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were obliged to return, finding it utterly solemn and interesting; the sermon, one impossible to obtain admission. Brother of those convincing and forcible appeals John Midgley, from Shore, read the Scrip. which all who have heard our dear pastor ture and prayed, then our minister preached on occasions of this kind know him to be a most powerful and argumentative dis. so well qualified to deliver. Truly this course from “ One baptism.” A pablic was a day long to be remembered. prayer-meeting was held at the close of the evening service in the body of the cha- five: we have three or four candidates,

Boston.–We have recently baptized pel, which was filled, during which Mr. Midgley gave an interesting account of a

and more inquirers. revival which has taken place in his Church SETTLEMENT of Rev. Jas. Ferneyhough at Shore, and which is still progressing. as pastor of the General Baptist Church, May the "little one soon become a thou. Broad-street, Nottingham, Feb. 23, 1841. – sand, and the small ove a strong nation." It is known to many of our Churches that

JOSEPH WILSON. we have been without a pastor for nearly BAPTISM AT HINCKLEY.-On Lord's-day,

three years. Our situation was beheld by March 7th, 1811, the ordinance of believers all our sister Churches, and the pastors of baptism was administered to thirteen per- came when solicited to assist us at baptisms,

which, within thirty miles round, kindly sons, eight females and five males, in the and administer to us the Lord's-supper. General Baptist chapel, Hinckley; on which occasion the Rev. M. Shore (pastor of the For this we desire to return our sincere place) preached a very appropriate and thanks; and also to the Academy, for the convincing sermon to a very crowded and assistance we received from the students. attentive audience, from Psalm cxix. 60. It is true our brother Hurst was very useful “I made haste, and delayed not to keep to us any

assistance in that way his situation

to us as a preacher, and willing to render thy commandments;" after which he went down into the water and administered the in life would allow ; yet, after all, we had no sacred rite. Six of the above are young pastor ; we were still like sheep without a persons, and are active and useful teachers shepherd. In all our prayers, public and in our Sunday school. JAMES PRATT.

private, we requested to be directed by tbe

Great Shepherd to one that would lead us BAPTISM AT CRADLEY.-On Lord's-day, beside the still waters, and cause us to lie March 7th, 1841, our hearts were cheered down in green pastures, and feed us with by another addition to our number, four the bread of life. It certainly was the persons, two males and two females, being desire of our friends to obtain, if possible, added to us by baptism. On this occasion a General Buptist. We therefore applied our chapel was crowded. This, in connex. to four or five of our distant ministers; ion with our gradually increasing congrega- but I believe not one of them could see tions op the Lord's.day, and crowded his way clear to leave their present situaprayer-meetings, leads us to believe that tion. We then appoivted a special meetthe King of Zion has heard our prayers, ing for prayer to God to be directed in this that he is blessing the labours of his ser. all important affair; and while prayer was vant, and that numbers are seeking to know made without ceasing of the Church unto him whom to know is life eterual. We God on our behalf, we accidevtally, no, have now several candidates for baptism. providentially, heard that brother James

J. B. Ferneyhough, if applied to, would supply BURNLEY. -- On Lord's-day morning,

us for a mouth. He was accordingly writSep. 20th, 1840, the ordinance or believers: teu to, and came and supplied four Lord'sbaptism was administered to six persons in days; after which the Church invited him the river Burn, Burnley; and on Lord's. to become their minister and pastor, which day morning, Feb. 21st, 1841, eight per. his duties with the commencement of the

invitation he accepted, and has entered on sons avowed their attachment to the Saviour iu a similar way. Ou each occasion the

present year. number of spectators assembled to witness

It is fifty-three years in April since our the administration of the sacred rite was

late pastor, Mr. Robert Smith, was ordained large, and they listened to the statements and only one member is now living who was

to the pastoral office over this Church, made with pleasing attention.

