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A VINDICATION AND REJOINDER, in a letter to A. G., respecting his " What
is Christian Baptism ?" By David Wallace, Baptist Minister. Houlston and
Stoneman ; Heaton and Son, London. MR. WALLACE's admirable summary of of his arguments. There is nothing which pædobaptist testimonies in favour of be- surprises an intelligent Baptist more than lievers' baptism, was too telling not to calls the force of early education, and prejufor a reply. The character of the reply, dice in relation to this vexed question. as discernable from this rejoinder, is There is no evidence of infant baptism in about at par with most others of its kind. I the New Testament, and no example to The author, with a christian temper, uses warrant sprinkling, and yet how tenathe caustic, and shews triumphantly the ciously these relics of popery are held. fairness of his quotations, and the force 1
The Protestant Dissenters' Almanack, for the year 1859. This is one of the best almanacks of formation, as to Dissenting Institutions, its class. It is cheap, and contains a &c., which is of importance to every Nonlarge amount of statistical and other in- ' conformist.
ON SUNDAY SCHOOLS.
TO THE EDITOR OF THE GENERAL BAPTIST MAGAZINE.
DEAR SIR, — In thinking about the of every description relating to Sabbath Magazine for the coming year I have Schools, such as Anniversaries, Quarterly occasionally wondered whether yourself and Annual Public Meetings of Friends, or any of your correspondents have given Teachers, and Scholars, Jubilees, Openour Sabbath Schools a thought, I mean ing of New School Rooms, Statistics with reference to the Magazine: for at the of our various Schools at stated inpresent, with the exceptions of notices tervals, I mean in reference to their of anniversary sermons, we know little increase or decrease, attendance, &c., or nothing about our schools. The Sab- Dismissions, School Treats, Proceedbath School Teacher never thinks to look ings of Sunday School Unions, Reports in the pages of our denominational organ of Juvenile Missionary Societies, Confor information, instruction, or advice versions and Admissions into the Churches. respecting his “labour of love,” or for any All the information that can be given on interchange of thought with his fellow- the above and similar subjects would, I labourers in other churches of our denom
am sure, be of great use to the Teacher, ination. Why it has been so I do not and of general interest to the Connexion. now stay to enquire, but, with your leave, Again, I would say that corresponSir, I would humbly ask permission to dence with Teachers and others insuggest, on behalf of my co-workers and terested in the work respecting the myself that you take into consideration Management, Discipline, Rules, General the propriety of giving with the com- order, and anything else pertaining to mencement of another year one or two the well-being of our sabbath schools pages, as the case may be, to Sunday would tend to the enlargement of our Schools. I think, Sir, you will have no minds and create a greater interest in difficulty about securing sufficient matter, each other and our work. for I have strong faith to believe that Another subject that is engaging the before two months have passed away the thoughts and consideration of the Teacher question will be what to leave out; for in the present day (I think more so than if other teachers feel as I do they will be formerly) is, How to teach a class most pleased to think and to know that they successfully both for time and eternity ? have a recognized place in our Magazine, And, as an assistance for our teachers, and therefore, Sir, without further delay, let us have occasionally "Model Lessons I will venture to state what I think for our classes,” also suitable subjects for should be given.
addresses with brief remarks how to And first let me say, Intelligence | handle our subject to the best advantage,
with pointed illustrations and interesting would give an increased Monthly eiranecdotes suitable both for the class and culation of 400. the address.
Leaving these few simple remarks to Briet and affectionate memoirs of teach- the consideration of yourself and the de.. ers and scholars who have finished their nomination, I beg to remain, earthly labour, and passed away to the
A SABBATH SCHOOL TEACHER. " Land of Spirits.” Original hymns for anniversaries would be great
N.B.-If the idea mentioned above is boon, for only the sabbath school teacher carried out permit me to insert the First knows the difficulty of selecting appro- | Query, viz. :- What is the best method priate hymns for such occasions.
of conducting a Separate Children's And now, Mr. Editor, I think I have Chapel Service ?
S. S. T. stated quite enough to shew the need of giving a space for such objects, and I We are very thankful for the sughave no doubt if given that it will greatly gestions of our friend, and shall be glad enhance the interest of us all in the to have them carried out as far as our Magazine, more especially among the limits permit.—ED. young people of our churches, for they would then find something interesting to QUERY.-What is the Duty of Deathemselves, and therefore would prefer cons? Is it right the sick and afflicted purchasing and reading our Magazine, among the poor should have visits from and thus greatly increase the sale ; for them ?
J. J. on looking over the Minutes I find there are nearly 4,000 teachers alone, and say
Their office is to " serve tables," that only one tenth of them purchased the poor of the flock will not then be the Magazine who do not now, that overlooked by then.—ED.
