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them to identify themselves with such attest the strength of their convictions an association.

by the perfectuesss of their work! There are, I suppose, but few who Yours faithfully, now share in the belief expressed by

J. CARVELL WILLIAMS. some in 1844, that the founders of this

2, Sergeants' Inn, Society were committing themselves

Fleet Street, E.C. to an utterly Utopian enterprise ; on

March, 1868. the contrary, the discerning public now look upon the separation of Church and State as "only a question of time,' DOVER STREET BAZAAR FOR and not a few have begun to think of

NEW CHAPEL. it as an event which may be witnessed

TO THE EDITORby this, rather than by a distant generation. Even if this be considered a too

Dear Sir,— Will you permit me to sanguine view, it is obvious that there announce, through your pages, to our is a general shifting of the grounds on friends in all parts of the Connexion, which the establishments of the country

that the ladies of the Dover Street are advocated, and that we bave to

church and congregation are busily at deal with arguments and facts, and to work preparing for a Bazaar to be held avert dangers, very different from during the spring of next year in aid those which were familiar to our

of funds for the erection of a new fathers. Since the last Liberation Con- chapel, either on the present site or ference the whole question has entered

some other? into a new phase, and it is likely that We therefore earnestly solicit help every triennial period will, for some towards this object, either in donatime to come, be similarly distinguished tions, materials, or fancy and useful from that which preceeded it. It is

articles. The following members of true that almost every change indi

the Bazaar Committee will gratefully cates progress, but it also brings with receive and acknowledge any donait difficulty, and calls for increased tions, &c. zeal, and increased practical wisdom.

Mrs. GoADBY, Evington Street. If those who for so many years have

Mrs. W. WHITMORE, Wellington toiled in this service feel themselves Street. to be amply repaid by the result, they Mrs. HARVEY, Market Place. also have a deep sense of the respon

Mrs. COLEMAN, 2. Foxon Street, sibility which rests upon them at the

Braunstone Gate. present juncture, and eagerly desire Mrs. WELLINGHAM, King Richard's to be strengthened by new alliances

Road. for the conflicts of the future. Let Mrs. WILFORD, Nicholas' Square. not therefore interested lookers-on Mrs. TYLER, 88, Northampton Street. suppose that the work will go on Mrs. W. L. FAIRE, Upper New Walk. well enough without help from them;

Yours truly, and let the indifferent ask them

J. JACKSON GOADBY. selves if it be generous always to let Leicester, April 20, 1868. others bear the stress and strain of a struggle which involves the success of their own principles, and the assertion THE CLOSE OF THE LAST Assoof their own rights.

CIATION.—A friend who was present But such an appeal may be based on at the closing service of the Louth far bigher than any personal grounds. Association anxiously inquires what The interests of religion, as opposed to results can be ascertained to have folworldliness—of truth against latitu- lowed it, especially with reference to dinarianism, and of principle and integ; the young. He expresses the hope rity against expediency and political that some of the holy fire then kinchicane, demand of Nonconformists a dled was carried home to the several devotio

to public duty for which at churches, and that good reports of its one period the same urgent necessity operation will be given in the returns did not exist. May they show them- sent to the next Association. Though selves to be "men of the time, who we do not insert our friend's letter, we know what Israel ought to do,” and thank him for his warm effusion, and

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trust that such ardent utterings of the rial management it is thoughtful and best desires for our denominational interesting to an unusual degree." progress will become more common And the Independent, April 10, says, amongst us.

The General Baptist Magazine (for SOMETHING CONCERNING OURSELVES. this month) is mainly devoted to de_"The General Baptist Magazine, denominational matters. The notes says the Freeman, has our hearty on public events are well chosen and commendation. Uuder its new edito- concisely written."

Intelligence

Denominational.

MIDLAND CONFERENCE.—The next Midland Conference will meet at Packington, near Ashby-de-la-Zouch, on Whit-Tuesday, June 2, 1868.

