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Mr. W. Holmes, Colne, Lancashire. Isaac C. Watson, Esq., Morley, near

Leeds. M, Atwood, Esq., Castle Donnington. Mr. Brokerton, Russell Square,

London. Mr. H. Bell, Stockport. Mrs. Heffer, Upper Norwood, S.E. James Howard, Esq., M.P., Bedford. H. Kershaw, Esq., Bradford. Mr. E. Maggett, Scarborough. Mr. James Piercy, Pickering. Mr. I. Savage, Greens Norton. Miss White, Northumberland Street,

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F. Hayward, Esq., Yetminster

0 5 0 Edgar Malkin & Co., Burslem

0 10 0 John Farrar, Esq., Wrexbam

0 10 0 Henry Marshall, Blackpool 0 5 0 H. C. Robert Sherren, Esq., Hanley

0 10 0 J. Jackson, Esq., Carnar

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0 5 0 Mr. Knowles, Growshawbotter

0 10 0 Mr. Thomas Vickstafl

, Luälow

0 5 0 George Bellis, Esq., Mold 0 10 0 William Boulton, Esq. Burslem

0 10 0 Thomas Betteridge, Atherstone

0 5 0 Mr. J. H. Cordroy, Chester 0 5 0 William Hoyle, Esq., Tot

tingtom, near Bury 0 10 0 Hanz Heair, Padsham 0 6 0 A Friend, from Llanidloes 0 10 0 Rowland Dickens, Esq., Aylesbury

0 10 0 Mr. Kempster, Kidsgrove... 0 5 0 Mr. George Busson, A Pre

sent to uncle. Proceeds
of (for the old men) Wool
Goods

1 10 0 Isaac C. Watson, Esq., Morley, Leeds

1 3 8 Mr. Horne, Ilkley

0 0 0 A Dear Friend, near Aylesbury

5 0 0 George Sugden, Esq., Birstall

0 5 0 Mr. Aitkin, Buresford 05 0 Mr. W. Lawson, Woodland... 0 10 0 S. Barrachodge, Esq., 1 1 0 Mr. T. Milnes, Bradford 0 10 0 John E. Lightfoot, Esq., Accrington

1 1 0 Less expenses at Great Marlow...

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WESLEYAN METHODIST LOCAL
PREACHERS' MUTUAL-AID

ASSOCIATION.
To the Editors of the LOCAL
PREACHERS' MAGAZINE.
24, Bedford Street,

Covent Garden. DEAR BRETHREN,- It is with sin. cere gratitude to Almighty God that we have so many tokens of the good. will of our ministers toward us and our cause. The following was received this morning (Dec. 18).

“ MY DEAR SIR, I have sincere pleasure in sending you a Money Order for £1 ls., my subscription to the Local Preachers' Mutual-Aid Association, Be kind enough to acknowledge receipt.

“ I often fear that in London and the large towns of the kingdom the days of the Local Preachers are numbered; but I gladly indulge the hope that, in country circuits, the will be, for many years to come, a soul-saving band worthy of their noble ancestry. Things are strangely altered since I, at seventeen years of age, first had the audacity to attempt to preach.

With affectionate regards,
“I am, yours truly,

66 WESLEYAN MINISTER."

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£22 0 10 I am, dear Bro.,

Yours truly,

C. S. MADDER.

NEW HONORARY MEMBERS. Mr. Rose, Farringdon. Mr. Jarvis, Slough,

Things are strangely altered since the time above referred to, but we had not then what we now have, viz., A Local Preachers' Mutual-Aid Association. There was more work, but no care for the workmen.

GEORGE SIMS.

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No. 16

Says he is 77 years of age, has been a local preacher 45 years, and still takes a goodly share of appointments. He has been a class-leader about the same period.

No. 17

Is 73 years of age, has been a local preacher 40 years; thanks God that He gives him health, and he is still able to preach Christ and Him crucified.

OUR VETERANS. Most of our readers, we believe, look forward to the annual utterances of our old men. Ten of these have died during the year. From these we have heard the last expression of gratitude for Mr. Wild's gift. The youngest of these old men who have died was 73 and the oldest 85 years. Their average age being about 77 years; and the total amount given to these veterans from the fund was £746 178. 6d., the lowest amount taken by any one was £26, and the highest £160 128. It is a good plan of our General Secretary to record the age and the amount received by each up to the time of death. The largest amount taken, £160 128., embraced a period of 802 weeks.

We will now proceed to notice what some of these old veterans have to say in acknowledgment of Mr. Wild's gift.

No. 20

DEAR SIR,Please to accept my sincere thanks for your remittance of the annual gift of 10s., as per the will of the late J. Wild, Esq., which is indeed a timely relief to your aged brother. Glory be to God !

