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2. That we regret that certain misun. the Secretary be, and is hereby, instructed derstandings have existed in connection to invite all the churches in the Conferwith this case, and are thankful that ex. ence to send to the meeting as many deleplanations have now been given by which gates as possible. The Conference to we are enabled to confirm the resolution, meet at 2 p.m. of the Conference which received the 7. That the Rev. R. Hardy, of Queenschurch at Lydgate into its fellowship, and bury, be, and is hereby, respectfully recommended its reception by the Asso- requested to read a paper at the Special ciation.

Conference on Easter Tuesday on the subIt was also resolved

ject of “EDUCATION.” 3. That the following be the plan ac- 8. That the Rev. T. Gill, of Allerton, be, cording to which the Conference shall be and is hereby, respectfully requested to held during the next seven years :

read a paper at the Special Conference on 1868.

Easter Tuesday on the question—“WHY Whitsuntide Lineholme.

ARE WE, AS A DENOMINATION, NOT MAKING

GREATER PROGRESS ?" Autumn

Halifax. Christmas

9. That the next Conference be held at Burnley Lane.

Lineholme on Whit-Tuesday; and that 1869.

the Rev. J. Stapleton, of Edge Side, be Whitsuntide Shore.

the preacher. Autumn Allerton.

The Conference was not largely atChristmas Dewsbury.

tended, but the fraternal intercourse of 1870.

the brethren was both pleasant and proWhitsuntide Gambleside.

fitable.

J. ALCORN, Secretary. Autumn

Denholme. Christmas

Todmorden. 1871.

THE HOME MISSION.
Whitsuntide Queensbury.

What is it doing ?
Autumn
Stalybridge.

This question has often been asked by
Christmas
Leeds, North Street.

persons who were solicited to subscribe to 1872.

the Home Mission. They have said, If Whitsuntide Vale, Todmorden. you were doing anything worthy of supAutumn Clayton.

port we would help you. Now let the Christmas Bradford, Infirmary St. Committee of the Midland Home Mission 1873.

answer the question. First, as to finances. Whitsuntide Heptonstall Slack.

We have pledged ourselves to an expendiAutumn Leeds, Call Lane.

ture at lease of £100 per annum. Christmas Burnley, Ænon.

pect to receive this sum from the gener1874.

osity, zeal, and piety of the General Bap

tists of the Midland Districts. Second, as Whitsuntide Birchcliffe.

to what is done with the money, and what Autumn Lydgate.

are likely to be the results. A grant of Christmas Bradford, Tetley Street.

£20 has been made to the church at The Secretary having stated that Mr. Ilkeston to pay the expenses of our worthy, Booth, the senior deacon of his church, hard working brother, the Rev. John was suffering under severe affliction and Stevenson, in doing evangelistic, minisunable to attend to any business, and that terial, and pastoral work in the neighbour he desired to resign the office to which hood of Ilkeston, Newthorpe, Smalley, and the Conference had done him the honour especially Heanor. Then £40 is voted to of appointing him, that, namely, of being Longton church. They have now a pasthe treasurer of the Home Mission fund, tor--the Rev. W. Bishop; and in a popu. it was moved and seconded, and carried lation of at least 20,000 persons we hope unanimously,

to a self-supporting Baptist 4. That this Conference regrets to hear church. Then £10 is voted to Swadlinof the serious illness of Mr. Booth, and cote. They have now a pastor-the Rev. hereby records its deep sympathy with J. H. Lummis, late of Hamsterley. And him in his affliction.

in population of about 10,000 persons 5. That the Rev. R. Ingham be, and is within a radius of a mile and a half of the hereby, appointed treasurer of the Home chapel, who are religiously most destitute Mission fund in the room of Mr. Booth and hitherto neglected, we hope soon to until next Whit-week.

raise a self-supporting Baptist church. 6. That a SPECIAL CONFERENCE be held This, ye friends and supporters of at Halifax next Easter Tuesday; and that General Baptist aggressive movements, is

