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11. Resolved, That brother Wallis be entreated to continue to edit and conduct the Christian Messenger as formerly.
12. Resolved, That brother Campbell be requested to select from the American churches a brother, who, in his judgment, is the most suitable to labor among the congregations in England.
13. Resolved, That a meeting of messengers from the churches be held in the city of Glasgow, in the third week of September, in the year 1848.
It was in a high degree gratifying and encouraging to perceive that the brethren were “of one heart and of one mind" in passing these decisions.
The remembrance of that happy meeting, and of the affecting parting that followed, will never be forgotten. Many brethren were just beginning to know one another when the time came for saying, "Farewell!” like the parting of Paul and the brethren at Miletus, when “They all wept sore, and fell on his neck and kissed him.” Our fellowship together had been sweet, and some of us thought we should see one another's faces no more! Around were thrown the sacred bonds of peace, love, and brotherhood. Yet at the parting of brethren in the Lord, these bonds but extend they do not break!
And now may the blessing of Almighty God attend the endeavors of his people to extend the knowledge of the Saviour's name, exalt his praisa, and promote his glory in the land. Let a closely embodied and unbroken phalanx be presented to error and iniquity. Let not only those errors be assailed which exist in all systems that exalt themselves against the facts, institutions and precepts of the Christian religion, but let piety, morality, justice, truth, and fidelity, be honored, applauded, and exemplified, by all who are called by the gospel of the grace of God, to live soberly, righteously, and godly in the world. So shall the sunshine of the benign countenance of the Lord our God be upon us, and by Heaven's own eternal and omnipotent truth shall our minds be enlightened, transformed, invigorated. Let Him who has loved us with a love unspeakable-a love divine and stronger than death, be ever the object of our supreme affection-our profound adoration-our perpetual praise. So shall our hearts be filled with fervent gratitude, animated through heavenly hope, and expanded by celestial joy. And why, all this? That we may be enabled effectually to carry out the injunction of the holy Apostle, “Shine ye as lights in the world, holding forth the word of life!"
The following sums were mentioned by the fourteen churches wamed below, as their probable contribution for general evangelization for the
£ 8. d.
£ 30 0 10 0 10 0 30 0 10 0
5 0 10
£180 0 P. STEPHENS.
We feel obliged to brother Stephens for the interesting report now presented. A few additional concluding remarks seen to be necessary. There are other churches which stand ready, voluntarily to devote of their sub
stance to the support of proclaiming the gospel. All that is wanting is a number of men full of truth, urbanity, and self-denial-free from religious boast and affectation-right-hearted men, who feel for the condition of the lost more than themselves. This is the desideratum. As for money, there would be no lack for this purpose. Not, indeed, to make evangelists rich, but amply sufficient to provide them with food and raiment. Nor would it require a brother to be sent round on the irksome task of preaching begging sermons, at an expense of ten or fifteen per cent. on the amount collected. No: that which is devoted to the Lord, to be acceptable, must, in in the first place, be the party's own property, and not the creditor's. Secondly, It must be unsolicited—“from a willing mind,” according to what a man hath, and not according to what he hath not. It must be with cheerfulness and promptitude. “As he purposeth in his heart so let him give.” He that withholdeth when he has it in his power to give, just robs himself of so much reward both here and in a future state. He that sowe eth sparingly shall also reap sparingly; he that soweth bountifully shall also reap bountifully.'
On Lord's day morning, October 3rd, brother Campbell, agreeable to previous announcement, delivered his last discourse Chester. The audience consisted of from seven to eight hundred persons. The discourse continued for one hour and a half. The subject was founded on 2 Cor. iji.“If the ministration of condemnation was glorious, the ministration of the Spirit is much more so:" or, in other words, “The letter killeth, but the Spirit giveth life.”
The speaker remarked, that on the giving of the law, written by the finger of God on two tables of stone, three thousand of the Israelites were slain in one day: so on the giving of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost -three thousand of the same nation were made alive to God, created anew in Christ Jesus, as the first fruits of an entire new dispensation. To say the least, this was an elaborate, intelligeni, and instructive discourse, which will be long remembered by those present.
