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of the increasing value of your Editorial labours. Our Magazine now occupies a high rank among the periodicals of the day. I always long for its appearance, and his is the case with all the members of my family. Many of your Essays are firstrate compositions; your Reviews are in general to be relied on in the verdict they pronounce on books; your interesting and varied intelligence is surpassed in no other publication; your records of departed worth subdue and meliorate the heart; and your catholic spirit, connected as it is with becoming firmness and decision, entitles you to the gratitude of all who have watched your course during a very critical period of your national history. Go on, dear Sir, with courage and hopefulness in your work, and the God of truth and peace be with you!”
To these Testimonies, selected from about forty similar communications, we will only add one from Dr. Campbell's generous pen, in the British Banner for the 8th November:
"EVANGELICAL MAGAZINE. “ This is one of the very best Numbers, of this always excellent Magazine, that has been issued for a long time, opening with a pleasing sketch of the late Rev. John Arundel, which is followed by a very masterly dissertation--by whom it is not stated -on the Working Church.' To this succeeds a very striking and discriminating Essay on the recent Decease of distinguished Ministers of the Gospel.' The rest of the Number is filled up by a mass of highly varied and most interesting matter. This long-established favourite of the Christian Church has, never, at any period of its useful career, manifested more point, variety, freshness, and vigour, than mark it at the present time. The celebrated Dr. Dewar, in a letter to the Editor, we observe, volunteers a strong testimony to the distinguished merits of the Journal, which,however much a work of supererogation, since the Evangelical Magazine was the Magazine of the day, diffusing the light and knowledge of salvation throughout the length and breadth of the Kingdom, and famous in many lands, almost before Dr. Dewar knew bis right hand from his left-as the voice of a Churchman, and of the head of a University, does the giver the highest credit, and is one of those things which it is a pleasure to make known. If we might be allowed to give a hint, it would be to the effect, that, in the case of a popular work, with a circulation so vast as the Evangelieal, there is, from death and other causes, necessarily a large number of copies dropped at the close of each succeeding year, and that, therefore, an opportunity is thus furnished and with the opportunity a duty is thus imposed-to all who can, to stimulate the circulation, by calling upon others to fill the place of such as bave fallen. As a matter of course, all the readers of the Magazine should attend to this at the close of every year; and were they to do so, they would not simply maintain, but vastly extend its circulation.”
This, then, is our Preface for 1848, and we leave it to produce its own impression.
We repeat Dr. Dewar's advice in the November Magazine : “Let each subscriber to the Evangelical Mugazine procure one additional subscriber, and the circulation is at once doubled." Let them do this now, and 1849 will be an era in the history of the Magazine.
FOR JANUARY, 1848.
MEMOIR OF THE LATE REV. GEORGE COLLISON,
President of the Hackney Theological Seminary. FIFTY years energetically devoted to the Christ. Mr. Allen united with the Mecause of evangelical benevolence, and thodist Society, and Mr. Collison was adthose years spent in efficient association mitted a member of the Independent with the most active philanthropists of church, under the pastorate of the Rev. the British metropolis, must entitle the Mr. Lyndall. These two young friends name of any one to be held in the highest differed on some points of doctrine and honour. Such a worthy name is that of discipline; but they were one in heart, the late lamented and truly Reverend like David and Jonathan, and, being George Collison, President of the Hack- conveniently situated for lodgings, they ney Theological Seminary. Few of the engaged to rise at four o'clock every excellent public characters, by whom morning, to hold a prayer-meeting at five, Great Britain has been benefited during and to employ themselves in professional the last half century, seem entitled to and other reading from six till eight. a larger share of esteem and veneration This laudable practice they continued, than the subject of this memoir. He which was the happy means of forming took part in the formation and support those habits which elevated them, and of many of our noblest religious institu- rendered them useful in future life. tions; and he was a labourer in con- Their friendship was unbroken to the end nection with the “Fathers and Founders of their course on earth. Mr. Allen, for of the London Missionary Society.” nearly half a century, was an eminent
