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duties, domestic influence, and social obli. attract the attention of the visitors are here gations. By the author of " The Women brought under review. Even to those who of England” Fisher, Son, and Co., never have, and perhaps never may, visit London. 8vo., pp. 370.
the far. famed metropolis, the volume is Mrs. Ellis, in this admirable volume, replete with interest and information. gives an able analysis of female character, A LETTER TO A CLERGYMAN, from one developed by all those changes that are
of his parishioners, on the subject of bapcontingent in a married life. The volume
tism, baptismal regeneration, and the everis divided into twelve chapters, under the following heads :—thoughts before marriage
lasting destiny of infants dying unbaptized.
Dyer, London ; Winks, Leicester. -the first year of a married life-charac. teristics of men-behaviour to husbands
From this smartly written pamphlet we confidence and truth-the love of married learn, that a clergyman sent to a Baptist life-trials of married life-position in so he might be convinced of the propriety of
parishoner a number of books, that by them ciety--domestic management-order,justice, and benevolence-treatment of servants and infant baptism; that the intelligent Baptist
discovered in these books doctrines of a dependents-social influence. It would afford us great pleasure to give a complete from Jeremy Taylor, as follow:-1. That
most revolting character, some of which are sketch of the various and important topics, “ infants are proper subjects for baptism." suggestions, directions, and advices, con. 2. That“ baptism is the new birth spoken tained in every section of this beautifully of in Scriptare. 3. That “infants dying written production. That, however, our limits forbid. Its eloquent pages may be unbaptized' go to dwell for ever where God's consulted again and again by the anxious face does never shine, or, in other words,
to hell." mother and affectionate wife, for counsel and assistance. Happy would it be for the effectively sustained by the author of this
The opposite of all these propositions is wives, for the husbands, for the children, pamphlet, and an amount of evidence and and for the families of England, if the coun. sels here so kindly and skilfully imparted argument is adduced which will effectually were universally regarded! To all our fair puzzle and confound the reverend clergy. readers who are about to enter on the mar- but, whether he is or not, Mr. Jopling's ar
We do not know if he be a Puseyite; ried state, and to all those who have en. tered on it
, and who are not above listening gument shows that the Baptists occupy an to the language of wisdom and experience,
impregnable position. we would most cordially recommend this Mamma's First LESSON Book. By a volume. It is the production of no ordi. Mother. Tract Society. 32mo., pp. 132. nary mind. It is eloquently written, and
VERY pretty, appropriate, and useful. it will not fail on perusal to excite the Its spelling, arrangement of lessons, &c., respect and gratitude of all intelligent will commend it, we would hope, to general readers. OLD HUMPHREY'S WALKS IN LONDON THE EAR. Tract Society. AND NEIGHBOURHOOD. Tract Society,
This is one of the square fourpenny 32mo., pp. 352.
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and II. Simpkin and Marshall, London; To such as are visiting London, and wish
Waddington, Leicester. to see its sights, and have an intelligent This is a new twopenny periodical. companion with them, we would cordially Judging from the numbers now before us, recommend “Old Humphrey's Walks." it is deserving of patronage. Its articles He will interest and instruct them, and are well written, and adapted to increase give additional interest to their visits. Al. the knowledge and love of the Bible.
OBITUARY. MR. JAMES DAWSON ended his earthly course in the days of his youth. When career on Friday, Feb. 3rd, aged 72 years. very young he was known frequently to Our deceased brother began his christian mourn over the sins of one who should VOL. 5.-N. S.
