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The Protestant Dissenters' Almanack

and Political Annual for 1857. London: Kent and Co., and William

Freeman, An excellent Almanack, exceedingly well adapted for the religious bodies for whom it is prepared. The information respecting the dissenting interests is full and valuable.

We are convinced that a clearer and more definite idea would be given of the ecclesiastical structure and disci. pline of Methodism in a manual of this nature, if it were to begin with the people, instead of with the Conference, and describe the various connexional arrangements, officers, courts, and institutions in the order in which they arose, This method need not make the book more bulky, but it would possess the advantage of displaying an outline of the growth as well as the proportions of an extraordinary church movement, and an indication of the necessities which have rendered expedient the adoption of its several parts. We respectfully present this hint to the present compilers.

The Use of Pure Water. Deposits in

the Savings Bank of Wisdom, made in behalf of Working Men and Women. By an Old Friend. London: Jarrold

and Sons, CONTAINS in little space a great deal of knowledge, on a subject important to individual and social health, inculcating the duty and advantage of cleanliness.

Mutual-Aid Association Reporter.

LOUTH BRANCH ANNIVERSARY.

The length of our report of the anniver- Jan. 12, Monday, Bro, Rabbitts', 1, Crossary services recently held by the Louth by-row, Walworth-road. Branch leaves us no room for general re- Feb. 11, Wednesday, Bro. Hardy's, Leimarks on the position and progress either cester House, Gt. Dover-st., Borough. of the Association or the Magazine. The March 9, Monday, Bro. Wild's, Fulham latter is now presented in its new form at Villa, North End, Hammersmith-gate. a price that will assuredly command for April 8, Wednesday, Sister English's, 9, it a vastly increased circulation. Of this Amersham-terrace, Deptford, Kent. we are made certain by the great number May 11, Monday, Bro. Creswell's, 5, of augmented orders received in response Albert-terrace, Knightsbridge. to the circular issued by the committee; and it remains now to be seen what effect will be produced upon the general sale, On Sunday, Nov. 16th, 1856, sermons If but a moderate increase be obtained were preached in behalf of the Associathis periodical will at once take a standing tion, in the Free Methodist Chapel, Louth, place among religious publications far morning and evening, by Mr. A. Dodgson, higher than it ever yet occupied; and we of Hull, and in the afternoon by Mr. shall be forgiven, we are sure, if we say Hunter, one of the circuit preachers. On that our anticipations do not fall short of these occasions the sermons, attendance, that issue.

and collections were good. The business of the Committee reported On Tuesday afternoon, the annual tea on page 31 affords matter for serious and meeting was held in the Free Methodist prayerful consideration to the true phil. large school room, and about one hundred anthropists among our wealthy Christian friends partook of an excellent tea gratuibrethren. We regret the want of space tously provided. After tea a public meetthat forbids further observation.

ing was commenced, when large numbers assembled who appeared deeply interested in the proceedings.

Mr. J. Johnson was called to the chair, The General Committee of the Associa- and after a suitable hymn was sung, he tion will meet at the following places for called upon Mr. Foster, a venerable local the transaction of business until the next preacher of the old body, to engage in aggregate meeting :

prayer; after which he briefly described

MONTHLY MEETINGS OF THE GENERAL

COMMITTEE.

the object of the society, expressing his thankfulness to God that he, the least of his saints, had been long privileged with grace to minister the word of life.

Mr. T. Shaw, the secretary, read the report, and after giving some general statistics, similar to those read at the Nottingham meeting reported last month, said: “The Louth Branch numbers 38 members; 2, living at Alford, have joined the branch recently formed in that town. Out of the above number 13 are honorary members. The income of the branch during the year is as follows: Benefit members, £17 1ls.; honorary members and contributors, £11 13s. ; proceeds of last anniversary, £17 14s. 3d. ; making a total of £46 18s. 3d. The expenditure during the same period in sick and superannuation allowances has been £40 12s. 6d. The balance in the hands of the local treasurer, £6 5s, 9d. This account shows the necessity of continued and increasing liberality on the part of the friends of this benevolent institution. Apart from the proceeds of the anniversary, it will be seen that the expenditure would have been considerably above the income of the branch. The committee is fully convinced that the necessity for such an institution is great, and that its nature and object only require to be more generally known to be better appreciated and supported. We are happy, therefore, to be able to announce that our Magazine, which is perhaps the chief means of spreading the necessary information, will next year be issued at twopence instead of fourpence monthly. We trust the result will be a much wider circulation."

