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London, N.), or for small sums in brethren. Those who received benefit postage stamps. My address is at the from it in their earlier days should head of this letter.

remember their present obligation, and March 4, 1868.

as one of the number we have felt bound

to respond to Mr. Means's appeal. We [We gladly take the opportunity afforded

go further, and add that to those who by this interesting communication of

make bequests of their money for the asking the attention of our churches generally to the duty of contributing to

benefit of our Institutions, the General

Baptist Fund may be strongly recomthis old and most useful fund. All

mended as one deserving some share in ministers who can assist it would thereby

their benefactions.-ED.] confer a great boon on their more needy

Intelligence.

Denominational.

MIDLAND HOME MISSION.
The following contributions towards the
Midland Home Missions have been re-
ceived during the current year:

£ s. d. Broughton

0 11 2 Swadlincote

1 10 0 Walsall

3 0 0 Hose

1 10 0 Longton

4 10 0 Coalville and Whitwick 3 13 8 Rothley

1 0 0 I hope the churches will remember the good work which is now being done with their money, and send contributions and collections before the end of May.

C. CLARKE, Secretary. March 13, 1868.

YORKSHIRE AND LANCASHIRE CONFERENCE.-A Special Conference will be held on Easter Tuesday, April 14, at Halifax, when the Rev. R. Hardy, of Queensbury, will read a paper on “EDUCATION;" and the Rev. T. Gill, of Allerton, will read a paper on the question, “ WHY ARE WE, AS A DENOMINATION, NOT PROGRESS ?" The churches of which the Conference is composed are earnestly requested to send to this special meeting as large a number of delegates as possible. The Conference will assemble at 2 p.m.

J. ALCORN, Secretary.

The Rev. E. Stevenson presided over the afternoon meeting. The Rev. W. Salter, of Coalville, offered prayer. Written and oral reports were then given from the churches. Since the last Conference on the 17th September, 1867, twenty-two persons had been restored to fellowship, seventy-six were candidates, and a hundred and eight had been baptized.

The doxology was sung, and the Secretary read the minutes of the last Con ference.

1. In regard to the proposed union of the churches of the Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, and Lincolnshire Association with the churches of the Midland Con. ference, our sub-committee reported that the said association had deferred the consideration of the proposed union until Whitsuntide, in order that the opinion of their churches individually might be taken. Resolved,—That our further consideration of the question be postponed till the September Conference.

2. The application for advice and help from Belper, which was postponed to this Conference from the last for want of time, was next considered. The church asked for help to the amount of £55 to enable them to obtain new trust deeds, and to pay the fine of the Copyhold Court. Resolved,-Tbat brethren Thos. Hill, of Nottingham; Bennett, of Derby; Needham and Bembridge, of Ripley, be a Committee to inquire into the merits of this application, with the instruction that if they think it worthy they are to recommend and encourage the Belper church to seek pecuniary help in our churches.

3. The Baptist church at Swadlincote was admitted into the Conference. This was formerly a branch of the church at Burton-on-Trent. An interesting statement was made by the recently elected pastor, the Rev. J. H. Lummis, on the growth and prospects of the church in this very populous neighbourhood.

MAKING

GREATER

THE MIDLAND CONFERENCE met at Baxter Gate chapel, Loughborough, on ShroveTuesday, Feb. 25th.

At the morning service the Rev. I. Stubbins read the Scriptures and prayed. The Rev. W. Bailey, of Wymeswold, preached from Acts i. part of 4th verse“But wait for the promise of the Father.”

