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In urging this appeal, the Trustees would remind their Christian friends at large, of the memorable era in the history of our Churches, when the Evangelical Magazine took its rise ;—of the holy and venerable men, now numbered with the spirits of the just, who introduced it to the confidence and support of evangelical Christians of every name ;-of the powerful influence which it has exerted in the formation and progress of all our great Religious Institutions ;-of its unwearied devotion to the sacred cause of the propagation of Christianity at home and abroad ;-of its close and unbroken connexion with the noble enterprises of the London Missionary Society, from its very commencement ;-of its unshaken adherence to the grand and peculiar doctrines of Christ's Gospel ;-of the catholic spirit which it has breathed towards all the disciples of our common Lord and Master; and of the marked improvements in size, appearance, and internal arrangements, which have been made in it, during the last sixteen months, rendering it, by far, the cheapest monthly periodical now circulating in the British empire.

Placing all these considerations distinctly and affectionately before the minds of their brethren and Christian friends, both in town and country, the Trustees would confidently anticipate such an increase in the sale of the Magazine, as may, at no very distant day, enable them to realize a large addition to the charitable fund connected with the work; and thereby prepare them to make still further additions to the Annuities to the Widows.

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** The wise and holy minister should never be forgotten,

His grave ought to preach."

Few ministers of the Gospel have been The Reverend Joseph Greenwood was more highly valued and beloved by a born on the 8th of July, 1791.“ Born,” large circle of Christian Friends, or have says he, "of industrious and honest, been rendered more useful to the Church

though poor, parents, I was not warof God, than the lamented subject of ranted to expect great things : but I am this short and unpretending biographical convinced, that the privileges of my notice. In the sphere where, for so youth, of a spiritual nature, far outmany years, he laboured with distin- weigh all that rank or wealth can yield.” guished vigour and efficiency, his loss From childhood he was regularly taken has been felt most sensibly; and, in the to hear the Gospel at the tabernacle, entire county, his esteemed ministerial London, and taught by his parents to brethren have lamented his early re- revere holy things. At the age of ten moval in the most unaffected and fervent he was admitted into the Haberdashers' manner. His character was peculiarly School, Hoxton, where he remained engaging and lovely, and his name was three years; and, during that period, uniformly associated with every thing heard the Gospel, as dispensed by the that is sterling in worth, exalted in prin- Rev. Watts Wilkinson, minister of the ciple, transparent and exemplary in con- place. “It was at this school,” our duet. Some period has elapsed since his lamented friend remarks, “ that, by departure to the kingdom of glory, but hearing the Gospel regularly, and readit is considered by his numerous friends, ing through the Bible of my own accord, and by his surviving widow and family, that I gained a pretty correct notion of not only desirable and proper, but re- the common doctrines of Christianity, quisite, that a succinct statement of his which was exceedingly useful to me character and usefulness should be fur- afterwards, and likewise became the nished to the readers of the Evangelical subject of some serious impressions ; Magazine, in the pages of which the

which, though they did not last, God portraiture of so many

able and devoted was pleased to revive again, in his own Ininisters has been luminously and ad- time and to his own glory, and, I trust, mirably drawn, and where their excel- to my effectual conversion, I cannot, lences will be embalmed till the latest therefore, but regard the time I spent at posterity.

school in Hoxton as the most important VOL. XVI.

and advantageous to me till it pleased composed of young men, who met God to reveal his Son in me."

weekly at the Tabernacle for mutual It was in October, 1811, that his instruction, in expounding Scripture, heart appears to have been powerfully and conferring on experience. After and savingly impressed with the trans- two or three years, had elapsed, he scendent importance of Divine realities. addressed a missionary meeting at the Mr. Greenwood's account of his emo- Tabernacle ; and, of his own accord, tions, and of the circumstances that the Rev. Matthew Wilks made arrangeawakened them, is so simply and touch- ments for his receiving a course of iningly narrated, that we must employ his struction, preliminary to his entering the own expressions. · Being invited with ministry. How requisite it is for pastors my brother and sister to spend the Sab- to be careful in the introduction of young bath in the way of social entertainment, men to the solemn and responsible work at a friend's, a man of some informa- of the Gospel ministry! There cannot tion, he showed me, through a telescope, be too much judgment, inquiry, and the planet Jupiter and his moons, and prayer. There ought to be a high standfollowed it with some discourse upon ard of qualification. There should be astronomy. From that time I began to a commanding development of genuine feel ashamed of my ignorance and mis- piety, and the concurrence of providenspent life, and resolved to apply myself tial circumstances ought to be so palto reading and to a little science. I pable, as to compel the conclusion, began to translate Beza's Latin Testa- *. This candidate is directed to me by ment, and one morning, exercising my- the Holy Spirit, as an individual destined self during breakfast, Mark v. 3, ar- to feed the Church of God, which he rested my attention. I was struck with has purchased with his own blood.'” the Saviour's ill-treatment from the In September, 1817, Mr. Greenwood Pharisees, and still more so with his became an inmate of the Theological perseverance in his work of mercy of Institution, Hackney, where he seduhealing the withered hand notwithstand- lously, and with marked credit to himing. A variety of thoughts crowded self, prosecuted his studies under the upon my mind, and conviction for sin

enlightened and able direction of his followed. This drove me to prayer beloved tutor, the Rev. G. Collison. immediately. I once in my youth had Having completed his academic course, put forth my hand to the Gospel Mr. Greenwood visited Petersfield, in plough, but I did it in my own strength, Hampshire, and Harting, Sussex, about and it was presently withered, but now four miles distant, with a view to a settlethe Lord seemed to say, “Stretch forth ment among the people. The two causes thine hand !' I did so, and it was made were then united under the same mi. whole. Now it was that I found the nister. They have for several years been benefit of having sat so long under the perfectly distinct, and at Harting there Gospel in my youth, and of having read is a neat and commodious chapel, in the Bible. A flood of light seemed to which a numerous and growing congreburst upon my mind, and I saw many of gation assembles, under the pastoral care the principal doctrines clearly. Let pa- of the Rev. James Morgan. The result rents never neglect to instruct their child. of Mr. Greenwood's visit to Petersfield, ren while young, and to bring them early in 1818 and 1819, was a unanimous and under the Gospel.From this period our cordial invitation from the people to departed friend sought the Lord with undertake the spiritual oversight of them decision and vigour. He enjoyed much in the Lord; which invitation he deemed happiness in secret prayer, and realised it his duty to accept, considering it as a great delight in attending the ministry at call from God. It appears that the Lord the Tabernacle; “ together," as he ex- was with him on his first visiting the pressively remarks," with many a sharp people, for one individual was seriously pang of remorse for past sins, which, I impressed by his introductory sermon at trust, has issued in real repentance.". Petersfield, who continues à consistent

At the commencement of 1812, Mr. member of the church; and, at Harting, Greenwood expressed his desire to Mr. during his probationary services, another Wilks to enter the ministry. That judi- young person was awakened by the Spirit cious and sagacious man did not encou- of God. “ Thus," says he, “have I rage the wish of his young friend then, been well repaid, even should I labour but introduced him to a juvenile society, for the rest of my life without any more

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