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STALEYBRIDGE.-On Lord's day, Sept. conducted by our worthy superintendent, 19, two sermons were preached in the G.B. Mr. Deacon. The united schools agreed Chapel, Staleybridge, by the Rev. W. to adopt two orphan children, a boy and Miller, in behalf of the Foreign Mission. girl, the boy to be named Samuel Deacon, In the afternoon, Mr. Miller delivered an and the giri, Catherine Kirkman.-H. I. excellent missionary address, the object ILKESTON.-On Lord's day, Sept. 12th, of which was to interest the children of two sermons were preached in behalf of the Sunday school and young people in our Sabbath school, by the Rev. W. the cause of missions. The collections Shakespeare, of Belper. The collections and subscriptions amounted to £30 16s. 8d.

were good.

BRADFORD, First Church.-On Lord's BARTON.–Our missionary services this day, August 22, three sermons year have been unusually interesting. The preached in behalf ofour Sabbath schools, Rev. H. Wilkinson preached for us on in the morning and evening by our own Lord's day, Sept. 19, at Bosworth, Barton, minister, and in the afternoon by the and Congerstone. Mr. _Wilkinson at- Rev. H. J. Betts, Particular Baptist. The tended our meetings at Barton on Mon- congregations were excellent, and the day evening, Bagworth on Wednesday collections amounted to £22 7s. 100.evening, and at Barlestone on Thursday B. W. B. evening; and, together with ministerial

VALE CHAPEL PEOPLE'S COLLEGE, brethren in the neighbourhood, pleaded TODMORDEN.—The anniversary of this Inthe cause of the heathen. The services stitution was celebrated on Saturday, the were well attended, and the collections | 25th inst., by a social tea and an evening good. On the Friday evening following, meeting. The young men connected with we held our first juvenile missionary meet- it very tastefully decorated the room with ing at Barton. The scholars from our other evergreens, and above 100 of the friends schools, with their teachers and friends, had a happy and cheerful tea together. The took tea in the afternoon. At six o'clock evening was spent in singing, speeches, and we held our meeting in the chapel, when recitations. With uabated interest the the lower part was completely filled, and meeting was continued till ten o'clock, many were in the gallery. Mr. Wilkin- when, after various votes of thanks, the son was again with us, and very much in- audience separated. The classes (which terested and delighted our young friends. are always diminished during the summer The meeting was likewise addressed by months) will be immediately re-formed for our pastors, and by brethren Norton, the winter session, and with the assistance Hextall, Deacon, Wilkins, and the writer. of two additional teachers, it is hoped that At intervals several pieces, selected for the institution will not only keep its ground, the occasion, were sung by the children, I but increase in efficiency and power.

MISCELLANEOUS. PRAED STREET, Paddington.—Mr. J. | vented them. The meeting altogether Clifford, of the G. B. College, Notting- was large, animated, and interesting. ham, having received a very cordial in- TARPORLEY, Cheshire.—You have invitation to become the pastor of the formed your readers of the death of Mr. church, Praed-street, Paddington, com- Henry Smith, the esteemed pastor of the menced his ministerial labours by preach- General Baptist Church, at this place, in ing the anniversary sermons, Oct. 17. In July last, after long and severe suffering. the morning the text was Psalm xvii. Since then the pulpit has been supplied by verse 16 (first part), and in the evening, various ministers. "Being invited for two 2 Corinthians, chap. v. verse 20. The Sabbaths, I went, and was requested to stay congregations were good, and the collec

over Monday evening, Sept. 13th. I did, tions amounted to £8. On Monday and found they had arranged for a kind of evening a tea and recognition meeting family tea meeting of members and friends was held. The proceeds of the tea were in the chapel. After tea, Mr. Joseph £9. A public meeting was afterwards Aston took the chair, and our aged friend, held in the school-room, which was taste- David Gaythorpe, offered up an appropriate fully decorated, the motto, "Welcome,” prayer. Mr. Aston then spoke on the debeing behind the chair. Mr. Clifford pre- sign of the meeting, and was followed by sided, and addresses were delivered by brothers Dutton and Collins. The writer the Revs. J. Harcourt, D. Burns, and was then called upon to read a reply from Messrs. Clarke (a student from the Col- the widow of the late minister in acknowlege), Colebrook, Chamberlain, and Dex- ledgment of the handsome sum of £51 5s. ter. Several ministers had promised to which had been presented privately to Mrs. attend, but the unfavourable day pre- Smith in the course of the afternoon. That