No. 21

I have received, with unspeakable thanks, the amount of 10s., the annual Christmas gift of the late James Wild, Esq., left to his aged brethren. I think it not only an act of charity, but of mercy,

or which we thank God.

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No. 10

“ Begs to say that the blessings resulting from Christ's coming and my confidence in Him give me peace and hope." No. 15

“Many thanks for the generous gift of the late J. Wild, Esq. How many have before this been cheered by the welcome order. The Lord knows I

No. 22

Says,—"Fifty years ago, we poor locals used to drag a much heavier harrow than we do now.

Then we were saluted with brickbats and rotten eggs ; and not unfrequently a fifteen miles' tramp to our appointments and fifteen miles' back, and to bed with a wet shirt and tired bones. But all will be gain when we reach our Father's house."

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No. 25

I beg leave to thank you for your kind donation as a Christmas present

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Mr. W. Holmes, Colne, Lancashire. Isaac C. Watson, Esq., Morley, near

Leeds. M, Atwood, Esq., Castle Donnington. Mr. Brokerton, Russell Square,

London. Mr. H. Bell, Stockport. Mrs. Heffer, Upper Norwood, S.E. James Howard, Esq., M.P., Bedford. H. Kershaw, Esq., Bradford. Mr. E. Maggett, Scarborough. Mr. James Piercy, Pickering. Mr. I. Savage, Greens Norton. Miss White, Northumberland Street,

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F. Hayward, Esq., Yetminster

0 6 0 Edgar Malkin & Co., Burslem

0 10 0 John Farrar, Esq., Wrexham

0 10 0 Henry Marshall, Blackpool 0 5 0 H. C. Robert Sherren, Esq., Hanley

0 10 0 J. Jackson, Esq,, Carnar

0 5 2 T. Tarne

0 5 0 Mr. Knowles, Growshawbotter

0 10 0 Mr. Thomas Vickstaff

, Ludlow

0 5 0 George Bellis, Esq., Mold 0 10 0 William Boulton, Esq. Burslem

0 10 0 Thomas Betteridge, Atherstone

0 5 0 Mr. J. H. Cordroy, Chester 0 5 0 William Hoyle, Esq., Tot

tingtom, near Bury 0 10 0 Hanz Heair, Padsham 0 6 0 A Friend, from Llanidloes 0 10 0 Rowland Dickens, Esq., Aylesbury

0 10 0 Mr. Kempster, Kidsgrove... 0 5 0 Mr. George Busson, A Pre

sent to uncle. Proceeds
of (for the old men) Wool
Goods

1 10 0 Isaac C. Watson, Esq., Morley, Leeds

1 3 8 Mr. Horne, Ilkley

0 8 0 A Dear Friend, near Aylesbury

5 0 0 George Sugden, Esq., Birstall

0 5 0 Mr. Aitkin, Buresford 0 5 0 Mr. W. Lawson, Woodland... 0 10 0 S. Barrachodge, Esq., 1 1 0 Mr. T. Milnes, Bradford 0 10 0 John E. Lightfoot, Esq., Accrington

1 1 0 Less expenses at Great

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WESLEYAN METHODIST LOCAL
PREACHERS' MUTUAL-AID

ASSOCIATION.
To the Editors of the LOCAL
PREACHERS' MAGAZINE.
24, Bedford Street,

Covent Garden. DEAR BRETHREN,- It is with sin. cere gratitude to Almighty God that we have so many tokens of the good. will of our ministers toward us and our cause. The following was received this morning (Dec. 18).

“ MY DEAR SIR,-I have sincere pleasure in sending you a Money Order for £1 Is., my subscription to the Local Preachers' Mutual-Aid Association. Be kind enough to acknowledge receipt.

“I often fear that in London and the large towns of the kingdom the days of the Local Preachers are numbered; but I gladly indulge the hope that, in country circuits, there will be, for many years to come, a soul-saving band worthy of their noble ancestry. Things are strangely altered since I, at seventeen years of age, first had the audacity to attempt to preach.

With affectionate regards,
“I am, yours truly,

WESLEYAN MINISTER."

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£22 0 10 I am, dear Bro.,

Yours truly,

C. S. MADDER.

NEW HONORARY MEMBERS. Mr. Rose, Farringdon. Mr. Jarvis, Slough.

Things are strangely altered since the time above referred to, but we had not then what we now have, viz., A Local Preachers' Mutual-Aid Association. There was more work, but no care for the workmen.

GEORGE SIMS.

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No. 16

Says he is 77 years of age, has been a local preacher 45 years, and still takes a goodly share of appointments. He has been a class-leader about the same period.

No. 17

Is 73 years of age, has been a local preacher 40 years, thanks God that He gives him health, and he is still able to preach Christ and Him crucified.

