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Mussulmans have been engaged in they appear to the writer. Dr. Plumpthem; and their chief objèct hitherto tre furnishes a useful “ Biblical Study” has been to ascertain the topography in his description of the “ Earthquake of Nether Jerusalem, and the exact site in the days of Uzziah." " Our Lord's of the temple. Among the other Ministry in Perea," by Dr. Hanna, is speakers was Dean Stanley, who ob- given with the minuteness which marks served that the explorations, imperfect all his Scriptural papers. The Second as they have yet been, had confirmed Epistle of Peter and the Epistle of and explained the Bible account of Jude are analyzed and corrected by the what had transpired in the Holy Land, Dean of Canterbury with the skill and and that one person, if he could, cer- the patience which have made him so tainly would have been particularly famous a commentator. After some obliged for those excavations—because other articles, not to be overlooked, the his representation had been consider- Rev. Islay Burns ably skelches “The ably rehabilitated by them-he ineant Church in the Desert, as represented our old friend Josephus. It is stated by Paul of Thebes, St. Anthony, and that the present expenses of the ex.
the Monk Pacome.” This bare enumeploration amount to £300 per month : ration of the contents of the Sunday but its advocates are sanguine in their will be sufficient to convince those who hopes that these heavy costs will be do not see it that as a Sixpenny Magfully met.
azine it is unrivalled. The Sunday Magazine contains two The Sword and Trowel is always tales, both of which have grown to a worth its price for the records of the prodigious length. We have read the good works carried on by its Editor “Occupations of a Retired Life," and and his more immediate adherents. like it, but the last of its parts begins His own contributions to it are shorter to pall upon us, and we wish to see the than in former days, but they are as end of it. The other articles are of lively and keen as ever. Some of the great excellence. "Joseph's Coat," longer papers by other pens would be by our friend, the Rev. S. Cox, of Not- considered tame and tedious if they tingham, is in bis own vein-thought- appeared elsewhere. Even the Editor ful, practical, racy in its diction, and is not “always wise,” or very reverent, easy in its style. Whether the white as for instance in his “Exposition of tunic begot the dreams of Joseph is of the Psalms," when he says on the clause, course a mere matter of opinion, and “He layeth up the depth in storeMr. Cox quite inoffensively says he
houses," Abundant tenderness is seen “thinks” it did. We hesitate to adopt in the foresight of our heavenly Joseph, his view, and prefer to consider whose granaries are already filled Joseph's dreams as — - to use Andrew against earth's time of need. These Fuller's phrase-"Divine intimations of stores might have been, as they once his future advancement.” “Dreams," were, the ammunition of vengeance : said another Andrew-Willett, they are now part of the commissariat divers ways caused. Some arise of the of mercy !" A little quaintness, if fulness of the belly and excess of drink spontaneous, is pleasant; but this is —such are those of epicures. Some 80 queer that we may justly take ofcome of emptiness—as when a hungry fence at it. In the Reviews also we or thirsty man dreams of meat and could desire more accuracy to be comdrink. Some are sent by divine reve- bined with what is so piquant; for lation :-such were those of Joseph."'* sometimes, through laste, not ignorThere is a material difference between ance, he positively blunders. After all, tracing these visions to a supernatural the fault of attempting too much is the source, and attributing them to the worst our distinguished brother can be
unlucky white tunic" with which his charged with; and it is more than conover-fond father foolishly attired him. doned by the effective manner in which -A German Clergyman in a fourth most of his works are done. The letter discusses “ Ecce Homo," and blessing of the Lord be upon him ! gives that work so rude a shaking as
The Church and The Hive are worthy to shew all its faults and fallacies, as
of the widest support, and The Appeal * Willet's Hexapla in Genesin.
is most excellent.
UNION BAPTIST BUILDING FUND. THE TREASURER thankfully acknowledges the receipt of the following sums, and wishes very kindly to remind other friends that their annual subscriptions are now due.
