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Susanna PICKERING.–September 14th, the decease of her esteemed grandmother, 1841, died Susanna Pickering, wife of Mr. she was placed by her guardians at a board. Jas. Pickering, Mansfield. She was born ing school at Horncastle to complete heredu. at Lincoln, Sept. 18th, 1802, her parents cation. There also providence graciously were in good circumstances, and her father interposed, by providing as an intimate fefor a number of years carried on a respect. male companion, one who was a member of able business as a furnishing cabinet maker the same body of christians with whom she and upholsterer ; but while she was very was united, and with her she regularly went young he died, leaving to the care of his to the house of God in company, and worwidow (who departed this life in 1835) a shiped under the ministry of the Rev. Mr. numerous family, and the management of Payne. After leaving school she removed an extensive business. It appears during to Kirton-in-Lindsey, and attended on the the time she was under the maternal roof, ministry of Mr. Stocks, then minister at that she, with the other junior members of the place. In a short time after coming thither family, indulged in gaiety and vanity without she became a boarder with the family of much restraint, frequenting balls, theatres, that individual, and on his removal from and other public places of amusement. After thence to Castle Donington, she accompathe lapse of a few years however, her grand. pied them, in the year 1835. mother, who then lived with them, retired She was baptized at Cavendish Bridge, from the family, and she being a favourite by Mr. Stocks, with nineteen others, March with hor, was selected as a companion. 5th, 1826, and publicly recognized a memFrom that period, to the death of her aged ber of the Church at Castle Donington the relative, they resided together in the same same day. While in connexion with this town, with a pious dissenting family, belong. Church, as well as in other places where ing the Independents. This circumstance she had previously resided, she was generally was made a blessing to her soul. The old useful, and especially active as a Sabbathlady, though strongly prejudiced in favour of school teacher. Her marriage took place the Church Establishment, from motives of Nov. Ilth, 1828, when she removed to pure affection was ever willing to indulge her Mansfield, where she finished her earthly granddaughter, and though contrary to her course. For several years previous to her wishes, kindly allowed her frequently to ac. death she was the subject of increasing bocompany the family with whom they lived dily weakness, which baffled medical skill, to their place of worship. There, under the and in the latter part of her illness suffered ministry of Rev. Mr. Byron, she received much from nervous debility, which robbed her first religious impressions. The truth her at times of spiritual enjoyments. She came home to her heart, and though con. would often mourn over her unworthiness, scious of having to meet discouragement and and conceive herself unfit for a name and opposition, and of becoming the subject of place in the Church of Christ, and under ridicule and derision, she soon became de. these depressions, she frequently retired to cided in religion, and in the strength of her a throne of grace for relief. While in the Saviour was enabled to maintain her ground. enjoyment of health and strength, she was To the latest period of her life she cherished willing to make every prudent sacrifice to the greatest possible feelings of esteem advance the cause of the Redeemer, and towards that faithful minister, as being the make every effort to fill up her place in the instrument of her conversion. She was ad. house of God, both on public and private mitted a member with that body of chris- occasions, and afford others around her tians March 2nd, 1823. While in fellow. the same opportunity; and felt a deep inship with them, she was convinced of the terest in the prosperity of Zion. Her conpropriety and importance of baptism by im- fidence in the goodness and faithfulness of mersion, partly from the arguments she God was generally remarkably strong, and had heard advanced by her minister against continued to the last. Some time previous it; but principally from perusing the New to her death, when conversing with her husTestament respecting that ordinance. She band, she said, “No one knows my feelings had many struggles with conscience on this of body,” to which he replied, he believed subject, and several times expressed her they did not; and further observed, that his views to her pastor, who endeavoured, but anxiety of mind respecting her, had been, in vain, to set her mind at rest, and her reso- and was still, at times, very great; but he lution was, when an opportunity offered, to had been wonderfully supported. She anattend to that ordinance after the example of swered, “Yes you have, and the Lord will our Lord and his followers, clearly pointed support you." Her departure was rather out in the New Testament Scriptures. After sudden and unexpected. A few hours bo
