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the present state of affairs of the Insti- exercise of the powers confided to them ; tution.
but the only material step taken by them “ First Report of the Council to the General has been a selection from among the seMeeting of Proprietors.
veral plans submitted to them, of that “ The Council, constituted by the Deed designed by Mr. Wilkins, a selection in of Settlement, bearing date the 11th day which their own judgment coincided with of February last, bave proceeded, inces- that of almost every proprietor who insantly, in promoting the great object en- spected the drawings; and the Council trusted to their care, and have convened are enabled to state, that the work, in its this First General Meeting of the Pro- execution, will have the benefit of Mr. prietary, according to the provisions of Gandy's superintendence in conjunction that Deed, for the purpose of submitting with Mr. Wilkins. to them the present state of the Funds of " The wish of the Council will appear the Institution, the proceedings hitherto to have been rather to select a great detaken by the Council, and the further sign suited to the wants, the wealth, and measures they would recommend to the the magnitude of the population, for proprietors for their sanction, with a view whom the Institution is intended, than to the gradual completion of the pro- one commensurate with its present means ; posed Establishment.
but, as they were determined to take no “ To this Report is subjoined, the half- step in this important part of their trust yearly balance-sheet, showing the several without first ascertaining and limiting the sums received and paid on account of the utmost extent of expense to which any Institution, up to the Ilth of August last, engagement might lead them, they adveras checked and verified by the Auditors. tised for tenders by public competition
“ Subscriptions have been since re- for the execution of the works. The ceived, whereby the number of shares on lowest offer was made by Messrs. Lee, which deposits have been paid has been who engaged to complete the buildings increased to 1,157 ; in addition to which, for the sum of £107,000, exclusive of upwards of 143 shares have been subscribed stone ornaments to the amount of about by individuals of the greatest respecta- £3000. bility, on which, owing to various causes, “ This sum exceeds, by £20,000, the the payment of the deposit has been de- estimate made by Mr. Wilkins, who, in layed, but may be considered perfectly explanation, has stated that his specificasecure; the total amount of shares thus
tion in the quality and amount of the ually subscribed, may be stated materials, goes far beyond the usual course amounting to 1,300.
of building ; his main object having been " The Council were desirous of ob- to give durability and beauty to a building, taining further subscriptions to the ex- which would find but few in this country tent of 1,500, constituting the sum of to vie with it. £150,000, the smallest amount of capital “ In the present state of the subscripprescribed by the Deed, but obstacles tion, and with the design of the building, presented themselves, arising noî less so far matured, the Council consider them. from the actual pecuniary difficulties selves fully justified in assuming, that, which many laboured under, who would after making a more than adequate allowotherwise have zealously supported the ance for any probable defalcation, a clear cause, than from the general prevalence sum of £100,000. will still remain avail. of that distrust which the failure of so able for the immediate objects of the many speculative undertakings had in- Institution; and after minute consideraduced. In these circumstances, the pro- tion of the circumstances, they feel asgress of the Institution must have been sured, that, with that sum at their dissuspended until the restoration of con- posal, a portion of the building may be fidence, so for a time disturbed, had the forth with erected, adequate to the accom. Council not been encouraged and sup- modation of the Medical School, and of ported by the voluntary aid of several all the classes composing the more essenindividuals, who took upon themselves to tial parts of a good education, a sufficient subscribe the deficient 200 shares, for surplus being left for the purchase of a which they have consented to become library and museum, and as much as may responsible in all respects, subject only be absolutely requisite for salaries to Proto the sanction of the proprietors to a fessors. A portion of the building, comdeclaration that the capital of the Insti- prising the library, two museums, four tution shall be considered as limited to great theatres of instruction, and about the sum of £150,000, until such 200 twenty-six other rooms, and affording supplemental shares shall be replaced by ample accommodation for the objects, subscriptions to that amount.
immediately proposed, will require an “ The capital required having been out-lay, including fittings, of about thus provided for, (exclusively of £655 £50,000.; to which, adding £10,000. contributed by way of donation,) the for the library and museum, and a like Council were enabled to proceed in the sum to meet contingencies, salaries, and
other incidental expenses, the whole will of becoming one of the first donors to the
" Tuomas Coates, Clerk.”
