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of responsibility rests on women of leisure, wealth, and education. Many of these have more than "ten talents," and have to be reckoned with accordingly. We would not stand in the place of myriads of these at the bar of God, for thousands of worlds. Rank at the great day will not pass as a patent for indolence in the cause of Christ and humanity. There ought to be no low, vulgar, nor depraved female in the land, and there would be none, if the women who have the time and the means of expelling ignorance and vice from the country, did their duty. And we most cordially recommend these pages to all, with the hope that the seeds of excellence and usefulness which they contain may awaken many a lady to follow the christian course of Mrs. Sherman, and at last to inherit the glory which she now realizes.



On Easter Monday, 1848, we held our first Old Scholars' Meeting in connexion with Spa Fields Chapel Sunday School: inviting by hand-bills and from the pulpit, all who had formerly been scholars in the school, to take tea with the Teachers and Friends. The tea was kindly provided by ten or twelve ladies of the congregation, each furnishing a tray. We had on this occasion a gathering of about two hundred old scholars and other friends. After tea, the Rev. T. E. Thoresby took the chair, and short addresses were delivered by the Chairman and gentlemen connected with the school. At the close of the meeting all expressed themselves delighted, and what was better, serious impressions were made upon the minds of some, which there is reason to hope, will be productive of lasting good. One of the speakers in the course of his remarks stated that his thoughts were first directed to the importance of preparation for the future world, by reading the words inscribed on a grave-stone, " Prepare to meet thy God."


These words were taken by God's Holy Spirit, and applied to the heart of a young female present, Emma Silby, who had formerly been in the school, and were thus the means of inducing in her an anxious desire to "flee from the wrath to come." time since it pleased God to afflict her, and this passage, and the circumstance before named, were brought more vividly before her mind. She gradually became worse, and was confined to her bed. About three months ago, her friends wished some one from the chapel to visit her. The Superintendent of the school went; and in his first conversation with her, she informed him that she felt herself to be a sinner, trusting in the mercy of God through the merits of Christ. He replied, it was the Christian's privilege to rejoice in Christ; feeling a great responsibility, resting upon him he became very urgent in requesting her to be earnest in her application at the throne of grace, for the witnessing of the Spirit of God with her Spirit, that he had for Christ's sake, pardoned all her sins. He prayed with her, and left. On the following Sunday the same gentleman called to see her, and when he entered the room her countenance brightened up with joy, and she said, "I told you last Sunday I was happy; but now I know Jesus is mine, and I am his. The fear of death is removed; and my only desire is, to love Christ more." The visitor learnt from her mother, that on the Wednesday after he first saw her, she was in her daughter's room, and heard her in prayer, and as soon as she opened her eyes, she said to her, "My dear, you have been praying to yourself." "No;" the sufferer said, "I have been praying to Jesus, and I believe he will pardon my sins." She again closed her eyes, and began praying. In a short time after, with joy on her countenance, she said, “I am now happy." She appears to have enjoyed this peace of mind for some weeks, and whenever any Christian friends saw her from this time, her exclamation, (under a

sense of Christ's love to her,) was "Oh, I want to love my Saviour more." On one occasion she expressed a wish to obey the command of Christ in commemorating his dying love. The Rev. T. E. Thoresby complied with her desire, and administered to her the Lord's supper. She was much delighted with the visits of Christian friends, for she enjoyed the conversation of those who could speak to her of heaven. There her thoughts seemed to be fixed, and she would often say, referring to the throng before the throne,

"I long to be stripped of this house of clay,
That I may sing as loud as they."

She was very anxious that her dear parents and brother should meet her among the redeemed, and would often pray with them, and for all her unconverted friends.

The 14th and 15th chapters of St. John's Gospel were very precious to her; also the 194th, 243rd, and the 309th hymns in the Countess's Selection; and so anxious was she to join with a friend in singing a verse three weeks before her death, that she raised the tune herself. A few weeks before her death, her mind seemed to be somewhat beclouded with doubts and fears. Still she expressed her confidence in God, like one believing that the sun shone brightly the other side of the cloud, and that as soon as the cloud was removed, she should bask in the sunshine. So it was: she was not kept in suspense many days.

From this time she became much weaker, and conversed less, but when any friend entered the room she would say, "I am spared to see you once more, I long to be gone, but I must wait the Lord's time." She was eminently blessed with the grace of patience, but that patience was not to be long exercised, for the Lord's time was at hand, and he released her happy spirit on Sunday morning, Dec. 23, 1849, at the age of eighteen years. She had laid up a few shillings in the Savings' Bank, and requested her friends to give that to the cause of Christ at Spa Fields Chapel, thus testifying her love to him who had loved her. "Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord." Reader, "Prepare

to meet thy God."


