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God, and have become an integral specially raised by God to bring about part, and a most important part, of in this country, and to extend it to the Methodist organisation. (Ap- other countries, a grand and glorious plause.) He said they were raised revival of religion—(applause)—true, by the special providence of God, vital, experimental, heartfelt religion, because the commencement of lay and in such work God was with him; preaching amongst them took place and when God works none can hinder. at a time when public prejudice No matter how strong may be the and high notions of Church order and established ecclesiastical usages of an ecclesiastical order, and ecclesiastical age, how extensively they may be position, were dead against the idea patronised and held up by the force of a layman preaching the Gospel, as and habits of the times, and public altogether irregular and out of order; opinion, and prejudices of the times, and they seemed to arise by Divine when God makes manifest His power, Providence, because no person con- when He revives His work, when He nected with the rise of lay preaching brings it to a crisis, and if a multitude amongst them seemed to have any of souls must be won for Christ, design on his part, or on their part, ecclesiastical systems, however strong, so far to depart from what was con- must become sufficiently flexible to be sidered to be ecclesiastical order and in harmony with the Word of God, ecclesiastical regularity. They re- and to be compatible with that work; membered, and no doubt many of and if they are not in harmony and them read, that John Wesley, having not compatible with the work, wise formed a small society in London, men and good men, who live by the left that society in charge of Thomas Spirit of God, as John Wesley, will Maxwell, a man who had been brought see their only way is to set them to God in connection with his labours, aside. And so in more instances than and he went down to Bristol. While one John Wesley set aside what there, Maxwell, in trying to serve the seemed to be to his mind before necesinterests of these Christians under sary order and necessary regularity. his care, was induced to proceed some- (Applause.) It came to this crisis ; what beyond the ordinary exhortation souls must be saved-saved by hun; and counsel ; that was, to expound dreds ; the vital power of the Gospel certain passages of the Word of God, must win its way, in order or disorder, and so to preach the Gospel and make regularly or irregularly, on conseknown the mind and will of God to crated ground or out of doors (apthe people. Information of this came plause) the work must be done. to the ears of John Wesley at Bristol, John Nelson, who was a stonemason whence he hastened to London, and
in London, came to reside at Birstal, arrived evidently agitated and de. a village in this neighbourhood, where pressed in connection with this work. he commenced local preaching en His mother seeing he was agitated tirely without any design in his made inquiry, and got the reply, plans. It was a marvellous thing, “ Maxwell has turned preacher, but I and it was highly creditable to John will stop him.” “John,” said his Wesley, and it betrayed heroism on mother, “ take care what you do to his part which we could not suffithat young man. Hear him; that ciently value in these days; and it man is as surely called to preach the also showed that he followed the Gospel as you are." (Cheers.) That teachings of the Spirit of God, when was a word spoken in season, and he he set aside his High Church princirespected the advice calmly, dis- ples and his strong prejudices with passionately, like the great, godly regard to order, when he accepted man he was ; heard Maxwell preach. this work of God, when he patronised Having heard him preach, he was so and supported that which he pur; satisfied of his gifts and of the hand posed in the beginning to crush and of God in this work, that he dared not destroy. (Applause.) In 1788 there interfere. (Applause.) In looking at was a Conference, fifty years after the history of Methodism, it always the commencement of lay preaching, struck him that John Wesley was and three years before the death of John Wesley, and in that Conference would be the travelling about the one topic of conversation was the country at his own expense, and the separation of the Methodists from the experiences he would meet with would Church. The whole conversation amply satisfy him. For himself, he as summed up by Mr. Wesley—for he delighted in the work of pleading for controlled, as they remembered, and poor old Local Preachers. He had a governed everything himself (laughter) delightful walk with one of the annui
-was given in the records of his life. tants at that lovely seaside resort in This summing up showed, first, that North Devon, Ilfracombe. He was in the course of fifty years they had 87 years old, his wife was 78, and he neither premeditated nor willingly was receiving 4s. per week from us. varied from the Church of England Some friend paid his rent, and he was in one article either of doctrine or happy in the love of God. He addiscipline. The second was that they vised him to make application for were not conscious of varying from it increased allowance, and he would be in any point of doctrine. Thirdly, happy to support the appeal when it that they had in the course of years came before the Committee. Yes, and out of necessity, not choice, slowly the Local Preachers' wives, too, were and warily varied in some points of cared for by us; and they ought to be, discipline ; by preaching in the fields, for England owes a large debt, not by extempore prayers, by employing only for the work accomplished by lay preachers, by forming and regu- Local Preachers, but for the selflating societies, by holding yearly sacrifice, silent and unseen, borne by Conferences, but they did none of their wives. He was quite sure that these things hastily for they were the work of the Association had only convinced they could no longer omit to be known to enlist the sympathy of them but at the peril of their souls. Wesleyan friends. He illustrated the importance of Four verses of Hymn 681 were here Local Preachers by likening them sung. to a nursery, from which all the Bro. B. G. Berry, of Faversham, ministers of the Wesleyan body stated that, last year when at York at
