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baptized twenty-seven, and at Birchescliff Though many of our friends usually pre. seventeen, and at both places they have sent with us, were absent on this day, there many inquirers. Baptized seven at Hali. was evidently a spirit of devotion pervading fax, and three at Queenshead-they have a the whole of our assemblies, and mutual ex. few inquirers at both places. At Allerton pression of fraternal and christian affection they have baptixed six, and at Bradford throughout the whole of our intercourse. thirty-two. At both places prospects are May this mutual affection increase, and that encouraging. Nine have been baptized at spirit of derotion abound yet more in all Leeds. There are four candidates, and our social and public exercises. seven inquirers, and the prospects are en.
JOHN DUNKLEY, Secretary. couraging.
The next Conference will be held on THE LONDON CONFERENCE assembled Whit Tuesday, the 6th of June, at Hali. at Berkhampstead, on Tuesday, April 18th, fax. J. HODGSON, Secretary. at two o'clock, p. m. Mr. Wallis, of Lon.
don, opened the meeting with prayer, and The WARWICKSHIRE CONFERENCE, Mr. Heathcote, the minister of the place, met at Longford, on the 4th day of April, presided. The numbers baptized since last 1843, when in the afternoon the following Conference were, at Berkhampstead, five; resolutions were adopted,
fifteen ;Ford, four; London,Com. 1. That those Churches who have not Commercial Road, six; Boro' Road, nineteen ; contributed to the Conference fund, be affec. New Church Street, thirteen ; Præd Street, tionately requested to do so without delay. eighteen ;Sevenoaks, one ; Tring four; Wen.
2. After a rather protracted discussion dover, two. Several of the Churches did not of the merits and demerits of the Factories' report. As a remedy for this evil, it was Education Bill, now pending in Parlia- resolved, that a circular should be printed, ment, it was unanimously resolved,“ That it and sent, per post, to every Church in the is with deep regret and unmingled indig. Conference, apprizing them when and where nation, this Conference regard the Gorern. its meetings will be beld. Those Churches ment Bill for the Education of children in which did report gave a pleasing account of the Factory districts. Believing this bold their general state and prospects. The and insidious measure to be a most gross Conference heard with great gratification infringment on our civil and religious liber. that the brethren in Boro' Road had been ty; that its design is to crush dissent and“ provoked" by the singular “liberality" of promote churchism, we most earnestly re. one of their own members to discharge the commend the congregations in this district entire debt, £1200, which rested on their to avail themselves of every legal and con. spacious chapel. Also, that the Church at stitutional means to prevent its becoming Smarden has had several hundred pounds law."
bequeathed to it by an aged friend, lately 3. That the thanks of this meeting be deceased. tendered to Mr. Dunkley, for his past ser- At Wellroying the students supplied about vices as Secretary of this Conference, and two months, and had encouraging congre. that he be requested to continue his servi. gations; but, owing to the distance from ces another year.
town, and to the removal of the persons who 4. That the next Conference be held at invited us thither, preaching is discontinued Austrey; and that Mr. Shore be requested for the present. to be the preacher.
Eden Street, London. The chapel in From the small number of Churches who Eden Street having been sold, and being reported, it appeared that, since the last no longer in the use of our denomination, meeting thirty-five had been baptized, and and no report having been received from twenty-seven were waiting as candidates. the Church formerly assembling in it, the
On the morning of this day the atten. Conference recommends to the Association, dance was unusually small, a circumstance that the name of this place be erased from which should excite humiliation and regret. the minutes. Mr. Barnes preached from Hosea xiv. 9. Downton.-Since the last Conference this Mr. Knight read the hymns, and Mr. Shore place has become vacant by the death of commenced the service with prayer. In the the Rev. T. Gunning. Brethren Wallis afternoon Mr. Cheatle presided, and Messrs. and Heathcote were requested to visit D., Keighly and Shaw read the hymns, and of. to ascertain the state in which the property fered prayer. In the evening Mr. Cheatle is left, and to preserve it in the possession preached an interesting sermon, on the of the denomination. “the signs of the times," from Matt. xvi. 3. Lyndhurst.-Unanimously agreed, that Mr. Shoxe read the hymns, and Mr. Knight this Church be affectionately invited to read the scriptures and offered prayer. unite with the London Conference.
