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'WITS TBXXB VAQM TBITBBBWABD. 

Iv eoauDflneinff the fifteenth Tolnme of 
Trb Eabthbic Vbmsl, I iludl not attempt 
•ay fonnal addzeH ; bat nmply endeaToor to 
BMt a tareefoM demand made npon me ; the 
fint efwhieb ia, the inward eall of a liiing 
ikilh to offer up my thankfginng nnto- the 
Lord for hia oontmned coodneai toward me in 
the field of labour, wherein ** with all my 
power," (aa Jaeob nid) I hare aenred the 
ebnrdiea of Chriat I cannot yet aay aa one 
of old did— ' (?otf UOk Utkm aw0^ my r^ 

* tambim, like a gloomy eUrad 

Have gMbved thiek, aod thoadered load :' 

1mtalill,*dieGod of mr ihtber hath been 
with ma :" and, *«in theumd of my affliction, 
hahathcanaedmetobe ihutfdl/ Deep in 
my tool, I fisel there ia a deaire to adopt the 
laagnage of the ancient king, (2 Sam. xxii 
Wn 'the Lord liTeth, and blemed be my 
tocjk ; aad eialted be the God of my ealfation. 
//tf^otfthatbrincethme forth from mine 
eaemiei. He haa ufted me vp ; and deliTered 
wtB from the Tiolent man. iX^rsfore, I will 
«iTB THABza imTO THXi, LORD; I 
wiU iiag praiaea nnto thy Name/ Albeit, 
aa DaTid intreated the king of Moab for hie 
firtbcr and mother, aaying, 'Let them be 
with yoo, TILL I xvow what God will 
oo voR MB "—BO, nnta mjr deliTcrance be 
AdiY oome, I would beeeeen my fHenda atitt 
to plead at Meaoy'a throne forme; and ttill 
to aid in fhrther thmiting oat thia littlo JKw- 
M^tfr of mumy mUuUf toaching the good news 
the goapel bnnga, and the great work the 
LoBO ia acoompliihing in the hearta of all 
whom moe difine hath called into the 
epiritnal warfare between the fieih and the 
imrit; between tmth and error; between the 
delomooa of eatan and the dcTclopementa of 
the ereilaeting covenant which ia ofdered 
IB all thinga nd enre. 
VcL. XV.— Ko. IfW. 



Secondly, gratitade demanda my unfeigned 
thanka to ul my readen, correspondents, 
agents, and donors ; for by their united exer- 
^ns, and kind expressions of practical help, 
thedrculation of this work has not diminish- 
ed ; neither has the Lord withholden bis bles- 
sing from it, as some hundreds of testimonies 
declare. By very specUl proridences, thus far 
I have been carried forward, and I cannot 
forbear, QSke the Psalmist,} exclaiming^'* 
bleu our Qodj y€ people ; make the praiee of 
hie voice to be heard, which holdeth our soul 
in life; andsuffereth not our feet to be mov- 
ed r and may the happy day soon arrive, 
when like the following verse, we may hum- 
bly acknowledse, * Inou haet eaueed men to 
ride over our heade ! we went through ftre^ 
and through water ; but thou broughteet ue 
out into a (tpiritualj wealthy place /" The 
third demand is, to ^ve a few thooghti upon 
the words of Paul, in his second epistle to 
the Corinthivu, * But we have thie treaeure 
in earthen veeeele, that the excellency of the 
power may be of God, and not of uef There 
are five distinct branches growing out of thia 
scripture. It would fiU a volume, to open 
all the leaves which on the branches grow; 
but a few words on each may lead to some 
good refiection. 

I. The gospel is called a treaeure, 

II. There is an excellency of power going 
with it 

III. The mediums of communication are 
comparatively mean— only earthen veeeele, 

lY. The deeian of this is, to shew that 
the excellency of the power is not of men, but 
of God. 

Y. There is a three-fold confidence, 

1 Of possession— ' We hare this trea- 
sure.' 

2 Of humiliation, 'we are only earthen 
vessels.' 

3 Of submission — ' that the glory may be 
giren to God, and not to us ; tnerefore, we 
would, with all the church unite — " Not unto 
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The Gofptl of Ghriit it a rerj predooB 
treMure: tluB will appear fint by cofUrtutf 
lecwndly, by an examination of iti contents. 

The gospel is a precious treasnre, as seen 
in oontrast with all the perishing treasures of 
time. It is by oontrasti and by adaptation, 
we often see the beantr and the benefit of the 
works and ways of Ooa; as for instance, the 
son in the kingdom of nature. That bright 
and splendid orl^ias a four-fold power : the 
power of fhlneas and perfection in itiwlf: it 
IS a glorious body of light indeed ; but then, 
our God did not want a sun merely to look 
at ; much leas did he reouire a son to en- 
lighten him ; for God is light, and in him is 
no darkness at all : beneath him, however, 
there was, ih$ dry land, $ar^h ; and to light 
up this otherwise dark world, he said, ** Lft 
there be light in the firmament of the heaTen 
to difide the day from the night And God 
made two great lighti ; the greater light to 
tule the day; the lesser lifht to rule the 
night. He made the stars also." The sun, 
therefore, hath now a reflectiTC power ; she 
throws out her cheering rays upon the earth ; 
and shows iti form and fullness too : then the 
sun has a commnnicatiTe power ; it giyes out 
li|[ht, heat, and life to tiiie eanh; and 
brings iti fruits to perfection; and then men 
laud the sun; thousands of millions bleas 
their Creator for a ^t so useful, so essential, 
and so good. So, in a higher sense, it is 
with Chjost : as, a High Fiiest, as a Media- 
tor: as a sacrifice for sin; as a Sariour; 
God did not need the Messiah ; but, on look- 
ing into the predestinated ages of time, the 
Almiffhty saw there, deep in the fall, the en- 
snarea and enslared spouse of Christ — ^the 
election of grace. To redeem^ to justify, to 
toardon, and to present thtm unto himself, 
God called, anointed, gave up, and sent his 
Son. To the awakcMd, the alarmed, the 
guilty sinner, how precious doth the Lord 
appear, when in the soul of such an ons^ the 
Holy Spirit shews Him 1 

It is oy contrast, and by adaptation, then, 
that the glory and excellency both of Christ 
and the gospel doth appear. 

There are pleasures and treasures too, be- 
fide the gospel : but what are they, when 
vomparea with thii? The Bible plainly 
says— < Through faith, Moses chose rather to 
suffer aflliction with the people of God, than 
to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season. 
There are the pleasures of sin : the world- 
ling sings his song, enjoys his dsmoe, ob> 
tains his desixo, and rejmoes in his posses- 
sions; but, as God made man for holiness 
and heaven ; Satan came and turned him to 
unholiness, and then presenti a thousand 
treacherous snares to beguile and decelTe his 
heart ; and after all, where ^race preTenti 
not, drags him down to the regions or death, 
where mercy never smiles; where not one 
whimer of salvation is ever heard. How 
ptMious that gospel, then, which oalU ua 



from darkness to light ; and from the power 
of Satan, to seek and to serve the living 
GodI 

The gospel is a precious treasure, when 
contrasted with the law. There was the 
Levitical law. What a gorgeous ceremony I 
Look at the tabernacle : examine its con- 
tents ; see the beautiful table of shewbread ; 
the candlestick; the altars; the mercy- 
seat ; the high-priest in his splendid robes ! 
Ah I saith ue Jew, look at our religion I 
Here is something to look at ; sometbiog to 
admire ; but you, poor Gentiles ! you have 
nothing but a mean place to meet in : a few 
poor om p^ple to speak to, and an unlettered 
man as your preacher. We admit there was 
a glory in the Levitical ritual; but it 
was but a ihadow. Presently, the Great 
High Pribst himself arises ; and in the 
full blaze of his immortal glory all theae 
shadows pass away. In the ceremonial law, 
there were deansiogs, aild healings, too ; but 
they were only for the bbdy ; and for time ; 
but Chbist, in the gospel, sanctifies, purifies 
and saves: gives grace, and then he givea 
fflory. Bv his blood, he purifies and par- 
dons : by nis righteousness, he justifies and 
honours ; and, by his power, he preparti the 
sinner fbr heaven; preterves him unto the 
heavenly kingdom ; and, having perfitted the 
work hegaHf prnenU him (o himself in all the 
reality, Uie dignity, and purity, which heaven 
demanda— which God bestows. Oh! there 
is, indeed, an excellent glory in the precioua 
gospel treasure ! And, was there no ^lorr in 
the moral law ? Bead that twenty-eighth of 
Deuteronomy. What streams of blessings! 
'^BUmd in the city and in the field; in 
basket and in store ; in coming in, and in 
going out; yea, in every paii, and in every 
place beneath the sun." But there are two 
iron eates, which yon will see, enclose these 
blessiags. First--the gate of a perfect obe- 
dience :—< if,'— what an ifl If thou thaU 
hmrkm Mi^mtiy, to e^Mrv* tmd to do all 
kii oommmidmmii ;' bnt, if yon fail in one 
point, the iron gate of cosdemnation dosea 
upon yon — ringing in your eaii all the cotsea 
of a justly offended— «n angry Jndge. See, 
then* the goapel asks for no perfeet obedienoe 
on the part oc the sinner. UoomesftomHim 
who pot away sin, and brought in everlasting 
lighteonsness; and, having dene so, heeaid, 
'Gospel— Go, and ery alond ; say— Wheao- 
evern^; let him come; and take ol the 
water of life fireely'— 

* WiHiont money : 
Come te Jesus Christ and bvy.' 

There is a fnlness of mercy, a fieeneas ol 
gracious bestowment in the cornel, whieh 
makes it a precious treasure indsed* 

We say, in some sense, the gospel is better 
to as poor sinners, than the oovenant of 
grace. The oovenant provided eveiythingi 
'arranged everything; ptonuMd evarrthing; 

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* The oov«nant made with Dand's Lord, 
lu all things ordered welL' 

For, with Satan oataide, unbelief inside ; re- 
news of sins in the past, and fearful fore- 
bodings in the future, all these hare said— 
' That covtnani wom not made for you /* Oh, 
bo; we have mournfully said, that holy 
eoTeoaat doth not ns embrace; where God 
is, we can never come. We haTe felt a little 
gladness for a moment, that there was a 
coTtnant which wonld sare some ; but then, 
inch a dark sadness wonld sink us down, 
while a fiendish Toiee would whisper^' Uia 
not for such as you t After a while, one 
gloomy ni^ht ; just when we were about to 
lay down m despair, the Gosnel came where 
we lay : it looked upon us witn compassion ; 
it poured into our poor sin-sick neart, a 
Ixttu of the wine of a precious Sariour's 
loviasr heart ; it softened our wounds with 
the cfl of graoe ; it bound up our wounds, 
by the application of the promise ; it raised 
nsi^; It took us in; and MAid-- Whatever 
flHre ti wantif^, I loiU supply. And, after 
dtti, vlien winter came; and some thick 
imti srose, it called in and said — * Knowing, 
hntiiren belored, your election of God ; for 
oar gospel came to you, not in word only ; 
but in power ; in the Holy Ghost, and in 
■adi asRuance:' and because, to ns, the 
Mwi sppeared too good to be true ; it came 
■ad nt down with us : and explained the 
wofk of grace so Uessedly, that Doubt and 
Ikeui—tSosit two uglv ghosts, fled in a 



t! and then the Gospel said—'Jfi 
tnbv, ye aiao trusted^ after that ye heard the 
wwif 0/ truth, the goipel of your salvation : 
ia whom, also, after that ye belicTed, ye 
wen sesled with that Holy Spirit of 
prauM.' Oh, Lord I we said— it is enough. 
Thsfe is ia the gospel, then, a snper-excellent 

And as to all the counterfeit gospels of 
nan; the wooden crucifixes, the masses, the 
eooftssions, the penances and purgatories; 
the PoserisBis, and ereatureisms of ten thou- 
and different shades ; together with all the 
deep-drawn pretended horrors and hollow de- 
Tiees of partially deluded experimentalists, 
as some must be termed, we say of them all 
' We*U eall them vanity and lies, 
And bind the gospel to our heart' 
Oh ! tat words, and the heavenly wind, to 
speak aloud the tnusoendaat glories of the 
fOBpelplan! 

For, while our happiest experiences 
whither ; our sweetest seasons pass away ; our 
dsaiest fdends dedine; and while our in- 
bied sins and heart-felt sorrows ot^^n 
thiaatsB to deluge oar hopes ; and to sweep 
sway oor all, the go^»el stands fast: this 
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JJBSTJS OHEIST tkb sjlhx, yes- 
terdayf to day, and for ever,' 

^ I hare indulged myself sometimes in re- 
viewing with secret and holy pleasure the fol- 
lowing three-fold character of the gospel min- 
istiy, I may appear to occupy unnecessanr 
space by giving it here in few words ; but af- 
ter some struggles I venture, resolving pa- 
tiently to bear all the contempt which my 
taller, stouter, and nobler bremren may hie 
permitted to cast upon one who is ' a Utile 
one* indeed. 

The first is, the best around a minister can 
occupy: Peter says of himself, he was • a wit* 
ness of the sufferings of Christ; and also a 
partakers of the glory which shall he reveaU 
ed.' Peter takes his stand between the cross 
of Calvery and the crown of everlasting glory. 

He looks backward upon his Saviour as 
bleedine and dying on the tree ; and then 
forward to his Bisen Lord as waiting to re- 
ceive home to glory all who in his name be- 
lieve. Oh ! that 1 oould ever stand on this 
holy piece of ^ound ; while in tlis world I 
stay. Faith in the cross, and fellowship with 
a suffering Saviour, will deeply crucify us to 
the world, the flesh, and all false systems; 
and make us more than a match for Satan ; 
it will help us to sing in the midst of lUl <yhr 
sorrows and desertions, 

Did Christ my Lord suffer. 
And shall I repine ? 

A sight by faith of our future home will 
cheer and strengthen, fire, and fill our souls 
with energy, zeal, and power ; and at times, 
we shall rejoice in hope of the glory of God. 

The second feature, is, the work we should 
aim to accomplish. An old author, Suidas, 
by name, writing of Melchizedoc, says,* he 
built his city in the Mount called Sion, and 
called it Salemf the city of peace ; the peace* 
fui eity I there he reigned as king, and wor- 
shipped as priest, one hundred and thirteen 
years ; then died a holy happy death.' I catch 
from this, an idea of yie work we should aim 
to accomplish. Every cospel church is a 
city. God help us to Doild our cities in 
Mount Zion ; and, to make them cities of 
peace : and instead of pastors and ministors 
being hired servants, may they, through 
grace, and the power of the Holy Ghost, reign 
as kings, and worship as anointed priests of 
the Most High God! Would it not be a 
happy contrast to much now going on in 
many communities called Gospel Churehes ? 

The third feature, ia the ropreseniatian of 
all that is essential to sahatumt which tlie 
Gospel ministry should give. 

Come with me, for one moment to the foot 
of the mount, whereon our glorious Lord was 
transfigured. There you may behold all that 
is absolutely required to take a fallen child of 
Adam out of the horrible pit, and to land him 
safely in the heavenly Canaan. There is on 
that mount a 8eTen.fold personality ; and in 
that penonality aseven.fold representation of 
that flowing out of the grace of God which 
biingeth salvation. I really could, (my 
reader may smile ; but I feel I eooM) spend 
years here in pleasant thought : but I only 
give the naked idea. First, then;4he coven- 
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-Mi of grace ii vepretented by that krigM eUmd 
which OTenhAdbwed them. Peter speaking 
of that event afterwards, says, Christ there 
' received from God the Father, honor and 
elory. When there came such a voice to him 
trom the excellent glurv, this is my beloved 
Son, in whom I am well pleased.' Here there 
was God the Fatubr, the covenant God of all 
his chosen and predestinated family ; and with* 
out personal interest in this covenant, certainly 
none can be saved. Secondly : there was the dit- 
cipUne o/ths law represented by Moses : by 
the law IS the knowledge of sin; and in all 
Jehovah's dealings wiUi Moses, His holy ab. 
horenoeofsin was most solemnly declared. 
It is true, the law makes noihiag perfect, but 
it has its preparatorv work to do. See, then, 
Moses is there ; ana I know our God will take 
care he shall so deeply wound the chosen seed, 
that they shall feelingly need a salvation 
which none but Jesus can give. Thirdly. 
BevelatUme from Heaven are represented 
by Elijah. You know how God instructed 
the good old prophet Fire came down from 
heaven for him; and in the still small 
voice the liord waa found. Fourthly, there 
sUnds JESUS in the midst. I presume not 
to sav one word of Him : His Father speaks 
aloud to proclaim His person and His worth. 
Prostrate at his feet, there are three others. 
A living Faith represented by Peter ; a lively 
Hope, by James; a perfect Love by John. 
When Jesus comes to take a sinner up into 
glory. He taketh Peter, and James, and John. 
He takes the sinner up into the exercise of 
a heaven-born faith ; faith produces a hope 
that shall not be ashamed; faith and hope 
conduct the soul through the desert; and 
love takes them in to dwell with Hik for ever. 
Forgive this little effort to stir up your 
pure minds. 

The gospel, then, brethren— to pretch thb 
gospel, IS oar work. We cannot make men 
see Its beauty ; we have no power to carry it 
into the hearts and ooaeienoes of our fellow- 
man ; ice cannot even unite the hearts and 
hands of those whe profess to know and love 
it. No; there are divisions, party strifes, 
and petty jealoosies ; but, if our impotence 
be such, that we cannot bring up men from 
the pit, nor unite those who are brought up ; 
if we cannot do these things, we may, (if 
truly called and anointed of God, we may,) 
aim more than ever to preach tub gosfbl 
of the ever blessed God : it is the power of 
God ; it is the sword of the Spirit ; it is the 
revelation of Jesus Christ ; it is the church's 
lamp of direction, and her light of oomfort : 
Tea, it is, instramentally, the trbb which 
the Lord shewed unto Moses. Let us, dear 
brethren, Uke this healing, healthful, sweet- 
ening Tree, and cast it into all the bitter 
waters of jealousy, strife, divisions, and 
discord, which now so moch siflict and 
weaken our cause. Let us labour to live 
more m, and upon, the gospel ourselves me- 
ditatively ; let us be ooncemed to proclaim 
•nd publish it ministerially; to wear and 



walk It practically ; and I think our conso- 
lations within, and onr prosperity without, 
will be moch more abundant. Our Master, 
the Lord Jesus, preached the gospel, in a 
three-fold manner more particularly : (1) by 
a delightful declaration of doctrines : read 
the evangelist John through ; and there in is 
such a chain of New Covenant doctrines as 
never before nor since proceeded from the 
lips of man. Surely, this is the garden of 
hirhe, the garden of nute^ the garden of Goo, 
of which the Old Testament saints so fro- 
quentlv spake ! Brethren, for Zion's sake I 
beseech you, gather the herht, they will, 
under the dirine blessing, heal you, and vour 
people too ; epn^ the nuts, they will feed the 
soab of saints, and encourage seeking ones : 
and, if withall, the Lord shall make you and 
me, more useful in bringing poor sinners 
into this garden of the glorious. God-xan, 
it will be an honour indeed. The ^iritual 

Cisure, and deep soul-profit I have, at times, 
while in this garden, I have, with the 
Saviour walked, none can ever conceive, but 
those who thus have with bim walked. Let 
Jesus to us say, < t^me with me !' Let him 
* take iM aeide V Let him there anoint our 
eyes, fill our hearts, purifv our consciences, 
and talk to our souli ; ana we shall be well 
prepared to feed the church, to find out sor- 
rowful q>irits, and to search into the dark 
deep dens where his yet uncalled hidden ones 
are laid. (2) Jesus preached the gospel by 
practical parables. Bead Luke's gospel for 
these more specially. The uiwer gpes forth 
to sow his seed : the good Samaritan goes 
down to the place where the poor man lay 
of his wounds : intercession is made 



bla 

for thelutrren fig-tree :— we are too ready to 
say of a poor captive-bound sool, ^cut it 
down, why eumbereth it the ground t But 
the kind Intercessor savs, * Let it alone this 
year also, till I shall dig about it, and dung 
It.'. Oh! precious, ADV0GA.TB I Almighty 
Friend ! If he had not stepped in near twenty 
years ago ; when friends and foes, saints, 
and sinners, pastors and people said, * cut it 
down /' If he had not stepped in, Oh ! where 
should we now be found ? Ah ? where ? 
But that. * Let it alone f It was like an iron 
wall of aefenoe to us for full four years ; and 
then the digging and the dunging commen- 
ced ; and aU the good we have ever done \ 
all the fhiit we have ever borne ; all the 
hope we have ever had, has been because 
Hb has abode by his promise, ' him that 
Cometh unto me, I will m no wise cast out.* 
But, withal, let us notice (3rd) Jesus beffan 
to preach the gospel experimentally. He 
went up into a mountain and opened his 
great commission, by snewing what kind of 
chariicters they were ; and what special ex- 
periences they were the subjects of, who 
were * blessed.' The poor in spirit : they 
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cifMl : the pure in heart : the peaamakera : 
the per ^ sated for righteoouieis sake : the 
. jrnkd, and so on. On each of thei« I would 
wiih to dwelL Bat I dare not occupy more 
rDom this month. The apeoial elementa of 
the gospel treasure ; the kind of TeMels, in 
whi^ It is deposited ; the excellent power 
which goea with it ; and the design of the 
whole. Shall he considered, if mce and 
itxengih he con tinned to yours in Jesus, 
Charles Wateus Bakes. 

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Mt good Th«ophilu8~I wish yon dis- 
tinctly to nndersUnd, that I do not intend to 
eacnmber what I have to say upon the 
'scrcii seals with the opinions of others, 
any farther than just to ODserve, that learned 
wntara apon the book of Bevelation hare 
geoerally oeen in their interpretations too se- 
calar ; making the book take notice of wars, 
tad poiitieal rerolntions, which hare no ma- 
taisl oonaection with the ohoroh of the 
hnsg God ; and haTe thns in a great measure, 
kst Bgbt of the main and essential object of 
the hMk ; the intention of which is, to set 
Artk the charaeter, sufferinffs, and final 
triomphs of the people of (Sod ; t<^her 
with the destiny of their enemies. And 
thoBy as the eTangelist sets forth the snffer- 
iags of Christ, ttiis book of the BcTela- 
tion seu forth the giorr that shall follow. 

But, if moot of the learned haf e been too 
seealsr, there is on the other hand, danger of 
fucifall^ spintaalising CTerything, and so 
sabstitatin^ mere ooaneils for true interpre- 
tatioa. I will aim to SToid both ; that I 
■ay neither sink into the whirlpool of Carib- 
^ nor £dl upon the rocks of fiylla. That 
is, 1 thysll try to avoid goine oot of my depth, 
and deal only in that which I can make 
plain both to you and to myself. 

Bat I cannot forbear savinr, that although 
most wrileiB apon this book have been too 
seealsr, yet the iaboars of great and learned 
■en have thrown mnch light upon this mys- 
teiioiis book. There is much respect due to 
ooeh Banes as Bishop Newton, Mr. Elliot, 
Br. Eeith, Dr. Camming, Octavius Winalow, 
Ac. These names shine among the great in 
Bihtieal Uteratore *, and though one takes the 
' four mystic horses' ^ken of in the sixth 
chapter to be foor conspicuous Boman Emper- 
•is, namely, Yespasdan, Trajan, Seferos, and 
Msarimillion ; and aoother, that these four 
hones are the Gospel, Mahomedaoiss, Caiho- 
licisa, and Infidelity; yet, notwithstanding 
these differences among them, they are no 
donbt ri^t in many things ; and cannot, I 
think, he justly charged with having in their 
■tense and immense labours, any object in 
view eootnvy to honesty, and uprightnev, 
sad the good of their fellow men. 



. But m^object chiefly will be the Gospel of 
theee 'seven seals.' That which is not 
merely intellectual, but that which bears 
upon our daily experience, Christian prac- 
tice, and ultimate destiny. 

Now I think that Psalm 45th and the 
19th chapter of this book will explain to us 
the * white horse seal.' That this first seal 
is declarative of the successful pro^ressiou of 
the Saviour, not in hii humiliation, but in 
his exaltation ; even the very colour of the 
I horses api>ear to have a meaning. But, 
before coming to the progression of this first 
war horse, let us just look for a moment at 
what is meant by the seal being opened, and 
also what is meant by John being comman- 
ded to * come and see. Now the opening of 
this first seal is in Psalm 45tht called, * indi- 
ting a ffood matter.' Ihe Psalmist then 
goes on to speak of the things which he had 
made out touching the king ; that he was 
fairer than the children of men ; that grace 
is poured into his lips; and he is blessed 
forever. < Fairer than the children of men,' 
because sinless. * Grace poured into his 
lips,' denotes the pure truths of the new 
covenant which he, by the Holy Ghost, 
recortis. It denotes, also, that nothing im- 
pure could ever enter his mind ; and as he 
did no sin, he lost nothing : and not as it is 
in the first Adam, where by sin everything is 
lost, and we ourselves are lost ; but this man, 
the second Adam, the Lord from heaven, 
hath done nothing amiss, therefore has lost 
nothing ; and hasl>y the sacrifice of himself 
put that away by which we lost everything. 
So that he, as King in Zion, * is blessed for-, 
ever ;' and * of his kingdom there is no end.' 
May not the Psalmist then well say, that 

* his heart was inditing a good matter P And 
this grace, by which he reigns over his 
people; this grace reigning in us ; we shall 
hereby reign with him. Hence it is, that 
we are kept by the power of God, through 
faith, unto etenial salvation. 

I think you clearly see that this 4dth 
Psalm bears upon the subject of this first 
seal. You see that *a ennvn' was given 
unto him that sat upon the white horse. 
And, as I have before said, be did no sin, 
therefore he does not lose this crown, but is 

* blessed for evermore.' And, indeed, there 
being a crown given onto him means more 
than at first sight it seems to mean. It 
means in truth ul that is meant in Dan. vii. 
14 : and there was g[iven unto him dominion, 
and glory, and a ungdom ;' power over all 
flesh — ^there is the dominion ; ' to give eter- 
nal life to as many as are given him' — there 
is the glory; thus, to save much people 
alive, — * come, ye blessed, inherit the king- 
dom.' All this then is meant in the one 
fact, that a arown was given unto him. 

But I shall in another part of this seal 
have to come back again to this 45th Psalm, 
I will now go to the l^th/ofKevelatjion; 

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and iee what help we ean g;et then, to en- 
able us to understand what is meant bjr the 
* opefiMiff of this seal. And there, in the 19th 
of Revelation, what in the 45th Psalm is 
called * a good matter ;' is here caUed * A#a* 
v^ hem^ opened^* (Terse 11). This 19th of 
Bevelation, from rerse 11th to the end of the 
chapter, lai^ly opens unto us this first seal. 

But let us stop and look at what is meant 
bjT * heavm heinr opened,' some take it to 
mean, the New Testament dispensation ; and 
no doubt it does mean this ; and also, some- 
thing infinitely beyond the mere outward dis- 
pensation. 8m and the sentence of the law, 
had scTered us fiom God. The opening of 
the heayen therefore will mean the end of 
sin, and end of the law ; both of which we 
have in Christ So that of himself he might 
well say, * I am the door, by me if any man 
enter in, he shall be saTed.' And well also 
may he testify, * I am the way, the truth, and 
the life.' It wss by him, that Abel obtained 
witness that he was righteous. It was by 
him, that Enoch walked with God. It was 
by him, that the hearens were opened to 
Jacob on his way to Padan-aram. It was by 
him, that the heavens were opened to £zek- 
iel, by the River Cbebar. It was by him, 
that "Nathaniel was to see the heavens 
opened, and theangels of God ascending and 
descending upon the Son of Man. And as 
it ife by him, that heaven itself is opened, so 
hf him, are opened the mysteries of the 
kugdom of heaven ; and by him, are opened 
the councils of God, in relation to niend 
and foe ; to believers and unbelievers ; for 
* all judgment is committed unto the Son. 

But the opening of this first seal, called 
here (in the I9th chapter^ * the opening of 
heaven :' this opening of neaven will mean 
also the setting aside of human tradition : 
*• woe unto you Scribes and Pharisees, hypo- 
crites, for ye shut up the kingdom ot heaven 
against men ; for ye neither go in yourselves, 
neither suffer ;^*e them that are entering to 
go in.' Such is the tendency of all human 
tradition; fieshlj meddleings with God's 
truth. Nevertheless, the kingdom shall be 
given to them for whom it is prepared. 

Daniel saw in vision the aboundings of 
human tradition, making void the command- 
ments of God ; (Dan. vii. 10.) but he saw 
also, that the Saviour would open the sorip- 
tures. * The judgment (saith Daniel) was 
set, and the books were opened,^ What books 
were these but the books of the Old Testa- 
ment ? *■ And beginning at Moses, and all 
the Prophets, he ex{K)unded unto them in all 
the scriptures the things conoeminff himself,' 
(Luke xxiv. 27.) Now, my good Tneophilus, 
remember Daniel is not, — ^in saying *the 
judgment was set, and the books were 
opened, — ' sfieaking of the last judgment, 
but of the judgment which the Saviour 
would pronounce against his enemies, as 
simultaneous with the opening up of the 



scriptures to his own disciplei; and hence 
the thronee pan. vii. 94,) will mean the 
truths of the gospel, together with the rights 
and dignities of the people of God. Now, 
Uiese thrones were cast down by enemies and 
persecutors, until the Ancient of Days inter- 
pcHied ; and the man of sin^the mystery of 
iniquity — fbll, and must yet fall, before the 
spirit of his mouth, and the hrightneee of his 
coming, and so shall the heavens be opened. 
Thus you will see, this first seal pertains to 
the Saviour, the opening thereof will mean 
all and much more than I have here said. 

But before I enter into the details of this 
first seal, I will yet notice the otMMmafuf to 

* come and see.' One of the four living 
creatures commands John to * come.' Now, 
I have before shewn you, that the likeness of 
the four living creatures is taken from the 
square encampment of the Israelites in the 
wilderness ; and here is a representative of 
the church making John welcome to div« 
ine revelations : * come aiid see.' Now this 
accords with the feeling of every true church 
towaryi their minister ; as though this livine 
(not dead, mind, but living,) creature should 
say, John here is something very mysterious ; 
come, and see ; and trv and explain it to us, 
who are desiring to look into these things. 
And so it is, that living souls can never he 
content with a blind watchman, a blind 
guide, a miierable comforter, a forger of 
lies, or inth a physician of no value. Liv- 
ing souls see something of the mysteries of the 
kingdom of heaven ; and by a true smt, they 
hope to see stiU more ; and go on seeing and 
seeing until they ' behold, as in a glass, the 
glory of the Lord, and, are changed into the 
same image, as from one degree of glory to 
another, as by the spirit of the Lord.' 

The true teer is one who is bom of God ; 
poor in himself, * having nothing, yet poss- 
essing all things.* Now this true seer, is 

* made wise unto salvation ;' he is but a child 
in spiritual thin^ ; that is, he is poor, and 
bit a child in his own eyes, even less than 
the least of all saints.' Now Solomon 
(Eccl. iv. 13), saith « better is this poor and 
wise child than an old and foolish kin(^, who 
will no more be admonished.' This old 
and foolish king will mean old Adam ; and 
out of the materials of this old Adam are 
manufactured men for the ofiice of ministers ; 
but they are not new-bom, heaven-bom 
children ; and though such may be person- 
ally, young in years, they belong to the old 
Adam stock, and are of the world; and 
therefore speak they of the world. But they 
are, in eternal things, self-contradictory, 
confused, and very cloudy ; or, as Solomon 
says, * foolish, and their name is legion,' 
both in the Church of Rome and in the 
Church of England, as well as among Diss- 
enters. Now, for a poor and wise diild of 
God to attempt to admonish one of these 
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cfcft Qm iMiglit of praamptioo ; fhey look 
dom nwm auch a dbild with all the hauUur* 
of utich they are capable ; aayinr, * thoa 
mit altogether bom in rins, and doit thoa 
tmA ttt r and so they cast hini out Thus, 
thk man-made minister, is after all bnt a 
foolish hio? ; for * oat of priion he cometh 
to i«ig:n.' Yea, he has completed his studies, 
fiaiihed his edaoation; this department 
has been bia priaon ; ao oat of this nnson 
ht comes, to make some little noise in the 
world, and to rei^ npon some clerical 
throne ; whereas also he saith, * the wise 
maa that is bom in his kingdom becometh 
poor/ 

Kow there are two daises of persons bora 
in his kingdom, who come to pofcrty. One 
is Uioeewno are called by grace under his 

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i; for the Lord does some times 
make nse of his own word from the lijps of 
soch men, and now and then one is eonTinced 
trely of sin, and made to hanger and thirst 
for more gospel than it is in the power of 
this onwise king to brinr forward; saeh 
being bom of Q<m, they wiu become sensibly 
poor; and they will leare this duty-faith 
Idagdom in which they were bora, and seek 
that free-graee kingdom, for whioh they are 
Itted, and where they will find what they 
vaat; they will seek to those seers who can 
szpoimd onto them the way of Ood more 
wneetly ; and thus th^ come oat of Baby- 
Jon, and partake not of her errors, lest they 
nceiTe also of her plag|aes; and so this 
feoGsh kin^ haa unwittingly tanght these 
poor and wise children more ih^n m mimded 
tiem to hww. Bat whea once their eyes 
are opened: they cannot again be closed 
while each is bearing his own testimony ; and 
Bayio^f * whereas I was blind, now! see/ 
God IS the Lord who hath shewed them light. 

The other dais bora in the kingdom of 
ifans fooliih kinj^, who become poor, are those 
whose coarexnon oonsbts merely of tiie an- 
dean ^nrit ffoing out ; bat there is no su- 
feroatanil life in the soul ; and these dyine 
10 that state, will lift np their eyes in hell, ana 
be so poor as to beg eren for a drop of water 
to cool their tongue ; and the deril that de- 
ceifed them will glory to see them thus de- 
graded. 

Thus, my good Theophilus, yon see some- 
thing of what is meant by opening this first 
•eal ; and also something of what is meant 
by John, a trae seer being requested to 
' come and see,' and so tell to us what he 
sees. A Littub Owb. 

htt/'iaaem, meantnf great haoghtlBeM. 



A handsome Tolome of ' Letters to Theo- 
philoa,' by * A little One/ is now just pub- 
lished. I( may be had of Mr.> Cox, 100, 
Borwh-road ; and of Mr. Holmes, St. Paure 
Chordi TanL Our review of this Tolume is, 
of aecefsity, deferred. 



DBiLTH oi omi OF THi OLOBflT Mnnams 

MK THOMAS SHIELEY. 
Of Btvmtoakt. 

*Goed dd father Bhirley, of Berenoaks,' 
(says a writer,) is gone home at last. Upon the 
whole^ he has bad a long, and happy, a laborw 
ions, and a useAil day in the gospel zniniatrT; 
bnt he has now left the work, under Ood, ra 
the hands of oar mneh rained pastor, Mr. J. 
Motmtford. As, a church, we hare Tory great 
eanse for gratitude to the Lord for sparing 
him so Umg; also, for sending ua another 
faithful broUier in Christ before he took our 
spiritual lather home.' 

Serenoaks has certainly been a favoured 
spot ; and we hope Mr. Mountford's ministry 
may oontinue to be mneh honoured of the 
Lord his Ood. 

From oommunicaUons reoeired, we make a 
brief selection. Mr. J. A. Jones, of Jireh 
Meeting, London, writes as follows i 

Mr. Thomas Shirley, Baptist minister of 
BoTen Oaks, Kent| died November 18tb, in 
the 84th year of his age. Thomas Shirley 
was an honourable man, a sterling ehristisa, 
and a good minister of Jesus Christ. One 
that adorned the doctrine of God our Saviour 
in all things. He was pastor of the Baptist 
chnrch at Seven Oaks about 40 vears. In 
the early days of his ministiy, tbere were 
some excelkiit ministers likeminded in Theo- 
logy, suoh aa James Upton» William Shen* 
ston, John Chin, John Keeble, Samuel Bowles, 
Thomas tthxrley, &c Their views generally 
accorded with those of Mr. Abraham Booth, 
in his odebrated and excellent work, entitled. 
' The Beign of Grace.' They served the Lord 
in their day and generation ; and note the 
last but not the Uaet of them, has ' entered 
into his rest/ 

The life of a Dissenting minister, residing 
the whole period of his labours among one 
People, and that in a Country Town, afforda 
but few materials for narration, or even obeer- 
vation, suffice it to say, that, perhaps no 
minister stood higher in the affections of his 
people than Thomas Shirley. Indeed those 
who knew him most, loved him best. He did 
not often leave home, except occasionally 
visiting some of the churehes around him. 
He was present and took part, in the Ordi. 
nation of Mr. Bichard Glover at Tring, in 
the year 1814 (44 years ago; and he 
preached at the Tring Anniversaries for 40 
years, with only one exception. 

Mr. Shirley had been declining tor some 
considerable time, mostly laying m bed in a 

Slarid, and rather an imbecile state, till a few 
ays before his departure. On the last Sab- 
bath that he spent on earth, in the moraing 
he spoke very blessedly of the Lord's good- 
ness to him, and the blessed prospect he had 
of being shortly with him in glory. He re- 

2 nested a chapter to be read, and then he 
imself engaged in prayer, and was very 
comfortable through the day. On the next 
day (Monday), he seemed evidently ffoing 
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tbree dayi he lay as in a daep deep, and on 
the Thnnday about seren o'clock, the UatUr 
ealled him home, and he departed without a 
sigh or struggle, November 18th, 1858. 

The funeral took plaee on the next day 
week following, via., Friday, NoTember 2ath. 
Host all the male members of the church 
followed the oorpic, to the burial place at 
SeutiVs QrMm, Mr. Mountford (the present 
minister at Seven Oaks) with ICr. Haiffh 
and Mr. Bead, took part m the serrioes. On 
the following Sabbath Mr. Mountford preached 
the funeral sermon from Job t. 26. * Thou 
ahalt come to thy grave in a fuU age, like a 
■hock of com oometh hi, in his season.' 

* The memory of the just is blessed.' 

A copy of the funeral sermon by Mr. Mount- 
ford has reached us ; we reserve our notice 
for February. 



NEW PUBLICATIONS. 

< Landmarht of Faith : ChapUf imi mde d 
for iks Comfori of tJU Doubtimf, ike Fsar- 
fkU and the Bereaved.' By Bev. W. B .Lewis, 
London : Wertheims. we do not say this 
volume is perfect production: but to us it 
has a been very precious : in reading it, we 
found our love to the Saviour, to the Saints, 
to the Heavenly Kingdom, and to the Truth, 
to be kindled into a holy flame : its title and 
contents go well together. 

* Jfy Beeolleetume of the Four Laat Popee, 
and of Borne in their Timee* By Alessandro 
Gavaszi. London: Partridge and Co. We 
h«>ard Gavazzi once : his apparent angry bit- 
terness toward the pope, and the papal hier- 
archy, did not excite any desire to hear him 
again. He has worked hard to gain a popu- 
larity in this kingdom ; but we seriously be- 
lieve his enmity against Christ's Ooepel is as 
severe as it ia against Cardinal Wi^man. 
When a man of immense powers of mind 
leaves the Church of Home, and comes lec- 
turing and preaching as a Protestant ; but in 
those preachings and lecturings hurls ^ the 
heaviest b^sws he can at those very principles 
which giye life and strength to the true 
Church of Christ, what do we gain ? the en- 
emies to truth hail him, and make use of him ; 
some of the silly sheep are misled by him ; 
while Zion*s real firiends (weeping in secret) 
are treated with the direst contempt. We can- 
not think well of these mountebank exhibi- 
tions. 

' Sijf Daye Tranee :' being an account of a 
remarkable Illness, Trance, and Vision, as 
seen and related by Isaac McCarthy, now of 
Bristol Our very aged and deeply afflicted 
friend, Isaac McCarthy is in the Jordan, and 
passing homewards. For six days in Novem- 
Der last, he lay as in the stillness of death ; 
but during that time, he was enjoying sweet 
meditation on the kingdom of Clirist He has 
been enabled to write this narrative ; with a 
brief memoir of his life. It is just published 
by 0. J. Stevenson, 54, Paternoster Bow ; at 
one penny. 

*yeffer alone f or IHoine Support. Affee^ 



UonaMf addreeeed to the Mourner. By 
Bev. W. K. Wright London : Houlrton and 
Wright $ and Partridge and Co. This is a 
spiritual exhibition of the Lord's goodness; 
and a pressing exhortation, to look to him. 1 1 

*Tke Original Baptiet AlmamaeK inter* 
leaved, for 41. is a good Pocket Companion 
forthe jear. 

' The Little Gleaner .*' a monthly magasine 
for children. One penny. Houlston and 
Wright. Orumbefrom Clifton Chapel i and 
Small Seede. We are frequently asked for 
little books suited for children, and Sunday 
Schools : we cannot do better than recommend 
all such enquirers to apply to Mr. Septimus 
Sears, the Editor of the lAttle Gleaner, and 
the minister of Clifton Chapel, Sheiford. 
Beds. He has worked with nis pen, and 
through the press, to some purpose. If the 
JAtUe Gleaner was as neatly printed as it is 
ably conducted, its circulation would be im- 
mense. Besides this monthly, we have copies 
of the following pretty Uttle books, all pre- 
pared by Mr. Sears ; for which labour of love 
ne richly deserves the support and assistance 
of all WAO can value trulA-telling little man- 



Graee in the Touiu: a Xemoir of William 
Deoonekire, This is a jewel; everything 
about it, is good :— >the narrative is powerful ; 
the frontispiece is ornamental; and the prin- 
ting; (beinjr executed by that good friend to 
Zion, J. Billing, of Guildford Surrey,) is all 
tiiat can be desired. 

U fete Worde ofAdoioe to Boye and Girle, 
Lade and Laeeee, Toung Men and Maidene* 
By a Country Pastor. London : G. J. Steven- 
son, 64, Paternoster Bow. Price 2d. We 
have read every letter of this IS page little 
book. Heads of houses may give it their 
young people with hopes of goodresults. 

Mmime of Truth for Home and SehooL 
London: Lsmare, Oxford Arms Passsge. 
For two-pence, Mr. Sears, here gives you a 
hymn book, containing 136 Hymns, original 
and select; all in accordance with tae truths 
of the gospel. We have long thought of com- 
piling sucn a work; but Mr. Sears has here 
set sJi competition at defiance : his children's 
hymn book is a miracle for cheapness. Be- 
sides these, he has many more. La every 
sense, we wish him good success. 

< 2^ BrWeh Workman: The Yearly Pert, 
No. 4, for 1868. Partridge and Co. Of all 
the literary efforts made to raise the character, 
inform the mind, and correct the errors of 
the working classes, we know of nothing so 
appropriate; nothinr more likelv to be effec- 
tive ; nothing which has obtained an influence 
more powernd, than the Britith Workman, 
This new part is an elegant, and delightfully 
interesting present, either for the cottage, the 
reading room, the factory, or the servants 
hall. The Editor evidently throws head, 
heart, hands, wealth, and an untiring seal, in- 
to his work. A glorious harvest awaits him 
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THE LAT'E SAMUEL ETLB8 PIEECE. 

" A holyman of God." 2 Kings vi 9. 



OOVTSIBUCTD BT VS. JOHV ANDRBWB J0NS8. 



Ms. ESditob — ^At your request I intend, the 
Lord sparing me, to famish yoa with a brief 
memoir of some three or four fiimouB gospel 
ministera in theb day and generation. Men 
of God, sound in the fiuth, sterling dirines. 
liAj it be as a Toice to the uprising j^oung 
miaisken in our dar, sayins to them, * irhose 
fiuth foQov, eonsidering tne end^ (i.e. the 
whole drift and soope of) their ministry/ Jesus 
Oizist, the same yesteorday, to day, and for 
erer.' Heb. xiii. 7* 

I begin with Mr. Samuel Eyles Pierce. I 
h&Te his life written by himself in 180 pages 
oetaro; I would give your readers the eream 
«l those pages, and dose with a notice of his 
iBTiliiablB writinxsL J)r. Hawker held Itr. 
Pioes, as a theoloBian, in high estimation. 
He oare obaerred, * I do not plsice myself on a 
hfA with that great man of God, but I hope 
I SB hobbling after him, though at a distance 
bdiiad.' Bat^ I attend to my work. I am. 
Ton's fte. J. A. JosBS. 

Jvib, Deo. 1868. 

Saxvbxi Stlbs PnobCB, was bom June 11th, 
1T4B, at Tip Ottery, near Honiton, Devon. 
Hii mothes^s fiith«r was Vicar of the parish, 
sad he was bom in the parsonage nouse. 
He says, ' my grandfather well remembered, 
when a boy, the Prince of Orange landing at 
ftrtoj r; and proceeding to Exeter, he de- 
■BBded the keys of the city, which were cast 
ofsr the eity-waUs to him. Mr. Pierce was 
an only diila. When young, he was fond of 
bosks, espeeially d&ooHimal ones ; and would 
at times leaTe nis play, go home, read his 
beok% and say his prayers. He says, * I veiy 
eariy began to have some discoveries of my- 
self aa a sinner. As my natural devotion in- 
er sa s s d , so it was expnaaed by my loving 
llie Lara's house ; that is, the puce styled ths 
Ckmrekf and also the /Vrms therein observed. 
To be very good and dawmtf read good books, 



wsa one) onderatood ox being rengious. Bo 
that I lived an animal fife, a rational HCb, a 
le&iiiBed life, a devout fife ; and all without 
say trua JtmtmUdge of the Lord Jesus 
Ghrisl.* I was in my rin; I had no spirit- 
ual life in my sow; I was an entire 
Granger to Obnst. I knew not his person, 
blood, and righteonaness. I sinned and re- 
pcnAed; I sinnsd again, and, repented again; 
sod had no remedy ti) fly tobut,«N»y ototi iotN^s. 
There was a Iv. Jessie, who preached at 
BaekkBd Chureli, he said to the people, 'if you 
have 1^ off aJA your sins, ana done all good 



duties, and are not eome to Christ for Hfe and 
salvation, you are as far from heaven as if you 
had not taken one step on the way thither.' 
He then spake much of the precioas blood of 
Christ, and although I knew nothing of this, 
yet I conceived it was veiy sweet. No one 
could be more dark than I was. I had no 
human instructor, and there was no preaching, 
but the morality of the Parish Church. A 
person came to our house on Lord's-day even- 
mg and spoke to us of a Xr. Toplady, This 
mat and most tmly excellent man was than 
the minister of Broad Hembury, which was 
five miles from Honiton. I was asked to go 
and hear him. I did so. His text was, ' theaa 
that have turned the world upside down ara 
eome hither aUo* Acts xvii. 6. He expressed 
what gospel ministers (as instruments) turned 
the people from ; it was from aU their false 
foundations, their self- righteous views, and 
meritorious schemes. Ifelt the aame. I 
walked into the Churchyard, and looking on 
the graves, I was led to consider the state of 
fallen man to be as the dead ; and that the 
Spirit of GK>d <Uone could quicken a dead sin- 
ner : also, that the Zeat< breathing of a spirit- 
ual life, was evidential of a spiritual oirth. 
In the afternoon, Mr. Toolady preached from 
* ha shall eome to ha glorified in nia saintly &o. 
2 Thess. L 10. He entered particularly into 
the righteousness of Christ; and wbiat he 
Bpeke entered also into my aoul, and I said 
within myself thia ia what I want. I had 
been aimimf to be righteous, hut, by all my 
aota and deeda I oould not attain the same. 
I returned home full of what I heard. I 
went again to Broad Hembuiy, to hear a 
/WfMrafsermon, and a most solemn one it was. 
The righteousness of Christ was again set 
forth as the ouiy garments of salvation. I 
haard it; I received it; I dwelt upon it in my 
mind ; I was thus led, by Uttle and fittle, to a 
real knowledge of gospel Truth, and an ex- 



perience of gospel ( 

Mr. Pierce then relates his Jlrat coming to 
London, and his hearing Mr, Soma4ne. His 
text was, 'O the hope of laraal, and the 
Sanfiimr tharsof* Jer. xiv.8. He said, *'Sir8, 
if you had all the righteousness of all the 
angels in heaven, it would profit you nothing ; 
thore is no righteousness inll pass current in 
the hiffh court of heaven, but the righteous- 
ness or Jehovah-J'esus.' I was overoome with 
holy admiration. The blessing of the Lord on 
the truths deUvend caused my heart to danoe 
fior joy. I was swallowed up in spiritual 
hearmg. I did not lose one sentence. There 
was a nolv sublimity in Mr. Bomaine's min- 
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wBi the prayer of my heart, 'Lord give Mm 
to moMk a great word for Ckritt to dajf* 
Btimoe it to say, that to Mr. Pieroe there was 
no man livlDe equal to Mr. Bomaine. He 
became under his ministry, nourished up in 
the words of faith and sound doctrine. He 
had most blessed apprehensions of Christ, and 
was led into holy communion and fellowship 
with him. 

Mr. Fierce during his first yisit to London 
was walking one evening, in a very distressed 
state of mind down Lmug Aero, near Covent 
Gharden. He says, ''I was exercised with a 
Tiew of myself as a poor, lost, and undone sin- 
ner, and as diutueajrom head to foot* I saw 
a light which led into Long Acre Chapel, 1 
entered the same. MrMadan was the preacher. 
He named his text Just as I came into the 
place. It was from John y. 6 ' Wilt thou he 
made tehole ? * He seemed to fix his eyes full 
upon me, and I viewed the question even as 
directed by the Lord himself personally to my 
soul. I meatallg cried out, " Tes, dear Lord 
Jesus, I ^eill be made whole, and ten thousand 
thanks to Thee for the same. I left the place 
enjoying all peace in believing in Christ, Uie 
Great fhysician, who alone bringeth health 
and cure (Jer. xxxiii. 6.). He said, "1 shall 
never forget the same." 

I would here relate one more circumstance. 
In the evening of his life, when very aged and 
infirm, he had been preaching at Mr Henrf 
Bowling's Chapel, at Colchester. He felt 

Ctly exhausted, and, on retiring to rest, Mrs 
ling assisted him to his bM chamber ; 
upon reaching the landing place on the stairs, 
he fell back into her arms. She soothed him 
with remarking the eare the Lord Jesus had 
fbr him. He exclaimed, * Ah! I fear he Aas 
other fUh to fry** Mrs D. said, the thought 
of Jesus being employed in frffingfUh in heaven 
caused an involuntary laughter. But. (said 
she) I well knew what the dear ageo saint 
meant', even the Lord's care over his people^ 
and fears of his ooerloohimg one so utterly un- 
worthy as him ; the least of all saints. 
[This was told me by Mrs D. herself.] 

Ah ! no ; he could exclaim with the apostle, 
' He loved me, and gave hinself for me.* And, 
with the Psalmist, 'I am noor and needy 
(aged and feeble) yet the Lora thinketh upon 
me.' 

After some time, Mr Pieroe was advised to 
apply to Lady Huntingdon, for admission into 
her College at Treveeea, He was accepted, and 
soon sent hither and thither to preach. But 
his ministry was not very acceptable. Her 
ladvship did not imderstand lum, and his 
fellow-etudents did not aj^prooe of his views ; 
it was above their conception. He had receiv- 
ed his education in a higher echool. He [went 
to several places to preach, such asFrome, 
Midhurst,Petworth, Brighton, Chichester, &o. 
But (says he) go where I would, I found a deal 
of legahty, and very little knowledge of Christ; 
so that my preacninz of Sim and his great 
salvation, constrained me to take up the pro- 
phet's words, '^ Ah, Lord Ood. they say ofme. 
Doth he not speak parables " P Esek. xx. 49. 

In the year 1784, Mr Pieroe became Pastor 
of the Independent Church at Truro, in Com- 
walL He was fully employed in the work of 



the ministiT at home, and in Tarious parts o^ 
Cornwall, ice He studied closely the sacred 
word. Concerning Anthore,he says, *'Dr 
Goodwin, Dr. Gill, Dr. Crisp, and Stephen 
Chamock were my favourites.'^ 

In the year 179o, he removed to London. Mr 
Bomaine had recentiy entered into his rest, so 
that his people were left as sheep without an 
under-shepherd. Mr. Pieroe might be termed 
an out-ancUout Bomainei^ so that there was a 

Sthering under his ministry. Thomas Bailey, 
iq., of St Paul's Church tard, Mr. Bye, Mr. 
Amott, and several other moneyed men gave 
him a hearty welcome. They first took for 
him a small place of worship in Printer's Court, 
Fleet Street In the year 1805, they built him 
a new and larger ChapeL Three months in the 
year, during the summer, he always visited 
the peo^e in the West of England going to 
Chard, Truro, &c., and returning to London 
by way of Plymouth ; occup}ing the pulpit of 
the Old Tabernacle there. Dr. Hawker at 
those times was always a hearer of him. I 
have prayed for Mr. Pierce previous to his ser- 
mons there. One evening tne Doctor said to 
me, '* My brother, Mr. Pierce is a great man of 
God ; we have heard the full notee of the 
glorious gospel to night ". 

For several years Mr. Pierce preached alter- 
nately at Printer's Court, and at Bethel Chapel , 
Brixton ; Mr. Bailey having built the latter 
chapel for him on ground adjoining the house 
he himself resided m. Principally in those two 
places he laboured, attended by a very choice 
ffospel-disceming people. My late dear brother, 
Mr. James Castleden, of Hempstead, was one 
of his deacons about nine years. 

Bu^ the days drew near fbr the Master to 
call his aged servant home. 1 have an account 
of the same, written by his second wife, who 
was a real help-meet to him* It is too long 
for full insertion. Just a sketch :— She 
says. " His conversation was in heaven. He 
Uvea above the world in every sense. By 
reason of his great bodily infirmities, he was 
in the constant expectation of death : but, he 
was blessed with great patience. His mind 
was firmly staid on the Bock of Ages ; and he 
was persuaded that he should die in the full 
belief of personal interest in that gospel which 
he had preached so many years. He said, ^* I 
have a olessed prospect Before me, and am 
fiill of the hope of a alorious immortsHty. The 
Lord be magnified ! 1 live and die in the Aill 
belief of interest in Christ God-man ; of the 
perfection of his work for salvation, wherein 
alone I trust i and to the Three-in Qpe be 
everlasting praise." Thus the Lord granted 
him much of his presence and support when 
passing through the valley of the shadow of 
death. He remained apparently insensible to 
anything in thie life for about a day and a 
half ; and fell asleep in Jesus on the 10th of 
May, 1889, aged 88 years. 

Tnus, reader, I have given you, what I term, 
merely a scrap or two, concerning a great man 
of Goa; the limits of a periodicsl allowing no 
more. But I would crave leave of the Editor, 
to spare me one or two pages in the next 
month's Ybssbl, to gknce at some of Mr, 
Pierce's unoaluable Works. He was a sterling 
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ME. HAZBLEIGG AT GOWEE STREET. 



UmL that ijkmouB mora, when no olood 
dull darken the alure tkj, and the eon shall 
■hine forth in all her splendour and majesty— 
ve say, until the glonous mom whicn shall 
Qiher in the aeeoiM coming of our gracious 
Bfldeemer, partU§ t^nd party tpirits will exist, 
both in the religious, as well as the poUtiou 
world. But tke» we shall be so swallowed up 
with our loving and living Redeemer, that 
we shall have no time to inquire, or desire to 
know, of **what party we are.'* Nbl No! 
for then 

"The great Hallelujah from each shall reeound, 
And the saints in all tbisob be agrwd; 
And Ood in the highest with glory be crown' d, 
Oh I this will be heaven mdeed/' 

I hav« this month been "A Wandering 
Star:" (probably the effect of the Comet). 
On liord^-day nnoming, Oct. 28rd, 1 sat in 
Gower-atreet Chapel, Euston Square, a capa- 
dous^ well-built, substantial chapel, capable of 
holding perhaps a thousand persons. Bumour 
ssid that a Soldier was supplying the pulpit ; 
and bamg aosous to see and hear how this 
man of arms understood his Captain's orders, 
his Captain'a service, and his Captain's laws, 
I went thither. ** A SokUsr^' generally suggests 
to the mind the idea of a man of power; a 
man of stern countenance ; a man of strength, 
vigour and great energy. We had pictured 
such a .man m our own mind as we crossed 
Sttston' Square; and expected to find *<a 
mighty man of war" occupying the pulpit 
But our imagination had played us false : for 
Kr. Haaelrigg is the reverse of all this. A 
gentleman of slender build, about the middle 
heighth, dark complexion, mild and nervous 
expRsBoa of countenance, with a shrill voice, 
and gentle manner ; probably about forty-five 
jaanof age. I should think well educated ; he 
veads with great precision, but rather too 
Quick. It appears ne has been an officer in 
tne army, but has more recently been called 
to the work of the ministry. He is denomi- 
nated '< A Standard man," and labours more 
statedly at Leicester; and is looked upon 
with a considerable degree of pleasure by 
this (Ktrty, who oonoeive him to be a great 
aequisition in their ranks ; and some little 
enquiry b manifest throughout the Churches 
to near and know something of this new 
soldier of the croea. He is an experimental 
preacher ; and talks soberly and seriously of 
the tfaiogB touching salvation, as a man who 
has handed and tasted the same. 

Mr. Hazelrigg on this occasion, took his 
text from Solomon's Song .(u* 10,) <* My be- 
loved spake, and said unto me, rise up my 
love^ mv fair one, and come away." H!e 
told us, it was often the case that in reading 
the Song of Solomon, a difference of opinion 



was held as to who the speaker was, but the 
text admitted of no hesitation upon that 
Doint: the speaker is the spouse of Christ. 
In discoursing upon this subject, the preacher 
1st noticed, the tponte §bU More ne the vitU 
ehe ha$ had from the Lord; and then he 
spoke of the toorde the Lord epake to hor, 
** Rise up my love, ^my fair one, and come 
away." 

It is a great mercy to be able to say we 
have had a visit from the Spirit. No pre- 
sumptuous professor ever realized the blessed- 
ness of one of these visits. The poor sensible 
sinner, who has been humbled— who has had 
all his transgressions set up before him, — ^who 
has been made experimentally to cry out, 
'* Lord to whom can we go ?** — ^who has felt 
that if he perished he would perish at his 
feet. These are the characters to whom, in 
due time, the Spirit will pay a visit, and 
then you will have a great aeal to bless God 
for. But seme, cannot arrive at this point in 
experience.— they cannot sav with Thomsi^ 
"My Loro, and my God!''^ Tou feel you 
dare not sa^ to the Lord, **My Lord;" or to 
Jesus, ** Jljr Jesus." Many a day have yon 
waited at the post of his doors, but yet no 
visit have vou yet had. No man can time 
God,— but deoend on it, your time of mercy 
will come, ana a blessed visit you shall have. 
There are some too, who say, we long to 
know whether we really love the Lord Jesus 
Christ ; they have never received one of these 
visits. I would ask them two questions : Do 
you feel and see yourselves utterly lost and 
undone sinners P and, do you see and feel 
that in Jesus Christ there is just what you 
want P Then, I say to such an one, the time 
will come, when the Spirit will prompt you 
assuredly to say, '*Ky Lord and my Ood." 
Then there are others who have confidently 
used this language, but cannot now say, " Jfy 
Twi^ " Are jovL indulging in^ sin, trifling 



I^rd.'- __ „._„ , . 

with sin, inclining to the world, tampering 
with the world, longing after the flesh pots 
of Egypt P To you, I would say, when the 
love or the world comes {», the love of Jesus 
will go ont.' remember the exhortation. 
" Little children, keep yourselves from idols. 
I have to charge myself with inconceivable 
baseness ; and do feelingly know, that if we 
are saved at all, it must be by the free, sover- 
eign grace of God. These visits of Jesus also 
are always seasonable and suitable; if you 
are low, ne lifte you up ; if in weakness, he 
comes and strengthens you, and says, ** My 
son, be strong." Bemember, Jesus *<is a 
Brother born for adversity." They will be holy 
visits, heavenly visits, and refreshing visits. 
Notice, — ^it was %pereo»al interview the spouse 
had: Ahl it wont satisfy a poor sinner 
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Oh. no, TOtt wiU want Jams Christ to come 
ana ipeaK to you penonally. Having trial« 
of your own, you want a penonal exMrionce 
of the Toioe of Jesus of your own. Tours is 
a secret religion. How many here can say, I 
hold intercourse with Christi and he with me P 

II. The W9rd9 the Lvrd »Pfhe to hsr. 
There are a rariety of ways in wnich the Lord 
Jesus Christ speaks. In CnaUon; '*the 
heavens declare his handy work," Ac. The 
meanest flower that grows, displays his won- 
drous work. The sun that shines in the 
firmament hespeaks the mighty power of 
Jesua. Tea, ** by him were all things made, 
and without him was not anything made that 
was made." Tea, all things declare that Jesua 
Christ has a Toice in Tisible creation. Again, 
Jesus Christ speaks in pmidtnee; he guidea 
all things by the word of his power; and you 
may rely upon it that ''all tmngs work toge- 
ther for good to them that We God. and are 
the called according to his purpose.' Jesus 
Christ speaks in the word of his grace. All 
the blessings of the Bible, all the doctrines, 
all the precepts, all came from and through 
the lips of Jesus. Jesus Christ also speaks m 
rode and qffUetume ; and a good thing it ia 
when we can hear the rod, and profit by it. 

There are a variety of ways in which the 
Spirit of Jesus arte upon the hearts of his 
people. Sometimes a good word applied with 
much sweetness and power. Sometimes we 
have words applied by the Spirit eimilar to 
those in the JBible, and when we find this, 
the deril says,— "Oh, that is not in the 
Bible." But it is applied with remarkable 
power ;^ and you are enabled sometimes to 
drive him back. Sometimes no word at all; 
but the Holy Spirit will come into your 
heart with such a soft and heavenly sweet- 
ness, that you are strengthened, helped, and 
made to rejoice on vour way. 

Then there is the nat%re of the voiee, — 
when the word thus speaks to you, it enlightene 
your hearty it also enlivens you, and sets your 
soul all alive, and causeth you to excUim, 
« Speak, Lord, for thy servant waiteth to 
hear." 

Jesus's voice is a voice of affection ; "My 
love." Christ loves us. and thus it is that 
we become in bis eves "fair.^ It is a free 
love ; if it had not oeen quite free, how ooiild 
such monsters of sin have ever expected to 
realiaeit. It is a full love; can't be ex- 
hausted; if it could, we should have ex- 
hausted it long a^o. It is perfect love ; not 
a shadow of wrath is left in Jesus; he is 
nothing but love; even where he afflicts, it 
is in love. It is everlaeting love : *' having 
loved his own, he loves them to the end." u 
is a never-chanjfing love ; vou may be in afSio- 
tion, in prosperitr, under douds of temptation, 
but the love of Jesus changes not, it is the 
same as himself unchangeable. 

I must not go further with this brief sketch 
of the sermon. Mr. Haaebigg at the close 
informed us that there was a debt of £600 
on the chapel, which they were anxioua to 
remove. The congragation was good, but 
the pkoe was not ftH. B. 



I SIGH IN THE DAEK. 

LlVSB BT MxiL B. TUXXXB, 
Cf Netherton^ near DniUyu 

« Thou hidast tby fsee, and I sm troabled." 
How dark the aoul when Christ withdxawt 

The rays of heavenly light ! 
What little love to hia bleat oanae ; 

All seems as dariL as itight. 

No beauties in his word I see : 

No wonders then unfold : 
No promise there appears for me. 

On which I can lay hold. 

If to God's house I do repair, 

Where I have oft been blest, 
I find anon aome earthly care 

PoBsess my troubled breast. 

I oft in aorrow seek his face, 

And on my bended knee 
I ask, if ere' I knew his grace, 

Would it be thus with me P 

Should I so unbelieving sigh P 

And feel a heart so hardP 
When Christ has promised to be nigh: 

Should I not tilus regard P 

How oft like one of old I sigh. 

And well her words repeat, 
Tis just, O Lord, thou shoulds't deny ; 

Tet dogs the crumbs may eat. 

I am unworthy, dearest Lord ; 

And when my heart I see, 
How many times it doth record. 

That I have pierced Thee. 

But low before thy cross I bend, 

I look on thee, and mourn ; 
I know thou art the sinner's friend, 

Thou for this end waa bom. 

Then, Saviour, listen to my prayer; 

Ob 1 don't m^ suit deny ; 
Or else my soul in dark despair 

Will pine away and die. 

O send thy influenoe frtnn above, 

Let faith lift up her sails, 
To catch the breezes of thy love, 

The 8pirit-8 heavenly gales. 

Then with mv blessed port in view. 

And with tne sacred oreexe. 
Though faint, my journey I'll pursuCb 

0*er rough and stormy seas. 

And when my soul by tempests ioased. 
Shall reach the heavenly shore. 

Dear friends will hail me on tilie coasts 
Who Ipng have gone before. 

There I shall meet my Saviour too, 

Who did the winepress tread. 
And tune my glorious harp anew, 

Through mine exalted Head. 

* Walking with Ood^ is minutelv, experi- 
mentally, and scripturallv, declared in Mr. 
John Bloomfield's new forth-coming work, 
entitled *A Voice from the Pulpit* The 
same work contains an essay on * The Work 
of the Ministry;* and some other able, useful, 
and interesting papers. 

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TfiB fint thing .ve promised to seek 
for was— the possession of grace itself in 
the tremendous large sonl which Peter 
Caitwngkt evidentlj possessed during the 
fifty years* and more, he hnnted after 
the sonls of others in the wild woods of 
Ameriea. There has been much said of 
late, of " Christianity going <»uzy ;" and, 
certainly, if one could oetieye one quarter 
of the statemoits Cartwright has recorded 
in |h]s R^^ter of his eventful life, we 
Bust belicTe that Christianity, or the 
profesaion of it, was run wild indeed. 
We do not suspect that Peter has pub- 
hsbed falsehood; but we veir clearly 
tee tfaat^ just in proportion as the camsd 
■iod is exercised in matters touching 
tke ■jsteries of the Gospel,— (that carnal 
fflffld not being powerfully instructed, 
directed, and sanctifisd, b^ the Eternal 
and Almighty Soirit of Life and Righ- 
teottsnessj will be carried about in all 
dirediofis ; hurled into all kinds of en- 
thusiasm and excitement; and become 
more like one deluded, than one dotKed, 
Md in Us right mind. Professors of 
ereiy creed, of every kind of character 
are practically brought before you in this 
Yolume. The gemune faith of Chbist, — 
most distinctiy called ike faith of Qod^t 
tUd^ as altogether differing from the 
Anmman's dead and creature faith, — 
may be dearly seen by examining some 
of the scenes throng which Peter passed. 
In lenewing such scenes, it will be 
necessaiy to look at both sides, — the 
hUek and the white: the natural and 
the tpirituml; for by such an investiga- 
tion, the truths the realitg, and tne 
bteoedneu of oracx may here and there 
sometimes be seen raising its little head, 
lifting up its heavenly voice, and putting 
forth its vital power, although its dwell- 
ing-place iB a neap of ruins, — the law, — 
convictions of sin, — ^the terrors of a guilty 
oonsdenoe, the poisons of the priesthood 
of men, and the subtleties of Satan, like 
so man^ ghosts surrounding, and aiming 
to auflfocate that Qraee of Qod which 
briMoeth ioioatum* 

We will this month, only catch a leaf 
or so from Peter's entrance upon the 



ministry of the word ; the derelopement 
of Grace shall come after. One of those 
singular events (thousands of which were 
connected with his travels and labours) — 
is the following illustration of the bold* 
ness of Peter's spirit. 

I WILL now raiame my personal narrmtive^ 
I went on enjoying great comfort and peaoe. 

There was a great ttir of religion in the 
orowded oongregaUone, Manj opposed the 
work. an4 among the reit a Mr. J) , who 

callea himself a Jew. He was tolerably smart, 
and seemed to take great delight in o{>posing 
the GhristiAn reli^on. . In iSb intezmissions, 
the jroung men and boys of us, who professed 
religion, would retire to the woods and hold 
prayer-meetinffs; and if we knew of any bora 
that were seeing religion, we would taaa 
them along«and pray for them* 

One evening a large company of us retired 
for prayer. In the midst ci our little meeting 
this Jew appeared, and he desired to know 
what we were about. Well, I told him. He 
said it was all wrong, that it was idolatry to 
pray to Jesus Christ, and that Gh>d did not, 
nor would he, answer such prayers. I soon 
saw his object was to get us into debate and 
break up oar prayer.meetin^. I asked him, 

* Do you really helieve there is a God?* 

* Yes, I do,' said he. 

'Do Vou believe that God will hear your 
prayers r 

* Tee,' said he. 

'Do you really believe that this work 
among us is wrong?' 

He answered, * i es.' 

* Well now, my dear sir/ said I, ' let us test 
this matter. If you are in earnest, get down 
here and pray to Ood to stop this work ; and 
if it is wrong, he will answer yonr petition and 
stop it ; if it is not wrong, alTheU cannot stop 
it.' 

The rest of our company, seeing me so bold, 
took eoura^ The Jew hesitated, i aid 

* Qet down mstantlv and pray ; for, if we are 
wrong, we want to know it.' After still lin- 
gerinff and showing unmistakable signs of his 
unwiUiagless, I raUied him again. Slowly he 
kneeled, cleared his throat, and coughed. I 
said, ' Now, boys, pray with sll your might 
that God may answer by fire.' 

Our Jew began and said, tremblingly, <0 
Lord Ood Almighty,' and couched again, 
cleared his throat, and started agam, repeating 
the same words. We saw his evident oonfu* 
sion, and we simultaneoudy prayed out aloud 
at the top of our voices. The Jew leaped up 
and started off, and we raised the shout and 
had a glorious time. Several of our moomen 
were oonverted, and we sJl rose and started 
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having, u we firmly belieyo^ obtained a aig* 
nal victory over the deril and the Jew. 

After many ooQvnlaife moTements, 
Peter oomea to a decision for the minis- 
try. Here is bis commencement, — after 
several smaller beginnings,— 

At last I literally gave up the world, and 
started, bidding farewell to father and mo- 
ther, brothers and tiBtera, and met brother 
liotepeich at an appointment in Logan Coun- 
ty. He told me 1 must preach that night. 
Thia I had never done ; mine was an ezhor- 
ter's dispeniation. I tried to beg off, but he 
urged me to make the effort. I went out and 
prayed fevenUy for aid from heaven. All at 
once it eeemed to me aa if I never could 
preach at all, but I struggled in prayer. At 
length I asked God, if he had caUed me to 
preach, to give me aid that night, and give 
me one soul, that is, convert one soul under 
my preaching, as evidence that I was called 
to this work. 

J went into the house, took my stand, gave 
out a hymn, sang, and prayed. I then *rose, 
gave them for a text Isaian xzvi. 4 : ' Trust 
TO in the Lord for ever : for in the Lord Je- 
novah is everlasting strength." The Lord 
gave light, liberty, and power ; the congrega- 
tion was melted into tears. There was pre- 
sent a professed infidel. The word reached 
his heart by the Eternal Spirit. Be was 
powerfully convicted, and, as I believe, 
soundly converted to Ood that night, and 
joined the Church, and afterward became a 
useful member of the same. 

I travelled on this Circuit one Quarter. 
The health of brother Crutchfield, wno was 
on the Wayvesville Circuit, having failed, 
he retired from labour, and brother Gkrrett 
placed me on that Circuit in his place, and 
put on the Circuit with me Thomas Laaley, 
a fine young man, the son of an old local 
preacher who lived in Green County. 

Our Circuit was veij large, reaching from 
the north of Green Biver to the Cumberland 
Biver, and south of said river into the State of 
Tennessee. Here was a vast field to work in ; 
our rides were long, our appointments few and 
fiar between. There were a great many Bap- 
tists in the bounds of the Circuit, and among 
them were over thirty preachers, some of whom 
were said to be very talented. In the four 
weeks that it took us to go round the Circuit, 
we had but two davs' rest, and often we prea- 
ched every day and ever^ night ; and although 
in my nineteenth year, I was nearly beardless, 
and cut two of my back jaw teeth this vear. 
Hence they called me the ' boy preacher, and 
a great many flocked out to hear the boy, A 
revival broke out in many neighbourhoods, and 
scores of souls were converted to God and 
joined the Episcopal Church; but there* was 
also considerable persecution. 

American, and Arminian Reviralism — 
as contrasted with a sacred faith in, and 
fellowship with, a Triune Jehovah, will 
more folly appear as we dive more deeply 
into this work. 



A LETTER 

Fbox SAinrsL Fostbb to C. W. Bavxb, 

On the Ka^pg 2)Mth of Mr UnderdownB 

Tharp0, 

Mt dsab Bbothbb tv Chsist Jbsvs— 
I am sure you will be glad to hear of the 
peaceful end of our dear brother, Mr. John 
Underdowne Tharpe, Broad Oak, Sturry; 
especially as he was one of your first little 
flock; and one of the first seals to your 
ministry. He has often spoken of the blessing 
he received from your ministry. He sweetly 
fell asleep in Jesus, Wednesday morning, 
November 24th, 1868. After a few days of 
severe suffering. He is home before me^ 
where there is no pain nor sorrow. 

He's gone in eternal bliss to dwell. 
And I am left below, 

Tograpple with the powers of hell, 
^1 Jesus bids me go. 
I long to leave this house of clay, that with 
him and those gone before to unite in singing 
the song of Moses and the Lamb. Ue could 
feed on nothing but the truth as it is in Jesus. 
That which was his support in life, was his 
support in death. For some years he had 
been brought into the sweet liberty of the 
gospel ; and blessed with a stedfisst faith in 
Jesus. Feeling his feet placed on the eternal 
rook of ages. He stood fast in that sweet 
liberty, where with Christ had made him free. 
Last year he was taken ill with a heart dis- 
ease ; for some months he could do nothin|f : 
the means used were blessed to restore him 
a little while longer. All this summer he has 
been able to attend to his business, and work 
a little. He had felt poorly a few days. On 
Friday the 18th, he was taken worse, and 
sunk very fast. He knew in whom be had be- 
lieved ; and to him death had lost its stinr ; 
Monday evening he felt he was dying: he 
longed to be gone : all was joy and peace. 
Satan with a fiery dart, thrust at him, that 
all bis religion was a delusion ; and that he 
would find it so after death. But with the 
shield of faith he was enabled to quench the 
fiery dart of Satan. • It is writtm,* was the 
precious words; it was the sword of the Spirit 
in the hand of faith. Satan left him to come 
no more. He bid his dear wife and son good 
by: and blessed them, stretched himself out ; 
spread out his hands; closed his eyes; 'Fa- 
ther, into thy hands I commit my spirit,' 
thinking he was going. But be again revived. 
Tuesday morning a cnristian brother calling 
in to see him, spending some time with him, 
said, it was defightfuf to be with him. His 
conversation was so heavenly, he said, 1 
thought I should have been singing before 
now. At his wish, he read the 21st and 22nd 
chapters of Bevelation ; at times he would 
speak a little on some parts, such aa, thart 
shall be no pat», no sorrow ; there shall be no 
night thore. The 14 yerseofBev. xxii, was 
much blessed to him ; he spoke sweetl^r of en- 
tering through the gates into the city, h^ 
would say, * O what a mercy that J esus 
should look on ns, woHhless, ffiU sinners.' 
Another brother visited him again in the 



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^f^orvot God, Wnipne to be g( 
Icannr ium, he wished him to retun 
to theXord for his great goodness to ] 



erenmg: he was still rejoicing in hope, of 

i return tJn ^Vf 
I great goodness to him, he 
Wis tak^n worse, and at one o'clock he fell 
■sleep in Jesns . there he hungers no more, 
aeither thirst anv more, for the Lamb that is 
ia the midst of the throne shall feed them, 
sad shall lead them onto living fountains of 
waters, and God shall wipe away all tears 
from their eyes, liaric the perfect man, and 
behold the uprieht, for the end of that man is 
pssee. When he has come to see me^ and 
■* by my bed, he would say, * we are met 
ones more; but so much nearer our Father's 
boose.' His couTersation was hearenly, we 
talked together and rejoiced together in hope 
ofthegloiTofGod. I have lost a dear and 
kind finead ^ut my loss is his gain. Jesus 
still Utcs. Weary and in much pain, I am 
knking and longmg, hoping soon to join him. 
Then loudest of the crowd, I'll sing, 
With shouts of sovereign grace. 
that the dear Lord, may hear and answer 
the many prayers the father put up for his 
oily son is the prayer also ox your afflicted 
brother in Jesus, 

Saxubl FostBB, 
Starry, near Oaaterbuxy, Dec. 1868. 



[taa foregoing letter has been most preoioas to 
■i. Hr. Tharpe was a brother belored indeed ! 
He was the third of the same family oalled by 
mes, abont the same time, Aill twenty years 
m; all of them are now in glory. We pnv 
the Lord to support the widow's heart ; and daily 
givs her to Drove that * her Maker la her Hoabaad : 
tW Lord of Hosto is his name. Ed. j 

ADDRESS TO THE MOST HIGH. 

hBsatahle, Eternal, aU Saprnne I 

Gire a worm ntteranoe to proelalm thy piaiss. 

JlthfeeUnff heart I O, how shsU he express 

TMse honours high, thyglorr, sad thy greatness ! 

HlMdTbat feeblenesi, and that estrsme. 

la lofty stndps sssist to magnify 

I^ovah laflaito I la esaeaee One. 

Three In eabsisteness : that essenoe in 



^eP^sr, Sod. and Spirit, truly God. 
laeoBpisheasIblB indeed the modus, 
fBt yet, 'til truth, sad elaarly toe reveaPd. 
^aayea the bieas'd eternal page 
OfasnedWrit. My faith reoelvee the witness 
or thlB grand Ihet, and satisflM remains. 



-_j with mind in man'a oonstmetlon see, 
Tet, who professes Ineldly to trsee 
The oBanner how it is eo f And yet we 
«• truth reeeivB. How eaa it CTer be 
That ws who little understand onreelvee, 
Aoald think to comprehend the Infiaitei 
Torevclatioa bissaed to submit, 
On wisdom Is to trust sad to adore! 
And thou blees'd Jesos, Ood, and truly man, 
Thy eomplcx eharaeter, and each diillnot, 
not Godhead manhood, nor yet manhood God : 
Jwr» eammix*d, but, that each natureU 
Wannet ud elear ; ao, we beUeve thou art, 
™enuel truly ! adequate to save, 
f^ kiwer regions of eternal woe I 
Ijm, help in glowing atraina to magnlfv 
ThscL sveriaatfiig God; that he who apeidcs, 
•* as bom where mersy oould be aought and found. 
bMadnsss great, for gratitude stills ealla, 
noin hia thus fovour'd soul, bless, ever Ueas. 
«e God of tove and meroy, all divine. 
Thee he adores, that e'er the joyfal aound. 
Broke OB his esr of pardon thironghths Lamb. 



Through blood beaprinkl'd on the eonsdenoe so 

Aa to recognise its amaalng power, 

To still the tempted aoul, U mercy great. 

Beyond ezpreeaion I O, my thankful heart. 

Herein rejoioe afcaln, as heretofore 

The Lord ^ve thee to do by living faith : 

Uia helpless aoul had never foand it sweet, 

In blood to trast, badst thou not wronght within 

The principle divine which Chriat embraces : 

Bat ainoe thoa hast bestow'd the precious grace. 

And glv'n the Spirit's sealing, he doee know 

The vilest of the vile his Lord can save. 

And give to triumph in redeeming blood. 

O'er aggravated aina, and over hell. 

Thv servant asks that trvdt of this free grace. 

In him may rise to honour thy great Name, 

For thine eternal truth he knows deolarea 

Wisdom is of her children Justifl'd 1 

That firnlt, that much fruit destin'd to remain. 

In thee, give him to bear. Help to o'eroome 

The oft repeated stratagems of Satan, 

The ill desires of flesh, end this vain world, 

And all the powers of darkness thro* the Lamb ! 

Past sins, and heart baekslldings do forgive : 

Those proofs most certain of a nature base^ 

Originate from Adam, nndestroy'd. 

Though kept hi eheck by principle divine; 

Regeneration's seed, wherein's no sin 

But that which eoniliete with one body vile. 

Sin in the members making saints to groan, 

Bleas, bless thy name, msjeetio, awfnl, high« 

Sighing before thee,— shows uneasy state 

For shi that dwells within, hot, shall not reign. 

And have dominion over the sons of grace. 

That conflict ehews the presence of a power 

Unknown to nature, springs not from Its root. 

But from God's sraoe indwelling, since the time 

Of being bom of God. Almighty Lord, 

That day be gladly hail'd when sin no more 

The child of God shall harrass and perplex. 

But loae ite being, never to regain 

Ite awful preeence or deceitfiil power 

O'er thine own shildren ; but. when saactifled 

And wholly so, thine houaehold shall appear. 

Most glorious day, august, triumphant season 

When all thy Zion's enemlee ahaU be, 

Eternally subdu'd. Once bleeding Lamb, 

Through thee, we all our foea ahall overcome. 

In triumph place our feet upon their necks. 

In token of their final subjagation I 

O Father, Son, andjSpirit, fsraers God; 

Thy servant help thine honoura to declare, 

Throughout life's date, not that he worthy is, 

On selTs nosount, O no, he knows he is not, 

But for the reaaon why thy grace be tested, 

Becauae, eternal Father, twas thy pleasure I 

And, as it must be, thou wouldst have it so. 

So publish thee, in love, blood, energy 

In our salvation intermmgl'd sweeUy ; [hit 

That *neath thy guidance truth'a sure shaft may 

And wound ao deeply, nothing but the blood 

Of Calvary, can heal, and aolace give. 

To thine already brought to know they're gracious 

Bless thou the word for holy confirmation. 

If thou thy truth, O gracious God wilt use 

For purposes so holy and so blessed 

In thy dust's hsnd, the glory shaabe thhie. 

To thee, and, aolely, unto whom 'tis due 

And, praise and honour now, Oh, God be giv'n] 

By men on earth, by thy redeem'd In heaven. 

RoBxaT Abbott. 
Satarday, September 4th, 1868. 

[We trust our readers will carefully, and then, 
we believe, they will profitably read the 
above lines. They contain the germ of love 
divine in a true Christian's heart. Brother 
Abbott—the author-— is a laborious reader ; 
an elaborate writer ; and a useful prea- 
oher.^ED .] 

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ELECTION, SANCTIFICATION, AND SALVATION. 



Thb Ibllowinir thongrhts are the sabstance 
of a termon preached in great Gransden 
meeting house, on Lord'e-day, July 11th, 1858. 
From 2 Theu. ii. 18. the leading feature of 
whioh ie the great and fundamental doctrine 
oteUetian, Or, as the apostle expresses it, 
* God ha§ eho$enpou from the beffinningj to 
talvatiot^ through tand^icatUm of tlu Spi- 
rit, emi belief of tks truth,* Here is the 
whole gospel m a few sound words. This is 
a beautiful text containing much in a little. 
It has three all important points worthy of 
particular attention :— electioui sanotification, 
and salration. The first secures the second, 
and the second is an evidence of the first and 
the third. The text may well refer us to the 
Father's love, the Saviour's life, and the 
Spirit's power in the gospel plan. Love takes 
the lead, and life and power are limited by 
love. Men speak ill of election, and this 
shows they do not think veiy well of it, but 
they can have no true holinea nor happineas 
without it. It is the fountain that supplies 
all the blessings of salvation. There u no 
other source from whence they can fiow to 
any of the sons of men. 

Election is not the only doctrine of the gos- 
pel, nor would I give it a greater prominence 
than itfaas in the word of God; but as it is 
brightly and abundantly written there, it 
ought not to be excluded from the public 
ministry. It shines like the sun in scrip- 
ture, and has a high place in the purified con- 
science : shall we conceal it in the pulpit P Or 
shall we teaeh it as if it would bum us, rather 
than bless usf How are the people to know 
and believe, and love, and enjoy this glorious 
truth, if ministers deal with it m this unfaith- 
fiil manner P ' If the foundation be destroyed 
what can the righteous do ?' They are likely 
to do veiT poorly. Do we wish to edify the 
saint ? the doctrine of our text is well adap- 
ted for such purpose. Do we wish to feed the 
hungry? hare is wholesome and satisfying 
fbod for them. Do we wish for holineas in 
our hearers P let ns tell them that eleetion ia 
the cause of sanotification by the Spirit, and 
encourage them to follow after it to the ut- 
termost. Do we desire salvation for the lost P 
our text declares it comes from electing grace 
in and through Christ. Do we talk of preach- 
ing repentance, fkith and forsiveness to sin- 
ners? let us be sure to say they are aU the 
gift of free electing mce to all who are sen- 
sible of the need of ttiese things. 

I would give all the eneouragement to such 
sinners to repent, belieTe, seek and hope, 
that the gospel can supply, knowing that they 
oome from election andlead to salvation ; and 
what can we better preach to sinners tiian 
UiisP Bntif bypreaehingtosinnaiiismeant 
an oflbr of saving grace to all the unregen- 
erate, on condition of their dutr-faith, I re- 
ject it as fallacious, delusive, and utterly in- 
consistent with the doctrines of distinguiah- 
ing grace. Let sinners be encouraged to act 



reammabijf in religion as much as they can ; 
but before they can act tpiritmaU^f there 
must be sphritual principles planted m their 
souls. In preaching to nnners, we should 
carefully distinguish between the living and 
the dead. The former are fitted both for 
spiritual blessings, and spiritual obedience, 
but the latter are fit for neither. By a fool- 
ish fuss about {^reaching to sinners, many seem 
to be getting rid of reid grace as fast as they 
can, and for this reason, merit our distrust 
more than our admiration. Dear friends, I 
hare no wish to offend, but I do wish to be 
fiuthfWl. I am very willing to profit you, 
but have no desire to please, contrary to that 
which pleases Ood. 

I understand then, that yon, who are true 
believtn in Jesus, were chosen or elected of 
Ood, in Christ, from the beginning, or before 
the world began, not for any forseen good in 
you, but of his own sovereign good will, that 
you might be pardoned, sanctified, and saved, 
so as to repeni obey his word, and believe his 
truth ; and hereafter to be glorified with him 
for ever. By the act of election, our salva- 
tion is made an absolute certainty, and they 
are both secure in Christ, who is the chosen 
head and Saviour of all his chosen church. It 
is by his perfect obedience, precious blood, 
prevalent mtercearion, and spiritual power, 
that salvation is effected; nor is there any 
other name in which it can be found. It 
is finally a fixll deliverance from sin, and all 
the eniuess punishment due unto it ; and it 
is to all the elect whom he eiFectui^ brings 
'to believe in and obey him. SeeHeb. t.9. 
It is through sanotification of the Spirit, who 
is holy in himself, and so wonderfullv works 
in aU who are chosen to salvation, that they 
are more or less changed into the holy image 
of Christ, who is thus made unto them sanoti- 
fication. 1 Cor: 1. 30. To this is added a 
'Miefofthe truth,' as it is in the text, in 
oppoation to anti-Christ, who is left to believe 
a%, and be damned, as in verse 12. Some 
speak as if a sound creed was of Uttie conse- 
quence; but Paul proves it is most impor- 
tant And we are bound to be thankfU, and 
thus glorify God for such sovereign grace and 
sacred truth. 

PRAISE FOB BLECTIKG GBACE. 

2 ThMS. iL IS. 
Now we have known the Father's ohoioe, 

And felt the Saviour's love, 
We wiU in Jesu's name rejoice. 

And praise the heavenly Dove. 
Salvation flows from sovereign grao^ 

And while it works within. 
We shall appear the choeen race. 

And rise from every sin. 
Since we are made to know his name, 

And sovereign grace receive, 
Thus we are bound to bless the same, 
And sacred truth believe. 

Tho«. Bow. 
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JPinK AvKiTXBflAXT ov THB Omiiro 
OF MouvT Ziov Chapbl, Shadwell St., 
CiriKKSswBLi., WM held on Lord's-daj. Deo. 
ISth, when Mr. G. Murrellf of St. Neots, 
preftcbed morning and evening; and Mr. 
Foreman in the altemoon. On Tuesday fol- 
lowing, a tea and publie meeting was held. 
A large number of friends took tea; and in 
the evening, the chapel was well filled. Mr. 
Haselton, the pastor, in opening the proceed- 
ings said, he was pleased with tne good atten- 
dance of friends, pleased with the church, 
pleased with the deacons, pleased with the 
congregation, and very thankful to God for 
what he had been pleased to do for them in 
that corner of the vineyard. It was the fifth 
aaniversaiy of the opening of that plae^ At 
the opening services, he rememWed the 
Lord helped him to speak from those words, 
* If thy presence go not with us, carry us not 
up hence.' He could now say that the pre- 
sence of God had been very manifest in their 
oidjt, having increased and blessed them, 
ll vas sJao alwut the 7th anniversary of the 
fmation of the church: seven years ago 
tim csnae did not exist. The church was 
fbmed of about 36 members, at that time in 
IftUe Mount Zion Chapel, City Boad ; they 
w«re there two years, till the place became 
too small; they obtained tlus chapel; and 
bore they had spent five years of uEinterrup- 
ted peaee ; they had had their afflictions — but 
BO breach of peace had occurred, and he had 
not bad a word of disagreement with any of 
Ins bnthrwn in office. During the past twelve 
aooths, 18 had been added to them ; six had 
gone to glory, and some few had left to join 
other ehurdiea. But thejr had increased a 
littk. He had been kept in the truth; and 
believed that* the truth was so powerfully im- 
bedded tahis heart and soul that it would be 
imposRblefor them ever to be removed or 
changed. Four very excellent addresses were 
then delivered by the brethren appointed. 
Mr. If m. Palmer gave a well digested essay 
on * God's deai^ in giving a visible form and 
ebsracter to his church on earth;' in three 
words it was for Ood^$ own glory. Mr. John 
Foreman spoke on the ' subjection of the 
ehurdi to Chriet in all things.' Mr. James 
Wells gave a sound, lively and practical ad- 
dress on *The Advant^ea of Membership 
with the Church of Ood ;* in which he spoke 
warmly of the late attendance of many of^ our 
Biembetsat the house of God: they were 
fittle aware how it damped and half froze the 
aiinister's spirits, and cooled his warmest 
desires. Very often such ones would go awmy 
iSTing, ' Ah ! how cold and dull he was, what 
a Ufelees prayer ; how dry the sermon !' Oh, 
ret, but remember it is $fOu that made him so. 
If yon all had been in your places when he 
cntined the pulpit, he would have felt that 
you were there ready to receive him and to 
strengthen his hands. Members ought also by 
thdr regular and prompt attendance) to set an 



example to the congregation. Church 
berahip was also spoken of as more stronfflv 
manifesting our separation firom the worn. 
Mr. Wells's remarks were thought to be very 
seasonable, and appropriate. Mr..Milner was 
to have spoken on the * evidences of spiritual 
prosperity in a church ;' but owing to the 
time, he gave way for Mr. Georffe Murrell— 
who was called upon to answer the Important 
question, — ' Do tne si^ns of the times indicate 
a healthy state of things \n the churoh ot 
Gk>d ? If he answered in one word he should 
say, ' No.' He believed, as far as his know- 
ledge extended, that the spiritual church of 
God was not in a healthy state. Mr. Murrell 
spoke of the declensions from truth of several 
young ministers who had started fair with the 
truth, but had slidden off till you could hardly 
tell what they were, fie referred to several 
instances. Altogether, Mr. Murrell's address 
took the dark side of the question. We hope 
things are not so bad as they appeared from 
his remarks. Mr. Haselton, in concluding, ex- 
pressed it as his opinion, that it was the best 
meeting they had ever had. B. • 

BB-oFBKiiro ov Froyidbvcb Cbafsl, 
Pkotidbvob PIiAcb. Uppbb Stbbbt, la- 
UKGTOV Gbbbn. — The church and congrega- 
tion under the pastoral care of Mr. J. Glaskin, 
have returned ttom Myddleton Hall, to their 
former place of worship. After considerable 
anxiety, the friends have succeeded (through 
the kind interposition of divine proridenoe,) 
in re-obtainina the above named onapel on a 
lease of forty-five years ; and have neatly and 
oomtortably fitted the place up, at a cost of 
upwards of £200. On the 23rd of November, 
it was re-opened, when Mr. James Welle 
preached in the morning from, ' And thou 
shalt know that thv tabernacle shall be in 
peace; and thou shalt visit thy habitation, 
and shalt not sin.' Job v. 24. After the 
morning service, the friends repaired to an 
adjoining building called, * the tabernacle ' to 
dine; which was festooned with evergreens 
and appropriate mottos, evincing the interest 
the friends felt in returning to their former 
habitation; in the afternoon, Mr. W. Palmer 
delivered a discourse from Psalm xc. 16, 17. 
* Let thy work appear unto thy servants, and 
thy glory unto their children. And let the 
beauty of the Lord our God be upon us; yea, 
the work of our hands establish thou it." 
Proceeded to define in a manner, which per- 
haps few besides Mr. P, could define, the * work 
of the Father,' the * work of the Son,' and 
the 'work of the Holv Ghost" Showing 
though their offices are dbtinct, they are one 
in essence, one in power, one in glory, and 
one in design: which is the glorjr of God 
in the salvation of sinners. The friends sat 
down to tea, and partook of the good things 
plentifully provided. Mr. Glaskin seemed 
happily engi^ged in giving a hearty welcome 
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his ministerial InrethnQ, amoog whonrwe no- 
ticed Messrs. Pells, Stringer, Hsselton, Wood- 
ward, and oUiers. In the eyeniag Hr. Wood- 
ward ensaged in prayer: after which Mr. 
Bloomfield preached with his usual energy 
from 2 Chronicles ii. 18. * But will Ood in 
Terr deed dwell with men on the earth } be- 
hold, heaven and the heaven of hearens can- 
not contain thee; how much less this house 
which I have built.' He said he beliered 
that chapel that day re-opened was not for 
man, but for Ood. For man to worship in it 
was, but it was for God to work in :— man to 
be the subject of worship I God to be the object 
of worship ; for man's eaifieation, and for God's 
glorification. He was sure his brother's heart 
would faint in his work, if he did not feel the 
house was not for man but for the Lord God. 
It was not merely for man to display his ta- 
lents in, to show his ingenuit^r, or to evince 
the resources of his intellect in; nor for man 
to tell out the feelines of his own heart only 
in : but to preach ttie blessed gospel of the 
Lord Jesus Christ. The attendance through- 
out the day was encouraging, collections were 
made after each service to assist in defraving 
the expenses incurred by the repairs. &• 

Ofbnuvo ov ▲ Steiot Baptibt Causb 
▲T Brooxtabd, iv Couhtt 07 Hbbevobd. 
— A few friends residing in, and near the 
above Town had long felt a desire that the 
l4)rd would be pleased to open a way for them 
to enioj the ** Means of Grace" agreeably 
with nis own Word; bu( as they were few 
in number, and lowly in circumstances, there 
appeared little probability of this desire being 
realised ; however, as every r^al desiro for 
the glory of God emanates from Hin^lf, so 
Buch are never disregarded by Him, and thus 
it has proved in this case. In the Autumn of 
last year, tbe few friends above alluded to, 
arranged with some of the Baptist ministers 
around, to hold a series of open-air meetings, 
which were well attended, and a favouraole 
impression was made upon the public mind 
as to tbe truths advocated by the preachers, 
ao that a small ray of hope would occasionally 
flit across the minds of these friends of trutl^ 
although nothing immediately followed when 
these public ministrations came to a close ; 
but as the Lord, directs all tbe affairs of bis 
Kinedom, he laid it upon their hearts to make 
anoUier effort, the result of which is as 
follows:— On the 14th of November, Mr. Beece 
from Tenbury (who had been previously an- 
nounced) opened a room in Bromyard as a 
place of worship for the Particular Baptists ; 
many of the towns-people attended with some 
from Boss, Tenbury. Leominster, ^., making 
up a good congregation, so that the room was 
well filled in the morning. In the afternoon, 
there was to be baptizing, and as there was 
not a Baptistry in the room, nor in the Town, 
our friends had recourse to the Mill-stream 
which is admirably suited for the purpose; 
here Mr. Heece delivered a solemn and im- 
pressive discourse, after which, he baptised 
a young disciple in the presence of about 600 

rtators, most of whom had never witnessed 
*9trang€ tigkf before ; the service was 



solemn and orderly. In the evening, Hr* 
B«ece preached again to a goodly number, 
the room being filled, and the proeeedings of 
the day was the occasion of thanksgiving and 
praise. 

May the Lord add his blessing to this new 
cause, and grant that it may faerease with 
the * inereau of QodJ 

Whitestone. J. MooXB. 

Mb. Ji.xx8 WxLLS AT St. Jxicbb^b Halx^ 
Piooi-PiixT.— St. James's Hall is situated in 
one of the most aristocratic parts of this great 
metropolis : and is perhsps the handsomest hall 
wAave ; its lofty ceiling, is one splendid array 
of ornamental work in gold and brilliant 
colors ; its walls are pictures of tbe sculptors' 
handy- work and of the painter's skill ; its long 
and numerous gas lights^ add splendour to 
beauty; and its elegant and sofUy-stuffed 
crimson and green velvet seats, render it 
a 'palace of elegance, repose axid magnifi^ 
cient*grandeur.' Well, in such a place, on 
Sunday evening, Dec. 5th. some 8000 persons 
congregated together; ana were told m that 
well-known, warm and earnest manner of Me. 
Wells's what * The Bight Qotpti ' was. Mr. 
Wells conducted the whole of the service him- 
self. We sung 

' Ghude me, thou Great Jehovah/ 
and the effect was solemn and impressive, the 
whole of the consreeation standing, joining in 
the same. Mr. WeUs then prayed, and we all 
rose again and sung that beautiful hvmn 
* Grace 'tis a charminE souno. 

Then came the discourse. The text was ta* 
ken firom James ii. 12, ' He shall have judge- 
ment without mercy, that hath showed no 
mercy ; and mercy rejoiceth against judgment.' 
It was a f^«e-grace sermon from first to last ; 
and Mr. Wells did not fear to tell the ' West- 
end folk' that *he was an high-doetrine 
man ; and he ffloried in it.' But as the ser- 
mon is piinted. and is worth ten times the 
amount it iB published at, we leave our read- 
ers to buy it, and they will then have it com- 
plete. At the close of the service a collection 
was made for the ' Blind Society * whieh 
amounted to jS34. B. 

Paetioulae Baftibt Obvech Dorch- 
SBTEE^Dear Sir— The countv of Dorset we 
think, is comparatively un Known to the; 
readers of your magasine. It is a locality in 
which the csrtotn sound is but seldom heard t 
yet there are even here, some, who love the 
tmre gospel of the grace of God ; and who 
nave been taught by the Spirit to exclaim, 
* hsal me, Lord, and I shall U healed ; save 
me and I shall bo saved; for thou art nyr 
praise.' 

A few of theee^ united in oburch fellowship, 
have been worshiping for the past two years, 
in a private house, and their meetingb have 
been abundantly blessed. On Lord*s-day the 
21st of Nov. 18i58, a public room was opened, 
on which occasion our |)astor J. W. Cole de- 
livered two very appropriate discourses : that 
in the morning from Numbers x. 35. 36 ; and 
that m the evening from I Cor. i. 23, 24. 

The prayers of the brethren are earnestly 
deoredhy this infant churdi, that the Lord 

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in his loving kindnMi blati xm^ and i 
keep My md baUd ut up in thefidthaad hoD6 
of the goaptii and from time to time, aqd ' 
imto oar number mob Mihall be mved. lam, 
deer eir, Tout'b in the truth, A. L. B. 

[We hope soon to hear anew chapel for 
fwpel tmtk if bnill in ]>oroheoter— Ssj. 

SxXMU Chapu., Muibb'b Court, Soho. 
Oa tlia 7th of December, the third annirenary 
of thia Sunday School was holden: 200 
took tea. Afterwards a public meeting 
to(A place, the minister, Mr. J. Bloomfield in 
the cnair, who after Mr. Flory had invoked 
the divine t^essing, called upon the seeretflay 
to read the report detailing the proceedings 
dniin£ the past year. The report was spoken 
to byJlr. w<y>Uoott who is well known to be 
a stenoeh advocate of Sunday Schools ; and 
by whom they were fitly described as the 
nnrseries fh>m which our pews are filled, our 
polpita often occupied, and from whence 
Tnitsimiariee go forth to foreign climes to tm- 
forl the blood-stained banner of the cross. 
Interesting addresses were delivered by Messrs 
Field, A^erson, Wyard and Pells, after 
which the doxology was sung and the friends 
lepaiated. 

BiDMOWi), Hssn.— On Lord's-day mom- 
iag, ]>eoember 6th, Mr. H. Hutchinson bap- 
tiied six persons at Two Waters, after preach- 
ing a suitable sermon horn — * Then they that 
^iadly rcceivwd the word were baptized ;' there 
was an orerflowing congregation ; and I am 
happy to aay, the administration of the ordi- 
'uid a blessed eflTect; there are at 
two that were witnesses of the ordi- 
forward with a widi to *do 
likewise :* and we expect others will follow 
the example. 1 feel a pleasure in saying the 
httle caoae at Bedmondis steadily increasing. 
Mr. Hutchinson baptised one male and five 
lemalca, and they were all added to the church 
on last Lord*s-day December 12th. 

May the Lord prosper his cause and interest 
not onlv at Bedmond, but in every part of 
the world is the prayer of yours in Jesus.<— A 

WBZX WlBHKB OV ZlOV 



Claphax— Gaxhik Baptist CbjlPsi^ 
WmKTKMBVKQm. St.— DcttT Mr. Editor- 
Allow us, through your wide spread Journal, 
to aoDonnee that through the mercy of our 
God, we had the honor ot baptiaine eight per- 
sons on LonTs-day, Dec. 6th, which is the first 
time the ordinance has been administered 
stnee the re^opening of the chapel, and of for- 
ming them, with fifteen otbe^ into a Christ- 
ian community on Wednesday evenlDg, the 
13th. Thus — ^much earlier than we anticipa- 
ted—have we the pleasure of beholding a 
church of 28 members formed, or rather re- 
formed, within this chapel, never we trust 
s^aza to be scattered. For this mercy, so 
tnaely, and so conspicuous, may our God be 
abundantly honozeu — and majjr he who has 
promised to keep his church ni^ht and day, 
last any hurt her, mercifully, Ukrow around 
ua his protecting power, and graciously cause 
the blessings of nil grace to descend upon ub, 
is the earnest prayer of yours most willingly 
by the grace of Qod. H. H. 



AUSTRALIA. 

{We have between twenty and Chirtj excel- 
lent letters from different parts of Australia : 
we will notice them aU as far as space will 
permit. The first to hand ia a most touching 
epistle from our brother John Bunyan McCure 
of Geelong. who has this q^ear been deeply 
afflicted in nia family : but in the ministry of 
the word is growing in usefulness, the scenes 
ofhis labors are multiplyiag and increasixur. 
In a long letter dated August 12th, 1858, 
he says : 

Dbab BBOTHSBr-The fkithfulneaa of the 
Lord's word, and the sufficiency of the Lord's 
grace, are lessons we are continually learning { 
but little proeress do we make : jBlcssed bo 
God. we do learn that lus arm is not short- 
enea ; his 2ove ts CAe §ame, in the darkest 
path ; in the deepest waters ; in the hottest 
fire ; and will be the same while in this world 
we stay i therefore the righteous shall hold 
on his way, and though that way may be 
through the mighty waters, yet shall he sing 
the Lord hath triumphed gloriously. TheLora 
has been leading me by away I knew not; and 
in paths 1 have not knovm : out he hath made 
the darkness light, and the crooked things 
straight, and hath not forsaken me in the 
day of trouble. One of our dear children he 
has taken home to himself. Hia sufferings, 
were great indeed : he was in convulsions 183 
hours; during that time we expected his 
death erety hour. He was taken worse on 
Lord*B-day morning at half-past one o'clock 
in screammg convvsions, yet such was the 
gracious kindness of my dear Lord, that while 
I was looking upon, my dear and much loved 
child, with my heart ahnoat ready to break, 
he ^ve me those words of our precious 
Chnst : * The cup which my Father giveth 
me, shall I not drink it P 1 was at once led 
to see that this affliction, and the death of 
my dear Henry, was of the Lord, and though 
the cup ap^ared to be a very larg^ one, and 
bitter, yet it was a measured trial, and my fa* 
ther had nven it. 1 felt resigned to the 
will of the Lord ; and went up to his house ; 
and spoke from those words: had a* time of 
great liberty, and comfort in the Lord's ser- 
vice : when 1 came down from the pulpit I was 
informed that he was worse. 1 had now the 
Lord's supper to attend to ; and to receive 
two persons as members into the church : I 
then nastened home, not expecting to see him 
alive: but he was stUl spared. Time fat 
evening service came, hard work for fiesh and 
blood to leare himt but the work of the 
Lord demanded it : forsake all for Zion's sake. 
1 asked the Lord to give me a subject by 
which I might forget mv troubles : * where- 
fore God also hath highly eialted Eim.' I 
Bpoke from those words, and returned hom^ 
found the dear one still in great suffering. I 
felt 1 was drinking the cud prepared by a lov- 
ing Father's hand. Monday evening I was 
again called to leave him to attend to our ex- 
perience meeting, which we hold every Mon- 
day evening to speak of the great things the 
Lord has done for our souls. We often have 
our hearts warmed within us while Jesus 

speaks with us by the way. C^ r\r\n\t> 

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THE EAKTHBN YESSSIf. 



tJan. 1. 18M. 



He still oontuiaed in the m^ diitreeiinff 
infferings. Mjfleeli desired to be excused 
£rom ettending toour WednesdajeTening ser- 
vioee, but I bless the Lerd I was strengthened 
to give him glorvand again repeat his praises 
and say amen. We oontinned to \ratcli him 
day and night, expecting every hour to be his 
last. Another Lonl's-day morning arrived, we 
could see that he was sinking fast, O what a 
trouble it was now to my feehngs to leave him, 
tired in body, and my natural feelings wrought 
no to the highest pitch. It is time for chapel, 
what is to be done r you oanMot go. No : Yes 



no, I cannot ; yes, I must. ' The cup my father 

fare to me, shall I not drink it P I must go ; 
lessed be Ood it was a time of great coosda- 



tion to my sooL I spoke from, ' to whom com- 
ing as unto a living stone/ Ac. The Lord 
strengthened me; and I was strengthened 
still to drink the oup. I hurried home: my 
dear one was still straggling against the cold 
messenger : death had vet its work to do : it 
was not until four o'clock he yielded up the 
Qhost. This is the cup my father hath given 
tne ; shall I not drink it P yes ! it is a cup of 
much mercy : It might have been my wife, it 
might have been more than one of my chil- 
dren, it might have been one of the elder 
ones of whom I have no hope of a change of 
heart ; and then with all tnis I might have 
been onabedof sickness, but lam well; and 
am helped to bear the cross: it is not so 
heavy as it might be ; it is not so bitter as it 
might be ; therefore bless the Lord, it is no 
worse. Time for evening service came again : 
all confusion : you eann<ft go to night, no I 
have not been aUe to study, and how can 1 
apeak? Lord help me. Shall I not drink it? 
I went to the Lord's house : there I was lifted 
up ; strengthened to speak to the Lord's chil. 
dren ; my text was, * at for me, I will b$hold 
tkjf foot in righUon§ns$tt I 'hall be taUffUd 
whtn I attaks in thy likeneM,* The power 
and presence of the Lord to me was like good 
old wine. *I forgot my poverty ; and remem- 
bered my misery no more. 

On the following Tuesday I committed his 
mortal remains to the silent grave, to rest till 
the morning of the resurrection, the Lord 

gave and the Lord hath taken away . and 
lessed be the name of the Lord, ' by these 
things the Lord speaks to us, O ma^r we hear 
his voice, hepealto ready. My wife unites 
with me in love to all the dear saints in the 
land y>f our fathers whom we love in the 
truth. Oraoe, mercy, and peace be with you 
all, so prays your brother in tribulation and 
in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, 

JOHH BUMTAN M'oGUBB. 

Our kind brother Henry Bowling, has for- 
warded us a packet of spiritual letters. We 
hope to insert some from time to time. We 
hear from various quarters, that Mr. Bowling 
is still honourably and usefully preaching the 
gospel, in Tasmania. He has also sent us an 
excellent epistle from the pen of Baniel Allen, 
the faithful Baptist Minister in Melbourne, 
under whose mmistry the cause is growing : 
and whose writings and ministry we shall 
iiotice more fully. 



The anniTenary of Brother M'Cure's new 
chapel was holden on the fint of Becember ; 
ai^d brother Allen's anniversary on New Year's 
day^ 18dQ. If an express carnage could shoot 
us uto their midst in a few hours, we should 
gladly take a peep at and listen to, them ; but 
we must be thankful we can reoeive good tid- 
ings of them. That the Lord will comfort 
and increase ihem. ' will be the prayers 
of thousands in their own native land. 
Zealous Christians will hear with joy that 
both John B. McCure, and Baniel Allen are 
opening and preaching in different parts of 
Australia, beside their own fixed places. Of 
these movements more anon. 

We regret to learn that a time of great 
commercial oppression has been passing over 
the cities and towns of our colonies. We hope 
a return of better davs yet awaits them. We 
^tefuUy acknowledge the efforts now mak- 
mg to spread Tub Rikthsh Vxbsfl. and 
(jUEBRiao Words extensively in all the 
colonies. And our hearts are gladdened by 
hearing frequently of the acceptance of our 
labours by thousands in those distant shores. 
Bless the Lord for the Printing Press, and 
steam power, by which means we are sending 
good tidings to millions of our lellow men. 

Our brother Charles Hooper, the Seoretarr 
to the Salem Chapel Book Society in North 
Adelaide; and < Matilda' — our Australian 
Poetess, both write cheerfully of Mr. Qunn's 
ministry. The pressures of Providence which 
drove some of our good brethren from our 
midst, have wonderfully worked for good. 
*The Christian at the Biggings*— ' The Cri- 
tioisms of a Believer who Ium suently weighed 
the Gospel Ministry in Australia'— and other 
papers, will prove this assertion ere long in a 
most interesting manner. 

THE XJLTB SITB&a AVVLTCTXON 07 

OUE BEOTHBK W. FLACK. 

(The dangerous illness which had lately 
fallen upon the esteemed pastor of Salem 
Chapel, Wilton Square, New North Bead, 
had created alarm lest the Lord should remove 
from us a brother so useful, so much beloved. 
Just on going to press^e received from him 
the following letter. We read it with sincere 
gratitude to Qod, and give it our readers en- 
tire. Ed.] 

Mt Dkab Bbothbb— In answer to your 
kind enquiries, and good wishes, I am thank- 
ful to be able to inform you 1 am fast im- 
proving ; and hope, by Qod's blessing, to oc- 
cupy my pulpit again next Lord's-day. * I 
have been brought low, but the Lord has 
helped me.' It has been a severe affliction ; 
but goodness has run through the whole. 

I feel I cannot sufficiently express my 
gratitude to Almighty God, for having sur- 
rounded me with such kind friends ; and es- 
pecially for such devoted men of God, as I 
have in my dear brethren, the deacons. 
Their unwearied attention, care, and affection, 
I trust will never be forgotten. But if I 
have to thank my God for friends, and a 
thousand kindnesses in them! much more 
must I thank him for the si(t of himaslf. Uh I 
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how pracwns the dear Lord has been to me 
thron^h the whole; more partioalarly when 
the storm was at ita height The 4th of 9e- 
eember will erer be a memorable day with me. 
Mj diaeaae was that day at its higheat ; and 
on' that day my wife waa confined. When I 
cnzisnlted my feelinirg, I had the aentence of 
death within me ; but, despite of all feeling, 
the Word of Ood would assure me that I 
akonld not die, bnt live and declare the works 
of the I/ord. Never was the word of God 
■M>re predoua to me than then. I could in- 
dk^ look death in the face, and ask where is 
thy sting } The grave, and ask where is thy 
power f The devil, and triumphantly ask, 
where ia thy malice? And though wave 
upon wave aeemed to roll nearer and nearer, 
whiklaang, 

* Jesoa ! lover of my soul. 

Let me to thy bosom fly. 
While the nearer billows roll. 

While the tempest still is high.' 

I eoold ahnoat say, even then, 

* Kot a wave of trouble rolls 
Aeroas my peaeeAiI breast.' 

They were kept, (though apparentlv rolling 
■Mfer mad nearer) at a distance, and * not a 
dof mar^d his tongue, nor any beast.' I was 
fcr oBoe in Paul's strait, not knowing whether 
it were best to live or die. I can also say, 
thraogh the whole sifliotion, I have been kept 
sweetfy ealm. Truth has been more than even 
Mdoaa to me. I was sweetly prepared for the 
trial, by the words,' My counsel shall stand, 
■Bdl will do all my pleasure,' from which I 
preaghed on the last Lord's-day morning I was 
•nt; said eould not help telling my friends I 
waa aaauredthatthose words were given for some 
apedal pmpoee, that either myself or some of 
them were about to paas through some fiery 
trinL And in the evening of the same dav, I 
praadied from Bev. iii. 14. 'I counsel thee 
to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou 
Bsayest be rich.' "Twaa a solemn day to my 
aonl, and licit asaored something woiud come 
oat of it. 

Bat one eneoaraging fret for praviog souls 
I must net forget to mention. On Lord*s- 
dny the ISth, my dear friends instead of the 
oanal preaching, held a special prayer-meet- 
ing in my behalf. The cnapel was full, and 
many solemn Drayers went up to Ood ; and 
at taat very soleinn hour, — (toe hour of the 
evening aaoifice, — the hour on which the 
finvioor died on the cross,— at that hour,) 
while they yet prayed, the first frvoorable 
miptom took piaoe. And from that hour, 
tfaoogh I have passed through many ehanffes, 
I have eontinued more or leal to mend. JIf y 
dear wife, though still low, and weak, is also 
mending. I would not lay down my pen, 
withoot acknowledj^g the kindness of my 
brethren ia the ministrjr, who have so kindly 
aapplied my pulpit. 

And now hoping soon to be restored to 
health, I pray to be more than ever devoted 
to my MMter and his work, thnt in season 
aad oat of season, I nmv spend, and be 
■pending, tn hie honour ami glory. Oh! the 



blessedness of serving such a Hester while 
we live, and when we die, to enter into his ' 
rest, yea his joy. 

Wishing you, my dear brother, every new 
covenant blessing, I am your's, very trulv 
hi the Lord. W. Flack. ' 

40, Ufhm-road, Downham^road, if. 
J>soiia6er 20, 1858. 

(Diit (CnmkriltgMliirf (Cjinrrjjw, 

IVTRODVCTOBT VOTS. 

DBA.B SiB—Cambridgeshire has been called 
the granary of England for its a^iculturai 

groduoe; the countiy itself contains about 
57 square miles, with many thousand acres 
of fertile land, rich in its produce of wheat 
and other grain. But what is far better, it is 
rich in the sacred and distinguishing doctrines 
of divine grace. Scattered over the surface of 
this country, we have many hundreds of godly 
praying souls ; * the excellent of the earth,' 
the salt of the land, and precious in the sight 
of Gk>d who redeemed them, and made them 
what they are. In Cambridgeshire we have 
about 26 causes belonging to our denomin- 
ation, that is, places of worship where the 
distinguishinsf truths of the gospel are frith- 
fnlljr preached ; we have about twenty stated 
ministerB or pastors, who are men of truth, 
and as a body, good, useful hard-working men 
with no mean preaching abilities; these 
reuses on the whoU are increasing in their 
numbers, and if not in a positive flourishing 
condition, I believe Goa is blessing them 
with a gradual inerease, and a prosperity, 
steady m its progress. They have sevenl 
itinerant pfeacners, who, U^ether with Uie 
stated ministers in the county form as large a 
body of usefhl preachers as can be found in 
any other county of the same sise, and in 
general their ministrr meets with acceptance 
among the people. It will be seen by our 
following Mpers that some of these causes are 
large, considering the sise of the place, fhe 
number of inhabitants, Ac. 

Cambridgeshire is arranged under two great 
divisions (1) The Isle of Ely, and (2) Camb- 
ridgeshire proper, the latter contains the 
largest population, the former having the 
most Fbv or Maksbt Und. But thanks be 
unto God, the waters of the sanctuarr, the 
gospel stream, has reached these ' low Iands>' 
and marshy places also. Esek. xlrii. 
{Bl$f and lAtiUport im ournwi,) 



SiBLB Hbstnoxam, Esbbx.— We had * 
happy day at the Old Baptist Chapel, 8ible 
Heoinghmn, Dec. 6th, our brother Charles 
Shipway, spoke from Acts viii. 39; after 
which he baptised seven persons, four males, 
and three females. And the males being 
teachers of the Sunday School : in the after- 
noon our pastor gave each the right hand of 
fellowsbip, and received them into full oonu 
munion; it was a precious season. As a 
ehureh, we are at peace among ourselves ; and 
the blessing of the Lord of Hosts attends the 
word spoken. 

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THE FAITH ONCE DELIVEEED UNTO THE SAINTS. 

rW0 rajoice not, in being compelled to oommenee a new volame with a ControMrsial Conur; 
bat, from the nature of the letters oonatarillT pouring in upon ue, we are driven to « double 
conviction. Firrt, it is elear, the pure and My gomt of 0*ri#« <» iw* fully and fairiy 
preached in our pulpits. From the Bishop of London, down to the most obooure Itinerant, 




minds are becoming uneasy. Some send us denunciations ; some send' us encouraging conso- 
lations; not a &w send us important questions, and oontroyersial communications. We must 
attend to them aU : having for our aim, the exposuro of error, the unfolding ot Truth, the 
edification of the people, the arousing of the churohee, the comforting of the saints, the glory 
of God. Brethren, help us, in our work. Every day it becomes mow weighty, and heavier in 
responsibility. Ed]. 



CHARGES AGAINST 
•IBTTEES TO THB0PHILU8.' 

BVOOND BBFLT. 

We hero just give, in few words, the sum 
of Mr. John Foster's charges against the 
' Letters to Theophilus ;' or, rather, a sum of 
the doctrines advocated by Mr. Foster. And 
as the roader will sea in going through his 
piece in Uie J)eoember numbttr, they are 
these ; that if a man be lost, it is his own 
fault; and that the bitterest portion in that 
cup of tiie lost^will be that it is their own 
wilful fault that they ara in that place of 
torment; that the Saviour must be trusted, 
that the benefit oi his passion may be se- 
cured; that all men every whero aro com- 
manded to npent; that men cannot help 
themselves ; that they cannot even pray, but 
only ask for the Holy Spirit; that all the 
Lord Mk$ ia, wilt thou be made whole? if 
thy heart reepond, ves, I/>rd, thou art saved ; 
the desiro of salvation is salvation; that when 
laith is swallowed up in sight we shall Itmow 
why one is taken and another left ; that it is 
our being Baptists that aggravates the ofibnce 
of 'Letters to Theophuus;' that he (Mr. 
Foster,) holda no yea and nay preachments; 
that 
"Twas the sane love that spread the feast 

That sweetly fore^A ns in.' 
Thus fkr Mr. Foster. We will now proceed 
to point out to him the work which he must, 
in order to establish his doctrines, do. 

WeU then, friend John, youmnst know that, 
although your name should iio< be in the 
book- of lue; and though none can enter the 
heavenly ci^ but thoee whose names wero 
thero written from the foundation of the 
world: if, friend John, your name should 
not be then; and while the Saviour laid 
down his life for the sheep, and you should 
not be one of his sheep ; and while no man 
can oome to Christ, 'oxcept the Father draw 
him ;' and while M the duHn&i citizens of 
heaven are to be taught of God ; and if you, 
friend Johii« should not be one taught of God ; 
yet you can surmount aU these difficulties, 
or, according to your own shewing, it will 
be (to use your own words) ' your ownyrJee* 
ONS witfkl fault. Tea. it will, aoeovding to 
your own wotds, ' be the bitterest portion in 



your cup, if you do not surmount these diffi- 
culties ;' and if you do not surmount them, 
the Lord may well say to you, *out of thine 
own mouth will' I judge thee, thou wicked 
servant.' Now, friend John, keep to the 

Eoint. You know * all things aro possible to 
im that believeth ;' only it must be him that, 
by the faith of Qod's elect, believeth the truth. 
Now then hxik at it again. Your name not 
in the Book of Life, yet you vi W enter the 
city; you not a sheep; yet you wll kavs 
eternal life ; you not redeemed, yet you will 



be on Mount t\on ; you not rogenerated, not 
possessing the Spirit of Christ, yet yoa^ll 
oe one among the sanctified by the Hoit 



ahost. NowJ friend John, can you do all 
this or not? If you can, then whero is your 
profeation of its being all of groMi and 
& you cannot do all thU ; then what becomea 
of your doctrine, that it is, if you are lost, 
wmr own fault t Do you say God's people have 
nothing to do with thedootnnesof election, cer- 
tain redemption, effectual calling, and cove- 
nant choice, and eternal security ? Do tou 
say they have nothing to do with these doo- 
trjnes? ah, then, as well, just as well, may 

50U say, that they have notMng to dowUk the 
mie. And if you can believe in Christ, and 
at the same time despise his truth, then you 
have found ont a secret we should wish never 
to come into. 

Now, friend John, whether you wiU own it 
or not, you are, by your fall in Adam, in a loat 
condition; you are a sinner, a lost iuiner. 
by Adam'a transgression; and if you should 
be lost, then hero, in the faU in Adam, 
lies the criminal eaute of your bemg loet. 
Tou were in an utterly lost oondiUon Ufore 
you ever committed one practical sin ; thoee 
sins have augmented your guilt: but you 
wero alreadyin a lost condition; allbeinffm 
this lost oondidon. It laid with the Lord to 
save all, or none, or any— whichever he 
pleased. We do most soUmnly tell you, that 
Uiero aro times when we fairly ^^^^ •* 
professors of your stamp-blammg the dam- 
nation of men upon the Baviour, and uijon 
tiie graoe of God ; carrying in yo«r vile doo- 
trinea a denial of the real state of men aa 
rinners; denying also that Uw which is the 
sole legal and righteous cause of condemnar 
tion. We aasuro yon, that J^^^f?* "• 
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tiiif one part of thft tratli of Qod to oaabr^ 
diet mother ; aad oo represflnfeitig the blessed 
God IS divided Against mniieif. Sir, we defy 
TOO, tad all the men of your school to prove 
thai the Bible coatains truths opposed in yonr 
wise of the vord, one to another. We defy 
yoa to prove, that if a man be lost, that it la 
bii own faolL It ii sir. arigimU sm's fmult : 
rar loot oandtkion was there and then oomple- 
ted ; there we died to God. Steeped in sin, 
sssUby the fall axe, yet foralUhia boast that 
we thoold not have been lost but for the 
gospel That the gospel offi^ra life to the dry 
bones, and the unconscious bone is to be 
buraedyor not believing. Bead, sir, the I8th 
'Letter to Theopiulus;' and if you have any 
of that xeverenee fbr the Bible of which you 
10 mmkip boatt, you will desiie lo nmrk, 
Issni, and imtottrtUy digmL 

Bat, sir, go on again : * ilU Saviour «Mwi 
Ii irmaUdtiatihsbmtsfU of kit passion ma^ 
ks mmtrsd,' Where, sir, do you get this from ? 
As we esnnot find it in the Bible we 
mat leave you to And it for us ; only just r»- 
miadbg you, that the Saviour does say, ' It 
•bsil be given to those fbr whom it is prepared 
of his Father ; also, the Saviour said, * it is 
wot snae to give.'. Now, sir, if it were not 
\m lo give, koto came it fomr^s to qff^T 
Wbeneeeomeswch a mission? Kotoertainly 
ftm shore. 

Bat, go on again: 'mm ars sommandsd 
mrfwha r s to rmmi* No doubt about it; 
end this command is as effectual as was the 
wnunand to Laaarua to * oome forth !' John 
M« a great multitude out of all nations ; and 
Ood had commanded the light to sMne into 
the bevts of everrone of these} and by this 
CDoiiBsad oausad them to repent; and if 
ever they held the abominable falsehoods that 
yea do, those errors would not be the least of 
the sias of whaidi they repented. 

Bat go on again : '«M Oe £ord oefa i«, 
wiUtkimUmadowhioUl Well, but how do 
you prove tins ? Bo you prove this from his 
havmg Hod this to one person P Did he ask 
Saul of TsBMis if he would be made whole ? 
JDid he ask the three thousand, en the day of 
^ntooost, if they would be made whole ? 
J^id ha ask ^ dry bones, in Ezekiers valley, 
if they would be made whole? Alas, sir, all 
men are whole already, until God himjelf 
wound them. But you settle the matter verv 
easily, for say you, * tk» desire of saUtation m 
solmatiom," Well, where did you set tha 
from ? Was it from the stoney ground hearer, 
or from the way-side hearer, or from the 
thoniey ground hearer ? For these all dssir^ 
si smloatitM^ yet were not saved; but 

Aa we must sajr but little more, perphaps 
jou will m on again : But the quewwm, whv 
«i, Xord f mmtt he Uft until faith is svsal- 
Umsdnpim si^ht/ Well, and what then? 
Is that whioh la not revealed to contradiot 
that wUeh is revealed ? la revesded truth, 
end merer, to endure fbr erer? Is the stlva- 
tisn whkiL is revealed to endure fbr ever i 
Aad is the riffhteousnaas which is revealed, 
aoc to be abofaehed, and yet something is yet 
to be revealed to oTerturn what is revealed ; 
md while he hath mercy upon whom he will 
We merey, is now a revealed truth, is thia 



truth to be by and by set aside ? and are you 
prepared to oarrjr your quarrel with your 
Maker's counsels into heaven, and there and 
then call in question, the right of the potter 
over the day of the same lump ? Thb, too, 
is Mr. John Foster, who would not have us 
'scrutiniMS the plans and purposes of the 
Most High. We ask, sir, where do you get 
the authority to suggest that any reason but 
that of the good pleasure of the Most Hirh 
will ever be assigned for doing as he pleased ? 
* we shall know even as we are known.' True 
-^he people of Gt>d will know, as thev are 
known; but they will never know anything 
contrary to revealed truth : * his truth en- 
dnreth for ever.' 

But go on again: *Our hsing Baptists 
aggravates the off^nee </ Letters to Theo* 
philus* Now here we confess we are a little 
staggered, for we know not how (Mr. Foster 
and Company,) being Baptists, con aggravate 
the oflfence. Beally, Mr. Foster is almost too 
much for us here ; except it be something 
simtlar to the people we read of in the 6th 
chapter of the Gospel by John; that the 
people having eaten of the loaves and fishes, 
aggravated the offence of the Lord's discourse 
to them ; for they were all very friendly with 
him in one respect, and liked the loaves and 
fishes very well ; but the sermon aCterwarda 
was very offensive. Now we would not for 
a moment charge Mr. Fo^r with having 
any respect whatever for such trifling things 
as loaves and fishes; but we refer to thia 
circumstance to help us out of our difficulty ; 
and the slight analogy stands thus ; that if 
the people were so kind, and friendly, and 
obliging, as to partake of the loaves and fishes, 
it was very ungracious in the Saviour, so to 
preach to them as to offend them. So Mr. 
Foster and Company being so kind as to be 
Baptiate. therefore < Little One' being a Bap- 
tist also, ought not to have written anything 
contrary to Mr. Foster's creed. This then 
agqra/oates i\td oS&aoo. 

JBut let ua leave this, and yon go on again i 
^It was the same love that spread the feast. 

That sweetly foreed us in.' 

Well, we were staggered just now ; but here 
we are thoroughly beaten ; for whatever Mr. 
Foster can have to do with the doctrine of 
forced to eome in, we cannot make out. Thia 
looks to us, more like mere pretension than 
anything else. It is true, Mr. Foster telia 
us, that we are helpless ; but then he cannot 
iB PM i thia— because be says, 'he holds no 
yea and nay preachments ;' so that his telling 
oa that it is all of grace — that we cannot help 
ourselves ; that we are ^forted in ;' and that if 
we feel our need of the Saviour, this he gives 
us. Mr. Foster, of course, does not seriously 
mean one word of all thia; these are ezprea- 
akins he has picked up from the Bible and 
Hymn books, and from his minister, not 
that be means a single word of it ; for he 
protests against ^yea and Mjr,' ao that 
we*«Mca< not believe that he leally means 
that it is all of graoe. We must not do 
him such injustice, as to believe that he 
really means what he says, when he tells us, 
that we are compelled to come/in;Lfor^»«r« 

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we to believe that, he reellj menu at is ell by 
grace, we should make his preaohmente to m 
^ea and najr ; for in one part of hia creed, (and 
m that part too which lies nearest his heart, 
he tells us that * it was their own ikult if they 
do not go to heayen ;' so you see, if these 
lost men had dons thsir vart^ they would 
have been saved ; and as Mr Foster reckons 
liimself saved, he of course has done and is 
doin^ his part. 60 that his saying it is all of 
grace is a mere delusion, nor would all hia 
protostations against salvation partly, at least 
by works, have with us the weight of a straw : 
hunuin msritf however much they may labor 
to disguise and hide it, is the qumt-essenoe of 
the doctrines held by the whole duty-faith 
tribe. And although it is he who beuereth 
the truth in the love ofU, that gives hereby evi- 
dence that he is a sound man, and that he that 
beliBveth not the truth in the love of it, does 
thereby give proof that he is in a state of na- 
jfcure ; and that as one is not saved/or believing, 
to the other is not damned /or not believing 
untoetomal salvation; butislost,as a fallen sin- 
ner in Adam, and condemned also for whatever 
personal sins he has committed, we would not, 
therefore, do Mr. Foster the injustice to sup- 
pose for one moment, that he believes that 
laith. is the gift of God ; he and all his tribe, 
may say so, but we do not happen to possess 
ability to believe them : w;e believe the whole 
daty-roith legion to be nothing but Armin- 
jans in heart; and of aU the delusive doc- 
trines in the world, we believe that there are . 
none more deceptive, more feasible, more en- 
tangling, to the unwarv, or more loved by 
the flew, than this suiddal dutj-fidth contri- 
vance; and the wise as well as the fooUah, 
,'seem one half of them sleeping while the 
.enemy is sowing tares among the wheat, and 
thousands of professors love to have it so. 
[Mr. John Foster's second oommnnieatioa is 
to hand : it shall be inserted. We most not 
exdude such controversies as tend to lav 
open more fully the r^oeaisd word and will 
: ofQod; although owljr « 
ean bs spared.— So.] 