present on that occasion. Believing it DERBY, BROOK-STREET.-On Lord's. would be to the advantage of the Church, day, March 7th, sixteen persons were im. as well as the members individually, we mersed in this place, on a profession of invited our aged friend, brother Goadby, of faith in their Redeemer. The chapel was Ashby.de.la-Zouch, to come and assist us densely crowded; the service peculiarly in recognizing brother Ferneyhough as our pastor. Amongst our members we made members of the Church, and gave to each the sabject as public as we could, and sent the right hand of fellowship; after which printed circulars to all the members within the Lord's-supper was administered by bro. our reach, as well as public notice in the ther Hudson. In the evening a convincing chapel. Accordingly, on the 23rd of Feb., sermon was preached on the atonement by the largest number of our members assem. the Rev. J. Goadby, from 1 Cor. xv. 1-4. bled together that we ever knew on any Brother J. Ingham, of Allerton, assisted in occasion before. At five o'clock, nearly the interesting services of the day. The two hundred sat down to tea in the school. attendance morning and evening was small, rooms; and at seven o'clock we adjourned but in the afternoon very encouraging ; into the chapel, and sung the 473rd hymn, several Baptist friends from South Parade, after which our brother Hurst read suitable and members of other Christian Churches, portions of Scripture, and then offered a being present to witness and sanction the fervent prayer to God for his presence and proceedings. The Church is composed of blessing; and while the 470th hymn was fifteen members, and will require, for a singing, brother Goadby, of Ashby, ascend. time, the assistance of sister Churches ed the pulpit, and what from his venerable at a distance. An excellent cold dioner appearance and scanty locks, (having just was provided for the ministers and friends recovered from the borders of the grave,) who came from neighbouring Churches. and our general esteem for him, there was We trust favourable impressions were made, a smile of approbation from a crowded and hope the services will long be remem. congregation. He made a short apology bered with lively gratitude. With propriety for appearing before them, and said he we may now say, “ Hitherto hath the Lord was getting an old man, and going down helped us;" and our prayer is, that many hill apace, and was not worth the trouble may have reason to exclaim in future years, and expense we had been at io fetching “What hath God wrought!" On Monday bim to this place. After explaining the afternoon, about 100 persons took tea to. object of the meeting, he addressed the gether in a school-room occupied by the members on their duty as Christians; 2nd, Wesleyan Methodists, who lent it to us for on their duty as members; 3rd, on their the occasion. After tea a public meeting duty to their pastor; and then shortly ad- was held, when, the chair being occupied by dressed Mr. Ferneyhough, telling him what Mr. Hudson, several excellent addresses duties he had to perform as pastor of the were giren by Messrs. J. Ingbam, Finnie, Church; and, in an affectionate manner, Butler, Richanson, J. Andrew, and R. Ingaddressed those present who were members ham. The views and feelings expressed by no where; after which we supg, Jesus, the several speakers were highly gratifying Lord, we look to thee," and brother Goadby and encouraging. All seemed to enjoy the concluded with prayer. I know not when opportunity, and appeared sincerely desira day was more agreeably spent: the Lord ous for our prosperity in the work of the was of a truth present with us. We have Lord. Great praise is due to the female many anxious inquirers, ard several can. friends who prepared the provisions, and didates for fellowship. Our number at presided at the tables on the interesting prayer.meetings are doubled, and our con. occasion, Several friends from different gregation much increased.