now read, be received, confirmed, and building proceeds, and the merits of the
entered on the minutes of the meeting. undertaking are gradually developed, it " That the meeting doth bereby recogwill obtain such additional encouragement nize and sanction the accession of 200 and support, by an increase of subscrip- supplemental shares, subscribed for the tions to the extent of £300,000., the completion of the capital of £150,000 ; maximum of capital contemplated by the
such shares to be replaced by the direct deed of settlement, as will, at no distant subscriptions that may from time to timne day, amply provide for the completion of be received. the buildings, and for the full establish
" That, until such shares be replaced, ment of the Institution, on as liberal a
the capital of the Institution be limited to scale as its most sanguine friends
“ That the Council be hereby authorised “ The Council, therefore, propose that and requested to proceed in causing the the contracts for the building be entered
ground to be excavated for the foundation into in such subdivisions of it as shall, of the intended buildings, and in confrom time to time, be required; and be
tracting for the gradual erection of them so framed, as to admit of the completing in the manner suggested by the Report. or abandoning any such subdivisions upon “ Tbat the Report of ihe Council be due notice, at the will of the Council,
printed, and a copy thereof transmitted to strictly adhering, as they pledge them- each proprietor ; and that the proceedings selves to do, to the provisions of the deed of this meeting be duly advertised. of settlement, and to the fixed principle " That the thanks of the meeting be they have established, on no account, and given to the Council for their judicious in no circumstances, to incur a liability and unwearied labours in forwarding the beyond the amount of the resources under great objects of the Institution. their controul. In the mean time, and as 6. That the thanks of this meeting are the only measure which consists with the particularly due, and are hereby given to season, they are desirous of commencing William Tooke, Esq., for the able and operations by causing the foundations to zealous aid he has afforded the Council by be excavated, which will be done under a
his gratuitous professional exertions. distinct contract, and at a cost not ex- " That the thanks of the meeting be ceeding £1000.
given to the Rev. Dr. Cox, for his co-ope“ The Council having given in their ration with the Council. prospectus, a general view of the ends " That the tbanks of the meeting be proposed to be attained, are unable, at given to the noble Chairman, for his kind this early period, to enter into any further assistance this day, and for his constant detail; more specific regulations and ar- efforts on behalf of the Institution." rangements must form subject for future
Office of the University, 7, Furnival's Inn. consideration, as exigences arise, and experience is obtained. All they can now do is to submit to the proprietors the 'expediency of sanctioning the Council in The third Anniversary of this imporimmediately commencing the excavation tant and benevolent Institution, formed of the ground, and proceeding to the for assisting Protestant Dissenting Congradual erection of the buildings in por. gregations in supporting their ministers, tions under separate contracts, as already was held in Barbican Chapel, on Tuesday suggested; for the accomplishment of evening, the 31st October, when a most whicl, further instalments of £10. per appropriate and impressive discourse was cent. on the subscriptions, at intervals of delivered by the Rev. Joseph Fletcher, six months, will, it is believed, prove ade- who kindly undertook to advocate the in. quate.
terests of this excellent Society. After Three months may probably elapse be- the sermon, an abstract of the procecdings fore these preparations can be completed ; of the Society was read, which detailed after which the Council propose an Ad- many affecting cases of privation endured dress to His Royal Highness the Duke of by active, holy, zealous ministers of the Sussex, requesting him to lay the first gospel. Several powerful appeals were stone of the building, His Royal Highness then made on behalf of the objects of this having been pleased to add his name to the Institution, by the ministers and Jaymen list of proprietors, at the same time ex- who severally moved and seconded the pressing much interest in the success of the resolutions, which were adopted, and as Institution, and announcing his intention we voderstand the Report is to be printed
ANNUAL MEETING OF THE ASSOCIATE
and published, we earnestly recommend whose ministry they are likely, with the the attention of ministers and their con- divine blessing, to enjoy steady and progregations to this particular object of gresşive prosperity. And I may be allowed Christian beneficence, and to those affec- to add, I am glad that our brother and this ting detalls which the proceedings of the church have set the example to the county, Committee have developed, as a powerful of snch a recognition service. It has been stimulus to their liberal countenance and too long the practice for ministers, resupport of this labour of love.
