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cabal, among whom were those bold fellows whose active fingers forced the door, and so nimbly retreated on the application of the cleaver, set off with the preacher 10 Bosworth, and applied to Sir Wolston Dixie, at the same time laying a heavy charge against the preacher and his followers. In confirmation of their charge, the sore fingers were shewn; and indeed they formed a miserable spectacle, having ben marked very sufficiently to be seen by others, as well as felt by the owners. The baronet, of course, wished to know what their fingers had been doing, to be cut in sach uniform order. The story was related, and afforded no small diversion ; though in the issue the preacher and his friends became rather the objects of the ridicule than of the protection of the magistrate. They were branded with the name of Methodists, and loaded with calumny, and every measure, whether legal or otherwise, was thought justifiable, if it could suppress the heresy and punish its advocates.
Sir Wolston not choosing to settle the business himself, bound the parties over to the next quarter session at Leicester.
On retiring from Sir Wolston Dixie's they received fresh abuse from the populace, who were waiting for the opportunity, and who seemed encouraged by the manner in which Sir Wolston had behaved. They assailed them with dirt, and obliged them to iy. J. Taylor (the preacher), J. Aldridge, and Whyatt, ran to ward Hinckley, and were pursued some miles. J. Whyatt was overtaken and pal into ditch of water, and much abused. He afterwards returned by Osbaston, Dut daring to go through Bosworth ; but on his approach to that place he found the whole village in an uproar. A large bonfire was made, as a testimony of their joy on the defeat of the Methodists, as they called them; and various threatenings were denounced against all whom they might catch in future. Some cried they would burn the Holy Ghost with the Methodists, with other expressions which proclaimed their ignorance, as well as impiety.
The same day, while the parties were before Sir Wolston, a gentleman of Coventry, and
his brother, who lived at Ratby, both Dissenters, being on a journey, put up at the Wheat-sheaf in Bosworth, and hearing of the proceedings, expressed a desire to see the preacher, and availed themselves of the opportuity to speak with bim. This immediately drew a suspicion on themselves. Indeed they openly detended the cause of the persecuted, till they experienced similar treatment They were abused in the inn, pushed into the street, their saddles were daubed, their bags cut open and filled with áung, and it was with difficulty they could escape personal injury, They, however, brought an action against the principal persons concerned, and recovered the damages.
In consequence of these disturbances, and the countenance given to the persecutors, it was not practicable to meet publicly as they had done before; but still the union of the people with each other, and their attachment to the cause, were preserved and strengthened. They continued to meet together as often as convenient, for the purpose of social friendship and religious instruction. They attended the established church, though much dissatisfied with the doctrines they generally heard. Several of them were rather partial to a clergyman at Markfield, * shose mode of preaching was more evangelical, and whose spirit and behaviour nas candid and benevolent. Some of them took courage to speak to Mr Ellis, and also to the Rev. Mr. Holwell,f the clergyman of Nailstone; but they failed in gaining that satisfaction which they wished for, which contributed to weaken their attachment to the established church, and to make them determine on a total dissent.
During the interval betwixt their appearance before Dixie, and the quarter session, they continued to receive new insults, and met with increasing trials. Some wbo depended on their labour for subsistence, and who had large fainilies, were deserted by their employers, and thus were very much injured in their temporal circumstances: all which they bore with fortitude, and even “ ook joyfully
• The Rev. Mr. Ellis. + Mr. Holwell once preached a railing sermon against these people and their tenets, and challeoged them to come forward and defend
them. Mr. John Aldridge accepted the challenge.
the spoiling of their goods, knowing that in heaven they had a better and an enduring substance."
The session being just after Christmas, anno 1744, Mr. Aldridge, Mr. Whyatt, and Mr. Taylor, the preacher, with several other of their friends, inet at the Castle, at Leicester. The cause was tried, and strange to relate, the poor Bartonian methodists were cast. The story of the cleaver was brought forward, and the wounded fingers exhibited in court. Terrible complaints were lodged against them, and not a few false witnesses were suborved to criminate them. Their artorney,* seeing that partiality governed the whole of their proceedings, and that no redress could be obtained for bis clients there, advised them not to sit down by their decision, inasmuch as he assured them it was in direct opposition to the law of the realm. Application was accordingly made to Sir John Strange, who gave his opinion decidedly opposite to the verdict of the jury. Mr. Peck therefore indicted the principal offenders in the crown-office.
When the verdict was given in favour of the people of Nailstone, it is scarcely possible to conceive the infernal triumph. Every outrage was deemed a virtue, when committed against the Methodists; and when letters were afterward sent to the persons indicted in the crown office, they treated the letters with contempt, making a parade of tearing them, and trampling upon them in the street. Thus they set every thing at defiance, and persisted in their usual mode of harrassing the Barton people, till the following summer, when the rules of court and a citation from the crown-office, were sent to each person indicted.
