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tracts are promiscuously given away, we for opinion that the English poor had never one should look on with more pleasure if heard a chapter read out of the Bible in there were less obtrusiveness displayed. their lives. It is the very pretence of their Cramming however, never did any good in ignorance that working men smile at bitterly. physics, and is as little likely in morals. But though we say this, we have no hesita
Mr. Poole's tracts are passable. But tion in adding that the six tracts before us, surely it is rather late in the day to inform are free from most of the errors common to working men of England " that Jesus Christ such publications, and with care in the distriwas a most extraordinary preacher.” Somebution are likely to do good. remarks in his tracts would lead to the
GENERAL BAPTIST MAGAZINES AND MINISTERS.
TO THE EDITOR OF THE GENERAL BAPTIST MAGAZINE. Perhaps you will kindly permit me to above are well bound in half-calf, lettered. state in your columns, that an aged General Also the volumes in numbers from Baptist Minister, now nearly blind, with 1849 to 1857. And the Minutes of Assoan aged wife, and reduced in circum- / ciations in one Volume from 1787 to 1821, stances, who therefore cannot afford to after which years they are bound with advertise them, has the following Maga- the above Magazines. Also one Volume of zines and Minutes to dispose of at a low Grantham's Primitive Christianity-folio. price:
I need scarcely add that only seldom Volume 1, 2, and 3, of General Baptist may such an opportunity occur for secuMagazine for 1798, 1799, and 1800, edited ring in such a permanent form, and at a by Dan Taylor. Five double Volumes of moderate price, the records of our body. Repository from 1802 to 1820. Eight I shall feel pleasure in giving any further Volumes from 1822 to 1829. Eight dou- information, and hope our aged friend ble volumes from 1830 to 1845. One single will meet with a generous purchaser. volume, 1846. One double, 1847-8. The
J. F. Winks, Leicester. OUR MAGAZINE, COLLEGE, &c. DEAR MR. EDITOR,-Permit me to | imperfect idea with what avidity we in congratulate you, and your readers on the this district peruse the intelligence departimproved character of our Magazine, and ment of the Magazine. With your perto express a hope that the agents in our mission, therefore, Mr. Editor, will the churches will use their utmost endeavours Executive of our various Institutions to increase its circulation. Will you allow kindly furnish those of us, who are in the me also to offer my thanks to Mr. Hun- remote parts of the denomination, with ter for his brief but interesting statement characteristic sketches of their operations. in reference to the opening of the second
Yours truly. Session of our College at Nottingham.
C. SPRINGTHORPE. Honoured brethren, placed by the head of the Church in the heart of the Connexion, and chosen by the vote of the QUERY. Which is the most proper Association to positions of trust, confi- name for a dissenting place of worship, dence and power, can form but a very | (Baptist) Church or Chapel. J. H, A.
Mrs. MARY TEMPLE, aged forty-seven, means considered, she has acted in a libedied at Conningsby, on the 11th Sept. ral manner towards these, and the conFor 'eighteen years the devoted mistress nexion she so much loved. She was the of the General Baptist Day School : | mother of two children, both of whom are her end was peaceful and happy, and she dead. As a wife, she was affectionate, “ being dead yet speaketh.” By her re- sympathizing, and kind; a keeper at moval the school in which she so long home, looking well to the ways of her laboured, and the church of which she household, and eating not the bread of had been a member twenty-seven years, | idleness. As regards her piety, she have sustained a severe loss; but they re- was considered to have been prayerful, member that their loss is her gain. Her humble, and peaceful; devout, zealous,
and persevering. Her last illness was at tist Magazine, may be attended with good, times very severe; but she was quite re- by leading those who already love the signed. Hence, often would she sing, Lord, to love him more, by fortifying the “O that I had wings like a dove,” &c., timid christian against the fear of death, and again, “Yonder is my house,” &c. by inducing the careless to become She was strong in faith. On one occasion thoughtful, and the undecided to resolve she said, “I have two bright stars in that, whatever others may do, they themheaven,” meaning her children. “I think selves will serve the Lord. they will be so pure, that I scarcely dare Jesse Dawson, the dear young man approach them—they will be so holy. whose recent death has occasioned these And there is Jesus Christ there, and my lines, was born in Norwich in the year old father. Oh, what a happy meeting 1829. He was highly favoured in having that will be! How grand if my little truly religious parents, who TRAINED their boys and father are waiting to carry me children in the way they should go, and, to heaven. The Lord can make me as as the happy result of their christian papure as they. Her death was improved ternal care, they have had the ineffable to an excellent congregation on Lord's pleasure to see all their children walking Day evening, June 20th, 1858, from Eze. in the fear of the Lord. Thus shewing xxiv. 16. “I take away from thee the that God blesseth the house of the rightdesire of thine eyes with a stroke.” eous, and that those who honour Him shall “ And is she dead ? Has death's cold hand
be honoured and blessed, by Him; and Cut down that tender flower at last;
that if parents would but really TRAIN up Are those bright eves---once full of light-.- their children in the way they should go, Now closed in everlasting night;
their offspring would not so frequently be Is that fair form on which all took Such pleasure and delight to look
a source of sorrow as now they are, and Alas! now food for worms?