Aylesbury. This case occupied much to an entire and immediate surrender to time, but was again deferred till the next God, and to a believing acceptance of the Conference, which will be held in Boro' Lord Jesus, never before appeared so mo. Road chapel, London, Sep. 12th, 1843, at mentous in the estimation of R. I. two o'clock, p. m.
In the evening brother Hood read the MOUNTSORREL.-On Lord's day after. Scriptures and prayed, and brother Under- noon, April 30th, four scholars were pab. wood preached from Jer. iii. 19. The at. licly dismissed; in the presence of a large tendance on both occasions was good.
and attentive congregation, chiefly com. W. UNDERWOOD, Secretary.
posed of young persons. Addresses were 3, Bridge Terrace, Harrow Rd.,
Paddington. delivered by the superintendants, Messrs. MIDLAND CONFERENCE.—The Churches Scriptures presented to each of them; hope.
Taylor and Harrald, and a copy of the Holy connected with this Conference are respect. ing, that as they had been taught to read fully reminded, that the next meeting is ap. the Scriptures in the Sabbath-school, they pointed at Wirksworth, on Whit Tuesday, would constantly read them, that theymight June 6th. Brother Derry, of Barton, is to find those rich treasures which this world preach.
could not produce, but are found only in a BAPTISMS.
crucified Redeemer. The blessing of God BRADFORD.—On the 7th of May, seven- is now upon us. Our Sabbath-school has teen persons were added to this Church by increased to double its usual number, there baptism. A considerable proportion of being at the present time about one hundred these, and of others that have been previ. and forty scholars, and about thirty teach. ously baptised, are from the Sunday school. ers. Our congregations have greatly inMany of the senior scholars were some creased, and our chapel (late Presbyterian) months ago addressed by the superinten- although three times the size of the old one, dents or teachers, separately, pointedly, is well filled. And it is extremely delightaffectionately, and through God's blessing, ful to witness the attendance of our Monefficiently, on their condition as sinners, day evening prayer meetings, our members and probationers for eternity. The labours have increased fourfold in four years, and of our beloved brother Tunnicliffe were se- the good work is still going on. Some are cured soon after this, which were very in. halting between two opinions-others enstrumental in ripening the fruit already in quiring the way to Zion, with their faces bloom, and in making many other sinners thitherward. Two were recently added by to become “Trees of righteousness, the baptism, and another is expected very shortplanting of the Lord, that he might be ly. May the time speedily come, when he glorified.” A knowledge of the whole is who was made an offering for sin, shall see adapted, in the writer's estimation, to af. of the travail of his soul, and be abundant. ford much encouragement to pious superin. ly satisfied.
C. A. tendents and teachers of the Lord's-day
ÆNON Chapel, MARY-LE-BONE.-On schools, to seek and expect, through a Lord's day evening, March 26, the divinely faithful application of the truth, in connex. instituted ordinance of baptism was adminion with fervent and believing prayer for istered to seven persons, on a profession of God's blessing, the conversation of many of their faith, by our beloved pastor, J. Burns, the children committed to their care during after delivering an appropriate and ani. a part of the Lord's-day. The great im. mated discourse. Also, on Lord's-day evenportance of individual effort, constituting ing, April 23, the solemn and interesting each Church a working Church, has also rite was again administered to fourteen perbeen made manifest in such a manner that sons, our pastor founding his sermon on Charches, having the disadvantage of being these words: “ Render therefore unto Cæsar without pastors, cannot justify, and need the things which are Cæsar's; and to God not excuse their lethargy and barrenness. the things that are God's.” On both occaThe desirableness of occasionally having sions there was a crowded and attentive special services during the week, by which auditory. We rejoice to state that we have the truth for a longer period, with greater several enyuirers, who we trust will before prominence, and more effect, may be exhib- long stand forth as the decided and devoted ited to the understanding and applied to the followers of the Lamb.
