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luable Tract recommended by the Effex Association; and though we dare not pledge ourtelves to publish all we receive from different quarters, if you can fupply us with a good Tract, old or new, written on the principles specified in our No. I. it will always be acceptable.

Our earnest delire to see this whole country as a well-watered garden.--, If that can be effected, the great linn of misery will be dinininhed---the fmall ium of happiness will be enlarged: trade, manufactures, and coinmerce--dometic union---public order---the comforts of the poor the nation's welfare.--all will flourish. Satan will be bruised under our feet... infidelity will hide its head--- good men of every name will unite their fongs of praite--- new joy will arite in Htaven, and God will be more abun. dantly glorified thiongh our Lord Jefus Chrift.

Signed by order of the Committee, Batter/ea.



INSTRUCTION OF YOUTH. THE very great advantages already gained to the interest of religion and good order, by the Introduction of Sunday Schools, has been admitted anong all descriptions of people. Uleful and excellent, however, as these institutions have proved, so far as the poor of the land are taught on read ; yet while the public have gained fo confiderable an advantage by them, it is thought, that further iteps may be taken of a still fuperior kind. Many of the youth who attend the Schools have already sufficiently accomplished that humble part of their necessary education, and seem to


fur further knowledge, that they may " underjiand what they read." A fo. fiety therefore engrafted on the general idea of Sunday Schools has been a matter of ferions prayer and consideration. The persons engaged in this delig, have already presented their viewsvo the public in an Address on the Instruction of the Riting Generation in the principles of the Christian Religion *, which has been circulated through many parts of the kingdom. To tha: publication we beg leave to refer our readers and religious friends, for those arguments, which produced upon our minds the necessity of propusing to the patronage of the public the fubiequent Plan.

1. That this Society be called “ The Society for promoting the Relig cus Instruction of Y cuth."

2. That this Cocity be enablishel on the most Catholic basis of general religious inftruétion among all denominations of Chriftians, leaving cach to a lopt whatever Catechisms, or other books, they may esteem moft.conducive to the purpolis of Edlification.

3. That ibis Sicirty will occasionally furnish schools with such catechilms and finall Reigious Tracts as the necessities of the schools may reqnire, and the funds of the Society may admit.

4. That this Society do recommend that, at all times focial and relative duties shall be ferioully impressed upon the minds of youth, as allo all'due obedience to the laws and government of this country.

* This excellent Tract has been adopted by the Religious Tract Scaiety.

See No. 34:

6. That 6. That R. Cowie, Elq. be the Treasurer, and the Rev. Rowland Hill Secretary to this Society, who will receive subscriptions and Jonations.


ORDINATIONS, ON Wednesday September 17, 1800, the Rev. SAMUEL BRADLEY, late Audent at the Rotherham academy, was fet apart to the paltoral otice of the independent church at Doncaster. Mr. Boden of Sheffield, began the service with prayer and reading the Scriptures; Mr. Phillips, claffical. tutor at the above seminary, and pastor of the church at Aittercliffe, deli. vered an introductory discourse, on the “ nature of a Christian church," proposed the questions, and received the confcilion of faith, &c. Mr. Boden offered the ordination prayer, with the laying on of hards; Dr. Wila Irams gave the charge, on consideration, and divine teaching," from 2 Tim. ij. 7; Mr. Parsons, of Leeds, addrefled the people, 011 “ the nature and prefent effects of a regular and carelets walk, in professors of religion," from Ephes. v. 15.

In the evening Mr. Taylor, of Offet, preached from Ephes. v. i. It was a day, that will be long remembered. The extraordinary circumstances of the unexpected rise and progress of this infant cause, rendered it pecuJiarly interesting. Doncaster and its neighbourhood were not favoured withi evangelical preaching, before the year 1798; yet already the chapel is much too finall to contain all who would attend ; which prevents an increase of hearers.

We understand, the ordination service, containing an account of the oria gin and progress of this Society, is just published,

On Tuesday, November27, Iroo, the Rev. IOHN THORNTON, late Student jn Hoxton Academy, was set apart to the Pastoral office of the independent Church at Billericay, Effex. Mr. Strachan, of Rumford, hegan the service, with prayer and reading the Scriptures; Mr. Douglas, of Chelmsford, Ipoke of the nature of a Gospel Church, and asked the questions ; Mr. Stevenson, of Caftle Hedingham, prayed the ordination prayer; Mr. Simpson, of London, gave the charge from 2 Tim, ii, 15. Study to Mew thylclf, &c." Mr. Newton, of Witham, preached to the people from Phil. i. 9. 10. 11. Mr. Cooper, of Chelmsford, concluded with prayer.

Mr. Foster, of M:Iden, preached in the evening to a full Congregatian from Deut xxvii. 31. " Their Rock is not like our Rock &c.” The Sere vices were well attended, and with apparent evidence of great pleasurt, both among Miniiters and People.

The account given in our lait, of the Alinifters engaged as the Ordina. tion of the lare venerable Mr. Winter, of New-Court, Cary-Street, not being corres—the Rev. Mr. Maurice has sent us the following exact particulars,

Order of the Service of Mr. Winter's Ordination, June 14, 1759.

The Introductory Discourse, by the Rev. T. Hall;
A Discourse on io Imposition of hanıls,” by the Rev. T. Bradherry.

The Sermon to the Church, by the Rev. John Olding; and the Exhortation (or chargc) to Mr. Winter, by the Rev. John Conder,



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HYIN FOR CHRISTMAS DAY. But while he threaten'd, gentle Mercy

fpoke, ARISE, my soul, chy uibute bring, With joy address thine infant King;

" Yet spare them ane more year," and

smooth'd his frown! He makes his entrance here to day, Arite, and now thy homage pay.