that the number of mothers, who die of a It cannot be ! Me thinks I hear Some sweet voice whispering in my ear.
broken heart, and of fathers whose grey “ Hush ! troubled soul! shake off thy fears ;
hairs are brought with sorrow to the grave, Rejoice ! rejoice! dry up thy tears;
by the wickedness of their children, would Hear this - and raise thy drooping head - be vastly diminished. As a son, Jesse She whom thou mournest is not deadBut sleeps- life's lamp still burning.”.
Dawson was obedient and affectionate, as B. W. B. an apprentice, attentive and teachable,
industrious and honest, as a foreman JESSE DAWSON.
every way faithful and trustworthy. Hav
ing grown up under the influence of reWhat an invaluable boon is the gospel ligious instruction and example, there was of Christ!
nothing particularly remarkable attendThere mercy's boundless ocean flows,
conversion; but its reality To cleanse our guilt, and ease our woes; Pardon and life and endless peace,
was most satisfactorily proved, by his How rich the gift, how free the grace !
steady, consistent, christian course. He My soul, attempt no more to draw
was baptized and received into the Thy life and comfort from the law;
Church at Priory-yard, Norwich, at the Fly to the hope the gospel gives,
age of eighteen. From that time, he inThe man that trusts the promise lives.
variably walked as becometh the Gospel Such sentiments as these naturally oc- of Christ, regularly attending the means cur to the mind when thinking of the of grace, living in peace and love, with blessed influence of the gospel, as dis- all, making himself useful in the Sunday played in the holy character, and happy School, contributing, according to his experience, of those, who, after having means, to the support of the cause of God, borne the yoke of Christ, and adorned the both at home and abroad, and ever shewdoctrine of God their Saviour in the midst ing a readiness to every good work. Some of the activities, and cares, and joys of years before his death, sad symptoms of life, have glorified God in the agonies of disease began to appear, at intervals he affliction, and in the solemnities of death, was unable to attend to the duties of his and, more especially, when all these things station. At length he became so afflicted are verified in early life.
that he was obliged to retire from his It is deeply to be deplored that, while situation, and remain entirely with his so many die young, so few, comparatively, parents, who watched and tended him are found prepared for that great event. by night and day, with the utmost tenderHappily there are instances of early dis- ness and constancy. solution which we can contemplate with For some time, as he had youth on his all but unmingled satisfaction, gratitude, side, hopes were entertained that he would and praise. Such a happy case has lately ultimately recover. His disease was of a occurred in Norwich, and it is hoped that peculiar, and very painful kind, the sufferthe publication of it, in the General Bap- | ing which he endured being constant, and
the pain often rising to agony of long willing to wait the Lord's time.” You continuance. Many friends visited him would not exchange your condition with in his affliction, and all were rejoiced to a man of the world, though he were find him entirely, and constantly patient, healthy and wealthy, said his friend, “No under the chastening of the Lord, and he replied that I would not, and the world perfectly resigned to his Heavenly Fa- to boot." Seeing him suffer much acute ther's will, whatever that will might be. pain, I said, it is hard work my dear boy, Not only was he resigned and tranquil, 560, he replied,” the work is done, my peaceful as the summer's eve ; but thank- Saviour has done all the work.” ful, hopeful, joyful.
