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the other—from the flood unto the world's end "—that “they that dwell in the wilderness shall kneel before him, and all nations do him service"--that "all men shall be blessed in him, and all the heathen praise him "-that " he shall judge among the heathen, and have them for his inheritance”-that all nations shall come and worship him, and glorify his name," and "all the ends of the world remember themselves, and be turned unto the Lord." And with these, and innumerable other divine prayers, promises, and incentives, repeatedly in our mouths, how can we either fail to know what our duty is, or be discouraged in the faithful and assiduous performance of it? Freely we have received, let us resolve freely to give. “He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches."

Furthermore, at the burial of the dead (and who has not had occasion to attend that solemn service ?) we beseech the Almighty" of his gracious goodness shortly to accomplish the number of his elect, and to hasten his kingdom.” But such a prayer also includes a diligent use on our part of all proper means for the acceleration of the glorious day “when all who have departed in the true faith of God's holy name shall have their perfect consummation and bliss both in body and soul." And members as we are one of another, our own happiness is bound up in that of the mystical body of Christ; whilst, therefore, we should be extremely diligent by God's grace" in purifying our own hearts by faith,” we should likewise be as solicitous to promote the eternal welfare of our christian brethren, forasmuch as without them we cannot be made perfect.” And though it be not given to us " to know the times and the seasons,” or when the end shall be, yet is it clearly our duty, our privilege, and our interest, to fill up (as far as it is ours to do so) the plan of divine mercy for the redemption of the world, and to hasten our Redeemer's kingdom by progressively propagating his gospel until its sounds reach the ends of the earth.

And when, too, the devout Christian from time to time joins his fellowChristians at the table of the Lord, professing “ a lively faith, and to be in love and charity with all men,” how infinitely are his obligations increased to promote the glory of God, and the well-being of man! He is reminded on those solemn occasions of the source of all his joy and peace even in that precious blood-shedding which is there "shewn forth." He is entreated by the Church in the most earnest and affectionate manner to " draw near with faith, and take the holy sacrament to his comfort." And in so doing he receives spiritually the body and blood of his Saviour, and feeds upon him in his heart by faith with thanksgiving. It is given to him to experience more and more the preciousness of the Divine promises, and on his part he prays

" that all who are partakers of the holy communion may also be filled with God's grace and heavenly benediction, and do all such good works as are prepared for them to walk in.” And surely he can never be unmindful of those of his own countrymen and his own Church who are altogether destitute of the comfortable and sustaining means of grace which it is his happiness to enjoy. He cannot forget that there are multitudes around him (perhaps even in remote parts of his own parish) who having no means of attending the ordinances of religion, are living almost“ without hope and without God in the world." He cannot but reflect on the immense number of professing Christians who profess a form of godliness, but deny its power.” He cannot but be moved at the “heresies and false doctrines which disturb the peace of the Church, and at the schism and causeless divisions which weaken it." Nor, further, can he fail to contemplate but with feelings of deep emotion the state of those who in various parts of the world are altogether strangers from the commonwealth of Israel”—who are dwelling in lands of the shadow of death, worshipping either the corrupt imaginations of their own evil hearts, or the idols which their own fingers have made. And when he reflects upon all this, calls to mind whose "steward” he is, and is moreover incited by the Church to “be merciful after his power”-to be "ready to give and glad to distribute"-to “have pity upon the poor "-to do good unto all men, especially unto them of the household of faith," and to "let his light shine before men"-he cannot but know that he himself has something to do in improving the condition as well of his destitute and erring brethren around him as of those who are afar off." When, too, he reflects upon the objects of that precious death which he commemorates, namely, that it was to purchase salvation for the whole world, and considers how freely, and yet how undeservedly, he himself has been made partaker of its inestimable benefits, and the infinite debt of love and gratitude thereby entailed upon him, he will feel in their fullest force his compassionate Saviour's significant and gracious words, and be constrained by his help to fulfil his divine injunction, “Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled."

