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The Rev. Mr. Simper, having resigned town. Messrs. Murch and Tidman, of the office of Principal, the Committee Frome, and Mr. Good, of Salisbury, are have chosen the Rev. Mr. Hope, for- expected to preach on the occasion. merly Classical Tutor for three years of
Death of the Rev. John Bryan.---On the Independent Academy at Blackburn, in Lancashire ; and the Committee are
Thursday, April 10, 1823, died, in the led by a combination of circumstances
720 year of his age, that zealous and to believe, that useful as the Institution
eminently pious minister the Rev. John has been already, it will be more abun
Bryan, for many years the beloved pas
tor of the Independent Church and dantly so if the ministers and churches
Congregation meeting at Sion Chapel, in the country will assist to supply the means of carrying it on.
Fletcher Gate, Nottingham. This useThis address is not a matter of course,
ful and respected minister was a most but arises from the urgent necessity of
zealous friend of the missionary cause,
which will be readily admitted by all the case. At the last meeting of the Coin
who have heard himn plead its cause. His mittee, there was not caslı enongh in the hands of the Treasurer to pay all the
labour amongst his affectionate people bills which were presented ; the Trea
was eminently blessed. About three surer is £100. in advance, and not one
years ago, they exerted themselves, with single farthing in the funds. The call,
the utmost liberality, to provide a more therefore, for aid, for immediate aid, is
commodious chapel for the exercise of
his ministry, which was opened by the clear and powerful, and confident of now
Rev. Dr. Raffles, of Liverpool, and the receiving it, the Committee have ventured to increase the number of pupils
Rev. Mr. James, of Birmingham. His
death is deeply felt in the town where from 20 to 25. JOHN TOWNSEND.
he resided, and by an extensive circle of Bermondsey, April 10, 1823.
friends. Itinerating Village Libruries. This is an Institution which we conceive will March 20, the Rev. Joseph Denton be of immense advantage to the ris- was set apart to the pastoral office over ing generation. The plan of itinerat- the Independent Church at Mill Wall, ing libraries was first tried in East London. Mr. Vautin commenced the Lothian, and we are informed has been services by reading the Scriptures and attended in that quarter with complete prayer Mr. Hooper, Classical Tutor, success. Divisions of 50 books each are Hoxton, delivered the introductory displaced in all the villages of the county,
Mr. Evans asked the usual under the superintendance of any re- questions, and received the confession, spectable householder, (frequently the
&c. Mr. Williains offered the ordinaparochial schoolmaster.) A constant tion prayer. Mr. Joseph Fletcher deliand regular exchange of these divisions vered the charge, from 1 Tim. vi. 20 : is maintained, and the inost useful reli- “ Keep that which is committed to thy gious and scientific new publications are trust.' Mr. Andrew Reed preached to from time to time added to the general the people, from Deut. i. 38 : “ Encoulibrary in addition, from which the rage him.”---In the evening the Rev. branch itinerating libraries are supplied. Rowland Hill preached to a crowded The plan of a library on the principle of congregation, when a collection was itineracy, is so simple, that we made on behalf of the Sabbath School. guinely look forward to their establish
Wednesday, Jan. 29, the Rev. John ment in every village in the kingdom :
Arundel, one of the Secretaries of the all that is necessary is, that a few pri- London Missionary Society, was sepavate families in the neighbourhood rated to the pastoral charge of the anshould place the spare volumes of cient Church of Christ in Union-street, their libraries under the charge of any Borough. The service was commenced decent villager, with permission to cir
by the Society's other respected Secreculate them
under a few necessary regu- tary, the Rev. George Burder. Dr. Winlations.
ter delivered an emphatic address. The Gloucestershire Congregational Associa
Rev. George Clayton put the questions tion.---The half-yearly meeting of Con
to the deacons and pastor. The Rev. gregational Ministers and Churches in John Humphreys, formerly pastor of Gloucestershire will be held at Chalford,
the church, affectionately commended it on the 21st instant, instead of the 28th,
to the guidance and guardianship of the as formerly intended.
Holy Spirit. Dr. Collyer preached from
Pliilippians ii. 15; and the Rev. RowOn Wednesday, the 28th of this land Hill, M. A. fervently and suitably month, (May,) the annual serinons for concluded with prayer. The Rev. Messrs. the benefit of the Independent Church at G. Collison, T. Gilbart, D. S. Davies, Hindon, Wilts, will be preached in that and J. B. Innes, read the several hymns.
