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Eighth day, Thursday, Sept. 15th.-“ Denominational Literature, and its Publication :" essay by Rev. J. S. Withington, United Methodist Free Churches. “ The Newspaper, and the use to be made of it by the Church : essay by Dr. C. H. Marshall, Methodist Episcopal Church Soutb. “Methodist Hymnology:"essay by Dr. Geo. Osborn, President of British Conference.
Ninth day, Friday, Sept. 16th.-" The Maintenance of Home Missions. among the most degraded populations : " essay by Hon. James Ferrier, Methodist Church, Canada. “ The Important Work which the Methodist Laity have performed in this direction, and the great opportunities which they have in the future:” essay by Mr. T. H. Bainbridge, British Methodist Church. “The best methods of reaching the Unconverted Sections of the Richer Classes : " essay by Dr. Southerland, Methodist Protestant Church. “Methodism, and its work for Orphans, for the Aged, and generally for the dependent classes :” essay by Dr. T. B. Stephenson, British Methodist Church.
Tenth day, Saturday, Sept. 17th.—"The Results of Methodist Missions in Heathen Lands : ” essay by Dr. J. M. Reid, Methodist Episcopal Church. “How to avoid waste, rivalries, and confusion, arising from different Methodist bodies occupying the same or contiguous fields : " essay by Dr. J. H. Rigg, Wesleyan Methodist Church,
Eleventh day, Monday, Sept. 19th.-" The Establishment and Sapport of training Schools for Native Converts and Native Ministers on the foreign field :" essay by Dr. W. H. Potter, Methodist Episcopal Church South. 6. The Use of the Press in non- -Christian Countries for the promotion of the Gospel : "essay by Rev. J. S. Banks, British Wesleyan Methodist Church. “The Missionary Work required in papal and semiinfidel nations :"
essay by Rev. A. Sabzberger, Ph.D., Methodist Episcopal Church. " The Resources of Methodism for the work of the World's Conversion, and the duty of developing and employing these Resources :" essay by Rev. C. C. M'Kecknie, Primitive Methodist.
Twelfth day, Tuesday, Sept. 20th.—“How Christian Unity may be Maintained and Increased among ourselves, and made Manifest in the World.” Essay by Dr. A. C. George, Methodist Episcopal Church. “ The Catholicity of Methodism." Rev. John Myers, United Methodist Free Churches. “ Methodism as a Bond of Brotherhood among the Nations.” Dr. Allison, Methodist Church of Canada.
There being only one address this afternoon, singing and prayer followed, and a very hallowing time it was. Dr. Osborn delivered the parting address, which was responded to by Bishop Simpson The doxology was then sung, and the Conference was brought to a close.
Those who gave the Essays, and those who followed, adhered pretty closely to the topics on which they had engaged to speak. Nor were the free utterances from the floor less interesting or less to the point. The meetings cannot but do good. Thousands of miles travelled by our
visitors and thousands of pounds spent in bringing four hundred representatives together for twelve days, will, we trust, hasten the fulfilment of the Saviour's prayer, " That they all may be one."
THE WESLEYAN METHODIST LOCAL PREACHERS'
EDWARD CRESSWELL. GENERAL SECRETARY FOR TWENTY-TWO YEARS TO THE LOCAL PREACHERS'
We first met with Brother Cresswell at Hart's Temperance Hotel, July 18th, 1849. On returning home after that meeting in company with a brother local, he said, “ Well, Mr. is a clever fellow. I replied, " I can't tell how it is, but I have not that confidence in him which I have in Cresswell.” These were first impressions; and upwards of twenty years' association with Bro. Cresswell only confirmed these impressions of his sterling worth. In working with him we did not always see eye to eye. In one instance, although he was a most exact man, yet I thought the entrance of the subscriptions in the Magazine was not clear, and suggested that the free subscribers and the benefit members should be arranged under two distinct columns. " Oh no,” said he, “I see what you are aiming at, it will give me a great deal more trouble.”
And as they say in the house sometimes, “the subject dropped." Not long after, I received a note from him to the following effect : “Dear Brother, I see that the subscriptions can be entered as you suggested, and it will be no more trouble.”