^anon. xae oioer oay mx, jn.oi««, ok xivw^ 
^ork, made some stetomente through our 
>ages, charging < The Old School Baptiste* 
vith apostacy. That Letter of Mr. Mott's 



THB OLD SCHOOL BAPTISTS IN 
AMSBIOA, AND MB. MOTT. 
<• All things work toffether for good." 
THia great truth is every day being more 
inUy confirmed in our experience, and obser- 
vation. The other day Mr. Mott, of New 
York, • 

with apostacy. 

contained a question for our brother James 
1/Vells, which was answered. Mr. Mott^s 
assertions have spread like wild-fire through 
the United Stetes; and several able scribes, 
and sound hearted Christians have taken 
upon themselves to defend the Old School 
Baptiste. We have some thorough good let-' 
ters from Jamea Joyce, from JBlder George 
Beebc, and the friends of Elder Globe, with 
packete of * TAs SigH$ of the Timn;' and 
copies of other truth ddSsnding Joumab in 
America. We shall fumlA our readers with 
a review of, and eztracta from, these American 
Papers ; and we think a correspondence win 
be opened up between our brethren in Christ, 
on the other side of the Atlantic, and ourselves, 
which will be profiteble and encouraging. 
Thus * Old Sam will be put to his ahifta again,* 
as the Hampshire parson would say. 



KBCOGNITION OF PASTOBB. 

We hadprepared a full aooountof iheserriees 
connected with the settlement of Francis 

' Collins, as pastor of the Churoh, meeting in 
Howe-street, Baptist Chapel, Plymouth, on 
Tuesday and Thursdav, Dec. 7th, and 9th but 
circumstances compelled us to defbr ito inser- 
tion until February : we regret this ; but ito 

' interest will not be lost. 

CHATTSRia— The Baptist Church Meeting 
in the Chapel, (late the scene of Mr. Horsley's 
labours,) have recognised Mr. Joseph Wilkins. 

' as their pastor themselves. On Sunday even- 
ing, Dec. 19th, Mr. Wilkins steted publicly 
from the pulpit his call by grace ; call to the 
ministry ; views of Divine truth, Ac On 
the foltowing evening a venr interesting so- 
cial church meeting was holden for the mem- 
bers of the church to receive him as their pas- 

'tor. The meeting was unamious, happy and 
eheerful : thus the deacons and members have 
adopted a new mode of ordaining a minister. 



REDEMPTION FUND. 

Amount umoQBoed in December No. 106 1 7. 
By Mr. MoCarthy, Bgertoa ForstaU : 

MrMeCartby ... S 0, 

MrDavies 10 

MrJMBieBuss ... 1 

Mr O. Pack ? ^ • 

MrPask,Jan. 6 

Mr J. Turk 10 

Mr A Dawson 1 

Mr White 6 

Mrs Bartholomew and Friends, Ridgwell, 2 

Mrs Thorn, Clapham... 2 

Mrs Ponder, Maldon 2 

Contributed by the obnreh and eoogre. 
gadon at Cramner Oonrt ChapeU Oap- 
ham, after sermons by Messrs, Gaunt, 

0. W. B. and Mr. Bird, paster, ... 2 0^ 

Thomas Farrington, Buntiagford ... 2 
Mendleaham: toC. W. B. 

Brother Brett, Leiston (2ad donation) 2 6 

Toong Man In Vestry 10 

Jabes Hart and his Sister 10 

Friend ... 10 

J. Hankies, Wandsworth, 4 

A Friend fVom the Tabernacle ... 1 

A Friend, Woolwich 6 

B.B.Stew ... 2 6 

J. P. 2 6 

J.T. ... 2 6 

P. Town ... , 2 6 

8.8.E:,G. ... 10 

Thomas ... 10 

B.6. L. S ... 10 

Deacon at Woobnm Qreen 6 

N.M. • ! S 

Mrs. P. Kent Bead... .. « 2 6 

A hated depised ontcast ... - S ! 2 

A PoBdo-baptist, but constant B^ader... 6 

F.B. ... 10 

D. H. ... 2 J ? 

Mrs Hays Brentford 9 1^ 

A Friend at Sqairries-atreet 1 

I As aabsGripdons have been sent throogh virions 
channels, if any donation ahould hate been OBdued 
we shonld be glad if the Mends would Inform a. 
Banks, of 182. Dover Bead, who is making out 
one entire list for publication when the Bedemp- 
tlon i^rioe is fhlly paid, EiU 

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Sir — ¥cfr my motto, I here place before 
jonr rettders, Jeremiah vi. 16. * Thus saith 
the Lord, itand ye in the ways, and see, and 
wtk for the old ]^ths, where is the ^ood way : 
and walk therein, and ye shall find rest to 
your ionls: hut they said, we will not 
wUk therein.' At the time these words were 
detiTcred, we find the Jews practising three, 
of the most heinoofl sins, which now, and 
have ever, more or less, affected and afflicted 
the ehareh of Ood. Covetoutnest, deceit^ and 
fMMf of JUUlity in the mimsiratitm of holy 
things. Erery obserrer cannot but be af- 
flicted with the extent of these sore erils in 
our da^. We may, therefore, safelr press 
upon the church, the directions of the pro- 
phet, at the present moment. 

Ai we are traTclIera to a coming etemit;^ ; 
and the (to us,) anbom future is covered in 
the mist of darkness ; surely, it behores us 
to enquire earnestly for the true road, that 
leada to endless bliss. The little gpace 
allotted us here, is of small moment. The 
time wfll soon be, as though it had not 
been. The last sigh, which separates from 
the preaent^ will be short ! The vast eternal 
world of spirits opens, and we enter in ! We 
leave this little house to mix again with its 
common parent. But, where goes and dwells 
thb immortal, indsible tenant ? This earthly 
boose must be left, before we can be clothed 
with that which is from abore. The waiting 
millions to receive us, who can count ? The 
songs of praise, who can utter ? The eternity 
to dwell in, who can conceive ? And yet, 
how we stray from the path, that leada to 
this endless state; forgetful of the past— re- 
gardless of the future! From friends and 
from foes, are we warned of our departure, 
and yet how slow to watch and to pray ! 

We have hen, first, a duty enjoined : to 
ask and enquire. Thus, being on his jour- 
aey, the wayfaring man, lest he should loose 
time and exhaust strength, by straying, when 
paanng through a strange country, duigentlv 
enquires for the best, svest and nearest road. 
Hare we maT laam a safe and sure lesson. 
The Old Patha can still be fonnd, providing 
wa ooBBiilt the Old travellers, who have 
heao, and still are travelling to <that rest 
whkk remaineth for the people of God.' By 
the cnqutiy, we not only obtain information, 
bat fraqoently happen nf a companion to 
ciftear na in this dreary desert. Thus are we 
aalh from being loat, cheered and encouraged 
to preas on, should we again be left alone. 
Diaary forests, dark night^ and heavy loads, 
with prowling beaats all around, not on* 

Vojfc. XV.— Ko. 107. 



frequently alarm the young traveller; let 
him, therefore, never ceaae to make all need- 
ful enquiries for the good old, beaten paths. 
Thus he will be able to speed his way. 

Some new way will, perhaps, be pointed 
out ; a nearer way. The old way in which 
the Prophets trod, cannot, with safety, be 
departed from. 

Oonneoted with this, is another beautiful 
word. ' The Good Way.' Being good, as 
well as old, we must see, that the two are 
united. The safety does not consist in its 
being old ; Adam, E?e, Cain, all walked in 
the way that was not good. Sad proof that 
old ways, are not always ri^ht. Satan'e 
ways are not of yesterday ; neither are the 
ways of the Greek and Romish Churches. 
Age, in the estimation of millions, his 
made their churches sacred, reveled, adored. 
This can neither free them from error— from 
vice— from despotism — from idolatry — from 
beluff the enemy of man — nor of being the 
hostUe foe of both God, his word, and his 
church. 

We are, therefore, brethren, to look for 
the good with the M, The pleasing em- 
ployment, becomes increaaingiy delightful, 
with the charming and heavenly quality, 
good\ as our sure and safe guide. If we 
turn to our Father, our Lord, our Teacher, 
the Grospel, we are at once arrested with 
this divine element, good. 

Perfectly clear and explicit are the three 
directions. — Stand, We stand by faith. 
Here we are brought to comply with the 
word, or words of the Lord. Wisdom 
has ways; Her ways are all pleasant. 
The wayfarmg-^an will here find his 
safety. When the Lord directs, there is 
something of goodness to be realised, 
however painful may be our trials. The 
child of Qm will ever be safe, in constantly 
attending a gospel ministry : bible reading ; 
private and public prayer ; communion with 
the saints. These ways are evidently laid 
down, pointed out,. and commended to be 
stood upon, that we may see and ask. Here 
we shall see the Father, gradually unfolding 
his holy, loving and unchanging nature, to 
his astonished children. The purity of his 
justice will startle : His love and tenderness 
will melt. The one will create fear, the 
other, love. This is seen more and more 
clearly, as we gaze upon the Son, as He is 
made known to us in the preaching of the 
OospeL The words of Paul to the Corinthian 
church, are here verified. *But we all, 
with open face, beholding as in a glass, the 
glory of the Lord, are changed into the eame 
image^ from glory to glory, hT-4he Spiijil of 

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the Lord,* Whatever diatreflsee, or whatever 
becomeB doubtful ; wlMtever wants we feel, 
desires, or wishes, we are instructed to 
ask. This has reference to the good, old 
way. This we must endeavour ever to 
keep in view ; we must mind that we 
are at the posts of the tf«e Doors ; where the 
Lord's f^mdes eater. 

For all this we have the Lord's autboritv, 
therefore a Divine «Thus saith the Lord.' 
Satan and his minions will eonstantly endea- 
Yoar to draw us from this. How diversified 
are the systems — proposed to entangle the 
unwary, scarcely need be named, except a few 
of modern invention, or old errors revived with 
a little eloquent language, and made to ap- 
pear as great and sablime truths. When we 
nave to encoaater sacramentarian and priestly 
errors — we have to encovnter a literary 
and polished press, as well as historic, argu- 
mentative, and highly polished eomposition. 
* Bntiefaiff words cJ man's wisdom.' From 
tiieie lordly adversaries we must not shrink, 
especially when they proclaim, both from the 
pulpit and the press, that ohildren are born 
juttijiedt 1$tapifid, and refenerated. Where 
svoh teachers make room for repentance, 
penance, and absolution, it will be difficult 
to find. • But the glaring inconsistency of 
such teachers, warn us by more startling 
statements. Although the child is born 
re^nerated, he must have a Kpcond ret^encrd- 
tion, and that by the Holy office of apostoli- 
cal succession. Here, sir, we mij^ht wish 
to stop, but no ! Though bom, inspired and 
justified, muob work remains for the priest, 
eonfession, penance and absolution are essen- 
tials, from his hands, or no eternal happiness. 
These fearfnl errors are neither confined to 
Papacy, nor Episoopal, but are cpenly pro- 
claimed by some of our professing Evangeli- 
Dissenters. 'Fhe dangers from such and 
uany other of similar dangerous errors, 
to our weaker brethren, and rising jouth 
should stimulate us to vigorous action in the 
oanse of Christ against such subtle and dead- 
ly foes. They generally come in sheep's cloth- 
ing. These havemeniT persons in view because 
of advantage. Satan's ministers being trans- 
lated into angels of light, shews that the 
error is not always confined to the letter of 
truth. We are, therefore, exhorted to * try 
the spirits.' This ii, certainly, an all-ab- 
sorbing sabjeot 

As there are seducing spirits, as weH as 
doctrines of dbvih ; it the more behoves ni 
to enquire 'what manner of spirit we are 
of ; as it is dearly stated, if we have not the 
spirit of Ohrist, We are none of his.' Thus 
ire are brought to the great internal main 
spring, whioh moves ^e two opposing worids 
— th« spirit of the world, and the spirit of 
Ohrist. Satad and his host may clothe them- 
strives witb the letter of truth, but can never 
obtain or impart the spirit of Ohrist. The 
Bpbittud church, will therefore ever stand, 



an everlasting monument against all and 
every fornt of delusion : th$ feebkat babe in 
Ckrisi can bHow what no erroneous profeuor 
ean : the Spirit of Christ. By this is he led. 
Thus is he sweetly encouraged. *And ye 
shall find rest to your souls.' To the wicked^ 
there is no rest. He that believeth, entereth 
into res^ And yet, happy thought, thera is 
a rest remains for the Lord's tried, and afflio- 
ted, tempted, poverty-stricken family. 

At this point, I must pause, I say, breth- 
ren, farewell. J. Bloodwo&tu. 

LsiCBSTEli. 

EPISTLES TO THEOPHILUS. 

LBTTBR LIT. 

My Good Throphilus,— I now proceed a 
little further, with the first seal. Now look at 
Psalm 45th, and there you find this Prince 
of Salvation, this King of kings, riding forth 
in msjesty and prosperously ; having on his 
side truth, meekness, and rigbteousuess ; in 
all of which, he is invincible. His truth 
cannot fail ; his meekness is such, that his 
heart will never be lifted up above his 
hrethren ; their hearts sre by nature lifted 
up above him, but he knows how to 
hring them down, for his arrows are 
sharp in the hearts of his enetnieSf whereby 
the people fall under him, and become 
t;lad to submit to him, and are made 
to rejoice that he has conquered them : for 
he goes forth » conquering, and to conquer ;* 
ana as his righteousness endureth for ever, 
so his throne is for ever and ever. And do 
not forget that he hath hated sin/or us ; that 
be hath loved righteousness for us ; jour de^ 
pendence must be, not upon pour hatred to sin 
and love to righteousness, but your hope 
will be in his having hated sin in perfection 
for you. Tour glory must be in Cnrist hav- 
ing loved righteousness for you ; for you^ 
through the law that is in your members, 
will often bo as though you neither hated 
sin, nor loved righteousness. Tea, you will 
at times fee), as though the very reverse was 
the case. What then, at such times, would 
beeome of you, were it not that Christ's 
perfect hatred of sin, and love to righteous- 
ness, stands always to yonr account ; ahraya 
to plead in perfection your cause ; so that 
whatever faults there may be in you, (anc} 
there are many yet), there is no fault in 
htm ; so that you ever appear before Ood, 
not what you are in yourself, but what yon 
are, as represented by -him ! 

And, if it be said of some of *h« CTbureh of 
Sardis, that, they b**} irot defiled their gar- 
ments; bow much more, and in a higher 
sense, msy it be said of him, that the son of 
wickedness could not defile him * Therefore 
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places, wherebr they have msde thee ^lad.' 
x>s! these mediatorial garments had heen 
kid ap io the palaces of etef aity, and none 
bat the Kino: of kings could be entrnsted 
with them ; he alone could wear them in 
nfety throujrh all the paths of mediatorial 
life and death : wherein he has not only 
kept his (garments white, hut he has added a 
frtgranee to them, they neTer before had; 
they saTor now of all he did and suffered. 
*AU thy garments smell of myrrh, fte. : 
whereby they ha?e ma(!e him gUtd.* Here 
port! J and fragrance are a demonstration of 
the excellency of his name ; he therefore 
rejoices in his righteous conqaests ; for in 
ri^hi£ouane99 he doth judge and make war ; 
and while hi* char&eter is good, ourt cannot 
be finally bad« 

Ton will thus see, that this 46th Psalm 
hel{» OS to oaderstand the meaning of this 
fimseal. 

I will now go again to the 19th chapter 
of the Rerelation, and trace out a httle 
ferther, the meaning and progress of this 
&m seaL And if we follow out this 19th ebap- 
ier, it would take us along into the 20th 
chapter, where his conquests extend to all 
uaUons ; but for the present, I will trace 
the opening of this first seal, through the 
19th chapter. We here see, that as he set 
out at tlie first, conquering and to conquer, 
we here, in the 19 th chapter, see that he did 
•onquer; He is ne?er at a loss; he sees 
ererything at once; his eyes are like a 
flame of fire. We are pretty often at a 
ij9s, and we are short-sighted enough ; well, 
nerer mind — he, himself, knoweth what he 
will do ; and he will guide us with bii eye. 

Jual h>ok at the progress he has made, for 
he has on his head many erownt. Xow, my 
good Theophilus, try and get the meaning 
of these manjf crowns, 

I think that these many crowns will 
mean five things. 

First, that as Darid subdued the kings 
aroaad him, and in some iostaooes put 
their crown upon his own head ; so the 
Saviovr takes away sin's dominion, and 
where sin reigned over the sou), he now 
rri^i ; where death, dnrkeness, the world, 
error, and the eurso reigned, be now reign- 
eth. Thos does he spoil these princi- 
palities and powers, and takes their dominioii 
to himself. 

Second, the many croumt will mean the 
naay souls he acquires ; for as the church 
ooUeettTely it a crown of glory in the hand 
W^theLord-— so is not eaoh saved soul a 
oown Qf glory to tho Prince of salvation, 
to the Kin^ of kings ? 

Third, itwiH mena the many hononrs 
whieh God the Father, and the Holy Spirit, 
crown him with ; fnlfiUing as he does the 
eoQQseU of the Father, and carrying out thv 
testimonies of thd Holy Spirit; for the 
Holy Spirit g:loxifl«th Ghnity and the 



Father fPsalm xxi. 3.) ^setteth a crown of 
pure gola upon his head.' 

Fourth, the many crowns of gold on his 
head, will mean also the many honours be 
has to bestow upon his faithful servants ; for 
he will make them all kings and priests to 
God. 

Fifth, the many crowns will mean those 
honours and glories with Which the saints 
shall for ever do him honour. 

And thus you see, as he (as I have 
before said) set out to conquer, so be doeg 
ooBouer, and still delights to do the will of 
the Father ; and none but himself knows 
the delight he hss io glorifving^ God hy 
the salvation of sinners. Ana this appears 
to me, to be the meaning of the next 
words, namely, 'that he had a name 
written, that no man knew, but he 
himself, (verse 12). Some have thought 
that this unknown name is intended as a 
declaration of his God-head ; I do not think 
so myself; you of coarse must use pur own 
judgement ; but it appears to me, that 
the promise to the conquerors at Pergamos 
is a key to this name, which * no one knew 
but he himself,' You will perhaps say, that 
if no one but himself knows it^ is it not 
presumptuous to attempt to find it out ? Tes» 
it would be, if the Word of God was silent 
upon the matter, and if the Lord did not 
reveals his secret unto his servants, the pro- 
phets. Now mind, it does not say * no man 
can know;' but 'that no man hn9%o*\ 
therefore it does not follow, that while no 
carttal man knew or can know, it does not 
fellow that his brethren shall not know at 
least wmethiny about it. 

Kow, look at it thus. Those at Pergamos 
who, by ftith in the blood of the Lamb, 
were conquerors, were to receive a white 
stone, and in the stone a new name written, 
which no man knoweth, saving he that 
reoeiveth^ it. Now this white stone may 
mean chiefly two things ; first, pardon, ana 
seoondly, election to some place of honour 
and dignity. Wei) now, it is clear, that 
HO one knows in reality, what pardoning 
mercy is, but he who receiveth it ; it is a 

* peace which passeth all understanding.^ Go 
and ask the woman in Sttbon's hoQse^ 
see her washing the Saviour's feet With' 
her tears of pardoning love ,- see her wtp- 
img his feet with tresses of her hatr,* 
which have been her pride ; see her devote 
those tresses to him; see her anoint his 
feet with costly ointment; stnd she can 
tell vou somethins^ of the new name i 
something of paraoning love^-redeeming; 
blood, and saving grace. 

And if the white stone means election to 
dignity and honour, the same woman, tfud* 
all like her, will tell you that the Lord 

* Baiseth up the poor out of the dust, and 
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the throne of glory.' This, then, it the mw 
name, which no man knoweth, saving 
he tiiat receireth it. So the Saviour, 
— God knoweth — but no man but he him- 
self, the delighU he has in bringing poor, 
perishing sinners to his feet; bringing 
them into their right mind. If unfathom- 
able were the depths of his sorrows in his 
humiliation, unmeasorable are the heights of 
his joys in his exaltation. Thus, you, my 
good Theophilus, see that angels reioice at 
the repentance of one sinner, and shall the 
Sarionr, who giv^t that repentance, be silent 
in this matter ? Conclude that none know- 
eth what it is to be a new creature, but 
those, who (like the woman in Simon's house) 
are new creatures. So the Saviour has many 
crowns on his head : he is laden with many 
honours ; and, as no man knoweth but he 
himself what it was to be what he was in 
his humiliation, so no man knoweth but he 
himself, what it is to be what he is in his 
exaltation, conquests, and final glories. 

Is there not then, in this, as well as in 
other respects, a likeness between himself 
and his brethren ? He, in a most solemn 
sense, knows what it is to be what they, but for 
mercy, must have been : * Rt was made sin 
for them ;' < made a curse for them ;* and they 
know what it is to be like other men, but 
other men do not know what it is to be Uke 
them. 

Thus, I think, we get a little light upon 
the meaning of the name written, which no 
man knoweth but he himself. For if I am 
right in this view of this < hidden name,' 
it is^ nevertheless still true, that no man but 
he himself knoweth the delii^hts thereof. 

You will, of course, notice, that in the 
sixth chapter, he set out by himulf: bat 
here, in this nineteenth chapter, there are 
armist following him — and following him 
too in a state of conquest ; hence, says the 
Apostle, < thanks be to God, which always 
causeth us to triumph in Christ.' These 
' armies in heaven,' 1 take to be his people 
in the heavenly dispensation. These armies 
are carried alone by the pou:0ri of the gospel, 
— denoted, I snould think, by the wnite 
horses^thelr raiment is the righteousness of 
saints—that is, Christ's righteousness put up- 
on them, and by which they draw near to 
God. These armies do not go before him, 
but ihej follow him ; knowing, as they well 
do, that * without him they can do nothing.' 
He wears the robes of victory, while we 
greatness of Ids name shall still go before us, 
and still make a way for ns ; and the last 
enemy shall be like the first : Satan was the 
first ; sin the second ; and death the last. But 
all must bow to the King of kings, and Lord 
of lords. 

Hit kin^om cannot fail ; 

He reigns o'er earth and heaven 1 
The keys of death and hell 
Are to our Jesus given. 

So believes A Littlb Om, 



LBOTUSBS OV THI PSBBOVIXXTT i.VD WOSX 
OV 

THE HOLY SPIRIT. 

A communication has just come to hand, call- 
ing our attention to the fact, that Mr. James 
Grant's comprehensive and scriptural work 
entitled 'Tnx Comfo&teb,' has been the 
means of stirring up the hearts of many 
ministers in the metropolis, inducing them to 
commence a course of lectures expository of 
Ths Ptraon and the Work of the Holy Spirit. 
Among the list of preachers publicly announ- 
ced on this subject are Dr. James Hamilton, 
Dr. Weir, William Chalmers, and John 
Bloomfield. At first sight, this appeared 
something novel to us. It was as though 
some one said, * Hexi Sunday evening, Mr. 
John Foreman is announced to commence a 
oourse of sermons on the Gospel of the grace 
of God!' Our reply would be. * Why, Mr. 
Foreman has been preaching the Gospel all 
the kingdom over for very many years ;' and 
we should have thouj^ht that every spiritual, 
every faithful servant of Christ did preach, 
more or less, the person and work of the Holy 
Spirit in every public discourse he did deliver. 
We have heard for some time past, that the 
Glorious Comforter's Divine Personality, and 
Bssential Work, has been omitted in multi- 
tudes of ministrations of the present day ; end 
this announcement would seem to confirm it : 
for when a man says, * I shall next Sunday 
commence a series of Discourses on the Holy 
Spirit's Personality and Work;" thai an- 
nouncement implies that ho has not done, 
that which he purposes to do. However true 
such an inference may be as regards many 
of our metropolitan doctors and evangelical 
divines, we know it is not true of Mr. John 
Bloomfield, the minister of Meard's-court, 
Soho. We do not mean, it is not true that he 
has not begun a course of Sunday Evening 
Sermons, specially on this subject ; we mean 
it is not true, that he has omitted it in his 
ministrations : because, last summer, nearly 
all the countrf over, this great subject waa 
principally his theme. From Mr. Grant'a 
able work, many good discourses may be made 
up ; but will the power of the Holy Spirit 
accompany such labours ? We piuse : we 
enter no protest against such work. It will 
rejoice our hearts to know that God has thus 
honored the author of ' Ood ie Itove ;' that 
he has been instrumental in leading the min- 
isters of the day to see how fearfully thi« 
great subject has been ommitted : Jn thus 
commencmg a new course, we b^artily pray 
that PentecosUl blemiBg* mny be poured 
down upon our churches, upon our people, 
upon our world : for if the distinguishing at- 
tributes of the Holy Spirit are fully preached 
and maintained in our pulpits, we shall cer- 
tsdnly have more pure gospel in them than 
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THE EARTHEN VESSELS OF OLDEN TIMES. 

OE, THE SUPEE-EXCELLBNT GLOEY OF THE GOSPEL. 
No. n. 



Tir» words I entered upon lut month, wore 
Paul's to the Corinthiuu, * we Aa«e this trsa- 
Mr« m mrOM «MM/e /* Ac. &o. The aim 
was to shew that the word treagure, as des- 
ttiptire of the eoapel, was not an empty term. 
Just eompare the gospel with the law, and 
then see how its super-ezoellent glory appears. 
Not that we would speak, think, or write, dis. 



pan^gly of the laio : 
that IS hol.f , just, 



no ; by no means ; for 

„ . , ,^«t and good. Its author is 

THE GREAT I AM-^BUOVAH-God Al- 
mighty. But, then, where the super-exoellent 
pkwy of the gospel appears, prinapally, is, in 
itsKss; in the treasures it reveaU ; and in 
the unspeakable and immeasurably, holy, 
happy, and eternal blessedness it leads the 
elMtwu of grace to rM/»ss ; and enjoy. I am 
not ^nite certain that our law^oontUtion U 
•uffioeotly understood by professors of the 
gosDcl in this dav : and, in reality, the gospel 
of the graee of God, will never be fully appre- 
oated, but where the stem and solemn real- 
tim of the law are ezperienosd, and fully 
known. William Dyer tells us, that when 
Chiysosiom was onee preaching before an 
assembly of the clergy, in describing the 
eflsets prodaeed in the Tires of God's people 
by grsee, he paused; and then he said, * I 
hardiy iare to hop* that ClergwmB» toill be 
sMsd.' He meant their lives bemg so bad, it 
did not appear that they knew the erace of 
God in truth; or that they lived at all under 
its inflnenoe, power, and holy teaching. And, 
feally, when 1 look at the pride, and carnality 
ofttspanoosin these days; when I reflect 
upon the most dreadful desire which there 
evidently is in the great bulk of us, to be 
thought something very great, while we be- 
tny ererjrthinf^ that is little, and very unlike 
Jotnt Christ — when I deeply and dreadfully 
feel the awful propensity that lives and lurn 
vitluii us, oaosmg us to backbite one another : 
to eavil, to criticise, to censure, and to con- 
demn ; I am sometimes led to fear, that the 
law has never so entered into our hearts as to 
break and humble them ; nor the gospel so as 
to purify and strengthen them. It is a fearful 
thing to be merely trumpeters to our own 
£une; or mere talkers of those things which 
vs have not in possession : and during a fifteen 
ysan travel amid the ranks of English par- 
■oQs and professors, I have seen and felt 
much thnt has been lamentable; while on 
the ether hand, I have enjoyed much, and 
have had fellowship with a few whose souls 
hsvs sometimes snone in their faces, and 
vhoee Ilrixig Ungnage h^ been, 'The Lord is 
mr light and my Mtlvntion, whom shall I fear P' 
mmn d be God, hu grace is to be seen here 
sad there ; and in t h ousan d s of precious souls 
(who live almost unknown eitheif to the church 
or to the world) —Hia Spirit dwells: and 
lofUy whiten peaoe. 



I have been for many weeks ezoeedidgly 
anxious to enter more fully into the treasures 
of the gospel; and as I have gone hither and 
thither speaking, I have been &voured ; and 
had resolved in this pap^r to notice a few 
thmgs which have been a source of neat com- 
fort to me, and to many : but now when I come 
to write, our condition under the law so lays 
before me, that until I have briefly spoken to 
that point, I cannot even get up to the gos- 
pel door, much less enter in. I do feel assured 
that in giving the following epitome of the 
law ; of the hopeless and helpless condition we 
are in under it ; I have no desire but that our 
ministry may be more ttmnd; our testimonies 
more savourjf ; our hearts more and more 
humbled; .and that our souls may be led 
more fully to behold, to confide in, to possess, 
and to live upon, the unsearchable riches of 

frace and glory which are in Jesus Christ for 
is Father's glorv, and his people's good. 
Bead, carefully, then, I beseech you, the foU 
lowing few sentences touching the law of 
God. 

' Many are the mistakes at present about 
religious matters; but none are moredeatnm- 
tive than those, which concern the law and 
the gospel. The generality of our people 
confound them, and put one in the place of 
the other. Some suppose they are to be ac- 
cepted of God for their works, and that they 
can be justified b;^ the law in the sight of God. 
Others make their keeping of the law the con- 
dition of their receiving uie blessings of the 
gospel, as if those were to be the purchase 
and reward of their partial obedience. Some 
are persuaded they must do all they can, and 
keep the law with all their might, and where- 
in they come short of the perfect demands of 
the law, Christ will, out of his merits, atone 
for their failings. And others again, think 
that Christ has abated the rigour of the law, 
and that the gospel is nothmg more than a 
new law-dispensation, in which the Lord has 
been pleased to declare that he will accept of 
a sincere obedience instead of perfect. We 
have some also, who begin in the Spirit, 
but end in the fiesh. They will submit to 
take Christ for thej[>ardon of their sins, and 
for what they call justification, but they re- 
fuse to take nim for their righteousness and 
salvation, unless he will make them inheren- 
tly righteous, and let them see they are per- 
fect in themselves. These and many more such 
like mistakes prevail in our times, and they 
are exceedingly dangerous, tending to the 
utter ruin boui of body and soul.' 

Such wa sthe judgment of William Bomaine, 
as, drawn from the word of God; and after 
some elucidation of the terms of the moral 
law : and a brief comment upon that sweep- 
ing, but eertam and faithful sentence of Paul 



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— ' Now WG know that tohat things tower the 
law gaUh, U aaith to them who are uiuter the 
law ; that every mouth may be stopped; ako 
That all thb wobld may bbcomb guil- 
ty BBFOBB 600 ; therefore, by the deeds 
of the law^ there shall nd flesh be justified 
in his sight ; after this, he proceeds and 
says — 

The law haa auide no proniion for the 
paidon of the leaat tranagreasiiMi. It requires 
{lerfect nnBinnn^ ohodieoce in thought, word, 
and deed. This is its just demand. And in 
ease of the least failing, it immediatelj passes 
aentenoe and eondemns. It will net accept of 
aenow or tears, of repentance or amendment, 
M an J satisfiMtion ; out its lan^rge is, * Bo 
this, or thou shalt die.' There is not a word 
said about sorrowing for what was past, and 
reforming for the future, as if the stVle of the 
law was, * Be sorrr for th^ sin, and reform, 
nnd then then shalt not die ;' hut it is pos- 
itive and express, * Keep the law, and thou 
ahalt lire. Tmnsgreia it, and thou shalt die , 
for cursed is every one, itho continueth not in 
aU thinffs, that are written in the book of the 
kw to do them.' 

I have been anxious to give this, not in 
my own words, bat in the words of one whose 
Judgment most Christians acknowledge,— be- 
cause X have latelv received letters cavilling 
with, and asking for a reconciliation of some, 
apparently contradictory statements which 
have latelv gone forth. Heaven's one great 
antidote for all man's misery is JBSUS 
CHBI8T ; and the only deliverer from all our 
dark ways— the only true light whioh can 
eorreot our errors, convinoe onr spirits, con- 
iltm our hopes, and eomfort onr hearts— is 
that gospel whioh is the power of God unto 
salvation. Let a man fully and feelingly know 
his utter and entire ruin, under the law, by 
veasen both of his original and actual sin : 
let sudi a man have some solemn discoveries 
^tfae Holy, the Righteous, the Eternal, the 
Immntable efaaraoter of tluit God who gave 
him his being; and by whom he must be 
jndged ; let a man be thoroughly convinced 
that while that law which he has violated is 
holy and good, it can never revoke its sen- 
tence but upon the eround of a perfect obedi- 
•noe being rendered } let such a poor guilty, 
Irin, self and law-condemned sinner, find his 
soul sinking into the shades of eternal death ; 
and then^ to him, in such a perishing plight, 
to him, in such a hopeless condition, the gro*- 
pel will be joyful news indeed, as the Holy 
Spirit shall preach it home, and into, his bro« 
ken, woimded, and contrite heart. The rolling 
tides of gospel truth, as they flow into his 
waiting and weeping spirit, will be like the 
unfolding of treasures whioh will astonish, 
relieve, raise up, enlighten, cheer, and save 
his soul ; and will so set him upon the Bock 
of ages, as that he ehall never fall. 

Before coming %o Bible illuslrationi of the 
treasure whioh the Lord puts into earthen 
▼OMels, I was oon^jiieUed to write these few 
]|r<wds touching the law— and our entire ruin 
in the fall. X am not sorry I have thus di- 
gressed : becfkuse there has been a suspicion 
in my mind for years, (sometimes it is more 



than a suspicion} that we have had, and that 
we still have, many men in the ministry who 
afe exceedingly zealous for «ome of the doctrines 
of grace, as they are called ; but from whom 
you can never get any account of how they 
were brought in guilty before God ; — no tes- 
timony from many of them can yoif obtain, 
of how ' the commandment came — how sin r«- 
vi««2— andhow terribly they died to every 
hope, every comfort, and every atom of crea- 
ture righteousness and strength. No; you 
can almost feel their hearts weAohole hearts, 
and never have been broken: and their 
contempt of the poor guilty sinner's feelings, 
their presumption, and their pride, as most 
dreadful to witness ; yet, many times beforo 
such I have felt dumb, dark, and dismal to 
the last degree, the devil telling me all the 
time, that they were right, and I wrong. Ah ! 
some ofyou proud priests, and daringly pre- 
sumptuous parsons — ^some thousands of you 
haughty, unhumbled, and tyrannizing dea* 
cons ; and some shoals of you speculating and 
ensnared professors, may curse and condemn 
me : and oast me out, as you have done as 
unclean; but the Lord knowcth, I only de- 
sire— as God's mouth — to undeceive you, and to 
this end, I do assure you that that terrible 
aocount whieh Christ gives of your final end — 
if grace prevent not— has indeed made my 
heart to tremble. He says in Luke xiii. 
* When once the Master of the house is risen 
up, and hath shut to the door, then ye will 
begin to say— ah ! then your profession will 
end where it should have first commenced — 
then ye will begin to say — ' Ijord, Lord, open 
to us :' further, you will say, ' have wo not 
eaten(been satisfied, although with empty dead 
sermons) and drani:, (rejoiced) in thy pre- 
sence? and hast thou not taught in our 
streets P To whom the Master will say, * I ne- 
ver knew ffou V that God may come and save 
you from such an awful end shall be my 
fervent prayer. 

I had fully intended to open the feast in 
Isaiah : the measuring line in Zeohariah, the 
first of John ; and the little model church st 
the foot of the cross; but these mu.^t stand 
over till March. Forgive me if yrrong. 

Chablbs Watbks Babu. 

** Best in Jesus Christ:* Such is the title 
of the sermon preached by the He v. John 
Knapp, in Exeter Hall, Jan. 16. In that 
discourse, Mr. Knapp has well defined what 
< Coming to Christ ' is ; nnd by whom, and how 
Gospel invitations are to be used. 

' A World Saved: Such is the title of No. 
4, of The $urreg Tabernacle Fulpit, Mr. 
James Wells has commenced some sermons on 
that greatly controverted text, • For God sent 
not His Son into the world to condemn the 
world ; but that the world through Him 
might be saved.* We are persuaded tiMse 
sermons will excite considerable interest, sad 
throw much light upon many portions of scrip- 
ture. 

Mr. Martin, the Bantist patriarch, of 
Malmesbury, is quite laid by from his work. 
He has had a long and useful ministerial 
career ; but it must soon clofie* 

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Ho. 11. 
MU. HENRY HALL, OF GARNER CHAPEL, CLAPHAM. 



Pbsacbsbs and prMchings at tbe dawn of 
*iQ, oeeap7 * )*i1ger and more prominant place 
in tlie pniblie mind than at any preceding 
period. With the openinr of the new year, 
aonoaneements of ' special serricea ' meet us 
on erery hand. Churchmen are no less pro- 
minent in the movement now than dissenters. 
For the fint time in history that large and use- 
less spaee under the doom in ourmi<yhty " St. 
Paul*a " haa been opened for preaching. The 
crmngeliefd party in the Church of England 
have also engaged and opened Exeter Hall for 
' special serricea,' and some good gospel scr- 

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I hare been preached there. The nave of 

Westminster Abbey is used for the same ob- 
ject: but the preachers and preachings there 
smell strongly of Tractarian lire. The splen- 
did Si. James's Hall is secured by the Noncon- 
fonniata, and they also are holding * special 
aerricee.* Truly, liondon never had so much 
j^eaching effort at one^ and the same time as 
It has now. The question critically arises, ' Is 
ike GoMpel preached T The question is an 
j&portnnt one ; and we fear that but a very 
email meaaure of gospel truth is heard from 
tbe raatruma of these large and denaely 
enwded places. Kevertheless, the public mind 
ia aroused, and many thousands flock to thesf 
places, in all of which Ma Wvrd of Qod is 
read.^ In these /acts alone we have occasion 
to rejoice. 

Kot only is the pulpit brought more 
prominently before the public mind, but the 
presa aJao is made to swell the sound, for penny 
aennons meet tout eye in every direction : 
'Sermons for tne Million I* 'Special Sermons 
for the People 1' * Sermons to the Working 
Glaaaes!* and paper ' Pulpits ' in endless var- 
iety, are now to be had : and last, and not 
laMt to onr mind, we have now a ' Surrey 
TMmmmeU FulpU,* a aerial Ve ought to have 
bad, wa think, years ago. 

But, to ' onr Prraohert,' and ' their preach- 
infai' Thja month, we purpose noticing 
HijrmT Hau^ the present minister of that 
den and neat little Chapel, <^ed *' Gamer,' ' 
at Qapham. Mr. Hall is a youne man and a 
young minister : two features which in our 
day aeem to add interest to a preacher ; for 
aevM> do we recollect the time when 'our 
youne men' took so prominent a position in 
this field of public labor. Mr. Hall is yoong 
ia the work : as to his ability, he is not 
se ready and fluent as some we know ; yet he 
speaks with dcscision; and his manner and 
matter tell you at once, he talks of a subject 
the mighty importance of which he haa been 
made to laaru out by dally experience. Born 
ia a small village (in Surr«iv,) of ungodly pa- 
rents, be was never paternally taught religion ; 
mil a thing as a prayer was never heard by 
him under we parentiu roof: his knowledge 
of rcHgion and of God, being confined to toe 



bare idea that * €bd was ^ood :\ only a step 
beyond the heathen. Being a sickly child, 
and not expected to live, a desire was created 
to learn more of this God, and of his goodness. 
This led to his first prayer, which was sent to 
heaven on Kipley Causeway, on his return 
home from school one day. Shortly after this, 
he was removed to a newly-opened school, in 
connection with the Church, and the custom 
here was to open and close school with pra;^er. 
This was the first place our youns enquirer 
ever heard anything of religion. The warn- 
ings of the School-master to * flee fVom the 
wrath to come ' took fast hold of him, and 
deep convictions followed. He heard there 
were several God-fearing persons in the vil- 
lage who were accustomed to go to Guildford 
and Bipley, to listen to the preaching of the 
gospel ; and from what he saw of their man- 
ner and deportment, ho felt a great desire to 
be like them. About this period, (being tl\en 
about thirteen years of age) a marked differ- 
ence was manifest : young Hall became a con- 
stant church-goer ; separated himself from 
his former associates; and attended strictly 
to the exhortations of the pcor blind Clergy- 
man, thinking^ by these means to ' work out 
his own salvation.' But sin was too nowerful : 
resolution after resolution was broken ; and 
the path of rectitude was left. Thia brought 
on deep distress of mind, and great darkness 
of soul. The Clerg^p man continued to preach 
* onr duties,' and telling his hearers to repent 
and be saved; but our youn^ churchman 
found he had no power to do the duties im- 
posed, nor the heart to believe. ~ Oh! the an- 
guish of mind then felt was great. But in the 
vil!age there was an * Old Antinofnian ;* and 
(as we wrongly say,) 'quite promiscuously,* 
young Halt met him, and without any pre- 
vious idea, and almost before he was aware of 
it, he related to the * old antinomlan " the 
exercised state of his mind. The old man was 
astonished and delighted, and gave his ' young 
pilgrim * words of counsel, caution, and en- 
couragement. This simple circumstance was 
the means the Lord employed, as the turning 
point in Mr. Hall's experience. The poor 
Clergyman was left to his duties; new associa- 
tions were formed, and from the<ie new friends, 
the way of salvation was more fullv learned ; 
and under their guidance, Mr. Hall was led 
under the sound of a gospel ministry : the 
irst gospel sermon he heard being from the 



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Wnole system of things becamn changed : it 

Jras manifest to Mr. H. that salvation was not 
y worktf but by grace. Increased longings 
after spiritual food were felt, and oftefi 
(though now only 14 year* of age) be used to 
walk to liipley in the'moming, and t# (luild- 
^Drd in the evening, lo bear the preaching ef 
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mind reipedingtlie doctrines of grace; temp- 
tations assailed ; the devil was alive ; and Ions 
seasons of bondage ensued. But the Lora 
eventually set his soul at happy liberty by the 
application of those words. * 1 have loved thee 
with an everlasting love, therefore with loving- 
kindness have I drawn thee." About the 
same time, the Lord aUo appeared as his * Je- 
hovah-Jireh.' and temporal circumstances 
were made right Mr. K. left Guildford for 
Hastings, where his business associates were 
men of the world: often while here he has been 
praying in the same room as his companions 
have been card-playing at the same time. 
Eventually circumstances, and his own wish, 
led him to London, and on the day he com- 
pleted his 21st year, he was baptised and re- 
ceived into Church'fellowriiip under Mr. John 
Foreman. From here, Mr. Hall removed to 
Mr. Newborn's : where he spent three years, 
and became a Sunday School teacher. Here 
and while at Mr. Foreman's he was much ex- 
ercised respecting the ministrjr. He after- 
wards removed to Mr. Glaskin's Church, 
where he fulfilled the office of deacon ; and in 
that capacity was more prominently brought 
before the people at the prayer meetings, Ac. 
One Lord's-day, Mr. Glaskin was absent, and 
no supply could be obtained : Mr. Hall waa 
requested to occupy the pulpit, which, with 
much trembling, he did. Following this, Mr. 
Glaskin was laid aside by illness, when Mr. 
Hall was again desired by pastor and church 
to supply the vacancy. From this time, invi- 
tations came from all quarters to supply desti- 
tute churches. This he did, till he felt he 
was following the leadings of providence, by 
taking a lengthened invitation to supply the 
then nearly faded cause at Dartford, in iCent. 
Here the word was owned and blessed by the 
Lord. During eighteen months stay, twenty- 
nine were added to the church ; a new bap- 
tistry was sunk, and the cost nearly paid. 
But great labour and inconvenience were con- 
neoted with going to this place from town, and 
this exertion told much unon the health of Mr. 
Hall. A request to supply at Gamer, Clap- 
ham, waa made to him. He accepted the 
same ; and his ministrations being very ac- 
ceptable, he was desired by that church to ac- 
cept of an invitation to supply for 12 months. 
The matter was brought before the Dartford 
Church ; and they, with much love for Mr. 
Hall, and feeling persuaded that his strength 
would not permit him to continue his journey- 
ing and preaching to them as he blad been 
wont to do,— with their permission and best 
wishes for his soul's proenerity and ministerial 
usefulness, he acceptea the invitation at 
Gamer, where some fruits of his labours al- 
ready appear. B. 

NEW BOOKS. 

< Th$ Smrrwg Tahernael$ Pulpit* London : 
Partridge and Co. ; B. Banks and Co. 
We had written a lon^ notice of this new 
weekly issue ; but, the pnnters having return- 
ed it to us tor want of room ; we only, this 
monthf announce that Mr. James Wells's 
Bimday moming disoonrse, is taken by a first- 



rate reporter; and, after being revised bv the 
preacher, is published on the following Wed- 
nesday: so that the thousands who would 
gladly hear Mr. Wells, but cannot, have now 
ap opportunity of reading* preserving, and 
handing down to their children, some of his 
choicest discourses. The criticisms sent, and 
our own review, will not be forgotten. The 

Eublioation of these sermons will do good, we 
ope, in many ways. The demand for them 
at the present, is very encouraging indeed. 

' Watw BaptUm :—Beaionfor not XTaing. 
By B. Tatham, Eastbourne.' Mr. Tatham, 
is, no doubt, a good minister of Christ; and 
we rejoice to learo from his tract, that hia 
call to so sacred a work, is clear to himself, 
and is confirmed in the souls of others by their 
conversion unto God, their belief of the truth; 
and their faith in the dear Bedeemer : but 
inasmuch as Mr. Tatham tells us he has been 
subject to change of mind, alteration of prac- 
tice, &c. perhaps if we read him a few lessons, 
in future numbers, he may be inclined to re- 
turn to the good old ways. We have some 
hopes of him yet. 

' Fartieular Bsdenwtiait : A sermon by W. 
Bidder, London : W. H. Collingridge ; and of 
the author, 22, Sutherland square, Walworth. 
When our brother Bidder preaches, he obeys 
Paul's injunction to Timothy to the very letter 
^* Prtaeh the Word,' Many have declared 
they never heard Mr. Bidder's equal for cor- 
rect, consecutive, and numerous Biblical quota- 
tions. This sermon is enough to drive the theory 
of a universal redemption clean out of the world 
if men could believe the Bible ; but the unfolding 
and experimental reception of truthis the alone 
work of the blessed Spirit ; nevertheless, Mr. 
Bidder has established the great /act, the Be- 
demption of ths ehureh of Ood, hy the letter 
of the word ; by conclusive arguments drawn 
from the word — and by the experience of the 
elect of God. No man can do more ; and the 
blessing of heaven is promised to aecompanj 
all such holy work. 

Mr. Bloomfie]d*s new book entitled * A Yoiee 
from the Pulpit," contains the foUowing 
important papers: — I. — The Work of the 
Ministry. II. — Enoch walking with God. 
III.->Heaven]y Citiaenship. IV.^The church 
of God. T.— The Smitten Shepheid. With 
Preface. It is published by G. J . Stevenson, 
64, Paternoster Bow. 

* Affectionate HintB on the Importance of 
Attending^ and the eniU of If fleeting the 
meane of Grace.* By William Chappell. Lon- 
don : G. J. Stevenson, 54, Paternoster Bow: 
and B. Banks & Co. There are few places of 
worship now — except the * special service' 
places^and some where * popular preachers^ 
are to be heard, but need a little book of this 
kind. Mr. Chappell has furnished a nMtC 
penny manual, wbich if freely distributed 
among the thousands who proku to follow 
Christ, but whose devotion appears to need 
firesh fire, it may be useful. Copies may be had 
of Mr. Chapell, Parchment Street, Winches- 
ter ; also, of G.^. SUvenson, 64, Paternoster 
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BGSTACIBS OP JOY, & CONFLICTS OF SOUL, IN THB DYING CHIMBBE OF 

MRS. LEANEY, 
Bt Tkqmaa Sdwauw, of Tunbiiiogb Wmlis, Kbit. . 



Mil Bj>rroK — Haviiiff a few spwe minatef 
tliM New Tew^s Ere, I embrace the oppor- 
•oaltf of aaoending the hill Mixar, and nom 
^enoe, vith no orainarj degree of folemn re- 
fleetton, I look back on years that are now 
paat and gone for ever, etpecuJIr on the one 
thaJL ia now dosing upon me. While pennini^ 
tifteia lines. Oh ! now deeply can my soul en- 
ter into the spirit of the man after God's own 
beait. in his 42nd Psalm, which, not only 
KiTea OS a Tiew of ICzai^t desirable summit, 
hat opena up also a descent into the sool- 
fcewKiipg ana self-loathing yalley of humilia- 
tSQo ; (see rene 9) ; and I presume not a few 
flf Stm'B traTellert, and espeoially her minis- 
tMBg aecrantSy bat have found in some places 
0» mndi vneTaoeas in the road, as to cause 
fhdr aoiils, like Israel of old, to be much dis- 
•oancad, because of the way. However, the 
year la, we may now say, gone, with idl its 
triak and mingled sweats; and on the part of 
tlfta Lord, we may add, imlkiUng goodness ; and 
I hapa wUh Jeremiah, I can feehngly and be- 
fiavinf^ add, " it is <tf the Lord's mercies we 
m9 noi oonavmed, because his compassions 
Cdnot.* 

Bat, to be brief. I wUl now give you my 
reason Ibr addressing you. No doubt you, or 
at leaat aome of your readers, will remember 
(and by reliBrring to the August number of 
tte YnsBL, for 1S58, will seef an 'account of 
the Lord's dealing with Blrs. Leaney.' And 
it ia mnah xmprMsed on my own mind, as 
w«ll aa the wiin of some of my friends, that a 
brief relatioii of the Lord's Mlings with her 
ia l a mo f in g her from the Church Militant to 
the Chardi Triumphant, should, for the glory 
«f Ood, be laid before you. 

Mra. Lsansy, departed this life Not. 28ih, 
U6B. Oar dsar friend and sister had been in 
a deeltBiqg state through the whole of last 
anmmar ; and, to use her own words, had felt 
aoeh axtraocdinary deadziess in her soul to the 
world and all its attraedons, that she seemed 
w ci i ia d uito it, acdit was crucified unto her. 
Aboot two months before her death, she gave 
birth to a ebild, (iHneh is since dead) ; after 
whieh aha baffled tiie skill of her medical at* 
tandaaty and sank rapidly under a fiill per- 
aoaaifln alao that she ahould not survive but a 
ahort pariod the birth of her child. Having 
aent an azptaas wish to see me, I, as soon as I 
aonld, aallad upon bar; and what I was an 
•fa and aa ear witneas to in the course of mv 
two visits I can bat fidntly deseribe ; for such 
mai M nm of jov, and such conflicts of soul with 
tha anamy gr her peace, I never before wit- 
n emed. when I first visited hei^, she informed 
mm of a test I preached from some years azo 
(Issiah zzvL 4,) which had been brought 
hooa to hor while on her bed of afllictioiL in 
a very confbrtiag way, aanring me it nad 



been as freshly remembered, and as sweet and 
savory as when it first fell with refreshing 
power upon her spirit. She then told me she 
was sure she shomd never recover, as her soul 
had been so much swallowed up in anticipating 
glory, and that she even saw angels hovermg 
over her person and bed, ready to^ take her, 
ransomed spirit to its eternal resting place. 
Often did she repeat, * Great is my reward in 
heaven, and my soul ii all glorious within.' 
She blessed the Lord for withholding woridly 
riches from her, as she saw it profited not in 
the day of death. She declared bow much the 
word had been blessed to her soul the last few 
times she had heard me preach. She then re- 
ferred to a sweet time she had on the previoua 
evening, in meditating on Abraham's fiuth in 
the offering up of his son Isaac ; and how her 
mind waa led from that to the glorified Lamb 
of God. We conversed freely upon the beat 
things, and after reading and prayer, I left 
her. 

On my second visit, as soon as I entered the 
room, with a look of penetration and peace 
which almost went through me, she said, ' Oh ! 
Mr. Edwards, I am going to glory 1' But here 
I wish to observe, that between the time of 
my first and second visit, which might be near 
three weeks, she endured at times deep distress 
of soul, that was overwhelming to witness by 
her devoted and affectionate huMand ; and yet, 
as she afterwards told me, she could see satan 
held as by an adamant ohain. However, 
scarcely had she said, ' I am going to glory,' 
when an horror of great dackness came ovec 
her soul ; and turning to ma, she said, ' aince 
you came into the room I have laltsuoh a thick 
doud over me, and auoh dsrknoas of soul, 
although I was so happy before you came in.' 
Thia she repeated several timea, until X fdt 
wretdied, and it seemed to arise in my mind 
as a proof that I must be a false miniater, or 
the hidings of the Lord's oountananoe would 
not have been so strong^ felt by her.^ I ra« 
mained for nearly an hour, but no signs of 
the rising of the Morning Star or Sun cf 
Bighteoosness could be f dU She tlMn wished 
me to read one of mv swaet Fsdma. I did 
so, and then engaged in prayer. But still the 
doud remained on her weak tabemade. After 
staying some time, I oondudad I had better 
retire, as my presence seemed more aa a 
stumbling block than a blessing. I tharefbre 
put on my great coat, and bid her (aiawelL I 
then went toward the end of tha loom, and 
yet strange to say, J fdt X conld not go. So I 
sat down in solemn nlenoe. I could ndthef 
talk nor go ; when presently she broke out with 
these words, * Arise, shine, for the glory of tha 
Lord has risen upon thee!' I thought tha 
words remarkable, as the Lord had so blessed 
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and truly she did shine— for the icene waa m 
changed at the burtting ferth of the aun from 
a total eclipse : ahe praised Eather, Son, and 
Holj Ghost ; she sung hymns of praise ; she 
was as a hind let loose ; jea, like Napthati, 
' full with the bleasing of the Lord/ Her soul 
was so full of glory, that I could scarcely look 
eren upon her countenance, for her Terr fea- 
tures beaming with brightness, looked almost 
more than human. She then broke out in 
earnest prayer for me, and for our little hill 
of Zion, m language fiilly corresponding with 
that weight of glory which rested upon her 
soul. Not many days after this, she entered 
sweetly into the joy of the Lord. 
. On my first visit, she wished me to preach 
her funeral sermon firom ' Pradous in the 
sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.' 
I endearoured to do so on Dec 12th, 1858, 
after which, I gave out the following linea, 
which oame to my mind the evening previous. 
How precious in JehoTah's sight 
Are thote who lova his name : 
For them his ancient, fond delight. 

Burnt with eternal flame. 
Bedeemed they were with Jeeu's blood : 

Who poor for them heeame ; 
That in their sools his dying love 

Might bum with holy flame. 
In Area, in floeds, in life, in death. 

When heart and flesh doth ftdL 
He never will his sainto forsake. 

Bnt make their faith prevail. 
Bedeemed they are, and in his sight 

Their blood is predoos too ! 
And soon in gioiVs dondless light 

The 8Uaghter*d Lamb they'll view ! 
Oor sister's now before the throne, 

Bedeem'd tnua hell and sin ; 
<3uto at his feet her blood-boaght crown. 

And glorious is within I 
Vo more aseail'd with unbelief. 

The weary one's at rest ; 
And what can eanae a moment's grief 
When once with Jesus blest ! 
I would add, while I admire the goodness 
«f the Lord to our departed sister, in the 
abundant grace bestowed on her, I should be 
truly sorry for any of 2&on's little ones to be 
disoouraged because they cannot rise so high 
in the scale of gospel comfort ; for truly it 
shall be well with aU that fear God, there- 
fore it ia written, < He will bless them that fear 
the Lord, both mnall and great.' Psalm cxv. 
18. Here we see the small are noticed before 
the great; and the loving Saviour, told Peter 
to care for the lambs, and feed them before 
the dieep; henc6, while the sheep in their 
troublee are dealt kindly with and gently 
led, he assures us the lambs shall be gath- 
ered with his arms ; yea, even laid in his 
bosom. Isa xL 19. How near his heart then 
moat every truly seeking soul bet and how 
deep ia Jehovah'a sympathy for those of 
whom he has smd, « He that toucheth you 
touoheth the apple of mine eye. Zech. ii. 8. 

I^,*!^'J^^ '"•«* shall Uve that seek 
Qed.' Psalm Lux. 82. 

^ ^ "iT?!?^^ ^^ adding, our departed dster 
haaleftbdimd m this vaUey of Baca, a sor- 
■owing husband and six small children to be 
eared, $aA provided for, by manual labour, 
Md no other dependance, that I am aware of 
^^I'fJP^?/' ^ Thomas Edwjju)6. 
Xunbndge Wdla, Dee. 31, 1868. 



SANCTIFIED AFFLICTION. 

THE SAFPT DIATH OT XBZIA BTSmrB, 
WBITTXir BT HBS MOTHBB A8 AM BVCOUB- 
AOEICBMT TO PBATDTG PABBITTS. 



Mt dear child waa first put under medical 
aid, on Qood Friday, April 2nd, 1858 : our me- 
dical gentleman said he hoped a little medi- 
dne, and change of air mignt have the effect 
of restormg health ; but although all was 
done that could be done instrumentallv, the 
decree was gone forth: the Lord haa pur- 
posed to take my last child to himself. 
The Lord has heard our poor breathinga for 
our dear children by giving them his grace, 
but he has been pleased to take them soon to 
himself. The l«ord*s ways are not as our 
ways ; nor his thoughts as our thoughts. Our 
last and only child bad reached womanhood ; 
we had hoped to spend many years in happi- 
ness together. Our Father wisely hides our 
troubles from our view ; if I had seen the end 
at the beginning of, the affliction. I should 
have sunk under it ; but the Lord gave me 
strength from day to day to use all the meana 
in our power to keep our dear child with us ; 
and when all means failed, and it was told 
me there was no hope of her recovery, al- 
though my flesh trembled, and my heart waa 
ready to burst, I did then, and do now, desire 
to say, ' Father, ih$ will U done.* Bspe- 
dally since it has pleased the Lord to make 
her manifest in this aflUction to be a vessel 
of mercy afore prepared to fi^lory. My dear 
child was the subject of serious oonvictiona 
before the afflicting hand of GK>d was laid 
upon her. When we have been walking 
toother from the house of Gbd, she has aaid 
with tears in her eyes, < I wish I felt and 
enjoyed what you and Father do ; how happy 
should I be 1' And after my dear husband haa 
been praying at the family altar, she would 
often weep, and particularly when her Father 
had been led more espedally to intreat the 
Lord for her soul. At other times she would 
say ' Mother, if I am not one of the elect, I 
dudl not be saved ; if I am, I shall.' But 
when the Lord laid his afflicting hAnd upon 
her, and brought her to feel herself a sinner, 
and the chief of sinners, she did not talk then 
about election ; but her great concern waa to 
know what would become of her soul when 
she died. She took to her bed on Lord Vday, 
April I9th. On the morning of this day, shu 
said to her Father, * I fed very ill this morn- 
ing ; and while I have been 'laving on mj 
bed, I have been thinking if I should never 
get well again, where will my soul go toP' 
She wept very much ; and we began to enter- 
tain the hope that the Lord had created in 
her soul a real spiritual concern: we oould 
not say then with confidence whether it was 
only the fear of death ; but afterwards we 
were encouraged firmly to beUeve it waa a con- 
cern about her never dying soul« aa the re- 
sult of grace implanted. Tnougfats about her 
atate kept her awake for weeks; thinkini^ 
what a sinner she was, and wishing she waa 
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difltrcMof herpoorBonlvMgreAt'to know if 
there ooald be meray for wo sreat a flfamer at 
■hefaltheiMirtobe. I knew she reaUydid 
feel it ; it often eauaed me to weep both tean of 
joj and aorrow. I did all I could to aUeviate 
&nd comfort her under her pains of body, and 
distreaa 0/ mind, but I oould not bring peace 
to her poor dn-wounded conscience ; nothing 
but the application of the precioni blood of 
JeMis could do that; although she did not at 
all timea feel that sweet comfort and peace in 
believing she was the Lord's; yet, from this 
tinie she had a little hope that the Lord had 
forgiren her sins and would take her to him- 
self she waa so afraid of being deceiTod ; or of 
sajiag anything that she did not feel ; she was 
apiritaally honest : for many hours she laid 
upon her bed and wrestled with the Lord to 
hare mercy on her poor soul and give her to 
feel an interest in the precious blood of Christ 
One day in particular, she said. Bear mother 

that solemn portion of the word of God, 
*What9kallUpn!fUa man ifU gaina the 
vkoU world and lose hU own aoul T Or 
mkat tftolZ a ntan give in §xekamg« for kit 
oomi T I said, *My dear, it is a mercy that 
Tou are conoeraed about your precious soul. 
Is it more concern to you tluui your poor 
body ? * Yea, dear mother, she said, and if the 
Loid would be pleased to manifest himself 
to me as ay Saoumr, I would rather, if it waa 
the will ot the L<^d, to leave this sinful 
vorld-and be with Jesus: for if the Lord 
ihoula raise me up again, and these feeling 
ahoold pass away, what a solemn thing it 
woidd be.' Anotoer time she said, * Oh ! dear 
mother, 

^'Ih a point I long to know, 
Oft it causes anxious thought, 

Do I lore the Lord or no^ 
Am I his, or am I not P 

' Well, my dear child,' I said, ' tou did not 
always feel so; and Satan would not put 
audi feelings into your mind. I know it is the 
lictrd; snd ne will manifest himself to you:' 
Another time she said, ' I was thinking of what 
Band and, * Tea, though I walk through the 
Yaiky of the shadow of death, I will fear no 
eni,n)r thou, Lord, art with me.' If I could 
aay, with confidence, the Lord was wf Baviourt 

1 ahoold indeed not fear death ; the grave is a 
cold, dark place, but it is only the body will 

£> there, and the dear Saviour laid there he- 
re.' Another time she said ' in my Father's 
hoosssze many mansions:' and the Lord said 
*I will go and prepare a place for you ', and 
I will come again ; and receive you to mv- 
salt' Oh, if I could but see wty name in the 
Lamb'a book of life ! I desire no more.' I 
aaid, ' My dear child, what are you resting upon 
for the salvation of your never dying soul ? 
laituponyour prayers, or anything you can 
do ?* * Ho, my dear mother, she aaid,' I have 
proved my poor feeble prayera, if they can be 
calledpr»yer% can never save me. 1 shall not 
go to heayen by my prayoro, and yet I cannot 
go to heaven without prajfer, my only hope 
fat the aalvation of my soul is upon what 
Christ has done and suffered for poor lost sin* 
aen.' She smd, 'the Lord would be just if he 
vereto cast me for ever from his presence; 



bnt. (oLuping her poor thin hands together, 
and luting her evea to heaven, she said,) * but 
if the Lord will have mercy on such a sin- 
ner as I am, I will give the Saviour ten thou- 
sand praises.' 

She was very pleased when Mr. Hazelton 
called to see her, which he often did: but Sa- 
tan used afterwards to harrass her and suggest 
that ahe had said something she ou^ht not to 
have said : or something that she did not feeL 
Often she haa said, ' Bear mother, I cannot 
speak any more, for though when Mr. Hasel- 
ton comes, and I feel a httle comfort in hear- 
ing him talk to me, and pray with me, yet 
something seems to whisper in my ear, ' .few 
areonlpanimeriUJ I said, 'My dear child, 
you have said, and often say, vou are a sinner, 
and a i^reat one ; and after all, you really do 
not think you are a sinner, nor stand in need 
of that precious blood of the dear Bedeemer 
to wash awav your sins.' I think I see my 
dear child's looks now ; she said, * What, mo- 
ther! not a aUmorl not a iimurf I am the 
chief of sinners ; and nothing but the blood of 
Jesus can wash my sins away. that the 
Lord would reveal himself to me as my So- 
eioftr.' She prayed aome length of time, till 
she was quite exhausted, ror often, when 
ahe thought I waa aaleep, I have heard her 
praying m the night (0, ahe aaid,) ' time is 
abort ; my aoul is more concern to me than my 
poor body.' Shortly after this, when I came 
mto the room, ahe aaid, ' Bear mother, all at 
once theae words seem to come to my mind^" 

" Nothing in my hands I bring. 
Simply to thy cross I ding.^ 

I said, ' My dear, is that the language of 
your soul P She said, * Yes, it is.' I said, * xour 
soul will never be lost if Chriat is your only 
hope.' Satan was not permitted to harass her 
much after this until the Lord's day before 
she was taken home. She had been talking 
with me in the evening ; but she was so ex- 
hausted ahe oould not aay npch, but ahe aaid, 

* I long to see Jesus !' she aaid aeveral times to 
me, hark ! some one is calling my name, and 
you, too, dear mother. We must go home, 
this is not our home ; we must go to our better 
home.' She seemed much in prayer; her dear 
eves looked up as though she could see some- 
thing beautiful, a smile came over her eoim- 
tenance as though ahe caught a glimpse of 
eternal glory ! but after this Satan was again 
permitted to harrass her as to her state. About 
11 o'clock at night all at once she clasped her 
dear hands together and aaid, ' I thall be lott^ 
l9kall bo lo9tl 1 shall not be at the ri^ht 
hand of Qod at last ; I have been deceiving 
myself— I thought I had a hope that the Lord 
had forgiven alTmy sins: but O it ia all gone,' 
Her anguish of soul for some time was great : 
she wept, and we all wept and prayed the 
dear Lord would again appear to her; and ao 
he did, for with her hands clasped ahe aaid, 

* May I pray P Yea, I may,' ahe aaid, * Bear 
Jeaua help !' The snare waa broken ; Satan was 
driven away. She rapidlv annk the three 
following daya. She spoke but little, but 
seemed much in prayer. She looked often at 
her dear father and me with mu^ aireetkn. 

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8116 norer iDurmiifML but wstf gpwtflfiil bo/ond 
meamire for erery ihmg that was done for bcr. 
I prajed to feel rengnedf eiCber for life or death. 
A dear friend sat ap with her the last iuirfat» to 
whom she eaid, ' bare yon prayed fer me r The 
reply waa» *Yei^ aiid many friendi too.' 
Again Bhe repeated that peeaage, ' What shall 
it profit a man, if he shall nin the whole 
world and Ioom his own soidP' My fHend 
said, * And do jon feel the importance of that ?' 
Bhe said, * I dovfor the Isat day is oome, ey 

She aearoely elosed her eyes during the 
night, bnt seemed to be looking upwaids to 
her better home, as she so ofken spoke te me 
about. She said in the morning part, ' Media* 
tor,' «CherubimaI>and'Sentp&ma!' ^OloryP 
wiUi a smile on her ooontenanoe, ahe attend 
these words. She said, * I lore Mr. Haile- 
ton, but I shall nerer hear him speak any 
more ; and I cannot read now.' The fnendaaid 
to her,,' But cannot you read your title clear P* 
She replied^ with much feehng and eameet- 
neaa, * J can/ Xmmi /* That Yem waa repeated, 

' When languor and duMase invade 
This trembUnff house of clay, 
'Tie sweet to look beyond the c^ 
And long to fly away.' 

Sli« then opened her dear eyes, and said, 
'-^ Sweet, stp^ long, lon0,* In the afternoon 
aho aaid, ' Oh Satan, how often Satan ! how 
often Satan ! but with a smile ahe looked up 
apd said, * Open the gatea of glory, open the 
gates of glory/ She kissed me, dear girl, for 
the last time about 6 o'clock. I can feel cTen 
now her dying lips ginng me the laat token 
of affection. She did not after that, apeak so 
as to be able to be understood ; the last sound 
I heard fh>m her lips was ' happy* Thus she 
sweetly breathed ner soul into (he hands of 
the dear Hedeemer about 9 oMock, June 16th, 
1858, aged 17 years, and 10 months. 

Her mortal remains were depointed in 
Abney Park Cemetry, on the 22nd of June, 
when Mr. Hazleton spoke from the words in 
the book of Job jxv, 10, * But man dieth and 
wasteth iaway, yea, man rlreth up the ghost, 
and where is hef and on uie following lord's- 
day, Mr. H. im^ved the event from Ber. 
xiv. 6, ' And in their mouth was found no guile, 
for they are without fault before the throne 
of God.' 

DEATH OF 

MRS. MABI M. HARRIS. 

Tbi subject of this short tiotioe. was bom 
of Godly parenta, February 4, ls30 : both 
being members of Soho Chapel. Oxford-street, 
—the father (Mr. Charles) having honourably 
Buatained the office of deacon for more than 
twenty yean in that place. 

Mrs. Harris, from an infSiint, had been 
brought to Bono,^ and continued a constant 
hearer Uiere within two yean of her deoeaae. 
Bhe waa alao a scholar, and, for seven yeara, 
a teacher in the Sabbath school at the sakne 
place. 

In February, 1852, she was married to a 
lellow-seholar, by Mr. 0. Wyard, at Soho 



ehapeL As a wtfs, she waa tdirarpa»ed, 
devoted, loving and alfeetionate; her laat 
days aa the first; my loas therefore, is ex- 
tremely grtet. 

* No tongue can tell the loss I feel. 

The breach that's made none e'er can heaL 

During six yeats of our married tife, I 
never saw her out of temper ; this was no 
small mercy, and calls forth much thankful- 
ness. To strangers she was reserved ; but the 
mor^dhewas kndwn, the more beloved. She 
waa not a talking Christian, but a wattina 
on«. She was taken ill in July, 1867, with 
every svtnptom of that fktal disease, consump- 
tion. In September she improved, and went 
out of town for a short tuiie : but soon re- 
lapsed into the same state, and became gradu- 
ally -worse, suffering the most acute agony, 
but never known to murmur at the providence 
of God, that placed her on a bed of slcknesa. 
Happily she was always a great reader, par- 
ticularly ;the Bible; and t^en was she seen 
in prayer, that she might not grow impatient, 
and her request was granted. Up to a fbxt- 
night before her deatn, she had strong hopes 
of recovery. A few days before bet dectose, 
in answer to questions, she said, 'I know hi& 
that is able to keep that which I have com- 
mitted to him against that day.' To another 
she replied, * From a child I have known the 
Scriptures, which haa made me wise unto 
salvation; adding, 'The race is nearly run 
out of this poor suffering body^>Z Umg to ho 
^ofie— this world liaa no charms for me.' I 
aaid, 'Touare happy P* ' She replied, 'Tea, 
he will never leave me; bless his dear name, 
he healeth all our diseases ;' ' 'twill not be 
long, 

' And then, oh, how pleasant, 
The conqueror's song.' 

On bein^ asked if her trust waa in Christ, 
ahe rmUed with areat earnestness, ' All agr 
truH r Frequently she was heard in prayer, 
to sav ' Take me homo^take me home,* On 
the following verse being repeated in her 
hearing: 

* And whene'er theaignal's given 

Us, from earth to call away. 
Borne on angels winga to heaven ;' 
she imikiediately exclaimed^ 

' Glad to leave this cumbrous day.' 

At this time she expressed a great desire not 
to spend another Sabbath en eartk. Her 
repeated request wis to have a Imnn read ; 
then a psalm, and tUm pray«r. On hearing 
her trying to siiw, I said, *what are you 
singing P She repued, 

' When I survey the wondrous cross.' 

Being asked why she had never made a pro«- 
fession, she said, ' I have often looked at the 
water, and longed to go in, but did apt, for 
fear of being found a hypocrite, unol that 
man of Ood, Mr. Irisb, set me firee.' She waa 
generally in a happy f!rame of mind. A 
friend said, *I am sorry to see you ao ill.' 
She replied, * yes, I am getting worse.' He ' 
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yoa dMfii if Boi a mHty, but ft dMdow:' 
vpoB wlddi ahe repfied, 'Though I imm 
tfarooiih tiMTaUeycrtlw ihjulMr of d6«ta^ I 
iriD Mr no «tU/ On Bgun hiong oiked if 



On agun being oiked if 
hsppj, ihe Mid, 'yefy the world hee 
BO thanoM^ exeept my deer husband and 
cfaOd.' The friend replied, ' leare them to 
the lardf and ipeke of the ewwn of thorna 
Oirial enduied fat her. She Mid, 'if that 
WB^m0 lammff: He then aaked if the 
enemy had troubled her much. She add, 'a 
little the last Cbv days; but I amfitd ^fMd 
Udi€: 1 am aalb in Ids hands : a few more 
atapa op the ladder, and then I shall be at 
rest.' Being asked the InstramentaUty used 
in her eonvertiott, she said * the hfiflwenee of 
OodlT parents— the house of God, and the 
BoBday adiooL' She then bid us ^ood bye, 
adding, * take eare of the chUd; tram her up 
in the way she should go, and keep her to a 
plaee of worship/ Just before she expired, 
she threw up her arms, and with a beaming 
eoonteaanee, exclaimed, ' I can see my fisther 
sod my mother. lOkaUtwm hewUhl^tm* 
She said to a relative Jot before she expired, 
'goodbye: we shall meet again; Iwillweloome 
you there. Oh! I will welcome yon there.' 
She then, apparently, without the slightest 
pain, pasaed througn the river of Jordan, 
almoat without a sigh. Surely we may say, 

* Osegentle sigh, her fetters broke, 
We searoe oould say she's gone.' 

She was interred at Highgate, on September 
18. Mr. Pells spoke over the grave to about 
one hundred friends fkom Soho ; andontiie 
foUowing Sabbath, he preached a most ex- 
eeUent sermon from Erv. vii 9, to a crowded 
aaifience. W.fl. 



THE ONLT FEISST THAT CAN 
PARDOK. 

On Priest alone eaa pardon ms^ 

Or bid me ' Go in peace.' 
On teeath that word« • Abaolvote,' 

Aad aeke these hesrt-thTObe cease. 
My toal baa beard His PrieeOy voice; 
It Mid, • 1 bore thy eiae-^BaJoice V 

He shewed the apear-raark in Hia aide, 

Tbe BsO^prlnt on His pahn ; 
SaU, • Loek on Ma, the Cradfled; 

Wby tremble thuif Beoalml 
AU aoweria aaiae— I set tbee ik^ee— 

Be not afraid— 'AbaolTO te.* 

la ^aiaeof sin onee tied aad boand, 

IvalkinUfeandUght; 
Saeh root 1 tread la hallowed ground, 

mJIst bia I keep in sight 
Wbo died a 'VtcUm oa tbe tree. 
That He migbt say, * Abeolvo ta.' 

By Him my aoni Is pnrUled, 

Ones leprons tfid doAled ; 
dcsaaed ay tbe water from Hia aide, 

God eees me 'as a child;' 
No Priest can heal or cleanse bat Be,— 
If o other aay, « Abeolvo te.' 

He robed me in a Prieetly dreaa. 

That I might incense bring. 
Of Prayer, and Praise, and BIgbteonsnese, 

To Hsaven't Eternal King; 
Aad wbSD He gave this robe to me. 
Ha smiled, aad mid, • AbeolTO te.* 



la Heaven He stsnds bsfore the Throne^ 

The Great High Prieet above, 
' MaumtsBiwc'— that name alone 

can sin's dszk stain remove ; 
To Him I look on bended knee, 
Aad hear that sweet * Absolve te»' 
A girded Levite here below, 

I willing service bring : 
And fain would teU to all I know 

Of Christ tbe Prieatiy King; 
Vonld woo all hearts from am to flee^ 
And hear him aiy, * Abeolvo te.* 
•A little while,' and he shall come 

Forth from * the Inner Shrin^' 
To call His pardoned Brethren home;^ 

O bliss supreme 1 divine \ 
When every bkrad-boag at ablld ahall ase 
The Pamar, who aald, * Aaaoavo ca.* 



THE BXEBOISEB GHBISTIAN. 

Bom. viiL 38. 

Bow hard is the leeeon to learn, 

That all things are working fbr good, 
'While Satan and sin tai each tarn 

Entangle my soul in the wood. 
This sorely osnnot be the way 

That leads to the msnsions above ; 
My sonl's overwbelm'd with dismay. 

And fear I shan't baak in his love. 
I'm tempted and tried within ; 

No peaee can I find to exist ; 
Bat prone to all manner of eln, 

Tet frin, if I ooold, woold resist. 
My pathway with foes do abound. 

And thistles snd thorns grow smain; 
I'm terrified with the sad sound 

Of ravenons beasts o'er the plsin. 
The way is both ragged and dark. 

Bewildering me on the road. 
Which makes me lose sight of the mark 

That leads to my Father's abode, 
I'm barrsss'd by night and by day ; 

Perplexed within snd without; 
Mo peaee <wr I find to allay— ' 

My Boul*8 overwhelmed with doubt. 
At timee, on the ocean I saiL 

With Jesus, my Pilot, on board, 
JEnioylng a heavenly nue, 

I sing tbe high pnlses of God ; 
Bat, ah, O how short is the day I 

GU>w soon doth the darlmess appsar : 
The winds, and the wavee and the spxay, 

Encompass my soul with sad fear. 
The doude gather thick all around ; 

The waves do like mountains arise ; 
The Pilot's not now to be found, 

And ligbtninn shoot forth from the ekiss; 
Huge rocks ana quicksands do abound ; 

Rough seas upon which I am toss'd 
O sure I shall soon be aground. 

Or split on some rock, and be losti 
Thus, whether by land or by sea, 

I'm called to travel below, 
Hiere's little but sorrow for me. 

My heart is o'erwhelmed with woe. 
Bow such things can work for my good 

i feel at a loss for to tsU, 
Tho' Jesus bath, said in his word, 

These things, altho* trying, are weU. 
O let me, dear Jesus, but know 

I'm washed in the oeoean of blood ; 
Then welcome these crosses below, 

Since they are deslgn'd for my good. 
P11 passively lay in thy hand. 

Nor murmur whate'er the design, 
rn willingly hear thy comnnnand, 

If thou dost but say ' I sm thine.' 
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Mt Dbab Bbothsr m ms Lord— 
Many thank* for yonr kind and quick reply to 
my letter. I was voiable to call at Karehmont 
Street, as you wished. I am bat very poorly, 
and walking diatrenes me greatly; besides, 
you orerrate me in Taluing my opinion on 
the subject. I have re-perused your letter in 
the May number of Thb Sabthxv ViaasL, 
and cannot but think with you that the pre- 
cept is wofolly oTerlooked by the children of 
God. If it be not meant for them, for whom 
can it be meant, seeing we do not expect Ut- 
ing acta from those who belong to tiie oongre- 
^tion of the dead ? * If 1 be a Father where 
IS mine honour?' I can also feelingly enter 
into your protest against God's family makinjg 
a scape-goat of the old man, throwing their 
sins upon him, and sending them into the 
land of forgetftilnesa. It is one thinr for 
€h>d to haye put our sins behind his back, 
and quite another when we attempt to make 
• excuses for them. The former is a glorious 
fact, the latter is a sorry proof of the posses- 
sion of real Christianity. So did not DaTid, so 
did not Peter, as you obserre ; and so do not 
we, when the tbu of God is ruling and reign- 
ing in our hearts, and God nres us a tender 
conscience towards him, which is a gift aboTO 
all price. But we have known the times when 
we would fain hsTc thus disposed of our bur- 
den of uneasiness, and this makes us so well 
know the eril of it, and its consequences. 
But it is, as you well obserre, a deep subject, 
and I shall get out of my depth, if 1 enter 
upon it, and yet it is one in which I feel a 
deep interest. I think I can enter, in a small 
measure, into Paul's statements, ' For we know 
that the law is spiritual, but I am camal^Bold 
under sin ; for that which I do I allow not, 
for what I would that do I not, but what I 
hate that do I. If then I do that which I 
would not, I consent unto the law that it is 
good. Now then it is no more I that do it, 
but sin that dwelleth in me,' and so on to the 
end of the chapter. Daily experience makes 
u^ adopt this language as our own. ' For the 
good that I would I donot, but the eril whi<di 
I would not. that I do.' But Paul did not 
treat the sucject as some modem professors do, 
or he would not haye concluded nis remarks 
with that bitter lamentation which re-echoes 
in the heart of eyery child of God, * wretch- 
ed man Uiat I am, who shall deliyer me from 
the body of this death.' A clear understand- 
ing of the two natures, and their separate 
workings, and yet both indwelling in our mor- 
tal bodies, Oh, it is a very deep subject, my 
brother, and the more I muse upon it, the 
deeper it seems. 

I think much of the mixed gospel of the 
present day, may be referred to the want of 
a clear understanding on this point. Am I 
correct in this thought } I am a very coyet- 
ous body, oyer wanting to gain something 
from those who are better taught in the scho^ 



of Christ than m^lf ; and truly thankfiil 
shall I be for any instruotion Irom you by 
letter, now I oan no lonmr occasionally lis- 
ten to your yoioe bom the pulpit, as I haye 



lately done with so much reu vleoiure^ sotts- 
faeU&H, and profit It is, as dear Hart des- 
cribee it to bie. 



' A narrow, narrow path.' 
In steering dear of arminianism, how many 
run upon the dangerous shoals and quick- 
sands of antinomianism ; and those again, 
who are alarmed at the hue and cry against 
hyper-calyinism, and hi^h doctrines, cling to 
the fklsely supposed ability of the sinner to be 
beforehand witn God. (Die dear Lord him- 
self must be our keeper, and our teacher, or 
where shall we run to ? and what error will be 
too glaring for our reception, if left to our- 
selyes P How true is that most excellent re- 
mark recorded in dear Harf s life, ' Pharisaio 
seal and antinomian security are Uie two en- 
gines of Satan, with which he grinds the 
church in lUl ages, as betwixt the upper and 
nether millstone. The space between them 
is much narrower and harder to find than 
most men imagine. It is a path which the 
yulture's eye hath iiot seen ; and none oan 
shew it us but the Holy Ghost. Here let no 
one trust the directions of his own heart, or of 
any other man, lest by being warned to shun 
the one. he be dashed against the other : the 
distinction is too fine for man to diM»m; 
therefore, let the Christian ask direction of 
his God.' 

But I think I must yenture to teU jou what 
has made dear Hart such a fayourite with 
me, especdally as the experimental strain of 
your's ii in dose accordance with the subject 

It is about 16 years ago that a horror of 
great darkness fell upon me. It was truly 
darkness that might be fdt : neyer before 
that time, or eyer since, haye 1 sunk quite as 
low as I did thetf ; I can scarcely teU. yon 
how it crept on me ; but this I know, I waa 
well nigh in despair, and could, truly haye 
reiterated at that time the remark in tout 
last, * I cannot be much lower out of ndl/ 
After hayinff enjoyed the spirit of adoption, 
and entered into the priyileges of sonship, 
glorying in my rdationship to a Triune 
Jehoyah, Father Bon and Holy Ghost. I 
was cast down into this low pit, this deep 
and dark dungeon ; and as I then fully feared, 
altogether oast away ; not that I could belieye 
the Lcsd eyer forsook his people, but mv per- 
suasion was that I had deceiyed myself and 
others, and that I did not belong to the fSsmily 
of God. How yain were all the remonstanoes 
of Christians, and the expostulations of a 
beloyed pastor, ' Miserable comforters are ye 
aU,' from my inmost heart I said ; I looked 
with enyy on the brute creation, because I 
thought tl^ey would not be damned. I could 
not read a line of any book, saye only the 
Bible, and dear Harts hymns: the former 

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«M nuMdoed for an the thzMteningB and da- 
n n nriarioM agaiait the hypocrite; the latter, 
I nmd with aTiditj; and beeaase I eould not 
bvt «ee and aefcnovledge that Hart had tra- 
TeOed in a limalar path to mj own, I tried 
to beliere he must be a hypoente alao ; and I 
know not whether I ftopped ahort of thinVing 
the aame of wmie of the dear sainti spoken of 
m the Bible. So ftr did the enemy preyaU 
or« ae at thti time, that he penoaded me to 
beliOTe that God pitied me aa his creature, but 

" not safe me, because my name was not 

'ed in the Lamb's book of Ufe. Here 
pretty use I made of the doctrines of 
Prayer I then thought I knew noth- 
is« aboat ; but thousands of times since then 
I koged for the earnestness and agony of 
V I now beliere I was the subject of at 
time. I wore out, and utterly destroyed, 
«sse oopy of dear Hart*s hymns in toree 
months. Tmly, they were watered with my 
tm, for day and night these were my portion. 
X^from sheer fatigue, I used to sleep, the 
terror of my waking destroyed all the benefit 
or the short cesMtion from my sorrow. It 
vns heart-grief and aoul-trouble ; and nothing 
caa eompare with this. The thought of curs. 
img God in hell, thrilled through me with 
bflrror. I eren went so far as to beg of Qod 
to mitigate my torments iriien I reached there ; 
mmd not allow me to curse him. My friends, 
■ad amongst them many of my christian 
ftieads, who had not travelled in thii dark 
path, thought my mind would go : I was as one 
newildered and sorrow stricken; that hymn 
ef dear Harfs was erer on.my lips which 



prayer 
that 



* Deep in a cold and joyless cell V 

Oh, it told out all my feelings, and my 
inward groanings to the Lord. That also, 
• Gird thy hnnTnp, Christiaa soldier.* 



* Oh, what a narrow, narrow path,' 



'Te tempted souls reflect' 
' Zeal extinguished to a sparir.' 
' Te lambs of Christ's fold.' 
Baft Che one that cut me all to pieoei oom- 

' Faith's a conTindng proof.' 
To an those who tried to comfort me, I 
pointed to two lines in that hymn, as contain- 



I ehild of hner UneU drest. 
But not the liruig ehOd.' 
And to this day, whenever I get into a low 
pbce (which is frequently the case,) these 
liBes are a terror to me. So dear Hart was 
my eloee eompanion in deep heart-felt sorrow ; 
and this has endeared him to me beyond ex- 
prssaion. When I take up his hymn book 
sow, I often say in doggrel rhyme, 

'When sunk almost in black despair, 

I yet oould trace my features here ; 
Twas Hart alone my case eould tell. 
fie not surprised, I lavs him vsU, 

But I must tell you how the Lord gradous- 
ly appeared for me, and drew me out of this 



pit. The temptation to which I have referred, 
that God could not save me, sunk into my 
heart ; and Satan suggested to me that no one 
else had erer harboured such a blasphemous 
idea. ^ I awoke one night in my usual terror, 
but with this suggestion on my mind, look at 
Bunyan's life. What for ? I kept answering. 
Still the thought pressed on me, till I was 
forced to rise from my bed, and unpack a box 
of books to get at my treasure ; and there I 
found the devil had palmed a lie upon me, in 
tellinff me no one else had harboiued such a 
thought, for Bunvan had the same temptation. 
This loosened the snare, and gave me a wea- 
pon against the enemy ; and you know well, 
my brother, what an arrant coward he is. 
He was eontinuallT telling me it was of no 
use to pray, for I was an hypocrite. The 
first text that came to me with any power was 
this in Peter, ' Unto whom coming,' Ac. I 
was helped to see, if I had never come 
before, now was the time to come. Oh that 
participle, present, was very valuable to 
me, 'Unto whom eomina;* it helped me 
to go to the dear Lord, with my sorrows. 

1 continued going to the house of God con- 
stantly, though here m^ agony was threefold, 
I went on Tuesday evening, 14th, March, 1843, 
thinking it should be the very last time I 
would venture there. I should tell you, many 
sermons had been preached, especially for my 
comfort, which only greatly increased my 
pain. The preacher did not think of me that 
night, but the dear Lord did, and he sent me 
a full and fi«e-deliverance, whilst his dear 
servant, (Mr. Irons,) preached fix>m these 
words, ' That hath maae the depths of the 
sea a way for the ransomed to pass over.' 
Isa. li. 10. I will not — I dare not— attempt 
to describe my feelings in the sudden transi- 
tion from the low dungeon of despair to the 
hanquetting chambers of royal love and favor: 
suffice it to say, dear Hart's hymn, 

' Beep in a oold and joyless cell,' 
was exchanged for one of dear Kent's com- 
mencing thus, 

" To banquet once the spouse was led.*' 
My never ceasing soul could now sing, 
'* Oh sweet repast of living bread. 
In thine emoraces, Lord, I laid 
I'm sick of love and faint to see 
Thy banner thus spread over me." 

Instead of poring over the threatenings of 
the word, theSOth Fkalm was my song. All 
things were changed. I had no need to tell 
any one of my deliverance: my happv conn* 
tenance told to all around me, that tne dear 
Lord had turned my oaptivitj^, and given me 
" beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for moum- 
inff, and the garment of praise for the spirit 
of neaviness.' I * went oown in the dances 
with them that make merry.' Oh ! how dear 
and preeioua he was to me then I I walked 
with him, and talked with him, all the day 
long. I oould no more find my trouble again, 
than I oould cast it away from me when the 
Lord hid his frwe. 

So, my dear brother, I know a little of the 
experience you speak of. 

When men are cast down, thou ahalt say 
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iMftl; and *fidtfiftd are the woonda of a 
friend.' * Serriee involTea rafRBring/ is a re- 
mark of nj UgUy priied oorrespoodeat of 
niuMBi you hare heard me speak. Ton are 
made Tory naeftil to the Lord'i flumly, and 
yoa must tniTel Arongh theae dark patha, 
thatyoamay have a word to apeak out of 
^onr heart to the moumen in Zion. When 
it ooaei out of the abundance of the heart 
then it ii it reaches to the heart. It ia no 
light matter to be a steward in the Lord'a 
household ; an nnder-shepherd orer the flock 
<rf slaughter. You mnst taste of many oupa 
of bitterness for the eleof s sake, but I know 
my dear brother, you do not want to change 
your aerrioe, for 

* Although your cup is mixed with gall, 
There's something secret sweetens alL 
As for Satan's cruel suggestions, what a busy 
foe he is ! busy with the seed royal, whilst 
he lulls the hypocrite to sleep in his false 
seouritr. He must have a great spite against 
faithful ministers of the gospel, for a great 
part of their work is to uada ms work, and to 
expose his artifices. No wonder he is angry 
with them : he lets the false shepherds go in 
peace, and oftentimes presents to them the 
poisoned cup of popularity. What false es- 
timates are made of the "BflMp^*fff of minis- 
ters, at least so it seems to me— euoh a man is 
doing a great work-— see the crowds that fol- 
low him. I am, in some cases, uncharitable 
enough to think, that a little more iaithfiUness 
might lessen such congregations, and be in 
the end, a better prodT of usefolness. Be- 
poTe me freely, my dear brother, if I write 
hastily ; but a gospel meal in the house of 
God is a predous b(x>n— my soul longs for it. 
Well, the dear Lord has promiseato blesa 
* Zion*s proTision, and to satisfy her poor with 
bread.' ' Then the poor of the flock knew it 
was the Lord.' It may be, my dear brother, 

rare eait into this low place, that you may 
made instrumental in the lifting up Gi 
some poor, weary, way-worn traveller in 
Zion^s pathway. ' Comfort je, comfort ye my 
people, saith your God/ ana who so weU able 
to present this comfort to them, as those who 
hare experimentally known tbe need of it 
thbmaelTes ? It is cold work, I presume, to 
speak onhr out of the book ; but, when the 
preacher is enabled to speak from the heart, 
of the things he is tastmg and ^}>ti^liwg for 
himseli^ at the time, the liTing testimony 
teaches the Hiring experienoe of God's wailing 
people. I know not whether I oonnrey my 
meaning to you. but I would comfort you in 
the tlumght, that your nresent sharp exev. 
eises are for your own good, for the aoiil pro- 
fit of Zion's children, and for the ^lory of 
God. Indeed, I ought to apologue for 
writing you such a lengtliened scribble. I 
hate been beguiled «n (I know not why,) to 
speak more fmly, of my own psinful exsr- 
0ises, than is my wont I shall always be 
pleaaed to hear Dram jwi; but, never let me 
mtnide upon your tune or conTemenoe. I 
will not always dius burden you in reply. 
Ht pen has run on, till I am thoroughly 
aabamed of the unusual length of my letter. 

Umj the dear Lord comfort your heart, and 
▼isit you, restoring to you, the joys of his sal- 



and u ro w uin g your miniatary with hia 
dng. May the moumera in Zmh 



be eomforted, ud Jehofsh, Iktliar, Sen and 
Holy Ghoet be abundantly glorifled in you, 
and through you, and b^ you. Yoor'a teiily 
in the relationship that is from aboTe. 



Bly. 

Bit is a city, a bishop's see, and the capital 
of the Isle of its name, sitnaled in the centre 
of the shire. The gospel has been preached in 
this city by different men for many years ; 
but I eannot learn that there erer was a flour- 
ishing cause of truth here. It appears that 
the little cause of truth in this place, has un- 
dergone many shifts and changes, that it has 
never been thoroughly esUblished 'as a 
cause,' to enjoy permament prosperity. But 
let us hope Uiat bHter day» are m reserve for 
our friends and brethren at Bly ; yea, that 
they have already dawned upon them ; for I 
find that our brother NswBOur is prearhing 
the gospel in tUs dty, and not without some 
success, for the people aro gathering around 
liim, iome have lately been baptijied and added 
to their number. Thus, the Xord i$ at work 
through our brother at Bly, and w^ should 
he not be the instrument in thehano of God, 
of permanently establishing a cause of truth 
here in his old age P ah ! who can teU. Let ua 
both hope and pray that this may be tbe case 
—that our brother NsWBonr, may have the 
honour of leaving an established cause of 
truth in Efy. when the Master of the Vine- 
yard shall call him ftrom the ohuroh militant 
to the ohuroh triumphant. I understood that 
our brother has preached the gospel in Bly 
beforo numy yean ago ; Binee then several 
ministers have preached to the people; and« 
during Mr. Sturton's residence at Bly, some 
few wen baptued in the river, at Sutton, by 
Mr. W ilkins, of Cottenham, but many changea 
have taken place since then, and our friend 
Newborn has found his way ftom London, 
round by Quyhiun,to Bly again. ' Send now, 
I besaeeh thee, O Lord :0 Lord, I beseech 
thee, send now prosperity.' Psalm cxviiL 25. 
LimvpoBT. 

Littleport is an agricultural village, quite 
in a fenny part of this Isle of Bly t thero is a 
neat littie chapel in the City-road, supplied bj 
various ministers, as moot of the people who 
attend the plaoe aro poor and unable to sup- 
port a pastor. Hr. FUvell, of Barith, CHunts) 
very often supplies the pulpit, and Mr. Gri- 
ffiths, of ChaMiBris, nve them a Sabbath dur- 
ing the summer. Mr. Kewbom, of Bly, 
E reaches herooocasionany also. Thus with a 
ttlesssistanoe ftem ncighbouriag miniatera, 
and by the help of itinerant preachers, this 
little interest is kept on, the gospel is preaished, 
souls aro blessed, and some few oelievers have 
been baptised during this last summer, and 
aro now connected with the little cause at 
Littleport. < May the little one become a thou- 
sand, and tbe small one a stronfr nation.' Isa. 

Ix. XSii. A TSAVBLISE. 



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ORDINATION SERVICES. 

[For want of both time and spMe, our re- 
* I on these Mnriees lure defered ; but the 
of God upon them, shall be giren 
The pubUe aetUement of Mr. F. 
OoUtna, as pastor of How Street Baptist 
ehnrch, Fljmouth, we pledged ourselves to 
give, as full as possible. To redeem this 
pledge, we must divide it into three sections. 
The ant and introduetory part, is contained 
IB the foUowini^ 

LiTTBA TO Mr. J. B. M'CUBB, 

Of O^elonff, and other C?triHkin Frimtdt 

in Australia, 

Obbat Wsstbbv Moybablb Barbacxs, 

Manday^ Dee, 4, 1868. 
Dbab FsiBBDi— As I cannot write you 
all separatelj ; 1 address the following railway 
to you. Our home people, will 



nU; but tben, I can afford all that, if I 
may be of any use to you. 

8om pec^le haTo little or no sjjrmpathy 
with any ntorement. or any class of men, or 
any event, beyond those thmgs immediately 
eonneeted with their own interest; there are 
others who feel a lively interest in all those 
saen, and toward all those movements, which 
are identified either with the nation's weal, or 
the chmeh^ onward work. For my otin 
paitt I foel a keen desire to hear of the happy 
and heij progression of the whole Christum 
efaoreh, bnt most especially those branches of 
it which are known by the name of the * New 
Testament Churehss,^ or * Particular Bap- 
tists.' This feelings toward Zion, and a oon- 
stani and perhaiis over anxious desire to be 
neefal in ner midst, comnelled me to arise 
this maning by four o'clock ; and although 
old aatore quaked a little, yet, by the help of 
God, and with Ms tender eare over me, I 
hope to be carried this day more than two 
hnndred and fifty miles ; and after thirteen 
hoars' safe shaking in a Great Western move* 
able, to enter the pulpit, and begin a few 
day's work in the Gospel in Plymouth and 
Devonport; and my special business is the 
public settlement of xny friend and brother 
m Christ's gospel, Mr. Francis Collins. 

In contemplating this interesting days' 
work, my mind has this morning been led to 



r a suitable field for practical thought, 
and a gospel beauty, in the closing verse of 
Isaiah's fourteenth chapter, where these words 
are written, * Whai §kall one then answer 
the mmsemgers of the nation T That the Lord 
hath fomnded Zion; and tho poor of his 
p^ovU shall trust in it* If the blessed Spirit 
of God open his own truth unto the eye of 
yo«r sanctified minds, you will discover in 
tbcae words, both the holy oonduet and the 
Fsal ^karaotsr of the gospel church, as hinted 
at, aoggeatedy and mUred by the prophet 



Isaiah in the words referred to. This scrip- 
ture furnishes a comprehensive scene, illus- 
trative of some public gathering; of some 
memorable event ; of some special movement, 
in which the whole of Christendom, the whole 
of the living family, have a most peculiar 
interest. 

First, We have the messengers of the nation 
coming to make their enquiry, touching the 
vfelfare of Zion, 

Secondly, we have the two-fold answer-^ 
* The Lord hath founded Zion ; the poor of 
his people, shall trust in (or betake them- 
selves) unto it' 

I. The messenj^ers of the nation are a dig- 
nified representation of tbree great leading 
bodies of^men, in whose righteous movements 
the life, the liberty, and the lasting pros- 
perity of the nation is elosely bound up. 
Men, raised up to stand at the head of our 
national afihirs are * the messengers ot the 
nation.' They come from the throne of the 
nation to the people. The men (qualified and 
sent forth as me neralds of salvation, are also 
*the messengers of the nation' — and on all 
occasions, where the happiness of Zion is 
at stake, they are supposed to bo sent up by 
the people to enquire diligently into the state 
of aiiairs. The same may be said of the lay 
leaders of the Church's temporal interests. 
The Church is the spiritual nation of the 
world ; and she sends forth her leading men 
to search diligently into the truth of all those 
constant occurrences which, like Esekiel's 
wheels, are carrying out the purposes of 
heaven, in the providences of Qod upon the 
earUi. 

I hope I may say, I have seen a little of 
this during the lost twenty years of my life; 
especially during the last fifteen. I have 
been called to anniversaries, to ordinations, 
to the formation of churches, to the openings 
and re-openings of chapels ; to Sunday school 
meetings, and assemblies of various kinds. I 
have always noticed there has been a few 
who have come up to those gatherings with 
an iutenso desire to ascertain how it has 
fared with the church, or those churches, on 
whose behalf those meetings have been con- 
vened. And on hundreds of such occasions, 
we have said, from the bottom roots of our 
little soul, *How good and how pleasant to 
dwell together in unity ! More of this prac- 
tical svmpathy, more of this loving Zealand 
blessed unity we certainly desire to see. Why 
should not Particular Baptist churches have 
one great National United Association?— 
whose aim should be to defend and to diffuse 
the truth? To watch over the best interests 
of all the churches ; to aid and encourage all 
Qodly and faithful pastors; and to endeavour, 
by all Bible means, and prudential measures, 
to lengthen the cords, and to strengthen the 
stakes, of the visible church on earth / For 
surely the times we live in seem to demand a 
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II. We have the dire«fc. the decided, and the 
delightful answer, which shall he gi^eo, < The 
Lord hath founded Zion ; and the poor of bis 
people shall trust in it.' Zion is * a monu- 
ment raised ; not a pedestal of lifeless bits of 
stone ; but a worshipping company of people, 
who, by the powers of the Eternal Qod, are 
raised up out of the pit of sin and death. 
Every branoh of the^isible church is, so to 
speak, a field of labor wherein the Holv Spirit 
employs ministers, and others, to bring out 
the elect stones, the precious sons of Zion, 
and to prepare them for the Great City of the 
Bterual Jehovah. And so the building is be- 
ing carried up : and the work will not stop 
until the last stone is laid on with ' shoutlnes 
of grace ! grace ! unto it.' * The Lord hatn 
founded Zion :' — this is a characteristic an- 
swer. He hath founded Zion : that is, he 
hath laid down some wellprepared plans for 
her safety and glory. * whose goings forth 
have been of ul^ from everlasting. The de- 
crees of the Almighty, hie predestinating, 
electing, and oovenantmg purposes are of old, 
from everlasting : by them, the affairs of Zion 
are all regulated. He hath laid out a large 
revenue for Zion's good success : / have given 
men for thee; and people for thy life* How 
bountifully hath the Great Creator of the uni- 
verse endowed and foimded Zion ! And how 
beautifully do idl the messengers from heaven 
speak of this amazing endowment ! ' I have 
given thee for a covenant of the peopled This 
covenant is Jesus Christ himself; this 
anointed gift of God comprehends all the 
good that either heaven can give, or earth can 
need :' all things are yours, lor ye are Christ's, 
and Christ in God s. ' Be that spared not hist 
own Son, but gave him up for us all ; how 
shall he not with him freely give us all 
things?' He hath founded Zion ; he has laid 
down plans for her before time; he has laid 
out an amasing revenue for her in tame ; he has 
laid up a glorious inheritance for her after 
time. To the inheritors of Zion's holy city, 
there are gifts beyond all mention. The 
covenant of grace, the person, worthiness, 
work, and offices of Christ; the person and 
blessed administration of the Holy Spirit ; and 
the noble army of martys ; with all the patri- 
archs, prophets, apostles, ministers, and angels, 
ordinanees, praying men, sinsing people, and 
every thing that can he good ; or that can 
work for good in this school of training—the 
church militant upon the earth. 

* How vast the treasures they posseM, 
Who in the liOrd believe !' 



6. To shew their faith and affection to 
Christ by oboying his command in the ordin- 
ance of Believer's Baptism. 

G. To commune with the Lord in com- 
memoration of his doing, dying, and rising;. 

7. To be corrected or comforted as their 
circumstances may require. 

[These thoughts were written while joumej- 
ing from London to Plymouth fast De- 
cember. The reception 1 met with : and 
the si'rvices engaged in ; with Mr. Comns's 
testimony, come next— 4). W. Bakks. 



There is another answer very deseriptire of 
the kind of people which make up the 
ehurch :^the gospel church becomes a very 
welcome refuge in a seven-fold point of view. 
It may be said, tkeg betake ihemeelvee unto it, 

1. To hear what God the Lord will speak 
of the way of salvation. 

2. They betake themseWes unto lt> spe- 
cially enquiring if there is hope, and room ftyr 
such as they are. 

3. T« bear testimony *e the Lordli mercy 
to them. 

- 4r. To be fed and nourished np in the doc- 
trines of grtee and truths 



yOVBTSSHTSC ijrvUAL MSETIKO OV 

''THE SABTXSV VfiSSBL.'* 
[The foUowiag short report of the above 
meeting kas been famished by an old friend, and 
a once frequent eoniribotor to tbis work. The 
4th of January, 1859, will never be forgotten by 
us. We gratefully acknowledge the amaaing 
goodness of Ood toward us on that oceasioa. 
The prayer-meeting in the moraing, althongh 
bat fbw attended, was a moat special season to 
ufe; the brethf^n pells. Cave, Oakley, Jfran- 
el9, and Frith, all evldenty prayed in the spirit 
with heart-movlDg power. Mere than fifty 
preachers of the gospel were prerent daring the 
day to espreas their attachment and their z«al 
on our behalf; while friends from all parts of 
London and the conntry filled the plae« ; bat we 
mast leave oor eorrcapondent to give ear readers 
aome further idea of the day's proeeedtsgs. We 
wish we oonld give the addresaes delivered by 
aome of the foUowIg brethren ; J Wella, Gk Wyard, 
John Bloomfleld, T. J. Meeser, B. Wale, J. Brant, 
A. L. Gordon, J B. Craokaell, R. Powell, ThosMS 
Smith, Joacph Phlmer, of Wcstminatert Joaea; 
Batterfleld ; O. Webb ; Braeher ; Keys ; Bird ; 
Whitteildge ; W. Moorto, Ivlnghoe ; W. Loag, 
of Triag *, R. O. Edwards, of Sattoa ; J. Ray. 
meat; J. Flory; Beaooek; J. Rowlaads, ef 
Clapham* and others; bat they would more than 
fill op this aomber; therefore as asaal, oar 
pride mast he mortifled, and their noble senti- 
ments mast, in measare, pass away with the day, 
bat to them, and all oor f^ienda who did attend ; 
or who have otherwise shewed their kiadaoM, 
we sineerely tender the deepest gratitada of heart. 
—En.] 

(From a Correipondeni,) 

Tha fonrteenth annual meeting in oommemor^ 
tion of the establishment of the Eabtbsh TyssxL 
and CaaiSTiAM Rkcosd, was held in Unicom Tai4 
Chapel, on Tuesday, the 4th day of January. It 
waa indeed a glorious day. There has searee 
passed a ' Vbssbl day* when we have not been 
present; batweaever witnessed sueh a scene as 
that meeting on the first Tuesday in 1859. There 
was tho greatest cause alike for weeping and re* 
Joiehig. Very many who once took active part la 
theae meetings, have been called to f heir reward. 
William Allen, has exehaaged his, < who can tellT* 
for * who'd have thought it!' James Raynsford, 
has thrown away bis pilgrim's staif, and waUu now 
with hia Heavenly Master : John Stenson, has 
ceased his earthly song to Join in the mighty and 
everlasting chorus of • Worthy the Lamb.' Wil- 
liam Skelton, too, with nobler powers, has joined 
that happy throng. Man^ others we might ana- 
merate, bat we forbear. BulBoe it to say that 
these were among the first and warmest Qiends 
of tho Vsssn., and their memory Is blessed. Wcl^ 
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TKSBvt, were beitiRiBf themflalve^ and shortly 
mti^T 9 o'eioek a snaU aMcmbly nad gathered 
th«m«eWes together in the ancient Chapel of Uni. 
cam Tard, the soeoe of the pastoral labours of the 
£ditor, vben aetcral earnest appeals were offered 
•t the throne of grace on behalf of the hook and 
ItB Editor, after vhleh, oar young and esteemed 
Mend Mr. John Pella, of Soho Chape!, Oxford 
Street, was to deliver a short address on 
' Tike Necessity of all Truth-loving and Christ-liv. 
tag Brethren, strivitig together to Unily and a 
Persevering Co-operation for the Defence and Dif- 
fusion of nocestant Principles and ^eir Testa- 
Bent Order/ bat it was defeired until the 
afternoon. At eleven o'clock a pnblic service 
comacnoed. when Vr. James Welle, preached 
fy«mi Proverbs vflL The congregation seemed 
bi«lily delighted with this praclTcal address of the 
pasror of the Surrey Tabernacle. He was par- 
tlenlarly happy ; James Wells was hid behind his 
master. At the close of the morning service, a 
large eompany sat down to dinner In the school 
rooos ; and In the afternoon a pablic meeting was 
be14 in the chapel presided over by the Editor: 
vbea several interesting addresses were delivered 
by Messrs Pell^ BkwmAeld, Smith, Meeser, and 

jFneniHG vxKnNo. 
At half-past 5 o'clock, Ua was provided in the 
dMpet, of which between three and four hundred 



hour was thus pleasantly and 
nacftaily spent ia sodal intercourse; all seemed 
happy. At the termination of tea, thanksgiving 
was song ; and the Ubles cleared for the great 
event of the day, for after all it was the evening 
mcettng which was truly to be called ' the Vbsskl 
■fceetlng.* Although a very spacious platform had 
been ereetcd, it was tu too small to accommodate 
the large number of ministers who were present. 
9nch an assemblage of gospel ministers we never 
rcaember to have seen— no not even at a Surrey 
nhcrnaeie annirersary. If our Editor has any 
pride at all, and we do not think him quite desti. 
tate, it must hare been warmed when he took his 
PHitiaB on the putform that evening : surrounded 
tnr a perfect host of Levltes ; ana the chapel 
tarottgvd with a company gathered not only from 
in quarters of the metropous, but many Ttom dis- 
tant parts of the country. According to previous 
■naoancement, Mr. James Wells, occupied the 
ehalr ; among the mlnisterB present were, Messrs. 
C. WoUscott, O. Wyard, B. B. Wale. T. J. Messer, 
J. £. Ciacknell, J. Pells, J. B. Bloomfleld, J. Brunt, 
fte. A hymn having been sung, Mr. Cracknell offer- 
ed piravet, the chatrmaathen addressed the meeting. 
IB dmag so, be expressed the great pleasure he 
experieaccd In meetmg with so many brethren in 
the jninistry; espedaUy he congratulated his 
~ ' 1 npo* secdBf so lu|i an assembly 
It was a certain proof that the 



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vadly sou ¥» himaeif he ooald si^ tt 
liked it OMra and more. There were oftesi 
iBMrtcd which he did not like, bat they were 
■ore than eooatnbalaBeed by the many things 
which bddid like. The Editor, ia his nnbooad- 
ed charity, would aow and tbea puff up some- 
hody they thoaght lie shoold not puff np; he 
wold aow and thea Insert sonethlng they thonght 
wmM have heea better left oat, aad he (Mr. Wells) 
had psished hisa (the Editor) coaxed him, sqaeesed 
hiai, and threateaed him- bat it was all to ao 
par p «Me he was immoveable; so that after all, he 
was really aa iadependant nuui ^ aad he was glad 
sa maay miaiaters had that day oome forward to 
svayort hia ; aad they had a right to do Mk for 
tlHre were very away miaisters ia the land 
who woald aerer have heea lieard of if it liad aot 
beea for Taa Caaraxv Tasasi.. He should aow 
eaU apea Mr. Baaka to state the preseat position 
af the « Vessel.' The Aditor thea arose, aaiid the 
piaadita 9t the assembly, appsreatly overcome by 
e which preeeatad Itaolf tohis view. With 
"s p ioesc d s d tostala the 



eircamstaaces under which ho was induced to 
commence this publication, and the almost insu- 
perable difBculties which ho had to encounter 
in carrying on the work ; and when he contrasted 
nls circumstanoes, when he commenced the work, 
with his present position, he was astonished. It 
was not commenced with any view to supersede 
existing periodicals. The •Gospel Standard* 
was commenced with gold and mflutnce; the 
Yksskl had neither; and he had no notion 
whatever that it would ever have occupied the 
position it now held. Some people had said to 
him, * If you were doing It at a loss, why did 
you not disooniiane it V In reply he would ask 
another question, * why did not they give up their 
hope V Many and many a time he had determined 
to giro it up, when in stepped a friend with assist- 
ance saying, < you shall not drop it.* Thus it was 
kept on until through a serioas mtsunderstanding 
between hia stationer and another creditor, he was 
throwa iato the Bankruptcy eourU It was then 
diseoversd by the official assignees that if the 
whole of hia estate was realised there was sulB- 
cient to pay every creditor 20s. in tLe pound. 
Then those who were the instruments of placing 
him in that OouH, begged him to come out again, 
aad the baakraptey flat was virtually superseded, 
•ad the business placed in the hands of trustees. 
At that time the copyright of the Vessel was sold, 
with other publications, to the Bev. A. L. Gordon, 
for the sum of £250; and the fact becoming known 
that be (Mr. Banks) had ceased to have any inter- 
est therein; the sales declined, and there was 
every reason to fear they woold go lower and lower. 
Under these circomsunces it was deemed advis- 
able to repurchaMc the ' Earthen Vessel' and it was 
accordingly so repurchased by him for the sum of 
£250, jwyable by monthly instalments; and in 
Mareh, 1856, a public meeting was hold, when a re* 
demptloa fund was commenced, by which a sum 
of £113 had been raised, and £100. 16s. paid off 
the £250. The Vessel was now made over to cer- 
tain trustees and would be secured to the churches. 
He had been libelled much ; calumny's foul tongue 
was ever uttering vile aspersions, but hechalleng* 
ed an inTCstigatioa of his every act, and he 
prayed that he might yet live to see the day when 
no man ahould be able to say to him, * Par me 
that thou owest.* (Loud applause). The Chair- 
man was sure every person present must be per- 
fectly satisfied with the very lucid statement'of the 
Editor. He was satlseed it would not be long ere 
the redemption was completed : and he hoped that 
when that was completed, they would show their 
brother BanJu that they valued his services which 
he had rendered for so long a period without any 
adequate reward, but the reverse. He should be 
very pleased to put his name down for £5, (cheers) 
and he knew that many would follow his example. 
He should now call on Mr. B. B. Wale, formerly 
lecturer at the Great Globe, at Leicester Square, 
but now a preacher in the upper chamber of tos* 
pel liberty at Reading, to speak on the religfoas 
literature of the day. Mr. Wale, said, that the 
earnest address of the Editor, as he described the 
fesrfal storm, in which the Vessel was laonehed, 
must have fonnd its way to every heart ; it had 
oaased tears to flow unbidden from manv aa eye, 
aa it had from his own. Whatever might be the 
opinions of others he felt that they had no maga- 
sine equal to the * Vessel, and he loved both the 
book and iU Editor. Mr. Wale then delirered e 
most eloquent address upon the subject before him, 
which we cannot here describe, but which we 
hope to give. Mr. T. J. Messer in his usually boId« 
poetie, and racy style, next addressed the 
meeting, and succeeded in holding his aadience In 
almost breathless saspenee as he told tale upon 
tale to illastrate his subject. At this period of 
the evening, the Kev. A. L. Gordon, to whom the 
* Barthea VcasCl' had beea sold, wss introduced to 
the meeting. Ue spoke of the many eiEorto he 
had made to prodoee cheap religioas works for 
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Uined in to doing, wbereby he was able fblly to 
symtMithize with Mr. Banks, in the trials he had 
undergone. He was pleased to see so many friends 
around the Editor, and hoped they would speedily 
free him from his thraldom, in which ho would be 
willing to meet them to the utmost of his power. 
In business transactions with Mr. Banks he oould 
bear his testimony out, he was a man of nnflinoh- 
ing honesty, and perfect integrity. The meeting 
was further addressed by Messrs Wyard, Pells, 
Bloomfleld, Brunt, and others ; when a coUeetion 
was made ; and a happy day closed by singing 
* Grace I 'tis a eharming sound,' &o 

[SivcB the meeting on Jan 4, kind letters hare 
oome In. One of our best friends request Inser- 
tion of the following. We must not deny. — 

DxAA BaoTBXft Banks— Cheer up; we bsTc 
heard of your great meeting in support of the 
£AaTBBir Vbssxl: the Lord is moring in the 
hearts of the people ; here in the weet many have 
a strong desire that brother Ck>llltts, at How 
Street Chapel, Plymouth, should get up a pub- 
lie meeting, to support you ; and we, God wil- 
ling, mean to call a meeting Tery soon. I find by 
the Tolce of the church of God in the three towns 
that the Lord the Holy Ghost abundantly blessed 
the preached word through yon, while bear last 
month, there has been much good done by you 
visiting lu, CTcry heart in the quickened family 
of God seems to rejoice who heard your toIcc in 
answer to many prayers. We heard the sound 
of the gospel, and drinked in the fulness of it by 
the operations of God the Spirit, and are llTing 
witnesses that you was sent by the Lord of hosts 
to stand between the living and the dead in the 
strength of the Lord to feed, and in the mi^esty 
of the name of the Lord your God. If your dear 
people give you a month In the year, I want yon 
to oome down to visit the flock again, and to go 
into Cornwall, from whence I have many letters 
from dear souls : not a man of sterling ex- 
perimenUl truth in all the country that I hear 
of, to preach God's truth purely, but all yea and 
nay trumpery. 1 can get many doors open for 
you, and great good Is likely to be done by cir- 
culating the Tbssbl where it has never been 
heard of. May the Lord make a way for you, and 
go with you in the paths of righteousness for 
Christ's sake. Tours in love of the Gospel, 

JOSBTH GnUMSLAOB. 



HOBWICH.-THE GOSPEL PREACHER EN- 
COURAGED AT NORWICH, [From many parts 
of England of late, our letters are anything but 
cheerful. The following by a friend from Norwich 
conunands the thanksgiviiags of our heart. Zu] 

'Mr. Editor, believing yon rejoice to hear of 
the good of Zioo, I give yon a faint outline of a 
social Tea Meeting held in Orford Hill Chapel, on 
the S7th inst : about 180 persons partook of a well 
ordered tea ; which elicited a vote of thanks to 
the managers. After tea, more fHends assembled ; 
when one of our members, Mr. Barber, was called 
to the chair, and the public meeting opened by 
Mr. Oorbttt, then after singing, Mr. Joseph Field 
addressed us, at some length, and was led very 
sweetly to expatiate on the unity of the Spirit, 
and the bond of peace : he spoke very feelingly 
upon the state of Orford Hill about S4 months 
back, and of the spirit of prayer that himself and 
one or two others felt th«t the Lord would remem- 
ber them In their low esute, and oould now re- 
joice and say as Hxanah did to Eli, " I am the 
man, and we are the men that stood here pray- 
ing.^ 4fter again singinx, Mr. Barber repd a 
statement of the expenditure for alterations, re- 



pairs, and other matters, oonsldered as extras, 
showing that above £100 had thus been paid, 
besides the support of the minister, who expresses 
himself perfectly satisfied with the salary he has 
received. The report weut on to state that all 
this has been done by the free will olTerings of the 
people ; we have also established a sick and burial 
fund, which is in a good state as regards finances, 
but the greatest cause of all for rejoicing is in the 
fact that during the last 18 months, sixty six per- 
sons have been added to the church, such as we 
have reason to hope are saved in the Lord with 
an everlasting salvation. Mr. B. then made a few 
remarks upon boasting, shewing that although 
boasting is excluded in regard of any thing we 
can of ourselves perform, yet that the Chrbtian 
has a right to boast of what the Lord has done for 
him ; therefore we do desire to speak of what the 
Lord has done for us personally, and unitedly as a 
chuBCh of his own peculiar care. Another verse 
or two was then sung, when one of our constant 
hearers and supporters, a Mr. llott was called 
upon to address the meeting, and gave us a very 
able and oonsistent discourse upon charity, shew- 
ing the vast difference between the so-called char* 
itr of the professing worldling and the real charity 
of the true Christian ; also explaining the various 
kinds of charity, in regard to words as well aa 
deeds, with a few simple rules for the guidance of 
the charitable: and concluded bv expressing his 
thankfulness for the privilege of a sound gospel 
ministry, and his determination with God'e help to 
abide fast, as Ruth did. Two verses more were 
sung when Mr. Corbltt, our esteemed pastor, gave 
us one of his heartiest addresses, selecting his 
subjects fh>m those of the preceeding spe«xers ; 
it would be in vain for me to attempt to give yon 
an outline of what he said; you are aware ho 
sometimes sars a good deal in a short space of 
time, Bufflce it to say that he feels overwhelmed 
at the honour the Lord has put upon him, and de- 
sires most heartily to render unto him all the 
praise ; feeling perfectly confident that it was of 
the Lord that be ever came amongst us; and the 
church is now comparatively a new church, and 
is conducted more in harmony and Ooepel order 
than ever it was before. The meeting concluded 
with prayer. A collection was made for the bene* 
fit of the sick fund: and thus ended a pleasant, 
and a profiuble meetinc. May we have many 
more if it be the holy will of our heavenly Father ; 
our earnest prayer to our God is, that we may go 
on ftrom strength to strength, till we come to the 
end of our pilgrimage; and then find beneath ma 
the everlasting arms.' A. B. C. 

Norwich, Dec. 28th, 1858. 

WHITTIBSEA.-NEW YEAR'S MEETINO. 

The periodical return of the entrance of a minis- 
ter of the Ooepel, amongst a people may well be 
obeerved both by him, and the people, by an oboer- 
vance of the hind of God in their midst. Nay, I 
tell yon that such a period was pleasingly obser- 
ved, on Monday, Jan. Srd, bv the minister and 
fkienda worshipping at Zlon Chapel, Whittleeea, 
it being the fifth anniversary of the beloved pas- 
tor's settlement amongst us. Mr. Forman, of 
March, and Mr. Whiting, of Needingworth, aeain 
visited ne. In the afternoon, the members of the 
church met for fellowship, and prayer, when a 
short sutement was given by Mr. Ashby, of God'e 
dealings with us as a ehurch, which was very 
pleasing, and encouraging; after which the mem- 
oers partook of an excellent tea, kindly provided 
by Mr. Aahby. In the evening, a good con- 
gregation assembled, after singing, and a tmly 
•plntoal and earnest prayer to the God of our 
merdes ; Mr. Forman was ealled upon, to address 
the meeting, and to shew some of the pleasing signs 
of a gracious state, and the fearful marks of nn- 
regeneraey.' But Mr. F. said, he had somethiBf 
else to say, and to do first, and that was thai the 
friende at WhitflesM, loved their minister, and 
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ziovs to tet kioa kaow It in another finn. Mid re- 
qscflfted him to preeent the pMtor with a parse, 
aad iu oonleote, and he felt yreat pleasone in 
dtnac ao, ea he kiiew it waa an expreasion of their 
alaoarf tore, and eaneat affeetion. After Mr. A. 
is a fev words had affsationateiy acknowledged 
kia felt debtocship to hUOod, and the friend», 
Mr. Forman gave ns seren spiritual aigns of » 
atete of grMet followed b/ several fearful marlu 
ml osregeneraey. Another hymn was aong, after 
wUeb, Mr. Whiting gave a very solemn deecrip> 
tkam of the fntnre abode of the wieked; and 
■onnn aonl-^eering words npon the future inheri. 
taaon o( the aalnta ; when our minister gave us a 
fev worda ahawing how tenderly God had dealt 
wUh, na aa a Chnreh, aa not one of the members 
ImA been removed bjr death, through the year; 
amd only two flrom the eongregation ; while many 
ted been added to both ; but he aaid he oould 
bnrtfly cnfeourage himaelf to hope that it could be 
■n thRM^h this year; aa many of his friends 
marked by old age, and were drawing 
Bear lo their * Heavenly Inheritenee.' And 
, after einging that very sensible hymn, * All 
knil the power of Jesn'e name,* we lingeringly 
left the hooae of God,— for though young in rears, 
nad fta the waya of the Lord, my heart cleaves 
aftiefMinarily to hia hoose, his ordinanoea, and 
kia people, who hath shewn so much mercy to 
«■• who la— A LaAanan. 

Whiftlseea, Jan. 7, 1859. 

I For thia neat report we thank * A Learner,' and 
aflen hope to hear from her of our much-loved, 
and greatly favoured brother Ashby's good suoeeas 
la the goapoL Bo.] 

GUK8F0RD'— 1>XA> Baornta ; The chnroh 
have again iovited me for three montba, after the 
cnpiraUon of my present term, which I have ae- 
•cpled. The ground of my aeoepting the extended 
term is the Inereaaing attendance which has 
reached its utmost bound on Sabbath afternoons, 
far want of room ; the week day services at home, 
aad at oar atationa are greatly increased, and the 
anmber attending the prayer meeting more than 
daaMcd ; one and another are coming to declare 
what the Lord ia doing in their souls, so that very 
ahortly we mnat tronble the water. From the 
happy change which the Lord has wrought within 
aa, firom the wrestling apirit he has given me, 
from the great sweetnees and power the word of 
Ood baa been to me, and from the solemn confl- 
danee he haa possesse d my soul with, I am persua- 
dod hia hand te with me. I have had a long wll- 
decvcaa aiato ; but, bieeaed be his name, I And the 
trath haa bean eweetly aoeompliabed. Hosea. ii. 
14 -"SOl And I am now waiting to see the olose of 
I chapter faUlled with reapeet to this little cause 
re. I have organised a elasa of my young 
tor iaatmctaon in Biblical literature, in 
hopa of obulning a band of fpiritual and intelll- 
gnat ■abbath aehool teachers, which will prove a 
^rcry valaable acquisition to the cause here. If 
we eoald hat obtain a reading people the demands 
fv yaaraMathllea would be inereaaed. The Lord is 
■Daweriag tha maay netltlone so frequently sent up 
by oar lamented and Justly eateemed brother, the 
lata paator of the ehnroh here ; praying breath ia 
aat met, aad eepceiaUy when it la so in unison 
with Ood^a graeioaa promiaea of mercy to bis 



la my aast, I hope to send yon 
joyAil tidlnaa. Till then I am, tout's in 
.JotaTBAJf , (focBWlj OB the ' hoQse top,') 



TAXKLT, HAHTB.-Knowing yon take a 
Uvely latcreat in the cause of Christ at Tately, I 
Isrward yon an aeaount of our meeting on Chrlst- 
. Oar fldnister preached to ua in the 
r aad evening : in the afternoon we had a 



aortal meeting; a hynw being aong, our senior 
poarcd out hia sonl in earaeat prayer, 
with praiec and thankaglving. Other 
■poke of the goodnaae and merey of Ood 



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In bringing onr mlniater, brother Ferrett, amongat 
us, in bleedng the word to ua, and inereasing Uie 
chnreh with twelve additional members, most of 
whom have been called and set at liberty under 
his miniatry; also in preserving our p ea c e and 
anion which although it haa been extended wider 
tnd longer, yet it has not in the least degree be- 
come weaker. At this point the meeting was ad- 
journed, and the company took tea in the chapel, 
afterwarda onr brother Stone, (on behalf of onr 
female friends) presented oar paator with Dr. 
ours Body of Divinitv, which drew forth from him 
a suitable reply, and a few remarke from Paura 
words, * he thanked God and took courage.'— An 
iHHABrrAirr of Zoau.— [It is delightful to hear of 
such good anecesa at Tately— aa peaoefU and aa 
pleaaant a little gospel garden aa ever we saw. 
Go on, brother Ferrett ; and the Lord enable you 
to baptiae Dr. Giirs Bndy of Divinity in the laver 
of golden oil which stands in * the holy place ;' and 
then it will both strengthen and rejoice thine 
heart.— Ed]. 

WOOLWICH.-CARMEL CHAPEL, ANGLE- 
SEA ROAD. The Lord is greatly blcMing the 
ministrationa of onr dear paator, (Mr. Ilanka,) at 
Oarmel. During his four years' pastorate, one 
hundred and fourteen have been taken into 
ohureh fellowship. The chapel contiauea to be 
well flUed with an attentive audience ; power di- 
vine attends the word ; and many will have to 
blese God that he directed the hearto of his chil- 
dren to ereet onr new and oommodlous chapel. 
On the last Sabbath in the past year, eight persona 
were baptixed in the name of our Triune Jehovah, 
amongat them waa one young girl from onr 8a1>- 
bath School. The Lord grant that we may not 
only increase in numbers, but that each member 
may be inereaaing in the internal adomings of the 
Spirit, ahining as a light in thia benighted world, 
holding forth the word of life. Our school haa 
been in existence about two vears : we commenced 
with sixty, and now number one hundred and 
sixty. May we who are tcaohera, Im aaeiated by 
the Holy Spirit truthfully, and snocesefui to in- 
struct the dear children : may many amongst them 
rise up a generation to serve onr God 1 Gratefully 
and adoringly we exclaim, *What bath God 
wrought!' whilat we still supplicate at hia merey- 
throne, * Oh Lord, send now prosperity."— Amr. 