He will be glad to receive a donation or the proceeds of one collection annually from those churches who have already received benefit from the fund, and all those who wish to receive at some future time. He would also suggest to trustees, deacons, and especially ministers, that as this fund is certain to become one of considerable advantage to the denomination, and will require judicious management, that their qualification to act upon Committee should certainly have immediate attention. The amount of qualification for ministers is left to their own inclination or ability.
£ 8. d. From Lincolnshire Home Mis
sion Fund, per R. Wherry, Esq. 5 00 Rev. C. Springthorpe
0 5 0 Rev. J. C. Pike
0 10 0 Rev. J. Clifford, Ll.B.
0 10 0 Rev. W. Sharman
0 5 0 W. Stevenson, Esq., Derby 10 0 0 Rev. J. Harrison
1 0 0 Mr. J. Noble
1 0 0 Mr. Pentney
1 1 0 Mr. R. Argile
1 1 0
At half-past four o'clock upwards of 120 friends took tea in the chapel, and after refreshing themselves a goodly number went out into the open air, singing and giving short addresses on the power and importance of religion, which were listened to with great attention.
In the evening a public meeting was held—Mr. Edwards, of New Basford, in the chair, when some earnest, pointed, and impressive addresses were delivered by Messrs. Plowright and Sharman (the deputation from the Nottingham Baptist Preachers' Union), William Abell, Slack, Shaw, and Millington, of Derby, on the following subjects :
1. What is essential to our progress as Baptists?
2. The duty of Nonconformists at the present crisis.
3. Can we accept Government aid in the matter of Education without doing violence to our principles as Nonconformists?
After the addresses' various votes of thanks were given, the doxology sung, and the proceedings of the day terminated.
G. Slack, Secretary.
YORKSHIRE AND LANCASHIRE CONFERENCE.-The next Conference will be held at Halifax, on Wednesday, August 20th. The Rev. Jas. Dearden will preach in the morning, and in the evening the Rev. C. Springthorpe will read a paper on “ CHURCH ORGANIZATION.”
J. ALCORN, Secretary.
Louth, Eastgate.—The fourth anniversary of our chapel was celebrated on Sun. day and Monday, May 24 and 25. On the Sunday two excellent sermons were preached by Rev. J. T. Barker, of Harwich, after which about £30 were collected. On the Monday we held our annual tea and public meeting. The pastor presided, and addresses were delivered by Revs. J. T. Barker, T. Bentor, W. H. Bond, and Messrs. W. Newman, W. Dicken, J. MacDougald, and J. T. Burton. Mr. W. Kiddall read the financial report, from which it appears our debt has been reduced to about £70.
SWADLINCOTE, near Burton-on-Trent.-Services in connection with the settlement of the Rev. J. H. Lummis as pastor of the newly-formed church in this place were held June 28 and 30. On Lord's day, June 28, two very suitable and impressive sermons were preached by the Rev. J. C. Pike, of Leicester, and on the succeeding Tuesday a public tea meeting was held in the Market Hall. After the removal of the tables the chair was taken by the recently-elected pastor, and very suitable addresses were delivered by the Revs. J. C. Pike, Leicester; W. Lees, Walsall;
THE FIFTH CONFERENCE OF THE DERBY AND DERBYSHIRE BAPTIST PREACHERS' Association was held in the Baptist chapel, Milford, on Whit-Tuesday, June 2. Mr. W. H. Smith, of Milford, presided.
The reports from the churches supplied by the Association showed a good work was going on. The Lord bas blessed the word preached and taught in the Sabbath schools, several additions having been made since last Conference.
D. Maccallum, Melbourne ; W. Dyson, Measham; J. Cholerton, Ashby (Baptists); B. Frankland, Swadlincote; J. Bunting, Ashby (Wesleyans); and J. Wileman (Primitive Methodist), Church Gresley. Letters were also received from Revs. T. Mays (Independent), Ashby; C. Clarke, B.A., Ashby; J. Salisbury, M.A., Hugglescote; and J. P. Tetley, Burton-on-Trent, expressing deep regret at their inability to be present.