moving to new charges, to settle down in their new spheres without any such service,
a practice which, I hope, will henceforth On Wednesday, Oct. 4, the pastoral re- be corrected." lation of Dr. Harris to the church at On Thursday, Nov. 9, Rev. George Stoke Newington was publicly recognized. Rose was ordained as pastor of the Church Prayer and reading the Scriptures, Rev. at Jamaica Row, Berinondsey, late under J. Campbell ; introductory discourse and the care of that venerable servant of questions, Rev. H. F. Burder; prayer, Christ, Rev. John Townsend.
The serRev. T. Lewis ; charge to the pastor and vices of the day were commenced with church, Dr. J. P. Smith ; concluding reading and prayer, by Rev. H. B. Jeula, prayer, Rev. R. Phillips ; psalms and of Greenwich; Rev. H. F. Burder, A. M. hymns given out by Rev. H. Evison.
delivered the introductory discourse; On Thursday, Oct. 19, the Rev R Rev. John Arundel asked the usual quesSlate, late of Stand, near Manchester, tions: Rev. Joseph Fletcher, A. M. offered was publicly recognized as the pastor of the ordination prayer ; Rev. Dr. Collyer the church and congregation assembling in gave the charge from 2 Tim. ii. 15; Rev. Grimshaw Street, Preston. In the morn- George Clayton preached to the people ing, the Rev. D. T. Carnson, of Cannon from Deut. i. 38; and Rev. John Morison Street Chapel, introduced the service by concluded. As such a service had not reading suitable portions of the Scrip- been witnessed in the chapel for 42 years, tures and engaging in prayer. The Rev. the interest excited was so great, that a John Ely, of Rochdale, delivered a very crowded congregation assembled, and interesting discourse on the nature and go- . numbers were obliged to return, unable vernment of a Christian church. After.
to obtain admittance; and although about wards one of the deacons gave an account five hours were occupied in the interesting of the circumstances which led to the in- solemnities, pone appeared to be fatigued vitation of the Rev. R. Slate, which was by the length of time during which their then publicly recognized by the members attention had been engaged. of the church; and Mr. Slate publicly Thursday, Nov. 9, 1826, the Rev. John signified his acceptance of the calī. The
Greig, A. M., late student at the TheoloRev. George Payne, M. A. Theological gical Academy, Glasgow, was publicly Tutor of Blackburn Academy, implored set apart by the laying on of hands, to the divine blessing on the pastor and the pastoral office over the church and people; and the Rev. William Roby, of congregation assembling for divine worManchester, gave some important advice ship, at Mount Zion Chapel, Harper's to the minister from 1 Tim. iv. 13; the
Hill, Birmingham; the Rev. J. Sibree, Rev. Mr. Hodson, of Lady Hunting- of Vicar Lane Meeting, Coventry, comdon's connexion, offered up the con- menced the services with reading the cluding prayer, and the Rev. Mr. Holmes, Scriptures and prayer; the Rev. John (Baptist,) gave out the hymns. In the Hudson, of Westbromwich, delivered the evening, a numerous congregation assem- introductory discourse, asked the usual bled to hear the Rev. Dr. Rafiles, of questions, and received the confession of Liverpool, address the people, on the duties faith; the Rev. J. Cooper, of Westthey owe to their minister, from 1 Cor.
bromwich, offered up the ordination iv. 1. The Rev. D. Edwards, of Elswick,
prayer; the Rev. G, Greig, of London, J. Deakin, of Chorley, and J. Speakman, delivered to his son a judicious and imof Tockholes, conducted the devotional
pressive charge, from 1 Tim. iv. 16; the parts of the evening service.
Rev. J. Roaf, of Wolverhampton, coulMr. Ely concluded his discourse in the cluded the morning services with prayer ; following language :-"We proceed now
the hymns were given out by the Rev. to the solemn recognition for which we Mr. Evans, of Hales Owen. The evening are convened together. It is with no
services were commenced with reading and dubious feelings of the propriety of our
prayer, by the Rev. J. Griffiths, of Birbrother's removal, or the suitableness of mingham; the Rev. J. Jerrard, of West the new relation into which he has en.
