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A MEETING of this Society was held at their chambers in St. Martin's-place, on Monday, the 15th May, 1843, to receive the reports of the sub-committees, and for general business.

The Lord Bishop of Llandaff was in the chair; and amongst the members present, were the Lord Bishop of Ely; the Very Rev. the Dean of Chichester; the Revs. Archdeacon Hale, Dr. Spry, Dr. D'Oyly, and B. Harrison; F. H. Dickinson, M.P., N. Connop, jun., J. S. Salt, J. W. Bowden, H. J. Barchard, Geo. Frere, A. Powell, J. Cocks, and S. B. Brooke, Esqs., &c.

The secretary read the reports of the sub-committees, and the general committee proceeded to investigate the cases referred to them, and finally granted votes of various sums for the following purposes:-For building a chapel at Nutby, in the parish of Mansfield, Sussex; rebuilding the church at Hurst-Pierpoint, Sussex; rebuilding the church at Llanllechid, Carnarvonshire; building a church at Markinton, in the parish of Ripon, Yorkshire; rebuilding the church at Newton Toney, Wilts; repewing the church of St. Mary, at Marlborough, Wilts; enlarging and repewing the church at Binstead, Isle of Wight; rebuilding the church of All Saints at Dorchester, Dorset; building a church at Little Milton, Oxon; rebuilding the chapel at Ellerker, Yorkshire; repewing the church at Bawdsey, Suffolk; building a church at Ashley-road, in the parish of St. Paul, Bristol; building a church at Montpellier, in the parish of St. Paul, Bristol.

The population of these 13 parishes amounts to 41,195 persons, for whom church accommodation is now provided to the extent of 5815 sittings, of which 2124 are free. With the assistance of his Society, 3935 sittings will be added to the above, and of this number 3239 will be free and unappropriated in perpetuity.

Certificates of the completion of the erection, enlargement, &c. of churches and chapels in five parishes were examined and approved, and the committee issued warrants to the treasurer for the payment of the grant awarded in each


The population of these five parishes is 31,795 persons, for whom there had been church-room for only 3,944 persons, of which, 1362 were free; but with the Society's aid 1,758 sittings have been added, 1,343 of these being free.

Since the above meeting, the Society has held its annual general court; from the report made to which we have great pleasure in making the following extracts:

"The returns of the past year appear to the Committee in many respects most gratifying. From the table which sets forth the specific objects of the Grants, it will be seen that the number voted for new churches, undoubtedly the most important kind of undertaking in which the Society can assist, is greater this year than it has ever been before, the number being twenty-seven, exceeding by more than onethird the average of the last seven years, and exactly equalling the total number of such grants made during the first sixteen years of the Society's existence.

"On the other hand, the grants for 'additional accommodation,' by rearrangement of sittings, &c., has diminished. The number in the present return is thirty, the average of the seven past years being forty-two. In this fact, coupled with that just mentioned, the committee feel themselves warranted in recognising the daily extending operation of the principle, that the deficiency, still so lamentable, of church accommodation for an overflowing population, is to be met, not by the temporary expedient of crowding congregations, to their great inconvenience, into our present edifices, but by rearing new temples to God's honour, in addition to the old, wherever

the wants of increasing towns and populous districts may require them.

"The Committee also perceive, with much satisfaction, that efforts are now frequently made to raise new churches and chapels by individual, or private means, and without application to this Society for aid; and that, too, on a scale which a few years past was never contemplated. They could mention a variety of instances in which sacred edifices

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are now erecting, either entirely by funds thus supplied, or with comparatively trifling assistance from this Society, after contributions of the most munificent kind from the applicants for its aid. This, which may fairly be considered as an indirect effect of the Society's past labours, is thus coming daily to bear a larger proportion to those direct and present operations which are summed up in the Tables annexed to the Report."

instituted in the diocese of London, and the second in the kingdom, were anxious to watch its progress. On this account, I shall be obliged to you to insert in your next number the following extract from the last Report of the fund :

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DIOCESAN INTELLIGENCE. CHICHESTER. St. Andrew's Church. -On Easter Eve two lancet windows of stained glass, by Willement, were placed in the chancel of this church by the Rector, the Rev. W. W. Holland, in memory of his mother. The subjects selected for illustration are the principal events in the history of St. Andrew, to whose honour the church was dedicated. There are five compartments in either light, each relating some incident in the life of the Apostles:-1. St. Andrew and St. Peter in their calling as fishermen.2. St. Andrew, one of the two disciples of John the Baptist.-3. St. Andrew as present when St. John the Baptist said, "Behold the Lamb of God."-4. St. Andrew finds his brother Simon, and brings him to Christ.-5. St. Andrew called by our Lord from his employment.-6. St. Andrew preaches in Scythia.-7. St. Andrew condemned by the Proconsul at Patræ.-8. St. Andrew scourged.-9. St. Andrew crucified.-10. St. Andrew with crown and palm of martyrdom. Each design is accompanied by a suitable legend in ancient characters. The glass, for depth of tone, richness, and mellowness of colour, is not inferior to the finest productions of the 13th and 14th centuries. An inscription in old English character on brass, under each window, relates the cause of their erection. Church Intelligencer.