The Rev. W. Bishop, of Longton, is expected to preach in the morning at eleven o'clock; in case of failure the Rev. J. Baxandall, of Wirksworth.

Packington Chapel is situated about one mile from the Ashby Railway Station.

There will be an evening meeting, to commence at six o'clock, at which the Rev. J. T. Gale will read a paper on Education.

Trains arrive at Ashby in the morning from Leicester at 10.14 and 1.9; from Burton and Derby at 8.25, 11.49, and 3.8: and leave Ashby in the evening for Leicester at 6.30 and 10.6; and for Burton and Derby at 3.48 and 8.57.

A conveyance, free of charge, will run to and from the Packington Chapel and the Ashby Bailway Station, for the accomodation of visitors.

CHARLES CLARKE, Secretary.

THE YORKSHIRE AND LANCASHIRE CONFERENCE assembled in North Parade chapel, Halifax, on Tuesday, April 14, for the special purpose of discussing the questions of education, and the reasons why we, as a denomination, are not making greater progress.

The Conference having assembled at two p.m., the Rev. J. H. Atkinson, the junior pastor of the church, presided, and the Rev. W. Taylor and Mr. Fletcher offered up prayer.

The Rev. R. Hardy then read a paper on “Education," in which he contended that education is good in itself—that the criminal portion of the educated classes simply make a bad use of a good thingthat it is the duty of parents to educate their children--that when they fail to discharge this duty it is incumbent upon the State to undertake the task—that, as Nonconformists, we cannot consistently accept State aid to enable us to impart religious instruction in our day schools—that the the only equitable system for this country is a national scheme of purely secular education-and that it should be left to the churches to train up the youth of our land in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.

In the interesting debate which followed very little diversity of sentiment appeared, as nearly all the speakers approved of a secular scheme, but thought we might in the meantime accept the aid which the Government is at present willing to grant to denominational schools. At the close of the discussion it was moved and seonded, and carried with very few dissentients,

1. That this Conference considers it the duty of all parents to educate their children ; that we strongly prefer the establishment of a purely secular system of national education ; but that, until such a system can be obtained, we approve of our churches establishing day schools, and applying for the grants which the Govern

CHESHIRE CONFERENCE.—The next Con. ference will be held at Macclesfield on Whit Tuesday, June 2. The preacher will be the Rev. W. March, of Stoke-uponTrent.

YORKSHIRE HOME MISSION. The churches of the Yorkshire District are respectfully requested to have all their Collections and Subscriptions for the above object ready by the Whitsuntide Conference, which will be held at Slack; or, better still, to send them previously to the Rev. R. Ingham, Halifax. Let no church come behind in this good work.

W. GRAY, Secretary.

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ment is at present willing to give in aid of It having been stated that it would be secular instruction.

inconvenient for the church at Lineholme It was resolved

to receive the Conference on Whit-Tues2. That the cordial thanks of this Con. day, it was moved and seconded, and car. ference be, and are hereby tendered to the ried unanimously,Rev. R. Hardy for his excellent paper.

5. That the next Conference be held at At this stage of the proceedings the Heptonstall Slack on Whit-Tuesday, and Conference adjourned for tea, and reas- that the Rev. J. Stapleton, of Edge-side, sembled at a quarter-past six in the even. be the preacher. ing. The Rev. R. Ingham, senior pastor After we left the meeting for the train, of the church, presided, and the Rev. J. we were informed that the Conference had Finn offered up prayer.

appointed the Rev. W. Taylor, of Leeds, to The Rev. T. Gill then read a paper on read a paper, on the evening of Whit-Tuesthe question, “ Why are we, as a denomina- day, on “The best means of promoting the tion, not making greater progress ?" The spiritual prosperity and extension of the paper dealt freely and faithfully with a num- denomination. ber of the hindrances to spiritual prosperity The churches were well represented at and progress which are to be found in some this special Conference; and the papers of our churches, such as defective organiza- read, and the fraternal discussions which tion for working out plans of usefulness- followed, were refreshing, and provocative disorderly church meetings-insubordina- of love and of good works. tion of members—the too great encourage