And now, Sir, feebly and very imperfectly as I feel I have drawn out and urged my argument, I cannot but persuade myself that its own weight and importance will enable it to find its way to the heart of every lively and well-affected Churchman. And if I should hear that my reflections have induced a similar train of thought in the minds of your numerous and influential readers, I shall thank God, and confi. dently anticipate the best results,

I have now only in conclusion briefly to apply the above considerations to the important Societies for Building and Enlarging Churches, Promoting Christian Knowledge, and Propagating the Gospel. And if it be incumbent upon us as Christians and as Churchmen to exert ourselves for the benefit of others, and if our à priori obligations thereto be acknowledged and confirmed by our prayers, we cannot, we may be assured, more efficiently or more appropriately fulfil our duty than by cordially cooperating with the abovenamed subsidiary institutions institutions whose earnest desire it is to effect the most extensive good upon right principles and in a right way, and of which it is not too much to affirm that they seek not their own glory, but the glory of God and the interest of his kingdom. If, therefore, we are bound by the most sacred ties to promote christian unity and concord in the Church-to teach the ignorant and reclaim the profligate-to lead men into the way of truth, and encourage them to walk in it—to repress heresy and schism, and to remove existing impediments to the success of pastoral ministrations—to give encouragement to God's ministers, and afford them greater facilities for preaching "the word in season and out of season;"--if we have to multiply the number


of our houses of prayer, and supply ampler means of instruction for all baptized into the Church; if we have to provide for the preaching of the gospel in our own colonies, and as far as may be throughout the world; and if in other respects also, relative as well as personal, we have to fulfil the highest christian obligations; we are furnished by the respective Church Societies with the PRECISE means requisite for the furtherance of our various and all-important objects. And if we entertain any feelings of reverence and affection for the venerable Church in whose bosom we have been nurtured ; if we are at all grateful for the spiritual blessings she has so long dispensed ; if we would not assist the Romanist, the Sectarian, and the Infidel, to undermine her foundations and accomplish her overthrow ; if, lastly, we would escape the righteous judgments of the Almighty, “when he ariseth to shake terribly the earth,” and would find in the ark of his Church “ refuge from the storm and a covert from the tempest;" we must ONE AND ALL OF us come forward and afford vigorous and constant support to these same Church Societies, that through Divine aid they may accomplish the all-important objects they seek, and enable the Church of England to put forth her utmost energies to maintain and perpetuate “the truth as it is in Jesus” in our own country and its dependencies, and to dispense the same unto the extremest regions of the earth.

But in order to this it is absolutely necessary that parochial and district committees be formed throughout the country, and that they be formed at once seems likewise indispensable. I would have assocIATIONS OF ALL THREE SOCIETIES immediately set on foot in ALL PLACES. Some persons would then contribute to one society, some to two, and many would feel it a christian duty to support all. There is no fear of our asking or obtaining too much ; the great fear may rather be that notwithstanding all we can say and do, the majority of professing Christians will contribute too little. The gospel rule however is clear, and admits of universal application, "every man as he hath received, so let him minister.” And in order to set forth this rule with the greatest effect, as also to urge the strong claims of the Societies, show their decided church character, and draw forth the suffrages of poor as well as rich, as likewise to enable every member of the Church to discharge the duty his intercessory petitions impose upon him, the Clergy should agree to preach annual, if not semi-annual collection-sermons in their respective churches. Effort and prayer wonld then go together, and mutually draw down the Divine blessing. The Church of England, as a consequence, would be greatly strengthened—the varieties of error would be repressed-pure religion would flourish among ourselves and be propagated through the world; we should exhibit our consistency as Christians and as Churchmen, and whilst humbly endeavouring to "turn many unto righteousness" we should "glorify our heavenly Father," and certainly not lose our reward.

Commending the matter to the devoutest attention of every Clergyman and every layman, I remain, Mr. Editor, your constant reader and faithful servant, May, 1836.


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Or, the History of Cathedral and Parochial Organs. NO. xxviii.-THE ORGAN AT ST. PHILIP'S CHURCH, WATERLOO PLACE.

The organ we are now about to describe was built by the celebrated artist, James Davis,* of Francis Street, Bedford Square. He died in the early part of 1827, at his house at Stamford Hill, and is buried in the churchyard at Cheshunt, in Hertfordshire, agreeably to his own request; having an only daughter buried there, and the church containing an organ of his manufacture, which he highly prized, or rather reverenced, in consequence of its being the first church organ that he erected. The organs of this builder are distinguished from those of his cotemporaries, by a peculiarly sweet and solemn quality, technically termed church tone. Those persons who are unacquainted with his quality of tone we would advise to hear the few organs of his make in and about London, to satisfy themselves of the truth of our assertion. In addition to the one now under our notice, there is another at the new Church at Stepney; one at the Catholic Chapel in the London Road; and another at the French Catholic Chapel, Somers Town. This was the last instrument made by this artist; and he himself, (with respect to quality,) pronounced it his chef d'auvre. The organ at St. Philip's Church was repaired by Mr. Bishop in 1832, and several additions and improvements were then made to it; such as composition pedals, swell coupler, clarebella in the place of the stop diapason, treble in the choir organ. The open diapasons in the great organ were then transposed a note, to increase the scale, and thereby get a greater body of tone; and a trumpet added to the swell in the place of the double diapason. The instrument contains the following stops :

3 Flute.

4 Principal. 1 Stop Diapason. 2 Open ditto.

219 pipes. 3 Ditto ditto. 4 Principal. 5 Twelfth.