have trained him for the Lord, and have led different ways, was a helper in our Sabbath. him in the way that he should go. Mr. school, and in this work he was amazingly Dawson was baptized and united to the punctual and persevering. No weather General Baptist Church in Smarden in the kept him from his post. Whatever would year 1789, when about nineteen or twenty aid this institution always had his immedi. years of age, and from that time till his death, ate approval and sanction. Many of his about fifty-three years, he never dishonoured coadjutors in the work can with pleasure his profession, or grieved the minds of those revert to Sabbaths and seasons when they with whom he was connected. In a punc. were associated in this interesting employ. tual and faithful attention to the appointed ment. May the resollection of his steady means of grace, and to the various concerns zeal inspire our beloved teachers with fresh of the Church, he was exceeded by none. energy and determination in the discharge Had the chapel and the premises of the of this important work and labour of love! Church been his private property and care, Nothing short of the grace of God could he could not have been more vigilant in his have made our long esteemed friend what he regard to them. He was not, however, for. was, and he now doubtless sleeps in Jesus. ward and obtrusive, and never overrated his His labours and anxieties are over. He has own efforts. On the contrary, he was passed through the solemnities of death, and naturally exceedivgly diffident and unas- realized the blessings of a heavenly state. suming. He was a man of few words; not we who have been his companions in a talking, but a doing, christian. In social tribulation, are by this privation again prayer, and when matters of experience and called upon to watch and pray, knowing spirituality were the subjects of conversa- that he that endures to the end shall be tion, he did not appear to advantage to saved. strangers; but those who knew him best Our dear friend was not what would be esteered him most, and admired the modesty considered a highly intellectual man. His of his carriage, and the profound humility of educational advantages in his youth were his devotions. He abhorred detraction, and few, and his reading was comparatively the habit of tale-bearing, and never wounded limited. His society was agreeable. As a the feelings of his friends by giving it the tradesman he was diligent, persevering, and slightest countenance. Somewhat slow in scrupulously punctual and exact; strictly the formation of his friendships, he was following the Scriptural injunctions, “ Not stable in his kind regards to all those whom slothful in business," " Render to all their be entered on his list of friends; but when due,” &c. In this department of life he a friendship was once formed it was for was a fit example for every man of busilife, except those in whom he confided for. Dess. O that every Church abounded with sook him. Those who stood many years such worthy characters. with him as members of the Church can During the last twelve or eighteen months bear testimony to the truth of this state. of his life his mind was greatly impaired, ment. The cause of God lay near his and agitation and distress of mind respectheart. He was very liberal, and such was ing his safety for a better world was one of his dislike to the publicity of what be did, the forms in which his malady was displayed. that very few knew the extent of his liber. He gradually became more entirely the ality. The erection of our new chapel was victim of insanity, the most distressing of all chiefly owing to his liberal giftof near £300; maladies, until death released him from his and when he arranged for the disposal of sufferings. So feeble is dying man! So his property after his death, he settled on mysterious the dispensations of God! the Church an additional sum of £600, free The mortal remains of our dear deceased from government duties, as an endowment, friend were interred in the General Baptist for the support of the service of God in burying ground, Feb. 9th, and on the folconnection with the General Baptist Church lowing Sabbath the event was improved by in Smarden, for ages to come. He also the pastor, from Acts xxi. part of verse 16, made other bequests lo advance the same “ An old disciple," to a numerous and at. interest, and to encourage the same christian tentive congregation. Taos. ROAF. community. By these benefits, he, though dead, will long speak, and hold up the MR. WILLIAM GRIMLEY was born at hands and strengthen the knees of God's Appleby, in the county of Derby. His children in his militant Church. In parents being members of the established making these arrangements ho repeatedly Church, brought up their children in the declared, that he never did anything in his strict observance of its forms, and so strong life that gave him more satisfaction than his were the prejudices of William against the efforts for the cause of God. Our sainted dissenters, that, on one occasion having been brother, for more than thirty years, in invited by a relation, whom he was visiting, at Leicester, to attend divine worship with by his minister, who was always received him in a dissenting chapel, he is recollected with the kindest affection. To him he deto have said, that during the service he felt clared his full and unshaken confidence in extreme uneasiness.