Miss MARY TEMPLE, aged forty-seven, , the mother of two children, both of whom died at Conningsby, on the 11th Sept. are dead. 1858. She was for eighteen years the As it regards the character of our de. devoted mistress of the General Baptist parted sister, she was quiet and retiring, Day School. Her end was peaceful and humble and devout, prayerful and zealous, happy, and she “being dead yet speaketh.” patient and kind. She was a keeper at By her removal the school in which she home. She looked well to the ways of so long laboured, and the church of which her household, and eat not the bread of she had been a member twenty-seven idleness. years, have sustained a severe loss; but During the last five or six years of her they remember that their loss is her gain. life, she has been subjected to much sufHer means considered. she has acted in a fering; hence her attendance upon the liberal manner towards these, and the means of grace has been irregular. She connexion she so much loved. — [In lived more than a mile from our chapel, “making-up” the magazine for last month but, when well, she thought nothing of this and the following obituary were un- going and coming two, three, and somefortunately mixed by the printer. We times four times on a Lord's day. O that now re-print them in their proper form.] in this respect all our friends would imi
tate her example. Mary TERRY (formerly Holsworth) Her last illness was protracted and was born in Quaker-lane, Little-Orton, severe; but she murmured not. Often near Bradford, April 14th, 1828, and died would she exclaim, “O that I had wings May 29th, 1858. She was brought to a like a dove, then would I flee away and knowledge of the truth in connexion with be at rest.” On one occasion she said, a revival of religion which took place “I have two bright stars in Heaven," during the ministry of Mr. Ingham. She (meaning her children) and I think they was baptised and united to the Church will be so pure that I scarcely dare apon Lord’s day, June 2nd, 1844. In six proach them.” She continued, and Jesus years after she became the wife of our Christ will be there, and my old father brother, James Terry, one of our Deacons, Oh! what a happy meeting; the Lord who now mourns over her loss. She was can make me as pure as they.” With
these and similar expressions upon her commenced in January, 1833. While tongue, our sister sweetly entered into the cause was in its infancy they regularly the haven of eternal rest. Her death was attended the seven o'clock Sunday morn. improved on Lord's day evening, June | ing prayer meeting; an experience meet20th, 1858, from Eze. xxiv., 16—"I take ing was also held in their own house for away from thee the desire of thine eyes a number of years. with a stroke.”
When the Sabbath School began at " And is she dead? Has death's cold hand
Ripley, in the year 1846, she was Cut down that tender flower at last;
teacher for a considerable period, and Are those bright eyes---once full of light always rejoiced in its prosperity. Now closed in everlasting night;
In March, 1858, she very suddenly lost Is that fair form on which all took Such pleasure and delight to look
her beloved husband by death.* This Alas! now food for worms ?
heavy stroke she bore with wonderful It cannot be ! Me thinks I hear Some sweet voice whispering in my ear,
fortitude and submission, ever after she “ Hush ! troubled soul ! shake off thy fears ;
seemed to become more heavenly-minded. Rejoice ! rejoice! dry up thy tears ;
It was quite evident she was ripening for Hear this — and raise thy drooping head
glory; her heart and soul seemed more She whom thou mournest is not deadBut sleeps- life's lamp still burning."
than ever engaged with the cause of B. W. B.
Jesus Christ. She rejoiced that she was
able to continue liberally to support the Mrs. Ann WARD, relict of the late
cause; and the church had hoped she Mr. Thomas Ward, of Ripley, Derbyshire, would be spared for many years. But died Sep. 28th, 1858, aged fifty-four.
how mysterious are the ways of proviMrs. Ann Ward was born at Quorn- dence !-On Sunday morning, Sep. 26th, don, Leicestershire, she was the daughter she came into the House of God to hear of Mr. Joseph Ball of that place. When Rev. W. Underwood, of Nottingham, young, during a severe illness, she was preach; she was taken ill and soon obliged led to think about her soul, and when
to go out, alas ! never to return! She the Lord raised her from the bed of seemed much better on the Monday sickness she did not forget her good re- night, but the following morning the insolves, but
became very regular flammation flew to her brain; she lingered thoughtful scholar in the sunday school, in a state of unconsciousness until about in that village. She gave her heart to
seven o'clock in the evening, when she God and was baptised and received into breathed her last. the church at Quorndon, in the year Her mortal remains were deposited in 1821, being then nearly seventeen years the family vault, in the chapel ground, of age. She was particularly attached
on Saturday, Oct. 2nd, The funeral to the sabbath school and always spoke service was conducted by Rev. W, Gray, of it with very great pleasure even unto of Ashby, and on the 17th of Oct. this the end of her life. She became a teach
solemn event was improved by Rev. G. er, and honourably filled her place until Needham, of Castle Donington. The the time of her marriage, which took
very sudden and unexpected removal of place in the year 1829. Her removal to
two such valued friends as Mr. and Mrs. Ripley seemed in the way of providence. Ward we deeply lament, while we desire She and her late husband were very to bow in submission to the Divine will. zealous for the prosperity of the General
