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Trefgarn-By Rev. B. Griffiths
Sunday School .............. 2 372
Sketty Sunday School ........ 0 90
13 0 Subscriptions .... ...... 3 10
mm 95 lo' Leland-Hibernian Auxiliary Society
1000 Solva-By Rev. T. MortimerCollection ........
Belfast-F. Turnley, Esq., for the Anglo6
Chinese College ...........
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50 Newport-By Rev. T. Jones
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Montrose-Penny-a-Week Society -
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50 Subscriptions ................ 3 0 0
Tain-Northern Missionary Society7 11 0 Per Rev. C. C. Mackintosh.... ... 20 0
COLLECTIONS, &c., ex Rev. W VAX-
St. Andrew's Bible and Mis-
sionary Association, including
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Miss Wilson, for the Educa. Zion's Hill-Collection ........ 1 4 4
tion of Natile Females in Sunday School.
... 2 Subscriptions....
8 17 1 Rhosycaerau-Rev. W. Davies-
Anstrutber Missionary Society .. 1 1 0
Secession Church-Collection.. 3 0 0
Pittenweem Bible and Missionary
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Kirkaldy Parish Church St. David's-Collected by Cards 11 11 11
Collection ................... 11 1 3 Mrs. B.'s Missionary Box .... 107
Donation.................... 1 0 0
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Aberdeen-Tbe Muir of Rhynie
Per Rev. Mr. Penman ....... 12 00
II 186 Swansea-Ebenezer Chapel-Rev. T. Davies--
Lient.-Col. Farqnbar, for the AngloCollectiou ................... 10 8 0
Chinese College.............(a).... 550 (Further Contributions are unavoidably deferred.)
ERRATA. In the Chronicle for Jawuary, page 30, art. South Seas, 241h line from above, for ‘1821,' read " 1831." In the Ackuowledgments of last month, 5th line from above, for Teachers,' read “Scholars."
for "Jerson,' read “lerson." Page 86, 1st col. 13th line, for Haberley Chapel, Rev. R. Philip,' read “ Kingsland Chapel, Rev. J. Campbell."
ARRIVAL OF REV. JOHN HANDS. Just as the monthly Chronicle was going to press, we received a letter from the Rev. Mr. Hands, dated September 30, 1831, stating that he and his companions reached Madras on the 22nd of that month ; all of them in health and safety. The Rev. Dir. Buyers, after landing on the 25th, and preaching at Black Town Chapel, again embarked on the 26th, and proceeded on his voyage to Calcutta.
John Westley and Co. 27, Ivy Lane.
FOR APRIL, 1832.
MEMOIR OF THE LATE REV. W. LEES,
or PAGLEY LANF, YORKSHIRE.
It is a pleasing exercise of the mind to contemplate pure and undefiled religion even in theory. She is possessed of such beauty and loveliness, and adorned with so many attractive qualities, that when seen and known she compels her enemies to admire, and awakens new emotions of esteem in the hearts of her friends. Her countenance beams forth benignity and love; her every look indicates serenity and peace; her language is heavenly wis. dom; and her every action righteousness. Clothed with humility she vaunteih vot herself, assumes no forbidding airs, but is easy to be entreated, and full of good fruits. Her heart is the seat of compassion; and her hand is open and ready to reliere distress in all its various forms. She wipes the tear from the eye of sorrow; takes away the fear that hath torment; inspires with hope the desponding mind, by directing it to the atoning blood and perfect righteousness of the Saviour; en dues with patience under affliction; and even in death, like a guardian angel, points and leads the way to the fountain of life, and of pure, uninterrupted, and endless joy.
Though we do not behold religion embodied as perfect as the ideal conception we can form of it; yet, in many instances, we see it exemplified in a high degree of power and excellence. Through the connexion of the renewed mind with
the body it is constantly affected and inAuenced by bodily wants, appetites, and passions, and by circumstances and surrounding objecis. Hence the holy principles of religion meet with a counteracting force; and “ the law in the members wars against the law of the mind," and shades and obscures at seasons the beau'ties of holiness. But whatever imperfections may attend the subject of true religion, he is distinguished from what he was in bis unrenewed state, and from what others are while the servants of sin, by his views, his feelings, his spirit, and practice. He hungers and thirsts after righteousness, and earnestly desires the spirit of grace, to work in him a complete conformity to the will of God. lle sees all moral excellence combined in the Saviour; and it is his ardent desire and prayer that he may, by divine grace, be blessed with a growing resemblance of him.