OUR VETERANS. Most of our readers, we believe, look forward to the annual utterances of our old men. Ten of these have died during the year. From these we have heard the last expression of gratitude for Mr. Wild's gift. The youngest of these old men who have died was 73 and the oldest 85 years. Their average age being about 77 years; and the total amount given to these veterans from the fund was £746 178. 6d., the lowest amount taken by any one was £26, and the highest £160 12s. It is a good plan of our General Secretary to record the age and the amount received by each up to the time of death. The largest amount taken, £160 128., embraced a period of 802 weeks.

We will now proceed to notice what some of these old veterans have to say in acknowledgment of Mr. Wild's gift.

No. 20

DEAR SIR,—Please to accept my sincere thanks for your remittance of the annual gift of 10s., as per the will of the late J. Wild, Esq., which is indeed a timely relief to your aged brother. Glory be to God !

No. 21

I have received, with unspeakable thanks, the amount of 10s., the annual Christmas gift of the late James Wild, Esq., left to his aged brethren. I think it not only an act of charity, but of mercy, for which we thank God.

No. 9

Says, “ He shall be 83 years old January 1881, and he bas been a local preacher 64 years.

He now feels himself on the borders of Jordan, but no fear."

No, 10

Begs to say that the blessings resulting from Christ's coming and my confidence in Him give me peace

No. 22

Says,—"Fifty years ago, we poor locals used to drag a much heavier harrow than we do now.

Then we were saluted with brickbats and rotten eggs ; and not unfrequently a fifteen miles' tramp to our appointments and fifteen miles' back, and to bed with a wet shirt and tired bones. But all will be gain when we reach our Father's house."

and hope.”

No. 15

Many thanks for the generous gift of the late J. Wild, Esq. How many have before this been cheered by the welcome order. The Lord knows I

No. 25

I beg leave to thank you for your kind donation as a Christmas present

of 10s., which I receive as a gift from the prayer-meeting. I do wish my my heavenly Father, which I do not brethren would take in our LOCAL deserve, although I have been endea- PREACHERS' MAGAZINE, I find in it vouring to preach the Gospel for 50 food for the mind. years as a local preacher.”

No. 39 No. 26

I beg most gratefully to acknowWe know, he has been an acceptable ledge the usual boon of 10s., as the and useful local preacher for many annual Christmas Gift, left to his years, but he has now past his 80th aged brethren, by James Wild; Esq. year.

My heart swells with joy to find

others, here and there, are joining the No. 29

ranks as honorary members; and my Is now 86 years old, and his hand

prayer is that their lives may be writing shows what time does in spared to serve the best interests of causing the hand to shake and the this country for many years to come. letters and lines to run zigzag.

The preachers have long known the

sterling liberalism of Enoch Baldwin, No. 33

Esq., M.P.-Yours, T. F., 80 years of Is verging on fourscore, with toler

age. ably good health, but with very defective sight.

No. 40

I beg to acknowledge the 10s. you No. 34.

80 kindly sent me, the Christmas Dear Brethren,-I write to inform Gift of our late brother Wild. I was you that I have received your Christ- much moved when the 10s. came, mas Gift with thankfulness both to God

having once been in company with and to you. But you will soon have Mr. Wild at Hamersmith, he kindly done with me; I am worn out, I am asked me to his house. nearly 91 years old. I preached my .

I have been the subject of great last sermons in October last, and I

losses and much affliction, or I should can only walk about my house now. not have applied to our God-like AssoMy friends thought I was going home ciation for help. I have been a local last Sunday, but the Lord spared preacher 45 years, and a member of me a little longer.

our Association 30 years last July.. I am yours, &c., W. W.

GENERAL COMMITTEE.

No, 36

I hereby acknowledge with thankfulness the 103. you send me, being the gift of Mr. Wild. I am now in the 80th year of my age. I find I am going the way of all the earth. I am thankful to let you know that the Gospel which I have been preaching for 45 years is now the power of God to my salvation.

No. 37

With gratitude I acknowledge the rrceipt of 10s., the Christmas Gift of the late James Wild. I hope to see him again; that is, if I get near enough the Throne. I am happy to say that I am much better in health now than I have been for some time, but I cannot do much for the Master : but I am glad to say that I can attend to my two classes and assist at

MINUTES of Committee Meeting, held at our Office on Monday evening, January 10th, 1881:

Present: Bro. C. S. Madder (President) in the chair. Bros. J. Carter, Milsom, Sunman, Clapham, Amphlett, Wardley, Harding, Parker, Cropper, Wright, Sims and Johnson.

The meeting was opened with prayer by Bro. Milsom. In the enforced absence, through ill-health, of the Hon. Sec., Bro. Johnson was requested to take the Minutes.

On the motion of Bro. Johnson & unanimous vote of sympathy was ordered to be conveyed to Bro. Chamberlain.

The Chairman gave a short account of his visit to the North of England

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