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And this is the Word which by vently : being born again, not of corrupt the Gospel is preached unto you." ible seed, but of incorruptible, by the Word Signed on behalf and by order of the of God, which liveth and abideth for ever. Conference, For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory GEORGE T. Perks, Presid nt, of man os the flower of grass. The grass
GERVASE SMITH, Secretary. withereth, and the flower thereof falleth Newcastle-upon- Tyne, August 11th, 1873. away; but the Word of the Lord endureth
THE EASTERN BRITISH AMERICAN CONFERENCE, 1873.
This Conference commenced its able William Temple, was in early sittings at Fredericton, New Bruns. manlood connected with the wick, on Thursday, June 26th. For Mission House in London, but several previous days the prepara. afterwards, for a long period, faitlıtory Committees had been engaged fully served the Lord Jesus, and in reviewing the work of the past His Church, in British America.
The attendance of the lay Seventeen young men have this members of these Committees was year been admitted as probationers larger than usual, and their intelli- for our ministry. This number is gent and earnest advocacy of the large, yet not equal to the necessiagencies of our branch of the Chris- ties of our work. God is opening tian Church, and particularly of the up our way into many localities Home and the Foreign Missionary spiritually destitute; and our duty work, was exceedingly gratifying to the Redeemer requires prompt Notwithstanding the diminution and self-sacrificing effort, on the of our membership by continued part of all our people, to go np and emigration and other causes, it was possess the land. We are grateful found that on the whole there was that our Book-Room and publishing a clear gain of five hundred and interests have been reported as sixty-seven, with two thousand two being in a decidedly improved conhundred and thirty-one on trial. dition. Though the past year has This result showed that the year been one of trial to our educational had been one of more than usual institutions, yet both in a literary spiritual power throughout the and a religious aspect prosperity Connexion. “Showers of blessing" has continued to attend them. In had fallen in many Circuits, and order to place this department particularly in the island of New. beyond danger of pecuniary emfoundland. The Conference itself, barrassment, the Rev. Dr. Pickard, and the public services connected wlio for so long a time efficiently with it, were distinguished by a presided over the Mount Allison gracious influence from on high. Academy and College, was set apart The usual prayer-meeting, the loves to complete the Endowment Fund, feast, the services on the Sabbatlı, so happily begun twelve months and the Ordination service, were ago. all seasons of grace not soon to be The question of union with the forgotten. Three ministers were Wesleyan-Methodist Church of registered as having died during Canada occupied the serious attenthe year. One of these, the vener tion of the Conference for nearly
two days. Cordiality of sentiment President of the Conference and on this subject was very generally Dr. Pickard were deputed to attend expressed; and the details of a plan the British Conference; who, in for effecting the proposed union, view of the exigencies of many of our which involves the establishment Home Mission-stations, were also of several Annual Conferences, and requested to obtain, if possible, of one General Conference to meet some additional ministerial help. every four years, were ultimately May the year on which we have agreed upon. In order more per- just entered, be one of prayer, of fectly to complete the arrangements faith, and of saving power in all for carrying out this scheme, the our borders !
THE IRISH CONFERENCE, 1873. The annual Conference of the schools was very encouraging; Methodist ministers in Ireland was there being an increase in the numheld this year in the city of Cork. ber of schools, of scholars on the Owing to the extreme southern rolls, and in the number of scholars position of the place of meeting, who are also members of our while by far the larger number Societies. In order to give still of the Circuits are in the north, the greater efficiency to this important attendance was not so large either department, a new code of rules at the mixed preparatory Com. was adopted; and the Sundaymittees or at the Conference itself School Committee was added to as we have been accustomed to see the Committee of Review for during the last two or three years. General Education. Because of this circumstance, the The Wesleyan Connexional enthusiasm, which in recent times School, (Dublin,) and the Methodist has characterized the Committees College, (Belfast,) continue to render especially, may have been a little efficient service educational less demonstrative than usual, but institutions. With regard to the there was no discouragement. Both former it has been decided to erect, ministers and laymen seemed hope- at a cost of ten thousand pounds, ful of success; and, in spite of an entirely new building, expressly manifold obstacles, resolved to designed as a permanent home for achieve it, by the blessing of the the school. The resignation of the Lord.