R. A. Baptist Interest in Ripley, which was * See the G. B. Mag, for November.
CONFERENCES. THE YORKSHIRE CONFERENCE met at ports from the churches showed that 89 Shore on Tuesday, Sept. 28th, 1858. J. had been baptised since the last confeSmith, Particular Baptist, of Briercliffe, rence, and that 18 remained as candidates. near Burnley, read the scriptures and Regret was expressed that several churches prayed; and John Sutcliffe, of Staly- sent no report. bridge, preached from Col. I., 21, Resolutions passed“Whom we preach, &c.”
1. That the Conference become responThe brethren reassembled for business sible for £250, on behalf of the new chapel. at 2 p.m. The Pastor of the church pre- at Todmorden. sided, and Mr. Wood prayed. The re- 2. That the Treasurer of our Home Mis
sion advance £50 of the above sum to the 9. That a similar recompence be tenTodmorden building committee.
dered to brother Springthorpe, and that 3. That the Rev. Thomas Horsfield, he continue as Secretary of our ConfeVale Manse, near Todmorden, act both rence till June, 1859. as Secretary and Treasurer of the Confe- 10. That the next Conference be at rence building committee.
Birchcliffe, on Tuesday, December 28th. 4. That the above committee have the Mr. Batey, of Rochdale, to preach in the sanction and approval of the Conference morning. Service to begin at half-past in canvassing the Yorkshire district, in ten. order to increase the funds of the Home A Conference collection in the afterMission.
At the conclusion of the business 5. That the Todmorden church have a discussion arose on the question “What our most cordial recommendation in their more can we do to extend the Redeemer's efforts to obtain subscriptions for their cause among us?” Brother Rhodes spoke new chapel.
on the importance of personal piety. 6. That our Secretary aftectionately Brother Hardy on the claims of our condesire the churches in Leeds, Bromley, and nexional institutions to a far more liberal Northallerton to send either a represen- support from the majority of our Yorktative or a written report to our Confe- shire churches ; and brother Horsfield,
on the want and worth of christian 7. That brother Sutcliffe be thanked love. May God bless the exhortations for his sermon, and requested to send it then given. Brother Lockwood closed the for insertion in the Magazine.
sitting with prayer. 8. That the thanks of the Conference There was a Foreign Missionary Meetbe given to brother Hardy, as Secretary ing at night. of the Home Mission, and that he remain
C. SPRINGTHORPE, Sec. in office until next June.
ORDINATION. The Rev. J. CHORLERTON was solemnly on Coll. iv., 17, “ Take heed to the minisrecognized as the Pastor of the General try, &c." Baptist Church, at Coalville and Whit- In the evening the Rev. Mr. Fisher, of wick, on Wednesday, October 27th. The | Hugglescote, opened the service with service commenced about 1 p.m. The prayer, and the Rev. T. Gill, of Melbourne, Rev. W. Gray, of Ashby, read suitable preached to the Church on their various portions of scripture, and offered the duties. The Rev. J. Chorlerton concluded general prayer:
The Rev. R. Kenney, the service with prayer. The Revs. Kelly, of Burton-on-Trent, delivered a lucid in- of Measham, Holroyd, of Barton, gave troductory discourse. The Rev. E. Bott, out the hymns. of Barton Fabis, proposed the questions The congregations were large, attento the minister and people, the answers tive, and deeply interested. Many friends to which were pleasing and satisfactory. were present from Barton, Ashby, MelThe Rev. T. Stevenson, of Leicester, of- bourne, &c. May the smile of God rest fered special prayer for the minister. The on our young brother, and may his labours Rev. J. Goadby, of Loughborough, de- be abundantly blessed ! livered a charge to the minister founded
BAPTISMS. BELPER.-On Lord's Day, Sept. 19th, Lord's supper was administered; previous after a sermon on the baptism of the to which the newly baptised received a Eunuch (Acts viii., 36-8). One female suitable address, and were recognized as was baptised in the Baptist Chapel, and members of the church. In the evening added to the Church.
the subject was—"The Call of God in MELBOURNE.—On Lord's day morning, the Gospel, and the Duty of Man in reNovember 7th, 1858, a well attended and i lation to it,” from Acts x., 33. It was solemn service was held here. Mr. Gill a “high day” and our prayer and hope selected, as the ground of his discourse, are that the impressions produced may I Kings, vi., 11-14 verses, and, at its lead in some cases to spiritual advanceclose, baptised five persons, three males, ment, and in others to sound conversion. and two females.
