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purpose of co-operating with the friends , Lord's vineyard is complained of. We
“ Your Committee cannot but express
“ One correspondent says, “I am disImpressed with these sentiments a tressed that all our zeal amounts to noSociety has been formed, intitled the thing: our Committee have nothing to do,
Irish Evangelical Society.' To its ob- for there are no labourers-- no, not oneject, which is defined in its plan, we can- there are funds to some amount, and not even suppose you to be indifferent, much more might be obtained; but of viewing you as the friend of your country, what use are our funds, when there are or in the higher character of a Christian. none to gather in the fields, which are The liberality on which it is founded, we white to harvest.' Another observes, 'This hope will entitle it to your warmest regard. province contains a million of souls. I be Every thing sectarian it disclaims; forms lieve there is but one town where any and modes of worship it views of minor station is fixed for the preaching of the importance; and its only design is to make gospel, except where evangelical clergyknown the glorious gospel; its desire is to men are placed is the church, and their unite in the bonds of christian harmony number, alas! is very small. From the and zealous co-operation, the disciples of successful result of your efforts, may we Christ of every name. In this state of im- not infer that similar efforts would be atperfection, it would be too much to expect tended with similar effects in such towns that such a Society should escape misre- as Galway, Loughren, Castlebar, Westpresentation and censure;-but, we request port, Ballina, Roscommon town, Castlerea, you to examine and judge for yourself. Stokestown, and Athlone; destitute as is From igrorance, from selfishness, and this province, yet we are convinced, such from intolerance, we expect no support. a spirit of curiosity, or rather of inquiry, Wilful ignorance is not to be convinced is excited in the minds of all classes that by argument; few motives will induce the respectable preachers will meet in every selfish to feel for others, and bigotry coji- town a numerous and attentive cóngre siders modes and forms far more important gation. We therefore earnestly beg you than the salvation of immortal souls. But will endeavour to send us ministers, prowe hope better things of you, and we claim these facts abroad, and the Lord address you with confidence.
grant that you may be able to comply " In this, as in many other benevolent with our intreaties. Three or four mi'exertions, England has set us the example. nisters, we doubt not, would be soon supLet us not be more indifferent to the wel-ported, and would have abundance of fare of our country than our brethren at a employment.? distance from us. Let us be workers to- And another says, " There are great gether with them, and we shall see the opportunities for preaching in the south,
pleasure of the Lord prosper in our at Kinsale, Bundon, moy, and Limeric, hands: the gospel will effect that which that great city in which are threescore high authority has not accomplished, and thousand souls; but we can do nothing which penal laws have in vain attempted without preachers. A man going to Africa,
the diffusion of religious knowledge, India, or the South Seas, creates an inthe establishment of social order, and the terest for himself in the public feeling ; 'extension of all the tender charities of he is borne up in the prayers of the people life, Ireland will become, from motive of God, and his successes are chronicled and principle, what she has hitherto been before all Europe; but the man who visits only in name The Island of Saints'.” Ireland visits à country for which few
The Report abounds with interesting seem to care, but to calumniate and abuse details of the establishment of Auxiliary it; and he must share to a great degree in Societies, at Dublin, Belfast, Sligo, Cork, the oblivion of this hapless country. Men &c. in all which places collections have can be found to carry the
spel any been made, to aid this benevolent under where but to Ireland." taking-with gratifying accounts of the We hope the time is not far distant Þabours of Messrs. Townley, Wilks, when complaints so deeply cutting as Cooper, Knowles, Wardlaw, Blackburn, those which are couched in the preand others, in carrying the gospel into ceding letters, will be effectually supernumerous towns and villages of chapels seded - but to obtain this desirable opened for public worship, at Youghali, object, it behoves the friends of Ireland Cork, Sligo, Colloony, Boyle, Drogheda, carefully to remember the words of our &c.; but a great want of labourers in the Lord The harvest truly is plenteous,
285 but the labourers are few==PRAY YE THE gland at large, upwards of 1,300,000 ans LORD OF THE HARVEST, that he would able to read! send forth labourers into his vineyard.” Every person subscribing 5s. or upa
wards annually, or rendering service as a
teacher, will be considered a member of INSTRUCTION OF ADULTS. this Society; and every person giving a A VERY numerous and highly respectable benefaction of five guineas or upwards at meeting was held at the New London
one time, a member for life. Every person Tavern, Cheapside, on Tuesday, July 11; subscribing one guinea or upwards annuthe Right Hon. the Lord Mayor in the
ally will be considered a governor; and Chair; to consider the propriety of insti. every person giving a benefaction of ten tuting a Society for teaching adult per- guineas or upwards, a governor for life. sons, within the city of London, to read.