At half-past 2 of the same day, the brethren met to break the loaf in commemoration of their common Lord. Brother Henshall presided, and delivered an address suitable to the occasion. Brother Dron, Ainslie, and Wallis, conducted the devotioral exercises of the service. The number of brethren present was estimated at about one hundred and fifty. To be allowed, nay, even invited, thus to memorialize the wonderful condescension and marvelous achievements of the Son of God, is a great honor, une that must astonish, if not excite the wonder and emulation of the angelic hosts.
All the arrangements and different services at Chester were orderly, social, edifying, and very encouraging. Envy, jealousy, and rivalrythese demon guests—seem, for once, to be entirely absent; or, at least, if not absent, kept in a secret corner unnoticed by all.
In the evening of the same day brother Campbell delivered, in Dr. Thom's meeting-house, Liverpool, his last discourse in England. This being only sixteen miles from Chester, and a public breakfast announced for the following morning in Liverpool, most of the brethren left Chester for Liverpool. Being detained to speak in Chester that evening, we were not able to proceed with the rest, but we understood that the audience was large, and the subject sublime—“The justification of Messiah by the Spirit of God."
We had the privilege of hearing brother Campbell on the same topic when in Banbury snd Newcastle. It stands, in our mind, as the superlative of all we heard. Not, indeed, that it could be the same discourse. No: this would be impossible; for no two, even on the same topic, are alike. The different points investigated—the illustrations so varied-so pure-s0 elevated and yast-like the works of creation-the moral and spiritual hem
ispheres are presented to view with heights and depths, lengths and breadths, immeasurable and sublime.
All the discourses being delivered extemporaneously, the subjects inves. tigated, with the attributes of their great author-their vast dimensions each being spread out before the mind of the speaker, and the mind of the speaker unshackled by human theories, expanded before the subject; in the progress of discourse you appear imperceptibly, and by the purest and simplest style of language to be introduced, without ostentation, into the presence of the Deity himself.
To the renewed mind this is always consoling and edifying. Such have been our own feelings while hearing some of the discourses from the lips of Alexander Campbell of Bethany, Brooke county, Virginia.
At the breakfast on Monday morning nothing particular took place, except a little of that physical and social enjoyment which is usual on such occasions. The room was by far too small for the company, but as 110 remedy was then at hand, the inconvenience had to be endured. This we know was very mortifying to the brethren at Liverpool; but as it was the first meeting of the kind held by our brethren, and the number present far exceeding all expectation, it was the more excusable.
After breakfast an adjournment to the meeting-room of the brethren took place. Here again brother Campbell presided. All was orderly, affectionate, and interesting. A consultation took place respecting various matters and things pertaining to our present and future prospects in the kingdom of Jesus. It was matter of regret that so few of the sisters were present on this occasion. An assembly made up chiefly of males bespeaks something wanting, especially when rising up to sing the high praises of God and the Lamb. Brother Henshall and Davies concluded this meeting with solemn prayer to the God and Father of us all, when the assembly broke up, probably never again to meet in this world.
Monday being the 4th of the month, the regular time for the steamer to sail, except when it so happens, Tuesday at 2 o'clock was the time appointed for all the passengers to be on board—when on the arrival of the mail bags from all parts of the kingdom, the paddles began to move this modern ark in splendid style towards the Western World.
It was reckoned that about thirty brethren and sisters accompanied bro. thers Campbell and Henshall to the vessel, who, after taking a peep, with many others, at this floating and magnificent mansion of the deep, at the ringing of the bell were compelled to take the last-the final farcwell!
We understood there were about one hundred and thirty passengers, whose united passage money alone would amount to little short of five thousand two hundred pounds!
J. W. I will only add, that during the meeting I had the pleasure of immersing two Wesleyan ministers, from Wales, into the ancient faith, and immedidiately after it, Mr. Samuel Davies, the brother of our brother John Davies of Mollington. The Welsh ministers had heard our lectures in Wales, June 6th, and on reflection had decided to be immersed and preach the faith formerly delivered to the saints. We regard those brethren as a great accession, having been ministers of standing amongst the Methodists of Wales. Your affectionate Father,
MORE WORK FOR REV. JAMES ROBERTSON, OF
EDINBURGH. It seems the British Parliament is falling into our heresy on the subject of slavery, as it is called. Our views have been very exactly propounded in the midst of that august body, and by one of its most learned and dignified members, and with a conviction and power that I did not expect. The case calls for a few placards from the Scotch Anti-Slavery Secretary. I quote from the National Intel. ligencer of July 4.