J. ALCORN, Secretary. ment given to secession, and the formation of small and feeble churches—the lack of interest displayed in home missionary ope- OLD BASFORD. — Opening of the New rations; and amongst other remedies it General Baptist Chapel.-The church and suggested a strong executive — greater congregation at the above-named place, liberality, and, above all, a more thorough having decided to pull down their old chapel consecration of ourselves to the service of and to erect a new one on its site, took the Him who loved us, and who gave Himself necessary steps to carry the resolution into for us.

effect. It soon became evident that the In the discussion which followed all the sympathies, not only of a great portion of speakers appeared to agree that the hin. the church, but of the surrounding public, drances upon which the paper had ani. were in the movement, as promises and madverted existed amongst us to a lament. subscriptions were obtained amounting to able extent—that in some of our churches over £300. With this amount in prospect, we require a greater abnegation of self- and the probable receipts of a contemplated will on the part of some of our members bazaar, opening services, &c., the church and officers—a greater deference than is agreed to proceed. On the 11th of June sometimes paid to those who have “the the work of demolition began. The old rule over us" '-a more thorough subjec- chapel being removed, the new one was tion of heart and will to the laws of Jesus commenced, and the corner stone laid July Christ as contained in the New Testament 23, 1867, by T. Nicholson, Esq., of Not-a purer and intenser brotherly affection tingham : the work gradually proceeded -and, in addition to the best form of go. until Shrove Tuesday, when it was in a fit vernment which may be the nearest ap- state for opening. The Rev. J. Clifford, proximation to that which obtained in the LL.B., of London, preached, afternoon and Apostolic churches, a far higher type of evening, two eloquent sermons, the collecspiritual life and consecration to the work tions after which, and the proceeds from of the Lord.

tea (held in the interval), amounted to £37. At the close of the discussion, it was On Sunday, March 1st., the Rev. W. R. moved and seconded, and carried unani. Stevenson, M.A., preached in the morning, mously,

and the Rev. H. Hunter, the pastor of the 3. That the cordial thanks of this con- church, in the evening. On Sunday, ference be tendered to the Rev. T. Gill for March 8th, the Rev. Giles Hester preached his paper, and that we hereby respectfully morning and evening, two admirable serrequest him to allow it to appear in the mons. The services were resumed on pages of our Magazine.

Sunday, March 22, when two powerful serMr. Gill kindly acceded to this request mons were preached to crowded audiences by promising to send the paper for inser- by the Rev. J. Burns, D.D., of London, after tion in the Magazine.

which the liberal sum of £30 was collected. It was resolved,

On the following day tea was provided, 4. That we hereby cordially welcome when upwards of 130 partook. After tea, the Rev. J. Stapleton, of Edge-side, into a public meeting was held in the new this Conference and district.