HEREFORD.-Ledbury.-Earl Somers has given the site for the proposed new church at this place in addition to a subscription of 500l. Upwards of 1,300l. has been subscribed, and the farmers in the neighbourhood have consented to "haul" the materials for the building.Church Intelligencer.

LONDON.-Clapton.- Mr. Editor,Some of your readers, in former numbers of your periodical, noticed the formation of the Upper Clapton and Stamford-bil Church-Fund; and, as it was the first

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SALISBURY.-Consecration of the Chapel of the Holy Trinity, Crockerton, near Warminster. The hamlet of Crockerton is in the parish of Longbridge Deverill, of which the Rev. and Right Hon. Lord Charles Thynne is the incumbent. By his exertions, aided by the liberal, yet private and unostentatious, benefactions of many friends, a chapel of ease has been built in this manufacturing hamlet for the accommodation of nearly 500 persons, upon the plans and under the superintendence of Thomas H. Wyatt, Esq., the architect of the Salisbury Diocesan Church Building Association, from the funds of which a grant of 150%, has been made towards its erection. The chapel. which stands near to the western edge of the grounds of Longleat, and at about four miles from that noble mansion, was consecrated by the Right Rev. the Lord Bishop of Salisbury, on Thursday, the 20th ult.

The building is in its main features Norman, but without such strict adherence to the English models of that style as to exclude a free use of some of its more continental forms. It consists, after the manner of chapels, of a single body. At the north-western corner is

placed the tower with a dwarf steeple; the windows in the tower being of pierced work, and the columns of the arches car. ried below the windows of the same depth as above, so as to form inverted arches embracing a cross. At each angle of the tower are the emblems of the Holy Evangelists looking forth, as it were, to all parts of the world. In a line with the tower are the porch and vestry, externally appearing as part of the main building, and forming altogether a very wellarranged western front, of which the stone-work of the windows is more enriched than of those in the other parts of the building. The apse is intended to be removed and carried further out, so as to form a chancel of considerable depth, which, for the present, the funds will not allow. A Norman cross surmounts the eastern gable. The interior is about 65 feet by 30, exclusive of the apse in which it terminates at the eastern end. Within the apse, which is paved with encaustic tiles, is the Communion Table, with a credence bracket on the northern side, on which the elements stand previous to the administration of the Communion until the time at which the Rubric directs that they shall be placed on the holy table. The windows of the apse and several others are filled with stained glass, of most appropriate and emblematic designs by Mr. Miller, of Silver Street, Golden Square, London; a rich red cross forming the prominent feature of the central one. These and other beautiful portions are the gifts of individuals, desiring that the sanctuary of the MOST HIGH should not, at least, be less beautiful than the dwellings of men. On either side of the altar, and clustering with the windows, are arched niches, containing the Lord's Prayer, the Creed, and the Ten Commandments, illuminated. The pulpit is made of stone in the south-eastern angle of the body, and in the opposite angle a double reading-desk of low open work and massive. At the foot of the apse, or chancel steps, is a simple lectern, on which rests the Holy Bible, for the reading of the lessons. A gallery at the west end is supported by a screen, so arranged as to form on the southern side a baptistery with a massive font, on which are figures of the Holy Apostles. The roof externally is covered with red tile. Internally it consists of chamfered tie-beams, with brackets and pendants, queenposts, collars, principals, and partins united by curved ribs, all of which are seen in dark wood; and on the tie-beams, as well as on

other parts of the church, are well-selected and beautifully-painted passages of Holy Scripture.

The seats are all unappropriated, open, and free, as they ought to be in every christian church, and the whole is pregnant with devotional feeling, having that tone so well calculated to foster and give satisfaction to reverential and devout minds. The cost was comparatively small.