If any one will look in the volume for 1864, and look at 1865 when the new editors began their work, he will see the difference in entering the subscriptions.
His sympathy was only equalled by his transparent honesty. “Just after “ Grandfather Johnson" appeared, he came into our office and said, 5. Have you seen Grandfather Johnson'?” and then added, “I know the man, and intend to send him a post-office order. I believe I know the writer too." It had laid hold of Brother Cresswell as an isolated undoubted fact.
It would have been a treat to have witnessed some of his interviews with the treasurer, Mr. Wild. On one occasion when they were together settling their accounts, there were some differences we suppose, when the treasurer in his quick abrupt way, perhaps to play off upon his sensitiveness, exclaimed, “Ah, I have lost enough by you !” Poor Bro. Cresswell staggered under this blow as though it had been given in earnest, and it was a long time before he recovered from it.
Some time after this Mr. Wild was speaking to one of the brethren, and inquired, “ How is Bro. Cresswell ? An honester man never lived ! Yes, he was honest and correct. Bro. Cresswell was seventy-eight years of age when he died, September 7th, 1872. There is a biographical account of him in the Magazine, 1873.
CHAPTER XXVII.-ANNUAL MEETING AT NORWICH, 1873.
BROTHER ROBERT Daws, Norwich, President. The General Committee met on Saturday evening, June 7th. About twenty-eight chapels in Norwich and neighbouring places were occupied by the brethren, and collections made on behalf of the Association. A lovefeast was held in St. Peter's Chapel on Sunday afternoon. An outdoor service, also, at which upwards of 2,000 persons were present.. Altogether, that Sabbath was a high day at Norwich.
This was the third time the Annual Meeting had been held at Norwich. The brethren met for business on Monday morning in Calvert Street Chapel. The Report showed benefit members 1770, hon. 452, total 2,222. The benefit members the same as the last year, but a decrease of 39 hon.. The benefit members' subscriptions, £990 18s. 9d., being an increase of £11 16s. 3d. on the year. The excess of income by £142 ls. 8d., with the balance in hand the last year, enabled the treasurer to purchase £200 consols, raising the capital to £5,205 58. 9d. Bro. Robert Daws was unanimously elected president, and Bro. J. Carter re-elected treasurer, and Bro. Thos. Chamberlain, hon. secretary.
There was very little serious business to transact. The Magazine was to go on under the same management as before. The conductors were thanked for their past services, which was acknowledged by W. B. Carter. The profits on the Magazine, 1872, £15 15s. 2d.
There was a large tea meeting on Monday evening. About four hundred persons attended it. A public meeting, after, in the chapel. holding about one thousand two hundred people, which was full. This meeting was presided over by one of the most liberal and foremost men in Norwich (late M.P. for the city), J. H. Tillett, Esq. One of the interesting circumstances connected with this meeting, was, that a handsome testimonial, consisting of a service of silver plate, value £100, was presented to Bro. Chamberlain for his extra labour in supplying the lack of services of the General Secretary, on account of his lengthened affliction. The meeting was addressed by Bros. Chamberlain, Cuthbertson, Madder, A. J. N. Chamberlin, &c. The collection was a noble one, upwards of £20. That with the other collections brought the amount up to £64.
On Tuesday morning the Lord's Supper was celebrated by the brethren and friends. At night a capital temperance meeting was held in St. George's Hall. Although the good old practice of preaching an official sermon has fallen into disuse, we were glad to see that the Lord's Supper was still observed, and that the noble temperance cause was not neglected.
CHAPTER XXVIII.- ANNUAL MEETING AT MANCHESTER, 1874.
BRO. ABRAHAM ANDREW, Manchester, President.
THE General Committee met in the Vestry of Grosvenor Street Chapel, Saturday evening, June 6th. Upwards of sixty places were opened to the brethren for Sunday services. Several open-air stands were taken, but it does not appear that any lovefeast was held on this occasion. The attendance of brethren at this great centre was larger than bad been the case for a long time ; 110 had forwarded their names.