fore she died she seemed conscious that Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, death was at hand, and was anxious to as- bless his holy name. The Lord is good to certain is those around her thought the same. all. He has done great things for me, and Looking a friend earnestly in the face, she my dear partner.” A short time before she said, “This is such a sensation I have never expired, in an ecstacy of joy, she said, “O before experienced, it must be dying! don't what a Saviour!” It was then said, there is you think it is ?" Her friend replied, “In- none like him. she responded, “No, done deed I cannot tell, but should this affliction but Jesus-none but Jesus can do helpless be unto death, fear not, that God whom sinners good." These were nearly the last you have so long professed to love and serve words she was beard to uller. She then will not leave you, but will still support you appeared to be engaged in earnest prayer, if you look to him." She answered, “I will until without apparent pain or struggle she look to him and trust him, though for the calınly fell asleep in Jesus, and resigned sake of my dear children I should have ber ransomed spirit into the bands of God liked to have lived a little longer." It was who gave it. By her death, her surviving then remarked, “If the Almighty sees good partner has been hereft of a kind and affec. to take you now, he will certainly take care tionate wife, and two children of a loving of your children.” She then with emphasis and tender mother. Her remains, by her rsplied, “ Yes, and so he will;" and feeling own request, were interred in the General resigned, and willing to leave her children Baptist burying.ground, at Castle Doningand partner in the hands of her hearenly lon, on the following Sabbath, when Mr. Father, she seemed to have done with all Owen preached an interesting sermon on earthly cares. She asked the same friend the occasion, from 1 Thess. xlvi. 13,“ Con“If she thought she was accepted of the cerning them which are asleep.” The event blessed God and Saviour;" being answered was also improved on the following Sabin the affirmative, she said hastily, “Not bath evening at Mansfield, by a faithful for any merit of mine;" the reply was, "No, sermon from Mr.Wood, from 1 Sam. xxxvi. but for the sake of him who loved you unto 18, “ It is the Lord, let him do what seem. death.” She instantly smiled and said, “Yes, etb him good.”
P. that it is.” She then exclaimed, “Bless the
THE YORKSHIRE CONFERENCE assem - Arrangements were made to collect for bled at Burnley, Aug. 19th, 1841. The the Foreign Mission. public worship in the morning was com- The representatives of the Churches made menced with reading the Scriptures and their statistical reports, according to a resoprayer, by Mr. James Hodgson, and Mr. lution passed at a former meeting. The Henry Holliprake preached from John xiii, accounts of Leeds and Bradford have al17.
ready been partially given. At BircheAt two o'clock, p. m. the ministers, re. cliffe no material change has taken place, presentatives, and members of the Churches, except in the additions made to the private re-assembled to transact business for the meetings, which have been many. At promotion of the Redeemer's kingdom in Heptonstall Slack, the Church is in a peacethis locality. The missionary slation, at able and thriving condition: the congregaProspect Place, Bradford, was the first case tions are large, and the experience meetbrought before tbe meeting: the report of ings, and those for prayer, are better attend. their spiritual and financial state was read. ed. Thirteen persons have been baptised Nothing very particular has transpired since since the last Conference. At Shore, four the last Conference so as to justify enlarged individuals have been added to the Church recital. It was agreed to pay the interest by baptism since the last meeting, and there of the debt on their Chapel, until the period are a few more in a hopeful condition. At understood for their appealing again to the Lineholm, five bave been baptised, and Conference. Mr. H. Hollinrake was ap. considerable accessions have been made to pointed to apply to the Treasurer of the the meetings for experience, and the conHome Mission on their behalf.
gregations. At Burnley, the Sabbath-school There were several individuals who spoke has improved, and the enlarged state of the concerning the infant cause at Leeds. Du- congregations has yielded our friends there ring the time Mr. T. H. Hudson has la- a little encouragement. boured there, good has been done; yet we A missionary meeting was held in the are disposed to adopt the Scripture inquiry, evening, Mr. T. Gill, minister of the place, " By whom shall Jacob arise ? for he is presided, and suitable addresses were delir. small."- Amos vii. 2.
ered by Messrs. Hollinrake, Butler, Ingham, Hudson, and Hardy. The meeting was Misssionary Meeting was held, brother well attended, and much interest appeared Pedley in the chair, which was addressed to be excited. From this gratifying oppor. by brethren Smith, of Staley Bridge; Smith, tunity it appears desirable to hold at this of Little Leigh (Particular Baptist); Kenplace meetings of this kind regularly. ney, and Beardsall. The next Conference is to be held at
RICHARD KENNEY, Secretary. Heptonstall Slack, on Tuesday, Dec. 28th, 1841, Mr. Ayrton, of Derby, to preach ; in
THE NORTH DERBYSHIRE CONFERcase of failure, Mr. Wm. Nicholson, of ENCE will be held at Smalley (and not at Halifax.
