2. At the first, the New Connexion adopted the use of the Wes. H. Bk., but a few
years later a Supplement was prepared by order of the Conference, and was designated
The Small Hymn Book. It consisted of 276 hymns. This Supplement reached a 5th
edition in 1810, and was used till the new hymn-book of lc35 was issued.
3. Soon after the Wesleyans issued their Supplement in 1831, the New Connexion
Conference appointed a committee to prepare a revised and enlarged collection for use in
their Societies. The Revs. Thomas Mills and William Shuttleworth were the acting
members. The Preface says that they took from the Wes. H. Bk. and from its Supple¬
ment, the best hymns "for poetic merit, happy Scriptural illustration, and those wtiich
most clearly expressed breathings after peace and holiness. With these were combined
a numbsr of other hymns from various authors and a few by pious persons of poetic
genius, composed for the work." Such hymns only were admitted as "gave promi¬
nence to those doctrinal and experimental truths which are the chief glory of Metho¬
dism." This work was divided into seven parts, and forty-one sections. All the copy¬
right hymns in the Wes. H. Bk. were omitted, and, as far as the Committee knew
them, the names of authors were added to the hymns. This was the first official
Methodist Collection with authors' names. The total number of hymns was 664, and
of these nearly 50 were new, and by 27 authors not found in the Wes. H. Bk. This
book was in use for over a quarter of a ceutury, when it was superseded by the Collec¬
tion published in 1863.
_ 4. This Xew Collection was undertaken by a Committee, with the Rev. Henry Pig-
gin as chief acting member. It was first issued in May, 1863, and included 1024 hymns
hy 130 authors A collection of suitable tunes for each hymn, prepared by the Rev.
James Ogden, has since been published.
5. Whilst Mr. Piggin and his coadjutors were preparing a new collection for congre¬
gational use, the Rev. John Stokoe, then a New Connexion minister, now a clergyman
in the Irish Church, was preparing a smaller collection for use in their Sunday schools
and homes, which was pub. in December, 1862, with the title The Juvenile Hymn Book.
It contains 315 hymns, classified under seventeen sections, with authors' names added
to each, where known.
iv. Primitive Methodists.—1. This branch of the Methodist family originated in 1810
by the expulsion from the Methodist Society of Hugh Bourne (q.v.). Previous to this,
H. Bourne had compiled a small hymn book, which he published in 1809. What was
long known amongst the Primitives as The Small Book was issued in 1821 and consisted
of 154 hymns, most of which were by Charles Wesley and William Sanders, a few by
Dr. Watts, and 16 by Bourne. This Small Book was widely known in all parts of the
land by the first couplet in the book—
"Christ he sits on Zion's hill,
He receives poor sinners still,"
with the chorus:
"I a soldier sure shall be
Happy in Eternity."
2. With the growth of the Society, a larger number of hymns was required, and in
1824-25, Bourne prepared and issued what he called the Large Hymn Book, which in¬
cluded 536 hymns. Of these, 16 were by William Sanders, and 146 were thejoint pro¬
duction of William Sanders and Hugh Bourne ; a few were by Dr. Watts, Cowper and
Dr. Doddridge; 225 by Charles Wesley; and 20 new hymns by Bourne. A lengthy pref¬
ace describes the Service of Song as set forth in the Old and New Testaments, and deals
with Private Prayer, Preaching, Prayer Meetings, Cla=s Meetings, Love Feasts, Camp
Meetings and Musical Instruments. Bourne says of the new hymns that they are "of a
superior cast, and they lead into the mystery of faith."
3. As the Societies increased, a still greater variety of hymns was desired, and the
Conference appointed the Rev. John Flesher to prepare an enlarged book. He ac¬
knowledges his own inability for performing the duty, but collected 852 hymns "from
numerous popular authors, living and deceased, and enriched with original hymnaand