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siderable number were unable to obtain tized. Several of them had been scholars, admission. Mr. Stocks again preached in and are now teachers in the Sabbath-school; the afternoon, and administered the Lord's. and the teachers and friends were much supper. One of the candidates baptized delighted and encouraged to hear two of was upwards of eighty years of age. We them speak of the good effects of the affec. have had two baptisms previous to the tionate and persevering exhortations of above in the same place since the com- their teachers. How important it is that mencement of the year; ove on Lord's. our teachers should be solicitous for the day, Marcb 21st, when six persons were salvation of the childrens' souls ; and that baptized, two males and four females; the they should pursue it with unwearied diliother on May 9th, when three were bap. gence. Their efforts may appear useless for tized, two males and one female. On each a time, but what a reward is success. The of these occasions Mr. Stocks preached. Rev. Mr. Beddow, of Barton Mills, delivered The congregations were very good; par- an address on the occasion; and in the eventicularly so on March 21st, when the chapel ing we had a prayer.meeting. The services was excessively crowded. We would here were very interesting; and it will, we hope, acknowledge the goodness of the Lord be found that they were rendered useful. towards us, in thus blessing the faithful, ac.

J. COTTON. tive, and laborious exertions of our highly. esteemed minister, and pray that the good

BROOK STREET, DERBY.-We under. work may still go on and prosper, and that stand that some special religious services numbers may be added unto us, such as

were held by the Church assembling in shall be everlastingly saved. T. B. Brook Street, Derby, on Lord's-day, Aug. BAPTISM AT Halifax.-On Lord's.day, It has now existed just fifty years. We hope

22nd, 1841, to commemorate its formation. August 8th, the ordinance of christian im. to be able to give a more particular acmersion was administered in our chapel to count of these services in our next number. seven individuals, three males and four fe. males. The ordinance of the Lord's-sup. Boston.- Our friends here have fixed per was administered in the evening, when Sunday and Monday, the 26th and 27th of the newly baptized were received into the the present month, for the anniversary Church, together with three others, one of services of their New Chapel. The Rev. whom bad previously been a member with John Stevenson, A. M., of London, is to be us, and is now again restored to the fellow. the preacher. ship of the Church. The other two had also been members of Baptist Churches ;

BAPTISM IN CORFO—“Mr. Love, an one of a P. B. Church at Colne, in Lanca. American missionary who has been labourshire; and the other of a Baptist Church ing in Greece some years, has recently in the south of England. Having removed transmitted to the society by which he is from their friends into this neighbourhood supported the following interesting account on account of trade, their love to the of the baptism of a Greek convert. Saviour had waxed cold, and they had be.

• The 12th of Augnst was to us a day of come carnal; but are now returned to the interest. We repaired to a beautiful little shepherd and bishop of their souls, resolving bay of the Mediterranean, and, sheltered that they will dedicate the remaining

part of an aged olive, I read and explained the

there from a noontide sun by the branches of their lives to the promotion of his glory

We then sang who has called them out of darkness into

sixth chapter of Romans. his marvellous light.

a Greek hymn to the tune called 'Gren.

ville,' and prayed. After which, 1 bapBAPTISM AT HINCKLEY.-On Lord's. tized Apostolos In the nante of the Father, day, August 1, 1841, the ordinance of and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. We believer's baptism was administered to five came up out of the water, and again comfemales in the General Baptist chapel, mended ourselves to God by prayer, suppliHinckley, on which occasion the Rev. J. cating bis blessing upon the act, which in Taylor preached a very useful sermon, from obedience to his command we had just per. Col. ii. 12; after which our beloved pastor formed, and in imploring his mercy upon gave a very touching address, then went the perishing multitudes among whom we down and administered the sacred rite. dwell. It was a day too of deep interest to This was a day of great interest to us. our beloved Greek brother. How fervently

J. PRATT. before descending into the symbolical grave BAPTISM AT ISLEHAM-On Tuesday, of his crucified Lord, did he pray for a August 3rd, the ordinance of baptism was complete death to sin ; and after coming administered in the river vear this place. up out of the water, how earnestly did he Fifteen, chiefly young persons, were bap. supplicate the grace of God, and the con

scene.

stant abiding of the Holy Spirit, that be it was their ancient practice to baptize only might walk in newness of life, and adorn, disciples. The following ancient formula by a godly conversation, the profession touching this point is still every where read which he had now made in the presence of in the churches, and to an understanding a number of witnesses.