christian communities favoured us with JAMES SMITH. their company, and the interest which they

took in the welfare of our infant cause, de. NEW GENERAL BAPTIST CHORCH, serves to be recorded as an instance of that LEEDS, YORKSHIRE. On Lord's-day, charity which breathes good will to all, and Feb. 28th, 1841, a General Baptist Church views with complacency the efforts to do was formed in the Albion chapel, Leeds. good which are made by the disciples of In the morning an appropriate sermon was our common Lord. There is room in this preached by the Rev. W. Butler, from Acts town for the individual and combined exii. 42. The Rev. J. Goadby, of Leicester, ertions of a!l the friends of Jesus; and when delivered a judicious discourse in the after: Christian Churches hail each other as worknoon, on ihe constitution of apostolic ers together with God, to accomplish the Churches, in which he clearly showed the good of man, the spirit of the Gospel is obligations under which modern christians displayed, and its power is likely to be more are laid to observe in all things the pattern extensively acknowledged. May the time given, and pointed out the evils which had come when the disciples of Jesus shall be resulted from neglecting the model, by one fold, under one shepherd, uniting to forming ecclesiastical establishments, and promote the divine glory, and save a perishuniting the Church with the State. Brother ing world! Butler asked the usual questions of the March 13th, 1811,

DISMISSION OF SCHOLARS AT Mans. ing, but it is very slowly, and against many FIELD. -On Lord's day morning, March obstacles. Our hope is in the Lord! May 7tb, 1841, four of the senior scholars were he incline the hearts of the rulers to com. dismissed from the Sabbath-school connec- plete the work of abolition which is certainly ted with the General Baptist Church in begun. I will beg onr Seeretary to send you this place, in the presence of the children, a copy of each of the Apti.Idolatry Conand a goodly number of teachers and nexiov publications. A new dispatch, with friends, who were assembled on the occasion. many fair promises, has been sent to India. It was an interesting, and, we trust, a I hope it will be moved for by Sir R. Inglis. profitable season, and from the marked if it is not satisfactory we shall exert ourattention manifested, and effeet apparently selves to move the country to petition as produced, we trust it will be a lasting bless. widely as possible, and shall be glad of your ing, especially to the young persous dis. help.-March 13th, 1841." missed from the school. Several appropriate verses of hymns being sung, and prayers

MR. STANYON has removed to Mel. offered by different friends, the minister, bourne, to supply the Church there for one Mr. Wood, in his usual faithful, solemn, year. It may not be improper to state, and impressive manner, proceeded to dis. that when brother S. offered bimself to the miss the scholars. His remarks were found. Foreign Mission Cominitiee, be was not ed on that serious question of scripture, aware of the intention of the Melbourne “How much owest thou unto my Lord ?" Church to solicit his services, and that The object of his plain and affectionate when the friends at M. sent their invitation address was to impress on their minds the to brother S., they were not aware of his importance of religion--the obligations proposal to the Foreign Mission Committee. under which they were laid-by the privi. The Church at M. and brother S. have leges with which they had been favoured, anxiously and prayerfully sought the guidespecially in connexion with the school and ance of the Great Head of the Church, the means of grace-and the debt of grati. and carefully watched the course of events; tude they owed for these blessings to God, and both parties feel a satisfactory persua. to their Saviour, and to their teachers, ex sion that an overruling Providence has horting them, also, to show their esteem directed brother Slavyon to Melbourne. for the good received, by their future activity in the school, and anxiety for the

YORKSHIRE REVIVALS.--A correspoud. welfare of the rising generation.

At the ent remarks, " There has been a reinark. conclusion of the address they were pres holm, and I believe the same may be said

able revival at Shore, and also at Linesented with a copy of “Pike's Persuasives to Early Piety."" They having agreed to of Bradford. I don't know the exact pumbecome teachers, it is hoped they will be bers, but I believe no fewer than sixty or made useful in their day and generation, seventy persons have been baptized at

Shore and Lineholm since the last Associ. be instructed in the school of divine grace, ation.” A brief aud authentic detail of fitted for a place in the Church on earth, the progress of the work of God in these and finally reach the Church triumphant.

Churches cannot fail to be interesting and J. P.

profitable.- ED. LONDON COMMITTEE FOR THE ABOLI.

