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Hall was a chapel for Divine worship for the family, to which any who chose had access. Here Mr. Coveney preached for fourteen years, in which time the congregation increased to a considerable number, but, fearing lest they, or their posterity, should be deprived of the liberty of worshipping God in this chapel, they agreed to build themselves a meeting-house at Oulton, which they accomplished, and removed to it April 7th, 1725. Mr. Coveney continued with them till he died in December, 1772, in the 86th year of his age, having preached at Oulton and Armingland upwards of sixty years. As already intimated, Dr. Doddridge met at Denton, in 1741, many of the ministers of Norfolk and Suffolk, gathered for the purpose of Christian conversation and fellowship, and for considering the state of their Church, and afterwards dedicated to them à sermon, entitled "The Evil and Danger of Neglecting the Souls of Men;" yet another half-century passed away, during which the number of Churches was increased only by two. But now the nineteenth century dawned, and with it revived Chris

tian activity. Some fifteen or six-
teen Churches have since been added
to the number, many village stations
formed, chapels built, schools erected,
and various agencies employed for the
purpose of evangelizing the dark places
of the county. In this work the County
Union has had no small share, though
for fifty years its average income did
not exceed £80 per annum, yet its
power was felt in many instances in
calling forth local efforts and resources.
With a trebled income, however, it is
utterly unable to overtake the wants
of a population, chiefly agricultural,
estimated at 435,000, living in 750
parishes, covering a million and a
quarter acres of land. Containing, as
the county' does, but a few large
towns, with the villages small and
far between, it is evident that, under
the present circumstances, no great
increase to the ranks of Congrega-
tional Nonconformity can be expected.
Together, however, with other Chris-
tian Churches, and looking to God for
His blessing, we are striving to avoid
“the evil and danger of neglecting the
souls of men."

OUR COLLEGE GATHERINGS AND SPEECHES. I Our June Meetings are scarcely less select that delivered by the Dean of important than our May Meetings-in Canterbury, at Cheshunt, and that some respects more important, inas- delivered by the Rev. R. W. Dale, M.A., much as our Ministerial Colleges are at Lancashire. The former has the the very fountain of the Church's advantage of being the ipsissima verba strength, so far as human agency is of the Dean; the latter we possess only concerned. If we may judge by the in an abridged and imperfect form., published reports, the College Anniversaries just held, have been very satis- DEAN ALFORD ON HIS OWN Chrncu. factory. New College, Hackney, and "Ladies and gentlemen-I am going, Cheshunt; Lancashire, Spring Hill, Wes- with your permission, to do what it is tern, Rotherham, Airedale, and Brecon, not my habit to do-indeed, I do not with the Institutes at Nottingham and know that I have ever before done it in Bristol, have all been rendering their my life—and that is to read a speech. account to their constituencies. Of the But the present is no ordinary occasion; speeches delivered on these occasions, and I am very anxious that the words few of which have been reported, we spoken by me to-day should go forth

as neither less nor more than they have Christianity has had to be propped all been spoken. I am also anxious that round—so thickly indeed, that many no nervousness on my part should lead have failed to discern the building itself me to leave out anything I have to say, for the multitude of shores that surand that no enthusiasm should lead rounded it. It is high time that this me to add to it. I am honoured by vain experiment were abandoned having to propose to you the toast of high time that we change our course, the day — Prosperity to Cheshunt and try whether we cannot attain stable College.' I stand before you, if my equilibrium by setting our English strict position is to be defined, as Christianity on its base. It may be representing one of those Christian true that this reversal of position will bodies into which, by the constitution require great caution and delicacy of of this College, its students may be handling. Two things certainly are ordained ministers. That such a true—that the process cannot be acpurpose of the College was intended complished unless the artificial props most of you are aware, but it may not be struck away—and that, when it is be amiss to remind you how expressly, accomplished, they will no longer be and beyond doubt, it was provided for. wanted. Now it has seemed to myself, (He then read a passage from the deed, and to others, that the day has come which provided that students on leaving for setting one's hands with advantage the College should be left entirely at to this work. And this has been a liberty to seek ordination in the Church further reason why I stand here to-day of England, or to become ministers in as the proposer to you of prosperity to any other evangelical community.) It your College—that we may, if it be is clear, then, that in the welfare and God's will, inaugurate, or at least give expansion of this College the various expression to, a spirit of hearty, loving Christian bodies comprised in this recognition of one another as brothers description are deeply interested. And, and equals in God's work. But there as a member and a minister of one of is another reason, arising from circumthose bodies, I have considered it not stances within the Established Church beside my path of duty to occupy the

herself. It is no matter of dispute that post assigned me to-day—and to be the her Reformation vesture was a coat of mouthpiece of your good wishes for the many colours. Though in the main the prosperity of your College. So much, hues were sobered, there were not gentlemen, may be said, confining wanting pieces of the original scarlet-oneself to the narrowest and most and here and there a tinsel ornament technical considerations. But I am

remained, tolerated for old custom's sure I shall carry you with me when I sake, and for the sake of those who go wider than this, and profess other cared for it. And when fault was found reasons why I feel this wish, and am with us, there were many who could. here to express it.