the merits of a crucified Saviour, and also At that time there was no Sabbath school expressed his deep concern for the welfare in his native village, and shortly afterwards of the cause of Christ and the success of he became very anxious that one should be the gospel; the ardency of his attachment commenced at the parish church, and offered to his christian friends, and his longing his services in its management, but his desire for the salvation of his relatives, and benevolent desires were not encouraged. all that were about him. A little before After this he became somewhat indifferent his departure he called his aged parent and towards the establishment, and though he other friends around him and affectionately did not immediately, and at once leave it, admonished them; nor will his tender yet he occasionally attended the preaching anxiety for their spiritual and eternal hap. of the Wesleyan Methodists, both in his piness be soon forgotten. But his end own village and at another a short distance drew near, and taking his medicine, he from it, not however that he had any saving said, “ Lord, if it please thee give thy knowledge of Christ, or of himself as a blessing to the last means, thou canst re. ruined sinner, but more as the effect of store me if thou thinkest fit, and if not, chagrin and disappointment, in reference come Lord Jesus, come quickly and receive to the formation of a Sunday school. my spirit home.” In this happy frame he
In the year 1815, the Rev. J. Barnes died, July 28th, 1842, aged forty-seven. commenced preaching at Appleby, and the His remains were followed to the grave on Baptists were at that time much spoken the next Lord's-day by the teachers and against in the neighbourhood. Mr. G. at. children of the Sabbath school over which tended, probably more from curiosity than he bad presided for twenty years. The any other feeling. However, his mind was solemn event was improved by Mr. Barnes, favourably impressed, for he continued bis both at Austrey and at Appleby, from attendance; and when a meeting house Amos iv. 12, “ Prepare to meet thy God," was erected in 1820, and a Sabbath school a text which had been chosen by our de. formed, he offered his services as a teacher, parted friend. Who does not say on read. and afterwards became the superintendent; ing this account, “ Let me die the death of and though he was not then decidedly the righteous, and let my last end be pious, yet he was strictly moral and of un. like his !" impeachable character. By the blessing of God on the ministry of the word he was MR. JOB BERESFORD, a member of the gradually led to an acquaintance with his General Baptist Church, Crich, departed lost condition as a sinner, and to place a this life February 8th, 1843, in the 33rd firm and steady reliance on the death of year of his age. The subject of this brief Christ for salvation. He soon after made sketch was accidentally killed on the lime. a profession of his faith, and was baptized stone railway. He survived four hours and received into the fellowship of the after the circumstance transpired, testifying Church, June 10th, 1827.
to all around him the happy effects of that His father, who had always been kind to religion which alone can make a dying him, was opposed to this proceeding; our bed feel friend however maintained for him the
“ Soft as downy pillows are." most affectionate and dutiful regard, and His constant language was, “ Bless God, Oh manifested the genuineness of his religion what a good God I have. Sinners do not by the uniform consistency of his deport- feel what I feel; if they did they would ment.
His last affliction was severe and obey him. He expired with similar lan. protracted, and, as might be expected from guage on his lips. His mortal remains were the nature of his disorder, he was at times, interred in the Baptist burial ground.” On especially at its commencement, a little the following Lord's day, in the evening, peevish, but he became patient and sub. his funeral sermon was preached by the missive, and for some time previous to his minister of the place, to a large and deeply dissolution expressed to his friends his affected audience, from Jer. xxxi. 17,“There entire resignation to the divine will. is hope in thine end." Lord when thou
On the bed of languishing he was visited callest, like him may I go. W.G.
INTELLIGENCE. The MIDLAND CONFERENCE assembled Mr. Stevenson, of Leicester, opened the at Hinckley, on Tuesday, April 18th, 1843. meeting with prayer. Mr. Shore, the minister of the place, presided. This Church being at the extremity of the district, several Churches were unrepre- lords, and memorials to the Queen be pre. sented. There were, however, a good num. pared, and forwarded, to prevent its becom. ber of ministers and friends from the neigh. ing law, bouring Churches. The reports from the 3. Mr. Derry read a letter concerning the Churches were generally pleasing, and the death of Mr. Grant, who went from the numbers reported to have been baptized Hinckley Church, which excited considersince the last Conference were 131, and 105 able interest. are candidates.