DERBY, Parker Street. The anniversary sermons of the Baptist Mission school were preached on Lord's-day, July 12, by the Rev. J. Baxandall, of Wirksworth, in a tent erected at the bottom of Whitecross Street. In the morning at ten o'clock the children walked in procession and sang hymns in various places, and were listened to by a large number of people. The attendance at both services was very good, the large tent, capable of holding 500 people, being nearly filled in the evening, and the collections were in advance of last year. On the following day a public tea meeting was held in the tent, when about 130 sat down to a good tea provided by the teachers. After the tea a public meet. ing was held, over which the Rev. J. Baxandall presided. The meeting was addressed by the Rev. T. Goadby, B.A., of Osmaston Road chapel, who, in an earnest and eloquent speech, showed the necessity of movements similar to that conducted in the Mission Room, and spoke of the important position which Sunday schools will attain in future years. The Rev. J. Hall, of the Mission Hall, Ashbourn Road, also addressed the meeting, and earnestly exhorted the members of the Mission to continued and earnest effort in the district where they are carrying on their work. Stirring addresses were also given by Messrs. Slack and Millington. The progress of this mission movement, only recently commenced, has been exceedingly successful.
BEESTON.- An effort has been made by the congregation worshipping in the Beeston Baptist chapel to reduce the remaining debt of £140 resting on the premises. Six or seven individuals offered £5 each; a number of smaller donations followed; and on Tuesday, July 21, public services were held in furtherance of the object. Tea was gratuitously provided at five o'clock, and at seven public worship commenced. The Rev. Charles Vince, of Birmingham, who preached here last October, renewed his visit, and delivered a most able and useful discourse on the con. trasts in human character, as illustrated in the two kings, Manasseh and Josiah. At the close of the sermon Dr. Underwood made a short statement of what was being
attempted, and of the success which had so far attended the movement. Not far short of 480 has been obtained, so that one more effort of a similar character will be sufficient to make the property free. The chapel at Beeston has no settled minister, but the pulpit is supplied by the President and Students of Chilwell Col. lege. It is hoped that before many years either the present situation of the chapel may be improved, or that a new chapel in a more suitable place may be procured. Now that the College buildings are out of debt, we should rejoice in having connected with them a good spacious sanctuary which should be equally creditable to the whole denomination.
SMALLEY. The anniversary sermons were preached on June 7, by Mr. Jolley, of Chilwell College. Congregations good, and collections amounted to £7. - On July 1st we gave the scholars their annual treat of plumcake and tea, when more than seventy sat down, after which the teachers with their friends, to the number of sixty, took tea together, when all enjoyed themselves in a field lent for the occasion until the shades of evening came on, when they repaired to the chapel. After being addressed by the superintendent, and singing appropriate hymns, the meeting was closed by prayer; and thus ended one of the happiest days in the year.
SAWLEY.—On Lord's-day, June 28, our annual sermons in support of the Sabbath school were preached by the Rev. T. W. Mathews, of Boston. The congregations were good, especially in the evening, when
were unable to gain admittance. Collections £11 11s., being in excess of several previous years. On the Monday following, the children of the Sabbath and day schools had their annual tea in the school-room. Tea was afterwards provided for friends, to which 150 sat down, the proceeds from which, after defraying the expenses connected with the children's treat, amounted to £1 2s. 8d. This was added to the collections, making them £12 13s. 8d.
C. T. CASTLE DONINGTON.—The Baptist chapel in this place having been closed four Sun. days for repairs and decoration, was reopened June 21, when the Rev. E. Hall Jackson (the pastor) preached two appropriate sermons, on “Beautifying the house of our God,” and “ The temple; its glories and its worship.” The expense was about £40, which includes the outside of the minister's house. The whole of the money was raised before the work was completed, the chapel was therefore opened without a collection.
WYSALL.-On Lord's-day, June 28, two sermons were preached in a large barn by
Mr. Frisby, Cemetery chaplain, Notting
THE COLLEGE. ham, on behalf of the Sunday school.