LITERARY NOTICES, &c.
WORKS PREPARING FOR THE PRESS.
WORKS RECENTLY PUBLISHED. Four Treatises, by Mr. J. A. Haldane. An Essay on Early Rising, as favour1. Mystery of Redemption; 2. Doctrine able to Health, Business, and Devotion. and Duty of Self-Examination; 3. On By S. Bottomley. 2d Edition, Price 6d. Faith ; 4. On the Person of Christ. , A Short Plea in favour of Infant
Remarkable Passages in the Life of Baptism, and of administering of it by William Kiffin. Published from the Ori- sprinkling. By S. Bottomley. 2d Edit. ginal MS. with Notes and Additions, by Price 10d. William Orine, of Perth.
Poems on Scriptural Subjects. By Eugenia; or, The Dangers of the Mrs. W. C. Bousfield. Sro. 6s. 6d. bds. World. By Miss More, Author of the Observations on Providence, chiefly in Welsh Cottage.
relation to the Affairs of the Church. The Lady of the Manor. By Mrs. By the Rev. John Leifchild. 12mo. 38. Sherwood.
Dr. Owen's Works, new Edition, Quentin Durward. By the Author of Vol. IV. 12s. Waverley, &c, 3 vols.
The Church in Canaan; or, Heirs in Ringham Gilhaize; or, The Cove- Possession receiving the Promises. By nanters. By the Authors of the Annals William Seaton. Vol. I. 12mo. 6s. of the Parish. In 3 Vols.
Dr. Chalmers's Christian and Civic Latin Grammar, by Professor C. G. Economy of Large Towns, Nos. 14, 15, Zumpt. Translated, with Additions, by and 16, “ On the Causes and Cure of the Rev. J. Kenrick, M. A. In Svo. Pauperism in England."
Sacred Aphorisms, extracted from A Supplementary Volume of Sermons, Bishop Hall's Contemplations, in onc by the late Rev. S. Lavington ; to which Volume.
is prefixed, an original Memoir of the A Grammatical Parallel of the Classic the Anthor. 8vo. 10s. 6d. boards. and Modern Greek Languages, evincing Lectures on the Pleasures of Religion. their close Affinity. By John Mitchelt. By the Rev. H F. Burder. 8vo. 7s.6d. hds.
ANSWERS TO CORRESPONDENTS, &c. COMMUNICATIONS have been received this month from the Rev. Messrs, Jolin Townsend—C. N. Davies—J. Denton--J. E. Good—J. Snelgar-W. Orme--S. Bottomley-E. A Dunn.
Also from Vigil - J, Woodford-B. Hanbury-A. Allan-J. R.-Rufus–J. Mae pletop
The paper requested by Rufus shall be searched for, but we fear, from the length of time which has elapsed since its reception, that it may have been destroyed.
We do not recollect the title of the paper mentioned by J. R. but inquiry shall be made respecting it.
We are sorry to be under the necessity of excluding certain articles of intelligence which have been sent in a form that would subject us to the payment of the fduty charged on advertisements.
Our readers may feel some curiosity to know the reply of the Christian Guardian to our last; they shall have it without curtailment.
“ The Congregational Magazine states us to have represented the Rev. George Burder as a contributor to that Magazine, and to have been subsequently compelled to contradict the assertion. We have been guilty neither of the assertion nor of the retraction. Observing the name of “ Burder” among the list of contributors printed in that Magazine, we alluded to it; and in a following Number, at the request of one Rev. gentleman bearing that name, we rescued him from the suspicion of being the party referred to. So much for this important matter, in which our Congregational friends would have done well to have made themselves masters of the fact before they hazarded such unfounded assertions."
This delectable special pleading might, perhaps, be advantageously left to speak for itself; but we feel it, on the whole, expedient to add a word or two of illustration. Considering the quarter from which these psragraphs come, we might have anticipated the quibble on the name of the Rev. George Burder. We have only to say to this, that it is perfectly characteristic, but that it comes too late to serve the purpose for which it was intended; the distinction, had it been an honest one, would have been made earlier. It is impossible not to admire the intrepidity with which a writer who has done little else, through the whole of this dispute, than " hazard unfounded ussertions," tries to retort the charge on us.