4. The next Conference to be at Wirks. The doxology was sung with great ani. worth, on Whit-Tuesday, brother Derry, of mation. The following resolutions were Barton, to preach in the morning. adopted :
5. At this Conference brother E. Steven. 1. That brother Peggs, our Secretary, be son, of Loughborough prayed, and brother requested to execute the commission given Goadby, of Leicester, preached, from Rev. to him at the last Conference, urging the xxi. 5, “And he that sat on the throne said, Churches in the district to send representa- Bebold, I make all things new.” And "tives to the Conference, or at least a written in the evening, brother A. Smith, of Derby, report; and to report progress at our next preached from 1 Thes. i. 11. “The glorious meeting.
Gospel of the blessed God." 2. A case being presented from Dover.
Jos. GOADBY, Sec. pro. tem. street, Leicester, respecting sir James Gra
DERBYSHIRE CONFERENCE.--This Con. ham's Factory Bill and the importance of ference assembled at Duffield, on Friday, petitioning against it being passed into a
April 14th, and was numerously attended, law. After an exposition of some of its pro- ninety-nine friends sitting down to tea in visions it was resolved unanimously, 1. That this Conference, representing at Crich and Wirksworth pleasing additions
the chapel at the close of the meeting. At least eighty congregations and Sunday. have been made to the Churches by bapschools, cannot but regard the Bill of sir
tism, and several approved candidates are James Graham, now before parliament, as a deliberate and insidious attack on civil and Brother S. Taylor took the chair. Mr.
waiting to enjoy this divine ordinance. religious liberty. That as this liberty is a Morton was deputed by the Chesterfield right so just in itself, so dear to us as friends to represent them in Conference, Englishmen, so essential to the existence A Church has been formed in this town, of and maintenance of true and undefiled reli. thirteen members, and the appearance of gion, for which our fathers bave laboured; the cause is hopeful. The finances were and prayed, and struggled, and bled, and died; they do most earnestly urge the reported to be in a very favourable state. Churches (if such there be) that have not field until next Conference.
1. Supplies were arranged for Chester. petitioned against it, to do so without delay,
2. It was thought highly advisable that and also in every possible way to excite the supplies should preach in the afternoon attention to its oppressive, and illiberal
at Brampton, whence several hearers come. character. 2. That we regard the exclusive province friends to judge of the propriety of engaging
3. It was left with the Chesterfield of government to be the protection of person another place for public worship. and property, and not the education of the
4. Friend Morion was requested to make people. 3. That we recommend the distribution deeds of Ashford chapel, and report Dext
inquiries respecting the state of the trust of the letter of Mr. Baines, of Leeds, to
Conference. lord Wharncliffe, respecting this measure.*
5. The Conference expressed its approThe meeting was deeply interested in this bation of the intended Mission to China. question, and on enquiry it appeared that the next Conference to be held at Crich, all of the Churches represented, had pre. on the first Monday in August, to com. pared petitions, an announcement which was received with great pleasure.
mence at two o'clock. It was then resolved,
In the evening an interesting reriral 4. That if sir James Graham adopted by brethren Richardson, Argyle, Wilders,
meeting was held, which was addressed lord John Russel's propositions, they should Peggs, Boroughs, and Taylor. Brother
Sims be petitioned against; as involving the same principle of wrong, and tending, by a his work in the midst of the years!
gave out suitable hymns. The Lord rerire smoother route to the same result; and, 5. That in the event of this bill progres.
J. Peggs, Secretary. sing through the commons, petitions to the TAE LINCOLNSHIRE CONFERENCE was * To be had of Ward and Co., London, 58. 6d.
held at March, March 16, 1843. per hundred
Brother Taylor, of St. James, preached in the morning, from John i. 29, “ Behold the Saviour's kingdom. The congregations the Lamb of God," &c. Between thirty in our new place are very much larger than and forty persons had been baptized during formerly. A Sabbath-school has been comthe quarter. The report of the Home Mis- menced. We hope, therefore, under God, sion station at Castleacre and its branches this humble undertaking will be a great was very encouraging. At Stamford also blessing to many souls. May the Lord there appeared a slight improvement. grant what we hope, and his shall be the A letter was laid before the conference glory.