J. G. conscience, has also been felt.
The further and immediate application of SACHEVEREL-ST. DERBY.-On Lord's. the truth from the pulpit, (I mean not in- day April 23, Mr. Smith preached in the variably, but frequently) by a prayer meet. morning to a full place, from John xiv. 15, ing, and a meeting for personal conversa. “If ye love me keep my commandments." tion with the convicted sinner, urging him After preaching he baptized the candidates, seventeen in number, seven males and ten as tutor, and wishing the committee to com. females. In the afternoon Mr. Stadion, of municate the same to the Association. ReMelbourne, received the candidates into the solved :Church, and administered the Lord's-supper.
That this committee affectionately sym. The attendance of both communicants and pathize with their beloved brother Stevenson spectators was very good.
in his affliction, and deeply regret the cir. St. Mary's Gate, Derby.-On Lord's. cumstances which, in his estimation, have day, May 7th, the ordinance of believers' rendered the resignation of his office neces
sary. baptism was administered to sixteen perBons.
That in case Mr. Stevenson persist in his An appropriate and faithful sermon
determination, and that the Association was preached on the occasion, to a large and attentive congregation, by our esteemed accept his resignation, this Committee repastor, from Acts ii. 41. In the evening conducted at some place in the Midland
commend that in future the institution be be improved the death of a young female
district. who on the first Sabbath in February was “buried with Christ in baptism;" after
Regret was expressed that the pecuniary which he addressed the newly. baptised, and claims of the Institution
had not been more gave to each the right hand of fellowship. promptly met by the Churches, and the It was a day of great joy, and refreshing hope was indulged, that in its future man. from the presence of the Lord. E.
agement the inconveniences arising from
this source may be avoided. SHEFFIELD, EYRE-STREET. - It is with The Secretaries take this opportunity of pleasure I state that the work of the Lord requesting those Churches and individuals prospers in our hands. The word preached who have not sent their contributions for finds its way to the hearts of sinners, and the current year, to forward them at or our dear pastor's labours are blest to the before the Association, to the Treasurer, conversion of souls. We had the pleasure Mr. Roberts, jun., of Nottingham. of seeing ten persons immersed in the name
SAML. WIGG. of the Sacred Three, on the 7th of May.
J. C. PIKE. Ten added to our Church, whose piety and
W. UNDERWOOD. zeal will, we hope, be made a blessing
£19. 178. Boro' Road, London, £32. STOKE-ON-TRENT.- On Monday, April 10th, three persons were baptised in the THE EXAMINATION OF THE STUDENTS baptistry at Hanley chapel, (kindly lent for OF THE GENERAL BAPTIST ACADEMY will the occasion); and on the following Lord's. take place at the Institution, 18, Grosvenor day they were received into the Church. Place, Camberwell, on Tuesday, June 20, Mr. Lindley, of Macclesfield, preached on to commence at ten o'clock. Any minister the Monday, and Mr. D. Gaythorpe on the or annual subscriber will be eligible to Lord's day. Our place is crowded on attend.
W. UNDERWOOD, Lord's-day evenings, and we have com
Secretary. menced a subscription for a chapel, and shall be glad of help from sister Churches.
TAE ANNUAL ASSOCIATION of General
G. L. Baptist Churches, of the New Connexion, BIRCHCLIFFE.—I had the pleasure to Gate chapel, Loughborough. Their sittings
will hold their next meeting at the Baxter baptize seventeen persons, three males, and fourteen females, they all are or have been will commence on Tuesday, June 27th, at scholars or teachers in our Sunday-school; follow :-Preaching on Wednesday morn
ten o'clock. The public services will be as and there are more in the school asking the ing, at half-past ten; annual missionary way to Zion with their faces thitherward.
meeting, at half.past two in the afternoon;
and public worship on Thursday evening. HUGGLESCOTE.-On Lord's-day, April We aro requested to state, that the King's 30th, four persons were baptized at this Head Inn is appointed for the reception of place.
