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Neither should we overlook those who are without. Many go along the streams of time to eternity saying, as they go, "No man careth for my soul." Can nothing be done to win these souls to Christ? You say, We have invited them. Do it again, the second time; do it again, the third time; the danger to which they are exposed is great. The Redeemer longs for their conversion. You will be blessed while trying to be a blessing to others; should you succeed in reclaiming hut one wanderer how great the glory! Let him know that he that converteth a sinner from the error of his ways shall save a soul from death and shall hide a multitude of sins. Brethren might go out two and two, taking so many families by house-row, and invite those who go to no place of worship, and urge them to join our assemblies; by practice the habit would be formed, and yield its reward; you would, brethren—

Enjoy the grace to angels given,
And serve the royal heirs of heaven.

The practice of holding short prayermeetings on Sunday evenings, before the public service, to bring down the power of God on our assemblies, should be tried again. Is there not a cause? Do we not much need more of the divine presence? May we not realize much more? Oh, yes !—

The Lord will to Ms temples come; Prepare your hearts to make him room.

Brethren, our hearts are op en to you; now, for a recompense in the same, be ye enlarged! We judge correctly when we state that you esteem your ministers, you love the brethren, you pray for the peace and prosperity of our Zion, you long for the coming of Christ's kingdom.

Your ministers, anxious that you should have your best desires fulfilled, have met together and prayed for you, and agreed to address to you these words of counsel.

Receive us; we long for your perfection, and for the spiritual growth and increase of our Churches. The time— yea, the set time to remember Zion is come. We have had a day especially set apart to deplore the falling off of our numbers last year; hew depressing the news of declension—how cheering the tidings of success! Great will be our rejoicing if, at the next Conference, we can report the accession of hundreds of converts to our Churches; the very thought makes the heart bound with delight! Why should it not be so?

All things are ready. Are we ready? Who, then, is willing to consecrate his services this day unto the Lord? May n spirit of holy enterprize be diffused amongst us all; and, full of faith and the Holy Ghost, may we go forth to our work and reap an abundant harvest.

To God, brethren, we commend ourselves and you. May he bless and make us a blessing! We are, beloved brethren, yours,

The Ministers.

PREACHERS' SONS.

Mr. Editor,—I rejoice to know that our magazine is open for the temperate discussion of questions affecting our interests and well-being as a community. I feel assured, therefore, that you will give insertion to the following brief article on a subject which we cannot but think of some importance.

I had recently a conversation with one of our worthy ministers in reference to preachers' sons, and the question was asked, Why are so few of our preachers' sons in the ministry? After viewing the subject in various lights, we came to the conclusion that a Connexional institution for the training Of preachers' sons at a moderate cost was a great desideratum among us. It is well known that a considerable proportion of the ministers, both among the Wesleyans and Dissenters, consists of preachers' sons. It is equally well known that both Dissenters and Wesleyans have schools, or collegiate institutions, for the training of the ministers' sons. In the case of Wesl?yan ministers, the cost of education to the parent is little or nothing; and among the Independents and the Baptists it is fixed at a very low rate, the remainder being supplied by contributions from wealthy members and friends of the respective communities. Why may not the Connexion have an institution of this kind? We are fully persuaded, Mr. Editor, that thereisboth the ability and the disposition on the part of many of our friends to assist in promoting such an object; and that the matter needs only to be plainly laid before them in order to secure their sanction and support. The salaries of our ministers, while they afford the means of comfortable subsistence, are yet not sufficient to allow of a superior education for their children. A plain, commercial training is all that they can hope to effect for their offspring. Several of our ministers, in order to secure the advantages of classical and extended culture •2 it -2

to their children, have sent them to dissenting schools expressly established for preachers' sons, and supported in part hy the contributions of the people. Now, while we cannot blame our ministers for endeavouring to secure a superior education for their children at a moderate cost, we think that such an institution ought to be established among ourselves; that it ought to be Connexional in its aims, supported by Connexional contributions, and conducted by Connexional teachers.

