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surrounded with an immense population, in this neighbourhood, at least, the price of provisions averages higher than in many of the English counties. Yet at no period has the Tutor realized more than twentyfour pounds per annum for the board of each student supported by the Society;forty pounds for his service in teaching and otherwise, wear and tear of furniture and bedding, house rent and taxes;-and two guineas to purchase coals for the use of the Library. During the first years, only twenty pounds were received for board, and nothing for coals. But for several years past, the expense of maintenance and tuition has been precisely and absolutely as stated above."

Mark, no complaint is intended, nor, as affairs now stand, is any wish of an increased allowance cherished. Nevertheless, it is hoped there will be no impropriety in stating the following indisputable fact: That with great economy, and without a family of his own, what the Reporter has hitherto derived both from his academical and ministerial employments, has hardly been sufficient to cover the regular expenses, and supply the common necessaries of life. Indeed, at the commencement of the Institution, and for some years, this was far from being the case.

More convenient premises are exceedingly desirable and requisite, and would greatly add both to the comfort and respectability of the Academy. Besides, the work of teaching, the number of pupils amounting to ten, as it now does, would be more efficiently executed in the hands of two than of one. But at present, without a much larger support than what has yet been furnished, these much needed acquisitions are entirely out of reach, and can only be contemplated as desiderata.

The inhabitants of the Principality too generally, are not so sensible of the inestimable value of an educated ministry as probably they ought to be; and it is with labour, almost herculean, annually performed, that the supply hitherto drawn from the major part of the country, has been procured. Also with regret it is remarked, that future prospects are not so encouraging as could be wished, but on the contrary, rather desponding. Still, to their honour be it recorded, that many pastors, churches and individuals, have very steadily and laudably exerted themselves in favour of the Institution.

Many English friends likewise have demonstrated their accustomed benevolence and firmness; and to those of them that do now patronize, and such particularly as have not yet done so, but it is hoped will, when informed of the character and exigencies of the Institution, the preceding account, and the subsequent appeal, are most affectionately and respectfully sub


Brethren of England: The Abergavenny Academy has never yet been made sufficiently known to you, or recommended to your consideration; consequently you have not had opportunity to estimate its value,


of inducement to afford it your aid. Be assured that on the point of utility, though humble in its pretensions, silent in its operations, and effecting its march without observation, it has, beneath the auspices of a gracious providence, been a source of incalculable benefit. Yet the circumstances of it are such as to awaken some concern for its perpetuity. And are there none amongst you, besides those worthy individuals who do now generously befriend it, disposed to enrol their names upon the list of its regular and permanent supporters? Are there no feelings of interest capable of being roused, excited, and impelled to action? Is it not to the credit of the Baptist denomination in England, that there is an Institution formed in Cambria, to raise the ministers of the same persuasion to a degree of literary respectability? And is it not of moment, that, in this part of the empire, the churches and congregations, so numerous, so growing, so powerful, and therefore so capable of becoming subsidiary to the spread of the gospel at home and abroad, should accompany others in the honourable career of knowledge and information? Upon these interrogatories, a negative cannot be fixed.

Then permit the Narrator, or rather the cause which he has the honour to represent, to urge and press you into a service that guarantees so ample a reward and extensive an advantage. To witness the failure aud annihilation of an Establishment of some public importance, with which he and a few of his coadjutors have from its commencement been identified, and over which they have so long watched and prayed, is TOO MUCH. But they cannot, they dare not, conceal their apprehensions. Except a larger influx of foreign aid in the shape of DONATIONS and ANNUAL SUBSCRIPTIONS be brought unto it, they fear for the result; unless you stretch out a fostering wing and an upholding hand to cherish and sustain it, their hopes must be paralyzed; unless you become its advocates and benefactors, at length discouragement must quench the glowing embers of praise-worthy zeal, and despair succeed to the place of fond and sanguine expectation.

One of you, whose "work of faith and labour of love," are widely diffused and duly appreciated, has for some years supported three pupils in this Academy; and withal, is a liberal annual contributor. And as a body, you are never deaf to the calls which any scheme projected to enhance the interests of Christianity, presents to your notice, and commends to your attention. Therefore it is presumed, that now you will not be singular, that now you will not depart from your usual mode; but agreeable to your wonted liberality, will kindly and promptly step forward to the assistance of an Institution, the character and struggles of which, are no longer immanifest, the approved usefulness and farther contemplated advantages of which, entitle it to your esteem and patronage.