NEW HOBTH BOAB.- SALEM CHAPEL 
WILTOK SQUARE.— On Tuesday, Jan. Uth, tha 
servicee commemorative of the paatora settlement 
were held here. Our highly respected brother 
Mr. Jamea Wells preached in the afternoon from 
* neither shall any deaire thy land.' Ac. Hia dia- 
course waa unflinehingly truthful and strikingly 
inatmctive. In the school room under the chapel 
a tea waa provided on the voluntary principle^ 
which appeured to be well filled with vlaitora. 
ManT ministers were present. In the evening a 
public meeting was held. The subject en- 
trusted to the speakers waa *thc goodness and 
merey of God exemplifled in the hiatory of Moeea,* 
brother Fenlon opened the meeting with prayer. 
Addreeeee were then delivered by brethren C. W. 
Banks, Meeres, Attwood, Cracknell, Ball, Joseph 
Palmer, and Williamson. The chapel was crow- 
ded throQghout the erening. But it waa painful 
to wltneaa the extreme debility of brother Flaek» 
suffering still severely fhmi the weakening dleeta 
of hia late affliction. The few particulars which 
he was able to fnmidi respecting the progress of 
the cause ircre highly pleasing, full of encourage- 
ment, and spoke lovely to the soceesa and accept- 
ance of onr brother'a ministry. May a covenant 
God gracioualy hear prayer on his behalf, and 
raise hUn up again to health and strength for far- 
ther and increased nsefulnesa in his much-loved 
Salem.— J. P. 

BLAiCKHBATH, xiFT.— DACEB PARK, on 
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firlMdi ffttband uonad our yoUhM, teotlm 
Oneknell, who is labouring in this part of the 
goepel vineyard, and not without laeoeM. The 
friends seemed very happy, the ohapel was taste* 
fully deoorated with ereryreens, &e., and all pre- 
test evidently enjoyed a enp of tea. At a an mar. 
ous sQbsc<|aent meeting, brodier CraekneU (after 
brother Smith, of Wootoa, prayed,) gave an inter- 
esting opening address, and introdaced the subject 
of * Indivldod Bflbrt,' which was heartily respoo* 
ded to by sereral brethren, who spoke in the fol- 
lowing order : C. W. Banks, the loud call for 
effort in the eanse of Christ ; 6. Wyard, the law> 
f^l means to be employed ; J. Pells, the souroes of 
encouragement; C. Box, the impottanee of prayer 
aeoompanying efiort. The main object of the 
meeting was to obtain means in order to procure 
gospel tracts for general distribution by friends 
ooKinected with the cause. Brethren Wyard, 
Banks, and others, promised to supply a goodly 
number of tracts to atart with, that this may 
prove a step with us in the right direction for much 
good under God's blessing is the prayer of-^Ova 
wxo was PAMurr. 

BZL8T0N.— A new Baptist cause is rising 
here, a noble muster of Truth-loving Ariends re- 
cently spent a happy evening together in Broad 
Street, it would have pleased us well to have 
seen their beauUfnl hall ; and to have heard onoe 
more the happy and ready address of our old 
friend Thomas Jones, under the presidency of our 
voung brother John Lindsey. the present minister : 
it was our honouraUe privilege to send John first 
to Bilston ; if the Lord be pleased to make him 
instrumental in eetublishingasound gospel obureh 
In that town, it will be a sweet reward for our 
toil. At the meeting referred to, the veaeraUe 
bishop Veal, the powerful pastor Qwinneli, and 
the faithful Ritson, took good part. When the 
<Anroh is formed, we hope to have further details. 

CHATTBKI&-At Zion Baptist Chapel, we 
had a tea meeting for the members of the church ; 
the first, slnee our pastor Mt. Wilklus has been 
unanimously ehoeen to labour amongst us ; we 
Uess the Lord, for directing his stepe to us. It 
was on Monday evening, Jan. 10, (all the m«mbere 
could not attend,) I think about ninety et^oyed 
themselves: our beloved pastor said and did all 
he could, by his excellent advice to promote unity, 
and Affection amongst the brothers and sisters 
present. We sung a hymn to that effect, and an 
ezeeilent prayer was offered by one.of the deaeons ; 
other meetings were proposed, and agreed to, 
mhitHa. we hope will be Sot the good of the church, 
the glory of God, and Ike eomfort of our paetor.^ 
A.L.J. 

VSBTMIN0TSB.— BAPTIZING AT BOM. 
MET 9FRKBT. On Lord's-day evening, Deo. 10, 
18W, our pool was agaia opened, and the pastor, 
Mr. Jos. Palmer, solemnly baptized two belierere. 
One of the eandldates evinoed a resolute ihith, 
after many yrars belonging to a pedobaptist church 
in the neighbourhood, by gladly, though greathr 
affiicted, following the Lord through his despised 
ordlnsBse. The other candidate had testified, in 
his confession before the church, that the pastor's 
ministry hsd, through God's blessing, been instru. 
mental la raising him from death unto lids. Other 
inquirers are standing around. May the Lord eon- 
ttnoe to go ibrth with his preaohed word la this 
oorncr of his vineyard. 

OOZXteS CHAPBIi, STBPirST &KSBK, 
* Iota ' sends an interesting report, arising out of 
Mr. Vaughaa removing from * Hephesibah,' Mile 
End. to Stepney Green, where services were holden 
on Thursday, Jan 13, and on the following Lord's- 
day : the report came too late ; but we crowd in 
this notice. Mr. Bloomfleld, and Mr. Charles 
iHovell, preached on the Thursday, Mr. Vaughan, 
Mr. G. Wyard, and Mr. BuseeU, of Austin Street, | 



Keaehed on the Sttndny. The oongregatiooB md 
e oolleetioiM were excellent. The prospeets of 
Mr. Yaughan and his flriends^ in this new sphere, 
are said to be most encouraging; his ministry 
having been UReful in calling In many, a large in- 
crease to the ehuroh Is anticipated. 

CBAH8F0BD, 8UriblK.-On Lord's-day, 
Jan. 9tb, four believers were baptised by our pas- 
tor, Mr. John Baldwin, in the name of the Father, 
Son, and Holy Ghost, io the presence of a large 
and attentive oongregatlon : three males; and 
one fbmale, the flr^t fruits of our Sabbath schoob. 
The text preached from, was Acta xvii. 11, 'and 
searched the scriptures dally, whether these things 
were so.' In the afternoon, they were received 
into the church, with a suitable addrees, and came 
to the oriinanoe of the Lord's Supper. It was a 
good day to many of our souls. 

SOTHmHITRE.— An excelleiit meeting was 
holden in Mr. Butterfleld's Chapel, on Monday 
evening, Jan. 8, the first anniversary of hts pas- 
torate ; during this first year, perfect peace, and 
great prosperity have been enjoyed. Many sinners 
have Deen called in, baptised and added to the 
church ; and during this year, Mr. butterfleld's 
friends hope to build their new chapel. Addressee 
were delivered at the meeting by the hrehren P. 
W. Williamaon ; B. Bowles, T. B. Psrker ; C. W. 
Banks, and J. E. Cracknel!, on the Old and New 
Covenants. 



LITTLE MOORFIELDS. WHITE 8TRBBT. 

On Tuesday evening, Jan. 18th, a goodly number 
of friends surrounded brother Webb, on which occa- 
Hlon several addressed the meeting on God's Build-, 
ing.' Brother Wyard, on the Great Architect ; 
brother Hazlcton, the foundation ; brother Chi vers, 
the builder; brother Anderson, the materials; 
brother Pells, the design of the building. The 
happy meeting was opened with prayer by brother 
Ben tout, and concluded with prayer by brother W. 
Webb. 

QX70ED STBEEtT^OHO CHAPEL; We 

are glad to hear of our brother Pell's welfare; 
al80 of the church, through his instrumentality. 
He has on devcral occasions been in the baptistry ; 
nearly SO have been added to the church during 
the past 3 months ; others are enquiring the way ; 
the church is (as it has ever been) dwelling 
in peace; conregation steadily increasing; the 
signs for the future very cheering, 

BUCKS, COLNBItOOK.-On Thursday. Jaxt. 
iSth, a goodly number of friends partook of a 
comfortable tea in the British School Room, /kindly 
lent for the occasion,) after which they adjourned 
to brother Bruot*8 Chapel, when brother Pells of 
Soho,) preached with great earnestness, In defence 
of the cause of God and truth. 

BLA]n>!FOlt0 8TREET.-0A Sunday, Jam, 
16th, three sermons where preached in bebolf of 
the Sunday School eonneeted with the above pNtee 
of worship ; morning and evening by Mr, Bonnir, 
late of Oxford ; afternoon Mr. Pells. 

BHSlfTFOSB-^The OhurOh here have gtvoa 
Mr. Parsons, (late of Cheshais,) an Invltatton 
to supply the pulpit lor throe meattac, with a 
view to the pastorate. It is hoped through his 
instmmentaUty, and the LOtd^f bl«Mlag, the 
csuse may be revived. 

:8SITR.-At the Baptist meeUng in this little 
fishing town, we had a happy time oa Tuesdiiy^ 
Jkn. 14th. C. W. Banks preached in afternooii;' 
after tea, Mr. Bowlee, Mr. WalRe, and other* 
cheered our hearts with good news. Our cauie Is 
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AS ENGLISH AlfNIYEBSAEY IN 
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Dbik BttOTHBS BASK»--6i«ce, merej. 
aii'I peace be with Tou and ell the true Israel 
o/ irod in dear old Enf^land, and wfaeresoerer 
se-it tiered ihou^hoat this habitable globe. As 
part of the bodj of Christ you will be gtad to 
t:?«' of the prosperity of Zion in this, the ends 
of the earth. 

Suadaj, October, 31, 1858, was tbe first 
anmTeraary of the Opening of the building 
« hi'-h our God has given us, when our dear 
PiUtdr, John Bunjan McCure, preached 
m«~'min^ and erening ; we have not vet in this 
t*'wn any of the Lord's ministers, with whom 
our brother eould exchange Dulpits, or ask 
to come and assist us. But, blessed be the 
nanaeof oar prcdoos Immanuel, it is not bj 
(oAtaral) might, or by power, but by my 
spirit aaith the Lord* 

On the following day, Monday Ist Novem- 
ber ; we bad a tea meeting commendiig at 
6 o'clock, which was provided by the sisters 
on the ▼olnntary principle ; jm oharge being 
made either for the providing or fbr the par- 
tieipation thereof. Our collection amounted 
to £35; which, considering the ^reat de- 
prc^vi^n of buiinees, and the tr^fing time which 
lus now for some months existed here, we 
eovider very good ; and would desire to raise 
aa Bbencxer to the goodneft of oar €h>d who 
has brooghi as thua iar. 

Brethren Alien, Ward, Stevens, ami Kat- 
thewt, from Melbourne, addressed tbe meet- 
iaj;; after oar brother Friend had given a 
statement of our temporal affairs. It was 
tml/ a blessed opportunity; the subjects of 
the addreMni were Faith, Hope, and Charity: 
with ui interesting aeoonnt from brother 
Stevens of oar brother McOure's commence- 
ment of ont-door preaching at home in Eng- 
land, with brother Stevens as his elerk, some 
18 years a^o ; and a review of the preserving 
mercies of that Ood who hath said that he 
will never Isave or forsake his people. 

And now, I would say, *' come, let us 
mMBify the Lord together ; for he is good ; 
and his mercy endureth for ever,' for, al- 
thooffh th*t threat and subtle fee halh tried to 
make inroads upon J&iob, as he ever hath 



ceeds from under the throne of God and the 
Lamb; and bringeth healing wheresoever 
it flows. May you, and 1, and all our dear 
friends who love Zion for Jesu^s sake, partake 
of the sweetness thereof : is the prayer and de- 
sire of, yours for Christ's sake, 

.TouN B. Etjuis. 
Geelong, Anstralla. 

N.B.— .\fy christian love to Mr. J. Welts, 
Mr. T. Chivers, and those friends of both ccn- 
irr«'gations with whom, either myself or my 
wife were associated or connected, as members, 
or otherwise. 

[Beside the foregoing interesting letter, we 
learn from another source, that brother Mo 
Cure's first anniversary of his new Zion, was 
a most happy and holy season—tho English 
brethren all said— since they left home, they 
had never before enjoyed such a joyful feast. 
The times hsve been very trying in Australia ; 
our brother McCuro labours m the gospel with- 
out any reward of an earthly kind ; but as the 
Lord owns his labours; and lengthens his 
cords, we hope to hear he is entire^ devoted 
to that work in which his soul has to truly 
delighted for manj yean.-~£D •] 



MR. 



THB L1.TB 

BENJAMIN 



done, jet be has not, aad blessed bo Qod, ne 
ver shall be able to tan a sheep into • goat 
tbouf^h by eloibiiigthe wolf in the garb of a 
sheep, he ouky be pemitted oftines to scatter 
theoL Bat he who aeaketh out hie sheep in 
tbm eknidj aed dark day, will take tfaem in 
the onu of hia love, place them qa the ahoiil- 
ders of his power, ana brini; them as^ain into 
Ins fold ; take off the yoke from their iaw, 
aad set meat before them t they shall near 
his voice and shall fellow him in the days of 
old, as in the time of their first love, and he 
shall lead (bem by the rivers of etiil waters, 
evea tbe watan of life, which runneth dee^^ 
y«a, so deecK as to go to the bottom of all their 
siD, and poUotion, and wash H all out: and 
yet an hi^ in its source that Satan and all 
the adverse powers of hell Cannot reach to de« 
file or stop tAe springing thereof; for it pro* 



LEWIS, 

Formerly MinisUi' of Trinity ChapeJ, 

Southwarh, 
Mb. Bonnbr, now sapplyin^r Trinity 
Chapel, preached on Lord's -day morning, Jan. 
9th, 1859, a funeral sermon occasioned h^ the 
death of the above recently departed mimster,. 
Mr. Bonner, in speaking of Mr. Lewis, said— > 
*' I regret there is no one more competent 
than myself to perform this dutv. la what 
way he was brought to the knowledge of the 
Lord, I cannot sav. He was in soul trouble; 
was led to hear the late Mr. Chin, of Wal- 
worth ; the text was, * That Christ may dwell 
in your hearts by faith :' this was the means 
of setting his mind at rest. In the year 1820, ' 
or 21, he be^n to preach: he was nearly forty 
years a minister of the gospel. First otxiained 
at Dockhead, over seven persons, in 1825. 
The church at Dean Street, being in a low 
condition, inrited Mr. Lewis; in 1829, tha 
railway took the chapel down, and built the 
t>resent one, where he laboured until five or 
six years since :-^ftDm 1824, till 1853, being 
twentv-eight er twenty-nine years— a lonff 
period for ooe plaee, but it oame to an end. 
Ihvtik this phwe, he went to Cottage Greea 
Chepd. Buty for some time, he appeared 
uawell; and, rather onezpeetedlv, in a fit of 
coaghing^-hie soul psiMd away, m the sixty- 
eighth ymt of his age— oa the kst day of last 
year.' 

MIBIAMlnrAfiS. 

CffBinuv IlK8iONi.nov.— Died, on Friday 
Morning, Jan 14, in her eighth year, the be- 
loved child of G^rge and Hannah Wyard, of 
Zion Chapel, New Cross Koad. Deptfoid'. 
Our beloved little Miriam was the youngest 
butnhie living : the hst often bom ; perhape 
too itaueh its parents' pet ; bntOI who eaa* 
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innocently playfa], yet thoughtful, and fond of 
eood reading! however, God has taken her. 
We will not murmur, he had a greater right 
to her than we. She was our't for the time 
being, we will try and remember the loan 
with thankfulness, and believing it to be taken 
from all evil to all good, we will pray for 
grace to say becomingly, ' rather, thy will be 
done.' 

Its mortal remains were deposited in its 
own little dormitory, purchased for the occas- 
ion, in the new Cemetry, Bokely Road, Dept- 
ford ; a goodly number of old and young of 
Mr. Wyard's friends had gathered together 
on the occasion ; and our worthy brother and 
friend Moyle, of Peckham, kindly officiated. 
He spoke encouragingly to the parents, affec- 
tionately to the brothers and sisters of the 
departed, and wisely and judiciously to all. 
In the domestic circle at home (he following 
beautiful hymn of Steele's was sung. 

< Father ! whate*er of earthly bliss. 
Thy sovereign will denies, 

Aooepied at thjr throne of grace, 
Let this petition rise : 

Give me a calm and thankful heart, 
From every murmur free ; 

The blessings of thy grace impart, 
And make me live to thee. 

liCt the sweet hope that thou art mine, 

* My life and death attend ; 

Thy presenoe through my journey shine, 
And crown my journey's end. 

G. Wtabd. 
Thb beloved partner in life of our esteemed 
ministerial brother, W. Gaunt, of East-street, 
Greenwich, left him. and all here below, for a 
better city, on Tuesday, January 18th. <* Her 
departure was one of the most joyous, and 
triumphant ever known :" so writes our bro- 
ther, who hopes next month to furnish some 
deUils. 

TxB ObituaTT of the late Mrs. Pepper, the 
beloved wife of Mr. T. Pepper, Minister of 
ZionChapeL Newington Green, will be ^iven 
in our Maron number. She departed this life 
in a most happy, triumphant name of mind, 
on the 16th ot last December, 

"BEADING TBACT8." 

' Smding Tracts, No. 2.' Robert Banks 
& Co., 182, Dover Road.— A most awful at. 
tempt has lately been made to east a elond 
over the gospel of Christ, by a tract called 
<The Lamb of God!' by oneHorton, of Read- 
ing. Of all the specimens of daring perver- 
sion of the Holy Word of God, this Horton'a 
traet is the vilast we ever heard of. The 
Ikct is, Mr. Wale's powerful and truthful 
ministrations in Reading have thrown such 
heavenlv fire into the |>eople there, that the 
mongrcumen in the ministry are frightened; 
and m order to allure and blind the people, 
they are straining every nerve. Such miser- 
able false glosses as this Horton has sent 
into this word is enough to arouse the lealous 
indignation of the whole body of God-fearing, 
trutn*loving men in Christendom ; and were 
we to hold onr peace, we should expose our- 



selves to the most fearful condemnation. A 



young mechanic in Beading, who styles 
himself *■ A Lover of Truth,' has issued a penny 
tract, entitled, ^ Horton' s Lamb of Qoi, 



Weighed in the Balances, and Found Want- 
ing,'* This 8 page penny pamphlet is wor- 
thy the notice of all to whom the gospel has 
been made dear. If a few additons could be 
made to it, it ought to be circulated by tens 
of thousands. We hope much more will 



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AN AUSTRALIAN SCENE. 

OcTOBsa Srd, 1868. 

*They went down both into the water.* ACta vlii. 38. 

Softly the river murmured by ; 

The sunshine glistened on the sand ; 
And many an expectant eye 

Was resting on the little band. 
To testify in Jesu's name : 

Beneath the oross they meekly bow 
And willingly to all proclaim, 

That Jesus is their sovereign now ! 

Steep rose the bank on either hand. 

And belted in the little throng ; 
l*he limped waters washed the (and, 

And wandered tranquilly along ; 
And sweetly falling on the air, 

Swelled fotth the voice of sacred song ; 
And softly breathing words of prayer, 

To silence hushed the listening throng. 

Closed is the sacred page of truth ; 

The word of exhortation past; 
From manhood's prime to early vonth. 

The candidates stand forth at last. 
Our southern sunshine never fell 

T7pon a holier, happier scene. 
Hark ! now again the voices swell. 

Enough our hearts from earth to wean. 

Jesus ! the sacred wave has trod. 

His people from their sin to save ; 
And in the footsteps of our God, 

'Tis sweet to pass the liquid wave : 
And those who now his name confess. 

And boldly in those footsteps tread, 
Will find that he is near to bless. 

His hand shall raise the fainting head. 

And she,* who in her early youth, 

Has meekly taken up her cross. 
Responsive to the worn of truth. 

Shall never, never suffer loesl 
No — he whose sacred name she bears, 

And in whose footsteps she has past, 
Will guide her through a world of snares, 

And lead her to his home at last 1 
Mount Barker. Matixj>a. 

At 'Salem' Particukr Baptist Chapel, 
North Adelaide, six were baptised in the ri- 
ver Tonens, Oct 7th, 1858. Our little *Sa. 
lem' is greatly on the increase. 

« A young ftiend of the writers. 



Mr. Coien's pamphlet,'T^ Ssosn Baptisms' 
is the best new work, we can recommend ' A 
Doubter ' to read. It is to be had of Partridga 
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•n unofiud stir at Um pre- 
ttOT pUoM. with ntSaranoe to 
I of AiptUB. Mr. Biztar, of 
Kottinghaa, that ezoellent and talented 
janfWBitifho twj neeiidy, and ipeeday 
too, Mm been eaUed into a Iubo and appar- 
mmOj haopj field of oeeftilaeai in tho goepel 
imefM, e? en thia Mr. Butter haa ' writUn 
m hml^ Oft baptism ; and ?«j great paina he 
kaa tafcoa to prore tbatbaptiam by immtr9ion 
m % BieooDeeptiont and a great miatake. 
Tbia TolaaM baa been wnt to na for reiiew. 
We Mt tndined, at flrat, to eend it either to 
Bfr. J. A Jooeii or to Mr« Samuel Gosens, 
to wmUk it iq>, and fairlj to adjodieate upon 
iti m a rtt e} bat ftaiiag tber wonld not ezer- 
oie aaiBeMnt patience wftn the yomtf man, 
«• hata reaolTed, Ood belping—to gi? e Mr. 
Baxter a flur and an impamal hearing ; and 
to fandah oar readers with a righteoiis re- 
Mt; thia will be no easy task; for Mr. 
Mzter haa gone so deep into natoral history, 
a, and eostames, and 
1 thoee Goliatha against 
^ . Thon, of Winoheater, 
high aovnding antagonism haa re- 
mm^ been a Uttle teeted and hnmbled too 
bv Mr. Chappell, the able baptiat peator of 
the same oityO that it will not be an easy 
itdar to wade throagfa the whole of Mr. 
Baziei^B ovidenee. There iaako Mr. Tatham, 
of Kaatbiiume, and others, on the aide of oar 
c ype a i i nts ; and at the reeent annifersaiy of 
the CMcenwell Goqiel Sanetnary, there was 
tba ▼enerabla Frederic ^Q^ar, the meek and 
etaady /ay, of Grove Ghap^ ; and the noble, 
and lief film neJ Mr. LnCTin, all nniting to 
Bttla oontempt opon na poor and 



JMSMr naa gone so oeep 
into national emtoms, 
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aaah doipiasd bantiats: and sooh sneering 
apiadaa aoau of tkem send ns ! enongh to 
■■ka sneh titda folk aa wa are, to tremble 



. were it not for the nnahaken 
pwMWHim which we cannot get rid of that 
Iba woida of the late Dr. Golliar, of Peckham, 
sptAaa aa ther were to a departed friend of 
oina, who^ beug called onoer the doetor'a 
aumsCry, and yet beixi^ afterwardi conTinoed 
of the troth of the immersion of beUerers, 
haeeeehtag^y said to Dr. Golliar, * my dear 
paolor, doteUase foaraundr 'Mymind,' 
aaii tba Dr. 'u iiii^^--0u Aytfute htm M 
tf# Wmo TmUumeni m iMr fuCr; bat we 
JUapeodants being called into oar present 
Bositum we cannot aee our way oat of it!' 
That waa an honest confession, at any rate ; 
ami ao it ia with many of theae good brethren 
of ooia : they hope we are wrong : and yet | 
Voi^ XV.— Ko. 168. 



snapect we are rt|[ht; bnt anises thiy were 
prepared to saorifioe a greatdeal, iteif dare 
not confass it :---ao they it on. ^ ^ 

It is aingolar enoagF^<^e Uttlh po''' 
who apMarad so happy^^tlf Joha Jr ^^ 
Isle of ratmoa ; and so Msy there in 1 
ing <The ScTen Seals,' tfitt we^pspectA ho 
wonld have delighted hinUSlfalM.ttxaiisanda 
of hia readers, with the bM&^ inysteriea 
of thoee snblime metapfan 'the whble 
of thia Tear ; yet, to oar %iasement, ^e 
has. witnont tel^granhio mdlsage, or an^ 
notice, ran dean off from llitmoa'' into 
the preeints of Jordan— and this month 
we find him going with all his hatft and soul 
into the qaestion of Baptism, las to oar«^ 
selrea— in oar meditations'-^wa t^ve been 
taken oaptiTC right aoroes the Atlatttio— and 
there we ha?e witnessed one of the most 
hearenly spectacles, that erer oar eyea be- 
held, of things connected with the sewicea 
of the Militant Gharoh apon the earth, and 
this transporting contemplation has been 
afforded ok in ue pernsal of the Tolnatoa 
entitled < Th$odotia JSmert; or^ ihi fferime 
of faith: ^ " 

This Theodosia Ernest wss a most pflb . 
young lady, as she would be oondaerel 
among our lofty ^eral churches in Bag- *> 
land. She was trained up by a mother moat 
dcToted ; and attended upon one of the first- 
class Presbyterian ehnrehea in America ; and 
withall, she waa espoused to a young gentle- 
man aa rigid in hia profiBssion of relig&n, aa 
conld be desired. One Sabbath morning, 
Theododa waa walking out ; she paased by 
the ai^A of a ri?er, where a poor Baptist 
preacher waa about to administer the orain- 
anee of Bantism bv immersion. Theodosia 
stopped to near and see : we beliefc the Lord 
the Spirit came down, and sealed home the 
truth upon bar heart. She went home to 
weep, to pray, to search the word ; tncLord 
(^ened to her heart His own will ; com- 
manded bar to forsake all opponents, and to 
follow Him. She did so. We here giro 
the account of her going forth in the path* 
way of a lofing obMienoe. She went to the 
Bi^tist Meetii^. The minister took for his 
text that mormn^ the words of Jnsua, < T$ 
Of mifJHemUf %f ydc whaUo09ir I eom* 
mandfou: He ddirered a moat powerfol 
sermon. Theedoaia heard it ; felt it; was ^ 
constrained by it The following extract 
describes the soene which ensued : — 

After the sermon, he came down ftom the 
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u ready to reoeire applicationi for member- 
■hip, re^ueeting if there were aiiT present 
who desired to unite with it that they would 
oome forward while the brethren sang a 
hymn, and take a seat allotted for that 
purpose. 

Tne brethren immediately commenced sing- 
ing the hymn^ 

"Tis religion that can five 
Sweetest pleasures while we lire ; 
'Tis religion can supply 
Solid comfort when we die/ 

Before they had completed the first couplet. 
Theodosia arose and walked to the appointed 
seat. And when tbey had finished, the minis- 
ter asked her to pre to the church some ao- 
eount of her rehjpous experience, that they 
aaight be able to judge of the nature of her 
faith and hope. 

My reader, who ia familiar with her 
strength of mind, firmness of purpose, clear- 
ness of conception, and habitual command of 
the most appropriate language, can form lit- 
tle conception of the surprise which was ex- 
cited, as much by her manner as her words. 
Sbe did not wait to be questioned, and simply 
answered yes or no, as is customary on suen 
occasions, but modestly arose and turned her 
face towards the audience, and began to relate 
in a low but still in a perfectly audible Toioe^ 
her experience of grace before she made any 
profession of religion. The house was still as 
death. ETcryeye was fixed, cTerr ear was 
attentiye to CTcn the slightest modulation of 
her Toiee. After describing in her modest and 
simple, vet most ifflpresslTe style, her eonrio- 
tion ana oonTcrsion, she paused a moment as 
if to think of the propriefy of saying what was 
yet upon her mind. 

< And why/ inquired the minister, who was 
ignorant of her history, ' did you not Mm' 
unite with the people of Qod F* 

< At that time,* she continued, * I had rarely 
been in any other but a Presbyterian house of 
worship. I regarded Presbjterians as the 
true church of Christ Perhj4M I would not 
be going too £sr if I should say, that 1 re- 
garded them as the only bue church, or at 
least as the only church that was not involred 
in some most important error of doctrine or 
practice. It was my mother's church,' and | 
ner roice faltered and eyes filled with tears I 
as she said it. * It was the church in .which < 
God's truth had been made efibctoal to my 
conversion. I had no shadow of a doubt that 
it was th0 ehwrcky if sot the onip church, and 
with them 1 did uniU. Nor until last Sab- 
bath, did I ever hare a doubt that I was right 
in doing so. Last Sabbath, you will recollect, 
one of your number was baptised. I had 
the curiosity to go to the rirer. As I aaw her 
plunged beneath the water, the thought im- 
presMd itself upon my mind, if that i§ bap- 
tism, I hav€ never f>een baptised ; for what- 
ever baptism mav be, it must alwavs be the 
same — * One Lord, one iaith, one oaptism. 

I went home and commenced a careful and 
tborouffh investigation of the subject. I 
found Uiat it was immersion, and not sprink- 



ling, that Jesus Christ commanded. It 
was this which Ha himself, as our example, 
submitted to in the river of Jordan. It was 
this which his disciples practised in his life. 
It was this which he commanded atter his 
death. It was this, therefore, which he re- 
quit^ of me. I have not vet obeyed him, 
but I deeire to do whatever he eommoMde me . 
Mine ii. I humbly trust, the * obedience of 
love/ 1 have come here to^dav, and that is 
the first time in my life that I have ever been 
in a Baptist church. I have come to ask yon 
to bapUMe me, if you think me worthy, mo* 
cording to the commandment of the Lord 
Jesus.'^ 

*Why this is wonderful I' exclaimed the 
minister, as she resumed her seat 

* It is the Lord's doing,' rejoined Mr. Coui- 
ney, * and it is wonderful in our eyes/ 

/ Brethren, what will we do in regard to 
this application ?" 

< I move/ said one, ' that she be baptised, 
and received into the fellowship of the church.' 

This was, of course, unanimously deter* 
mined on. 

< When will jou be baptised, my siiter V iih. 
quired the minister. 

'As soon as it may suit your eonvenience, 
sir. I am ready now/ 

Then after prayer we will at once pro. 
oeed to the waters side. Let us pray.' 

They kneeled and offered up a snort and 
fervent prayer, that Ood would own the or- 
dinance about to be administered in his name 
— bless her who was to be its recipient— fill 
her with the comforts of the Gospel — ^make 
her a Ihithfhl and useful Christian, and at 
death receive her into his heavenly Kingdom. 

When Satan finds that he cannot prevent' 
the performance of a religious duty, he ofteo 
strives to render its perftwmance as distressing 
as he can. Theodosia had not yet left the 
house, before she began to be assailed by tho 
most terrible temptations. First came the 
magnificent churcn, with its soft Ught, its 
cushioned pews, its richly carpeted aiues, its 
tasteful and costly pulpit, its deep-toned or- 
gan, and its well-trained choir, which had all 
her life been the accompaniments of her pub- 
lic devotions. And she could not but con- 
trast their rich luxurious elegance and com- 
fort, with the rough platform, the naked, dirty 
floor, the hard benches, and harsh, unskilftal 
voioes which had surrounded her to-day. In 
that splendid church she saw her mother 
weeping over her daughter's apostacy— her 
brotiier showing no interest in her fate — ^her 
uncle, whom she loved as a fiither, and upon 
whose approbation she had confidently relied, 
vet he had not come near her, though she 
had earnestly requested his presence — ^her 
pastor who hsd taught her in childhood, and 
prayed over her at her converrion ; and there 
was vet another whom she scarcely dared to 
think of. They were all there--all hs^y, 
all united. She! was only a poor outcast man. 
all— yes. yes, from all ehe Utoed, With her 
own rash hand she had out the ties which 
bound her to her kindred and her friends. 
She bad left all the elegance so congenial to 
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lifrof her fond, oliaging, lanng hesrt, and 
here iha stood aloms mmoog iheie 9iramg§r» 
viMOi tks fislt inntinntiTely, with one or two 
aaeptioo% had ieoeely • iftntinHmt or a 
tMte in ocwninmi with her own. Then, at ahe 
to the river, thej paased the 
» she and 1^. Percj stood on 
the preriooa Bahbath ; and in a single mo- 
nent what ▼istons of afllaenoe and ease, of 
alflgant toeial enjoyment^ of domeatio joy; 
all the happineaa of the loved and lovinf wife 
eitending down thronjg^h manj lone and blisa- 
iall years came vivuly before ner mind. 
She eoaU aee nothing elae. She foigot for a 
Moment where ahe waa, and why ahe came 
Ihse. She walked on unoonaoioaaly. Unp 
eoaaaooaly ahe took the offered arm of the 
■iaiater^aa he came to eondoot her into the 
liTer. The Umeh of the water reoalled her to 
havad£r-«She paoaed, and anddenly withdrew 
her ana, elaaped her haada together, and 



1 up to IteaTaiii and so stood for aome 
BBOBants, loai in ailent prayer. Thoap who 
eoold aee her fSaee^ ohaerred the exp res s ion of 



I and tenor, (which they attrihated to 
a aatoial timiditj at entering the water,) sod* 
dealygaToplaee tooneof joy and eonnidence 
as Iha again phMsed her ann within the mm* 
islsi's ud walked on-^eaua had heard her 
pnyer: <Oh, Lord, aave me! gire me 
atragth to naake all thia aaerifioe for Theel 
IhoB art my fiarionr. Thou hast commanded 
Ada. I do it in obedience to Thee. Oh, 
lasre me not ! Help, Lord I I have no other 
hslper-^llioii art mow mg alV And as she 
mf ed, the risiona of earthly bliaa Taniahed 
Oram before her, and ahe aaw Jesoa stretched 
apon the eroas in dying agony, and he aeemed 
IOMy,*Iboieali C&it for thee.' And ahe 
thoaght of the worda of the Apoetle~« He 
died for aa.' And aa she walked along, she 
leaembend what Jesoa said, ' BU$§ed are ye 
when men shall hate yon, and when they ahall 
•^eratoyoa ftmn their company, and ahall re- 
vrpa^ von, and ahaU east ontTonr name aa eril 
mtkeBoBofama'aaake. Ucjoice ]^e in that 
day, aad leap for joy, for your reward is great in 
bearea.' * Aad every one that hath forsaken 



y er brethren or sisters, or father or mo- 
ther, or wifo or ehildxen, or lands for mv 
aaoM's sake, ahall reeeiTe an hundred-fold, 
aad shall inherit everlasting life.' 

So folly waa her mind oeeupied with this 
dsb^tftil thought, that she felt no further 
■anefy.andnotthealighteat fear. And aa 
iha waa lilted from the liquid grave, ahe 
aoald not help esdaiming in an audible voioe, 
< JaiKt, I timmb tks§r And then, aa th^ 
toned towaida the ahore, aueh a gleam of 
beavflidy peace and holy joy illumiiiated her 
beantiftil foee. that aeveral of the brethren 
and sisters who stood upon the bank, aimul- 
taaeoiialy exdaimed, * Blessed be the name of 
the Lord!" 

'Tee,' ahe exclaimed, 'blessed be His holy 
oame I' — And suddenly she stopped, and with 
s voiee wMeh waa naturally sweet and power- 
folt aad had been earefoHy cultivated, and 
pew waa rendered deeper and more express- 
ive by inteoaity of fooling, she commenced 
nagiag: 



• ** Jeaua, I my oroaa have taken. 

All to leave and follow thee ; 
Friendless, poor, despised, forsaken, 
Thou from hence my all shalt be. 
And whilst thou shalt smile upon me, 
Gk>d of wisdom, love, and mitfht, 
Foee may hate^ and friends (usown me. 
Show thy face, and all is bright. 
Man may trouble and distress me, 
Twill but drive me to thy breast ; 
Life with trials hard may presa me, 
Heaven will bring me sweeter rest. 
Oh, 'tia not in grief to harm me. 
While thy love ia left to me ! 
Oh, 'twere not in joy to (jiarm ma, 
Were that joy unmixed with thee!" 

The effect upon the audience was electrioal. 
Tears streaming from every face; many 
sobbed aad wept aloud. Among these waa a 
voice which instantly fixed her attention. 
She looked up among the assembly, and waa 
aurprised to see that it had increaaed since 
ahe started into the water to a great multi- 
tude. The congregation firom several other 
charohea had hurried to the river aa aoon aa 
they were dismiiaed from their aeveral plaoea 
of meeting. Foremost among the crowd stood 
uncle Jones with her mother on one ride, and 
Edwin on the other. It was her that she 
heard ; for when she saw her daughter stand- 
ing thus alone, and heard her sing, ' Friendless, 
poor, despised, forsaken,* she lifted up her 
voioe and wept Nor did she weep alone. 
Strong men, who were not professors of reli* 
gion, and who were thought to care for none 
of these things, stood and gased at that sweet 
face, all radiant with the love of Jesus, aa 
though it had been the face of an angel; and 
aa they looked, the h\f tears chaaed each other 
down their unconscious cheeks. The br^ 
thren and sisters of the church wept; old men 
and mothers in Israel wgpt. Toung men 
and maidens wept Bat xheodosia heard 
none, saw none but her mother. As she 
came to the water's edge, that mother rushed 
down to meet her, and daaped her cloaely to 
her heart The brothers and sisters or the 
church who were approaehing to give her the 
hand of fellowship^ stood respeetfoHy aside. 

' Oh, mother, do you— can you forgive me P* 

* Don't talk so, my child ; I have never 
blamed you. You have done your duty ; you 
have done ri^ht Tou have obeyed your Sa. 
viour— He will bless you. X with I had the 
courage to follow your example.' 

< God bless you for those words, my mother I 
Oh I how full of joy my heart ia. He maketh 
my cup. run over. Barely goodneaa and mer* 
cv hatn fallowed me all tne daya of my Ufa 
Undoj dear uncle, it is blsssed to obtjf, Oan't 
you give up all for Christ P 

' Mr. Courtney, I thank yon for jour teach- 
ings. Now I hmtw I am baptised. I have now 
done juat what Jesus commanded. I have 
left all and followed him ; and Ueased be his 
name, I have already that peace which paaseth 
understanding.' And as the brethren and 
sisters came crowding round to welcome her 
into the communion of the church on earth. 



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and utter mHi abaadonment, gare a ten-ibld 
power;— 

" Children of the linng God, 

Take the stranger to your hearts ^ 
Let me dwell in jour abode, 

Kerer more from you to part. 
Can you love me P Will you help me ? 

Help me on my way to God — 
Can you love me ? Will jou help me } 
Help me keep his precious word." 

While singing, she continued to giyo her 
hand to one after another as they^ came up ; 
and as she finisbed the strain, a sister stand- 
ing by aans^- 

" Tee, come tbon blessed of the Lord, 
No stranger art thou now-^ 
We welcome thee with warm aooord, 

Our friend and sister tbon, — 
The band of fellowship, the heart 

Of lore we offer thee : 
Leaving the world, tbon dost but paii 

With lies and vanity. 
In weal or woe, in \aw or care, 
' Thy portion shaU be oars ; 
Christians their mutual burdens bear, 
They lend their mutual powers." 
The minister propounced the benediction, 
and they led her up the bank, and then each 
went on his way rejoicing. 

We must not gire another line tbia month ; 
but the whole of Theodosia'a history ia to be 
either given in * the Barthen YeBsel;' or iit 
ebeap penny anpplementa ; ao that our 
readers may aee for themselves the matchleaa 
grace of God aa developed in tbia splendid 
record of his power. 

We have lately been looking again into 
that Tolnme written by £. Samuel, the min- 
tater of the Baptist Chorob at Salford, enti- 
tled * The Triumphs of Christ on the Crou ;' 
and there we read the following account of 
hia baptiam. We give it in hia own worda. 

' I will here digraaa a little, and give a brief 
account of the manner I waa brought to aee 
the ordinance of believers' baptism bv immer- 
aion. During my atay in the late Mr.« Good- 
cbild^a house, thia gentleman, being a lover of 
the Of dinancea of the bouse of Gted, as well as 
the experimental truths of the everlasting 
gosnel, and who in truth adorned it by his 
walk and conversation ; he would occasionally 
bring forth the ordinance of bsptisnk He 
had used to speak in a very kind affectionate 
manner, at the same time with much fervour 
and reverence. One evening wheo we were 
converabg on the subject, Mr. G. mildly said 
to me, " Mr. Samuel, have you ever prayed to 
the Lord that He might open your eyes on 
this sttbfeot, aa he haif done on the other parts 
of the gospel?" I replied, ''No." He then 
said, "It behoveth you as a minister of the 
Lord Jeaua Christ so to do." This impressed 
ray mind, and I asked the Lord to teach me 
the whole truth, and lead me in the right 
way ; and if thia waa the right way, to remove 
my prejudice, and enable me to obey hia com- 
mand : and thus prayerfully I waa enabled to 
Bearch thoee nortiona of the word of God that 
refer to it. I was acquainted at the same time 



with a gentieoMHi who waa a Tery great friend 
to me in temporal matters^ but a great oppon* 
ent to the oroinanee of believers' baptiam. I 
was quite sensible that sho«ld I be led to em> 
brace this ordinance, I ahoold loee hia friend'o 
shipy aa the event proved. Thia waa a mighty 
barrier in my way, aa I very highly eeteemed 
him aa a frimd. Aa I waa one day meditating 
on it, these words came — **• Whoeoever he be 
of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he 
cannot be my diaeiple." 1 then began to eon- 
template on these worda, which appeared to 
signify that I must leave all fbr Christ, and 
follow him in thia ordinance, whirti I waa then 
meditating on. Here a new atniggle oom- 
meaced between the fleah and the spirit. TIm 
6esh and the devil said, follow me, and the 
word of God toUa ua to follow Chriat; and 
when that word oomea with Divine power to 
theaoul, it breaka down all oppoeition, and 
the living aoul ia enabled to trsad upon fleeh 
and blood, and follow the Lorc^ not only 
through water, but throujj^h fire. 

As the conflict kept co mcreaaing, so earaeat 
anppHeationa at a throne of graee also tn- 
creaaed ; I trembled leat I ahouM embraee aa 
error, eapeciatty as a preacher of the goapsl I 
might be the meana oiF leading others aatray ; 
thMc things cauaed me many groans, erica, an4 
okhs. One morning as I waa going from 
Hartley Bow te the railway atation, just aa I 
waa ateppinr into the carriage these worda 
came to me, I believe in the power of God tho 
Holy God~"The bi4>tiam of John, whence 
was it, from heaven or of men ? And they 
reasoned with themeives, saying, if we shau 
say from heaven, He will say unto ua, why 
did ye not then believe him ?" Thia waa a 
bleaaed season to me,it produced great humility 
of soul and contrition of souL The sufforinga 
of Christ in the garden of Getfasemane, were 
opened unto me in such a glorious way, that I 
never hud before nor ainee in like manner. 
Being quite alone in the lailwav carriage, I 
took out my Bible, and as I read I wept for 
joy, all the way to London. I told the Lord, 
tfadtt by the po ^er of bin graee enabling me, I 
would obrp nis divine commands. I then no 
more conferred with flesh and blood. AH 
ftUore conaequencea, frienda and foea, I waa 
enabled to leave m hia handa. I waa iM^tiaed 
at Hartley Bow. I preached the aame even- 
ing previoua to being baptised. The chapel 
bemg very crowded, I waa extremely hot; 
while in the vestry, a medical man who atten* 
ded that place caaoe in, and told me that aa I 
was so overhMted, if I were to go into the 
cold water, it might prove instant death. I 
repUed, "I wiU leave this with the Lord.'* 
The joy of my aoul waa very great at that time ; 
I, likb the eunuch, went away rejoicing^ in the 
waya of God, having the approbanon of 
heaven in thia ordinance.' 

Widi the word of onr God for onr lamp 
ta gnide iu— with the answer of a ^ood eon- 
acienoe (baching bi^ptiam by immersion— and 
with aach teatimomea aa theae, what ahaU 
we tay to Mr. Baiter, and all like diaputanta } 
There ia diredfyf and in^trtetlf^ a powerfnl 
effort pat forth againat the lawa of Chriat'a 
house. We muat neither be neutral nor 
silent any longer. C^ r\r\n\o 

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THE ACTIVE CHEISTIAN— THE PASTOR'S WIFE. 
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•PiMlowlB tb«8igbtor tk9 Lord !» the dMtJiof his MiaU.* 



TBATbleaed promise which JesuB left on 
record for the eneouragement of h» foilowen^ 
wmjmgf ' I TO to prepare a place for you : and 
if I fo aai prepare « plM for you, & vill 
sain and reeeiTe yoa unto mT^elf, that 
. am, there ye may be aiao» has '^^ — 



awMtly falfiUed ia the haroy ei^erienee of 
the beloTed wile of Hr. Pepper. minUtei 
of Zion Chapel, Ifewington Green, Middlesex. 



Her raneomed and liberated soul took its flight 
from the frail tabeniacle on the morning of 
the leth Bee., 1868, into the hmg anticipated 
mums of li^t and glory. 

The occasion of hn converaion to God, was 
a sennon from Malt. xtL 24. preached bj Dr. 
Ooz, late of Hackney, while on a visit to 
flhalhiwa And being led to a decision of 
dmracter^ahe was bi^taced at the age of 28, 
by Ber. W. Giles; but subsequently finding 
hsr soul more profited under the mmistzy of 
B«r. W. G. Lewis, of Zion Chapel, Chatham, 
(now of Cheltenham) ; she contmued a useful 
member of his church till her marriage in 
1832 ; wboi with her husband, she united 
with the Baptist Church, at QraTeeend, her 
httsband being early chosen a deacon of the 
dwreh. Bar\tnt and dUigence were soon 
called into aetiTO operation for the good of 
tho charok : for she would say, if the iLord is 
1 to eall to office, he expects a faithfitl 
ge of the duties connected therewith. 
smMmm tToly. tfio wss uutixing in her efforts 
fior the wellbeing of Zion. and the comfort of 
the poor and afflicted wno enjoyed a large 
abare of her sympathy, both in spiritual 
eoneolatioii and in pecuniary relief* 

In the year 184£^ March 3rd, she, with her 
d united with the Baptist Church. 
that day in Phillip Street, Kingsland 
, London, subsequently remoTod to 
ZuMi, Mewingtoa Green, of which ehurdi 
her hfiihaad was on the i 



day ordained 



> now felt, she said, a hesTy rei^nsi. 
bility resting upon her in the veir important 
oAee of the pastor's wife; and earnestly 
prayed that the Lord would give her sustain- 
ing grace, and counselling wisdom, that she 
might prove a real help meet to her husband 
in the work of the ministry; and he a blessing 
io the church. And in tlus she laboured 
dihgently and prayerfully, being found in 
BsasiM and out of season in her efforts to do 
^ood. Tha distribntion of the word of God 
IB the neighbourhood; visiting the sick and 
poor; the prosperity of the Sunday Schools; 
the saalovs attandanee at the prayer-meetings, 
and partianlarly the female prayer-meetings 
which she formed, and which proved a blessing 
to many ; toaether with the prosperity and 
barmonr of the chnrch, were subjects of deep 
aoiidtuoe with bsr. 

Ia Jf oT.y 1864, she experienced a severe 



afflielioa, which prostrated her powers, and 
threatened to put an end to all her labours 
here ; and to translate her to that rest which 
remaineth for the people of God. However, 
the Lord araHou$lg spared her till now, to 
testify of uis goodness and merer, and to 
cheer her husbimd in his arduous labours. 

There are some points in her experience 
which are very aaeouraging. 

1. The deoeased was an eamtH and affrn^ 
patkiHmg Christian. She was always anxious 
to prove everything by the word of God, as 
she would say the everiasting ccmeems of our 
souls, are matters of too great importance to 
be taken upon credit; we must have the 
reality. The Scriptures were very predons to 
her, mid she spent much time in their perusal, 
comparing Saipture with Scripture, so as to 
know the ndna of Oed therein. She was 
very earnest in prayer; and was much in 
seoret prayer: in merenoe to whieh she 
would say, that the state of her heart waa 
such as to require her to be often seeking the 
Lord for preventing and sustaining grace. 
She would firequenuy complain of Satan's 
temptations; and yet she would say, * I think 
we often attribute to Satan more than what 
directly belongs to him, while it is really 
nothing more nor less than the ooiruptions of 
our own hearto at work. Satan is bad enough, 
but we often forget that our ovm hearts are 
as bad ; and we are too ready to throw th» 
hUme upon him, rather than acknowledge the 
depravil^ of our own hearts. 

She laboured much to lead sinners to Jesus, 
especially her friends and aequaintanoeo* 
And many, particularly amon^ the young, 
will have to bless God for the pnvileee of her 
Christian instructions. Uer oapabuities fov 
letter writing were great ; and her letters, 
which were generally long, were so thoroughly 
embued with the spirit of the gospel, and an 
evident ardour of soul, to set fbrth and reoom- 
mend the salvation of Jesus as the one thing 
needful, and himself as the all in all things, 
that ther were often acknowledged to be rery 
powerftil appeals for the trath, and sources oif 
much comfort and encouragement to those 
who were hungering for spiritual food. She 
well knew how to give a word in season to 
the weary traveller. And no doubt many 
will now prise and read over with inereaslng 
interest and pleasure^ those letters of counsel 
consolation, and encouragement, whieh they 
were favoured to receive from her pen while m 
the land of the Uving. Ilie poor and afflicted 
of Christ's flock were objeots of her anxious 
and prayerful concern. It was a source of 
great pleasure to her to be able to contribute 
to the neoeisities of the needy, and to soothe 
the brow of care ; and many a day of heavy 
fiitigue, has she joyfully spent in visiting the 
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their mindly and rdief for thdr wanta. She 
oftan azpreaied great thankfolnen after her 
aerere aalietion, that the Lord had eo far rea- 
tored her to be able to be driren ta the homes 
cjf the afflicted ; and when unable to go her- 
aelf , would take oare they were not forgotten. 
2. The deoeaaed waa a rery imUlligeitt 
ChrtBtiam Added to a well informed mind, 
aoquired from much reading, prayerful itudy, 
ana thoughtful obeerratioL ahe poaaeaeed a 
moat retentiTe memory. Sne felt it to be a 
good thin^; that the heart be eatabliahed with 
graoe, leat it be carried about with direra and 
Btrange doetrinea. In early life, the devoted 
mueh tima to the reading of the aeriptnree, and 
to which she often alluM, aa a great Ueanng 
and a aouroe of much conaolation in her afflie- 
tions. Bar exhortation to the young waa» 
* atudy the ■criptureo^ and pray the I^rd to 
give you an uiidentuidin||p m them, for they 
are able to make you wue unto salration.' 
ComparatiTely few women were better read in 
the word of Qod, and had a more oomprehen- 
BiTe and dear understanding of t^e mind of 
Qod, in the Scriptures, than the late Mrs. 
Pepper. The rery important prayer of the 
apoetle (Eph. i. 17^19) was to a Tory 
psat degree blessedly realised in her exper- 
ience. In this respect, she was of great asaist- 
ance to her huaband in the work of the min* 
istry« who highly esteemed her knowledge of 
truth, and styled ner his Qospel Conoordanoe. 
She was a great lorer of Uie whole truth aa 
exhibited in its harmonious economy in the 
glorious plan of salvation by grace: and 
would say, we sadly mar tlie beauty and 
sweetness of this plan when we attempt to 
add to it anv thing of our own. The evenast* 
in^ lore of God, Father, Son, and Holy 
Spirit, in the origin of salvation: the full^ 
free, and perfect work of Jeaoa Christ the 
Son, in the Bedemption of his church; and 
lihe efficadous work and ministry of the 
Holy Spirit, in the hearts of sinners, aa an ea- 
aential meetness for heaven and glory ; were 
Stthjects she delighted to dwell upon. 

And while always most anxiooa to prove 
the reality of the Bpirit's work in the heart, 
yet at the same time, she was strenuous for 
the fruits and evidences of that work to be 
Men in the life and conversation of the 
Qhristian. She was a great lover of the preach- 
ed gospel, when preached in its simplicity: 
apart oom her own husband, whom she heard 
vary profitably, there was no minister in 
London whom uie could hear with so much 
8atisfiM)tion as the Bev. J. Bloomfield, of Salem 
Ohapel, Soho. She would frequently allude 
to the benefit ahe received from his sermons, 
and the productions of his pen, particu]arl;|r a 
aermon he preached at Gheshun^ from lauah 
Uii. II.— 'He shaU see of the travaU of 
his soul, and shall be satiafled ;' which she 
often said was one of the greatest sermons she 
ever heard. She often said, there were three 
things too much associated with the preaching 
of the present day, which greaU^ offended her : 
1, The hiding of the Truth. 2, The introduction 
of ludicrous sayinn into the pulpit. 8. The 
railing acainst other mimBten and people, 
instep ofpreaching Christ. 

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EPISTLES TO THEOPHILUS. 

Lvrm Lin. 

Moat excellent TheophilnSi as yon are 
now Ueom0 a BapHtL I inll, instead of going 
on this month with ttie *< Seven SealBy'^^give 
one, if not two, short Spistles upon Baftism. 

Now, there is in each department bat one 
Baptism, the baptism of Christ's death, the 
Baptism of the Holy Ghost, ahd the ordi- 
nance of Baptism. 

I will notice, first, the Baptism of Christ's 
death. Let us take first, as omr guide in thia 
matter, Ps. xlii., every word of which ia an- 
swered to better, and more perfectly by what 
the Saviour endured, than oy your own per- 
sonal experience and path; not but the 
Psalm is beautifiilly descriptive of the path 
of the real Christian. In truth, this 42nd 
Psalm, like many others of the Ftalms, an- 
swers the double purpose of describing the 
path both of (he Saviour, and of the aoul 
bom of Ood. But I ahall notice thia Pealm 
now chiefly as setting forth the path of the 
Saviour, espeeially his Baptism; or, which 
is the same thing, his immernon into death. 

"As the hart panteth after the water- 
brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O 
Ood." Who ever panted after God as he aid? 
Whoever tiiirsted as he thirsted for the fiv- 
ing God ? Who ever longed to appear before 
Goid as he did ? and he 2om now appear be- 
fore God for us ; and whose tears have ever 
been their meat day and night, as were his 
tears ; and who ao taunted bj the enemy aa 
he was, saying unto him contmnalfy, ' wnere 
lis thy Godr And when he remembered 
' these things, he poured out his soul nnto 
I God. Ye^ from his youth he went with the 
multitude to the house of God ; with, the 
multitude that kept holy day. Tet^ they 
laid no hands on him as vet, because his time 
was not yet come ; ana yet whoae aoul waa 
ever cast down as his soul was caat down } 
What soul was ever disouieted as hia aool 
was disquieted } Infinitely short do we oome 
in all our castings down, and disquietudea, 
in comparison of his castings down and hia 
disquietings ; yet he could not (as we often 
are^ be moved fix>m an assurance that God 
was his God. * Hope thou in God,' waa hia 
own effectual command to his own soul, 
while he waa sur$ of the j^v set before him ; 
< for I shall yet praiae him for the help of hia 
countenance.' Yet he had to go on again to 
more work, more solemn casting down, 
when bis soul should become exceeding soiv 
rowftil ; *no sorrow ever was or ever can 
equal it ; yet he would remember the God of 
heaven and eartb, ' from the land of Jordan, 
and from the Hermonites; from the hill 
Mizar,' or little hill. 

Now, my good Theophilus, if you know 
not tchirs to look for these three ^cet 1 will 
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into tile depAi dMeriM In the 
> Deep eelfeth unto deep.' Look 
•t the SftTioor aa Hke the ark, Jast begin* 
tag to be fQnonnded with the flood. See 
haauuity tremble, and * >weat great drops 
•f blood, ruling down to the ground.* See 
the fonntaida of the great deep aboot to be 
broken np! See the windows of hearen 
aboBt to be opened 1 See him left by him- 
ael/, like the Ark in a ahorelem aeal aa 
there wai not another ark ; so there waa not 
another Snrety, there waa not another Savioar. 
If the one Ark fiul, all mnat fhtl ; so, if the 
one Savionr^ the only SaTionr, ' the only 
name given nnderheafen whereby we must 
be aaTed,'~ir he fafl, all must ftuU No 
doiaga omttidt of the Ark ooold save one 
fife; they most be tfi the Ark; the Lord 
hiaMelf most abut them in. See then 
tha flanonr alone ; aee him by himself; and 
than look at the <Aiw plaoea whence he en- 
eowveth himself. First, the land of Jor- 
Jn. But why the Immd of JortUmt Ah! 
here it is, ' when he came np straightway 
md •/ tiu tcaUTf and stood on dry land, 
the hearena were opened unto him, and he 
mw the spirit of God descending like a dore, 
and lighting npon him ; and lo fa roice from 
heaveot nj&ng, this is my beloved Son in 
whoaa I am well pleased.' This, then, is 
one pinee that, aa Man, when he waa entering 
the derpeat of all gnlpha, that he would re- 
member. *I will remember thee from the 
lead of Jofdaa.' 

How, look alao at the Mount of Transflg- 
watioa ; this took place as is evident in the 
northern part of Canaan, here called the land 
ef the Hennonites. Here then, there came a 
voiee from the excellent glory, — * This is my 
beloved Son, hear ye him.' Then where 
ahall we look for the hill Mizar,— or the 
little hill aa the worda mean ? Where, I say, 
dhall we look for thia litUe hill, but to that 
little kill en f^eh stood the Temple at 
Jerusalem ? when but a few days before his 
death, eCandiny on thia little hill, he said, 
'Father gloryiff thy name;' then eame 
there a voice from heaven, wpng, * I have 
both glorified it, and will gloriff it again/ 
(John xii. 28). 

Thna, did Uie Saviour, as man, remember 
God the Father from these three plaoea, and 
thase three are all that are recorded, so 
axaellj did he walk aa it was written of him. 

Ton will eee that the opening of the 
hssimii foihtotd npon hia Baptism : it was 
when he eame up out of IA# waUr that the 
heavens were opened, aa a pledee of what 
shonld, and what aetually did, ana does still, 
fellow upon his immersion into those depths 
which, to mere creature power, are unfath' 
osuble. Truly, on the day of Pentecost, the 
heavena were opened, and hare ncTer yet 
been doaed, and never will be aa long aa 
there ia one sonl on earth thirsting for the 
living and true God. Now, mind-^esua 



was not nmtiMod in Jordan, but Baptised, 
The Greek word for sprinkling ia raft^ffo ; 
the Greek word for imnurMion is baptixo. 
Now, I say, the SaTiour waa not rantiaed 
in Jordan, but baptized. John need not 
eome to Enon, where there was much water 
toroM^tM, that is to aprmkle; but it waa 
needful to come to where there was much 
water to Baptize, that ia to mmerae, U 
John had been sent not to baptise but merely 
to rantize, it would have been quite needless 
to go into a river like Jordan ; or indeed in- 
to any river, merelv to rantize, but as he 
waa sent to Bapiiu he went into the water 
and Baptized in Jordan« It u not said that 
John came rantizing, bnt baptising. It ia 
not aaid, he that beueveth, and is ranlized 
shall be saved, but, * He that believetb, and 
is baptized ahall be saved." 'Ihe Saviour 
did not send his apostles to teach all nations, 
ranticing them in the name of the Eternal 
Three, bnt ' hapiuina them in the name of 
the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy 
Ghost.' The Eunneh did not sav to Philip, 
aee here is water, what doth hinder me to be 
rmUtMid } but, * what doth hinder me to be 
baptised.' It is not said of the three 
thousand, that they that gladly received 
the word were ranttMed, but bttpttMed, In a 
word, no where in the New Testament do 
we find a oommand to raniiUf but to baptite. 
And so much did the Saviour himself think 
even of the ordinance of baptism, that, not 
only he himself submitted to it, but had in so 
doing the presence and teatimony of the 
Father and of the Holy Spirit. Nor ia thia 
in one sense, much to* be wondered at, for 
* the Lord delighteth in meroy,' and it waa 
by the Saviour standing in our place, in his 
immersion into death, tnat merey * over the 
gnilty reigna.'- And tliia immersion of the 
Saviour into death ia one of those tbinga 
signified by the ordinance of baptism. 

Therefore, yon can but feel justified in the 
atep you have taken ; yon have the word of 
God, the example of GJnrist himself, the testi- 
mony of the Father, and the presence of the 
Holy Spirit on your side ; and for you now to 
turn from it, would be to turn your baek 
upon Christ* a example, it would be to turn 
away from that which Christ, God the 
Father, and the Holy Spirit delighted to 
sanction. An ordinance thus Divinely prac- 
tised, thus Divinely owned and sanctioned, 
and trebly consecrated. ** Not eveij one that 
saith Lord, Lord, ahall enter the kingdom of 
heaven ; but he that doeth the will of my 
Father, which is in heaven.*' 

But, let us come back again to our 42nd 
Psalm : a Psalm that^ every real christian 
knows something experimentally o(^ but not 
so perfectly as did the Sariour, even with us 
deep sometimee calleth unto deep. A 
deceitful heart within, and trials, deep trials, ' 
and temptations without ; how often, have 
these 10 awallowed na up, th|it everything 

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Qodl J and tpaifml lecmi orenrhaliiiad and 
lott, and, aa it ware, (mboarda» «r on brokan 
maoea of the ahip we agajb get aafe to land, 
bat we have nethinr to bout, azaapt that 
aoddat it all the Lora holdeUi oar mm in Ut^ 
and ia£RBrath not onr foot iktallj to be 
mof ed. What wonld have beoome of Peter 
on the lea, if the Lord had not bean there 
with him? So here, in Ghzirtf a Baptiam into 
death, ia'deep ealUng unto deep; all thy 
waTsa and thy biUowa are gone o?er me.' 
Doea not thia look Tenr mneh more like 
SopHtmgihvkratrtmnpt Here itwaathe 
waten were ffathered together into mm plaet ; 
theerimeaoi ^aat and latore agea met on 
him, all penaltiea doe thereto, met on him; 
tnxly these were noiiy billowa, mighty 
waTea, and terriflo waterqK>iiti;no lorijp- 
tnreaara aodiffleolt to opennp, or amplify 
aa thoie which relate to what the Sanonr 
endured. Well may the Bavionr ny to 
Peter upon this matter, *Thon canst not 
follow me now,' but let die mystery be 
deep as it may, one thing we know, and 
that ia that he hath (U^ 10,} drisd thia 
sea, these waters of this great deep, and hath 
made those d^ths throngh whiao he passed 
a way for the ranaomed to nasa orcr ; so that 
while there was sea left to drown the 
^yptians, and so there are left sin and 
wratn to cbrown thoae in perdition who die in 
their sins. Yet, while tnerewas sea left to 
drown the Egyptians, yet the Israelites, in 
pasBiii||; throngh the sea werenot even rantised 
or sprmUed ; for the waters wers a wall to 
them on either side. They were immened 
in the sea and in the dond, but not in a way 
for the sea to tonch them* The flood could 
not touch them who were in the Ark *, it ii 
the ark that encountered and overcame the 
flood : so here it was the power and presence 
of the Lord that dried up the sea. It waa 
the Xx>rd that carried tiie Israelites safely 
throngh it : so the Safionr carries his people 
safely through ; they were one with him, and 
were, ahall I say nlatiTely, Baptised with 
him, yet not in a way that touched them* 

Thu then ia the way, and that you may 
walk flrmly therein ia the aineare prayer of 
A Ijttlb Oxa. 

No. ni. 

'* Wo Jkaoe iki$ troamnre fo oarikom om- 
teU,^ &e^ &c These are the words with 
which I commenced this ▼olome, and with 
which I commenced another year in the 
miniatry of the Goepel ; and certainly I have 
found the truth of tnoie precious words which 
the steward in Joseph's house addressed unto 
the SODS of Jacob wnen they stood trembling 
.before him — ^he said unto them— 'Peace be 
'to you : fear not : jMwr Ood, and the Qod of 
you ftither, bath ^Hmh fou troaoure m pour 
$aek§,* Joseph's steward had learned better 
things of his Master than many of the pro- 
fessed stewards hare done in our day ; the 



feeling of this man was like one of the 
ancients^— who said—* HU fitbU''miitdod sMist 
nai he enuked; tkeaf tmui be oomfarUd^ fie< 
eaOiA&Md ;' and thu calls up in my mind a 
drcamstance of very recent occurence, pror- 
ing that the sweet Steward, (or AdTocate,— 
the Comforter, or Dispenser of New Corenant 
Meroise) in our 8]^tnal JoanPR'a bouse, does 
not (aUf to give us Tre a ewre in onr sacks. 

I had pMsed through a week wherein 
Watts's passiTc <£•<* waa turned into a 
poeiUvo ; and I did aay— 

* Cares like a wild deluge haee ccme. 
And sorrows like storms have descended.' 

Saturday night airived ; weary and worn- 
down in spirit— knowing I had three times to 
preach the next day— and my sack as empty 
as could be, I sat down to read the Bible. 
My eye fell upon Isaiah vii. I read and 
retired to rest: but after a short time, sleep 
refodng to comfort me— and heavy anzietiea 
rolling over me; the word whish the Lord 
commanded Isaiah to speak to Abas, 'in thar 
highway of the fullers field,' came to my 
mmd, ^ Take heed, mtd he s«M/ fear naif 
neither hefaini-hearted* fe, #c. Thia waa 
about three o'dook on the Sundav morning; 
I arose, went down to my study, looked into 



morning and afternoon of that day I found 
some of the ridiest treasure in my poor sack 
that ever mortal man could e^Jov. In the 
morning I wept and shouted too, wnile preach* 
ing from Zephaniah's text—* Se trill reet im 
Rie Loves' or, * B« eUeni heeameeef Sia 

Bel 



lovej And in the afternoon, * Ify 
iemine; and hie deeire ie toward wte,* Oh! 
Christian brethren ! how true it is, of all God'a 
real sent servants. 'We have thie treaeura 
in earthen veeeeUi that the e^celleneg of 
the power might be (seen and known to be) of 
Qod ; and not qf ne P And how good to a 
poor minister's soul it is, to have that promiee, 
realized, ' It ehall he in pm ae a weU of 
water, epri mg ing np into eeerlaettng liftf 
Here are three blessings in one promise: 
— First, the Word of Life is •»««; inournew 
and heaven-bom souls. Secondly, it is there 
aa a deep well ; not a shallow or surface soft 
of thing which the scorching heat of peraeeu* 
tion or temptation can dry up ; which the 
cares of this world might choke or stop up. 
Thirdly, the promise says, * epr iuffinff np 
into everlaeUng l\feP Oh, glorious truth I 
At the veiT outset of my conversion, the 
Prince of Peace, by the direction of the 
lawgiver, diaged deep into my heart; so 
that, near thirty years since, the love of 
Christ in my neart, would so overflow, 
that I could soarcety speak of bim, or 
pray to him, in public or private, but my 
feeungs would over-power me. This is weil 
known to some now living. After my first 
love had passed oS, as reauds its eftrvesdng 
outbursts, and some hard winters came upon 
me, I thought the well was dried up indeed ; 
but, not so; it was sunk. deeper still; *We 
haTC this treasure in earthen vessels.' 

So many good brethren have come crowding 
into the YBaanL this month I the Printer can 
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TRUE FAITH, AND ITS COUNTERFEIT. 

Bt Mb. B. WALB, 

Pastob of thb Baptist Chuiich, Bbaoibo, Bbbbs. 



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Thb Ibnowing vei^tr and important pa- 
ir apcn * Faith and its Connterfeit/ was de- 
iTeced in a speecli at the last annual meeting 
of the E^BTHBV YsB8Bi« by Hr. 6. Wale, of 
BaadiBg. It was listened to with hraathleiB 
attaBtioB hj apwards of a thowuwd heareta. 
▲i tho eeiwUwoBy a numitet appearaofle of 
B K iifca t ii ni, pbMoio, and aBrpriie, ww 
vaiblo aaMBgit both the people and tiie min- 
who heard it More tnan one person, 
in the meeting asking to have it pnb- 
Mr. James Wells, (the chairman} 
qp fO i Bo d himself jerj warmlj towards Mr. 
wafey and hoped it would Se found forth- 
•ooing. Mr. Wale has kindly oomplied; 
nd we htte furnish our xeaden with the 

Mr. Geeige Wyvd^afeplf to thia addrsas, 
w hope lo notice ; and to uwert some por- 
tiav of Mr. WyaRTapaper on « jwtifleatfoa.' 

I>HAB Bbotitbb BijrKa— At the earnest 
reooeet of brother WeOs, yowiel^ and many 
ethar mimaterial bre tt iren, prewnt at the 
a nee tmg vhere the aeooeapanynuc speech was 
deiiwed, I send yon the snbetance of it, as 
iv as I am able to reeall it^ for pablication in 
Tbb BABffSBB VBasBXi. The importance 
ef the snbjeet of which it treats can hardly be 
eaagccfmted, cmiaideTins the entmeoos Tiews 
whra are entertaifled eoneerning it ; the diffi- 
cvl^r «f tfeatiBg it deariy and sat^Gftotorily in 
ae tmnted a epeee, mar be better understood 
fkan d e ee rib ed. Hew it has been aooomplirii- 
ed, I mast leave your readers to deeioe. I 
remaiB, meet cordially yours, 

Beadiag, Jan. 86, 1(950. B. Walb. 

Mb. Ckaisxait, abd Chbistiab F&ibnd6. 
ne subject allotted to the speakers at the 
preeent meeting, is ' the Beligious I4teratare 
of the Age/ In the short space of ten 
minutes or a quarter of an hour, which is the 
utmost len^ of time I am expected to take, 
it win be impossiblB for me to do more than 
to touch upon OH4 ot its leading characteristics 
teoTing its oither features to be taken up by 
succoring speakers. 

In adopttx^r this course, I shall single out 
one of ita fkidamffUal charseteristics. some- 
thing which amid all its shades of differ- 
CBoe, on minor points, penrades the whole, 
and which being fundamental, is the comer 
stone OB which the whole buuding rests. I 
xefer to its Tiews aifaUhf as constantly pub- 
lished and enforced. Tuth has to do with 
oar jastificatian before Qad; practically and 
ezperimentally realixed, it inroWes an ao- 
omttanoe at Qod*s bar of judgment; and 
tne happineas of eternity. 

How, eiTOiieotts tIows of that fiith, whiob 



lies at the bottom of all vital godliness, is a 
fault in the foundation, and threatens the 
ultimate fall and entire destruction of that 
building which is reared upon it; and this 
fiiult we charge home upon the general Beli- 
gious literature of the age^ and that almost 
without exception. 

What is the one prevailing £Mture of that 
Literature? Bead any of our religious pe- 
riodicals, any of our great rdigious books, 
or the reported sermons of our most popular 
preachers, and what is the one thing that you 
nnd repeated again and again, ad nau9$am t 
Is it not exhortations to Indiscriminate read- 
ers, and to indiscriminate congregations, to 
'beHeve! believe! believe! have fidth?' 
IWng up a pamphlet the otiier day, written 
by an Independant minister, my eye just 
caught the closing sentence, 'aml^MUeve and 
Aeaom U ponr^,' and yet in the whole of that 
pamphlet there was no attempt to explain 
what that faith was. 

Now, this want of discrimination, in deal- 
ing with the fundamental principles of real 
religion, characterises and Titiates the whole 
popular religions system and literature of tiie 
aj^. Men are absurdly urged to possess that 
faith which is exclusively the ^\ft of God ! 
The source of this error is the faihng to re- 
ooraise that two-fold f(»Uh so manifestly dea- 
enbed in the book of God ; and the distinotion 
between which is so constantly maintained* 
Th^re U a faith fphich it wiihin man* t power / 
there U another faith which is e^etueiveUJf 
GhSegifl, A man may poseeas the former, 
and not be saved ; while he who poaseases the 
latter, can never be lost. The latter has jus- 
tification and ealration attached to it, 'being 
Juetifiedhj {^\h'^ *He that heUeoeth shaD 
be saved,* To the former, neither is attribu- 
ted. 

That fhith which is man's duty, and oonse- 
ouently within man's power, I would illustrate 
tnus : a Book lies on my table called the Bi- 
ble; itprofeesestobe tlie word ot God; to 
oome direct from heaven| with a message to 
man ; to unfold and explain the mystery and 
purpose of hia being in tbia world and the 
world to oome. It is my duty to examine its 
pretensions ; carefully to peruse its contents ; 
to see if it be adapted to my requirements ; 
and if convinced of these, to conform myself 
to its precepts, and to make it ever after the 
undeviating rule of my life. Tet, where ia 
the man tlutt has done this ? Tet he who haa 
not done it, has neglected his duty; while he 
who has done it, may after all only possess 
that cold, li&less, fruitless faith, which is in- 
finitely remote from the saving fkith of God's 
elect. The fiiith of Simom Magus was of 
this kind. Acts viii. 12, 13. He continued 
with Philip, * beUeoed* on, and wondered at 
the miraoleB which he did ; yet, after all his 
heUeff he was in .' the gall of bitterness, 

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to hftTe been the faitn or tboee spoken of in 
2nd chanter of St. John's Qospel, Teree 28, 24 : 
** nuuBT Deliered on Jesus when they saw the 
miraeles which he did ; but he did not oommit 
himself unto them, beokose he knew what was 
in man :"— had their's been a faith of his own 
implanting, he would not have hesitated to 
haTO committed himself to them. This spuri- 
ous faith is opposed in all its essential features 
to that faith which is tbe nft of God. Strik- 
inglj does the Bedeemer illustrate this in the 
parable of the sower ; (Luke riii. 13,) 'Thej 
on the rook are thej, which when thej hear, 
receive He word MtUk jog ; these hare no 
root, and ybr a while beuoTe, and in time of 
temptation fail away/ Kow, here Christ des- 
cribes this dead and spurious faith by a three- 
fold obaraoteristio — 

1st. It receives ike word with fojf ; 
2nd, It is a temporary^ faith ; it endures but 
for a while; that is in its practical effect. 

3rdy It cannot endure temptation, test, or 
trial. This false faith too, is only seated in 
the head; it is a mere intellectual assent to 
the truths of the Bible. The devils them- 
aelves possess it ; they are said to * believe.' 
It is a faith indeed that may be productive of 
a oerfcain amount of seal and activity, and 
carry its possessor up to the «m gate of heo" 
«Mi, hut no farther. This is illustrated by 
the case of those * workers of iniquity,' des- 
eribed by the Saviour, who came np to the 
▼ery gate of heaven, and knocking loudly 
thereat, unload their bales of spiritual mer- 
chandise, and invite Christ himself to examine 
them ; ' Lord, Lord, open to us. We have 
preaiched in thy name; and in thy name cast 
out devils, and done many wonderA&l works.' 
* Lord, let us in.' 

Now it is manifest that these men were 
helievert in Christ ; preaehere and worierei:^ 
many seemingly benevolent works in the 
name of Christ ; they must, therefore, have 
had epeaking iaith, and a working faitii, yet 
it was but a false faith; for after all, they 
were lost Now let us oontrast this spurious 
faith, which is of man's act, with that justify- 
ing faith, which is God's gift. The false ftith 
. is based on joy ; * They immediately receive 
the word with ^ladHeee/ Markiv. 16. Bre* 
Chren ! not with joy did your soul and mine 
first receive the word of God ; that first word 
6f God to every awakened sinner is a word of 
oonbietion.' guilt charged home upon the 
conscience, and that brincn no 'joy ' with it, 
but much of sorrow and of anguish. When the 
Phllippian Jailer eried out, ' wnat must I do to 
be saved P* he came in * tremblings' not rejoic- 
ing. When three thousand were converted 
by Peter's sermon, they were said first of all 
to be * pricked in their hearts.' that is to say, 
they had sharp convictions of sin. So Paul 
says, that when ' the commandment came, sin 
revived ;' stood out in all its hideousness and 
condemningpower— 'andl died.' The first 
word that God speaks home with power to the 
ooqscienoe of a sinner, has a three-fold effect : 
it makes the man feel the guilt and burden of 
Sin, the spirituality and inflexibility of God's 
law, and his own inability to get rid of ihe 



one, or to faliil the other; and neither of 
these nan be produetiTe of 'joy.' 

The second charaeteristie of a spnriona faith, 
is that it is * temporary' — endures bat for a 
while; while the faith of God's eleet is aa 
abiding faith. *Now abideth these three 
faith.' fte. 1 Cor. xiii. 18. 

The third feature of this fidse ftith is— thai 
in time of temptation it fidls away. When 
the hour of trial comes, it perishes. Not so 
with a living fisith : Abraham's fidth lived for 
near thirty years on God's bare promise, with 
all appearances against him ; he was seventy- 
five years old when he received the promiae, 
that in his seed should all the fiunilies of the 
earth be bleased; and ha waa a hundred yean 
old when Isaac was bom. (Compare Gen. zii. 
4, with Gen. xxL 6) The ^th of God's im- 
planting lives through all the temptationa thai 
Satan can bring to bear upon it ; and all the 
trials with whieh God may test it ; and, like 
Job, its language is, ' Though he slay me, 
yet will I trust in him.* Tms fiuth is called 
*the victory that overeometh the world;' 
while the spuriooafidth is overcome by the 
world; it endures bni for a while ; the Ihlae 
fiuth is seated in the head; the tme fbith,— 
justifying fisith,-*ia seated in the heart: 
* With the heart man believeth unto righteooa* 
ness ;" that is, up to righteousness— Christ'a 
righteousness, reaches forth ita hand to thai and 
takes hold of that : henoe, it is called |o "^ 
ing faith; not that the met of faith is jn 

ing, but the oijeet of which faith lava ] 

that is Christ and his finished work. And here 
again, this true faith differs tmm the false ia 
its oUeet, Tbe otrieet of whieh tbe false fiuth 
lays hold is the sAfetift ike groee. Bat the 
true faith lays hold of Gftrisi ^Pfoi^Sf- Noi 
that it rejectaany part of the Bible, but re- 
oeiveaitallaatheinfaUiUewordof God; bai 
in the neeial matters of justifieation and sal- 
vation, it has to do with Christ alone. For 
instance : I believe that Judas betrayed Chriai; 
and that Peter denied him ; but tAere ia no- 
thing in that whidi can justify me before God. 
For par p oesa of justifioation ead aalvation 
I must have a faith that believes tip fodrM'e 
r^A^eoNSiMss, and stops not short of the fall 
appropriation of that righteonaneaa. Henee^ 
faith IS sometimes compared to an eye, a fbot, 
a hand; it is compared to an eye, for it ia 
called, * looking unto Jesus;' to afoot, *we 
walk by faith, and not by sight; to a hand» 
•let him take hold of my strength, and he 
shall make peace with me.' 

This liring fidth too, (for that mutt be a 
'living faith' which can ' see,' ' walk,' and 
'take hold,') differs firom the spurious fkith, 
not only in its object but in its vatubs and 
B79BCT8. It IS caUcd <justifyin|: faith.' 
Why P Because it brings a sense of j ustifica- 
tion with it; otherwise there is no meaning in 
the name. But what is justification t lAier- 
allg, it is a sentence of acquittal, to be pro- 
nounced at tbe bar of judgment, by the Jud^pe 
himself, innocent— just— justified SpirU^ 
ually, to be justified— declared innocent of all 
things, and chargea which Dirine Justice had 
brought against us, and fVom which we oould 
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Bttt ■enteuM of eoQdemnatioii had 
id Maintt ntiiitwo pUoos; tli« 
eont of Uv, aaa tho ooart of conieienoe. If, 
tkenfm, I an to be deUrond fjtx>in this two- 
fold ooademnatiim, it miut be bj a sense and 

fesdj 



lee of jaitifioation and acquittal mani- 
aad sensibly realised, where seotenoe of 



»w/.r» is reoorded : that is in the oon- 
Heaee, the iaith that brings that 
I of pardon with it, is called justifying 
Its langosge is that of the apostle, 
I IS therefore now no oondemnation.' 
Bst the apnrioas faith never did this. Ne- 
ver brought home a sense of pardoned sin to 
•BT oooseieQeB^ mere belief in the Bible never 
M this ; it may prodooe muoh of seal, much of 
actini^, hot like that of the workers of ini- 
ftMj, It is A belief >^ righteousnew (atiempt- 
Uf to spin a righteousness out of the £uUi,) 
MM not 9p to righteoiisneM. 
Jnirtiiearirwi is God's way of dellTeriitf a 
r from the oonseqnences of his sins. Bui 
I the one be felt, the other will never be 
d. lUl a man's month is stopped before 
6ody he Barer feels the neceosity of an Advo^ 
asto with the Father. 

Faith is the flight of a penitent sinner to 
God throogh Chnst. But not till a man 
kMVS that the avenger of blood is at his 
' , will ' he fly for refuge to the hope set 
.' AaBnieofguilt,andof (langer, 
tpreoede the flight of a soul to Jesus 
St. * The whole need not a physieian, 
Wtth^Hmtanaiek.' 

80 that to sum up: a justifying faith is 
preeedsd by, and is based upon, a eonviotion 
of BBy aad sorrow finr nn ; a revelation of the 
apifitnali^, inflexibility, and terrors of God's 
law: aAtfaeedofaSaviour; and A view of 
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the objaet of Ikith wbieh ii Chriit alone. And that 
is preoiMly 1117 meaninff, in wing the terms. I 
em aaite sore that brother Wj srd and myself are 
one in meaainr, Uuragh we may diifor in forms of 
I append this note oat of deferenoe to 



brother Wyard's objeetloos, considering his sape. 
rior age, and ministerial labours, knowledge and 
position. B. W. 



SPEAKING AGAINST THE HOLY. 

GHOST. 
SoMBTiMBB the enemy of souls, with other 
aocosations against poor sinners who are 
made to see their sad stete, and to feel the 
burden of sin, brings this in to condemn »* 
that they sinned against the Holy fihost| 
and there is no pardon for them ; and some 
of the Lord's people in after experience. And 
they are not free from his darto on the Bam» 
point ; and if the Lord did not come to their 
nelp, they wonld feel his power too sinking 
them in a dismal gloom; bat it is qaite 
clear, that all who have sinned that sin never 
' mourn and groan on aoooaot of it ;' and 
when the Lord comes and speaks to them 
who are thus harrassed, he gires peace, and 
seals their pardon, and Satan is soon gone to 
his infernal den. But there is a solemn 
truth spoken by our Lord Jesus, that 
demands onr notice, and of which I fea» 
many will be found guilty. He says, ' 10AO- 
tower tpeakith offaintt the Hohf GKost, U 
ihaU not be foryiven Atm, neither in thie. 
worlds neither in the world to come" 

The Holy Ghost tolls us in the word, tha£ 
men by natui^ are dead, spiritoally dead. 
How many there are who preach, and write 
and flatly contradict the truth. Is not this 
speakinff against the Holy Ghost? The 
Holj Ghost quickens to life all whom th» 
Savioar bought with Ids precious blood} 
and, as a consequence, the sinner is brought 
to contrition, confession and prayer ; then^ 
but not till then, did ever one yet have one 
spiritual emotion, one holy longing for 
mercy, or any desire for Jesus. And yet 
poor sinners are told they have the power, to 
do all this : ** Go now to Jesus ;" «* delav not 
^.»v..^wxr ..w.»..». *,». »w another moment f — " you can repent r Is 
i a man to possem^t^'luth" which is j ^® "^^ ^^ man— 4nd carnal men like it too. 
ezelttalvelythegiftofGod,isa contradiction 1 Bat is not thie epeaking againat the Hoty 
is tsras; and only illastrates'the spiritual Ohoetf The question is a serious one: and 

bliadiiesiofthoaewhooandoit. For,if faith ^ •- " ^— ^^ 

be Ae^ofGod, can it be my* duty' to 



I work and righteousnesS| as adapted 
to all the vequiremento and neoessities of the 
Ihe spurious faith is based on ' joy,' 
lot on eotrow. It believes for righte- 
, and not wUo and nf torighteousnessL 
The only objeet it grasps » the Bible ^m- 
vwllf ; and not Christ's work and rigbteous- 
nees ep oei allf , Itis ssatedin the Asad; and 
aetinthe heart. It brings no power to a 
iMsdeoed eoa oei enee ; no eemee of pardon and 
J B s tifleati en to a guilw sinner. It is the act 
of mtm, and not the gift of Qod, Man may, 
therefim, be exhorted to perform it : but to 



It before God gives it to me? 
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Wyard objeoted to my uselog 
Lf jing ' and * saving ' faith ; oon- 
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'^aatUying.' Admittod. Bat I ( 
RsalvadoB or jostlfleation to the 
at to the objMtof fkith— that is 
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did not 
act of 
Mtfe. bat to the <rt>jfbt of fUth-thak is Christ 
amk his work, la writing oat the speech, I woald 
wflflagly have used other woids to express the 
OHme tUag, bat 1 flod it impceeible. And I am 
* to this aeoessitf, beoaase I find the 
Ml warranted by 8erlptare: * being 
, 1 by fldth,* says the Apostle Paul. Bom. v. 
1. lftheretor«,IamJastllledhyfUth,thatwhiieh 
•Jntlfliie»a,masi be « jostifyiag.' Again, 'thy 
ftfth hath saved thee,' sold Christ; yet neither 
ieoas, nor Pool, OMaat to say, that it was the act 
of felth, that either •Jnstifled 



I hope some able correspondenta mav take 
it up, and furnish you with their remarks ap- 
on the same according to the word of God. 

I knew a man who made no profeuion. 
but on hearing a preacher say, *< men could 
repent and turn to God, and believe, ^.^ 
just when they like," he said to me, •* that's 
the preaching I like; I know I caa da all 
that when I like ; and I shall when 1 am 
tired of the worid, and ito pleasures," &e. 
Poor man ! he is still deluded with the false 
hope such a stile of preaching produces. 
May the Spirit quicken him, and defirer htm 
from the dire deloiion. Qh \ ve Spirit* 
^^ t^nght servante of the living God, exalt the 
'saved;' bat ' Spirit! Speak largely of him. Aif Obssetb^ 

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AmB the addreM, the nibftenoe of which 
wai given lait month-^Mr. F. Oollint, in 
answer to the questions presented to him, by 
0. W. Banksy deliYered the following oon- 
fesrion. 

It does at times afford me forest encourage- 
inent| to review the manner in which it was 
pleasmff to the Lord to eall me from darkness 
into light and translate me from the kingdom 
of Satan into the kingdom of his dear Son. 
The earliest reeoUeotioB I know of receiving 
fnj conviction of the reality of divine things, 
was when I was about seven years of age. 
About that period, I was one day in my bM- 
room, when Buddenly I became convinced of 
the solemn realities of eternity. I then felt 
sure there was a heaven, and a hell, that there 
is a Ood, and a deviL Also, 1 was convinced, 
that I had sinned against Qod, and if I was 
not forgiven my sins, I must perish. This 
disooTsiT led me. though a child, to bow my 
faiee before the liord, and seek by prayer tfaie 
forgivenesB of my sins. The impression then 
mside, never left me, but continued to follow 
me through the days of my youth, and under 
the blessing of the Xord, was the means of re- 
straining me from those outward forms of 
crime to which otherwise I must have fisllen 
a victim' — thus 

'Determined to save, he watch'd o'er my path, 
While Satan's blind slave, I sportea with 
death.' 

These impressions upon my juvenile mind, 
produced also a constraining effect, in leading 
me to attend all the public religious services 
held at th^ church and chapel where my 
friends attended, so that I obtained, by way 
of reproach fivm my school-fellows, me name 
of a Methodist At this time^ however I was 
ignorant of my condition as a sinner within ; 
the depth of my inward iniquity was hid from 
my sight; the spirituality of GNmI's holy 
laWp I understood not; neither the way by 
which a sinner is made just with God. These 
solemn matters I understood not: yet was 
counted a veiy religious boy. 

About th^ sge ofnineteen, I became united 
to a religious Society, and then it was that 1 
set to work in right earnest to work out my 
salvation, for my idea was, that my salvation 
dependedf upon mv doings ; therefore, with 
deep sincerity, ardent zeal, and diligent ap- 
plication, I applied myself to religious duties 
in order to make my calling and election sure ; 
reading prayers, watchings, fastings. I fol- 
lowed with an samest decision of muia, seek- 
ing to acquire by my doimra that hoUoess 
which would make me meet for heaven, — and 
as much calculated upon reaching heaven bv 
those doings, as I did upon the s\m's fuT* 
tilling its (uumal course. My convictions of 
sin at this time were light, and the leprosy 



of my nature hut as a soab npon the sonra; 
there was no spreading, but little acute pain ; 
no opening off the fountains within, so that 
with my religious doingti, I began to grow 
into ndghl^ consequence with myself uid 
was not a httie petted by those with whom I 
was associated. The assiduous appfieatfoit 
of my mind to my duties, soon recommended 
me as a young man adapted for uscAilnesa, 
so that shortly I was called utxm to fill se* 
vetal ofilces in the SooietT, and was sent oog 
into the neighbouring viOages in order to ex* 
hort sinners to i^pentanee, and shew flie way 
of salvation; this I did in great sincority of 
mind, though at that time I was ignorant of 
the depth of my own ruin, the deep depravity 
of my own nature, the entire hel|4essnes8 of 
my soul in spiritual things. Thus I grew up 
a self-righteous phaiisee ; a pharisee of the 
strictest sect ; the doetrmes off grace I regsrrd- 
edas dangerous and blasphemous^ and the 
people who professed them as a people abore 
all things to be avoided. But it was the 
Lord's gradoua purpose that this self-right*, 
eons devil should not cheat me out of my 
spiritual inheritance, nor hold me back froni 
Christ as my salvation. 

During these years, many times the question 
arose in my breast.— what is the ground of 
my hope P— I have been exhorting others to 
go to heaven, if death should come, where 
should I ffoP This led me to review nay 
duties, ana the maimer in which they had 
been performed ; and perceiving much tluit 
was imperfect, a heavy sigh would break 
forth from my breast, for fear would take 
hold upon mej still 1 tried to quiet thoee 
fears, and satisfy these enquiries, by pro* 
mising to do better, and resolves to be more 
prayerful, &o : but the question would con* 
tinue to trouble me, neither could I ever get 
satisfaction from my repeated attempts to do 
better, but rather grew worse and worse; the 
famine increased in the land; the mysteiy of 
iniqui^ within was more and more devel- 
oped ; corruptions which I suppose had been 
dead, sprang, forth fh>m their hiding-placea, 
and wiUi violent power worked in me to over- 
flowing ; the devil, with great power set in 
upon me ; my religion failed me ; my free- 
will powers were found wanting ; all efforts; 
and they were not a few, to oahn down my 
boiling nature were fruitless. Beep "^(p*^*!! 
filled my soul— refUge failed me — ^my hiiqui- 
ties compassed me about — and the pains 
of hell gat hold upon me. In a pit of horrors 
was I and my feet in mire ana clav ; fiery 
assaults from the adversary continued to aaaail 
me ; a powerftil temptation for sotoe months 
followed me, to diBoelieve the truth of the 
Bible : the reality of religion, or the being 
of a God. A principle wiUiin sided with the 
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* "* * * it wai to me quite a new dialect ; bat it eidted 

my oaM ; and though not delirered firom my 
bonds, yet with deep feeling my soul would 
say, if these things be true, then there is hope 
for me. Nerertheless, 1 was still in bondage ; 
neither could I lift up my head : m^ oon- 
seienoe was wounded, and my sore ran in the 
night season. My language was ' I go mourn- 
ing all the day ; my wounds stink and are 
corrupt through my foolishness ;' the night of 
darkness was long, and very dark. But the 
days of my distress were numbered, and in 
due time the morning light appeared. One 
sabbath etening, in great bondage of mind, I 
repaired to the tabernacle, as I had been wont 
to do ; out of the dust my soul cried unto the 
Lord, * O God, delirer me.' On that evening 
I was put into a seat in the gallery on the 
right hand of the tabernacle. Mr Wella 
ehose for his tett, * By terrible things in right- 
eousness wilt thou answer us, God of our 
salvation ; who art the confidence of the ends 
of the earth, and of all them that are upon 
the sea.' As the minister opened up the deal- 
ings of Gk>d with his people, by terrible things 
the word entered into my heart with divine 
power. I felt a sweet melting of soul. My 
stubborn unbefief gave way, and the chains of 



Infidel pn b iiea t i on s, in 
order, if piiBsible to take refuge there. Fesrful 
pvcdpiee !— 4ny soul shndden now at the 
theoghi— hut the Lord would not soiTer me 
to be swallowed up in that pit j < Bless the 
Latd, O my soul, and all that is within me 
bless his hmy name^' for when I bought my 
id began to read them, the fire of 
k so burnt m me against their Ues, 
'lying imputatioiiB against the desr ser- 
' I of the Lord, the writers of Beriptuie, 
tiiat I fisH eoBStrained at onee to eensign 
them to the flstmes ; nevertheless, my inwud 
miisMji ooIt inereaaed, the holy Umt of God 
was ferealed in its spirituality, and univer- 
ssiity, emit, bondage, fear and wrath filled my 
BouL The temptatkn thstt I was given m> 
of God— that Iwasa reprobate— and that it 
would be best for me to ceaee to live than 
te eootinae in soeh misery, foBowed me day 
after day. The anguish of heart I then telt, 
b beyond deseription. At times, I have felt 
the auaerable tempter at my very side, when 
iisMMif the water, saying, * why net make an 
e^or it?' Hterally fonaiagme to the awftU 
deed, — ao that 1 have felt my flesh to creep, 
and my hair to move aa eieet. But here 
aka, acaia, the Lord graeiously preserved 



I did not 



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not suffer the enemy to take advan- 1 bondage were rent asBunder : tears copiously 
tage over me. * O then magnify the Lord flowed ; and as the nature of God's salvation 
with ma, and let us exalt his name together, wss stated. 1 plainly saw the God of Israel 
I waa brought low, and Uie Lord helped me.' was my God and mv Saviour; 
Baring ttns long and painftil struggle, I did triumphed in the Lord, the God 
obtain on eevend oeeasions, relief from the | vation. 
Lard. Onee when in great distress of mind, | Tbe preacher looking me in the face, ob- 
thie Seriptare eame with great foree te my j served, ' I know I am preaching to some one 
relief: * There shall go forth a deliverer out present' My heart responded, * It is I—I 
of Son, who shall turn away ungodliness \ know yon are too.' A precious peace perva- 
firam Jaeob.' I felt that I was tbe ungodly , ded my whole soul. Blood — we precious 

. • .^„^_.. ... . , * blood of the Lamb— was applied. The than. 

deiv of Sinai silenced ; the terrors of the law 



This greatly relieved me on several oeeasions, 
and emjwii egeil me to hope the day of deliver- 
aiee would eome for me, in Gh>d's own time. 
A little book also fell into my hands, which 
was made of ssrviee to me at this time, called 
the Cealheaver's Oenain. I read thui book 
with many, ■uny tean; it encouraged me 
te hope my day or dehveranee woukl eome. 

It was the good pleasure of the Lord in his 
providsnee to direet my feet to London. I 
was in g r eat distress, after arriving there, 
I was then 180 miles from my family, and 
destitute of all means to carry me back : yet 
thateirevmetance, which might be regaraed as 
a gieat calamity, was made the means by Qod 
or my remaining in London i^ for I knew no 
ooa^ and no one knew me. But in this state 
of aoHtade in the great metropolis, a gentle- 
man met me who a short time be^re, was at 
my heme in the country. This was a kind 
for he kindly recommended me 



te a Mitleiiian, a friend of hu, who instead of 
aappmng me money for my return, presented 
me the offer of a situation in London, which 
I aeeepted. I had not been long in London, 
befere another fHend took me with him to 
the Surrey Tabernacle ; and it was here that 
I flist hand my case opened up, and where 
the preeioua doctrines of grace first reached 
BIT eaiB ; my soul was much taken with what 
I haard ; ma language ef the preaoher I un- 



subsided: satanwas bruised. The bursting 
waters or a precious Christ filled my heart! 
charmed my every fear; then could I say 
with rapture, * Us 'mouth is most sweet ; yea, 
he is altogether lovely. This i» my beloved, 
and this is my firieud, daaghters of Jeru- 
salem.' 

When Mr. Collins had ooncladed hie an-' 
■weis— 'Which were, in every sease^ aatisfec- 
tory: and ezpresrive of a mind thoroughly 
imbued with a saered and savoury knowledge 
of the graee of the gospel, and of every 
hftmoh of divine tnith, answers which com- 
nended them89lves to the oensciences of the 
ehurch and Christian friends present ; after 
this, the lervice was adjourned until the 
evening: brother Westlake, of Devonport, 
read and expounded the scriptures in an able 
manner ; and pleaded very powerfully at the 
Throne of Graoe. A large oompany took tea; 
all appeared happy ; the evening ser? ioe we 
hope to give next month. 

A carefhl, yet criu'cel review of the 
Churehea in Plymouth, Devonport, Stone- 
house, &e., has been partljr written. It mav 
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Mb8. Clvixt the esteemed wife of our 
beloTed brother William Cftuut, Paetor of 
the Baptist church, East Greenwich, fell 
asleep in Jesus, on Tuesday afternoon, Jan. 
18th, 1859. It will not be uninteresting to 
the child of GK)d, if I refer to a few incidents 
connected with the life and departure of our 
■ister, illustratiTe of the power of Divine 
grace in her soul, toother with confidence 
lad hope which sustained her, when nature 
itself was sinking and djing. In pourtraying 
the child of God, we necessarily refer to the 
first symptoms of divine life. Our departed 
•ister was bom at Greenwich, and grew up 
without ti^e fear of Gh)d. like as we once were, 
aUenated and ftr off by reason of wiehsd 
worh$. On one occasion, when writing to 
a friend, and on the point of posting it. a 
messenger arrived announdne his death; tnia 
intelligence^ made such a deep impression 
upon her mind as to produce a godU$ torraw 
for Mil which worketh repentance unto Ijf; 
Severe and painful conflicta she passed 
through, nntil the power of the Holy Spirit 
was muiifested in her deliverance. She was 
led to attend the ministrr of the late Dr. 
Andrews, of Walworth, whose ministrations 
God was pleased in his infinite merej to blesa 
to the joy and rejoicing of her heart. She 
felt that a poor, nelpless, and guilt;^ sinner, 
6annot be too humoled in its desires for 
spiritual life. She continued to attend the 
late Dr. Andrew's chapel, and occasionally, 
other ohapels in Southwark, were the dis- 
tinguishing doctrines of grace are proclaimed, 
until her husband accepted the pastoral oflloe 
at Greenwich, to which place she resorted 
and united with the chnroh of Christ. 

This was the commencement of a new and 
important era in her existence ; she felt the 
responsibility of the position which she sus- 
tained with her husband; she had publicly 
avowed herself a follower of the Bedeemer. 
It became increasingly her desire, not merely 
to acknowledge, but to exemplify, that she 
herself and all she posse s s e d, should be eon- 
•ecrated to the servioe and glorv of Christ. 
Her active co-operation as an helpmeet with 
her husband, was considerably impeded, in 
consequence of an incurable diMase which 
eventually developed itself, and set medical 
skill completely at defiance. During this 
painfidlv protracting sickness, there^ were 
times wnen the physical appeared to triumph 
ever the spiritual; she felt her infirmitie^ 
and often mourned over ihem, and prayea 
for graoe to conquer through him who loved 
her with an everlasting love. It will be 
requisite more especially to refer to the last 
month of her earthly pilgrimage. Three 
weeks previous to her death, her medical 
attendant gave it as his decided opinion, that 
her recovery was hopeless; her appearance 
and symptoms fully mdicated it ; tnere was 
noUung ambiguous; death would soon do its 
lawful workf ue body must die; the pins of 



the tabernacle must be taken down; the 
outward must perish, the inward preaerved 
and imperishable. She was asked, * Are you 
happy r She replied with emphasis, 'quite 
so, 1 am on the Moek^ and nothing can mova 
me, no not death itself/ and exclaimed. ' Oh 
my Father, come and take me home, do not 
delay, for the sake of Jesus Christ I plead. 
Oh come quickly.' Her pain and agony aft 
times, was the most excruciating, in the midst 
of which, on one occasion, she exclaimed, 
*0h my Father, I cannot bear this.' Her 
husband reminded her that she now fiiUy 
understood what it was to be a partaker of 
the Lord's sufferings, she replied, * Tee, He 
bore all, incarnate God could bear, with 
strength enough and more to spare..' The 
enemy at intervals, applied his fiery darts, 
which caused her to exclaim, ' I am afraid I 
am not one of the Lord's children ; shall ba 
lo&t,* She was reminded of her former tea- 
timony of being upon the £ocib, she appeared 
cheered, and eaula med, * True, nothing can 
alter that eternal Bock. 

* Did Jesus onee upon me shine P 
Then Jeeus is for ever mine.' 

She then referred to the greatness of the 
mercy of God in exercising us prerogative 
in snatching her as a brand from the buming« 
and quoted the Poet with much feeling : 

'Jeeus sought me when a stranger. 
Wandering from the fbld of God,^ Sbc 

After giving expression to these lines, she 
was observed to strike repeatedly her heart. 
Upon being asked if her pains wereinereaaiiig, 
^e replied, ' Ah, death is padually approach* 
ing, but mv life is hid with Christ in God,* 
and then Wing her hand upon her hearty 
with emphasis she exclaimed, 'That is Christ 
formed in the heart the hope of glory.' Upon 
being asked if that was what she meant whea 
striking her heart, she replied, ' Tes,' and 
then with joy uttered the following linea. 

' How sweet the name of Josus sounds 
In a believer's ears,* Ac. 

At the same time, expressing a wish that it 
might be sung at her funeral sermon. 

The sabbath preceding her departure, ahe 
clapped her hands, and said, ' I am sll on 
fire for heaven,' which was understood to 
express her deep anxiety to be there. 

The engagements of her dear partner called 
for his absence for a short time, when she 
replied, ' I may be gone, when you return, 
but rest assured I shall be in heaven.' The 
whole tenour of her mind clearly indicated 
she was not afraid, but rather as one calmly 
awaiting her departure amidst intense suffer- 
ing ; her experience fullv and dearly demon- 
strated the power of divine love. She had 
for many years possessed strong double and 
fears^ but truly had a song in the night, and 
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tiouroiM aonlRad theie fines, my they be 
1 to hope in the lame mereuiil mani- 
for the Lord is nigh onto ell his 
end bee eiadi * I will never UeiTe thee, 
onake thee.' And inUjr in this instaaoe, 
wu Peelm xziiL nndentood in dl itc beauty. 
Oa Monday evening, her enfferingi reached 
their elimax ; previoasly, there was a oalm ; 
Dortiiieation supenrenMl. The night waa 
dark, the morning was bright, the sea was 
na^ the aurgee of the miffhty deep sub- 
cided, and with energy tnperhnman she ex- 
claiflMd: 

'Nothing in my hand I bring, 
Simply to thy eroai I cling/ 

The worda han|f qniTering on her lips, as the 
Borial pat on immortality, as the spirit took 
its iwht to the realms of perpect bliss. Shall 
not the Judge of all the earth do right ? 

Her mortal remaina were eafelv deposited 
in its last restinf^ place, Nunhead Cemetry, 
by Mr. Gunner, in the presence of a large 
orde of sorrowing friends. On the following 
Bibhath, Kr._ChiTers preached her funerd 
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Don from Psalm : 
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Ftbrmaty 6, 1869. 



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3&tmn Df ^mtotiit J&vasim. 

THB ULTB 

SAMUEL ETLES FIEECE. 

(OoBtlBaad from Psge IS.) 
80UVD DifUli'iX. 

At the eloee of my memoir of Mr. Samuel 
Sylea Pierea, as inserted in Thi Eabthxv 
Vbhsi. ft»r January, I ptomised the reader 
just to glaaee at some of bis unparalleled 
writingSL I have neariy the whole that he has 
wTiftfen ; the neater part of which was giTon 
me by himseu. I value them beyond nibiea. 
Forty-five years ago (in 1814) during my 
pastovsfte aft Hartley Kow, I was invited to 
preaeh at Beading, in Berkshire. When there 
•Ao oU disriple,' Mr.Thomss Maclean, made 
ms a preeent of Mr. Pierce's book, entitled. 
'Growth in Grace.' I took it home, and 
almost devoured, (as it were,^ its contents. 
My eyes were opened to truth in a way I had 
Bcvsr e x peri e nced before. I am not over- 
foUmg this volume. The late Mr. Isaac 
y>cfa3aon, minister of Mulberry Garden Cha- 
pal, in Pell-street, wrote a preface to it, in 
which ho says, * After a most attentive and 
critical perusal of this work^ I consider that 
it is not onl;f of hifinite and unparallded im- 
portsnoe in itself, and of univeival concern to 
the church of the great Jehovah ; but that it 
osatsins a greater quantity of excellent mat- 
ter, eom pi case d in narrow limits, than is com- 
pnssd in many huge folios. This volume 
presents a table well furnished, laden with 
sbunduDco of the richest viands that Wisdom 
bas provided for her guests. A spiritual 
Aest is prepared, reader, for thy entertain- 
ment inluiitely more sumptuous than that 
of Ahasoarus at Belshaaxar. The work is 



executed with that jnd^ent and abilitTy 
which a sulneot of such importance, deptn, 
mystery, and sublimity demanded; reflecting 
honour on the ifastsr, and discovering the 
9erv€mt * To be a workman that needeth not 
to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of 
truth.' ' I extrMt no more, as 1 wiU not 
mortifv the reader. The work has been long 
out of print, and I expect will never be re- 
printed. It contains twelve glorious chapters^ 
comprising a hod^ of DMnitjf, 

Now, in presenting an eMtract, it is im* 
material what page I turn to, as the 9ampU 
and hulk is all one. I take from the beginnmg 
as somewhat Introductory. 

' Cfraee is a subject of vast extent, end of 
infinite tmportanoe. Slection ta Christ, re- 
demption bu Christ, regeneration b^ the Spirit, 
effectusd calling, an actual translation into the 
kingdom of God's dear Son, perseverance in 
holmess, glorification, and ultimate uninter- 
rupted communion with Father, Son, and 
Holy Ghost in heaven, with that immutable 
blessedness, which will accomoany the same. 
The»0 are the e^ffeete and fruit* of grace. 
Election is wholly of grace. It is dlisplayed 
in God's loving his church and people in 
Christ with an immutable love ; in his blessing 
them in Christ with all spiritual blessings ; in 
his accepting them in his Beloved, to 
to the praise of the «lokt op bis osacb. 
The union which subsists between Christ 
and his people; their relation to lUm. 
and his interest in them, is altogether of 
grace. The love which Christ bears to his 
church is a transcendent love. He says, ' As 
the Father hath loved lae, so have I loved tfOM.' 
The coflMi«mto» which Christ holds with them, 
is altogether spiritual and Bivine. He -is 
united to them as their Head ; and, they are 
memben of his body. 

' My design in the following pages being to 
set the CKOWV Of cbowvs on the head of 
PBSB om^cs, it will be my study and prayer 
to the Lord the Spirit, that he may be pleased 
to teach and guide me throughout the whole 
subject, and uess it to the praise of bis holy 



After several more blessed Introductory 
pages, he says, ' Haring now given a general 
plan of the goroel, truths and doctrines thai 
will be drawn forth in the following Treatise, 
I commit the same to the reader's own con- 
sideration, and the Lord's blessing ; having no 
other end in view, but that Chkist may be 
exalted in hie grace and olokt.' 

I now just give the reader the heading 
of the first chapter. ' Of the eternal designs 
of Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, towards the 
blbct: with some account of their distinct 
and respective outgoings of x<ovb towards 
them in Christ Jesus from everlasting.' 

This chapter leads us to the ocean of all 
blessedness. Alas ! I fear the generality of 
our present writers and preaohen have not 
been taught in thie school. It is a ehihhoUth 
which many of them do not understand. O 
th^t the Lord would ' Turn to our ministera 
a pure language,' (Zeph. iii. 9) that they 
might preach thegoepel clearly, unequivocallv, 
and with * great pUiimc$9 of epeeehJ r2 
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Bot I 0II1SI noi trispMi further on Um 
ptSM of tlie Vs06BL this month. It m tho 
commonoemont of the jenr, and if the Sdibar 
ifl dMiroiui thnt ite future numberi shaU be 
enriohod with real gofpeltruthi, I will (n.v.) 
eonUnue my emploj. But thii I leuTe with 
him* I have seren volumes in octavo of Hr. 
Pierce's writings, beside many single invala- 
abie Sermons, and four volumes of Jjetter*. 
These have not lain dormant on my book- 
shelves. Oh, no. Had I the means, ue last 
aet of my long puhlie life, should be the re- 
publishing the whole of Mr. Pierce's worka. 
But alasf old-fashioned Bible Divinity is at 
a ^reat discount, in what is called * llie re- 
ligions world.' Beader. * Buy the truth, and 
sell it not.' Prov. xjdii. 23. 

Jireh. J. A. Jovm. 



IBM 

CHfUOTIAN'S HAPPY LOT. 

OV THB DniTH OF ▲ M17CH LOVBD VRISKP. 

Br TKX Latb Jamxs Moss, ov Peokham. 

How happy is the Christian's lot, 

In every state secure ! 
While in this world of sin and woe. 

His bread and water sure. 
^And when he's call'd to leave this world. 

And pass through death's cold shade, 
The word of Gtod on which he rests 

He finds doth never fade. 
His hopes are j&zed on words too firm 

For sin or hell to shake > 
Though foea eombine to east him down, 

His peace they eannet break. 
He's felt his needs; his many needs; 

To Jesus has been led, 
For full salvation, throuch his blood, 

And by him has been fed. 
He's seen by faith thp solemn spot 

On which the Saviour died ; 
He's seen his hands ; he's seen his feet ; 

He's seen his wounded side. 
He's seen the tomb in whioh he lay 

The three appointed days ; 
He's seen him loavo the tomb again 

To ascend beyond the skies. 
Then seated on the throne of love, 

Close by his Father's side. 
He lives to plead the cause of those 

For whom he bled and died. 
"TSs from those wounds the Christian says 

X now derive my hope ; 
OThe thought that Chnstnow lives above ; 

'Tis that which bears me up. 
The .sweetness of those precious things 

Our friend that's gone, has felt ; 
And by the blessed sraoe of fiith, 

Enjoys them for Umself. 
He long had felt his need of Christ ; 

His pveciousness ei^od. 
He walked by frith, ana not by sight, 

And on his grace relyed. 
He suffsred much while here below, 

But now it ail is o'er; 
He never more shall say, I'm sick, 

Or leave that peaceful shore. 



If we b<rii«re the word of God, 

And rest upon the same, 
Though wo are oalled to pari awhile, 

We soon shall meet again. 
A few more rolling sons, and we 

Shall leave this stormy shore, 
And enter in that happv place. 

Where he is gone before. 

These thoughts support our fsinting minds 

While swFering m the flesh ; 
Help us to look beyond these scenes. 

And view the promised rest. 

A blessed word there is, which says, 
** The dead in Christ are blest ;" 

Have done with sorrow and with sin 
And sweetly are at rest. 

This hope we have of him that's gone, 

Whose loss we now deplore : 
He's left this world of sin and woe. 

And reach'd the blissful shore : 

Then, Christian friends, forhear to weep, 

To shed your tears in grief ; 
But think on what our Jesus says, 

And you will find relief. 

If we believe that Jesus died. 

And rose again on high ; 
Bemember he himself lus said, 

That his shall never die. 

But when their race is run below, 

He will their spirits meet. 
When called to quit this house of day. 

And thua to fiul asleep. 

Then in the sleeping tomb awhile, 
There sleeping dust shall Uy ; 

And slumber last in swaet lepose 
Until the rising day. 

Whan on that great and solemn hour 
The trumpet loud shall sound. 

Then Jeeus shall himself come down. 
And daim them as his own. 

The sleeping duet he'll raise with Ufe^ 

Unite it to the soul. 
Bring them triumphant to his throne, 

And so complete the whole. 

Then placed on thrones of glory there^ 

The^ shall enjoy their God ; 
And smg his praise in perfect strains, 

Who bought them with his blood. 



BENJAMIN EEACH, 

Bom Feb. 29th, 1640. Called to the mimstf7, 
1058. His Trial. Pfllory, Imprisonment and 
Fine, for publishing a book called 'Tha 
Child's Instructor; or, Basv Primer,' 1664. 
Came to London, 1668. The same year bo. 
came pastor of the Baptist Church, now meet- 
ing in Unicom Yard ; bat at that lime tho 
comer of Stoney Lane, Tocley Street ; and 
continued until his death, July 18th, 1704; 
86years. 

Benjamin Stinton, immediately snceeeded 
and continued until his death, Feb. 11th, 
1718, or 19; 16 years. 

William Arnold, ordained pastor Nov. 15; 
1790 ; and continued until Us death, 1784 
14 years. 



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IIIHD.-S4LSI1 CBAFSL,MXARD'800I7BT. 
Ttem^ nnifvmry orllM pwtoiateoC Mr. 
iote BiDOwnrirt, at 8id«B Gtapil* MMrd*8 Ooiirt, 




■mthlMS both to poopio aad to ndnirten, 
wUeh tbev «««ld IUb hare ooMlfBod to obllTloB ; 
ttkwko, MBy thlBs% whleh awAkoa tai ns th« 



fcallMi <tf fffMltBa* to tbo Ood of all o«r mi 
Bat w vtUaot tfwpoM, oMirt than ainaly 

HlwilfiW. lAd let blm ipaak ftr hlmwlt An. 
4ay,itee^ of Nmiaty, bttof tha aaf ttth mu 
whinuj of Mt n a rt atol a at Btimuhm addrMMl 
Ui ifcat^ BBd aoajiaaatloB aa Mlova: «Tliia 

, I «o^B«ae &• tifhth jmr of my paa. 

limy JOB. Ttooagh tha lavw yawra that 



^ to ffaat chaiiiai: bat, la aU the 

^Bwm^twma, aU tha abaBgca «a have as. 

wrieaaad, «• haw foimd BO chaoaa in oar aw. 
MiaOoA : ha to ImmvUMa aB4 t«Dder hi hto 
waiaaLlam. aod avar laadf to ffWa attantiaB to 
oarprajan; aod baa fiamMBtly aomfortad (by hla 
preiflMu) o« iplrlta. I aemn Aoad my Bdato- 



of MlfatloB by tha aioM, waa 
I aomBiaBaads it baa bsfii my 
ttamTan Uia way throaah, and aefar, for ooa 

^wvad ftaatdedarlag, mltatloB 

««Mi of Chrtot. 1 tniat I 




S«t God's deallBga; moia aboat 

, aad aboat hto marsy. I trott my 

of Ood'a tmtha ara aBtoifed, mora 

~ my miBtotartol labonra 



aow/lhatto, tha dwtriBa of mlvatloB throach tha 
LDrdJaMsCtotat. That to tha thamavhtoh baa 



i myhMTt: vhtoh haa oerapAad my mo> 

» aad whtoh totha thame of my lonffoa. 

TbadaSghtaf myaalpltlabanahaabaw, to Mt 
torth GhrM mvk^i to ipcakof tha glortosof 
hto amami: th» nltabUity of tha araM» aad t 



• graaad af iha ainuar*! hope. A 

[ CavaJctaedthaahaiah,dBaaIflnt 
r; itmayhaMid, wlMta are the 



taken away by death, mmbo peaeefUly, mnbo tri- 
OBiphantly, to be Ibr erer with Jeeaa; some haw 
baoB ramored ia prorldenoe, to a eooslderablo 
distanoe; others, from thair adtaneed agVL ara 
not often abto to be present. Borne hsTe mllen 
sway into a staU of worldlinem %ad ladlflbrsnae ; 
* 'r end, Ood only knows. Bnt.watrnstwehaTa 
ly wia as, wIm> hsTe been ealled b v araoa, aad 
DOW liYtBgaaderthasmlleeofOod,mhopeAal 
sipatloB of etarlasting gtory. If thinas had 



pmitoaawf Meal of them aia with aa. that have 
MMtoriaealhaTabaaBhara. Bat ahen were- 
■wibir, that a yaaBfawa to aoma to bathe pastor 
«f aa aU aharah, gtowa up with tha lata muah- 



krs 



» died, thaohweh waa left desUtnte, 
thMUashSBhsrd. Itwaanoaasyt 
maa* tonUowaDmaiapwaehcr, 



etarlasting gtory. If things had 
gone on ea whan 1 first eaaM to Salens, we shonldy 
perhaps, hsTe been proad ; bat, there was nothing 
to be proud oi; ss the eeqael shewed. Manr, who 
profcswd the greatest lore at the first, showed 
sAerwaid, thefr'a was not lara, Ibr it dSaappearcd 




ssff amlL I sayTSSk thaasal^ 

1 «ip alSh, I traa^ haa tha a] 

Ml, to liteiMa t0 ov MOBbai 



,1 do not regret the 
kppr^allon of Ood. 
m, BMBy hava beta 



as' tha first alorm eaaM.' Mr. 

seleeted for hto test. • For we psesohaot ourselves 
but Christ Jssos the Lord : aad oorselvee, yonr 
serraats, for Jssas*a sska.' 2 Cor. ir. 6. And 
proeeedsd as follows : 1st, Tha eomprehensiTe 
theme of the ministry — Jesus Christ our Iiord. 
Snd, Tba praaBinant objeet of tha ministry. *d» 
The aourosof real saoeesa. 

In the afternoon, Ibnr sdditlonsl membsra wata 
reeelved to eommuatoate at the Lord's tabto ; after 
whteh, many members of the ehnreh sat down to 
tes in the eh^el, with thair psstor; when he gave 
a Ihrther statement as to his ministrattoas, snd 
the firm frieadship from nwny, with whleh he had 
been toroored. Mr. Kant also vafenad to tha 
setiTe part he took (whea deseon,) in rseammcad* 
ing Mr. Bloomfield to the pastoimte, whleh, he was 
happy to say, ha aarer ragretted, though he ra* 
graUed the triato through whloh hto pastor hsd 
bad topees; yet, he eonesived the school of triba- 
latlon was ona^ in whleh the Lord often ehaee to 
train hto ministers, ao that they may be abto to 
oomfoxt otheia. Mr. Tlbbeit, llkevtoe^ added hto 
testimony, sad Mr* Amm c l ose d with i 
priaie prayer. 



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wwoM AMOTBEE ooaaBfK>KD«inr. 
80H0, BALEM CHAPEL, M£AIU>*BCOUBT. 
Serasone were preeehed on Sundayi Februaxy Gth* 
to eoBunemorate the oomptetion of the sevaath 
ysar of Mr. Bloomfield's psstorate over the ahursh 
worshipping in tha ehapiel sitoaU ss above. On 
tha foUowiag Tnesday, a tea sad a publto meeting 
was holdea. Mr. i. Btoomfield preaided; and, 
(after singing and prayer,) in opening the meeting 
lia said 1— Dear Christian Friends, we have no 
report to read : we have had a year of unintar* 
rupted peaae with esoh other^ao ehureh oeuld ba 
mora happy. I have bow eatared upon my eighth 
year hares and, from the time I oama till tha 
present, 1 have not undargona the least ehanga; 
if any, it has %eea to tore those truths mora, and 
tofeallt to not simply by preachiaa that we " " 
; it to good, out not c 



see a health fnl etate ; 

thing. If we would ba a happy peopto, we mast 
be a pmying psoPle. It has been ona of my 
greatest meretos, I have been snrronnded with a 
praying people. During the peat year, we have 
Seen aUttle of the goSaess of God. It haa not 
beea so large ss last year ; betweaa twenty and 
thirty have Joined us during the past year ; be. 
tween mysali and brethren la offloe. there has beea 
but oneftaUng, aad that of love. Last Lofd's-day 
was my saaivcraazy. aad I wss rather csst down ; 
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w« Uw to the aawtloM of • gt«|t iM^ «hur^ 
both to London Mid the ooontry ; I ^^^^ 
Meodahlp m«li; I wiib well to att our mtototon, 
SSdiSiBepelflhorohes. I should reJoloMf there 
WM a better feeUng among onr ehorehea ; I thtok 
if we were onited to each others not merely on 
the platform, the olond would soon Altperee. The 
eabjeot tor the erenlna wai, • The ffnMB of the 
Spirit.' Among the mlnlitera preeent, we noticed 
hvethren Ball, Flory. Isaaos, tof BriKhton.) Moyle, 
W.PaUnor, (of Homerton,) ). Palmer, (of Weet- 
mtoeter.) PelU. WUUamMm, Woodard and Wyard. 
Brother Diekeraon was caUed into the ooontry, 
or would have been there. 

KABTLEBOBB. — RBHOBOTH GHAPBL. 
BIDlNGtHODSB BT&EKT, LANOHAM PLACE. 
Oar annual meeting waa held on the 7th of Feb., 
Itor the purpose of reoeiTtog the report of the 
proBeedings of the past year, and to hear an ad- 
mass Item Mr. John Foreman, who ooeupied the 
ehair. Mr. J. Wigmore briefly sketohed his first 
appearanoe in London, to the position in which he 
Sicnstood. Lastyear (he said,) the; had proposed 
to pay off SlOO, Arom the debt of the chapel ; he 
then stood forward to eongratulate his friends, 
that that design had been aeoompliahed. About 
Bine or ten years ago, he was caUcd to Um pro- 
Tidence of God, to exereiae his gilta to a few oeo- 
. ^ ^ ^Tr!^__... — J — j„ Uj^ mtoiatry of the 
he had preached to 
ilcBMd to bless his 
were in 
mww HcmHB iiw ■ wnyMaM J, •«« —•'.«— ..ooiieetea 
when they did not know where to go, Mr. Foreman 
took him up as a forlorn man. lie (Mr. Wigmore,) 
' I Mr. Foreman present. 



pie, who had worshipped under the mtoiatry ofihe 
late 'Mr. Blaekatoek. After he had prer 
them some time, the Lord was pleased to 
laboura by ealUng other aoub in. They --- ~ 
greaft stcmita for a baptistry, and he weU reooUected 

when they did not km *- — *'' -" **' 

took him up as a forlt. _ 

felt great pleasure to seeiog MJf- •-— -— »--""-' 
he had never received anythinf bnt btednese firom 
him. be never rcfosed (and his people with him,) 
to come and aosist them. When they looked at 



the providence of God, to so supplytog thdr needs, 
(if their hearts were not of adamant,) thev must 
dissolve to gratitude, before the mercies of their 
God. The Seeretary, Mr. Wakeltog. read the 
report, from which, it appeared, • twelve montha 
•go they owed £6S4; received in the past year by 
ooUeetions, £IM; balance still remaintog on the 
chapel, B19t. Mr. Foreman then observed, the 
subjeet under consideration, that evening, waa a 
duirone; yet money was necessary, and if we 
wanted it for our immediate use, we might find a 
duller subject. Mr. Foreman then referred to Uie 
time, when Mr. Wigmore was brought under his 
BOtSs, as a soliUry todlvidual. If Ma brother 
bad been a sprtokler, there would have been 
plenty to have taken him by the h»»d. He be. 
Ueved Mr Wigmore to be a man of the right eort, 
and he (Mr. Foreman,) was not wtnid of how 
many good men he hid for his neighbours; he 



bad no sympathy with those UtUe pettifogismB ^ 
many would say, 'Lord, let thyktogdom cone,' 
but by their aotiona, 'Don't tetany proMber 



withto ten mUes of me, as I can do all thework 
where I am.' He believed God had marked out 
hie work, whether there be one good man or fifty, 
no difference to him. He was a lover of good 
men, and if he were bleesed with a larger sphere 
of useAitoess than another, he was likewise under 
toereased obligationa ; though he had many things 
to be thankChl for, he bad nothing whereof to 
boast. Mr. Foreman eoneluded by reeommendtog 
united eflbrt, and the whote remaintog debt on 
the chapel would vanish. 

WBBIMIirSTBB. BOMNBT 8TRBBT.~On 
Monday, the S4thor January was held, the first 
tfuarterly tea-meettog, stoce Mr. Palmer's settle- 
ment, to oomiezion with the weekly subscription 
fhnd. There was an encouraging attendance; 
and at the public meeting after tea, the following 
leeolntlons were passed, via., (l.) ^'That this 
meeting acknowledge with unfeigned gratitude, 
the goodness of <aod to havtog directed Mr. 



Palmer to OB, M an under shepherd.' (S.) *That 
the present meeting gratetolly acknowledge the 
unwearied efforts, subUity and courteous conduct 
of the deacons of thia church ; and eameatly pray 
that they may Utc to see ultimate proeperity 
crown their perseverance.' (8.) 'It ia the con- 
viction of thia meettog, that a dose adherence to 
the doetrtoea of sovereign grace to all our efforts 
and undertaktoga, will alone ensure the bleasing 
of the Lord.' (4.) That the lovers of thegoepel, 
preeent, shall enaeavour, by personal inflnenee. 
to toduoe others (especially the ungodlv,) to attend 
regularly on a gospel ministry: and that they 

E ledge themselves to support the oanae of Christ 
1 thia place by their attendance^ their prayere, 
and ttMi contributions.' It havtog been re- 
mariced by one of the speakers, that durtog the 
time the ohurah baa been destitute of a pastor, a 
great variety of supplies had been engaged; one of 
the frienda said, *I do not feel called on to 
apologiM for the fact referred to, but I would beg 
permteaion to remind yon of the welUinown 
nunery tale of * UtUe Bed Ridtog Hood, and her 
Brothera and Sisters.' There wa^ as you are 
aware, a numerona family of them; and their 
mother baving occasion to leave home for a time, 
gave them etriet tojunotion to bolt the door, and 
when any one knocked, to look out at the wtodow 
before they opened it, because the wolf waa lurktog 
about. Mow, it happened that there waa, at no 
great distance, an old wolL who had been expelled 
from the aocisty of hia fellows and was roaming 
aboutin search of plunder and ibeltar. Be bavtng 
the craft ofaserpent engrafted on the ferocity of 
the wolf, knew very well it would not do to shew 
himself in his real character: he, iherefoie, dia- 
guiaed his voice and appearance, and came tap- 
tap-ptog at the cottage door, meekly begging ad. 
muaion to eome auch terms as thcee- O my pretty 
deara, I am so venr fond of you. I could eat you. 
And, no doubt, had they admitted him, he woold 
Uterally have cruahed thdr bonce : ymi may re- 
member, tbat such waa the stuplfying effect of hia 
pestiferous breath, that some of the iniatnated 
children did not see through his disguise^ bnt 
would have admitted him ; and, incredible aa it 
may seem, some of them were inclined, had they 
been strong enough, to turn out two or three of 
the big boys, who had laboured hard and long to 
pay .the rent, and keep the cottage over their 
heada.' But you will, perhaps aak, what baa all 
thia to-do vrith the church at Boroney Street, or 
any ChrieUan ehureh 1 Juat thia, the church at 
Romney Stieet. did not open the door till they had 
looked out at the window ; and this brtogs me to 
the moral of my story. In all matters, to the 
church, and in the world ; and, particularly young 
men, and more particularly youns women, seeking 
to form a connexion for Ufe-before tou open the 
door, look out at the window. Mr. Palmer prayed 
and dismissed the meettog. 

BOTJTHWABX, UNITORN YARD CHAPEL, 
TOOLEY BTREKT. Tuesday, February 8, 1869, 
the parents of the children attending tbe Sunday 
School held in connection with the above-Aaased 
place of worship, were tovited to take tea with the 
mtoister, deacons, and membera of the ehureh. 
A large number assembled; and tea waa served 
in a kind and eomforuble manner by the teechere 
and ft-iends. C. W. Banka presided at the puhlio 
meeting ; Mr. John CUrke of Hull, prayed for a 



blessing; woen C. W. Banks said, this was a 
mesttog for the purpose of shewing to tbe parente, 
the sympathy and concern the church felt for their 
welfare to every sense, and he waa glad to see eo 



many preeent. Mr. Samuel Gosens then delivered 
an address to the parents generally, whieh waa of 
a meet practical and edifying charaotcr. Mr. John 
Kealy followed, and, aa the father of a laige 
family, as a Snnday.sohool teacher of- olden times, 
and as a useful preacher of Chriet'e goepel, made a 
very pathetic appeal to the hearts of the people ; 
and gave them some wholesome advice ; but, the 
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WHUMtn gIM O 00 _ 

ooooToar bappint meetings, and we twlieve real 
food «aa done. We haTe great hope tbat tbe 
Lord li raiHBg the oanae here with hie 
aadUeariBc. 



IBSLASD, DUBUN. — A atroDg eflhrt la 
wa^ng to bdlld a good Butist chapel in the 
Oraavaaor-road, Bathminea, Dablin. We! have a 
hope of Bcciav Irelaod thli year; and of being 
hwrr aa m ii t i l . in aoine small meaaore, of pabliahing 
the g aspi l s^ieh eamo from boaTsn, and whkh 
haavaa approvaa. We wiah to watch tlie only hand 
• t laaafaMtarigbt. There Ja a apirito^ king- 
dom riaimb ermi in Ireland. Of the bniUers we 
tamwbvtBttlo; bot, a.hint has 'been given that 
a fcw good wortmen acquainted With inside work, 

jbowsbumb, wmn., bbtbbsda bap. 

TUT CflAPBLk,— PnnsBirrATxoK or PuiTB.^At a 
lu^fathetlBv of the frienda of Betheada chapeL 



IfceLetdia 



rwtfth t 



the good hand o^ 
them from a debt, originally 
eaeon fMr. Kaiah|) preaented 
■■ itly Obaaad Tea-pot and 



MricB of aflbelaon and gratitode, 
In relieving them of the heavy 
hioh they had labonred for ao 
■ny yeazB. The meeting was presided over by 
ft. CSIft, Wmp^ a tmstee and former deacon, and 
addraHBd wj Measrs Salmon and Mann, mimsters 



sf the town, Mr. Cloak of BeeUngtoa, and Mr. 
fteisi^ Wtm of Boad. Mr. Webater, in aekm>w- 



^ _ ^ _ , nTBT e«a fld hia thanka to 

<be frisnda of otery paitv, who had liberally aided 
Urn; and to the ehnrd^ for the sacriilcea they 
bed made, to eorapleta the work. The three 
B^dst cbnrefaos (Book Street, Betheeda and Zion,) 
am aB aov free from debt, and in peace. The 
msedngwaa enHvaned with soluble hymns^ and 



Lcfd. 



