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in behalf of the long, long neglected 'sons of the strangers.' The Christian bospitality of the friends and the ministers of religion in Dublin and its vicinity; ths sacred warmth with which their minds welcomed and embraced the object; the readiness manifested in forming The Missionary Committee;' together with the liberality of the contributions in so short a space of time, all demand, and in the fullest measure have, the cordial gratitude which so much goodness must ever secure. He must be permitted to add, that much of his personal comfort and success, under God, were owing to the brotherly kindness of the Rev. R. Jack, of Manchester, whose very acceptable ministrations in Dublin, and prudent Counsels, greatly contributed to the general result.

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Collections by the Rev. Alexander Waugh, in England.

Rev. Richard Hartley's Church, Lutterworth
Burton on Trent, Mr. J. Orpin, Deacon

Rev. Mr. Sleigh's Chureh, New Castle under Line

Rev. Robert Jack's Church, Manchester

Mr Roby's Church, Manchester
Evans's Church, Stockport

John Williams's Church, Congleton Alexander Hay's Church, Warrington -(late) Mr. White's Church, Chester

Rev. T. Raffles' Church Great George Street, Liverpool,

£ 20 14 7

9 8 6

10 0

40 0
50 7





8 4 I

14 13 3

including 1 3s. collected by the Sunday Sch. Children 30 0 0
Dr. Kirkpatrick's Church, Oldham Street, Liverpool
John Stuart's Church, Gloucester Street, ditto
Samuel Bradley's Church, Manchester

By the Congregations in Bury


12 0

15 10

42 14

4 11

A Lady, by the Rev. J. Adamson, Patricroft
Rev. J. H. Browning's Church, Macclesfield

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A Friend to Missions, by produce of a Gold Seal, &c.

1 0 0

Rev. Stephen Johnson's Church, Leek, including 8s. 7d. by

the Children of the Sunday School

Hugh Williams's Church, Stone

Thomas Scales Church, Wolverhampton

Thomas Grove's Church, Walsal

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John Richards's Church, Stourbridge
Mr. Lake's Church, Worcester

A Friend, by Miss Gamidge, Worcester, 17. Is.- Ditto, 11.
United Collections in the Rev. W. Bishop's and the Rev.

T. Thorn's Churches, Gloucester

Rev. Mr. Spilsbury's Church, Tewkesbury

George Garlick's Church, Painswick
G. G. Scraggs's Church, Buckingham


Total Amount of Contributions in England

494 2 10

Collections by the Rev. Alex. Waugh and Rev. Robert Jack, in Ireland,
Churches of Rev. Mess. Davidson and Miller, at Cookestown 17 3 11
A Friend, P. L. T.

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Rev. Dr. McDowal's and Rev. Mr. Horner's Ch. Mary's
Abbey, Dublin, after a Sermon by Rev. R Jack
Rev. Mr. Davies's Church, York Street, Dublin
A. M. 21. A Friend by J. Clarke, Esq. Dublin, 11.
Amount of Contributions by Individuals in Ireland, whose
names will appear in the regular annual Accounts pub-
Jished by the Society, Collections and Anonymous Do-
nations only being admitted in this Magazine

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We are sorry to be compelled to defer our Provincial Intelligence, Proceedings of the Protestant Society, Poetry, and many other Articles of Importance.

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MR. JAMES WILLIAMS, jun. the subject of this memoir, was born Feb. 21, 1790, at Ross, in Herefordshire. His father was then pastor of the Baptist Church at Ryeford; from whence he removed, in 1801, to King's Stanley in Gloucestershire. Care was taken by the parents to bring up their firstborn son in the nurture and admonition of the Lord; and his blessing evidently attended their endeavours. Their chief desire respecting him was, that the glory of God might be displayed in his salvation, and that he might become an useful member of society, and particularly of the church of the Redeemer: and his indulgent condescension in answering their prayers, may well encourage others in the use of means, and in earnestly supplicating the throne of grace.