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cent regards, is not absolutely of a local
character. Though established for the
education of Welshmen, and ostensibly for
the benefit of the Principality, its benefi-
ciaries are shackled with no restrictions,
but are at full liberty to exercise the work
of the ministry in what country soever they
please. Out of more than fifty who have
already enjoyed its privileges, there are
several now reputably and efficiently
charging the pastoral functions amongst
you. And whenever it may be agreeable
and convenient to any of your churches to
draw upon it for supplies, no impediment


Hence it is conceived, that on various grounds, the Institution thus pleaded for, deserves a portion of your munificence, and is worthy of your co-operation. Its general objects-established utility-small expenditure-all combine to enforce its MICAH THOMAS. At a Committee Meeting, held Oct. 1st, 1824:-Mr. Thomas read his Historical Sketch of the Institution over which he presides, together with the accompanying Appeal to our Friends in England; and being fully approved, it is now ordered to be printed and circulated among them. But we beg leave to add, that there is no funded property whatever belonging to this Establishment:-I Wyke; W. H. Stucley; John Daniel; Seth Evans; Ebenezer Harris; Nathaniel Richards; J. H. Morgan.

A Scale of Expenditure. There are seven Students* now upon the foundations of the Society." To Board of the above one year at £24 each........... To Tuition, House Rent, Taxes,


To Coals for Library....



the King's Head in the Poultry, to take into consideration the expediency of forming some new plan for the assistance of Meeting-House Cases from the Country.

BENJAMIN SHAW, Esq. in the Chair. After prayer had been offered by the Rev. Joseph Ivimey, the various Resolutions for the institution of a Society under the above title were read by the Rev. James Hardis-greaves; then proposed seriatim, and carriod nemine contradicente.

We understand that the leading principle of this Institution is to provide for the deliberate investigation of all cases of the above description, and for rendering them pecuniary assistance without the trouble and expense of personal application. The list of subscriptions at the meeting amounted to between four and five hundred pounds, and larger additions are expected. The following are the officers, &c. of the Society: John Broadley Wilson, Esq. Treasurer; Mr. Samuel Gale, Solicitor; Treasurer; Mr. Stephen Marshall, SubRev. James Hargreaves, Secretary; Benjamin Shaw, Esq. W. B. Gurney, Esq. and Samuel Salter, Esq. Trustees. Committee: Messrs. W. P. Bartlett, W. Beddome, C. Barber, W. Cozens, W. 'Davis, J. Dawson, W. B. Gurney, J. Hanson, J. Hepburn, S. lard, W. Napier, R. Nichols, J. Penny, T. Hobson, J. Luntley, J. Marshall, P. MilPewtress, J.Robson, J. Russell, S. Ridley, W. L. Smith, S. Salter, J. Warmington, J. Walkden, S. Watson.


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Tuesday, Nov. 9, 1824, Mr. W. Richards was ordained Pastor of the Particular Baptist Church at Hooknorton, in Oxfordshire. In the morning at Seven o'clock, a prayer-meeting was held in the Chapel to 210 2 0 implore a Divine blessing on the important services of the day. Public worship.commenced about Eleven: Mr. D. Wright, of Blockley, selected and gave out suitable hymns; Mr. Bottomley, of Middleton Cherrey, read the Scriptures and prayed; Mr. Clarke, of Weston, very judiciously stated the nature of a Christian church and the usual questions, and received Mr. R.'s conprinciples of Protestant dissent, asked the fession of faith; Mr. Taylor, of Shipston, offered up the ordination prayer, which Mr. R. Pryce, of Coate, delivered the was accompanied with laying on of hands; charge, which was remarkable for its deep and impressive seriousness, from 2 Tim. ii. 15. "Study to shew thyself approved unto God," &c. Mr. W. Gray. of Chipping Norton, preached to the people with much affection and fidelity from Isa. ii. 5, “O house of Jacob, come ye and walk in the light of the Lord." Mr. Searle, of Banbury, (Independent) closed with prayer. In the evening, Mr. Hood, Wroxton, Home Missionary, gave out the hymns; Mr. Shakespear, Southam, prayed; Mr.

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It was resolved at the yearly meeting of the Society in September, that personal application be made to the Friends of the cause in England, with a view to obtain donations and annual subscriptions.

The following Gentlemen will kindly receive contributions: Mr. STEPHEN MARSHALL, No. 181, High Holborn, London; Mr. W. W. PHILLIPS, No. 2, Back, Bristol; THOMAS KING, Esq. Birmingham; and the Rev. DANIEL JONES, Liverpool.


AT a numerous and respectable Meeting of friends of the Baptist denomination, convened, according to previous notice, at

* Three more are supported by the Gentleman alluded to in the preceding Statement, making the number in all Ten.

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Franklin, Coventry, preached with much zeal and fervour from 2 Thess. ii. 1, (latter part)" And by our gathering together unto him." And Mr. Jayne, of Campden, concluded the very interesting services of the day with prayer.