Rev. Robert Crook, LL.D., of the At the Committee of Review for office of Principal of the Methodist General Education, it appeared College was reluctantly accepted that there was some difficulty in by the Conference; and his request obtaining a sufficient number of to be allowed to become a Superproperly-qualified teachers for the
numerary for one year, on account day-schools; and that, owing to this of the state of his health, was and the continued opposition of the granted with regret. During the Roman Catholic priests to all schools last seventeen years Dr. Crook has not under their own absolute con- rendered incalculable service to trol, the progress of our educational Methodism in connection with the work had been somewhat retarded. work of higher education. The Report concerning Sunday- The Report presented to the
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of Review John H. James, D.D., the Es. showed that during the year there President; the Rev. William B was an increase in the number of Pope, Theological Tutor, Didsbury; Trusts, of sittings in the chapels, of and the Rev. Gervase Smith, M.A. Trusts contributing to Circuit funds, This year there were no vacancies and in the amount contributed to be filled in the Irish portion It also showed that during the of the Legal Hundred. The Rev. same period an outlay of about Joseph W. M'Kay was re-elected six thousand pounds had been sanc- Secretary of the Conference: the tioned for erections, enlargements, Rev. George Vance was chosen for repairs, and purchases; and that the office of Delegate, and appointed debts had been paid off amounting Senior Representative to the British to upwards of two thousand three Conference; and the Rev. W. G. hundred pounds. The total debts on Price and the Rev John D. Powell
, our Trust-property in Ireland do not were elected to accompany him. now exceed nine thousand pounds. The Rev. Wallace M'Mullen was
With regard to the Home Mission also appointed to attend the British and Contingent Fund an increase Conference with special reference to was reported in the income from the new arrangements concerning ordinary sources ; but the necessity the Auxiliary Fund. Five young for a much greater increase is men, who had creditably passed all still unmistakably evident. An the prescribed examinations were augmentation of twenty per cent. in publicly ordained to the full work the stipends of married ministers of the ministry; and eleven eandiwas sanctioned ; and, encouraged dates, out of thirteen recommended by the growing liberality with by the District Meetings, were which this important Fund is accepted by the Conference. Four supported, the Conference called ministers obtained permission to into the work two additional become Supernumeraries; and fotit ministers. At the same time it is names were added to the roll of the cause of thankfulness that the honoured dead. Two of these decontributions on behalf of Foreign mand special notice,-DANIEL MACA. Missions, instead of falling off, FEE, who was one of the most show a tendency to increase. eminent preachers and controver
The recently-organized Metho- sialists of his day; and THOMAS dist Orphan Society continues its Waugh, who for many years worbeneficent and much-needed opera thily filled the foremost place in tions. The responsibilities of the the councils and public assemblies Society are rapidly increasing; but of Irish Methodism. Both these up to the present time the funds distinguished men were gathered to placed at the disposal of the Com.. their fathers in a good old age. mittee have been sufficient for the After the decrease of the predemands made upon them. ceding year, the increase of ninety
The Conference proper began on one members in our Societies, Wednesday, June 18th. It was (with five hundred and ninety-four presided over by the Rev. Luke H. on trial,) reported this year, was Wiseman, M.A., who also took the very encouraging. The deaths chair at the meetings of the prepara. numbered three hundred and tory Committees. He was accom. twenty-six; and the emigrations four panied from England by the Rev. hundred and forty-four. Method ism in Ireland is not permitted The Ex-President and Mr. Smith to garner all the fruit with which were welcomed as well-known and God honours her persevering la- much-beloved brethren; and Mr. bours ; much of it goes to enrich Pope, on this bis first visit, has other lands.
secured for himself a large place in The Conference session was finally the esteem and affection of the Irish closed on Thursday, the 26th of Conference. The public services, June. From the beginning there including " the open session,” were was no unseemly haste, and at the well attended; and were graciously end there was a general conviction honoured by the manifested prethat all the necessary business had sence of the Divine Head of the been done thoroughly. The President Church; while the revived proposal commended himself to universal for a union of the two principal approval by his wisdom, patience, Methodist bodies in Ireland, encouand urbanity in the Chair, as well rages the hope of extended usefulas by the freshness and power with ness and increased prosperity in which he ministered the Word. future.