_ bymns^ 

people aapotated, praising tbe 



worablpb in whie 

Uidnmn laboDred, 

B. a. Bdwarda, baa pamed into oi 
Bomar bavtag p 

Tbna iha large 

Jeoas Paraan, far the caoae, with tke boilding. is 
loat to tbe deoomfaiatkm, and oauae of trath! by 
tbe frfine of one of its professed friends_PnoM a 



J and after him, 
I pamed into other hands; the 
■ ■ ■ ■' Hvng iwviaaed tt for a ehapel of ease. 
Tbna iha large saeciflees made by onr brother 



tJ^VfS^^""^ Bmidv, Fsbnptfy 6, Mr. 
Mhn COrbAtt eommeneod the third year of his 
psiCeram, Tbe ebnrab baa greaUy increased; the 
eoaiMilioa is BUinf the ehapel ; aome are wait- 
niff frr Butiam; and all appear in good heart and 
m gnapcl mOowsblp. I am only an ooeasional at- 
MadntatOifordHill,beeaaaeIamnot moeh in 
Borwtab ; tat I ftmad, that aa a pastor, Mr. 
OorMttIs giantlv bakived; as a preaoher.'be la 
ninmaiiigly oaeml; as a Christian man, be ia 

• -'- ^A 4g u writer and aothor. 

* -'"-'- —mew 
I the 
fright. 
r— t j—Jw m » gra« vur, man gooo WlU OOBW Of 
».— A IlUTKUn IR ZBMf. 

J3TT BOAB, MOUNT ZIOK CHAPEL, NEL- 
SOX PLACB. A happy and united band of gospel 
mtes sorroondsd brother Wbitteridge, on Mon- 
?l»?T5»» Z^5™^^M»b, to eneoorago him 
S "■ '?^^ ?[•*'« "^^L Bracher, FOnkm, 
Moaa, Seek, Sbaltoa, O. wTfanks, and others 
2^wlthauNbdsoldoD,oBthirshIraet«rof thi 




WAIW0BIH-EA8T LANE. Tbe 06tb Aa. 
nlversary of the East Lane Sunday School was 
commemorated in the New School room, on 
Tueeday Evening, Feburary Sth. Avery ample 
tea was supplied to a large body of fHends, who 
met in the afternoon. After tea, a public meet- 
ing was held to acknowledge the Lord's good- 
nees in preserving the school for such a lengthen- 
ed period. Mr. John Foreman, of Dorset Square, 
predded, and in a most cheerful manner, enoour- 
aged both teachers and friends. A report, well 
written, (but decidedly too long,) gave a very 
aatisfaatory account of the position of the ichool, 
and shewed a christian perseverance on the part 
of tbe teachers worthy of so noble a cause. Mr. 
Milner spoke of the imporUnoe of teaching our 
Sabbath Bshool flbildren the fbndamenul prin- 
ciples and ordinances of our profee^on. Mr. 
Cannt, of Greenwich, Ibllowed with a practical 
addrem to the teacbera, noticing the neeemitj of 
gaining the affection of the children — * love' 
must be the motto of the teacher, combined with 
deeUion of action. Mr. Meeres, of Dermondsey, 
•poke of the great benefit he had received from 
Sabbath School instruction ; it waa the instru- 
ment employed as the turning point In his life. 
Mr, Mateland, who 90 years ago, was a teacher 
in that school, gave one or two interesting ac- 
eounta of the benefit of Sabbath Behoole to men 
who now held high and honorable poaitlons in 
Sodsty; one who had entered that i«bool«I. 
moat destitate, beeame one of the wealthiest men 
in the city of Lombm; and it might be traced 
ftom tbe rmolU of the iastmetlon remiered lb 
this place. Mr. & K. Bland, also an old teacher, 
gave some good counsel. Other ministers were 
preeeat to give their aid and countenance to the 
frienda. After a few words from Mr. William 
Beach, tbe meeting conelnded with thedozology. 
The thanks of the friends are due to Mr. Samuel 
Beach, and the whole of the teasbers, for the 
kind ezertkm made to render every comfort to 
tha large body gathered on the oeeaaioB. 

BIL8T0V, BIAPFcijraHIBE FORMA- 
TION OF A NEW BAPTIST CUUBCH. Thia 
intarostiag endlong looked for servieek took 
place on Lord'a-day, Feb. 18 ih. Two special 
prayer meetings had been previously held, to 
imploM the Lord'e presence^ blessing, and appro, 
val of the contemplated step ; and many fervent 
prayora and snppUoationa were olbred up that 
God, in hia infinite mercy, would place the broad 
seal of his approbation npon tbe eervleea of tho 
day. The weather having been very stormy 
daring the previous week, fean were entertained 
lest it would continue during the Sabbath, aa it 
would thus prevent many persons living at a dis- 
tance, being present ; but the Sabbath morning 
dawned bright and Mr, and tbe weather during 
the day was flue and favourable for the oecaaion. 
There were persona present from Birmingham, 
Wsstbromwlch, Wednesbury, Dudley, Netherton, 
Wolverhampton, Willenhall, and Goaley. Oar 
eeteemed brother, Mr. 8. Ooaens, (of WarboysJ 
with whom we have been favored to walk in fel- 
lowship for many years, preached three sermons 
on the oocasion.[Morning sabject : ' the ehorch ;' 
text, 182nd Psalm and 10th verse. * Here will I 
dwelL' Afternoon text, 2 Chroolelss ix. 7, 
' Happy are thy men, and happy are these thy 
servante which stand eontlnoally bsfsre thee,T 

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■ad hMT th J wMoB.** Alter lh« iwnM lh« 
ehvnh WM ImiiimI by the following lour br^ 
tiuwB ifnding round iho eommnnton tablo, «nd 
Joining oaeh others bende, Kiehard Baaki, Peter 
Peeraoo, Tboe. Johnaon, and Bei^. AUwood, Mr. 
Ooient taking the Joined banda in hia own 
and oiTeriog np a moat aolemn and impreeaive 
prajer for Ood's bleMing to reat upon the obnrch 
tbaaformedt be then took by the hand eixteen 
other baptiaed peraona, and pnblisly reeogniaed 
them aa one body, the elementa were then part^ 
ken of by the ehnroh, and aome deaeona and 
frienda fhun neighboaring efanrehca. It waa folt 
to be a meet aolemn time. The anbject for the 
ereningy waa * The ofBeera of the Chnroh,' Mr. 
C. eommeneed by aUting that there were but 
two oflHaee in oonneetion with the ehoreh of 
Cbriat, the miniater and the deaeona, and would 
aeleot Moaca to repreaent the miniater, and Ste- 
phen the deaeon, wbieh be apoke npon with great 
liberty for more than an hoar. 

The whole of the aerrioea of the day waa 
marked by maeh aolemnity and reverenee and 
the attention paid to every aentenee that fall 
from Mr. Ca lipa eridenUy ahowed that the 
people fed npoa the word, and aercral expreaaed 
their aatiafaetion and aUted that they never 
heard aooh tmth before the day'a aerrioei^ and 
the eoUeetion, aarpaaaed oar expeoutiona. B. 

BLAGKHEATH-DBAm Bnonnn Bama^I 
think it right to tell yoa one of the eandidatee, 
I bad the privilege of beptisiag at Deere Park, 
atated in the aeeonnt ahe gave of the Lord'a 
dealings with her, that bar ikrat impreeaiona of 
divine tmth were reeeived ihroogh reading * Tn 
EAaTHBM Yaaan. ;' after thia, ahe waa led to at- 
tend the ministry of Mr. John Oorbitt, under 
whom ahe derived mueh profit; ehe then re- 
moved to Btaekbeath, and the word at Daere 
Park being bleaaed to her, ahe waa led to follow 
the Lord in Baptism and unite heraelf with the 
Cbureh there. Here, dear bioCher, ia encourage* 
ment for you ; it ahewa what variona meana the 
Lord employe to aeeompUab Hia own purpoaee. 
Would it not be well if when our brethren 
Baptise any to whom another miniatry liaa been 
made aaeful, they ahoold eommunieate the aame 
to him t— it might often eheer the heart of aome 
wiko are tempted to think they have laboured ta 
vain. There ie a Spirit of prayer amongat the 
IHenda at Daere Park, and I traat the Lord ia re- 
viving Hia own work there. Ireouin, dear 
Brother, Toura in the truth, 

J. B. Cbackwklu 

[We praiae and thank the Lord ; and foal grate- 
ful to brother CraeknelU Bneh teatimoniae do 
help ua to bear our heavy UnkL-^Bd.] 

BXPITOBD— On Monday, Feb. 14tb, aooord- 
ihg to a );>revious snnounoement, a servioe was 
held, oommemorative of the teitlement of Mr. 
C. Wyard, at Zion Chapel, NeW Cross Boad, 
on wbieh ooeasion a numerous and eheerful oom- 
pany gathered together. In afternoon, brother 
Williamson, of Netting Hill, read and prayed, 
and brother Foreman delivered aa addreaa on the 
deaign of the Gospel ministry from Epb. iv, 18. 
* For the per/edinff of tht Sstftto/ fto. After 
wbieh, about 200 persons sat down to tea ; bro- 
ther Wyard introdooed the evening services by 



a hyma ) bralhcr Moyll iMd and piayad s ow 
paator than atated the eljcetof the meeting ; nad 
guve some account of the pi o gr aac daring hia 
twelve mootha poatorate ; beaaid he had ban 
encouraged by the additiona which had baan 
made to the ehureh ; (%$ had been added; and 
he had about ten more to propoee at the mzt 
ebureh meeting;) by the peace and harmony 
wbieh liad charaeteriaed the cbureh meetinga ; hj 
the fervency, feeling, and aflMtkm, which ap- 
peared to nwrk the prayera of the brethrea ; 
and by the general good feeling which aeemed to 
pervade the whole ; and he liad lelt often induced 
to exclaim with joy aad feeUag, *The X«ord of 
hoeu ia with ua, the <3od of laeob ia oar rataga.' 
There waa, he believed, a perfoet reciprocity of 
feeling between Uembtn, Deacfnu, and PoMtor. 
They had thought and acted in perfect agree- 
ment with each other ; everything looked eaeoar- 
aging and promiaing. The Sabbath Bobooi wee 
proapering with a good ataif of leacheia. Tha 
good brethren, loaea, Hanka, Bloomfleld, and 
Pabner, then spoke very adminbly, very edifying 
and encouraging, ezpreesing their good wishee 
and aihction for the church, with iu Bishop aad 
Dr aco n s. We were thaakf al to eee eo away of 
oar miniaterial brethren present; they wara 
eheersd aad delighted with the preseat aapcaC of 
things. We hope to see them another year. 
Kay God continue to bless ua 1 After the aer- 
vioe, a oolleotion was made towards the liqaida- 
Uon. of the debt on the ahapel, whiah ie now a 
little over £iOO. Signed, W. Manaaws, 1. O. 
KawxAan, Gio. Woone, Deacem. 
Feb. 19, 1899. 



THE VIOLENCE OF SATAN; 

▲HD 

THE VICTORIES OP 0I1£I8T. 



Dbab Ms. Editor— At the particular re- 
queat of a friend, I send thia for pttbiiaataon ; 
ane ia anzioua I abould teatify to tiia Lord*a 
faithfulneas to one of hia triedpilgrima. 

My much beloved mother^ Hrg. Thomaxan 
Vaughan, whoae happy spirit ia now before 
the throne, was for more than thirty yoara a 
tniTeUer in bondage ; never during tine pjnod 
able to realize her intereafc in the greait work 
of Bedemption; her eonalant ery was *<Mi, 
this wretched heart of mine ! what a aink of 
ain and unbelief;" and whenever her children 
have tried to point out from Beripiure there 
waa mercy for the chief of sinners, and at 
other timea to comfort her from the promiaeei 
ahe would reply, ** iheg ar€forjf<m .• mot for 
me : there ie no Iffe, no love ta me, I fear ; 
Tou do not know what a wicked mother vou 
have ; and frequently did ahe regrel ahe bad 
ever made a proleesion. Qreailj did we 
mourn to eee theae alaviah feaie, to And her 
thus harraased by the enemy, when her life 
waa proving to ul around, ^Dorn of God.' 

In a letter to my aiater J ^ dated Dee- 
ember, 1864L ahe remarks tbua, ' aad do yo« 
mjf deargM eHUmmfbr me, mmowH^ me 7 
I oamMoieay Iprof fir mfeeifs O, prmy that 
the dear Lord may yet lift up the light of Hia 

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eoantAiittiee upon me^ if it be Ikk aovvmn 
vUl: goon, dear, if so be there maybe hope. 
1 do not want you to think me eTerythinff, 
vhoi I am nothing; nothing t O boI The 
d«ar Lord knowa the heart. O. pray, dear, 
that the Lord may purge me with hysaop, and 
maia me dean, and make me ail that he 
▼oaUliaTeme to be ; the mercies of our 
Crod are^eat, and his eom passion fuknot/ 

SalTstion was at hand, though the set time 
to fiTour fflon had not fully eome j— at length 
"*f^ed, and her God was found faithful 
aeconfiiw to his promise; (to a beloved friend 
whilatnteadingforhor in the year 62.) 'at 
ftm UmeU shall hd liaU: 

In Jinuaiy, 1856, she was seised with a 
paralytie stroke; after a few weeks she 
reeorered so fitt a» to sit up a little while, 
^th flopoort In a chair, when she said, take 
me to bid, dear chUd; I did so. She had 
«trcely laid down before she burst forth with 
uu raptoioas ezcUmation, ^Let «m hUg$ 
^hOf MSM Ui^Hher f Se ha* redeemed me; 
OMnt magnify hUhol^ name, for he hath 
r«iimei •«/ I read several of Kant's 
Jymn*, which she very greatly enjoyed, and 
fonad Tery precious. 

In KoTcmbw, my dear sister, Mrs. S 

vMiXm eldest son, « dear boy, to whom 
nwtMr was much attached, not only for his 
sffeetwoate attentions to her, but for his 
gn)wthm grace, which endeared him to all 
wwmd. We feared to t^llhw; but our dear 
1^ ^ared us this additional trial ; immedi- 
atelj ay dear sister went to her bed-side in 
th^moranifc she said, ^the dear hoy ie H 
9^'9rg: the Lord hath told me so ; and I have 

For loae time she was tranquil and happy, 

tmt, ala^ was again for months more distressed 

than ever; and said the enemy was near her 

«ii«f«Ter die went, and oft-tunes made my 

*»*w L- get up in the night : he was 

Cfibe faid)tn the room; his form so hideous, 

^»«tmg to take hw awav. In May, 1867, she 

'^ ««^ wiib a third stroke. We did 

■0* tfcittk Ao eonld surnve many days ; but 

•be.sgatanffied. Never shall I forget (while 

■ttmgw aiehing her sleeping one day) her 

•wnWaad distressed countenance, feeling 

« tned I eonld not remain in th# room alone 

^ her, 80 called my dear sbter L , 

>Dd told her ray fears; when she awoke it 

f« M maeh as we coald do to hold her in 

bed : aKhoogfa her weakneaa was great. After 

v>«tlingi in pvayer, the Lord bronght deli v- 

cnaee ; *tbe vision was for on appointed time. 

•i tbeeadit did speak.' How was her joy 

er«ater than had been her distress. I repeated 

ti»M sweet Knss~ 

' fiegoae aobeUef my Savloar li near, 

Aa4 inr yoor rslicf, wtU sonly appoar ; 

£! rac ^ra wlH wrestle, and he will perfonn 

^tui Ghrirt hi the veisei, yo« shaU snUe at the 



At this last Ime my dear mother lifted her 
^es to me with snefa a look of joy I shall 
i^er forget, and said. Ha X8 kibs ; Hb is 
uu! »fileas the Lord, O mv soul; and 
^ that is within me bless his (olv name ;' 
He has loved me^ and given himself for mo ; 



and beeausB He lives I shall live also. O 
praiee him! Praiee hhm/ I ehall wear the 
erown he hoe prepared for me I »or mi I» 
I said, yes! you will see him as he is, without 
a fflass between. Tee I and I shaU bear the 
palm, and help to crown hun Lord of axiL ! 
So great was W ioy, weak nature was over- 
come, and she fell into a sweet sleep, a dear 
friend coming in at the time, raised her hands 
and said, what a heavenly countenance I She 
will die as she has lived, a good woman, to 
{ which I can bear 40 years' testimony. This 
I joy lasted for many days without interruption, 
and my Lord favoured me with a sweet as- 
surance that she would not again come into 
bondage : nor did she ; for the Uut 13 months 
of her life was spent in praise; and so near 
did the Lord appear to her view, she would 
Mil those around to 'JBehoid HimV Some- 
times she would burst forth into singing : 
'There is my house and portion dear ; 
Hy treasure and mv heart are there. 

And my abiding noma. 
For me my elderbrethren stay. 
And angels beekoning me away, 

Bat Jesus bids me come.' 
And again: 

' All hail the power of Jesu's name, 
Let anffels prostrate fall. 
Bring mrth the royal diadem, 
And crown him Lord of alL' 
A dear friend remarking how grieved he 
felt to see her 80- heavily afflicted, Might 
afflictions; light afflictions ; I only long for 
my Lord to call me home.' Many Ibund it 
good to spend a little time with her ; a few 
months before her death, she called my yoiin« 
gest sister to her, and told her she ■ could 
behold the Lamb, and the land that was afar 
off.' A few days before her death she fixed 
her eyes as though in communion with Ood. 
and again called her, saying, * I can behold 
the Lamb, and the land that was afar off, 
brought nigh: I shall soon be at home.' My- 
bister said, 

* Jesus can make a dying bed 
Feel soft as downy pillows are.' 
She quickly answered, 
* Whilst on his breast I lean my head. 
And breatho my life out sweetly there.' 
which she did in four days after, June 14th. 
1868, aged 67 years. 

' Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord, 
from henceforth ; yea, saith the Spirit, that 
they may rest from their labours.' 

Elizabbtb VAUaSAB 
Vanborough Fields, Blackheath, Feb. 1869. 



Old BsBimroBD. — Mr. Parsons, late of 
Chesham, has accepted an invitation for one 
year, of the Church at Old Brentford, with a 
view to the pastorate; his labours eom- 
meneing Lord's-day, February 20tb. He ^ 
will preach Lord's days and Wednesdar eve- 
nings. We return our most sincere tiianka 
for the kindness of those ministers who have 
so cheerfully assisted us for nearly four years 
and she months. J. LninLBT. 



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A Letter from a chbistian brotheb iir new Zealand. 



Mb.C. W. Bavkb,— Dear Sir.— I Bhould 
feel obliged by jour Bending me the numbers 
of ' Eakthbn vbsbbl' for 1868, and continue 
to send them monthly. I have enclosed half 
BoTereign for that purpose. ScTeral copies of 
the Vessel hare found their way to this dis- 
tant land. I hare the ten first relumes ; 
sereral others hare them through friends in 
England. The general information of the 
Prorincial and lA>ndon Churches hare been 
exceedingly interesting to rour distant friends. 
Idesire toolessGodfor tliat support he has 
afforded yon and your Correspondents in con- 
tending earnestly for ' the faith once delirered 
to the Saints,' in this day of dead formality, 
error, and superstition. 

I hare been Eighteen years in the Colony : 
in my isolated position, free froip the influence 
of parties and sects, the Scriptures hare 
been my study day and night ; I hope to some 
profit From what I hare seen amrngst pro- 
fessors in this part of the world, and from 
general information of what is going on in 
Europe and America, I am dail^ more oon- 
rincM of the truth of that assertion, uttered 
many years since, by that able minister of 
truth, John Sterens, that * the world and the 
church are become one oommon field ; dirinity 
is now taught and followed as any other dto- 
fesfion, for sordid gun.' It appears eriaent 
to me, that the ministry of the professing 
church is daily becoming more unprofitable, 
and is . less acknowledged by the Spirit's 
power. Jeremiah's commission was to ' sep- 
arate the preoiona from the rile ;' our pro- 
phets, I fear, hare their oonunission from 
another quarter ; their aim is to amalgamate. 



and not to separate ; in order to strowthi 
their party, and augment their funds. X)ut, 
fisith, and offered grace, which rings from 



nearly erery pulpit, is the net to catch their 

lliat a fearful doud is gathering orer the 
religious horizon, I hare no doubt: and God 
only knows what the result will be. Deep 
humiliation should be the position of all his 
children at this time, on aooount of many 
neglected pririleges. Anti*ehristian errors 
within a few years past, hare been scattered 
orer the world like wild-fire^ under the 
rarious names of Popery, Puseyism, Armini- 
anism, and other isms but litUe better ; and 
the further from the truth, the more success- 
ful their efforts : and those churches who (by 
profession at least) hare maintained the 
truth, are looking on with indifference. 

In the order of Froridence, thousands 
yearly are learing your churches and families 
for the Colonies, wnere they are left to be the 
prer of erery seducer. The Baptists, nor the 
Inoependants, hare, I beliere, nerer made an 
attempt to send the truth to these Colonies ; 
nor eren to establish an agency for their 
numerious publications, while nearly erery 
other sect has its paid agents at ereir post. 
Although the brethren hare orerlooked us ;— 
yet, I trust Qod is not without a witness in 



these Islands ; there are many sincere Christ- 
ians scattered orer the different settlements 
who cannot conscientiously join the ranks of 
apostacy ; who hare been kept by the power 
of Qed through faith from bringing disgnuw 

rn the cause of truth they profess : but for 
want of ministers, and being much scat- 
tered, there is but little union among them. 

The low-sentiment Baptists and Indepen- 
dents, when they oome to the Colonies, 
generally fidl in with the Arminians or some- 
thing worse. I hare known sereral of them 
go boldly into popery at once. It has been m 
mat consolation to me that amongst all tha 
falling off amongst professors, 1 hare nerer 
known one who was brought to experience the 
power of those great truths bo much despised, 
who hare been permitted to fall away. I 
desire to bless Goa it was my pririlege to hear 
the Gospel proclaimed for nearly fire years, by 
that faroured serrant of God, Mr. J. Foreman, 
and others. The ererlasting lore of God the 
Father, the all-prerailine atonement and 
mediation of an adorable Bedeemer, the 
effectual working of the Holy Spirit in the 
regeneration and sanotification of all the 
election of grace, was the theme of their song; 
these truths are, and I trust they erer will be, 
the joy and rejoicing of my heart Dear Sir, 
I hope you will insert this in the Ywsel, in 
order, if it be possible \o awsken the churchee 
to their neglect of their distant brethren. 

We profess to follow the primitire churehae 
in doctrine and praetioe ; was it earned ont, 
such men as Mr. Wells, Mr. Foreman, ICr. 
Philpot, and others, would (ere this) as the 
apostles of old, hare risited ererj Britidi 
Colony, and not, as is often the ease now when 
a poor unfortunate, for lack of talent or 
energy fails at home, is recommended to emi- 
grate. 1 oould say more on this point, but 
forbear. Jobbph whiti. ' 

Htttt near Wellington, New Zealand. 
Nor. 10th, 1858. 

[We hare sent to this brother a pareel of 
* Barthen Vftsels,' ' Cheering Words,' tc We 
want to send out some thousands for distri- 
bution in the Colonies. A plan is suggested bj 
Mr. Skinner to hare a fund for gietrntoas 
distribution. We wish to send our brethren 
at the ends of the earth, all the good news we 
can ; any one may see brother White's spirit 
is rery low.— Bd.] 

MELBOURNE. 

Our brother Daniel Allen's long and exeel- 
lent epistle, iwentr-six pages, full of biblical 
exposition, reached us too late for insertion : 
this oommimication leads us to belierethat 
the word of Christ dwells ftiUy and richly in 
our brother's heart ; we are glad that Mel- 
bourne has a witness so truthful: the Lord 
long presorre and prosper him and the cause 
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* A Voiet film the JPulpU; By John 
Bl>3niBcld, of Salem Chapel, Meard*8 Court, 
Si^ho. London ; publuhed by Eobert BaqIu 
mJ Co. O. J. SteTeneon, 54, Patemoeter 
It^w; 76 pages ; price 6d. There are three 
di^itinct claaaet of revievers : the first, praise 
netrly cTery book or pamphlet which falls 
iQto their hands : the second, ezertslBe a eriti- 
«iim so seren, that nothing escapes their 
WMoie in some way or other ; the third, 
^ sU sUenUy by, with the exception of a 
lev fiifoorita authors; from them they ex- 
ptct Twy largely, and extol them to the 
bi^bflrt We deaiiy lore i«newing good 
br>oki : and pur desire is to deal with Uiem as 
we woald with good men i admire the grace 
^ Qsd in them; and as to the spots or 
blemiibes ; or little defects ; we prefer to say 
iK4hiQg, rather than magnify. Mr. Bloom- 
fold's new edition of « The 6hritHam*9 Com- 
paniom* has receired a hearty welcome from 
til who renew this class cf works ; and the 
Vmeg from the PutpU, will add much to Mr. 
B] cornfield's fiune as an author. This book 
funiishes eridenee of three things:— fint, 
that Xr. Btoomfield is an industrious student 
and minirtsr; secondly, that his spirit delights 
tn dimb the highest hilla of theology; and 
thirdly, that he is anxious by all means to 
feM, sod to eomfert, to edify, and to enervate 
tJK living toemben of the true Church of 
Obriit We sincerely wish him God- speed. 

Ftre haportant essays are given in this 
rohoie >-The Work of the Mimstry ; Enoch 
Walking with God; Heavenly Citisenship; 
The Church of Ood ; and The Smitten Shep- 
herd. Andld, a loving, and an intelUgeat 
ipirit, nms through the whole. 

' Jfodirw Athene; or, the City Wkollf Qiven 
vptelMtOrf: ByJ.CarbiU,Bi4>tistliinister 
OrCoffd HUl, Norwich; sent for six stamps, 
to say address ; or one dozen copies for five 
ibiUiagB. The city of Norwich has become 
notonmas fiov the unholy work carried on there 
by loiae of the Leaders of an old established 
Baptist caass, of which ftirther mention will 
b? made^ Mr. Jofa^ Corbitt^ the pastor of the 
Churth on Orford Hill, is well known in Eng- 
hnd, ss a perfectly originaL strictly honour- 
able, and fearlessljr fiuthful testifier of the 
truth ss revealed in the gospel The Lord 
has given to him a proaperons and useful posi- 
tioo in the OU Cathedral City of Norwich ; 
&nd beside preaching the gospel in his own 
piioe, John CorbiU has looked closely into 
the idolatries^ Ibrmalitias, ceremonial fooleries, 
*Qd hypocritical professions of his fellow-citi- 
tsti» His \axfs^ heart* (and John Corbitt is 
^'* % little man in any sense,) has bled within 
hiffl ; and his soul has groaned deeply, while 
he hss witnessed the SmxV delusions, where- 
vith thoosands of his church and chapel -eoing 
Kfifbhoors, are being led captive hy blind 
bats and empty boasters. John Corbitt knows, 
failnreU, the preciousnesa of that salvation 
vhkh is in, and by, and through, the Son of 
0.id :^oba was a sinner as blmd, as bad, as 
^t^ue, as any under the heavens : the sovereign, 
U« iafxneible. 



the spontaneous grace of God 



came to him ezpntosly ; opened h&s ejrei aff- 
ectuaUv ; changed his heart radicfdly : trans, 
lated him from the kingdom, of Satan into 
the kingdom of God's dear Son manifestively ; 
brought pardon and peace to his conscience 
most blessedly ; and for years John Corbitt 
has been one of the noblest, and most success- 
ful chamnions for Christ's gospel, that we 
have in all the provinces. Could such a man 
witness the deadly doings of these Norwich 
professors, and remain silont P God forbid ! 
he could not. He has written a complete 
body of divinity in this * Modem Athene ;* it 
is making an unusual stir— the dogs are bark- 
ing, the sheep are feeding. All we now say, 
is, let John Corbitt's l^k fly through the 
land by thousands. 

' The Prince of thie World Judged.' Such 
is the title of No. 7, of ' The Surrey Taber- 
nacle Pulpit:* a title which is powerfully 
sustained and illustrated in the sermon itself. 
We have read it with profit and interest. The 
few last numbers of this series, have enhan- 
ced the value o^the work to a considerable 
degree. • The World Saved ;* • The World 
Judged;' * The World Lost;' are all sermons 
which pour into such poor minds as ours an 
immense amount of Scriptural knowledge : 
they have opened up in our souls more fuUy, 
the terrible nature and consoquenoes of sin, of 
error, and of a mere outside profession of 
religion : tbey have endeared to us the faith- 
ful and honest ministers of truth ; the gospel 
of truth; and the eternal Gon of truth: and, 
we have believed that the blessed Spirit of 
the living God who indited these discourses. 
Will render them of inca](iulable serdce to the 
churches of this, and of future ages. ' The 
Prinee cf thie World Judged? is a sermoa 
somewhat out of the common track, and is, 
we think, wisely handled. If the great Ad- 
versury does not make a dreadful attack upon 
the minister of the Surrey Tabernacle, for 
this- sermon, it will be simply because he has 
made so many attempts to overturn him, and 
hasalwaysbeen defeated : and, therefore, retiree 
to his dtfk den, biting his. lips with madness, 
saying, * I can, as an angel of light, as a 
fowler, laying snares ; or as a roaring lion, 
master most of these ministers, as they are 
called ; but that long, strong, unbending, de. 
termined face-like-a-flint aort of a 'flying 
angel,* at the Surrey Tabernacle, he haa 
been battering me so many years; anddriv- 
iag such a successful trade with many hun- 
dreds of them who were once my willing sub- 
jects, that I am tired of trying any more to 
throw him off his throne. He has drank so 
deeply of the river of life ; and has so thor- 
ongnly taken to himself the whole armour of 
GcM ; and is surrounded by such an army of 
^pel warriors, that I can do nothing I' It 
IS evident, from one part of the sermon that 
Mr. WeUs knows well that Satan would soon 
overturn him, but for his 'oneness with Jesus.' 
Mr. Wells, speaking of this our common foe, 
says I — 

' He is (as I have said) a dreadful enemy; I 
am no match for him, not the slightest. 1 am 
no moro in his hands than a straw or a fea- 



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iher ; he eoiild tarn me «boat at « mere no* 
tttiiiij'. Bat give mo * ododoh with /esno,' 
then I em o match tbr him ; gire me the 
pnaeneo of the blemad Ood, then I am a 
mateh for him ; give me the Holy Spirit reat* 
ing npon my booI, and eanaing me to triumph 
in Christ, then I can raritt the derilj then 
he flees from me ; then I can reiotoe in the 
Messed fteedom that 1 have m Chnst Jesus/ 

'The Saner Xabernade Pulpit,' is eri- 
dentlyaooeptable to the people : its mreulation 
steadily increases; we are determined, God 
helping, to send, it through the nations of 
Europe by tens of thoiiiands if possible ; as 
an antidote to the millions of poisonous, and 
anti-truthful productions now issuing from 
the press. 

In No. 8 of S. T. Pulpit^entitled, TksEnmiiM 
J>rfeaUdy we hare an exposition, a spiritual 
and an experimental opening, of the twelfth 
ehapter of Bevelation, in wBich tJU woman 
eUiih$d with ike Sun is represei^ted, we think, 
in her STew-CoTcnant and true Gfospel cha- 
neter. This sermon wil^ justify the oon- 
▼iction that Mr. WelU has read moet exten- 
nvely the writings of the learned on the 
ApooaIypee;~it abo clearly shews that while 
an eiforta to explain the Word of God Uto- 
rdHf, are connicting and unoertain, erro- 
neous and extravaffant, the $piritual deve- 
lopement ot Qod'a holy Word, as brought out 
by the Spirit of life and truth, in the history 
of the ehuroh, and in the hearts of the ran- 
somed—is simple, certain, delightfully har- 
monious ; so dear, and brilliantly illumina- 
ting — that the wayfkring man — although 
wrapt in 'ignorance as regards the higher 



gui] 
Sroi 



sdenoea, natural and artifioial— in the qnrit- 
ual knowledge of the mysteries of grace, he 
can noTor fatally err. It is considered a rare 
and intaluable blessing to afllieted souls, to 
hare ^An Xnierpreter with thmn:* in this 
department of toe Gospel ministry— (without 
~iile or partiality—) we certainlj think our 
other at the Surrey Tabemade is honoored 
to a great degree. 

*« GsMs to B^gfUmn," By Joseph Palmer, 
Minirter of Bomoey StreetOhapel, Westmrns- 
ter. Lendons B. Pahner, 18, Batemoeter 
Bow. A little two-peimy manual for diatribo- 
tion in onr eoag r eg ati o ui ; it will arreat the 
attention : with God's blessing, it' will canr 
home oonTietion, and lead to a loring obedi- 
ence, as in the ease of Theodosia BriMst. 

^*Ths Chtpel JBjraM JBooki fitr Sunday 
(MkooUand Tmohmri M§Himin:* London; 
Houlston A Wright; and of the Bditor, 
Bradford, Wilts. It can never be eaid of 
William Mawkina, of Bradford, let him go to 
heaTon whenoTer he mav, — that he has done 
no good, flis beautiful little volume^ with 
above SOOof the best Hymns for Sohools is 
oseAily cheap, and in eveiT wi^ ezoellent; 
ten thousand copies have been issued :— but 
what is that amgng «« our Ohmrckaif Vary 
feeUngW we ask— when a man has vaated 
brains, body, time, and substance, to eerre 
the best of all oauaea, shocdd not he find a 
hearty reepoMC P— This Gospel Hymn Book 
must be used in all oar sehools where semi^ 
nets in thsfiUth is the rule of teachinff ; be- 
eanse we know of nothing that oan oooaistent- 
ly oecupy its place. 



" THE DOCTRINES AND THE DISCIPLINE OUB CHURCHES 
IN DANGER." 



A Taliant Israelite onee said, * Andrew 
Fuller did all he could to destrt^ the dooMnsa 
and Bobert Hall did all he could to destroy the 
diteipUna, of our churehes." The present 
aspect of tSban rsall v requires a calm and 
wise consideration. Some great-headed boys 
on the one hand, and some exeeedingly res- 
pectable aeoommodators, on the other, are eo 
oomfMely taming good old foshioned thincs 
oat of doors, that us 'jMHicnlor Mople* wul 
not dare presently, to say that uie jKUs is 
God's Holy Word and Will ; and that to walk 
oontrarr to it, is dangeroos.' HoweTer, if 
Goepel Principles, and Gospel Praeiieiu are to 
be continued in our eburohes ; the faithful 
few must be awake, and at work. Bvery body 
has heard of the learned Einghom. He was 
pastor of the old Baptist Chareh at St llarr's, 
ITorwich, which, for a oenturY or more nas 
been a strict communion Baptist Church. 

During ICr. B ^"s pastorate there, he fav«r- 

ed open communion ; his successor, has per- 
petuated this breach of the trust-deed. The 
consequence is, a suit has been eommenoed, 
in order to secure the property to the Partiea- 
lar Strict Communion Baptists. Seeing that 
mauT honorable members have been most 
orueuT, most unjustly excluded f^m the 
church, simphr because they contend earnestly 
for that whicn is right and scriptural ; and 



seeing they hare been compelled to take their 
complaint into oourt we solemnly beeeecfa 
erery honest Baptist Pester at onoe to bring 
the matter before his people ; let a meeting 
be holden at once; in erery city, town, and 
TiUage; let Mr. Wilkin, and Mr. Norton, the 
Tlnistees of St. MaiVs Chspel, Norwich, 
have letters of sympathy, and tangible help, 
forwarded to them : that Justioe and IVuth 
may be maintained. Let our Baptist ohordiaa 
rise simultaneooslT; righteoosness shall tfwii 
look down fhmi nearen; and Truth ahall 
still spring ap oat of the earth. 

Beports of meetings, and resolutions pnased 
at tiiose meetings, have been sent as vy Mr. 
John Corbitt, and hisdeaoens ; by Mr. Gowen, 
and his deacons, (both of Kcrwieh,) and by 
Mr. Samuel Milner, and his deacons, of Knipol 
Street, London. These brethren haTe alood 
forth nobly. We cannot publish these letten 
and reports ; but we this day issne a PeniiT 
Sunplementarr Number, entitled, ** A LOUP 
C£LL TO THB BBITI6H BAFTIgl 
CHUBCHE8." This Supplementary Num- 
ber may be had from oar Puolishers. at Sa. per 
100 ; or, 9d. per dosen eopies, for distribntion 
among all congregations. This will iMf open 
the case; and produce a powerfitl sympathy. 

Surely our people wul not sleep while the 
enemy is breaking down the walls of Zi<m! 

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[Wi /mI boand to give uoiuual prominenoe to the Letter of A Little One this time : ita 
eon tents are of TaAt moment ; leeing that the Dissenting aristocracy are endeavouring 
to throw a largo amount of contempt upon that Ordinance which our Lo&D^rtf^ observed ; 
uid seeing, moreover, that those who professed to be our friends, and the decided firiendg 
of truth too, are now boldly going naif-way over to the ranks of our secret foes. We 
solemnly believe it is high time to awake out of sleep.— Ed.] 

superior rirtne to the Baptism performed by 
them ; or, as the Apostle says, < Lest any 
should say they baptized in their own name.' 



EPISTLES TO THEOPHILUS. 

LBTTJSR LIV. 

Ht good Theopiiilus, — As you are a 
Biptist, I wish you also to be decided for 
itritt eommunion. Nerer give your vote 
for toy cue to come to the Lord's table nn- 
■mptnrally ; neither do you yourself ever sit 
down at the table, either with Independants, 
or with mixed communion, or where they 
sdait none into the Church as members but 
by Baptism, yet admit others to the table : 
bat itaad clear of all. 

lift, Because of the importance of confor- 
mity to New Testament ordtr. Faith eomes 
first; baptism stands next. Baptism is not 
so important, nor anjthing like so important, 
u regeneration, as living faith, having living 
works ; or, as redemption, justification, eter- 
nal election, the truth of an ererlasting cove- 
Bsnt, with eternal glory. If Baptism were 
u httportsnt as these essential truths, every 
hetven-tSQght man would be sure to be a 
Bsptist: Baptism is in no way essential to 
salTadon ; it is not in the vital sense, an essen - 
tial doctrine; but it is essential to right <fw- 
<^P^>M. Nor because Baptism is not essential 
to salvatioaf but only to gospel discipline, 
^ht we to make light of it ; nor does the 
^^«d «( God anywhere make light of it. 
Some have thought that the Apostle Paul 
did treat it rather lightly, when he thanked 
God tbat he had Baptind so few ; but then 
|te sssirns the reason of this thankfubess: 
jt vss, lest any should say that * he baptized 
is iii own name.' It does not appear 
^ti the apoBtiet ever made it a common 
PfBctioe themselves to baptize ; hence Peter 
UBself, at Ceaaarea, did not himself baptize 
tkose who were made partakers of the Holy 
Gkost; but *h0 eommanded them to be bap- 
tiisd in tha name of the Loid.' And there 
*R fonr naaona which suggest themselves 
vhy the spoatlea themselves did not baptize, 
bat eommanded others to do it. First, because 
tbey were giwn up chiefly to the ministrv of 
tbe ward. Secondly, because of the numbers 
Called at times by their ministry, that it 
voald hinder a large portion of their time. 
Thirdly, because it waa a matter so simple as 
sot to require apostolic gifts to enable one 
^^hfistian to baptize another. And, fourthly, 
Icit owing to the greatness of their gifts, 
flstsaihoaldtake sldwantagty and attach a 
T0L.XV--N0. xe9. 



But, although they themselvej did not, as a 
general rule, baptize— still they commanded 
it to be done ; for they were not sent person* 
ally to baptize, but to preach the gospd. 
And even the Saviour himself, though he 
himself was baptized, yet he himself ^id not 
Baptize others (John iv. 2,) yet did he make 
Baptism one part of the missison be gave to 
the apostles. Do not then, my good Theo- 
philus, make li^ht of that order of Church 
government which the King of Zion hath 
given. Surely he is worthy of being 
obe]red ; < For behold, to obey is better than 
sacrifice ; and to hearken than the fat of rams : 
for rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft ; ana 
stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry/ 1 
Sam. XV. 22, 23.) 

Keep then to strict communion ; not only 
because of the importance of conforming to 
gospel order ; but also because yon prefer the 
word of the Lord, even before the most es- 
teemed of your brethren in the Lord. There 
are some who are not Baptists, to whom I 
feel very much more union of soul, than I do 
to many that are Baptists: But still, when 
I am nlled upon to decide which I will do, 
set these esteemed aside, or set the command 
of their Lord and Master aside, I cannot 
hesitate which to do. I dare not alter the 
order of the Lord's house ; I cannot to oblige 
them, sanction their disobedience, nor go 
into disorder with them. I must wait until 
they come into their right minds, and there I 
must leave it, ' and go my way till the end 
be.' 

So then, it comes simply to this, that you 
must either set a child of God aside from 
the Lord's table, or else you must set ttia 
command of God aside : the one i» painful^ 
but the other is einful : for ' Whatsoever is 
not of faith is sin.' Abide then by atri^ 
eomtnuntont 

Abide then by strict communion also for 
the take of othert, A conscientions abiding 
hereby will do much towards bringing others 
over to order, but if we ourselves totter and 
stngger, can we expect to see others fall into 
our ranks ? They may call us bigots, and a 
variety of other ugly names,— and this will 
prove that they are angry with us,— but it 
will not prove tW they «^e l^^^^^'C^^^t 



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are wrong; ; and the great thing for us is, to 
quietly, but firlnly, ataud priicticaUj by what 
we know to be the good and the right way. 

Stand fast by strict communion for con- 
teieneeaake; and if you are placed where 
there is no Baptist minister that you can 
iear, and where there is no church of New 
Testament orderi then stand out ; and rather 
than oome to the table unsoripturally, eome 
not at all. Be thus, a practioal witness for 
truth and order. Let conscience hare her 
^fe«t work, and take not the Lord'i Sapper 
unworthily, which allopen oommunionistsao ; 
btit < Be not thou partakers with them;' pay 
no attention whatsfer to the aignment that 
•ome of the best and greatest preaehers we 
have had, were not eren balf-way Baptists, 
intioh less itriet commnnionists : this argu- 
ment amounts to this, that as we ought to 
follow such men where the^ followed Christ ; 
fo, in eonsideration of their many and great 
exeelleneies, we oupht to adopt their errors 
also. Such a notion as this would at once 
•et ns on the high way to Rome. Just adopt 
Luther's consubstantiation, and Cal tin's prac- 
tSoe of perlMuting men tor matters of eon- 
science, and we shall not be far from the 
kingdom of Rome ; adopt the old semi*ar- 
mintan fathers' duty-ftiith doctrine, and we 
corrupt the truth, and cover Zion with a 
cloud. ' Be not thou then partakers of other 
taien's sins.' We sin enough by infirmity, and 
from want of experience and judgment, 
without sinning witfuUy. Until, therefore, 
another law be given from heaven, to sanc- 
tion another way to the Lord's table, be you 
steadfast, and unmoveable, just where you are, 
go not thou over unto them, but let them 
eome over unto thee. 

I will here give you but one more reason 
for abiding by strict eommunion ; and that is 
ih» preterMtion 0/ Ik^ ordmtmses «i they 



are delivered unto U9, One of the laws most 
emphatically given to the Israelites waa, that 
they were in every possible way to teaoh their 
children the laws, and statutes, and ordi- 
nances, which the Lord had delivered unto 
them ; and a substituting of other laws, in 
whole or in part, in the place of the laws of 
God, made their worship vain, and ultimately 
proved their ruin and oispersion. The truth 
of God in all its departments is the salt of 
the earth ; and the people of God, are the 
salt of the earth only as they abide vitally 
and practically in the truth. Apart from 
this they are neither fit for the land, nor for 
the dunghill ; not savoury enough to be any 
uae in the Chureh ; and yet, as with aU their 
want of savour, they cannot hate the truth, 
and so are not fit for the dunghill of this 
world ; but in tbis their sad cajptivity, are 
trodden under the foot (not of God, buQ of 
men ; but they shall be salted with the uery 
heart- warming love of God, and that by the 
power of the Holy Ghost. 

If then we would save ourselves from an 
untoward generation, it must he by abiding 
by the truth ; and if we are set for the de- 
fenoe of the gospel let us defend it, and not 
corrupt it ; for it is only abiding by the truth 
that we oan serve God acceptably ; nor can 
we get real good, or glorify him in any other 
wayi 

Thus, then, let the importance of abiding 
by New Testament order, the preference of 
the word of the Lord, a good conaciencc, 
and the preservaton of the troth in its purity^ 
have due weight with you. * Trust in tl^e 
Lord, and thus do good, and thou shalt dwell 
in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.' 
Stand by his truth, and he will stand by you ; 
for so it has been found even by 

A LlTTLB OwB, 



WHO WAS THEODOSIA ERNEST? 

AKD, HOW BID SHE BEOOliE A BAPTIST P 



Wb gave, last month, a faithful account of 
Theodosia's Baptism. That; account has 
been read bj Uiousands with feelings the 
iBost convincing and powerful. Bverywhere, 
whara we have been« the baptism of Theodo«> 
■ia has been spoken of with ffratitude and 
^rmpathy. The question has been asked — 
* Shall we not hear more about her ?" We 
have promised our readers they shall. And 
we now proceed to redeem that pledge. 
Since the work first fell into our hands, we 
have believed that a careful perusal of it, 
would, (the Holy Spirit anointing the eyee 
of the reader's understandiag,) do more to 
wifold the sublime mysteries of this ordin- 
ance, than all the aiguments, and controver- 
sies, that ever yet were published. Mr. E. 
Tucker, of ITpavon, in Wiltshire, very kindly 



sent ns the book for perusal : but althc«igh 
the first glance of it gave as a love to it, Wo 
could not get time carefully to review it. Mr. 
Tucker, at length sent ff>r his book. Wo 
were not willing to let it %0j until we were 
in possession of another copy. We eear^ad 
^ the book-market. Found a new editioia of 
it in two volumes, price twelve shillings. 
We purchased the two volumes; and «iir 
hope is, that the Lord wilt make us the hon- 
ored instrument of giving the Engltsli 
Churches a cheap, a correct, and a reviaed 
edition of this work in numbers : but, * <mr 
people^ generally s^kitig, will not much 
aprist in the dtssemminatioB of truth iu this 
way. Our zeal, our ambition, and e«ur aar- 
nest efforts in this direetton, have •anriad us 
into difficulties and danjr^ of bo orMmry 

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; «4 wluk w« lltfiB tlie tiMioki of 
to wboQ our UlNwr% hftve Uoi 
UMty wt hft?» the heart^imUiiijr OMtfom, and 
eoldnrcanM of thoee» who^ doing notbing 
tbemMlfes, irill gladly tnuoiph over the 
trihoUtiotts of (hose who become eireumstan- 
tial mart JT9 in the proqiulgation of the holy 
principlee of the faith onee delivered pnto 
die taint4. We daiiy and deeply sigh over 
the thingi which haye occasionea the ' Aha / 
Ak^ SQ wfM Kw htw^ it r Nfiferthelesa, 
« 1FM eamiM^M that (M tnay yH d^livtr 
ear Thia qneatioii whieh hann in oar aoul — 
«ii^>ended between hope ana deipair, atill 
wgee na on onr wav : and again, we aay to 
all to whom our totla have been ntefiil, preti 
into our aid; eironlate onr work ; aet ns free ; 
gnd ,44 lopg as life shall last, and itreogth 
from heaTen ia given, to ^ Fight the good 
Jght rffaith^ ihall.be OQr unceasing employ, 
wd tbtn to * U^ hold on eternal life,* will i% 
Uiesindeodl 

Bat, in oommencioj^ tbe history of Tbeo« 
4aeu, take the following fint chapter irom 
tke fioit of the Tolnmea, of which we bare 
spoken. 

«< Mothiv, hare I ever been baptised 9' 

Hie queetioner was e bright, intelligent, 
Mne-eyad lad, some thirteen summerB old. 
Hie deep eerioosneH of his oonntenance, and 
Ike earnest, wistfiil gese with whieh he looked 
into bis motbei^e mce, showed thAt,lbr the 
■HmieDt at least, the question seemed to him 
n very important one. 

' Geitainly. ny son ; both yon and your sis- 
ter were beptiaed by the £ev. Doctor Fisher, 
ai the time when I united with the cfaUroh. 
Tour sister remembers it well, lor she was six 
years old ; bat you were too young to know 
miy tbing about it. Tour aunt Jones said it 
wea the meet solemn soene she ever witnessed ; 
and stMh a prayer as the coed old Doctor made 
tor jcn I nerer heard berore.* 

«Bat, aaother, rejoined the lad, eiater and 1 
linro been down to the rifsr to see a lady bap- 
tised by the Baptist minister who oame here 
laat month nd oommenoed preaehing in the 
•eboel-hoQee. They went down into the rirsr. 
and then ko plunged her under the water ana 
qiiiekfy raised her out again. And sister says 
Utkai was baptism, then we were not baptised, 
beeaose we stood on the drr floor of the ohurch, 
and the preaeher dipned nis hand inio a bowl 
ef water and eorinklea a few drops on our fore- 
heads. And she says, eousin John Jones was 
ftaC baptised either ; for the preaeher only took 
aKttle piteher of water, and poured a little 
stream upon hia head. Sister says she don't 
see how there ean be three baptisms, when tibe 
scriptmro says ' One Lord, one faith one bap- 
tism/ 

' To«r sister is always studying about thinffs 
aboTe her reach, my son. It la better for 
young people like you not to trouble yourselves 
too much about these knotty questions in 
theology.' 

* But. mother, this don't seem to me to be 
a knotty question at all. One minister takes 



% person down into the wite. and dins hoc 
unoerit; another stands on the dry floor of 
the oburoh before the pulpit, and sprinkles a 
few drops into her face; another poura a little 
#trevn upon her head. Now any body can see 
that they do three different ihingn; and if 
each of them is baptism, then there must be 
three baptisms. There is no theology about 
that, is tnere ?* 

* Tes roy child, this is a theological question ; 
and I supposo it must be a very diflicuit one, 
since I am told that some very good ^and wise 
men disagree about it.' 

* But, mother, they all agree that there is 
only one baptism do they not ? And If there 
is only one, why don't they ^'ust look into the 
Testament, and see what it id ? If the Testa- 
ment says sprinkle, thcu it is sprinkling ; if it 
says pour, then it is {touring ; if it says dip, 
then it is dipping. I mean to read the Testa- 
ment| and see if 1 cannot decide which it ib for 
myself,* 

* Do you 'think, my sop, that you will be 
able to know as much about it as your uncle 
Jones, or Pr. Fisher, who baptized you, or Dr. 
Barnes, whose notes you use in learning your 
Sunday School lesson, and all the pious and 
learned ministers of our church, and the Me- 
thodist church, and the Episcopal church? 
They have studied the Testament through and 
through, and they all agree that a child who is 
sprinkled is properly baptized.' 

* Yes mother, but if the baptisms in the New 
Testament were sprinkling, (and ofcourse they 
were, or such wise and good men would not 
aay so,) why can't I find it there, as well at 
ang hoijf V 

Very well, mv son, you can read and see ; 
but if you should happen to come to a different 
oonolusion from these great and learned men, 
I hope you won't set up your boTish judgment 
against that of the wisest theologians of the 
age. But here comee your sister. I wonder 
if she is going to become a theolonan too !' 

Mrs. Bmest (the mother of whom we are 
apeaking) was bom of Tery worthy pa- 
rents, who were consistent members of the 
Presbyterian church ; and she had grown up 
as one of * the baptiaed children of the church.' 
As she * appeared to be sober and steady, and 
to have euBicient knowledge to discern the 
Lord's body,' she was doubtless informed, ae- 
eording to the directions of the confession of 
foith, page fi04, that it was * her duty and her 
pririlege to come to the Lord's supper.' But 
she had felt no inclination to do so until after 
the death of her husband. Then in tho day of 
her sorrow, she looked upward and began to 
feel a new, though not an intense, interest m 
the things of religion. She made a public 
profession, and requested baptism for her two 
childreD. ' , , . 

The little boy was then an infant, and h)s 
sister was about ox years old, a sprightly, in- 
teresting child, whose flowing ringlets, dimpled 
Ohio, rosy oheeks, and sparkling eyes, were the 
admiration of erery beholder. 

Twelve years had passed. The lorely girl 
had become a beautiful and remarkablr inteU 
Kgent young lady. The little babe had iprown 
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strong, manly frame, and a face and brow 
which gave promise of capacity and independ- 
ence of thought far above the average of his 
companions. 

Theodosia and Edwin . How they loved each 
other ! She, with the doting affection of an 
elder child and only sister, who had watched 
the earliest derelopements of his mind, and 
been his companion and his teacher from in- 
fancy ; he, with the confiding, reverential ^et 
familiar love of a kind-hearted and impulsive 
boy, to one who was to him the standard at 
once of female beauty and womanly accom- 
plishments. 

Theodosia came io not with that elastic step 
and sprightlv air, which was habitual with 
her j but witn a slow and solemn ffait, scarcely 
raising her eyes to meet her mother's inquir- 
ing gaze, she passed through to her own room 
and closed the door. 

The mother was struck with the deep and 
earnest seriousness of her face and manner. 
What could it mean ? What could have hap- 
pened to distress her child P 

' Edwin, my son, what is the matter with 
your sister }* 

* Indeed, mother, I do not know of any 
thing. We stood together talking, at the 
river bank, and just before we left, Mr. Percy 
came up to walk home with her. It must be 
something that hss happened by the way.' 

The mother's mind was relieved. Mr. Per- 
cy had been for many months a frequent and 
welcome visitor at their pretty cottage, and 
had made no secret of his admiration of her 
accomplished and beautiful daughter ; though 
he had never, until a few weeks since, formally 
declared his love. Mrs. Ernest did not doubt 
but that some lovers' quarrel had grown up 
in their walk, and this had cast the shadow 
upon Theodosia's sunny face. She waited 
somewhat impatiently for her daughter to 
come out and confirm her conjectures. She 
did not come, however, and at length the mo- 
ther arose, and softly opening the door, looked 
into the room. Theodosia was on her knees. 
She did not hear the door, or become conscious 
of the presence of her mother. In broken, 
whispered sentences, mingled with sobs, she 
prayed : * Oh Lord, enlighten my mind. Oh, 
teach me thy way. Let me not err in the un- 
derstanding of thy word, and oh give me 
strength, 1 do beseech Thee, to do wlmtever I 
find to be my duty. I would not go wrong. 
Help I oh help me to go right !' 

Awe-struck and confounded, Mrs. Ernest 
drew back, and tremblingly awaited the ex- 
planation she so much desired to hear. 

When at length the young lady came out, 
there was still upon her face the same serious 
earnestness of expression, but there seemed 
less of sadness, and there was also that perfect 
repose of the countenance, which is the rteult 
of a newly formed, but firmly settled deter- 
mination of purpose. 

Mrs. Emett, as she looked at her, was more 
perplexed than ever. She was, however, re- 
solved to obtain at once a solution of the mys- 
tery. 

*Mr. Percy walked home with you, did he 
not, my daughter P* 

* Yes, mother.' 



'Did you find him as intereating as vsiuQ f 
What was the .subject of your conversation f 

* We were talkmg of the baptism at the 
river.' 

* Of nothing else' 

* No, mother, this occupied all the time.' 
' Did he say nothing about himself?' 

* Not a word, moUier, except in regard to 
whether he had ever been baptized.' 

* Why what in the world possesses you sli f 
Tour brother came running home to ask me 
if he had been baptized ; Mr Percy is taking 
about whether he has been baptized. I won* 
der if you are not beginning to fancy that jro* 
have never been baptised ?' 

* I do indeed begin to doubt it, mother, ior 
if that was baptism which we witnessed at 
the river this morning, I am quite sure I never 
was.' 

' Well, I do believe, that Baptist preacher 
is driving you all crazy. Pray tell me, wl»t 
did he do or say, that gave you such a serious 
face and put these new crotchets in your head?' 

' Nothing at aU, mother. He simply read 
from the New Testament the account of the 
baptism of Jesus and of the Eunuch. Then 
he took the candidate and they went down 
both of them down into the water, and he 
baptised her, and then they came up out of 
the water. I could not help seeing that this 
is just what is recorded of Philip and the Eu- 
nuch. If so. then it is the baptism of the 
scriptures ; and it is certain a very different 
thing from that which was done to me, when 
Dr. Fisher sprinkled a few drops of water in 
my face.' 

' Of course, my dear, it was different ; but 
I don't think the quantity oftcater employed 
affects the. validity of the baptism. There is 
no virtue in the water, and a few drops aie 
just as good as all the floods of Jordan., 

* BuC mother, it is not in the quanti^ of 
water, the the difference consists: it is in 
the act performed. One sprinkles a little wa- 
ter in the faoe ; another ponre a little water 
on the head ; another buriee the whole body 
under the water, and raises it out again. Two 
apply the water to a person ; the other plunges 
the person into the water. They are surely 
very different acts; and if what I saw this 
evening was scriptural baptism, then it ia cer- 
tain that I have never been baptized.' 

* Well, xny child, we won't dispute about it 
now ; but I hope you are not thinking about 
leaving your own church ; the ehuroh in 
which your grandfather and your grandmother 
lived and died : and in which so many of the 
most talented and influential families in the 
country are proud to rank themselves^ to unite 
with this little company of ignorant, ill-man- 
nered mechanicaand common people, who have 
all at once started up here from nothing.' 

(To be continued.) 

Died, April 18, 1858, at Clifton Street, nnsbury, 
Mr. Ebcneeer Swain, aged 70, forsserly pastor of 
a Baptist Chnroh at Oxford, and for many years a 
Qflcfal and faitbfbl Itinerant Preacher of the 
gospel. Bon of the lata Mr. Joeepb Bwaine, of 



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A WORD FOR THE OLD FOLK 

▲T HOHE. 



Oin observed to me the other day, con- 
cerBtng the doctrine of the Trinitj, "I 
hare ^ another endenoe, beside the letter 
ofSenptore, that oaeh of the Divine Personii 
is God ; for in m j tronblei, I have somek 
timei piayed to the Father, and he has heard 
■«; and, sometimes I hare prayed to the 
Son, and he has heard me ; and, sometimes 
I hare prayed to the Holy Ghost, and he has 
heard me. I have had answers from them 
all, ai God : therefore, in my experience I 
hare proved them each to be God." Divine 
testisioBy to the tmth, is the only thing 
that will satisfy a child of God, and the 
kaowled^ that yon are one of the children 
of God, is a truth that most be revealed to 
yoQ by God. Haman testimony will go for 
nothiiir. Evidences derived firom what we 
lei and feel, will not stand for long. Divine 
power alone can make us know our child- 
ship. ** Because ye are sons, God hath tent 
forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, 
oyin^, Abba, Father ;" and the beginning 
of Uus mercy, the dawn of this glorious day, 
is to have the heart laid bare, and the dark 
eoraen (mened up* and the creeping things 
(long hidden,) exposed to view ; light let in, 
vhcRhr the darkness ia discovered, the igno- 
naes saewn up ; all the secret evils of the 
sool tvoed out, the chambers of imagery 
opened, and the soul trembling at the sight, 
saji, «Can ever God dwell here } — Can aueh 
twretdibe saved?— If God had mercy for 
Be, should I feel such evils striving in my 
breast } If I were a child df God, ahould I 
feel such worldliness, such carnality, pride, 
malice, eovetonsneas, and a hundred other 
evils r Why, God is shewing you all these 
thiflfs, beeanae yon are a child ; none but 
the ehildren see them, and all the children 
ret to God in this way. They are given to 
Christ, and Christ must be given to them ; 
sad to Talue Chriat, thef must be taught 
feelingly their need of him, and thus get 
fechafly, into the sweet experience, that they 
«e given to Christ, through Christ being 
given to them; and when they catch a 
mBpae of this blessed tmth by Divine reve- 
Btion, which is the discovery to the heart 
of the soul's interest in Christ, then some- 
thiag is apprehended of this glorious truth, 
that the church of old was taught, '* I am 
black, but comely." Black in their nature, 
sad fit only for hell, but perfect in the come- 
lificsi of Christ; comely in eternal union with 
htB; comely in his riffhteousness ; comely 
ia vtrtoe of lua doing and dying ; and because 
of this eomelinees, the language and spirit of 
the gospel, and of all God's dealings with 
^ PMple, ia, « I know the thoughU that I 
think towud yoo ; thoughts of peace and not 



of evil, to give you an expected end." I am 
not going to send you to hell, because tou 
arc black, but *< I am come to seek and to 
save that which was lost;" to make you 
prize me, and mj work for you ; to get into 
the very core of your heart, and occupy a 

Elace there, that no creature shall fill." Has 
e got into the core of thy heart ? " Ah, 
(say yon,) I don't know aoout that,— all I 
can say, is, — there is a hankering after 
Jesus in my soul, bad as I am— vile as I am, 
I cannot do without him." Then he cannot 
do without you. These are the feelings of 
the children in union with him, and these 
feeling^s are the fruits of eternal union— that 
shall issue in everlasting union with him, 
when time shall be no more. — J.A.W. 

LINES 

SUOOBSTBD BT BBADlMO 

** An Austuali^n Scbnb," 
In the February number of Tub Babthkk Vimbl 

Oh I who oau imavioe bo lorely a aoene— 

The tranquilly, bright blae sky I 
The distant mouotains which iatervene ; 

UnleBB seen by the very eye ! 
I hare seen it, and lore on the scene to dwell. 
When I felt in my wanderings God doeth well. 
Ah yes! I once stood by^that river's brink, 

As calmly its waters roll'd on ; 
And memory will love on that scene to think, 

B'en tho* many long yeara be gone ; T strength 
When the pride of my heart in his manhood and 
Thus gave np his life to Qod at length. 
And the God who had guided and watched our 

Looked down from his throne above ; [path, 
He had aaved from evil, from aln, and wrath ; 

And now in his soyeieign love, 
lie will own the act, and amile, and bless, 
And keep them safe in this wilderness. 
'Twas Just saoh a morning ; I fancy I see 

Dear 8 — — in the prime of her youth, 
Thns giving her heart and her efforts to be 

Devoted to God and to truth ; 
God strengthen thee, dear, in thy highest resolve, 
And make thee still nseful as years shall revolve. 
And, oh, may the band whose int'resta are dear, 

Tno* mine were not wholly with you, [clear, 
See heaven's light guiding ttiem shining and 

Till heaven their home is in view. i earth. 
There, there, may all Christians long parted on 
Find sections have merged in their heavenly 

biith. 
And there, too, ahall fHendahips whieh Qocl has 
decreed. 

Should be snapt here and riven in twain. 
Be renewed In his likeness, and as we oft read, 

Never more shall be parted again. 
Ota then let onr prayers to his throne still aaoend 

If the work is begun, carry on to the end. 

SOUTBNKXB. 

' If wc are bom again, wo shall feel sin to 
be a terrible burden to us ; we shall hayo eon- 
tritiiion of soul, more or less, deep ; we ahull, 
frankly, with Oodly aorrow, oonfeas our sina 
before the heart- searching uod. There will 
be a forsaking of sin, a loathins of sin, an 
abhorenoe of self, and an intense cleaving un- 
to the Lord. There will be * Bepentanoe to- 
wards God, and faith in the Lord Jesus 
Christ* ' — A Voice from the Pulpit. B^ 
John Bloon^ld. 



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ME. J. B. CBACKNELL, OF BLACimfiATH, KENT. 



ICoT perbaps trithoat some ground tot it, 
onr younff men in the miniitrj, at the present 
time, are looked upon with no email degree 
of tutpieion. The liusts are too plain to be 
passed bv unnoticed. The popular feeling 
dnring the past feiv yean, lias placed the 
ytfung minister b*fw» his aged co •Worker, in 
the public mind ; that is, the yowng man is 
now preferred before the more adtnnoed in 
Tears« In our denomination, we hare lately 
bad a good number of young reemiti in the 
ministerial ranks. AU haTo started well : — 
clear in dootrine; decided in ordinances; 
and bold for the whole truth. But, some, 
(oatching the popular feeling of the day,) 
hare not eonttnued steadfast; they hare 
' chaoRed their views ;' and are no more with 
us. Hence, arises the sospidon. Notwith- 
standing these drawbacks, we puipoae to 
notice tnis month one of our * ytmng men in 
the ministry.' 

J. £. CBA.CKKBLL, uow fuUHllnf u proba- 
tionary term with the Churoh at Blaokneath, 
Kent, was bom in London, July llth, 1835, 
of parents who regnhurly attended the Church 
of Knriand, where he also constantly accom- 
panied them, passing through the usual cere- 
monies of sprinkling, oonfirmaiiont Ac, &c. 
He continued to attend the chuith of his 
father till about 18 rears of age ; but was 
still in ignorance of his state as a sinner. 
Moral training had the effect of keeping him 
from going to any length in open sin ; still, 
there was an eager ptirsuing and seeking 
after the vanities and follies of this world. 
About this period his attention was attracted 
by a notice of some Sunday eveniog Lectures 
delivering at Poplar, by the Ret. George 
fimith. He decided to attend one of these 
services, and was at once struck with the 
earnestness and warmth with which the 
preacher spoke of eternal realities : so differ- 
ent in manner^ and in matter too, to what he 
had all his life long been accustomed to lis- 
ten to. His attention was arrested ; the im- 
portance of the subject began to appear ; the 
miat ftotn the eyes began to be removed ; 
the mind began to enquire; and there was 
a soul-longing for something notin possession. 
The State Church was forsaken; young 
Cracknell became a constant hearer of Mr. 
Smith's; the Lord laid his afflicting hand 
upon him ; aud he was laid upon a bed of 
snffering. Daring this confinement, some 

Siritual iMters written bv a fHend ^cre 
est to his soul; the Holy Spirit was 
working in his heart, with soul^umbluig 



power; conviction followed; although not 
then lead so keenly, or brought to feel 
the terrors of a oroken law, so acutelji 
as some of the Lord's children. He oontinm- 
ed to attend Mr. Smith's ministry, and was 
desirous to do something to merit salvation ; 
to obtain pardon. While these desirea were 
aggitatiog his breast, he heard a diacourse 
founded on that all-important querr, * What 
think ye of Chriet f The Holy Spirit ap- 
plied the worda to his soul; the way of 
salvation was made more plain ; Christ was 
revealed as the way, the truth, and the life. 
The word was effectual ; * Old things p a w od 
aways behold all things became new.' He 
joined the Independent Church, Poplar, July 
31. 1854 : and became an active ana efficieat 
Sabbath School Teacher there, where he con- 
tinued till the end of *65, One of the dea- 
cons noticed an aptness and readiness in our 
brother to speak ; and remarked to Mr. 
Cracknell one day, * It is laid upon my heart 
that the LiOrd has a great work for you to 
doj' and followed up this, by asking him, 
* IT he would i^eak in the name of the Lord." 
With some hesitation, he consented : and on 
Sunday morning, Dec 29th, 1855, the Lord 
first enabled him to speak in his great name, 
in a small chapel, near ^e Victoria Docks, 
Plaistow Marsh, Essex. For twelve months 
after this Mr. Cracknell continued preaching, 
seldom less than four times in a week, m 
various cottages in that locallity ; som«.*imes 
cheered by the testimony of the hearers ; anu 
as often discouraged by the diificultiee of the 
way. 

In May, 1857, a few friends thought it 
desirable to obtain a suitable plaoe to worship 
in ; and the place now known as Zion Chapely 
Ann Street, Plaistow, was obtained, fitted up, 
and opeted ; and Mr. CraokacU continued to 
preach here ; and formed a Sunday School^ 
of which he became Superintendent. 

During the whole of this time, his viewa 
of the doctrines of grace were not very clear. 
But conversations with the friends of truth in 
the village, and the light given by the Holy 
I Spirit, in the oontinuM readinff and study of 
i the word of Ood, led his thoughts and mind 
I into a new channel ; and in a very striking 
manner, the doctrines of free and sovereign 
grace, God'a eternal, everlasting, and un- 
alterable love to his ohoeen people, came witii 
peculiar power and sweetness to his sou). 
The friends to truth soon marked the differ- 
ence in the .ministnr* while others wen 
offended and left Fraih light oame in aa-l 



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TUS BiiETUKX VEB8JE|«, 



htppin— «ad freedom was felt and 
^cBk IB the work. Contmuad study 
and meditatioo on th^ word, had alio rose 
aaother quaiUoa in Hr. CfackaeH's mind i 
aa4 jrai B«t a quealioo, for be read, that 
*Jeaai commandeH them to be baptized/ 
Prater mas ra»orted to; the answer was 
mmn^di and Hs. Craakfiall not only felt it 
kit diUfy kot alio his ^ririlege, to some for- 
vaidt tmd dodara his coa?letion. Con- 
s sqa a ntlj , ka withdrew his connection from 
the fkwh ODder Kr. Smith'*s care , and was 
baptiMd by Mr. Field, at Shadwell, on April 
14, Ido^ ; on which oceaaion Mr. Bloomneld 
read mod pcafod ; and after a sermon hj Mr. 
Field, Mr. Gracknell pabliel? stated the 
motif ea that had led him to take that step ; 
and arowed it has his solemn coDTicUon 
(after mach prayer to God,) that strict Bap- 
tist prindples were according to New Testa- 
ment church order. Measures were taken to 
form a ehureh oo these principles at Plaistow ; 
aad on Aogiut 17» 1858, Hr. Cracknell was 
paUidy ordaiaed aa pastor of the newly- 
lormed ehorch ; (Mr. 6. W. Banks, and Mr. 
Field offieiating;) although at the time 
dobota were entertained aa to his continuauce 
in so limited a sphere of labour. 

Sometime after this, Mr. Cracknel! was 
inritad to supply at Dacre Park Chapel, 
Blackhealh, for a month ; but failing to pro- 
cure a soitaUe snppl? for the Plaislow church, 
(vko were then unable to pay any expenses,) 
ae dediaed the invitation. He wus then 
dr^rsd to supply at Dacre Park, on the 
Thonday eTenings for the month of Novem- 
ber, vHuch he fulfilled; the church then 
repeated the invitation to supply for the 
mumlh of December, on Lord's Jays. In the 
meaa tima, a ^ood brother had .been raised 
up to speak, bring in the neighbourhood of 
Fl^atow, who was willing to supply the 
pulpit tkeca. Believing the Lord's hand to 
he manifeet ia the matter, and with the ad- 
vice of aeveral ministeriid brethren, Mr. 
CrackuaU accepted the invitation; which 
kaiaff fglPM^, he was again requested to 
aupfHy lor three months ; uid that time hav- 
ifl^ enired* he was again onanimously in- 
vited m aix months, ' with a view to the 
pastenta.' Hare the Lord ap^ars to be 
grmtlj •wning his labours ; and it is hoped 
that through Jus instrumentalitr, the cause 
at Daave Park may be revivea and estab- 



I boioi( coii fused; and there is an entire - 
I absence of that cslentation and pride so very 
I prevcUat with many young ministers of the 
' present day. 
* Thou man of God, tbou lover of the troth; 
Celestial hero ! lively, zealous youth t 
Tuuffht by the Lord, aad fired with liia apptauMb 
Bold you appear in his all-f loriooe cause ; 
purely commiAsioaed from the eternal Ood. 
Warmly you preaeh the 8avtear*§ flowing blood; 
MorUto auiy raff*, Imt th^ shall lage ia vmia : ' 
Cleave to yoor Ood, ami all their pewer diiM|»* 

€iix\^n 'B!Hsrl3 of dMfett tf imtJ. 

HO. IV. 

How often I have wished that beautifhl 
discourse had been giveir us which the 
Saviour delivered unto the two in going tp 
Emniaus.— How shorty yet how rich, the 
tejitimoay conctirning it, — 'And beginning 
at kCoies, and all the prophets, he expounder 
onto them, in all the Scriptures, the thingp 
coacerning himself.' We have the best 
authority for saying that Moses was one of 
the Earthen Vessels of olden times, in which 
was deposited heavenly treasure. I should 
be glad to enter rather fully into the history 
of this man of God ; but cannot now. A 
simple reference to one Scripture which baa 
lately boon useful to many, ia all I can 
attempt, in still further endeavouring to 
approach the subject which since Jannaiw 
has occupied my mind. The Scripture I 
refer to is, 2 Cor, iii. 12, 13. * Seemg theft 
that we have such hope, we use great plaia- 
ness of speech : and not as Mosee, which {rait 
a van over his face, that the children of 
Israel could not steadfastly look to the eod 
of that which is abolished.' These ' 



Tooahiog Mr. Cracknell's wpearance and 
akflitifw. wa most be brief. He is now 24 
yeasa of age; short in statue, but rather 
thadt boiU ; a face as amooth and as bright 
m tiM poUshed marble; a bright, penetrat- 
iag, qmdt eye ; a forehead well developed, 
■armouaUd with light brown hair, and a 
eoaataoaiice at once inviting and pleasinq;-. 
Ia mannar* he is kind and warm-hearted. 
In hatgaa^ie^ he ia plain, without bein^ low, 
or vulgar. In delivery, he is rapid, without 



if any of jou ministers, or private medi- 
tating Chnstians, are disposed to look prayer- 
fully into them — will furnish you with fottr 
exceedingly interesting subjects which even 
to my poor mind, have appeared to hold a 
large and rich vein of prectovs New Oeve- 
nant, experimental truth. And it ie no 
small mercy for me to see anything iMit, 
for my eyes are bat poor ones now; and by 
reason of the tronbles of the way, I am, iti 
mind, ereatly afflicted; still, 1 am often 
favoured to realize David's beautifol aeene 
and happy sayings too — *The Lord is my 
shepheiV, I shall not want ; He makelh me 
to lie down in green pastures ; He leadeCh 
me beside the still waters.' The preeiovia 
Bible opened up in my weary soul by the 
soft anointings of the Spirit, is the souree of 
all my comfort, my strength, and my joy. 
Bot to the words themsebres. First, they 
contain a contrast between Christ vailed, aad 
Christ unvailed ; between the Gospel in type, 
and the Gospel without type. 'J hese worda 
shew, also, the imperfection of an IsraelitsTe 
siglit while he is in any measure under the 
vail of the Uw-they cannot * StaadflMtly 



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look to the end of that which is abolished/ 
Lastlr, these words refer to the plainness of 
speech, and the boldness of persnasion, which 
is possessed by thoee who have a real, 

8»intual inwrought hope of eternal glory, 
hrist railed— Christ nn?ailed -* the im- 
perfection of a sinner's Tiew of things 
while under the Tail of the law — and the 
justified belierer's confidence when Christ is 
clearly rerealed in his heart the hope of 
fflory ; these are the subjects in whicn are 
Dound up onr experiences both of a dark, and 
of a delightful kud. There are some sub- 
stantial and eternal principles embodied in 
these words, which, when drawn forth by the 
Eternal Spirit, are found, by living soub, to 
be ten thousand times better than all the 
curious nets whfch men are nowweafing, and 
whereby they catch multitudes with a some- 
thing which is neither law nor gospel ; nei- 
ther natural nor spiritual ; neitner Mosaical 
nor evangelical ; but a carnal fiction so glossed 
and covered over, that many are deceived: 
I am glad in my soul, for this one thing, that 
with all that is distressing without, I can sing, 

' The f^oKoA bears mv spirit up, 
A faithful and unehaxi^ng uod, 
Lays the foundation ofmy hope, 
In oaths, and promises, and blood.' 

Nothing has been permitted to stop me 
from freely and openly testifying of the free 
grace of God to hu chosen people, and this 
testimonv, scattered by pen and from the pul- 
pit, in all parts of the world, is declared by 
the Lord's people to have been a great bless- 
ing. Onwsrd — ^in the way of righteousness 
—to the end, I hope to go. My praver is 
constantly in the end of ninety-first IPsalm, 
that every promise therein written, may in 
my public position, in my private experience, 
and in my final salvation, be completely ful- 
filled. 

First, then, we have Chritt vailed. When 
Moses came down from the Mount, a/Ur the 
Lord had proclaimed His New Covenant 
name, the face of Moses was filled with such 
a glorious lustre that neither Aaron, nor any 
of the children of Israel, could come nigh 
him : they fied for they were afraid. WTtat 
do€9 thii mean t I shall try and answer this 
question next month. Only now premising 
that, in many things, Moses was a type, a 
glorions Old Testament Representative, of 
our blessed Mediator and JDays-Man, the 
Lord Jesus Christ. 

The old historians say, and Scripture con- 
firms nearly all they say, that Moses was a 
mighty orator, " learned in ail thetoiedom of 
the Egypiiana ; mighty in worde and deeded 
There was an heroism in and about Moses, 
which greatly enhances his character ; and 
in all this dignified nobility of mind, person 
and deportment, ho beautifully shadowed 
forth, that much better Mediator, who was 
to oome. Oh ! it is refreshing to see any- 



thing of Chxut in t man, whether that man 
lived before, or since, the Friend of sinners 
died on the tree ! Tes ; if in my aoul there is 
any desire worth naming, it is that I might 
so have Christ in mb, that even in the 
outer man some faint glimmerings of him 
might be seen. I fear, it is very few men in 
these days, whose spirit and general oaniip, 
declare that Christ is quite at home with 
them ; and they with Hix ; that He dwelli 
in their heart as Knro ; in their oonsoiebee 
as Priest; in their mind, as Prophst. 
Where this three-fold victory of Christ is 
achieved in the three essential departments 
of the inner man, it is most precious indeed. 
Oh ! that I could always say, 

* All this is Jesus Christ to me !* 
We gather from the Old Testament, that 
on three distinct occasions, did Moses go up 
into the Mount with God. In this three- 
fold ascension, I do think, the glory of the 
Gospel was, in measure set forth ; I mean, 
in all this, Christ woe Vailed. The first 
time I pass over now: and come to the 
time when Moses came down from the 
Mount with the tables of Stone. First ; it is 
distinctly said, ' When the Lord had made 
an end of communing with Moeee :' there was 
a long and solemn council holden : even so, 
before Christ, the Mediator came. He was 
brought (as Mediator and Days-man) into the 
secrets of ffie Fathfr's heart ; Into the deep 
thoughts andpurposes of the eternal mind. 
Secondly : < Eie gave unto Moses, two tables 
of testimony, tables of stone, written with 
the finger of God. So were the tables of tes- 
timony put into the heart and hands of onr 
Great Law-fulfiller. But, now, look at the 
subsequent events. Thece stands Moses 
upon Mount Sinia, with the tables in his 
hand. Joshua is between the top of the 
mount, and the camp ; he is neither on the 
top of Sinai with the Lord ; nor is he in the 
camp with Aaron and the Israelites. Pre* 
sentfy, the Lord said unto Moses, * Go, get 
thee down ; for thy people have corrupted 
themselves.' The icrath of heaven waxed hot 
against them. The Lord said, let me alone 
that I may consume them. But Moses be- 
sought the Lord his God : and Moses pre- 
vailed. He came down : Joshua met him ; 
and seems first to have called his attention to 
the reality of the dreadful effects of Israel's 
Idolatory. When Moses saw the calf, and 
the dancing ; his ancer waxed hot; he east 
the tables out of his hands ; and brake them 
beneath the Mount I look at Moses even 
here as a type of our Great Substitute. I 
have deliberately said, it was not a sinful 
act of Moses : he was induced to this act by 
the fall of his people. Here Christ standi 
railed as we shall presently see. The 
breaking of the tables by Moses must not be 
considered simply an angry accident. No. 
No, Indeed it must not, C. W. B. 



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8CENE8 IN THE CHAMBER WHERE THE GOOD MAN DIED. 



BiVYAjmr Flobt wm bam in the year 
119% at dspten, in the ooonty of Suffolk, 
vhere hie aaeeelon lived more than a oentury. 

la Ui joulh, hie mndfather apprenticed 
Ua to a Biker in Ipewieh. One Sunday 
■oninff, when e ng ayea in eoUaeting dinners 
to be bak4d, ■naing toe people going tochuroh 
and diapeL he was stmok with an impression 
that he had a soul, and had some fearml feel^ 



n?1 



about etamity. These thonghts wore off, 

he grew np in sinful practices^ partly from 

' and piartly to drown aU thongnts of 



Lsavm^ bis serriee at Ipswieh| he beoame 
SB open smner, and renler of religion, par- 
tieoiatly of the Baptists. HJinng a heUday, 
hs wpeai it with his nnde, wlu> was muoh 
eaiaged with the Baptists. He left his uncle 
ia the evening, yowing he neyer would haye 
sajtUag to do with the Baptists. The night 
wss dark, and he lost himself in a field, and, 




the effect of making him consider and think 
sboot his never dying soul ; he determined 
aeicr to rerHa the Baptists a^n. Often has 
be spoken of that day, pndsmi^ the Lord for 
[swwi liin, Idm, and not suffenn^^ him to be 
eot off ia his fbolish and wicked opposition to 
6adsadhis cause. 

About tfaja time, the Wesleyans came to 
Otley, and preached in the neighbouring 
Tinsfs; and one eyening my father was led 
to besr one of the preachers from these words. 
* And I saw the dead, small and great, stand 
befofe Qod; and the books were opened^ and 
anotter bocA was opened, which was the book 
of HU, and the deed were judged out of those 
things which were written in the books, ac- 
eoidmg to their works." Bey. xx. 12, 13. 

This prodnoed much effect; sin was felt: 
the law reyealed in all its claims; his soul 
■nk, thinhing that something must be done ; 
not only sin fbrsaken and hated, but pnarfection 
attainea beftnre he could expect Christ would 
mn. But soon he found his works iifdl ; for 
one day, when he thought hehadattunad 
poftetiaB, be was aflhmtad with the seryant^ 
sad ipoiU aU his fine performances. The law 
ems, and aaid, ** Pay me what thou owest." 
** Cursed ia eyeiy one that oontinueth not in 
aa things written in the book of the law, to 
do them.'' "The Soul that sinneth, it shall 
die." For some time he was in a sad, ssd 
ftate of socd-dirtresBw all hope of being sayed 
was gone. He oougnt the good of his soul by 
prner, reading the Scriptures in priyate, and 
a the public mimstij <n the word. He no 
longer eontinned with the Wesleyans; he 
foimd tfieir system opnld yield him no com- 
fort ; tharefbre he trayelled many miles to hear 



among the Baptists. His ylews of grace be- 
came strengthened ; he knew that salvation 
was aU of grace. Tet aU his efforts failed tin 
the blessed Spirit spake these words with power 
upon bis heart, *' Ho ! eyezy one that thirsteth, 
come ye to tJie waters, and he that hath no 
moneyi come yei, buy and eat; yea, come, buy 
wine and ndlk, without money and without 
price." Isa. ly. 1. And this. '^The Spirit and 
the Bride say come, and let him that is athirst' 
come, and whosoeyer will, let him take the 
water of life freely." Bey. xxU.17. With these 
portions of Scripture, a wonderful yiew of 
Christ came into his hearty followed by tiiesd 
words, * All we like sheep, haye ^ne astray^ 
we haye turned ereey^ one unto his own way, 
and the Lord hath laid upon him the iniquity 
of us all ; and with hii stripes we are healed. 
Now his peace was g^eat in belieying, not 
only that Jesus died, but, that he died foi' 
him, and in this state of soul he appeared 
before the church, and was receiyed and bap- 
tised in 1802. He felt he had much forgiren; 
and he byed much. At tins time he waa 
enabled to open his mouth in prayer and in 
expounding ine Word. 

Boon after this, he went on yisits to see my 
mother, at Sutton, Suffolk j and here he could 
not be nappy iu spending his SabbaiJis without 
the worship of Ghod ; so he opened a prayer 
meeting, and expounding the Scriptures. This 
was much connected with th^ liBC of the cause 
there. 

In the proTidenoe of God, my father was 
remoyed to Chathun, in Kent, in 1805. Here 
he was formally sent out by that part of the 
church of Christ, meeting at Zion, Cloyer 
Street, then under the pastorate of Kr. John 
Knott Whereyer a door should open for 
him. he preached ** Christ, the wisdom of 
Gbd. and the power of Ood," all round the 
neighbourhood. 

And here also the Lord blest my parents in 
proridence ; but after a time, they had topsss 
through yery trying losses iu'busmes^ and in 
theremoyalof a dear child. But the Lord 
was a present help in time of trouble. 

From this time, my Esther preached in 
many places in the country, and also In 
London, 

In the year 1882, he fell into great trouble ; 
but the Lord preserred him. He was brought 
yery low in soul; he was also in sharp con- 
flicts through temptatloii, being tempted to 
destroy himself lyr drowning; and so mr was 
the enemy permitted to go, that one day he 
left Lonaon for that purixMe, and walked to 
Two Waters, in flertforashire ; but when ha 
got to the side of the*riyer, the Lord spoke as 
with a yoice firom heayen, 'Do thyself no 
harm.* He was stayed. He would often sav 
when referring to Uiis deliyeranee^ *' Kepi, 
Kept hy the power of God. Salration I Sul- 



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ration! SaTiiig,keeDmg, allof God,fh>mfint 
to last/' 80 for, and no fvrthar. 

Soon altar this, my father went to Vonrieh, 
where he preached nine years. Two years 
with considerable tokens of the DiTine faTonr 
in the open air to hundreds^ and more than a 
thousand persons on several occasions, which 
At that time, was a large out-door gatherinr. 
He was one of the first in that part to preach 
A free grace GK>speL He* used to say, " If the 
Free-wiUers are not ashamed nor afraid to 
preach an uncertain salvation, I need not, by 
GU>d's help, be ashamed or afraid to preach a 
certain fiui Gospel." Go, ye minuters of 
Jesus now, and do likewise. 

He never received any regular support for 
preaching the gospel, as he had a business, 
and felt quite satisfied, until all other doors 
were cloeed. and then he gave himself wholly 
to the ministry of the Word, preaching at 
Hewcastle, Hoxne, fieading, Spalding, and 
Donnington, statedly. Having only left Spal< 
din^ four years : and till within two years 
havmg ministerea the word of life. He was 
often himself, tossed with doubts and fears, 
and was very enoouraginj^ to the Lord's exer- 
cised people. But in his mioistrv, he was 
often led into the everlastinr love or God, and 
the libertjr of the children of God, by faith in 
Jesus Christ; and so it was with him to the 
end, as he often expressed himself. 

For the last three years, my dear parent 
lived in London. Two vears ago, a blood 
vessel broke in one of his legs, from which he 
lost a quantity of blood. This weakened him 
much. In that affliction, as he expressed in a 
letter, Ms soul was blessed witn the sweet 
assurance ** That all was well, whether for life 
or death ; that he felt he was on the solid 
Bock, and all beside, was sinking sand." 

Last October, he said to me, one morning, 
when walking with him, he had been dreaa- 
fiilly attaokra with infidelity and nnbelief, 
not of God, but of what he had done for him 
in his soul ; but he added, -" When the enemy 
eame in like a flood, the Lord lifted up a stan- 
dard against him," and he was brought to 
hope and beUeve all was right. 

On Wednesday, December 16th, I walked 
ont with him, not thinking it would be the 
last time. We had some sweet conversation 



On the Lord's^T, ha wished my a 
go to his esteemed fiiend, Hr. Lamo, who, on 



eni 
and 



terinff, took my dear fhther by the hand 
id looKcd at him with affectionate stedfiwi- 
ness, he said in his emphatic way, * Pm going I 
I am gomg ! not a single aoeaaatioOf no not 
>, ulispeaiMi!' 



Monday ni^ht was a glorioos one of praise. 
He told me his donbts were all removed ; ha 
waa on the rook, had followed no eanningly 
devised fables ; Jesus was all and in aU. Tna 
way, the only way. the truth, and the life. 
Soon after he said this, he burst out 
* Jeans 1 lover of my soul. 
Let me to thy bosom fly .' 

This he repeated, with Inoreased energy 
again and again. * Christ Jesus' he said, 
* triumphed over sin and hell, we are saved 
through him, and by him for ever saved. 
Praise him ! Praise him !' 

" Pnuse, everlasting praise be paid 
To him who earth's foundations laid." 

Again:— 

** Oh, for such love, let rocks and hills. 
Their lasting silence break ; 
And all harmonious human tongues^ 
The Saviour's praises speak." 

Also:— 
•* Blessings fbr ever on the Lamb, 
Who bore the curse fbr guilty man.'' 

In the course of the day, Monday, Mr. 
L. called. Among many sweet expressions, 
this was much like himself, " Our Father will 
not turn us out of doors. Blessings on hia 
Holy name." Here was the full assurance of 
£uth triumphing over death and hell ! 

Tuesday, 21st, he said but little, but to a 
friend who called, * Jesus is all in alL' 'He 
will not break the bruised reed, or quench tba 
smoking flax.' A letter was received froaa 
Spaldingp expressing their regard and trust- 
ing the Lord would be with him ; he felt it 
muchj and expressed Ms thanks to them, and 
all friends for kindnesses ; also to Mr. L. ha 
expressed his thanks and praise to the Lord^ 
for all kindness. When Mr. L. said, ' the Lord 
bless you, and be with vou, my brother, he 
'When tnou passest through 



has promised, 

by the way, and on passing a Catholic chapel, I the waters. I will be with you ; I will never 
he said, I have had several conversations with I leave thee,' &c. I enouired of him, acme timo 
them, and tried to set before them the truth afterwards, how he felt in his soul. He an- 
as it is in Jesus. What a mercy, we have j swered, ' Stfe ! Lord, send, dear Lord^ send 



not been left to such errors, but that the Holv 
Spirit has made us light in the Lord. " AU 
e&cting, sovereign favour." 

He seemed eradually sinking, and on Sa- 
iurday the 18tb, before the doctor came, he 
Md each of us farewell. I asked him how he 
felt, if he should be taken away ; whether 
his mind was now dark, as he expressed him- 
self, on Friday ? He said, he trusted all was 
right, but he wanted more power in his Soul. 

1 had to leave him a short time, and when 
I returned, on the Monday, my fears were 
^confirmed, that his race was almost run ; and 
*lhat bliss, eternal bliss, was near. I found 
that during the night he had often been in 
prayer, and that many blessed things had 
lieen spoken by him. 



more pibwer, if thy blessed wilL' I said, 

** Did Jesus once upon yon shine } 
Then Jesus is for ever yours." 

I know, dear Father, you want the power to 
feel it now, and you shall have it again : even 
with Thomas, to sav and feel with all that 
holy newer your soul desires, 'My Lord, and 
myOod.' 

Wednesday, 82nd, when Mrs. B. called, he 
expressed his thanks for all kindness, and 
then said, ' I want to tell you Ood is faithful. 
'The foundation of God standeth sure.' * He 
is all in all to me ! Christ is precious I Cnrist ia 
precious ! praise Christ ! He will never leave 
me, never forsake me. Tes, Emmanuel, Ood 
with us.' Re desired ma to read the 91st 



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87 



▼ored to do. 



CBM^ ui pVAJWi wbioh I WM la- 



•omo larour in mj ovd 



la the ewmungf he eeid, * I want to be with 
Ood. I want to feel thet love which was be- 
fiore timeb when there was no nn, nor pein, 
thai I niaj be finr ever a wallowed up in Father, 
Son. and Spirit Amen.' Thenhe a[>peared 
ae if he thoofht, he did not feel hia ain and 
nworihiaeaB aa he oii(ht» and broke out aajr- 
tnfe ' O Laid, ahow bm mote of what ain ia 
and the riohee of thygraee in aannr ainnerL 
thai 1 Bwy gWrify Thee, Oh holy Ctrd, God 
Akuffhir, i^ither. Word, and Spirit. 

Thanday, SSn^ Mr. Bloomfield oaUed, 
fwhoae miaiatiy m j father attended) with Mr. 
PeUa: to Mr. Bloomfield, he aaid, * I am ffUd 
toaee joa : the Lord bleaa jou ; I hare been 
apeor wanderer ; but, the Lord in hia tender 
wm% , 9 baa dealt tenderly with me ; he haa. 
greaUj b lc w ed jour miniatrr to me in my 
<dd afe ; ihe Laid haa bl o iaea yon to othera, 
and will blev you. Stand feat ia the truth. 
The Lord bleaa yoa and preaerYe you and the 
' ai 8ah»m.> Brother Bloomfield aaid. 



'The ererlaatinf goapel ia all your aupport 
now.' He anawered, ' 1 hare none elaewhere, 
aalj aa in a jneeioaa Cbriatt let forth in hi* 
fiaMhed work and free-graoe goapel.' fie ap- 
peared overeome, bat to brother Pella. in 
parting, he aaid, * The Lord bleaa jou, I am 
going where flittering robea for eon^aerora 
wait. All oigraoe, Iree graoej Praise the 
Lard.' 

IVidaT, 2ith, he lay quiet oMat of the day 
and night, now and then erjing to the Ijora, 
* Baiee me^ lift me up, let me go.' On this 
night, he eaid, *• Vm eddying man, I die. Lord, 
p«t the ererlaating arma around me ; dear Fa- 
ther, dear Jeeua, eome, come, and fetch me.' 
'lin them, and thou in me^ that they all may 



be made perfect.' I want to be perfect, per- 
fect.' 

About 6 o'dock, my mother and Mr. L. 
went to him. with mvielf and abter ; he took 
hold of her nand ana said, * I haTe aeen Je- 
hovah, — ^Emmanuel ia hia name.' 

In the early part of the night, I laid, ' Je- 
aua oyer Uvea. Looking unto Jesua.' He took 
up the worda, * Looking unto Jeaua; looking 
wnolly ; Lor^ enable me to look; enable me 
to look entirely for ever and ever. Amen. 

Soon after thia, he gradually sank into the 
arma of his Lord and Bedeemer for ever to 
possees the inheritance of the saints in light, 
*Tbanka be unto Qod that giveth victory^ 
through our Lord Jeaua Christ.' He died 
on Tuesday morning, about 8 o'elock, tha 
SSthofDeeember, 1858, aged 77 yeara, bar- 
been a preacher 66 yeara. 'Hu end waa 



His mortal remains were depoaited th^ foU 
lowing Monday, at the Gemetry, Woking^ 
Surrey. Mr. Bloomfield attended the fanenX 
Other miniatera would have been ther^ but 
were prevented, eepedally hia old friend and 
brother, C. W. Banks. Mr. Bloomfield 

5 reached the funeral sennon at Salem, on 
'huradav, the 13th of January ; firom Prov. 
xiv. 32, laat clause. It waa a good disoourset 
setting forth the righteous and their righte- 
ousness, hope, ana blissful end. Brother 
Bloomfield testified to my father's feitbfulnesa 
in the gospel and kingdom of Christ by divine 
power and grace. Our loss is his gain. 

* While everlaating agea roll. 
Eternal k>ve shaU feast hia soul, 
And scenes of bliM for ever new, 
Biae in sucoession to hia view.' 



JOSEFH. 



Hackney. 



THE ACTIVE CHRISTIAN— THE PASTOE'8 WIFE. 
AN OBITUABY OP MBS. PBPPEE. 



(Goarioded from page 67.) 
Maa. Pmax waa ^d&uUimp CkritHan; 
thofligh in eireomstanoea of real tronble and 
daanr, woold diapby remarkably atrong 

la the earlier period of her life, ahe waa the 
sabieet of moeh fear and doubting; yet her 
doiiMa did not eaU in queation the great 
tnithe of the Gospel, but her own intereat 
thereia. She woiud aometimea say, *I do 
insly and eenfideiitly believe in the Uened 
phn of Salvation by Gtaee ; that Jeaoa 
Chriift haa made a Ihll and f^ alone* 
lor the ana of hia people; thai he 
'^ ' I aa everlaating ana a glorious 
that he ia a mighty and a 
wilKag Savioor, * Able to aave to the ntter- 
meotatt that come vnto God by hun; but 
saleOer ks will m90 m ia a matter of pain- 
fcldedbt and anxiety to my mind.' 

I of her nervooa affections had a 



tendener to piodaee a doubting atate of mind. 
She haa each a aenae of the amaaing love of 



Qed ia aalTalioBi ewmecied witlya deep leBia 



of her own nothingness and depravity, that 
she would often fear she oould not be a subject 
of this love, else her whole heart would bum 
with love to the Saviour; and her anxious 
aoul would often exclaim, *0 Lord, thou 
knoweat all things, thou knowest that I do 
desiie to love thee, with all my heart.' 

Thia doubting atate of mind continued more 
or less till her aevere affliction in 1854, when 
the Lord ao gradoualy broke in umm her 
eottl with the discoveries of his love, that she 
waa filled with ecstaciea of joy, and while all 
were anticipating her death, and weeping al 
the thought of so soon having to loose her, ahe 
would beg of them not to weep, but to 
help her to rejoice in the Lord, and to bleaa 
ana pnuae hia preoioua name for his wooderful 
lovingkindness and mercy to her. Observing 
her husband weeping at the bedside, she said, 
< My dear, pray don't weep for me, but rather 
r^oice. because I am going to be with Jesus, 
my Beloved, for ever. I have been a poor 
doubting one all my life time, but now my 
doabts are all removed, and Z '"*'■ "' * 

Digitized t 



tmie, Du( now my 



M 



TdE CAETHBM TJS88BL. 



[April 1» t8f«L 



Away an tean from my «yea : thoefiyre^ re- 
joice with me. mj dearest, for I am happy, 
and shall dwell with my Jesus for ever in the 
mansions of bHss.' ind some time after this, 
she took a final farewell of all in the house, 
saying, * I am jpoine to leare you all behind, 
and to enter into that blessed rest wlnoh my 
Jesus hath prepared for me in heaven. And 
my dying praver for you all is, that Gh)d wUl 
hless yon with all grace and merey here, to 
liye to his pnise, and then bring you all to 
ftieet me again in the regions of glory for 
eyer.* 

Her mind was Utterly mueh ezerdsed with 
doabts about the article of death, fearing that 
she should dishonour the Lord in her death, 
bv a Mjpint of unwillingness to die ; and that 
Cne pains and struggles of death would be 
too mueh for her to hear, and she should be 
tempted to say something in her distress that 
Would reflect discredit upon her profession, 
and upon the name of the Lora; in this 
6atan harassed her rery mudi at times. 

A few months ago, when her hushand re- 
turned from Bristol, she told him that she 
was in great distress of mind, heeause she 
felt such a strong denre to live ; and feared 
she could not be right with such a feeling, as 
the Lord's people had a desire to depart and be 
With Jesus Christ ; whereas she had no desire 
to die, but rather a strong desire to live. Her 
husband then explained to her that such a 
fseling was quite comdstent with the work 
of grace in the soul. That the Lord having 
more work for her to do, did not wish her 
to die yet ; and Uievefore. it would be wrong 
for her to wish to die, while the lord wished 
her to live. * But dear,' she replied, ' How 
sad. it would be when the Lord sends for me. 
if I should then have such a wish to live and 
be unwilling to go. O you don't know 
how the very thought of it distresses my 
mind.' 

Seeing the state of her mind, and knowing 
it to be one of those temptations with which 
Satan so frequently harMsed her soul, her 
husband took much pains to show her that 
such a state of feeling oould not be as she 
feared; for though now she had such a strong 
desire to live, yet the Lord could with one 
word in a moment chmige that desire to live, 
into a desire to depart and leave all things 
here. And that she might rest assured that 
when the Lord was ready for her and wished 
her home to glory, he would certainly inform 
her of it, the very thought of which would fill 
her soul with a aesire to go. 'For the Lord 
will open the windows of heaven to you', dear, 
and let a little of the brightness ot tiiat 
heavenly glory shine upon you, which will 

tnite melt your soul to joy, while yon will 
ear the words of such winning affection 
spoken by the Lord to you, * Arise, my love, 
my fair one, and come away/ that you will 
be as ready to go as the liOrd will be to receive 
you. And as to the pains of dying, the Lord 
Jesus will take care to be with vou that you 
will forget all about them, and all things else 
below in the sweetness of his presence.' ' O 
my dear.' she said, 'if it should be to, how 
Messed it will be to die, and who can tell P 
He is able to make all grace abound, and give 



me strenglli equal to my day; then I will 
leare myself in his hands.' 

The truth of her husband's enoouraging 
words was signally proved in her happy ex- 
perience; for her mind became gtadnaUy 
absorbed in heavenly reaUties as the time or 
her end drew near. And several days before 
her death, when no one had the sligbtesk 
thought of her decease, her ecnvenatioii 
turned upon the subject of death, with the 
sweetest composure imaginable; not a donbt. 
nor fear, seemed to rest upon her tranqoil 
mind. And .as the time of her departure 
drew nearer, she talked of dying and of ^oing^ 
home to Jesus, with such pleasure as if aha 
was anticipating a most deligbtfnl journey. 

On the night previous,-— when death, thou^ 
no one at that time had the most distant idea 
of her dying, then,— she oooHy, ealmly and 
most affectionately spoke to her husband of 
several matters which she wished him to attend 
to after, as she said she was gone home to Jeaoa, 
which woidd be veiy soon. And referring to 
the love of Christ, she said, with peeunar 
animation of soul, ' Yes, my dearest, now I 
do knew that I love the Lerd Jesus, and I do 
know that He loves me, and has redeemed 
my soul firom death, and that he will never 
cease to love me. Blessed be his name, bo 
has never left me, and I know he never wilL 
His love is an everlasting love, and his araeo 
is all sufilcient. O yes, dear, I can trust him, 
my ever-faithftd, ever-loving Friend. 1 
know he will keep me safe in nil everlastinf 
arms. O to be found in him ! This is blessed, 
is it not, dearest P And though soon after this, 
she suffered mueh from internal pain and con- 
stant vomiting, yet the greatest placidity of 
mind, and the most calm resignation prevailed. 
* my dearest,' she said, ' the Lord will not 
lay upon me more than I can bear, and when 
it is too much, he will either remove the afllie- 
tion, or take me home to himself, where there 
will be no aflliction but everlasting jov ; this 
is much better. The Lord will do all things 
right, dear ; he always haa^ and why should we 
doubt him now } Surely we have ,had prooib 
enough of his love to enable ns to say, ' Fathar, 
thy wiU be done.' < O yes, dearest, let ns 
pnise him for alL' 

After this, when her disease had evidently 
taken a sudden and unexpeeted turn for too 
worse, and she was troubled to apeak, ber 
husband said to her, ' My .dearest, is Jeeoa 
precious to you now ? Do you feel happy m 
his everlasting arms P If so, put upyour nuid.' 
She then hfted up her hand with all the 
strength she had. He again said, 'My love, 
if you are happy in the love of Chris^ and 
feel that you are going to dwaU in his boeeai 
fbrever m heaven: do lift np both your 
and she at once put forth all her 
i, and lifted them up, with evident 
deUg&t and joy. 

Yery soon after this, all eonseionsneas Ml 
her, and about four o'clock in the aftemooD. 
she began gently to fall asleep in the arms of 
death. And she continued to breath ent her 
soul into tiie boeom of her beloved Jesus witii* 
out the subtest sympton of pain, or the least 
change upon her plaaid oonnlMaace, till dO 
minutes past 18 o'dook at night, when ahe 



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69 



niptneptibly ccMed to bralhe: ^er 
Md isiil lumng hevd tiw orer-lioTar- 
in^ niTitatio&s of loTe, *A7iM,Biy k>Te, my 
Cur one, tsd eome anray/ had taken ita joj- 
ou ffiigkt ia the arma of Jeaua to the long an- 
tidpatad laawaona of bliai in glory. The de- 
eeaied ittd often earopwod a wiah, that when 
■ha might be naooneeioua of all 



nooad her, that loe might not be diatnrbed 
hj nman^g objeota. bnt be allowed to 
hmtk Mt her aool oalmlT and nndutorbed in- 
to the boaooi of Jeaua. And in this the Lord 
Iblly panted her deaire, for nothing leemed 
Id interrupt her henteoly vepoee dnnng the 8 
hoan andiO mnintea ahe waapaaamg tnrongh 
theTiDeyof the ahadow of death; wbeiwn 
riie evidently feared no evil, nor felt any re* 
faKtanee to go forwaid, for the Lord waa 
with her; hii rod and boa etaff, they eomforted 
her. Anditwaaenly by thecloeeetwatehing 
of her hnaband and family, who were with her 
thatitooold b^diaoeniedwben her happy api- 
lit readied the end of the ndley, and took ita 
jeyom flight from the elombenng body into 
tbe reehoe of ererlaetinr fifo and glory. 

The dceeaaed waa boned on Toeeday, Deo. 
flit, ia Aboey Paric Oemetry; the Rer. J. 
Bloooifield, of 8oho, eondueting the aerrioea. 
The body waa fixat taken to Zion Chapel, 
Heviagton Green, which waa hong in blaok 
^ the Bemboa, and where they . with many 
« the eoBgiegation, had aeeemwed in mourn* 
iofaltiie. intokenef theChriatianloTe, and 
ateea^wmehtiley bore to the deceased. Mr. 
Bhooilield, deliTOM a most truthful, pathetic 
aadeooioIatoryaddreaBto the moumera and 
I and t 



Ithe eernce was felt by all to be 
Bostieiemn, aa waa manifeet by tlie iotenae 
vefptng wfaieh prerailed. The prooesshm then 
mortd on to the Cemetry, where the body 
waa deposited in the quiet resting place ti& 
the momiiig of the resurreetion ; Mr. Bloom- 
field hanog ddiTcred another short addreas. 
conceded the aolemn aerriee in aweet ana 
tjnipetkiiiiig prayer. 

Ofthedeeessed it may be truly aaid; she 
vn a cxBTim woaiAH; an ivTSLuasKT 
Chusraw; a vaithvitl pmixiid; and an 
ArricTxovAxa wivn. 

Let me die the death of the righteous, and 
let my end be like her's. 



OENAMENTS 
15 THS H0IT8E OF GOD. 

Of what net am I here P— ia the enquiry of 
Buy an infirm and worn-out aaint, while 
nflimng in a body of ain and death. And of 
vbst aae ia aueh a one P^fMka the minister 
<» siek Tiastor, aa time alter time he teaves 
tha aidL room of some poor bed-riden child of 
God. Of what use in the world? Of what 
tt» in the ohnreh P Surely, none, is the eon- 
dwiflti. Then, why does not the Father take 
neb home P Why, keep them solfering here, 
rear after year to no purpose? 

Such waa the eamal reasoning of the writer 
t&w yens ago, when an aged Godly woman, 
«bo bad weattiOTed between ninety and a hun- 
<had yean ha tbto wHderaaHj speiitnn even^ 



ing with him. On entering the house, afanoat 
brealhloas, shepaoaed toask, *Howis it? I 
ean't thiiik how it ia my breath is so bad« 
surelT it ia not my great age V While we 
could only wonder, and aak the queatinui 
* How ia it the Lord keeps such a poor useleaa 
sulTerer so long in this Tale of teara.' The 
erening waa apent idieerfuiky, and in some 
rea^MKSta profitably, but as fresh marks of im* 
becility. or seoond ehildhoed, weremanifested^ 
we oouid only ecain and again repeat the 
queation. ^Gtfwhat use is she here? And 
now ia it her Father does not take her home ?' 
But, like all erenings, howerer proAtnUe, 
however pleasant, tlMre was an end to it* 
We had to aee her home, and with much diffi* 
oultyahe dragged from stage to atage, erer 
and anon halting to regain her breath. At 
one lonely halting place, we stood in front of 
our neat ehap^ burial ground, (Sutton, in the 
Isle of Ely,) within a yard or two of her own 
family grave. * Where am 1 now P was her 
enquiry. *fiear to your hmt roating-pboe,* 
waa our reply. And |h^ will soon occupy iL 
waa our conTiction. She hardly understooa 
the term; but, on a further explanation, ahe 
cast her bat look at her own grare. breathed 
an earnest prayer foe her Leva to come 
ouickly ; and again leaning on our arm, by a 
deeperato efibrt, ahe reachM her home. Beat- 
ing herself on the sofr, a riolent fit of cough* 
ing waa endured, and while in deep sympathy 
we pitied her from our rery heart ; such fear* 
ful expectoration followed, as to make nature 
reooil ; and again we aaked, * Of what possible 
use can she be here? How ia it her Father 
does not toke her home?* With perplexed 
mind and deep feelings, we breathed a silent 
prayer, for God either to take her home, or 
give her patience to endure for his sake, who 
endured so much for her. 

She recovered a little; and with uplifted 
eves and hands, she broke out in praising 
God for'hia mercies once more. We were 
silenced; we were admonished. And these 
words spoke solemnly but powerfully within, 
' She is an ornament to her profession.' And 
we said, * Thy will be done. Lord ;" thou shalt 
hare ornaments in thine house, as well aa 
that, that is usefuL She went to bed that 
night for the last time. Li less than a fort- 
night, we buried her mortal remains, and 
preached her funeral sermon from words of 
ner own choice, ' Oh, that 1 had wings like a 
doToI for then would 1 fly away, and be at 
rest.' 

We had to bless the Lord for that evening ; 
for while ahe talked of her text for funeral 
sermon, her grave, her grave stone, hsr 
funeral, Ac., it was all done aa by one who 
oould look death in the free, calmly as a con- 
quered foe I contemplate the grave as a rea^ 
ing phwe till the morning of the resomotion ; 
and anticipato the hour that should bring the 
summons to quit this clay tabemade, and 
' enter into the ioy of her Lord.' Still we do 
not forget the big tean that rolled 4pwn her 
cheek, while for the moment her nth gave 
way, and she exclaimed, * But, if after all, my 
profession, I should be deceived, and prove a 
cast aaray.' But, we can hope better thuigt 
of her, even thus^ she ia now 6efo» *«• ***»••» 



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not only ao ornaoMnty bat Mrfiiig God dav 
and night. And, are there not many suoh 
ornamenti in Ood s hooaet We think there 
are. Buffering aaintsl be eontent to be an 
ornament ; Tea, to be anything, to be nothing, 
aa God ihauaee fit, if therein he may bat be 
glorified. Bat, we pauae farther, to ask, ' are 
suehofnouie in tne honae of QodP* God 
forbid j they are of great uae. It has been 
our privilege, for many years, aa • siok visitor, 
• otty missionary and gospel minister, not 
onW to visit such ; but to get great good from 
such visits. 



They are Uvinff epistles ; ia£BBring, groan- 
ing preachers. ^Hiey teaoh us (1,) Gratitude, 
for the unspeakable meroy of good health. 



(2.) Humility, shewing what we are reduoed 
toby reason of sin. (8,) The vitality of the 
religion of Jesus Christ, whieh Jieither floods 
nor flames ean annihilate. (4,) The all-sufil- 
oiency of divine graoe for evei^ aflliotion. (6, ) 
The unohangiag fitiithfulness of the Sternal 
Tbree^ who never leave nor forsake them. (6.) 
The preciousness of eternal truth, r?,) The 
triumphs of the cross over sin, death, nell and 
ever J thing else opposed to a work of graoe in 
the soul. (8.) The difference between the 
religion of the flesh, and the religion of the 
spirit But cases of real usefulness are not 
wanting, where the sick, the suffering saint, 
has |>reached not only comfort, consolation, 
and instruction to the living child of Qod; 
but life to the dead sinner. 

We may, perhaps, if affreeable to the Sditor 
and profitable to his readers, in a few papers, 
further illustrate by those, '* Who being dead, 
yet speak." W. Flaok. 

Salem Chapel, Kew North Boad. 

3^nnairs of (^minist Hiniatta 

No. II. 

CONTBXBUTKD BT J, A. JOHBS. 

JOHN IIABTIN, OF KEFPEL STHEET, 

STI88BLL BQXTASB. 

JoHT Mabtik was a great man in his day 
and ^neration. One of an Herculean grasp 
of mind. He was considered somewhat eccen- 
tric, but, with all, a holy man of Gud. I have 
memoirs of his life, as written, by himself in 
twenty^ona letters to a friend. I shall pro- 
oeed to give the reader the eream at thoae 
letters, and then continue the account ef him 
to the dose of bis pilgrimage. He says in the 
first letter :— * The writer of his o«m lift has. 
at least the^rs^ qualification of an historian, 
Tu , tks hmnoMffe ofiks truth,* 

John ICartin was bom at Spaldinf , in lin- 
oolnshire. March 16, 1741. His faUier was a 
respectable farmer. When a child (he saysj 
' I was active, sprightly, and vain, rery •»- 
qmBiHee^ and strongly inclined to find out the 
ffoson of things,' when about fourteen, he 
was apnrentioed to Mr. Nowmaric, of Stam- 
ford, ffs styles him an enterprising gentle- 
man of many trades. < He was a oonrootioner, 
china and glass man, mustard maker, brick 
. maker, malster, a considerable dealer in tiles. 



His mother died daring his apprentioeshiBb 
She was buried in Spalding Chureh-yaid. 
^tiM of her daughters had been buried in the 
same place, and her twmtk and only surviving 
daughter was soon added to the goodly num- 
ber. * Of her three sons, then living, William^ 
died in the year 1768: Thomas, her youngest 
son, I have not heard of for more than SO 
years, so that, in all probability, I am the 9mia 
surviving child of the tMrUtm,* I ^foeeed 



(omitting much) to an eventful penod. I 

E've it in Martin's own words. — ^'In the 
unmer of 1767, 1 went with my then master 
to Skiptam, The day proved extremely wet. 
We were compelled to stay for ahelter at a 
UttleviUagecsiled Olamoorth, This was an 
evening that must not be forgotten. I found 
myself restless and indisposed . The landlady 
came into the little parlour where I sat alone^ 
and said, < Ton seem to want company, jon 
and my son shall go totiie Methodist meeting. 
It foill b0 rart §portfor ^ou. The Metho- 
dists (said she) are a queer sort of folk, but 
they won't hurt you.' Mr euriosity was ax* 
cited, and I consented to nar propoaaL The 
meeting was held in a dwelling hqjDse, in 
which were about twenty or thirty persons 
assembled. A grave-looking man stood oppo- 
site to me, h*hnmd the book of am old CMir, 
and in this strange situation, he took the 
following words for his text, * They shall ask 
the way to Zion, with their fooea thither- 
ward.' Jer. 1. 6 : Although very attentive 
to the preacher, vet I was not surprised with 
any of his remarxs, till near the dose of his 
sermon, when he addressed his hearers thos,— 
* Some (said he) instead of asking their way 
to Zion with their fooes thitherward, are 
asking|i I fear, their way to ksU with their 
faces set thithenoardr iW unexpected turn 
I thought eeoere, but, he added so much, to 
justify liu opinion on the subject, that I con- 
cluded that what he had reported might be 
true, so that I began to be emrioueljf amrwud 
at my own eitnatum. The effects .that fol- 
lowed were,—! was afraid of Uving as 1 had 
done, and resolved to retorm my life i still 
hoping there was no need for enj oerjf greai 
ehanae in my behaviour! In this state of 
mino, my former passions were still eomowhai 
indulged, but, witn this difference, that when 
my moral feelings were wounded, I feared 
tfaiat I was still asking my way to hell* with 
my face thitherward.' After tms, John Mar- 
tin went to bear a Baptist minister, whose 
name was Watts, at Donnington, near Boston. 
He says,— * His diacoorse, Uke that at OUy- 
worth, was uninteresting to lae till it was 
nearly finished, when Mr. Watts spake to this ' 
effect x—^SUmer, thou thinkest that Ood wiU 
perhaps oomnound with thee for thine iniqui- 
Ues. I telf thee*he wiU not JSfo, he wiU 
kaoe the mttermoet farthing f This alarming 
sentence appeared to sm, aa the handwriUng 

ri the wall to Belshaakar, they were terri- 
to me ; and on retnming home^ I mused 
thus with myself— What! have I been aakins 
my way to hell with my face thitherward, tiu 
I am pUinly told, that Ood wiil not com- 
ponnd laith einmere, but will have thentter' 
meet farthing ? 0, such tidings are tremen- 
dous r Thai I hftTo done nj thing fully lo 



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r Dmne JoitiM, J dtn not pretnme to 
littiod that I ATCT 9haU make A./kZ2 oom- 
iliOB ibr the qrimet I hare oommitted, I 
I BOi imagina; bat, to hear what I hare 
nw haard, that, no p a m m mt im part will hs 
mcetpUd; that God wul not eamponmd with 
■aoen; wimt tkaU I Bag 7 Is this oqaita- 
hie ? Is it not being unrta^onahljf severe f 
Tbeae U^al reaaonings produced in mj mind i 
' ikoM^kU of Qod : and I found that he ' 
b dunleaaed with the Almighty, can j 
porform, witty nor tkinh of that whieh 



M aeeeptable in hia sight. Mj oasehoA for 
aoma tune appeared to me to m a loei ease g 
and I eoneluaed that unUee I could hear of a 
remedjf whieh would allow me to Buppose the 
m orU of my oondition, and jet permit me to 
hop* te eoaupUU delioeraneo, — I oould not 
be aavad. ooon afterwardf, I fotmd that 
fCBedy in Him, who waa made fin for ua, 
thai va night be made the righteouaneM of 
eediaHim.' 1 

Hiavio^ been brought to beliere in Christ, 
and to reat his all upon him for salvation, he. in 
the jaar 1763 was baptised, and joined the 
Charcb of Chriat at Qamlingay near Fotton, 
in Bcdlbidahire ; and was verj soon after 
eaUed ooX by that church into the work of 
the fluoistrf. After preaching at Wittlesea, 
aad at Peterborough for .a few months, he 
was ioritad to Sheepehead, in Linoolnshire, to 
iMeaad Mr. YTilliam Christian* who had long 
bean their pastor. In August 1766, he was 
flfdaiaad to thepastoral office. 

Mr. Brown, (iLettering,) garehim his charge 
bom Acts zx. 28» " Feed the Church of God. 
whoA he hath pofchased with his own blood ;'' 
and the celebrated Sobert Hall, of Amsby, 
areaehad to the church from 1 Thess. ill. 8, 
^*2low «• live if ye stand fsst in the Lord.'* 
Alaa ! there sve but few ministers, in our days, 
that isad the diurdi with gospel food ; and but 
few charehaa, that, as fer as Truth is ooncemed, 
stand feat in the Lord.. Mr. Martin states, 
— ^ While I continued at Sheepehead I met 
with many affieting changes, notwithstanding 
moMj members were added to the church, and 
the number of the congregation was neatly 
iiMtfsaad. There I bnned mv dear wife, aged 
only 2B jaan ; alao my brother William, my 
•WB h y n tfi ed fether, and serehd of my beet 
fiisada to whooa eounaal and kindness X had 
beaa Boali indebted. Xhese afliieting changes 
aaada Bhaapahaid unpleasant to me. — ^Mr. 
Martin sbaerraa, * I never was thoroughly re- 
wmIwI to my situation at Sheepehead; 

* Mr. William Christian waa a minister of 
stwiina' tmth. I am in poas o ss i on of a most 
falaaUa little book whieh belonged to him 
(havinf hia aatogra]di) on Jm^fioaUooy by 
W.Sm,of8aliBbary. It waa to Mr. Chris- 
(fan ttat Mvhnid'a pooUoal LoUor waa written, 
9i w^SA I have disposed of aeveral thousands. 
Mr. GhrlaliaB did not long survive the receipt 



of that haUm. He diedsaddenly, at the very 
MKt anaiml meeting of ministers, and while 
he was oonveniBg with them on religious 
sa tj e et a. Mr. Woodman, of Amaby^ preaohed 
hia ftiiwralaennon firom 2 Kings ii. 11, 12. A 
striking passage^ and suitable to the solemn 



though whUe I oontiniied there, I pursued mr 
studiea elooely, with, I suppose, a student's 
common lot, sometimes wita great pleasure, 
at others with moeh vexation.' But the Lord 
waa preparing him for a more enlarged and 
important field of ministerial usefulness. He 
was invited by the Baptist Church then meet* 
ing in Grafton Street, Soho, London, to visit 
them, in August, 1773. It resulted in his re- 
movsl to the metropolis.— 

But Mr. Editor, I most trespass no further 
on your pages this month. Most interesting 
matter still remain for your May Ynaii.. I 
am, your'a truly, J. A. Jovbs. 

Bblotbd BROTiraB B^VKS,—! send you ■ 
copy of a couple of letters I received from 
friends in America ; assured, as I am, ' As cold 
waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from 
a far country,' (ProT. xxv. 25.) you will feel 
encouraged to proceed in your editorial work, 
and be Uiankful, since your good Lord blessee 
the same. T. Poock. 

Atlantic City, New Jersey, Feb. 5, 1869. 
DBA.RLT Bblovbd— With heartfelt grati- 
tude we received your kind letter, also the 
' Memoir of the Doubter Delivered,' your dear 
wife, and our beloved sister, now with her 
Lord and Sariour Jesus Christ, of whom she 
so often talked to me while she sojourned 
here below. I have to be thankful I ever 
became a subscriber to the Eabthbv Vbsbbl, 
it has often cheered my spirit this side of the 
water, bringing me news from afar, remind- 
ing me of dear friends with whom I have 
rejoiced, with whom I have wept It was in 
the Yebsbl I read of your Memoir, which I 
have now before me, and aa I read, I do 
rejoice in what God has wrought ; the doubter 
is delivered from all her sufferings, sins and 
sorrows ; her gracious Lord has taken her in, 
to go no more out for ever ; and as you say, 
she is gone but a little while before, and I 
shall be highly favoured, if my last end is 
like her's. 1 am very pleaded with what the 
young friends have done in putting up a 
Tablet to the memory of their dfeparted sister 
in the Lord. I hope they will always unite 
prayerfully with each other, and live in eaeh 
other's hearts and best affections, for their 
soul's comfort and the glory of God. My 
heart's desire is also, that the mutual blessed- 
ness of you, as pastor and people, mrf be con- 
tinued, uving in each others love ana prajers, 
you may yet be a blessing made to them, and 
many more ; by dirine help, preaehing a fbll 
Christy a rich salvation, a me redemption, 
declanng to all around what a dear Saviour 
you have found. 

As to temporal things, we aboutfd in mercies, 
all we can wish for we have; but 0, my 
brother, what are these compared to spiritual 
blessings? I have been nere four years. 



, hearing yea and nay preaehing, not a single 
I quotation from Solomon's Sour, and rare 
; indeed ii the intercessory work oT the Son of 
I God referred to. I do think they are better 
off for the gospel in Australia,— there a tne 



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CAvrilUMlii 



Me WO! 



> pMMiier etn tUnH wiUMUt iiiinlt» hare 
ie wovlil be etUed Antmomiaa^ md otiier 
TiieiuuiiaB. 

I often heftrd von speak of the eandleetiok 
betnff xvmoTed ; oat aiaa, I remored firom the 
eudleetiok, and well I know it. May the rod 
bo dipped in love and blood. Do pray for me, 
that I may be rooted and g;rounaed in truth 
and loTo, and kept faithftiL O, that the Lord 
would aend me to the gospel^ or eend his 
gospel to me ; sanetify this deep trial, bring 
me out more deroted to the will, work, and 
serrioe of my nacioos Bedoemer ! 

I do hope the dear brethren and sisters in 
England will prise their privileges, live close 
to weir Lord, sit constantly nnaer the drop- 
pings of the sanctuary, dip their morsels in 
vinegar, and their feet in oil, bathe in sano- 
tuary waters, and swim in Bsekiol's river. 

Mav every blessing be granted you, to .fit 
you for vour work, support yon in every 
trial, and crown you in death with viotory, 
and after that a victor's erown. Believe me to 
be yonrs in Christ, Framgmb Shbldbicx. 

Mt Bxloybd Bsothsb— I hope you will 
pardon us for being so long before we answered 
your^s, but I ean assure you, it required time 
to ooUeet our nerves, for our jov and sorrow 
was so great, we could not Tne pleasure in 
hearing of the blessed deliverance our do- 
parted sister obtained over her fears, in her 
departure out of this troublesome state into 
|iory, was enongh to excite wonder and praise. 
SU>w true is our God to his promise, " At even- 
ing time it shall be light. ' Zeeh. ziv. 7. Our 
sympathy for you, dear brother, is not lacking 
although there is much mercy in your cup of 
trial ; the dear companion or your youth was 
forty-one years spared to von. and though 
the greater part of her life sne was much 
ai&ieted, yet in many respcts, you must and 
do miss her. 

" ▲ few more rolUog suns at most 
Will land you on fair Canaan's coast ;'* 
then, oh then, scenes and seasons of sorrow 
will have no existence. I have no doubt but 
your faith looks forward, anticipating the 
Malisation of what your Lord has promised. 

Great is our distance; we, on the Atlantic, 
you in England; when it is twelve with you. 
It is seven with us ; but Jesus is the centce of 
attraction to all his people, in all pkoes, and 
while yon speak to us with pen, ink, and 
Mper, I almost fancied heanng of you in 
Ipewieh, where I hope I shall aeain, for 1 do 
b^of the Lord to make our wayclear, although 
we are every way weU supplied in eartmy 
things ; but what is the shell to the kernel r 
The crossing the sea is no trial, compared to 
the being debarred from the gospel ministry. 
The blessed truths in the Eulthbv Vbssbl 
and in your little Memoir, are more despised 
than sought for, or loved in these dark places 
of the earth. 

Give my ehris^an love to your dear people, 
thanking Mr. Clarke for his kind present of 
Dr. Hawker's Portions, they are our Bible 
oompanions. 

Believe me to remain your affectionate 
brother in the Lord, Willia-m Sh«u>biok. 

To Mr. Thomas Poook, Ipswich Suffolk. 



(Dur Ctmitnltgujrtn C|tsic|ia. 



A£DBiTH is a small Hamlet in the Isle of 
Ely, belonging to Haddenham. The popula- 
tion is small, but there are a few of the Lord's 
people here. They have a small chapel, I 
believe free firom debt. Mr. King has been 
the pastor of this church for several yeara ; 
but he has just given up hii charge at Aldreth, 
and enterod upon hu stated labours at 
Gransden. May the Lord prosper him where 
hell gone, and appear for the little one at 
Aldreth, in sending them another minister as 
good as the one that has just left. 



8irTT0!r was onee a fionrishtng town in the 
Isle of Ely; but it is now a village only, of 
less than 2.000 inhabitants. Here is a large 
Chapel with a small endowment, and a good 
congregation, considering the siae of the 
place. The Chapel stands in a good poaitioa 
to get a large attendance from snmmnding 
country plSMS. Sutton was for many year* 
the scene of Mr. Cattell's Inboura. Mr. 
Meekins, and other good men have aleo 
laboured at Sutton. Mr. Hack, now of 
London; was the last pastor of this Ohnreh. 
which still continues destitute of a staled 
minister, though it is thought that Mr. 
Edwards, ot Oottenham, Is likely to become 
the minister of tUs place. Should the provi- 
dence of God direct his steps to SnMon, wo 
may expect to hear of several being baptiaed 
and added to the Church, as it is thought 
many in the oongregation are gra c iou a charao^ 
ten, and are only waiting for God to aettio n 
paator over them. How glad we ahall be to 
hear of Mr. Edwards' auoceaa at Button, and 
of the oomfbrtable aettlement of thia people, 
who have been ao long deatituta 1 



■TBITHAIC 

At Strstham, in the Ue of Slv, we hmw 
a email cauae of tmth. I believe Mr. Howled 
was the first minister of this UtHe intersat 
who maintained his atanding at Slretham for 
80 years. He was aneceeded by Mr. Walla, 
who died about the aefMith year of his paalor. 
ate over thia Chntoh. Mr. Watta waa ane- 
ceeded by Mr. Orampin, the pr e a en t aai 
of the puee, who baa labomd hers^ 
tainaiig an honounUe standing, for nbout 
fourteen years ; but I understand that he haa 
resigned bia naatorale, and intends to leavo «t 
Lady.day, after which time he will be at 
liberty to aeeept the paaloimte of any deatitoba 
ehnroh to wfasMi the Lord may direct Ua. I 
am not aore thai thb haa ulwt^$ been a eanao 
of tmth. but it haa been loeogniaed as aoeh 
for thia laat twenty yeoia at least; the hialorv 
of thia little oauae haa been twico nobliakod. 
We hone the Lord will apeedily aend anothofr 
man of truth to fill the vnenum at Stiwlham. 
ATba' 



ATBAVBlUnu 

(To 6s cor«iM»d.pOgTe 



April 1, ISM.j 



THIS SAKTHBK VESSEL. 



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TBI FB SSHTikllOH OF k HiLVBSOlCB TfiSTXXOHIAL TO HE. SDWAU) BUTT, 

A. DB1.C0V 1.T TIU SI7BBBT TABBaVlOLB. 



Iir xctirinjc ''OB^ <^ ^r^ meeting holden in 
the Soirey Tabernacle, on Thundaj evening, 
Mardi ITth, 1839, we eoald not refrain fm 
tbe eUfliit meditations of oar heart,) from 
adoptia; and applying the wordi of Solomon, 
when ipnaVing ttf thn true charoh of Christ, 
onder the eharaeter of a woman — he said, 
' Kany daaghten have done yirtuously, but 
thoaezeellcst Ihem all.'. In looking round 
upon ttw charehei of our faith and order, 
thM« are many of them whieh have done no- 
bly ; and hare prospered, (through the gifen 
gnee of Ood,) and snceeeded, in establishing 
nd maintaining the great principles of the 
New CoTeaant dispensation ; and, in this day 
when a gradnal declension into a fashionable 
amalgam^tjon, ia the leading feature, it is a 
BMRy, that we haye ehurches not a few, 
whose paators are both faithful and fruitful, 
■ad whose order is beautifully oonsistent with 
■11 the rerelationa of hearen, respecting the 
tWngiiobe obaerred and done by the pro- 
lesssd spooM of Christ while in her militant 
state upon the earth ; but, if we may be allowed 
freslyt? ezprem onnelTes, we must confess, 
that for a generons, a prosperons, and a bene- 
Tolent exhibition of gospel conduct, the church 
at the Bwrey Tabemaeie doth excel. 