This College say—and my own feeling went with represents to me, as I read its docu- them—that we were far from disliking ments, a very sacred principle—that of the effect of an occasional stripe of hearty mutual recognition of one another warm colour, or the glitter of an as servants of our common Lord. We, occasional spangle; and the more so, in this land, have been long endeavour- as three centuries' wear had toned ing to make our Christianity stand on

down and harmonised all; so that in its narrowest and finest point. And the brightness there was no glare, and the inevitable result of equilibrium on in the richness no incongruity. But, the apex has followed. It has been gentlemen, the case is now widely unstable equilibrium, Our English altereil. Men have arisen, who are for

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renewing and widening these same whatever reasons, and however various, scarlet lines; who want to send them may coexist in your minds, I am sure to the Vatican to be dyed and trimmed, you will not overlook, but will deeply and the spangles to be regilt and feel, those great public ones which I multiplied. Now I say, if we have mentioned. I am sure that all, going to refit, let the duffle grey have public and personal, will conspire, and its say in the matter likewise. Let us

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towards your fervent aspiration mend up and renew the home-spun as for the prosperity and enlarged usefulwell. Give us fair play all round. If ness of this admirable institution; and the bright bits are to cross the water in that conviction I propose to you now for burnishing, let the sober material to drink, Floreat Domus." be sent to our own looms, and let our working hands have the reweaving of it.

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LITURGICAL FORMS. cherished, much more the main fabric, Mr. Dale's address to the students of woven 'as it was amidst prayers, and Lancashire College occupied nearly an tears, and anguish, and blood. And hour in the delivery, andi lembraced then, when the motley vesture is ready, many subjects of importance. On raw in its colours, and without the public prayer and liturgical forms; he toning of ages, I am much mistaken if is reported to have said : buni John Bull do not elect to have the { "Perhaps the most difficult of all whole garment home-spun-to relegate things to acquire was a style appro. the scarlet and the spangles, to the priate to public prayer. To all young Vatican, and label them-Not wanted. ministers the conduct of the devotional For this reason, also, I heartily wish part of the public service occasioned the prosperity to this and to like institu

greatest perplexity and deepest humiliations; prosperity-let the word be truly tion, and he believed there was not a understood — to Dissent itself. For thoughtful minister of his time who had this, gentlemen, is your true prosperity not looked wistfully in the direction of —not to swell vastly in apparent a liturgy; but, happily, the instincts numbers, not to flourish on

of their congregations had saved them of other Churches—but to give us the from the suggestions of their own weakbest example of this goodly purity, this Their people might not be able orderly method, of the English faith ; to explain the feeling; ministers could to lay up for yourselves and us such not very well explain it; but they were store of this garment which no moth very sensible of what was à suitable or can corrupt, that in the crisis of unsuitable style of prayer: I The disEngland's Church we may bless God tinction between the ordinary language that we possess Dissenters. For thèse

of speech and the language of prayer reasons, gentlemen, I, an outsider, but might be illustrated by a consideration not an unsympathising onė, say heartily of the distinction existing between the -may God bless and prosper' this language of good prose and the mor College and its work. May the plan- elevated language of good poetry: A now only on paper-ere long become a friend of his, whose prayers were almost reality, and the most sanguine wishes perfect, was sitting by his side atra of its promoters be surpassed. , You, public, ceremony, which gentlemen, will have other and more menced by a prayer read by a clergy cherished reasons for echoing this wish. man, and after the ceremony something To some of you this has been your was said about the prayer. Yes,':he Alma Mater-to others, the object of said ; but why call the working people the cherishing care of years. But artisans ?'. Being asked to give a

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reason for his criticism, he replied that structure of the devotional books should he thought no word should be used in be imitated. A few years ago he had prayer that had come into the language been much disposed to wish for the since the days of Queen Elizabeth. adoption of a liturgy. Subsequent reThe canon appeared to be artificial, but flection and experience had convinced in the case of the minister he referred him that it would be hardly possible to to it was certainly used with admirable inflict a greater blow on the life and results. The English Church Liturgy progress of their Churches than to perwas regarded as a perfect specimen of mit free prayer to be supplanted by any that class of work. It was not faultless, such device, and he was glad to think however, for example, he did not think that the desire for the use lof liturgical it was necessary to confess and ac- forms, which some time ago had preknowledge our manifold sins and iniqui- vailed, 'was passing away, and he ties,' or to speak of “our trust and believed would altogether disappear. confidence. The collects were much Simplicity, directress, pathos, reverence, better written than the fixed prayers. ånd fervour they might perfectly well The English version of the Psalms obtain in extempore prayer, and for the appeared to him to be the best model rest, prayers were not intended to afford for the language proper to be (used in high wratification to men of taste, who prayer, and instead of the arbitrary rule felt no awe in the presence of God's laid down by the friend to whom he had greatness, no keen distress at the prereferred, he would recommend that as sence of their own sin, no strong desire far as possible 'all-, words should be for mercy, and strength to live a holy avoided which were not used in the life. Their prayers were not meant to English Bible, and that in the formation be works of art; they were high spiritual of isentences tho sextreine simplicity of acts.” Í !il (3} bun zid (nt Virgq2014) 6 tunin it for and cool ha s h iliroto

