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ton. Mr. Maslen, of Hertford, prayed ; man, of Dorman's Land, preached in Mr. Thomas, of Enfield, preached, on the Evening, from Mark xxi. 20, at Mr. the Evil and Danger of Modern Anti- Kerby's Meeting. There was a serion nomianism; and Mr. Atkina, of Mill also on the preceding eveaing, by Mr. Hill, concluded with prayer. - The

Hamilton. The devotional exercises next Meeting of the Association will were conducted by Mess. Browo, Harbe keld on the Wednesday after the rison, Dunn, Foster, Sleigh!(of Salisfirst Sabbath in April,

Bio, at Mr. bury) and Martell. The business of Whitefoot's, Erfield!: Mr. Porler, of the Society was transacied after the Highgate, to preach on• Establish- morning service; and very flattering ment in Grace;' an), in case of failure, prospects were unfolded to the view of Mr. Atkinson, of Mill Hill.

the Society, -Mr. Styles's Sermon, we.

understaol, is to be printed at the reSept. 12. Mr. Willian Lloyd was

quest of the Ministers of the Associaset apart to the work of the ministry

tiun. over the church in Southgate, siddleMr. Whitriont, of Erfield, be- Sept. 2".

A small neat chapel was gay with reading, &c. ; ''r. Platt gave opened at the village of Churchover, in the introductory discourse, &c. ; Mr. Warwickshire. In the morning, Mr. E. J. Jones offered the ordination Jerard, of Coventry, preached from prayer;. Mr. Kerby, of Lewes, gave Ps. eii. 16; and Sir Egerion Leigh, the charge, from Col. 1. 7 ; Mr. Fisher, from Ps. lxxii. 17. In the evening, of Lexes, preached to the people, Mr. Hartley, of Lutterworth, from Ps. from 1 Thes. iii. 1 2 290 13; ani Mr. lxxxiv. 4; Mr. Chater, of Kibworth, Williams, of Bradford, concluded. and Mr. Buck engaged in the devotional ALL IS VANITY.

On Wednesday, Sept. 20, the Rev. paris. In this village much good has John Clunie, from Hoxun Academy, recently been done by the preaching of was set apart to the pastoral office at

the gospel. The Independent minis. Guildfor::. Mr. Pratimail, of Farn

ter of Lutterworth, and the Baptist ham, began the service with reading

minister of Rugby, have supplied this and prayer; Dr. Winter gave the in

piace once a fortnight. Such was the troductory address and asked the ques.

attention to the word, that the room in tions; Mr. Simpson, of Hoxton, of

which they first preached, soon befered the ordination-prayer; the charge

came t'o small for the hearers. An was given by Mr. Clunie's pastor, from

other, much larger, was kindly offered, Acts xx. 28; Mr. Bowden, of footing,

This also proved too small. At length, preached from 2 Cor. vi. 1 ; Mr. Knight,

some of the inhabitants, who have, by of Kingston, concluded with prayer.

means of these village lectures, felt Mr. Huglies, of Battersea, preached

the power of the gospel, have, with in the evening.

the assistance of other Christian

friends, erected this chapel for OccaSept. 26. At North Walsham, Mr. sional Lectures and Prayer-Meetings ; James Browne (late student of Hoxton

and the cause of the Resleeiner in this Academy) was set apart to the pasto. neighbourhood appears to be much on ral office over the Independent church the increase. at Bradfield, in Norfolk. Mr. Hickman, of Denton, began the service by

Oct. II. The Rev. William Lane reading the Scriptures, &c. ; Mr. Col

(the last student of the late venerable borne, of Oulton, stated the nature of

Cornelius Winter) was publicly ora Christian Church, &c. ; Mr. Den

dained to the pastoral office. Mr. L. nant, of Halesworth (with whom Mr.

has accepted an invitation from the B. was formerly assistant) offered the

Dissenting Congregation in the city of ordination prayer; Mr. Carter, of Mat

Wells; but the ordination service was tishall, gave the charge, from 1 Pet. v.

conducted in the Rev. Dr. Collyer's 2-4; Mr. Sloper, os Beccles, preached Chapel at Peckham. Mr. Ramles into the people, from Heh. xiii. 22; and

troduced the service by reading the Mr. Phillips, of Norwich, còncluded

Scriptures, &c.; Dr. Winter delivered by prayer. A sermon was preached in

the introductory discourse, &c. ; the the evening by Mr. itull (copastor with

ordination prayer was presented by Mr. Mr. Newton) of Norwich.

Burder; and the charge was delivered The Sussex Mission Society held by Mr. Lowell, of Bristol, from Col.iv. their Half yearly Meeting at Lewes, 17, "Say to Archippus, Take heat to on Wednesday, Sept. 27. The sermon the ministry,' &c. ; Dr.Collyer preachin the forenoon was preached by Mr. ed the sermon, from 1 Thess. ila 19, Styles, of Brighton, from Jer. xliv. 4, • What is our home,' &c.; and Mr, 8t Mr. Fisher's Meeting; Mr. Chap. Golding concluded by prayer,

All adoration to thy name!

