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pery in Ireland. If such be the state ing in statc, surrounded with the of things in that country, inodified silent pomp of death. The very ab. as the spirit of the system must be surdities of such a religion render it by its contact with Protestantism, less unacceptable to men whose de. what must be the condition of the cided hostility to truth inclines them people in those countries where Po- to view with complacency whatever pery has an undisturbed dominion, obscures its beauty, or impedes its and where, by the exclusion of Pro- operation. Of all the corruptions of testantism, and the interdiction of Christianity which have prevailed to the Scriptures, not a crevice is per- any considerable extent, Popery premitted in the Papal temple, through sents the most numerous points of which can be emitted even a few contrast to the simple doctrines of rays of elevating and emancipating the Gospel; and just in proportion truth, either to disturb the repose, as it gains ground, the religion of or illuinine the gloom, attendant on Christ must decline. On these ac“the spectacle of a religion lying in counts, though we are far from supstate, surrounded with the silent pomp posing that Popery, were it triumphof death!” That Popery possesses ant, would allow toleration to any an inherent spirit of crueliy, is de- denomination of Protestants, we monstrable from Mr. Croly's state- have the utmost confidence, that the ment respecting the Irish peasantry: professors of evangelical piety would “Nothing can persuade them but be its first victims. The party most that they ought to hate and extermi- opposed to them look to Papists as nate, if in their power, all such as their natural ally, on whose assistdiffer from them in religion.” (P. 59.) ance, in the suppression of what This declaration relates not to the they are pleased to denominate fanaPapists of the dark ages, but to ticism and enthusiasm, they may almany of the present inhabitants of ways depend : they may, therefore, Ireland; not to those who derive without presumption, promise themtheir information from the Bible, selves the distinction conferred on but from the Priests! This spirit of Ulysses, that of being last devoured.” cruelty is either inherent in the sys- In bringing our observations to a tem, or it is the fruit of that instruc- close, though we may perhaps at no tion which is communicated by the distant period resume the subject, Priests. And yet by some Protest- we wish to impress upon the atten. ants the system is spoken of as per- tion of our readers the statements fectly innocent; and the Priests are made by Mr. Croly respecting the represented as some of the most de actual condition of Ireland, as it reserving Pastors in Christendom. spects the mental bondage and moral Away with such spurious charity, depravity of many of her sons. This such affected liberality! The guise distressing and disgraceful state of is too transparent to cover the spirit things arises chiefly from the abomiof Popery, or of infidelity, which nable exactions of the Popish Priestsuch professions indicate. “Po hood, who neglect the duties which pery,” according to Mr. Hall, "in devolve upon them, and pervert the the ordinary state of its profession, influence they officially possess to the combines, the form of godliness' worst and basest purposes. The conwith a total denial of its power. A tents of Mr. Croly's Essay afford palheap of unmeaning ceremonies, a. pable evidence of this painful truth. dapted to fascinate the imagination, The pacification of Ireland must be and engage the senses,- implicit effected, not so much by legislative faith in human authority, combined as by moral and religious measures. with an utter neglect of divine teach. To adopt the language of Mr. Croly, ing,ignorance the most profound, when speaking of the “plebeian joined to dogmatism the most pre- body' as the “governors of the sumptuous,-a vigilant exclusion of world,” we say, of the Irish peasanbiblical knowledge, together with a try, not in reference to "their gototal extinction of free inquiry,– verning, but being governed,” present the spectacle of religion ly- “ Let them be properly educated, and imbibe the true principles of religion and great majority of her inhabitants morality ; rid them of bigotry, prejudices, have for centuries been groaning unand sectarian hatred ; teach them to love der her iron yoke. The bistory of their neighbour as themselves, and to view the past demonstrates the inefficiency all classes and divisions with an equal eye and the tyranny of that cruel system. of charity; inculcate on their minds a hatred of vice, and love of virtue ; a love Let the experiment be fairly tried on of truth, of justice, and fair dealing.
Protestant principles. In addition Divest them of their weakness and credu: to the property legally applicable to lity; and strengthen their minds to with. religious purposes, let the “volunstand the baneful arts of superstition and tary principle” be brought into full imposture. Banish from them lawless. play by placing at the disposal of ness, savageness, cruelty, and blood. those institutions which have for hirstiness; and make them civil, order- their grand and glorious object, the
, peaceable, and humane. In a word, diffusion of scriptural kowledge, an fashion them, form them, renew them, increased degree of ability to scatter make them rational beings, not only in abroad with a more liberal hand the appearance but in reality.” (P. 67.)
seeds of divine truth; and “the This is the proper prescription for work of righteousness shall be peace; the elevation of Ireland, and the and the effect of righteousness, quietemancipation of her sons. Popery ness and assurance for ever.” (Isai. has tried to civilize Ireland. The xxxii. 17.)