When the attorney's clerk went to Nailstone to present the citations, most of the persons for whom they were intended were gone to a fair held at Bosworth. The clerk went to Bosworth after them, and found the persons he wanted, who then began somewhat to lower their note. The fair being a time of diversion, one of the men to whom the clerk had a commission was about to display bis oratory in the public fair, by preaching a Methodist sermon. His congregation was col. lected, he mounts the stool, and begins to draw up the muscles of his face to put his countenance in the true methodistic form. The clerk, being in the crowd, stepped up at that instant with the citation in his hand, saying, “Here, my lad, I'll furnish you with a text:" but, alas! the methodistical mimic could not read it, and might have remained ignorant of its contents, had his auditory been as ignorant as himself. He was soon instructed into its meaning; but it damped the flame of bis devotion, made his face longer than before, and instead of performing his exploits to a gaping crowd, was glad to sneak away in disgraceful silence.
After the presentation of these citations the clouds withdrew from Barton, and rested over Nailstone. Foreboding fears arose as to the consequences of their late proceedings. They began to pay their court to those whom they had so long abused, and wished for terms of peace. A meeting was accordingly proposed by the people of Nailstone to be held at Leicester, and the Barton people were invited to attend. The affair was settled at this meeting on the condition of the persecutors paying all the expenses incurred by their proceedings from the first. These were indeed very moderate terms, when it is considered that many of the Barton people had sustained considerable loss of property through the riotous conduct of their enemies, had wasted much time, and suffered very considerably in their business besides. But mercy triumphed over justice in the whole of their bebaviour, which though their persecutors did not deserve, it was to their bonour to manifest. Lenient as they were, the expenses fell pretty heavy on about seven or eight of the farmers, and two or three others were so far alarmed at the approach. ing storm, that, previous to the final agreement, they fled, and were never more heard of.
After this time, the people of that neighbourhood were pretty well cured of the persecuting mania, and (a few instances excepted) suffered the Methodists to enjoy iheir sentiments in peace.
(To be continued.)
QUERY. Did the commission, mentioned in Mark avi. 15—18, extend beyond the Apostolic age! If so, why do not the signs follow?
G. B. B.
REVIEW. The Biter Bir; or, an Answer to “ The he will prosecute them to the uttermost far
Dregs Eramined." By the Rector of thing”-assumes that Greek words have a CONGERSTONE.
contrary meaning in the New Testament
from what they have in Greek authors-and With a view to administer a little whole- concludes by valiantly stating his “fixed desome rebuke to Mr. Knollis, whose extrava- termination to take no further notice of any put pretensions and movements have been dissenting slanders, or to answer any anaas annoying to the better part of churchmen baptistical periodicals.” What is the part 3 to the dissenters in his neighbourhood, played by Mr. K. in this comedy, must of we inserted the strictures of “Observator course be left to the judgment of his readers. in our May number. This liberty, of which His warmest admirers will scarcely say he be has no right to complain, he being the “played the man.” assailant, has very greatly disturbed the pro Let us now see how he plays the priest verbial serenity of his temper, and led him, and the polemic. He reiterates, in various besides talking, as is reported, of things very ways, the assertion, that " by the appointanclerical, by way of rejoinder, to indulge ment of God” he has the charge of “all his cacoëthes scribendi in the production of souls whatsoever in his parish," and urges what he chooses to call his “Biter bit.” as an indisputable proof, that the bishop, Otten has the admonition been given to pet- and not the patron of the living, appointed ulant persons, not to make too much show him! But as the patron gave him the recof their propensities, lest their weakness tory, for a time, at least, and the bishop should expose them to ridicule. In this could not invest him with it without his rase Observator" sees the canine instru- consent, it is virtually the appointment of ments of torture, but as for feeling them, the patron. This is too well understood to that is out of the question.