Tiny sovereign love does not disdait Written by a Young Lady. The wandering sinner to reclaim

from vapit. ?Tis strange, considering all we know of disappointment here below,

Attracted by the power of Grace, We do put sooner weary grow

"Tis all his joy to seek thy face; of vanity! No more his best desires to place

on vanity: When sportive butterflies decoy

O let thy fulness satisfy The school-boy from his dull employ,

My anxious thirsty soul, that I.
He leasas to seek a winged toy :

'tis vanity.
May never lieave another sigh

for vanity! Alas! not only life's first stage,

........ But manly vigour, hoary age,

ON HEBREWS II. 3. Their talents and their time engage

How shall we escape or flee, in vanity!

Salvation thus neglecting? The mind is fill'd with waking dreams Who cur advocate will be, Of future, fair enchanting scenes ;

The Son of God rejecting ? But, ab! the fond delusion teems

Jesus Christ by man despis’d!

with vanity! What 'sin can be so jateful! One thinks a mighty good he spies;

Derits surę bius, te se priz'd Anotber aims to reach the prize;

At conducí so ungratetal! A third succeeds ; and then he cries They, 'tis true, to him were foes,

'tis vanity !

Who was their great Creator; The bush which sairest leaves adorn,

But they do not one oppose Displays the flower, but hides the Who once assum'd their nature. thorn :

Jesus never undertook The bold adventurer's tanght to moura

Lost angels to recover; his vanity.

We to him are call'd to look

As our peculiar Lover.
If this the end of each design,
Why not the fruitless search resign?

He the Son of man became,
Wbat is it makes us so supine ?

For man's redemptio: dying ; Our vanity.

Blest are all who know his name,

Upon his gracę relying ! Experience gives tlie world its due ;

On the cursed tree he dy'd, We bow assent, and own it true ;

For human crimes atoning ; Yet scarce believe what we pursue

Never soul to him apply'd, is vanity.

His guilt in vain bemoaning ! Why is this inmate in my breast

What of all our sios eap he For ever striving to be blest,

So great an aggravation But never can obtain its rest

As treating Christ with scorn, when he in vanity ?

Invites us to salvation ! We find the cause, Eternal Lord,

Sinner, will you bolt your heart, Reveal'd in thine unerring Word

While Jesus Christ is knocking ? Man left his Heav'n, his bliss, his God, If for ever he depart,

for vanity!

Will not your case be shocking ?

{{* {.fo.ff. On the front of the Four Crosses, an Old Inn on the Chester Roada

the following Latin Distich is carved:
Fleres, si scires unum tua tempora mensen;
Rides, cum non sit forsitan una dies.

TRANSLATION BY DR. HAWEIS.
Knew you a month would end in death,

What bitter tears would flow !
A day may stop your sleeting breath,

Yet laughing on you go!

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Prixtcà by G. AULD, Greville Street, London.

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EVANGELICAL MAGAZINE,

DECEMBER, 1809.

MEMOIR

OF
THE REV. THOMAS ENGLISH.

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[Concluded from page 446.] Mr. ENGLISH, as a preacher, was in general well received ; and if he did not rank with the first class of popular preachers, may be fairly placed among the second.

His occasional labours at Bristol Tabernacle, at the Hotwells Chapel, at Mr. Hill's, at Wotton under Edge in Gloucestershire, at Westminster and Surry Chapels, were frequent and acceptable, .till his weakness rendered him incapable of filling large places with facility to himself and pleasure to his hearers. Indeed, his voice was not strong ; it wanted that full even toue which is necessary, to a crowded audience in a place of large dimensions: when he exerted it, in order to give more than üsual effects, it became unpleasantly shrill, and then, for want of strength of utterance, but principally for want of a judicious regulation of respiration and expression, he had not sufficient breath to finish his sentence in the same tone, and consequently the words were lost to persons at a distance. Mr. English, like many other preachers, totally neglected, in his younger days, the philosophy of speaking. A principal cause of those painful affections of the lungs, to which public speakers are liable, is their inattention to this subject. From a bad habit, they respire as mụch in a sermon of three quarters of an hour, as would be necessary for three hours ordinary breathing. Hence, frequently feebleness of voice, and, from an increase of circulation and rapid breathing in a crowded place, many are affected with an oppression of the lungs, feverish sensations, and inflammation. In his ordinary habit of speaking, his voice was agreeable, and his articulation distinct, but seldom very pathetic. In the prime of his life there was a great vivacity of expression, and great earnestness displayed in his tones. His attitudes, thougb not formed upon the exact principles of oratory, were, for the most part, natural and impressive. His pulpit - style was formed upon the principles of nature, not of art. His

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