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OCT. 5. The Half-yearly Meet- Members of the Scotch Presbytery jag of the Independent Ministers attended ; and the congregation » 25 and congregations of the county of sunerous and respectable. DORSET, was held at the Rev. B.
The Rev. W. Jay, Howell's Meeting, in Bere Regis. of Bath, preached rlie Sixth Aix Mr. Keynes, of Blandford, irure priversary 'Sermon, at Cambdenstuced the morning service with Chapel, Peckhaul, from Ys. exliy. prayer and reading the Scriptores; si, before a very simeous and Mr. Higgs, of Dorchester, prayed; Mr.Gray, of Stalbridge, preacked; is supposed, not less than 1500
respectable andisory, containing, it and Mr. Field, of Blandford, concluded with prayer. in the after tion it was particularly intended.
young persons, for whose instruco noon, the ministers transacted the business of the county which came
Wednesday, Oct. 39, being ap. before them. In the evening, Mr. pointed by Goversinent as a day of Rogers, of Beaminster, prayed ;
humiliation and prayer, on account Mr. Cracknell, of Weyinoitl, of zhe present state of public affairs, preached ; Mr. Sedcole, of Swan
was observer, we rra: t, with more age, ended with prayer,
Mr. Ba- religious attention thair such dars nister, of Warelain, preached os
for some years past. Many excel. the Tuesday evening. – The next
bent discourses were delivered; se. meeting to be held at Lyme, on
veral of which will, we understanó, Easter- Wednesday. The preachers be printed ; and, we hope, the Messes, Howell and Banister. spirit of grace and supplication-was
puured forth pipon many congres
gations throughout the United LONDON.
Kingdom. By Letters lately received at the proyers appointed for this ve
The following passage, in one of Edinburgh from Perersburgh, it afpears that ife Missionaries, wholete casio, inusi attord sinnere gratika. that city last April, had reached
rion to every professor of religioa Sarepta in safety, the beginning of who wishes the proinotion of broJuly, Sarepta is within
therly love : 350
"'And give us all grace to put of Astracan; but instead of going round by that city, as they first in away from us all rancour of religi. tended, they had thoughts of cross
ous dissention, that Jey who agree ing the desart directly to George. faith, and look for pardon through
in the essentials of our most holy wesk, by which their road will be the merits and intercession of the considerably shortened.
Saviour, may, notwithstandios By a Letter frosn Fulnec, in their differences upon points of Yorkshire, the Directors of the doubtful opinion, and in the Missionary Society have been in forms of external worship, suill be formed, that the other Otaheitan · united in the bonds of Christian youth Oley, who had been bap- charity, and fulfil thy blessed Son's tized by ihe name of Joseph, de- commandment, of loving one an. parted this life Oct, 13; and was
other as he hath loved them". buried Oct. 19.
These liberal sentiments cere
tainly do honour to those dignified AUG. 31. The Rev. Mr. Young ecclesiastics from whom they prowas set apart to the pastoral care cee:d ; and. we hope, will diffuse of the Scots Church, London-Wall, their influence to the inferior Jate Dr. H. Hunter's. The service orders ; among whom soine have was opened by Mr. Smith, of Cam- occasionally discovered a bitter op. berwell, who prayed and read 'suit-, position against their brethren who able portions of Scripture. A Ser- dared to differ in points of doctrine, mon was preached by Dr.Rutledge, or forms of worship. Those also of Wapping, from í Pet. v. 2.; and who dissent, will, we trust, imitate the service was concluded by Mr. this condescending example of Nicoll, of Swallow-street. ''The · coaciliating candour,
G. AULD, Printer, Greville Street, Londom.
MR. CHARLES Townsen1), the fifth son of Mr. Townsend, a reputable clothier at Steanbridge, in Gloucestershire, was born there, on the poth of January, 1731. Of the earliest part
of his life we have no account. His education, like that of others in his conditioır of life, at a time when a moderate degree of learning was inore rae than at present, did not ex. tend beyond the elementary rules of arithinetic. At the usual time, bie was apprenticed to a fishimonger, in London; and such wis the severity of his service, that it is believed to have produced the asthma, with which he was afterwards so much . afflicted. When his apprenticeship expired, he entered into business; which, after several years, ne relinquished, and became a gunpowder merchant. This business he continued until about a year before his death.
There is no reason to believe, that he had had the advantage of a religions education'; yet he was very regular in his tienda ance at his parish-church, and correct in his moral conduct. He acknowledged himself, however, at that time, a stran,er to the peace which arises from faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. In this state of mind his brother Simuel, who had gained an earlier acquaintance with the way of salvation, invited bin to hear the late Mr. Hart, in Jewio Sireet. Cooler bis ininistry, by divine grace, he felt the depravity of his nature; and was taught to apply to the great Physician of souls for a remedy. “ This," said Mr. Townsend," was just the sort of preaching that I wanted.” Our readers will not be surprized that he afterward went very regularly to hear Mr. Hart; and ever afterwards retained a strong affccu'n for him. lie was soon' missed at church; and did not excupe the observation and taunts XI.
of his neighbours. “ Ave," said one who met him going to hear his favourite minisier, “if your father was alive, Master Townsend, you durst not go on in this way: he would cus your legs off rather than you should forsake your parishchurch,” It appeared, as Mr. Townsend was one day going to the Roseinary Branch, to hear the Rev. Ab. Booth, in passing through Devonshire Square, he inet the minister of his parish-church: 'So, Mr. Townsead,' said he, and clapped him on the shoulder, you are going the wrong way.' an awful thing indeed, Sir, it it be truc," replied VĂr.Townsend; “ but I hope I am not. I am going, Sir," added he, “where the gospel is preached.” “I don't know what you call the Gospel,' returned the clergyman;' but I know, if you go to church you will be sure to hear it there.' Whatever he might hear from the reading-desk, Mr. Townsend knew he should not hear the gespel from the pulpit, and therefore persevered, regardless of the intreaties of his relations, and the opinion of the world. The evangelical principles he had embraced, did not lie dormantį but produced sucli effects, that numbers who hated the truths which were so precious to his soul, were obliged to confess, that he was a good man, and had no blemish, - but this religion. His whole life abounded in acts of extraordinary benevolence. His accounts of expenditure, from the time of his setting out in trade, are filled with items of money applied to the relief of poor people of every description. He paid for the education of some scores of indigent children, and has saved many a needy tradesman from ruin. Poor persons, of honesty and industry, seldom applied to him for the loan or gift of a small suin of money, without success. He had formerly tried his fortune repeatedly in the lottery, in expectation of a large prize; but he made it the constant matter of his prayer, that he might never have one, without a heart to use it to the glory of God. He knew low to relish the happiness of overwhelming a needy person's feelings with his kinduess. There have been some very affecting instances of this: he could not relate a conversation he had with Mr. Winter, of Painswick, last August, without tears. sous knew more of the motives and principles of the lower orders of mankind, or were better acquainted with their manners. It was dangerous to go to him with a false tale of distress, for he could generally detect it. Though he conferred bis favours without exacting homage, he took care to let the objects of his bounty know, that he thought they were obliged to him. He had been among the poor as a benefactor, and bad encouraged them to consider him under the character of a friend; and their frequent applications to him, in consequence, gave him an opportunity of acquiring an insight into their principles of action. There is a curious story told of