Bro. Ridall, a Conference local preacher, had long wondered no provision of this kind had been made for local preachers, whose great object is to do something for the world, by rescuing the souls of men from darkness, and bringing them to the light. Local preachers were often more fatigued with Sabbath work, than with an ordinary week day's labour. It is hard that such men should be left without support in their old age.

Mr. A. Dodgson said : Our position on this occasion is a novel one : we are often called upon to encourage the young warrior on the battle-field ; but to-night we sympathise with and encourage the veteran

warriors. This class of men has given to Methodism a position which otherwise it would never have attained. The local preachers have a peculiar adaptedness to their work. They have not been trained in this or that college, at Oxford or Cambridge, Richmond or Didsbury; the college of every-day life is that in which they have received their education. They have gone out and spoken to the people in upper rooms and farmers' barns, and have astonished them by causing them to hear, every man in hir own tongue, the wonderful works of God. The languages, not of the Parthians and Medes, Elamites and Phrygians ; but of Lincolnshire, Yorkshire, Berkshire, and Lancashire; and the result was “glory to God in the highest,” in the conversion of numberless sinners. Whilst other men on the Saturday evening have been singing, “To-morrow, sweet sabbath of rest," these men have been looking forward to a day of labour ; sweet, it is true, and with their hearts in the work, else it would be heavy indeed. Many by their extraordinary exertions have broughton afflictions which have hurried them to an untimely grave. Perhaps you say they should have taken better care of themselves; but if they have erred it has been on the right side! I have in my pocket a letter from a gentleman who gave himself to the ministry, though his respectable friends used every means to dissuade him from his purpose. He was rendered eminently successful in raising churches, and, by and by, he was arrested, sent to Rome, and thrust into a cavernous prison. Numerous friends had before ministered unto his necessities ; now there was but one to stand by him in his trials, one Onesiphorus, who “ oft refreshed him," and was not ashamed of his chains, but sought him out“very diligently.” Nay, so utterly destitute was he, having left his luggage behind, that he had not wherewith to keep warm his starved limbs, so that he had to write to his son Timothy to bring with him the cloak that he had left at Troas. Though all men forsook him, he was enabled to exclaim triumphantly, “I have fought a good fight; I have kept the faith ;" and he looked forward to receive a crown of righteousness. I think those churches planted by him were verily guilty in their neglect of an aged minister of

nary Fund ?

Christ. And does not something like this preachers only, or with twice or thrice occur in our own days? I have stood by that number P I shall never forget the the bedside of a dying man, suffering from time and toil connected with the formasciatica such tortures that even a step on tion of this organisation : nor shall I ever his chamber floor added agony to his pain, forget the first aggregate meeting of the who, had it not been for this institution, brethren: it was a happy day to my soul. would have been friendless and uncared For once I determined to accommodate for. Shall these men pass off the stage four brethren under my humble roof : friendless and forsaken? There are two they were from Oxfordshire - working kinds of sympathy; one is that of the men-but I felt myself as highly honoured good man in America who hid himself as if they were bishops, and greatly was I from a bear while his wife, seizing a large delighted while hearing them relate their poker, effected its destruction ; the hus- successes in preaching the gospel of Christ. band from his hiding place first encour- Do you know anything about the Centeaging his wife's exertions, and then come