chapel; B. Walker, Esq. presided. Mr. R. Mellors opened the meeting by prayer, meeting was presided over by the Mayor, after which Mr. Burton, the secretary, and was addressed by the Revs. I. Stubstated that the outlay, including the re- bins, W. Crosbie, H. Crassweller, and by moval of the old chapel, and all expenses Messrs. F. Thompson, Secretary, W. Hall, incurred in the erection and opening of the and George Dean. The choir gave several new one to that time, had been about pieces of sacred music at intervals. We £1,389, towards which about £659 had congratulate our friends in St. Mary's-gate been realized. Amongst the donations on this important addition to their splen. given was one of £50, from Samuel Mor- did premises, the sight of which will no ley, Esq., whose name was the signal for doubt delight and encourage numerous an outburst of applause. The Rev. Dr. visitors, particularly Sunday school teachBurns, in a thrilling speech, rivetted ers, at the ensuing Association. His wor. the attention of the meeting. Other ad- ship, who 'presided at the opening of the dresses were afterwards delivered by Mr. new rooms, is not the first Mayor of Derby F. Stevenson, Surgeon; the Revs. C. who has been closely connected with this Forth, W. Frisby, and H. Hunter, pastor. school; and we may safely predict that he The chairman suggested the desirability of will not be the last. removing the odd £30 of debt at once, and NOTTINGHAM.–Stoney Street.— A bazaar offered one third of tbe amount (this being was held in the Exchange Hall, March his second gift of £10); the Rev. H. 24, 25, 26, and 27, to aid in the reduction Hunter said he would give £5: a collection of the chapel debt. The stalls, containing was then made, and £8 14s. 6d. realized ; a variety of useful and ornamental articles, the rest was guaranteed, and thus the ob- were very effectively draped with lace cur. ject was attained. The receipts of the two tàins, and decorated with flowers and everdays were about £66, and the whole pro- greens, and were presided over by various ceeds since the commencement about £690. friends of the congregation. At the upper The new chapel is 54 feet long, 40 feet end of the room å stall containing books wide, and 26 feet to ceiling, and will and pictures was tastefully arranged, and seat comfortably 530 persons. Its acoustic added to the effect. Plants and flowers properties are spoken of very highly bý were displayed at the entrance, and a rethose who have tried it. Its artistic ap- freshment stall, supplied with enticing pearance has been much admired. It commodities, and furnished to a great exis considered a very valuable acquisition tent gratuitously, added to the creature to the town and neighbourhood, and one comforts of the place. Music was given in every way worthy the denomination it at intervals during the day, and a band represents.

W. B. was in attendance each evening. The DERBY, St. Mary's Gate. Opening efforts made by the friends to reduce the additional School Rooms. — On Sunday debt were amply repaid by a large attendApril 12, two sermons were preached in ance and the unqualified praise bestowed. the above place of worship in connection The receipts amounted to more than £320, with the opening of two additional new including a few donations from friends school rooms for the accommodation of the away from us. There are a few articles senior Bible classes. The sermon in the yet remaining to be sold ; these are to be morning was preached by the pastor, the disposed of in the school-room before the Rev. Harris Crassweller, B.A., and that in end of this month (April), and we have no the evening by the Rev. H. Ollard, F.S A. doubt that the clear gain will be at least At the close of the services collections were £300. We feel that we have much cause made, which amounted to over £16. On to congratulate ourselves at the result, the day following a tea meeting was held, and are truly thankful for the success we when about 400 persons were supplied with obtained. The debt remaining will be an excellent tea; many strangers were pré

about £600. sent at this gathering to express their sym- BURTON-ON-TRENT. — On Good Friday pathy with the object which called them the members of the General Baptist church together. We specially noticed among and congregation of this town held their those who were present at tea, the wor- annual public tea meeting. Nearly four shipful the Mayor of Derby (T. Roe, jun., hundred partook of the tea, which was Esq.), who was, some years ago, a scholar prepared both in the school-rooms and the in the St. Mary's-gate school, and who had chapel. After the tea a public meeting most willingly acceded to a request from was held in the chapel, when addresses the teachers and friends to be present on were delivered by the Revs. R. Kenney, the occasion. The estimated cost of the late pastor of the church; E. W. Cantrell, rooms, when finished and furnished, was

Barton ;

W. Thomson, Burton; and about £150, and of that sum about £140 Messrs. J. Jolly and R. Silby, Chilwell has been contributed, including a dona- College. As soon as the meeting had tion of five guineas from the Mayor. The been opened by singing and prayer, the

a success.

Rev. J. P. Tetley, the present minister of this most pleasant and profitable meeting the place, who had been announced as was brought to a close about half-past chairman of the meeting, begged, amidst eight o'clock.

J. B. the approving cheers of the congregation, MACCLESFIELD. The Rev. J. Maden to vacate the chair in favour of his prede- having accepted an invitation to the pascessor, who, with two exceptions, had been torate of the church at Shore, his labours chairman of the Good Friday tea meetings here were brought to a close by a farewell in connection with that place for the past tea meeting, held in the school-room, on eighteen years.

