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mine honor be not thou united.' Jf any member of our quarterly meeting wishes to have the question discussed, we promise you we will do our best to obtain him a fair hearing; , and we have little fear of our esteemed superintendent refusing to put any résolution,
not contrary to the rules and usages of the body.' We have, however, the pleasure of assuring you that the misguided agitation you mention has not reached us. We are thankful for the tranquillity and union we enjoy, and have no expectation that any member of our societies will desire to exchange the superintendence of the Conference for th: dominion of a self-constituted Association, which has nothing to offer but a church without discipline, and preachers without education,
“We are sorry to find you recommending our brethren to withhold their pecuniary supplies till your plans are submitted to by Conference. Christian beneficence, then, it seems, is to be no more a generous and self-denying virtue, founded on the love of God and man, but a selfish contrivance for purchasing personal power in the church. Christ is to be honored, and his people's wants supplied, when our private views are gratified; but when other counsels are followed, then his aged ministers are to be de. serted and his missions abandoneil. So then, while the people are aiming at all the power, the Conference are to be solely interested in the cause, and solely responsible for its success!
"We beg, however, to suggest the propriety of your explaining in your next circular, how it happens that your circuit has tacitly acknowledged the duty of supporting ministers whose conduct'it denounces as disgraceful and unrighteous in the sight of God,' and yet has not tacitly acknowledged the duty of supporting expensive missions and schools, with which it has no fault to find, and which were undertaken on the reasonable expectation that the usual supplies would be continued.
“We further suggest to you the propriety of explicitly disclaiming all part in the disgraceful outrage upon Mr. Newton, in two of your chapels, on the Sabbath day, and in the exercise of his ministry; and of your expressing to him the deep regret which, we bave no doubt, you feel that so painful a circumstance should have occurred under the pretext of your principles.
" We fear it would be unreasonable to ask you also to explain how you reconcile your avowed object and the means by which it is to be carried into execution, with your professed attachment to Methodism, love of peace and unity, dislike to innovation, and cuncern for spiritual religion.We are, your obedient servants,
“Thos. MEASE, ? Circuit
“JOHN BLACKET, 3 Stewards : "Stokesly, 1st Dec. 1834.”
SHEFFIELD AND THE SO CALLED “METHODIST ASSOCIATION.”
At a meeting of trustees, stewards, and leaders of the Wesleyan society, Sheffield East, held in the band-room of Brunswick chapel, on Tuesday evening, November 25th, 1834, the following resolution was passed, and ordered to be printed and circulated forthwith :
“ Resolved-That we, the undersigned, being trustees, stewards, and leaders, in the Sheffield East circuit, view with feelings of deep regret and indignation the base and violent measures now employing, under deceitful and covert pretences, to alienate the members of our society, to overturn the constitution of Methodism, and to calum. niate and malign the character and conduct of our beloved ministers generally, and of some in particular, who, from their lengthened, consistent, and meritorious labours, are especially deserving of the confidence and affectionate support of the connexion at large. We feel ourselves, in consequence, called upon publicly and decidedly to express our firm and unshaken attachment to the constitution of Methodism, as it now exists, and as it has been handed down to us by our fathers. We do, therefore, determine to resist, to the utmost of our power, the attempts at innovation which are now making, and which are in many instances instigated by men who have no connexion with the body, but who nevertheless are actuated by the most inveterate hostility to its interests. And we further a vow our unshaken attachment to, and confidence in our ministers, in whose labours we rejoice, and for whom we fervently implore the grace and blessing of Almighty God.”
Signed by fifty-two official members of the Methodist society: ..