If the outward structure is such, much more was that solemn service calculated to produce the same effect. Our good and reverend bishop entered the church at the head of sixty of his clergy in surplices and hoods, besides others not so habited. He was attended by his chaplains, the Canon Hamilton and the Rev. the Hon. C. Harris, and by the Chancellor of the diocese, James Hope, esq. The Rev. the Lord Charles Thynne, assisted by his curate, the Rev. Mr. Wordsworth, performing the ordinary service of the day. The Bishop himself preached from the text, "My house shall be called the house of prayer," showing the character and objects of the sanctuary, in every dispensation, to have been those of worship, instruction being only an incidental, though a valuable accompaniment. He urged forcibly upon both clergy and laity the importance of this truth, and reminded them that the end of all efficient preaching should be, if rightly directed, to produce not a listening, but a praying people. From a forgetfulness of this, came the indevout and indolent and self-indulgent postures, which, contrary to the recorded practice of the Lord and his apostles, and all humble supplicants mentioned in the word of God, marked so many congregations as hearers, and not as worshippers; and the no less unsuitable and unseemly arrangements which made so many of our churches places of hearing, and not sanctuaries for prayer. Such wholesome instructions are much needed, and call for gratitude, while they hold out a hope that, as year after year calls for notice of the erection or re-building of other churches in this diocese, the arrangements may be equally beautiful and equally suited to their holy purposes.

After the sermon was ended, the offertory was read by the bishop, and a collection of offerings made to the amount of 1801., inclusive of the sums offered by the afternoon congregation, composed chiefly of the poor. After this the holy eucharist was administered to all the clergy present, and to about an equal

number of the laity. The usual service was solemnized in the afternoon, the Archdeacon Lear preaching a sermon. Such occasions are bright spots in the midst of a world which brings more or less trial to all, and are eminently calculated at once to spread an increased feeling of sound religion amongst the laity, to stir them up to go and do likewise, to lead the clergy to more unanimous cooperation, to gather the affections of all around the bishops of the church, and to impress the reality of that, for the sake of which so many daily, and we may trust acceptable, sacrifices are made.-English Churchman,

WORCESTER-Powick.-The following announcement of "Miss Gibson's benefit," in the shape of a regular placard, has just fallen in our way, and we give it as an illustration of the doings of our time. Whether or not Miss Gibson is herself to

preach the sermon, the placard does not state; but certainly the inhabitants of Powick ought to support their organist in a respectable manner, without her having recourse to such means as this, and we trust they will do so in future:"Sermon at Powick, for the benefit of the organist. Miss Gibson begs to an nounce to her friends and the public in general, that on Sunday morning next, May 14, 1843, a sermon will be preached at Powick Church, after which a collection will be made to remunerate her services as organist during the past year.As the annual collection at the church is the only source upon which she depends for remuneration, she trusts that a kind and liberal public will afford her their generous support: and, while thanking them for past favours, hopes that her increasing duties will not pass unnoticed. The service will commence at eleven o'clock."


IN proof of the private and real view which Romanists take of the progress of Catholicism, I shall give you a few extracts from an article in the Roman Catholic paper, The Tablet, of the 29th of April. Mr. Phillipps, a well-known Roman Catholic gentleman, had, it seems, ran his head against that newspaper, by publishing a letter defending the Government education scheme, in which he made use of the argument that the teaching of the National Church was much more likely to dispose the people towards the reception of the truth, than the teaching of the dissenting sects. The answer

is long, but the subjoined extracts give the sense of it.

"Of all positions," says The Tablet, "unfavourable for the reception of truth, we can imagine none more dangerous and frightful than that of a man who has the truth every day forced upon him, and who is every day habituated to reject it; who is accustomed every day to feed his soul with an imitation of the truth, and to make nice distinctions between it and some form or other of error which bears to it a miserable superficial resemblance. The man who has been all his life a dissenter, may feel, in his moments of humility, that he needs another guide to divine philosophy than the groping blindness of his own small understanding, and will then fall back naturally on the Church, which presents the fairest claim to obedience. But the Anglican, or still worse, because still nearer, the Oxford Anglican,

and worse still, the Greek, has already renounced his private judgment, and accustomed himself to find some sort of resource and support in these sham churches. Humanly speaking, he has not one half the motive to look out for another guidance, or to keep his mind open to the necessity of something better than he now enjoys. Indeed, if we were inclined to lay down any general proposition on such an obscure and uncertain subject, we should be much more tempted to take the reverse of Mr. Phillipps' proposition, and to abide by the jocose Protestant proverb-The nearer the Church the farther from God.'"

Passing over a good deal more to the same effect, I give the following valuable testimony of this Romish journal to the respective positions now occupied by the Anglican and Roman communions:

"Fearing for them," the "Puseyites" — seeing how hard and difficult a matter it is to convince them, and witnessing as we do the comparative ease with which the less instructed non-religionists are brought to renounce their errors, it is with no feeling of complacency that we look forward to the conversion of our manufacturing infidels into perverted or bastard Christians. Indeed we consider the whole question with very sorrowful eyes. There seems to lie everywhere around us a huge desert of infidelity, asking us, beseeching us, to convert it, and take it into the true Church. There it lies all around us, irreligious, empty of dogmas, despising

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