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4. The church at Rothley submitted the union with one another, for the advancefollowing proposal for the consideration of ment of the spiritual interests of Baptist the Conference :-" Is it not desirable that village churches, and for mutual help and the reports of the churches to the annual encouragement. After some discussion it Association should include a return of the was resolved,-“That an Association of number of occasional preachers in their Baptist village preachers in the counties of communion, and that the same should be Nottingham, Derby, and Leicester be published annually in the statistical por- formed, and that all accredited preachers tion of the Minutes of the Association ?" be invited to join. That the following Resolved,—That we recommend this pro- objects be kept in view by the Association : posal to the consideration and adoption of 1. An annual gathering of the associated the Business Committee of the Association. preachers. 2. The establishment of Home

5. Resolved,- That this Conference is Missions in populated districts. 3. The pained to learn that reports to the disad- raising of a benevolent fund for the benefit vantage of the Baptist church at Market of sick and infirm preachers. 4. The conHarborough bave appeared in the public ducting of a small periodical devoted and prints, and as no report is now received adapted to wants occasional from the church, we hereby request our preachers.” After the appointment of a ministers at Leicester to visit the church committee to further the above objects, and inquire respecting the state of the the proceedings closed with the usual cause of Christ in connection with our votes of thanks. A deputation from the chapel in that town, and report at the Derby Baptist Preachers' Association was next Conference.

present, and were cordially welcomed, 6. The next Conference will be held at their presence being especially useful in Packington, on Whit Tuesday, June 2. the discussions of the day. In the even.. The Rev. W. Bishop, of Longton, to preach ing a revival service was held in the chapel, in the morning; in case of failure, the conducted by Mr. W. Richardson, a large Rev. J. Baxandall, Wirksworth.

number of people attended, and the meet7. The Rev.J. Thos. Gale was requested ing was signally blessed from on High. to write a short paper on “ Education,"

J. EDWARDS, Secretary. and read it at the next Conference. It was felt that the time was now come for HALIFAX. — In February our brother, our churches to form their opinions and Thomas Cooper, of London, having arto be prepared for a course of action on ranged to preach here, the suggestion was this question of such national interest. made to him that it would perhaps be

8. The Secretary then read a paper on advantageous if he were to allow the usual “ The causes of our denominational de- Home Mission collections to be made at crease." A vote of thanks was passed for the close of his discourses : ho complied, the paper, with a request that it might be and £12 was raised towards this useful forwarded for publication in the Magazine. object. We are looking forward with

A public meeting was held in the even- pleasure to the visit of the Conference on ing, which was addressed by brethren Easter Tuesday, seeing the position of the Mathews, of Boston; Evans, of Staly- “ Education" question and the probability bridge; Wilkinson, of Leicester, and of the Government scheme being ere then others.

divulged, will, we trust, stimulate our friends The weather was fine, the attendance to muster in goodly numbers. The imporwas large, the Conference peaceful, in- ance of considering our weak points, the teresting, and profitable.

result of which is a decrease in our numCHARLES CLARKE, Secretary. bers, none will gainsay.

We are very busy in the preliminary stages of our

chapel and school at West Vale, which we NOTTINGHAM BAPTIST PREACHERS' UNION. hope ere long to see in progress. -A large and interesting meeting of this LONDON, New Church Street.-Sunday society was held at the Baptist school- School Anniversary.-The sermons were rooms, Carrington, on Monday, March 2; preached on Lord's-day, March 15, by the Mr. John Plowright in the chair. Reports pastor, Dr. Burns. Mrs. C. L. Balfour from the various places supplied by the addressed parents in the afternoon with union were read, and were in some in. great effect. Collections, forenoon and stances especially interesting. After the evening, £36 13s; afternoon, £9 10s. 5d. usual routine of business, the Secretary Total, £46 3s. 5d. In 1859 the collections read a report from a committee appointed had fallen to £12, but have increased at a former meeting, on

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every year since that period. The congreposition of Baptist village preachers in gations were delighted with the singing of relation to the ministers and churches of the children, and it was counted one of the the denomination," and suggesting a closer happiest days they had ever experienced.