reply was as affecting as it was appropriate. | the Sabbath commenced with an early I may also be permitted to state, for it enhances i prayer meeting, of a pleasing and solemn the liberality of the gift, that this chụrch character. Public service was conducted only numbers 47 members, and this was at 10.30 by the Rev. J. Goadby, who the church which, at the Loughborough As- preached from “O taste and see that the sociation, deputed its late pastor to present Lord is good.” In the afternoon, the Rev. £52 10s. in reduction of our Foreign Mis- J. Sutcliffe, of Staley bridge, delivered a sion debt, in addition to about the same discourse from “ Call to remembrance the amount of regular annual contributions. It former days,” in which the preacher, forwas whilst perusing a note to brother Bate, merly a member of this church, referred of Tarporley, in acknowledgment of £5 to with great feeling to one of its former the Berhampore Fire Fund that our late pastors, the late Rev. W. Butler, under venerable secretary was called to rest from whose ministry he was converted, and to his labours.-J. F. W., Leicester.

whose kindness he was under great and HEPTONSTALL SLACK,

Yorkshire.- lasting obligations. He also alluded to JUBILEE SERVICES.-It being now fifty many excellent Christians he had once years since the chapel here was erected, known here, but who are now removed to under the ministry of the late venerable glory; and also to the various preaching James Taylor, the friends in this place places, prayer meetings, &c. in which he thought well to hold public services in had been formerly delighted to meet with commemoration of the event. In order the friends. In the evening Mr. Goadby that this might be done with a becoming preached again, and closed the exercises of regard to the Lord's house, on this a day of holy emotion and spiritual enjoy“Mount Zion,” the whole of the interior ment long to be remembered. The conwas cleaned, painted, and stained. So gregations were large, and deeply attentive, efficiently was this work executed, at a in the afternoon every space in the chapel cost of £90, that all the friends who

was occupied. It was announced in the visited the place on this occasion expressed evening that the collections made that day, their admiration at the improved appear- added to the previous subscriptions, had ance of the chapel. But for one circum- more than defrayed the expences incurred stance the services would have been of a in beautifying the chapel. The weather on truly jubilant character. The worthy Wednesday, the 18th, was very wet and pastor, Rev. C. Springthorpe, had been stormy. This, on the bleak mountains, of called to mourn over the sudden death of course prevented many from being present his only daughter, so that the funeral of at a service held in the afternoon, when the the dear child on the Saturday afternoon, Rev. R. Hardy, of Queenshead, delivered Oct. 16, seemed to cast a shade over the a suitable and useful discourse on the conservices that had been so much anticipated. ditions of future prosperity. The tea meetThis had the effect, however, not of ing that afternoon, considering the weather, destroying the sanctities of the various

was well attended; and in the evening, exercises, but of giving to them a more spite of the storm and wind, a goodly numchastened tone and a deeper solemnity. ber attended the public meeting. The Rev. The affectionate and universal sympathies J. Sutcliffe presided. The Rev. C. Springof the multitudes who were assembled thorpe read

