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oracle, his will her law, his example her pattern, and his glory the great end of her being. The work is especially vala able, as it exhibits “the Cbristian in business," prosecuting the daties of a secular vocation on strictly Christian principles, consecrating a large portion of its profits to religious and charitable purposes, and combining industry and diligence in secular pursuits with a high state of spirituality of mind and close fellowship with God. She died ag sbe lived, happy in the smile of God, and rejoicing in hope of eternal glory. We cordially recommend this little book to all. To the young especially, it will prove an invaluable boon.
BIBLE FBUIT FOR LITTLE CAILDBEX. Gathered by the Rev. E. MANNERING. 18mo, pp. 154. London: J. Snow.
The production of a heart melting with tender solicitude and glowing with ardent affection for children-the little ones -the lambs of Christ's flock. The author fills his basket with golden fruit from the Tree of Life, and presents it to children in the most attractive and engaging form.
ALL THINGS ARE READY; Inquiring Sinnets directed to their Refuge. By WILLIAN HARCts. 24mo, pp. 32. Londen: J. Snow.
A suitable little book to put into the hands of an inquirer for salvation, to encourage and direct the soul in its contrite aspirations for the Saviour.
NEVOIB OF WILLIAN GORDOX, M.D., F.L.S. Abridged from the “ Christian Philosopher Triumphing over Death." By NEWMAN HALL. B.a. Fifth edition. 18mo. Pp. 124.
Aboat two years ago we favourably noticed the larger work, of which this is an abridgment. Ten thousand copies of the original work having been already issued, this abridgment is published that the price may be within the means of all classes. It is a delightful manifestation of the grace of God.
CIRCULATION OF OUR MAGAZINES. THANKS to our ministers—thanks to the praiseworthy result is accomplished. all our friends who have interested them. In some Circuits, the ground has already selves in promoting the circulation of been so well traversed that perhaps even our Magazines. It will gratify them to three more subscribers cannot be obknow that the large Magazine has now tained: but in others, perhaps four or six reached a circulation of nearly two thou might be got by a personal application. sand eight bundred copies; being nearly Brethren, forgive us, if we press for one seven handred more than it was about effort more. Let us have three thousand three years ago. Relying upon the in- large Magazines for 1832, and this num. creased exertions of our friends, and the ber will give us, we believe (in properfavourable auspices of improved com tion to our numbers), the largest circumerce, we began the year by printing lation in the world! three thousand copies. This leaves & Our JUVENILE INSTRUCTOR scarcely surplus at present of about two hun reaches, at present, the circulation of dred copies. Now the question is, shall last year. There is a falling-off in some we reduce the number for the fol country places. This should not be. lowing months? or shall we make Very much depends upon the part which one effort more to increase the circu the Superintendents and Teachers of our lation to the number with wbich we Sunday-schools take in the matter. The started this year? We fear to trespass periodical is published for the young; too far on good nature-on the willing it assumes to aid the Teacher in his hearts and ready hands of our friends, sacred work; and while pains are taken and yet to realize our three thousand to render it interesting and usefal, great especially when we come so near to it, expense is incurred in getting it up. It is an object so desirable, so honourable costs the Book-room about £7 to get up to the Connexion, that we feel assured all & single copy, and a great circulation is our friends will participate with us in an required to cover expense--to say noardent wish to attain it. Then we say, thing of profits. Will our esteemed let it be done, if possible. Only the Ministers try once more what can be average of about three more subscribers done by public announcement from the from each Circuit and the work is done, palpit, and a personal visit to the
LAYING TÂE CORNER-STONE OF A NEW CHAPEL AT BOLTON. MR. EDITOR,—“Never despair," has circumstances of interest and encoubeen more frequently tendered as advice ragement. The ministers from several than acted upon by those to whom it has neighbouring Circuits were invited to been addressed. Notwithstanding this, take part in the ceremony, and it had been the two words still constitute good coun. arranged for our highly-esteemed brosel, and cannot be too often repeated. ther, Mr. B. Fowler, of Liverpool, to lay Those persons in Bolton who have main the corner-stone. This was ordered tained a connexion with our Society otherwise, for on that particular day he since 1841, are now in a position to attest was called upon to sustain an afflicting the truth of what has just been stated. bereavement in the loss of bis beloved We have endured the day of darkness, partner. Our spirits were saddened on and are now prepared to enjoy the dawn. receiving intelligence of the event, and ing sunshine.
