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the Magazine was to be continued as before. The loss upon it in 1863 was £60 2s. 9d.
A tea and public meeting was held in St. George's Chapel. The public meeting was presided over by the ex-president, Bro. Arundale. meeting was addressed by the Chairman, and Bros. Cuthbertson, Nelstrop, Harding, Wild, Chipchase, Lawton, Captain King, and the famous James Caughey, the American revivalist, who stated “ That he always found in his special work his most effective helpers were Local Preachers. They had always nobly stood by him in his revival work, and greatly cheered and comforted him.”
At the General Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church in America that year, it was resolved to recommend to each Annual Conference to publish in their Conference minutes the name and post-office address of every Local Preacher within their bounds. Why cannot our Methodist Conferences do the same? They don't do much for their local brethren. Surely they could do that.
CHAPTER XIX.-ANNUAL MEETING HELD AT NORWICH. 1865.
Bro. John CARTER, London, President. On Saturday evening, June the 10th, the Committee met in the Vestry of Calvert Street Chapel. Sermons were preached by the brethren in several chapels, and collections made on the Sunday.
The sittings commenced on Monday morning at ten o'clock. Report showed 1,736 benefit and 420 hon. members, total 2,156; being a decrease of 102 benefit, and an increase of 4 hon. members. The benefit members' subscriptions this year amounted to £970 14s. 10d., being £38 9s. 2d. less than the former year. The income, through the efforts put forth to raise £2,000, had increased by £451, raising the property of the Association to £4,278 16s., being the highest amount it had yet reached.
Bro. John Carter, of London, was elected President, Bros. Wild and J. Carter, Treasurers, Bro. Chamberlain, Hon. Secretary.
There were only about thirty brethren present at this meeting, and there was little business done, except the making up of what was called the President's £2,000. James Wild and John Carter gave £50 each towards it.
The Magazine came before the meeting under new editorial management. Up to the end of 1864 between £40 and £50 had been paid yearly for editorial services. One of the committee thought this amount could be saved, and the character of the magazine not lowered. therefore proposed, in committee, towards the end of 1864, that a paid editor be dispensed with, and that a publication committee be formed, to consist of seven brethren, three of them to read and judge respecting all
contributions sent for insertion, and that proofs be sent to the others. This was agreed to, and it has been our practice up to the present time; and the magazine has been conducted since that date free of all charge. Under the new editorial staff the magazine rose the first year upwards of 300 copies monthly.
It must be remembered that the magazine account is made up at the end of the year.
Hence the loss of £60 4s. 1d. was for the year 1864, although this amount appears in the Report for the year 1865.
A tea and public meeting was held in connection with Calvert Street Chapel. A. J. N. Chamberlin, Esq., presided over the public meeting, and said he did not know of the Association till the other day. He intended to be a subscriber to it henceforward, and to advocate its claims : and he has faithfully kept his word. The meeting was addressed by Bros. Cuthbertson, J. Andrew, J. Wade 1st, J. Towne, J. H. Tillett, J. Carter, J. Wade 2nd, Hirst, and Flatman. Mr. Tillett holds advanced views, and has very little sympathy with such ecclesiastical distinctions as lay and cleric. He looks upon that man as a preacher who can preach the Gospel, whether he be paid or unpaid.
CHAPTER XX.-ANNUAL MEETING HELD AT SHEFFIELD. 1866.
BROTHER THOMAS COLE, Sheffield, President. THE Committee met in a room belonging to Norfolk Street Chapel, Sheffield, Saturday evening, June 2nd. Twenty-five chapels were occupied by the brethren on Sunday, and collections made in some of them for the funds.
The Report showed 1,674 benefit members, 381 honorary, total 2,055; being a decrease of 62 benefit members on the year, and 39 honorary, total decrease 101. Benefit members' subscriptions, £949 15s. 8d. ; decrease on the former year, £30 17s. 2d. The property of the Association had increased by £402 19s. 10d., enabling the Treasurer to invest £700, and making the capital £4,681 15s. 10d. This favourable position of the funded property had been brought about by the efforts made to raise £2,000. It is strange that the number of members should have gone down, when the funds were going up.
Brother Thos. Cole was elected President, and in consequence of the death of Mr. Wild the Treasurer ; Brother John Carter, assistant Treasurer, was elected sole Treasurer for the ensuing year. Mr. Thos. Chamberlain was re-elected Hon. Secretary.
Notice of nine alterations in the rules had been given, but only one insignificant one was made. One of these notices was to open the Association to the New Connexion. This was discussed at length, but was negatived. One of the brethren said at the close of the sitting, “ Evidently a Local Preachers' annual meeting is one of the most Conservative bodies upon earth.”
The Magazine. The new arrangement for conducting the Magazine by hon. editors had been so far successful that the circulation for 1865 had risen 370 a month over that of 1864; and the loss upon it on the year 1865 was only £23 18s.
A public tea meeting was held in the Schoolroom, Chapel Walk, after which there was a public meeting in Norfolk Street Chapel, the President, Mr. Thomas Cole, in the chair. He said : “he considered it to be an honour to belong to sạch a society as the present; the objects commending themselves to every man's conscience. It was their duty to relieve the wants of their old Local Preachers, who had for many years proclaimed the unsearchable riches of Christ." The meeting was after- . wards addressed by Bros. Chamberlain, Lawton, Unwin, Nelstrop, Pell, Bowron, Wade the 2nd, and others; and although it was but briefly reported, it was a most effective meeting, the collection amounting to £20, and several honorary members added.
This was the third meeting held at Sheffield. From the first Sheffield has done nobly, and the meeting for this year has been held there.
CHAPTER XXI.- ANNUAL MEETING HELD AT YORK. 1867.