He was, from a child, of an amiable disposition; meek, lowly, patient, affectionate, and dutiful to his parents, apt to learn, and very desirous to give them pleasure.-The following is the substance of his own account of his experience, which was read at his admission into the church :

"I trust I now appear before you, influenced by the love of Christ, willing to be found blameless in the ways of the Lord, and to become one of your company. From a child, I was the subject of serious impressions; but though I was religiously educated, and had some partial views of the way of salvation, yet I lived many years without God in the world. Indeed, I cannot remember the time when I imagined I could save myself, being aware that Jesus Christ was the only Saviour. But still it was an irksome subject for me to think of. I hoped for conversion at some future period; of which I formed, however, some dreadful ideas: but, as I grew in years, convictions increased; yet, when the point was urged more than ordinarily, I was apt to reason very perversely on the subject. I cannot do any thing to save myself, thought I; none but Jesus can save me; but unless he draw, no one can come to him, therefore the matter rests with him. If it is appointed of him, it shall surely be effected. Thus I was at an awful distance from God, and so was I willing to remain. Yet the Lord did not suffer me to continue in that state. About two years ago, at a neighbouring village, a person lately brought under serious impressions, was relating some of the dealings of God with his soul, when I began to reflect on myself in a closer manner than I had done before; and saw that there was a reality in religion beyond any thing I myself had experienced. I was weary at reflecting on the many privileges I had enjoyed, and which I had hitherto slighted. I thought what constant prayer had been made for me, and how others, younger than I, had fol3 I

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lowed the Lord. These reflections were fastened on my mind, and were soon increased, so that, from that time, religion engaged my attention in a great degree.

However, I now doubted whether these convictions were genuine. I could not think they were so, because I did not feel just as I had conceived I must, supposing a great deal of trouble awaited me, if I should be really convicted. I saw Christ was ready to save; but the idea occupied my mind, that I had not properly applied to him. Thus I went on. Impressions increased; and much that I heard and read, tended to foster and strengthen my convictions. I now saw that I was one of the chief of ginners; that there was salvation in none but Christ; but I could not tell how to come to him.

I searched Biography and Obituaries, to see if I could find my trait in others corresponding with what I felt. In reading Dr. Cotton Mather's Manuductio ad Ministerium, I found the third section very useful, where he describes the process of Repentance. I carefully compared it with myself; and sometimes thought that what I had felt was not altogether delusive. I read Maurice's Social Religion exemplified, solicitously examining every character, and thought I found something the same with what they were represented as feeling; particularly the case of one whom he names Comely, who, after hearing the glorious news of Redemption, says, "I have renounced all vain confidence, and betake myself to the precious Redeemer, casting my poor perishing soul upon him." From the tenor of these characters I noted, that the chief end of conviction of sin was to make a sinner really feel his need of Christ. Now this I felt, that I stood in great need of him; and also, that he was ready to save to the uttermost. Hence I came, and humbly cast my soul on the mercy of God in Christ, saying, Lord, thou hast saved others, save me likewise. All guilty as I am, I would commit myself into thy kind arms: and thus I obtained some re lief. From the beginning of these impressions I felt increasing earnestness in prayer, and paid greater attention to the word; what before seemed irksome, became now really pleasant. Thus I gradually found encouragement. Meanwhile, my desires after God have increased, and have not been entirely satiated, but I still pant after the fruition of more spiritual good. Since this commencement of the work of God in my soul, I have had more enlarged views, both of the wickedness of my heart and of the love of God: and though I have found many variations in the statę of my mind, still I trust the Lord has begun his good work in my soul; and cannot express the joy I have sometimes experienced.

With respect to my views of religious truth, I firmly believe the Scriptures are the word of God; that I was shapen in iniquity; that I am utterly unable to recover myself from this fallen state, or to make any amends for my numberless actual transgressions; but, as a helpless sinner, I do, by the assistance of the Holy Spirit, commit myself to the Lord Jesus, who died for sinners, considering his blood as the only expiation of my guilt, and hoping to be accepted of God through his righteousness. Mr. Hervey's Theron and Aspasio has greatly enlarged my ideas of evangelical truth; and in reading it, I have been filled with amazement and sacred delight, seeing that God can be just and yet justify the ungodly.

Jesus, how glorious is thy grace
When in thy name we trust!
Our faith receives a righteousness
That makes the sinner just!

How can I do otherwise than love this glorious Saviour ?—0 that I were more like him! Out of his fulness I beg to receive grace for grace. Through him alone I hope for acceptance with God, and assistance to live to his glory. I consider him as the incarnate Son of God, equal with the Father; and I build all my hope of happiness here and hereafter, on him

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