many hearts sent forth a sigh of sympaThe last Conference will long be re. thy and prayer for the bereaved. Under membered by us: in our estimation, at these circumstances, our anxieties were least, it was composed of “good men alleviated by the kind consent of our and true." Not that we would contrast venerable minister, the Rev. T. Allin, it to disadvantage with any previous to act as Mr. Fowler's proxy. The proConference; but in our human way of ceedings commenced by the Rev. James judging things, it was the assembly par Wilson giving out a hymn, and after it excellence, inasmuch as it voted us a was sung the Rev. W. Mills engaged in handsome sum towards a new chapel. It prayer. The silver trowel and mahogany was to us the beginning of a new era, mallet were then handed to Mr. Allin, the starting into new life, and the awa who laid the stone in the customary kening of new hopes and energies. We manner, accompanying the ceremony by began to work in faith and with earnest some appropriate remarks. The Rev. purpose, and now we are in a fair way S. Hulme delivered a brief address, and of realizing what, a few years ago, we the Rev. W. Ridley concluded the outshould have regarded an impossibility. door proceedings with prayer. In a On Saturday, Jan. 3rd, we laid the cavity of the stone will be deposited a corner-stone of our new chapel under copper box, containing & copy of our
Rules, the Minutes of the last Confe. rence, the Circuit Plan, and a parchment stating the Christian denomination for which the chapel is built, the doctrines to be preached in it, and also giving the names of the trustees, the present minister, the Circuit stewards, and the architect and contractor. The former duty has been intrusted to one of our well-known friends, Mr. A. Pilling, and the latter to a worthy member of our community resident in the adjoining town of Bury, Mr. James Hopkinson. We may here state that the chapel will be fifty-fira feet six inches by forty-six feet three inches, built in the Grecian style of architecture, from designs made by Mr. A. Pilling. The front, from floor. line to top of pediment, will be built entirely of polished stone, with four pilasters surmounted with enriched capi. tals and entablature ; comprising archi. trave, frieze, and cornice. The frieze will be formed with triglyphs and drops. In the centre of the tympanum will be panelled stone nine feet by five feet, filled in with flowers. The pediment will be finished with a bold projecting cornice. The windows to front will be nineteen feet in height from sill to springing line of arch, by four feet wide, with pilasters, finished with enriched capitals, archivolts, and key-stones. The ashlaring between pilasters and windows will be rusticated work formed with hori. zontal and vertical channels. From the level of St. George's-street to the floorline in the chapel will be five feet, which will be ascended by ten steps neatly worked and polished; height from floor to top of entablature thirty-two feet, from top of entablature to top of pediment thirteen feet; total height of front fifty feet. The two sides will be formed with angular pilasters similar to those in front, filled in between with patent brick set in patty, with stone dressings round the windows, and finished on the top with stone frieze cornice and blocking.
On account of the inclemency of the weather the religious exercises on the site of the chapel were very much shortened, and the address which the Rev. W. Ford was to have delivered on the distinctive doctrines and polity of the Connexion was postponed until the friends returned to the Temperance Hall, where at present we worship. Before the tea was brought on the table Mr. Ford delivered his address to an attentive assembly, Mr. Alin presiding. Considering the state of the weather, the number at the tea-party was truly encouraging, there being upwards of 250 present. Our
friends from neighbouring towns mustered well, and but for the cause just alluded to, many more would have been with us from Manchester, Ashton, and other towns. Tea being over, the most delightful part of the day's proceedings commenced, when Mr. T. P. Waterhouse, of Wigan, one of the trustees, was called to the chair, and, as became
A worthy son of a worthy aire, discharged the duties assigned him to the satisfaction of all.
the speaking department was sustained in the most effective manner. The Rev. T. Allin led the way with some eloquent remarks on the objects we had in view in erecting a temple in which to worship the Most High, and the deep interest which he felt in the effort. The Rev. T. W. Ridley delivered an address, full of warm and generous sentiments, one which stirred the intellects and quickened the hearts of his hearers. The Rev. B. C. Etheredge, Baptist minister, offered a few words of kindness and congratulation; and the Rev. W. Brown, Independent minister, favoured us for a time with his presence, but could not remain to give an address. The Rer. H. Piggin also addressed the meeting; and as one who had visited us in our low estate, he received a most cordial wel. come. The last speech was given by our esteemed and venerable minister, the Rev. W. Shuttleworth; and feeling, as he does, a special interest in the success of the Home Mission enterprize, and parti. cularly as it relates to Bolton, he had prepared an address containing many interesting “reminiscences" connected with his early travels as a Methodist minister in this locality. After thanking our friends who had favoured us with their services and presence, the meeting terminated, leaving behind it & sweet savour of its healthy, Christian character.