BROTHER DAVID Hill, of York, President. The Committee met in the Vestry of New Street Wesleyan Chapel, on Saturday evening, June 1st. On Sunday, June 2nd, the brethren occapied thirty-six chapels, and about forty-six sermons were delivered. love-feast also was held in New Street Chapel in the afternoon. In most of these chapels collections were made for the Association.
On Monday morning the brethren met for business, about sixty being present. The Report showed 1,686 benefit and 409 hon, members, total 2,095 ; being 12 increase of benefit, and 28 increase of hon. members. The subscriptions this year from benefit members amounted to $951 12s. 6d. ; increase £1 16s. 10d. Through an increase in free subscriptions the Treasurer was enabled to invest £300, bringing the property of the Association up to £4,868 38. 6d. The income exceeded the expenditure by £186 7s. 8d. This favourable state of the funds was unquestionably owing to the efforts made to realise the £2,000.
Bro. David Hill, of York, was unanimously chosen President, and Bro. John Carter re-elected Treasurer, and Bro. Thos. Chamberlain, Windsor, Hon. Secretary.
The Magazine was one subject for conversation on the afternoon of Monday. There was the old Methodist scruple respecting tales in religious periodicals; but Mark Guy Pearce's “ Daniel Quorm" has put an end to those scruples for ever. The loss on the Magazine the year, 1866, was £22 38. 2d.
A travelling agent had been employed, as an experiment, the last year. Some brethren had cherished most extravagant expectations from this step, and talked largely about raising £20,000; but, alas ! these great expectations came to an end. Paid travelling agents are not to the taste of the Methodist people.
On the Monday evening the superintendent of the circuit preached, and the Lord's Supper was celebrated.
A memorial to the House of Commons was sent from this meeting to close all public-houses and beershops on the Lord's Day.
A tea and public meeting was held on the Tuesday evening, David Hill, the President, presiding. It was addressed by Bros. Chamberlain, Nelstrop, Benson, Bowron, Wade 1st and 2nd, Madder, Towne, W. B. Carter, and Cuthbertson. Bro. Bowron came out on this occasion in one of his most telling speeches. A lengthened report of this York meeting will be found in pages 214-218, Magazine 1867.
BROTHER DAVID Hill.
PRESIDENT OF THE ASSOCIATION, 1867. BROTHER DAVID HILL was born January 30, 1809, and died August 22, 1876, aged sixty-seven years six months and twenty-three days.
Mr. Hill, from the high character he bore among his brethren, and the position he occupied in the city of York, was elected to the office of President unanimously. On taking the chair he said : “ He was much obliged for the confidence reposed in him
He could only say that York was glad of the meeting of the Association, and would always rejoice in its prosperity.”
On Tuesday evening, June 4th, a public meeting was held, and the President, Mr. Hill, in the chair. His speech was a short one, but much to the point. Among other remarks, he said: “It is not necessary that a man be very learned in order to be a useful and successful preacher ; but he must have good sense, true piety, and feel himself called of the Holy Ghost. Local Preachers must be men of good repute. It is fortyfour years to-day since I was apprenticed, and thirty-seven since I was loosed. I am glad that the ‘Local Preachers' Association' is now holding its meeting here, and that I have the privilege of being present. The brethren have come to the right place in coming to York. They must go where the money is, and I expect we shall have three or four five-pound notes on the plate this evening." The collection was a good one, amounting to £26 16s. 9d.
From all that we can learn respecting Mr. Hill, he was a modest, retiring man, his own real worth carrying him to the front, those who knew him best esteeming bim the most. At the time he held the office of President, he was an Alderman of York; and although he never served as mayor, yet he acted in his turn as city magistrate, was treasurer of
the York Dispensary, director of two of the city companies, one of the charity trustees, &c. But above all, he was one of us, and at the time of his death was the oldest Local Preacher on the York plan.
Although Mr. Hill did not take so active a part in our Association as others we have noticed, yet he was in every way worthy of the position he occupied among the number of our Presidents.
MODERN LITERATURE: - THAT BEAUTIFUL WRETCH!"
66 THE Illustrated London News" is the oldest and most successful of our pictorial weekly papers ; and, although the “ Graphic” has of late years won for itself a vast amount of public patronage, and some cheaper papers also sell by thousands, yet this, the eldest of the illustrated papers, is still the favourite: its sale is enormous, and it is said to yield its proprietor a princely income.
This year it has issued a holiday number of some fifty folio pages; and, except for advertisements, which occasionally intrude into the letter-press, it is filled with a tale with the above whimsical title, and is illustrated by some forty-four pictures, which are intended to show the course of the story, or to exhibit the scenery described, or to depict the fashionable attire of the present day. There is also a large engraving, entitled, “A Greek Play," given with the number.
Now, I have read several of the tales of fashionable life, which are said to be the delight of the higher classes, and to my mind they are essentially vulgar and empty; and some of them so full of the worst aspects of evil in social life, that they are but a little better than the old indecencies of Holywell Street, most of which have been put down by the strong arm of the law. But, I thought, surely the “ Illustrated London News,” which may be said to stand at the head of one department of modern literature, will, for its own credit sake, give us something different and greatly better than this, so-called, mental food for high society.
Accordingly I expected to find in its holiday number a story with a purpose, a tale from which some important social truths may be easily and pleasantly learned. I did not expect to find in William Black another Sir Walter Scott a Charles Dickens or William Thackeray; but I did expect to find in him a teacher of the people, whose lessons should be, at least, worth remembering. For I am one of those who believe it possible to make works of the imagination to be lessons of truth, morality, and godliness. The most exquisitely beautiful tale that I have ever read fell from the lips of One who spake as never man spake,
* “That Beautiful Wretch !” A Brighton Story. By WILLIAM BLACK. Holiday Number of the “ Illustrated London News.” June, 1881.