1 Stop Diapason. 6 Fifteenth.

2 Open Ditto. 7 Sexquialtra. 3 ranks.

3 Principal. 8 Mixture. 2 ditto.

4 Cornet.

3 ranks. 9 Trumpet.

5 Trumpet. 10 Pedal pipes.

6 Hautboy. 726 pipes.

296 pipes. Choir

219 ditto.

726 ditto. 1 Stop Diapason. 2 Dulciana.

Total number of pipes 1241 The compass of the great and choir organs is from G G, including GG sharp, to F in alt, 59 notes; that of the swell, from F in the tenor,




Great organ,

• See an account of this artist in the Gentleman's Magazine for March, 1827, p. 284. .

to F in alt, 37 notes. The quality of tone is rich and powerful, and the various stops are good used either in solo, or chorus ; but there is not so much boldness and body in this organ as in the one at Stepney. New Church, built also by Davis. There is an octave and half of German pedals, with double pipes to DDD, and large unisons at the bottom. The quality of these is very fine.

The organ is placed in a very unfavourable situation for sound, being in a second gallery, and too near the ceiling.

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TRIBUTES OF RESPECT. Rev. NICHOLAS GERMON. The congregation of St. Peter's, Manchester, have presented their minister, the Rev. Nicholas Germon, M.A., with a richly chased salver and splendid silver tea serviee. Edwaru Brooke, Esq., the senior churchwarden, in behalf of the congregation, bore testimony in a most appropriate address, to Mr. Germon's faithful services as minister of St. Peter's for a period of fourteen years, and to the general feeling of respect and regard entertained towards him by the congregation at large. Mr. Gerinon, in reply, said that he had now been connected with St. Peter's congregation for fourteen years, during which time he had received marks of attention from many of its members, which he could not forget as long as he lived; "but this,” continued the Rev. gentleman, “is a splendid memorial of their united kindness, which will extend beyond the narrow limits of my life, and which I shall hand down with a pleasing satisfaction to my children, as a token of the good feeling which has subsisted between a christian pastor and his flock; and whilst it encourages me in the zealous though imperfect discharge of my sacred duties, will, I trust, teach them also that the best way of securing the approbation of others is, by conscientiously doing their duty in that state of life unto which it shall please God to call them."" The salver bears the following inscription :“ Presented, together with a tea service, to the Reverend Nicholas Germon, M.A. incumbent of St. Peter's, Manchester, in testimony of the sincere attachment of his congregation, their respect for his private worth, and the due appreciation of the faithful discharge of his ministry for a period of fourteen years. May 19th, 1836." The cost of this plate was one hundred and twenty guineas.

PRESENTATION OF PLATE TO THE Rev. ROBERT MONTGOMERY.-We feel at all times sincere pleasure in recording any public proof of the attachment of his flock to a minister of the gospel, and we are sure that the interest of our present announcement will not be diminished, when we add that Mr. Montgomery, late of Lincoln College, Oxford, and the well-known author of several very successful poetical works, is the individual at present alluded to. Mr. Montgomery has for some time been curate of Whittington, near Oswestry, and on his retirement, the parishioners determined to give him some permanent mark of their regard. Accordingly on Thursday week, at a public breakfast, the Rev. gentleman was presented with a splendid inkstand and two very elegant goblets, exquisitely chased, with this inscription:-“Presented to the Rev. Robert Montgomery, by the inhabitants of Whittington and the congregation of St. Andrews Frankton, in the county of Salop, in token of esteem and admiration for his professional exertions while curate of the parish.” Mr. Montgomery returned thanks in feeling and appropriate language, dilating a little on the solemn nature of that spiritual friendship which ought always to exist between a minister and his congregation. Altogether the scene was one of no small moral interest, and appeared to make a great impression on all present.

The Rev. E. J. CRAWLEY.—The congregation of Trinity church, Walcot, Bath, have presented to their late minister, ihe Rev. Edmund Jones Crawley, M.A. of

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