Subscriptions and donations will be reHis Lordship opened the proceedings Mildred's Court; and by the Secretaries,
ceived by the Treasurer, Jos. Fry, Esq. by a most eloquent and convincing statement of the importance of the object for
Mr. T. Smith, 19, Little Moorfields: Mr. which the meeting was convened, and by R. BLAKEY, 21, Addle Street; and Mr. S. a declaration of his cordial approbation of DENNIS, 8, Aske Terrace, Hoxton; to the design proposed.
whom also such persons of either sex as Various Gentlemen, by their subsequent may be inclined to favour the Society with observations, forcibly illustrated and con- personal assistance as teachers, are refirmed his Lordship's statement; and hav- quested to signify the same.
The sum of £130. was collected at the ing warmly expressed their conviction of the benefit derivable from such an Institu
Meeting tion, a Society was established under the designation of the “ City Of LONDON So
FUNERAL OF THE REV. C. BUCK. CIETY FOR THE INSTRUCTION OF Adults."
President, The Right Hon. the LORD We are sorry to announce to our read. MAYOR. - Vice-Presidents, JOHN ANSLEY, ers the death of the Rev. CHARLES BUCK, Esq. Alderman, Sir CLAUDIUS S. HUNTER, pastor of the Independent church, meeting Bt. Alderman ; Sir John SILVESTER, Bart. in Grub Street. This affecting event took Recorder; MATTHEW Wood, Esq. Alder- place, after a lingering indisposition, on man; GEORGE BRIDGES, Esq. Alderman, Friday, August 18, at the early age of and THOMAS BELL, Esq.-- Treasurer, Jo- forty-three years. And on the following SEPH Fry, Esq.—Committee, Twenty- Thursday, his mortal remains were interrfour Gentlemen, to consist equally of ed in the Bunhill fields burial-ground. The Members of the Church of England, and corpse was first conveyed in a hearse to of Protestant Dissenters.-Gratuitous Se- the Chapel, followed by eleven mourning cretaries, Three in number, of different coaches. It was about four oʻclock when denominations of Protestants.
it arrived. After the coffin was placed It is proposed by this Society to divide on the communion table in front of the the City of London into districts; each of pulpit, Mr. Castledon, of Wooburn, with which shall be under the direction of a great solemnity, gave out that hymn from Sub-Committee. All'orderly persons of Dr. Watts, “ Hark from the tombs a dole. both sexes, unable to read, about sixteen ful sound,” &c.; and then in a very imá years of age, or upwards, will be consider pressive manner read part of the fifteenth ed proper objects of this Society's regard. chapter of the first Epistle of the CorinThe men and women will be taught and thians. Dr. Simpson followed in prayer, superintended, in separate places, by per- and dismissed the service. The coffin be sons of their own sex.
ing again deposited in the hearse, the pro The exercise of the learners will be re- cession moved on to Bunhill-fields, follow stricted to reading in the authorized ver- ed by the numerous concourse of people sion of the Holy Scriptures, and in ele- which had thronged the chapel, and was mentary books, as preparatory to the Sa- joined by large numbers who were wait cred Volume. When they can read a ing to receive it at the ground. The coffin chapter in the Bible accurately, they will having been lowered into the grave, Dr. be considered to have attained the object Winter delivered a most excellent address intended.
to the largest assembly which we ever The moral and political importance of remember to have seen convened on any such a Society, on a general scale, for the similar occasion. Besides the ministers al city of London, must be obvious to every ready mentioned, Messrs. Collison, Platt, reflecting mind, when it is considered that Freer, Dunn, J. Clayton, Jun. and Mat. the aggregate of crimes, by which our thew Wilks, were pail-bearers. Mr. Mat, goals are crowded, is, upon authentic in- Wilks preached the funeral sermon at the formation, attributable, in a great degree, Chapel on the following Sabbath, and a to ignorance.