A. C. “Curious opinions are sometimes expressed in Parliament on the subject of slavery. The following is an example. Mr. Labouchere, in speaking on the West India question, said, referring to Sir R. Inglis, a highly orthodox man and member for the University of Oxford—As to slavery, my honorable friend seems to look upon it as a patriarchal institution, sanctioned by scripture, and which, therefore, ought to be kept up.' Sir R. Inglis replied, 'What I said was, that, as the state of slavery was recognized by the Book of God, I would not be a party to any proposition for declaring it unlawful. If any member of your Congress had said as much, we should have had heavy denunciations of the sentiment at Exeter Hall; but coming from the Church and State representative of the orthodox University of Oxford, it seems to escape notice.”
CAPITAL PUNISHMENT IN NEW YORK. It will be remembered by those conversant with the progress of events in our country, that a strong effort was made on a recent occasion, to have the law relating to capital punishment in New York, repealed. They failed, and the law remains unaltered. On this subject, the editor of the Baptist Guardian discourses as follows:
“The law for the capital punishment of murder in this State remains unrepealed, notwithstanding the extraordinary efforts of divers reformers of the criminal code, the recent vote on the question having been 43 to 53. The sickly sentimentalists of the age seem to have taken criminals under their special protection. The readiest access to their sympathy is found in the commission of high crimes and misdemeanors. Their bowels of compassion yearn es. pecially over the murderer. They think it a very hard case that one who has sent a fellow man, unexpectedly, and perhaps unprepared, into eternity, should be compelled to follow his victim, and that, too, after a sufficient time has been given him to repent of his crimes. But it is gratifying to perceive that there are others who are not prepared to set aside the solemn enactment of the Almighty, in deference to the clamor of a weak and short sighted sentimentalism.”
COSTS OF WAR. ELECTORS! You have now to perform a great duty; a duty to your country, to your children, to the whole world. Study to do it honestly, fearlessly, and faithfully. Remember how much depends on the characters of the men you now elect to serve in parliament. See to it that they are men of the right sort; men of sterling prin. ciples; above all, men of peace, and ready to do their part towards putting an end to war. Remember the following facts:
I. That the entire annual cost of the Civil Government is but about 6 millions of money; but the War Estimates for the present year (1847) are
For the Army £6,840,074
7,561,876 For the Ordnance 2,679,127 Miscellaneous
£20,831,077, or, about 100 million dollars.
(Times, Feb. 23, 1847.) and during 32 years of Peace, our War Establishments have cost us upwards of 500 millions of money:
II. That the interest of the War debt, otherwise called the National Debt, is for the present year, £28,045,000; and that, since the Peace in 1815, we have paid in this way the enormous sum of more than 1000 millions of money, or, 4870 million Dollars.
III. That out of every 20s. you pay in taxation, 2s.6d. only is required for the support of the civil government, while the remaining 7s. 6d. goes to pay or provide for War.
IV. That in the present House of Commons, there are about 140 members who are Military or Naval men, or who have a direct interest in maintaining the War system. Can you wonder that they should vote so large a sum of the people's money for War purposes, when they live by the system?
V. Remember the words of the Christian lawgiver, "Blessed are the Peace-makers; for they shall be called the children of God.”
Therefore, do your duty. Support no man who will not support Peace; and, above all, vote not for any man who lives by the War system, or whose interests favor its continuance. Peace Society, 19, New Broad Street, London,
June 28th, 1847.
[British Christian Messenger.
PRIDE OF BIRTH. We abhor it. That man must be a complete booby, who prides himself on his father's bravery, talents or wealth. His course shows that his race has sadly degenerated. Who would not rather be the first of a family than the last? There is no virtue in a man who can show no bright traits in his character, even though he may have descended from the most honorable of earth.-N. York Organ.