I remember taking my placently taking a portion of the credit. place on the platform in Queen-street In this case there was sympathy, but no Chapel, when that scheme was broached, help. The other kind of sympathy is that and recollect a local preacher-a moneyed of the Quaker, who, hearing of a case of man-asking the question, What would be distress, and the sympathy of one in his done for the local preachers ?-the effect behalf who said, “ Poor man, I am very was magical and almost ludicrous: the sorry for him," asked, “How much are preachers exchanged glances, smiled at you sorry ?” and putting his hand into his each other, and frowned on the questioner, pocket, added, “I am sorry so much." until at last one preacher stood up and

Mr. Stovin, a young local preacher, exclaimed, “Nothing, most certainly!' made a very impassioned appeal on behalf My friend offered another £100 in addiof his local brethren and the claims of the tion to the first, if a part of the fund association, expressing himself as being might be set apart for sick and infirm highly excited and stimulated by what he local preachers : but in vain; and a quarhad that night heard.

ter of a million of money was raised, but Mr. John Mann went at large into the nothing for local preachers ! All attempts commencement and first movements of to aid them failed, until seven years ago the association in London, showing how the local preachers determined to help much his time and attention had been themselves. Then, in spite of opposition, given to the subject, and how, by reason the work went on, and the association was of his neglect of home, he had been often soon successfully in operation. If these scolded by one he loved more than any in hard working men are not entitled to supthat meeting, and expressed the regret he port and sympathy, I wonder who is ? But felt that he was not then more successful : prejudice is against them! I was once but, said he, "Some have asked the ques- sent to occupy the pulpit of a large chapel tions-Is it right for local preachers to in London ; I had a crowded audience, preach ? and there are plenty of argu- and gave them a local preacher's sermon : ments in proof that it is right. ;Can local when I descended to the vestry, I had preachers preach? I find many more numbers to greet and shake hands with fitted for the work than some who are in the stranger : the steward put his hand the itinerant ranks, who give abundant into his pocket and asked how much he evidence that they possess talents and had to pay for my expenses ?

• In what piety-men who can rightly divide the circuit do you travel, sir p' was asked by word of truth. Does success attend the

I almost expected an invitation to labours of local preachers ?

Their suc

travel amongst them. I told the steward cesses have been truly marvellous : many I did not require any money, as I was thousands have been connected with the only a local preacher! And oh, what a church here and joined to the church change! 'Indeed, sir'--' a local preacher, above through their instrumentality. sir ?' and the steward replaced the silver What could you do in this circuit with in his pocket, without pressing me to take your thirty-six preaching places with four even a fourpenny bit! They said · Gocd

one.

GENERAL COMMITTEE.

night, sir,' in such a way as if they meant your evening prayer meeting, the poor You are only a local preacher, so you local preachers are eight or ten miles from must get home as best you can.' I am home, often in rough and rainy weather. glad the next meeting of the associ- The love of God impels them onward, and ation is to be holden in Louth ; and if you withhold your aid, they will still you

will have men to visit you who will proceed! They did so before this associbe no disgrace to your beautiful town. ation was formed ; but won't they do it I expect the cause will receive a great more cheerfully and confidently now p" impetus. The Louth Branch is one of After votes of thanks were given to the the most flourishing and prosperous in the deputation, the ladies, and the chairman, kingdom. When I look at this beautiful the meeting broke up. Upwards of £16, school room and its appendages, with your clear proceeds of this anniversary, were noble chapel, and think of the score of remitted to the parent Society. new chapels you have erected in so short

H. B. Jun. a space of time, I have proof enough that you esteem your local preachers. You remember the words so approvingly said, The monthly meeting of the General "Inasmuch as ye have done it to the least Committee was held at Brother Bowron's, of my servants !' Yet, if the Master 14, Churton-street, Pimlico, on Wedneshimself laboured in the circuit some would day evening, Dec. 10, 1856. not even help him. For if you do not Present, Brothers Chamberlain, Wade, help the servant, neither would you help Bowron, Durley, Jameson, and Brown. the master! Some local preachers may After prayer had been offered by Bro. be found preaching the gospel regularly Bowron, the minutes of the last meeting on the Sabbath whose weekly wages were read and confirmed. amount to only 15s., 10s., or 8s. per