Rev. R. COMPTON.-Several members TION OF BRITISH CONNEXION WITH IN. of the Church at Berkhamstead, we underDIAN IDOLATRY.-We understand that a stand, bave presented Mr. Compton with a committee for this object is in active ope. silver teapot, and Dr. A. Clark's Commen. ration. We have been favoured by the fol. tary on the Holy Scriptures, as a token of lowing extract of a letter from one of its their esteem. Mr. C. has left his charge active inembers, recently returned from lo. at this place, and is now open to any call dia.—“I have procured and read your let. that may present him with an appropriate ter to lord Melbourne. Our committee sphere of usefulness. will be happy to receive and distribute as many copies as you will entrust to them. CAPITAL PUNISHMENT.-We are inThey may be sent to the Hon. Secretary, formed that Fitzroy Kelly, Esq., M. P., has P. Cater, Esq., 5, Old Square, Lincoln's purchased 400 copies of Mr. Peggs's essay Inn. We are labouring hard, against great on the abolition of capital punishment, for difficulties, to promote the abolition of special circulation, to promote the object connexion of ihe British government with to which, like Sir Samuel Romilly, he has the idolatry of India ; and progress is mak devoted his parliamentary lise.

MISSIONARY OBSERVER.

LETTER FROM MR. LACEY TO MR. PEGGS.

Cuttack, Jan. 6th, 1841. My dear brother Peggs, -I cherish your name with a warm and settled affection, as well as that of sister Peggs, and feel disposed to write a few lines to you. We received your affectionate and very welcome letters about a month ago, and now thank you for them. We hope it will not be long before you favour us with the like tokens of your affectionate anxiety. Your letters are always cheering and animating; but more especially this is the character of sister Peggs's communications. And in the first place, beloved friends, allow me to wish you many happy and useful new years; for steam seems to have brought us so near together, that we can almost shake hands, and wish each other the usual blessings of the season. The first comprehensive steamer has just arrived, and by her I got letters and a paper: she is named “ The India,” and is to be purchased by the Indian steam people in Calcutta. So now we shall have letters from Suez, without the overland joute from Bombay. Though I have commenced a letter for you, I do not know that I have much information of special interest to communicate, and it is this kind of information which is sought in the present day. There are many things of ordinary importance which might be detailed respecting our mission, and these, perhaps, more than any extraordinary occurrence, serve to mark the healthful and steady progress of the cause.

