The Portadown Weekly News
and County Armagh Advertiser.

August 27, 1859
Portadown, county Armagh

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The Revival Movement.
   We have little to add to what we have already written on the subject of revivial of religion in this district. We might reiterate what has been said almost every week for the last three months that the glorious work has been progressing, as we have not the slightest doubt but many who knew not the love of God last week--at least in so far as it will always bring peace to the soul--can now rejoice in the assurance that they have been reconciled to God by the grace of the Lord Jesus. In the country districts in the neighbourhood the work has borne, and is still bearing precious fruit to the glory of God, as is evidenced by the largely increased attendance of the people at the various prayer-meetings held during the week, and the very numerous and doubly attentive congregations which meet in the various places of worship on the Sabbath.

   The religious feeling is fully sustained throughout the neighbourhood, and cases of "conviction" quite as extraordinary as any yet on record have recently occurred in some of the county districts. Prayer meetings continue to be held in one or more of the houses of public worship in Ballymena every evening. The good seed seems to have been sown without choice of soil, and as it were, broadcast upon hill and heath, and fallow land. Some of it may have fallen upon "stony places," or "among thorns;" but it must be cheering to know that other spots of a once barren wilderness are now brightening with hopeful verdure, while the more fertile plains re giving ample assurance of a bounteous harvest.--Observer.

   For the last fortnight, the work of the revival has been going forward with great success in this locality. It commenced in a meeting of Sabbath-school children connected with the Wesleyan Chapel, and, since, frequent meetings have been held in the Presbyterian Church and Wesleyan Chapel, with open-air services; and in all large numbers of convictions have taken place, and many happy conversions.--Newry Telegraph.

   This is a country district between Armagh and Markethill; and here the power of the Spirit has been largely experienced. At a meeting held in the Presbyterian Church there on Wednesday evening, we have been informed that no less than forty cases of conviction took place.--Ibid.

   On Sunday evening, at a meeting held about a mile from Armagh, by some of the Armagh Presbyterian ministers, two cases of conviction occurred, one of them being a Roman Catholic, and a third person, who had been present at the meeting, was stricken on her way home.--Ibid.


   Belfast Banking Company.--The general meeting of proprietors of this company was held in the Bank on 26th inst.--S.K. Mulholland, Esq., of Eglintine House, in the chair. A highly satisfactory report was read, and full particulars given of the position of the Bank, which gave great satisfaction. The Board informed the proprietors that the "rest fund" amounted to £135,000, which is vested in the Government funds. Alexander Johns, Esq., was unanimously elected as a director in the room of the late much esteemed George T. Mitchell, Esq. The following gentlemen were elected members of the Board for the ensuing year:--Mr. Robert Batt, Purdysburn; Mr. A. Mulholland, Springvale; Mr. Samuel G. Fenton, Sydenham; Mr. James G. Bell, Tullylish House; Mr. Wm. S. Mitchell, Olinda; Mr. James Carlisle, Enfield; Mr. Andrew Kirk, Belfast.--News-Letter.


   Newry and Armagh Railway.--On Saturday evening, as the Newry and Armagh luggage train was proceeding from the Albert Basin to the station-house, one of the chains gave way, and the engine was subsequently cast off the rails. Fortunately she was going unusually slow at the time, else the result might have assumed a more serious aspect. It was five o'clock in the morning when they got her on the rails again.


Market Intelligence.
Portadown, Friday.
   The weather has been all that could have been desired for furthering the harvest since our last, and the wheat crop in this district is nearly saved.
   Oats are falling before the sickle, and will soon be ready for carrying.
   The trade in wheat has rated dull in the English markets during the week.
   London and Liverpool markets to day were inactive. A good business has been done in floating cargoes of Indian corn, which has sold at a slight improvement; but the consumptive demand is slow owing to the superior quality of the potato crop, and the liberal supply at market.
   Belfast market to-day was dull, but not much cheaper, and it appears likely that prices must come down a little before a very active demand is experienced for new corn.


To the Editor of the Portadown Weekly News.
Tandragee, 22d August, 1859.
   Sir,--I have read with pleasure your editorial article on our workhouse system. £496,000 expended, and 5,000 paupers supported, gives in round numbers £10 per head for each pauper. Does it cost this sum to maintain a pauper? No. It is well known that from 13d to 14d per week is the average cost of a pauper's maintenance, equal in round numbers to about £3 yearly, and the remaining £7 is expended on the system by which the £3 relief is administered!!! And what are the workhouses? Are they refuges for the virtuous distressed, or do they differ on the average from the Newry workhouse, where it recently appeared that more than half the pauper women were improper characters. Is it to be wondered at that our aged, decrepid, and infirm females prefer the hand of charity to being associated with the infamous and abandoned of their sex, and that the law against street begging is virtually a dead letter, because no one cares that it should be enforced, or to require the virtuous poor to company with the vicious and degraded? As you have truly observed, the system is opposed to the Divine law. Those whom God hath joined together should not be put asunder. The poor shall not perish out of the land. The Lord's poor are in a sense the representatives of His person, for what is done to or for them for His sake is done for Him. They are in a sense necessary for the expansion of the hearts of those who love Him, by giving them an opportunity of ministering unto Him through His breathren; and it is as true now as it ever was that "Evil communications corrupt good manners."--Yours truly,
          Edward D. Atkinson.


Submitted by ajk.

Bibliographical Reference:  The Portadown Weekly News, and County Armagh Advertiser, printed and published 27 August 1859 by John H. Farrell, at his office, 44, High-street, Portadown. Transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, and posted to the IrelandOldNews web site, by permission of the British Library.

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