" Good Farmer Dawson.”—The excellent and sensible letter which this deservedly popular local preacher addressed to poor Dr. Warren, has been published in a separate form, under the title of “More work for Dr. Warren.” As soon as our circumscribed limits will permit, we intend to give the letter, for the benefit of our readers; who will then judge for themselves, whether Mr. Dawson be not too doughty a champion for either the sapient editor of the DARK Lantern, or his recanting protegé to encounter. The former, in page 31 of his mendacious publication, instead of offering anything in the shape of an answer to the queries with which the good farmer's epistle abounds, contents himself with following the example of many a mongrel cur, springing out of some dark cellar, in the inferior parts of Liverpool-follows the passenger, and tries to bite his heel! “He hates the excellency he cannot reach.” But what will our readers think of the gratuitous advice which our editor gives the “farmer," on the last day of the year 1834 ? Why, “to tend his haycocks and sheer his sheep, in peace”! Every man of the plough in the land will at once set such an adviser down to be a madman-or a child still in the bondage of his leading-strings!
A FRAGMENT. — * * * “We regard the endeavour now made by a portion of the people to legislate in reference to the proceedings of the Conference as demonstrably unscriptural,-as subversive of the settled Constitution of the Body,--and as a measure the most absurd and inconsistent, when originated by those whose jealousy of the power of the Conference over them is so incessant and so sensitive.-We view with feelings of the greatest abhorrence all attempts to withhold from the different depart. ments of the Work of God, as carried on by our community, that pecuniary support which is essential to their maintenance, and the obligation of which we believe to be felt by every enlightened conscience. No sadder proof can be afforded us of the delusion under which many, as we fear, now labour, than the fact that, having voluntarily availed themselves of the peculiar and inestimable privileges of membership with the Wesleyan-Methodist Society, and having virtually and repeatedly pledged themselves to promote the objects of that Society, they are now denying the power which has protected them in all their Christian enjoyments,-employing what should be an apparatus of extensive blessing in an unnatural and destructive rebellion,-attempting to deprive many of those who are either now labouring, or have exhausted all power to labour, in their service, and the widows and children of men whose memory even they love and reverence, of the means of subsistence,-striving to withhold from thousands of their Brethren, both in the poorer circuits at home, and in foreign lands, religious means and ordinances, -using every effort to crush the innocent Trustees of Methodist Chapels throughout the kingdom-and, in effect, thus vainly endeavouring to extinguish that light which Wesleyan Methodism has so long contributed to diffuse. We declare our perfect confidence in the constitution, character, and conduct of the Wesleyan Conference, and our unalterable belief that, whatever decisions that Body has adopted, its members are men of sound and hearty piety, of unprejudiced judgment, and of unimpeachable Christian integrity, -men of fearless independence and incapable of the undue domination or influence of any person or party,-men as to whose proceedings any further proposals of lay inspection, or of individual secrecy, are unnecessary, unjust, and calumnious.-We especially take this opportunity of recording our grateful opinion of the services rendered to Wesleyan Methodism, by the Reverend Jabez Bunting, and the Reverend Robert Newton. We “ esteem them very highly in love for their work's sake.” We concur in the judgment so often and so decidedly expressed by the Ministers of our Community, as to the long-tried integrity and pre-eminent usefulness of these honoured brethren. And, believing them to be actuated by the purest motives, and to be eminently endued with “ the spirit of power and of love and of a sound mind, we assert our entire disbelief of any aspersions upon their character, whether public or private.”—Declaration of the Methodists in Manchester.
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AN EARNEST APPEAL To the Members of the Wesleyan Methodist Societies in the Town
of Liverpool, on the Anarchy introduced by the Members of the so called “ Grand Central Association." ...