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what we are doing. Are we worthy of offered a fervent prayer for himself and your confidence and help?

his people, and pronounced the benedicCHARLES CLARKE, Secretary, tion. A general shaking of hands then Ashby-de-la-Zouch. took place, accompanied with hearty con

gratulations and good wishes for the new

year. The solemnities of this midnight LOUGHBOROUGH, Wood Gate, -Our an- service appeared to make a deep impresnual members' tea meeting was held on sion on all present, which it is hoped will Tuesday evening, Jan. 21, when we had a never be forgotten. very happy and numerous gathering. All BARTON FABIS. The church at this the tables, which filled our large school- place having a debt of £350, including the room, were fully occupied, and

amount on the new chapel at Desford, it liberally supplied with the various accom- has been resolved to clear off the entire paniments of a well-furnished tea. After sum during the current year. To further the tables were cleared and removed, the this object it is intended to hold a bazaar friends again assembled, and under the at Barton in or about the first week in presidency of the Rev. J. T. Gale, our July; and, wbile not wishing to interfere esteemed pastor, the evening was spent in with more pressing claims, it is believed the most pleasing and profitable manner, that there are many friends who would be a spirit of true Christian kindness and glad of the opportunity of rendering a brotherhood seeming to pervade all hearts, little help to this “mother church.” Conand thus leading all, as with one heart and tributions of articles or money will be one mind, to strive together to promote thankfully received by Mrs. Thos. Deacon, the general happiness. Our pastor and Mrs. Haywood, and Mrs. Hill. Letters several other friends delivered animated, should be addressed, “ Barton Fabis, cheerful, and useful addresses, embracing Atherstone ;' Parcels, “ Per Midland Railvaluable suggestions to promote the future way, Bagworth Station, near Leicester," usefulness and prosperity of the church. or to the care of Messrs. Winks & Son, The retrospect of the year shewed cause booksellers, Leicester. for devout gratitude to God. Pleasing COALVILLE AND WHITWICK.-Our annual additions have been made to our numbers, church meeting was held here on the last our debt has been cleared off, our general day of the old year, when the members finances improved, a spirit of harmony · took tea, and the year was reviewed. The has prevailed, and our Sunday school has public collections during the year amounted enjoyed considerable spiritual prosperity. to £104 6s., which include collections for Several members of the choir sang a selec- Home and Foreign Missions, Leicester tion of anthems at intervals, concluding Infirmary, widows and orphans, Sunday with the well known “When shall we schools and chapel anniversaries. The meet again ?" For their services they number added to the church during the received the cordial thanks of the meeting, year has been twenty-two, and the nett as did also the committee of management, increase eleven; and during the three and the ladies who had presided at the years of the present pastorate the additea tables.

B. B. tions have been eighty-five, and the nett TROWBRIDGE, Wilts.

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increase of members fifty-seven. watch-night, or annual midnight service, accordance with the recommendation of to commemorate the passing out of the the united committee of both congregaold year and the coming in of the new, tions, a resolution was passed appreciative was observed at the General Baptist of the labours of the pastor, and adding chapel, on the evening of the 31st ult. ten pounds to his salary.

W. $. There was a large congregation, as, in BIRMINGHAM, Longmore Street. On addition to the regular worshippers, a Monday evening, Dec. 30, the annual con. number of persons from other religious gregational tea meeting was held in the denominations were present on the occa- school-room, which was very appropriately sion. Several members of the church took decorated for the occasion. After tea, the part in the devotional services, after which chair was occupied by the pastor, Mr. the minister preached from Deut. xxxii. 29, Parsons, and addresses of acknowledged on “the voice of the ending year calling pleasantness and wisdom, urgency and to a consideration of the end of life." At effectiveness, were delivered by Mr. Harthe close of the sermon, a few minutes rison (minister of Lombard Street chapel), before twelve, the whole of the congrega- Mr. Hotchkiss (minister of Legge Street tion knelt down for silent prayer, until chapel), Messrs. Sanders J. Chew, J. Zair the striking of the clock announced that (Wycliffe Church), H. Selmes, J. P. Warthe old, year had passed and the new ner, and G. Cheatle (Longmore Street year had commenced. The pastor then chapel). The enjoyment of the friends