week! A report was presented from the subYou ask, where? I answer, among the committee on Magazine affairs, appointed farmers' servants, in Norfolk; men with at the last Committee meeting ; the numtheir velveteen jackets and scarlet neck- ber to be printed for January was ordered, cloths, but who nevertheless preach Jesus, and the honorary secretary was empowand the people are saved through their ered to take such steps as may be neceslabours. My brothers, my sisters, ought sary to meet any further demand that may such men to be allowed to sicken, pine, arise before the next Committee meeting. and die in a workhouse? I often think a Messrs. Aylott and Co. were again apspecial Providence preserves their health pointed the publishers. amidst such constant and arduous labours; It was then determined that to those for, when other men are soundly asleep, branches which have not replied to the they have a book to read and a pen to use questions forwarded to their secretaries in often till after midnight; and if their November, a certain proportion of copies sermons are accounted meagre, recollect of the magazine should be sent, with inthat the travelling preacher has little else structions as to the disposal of them. to do but to study. No wonder these It was also determined that a list of poor men's wives sometimes grumble. I the addresses of the local secretaries have been hard at work for a week to- should be prepared and printed on the gether, children gone to bed before I reach cover of the magazine as early as possible. home-up again before six in the morn- The secretary's return for the month ing, and away all the Sabbath ; so that I reported five deaths, sixty-seven sick, and have not seen my children for a month to- ninety-eight superannuated members regether except asleep. The local preachers' ceiving relief; and that the treasurer was wives have much to put up with: they

£410 11s. 6d. in advance. It was re. have the inconvenience and trouble of the solved that the treasurer should be emchildren all the week and Sunday into the powered to sell out the sum of £500 in bargain! Is it not a shame that these the Three per cent. Reduced. hard working men should die in a work- Cases from Dursley, Spalding, Man. house!

While you are worshipping in chester, and Birmingham were considered your beautiful chapel and remaining at and decided upon. Some bills, having been examined and found correct, were ordered to be paid.

Prayer was offered by Bro. Brown, and the meeting closed at a quarter before nine o'clock.

The next meeting will be held at Bro. E. H. Rabbitts', Walworth, on Monday evening, Jan. 12th, 1857, at half-past five o'clock. JOHN WADE, Hon. Sec.

Nov. 15, 1856. Samuel Pottage, of Candersley, Louth Circuit, aged 85. Claim £8. His end was peace.

Oct. 16, 1856. John Wadsworth, of Sherrington, Newport Pagnell Circuit, aged 79. Claim £4. His end was peace. He had been on the funds 242 weeks.

Nov. 29, 1856. William Cowlishaw, of Sheffield, aged 72. Claim £4. His end was peace. He had been on the funds 136 weeks.

Nov. 29, 1856. Frances Bateman, of Runcorn, aged 36. Claim £4. Her end was peace.

DIED.
Aug. 23, 1856, James S. Birch, of
Ashton-under-Lyne Circuit, aged 37.
Claim £8. His end was peace.