visitants, where there will be secured from MISCELLANEOUS.
fifteen to twenty beds, an excellent ordinary ACADEMICAL COMMITTEE MEETING.— will secure as large an accommodation for
every day at two shillings. The friends The committee of the Academy met at private lodgings as possible. Friar Lane, Leicester, on Tuesday, May 23rd, 1843, at which a letter was received HUGGLESCOTE.- The School sermons from the Rev. J. Stevenson announcing the were preached at Hugglescote, on Lord's. painful necessity of resigning his situation day, May 7th. Collections £18 25. 8d.
SIR JAMES GRAHAM'S FACTORY BILL. wbich the state church is to be exempted -There were presented against the Educa. from the operation of the Mortmain act, tional clauses of this bill, nearly 14,000 pe- while dissenters are left subject to it; by titions; the exact number of names append. which any extent of the land of the country to them is ascertained to be 2,015,607. may come into the hands of the church. This is unparalleled in the history of “5. 'Mackinnon's bill for the health of petitioning, and yet the Right honour towns, by which, besides the patronage it able (!) Baronet had the hardihood to per- creates, the safety of our present cemeteries sist in the measure, and to denominate a few is much endangered ; and by which dis. alterations, which he called amendments, senters burying in the new burial gronnds, but which either made the provisions of the though purchased and maintained by a bill appear more atrocious, or secured more parish rate, must pay a double fee-one, in effectually the exclusiveness of Church rule, every case, to the clergyman of the parish. and the insolence of its power, forsooth, an “ You will perceive that these bills are olive branch,' and to conclude his speech so many parts of a design to create a with a homily on Brotherly love amongst patronage of from thirty to fifty thousand Christians! How ridiculous! The Church placemen, available to all the purposes of organs tell their supporters, what we all high church and electioneering intrigue, know, that the bill is intended to put down and to place dissenters under many fresh dissent. For Sir James to imagine that his disadvantages and disabilities. That they exhortations can excite anything but the are, in short, a vast, yet cupping and plau. most intolerable loathing, is as just as for sible plan to make separation from the us to conceive that man spoiled, and bound church annoying to dissenters, and to enhand and foot, would receive from his slave the minds of the rising generation to spoiler a lecture on integrity and kindness. superstition and tyranny before it could He appears as if he proposes to prosecute learn to detest them." the measure, though the day appointed for it to go into committee has passed, and GREAT SECESSION FROM THE SCOTTISH another has not yet (May 25,) been named. KIRK.-At the meeting of the assembly of Let all our friends be awake, and have pe- the Scottish church, in Edinburgh, on titions against the amended bill prepared, Wednesday, May 17th, the Rev. Dr. and ready to pour in with such a tide as Welsh, a nonintrusionist, moderator of the sball sweep away both the measure from previous assembly, in 1842, according to becoming law, and its abettors from office. custom, preached at St. Andrews Church
to an immense and distinguished congregaCHURCH ENCROACHMENT AND USURPA. tion, including the Lord High Commis. TION.—The following alarming enumeration sioner, and many other persons of rank. of measures now actually before parliament, The text was Rom. xiv. 5, Let every man or announced, encroaching on the rights of be fully persuaded in his own mind.” At dissenters, is contained in a circular that twenty minutes past three the Doctor took has been issued to the Baptist churches and his seat as moderator, pro. tem., and, after congregations of the West Riding of York- prayer, read a protest, in the name of himshire, by the “ Association Committee of self and others, against the claims of the Civil Privileges":
legislature to control the proceedings and “ Many of you may not be aware that acts of the assembly, and courts of session, the Factory bill is only one of not less than and the elevation of the civil above the five bills now proposed, all designed to in- ecclesiastical courts, (a document of some crease immensely church and state patron- length.) The protest was listened to with age, and to diminish the liberties, or add to breathless attention, and was signed by upthe civil disadvantages, of dissenters. wards of two hundred ministers. After read.