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LOUTH, Eastgate.-On Lord's-day, Jan. 12th, the Rev. J. C. Jones, M.A., of Spalding, preached two excellent sermons in the Eastgate Baptist chapel, on behalf of the Sunday school connected with that place of worship. Though the weather was unfavourable, the congregation in the even. ing was very good, and the collections were sufficient for the requirements of the school. On the following day a public tea was provided in the school-room, which was well attended. After tea earnest and appropriate addresses were delivered by Revs. J. C. Jones, M.A., W. Chapman, and C. Payne, and by Mr. Newman and Mr. Dicken.

was materially enhanced by the performance of vocal and instrumental music. The meeting, which throughout was emi. nently merry and practical, terminated about 9.30.

NORTHALLERTON. — Interesting services were held in the General Baptist chapel on Sunday, Jan. 12. The Rev. H. Row. son, of Masham, preached, and collections were made for the Home Mission. On the following Monday we held our annual tea meeting—two hundred and thirty persons were present. After tea a public meeting was held in the chapel. Addresses were delivered by the Revs. P. W. Grant, Darlington ; H. Rowson, Masham; M. Dawson, Bedale; W. Stubbings (Baptists); T. Waterhouse (Wesleyan), R. Crookall (Independent), J. Nichols (Primitive Methodist), and G. Dowson, Esq., Wartaby. The trays were given, and the proceeds for the chapel debt were £10 93.

LOUGHBOROUGH, Wood Gate.- A deeply interesting service was held on Lord's-day evening, Jan. 5, in connection with our Sunday school. Our pastor, Mr. Gale, preached an earnest and impressive sermon to the young from the words, “Buy the truth and sell it not;" after which he left the pulpit for the table pew, where were assembled nineteen senior scholars, who received from his hands, in the name of the teachers, a very handsome copy of the Scriptures with marginal notes and references, and were honourably dismissed from the Sunday school. Each recipient was suitably and affectionately addressed in words of wise counsel and encouragement. The average age of these nineteen young friends was twenty years, and the average time they have been in the school ten years; and it is a cause for much thankfulness that twelve of them are already members of the church, and several others are inquiring the way to Zion.

B. B. NORWICH, Priory Yard.—We held our annual tea meeting on New Year's day. The school-room was beautifully decorated for the occasion by our young friends. Over a hundred persons sat down to tea, after which a most interesting meeting was held. The room was well filled, and appropriate addresses were delivered by the Rev. R. B. Horne; Messrs. Dearl, Smith, Chaplin, Barber; J. W. Dowson, Esq., and the pastor of the church. Some excellent pieces were sung by our choir, Miss Gooch presiding at the harmonium. Allusions were made by most of the speakers to the late painful bereavement sustained by Mr. Clare in the loss of his wife, and great sympathy was expressed.

BAPTISMS. LOUGHBOROUGH.—On Lord's-day even. ing, Dec. 29, four young friends were baptized by our pastor, and were received into the church at the Lord's Supper on the following Sunday afternoon. They were all connected with the Sunday school.

B. B. COVENTRY.—On Lord's-day, Jan. 5, after a sermon by the minister, Rev. H. Cross, two persons (husband and wife, were baptized in the name of our great Master, and in the evening were received into the chureb.

PETERBOROUGH. On Lord's-day, Dec. 29th, two persons were baptized by Mr. Barrass, and with four others were re. ceived into church fellowship on the following Lord's-day.

BARLESTONE. - On Tuesday evening, Dec. 31, Mr. Cantrell baptized three candidates, and on the following Sunday evening received them into the church.