Greek carries with it all the force of a “Two pious English friends, an officer demonstration. Osoi catechoumenoi proof the medical staff, and his lady, with erchete catechoumenoi' (literally) as many whom we were spending a little time in the as are catechumens, come forward.' it country for the benefit of my health, ac. was the declaration of the officiating priest companied us to witness this interesting in ancient times, (and kept up still, as a

An entire change has recently mere matter of form) when he came forth taken place in their views with reference to to read the liturgy in connexion with ad. the ordinance, and this was the first scriptu. ministering the eucharist, and its import ral baptism which the doctor had ever wit- is, that those who do not sustain the characDessed. It was delightful to see how the ter of catechoumenoi, not being baptized simplicity and significance of the ordinance into the church, are to withdraw; a laconic witnessed for God in their minds, though mode of speaking, by which in addressing they had the disadvantage of understand. an affirmative to one class, the negative is ing nothing of the exercises connected with announced to another; and when a part, it, only as Mrs. Love brietly interpreted. and the first part, is put for the whole and A number of Greeks, attracted to the spot what naturally succeeds. And as the word by our reading, singing, and prayers, seated catechoumenoi' necessarily implies underthemselves under an adjacant tree, and standing, on the part of the candidate for witnessed the ordinance in a very respect. baptism, so the question 'what class of ful and becoming mapper. The crew of a persons were baptized, whether infants or small craft, moored at the beech a few rods otherwise ?' is, in the mind of the Greek, distant, looked on silently, and with much without controversy. They know that we apparent interest. Apostolos has a son of do not baptize our little children, and that sixteen, the only surviving member of bis we require, as a pre-requisite to baptism, a family, who was also present.

state of mind that an infant is incapable of "Our brother has long desired to obey possessing. And op learning the practice of the command of Jesus in this ordinance, Baptists they not upfrequently reply, For and it was attended with a peace of mind so our fathers anciently did. which he represented that he had never " There is still another view which our before felt. He was accustomed, in his own Greek friends take of the subject, which to conclusive way of reasoning, frequently to me is no less interesting. Referring to the say, 'My parents put me into the water baptism of Apostolos, say they, It accuses when I was an infant, as they would dip a our faith. But are we not the orthodox! the stick. But how that can be my obeying peculiar people of Godthe only Christians?' the command of God to be baptized, I am To these questions we answer them disnot able to see.'

tinctly, 'No.' Except ye repent and be “Our English friends present, saw in the converted to God, and cease from siuning, administration of this ordinance a dawning and from loving your sins, you cannot be for Greece. Others, perbaps, may see a saved. Since the baptism of Apostolos, darkening. As for me, the command being the spirit of inquiry seems to be greatly on clear, the duty was plain.

the increase. There are, perhaps, twelve “The transactions of the 12th of August or fifteen intelligent Greeks in Corfu, who are well known throughout the city of Corfu, have been met, inch by inch, on the whole and generally throughout the island. The system of Christianity, according to the reproach of sprinkling,' so many times New Testament, and completely vanquish. cast upon the missionaries, and upon us in ed. These are now searching the Scrip. common with others, by the natives, is, so tures, to see if these things be so.' Oh, Sir, far as we are concerned, wiped away. They if this be of the Holy Spirit, these poor say of us no more, that we are no christians, perishing souls will be converted. But if because we have not been baptized.' I not, they will fall away into infidelity." have never seen a Greek belonging to the Greek Church, who regarded any thing A DIFFICULTY.-"Our episcopal friends," other than immersion as baptism,

says the Baptist Record, “are beginning to “But the bearing of this transaction on agitate the subject of the proper and primi. the subject of "believers' baptism' is by far tive manner of administering baptism. Ope more important. Intelligent Greeks under of their bishops some time ago openly de. stand that their present practice of baptizing clared that there was no baptism now in upcouscious infants is an innovation; that the episcopal church. That the baptists, it was true, had the proper mode, but as were present. The Education committee their administrators were not episcopally stated that a large increase had taken place ordained, they had no authority to perform in the oumber of day schools, and that it the ceremony; and that baptism could only was their intention, for the present, to debe introduced by some bishop travelling to vote the interest of the grant from the Cen. Greece, receiving the ordinance at the hands tenary Fund towards the maintenance of of a Greek bisbop, and then administering teachers at the Glasgow Normal school. it to his brethren in this country.