J. H.

The friends connected with Zion Chapel, held a Tea Meeting, on the 8th of Novem ber, 1849. The Chapel was covered over for the occasion, and about 270 persons were present. The tea was provided gratuitously, and the proceeds, which amounted to more than £12, were given towards the erection of a new Room attached to the Minister's House, and for painting and repairing the Chapel, Chapel-house, and Alms-houses. The Trustees of Cheshunt College, who are also Trustees of Zion Chapel, have given £50 towards the same object, out of funds left by Mr. John Cooper, for this, and other purposes. The whole outlay has exceeded £70. The Meeting was addressed by the Rev. H. Hollis, Mr. James Peach, and several of the Local Preachers connected with the Wesleyan Chapel. The friends much enjoyed this opportunity of mutual intercourse, and exchange of kindly feeling, and hope if spared until another year to have a similar privilege. The Pastor took occasion to call attention to the claims of our periodical literature, and urged the importance of giving it a liberal support.


The Autumnal Meeting of the Ministers of the Western District, belonging to the Countess of Huntingdon's Connexion, was held at Swansea, on Wednesday and Thursday, October the 10th and 11th, 1849.

The following Resolutions were passed on the occasion. "The Brethren having heard of the arrangements which the Executive Committee have made with the Directors of the London Missionary Society, for the Rev. J. J. Freeman's visit to the Connexion Churches in Sierra Leone, on his return from the Cape of Good Hope, they hereby unanimously record their approval of the same."

"That the Rev. A. L. Mitchell, Minister of Christ Church, Exeter, be requested to preach at the next Central Meeting, to be held at the Connexion Chapel, Cheltenham, in Trinity week, 1850."

The first day of the meeting being the time set apart in the town us a season of special humiliation and prayer on account of the Cholera, which had prevailed in the neighbourhood, the ministers of the District united in the solemn servives held on the occasion. In the evening of the following day, public service was conducted in the Countess of Huntingdon's Chapel, when two excellent discourses were delivered, the first by the Rev. J. Reynolds, of Gloucester, from Deut. xxxii. 29, “O that they were wise, that they understood, that they would consider their latter end!" and the other by the Rev. J. Jones, of Birmingham, from Jer. x. 24, "O Lord correct me, but with judgment; not in thine anger, lest thou bring me to nothing." With this service the District meeting terminated, in the engagements of which, the Ministers present had a further illustration of the words of the inspired Psalmist: "Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!"



On Tuesday, January 1st, an interesting meeting for aiding the Children's Clothing Club, was held at the above Schools, on which occasion an instructive lecture was delivered by W. H. Michael, Esq., on Natural Philosophy, and concluded by Evan Davis, Esq., M.A, (President of the Welsh Normal College) who exhibited the Chromatic light. The audience was deeply interested as well as instructed, in the great importance of attention to ventilation, cleanliness, and other useful subjects, in connexion with the preservation of health.

EBLEY CHAPEL JUVENILE TOTAL ABSTINENCE SOCIETY. This institution numbers about 100 members, boys and girls. They have a secretary, com. mittee, and treasurer, from among themselves. They have formed a library, and distribute tracts through the village. Public meetings are held every quarter. Tea is provided; the boys wait at table, and the girls preside, and pour out the tea. At the public meeting, one of the lads takes the chair, and several others speak, and then some gentleman concludes. At the August meeting, these youths accommodated 400 at tea; 1000 people assembled afterwards in the chapel. A youth took the chair; animated speeches were delivered by the boys, and Samuel Bowly, Esq., of Gloucester, finally addressed the audience, with his accustomed argument and eloquence. Another meeting has been held since, of which we subjoin a report, drawn up by one of the lads.

EBLEY. On Wednesday the 21st of November, the Ebley Juvenile Total Abstinence Society held their Quarterly Tea Meeting, in the British School Room, Ebley. About 140 or 150 persons sat down to tea. After tea they removed to the chapel, where about 700 persons were assembled. A hymn was then sung; and Thomas Latham, one of the juveniles, was voted to the chair. After a short speech by the chairman, James Poole, the secretary of the society, C. Roome, J. Latham, F. Bedggood, J. Grimes, R. Coley, R. Parsons, and others, addressed the meeting. At the conclusion, Mr. Josiah Hunt,

farmer, of Almondsbury, near Bristol, addressed the audience for about an hour. Several of Mr. Paxton Hood's melodies were sung. A vote of thanks was then given to the chairman, and the meeting was concluded. Twenty-two signed the pledge. The Society has formed a reading society, and are distributing tracts.



The Ninth Annual Meeting of this Association was held on the 4th January, when a highly satisfactory Report was presented. The Society issued last year no fewer than 910 Policies, a number we believe to be almost unparalleled.

