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the interests of so precious an Institution to your hands with no other than the calm and composed assurance, that those who are appointed to watch over it, have done, and are doing, their duty. Such a course may suffice for those who seek only to build up the statistics of a dry report, and to mark out in nice proportion the various tables of human suffering. But it is not a mere question of figures which now engages our attention ; although even upon that ground alone, it would be easy to show the large amount of human suffering which this Hospital has seen relieved. No less than three thousand eight hundred patients have already been admitted within the walls of this Hospital. Of this number, five hundred and sixty-five' have been received during the present year; amongst

In a Sermon, which I published in the year 1829, for the benefit of the same Institution, I drew up a Table to show how many patients had been sent from the various parishes in Sussex, as well as from London and its vicinity, and the adjoining counties of Hampshire, Surrey, and Kent; from which it appeared, that only one-third of the patients (including cases of accident) were supplied from Brighton. It would be difficult, from want of room, to give the details of a similar statement on the present occasion; but it is worthy of remark, that the same relative proportion has continued to exist ever since that time. I am not without hope, therefore, that the Institution may soon derive assistance from those quarters, especially in this County, to which it has continued to afford this aid. For whilst this Town has only supplied one-third of the patients hitherto, it has, during the same period, been compelled to bear at least two-thirds of the expence.

whom, no less than seventy have been cases (if I may be allowed so to term them) of accident:most of them of fearful urgency, and the repetition of which, from the nature of the occupations followed by many in this town, may constantly be expected. In fact, the average number of patients continually residing in a building which can only accommodate a little more than one hundred, has been not less than ninety-six throughout the whole year :-a fact which, of itself, is sufficient to show the unceasing calls that have been made upon the time and labour of its officers, and the resources of its funds.

And if I have been permitted to bear a part in this work of mercy from the period of its commencement; if the office which I hold, and which I am now only about to resign, from the reluctant conviction forced upon me that I have other duties and other cares rapidly increasing around me, which take from me not the desire but the power adequately to discharge its obligations :—if that office, I say, be one which has permitted me to witness the benefits of this Institution, not with the vague indistinctness of those who only contemplate it from a distance, but with the experience which arises from immediate association both with those who administer and those who receive its aid, surely I may be pardoned, if I entreat you to give me, not the cold acquiescence of the intellect in the truth of an abstract and incontrovertible

proposition, but the hearty and spontaneous impulse of your free support, that the work may go on and prosper. I have seen not one but thousands blessed by its timely succour. They have come and passed away in quick succession, like the waves of the troubled ocean rolling onwards in their course; but the memory of the aid administered to them has not passed away, I trust, from their hearts or my own. The father whose strength has been broken down by poverty, by wasting sickness, or sudden accident, and whose feet have yet been saved from falling, and his soul from death, that he might walk before God in the land of the living,—the helpless mother that has been raised up from the bed of anguish to cherish and protect her offspring;—the child that has been snatched from the danger into which its giddy and thoughtless spirit had hurried it,—the degraded slave of infamy that has been enabled to return once more to the home and the parent whom she had abandoned, -yea, the profligate and reckless sinner who, with the desperate resolution of the suicide, has drunk the subtle poison, or armed his hand with the weapon of destruction, even he has been saved and sheltered, his moody and discontented spirit has been soothed, his scowling aspect has been exchanged for the look of thankfulness, and prayers for pardon, instead of cursings of disappointment, have fallen from his repentant lips. These, my brethren, (among many and painful instances of hardened sin and of hopeless sorrow,) are facts to which I am enabled to bear witness. And can I ever be unmindful of the value of these? or ever cease to strengthen the hands of men who are striving to carry them on with increased and increasing efficacy to others that are in need ? I may forego the trust that has been committed to my hands, because I am compelled to do so; but never can I forego the interest which I here feel, nor the opportunities which I here possess, of upholding, as far as I may be permitted, the efficiency of the Institution for whose sake that trust has been appointed. Neither can I be unmindful of that generous and Christian spirit which has made my labours light, and the memory of them joyful. It is a spirit which, God be praised, has animated this Institution from the outset, which secures to it at the present moment the indefatigable vigilance of zealous friends, and which, by the Divine blessing, will still continue to raise up around it the hearts and the hands of kindness. And if I forbear now to utter the expression of my own thankfulness, it is not that I deem such a subject at all times unsuited to the thoughts which should occupy our minds when we meet together in the house of God as friends ; nor that it is forbidden to those who eat the bread of carefulness, to acknowledge with the deepest gratitude of heart the cheering encouragement of those who sweeten that bread, and make the weary pilgrimage of this world a scene of brotherly kindness and of love, but because I would seek to fix your thoughts only upon the wants and infirmities of those for whom I plead. Think how great and manifold their wants and infirmities are ; how great and manifold are your means of alleviating them. You are assembled here in the sight of God, as creatures dependent upon His aid,-as sinners redeemed by the blood of His blessed Son; and from your lips have fallen this day those accents of the Psalmist's prayer, which so well express the feelings of every contrite and faithful heart. “ Hear my prayer, O Lord : and let my crying come unto Thee; hide not Thy face from me in the time of my trouble; incline Thine ear unto me when I call; O hear me, and that right soon !.” You feel that this prayer will not have been uttered in vain, if it be urged in faith at the throne of


grace through the atoning merits of Him who there liveth to make intercession for you; suffer it not then to be addressed in letter or in spirit by others unto yourselves in vain. If their crying cometh unto you, hide not your face from them, incline your ear unto their call. O hear them, and that right soon. Let not the spirit of Mammon intrude between your duty and their need, nor rob you of the blessedness which is the portion of the cheerful giver. If they who labour for the supply of their own wants are


Twentieth morning of the month, Ps. cii. 1, 2.

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