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The Moral Truths of Chris. of the Christian; the Christian and tianity. Ten Lectures by Dr. the Christian Virtues; Devotional Luthardt. Edinburgh: T. and T. Life and the Church; Christian Clark.-In these days when strenue Marriage; The Christian Home; The ons attempts are made to substitute State and Christianity; Humanity morality for religion-to represent and Christianity. We may epitomize it as capable of existence and the first Lecture as a specimen :growth altogether apart from reli. The reality of a moral world is gion-nothing can be more im- attested by universal experience and portant than to show the indissolu consent. Conscience is the organ ble connection and true relations of moral truth, as the senses are of of the two. But the task is one fora general knowledge. Our last appeal master's hand. Dr. Luthardt's work is always to moral considerations. is all that could be desired in apopa. “He has no conscience," is our lar exposition,-fresh and beautiful severest censure : conscientious," in style, extensive without being our highest praise. To a teacher superficial in treatment, bringing the training of character is far more modern errors under review, and important than the cultivation of contrasting them with Christian talent or the communication of truth. What is usually treated in knowledge. “Moral influence is a dull, formal, legal style, is here the highest of all influence." made as interesting as history. The Shakespeare owes his peerless topics dealt with are, the Nature of position to the fact that he is Christian Morality; Man as the Basis “ the dramatist of conscience." The foundation of morality is freedom while he means to deny God, has of choice. Where there is no power yet been endowed by Providence of rejection, as in mathematical and with so lively a feeling for the noble logical truth, there is no morality. and the pure, with so strong an The modern school endeavours to aversion for evil, that his sense of bring morality under the reign of duty stands firm and upright necessity; but the mere fact of the without any other supports. An recurrence of crimes in averages exception however is not the rule; does not prove this. There are no and what falls to the lot of some statistics of intentions and disposi- does so to them but for a time, and tions, so essential in morality, and never falls to the lot of others at indeed none of virtues at all. all. You know the crusts of snow Crimes only are tabulated. What over the fissures in the glaciers of confidence can be put in deductions our mountains. The hanging bridge from data necessarily so incom- bears one traveller safely over the plete? Morality depends upon abyss, but the thin crust breaks religion,-grows from it as from a beneath the steps of many, and the root.
rash throng are hurled into the It is then powerfully shown that depths. So does it fare with those the modern attempt to divorce the schools of philosophy from which two is simply a re-introduction of the idea of God is banished; and heathen morality. In antiquity they with that culture in which a lively were separated, with what results feeling of the existence of God is history tells. Morality was simply lost, they sink into those sunless human and secular. The outcome regions which the light of the was “an immoral religion and irre feeling for the good never peneligious morality." In Stoicism men trates." were feeling their way back to God, The volume is not marked by the the central Sun of moral truth. usual accuracy of Messrs. Clark's Consciousness of God and conscience publications. “Natural nature,” are the two grand factors of man's (p. 28,) is an awkward expression. nature. Religion is the expression So "moral philosophy of the phiof the first, morality of the losophers.” (P. 17.) “If we are not second. To sever these is to sin
utterly blasés," (p. 12,) whether the against nature, and can no more author's or translator's, jars on the succeed now than of old.
ear in a theological treatise. “ReJustice is done to natural virtue. velations was unknown," (p. 25,) is Naville says, " There are men whose & specimen of several misprints. beliefs have all been destroyed, while “Received" stands for "conceived." their conscience like a solitary pillar (P. 26.) These errors, within the stands upright among the ruins. first thirty pages, are a disfigureThe phenomenon presented by ment. The notes, which form these virtuous persons fills us with nearly half the book, might have reverence and wonder. They are, been abridged with advantage, and properly speaking, the miracles of the work thus made accessible to a that Divine goodness whose name larger circle. We would not omit is never on their lips. If there is a any one of the quotations from the man on earth who ought to fall on ancients, or from Luther. They are liis knees, and shed warm tears of too interesting. But we do not see gratitude, it is one of these—who the use of numerous references to