DISCIPLINE OF THE METHODIST CONNEXION.
To the Editor of the Wesleyan-Methodist Magasine.
as at present constituted,- an interferI TRANSMIT to you, for insertion in ence which we particularly acknowledge your Magazine, the following extract in the late invaluable judgments of his from the Minutes of the London District. Honour the Vice-Chancellor, Sir LanceMeeting, held at the City-road chapel, lot Shadwell
, and Lord Chancellor Lyndon April 28th, 1835, and the following hurst, in the Courts of Chancery. days. By order of the District-Meeting,
3. We affectionately express our sym. DANIEL Walton, Sec.
pathy with our honoured fathers and
brethren, in the insult and obloquy to Question 29th.-Has this Meeting any which they have been most unjustly ex. sentiments to express concerning the at. posed, by the unchristian and wicked attempts which have recently been made, tempts of factious men, to traduce their in different places, to disturb the peace of characters, and impeach the integrity of the Connexion, and procure a change in
the Conference; but we, at the same the essential principles of our constitu. time, unfeignedly rejoice that by far the tion?
larger proportion of the societies in this Answer 1.-We cannot but regard the District continue free from the agitations formation and proceedings of the self
which the foes or faithless friends of Me. styled “Manchester Central Associa- thodism have laboured to promote, and tion” as directly opposed not only to give satisfactory evidence of their unathe vital laws and regulations of our bated attachment to that excellent system body, but to the spirit and precepts of which we have received from our fathers. the New Testament; and we explicitly 4. We pledge ourselves anew to the declare our conviction, that any union great principles of Methodism, as at prewith the afore-mentioned Association is sent constituted, and officially explained inconsistent with the duties, and, if per- by the Conference from time to time, in sisted in after due warning and admoni. its printed Minutes, signed by the Presition, will be utterly incompatible with
dent and Secretary, and as now generally the rights and privileges, of membership
" administered under their authority.” amongst us.
We have made our choice, and, with the 2. We devoutly record our fervent gra- help of our God, we will abide by it. Extitude to Almighty God for his providen- planations of anything in our existing Vol. XIV. Third Series, June, 1835.
Rules which may appear obscure or am- Question.—What is the opinion of biguous, or even a careful revision and am- this Meeting respecting the proceed. plification of those Rules, if effected by ings of the Manchester Central Associaproper authority, and after full and lei- tion ? surely deliberation, may possibly be Answer.-—This Meeting unanimously deemed by the Conference a wise and concur in opinion, that the Manchester seasonable measure. But never will we Association is altogether unmethodistical agree to mutilate or alter the essential in its constitution; and protest against principles of that pure and simple Con- its unwarranted and anti-scriptural atstitution, which, under God, was confided tempts to disturb the harmony of our soto us as a sacred deposit by the Rev. cieties ; sympathizing most affectionately John Wesley.
with those brethren who have been mo5. We present our cordial thanks to lested thereby; gratefully recognising the brethren in this District who have the valuable and timely exertions of honourably distinguished themselves in many to oppose and neutralize their efthe late conflict, and especially to our es- forts; and cordially pledging themselves teemed friends, the Rev. George Cubitt to support the tried and established ecoand the Rev. William Vevers, for their nomy of Wesleyan Methodism in its useful and well-timed publications. purity.
THOMAS WALKER, The following Minute was passed at
Secretary the Northampton District-Meeting:
LETTER FROM THE EXETER CIRCUIT.