Louth Collection (Northgate) £5 11 6 The attendance was good, and the collection equal to former years.
SCHOLARSHIPS. MR. JOSEPH Fletcher, who has just It has never been distinctly and publicly finished his studies at Chilwell College, is announced that the late Mr. Pegg, of about to enter on his stated ministry at Derby, has left to the College a legacy of Vale, near Todmorden, Yorks.
£2000 free of duty, to found two scholar. Mr. B. HACKETT, another of the Chil.
ships of £50 value each, to be called the well students, has accepted the call of the
“ Pegg Scholarship.” The fund will be Baptist church at Macclesfield, and com
available for students who, after matricu. mences his labours on the third Lord's- lating, prefer to pursue their more ad. day in August.
vanced studies at the London or any other university approved by the College Com. mittee. The will specifies other conditions
on which the benefits of the scholarships BAPTISMS.
may be enjoyed, in framing wbich the late
Founder sought the concurrence of the CARRINGTON.-Five from this branch of Tutors of the College. the Stoney Street church, Nottingham, two males and three females, were bap- RETIREMENT OF THE HON. AND Rev. tized, with four from the parent church, B. W. NOEL.-It bas been announced for on Sunday, July 5, by the Rev. J. Green. some time that Mr. Noel intended resignwood, M.A., pastor, who prefaced the ordi. ing the pastorate of the Baptist chapel, Dance with an excellent sermon from John Street, Bedford Row, which he acActs viii. part of 37th verse_“If thou cepted nearly twenty years ago. upon believest with all thine heart thou mayest.” relinquishing his appointment in the In the evening a large number sat down at Church of Englavd. Last evening, at a the Lord's Table at Carrington, when the numerously attended meeting of the candidates were received by Mr. H. Tru. church and congregation, the rev. gentleman. A large number of the congrega- man formally severed a connection which tion, non-members, remained to witness has been one of great pleasure to himself the cerernony.
H. B. and the people of his charge. On behalf WYMESWOLD.-On May 21 two females of the church Mr. Marcus Martin presented were baptized; and on July 5, after a Mr. Noel with one thousand pounds, as & sermon by the Rev. W. Bailey on the token of their profound regard. Mr. Noel, nature, necessity, and reward of Christian after a suitable response, announced his obedience, eleven more were added to the intention of devoting himself for the future church. The chapel was crowded, and to evangelistic work. the service very impressive. Nearly all
LONDON BAPTIST ASSOCIATION. The the above were brought to Christ through quarterly meeting of this association was special services held in the spring of the held on Tuesday, in the church at Hampyear. One of the candidates was a scholar stead, of which the Rev. W. Brock, jun., is in one of our schools about sixty years ago.
minister. In the absence of the president, SWADLINCOTE.—On Lord's-day morning,
the Rev. Dr. Landels, the chair was taken July 5, the first baptism ever administered
by the Rev. C. H. Spurgeon, the viceat Swadlincote took place, when, after an
president of the association. A conference appropriate sermon from Rom. vi. 3, 4,
of ministers was held in the morning, Mr. Lummis baptized three persons into
when a paper was read by the Rev. W. H. the name of the Redeemer. There was a
Burton, of Kingsgate Street chapel, very large congregation, but the strictest
Holborn. Dinner was provided in the order and solemnity prevailed.
school-room, Mr. Spurgeon presided, and DAYBROOK, Nottingham. On Wednes.
in the course of a genial speech, referring
to the fact that Mr. Brock is invited by day evening, June 17, after a discourse by the Rev. W. R. Stevenson, M.A., in Broad
the Churchmen of Hampstead to a meet. Street chapel, four persons were baptized
ing on the Irish Church, said he should by the Rev. J. Batey.
be most happy to receive a similar invita
tion to an Irish Church meeting, and Beeston.-On Sunday morning, July 12, there to meet the Rev. Father in God, the after a sermon by Dr. Underwood, two
Bishop of Oxford, with him to discuss the persons were baptized, one of whom was
whole question. In the evening Mr. his youngest son.