a paper comprising the were commingled with their congratula- history of the church, and many of the tions. That the younger part of the chief incidents found in its records. The congregation might have a happy re- first pastor, the late Rev. J. Taylor, premembrance of this season, and might par-sided over them from 1807 until 1820. ticipate in its enjoyments, the jubilee He was succeeded by the late Rev. R. began with them. On Saturday afternoon, Ingham (a native of this neighbourhood), Oct. 16, the Sunday scholars, teachers, whose labours continued until 1834. The and young friends were provided with an late Rev. W. Butler followed, in the abundant supply of tea, buns, milk, and autumn of 1834, and continued until his cakes, by the kindness of J. Sutcliffe, declining health induced him to resign, Esq., of " The Slack,” after which they in 1847. The Rev. E. Bott, now of were gathered in the school-room (the Barton, removed hither in 1848, and reformer place of worship), and addresses signed in 1852. Mr. Springthorpe, in his were delivered to them by the Rev. J. paper, paid a just tribute of respect to the Goadby, of Loughborough, C. Spring- excellence, talent, labours, and successes thorpe, and several of the preachers and of each of the former pastors. The Revs. Sunday school teachers connected with R. Hardy, J. Goadby, and several ministhe church. Select pieces of sacred music ters from the neighbourhood delivered gave enlivenment to the evening. All, addresses, or engaged in devotional exboth young and old, retired interested, ercises. These interesting jubilee sergratified, and refreshed. The morning of vices concluded on Saturday, Oct. 23, when the parents of the Sunday school Gregory and Walklate each with a handchildren were kindly invited by the some cup, with the following inscription : teachers to a gratuitous tea. About 130 “Presented to_(here the name was inparents were present. Mr. Wm. Sutcliffe, serted) by the Baptist friends at WillingSlack Top, an old teacher and superin- ton, as a sincere expression of their gratendent, was called upon to preside. The titude for his labour of love for more than rules of the school having been read, the thirty years.” There were present on Rev. R. Ingham, of Halifax, some of the this occasion many friends, and several fathers of the children, and a number of addresses were delivered. Mr. Josiah the teachers gave very appropriate ad- Pike occupied the chair. In the various dresses. Thus the church, the school, addresses it was stated that chiefly and the home have participated in our through the strenuous and zealous labours rejoicings. May the Father of mercies of Mr. Gregory, the beautiful house of crown the whole series of our services God was erected. Mr. Morris, of Wilwith his blessing. To Him be all the lington, stated that he had known Mr. praise.

Gregory for many years as a faithful

preacher of the gospel, and as regards the WILLINGTON.-G. B. Chapel. On new chapel, he (Mr. Morris) had been in Tuesday evening, Oct. 12, the members many chapels in London and different and friends of the above chapel held a parts of England, but this, he thought, social tea meeting in the school-room. was the neatest chapel in England. May After tea, Mr. T. Chambers, (in behalf of the friends of this place prosper abunthe Baptist friends,) presented Messrs. dantly.

Jates of the Month.

October 23. Our episcopal neighbours changing their character and are likely are still agitated with the practice of con- to flourish by the aid of “the new philofession. The Bishop of Winchester at a late sophy,” (German ?) and to take hold of visitation said, “He believed that the prac- the masses ! tice was attended with the greatest danger, The Pope is said to be in raptures -had been perverted to the vilest pur- about the late visit of Dr. Wiseman (Carposes,--and was as repugnant to the spirit dinal) into Ireland. In several countries of the gospel as it was to the manly com- popery is giving trouble and provoking mon sense and the independent mind of hostility. În Switzerland, Spain, Gerthe great mass of the English people.” many, Canada, and Ireland, too The The Bishop of Lincoln at a late visita- Irish priests have presented a memorial tion objected to "a registration of Church- to the Home-office for salaried gaol chapmen and Dissenters in every parish as a lains, and for other powers, and are apmeans of finding out who should and pealing for support to the Irish members. who should not pay the rate. It would Are we to have a second Established lead to endless bickering and strife,” and Church in Ireland ? lead some from avaricious motives to say Three Wesleyan young ministers have they were dissenters ! It is stated that been recently ordained as missionaries in Miss Coutts has offered £15,000 to endow India. The number of members “in a Bishoprick in British Columbia. society” is now 277,091. Twenty-two

The Congregational Union held its au- ministers have died last tumnal meeting at Halifax last week. The lectures to working men by the Many ministers of the northern counties, young Baptist ministers have commenced several from the southern, and few from for the winter months, under great prothe midland, were present. We had the mise. Mr. A. Mursell' has thousands at opportunity of attending some of its the Free Trade Hall, Manchester. The sittings. Dr. Alliot presided. Dr. Halley Earl of Shaftesbury was recently among read an admirable paper on Oliver his hearers, and afterwards, in a public Heywood and early Nonconformists in meeting, expressed his delight in what Halifax and the neighbourhood. It is stated he saw and heard. Mr. W. Walters, that £13,000 of the £20,000 fund for addi- at Halifax, Mr. Chown at Bradford, tional Missionaries for India. The Direc- and Mr. Brown at Liverpool, are all tors have had a thanksgiving meeting for doing good in the same way. the opening of China.