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DERBY, Osmaston Road.- Sunday School of the Christian Instruction Society; two Anniversary.-On Sunday, March 8, the have become Bible-women, and some are Rev. C. Clark, of Bristol, preached two engaged in other departments of Christian powerful sermons in behalf of the school, work. The following inscription is enand on the following evening a public graved upon the service referred to:meeting was held in the old chapel, “ Presented by the visitors and friends of Sacheverel Street, now fitted up for school Craven Chapel Christian Instruction Sopurposes. The Rev. Harris Crassweller

ciety to the Rev. John Batey, in token of presided; and addresses were delivered by their appreciation of his zeal and energy the Revs. E. Stevenson, Loughborough, while fulfilling the duties of Special Misand Dr. Underwood, of Chilwell, &c. The sionary during a period of seven years. choir contributed to the general effective- February 20th, 1868.” ness of the meeting by executing several DAYBROOK, Nottingham. — On Sunday, pieces of sacred music in a superior style. March 1, the Rev. John Batey commenced DERBY, Junction Street. - On Lord's

his stated ministry in this place. day, March 15, the anniversary of the

DERBY, Osmaston Road. — We underSabbath school was held. In the after.

stand the Rev. T. Goadby, B.A., of Lon. noon the Rev. W. Unsworth, Wesleyan

don, has accepted the call from this vacant minister, preached, and in the evening

church, and will commence his ministry Mr. W. Macintyre. The congregations

in Derby on the first Sunday in May. were large, and were highly gratified with the singing of the scholars. The collec

BAPTISMS. tions amounted to the liberal sum of £8 8s. This small branch of St. Mary's

LEAKE.-On Lord's-day, Feb. 23, after a Gate was opened eleven years since with

sermon by Mr. Bailey, from “Why bap

tizest thou?" three young men, teachers five scholars, now it has 275; 105 are con

of the Sabbath school, were baptized. On nected with the two adult classes; 82 have been baptized, 15 of them during the

the following evening an impressive ser. past year.

mon from “To-day if ye will hear His

voice, harden not your hearts," RUDDINGTON. Special sermons

preached by the Rev. I. Stubbins to the preached in the Baptist chapel in this

unconverted. village on March 8, by brethren Under

BURNLEY LANE.-Jan. 5, after a sermon wood, of Chilwell College, and S. Cox, of

by Rev. J. Suteliffe, five were baptized; Mansfield Road, Nottingham, when collec

and on March 15, after an impressive sertions were made toward the effort to pay

mon by Rev. W. Gray, of Birchcliffe, £50 off the chapel debt. Notwithstand

thirteen were baptized and received into ing the tempestuous weather the congre

the church. gations were excellent.

SPALDING.-On Lord's-day, Feb. 2nd, LONDON. - Farewell Service, Craven twenty-seven were baptized by the Rev. Chapel, Feb. 28.—The friends at Craven J. C. Jones, M.A., and received into the chapel wishing to testity their esteem for church the same day. Nearly all are Mr. Batey, and their appreciation of his young, and connected with the Sunday usefulness as an evangelist in their neigh. school. bourhood, presented him with a handsome PETERBOROUGH. Two persons were tea and coffee service, and a purse of gold; baptized by Mr. Barrass on Feb. 2, and the purse, a handsome one of velvet and two others on the 23rd. They have all gold, was the gift of one of the lady been received into church fellowship. visitors. These testimonials, with the HALIFAX, North Parade. After suitable loving words which were spoken to Mr. discourses the following have been bapBatey, and heartily responded to by the tized-Nov. 27, four; Dec. 30, seven; meeting, rendered it difficult for him to Jan. 29, two; March 4, four. restrain his emotion while acknowledging EDGE SIDE, near Manchester. The the expressions of good-will by his friends. Rev. J. Stapleton, minister, reports that During the seven years of Mr. Batey's he baptized four on Oct. 30, 1867; and on missionary efforts around Craven chapel, March 5, four others. he has, beside the ordinary household LONGTON.—The Rev. W. Bishop bapvisitation, visited upwards of three hun. tized seven or eight on Wednesday, dred persons on their death-beds; fifty- March 18. one persons who have attended his meet- WISBECH, Ely Place.-Feb. 26, eight ings have joined the church; some have were baptized by the Rev. W. E. Winks. become communicants of other churches; LONDON, Commercial Road.—On May 7, several females have been introduced to 1867, seven friends were baptized; on homes; eight persons have become visitors Aug. 25, eight; and on March 22, 1868, six.