“. The Factory bill, besides its other ing the protest Dr. Welsh handed it to the iniquities, will give patronage in each school. clerk, left the chair, and retired from the as
"2. The Pauper Education bill,' sembly, followed by Drs. Chalmers, Gordon, founded on the very same principles as the Brown, &c., and the whole body of adhering Factory bill, will give high church instruc- ministers and elders. They were loudly tion, and create church patronage, in every cheered as they proceeded through the one of the 10,000 parishes in the kingdom. streets, by immense multitudes; the windows,
“ 3. Sir Robert Peel's bill for endowing balconies, &c., in their route, being filled national churches, though it avails itseif of with ladies, waving their bandkerchiefs, existing ecclesiastical funds (which are, and greeting them as they passed. The however, national funds) will largely in- seceders met in the evening, and appointed crease the power and patronage of the state Dr. Chalmers the moderator of "the As. and clergy.
sembly of the free Presbyterian church." “ 4. A Church Maintenance bill,' by After prayer, the Doctor delivered an ad. dress to the vast audience then assembled, THE RETURNING WAVE.-It is interconsisting, besides ministers and elders, of esting to observe the morements of large upwards of 3000 persons. The Dr., in his bodies. The press of the voluntaries address, recognized the establishment prin. against establishments bas produced the ciple, and discarded “voluntaryism," but measures of the church party against dis. objected to the state having the control of sent and liberty, which filled our ranks with the Church it upheld! This is what might astonishment and dismay. We collected be expected. Some four hundred ministers, our forces, sent our petitions against the and those the evangelical party, the best education bill, and thus became acquainted and most christian of the Scottish Kirk, with the secret of our strength, and now the have thus at once left her pale, and decided feeling and determination against estabto “obey God rather than man;" but, in lishments is becoming stronger, and the doing so, while they have thrown themselves dissenters in turn are likely to bear back on on “the voluntary principle,” they repudi. the church a still hearier charge. An ate it, adhering to the idea of a state estab. immense public meeting at Leeds, 10,000, lishment. They will surely advance in carried a resolution to petition against the sentiment and feeling, and then they, factory bill, and in favour of a separation with the other seceders, will form an im- of church and state. Such movements will mense majority in Scotland. Such a rent speedily place in peril the monstrous ashas not taken place in any national estab. sumptions of the clerics and the aristocracy. lishment in modern times. We shall hail When the end will come, who can tell ! the day when the evangelicals of England Clear it is to us, that the interests of trae walk out from the church, and leave their religion in the land, even amongst Episcopopish brethren, as the Scotch have done palians, would be greatly advanced by such the intrusionists, in confusion, and dismay, a consummation. and solitude. What will Sir James Gra. ham say to this! Ireland in its repeal movements; Scotland, in the secession of
Recent Beaths. hundreds of its best ministers; and England, At Leicester, on Friday May 12th, after a long in its opposition to the Factories Bill, have and painful affliction, aged 45, Elizabeth, wife found him, of late, ample occupation and of Mr. Joseph Yates, Deacon of the General solicitude. We will revert to this subject, had been a member of that Church from its
The deceased and report progress, in our next. The veto
commencement. act is repealed.
WHEN IS THE TIME TO DIE? I asked a glad and happy child,
Whose hands were filled with flowers, Whose silvery laugh rang free and wild
Among the vine-wreathed bowers; I crossed her bunny path, and cried,
“ When is the time to die?"
And swiftly bounded by.
The tresses of her hair;
Like pearls they glistened there ;
I heard her spirit sigh;
Youth is no time to die!"
Her first-born in her arms,
She hushed her babe's alarms;
Her eyes were dim with tears :
For many, many years."
I questioned one in manhood's prime,
of proud and fearless air;
Or dimmed by woe and care.
And flashed with scorn his eye,
“For only age should die."
Had long been all prepared;
This man of years had spared.
Flashed high, as thus he cried,
Then gasped, and groaned, and died. I asked a christian,-“ Answer thou,
“When is the hour of death ?”
And peaceful was his breath;
A smile, a light divine;