On the last night of his sufferings, I re“ His God sustained him in his final hour,
marked to him that he would soon be His final hour, wrought glory to his God." home “HOME, HOME,” he replied, with a Perhaps the words of the Poet, were never countenance lighted up with joy, "yes I more fully realized, than in the instance shall soon be HOME!" He then added, of our late beloved friend.
“ Is this dying? If this is dying, O how " The dying chamber, where the good man
precious! No, it is not dying, it is only meets bis fate,
sleeping in Jesus. Precious Jesus! I Is privileg'd beyond the common walks of life knew he would not forsake me.
I was Just on the verge of heaven.'
sure he would give me grace to die with ; This will be seen by a few reminiscences but I did not expect to have half the peace, of the last days of Jesse, written by his and joy, which I now experience." At father, and put into my hands. “ In the
his request, we spent a few minutes in month of June last, he said to me,” I have prayer and thanksgiving, to our heavenly been taking a survey of my past life, and father, shortly after which, his happy of all the mercies which I have received spirit took its flight, to be at rest for ever. from my heavenly father, this affliction He died August 13th 1858, in the 29th has been the greatest; for before I was year of his age, having been a member of afflicted I went astray, but now the Lord the Church of Christ eleven years, the has brought me back again.” He then last two and a half of which were spent said with the greatest emphasis, “O the in deep affliction, softened and soothed, Love of Christ, which I now feel, no by divine support and strong consolation. tongue can express.” One day in July, May all who read these lines, and eshaving described his sufferings, in answer pecially all the young persons among to questions put to him, he said, “It is all them, be constrained to offer up the right, and will not be for long." I said, prayer
" Lord remember me with the sanctified affliction is worth enduring, for favour which Thou bearest unto Thy peothe sake of the benefit resulting from it, ple, that I may see the good of thy chohe replied, “Yes it is, I would not ex- sen, that I may rejoice in the gladness of change these last two years of my life, for thy nation, that I may glory with thine any two years before my affliction. I inheritance !" Funeral sermons could never have thought there had been preached, for our departed friend. One so much enjoyment, on the bed of afflic- by J. Fletcher, Èsq., at the Mission tion, had I not experienced it. On Sun- Room, occupied by his father; the other day, the 8th of August, which was the last by his pastor Thomas Scott, at the Priory sabbath he spent on earth, I said to him, Yard Chapel. Thus has the church, of "I hope, my dear boy, you feel your which our now glorified friend was a worprospect cheering.” “My dear father," thy member, suffered a great loss, a loss he replied, “how can I doubt, such a which it can but ill sustain, especially Saviour as I have to rest upon ? If he since the congregation has been so much can pardon such a sinner as I have been, scattered, and the church so greatly resurely he can do all the rest.” After a duced, by comparatively recenti events, short pause he added, “ I'm a miracle of too painful to dwell upon, and by which grace, it is all of grace, from first to last. our dear brother was deeply grieved. O, that I had lived more to his glory! How consoling is the assurance that his But the Lord may have kept me, thus heart will be made sad by such scenes long, in the furnace to give me an oppor- no more, even for ever! How heart tunity, even at the last, of shewing forth cheering, that he has passed into the his grace, His ways are all wonderful abode of Eternal peace and concord, love, and true.'
and joy; the happy region, where no A friend said to him, “You feel a wish grievous wolves can ever enter, tearing to be at home, and at rest, I suppose, the flock, and causing irreparable mischief. don't you? He replied, “I wish to leave Reader, are you so trusting in Christ, so it to the will of my heavenly father. living to his glory, as that you can joyThough I should like to be at rest, I am | fully anticipate a Home in heaven?
