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INDEX TO THE THIRTY-FIRST VOLUME.

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Joseph Teasdale, Eliza-

Biography.

A New Planetarium 56

beth White, John

Remarkable Epitaph 56

Memoir of John Paine 16-47

Holloway, T. O. John- Remarkable Frosts 88, 117

Memoir of Mr. Thomas

son, Ellen Marsden 320 Ask and ye shall Re-

Aram

109 John Hallaway, Wm. ceive

104

Memoir of Henry Smith 209 Fowler, Robert Moul- The New Burials Bill 118

Memoir of John Hodg- ton, Mark Clipsham, The late “Dear Domes.

son

274

George Cutting, John

tic American Insti-

Memoir of Mrs. Mawer 275 Murgatroyes, Vincent tution

119

Matthews, Robert Trimmed Lamps

120

Choice Selections.

Sykes, George Scars- Little One's Kindness 121

Successful Mission Work 22 brook

350 The Lordship of Man 121

The Destiny of Man 22 Mary Petts, Thomas Church Statistics

Martin Luther

23 Archer, William Trus- Who is Sufficient for

tram, Philip Haddrell, These Things ? - 122

Deaths.

William Mead 377 Continental Sunday

- 122

Lawrence Hack, Jo-

Mary E. Pile, Edmund Promptitude

215

Morris, James Sails - 378 Wm. Dawson's Popu-

seph Chipchase, Tho-

larity

217

mas Gilson, John

A Lake of Fire

• 218

Wright, Rebecca Codd 31 Literary Notices.

Humility

James Cunliff, Martha

• 219

The Leg of Mutton 281

Gray, George Roberts, Methodist Temperance

Mrs. Barratt

Husbands and their

61 Magazine

54

Habits

282

Pitts, Susanna Ma- The Teachers' Store.

Servants

283

wer, William Cole, house.

54

314

William Woodhead,

Heart Teaching

The Biblical Museum,

A Strange Preacher 315

John Handby, James Vol. IX.

54

A Parable

· 315

Green, Mary Ann Ed. Preachers' Analyst 88, 280, Joseph Bradford · 316

wards, Samuel Hal-

345

British Justice

316

lam

94 Index Rerum, by John

Apparent Misfortunes 316

Philip Holbrook, Henry Todd

116

Monosyllables

317

Smith, William Plum- Moody,Heaven its Hope 215

Luther's Firmness 317

mer, William Dawson, Monou's Addresses 215

Tears

317

George Rhodes, Wil- Report of American Lo.

England

liam Fareham, James cal Preachers

215

Providence

373

Humphreys

127 Veto, Vevotas, Vita 215

Various .

373

George Cook, Robert Seeds and Saplings - 280

Brown, Wm. Large, Sangster's Life of Our

George Rose, William Lord

- 280 Mutual- Nid Association

Hamm

157 Robinson on Annihila-

Francis Stowe, Ann

tion

280

Reporter.

Beal, Joseph Wag. Christianity and Priest-

staff, William Buck-

craft

281 President's Letter, No. 7 24

ley, James Hindry, Consecration

281 Newcastle on Tyne 25

John Bossingham 188 The World Redeemed :

South Shields

25

Joseph Riley, John Rus-

A Poem

314 Nottingham Branch 25

seil, Josiah Bacon, A Manual of Methodism 345 Oldham

27

Albert Button, Solo- Le Nouveau Testament 345 Great Queen St.

27

mon Broughton, Jo- Le voyage di Chretien 345 American Local Preach-

seph Pearson, Walter

Munro's System of Stu-

ers' National Asso-

Bartle, Anne Kinsey - 222 dying Sunday School ciation

28

Henry Carr

223 Lessons

345 Brother Towne's Letter

Isaac Whitehead, Fran. The People's Pocket- on Magazine

39

cis Evans, Elizabeth book -

345 President's Letter, No.8 57

Brain, Wm. Linnett, Henry Moorhouse 345 New Honorary Members 58

John Sly, George Ruth the Moabitess 345 Wesleyan Minister's

Atha, Charles Berrill 253 The Biblical Museum,

Letter

58

Henry Potter, Theo-

Vol. X

· 345 Bromsgrove

59

philus Jelbert, Wm.

Our Veterans

59-91

Hulbert, Wm. Jelbert,

Miscellaneous.