The Rev. R. Kenney, Monday evening, April 13, when about 150 having taken the chair, briefly acknow- sat down to tea. The Rev. Dr. Scott ledged the kindness which placed him in (Wesleyan), owing to a prior engagement that position, and then proceeded to give preventing him remaining for the ada very interesting and edifying sketch of journed meeting to the chapel, then adthe history of the General Baptist church, dressed the friends, expressing his high Burton-on-Trent, during the past forty sense of the Christian worth of our late years. Inspiriting addresses were de- pastor, and deploring his removal as a loss livered by the other speakers. Mr. Can- to the town. The friends then adjourned trell spoke on " Prosperity ;" Mr. Silby on to the chapel, where the meeting was pre

Watching, Working, Waiting,” &c.; Mr. sided over by the Rev. R. Kenney, late of Thomson on “ Praying ;" and Mr. Jolly Burton, and a former pastor of our church, on the “Importance of Christian Work.” who, together with the Rev. G. B. Kidd, During the evening the choir sung several J. Moffet (Independents), and Mr. G. anthems. The trays for the tea were all Walker, of Poynton, delivered addresses provided by the liberality of friends. The suitable to the occasion. Mr. M. Clark proceeds of the tea are about £20, and presented to the Rev. J. Maden a purse of will be devoted to the fund for the extinc- gold, together with thirteen volumes of tion of the chapel debt. The meeting was standard works, bearing the following in. largely attended, and was in every respect scription—"This and the accompanying

twelve volumes, together with a purse of DAYBROOK.—On Tuesday evening, April gold, is presented by the members of the 14th, a very interesting meeting was held Baptist church and congregation, and in the Baptist chapel to celebrate the other friends, to their pastor and friend, settlement of the Rev. J. Batey, late of the Rev. J. Maden, as a memento of London, formerly of Sheffield and Burnley, esteem and affection, and also in recogas pastor. Towards the close of the after- nition of his services as president of the noon the village presented quite a lively Sabbath school.” Mr. Clark dwelt briefly appearance, from the arrival of a large upon the measure of success, spiritual and number of friends from Nottingham. At material, accorded to the church during five o'clock, the school-room, which was Mr. Maden's pastorate of nearly ten years, prettily decorated with festoons of ever- and wished for our late pastor every sucgreens and flowers, was completely filled cess, in his new sphere of Christian labour. by a company awaiting tea. After these Mr. Maden feelingly responded, and partook of the abundant refreshments pro- thanked the friends for their kindness, vided, they were succeeded' by another and gave words of counsel and hope for batch of later arrivals. After tea a public the future of the church.

M. C. meeting was held in the chapel, which was, HALIFAX.-On Good Friday the cerecrowded to overflowing. J. Barber, Esq., mony of cutting the sod on the site for the Mayor of Nottingham, presided. The new chapel at West Vale took place. Our Rev. W. R. Stevenson, M.A., pastor of the brother Dempster cut the sod, which was parent church, narrated the circumstances wheeled away, amidst the plaudits of the which led to the call of Mr. Batey as the assembly, by his eldest son; after which a first minister of the congregation gathered tea meeting was held in the preaching there. Mr. Batey followed, giving a nar- room, and addresses given by various ration of the circumstances which led him speakers upon the work to be undertaken, to regard it as the will of Providence that which had been for years talked of, but he should settle at Daybrook. The Rev. which had been practically commenced W. Underwood, D.D., President of Chil. that day. It is intended to lay the corner well College, then, in a very appropriate stone at Whitsuntide, by which time we and impressive prayer, asked the divine expect to see the work progressed as far blessing to rest upon the new pastor and as the floor of the chapel (the school being his people. The Revs. J. Martin, M.A., underneath). The Conference

apJ. Wild, J. Matheson, B.A., Dr. Under- pointed has been held; the numbers wood, and H. Hunter delivered affectionate rather exceeded our expectation; perhaps and congratulatory addresses. After sing- the privilege of hearing our member, Jas. ing the doxology, and prayer by the pastor, Stansfeld, Esq., who expected to have been

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