Orchard, Coventry, addressed the people, tered, that we proceed to this solemn act from Deut. iii. 28. “ Encourage him, of recognition. We congratulate our and strengthen him.” The Rev. J. Poole, brother on his introduction to a sphere in
of Birmingham, closed with prayer. which we doubt not his usefulness will be
Many were the prayers, and most fervent continually extending. We congratulate were the wishes, of the friends of relithis church on obtaining a pastor, under gion, that the future labours of this young
Minister may be crowned with the great- Edward Parsons, jun. of London, engageil
This place of worship is in that service, on Friday, the 30th June, very commodious, and beautifully rent, and the Rev. James Stratten, of Paddingsituated in a genteel, and increasingly ton, occupied the pulpit on the following populous neighbourhood.
Sabbath. The chapel has since been supREMOVALS, &c.
plied by the senior students of Highbury We understand that the Rev. Mr. Leach, College, with every prospect of establishing of Shepton Mallet, has engaged to supply
a second congregation of the Independent the congregation assembling in Robert denomination in that populous town. It is Street Chapel, near Grosvenor Square, for a curious fact that at the present time, six Lord's-days, in the months of January
there are still two Dissenting places of and February. The liberality of that cou
worship unoccupied in that ancient borougłı. gregation has been most exemplary. At their two anniversaries in the present and November 2, died, the Rer. SAMUFL preceding year, they collected above Devenish, pastor of the Independent £1100., by which the whole of their deht Church at Sydling, Dorsetshire. Although on the chapel has been extinguished. We he had been previously visited with some trust that they will soon be settled with a severe attacks of illness, yet his death pastor, whose labours will be eminently may be considered almost sudden. He blessed in that important part of our me- attended the Dorsetshire Association at tropolis.
Cerne a fortnight before his decease, on We rejoice to hear that the Rev. Wil. which occasion he expressed himself as liam Urwick, of Sligo, bas accepted the enjoying more of the felicity of heaven call of the church at York Street, Dublin, than earth. On the day of his death he by which means his sphere of useful exer- said to those around him, I thought this tion will be greatly extended.
would be my dying day, but I am disapThe Rev. Wm. Š. Palmer, late of West- pointed. At half-past ten, however, the bury, has accepted the invitation of the same evening, he fell on sleep, at the age ancient church at Hare Court, Aldersgate of forty-three. His funeral Street, London, to become their pastor, Val- preached on the day of interment at Sydcant by the decease of the Rev. J. Davies. ling, by the Rev. Jobn Saltren, of Brid
The chapel in Dacry Lane, Ipswich, port, to his family and flock, and on having fallen into a neglected and dilapi- Sabbath-day, November 19, at Salisbury, dated state, was recently purchased by a by Rev. J. Good, of whose church well known patron of Congregational Mr. Devenish had been several years an Churches, who having made the much- active and efficient deacon.
" He was a needed repairs and improvements, has faithful man, and feared God above opened it for public worship. The Rev. many."
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Philo Helveticus will perceive that our correspondent J. P. S. has not yet finished his observations on the Letter of the Swiss Girl. When he has done, if he will furnish something more worthy of himself, and the cause he espouses, than assertions of our valued correspondent’s “ confusion of ideas of theology, and of the operations of the mind,” and accusations of his “ calumniating" the Genevese Christians, we shall be glad to let him speak through the medium of our pages. In the mean time, we must assure him, that such language can only reflect disgrace on himself.
The proposed communications of Ignotus will, we doubt not, be acceptable.
We deplore the death of Bishop Heber with too much sincerity to publish the feeble rhymes of R. T. on that lamented event.
We beg to inform a Yorkshire Correspondent that we do not insert notices of the re-opening of chapels after repairs.
We have been requested to correct a trifling inaccuracy in the Memoir of Rev. $. King, who, it appears, did not marry the daughter of Mr. Norris, but his daughter in law by a second wife, a lady descended from a distinguished Bedfordshire family named Wingate.