Beverley, in Yorkshire, was the native solicitor in London, an active member of place of Mr. Collison, who was born the Methodist body, and closed his hoJanuary 6, 1772. His parents were en- nourable course in September, 1845. gaged in trade, but enabled to give him The fact and the place of Mr. Collison a superior education for that period; and being brought to embrace the truth as it when about seventeen years of age, he is in Jesus are testified by himself in a was articled to Mr. Pritchett, a solicitor, published “Funeral Sermon," for a relaat Bridlington. Here he found a youth tive, Mrs. E. Coverly, "preached at the about two years his junior, articled to the Independent Chapel, Bridlington, on other attorney in that town; and at that Sunday evening, August 6, 1809.” In period both their minds became enlight that he says, “ Bear with me, in this ened by the Holy Spirit, so that they place, and on this occasion ; I feel ungave themselves to God by faith in Jesus usual emotions. We have been consider
ing the superlative excellency of the stil into his mind the glorious truths of religion of Jesus. Twenty years have the gospel of Jesus." nearly elapsed since the preacher found Such being his religious zeal in early in this town that inestimable treasure. life, it became manifest to all that his
Twenty years, he can say, of peace and devotion to the cause of Christ would happiness, mingled, indeed, with many lead him to give up the study of the ļaw sins and imperfections, but which have for the ministry of the gospel. His endeared to his heart the precious truths friends were opposed to his making the to which he here first subscribed. Twenty sacrifice; but at length they yielded, and years have afforded him many opportuni- he came to London,-being admitted a ties of examining the truth of the gospel, student at Hoxton College at the close and he is satisfied. He has had frequent of 1792. In this step his principles were occasions to review the nature and im- severely tested; for his pecuniary supplies portance of evangelical truth; and, how- being exhausted, his aunt, residing at the ever it may be libelled and contradicted west end of the metropolis, expressed her by some, and abused by others, to prac- strong disapprobation of his leaving the tices of licentiousness, he feels it includes profession. Her displeasure was exall his salvation, and all his desire. Once tremely inconvenient in his necessity; or twice, during that period, he has, in but on finding him immovable in his his own apprehensions, been near to the decision for the service of Christ, she gates of death, and then he has found the relented, admiring his sincerity and regospel of the grace of God, alone, adminis- spectful firmness, and gave him a handter the hope which enters within the vail.” some present for his immediate use.
Mr. Collison, being thus converted to Thus his integrity was rewarded, while God, sought to honour the Redeemer of he secured the esteem of his aunt. His his soul, and engaged in the service of mother, too, not only ceased from opposthe Sunday-school. He was one of the ing his wishes, but became, by the Divine earliest of the gratuitous Sunday-school blessing on his preaching, in one of his teachers. How efficient were his labours visits to Yorkshire, a sincere believer on we cannot at present know; but one tes- the Lord Jesus Christ. timony of the most delightful kind has Mr. Collison's habits of early rising and been made public by an eminent Baptist diligence, through the blessing of God, minister in the metropolis, the Rev. Isaac enabled him to make extraordinary proMann, M.A., who, in the Dedication of gress in his studies; so that his character his “Christian MEMORIALS,” under date was much esteemed, as we shall notice. May 1, 1829, thus addresses the friend He arose into active life at a most eventful of his youth, the Rev. George Collison :- era in the church of Christ in Britain, "MY VERY
DEAR SIR,- It is now The Baptists determined on their mission nearly forty years since I was first placed to the heathen, Oct. 2, 1792, and sent under your care, as
a Sunday-scholar. forth Messrs. Carey and Thomas to India, You, Sir, were benevolently employed in June 13, 1793. The Evangelical Magaimparting to myself and many others the zine was commenced in July, 1793. most important instruction. I trust that "An Appeal to Evangelical Dissenters instruction was not imparted in vain. who practise Infant Baptism,” for misYou will not be surprised, my dear Sir, sions to the heathen, appeared in that that one who was first taught to read the periodical in 1794 ; and September 21, word of life in a Sunday-school, should and three following days, in 1795, about estimate very highly these nurseries of two hundred ministers of Christ assemvirtue and piety, or that he should cherish bled in London, and formed “The Misan affectionate regard for him who con- SIONARY SOCIETY." Mr. Collison was descended to become the guide of his then a student at Hoxton ; but he was infancy, who assiduously laboured to in- present on the occasion; and so greatly