If our ministers are compelled, from motives of economy or necessity, to send their sons to dissenting schools, the probability is that those sons will imbibe the principles taught in those schools; and, instead of becoming Me thodists, will become Baptists or Independents; they will gradually lose all Connexional attachment and allegiance, and finally be lost to the community. It is a remarkable fact, that, out of the eighty-five circuit preachers in the New Connexion, we have only one minister's

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We would say, then, iu conclusion, let suitable premisesbe taken and fitted up; let an able, pious, and judicious teacher be chosen from our own ranks; let a few of our wealthy friends in each Circuit be solicited for an annual contribution; let the terms of instruction be fixed at a rate compatible with our ministers' limited means; let the education be extended to the classics, and to systematic and pastoral theology, together with such moral and intellectual culture as the present times demand; and I have no doubt great good will result both to our ministry and the Connexion at large. A Minister.

[The friends of the Connexion generally are agreed, we presume, with the opinion of our respected correspondent as to the desirableness and importance of the privilege for which he pleads; for it will be remembered this was one of the objects proposed to be accomplished by the Jubilee Fund, and, had that fund realized the amount contemplated, the important object would no doubt have been carried out. We are persuaded that this object will have to be taken up at some period, and the letter of our correspondent presents a fair topic for the consideration of our Jubilee Committee during the present year.]

Missions to Australia, providing the means to carry out their wishes can be obtained, I venture to suggest the propriety of issuing handsomely printed cards for the collecting of " Christmas Offerings" for the furtherance of the good cause. It is a practice in theWesleyan Connexion for the Sunday-scholars at Christmas to collect for their Missions. The writer knows one of their Circuits, where it is the custom of the superintendent to invite, a few days after Christmas, all those children to tea, after which he receives their "offerings;" when those who have collected not less than one shilling are generally rewarded with a picture of the missionary ship. Now, sir, if that community can raise a large amount of money yearly by this means, why may we not try to do the same? If all our Sunday-school teachers, and our friends generally, would try and induce their children to enter heartily into this work, I believe a sum large enough lo send out our first Australian missionary would be realized. There is not the least reason, sir, to suppose that the collecting of Christmas offerings will in the least injure the General Mission Fund. Christmas is a time when people give cheerfully, and there is no class who are more liberally treated at that time than our juvenile collectors. Let ns try, then, what we can do. If reports from the various Circuits which engage in it were sent to the Committee for insertion on the cover of our Febru , ary Magazine, every Circuit would then see what had and what might be done; and we should all look forward to that time with feelings of interest. Hoping that this humble "offering" may prove acceptable and useful,

I am, sir, yours respectfully,

October 20lh. William.

[We are happy to inform our correspondent that missionary books and cards of a superior sort have been prepared for our Sunday scholars and others; and as these will be sent out to the Circuits in the December parcels, the suggestion of our friend may be effectually carried out. Let our teachers and friends enter heartily into this good work.]

"CHEISTMAS OFFEEINGS."

Mh. Editor,—As it is the object of the Miesii nary Committee to extend our

Mandscript Prize Essays On ChrisTian Benevolence.—In the early part of the present year a gentleman named Mr. J. E. Pell, of Toronto, desirous to stimulate and encourage the Sundayscholars of that city to think and write on the subject of benevolence—no doubt with a view to their being induced to cherish and exercise that noble disposition— presented a handsomely-bound Reference-Bible to the superintendents of each of the twelve Sunday-schools in Toronto, that one might be given to the author of the best essay on that subject. The scholars, thus encouraged, set to work, and within a given time the essays were written, and finally the decision was given. We have eleven of these essays now before us, and they exhibit the commendable care bestowed, and the diversified talent exercised, by the juvenile essayists. The successful writer in our school at Toronto was William Tyner. We hope these dear children will largely possess and constantly exemplify this noble disposition. Then will they be blessed in themselves, and be a blessing to others.