ThiM pfopodtion was fully justified in the 
cbeoautaiiees of the erening referred to ; and 
which we shall now briefly describe. 

A large eompany sat down to tea, between 
ife and six o'clock : bat by the time the more 
poblie meeting eomroeneed, there were pre- 
seat aearlr or qaite 1200 persons. 

Mr. James Wells prended ; and delivered 
a warsii, H^^ly* And truly eonmtnlatory ad- 
drsss. Afler a hymn read by Mr. Carr, John 
Thwaites, Siq., took a review of his own oon- 
■eetioo wilh the Surrey Tabernacle, during 
tte last twelre or foorteea years : and in a 
iteewd, and interesting speeuh, described both 
fte eoofliets and the comforts, which he had 
expsrieneed, as a member, and as a deaoon of 
that Christian body. There were three 
poiais m that speeoh, we consider worthy of 
■peeial remark; we dtstinotly record them, 
seeanse we are ezeeedingly anxious that our 
ifport of this meeting may be the means . of 
sturriag np the desoons, pastors, and mem- 
ben of oar ehnrchee to seek for a much 
b ap p i a i and more harmonions coarse of action 
thaa is now enjoyed ia many plaoes. The 



points were these: (I) that through the 
goodness of the Lord toward them, they had 
been helped so to fulfil their office that the 
pastor had never been compelled to call them 
i'> account for any direliotion of duty. This, 
we hold, to be a most happy statement to be 
able to make. Here arc seven deacons : all 
of them working on for a number of years in 
much perseverance; beholding the growth 
of the cause to an amasing extent. (2.) Mr 
Thwaites confidently assured us, that among 
the church and the deacons, there was a grow- 
ing conviction that the prosperity ana the 
harmony of the church was the result of that 
clear, unflinching, that full, comprehensive, 
that truthftil, and that oxperimenUl ministry 
under which they had been favoured to sit ; 
and Instead of wishing Mr. Wells to modify 
in anydegrec his ministry of a full Qospel, he, 
(Mr. Thwaites) would say, and he knew his 
brethren in office, would say,— and he believed 
the whole of the church would say—* GO ON !' 
Mr. Thwaites was here most emphatic. He 
spoke as a gentleman, as a chnstian, as a 
tried believer; as one who daily felt that 
such is the wickedness of the world in whieh 
we dwell ; such the weakness of our poor sin- 
ful nature, that nothing short of a (}ospel 
which takes us up, and carries us through all, 
right into heaven itself, could ever bo a solid 
support to the battling church of Christ, in 
her present warfare and woe. The third, and 
last point was to the effect that, in presenting 
a handsome testimonial to Mr. Butt, there 
was among the deacons, members, and con- 
gregation but one feeling. No jealousy ex- 
isted ; no party feeling had suKgested ,it. No 
complaint from Mr. Butt, for his arduous 
labours hod called it forth ; it was the fruit of 
a deep sense of the church's gratitude toward 
a brother, whose devotion, untiring perse^ 
verance, and most acceptable services, had 
constrained them to express their love to 
him, and their desire to do him good. Never, 
on earth before, did we behold, with our own 
eyes, an illustration so powerful of the Psalm- 
ist's words as this meeting presented; *How 
good and how pleasant, for brethren to dwell 
together in unity !' 

Mr. Lawrence then gave out a hymn ; and 
Mr. Edwards, (a senior deacon, having been 
with Mr. Wells nearly thirty vears) delivered 
an enthusiastic address, as full of Welch fire 
and Gospel zcal^ it well could be.' A hymn 
by Mr. Thomas Howard ; and then Mr. James 
Wells presented the Testimonial to Mr. 
Edward Butt. It was a beautiful purse, 
made by a blind person, containing Oke 

HUITDBBD AND FiFTT NBW SoVBBBIONS, 

laid on a handsome Silver Salver, worth ten 
gnineaa, in the middle of which-was engmved 
the following lines :— itized by VjOOQIC 



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'^nmltX 



WITtt A »VU» OV OHl BVVDXID AXD ttttY 
BOTXRBIOSS TO 

ME. EDWAKD BUTT, 

BT Tin CBITfiCtt ATD COKa&BOATIOV AT 

THB BUBBBT TABBBBiLOLB, 

BOBOUOH BOAD, 

A8 A TOILBH 07 CHBBTXAK BBOAKD, 

MiBCH 17th, i869. 

DEACONS, 

JosiPii Lawbbmoi, I Jouir Caab, 

£VA]I KdWARDI, I HkNBT ArriKLD, 

Joiur Tbwaxtu, I Tbomas Howaad. 
MINISTER, 
Jakes Wblls. 

In preuBti&g the tMtimoBial, Mr. Wells 
•zpnued, in a most affeetionito manner the 
oMigatkns he waa under to Mr. Butt, and the 
other daaoona. It appeared that Mr« Butt, lir- 
inf near, and hanng nit ereniaga at oommand, 
had heen the principal working man; the 
other brethren being eloaelj engaged in theSr 
■eveml departments in commeroe, Ac, oonld 
not give that ^me and energr to the Chnroh's 
affain, and to the wanta of the poor, which 
Mr. BttU had deroted —consequently it mi|^t 
be aaid he had weii earned tliia good degroe 
in ofl&ee ; and thie noble espreeahmof thank- 
A&lnen now Awarded. 

Mr. Butt, in receiving and aoknowiedgiag, 
the teetimonial, found great diffieuky in giving 
utteranee to his feelioga. One aentenee is all 
«• ean give. He said " the heneTolenoe of 
this ohuroh toward the poor, ought not to bo 
passed by in silence. Dnriog the last twelve 
yvars, no less than £4,fiOO, had been distribu- 
ted by the church uid eongregation in the 
Kurrey TShernaele, among the poor, in vmrions 
wnjs. 

C. W. Banks epoke a fern words after Mr. 
Butt; and Mr. Wells thencloeed the meeting ; 
srhtoh, in every sense, was one of thohappieat 
develo^emonts of Christian phikntluropy we 



WHAT ITE AB£ 2K)IKG AT BSi^Har0. 

Dbib Bbothbb Bah&s,— Tou have re- 
peatedly urged me to give you some infor- 
mation as to our proceedings here. I now 
propose doing eo with all brevity. 

The crowded state of our present chapel, 
towards the close of last Summer, oompelled 
us to think aboiit building a larger one. All 
our sittings were let, and still we bad many 
applications for more. We had iorms placed 
along the aisles, and they were filled, and 
oftentimes the pulpit stairs, and vestry too. 
Bspeoially was tnis the caae after my open-air 
lecturesln September last. Some said it was 
an unhealthy and temporary excitemcut, and 
would die away, and advised us to stand still 
for a while, before we thought of buUdii^. 
These wero the *slow coaches ;'--drags upon 
the wheels of progresa, but most benefioiBl 
and useful thmgs in their place. Others 
advised us to * go a*head,' and get the obapel 
' up bj Christmas last, These wees thssteam* 



engines, the express trains, they needed the 
' break,' and our * slow* friends put it on ; so 
that what with the warm* hearted eamsstness 
and activity of the one, and the stow and 
cautious prudence of the other, we havo been 
kept movmg on at a medium rate. And under 
the gmdanoe and approbation of him whois 
counsel has been earnestly sought at every 
step, I believe that we haveneither gone on 
too fast, nor too slow. In October iast» we 
began looking out for an eligible site for our 
new chapel. After examining the elsims of 
nine difllerent plots, one on the south sido of 
the Oxford road was unanimously seiect^dt 
A site which has since been pronounced alike 
by friend and foe to be the hett poHtUm tn 
Beading. It fronts the main road, and ii 
fift^ feet by one hundred aild £i»iT. Prior t# 
deciding upon the sito, we had a special 
praver-meeting on the Sabbath morning at 
half-post ten o'clock instead of the ittuu 
servico. And though nothing ^>ecial ehft* 
racteriasd the serrioe, the friends soemed to 
have their minds led aOl in the same directioiL 
and to be satisfied that the hand of the Lord 
was in the matter. 
The ground was to oost ns £160. ThonnS 

Question was, how were we to raise the funds P 
Ine evening, brethren Martin and Yinden 
commenced canvassing a few of the friends, 
and in the coarse of an hour got neariy ninety 
pounds promised. Wilh aueh a beginning* 
we were not long in raising the vim. requir^ 
In December the money was raised and paid, 
and the conveyance of tiie land made over in 
trust to the seven deoaons. 

A design for the new ohapel was pepsMd 
by a friend^ and a contract entered into for 
building it, for £1,036. The chapel to seat 
oVQr 500 persons, without jralleries. 

To raise Ibnds for buildmg, we issued wwh* 
Bcription cards, k>r donations, and shares for 
loans, and on Wcdni>:?dBy the 16th of February 
wc convened a public t^a meeting at the New 
Hall, London Street, to eall in the int imse 
of cards, and the subsoriptions rniaed. About 
three hundred sat down to tea, tickets tor 
which were one shilling each. Eighteen 
ladies connected with the chnrBh and oongro* 
gation Toluntoered to pay tho ezpensea of tho 
tea, so that the prooeods were clear pvofit, nod 
two other friends sombined together to p»j 
for the hall. After tea, I entered into a short 



id within a lew days after) waa 
onies prossised at the mootiBg, 
way of gift, or loan, to be ibrth- 



of our past proceedings, after which 
the ooUeotora handed in the amounU thay 
had reoeiyed. The gross amount of moBseo 
pmid Ml -at thameoting, (indading i 
pounds paid within 
£194k Mamos pros 
either by way of gift^ 

coming by April next^ £176, making a iaHtl 
of £370^ to wbioh if we add the £150 paid im 
the land, we have a gross total of £690 in 
about five months. Do you not think thaS we 
have abundant cause to thank Go4* mm! tskke 
oouivge? When the h un n t eg of tho tea naart- 
ing WM over, I delivored a lecture in the JKew 
BaU on the * Koligious History of Man.' 

We commenced building operatSBna kni 
week, and propose Uying the fbiuMUtionatMO 
on Thusids^, tho 31st of Msroh* on wliMi 



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oecMioa, btotbef Weib hiM ooxuented to bo 
witli us. 

Such ii « biisf ouUiae of our procoedinfj^ 
■fi to tk0 praenl time, and I think you will 
ftdait with iu that wo hAi« tattoh to be thAok^ 
fol for, iBd miieh to eoeouMge lu. For your 
nt'xt Buniber, I bo^ to forward tn account of 
tbe neetiDg for la/iiig the foundation atone. 

to. W. 

P. S. The three laat Sabbath aaembons in 
i^bnUT, I preftehsd in tho ITew flftll« Lm- 
dM Stmt fwhi«hwnhif«4 and |)«i4ftir, «b» 
the paf)KMe, br A warm-hearted, and liberAl*^ 
ttiaded fHend; to congregatlonB conibting of 
about fourteen to filteen hundred pefion«i 
Um fiaU beinf^ lilled eadi time by a most 
attcBftive asdieace. My first mtbjeGt was, 
*The FUnl n^Btake at the Gate of Heaven/ 
bawd (A Matt. ni. 22. Mjy second, ' Spiritual 
Ahthmettc,' baaed on Mark Tiii. 36;* * What 
•haU ii profit a man/ 4o. My laat—' The 
Fool aad hb Fun ;' baaed oa Pioyerbe adv* •» 
' Foola make a moek at sitt/ 

tPSWiOft-— "Ko man hath seen Oo4 at any 
tisa. If w love oae another, Ood 4w«lleth in m, 
aad hii love ia pcrfoeted In ot. And this eom- 
■aadaent haT» we from Um, that be who ioveth 
Ood, laveth his brother also/' I Mm X\L 31. 
joba dnak largely at ihte •ahDerating foontala, 
he Mt the toftMiBf, sweetening, pnrif^tBg power, 
^ it hi his own soul, wrote mnsh on its wooder- 
M sffeets, coasmcnds it every way to the Chareh 
or God, exhorting thsm to behold it. John iU. 1. 
Aad If every means in their power to exhibit the 
fraits thereof in their love to Ood, who loveth 
tbcM, snd le one aaother as bciae alike beloved br 
hia, with a dateless, endless love. And don't 
joa thiak, brother, if we, as ministers, were to 
dwsn Biore npen Itti htess^^ subject In our minis- 
try, we should caloy more of Its savor and flavor 
ia oar own soois, oe lem eama) in our objeets and 
labiseist Satan toerafty among the saints of Ood, 
sad if be can work a spMt of jealousy in the 
miads of Skm's walshmen. they soon shew it ; out 
It eomes in private or pnblio, and we know hnman 
natwe k prane to drink in this deadly opiate, 
tefsttteg that •*aatrsd adneth up strifss; 
bat Io?e eoreceth •* ■ •• ^ --. _ 



an i 



?rov. X. 12. To 



sympathy iru felt. Us advtoeeKeelleat, hlii i _ 
tuUtion warm, eb^Hng and Mttuhii. His owa 
soul anp«ared nnder divine Inlusaeei and lolona 
feelings prevuUed the meeting thtoughoat tha 
entire service. Dtr good hrethm^odd^BaMt 
and I ■ - - - 



walk in love h very bleseed. it is an evidenoe 
of soBSbiPb sad a proof of anion to Jesns, Kph. 
V. 1« i. And soeh welking is but too scarce by ns 
Bow.«-day ; y«t Ul s te are some trtto fM disposed 
to regard these things ta word and deed, who es- 
tscm the I<acd«a servsBta Mghly in love for their 
wotfc^sake, and Wish to be at peabe smoog them. 
aelTss. 1 Thee. v. 18. And I am happy to say, I 
am one so Ihvoared, far on M eaday, m. 21st, my 
frimds held a tea meeting in order to eoagratnlate 
mesa my Mad Mrth day ; three hundred sat down, 
both ioymt and happy. After tea, a more pablio 
lasffHif took pldoe, and after singiag, snd brother 
Boddy prayliig, our Treasarer, Ur. w. Clarke. 
vss ssUed to the ehslr, when with his usual 
vsrmth of manner and love to the cause, people, 
*' : ua with evident fteUngs of 



sad pastor, 1 
gratttadeto 



the Lord, aad aya^iafhy to Mabereaved 

jd adaister; detailing the Lord's deal- 

lap to this caoae dattag the 11 yean of his trea- 
sorenhip. Sinoerely aad prayermlty be congratu- 
lated the poator in the name of the friends, pre* 
•eatiag him with a poraeof six gninoss, aa a token 
of loTs aad esteem. The parse was thankfully 
rseelTed and duly aeknowledfed, by an expressed 
dssire for further union, uat^uiiBess, and greater 
■ool prosperity, which is far more valuable than 
cold or silver. Brother OolUns, of Qnindisboro', 
next addnosod, and truly It wss an address, every 
vmj to the point^eeasonabla, saitableaodaavoary. 
Jest wimt was wanted, and ought to be spoken : his 



of peaee. and beggln( the like bleninga upon att 
the chutehes, to iThieh we add eat hearty aaiia« 
Our kind IHends, the singen^ Ihtwired ua wltiiiai 
antheai suitable, between emy addrcai, tad 
their performances were good. Kay the qpMt m 
the livitag Ood ereate, and eonHaae his love In usi 
to m, and by us, and to his people la an plaw i 
through Jesas ChHst, Aiaeh. 

TaoKAft FoeoK* 

DBVOHPO&T.-On Monday, Feb. »th. was 
hshi in the Partloalar Bsptist Chapel, iPembroke 
Street, a teachers' tea mesiiag; about oae hundrsd 
and seventy persons sat down to partaks of a re> 
paat nicely provided, for which gieat credit Is due 
to the young people who assisted. We guue en- 
Joyed it. After tea, we repaired tO the chapel, 
when our pastor (whom ws lovsi) rose aad said he 
was glad to meet ao many friends, and begsu by 
addreseiag the teachers, spelling thdr name M 
teachers : T, (said he) stands for truth ; which 1ft 
the standard. J£, equity of Ood in the kw as weQ 
aa the gospel. A, answer ; the Word of Oo^ 
C, eharity, or love, manifest towards the thliws (a 
God. IX humility; ths effect nroduoed. S, ekp 
perisBse ; shewiag that without that, profes^ 
amonats to nothing. XL rightcousnsss, which la 
fonnd alone in ths Lord Jesos Christ : snd hu^tly, 
S, salraUon, the sure results of it; dwelling 
largely as he went along. Mr. Udstone, the sup- 
erbiteadaat of the school, wai called to read the 
r^ort. I was pleased to hsar him sUte that the 
only book they uught the children out of was, 
tH£ BIBLE, Ood's own word ; they use no Cate- 
chisms of any sort or kind; when he had finished 
his report, brother Bmminaton, spoke very plabily 
as to the tsaehing of the children, shewing that It 
was a good morally, but it must he the work of 
the Holy Spirit alone to api^ It to the soul sav. 
iogly. Brother ColUos gave us a spirited addrsss ; 
a few words from brother Westlake. minister of 
the chapel, after whloh, brother Essterbrook, closed 
with prayer, thus endsd one of the most plessant 
meetiags I ever attended. May Ood r^'vs the labors 
both of the ministry, and Sabbath School in this 
place. We have resson to bless the Lord, that wo 
have the gospel preached to us in purity|and no 
mixtnie. W. T. 

.(Brother WestUksk of Devonport, (likehrother 
Meeree, of Bsxmondsey,) has laboured In faith 
and in eharity, for years ; and now the harvest 
begins lo sppsar. Men who thui labour with 
their hands all the week, yst freely feed the 
ohnroh of God on the SahbathrMre surely worthy 
of doable honour— Bn.] 

It has been feasant to aa to behold young bma 
rklag up in Spheres Of assfahmss, and earnestly 
devctod to the Lord ; but, there has rsemtly, been 
saah dtaeoveriss— doli« anything, and being any- 
thing, to gain peopls: aad to gain popularity; 
that we ahacet tramhie for the Ark* We have 
received eeveral palnlhl letters from Chuiohes;^ 
here is an eatraet ft<om one; it Is a type of mueh 
that la oomtng on before us. *To the Editor of the 
Eaxtbkk VxssiL. Were I a stranger to the 
Cbaieh at ■■ ■ -w of which the late Mr. , 

was pastor, I should suppose by the account 
inaerted by you, that it was in a prosperous state, 
aud that the ministry of the present pastor, was 
in all respects, of the sams character as that of our 
late esteemed pastor. Ths present minister pro- 
fesses to believe in all ths glorious truths : but 
how dow hs beUeve in them, when he can sfford 
to spssk of their advosatsa m hypers, *«.•.•»?«£ 
associate wiu that class of preachers who avow 



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tteir 0Biiiil7 to them. I am lorrT to nj, tbe pre- 
■mt miaistry dow not «gre« with that whioh we 
here heen toenstomed to lit under. Some few 
months ago, the present pastor appealed to the 
ehnroh in referenee to hie staying amongst them ; 
his new sjstem of address to the nnoonverted, 
was one eonditlon upon whioh he was to remain «s 
their pastor; this being agreed to, and knowing 
that he had been mixing up with men whose views 
ax* in opposition with those held bj us, as a 
•hnreh ; I felt bound to ask him how it was that he 
had altered his eourse in going to the Wesleiran 
Missionary Meeting, which formerly he refhsed to 
dot This was the laoonlc answer I reoeived : " I 
will give yon an old woman's answer; I did not 
gow beeause I did not go ; and I did go, because I 
did go; and I do not choose to be eateohised." 
This is ezpressiTs of that pride, wicked presump- 
tion, and spirit of apostaoy and deolension, whioh 
is oreeping into our ehurohes : old faithful minis- 
ters are either removed, or oast into the shade ; 
and spoken of with much oontempt; while un. 
humbled, and haughty aspiranU are carrying the 
people over to a system of uneertainties. This is 
the beginning of a ohange. We add no more now. 

SiniBUBT*— Opening of Ebenezer Strict Bap. 
tist Chapel, Sudbury, Suffolk. On Tuesday, Jan- 
uary 25, 1859, the ohuroh and friends met in the 
new Chapel: three sermons were preached; two 
by Mr. John Foreman ; and one by Mr. Diekerson, 
in the evening, from Exodus xx. ; who, like his 
brother, was sweetly assisted by the presenee of 
his Heavenly Master, and enjoyed sweet liberty. 
(The writer who has been greatly favoured in set- 
ting under his ministry for twenty years, knew he 
was in a very happy frame of mind ; and brought 
to his reeoUeotion the many sweet seasons enjoved 
when the words from his lips oame as the oil of 
graee, flowing through the pipe of eommunioa- 
tion from heaven's gracious stores; and my dear 
brother or sister now reading this narration where- 
ever you may be ioeated, and although unknown 
to me, allow me to advise you to use all becoming 
means to enoourage your pastor, and thereby ame- 
liorate their sorrows in their labour of love; and let 
yonr actions manifest your love ; and you will be 
sure to gain his ; for love is reciproeal ; I oan bear 
testimony to this, and feel eeruin, as a means, it 
will add much to the peace and happineas of the 
several gardens of the Lord. Have we not a de- 
monstration of this in our salvation :— * We love 
Him beeause he first lOved us T*) Friends oame 
from the towns and villages all around, to shew 
their sympathy and good will to the cause, whioh 
very much eneonraged Mr. Plaioe, and the little 
ehuroh In embryo. It is true, the ohildren of 
Israel saw the pUlar of fire by night to guide their 
otherwise erring footsteps ; if ever this part of the 
hlRtory of the children of Israel were analagous to 
any part of the true spiritual Israel, it is to this 
people, for the Lord Jehovah has guided and pros- 
pered them, and far remote from their expeetation 
has eaused this place of worship to be ereoted, and 
now filling with attentive hearers, and blessing the 
ministry of Mr. Plaiee ; indeed, the plaee is illled. 
The ohapel measures 44 feet by 25 ; seating com- 
foHably 220 persons, with a Vestry whieh will ae- 
commodate 70, and is a very neat and eoavenient 
place of worship ; and both the ministers, with 
many of the friends, expressed their pleasure, and 
said it far exceeded their expectation. The collee- 
tions during the day amounted to £22 8s. 4d. 

G. O. WflOBi^ow. 

DACBS PABX— BLACKHEATH. The Lord 
appears to be blessing the word here, under the 
ministry of our brother Craeknell. The attendance 
has been good ; God's ohildren are feeding under 
the truth, five have been baptised by brother 
Craeknell, and added to the ohureh since the com- 
mencement of the year. He seems veir happy 
in his work, and to have had much of his Master^ 
prwenoe, while unfolding the wonders of etexnal 



love and sovereign grace. He purposes as soon as 
the weather permits going out {into the open air on 
Blackheath, and preaching the word, for which 
arraneements will be made, and partieulars aa- 
A tract society has been formed, and 
Amened iu operations. The chnreh at 
k, have given brother Graoknell, a una* 



recently eommened iu operations. The chnreh at 
Dscre Park, have given brother Graoknell, a una* 
nimous invitation for six months with a view to 



the pastorate. I have not been acmiainted with 
Daere Park long; but I hope its good am are com- 
ing. I am Ak Anxiotni Ls^ainnu 

XAII>0TONB.~MOTB ROAD CHAPEL. The 

Annivermry of the paetor*s settlement was held by 
a Public Tea meetug, on Feb. 14th. A warm* 
afTectionate feeling pervaded the assembly; and 
we trust that both thanksgivings and supplieations 
ascended from many hearts to our gracious and 
glorious Jehovah. The Pastor, in a lengthened 
address, referred to the past vear ; what the Lord 
had done for us as a Chiureh, our present state, 
and our expectations, grounded on the word and 
promise of the Meet High. A hymn, oompoeed by 
the pastor for the occasion, was sung very cheer- 
taWj; and he was presented with a beautifril 
Hand-Bible, as ** token of esteem and love," for 
his use in the palpiL Several of the brethren 
prayed, and our Deacons gave a short address, 
both evincing a deep solicitude for our welfare and 
proeperity. It ought to be mentioned, that 
although it was stated in the notice of our last 
anniversary that we expected to baptise three on 
the last Lord's^ay of that month, yet a fourth 
oame forward and was baptised with them. He 
had been a partaker of graee, and a hearer here 
for some years, but he had stood aloof fhrai '* the 
ordinances/* till finding his wife determined on 
Baptimr, he felt his boart drawn towards us ; 
sU obstacles overcome; and, after fivlnr the 
Church some account of the dealings of God with 
his soul, was immereed, and reoelved into tall 
communion with the others. O may the Lord add 
unto us fk«quently, roch as shall be saved I 

When our Jesus rose triumphant 

Over sin, and death, and hell. 
Seraphs hail him to his glory ; 

SainU on earth his wonders tell ; 
And all honour 
We will give him evermore. 

Has he not rich gifts imparted 

In his ehurehee here below ; 
To frilfil our Father's purpose. 

Here to have a kingdom growt 
Tis his power, 
Through his servsnts, gives success. 

Though the world and Satan Joined, 

Oft conspire to pull it down ; 
Tot the cause our king has planted 

Never shall be overthrown. 
All our safetv. 
And our peace, are, lord, in thee. 

O that Pastor, Deacons, Members. 

May united be as one ; 
And let faith, and seal, and patience, 

Thronah our words and actions run ; 
Love and pity 
Alway to th' afflicted shew. 

Open blind eyes, hard hearts soften ; 

With thy loving-kindness draw 
Saints to walk in tv*rj ord'nance. 
And obey thy holy law : 
Freelv giving. 
To maintain thy righteous cause. 
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, 
Give abundantly thy graee; 
Strengthen, sanctify, refresh us ; 
Let tby glory fill the pUce I 
And thy praises 
In our hearts and lives abound I 

Jonx Dixon. 
MaidBtooe, March 16th, 1850. 



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PKAIROW-— ZIOK CHAPEL. On Monday, 
matth 7th, ta iBtereating meetinff waa held. This 
eaaaa kai aiiaeo oot of tha cottage meeting com- 



Id the fillage, by oor brother Crackntll, 
three jaara ago. If r. C. W. Banha oceupfad the 
chair. Brother Craekacll opened the meeting 
trith prayar; the chairman gave an intereating 
ti ii wm ; alter which Mr. Hardwlck, who ia anp. 
pljing the pulpit apake upon Love, with much 
vsmth and aweeCnCM. J. £. Craeknell, late of 
Plaiatow, who ia now labouring under the DiTine 
bicaaiBg atDaera Park, Btaekheath, then addreaaed 
the mwtlug giving an account of the riae and origin 
efthie emuae, auting the intereat he felt in it and re- 
joieiag that the truth waa preaehed, and New Teata- 
BCBt Chureh order maiatalned. Brother Watta, 
who oeeaaloBaUy auppUea, apoka very truthftiUy ; it 
i« hoped he may Uve to be uaeftil in the Lord'* vine- 
Tard. Brother Stainca. auperintenda the Sunday 
bcboel, whieh Sa progreaaing favourably. A large 
party took tea ; the chapel waa crowded ; and 1 
Mpe good waa done; Ohs ik ma Coumsk. 

lAFTUT CHVfiCHSS IH TEE COITNTBT. 

—On Tucoday evening, March 16th, 1859, a pnb- 
bc meeting waa holdenin Unicom Yard ChapeL 
Tooley Street, with a view to form a aodety to aid 
«ach Baptiat Churchea in the country aa really 
help. Mr. Samuel Jooea. preaided; and 
' . C. W. Banka, apoke of Wan- 
and Woobum Green. Mr. 
the Wantage poaition very 
BiiBBtciy ; and apoke very highly of the Wantage 
ckcTth, ea aflectionate and faithful, but aeverely 
tried. Mr. New entered largely into the Woobum 
Cntm caac: Mr. Sindall, Mr. Kealey, and othera, 
rkaded hard ftir churchea of thia kind, a commiu 
tee vaachoaen. One friend (through C. W. Banka,) 
cave two aovcreigna to oommenee a fund with; 
ether thJing aubacripUona were made. Mr. 
Kea^cy, of Oakly Cottage, Chelsea, waa chosen 
Trcaiurcr; Samuel Jonea, of WatUng Street, 
LoodsB, Secretary. Further particulars soon. 

CLAPHAX BI8S.— On Tuesday, January 
Sad, waa eelebrated the flxat anniversary of the 
pwtorate of brother Eowlanda, at Behoboth 
Chapel, on whieh oeaaalon aermona were preached 
by brethren C. W. Banka. and J. Pella ; the people 
leeaKd deeply Intercated in the truths proclaimed. 
May the Lord long bleaa brother Eowlanda, and 
other brcthrca hi that neighbourhood, jea, all his 
■ainlstaring aervaau for much good, is the prayer 
of Ons WBo waa raaaanr. 

8T. LnX8>-^OB Tueoday, March lat, tea and 
pohUo meeting waa held in the above plaee in 
cammcmoratfcn of the annlveraary of S. School. 
Mr. AadeiaoB (peator) preaided, when aubjccta well 
mited to the oeeaaion were treated on by brethren 
J. PeOa, J. L. Mecrea, S. Milner, J. Bloomfleld. 
Abe report read waa a very cheering one, testifying 
to the power of God in the salvation of the young, 
throogh the instrumentality of Sabbath iSchool 
iascractioB. Thia happy meeting waa brought 
to a dose by aiaging the uaual dozology. 

WHTB.— Benjamin Wilkina. father of our ea. 
teemed brother, Joeeph Wilkina, of Brighton, 
catered into rcat February 1 7th. aged 69 years, 
•ad lor forty years a (kithADd mintater of Jesus 
Cbilst. He dtod at Tatton. near Briatol, where 
fcr many yaera he had resided, and preached the 
«md vtih mjeapianna ; he waa interred at {forth 
Ers^, ever whieh ehnreh he had presided for 
Sljcara. Bla fhneral was attended by several 
aiaistera of the neighbourhood, brother Hawkins, 
of Bradford, delivered the addreee; brother 
Pteee, of Weatbury, preached a aolema and «-ff. 
•rtive fhneral aermon in the afternoon, lo a large 
•ad atlanlive eongregatloo ; and on the following 
LarAVday morning, hia eldest son preached in 
Betbcada Chapel, Trowbridge, and in North Brad- 
••y(^pel,Uk the evening. 4 Couiic8ro](0B.HT. 



KEVIEWS. 



* A Loud Call to our BaptUt Churcket: 
London: G. J. SteTenson, 64, Pateraoster 
Bow. Thia penny pamphlet furniahea aome 
information connected with the atrtiggle 
which the Strict Oommanion Baptista of Nor- 
wich are now passing through, in conaequenoe 
of ibo free-will, the dat^-faith, the open- 
eommonion, and the anti-goapel profeaaora 
haying determined to take St. Marv^ Chapel, 
Norwich, (an old CBtablished Strict Baptist 
Chapel,) out of their hands. A bill has oeea 
filed in Ohaneerr ; and the Open-Communion- 
ists, * openly ' aeolare, they will never sub- 
mit; never surrender; never restore the cha- 
pel and property to its legitimate owners * «»- 
tU the Sou9e of Lords hat decided against 
them* This is a bold and determined stand 
against the principle of New Testament Com- 
munion ; and if the question be driven into 
the House of Lords by the Open-Communion 
partT ; and if that house decide in fhTor of 
the Open-Communion practice, then, good bye, 
for a season, to all the Strict Baptist Trust- 
deeds in the kingdom : they will no longer be 
considered of any value, where a minister and 
his party choose to turn over to the open.side. 
It 18 not, perhaps, generally known, that 
nearly all the leading duty-faith men in the 
denomination, are farourablo to tho annihila- 
tion of close, Scriptural, New Testament Com- 
mnnioD. We have an immense bod;|r of men 
Against us. The moderate Calrinists; the 
iluntingtonians ; the General Baptists; the 
Independents; and multitudes beside; all 
are determined foes in this one branch of gos- 
pel practice, and church order. But, we 
naye truth on our aide. We have God on our 
side. We have the prayers of many thou- 
sands of the Lord's dear people on our side. 
And if, with all this, the enemy triumphs; it 
will only be for his ultimate overthrow. Ne- 
yerthek'BS, every man of Ood who is firm in 
the faith, ought at once to arise ; to anoint 
his shield ; to gather together his friends ; and 
to seo what can be done for the Norwich Bap- 
tista. We have ventured to issue a supple- 
ment on this subject. It is entitled — *A 
Loud Call to ibk Baftibt Chubchbs.' 
It may be had of our Publishers ; or of any 
Bookseller in the world. Mr. George Barber, 
of Thorpe Hamlet, Norwich, is the Secretary 
of the Committee, for the Strict Baptist 
Friends. We hope thousands of helpful let- 
ters will be sent to him 

Death: A Visian.-^The Solemn Departure 
of Saints and Sinners" By John Maegowan. 
With Prefaee by William Cowper. London : 
John Gadsby, Bouverie Street — Better than 
any remark we cm make on a subject so aw- 
fully great, as is Dsath, are the following 
woras of the good man who has been the 
means of giring to the world, a new edition 
of this scarce and deeply-interesting book. 
Mr. Cowper, in his preface, says : — 

'In this uncertain and ever-changing time- 
state, there is but one thing sure^ that we 
must die ; and as the tree falls, so it lies ; 
therefore, my dear reader, whether young m 
old, what an important subject Dbath ispc 



08 



THB BABTHIN VBSSIL. 



[April 1, IIM. 



Should not tli« awlbl clwa^ firam lime to 
eternity be our daily ooxuideration ? Bemem- 
hw, ii it is BQt to we pleMuree for erermore 
•t God's Hght hand, it nmt be an eternity of 
misery, the gnawing worm of a gvilty con- 
saieBQe, arising ^ni unpardoned sin. The 
solenin seotenee of a Holy Qp4 hangs over 
the head of erory son and danghter of Adam ; 
•nd it is awfully sad to see how regardless of 
both, the generality of mankind live all their 
da^s, full of eager care, anxious eonoern for 
this life only, and put *nway from them, as 
intfusire and disagreeable, ever/ thought of 
another world, and that oertam messenger, 
iDeath, who is waiting to usher them into it, 
as if they knew not tbey were mortal. 

' I am glad to read in this little book these 
ihinn so strickingly set forth i I muoh ad- 
mired the powerful and aoeurate manner in 
which the contrast was drawn between tho 
death-bed of the thoughtless and ignorant, and 
those taught of the Holy Spirit. The Author 
has most feelingly set forth the soul-support- 
ing power of free and so?ereign grace nchly 
bestowed on the godly, when flesh and heart 
shall fail s also the chequered scene of conflict 
in the reg^enerate family of eternal choice. 

* Here is shown, likewise, the false peace of 
earthly eandidates for an ideal hcaven^tbo 
useless resistanoe made by the young and 
yobttst^the baffled skill of the physician, the 
Tain intreaties of the worldling xor longer life, 
and the disappointed hope of the apparently 
oonvaleeoenL | 

' As you read of these true things, oh I that i 
there might be enkindled in tbe souls of I 
many, as there was in mine, a fervent, prayer- 1 
ful hope that when the damps of death aie 
dislogmg the spirit, we shall realise a hidden 
Ufis with Christ in Ood.' 

' TraetarianUm : its Obfsctt. Nature, and 
Tendency.' By B. Wale, Reading. London : 
Q. J. Bteyenson, 5i, Paternoster Bow. Thi» 
six-penny namphlet contains two lectures de- 
livered bj Mr. Wale in Beading, and in some 
other neighbouring towns. It is said, " these 
powerful Lectures have set the Oxford Dio- 
pete all on fire. The Lecturer may well foe 
carefVil; for such exposures of the masked 
marches of Bomapism will certainly bring 
upon bis head, the curses and anathemas of 
the harlot and her sons.' Mr. Wale has 
proved himself a man of metal. Both as a 

Sreaoher of the gospel, and as a Lecturer, he 
I amasingly ana increasingly successful. 
Some thousands flock to hear the hard argu- 
I, the telling speeches, the beautiful dis- 
and the fervent i4>pea]s ot this re- 
son of David. This pamphlet on 
HSmotariamitm demonstrates one faot : when 
Mr. Wale takes a subjeet in hand, he enters in- 
to ks roots, examines every branch, exposes 
every error, sets Satan at defiance, and lifts 
up toe standard of truth with all nis might. 
Wewantalbw move such bearty fellows as 
this Wale. He is no tame turn-coat, no smil- 
ing double heait : ha goes to his work like a 
man— -like a man prepared of his Ood to da 
good to Ziim ; ana to unmask the awful de< 
oeivevsofoarday. ♦ 2*e " 
b the prayer of thousand s . 



ooarsas. 
■owned 



* QUamiMg$fr&m Df*. jH<NeWi<^# CbaMMii- 

tary on ike 2few fesiamfnt.^ Compiled by 
ElisaChinery, London : Colllngridge ; Lea- 
mington I C. U* Cox. This volume of 105 
pages of ehoioe extraeta from tha writings of 
a great and good man, will be a nleascut oom- 
panion fbr the voune Bible student ; and for 
such thoughtfMi Christiatis whose libraries are 
small, and seasons for reading sparce. Hiss 
Chinery has done a good work. 

</7«rMoii« and Onilmet* By the Bev. 
Alfred Hewlett, M.A. Inoiimbent of Astley, 
near Manchester. Kottingham : J. Wilkinson, 
London : Hamilton and Co. Mr. Wilkinson, 
the l^ottingbam Theological Printer and Pub- 
lisher, has produced this handsome volume in 
most exoellent st;rle. Alfred Hewlett is well 
known as alabonous and energetic clergyman. 
At Astley, and in the surrounding districts, 
he has, under Qod, been made a great blessing 
In every sense. He is a Churchman ; but in 
the foundation principles of the Qospel, hp is' 
thoroughly ficnptural ; and in the experience 
of the truth, he is savory, and sincere. The 
volume before us contiuns some instructing 
outlines; and a few good plain sermons. 
Christians in the country, who cannot get to 
hear sound sermons preached, would enjoy a 
book of this kind. There are some passages 
in this volume we hope to give to onr readers 
another day. 

The first Knmher of the Bartken Vessel 
Pulpit : (printed uniform with that periodica), 
in order tnat it may be bound with it,) con- 
tains a Sermon preached by Master John 
Turner, a Preacher of the Gospel, sixteen 
years of age; at the Coppice Chapel, near 
Dudley, in Staffordshire. The title of this 
Sermon is—* Deliverance from the Pt # ; 
Establishment in the Truth; and a Ifeip 
Song ptU itito the Mouth,* It is issued by 
Stevenson, 64, Paternoster Bow ; and may be 
had for one penny of any bookseller. It u a 
Sermon from a heart sanctified by the grace 
of Qod. We purpose to notice tnis Sermon, 
and some letters irom our young brother, very 
soon. Our hopes of hiin arc gtcat. 

< The BapUem^l Ct^mmamd ; 4» Address 
delimered ftjr Mr. James Wells, at the Surrey 
Tahemaele, en Wednesday ^ March IM, and 
forming No. \\ of * The Surrey TahemaeU 
Pulpit.* London : Partridge and Co.; Bobert 
Banks and Co. After Mr. Wells had delivered 
this Address, he baptized forty-five persons ; 
and on the following Lord's-day, a multitude 
of believers were added unto tliat already 
large and influential Church. Mr. Wells is a 
thoroughly determined, intelligent, and most 
popular Baptist preacher ot Christ s Gospe). 
This address of bis needs no commfsndation 
ofour's. It embodies tbe whole of the Kow 
Testament on the three questions ai issue ;•*- 
the Persons— the Manner— the Authority. 
Our Baptist friends should send it to those of 
their friends who need a little sound Gospel 
instruction. 

'A Letter to the JSditors of the Gospel 
Btandard and the Sartken Vessel, 4^e., ^c. 
By Job BawUngs, Tiowbridge. iUMidon : 



AprU, 1, 1859.] 



THB EAftTBSK V£88SL. 



90 



SimplHii, Manhall A Co; We fear there Has 
been aomethin^ wrone in the manner the au- 
thor of this b<^k hasMen dealt with ; hat we 
wait for clearer light; and if we get it, we 
■hall fearleasly sp«dc our mind. 

'Tk4 Wkuper: Koe. 7 and 8. London: 
HoBiaton and Wrigbt^This double number 
contains * The woman dothed with the Sun'^ 
aad other oommentfl on Her. xii. and xiii. 

The Editor of Tke Wkitper^ in sending us 
tide part for Beview, sajs—' Ton are desired 
to ooodeon or justify the doctrine and spirit 



then, IftheAMkf tadA«rft^^of the man illni. 
trate the preeeptire part of (Jod's word, wo 
consider him a safe, a useful, and will be a 
sueeessful Minister. In this tract there are 
some Tory weighty and valuable words. We 
by no means speak lightly, either of the 
author, or his work. TVe wish he had stewed 
his brains less ; and let his heart and tongue 
have worked more freely in thoia tilings, 
which are the chursh's daily bread. 

* The I^Hkfui Bhopherd: A Sketch at the 
Lifb and Times of Godfrey Massey, fi.A.. Viear 



of thia work.' We are not quite prepared to I of Buff. By l>owson Massey, M.A, London 

" t:*^ii_ . 1_._ .. . Hamilton, Adams k Co. Seeleys & Co. Jf 

you would see a little of real Irish life, and of 
the sufferings and triumphs of a serTant of 
Christ, in breaking up fallow -ground, then 
read this thick, this powerftil biography. If 
you cannot obtain it, we will endeavour to 
furnish a few sketches another day. 

* Letter 8 to Theophilu$,^ By James Wells, 
Minister of the Surrey Tabernaple, Borough 
Road. London; T. Holmes, 76, St. Paul's 
Churchyard ; J. Cox, 100, Borough Bead. The 
secret i« now out : the question has often bpen 
asked Who it the ^ lAttU One 7' The first 
twenty-four Letters to Theopbilus are now 
printed very nicelj, making an ornamental 
and useful volume. Mr. Wells has written an 
explanatory Preface— has affixed descriptive 
headings to the Letters, and carefully revised 
them. The earnest wish of njanv is hereby 
met; and we hope its sale will justify the 
speedy issue of other volumes. 

'Infant Salvation* The substance of a 
sermon, preached in Jiioh Baptist Chapel, 
HoUinwood, on Sunday, January 03rd, by 
John Gardiner, minister of the chapel. Lon- 
don : G. J. Stevenson, Paternoster Bow. 
The author, in the preface says—' It may ask- 
ed why this sermon is issued from the press. 
It is because a member of my little church 
having lost a babe by death, and intending to 
inter tho body in the family vault, in the 
parish church, in this neigbourhood. the In- 
cumbent refused to read over what he called 
an unbaptised child. On the day of burial, I 
tcok my stand at the church gate, gave out ft 
hvmn, spoke a little, and engaged m prayer: 
This called down vengeance upon my head. I 
was misrepresented ; therefore, my friends 
engaged a ref^orter to take down the sermon.* 
The subject is treated with plainess and de- 
cision, yet in a becoming Christiaa spirft. 

* Fellowship with Chritt in Affliction,* 
This is a Memorial Sermon preadied at Lock- 
wood, last year, by William Crowther; having 
reference to the dsath of his hehived viie. 
lianj will be glad to knov this Sermon 
(preached in the furnaee of aiBictionO is 

Srinled ; and may be hod of Mr. John Poyn- 
iT, No. 20, Murray Street, City fiotad*. 
London. Another Seimon entitled, *It i$ 
Finithed,* by Mr. Crowther, may also be had 
tbrough the same channel. These 4Sermon8 
are anusually weighty; full of the word of 
God, as realised in the faith and feeling of the 
heirs of heaven. 

* Catherins Bray ; or, the lfand^4r JL$' 
claimed: By E. Dingle, Tavistock. Pub- 



LUeiftUy to explain the Apoca- 
lypso is a work multitudes have attempted; 
bat few, if any, have been very suocesaful. 
"He kave had the presumption to think we 
sbooid like to write a plain exposition of the 
Bevelation onrselToa ; but the time is not jet 
oome ; perhaps it never will ; if we did, we 
should not write some things * Gideon' has 
written here. We have never said much for, 
or against, ^The WTkicper;* but wo must 
eoofes% we are afraid of its tone, tendcnenr, 
and doctrine. We fearfully fear that its chief 
de«ign is to overthrow what never can be 
overthrown on this side of the grave ;— there- 
fore we havo sincerely hoped the Whieper 
woaH cease his Whisperings ; beeause in all 
rital and essential points we hope he is right ; 
bat in attempting to publish his idol'theme, 
we fear — indeed, we fear, he is ighting 
against Oov. 

'ThgFamilg Treasury of 8ahh€tth "Bead- 
i»g.* London; Thomas Kelson and Sons, 
Paternoster Bow. Andrew Cameron, who 
was the verj aocceasful editor of the Christian 
TVaosM, \B now the editor of this new and 
beautiful Miscellany. The Messrs Nelson are 
certainly firet-claas printer^ and ntost enter- 
prising poblxshera. We do not think a prettier 
M a gai i w ia in o Ti s tenfts than is this Family 
Trmamry, It is deaerriOff of the highest pat- 
ronage, embodying as it does, the pithy nar- 
rmtifes of almost all the books which Europe 
produces. For a family, it is full of intelii- 
genoi^ and iHostrations of the highest order. 

' What is tie Seripiurs Frinciple of Pro- 
phetic Intcrfrwtatiant London: Ward & 
Co. We aoawer, there ara but two modes of 
Interpretaiion : first, the anointing and reveal- 
tD^ power of the Haly Ghost. Secondly, the 
real folfitmeat of prophetic predictiooji. We 
firmly befiere thai Ohristianity ruts npon this 
tmo^sid ioate, tho spiritual unhiding of the 
Word of Qod m the oeliever's heart, and the 
literal folfilfaent of the Word of God, in the 
oatiooa of the earth. We esteem the author 
of the traci. We halievfi it to be John Cox. 
Ute cC Woolwich. One question we wi>ula 
urfe:->how is U, that ahnoit every man 
who makes tho literal fulfilment of prophecy 
his cUef. his sole, almost his only toome, 
hew is it an such men dediae in usefulness, 
ikhongb tliey are studious, and men of good 
^arts? it it not because, essentiaUy, nod 
Mdineay, ibfi Holy Spirit is sl4^htsd ? Lot 
a van'a aesd leviagly emJtffm, let a saan's 
■JMihf ennesUf nfid ctjuaily eontend for 
bolk iim MpftiintU and the Msrali and. 



100 



TllEEABTHEN VBS8KL. 



[April 1, 1868 



lished bj W. Brandon^ 26, George Street, Ply- 
mouth. Poor Catberme \ru ftn orphan ; a 
fallen sinner; a penitent aeeker; and a 
triumphant belieTor. Her history is given in 
a simple and beautiful narrative ; clearly 
showing the blackness of the fall ; tho glory 
of the gospel. 

Me. Blooxfield's Nbw Wosk — Among 
the multitude of sermons that in the present 
day are teeming from the press ; none, I think, 
will be found more worthy the attention of 
the Christian reader, than those just pub- 
lished, entitled, A Voice from the Pulpit. 
They are from the heart, lips, and pen of Mr. 
Bloomfield, successor of the late Mr. John 
Stevens, of Meard*s Court, Soho. 

The subjects are interesting, they are so 
plain, methodical and biblical. The first 
part is a very able piece on the gospel minis- 
trv, and it would be well if many ministers 
who profess to be evangelical preachers, would 
take a lesson therefrom. May the work be 
found useful to Zion's converts, and redound 
to the glory of our Triune God. Then will 
the under shepherd not have laboured in vain, 
nor will he go without his reward. 

F. Fbavkliv. 

19, Harrington St. North. 

Mr. SaHubl'8 Nbw Work,—* The Tri- 
umph of the Holy Spirit over Sin in the Sin- • 
ner,* By Edward Samuel, Minister of Ford- 
Street Chapel, Salford, Manchester. With a 
Preface by the Incumbent of Openshaw — the 
Bev. W. Farks, B.A. The manuscript of this 
work, comprising nearly one- thousand large 
folio pa^s, has been entrusted to our care ; it 
is now m the course of printing; and sueh 
arrangements hare been made as will, we 
trust, secure the work being speedily, and 
correctly issued. It will be a volume or great 
value at this time. Mr. Parks, an excellent 
scholar, and sound divine, has gone most cri- 
tically through the manuscript ; and has ren- 
dered good service thereby. As the work ad- 
yances, we purpose to notice its contents more 
fully. 

A new work by Mr. Samuel Cozens, of War- 
boys, is now in the press. A Companion to 
his * Thought Book/ entitled •Typology,' 
Ac, Ac. 

CLOSING NOTICES OF THE MONTH. 
CLAFHA.x.-<-The church and congregation, 
meeting for worship in Cranmer Court, under 
the nastoral care of brother B. S. Bird, have 
purchased a plot of ground, and hope, this 
next summer to build a new chapel. The first 
anniversary of Mr. Bird's settlement was 
holden March 14. When sermons were 
preached, addresses were giyen, and hymns of 
praise were sung, by Levites and laymen in 
good heart The brethren T. B. Parker, 
Oradmell, Caunt, Cook, C. W. Banks, and 
others spoke with much warmth, decision, and 
liberty. 

A BOON FOB DESTITUTE CHURCHES. 
A Correspondent writes us of a minister who 
has during the last few years been useful in a 
few retired comers of the vineyard. Our por- 
respondeut says :— ^ 



" I shoald maeh like you to hear him, I ahoold 
mueh like you to give him an introdoetlon to 
some wider sphere, than the one now offered, 
for I am sore he is well adapted. His matter Is 
ezeellent. His manner very pleasiog. His 
phraseology most respectable, and his flow of lang- 
uage abandant. And, farther, I may venture to 
say, there is a large degree of originality aboat 
him. I ssy this of him beeau^ yon have not 
heard him ; I have ; and I sometimes go where 
he does, and I find general opinion eoinoides with 
mine. He has not laboured in vain. The Great 
Head of the Charota has given him already sovia 
for his hire ; and this me thinks alter all is the 
sure test and proof of his eall to the worh. He 
does not know of my writing to yon ; I do not 
wish him to.** 

We shall be happy to famish partiouUrs 
(in confidence) if i^utred. 

QuBBY ?-^A Sunday- School Teacher wishes 
Mr. Coxens, or some able Student of the Bible, 
to answer this question— Was Melchisedec a 
man ; or was it the Lord Jesus Christ himself? 
—[An edifying reply might be given ; but, in 
the meantime, let the Querist search the New 
Testament. There, we belieye, the question 
is fully answered. — Ed.] 

Thb CaanTiAiv Bund Abukf Bociitt. — 
Another year of the exlstenoe of this Society has 
oloeed: — ^lls annual meeting has been holden; 
its report has been read ; iU inereasing gloiy 
and greatness has barst forth with brighter rays 
than ever. The Lord If ayor^the ehlef of the 
City of London— presided ; supported by aome of 
the best ChristUn laymen London holds— among 
them were saeh men as Thomas Poeoek, Thomas 
Pillow, and John Vlekers, Esqt. A good army 
of Oofpel ministers were alio aetively engaged ; 
the lead being taken by Mr. James Wells, and 
Mr. John Pells, others following their aealoas 
coarse. When the Report is printed, we shall 
review it, if spared. 



REDEMPTION JFUND. 

£. 8. d. 

Before Advertised - - . 113 7i 
Collected at the Anniul Meeting, 

in Unicom Yard Chapel, on 

Tuesday, January 4th, 1859, 

(including Donationsfrom Thos. 

Poeoek, Esq; Mr. James Wells; 

Mr. Thomas Bowland, of Cog- 

geshall; Mr. Blackshaw, of 

Hackney-Boad ; and Mr. Ed- 
wards, of Tunbriidge Wells, of 

one guinea each.) - - - - 18 14 9 
Collected after a Sermon preached 

by Mr. J. £. Cracknell, of Dacre 

Park, Blaekheath, and kindly 

E resented by the Peaoons and 
lends there - - - 3 

Mr. Robert Blagden,8onthgate 10 

Mr. Carter, Baptist Minister, 

Down, Kent, 3 

[Some few letters with stamps haye been 
received; these shall be duly ackowledged. 
Many encouragiag Epistles, exoressing the 
usefulness of the * Earthen Vessel ;' and i 



promises of help to be afforded ; haye come to 
hand; we cannot express oar gratitude. 
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HIB SimDAY 80H0OL— HIS A.PPBENTICESHIP— HIS FLIGHT TO LONDON— 

HIS INTIDBL COMPANIONS^HIS SOUL TBAYAIL-PSLiyEBANCS— 

PANTING FOB THE HINI8TBY, BTO., ETC. 



' T« %ac99 sot ehoMB mt, Ini I haTe ehoan m, 
fnity sad that your fruit Mhoold remain.'— John s 

Smr lefleetiiig ■Mmbcr of th« redeemed 
bmltf who hM leirehed, and dag into thoie 
■aoi of ziohee tnoenred np in Christ, in 
loaf .eaffering and tender-mercy, diiplajed 
bj tko loTo of God in hia own eaie, mnat 
acknowledge that the above is a title well 
aaplied, while relating the leading!, and 
nealinge, of God with bii aool : bnt the in- 
initade of God's power and wisdom is 
displayed in the endless Tsriety of ways, and 
m e aa a, whieh he caases to work togetner for 
the ^ood of thoae who are the ealled according 
to h» ponwee ; hj relating these displays of 
his proTiacoee, something may be found so 
' to the passing e? ents of a tried child 
ef God, thai will inspire hope, where hope 
ssems leat ; nay giTO eoozage, where courage 
ssams vanity and weakneas; and may give 
ledoahled anai|y to the prayers of some who 
an hoping against hope. 

It is for thia reason, I have been led to pen 
a few oiri m nists n nns in my life, as a oontinua- 
tioB ef my belored mothers eiperienoe, which 
s ppss s e d in November number of the Eakth- 
ai VnaxL. Praying that the seed may not 
he entirely without its results, being watered 
by the Holy Spirit 

On relsmng back by memory to childhood's 
days, I cannot think of a time when I had 
not a sense of the importance attached to the 
CBBseins of the soul ; naturally of a thought* 
fol tcmBcrament, impressions were early 
esnveyed to my niittd, through the teachings 
of my paieats. Well do I remember the times 
when alone, I thought on the future of 
eternity, yet seldom spoke to any one on the 
salncet One occasion, I remember particu- 
larly when about seven yeaxs old, an irresisti- 
ble something within seemed to give me such 
a desira to praise God for having made me to 
thbkoftheee things, while soman^ of my 
eomnaaiona were cereless about thetr souls' 
«eUare» that I could scarce restrain myself 
from outward exclamation. And this, in my 
sftsr yeaiUy when seeking after the pleasures 
of sin, haa been a thorn in my flesh, which 
sesmed to say, that I had received opporta- 
atties which no one ever had before ; and 
kavia^ deapised them no pardon would be 
tstralsdioma. 

At the age of ten years I was sent to a 
man eilMnt school than I had hitherto 
•tteaded; here my love of literature had 

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w ; or wnicn i naa lormeriy oeen a 
r. My mind when engaaed in this 
was at home ; vet, I felt I needed 
bing mifr§ than I had, which was mere 



more scope : I soon gained a monitorshin, 
which I deemed a great honour. I afterwards 
was induced totue a dais at the Sabbath 
School, connected with Salem Chapel, Great 
Marlow ; of which I had formerly been a 
scholar, 
work 

something i 

head-knowledge. I knew the new-birth waa 
not mine ; for this I prayed, and beeouaht 
God that I might be brought into the fold 
of Christ ; but no answer was then vouchsafed 
to me. I had yet to learn how vile and fbll 
of sin I was ; now my proud nature must 
stoop before it could accept the terms of 
unmerited pardon from the hands of a recon- 
ciled God. Ah! how often does Satan 
attempt even now, to revive those feelings 
in my breast, that I can say, it ii restraining 
love alone, that sustains me in my path : 
" Hold up my goings in thv paths, that my 
fooUteps slip not." I weU remember the 
circumstances of my parent's temporary de- 
rangement, and wondered why God sent such 
afflictions on our family, above all others ; my 
rebellious heart was set on fire by Satan 
against the hand of God, which waa even 
then providing me a course ; marking out, so 
to apmik, a track in the wilderness. But to 
pass on : at a proper age, I was apprentioed 
to a Cabinet-maker ; this seemed the only 
opening for me, after waiting months to find 
a suitable trade. After staying two years, I 
took a dislike to mv employment; a few 
words between myself and my master, led to 
an examination of my case before a bench of 
magistrates, which ended by ordering me to 
serve my time out. This led to a deeper 
dislike to the trade I waa bound to ; and aa I 
returned, it was with a firm determination 
to take the law into my own hands. From 
this time I sought little jobs of work from 
my friends; thus employing my overtime, 
and producing a little pocket money, whieh I 
had intended for a special purpose : I gave 
up my place as teacher, that no scandal 
might be brought on the cause. I had yet 
to learn that washing the outside of the 
platter was not sufficient to justify me before 
God. Having laid my plans, one dark night 
saw me leaving my parents^ roof unknown to 
them, to try my fortune in the metropolis, 



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handle of clothes on my ihonlder, and after 
walkioff ele? en honn, reached London about 
the MiMe of the ^y. I wm aoon e&g«g«d 
in the houie af a lineiriraper in Hozton ; and 
for the firet time in my life, brought under 
€he lire of an In1idel*8 tongue, i had to 
engage Sft th* ahop, on Sabbath norainga, 
from eight till elefw, which at firet I lelt 
Terr much : but in consequence of insinuations 
and sneers, my conscience was stifled ; here 
WM the ftrst falling «way of that morality, 
which I had been building ud for so many 
TCava, by reeolutioBS, and aaenameata, patch- 
11^ «p a aoock raality, which under the first 
blast of temptation was to fall to the ground. 
I had not been here long, before mj ear was 
shocked by the bUaphemies of iDfidels' coa- 
Torsation. At first I refoltedtn my mind 
at anch ideas : and spumed them ; bat by 
degrees I was wrought upon, and gave way. 
I b c(ga > to think there was acme weight in 
the aiguments brought before me; giving 
myself up to be tempted. I soon found my 
ineliAatioB led to doubt the esktenoe of a 
Ood. And as a consequence to think lightly 
<of the SaTiour and his mission. How truly 
is it proved in all such oases that» ** the natu- 
ral BMUi Kceiveth not the things of the S|»irit 
of God : for they aro foolishness unto him : 
•either can he know them, because they are 
spiritually discerned." 

All this time my outward deportment was 
not different to any time before; having 
eolations in London, and fearing to grieve 
my parents^ I durst not avow my ideas, and 
generally attended a place of worship on the 
Sabbath erening. A« a judge of aennoBs, 
I could BtiU give my opinion, yet inwardly 
qnesttoning, and criticising their truthfulness. 
All this I have never beforo diaeloeed to one 
of my relations ; but in referring to my past 
lifo, I consider it my duty to cover none of 
my misdeeds ; I have related this, to show 
how deeeitfttl and desperately wicked the 
heart of man is. 

What infinite long-suffering and mercy waa 
displayed by the God of love, m bearing with 
me through such a defiance of his almighty 
power I Alas 1 how many have split on this 
foek! what numbers of fkir sailing vessek 
have started, with pleasant prospects of at- 
taining a aafe haven, and bera stranded and 
lost on this afaoal of temptation. I am led 
to cry, why me ? The answer ia, grace hath 
put me in the number ; " By grace aro ye 
aaved, through laith, and that not of your- 
idves, it is the gift of God." I doubt not 
many on roading this portion, will naturally 
be led to think of some loved one, absent 
from the infiuence of a parent's teaching ; 
nesting on sobm hope ; to such I would say, 
hope and be undismayed, " the Lord's arm is 
act ahoitaned, that it eannot save ; neither as 
km oar heavjr, that it cannot hear." Yoor 
wttsa is plsia btfoit fo« : " pny witho«t 



ceasing ;" for ** the effectual fervent prayer 
of a righteous man availeth much ;" m aot 
weary, for, thmagh be Urry 3rft will he «aaiai" 
and in his own good time, an answer will be 
given to your petitions : ** Cast thf brsad 
upon tho watersi and it shall be found alter 
many days.*' 

On this part of my history, I dwell no long- 
er. By the providence of God, I was romoved 
into the country, as my health was failing ; 
here again would I render thanks to my 
heavenly Fattier, who watched over me wntA 
human advice was of no avail. My kssdth 
declining, would, in ail human prebahiiity, 
have ooBsigned me to an uariy daatk, to 
awake to the death that nevur dies. Birt it 
was not to be so; a kind providenoa wsn 
watching over Bw, and allowed ne to reniain 
only, ao lonf as to shew what kngthslm^gkt 
go to. 

My aeoend aitnation in the country, wan Ht 
Maidenhead. My thoughts on a futmn aliia 
wero now more serious than formeriy, and my 
views of the BiMe more real than beforo; yut 
still, grace was not giron me, Che timo wsn 
not fti oome. While here, a vury signal 
detiverance was manifested towards me. I 
had started one Sabbath meniing for London, 
to carry out a whim of tho moment ; aSsrted 
with a bad head-ache, and when I i sas k ai 
London, went to bed ; my friends, thtnUng 
I had a bilious attack^ do ct ero d me am 
ly, by bathing in eeid water, Ac (itv 
Christmas). Finding I got no hettm', n 
physician was called in on the second day, 
who ssid, I was sickening for the typhus fovtr, 
and was to be removed that night, Aeaoi4- 
ingly I commenced mv journey about fivo in 
the evening, and finished it at eleven o'fMk. 
This was only a dutance of 35 milaa^ but 
through delays, was detained ; at one limn 
neariy an hour in the open air, waiting Ihi 
arrival of a branoh tnin on a eoM fro^ 
night. This, and many other oontiury air- 
eumataneea, any person would have pi e gnu^' 
oated, would combine to accelerete the disease 
under which I was about to suffer ; the ooM 
generally striking inwardly, whicb, in moit 
cases, is certain death. When I awoke in tki 
morning, I was covered with small psK 



marks, Under which disease I was prcatralad 
for three weeks; which passed oif, sennelT 
leaving a trace of its finger behind. 1 hie, X 
say, ia an indispuUble evidence of the poww 
of God, manifested in acting even oontinty to 
the laws of nature, and preventing thoae affl 
consequences which must have ensued. 
From Maidenhead, I removed to 8si 
Walden, where I was still in mi nndaeided 
state, yet hopinj^ and believing in a Ikcnn 
brighter period in my history ; now waverinf 
between the world and God, then determining 
to give all up, and abandon all hope of Salva- 
ti<Mi, devote myself to pteaauro ; anen, marui 
I7 the feelnigs of foaf of jHotoa raM^ 

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md iwided ^vilh a 
jonigcr nratocf 9 wiio nad roMstly bo6tt wd 
to j&m \m hopes on tliB8nffBrm|B of Clmrt, 
ai nu Redeesier, A ooiiTenation he held 
viih me one eTening— which I helieTe was 
aeved h/ the Spirit of God— led me to aak 
aa ialereat ia hu wnjwn. 

Sean aftar thie, I vaa induced to hear Mr. 
SparMon; tha Maiia Hall hdiac fall, I oh- 
tauHd adwaaian into New F^k fliraet 
OmfA in the avaotaj^, whea Mr« 8. took for 
kn text, ICark m, 34. •* My eoal ii exceed- 
lag aeiTowftil, area unto death." I had 
heird Mr. 8. hefora; and many excellent 
auaiaten of the Oocpel, hat uoder none of 
them did I experience inch feelings of love 
towaide tha Sarioar, who gvre so much, 
laffered ao mooh, ia body and spirit, as the 
speaker was led to tell of Christ, that night ; 
theasraanrifattodme; I ii^t speU-hoand, 
as he paand ikoBi oaa aaffecxag and trial to 
aaeUier; tralj tha SpiritTe wwk was mani- 
fcet ia «ka words whi& issiied from the young 
maa't acath. 

I Tetomed to my ocenpation, and the ser- 
moa I had heard oecnpied my thoughts for ' 
we^ I bemoaned the sins I had commit- { 
tsd ; Biy tbonghts led to the conclusion I had 
eeamiuad tha Qspsrdonable sin ; often have 
I iiid aa my ^^ fearinfc» lest I should awake 
k hsU, if i want to sleep: I thought I was 
ia (ha aaaM positiaa as the barren ilg tree ; I 
thought my ary waa unheard now, and that I 
wmgncn over to destructioa: so ready is 
the adrersarj of aouls, in placing a stumlAing 
Uoek in tha way of those who are seeking 
and oying for mercy. 

About uiia tame, I heard a sermon from 
the mouth of one of God's serrants, (Mr. 
Gregory, of Marlow,) which was so sent of 
God to my case, that I felt sure that God 
was about to do something with me in the 
caasii]^ jaar, mthar to fit me for his service, 
~ €9Bsi^ flse to arerlasting punishment. 

la fluh|aet waa from the panble of the 

Btlesa fig tree. Bomethiag seemed to 
tell Bsa that thia waa tha last trial of my 
fruidaes hnmobea. " Lord, let it alone tiiie 
Tem^alao, till I ehdl dig about it, and dung 
It : and if it bear fruit, well ; and if not, 
then after that, Ihoa shalt cut it down." 

A few weeks alter this, I went over to 
Maidenhead to impend the sabbath, and heard 
a Buaaiimary aeoaon £rom Mr. If. Mather, 
(thea raaently arrired from India.) In the 
eeoma of his sermon ha mentianed the defici- 
eaey of miasiaoaiiea, notfrom want af funds, 
but ToluBtaan. Yhia B eame d aeat to ma ; 
after it waa ovar, I mant&aaed to my motiber, 
vim waa with me, how happy I should be 
to bear tba Goipd to those who knew not 
God, if ha woidd only give me a sense of 
interest in Christ, and of pardoned sin; 
uhkh in aone maaaora I troat has bean 
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my bed, bemoaning my distance from 
and crying for mercy, i was led to open the 
Bible, which I did at 1 John Ist chapter, on 
reading the first throe Tcraes, eueh a flood of 
light and peace beamed upon my soul that 
I cannot describe ; I read on, and tha Scrip- 
tures were so beautiful to me, as I had never 
felt before; all the world seemed at peace 
with me, and I at peace with all ; I was in 
such a frame of mind that I could hava 
jumped for vary joy; then I began to think 
mj burden was gone, and that I had fellaw- 
ship with GK>d tmx>ugh his Son Jesus Chriat* 
Faith %Mi givm m$ ; and my hape waa as 
ttrong that I frit the Judgment oajr woaM 
be postponed, so to apeak, rather than mf 
soul should be lost Oh! how wonderful 
are the dealiqn of God with his people 1 
Out of whata aase mould does he chooaa 
vessels fitted to his honour 1 and aU throuffh 
his own sovereign grace and will ! Truly *he 
leadeth the blind by a way that they knew 
not.' *And maketn his^ople willing in 
the day of his power.' What marked dis- 
plays of his AlaughtT power are shewn is 
all his leadings ! * He brought me up aka 
out of an horrible pit, out of the mirr clay, 
and set my feet upon a rock, and e st a bl iahad 
my goings, and he hath put a new eong la 
my mouth, even praise unto our God.' And 
now, I trust in nim to enable me to say, 
* many shall see it, and fear, and shall trait 
in the Lord.' 

* On Christ the solid rock I stand : 
All other hopes are sinking sand.' 

All glory be to his holy naam, I can Mfsr 
praise him enough. How frr short daea ay 
unworthy body of sin, come in this matter. 

' But when I see him as he is, 
ril praise him as X ought.' 

I must not dwell longer here as I m 
afraid I have already taken up too much 
space, but will just shew that my predictions 
were not entirely without the toachinga of 
the spirit, for God had a work for me to do* 
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NEW BOOKS. 

Cannot this moath iosart reviews. The first 
portioa of a careful Critique on * Baxter's Bap- 
tism,' inteaded for this month, is delayed until 
Jane. 

Mr. Bbomaeld*B Sseond Part of *A Tolas 
from the Polpit,' is to be iMued early In May. 

Another Part of Mr. Saraael Coseas's work, 
'Typographj.'fto., aprodaetion of amasiog la- 
bour, and of great use to students in divinity. Is 
also in the press. 

A new edition of * Memoir, Convereioo, and 
Cali to the Miniitry, of Edward Samoel/ Is Joat 
iasnad. His Gompanion Volnme, entitled * Trl« 
ampb of the Holy Spirit over Bio in the 8inasr/ 
ii rapidly paaaing tbrongh the preas. 

• Deaeon Craft, . the Bane of the Cborehes :* a 
new foar.penny pamphlet: hsfOi-is trae Jadg- 
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IS CHEI8T KING? 
0B» IS HEKOT? 

Delb, Editob— It may appear straoge to 
TOtt, and to your readers, aa it did to me, to 
bear that a minister, a leader of the people, 
preaching a good measure oi truth doctrinally 
and experimentally, should boldly affirm Christ 
is not yet Kinff, lie not haring received his 
kingdom yet If so, then it remainth that the 
Bonptures are broken, and a greater part of 
them are not yet fuUllled ; and, in fact, we 
look for another Mesoah. But if you will 
permit * A Suckling ' to intrude into your 
paffM a little space, he will try to take off the 
Teu of such of your readers' eyes, as hare im- 
bibed such erroneous ideas. And may the 
Holy Spirit bless you in your editorial and 
preaching labours, as also the household of 
laith, who lore to speak and hear of the 
things touching the King, (Psalm xIt. 4.^ is 
the prayer of your's in the faith of Ood's elect, 
John Wbslby. 



King 



There are four things mentioned in the gos- 
els, which form the history of our Lord and 
[ing, which may be taken as a basis to these 
remarks. First, he was born King. Matt. ii. 
2. Secondly, he was acknowledged King by 
a learned Scribe. John i. 40. Thirdly, He 
vode triumphant into Jerusalem according to 
Mopheoy, as King. Luke ziz. 38. Fourth, 
He was crucified as King. Matt. xxri. 37. 
Mark XT. 26 and 32. 

First then, ' Where is he that is born King 
of the Jews P' Now, I ask, who for a mo- 
ment, would think that a minister should be 
■o settled in his own opinion, as to deny 
Chrift at a King f Who would not dare to 
eall these wise men (who came from the east 
to worship him as Xing) fools for so doing ? 
Who can doubt, but these wise men &aw as 
much in the appearanceof that star of Christ's 
eomintt, as was shewn in any of the sacrifices 
offsred up under the Le?itical priesthood? 
And it was Yery plainly foretold that Christ 
should be King, and also, * that his kingdom 
■hall have no end .' But, here is another errone- 
ous error, and a turning of things upside down. 
This same minister says, that Chnst reigned 
King over all the Jews nationally. Whereas 
we know that he made himself of no reputa> 
tion, and was subject to Ciesar. the king, in 
that he payed tribute. * And also, when some 
of tbepeople would hare taken him, and made 
him King, he departed from them into a 
mountain. John vi. 15. Therefore, as I 
think it is evident that Christ did not reign 
over the Jews as their national King ; even 
to I think, and believetoo, that when If athan- 
iel said, *Thou art the King of Israel,' he 
meant ttie spiritual Israel, the Israel of God, 
which will take the second bans of these re. 
marks. 

Isaiah, speaking of Christ, says, * Behold a 
Banc shall reign in righteousness.' And Jere- 
miah prophesying of the same thing, says, 
* Behold tne days come, saith the Lord, that 
1 will rute unto Darid a righteous branch, 
and ft king ihtU reign and prosper, and shall 



exeeute jodgment and jnttioe in the earth. In 
his days, Judah shall be saved, and Israel 
shall dwell safely, and thit is his name, where* 
by he shall be called, 'THE LOBD OUH 
RIGHTEOUSNESS.' Now, again, it is 
evident that the Jews nationally never 
did call Christ our King by this name, nor 
will any, but what are Jews in heart. For 
hypocritical professors love their own righte* 
ousness too well, to accept of another man's 
righteousnets; and the pvofiuie world, who are 
so hardened, that they are not athtmed of 
shewing their colours oiMnly m, *Away 
with falm! Away with himr We do not 
desire the knowledge of him. 'We will not 
have this man to reign over us.' But the 
church in the twentieth Fsalm^ addresseth her 
prayer unto the King. And m Psalm cxlix, 
she is rendering her praise unto him. 

Thirdly, the prophet Zechariah when he 
foretold the event ot Christ riding into Jeru- 
salem, speaks of him as King, and see bow 
exacUyit was fnlftUed. He says, * Behold thy 
King cometh unto thee, he it jutt, and having 
salvation, lowly, and riding upon an aat? 
Now it appears, as the Jews as a nation did 
not own him as their King, neither did he 
reign over them as King; thus he must be King 
in somo other sense, yea, and is in a farhigher 
sense than an earthly king. He is king over 
the heirs of salvation, and none but the heirs 
of sal ration will own him as such. But the 
day will soon come, when before him CTery 
knee shall bow, and those that will not own 
him as King, shall be made to own him as 
their righteous Judge ; and woe be to those 
that never know him as their Kinf[ upon earth, 
for they will have no part in his kingdom, 
which IS everlasting, but shall be banished 
from his presence, * where shall be weeping, 
and wailing, and gnashing of teeth.' 

Fourthly, He was crucified as King. Now 
see the madness of the Jews, when he is 
brought before Pilate. Hear him ask them, 
whether he shall crucify their Sans? Hear 
what they say, * We have no other Icing but 
Ciesar.' But was he not a King ? Tea, he 
was, and Pilate was afraid, and asks him. 
Jesus answered, * My khigdom is not of thit 
world, if my kingdom were of thit world, than 
would my servants fight, that I should not be 
delivered to the Jews, but now it m^ kincdom 
not from hence. Art thou a king than f 
Thou sayest that I am a king.' ' To thit end 
wat I bom, and for this cause came I into thit 
world, that I should bear witness unto the 
truth. ' Every one that is of the truth heareth 
my voice.' But although Pilate's oonvietiona 
were so deep, nerertheless to be the friend of 
an earthly king, he delivers him up to be cmd- 
fied, and wrote the title, * Jesus of NaaareUi, 
the King of the Jews.' Now, thit minitter 
admits tnat Christ wat a King when on earth, 
but is not now, and is looking forward for a 
time, when he shall oome personally, and 
reign on this earth uniTcrsally . But the apoa- 
tlesays, *Be not carried about with diTera 
and strange doctrines.' Therefore we come 
' to the law and to the testimony,' to provn 
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of the eoraiiw of oor Lord, ia hii Snd BpU. uL 
10. ** Bat tbe daj of the Lord will come as a 
thief in the nwht ; in which the hearent shall 
peas rnmvr with a preat noise, and the elements 
shall melt with ferrent heat, the earth also 
and the works that are therein shall be burned 
ap.' Our Lord's eonfeesion. that his kingdom 
isBoAofthis world, and this deecription of 
the hr a r e n s, meaning the heavens that are 
seea, aad the earth passing away perfectly, do 
avay with erery idea (as to its truth) of an 
anivenal and personal rei^p upon this earth.* 
Ye therefore belored, seeing ye know these 
thioge before, beware lest ye also being led 
away with the error of the wicked, fall from I 
Toar own eteadfastness. Neverthelesa, we 
aecordiiig io his promise, look for new hearene 
ao 1 a new earth, wherein dwelleth righte- 
oasaees. Aad wain, Paul speaks on this 
wise. ' For the Lord himself shall descend 
froa heaTen with a shout, with the voice of 
tbe areh-aagel, and with the trump of Qod ; 
aad the demd in Christ shall rise first Then 
we which are alire and remain, shall be 
eaaght np together with them in the clouds to 
meet with the Lord in the air ; ' And so shall 
we ever be with the Lord.' So that it does not 

rar that the Lord will set his foot upon 
earth, but the saints will meet him in 
the air. Now dear friends and readers, you 
that have received Christ as King in your 
hearts, beware of seducing spirits. Believe 
not every spirit, but try the spirits, whether 



they be of God, for if they speak not aooord- 
ing to his word, it is because there is no light 
in them. ' 0, ye sons and daughters of Zion, 
consider and incline thine ear, forget also 
thine own people, and thy father's house ; so 
shall the king greatly desire thy beauty for he 
is thy Lord and worship thou him.^ I beg 
leave to ask the readers of these few reniarks, 
to bear with my blundering way of writing, 
for I am not learned nor am I one that his 
much time for studying the word of Ood, 
nevertheless when I heard the report, viz, 
that Christ was not a king from a minister*! 
mouth, I oould not hold, but told him of it, 
and now I write wishing some more able- 
minded man may have his heart wrought 
upon by the Hol^ Spirit to speak some thinga 
touching the king. 'Lift up your heads, O 
ye gates of Zion, and let the kmg of glory in. 
For tbe Lord hath chose Zion, he hath de» 
sired it for his habitation. This is mv rest 
for ever : here will I dwell for I have desired 
it I will abundantly bless her provision. I 
will satisfy her poor with bread. I will also 
clothe her priests with salvation, and her 
saints shall shout aloud for joy. 

" Bejoioe, the Lord is King ; 
Your GK>d and King aoore ; 
Mortals, give thanks and sing, 
And triumph evermore. 
Lift up the heart, lift up the voice ; 
Bejoioe aloud, ye saints rejoice. 



EABTHEN VESSELS OF OLDEN TIMES. 

No. Y. 



Wb tan loddii^ for treasure in eaithen 
■ell: aadthiiia no more, nor any less, 



thaa the Lord's peoplo have all done, in all 
a^eo or the world, what were the Patriarchs, 
the propheli, the apoetles, the fathers ? They 
we/e all earthea vessels ; and although some 
of tham flood a much longer period than 
any of Its can now stand, yet, thej passed 
awaj ; they enunhled and tumbled into dost 
sgau— aad there the vessels mingle with the 
sttth, uta God shall call them to the tkies; 
bat tha tnasnre-tha Heaven-bom intelli- 
geioa, the zanaomed, the quickened, the 
porifled ipirita whtoh dwelt in these vessels, 
sre belbra the throne of Qod and the Lamb 
for aw. Christ was railed in all those 
sirthaa taswls who were, by Qod, ' afore 
prepared, and appointed unto glory.' 

Ohriit was vailed in Moses, of whom I 
b«^ to write,— and of whom I have many 
tkm^ to mjf — bat, becanae teatifjring of 
Chnat ia thia way is my very soul's de- 
light, therefore I im hindered by a thousand 
liuoga, firom eominr to an employ so sweet 
te myaelf, and which might possibly interest 
othan. I mnit nbmit, and reluotantly leav- 
isg Mom thii month, I eatoh one ghmoe at 
GbigtrmladiB thfl prnoA of Boai. Dut 



old Naomi speaking to her darling Buth of 
him, says ; * The Man it near of kin unto ue ; 
one of our next Kintmen* In a new volume 
called * Dr. Oumminfe Buth ' we find the 
following paragraphs, which in some measure 
unvail a little of the Saviour's beauty. The 
writer says : — 

The most interestiag featore in thia passage, Is 
the statement that Boss wss her kinaman. This 
relation is often alloded to in the PenUteaeh. In 
Levltloos zzv. S5, we read, * If thy brother be 
waaen poor, aad hath sold away aoiae of hJa 
posseMlon, and if any of his kin come to rsdeem 
it; then let bin oooat the years of the eale 
thereof, and restore the overplos unto the man 
to whom be sold It ; that he may retam aato hJa 
la the eoane of reeding the Ave 
we And freqoent allatloa to that Inter* 
relatioBship, whieh was created In 
the Levitieal economy, of a K I nsm a n - B ede e me r , 
called la the Hebrew language, god, the redeemer. 
His fnnetloas and datleo were of the ibUowteg 
kiad ; first of all, to redeem the property that had 
been sold throogh poverty by his relatlvee; so* 
eoadly, to redeem the persoos who hsd been sold 
into slavery ; and thirdly, to exact satlsfketlon of 
the party who had ssaltreateA hlsaeanetead 
dearest rslativa. 

Sosaggeslivelsthto flgare» whlshweenota 
>ntan hMtftrtton i ssi gi^ 
Digitized r TC 



106 



THB BARTHBV 



fUty \, law. 



•dfofcnliiAnrsfrMf tnitb, tbiit H Is eoBiUaflSf 
rttend to in tbe Word of Ood, We all rcoellMt 
tt« tooehiiif emo of lob. In tb« depth of aflliew 
ttOB, wbea all nemt desperate, be mM, * I knew 
tbat my redeemer If veth ;' In tbe Hebrew, It ie 
tte nme word that is applied to Bee* ; 07 Cfoel 
Hvetb. 
And when tbe pMloilst saje, in pMlm six. 14, 

* Let tbe words of mj mootb, and tbe neditatloii 
of my beart, be aoeeptable in Tby sigbt, O Ood, 
mf strengtb, and my Bedeemer,' in tbe Hebrew, 

* mj Boes and my Goel ;' Boas meanisf ttrenfih, 
nd Ooet meaniDf redeemer, I mfffbt qaote 
pissagcs in tbe New TesUment, wbere this idea 
is translated into tbe Oreek language ; all Indteat. 
ter that Christ tbe 8&Tioar ia tbe antitype fore. 
Aadowed, aet fortb, and tpeeiflcally Ungbt in tbe 
fBatltation of tbe redeemer, or kinsman-rcdeemer. 

Tiewing it in this light, lei os see bow our 
Bedeemer, stronger than Boaa, for bis is omni- 
potent stiength— richer than Boas, for his are 
tbe riobes of tbe universe, on whieb He sits 
•nthroaed — aaawers to tbe aneient flgnre in all 
Its details and partienlars. We loot oar estate in 
ovr great and common father, Adam. We were 
all in Adam jnst as tbe fkull, and blossom, and 
leaTCs, and branches, so beantiful in summer, 
were all in the dry, lifeless stem, in the very 
depth of winter. When Adam lost the estate, it 
*was not be, tbe indlTidnal, that lost it, but all 
bamaaity in him. We lost onr moral glory, 
our great and beantifel possession ; and we are 
BOW weary, dsaotate emigrants and wanderers 
ia the land of Moab, naturally and deserredly 
without a home and without a hope. 

But lei us ascertain what our great Kinsman- 
Bedeemer has done. First of all, then, he has 
re-purohased and restored the forfeited estate. 
We were placed in Eden, amid all its Joys and 
all iU blessedness ; the fairest spot in a fair and 
aafallea world. We had every inducement thai 
a reasonable brine could bare to loyalty and 
love ; wc had every disuaslre that a responsible 
being could have from disloyalty and rebellion. 
But we sinned, criminally and unJusUflably 
sinned ; and that moment the tight of Paradise 
was queaehed, earth was dismantled of its 
beauty ; and we went fortb with our baebs to 
the Mtof apleadour, aad oar faeea to the dark- 
mriaf nicbt; earryiag ia oar memorice light 
aaoufh from Eden to remiad as what it waa 
which we had leet ; aad seelag about us miaery 
eaoatb la the desert we had wea, to amike the 
eatraat more terrible. 

Bat Jcaos baa redeemed the estate ; it is now 
Ub by right. Be, our represeatative, oar 
retrieved tlie leet ptow 
Tba prepbaey ef bis doing to ia la theae 
wea^ < Tbe woaaaa'a seed shall braice tbe aer- 
peat's ha^.' TbatriamphaatproefiithatHehaa 
dflMso^afala these : * I saw a aew heavea. aad 
a saw earth \ aad Gad abali wipe away all taara 
twtm all eyee ; aad there shall be ao ssore death. 
Bar Bonow^ aar eryiag; aeltber ahall there be 
asp asasa pala \. fot the former Ihiapi are pamed 
awi^.' 

Va kftfd kielj lotiaad— pariMpa mora 
tban we erer did before— bow IkUa there ia 
ol Ckawp-^Wthe ■wewiVw/ ef CWelk tfce 



nt gtadnafih^ ifidfR|^ off from flie ^oriont 
eentre of Life end GTory into tbe oelvsif e 
Tallies of a refined and so-caHed evangelixed 
philosopbT. ITe stand onnelYea condemned 
in this nmlt: bat we are not eaielcaa rnr 
hardened. We therefore aeakwaly ealch at 
any litUe breaking forth of the gloriea of 
Cwiit in any of ear brethren's cAnIs te 
preach the ge^ : and we emnot refrem 
nom calling Tery special attention to Ifo. 
17, of the 'SmTHf Taicmaels IWpiC— 
where Mr. Jaoaes Wells unfolds in a most 
excellent manner, tbe character and work of 
onr gracions FoannuNNKB. In the early 
part of this discourse, oar honoured brother 
says :— (We only take a sentence or two ; 
bat that was to as so good, we hope o«r 
readers will enjoy It^ and be proiltted, aa 
we were.) 

' Now, how (s the Lord Jesaa Christ our Fo*a> 
manor T We cannot get before him ; we aauat 
follow him ; wa muai cobm after him. Lei aa 
see the way in which he ia our Poreraaoer ; eo 
that we can walk only in thai way wbioh he» aa 
our Forerunner, hath made. Well, he ia oar 
Forernoner in having gone to the end of the law. 
He has obeyed and magnifled God's holy law ; 
be has established the preeept of Qod'a eieraal 
law for ever ; he baa gone before na; and tbare- 
fore, his obedience, his righteeusnesa, hssnmra 
tbe way in which we are to look for tbe Lord's 
mercy, the way in which we are to look for 
peice, tbe way in which we are to look for ae> 
ceptaaee with God. Be ie alaa oar Foerruaacr 
in having gone before us in enduring tbe penalty 
of tbe law. He bath taken that hell which be- 
longed to us ; be hath taken tbe enrae which 
belonged to us; he hath endured tbe wrath 
whieb beloaged ta aa; he haih endaved and 
swallowed up in vieiery that sacoad deaths aa 
well aa tbe ftrst» whieb beloafed to oa. Be boa 
therefose» goae before na; ao that Ihalaw, fba 
having goae before na,) ia dead to ue» and w« 
are dead to that ; the law caanot find us bow» 
for we are no longer under tbe law ; tba law 
has Its dominion, but tbe law has no dominion 
wbere the righieoosaess of Jesus Christ Is ; aad 
therefore, if 1 am where that is ; if I am a 
believer in Ghriat, ia bis righteousness, broagbt 
to reoouaee all ereetuve deiage^ and looking for 
Jaatlflcatlos by thai rigbteouaneee which jnaliilea 
from all th&aga^ there ia aoi a slagte thing aver 
eooaeelad wUh yen before eaHcd by frsea, esr 
stnasi or ever eaa be, thai la dlspleeaing ha tba 
fight ef the Urd, from whieb thU rigbteoMaeM 
doth not free you and joatify yoa i and tbereCoie^ 
being wbere thia righteonsncas ls» you are whara 
tbe law has ao dominion.' 

Tbe law any leek for yen la an fts own 
d e mialoBSy bat it aaaaot Had yoa, yoa era aat 
there; aad if the goopel look fsr yaa lalta 
dominioaa, it will find yea, aad pretty oAesa 
does find you too, bat always Hade yoa to aay 
soaMtbiog kind to you, to minister aoBM nscray 
to you, soBM comfort to yoa, soma promiaaa to- 
you; aad even when U flada you to mialataa 
Bome gentle reproach ot rebake to yoa» it iaenly 
Jnst to toaeh joa fa some tender ptoee to make it 
eofv enough t9 nmke yov er^ oat ftr tbe Z«ord^ 



Mqr 1, 195$.} 



THS BABTHSK YE88EZ.. 



107 



hMBavWlm •# seny and gooAiMM to U »«&{- 
tated a«l» 7«m. Tbertfere, Msf broaght t<» 
lAae Chrtafc^ rtfhtoeosMM ia» w« art bo longer 
mkr \Mm Uv** doariiiioB ; th* Imw m*^ hok for 
•tl0»fftB«MlHtetw«aMnQtfooa4lbere; w« 
m Mt then* bMaaa# v« ar« irbtft Gbrbi's 
rigbiraincM ta ; and therefors wb«a Ua law 
iMki for ttt. Uia acai thing it would flod would 
b» Christ's xlgbteoasBem ; aad tbe law mait imk 
aicgatiTo npan that rigbCaoasneAa^ whlob stand- 
e:b, M it were, between us and the lew, and 
batvera ae aad atl the threateaings of the BlUe, 
tbe law iBBet pat a megttive upon that rtgbteoas. 
am b tl br a It oaa pat any aegallve apon as ; 
tkalsaitbaMmoiTeAoftt of tba way before It 
eaawMbae. Ob, kawtrae the words al tbe 
Aivtle are, that * There ia no ooadenuution ta 
tkM that are im Ci&riafc Jeeas, and who walb not 
■fltr tbefesh.' 

JHMft Wells is att Earthen Yessel^ like 
o^fit o# the Lord'i serTftDte ; but there ia 
Me preeiew iTeeenre in his sou), because 
hmm CnvsT is there. And when by 
bnlbfr J$m»*w minishrf , the Master is ex- 
aM^ieis noal hleesed htdeed. God help 
« ifi teKIt Hm high. 8o prays, C. W. B. 

EPISTLES TO THEOFHILUS. 
urrTBB i»v. 



Lit as i^ain, friend Thbophilus, turn to 
the Seven Seals. We hare already, slightly 
fneid the first seal up to tbe 15ih Terse of the 
l^h ebapler of Rer, We must go on to the 
end ef that chapter, and then come back to 
e^^terthe 6th» In the progress then, of 
tka first seal, we still see the preeminence of 
the King of kings, and Lord of lords. 

Here, then, in this latter part of the 19 th 
of Berelatiau, ve see people of all ranks, 
cbsso, state, and character, giren up to de- 
luion, aad made the prey of the agents of 
Safao ; al! this the Angel saw in Uie light of 
eternal truth, ♦Isaw,' saith John, *au 
Aagtl standin? in the sun ;* that is, standing 
it the light or eternal truth ; in the light ot 
Oed. who is to his peop!e, ' A sun and a 
ehtsld.* This is the plaee for every aogel, 
erer; sesMn^er, erery minister of the Gospel 
to stand. Here, in this light it is that they 
see light, and sa nnderstand the counsels of 
the Host High, as boldly to declare the 



Oae ihiag then, which the aa^l saw, w«b 
gnat Brnmhers ol ^Mt o/^pr9^ ; thej wete to 
eil thft fleeh ef kings, aad of aU their sub- 
jeels. Can there he mueh diflleulty ia under- . 
slndin^ the mfttieal meaning of this } Are 
thoe not Kahommedan, and Roman Cath- 
obcv aad State Church kings ? Do not tbe 
priestly agents of those systems, prey upon, 
la the most awfol aensc of the word, the 
▼tfjf vitaU of those kings, and upon their 
mbteets, free aad hoBd, smaU and gieat ; 
: thmr be «kbtj^ SleB^ aUiteay mbb, 
LiiiiSftkeT«i«ieilio#T 



because hones are employed to maintaui the 
interestsot the wild beast. What an awful 
scene does this present ! Whole kingdoms 
and empires deluded and made the prey of 
ecclesiastical tyranny. This is the strong de- 
losion to which they are given up ; thev are 
the feast of satan and his ministers, and yet 
they know it not ; for they are spiritually 
dead, and the Gospel is the only remedy that 
can give life and light, and so deliver from 
these powers of danLuess. 

And the angel fhrther saw that the kings 
of the earth and their armies were gathered 
together to make war with him that sat upon 
the horse, and against bis army. Kow, even 
if here be not a locil gathering together, still 
there ia a menial gathering together against 
him that sat on the horse, and against bis 
army. They, however much they differ 
among themselves, are all opposed to the 
truth, all opposed to the simplicity that is in 
Christ, all opposed to individual liberty of 
conscience, all usurping the place of the Most 
High, settling the destinies ef men by their 
authority. But if these knew him that rideth 
on the white horse half^ well as ho knows 
them, they would tremble at their own pre- 
sumption, drop their weapons, and gladly 
submit themselves unto him; but they aro 
blinded, and their end will be according to 
their works. The wild beast, the whole 
body of enemies, the false prophet that 
wrought (pretended) miracles with which he 
deceived them that had subscribed to the 
beast, and had conformed to his image or 
order of things, these must all go together 
into a lake of fire burning with brimstone, 
while thousanils thus sink to bell, others aro 
blinded, or slain with the sword of him that 
sat upon the horse, and the fowls (the birdaof 
prey) still go on preying upon them. Thus, 
my good Tbeophilus, you see here illustrated 
the truth, that the election hath obtained, it, 
and the rest were blinded. 

But I will now come back to the 6th ^ap- 
ter ; the second, the red horse seal, some 
think, means Mahommetanism, and it cer- 
tainly agrees well therewith ; and it is very 
probable that It has special reference thereto ; 
but it is not our business to dwell so much 
in the learned department, as in the spiritual. 
The rider of this red horse, takes peace from 
the earth ; that is he takes the gospel of peaco 
from the earin, and whatever power takes 
the gospel f^om the earbb, takes peace from 
the earth, and there have been, and still are 
powers that do this; there can be no real 
peace where the gospel of Jesus Christ is not. 
* There is no peace to the wicked saith my 
God.» 

The gospel of God, even its mere moral 
infiuenre, apart from saving g-race considered, 
wonderfully tends to peace ; love to God and 
man, is its first principle , as well as its ul- 
timate glory. This gospel wh(BW it U sav- 
ingly known, gives peace with God, good 



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[Bl«7 1, ISM. 



will towirds mm ; sneli are peace makeia, 
theT live in peace, thej die in peace, and 
shall dwell in peace for ever. Kow, where 
thii goipel 18 taken away, lelfishneii becomea 
the raling panion. Lotc, benevolence, and 
all its loTely train of excellencies are absent, 
and Ticions powers of darkness take their 
place, and no one is snce e? en of his life ; 
and so ander this red horse seal, they kill 
one another* How different this from that 
heavenlT Toioe, which saith * by this shall ye 
know that ye are mv di^iples; if ye Tnot 
kill one another, bnt} lore one another.' And 
this red hoFM rider had a great eword to 
denote the great havock he should make; 
and if this seal refer to Hahometanism, it 
has certainly to the very letter (iilAlled its 
mission, its go? emment is still red with the 
blood of men ; what a malicious fiend must 
Satan be, to glory in the sin and misery of so 
many millions of sonls ! and how unsearch- 
able the judgments of the most high God ! 
what a favoured land is ours ! May true 
converts increase, and glory yet dwell in our 
land I And the time come, when the millions 
now in darkness, may see the light of eternal 
life. 

The third seal is supposed to mean Cath- 
olicism and it certainly, like the second seal 
to Hahometanism, answers well thereto; 
a black hone ; black enough mercy knows ; 
darkness is the very delight of popery, the 
▼err structure of its convents, and Cathe- 
drals shew this; they delight also in very 
dark halnUments, and in dark confessional 
comers. Truly, popery is a dark horse, and 
will certainly car^ its riders to his oum place. 
Its chief rider, the Pope, I suppose, has a 
pair of balances in his hand to weigh every 
one; I suppose with his scales, and so put 
them to the test as to whether they be true 
Catholics or not, and if not, to turn them 
out of the way ; bnt the word tugosy here 
translated a pair of balances, is in every other 
place in the New Testament, translatea yoifce ; 
and Popery has sought, and certainly has 
succeeded, m putting a yoke of bondage upon 
men ; and this yoke of bondage is at this 
moment on the neck of millions, but never- 
theless this black horse, like the others can- 
not go beyond its mission. 

There u a voice from the midst of the four 
living creatures; that is, from the mercy- 
seat ; and this voice is a voice of assurance 
to thepoor and needy— that is, poor in spirit, 
and who follow not this black horse ; nor 
heed the scales of the rider, or wear his yoke ; 
the needs of these shall be supplied ; they 
shall have their daily bread ; it i^ true, they 
may hare just at present more barley than 
wheat— the barley is the bread of captivity— 
and they get three measures of this, bnt onljr 
one measure of wheat; they have moie rough 
than smooth ; more hard things than easy 
things; more mourning than mirth; but 
though they live much upon barley bread,— 



trying experienees,— yet even of Hmm one 
said, * By these thin|;8 men live, and in all 
these things is the life of my spirit,' And 
as a penny a day was the usual pay of a 
working man— for good people are working 
people, working by faith— so it is a measore 
of wheat for a penny ; and three measures 
of barley for a penny. Nor will they call 
the Lord a hard Master, but will find, *His 
yoke easy, and his burden light.' 

Thus, amidst all the tyrannies of sin, satan 
and the world, the Lord will take care of hia 
own : they shiil have their daily snstenane^— 
*As their days, so shall be their atrength.' 
Ah! popery Ijthon arch* deceiver, thonheU^ 
bom, and hell-bonnd power! we pity the 
millions thou dost deceive ; but thou eanat 
not rob us of one arain of that heavenly 
wheat which our God hath for ns ; and here 
is golden oil which thou canst not hurt, whieh 
thou canst not touch— even the golden oil of 
God's grace which cometh to us through the 

fslden pipes of heavenly troth; neither 
opery, nor any other power, can ever find 
a way to cut off theae goldenpipes, or stop the 
fiowing of this golden oil. Tnou mountain of 
falsehood ! Thou monster of the deep ! Thou 
art commanded not to hurt the oil or the wine ; 
and shall we thank thee for thy obedienee ? 
les ; the same as we thank the sea for its obe- 
dience—of which it is said ; * hitherto thoa 
mayest come, but no further ; here shall thy 
proud waves be stayed.' So then, in spite 
of thee, we shall live ; we shall be anointed 
with fresh oil ; and see, mj ^ood Theophiloa, 
how the account of his provision closes ; * hart 
not the oil and the ipine,* Here then, we 
have the blood of the everlasting covenant 
What can invalidate that i What can take 
away its power to cleanse us, to give us the 
victory, to make us cheerful } Hereby it ia 
that God doth not behold inquity in Jacoby 
nor see peryerseness in Israel. Hereby it la 
the Lora his God is with him, and the shout 
of a king is amonjp them. So then, the per- 
son, the work of Christ, and his people, snail 
ultimately be unhurt ; nothing shall finally 
hurt them. 'Happy,' then *is the people 
that is In such a case ; yea, happy is that peo- 
ple, whose God is the Lord.' And so yon 
may hope to hear again next month from 
A LiTTLB Cm. 

[This Epistle to TheophUos, at the present 
moment ia most opportone, and aatfhl. In 
aaoiker page, nnder tha heading, ' Oxford and 
Boms/ wa have refonad to tha aetiva maaaares 
adopted h7 Mr Hawkins, of Bradford, In laatoiw 
ing to yonng people on ProtcaUatlam and 
Popary. Wo nndaraUnd it is eoQtenplated to 
invite Mr. Hawkins to give bis leotnree in 9oath- 
wark, one of the strongholda of Bomaniam, and 
that we know right wall. Qaery. If wa can 
arrange for Mr. Hawkins to deliver Us llrat 
laetora in Unieom Yard Chapel, will the pastor, 
the deacons, the ehnreh and the iHands at the 
Sarrey TabeaaaeK throw open their epaoloee 
ehapellDrthesssoad! We hope they wilL—JU.} 



U is».] 



THE BARTHBN TB8SCL. 



109 



HAVE I EVER BEEN BAPTISED? 

THEODOSIA EBNE8T, HER MOTHER, AND THE TOTING LAWYER PERCY. 



Ov page 80, of laat month's Earthen 
Ybssbl, we left this Christian young 
ladj, and her mother, in deep and earaest 
eonTenation, touching the scene Theodo- 
sia had witnessed— namely, Mr Courtenay 
baptixing in the river. We return to the 
leeoe. There are delineations of charac- 
ter in this narratiTe — and discussions on 
tke word of God, which we hope will 
ptrore oseful to the younger branches of 
oar families. Young Percy's "form of 
godliness" without the power, is a strong 
representation of the real character of 
thooaands who stand as members of some 
of our fiishionable Churches. We hope 
ihe canae of oi/o/ godliness, as well as tne 
ordinances of onr Lord's gospel Church, 
will be pleaded to some advantage in the 
artieies we have yet to giro from these 
Tolnmes. In answer to her mother, Theo- 
doaia sajs : — 

'Toa know, my mother, that it is about a 
year sinee I made a profenion of religion. 
I traat %hat before I did so, I had eiyen my- 
■elf up to do the will ot my Heavenly Father. 
fluMa then I have fblt that I am not my own. 
I am bought with a price. It is my pleasure, 
at weO at my doty, to obey my Sayiour. I 
aak, aa Paul md, * I^nL what wilt Thou have 
me to do^ You taught me this lesson of 
obedience yonnelf ; and I am sure you would 
not have me on any account neglect or refuse 
to obey my Saviour. If Ha commands me to 
be baptaed, and the command has never been 
obeyed, I thall he obliged to do U. And I 
tmst my motber will enoourafe me in my 
obadienee to that precious Redeemer she 
tenght me to bve.' 

One who looked into the mother's face, at 
that moment, might have read there * a tablet 
•f tmntterabie thoughts.' She did not trj to 
■peak them ; we vnll not try to write them. 
she aat silent for a moment, drew her breath 
deeply and heavilVf then rising hastily, went 
to took for aometomg in her oauchter s room. 

Tbeodosia was not only grieved but surprised 
at the evident distress which she had given 
ber BEiother. While on her knees in prayer to 
God, alter ber return from the rirer, she had 
determined io do hor dutjf^ and obey the com* 
mamdmimt of Jesus Christ, her blessed Sariour, 
whatever she might find it to be. But she 
bad »oi determined to be immersed. That 
river Baptism, connected with the reading of 
those passages of Scripture, had only filled her 
Btnd with doubts; these doubts had yet to 
beeome convictions. The investigation was 
yet to be made. The question, Havo I ever 
been baptised? had been prajerfolly asked. 
It was yet to be conscientiously answered. 
But if the veiy doubt was so distressing to 



her mother, and so ridiculous to Mr. Percy, 
(as it had seemed to be from some remarks he 
made on the way home from the river) how 
would the final decision affect them ; if it 
should be made in favor of immersion I Yet, 
aided by power from on high, she felt her 
resolution grow still stronger, to please God 
rather than those whom she loved better than 
all else on earth. And the had peace verging 
almost on joj. 

When her mother came back, Theodosia 
saw that she had been weeping; but no fur- 
ther allusion was made to the subject of 
Baptism, until Mr. Percy came in after supper. 

This young man was a lawyer. He bad 
united with the Presbyterian Society, to which 
Mrs. Ernest and her daughter belonged, dur- 
an extensive revivsi of religion, while he was 
yet a mere boy. Since he had come to years 
of maturity, he had constantly doubted whether 
he was really a converted man, and often 
seriously regretted the obligation that bound 
him to a public recognition of the claims of 
personal religion. He often made it conven- 
ient to he absent when the Sacrament of 
the Supper was to be celebrated firom an inward 
consciousness that he was an unfit communi- 
cant ; yet his external deportment was unex- 
ceptionable, and his brethren regarded him as 
a most excellent member, and one whose in. 
tellectual capacity and acquirements would, 
one day, place him in a condition to reflect 
great honour on the denomination to which 
he belonged. 

He had already taken a high position in the 
ranks of his profession ; and had come to the 
sage conclusion that the possession of the heart 
and hand of the charming Theodosia was all 
that was required to complete his arrangements 
for worldly nappiness ; and having overheard 
her remark to ner brother, that if what they 
had just witnessed was baptism, thejr had never 
been baptized, he hastened to her side, and on 
their way home exerted all his powers of rail- 
ery to orive this new conception from her 
mind. 

As for himself, he had never had a serious 
thought upon the question. He had been 
told that he was baptized in his infancy, and 
took it for granted that all was right. He 
had very serious doubts about his ever having 
been converted, but never the shadow of a 
doubt whether he had been baptised. When 
he listened to the religious conversation of 
some of his friends, and especially of the 
young lady of whom we are speaking, he 
heard many expressions which, to him, were 
meaningless, and seemed almost fanatical. 
They talkea of sorrows which he had never 
felt ; of joys, the source of which he could 
not undentand ; and strangest of all to him, 
appeared that habitual subjection to the 
Master's will which led them to ask so con- 
stantly and so earnestly not what was desirable 
to themselves or agreeable to those about them, 
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Christ. That one ihoald do thU, or tbftt, under 
the oonTiotioii that to refuee or neglect to do bo 
vottid endanger their eouVe eeUwUion^ he 
oould omIIt nnderttand, bat how enj one 
oould altaon much importanee to anj act not 
tibeolutel^ eeeential to obtain eternal life^ was 
to his mind an unfathomable mystery. He 
had himself determined to secure hu own 
eoule ealffotion at any cost, and if he had 
believed that immersion would ineure ealva- 
tion, he would ha? e been immersed a hundred 
timeSf had so much been required. But 
thinkmg it as easy to get to heaven without, 
as with it, the whole business of Baptism 
seemed to him as of the slightest imagmable 
oonsequanoe. 

' Wnat difference does it make to yen, Miss 
Smest/ said he, 'whether you have been 
baptized or not P Baptism is not essential to 
•alTation.' 

*True,' she replied, 'but if my Saviour 
commanded me to be baptized, and I have 
never done it, I have not obeyed him. I 
must, so fkr as I can, keep all his command- 
ments.' 

< But who of us ever does this } I am sure 
I have not kept them all. 1 am not certain 
that I know what they all are. If our salva- 
tion depended on perfect obedience to all his 
commandments, I doubt if any body would be 
saved but you. Tou are the only person I 
ever knew who had no fkults.' 

' Oh I Mr. Percy, do not trifle with suoh a 
subject It is not a matter of jestinff. I do 
not perfectly obey. I wish I could. I am 

rieved at heart day after day to see how far 
fidl short of his roauiremonts. Oh, na I 
do not hope or seek lor salvation by my obe* 
dience. If I am ever saved, it will he by 
boundless mercy freely forgiving me. But 
then if I love m$ Saviour^ how can I wilfully 
refuse obedienee to hie reqnirem&nte f I do 
not obev to eeeure heaven by my obedience, 
but to please Him who died to make atonement 
that a poor lost sinner like me might enter 
heaven. I think I would endeavour to do 
his will, even if there were no heaven and no 
hell.' 

Mr. Percy did not understand this. If he 
had been convinced that there was no heaven 
and no hell, he felt quite sure that all the rites, 
and rules, and ceremonies of religion would 
give him very little trouble. It was only in 
order to eave hie eoul that he meddled with 
religion at all, and all that could be dispensed 
with, without endangering hie Ofon final sal- 
vation, he regarded as of very little conse- 
quence. He read some portion of the Scrip- 
tures almost every day (when business was 
not too pressing). He said over a fbrm of 
prayer ; and sometimes went to the commun- 
ion table, because be regarded these aa reli- 
gious duties, in the performance of which, 
and by leading a moral life, he had some in- 
distinct conception that he toae working out 
for himeelf eternal ealvation. Take away 
this one object, and he had no farther use for 
religion or religious ordinances. 

«l know,' said he, * that you are a more 
deroted Christian than I ever hope to be, but 
you surely cannot regard baptism aa any part 



of religion. It is a mere form. A simple 
ceremony. Only an outward act of the hodg 
not affecting the heart or the mind. Why, 
even the Baptists thentselves, though they 
talk so much about it, and attach so much 
importance to it, admit that true believera can 
be saved without it.' 

* That is not the qoestion in my mind, Mr. 
Percy. I do not ask whether t^ ie e m en ii al 
to ealvation^ but whether it ie eommmnded b^ 
the Word of Qod. I do not feel at liberty to 
sin as much as I can, without abandoninjg the 
hope that God will finally forgive me. L can- 
not think of following my Saviour aa €sr off 
as I can, without resigning my hopes of besk 
ven. Why should I venture as near the Terce 
of hell as I can go without falling inP My 
Saviour died upon the cross for my salvation. 
I trust in Hik to save me. But He says, 
* If ye love me, keep my commandmenta^ 
not this one or that one, but all his command- 
ments. How can I pretend to love, if I do 
not obey him ? If he commands me to be 
baptized, and I have not done it, I wmet do it 
yet. And if that which we saw at the river 
was baptism, then I have never been haptiaad.' 
"And so you think that all the learned 
world are wrong, and this shoe-maker, turned 
preacher, is right; that our parents are no 
Setter than heathens, and a young ladv of 
eighteen is bound to teach them their autt 
and set them a good example. Beally it wiU 
be a feast to the poor Baptists to know what 
a triumph they have eained. It will be con- 
sidered quite respectable to be immersed after 
Miss Theodosia Ernest has gone into the 
water.' 

' Oh, Mr. Perov,' said the young lady, (and 
her eyes were filled with tears) ' how can you 
talk thus lightlv of an ordinance of Jeaua 
Christ? Was it not respectable to be im- 
mersed after the glorious Son of Gk>d had 
gone into the water P If my dear Bedeemer 
was immersed, and requires it of me, I am 
sure I need not hesitate to associate with those 
who follow hie example and obey hie com. 
mandments, even though they should be poor, 
and ignorant, and ungenteeL' 

* Forgive me. Miss Ernest, I did not intend 
to offend you ; but really the idea did appear 
exceedinglv ridiculous to me, that a young 
lady who nad never spent a single month in 
the exclusive study or Theolosy, should set 
herself up so suddenly as a teaener of Doctors 
of Divimtv. If sprinkling were not baptism, 
we surely have talent, and piety, and learning 
enough m our churon to hifive discovered the 
error and abandon the practice long ago. But 
pardon me. I will not say one word to dis- 
suade you from an investigation of the sub- 
ject. And I am very sure, when you have 
studied it carefUUy, you will then be more 
thoroughly convinced than ever before, of 
the truth of our doctrines and the correctaeas 
of our practice. If you will permit, I will 
assist you in the examination ; for I wiah to 
look into the subject a little, to fortify my own 
mind with some arguments against these 
new-comers, as I understand there are several 
others of our members who are almost as 
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mony. 

They parted at her mother's door. He 
vtei to nis office, revolTiog in hit mind the 
srgniBBotB that would be most likely to satisfy 
bar donbit. She retired to ber closet and 
povnd oat her heart to God in earnest prayer 
ler wisdom to fenow, and strengtb to do all 
bar Heevenlj Master's will, whatever it 
mirbtbe; and before she rose from her knees, 
h3 been envied to resoWe, with full deter- 
i»iiify^;<» of purpose, to obey the eommand- 
mcDt, eron though it caused the loss of all 
things isr Christ. The only question in her 
heart was now, 'Iiord, what wilt Thorn have 
me to do P* 



monnmeotf of the eweetneas of his pre- 
senoe. 

The plentiftdness of the mazma that fisll in 
the wilderness, which fed above a million of 
souls, was a prefiguratien of that fulness of 
grace there is in Christ, for the myriads of 
elect souls, whom God hath chosen* in him, 
* Before the foundation of the world ; for it 
hath pleased the Father that in Christ should 
all fumess dwell,' for there is in Christ such 
an exuberance and super-abundanoe of grace^ 
from whom all the angels in glory, and the 



THE MANNA. 

TnmB ia a p«at sweetness in the tjrpes 
thai set forth Christ in hia person, offices, 
and wnk ; hia name ia like ointment spread 
ahroad, therefore his children lore him. 

The manna doiotes that bread from heayen, 
-'4hewa the merer of God-HK> that no child 
of God shall periah for want, either in proTi< 



or grace. The quality of the manna 
waa while, which typified the purity of 
Christ's human nature, the spotless perfeo- 
tioa ef hie eoneeption, birth, and obedience ; 
the infinite purity of his heart and life, being 
the perfect tranacriptof the law of God, as 
parity, hdinesa and heaTenly-mindedness 
flowed from hie heart, as water from a foun- 
tain. Another property of the manna, it 
was reead like a coriander seed ; it may be said 
to point ooi to us the eternity of Christ's Ioto. 
whieh is too early for a dat^ too lasting and 
dnraUe for a period. Another property of 
this manna waa, the colour of it, as its lustre 
sad briUiBaey, it being the coIot of bdelium, 
whidi the learned call 'a pearl,.or a precious 
stone, of a transparent nature,' and was 
typical of the bright and brilliant perfections 
A the Dei^, shining with c[lory ttoough the 
^ — as it did at his transfiguration 



anon the mount; his vision to Paul and John, 
(the belored,) as the gracious God, and yet 
the Glory-man. 

The manna was sweet, and the taste of it 
UkA wafers made with honey, which doth 
ia a lirely aaaaner, shadow forth to us, the 
tafinite sweetness that there is in Christ — 
ia his presence — in his promises— in his word 
sad in his ordinancee. His presence is the 
sm of Bweetoeas, the life of life, the soul of 
joy, the oeean of blisa, the heaven of felicity. 
mM presenee spreads savour and fragrancy 
thvoo^ all ibe heavenly host: mynads of 
thousands of thousands, and ten 
s ten thousands of saints— a 
r that no man can number, are living 



saints around the throne, have their oopiooa 
joys, their refulgent bliss, and their super- 
aboimding happiness; and it is from him that 
the ehuz«h inilitant, in every stage, and 
through every period of time, in ul their 
wants and exigencies, have their aids and 
helps, their supports and supplies; *And 
of his fulness have we all received, and graee 
forgraoe.' Johnl. 14. 

The preparation of the manna. This waa 
prepared by God alone, it was the work of 
the Deity which was typical of the prepara- 
tion of Christ's human nature ; who, speaking 
unto his Father, said, ' A body hast thou pre- 
pued me.' Heb. x. 6. And the formation 
of his human nature in the womb of the 
virgin, was the extraordinary work of the 
Holy Ghost. Likewise, it was typical. of sal^ 
vation being prepared in Christ; therefore, 
says the Patnarob, when he was taking his 
farewell of the days of his nilgrimage— * I 
have waited for thy salvation, O Lord.' Gen. 
xviiL 49. And the sweet singer of IsxaeL in 
the delightful exercise and expectation of his 
heart, says. 'Truly my soul waiteth upon 
God ; from nim cometh my salvation.' Psalm 
eii. 1. 

As the manna was prepared in heaven, so 
salvation was prepared in Chris^ before the 
world began, but is made known in time, and 
accomplubed by Divine power. 

The manna was a gift from heaven. * Then 
said the Lord unto Moses, behold I will rain 
bread from heaven for you,' which was typi^ 
cal of Christ; as God's unspeakable gift— of 
his sreat condescension in leaving the glory 
he had with the Father^ before the world 
began, 'Because his deliffht was with the 
sons of men.' * He says, (John vi. 61.) ' I am 
the living bread which came down from hea- 
ven, if any man eat of this bread, he shall 
live for ever.' So then, we are to look upon 
Christ as the Father's gift, and the donation 
of rich love. 

The manna, it was given every morning, 
which ptoints out Christ to us as the morning 
of mercies; as the morning is the beginning, 
and pledge of the ensuing day, so Christ was 
the pledge and earnest of all tjie mercies that 
were to Follow ; as the manna was a free gift, 
all the Israelites had a right to partake of it, 
as it was prepared for them : so every soul who 
sees its need of Christ, has an undoubted 
right to partake of all the blessings contained 
therein as they are prepared on purpose for 
them, and conufiunicatea unto them. 

The manna possessed a satiating nature. 
It fed the children of Israel for fortv./ears in 
the wilderness, (Duet. viii. 2. 8.) which typi- 



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oftUy unfoldi the glory and flatufying of the 
blessicgs of the everlaBting coTenant, as it ia 
said of the manna— < fie that gathereth little 
had DO lack ;' (ExodiLB i. 18J ao he that hath 
Chriat, though he haa but little joj and conao- 
lation from him, yet the ainner seea auoh a 
glory in hia person, auoh a fulnesa of grace 
treasured up in him, that he hath no lack in 
the object, nor in the enjoyment, for he hath 
aa much aa hia weak faith will take—* Whom 
have 1 in heaven but thee (tt aaya, when faith 
can speak for itself) and there is none upon 
earth that I deure beaides thee.' I hare enough, 
my soul ia aatiafied, for when fleah and heart 
Ikil, God is the strength of my heart, and my 
portion for ever, for every man gathered ac- 
cording to hia eating ; therefore, aaya Christ, 

* according to thv faith, so be it unto thee.' 

The aeaaonablenesa of the manna that waa 
plentifully given in the wildernesa, when la- 
rael waa lust loat for want ; which ooena to ua 
the auitablenesa that there is in Chnst to the 
wants of a needy sinner, aa there ia a fulnesa 
of pardon in hia blood, to forgive ains witiiout 
number and Crimea of the most aggravating 
nature, 'tranagressionathat have reached unto 
the heavena.' laa. i. 18. There ia in Chriat 
auoh a treasury of merciea. Waa there manna 
for larael, when larael waa juat loat ih the 
wildemeaa ? So likewise there is a Christ for 
thj soul, oh sinner: with love in his heart, 
with pardon in his hand, and forgiving mercy 
in his looka, with a kind invitation upon his 
tongucj with a gracious promise dropping 
from hia lipa, *ho, every one that thirsteth, 
let him oome I' and * he that cometh, I will 
in no wise cast out." Here ia an answer to 
every objection, a supply for every want, and 
a door of hope to every case. Wnat ahall now 
hinder thee from aaying — * To whom, Lord, 
aball I eo, but unto thee, for thou hast the 
worda or eternal life.' Note how the manna fell : 
firat, there was a dew fell, then the manna, 
then another dew fell upon the manna, ao that 
the manna'lay between two dews, until the 
sun arose, when the dew went up, and they 
gathered the manna. By the dew firat falling 
before the manna, denotea God'a everlasting 
love, which is the ground work of our salva- 
tion as Christ is not the cause, but the fruit 
of Jehovah's love : 'Herein (says the apostle,) 
is love ; not that we loved God. but that he 
loved us, and sent his Son to be a propitia- 
tion for our sins.' Secondly, the dew falling 
upon the manna, and the manna being as 
it were thereby hid and enclosed, may be 
typical of Chnst being closed in the love 
of God, as he was daily his delight one 
in whom his soul delighted.' Isa. xlii. 2. 

* Therefore,' says Christ unto his Father, ' For 
thou lovedst me before the foundation of the 
world.' John xviii. — 24. 

And when the aun arose, the dew went up ; 
which did figure out the Sun of Bi^hteouaneaa 
arising in the New Testament dispensation, 
which caused the dew of blessing that lay upon 
the types and shadows to cease, because Christ 
the suDstance is come who upholds all things, 
and by whom all things subsist, he being the 
Head of his body, the Church. 

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INFANT SALVATION, 
By Mb. John Fobsxait, 

DiAB FBiBiiD,^Tour dear Mary tells ma, 
that you have lost your youngest and very 
dearly beloved child. I know what it is to 
lose both wife and children ; and 1 know the 
grief thereof. But, ray dear friend, death la 
no accident or chance, but an appointed ordi- 
nance of God, for 'It is appomted for all 
once to die.' The days of every ono of 
Adam's race are numbered, few or many: 
' There ia a time to be born, and a time to 
die;' and God himself is Timo^keeper, * for 
our times are in his hand ;' and 

" Not a single shaft can hit, 
Till God, the wise and just^ sees fit." 

Although death has so long been familiar* 
ised to man, by its unwelcome travel up and 
down amongst the human race, yet it haa not 
lost its solemnity, nor ceased to give pain 
within the circle where it strikes ; nor can it 
until nature can lose its sympathies, and the 
near ties of nature can cease to be dear. 
Death came in at first as a judsment, and still 
retains that Gountenanoe ; and its terriblencsa 
is lost onlv in the desth and sting-destroyiDg 
death and grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, 
We shall all die, and with ns death has no 
consecutive order, as to name, age, or relation^ 
or any other circumstances j ami while there 
lies one dead, surviving kmdred weep their 
dear and tender loss, ao that we muat weep 
our loss of those who are dear to ua, or they 
to whom we are dear, must weep their loss of 
us ; and the God of our being alone can and 
will determine the order of this solemn point, 
according to the settled counsel of his will ; 
not without some deep and mighty design; 
but perfectly without error or mistake. And 
the will of God determined that your dear 
little four, year old boy ahonld die, and you 
aurvive to weep your lose of him ; and not 
you firat to die, and leave a whole familv to 

I weap their loaa of you. Think of thia, dear 
friend ; wipe off the heart-fetched tear ; sns- 

' pend the excessive grief, and behold how 
mercy reigns and triumphs over judgment 

I towards your dear family in this case. We 

i expect death, because we needs must die. 
First, because God haa appointed it ; second, 

I because we are so constituted as to require 
it ; for without disease, age alone must wear 

I out our constitutional power to live ; and 

I thirdly, that we must all come to that final 
judgment, wherein a righteous adjustment 

I will be made of all things, and the seemingly 
unequal dispensations of God on earth will 

I be equitably cleared up ; the prosperity of 
the wicked, and the trials, poverty, and 
adversity of the righteoua, will be accounted 
for, on the erounda of divine integrity; 
and right and wrong, receive that aentenoe 
that shall declare for ever, that all thro' time, 
with all his creatures, the ways of God are 
right, and all his works done in truth and 
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diild ii gone, no more to return to me. But 
by the laws of nature, according to the above 
remarks, he is but gone the way of all flesh; 
and the hand of him that made him, and 
brought into Toor embrace, hath taken him 
from jour embrace, and brought him into hia 
own. Ah, perhapa tou will now say. Tou 
touch one of the tender points of my gnef, for 
the case has two points of grief, to my heart : 
the one ia the losa of my dear child, and the 
other ia, where ia he gone ? Where is his 
dear and precious soul now P Hy sentiment 
ift^ that hie is now happy with the Lord. The 
Lord made him for himself, and for his own 
glory, and haa taken him as one of his lored. 
cboten, and redeemed, from the ten thousand 
evils of time ; from the evil to come : grace 
has daimed him, and glory f eceived him, as 
one of Christ's own. 

Bat perhaps yon will say, some dispute tiiis 
point. 80 let them ; there is not one text in 
tli the Bible, that can be fairly interpreted 
against tkia sentiment. I know that some 
have said, * How can a little child repent and 
beUeve, tmst and hope in the Lord V My an- 
swer to all such questions is, how can the 
bones of a ohild grow in the womb, without 
bang fisd with the breast, or with the pap- 
spoon, or otherwise, as children bom areP 
How did John repent previous to his leaping 
far joy in the womb P The Gospel economy is 
in administrative institution of appeal to the 
rational eapaeity of human beings, and never 
bad, nor never was intended to have anything 
to do with little ehildren dying before their 
reason reached a capacity, intelligibly to re- 
ceive er reject the testimony of the Gospel 
economy; and no one has authority to bmd 
them op in the Qon>el economy. But does 
this tie the hands of God's power and grace 
fpom saving those whom he makes, and takes 
awajT before he capacitates their reason to 
receive the tsetimonial economy of the Gospel 
* as it applies to us? No : for while aU salva- 
tion is by ^;raee in Christ Jesus, Qod in his 
infinite wisdom, may have modes of taking 
little children to heaven, as happily adapted 
to their case as the Groepel economy is to 
oor^s. For while, aa to any communication 
we can make to them, or they make to us, 
' they are as things that are not, yet such hath 
God chosen.' 1 Cor. i 28. And David believed 
it when his child died, (2 Sam. xii. 23,) and in 
my opinion this is a glorious demonstra- 
tion that salvation is by grace only, with- 
out human works, as conditions thereof; 
for if such conditions were reouired, dy- 
ing little ehildren must be excluded from 
the salvation of God; and iLrminianiBm, 
to be consistent with itself must at once 
and for ever ahut helpless dying little 
ehildren out of heaven, and consign them 
either to perdition, or anihilation, unless 
beyond different modes of application, there 
are in principle two ways of salvation ; one 
by graee, on certain conditions for men and 
women ; and one by grace only for dying 
little children of Adsim's fallen race. But in 
the word of God, no hint is given but of the 
one great salvation by Christ and him cruoi- 
ied; and that is declared to be by^roce only; 



and thousands of God's quickened Israel have 
gladly found it to be so ; and no dving saint 
nas ever found it otherwise than all of grace ; 
this then is the one salvation of God, that 
freely embraces all the chosen and redeemed 
into life everlasting, and amongst them dying 
little children, in Qod's own mode, adapted to 
their case to Uie joy of everj humbled mind^ 
and to the shame of Armlmamsm, which in 
spirit denies them, on their lack of required 
conditions. 

Think then, my dear friend, that your dear 
child is, by the royal favour of the King of 
kings, now in heaven, not as nature's little 
child, as when here, but in full capacity, 
joyfully to take in the immortal sweets of the 
;lory of the grace of Christ, the everlasting 
of life and glory ; as nature's chUdhooo, 



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midage, and old age, belong to time only. 

The God of all grace bless you, ana your 
dear partner, with all the oommrt of a good 
hope, in humble submission to the will of our 
heavenly Pather in all things. So prays, 
dear friend, by the grace of Christ Jesus our 
Lord, affectionately, your's, 

JOHH FOBBlLUr. 

April 1st. 8, Faddington Green, London. 
Mr. Catling. 

THE SAFE REFUGE. 

Ob I be not dismayed snd east down. 

Though trials and cares be your lot; 
Our Jesus a refuge has found, 

'Tis the elefl in the side of the rook.' 
There, eecnre from the blast and the storm. 

His ohoaen in safety abide ; 
Neither sorrow nor want, can they know. 

Who are hid in the oleft of his side. 
Oh I hear his sweet voice, how he calls 

To the weak ones,— the poor in the flook— 
My chosen, fear not— but come I 

To your ref nge, the oleft in the rook. 
My darling I my fair one ! my love I 

Thus sweetly He calls to his bride, 
When toBs'd by temptations so strong, 

Oh I fly to the oleft in my side. 
And shall we that call, then refuse T 

Poor nothings with no earthly prop T 
Tou may, but I dare not, IMl fly 

To my Refuge, the oleft in the rock. 
And wHen in the deep swelling Jordan 

I'm nearly o*erwhelm'd by the tide ; 
Tho> closely pursued still by Satan, 

I'm secure in the oleft of liis side. 

£. B. B. 

LINES FOB THE EDITOB. 

Cabxs have like a wild deluge come. 

And sorrow's storms descended ; 
Yet under all ; abroad— at home,— 

He has my soul befriended. 
At even tide mr hands were slack. 

And weakenVd beyond measure ; 
But morning came, and lo I my sack 

O'erflowed with heavenly treasure. 
The sacred fire within me burned 

Consuming all my sadness ; 
My mourning into joy was turned. 

My sighs to songs of gladness. 
Then let me praise Him for his care 

Of my poor earthen vessel ; 
And when distrest, by filth and prayer 

With him, like Jacob, wresUe. 

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OUR AUSTRALIAN MAILS. 

A L£TTER FEOM ME; SIMEON EMERT, 

(baptist mxvistxb,) 

HIS YOYAOE TO SIDNEf; AND HIS LAB0X7BS THERE. 



[We ooBflider it a ^ireat pririleee to be fa- 
▼oured with the following oommuiiication ; in 
many respects, it is a most Taluable letter. 
We nope Mr. Emery's labours in the colony 
will have the blessing of heaTen.— Sd.] 

liT DXAS VBinrD.^Meroy and truth be 
with you. I take my pen to write and thank 

nior sending me the Vessbl : it is tiie 
periodical uat has been sent me since I 
have arriyed in this country and I take it rery 
kind of you. It is very refreshing to hare a 
little intelligence about matters concerning 
the Lord Jesus Christ ; I should be very glad 
if I could send you cheering accounts of the 
prosperity of the church in these parts, but 1 
am gricTcd to say, that I cannot 1 hare met 
with Tcry few loYexB of truth since I hare 
been here. For the most put, what is held 
forth to the people, and received bv them, is 
this, that man by Christ is brought into a 
state of salyability and left to his own will ; 
he may, or may not be sared. God's soTcr- 
eignty, is utterly rejected, and hated ; as to 
unconditional election before time, it is for 
the. most part cried down as an enorof the 
greatest magnitude. I was enabled to speak 
to the neop^ in the ship, all the way oyer ; 
with wiut effect is known only to the Lord. 
One man that had been in soul-trouble for 
years, professed to haye found peace in beliey- 
mg ; and I saw no reason to disbelleye him 
all the^ time I was with him. But on board 
an emigrant ship, the longer they remain 
together, the more yile is their spirit and 
conduct ; indeed, eyery bad passion is brought 
out. I often considered, if I wanted to wish 
eyil to a good wum, I think I could not wish 
him a worse eyil than for him to be confined 
in an emigrant ship, for a long yoyage of four 
months. I shall neyer forget at times, while 
I liye, the feeling I had the first Babbath 
morning after I landed, finding myself in a 
little chapel among ^as I thought) good peo- 
ple, heanng them sing the praises of the 
Lord ; I cannot describe my feelings; I was 
asked to speak to the people, which I compiled 
readily to do; but alas I alas! I found they 
did not like my speech; I preach salyation by 
grace, according to the eternal purpose of a 
Goyenant God. I was then inyited to speak 
in the city, to some Baptiits of the Scotch 
order : they break bread eyery Lord's-day in 
the afternoon, and had preacning on^ in the 
morning: thev are like the Plymouth bre- 
" f m 



thren; they nold that eyery brother has a 
right to speak if he wishes— they said they 
did not belieye in the one-man system (as 
they call a settled minister oyer a people) ; 
howeyer, they inyited me to speak to them 
until I desired them not to ask me again. 
Borne friends immediately took a school nMu 



for me, at ten shillings per week ; where wo 
continued until about a month sinee^ when we 
obtained a nice place used by the Toung Man's 
Christian Association, at twelye shillings aad 
sixpence per week— but the Monday after our 
first Sabbath we receiyed a month's notice to 
quit, the reason assigned was that the dergy 
did not approye of our using it, Ac., and they 
must not offend them, as they were b^ 
holden to them for their Lectures ; but 1 can- 
not tell if it was so— 1 have heard ot their 
pubiidy denonnoing the doctrinea I preach a* 
dangerous, &o. 