At the meeting of the Missionary committee Sunday School UNION.-The annual it appeared that from the great debt of the meeting of the South Lincoloshire General society, amounting to no less than £39,000, Baptist Sunday school Union, held at Bos. but few additional missionaries have been ton on the 29th ult, was very encouraging. Coast. The aspect of this debt was gloomy,

sent out, chiefly to Ashantee and the Gold Gratifying reports were presented, from various schools connected with the Union, Theological Institutions were spoken of as

and would prove a serious check. Two new in some of which great progress has been made. At Boston a new school has been now proceeding, one at Didsbury, near commenced in Witham-green, a deosly Dear London. A president, Rev. J. Dixon,

Manchester, and another at Richmood, populated and neglected part of the town, and a secretary, Rev. Dr. Hannab, were which already numbers about 120 scholars. chosen for the conference. The treasurer Ad eloquent and suitable sermon preached by the Rev. T. Yates, of Fleet,

of the Centenary Appropriation committee which he was requested to publish. Address announced that he had received up to that es were delivered by Messrs. Judd, Peges, pied during the whole of Thursday and

time £120,000, The conference was occuMathews, Green, Yates, Sharman, Gols. Forthy, Everard, 'Scargall, and others. Mr. Friday, in investigating the characters of

the ministers, and considering any charges Noble, presided at the public meeting.

that were made. The“ gowo question," THE WESLEYAN CONFERENCE. - The as it has been termed, has been mooted, pinety.eighth annual meeting of the Wes. and it has been decided that the gown leyan Conference commenced sitting in should not be worn, and the conduct of one oldham street' chapel, at Manchester, on of the ministers who appeared in one was Wednesday. About four hundred ministers referred to a committee.

was

VARIETIES.

CONTENTMENT.- Is that beast that hath Let us take the apostles meaning rather two or three mountains to graze on better than his words, and with all possible speed than a little bee that feeds on dew or manna, depose our passions, not understanding the and lives upon what falls every morning apostle so literally as that we may take leave from the storehouses of heaven, clouds, and to be angry till sunset,' for then might our Providence ? Can a man quench his thirst wrath lengthen with the days, and men in better out of a river than a full urn, or drink Greenland, where days last above a quarter better from the fountain which is finely of a year, have plentiful scope for revenge. paved with marble, than when it swells over - Dr. T. Fuller. the green turf?–Jeremy Taylor.

IDLENESS. - The Egyptians held idleness HARMONY.-He who cultivates peace with to be a capital crime amongst the Lucans : others does them a kindness; but he does he who lent money to an idle man could not himself a greater, by the returns to his own recover it by law. The Lacedemonians, breast. If you brighten a knife it will called the idle to account; and the Corinthismooth the stone on which you brighten it. ans delivered them up to the crucifix. AnThis is the case with nations; they who tonius Pius caused the houses to be unpromote peace find happy returns. War is roofed which sheltered the idle.- Ward's the reverse. The life of a man is a serious Miscellany. thing-it is his all, and ought not to be wantonly trified away. War is one of the THE IMPERFECTION OF OUR BEST ACTIONS. greatest plagues of man; and I am sorry it -Oh the wandering! Oh the deadness! the is a plague much courted. A bleeding man dullness, the unfruitfulness of thy spirit in and a bleeding nation take long to recover. religious duties! Man is a creature apt to

W. Hutton. hug himself in religious services, and to ANGER. _" Let not the sun go down upon pride himself in holy duties, and to stroke your wrath," (Eph. iv. 26.) to carry news himself after duties, and to warm himself by to the antipodes of thy revengeful nature. the sparks of his own fire, his own performances, though he does lie down in sorrow theory and practice of music. They were for it. (Isaiah 1. 11.) Whenever thou comest all observed to be exceedingly amiable and off from holy services, sit down and look happy. A friend inquired if there was any over the spots, blots, and blemishes that secret in his mode of education. He replied, cleave to your choicest services. The fairest “When anything disturbs their temper, I say day has its clouds; the richest jewels their to them Sing;' and if I hear them speak flaws; the finest faces their spots; the fair- against any person, I call them to sing to me, est copies their blots; and so have our fairest and so they have sung away all causes of and finest duties.--Brookes.

discontent, and every disposition to scandal.”

Young voices around the domestic altar, Music.--An excellent clergyman, profess- breathing sacred music at the hour of morning much knowledge of human nature, in- ing and evening devotion, are a sweet and structed his large family of daughters in the touching accompaniment.--Mrs. Sigourney.

POETRY ON THE DEATH OF THE REV. T. STEVENSON, OF LOUGHBOROUGH. We mourn thy servant's death, O Lord ! And while his Church most felt his care, The faithful preacher of thy word,

The youthful minds received their share. Who long has sought with steadfast aim

He preached salvation all around, To spread the Saviour's glorious name.

Wherever dying souls were found; The Pastor, Teacher, Friend is gone, Declared the only way to God Who long has made thy counsels known; Was through the great Redeemer's blood. His mem'ry we would cherish here, Who know his worth—his name revere.

He now is gone to enjoy that rest

Prepared for him among the bless'd, His great philanthropy and zeal,

Loud hallelujahs to proclaim, Led him to act for others weal:

And glorify his Saviour's name. Instilling knowledge :-students found

In heaven's bright mansions finds a place, His counsels wise, instruction sound.

A trophy of redeeming grace, His piety and christian love,

And seated on his Saviour's throne, Did oft his deep compassion move ;

Ascribes the grace to Him alone.