OUR MISSIONS. Leeds Ciecbit.—On Sunday, November 7th, sermons, in behalf of our Missions, were preached in Ebenezer, Zion, and Armley Chapels, by the Revs. W. Cocker, J. Nicholas, and C. Atkinsou. On the following Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, meetings were held at the above places of worship, and were presided over, respectively, by our worthy friends, Mr. H. Dixon, Mr. C. T. Tiffany, and Mr. B. Wainman. The speakers at the meetings were the Revs. W. Cocker, J. Nicholas, P. J. Wright, C. Atkinson, W. Jones, T. Gutteridge, and Messrs. J. Mallinson, WN S. Yates, F. Nettleton, G. Walker, and J. Wilson. An excellent report was read by the secretary, Mr. E. Tiffany, and the speeches delivered by the various speakers produced a most bappy effect. The services of the deputation were highly appreciated; their words were fitly spoken, and were like apples of gold in net-work of silver; their sentiments, as they fell from their lips, were full of light for the intellect, warmth for the heart, and power for the conscience; the results were holy affections, and liberal contributions: the increase on the collections of last year, at Ebenezer £!!; at Zion, 9s.; at Armley, £1 18s. The collectors, also, are stimulated to greater activity, and the juveniles are all astir. Accordant with the resolutions of the late Conference, a number of our friends were invited to take tea with the deputation, previous to the meeting at Ebenezer, and stimulated to augment their subscriptions to our Mission Fund. The following are the results:—Messrs. J. G. and T. Heaps, £5; Messrs. H. and S.

Dixon, £4 4s.; Mr. Moss, .£2 2s.; Mr. Parker, £,>; Rev. P. J. Wright, £1 j Mr. Tiffany, £1; Mr. Topham, £1; Mr. R. Wright, £l; Mr. Love, £1. This is encouraging; and, as the missionary services have yet to be held at Hunslet and Bethesda, and our friends are never backward in a good work, we confidently expect a liberal in crease in the collections and subscriptions at these places. If the other Circuits in the Connexion, according to their ability, imitate the example of Leeds, the standard of three thousand pounds, set before us by the Conference, will be reached; and we shall be able next year to employ three or four additional home missionaries, do more for Ireland and Canada, and go to Australia. And why should it not be so? We have abundant resources, and woe be unto us if we do not employ them in extending the Connexion! Have we no laymen among us ready to stand forth, like Joshua and Caleb of old, with suitable gifts in their hands, and say unto their brethren, "Let us go up and possess the good land, for we are well able?' How is it that the highest subscription in our Missionary Report is only five guineas? While Wesleyans are giving their fifties and hundreds, and one is giving seven guineas a day to the cause of missions, have we no laymen in the Potteries, Lancashire, Yorkshire, and elsewhere, able and willing to give more than five guineas? Awake! arise ! ye men of means who dwell in costly houses, ye prosperous manufacturers, ye thriving tradesmen, ye well-employed operatives, ye young men and maidens, ye little children, and do your duty to the Missions of the Methodist New Connexion! P. J. Wright.

Newcastle-upon-tyne.—On Lord's day, Oct. 24th, two missionary sermons were preached in Salem chapel by the Rev. W. Baggaly of Liverpool. The annual meeting was held on the following Tuesday evening, when suitable and effective addresses were delivered by the Revs. W. Bnggaly (deputation), T. Griffiths of Sunderland, J. Simon of Blythe, and D. Sheldon of Gateshead. Our worthy and faithful friend Mr. J. F. Grant, the treasurer, occupied the chair; Mr. John Lee, the secretary, read the report and financial statement. The meeting, though not numerously attended, was pronounced highly interesting and satisfactory. During the same week, juvenile missionary services were held at Scotswood, and missionary meetings at Wallsend and St. Voter's Quay. In addition to some of those named above, the Revs. S. Jones of Gateshead, and L. Saxton and J. Innocent of Shields, with Messrs. J. Potts, sen. and Jan., and H. K. Robey, rendered assistance at these services and meetings. The services at St. Peter's Quay were preached on Lord's day, Oct. 31st, by the Revs. W. Baggaly and T. G. Robey.