Duffield as previously announced), Dec. 25, A few individuals have presumed to 1811. The meeting for business will comchange the day for the Conference, from mence at two in the afternoon, and in the Monday to Tuesday, conceiving it to be a evening a revival meeting will be held. more eligible day for general convenience.
JOHN WILDERS. Jas. HODGSON, Secretary. The Next Midland CONFERENCE will
be held at Quorndon, on Tuesday, Dec. 28. THE CHESHIRE AND LANCASHIRE CON- The Rev. T. Stevenson will preach in the FERENCE met at Wheelock Heath, on Tues- morning, the business of the Conference day, Oct. 12th. In the morning at half. will be attended to in the afternoon, and past ten o'clock, brother Smith, of Staley public worship again in the evening. Bridge, read and prayed; and brother Ken:
EDWARD Bott, Secretary. ney, of Macclesfield, preached on the con. duct of Dissenters with respect to their OPENING OF THE New General Bapprinciples, from the third verse of the epis. Tist Chapel, SMARDEN, Kent. - On tle of Jude,“ That ye earnestly contend for Sabbath-day, Sep. 24th, we held our last the faith once delivered to the saints." services in our old chapel, when those pre
The Conference assembled in the after. sent were addressed in the morning from noon at two o'clock. Brother Pedley occu. Ex. xxx. 14–16; and in the afternoon the pied the chair. It was resolved :
words of Joho, “ Little children, it is the 1. That the address on the subject of last time,” were applied to the occasion, Home Missions now read by brother Beards. and made the foundation of a few suitable all, be adopted by the Conference, and cir remarks. It was a day of much deep and culated in the Churches.
solemn feeling, and many manifested a 2. That this meeting approve of the steps strong clingiog to the old spot, occasioned taken by brother Pedley, of Haslington, by a recollection of by-gone days. This and C. Bate, of Tarporley, in the purchase place has been a house of prayer, and a of Zion Chapel, Congleton.
sanctuary to many hundreds of God's wor. 3. That the management of the affairs shiping people. It was erected in the year of the interest in Congleton be entrusted to 1726 ; consequently, has been standing 115 the committee till the next Conference. years. It never could have the appearance
4. That this Conference approve the of a durable structure, and must long have efforts of the few friends at Stoke, in the been in a decaying state, yet it has been Staffordshire Potteries, and grant them for preserved to his worshiping people by the this year £5 to aid them therein.
providence of God. The total cost of the 5. That this Conference regrets the man. building, as inserted in the Church book, ner in which the Association treated and was £148 13s. 8d.; alterations and addidisposed of the Manchester case, relative to tions have been made during the lives of their claim of £70, deeply sympathizing some pow connected with the cause, but it with their brethren at Manchester, and re- never was a comfortable place. Its discommend them patiently to endure; and tance from the village, the almost impassawhen & favourable opportunity presents ble state of the roads in wet seasons, the itself again, to press their claim, hoping impaired state of the building, and the un. they may then be more successful. comfortableness of the place, convinced us
6. That it be recommended to the min. that it would be better to build a new place isters belonging to this Conference to ex. than to patch up the old one at consider. change pulpits with one another as often as able experse. After much consultation convenient.
and prayer, it was determined that the at. 7. That brother Kenney be requested to tempt should be made. The desigo meetprint the sermon preached this morning. ing with great encouragement, the work
8. That the next Conference be held at was commenced early in March, 1841. UnStockport, on what is called Good Friday, foreseen difficulties and discouragements 1842.
presented themselves, and seemed at times In the evening, an interesting Home to cast a gloom over the undertaking. One VOL. 3.-N.S.
man, who was the principal conductor of to make our cause their own. We are also the business, while raising the walls, fell greatly indebted to the farmers of Smarden from the scaffolding, and in a short time and the neighbourhood, who have rendered died in consequence; another fell at the very efficient assistance by the carriage of same time, and was considerably hurt; materials. By such helps, and above all, the some in the Church, and connected with sufficiency of divine providence, the top stone the trust, were disposed to hinder rather has been laid, shouting, “Grace, grace unto than to belp; it was soon found also that it!” About the time our old meeting-house the expenses would exceed what had been was erected, there were in the Church expected. These circumstances depressed twenty.five members of the same oame, and dispirited us; but amidst all these ap. Austen. May the Lord preserve and io. parently inauspicious circumstances, the crease the purity of the Church, and send work progressed, and is now completed, and abundant prosperity.
