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Observer, Sept. 1, 71.

anguish, we went and begged him to come even into our inner apartments, and he came, and our daughters and wives smile upon us in health. Has he made any money by it? Even the cost of the medicines has not been returned to him.

"And now, in spite of our opposition, he has bought this site, and built this beautiful room, and furnished it with the choicest of lore in many languages, and put in it newspapers and periodicals which were inaccessible to us before, but which help us now to keep up with the world around us and understand passing events; and he has placed here tables to write on, and chairs to sit in, and lamps for us to read and write by in the evenings. And what does he get for all this? Does he make money by this free reading room? Why, we don't even pay for the lamp oil consumed night by night as we read.

"Now what is it makes him do all this for us? It is his Bible. I've looked into it a good deal, at one time and another, in the different languages I chance to know. It is just the same in all languages. The Bible-there is nothing to compare with it in all our sacred books for goodness, and purity, and holiness, and love, and for motives of action. Where did the English speaking people get all their intelligence, and energy, and cleverness, and power? It is their Bible that gives it to them. And now they bring it to us and say, This is what raised us, take it and rise yourselves.' They do not force it upon us, as the Mohammedans used to their Koran, but they bring it in love, and translate it into our languages, and lay it before us and say, 'Look at it. Read it. Examine it, and see if it is not good.' Of one thing I am convinced. Do what we will, oppose it as we may, it is the Christian's Bible that will sooner or later work the regeneration of this land."

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

OF CHURCHES IN ENGLAND, SCOTLAND, IRELAND AND WALES THE Conference was held in the meeting house of the church in Huddersfield, situate in Bradford Road. The first session commenced on Tuesday evening, August 8, at six o'clock. The numbers attending the several sessions were considerable, including members from Wigan, Birmingham, Liverpool, Whitehaven, Manchester, Southport, Carlisle, Ashton, London, Dungannon, Wortley, Leeds, Nottingham, Loughborough, Leicester, Brighton, Edinburgh, Blackburn, Bolton, Langley, Stockport, Newcastle, Lincoln, Bradford, Wakefield, etc., etc.

The meeting having been constituted by prayer and praise, G. Y. Tickle, of Liverpool, was voted to the presidency, and G. H. Smith and E. Fraser were chosen as Secretaries. The following resolution was then unanimously adopted

That a Committee of Reference be now appointed, to which shall be committed, for consideration and report, any matter of difficulty the settlement of which would, in the opinion of the meeting, be thus facilitated. That all communications addressed to the Annual Meeting by districts, committees, societies, persons, or churches other than those churches recognised by the last Annual Meeting, be referred to said committee. And that all proposals to sustain evangelists from the General Fund, not already sanc tioned by the Annual Meeting, be referred to the same committee. And that the appointment of a committee for these purposes take place at the first sitting of each annual gathering until otherwise resolved.

The Evangelist Committe of last year, with the addition of D. King, R. Black and W. Perkins, were then appointed a committee for the pur

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After reading the foregoing table it was unanimously resolved

That a Statistical Committee of three members be now appointed to report to this meeting the following with any other useful items of information they may gather from the schedules :

1. Number of churches returning schedules.

2. Number not returning.

3. The number of churches each of which returned schedules both this year and last. 4. The sum total of increase or decrease in the churches reporting both years (as described in No. 3).

5. The sum total of each column in the schedule table.

Resolved unanimously

That Bro. R. Hay, with the two secretaries be the committee required by the foregoing resolution.

The minutes of the last Annual Meeting were read, after which the Evangelist Committee presented its

REPORT.

Dear Brethren,-We again respectfully lay before you the Financial Statement, and a brief outline of the labours of the brethren engaged in the work of general evangelization.

INCOME. The receipts from twenty-six churches have been £145 9s. 9 d., and from twenty-two individuals the further sum of £377 19s. 10d., which, with the balance in hand at the commencement of the year of £93 19s. 3d., makes a total of £617 8s. 10 d. as the amount available for the year's service.

EXPENDITURE.-Two brethren have been sustained the whole of the year, and four a portion of the year, at a cost (including travelling expenses of evangelists, committee expenses, stamps, stationery, printing, &c.) of £501 18s. 6d.

LABOURS OF EVANGELISTS.-At our last annual gathering you were pleased to recommend that in the course of the year all the smaller churches should receive a visit from one of the evangelists, and two brethren were named as most likely to do this work. This has been kept steadily before us, but through the services of one of these brethren being available for only half instead of the whole of the year, and peculiar and pressing circumstances having arisen in connection with several churches, claiming more attention than was anticipated, this recommendation has not been carried out as completely as your committee desired.