BIRMINGHAM, Longmore Street. On Wednesday evening, Oct. 30, the Rev. H. L. Parsons baptized six-four females and two males.

NOTTINGHAM, Broad Street. — Jan. 5, four were baptized by the Rev. W. R. Stevenson, M.A.

BRADFORD, Infirmary Street. - Oct. 6, one; and Jan. 5, four; by Rev. J. B. Lockwood.

CASTLE DONINGTON.-Six were baptized by Rev. E. H. Jackson, on the last Sunday in the old year.

NOTTINGHAM, Stoney Street.-On Lord'sday, Jan. 5, nine were added by baptism.

BOURNE.—Jan. 5, two were baptized and received into fellowship by Rev. W. Orton.

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CHURCH WORK AMONG OUR

AMERICAN BRETHREN. FROM the Christian Freeman, edited by Dr. Graham and Mr. F. W. Dunn, we glean a few items of intelligence which our home friends may be glad to see. The new paper itself, the Christian Freeman, is, after the first volume, considerably enlarged, and thus has become a great

success.

A fine chapel at Manon, in Ohio, has been opened free from debt, by the exertions of its pastor, the Rev. S. D. Bates. The building is pronounced very elegant, the audience room being frescoed, the seats are all cushioned, the floor all carpeted, and a good organ is in its proper place. Professor Dunn, whose stirring discourse at Loughborough association in 1866 will be long remembered, preached at the “dedication" of the church, where his sermons were highly appreciated.

In Indiana the General Baptists have held their eighth annual association. The union contains twenty-five churches, with a membership of 1480. They are said to be growing rapidly, new church edifices are being built, and an Institute is in course of erection at Oakland city.

In the Shenandoah valley churches are being formed, and the vices of a Miss Dudley are believed to be of more advan. tage to the mission than those of any two missionaries on the Sabbath !

Hillsdale College has had fewer students in 1867 than before, but the decrease is in the ladies' department, and is a ground of surprise.

The Free Will Baptist Quarterly has completed its fifteenth volume, and the prospectus for the sixteenth volume is issued, stating its literary and theological character.

Notes on Public Events.

LOYALTY to one of the best of Queens Catholics, have been issued, which say induces us to begin our monthly notation that English statesmanship has not the of leading events by a reference to the power to remedy the ills of Ireland that publication of Her Majesty's Diary. At a great change is coming on—and that if first a private circulation of it was all that the clergy do not lead the people to was contemplated; but Mr. Helps, who rational liberty other guides will lead them read the manuscripts, humbly suggested, to ruin. When the prophets prophecy and then effectually pleaded, that the falsely, the priests bear rule by their Diary should be published without any means." restriction. The Queen's consent lays all her subjects under increased obligation to The most important assembly, probably, her, and the work will tend to exalt her which has ever been called together on the still more highly in popular esteem. Its subject of National Education took place revelation of her true character, and the in Manchester about the middle of last view which it affords of her ordinary life, month. The conference resolved, almost whilst gratifying our curiosity, excite our unanimously, to request Messrs. Bruce, admiration; for they show what she has Egerton, and W. E. Forster to re-introduce been as a woman, a wife, and a mother, as into Parliament the Bill of last Session, or well as a monarch. God save the Queen! to support any government measure of

similar principles. Having decided in The precautions everywhere taken to favour of compulsory rating for educaprevent any further outrages by the Fenians

tional purposes, on the first day of have been successful. There have been meeting, the conference, on the next day, 'many rumours of violence, but no actual considered the question of compulsory instances of it. The pacification and attendance at school, and agreed in the improvement of Ireland are engaging the policy of enforcing the attendance of most earnest thought and discussion neglected children." among all grades of patriots and politicians; and it may be hoped that the All. The Compulsory Church Rates Abolition wise Ruler will inspire their anxious Bill, bearing the names of Mr. Gladstone, counsels, and bring the important end to Sir G. Grey, and Sir R. Palmer, proposes pass. The Irish National League are that no proceedings shall be taken to renewing their efforts in favour of the compel payment of any church rate hererepeal of the legislative union, and a after made, but that a vestry may make a declaration from Limerick, together with voluntary rate towards any purpose for some letters of Dean O'Brien and other which church rates have hitherto been

made. And no person is to have a vote as to the assessment or disposal of the fund who has not paid the amount for which he is assessed, or some voluntary contribution of equal amount.