MEMBERS OF THE METHODIST SOCIETIES !-We appeal to you not merely as persons deeply interested in the state of religion in your own church, but as candid witnesses of the distrust, confusion, and evil, introduced into these peaceful societies, and of the truth of the following exposé of the spirit and proceedings of the anarchists.' . · We remind you that these transactions ought to be judged of by the spirit and precepts of the word of God : innumerable passages of scripture inculcate a spirit of love, unity, and harmonious effort to promote the holy and grand designs of Christian fellowship, in mutual edification and the extension of religion in the world. One of the last injunctions of our Lord to his disciples was that of brotherly love ; and, to give effect to it, he instances it as a new commandment: “A new commandment I give unto you that ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.”—John, xiii., 34, 35. The great head of the church not only represents the spirit and the unity of love as a great religious duty; but, as having suspended upon it, the greatest practical consequences--his acknowledgment by the world and its consequent salvation. “ That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee; that they also may be one in us ; that the world may believe that thou hast sent me-I in them and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in ene; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them as thou hast loved me.”—John, xvii., 21, 23, Indeed, the witness of the church for Christ is not only oral by their confession of faith, but it is practical as well. No voice is so loud-so tender—and so touching, as, love, in support of religion, and the concentrating of this spirit, its holy beauty, its silent testimony, and its energetic labours, would soon give to our divine religion that ascendancy which it ought to have in the world, but which the wretched divisions of the church have hitherto so awfully retarded.
The writings of St. Paul breathe the most tender solicitude respecting the unity of the churches, and by the inspiration of the holy spirit, command the members of the primitive church to avoid all occasions of strife and division. To the Corinthian church he writes :-“ Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye ali speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind, and in the same judgment. For it hath been declared unto me of you, my brethren, by them which are of the house of Chloe, that there are contentions among you. Now this I say, that every one of you saith, I am of Paul, and I of Apollos, and I of Cephas, and I of Christ. Is Christ divided ? Was Paul crucified for you? Or, were ye baptised in the name of Paul ?” —Chap. i. 10, il, 12. “For whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal and walk as men ?"-Chap. iii. 3. He speaks in similar language to the other churches. To the Ephesians—“I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that you walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, with all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love : endeavouring to keep the unity of the spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling, one Lord, one faith, one baptism ; one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.”—Chap. iv. 1-6, and 11–16. To the Philippian church_“ If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the spirit, if any bowels and mercies, fulfil ye my joy, that ye be like-minded having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind, let nothing be done through strife and vain-glory ; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem the other better than themselves. Do all things without murmurings and disputings; that ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation among whom ye shine as lights in the world; holding forth the word of life ; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not ran in vain, neither la
urches. Chap. i. ; and dinis "Porte pe baptised Christ air and i
eech you that will lowliness ane: endeavouring
bearing one anothbond of peace. habeb of your calling.
on the spirit; d having themes through strher better th that ye may the
boured in vain.”—Chap. ii., 1, 2, 3—14, 15, 16. To the Collos-
One thing is very plain, viz.--that the spirit of these passages and the duty involved in them, have been grossly outraged by one of the two parties in Liverpool. The bond of union previously existing has been severed_brotherly affection has been superseded by bickerings, jealousies, and hard speeches, and the peaceful waters which rolled in our sanctuaries have become turbid and agitated. Instead of that cordial affection and confidence which, in a ver high degree, marked our fellowsh;
sion Sant the el to be of discord. drifted by currents contending passion, andes
eared, that a great length. time must intervene before any thing like settled peace ca again reign in these once united societies.
The sin of, is disruption lies somewhere, and you—the intelligent and partial members of the Methodist societies, know in your corciences that the parties who opened the sluices, and let in th-waters of discord amongst us, are the party who formed the ** asociation.” They are the men who introduced matters of frife, and dared to violate the Christian unity, order, peace, and communion of the Methodist church in this place, in opposition to the express injunction of the Word of God, and the profession they had taken on themselves. We do for ourselves, for the ministers of these two circuits, and in behalf of those officers and friends who have continued faithful to their engagements, avow, that instead of seeking, coveting, or promoting this state of things, we have done all in our power to guard against it; and declare in the presence of the world and of God, that we are not directly or indirectly, the authors of this lamentable state of evil. We boldly and publicly charge the agitators of our societies with the awful crime of intentionally breaking in upon the peace of the church ; sowing seeds of disunion-outraging the spiritual comfort of our