tribute of respect was paid to the memory The necessity of this Institution is fur- of the deceased in other places. We hope ther evinced by the computation, that to furnish our readers with a Memoir of there are many thousands of adult persons Mr. Buck at no distant period, in the city of London alone, and in En
A brief Memoir of E. W. HARLAND, nought all my counsel, and would none of
who was executed at the Old Bailey my reproof,” &c. Prov. i. 24–31. In this for forgery, on the 27th of July, state of distressing fear the case of Mae' 1815.
nasseh afforded him a degree of hope. E. W. HARLAND from a child had been | Manasseh like himself had received reaccustomed to read the Scriptures and sit ligious instructions, but afterwards comander an evangelical ministry. By these mitted grievous sins, for which he was means he became acquainted with the ultimately bound in fetters; and though leading truths of the gospel, but never he had not previously sought the Lord, was a member of any church. Before his yet even then “ God was intreated for apprehension he was never considered a him.” He also found encouragement from renewed character. Unhappily for him- | 1 John i. 7. “ The blood of Jesus Christ self, he possessed a proud ambitious dis- cleanseth us from all sin.” When he was position that induced him to make ap- arraigned at the bar he was determined pearances far above his circumstances, by not to aggravate his crimes by falsehood, which he was involved in debt. From he therefore pleaded guilty, which prethis state of embarrassment he attempted vented any trial, and he received judgment to extricate himself by criminal means, of death on his own confession. and thus verified the language of Solomon,
In the cells of Newgate he was reguPride goeth before destruction, and a larly visited by several evangelical Mihaughty spirit before a fall.” Doubtless nisters, who always found him in a very many recollect the late circulation of serious frame of mind. In this state he fictitious notes resembling those of the readily received the humbling truths of Bank of England, but with this specific the gospel, and seemed deeply to lament difference, instead of —“I promise to the depravity of his own heart. The crime pay the bearer one pound," it was one for which he suffered was not the only penny. He first exercised his genius in object of his painful remembrance, but, making a note like these. His next at- the whole of his conduct in life appeared tempt was to make a £l Bank of England | to pass in review and overwhelm his soulnote, which he completely effected, and with grief. Hence he became as conthen proceeded to make one of £2, and spicuous for humility as he had formerly afterwards a £5. Thus we observe the been for ambition and pride. Though he progress of sin, which is generally small fully believed the consolatory truths of in its beginnings, rapid in its growth, but the gospel as applied to real penitents, he awful in its consummation. When he had retained a constant fear that he was not passed the above, his mind was filled with of that number. When he was reminded horror at his own wicked and dangerous of the fullness and freeness of redemption practices; and he resolved that he would by Jesus Christ-the nature of his pronever make another; but this resolution mises, and God's willingness through him was overcome by the sinful propensity of to receive the chief of sinners, he shook his heart, and he persevered in trans- his head and replied, “I know that it is gression, until his iniquity found him out. all true, but I cannot lay hold of it; I On March 1st he was seized on suspicion want to feel an application of divine of forgery. Immediately afterwards he truths to my own mind.” Pardon through requested a magistrate to receive from him the precious blood of Christ, and that a full confession of his crimes, to be sent salvation which is wholly of GRACE, were to his prosecutors. This disclosure relieved the only grounds of his hope. He was his mind from an intolerable burden, and earnestly concerned to bear the Saviour's from his apprehension to his death, he moral image. Feeling as he did the awful never denied, concealed, or offered the prevalence and dreadful effects of sin, least extenuation of his guilt; but on the he took a particular pleasure in concontrary, aggravated it to the utmost. To templating the rich display of divine a friend who saw him at the police office mercy in the person and works of the he said, “ Do pray for me, that God may Redeemer, and in viewing Christ as a give me a broken and a penitent heart.” complete Saviour, one who could save This was spoken in so affecting a manner, him to the uttermost of his guilt and dethat it excited a hope that a divine im- pravity. Christ, and Christ alone, was pression was made on his mind. During the refuge of his soul. By repeated conthe early part of his confinement, his versations on these important subjects, his mental agony was indescribably great. mind gradually expanded in divine things, Many portions of holy writ which he had and his hope of salvation increased; but read-many faithful sermons which he his hopes were generally mingled with had heard-with the many remonstrances fears, and to the last hour of his life he of his own conscience, rushed into his retained a jealousy lest he should deceive mind, and produced deep despondency. himself and come short of eternal happiAs he had so evidently turned a deaf ear to the voice of the Lord, he was justly During the five months of his imprisonapprehensive that God in his wrath would ment his conduct was uniformly consay unto him, " Because I have called sistent; and though he separated himself and you have refused ; you have set at from those persons whose behaviour was
287 anbecoining their awful situation, he used in various and successive acts of devotion; every means of impressing upon the minds often repeating, of all, the absolute necessity and vast im
O for an overcoming faith portance of true religion. In one instance
To cheer my dying hours, at least these endeavours were successful.