CONFERENCES. The Cheshire Conference assembled at Josh. xxiv., In the afternoon it Congleton, October 5th. In the morning, was reported that 21 had been baptized the "Rev. J. Maden, of Macclesfield, since the last conference, and six repreached from Hab. iii., 2: “O Lord, mained candidates for baptism. We rerevive thy work.” The meeting for busi- gret that several of the churches neither ness met in the afternoon, and the Rev. J. sent representatives nor reports.
The Gardner, minister of the place, presided. friends at Whittlesea having again sought The reports of the churches were, on the the advice of the conference, it was rewhole, very favourable. Baptized, 26; solved—“That we advise them to obtain candidates, 15 Resolved:-1. That in the best ministerial supplies they can consequence of the lamented death of the during the next three months.” A case Rev. H. Smith, of Tarporley, the Rev. J. having been received from Magdalen Maden, of Macclesfield, be appointed soliciting advice as to the supplying of secretary. 2. That this conference ad- the pulpit, it resolved - That journ the consideration of Congleton as a Brethren J. Wherry, J. Kirkham, Watts, home mission station till the next con- | Wigner, and Ratcliffe be requested to act ference. 3. That Mr. R. Pedley, jun., as a committee to arrange for the supplywrite an article on “ The importance of ing of the pulpit at Magdalen, and also at christians holding frequent mutual inter- Stowbridge, if possible.” Brethren Jones course relative to their spiritual welfare,” | and Barrass having been appointed by the to be read at the next conference. 4. That Association to visit Yarmouth, and ascerthis conference, feeling the importance tain the state of our cause there, preofindividual effort, urge upon the churches sented their report to the conference; the necessity of employing all their mem- and, in connection with brother C. K. bers in some sphere of action. 5. That Halford, were requested to make further the next conference_ be at Wheelock inquiries, and to consider what had best Heath, to be held on Easter Monday. 6. be done there, and report to the next That the Rev. C. E. Pratt, of Stoke, be conference. The next conference is apthe preacher. The Rev. J. Holroyd, of pointed to be held at Whittlesea, on Barton, preached in the evening. Thursday, Dec. 16th, brother Watts to
James Maden, Secretary: preach in the morning. In the evening The Lincolnshire Conference was held at an interesting “Revival meeting Fleet, on September 22nd. In the morn- held, in which brethren Chamberlain, ing, brother Caven, of Long Sutton, read Cotton, W. Sharman, Caven, Fysh, and and prayed, and the secretary preached, (in the secretary took part. the absence of brother J. C. Jones,) from
THOMAS BARRASS, Secretary.
BAPTISMS. SMARDEN, KENT.—On Lord's day, Aug: of administering the sacred rite of bap2nd, three were added to the General | tism to eight persons. On the following Baptist Church by baptism. Mr. Fellows, day they were cordially welcomed to the of London, preached and baptized. Con- fellowship of the church. gregations were good. We are hoping ILKESTON.-On the evening of Sept. soon to add more. May they be faithful 20th three persons were baptized previous unto death. Should we obtain a suitable to admission into the church. minister we think much good may result. PETERBOROUGH.-On Lord's day, Oct. May the Lord, in His mercy, direct our 3rd. one young man was baptized in the course, and to Him shall be the praise. General Baptist Chapel, and was likewise
T. ROFE. received into the chureh. BURNLEY, Ebenezer Chapel.-On Lord's BARTON.- We have had another of day, Sept. 19th, twenty persons were those pleasing evidences which go to baptized, ten males and ten females. Our show that the word of the Lord is not minister preached on the occasion from preached amongst us in vain. In the Acts ii., 41. On Oct. 3rd they were re- afternoon, on Lord's day, Oct. 3rd, seven ceived into the church with three others, believers, in obedience to the Divine who had been received as members, by command, passed through the waters to each receiving the right hand of fellow- the fold. Our pastor, Mr. Bott, preached ship.