T. Rore. we now say, “ Hitherto the Lord hath
PORTSEA ANNIVERSARY.-On Sunday, helped us." The dimensions of our Zion are forty five feet by thirty.
Oct. 17th, being the seventh anniversary It has two
of our connexion with the Rev. E. H. Bur. galleries, one in front, and the other over the vestry, behind the pulpit. The building tor, two sermons, of a most eloquent and
ton, our beloved and highly-esteemed pas. is much admired, is unusually substantial, and has a very beautiful appearance. The impressive character, were preached in our total cost, not including carriage, will be spacious chapel by the Rev. J. B. Pike, of about £800. One of the ministers at the Newbury, in aid of the fund for liquidating opening said, it would not be dear at a lic meeting was held, at which the Rev.
the debt. On the following evening a pub. £1000, and some say £1100. The open. E. H. Burton presided. Addresses were ing took place on Wednesday, Oct. 27th. delivered by the Revds. J. B. Pike, G. Ar; The day was remarkably wet and dreary, not, (P. Baptist), A. Jones, (Independent,) yet we bad as many present as could be ac. commodated; had it been fine, it is likely of the meeting was greatly increased owing
and T. Morris, (P. Baptist.) The interest hundreds more would have partaken of the social, mevtal, and spiritual enjoyments
to the excellent performance of several of the event. The Rev. J. Wallis preached lections and subscriptions amounted to
popular anthems by the choir. in the morning a very suitable sermon for the occasion, from Psalm lxxxvii. 2; in the loved pastor's coming among us, the cause
more than £70. At the time of our be. afternoon the Rev. H. A. Dobney, of Maid. of the Redeemer was low, and seemed ready stone, (P. B.) delivered a truly excellent discourse, from Prov. iji. 17; and in the to expire. It has pleased God, however, evening the Rev. J. Burns, of London, render (in not a few instances) the Gospel
to own the labours of his servant, and to preached a heart-stirring sermon froin Neh. of Christ the power of God unto salvation. iv. 6, On the following Sabbath Mr. Wallis Seven years ago our old chapel was not delivered three appropriate, solemn, and weighty sermons, which were listened to "The
ways of Zion mourned because nove
only dilapidated, but well nigh íorsaken. with good attention, and great delight. The services are spoken of by many with came to her solemn assemblies.” We bare upmixed approbation. About £50 were
now a most commodious and handsome raised at the opening services; this, consid. chapel, an honour to the General Baptist ering, the unfavourableness of the weather, bourhood in which it stands, and connected
denomination, an ornament to the neigh. was quite equal to the greatest stretch of with it a numerous and respectable congre. expectation, and a sufficient proof that the gation, consisting of at least 1000 regular voluntary principle may be depended upon hearers. in the support of religion. Exclusive of
Surely every genuine christian carriage, about £500 have been contributed will put up the prayer of the P-almist, “O towards this important, and to us, great
Lord, I beseech thee, send now prosperity."
T. F. undertaking it ought not to be concealed, that towards the above sum one venerable WHITTLESEA.—Having the privilege of friend in the Church gave spontaneously witnessing an increase both in our Sabbath. near £300, and has frequently since been schon and congregations, we deemed it ex. heard to say, he vever did any thing in his pedient to enlarge our accommodation, by life that afforded him more satisfaction. erecting two vestries at the end of our chaWe feel exceediogly obliged to many Wes- pel, and a school-room over them, open to leyan friends, to the ministers and members the chapel. To meet the expences incurred, of the Independent and Baptist Churches which amount to upwards of £200, our around us, and to inany dear friends at friends, by the kind assistance of pumbers Tenderden and Sevenoaks, who appeared around us, got up a bazar of fancy and useful articles, which were exhibited for owing as was supposed to an unfounded sale in a commodious building near our report circulated by some of the former meeting house, Sep. 28th & 29th, and by occupants of the Chapel, to the effect that the liberal purchases made by those dis. it could pot be legally and safely conveyed posed to help us in our undertaking, we to the General Baptist Denomination. It were enabled to realize near £50. The is hoped that present appearances are on religious services in aid of the above en. the whole promising, although as yet a largement, were held in the chapel on Sep. Church has not been formed. It is, not. 29th. The Rev. J. Stevenson, A. M., from withstanding, expected that even this object London, preached in a very impressive, and will be realized at no very distant day, by appropriate manner morning and evening. the uniting in christian fellowship several There was also a dinner, tea, and supper, Baptist friends from different parts of the gratuitously provided for the benefit of the country, who have settled in Congleton, funds of the institution.