E. Evans has given considerable attention to Banbury, Bedlington and Newcastle. He has also visited North Shields and Broomhill, Derby, Nottingham, Bulwell, and the churches in that district; also Wortley and Huddersfield. A very cheering and interesting part of our brother's labours has been the forming of a church at Spittal, Berwickon-Tweed, now consisting of fifty-seven warm-hearted and devoted followers of our blessed Lord. Very large additions have been credited to our brother's labours. Equal success has attended his ministrations to the churches themselves; under most anxious and trying circumstances his gentle prudence and fervent zeal have, by the grace of God, steered them through their difficulties and inspired them with renewed hope and strength to do the Master's service.

Wm. McDougall has spent six weeks in Chelsea and four in Banbury; several visits each have been made to Manchester, Blackburn, Southport, Liverpool, St. Helen's, Earlestown, &c.; Newcastle, North Shields and Bedlington have each been visited once; altogether about thirty weeks have been given to the general work, the remainder of the time being spent in Wigan. His well-known anxiety for the cultivation of a high spiritual tone in the brotherhood impels him to pay special attention to the internal condition of churches visited, and much lasting good has been accomplished in this direction. His wide knowledge and experience have also greatly strengthened the hands of brethren who have the oversight of churches. A number of sin-sick souls have also been won to the Saviour through his faithful ministrations.

J. Strang's seven months' labours in England were almost equally divided between Liverpool and Carlisle; Manchester, Southport, Mollington, Saughall, St. Helen's and Whitehaven had each a call. A considerable number of baptisms was the result of his efforts to spread the glorious gospel, and when, according to arrangement, our brother proceeded to Scotland for the remainder of the year, he left a place in every heart and a desire soon to see his face again.

B. Ellis has devoted thirteen weeks to Chelsea, according to the recommendation of last meeting, and about one Lord's day each month to Piltdown; the remainder of the

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year to Brighton, by special arrangement with them. At Chelsea frequent surrenders to the claims of the Saviour testified to his faithful ministry, and to the church his visit was a season of great refreshing.

D. Scott was first engaged to spend six months amongst the churches in Lancashire, but at the expiration of that time his labours as a preacher of the gospel had been so unanimously esteemed that our brother was requested to continue in the work, to which he gladly consented. His field of usefulness has comprised Liverpool, Southport, Wigan, St. Helen's, Earlestown, Golborne, Bolton, Blackburn and Manchester. From most of the places visited a number of baptisms are reported, attesting his zeal and encouraging him in his labour of love.

J. Adam entered upon the general work in February last. Seven weeks were spent in Leicester, mainly devoted to the internal needs of the church; two months were given to the churches in the Nottingham district, during which time he was joyfully stimulated by seeing many enter the fold of the Good Shepherd. His attention was next directed to Donaghmore and Mullycar, in Ireland, where he has laboured for two months. The brethren bear pleasing testimony to his work, which has resulted in the ingathering of several to the number of the saved and the building up of the churches in their most holy faith.

We desire to express our gratitude to bro. King for so readily responding to the invitation of the committee to assist the brethren in Newcastle, and by his mature experience guiding them through a critical juncture.

We remain, dear brethren, your servants in Christ Jesus,

GILBERT Y. TICKLE,
T. COOP,

JOHN CORF,
ELIAS RANICAR,
JAS. MARSDEN.

After reading the Treasurer's Balance Sheet the Report and Financial Statement were unanimously adopted. Various letters, papers, and questions having been committed to the Reference Committee the meeting adjourned till nine o'clock the next morning. Having then resumed, it was resolved, on recommendation of the Reference Committee

That the church in Spittal (near Berwick-on-Tweed), the church in Tonbridge Wells, and the church in Leeds, be added to the list of churches co-operating in annual meeting.

Bro. T. Coop, having reported his visit to the recent Annual Meeting of Welsh Churches, and the appeal of that Meeting to the General Meeting for aid in supporting, for the whole year, an evangelist to preach in the Welsh language, it was resolved to aid them by a donation of £40 from the general fund, with the understanding that such grant would not be repeated, it being the general opinion that churches and brethren in Wales being thus started, will be able themselves to supply the sum required to sustain one evangelist. After considerable discussion the following resolutions were carried—

That Bro. E. Evans be recommended to devote as much attention to Spittal, Newcastle, Shields, Bedlington, and neighbourhood, during the ensuing year as the committee may find desirable, and that he visit Leicester for two or three weeks before proceeding northward.

That the applications from Chelsea and Banbury for help from Bro. McDougall be handed to the committee, that he and they arrange for such labour as his health may permit.

That the best thanks of the meeting be given to the brethren comprising the Evangelist Committee for the past year, and that they be re-appointed on that committee for the ensuing year.

That each year an important practical topic be selected to which the attention of the churches shall be invited, and that a brother be deputed to prepare a paper thereupon, and to read the same to the next Annual Meeting; after which a reasonable time shall be devoted to its discussion.

That the subject for the next Annual Meeting be "The causes, consequents and prevention of divisions."

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