We may take this opportunity of tendering our thanks to the friends in various parts of the Connexion, who have given us intimation of their intention to help us in our bazaar, which is intended to be held early in the spring. Yes, Mr. Editor, another bazaar, and at Bolton too. The good friends whose hearts yearned to be with us on the laying of our corner-stone will have an opportunity of gratifying their love of "well doing" when our bazaar opens. We refer thein to our advertisement on the cover for particulars. We purpose making the occasion worthy of a visit to Bolton, even by distant friends. I t is but a small meed of praise, and a scanty measure of justice, to say, that we ore a good deal of our present prospects and position to the indefatigable labours of our highly-esteemed minister, the Rer. James Wilson. He has toiled ineessantly for our welfare, and his labours of love have been more than abundant, He has tried and succeeded where more cautious spirits would not have ventured, and chords have vibrated to his touch which many would have considered void of all music, and a response has been given forth both pleasing and profitable. The ladies are doing wonders, as ladies can do, and the result of their combined efforts will one day speak beyond all gainsaying. We have spoken of human exertions, but we give all the praise to God. Apart from His blessing we have no faith in all that mortals can do. But as that blessing is never withheld from the use of scriptural means, we purpose to go on in dependance on His gracious aid.
MISSIONARY SERVICES. -- MANCHESTER CIRCUIT.-On Sabbath, Oct. 14th, two sermons were preached in aid of our missions in Salem Chapel, Strangeways, by the Rev. J. Stacey. On the Monday evening following, a missionary meeting was held, over which our esteemed friend, Mr. W. F. Chadwick presided. After the report, by the Rev. T. Cartwright, reso. lotions were moved and seconded in able and interesting addresses, by the Revs. J. Stacey, T. W. Ridley, T. Jones, H. Piggin, W. Mc Caw (Presbyterian), and Mr. W. Makinson. The meeting was one of much pleasure and profit, and the total amount collected was £12 lls. 6d. ; a commendable sum, considering that these were the first missionary services held in the chapel, and after the noble efforts of our friends in the erection of a chapel so commodious and elegant.
T. C. MISSIONARY SERVICES. - DEWSBURY CIRCUIT.-On Sunday, November 2nd, two sermons were preached in Salem Chapel, Dewsbury, by the Rev. C. J. Donald, of Manchester, in support of the Methodist New Connexion Missionary Society. Also on the same day two sermons were preached for the same object in our chapel at Mirfield ; in the afternoon by the Rev. C. J. Donald; in the evening by the Rev. C. Bateman, Independent minister.
On the Monday evening a public Missionary Meeting was held at Mirfield, at which our esteemed friend, Mr. Turner, from Heckmon twike, presided. Ad. dresses were delivered by the chairman,
the Rev. C. Albrecht, J. Addyman, J. Henshaw and J. Manghan.
At this place a friend generously offered to give as much himself as was raised by the whole of the friends last year, on condition that they in turn would raise double that amount. The offer was accepted and the money raised, so that from Mirfield the sum will be this year three times the amount of last. Could not some able friend in every society make a similar challenge: This would test the public spirit of the Connexion, and place our Missionary society in an honourable position.
On the Tuesday evening following a public missionary meeting was held in our Dewsbury Chapel. The chair was taken by the Rev. J. Henshaw, and addresses delivered by the Rev. E. H. Weeks, C. J. Donald, J. Addyman, J. Levinstone, J. Manghan, and other neighbouring ministers. The collections here were also in advance upon those of the preceding year. It is earnestly to be desired that the missionary efforts of our friends throughout the Connexion will be such during the present year as to place our missions upon a proportionate level with those of other communities, and at once to remove the necessity for those painfully-truthful remarks found on page 14 of the Missionary Report. Batley,
J. MAUGHAN. M18$ION ANNIVERSARY. — BIRMINGHAM.-On Lord's-day, Nov. 23rd, two excellent sermons on behalf of our missions were preached in Oxford-street chapel, Birmingham, by the Rev. P. T. Gilton, of Dadley. On the following Monday evening a public meeting was held in the same place in aid of the missions, and was efficiently presided over by our excellent and warm-hearted friend Mr. Thomas Bradburn. A brief report having been read, addresses of a highly instructive and interesting character were delivered by the Revs. J. Stokoe (from the Wolverhampton Circuit), P. T. Gil. ton (the deputation), H, 0. Crofts, D.D., C. Mann ; and by Messrs. J. Harris, Senior, and W. Bonney. The meeting was rather unusually long, but a happy feeling prevailed; the people were greatly excited by the details of our beloved superintendent respecting his own expe. rience and that of his fellow.labourers in the missionary field. Another missionary meeting was held on the Tuesday evening of the same week in Bridgestreet chapel. Our esteemed friend, Mr. W. Heafield pres ded; and the meeting was addressed by the Revs. C. Mann, H. 0. Crofts, D.D.; and by Messrs. B. Cook, T. Hingley, and W. Johason. The entire proceeds of the services are somewhat in advance of the previous year; and it is hoped that impressions were produced which will lead to still happier results in time to come. c. Mans.