To the Editor of the Wesleyan-Methodist Magazine. On Thursday, May 7th, and Sunday, is likely to be a good Sunday-school the 10th, a new Wesleyan chapel was connected with it; and it is also pur. opened, in St. Sidwell's, in the city of posed to establish a week-day school, on Exeter. The Rev. Robert Newton, of the Lancasterian plan, where children Manchester, preached in the morning, will be taught to read at one penny per and the Rev. A. E. Farrar, from Lon- week, and to write, on paying twopence; don, in the evening, and Mr. Newton an institution of this kind being very preached in the old chapel at the same much needed in that part of the city. hour. On Sunday sermons were preach- It has pleased God, within the last ed in both chapels by the Rev. Messrs. two or three years, greatly to revive and Farrar, Stephenson, Staton, and Cooke. extend his work among us, in this city The collections at the different services and Circuit, and generally throughout amounted to upwards of sixty pounds. the District. The society in Exeter has The chapel is thirty-four feet by sixty ; increased from two hundred and fifty with a vestry, class-room, and two com- members to considerably above four modious school-rooms, attached. The hundred ; and in the Circuit there has school-rooms will accommodate two hun- been an encouraging increase. In nearly dred children ; and the chapel will seat every Circuit in the District there has five hundred and fifty persons. About been some increase ; and in several Cir. one hundred and fifty sittings are free. cuits the increase has been very great ; This neat and substantial building is so that the total increase in the District, situated in the western part of the city, within the period above mentioned, has in a parish which contains nearly 8,000 been fifteen or sixteen hundred. These inhabitants, and where there is not gracious visitations from God have prochurch and chapel accommodation for duced a remarkable display of liberality, more than one-fourth of the population. in reducing debts on chapels, in BedThe chapel, school-rooms, &c., will cost ford, Barnstaple, and other places, and upwards of eleven hundred pounds ; to. in the erection of new chapels in various wards which between four and five hun. places. At Ashburton, Buckfastleigh, dred pounds have been, or will be, sub. Modbury, Hennock, &c., towards the scribed. One very liberal individual, a accomplishment of these benevolent obmember of the Church of England, has jects, several thousand pounds have been subscribed the handsome sum of one contributed. One benevolent individual hundred and fifty pounds. The chapel in this city has given one thousand Is likely to be well filled. A consider- pounds towards the reduction of the debt able number of the seats are already let; our chapel in Mint-lane.
And and there is a reasonable probability that while so much has been done, in this they will soon be all disposed of. There extraordinary way, to meet the demand
for additional accommodation for the removed, to an extent which, a few years great numbers that have been brought ago, the most sanguine could not have under the Methodist ministry, it is gratis anticipated. A great and effectual door fying to find that the local income of the is opened before us, and the Lord is reCircuits in the District has so increased, markably with us; this work is characthat five additional Preachers have been terised as much by its depth as by its excalled out, (two of whom have families,) tent. Of the many hundreds that have and provision made for their support, joined our societies, a very large proporwith very little addition to the grant tion have been savingly converted to God, from the Contingent Fund. The regular walk with him, and rejoice in his salvacollections also, for the support of our dif- tion. O that “upon all this glory there ferent Funds, have considerably increased, may be a defence;” that in these times especially for the Mission work, which, of public excitement, and political partiin some Circuits, including the extra sanship, our people may preserve themefforts for the West India Fund, have selves“ unspotted from the world,” and not only been doubled, but quadrupled. “strive together for the faith of the GosExeter, which in 1832 only raised £80, pel ;” being “steadfast, unmovable, al. in 1833 raised £160, and in 1834 about ways abounding in the work of the Lord, £340. And Bridport, during the same for as much as we know that our labour year, with only two hundred members, shall not be in vain in the Lord.” So has furnished to the Mission Fund £160. shall his work continue to “ appear unto So great is the work which the Lord is his servants, and his glory unto their carrying on in this part of his vineyard. children; and he will establish the work Never since the writer of this article of our hands upon us ; yea, the work of knew Devonshire, has the prospect for our hands he will establish it." usefulness been greater than it is at this
CORBET COOKE. moment. It has pleased God to give the Exeter, Methodist societies great favour in the May, 14th, 1835. eyes of the people; prejudice has been
LETTER FROM THE MONMOUTH CIRCUIT.
To the Editor of the Wesleyan-Methodist Magazine. On the 8th of May, the foundation. for sittings could not be acco.nmodated. stone of a Wesleyan chapel was laid at Through the interposition of a gentleMonmouth. The Rev. Messrs. Wood, man in this town, a most eligible situaof Bristol, and Thomas Martin, of Ply, tion has been procured; and more than mouth, delivered addresses on the occa. three hundred pounds have been given sion. The Sunday-school children were by him and his family. The society and brought to view the interesting scene, friends have raised more than one hun. and were afterwards taken to the old cha. dred pounds by monthly and weekly sub. pel, where refreshments were given to scriptions. We are blessed with peace them. It will be gratifying to all the in this Circuit; and the longer we live, friends of Methodism to be informed, the more we are attached to the doctrines that within the last two years the society and discipline of Methodism. in Monmouth has been more than dou. bled in number; in consequence of
John Robinson. which our present chapel has become far
Monmouth, too small, and many persons that applied May 18th, 1835.