DONATIONS, SUBSCRIPTIONS, ETC. RECEIVED BY THE TREASURER TO DEC. 13, 1856,

(hm. HONORARY MEMBER. hc. HONORARY CONTRIBUTORS.) Ledbury-A Friend, per Bro. Jones, Cinderford, 10s. Louth--Proceeds of Tea and Public Meeting, Collections, &c. £15 17s. Norwich_Collected at Nethersell, 11s.; at Tudenham ditto, 2s. 6d. ; at Weston, 2s. 6d. ; at Blofield, 8s.; at Easton, 4s. 9d. ; at Hevingham, 3s. 2d. ; Mr. W. Ford, hm., Norwich, £1 ls. ; Mr. Jos. Massingham, ditto, hm., £1 Is. (less expenses, 6d.): £3 13s. 5d. Newport PagnellPublic Collections, £4 16s. 10d. ; collected by Mrs. Storey, Wolverton Station, £1 4s. 4d. ; ditto by Mr. Hallam, ditto, £3 9s. 7d. ; proceeds of Tea Meeting at Wolverton Station, £1 2s. 9d. ; collected by Bro. Sunderland, Stoney Stratford, 12s. 6d. ; ditto by Bro. Sear, Fenny Stratford, 7s: 6d. : ditto by Bro. Tite, of Wavendon, 7s. 6d. from a Wesleyan Minister, per Bro. Tite, 10s. ; collected by Bro. Britten, Bowbrickhill, 10s. ; donation by Bro. Gamble, Newport Pagnell, 1s. ; ditto by Bro. Rose, 3s. ; Mr. W. Grimes, hm., Castlethorpe Lodge: £1: £14 5s. Daventry—Mr. R. Clarke, hm., £1; Mrs. Cooke, don., Marston, 2s. 6d. : £1 2s. 6d. Leeds—Mrs. Stephenson, hc., 10s. ; Mrs. Chas. Carr, hm., £1 ls.: £l lls. ThetfordCollected by Bro. J. Pechey, C. Fison, Esq., 10s. ; Mrs. Groom, 5s. ; Rev. R. Tabraham, 2s. 6d. ; Mr. W., Pechey, 2s.6d. ; Mr. A. Palmer, 1s. ; Mr. Smith, 1s. ; Mr. S. Pechey, 6d. ; Mr. D. Haine, 6d. ; Mr. Stokes, 6d. ; Mr. G. Frost, 6d. : collected by Bro. P. Turner, Mrs. W. Cocks, 2s. 6d. ; collected by Bro. E. Palmer, Mrs. Clarke, Brandon, 1s. ; Mr. Nobard, 2s. ; E. Palmer, Is.; collected by Bro. Jas. Fleet, Mr. W. Clarke, 2s. 6d. ; J. W. F., 1s. ; a Friend, 6d. ; Mrs. Lankester, 1s.; Mrs. Hammond, 6d. ; Mr. Spurling, 6d. ; Mrs. Cross, 1s. ; Mrs. E. Whiteman, 2s. ; Mr. F. Whiteman, 1s.; a Well-wisher, 6d. ; Mr. Chas. Palmer, a local preacher, 2s.; Mrs. Fleet, 1s. ; Mr. Fleet, ls. : £2 5s. Aylesbury~Mr. Rich. Durley, hm., £1 Is.; Mrs.' Durley, hm., £1 ls.; Miss Durley, hm., £1 ls. ; Mr. W. Seamons, hm., Waddisdon, £1 Is. ; a Friend, hm.; £1 ls.; a Local Preacher, hm., £l; collected by Mrs. Gurney, 8s. 6d. : £6 13s. 6d. Chelsea--Mr. Jno. Cuthbertson, hm., £1 ls.; Mr. Thos. Cuthbertson, hm., £1 ls.; Mr. Wm. Bowron, hm., £l ls.; Mr. Edw. Creswell, hm., £l Is.; collections at Battersea Chapel, 8s. : £4 12s.

NOTE.—This list is published that the donations, honorary members, tea meetings, chapel collections, &c. may appear separately, though they are included in the list of amounts received by the Treasurer from the various circuits.

REMITTANCES RECEIVED BY THE TREASURER, TO DEC. 13, 1856. Bath, £6 4s. ; Ripley, £2 17s. ; Ledbury, £2 9s.; Edinburgh, 18s.; High Wycombe, £1 18s 8d. ; Swaffham, £4 16s. ; Stockport, £1 7s. ; Hexham, £2 8s.; Louth £15 17s. 6d. ; Oldham, £1 198.; Sunderland, ls.; Newport Pagnell, £18 15s. ; Gloucester, £1 4s. ; Salisbury, £1 12s. 6d.; Norwich, £6 13s. 5d; Leeds, £1 14s.; Thetford, £7 4s.; Manchester, £10; Aylesbury, £6 13s, 6d. ; Chelsea, £4 12s.

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