The Baptists are being persecuted in The Unitarians, whose congregations Mecklenburg-Schwein. When will inare dying out, declare that they are tolerance cease ?

year.

Iłlissiаtary Observer.

LETTER FROM THE REV. J. BUCKLEY.

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Piplee, July 10th, 1858. DEAR BROTHER.-Last sabbath was a sentiment which this translation conveys solemn and interesting day at Cuttack. —that it is Christ who is gain to us, and Two were added to our number by bap- He is this gain both in life and death. tism-one of them was from the Asylum, Another old English version renders it, Sarah, the youngest surviving daughter “ Christ is to me life, and death is to me of our late estimable brother Bonamallee advantage.” Perhaps the Spirit of God -the other, Chintamuni, has recently designed that we should gather all these renounced idolatry, and is from the district important ideas from this verse. Nothing of Hurrihurpore, which has often been seems worth a thought but to honor Christ visited on Missionary journies. He is a on earth, and be prepared to live with young man unmarried, and is of the Ma- Him for ever in heaven. hantee or writer caste. He has for Christ's Three of our dear girls were married sake left a father, brother, and other re- last Wednesday, and we hope now they latives to whom he is as dead, according have left the school for the Christian vilto Hindoo ideas. When he gave his mala lage, that the practical effect of the inor necklace to Brother Stubbins, he said struction which they have received will Oh, Lord Jesus ! Remembering thy name be manifested. and thy love, I this day break the bonds You see from the heading of my letter in which satan has bound me, henceforth that I am writing from Piplee. I am I am thine. May many—many more be pleased to see your son looking so well. gathered from the heathen wilderness into He is passing through the seasoning with the fold of Christ.

less suffering than many have had. He It has recently been an anxious and is so far as I can learn making satisfacsolemn time at Cuttack, especially in re- tory progress in the language, and his gard to the Boy's School, under the care pronunciation of it, which is an important of Brother and Sister Brooks. Small-pox matter, is good. We(i.e. Brother Taylor, in the confluent form has prevailed, and your son, and myself,) leave this evening three deaths have occurred in the school if God permit for Pooree, to attend the in a week. This frightful disease has car festival. Mrs. Buckley, who is with been lingering about our Christian village me, will stay with Mrs. Taylor till our refor more than four months; and we had turn. The attendance is likely to be very in the Girls' School as many as thirty- small. seven cases, but happily all were of a mild I see India largely engages the attenform. We pray, if it be the Lord's will, tion of our legislators, and I have not, I that it may be removed from us, for in assure you, been an indifferent observer this country its ravages are often awful. of the strange complication and embarAnd if it should attack any of us—but rassments of the last two or three months. why do I write thus ? Not a hair can fall It has seemed to me that God only can from our heads without the permission of safely bring us through these difficulties, our Father in heaven. The “pale horse" and feeling this I have looked to Him. I will not be sent for us till we have finished believe no English minister ever penned our work, and when sent it will be to a despatch more rash, unpatriotic, and carry us home. Welcome life, or welcome dangerous to our rule in India than Lord death in whatever form it may appear. I Ellenborough’s. I do not pronounce a have this morning been thinking of Philipp, definitive opinion on the proclamation of i. 21., as expressed in three different En- the Governor-General, but so far as at glish versions.

present informed I must say, that I cannot We are familiar with the precious and join in the censures passed on it. I fully important words, “To me to live is Christ, believe that it was the intention of Goand to die is gain.” But an earlier trans- vernment to act with justice and humalation has it, “Christ is to me, both in nity to the landowners and people of life and in death, advantage."* I like the Oude, and Mr. Montgomery, the Chief

Commissioner, is a public officer in whom * This is the rendering of the Geneva Bible. The original I think will bear it: it suits the

the fullest confidence is reposed. But a context : and some of the Latin versions thus

man who wishes to be master of the subrender it.