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I NFLUENCE. , 1 ,inly conversant with false views of life, which We would not exclude from the parlor prepare the way for disappointment and every work of fancy or of fiction. (Milton's dejection. It is often “sullied with im" Paradise Lost' is a work of fancy; -80, purities, which blunt those delicate sensi. also are the Pilgrim's Progress” and the bilities $0 essential to a vigorous, divine

Holy War", of John Bunyan. A few life. The taste is formed, for what is works may be selected from the multi, imaginary rather than real,, and the tudinous issues of the press, whose in character, suffers by being founded on fluence is of a similar character. But the fiction instead of facto, The, vitiated fact to be deplored is that many Church appetite is increased by the vicious food members devote themselves to fictitious it feeds upon; a disrelish for spiritual duties literature with almost no discrimination. is acquired by contact with what is so They are the most absorbed in those works opposed to them; the character becomes which are'the most exciting. The writers sentimental, 'unnatural, and at length by whom they are most powerfully im false. Many have suffered' and are suffer. pressed make mbi pretension to religion, ing from this catise without discerning but often ridicule evangelical faith 'as the source of the evil; br' else with a bigotry and stigmatise the Christian life moral sense too enfebbled to resist it. as hypocrisy ;the mind, in such reading, E. 4. Lawrence.. It}! Wegnit',! ! it

THE THREE ANGELS AND THEIR SERVICES.

Let us regard it as an infinite honour to be permitted to work for the Saviour. I believe it is John Newton who uses the beautiful figure of God calling three angels near His throne, and directing one of them to sit upon His throne, another to occupy a pulpit, and the third to sweep the streets of London. They would not quarrel about who was to go to the humbler position; they would be content to be where God placed them, and would rejoice to do all that they could for the glory of God.

LOOK HIGHER. A lady once applied to an eminent philanthropist of Bristol, Richard Reynolds, on behalf of a little orphan boy, After he had given liberally, she said,

When he is old enough I will teach him to name and thank his benefactor." Stop," said the good man,

“ thou art mistaken; we do not thank the clouds for rain. Teach him to look higher, and thank Him who giveth both the clouds and the rain.”

or withheld too indiscriminately to allow of our knowing love or hatred.

Not in religious profession. Judas and Demas were both visible members of the Church of God.

Not in talking, not in controversy, not in a sound creed, not in the pronunciation of the Shibboleths of a particular party. How few in answering this question would have adduced the practice of righteousness, and the exercise of love! Bat such is the distinction of the apostle: " In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil ; whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother.",

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BEGINNING LIFE WITHOUT PRAYER.

For a young person to begin life without prayer, is to throw off God at the very time He is most needed. It is an attempt to fight your way through this world's battle without sword, or helmet, or captain. Hundreds of young people find this out, long after they have left beautiful child. hood, and passed into a dark and anxious manhood, into a desolate and hopeless

“Pulpit Echoes," by John McFarlane, LL.D.

DARKNESS IS NOT DEPTH. In his schoolboy days, the poet Coleridge once went to bathe with another lad in quite a shallow stream. His comrade, vexed at being able only to wade where he wanted to swim, and noticing at a short distance a spot thickly overshadowed by the foliage of a large tree, cried out, " Ah, there's a deep place yonder, let's

go

there." “No, no,” replied Coleridge, after glancing first at the water and then at the tree, "It isn't deep, it's only dark.”

Darkness is too often mistaken for depth. Many an infidel, whose shallow mind is overcast by the gloom of doubt, is considered “ a very deep fellow” by his unthinking acquaintances.

Not a few writers have received undue credit for profound ideas on account of an obscure style. More than one system of philosophical or theological opinion is admired merely because it is incomprehensible ; superficial observers are ignorantly tempted to plunge into it because its surface, reflecting some huge and dismal error, seems to be deep when it is only dark.

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HOW ARE

THE CHILDREN OF GOD

MANIFESTED ? Not in temporal success.

This is given

Pages for our Young Friends.

JAMES MASON FITCH, A SUNDAY SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT. DEAR YOUNG FRIENDS, I have just read two letters which he sent from his deathwith great interest the history of a good bed to the dear children whom he could man, who was for four-and-twenty years no longer address with his lips. I have Superintendent of a Sunday school in not space to tell you his history, but Oberlin, in one of the Western States of I may mention a circumstance which America; and I wish to lay before you the readers of “Uncle Tom's Cabin”

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