MISSIONARY SERVICES. -- BURSLEN CIRCUIT.-On Sunday, Nov. 30th, sermons were preached in Bethel chapel, and also in our chapels at Tunstall, Cobridge, and Dale-hall, by the Revs. G. Hallatt, J. Howard, C. Ward, and J. In nocent. In the afternoon of the same day, an interesting juvenile missionary meeting was held at Cobridge, the first they have ever had. On the following evening, the annual meeting was held in Bethel chapel, J. Pidduck, Esq., Chief Bailiff of Burslem, in the chair. The claims of missions upon the bene. volence of an enlightened and Christian public were ably advocated in highly. talented and spirited addresses by the Revs. G. Hallatt, G. Grundy, and c. Ward ; also by A. Lynn in his usually interesting and characteristic style. In a word, the meeting was pronounced by the friends as the best they ever had. On the Tuesday evening, an interesting meeting was held at Dale-hall, when several boys brought their cards to the platform, amounting in various sums to Il lls. On the whole, the proceeds will be considerably more than last year, as well as a good feeling produced in favour of the missionary cause.
a family has done when flushed with a little success, and flattered with still more encouraging prospects for the future. The new house in Pepper-street, however, was completed and met their utmost wishes. It was a beautiful sanctuary, and quite large enough; but ere they had got comfortably settled, the movement was found to have entailed a debt of no ordinary magnitude.
For some time the trustees struggled manfully with the difficulty. Besides subscribing liberally to the Society and Circuit purposes, and all the funds of the Connexion, they had to raise upwards of £100 per annum, in addition to the produce of seat-rents, for the pay. ment of interest. In process of time death summoned several of those generous friends to their reward, others removed to distant places, and but few remained to bear the burden. Still intent on doing their duty, they kept to. gether and went on until 1846 or 1847, when they made a noble effort and raised £700 towards reducing the debt. The Conference gave them £300, and thus the sum of £1000 was swept away. But that was not enough-no, not half enough; and therefore another effort was required to meet the case. It was then proposed that the trustees, who had already done so nobly, should come forward again and raise £1,300; and the Connexion engaged to give them £700 more. They went to work like men, and actnaily raised £1,070 in addition to the £700 previously paid! Circumstances prevented the final settlement of this affair. Every difficulty, however, is now removed. The trustees will furnish the balance required of them; but where is the £700 promised by the Connexion ? And shall the ecbo answer, Where? The chapel-fund cannot raise it in the ordinary way; and last year the jubilee effort was suspended to give an opportunity for redeeming the Conference-funds from embarrassment. But should the chapelfund sink into absolute forgetfulness, and the jubilee effort never be revived, there is still honour and ability enough left in the New Connexion to raise, and pay off at a stroke, every fraction which is promised to our worthy friends at Chester.
But how is that to be done? I presume you have already seen the circular, headed “Chester Chapel," and which was intended to bring this case before the Connexion. If you have not seen it, ask your superintendent for one, and you will there find that it is proposed to make this a special case, for which subscrip
CHESTER CHAPEL CASE. What! Chester Chapel again! Yes, Chester Chapel again! You have heard of it before, I dare say, and may be tempted to pass it by as an old story; but stop a moment, and allow me to remind you that, though it is an old case, it now presents some new features and evidently merits your special attention.
I once heard a true Chesterian quaintly remark that our Chester Circuit was older than the New Connexion. With out cavilling about terms, we must admit that Chester is an old and respectable Circuit, and has long done honour to the Connexion.
Some years ago it was in a high state of prosperity. The means of grace were well attended, and valuable accessions were made to the Society. The old chapel in Trinity-street was small and inconvenient, and to furnish increased accommodation, and meet the spirit of the times, a new chapel was erected. Perhaps the friends went rather too far, as many