And lo ! our eyes behold anct ber year, No worldly pomp thy King afTumes ; Our joyful Ebenezer now we raise ; In great bumility He comts ;

His loving kindness claims our filial fear, A manger for his cridie stands,

To Him we yield the remnant of our Tho' worlds were fashion'd by his hands.

day si Fill prostate at his facred fert,

When fieeting years their circling course And there thy Lord, thy Saviour greet;

have rollid, Say“ Thou art worthy all renowil,

And the dread trumpet's blast Thall rend so Thy head to wear the richest crown.

the fky: " How great that pity and that love When Time shall all his transient hours " Which brought thee from chy leit above! have told, "Thy condeicenfion did not fourn

And itern, relentless Death himself ihall "Of a poor virgin to be born. “What fall I render, L :rd, to thee, - For all thy love and grace to me?

When yon hright Sun fhall veil his shine

ing face, “O draw my heart from self and sir, And the wide world thall wear a mida " And arew life in begin.

night gloom; “ Born of thy Sp rit may I grow

When Earth and Seas shall filee, nor leave “ In thy dear likenets here below;

a trace, “ May all my thoughts, and all my ways,

And the cold dead Thall leave the filent " From day to day bcspeak thy praile. “ Rejoice, my soul, at Jefu's birth, When the pale Moon shall turn to fiery " And hing with angels, peace on earth!

red, 6. Glory to God who reigns on high,

And wax,

and wanc, and fill her orb no “Ad purs his bleflings from the sky!

more; Horlydeni.

R. C.

When I crcation Mall be full’d with


And linking Nature shall her end de

plore ; REVOLVING Timc has brought ano

When shore bright lamps which gild th' Swift as the lightning's glance our cthil scene, moments fly :

Shall quench their flames, and quit their Reflections on the past provoke a test,

narive skies ; Our crimes demand the deep repentant When Christ, the Judge, on awful clouds ligh!

is fee", Our days are all appointed by that pow'r

And the last dreadful tenpest that Whore awful voice can take the steady pole ;

When, while in vain, th’unthinking world And «v'ry moment's riuniber'd-to that

Thail mourn, hour,

And call on rocks to hide the.n from Whicli from the body parts th’immor

the Lamb ; tal soul.

May we ascend, on angels' wings upborne, Oft isave our fins requir'.l the fatal ftroke,

And thout etcrnal praises to his name ! And oft stein juftice cry'da Now


- C. cut them down !"

tomb ;

ther year;

arise ;

REFLECTIONS ON THE CLOSE OF | Through ev'ry age thy church doth prove THE CENTURY.

Thy watchful carc, thy tender love,

And shall till time fall end.
A CENTURY -- how great appears

The circle of an hundred years
To mortals' fcanty view!

'Till thy vast purposes are done But with eternity in fight,

The mighty wheels of time thail run,

To bring thy ransom'd home;
Tis fecting as a dream of night,

Then shall thy judgment feat
And ah l as empty too."

appear, And sin, and death, and hell draw near,

To meet eternal doom.
As waters track the mountain's fide,
And rivers swiftly onward glide

To mingle with the sea ;
So hours, and days, and months are gone,


Written for an Aged Friend.
And years and centuries roll on
To vast eternity,

A LIFE of ufefulness the spent below,

She lives, we trust, a life of glory now! Where are the men of deeds renown'd,

Her hope in Christ was fixt in lite's The faces.where for beauty crown'd,

decay, When first the century rose ? From which the spirit rose to endless All thrust from their once envied place,

day! Succeeded by another race,


S. And these thall follow those.

Yet swift as time or life proceeds,

Ifo'er our visionary day
Man fills the fpace with dreadful deeds,
And threatend Justice dares ;

The Sun of Righteousnefs should rise, Oh wond'rous patience ! boundless skill! And cheer is on our weary wav,

Toward our manfions in the skies; That hoids and guides all nature ftill,

How should our grateful voices found, And guilty rebels spares !

And praises dwell upon our tongue ;

Whilst all the fons of carth around Thro' ages paft, great God, we trace Thy power, thy wisdom, and thy grace, Do weep, with fin and sorrow wrung! Unwearied and the same ;

And farther on the embattled pliin, And ev'ry age alike doth show

What mis’ries reach the lite e cot,
Sad scenes of human guilt and woe,

And pale and fad, their souls retain
Of mingled pride and Thame.

The memory of their happier lot!.

Ah, now of ev'ry hope devoid, Vain boast of wisdom, deep and new, No Saviour's naine consoles their heart; Beyond what our forefathers knew, O! might his name spread far and wide, The age of reason this!

and love, and

peace impart! Ah! when did Atheists morc blaspheme, Whilst we adore the gen'rous hand Or science moie hewilder'd dream,

Which bids our cup with bounty Alow, With mora's more amiis?

And leads us singing thro' the land,

Fill'd with impiety and woe! Ah! when did luxury more abound

SERENA. Midit fqualid wretchednets around, Mad pomp, and pale despair ?

LINES When did pretence, for homage afk,

Inscribed on the Leaf of a Pocket Books With bolder face, or broader maik,

given by the late Hon. and Rev. Mr. Than hypocrites now wear?

SHIRLEY to Master -L----, Bach. When did Itern war more cruel rage THE tablet's pencild stains we soon Than in this civilized age,


And varied matter fills the vacant place ; Or its victims more

urge To quit in bitter pangs their breath,

So país, dear youth, from thy renewed

mind And glue the gree:ly jaws of death, And drench che earth with gore ?

Sin's blacker ftains, nor leave one trace

behind! Oh God, in Thee alone we find

Then Truth shall stand by God's own hand A folace for the anxious mind;

impreit, Thy people's constant friend! In lasting characters upon thy breast.

transcend by f. Gillet salitbury Square

And grace,


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