To triumph o'er the monster death, But he felt the greatest interest in his With all his frightful powers. own relatives, whose eternal welfare
In the last hour several Ministers were deeply engaged his mind. His habitual seriousness led him to re
admitted to be with him. They found him prove even the smiles of his fellow still cleaving to the Saviour, and trusting prisoners, observing, “ It is recorded of in him for present support and future Christ that he wept thrice, but he was happiness. After a little interesting con
seen to laugh.” He was at no versation, he was requested to engage in period the subject of GREAT JOY, but prayer with his friends. At this time he seemed afraid of receiving consolation confessed his highly aggravated sins, and even from the promises of God. On one
adverting to his former attendance at the occasion, when he felt his mind more
house of God, begged most affectingly that supported than usual, he said, “ I fear I the Lord would pardon the injury that his am too comfortable, and think my former wicked conduct had done to the cause of distress the best evidence of grace.” He Christ. He also besought God most earalso frequently observed, “ It would ill nestly to search and try his heart, that if become me, particularly me, to be seen
he had been deceiving himself until that triumphing; all I seek and hope is, to hour, Christ would even then come and live and die a weeping penitent at the
take full possession of his soul. And with foot of the cross.” We have good reason great fervour pleaded that gracious proto believe that in bis cell much of his
mise which had often encouraged his mind, time was spent in fervent prayer. He
viz. “ Him that cometh to me I will in no said, “I find it best with me when I cap
wise cast out.” He afterwards appeared have communion with God.”
in a state of pleasing serenity, and united Two days before he suffered, his friends with his friends in presenting the followmet in the condemned room, Newgate, ing prayer to God in very solemn sound for prayer. After five Ministers had se
(old 100). verally engaged on his behalf, he kneeled Free me from death's terrific gloom, | down, and offered his fervent and solemn And all the guilt wbich shrouds the tomb, supplications to the Father of mercies. Heighten my joys, support my head His manner was peculiarly affecting and Before I sink among the dead. impressive. On the following afternoon May death conclude my toils and tears, they met again for the same purpose. May death destroy my sins and fears, These were seasons of remarkable so
May death through Jesus be my friend, lemnity; every heart appeared to be May death be life when life shall end. deeply affected, and every mind devoutly
Crown my last moments with thy power, engaged with God. His relations now, The latest in my latest hour. painful task! took their final leave; it
Then to the raptured heights I soar, was a touching scene. Clasping the hand
Where sin and death are known no more. of one he said, “When you see my wife,
Rippon's Select. 551, 2nd part. let all your conversation be about Christ.” To a friend-—“ Pray for me, that I may When the Ordinary announced the arrival not be deceived." At 10 o'clock that of the Sheriffs, Harland lifted up his eyes evening a minister and another friend and hands, saying, “ Lord Jesus, remember came to spend the night with him. As me, now thou art in thy kingdom,” adding, soon as the cell door was locked, he ex- My soul is open to receive Christ.” pressed a wish to pray. They kneeled Rev. iii. 20. and turning to his friends, down, when he poured out his soul to said, “ I am very happy.” With a mind God in a very feeling and fervent manner, evidently supported by the grace of Christ, and appeared to hold intimate communion he proceeded to the scaffold, which he with heaven. He rose from his knees with ascended with a firm step, and then offered a more comfortable assurance of an in- his last prayer, in a very audible voice, terest in Christ Jesus than he had pre- saying, “ Othou Saviour of a lost world, viously possessed, and at the same time whose ear is ever open to the voice of exclaimed, Blessed be God for this op- prayer, under every circumstance in which portunity, I feel he is with me.” Soon sinners can appear before thee! Turn not afterwards, contrary to all his former feel froin a repenting, returning prodigal. ings, he proposed a hymn, and selected— Lord Jesus, didst thou not hear the prayer 6. When I can read my title clear,” &c.