R. from Mr. S. Ratcliffe, of Norwich, on the subject of a branch Conference for the
BROOKHOUSE GREEN.-The new Gencounty of Norfolk. The letter was favour. eral Baptist Chapel at Brookhouse Green, ably entertained, and it was recommended near Congleton, Cheshire, was opened on that Mr. Ratcliffe ascertain the feelings of Wednesday, Dec. 14, 1842. In the afterthe Churches concerned, and lay a report noon, Mr. R. Pedley, of Haslington, before a future meeting.
preached from Genesis xxviii, 17; and in Remarks were made by several of the the evening Mr. Stenson, of Congleton, brethren upon the subject of Sir J. Gra. preached from Jude, verse 3, “ The comham's Education Bill, which it appeared mon salvation.” The chapel was crowded would be a serious invasion of the rights with hearers. After the afternoon service, and liberties of dissenters. It was resolved about 230 persons took_tea in the chapel that the Secretary draw up a short circular and house adjoining. The collection, subto the Churches of this district, pressing scriptions, and proceeds of the tea, amount upon them the importance of petitioning to £80. Since the opening, the place has against the proposed measure, and by all been weil filled with hearers. A few are constitational means opposing its progress wishing to be baptised, and the prospect is into law.
E. S. C. The next Conference to be held at Peter. borough, June 8th. Brother Hoe, of
DOVER STREET, LEICESTER.—The anSpalding, to preach in the morning, or pro- preached on Lord's day, April 16, by the
niversary sermons in this place were vide a substitute. J. C. PIKE, Sec. P.S. The Churches are earnestly re.
Rev. J. Wallis, of London, and the minis. quested to forward their Home Mission ter of the place. What gave additional
interest to the occasion was, that the Subscriptions and Collections to the Trea. surer before the next Conference; and if chapel had been cleaned, and a new pulpit,
desk, and communion table erected. On possible increase the amount of them.
the following evening a very spirited tea ANNIVERSARIES.
meeting was held, when about 300 friends HARTSHORN. Opening of a New Place partook of the refreshing beverage. Ad. of Worship.- Perhaps it may not be known
dresses on dissent, the voluntary principle,
Sir James Graham's attempt to interfere to many, that in this village about twenty friends form a branch of the Melbourne with the liberties of dissenters, &c., were General Baptist Church. During thirty given by brethren Wallis, Wigg, Tyers, T. years the Gospel has been preached here ia Stevenson, and J. Goadby. The addresses a friend's house, and has been made the were unusually spirited, eloquent, and ar. power of God to the salvation of many
gumentative, and the meeting separated at souls. For some time our Hartshorn breth- pear ten o'clock, highly delighted with the ren have thought that, if they could erect just and liberal sentiments that had been
80 forcibly urged on their attention. or fit up a more commodious place of worship, they could be more useful, and the this meeting it was announced, that the cause would be more prosperous. A dwell. collections, the proceeds of the tea, and the ing house, suited to their purpose, recently subscriptions for the past year amounted to presented itself, has been taken, and made opwards of £87. a very neat place. On Lord's-day, March MACCLESFIELD.-On Lord's-day, March 19th, two impressive sermons were preached, 26th, 1842, two sermons were preached in from Isa. xix. 20, and Amos iv. 12, by the the General Baptist chapel, by the Rev. Rev. J. G. Pike, of Derby; after which col. Charles Baker, of Stockport, when the sum lections were made to defray the expense of of £9 was collected towards liquidating the the above undertaking. On the following debt on the chapel; and on Monday, April Monday a tea meeting was held, the pro- 17th, there was a public tea party, the trays ceeds of which were for the same purpose. having been gratuitously furnished princi. Collections £5, 9s. We are grateful to pally by our own friends; many of whom, perceive the desire of our brethren at being very poor, have made considerable Hartshorn to do what they can to extend sacrifices of domestic comfort to enable