The unsatisfactory character of this Bill has been faithfully shown in a critique upon it in the Nonconformist.

contributed by dignitaries of the Established Church, and by Presbyterian and Dissenting Divines, representatives of religious parties in the United Kingdom, which, it is hoped, may be helpful in bringing about more visible among Christians at home.

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We are glad to find that the Committee of the Evangelical Alliance is preparing for the press an octavo volume, for the small charge of seven and sixpence, containing the inaugural discourse at the Amsterdam conference, and all the papers read thereat by men of distinguished position in the churches and universities of Christendom. A volume of greater value, or more adapted to the present times, at about half the usual price of such books, has seldom been published.

Among many articles just written on that old grievance, the Irish Church, the two most noticeable are those of Mr. Arthur Arnold and Professor Maurice. The former proposes another scheme for the better appropriation of the Church's revenues, to which he applies the incongruous epithets of “public, national, and sacred." The Times, in publishing this scheme, and slightly favouring it, suggests certain "little difficulties" in the way of its adoption. The article of Professor Maurice in the Contemporary Review bears just testimony to the worth if many Irish prelates and clergymen, in past and present days, but considers that after three centuries' experience we may pronounce the Irish Establishment a failure, and he looks upon its fall as inevitable.

A religious gathering has been held at Philadelphia to promote union among the various Presbyterian bodies in the United States. Some half-dozen of these, containing 780,000 communicants, 6,761 min. isters, and 5,444 churches, agreed to form themselves into one body, under the name of the United Presbyterian Church of America. After this decision had been come to the convention was visited by a large depřitation from the American Episcopal Church, headed by Bishop M'Ilvaine. To his paternal address Dr. Hodge replied in a strain which drew tears from nearly

The meeting has been pronounced as one of the most remarkable which has ever taken place in the Christian church. It may be very long before any such steps toward Christian union are followed in England, but something a little akin 'to the spirit of fraternity is just now transpiring. A series of papers on the Apostles' Creed, our common faith, is being

Notwithstanding the recent failure of Garibaldi and his co-patriots to rescue Rome from the hold of the Papacy, neither the Pope, nor his obtrusive protector, the French Emperor, have much reason for feeling secure in their mutual occupation. A long poem, addressed by Garibaldi to Victor Hugo, while displaying great literary ability, shows the hopeful views he still entertains for his country, and the feelings of indignation which he cherishes toward those whom he regards as its worst enemies.

The poem closes with something prophetic in reference to Napoleon :“A little while his shameless scheme prevails; A little while, and God's longsuffering fails; And when he ends, and we may pity him, The dawn will break on Europe dead and dim,The dawn of brotherhood, and love, and peace, The light of a new time, when there shall cease This clang of armies over Christian lands: And nations tearing off their Lazarus-bands, Shall rise-see face to face--and sadly say, Why were we foes? why did we serve-and slay ?"

all eyes.

The Wesleyans have lost two of their most eminent men. Dr. Hannah, aged 76, who was theological tutor of Didsbury College from 1812 to 1867; and the Rev. John Scott, aged 75, who was principal of the Training College, Westminster.

Recent Deaths.

MRS. BATEY.

Ar 102, Great Portland Street, London, aged 57, Mary Eliza, the beloved wife of the Rev. John Batey, Special Missionary and afternoon preacher of Craven Chapel. Her death is deeply lamented, not only by

her bereaved husband and children, but by a large circle of Christian friends, especially of the Ladies' Amicable and other societies connected with the church. It is remarkable that she died a member of the church over which the late Dr.

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