MEMOIR OF EDMUND CALAMY, D.D. Among those worthies who have the instruction of Mr. Hartcliffe, adorned the Dissenting annals of who favoured him with particular our country, and of whose me- help in private, and offered him his mory we have just cause to assistance in the university, if he boast, perhaps there is no one, should resolve to prosecute his since the confessors of the Act of studies there, he went for some Uniformity, that holds so deserved time to the private academy of a pre-eminence, as Dr. Edmund Mr. Doolittle, at Islington, and Calamy: for though the nature of then removed to Wickham Brook, his writings precludes a reception in Suffolk, to be under the tuition so general as those of Henry, of Mr. Samuel Cradock, who kept Doddridge, and Watts, among the a private academy there. Mr. body of the professors of Chris Cradock had been fellow of Ematianity, to Dissenters they must nuel College, Cambridge, till the be ever peculiarly valuable, and Act of Uniformity threw him among demand from them a lasting gra- the Dissenters, and was considered titude. The union of his rare an eminent tutor. Mr. Calamy went qualifications reflects honour on the through a course of Logic, Natural cause he espoused, and while his Philosophy, and Metaphysics. amiable disposition, and endearing In the beginning of 1688, he manners, insured the affection of passed over to Utrecht, for the his fellow-labourers, he was ad- purpose of completing his studies, mired and respected by those who and there, under Professor De were otherwise inimical to his opi- Vries, completed a course of phi. nions. His grandfather and fa- losophy, and attended to civil law ther, both of his own names, were
under Vander Muyden. He reejected by the Act of Uniformity, ceived lectures also from the the first from St. Mary's, Alder- learned Graevius on Sophocles, manbury, the latter from Merton, and on Puffendorf's Introducin Essex. His mother was the tion to History. His studies eldest daughter of Mr. Joshua were continued with an almost Gearing, a respectable trader in unremitted attention, and it was London. His uncles, Dr.Benjamin, his practice to spend one whole and Mr. James Calamy, conformed night a week amongst his books, to the Establishment.
during his residence in Holland. He was born in Aldermanbury, By this application and proficiency, April 5, 1671, and being betimes together with his sweetness of inclined to learning, and bent temper, and candour in converupon being a' scholar, suitable sation, he acquired the acquaintcare was taken of his education. ance and affection of many of his After having made considerable countrymen, who afterwards arproficiency in grammar learning rived at eminence. In particuat several private schools, and at lar, Mr. Carstairs, Principal of the Merchant Taylors' School, under College of Edinburgh, who had Cong. Mag. No. 66.
been sent to Holland for the pur- of Protestants, a safe way to Salvapose of procuring a person quali- tion,' and Hooker's eight books fied for the Professor's chair at of • Ecclesiastical Polity.' He Edinburgh, was so prepossessed in also read over the Articles and his favour as to offer him that si- Liturgy, the Homilies and Canons tuation, but this Mr. Calamy re- of the Church of England, which fused. He returned to England contain the English impositions, in May, 1691, and spent some and weighed the terms of confortime at Oxford, whither he had mity as the law had settled them; letters of recommendation from and found several things required Graeviùs to Dr. Pocock, Canon of that he could not perceive God Christ Church, and Regius Pro- had given any man power fessor of the Hebrew Tongue, and commission to impose upon others; to Dr. Edward Barnard, Public and if none had power to impose Professor of Astronomy, who re- such things upon him, he could ceived him very kindly, and pro- not discern how his compliance cured leave for him to study in could be proved a proper duty; the Bodleian library, Here he he could not see but that in such was favoured with the acquaint- things God had left him at full ance of Mr. Henry Dodwell, the liberty to act as he was most inlearned advocate of Episcopacy. clined ; and since man had done
Mr. Calamy having resolved to so too by the Act that had passed enter into the office of a minister in Parliament for toleration, he of the gospel, mąde divinity his apprehended it would be his best principal study, and being unde- way to make use of the liberty termined whether to prefer the given both by God and man; and Establishment, or the despised way finding the peace of the church of dissent, he considered that Ox- the grand argument for compliford was a fit place for him to study ance with the impositions that the points in controversy; for ac- were prescribed, upon consideracording to his own words; "he was tion he thought, if that was carnot likely to be there prejudiced ried too far, it would infallibly in favour of the Dissenters, who bring in a sort of spiritual