together with a few others who have expres. We have also to record, that in addition sed a mislı to be baptized. May “the little to the above interesting services, three per. one become a thousand, and the small one sons were baptized by our esteemed minis- a strong nation.”
R. K. M. ter, Mr. Rose, on Lord's day, Oct. 10th.
LONG SUTTON. - It is known to many of The Rev. J. Jones, of March, preached a very comprehensive, convincing sermon on
our friends, that the General Baptist Church the occasion, and in the afternoon received at Long Sutton has recently been employed the newly. baptized into Church sellowship, connected with the opening of this beauti.
in erecting a new chapel. The services and administered the ordinance of the ful structure for the purposes of divine worLord's-supper. May the Great lead of the Church send us continued prosperity.
ship, commenced on Wednesday, Oct. 27,
by our venerable friend, the Rev. J. Bissill, H. B. H.
engaging in prayer; the Rev. J. J. Davies, INTRODUCTION OF THE GENERAL BAP. from Matt. v. 9., and in the evening from
of Tottenham, preached in the morning, TIST INTEREST INTO CONGLETON, CHE- Isaiah lxvi. 8; and the Rev. J. T. Wigner, SHIRE, AND THE OPENING OF A CHAPEL. of Lynn, in the afternoon, from “Go ye -The establishing of a General Baptist into all the world, and preach the Gospel Interest in Congleton, a considerable mar.
to every creature.” The Rev. Messrs. Bond, ket town, eight miles distant from Mac. clesfield, has long been regarded as a desi: (Wesleyan;; Ewen, of March ; Taylor, of rable object by the friends in this part of Fleet; Mills, of Upwell; Humphrey, of
St. James; Pike, of Wisbech; Yates, of the country. At length the time for its Worsted ; and the pastor of the Church, accomplishment in the order of providence took part in the various services. appears to have arrived. About midsum. mer last, the chapel formerly occupied by the speeches animated and interesting.
The tea meeting was very crowded, and the countess of Huntington's Connexion
On Sunday, the 31st, the Rev. J. Ste. became vacant, and was offered for sale to our respected brother Pedley, of Hasling. venson, A. M., of London, preached in the ton. He, with a few others, whom he con: morning, from Psl
. cxxxviii. 6., and in the sulted, deemed it a desirable acquisition to in the afternoon, from Rom xiv. 12, 13.
evening, from Luke x. 42. Rev. T. Yates the General Baptist Connexion, and it was The whole of the services were exceedingly accordingly agreed for. The premises,
well attended, and the total sum raised consisting of a handsome chapel, capable £120 16s. 6d., (in addition to above £400 of accommodating 400 persons, commodi. ous school-rooms, with a convenient and previously given,) testifies to the enlarged respectable minister's house adjoining, liberality and kindness of the friends pre
The pastor and people feel very were offered for the sum of £260, subject to a ground rent of £10 per anvum, which greatly encouraged; and though arduous
duties yet remain before them, they go on it may be proper to say is expected soon to
their be purchased for a moderate sum. Brother
way rejoicing. Pedley commenced preaching in the Chapel ChatteRIS. – The anniversary services on Lord's-day, July 18th, from which time, of the opening of the General Baptist to Lord's day, Oct. 3rd, it was regularly chapel, in this place, were held on Wed. supplied by different friends. On that day nesday and Thursday, Oct. 27th and 28th. it was formaly opened by the Rev. J. G. On the Wednesday evening, a short disPike, of Derby, who preached on the occa- course was delivered by the Independent sion three impressive sermons, after each of minister residing in Chatteris; our friend which a collection was made. The proceeds Mr. Goadby, of Leicester, who was expectof the collections were comparatively small, ed to preach, being detained on the way