We had been together about three montha 
when it was thought good to form ourselyes 
into church order, which we did according to 
the order of the gospel; and if uy memovY 
is correct, about twelve members Inroke bread 
together, and a yery comfortable time we had. 
Since then, I haye Vaptised seyen others; and 
we haye one or two more I hope soon to see 
come in ; so that we moye ona little, and at 
times we feel that 'the Lord's ways are pleaa- 
antnesS| and his paths are peace.' But it ia 
f cry painful to me to see so few that receiy« 
the word ; indeed, so few that hear the report. 

I left off writinc, and haye but little heart 
to begin again. This now is the third morning 
of the new year. I feel that perhaps this year 
I shall end my pilgrimage. I haye not been 
well this fortnight. It is now yery warm. I 
think, if life is spared, to moye inland, where 
it is colder ; but X am in a straight, there is a 
few sheep that profess that I am a shepherd^ 
under Christ, to them; so that I cannot say 
as vet what I ^all do as to my removaL Mj 
wife is much tried with the heat— indeed,! 
have seen her several times quite deranged. 
I had a few lines from brother Warren, of 
Beading, Berks. A brother, well known ; 
hope to write him soon. I am very glad to 
hear of the prosperity of Zion, at Beading, or 
anywhere else. I sliould be glad for you to 
send the VxasBL every month; a doaen a 
month to begin with. How are you moving 
on ? is the fire of tribulation, quite as hot as it 
was sometime past? Is temptation coming 
down on you, as usual, in torrents ? How is 
it you are not overflown by it ? Is it so that, 
poor Banks is both fire-proof and water-proof I 
You are a blessed man, if the fire proves you a 
fireproof! and the flowing torrents, water- 
proof. Very many have seemed nice cheerful 
christians, until tried by fire and water, (h«a 
it turned out they were not proof against ei* 
ther. Christians of God Almighty's own mak- 
ing are sure to stand, but who are they ? How 
can I tell P I can say those that abide the 
trial. Is it brother Banks ? I can't tell. Is i% 
brother Wells, or brother ^urgeon. Is it bro- 
ther PhilpotL Tiptaft, or any whose names 
aze&miliarP I caantt telL Is it myself ? X 



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■B itill OB tbm Mone gimnid, I don't know. 
If I enduTO to the end I ehall be nred. I hare 
seen end felt lo mneh einoe I left Enslend of 
mTMlf that I ha?e thought end f eered all wee 
loeL It ie eeej to eit in en eesj eheir on lend 
eadnnTigete a Teetel eoroes a tempeetuoue 
eeeen ; on the other hand it it eas^to talk 
abottt triala, efiUetione, end temptations, the 
» of God ; 



aad faithfalnei 



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^ ; talking 

easy, eo ie writing, bnt trial is trial ; the do. 
ver of water ie great; so is the oppoeite ele- 
Meat» tmmely, fire, it ie very destructiTe. 
Trials are not joyous, but ^rio^oos to be borne ; 
thflfprodnoe heaTiness in heert; and that 
makea even the strongest men to stoop. Oh, 
My brother, how little do I know : how much 
I ha^o learnt theoretieelly, as the torrents 
aad firo doee fkdly prove to me. Aye, my good 
IbUow, it eeense to cerrr erery Testue away. 
aad aeaiee leeve ' Qoi he merei/M to me 
behind ; or as mneh reel religion as the dy- 
ing thief. Indeed I feel en every day wretoh. I 
faaej I never half saw the lovely and suited 
Snvioor ae I have seen at times since I have 
been in this ecrfony. and vet I feel like an old 
lotten, braken, hull, with neither mast, lig- 
lag or eaal, hetan or canvass. I cannot move 
into the worid, neither can I be in the ehureh 
a fiouriehing braneh, a fruit bearing one, I 
don't eeemntted for the oompeny of the hot- 
toialses pit, or thoae that are on their way 
thithar; and Iseemas though I wasutterlv 
anfit for heaven, but I em sure he that will 
eheage living eaints, when he comes a second 
time, eaa quickly create all things new, and 
make me take a willing flight to himself. 
Wdl I mast eondnde this time, may the Lord 
Usssand keep you, espeeielly in the hour and 
power of trial, and prosper, and preserve you 
to kia heavenly kinadom, is the desire and 
player of a poor needy sinner. 

BimsohBiibbt. 

Vewtown, near Sidney, N. 8. W. 
Aug. 81, 1856. 

mipoirr ov thb pboobbss ob 
SALEM PAETICULAB BAPTIST CHUBCH, 

XjmifODB Stbbbt, 
HOKTH ADSLAIDB, 6. ATT8TBALIA. 

Mb. Sditob.— In attemptinff a record of 
the events in eonneetian with the people of 
Ood worshipping in the above place, I only 
purfMae, by the help of Divine grace, to ^ve a 
snnrinft and faith/ol account of its history 
from tha celebration of its seventh Anniver- 
aary, recorded in your number for November, 
18o8. A referenee is made in that report to 
a hope then existing, of an union with the 
other little Strict Bi^itist cause. Such a step 
was then contemplated^ and various proposals 
made to bring alnmt this apparenUj generally 
deeired eonsnmmatioo. Our prayers were 
offered at a throne of grace, in private as well 
as public^ for the countenance of our heavenly 
Fether, to shine on our efforts towards an 
union of the two churches. United monthly 
praver meetlags were, and still are, held in 
eeeh place of worship alternately, and at those 
— ^ 1 the union of the two places was 



made always a subject of earaest appeal t6 
him who nues all events after the oouaaels of 
his own will, until at length, overtures were 
made by the people of Bbeneaer to us of 
Salem, and oordiaUy entertained by us. 

Thus far the Lord appeared to be highly 
favouring us, but who can foreeee events } 
And we must admit, that it is a most wiie 
providence, which permits our seeing only 
just so much of the event of human life, aa 
his all-seeing wisdom deems necessarylfor our 
good. A meeting took place, of deputies ap- 
pointed from each ohuroK to arrange the terma 
of the union. Alas, how short-sighted is man. 
That meetittff was the means of dashing our 
fondly cherished vision of union to piecee, and 
leaving nothing hut the baseless fabric, in the 
shape of a record in our Church Book, of the 
unsucessfal mission. Doubtless, it was over- 
ruled by our heavenly Master for our good ; 
and not our's only, but for the good of the 
people of Eheneser ; neither is it for us fioite 
mortals to judge the will and decree of the in* 
finite, eternal, and all-wise Jehovah. Our 
proposition that the minister and deacons of 
both churohes should resign, in order that an 
election might be made by the united churchea 
was not reciprocated by the Eheneser depu- 
ties, who then expressed themselves, for the 
first time, in fisvour of a co-pastorate, which 
our deputies, not beholding with the same 
favour, declined, and thus a union at that time 
was impraetioable. 

It was not without its modicum of good, aa 
it was the means of setting the people of Salem 
to help themselves, without reference to any 
other churches, though, from the peculiar 
situation of the two churches, to our human 
wisdom, it might be a matter of regret, as they 
possessed a large piece of waste mnnd, while 
we are restricted to about 27 feet frontage, 
more or less, by about 100^ or so, deep, ina 
the sale of our small piece with the old build- 
ing would have enabled us to join them with 
the means in our hands of commencing a 
building. It was however over-ruled, and 
since then we have had the offer of some 
ground adjoining and at the rear^ for £100, 
which is quite a gift ; but here again, division 
amongst the members, and difference of 
opinion, appear likely to frustrate the wishes 
of the sealous among the Salemites, and upset 
the whole affkir for a season ; some being for 
building on the insignificant frontage we nave, 
in preference to completing the purohaae of 
the land, and then trying what can be done 
towards Duilding, which the opposite section 
desire, among whom I must declare myself, 
as I look mucn more to the future than to the 
present, in an important measure, such as the 
erection of a temple to the wonhip of the 
Lord our Gk>d. Thus the matter remains for 
the present, unsettled, many declining to 
support in any way, while the thought of 
buifdinff on the present piece of ground oontin- 
ues to be entertained. 

As I maintain, that it is the duty of thehia- 
torian to give the two sides of his tale, I can- 
not hold out such a broad banner as some of 



my brethren who have alreadv addressed you, 
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the Lord WM pfoiperinjg^ Zion to the fall 
smongtt MB ; for though it is correct to state 
that 16 or 80 hare been added to us, yet the 
obyerse would state that as many have either 
withdrawn themselres, or been struck off the 
Church Book, in the same time ; so that on the 
whole, instead of numbering over 60 members, 
it will be more correct to state it at about dO, 
leaving rather a decrease than otherwise of 
members ; but the congregation is still quite 
as large as the building will accommodate, and 
I can oonscientiouslj say with our brother, 
tkat the place %m too ttrait for u»; and prav 
that the Lord will give room for us to dtoell. 
I must join issue with him, when he talks of 
the poor duptsed Baptists being in povertv 
and qffUetion here^ as having no state church 
here, all sects are on the same level ; and if 
they are despised, they have none but them- 
selves to thank for it ; and as a body, the ap- 
plication of such a term, is decidemy as inju- 
dicious, as it is incorrect, showing, I am afraid 
more of a spirit of defiant pride, in thus taking 
up a term of reproach, than of that charity 
towards brethren, which denotes the true 
christian ; and lastly their poverty and afBic- 
tion in this Colony is no more than obtains 
among all the other sections of Qod's heritage, 
and the Baptists must therefore take all the 
credit to themselves wherein they are left 
standing alone dangerous, on a pinnacle of their 
own creating. I am very happy that this class 
is Quite an exception among us here. 

Another move is now making towards an 
union with the Ebeneser people, but as it is 
quite in its infancy, any account of it must of 
course stand to a future opportunity, though 
from my experience of past attempts, my faith 
in the success of the present one is necessarily 
YBirj limited. 

Uaving thus brought down the history of 
the Salem Particular Baptist Church to the 
present date, 1 trust the length of the history 
may not be an obstacle to its acoeptance witn 
you, and am, Mr Editor, your's, E. S. W. 

Korwood, North Ad<>laide, 
86th January, 1869. 



ANNIVEE8ARY AT MELBOUHNE. 

Bbas Bbothsx Baku,— Peace be multi- 
plied unto you, now and evermore. I received 
Tour friend Mitchell, and entertained him and 
nisAriend, who have now got situations at 
Oeelong, at their own trade. 

Our Anniversary Tea meeting was held on 
Monday, Jan. 3rd. About 160 took tea with 
us, uid afler tea, others came in to join in the 
evening's worship and entertainment, upon a 
•ubject most sacred, sublime, and sweet : viz. 
'The Communion of God's Saints.' 1. Br. 
Ward, of CoUingwood, spoke of the truth in, 
and by which they have communion.— The 
elect lady and her children, whom I love in 
the truth.' 2. Br. McCure, of Geelong, spoke 
of the power by which they are brought to 
have communion in the truth; *For our 
gospel came not unto you in word only, but in 
power, and in the Holy Ghost, and m much 
•ssanmoe.* 3. Br. Friend, of Geelong, spoke 



of the effeots of internal oommnnion in tho 
truth, by the power of the Holy Ghost^ mani- 
fested in their walk and oonvertation ; ' See- 
ing TO have purifiedyourselves in obeying the 
truth, through the H!oly Ghost, unto unfeigned 
love of the brethren, see that ye love one 
another fervently, walk in love.' 4. Br. Peach, 
of Preston, spoke of the best means of nro- 
moting the communion of saints ; * Then uiey 
that fwred the Lord spake often one to 
another.' 6. Br. Mourity, of Collingwood, also 
spoke upon the same point, kindness to the 
apostle carried him to pray for him that did 
it ; * The Lord grant tnat he may find mercy 
in that day.' 

There was a great number of anxious hear- 
ers that evening, who upon the whole were 
edified, blessed, and much delighted. We had 
none of your English barefaced begging, 
which is one of the sins of the church at this 
day of gross darkness, but just the boxes at the 
doors, and people put in just as they were led 
by God, which was £27 7s. 6d. Our debt is 
now only £200. The Lord's name be praised. 

I believe if the churches left off merchandis- 
ing the house of Gkxi with pew rents, and 
shaming the people out of tneir money by 
sticking the plate in their fisces, they would 
be more abundantly blessed of Ood in these 
things. It grieves my soul to read of some of 
TOur collecting proceedings. Gh>d has east mj 
lot amonfi^t a few poor people, and it has been 
my happiness to see one chapel go up and 
opened without any debt ; and now this one at 
a cost of £1660, and only £260, now left, after 
the first anniversary, and all done without snch 
things as pew rents and plate pushing. 

During the year, we have baptized nine into 
our number, and have reoeived about that 
number bv experience, firom the nortii, eaat, 
south, and west, having been baptbed before. 
While we rejoice that the Lord nas done great 
thin^ for us, yet we lament that so little vital 
religion, standing in power, ii to be found in 
this city. Were 1 disposed to write as inoon- 
siderate as some, I might give ;^ou veij glow- 
ing accounts of our state, which is in many 
respects cheering ; but pure religion is scaroe, 
and the solemn truth of Ood will hardly get a 
hearing. However, the Lord, he is God and 
King, and will reign, and do his pleasure. I 
hope I shall be enabled to keep casting in the 
net, and I pray that the Goremor of * What, 
soever passeth through the paths of the great 
deep,' will cause more fish to be entangled 
therein; for to 'toil all night, and catch 
nothing' is very trying to my soul, especially 
as the barking professors on the one hand 
cry, ' Ko children, no eonversions ;' and the 
croaking professors on the other hand, crying 
'No savor, no power. They have not got 
Himtington's grace, but they have become 
Huntington's parrots. Bless the Lord for a 
few children to answer these enemies in the 
gate. I am your's in the bonds of the Gospel^ 
D, AUiBS. 

Melbourne^ January 13, 1869. 

Our brother John M'Cure's letten hare 
arrived. We shall write him; and report 
from him soon. r^i^i^n]o 

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A short time since we ^ve an aooount 
of • Centennry meeting m the Old Bap- 
tist Clia|>el, Dunstable. For that meet- 
iag a reriefr of the Church's History was 
oonpiled by our excellent friend and 
Chnstian brother, Mr. Dell, of Dunstable, 
sad was read by Mr. John Bloomfteld, to 
tke nnmerous company then assembled. 
Mr. Deli, hma faroored as with the copy. 
It reads as follows :— 

Im $iTing an aocomit of thij aneient eauie, 
•t ar* pointed bmck. to a very remofce period. 
SdvarUy in a book paUiahed in 16i6 aays : 
Tkut were four famouf preachers in the 
eomtj of Hertford, namely, Heath, of Woot- 
ton ; fiiee, of Aston ; Field, of Hertford, and 
Cbnw, of Sterenage. There ii but little doubt 
that kheae four men were oonnected with an 
•JMieat eaaae at Kenaworth, of which thli is 
SB offihoot. Tbia cause at Kensworth must 
lavs esiated for a raat number of years before 
Idvtrda pnbLiahod his book; and that is 222 
jfsn sgo. Tbe only authentic account I am 
sUs to pTO, ia taken from an old Kensworth 
Cbn^ Book, I belioTe now in the hands of 
Mr. Upton, tbe Baptist minister, at St. Al- 
baa's; on the firat page of which is written as 
IbUovs. * Tbe namea of the respected mem- 
biiB of tbe baptised congregation of the church 
at Kaawortb, in Hertfo^hire, taken this 
ninth day of Joly, one thousand dx hundred 
sad seventy fire, by me, Hugh Smyth, of 
Wcathamatead, in tne said county of Hert- 
ford.' Tfaen follows a list of the members 
aaovatia^ to 380. redding in various places 
in the neighbooroood, nameljr, at AJabury, 
AaCon, Berkbampstead, Briokmll. Ghalgrave, 
Codioott, Caddington, DunsUble, Drayton, 
EaloB Brar, Eddlesborough, Hampstead, 
Horton, Hawridge, Harpenden, 



Hemel Hempstead, Houghton, Kenisworth, 
KcB^ilon, Imton, Leighton, Mimms, Red- 
boame, Bidjpe, Shenly, St. Alban's, SUdham, 
Sundon, Truig, TUsworth, Toddington, Wil- 
liaai and Welwyn. From this list, it ap- 
pears that Thomas Hayward was then min- 
ister, or elder, as he was then called, but 
be became so, it does not say; he 
in 1688, just 20 years before the 
i of this ehapel, and m the same year 
ae John Bonyaa died. The history of the 
namae at Kensworth is as follows. The cause 
ea Keasworth ezisted for so long a time, (and 
tfais written nearly two hundred years ago,) 
and its traasaetioos had been recorded with 
aadk care, that tbe minutes filled four folio vol- 
waaes ; tbeae four volumes were entrusted to 
tlae eave of a wealthy and influential deacon, 
wrho afterwards beeoming so immoral, that 
the Anreh a acln ded hin. Snraged at their 
, he deekred they shoold qevrr have 



the books again ; he afterwards removed to 
London, and took the books with him, and it 
is supposed, he destroyed them. After the 
death of Hayward, 1688, three of the elders 
were called upon to speak before the church, 
for them to choose one of the three to be the 
pastor; the names of the three elders were 
Finch, Marsden, and Harding. The lot fell 
upon Harding : this led to some unpleasant- 
ness, and in the year 1694, there was a di- 
vision in tbe ehurch. Mr. Marsden, his wifb, 
and eirhteen of the members, residing at, and 
near Luton, then formed the Old Baptist 
Cause in that place. There is an entry made 
in the Kensworth Church Book, dated Nov- 
ember, 1688, and reads thus :— 

* Immediately after the death of that laborious 
■erraot of Christ, brother I J ay ward, the old 
oharoh was stsambled at Kensworth to consider 
their state, and the church did elect brother Fiaoh, 
brother Marsden, and brother Harding, loiatly, 
and equally, to offloiate in the place of orother 
Hayward, la the breaking of bread, and the sd> 
ministration of ordinaneea, and the church at that 
time did agree to provide and maintain at their 
own charge a sulnolent maintainaoee ; and they 
were to go from meeting to meeting ; and to erery 
place the church ahoold appoint them within thU 
eongregation.' 

There ii another entry made in the Kens- 
worth Church Book, dated December 6th, 
1694, this was six years after the death of 
Hayward, and reads thus. 

' Tbe names of all the members who rent oif and 
departed from their plaees, and broke the peace of 
the ehurch, aboat the matter and difference of Mr. 
Tidmonth.' 

At that time the church at Kensworth con- 
sisted of 893 members. Then follows a list of 
the names of 65 members that left the old 
cause at Kensworth. and 1 think there is no 
doubt the cause at Dunstable commenced at 
this time (this was 26 years before the cause 
of Kensworth, broke up.) We have no an- 
thentie account when they first met at Dun- 
stable, but probably about the year 1694 ; at 
the time of the division at Kensworth; for the 
cause at Kensworth was still kept up, and re- 
mained a separate cause till 1720. when its 
last remains were removed to St. Alban's. 
The first account we have of the church at 
Dunstable ii an entry made in the church 
book, and reads thus : 

* Sister Briggs reoorded an InhaUtaatof Blag* 
shall, did come from the general people, and was 
reoeiTed in f^ll eommunion with us at a ohnrch 
meeting held at Dunstable, the 80th day of Sep- 
tember, IS96.' 

The next entry is as follows. 

*8bter Dofi; recorded an inhabitant of Potters 
Bar, did come from the general people, and did 
sit down with us in 1696/ 

In the year 1708, thejr bought this piece of 
ground for £10, and built a chapel for the 
poblio worship of Qod : the^OMt of the ehs- 

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pel Mid the gfound, inoludiuff all expenses 
wu £92. 1^ and the trust deeds were put 
into the hands of Mr. Britlam. This My. 
Brittian was the first pastor of the place, 
which o£5ce he held for about 45 years ; he 
died in thejear 1754^ ayed 80. He was siw- 
oeeded by Mr. Woster, fh>m Wi^^nton Com- 
aen, who was pastor for 33 years ; uui was 
iwooeeded by Mr. Cook, who was pastor for 3 
years : then came the c^ebraked Mr. Hews : 
dvtng the time he waa pastor^ there was a 
dinuott, the Baptist eause in YTeat^treet 
anae about the year 1800. Mr. Hews left 
the people about 1803. 

llext to him came a Mr. Tidd, whe> re- 
moBed with them two yeara. For some 
years after this, they had aupplies till abe«t 
the year 1812 or 1813, when a Mr. Chessher 
waa ordained over the peo^ In hia time^ 
th ere was aaothcv dirisiott in the eause res- 
peeling the law as a rule for belierer's eo«. 
dwt, and those that did net hoM the law, left, 
and built a chapel in another part of West 
Street, but this was soon broke up; and many 
of the mea&bera returned to the old place 
acam. After the death of Mr. Chessher in 
1917* Mr. nkarttng^ eame, and was with the 
people three Tears. 

After he leh, Mr» Cream was settled over 
them for about i years, and waa suooeeded by 
MnPalmer^of HomM-feo«Bow, Londoa, who 
heM the pastoral office for about fiv^e years, and 
was succeeded by Mr. Fowler (late of Qolden 
Lane, Barbican, London) he stayed with the 
people two years ^ when he left in 1834, there 
waa another division^ and he with a few of the 
people built another chapel in Church-street, 
calling it Bedford Chape), Duke's Place, but 
this cause was broke up in a few years; and 
sease of the peo(>le returned to the old ^ee : 
Aia was the third and last dirision in this 
ancient cause. 

From Auguit 1834, to December in the 
isme Tear, thcr had supplies, till Mr. 8hep« 
pard,lato of €ruildfbrd, in Surrey^ was invit- 
ed to take the pastoral office, and was ordained 
the following Ma^ : the serTices of Uke mom- 
ittg on that occasion were conducted by Mr. 
J. A. Jones, of Mitchell Street, London ; those 
of the afternoon, by Mr. 6. Combe, late of 
fik>ho Chapel, Oxford Street, London. Those 
of the ereQine; bT Mr. J. Foreman, of Mount 
Zion Chapel, Hill Street, Dorset Sijuare, Lon- 
don. During the time he was pastor, many 
of the old members died, and others were re- 
moTed in proTidence, so that the cause was 
brought Tery low ; and in the year 1847, he 
resigned the pastoral office, and was succeeded 
bT Mr. Carpenter, the present pastor ; late of 
Milehe)) Street, St. Luke's, London ; who 
found the cause Tery low; but the Tery first 
Sabbath that Mr. Carpenter preached here^ 
the word was so blessea, that the soi^ ol tlw 
people were greatly reriTcd : and as sooiv as 
ne came among them, the scene became so 
ehaaged and altered, that truly il might be 
said, that Uhe wilderness and the solitary 
IpUuMriiioiced and blossomed like the rose.' Sin- 
««■ ware called ; saints were oaaefocted^ and 
built ii|» in. thalc most hely foUhi and m 
great was the increase of numbers that came 



to hear, that admittance oould not be gained ; 
so that many were glad to sit neon the i^tos 
and tomb*stones to hear the word at Qod. 
The congregation still increasing, there was 
great difficultr in obtaining seats; still the 
friends hesitated about building, and enlarg- 
ing, knowing that the people were a poor 
and tried people, but for a cireomatanoa that 
occurred. One Sabbath afternoon, in the win- 
ter of 1848, a tremendous storm swept tluough 
the town of Dunstable, and came oown with 
tempestuous Tiolence upon the old Baptist 
Chapel, diirinr dirine service : the bvilding, 
though it had atoed mere thaa 140 winten^ 
and weathered many a storm before, waa 
shook to the foundations, and part of the 
ceiling blown down unon the congregation to 
their great alarm ana dismay, but altlroug^h 
through a merciful proridenee^ not to their 
personal injury; it was considered expedient 
to have the chapel surveved, when it was pro- 
nounced unsafo to worship in, mauT of the 
chief timbers not only being displaced, but in 
a state of decay firom old s^e. A meeting of 
the fticnds worshipping in the place» was 
called to take into consideration the best 
means of restoring their place of worship, 
when it was agreed to establish a fund by 
means of collecting cards, and the people, 
though poor, were wilUng to work, and cards 
to the amount of £105 were issued* The 
woik of repairing was immediately begun, 
but upon a more minute inspection, thebuild- 
inx was found to be in such a dilapidated 
state, as for the old building to be taken dowa 
and a new one erected on the spot : this has 
since been done, and a neat structure reared 
upon the old ground, capable of holding 400 
persons. The ohapel was opened for oivine 
service, on Wednesday, August 11th, 1849, bj 
Mr. Wells, of London, and Mr. Sears, of She' 
ford. The chapel cost in erection, £480 17 
and there is now a debt remaining of £165. 
The minister's house which was built in the 
time of Mr. Chessher has been enlarged and 
Tery much improved, besides many other re- 
psirs and improvements in erecting new foncea 
and repairing walls, Ac &o. 

There has oeen 73 members added during 
the ten years Mr. Carpenter has been here, 
the greater part of which have prof^ised to 
have been called under his minisirr. Hav- 
ing now brought down the history of this old 
cause to the present time, 1 will eonclqd)9 
with the language of the poet 

Here may our unborn sons 
And daughters sound thy praise. 
To shine like pobshed stones 
Through long successive days. 
Here^ Lord, display this sovereign power 
While temples stand, and men %dore« 

P.D. 

Since this was trritten, there has been 
a departure f^om itu9 old caus« of 
nearly ioii^ nembens who have heeia 
forced iato a nev Baptist Chimsh hi 
DuBstaUe i but we have letters inferm- 
iD^ Qs thai Mr. Carp«iter is atiit maik n 
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and we hope the two causes maj both 
: if audi he hea?eii'agood pleasure* 



HV CHUBCH AT BUII8XUIE. 

Mb. S»n«ni,~I im on* of thst happy ami 
kigiilr-hoBoure^ •!•» of peiMns freqlwiuitlj 
•iTM'OM H-MMM.* I h«pe, therefore, j^n 
wul, lbreiM«, alloir aa eki woman to give 
y^mr i mimn a little rery iaterectiDg infor- 
BMliMi. 1 am mii * the eK-Garpenter*! Male* 

■eraml Mhe pet sen Timothy/— bat I 
ttm eae whe takea a deep iatereet in tke proa- 
imi t j of EioB; mai I wish ta reeord the 
UeaNd mcreiee of a eoTenaat Go4 tewarde 
aoiaa of us who live apen theee Bedforct hills. 
Om W cd a cedaj , Affnl 13th, a aew Baptist 
I'liwpib was formed in this town upon New 
I^ataflMal prinetples. I wish a Mi report 
of al that was said aad done oottld be puh- 
IfolKd ; it was a gl e r i c f M goepel day inmed ; 
f hacdiy think there was one thia|f to mar 
oar pcaea. Ttroly, the Lord was in our midst : 
hiaminislervwere clothed with salvation, and 
fais latnta did shout ahmd for joy. If early 
forty p es s o w s have withdraws uom the Old 
Bhptirt Keetfnf ; and after meeting together 
for prayer, a wisuha tip n , and listening to 6od*s 
vani, l es ol f cd to be formed into a Gospel 
cAnrA. The foDowmg is a little aceonnt of 
tie aerrieea of the day. In the afternoon, at 
•wo o*cloelfc, we met in the Town Hall. It 
was lull to oeerflowinr; many conld net get 
ta. Mr. Coa;ghtrey, of Baton Bray, opened 
tiho arrvico with that beautiful hymn, 
' Kindred in Chriflt for His dear sake,' 

Mr. Ourtledge. tiio pastor oi Bedboum 
enwfek, then read the wftptares, and sought 
ttm Ucsaing-of heaven, fie was fovoured in 
pimyer. C. W. Banks then preached ns a 
wooB, livdhr, loving sermon from these words 
*•* And the' Lord added to the ehureh daily 
wmA as should be saved.* One of our brethren 
BOCod out ft few of his words \ we wish you 
to Id others read them. [Another time.] 

After the sermon, Mr. Banks ealled u|>on 
Ifr. Rush to read our Articles of Faith, which 
he £d most ^tinctly. Mr. Banks then asked 
Mr. Bush if he be l ieved that all the persons 
I to be united together in church fellow- 
were true believers in Christ, and con- 
t followers of the Lord ? Mr. Bush said 

p baKered they were. Mr. Banks then 

Bed upon the proposed members to signify 

-^ farth in the Articles read, by fifting their 

b to heaven. This they did. He then 

rave to each and every one the right hand of 
nSowahip; and addrf»ed them m suitable 
ward*. This was a precious season. The 
■it anso on serriee occupied nearly three hours. 

Wo then removed in a large bodjy, to our 
aaUi Temperaace Hall, where tea was provid- 
ed^ mmd a numerous company assembled. After 
tea, the JfiUon-Bray singers, and other friends, 
aaacBost delightfhily; the largo haH was 
filed : Br. CooghtTOT prayed; Br. Searle, of 
Two Waters, read tba fiymna, and C. W. 
Banka preached from ' "When be eame, and 



aavlhomeaolGod, havaeglad^ and aa- 
hcrted Uiom aU with pm-posa of heart- to 
cleave unto tha Loid.' Christ waa everything^ 
indeed, in that discourso. We tiien returned 
to the Town Hall, and thara eommemorated 
the dyinc love of Christ, in the breaidng of 
bread. The brethren C. W. Banks, Cartled^ 
Long, and Coughtrey all united in adminia- 
teriag the Lord's Sapper. Some said, wo 
never had sueb tm evening before in Dub* 
stable. My poor heart, and my hauriband'a 
heart were broken in leaving ike oki plaee ; 
but trulv, Christ'* Gospel that day, wasa 
ooedial for all our oares, a soothing balas 
for all our woea. If yon. do not eaat thia 
away, you shall hear again, from 

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CHUBCH AT SUTTON, 

XV CAXBRIDOBSiriRB. 

Mt J>mAM Ms. Snirox-^In looking 
through your YsaaBi. this mentb, I folt & 
little disappointed at the very short accoont 
of the Cambridgcshiro churches, and being in 
possession of some interesting facts oonneoted 
with the Sutton church ; I have thought it 
might be interesting to your readers to leani 
somewhat of its birth and growth to the pre* 
sent time. 

The cause at Sutton, like many other of 
Ood*s work*,, owes his existence to the weak* 
est of instrumentality. A little more than & 
hundred years ago. there waa no dissenting 
cause whatever in Sutton. In those days» a 
poor, but good, man feeling his heart bum 
withlove to Christ and precious souls, ob» 
tained a few tracts, and went from bouse to 
house with themj preaching Jesus as he 
went. In hi& visits»he found a few godly wo> 
mea, and they soon arranged to meet at one 
of their houses for prayer, and reading the 
Word. This humble means was blessed of 
God. This house soon became too strait foe 
them ; God appeared, and found them a bari^ 
where they worshipped tiU that became too 
strait tor them :— (that barn I saw burnt 
down nine years ago this spriitt,) they were 
again encouraged to lengthen their corda and 
strengthen their stakes. They built their 
present meeting house in 1791, on a beautiful 
site, commanding a view of the oountnr 
around for many miles. I have many times 
stood in its neat burial ground, and seeing 
the villagers coming in all directions, some 
walking, and some dnving. have contemplated 
the words of the Psalmist, * Whither the 
tribes go up. the tribes of the Lord, unto the 
testimony of Israd, to give thanks unto the 
name of the Lord.* Few, if any, of the fli- 
thers live that saw that structure rise, but I 
had the honor of burying a few within the 
sacred endoeure, who were witnesses of its 
erection, and among its earliest supporters. 
One young man, Robert 6eodj by name, be- 
ing employed to cart bricks, siud» * They may 
hire me to draw bricks to ImiM the meeliBg, 
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when iti built ; Til never go to tbe meetinj[.' 
Bttt'Bobert's ways wu not God's ways, for m 
a very short time Bobert was found within its 
walls, and God fastened the word home as a 
'nail in a sure plaoe,' and bored bis ear to 
the post, and Bobert never left the house. He 
soon became a member, and though he lived 
nearly four miles off, Robert's seat was «eldom 
vacant for upwards of forty years. When I 
went to Sutton, in 1840, Bobert was very aged 
ond infirm, but for some few years after that, 
every Lord'S'day morning, would find the good 
old saint, leaning on Ms big umbrella, making 
his way towards the house of God ; mostly 
early enough for thejrayer meeting, before the 
morning service. Thus, instead of never en- 
tering the house he helped to build, he 
walked many thousands of miles to worship 
within its walls. We preached his funeral 
sermon from these words» * And now, Lord^ 
what wait I for ? my hope is in thee.' 

However, the meeting house was finished* 
and in a short time, it become too strait for 
its worshippers, and i^in they ]}ad to enlarge. 
After this, side galleries were erected, and a 
few years ago a front gallery was put in. 

Thus much for the building. Ihe Church,. 
I beliere, was formed while they worshippea 
in the barn. Its first Pastor was a Mr. 
Norman ; a man not quite sound in the faith, 
and I am not quite sure that he was a Strict 
CommunioniBt ; but a man God honoured. 
Some few of his seals still live. We had the 
honour of burying some called under his 
ministry ; among whom was Thomas TTffendell, 
a venerable saint of ninty-five vears of age. I 
hare often heard him speak m the highest 
terms of his father in God, Mr. Norman. 
This good man was baptised on a Christmas 
day, and they had to break the ice, to lead 
him and others into the water. He maintained 
through grace, an honourable standing in the 
Churdi, for more than sixty years. He con- 
tinued to hear three sermons on a Lord's day 
till within a very short time of his departure, 
when like a shock of corn, he was gathered to 
his fathers. We buried him in his own 
grave in the Meeting-yard, and there were 
present a chapel full, and among them several 
persons over eishty, and many over seventy 
years of age. His wife and only son died in 
the faith. His two daughters are now mem- 
bers of the church. His son's only child, 
Thomas Uffendell, was called under my minis- 
try, and is also a member. 

I eould give many pleasing cases here, but 
space forbids ; but one I feel I must say a 
word about The grandmother of that honour- 
ed servant of Christ, Mr. Septimus Sears, was 
in those days, called by grace, at Sutton. She 
soon expreafed a wish to obey her Master's 
oommands, but her husband strongly opposed 
her. However she determined to go forward, 
and her husband determined to leave her. He 
said to her, 'Well, have vou made up your mind 
to be baptised?' * Yes,^ was her reply. 'Then 
I shall leave you : go and pack up my things 
and I'll go.' < Oh ! 1 would not go to-day (she 
■aid,) wait a little longer.' <No:rUgonow: 
pack up my things.* Accordingly she did so. 



She Moked up his olothea, and he went off. 
But ne had not been gone long before he re- 
turned. ' JSh ! (she said,) wbat brings yon 
back BO soon P' ' Why. these words nkrB 
come to my mind, I don't know what they are^ 
nor where they are^they can't be for me— 
they must be for you, ' Be ye steadfast ;' and 
he could think of no more ; but the good- 
woman caught them up, * Yes, (she said, call- 
ing him by name,) I know, 'immovable, 
always abounding in the work of the Lord/ 
&c. ' Yes, (he sud,) that's it. Th^ can't be 
for me ; they must be for you, and I wont 
oppose you !' And he acoompanied her to the 
water'a edge^and witnessed her baptism. 
She also, with some of her children, and 
children's children, to the third and fourth 
generation, are buried in the Meeting Yaid ; 
some of whom I also buried. 

Mr. Norman was succeeded bv Mr. Orrias, 
a man of God and truth, who laboured there 
very successfully for I think about eleven, 
years. However, many of his seals live to 
this day, some of whom have worn well for 
fortijr or fifty years, and some died during my 
ministry in good old age. I eould give 
several pleasing accounts of such, but I dare 
not enlarge. Mr. Orriss, according to uni- 
versal report, was a sealous, devoted, affeotbn- 
ate servant of Christ, and perhaps during hia 
ministry the church at Sutton enjoyed some 
of its brightest and best days. However, hia 
work at button came to an end. He rensoved 
to Ely, and from Ely to Somersham, wherv 
he lalioured for thirty- three qrears, and died an 
honoured servant of Christ in good old age. 
Mr. Orriss was succeeded by Mr. Biofaard 
Lay, a thorough Boanerges. But if report 
say true, there was a need be for a Boanerges 
in those davs, and Bichard Lay was sent aa a 
refiner. Tne celebrated Bitaon was popular 
in those parts then, and hii heresies were rife 
among the people. And this Boanerges stood 
forth boldly, waging war with the deadlj 
heresv for about three years, during which 
time his labours were blessed, and some of hia 
seals still live, monuments of his nsefulneaa. 
After Bichard Lay came, the venerable Wil- 
liam Cattell. Mr.Cattell was ono of Mr. 
John Stevens's disciples, and carried with hia 
the views of Mr. S. on the Pre-eziiteDoe of 
Jesus Christ. These sentiments have sown 
discord in the church at Sutton, that we fear 
will take many years to uproot Still, I do 
hope things are on the mend. Mr.Cattell' 
laboured for some sixteen years at Sutton, 
toward the end of which time, he had a hand- 
some property left him by one of his hearers. 
This caused jealousy and suspicion, whieh 
threw a damp upon his ministry. But he 
did not labour in vain : the early part of Mr. 
Cattel's ministry must have been very labour- 
ious, and greatly owned and blessed. He 
never accepted another pastorate after leayinf^ 
Sutton ; but continued residing in the neigh- 
bourhood, to labour as an itinerant as long aa 
health permitted. And many times during 
his later days occupied his oldpulpit at Sutton. 

W. F. 

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l>mAM But — Mb. Edwards reeeired a 
Mto from Jon, wuhing him to write 
a few linM raipocthi; the ohoreh at 
BottoB, of which he is now the pastor. 
Bia time hanng been so short with us, 
he would rather I should write, stating the 
dealings of the Lord towards us as a church 
and people. Binee our beloved Mr. Flack, 
has left v», we have experienced a wintry 
season; for four years, we have been in a 
widowed state, oast down, but not des- 
troyed; though we have been faint, vet 
we kept pulstting. We have not had ' Icna- 
botf written upon our doors ; but have mostly 
had oar polpit supplied with men after God's 
own heart, to breek the heart of life amongst 
nsb We have alwavs had the ordinance of toe 
Lord's Sapper administered every month. 
Die Chunm consists of about 60 members. 
We have a few praying souls to carr? on the 
worship of the Grad of our fathers. Since we 
have been destitute we have had about 20 good 
mioistefs on probation, but not any of them 
was to be the man; we were like Samuel 
with his horn of oil, he was not allowed to 
anoint any of the sons of Jesse, until the 
Btripliag David was sent for. So also with 
mj till Mr. Bdwardi was sent for, we could 
not anoint any one for our pastor. We met 
together well ; for after preaching to us the 
fint time, his mind was drawn towards us, 
sad oars toward him. It was quite unanimous ; 
by the ehareh that Mr. Edwards should 
teeome our pastor ; so that I rest assured the 
La«d has sent him amongst us ; and that he 
iatendi to blesa his labours. I rejoice that 
oar eofenant keeping God, is unoliangeable, 
thai he lovee his people as much in adversity 
as in the day of prosperity, as much in the 
vaBev of Aehor mm on Mount Tabor. There is 
a delightfol harmony in the purposes and 
aetioiis of a Triune God towaros hu beloved 
peopkb He reats in his love ; is of one mind 
and none ean tarn him, therefore the sons of 
Jacob are not eonsomed. He has his set times 
to ikvoor Zion ; he waiteth to be gracious ; 
he has answered our many petitions in sending 
OS a pastor after his own heart ; my fervent 
prajrer is, thai the dear Lord will bless his 
Bimatryaokingst ns, that there mi^ be a great 
gathering of nredous souls to our heavenly 
fihile, that at Button the little one may become 
a thousand, and the small one a strong nation ; 
tbat stout-hearted rebels may fdl as victims 
to the groand, cnring, * What must I do to 
besared ?* If God is pleased to work, none 
can let or hinder, ' For ne doeth his pleasure 
ia the araiies of heaven and amongst the 
iahabitanta of the earth, none can stay his 
ksod, or mj unto him, what doest thou.' 

Toar'% in gospel bcmds, 

FlOWBR BATSBft. 

BBAraio. 

lATxxa ram voitvdation btomb ot the 

VBW BAPTIST CHAPEL. 

Ov ninnday, ICardi 81st, Mr. James Wells, 



eight hundred persons on the ground to wit- 
ness the ceremony, which took place, aoeord* 
ing to announcement, at 8 o'clock in the 
afternoon. 

The serrice commenced by Mr. Wale giving 
out the two fint verses of the hymn begmning 

' Behold the sure foundation stone ;' 

after which, Mr. Wells engaged in prayer, 
and two more verses of the same h^rmn were 
sung. Mr. Wells then delivered a stirring and 
most appropriate address, which was listened 
to with great attention ; after which he pro- 
ceeded to lay the first stone, and Mr. Wale 
then laid the other. The Boxology was then 
sung, and the friends adjourned to the New 
Hall, London-street, where about two hun* 
dred and fifty sat down to tea ; after which, 
Mr. Wells preached an excellent sermon from 
2 Cor. ill. 12, to a congregation of about one 
thousand persons, who all manifested the 
greatest attention. The proceeds from the 
tea and the collection, after deducting all ex* 
penses, amounted to about fifteen pounds. 

The day was beautifully fine, and nothing 
occurred to mar the happiness of any part of 
the proceedings. We hope to have the Chapel, 
opened about the first or second week in 
August; but till then we have engaged the 
New Hall, for our Sabbath evening services, 
commencing with the month of May, the 
crowded state of our present Chanel, and the 
growing heat of the weather, rendering such a 
step absolutely necessary. 

(From CosaBSFOvsBKTS.) 

SOUTHWASK-UNIGORN YARD CHAPEL, 
TOOLBY STREET. On Tuesday, March 26(11, 
our pastor, Mr. C. W. Banks, administered the 
ordinance of Believers* Baptism to four brethren, 
and one sister, who had prsTioosly witaeascd a 
good confession before the ohurob, one of the bre- 
thren is the superinteadaat of the Sabbath School. 
Oar pastor preached an able aoal-eomforting dis- 
course from Matt, xxvlil. *LoI lam with yoa 
always even onto the end of the world.' It was 
very refreshing; very many were truly blest. 
Others are hotering around ; we trust many may 
be gathered into this charch of Christ. On Ban- 
day, September 3rd, oar pastor received four bre- 
thren and two sisters into Charch fellowship, and 
fall communion ; his address to each was faithful, 
affectionate, and suitable ; there was a large con- 
legation of attentive hearers who had previously 
listened with profound attention to his discourse 
from Hebrews v. 8,9. 'Though he were a son, 
yet learned he obedience by the things which he 
suffered, and being made perfect, he became the 
author of eternal salvation to all them that obey 
him.' I wish I could write an epitomy of this dis. 
course ; it was so appropriate and full of the glor- 
ious Person of the .Son of God, and his finished 
work, that we think the savour will long be felt by 
many that heard. There is in most of bis sermons 
a raoiness and fulneeo, only understood by those 
who wait upon the ordinanoes of God's house, to 
be fed with the Bread of Life, and are hungering 
for the same. On Tuesday, April 8th, thefourm 
anniversary of the Sick Visiting Society, belonging 
to Unicorn Yard, was held. Mr. James Wells 
preached in the afternoon a sound gospel sermon 
from Matt. v. 48. 150 took tea. Public meeting 
in the evening, T. Pocock, Esq, in the chair; Mr. 
Edgecombe opened with prayer, our pastor Mr. 
C. W. Banks, read the report, which was adopted, 
and the claims of the Society most warmly advo. 
by brethren Thomas Jones, Cracknel. Tho. 



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d«irn m bonntlM double doiuuioa wbioh «m fol- 
lowed bj aootherfrom ourblgbly eateemed brother 
Blaoksbaw, of Qacknof . The eolleotion wes en- 
wiM t m . SebMrlpCiflne or donatfoBB will be 
tlMAkfirily reoeWcd by Mr. JMm Oivic, OBCwmy, 
61, Franoii Street, Newiogton, S. 

[We return eineere tbenke to Thomes PiUow, 
Em., Jaraee Mote, Esq. ; Mr, WhktAker, end eev- 
ermi friends from Deore Perk, end other neieh- 
booring ebnrebeB, who to kindly and liberally nr- 
vQRd OS with their eompeny end eeuatenanee.] 

HAKPSTBADBOIlD-IIm work «r the Lord 
•frpears t0 be soing tm at 8ta« b efe Street, Heap. 
Mead Boad, We had a very f«U and praftiaUe 
meeting on Tocsday, March 15th; aboat 130 to 
tea; after which the large room soon became 
crowded. After prayer by brother Bland, Mr. 
Aldlae, pastor, stated the o«Jeet was to svbmit to 
tke meetlog the plan of a new plaee of wvnhip, 
which was intcadcd to be baUt in Camden New 
Town, where a oaase it much needed, being ea in- 
ereating neighboarhood,«Rd no diatentiog mtcreat 
near, it was intended to begin with the restry 
and school nwois, which wouM be 51 fbet by SS ; 
in two teors at Che C Kt ieme end of the groniML 



taken for the chapel, and wbteh will form one end 
of the chapel, when bnUt, and remain the veetxtos 
and school rooms, opening into the chapel; that 
aflbrding accommodation for aboat WO people, and 
the tame number of children at onoe ; and when 
the fhnds, and the state of the eaoee warrant it, the 
ehapel will he hallt. By thia plan, no oMtiey will 
be spent in waste. The groand landlord toM Mr. 
Aldia, it was his Intentioo to builda chapel on that 
spots as a tpeealation ; but he has now promised a 
donation towards the building; alto two years' 
groand rent. The united with of the church and 
congregation, and the erident signs of the work of 
the Lr»rd being revired in our midst of late, seemed 
to shew that the movement bad the diTine appro- 
bation. Brother Poremaa, gavv a ^etf Inetrvc 
tl«« adCrsea oa the fbandalion and oomer stone of 
tte tsmpls ; brother Hesleten, on the materials of 
tha tem^e ; hrsUicr Wyard, on the fltnets and unity 
of the bnilifng ; brother Bland, alto addressed Uie 
meeting, end moeed the following reeolatten, Tti : 
*That fk«m the psaMen of this ohorch and eett- 
gvegntion, and the very inconvenient eondition 
■nd prcearlons tenure of the preeent room. It 
appears fhlly desirable to proaaote the ereethm of 



a new place of vrorship, upon the plan and on the 
ground now submitted to the meeting.' Tnls re- 
eolntioB was very heattily eeeonded by brother 



Foreman, and earried nnanimonsly. Brother 
BloomHeld, oflbred prayer. It was one of the beet 
and mo«t profitable meetings vrtth which the fdends 
at Stanhope Street have been favoutod. 

HOIXOWAT— t forward you a brief cratline 
of our annual tea meeting at Zoar: brethren 
Flack, C. W. Banks, Ball, and DoTcy were pre- 
sent. Tour exposition of the dignity of tbe Sov. 
ereign of the Kingdom of grace was svreetly and 
powerfoUy received ; the vubjeets of the kingdom 
defined by brother Flack: the laws, by brother 
Ball; perpetual story of the kingdom, by brother 
Dovey, were all littoned to, and joyfhlly received. 
Ton enquire^ am I happy at Holloway t Let me 
say, I have nothing to make me otherwise. I 
never sought Bolioway cause, but it sought me : 
and the way teemed «o lAear that I durst not turn 
from tlm requisition mode me to become itt paator. 
Since my laboort there, we have steadily increased ; 
new members have been added ; and peace is 
in onr borders. The causes that led me to Hollo. 
way, are 1st, I sought it not. 2nd, when invited 
the people gathered. Srd, I did not ehooee for pe- 
onalatj gain. 4th, because I was not entering 
«pon taotlier man's Uaeof tUngs ; then being no 
Btrtat B^jttet OhTOch near. 5th. Its nel ghbonrhood 
ifu ttt l^Mt ifhnt my dnyi HI tnlty ifsvt spvBty 



and Mat Ma ipnt T WM vdWl by V^tm. Sth, 
there is a vattly growing population rWng 
anrandnt. niese am the reasons for my tMspt- 
tegthepastointe, aadltwni Mft he a ttnii m«Mr 
that will drtvoMn away. YnVa in Jesns, 

F. 



€0GOS$HAZX - DsAn Ma. Eniroa •- The 
Friends at Salem Chapel, Chureh Street, Ooggee- 
half, had one of the best. If not the voiy host, 
meeting en Aprfi 4th, 18M, tkojt ever w<e hove tad 
since our Ohapel tai becK bultt, a W. Basks, 
preached ta the aAemeea from theae Meesed 
words, * Neither is there aalTaUoh in any othor.' 
Setting forth Christ as the Amen of all onr salva- 
tion; divine power rested upon the woffA; eo 
gladly was the word rceelved, that eoraeoay they 
shall never forget it. One Mend toM me, he nanwr 
felt so happy before in all hie iMh . he eayv, I 
ioaged to be none : asoet gladly eeold 1 have Isft 
all below, and have gone home, to haTeheenot 
rest, O ! he says, when Mr. Banks spoke of the 
diristian's heart ; it quite Hfted menp, othata sold 
what a Messed meeting ; It Is good to he here; aaaae 
eald, weeonldhaveaMallni^t. The ten i 



at 5 o'clock* vms a very ideeafng eight 
The friends and ndghhoars around gathered lag^ 
ther, exnressing sympathy, for which we are vcqr 
thankful; many of our brethren in the mtaistry 
came to help ut; we were glad ta have them. 
Mr. Wlnfleld, (from London) was called te prseMa. 
svpportcd on the right hasid by Mr. Yhnisiaa, «< 
Balstead, and Mr. Merritt, of Oolcheeter; luaiaat 
the left by Mr. Banks, of London, and around him 
was Mr. Battron, and Mr. French, aad other 
firiendt. Above thiee hundred mt down to ten, nad 
the order was good ; by theexertlotte«f oarfHemiL 
every mm was made oomfortaUe, and ^thsf •■ 
ttt m t d to be happy. Very eavonry and apidlaBi 
addresses were given hy the brethren present, m 
that the hearu of the people were made to r^oiai^ 
Bro. Collis. (our dear alnicted pastor,) was at tha 
chapel to near Mr. Banks ; and was very glad ta 
hear him. hut he eonld ndtslqp ta the tea aml««eB 
ing meettatg. He Ismnch better; nod hopee to ha 
in his Maater^s wotfc i«ahft shortly. Tonr'a lAlfea 
beet of boodsy Tnoiua Bowijuw, 

ZOAS CHAPEL, fiwiCE-Chtlstiaa Bro- 
ther : Tbe cause ot our adored Redeemer (altar 
nearly four years of hard stmggnng in the i ^^ 
of opposition from pretonded friends; 
foes, is at length riaing from ita apvar 
We had the pleaaare of baptising in iheoovnaaAl 
names of our Jehovah, ninc^ persosM on Lard'a- 
day morning, April S, 1859, in the presence ol 
about 500 persons ; after a very solemn and eenreli- 
ing disoourre on the origin, design and hleaaat 
n«es of the Bapdem of heTlevers, neeardlng to tki 
authority of our Lord and Maaler Jeeos Chdati 
see Luke viL ^ .50; John i. 91-SS. Theaarslaa 
was listened to with much solemnty, and from 4htt 
results we rejoice to believe * The Lord was thin.* 
W. F., Betnngh Bosd, Ipswloh. 

HIiflmraS—DtAE Mn. Smtck: Thnra at* « 
few toversef a frne grsne gaepel atHattiaufcfei 
flnatag, who have been made honeat hi siwitoidtol 
for the order of God's house as at first deUv<arod« 
(via). Strict Communion, that have taken a va^ 
commodious school room In Castle view-fdaca^ 
near Welltngton Square ; hy way nf vaklng th« 
same known, two se im ana wna preaehad hy If r. 
R. 8. Bird, of Olapham, on the 10th, and twobv 
Mr. James Wells, of London on the 14th of April, 
which we believe was attended by the unction of 
the Holy One. They have Invited Mr. Waterer, of 
Brighton, to preach to them for a eertain tSttann 
Lord'a-days, and Mr. Wall, of Rye, kindly ptma^ 
ises to preach to them on Thunday evawMfc 
May the hands of their anns be ma4» atrong tiy tha 
mighty God of Jacob: fhr he hath said, *thaM 
that hononr ma I wiUhmwur.' AndaoMlmft 

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TMB SlBtUM TBSaib 



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LB 4UB STREET. , 

We' v«r« g&a to see a good gathering at brother 
Diek««oa'a oa Thondaf •Teaikf, Mareh Utt, on 
vhieh ooeasion the anxiiial meeting in connection 
mitk Ito 9Uk Ouu tK y «m toM. Aftar tea, Mr. 
Dickaraoo* took tha ohair, and called upon bro- 
tber Cracknall, to lapiiiUeata the Lord's bieestng. A 
«eU vrittan report ma road by Mr. White the 
Secretary of the Society, by which we learnt it 
waa ia a proapevMi acata, tkata being a balaace in 
Treasaxvr'ahaada, through a legacy of £10 left to 
the Society doring the year. Besolationa were 
Mt to Om aMetSag and oarried, being spokes to by 
lae brvthrm Wyatd. C ra eha e ll , Pelte, Jidgeeoaaba, 
•ad ottera; bat we ooald not help thiakiag on re- 
Uma« hone, tliat the moat telUag speech wa* thai 
of a wovUng man, who at hia own request waa 
invited cm the platform, and with a heart filled 
with cvatitade gave an aeeonnt of his call by 
graet tknragb tbe InatniMeBtaUty of the Sick 
boeiety, daeiariag h im aul f to be a mooomeat to 
aoreretiTB grace. That many anoh resalta okay be 
fooAd from the labours of this and Jdndred aocic- 
ties is tiM earnest dealre of 

OXB WHO w. 



Ctiilnonsnil CniBfi- 



UTTLB HOOBFIBUM " BAPTIST CIIA- 
PKL, WHITe 8TR££T. On Lefd'suiay, April 
i7th, 1AM, ibe hnadrad aad firtecnth anaiTersary 
wa« held, when three sermoaa were preached by 
Me&sni Williamaoo, Banks, and Webb. On Tues- 
day, 19th, the llrtt year of the present paator, Mr. 
O. Webb, waa noticed by Mr. Bloomfield preaching 
a geod geapel eenaea in the a fte iaoon. After tea, 
a pabHc ■wttag waa held; after aiaging and 
prefer hr brother Fk>ry, the meetieg waa ad. 
drnaed egr brother Banks, who made a few 
reaiarkB on Paatan zxiii. Christ the Shepherd of his 
people. Brother Wyard, gare some interesting 
words that the people are in peace aad prosperity, 
whioh tae tr«atad weald leag eeatinae^ It was an 
old MMa, aad aMbeegh It had aaak low, ItatiU 
cakled: wUeh be traatad it wooM ; and aheep be 
gathered in. The paator now said, he felt much 
o » ei uwa e at the goodness of God, or he should 
hare said mote at the opening of the meeting, he 
wj o i e i d they weie ia peace, he had his troubles, 
bat hai bean liavaared to add 91 last year, and 
had aew 9 lor Baptism. Brother Hasleton, fol- 

f waa also addresaed by brethren 
ebb, and Chivers. It waa a 
r; foil of lifcb larour, and freedom. 
F. W. 

CtAPSAH-OABIfEIt CHAPEL. DaAa Ma. 
aiToa. la thaaUsg yon for the insertion of our 



aaalTeraary notice, we feel asrared that yon will 
be pleased to hear that our friends made a good 
r ea p oaae to oar aanooaoemeat ; aad throagh the 
tender nacrey of oar God, we had a good day. The 
' teatfaiflay delirered by those noble ohamp. 
ir tratli, Mr. Wells and Mr. Foreman, was 



by the a ne tioo e blessing of oar God to 
afort of Zion*a trareUcrs. The atten. 
I exeeDent and the collections far ex- 
eceded oar expcctatioo. To oar God be abandant 
hoaoar» aad to oar frieada. both ministers aad peo^ 
pla, tboee of the adjoining oanses and those of the 
more dletaat oaea, we present onr warmest thanks. 
It is gtatUViav to ns that oar aflhirs are placed in 
od bottaeae poeitSea. Mr. Hall has accepted 
aad oar prayer is • O Lord, we 

'- erity-' 

A LcTBE ov Zioa. 



agaodi 



mmM^MMJAL OBBSV-HOPE CHAPEL, in 
5eeiaa Street, Twig Polly, (Mr. T. B. Parber's,) is 
ahoal to be enlarged. It is a pleaaing sight to see 
the ebapel crowded and etammed to listen to the 
waria of life here; aad better than all iL the 
Load laa^m^bH «id«oaCBCtteg hnadrediof hfi 



Dbab 8iB,--In reading * Little One's * letter 
on Baptism, insetted in this month's YvBOtti, 1 
was astounded to find the following wnteneey 
• War thejfj {ths Apostlet) were net feaf perioa- 
aZfy to ftopeiee, 5at to preach the Ootpel* and 
I could not help saying to myself, Surely tlift 
ecod man mnst hare made a groat mtstalce, 
becavae our Lord's command i» eqyuUlypoH' 
tive, plain^ and personal on both points ; * €Fo 
ye therefore^ and teach all nation»j haptiainff 
them in the name of the Father, and of fka 
Son, and of the Holy Qhoet ;* which commife- 
sion 'Little One' » bound to acknowlei^ 
was giren bv our Lord to the apostles perttm* 
ally. And if words have any meaning at alL it 
contains a positire command for the apowim 
peraonallff to teach or preach, and j^erwonaUjf 
to baptize. I shall therefore esteem it a faronr 
if *l<ittle One' will give his aathority for 
saying that the apostlee toere not sent pereon* 
ally to haptixe ; and also to state that if Miy 
were not, who were, and when, and by whom f 
For if the apostles were not sent pereoaallv 
to baptise, others most hare been, or else b 
follows that those wlio did baptixe, did so oa 
their own head, er without any Dirine anl^ 
rity. 

Yoar insertion of this in the Vsassz. «i& 
giaatly oblige A Covstaw ]aiA]>BX» 

T1BW8 OF PEOPHECY 
(lb ae SdUor) 

DBi.s Sir— The Whimr, Not 7 and 8 ia 
trae to the title^an fizpositionof Bar. 12 aMl 
13. My object in that, was not as yon state, te 
dwell on one question. Since I published a 
work entitled The Seven Beale, my mimi b«i 
been led to publish a continuation of views of 
pro^ecy; from a conviction, derived ilrom 
reading the word, that the principle of inters 
wetation oommonly applied is false : I had 

. long pondered upon what must strike many at 
a difficulty, namely— the kind of wisdom need- 

I ed to understand the apocalyptic symheia. 

1 1f general commentators oe true, the key In 

< general use is great knowledge of the hittorr 
of the world, and of the church If then tlJa 
be absolutely needed, how can it be that tiio 
Bible is its own interpreter ? Is it then Air 
attempting to ghew that the wisdom required 
is dirine, and not natural, that yon speak as 

I you do P Is it for an endeavour to lead to tba 
word, I am to be misrepresented f Then I 

I shall feel it nodishononr; only I should prefer 

I you to have left that to other reviewers. SPIe 
Wltitper is needed as a medium of truth, 
with all due deference to the YmtsaL, The 
author conscientiously believes it has a mission 
to fulfil, however feebly it mav de that work. 
One thing the author would not consider 
creditable io himself— to be frownod into 
silence, after the clear tokens of the blessii^ 
of the Lord, in his search of the Word. Tear*! 
sincerely, C. S, 

fjDm ipii tt <K <liis Soto is ezoeUeat ; and 
w« again repeal tbaft as a (AriMiaa mtta;o» 
•n eaniMt stii(ioat» miM^mifl» tmiamty 



134 



nn BA&THBH YWUfSh, 



[Miy, 1, ISM. 



and at a mat aaorifloe, aaaki to throw li^t 
into theaark mmdi of hlc fellow men — we 
Tery highly esteem Mr. Charles Skinner;— 
we do not think any one who thoroughly 
knows him, can do oUienrise. It was there- 
fore, painful to us. to notice his work as we 
did— and seeing that, in every way, he has 
heen to us a real friend, it would faiare been 
cruelly ungrateftil, but for the fkot. that he 
entertains and adrocates one particular notion 
opposed, as we beliere, to divine revelation : 
and in our contention for all which we believe 
essentially and divinely true, we shew no 

Jiuarters ; we ask no favours ; we seek no 
orgiveness from men. Convince us we are 
in error ; or, have pleaded for truth in an 
anti-christian spirit, and we fall down in sor- 
row : but when error, in a gospel garb, comes 
in our way, we must speak out, u we die for 

it-ED.] 

NEW BAPTIST CHAPEL, CLAPHAM. 

On Monday. April 11th, was laid the Found- 
ation Stone of Bethesda Baptist Chapel, Cran- 
mer Court, Clspham Bise ;— for the use of the 
Church and Congregation, K. 8. Bird the 
minister. A goodly number of friends from 
London, Chertsey, and Uie neighbouring 
Churches, were present ; witii severalminister- 
ing brethren, who love our Brother Bird, and 
the flock under his care : after the hymn, 

' God moves in a mvsterious way,' ftc, 
our long tried and laborious Brother C. W. 
Banks sought the Lord's Blessing on the 
Pastor, the flock, and worshipping xamilv ; on 
the buUdinif, and the builders, that the house 
might be raised, that sinners might be brought 
down, saints built up, and Ood be glorified. 
Mr. Jsmes Wells then, in his usual decided 
manner, addressed the assembly, declaring the 
only sure basis of real prospenW rested in a 
close abiding by new Covenant Iruth. B. 8. 
Bird then deposited in a metal case under 
the Foundation Stone,— the following epitome 
of the Church's Faith and practice. 

<This building, to be called Bethesda 
Baptist Chapel, ^is erected for the worship of 
the Triune Jehovah, Father, Word, and Uolv 
Ghost ; by a Church, the members of which 
are composed of Men and Women, who upon 
declaration made of Repentance towards God, 
and faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, (and such 
only,) have been baptised by immersion in 
the name of the Holy Trinity ; and then, 
partake of the Lord's Supper ; maintaining 
all the distinguishing doctrines of grace, and 
contending earnestly for the truth once deUver- 
ed to the saints. As witness our hands, 
BicHABD Stixltbass Bibj>, Pagtor 

SUfVBL RULTOF, ") 

JoHv FiLBWoon, > Dbacovb. 

Samubl Maiskt, ) 
The Foundation Stone was laid this 11th 
April 1869, by Mr James Wells, Pastor of the 
Surrey Tabernacle ; the further particulars 
next month. 

[This little garden has revived considerably 
since Mr. Bird has been singing therein* The 
Xiord has honoured him indeed 1] 



B0KB 4VB QXFOBD* 

It Is no use attsmptiBg to shut our eyas to 
the terrible fMt, that an amalgamation betwasA 
the EnglUh and the Romish Ghurehes Is fiut 
approsehing. Letters, books, sad evidences from 
all qoarters are eominf to hand; and elsarly 
snoogh we see, that while good men are slceptag, 
the enemy is busy at work. Thrse years siaee 
— or m or e- -w e sommeneed a cheap serial. ■ The 
Antt-popf ih Bevicwer.' Thoossads of that work 
were eircalsted, bat the great Iom we sustained, 
and the little sympathy we met with, threw as 
upon onr baok ; — i nr foes looked oa, and laughed, 
while wo were sighing in the valley. It became 
Qs to bow with snbmlsston ; and to cease ow 
efforts to resist the sdrsaecs of those most 
dssdly opponents to the gfspel — that legion of 
aati-Chrisilsn powers. While we inly moam 
over the apathy of onr trnth-loviag Churches, 
we rejoice in diseoTerlag a spirit kindred to onr 
own, rising up in some of onr more able 
brsthren. Mr. Wale's Leetores on * Trac- 
tarianlsm' (now pabllahed by Stevenson, for 
sixpenee,) have made the Pasejltes very an- 
gry : but every gospel Minister— every Mend 
to that Protestantism which was bom in 
the council ehsmbers of the Mew Covenant — that 
Protestantism which was brought forth by, and 
embodied in the person sad work of our glorloos 
High Priest — that Protestantism, which is pnb- 
lithed wherever * the Gospel of the grace of 
Ood ' is proolaimed, every lover of that heaven« 
originating Protestantism Is bonad to use his ut- 
most endeavoors to d^md^ ss well as to deelar^- 
the troth. Why should act public meetings 
every where be holden all throogh our ehnrches T 
Mr William Hawkins, Baptist Mlniater, of Brad, 
ford, has been deliTcrlog Lectures In some of our 
large towns, with great suoesss. We hail bis 
efforU with delight, and with earnest prayer. 
We thank the Lord for the measure of health 
given again to him ; and for the evident fresh 
anointing with which he has been favoured ; to 
aid him in a work so seasonable and so essential, 
will be to us an ovaagelieal luxury. We ean 
only this month quote a line or two from his 
letter to us. He says :— 

* Wherever I have been, we have as vet, had 
most crowded andieneea however large the ^ace. 
Bnt the Papleta are alive everywhere. Their 
priests now equal in nnmber onr Baptist mlnlatera 
of all ahadee ; their increase of places of wor- 
ship beat ours, and the monastriee, and convents 
are more than doubled ^ineo 1850 1 and besides 
noblemen, clergymen, fte., going over to them, I 
have partieulars of Independents, Baptists, and 
Wesleysns truly sppalling. 



TntTFoan, Mosfolx— On Friday, April Itt, 
James Newborn, of Ely, opened a large room la 
Tbetford, Korfolk, for preaching; and in the 
foUoiring week, J. Oowing of Noiwich, spoke In 
the ssme room fh>m Aeiit<>8th, later part of 
27th verse. The little k ni would feel very 
thankfiil, should sny miKlBte^ of the gospel be 
passing from London, Ac, to Korwieh, Yarmouth, 
fto., if they would stsy on iheir wsy at Tbetford, 
for only one night, u they are without a regular 



supply. Direct to J. Oiverlyi No. 4 Bury-road, 

" )ogre 



Thetford, a day or two before. 



Jot 1. ISML] 



TUB BARTflXN TB88BI.* 



125: 



®5< ®W0 6rrtttc5<ft ttt €^t\$i 



OB, WHICH AM I? 



Iv «■■ BMrly twelf • o'doek one Satoiday 
mght whoa I returned from a hard week's 
von in the mhiistrjf ; and in preparing for 
the ^ri!aal neeetiitiei of the thonflands 
whom it is mj hononr and my hanpiness to 
proTide for, (aian initrnment,) in tne wilder- 
nett. Aa I lat down in mj little hook-cahin, 
I lecretlj aaid, ' I haTO no text for to-mor- 
row! Lobd! do hsip me, I am wearj; 
barrea; and •enaihlj dependent' I did in- 
deed feel aanred of the great truth of the 
Martei^a worda— ' Without mew am do no- 
(km§: With Mr. Toplady, I eonld hare 
sang— (although it might hare been to ra- 
ther a Bonmfu tune : — ) 

* JfMt, ImmoUblf th« SUM t 
Tliov true and Uriag Tint I 
Aroand thy all-Mpportlog »tem, 

Uf fMbls arat I twint. 
' I 6*11 do Aotbiaf withoat tb«e, 
Uj etrcsfth to wholly thioo ; 
Withered sad barren thonld I be. 
If MTtrtd from the Tine.' 

In aneh a ij^rit, the words of the Lord 
eame to my mind—' .fiJMry Waneh in me that 
htmreth mot fruity he taketh aweaif : and every 
brmmeh thai heareth fruit, he pwyeth it, that 
it may brmy forth mmrefruU* I laid, there 
are two maehei in Christ, one merely the 
eicatare of his all-creating power, and, at 
belt, hot tLpro/eeeor of his goepel ; the other 
hnadi is ta Him bj eternal union; by 
eovenaat vnioB ; by ntal union ; in Christ 
by tke FATHxn'a donation ; the Son's re- 
demption, the Holy Saint's regeneration ; 
ur Ohjubt, by the dinnely inwrought life 
of frith, meioQs fellowship ; and a holy one- 
■cas IB aO the ehsracten he sustains ; in all 
tka gloiiow attributes of hii mediatorial oon- 
sSitntioo ; and in all those great aoiaM * (or 
Mssnfial truths) of the everlasting go^el 

* Im 'Borrey TnhemMle Palpit,' No SI, Ur, 
Wolle Miye :— 

Than to ao kingdom like it for etrengtb. * la 
that daj ihall thto to^g be long in the land of 
Jvdah ; «e hare a strony eiiy ; Mlvation will 
God appoint for walto and balvarka.* NineTeh*a 
w«l3a» and Babylonia walla, and Jcrnaatenk'iwaUa, 
vitn teokea down; bat the walto of aalvation, 
who akall break down f What then to to be 
dMoT * Open ye the fatea, (the gatea of truth,) 
ttet tka rifhtoona nation whtoh keepcth the 
tniU, may eater in ;' Ulerally tranatoted, it 
wonld be. 'Open ye the gatae, that the righteooi 
natioa whieh kcepeth the amem may enter in ; 
■md I ahoold prefer that rendering, and I will 
have it too. Why, aay yon, yon ean't. Bat I 
wat hnve it. It's not im Engltoh. Then I will 
have tt la Hebrew. I Uke it, bceanae aU thr 

Vou XT.-No. 171. 



wliioh roTeal and make known to us, the 
way of life: the ancient ladder, whereby 
Christ comes down to redeem, and redeemed 
ones ascend to dwell with the Bedeemer in 
glory. And as I thought of these two 
branches— the words fell from my lips— 
* AND WHICH AM I ?* 

This led me to think of a imall mece of 
paper which brother Meekins, the Waddes- 
don Hill pastor, gsTe me the other day at 
Cnddington, in Buckinghamshire, and which 
reads as follows : 

W.MsKKiHS, Pastob ot Wasdisdov Hill. 
BsHDBTH GanBTivo TO C. W. Banks. 

BsAB 8n— There to a piece in your Ybssei., 
for the year 1848, commencing at page 24ti, 
closing at page 247, which I Uiink from what 
I have seen and heard, has wounded some of 
the Lord's people. I speak for one, it has 
wounded me ; for if what he states on page 
246 be true, I know not where to find the 
people of Qod. For that writerj on page 246, 
says that the mere bond children are wroueht 
upon, and make a profession ; he says, they 
have marks and eridences. He says, on page 
246, that the bastard has had his strong con- 
Tictions, hto legal terrors, his fierce tempta- 
tions, his deliverances, his hopes, hto pros- 
pects, and his assurance. Tet after all, the 
foregoing being felt and experienced, he is no- 
thing but a natural man. 

Dear Sir, I want either you, or that man of 
God, * A Little One,' to insert a piece in the 
Ybbsbl, clearly pointing out tne difference 
between mere natural conrictions, and those 
true, spiritual convictions which none but the 
eleot of Qod ever have. God help one of vou 
to comply with miy request, and aign myself — 
A Poor, Tbibd,Tbmptbd, Cast Dowv Soul 
AT Waddbsdom. 

I believe there are many thousands of the 
Lord's dear children who are sorely tried on 
thu point : they do not dearly see their calling 
to be of God ; and the minis^ they sit under, 
it may be, is a confused, weak, powerless,' 
unsavoury, and uncertain one ; consequently 
many of them are exercised deeply. In mix- 
ing with the churches in the Provinces this 
spring, I have been spoken to by many who 
are in low places, ana cannot see their signs. 
I shall be thankful, therefore, to give the 
people a dear discovery of the manner, and 

tmtha of the goepel are atnen*, * I have loved 
thee ; I have choeea thee ;' aettled the matter ; 
*I will nerer leave thee, nor forsake thee.* 
These are the people that shall enter into glory ; 
them that keep the amm$. And there is no 
prospeel like the proepeet of thit kingdom. 
Trnat ye in the Lord for ever; for in the Lord 
Jehovah, to everlaating strength^jOOQlC 



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the method, of ' A Ortmoui Gail from Satan* » 
kingdom into ihs kingdom of God's dear Son,* 
If *A Little Ooe' — (sad every body knows 
now that he ie Job's next-door nei^hbonr) or, 
even a less than he, can fnmish it out of God*8 
Holjr Word, as that word has been to them 
Uhe engrafted %cord convening ealvatum to 
their own eouit^* I shall ifladlj insert it. 

There certainly are two deep things to be 
aroided here : — the first is, not to baild np 
dead professors nor mere mental and momen- 
tary moomers *foith unUmpered mortar* 
Master Boulton deals sharply with saoh per- 
sons. He says : — 

GoHOiRHXvo a right and oomfortable man* 
a$ing of our spiritual estate, a point of deep- 
est oonaideration, and highest eonsequence. 
take notice of two extremes— two dangerous 
rocks. ui>on which the soul may run, and split 
itself, spiritually. 

I. Tht one ii a proud, or^-pnaing ef our 
own graces, with a oonoeited, over-weaning 
self-admiration. 

II. The other, a dcjeeCed, dietrosifnl, un- 
dervaluing of God's mercies, the promises of 
life, and those graoes which we poassis in trutit 
and holy desire; though not in that degree 
we desire. 

I. Before I can seasonably and preparedly 
fall upon the first, to instmot punotnaUy, and 
arm the Christian against it, with whom I 
principally deal in thu whole disoourei^ give 
me leave to discover a mystery of spiritual 
self-deceit, by which Satan siu presnmptu- 
oualy in the darkened minds, and deluded 
i m a g in ations of those, whom, with hit eonning 
and malice, he hoodwinks, and hardens to 
their endless confusion. 

Many thousands, even nnder the means, 
and n this glorious mid-day of the Gospel, 
are groundJessly coofceited, that they are 
right ; when, as in truth ud trial, they are 
rotten at the heart root; that they are sure 
of heaven, when they are, as yet, most cer- 
tainly of the family of hell. Neither is this 
any strange thing ; so deluded weie the fool- 
ish Virgins, (Matt xxv. 11 1^ and so are 
all such outside Christians. Those (Luke 
xiii. 26, 27) and to are all, who stand only on 
the works wrought, and bare tasks of reli- 
gious duties, without the power of inward 
Holiness. The young man in the gospel, 
(MaU. xix. 20,) with that generation, Prov. 
XXX. 12. And so are all such civil Joatida- 
ries. The proud Pharisee^ (Luke xviii. 11, 
12J who was so confident that he gave 
thanks for hii blessed condition, when be 
was, as yet. a cursed, unjustified wretch ; and 
so are all of his formal strain. Those (John 
viii. 9.) who held themselves to be Abraham's 
children ; whereas, Christ tells them, the devil 
was their father, verse 44. And so are all 
thoee, who build only upon the outward privi- 
leges of Christianity, without spiritual purity. 
Paul, in the state of Pharisaism, and so are 
all thoee, who, wandering ont of the patib 
which 18 called holy, swell with a prond 
opinionaliveness and Airious seal, above the 
banks of God's blessed book, and bounds of 
sll holy disotvtioB, and will needs soar aloft 



on waxen wings of self-eoneeitedness, and 
Buperfidalness, to strange and uneooth heights 
of excellent fancies, wioiout having ever laid 
sound foundation in true humiliation for sin, 
and in self-denial: the church of Ttaodicea, 
(Aev. iii. 17,) and all such luke-warm profes- 
sors. Hence we hare a taste, whst a world 
of people are wofully bUnded by the prinoMf 
thu world ; and through the iasiauatiiig tm*^ 
posture, and unexamined delusion of smritnal 
self-deceit, are put into a fbors jMirsflise, of 
being already safe and secure s>r heaven; 
whereas as vet, they are strangers to the 
mystery of Christ, and the New Clreatioo, and 
sliall certainly be damned, if they so continue ; 
* For that wnich is highly esteemed amongst 
men, is an abomination in the sight of Qtoa* 
saith Christ to the self-justifying Phariseee.* 
Luke zvi. 16. 

Who bat a long-established baUever U 
(yhrist, (or, a hardened speculator) would not 
trembUngly cry ont~* Lwd^ keep back iky 
e^rvantfrom preettmptuout einsV Beader, 
look earefully over the above searching worda 
of sn old saint; turn to the Scriptures hequotes, 
and, if then art enabled, do try and examine 
thy spiilrnal condition as before a holy and 
righteous (ted, 

I do not here attempt to answer Mr. Meek- 
ins's query ; that I hope will come more in 
order. One word by which I was relieved, 
edified, and helped. I was led to the following 
refleotMma, lovehing the coming np ef the an- 
oieBt 7ewi fram captivity ; as typical of aa 
eleet venal of many oonnig^—throngh gnee, 
up from the grave of the ftdl; from death, 
and from the eorse. I was led to Zeehariah. 

Tan prophetfs name is significant ; * The 
Lord remsmbe n * It implies promisee made, 
a time of suspenae^ and the eertainity of 
ftilfllment; let us take Zeehariah with as, 
and sing, * The Lerd remembeire* na : remem- 
bers hia ooyaaant ; the Person and work of 
hia dear Son ; remembers our sonl-travail, oar 
prayers, cries, sorrows, and seekinga ; and 
remembers all the promises he hss spoken to, 
and for OS. He came up from the Babyloaialt 
captivity with Zer%maM, There were 
three famons leaders who came no- from 
Babylon in the restoration of the Jewa to 
their own land. Now, look at that realoim- 
i tion as typical of the elect of God coming up 
from a fallen world, the Btkbylon of thu 
sinful state : then take the three leaders as 
typifying the grace of God in the soul, and 
yon nave three beantifal evidencea of aon- 
ship, 

1. There UZerMabel^ that is a oom* 
ponna of two words, a stranger ^ aad eonfit^ 
sion, one repugnant to eo^fnei&n* Sin ;sataga*a 
service; bondaga vnder the law; and all 
worldlv embaraasinent% briageaafosioa : the 
wioked nma sa regmda sphritoal things, is all 
ooaAisioB: look at him when death -eomea^ 
when judgment oomes. 'Gh! let me flee 
away, says he.' Now grace if opposed to 
oonnisioni opposed to ui, to sataoi to all 



»•! 



n 



THS lA^Brttm TlBBlIu 



U7 



cdk the Ml awajr « Z«nbbdbal dUL 

t&rd^ ^En oouMs to help poor Zeniblmbel 
wlio Is ■Crosgliiig to gel awaj from oonfa- 
mrm « TIm Lofd roiiiemben' to Mp hit 



poor rtreggling Zerabbabels. 

Thou com«B ITehmmaA : * The r^ of ik$ 
Lord* GnoeeoniM from oM/vmoii— grvee 
hidpt OS on omr way— graoe leads lu to reet 
in tke Lord, and to prore Hix to be our 
only rest. 2Senibbahel is a hmU^ ; Em is 
a 9er%he ; Kehemiah a rtfvrmtr, Gnee 
ViiiklB « 19 in Ghriat ; instmots ns in the 
truth, and makes ns new ereatnres in Jesos, 
as the word declares. This prophot Zee- 
hariah — * Tht Z&rd rememben^' had Tery 
special riowi of the God-man Mediator. 

1. Bj this prophet, JehoTah speaks, 
'Awake, O sword; against my Shepherd, 
against the numy* ftc. 

2. This prophet saw the regenerated 
onea looking on him and weeping; <They 
shall look on him and monm.' 

8. He sees Christ in the bottom among 
the myrtle trees. * 

4. He beholds him as the builder with 
tile meavnring line in his hand. 

6. He beholds him riding on an ass Into 
Jcnsmlsm. 

6. Ue Tiews him as the heautifal BaAKCfH 
of the Lord. 

7. He beholds him in the completeness of 
hii work, * Grace, grace nnto it" 

This seren-fold Tiew of Christ is reyealed 
nato a living faith^ I do belicTe. Faith sees 
the Father soiite his darling Son. Faith looks 
on the Smitten Man, Jehorah's fellow. 
Faith beholds him in a Talley with his people. 
Faith reeogniaes Christ as the Great Baler, 
the Aztfaiteet, and Bailder of the chnrch. 
Faith sees him on the strong gospel ass riding 
into Jerasalem. Faith acknowledges him 
as the anlhor of all frnitfalness and strength. 
Faith is eonfident he will complete the work, 

' shall be broagnt home with 



Readera of this EAUTHBir VissiL, one 
ig I solemnly declare mto you. My aim 
(aa the Lord's eenrant;} to nnfbld the 
trwth ; to arouse the lukewarm and the care- 
less ; to eomlbrt and eneonrage those who 
OMon after paidon and peace in Jesus ; and 
ineieasinglyto know the Lord for myself ; to 
lore bia p iec ions name more and more ; and 
that he may be still the lifter np of my head, 
ia aometiaaes tiie Tiolent prayer of 

C. W. Banks. 
la tlM «RiiQli« nnarks, somt feeble light it 
Ikrovm apon Um iUff«r«aM betwoen ■th« two 
bff»uea««.* Tbe first is « sure presanptooiis speo- 
Q'ation, wltlu>nt utj tpiritaal daliveranee of lool 
witboMt any beMt-mdiag oonflioU betWM* th » 
flaaa Mid caesptiit. Tte •Cher Juows w«U wtaa® 
1& Uu> cone oat Iroaitetaa'Sfloaftuaioa; kaoir 
vb»l it ia to be helped br the L^ao; and ume 
dmfli to oweeCly reet In Um; but I hope this vU 
be mote faDf eliewB y«t« 



EPISTLES TO THB0PHILU8. 

LVITSB LTI. 
THX SBVBN BBALS : THX TAIS HQB8B. 

Mt good THBOPHiLUB^Let ns now go 
on a little farther with the seven mystic 
seals. We have next the jHi&AorM, and his 
name that sat on him is death; what death 
is this? Not that death that iscommon to all 
men ; I think it cannot mean this, but some 
4M0m; kind of death; and bendes, this pale 
horse, you observe, has power over only a 
fouth part of the earth, or as it may bexen- 
deredy a fourth part of the land. This pris 
hone has a rider whose name is death, fio 
this pale hone is an ecdesiastically living 



power, and carries a rider, which I sappov 
the fbllowen of this pale hone wonld not 
call death, but Uft; ibrsnrely they would not 
volnntarily follow what they believe and know 
to be dmUh, This pale hone then must be 
sooM rdiffimu power ; the rider most be the 
image of the tyttem called death, bat which 
men no donbt aUl life ; for ia etornal matten 
it is not at all nncommon for men to pat 
death for life, darkness for lirht, bitter for 
sweet, falsehood for truth, ana delusion for 
real divinity. And the foUowen of this pide 
hone are called hades, or hell; that is, they 
are children of hell, (Matt. xziiL 16) sous of 
perdition, ordained by the law of God to con- 
demnation. What then is this jpa& horse i Not 
the gospel, for that is symboliaed by a white 
horse ; not Mahometanism, for that is de» 
noted \fj a red hone; not Catholicism, far 
that is distinguished by a hkuik horse. Wheie 
then shall we look for this ^dU horse ? This 
pede horse may, to the eyes of moles and bate, 
and owls, evppear to be a white horee ; none 
oomesso near in appearance to the white 
horse as does this pale horse. Now then, put 
free-willism and duty-frithism together, and 
you will have at once presented to you this 
pale horse ; and the rider will mean the mia» 
istry that goes forth by this system of dead 
doctrine ; and this system, and this ministry, 
the children of wrath follow. Hell followed 
with him, but all among such, whose names 
are in the book of lifift, who are so deceived 
for a time, shall in due time be undeceived, 
and shall see that they have been follewiag 
not the white hone of the gospel of the true 
grace of God, but have been following a pale 
hone, and a ministry of death, and not of 
life. However expert a rider this false ministry 
may be, still it is but death at the best; 
mere and more killing souls to New Testa- 
ment, new covenant truth, this rider, this 
ministry by the pale horse wrests the Scrip- 
tnses to the destruction of many ; and woald, 
if it were possible, deceive the very elect 
The unlearned in the echool of true gospel 
ezperienee are unstable in the truth, dealiog 
jnst CMnrii in the tnith to carry on the de* 
oeption, themselves being deceived; and so 



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it is written, * I will send them ttromt dela- 
rion, and they thaUbdieve a lU. So you 
see, they do believe what they preach ; and 
are as sme^rtf in error, as good men are in 
the truth ; and many of them no doubt wouldi 
such is their sincerity, that many of them 
would, from the force of a misguided ooU' 
science, give their body to be burned rather 
than apostatize from their pale horse system. 

There are, by the followers of this pale 
horse, there are especially in the Epistles of 
Paul, some things hard to be understood, and 
what my good Theophilus, are these hard 
things ? Ton cannot be at a loss to know 
what they are ; you cannot fail to see from the 
9th chapter to the Romans, and from the 
Epistle to Hebrews, what these hard things 
are— they are the sOTcreignty of Gtod. The 
eternal perfection of the priesthood of Christ, 
and the new covenant with all its settled and 
eternal certainties. I pray that many a free- 
wilier and duty-faith follower may read this 
letter, and turn away from the pale horse and 
his rider, (a dead ministry,) and follow the 
white horse of certain and eternal triumph. 

When I say a dwd ministry, I mean it is 
dead to Ood, and to those who know their 
need of a better gospeL Alas ! so far from 
this rider (death) being dead, in other respects 
he possesses immense power — he is a kind of 
living-death ; this rider is a miniitry which 
takes a mighty hold of the fleshly senses; its 
passion and pathos are tremendous; its 
workings upon the natural conscience is irre- 
sistable to those who know not the secret of 
the whole affair ; this rider, this dead-living 
ministry, is a wonderful moralisti at least in 
theory ; its own works, in its own eyes, are 
wonderful; and hell follows with him, not 
heaven follows with him, but hell follows 
with him. The Lord goes before his people, 
but Satan follows after his ; he drives them 
before him, just as he drove the herd of swine, 
so he drives men until they are drowned in 
perdition. 

Thus, here is in the eyes of the carnal mind, 
a white horse, but in reality apaU horse to 
attract. Then here is the rider, riding off to 
his own place, and his followers dancmg de- 
lightfully along after him. 

But, let us now look at his weapons; be 
kills with the sword, with hunger, and with 
death, and with the beasts of the earth. 

What, then, is this sword ? Is it not the 
twrd of God itself f and, which word is called 
the sword of the Spirit ? Did they not turn 
this very sword against Christ himself, and 
so handed him over to the secular power 
under the statute of blasphemy f And ao not 
free-willerSf duty -faith men, and mere moral- 
ists, so pervert the word of God, as to turn 
it against God himself, against his sovereign- 
ty, against the sovereignty of the Holy 
Ghost, against the real liberty that if in 
Christ } while a fourth part of those of 



whom we hoped better things, suffer then- 
selves thus to be killed to that gospel which 
they professed to love, and to be saved by. 
How cleverly does this rider of the pale 
horse, this false ministry, brandish its sword : 
can take the Holy Scriptures by wholesale to 
defend their position ; false as that position 
is, and thus making use (though at the same 
time turning it the wrong way) of the sword 
of the Spirit ; their followers dare not resist 
them ; and so this rider goes on killing his 
followers to God's truth, making use of God's 
own word to achieve their ends ; and by such a 
sword as this, the people are very naturally 
awed, not perceiving that the nder is not 
fi^htin^ Jehovah's battles, but siding with 
him (ignorantlv, of course,) who deceiveth 
the whole world. Bat we have the happiness 
of now and then seeing the eyes of one and 
another opened, so that they see that the 
pale horse, though much like the white horse, 
yet it is not the white horse and the rider, 
though he have ^ reat power ; still it is not 
the power of electing, reideeming, and saving 
grace, but rather a power to kill to these. 
Try, then, my good Theophilus,' to distinguish 
between Solomon's valiantmen, and theswords- 
men of the deoeiyer : Solomon's valiant men 
defend the bed, the rest which is Solomon's ; 
that is the rest which is established by the 
Saviour, by the peace he hath made; but 
Satan's swordsmen would spoil this our reat^ 
ing place; one telling ns that there are some 
in hell, for whom Christ died ; another tell- 
ing us, that Jesus Christ wishes to save the 
non-elect, but does not put forth any power to 
save them, but will put forth power to damn 
them, /or not putting forth for their own sal- 
vation, powers which they did not possess, Sueh 
swordsmen, are not the defenders, but the 
troublers, the disturbers^ of the rest, the 
reprose, the safety, which is Solomon's— that 
is the King of Peace. Solomon, as you know, 
means peace or peaceable, and so is Jesot 
King 01 Peace. 

But this pale horse rider kills, also, with 
hunger : he starves his followers to death. 
What a solemn riew does this give of this 
pale horse and his rider I — ^here is a sinner 
with some partial convictions of sin ; desir- 
iuff to be fed right; he falls in with the 
pale horse ; and if the truth be given at all, 
It is for the most jiart given unscriptnrally. 
False evidences are laid down ; a mere eonsdmee 
change of reformation, passes off for re- 
generation; true tokens, true eridenoes are 
not given ; the hearer, with his mere natural 
convictions, settles down upon these false 
evidences ; the real food of liring souls is not 
given ; the soul becomes satisfied without it ; 
and is thus starved down into a dead profenion 
but does not know it ; and even if it had any 
enquiries after real goapel truth, is kindly told 
that it has nothing to ao with election, or any 
of those mysterious thmm it mU^ do 

Digitized byVjOOQlC 



UiBse.] 



THE EARTH SK TESSEL. 



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iii dutf 9 and all will b« well ; and so they 
wrap It apy and to he falli to deep, at least ; 
he uUfl aaUep to the troth, and so dreams 
that ha eata and drinks. 

But thia rider of the pale horse, kills also 
with iCmUA, Yon will he ready to say, why 
death is death, how ean he kill with death t 
New, my good Theophitns, yon most here he 
earefhl to notice the tind of death, hy which 
this rider on the pale horse kills ; the kind of 
death that thisnder makes use of; and the 
kind of death, with which he kills, you will 
•ndentaad in a moment, when I just put a 
fery simple question to tou : it is tbis. Sup- 
pose joa eoEdd reoicTe the doctrine of duty- 
faith, or firaewU], would not that at once ktil 
you to the troth as it is in Jesus ? So theu, 
this rider on the palehorse, kills, souls, to the 
truth, hy dead doctrine. 'I has hy dead doctrine 
he hardena men against the truth, and so he 
kills with death. * And straight is the gate, and 
nanrow is the way that leadeth unto life, and 
few there be thatjlnd it: 

Bat thk rider on the pale horse, has, in his 
eaqptoymaot beaets of the earth. An order of 
beings not very likely to spare the sheep ; an 
order of ereatorss not recr domeetieated, they 
an beaata of the earth (Theerion) wild beasts, 
essentiaUy different from the Zoon, the liring 



creatures. Do we not then read of wohes in 
sheep's clothing ? Do we not read of grievous 
wolves gettiog among sheep ? and the wolf 
Cometh not but for to steal, to kill, and to 
destroy. 

Thus does if, my good Theopbilus, appear 
to me, that this pale horse is a gospel, ap- 
proaching in appearance to the truth, and 
i even has troth enough about it, to give it 
I almost a white appearance. Its rider is a dead 
I hiinistry, that is dead to the real vital power 
' of the truth ; this rider kills to the truth, by 
the word of truth itself, by starvation, by 
I dead doctrine, and by beasts of the earth 
who6e range is the world, and whose real 
home is first an earthly religion, and then a 
I lower destiny. 

Many solemn and not unprofitable reflee- 
, tions arise from contemplating this pale 
. horse, his weapons, his work, and his agents ; 
hut space forbids my writing them. 

Thu pale horse stalks about among the 
Uring. but as his power is over, only over 
' a fourth part of the land, so that some 
' will apostatize and leave the white horse for 
the pale horse ; bnt for myself, I can be con- 
tent only with him who rideth on the white 
horse, seeing I am but 

A LiTTLB One. 



^fy Pwi^sirttti tortif§wrttt, 



No. I. 



THB SPIRIT EXPRKSSLY SPEA.KING ON ANTI-CHRIST, AND THE GOOD 

MINISTER OF JESUS CHRIST. 

Rome, and by any others as far as thoy imbibe 
Romanism. 

The second thing in this express speaking 
of the Spirit is, that, such only of Ood*s ser- 
vants spiritually qualified as notice these 
things, so as to put the brethren in remem- 
brance of them shall bo esteemed. * Goon 
MIHI8TEKS OT Jbsus Christ, nourished up in 
the faith and eound doctrine, 

II. Because it ie Apostolical practice to do 
so, 2 Tfaess. ii. 5, &c. 

Who, honoring Ood the Spirit, dare blame 
the minister of God who does this ? Who can 
but praise that people who require their teach- 
ers to do the same ? Not to bore them with 
invective, not to over ride by it the fulness, 
frecness, and blessedness of other gospel re- 
velations, nor by any means to withhold these 
matters of ' the beastj* but wisely, faithfully, 
and lovingly, speak the whole truth, so that 
the hearers may be forewarned, being really 
and truly put into remembrance of these things. 
In fact, that everj minister of Christ may, 
with apostles, be able to say of this terrible foe 
of Gk>a and man, ' Remember ye nott that, when 
I was with ffou I told you of these thinqs 7* 

IIL Because of the necessity of boldly and 
fully doing so by the emergeneiee of our own 
Umes. Yet I would here remark, as the 
Spirit commands it so expressly, it is enough 



Good ministees of the Lord Jesus Christ must 
he fisithful Protestants. Though some say 
— ^Why should God's servants contrast the 
glorioiia tmths of the gospel with Popery ? 
The glorionc liberty of the children of God. 
with Boaian CathoUeism ? And why should 
they aim to r uuse the peoples of our beloved 
eoantry against the evils and dangers of the 
great master-work of satan ? The reasons 
are many, and facts enforcing them are apalU 
ing. Soine of them in this paper shall be laid 
Mam the tho usa nd s who read the Eaxthbv 
And may God the Holy Spirit, I 
ion it Is, solemnly impresss them on 
alL And, 

I. JBeeamss He express speaking of the 
Spirit requires it. 

Read earefolly I pray you, 1 Tim. iv. 1 to 6 
venea. Note two tniius now only— Brst, that 
amidst the' special speaking of the Holy Ghost 
to reveal the areat matters of salvation and 
glory, he waa pleased Expbs88ly to speak of 
and to have it recorded for the glory of Gtod in 
the Gfaorch in all generations, that a horrid 
system of religion snonld spring up as widely 
aa Chriatianityy characterised by presump- 
, deluaioo, seduction, devihsm, hypocrisy, 
a, anti-marriage, &o., ml 
1 fbUy hy the imposture of 



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[June 1, 18M. 



for UB, eTen if there were no crying emergency 
"by the gueoera and power of papists to urge to 
i%. And as apoetles rendered soeh particolar 
obedienoe to this dn^ tbemaelTes, and as 
aas^ned teadiers of all cominft mimetan aad 
teachers, commanded, as in the charges toTimo- 
thy, to Titus, the angels of the Se¥«B Churolies 
in the fioTelations, &o., who are we, that we 
should consult the likings of fellow worms on 
this, or on any other express words of God ? 

While this is so, yet, how much should we 
gire the more ferrent heed as we see the day 
Mproaching which oar own champions Dr. 
Oill, Dr. Owen, with Huntington, and others, 
their noble compeers, all saw approximating, 
Aamely the predicted darkness, oppressbn, 
and awful cruelties and distress when England 
Mag inTolred— ' Th§ wkoU world womdtrtd 
after the beatt* having Ins mark eilher in 
tMr forehead, or in their i.-mda. Serring the 
monster, either by judgments led astray, u> 
apathetic in his taTour, or by open actual 
service. It was the bold defiimt manner by 
which the popish hierarchy was set up, in our 
hnd, in spite of the nation and its parliament 
and court, that first impressed our minds with 
the delusions respecting our being so far from 
all danger arising flram sveh a degraded, 
blod, erael superstitioa. How we see in the 
datermined progress of pqpery in the oonvcKts 
set up, in the monasteries siase then ertablisii* 
ed Sot dirty deluded iaxy old monks, the num- 
ber of priests &c. &c, that they cannot be j^ut 
down, butare increasing every year and reeeiT* 
ing the thousands of our money by which each 
partv of our rulers are glad to 5ny permiBsion 
of them to hold their places. But more of 
this in the particular facts. 

lY. BeeautB it it the <hUy of OotTg ter- 

nanto to detect every false doctrine in the 

balance of the Setnetnary ; and to wettd the 

eword of the Spirit aaainst eoerjf fbe cf Okrisi 

and Hie Chnreh, However the * man of sin' 

may posper for a time, he will be destroyed 

bv * the sharp two-edged sword coming oat of 

tbe month of the Son of 6od,' which is the 

sword of the Spirit, the word of God, and is 

the weapon which God's servants are to use 

against the anti-christian doctrines of the 

devil, as set forth by Boman Catholicism. 

flow wisely then is the charge— to put the 

brethren in remembrance of theee things by 

their tmthfttlly, faithfuHv, and holily, preach- 

ing the whole counsel of Ood. How sorrowfUt 

was it, when, at the Paps! Aggression, in 

1850-1, the Editor of The Gospel Standard was 

induced to lay aside this sword because those 

truly excellent articles he wrote month bv 

month were not so received as they deserved. 

I with he would renew them, and that the 

many thousands pubtished monthly would 

insiBt upon the many readers receiving them 

with prayer, and laying them in their minds, 

or else openlv disoani that word so expressly 

spoken by the Spirit, seeing there is now 

evidently a needs be for it And alfowing 

fot each magazine the average number of 

itve readersj and as the dreuution of Tbi 

Eaxthbv vmsKL reaches towards 8,000, then 

let its 40,000 friends receive etery month abo 

0dM useful, certain, and imperative sound f 

If0t me git a fhot or two shewing the impor- 



tance of all of ni being earnest and zealoua in 
thsi good work. 

Eaete the first would eh«w kow Bumevow 
mt% oonverta from ov Unifwsities of men. 
sent there to become miaiBten ef the Pro* 
teotant Chureh of Enoland. Admit that the 
meat of such are worUly ; yet even then how 
powerful must be the seducing sptfits that 
shall lead the worWjf minieter away to tho 
superstitions of popery, when livings, comforts* 
honours, parents, and wives, all, all depend 
upon their Protestant standing, and, in face of 
all, hundreds leave aU and become perverts to 
the • whore of Babvlon,* and a living curse to 
to every parish tney sre fbrced on, and a 
national woe to the oommunil^ at large. 

A nd add to these, the fiseta of tbeuMads of 
beneftoed ^rgymm^ all becoming papsU ia 
diaguise, eating Protestant bread, and receiv- 
ing Protestant pay, while they preach and 
practice such things as seduce many of all 
dsases, h^h and low, into the Church of Borne. 
And are not these solemn judgments 
throughout our whole land, calling upon the 
people of God faithfully to stir up one another 
to equal diligence, seal and fkith^lness to God 
and Truth, that these deluded servaots of satan 
and darkness shew in their works of error and 
slavery? 

EaoCs tko seosB^ wovdd show how injwiens 
tho want of faithfalaan ia lo our youngs both 
poor «Mi rich. K. B. is the only son of nay 

friends, Mr. and Mrs. . His father is a 

master of a boarding school, and a deacon of the 

Baptist Church at . He never liked oon- 

I troventy^and I never hoard of their pastor ever 
making God'stestimony against an ti-Chrbt his 
special study. Well, this dear youth with a high 
premium, is apprenticed to a chemist, and 
'when out of jus time' don't like it; andn 
sitnatMtt turns up as derk to a builder in tho 
town of T—*— ; this builder attends at tho 

Tabernacle, and my friend liev. Mr. who 

tells me there is no danger and so forth, he 
of course neglects to pot his people in mind 
of what the Bpirit so expressly speaks of, and 
his hearer, the builder, openly boasts of hia 
preference for Boman Cathohcs, to the high 
pleasure of his young derk, and even in the 
presence of his parents. E. B. leaves him, 
and gets a situation at a wholesale house in 

Street, of a Foreigner. It is a good 

situation, but he is led to SonUiwark Bomiah 
Cathedral, where he faBs into the snare, and^ 
about six weeks ago to morrow, he ' was con- 
firmed* by Cardinal Wiseman. 

A. D. leaves the Sunday-School in the 

village of , and gets a situation near nry 

sister's, at the * West End' of liondon. It 
beeama evident, symptoms of consumption 
are sufibred by her. 8he enters the Hospital 
for that dreatful malady at Brompton. The 
bed next to her is need by a Boman Catholic 
to whom ' Sisters of Mercy/ so called, came. 
Her fellow-patient and h«r visitors see her 
with the Bible given her by her Sunday- 
School Superintendent, with many pravera 
and good wishes, but they see she is troubled 
and away from home, and they asked to be 
permitted to rive her consolation. The j^est 
too came, ana did the girl serrioe in making- 
ther atCendaatd store ki^d* ftnd the girl became 

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aa mg7 pnr. She got bettor, and ealled to 
thank for all fiivoun, and to inform them she 
•hoolii not want anj mora, for aha waa happy 
to aayahe waa going into the Nunnery at 
Norwood, Ac She waa aakad what ahehad 
done with her Bible, she replied, 0, 1 do not 
want one now, for Father D— is my director, 
and he has demanded it, and placed it up 
al— f withao many others, whose owners he 
has led into the * troe ehureh.' 

Ys^ yva buy Bibles for yoor ehildren, but 
da jtnf tonmra and minittars, usa God's 
appointed leaehings to keep them from the 
Bopiah Prinat^ upper sheWea M trophys of 
Aeirjeal} 

A. E. is the eldest davghter of Squire •^— «-, 

al B . Uj Inends, Mrs. and Hiss C, know 

sash of the jfiunily intimately, and they tell me 
A. B. was reekoned the most beautiftil female 
iathiaaocnllsd 'Fairdtyof the West.' At 
a aaerad ooncert, a fascinating lady paid her 
marked attention, and before the evening was 
ever, had strongly ingratiated herself in A. E's 

fiiTor ! She left her card : it was Lady , of 

Clifton, bat it was not known she was one of ' 
t deluded females who ean pour Into nasty 
' * ean all the frailties of a woman's 
This lady found her in her favourite 
walk! ia the beantiftil park at -*-— } and from ' 
one step to another A. B. was foond at a 
■Mir party in CHfton. Sooiaijr suitable to 
plaaaa iier were there. A speeious Tolume ' 
waa lent ; aad at last, Papa was as thunder- ; 
striekao, when his beautiful, and till lately ! 
obedient child aaked permiaaion to attend the 
Boinlsh chapel. Her parents attended the evan- ' 

gdieal Mr. at church, and the whole j 

family were highly esteemed for their Chris- 
tian pnfieaBifai&. He refused. A. E. boldly tells , 
hin aha ia a eonTort to the Boman ehureh, < 
and while under age will obey him. I need I 
Ml Mjbaw they tried to win her baek. She 
eana of afe, and at onoa, her grandma having 
left her a maintenance before her fall, she - 
goaa over to her naw friends. It was but a 
very few months after, when she called to say | 
abe ahould not see them again for some time, ! 
mi aha was going to be an inmate, not a nun. of , 
a GcNivent, near Manchester Square, London, ' 
Now don't you fear for me, said she, I am 
aaly giaiaf to rende with the sisterhood for 
tw jmn, to know all about them, l^m my 
own eyes and ears, and then eenelnde either 
to alagr ar not aa I ahaU ehooae fbr myself. 

Ab, poor dear, as with the lamb and wolf, 
it ia ha lot, af course. She had only been 
away lliree montha, when a letter came down 
Co aak the ' la$t favimr* as she called it. It 
was to send up her bridal dress which she had 
p rep ar e d , and to buy her a wreath of flowers as 
Aa eoold not refrain longer tnm the idner life 
of tka dear nnns, &c. No doubt the deadly 
deae i ya d hei. Her relations, over- 
aa they wain, aetvally did buy 
aanl of mv fHead Mf «^—- , a Jewellar, 
aft _«., 8he innled bar aietara to witness 
' her nMrriasa ta her Lord Jcaua Obrilty' aa 
sha wna dalttded enough tu call it. 

Her broken -hearth aunt waa the enlf one 
wha conld witness this practical elucidation 
of the devil's doctrine, forbidding to marry, 



Ao., that lovely maidens might be chained in 
prisons, called nunneries, away from their 
dearest relatives, except, like as In other jails, 
they see each other torough iron bars, while 
thev h|ive unlimited intercourse with priestg 
ana entirely at their mercy, or rather com • 
pletely controlled bv them. And what is dia- 
tressing, jinother dear young lady of A. £'s 
acQuaintanee has been seduced by her. 

dince the above, the whole of A. E's circle 
sea the importance of 1 Tim. iv. 1 to 6, &c. 
But I forbear other fheta of this same nature 
I have, and notice,--* 

Facts the third : which shall speak of mem- 
bers and oi&eers of Dissenting churches being 

perverted Arom the faith. At F the deacon 

and his wife, a fellow-member with him, of 
the first Baptist ohuroh there, have both be- 
come aetive members of the Popish Mr. , 

and say they never enjoyed true religion until 
they become what they now are, LDie Judas, 
they enjoy the sop amazingly. 

Mr. ■, a member of the Baptist churcli 

at D., with his two sons, have all entered the 
Popish establishment. One of the sons is now 
at Borne, training for a priest. His Uncle, 
who is now a member of the church they left 
at B., related to me that his Nephew came 
over firom the City of Bome and endeavoured 
with amaxing plausibility and poirer to con- 
vert him to ^pery. But he was preserved, 
and pitied his poot relatives. These might, 
and others may bo given over to that strong 
delusion, to behove a lie, a82 These, ii. 4—11, 
but God's commands should be obeyed both by 
ministers, teachers, and people. And all of 
us lay it deeply to heart. 

One more case, and I have done for now. 

Mra. , waa the wife of one of John Vinall's 

members, at Brighton. They were for years 
staunch supporters of, and as impregnable for 
truth, as feheir old pastor himself. But one 
day aha met with the Brighton * Sisters of 
Mercy/ and, judging by the si^ht of her old 
eyeo, as the foregoing had of theur young ones, 
she admired the ' dear creatures' zeal, piety, 
and devotion- They, being cleverly educated 
'as sfidueing tpirita,* and the old lady, * giving 
hMd* to tnem, step by step, too long to 
relate in this paper, so deluded her that she 
attended the Puseyite church in West St. 

But old Mrs. was brought thoroughly up 

to their point, she saw if all her new notions 
ware really true, then the Pope was the one 
father of the earthly church, and being too 
honest to rest in a aham pojMry, sha went 
boldly on until she waa reoeivM into the 

Bomish Church at Square. She much 

pressed my esteemed friend. Miss •— t her. 
niece to spend af<»tnightwitn her in London, 
but seeing her staunch old aunt perverted, 
she refbsed to trust herself. 

But adieu forjbe present If allowed other 
piaees, facta ahall be given on the spreading 
zeal of the aristocracy, Br. Pusey's establish- 
ment of my own town of Sisters of Meroy, 
the altered tone of whole populations in favor 
of ' The Beast,' their blasphemous teachiogs, 
treason, ftc, sc. 

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JUSTIFICATION AND SANCTIFICATION. 

Bt Mr. Samukl Cozsm, op Warbots. 



< Without holiness/ it is said * no man 
sball see the Lord.' There is a two-fold 
holiness without whioh no nun shall see the 
Lord : tIz, the holiness of jutiificatum^ and 
the holiness of tanctifleation. And this two- 
fold holiness will comprehend the work of 
Christ/or us, and the work of the Spirit in 
us. The holiness of justiflcation being 
founded in the meritorious work of Christ 
without us, and the holiness of sanctifieation 
in the mighty work of the Spirit within us. 
Hence, we learn the necessity of preaching 
the work of the Spirit, as well as the work of 
the SaTiour. The work of Christ without, is 
only aTailable for those who haTc, or shall 
haTo, the work of the Spirit within them. 
How few there are who preach the work of 
the Spirit ; how few there are whose ministry 
seems to be attended with sanctiQring results ; 
thcT may preach Christ till doom's-day, but 
if there be no tettijlir of Christ, there wUl be 
no Christ known. We must begin minister- 
ally where God begins with the sinner, riz, 
with the work of the Spirit. We must never 
forget that the work of Christ is only known, 
savingly known, by the work of the Spirit. 
Let us then honour the Spirit, as we honour 
the Sun, that our consreffations may not have 
at any time to say, * We haye not so much as 
heard whether there be any Holy Ghost.' 
Acts xix. 2. If we alwaya kept this fact 
before us, that justification is only realized 
sanctiflcatioD, and that sanctifieation is 

le only eridence of a justified atate we should 
have much more of the Spirit in our miniatry. 
Obserye : 

1. Justification is of Christ Sanctifieation 
is of the Spirit 

2. Juatmcation acquits the sinner at the 
bar. Sanctifieation separates him ftrom his 
sine. 

3. Justification answers the law as a coye- 
nant Sanctifieation responds to it ss a rule. 

4. Justification makes a man accepted. 
Sanctifieation makes him acceptable. 

5. Jnstiflcation is < the beauty of the Lord 
upon us.' Sanctifieation is * the beauty of 
iMliness' within us. 

6. Justification la the 'clean linen of 
saints.' Sanctifieation is the < clean heart ' of 
saints. 

7. Justification disarms the law of its mal- 
ediction. Sanctifieation dethrones sin and 
destroys its dominion. 

8. Justification declares a man righteous. 
Sanctifieation makes him righteous. 

&. Justification is < eyerlasting righteous- 
ness.' Sanctifieation is < eyerlasting life.' 



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10. Justification frees Hi from heU. Sane 
tifieation fits us for heayen. 

1 1. Justification gaye Joshua a change of 
raiment Sanctifieation plucked him out of 
the fire, and brought him to the Lord. 

12. Justification is the golden dross of the 
princess royal. Sanctifieation makes her all 
glorious within. FSalm xly, 

13. Justification gaye the prodigal the best 
robe. Sanctifieation brought him into his 
father's house. 

14. Justification giyes us a titie to heayen. 
Sanctifieation giyes us a meetness for beayen. 

15. Justification is by righteousness im- 
puted. Sanctifieation is Dy the principle of 
righteousneu imparted. 

16. Justification is the habilimenta of ths 
betrothed. Sanctifieation is the habit of the 
bride. 

1 7. Justification is the Christiaa psnoply. 
Santifieation is his power. 

18. Justification is through the *Bed 
Sea ' of redemption. Sanctifieation is throogh 
the regenerating sea of life. Bom. y. 9. 
Titiii.5. 

19. Justification is in the resatreotioa of 
Christ Sanctifieation is in the resurrection 
of our dead souls. 

20. Justification is but one act Baneti- 
cation is a continual aotion^a progressiye 
work. 

21. Justification is perfeet Sanctifiea^ 
tion will not be perfect till Christ oomes. 
PhU. i. 6. 

22. Justification is alike in all belieyen-- 
all are equally justified. Sanctifieation ii 
not alike in sll Christians; some have 
greater gifts, and a laige measure of the 
Spirit than others. 

23. Justification is by 'The Lord our 
righteousness.' Sanctifieation is bj 'the 
Spirit of holiness.' 

24. Justification works all our woiks for 
us. Sanctifieation works all our works in us. 

One jusUy obsenres * In justification we are 
pattivef and do nothins : but in sanctifieation 
we are active; for bwig moved we move: 
in justification I have Christ for the Lord my 
rignteoasness ; in sanctifieation I luve Him 
for the Lord my strength ;— in justification, 
faith is a receiving * * - 



it is a working hand:— in justifica ti on, wa 
have a legal holiness, a righteousness by the 
(Redeemet's) deeds of the law. Bom. v. In 
sanctifieation we have a rairitnal hoUness by 
the Spirit of hoUnees,' and therefore we * shall 
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Bmvo&v fleeing this book, we hsd heerd it 
spoken of bj serenl of oar Baptist firiends as 
being ao dererly and acately written ; and its 
atguBMOta eharaeteiised as Deing lo new and 
eogent, tlusifc we sat down to its perusal with a 
Mrtain amount of ^^mrehension, that when 
we had read it^ we snould be compelled to 
eschew water Baptism heneeforth ana for erer- 
nore. Hie result was ezaetly contrary to our 
expeetatiooS| for in finishing its perusal, we 
f^i, if po«ble, more than erer eonrinced of the 
Seiiptaral aathoritr forBelicTers' Baptism bj 
ianandiOB, and uie Baptism of BelieTers' 
only. 

JkM it will be im|XMsible for us in the present 
to give a fair and impartial analysis of 



the entire book, and to answer its rarions 
sophiflBifl» we shall extend our notice of it, 
'i two or three numbers of the VaasBL ; 
sa leaTO onr readers to form their own 
eooelosiopi of this redoubtable antagonist of 
ifapt^f ; who, notwithstanding the flourish of 
Oreek and Hebrew, with which he introduces 
the attack, has not produoed one Mew argu- 
asent thiOTighoat his whole book, but merely 
aUMra vp azgnmeats which are now worn 
threadbare, somI which hare been answered a 
thoQsand times ; and witii an audacity worthy 
of a better eause, lerels them at the ordinance 
of Bdierer^ Baptism ; once more 
' Be aleeas the bhmted shafts whish have recoiled, 
Aad ala« ttam at tlie sUeld of truth again.' 

In proceeding to the examination of the 
book, we would prefix this one general remark, 
the tnhrit in which it i 



J is written, is in 

mwmry way kind and oonrteous to those whose 
doetnae aad pcmetiee in relation to Baptism, 
the author oppoees ; save, aad exeept where he 
aceaflsanapm Baptisti of eomiaitting a * wm- 
fiU trrpi^ ereiy tuie we Baptize, and being 
TJmti^ by mjmMk and ta^olenia^ spirit, in 
earryiM out ' otriet Oommnnion ;'ana arain, 
where Ee aareaetically asks ns if Kebuohad- 
aeasar .wae ' dipped in dew ?' of which pass- 
age, mora hereafter. Putting aside these 
ehanas and sareaam, the book does credit to 
the fiad-beartednces of its author. 

la our remw of the book, we shall /bZIow 
the aoBrsa adopted by its author; ana treat 



firal, of tfaa ftograpkieai argument ; secondly, 
sf tlw eerifflf argnment,— tluil is the argument 



the Chreek prepoflitton «», or the 
QtmSk visrb UfHto. We shall then notice 
the 8ertf€mrdl argnment, or the teaching and 
praetiee of Christ and his apostles, on the 
safcgaet of Bapsisra ; and in tEe hwt place we 
shad eoaaider the fow mdati om and prifitie§ of 
iafrnd mpHMUmg^ mUk Mr. BtufUr^B ayth 
■mfs f&r Oe torn*; and in dceinr, we shall 
giva a eondensed summary of m whole, 



contradictions 



pointing out ^e errors and 
with which the book abounds. 

To begin then, with the OBOGa^pHicAL 
A&GUMBVT, which IB the only one to which 
we shall be able to reply in the present article. 

Mr. Baxter, in the first section of his book, 
states the argument thus : 

*The Tery fket of Bapttran being sdministerad ia 
the open sir, in saoh pobUe places of resort, (Enon, 
Betbabara, fte.,) goes fur more to oo&denm than 
sanotioa the prsctloe of immersion, and that for 
sereral reasons.' 

We do not wiih to waste words over this 
sentence, as our object is rather to examine^ 
and refute the ' reasons' themselves; but we 
cannot help remarking, that we hare read the 
sentence several times, but are utterly unable 
to comprehend it ; how thefaei of haptitmf 
can condenm the pnuMee ofhapii$m, we cer- 
tainlv cannot understand. For what is the 
fad out the piraeUe^ / or the praeiiee but the 
fadl How then, can the/ae< condemn iko 
fad 7 But passing by this, and leaving our 
examination of the jlrvt reason to the close 
of the present artide, we proceed to his first 
^graphical argument against baptism by 
immersion. Speaking of John the Baptist 
('John the diaper* as Martin Luthsr calls 
him,) and his immersing his disciples in th^ 
river Jordan, he says, 

* The great dbptb or watsb at JObdas^ near 
the edge of the shore^ varjiDg fh>m six to twelve 
feet, and flowing as It msabs tbb Dx4d Ska, almos^ 
like the predpitoos fhry of a rapid, vynxLx 

OOHDBMHSTHB XDIIA OV JOHV BBXHO ABLB TO BTAim 

in such a river to plonge weak or strong persons 
in, in such numbers.* 

And again, he says, 

< Bethabara where John at first baptised iSMXAa 
TO THS Dbao Ssa, where the cuaamrxs most row* 



Now there are Mres statements in the nbove 
extracts to which we wish to call the reader't 
attention: the dtptk of the Jordan; the m- 
pidiiy of its ourronts and the pooUiUm of 
BHkahofra in reUtion to the Dead iSsa. 

1st. The *pyW dopik* of the Jordan^ 
would not permit John to immerse in ii, says 
"iii, B* Now we admit, that in the lower part 
of its course, as the river ' nears the Bead Sea,' 
it increases in depth, and sweepe along in a 
rapid turbid current ; its depth has never been 
clearly ascertained ; though one thing is 
known, that any persona enterlnr it, in the 
vicinity of the Dead Sea, are speedily carried 
out of their depth by the rapidity of the current* 
But this dtnik and rapidUg; ve confined to 
one part of^its course, and UMt, the lowor oi; 
aoaMjra part. And here certainly it would 
have been impoadble for John to immerse his 
disciples. That part of the Jordan which ja 
the most interesnag, firom its scriptunj asso* 
Ciations, and the best known because most fre- 
quently visited by modem travellers, is that 
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lake of Tiberiaa, to its iunotion with the 
Bead Sea. Lientenant Mdjrmeux, of H.M.8. 
Svarttm^ attempted, in the year 1847, to make 
his way down the Jordan in a vmall boat, from 
the one aea to the other, but the water *P€U 
too low to permit him, being; in so many 
plaoee not above tJirM fiet d^, (a niea tUnth 
ihi9,frUitdBcufter^forimm»nUm,) In 1848, 
the year after Lieutenant Molymeaux's vain 
attempt to row down the stream, Lientenant 
Xynoh, of the American Navy, suoceeded in 
doing what Kolymeux failed in, bnt oonfeeses 
that if he had attempted it a few weeks ear- 
Uar or laierf he shonld have failed for the 
aame reason, namely, the ehallowneee of the 
water. What now becomes of Mr. B's argu- 
ment against John's baptising in Jordan 
because of its ffreat depth? That *peat 
depth' being about three or foar feet, which is 
▼ery little beyond what we have in our bap- 
tistries for purooses of immersion now. 

But here Mr. B. would doubtless urge his 
liezt argument in support of his first, — that 
John is said to have Baptized at Bethabara ; 
and Bethabara, says Mr. 6. * is near to the 
Dead Sea where the curreHt is the strongest^ 
and the river deepeet.* Is it } Then it must 
have made a long Journey eouthward, einee 
the time of Christ, Let our readers refer to 
any Scripture atlas, and they will see in a 
moment t^t while the Dead Sea lies thirtjf 
milee east by somM from Jerusalem, Beth^ibara 
lies twenty f^r nUlee east by n&rth eaat; so 
that they vt^fftp-fonr milee distant from 
isaoh other. If this is being near together, 
London Bridge and Brighton, must be next 
door neighbours : and to judge of the depth 
and current of the Jordan at Bethabara, by 
examining it in the vicinity of the Bead Sea, 
would b e like a man deciding upon th e depth of 
the Thames at Richmondt by fathoming it at 
Ora^eeend, It is true that John baptised at 
Bethabara, in the river Jordan, and it is equally 
true, that there the river is not more than 
three or four feet deep at the utmost, and the 
current almost imperceptable. ' It was here,' 
says Br. Kitto, * that John baptised our Lord, 
and it is soppoiod by many to be the identi- 
cal spot where the Ark reaied^ while the 
l9raeUt4epa$$ed aoer Jordan ;' thdt airk which 
tras BO striking a tvpe of that Saviour who 
was ages afterwards fo be baptized at the 
tame ppot id the same river. * in memory of 
the BAptism of our Lord at thk place, sAys Dr. 
XHto, ' a number of pilgrims annually set out 
from Jeruaaiem at Baster to bathe in the 
Jordan^ at the spot where they believe he was 
baptiaed.* Very few of these pilgrims would 
ev«r return, if the * depth' ana the * current,' 
were what Mr. Baxter represents them to be. 

flow then, will it be asked, has Mr. Baxter 
made this huge mistake f Bees he purposely 
mislead his unltemed readers, in order to 
iupport his theory, and to show his dislike tb 
immersbn } We do not suppose this for one 
moment* We believe that Mr. B. has been 
misled himself; hiegeocraphv ie utterly at 
fault ; and this, though a sm of ignorance^ 



• These Pilgrims of Born ssxas bathe indiserimi. 
Hately together. 



is almost an unpardonable one, considering 
that the object and tendency of the arvument 
is to otferthrcno a scriptural 'ortUnanee, 
Should any one, take Mr. Baxter's statement 
for truthf he must of necessity arrive at Mr. 
Baxter's conelusion, that it was utterly impos- 
sible for John to baptixe in Jordim. and eon^ 
sequently the Scriptural statement must be 
incorrect. The tact is, Mr. B. has oonfonnded 
Bethabara^ with Betharabahi which Ges 
seventeen miles south of Jerusalem, and only 
thirteen miles distant from the Bead Sea, and 
may therefore, be said comparatively to be 
' near to it' How he could have made this 
blunder is a marvel, considering the great 
differences between the two places. 

Bethabara was a town oelonging to the 
tribe of Beuben, 24 miles north of Jerusalem ; 
while Betharabah, was a boundarv town 
between the tribes of Benjamin ana Judah, 
but belonging to Benjamin, and lying 17 miles 
south of Jerusalem. Kow, considering that 
Mr. B. gives to this geographical argument, 
the most prominent place in his book, we 
naturally ask if such be the rottenness of the 
foundation, what must the superstructure be 
worth P At, least it will make our reader re- 
ceive with extreme caution, or even suspicion, 
whatever other argument Mr. B. may Imve to 
advance against Baptism. 

Mr. B's next rererence is to John iii. 23. 
' John was baptising in ^non, near to Salim, 
because there was much,' or as Mr. B. rightly 
renders the Gh-eek polla 'many waters there.' 
He says, *why did John leave the mighty 
Jordan, for the much, or many waters at 
^non r The * mighty Jordan,* as it flowed 
past Bethabara we have already described: 
the probability is, that the many waters of 
£non were quite as mighty; fbrthe purposes of 
immersion as Jordan itself was near l^thabara. 
Mr. B. by his own translation of the word 
polla confesses that there were ^many* waters 
at ^non. and then with a logic peculiar to 
hiikiself, labours to prove thai there was but 
&ne small solitary well there. Kow how ' one 
small well' can be called 'many wmters* we 
mudt leave BCr. B. to explain; jMtttieularly 
as he admits that the site of .£non is Vmknown, 
and that Its * supposed looaUt^ can only be 
guessed at. If it be all guess work in rela- 
tion to the village or town itself, what most 
be tbeoase with hu ' one small well.* We prefer 
believing with the Bvangelist that there were 
many waters * at iEnon,' whether lf>. B. can 
find them or not, i6 believe with him in his- 
< one small well.' AH we kno# of JSnon, is 
that it was near to Balim, and Salim, was 
about 40 miles north of Jerusalem. But 
what reason do our readers think Mr. B. 
assigns for the Baptist leaving Jordan to go 
to iKitton*s ' one small wellP* 'That he might 
find a sufficient supply to assuage the ^nrst 
of his foudwers^ and the multitudes who 
assembled te hear him!!* What was Mr. 
Baxter thinking about when he penned this 
preposterous sentence f What, the Baptist 
lead hit muttifudie of thirsty followers from 
the * abundance of the Joraan,' with its 
* sweet clear transparent' waters, where tens of 
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with erne, to Maon'M'WBntaHw^}* Why, 
it wcmid bm ma act qf po9Ui94 imamUjf, and 
dbwluie flrueUy. But so atterlj unMrupiilouB 
mn mmn ia the stetementa they nake, when 
ilileiminful et ell heaenU to ivpport e ion* 
9oa« eaudasioB. 

Mr. B. then etrnpotee that the people ftood 
e» Oe enMi» m tks hamiB vf tte Jer«tei», 
while John beptised, or ' eprinUed them.*. Jd 
John end hit foUoveci efoeiTeii Me «mmI, at 
the beink of the Jordea, they stood were no 
eae «ver eteed ft^^bn^ ner ttnee / for we bef 
toewe lo iaform Mr. B. that the ecMda on the 
\ — tVi of thfl Joedan, auat no- where, save in 
hie own iariagination ; thoerh he layi ha feela 
■awufctiKwl, John and liii foUowere atood upon 
Ihea : for the * banki of the Jordan ttom the 
Bea of Xiboriaa to the Dead Sea^aieeiiMi, ei«r{, 
eley ^"^ T""^- lieutenant Lynoh, 
eribiiiff ftfaon, layiy 
* Ita beaka wwre friaffed with perpatoal Tardnre, 
Iff in a thoonnd graeaCiil mtaeB.'* CUy pre- 
Btee towaids the fiver, on approMBlnff 



wUehv one to eoon involtred ia a Jiuitle of laxBr< 



Bot wby does Mr. fi. want *ecMid * on the 
baakeof the Jordan at all? Beeanae John ia 
■dd to ' baptiM in the wildemeea ;' (Mark i. 
14,) and M, io quote Mr. Va own worda, the 
wiUeraeae ia a ^land of drought;' and he 
eonid aot <a»e tte Jbwiaa<w<e Oeiatfif maf a , 
Mr. B. moat aeeda biiag the«i<d#raeff down 
<oMe Jordsm^ aadjdaeeita.^aand' upon the 
baaka. Tot, dii«etty after thii amuaing blun- 
dcr, Mr. B. aa gae e t a the raoi ^apUmdtum of 
the difieoliyy by aayingv *tfae Jordan waa 
tfw««tfB«fi# leiWanieia, which ia the fast. 
Thereat gilt of thiaaeetion of Mr. B*a. book 
k te pcovo that baptiani by immersion waa 
i m poe ribi ^. beoaaae of the ' acarflftjr of^oaUr* 
iatiie Holy i^aad. 'SaaaoilTof water ! in 
the Holy Land 11 A land of hula and moua. 
tataa, with a aeere% <^ waiw, iaeortainly a 
•Mr/aa<ia physical geogxaphjr. Let ua hear 
faov the iaaplred wntsr deeenbea thia land. 
* A lead of brooks of water, ef foontaina and 
deptha Mat apraff oat of the Tall^TB and hiUa.* 
TUa, than, waa ue moat proaainent oharac- 
tertotie in Moaea' deaaription of it \\ indepen* 
daatof thoaboadaaeaof ita aoterwi water- 
ooaraee ; there waa an ahaeat iaihute number 
of artiioal watera, balha, aqueduota, oiatema ; 
theie waa aeareriy a town in it, that had not 
a nomber of hatha attashed to it; daily bath* 
iag, beaag almoat a aeoassary thina in auefa a 
eiiiaate; and aarof theae would haTO serred 
- - •• ' WhatshaUwe 

many 
' that 



for the poxpoee of immersioo. What shs 
«y of Solomoa'a Vpoola of water :' or the ' i 
dateraa* that Duiah. 'digged,' or of 
pooltiiathad *' ^ -^ - > ^^ 

pook of Hebron 
ahe Sihor-libn 
•KishoB,'tbe « 
the'Bobin/ tib 

*K« <flimt.* til 



pool tiiathad ' fire porehaaY or of 4he fiah* 
poola of Hebron P Tho< Leontea,' the * Beloa,' 
~" nah, of Joshua ziz. 26.) the 
«Arm^' the 'Beliaa,' St. Peter, 
the *Ibn Amir,' the 'Bewar,' 
the 'Boat,' the 'Simain,' the 'Seba,' the 
' Axi^' and a number of smaller ooaat rivera 
iowing Borthward from the floly Xand, empty 
tbesaedree into the great, or Meditemuiean 
goaf Soalhward, a number of small rireia 
empty tbemaelvee into the Jordan, between 
\Jab Hakk and lake Tiberias ; after leaving I both good and bad, 
lake Ttbenas^ the JotdaBreea&Tea the watera Craft.^ 



of the * Kidron,' the < Bireh/ and the < Bisaa,' 
independent of the waters of Samaria, or the 
small rivers, 'Meleh,' *JameV and 'Faria,' 
and the still more miportant ' Kelt,' which 
is the Afreet eaatem outlet of all the waters, 
ten miles north of Jerusalem. But time 
would fail us to enumerate all the 'rivera 
and brooks ' of the holy land ; some of which 
indeed are merely winter streams, being like 
the Brook Chenth, * dried up in summer,' 
while others are perennial, ana have water all 
the year round. And this is the land which 
3fr. B. says, haa such a scarcity of water, that 
it waa imvoluibU for baptism by immersion, 
tobenerformed in it! If Mr. B. had sidq 
that there was a scarcity of large rivers in it, 
we must ha?e admitted it; but who requires 
* a lam river ' to immerse in f One other 
remark on this section of Mr. B'a' bode, and 
for the preaent we have done. 
^ He argues against the nractioe of immer* 
aion by tke apoatlea, and toe Baptist^ becanse 
of the supposed indel^oaoy of . the thing, and 
the sealous seclusion ' with whioh onentala 
guarded their women, especially the Ghreeka. 
We confess that we do not think thia arga« 
ment worth much, beoauae, suppoong this to 
hare been an obstacle in the way of immersion, 
it lies more strongly still agamat sprinkling 
the head and £sce ; unless Mr. B. supposes 
they were sprinkled with their osiZa aown; 
for the exposure of ike fae0 to the public gaaa 
ia reckoned by the Eaatems, aa iinmodeat or 
wrong, as the exposure of any other part of 
the body. But let him read the hiatonr of 
Athenian, and Ck>rinthian Society, at, and af- 
ter the age of Fericlea. down to the time of 
Christ, and he will find that thia obstacle, 
like tbuB ' Band' on the banka of the Jordan, 
ia onl^ to be foimd in Us own imagination, 
and his hatred to Believer'a Baptism. Besides 
supposing this obiection held good, will Mr. 
Baxter contend toat the divine power which 
aooompanied the first promulgation of the goa* 
pel, could not have surmountod this obstacle 
aa it surmounted others of far greater 
magnitude f If he think ao, we at least 
have not so learned Christ 

• Namaiva, p. 933. f Deut. viiL7. 
IT flee previons note on baptUagia the lordaa* 

Mr. B. SamuePs new edition <^ Memmr— » 
teicely printed and revised) is now poblhdied 
for one shilling ^e copy. His new work 
* The Triumph of the Hofy Spirit over Sin ia 
the Sinner,' is also now ready,— it ia a work 
of great labour, and of immense value. His 
next we hope will be < 2%e Trimiiph of Me 
Word: 

' Deaeom Oraft: Tke Bans efihe Chwrehss! 
London: Q. f* Stevenson, 64, Patemoater 
How. 