drawn. Without fee and our Annual Meeting, he received a without reward, the lay preachers telegram announcing the arrival of spent their youth, the flower of their his brother from Australia, but he did age, their strength and their mental not then imagine that before another ability, and he thought for assistance year had expired he would have trathey would not appeal to those in his velled to Australia and back; but presence in vain. (Applause.) He such was the fact, and it was rather a specially mentioned the case of a lay misnomer to be introduced as preacher, aged 84, who had been “ Local Preacher,” considering that living on the small income from the within twelve months he had travelled parish of 25. 6d. Such a thing he more than 27,000 miles, and had thought was not creditable to Metho- preached the Gospel in many lands. dism. When a man had spent his While on the journey out to Australia, life in the cause of Methodism, he they had landed at St. Vincent for the ought not to be obliged in his old age purpose of coaling the vessel. It was to receive parish pay. (Applause.) on a Sunday ; and, as they ascended
Bro. S. M. Johnson, the newly- the hill looking over the bay, the elected President, excused himself thought occurred, “I wonder if ever from making a speech on the ground this rock has been consecrated by of his not having prepared himself, hymn and prayer.”
No sooner said not knowing he would receive the than done; and the little company honour of the Presidency.
sang the hymn, a few verses of which Bro. C. S. Madder, ex-President, had just been sung: was pleased to have the honour of
“All hail the power of Jesu's Name.” addressing a brother Local Preacher in the chair. He could inform his Subsequently they visited the town successor in office that, amongst many and held a Mission service, and if new privileges he would enjoy, one ever he hungered after the gift of
tongues he did then; but, though he dren. He had sat at her bedside, and yearned for the Missionary's gift, he had seen her youngest child, two was thankful that he had the Mis
years old, brought to her. He had sionary's spirit. Some weeks after heard her testimony to the preciouswhen they reached Cape Town they ness of the Gospel. No fear, no dread partook of the Sacrament, and one was entertained, but perfect trust and month after that, on reaching Mel. confidence in the love of Jesus was bourne, they partook of the Sacra- possessed ; and when some time afterment again, and at once felt they were wards he received an Australian paper, “at home.” Again, months after, it contained an account of her triumwhen they had left Australia and phant death. Yes, local preachers reached Brooklyn, at Dr. Talmage's did not work in vain; and he would church they participated in the Sa- exhort them in the words of the first cramental service there, and had the hymn they sang that night, todelight of seeing 350 new converts “Toil on, faint not, keep watch, and pray; and church members received into Be wise, the erring soul to win; fellowship. The question had been
Go forth unto the world's highway, asked him when in America, whether
Compel the wanderer to come in." he was a minister. To which he re
The Collection was then made. sponded, “ Not in your sense; but,
Bro. J. Milsom, of Reading, had a telling what he was, the declaration speech an hour ago, but it was now was made that, “ he'd do ;'and, forth- quite gone. He congratulated Shef. with, he found himself blossoming field on being a good place for a Local into the Rev. B. G. Berry. Here in
Sheffield had Sheffield he found himself announced
found them a good President, and it as B. G. Berry, Esq. But like those had also provided a good Chairman. to whom the Chairman had referred,
It had an indefatigable Secretary in he began to preach in a little cottage
Bro. Turtle, and an elect lady” in behind a chair, and had reached his
Miss Sharman, who collected a large culminating point in the cathedral sum every year (nearly £30), and he church of Melbourne, where only six
trusted she would live many years to local preachers had officiated in fifteen
collect similar or even greater amounts. years, and he was the sixth. He had He then gave some statistics respect. been requested by the President of the
ing the work of Local Preachers and Local Preachers' Association at Mel- the Association, and urged increased bourne to present their fraternal
contributions. greeting to the Association in Eug
The Chairman announced that the land ; and that he had done in the
collection that evening was £28 16s. afternoon of that day. He had heard
3d.; and the various collections on local preachers declare the truth in
the preceding day over £300. the new country, but it was the same
The Hymn of “ Christian BrotherGospel as was declared here; their hood” was then sung in the usual words and ways might shock some
hearty and genial manner. Englishmen, but the Gospel truth was
Bro. E. Benson, of Tring, comclearly taught, the trumpet had no
plained of being called upon, as he uncertain sound, and sinners found
could only play upon one string; but peace in believing, and could, and did he delivered a most effective speech, sing
dwelling upon the union of the bre“My Jesus to know,
thren in work, and giving instances And feel His blood flow;
of the good accomplished by the 'Tis life everlasting: 'Tis heaven below.” Association. Some of the holiest men he had Bro. Towne, in a humorous adknown he had found in Melbourne. dress, proposed a vote of thanks to And happy deaths were pot confined the Chairman, which was seconded by to local preachers. A wife who had Bro. Thos. Cole, and carried with been converted by the instrumentality great enthusiasm. The Chairman of a local preacher, was laid prostrate responded, and
a most successful by that terrible disease, consumption. meeting was concluded by the singing She was a mother with several chil- of the Doxology.