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ject should study the internal condition, difficult in these exciting times not to be of Oude for the last half-century, and the so. My confidence is in the Supreme nature of the settlement made when the Ruler. We have as a nation a great work country was annexed two years and a half to do in India, and will God give us wisdom ago. Probably no country in the face of and strength to do it. We have as the earth has been more misgoverned then churches of Christ an infinitely greater Oude by its former rulers. It seemed to work to do. Let us gird up our loins, me at the time it was annexed to be an cry to God for help, and in His strength, act of mercy to end such intolerable ty- labour to do it till we fall in the mighty ranny, oppression, and anarchy. Our warfare with its hoary idolatries. Victory present difficulties are occasioned in a will be ours, India will yet be Christ's. large measure by its former disorganized

Yours affectionately, state; but I am getting political, and it is

J. BUCKLEY.

Cuttack, August 16th, 1858. DEAR BROTHER, -I wrote last month smaller than I have ever before seen. Hapa few lines from Piplee, and the same pily we did not witness any of those heart. night after despatching our English letters, rending scenes which are always exhibited we, i. e. Mr. Taylor, your son and myself, when the dreaded cholera prevails ; but left for Pooree to attend the Ruth jattra on the following day a very melancholy there. Our native preachers, Damudar, accident occurred. Four men fell under and Kumbhoo had left a little earlier. the wheels of the car: two of them were We reached the shrine early on the sab- killed at once, the other two were carried bath morning, and in the evening went to dreadfully bruised and bloody to the hospreach in the principal street. Amid pital where they soon after died. We scenes of idolatrous revelry it was difficult were not in the street at the time the acto realize the calm and holy rest of the cident occurred, but the sight was said to sabbath which thousands of God's dear be a most shocking one. The poor men children were then enjoying. Happy he lay in a pool of blood, and the cries for who has a sabbath rest in his soul, and help of the two who were so frightfully how sweet to think the rest and peace of bruised were agonizing, but no help was our heavenly home as the keeping of a rendered till the European doctor reached sabbath. You remember the reference the spot, which he quickly did. The in the original of Hebrews iv. 9, “ There Rajah was in a state of great anarchy and remaineth therefore a rest (literally the alarm, and implored the doctor to do all keeping of a sabbath) to the people of that he possibly could to save the lives of God.” We witnessed for God before the two men, telling him that he (i. e. the many of these idolators, and were heard doctor) was his father and mother, and on that as well as on subsequent occa- that if he succeeded in saving their lives sions, with less opposition than has been he should never forget the obligation. usual at satan's head-quarters. Damudar Not of course that he cared for the loss of had an opportunity of addressing the a few lives: benevolent feeling is alien Rajah, who as Superintendent of the from the heart of a heathen, whether he Temples, is high priest of Juggernat; be a rajah, or a ryot-haters of God, they but the plain and earnest remarks of the are haters of each other; but he knew servant of Christ were not at all accepta- that he should be held responsible by the ble. The Rajah is subject to the Com- Government, and dreaded the infliction missioner of Cuttack, and is correctly of a pecuniary fine. I hope that a fine described by the late magistrate of Boree will be inflicted; for there is no doubt, that in an official document published by au- there was culpable negligence in conthority as “a feeble individual, who has structing the wheels of the car. little or no power, and who is not feared On the Tuesday afternoon we went to by any body.” It is also said that his the Atharanullah bridge, and distributed dreadful disease the leprosy, is increasing. tracts and gospels to the returning pil

On Monday morning at six o'clock, we grims. Several addresses were also deliwere again in the principal street fighting vered. One of the first persons to whom with the wicked one; but a heavy fall of I gave a tract, when I inquired how disrain prevented our going out in the even- tant his village was said, --Oh I saw you ing. On this day the idols were brought and another Sahib with you a little while out, but the number of pilgrims was ago at Patamoondie, eighty miles from

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