not this, under the divine blessing, be and make heaven's eternal arches ring the best antidote to the poison which with their anthems of praise to God and is pouring forth from the many earnest the Lamb.
and active agents in the service of the If it were possible to show what our father of lies and destroyer of souls ! social state would be without the aid of "Men may deny the Bible,' says & Sabbath-schools, a mournful picture we recent American writer, "and set their are persuaded would be presented to Tisdom above the wisdom of that book;
but light does not follow the rising of the sun more invariably than national prosperity and stability follow the nation ibat obeys the Bible ; and darkness will follow the setting of the sun with no inore certainty than discord and national ruin follow the nation which rejects the Bible."
And upon the opening of a recent commission in one of our assize towns, & learned Judge thus concluded his charge to the Grand Jury : “ The diffasion of sound religious knowledge, in which there can be no excess, amongst the labouring classes, is the best security for their orderly behaviour, and the peace and safety of the empire."
Your Committee, whilst thankful to the Great Head of the Church that unity of heart and action has prevailed in their business and general meetings, now proceed to a statement of details immediately connected with their own local operations.
In the two Manchester Circuits there are eight schools, six only of which have already joined the Union; the other two, Eccles and Altrincham, we did hope would ere this have seen it to be their duty, as well as privilege, to unite with us; but although they have not done so at present, they, in common with the schools in the Union, have been treated in every respect as though they formed a part of it, and we are willing to hope that the time is not far distant when they will freely cast in their lot among us. All the schools have been visited, and addressed quarterly, by our most experienced and active Sunday-school agents, who have encouraged the teachers and scholars by their presence and intercourse with them.
The first quarterly meeting was held on the 13th December, 1851, when a paper was read by the Rev. T. Cartwright on “ The Influence of Sabbathschools in relation to the Present and Future Condition of the Church and the World." The second, on the 20th of March, 1852, when Mr. E. W. Makin son, M.A., delivered an address on “Our Connexional Catechism." The attendance on both occasions was encouraging, and the services of considerable interest.
The annual service for children and teachers was held on Whit-Wednesday, Jane 2nd, in Peter-street Chapel. Though the weather was unfavourable, between 500 and 600 scholars assembled, and were addressed by the Rev. Mr. Clapham (Independent). The cheerful and well-sustained attention of the chil. dren proved the reverend gentleman's
appeal to be a successful one. He entered with his whole heart into the service, and expressed his pleasure and thanks for the privilege, as also his willingness to serve us on any future occasion.
By these means we have reason to believe that in many instances the weak have been strengthened, the discouraged animated, the indifferent moved, and the thoughtless aroused.
[Here follows a statistical account of the schools in the Manchester Union; but as this bas already been given in the account of the meeting, we need not repeat it.]
These are the details of our first year. Io closing their Report, your Committee, with deep anxiety for the continuance and spread of pure scriptural instruction, feel it their duty to press upon the attention of ministers, officers, leaders, and members of Churches, the great importance of Sabbath-school operations, and with united voice intreat their countenance in proceeding with this glorious work, and thereby promoting the interests of these nurseries of the Churches; we solicit their co-operation, and earnestly intreat them to identify these schools as part and parcel of the Christian Church.
with every sentiment of grateful esteem may we be permitted to turn to our revered ministers, and specially urge them to assist in rightly directing these institutions-institutions of endearing interest. The questions of senior classes, the appointment of officers and teachers, occasional meetings of former scholars, and systems of visitation to parents and districts, need the assistance of their experience, prudence, and judgment. We, therefore, solicit them to confer with the teachers in committee, and favour them with their countenance and support, so that provision may be made for perpetuating to the Churches future Samuels, Davids, and Isaiahs. The glimpse, the distant glimpse of such help, such union, is animating and strengthening to the Committee, and suggests as their conclusion the application of the cheering language of the poetCome, bright improvement, on the car of
time, And rule the spacious world, from clime to These Bible schools shall every wild ex
plore, Pass o'er the waves, and culture every shore.
Thomas Jones. 20, Grove-street, Manchester,
16th October, 1852.