The various services of this anniversary have been seasons of holy refreshing and great stimulus to our friends. May their healthful savour long abide with us. The collections are a little improved upon those of last year.

Connexional engagements bringing the Rev. W. Ford from Staffordshire among us, and likewise detaining the Rev. W. Baggaly here a second Sabbath, special religious services took place in Salem Chapel, Newcastle, on Lord's day, Oct. 31st. A prayer-meeting was held at nine o'clock, A.m. Mr. Baggaly preached morning and evening to increased congregations.

His discourses were practical, appropriate and earnest, and were highly appreciated by our people.

After the evening service, Mr. Ford addressed the Church and congregation, giving suitable counsel, and making encouraging statements relative to the improving state and prospects of the surrounding Circuits.

These services were continued on the following Monday and Tuesday evenings. The sojourn among us and labours of our highly-esteemed brethren and ministers, Messrs. Ford and Baggaly, are gratefully felt and acknowledged, as having tended to encourage and unite our friends in the great and holy work of building up and extending our Zion. May further fruits yet appear, such as shall be matured unto eternal life!

Nov., 1852. T. G. R.

Noeth Shields Ciecuit.—On Sunday, November 14th, sermons in behalf of our Missions were preached in West Holburn Chapel, South Shields; in the afternoon by Dr. Crofts of Birmingham, and in the evening by the Rev. T. Griffiths of Sunderland. The sermons were excellent aqd spirit-stirring, and highly calculated to awaken a tender and lively interest in behalf of the perishing souls of men. On the Tuesday evening following, the annual public meeting was held, our worthy friend, Mr. R. Foreman of Gateshead, in the chair. An, interesting report was read by the Rev. J. Innocent, and addresses were delivered by the Revs. H. O. Crofts, D.D , T. Griffiths (the deputation), S. Jones, T.

G. Robey, — Jones (Wesleyan Association), and Mr. W. G. Tate. The speeches, like the discourses on the Sabbath, were of the right kind, eminently adapted to tell on the hearts of the people, and to excite to greater zeal in the missionary cause. The attendance at these services, although the weather was extremely inclement, was good, the feeling produced excellent, and the collections encouraging.

On Sabbath, November 7th, a juvenile missionary meeting, of a very pleasing character, was held in the above chapel, an account of which has been forwarded for insertion in the "juvenile InStructor."

May a deeper solicitude for the salva tion of men be produced, not only in this Circuit, but through the Connexion.

North Shields. L. Saxton.

Longton Ciecuit.—The services in aid of our Missions were held in this Circuit on the 2ith of October, and during the following week. The sermons and addresses by the deputation—the Revs. H. Watts and T. Cartwright—were interesting and effective, tending much to excite the right feeling and promote greater efforts in the missionary enterprise. At the Longton meeting, the Revs. A. Lynn and S. Brown (Wesleyan), rendered us good service; and at Stoke we were favoured with the valuable aid of the Rev. W. Mills.

A circumstance occurred at Stoke which contributed much to interest the meeting and aid the collection. Mi. Brokenshire, formerly in connexion with us in Cornwall, but leaving that part, was under the necessity of uniting with our Wesleyan friends; being in the neighbourhood, he attended the meeting, and after expressing the good he had received in our community—his attachment to our principles, and sincere desires for our prosperity, proposed to give as much as should be collected. The collection was made, and amounted to £1 10s., when Mr. B. proposed that it should be made up to £2, and he would give other £2, which was very cheerfully done on both sides.

The weather was very unfavourable every day, which had an influence on the attendance, and consequently on the collections. Yet we have cause to thank God and take courage. C. J. D.