THE TUESDAY EVENING TEMPE- ledge of the Gospel a very serious RANCE MEETING.
difficulty. In conclusion he instanced June 218t,
how the work of a section of that body
of Christians known as the Salvation In connection with the assembly of Army, in a village of the South of the representatives of the Association, England, had caused drunkenness a temperance meeting was held in the there to decrease. Temperance Hall, at seven o'clock in Mr. Milsom spoke at some length the evening. The president of the
against the practice of having alcoSheffield branch of the Association, holic drinks at home, and said it Mr. G. H. Hovey, occupied the chair; seemed to him that their duty as reand he was supported on the platform ligious persons was to support the by Messrs. G. C. Amphlett (London), temperance movement. W. T. Raper (Cardiff), J. Milsom Dr. Scatliffe (London), an honorary (Reading), E. Braimbridge (Leeds), member of the association, said about and other representatives. The at- a quarter of a century ago one could tendance of the public was not very almost count on his fingers' ends the large.
number of medical men there were in The Chairman said he felt that it London who were total abstainers. was unnecessary for him to make any Now things were somewhat different; apology for their appearing as advo- he was treasurer of a medical tempecates of temperance. The Methodist rance society, of which the celebrated local preachers were well known as Dr. Richardson - (applause ) - was earnest, intelligent, sincere, spiritual president, and which comprised workers, as successful winners of souls between 250 and 300 members. (Hear, to Christ, and as reformers in every hear.) It was a difficult thing for a sense of the word, both religious, medical man to be a total abstainer moral, and social. Englishmen, as a and try to make other people so, rule, were true patriots, but most of because in doing away with the use them felt that there was a blot on the of drink he was simply doing away escutcheon of the country—(applause) with all the people's illness. (Laugh--that our character was seriously ter.) He went on to speak of the interfered with, that our influence for disease caused by the use of alcoholic good in every respect was seriously drinks, remarking particularly upon diminished by the sad fact that so what is sometimes called “ alcoholic many of the people of the country, consumption,” which was found in not merely the working classes, but the systems of prizefighters and pubthe literary and aristocratic classes, licaps. were strangely in the habit of being Mr. Amphlett next moved that a under the influence of drink. They, petition be signed by the chairman on as local preachers, desired that this behalf of that meeting, and forwarded blot should be removed off our cha- to Mr. Mundella for presentation in racter. He trusted that the effort the House of Commons, declaring a which was being made, and which had belief that the sale of intoxicating already been so successful, and which liquors on Sunday was a special source was rapidly growing in its influence of intemperance, immorality, and in all the Christian Churches in the crime, and asking the House to stop land, would go on to complete success. such sale. He also eloquently spoke He was glad to think that in Scotland of the evils arising from drunkenness, and Ireland intoxicating drinks were and of the benefits derivable from not permitted to be sold on the Sab- total abstinence. bath, and that a Sunday Closing Bill Mr. Bennett (Downham) seconded for Wales would soon become law. the motion, which was carried un(Applause.) He trusted that before animously. long the sale of intoxicants on Sunday Mr. Harding (Sydenham) addressed would be declared illegal in England. the meeting at considerable length, (Hear, hear.) If this could be done and towards the conclusion of an inhe felt sure that they would remove teresting and somewhat amusing out of the way of spreading a know- speech, he referred to the service held
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