In the experience and lives of many worthy ministers and private Christians recorded in your pages, we have indubite able evidence of the truth of the above statement. Their deep repentance, humility, and sell-denial; their watchfulness, spiritual-mindedness, and fervent devo. tion; their compassion, active benevo. lence, and readiness to every good work ; their meekness and patience under oppo. sition and trials; their steady perseverance; their love to the Saviour and his cause; their zeal in his service, and their unceasing prayers for the enlargement of his kingdom and the salvation of sinners, manifest the power of grace on the heart, and exhibit striking traits of the character of their Redeemer and Lord. We are encompassed with a cloud of witnesses to the power of divine grace; and the influence of their example cannot fail to excite the desire of imitation, and induce some to become followers of such as are now inheriting the promised blessings.
In the following narrative of the experience and leading events and circumstances of the life of the late Rev. W. Lees, the writer has been favoured with the particulars recorded by his own hand, and evidently written to remind himself of his responsibility and obligation to the God of all grace. He was the son of William and Mary Lees, of Bugsworth, in the parish of Glossop, in the county of Derby, and was born on the 20th of August, 1785. His parents removing to Tintwistle, he became, while young, an attendant on the ministry of the Rev. Mr. Hudson, dissenting minister of that place. He grew up in stature, but remained in total spiritual darkness, discovering only the inherent depravity of the heart. Hav. ing an ear for music he was induced to learn to sing, and this became his chief object of pursuit and pleasure. His delight in music brought him regularly to the house of God; and in this way a habit of regularly attending the worship of God was formed
As early as his thirteenth year he was the subject of deep convictions and alarm, ing fears. These, he observes, were ex. cited by reading the following lines of Dr. Watts :
• Thou lovely chief of all my joys!
Thou sovereign of my heart!
Pronounce the sound, Depart!" So vivid was the impression made on his mind, that he fancied himself summoned to the bar of God, and thought he heard his Judge pronounce the sentence, “ Depart, ye cursed, into everlasting fire,” &c. The fears and terrors produced on this occasion were of short duration, and he gradually relapsed into his former state of indifference and sin. But, through divine grace, by his regular attendance on the ministry of the gospel his mind was gradually enlightened and his heart changed; so that instead of finding plea
sure in sin, and in the society and pursuits of his sinful associates, he found only the wormwood of remorse and the gall of conscious guilt. Some portion of the divine word came with power to his mind: such as, “ A companion of fools shall be destroyed ;” and, “ Come out from among them," &c., and awakened again bis solicitude.
In the above state he continued for some years, sinning and repenting, without any clear and consistent views either of his own totally lost condition, or of the free grace of God in the salvation of sinners. Engaging to instruct a friend in reading and writing, a lesson was usually selected from the Scriptures ; and while reading Luke xix. 40,"“ If these should hold their peace, the very stones would cry out," he was most deeply impressed with a sense of the hardness of his own heart, and thought the very stones might cry out against him. He quotes the following lines as expressive of what he felt :" The rocks could rend, the earth could quake; The seas could roar, the mountains shake; Of feeling all things show some sign But this unfeeling heart of mine.”
He had not hitherto disclosed the state of his mind to any wise and experienced disciple; but, in the merciful providence of God, he became acquainted with a decidedly pious person, who, when he knew the state he was in, encouraged and directed him to flee, by penitence and prayer, to the Saviour, as the only ground of hope to a sinner; urging the subject by the danger of delay, and by the gracious invitations and promises of the gospel. He now sought to the Lord, and made fer vent supplications for mercy. He approached the throne of grace as a criminal, and cast himself on the free love of God in the gift of his Son, and on the merit of the Son for pardon, acceptance, and life, encouraged by the assurance, “that him that cometh he will in no wise cast out.” He now found peace, and the service of God became his delight. He knew the joyful sound of the gospelwalked in the light of God's countenance, in his name rejoiced all the day, and in his righteousness was exalted.
But this happy frame of mind was suć, ceeded by fears lest he should be deceiving himself, which he dreaded more than any other thing. What induced this change in his views of his state, and awakened his suspicions, was, “ that he