CHAPELS RECENTLY ERECTED OR ENLARGED. DURDHAM-Down, in the Bristol shipped for years, fell into the hands of a North Circuit :-“A new Wesleyan cha- reverend gentleman, who, without loss pel was opened at Durdham-Down, in the of time, gave them notice to quit on the Bristol North Circuit, on Friday, April 25th of March,--the very earliest period 3d, 1835; when sermons were preached by when they could be ejected. No other the Rev. Messrs. Treffry, sen., Macdo- room, large enough to admit the congrenald, and P. C. Turner. The chapel is gation, was to be procured: the friends forty feet by thirty, built a sufficient felt called upon to act promptly. A piece height to admit a gallery, and cost £300. of ground was sought, for a while with
In the autumn of last year, the large out success; God, however, favoured the . room in which the Methodists had wor- cause, and a convenient plot, at the edge of the Down, was at length obtained, for pels have taken sittings. This is the a ground-rent of four guineas a year. third Wesleyan chapel erected in the The foundation-stone was laid on the town. The first was built when Mr. Methodist fast-day in December, and on Adam Clarke, afterwards Dr. Clarke, was the fast-day in March the chapel was stationed in Guernsey, in 1787 ; but hav. finished, ready for opening. A subscrip- ing become too small, a larger one was tion was made in the neighbourhood, crected in 1815 for the use of the English which, with the collection at the opening, congregations ; and the French society amounted to about £120; and the entire have alone the use of the old chapel, remainder was contributed by Thomas which on many occasions is considerably Whippie, Esq., by whose noble genero- too small. Methodism has been greatly sity the chapel is now without a shilling owned of God in this island, which is of debt. The opening of the chapel has only thirty miles in circumference. There been followed by a large accession of are now twelve Methodist chapels, innew hearers; and the work of God in cluding these three, and one in the the vicinity promises to be very prosper- western part of the island, in the parish ous."
of Forteval, which is now in progress, ISLAND OF GUERNSEY :-“ On the and is to be opened in a few months; só 22d of April, 1835, a plain and neat that the Wesleyans have now one chapel Wesleyan chapel, forty-five feet long, by in every country parish, and three in the thirty-five wide, was opened in this island. town. The population of the island, It is erected to meet the wants of a po- according to the last census, is 24,349; pulous neighbourhood, at a place called and accommodation is afforded in the the Bout, about a mile from the town above chapels for between four and five church. Appropriate and impressive ser. thousand persons, which may be consi. mons were preached on the occasion ; in dered as the aggregate of the Sunday the morning by the Rev. John Nelson, of congregations. There is English preachHammersmith; and in the evening, by ing only in the town.
In the country the Rev. William Tarr, of Cowes, in the service is in French. If due atten. the Isle of Wight, in English ; and on the tion be paid to this field of usefulness, following day the Rev. Philip Tourgis, with which the Lord has entrusted the of Guernsey, preached in the morning, Wesleyans in Guernsey, much good, and the Rev. Daniel Robin, of Jersey, in under the divine blessing, may still be the evening, in French. The chapel was expected. It is pleasing and profitable well attended, and the contributions were to attend the preaching generally through liberal. It is hoped that, by the blessing the island. To God be all the praise ! of God, much good will be done in this There are about 1,500 persons in soplace.
ciety in the island ; and very many “ Nearly all the sittings are let, and the among the congregations are serious people are thankful for so neat and com. hearers. There are two Sunday-schools modious a place of worship. Some who in the town, and five in the country." never before attended the Wesleyan cha
ANNIVERSARIES LATELY HELD IN LONDON. 1. THE WESLEYAN-METHODIST MISSIONARY SOCIETY. An account of the Anniversary of this part of this Magazine, under the head of Society will be found in a subsequent Missionary Notices.
II. THE CHURCH MISSIONARY SOCIETY. THE thirty-fifth Anniversary of this Bishops of Lichfield and Coventry and of institution was held in Exeter-Hall, on Chester ; Archdeacon Corrie, the Bishop Tuesday, May 5th : the Right Hon. the elect) of Madras ; the Right Rev. Dr. Earl of Chichester, President, in the Macilvaine, the Bishop of Ohio, United chair. It was the largest meeting of this States ; Dr. Tholuck, Theological ProSociety ever held, many persons being fessor at the University of Halle; T. F. obliged to go away who could no get in. Buxton, Esq., M.P; Sir A. Agnew, There were present, besides a very large Bart., M.P.; John Hardy, Esq., M. P.; assemblage of the Clergy from all parts Robert Williams, jun., Esq., M. P.; Capof the kingdom, the Marquis of Chol- tain Alsager, M. P.; and W. Feilden, mondeley ; the Earl of Galloway ; Lord
Esq., M. P. Mountsandford ; the Right Rev. the Lord The Report stated, that the entire in