There never was a time when the mission bad more numerous efficient labourers than the present; aud during this five cold season, nearly the whole of the European and native labourers are out among the people, scattering the seeds of immortal lise; and the minds of the people will be stirred from their lethargy from Midnapore in the north, tu near Chickacole in the south, by the agents of our Orissa Mission. A faithful and extensive publication of the Gospel will not be in vain, and I believe that great and glorious results will occur. I bave neither time nor space to particularize the labours of my brethren, though a good deal acquainted with them; but I shall give you some few notices of my own visits and journeys among the people, chiefly because you have a better acquaintance with the particular scene of my labours than you have of the field in wbich our brethren are labouring. I commenced my cold season labours in October, by a visit to Khunditta, where we have a christian colony. The village is named Becher-naggur, after G. Becher, Esq., whom you know, and who gave the ground, and afforded various other assistance to start the colony. Khunditta is forty miles on the Calcutta road, just on the southern bank of the river Kursua. You would be delighted, on your journey to Cuttack, to arrive at this little christian village. It presents, in every way, a break and exception in the surrounding sterility and desolation of the land. Here we have a number of cbristian families located, and a bungalow and a native chapel. Here the christian natives have had rice to eat in the midst of famine, while others have been perishing for want of food. I leave you to supply the comparison as to spiritual provision. I am exceedingly interested in the prosperity of this christian colony, and long to see similar institutions established all over the country till they fill the land. My object in visiting Khunditta in October was to see the native Christians, visit some inquirers, and make a division of the property accumulated on the little estate. After my return from Becher-naggur, on the 11th of November we all set out on a visit to our southern stations, Berhampore and Ganjam. The brethren had been very importunate in their persuasions for us to go over and see them; and as a change of air promised to be useful, and the journey comported with useful missionary labours, I felt pleasure in going. The district of Khurda is thinly populated, and afforded not many opportunities of preaching the Gospel; but beyond the Chilka lake we found many people, and plenty of opportunities for csertion. Brother Wilkinson is young as a missionary, and his station is a new one, so that it would not have been just to expect more than preparatory labours. He has a native preacher with him at Ganjam, with whom he visits the bazar and the surrounding villages. He has also a native christian teacher for his orphan asylum, named Krushnoo. This asylum forms part of sister Wilkinson's care. There are several very interesting inquirers at Ganjam, particularly one man, a carpenter, who received his first christian information from dear Bampton. He is a very intelligent and superior man, and will, I hope, be baptized before long. The station of Berhampore presents an appearance of more maturity and greater prosperity. Brother Siubbins is one of the best Indian missionaries: he speaks the language with great freedom and power, and commences at the right end of bis work, the proclamation of the Gospel. The state of feeling among the people was something similar to the disposition of a swarm of wasps when their best is assailed; it intimated that they had heard a good deal of the Gospel, and felt that its tendency is destructive of their idolatry, and the unrighteous system it has engendered. I preached several times in the streets of Berhampore; and while many raged maliciously, numbers listened with great attention to the word which they appeared to think would turn the world upside down. We took a journey to a large village some ten miles beyond Berhampore; but the same bitterness among the brahmins and other interested persons prevailed there also, though others beard the word gladly. Much information is circulated, and much feeling is excited, and the deliberations of the people will be in favour of the christian religion: the dark placidity of the mind is being broken, and thought and consideration are setting in. “The people shall consider, and shall turn to the Lord, and shall worship before liim.” On the last Lord's-day I was at Ber. hampore, we had the Lord's-supper together. There was a nice number of native communicants, and I preached in the evening to a house full of European hearers. Brother Stubbins is building a chapel of very respectable dimensions, and his school is prosperous. Mrs. Stubbins, besides attending to the school, visits the females in the town and neighbouring villages, and on the whole the prospects at Berhampore are very encouraging. May our dear brother there long retain his present strength, that he may be enabled to continue long his useful and important labours. On returning, we had not many opportunities of preaching, except a few times at Ganjam, where we made a further stay of a few days.

In a very short time after returning from our southern tour, Í set out towards the coast on a missionary journey, accompanied by Rama, Doitaree, and Somnath. The latter is a young man, and a young convert of some promise. He wishes to preach, and is under instruction with brother Sutton, and this was his first journey, and may be considered as his trial. He has not any very considerable abilities as a preacher, but makes the people understand something of the folly of idolatry, and the distinguishing doctrines of the Gospel. My first resting place was Paga market-place: it was market day, and we were well employed all day preaching, disputing, conversing, and distributing tracts. Next morning, after sending my native preachers forward, I proceeded to Salpoor, where I pitched my little tent, and went on to Bodamundee market. Rama, Doitaree, Somnath, and myself, were engaged among the people for about three hours. They generally heard the message we proclaimed to them well. A few, who would be thought learned men, were disposed to dispute; but, upon the whole, got little credit by their opposition. From Bodamundee, the next day we visited Lockshmeebur market: it was Lord'sday, and there were many people. Some rcognized me from my former visits a good many years ago. We took possession of one end of the bazar house, and continued preaching and arguing all day_till about half-past four o'clock : more than a hundred tracts were distributed. From Salpoor to Lockshmeebur market: it is five miles and a half; and before I got back, I was tired with my walk. After my arrival at my tent, the people came round to hear, and we were employed till ten o'clock explaining the doctrines of the Gospel. The day was spent usefully, though in a very different manner from what it exhibits with you at home. You met your christian flock in peace, and administered 10 a waiting and willing people the word of life. I did so too, but amidst uproar and confusion, lying,

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