Scotland-steeet Chat-el.ShefField Noeth.—The Rev. John NelsoB, of Chester, preached twice in the above chapel on Sunday, Nov. 14, on behalf of the Methodist New Connexion Missions. The annual public meeting on behalf of the Missions was held in the same place on the following Monday evening, Mr. James Gledhill being called to the chair. The Rev. J. Medicraft read the report, which contained many interesting details, and from which we learn that the Society employs sixty-two missionaries, and has an industrial school in Galway, and that nearly ,£60 were raised in aid of the Society by the Scotland-street branch during the past year. The first address, which was well received, was delivered by the Rev. John Flather, of Nottingham. He was followed by the late Superintendent of the Irish Mission, the Rev. T. Mills, but now stationed in the Sheffield North Circuit, who delivered a speech replete with interesting details respecting the social and spiritual state of Ireland. He stated that the Missions of this Society are all (and more especially the Irish Mission) in a prosperous state. The Rev. J. Nelson then delivered a short but interesting address, and was succeeded by Mr. Francis Newberry, whose appearance and address were greeted with hearty applause; as were those also of Mr. G. B. Fox, the Rev. E. Wright, &c. After votes of thanks had been passed to the lady collectors of the past year, and to the chairman, the Rev. T. Mills pronounced the benediction. The attendance was large, notwithstanding the great downfall of rain, and much interest pervaded the meeting. The collections amounted to about £16.— Sheffield Times.

This is a small improvement on the previous year.

Londox Ciecbit.—It has long been matter for deep regret that Brunswick Chapel, so comfortable, so beautiful, so eligible, should so long have been so thinly attended, and that the congregation worshipping within its walls should have been for such a length of time in a languishing condition. Our position in this mighty metropolis has long been felt to be a reproach to us as a community, while many and amusing have been the explanations given as to the cause. The blame has been respectively laid upon the place, the people, the preachers, and the principles we avow. Even in the Circuit itself—by many who ought to know that the absurdest systems under heaven can here make progress—it has been again and again reiterated that New Connexion Methodism is not suited to London. We need not say how totally destitute we are of sympathy with such statements. We believe that

our principles are justas much adapted to London as to Yorkshire, and that if placed under similar conditions our success would be as certain here as in any other part of the world.

Impressed with the force of this fact, shortly after the last Conference the whole of the leaders and members of Brunswick Chapel were invited to assemble around the tea-table, gratuitously furnished with provisions by the Rev. W. Cooke, in order that they might take in consideration the best means of promoting and extending the work of God during the coming year. Our old friend Mr. Procter presided, and the meeting was subsequently addressed by the Revs. W. Cooke, J. Maughan, the brethren Webber, Butters, Denham, Atkinson, and others. In this meeting one of the speakers proposed that three things should be done during the coming year— that the chapel should be at once thoroughly painted and beautified, that an effort should then be made to double the number of the congregation, and that at least twice the number of members returned for Brunswick last year should be obtained and returned for the coming year. There seemed to be much of the sanguine in these propositions; but they were taken up in the right spirit by the friends. The first object was instantly set about. And the writer must say, that after what he had heard of London he was astonished at the cordial and generous manner in which the friends came forward with their contributions. The second object was then commenced with, and it will rejoice our friends throughout the Connexion that in this also our success has been complete. We are now labouring to secure the last, but by far the most important of these three things—the conversion of sinners. Here, also, the Lord is blessing our labours, and sinners are being brought to God.

The result of the last five months' labours may be thus briefly stated. The chapel has been beautifully painted, both inside and outside, both walls and pews, and between fifty and sixty pounds either paid or promised towards the cost. The congregations have been doubled, and twenty-eight more sittings have been let; while about thirty members have been added to the Church. We might also add that we are just about to build a beautiful chapel, with school-rooms connected, in the Britannia-field, behind the City-road, which we intend shall do credit to the Circuit and honour to the Connexion. A further account of this

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