MY SWEET HOME.
Sweet home, above the skies, where Jesus reigns So near the fount of happiness divine;
In majesty, all changeless and divine !

But while eternal years pursue their round,
Where he maintains his high imperial throne The mind, with all its noble powers, shall rise
la dignity supreme. The sainted throng In sanctity, intelligence, and love,
Obsequious bend to him, or spread their wings Till lost in thee, thou essence infinite !
For instant flight, his orders to obey.

Mysterious name! where all perfection dwells. The tenants of that region need no sun

Thrice welcome home! the object of my hope, To shed its lustre there, for light and life, And I shall soon be there to taste its sweets' Fresh emanating from the Deity,

With full salvation blest! What raptures then Create immortal day! The Sun of bliss

My bosom shall inspire! How will my tongue, For ever shines in heaven's unclouded sky; Taught by some kindred seraph, tune his praise No night succeeds, to fliog its shadows o'er Who groan'd, and agoniz'd, and died for me. The radiant landscape, or eclipse from view Amidst the shining throng my harp shall sound, The bright effulgepce of his noon-tide beams. “Worthy the Lamb all honour to receive,

There grows the tree of life, most richly stor'd For be was slain. On Calvary he hung, With golden fruit, alluring to the eye;

And paid the price of my redemption there; While spirits pure, who dwell beneath its shade, But when he died he conquered; death receiv'd And gaze extatic on its fadeless verdure, A mortal wound, while all the powers of hell Without restriction eat, and live for ever! Fled in confusion from the tragic scene. In that celestial Eden all is joy

Then he ascended to his Father's throne The most refin'd. No sin can enter there, With triumph crown'd. Salvation to his name !" Nor one of all the complicated woes

Roll on ye ling'ring days, ye move too slow That follow in its train. The heart that bled For me. When shall I quit this pris'n of clay, With anguish so intense while here below, And wing my mystic flight to heaven, my home? Shall find a balm, infallible to cure.

That moment will arrive, then earth, adieu ! The eye that often wept the secret tear

My feet shall tread your dreary wastes no more. Shall weep no more; no trickling sorrows flow

J. B.

MISSIONARY OBSERVER.

MR. JOHN BROOKS. REFERRING to the weather, Mr. B. observes, in a letter to his parents, dated Midnapore, April 21, 1841 :—"While I am writing, I am obliged to wipe the prespiration from my hands every five minutes. You would smile could you see me ;-no coat or waistcoat-my clothing extremely light-a man pulling a large frame over my head to agitate the air, and produce a little coolness. During the last night, which was oppressively hot, we had no rest. I was obliged to fan myself, set open the doors, but all to no purpose. This heat, of course, we expect at this season of the year.

Oor children are quite well. My dear wife is quite well and happy, and I am in good health.

Since I began to write I have been interrupted by a young man of Penang, who came a few weeks since to Midnapore to see his brother. He came a hardened sinner, but I trust will return a penitent, humble christian. He heard me preach some Lord's-days ago from “ Behold now is the day of salvation.” The text was fulfilled in him, for he became awakened to a sense of sin, and his neglect of the offers of mercy; he sought in earnest and bas found peace. I intend to baptize him next Lord's-day week. The situation I hold now, my dear father, I feel to be a responsible one. May our Heavenly Father enable me to fulfil all its duties.

If we should not see each other again in this world, may we meet in Heaven at last, is the prayer

Your affectionate Son,

John.

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ANNIVERSARY AT BROUGHTON, &c. The annual missionary services were held in the General Baptist Chapel, Brougbton, on the 22nd of Jupe last. Mr. Pike preached in the afternoon. In the evening the public meeting was held, when weighty and impressive addresses were delivered by Messrs. R. Stocks, S. Ayrton, and J. G. Pike. Collections and subscription, £9. 1 s. 4d.

June 23rd, similar services were held in the Baptist Chapel, Hose, in the vale of Belvoir. Mr. Pike delivered a discourse in the afternoon on the “one thing needful.” In the evening the cause of missions was ably and efficiently advocated, and much suitable information afforded by Mr. R. Stocks, S. Ayrton, and J. G. Pike. The congregations at Hose were numerous and attentive. Collections and subscriptions, £12. 15s. 5d. No disreputable amounts for such small villages as Broughton and Hose.

On the 24th of June, the missionary meeting was held in the General Baptist Chapel, in the beautiful and rural village of Knipton, near Belvoir Castle. Mr. Halton presided; and very animated and powerful speeches were delivered by Messrs Stocks, Ayrton, Pike, and Haigh. Mr. Pike preached in the afternoon. Collections and subscriptions, £4. 188. Od. VOL. 3.- N. S.

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