President's Letter, No.9 90

Rhoda Cutting, Jo-

What an Earnest Bro-

seph Halden, Lydia The Primrose

55 ther can do

91

Lee, Robert Ward 286 Kindness to Servants 55 Late Mr. Wild's Gift 97

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President's Letter, No. A Visit to Sheffield 257 February

57

10

123 Rambles of a Rose 298 March

90

Letter from Bro. Bow- The Ecumenical Metho- April

122

ron

123 dist Conference 327 May

153

Amphlett's Letter to

Bruges, by J. W. Lay- June

- 182

Hon. Members

124 cock

336 July

219

Notices of Motion 125 A Trip to Dover 341 August

- 251

President's Letter, No.

September

- 283

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151 Obituary Notices. October

317
A. R. Johnson's Letter

November

on the Funds

Mary Ann Briton - 90

- 347

155

December

155 Benjamin North

349

Aylesbury Branch

374

Mrs. Plant

President's Letter, No.

376

Poetry.

12

183

T. Chamberlain's Letter 183

Original Essans. Voice of Vicissitude 20

Pbilip Parker's Letter 184 Hopcroft's Address at

Annual Concert of

Bristol Branch

185

St. Helen's

4

Prayer

20

St. Ives Branch

185 Lord Mayor McArthur -

Clear the Way

7

88

Turtle's Letter

186 Sim's, The Past, Present,

Farewell

88

Trigg's Letter

186

and Future

72

On Seeing a Deceased

Mawer's Letter

186 Seed's Sermon

Infant

129, 161

116

Richard's Letter

187 Local Preachers in rela-

The Child's May-Day

Buxton's Letter

187

Song -

tion

153

to our Town

Derby Branch

220

The Daisy

182

Pulpits

134

Bowron's Letter 229 Spiritual Photography,

The Dewdrop and the

ANNUAL MEETING, Shef-

Stream

by John Rose
193

212

field

213

225 Metho list Year Book + A Domestic Scene -

Doncaster Branch 252

for 1881

198

Saturday Evening - - 213

Lea Bridge, Cromford
Sim's Spiritual Sloth

Saint John the Aged

260

273

Branch

284 That Beautiful Wretch 270

The Household Jewels - 346

Turtle's Letter

285 The Revised Version of

Old Winter

A High Compliment

The Prodigal Son,

285

the New Testament, 289,

Note
318

321, 354

New Zealand

- 348 The Law of Immortality 296

Temperance.

rthampton Branch

348 Spiritual Photography - 302 Bishop of Exeter on

GENERAL

COMMITTEE

Winning Souls for Temperance

Dec. 1880. Bro. John-

Christ

- 326, 360 A Life Picture

49

son's, Long Acre 30 History of the Wesleyan Total Abstinence and

Jan. 1881. 24, Bedford

Methodist Mutual-Aid The New Testament - 82

Street

60 Association, 1, 33, 65, 98, Wineglasses turned

Feb. Bro. Wright's,
142, 166, 203, 265, 303, Upside-down

111

Woolwich -

93

332, 365 Moderate Drinking 152

Mar. Bro. Candler's, Our Seventeenth Yearly Address by W. S. Allen,

Brixton

126 Volume

353 M.P. -

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Apr. 24, Bedford Street 156 The Class-Meeting 362 A Temperance Island 211
May Bro. T. M. Harvey,

Good WOMEN OF SCRIPTURE Temperance and Life

Barnet

187 No. I. Mary of Bethany 36

Assurance

276

Jun. Norfolk St. School,

No. II. The Woman of

Heroism in

Common

Sheffield

221

Life

Samaria
70

· 277
July Bro. Madder's,
No. III. Martha of Be-

Dr. A. Clarke on Tem-

Aylesbury-

252

thany

308

102 perance

Aug. Bro. Wade's, Mit-

Do not offer it

371

No. IV. Mary the Mo-
cham

285

ther of our Lord 138

Sep. 24, Bedford Street- 318 No, V. Mary of Magdala 164

Subscriptions.

Oct. 24, Bedford Street- 349 No. VI. Jepht hab's

Page. Free. Benefit.

Nov. 24, Bedford Street 376

£

Daughter

196

$

s. d.

s. d.

NEW HONORARY MEM-

Jan. 32 - 84 192 49 3 0

No. VII. Queen Vashti. 263

Feb. 64 - 2002 182 5 0

BERS, 58, 123, 183, 220, No. VIII. Queen Esther 294 Mar. 96 - 155 13 3 165 16 3

348

Apr. 128 - 96 18 8 81 12 9

Narratibe.

Passing Ebents.

May 160 - 209 6 11 170 5 4

Jun. 199 - 371 17 2 220 6 6

Family Tour in Devon 21, 51, 84, 114, 181, 213, July 224 - 120 2 5 75 15 3

and Cornwall, 12, 42, 77,

278, 243 Aug. 256 - 409 16 7 159 5 8

105, 156, 170

Sep. 288 - 100 10 i 187 14 9

Brother Jameson's Visit Phenomena of the Oct. 320 - 21 5 8 51 9

to America

Nov. 352- 80 1 0 158 16 0

40, 175

Months.