STOKE-ON-TRENT.-An interesting addi. tion has been made by baptism under the ministry of Rev. W. March, and there are several more candidates.

KIRTON-IN-LINDSEY. — Two - a young man and his wife—were baptized by the Rev. J. E. Moore.

CHESHAM. – Feb. 28, the Rev. Isaac Preston baptized eight, and received them into fellowship on the following Sabbath.

THE COLLEGE.

Current Account. £ s. d. Longton

7 10 6 J. Nall, Esq.

1 5 0 Sheffield

9 2 0 Nottingham, Broad Street 5 11 0 Ashby and Packington

5 16 0 The Spring Committee Meeting will be held earlier this year than usual-probably in Easter week.

Notes on Public Events.

The past month has been one of unusual political interest. Lord Derby, in consequence of advanced age and enfeebled health, resigned the Premiership, and has been succeeded in that dignity by Mr. Disraeli. On the re-assembling of Parliament, after the filling up of the new ministry, the Premier paid a just tribute to the ability of his predecessor, and spoke of himself with much seeming humility. He declared that the new Government inherited the opinions and principles of the old one-that its domestic policy would be truly liberal, that it would not shrink from the progress required by the age, and that it would recognize those elements of our national character which are the best security for our national institutions. The Liberal party in the House, now called the Opposition, joined the Ministerialists in the cheers with which they greeted their chief. But some of the latter, on hearing parts of his inaugural speech,“ Stared with great eyes, and laughed with alien lips.” On the Premiership of Mr. Disraeli, Mr. Goldwin Smith writes as follows to the Manchester Examiner and Times :-"Our sympathy is demanded for a triumph of self-raised merit. A triumph of self-raised merit is of all things the most honourable and the most salutary to a nation.

Once in my life I have felt the sensation of loyalty. It was when I stood in the presence of Abraham Lincoln. But the illustrious working man of Illinois had risen to the height on which he stood by treading stainlessly the steep path of honour. Mr. Disraeli has risen by a far different road. His triumph is a triumph over public morality, and over the self-respect of the nation. He supplanted his rival and attained his present position, not by advocating any great principle, not by defending any great cause, not by carrying any good measure, not by doing any service to the public, but by an intrigue, dexterous, if mere falsehood can merit the name of

dexterity, but as vile as any that sullies the annals of political faction. For nearly forty years Mr. Disraeli has been in Par. liament. During the whole of that time his name has never been connected with any generous sentiment, much less with anything practically conducive to the public good. Romilly and Macintosh rose to eminence by reforming the criminal law; Huskisson and Horner by improving our fiscal system; Brougham by promoting parliamentary reform, law reform, popular education ; Cobden and Bright by carrying free trade; Peel by vast administrative services and by beneficent legislation in many departments; Gladstone by services of the same kind, and by raising, through his fiscal and industrial legislatio the condition and the hopes of the labouring class. Disraeli has risen by personal invective, by conspiracy, by using the arsenic which kills noble reputations. When men in a different social sphere try to rise by the same means, they meet at the hands of society a very different reward. Neverthetheless, I heartily rejoice that Mr. Disraeli is Prime Minister. I have looked forward with longing to the day when the semblance of respectability lent to these machinations by Lord Derby's figure-headship should be removed, and the reality should stand undisguised before us. This is the Palmerstonian and Hudsonian era, the era of political as well as of commercial imposture; and it is well that such an era should see itself truly represented and reflected in its chief. If anything of old English greatness still lives in the heart of the nation, it will feel the spur of reproach and begin henceforth to amend."