W. P. B. a most suitable sermon, founded on the BircuCLIFFE, HEBDEN BRIDGE.-On words, “ If thou believest with all thine Saturday, Oct. 2nd, we had the pleasure heart thou mayest,"after which he gave the
baptized the right hand of fellowship | baptized four young friends, and the same and administered the Lord's supper. day, at the table of the Lord, they were Our united prayer is that they may be received into church fellowship, together ornaments to their profession, useful with one who desired to return into the members of the church, and helps to the fold. It was a happy day, and doubtless cause of Christ.
something was added to the joy of Angels, STALYBRIDGE,-On Sunday morning for midst the closing scenes of the sacred Oct. 3rd, Mr. Sutcliffe preached a very hours another dear friend made a full effective sermon on decision of character, surrender of her heart to God. May from that beautiful and eloquent lan- they all be kept through faith unto comguage of Ruth, “Intreat me not to leave plete salvation.
J. P. thee,” &c. At the close of the service he
OPENING OF CHAPELS, &c. NEW GENERAL BAPTIST CHAPEL, TOD-, to the Society Hall, where tea was MORDEN.—The ceremony of laying the provided, of which a goodly number parfoundation of the above named building took, and afterwards spent the evening in took place on Wednesday the 29th of the following manner. Mr. John Gibson September. The site is in a rapidly im of Greenwood Lee, was called upon to proving neighbourhood, at the North end preside. After prayer by Rev. R. Hardy, of Todmorden, on the Stansfield Hall es- a brief Epitome of the history of the tate. The building will front to Stans- church from its formation in 1845, was field road, at the corner of White Platts- given by the Rev. J. Horsfall, followed street. About two o'clock in the after- up by earnest and stirring addresses from noon a large concourse of spectators was Mr. David Dearden of Naze Bottom, and assembled on the ground. The ministers the Rev. J. B. Lockwood, R. Hardy, C. engaged for the occasion, and friends of Springthorpe, and T. Horsfield. After the place, as well as the Sabbath School various votes of thanks the meeting sepachildren, went in procession to the spot. rated. The building to which reference The day though cloudy was favourable. has been made will be 16 yards by 13 The service was commenced by the Rev. yards. The basement story will form a B. Wood of Bradford, giving out a hymn; School Room capable of accommodating Rev. J. B. Lockwood of Birchcliffe, read 300 children, and two Vestries, which can appropriate scriptures. The dedicatory be thrown together, and used as a Lecture prayer was offered by the Rev. J. Batey Room for week evening services. The of Rochdale. A second hymn was read Chapel which will be approached by steps by the Rev. J. Taylor of Allerton, after from Stonesfield Road, will be arranged in which the Rev. T. Horsfield of Vale Cha- the Amphitheatre style, and accommodate pel, gave a short address; at which period in the first instance about 350 people. Abraham Midgey, Esq., of Vale Manse, The estimated cost of the building is at once proceeded to lay the stone. The £700. Towards this the Yorkshire Home Rev. C. Springthorpe of Heptonstall Slack, Mission has agreed to give £250. so that then delivered a brief but comprehensive the Todmorden friends have every prosdiscourse on the distinguishing principles pect with God's blessing of moving on of the General Baptist Body, after which with comfort, and of establishing a prosthe service was concluded by the Rev. J. perous General Baptist Church in that Horsfall of Shore, giving out a hymn, and rapidly increasing town. The architect the Rev. R. Hardy of Queenshead, en- of the building is Mr. T. Horsfield of Vale gaging in prayer. The friends adjourned Chapel.
ANNIVERSARIES. LOUGHBOROUGH, Wood-gate.—The an- LOUGHBOROUGH, Wood-gate.-On Lord's niversary services connected with the day, October 10, the anniversary sermons Foreign Mission at this place were held were delivered in this place by the Rev. on Sunday, Sept. 26, and on Monday, the J. Stevenson, M.A., of Derby. The ser27th. The Rev. H. Wilkinson preached. | mons were earnest and impressive; but The public meeting on the 27th was ad- the unfavourable state of the weather dressed by the minister of the place, thinned the congregations. On the folMessrs. H. Wilkinson, J. C. Pike, T. lowing Thursday evening, the Rev. Goadby, and J. Mason. The meeting | Arthur Mursell, of Manchester, delivered was very interesting. Collections and an excellent sermon, on 66 The Golden subscriptions for the year, including ex- Altar," to a full house. tras, £75.