BRADFORD FIRST CHURCH.-On Lord's In the afternoon of the same day the day, July 4th, we baptised six who with one restored, were received into our fel- , dance was very good; the spectators lowship. And on Lord's day, Nov. 7th, were much more numerous than was ever we baptised six more, who, with one re- witnessed on any previous occasion. The ceived from a Particular Baptist Church Lord grant us many more such seasons. in our town, were received amongst us. -On Lord's day Nov. 7, twelve persons May they all endure to the end.
were baptised by our pastor, six males
B. W. B. and six females. Our chapel was well SUTTERTON.-On Lord's day, August filled on the occasion. In the evening 29th, we had the pleasure of witnessing they were added to the church. There the divinely appointed ordinance of Be- was a large number of spectators present. lievers Baptism administered to three fe- May the Lord still revive his work male friends, who had long been "halting amongst us.
W. G. between two opinions,” but by the faith- WYMESWOLD.-On Sunday morning, ful preaching of our beloved pastor, have Oct. 31, after a baptism sermon by Rev. G. been led to see their duty, and have wil- Staples, to a large congregation, from lingly and cheerfully resolved to do it. Deut. xii., 32, "What thing soever I comWe trust others will soon follow their mand you, observe to do it; thou example.
G. F. M.
shalt not add thereto, nor diminish from MACCLESFIELD, Sept. 5th.—Thirteen it.” Brother Neal baptised nine persons. persons were baptised by our pastor, Rev. In the afternoon Mr. Staples preached J. Maden, eleven of whom were in con- from Gen. xxiv., 31, “Come in, thou nexion with the school, most of them blessed of the Lord.” He then addressed teachers. The congregation was very the newly baptised, gave them the right large, there were a great number who hand of fellowship, and administered the could not gain admission into the chapel. Lord's supper. It was refreshing to see In the evening they were added to the so numerous a gathering of brethren and church with two others who had been sisters at the Lord's table. May we see connected with us before. The atten- | the return of many such days.
ANNIVERSARIES. BELPER.-On Monday, Nov. 1st, 1858, ten a sermon was preached by Mr. Shaw, a Tea-meeting was held in the Baptist Independent minister, of Boston, after Chapel, to assist in maintaining the cause which the scholars and teachers repaired of Christ in that place of worship, after to a field adjoining the chapel, where, which there was a public meeting, when under a spacious marquee, an excellent several pieces of sacred music were per- dinner awaited them. After the repast, formed by the choir; and appropriate ad- the scholars, accompanied by the teachers, dresses were delivered by the Revds. Jes-walked in procession to a field kindly lent sop (Indep), T. Yates, of Wirksworth, for the occasion, where a variety of and W. Shakspeare. Proceeds, including amusements were provided for them. At the contributions kindly given by friends, one o'clock the visitors, about one hun£8 4s.
dred and fifty, sat down to dinner. At SUNDAY-SCHOOL JUBILEE, SUTTERTON. four o'clock the children partook of an -On Sunday and Monday, Sept. 12th excellent tea and plum-cake; and at five and 13th 1858, the fifteenth Anniversary o'clock the visitors and friends, about of the General Baptist Sunday-school, seven hundred, sat down to an excellent Sutterton, was celebrated. On Sunday tea. Such a gathering is seldom seen in Mr. Pike, of Bourne, preached morning a little village. In the afternoon the Rev. and evening to crowded congregations. B. Berridge, the rector of Algarkirk, disIn the afternoon the scholars received tant about a mile, kindly threw open his their annual rewards, consisting of books picturesque park, gardens and church for (according to merit) varying in value the entertainment and inspection of from one penny to one shílling and six- visitors; and during the afternoon several pence each. On Monday the village pre- hundreds availed themselves of the opsented an animated scene, and many a portunity thus afforded, and returned heart beat high with joy. Before day- | highly delighted. It was indeed truly break a number of friends with active gratifying to see the willingness of ali, hands and willing hearts were engaged without regard to sect or party, to assist in completing the varied and extensive in promoting the comfort and convenience preparations. By ten o'clock conveyances of all present. I trust that we, as teachers, began to arrive from Barton, Gosberton, I shall be stimulated to greater exertions and neighbouring villages. At half-past and diligence in our great work, by see