Notwithstanding the ravages of the Cholera, the rate of mortality has suffered very little increase; being still under 1 per cent. Excluding the FUNERAL FUND (consisting of about 200 Assurances of £20 and under, and which shows a higher rate), the deaths have been less than 9 per 1000; which is the usual rate of mortality, supposing all the lives assured were under 24 years of age; whereas, out of 1074 lives in Department 1, nearly one-half are over 40; sixty-four are over 60; and only thirty-eight

under 25.

A calculation has been made of the number of deaths which should have occurred in the First Departments, according to the usual experience of other Offices, and also according to the general law of mortality, and that assumed in the premiums of the old Offices. The following is the result:

Number of deaths according to the published experience of the London Offices 13
Ditto, according to the Population Returns....

Ditto, according to the Northampton Observations..
Actual deaths (including 3 from Cholera)




Assuming the experience of a Cholera year to be a safe guide, the deaths which should have occurred up to this date, would be, at the lowest computation, 135, and at the highest, 219. The actual number has been 73.

Of the 73 deaths which have occurred during the past nine years, il have been in the FUNERAL FUND for sums of £20 and under, and 6 have been those of persons charged extra premiums as inferior or hazardous lives. Three have been occasioned by accidents, and 14 by Cholera and other epidemics.



January 12th, 1849.

As you considered a letter of mine, containing a suggestion for promoting the circulation of "The New Magazine," worthy of insertion in your first number, I think it is due from me to inform your readers, (not only for the sake of information, but to serve in some instances as an example,) of the success which has attended carrying out the suggestion in the school to which I referred.

After having distributed the prospectuses, and recommended the Magazine at fitting opportunities, by the kind aid of the teachers, (to whom I tender my thanks,) I obtained subscribers for upwards of 200 of the first number. And I have no doubt, if No. I. be a fair specimen, the demand for that number will certainly be maintained during the coming months.

I would very respectfully offer another suggestion. As efforts may be made to circulate the Magazine freely in Sunday-schools, I hope those friends who are connected with them, and are able, will furnish you with some of the results of Sunday-school instruction likely to be interesting and encouraging.

Yours faithfully, S. S. O.



OVER the stars, and the star-lit material,
Far, far outranging the finest ethereal;

Wider than all, is the Temple of God.
Thought cannot reach it, and vain are conjecturings;
Angels may say, to your high human lecturings,
"Mortal! the bound of it we never trod."

Build, said the Lord, for the ark and the cherubim.
Built, by a Wisdom excelling the sanhedrin,

There was the dwelling, the Temple of God.
Down from the heavens, Jehovah was cherishing
All the repentant, the plagued, and the perishing,
There were the covenant, tables, and rod.
Nearer, and nearer, in closer community,
God in the heart, is the good man's immunity—
This is the holiest Temple of God.
Calming, refining, and gently impelling him,

Known, by his walk, are the Powers that dwell in him ;
Footmarks are left where Jehovah has trod.

November, 1849.

S. H.


We are happy to inform our friends, that the "New Magazine" has had a large sale, and been kindly received. No one is more conscious than the conductors, of its defects. We must crave the indulgence of our readers for a month or two, as we are young hands at the work; and at first it was difficult to know what amount of manuscript would be required for the printed pages. There was also but little time allowed to prepare the first Number. Some of our articles may have appeared too long; still we have thought our friends did not want a magazine made up of little scraps. Children may require food cut up into small morsels, and even masticated for them; but persons of riper years would be insulted and disgusted by such a process We hope to have "milk for babes," but strong meat for those who have their senses exercised to discern between "good and evil." We did not intend to send out the best Number first. We believe in the doctrine of progression, and will try to give a practical illustration of our creed. Several Reviews, articles on Missions, &c., are necessarily omitted in this Number. THE EDITOR.

NOTICE TO CORRESPONDENTS.-Many articles came too late. Our poetical friends must grant us indulgence, for we are literally inundated with verses. Our very innocent notice of Lodge-street, Bristol, had the effect of a mental emetic. The note signed "Bristoliensis" is very full of black bile. We hope our friend will now be better. It was an error of the printer to call "Mr. Ham," "Haw." As the Editor is engaged to supply Sion Chapel, London, for six weeks, his address from the 1st of February to the 11th of March, will be 4, Cannon Street Road, St. George's-in-the-East, London. Ministers supplying at New Tottenham Court Chapel in February:

The Rev. John Rogers, of Rendham, Suffolk, the first three Sabbaths, and
The Rev. J. A. Miller, late of New Court, on the last Sabbath.

Sion Chapel, Whitechapel: Rev. B. Parsons, of Ebley.

Up to the time of going to press, the Executive Committee had not received the whole of the contributions towards the preliminary expenses of the Magazine; they must therefore defer publishing the amounts until next month.

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