Two services were held on Thursday, Nov. 25th, for the Ordination of the Rev. T. PRICE, to the pastoral office over the church of Christ meeting in Devonshiresquare, London, in conjunction with the Rev. T. Thomas, who had that day completed his forty-fourth year of ministerial labours in that place. The Rev. W. Newman, D.D. stated the nature of a gospel church, and the principles of Nonconformity; and the Rev. T. Edmonds, A.M. of Cambridge, delivered the charge. In the evening, the Rev. F. A. Cox delivered an interesting discourse to the people.

On Wednesday, Nov. 3rd, Mr. J. Forster was publicly recognized as Pastor of the Baptist church, Scarborough. A prayer meeting was held preparatory to the solemn services of the day. At Ten, Mr. M'Pherson, of Hull, commenced the services by reading the Scriptures and prayer. Mr. Harness, of Burlington, stated the nature of a Christian church, and proposed the usual questions. Dr. Steadman offered up the ordination prayer, and delivered an affectionate and impressive charge from Col. iv. 17. Mr. Sykes, (Methodist) concluded with prayer.

In the evening, Mr. Normanton, of Driffield commenced the services; Mr. Thonger, of Hull, preached to the church and congregation from Matt. x. 41; and Mr. Morley, (Independent) concluded with prayer. The services of the day, which were numerously attended, were unusually interesting and impressive; and the tokens of Divine approbation they received, seem pledges that the interesting prospects opening in this sphere of exertion, by the blessing of God, shall ultimately be realized.

ON Tuesday, Dec. 7, 1824, the public settlement of Mr. J. T. Jeffery, (formerly Missionary on the Scilly Islands, under the patronage of the Baptist Home Missionary Society,) as Pastor of the newly formed Baptist Church, Gray's Walk, Lambeth. Service to commence at halfpast Two o'clock in the afternoon, and at half-past Six in the evening.


Just Published.

Four Editions of the NEW TESTAMENT, beautifully printed of the pocket size:I. Greek, with the English on opposite pages. II. Greek, with the Latin opposite. III. Latin, with the English opposite. IV. French, with the English opposite.

To be had gratis, a Catalogue of the Bibles, New Testaments, Common Prayers and Psalters, published by Mr. Bagster, in various languages, at their prices.

An Essay on the Obligation of Christians to observe the Lord's Supper every Lord's Day. By the Rev. J. M. CRAMP. 8vo. pr. 2s.

MR. GROSER, formerly pastor of the Baptist church at Watford, and more recently of one at Brentford, was released from protracted disease and pain on Lord's day, Nov. 21st. His end was as remarkable for serenity, as his last years had been for affliction.

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Bible, Natural History of, 356.
Bitchburn, letter to the church there, 280.
Blasphemy not cognizable by the magis-
trate, 375.

Booth, Mr. A. his Essay on Christ's King-
dom, quoted, 313.

Brown, Mr. J. his excellent discourses on
the Lord's Supper, 90.

Byron, Lord, the tendency of his writings,
Chalmers, Dr. quoted on the victory over
the world, 56.-On the design of the
gospel, 57.-On_the_restlessness of the
human mind, 73.-Remarks on the last
quotation, 74.-His anecdote of a Come-
dian, 88.

Canada, state of religion there, 94, 124,


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Haldane, Mr. J. his Four Treatises, 120.
Hall, Mr. R. his Memoir of Toller, 24.--

Compares him with Mr. Fuller, 25.-His
judicious remarks on a modern innova-
tion, 38.-His character of Cowper's let-
ters, 84.-Quoted, 131.
Hall, Mr. J. K. his Sermon on Slavery,
noticed, 221.

Hart, Mr. his Antinomianism dissected,


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Hooker, his nice distinction between de- ↑
claring and decreeing, 204.
Hinton, Mr. James, Biographical Memoir
of, noticed, 355.

Holland, Lord, his speech, 224.
Howard, John, remarks on his character,
52.-His letter to Dr. Stennett, 310.
Howard, H. L. his poem on Joseph and his
Brethren, 120.

Immolation of Females in India, remarks
on, 33.

Innes, Mr. his address to Mr. Shirreff, 30.
-His Two Dissertations quoted, 45.
Investigation essential to the attainment of
truth, 69.

Isaac, a type of Christ, 102.

James, Mr. J. A.his writings characterized,

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Robinson, Mr. A. his Village Sermons
quoted, 314.

Sabbaths at Home, how to be improved,


Saurin, Mr. his Sermons noticed, 17.
Saul of Tarsus, his conversion illustrated,


Salvation connected with the belief of a
testimony, 44.

Sceptical enquiries, proposed and answer-
ed, 214.

Select Christian Authors, noticed, 51.
Septuagint, remarks on the, 144.
Sermons, disquisition on their various pro-
perties, 17.

Scriptures, importance of reading them in
public, 245.

Shirreff, Mr. particulars of his case, 29.-
His baptism and ordination at Glasgow,

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