be explained away. And then, the bishop, Our readers deserve an apology for the who appointed him? Is it not as notorious as sotice that is taken of this last effort. But that the sun shines at noon, that his appointde it is remarkable in its way, and very ment is virtually with the crown? The soamusing, and we promise to be very brief, lemn pretension, therefore, of having charge e hope that they will endure it. Mr. from heaven of all the souls in a parish, Koollis assures us of his own valour—"We through such a medium, can impose only too are ready," he says, “ to play the man,' upon the understandings of children. and convince our adversaries,” &c. It is Mr. K. disclaims all connexion with the really interesting to observe how adroitly he Puseyites; though he was their apologist in attempts to “play the man.” He pours his his sermon before the bishop, at his primary Wrath on the defenceless heads of his dis- visitation last year. He says that he has senting neighbours, by giving a number of always preached justification by faith only ; garbled statements as to what they have said but he does not tell us how this agrees with of him, and to him, in consequence of his baptismal regeneration. He denies that the angeatlemanly intrusions: he is careful to Church of England is a branch of that of style them “anabaptists-a mushroom sect Rome; though the orders and liturgy of of yesterday, taking their rise in the rebel- Rome are retained. But why proceed farhion and bloodshed of German revolters, and ther with a person so possessed with contrastill in their malignant hatred and impotent dictions, as to lament in one sermon that rage against Christ's Church, showing whose “persons will sign testimonials, so as to be the they are, and whom they serve"-" that pal- instruments of admitting immoral men into try sect assembling at Barton-in-the-beans, a holy orders ;"+ and in another, asserts that place of pretended worship:” he intimates that the wickedness of ministers “will never presatan was “the first dissenter;" he boasts of vent” their flocks from being benefited by the rapid circulation of his “Dregs,” which their ministry, and that because they have it seems were given away-honours the been lawfully appointed. In reference to production of a mere 'prentice boy with a these contradictions, as well as many others, long quotation, as a formidable blow at the we are constrained to use his words, “ Let Church-threatens the “sneaking cowards," who be says have troubled him with anony * Page 31.
+ Visitation Sermon, p. 10. tous letters, (?) that if " he discovers them + Sermon at Diggeswell, pp. 9, 10. VOL 3.-NS.
Church people think and judge, if these and We have not space to follow him through similar statements are the genuine effusions his lucid argument, but do most cordially of the Spirit of Christ."
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OBITUARY. GEORGE WILDERS.—Died, March 13th, the disease of which he died. During a 1841, after a severe illness of thirteen days, great part of his affliction he was deprived George, son of Mr. W. Wilders, General of his reason, yet in his few lucid moments Baptist minister Kegworth, aged twenty, he expressed himself as relying on the ReHe was the subject of religious impressions deemer entirely, and his friends cherish the when very young, and at the age of seven. hope that he is now with Christ. teen was baptized and received into the At the instance of his medical attendant, Church. Though his course was so short his his remains were interred the following day, orderly conduct and sweetness of temper had without being taken into the chapel, and won the esteem of all his acquaintance. Mr. William Smith, of Sutton Bonington, His intellectual powers were considerable, improved the event to a large and deeply and his devotion to study hastened his affected auditory. death; the hours that should have been "Ostendent terris hunc tantum fata, nec ultra given to exercise or repose being spent over Esse sinent." his books. This predisposed to typhus,
MIDLAND CONFERENCE.-The Midland cordance with this suggestion, the obligaConference assembled at Hugglescote on tions of christians individually, to exert Tuesday, June 1st. As the Missionary themselves to extend the cause of Christ ordination was held at Nottingham at the was considered, and many serious and same time, the attendance of ministers and weighty remarks were elicited. brethren from a distance was slender, but 3. The next Conference to be held at a gratifying number of friends from ad. Nottingham, Broad Street ; Mr. Stevenson, jacent places were convened together. Mr. of Leicester, to preach in the morning. Yates, of Thurlaston, offered prayer, and Mr. Orton opened the morning service Mr. Orton, pastor of the Church, presided. by reading and prayer; and Mr. Stanyon, lo the absence of the Secretary, Mr. Buck- of Melbourne, preached from Isaiah lii. i. ley was requested to officiate pro tempore. “Awake, Awake, put on thy strength, O The states from the Churches furnished Zion!” In the evening, Mr. Buckley praypleasing evidence that the Lord was with ed, and preached from 2 Thess. i. 10. " He his servants and giving testimony to the shall come to be glorified in his saints, and word of his grace. Though so small a to be admired in all them that believe." time had elapsed since the last Conference,
J. BUCKLEY. and though inany of the Churches, including LINCOLNSHIRE CONFERENCE.- This some of the largest in the district, sent no Conference assembled at Gedney Hill, on statement, yet forty were reported as having Thursday, June 3rd, and was pumerously been baptized, and 110 as being candidates attended. Mr. Burditt, of Long Sutton, for that solemn ordinance.
delivered a very useful discourse in the 1. Much sympathy was expressed with morning, on Christian fellowship, from the Hugglescote Church on accouut of the Phil. i. 4, 5.; and in the evening a Home disadvantageous circumstances under which Missionary Meeting was held, which was the Conference was held.
addressed by the brethren present. The 2. It was thought exceedingly desirable minister of the Church having removed to to adopt some method to render the Con. the Isle of Axholme, in this county, our ferences more promotive of the spiritual venerable brother Ewen, of March, presided. improvement of those who attend them. It 1. The number of persons baptized siuce was suggested that if some important prac. last Conference was stated to be fifty-four, tical question was discussed it could not and there are many inquirers. fail of being attended with good : in ac. 2. 'The Treasurer of the Home Mission,