Spurgeon preached to a crowded congrePETERBOROUGH.—On Lord's-day, July 5, gation, on Spiritual Health.” At the four persons were baptized by Mr. Barrass, close of the sermon be made an appeal on and received into church fellowship. behalf of the London Baptist Association.
Notes on Public Events.
The most seasonable subject of our Notes for the present month is the weather and
expected to be above the average. Their tall upright appearance, and their fine massive heads, are most assuring to the beholder, and seem to add their own em. phatic amen to the Psalmist's assertion, • Verily thou shalt be fed."
While England and other parts of Europe have been suffering so severely from the drought, a New York correspondent writes thus :-“Dear Freeman, We have no news except more rain. Old Aquarius is certaiply up to his business this season, and the hydraulic pressure of clouds and skies is affecting not only the courage of our farmers but the interests of every business and pursuit."
Without any rain by day or dews at night, and with a degree of heat almost tropical, the earth has been hard and arid, the pasture lands brown and bare, “the seed has perished under the clous,” the brooks have dried up, and the greater part of England has reminded us of the lamentable state of Moab, when it was said ; “ The waters of Nimrim shall be desolate; for the hay is withered away, the grass faileth, there is no yreen thing.” On light and loose soils the wheat plant is thinly set, short in the stem, and almost empty in the ear. So hopeless bave some farmers been of their crops repaying even the costs of collecting them, that they have had their fields placed under the plough! Hayricks are comparatively few in number, and in size more like mole-hills than mountains. Graziers have been obliged to begin the use of the scanty provender which was intended for winter consumption. Dairy produce has declined to such a degree that the ordinary price of some of it has been nearly doubled, and other kinds of it " could not be had.” The effect of the failing pasturage on the condition of live stock, especially of sheep, has been painfully visible, and large numbers have been sent away, and sold at a serious sacrifice.
The consequences of the extraordinary heat and dryness have been most marked and noticeable along the lines of railways, the sparks from the engines baviog ignited the herbage, charred the hedges, singed the trees and saplings, and made not only the slopes but the adjacent fields black as furnaces. In many places wells and springs have become completely exhausted, water has had to be fetched from great distances, and is said, in some instances, to have been more expensive than beer!
Passing from God's rule over the earth to man's sphere, we find the current month one of unusual activity. In the highest seat of legislature the Lords have pronounced their decision on Mr. Gladstone's measure for disestablishing the Irish Church after three pight's keen debate. On the last three evenings the House presen:ed a striking appearance. The space allotted to members of the House of Commons and to the general public were crowded by men of various ranks in life. Three princes of the blood royal occupied the first of the cross benches, while some foreign princes sat upstairs. The galleries surrounding the chambers of the peers were thronged by ladies, while many others could not get within them. The debate itself was one of the most vigorous and lively which is remembered to have occur. red in that august assembly, and it was rendered memorable by the effort of the Bishop of Oxford to turn the entire quiestion into a grand jest for the entertainment of the fair audi:ors. Mr. Spurgeon's name was sarcastically introduced, and some of his lamentations over the slender incomes of unestablished ministers were repeated in order to give force to the bishop's plea for the continuance of the present order of things. A majority of ninety-five threw out the bill, and so the whole subject is relegated to a new Parliament. A spirited letter from Mr. Spurgeon appeared in nearly all the daily papers on the Saturday following, in which “Mr. Samuel Wilberforce” was made to look not a little ridi. culous.
But enough of the dark and doleful! Ill winds blow good to some, and dry seasons are not bad to everybody. Farmers and graziers may suffer, but it is said the gardeners will gain to some extent even by this great drought. The orchards everywhere are laden with abundance, the yield of plums, pears, and apples, being uncommon. The fruit crop, it is thought, will prove one of the richest ever gathered in this country. On certain soils, and in the corn growing districts, the grain crops are
Another debate in the Commons on the Universities Test Bill occurred on July 1,