The brethren assembled for business on Monday morning, June 8th, in Grosvenor Street Chapel. The benefit members numbered 1,840, hon. 530, total 2,370; being an increase of 70 benefit, and 78 hon. Sach an increase had not been known for a long time. Benefit members' subscriptions amounted to £984 12s. 9d.; being £6 68. decrease. There being an excess of income over expenditure of £795 38., the Treasurer invested £400, raising the capital another figure; viz., from £5,205 58. 9d. to £6,000 6s. Bro. Abraham Andrew was elected President, and Bro. John Carter re-elected Treasurer, and Bro. Thos. Chamberlain, Hon. Secretary.
The brethren, being led by the Hon. Secretary, exhibited unusual zeal on behalf of temperance, by passing two petitions to Parliament; one, praying for restricting the hours for the sale of intoxicants; the other to close the public houses on Sundays. Both of them were carried unanimously.
It was moved, that the Magazine be published for another year under the same management, and thanks given to the editors and publication committee. The profits on the Magazine for the year 1873, was £18 16s. 6d.
A public meeting was held on Monday evening, presided over by Richard Haworth, Esq., and addressed by the President, Treasurer, Honorary Secretary, Brothers Madder, Hacking, Chamberlin, Pocock, Cuthbertson, Colwell, Bowron, Daws, Williamson, Jameson, and Unwin.
The Lord's Supper was celebrated in Grosvenor Street Chapel on Tuesday morning ; presided over by Revs. John Bedford, S. S. Barton, and G. Scott.
The financial result of this Annual Meeting amounted to the sum of £160.
CHAPTER XXIX.-ANNUAL MEETING IN LONDON, 1875. BRO. WILLIAM WILLMER Pocock, Wandsworth, President. The General Committee was held in the Morning Chapel, City Road, on Saturday evening, June 5th. About forty brethren present. Forty chapels were open to the delegates. On Sunday collections were made for the Association. There were five out-door stations occupied in addition.
On Monday morning, June 7th, the brethren met for business in the Morning Chapel, City Road.
The Report showed 1,855 benefit members, and 618 hon., total 2,473. This was an increase of 15 benefit, and 88 hon. members, total 103; a most gratifying increase indeed. The benefit members' subscriptions amounted to £1,042 12s. 2d., an advance on the former year of £57 91s. 5d, £1,000 was bought into the consols, making the investment and cash £6,683 15s. 8d. ·
Bro. W. W. Pocock was elected President, and Bro. John Carter reelected Treasurer, and Bro. Thos. Chamberlain Hon. Secretary.
This being the triennial year, when alterations could be made in the rules, notices of alterations having been sent in, they were taken up seriatim. No. 5, to grant annuities to widows, was carried; as was No. 6; Nos. 7 and 8 negatived ; No. 9 and 10 accepted; No. 11, to open the Association to other branches of the Methodist family. Two amendments followed this, one of which was carried, that negotiations be entered into with the New Connexion, which, we believe has never been done.
The Lord's Supper was celebrated in the chapel on Tuesday morning. On Monday evening a tea meeting was held in the Morning Chapel; a public meeting after, in the large chapel, W. S. Allen, Esq., M.P., in the chair; who delivered a most excellent speech, which we cannot transcribe, but it will be found on pages 217-218 of the Magazine, 1875. Dr. Jobson with his happy face, appeared on the platform on behalf of the Association for the first and last time, and closed a genial speech by saying, “I will give £10 to gladden one poor Local Preacher's heart.” The meeting was also addressed by the President, Bro. Pocock, Rev. W. T. Radcliffe, T. Cuthbertson, W. Nelstrop, Bro. Thompson, Bro. Chamberlain, and S. D. Waddy. Collections amounted to £159 15s.
The Editorial Committee were thanked for conducting the Magazine ; which was acknowledged by W. B. Carter. The profit for the year 1874 was £10 10s. 8d.
CHAPTER XXX.--ANNUAL MEETING AT CARDIFF, 1876.
DR. ALDOM, of LEYTON, President. THE General Committee met in the Schoolroom of Wesley Chapel, Cardiff, on Saturday evening, June 10th. About forty brethren present.