This pamphlet ia calling the serious atten* 
tion of many thinking people, to one^of those 
pervertionSf which has aone, and is doing 
much injury. We are satisfied there are a 
great many most excellent Christian men, 
now filling the offiee of Beacon in our 
churches; Dut^ there are many others. AU, 
" * ... ahould read * Deacon 



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THE W0NBBB7DL DSALINGB OF QOD 



A YOUNG MAN. 

(Oontiniied from pag* 101.) 
A vBiim nUing upon me and my brother 
from a distant town, whom I had known 
When we were both fltrangera to peaoe—asked 
me to go with htm in the erentnj^, and hold 
nn ont-door prayer-meeting; which we were 
rather reloetant to do. as we had not yet made 
am open profearion. We wavered, but Satan 
was conquered ; and we went down to a mea* 
dpw by the rirer's nde. Here I was fint led to 
offer prayer to Qod in the presenoe of others: 
the meetmg was a holy one, the power of the 
spirit was fel^ and the praters for increased 
ttoringa of the Spirit were answered, in other 

Joung men coming with us at the next meet- 
ig, which we continued to hold every night; 
bur numbers sometimea reaching 'rixteen or 
ieventeen. Thia led to the formation of ft 
Young Men's Chriatian Aasooiation; which I 
lun happy tosayisfleurishiog ; its first annual 
ineetiog, I was privileged to attend, a few 
Greeks since, when a most pleasing account 
was given of the past year's success, under the 
divine blessing. Who, after this, shall des- 
pair of prayers unheard, or * despise the day 
of small things P One of our first rules was, 
that the society use its efforts for the diffusion 
of Ghristaanity, among the masses of the peo- 
ple : rather a large word for a few young men 
id adopt ; but however, Ood aocepted it in 
tiie spirit it was offered. Feeling a great de- 
sire to commence a more useful career, I prayed 
that some thin^ might be opened for me. I 
sought out a village which was in the dark 
in spiritual matters, and pressing another in- 
to the work, with much xear andtrembling we 
started on our mission, not knowing what we 
should meet with ; but cheering eacE other up 
by the way, one resolving to take up the 
inatter if the other broke down. After com- 
ipaittiDg ourselves into the guiding power of 
lehovim, we commenced by offering tracts at 
the houses, and inviting to a certain place, 
where* we should speak a few words ; after 
waiting some time, a few stragglers came 
near,and wegaveoutahymiifWhioh we had 
to sine ourselves; the villagers seeming 
amused at the idea of two young men singing. 
^nyer was offered, and a portion of the Scrip- 
tures read, when we each spoke as long as we 
eould. Kever shall I forget the feeling of a 
fint trial of speaking : my head swam, and I 
trembled ; had there been a trap door under 
me, I would gladly have disappeared; but I 
waa impelled on by . the importance of my 
work, and gained courage as I advanoeo. 
When the service was concluded, w6 were 
pressed t04»me again, for said they, nobody 
fakes any interest in us. We went again for 
ieveral weeks, and gained a goodandience ; uU 
timately taking a room, and opening it, aa 
a station of the village-preaching association. 
This, I trust, when the day shall declare it, 
will not be without its firuits. Soon after this, 
I was led through the instrumentality of Mr. 
i. Rowland— whose counsels I shall ever have 
oauaa to ramamber with thankftilness^to join 



myself to the Indepsadant' conhenon al Hen* 
1^. On the occaMi of my admittance into 
the diuroh wiih others. Mr. ft. took £x his 
text, 2 Cor. viiL 6. This I felt peeoUarly 
adapted to my case, and felt the blessedness of 
being able, thus to devote myself to the cause 
ofOhrist 

From this time, I ccntinaed to spsak openly ; 
and, 

" Tell to sinners round, 
What a dear Saviour Ihadfiouad ; 
And my greatest pleasure is. when speak- 
ing to others of the grace of God, tfaroogfa 
Ofarisi Jesus; although I am but a poor 
tool, I hope my master will not allow me 
to be an uupmAtable servant; Iknowbyex'' 
perienee that all must come ftom him. what 
God hasftirtliar in store for mo I Isave in his 



< Only thou my leader be, 
And I stin win foQow thee.' 
' Guide me with thy counsel, and afterward 
receive me to glory.' 

Thus I have traced, in apoor way, the deal- 
ings of Qod; and trust it mayi under the 
divine blessing, be the means of raising the 
hopes of some who are sorely tried, for 

* Jesus sought me. when a stranger, 
Wandenng from the fold of dod ; 
He^ to save mv soul from daimr, > 

Interposed ms preoions Uood. 
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Hare^ I raise my . 

Hither by thy help, Fm oome ; 
And I hope by thy good pleasure 
Safely to arrive at home.* 

I may just mention, that the morning 
before 1 was bom, n^ Father heard a 
sermon from Mr. Sherman, then of Beading, 
from the words, < Take this child and nurse 
it for me. and I will give thee thy wages.' 
This has Men the star of their hope, ehesring 
their daric way, when all outward appearaaoe 
was gone. Demdr not then. Christian parent, 
but still pray for the out-pouring of i£e Spi- 
rit, that your chaige may be brought uu 
One thing I never could overoome, when un-. 
der the influence of infidel training, nnd that 
was, if there was nothmg in reOgion, how, 
was it that my mother was so happy under ita. 
influence P Hear Bfo was my greatset nindarance 
to unbelief. 

' Him that Cometh unto me, I will in no 
wise east out.' Is not this 

A BbAND PLrOKlD VBOIC THS BUBVIMO f 

(Zb be com Umm e d .) 



A FBW QUESTIONS TOUOBUrG 
THE KINGDOM OF CHRIST. 

DiAB 8im,^I have never troubled you 
with any thing of mine. In reading the 
article, * is Christ Sing,' Ac., in theBAsranr 
Ybssbl for this month by one who caUs him- 
self <A Sufikling;* I think you will allow 
that the wiMst amongst us are only babes in 
Scriptural knowledge, and if we were to live 
another life making our time on earth double, 
sti]], wo shall not get ankle deep in the mys- 
tteiotts ocean of divine truth. The minister 
who stated Christ waa not a kiqg, rafomd, I 

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thiak, to tii« oomplez bhanoterof Chriai, 
which Mem» to be batlitik undentood bv 
Chiutiaiia* (aad IaiM aoi^Sbm that until 
latflly, I did not Me tha God-Mao lo olearly 
aa I do now. 

Doea not J«aqa» aa God, apply to oart of hii 
wocfaL and Jeaaa, aa man, to the oUier part ^ 
See hiaa aaflar aa nan, heal aa God the suffer- 
lag, laiae the dead, te. Aa man he died, aa 
Gedhe vaaiaiaed fipom the dead, aa mam he 
«aa boCB kJagof tha Jewi of the aeed of 
navid'a hauae; aadeamaed man he waa re- 
jaeleH by tha Jen oe; and ia there any 
naaon why he ahoaU not aa man be alorifted 
aahia^ofarthe Jewaf Am GudhBU Kim^ 
immcriml, iamiMls, the eafif wist Ood ; aa 
man ha » aa yat known onW to the' nation of 
tha Jewa aa the deipiaad luaarene. I hope 
ha will aa man feign ofer them on or over 
this earth, hot when? I beliere, when his 
bsida is ^athecad out of this world, and then 
ha and his bride will reign toaether over thoee 
paopla who now reject Mth him and them. 

JlUow ma to call Your attention to the 
ritin Scripture: there 



are aerenl ways it is spoken of m them, and 
attof IhemiiaTea different sigmiieation 



my Bsittd. In Matt. iu. S, it ia called the 
kingdom of heaven ; STim. iv. 18, the heafenly 
kaagdom. Baal, I eonaider. waa in the first, 
when he aaid, the Lord ahail deliTer me from 
evwy evil work, fte. In Lake viii. 4, it is 
eaOed the kingdom of God; fa& Matt. ziiL 43, 
the kingdom of the Father, from which the 
Boa of Man ahall gather out all thmgs that 
offioid, fto ; verse 44^apeaka of the kingdom of 



likea field, Ac Is the pearl 
tks Brids, tit el«0«/aaM^, andthemanJean 
Chnst? In this chapter, (Matt, ziu.) the 
kingdom commenced by John the Baptiat, 
ana canried on ky Jesus at John's deau, is 

to maav thingsi until we see the 
aJl a s s s of the kinadom we shall not 

L the parable of the nobleman going 
into a far conntey, Ac., to receive a kingdom, 
l4dbs six. 2 : or (the man leaving his house), 
MarkziiLM; or what Jesus meant b^ drink- 
ing the wiae new in Ait Fathm^t KiMfdom. 
In iiphas. v.it is called the kingdom of Christ 
and Off God; in GoL i. 13, the kingdom of his 
dear von, and the aaints of Oolosse are said to 
be dciivcfcd from the powers of darkness. 
It ia ealled the kingdom of the Son <tf Man in 
Jfatt. jdiL 41 ; the kingdom of our Lord and 
.Bavioar Jesua Christ in 2 Pet. i. 11. And to 
eondnda, wa leam there is a time coming 
when tha Son shall deliver up the kingdom 
unto faia Father. lCor.zv.2^Ac 

Oan we imagine that Bomanism, Puseyism, 
ke^ ScCf are part of all these kingdoms, no ; 
no: doeanot the parable of the mustard seed 
and laaveo shew these priests and hirelings to 
be the fowla of the air that lodge in the 
b r s nc h ea of the kingdom of heaven r 

If joa wfll pardon me calling vour readen* 
Bttenricm to these things, and if any one will 
tioow a Hght upon the matter, I ahall be 
uaah obliged, who am only a learner. 
Tours, in Jesus, 

FmnxAV Bob. 

. B; Chursh Tenaee. Migh Street, . 
WaaAwtnth, l&yT&i. 



A NOTE TO MB. CLABKE. 

Mt Dbab BnoTmnt.-*In your last, you said 
you never saw my name in the YxasBi., and 
you felt desirous of knowing my state aa a 
poor helpless sinner. I reply I would just say 
that I have still the same love ibr you, as 
wh^ I first saw the marks of inquiry after 
God's gospel, and feel thankful to God the 
spirit of all grace that he made use of me in 
his providence and grace in bringing you 
from selfwillisim to understand in part the 
110th Psalm, where you have Jehovah's nn- 
eonditionality, * They be wilUng in the day of 
my salvation power, and as the I<ord has biBcn 
kind to you in providence and in ^race; I 
hope you will conti^iue under the mmistry of 
the Dpirit, the true ministrv will be discov* 
ered in a two-fold manner, first, in dimribing 
the helplessness of the new creature; and 
secondly, in proclaiming the gracious ability 
of its maker m sustaining the same. Now 
one word relative to mysell^ 7ou know I have 
my trials^ and one reason iiL that I may enjoy 
the gospel when the God of heaven is pleased 
to send it home with melting power ; some of 
our Suffolk Churehea are so full of dutv, that 
Tou cannot tie up the neck ; but 1 feel eo 
helpless that I oan neither empty nor fill my* 
self, nor does my happiness depend on my good 
doings, but on the goodness of the Lord. My 
heart was greatly blest when reading Exodqa 
xxdv, where it says, ' keepiaa merevfor <Aa«- 
tandt : if he keeps it for tnem. they are as 
safe as his mercy. One word relative to the 
ministry. The Lord is so good in calling bis 
elect by the word, I cannot express my feelr 
ings. I convey theee few thoughts through 
the Ybsbbl because I have lost your address, 
Tour's in new covenant grace. B. Bajlsb. 
Chehnondiston, May 11, 1859. 



ON THE DEATH OF MBS. WAERBN, 
Aa (Hd Mmihtr ai Hadhw, KmU, 

Dbab sister; she's gone; we bless tlise,0 Lord; 
The battle is dooe, ss shewn by thy word. 
'With Christ, sfl the objcet of hope, it is sweet 
To die with the prospect in glory to meeC 

O welcome the thooght. of hsaven oor home 1 
Tbers toon to be brooght and never to roam; 
Bat rest there for ctct in sight of Us faoe ; 
And nothing to acTer from Ohrist, or from grace. 

The righteous hath hope— yea, hope that is good; 
And this raised her up, being well understood : 
With Christ as ber treasure^ bow eonld she be poor I 
And now shaU ber pleasure for ever endare. 

BIcH the Lord, O, my Boal P ho w sweetly she cried ; 



O, my son 
whole thi 



:h Jesns who died ;* 
toher bUsB. 
finish like this. 



* A sinner msde whole through J 
No sin to disturb her, no end to 
We hope soca to IbUow and finh 

Spirit, prapare a sinner like me^ 

To enter and share wfthLoTsPs fSunlly ; 

Made meet for the kingdom, and my mtevsst clear, 

1 ahali long then to come and for ever dwell there. 

Then glory and pndse for covenant lovcb 
To comfort oor days and raise ns above. 



oor days ai 
Then sing HallelMah! tat ever on high. 
To Triune Jehovaii, and never to die. 

W. BOUSB. 



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Thbbb are many expnaaed lamentatioiia 
of the aappoaed deaikittttioii, deolennon, and 
divided condidon of thejnofeaaed gospel 
ehnrobes in thia our day. We hare thongnt, 
a few papers shewing what London was, 
and what progress the gospel has made, even 
during the laist century ; together with ui 
imparaal review of the character and condi- 
tion of the churches holding thb Gobpbl in 
these days, might tend, a'Uttle, to enoourage 
brethren. It is very true, 



ODLDTMa— sterling fffftpel stead- 
and a practieal deouion for the 
great principles of truth, are not so abundant, 
nor so popular, as are the forms and free- 
niUa of men; still, there is an amazing 
amount of good gospel now preached, in our 
beautifol little Island. 

We commence with the following, from 
the Countess of Huntingdon's Memoirs :— 

Towards the close of 1770, the attention of 
Lady Huntingdon was directed to the spirit- 
uid destitution of Clerkenwell. The present 
crowded neighbourhood of Spafields was at 
this period quite rural, and formed a dangerous 
locahiy for travellers to pass through after 
dark. The naths were very bad, especially in 
winter, and were infested with thieves ; the 
haunts of vice, and the abodes of robbers were 
elose by ; and many a dark and deadly deed 
was peroetrated in the silence of night. Those 
who walked in the evening, from the city to 
the hamlet of Islington, were acoostomod to 
wait at the end of Perdval Street, untU a 
considerable party had ooUected, when they 
were escorted through Spa-fields by an armed 
patrols, i^olnted fbr the parpose ; and it was 
customary for travellers approaching London, 
to remidn all night at the Angel Inn, near 
Islington, rather than venture across this 
dangerous spot after dark. This locality was 
noted for the fashionable sport of duck-nunt- 
ing, and contained asotitaiy tavern, ealled the 
Doff and Duck, which passed into the hands 
of Hr. Bosbmond, who converted the grounds 
into extensive pleasure gardens. The whole 
of tiie property came into the possession of 
the Marquis ofliorthampton, who let a portion 
of these nrdens to Mr. Craven, lor the 
purpose of ereetlng a large circular building, 
in imitation of the celebrated Pantheon at 
Borne. This spacious edifice was opened in 
May, 1770, as a place of amusement, and 
speedily acquired notoriety as a public resort 
for all ranks and both sexes on the Lord's day. 
Though patronised by the Prince of Wales, 
and many of the nobility, aftor the first year 
it was unsnceessfol as a place of amusement ; 
and, in three years, Mr. Craven became a 
bankrupt. The lease was then disposed of to 
the proprietor of Sadlers- Wells' Tbiatre, who 
dreaded a rival establishment; and after 



being used for a short time as a mart for the 
saleofoarriges, the building beoame vacaBt. 
A ouiious inoident eonneetea with its ereotioB 
deserves notiee. Mm. Graven could not be 
to visit the building until near its 
oompletion. 



the building until 1 
She then inmcted it with a 
friend, who aslcsd her what sne thought of it P 



When, fuU ofappiehensioB for her fanaband 
and her family, she buxst into tears, and ex- 
claimed, ' It IS very pretty ; but I foresee it 
will be the ruin of us, ana, one day or otheot. 
will be turned into a Methodist meettng-hoase/ 

Lady Huntingdon grtetly desired to obtain 
possession of -this noble ediflc^ whieh had two 
tiers of galleries surrounding it, suppozted \fjf 
numerous elegant columns, that she might 
oonvert it into a chapel, and bring the goq>el 
into the benighted neighboorhood. She kn« 
structed Messrs. Bhirly, Parker, and Crole, te 
consult each other on the pioject, and to aaeer* 
tain the terms .on which the proprietor would 
be willing to dispose of the building. It 
appears that there were two parties already 
treating for it ; and her friends so discouraged 
her by their adviee, that she reluotamtly 
declined to purchase the Pantheon. She 
says:— 

*< My heart seems strongly set upon having 
this temple of folly dedicated to Jehovah Jeans', 
the great head of his church and people. 
i>ear Mr. Berridge does not disoonrage the 
undertaking, but says I may count upon a fit 
ofsidmess, if I engage in this a&ir. I feel 
so deeply for the perishing thousands in that 
part of London, that I am almost tempted to 
run every risk ; and though, at this moment, 
I have not a penny to command, yet I am so 
firmly persuaded of the goodness of the 
Master, whoee I am, and whom T desire to 
serve, that I shall not want gold or silrer Ihr 
the work. It is his cause; he baa the hearts 
of all at his disposal ; and 1 shall have help, 
when he sees fit to employ me in his service. 
Nevertheless, with some regret, I give up the 
matter at this time. Tou are on the spot, and 
your opinion, in circumstances of this nature, 
may be better than mine ; but faith tells me 
to ffofortaordf ftsthinff fearing, notMmff dotAU 
ing. 

As soon as the determination of Lady 
Huntingdon was made known to the proprie- 
tors, the Pantheon was let to a committee of 
gentlemen, who converted it into a place of 
worship. A considerable expense was mcurred 
in fittmg it up ; the figure of Fame, which 
surmounted the dome, was exchanged for a 
lantern cupola; and a pulpit and reading 
desks were erected. It was opened on SatuZ' 
day, July 5th, 1777, by the Bev. John Bylan^ 
and was called Nortnampton chapel^ in hon* 
our of the nobleman on whose ground it stands. 
The Bevs. Hubert Jones, and w illiam Taylor, 
two episcopal clergjrmen, were engaaed aa 
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tnwied m hr^ (Mngreg^tion. They stood 
ftlone in the church, in thia part of London, 
far prodaimjng the erftngelioal dootrinee of 
retilpoo. Theirpreachin^ (are great offence 
to the Ber. W. dellon, Incumbent of Olerken- 
WfJl, w ho waa annoyed andjealeui at their 
•urcuM^ and reeolrM to remore them from 
ih«tr mhere of uaeftihieM. He claimed the 
rii;ht of preaching in the chapel wheneyer he 
pleased, and of nominating the ministers who 
•hoald offieiate; and made other demands, 
vhieh the ministers and committee resisted. 
Aa eedeaiafltical hiw-Bttit was instituted ; the 
facaaabent triumphed; the two clergymen 
were fortridden to preach there ; the chapel 
waa eloaed, the large congregation scattered. 

While these eyenta were transpiring, Mr. 
Taplady drew the attention of the Countess to 
Riehmmid , then aplaee of fashionable resort, 
and 4kr cuety. The theatre had been hired 
by Bowkmd EiU, Mr. Joss, and Mr. West, a 
popnlav clergyman, wlio freqaentlj made ez- 
ouraknia to fiiohmond, and preached there 
■aid mneh opposition. The proprietor was 
iazioiiB to dispoae of the theatre to her Lady- 
ship, mad oommiasioned Mr. Hough to wait on 
Mr. Toplady with a yiew of negotiating the 
Matter. The Countess, howeyer, did not ap- 
prm of the step; for, in a letter to Mr. 
Wrley, she aays^ •! haye prayed for light, 
bet the doud doQS not moTe towards Bichmond. 
The oppoeitioa wMeh Mr. Hill and others 
lerieneed is yerj discouraging. Con- 
I dear Mr. Toplady, and look earnestly 
Btiena from aboTC. May your great 
r cuide you in this matter ! My mind 
it, but I im content to submit to 
yeer baiter jodgment ; persuaded that, if it is 
hia win <«^o goyems all things, we shall be 
tent to Richmond, with full authority to pro- 
alaim hia grace, and make hia name more 
aengst that people." 
(To b* ocmtimmed.) 



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To HVa CSILDBBK HT THB AxBAlOiLN, 

AuvrmixjAir Ain> Coloioal Settlb- 



GOOD PaiDAY MORKIVO, 

Apbil 22, 1859. 

ArrBB some hard attempts yesterday to 
complete the Vbssbl for May, and to get to 
Whittleeea laat eTening, and failing in all of 
them, I am, this mornings permitted to set 
off, although I fear, not in time for the morn- 
ing ierrice. My Master knoweth, however, 
that an immoreable necessity laid upon me 
to finiah my monthly mission, through the 
preea; therefore, I hope brother Aahby, and 
the friends at Whittlesca, will forgive me, 
if 1 cannot |i:et in time to preach to them thu 
morning. 

This 1^ so to speak, the commencement of 
the Anmvenarf Season. Buring the whole 
of the winter and spring, I haye been oon- 
Btantly employed among the churches in and 
•round London. I have been very happy in 
my work; and desire to feel thankful that the 
Lord is still opening many doors of labour to 



me — in fact, I am engaged fully, almost 
every day; and have had many requests to 
labour, which I could not accept. All I need 
is strength of body— the sacred teaching of 
the Holy Spirit— the precious unfolding of 
Divine truth, experimentally in my own soul, 
a heart burning with love to the iJord and his 
dear people, whether called or uncalled— a 
door of utterance in speakinfr, and safety 
by the way. If the Lord will indulge me 
with these mercies, I shall give you Australian 
friends, all the good tidinrs touching the con- 
dition of our churches, which I may consider 
interesting to you. We have both a com- 
mission and a permission, to * Walk about 
Zion, to count her towers, to mark her bul- 
warks, to consider her palaces ;' and all this 
is to be done with a view to communication, 
' That ye may tell it unto the generation fol- 
lowing ;* for you and your children, I lorn 
to write of Zion. The little sneers of the 
brainless boys, and the hyper-critical cramped 
sehoolmen, I am not moved by now : if by any 
means I can be useful, I must expect dis* 
appointed, and disaffected people will be dis- 
pleased. 

I would be thankful this morning, that I 
am not setting out without the soft whisper 
of the word in my Boul ; this has been my help 
for years. The particular word which I am 
setting out with, came most gently into my 
soul yesterday, as I was hard at work in 
answering letters, correcting proofs, Ac, It 
waa this — * Who gave himseu for us,' &o. 

Ely, Saturday. Apbil 23, 1850. 
Preserving mercy carried me safely, yester^ 
day morning, from London to Peterborough 
by rail, and thence to Whittlesca by fly : ao 
that I crept into Zion just as Mr. Ed. Forman 
of March, waa in his sermon on the text^* So 
shall the King greatly desire thy beauty.' 
The long chapel was full of anxious and at- 
tentive listeners; and the preacher was evi- 
dently at home in his work. I was enabled 
to preach in afternoon and evening ; the place 
was literally crammed, and I hope gooa waa 
done. Trulv did I feel the word and work of 
the Lord to he most solemn ; yet affording such 
holy pleasure, as made me know again, * Hia 
ways are pleasantness; his paths are peace.' 
Mr. Ashby, the WhitUesea pastor, stands 
there in a field of growing usefulness. He 
has a mind to work; he has a delight in the 
work; by him, as an instrument, brands are 
plucked from the burning ; and the church ia 
preserved in peace, and increased in pros- 

Kritv. Mr. Samuel Coaens of Warboys, Mr» 
Male of Quvhim, Mr. John Ewen of 
Peterborough, Mr. Irish of Kamaey, were 
among the ministers present. 

BuxY St. BDMUirna. 
Having to wait here some time for the 
Ipawich train, I walked into Bury, and called 
upon our friend Mr. Saiiith, the deacon of 
the Partioular Baptist Chapel in this town, 
and was sorry to find they have no paator; 
nor any minister to preach on Lofd'a-days to 
them. How is this, that so many of our 
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m a pAioftil fMt. Mr. Bpurgeon otoM liere, 
and Dj preaohing in Mr. SWen's chapel, he 
eottld nfcher between fortj and fifty poondi 
for hifl rTew Tabemade, hut the ehurohes who 
with to abide by the Kew Teitame&t order 
of church Mnrice, cannot pouibly find a man 
to break up to them the Word of life. A 
f^reat change is paaiing orer ui ; we are 
eliding off into a more aeoommodating lyitem, 
of whiflh now I am tilent, 

Afier reading and looking for some mee* 
sage or other, my mind ia fixed on thie text, 
(Romans i. 4, 6,) * And declared to be the 
Son of Qod with power, accordinij; to the 
spirit of holinesss, by the resurrection from 
tne dead ; hv whom we have reoeired grace 
and apostlesnip, for obedience to the fiuth 
among all nations.' These words would seem 
to fumiah a complete and blessed representa- 
tion of the gospel kin^om, or diq>ensation 
of grace. Sirs^ there is the base or founda- 
tion of it: the resurrection of Jesus Christ 
from the dead, is the foundation of this king- 
dom. Secondly, the nature of this dispensation: 
it IB a declaration of the Bon of Qod with power 
— the jpreaching of the Person and power of 
Jesus Christ, is the great feature of this dispen- 
sation. I see this everywhere, if I look back upon 
past ages, if I look around now, I see wherever 
theLordnasfliTena faithful, and a fruitful 
minister of Cnrist's Person, work and ^;raoe, 
there the kingdom has flourished. Thirdly, 
the efficacy, vitality, and heavenly breath 
whereby lire is given, and maintained in, the 
hearts oi the people, who make up the popu- 
lation of the km^dom. is also stated — it is, 
aecording to the spirit ofholiness. Lastly, the 
great ends to be answered by the existence of 
&e kingdom; they are three— that the elect 
of God might receivegraoe and apostleship . — 
be brought to the obedience or the £uth; 
and lastly, that his name might be de- 
dared, worshipped, and extolled. 

Ipswich.— Eastor Monday morning, April 
26. My back aches in setting off early, after 
so many successive days of incessant toil. It 
took me all dav on Saturday to round-about 
on straight rails from WhitUesea to Ipswich. 
Brotiier Poock received me, as he always has 
done, with good old Bullish kindness, Chris- 
tian sympathv, and mimsterial fellowship. 
Our wortny rriend Alston gave me bed and 
board ; and I was permittea three times yes- 
terday to speak of tnose things which I increas- 
inly know are bound up as so many title-deeds 
ofouretemsl home. The morning (yester- 
day) was wet, there were a great many peo- 
ple in the oha^el, but it was not erowded — ^in 
the afternoon it was full every nook— and I 
was favoured to feel the weight and the wealth 
of the theme, ' By whom we have received 
grace and apostleship for obedience to the 
nith.' It took me some time to get through 
*'f'6eeMHff araoe,' The grace or provision: 
providing Christ for the Church; Boas for 
Buth ; and so on. The mce of tusfrwMMii- 
talUjf. In the purposes of the New Covenant, 
it was determined that Buth should be the 

ouse of Boas ; but she was a Moabitiah 
el; she was in an idolatrous country. 



How was she to be brought Into BsthWheair 
Naomi is the instrument Bo the gospel is 
the blessed agency •where^ the ransomed of 
the Lord return, and oome to Zion. To re- 
ceive the truth of the gospel in the love and 
powor of i^ is to receive graoe indeed. Then 
there is the graee of prtparatiom, Paul Mys, 
* It is God whieh workath in yon« to will smd 
to do of his good pleasure ; and surely, it 
must have been graoe working in Both that 
'positive prinoiple,' which caused her to 
cleave unto Naomi ; whereby ihe left Moab, 
came to Bethlehem, went to glean in the fields 
of Boas; and to find favour in his sight. 
There was the grace of mtcowragmatrn t . Bone 
handfuls of purpose " were dropped for her; 
and so, as last the union was completed. [I am 
writing these fow lines in an jSastem Car; 
full of young gentlemen, smoking and talking 
of other things, but th^ do not disturb me.] 

I think Bethesda Chapel, Ipswich one of 
the most substantial, commodious, and best 
arranged places in our denomination. With. 
iU new, long, deep, side, and front galleriee^ 
it wiU hold a thousand persons; and I think 
there was all that number yesterdajr. Mr. 
PoodL is now in the fifteenth year of his pas- 
torate there. The Lord has merdfnlly, and 
extensively honoured him :— nearly two thou- 
sand pounds have been paid upon this plaee ; 
and with ite new Testry, it ,is replete and 
beoutifuL I was glad to see the same sub- 
stantial staff of ofltews, Messrs. William Clark, 
James Andrews, William Manning, and the 
other aood brethren ; in the midst of whom 
vou wul see Jabu Wuoht, a lon|[ afflietedt 
out a trulv kind-hearted brother in Chrirt^ 
and withall, an active agent for the Bartsbs 
VsBsicL. It was a noble sight to stand yeater- 
day in that chapel, and behold such a erowded 
armv of veteran and juvenilepilgrims, gathered 
up from the town and connti^ all roiuid :— 
and to hear them sing the praises of our Hea- 
venly Sling, was delightful indeed. At the 
close of tto Service, uie Treasurer, William 
Clark announced the total of the oolleetion to 
be £18. The Pastor, brother Poock, emressed 
their increasing obligations to the Jjordtor his 
goodness; |>ronounMd the doxologj, whieh 
was sung with so much evident feeling and 
devotion, that my heart melted until 1 wept 
tears of inward love, to find myself among 
such a highly favoured band. Ipswioh has 
now two champions for gospel truth. Our 
brother William Felton, at Zoar, is higli' ' 
esteemed as a faithful minister, and his naefi 
ness is increasinly manifested. 

[For the information of the thousands of 
you are now scattered abroad in the colonies, 
1 shall continue these notes as tame and qiace 
permit. Nearly every day I am yi some jtart 
or other of the gospel vineyard; and the inci^ 
dento oonnected with, and arising out of tbMe 
annual gatherings are sometimea encouragiiig, 
edifying, and fiUl of interest to thbse dear 
friends who are now dwelling in the utmost 
comers of the earth.' I will not forget you. 
It is a grief to us all in this kingdom that 
wars, and rumours of terrible eonvulaioDS are 
now rifo. Clouds are gathering. But Qod 
is our refuge still. C. W« B.] 



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OBDIVAXIOV OF XB. eBOTITHS, 
AT HATB8, MIDDLESEX. 

On MondAj. May 16^ 1859, a goodly com- 
of the loren of gospel trath Arom the 
refaos of Colnlvook, HarlingCon, Drayton, 
Uzfaridgo, HarefieUf Brentford^ fte., waa ga- 
thered mi S^eg^ to witnen the oidination of 
brolher Qtifittha to the paatoiml office over tbe 
Baptisi Chmeh wonhipping in that Tillage. 
Hie day waa iine> and ue programme of Uie 
day*! pvooeedingi, promieed a treat to thoee 
who had eome from Tanooi distaneeg^ to tea- 
Hij their lore for brother Oiiffitha and his 
beloved flock. Brother Bnint, of Colnbrook, 
opened the meeting at half-past 2, by reining 
a short Fsnlm, and offered prayer ; after which, 
brather Wyard proeeeded to state tho nature 
of a goepel Chureh. After a retr appropriate 
iatrodoetiotty referring to the Cnnich of God 
ia her varieus aspects, conditions, and mani- 
fcstation, he aeleeted tbe figure of a building, 
by wUeh to fflnstrate a Qospel Chorah. The 
iala ef this Chureh, are first, qoiekened 
; and ao apiritual life beeomes the grand 
lor Chnrsh membership ; secondly. 
ueee maffrisis, (or persons} forming a jrospei 
Ovrefa, nsust be snlfaAf saed, they are belieTers 
—Ihcj ftirm a brotnerhood— they are called 
with a hi^ and holy callings— are spiritual,— 
and are nuide obedient to the hearenly calling. 
After entering into each of these particulars, 
he doeed by remarking that the Chureh has no 

to uaatitate, or to alter ordinances; 

she make or repeal laws— her 



90 beinff not to form, but to obey. 
Oor Teneraole brother Box, of Woolwich, 
rtain auestions customary on such 
by wnidi were elicited the follow* 
Ing items of information. That tbe Church 
at Hayea, was firat formed in 1843. by the late 
John SlsTsna : its number being 16, and its 
place of wonfaip a cottage. In August of Uie 
same year, the j^resent building was erected 
through the munifieence of one of its deacons ; 
and on the opening thereof,— when brethren 
Stevens, Wyaid, and Kilner issisted,— a Mr. 
FSsh waa ordained pastor. In process of time. 
brother Fish left, and the Church was adrised 
br their old friend Mr. Box, to hear a Mx, 
Cmfilths whom he strongly recommended. 
Having heard Mr. G. with great profit during 
three years, they entreated him to settle 
amflQgsi them, the result was tho present 
service, for whioh the Chureh desired to be 
thankfol, to that God who had heard and 
aaawered their many prayers. You are aware 
that on such oocasivns the minister elect, 
wh i t es his eall by grace; his call to the 
ministrj ; he also relates how (in the pro- 
vidence of God) he has been brought to his 
pr es en t poaitSon. All thii occurred on the pre. 
sent occaaion; and if I mia-ht have trespossed 
nnoB yovr pa«s, I could AaTe relate^ as it 
fen froB brother G.'e lips, a very savory ao- 
const of the Lonfi dealings with nim ; suffice 



It to say— that the testimony made many 
hearts warm, and many eyes moist. Brother 
Milner having given the right hand of fellow- 
ship to the pastor, in recognition of the 
Churoh's accei)tance of him, and the pastor 
having recognised his people by holding up 
the right hand, the ordination prayer was 
offered. 

Mr. Bloomfield being announced to give 
the charge, ascended the pulpit, and delivered 
a solid, truthful, and affectionate address. 
He should direct his brother's attention to the 
matter of his preaching. Preach, said he, 
the word ; let the Bible be your book for study, 
and for texts; preach God's word in all its 
variety, and in all its harmony. Be a Trini- 
tarian ; fear not to preach the Father's love 
in all the extent of it ; the Saviour's blood in 
in all the preciousness of it ; and the Holy 
Ghost in all that need of him, which is evi- 
denced by God's truth and man's condition. 
If (said heWou omit the Father's love, your 
ministry will be lacking in strength ; if you 
omit the atonement, you leave out the life- 
blood of the gospel ; and should you leave tiie 
Holy Ghost at home, instead of taking Him at 
all times with you, the people will say ' we 
have not so much as heard if there be any 
Holy Ghost' Again, be very clear on the 
Person of Christ— this being the great central 
truth of the gospel. In manner be simple ; 
in Unguage and in illustration, choose for 
models, the preachers of the 17th century. 
* Be affectionate, don't be abuiive ; be not a 
despot in the nulpit, for such aro the greatest 
of cowards when out of their own castie ; 
don't be too loud — thunder never kills, 'tis the 
lightening, and not the noise that produces 
great effecU;Ustly, be faithful.' After the 
very able discourse of brother Bloomfield, (of 
which I do not presume to give even an out- 
line) brother Milner gave the right hand of 
fellowship to the new pastor, and then offered 
the ordination prayer. The friends wero now 
inrited to a plain tea, to be served in the 
Chanel; after which, the pastor of Soho, Mr. 
Pells, preached to the church. Just an outline 
of his discourse, perhaps it will benefit some, 
and I close. Philippians ii. 29. He came there, 
(your oastor) as an spiritual guide— as a able 
counsellor— as an efficient nurser-as a skilful 
phyndan. In the text (said the preacher) are 
two ideas . 1, of reception : receive him on the 
ground of what he u in the Lord; of qualifi- 
cation, that is, of what the Lord has made 
him to be ; receive him gUdly, saying how 
great a boon a God-sent minister is. 2, Ben- 
tention— hold him by your prayers, by your 
sympathies, by your support, and by your 
constant love ; hold him to be above suspicion, 
and let his character, personal and ministerial, 
be very dear to you. 

IPSWICH. 

*Let the Lord t>o miupiified. which h^^ 
;>leasare in the prosperity of his servants.' 



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in ages pist, and suoh is the feelinj^ produced 
in the soul oi every one taught of the Bpirit of 
the llTing Qod; for sore they are, tnat all 
prosperity in the ehurch at large, or in the 
soul of the tempest- tossed believer in particular, 
is wholly of, and from the Lord alone ; and 
while no small joy is felt, in seeing the good 
Ijord increasing his cause with men and wo- 
men lUe a flock, in answer to the united 
rayers of his riants, founded on his love, 
lood, and promise ; (Esek. xxxvi. 37,) yet 
there is beyond this, an important admoni- 
tion, we feel a wish prayerfully to attend un« 
to, yiz, * But rather rejoice, because your 
names are written in heaven/ Luke x. 20. 

May the Lord keep us alive to the interest 
of truth among the children of men. But, oh I 
above this, may he be pleased to keep our 
souls prosperously alive, in holy communion 
with nimself, that our growth in spiritual 
knowledge, joy, and peace, may abound to his 
glory, our benefit, increased love, and useful- 
ness in our appointed callings, and approving 
things thus excellent, — ' Hav we be filled with 
the fruits of righteousness, which are bv Jesus 
Christ, unto the glory and praise of God. (Phil. 
i. 11.) Amen, so be it. On Lord's-day, 1st 
May, 1859, ten persons were baptised in Be- 
thesda Chapel, Ipswich. A sermon was 
preached from Luke iii. 21, 22 ; nearly, or 
quite a thousand persons attended ; the order 
was truly solemn, the candidates mercifully 
helped, and in spirit greatly blessed. Others 
were wrought upon, and more are coming. 

Thirteen were proposed ; one was taken ill : 
* Shibboleth ' could not be clearly pronounoea 
as yet by the others, 

' A debtor to mercv alone.' 

Thomas Poock. 
Ipswich, May 12th. 

DauiSia^Iaeikd yoo these lines, prayiaff tbe 
Lord to bless yoar labourt to boadreds more, if it 
iahUheavsnIy will, and that yoar own loul may 
feel the prosperity of the Spiriu J. Sbbimuxi, 

Tbe king of glory relfns abovsb 

In bis most holy place ; 
And condescends to show hia love. 

In visits of his grace. 
Borprlslng is tbe Spirit's power. 

On hearts as bard as stesl j 
We wbo wera dead in sin belors^ 

By gzsoe are made Ut feeL 
These witnesses for God to day. 

Who now psss through the flood ; 
Have testified b7 faith, and hope. 

They're washed In Jess's UoiDd. 
Thia is the path that be hath trod, 

Who died oor soala to save ; 
This is an emblem of his deaUt, 

And rising from the g rsve. 
The resurrection of our Lord, 

Qilds tbe whole seeae with love, 
Aad ail wbo follow him by faith. 

Shall sorely rest above. 
Should Sataa now beset our way. 

With trials fierce and hot ; 
When we arrive where Jesus la. 

Tbey all will be forgot. 
This Is the path his saints have trod, 

With Jo7, aad soBsetisses pate ; 
But they all left their sorrows hers. 

And now with Christ they reipiL 
And we now follow ia their steps, 

As fast as time can ron : 
We ho^ to nieet Mount lion's King, 

With glory tai oor soul. 



" AGBD PIL0BIX8* fBOH]) 800IXTY." 

The 52nd annual meeting was held on Mon- 
day evening, May 2, at tbe London Tavern, 
and was very numerotuly attended. The Lord 
Mayor occupied the chair, who was compelled 
to leave during the proceedings. J^in 
Thwaites, Esq., afterwards preaidin|[ in the 
absence of his lordship. After singmg, and 
prayer by Kev. B. Mannering,theL«rd Mayor 
called upon Mr. W. Jackson to read the an- 
nual report, which stated there were 464 
pensioners on the books, amongst whom have 
been distributed during the past year £8,288. 
Forty-two Pilgrims were in tbe Asylum at 
Camberwell, which proved a great blesnng to 
the inmates. The * Kew Asylum Fund ' was 
steadily progressing; about £800 realiaed. 
And it is hoped this J ubileo Memorial will 'ere 
long be raised in another part of London, for 
a larger number of the Lords*s aged people. 
Is there a generous heart for Zion's Pilgrtaia, 
whom the Lord has blessed with a plot of 
ground, who is ready to offer it thereon to boild 
a home for the weary, on their way to the 
* many mansions ?* Speoial notice waa taken 
in the report of the Bev. James Bisect, the 
Founder of the Society, in 1807, who died 
at Hitchin, April 2, in his 88th year ; whose 
long ooatinued valnable, and gratuitona ear- 
vices as one of the seoretariee, will ever be 
remembered with affectionate Toneratioa. 
The Lord Mayor gave a few very appropriate 
and stirring remarks ; and the several reso- 
lutions were spoken to by Revs. B. Magnire, 
J. Wells, WsB. Lincoln, P. J. Turqnand, Br. 
Hewlett, J. Jay, 8. K. BUud. B. Kenneth, Eeq., 
Treasurer, Qeorge Marshall, Esq., and Joaeph 
Payne, Beq., IIj. Box read the cash aeeonns, 
which showed a balance in hand of £843. 17a, 
Hd. The Chairman returned thanks for the 
Lord Mayor, and the honour of soeeeding him 
aspreaident The meeting whkh was Tory 
oheering and enoouragiag, closed with the 
Dozology. 

BVAmBLB. 

It will, doubtless, be gratifying to the 
lovers of truth, to hear that the Lord is still 
blessing the labours of our brother Carpenter 
at the old Baptist chapel, Dunstable. 

On Lord's-day, Februarv 27, 1869, he ad- 
ministered oroinanoe of Befiever*s Baptism to 
three persons who profess to have been blest 
under his ministry. God grant they may 
prove bis crown of rejoicing in that day when 
the Lord shall make up the people. It was a 
happy, profitable season to many precious 
souls. The writer can testify, that to him it 
was none other than the house of God and 
the very gate ot heaven, so that they could 
not forfeiear mentally exclaiming : 

< My soul shall pray lor Zion still. 
While Hfe or oroath remains ; 
• There my best friends, my kindred dwell, 
There God my Saviour reigns.' 

Tbe text chosen for the occasion, was fro« 
Luke xviL 26, 29 ; aad waa divided as'foUowa; 
1, Described the character of ^oah. 2, Notice 
the ark in a three-fold view,— (1) As a type of 
the Bedeemer; (2) The. ehuioh} \») Aa a 

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fifonor type of Baptism. 8, G^eralhead 
our ^hitar nm psnoel, and sftewed ta m the 
days tf oIdl» to aball it be in the end of the 
vwUr Ae. It wae m, sokma m wtU m • ze- 
freafeiiiy opportunity ; and was bo blest, that 
the Minnas freeh tsar moim peneas ware 
constrained to oome forward, and declare 
what dod had done for Iheir souls; one in 
partiealBr, testiffins though she had long 
hsfted between two opinions, she oould now 
a» liBgiis lafrais inm feUowiag im the loet- 
i^Sifs sf the Aeek; the other three were 
hM^ seals t» ear paatoi^s ministrT, who toM 
m MTpet and simple tale of the Lord's deafings 
with their souls-. The Lord crant they may 
eadaia hat dnesa like food soldiers of Jesus 
GkrisI, OnLofd'a^ay,Apr^24ti^theordi. 
saasa ef BtHmenf Baptism was admiBistered 
to fhsai; mod on the IbQowing Lord's-day, 
oar pastor care them the right hand of fellow- 
I hare several more hovering round, 
likaLydia'a of old, the Lord 
Sorely t^ asa things are the 
Lscd'B doings, and marv^ons in enr e^es. 
God grant that the eaose here mav erer have 
a frmtfol wemb^ and a plentiful supply of 
milk taMwrish new bora seals; that of her 
it ma^ be said, *Ihia nan and that man was 
born m her.' 

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the 
on 
Tuesday, May 3nl« ta oosMMBSonrte the res. 
toratian of that V^^ee to its right and lawful 
owners. Mr. B. vVHson, of Cnre, deHrered a 
liTely snd Christ-exaltiag disoourse in the 
afternooa, in which he eahorted the ehureb to 
unity snd lore; he aaid, dorinc their lata se- 
Taretndhehadtho««ht saaehef them, had 
pmtd the Lord earnestlr on their braalf, 
andhenowreloiced that he was again p«r- 
mitted. (nndistttrbed) to oecupy that pulpit,' 
and teU of Jea«'a wmidMoa love. Altar the 
eenoaa, sheat 16^ irisads took tea teeether, 
which was wtO and kindly SBperintended by 
Mrs. Boxer, the good partner of the preaent 
flunister there. After tea, a publio Heeting 
was hoWsa, whieh was preaided over by Mr. 
Boxer; who ie i ie wed his eoaamg aaMBs thM:i, 
the heavy and leogtheiMd trial they had pasaed 
throagh, and how the^ had been supported in 
it, and their xightflJ deliverance from the 
suae : law and eaoity had restored to them 
their righta. Ma asherted thsm te love, 
pcaee^ and fotVeanmee towarcb those i»ho 
were without, believing there were many of 
the Lord's redeemed ones amon^ them. 
He moat men tion one thin^, which was a 
good sign, their pffayar-meetmga were now 
well attended, and a spirit of earnest deVo- 
tioo waa aaaifsBt amenr tiia people. Mr. 
Wilaon noke well on Cl iriatian onion; and 
tineted there would not be any tale- bearing 
^ther to Minister or deaeoos; or idle gossip. 
ug aamaw ssambeSB. A good brother, one of 
brother Wilson's daiee n e» spoke from a por- 
tion of the Word, and gave aome good whole- 
Mae advise. Mr, flamoM Jones trusted they 
▼oold look wsQ to thaif peasant minister, bro- 



ther Boxer; and he would then be able to 
feed them with the finest of the wheat. Bro. 
ther Boxer, made some further remarks, and a 
good and Qod-glorifying meeting was closed 
by prayer. S. JombSi London. 

1. OB>U CHAVOB JLT 

SHALOM GKAFBL, HAGKHST BOAD. 

DaAa Baonuta Baiiks.-<-I have not written to 
any ef aiy koooorad brethren in the ndalatry who 
have alwaya taken aaoeh intereat in ear weifare^* 
bat BOW, aa it is * Shslom, Hackaey Rosd,' (no 
longer Sqnlrriea-atreet) allow me a little space to 
apprise theaa of oar doioga ; te leooont the 
woaderooa sets of the Lord : for verily the * lama 
take the prey.' We hope, shortly, to have » 
meetfaig to welooaie oar dear frlenda in onr new 
ohapel. Three years afo I went to Sqairriee. 
street : there were then 14 namea oaTy upon their 
ohureh book, aa membera ; aboat 50 were added to 
their aombar; about IS were removed froa ua. 
Yet aU aloag, the eongregatioaa were good ; 
fraqaaatty thronged. 

Gheomalaaeaa unlooked for, nnaooght, seemed 
to asy the coast may be enlarged ; this plaoe is 
too atraight ; aome aaid * Shalom 1 — that's a cold 
plaeob nobody haa done there. What we yoa 
going for V gaffloa it to say, the ebapel is done 
up beaatlMly; we opeaeil it the let of May ; 
the plaee lIHed with hearers, and worshippers, 
and fined every LordVday sinee. What hath. 
Qod wrought t We rejoice with trembling, ao 
niemhara faom fliaiariea ataeet haw given then. 
seHee afraah to the Lord, and to eaeh other ; since 
then I havebsea honanred toreeeive 1 1 brethren 
and alaters to their number, snd besides we have 
a Sot bapliam. Others are saying, we will go 
with yoa ; baekattdere are being restored ; those 
who aat la darkaaas are being made light tn the 
Lord ; aoaM who have carried their bordene a 
long time are brought into liberty, and God's 
atandiag miraele in Hit Church ia with na : sinner* 
aonwinced </ sit^fiUiuu and souU concerted to 
ChrkL, Sovereignty la manileated I la the way 
he woaada, aad ia the way he heala 1 
' Upon eueb poUnted worma. 
He makea His graces shine,' 

Without aeeing my qnalifloatioaa for the oa- 
speahaUe heoonr of pointing te hla atoning blood, 
aod aaying hahoU the way to Ood ; aad feeitag 
ny dtpeodaaceapoa the Meaeed Spirit tone every 
tt good f^sme, aa well aa for needed energy. I am. 
years, W. Q. Haslot, 

AX AjryBCTivo sienr at 

BLVVMAM, UDFOEDSBIBS. 
I have been hdd aside froas my daily calling for 
eighteen montha by affliction; a friend kindly 
lent ma aome volnaaea of Ej^avnaa Vaaasi. to read. 
I hope they have been a Ueaaiag la the hands cl 
the Bptelt ta my soal ; so mash ao that I have 
bean eoaatra lB ed to rceommead them to my 
frlenda In our little cause at Blunham ; and some 
wlah to take them. We have a nioe Uttle oaose 
here ; aad auay dear lovera of truth amongst aa ; 
there aaaai a qalte a revival ; of whkh yoa will 
reJoCoa to hear. Mr. Bobert Frataer Is the paa. 
tor. On the first LordVday la April, he bap. 
tised by Immarafon four; two mates and two 
fomalaa ; aad two where aa aged mother aad aoa ; 

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an •flSMtlug light to tee. I tratt it waa a good 
d«7 to nuuiy. On the third of May our aanU' 
Tonary wm held, Mr, Foramaa of Loadoa, . 
preaohed« morning and aTening. Mr. MarrelU of , 
8t; Noet's, ia afternoon. We were bleesed wllh ; 
three good eonnd gospel aermoBs ; and the rich | 
bedewing! of the Holy Ghoit in many of oar j 
hearts. The famale frienda anppHed oa with a ' 
good tea, gratia ; to whioh aboat 150 aat down, ■ 
with eheerfnl faeea, and I believe loving hearta. | 
Oh 1 how good it ia to aee brotbera and sistora • 
dwell together in unity 1 Johx Normam. i 



and that here hia honour may be maintflmwl, his 
gospel preaehed, and hia name abundantly gioirl- 
fled. And to Father, Son, and Spirit, larael'B 
triune Qod, will we aaeribe all the praiae for ever 
and ever. B. K. 

Spring Yale, near Wolverhampton, May 9, IW^ 

WOBTHT. HILVT8— VILLAGE PREACH. 
ING. It may be gratifying for the the Mmim of 
truth, to hear that our brother Taylor, whohaa 
for aomo yeara been mlniatering the Word of Life 
at Bopler, Mt impreaaed with the imnortaitoe of 
opening his own house, in the above plaee for the 



A BEVIYAL AT WOLVERHAUPOIT.- j 

Mr. Editor, knowing you feel an intorest in the 
eauae of Christ at John Street, Wolverhampton, it I 
ia with pleasure I inform you that on Sunday, May 
1st, aeven peraons, one male, and aix females, were 
constrained to oome out from the world, and pub- 
Uely acknowledge themselves to be on Uie Lord's 
side, by attendio^ to the ordinanoe of Baptism. It 
ia ao many yeara ainoe auoh a eireumstance trans- 
pired, that we had almost despaired of being fav- 
oured to witaeaa what we were priviledged to 
witneaa on that ooeaaion. The minister who offlei- 
oiated waa our highly cateemed friend and brother, 
Mr. Thomas Jones, who has recently aupplied the 
place on two or three oooaaions, and whose labours 
among na we h&ve reaaon to believe have been 
greatly bleeaed to the aoula of the people. On 
Sunday morning, he preached an impreaaive and 
appropriate aermon from John ▼. ll.~* He that 
made me whole, the aame aaid unto me, take up 
thy bed and wallL.' He gave on the text, 1st, the 
history, 2nd the instruction.' After serviee, the or* 
dinanee of Baptism waa admtnlatored, and I can- 
not omit to mention, that three out of aeven, were 
the three eldeat daughtera of our eateemed flriend, 
Mr. Fleeming, a cireumatunoea which contributed 
materially to the interest of the oceuion ; and muat, 
I am aureu be highly gratifying to him and hia 
betoved wife. lu the evening, the ordinance of 
the Lord'a Supper waa attended to, and inatead of 
preaching, the minister gave a suitoble address to 
the candidates, and fumiahed each with a portion 
of Scripture on a slip of paper, giving a brief ex- 
position of the same. The following were the por- 
tionst Bom. viil. 1. • There is therefore now no 
condemnation to them who are in Christ Jeans. I 
who walk not after the flesh, but after the spirit,^ i 
Isaiah Uv. 9. ' For this ia aa the watera of Noah, 
unto me, for aa I have awom that the watera of 
Noah ahonld no more cover the earth ; so have I ! 
sworn that I would not be wrath with thee, nor 
rebuke thee.* Sol. Song i. 7. * Tell me, O thou | 
whom my soul leveth, where thou feedest, where ' 
thou makest thy flock rest at noon, for why should I 
I be aa one that turneth aaide by the floclc of thy 
oompanioDB.* This we oonsidered remarkably 
adapted ; the person being a desolate young widow, 
left aa we nnderatand, with four fhtherleaa children. 
John zvi. 4. * Abide in me, and I in you ; aa the 
branch cannot bear f^uit except it abide in the 
vine, no more can ye except ye abide In me.' 2 
Peter i. 10. ' Give diligence to make your calling 
and election aure ; for if ye do these things ye 
shall never fall.' And the laat given «o the young- 
eat (16 yeara of age) Prov. viiL 17. * I love them 
that love me, and thoae that aeek me early ahall 
find me-' The whole of the aervlcea were attended 
with unction and aavour ; aothat we found it good, 
pleasant, and profitable, to be there. May the 
Great Head of the Church amile upon thia eauae. 
which baa been very low for a long period, and 
doubte enterteined whether it would be cloeed or 
kepi open. But lately, the plaee has been bettor 
aupplied, and eooaeqnently better attended. May 
he, I aay, make bare hia arm, manifeat his power 
in the oonveraion of ainnera, and in the comforting 
and eatebliahment of hia own people, that they 
may have flrequent oooaaiona of aimiliar rejoidng, 



worahtp of God ; and Invited the writer to pravn i 
and on Wedneadav evening, April 28, 1853, a large 
room was opened, and a goodlv number waa pr»> 
aent. on which occasion I preached fhmi Aete nil. 
26, < To yon is the word of this salvation aent.* I 



oontinaed to labour there everr fortnight for the 
flrat six months, when I prevailed npon o«r good 
brother, to toke the alternate Wednesday even, 
bigs, thus keeping it open every week. We have 
a goodly attendance, and aome pleasing reenlte 
have attended the aame ; and on the 27th of April, 
1859. we had an anniversary of the opening, w hen 
our brother kindly gave a public tea, (f^) nbont 
60 partook of bis hospitality, after whieh. 1 

rcbed to a crowded audience^ firom Paalm exilx. 
Let the children of Zton be Jovfnl in their 
King.' Many found it a truly refreehing opportu- 
nity. The following lines oompoeed for thtoecnaion, 
I read at the close of the service, and part were 
aung. Your*a in Goapel bonda. 
Wineheator. W. dumu. 

THE SOYBREIONTY OF 0HRI8T. 
Come, Chriatian Mends, unite and aing 
The praiaea of your Lord and King; 
Who left his saered throne on high 
And came to earth to Meed and die. 
He laid aaide hia gtory then, 
And meeklv bowed to ainfhl men ; 
Who raiaed their clamoroua voices high« 
This glorious King to erucify. 
He cheerHiUy reaign'd his breath, 
And yielded to the shaft of death ; 
But rose again, and Uvea to plead 
For thoae who through hia grace believe. 
And now upon a throne of grace. 
He sweetly shews a smiling face. 
To such that do eapouae hia eauae, 
And yield obedience to his laws. 
Great honoura he conlbra on thoae. 
Who have through graoe anbdoed their foea; 
Since he haa made them Kinga and Prieeto, 
And calls to banquet at his feast. 
He finds for them a glorioua dreaa. 
The robe of hia own righteooaneea ; 
That when before the Lord'a right hand. 
Completely Jnatifled they ataad. 
Then ahall they walk with him in white. 
And be tranaported with the eight 
Of Christ, their glortoua Lord and King, 
Whilst heaven's eternal anthems aing f 
With ahonte of glory and of praiae. 
In which the sainte ahall Join the laya» 
To him who aite upon the thraae^ 
The glorioua undivided One. 
Then about, ye firienda of Zion'a King, 
Tana now your voioe, and loudly aing 
Of saving, f^ and matehlees grace, 
nil yon behold him Ikee to Ikee I 
Yes. shout again thy Jeana reigna. 
And binda the moaater down u ehaiaa. 
Shout! about again I the work ia done I 
The battles fought the victory*a won I 
Bin ia aubdned, and sainte seeure ; 
Death is destroyed with Satan's power ; 
Hell's doora ara barr'd, whilat eherube wait 
To welcome in the pearly gate. 
Then, in moch more exalted atraina. 
Well ahont aloud that Jeaua reigne. 
While all the ranaom'd throng ahall aing 
Sternal praiae to Chrlat their king. 



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BRUUnOV* — I>Mr SIr-I havt noticed th« 
( yoQ have gtven to oar young min- 
m, and the unooat of eervke 70a 
to the ehureh of Christ. I thank yon 
as a hnmhie member of the Mme elaai. Our 
egad hrethien are Ihst going home ; that others 
are takiav their plaece la a eonsolation. 1 have 
heaid tarelhna Felk, CraeknoU, end Oooghtrey, 
vilh wr grant pleasarea. I wentto Brighton, on 
Good Fk'iday : waa pfeeent at the meeting at Bond 
Stroci Campol; brother laaaee iepaetor: it was 
for tfto CBooaragement of the yonng brethren be- 
tonglag to the Chvreh, that go to speak in the name 
oCaeLord. ThiaGhnrehhaafoororflTeatations, 
r plaeeain Tarione parti of Soeeez, and 
1 go and preMh the goepel to the 



eoottrr people. I heard eome aeeonnt giTen that 
night, hov the Lord had hleesed their htbonrs. I 




tluak Item one eution there was seven or eight 
Lforvnrd, and waa baptlaed in the name of 
1. Oneof theyonngbrothera(thenameor 
OOto^) spake of another etatkm as very 
' » OBO eireomatance he mentioned of a 
I Lord who was peneouted by his part- 
ner very aore. Lately she was constrained to go and 
hmz tkia prcMhing herself: the Lord bleesed the 
ward, and now she is a hnmble seeker. Other 
thivga of a aheering nature wera spoken dnring 
the oreBlng. Mneh good (by the power and bless- 
lag of tlM UolT Sp&it) might be done if all oar 
cfannhea woald bring many out who know and 
love tbo truth, to be eerrants to Christ, to carry 
that tfwth to ochOTs. J. Battboit. 



eOOB VBIDAT AT WHIlTLEflEA.- 
AiBBgl tha many happy meetings whieh uo 
doobt task plnee on that day, it waa oor happinees 
to partis^ata in one of those refreshing seasons, 
whieh ara ao weleooke to the saints of God Many 
sen preeented to the merey-throne 
"/ and we were cheered in the mom- 



prayara had hei 
Bra* good day;' 

big, as we ntmd the place where the gcMspel had 
fof Qod 



i unto oor sonls to find 
tt waO filled. And tmly the gospel that morning 
we haliava waa felt to be very welcome ; while Mr. 
Fsrmaa, of March, was helped to set forth the dig- 
nity of 'ZSan's King/ the relaUve beanty of the 
ehavA of the Lord Jcene ; and the worship JnsUy 
repaired, and joyfhlly rendered to Him, to whom 
H alaae bdoDga. In the afternoon, we were fav- 



oared to hear Mr. C. W. Banks, of London, who so 
earnestly and affectionately proclaimed the word of 
life, the love of Christ in the gift of himself, and 
the cleansing power of his precious blood. A pab. 
lie tea was provided, to which upwards of 200 sat 
down. The erening service was felt to be one of 
special interest and delight. Mr. Banks again 
preached upon ' Christian Meditotion;' while he 
seemed really to possess the life and power of the 
things he uttered. A few verses of 

' All hail the power of Jesu's name,* 
were sung, and the servioes of the day were con- 
dnded, and we left the 'house of the Lord' with 
souls warmed and encouraged by the present, and 
gratitude in our hearU for the past, seeing the 
hand of the Lord is In our midst; as on the first 
Lord's-day in the month, four persons who had 
previously borne testimony to what God had done' 
for their souls, were received into communion, 
after following in the footstepe of their Redeemer. 
I believe it waaone of the largest, and best meeU 
Ings, spiritual as well as in a pecuniary sense, the 
fnends of Zion hare known. May the Lord still 
prosper Zlon, is the sincere deeire of one who is 
stiU A LnAmrna. 



YABMOUTH.— We are expecting much com- 
pany from various parts of the kinsdom, visiting 
our town ; and amongst them will be some true 
believers in Christ. Therefore, beg you to publish 
that on the first of May, we re-opened 8alem Par- 
Ucular Baptist Chapel, Easthill Boad ; Mr. James 
Tann (our late minister) is opr present minister : 
the Lord, In his boundless mercy, is restoring his 
health ; the Lord is blessing his labours ; we hare a 
good revival, with a llrely hope. Being the only 
Strict Communion people in this town, we beg the 

Erayers of our Churches for the prosperity of the 
iws of Christ amongst us. May the God of Israel 
be on our side. We are poor, but stedfast in Strict 
Communion. Wx. Oproan. 

Veal's Buildings, South End, Yarmouth. 

[Brother Tann, is a worthy, and truly devoted 
minister of Christ. He Is a safe, sound, deep, 
thinkine, and extenslrely read man of God. We 
hope allwho love tbs Taoni will hear him, sup- 
port him; and earnestly plead for him; for, in 
Christ, and through the Spirit, he is worthy— Eo.] 



THEODOSU ERNEST'S EXAMINATION OF THE 
NEW TESTAMENT- 



SoMB d0f«r people hare preramed to 
apnm aa opUm, that the narratiTe we 
hafie eoBUMiieed, of the 'Gonvenion and 
I o# Miea Theodoeia Ernest,' is not a 
We beg to stete, that the Yolnmes 
died in Nashfille, Tenn, at the 

1 Weatem Pablishinf House, of Graves, 

Maria, and Go. : also, by Sheldon, Blake- 
■aa and Go., in New York. Beside this, 
wo shall, before we ha?e done, we hope, 
— — ^ our readen with self-evident testi- 
of the perfiMt gennineness, distinct 
', and fisithftil charaeter of this 




. Tmtj, and Theodoeia resolTed to ex- 

__j the Now Testament, to ascertain iU 
raal dinglioB, toaching the ordinance T»f bap« 
Umu We shall continue to record tne 
nnlta of these searching and intelligent 
nrwwa of New Testament texts; and we 



hope, thereby, to be useful to many, whose 
minds are far from decision. 

Mr. Percy opens the first eyening's sitting 
as follows : 

'Now, Miss Theodoaia,' said he, 'let us 
begin bj examining the witnesses. When we 
have collected all the testimony, we shall be 
able to sum up on the case, and you shall 
bring in the verdict.' 

' That is rights' said she, with a smile, the 
first that had illumined her face since she 
stood by the water, * to the law and to the 
testimony : if they speak not according to this 
loord, it 18 because there is no light in them.' 
Here, (may it please the court) is the record,' 
handing him a well-worn copy of the New 
Testament. 

* Well, how are we to set at the point about 
which we are at issue ? It is agreed. I believe, 
that Jesus Ghrist commanded ms disciples, in 

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* Then it would ■eem that our qneitloii it a 
▼err nmple one. It is, whether you. and I. 
and others who, like u«, hare been iprinkleo 
in their infanoy, hare eT»r been baptiaed ? 
Li othar words, Xv thetprmklit^ ^igfrnmU, 
im ike mtume ojf tks Fathw, Som, mmd Hoigf 
Ghott, ths bapHtm wki^ i§ rmin d in Act 
bookf 

*Tfaat U the qaartioa/ ^e wpUad. 'I 
merely went to now if I was erer baptised. 
I waa tprinkM in the ehnrdi. That InAj, 
to-daj, waa itnmgrad into the riyer. If ana 
was baptiaed, J «Ma not. That it the point. 
There ia but one baptiaat. WJuok it ii> the 
aprinklinr or the dtoping P* , 

' Oh, if that is all, we can aoon aettle the 
question. Sprinklixie and poiirinff,and dipping, 
are all baptism. Baptism is tne applioation 
of water aa a reUgious eidinance. It don't 
matter aa to the' mode of application. It mi^ 
be done one way or another, so that it is done 
with the right detign. I see from what jour 
diffic ult J has arisen. Tou bare miaapprahend- 
ed the nature of the word baptise, x ou have 
eonaidered it a speeifie, rather than a gOBane 
term.' 

' I don't know, Bf r. Percf, whether I qwte 
uom[)rehend you. Ky difficulty arose from a 
conviction that the baptism whioh we witmss 
ed to*day, was jnat ameh a one aa is deseiibed 
in the Soriptures, where they wsat down into 
the water and eame up out of the water — 
whereas m^ baptism had nothing about it that 
at all reaembled the scriptural pattern. Please 
don't try to myatifv the aobjeet, but let na tee 
whioh was the real baptism.' 

* I did not design to mystify the lubject, hut 
to bring it into a dearer lighU The "?w«'"g 
expressed by some words, -is rather a reault 
than an aet If I say to my servant, go down 
to the office, he may run there, or walk there, 
or ride there, and he obeys me, equally, which 
ever he does— so that he gets there, it is all 
I require of him. Ga,-then, is a j sasrteor 
general word, including a possible varieW of 
acts. If I say to him, run down to the offloe, 
he does not obey unless he goes in this specified 
manner. So we call run a epeeifie term. 
That is veiT plain, is it not ?' 

' Certainly, Mr. Peroy, I eomprahend that.' 

* Wall, then, I say that baptise it a genorie 
term, Jesus Christ said, baptise all nationa. 
He does not say whether you shall do it by 
sprinkling, or pouring, or dipping ; so that 
jou attain the end proposed, you may do it as 
you please. If He had said, sprinkle all 
nations; that is specific, and his ministers 
must have sprinkled. If he had aaid |M>tf r 
upon them with water, that is a specific act, 
and they must all have poured. If he had 
said, dip them in water, then tliey must idl 
have dipped. The word would have required 
it. But ^e used the general term baptise, 
which signifies any applioation qf water as a 
reHqioua ordinance ; and of course it does not 
matter as to the mode. You may take your 
choice.' 

* But I should, even in that case,' sud abe, 
' feel inclined to choose the earns mode that 
Hb didyhud which the eart^ diteiplee did. 
There must hare been tome reason for hit 



the wwd baptiae it a g a utfiw teBm, aa yam aal 
it - -having thxae or ftnir diAsraut noaniiipf^ 

' Simply by reference to tihe diotiaiiaiT. 
IrfMk at Webatar. Ha ia ytod airthotiiy ; it 
he not P Ha4afiaaabi^ti8iaieba.«haa|M^nP 
tion <€tpatar aa a fdUgioaa««iiii«M». What 
more do tou wast r' 

< Bttt» lb Pan^/ Baldwin, wholiad liaen 
a ailsnti hot vary attentiva liaterar, *the 
Baptist ptaaehartaUllfr. Annaua, tfaa aihtf 
day, that haptiaa and bapliw mmm aat 
SngliA warda at 4 but the^reek aroHt 
haptito and taptimnoi, tnnaferrad into the 
Eogtiah Bible, and jiot tnoalatad. Sa aiSd 
that King Jamet smuUi aat permit tha tiiit 
lattaa totraulata 4M^k» worda, lor iav af 
diatttibinf the fistth aaid praotiee of I4ia OhiMh 



fisMi SBid praotiee < 
of England, and so they just knt the Oreek 
word— hot ifthe^ had tuanalated ita««IZ,it 
mnat have read dtp or saMisrasiiiataad «f ha»- 
tiae.' 

< Very wan, Sdwin, hot It ia net likely tfagt 
the Baptist preacher it much wiaer than 
Preabyterian preachera, or Xethodiat pxcadi- 
ers, or Bpiseopal preaaheia. If dip lud been 
the Bseestary, or even the 4wnniin ■waninr 
of the word, it is vary improbable that it 
woald hafaianainad for thia wikMaaiil aad 
obsooreaeottohavediaaoivaMdit Auchaiafta^ 
maota may do vary wall to dahida thair ain^ 
follower!, but tbey eannot be eo^ectad lo 
impose upon the educated worid.* 

' But^ Mr. Paimr, I have looked up fta 
words m my Graek Lexiaon, and I fin2 Uds 
Jm^mekomid ^Baptiao dees mean to isasaasaa. 
Baptismos doee mean immeiaion.' 

*Oh, as to that, I toppose you got hold of a 
Baptist Lexicon.* 

• Wall, hareitis; BonaMm's 
You-aaa look for yonnelr.' 

Mr. Perey, (who, if he was not a th oiuugh 
Greek scholar, yet knew enough of the lan< 



-lanced at the word 
'tt,aiid«mUaeye 



guage to read it readily,) git 
whare Sdsiwihad markaitt 
along the cognate words. 

'Saptkso^-To immerse repeatedly into a 
liquid, to submerge, to soak thoroughly^ to 
saturate. 

BaptUie or S apHem M, knmaraxon ; JKap- 
MfSNi, an objaat iraaaartsd; Bapfhtm, «Ba 
who immaraes; Be^ptae, imaaanad, ^dwad; 
BaptQ, to dip, to pliiiji uAo water, ahsT 

fle waa aslooishad. Tha thoq^ 
never ocourred to him before, that 
waa not an EngKah. bat a Greek wanl^ aaA 
that he should look in the Oroek Jjotaoimt 
rather than Webster's Dictionary, to ascertain 
its real meaning, as it oeeurria in tko Jtmo 
Tettamtnt. He tamed to the title paga and 
prefbce fbr some avidenee that this was a JIm. 
ii$t Lexieo&,'bttt he learned that it was pob- 
liabed under tha auaervision af sobm «f iha 
Faculty of the Presbyterian ThaelagiaBl 
- ~ li.J.;thaii;^rlaad 



quartan of orthodaa Paartiytnwiirisw, 

Sb99 was a now phaaa of tha natjaat. 
ooold only promise to look into tfeaa 
more particularly the nea^t dur: wbeo, ha 
said, he would pfoeure sevaral raerent IiIbilI- 
oons, by diflbrent aixthori, and eompare them 
with each other. 



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THB XASTHBK VESSEL. 



147 



A BEVIBW 0¥ 

SERMONS ON THE COMING OF CHRIST, 
BY THE BBV. W. LINCOLN. 



'i GMin» of Vour StrmoHB <m Subjects eon- 
n*eUi with the Second Adnewt oftmr Lord 
/mm OhrUt. By the B«r. W. LiirooLir.' 
LoodoB : Partridge and Go. Bobert Banks 
ind Co., 182, Dorer Boad 8.B. 

Wi haro gone carefnllj throngh the abore 
sermons, and fbr earnestneas and industry, 
they do Mr. Lincoln much credit ; and the 
profit of tiie present edition beixig devoted to 
the Aged Christian Pilgrims* Friend Society, 
does kmoar (o Kr. Lincoln's benerolenoe. And 
asfiirai h0 adTaoeet^the £ree-moe truths of 
the goipel, w« go with him. But in the main 
o^fct of these sermonB we do not go with him. 
We do not beliere that Christ wul personally 
rdi^a on earth ; and we do not beliere that 
tbrn will be a rehearsal of the sins of the | 
people of Ood in glory ; we do not believe in 
ii>^^rees in glory ; nor that the day of judgment 
"nil last a thousand years ; nor, that the leaven- \ 
ins of the three measures of meal, means the { 
«ndiisl eormption of the Church ; nor, that i 
this earth ia to be purified by fire ; nor thai \ 
the aaiats will be looated up in a cloud, while \ 
the earth is being purified ; nor, that there , 
vill be an eoormona ladder from the earth to ' 
this doud, for the saints to tug up and down ' 
upon* nor, that Christ will reign at the 
earthly JemaaLem, issuing his oommands from 
his ' heav«nly-«azthly throne* (as 3ir. Linooln 
calif it) ; all of which it appears Mr. Linooln 
does believe ; and which, as we have said, we 
do not beliere. We believe this doctrine of an 
^irthly millennium to be a witre huhhU; and 
iriii not bear the teat of plainly revealed goo- 
peUnith. 

Mr. laneoln has entirely failed to prove the 
pcrscmal rrign of Christ on earth ; indeed, the 
plainly revealed order of things destroys en- 
tirely mdi. a doctrine. The order of things 
pUialy revealed, is that there are but two per- 
sonal eomings of Christ : the one has been 
f olfiBed ; the other is yet to come ; and when 
ht; shall come, it wUl be * without sin unto 
salTstum;' to raise the just and the unjust: 
his own being raised in a nM>nient, and shall 
b« raised first, and meet him in the air, and 
-^re at once to enter an everlasting kingdom ; 
he will stazid between the lost and the saved — 
the one en his right hand, the other on his 
isft^aad when the soul of the believer leaves 
the body, it ia at onoe preeent with the Lord ; 
ad there it remains, as the Spirit of a just 
Qsa made perfijct ; and there it awaits, until 
the body b raised from the dead, and made as 
mfit for earth as is the mortal body unfit for 
heaven. Tea, even Mr. Linooln Imms the 
«erth to a cinder for us; e^en then, when 
thas purified, it would be as unfit for the 
tiody as it is now ; for if the earth being burnt 
to a cinder, be purified, and made fit for res- 
uzrectioa bodies^ why not the mortal body also 
he put into the fire and bomt ant* the ngfat 



state and shape ? But we dispense with Mr. 
Lincoln's purined earth, and content ourselves 
with the fact, that as the saints have already 

?retty clearly borne the image of the earthly, 
hey will now bear the image of the heavenly, 
and will certainly sit down, not in Mr, Lin- 
oi)ln*s earthly kingdom, but in God's own 
heavenly kingdom ; and this heavenly kingdom 
is what the^ are made to desire and to seek. 
Now let this plain, straightforward, order of 
things remain, and let ambiguous Scriptures 
be subserrient to the plain ; not let the plain 
be mistified by the ambiguous, just test the 
difficult parts bv that which is spiritual, and 
all comes straignt, plain, and easy. 

There was the $pirUual coming of Obrist on 
the day of Pentecost, and there is his spiritual 
coming now always, even unto the end of 
the world. The new heavens and new earth 
were created long ago } in counsel, from tha 
foundation of the world ; in mediation, when 
Christ died; he opened *a new and Uviag 
way,' and brings us into the antitypical rest. 
This is the new earth, and it remains for ever ; 
and herein, in this new earth, Christ is the 
Bright and Morning Star, the Sun, and the 
Lord Gh>d here is everlasting light; a sun 
that will never go down ; a moon that wUl 
never withdraw itself. The first resurrection 
is regeneration. So much in the milleanary 
age, shall the saints of God have of the spirit 
ot the andent martyrs, that it will look as 
though they were risen from the dead. Yea, 
it will be the resurrection of the mighty sfnrit 
of the martyrs, and therefore their souls, not 
bodies or persons, but their souls, their heroic 
spirits, are spoken of as the souls of them that 
were beheaded for the Word of God. And for 
one thousand years shall this state of thinga 
continue ; so that the enemy cannot live again 
a life of tyranny over the saints, until the 
thousand years are finished. We, in our day^ 
so far from having the souls of them that 
were beheaded for the word of God and for 
the testimony of Jesus, hardly know half wa 
time whether we have any souls at all or not : 
such dwarfs, such babes, and weaklings are 
we. 

We must not forget that there is a Jerusa* 
lem whioh, as the city of the Great King, il 
gone and gone for ever. The true Jerusalem is 
the Jerusalem above, and which is free, and by 
the gospel it cometh down unto men, and taketll 
them up into citiaenship ; so that * they aM 
no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow 
oitisens of the saints, and of the household 
of God.' Let na then keep to this new Jerusa- 
lem, and we shall do well : this will be dwell- 
ing by Auth in the new heavens, and in the 
new earth; and here we may build boascs, 
asquize dwellings, and inhabit them; here we 
may plant yineyards, and drink the wine of 
tten^ (aod thia toa if the bcit wiw) ; mi 



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here we can nuike gardens, and eat the frut 
of them ; and here our labours will not be in 
Tain, for in this spiritual labour we shall prore 
o^nel▼e8 to be of the seed of the blessed of the 
Lord, and our (spiritual) oflTsprin^ with us. 
But then Mr. Lincoln does not like parting 
with his old mother earth, yet be consents for 
her to be burnt, to make her look young again. 
But not only does Bir. Lincoln give us an 
earthly, millennium ; but he will hare the sins 
of the people of God told out in glory. Yes, 
he (Hr. Lincoln) would rewrite the hand wri- 
ting which Christ blotted out; he would raise 
our sins again from the bottom of the sea ; he 
would hare the Lord remember that which the 
Lorii himself says he has forgotten \ and he 
(Mr. Lincoln) would find that which the Lord 
says shall not bo found. Mr. Lineoln is not a 
Puseyite, yet he sets up oven in glory a iremen- 
dout eonfMtumal, The banner over the church 
is love, and all her sin covered, yet she (as 
soon as she is taken home to the house of the 
bridegroom) and to be, (as Mr. Lincoln does 
himself confess) to be * presented without spot,* 

Srt, alas ! there to be twitted of all gone by 
ults! And Mr. Lincoln says, that when- 
ever he meeU David, he shall always know 
thai David was an •gregio— sinner. Well 
^en, if we wore David, we should try, even in 
heayen, to avoid Mr. Lincoln, and seek the 
oompany of those who had been such sinners 
themselyes, that they would be glad to haye 
something better to think about. 

But for this terrible confessional in glory 
Mr. Lincoln, gives us his Scriptures, and the^ 
are these and we mast face them : £co. xii. 



truth in the love of it» and abiding by it, and 
walking in love to God, and to his people, and 
to his ways, are good—and such win be judged 
friends, and treated as such. But what has 
this to do with Mr. Lincoln's dream of the 
endless catalogue of sins being paraded in 
_i — p 2^^^ Lmooln may mean w^— and we 



glory? 
would 



14,2 0or. y. 10; Eev.xx. 13. , 

* For God will bring eveiy work mto judg- 
ment, with every secret thing, whether it be 
good, or whether it be evil.' Well does 
Mr. Lincoln, in reading such a Scripture as 
this, forget that there is a righteousness 
which Ju$^^e» from aU ikiiut? Were 
not the sins of the belieyer brought into 
indgement at Galvery? and did not the 
Bayionr then '/nttA transgression, make ui 
tndot sin, and make reeoMeiliation for ini- 
quity P' But perhaps Mr Lincoln, when he 
brought this last yerse of £cclesiastes,/or;^« 
Jesus Christ : a thing not at all uncommon 



would be the last to say one unkind or disre- 
spectful wOTd'of him, for we believe he has 
wrote conscientiously, but not aoripturally — 
but we leave the remainder of thereyiew 
until next month — and hope Mr. Lineoln wUl 
take as kindly as he can what we haye written, 
although we are A DieaBHTBE. 

To ths Fnendt fjf Hu Barthen Vtt$a Redemption 
Fmtd. 
Tbrouf h tbe kiadneM and liberalltv of Snbserl- 
bexs to tbe above fund, the som of £151 Si. Md. has 
been forwarded to the committee, of vhkh mm, 
£1SI 16s. have been paid towards the object, leay- 
ins ahout £30 to meet ihe future demands T WUl the 
friendB who intend to aid In the entire psTment of 
the amount required, have the goodness to help 
the committee at their earlieat posaible eonycii- 
ience t The friends are thanked for the past proofs 
of their interest, and at the same time, will be 
trutited in for supplying tbe remainder for the 
Aieans to liberate the vkbskl from debt 

Help us well, and help ns quiekty. Your*B in the 
gospel. r, W. WiLUAMSoii, 

14, CUrcndon-rd., Notting.hill. Finance Treasurer. 
[It should be stated that in some few eaaea 
travelling ezpensea and printing expenses have 
been ineurred; but the Editor has made no 
charge. The Treasurer now pnrehases the paper 
and pays all expenses connected with the pro- 
duction of the Eabtush TnstL every month : 
so that no other liability lays afalnst the Bam. 
rnsv Ybsssl bat the remaining £100 of ito final 
' redemption. It may bo observed that as nearly 
' 2000 copies are sent out every month by the 
EditOT*B assistants to different ports of England, 
I Ireland, America, Australia, India, fta, (besides 
upward of SOW whleh go through the publishtng 
t houses in the trade.) there is always a considerable 
' sum owing for these packages sent in all directions ; 
I beside the expense of sending them. It would be 
a great relief if all parties could obtain Turn 
Babthbit Yxsshl through their booksellers or 
News-agcnU— where such a course cannot be 



But again-^2 Cor. y. 10--' That eyery one 
may receive the things done in his hody, 
whether it be good or bad.' Well, if it be by 
that faith that worketh by loye of the truth, 
the doing of such faith is good, and the bad is 
taken away by tbe one sacrifice ; and if it be 
not the doing of the faith of God's elect, but 
the doing of some other faith, or of infidelity, 
then the doing is bad, and the judgment ac- 
oording thereto. But as it is not good and 
bad in the same person, but good or bad; so 
that it is reckoned all good or all bad, and 
with the true believer his faith is counted for 
good— all good— counted for righteousness. 
Well then, there is nothing here to authorise 
Mr. Linooin's tremendous confessionaL 

But again— Bey. xx. 18—' And Uiey were 
judged every man according to their works.' 
Well, of oourae they were: according to the 
Mtore of their works— whether thej were 
good OT bad; and the worict of reoeiying the 



adopted we are glad to appoint, and to snmply 
agents. C. W^Bavxs, S, Bldon Plaoe, 6.B. 



A Young Man at Woobum Qreen 

Mrs. Frost, Hooks Furm, Marlow 

Mrs. Oockram, Marlow, 

collected after two Sermons at Enon Cha- 
pel, Chatham, by C. W. Banks 

Mr. Usury Howell 

HoUoway. by a Friend by C. W. Banks ... 

Dlttoby Mr.Batson 

Yately, Zoar Chapel, collected 
byMissF.Oray 14 7 

Mrs. Ives 6 

Mr.Perrett 10 4 

Mr. Brett, Saxmundham. by Mr. Nichols 

AFriendatWaddesdenHill 

Mrs.ElicaCoppinEgerton 

Mr. C. Paek.Egerton ... ... 

A Lady by Mrs. Horton through Mr. J. 
Wells, ... 

Walter Baffety per Mr. OoUlns Wycombe 

H. O. given at Mayford 

Friend Hiokmott, of Frittenden, (since at 
Smarden, to C. W. Banks) 

Collection at Baptist Chapel, Crudwell, 
after two sermons by C Banks 

Collected bv Mr. A Ashby, an^ hisfdei^ 
atZion Chapel, WhitUese^QQg [q 



1 
10 
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2 IS 6 

S O 

1 O 

2 6 



3 10 11 

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149 



^( Cif?> Ulinbirg, Mn($^, lEkai^, Immt, k., 

or THB LATB 

MR. THOMAS WILLIAM GITTENS, 

OF IBXSXZBB OBAPBL, C1.XSIN TOWIT. 



As BXGAEDA the faithful Ministers of 
Cbrntk ve ha?e sometimes realized a 
feeret And a saered pleasure in taking a 
three^fold riew. We have looked back- 
Mrt/upon the noble armj — upon the long 
Qobroken line — the living stream of gos- 
pel witnesses, who have been called to 
Iibour for Christ in their dajr and gene- 
laibn, mnd then have been gathered unto 
their fathers. In this kingdom especially, 
vbit hoatd of holj and earnest men have 
been given to the church for her comfort, 
and to the world for its warning, and for 
the imrpose of gathering therefrom the 
chosen heira of eternal bliss ! We have 
often wished we could gather out the 
lilt of them, their conversion to God, 
tbeir eonversaitofi about Christ, and their 
devoted eonduet to their Master's service. 
But this 18 impossible. We have, there- 
fore, seeondlj, looked upwards, and 
thought of the glorious assembly of them 
in the kingdoms above. The scriptures 
are not silent on this point — " They that 
be wise (or, are teachers,) shine as the 
brightness of the firmament; and they 
&at turn many to righteousness, as the 
Stan (or ever and ever." Is there not 
a dUiimetia» here ? Is it not a marked 
distinction which we do well to observe F 
Those that afe 'wiseP Men who are 
favoured to unfold the holy mysteries of 
the new and everlasting covenant: and 
those who ' turn many to righteousness.' 
Of the former, we see such men as Char- 
nock, (Joodwin, Owen, and thousands 
■on. Of the latter, we see fiunyan, 
Whiteftdd, and an innumerable company 
beside. And there, in Glory, now they 
dwell Oh! it is delightful; there, bv 
faith, to view them clothed and crowned, 
and blest for ever ! But oontemplations 
of this kind cannot be put into words. 
Stilly it is cheering to anticipate the asso- 
eiation one day to be enjoyed by all the 
Csitfafnl Lutly, we \Mk forward to the 
period when all who now on Zion's walls 
do stand, shall be passing home ; and the 
sight of here and there one and another 
spEiDging np to fill their places, proves 

▼ot. XV.— No. 172. 



that the promise has not been broken— 
the God of the promise lives. 

The uprising, the ouward progress, the 
happy end, the ultimate reward, of all the 
faithful stewards in the Gospel House- 
hold, are subjects of immense interest to 
us. We are prone to be curious about 
ministers. Good men we hold in reveren- 
tial affection. Bad men, and mere pr^ 
tenders, we greatly pity. 

If, therefore, in recording the depar- 
ture of ministers, we occupy too much 
space, we hope to be forgiven. 

The followmg has been prepared by our 
own reporter. 

Thb late Mr. Qittens was a faithful and affec- 
tionate preacher of the Gospel of Chriflt,— a 
man of Uud, a devoted eervant. a lovinfl^ pas. 
tor, a benevolent and eympathuing friend, 
and a fiuthful expounder of the true and dis- 
tinguishing doctrines of the eferlasting gos- 
pel. As such, we feel it our privilege and 
duty to record a few incidents touching his 
life and some particulars of the happy depar- 
ture of his soul to that blissful shore, where 
now his immortal spirit bows before the throne 
of God, with joy unspeakable, and full of 
glory. 

In furnishing a few particulars of this ser- 
vant of Jesus, we will just divide the samS 
into four departments. 1st. His early life and 
entranee into the ministry, noticing the bless- 
ing the Lord vouchsafed to him in hii work. 
2oQ, furnish some particulars of his last illness 
and death ; 8rdnotice the funeral sermon deliv* 
ered by Hr. Luekin. And 4thly, add some 
acoouBt of the^funeral, and the address deliv* 
ered on ^e oeeasion. We would here remark, 
that Hr. Gittens was one of the most intimate 
friends and fellow- labourers of the late Joseph 
Irons, (of Camberwell ) Our readers ffenerally 
are aware of the high Christian love and 
esteem in which we held that noble champiun 
of the gospel : whose voiee often fell like the 
voice of a ' mighty man of Qod,' when with 
a fulness of oonfldenoe, he was wont to 
sound forth the blessed truths of the everlast- 
ittff pfospel. With no less Christian love and' 
ministerial regard would wa speak of Mr. 
Qitteus. 

HIS EABLT LIFE, AHD ENTSAKC8 
IHTO THE MIHIBT&T. 

He was born in Portsea, in the year 1791/ 
of parents who were connected with the 
Church of England, but in early life he became ' 

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A diaaenter lima Che Stoto Chnroh ; and under 
the minUtntioiie of Mr. John Grifin, (then 
of Portaea,) he beenme muoh atteehed to the 
tiiatba of tbe goapel.io faithfiallj. delivered by 
that eminent serrant; here alto ne became an 
aotive teacher in the Sabbath School, and thia 
waa (as ia often the oaae) the ateppin^ atone to 
hia future career, for here he often waa found 
engaged in addreaaing the children at the close 
of the aohool; and cTentually he became a 
member of that ehuroh. Early in the year 
1618, he left his native aoil, and bent hia ateps 
to thia ' City of the world' He was then 
married, and the parent of three children. 
His journey to London was a prondential one : 
he had no situation in view, or any very bright 
nroapecta before him. But he found the 
Lord waa hia Jehovah-Jireh atill, and he waa 
provided for. Time rolla on, and in after 
years we find him commencing busineaa for 
nimaelf in the vicinity of Camden Town; and 
here he firat felt a desire to tell to others 
the boundleaa love of a preciona Ghriat to hia 
immortal aouL 

About this time, an Itinerant Society of 
Preachers was formed in London, and Mr. 
Gittens became one of that body, and laboured 
with some oonsiderable sucoeaain the Tillages, 
Ac., surrounding his own locality. Near thia 
period, Mr. Gittena waa introduced to a few 
young people, (Sunday School Teachera,) 
who were active for the apread of the gospel, 
and who occupied a carpenter's thopin Rayham 
Terraee, Camden Townt a pressing invite was 
given by these aealous ehristiana to Mr. Git- 
tena, begging him to come and preach to them 
the word of life ; their wiah waa granted ; and 
they again repeated the requeat ; and ao 
largely waa the word bleaaed, and the congre- 
gation ao much increaaed, that eventually a 
ehuroh waa formed, (conaiating of twelve mem- 
bera) of which Mr. Gittena, hi the year 1832, 
became the pastor. 

Tlu hhnimg iks Lord poured i$pon 
kit mimUtraiiotu were very apparent He 
had not long ministered atatedlv to hia ehuroh 
before ' the Oarpenter'a ahop' became * too 
■trait,' and one warm-hearted Chriatian lady, 
(Mra. Butcher, to whoae memory a Ublet ia 
erected in Sbeneser Chapel) came nobly for- 
ward and offered £100 towaraa the ereetion of 
a chapel ; her example waa fioUewed by three 
othen; and the peraevering energy of hia 
other firlenda were ao praotieally maoifeat that 
they felt the hand of the Lord authorised them 
in providing a more suitable plaoe of meeting, 
▲oeordingly, the ground waa obtained, and the 
preaent chapel waa built in the year 1836, and 
waa calculated to hold about 860. It is 
named * Ebeneaer,' and ia aituated near High 
Street, Camden Town. The firat coat of er^ 
eetion waa £1,900; but n aonaiderable amomit 
beyond that aum haa been apent upon it. Since 
iti ereetion, it haa been twice enlarged ; aehool 



veatrtea| and other aooommodationa 
haTing been added, and it will now aeat 800 
peraons. It ia a plan, but substantial looking 
building out dde ; tne interior ia well fitted, 
with galleriee round ; and it haa a amall, but 
not too lend, organ in the gallery at the rear 
of the pulpit. Apparently, the congregation 



eonaiata of a reapeotable elaaa of peraona ; and 
up to the laat Mr. Gittena waa fkvoured to 
have large audienoea liatening to hia faithfol 
ezpoaitvma of the ITord of God. The chureh 
waa in peace, and the Lord continued to amile 
upon hia laboura down to hit dying day. A 
happy position for an aged pastor to be found 
in at the dose of hia lire ! 

JOB LAST nUTESS, AJTB DSATH. 

Four yearaainee, Mr.6ittena had a very aharp 
attack of erysipelas, which left his frame in a 
very shattered condition, firom which he never 
thoroughly reeovered. The apparent moving 
cause of hia laat illneaa aroee from a eold, 
caught while returning home from aaerviee 
at which he had been engaged. He waa de- 
aired to reat from preaching for a time, but 
hia teal to proclaim the gloriea of redee m ing 
love out-balanoed the eare for hia body, and 
he waa agun found on Sunday mormng, Jan. 
30th, in hia aocuatomed p»aition. It waa 
noticed then by aeveral of hia attaehed frienda 
that hia avstem had been aubject to a aharp 
attack ; atill he apoke with considermble energy, 
and very aolemniv from the worda, ' My hope 
ia in thee.' In tne evening of the aame day 
he could only administer the ordinance of the 
Lord's Supper, and his weakness waa much 
more apparent than it had been before. We 
believe thia waa the laat aervioe he attended. 
After he had been laid by fbr aome time^ hopes 
were again entertained of hia reoovery, and it 
waa propoaed for him to have apent a few 
weeka at Portaea, in the hope oi recruiting his 
ahattered health. The day ne waa to have left 
town, a rdapae eame on, which prored to be 
the meaaenger aent to wing hia ranaomed aool 
to the regiona of the justified : which oce nr ied 
on Sunday evening, May 16th, at 10 minutes 
paate. 

THE VmrBBAI 8BEK0H 
waa preached at hia own chapel, in Camden 
Town, on Sunday evening, May 22nd by hia 
beloved brother w the miniatry, Mr. Biduurd 
Luckin, of Clerkenwell. 

We arrived at the chapel before half-past 6, 
and at that early hour found a laige eoneoorae 
of people gathered round the entranoe. At 
the time for conunencement of the aervice, not 
only waa every pew more than occupied, but 
every inch of the ground where a atanding 
could at all he got, waa closely packed with 
anxious listenera. The pulpit^ organ-gallery, 
and clerk'a deak were hung with black, and a 
large number of the congregation were ftttired 
in mourning. [We would here aay, thanka 
were doe to thoae in office for the exertions 
and kindneaa diaplayed in Mide«Toiuing to ac- 
commodate the mass of friends then eoueeted.] 

The aervice commenced with aiaging the 
faTourite hymn of Watts', 

* There ia a land of pure delight ;' 

Mr. Luckin then tmd the 6th chapter of the 
2nd of Corinthians; and engaged in anloDn 
prayer — thanking the Lord for the verrjeft, 
peaeefnl and happy departure he had mated 
ma aervant. After again singing, Mr. Xockin 
announced for hia toxtHlhe worda of Paul 



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M,) '* But none of tbese things move 

Mr eoani I mv life dear uato mj- 

\ 99 ihsft I mi|^ht fitibli YAj eoone with 
}oj, «Bd the adniftty, whbh I have reoeivevi 
01 the Lord Jems, to toetifj the gospel of the 
gnmoiQodJ In oommenoing, lir. Luckin 
snd,— >De«r Friondi, it is at the particular re- 
qaeatof my doar departed brother, Mr. Git- 
teoii thtti I aa eaUisd upon to apeak to you 
this eweomg. He who hath so often spoken 
to joa from this palpit the truth of God fully, 
fsithfidlj and afleetioiiateljr, will speak to you 



does all things well.' As his weakneist becaoke 
gradually greater, he often exclaimed, *My 
flesh and my heart faileth. but God is the 
strength of my heart, and my portion for 
erer, repeating the last words several times, 
* for erer, for ever, my portion for ever.* On 
one occasion, after many hours of sn£fering, 
he said to his medical attendant^ ' Do I mur- 
mur, doctor — if I do, it is quite foreign to 
my inward state of peace and joy, so much 
am I supported by the Lord's constant |^. 
cious presence.' His medical man asked him, 



flight, and is _ 

of God and the Lamb. In speaking trom the 
t«xt, the Preaeher noticed, 1st, The Sub;set of 
PtfiiTs Mimigtrvi 2nd, Tlu Mammsr in which 
dttfd / Srd, ' 



Is immortal spirit hath taken its J ' Have you never experienced the Lord's 
now in the immediate presence presence so fully before P' ' Oh, yes,' he re- 
plied, * but not so continuously. Me has ever 
been tx> me a faithful God.' ' Oh ! my precious 
Saviour, my precious Saviour.' On being 
asked if he feared death, he ezultingly replied, 
*Ohno, oh no,' adding, *in this 1 rest— in 
hope of eternal life, which he promised in 
Christ Jesus before the world began. I have 
seen,' he said, ' my Saviour in ul his glor?, 
in all his immutability, in all his faithfulneea, 
in all his covenant love, I have seen Him aa 
my crucified Bedeemer, I have seen Him as 
my risen Saviour, I have seen Him as my 
Intercessor, and I see Him now standing at 
the throne of God above, and stretching out 
his hands to receive mo.' On a friend quoting 
to him the lines, — 

' I'll speak the honours of thy name 
With my last lab'ring breath,' 

he rejoined, with great emphasis, lifting his 
eyes and hands upwards, — 

' And dying clasp thee in my arms— 
The antidote of death.' 

' For the last week or two preceding his 



is Frmeikwd : Sid, Htt Undauntsd Couraae 
aisd, iasOj, Hit BgpeeUd Bmd. In various 
partaof thm dieeoursa. Mr Luekin drew a par- 
alki batsTMsi the labours of the Apostle Faul 
and thodepvtBd— abewing that Paul preached 
the laniff g oa p el, prodained the same glorious 
Sarionr— tlM aama redeeoiing blood utd love 
— tho aam0 preooua, God-glorifyinc doctrines, 
as did tiboir late partor. ' Ah, my friends, the 
lata Ifr. Qittena, with whom I stood oonneot- 
ed thnr^-fbar years, was raised up by the 

r to proidi the same glorious uospel 

krist preached, that the Prophets 
, and that the Apostles preached, and 
) it ia the same gospel— the gospel of 
the «€• of Qod,' • • The Apostle preaeh- 
ad tLe foapal exparimentaliy*— in itaezperi- 
nuntal praeioosDOss. He loved the gospel, 
and valnad the gospel, and felt the force and 
power of the trutns of the gospel in his own 
aooL 8o did our dented brotner. Ah ! he 



tho gospel In all its practical faith. ■ ^ f^^ *"• wv^* ^' iwo preceamg nis 

• •™ No one can read the rela. ' ^^^^ although then comparativel; free fn>m 

tkmB of Paul's travels, WiSoutdiscoverin^ ?*• "°" painful rrmptoms of hi disorder, 

thai IM WM a <»nrist«t cS«D «dal^r. ' ^ f" """^^^ «**»? ^ -l®®? ^' H ^9V' 
!a^ riJ?T>r!7!rr?l!yT^"Sr . i!3i L ; He had no real rest for many days and nights 

^ ^S^tZ^Ldt^ : t«i?!?"- Sti^ ^-ir^ *« m\st calmlnd 

I«eS h?«sSiM t^ 1 ^^i** «»?I»«>"- .The interests of his church 

sSTa S^nS^h^yoS^ pMt^ ?>^ KP^ ^^ evidently near his heart The 

r^J^tnylto^^ 

m the Lord ; you loved him for his work's 



^_^ ' the Kimgin hi» beauty,' 'Do tell all vou 

Ua Bfadatrr to your aonls. And, dear Mends, ' ^^ ^ ^^^^A ^^x} o'^l^J^*^ ^ "^^ ?°* 
I ^S% to^, look to thi AlmightylS ' ^^ZS^ni^l atd ^' A^2btt£"S^* 
* Mm a MthAd oMtor, one after his own I 7«»T '•^l«« n>gn*. and on the Sabbath morn - 
^^JiMMt^liS^^^i^.T!^ «^ I w« iiia P»l«e ^^a» evidently feebler. Seeing 
^is«l ymi with knowledge and under- 1 ^^^ hi,^cal attendant observed, * I fear, 

"•• , ^ .^ , . , I Mr. Qittens, your bodily strength is very 

I low.' * Oh, yea,' he replied, ' but mv spiritnal 



tha aloaa of the sermon, which was 



daSvvadwith avidoit feehngs of affection, | gtwngth wUl hold out to the enj.' Once, 
^- i«f*» ^ V*t*?Tu ^ *5* '^u^'Jf ! on bang aaked how he ftelt, he said, pohiting 
«f th« daeaaasd, which had been funushad by upwards, * «owo hom/ During the mora- 

••~.55^jfu^ ^*l^- /fi^ f ™*^ ^» "»^»««» *>• ^"^ attaaked idth spasms, 
n pobbahad, with the whole of the statement ', ^hich became ahinning. He rallied, however, 
th«D read, wis shall only give a few short ; ^id asked for a hran-book to be given to hit 

• that she mint select a hymn. The one 



. which became i 
^ ^ ive a few short 1 j^d i 

whieh will snffloe to show the calm j ^iff | 

of mind the departed was the subject j .elected waathelbUowing :— "^ 



frt 

of ao UM laaa. I 

Hia fait aazioaa to know the will of the ; 
Lord eaneamiitf him; and his desire was 
yaai lDy granted, for hla fjniptoms soon ren- 
dmd n aridciU that his ease waaa highlv 
rriti— I 9m99 * I faal/ ha said, * that niy work 
IS ia«ia,aadthatmy heavvaly rMhar mlaada 
tAkii^f ma to him^piC Wall, be it so. Ha 



' On Jordan's stormv banks I stand, 

And cast a wishrnl eye 
To Canaan's fair and happy land, 
Where my possessions lie.' 

Onee or twice during this he sobbed with 
emotioay and at the eonclosion raised hb 
haads and said, 'Amen/ BetwcMi four and 



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five the tpasmodio ftttiiski returiMd. He. 
nuide serend exelamationB of * Jeans, Jetos,' 
whicb led one of his soni to mention to him 
the beautiful hymn, 

* JesuB, it my God and Saviour,^ 
Guide, and Couniellor. and Friend,' 
and on the last line of the vene being re- 
peated, 

< Kind and loving to thb xnd.' 

'J k$kfw it, I know it,* he said, and <0h! 
that He would cut short these bands.' After 
this he said two or three times to hii medical 
attendant, * Cut the bands, doctor/ obviously 
alluding to his desire to be liberated from his 
suiFeringi. About six o'clock his pulse be- 
came further enfeebled, and he appeared to 
be sinking; nevertheless he had power to 
raise his Mnds once or twice and sav, * My 
Wather,' Other words were uttered indis- 
tinotlv, but all that was afterwards audible 
was tne faint but fervent crj * Jesus, Jesus, 
Jesus.' At that time he was in a sitting 
posture, propped up by oillows, his head in- 
clined forward, his bands clasped, and bis 
eyes closed, as if he were sleeping. His 
breath was suddenly observed to get shorter — 
his head was gently raised and supported on 
the shoulder of one of his sons. The medical 
attendant and members of the family in the 
adjoining room were instantlv called, but 
almost Mfore they had reached him, he had 
breathed his last. He sank like a setting 
suu, gbriously and peacefullv, without an 
ap{Mirent struggle. Me literally * fell asleep 
in Jesus,'— the name of the Saviour in whom 
he trusted still lingering on his lipa«' 

THE FUNSBAL, 

The remains of this honoured man of God 
wore interred at Highgate Cemetery, on Sa- 
turday afternoon. May 21 st, near tbe spot 
where the remains of the late Bev. J. Bvans, 
are deposited. The hearse was followed by ten 
mourning coaches and about twenty cabs, 
containing the bereaved family and a number 
of the members and friends of the church. 
The corpse was first taken into the chapel, 
where a large number of friends had gathered* 
The Bev. Andrew Read gave out a hymn ; 
and the Bev. James Flemmg offered praver. 
An address was then given by the Bev. /. C. 
Harrison, of Camden Town, in which he 
spoke rery highly of the Christian zeal, tender- 
heartedness andloving-affection of the depart- 
ed. Another hymn was sung, and Mr. Nunn 
concluded the service In the Chapel by prayer. 



now walking upon the crystal paveaMot in the 
mansions of bliss ! Crowned with an immor- 
tal crown ! Swaying the palm-braneh of vic- 
tory, exclaiming, victorvl victory! through 
the blood of the Lamb !* ' 

Mr Tiddv, of Camberwell, concluded the 
service at the grave with prayer. B. 



The corpse was then re-placed in the nearse, 
and the mournful procession moved on to 
Highgate Cemetery, where Mr. Luckin gave 
a uort address, from which we make one 
extract as a suitable eonclosion to our artiole 
in memory of this honoured servant of the 
Lord. Mr Luckin said : 

' Our departed brother was a man of God ; 
a kind and affectionate husband. I would say 
to the mourning fomlly, you have lost an 
affectionate father. To the mourning church 
and oongrcigation I would say, ^ou have lost 
a faithful pi^tor^but your kiss is his gain— 
hi% work was done*'-he }§ gone home. Ho is 



EPISTLES TO THEOPHILUS. 

LBTTBR LYII. 

THB SBYBIY BEAU : THB FUTH AXD tlXTH 
•BAU. 

Mt good Thbophilub, — I now, in all sim- 
plicity and earnestness, will ^to you a few 
words upon the fifth and sixth bmIi, as 

S'ven in Bevelation, (chapttr 6th.) The 
at of these two seals, you will see, is a 
martyr's seal, or the seal of martyrdom ; 
shewing that all the sufferings of the people 
of God are under the seal of heaven, that all 
is goTemed and over-ruled in aeeordanee 
with what is written in heaven ooneeming 
them. Their sotili are said to be under the 
altar, this is to shew, first, their nearness to 
God, it is by the true altar, Christ Jesv, that 
God is their exceeding joy ; this joy reced- 
ing in intensity, in extent, and in duratioB 
all they have ever suffered. Their being 
under the altar, shews also that the Great 
High Priest of our profession was their way 
of aooess to God ; that by him, they had 
boldness to enter into the holy of holies. 
Their being under the altar, shews also that 
they were sacrifices acceptable unto God; 
not acceptable aa atonements : no ! there is 
but one, and there needed nothing but that 
one atonement, Christ Jesus ; bat they are 
acceptable as witnesses for God, and in the 
service they rendered to the cause of God, 
in giving up their lives, rather than give op 
the truth. While the Lord's own account of 
the cause of their death, and the account the 
enemy would give of the cause of their death, 
very widely differ. Their enemies would 
8ay,4hey were not put to death for the word 
of God, nor for standing tut against error 
and idolatry; no, (say the enemies) for a 
good work we stone thee not, but for blas- 
phemy, reckoning them of coarse, eneoiica to 
tood works. Hence, the Poseyites, and 
Papiits tell us that the less we say about the 
Protestant Martyrs, the better; meauin||[, of 
course, that as the martyrs, when linng, 
were blackened unto the last degree by the 
slanders, and revilings, the enemies east 
upon them ; that the Poseyites, and Papists, 
would not be wauling again in rolling a dark 
river from the serpents mouth, over the 
memory of ^tHe martyrs. The martyrs^ no 
doubt had, as .'alLmezi have^ their infirmitiea 
and faults; but. not for these were t^iey put 
to death, ^ny farther than the enemy could 
m»ke use of their faulta to excuse thaaaelvea 
for putting. them to death ; the rMifromtd 



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TUE EARTH EK VESSEL. 



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9f ndi trntnenl from tbeir enemies, wm, 
thej rejected the oommaBdmento of men, 
ind ftbode bj the word of Ood, and refuaed 
to takd anythine else aa their guide in eter- 
nal thioga; and they held also a certain tee- 
tiBoaj ooneeming that word, that Ghriit 
waa the end of the law for righteoosneM to 
ererj one that beUereth, and that faith is 
the gift not of man, bnt of God, and that the 
election hnth obtained it, and the rest blinded, 
and that a SaTionr^s blood without any hn- 
maa worka, or merit whaterer, triumphantly 
and eterndlj availed for them, and that 
Christ remained a Priest for ever ; and that 
they could no more come short of eternal life 
and glory, than Christ himself could come 
shorL And thns, notwithstanding all the 
PhaiiaBie pretenaiona of their enemies, they 
were in reality, dain for the Word of Ood, and 
fsr the CestimonT which ther held. Kay we, 
mj good Theophilns, partake more than ever 
of the ntartyr'a spirit, and suffer all things for 
the truth sake. 

StOlt they did not wish others to suffer as 
they had sufftsred ; but cried to Ood to stop 
the enemy ; at least, thia is I think, one part 
of the meaning of their cry. Their crying 
with a knid roice, shews toe inUM$ and im- 
mmm power there ia in their suffering, to 
dnw down the teogeance of Ood upon their 
coesMes ; their enemies cannot escape, and 
these who hare apparently escaped, have yet 
(where graoe preTcnts not) a most fearful 
and ft*ry judgment awaiting them. And, 
notice next that though they are uuder the 
altar in aa apparently prostrate state as sacri- 
fices, yet they do not continue in that state, 
lor white robea were given unto §9try one of 
them. There ia, jon see no difference made : 
•chile robea are given to erery one of them ; 
they were not offered to them, but given, unto 
every one of them ; you can hardly think of 
a gospel bleaiing, that is not implied in this 
white robe, as it will mean, purity, sanctifi- 
catioii, justification, victory, festivity, wel- 
come, armour put off, the conflict overi the 
prixe obtained. It is also a robe of honour, 
of gtory, of immorality, and they were to 
resf. Kow among common words, a word of 
larger import thiui the word rett can scarcely 
be thoQ^nt of; think it over which way you 
wiS, it is all but infinite in variety of mean^ 
ing : sweet repoee, entire satisfaction, internal 
aw eternal, reflective and prospective, be- 
neath and above, and in all the possible rela- 
tioBs in which their existence stands. ' They 
are to rest, yet for a little eeasoUf a thousand 
ytmre in eternity is but a little season, and 
daring thia little aeaaon, more of i\ieisfeUow 
etrwami»f mark that,^#^^ aervante^ and their 
hfethien ahoald be killed as they were. Yea, 
ay good Theophilns, if we serve Ood in th9 
aime spirit, and in the same tmth that they 
dU^ we shaU (if not killed) he hated ot all 
■M; daa, for thia uifgodli'i?, mgodlj 
vorld I nor can aught but grace make us to 



differ, but through it all the Lord God Om- 
nipotent reignetb. 

Having made these few remarks upon the 
fifth seal, I will occupy the remainder of thb 
letter with the sixth seal. This sixth seal 
you observe is a revelation seal, creating tre- 
mendous alarm ; but there does not appear to 
be any bodv kiUed, but onlv alarmed^ and the 
the next chapter shews the good effects of 
this alarm: in the hundred and forty and 
four thousand sealed, and in the number 
which no man can number. We must therefore 
just run through the several parts of this 
sixth seal, and see if we can, what this alarm 
is. Here is, first, a great earthquake. Just 
so it is when Ood begins to work mightily 
with a sinner, his standing slips from under 
him, his soul sinks as into a pit, and the 
prayer of such will be, 'Let not the pit shut 
her mouth upon me.' He is hapless, and may 
well be alarmed, for he sees tnat if hia sins 
roll down upon him, he must be as it were, 
ground to powder, and be driven to eternal 
perdition ; and now all his former sunney 
prospects, are become black aa sackcloth of 
hair ; he is no longer clothed with creature 
brightness, but b cbthed in the sackcloth of 
sou trouble. Ijamentation, moumiog and 
woe, and the moon (his nightlv pleasures) 
are turned into blood, they are aead, and he 
the sinner fears he shall die with them, and 
the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, 
even as a fig tree casteth her untimely 
figs, when she is shaken of a migh- 
tier wind. The stars are a figure of rulers and 
teachers ; and when the sinner is thus awak- 
ened, down falls fieahly rulers, and false 
teachers : here is a mighty wind : down goes 
the Pope, down goes Popery, down goes 
free-will, down goes duty-faith, down goes 
Lucifer, even as lightening from heaven. 
Here ia the sinner, the convinced sinner, in 
the pit, without sun or moon or stars ; this 
will make him in eameet for mercy, thourh 
as yet he sees not that mtrej. The heaven de- 
parted as a Bcrowl when it is rolled together. 
I es, the eonvinced sinnner^s heaven is gone» 
and he can see nothing but hell before him. 
Once he thought he had, or should have a 
heaven, bnt it is departed, and the sinner 
left apparently to make his bed in hell. 
You, my good Theophilns, are not altogether 
a stranger to theee soul solemnities ; these are 
the so&mnities which make us tremble at 
God's Holy Word, that teach us to pray, 
sever us from the world, and constrain us to . 
listen to the gloriousgospel of the blessed Ood. 
But every mountain and vAwad were 
moved out of their places. Yes, there is to be 
no place of refuge left ; all must be moved out 
of the way ; refuge must fail you ; there is 
no place where the workers of iniquity may 
hide themselves. Jesus only can be a refuge 
or sinneot and workers of iniquity, as every 
man after the flesh is. It matters not, yonseei 
whether kings, er great men, or rich men, 



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or chief eaptaini, or mi^btj men, or bonda- 
moD, or frM men, the royalty of the king 
cannot save his lonl ; the greatneas of the 
great man cannot dellTer his sonl ; the richea 
of the rich man cannot redeem his sonl, or 
gif e to God a ransom for it. The miffht of 
the mighty man cannot conquer death and 
bell ; the labonrs of the bondman cannot 
work oat salvation ; the freedom of the free 
man cannot free his seal from going down 
into the pit ; and yet all of them, from the 
peasant to the prince, from the highest 
to the lowest, fly to the many places 
for refage, to the dens and rocks of 
th« monatains. Are not these monn- 
tains and rocks, dens^ fahe eht$rehe8 i and 
do not sinners, when first awakened, often 
Hy to these dena, and rocks, and under moun- 
tains, instead of going direct to Mount Zion ? 
Hence, the true church, is almost perpetually 
receiving awakened sinners out of false 
oburobea. So, that like doves, they do find 
.their way to Uieir own windows at last, and 
are well received, well housed, well treated, 
and it is well with them for ever ; but before 
they get to Mount Zion, they seek (that is 
many of them do) the protection of thepe 
Islse churches, * saying to the mountains and 
rocks, fall on as, not to hurt us, bat to hide 
us from the face of him that sitteth upon 
the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb ; 
for the great day of his wrath is come, and 
who shall be able to stand ? Such is the legal 
bias of the newly awakened mind, and each 
are the false notions they have of Ood 
and the Lamb, they see him not in his 
auerifidai character; but only in what 
they suppose to be his wrathful character 
as a sin-avenging Judge; presently, they 
begin to ^see him in his sm^bearin^ char- 
acter; then wrath begins to subside, and 
mercy begins to appear, and these he- 
brews come out of their holes, and rocks, 
and dens, and mountains ; and begin to shew 
themselves decided for Ood; having first 
/ought against him, then when convinced of 
sin, tried to fly from him, bnt are now com- 
ing to him, and shall be decided for him, and 
be forever with him ; and that which they 
thought was a day of wrath, was after all a 
dap of mercff. And so you see yoa take 
the next chanter as a continuation of this 
sixth seal. Lo, these things worketh Ood 
often times, with man to bring back his soul 
from the pit, to be enlightened with the light 
of the living ; they win not now want to be 
hid from the face of Uim, that sitteth on the 
throne, they will not now look at the wrath 
of the Lamb ; but be happy in the love of 
Christy so believeth, and so knoweth 

A LzTTLB Omb. 

•Ssnv Dbgrbss of CnsiniAv Faith/ 
—By Mr. John Foreman, of London. This 
excellent twopenny pamphlet is reprinted; 
and may be had of Mr. Holmes, 3, New Street, 
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* Strict CommutUon, Being Ho. 25 of Ths 
Surrog TdBemaeU J^utpiL containing an 
Address delivered at the administration of the 
Ordinance of the Lord's Sapper, on Sunday 
afternoon. June 4th, 1850. J3y Mr. James 
Wells. London : Partridge ft Co. ; and Bob- 
ert Banks & Co. 

Beventv-two persons hare this soanBer beam 
b^tized by the pastor of thecbarch meetiagva 
the Surrey Tabemaele, and added to tLst 
Christian bodv of adherents to the Primitive 
faith and order of New Testament worship. 
On Lords* -day, Jane 6th, previous to tnie 
Lord's Supper. Mr. Wells delivered an 
address on ^ Steict CoxMirvjoir/ which 
address has been printed; is published; and 
may be had either at our ofBee ; of Mr. James 
Cox, in the Vestry of the Surrey Tabemade ; 
or of any bookaeller, from Uie wholesBla 
house of Partridire and Co. We havo read 
this address through carefully; beeaoM w* 
have lonff been convinced that some elsar, 
Scriptaral, plain, and undeniable testimony, 
elucidating the righteousness of our praetiee, 
was wanted. It is a most remarkable fact 
that almost every section of the visible ohurdti 
carries out the practice of what is termed 

* Strict Comwnmum* — (except the Open and 
Mixed Communion Baptists) and jei we^the 

* JParticular Baptitio; as we are oalled, are 
reproached, condemned, and scoffed at, by 
nearly all who profess the gospel ; but who mo 
not, cannot, or will not, SSB that the great kw 
bjr which we are governed is that commission 
with which our Lord and Master sent forth 
his disciples, after he bad suffered, and just 
before he ascended to His Father, to cany on 
the great vrork of intercession until all the 
ransomed are gathered in ; the terms of that 
commission can never be honestly disputed. 
Look at them. In the first plaoe remembar 
the Divine appointment. (We quote the 
words from Matthew xxviii. 16.) ' Hie 
eleven disciples went away into Galilee, into 
a mountain whero Jsaus had iLFPozvTBP 
them.' Mark you, here was a very speeial 
purpose. What was that purpose f first. 
It was that Jesus might reveal himself anto 
his disciples as their living Head ; as their 
risen Lord ; as their reigning and ruling Kino. 
(Oh ! what a delightful day was that to our 
precious Jesus! He looked haeh aj>on the 
cross; then into the garden and mto the 
grave ; backward to the wilderness and to the 
world, and he said, *Mg oorrowo hmoo hoom 
hoavg, hut thojf arc paaood awam for ooor f 
and now, in the eleven discipHM gathered 
around him, he saw a sample of his redeemed 
church— some of whom even now doubted — 
and doubting ones there will be to the end of 
the church's earthly pilgrimsge: then, the 
Saviour looked upwvd to his Father's throne ; 
and saw the millions of anj^^ls and spirits of 
ihe just, waiting to receive him ; and, then he 
looked forward, and saw the onpOBitioB,jpevia- 
cution, and aflBiction, by wnieh bia uaapel 
Ghureh would be aasailed; whtfoCsre,) jM- 
ondly, he deckres unto t|b«m His faH and ws- 

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lioiited aathority— ^ Imvt came, and tiwke 
unto them rnkjing. All pow§riMgiV0nunto tits, 
4» A«a«M and in earth?* Then, thirdly, comee 
the eommiasioa, • Go jr«, a^r^/br^. and Uaeh 
M nation; hapttMiny them rwhoheliere) in 
tlie name of the Father, and of the Son, and 
ef the Holy Qhost : teachini; them to observe 

AIX THIVGI "WBATSOBVBR I HAVE COM MAN- 

PgP TOIT : — and, lot I am with tou alwray 
•reii mto the end of the world.' Amen.* 
Jiow iaithfuliy thia comroiaaion waa worked 
oat; yon may aee by reading 'the Aete of 
tha ApaetUe.' The auhaequent hiatory of the 
Chnreh'a progreea, the floods and flamea of per- 
aeevtian which have aurtounded and aeyerely 
ailicted her, clearly prorea thb Btbrval 
BavmmmiomTr of JsHovAH'a csotCB on the 
«M hand ; aad tha btb&val vviiitt of the 
wpnhnlB aeed an tha other : hebee we may 
BoifluMli tmrrel at the graat fact wbieh 
awaiywhere meata and grievea «t~that al- 
tfacagh aonia kind of Bible nrofeaaion incMaaea, 
yat enmity to Ood'a Tkulh, aad eppoaition to 
Chriat'a laws, prevail to an amasug extent 
IW everr onfliDchiag and faithful aerrant of 
(^riat, therefore, we are thankful. But we 
nuat return to notice Mr. Welk'a addreaa. 

In thia diacoarae we have Strict Commun- 
iao proved in the Old Teatament— and Striot 
Cemmunioa in the New : — Strict Communion 
in tha aouU of all the regenerated : Striet 
Communion in the Church below; and Strict 
Commnni4m in heaven. We do not feel oom- 
&rtable inalwaya apeaking well of our frienda, 
becauae it makea our foea ao naughty, and we 
rcaolved to pull thia Strict Communion dia- 
eanrse all to pieoea, if we could have done ao 
aooatatently ; hut we cannot ; no ; indeed. 
We may be termed partial : or act down for 
being influenced by aome impure motive ; but 
it afaall not, it muat not hinder ua from apeak- 
ing our mind: Thia Addreaa on Strict-Corn- 
munioQ ia plain, truthful, and oonduaive. 
It produced m ua moat aolemn feara for thoae 
great men who are ever aiming to caat public 
contempt upon na, and upon the Ordinances 
of Christ We could moat sincerely wish that 
all opponenta to the Bight Order of things, 
mrghl read thia diaeourae as we have done. 
For yean we have holden faat by the asaocia- 
tiona tfr. Wella here illustrates; and his 
tcatxmoniea have both confirmed our faith, 
aad gladdened our heart. We ask our bre- 
thren in the mioiatry to read this address 
theraaelvea ; and then we hope they will dr. 
culate it where deameaa of viaion reapeoting 
gcapal ordinaneea ia not enjoyed. We hope 
tha benefit reaulting from the addreaa will oe 
encouraging. When it waa delivered, about 
seven hundred membera of the church aat 
down; and hetween five and six hundred 
spectators were in the galleriea. It must 
nave been a aolemn aeene. We reserve 
cxtimcta and further oommenta for a future 
anrnber. We do not wiah thia aulject hastily 
to paaa away. 

" Cems and Wel^me to Jeeue Ohriet, By 
Jahn Buajan. liondon : Robert Banks k Co., 
ttid G. J, Blafvaaiom £4, Patemoatef Bow. 
VkiB ia a graaioiaa and praoioua diserlalioB on 
the hearty nuloove a poor iipner raeeivaa at 



the'handa of Jeaua C'arist, when by the draw- 
ings of the Spirit— in failh«-and with a lov- 
ing, prajring neart, that sinner cornea uuto 
him : it is one of John Bunyan'a best books* 
It haa been of immense use to tens of thou- 
snnds. We are sorrj to find it has been out 
of print for some yeara. Ita weighty argu- 
ments; its spiritual tone; its plain, famihar, 
and faithful, illustrations of the exercises of 
both the repenting sinner and the believing 
saint, have rendered it unpalatable in these 
times of fashionable, flimsy, and false pre- 
tensions to Gospel life. Some few years amo^ 
the stereo-plates of this volume were sold to 
ua by Mr. Billing. We have, at length, com- 

Eleted Bunyan'a ' Come and Weloome: Wo 
ope our friends will aid us iti givina this 
Standard Work on Experimental Beligion, 
a ataading once more in the churches— fAit 
«o{«me onght to he laid on every man*9 par- 
lour table in all Chrietendom. It ahall ba 
found (if we are permitted to carry out our 
plan^on everr book-atall in the kingdom, lb 
our Ood— and hia people we look for auoeefli. 

' Ooepel Ordinanoee ; Striet Baptiet PHn* 
oiplee Explained and I>efended, A sermon 
preached on Sunday evening, April 10th, 1869, 
At the Baptist Chapel, Dacre Park, Black- 
heath. By the Bev. J. B. Cracknell, formerly 
a member of a Metropolitan Independent 
Church. Ijondon : Bobert fianka and Co., G. 
J. Stevenson, 64, Paternoster Bow. 

In that aristocratic and faat growing district 
Blackheath, it was, doubtless, quite needful 
that Mr. Cracknell, should clearly enunciate 
his faith and practice in the gospel of Christ, 
and in the administration of ordinances, &o., 
aa the proposed pastor of the recently estab- 
lished church in Dacre Park. This has been 
done with decision, good temper, kind feeling, 
and some ability. We certainly admire the 
spirit displayed : we are thankful for the talent 
given, and truat thia printed diaeourae, and tha 
thousanda which our young brother, may 
vet be favoured to deliver, (in the oourae of a 
long ministry which we hope the Lord haa 
designed for him) will be rendered exot^ed- 
ingiy useful in the coversion and edification of 
very many precious aoula. All our ' beada of 
houaea' ahould persuade their young people to 
read this sermon by a young and earneat dia« 
oiple, and devoted aervant of Jeaua Cbriai. 

* Bible Kietorjfy in eonneeiion with fke 
General Hietoryofthe World, with NoUeee of 
Beriptnre Loealitiee and STceichee of Soeiai 
and religious Life, By the Bev. William 0, 
Blaike, A.M. Author cf * Pavid, King of la- 
racL' London : J. Nelson and aona. Pater- 
noater Bow. In about 500 pagea of Crown 
Octavo, Mr. Blaike has furnished a most in- 
telligent and admirable work on the History, 
the Localities, the Bio^aphiea, and the timea 
referred to, and compriaed, in the Word of 
Ood. Toung Students, I'eachers, and Minia- 
tera will highly priae thia volume. It will 
aerve aa an every day book of referenee — W# 
hope to analyae it ftuly ere long. 

< Cammmionwtth OodtheFuther, the Bern, 
and the Bolg QhoH: By John^iran, D.,D. 

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With a preface by the late Bev. Daal. Bargees. 
Beprinted for John Saunders, Wanstead, 
Eeaez : and published hi W. H. CoUingridge. 
We only wish we oould give all our readers 
this most blessed treasure in pieces from time 
to time, and that the Lord might bless it to 
their souls, as it has been to us at different 
times, but we fear we cannot do that; and 
therefore, we thank Mr. Collingridge for this 
neat duodecimo edition ; and without the least 
hesitation, we saj, side by side with the Bible, 
this book of John Owen's on * Communion with 
&od,* should be found in ever^f Christian's 
closet and study; and be read again and again. 
In thus commendin|^ this work we ha?e no 
motive but the spiritual advantage of those 
who fear God. 

' Tk§ Famiijf Treamry of Sahhath Road- 
ing.^* London : Thomas Nelson and Sons. 
Part V. of this exoellent Monthly, for June, 
furnishes first rate papers, and reading -for 
families, of an interesting and instmotive 
eharaeter. Mr. Cameron, the Editor, is 
evidently more favourable to the real Gospel 
of Christ— the work of the Holy Spirit— and 
the Christian's happy experience of Divine 
truth, than most of the present Scotch editors 
and preachers are. \^ e are thankful to see a 
mseazine so rich in beautiful variety, so 
weighty in Gh»pcl verities, and * got up* in a 
manner so substantial and thoroughly good, 
prospering BO abundantly. We ha^ly think 
Its equal in many respects can be found. 

' Smooth Ston&t takonfrom Jneiont Brooks, 
Bv the Bev. C. H. Spurgeon. London: W. 
£1. Collingridge, Alders^^te-street. lliii little 
volume has, for a frontispiece, the most j^rave 
and expressive likeness oi Mr. Spurseon in the 
nulpit we have yet seen. It furaisbes a brief 
Memoir of the good Puritan, Thomas Brooks, 
and a collection of paragraphs gathered out 
from the works of that exoellent preacher. 
To persons who have neither time nor mind to 
read large volumes, little morsels carefully 
prepared as these have been, may be accep- 
table and good. 