One of the first questions on which the new Government has announced its policy is the GREAT IRISH QUESTION, dividing itself into the Land question-the Education question-and the question of the Church. The Earl of Mayo explained the

proposals of the Government in a speech which it took three hours and a half to deliver, and which was listened to by a very thin house without any particle of enthusiasm. But the apathy with which the Irish policy was thus wearily and drearily divulged gave place to real Irish ardour when Mr. Maguire, the member for Cork, moved that the House should go into Committee to consider tbe state of Ireland. The debate ensuing on this motion lasted four long nights, and will be memorable for the eloquence with which it was conducted. The most impressive of all the able speeches then delivered was Mr. Bright's, who thrilled both sides of the House, and who seemed to be heard with equal admiration, and with but little dissent comparatively, by nearly all parties in the excited assembly. It is said that never was the House more proud of this its greatest orator than on this occasion. The debate, having been so successful in its character and purpose, ended without any division.

A second debate, more nearly touching our views and principles as dissenters, was that which took place on Wednesday, March the 11th, on Mr. Gladstone's Bill for the Extinction of Compulsory Church Rates. By the first clause of this Bill the whole machinery of summonses, warrants, bailiffs, distraints and imprisonments, is broken to pieces : but as Voluntary Rates are still allowable, it is likely that social influence will be exercised in some parishes to perpetuate them in that form. But should this social influence ever become coercive, it also will in due time spend itself out, and die the sooner for its excessive vigour. The first clause, abolishing compulsory rates, was passed by a majority of 137, only thirty voting against it. The measure is expected to pass the Lord's House unaltered, and so will soon receive the royal assent.

Mr. Coleridge's Bill for the abolition of University Tests has engaged much attention among the educated classes. Seven Cambridge men, who are Nonconformists, have issued a circular, referring to the probability of a general reform in the Universities, in which Nonconformists, as belonging to middle class people, will be most vitally interested. The circular asks for an expression of our wishes in the matter by petitions in favour of Mr. Coleridge's Bill.

The more general subject of national education continues to engage the thoughts of nearly all classes. The Duke of Marlborough fixed the 24th inst. to bring in a Bill in reference to Elementary Education in England and Wales. The question

would be greatly simplified if all parties would accept the name of elementary, in lieu of the terms religious or secular, edu. cation. The former term, religious, is false and misleading; while the latter, secular, is invidious and unnecessary.

Few crimes have seemed more atrocious to people in the distance, and none could be more harrowing to those near the scene, than the malicious murder perpe. trated by Miles Wetherall, the Todmorden weaver. Having been forbidden by the vicar, the Rev. Mr. Plow, to pay his addresses to one of his servants, and the young woman, in consequence of her en. couraging these addresses, having been dismissed from her place, this malignant young man resolved on taking his revenge. Armed with a short axe and four pistols he went to the parsonage about bed time, and on the vicar presenting himself, he snapped one of the pistols at him, which missed fire, and then struck him on the head with the axe. He next attacked one of the female servants, néarly severed one hand from the wrist, and then shot her dead in the dining room. Rushing up stairs to Mrs. Plow's bed room, he fired another pistol at her; and as the shot did not take effect, he began to batter her head with the poker, when he was seized by the parish clerk and some gentlemen who had come to the rescue. The vicar afterwards died, and his wife was in the . utmost danger. The murderer was soon brought to trial - condemned—and ordered to be executed. The crime is too huge to admit of palliation: but it is to be regretted that the lamented victim of its perpetrator should have given the latter

much ground of offence. Miles Wetherall in the first instance sought permission to pay his addresses to the servant as a favour from her master, but was sternly refused.

This seems to us an error and an injustice. Servants have as much right to get married as other people, and courtship ought to be made as free and convenient to them as it is to their betters. Surely masters and over-precise mistresses will do well to deduce the proper moral lesson which has been so publicly proclaimed by this horrid act of private malignity!

Mr. Abel Smith has introduced a Bill into the Commons for the further restriction of the sale of liquors on Sundays; and after a lively debate the Bill was read a second time. We wish no legislation were needed on such a subject, but as it is needed, and has already been carried into effect to a certain extent, there can be no reason against its being made as perfect as possible. To close public houses entirely

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