Dec. 380 - 150 0 11 205 16 6

Bowron on the Way to

New Zealand 151, 179, January

23

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THE

LOCAL PREACHERS' MAGAZINE

AND

Christian Family Record.

THE WESLEYAN METHODIST LOCAL PREACHERS'

MUTUAL-AID ASSOCIATION.

CHAPTER 1.-PRELIMINARY. 1849.

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The history of Methodist Local Preachers has yet to be written. Whenever that does take place the rise and progress of this Association must occupy a prominent position. Our business is not with the history of Local Preachers just now, but to give a brief account of the origin, the course, and the present state of the Local Preachers' Association,

This Association arose out of an acknowledged want. This had arisen from time to time, local cases had existed, and local efforts had been put forth to meet them before this Association was established. At Bristol there was a local fund before 1849. The brethren there very wisely merged their society in the general one.

The Methodist Association, as soon as it was formed in 1835, established a fund for Local Preachers. At the time of the amalgamation with the Wesleyan Reformers in 1857, there was in this fund £1,052 14s. 10d; but it was reserved for the next ten years for the benefit of Local Preachers only who were Local Preachers in connection with the Methodist Association. This fund, we believe, still keeps the position it occupied at the amalgamation. Its benefit to Local Preachers has been infinitesimal from the first, only a portion of the interest has been devoted to them, and it now has a capital of $1,589 13s. 7d., principally loaned out to Chapel Trustees.

On June 5th, 1849, there appeared in a weekly paper a letter from a warm-hearted Local Preacher, suggesting an aggregate meeting of all the Local Preachers who could be brought together. No particular object was named, but it was to be a friendly gathering. Brethren engaged in the same work were to meet and look one another in the face, cheer and encourage each other in the prosecution of their labours, and seek together a richer baptism of the Holy Spirit's influence, to qualify for the more effective discharge of their duties as Local Preachers.

JANUARY, 1881.

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The next week, June 12th, five letters appeared in the same paper in response to the above letter, which we will call No. 1. No. 2 approves of a meeting, but suggests nothing definite. No. 3 suggests the starting of a LOCAL PREACHERS' MAGAZINE.

One or two attempts had already been made to start a Local Preachers' Magazine, but neither of them lived three months. We may congratulate ourselves on having reached the mature age of thirty years. No. 4 is from a cautious brother, who asks, “ Who is No. 1 ?”

66 Does his name appear in any of our popular subscription lists?” He hints very plainly that it is great presumption in such an unknown being to talk about calling all the Methodist Local Preachers together in one great aggregate meeting. Nos. 5 and 6 approve of the suggestion, and would like to see the meeting gathered.

On June 19th a letter appears (No. 7). It is a sort of testimony from several brethren, whose names are attached to it, that No. 1 has a real existence, that they know him, that he is no myth, although his name does not appear in the popular subscription lists, yet it does appear on their circuit plan as an accredited Local Preacher. Letter No. 8, on this date, suggests caution, so that there were cautious men at this time who would not that we should commit ourselves to any person or any object without due consideration. Quite right, brother. The wise man hath said, “ Ponder the path of thy feet.”

June 26th, No. 1 appears again. Now, indeed, shadowing forth an object wbich was afterwards embodied in " THE LOCAL PREACHERS' MUTUAL-AID ASSOCIATION." This letter is thoroughly characteristic of our brother's enthusiastic and sanguine nature. He calculates that there are 13,140 Local Preachers: they are each of them to subscribe 108.; this would produce £6,070, which sum invested at 5 per cent. would yield £341. If each of these 13,140 Local Preachers gave one penny a week, the amount added to the £341 would make a total of £2,737 ; this would allow 10s. a week to 117 poor old brethren. But if the weekly subscription should be 2d. or 3d., the benefit would be incalculable. This sanguine brother at the end of his letter says, “ The more I look at the matter, the more practicable it becomes.”

Those of us of cooler temperaments, looking back on these sangaine calculations of our brother, are likely to say, “ How wild such expectations, to think of moving at once 13,000 persons to give 10s. and a penny a week !" Of course the thing was very unlikely, and every thinking man would say so. After all, it is to such apparently wild theorists that we owe most of our greatest discoveries and our material advances during the last hundred years. Therefore, although our brother's expectations were not reached, yet a start had been given, and the Association lives after having distributed to their sick and poor brethren, and for their interment when dead, the noble sum of £57,000.

July 3rd, No. 10 inquires if, in addition to a sick and benevolent fund,

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