and pardon the sin of a thief in the last
hour. O hear my prayer, and speak During the night he frequently wrestled pardon to my heart! Ő blessed Jesus most powerfully with God in prayer, con- (with great agitation), now thou art in fessing his own sins, and pleading the ex- thy kingdom, remember me! (he paused ceeding great and precious promises of a moment, and appeared much agitated). the gospel, besides uditing with his friends Now thou art in thy kingdom, remember
me; Jesus, remember me! (in broken That instant the drop fell. Truly sin accents). No other hope but the blood of when it is finished, bringeth forth death!”. atonement. That blood - O PRECIOUS Thus terminated the life of E. W. HarJesus! (with great emphasis) PRECIOUS land in the 30th year of his age. He Saviour, thy blood cleanseth from all sin. was a young mạn of pleasing appearance O the dear promises! the exceeding great and extraordinary endowments of mind, and precious promises !No other hope and previous to the commission of the but in thy finished work. O blessed Jesus, crime for which he suffered, had borne a art thou not exalted as Saviour! O save goo character. But his transgression ME, a WRETCAED SINNER!. How have brought an ignominious death upon himsinned against thee - trampled on thy self-shame upon his relatives and friends blood-provoked thee to anger. O for a -and involved his family (consisting of an sense of forgiving love in the last moments! afflicted wife, in a state of pregnancy, Thon canst not look on sin but with ab- and two young children) in the atmost horrence; yet with thee there is mercy and distress. forgiveness, that thou mayest be feared. It is hoped that this awful case will Lord, thou hast been merciful to thou- produce a good effect on the mind of each sands, now be merciful to me. O pardon reader, and that youth in particular may
-forgive -- remember me - (he paused, be induced to watch against pride-a and appeared to be wrestling with God worldly spirit--and the first appearances in secret, and with much agitation ex- of evi), for “ Behold! how great a matter claimed) —Now thou art in thy kingdom, a little fire kindleth.” Remember who remember me with increased agitation, hath said, “God resisteth the proud, but and was indistinct a few moments)- he giveth grace to the humble." Didst thou not say, when on earth, “ Him that walk in pride he is able to abase.” that cometh to me, I will in no wise cast out.” Lord Jesus, I come to thee now, A. AUSTIN, J. BROOKSBANK, receive me to thyself—(with much com- T. VASEY, T. WOOD. posure). Into thy hands I comunit my spirit, as into the hands of a covenant The above-named Ministers also par God. O remember me ! Now thou art in ticularly recommend the subjoined affect, thy kingdom, remember me!” Here his ing, and very distressing case of Mrs, prayer ended. After a moment's pause Harland, to the kind attention of every he said, “I am happy, I am happy.” | humane person.
THE AFFECTING CASE OF MRS. HARLAND, Whose husband was executed for forgery, July 27, by which she is left with two
infant children,* entirely destitute of the means of support. She is far advanced in pregnancy, and for nearly two years past has laboured under heavy bodily affliction, which prevented her from visiting her husband even once in his confinement, and rendered her incapable of attending to the concerns of her family. During the last six months she has chiefly been supported by neighbouring friends, through the inedium of two kind females. But other aid is requisite to meet her continued, increasing, and unavoidable necessities.
Her case is humbly presented to a humane and sympathizing public.
Joseph Reyner, Esq. of Mark Lane, London, has kindly consented to become the Treasurer in this case ; and all the money collected will be duly appropriated to the benefit of the widow and children, by the London Ministers whose names are affixed to this case.
Subscriptions will be thankfully received by the
A. AUSTIN, Clerkenwell Green,
Mr. RAFFLES, and Rev. Mr. FISHER, Liverpool. It is not doubted, that if benevolent persons in any part of the kingdom should feel inclined to assist in this affecting case, the donation, however small, if sent to the Minister of the place where they reside, will be faithfully communicated to the Treasurer above named ; and it will be esteemed a great favour if her case should be advocated by any who may have it in their power.
* We are informed that one of the children is a inee dead. Edit,