< Tho EnglUh BibU, History of the Trano- 
latum of the Holg Seripturoi into the Bng- 
Ueh Tongue, &o. By Mrs. Conant. Edited 
and introduced bv Bev. C. H. Spurgeon. Lon- 
don : Arthur Hall A Co. Beat lovers of our 
Bible, especially Scriptural Autiquarians. will 
eat up this book with much avidity and delight 
Mrs. Conant, an American Authoress— has 

S'ven us a valuable key to the life, the labors, 
e pains, the perils, the persecutions, and 
the all but fatal storms through which the 
English Bible hris had to pass. We wish to 
furnish a consecutive series of papers drawn 
from this, and Mr. Blaike's Bible History. 

'J Voice from the Pulpit,' Part II. By 
John Bloomfield. London : G. J. Stevenson, 
64, Paternoster Bow. 8d. In this part we 
have ' The Call of Abrahawi.* * The Prager 
MeetieigJ * The Mgetie Laddor.* ^ FauVe 
Convereion* And an essay on ' J^ai^A.' Any 
review, or recommendatory notice, we con- 
sider unnecessary : but some choice selections 
we hope to make for the benefit of 'those who 
cannot obtain the work. From these two 
parts of <A Voice from the Pulpit,' a 



faithful portrait of Mr. Bloonflald's miaiatiy 
may be drawn. 

''The Three Unolea» Spiriie if the Bi^th 
Vial; or, the Signe of the Timee, and Oe 
Warning Voice of our Lord Jeeue Chriat to 
the Churehee.' By Charles Lawder, minister 
of the Gospel London : G. J. Stevenson, 54, 
Paternoster Bow. Works of this kind lead 
careful readers to much close examination. 
Mr. Lawder has bestowed Immense labour on 
this six-penny pamphlet. 

THB TRIUMPH OF THB HOLY SPIRIT 
OYER SIN IS THB SINNER. 

Such is the leading title of a new Tolnne 
written by Mr. Edward Samuel, the minister 
of Fore-street chapel, Salford, and now ex- 
tensively known as the author of thai ezoelo 
lent book, *The Triumph of Chriai osi the 
Cross.' This second, thu oompanion volume^ 
'The Triumph of the Spirit,' hns been revised 
in the manusori^by the Incumbent of Open- 
shaw, the Bev. WiUiam Parks, (a mimaier of 
Christ's gospel, a sound theologian, and an 
excellent scnolar.) In bis ' Becommendatory 
PrefiMe,' Mr Parks says t— 

I am happy to bear tssttoMDy that I have dis* 
eovsred no tbeoloflesi errors in the work ; bat, 
on the eontrary, saeb a elear, sound and deep 
knowledge of the work of God's Spirit la the soal 
thtt ft is refrsshing to bsvs read it. 

In these days of blasphemy and reproseb, 
when the Holy Spirit is spceislly dlsbonoorcd, 
when ttBtnre i« eoafoanded with grace, and aMre 
animtl eseftement ft pelned off ss the faterasl 
wfrnessfnr of God to the redeemed stnaer, It Is 
a esnse for gratftode that a asa like the aathor 
who hm hImMlf heard, seen, looked upon, end 
handled, the Word of Life, ahould boldly tertiff 
to Ood the Spirit's operations in the soul sad • 
bli mode of asttng. I pray the Ood of all grass 
10 esQae the work a wide eirealation, and to 
bteiis the perassl of It to his dear fkmlly. It 
aims at His g lorifleatlon from begfaning to end. 

The volume contains 45 chapters ; each one 
upon distinct branches either of the character 
, or the work of the Holy Sj>irit We are our- 
; selves preparing an analysis of each chapter; 
and hope soon to announce it as n7«dy. Then 
we shall refer to this work again. In the mean 
time we may observe that a good demand has 
been made for it; and as far as it has been 
read by experimental Christians, it has been 
well received. This work may be had of any 
bookseller, by informinfr them that the whole- 
sale London publisher is G. J. StcTcnson, M, 
Paternoster Bow. 



*The Aged TUgrima' Frimd Sociotf 
Travelling as we do in several parts of the 
country, we are constantly receiving applica- 
tions to obtain admittance into tlus floeietr, 
for persons moat needy and deserving. We 
have now sereral Tcnr urgent casea. Two 
godly mothers in Israel, 80 years of age, and 
some not quite so advanced, but in every way 
qualified for the benefits of this noble institu- 
Uon. We much wish to establish an ** Bak- 
tubv Vs^vl Auxiliary to tiie Aged Pilgrims' 
Sodety." If we can' obtain an lionoarable 
Treasurer^ and Committee^ we shaU proeeed. 
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BY JOHN BLOOMFIELD, 
HiviBXSs ov Mzasd'8 Couxt, J)»±jt Stkebt, Soho. 

*<Thoa in thj merey hast lad forth the people which thoa haet redeemed : thou hast gaided them in 
Ihj BtreaKth unto thy holy hahiUiion.>' Exodus xx. IS. 

In this chspter we have the magnificent ness. And I ask, was it not in mercj the 
mmg which was enng by tiie Iiraelites, in ^ srace of God reached ns ? Destroying the 

oarkneBS and enmity of our hearts, and 
brinnngus to follow the Lord, and to aerre 
him r Was it not in mercy God brought ui 
out of the darkness of sin, and shone into 
our hearts rays of the magnificient glory of 
the mediation of Jesus Christ ? Is it not a 
mercy that he made our eyes orer-flow with 
Godly Borrow ? Is it not a mercy our hard 
hearts were broken before God ? Is it not 
a mercy that our hearts are disposed to seek 
and Ber? e Jesus ? Tes, it is in mercy God 
hath supplied our necessities : it is in mercy 
if in the dealings of God, he hath giren ub 
the wine of astonishment to drink ; it is in 
mercy he teaches us terrible things in righ- 
teousness, therefore, though we may think 
these things severe, it is the severity of love. 

Let us first notice in our text the redemp" 
iion apoken of ; secondly, the guidance j and 
thirdly, the habitation, 

I. We propose to notice the sxdbmption 
OF THB pisoPLx. Redemption means deliver- 
anoe ; there is a redemption by power, and 
there is a redemption by price. There was a 
redemption wrought for the ancient Is- 
raelites, and there is also a redemption 
wrought by Christ; redemption through 
blood, **But by his own blood he enter- 
ed into the holy place, having obtained 
eternal redemption for us." Redemption 
originated not with man, not with an- 
gels, but with God^God saw all the reasons 
of lus own actions in himself. He never 
created the world at the bidding of any 
spirit, he never afflicted people with plagues, 
or wrought deliverances tor nations, but for 
his own reasons. The deliverances he 
wrought for the Israelites were types of a 
noblw and better deliverance that was to ba 
effected by Jesus Christ. 

I want to show that the redemption of the 
people originated with God ; andfthis shows 
it was effected by God's own method, and aL 
so that thia redeniption is unto God himw^. 

Who saw the iBraelitea in captivity ^and 
had oompaanon on them? Whose eacVas 
open to their err ? Who came dowa to de- 
liver them ? Wnose heart yearned ov<ir their 
sorrows ? In whose arm was the po^sr to ret- 
deem? 

We say this redemption originiited with 
God, ana was planned before the people 
went into captivity. Joseph prophesied of 
this redemption, saying* '' le shall carry u^ 



eooaeqiienoe of the wonderful deliverance 
that was aoocwiplished by God for them, in 
the land of their eaptiviW. It was sung in 
idation to that splendid redemption which 
waa by God effected, and that was a deliver- 
aaee wocthr of sneh a song. It is a sublime 
eoiup, and the people song it with gratitude, 
fio^Bg God was on their side — that he tri- 
umphM glocioosly, working wonders, that 
they mighi serve hinL It is the oldest song 
we have on xoeord, its style is magnificent ! 
its imagery is impressive, and it is worthy of 
the eeeasioii on which it was sung ! This 
ssag Is also the type of a song vet to be sung 
in lelatioa to the triumphs of the gospel ; for 
the gospel k yet to work triumphs whieh 
it has sot yet attained. The victories and 
historr or the Israelites furnish n» with 
many Icssona, whieh are both interesting and 
tastmetlve, selating to the ways of man and 
the mind of God. We see a great deal here 
devdoped of the mind and heart of the long- 
safoiiw and ftdthfulness of onr oovenant 
Ged^^The bondage of the people of the 
Isradites, was a type of the darker bondage ; 
and BisBrT of sin, ont of which all the ran- 
semed of ttie Lord will eventoallv be brooght, 
and the pathway in which the IsraeUtes 
walked — the seorpions and serpents which 
they met with in uie wilderness— were also 
10 sot forth the dangers to which the chil- 
drsaef God are ezpoeed from the enemy; 
and the deli veranee of the Israelites teaches 
«s oar own inability to battle with the 
enemy of oar sonls. 

Baft there is a great deal more to learn 
from the dealinffs of God with his people, 
though these deuin^ may be characterised 
by aerecity ; bat, stdl it was the severity of 
love. The £itker may be severe, but it often 
ia beeaose he lorca his child. So with the 
dealinss of God with his andent people, 
aosae ttdnk God was severe, but it was the 
eeveritj of fhtthfolneas, the severit]|r of ever- 
lasttng lovo. He led them forth in mercy : 
it wss in meiey he raised up Moses to leiad 
Aen forth ; it waa in merey, while there were 
in the hooses of the Egytians terror and 
desth, there vere in the hooses of the Is- 



M joy and peoee ; It was in mercy God 
braoght them through the Bed Sea ; it was 
ia SMTsy tlM water flowed from the rock ; and 
it vas in maicT the Lord supplied, with a 
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mj bonef from henee." And not one wai 
left, for hii boDes were taken from the strange 
land, indioating aUo his brethren shoold not 
be left there, oorrespondinff with the follow- 
ing passage, " There shall not an hoof be 
left behind." With whom then did redemp- 
tion originate? It was too good to come 
from man, it was too majestic for the mind 
of an angel. It originated with Ood, with 
the end and aim to deliTer men from the 
condition of shiTery and death, into which 
they had fkllen, under the cnrse of a broken 
law, that men may be deliTered from i>nn- 
ishment hereafter, and at last, admitted into 
the presence of the Most Hirh. All the 
schemes of philosophy have failed to deliver 
men from toe witnerin^ corse of God's law. 
It is tme, edacation will do much to raise 
man, the study of arts and sciences and giT- 
Ing a religions training ; bat these will nerer 
touch the heart, that is like a nether mill- 
stone for hardness and as unimpressible ; 
these nefer scattered the dark clouds of en- 
mity sgainst Ood, or gave one spark of 
Smtuaf light to the sin-darkened soul, 
ut salvation did not originate with angels ; 
they admired the scheme as it is displayed 
in wisdom's glorious plan. The scheme of 
salvation by the blood of Christ, by the death 
incarnation, and humiliation of the Saviour, 
is Ood-likein its power ; it was contrived by 
infinite wisdom, and is the derelopement of 
the heart of infinite lore. If that could fail, 
it would be the fsOure of God, it would 
bring darkness in heaven, and weepini^ 
among the ransomed there ; and there would 
be joj in hell for ever and ever. 

It IS a redemption effected bv God's own 
method. How did he deliver tne Israelites } 
by brining a plague, by dividing the Red Sea, 
by making a road for toem to pass through in 
perfect safety. When God created the world, 
it was created majesticallj ; when God creat- 
ed man out of the dust of the earth, he did 
it like a God ; and when the body of man 
was formed, God breathed into it by his 
power, and it became a living soul. This 
was like a God, there was a terrible majesty 
in this sublimity ; but it all ftiils to con- 
trast for a moment with the work of redemp- 
tion, effected by the Mediator at the price of 
his moat precious blood. It was a redemp- 
tion effected by God's own method, and the 
people were rsdeemed unto God's service. 
Moses said, * Let my people go, that they 
may hold a feast unto me in the wilderness.' 
They were redeemed unto God's service, to 
God^s provirion, to (Tod's presence, and to 
God's glory. And is it not so with all that 
are redeemed by the precious blood of Christ ? 
are they not reaeemM from the servioe of 
sin ? Aram the lust of the flesh ? from the 
powers and service of the devil ? We are 
received, through mighty moe, to the ser- 
vice of God, to a newness of life, to live a 
livoofftuth; in hope, that by and bye, we 



shall serve the Lord perfectly for ever and 
ever. Satan may suggest that we may never 
serre God ; sin may and will disturb our 
peace; and our doubts and fears may say, we 
shall never serve the Lord ; but Jesus sa]r<t 
ye shall serve me here, ye shall serve me in 
love, ye shall serve, though imperfectly now, 
but yonder ye shall serve the Lord in the 
Mediator's presence with fulness of heart. 
We shall be redeemed unto the prt>visions 
of God : God gave his people provision in the 
wilderness, no people were ever supplied like 
the Israelites, they were fed with bnad from 
heaven, by the special interposition of divine 
power ; they were refreshed with water from 
the rook; they were clad in clothes that 
should not wax old, nor their shoes wearoqt. 
Ah, believer, thou hast a better Kock the * Boek 
Christ Jesus !' Better bread, ' the bread of 
eternal life !' A better garment, dothed in the 
garment of salvation ; Better shoes, ' shod 
with thepreparation of the gospel of peaoe.' 

n. we will now dwell for a moment er 
two, upon the guidakcs ; * Thou hast ^ded 
them in thy strength.' We might think we 
could have guidM them a nearer way, but 
perhaps we should have lost them all in the 
sands of the barren desert Even in our own 
cases, we often think this is wrong, and the 
other wrong: if in the land of prosperity* 
that is, we think, the right way ; but God 
suffers his people to be tried, that he may 
test to their minds (not to hia) fiie reality of 
their religion, and the purity of their love. 
<« He suided them by his strength :" by the 
strength of his love, by the strength of hia 
fsithnilness and wisdom. Love will bear 
much for its object : had not God loved them 
I am sure he woula have been tired of them 
before he brought them out of the wilderness. 

And, my hearers, had not God loved us, bad 
not hii love been like himseir, without varia- 
tion, he would most assuredly have forsaken 
us long ago. And where God loves, he 
throws worth into the object of his love ; in 
the face of all our follies, he loves us with a 
love that many waters cannot quench. Ah, 
says some trembling child of God, if God 
would but wisper into my soul, * I have loved 
thee vrith an everlasting love;' my donbls 
would at once give up Sie ghost, 1 should 
then believe my soul would share in the 
blessedness beyond the grave. God, my 
friends, loved us before we were sinaeisy 
loved us in the Ml, and brought us out : 
though we are poor, this love inisketh rich ; 
though ragged, love vMaves a robe ; though 
homeless, love provides an everlasting dwc&- 
ing vrith the eternal God. 

III. Lastly, THB BJLBrrATioxr. God dwells 
in three ways vrith his people : first, through 
the priesthood of his Sin ; hence, it is said, 
< It pleased the father that in him should dwell 
all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.' Christ 
was the visible display of the inrisible God ; 
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Uie DiTiiM Msjcrtjr. Thto Qod dwells in hU 
chureh on earth, m he dwelt with his people 
at Jenualeoiy— ' Here will I dwell with that 
maa that hambleth himself and trembleth at 
my word." Then God gnideth them ' unto 
his holy hibitation.' Qod fint brings them 
to Chriat, to seek for merer at the cross ; he 
thea briogs them to his ohoroh, (not to his 
eharch first, as many would now do) bat 
first, they are brought to Christ, and tiien 
thev gi?€ themaelTes to Christ's ehoroh below. 
And Christ will bring aU his ]^ple to him- 
felf ; do Ton think he will gi?e toq to sip 
^^haaTenly pleasures, and not taae yon to 
enjoT the Aul fruition of glory } Do von 
think he would giro light and love, and then 
damp these riaiiig hopes? that is tu from him. 
if onoa fiwea to know the name of Jesus, 
to tnut in hia blood and ri^hteoueness, you 
Bhall ahare with the angels in glory for ever 
sad ibr «Ter. And wut then, my hearen ? 
Why yon shall be in the glorious'prstfenoe of 
the Lamb ! What (hen } You shall sing 
unto him, ' Who hath washed us, and made 
li kings and priests unto God ?* What then ? 
* Xot a ware of trouble roll, 
Acroea thy peaceful breast.' 
What then, beliefer? Not a oloud shall 
then intertene between thee and Ay Lord ! 
What then? Not one doubt,,not one fear, 
not one trouble then I Oh I that this hea? en 
■uy be our home, that we may be meetened 
for this hi^py state I that the Lord may keep 
as near hun, and at last take us to be with 
him, for ever and erer. Amen. K. 

THE DtFPEBBNCB BBTWBEir 

NATURAL CONVICriONS FOB SIN, 

▲VD ▲ 

SPIRITUAL CHANGS OF HEART. 

Bt Joseph Pauceb, 
Mfwi^^ of Boaney-slreet-Chapel, Westminster. 

Tkutkiko, Kr. Editor, that the present is 
a sabjeet in which all the liTing family of 
God are much interested, I presume to add 
a mite to whatever < A Little Oae,' or yourself, 
may offer upon it The dear people of God 
know, that there are seasons in the experience 
of belief ers. even after they have been Drought 
into gom^ liberty, when« through the fiery 
darts and temptationa of the great adversary. 
they are ready to call all into qaestion ; and 
are thankful to recognise, by the light of God's 
Spmt, the smallest, if conclurife, marks of a 
dirine change in their tempest-tossed souls. 
With Etthu they cry out, *If there be a 
mesienger with him, an interpreter, one 
aoioitg a thousand, to shew unto man his 
uprightness : then he is gracious unto him, 
and asitb, dellTer him from going down into 
the j^t: I have found a ransom.' Job 
xnin. 23, 24. To be one with Jesus is such 
aioUmn, eternal, infinite mercy, that it is 



no wonder it often piodaces deep heart-affect- 
ing cogitations in the mind whether we 
ourselves are really united to him or not 

When the eye of faith rests upon the 
unutterable blessings which belong to the 
soul that is i» Cu&ist, the very extent of the 
free-graoe portion will sometimes raise in our 
unbelieving hearts a host of doubters, with 
their hateful whispers, and sutmisings, and 
reasonings, that shake at times the stoutest 
confidence. If the assurance of faith wera 
an abiding grace, it might be otherwise ; but 
from the word of God and my own experienoe 
I find it to be a frame of mind, which lives 
only so lon^ as the j^werfnl witness of the 
blessed Spirit nrevails in the soul. Our 
judgments mav be confirmed, and the faith 
within the sou is indestructible, but its voice 
is sometimes weak and faint, when that of 
unbeUef is clamorous. 

I proceed to notice some distinguishing 
marlu of natural canvietions, 

1. Natural convictions for lin cause distress 
from the dread of punishment We have 
instances of this in the cases of King Saul, 
Judas, and Simon Magos. Their convictiona 
arose from the light which diMovered the 
dreadful consequences of transgression. 

2. Natural conviction is the effect of slav- 
ish fear. Balaam is an awftil instance. All 
amendment arising from such oonriction is 
scant and sparing, and of a legal nature. 
Such men would not obey God, but that they 
fear his wrath. 

3. Natural convictions are produced by the 
ministration of the law and not of the gospel. 
Like the man with the one talent, he would 
be even with God, because he fears his hard 
dealing. 

4. Natural conrictions consist with a blind 
and spiritually dead conscience. And thus 
the man is prompted to rounds of dead works, 
carnal observances, fleshlv works, and religi- 
ous duties, which the blind and^ deceived 
conscience receives ss so many bribea with 
which to repair its disturbed peace and self- 
complacency. 

5. Natural convictions are temporary and 
passing. Springing up, as they frequently do. 
m times of affliction or worldly trial, and 
producing many fleshly resolutions; the 
whole gradually decline as the disturbing 
crisis is removed. 

6. Natural convictionf spring from moral 
and intellectual light alone. Thus moral 
influences regulate their continuanoe. And 
as merely moral light is total darkness spirit- 
ually, so the mind is fairly led to wrong 
riews of God, and to the adoption of natunu 
courses in order to propitiate nim. 

7. Natural convictions are attended with 
enmity, self-pity, bitterness, hard thoughta ot 
God, and a sullen admission of the majesty 
and power of God, but no love to his person, 
or his law, or lua holiness. 

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renaniefttton of nn ; bat simply ft duuie of it, 
through fear mnd dread. 

9. With natural eonnotions the heart and 
disposition remain rinfiil and unchanged. 
Its entire sympathy is with sin. Bat like an 
insabordinate menial^ it assames the lirery of 
reformation, oat of fear of the great God, his 
Master. See this in Gain, Esaa, and all such 
awfal eharaeters. 

I now turn to the more pleasant task of 
describing ipiritudl eonvietions. And I mast 
obserre here, that perhaps the dear child of 
God mar be harassed becanse he finds some 
of the feeling[s which belong to natural con- 
tiotions working in his mind. This is Terr 
likely. The Mliever has a carnal mind. 
And the feelings of his carnal mind will 
resemble those we have described. Bat then, 
he will also possess those other marks which 
characterize a divine change of heart, which 
BO merely natural man cTer experiences. 
And BO may God help us to thank and bless 
him for the operations of his Spirit. While 
there is much within us to mourn over, much 
sin, much lo?e of sin, much hardness of heart, 
much enmity, much self-pity, hard thoughts, 
and so on ; yet still, through rich mercy, 
these are also attended at times with such 
totally opposite feelings, that we cannot but 
belieye, with God's word before us, that we 
are the < Shulamite, with her company of two 
armies.' 

1. spiritual connctions for sin erer attend 
a gracious change of heart In God's word, 
we read of the jLord girin|^ King Saul, and 
others, another heart, or gifts and qualifica- 
tions for certain offices ; but that is very 
different to a new or gracious heart, whicn 
is a new corenant blessing, and which is 

Surified br faith. Now this new heart of 
esh or reeling, is susceptible of spiritual 
impressions. Thus the claims of God's righ- 
teous law are felt : its fires and its thunders 
sink it in dreadful fears before God ; and 
sin, thus seen in its tremendous nature, sits 
like a heavy burden upon this new, this 
feeling heart. God has prepared the heart, 
and now cuts deep furrows in the fallow 
ground of human nature with the unerring 
plough of his law in the hand of the Spirit. 
Oh, how deep are these spiritual convictions! 

2. Spiritual conrictions are attended with 
a discovery of the spirituality and extent of 
God's law. And this knowledge deepens and 
deepens under the teachings of God's Spirit, 
BO as to destroy the soul's refuges of lies, cast 
down his false hopes, bum up his fleshly 
religion, and redace him to a state of hope- 
lessness and helplessness in himself before 
God. Isa. xxviii. 17. 

3. Spiritual convictions are implanted in 
ft conscience made honest through God's fear. 
And this fear is the beginning of evangelical 
wiidom. The Spirit of God thus entering 
the soal enlightens the mind to see the nature 



of salvation, that it is not by the law, bat by 
grace. Thus, while the legality of hia heart 
pulls him one way, the blessed Spirit draws 
him the opposite. His fleshly mind resolves 
and resolves, works and works, fails and fails 
again. And amidst the destraction of this 
creature exertion, the blessed Spirit brings the 
soul after each failure to a throne of grace, 
crying out in his oonfosion and his misery, 
' God be mereifol to me a sinner.' He baa 
no settled hope in God, and yet he has too 
much liffht in his conscience to trust in his 
own works, which he now sees to be fhll of 
imperfectiona. He does not wonder that God 
rejects his works, for he feels that they an 
indeed polluted. 

4. Spiritual oonviotions are attended with 
the * eyes within,' which are unmistakeable 
marks of a divine work. Thus he judges of 
sin not only by outward observation, but l^ 
inward feeling. The Lord, with theee < eyes 
within,' shows him the plague of the heart, 
and he oonfenea that he is vile. This is a 
mark of the blessed Spirit's operations ; for 
no man sighs and cries because of the plague 
of the heart, but heaven-taught souls. 

1 Kings viiL 38. 

6, Spiritual convictions are attended with 
contrition, brokenness of heart, and godly 
sorrow for sin. This is produced by a sight 
of the mercy of God in Christ Jesus. « 

' Law and terrors do but harden 
All the while they work alone ; 

But a sense of blood-bought pardon 
Soon dissolves a heart of stone.' 

This is a scripturally declared land-mark 
in the king's highway of holineea. The 
apostle Paul forcibly sets it forth in his epiatle 
to the Corinthians—^ For behold thia self-* 
same thing, that ye sorrowed after a godly 
sort, what carefulness it wrought in yon, yea, 
what clearing of yourselves, yea," what indig- 
nation, yea, what fear, yea what vehement 
desire, yea, what seal, yea, what revenge T 

2 Cor. vii. 11. And this godly sorrow for 
sin the devil cannot counterfeit. Thus * m 
look upon him whom we have pierced, and 
mourn for him.' And how the soal longa 
and prays for an assurance of its intereatm 
the wounds and sacrifloe of Christ. Thus the 
soul has been drawn away from Sinai, and 
he pants after and prays for a * name and 
memorial amongst the living in Jerusalem.' 
He that thus ' goes forth weeping bearing 
precious seed, shall doubtless come again 
rejoicing bringing his sheaves with Um.' 
* They shall return and oome again to Zion 
with songs and everlaating joy upon their 
heads." 

6. Spiritual convictions are evangelical^ 
and are accompanied with the love of God 
shed abroad in the heart. This brings th« 
soul to hate sin as sin, independent of ita 
punishment, as an offence against a righteooa 
and merciftil God in Chr^t. And ST then 

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were no hell, the toiil feels it would than sin 
beesQse of its sinfalnes*. Itiinow repag- 
Bsnt to its new and heavenly affections. 

7. Spirittial oonrictioos, in the hand of God 
the Spirit, lead to Christ. If yon, my reader, 
can get peaee of mind anrwhere hat at the 
foontain opened for sin and nncleanness, yonr 
eonnctioQs are only natnral ; hit if yon feel 
deeply that nothing hat an interest in Christ 
will aeeore thy pardon and justification; and 
if yon feel that yon cannot he satisfied withont 

With permission of the Sditor, I will next month conclude this paper, with a short Sorip- 
toial Azkatomy of a gracious heart. 



the personal and powerfal application of his 
preoioas blood to thy conscience, and his 
glorious righteonsnefs revealed to thy faith, 
as the ground of thy justification before a 
holy Ood; these are infallible marks of a 
dinne chaoge of heart : such conrictions are 
wrooght by the Spirit in the heart, and the 
whole body of God's truth is on thy side, to 
seenre thy growth in ^aoe, and e? entaally 
thine eTerlasting sal?ation. 



"BAXTER'S BAPTISM" EXAMINED, 

AVD TB8TBD BT THB STANDARD OF TBUTH. 
[▲ BBYISW.— SnOOVD VOTICB.] 



StnHsm: its Mods^ Dstign, and SuhjBcU* 
Br A. J. Baxtbr, Minister of the Gospel, 
Nottingham. London : Collihgridge : Not- 
tingham : Wilkinson. 

As in oar former notice, we disposed of Mr. 
B.'f geogra;^k%cal argument agamst Baptism 
by Immersion, as practiced by John the 
* dipper/ bjr shewing that his statements, or 
premisas being false, his conclusions were 
worthless, we now proceed to analyse his 
▼srbal or gramatical argument, based upon 
the words #«, sir, st«, hapUzo^ ^e. 

And in the first place, it is manifest that 
Mr. B. can find no support in the scriptures 
Cor his theory of infant sprinkling, unless we 
grant him a new translation of the New Tes- 
tament. As we hare it now, it is a sad stum- 
bling bloek in his wnj ; it won't square with 
his theory at alL (Though we beg leare to 
remind Mr. B. that it was not tromslatsd l^ 
Boftitttj hot by Infant Sprinklers, who had 
quite as much learning as himself). There is 
sessesly a passage Mr. B. quotes, some portion 
of wUeh be does not find it necessary to re- 
trssdate. Now we confess at starting, that 
we always reffard with the utmost suspicion, 
any theory which requires for its support a 
new traaalation of the Iteripture. The IComan- 
iiSs themselTce hare no objection to our use 
of the Bible, if we will bnt take their trans- 
lation. A nd we haTe not forgotten that with- 
in the last three or four Years, the Socinians 
hare saiaed a loud hue ana cry for a new trans- 
Ution« in order to get rid of the doctrines of 
the Trinity, the Atonement, the Godhead of 
Chrisft ; and now the Infant Sprinklers want 
anocher! 

Oar present translation is universally oon- 
fc e s ed to be the best that could be made ; and 
some of the strongest ailments in favour of 
BapCusm by immersion is to be found in the 
M, that the BaptUU take the book as they 
fnd U tram»lat§d ly tksir opp<mentt. ' Our 
roek is not as their roek, our enemies them- 
selren being judges.' 

Bni we proceed at once to the examination 
of Mr. B.'s ▼erbal argument. He commences 
with the Greek preposition ' en^* which our 
tnauUtors hare rendered mi. *They were 
haptiasd of him i» (en) Jordan.* (Matt. iii. 6) 



* Jesus was baptised of John in (m) Jordan.' 
(Mwk i. 9.) Now, sajs Mr. B., this word 
ought to have been translated * at/ and then 
it would have been correct. Indeed ! why so ? 
Because Mr. B.'s theorj^ require it But how 
does he prove that it ought to be translated 

* at/ do our readers thinkP By shewing that 
it means upwards of thirty other different 
things ! So that * m' ought to be translated ' af 
because it meane something else! A more 
suicidal argument it would be difficult to con- 
ceive. Mr. B. then gives a number of texts 
to shew how absurd it would be always to 
render the Greek preposition ' en* by the Kn- 
glish preposition * in :' t.e. swear not at all, 
neither {bg) {en) heaven, nor {by) (en) thy 
head.' ' He came not (*»,) by water only, but 
(m) by water and blood.' Such arendexing of 
the word {en) Mr. B. contends, and contends 
justly, would make the passage absurd. Grant- 
ed : and therein is illustrated the wisdom of 
our transUtors, in rendering it differently in 
order to agree with the scope and meaning of 
the passage, Mr. B. then refers to the Greek 
preposition (eis,) which we have translated 

* into :(< PhiUp and the Jbiunuch, went down 
[eie] into the water;) and contends that 
it ought to be translated tuUo, because it has 
thirty Jive other meanings. He quotes the fol- 
lowing passages : * I am not sent, but ieie)unto 
the lost sheep of the house of IsraeL' ' His 
servant fell down {eie) at his feet,' Ac., to show 
how absurd and meanmgless it would be always 
to translate ' eie* or *en* in,OT into. And by this 
argument, Mr. B. thinks to overthrow baptism 
bv immersion. Would it not be equally absurd 
always to translate * en' and * eis by Mr. B.'8 
favourite rendering of ' at* and * unto,* * And 
they entered unto {eis) a ship immediately, 
and with (sn) that night they cauglit 
nothing.' (John xxi. 3.) * Simon Peter did cast 
himsell' {eie) at the Sea. Verse 7. < This same 
Jesus which is taken from you {eie) at heaven, 
shall so come in like manner as ye have seen 
him go at {eis) heaven.' ' And they went at 
{eis) an upper room.' And with {en) those days 
Peter stood up at {en) the midst. (Acts i. II 13, 
15.) *Then came Simen Peter, following, 
and went at {eis) the sepulchre.' (John zx. 6.) 
And the sea gave up the dead wnich were at 
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which vere a< («i») them; and the dead were 
judged out of those things which were written 
(en) at the books ; and death and hell were cast 
at (eis) the lake of fire, and whosoever was not 
found written with (m) the book was cast at 
{Hs) the lake of fire*. (Rev. zz. 12—15) .* And 
a mighty angel took up a stone like a great 
mill stone, and east it at (ei$) the sea.' (fiey. 
18. 21.) 

These illustrations are sufBdent to shew oar 
readers what a correet and elegant translation 
we should have, if the Baxterian principle 
were adopted. The facts are these. We 
admit with Mr. B. that always to translate 
0i8 and m. by m and into, would make many 
passages oiMOure, absurd, and meaningless. But 
what does lir. B. Jgain by this admission P 
Nothing ! What Mr. B. ou^ht to haye done, 
to have made his argument of any value, was 
to prove that the worde eis and en whenth^ 
qconrred in connection with the word haptizo, 
made thejpaseage aheurd and meaninglese, (as 
they do m the texts quoted above,) thenne 
would have shown the neeeseity for another 
rendering of the words. But thit he hoe not 
done. Why } Simnly because he cannot. 
We challenge Mr. B. to produce a text re- 
Ibrring to water baptism, in which the words 
^ or an is translated in or into, which is 
rendered ridiculous or meaningless by such a 
translation. Till he shews this, he has proved 
nothing but his own bad logic. What does 
Mr. B. wish us to believe ? That the Greek 
language has no word to express golnf itUo, 
or coming out of, a place or river r If it have 
and it, is not eit or en, what is it ? Or is it 
only forbidden to be used in connection with 
Baptism? 

Mr. B. next refers to Philip and the Eunuch. 

* Thev went down both into the water, and 
thev both came up out of the water,* (Acts viii. 
88.) One would think this language were 
elear and explicit enough ; but Mr. B. will 
have it translated thus ; * They both went down 
to the water and eame up from the water.' 
Now here we join issue with Mr. B. and we 
contend that if the words used in this 
passage do not mean to oo down into the water, 
and to come up out of it, there are no words 
in the Greek language to express going into 
and coming out of; and we presume that Mr. 
B. would not have hardihood enough to affirm 
this. The words in the Greek are * Kai hate- 
heean amphoteroi eie to hudor, * Andtbev both 
went down (descended^ into the water ;' *otede 
aneheean ek tou Huaatoe ; 'And when they 
ascended out of the water.' Now we proceed to 
prove from other passages where the verbs 
'hatebeean,* (to go down into) and aneheean 
(to ascend out of) occur in connection with the 
vrepositions eie and «ft that those words 
literatlv mean, (not to go near to as Mr. B. 
would have us believe) hut to go into, and to 
come out of. 

Our first iUustration is from John iii. 18. 

* And no man hath ascended to heaven, 
but he that came down from heaven, even the 
•on of man who is {en) in heaven.' The original 
is KM oudeie anabeheken eie (ascended into) 
ton ouranon ei me o ekton ouranou katabae 
who out of heayen descended. 



Now, if In the case of PloUpandtfaeSiuuich 
the words mean only that they went near to 
the water, and cameaiM(y/rom the neiehbour- 
hood of the water, it follows that the Redeem- 
er only came down from the neighbourhood of 
heaven, and has eone up somewhere near to 
heaven, but that he neither eame out of, nor 
has ascended into heaven. Again, Bev. zi. 12. 
' And they ascended (an^eean eie) into heaven 
in (jm) a cloud } 

Bev. xiii. 1. * I saw a beast riae np out of 
(anabainon) the sea.' (WiU Mr. B. say that 
John only saw the beast oome from somewhere 
near the sea ?) [verse 11] * I saw another 
beast ascending out o£ (anahainon eh) the 
earth.' 

£ph.iv.9. < He descended intdrte<eWeto) 
the lower parts of the earth.' AHuding to the 
burial of Christ. 

Acts i. 13. **ThBj went up into (anebeeem 
eiej an upper room.' Mjr. B. would render 
this we suppose, they went up soinewhere 
near the door.. 

Key. ix. 2. < There arose (one^O ^ moke 
out of {ek) the pit. 

These illustrations are sufficient to prove 
that the verbes katabainh and anabainb, used 
in connection with the prepositions, en, eie, 
ek, mean literally to ^o down into, and to 
come up out of. And if the insmred writer, 
in recording tha baptism of the jBunuch, had 
wished to have said, that he and Philip went 
down into the water, and came up out of it, 
he could have founa no more appropriate, 
forcible, and explicit terms in the wnole range 
of the Greek language. If there be more 
appropriate words in the Greek language to 
express these actions, it behoves "ib. S. to 
produce them. Will he undertake to do this ? 

We dose this part of the subject, with 
simply remarking tiiat if Philip only sprinkl* 
ed, and poured a few drops of water on the 
Eunuch's head, it was qmte unnecessary tor 
them to get out of the onariot, and go down to 
the water for that purpose, as he might have 
taken that out of the skins or water-bottles, 
which an ttavellers passing through eastern 
deserts invariably carry with them. 

We turn now to the word baptize, though 
here we shall not detain our readezv long, aa 
Mr. B. confesses, (p. 19) that it 'means aipp« 
ing, plunging or immersing ;** though he con- 
tends that it sometimes means to sprinkle, or 
to pour, but holds that while it means to dip, 
I it never means to raise again ; so that a per- 
son being baptised ought to be left in the wa- 
ter. One Scriptural illustration will prove to 
our readers that there is as much truth as eenee 
in this remark. In Mark xiv. 20, we read, * It 
is one of the twelve that dim>eth {emhatrto^ 
menoe eit) with me in the disn. So in Matt, 
xxvi. 23, we have the same sentence slightlr 
varied, * He that dippeth his hand, (emhapeae) 
with me in the dish.'^ So John xiii. 26. *Me it 
is to whom I shall give the sop when I have 
dipped {bapeae) it; and when he had dipped 
(embapeae) it.' Now our readers know, (if 
Mr. B. does not) that it was, and still is, the 
custom in the east, to use the fingers instead 
of knives and forks, and to ' dip the morsel ' in 
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& iloolf not ttbens fifteftii inchet high; the mM- 
%tr dip* firrt, and the ^eitc follow his exam- 
ple, each penon beiag farsiibed with a piece 
of bread, whieh beinf dipped becomee a sop, 
and they then eat it, wmch we presume they 
eould Dot Terj well dc^ unleaa they raU^d it 
after dipping or haptiiing it, * After he had 
dipped (jtmhipmut) the sop, he gave it to Ju- 
dae laeariot.' Hera the word baptiee meane 
dearly to dip and toraJee. So in Luke. Send 
hkmrvA that he may dip (&apie) the tip of hifl 
finger.' Did the rieh man mean that Lasaros 
having dipped orbaptiied hie finger in water 
waa to keep it there ? But it ie a waate of 
time to reply ai length toeueh noneense aa this. 

At the bottom of the page on which these 
remarka ooear, (p. 19.) Mr B. triumphantlv 
quotee a paenge from the Uebrewe xti;24, 
' The blood of aprmkUwg (he eaye) not the 
blood of dippmaf Leaving his unlearned 
r e ade r s to infer that the Greek word rendered 
in thie plaee ' sprinkling/ is bapti9wum ; where- 
sifr it ie r mmiif mom^ whieh is the ueual Greek 
word for sprinkling. 

So again in 9th cnapter, 13th Terse, sprink- 
ling iramiigaum) the uaelean. So verse 19, 
* sprinkied (errmmtiBs) the book and all the 
people.' So Terse 21, * sprinkle (emm^Me) 
the tabemaele.' 

▲nd here we rearet to haTO to eomplain of 
a method adopted oy Mr. B., in the beginning 
of man^ paiagraphs of his book, calculated, 
(intratwnally, or unintentionally, we cannot 
say) to r«H^«^ hia unlearned readers. Page 
S3 affisrda seTeral iUustrationa of this, they are 
printed thoas 

'JNllimg,' (baptiaing). < They were aUjS^M 
with the fioly Ghost.' (Acts it 4.) 

• rmrfmmAmg ' (baptisiag) < ^mokiHmf ' pour- 
ing oil on the head like aweet perfume. 

We placed Mr. a'a book in the handa of a 
penon who knew nothing 9t Greek and point- 
ing to these paragrapba, aaked him what idea 
they eonveyed to hia mind. He replied, ' that 
the worda tranaUted JUlin^^ foerfmrning and 
amomtimg: were in the original baptiao.' 
That ia predaely the opinion weahould hare 
formed omaalrea, had we not known the eon- 
tran- ; by plaeing (baptiaing) in orocheta, im- 
BMuately after toe worda JS^Um^p and per/aai- 
4mf in italica, Kr. B. learea hia readera to in- 
isr that the latter ia a tranahition of the for- 
mer. Aadagainat this unfiiimeaa we enter 
oar a tfo age a t pioteet. To remore thia im- 
prfmion from the mind of any of our readera, 
who may hare been mialed by it, we give the 
teats qnoted by MJr. B. and add the origimal 

« They vera all]^M (iplaaf Aeaaa) not bap- 
tiaed) with the Holy Ghost* AiTta u. 4 ; it. 
8. (pfMMetf). So Terae 81 ; ehapter ix. Terae 
17 : ebwtcr aiii. Terae 9, 52. 

• Be not iSUed^ (plertMWtte, not Uptizo) with 
wise.* Bph. T. 18. 

• She brake the box, and 9owred {kmtahMm) 
itenhbhead.' ynfal-awi being the paat par- 
tadpaloftheTerblMO, topour. (HarkziT.3.) 
To mmoiaU («grr*aat) my body, fte. 

Bvtia the Septoagmt (Greek) version of 
tha Old Teatament, there ia one pasaage whidi 
aettlea the aueation to every unprejudiced 
mimL LeviUeoa xiT. 16, 16, ^ And the priest 



ahall take some of the log of oil. and pour 
(KeOi) it into the palm of his hand ; and 
shall di^ ijbapto) hia right finger in the oil 
that is in his left han<( and ahall tprinkU 
(raino) of the oil.' 

farther iUustrationa would be useless ; the 
Greeks muat Jcnow their own language better 
than Mr. B. We challenge Mr. B. to pro- 
duoe any other word from the Greek Testa-^ 
ment, to expreaa dipping but Baptieo. 

Mr. B. tnen refera to the Hebrew tabal, 
which is rendered into the Greek by baptiao, 
and English 'dip.' We have proved that 
bapiigo means to dip, from the numeroua 
instances we have given, where it could not 
possibly mean angfthin^ else; and therefore, 
we content ouraelvea with saving, that in the 
case of Naamaa who went down and dipped 
in Jordan, the Hebrew word ia UAal^ and 
this is rendered in the Septuagint, (Greek,) 
Ebaptieaio, which our tranuators have rightly 
translated, dipped. 

Mr. B. (as we have said,) contends, that 
baptuio means to * sprinkle' or to ' pour,' and 
in hia preface he aaya, ' Let us keep close to 
Bible laudato the law and to the testimony ; 
all the while we keep together, we will keep 
if possible, in the sacred Scripture hind/ 
(p. 4.) Well, after thia, we certainly expected 
Mr. B. to mean what he aaid, and to ad mm 
it. But what ia the fact ? That Mr. B. doea 
not give one text from the Greek Testament, 
to ahow that 5apMao, uaed in connection with 
the administration of water baptism, ever 
means to pour or sprinkle, or anything else 
but to immerse; ail his attempts to prove 
that haptiMo has any other meaning, are 
drawn from profisne writers, from whom, 
profeeeedl^f he seeka no support. 

The fact of the matter is thia : whenever the 
New Teatament writera wiah to express the 
action of eprinklinff, they use the word rAa»- 
tieo, Heb. ix. 18, 19, 21. When they wish to 
express pouriHg, they use the word keo. Acta 
ii. 17, 19 ; John x. 46 ; Bev. xvi. 1, 2, 8, 4, 8, 
10, 12, 17. When they wish to express dipping 
they use hapUzo, And we challenge Mr. B. to 
diaprove theae poations. As to the tpiritwal 
distortions of scripture with which Mr. B. 
fiUa half his book, tMued as they are upon the 
grammatical distortions which we have already 
exposed and answered, we need waste no time 
on them ; the foundation being worthless, the 
super-structure falls of itself. 

In ooooluding our second notice of the book 
we give the following authorities, aoae of 
ihem haptitte, in support of baptism by immer- 
sion. 

Frofeuor 8iuaH» *Bapto and Baptise, 
both mean to dip, plunge, or immerse. Ail lex- 
icographers and cntics of any note, are agreed 
in thu.' (Biblical Bepoeitory, April 1838, 
p. 298). The Profeaaor than quotea pasaages 
from Homer, Pindar, JUrietctle, Xenopkon, 
Plwtareh, lAusiam, Strahc, Herttelidee, Plato, 
Herodote, JBpieUtue and Joeephau; all of 
whom use the words to enreaa immersion; he 
confesses that As eawnat find one eaee in any 
elaeeie Greek writer, in the Septuagint, Apo- 
crypha, or New Testament, where they 
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College, Aberdeen. The word Bo^teo. both 
in ucred authors and in oUiiieal, signifies to 
* dip,' ' nlunge/ ' immerse.' And he adds a re- 
mark which we would specially recommend to 
Mr. B*s notice. He says, * It is to be re- 
*» gretted that good and learned men allow their 
Judgments to be warped bythe euMtomt of ike 
Met which they prefer. The trus partisan, 
of whatever denomination, always inelines to 
correct the dieUunqfths Smritt by that of the 
party or sect (Ed«of the Four Gospels. Note 
on liatt. 3 oh. 2 Y. voL 4. p. 24) 

Dn. Campbell^ MaehtUght and Doddridge, 
in their translation of the New Testament, 
they uniTcrsally tianslate hapiizo, by the 
Engli^ immtree, 

CaMn, * The very word baptise, signifies 
toiaMMTse, and it is csrtoM that immenion 
was the practice of the ancient church (L. 4. 
0.15.) 

:Profe9$or CampheU, (an American Infant 
Sprinkler) ' I have heard a disputant, (listen 
Mr. Baxter) in defiance of etymology, and use, 
maintain that the word renaered m the New 
Testament baptise, means more properly to 
sprinkle than to plunge ; and in defianee of all 
auikorits^ maintain that the former was the 
earliest and most general piaotice in baptism. 
One who argues in this manner nerer fails, 
wiUi persons of knowledge to betray the cause 
he would defend : and uiough, with respect 
to the vulgar, hold assertion genemly 
succeeds as well as argument, yet a candid 
mind will always disdain to take the help of 
falsehood, even in the cause of truth, (Leo- 
tures on Pulpit Eloquence. Lect. 10. p. 304. 

Dr. WaU, a learned Inftmt Sprinkler, in 
his defence of that rite, sa^rs, ' Immersion is 
so clear and plain by an infinite number of 
passages, that one cannot but pity the weak 
mtdeaoonrs of sneh fpado-baptists as wmld 
maintain the nsgatioe of it ; for certain^ it 
was the ordinary way by which the andent 
Christians did receive their baptism.' 

Luthsr, after speaking of baptism as a sym- 
bol of death and resurrection, says '* on this 
account I could wish that such as were to be 
baptised could be completely tmaMrsei, accord- 
ing to the meaning of the noord, and the signi- 
cation of the ordinance, so as it was instituted 
by Christ." (Works, vol 2. p. 70. Sd. 1661.) 

Cardinal Wissman, — ' We retain the name 
of baptism, which means immsrsion, though 
the rite is no longer performed by it.' (Lec- 
tures on the Doctrines and Praotioes of the 
Bomish Church.) 

Serman Witsins, U Dutch Professor.) — 
* It is certain that John, and the disciples of 
Christ ordinarily used dipping, as Yossius 
and Hoombeek have shewn, f^m numer- 
ous testimonies.' (Witsiua on the Cove- 
nants. Lee. 4, ch. 16.) 

Bresmsr, (a Romanist,) as (quoted by Pro- 
fessor Btuwt, says, * For thurteen-hundred 
years. Baptism was ordinarily performed by 
immersion, and only on extraordinary ocea- 
sions, was pouring, or sprinkling permitted, 
and these tatter modes were always ealled in 
question, and evenprohibited.' (Stuart p. 361.) 
Zanehius, — * The proper Signification of 

-p^tiso, is to immerse.' 

(Bomamst)^' Baptiao, signifies 



to plunge, as is granted by the whole world/ 
Sosays B«ra, VUringa, and numerous others. 

The Greek Chnreh, in Bussia, and the 
East, has performed baptism by immersion, 
from the days of the Apostles, up to the pro* 
sent time. 

The Chnrch of Bngland baptised by im* 
mersbn, up till within the last three-hundred 
years, and ought to do so now, according to 
her Prayer Book, for in her Service for the 
Baptism of Infants, we read, ' and the Priest 
when he dipe the child,' &o. 

To these testimonies might be added those 
of John Wesleg, Dr, Adam Clarke, and 
the late Dr. Chalmers, and countless otben. 

The Jlrst case of sprinkling^ is recorded by 
JSusebius, (Eodes. Hist L. 6 ch. 48 ) he saya— 
*Novatian, a Presbyter of the Church of 
Bome. being likely to die, was sprinkled over 
in bed, if that might be termed baptism: Bat 
Novatian recovered, and became a candidate 
for the Bishopric of Borne. Cornelius, a rival 
candidate, wrote to Fabius. Bishop of Antiocb, 
describing the case of Novatian, and says, 
'that all the clergy and many of the laity 
were against his oeing chosen Bishop, be- 
cause it was not lawful for him having been 
ponred over in his bed, to be admitted to 
any clerical office.' It appears from this faet, 
that at the year of our l^rd, 260, sprinkling 
was an innovation. Cyprian, who lived in 
the same age, in reply to one Magnus, who 
asked if thev oould be esteemed Christians, 
who had only oeen sprinkled, repliea, ' that sodi 
baptism was to be esteemed good, if necessity 
compelled it.' From this time, sprinkling 
was occasionally permitted, espedally if per- 
sons were near death. It now came to ba 
generally believed, that baptism was essential 
to salvation : thus the first general departure 
from the scriptural mode of administering thia 
ordinance was accompanied by a falling awajr 
from the truth and spirit of the fl^oapeL About 
this period, new and fantastic oeremoniea 
were joined with the celebration of baptiam. 
The evil spirit was solemnly exorcised out of 
the candidate, by the vehement shouts and 
declamations of the priest— the oonverta were 
adorned with crowns and white robes, and 
returned home with the sound of music, See, 

With one other remark, we olcse thia 
article. Mr. B. after labouring to prove that 
baptise means to sprinkle, teUs us in p. 34^ 
that the sols meaning of baptiso, is to dsdi^ 
cats, cotffirm, or establish, while at p. 126, 
he says, it describes no act at aU, but merely 
the effset of an action, which is not dete^ 
mined by the word I It is vecy clear that the 
word baptiso, in Mr. B*8. hands, means any- 
thing that Mr. B. wishes. The following 
texts will shew how the word baptiso, trana- 
kted to dsdieaU, confirm, sstablishj would 
read : ' He to whom I shall give a sop, when 
I have dsdieatsd it : and when he had com- 
firwwd it, he gave it to Judas Iscariot' John 
xiiL S6. The word in both cases is baptise. 
Again, ' Send Lasarus that be may sataHisk 
the tip (baptise) of his finger,' Luke zvi. 24. 
' And he wore a vesture oonjifmsd (baptised) 
in blood.' Bev. xix. 18. * Here is wat«T 
what doth hinder me to be establishsd 1 Acta 
viiLSfi. ^ I 

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▲PDKltSID TO OUft VRIUSB IV TSB COLOVIBt, AlTD ACROn THI 8SA8. 



Baitkbv Couvttbs Statxov, 
BatonUy, May 88. 1859. 
DsAm Bbothbs McCubi, of Geelong; 
kntlim Allen, Ward, Hooper, and all kind 
liriaBda in Ohrisi— 1 hare this efening loeated 
Bjaelf in a eomer of an Eastern Counties— 
tba vhtatle has annpunoed onr departure — 



is np'-''the Express*' is off— and 
nov my pnym u that the Lord mmj hold me 
in safeiT nntil Isee the aneient city of Nonrioh 
where, if all be well, I hope to-morroir to stand 
in brother John Corbitt's palpit three times, 
aetirerinf any nessafs the Lord may, in 
y, cive unto nie» Last Monday the 
arersary olold Prondenoe, in Ohelsea, was 
_ len. Mr. Odling, of Chqpham, presided, 
and eshibitod an ezeellent spirit; Mr. Hall, 
istor of Gamer, gare ns a noble speeeh 
1 Oospri minister : it was original, mter- 
g, and worthy of extensire publication, 
has now four settled pastors, lonnd 



the pastor < 
MtheOosi 



tn the faith, and nseftil assong^their people. 
Mr. PWisferd, Mr. Bolaad, Mr. Bird, and Mr. 
HalL The good people at Cranmer Court, with 
brother Bird, are building a new ohapel ; I 



trast it may be the birth«|^aoe of man^f souU. 
Tnesda; 



■esday I was at Upper Basildon, in 

We bad a lai^e oompany ; they also 

want to bold a new chapel ; their old one is 
too saall; brother Smith, of Oxfnrd, shared 
the work with me. He is an excellent brother : 
and is becoming quite an ' annirersary man.^ 
How fftf^gwlai' u his position! His earthly 
eaUiiig requires htm to sweep the black dust 
away from the Oxford Uniyersity ; of which, 1 
expect be findi an immense quantity, especially 
in these Trsetarian times. 1 heartily wish he 
the UniToreity clean of all its 



Pnseritish and semi-popish oust and rubbish ; 
bat I fear it is too deep-rooted for him. Some 
of yoo hare heard of our aged brother Shepherd, 
of Aabampatead, near Basildon ; he has been 
in deep oonl trouble few years ; but the Lord 
has smiled npon him. Ue now rejoices in 
Chriai. I reached home from Basildon, late 
00 Tamday night ; and on Wednesday mominr 
went to Orpington, where brother Wyard 



I in the morning a comfortable sermon 
en Csith; in the aftemooo, Paul's words-- 
' even so bath the Lord ordained, that they who 
preach the gospel should lire of the gospel,'— 
wae my text ; and in the erening, I was helped 
to speak from Psalm xxr. * Ml the paths of 
the Iford are mercy and truth to such as keep 
hk eoveoant, and his testimonies.' 1 felt my 
own soul comforted while speaking~(l,) of 
the Pisth of Parental Discipline ; the heavenly 
taitioii of Ood's regenerated children, as it is 
written, ' Whom the Lord loveth be chasteaeth. 
awl eeonrgeih erery son whom he receireth / 
(9.) the pathway of Gospel training, of unfold* 
Mg to the sanctified eye of faith the great and 
gmnons mysteries of the Kew Corinant. ' I 



well remember how silently, how sweetly, how 
certainly, the beautiful plan of salvation was 
opened up in my soul, and how fast by the 
truths then revealed, I hare been helped to 
abide; I hare deeply and daily proved that 
many waters cannot quench my love to them, 
nettber can the floods drown it^although my 
love to the truth is not half so hot as 1 could 
desire ' it should be. Then (3, J there is the 
Pathway of Bereavements— of Providential 
Direction— of Usefulness in Zion^and of 
Meetness for Glory ; all these are in mercy :-* 
and through them prophecies are accomplished, 
promises are realised. I left Orpington with 
a large number of friends, and the next day, 
attended a public meeting on behalf of Poor 
Baptist Churches in the Country. Brother 
John Pells preached the sermon; tea was pro- 
vided ; at the evening meeting I was called to 
£ reside ; the brethren Bird, Bayment, Kevan, 
[eys; Seacock, Webb, New, and others plead- 
ed. The Society's hopes of usefulness are not 
without encouragement Yesterday and to- 
day, 1 hare been driving the pen, and proof- 
reading—completing June YBSBBL—up to thb 

last moment nearly and now our engine is 

broken down; ana when I shall reach Nor. 
wich I know not— but I hope the strength of 
the Lord will be on my side. [This accident 
of engine-breaking occurred at a place oUIed 
* Burnt Mill,' we were all a little frightened : 
but the Lord was our helper, and carried us 
safely through.] 

That ffood, old-fashioned scripture came to 
my mind to-day before 1 kft— * We know that 
all thinffs work together for good to them that 
love G<^, and who are the called according to 
his purpose.' My mind went to the bottom 
of the text first— I thourht within myself: 1, 
the eternal purposes or a Holy God in the 
covenant of grace, is the secret womb from 
whence every • saving mercy flows, and by 
whieh the salvation of the whole election of 
grace is secured. 2, Here is an answer to 
that question whieh thousands do so anxiously 
Ask at the mercy-seat, and under a gospel 
ministry, *Lord, how may I be assured 1 am 
chosen to life eternal?* — An effectual call— a 
mcious bringing of the sinner from Egypt's 
dark iron furnace into gospel knowledge, mto 
spiritual light, and into fellowship with the 
saints ; this eall proves our election—* Know- 
ing, brethren beloved, your election of God.' 
3, But seeing that there is an outward call to 
a nominal profession merely, and an effectual 
call into the blessed kingdom of Christ— see- 
ing so many are ealled, and comparatively so 
few chosen,— how may I oeme to the happy 
conclusion, that my call is indeed of God unto 
eternal glory P This text declares that reel, 
heart-felt love to God proves three things :. ), 
onr election in the covenant ; 2, our voM^on 
in the gospel ; 3, our'glorification in the better 



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kingdom. And> ImUj, theM parta of truth 
welloonndcrtd, wiU most eimmj domonttrBte 



th^ fMt ^Mkred. *sll thionwork UigHk4r 
TOR GOOD to them that tove God.' The 
elimax of all good ia to be om teitk CJkrittj in 
the goepel and in glory, aeeing that the people 
of God are predestinated unto life eternal— 
aeeing Christ hath redeemed them from all 
evil, and promised them that the/ shall never 
perish—it is quite certain that for them * all 
tkimffti* must struggle, agonize, cooperate, and 
lead on to the conveyanoe of their ransomed 
spirits into the blessed paradise of God. It 
must be so, because the covenant of grace is 
ordered in all things and sure. It must be 
■0, because Christ and his people are om; and 
he said, ' I will come again and receive you 
unto myself.* It must be so, because the Spirit 
who qmckens their souls into life, and reveals 
Christ unto them, is promised to abide wiUi 
ihem for ever. 

[It is getting towards night, we are 
now runnin* from Cambridge to Jxorwieh. I 
hope to add; a few lines to this on Tuesday, 
if the Lord permit me to return.] 

ViOTOBXA BtATIOV, WoBWIOH, 

Tuesday morning. May 81, 1869. 
It is six o'clock— Brother Corbitt has just j 
bid me farewell ; and now I am once more : 
seeking to be safely conve^'ed to London, with j 
m desire to speak for my Lord and Master this 
evening in Unicom Yard Chapel ; and to sail | 
to-morrow morning towards Newiok,in Sussex, i 
It was late on Saturday night before our train ' 
reaehed If orwich ; there brother Corhitt's ex- 1 
flellent desAon, Mr. Barber, met me: took' 
me to his beautiful Villa in the Thorpe Hamlet, 
and both him and his lady treated me with 
the utmost kindness; for which may God' 
Almighty bless them both in this life, and in 
that which is to oome. The cause on Orford 
Hill, in the ancient City of Norwich, haa most 
amaringly increased under Mr. Corbitt's min- 
istry — the chapel has been enlarged and 
paid Ibr— the church has been eonsiderably 
ucraaeed, and the congregation is multiplied 
4o the crowding of that (now) commodious 
jdaoe from one end to the other. If there is 
«ny position on this earth in which a man 
can possiUy be happ)^, John Coibitt enjoys it : 
in a spiritual, in a ministerial, in a domestic, 
and in ft preapective sense, he is filled and 
snrrounded with every comfort, and the Lord 
«ften grants him his henrt's desire, a thankful 
Jieart, a tongue to hless Jehovah's name, and 
n Ufe of earnest useftilness in the Gospel field. 
He has latel^made a tour through several oonn- 
ties, preaching and enjoying peace through 
Jesus Christ. Next spnng, n raared, he con- 
templates crossing the Atlantic for a few 
mondis. I have no doubt but the Lord will 
booour him in America ; the British settlers 
there will bo glad to see him— the truth-loving 
Yankees will rejoioe to hear his original and 
powerful miniatration of the Gospel ; and I 
nave no doubt but that they will arrange for 
4iim, so that a multitude of doors will be open 
4o him, when it shall please the Lord to carry 
•him thither. The venerable and greatly be- 
lieved John Gowen still preaches in Norwich. 



The Lord iqiholds him; and before many 
years his happy spirit will spffsad her winga, 
and fly to that bright wnrid where deeaytog 
nature, a dying world, changing scenes will no 
more distress the ransomed of the Lord. I do 
not believe there ib mush Goepel in Norwich 
beside the ministration of the two John*a — 
Gowen, and Corbitt. Mr. Kempster has been 
many years at the Tabernacle ; he has preach- 
ed the Gospel as soundly aa the best of the 
Countess of Huntin^on's ministers do ; bat 
even Mr. Kempster is diseoutaged ; and pnr- 
poses to resign bis pastorate mere. For an 
old Cathedral city, nowever. Norwich has a 
large number who love and live tki GoaPBb 
or Chbmt; and I hope thernambsrwill bo 
multiplied, and incrassed aa time rolls 
on. 1 will say one word about Yamonth, 
and then dose thbnote. Yesterday noming, 
my dear brother in Christ, James Linooln-^ 
(an extensive Boot Maaufoeturar in Norwich) 
took me to Yarmouth ;^it is a pratty ran 
beside the river from Norwich to YansootlL) 
We first found Balmm CAafMl— and then wa 
found Providence Flaoe,— where the fialnm 
pastor, brother Tann, rssides. We spent an 
nour or two happily together. I was glad to 
find that my brother Tann^s prospeeU in tba 
ministrv ne much more cheering. Yanaontk 
is an uiterestiDg watering alaee. Manvof 
the Lord's peopto will, no doubt, drink a 
little sea air Aere this Summer. I hope tbev 
will find Salem chapel— (it ia a little ana,) 
and there may the Lord make hiahep Utann n 
living mouth to many. C. W. B. 

I Moeived the foUowUig fimn Norwich ainen 
Heft: 

OBFOBB WTTiL, NORWICH.— Ma. BaiToa, 
—Tea will rejoioe to hear (when you eensUer diat 
we were disappotated of your p r ssa n s e at our aaat- 
veriary teameetfaig, which took plaee on the even- 
ing of If ay Slst,) that the Lord so over-^nled it that 
all oar fneods were of o»e heart and one mir ^ ~~ ^ 
ezpreeeed their graUtode to Ood for the 
manner of displayiiifr hia kindness and merey 
them. Yoorex«ei)ent,aoaUtlrrlag,diseoan 
the 8eaday, aad Monday eveuiaa, made a .. . 
imprsislon oa many who heard them. May tba 
Lord follow yon with his bksslng wherever yon 
may be oallcd upon to speak. Our respected mtai. 
later, Ur John Corbett, returned to as after a vteH 
of three weeks in Osmbridgesbife, HuntAagdonBhtin 
Bodfordshixtt, and London, maeh refreshod and 
impsoved in health; aad met his ehnrah aad eon- 
grenaUon, who weleomsd his return wUh glsdncaa 
of heart. After tea. of which more than 150 par- 
took bountlfolly, Mr George Barber, one of enr 

deseons, was called to the chair. Mr. / ' 

BalUS, a lay friend, 



and aifootkmate prayer ; and a few verasa bctaig 
snag, Mr. Barber aaade a fsw rcmarlLa on tha 
inereased prosperity of the ehoroh, which he said 
was too manifest to require any detailed sutcBiaiift 
fVom him. Since we met last year the Lotd has 
been at work, calling flrat one aad then another to 
eoase ameagst us and to dcdaie what he has dona 
for Iheir ooids. Alter a lew /ndUbla remariu, Mr. 
Corbitt gave us a good panoiamio view of what ha 
had seen in his Journey, the abundant erops ttt 
eom, fto., fto., and then most sweetly showed bow 
the Lord had blessed him in meeting wKhMa 



f I lends, some of whoai gave him i 
testineBiaiof Gotf s fhithfolaessaad honour, i _ 
talaedla seme of the first aeals of hia ministry, aX 
Cotte«W» Oamliaf bay, Foiton. and Bigglii«a«a. 
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todveutogatherinaiutjr For order, orthodojcy. 



1 place, BothlDg eould lutTO been better tloK 
» fonadatloii stnmf m the Ahnlghty, the expefi- 
» deep end MerehlDffud the preetiee Jaet wMe 
■fb to ewboMe all the deet. After this Mr, 
Abb, «r TennoDth, eddreeeed the meeting eoB- 
gntaUUnj on the odnieler'e mernlaeee, the 
ehareh'i heppliicas» the eonstent iDcreue and the 
preratling onion. Mr Dlott, a lay friend, then 
gave na an eloqiient pieee of oratory, muoh abovo 
tha nmmtm Mylaof Bpeaking, Ibonded on the 
aBallaeae of hamaa knowledge, shewing that Ihe 
higheel aar man eaa attain In this world waa hnt a 
gl1r*|-^ of a Tanishiag eometbing. If the wieeet 
of men attempt to get a right riew of themMlree 

S> tlie light of revelation, they get only a giimpce 
thdr Ineompreheaelble oelf, the phUo«>pher with 
an hie vceearehea into natnre is Jaat the same, he 
goto only a gUmpsa of the ineompreheasihle worlu 
of an iBoomprehenaible Ood that is to Jndge ns at 
' the laat. Benee he Inferred how bumble, thankfal, 
and watehfttl, we ought to be, seeing our oompre- 
henaloA is so small that nothing more than a 
^impae ean be aUained in this UCs. Mr. SeoCt, an 
aged misister, from Priory Taid, said be rsmem- 
harad the first opening of Qrford Hill Chapel, and 
nosarked how altered was the scene and bow few 
Ihara he eoold reoognise that were here then, and 
coBclwdcd his address with a few eongiatulatory 
nsaarlca. Mr. Philip Broee, deacon of Providenee 
Chapel, eonelnded in prayer, and the eoagregation 
hroka «p a Uttto balhce tan e*elock, baying enjoyed 
ene of the happiest meetinn or the kind ever 
wiCneased. Many thanks are due to the two deaooos 
who provided for the ooeaslon and to the friends 
who prMsred and serred tacm up, for surely nerer 
were things done more decently and in oraer for 
whlsh we thank Ood and Uke courage. 

Oaa WHO i^vjuTBD thb marXMO, 

THE SUFFOLK ASSOCIATION. 

AMMVAJL OATHSKIVe. 

PxAK Brotbvr Banks.— I embrace the 
preeeat opportanity of eezidiiig you an acooont 
of ib4B aDDoal moetinn of toe SuiFoUc and 
Korfdlk Aaaoriatiwi, bald at Fresiingfield, 
SaffsDt, ca TumUj and Wedneoday Jhe 7th 
nod 8th dnys of Jne, 18fi9. On Tusiday 
■Bonung at half past 10, the serncaa com- 
BMBced by singtng an appzopriate hymn, than 
JCr. Lenger, mamMr at trmndiabargh, preeon- 
tad sadMUi prayer to God, which I thought 
MiMit jifoee tnuy refreshing to the aoul of 
•very wnasel of mercy present. Mr. Bird, of 
BaftUMden, being moderator, gave a very a^- 
propcinte opening address, and read thd arti- 
eiei vhich eompriaea all the fundamantal 
■vinciplaa of our moot holy religiion. The 
Htlem from the &▼• and twenty obTtrches 
were read in due order, acme of which were 
and encouraging; others la- 

nting tha low state of some of the hills of 
flo^eral pastors haro been remored by 
Frowidenee, and eevemi T«iy exoeUent denoone 
by th« hand of death. Manifbld were the 
feninrea of the letters read, two of the most 
pfWBiastnt I will fpve you, Tia. 

The eheedrfui letters recognised the agency 
at ihB Holy Spirit as the efficient cause of 
naoeaa ; and tfte defp|onding letters rceogni- 
»d the neeeanty of it, without which tlie 
ehni«hca would vealiio no real And sulMtantial 
levivaL One oi tha diorohes h|iTC eommen< 



Isis.tnmble, and no dff«ae#; (whit n aapltml 
tiio.) On Sttndi^ Morning 3wa» 6th, Mr. 
Collms of Oroadisburgh, preadied the won! 
of eternal life to 9,600 people, after which, 
he beptiaed efosen bdiersn in the name of 
the erer adorable trinity. 

To the Trinity in Unity be all the pmiat. 
The Tenerable pastor (Mr. Totman) at Lax- 
field, has resigned his offlee, in oonsemienoe ef 
infirmity and old age. In enawer to- tbe many 
prayers of the ehoreh, the Loni has sent them 
e minister, Mr. Bobert Bears, Jun., r21 years 
of age) member at Mar. Foronan's, London, 
(his -father ia en honourable deacon sit Mount 



^on). Tfaaa Tonng servant of Jesus' Christ is 
nreaehing I belicTe to congregations ▼anring 
from 80O, to 1100 people; and with evident 



M» system of weekly oAsringe de- 
rlsriaig the reenlt to be three-fold more money, 



tokens of the divine presenee and blcssiug. 
I pray God may raise up many more- such, 
and that he may oless every cdunty with pure 
gospel truth, even as Simolk. My nAiive 
oounty (Suilblk) is blest indeed, and f rejoice, 
and defy contradiction. Most of the churches 
are blest with a Sabbath School, some of them 
in a very flourishing condition. 

During the past year, several teachers and 
diildren have been added to the church ; there 
are 214 children in the Sunday School, at 
I^azfield, (this is a highly favoured spot, on 
Thursday eveninff, June 9th, 1 heard nrothor 
BloomfiAd preaoi a soul-stirring sermon in 
the chapel to (I should think,) not less than 
600 people.) 

A new chapel is to be opened at Earl So- 
ham, on Wedneaday July 6lh, Mr. Boe, is 
preaching hese with evident tokens of Pivine 
success. The cause at Freosiogfiekl is prot- 
periog under the pastosato ef Mr. A. BftmOf 
Uto of Norwich. Great credit is due to ew 
brother Brown, and his ezeellent mte, hg 
their strenuous exertions to edd to theeomfofft 
and happiness of the friends genenmy on this 



AiUmoon, Mr. Vdaecomhe, of Lendoq, 
read the hymns ; Mr. Themley, of Steermav- 
ket, read a portion of Scripture and snjaged 
in prayer ; after which, Mr. Jsaae, of Brighten 
gave us an eloquent discoorae ftom John xc« 
11th and 12th veises. Evening, Mr. Seas^ 
of LaxAeld, read the hymns s Mr. Pelisy of 
London, nmd and engaged in pimyer. Mr. 
Bloomfield preached a soul-atirripg «ad heart 
eomlbrting semson, from Hebrews vi. 20^ 
< The multitude heard the word g^ly/ H»Tp 
ing some milee to tievel, I eould not bejpra^ 
sent at the morning prayerrmeetinga on Wed* 
nesdav, but was mformed thejF were weU 
attended, a great number of ministeas, end 
laymen engaged in solemn heartCslt pm>er, 
I oelieve eur prayer-meetinspsirBiHaally v«ak| 
be more wmtstble. and better ettended« ii 
instead of two or three, some five or sU bre« 
thren ensaged, and that within the yaae 
space of time. 

When at a throne of grace, we shoal^^pn^ 
and not preach. *A word to the wise is 
enough.' At half-pea^ 10 o'elofk the spadoua 
tent waa crowded to excess, and hupdr^ 
were etanding outside^-it was thought there 
oould not be less than 9^600 persons present. 
On whadi oceariop, a very solepin and appro* 
priate sermon was preached by that honoured 



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(July 1, IBM. 



Ittnd Tai«rabl6 Mrraai of Jems OhrifL Mr. 
Qeorge Wright, of BoccIm, from InUh liv. 
port of lit TorM» * Sing borran !' 

In the afternoon o Torr ■olemn, thongfatfnl, 
and faithfal disoourte, from Romanii Tiii. 32, 
WEB delirered bj that faithful minister of the 
gospel, Mr. John Oooper, of Wattiaham, at the 
close of which Mr. Bird, offered a few remarks 
' and Mr. Oollint, of Onindisbargfa, delivered 
a yerr animatingaddreas, inwhioh he stated 
the churohes at ttoxne, GHemsford, and Clare, 
had become united with the Association, and 
, the annual meeting in 1860, will be held at 
Ckre. (Qod willing,) I hojM to be present, as 
there are many in that neighbourhood whom 
I love in the I'Ord. and not a few to whom the 
Lord blessed my feeble labours. The parting 
hymn being sung. 

' Blest be the tie that binds 
Our hearts in Christian love/ fte. 

Mr. Wright oonduded the happy meeting 
' b^ prayer. I wish we had just such an Asso- 
ciation in London, founded on the precise 
same principles, vis., all the cardinal doctrines 
and ordinances of the Scripture. I pray God 
the time may soon come, when the ebunhes 
fenerallv shall realise the blessedness descri- 
bed in the 133rd Psalm, even as the churches 
constituting the Norfolk and Suffolk Associa- 
tion. JoHH Pblls. 

17, College Place, Camden Town, V. W. 

FAJRNHAM. 

TvBSDAT MoRiriMO, June 14th, 1869.— 
Testerdaythe Bethel anniversary, on Hungary 
Hill, was one of the beat days to many. 
Cricket Hill being on the same day [where 
Mr. Bloomfield, of London, and Mr. Spencer, 
of Hartley Kow, were preaching,] it was 
thought our company would be divided ; but 
we were happy to see the chapel more than 
crowded full : and truly thankful to find the 
Lord God of our salvation present to bless. 
We had soldiers from the Camp, — Boyal 
servants from the Queen's Pavilion, — and 
seekers for truth from all quarters. Brother 
Brake, the pastor, and his dear people are 
anxious to build a baptistry, and to repair and 
enlarge the chapel ; lor this purpose collections 
were made; collecting cards are issued ; and 
donations would thankfully be received by 
the deacons, brethren George Wells, William 
Prickett, and others. Beyond all exception, 
Hungary Hill is one of the finest elevations 
in this part of the country. The air is soft 
and bracing ; the water is excellent ; the 
views are cheering and delightful. Take your 
ticket at Waterloo Station lor Famham, walk 
through the Bishop of Winchester's park, it 
will bring yon on to Hungary Hill ; vou may 
there walk and behold the beauties of nature; 
and if yon turn into Bethel you may hear one 
of the most original, earnest, and deeply ex- 
ercised ministers of the present day. 

BLACKHSATH. 
, Cv Lord's-day, June 12th, the Anniversary 
sermons of Daere Park Baptiat Chapel were 

fre.iohed. In the Morning. Mr. Palmer, of 
lomerton, delivered a sound gospel diecoune 



from the 68rd Psalm, 1st verse, *OGod,thon 
art my God.' In the Evening Mr. J. B. 
Crackaell preached a stirring sermon from 1 
Thes. 5th chapter, 6th verse. * Therefore let 
us not sleep as do others ; but let ua watch 
and be sober.* On Tuesdaj, June 14th, a 
goodly number assembled in the Afternoon to 
bear Mr. James Wells, who preached with 
liberty and savour from Zechariah ii. IS; 
Christ was exalted in his person and work. 
The amngemcnts for the tea were excellent ; 
the friends appreciated and enjoyed it. 

The Public Meeting commenced at half-past 
6. Mr. Cracknell presided. Brother William- 
son, opened with orayer. Our highly esteemed 
brother Wale, of Beading, gave a maaterlv 
address upon the first clause of 6th verse, 9th 
chapter of Isaiah, * For unto ns a child is 
bom, unto us a son is given.' Brother Banks 
spoke upon * His name shall be called Won- 
derful.' Many say they never heard him 
better : he was very happv. Brother Caont, of 
Gheenwich, with much decision upon ' Coun- 
sellor.' And brotiier Whittle upon < The 
Everlasting Father.' The doxology was sung, 
and prayer closed one of the best anniversary 
meetmgs that can be remembered at Daere 
Puk. So msny told 

On WHO WAS Thvxv. 

KSPPEL VOLZET^VBBZLL SQITABK- 
An imporUnt meeting was holden. May SUt, in 
referenoe to the Norwich St. Mary's Chapel csas. 
Mr. Mllner, in the ohslr, who made a good opening 
speeeh. He said U was not the valoe of the Rt. 
Mary's Chapel, bat the rlghtaoaaacss or rather 
unrighteouaneas of diverting the Chapel from the 
use of those for whom It was intended. We 
ahoold consider it eqaally nnjaat to endeavour to 
obuln a veated open eommanlon Chapel tram. 
those of Bueh sentlmenu : bnt the fact was, It was 
'on*j a trial cast,* and if they soooeded to wrest 
the chapel at St. If ary*a from the Strict brethren, 
then withOQt donbt many other chapels throaghoat 
the land woald be wrong from them also. Mr« 
Norton, one of the tmatccs, gave a good definition 
of the ease, and ftrom the known piinciplea of MV. 
Kinghorn (early paator of 6t. Mary's,) and the well 
known advocate and defender of Strict CommunUm 
principles agalnat Mr. Robert Hall, it was evident 
that when the trust de<>d read ae follows : * That 
thin boilding was for the use of the *Partiea)ar 
Baptiat Chareh and eongregatioD,* there eonU be 
no doubt that it was intended for their use only, 
and he waa glad to Inform them that eminent 
conncil, Romiiey, Berthel, and Evans, had ao given 
their opinion. They were forced into the defence; 
arbitration had been refOsed, only upon such 
groands as he could not accept, and he traated the 
Cburohea of Chrlat of Strict Gommunioa prinoiplea 
eontendina for the doctrines of graocL would help 
him and hia fellow.truateea to repel thia unjuat 
attack on property ; and they all knew how lament- 
ably the ehurchcs had generally gone down tn 
sentiment, in eonoeetlon with lax diaelpline. It 
was no CacUoaa opposition, a» 132 signed the dec- 
laration not to have the order of the Church 
disturbed out of a total of about 800 membera. Mr. 
I*almer, of Homerton, Williamaon, Pells, and 
Haaelton, anpported resolutions, pledging thenk- 
" • their 1 



selves, and the body generally, to do t 
in every way to oppeee this and every attempt to 
alieniata the property, and croah the prineipka of 
Strict Baptists i believing them to be ideatieal with 
the honour and glory of him whom they profess to 
serve. Brethren present : Box, Meeres, Bonner, 
C. Woollaoott, Flory, Alldls, Green, Ac., with a 
large number of deacons ftrom several ehurehes. 

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CBITDWXLL ASB WHSIT.-Bome of the 
food ptopto UBongti ashav« been A little excited 
bj evvportUiat Mr. B. B. Wele, of Reading, wm 
r into thew puts to preach Certain parties 
PB»j in tpeaking nnkindlj of the expected 
^rvaeber. H« la not ideatiflcd with the * BzoloaiTe 
Partj,* and waa ooodemncd unheard. However, to 
Crodwell be eame. The people eoon saw he was a 
little own ; and to look at him nme ooold dare to 
think he waa maeh to be fcarei. Our chapel was 
crowded ; and the Iford helped him to preach thb 
6<urci. Tory aweetl j and eolemnly loo. we thanked 
God, ae we retired to oar labours, that eueh an able 
minieter of truth waa raised up. Us Crndwell people 
sra gobag on In peaee. Our brethren Lamb and 
Taylor apeak to oa in the Lord's name ; and we lore 
then In the coapel very mneh. Since our annirer- 
sary, Mr. Wale hma been to Minety. Would you 
belierc it that Old Prejadiee would not let him into 
the pulpit! Well, what waa to be donel The 
Pope sud he abould not preaoh. But there were 
bundreda of people oome to hear Mr. Wale; so 
tb«y ofcaod a larfe barn, into it they went, and 
a slorioae dnj we had. Charles Brown, our father 
•ad friend in Cliriat, heard Mr. Wale moat Joyfully 
- ind so did hundreds more ; and there are many 
chapela open for him now in these parts. I am. 
A raxAcnaa. 
[If tt pleased the Lord to give as a few more 
XBteUlgent and deroced men like Mr. Wale, and 
otkefv now im the goepel field, these hard hearts 
aa4 empty benda will lose much of their power.-- 

BknKOHD. HERTS,— The anniversary of the 
Baptist Cbapel on Tuesday, May 24th. Mr . Mllner 
praobcd two ezeeilcnt sermons ; afternoon, from 
Iniah 0rd Slat Ciiapter; evening Acts 2Srd and 
Utt venee - eome that eame to hear brother Milner 
had been told his preaehing waa not sdapted to the 
weak heUerar, and litUe faith; they laid thcr were 
agreeahly dleappoLnted ; they heard the blessed 
gospel fully, ahly, and suitably sdapted: they 
trjeieed greatly : altogether we eojmed the pre- 
senes of the Lord in our midst The Babhath 
aehool anaiveraarj waa held on whit-sunday, Mr. 
H. Hatekinsoa the paator, preaehed three edifying 
iliseonrsw ; and on Monday the ehiklren had their 
aeaaal tree! and rewarda. It was plessant to see the 
little enes enjoy their bolidaT. Mr. U. preaehed 
in the evening from Jeremtsh SSrdcl^pter Ilth 
vcree. ' Preiae the Lord of hosts, for the Lord is 
good» and hla mecej endueth for ever.' 

▲ VaiXKD. 

BIACXHBATH - DaCRB PARK CHAPEL. 
We aanooaee with much pleaanre, that our brother 
J. £. CracfcneU haa received a nnanitnous invitation 
to the paatorate here. This is an interesting fee. 
tore in tlM hialory of tlie cause at Blackheath : 
these la a moet desirable adaptation between the 
paster and the people in this case. Our strong 
sympathiee in tne welfare ef some young men 
have gained us man/ heavy blows ; but we enjoy 
a ^ilBl eenfldeoce that our hrother Cracknell, in 
thehaadeof the Lofd, wUl prove a faitlifiil, and a 
■sefnl man. in the gB««l kingdom. 

w ywyiy f WtyA^ir , 8in?F0LX>- Oor anniver 
lary aetmons were preaehed onWhit Monday, b; 
the hrcthien Thomas Poock, of Ipswich, and 
wAgmttm,t,f^ of London. The ministers preaehed 
ma na the gloriooe goepel of Christ: and the 
paiVle rejoiead. We hope the Lord Is still with us 
sithoegh heavy triala have befallen OS. Iliketheee 
' ' i people ; they are as determined for 



the rreth, vita! experience, and righteousness, as 
waiFlnlhlaaelf. God bless them. Bo prays, 

AFsak 



ly.— • A fHend to the yact»L firem 
_ J' ie ii^lMwed ihat arrangenenti are 
kiif to given series of articles hiatortaal, ecitical 
antf cz^^rmicntal — ^fllnetratlve of the present con- 
Aitioa of the efaunbce in Brighton whose PasiorK 



hold the grand leading doctrines of New Covenant. 
ReTelatlon. We are quite aware of the declensions 
and Jealoosies^the departorea and divipions. exist- 
ing. These wQl oome fairly before our Tribunal. 

BTO8TABLE— On Whit Wednesday June 15tU, 
1859. the anniversary of the Oid Baptint Chapel, 
Dunsuble, was holden.«-Mr Milner of Kepp^l St. 
preaehed m the morning from Job zsviU. 11. * He 
bindeth the floods from overflowing; and the thing ■ 
that U bid, briziffeth he forth to the light.' It waa . 
an excellent, weighty, experimental discourse ; and 
was greatly blest, it was a rich cordial to the souls 
of the people. Had he known the path of sorrow 
and iloods thro* which they had been called to pase 
he could not more accurately have described them ; 
but though he knew it not, the Binder of the flood • 
did, and graciously directed his servant to speak 
a word in season to the ttied ones, and a word in 
season how good it is! I am no enthoiastle, but» 
oh how beaoiifhl were the feet of him that brought 
sueh good tidings I Our Father bindeth the flooda : 
precious truth, tar heart almost preeumes, I shall 
not lose the relish all my daya. Our esteemed 
brother Milner does not make much noise in preach- 
ing, his calm, pithy, weighty manner, cannot fail . 
to arrest and interest hit hearers ; but, best of all, 
the rich, unctions, experimental acouaintsnoe of 
the truths he preaches, enjoyed In bis own soul, 
comes warm from his heart, to the hearts of hie 
heftrers. In the afternoon, Mr. Smith, of Oxfbid. 
preached. The good man preached in his usual , 
earnest, argumentative^ lively manner. A good 
company then took tea. Brother Bioomfleld (with 
his sunny countenance and smile,) lo<dclng the 
Tory picture of good temper, was present, and 
preached in the evening to a crowded and attentive 
congregation. The attendance was very good all 
day. Mr B. took for his text, Romans, v. 2. * by 
whom also we have aoeess by faith into this 
grace, wherein we stand and rejoice in hope of 
the Glory of God.' Ue preached an eloquent 
discourse. Grace ! free grace, was the Alpha and • 
Omega of his theme. It did the hearts of Mr. 
Carpenter's friends real good to hear Mr. Bloom* 
fleld testify his affectionate regard for onr pastor. , 
and his pleasure in witnessing the peaee and 
prosperity in our midst, and to hear him say, 
that that day was one of the haopiest he CTcr 
remembered spending at Dunatable. The ooUee- 
tions were good. We, as a people, may well say, 
what hath God wrought ! To his name be all the 
glory. A LiTTLB Omk. 

ABHFOSDi Kin T.— This town Las grown 
amasiugiy nnce it became a Junction on the South "* 
Eastern line : it is now a very populous ndghbour* 
hood ; one good feature in the preemt phase of its 
history is an effort to plant a goepel church on New 
Testament principles. We have heard good old 
Mr. Tappenden ; but he, with many others have 
pasNd away. On Thursday, June 16, Mr. Jsmes 
VffllM preached three sermons in the Corn £x- 
ehange Rooms. Some hundreds came round to 
beer this bold expounder of the goepel of Ohriat. 
Mr. Bradshaw, of Canterbury, preaches every 
Sabbath ; and we can say, the Lord is with him. 

FOTTOV, BEDS.-^ Thursday, May 86th, 
we held our anniversary. Mr. John Oorbitt 
preached morning, afternoon; and Mr. John ■ 
Bioomfleld in the evening. Both these brethren 
preached well ; we were thankful for the merdea 
of the gospel ; but, some said— 'teeing your ven- 
erable paator, Mr. Tite, is a thorough Braji &Aai> 
UAV I and is even now supplying at head-quarters, 
how is it your annlTcraary f etmona are preached 
by brethren not exactly of that honourable dis- 
tinction t' Our answer Is, * we love all who love, . 
live, and preach the gospel of Christ.' Amen. 
.— ... Jottjr. 

BIO0LiEESWA2)B-Mr. Tanner, and the church , 
here, eve faronred with peace, ^^^{^^^fV^^^^JP^ ' 
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aiRHom RBvismro. 



ior joor ii«zt No. of the * Sabtssv VMsaA* 
foB ma MtauoHmm Ber. W. linoola't Semon 
Berieved in jov iMtP The Baviewer aeyi, 
*lCr. liaedla ie not a Ptuerite, yet he aeia up 
even in glory a ir»immti&u» eoitfetfiomal.* 
I and many othere who heavd the Sennone 
pfeaehed, and hare eiaee read them, were 
mueh ttastled at the statement^ not teeing how 
noh an opinion ooukl hare been formed. In 
thepumgo reviewed in Sermon 3, Pp. 64» 66, 
Mr. Linooln had been arffuein|^ that there 
would be a reooenition of toe Munte in glory. 
Be then sayt, * But the leinte are not only to 
be aU gathend together into the preaenee of 
Jesoe, made eternally happy in the taW en- 
joyment of hia lore, and in their oonacious 
jrto r a t ien to one another, but we are further 
taoirht that then theyihall all be judged. 
Afm have they any eaaie to tremble beeauae 
eniy doed they have done, whether good or 
bad, muet aU be brovht to the light of day P 
Am they not with nim ? Can any thing 
oeour wmeh.iball not be for the glory of him 
w|iom they love, and for their own ^ood? 
U it not a wondfoualy graeioue proriston of 
our God, that he who lofed us is to 'be our 
Judge } If even their ill deeds are recounted 
before an assembled universe, will they not 
then rejoice, if their mention extols hie graoe i 
Will not eaeh ransomed soul, with holy rivalry, 
deolare himself to be the thief of sinners, and 
eaoh adduce what proofs he ean of the freeness 
of God*s grace, as extended to him? But 
here it is well for us to remember, that when 
the Iiord*s people are judged, not a single spot 
of sin, not a single stain of guilt, wiU ever, 
can ever, be found upon any one of them. 
When 6t. Jude states that Christ is • Able 
topreaeiil us faaltress before his presence,' 
he says nothing of his willingness to do so, as 
if that were so very obrious a truth (Jude 
x^it). But if any one needs, for the strength* 
ening of his Csith. the essuranee of this, then 
we hare 8t Paure testimony that it was for 
this very end that Christ gave himself for the 
ehoroh ; namely, in order * That he might 
present it to himself a glorious ehnreh, not 
having spot or wrinkte^ or any such thing.' 
(Bpbe. V. 97) Our sins, if indeed we are 
Christ's, are drowned in the depths of the sea. 
So that when we are judged, otir guilt, how- 
ever great it was. has disappeared for ever, 
vea inore, the guilt, if it could be found, would 
be an impeachment of the work of Jesus. 
Haoee St John, in Bev. i. 6—7 savs, ' He 
that loved us, and that washed us iSmn oar 
slot in his own blood,' is oominc to be our 
ittdge. If, then, our Judge could find any 
bl^m^ in US| do vou not now perceive he 
would befindmg uudt with his own work, 
an^ with the completeness of that washing r 
Bat still all this does not oontradtct the truth 
that every deed we have done must be de- 
elarsd. any more than the full forgiveness of 
I>avid*s sin involves its hushing up* No taeh 
thhig. To all eternity, wherever 1 m«et David,. 



guiltv 
saved a 



I shaU kmnr ftai weU, hav&if beea 
Qod Umedi; thai David was an _ ^ 
■inner, as well aa an exemnlaiy emnk " Hia 
sina, Uie sins of every worttiy meatioaed in 
the Bible, arc known wherever that Bible la 
read. It eannot be otherwias. For then 
would the great set-off to Qod's ^raes^ the 
baek-grouna of the pieture be withdrawn. 
WiU not angels know we are sinnera P And ia 
not thia more than half the truth we areoon* 
tending forP For ia not the fact of being a 
aa solemn a one as that we have been 
of acts of transeression P Will not 
saved souls know this of one another, sinoOp 
in the days of their unregeneracy* they often 
sinned in company P But after all, the plain 
dedarationa of Scripture, such asBccL xu. H ; 
or 8 Cor. v. 10; or Bev. xx. 13, ooght to 
settle the matter.** Thus far, dear Mr. Editor, 
Mr. Lincoln*s sermon speaks, but I eannot 
see it implisa a ' Terrible Oonfeasionsl,' cer- 
tainly it implies a Tribunal, and so also doee 
Acts X. 42. * It is he which waa ordained to 
be the Judge of quick and deed.' 2 Timothy 
iv. 1. * I onarge thee therefore before Qod, 
and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge 
the qaiek and the dead at his appearing and 
his kmgdom.' Bomana- stv. 10 ; ' We ahaU 
all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.* 
V. 18. * So then every one of us shaU give 
aeoount of himself to God.* AUhou^ there 
will be no * Terrible ConfessioDal,' yet there 
will be a God and Christ glorifying eonfoa- 
aion oome from all the redeemed sdnts that 
they were once sinners. Bev. L 5. *Unto 
him that loved us, and washed us ftom oar 
sins in his own blood.' And best of ail there 
will be a glorious confeasMm by the Lord 
Jesns ; himself the Judge. Bev. iiL 6. ■ I 
will cottfoss his name l^fore my Father and 
before his angels.' Matt x. 38.^ ^^ Ulm wiU 
I confess also before my Father which is in 
heaven.' also Luke xU. 8. ' Him shall the 
Son of man also confess before the annela of 
God.' ^^ 

Should any of your readers wbh to judge 
Bir. Lincoln s doctrine farther than this ex- 
tract; by sending 18 Postage stamps with their 
address to Mr. Hubbard, Chemist, Post Ofllee, 
London Boed, Southwark, the 4 ssrmoaa wiB 
be sent by return of Poat. I am, dear Mr. 
Editor, year's in the bonds of the Gospel, 

A HSASn OT IfR. LlHCOLS'6. 

THE CHRISTUN BUND BELIEF SOCIETT. 
Oar readers are, by this tiaM^ well seqaaJnt- 
edwith the nature and meriu of this aioat 
valaable Institation ; or, we tklak, they ought 
to be, seeing we have so ofleo referred lo It ; 
and its olainu have been so freqaeaUy laid btk 
fore then. We wish bow to inform them that 
"The Fifteenth AnaualBeport" is ready, and 
maj he had of the flsereCary, Mr. James Cos, 100, 
Borough Boad, London. 8. B. We entreat aU 
the real frien^a te a movement so abeolataly 
neeeesary; so praiseworthy; and so erideatly 
owned of God, to obtaia eopiea of thia Beport ; 
and to ea^aavour to esUbUsh bcaaeh aoaktiaa la 
cf^alry diattieca. TheBeportIs eheeetag to a 
degree^ aad will be notlaed by us la a fhtare 
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LATB mS. JBFFS, OF HOUNSLOW. 

]>SAm Bsoms Bauks,— I baTe collected 
a Ibw pariietilart that manifeft tin moe of 
Q94 ia tkt asporienoe of mj dear wife. Sarah 
Jed. She was born at iTingboe In the 
99antf of Bucks, ia the jear 1799^ The 
prioeijrfes of the Chareh of Sogland were 
•ar^ laeoloated, (her parents being strict ad- 
heraate to the same) until the light of the 
Qoapcl ahone into her seal, thron^h the minis- 
try of Mr. Clark, who at that time came into 
Ifiagfaoe and preached the glad tidings of 
salvadoo; and a few who were farorea to 
reeeiYa them, were baptized and formed into 
aehnreh. She was baptised at New Mill, near 
Ifiiijthoa, at the age of foorteen, and joined 
the little deapised choroh at Ivinghoe. which 
■Mde h«r parents verj unhappy, the^ con- 
Mknd sIm had disgraced them by going to 
chapel, and told her if she pernsted in so 
dotaf, ahe must leave home, for they would 
hare ao chapel goers live with them. She 
left hooM^ aad gained a knowledge of Dress- 
aakiag* and commenced business with a 
yeangniend, and the Lord was pleased to 
them abundantly, so that she soon 
iadmadent of her parents. She 
ly nsited home, and at leitfth pre- 
poB her parents to go with her to 
haar Kr. Clark, and through his instru- 
MMtelity, thcT were led to worship with 
har, ^id both died honourable members of a 
Baptist ehoreh. She wished to raise a Sunday 
School, and mentioned her deeire to some of 
tba firieada, but waa stroagly opposed. She 
fsli thara waa a great neceanty for one, and 
joined by bar companion, they opened one at 
their own hooae, which was sooi^ too strait 
tot them, and their other firiends joined, and 
tha achcel was taken to the chapeL and has 
anea ptored a blessing to many. About ten 
'aara ago, mv poor wife waa attacked with a 
Jt of paralysu which Tcry miieh afbcted her 
right nde, and entirelT preTcnted her using 
her right arm, but so for recoTered to enable 
bar to attend the means of grace frequently, 
aa^ about aix months before her departure. 
8ba waa then taken with scTore spasms at the 
hearty her anffoingt were truly distressii^ ; 
wa woogbt she could nerer snrriTe, but at 
IsBgth reeorered a little, and then said, ' It 
kau ia &or«.' On the Monday night, nre- 
▼10^ to bar death, she said, ' don't cqr when 
I am gone, rejoiee that another ohild la gone 
te haaron. 1 eaid, * which way do you expect 
to go to haaren?' berrepWwaa, 'l^irough 
J«sv Christ, he is the only way, he is the 
only firiag way ; there ia no other, all other 
wt^andmiihi than aha bipke oat aingjag^ 
« Jaaaa ia tha only living way," 

*« Bode of Agaa ahelier ma, 
I^ me Ude myietf in thee." 

Tha apaama returned, and were Tenr seyere 

tor a ttBe^ but when a little abated, she sang, 

• Bind my wandaiiag heart to thee,' 



2; 



She said, 'CVawqdnggimBa;' aadlfftadher 

voice stin higher, cried, ' O, amasing gmeo !' 
I thea meotioaed part of a sermoa Mr. Par« 
sons had been preaching; he dwelt opoa. 
the stonea that c ompose the dear Bedeepier's 
crown; she looked earaestly and said, ' I am • 
one.' I said, 'Mr. Farsona compared thoee 
stones to precious Jewells; I said, 'Do you 
think you are oner She said, with grwi^ 
mptpAotif, ' I am one, I am sure I am one.' 
For a long time past, she spent a great portioa 
of her time in reading the Bibl^ sometimes 
four or fire hours in the day \ I said, ' y9u< 
have read the Bible a great deal,' she said, 
' I have been blest whilst Heading, it is the 
best of books, there is no book like the Bible.' 
On the Tueeday before her departure, I went 
to her bed side and said, * Do yot| know vour 
old friend f she said emphatieaUy, ' Yes,^but 
'X have an everlasting friend.' An honr 
before her dei^th, I said, <8haU I pray Y aha 
said, 'Yea;' it was tha hut word. Just 
before her death, a friend asked her if she 
was happy? She gave a nod, as though she 
said yes ; soon after that she fell asleep with- 
out a struggle or a groan,, only a few minutea 
after her birthday, aged 07 years. She waa 
buried bv Mr. Robinson in the ground ad- 
joining the Independent chapel, Mounslow, 
January 21st, 1869. 

Hounslow, March 3Q, 1869. 

DEATH OF MB. JOHN VINA^L^ JUinOR, 
OF LEWE8, SVaSBX. 

We have the painful task to announce tha 
sudden and distressing death of Mr. John 
Vinall, Junior. He hid been for some time 
ill, and compelled to desist from preaching. 
But it was hoped that he was gradually recov- 
ering. However it pleased his heavenly Father 
to rMcase him fh>m all his earthlv pains and 
anxieties on the morning of Tuesoay the 14th 
of June. 

Mr. John Ylnall was the eldest son of 
the well known and greatly esteemed John 
Yinall, many years the pastor of Jireh chapel ' 
Lewes. He was personally very much like 
his father, and in his ministry maintained the 
same soul supporting truths. He had long 
rendered himself greatly beloved in his father's 
church and congregation by his kind christian 
solicitude, and especially in visiting the sick. 
He had a remarkable gift in prayer, and was 
ipade a great blessing Ui his private christian 
labours. To the young people of the con- 
nection he was rendered a beloved guide — 
Oraoe seasoned his conversation at all tipiee. 
Experimentally acquainted with the chrutian 
life and vital godliness, he was oualified to 
point out the way of salvation to others. The 
long affliction of his father opened a wide 
door of usefulness to the son in connection 
with Jireh. * 

It is only of late years that Mr. V. has 
entered into the work of the public ministry ; 
first at Bfidffe Chapel, LeweSi^ and quite 
recently at Jireh Cnapel, the pulpit teincp 
vacatea by his aged fkther through inoreasea . 
inflndties. We hope to furnish fhUer jwrtl- 
ciilars next month. ^>P* 

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CONCLUDING NOTICES. 
JORDAN AND TEE BEAD BEA. 

VO THB EdITOB OV THI EARtHBIT VkSSEL. 

D&ift BI1I.--I have referred to a Scripture 
atiao, as jou request in your renew of Mr. 
Baxter's book on Baptism, and find tiiat 
instead of the Dead Sea being 30 miles east 
by south from Jerusalem ; tl^t part of the 
Dead Sea, where Jordan empties itself, lies east 
by north. 

For the truth's sake allow me to beg of you 
to tell the truth, for I am still a 

LoTVB ov Tbittu. 

6, Commerce Place, Brixton Boad. 

▲BBWBB TO ABOYB. 

' The Lover of Truth/ (who evidently writes 
in a net, j has oonfoonded things that differ, 
and nas mistaken the lingua^ tongue, or 
mouth of the Jordan, for part of the Dead 
Sea ; which is as though a man should eon* 
found the Thames at Southend with the Ger- 
man Ocean. Dr. Sitto, the latest and best 
authority on the subject, on the 26th page of 
his * Bibucal Index to Scripture Lands,' gives 
the relative position of the Dead Sea and 
Jerusalem, as follows : 

Latitude 

Jerusalem . . 31" - 4,T 

Dead Sea . . 31 - 30" distant from Je 
rusalem 30 miles B. by S., as stated by us in 
our article : the difference in the iMtitude be- 
ing seventeen mUes. 

OBAVESEND-lir James Jobm, the long aad 
maeh hoaoored pastor of the Baptist Chureh, of 
Wadhartt, Soaaex, has favoared as with a reply 
to a something ealled a *6peeial NoUoe' which 
was pobUsbed in Jane, reflecting severely upon 
the four deacons, and fifty seven members who 
having accepted the realgnatiou (sent in by car 
brother Thomas Stringer,) removed from Zoar 
Chapel to worship in another place in the town 
of GraTeeend. We thank brother Jones for the 
excellent sUUment he has given ; but we think 
a. few words will be suflieient to prevent any 
iajory being sustained by either party. We 
have been made thoroughly aoqoaiated with both 
sides ; and we declare withont partiality— there 
is.ao Jost cause why either party should have 
from the eharohes anything but sympathy, kind- 
ness, and prayer. I«ok at the fkcu of the case 
JQBt as they are — Here is an honourable, faithful 
and useful minieter of Christ with, his deacons 
and friends who have laboured on in the gospel 
together — happily and saocessfnUy for many 
years I How often have they sent us reports of 
their peace and prosperity I At length, the 
minister's joy abated; under the influence of a 
dark cloud he resolved to tender his resignstion 
as pastor, but to continue preaching in the 
GbapeL This was an affliction to the deacons 
aad the ehnroh. Perhaps they moved hastily. 
Be that as it may— thsy did remove ; there are 
now two causes for truth in Gravesead. And is 
there act plentf of room ! Are there not thou- 
saads of souls there ! Certainly there arr. And 
Thomas 8tringcr does not wish people to be com. 
peiled to hesr him. Neither do the deacons or 
the menibers at the lastttution wish to afflict 
their late aad mach honoured pastor. Who can 



tell, but that two good canaes.may yet be found 
in Graveeend where the whole gospel of Christ 
shall be preached t Let us watch and pray thai 
our Lord nuiy smile upon them both. If Charity^ 
Faith, Patience, Close 8clf-examlnatioa« and seal 
for the divine glory, be by these things drawn 
forth, great good will yet arise. 

VOTTIKG HILL— Johnson Street Chapel, nesr 
Kotting.hill gate, Bayswater, having been consi. 
derably improved, and the interior newly ar- 
ranged, was reopened on Whit-Sunday and Mon- 
day. Sermonp were preached by Mr. John Fore- 
man, Mr James Wells, Mr. Williamson, (the 
pastor), a W. Banks, and Mr. Parsons, of 
Brentford. The new arrangement of Mr. Wil- 
liamson's Chapel is a great impiovemenr. It 
has been our privilege to labor with Mr. W. in 
the gospel now for more than ten years. We 
have silently and thankfully watched the steady 
progress and growing prosperity with vhleh the 
Lord has been pleased to favour our brother in 
the gospel : a very special insUnce of the Spirit 
of God working with him in conversion has Just 
occurred. We should furnish the encoorsglcg 
particulars, bat for Mr. Williamson's aversion 
to any publieity being given. It is however, 
a great pleasure to know that the kingdom of 
Christ is glowing. Living stones are carrying up 
the temple. 

BSPTPOBB-A MoDSL MxsTXKo— On Mon- 
day, June 20. 1859, the anniversary servictscon. 
neoted with Zioa Chapel, Florence Place, New 
Cross. Deptford, were continued. On the pre- 
vionsSaaday, two sermons were preschcd hf 
Mr. G. Wyard, the pastor, and Mr. John Fore- 
man. On Monday afternoon, Mr. Samuel Milner 
delivered a valaable diacoure, After tea, Mr, 
Wyard opened the public meeting. He had ia. ' 
vited sU of his mialsterial brethren to speak ' 
upon Paul's words* Of Him are ye in <aitiat 
Jesus, who of God, is made unto us wisdom, 
righteousness, sanctiflcatioa, and redemption." 
PrinUd programmes were issued ; so that th« 
audience knew who were to speak : how long 
ti^ey were speak, (15 miautes being allotted to 
each) and the particular theme upon which they 
were to dwell. Mr. Dickerson spoke first on 
The Saimfg Oriffin^Ut. W. Palmer on TA« 
Saint'9 Portiim—MT, Moyle on •Ckritiaur 
Wi9dom? Mr. Attwood, *0n Christ our 
B ghteousaesfl.' These four grave divines de- 
livered their addresses remarkably well : kept 
to their time : and having done so departed, 
leaving the fag-end of the meeting to two little 
«»••— Mr. Mceres and C. W. Banks ; whose sub. 
Jects were Redemption and Sanetiflcatioa : Mr. 
Wyard, and his friends appeared cxeeediagly 
happy. Their peace and proeperity, unity and 
usefulness, we sincerely hope wiU increase and 
continue. 

HA0XIHO8/ 8V8SEZ.- Our ministeriag bro. 

Uicr, Thoi&as WaU, of Bye, Ssasex, writesus aa 
excellent report of the formation of a Strict Ba^ , 
tiat Church ia Hastings, on the eveniag of Jane S. 
Messrs. Wttrterc), of Brighton, Wall» of Bye, 
and other friends assisted in the solemn servicca, 
on which the bleesiiig of heaven did rest. Wa 
shall next month give the report, meanwhile, w« • 
trust the visiiors to Hastings wiU find in BanU*a 
rooms the gospel of Christ, 



CONTENTS. 



lugnittiie, Conflicts of St 

Arnold, Edwsrd, to T. Edwards .. 

Adoption of Children 

AfedPQgrimB' 

Ansirerstties, Onr, By J. Brunt... 

Anhnr Wilecckson 

ADtuomiAnism ; What is It? 

Adian in ti&e Cimp 

AOnatHerey 



57 
97 
106 
149 
171 
198 
202 
211 
212 
218 
Andrev Fuller ; What was He? ... 227 

AWellofWftter 243 

Addreases at Mr. Groirhurst*s Annirer* 

taiy 255 

Abraham Howard 268 

Bowles, Mr. R., a Letter to^ 283 

Bow in the Clond. By J. £. Cracknell 36 

Befl's, Dr. T. O., sermon 65 

Bodu of the Bible 63 

Babelof Chnrehof Engrland 68 

Bj whose Anthority l>o Yon l^each 

the Gospel 103 

BlooBlleki, J., attho ditrrey Theatre... 125 

Br^hton and Summer Season 126 

Beeman's, Thomas, Letter 184 

Beale, G. W., of Farersham 189 

Bell, Dr., and Plymouth Brethren ... 202 

BesettniffSin 212 

Birmingham, Battle to be Fought in... 242 

BradboiT, Thomas 243 

Bishop of Bodidale 244 

Baptist Snndny School Union 248 

ComMBkna of the Cross, 17, 37, 57, 86 
118, 168, 182, 206, 238, 288 

Catei^s "PfeMfa in the Pulpit" 09 

ConftdeiieeinQod 132 

Ghrise More than Creeds 178 

CoaeBs,BeT.8.,on"Hope" 48 

Craduell, Rot. J. £., on " The Ilhs- 
tzioas Bride and Bridsffroom" ... 79 

Colcaw on the Pentateuch 93 

Ciison, the late Dr., Defended by his 
cKm ••• ••« •«• ... ••« ... ... ^4v 

C hrist's Lamentation on the Cross ... 253 
CHUBCHJSB .---Opemng at Stowmarfcet, 
2): Mr. Gwinnell's new chapel at Oreen- 
widb : Mr. WaU*s Beeognition at Gravesend: 
BqwifTies street chapeL 26: BM>ti2ing 
in the MOlHrtream at Glemsford: Tootms 
0ove, 49 : Swineahead. by R Arnold : C. W. 
BaakirB meeting at Little George street^ 60 : 
Ber. W. Kil|^ at Birchington, 60: W. 
Cfaaaberlain's late chapeJ, 61 : Bezley Heath, 
Birmingham, Banbridge, and Walworth, 61 : 
Mr. James Nnnn's meeting, 62: James 
CkaA at Stowmaitet, 62: Homy HaU*8 
Chmge to John Fkyer, 61 : Mr. Bloomfield's 
eleiranth anniTeraaiT , 74: Mr. Fhtck*s sixth 
aaaiTenafy, 74: Notting-hiU, 76: Mr. Bar- 
tibobnew at Mendlesham,76 : The Old Church 
at Hiaosid Knollys, 76: J. Khigsfoxd, 
BrJriwie, 77: Austmlia, 78: Mr. PooVs 
Bisthday meethig, 100: Opening of Mr. 
GwittMirs Hew Chapel, 101: C. Z. Tumei^s 
fa^liiag at Bipley, 101 : Zion chapel, High 
WyoBoSet 102 : Good Friday at Dane HiU, 



and Bermondsey New road, 126: H. Hall's 
Meetiog, 127; New chapel at Stowmarlrot, 
127 : Care Adullam Anniversary, 128 ; 
Keppel street, 128 : i€r. Haxleton's eleventh 
year, 129 : Stone-laying of Mr. Moyle*s new 
chapel, 148: Beeognition of Mr. Dunn at 
Yarmouth, Lew Down, 162: Mr. Inwaxd'a 
Ordination, 178: Keddington, Old Ford, and 
Plymouth, 174 : LodsweU, Lee, and Glems- 
ford, 176: Southampton, 176: Bridgenorth, 
194 : Be-opening of Mr. Bloomfield's chapeL 
196 : Laying Memorial Stone of Mr. Moyie*8 
chapel, 196 : Ware, Herts, 196 : Jireh chapeL 
197 : East Wickham, 197 : AnniveiBsry of 
Oiford hill, 199 : Leicester, Bath, and Erith, 
260 : Walworth, 201 : North Bow, 228 : Wel- 
lingborough New Chapel, 224 : Balem Sunday 
schools, 225: Long Marston, Graveaend, and 
Chatteris, 225 : Botherhithe, 246 : Birchington, 
246: Mr. Butterfield's fourth anniversary, 
269: Bye kne, Peckham, 270: Mr. ColUns, 
fifth anniversary at Howe street, Plymouth : 
271 : Ooleraine, 272 : New Cause at leldham, 
378: Little Garden at Enfield, 272: New 
Church at Plaistow, 278 : Dr. Yaughan, 274. 

Distress in the North 53 

David Denham, Letter to 89 

Desideratum, Churches' Great 110 

Denham Smith 120 

Do You Preach the Word ? ... 131, 180 
Death and Bnrial of Mr. J. Nunn ... 139 

Divine Foreknowledge. 179 

Dr. CKirs Baptizing Hymn 197 

Death of Jesus 203 

Every Man. By J. Brown, M. A. ... 16 

Eternity, Marriage Union of 106 

Epitaph on S. Luie*s Stone 110 

Evans, Christmas, Beview of 157, 186, 214 

' 230, 258, 285 

Final Settlement, the, by Sam. Cozens. 282 

Fighting Against God 6 

Futore Happiness of Saints ... 15, 72 
Glasgow One Hundred Years Ago .., 24 

Great Distress in the North 27 

God's Love : its fiesidence. Properties, 
Subjects, and Power. By George 

Murrell 275 

Gems from Puritans 64 

Glorious Intelligence 191 

Garrard's, W., New Chapel 200 

Goodridge's, A. S., Beview, Heb. ii« 9. 96 

Giants in our Churches 218 

God's Anti-Slavery War 226 

Grav.Bev. Mr. 236 

Gathering in the Harvest 246 

Ghreat Masting at Surrey Tabernacle... 264 
Hope our Hehuet. By S. Cozens ... 48 
Hiffhways, the, of our Metropolis ... 138 
H<My anid Happy Baptist Meeting ... 155 

Hidden Ones 178 

Hint to Mr. Wells 226 

Hath God Forgotten to be Gracious ? 233 
Heavenly State of the Highteous ... 237 

Helped with a Little Help 244 

Infants' Friend Society, Dorset square 51 
I See the Crown 50 



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I* JBeUeron' Bratum JaMential? ... 95 

Izvu«, the late Bdwnd 114 

ItMc t!M Viear, And lamuihe HvntiDg- 

tdnlftn 168 

Mmi jBap oits • 199 

Isra^tef Whoisan 251 

John Stxi^tt's Notes 49 

JohnCalTki; WhowwHe? 70 

Jehonh. By F. Shmw 82» 135 

John CorbiU on the Sftbbath 95 

Jbsish Puntis »• 176 

Jnbilae in Haayen 209 

James WtXla on Ministen^ Changes ... 217 

K«alsy, Hifl. 202 

Iisadi, S., on Bath ••• ••• 84 

Letters from the Heart 88 

Lmcoln*8, BeT. W., First Baptising ... 98 

Letter ^W.IWk 196 

LifeaWaifue 213 

Lancashire, Chriatian Poor in 244 

, Coming Winter in 262 

Memoir of the late Samuel Lane ... 29 
Sleeting of Masters and Men at Bow 76 

Marriage, The B^^al 79 

Monck's, F., Thoughto 90 

Meeting, Strict Baptist 122 

Miai8t^,the Brighton 178 

Manifestation of Jesus Christ 268 

Mercy, By Mr. W. Frith 2S4 

Nehemiah — a Model Man for Christian 

Practice and Peraevwanca. By Mr. 

Heniy Hall 279 

Kotes and Queries ... 26 

None hat Jesus „ ••• 117 

New Tabernacle for Mr. Wells 221 

Name oC the Loid (the) ... ... ^, 234 

Nature of Faith ... 234 

NEW BOOKS :^Bev. W. Lincoln^ 
Javelin, 46: Punch in Pulpit, 46, 6% 91: 
Banyan Library. 46: Gardener's Weekly 
Magazine. 47 ; zWs Witness, 48 : Colenso, 
48 : Weep Not for Me, 48 : Colenso's Pen- 
tateuch, 68: Oalvin, 78: Burroughs on the 
Hosea, 78: Goodwin^ Mediator, 78: Bev. 
W. Lincoln's Jarelin, 94 : Br. Carson^ Book, 
95: Church in Wilderness by John Poynder, 
U : Christaias Evans, 167 : Coaens's Alphabet, 
170 : OiBoe of Deaoon, 17D : The Dying Oom- 
vend of Christ, 192: Mr. Flack's 8enao% 
192: Mr. Cozens' Adjuster Adjusted, 198: 
Bunyan Library, 193: Surrey Tabemade 
Pulpit 217: Mr. SUverton's Bays; and 
Casseli's Bunyan. 219 : Mr. Vaughan^ Pulpit^ 
220 : Shirley Hibberd's Gardener^ Magazme, 
240: Mr. Pegg's Sermons, 240: Mr. Butter* 
field's Basket, 240: Andrew Fuller, MS: 
Barty English a Baptists, 264: Ohuroh J>i- 
netory, 264. 

Ollbnoe of the Cross 296 

Order of Church at Coleraine 245 

OBITUABT :~Mrs. Bonow, 20 : Mr. John 
Wilkinson, 21: WUliam Bverahed, 26: 
Samuel Lane, of Hull, 29: Jonatfaan Okric, 
5t: Charlotte Everitt, 69: John Coatesi 78: 



James Nunn, 139: W. Beale, 189: the 
late James Barratt, 260. 

Preacher, A Sleeping 43 

Player, Charge to John ..» 61 

PuLpit, the first Institution in the 

World 01 

Present Character of Chnstendom ... 94 
Parents, Sermon for ... ... .*. .,. 163 

Plot of Land Wanted ^ ...198 

Pastor's Life, Country 2l9 

Plymouth Brethren 10, 40, ^ 

Phrmouth Brethren Works 111, 136, 165 

TOETBT:— Heavenly Home, 18: Com^ 
Best at Home, 34: Christ aU in all, 44: 
Smoking FUx,\67: Come, Jesus, Come, 88: 
I wania Friend, 156 : The Bod and the Stall 
by J. R M'Cuie, 188 : The Sainta' Inheritance, 
29: Deliveianee, 229: the Covenant, 291: 
Help from on High, 28L 
Queensland — Ordination Serfiees ..• 77 
Questions on Baptism by John Corbitt Id4 

Bobert Rofl; the Late 14 

Aestoration of the Church 35 

Rustic Review of AsMciation 171 



Religion, Vital 



206 



Reflections in Railway Cairi^^ea 241, 26T 

Seven Sainted Sires 1 knew 17, 97 

Salvation i ^ fi6 

8tokes, W. Sermon on Royal Wedding 100 

Self-despairing Soul 109 

Sydney, Baptist Church ^ 100 

Sairey Tabernacle Baptising ITS 

Seimon for British Christians 180 

Sarah Hatton and the City Mitaioiia riea 100 

Slavery and American war 220 

Surrey Tabemaele Sunday Schod ... 223 
** Standard" (the) Chuiches and their 

People 213 

Searle (J. P.), Baptizing at BeChesda 246 

Sounding Alarm for Harrow 260 

Strict Baptist Assembly Hall ... ,« 267 

The Truth— Wher* is it? 9 

Three Isaaca. 37 

The Church Looking out for the 

Mominff 97 

Thomas ^Iwazds, Tunbiidge Wells ... 27 

IWyior's (B) Letter 145 

l%eAll-Lovdv 147 

ToneltBtones of a Oodly Ministty ... 206 
The Pknss Correcting the Pulpit ... 219 

The Wrong Road... 290 

Union 43 

Valiant Woman — St Augustine's 

Mother 116 

Vow— the Broken 138 

Vifiitationa, by S. Coaom 168 

Venenabls J. A. Jones 271 

W. Flac^a Sermon 16, 72 

Wyard, O., Blandfoid street « 96 

Wells's (James) Visit to the North ... 99 
Welcome to W. Jeffeiy and Bride ... 101 
WOliam Huntington and his Sons ... 184 

What is tlieOtoiy of Christ? 206 

Who was Andrew FuUer ? 227 

W. Huntington's JobUee .• 298 

Young Hunlingtoniaiis^ .» f.. ... 254 

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TmB question cumot be considered imper- 
tin«qit, ill-timed, or out of place, because by 
the highest authorities, on all hands, it is 
admitted ; yea, it is lamented, there is a 
gradoal depaitnre fieom the simj^ieity of tiie 
Gospel or Christ A deHcate philosophy 
on the one hand, and a coarse recital of 
tales and old wires' fiibles on the other, 
leaTes bat little room for full and powerful 
opening up of the word of God, which is the 
rerelation of the Fathkb's mind, the exhi- 
bition of the Satioub's Person and work, 
the chUdren's bread, and the great rule by 
which rebellious, impenitent, and unbe- 
lieving men are to be judged at the last great 
day. It was, indeed, a grand epoch for 
EnJ^and, when John Widdiffe furst oon- 
eeired the idea of giring to his countiymen 
THE WBOLB BiBiB in their own tongue. 
The Apostate Church has always closed, 
held bftiek, and refused the Wobd of God. 
The world, sunken in iniquity, has ever 
been careless, and has recklessly slighted 
the Bible; but as the time for gathering 
in the ransomed shee^ has come on, the 
Loan has in mercy devised means whereby 
His blessed word' should be given to man 
that they may read, uid through grace 
drrine, beHeve and know the truth as it is in 
Jsscs His Sov. And since the Bible has 
been given to us, what a wicked war has 
Satan carried on — openly and secretiy — 
against the blessed Book of Heaven. To 
burn it, to blind men's eyes against its 

florioos light, to cover it over with the 
ost of natural reason, and carnal condu- 
sioBs; or to raise im a set of pretenders and 
impostofi, who, while th^ would contend 
for its letter with their ups, would prac- 
tically cast down its spirit in their lives, or 
leavv them to misrepresent and deny some of 
its most essential teachings : yea, in ten 
thousand ways has opposition been hurled 
aounst the revelation God has ^ven ; and 
which is the only safe and saving word — 
the only heaven-ordained beacon on the 
&ce of this dark and dreadfully dangerous 
worid. 

The language of Evan Lewis, in his re- 
cently-published ** Criti<}ue," should be the 
hcarCccho and the pulpit-echo of every true 
servmt of Jesus Chnst He says : ** We 
beliwe in neither Mr. James nor Mr. 
Wesley ; we believe in neither minutes nor 
men: we btHeve onfy in our Bible/** Oh! 
that the happy day were come, when mi- 
nisters and seeking men could appeal sim- 
' ' to the Bible, look to, learn o£ lean on, 

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and be guided only by the Bible. Then 
shall Truth, in all her beautiful simplicity, 
in all her royal niagnificence, in all her 
essential harmony ,'in all her rich and inex- 
haustible fulness, be discovered, delighted 
in, embraced, and magnified, as yet, exten- 
sively, it never has been. 

But when I ask, ''Do tou prbach thr 
Wobd?** I do not mean a mere quotation 
of Scripture. I do not mean that a man 
should take a leaf out of his concordance, 
and merely tell the people that in such and 
such chapters, and in such and such verses 
they may find such and such words. Many 
years since I went very anxiously to hear 
that good man, Mr. Newbome ; he took for his . 
text, " Is this thy kindness to thy friend ?" 
and having read his text, he seemed to me 
just to travel through the Bible, stopping 
at almost every verse where the word 
" Fbxekd** was to be found, and then he 
would recite that text, and pass on to 
another. That kind of preaching (or rs- 
hearsing rather) may be very safe ; but to 
me it is not the hot living bread of heaven's 
sending. That # excellent man of God, 
William Bidder, was a great Scriptarian ; 
and poor dear Fenlon would give you text 
enough in one discourse to last yon a Ions 
while ; but that is not the preaching whicn 
has ever been very successful, either in 
winning souls to Christ, or in feeding the 
souls of God's people. I do not reflect upon 
the ^ood men I have referred to. Nay, 
William Bidder was an honoarable, most 
worthy, and much-beloved brother. God's 
Christ was really the gloiy of his ministry, 
the ioy of his heart, and the foundation of 
all his hopes of future bliss. And he is 
gone home to his reward ; as is also that 
eccentric, but sincere disciple, FeDlon ; and 
as regards Mr. Newbome, he still lives and 
labours soundly in the word and doctrine ; 
and beneath the shadow of old £tv*s 
cathedral gathers a few good sheep to fold. 
Still I say the people want more tnan quo- 
tations of Scripture: — expounding, or hav- 
ing the word melted in the heart, and 
poured out through the doors of the lips, 
richly anointed by the Holt Spirit: — ^tne 
Word being in you, as a well of water 
springing up into life eternal : this is some- 
thing of the mystery I would desire to im- 
press upon the mind. 

If you will consider God's own teaching 
upon this point, you have it plain enough 
in Esekiel (chapters ii. and ii i . ) Fi rst , the 
heavens were opened unto Ezekiel ; and he 

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saw visions of God. Then the word of the 
Lord came expressly unto him ; and after 
the masteries of g^ce had been opened unto 
him m secret, the Lord said unto him, 
"Stand upon thy feet, and I will speak 
unto thee." And the prophet says, " The 
Spirit entered into me when he spake 
unto me, and set me upon my feet ; 
and he said unto me, Son of Man, I 
send thee to the children of Israel. Be not 
afraid of them ; thou shalt speak my words 
imto them : open thy mouth ; and eat that 
I give thee." Then Ezekiel looked: his 
soul was drawn out in expectation, as every 
man's soul is when the Lord is about to fill 
him with heavenly treasure ; and he says, 
'* Behold, an hand was sent unto me ; and 
lo, a roll of a book was therein : and he 
Bjffead it before me; and it was written 
within and without : and he said. Son of 
Han, eat that thou findest ; eat this roQ, and 

f> and speak unto the house of Israel. So 
opened mv mouth; and he caused me to 
«at that roIL" If a man, then, does rightly 
preach the word, that sweet exhortation of 
Paul's must be realized: "Let the TVobd 
or Christ dwell in tou bichlt in all 
wisdom :" so shall the teaching and admon- 
ishing be unto the gdory of G(^ and to the 
benefit of saved soms. 

I could single out a minister in our own 
di^, whose sermons, I feel persuaded, tes- 
tify to the rich indwelling ^of the Word of 
life and truth in his souT; and I think it a 
great pity these brim-fhil Scripture ex- 
poundings are not more widely spread 
abroad. This is an honour great indeed; 
and " no man taketh this honour noon him- 
self but he that is called of Goa» as was 
Aaron.** There are many good men who 
can read the word, and prav to God for the 
people ; and who can maxe sermons, and 
give out their experiences, and their exer- 
cises, their joys and their sorrows; and 
thus are sometimes " helps" by the way ; 
but no sanctified intelligent Christian wUl 
be angry when I say, comparatively speak- 
ing, were are bat few of whom, habitually, 
it can be said, that they psbacu the 

WOKD. 

This subject might "be illustrated; and 
this question might be enforced by many 
things ; but I am now only anxious to call 
serious attention to the qaestiom. Our 
CSiurches, as a whole, are not advancing, 
or ^thsring strong^ as we could desire. 
Sooeties may be formed ; committees may 
be appointed ; moneys may be given ; strin- 
gent laws and rules may be carried and 
adopted ; but all this will not meet the 'ne- 
cessity. ]Ut. Lewis says: "I fully believe 
the true minister needs no OfncuLL aa- 
thority. If he is qualified for his work, he 
will have inftuenee; and that will generally 
be in proportion to his worth*" Human or 



mere official authority is nothing. Men 
may call themselves ministers ; and they 
may get other men to ordain them ; but, 
firequently, this only turns «ut a burden to 
the people over whom they are settled. But 
if a man have the Spirit of God in him — 
the living Word in him : — if the word cr 
HIS JUB^RT be like the pome^anaU, richly 
opening, filling that heart with its deejjy- 
hidden seeds, and satiating his soul with 
the refreshing juices thereof; and if the 
living Word be in his mouth and on his 
tongue, as the beautiful golden heU; if^ as 
Aaron had, he have the beU and the pome- 
gpranate, he will never fitil to be useful and 
helpful to that people among whom his lot 
may be cast The operations of the Splut 
are different or various, I know ; but there 
is one method the Spirit sometimes adopts 
which is illustrative of the harmony of uie 
word, 'and of the completeness of Christ's 
salvation. I iUustrate the method referred 
to this way. 

I was one evening searching the Scrm- 
turea. The word •♦ SALVATION", afl m 
one moment, appeared to me to contain the 
whole of the jBible. I saw it to be the 
greatest thing ever planned in heaven; 
ever executed upon the earUi; ever revealed 
in a sinner's heart ; ever realised in heaven. 

Something said, "It is the work of a 
seven-fold personaiity." L It is the work 
of God the Father. II. It is the wodc of 
God the Son. IIL It is the work ofthe eter- 
nal and ever blessed Jehovah the Spirit XV. 
It is the work of angels. V. It is the wozlc 
of prophets. VL It is the work of Apostles. 
Vll. It is the work of all faiUifuI ministees ; 
and to every Divine Person in the Godhead ; 
and to every agency employed by the 
Eternal Three, there came suchblessed worda 
of truth unfolding as to fill me to over- 
flowing; and to make salvation and the 
Saviour most exceedingly dear to my soul, 
of which, if I can, I wiU give some ac- 
count, as I further kindly urge the question, 
" Do TOU PaxAcn the Word ?" 



CONFIDENCE IN GOD, 

' Surely goodness and meroy shall follow me all 
the days of my life."— jPialm xxiil. 8. 

Hese is strong confidence in God. It is 
^uite possible to have too much ooofidenoe 
in ourselves, or in mankind in geneni; 
but we cannot have too much con&noe in 
Jehovah. We have God*8 promise and oar 
own experience of God's faithftilneaa to 
strengthen this confidence. See what God 
has done for us in times jpast ; how maoy 
times He has appeared for us whea we 
were in distress in mind or ia bodv ; how 
often He has helped us in diffieuLf^ and 
danger, and learn from the past just sea- 
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The Psalmist, is the exercise of this 
^th, says, "Surely goodness and mercy 
•kail foliow me." It does not admit of a 
doubt Blessed be God, He is fiiithfol and 
vnefaanging. So the apostle likewise says, 
" Xj God sAail snppljr aUyonr need accord- 
^f to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus." 
These blessings are aasnred to ns by God 
br rirtne of oar relationship irith Him, and 
^erefore He trill not &il to confer them. 
" Gxaee and glory" shall be giyen ; things 
tamoofal and spintnal shall be granted; 
pflBrooning mercy, sustaining mercy, pro- 
tecting mercy, sapplying meiey, shall all 
be mzrs if we are Cmrist's ; for, " Sorely 
goodsesa and merey shall follow me." lAke 
the water from the smitten rock, which fol- 
lowed the Israelites through all their 
joameyings in the wilderness, so tlds 
"gooviess and meroy shall follow*' ns 
wfiererer we go. We cannot get beyond 
ita reach ; we may be east down and almost 
destroyed ; we may be in doabt and dark- 
nen ; we may be in poTeirty or affliction ; 



we may be in a workhouse or a palace ; we 
maybe "alike unknowing and uukiiow'n" 
by every one except Grod ; n&j, we may be 
rotting in a dungeon, thrown into a seren- 
fold heated furnace, or fastened to a mar- 
tyr's stake, stiH "goodness and mercy shall 
follow me'* wherever I am ; and that not 
for a year or two, or for a few years at 
most, but for "all the days of my life." 
All the day and everyday. This "good- 
ness and mercy" is "new every morning," 
and continued all the journey tnrough. He 
says, " Fear thou not, for I am mm thee." 
And although we do not always realize 
this blessed truth, vet we jnay take it as an 
assured fact. He has said it, and He can- 
not lie. What a source of comfort is here 
for the tried believer. Though your way 
may now be hedged up ; though Providence 
may frown ; though all may be dark around 
ana within; though sin and Satan may 
assail; though the law may threaten, yet 
take comfort, for "Surely goodness and 
mercy shall follow me all the days of my 
life." 

" Did Jesus onoe upon me shi