slavery were commonly run down, and ill into the church, which he could spoken of. Here he was entertained not perceive he was any more from day to day, with what obliged to countenance and suptended to give any man the best port than civil slavery in the opinion of the church by law esta-. State ; and upon this foot it was blished; he was witness of her he determined for nonconformity." learning, wealth, grandeur, and In consistency with these prinsplendour. In order to fix in so ciples, he occasionally preached in weighty a matter, he studied the Oxford and the adjacent villages, Bible, and particularly the New during his residence in that city, Testament, and found the plain till, in 1692, he had an unanimous worship of the Dissenters, as far invitation to Blackfriars, as assisas he could judge, more agreeable tant to Mr. Matthew Sylvester; to that, than the pompous way of which he accepted, and there the Church of England. He read preached statedly for two years also Church History, and the Six without ordination ; but having Epistles of Ignatius, and what doubts on the propriety of this Dr. Dodwell and Bishop Pearson procedure, he expressed his opihad written on one side, and M. nion on the subject to Mr. Thomas Daille, and L'Avroque on the other Reynolds, assistant to the great side, with relation to them. He Mr. Howe, who had also preached read over Chillingworth’s ‘Religion a considerable time without ordi,
nation, and having consulted se- 1701 was published the first edi- . veral aged ministers of London on tion of that work, which has inthe question, they were both, on sured to the author the grateful the 23d June, 1694, together with remembrance of posterity; it was Mr. Joseph Bennett, Mr. Joseph entitled, the Abridgment of Mr. Hill, Mr. William King, Mr. Baxter's Life. The author says of it, Ebenezer Bradshaw, and Mr. “it was more taken notice of in Joshua Bayes, publicly ordained the world, and got him more friends, at Dr. Annesley's meeting-house, and enemies too, than he could Little St. Helen's, London. This have expected or imagined." This was the first public ordination drew him into many controversial among the Dissenters in London, disputes with the high church since the Act of Uniformity, and so party, but they all tended to hazardous were the times, that the show considerate persons that the great Mr. Howe and Dr. Bates more the principles of dissent were declined assisting on the occasion, examined, the more would their from fear of offending the higher scriptural authority be made appowers. The ministers who car- parent. Bishop Burnet thanked ried on the solemnity were Dr. him for his work, and told him Samuel Annesley, Mr. Richard he had read it with pleasure'; and Stretton, Mr. Vincent Alsop, Mr. on the publication of the Defence (afterwards Dr.) Daniel Williams, of Nonconformity, the great Mr. Mr. Matthew Sylvester, and Mr. Locke sent him a message to let Thomas Kentish. The latin thesis him know that he had read that he was to defend, and which it, and thought such a defence was proposed to him by Mr. Vin- of nonconformity could not be cent Alsop, was an Christus offi- answered ; and that standing cio Sacerdotali fungatur in Cælis to the principles there laid down, tantum ;” and Mr. Alsop (as Ca- he had no occasion to be afraid of lamy observes) opposed him, ac- any antagonist. In 1708, he cording to the custom of the published a tract against the preschools, with all the vigour, smart- tended predictions of the French ness, and fluency of a young prophets, which being presented man, though- considerably ad by a lady to Queen Anne, without vanced in years. Shortly after this, Dr. C's knowledge, procured at the unanimous call of the church him her Majesty's thanks. in Hand Alley, he accepted the si- In the year 1709, Mr. Calamy tuation of assistant to their pastor, had an honorary degree conferred Mr. Daniel Williams, till the year upon him by the Universities of 1703, when he was chosen to Scotland, and as the circumstances succeed Mr. Alsop, at Westminster, show his great modesty, and Mr. A. having deceased. On the simplicity of character, we will occasion of the death of Mr. Na relate the event in his own words. thaniel Taylor, Mr. Calamy was “ It was a journey of mine into invited to preach at the Tuesday's N. Britain, that was purely unlecture at Saltér's Hall, on Oct. dertaken for health and diversion. 20, 1702, which sermon he pub- Staying a fortnight at Edinlished under the title of “Mercy burgh, my good friend Mr. CarExalted,or Free Grace in its Glory," stairs, a few days before I left that on Romans ix, 16. and was imme- city, told me that at a meeting of diately chosen one of the lecturers. the masters of their college, it had
In 1696, Mr. Calamy drew up been determined that I should not the contents and index attached go from them without receiving a to Baxter's Life and Times, which token of their respect in an acawas published that year, and in demical way. I told him I was