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THE BAPTIST BOOK, OR THE PRESERVED PRESENT. “ Cast thy bread upon the waters, for thou shalt find it after many
days.”—Eccles. xi. 1. In a recent visit to a village station, after the discourse, the writer stopped a little while to converse with some of the people. An aged female friend requested him to visit a sick person in the village of C-, in which one of her own daughters resides. This village is the property of Lord M-, and no regular services are permitted for the good of its inhabitants. I felt it a duty to visit the sick and aged widow of whom I had heard, and proceeded, though with some considerable exercises of mind, to attend to this difficult duty. On arriving at the place, I enquired for the daughter of my friend, and with her, obtained a very ready introduction to the poor widow. I found her an inhabitant of some venerable alms-houses, built for the accommodation of a number of aged men and women. After a little conversation the old lady said, “ I have a Baptist Book, which has been a great comfort to me." The expression “Baptist book” sounded rather singularly, though not unharmoniously on my ear, and I waited with much interest while she rose from her seat to show me the book. Judge of my surprise and gratification in such circumstances, and in such a village, see a large copy of Doddridge's Rise and Progress of Religion, in a very good state of preservation! I told her Doddridge was not a Baptist but an Independent. To which she replied, her master, Mr. B-, of N-, who was a Baptist, had given it to her after three years service in his family. This service she left at the age of eighteen, and I found the date was 1786, with the well-known admonition to honesty in country places,
“ Steal not this book for fear of shame,
For here doth stand the owner's name." Thus, after the lapse of fifty-six years, an old servant, in a dark village is found with this valuable book, like a light in a dark place. Who can tell the usefulness of this copy of a Scotch edition of Doddridge's valuable book. I hope it has been useful to the poor old lady. “ Cast thy bread (thy seed) upon the waters for thou shalt find it after many days. These circumstances have suggested a few reflections which may be useful to the reader,
How important is residence in a religious family:--Parents are often too inattenti to the circumstances in which their children are placed. Even pious parents and guardians are not always sufficiently attentive to this matter in seeking situations for young people. As Henry says, " That is best for us which is best for our souls.' • Evil communications corrupt good manners." Let servants duly consider the character of the place they are about to enter before engaging for any term of service. If our aged friend had not lived with a pious Baptist, she might never have possessed what she called a Baptist Book; one of the best books in our language.
Young people should not be given to change, but endeavour to keep a good place when they have one.—This aged female had lived three years as a servant in the family, and appears to have been much respected, though leaving at the early age of eighteen. This procured her the present of which we are speaking, the value of which in life and death and eternity who can tell! Long residence and service promote affection, friendship and confidence. Solomon observed. “He that delicately bringeth up his servant from a child shall have him for his son at length.” Prov. xxix, 21. It is a good adage, “ Let well alone.” The history of the Patriarchs shews the estimation in which long and faithful service was held.
The propriety of presents to domestics deserves serious consideration.Even under the Law of Moses it was enjoined, “ If thy brother, an Hebrew man, or an Hebrew woman, be sold unto thee and serve thee six years, then in the seventh year thou shalt let him go free from thee. And when thou sendest him out free from thee, thou shalt not let him go away empty; thou shalt furnish him liberally out of thy flock, and out of thy floor, and out of thy wine press, wherewith the Lord thy God hath blessed thee thou shalt give unto him. Thou shalt remember that thou wast a bondman in the land of Egypt, and the Lord thy God redeemed thee: therefore I command thee this thing to-day.” Deu. xv. 12—15. The present of our friend was not too great for three years service, in value about four shillings, according to the spirit of the above precept. “Every man is a friend to him that giveth gifts.” The savour of such kindness is remembered, and is like "ointment poured forth,” as the Asiatic's express it. “The heart leaps back to kindness." “The liberal devise liberal things, and by liberal things they stand.” On the departure of servants and domestics, and how much more on the removal of children, on journeys and visits, how valuable the opportunities to cast some precious seed, which may flourish for generations. The writer, in his youth, when returning from the chapel at
-, in Lincolnshire, was joined by a pious female, who recommended him to read Doddridge's Rise and Progress, and this hint of an unknown friend has often been gratefully remembered. To recommend a good book is useful, to present one may be much more so.
A good book may often be found in the most unlikely circumstances.Our aged friend received her present in the populous town of N-, where opportunities of hearing the gospel were numerous, but she has now for years resided in a little village whose lordly proprietor would not allow a sermon to be preached in one of the cottages on any account. In such circumstances how valuable is a good book. To find my favourite book in an old almshouse, was like meeting a beloved friend in a foreign country. This view of the subject under consideration admits of most extensive latitude. One of the late teachers in our Sabbath school at C-, is now, with his wife, a member of the church in Van Diemans land. A young servant of mine, of whom I heard a few days since, is settled at New Brunswick. The daughter of one of my old members in this town, with her husband and family, have recently settled at Wellington, in New Zealand. I sent a parcel of books by the little party. Who can tell the influence of these children of the " dispersion," or of the seed of divine truth which they carry with them, and scatter ever into " the regions beyond” them over distant locations. The copy of the Bible which enlightened Luther's mind, and through him millions more had probably been in the library for many years.
Let every pious reader be assiduous in promoting the circulation of useful books, and especially the word of God.-By a steady systematic effort, the number of good books circulated in twenty, thirty, or forty years may be very considerable. In the early part of the writer's ministry he used to procure a dozen of Doddridge's Rise and Progress for a guinea, neatly bound, which he sold among his young people and friends. I have just glanced at the list of 156 copies circulated in about three years, and am struck with the diversity of circumstances in which the books were circulated. But since the publication of our valued brother Pike's excellent books, so much cheaper than Doddridge's work, (and, as S. Deacon said in one of his publications, “ English people like things cheap,") the work of circulating useful books is much more easy and productive. Shall I err if I add, since the early part of 1828 my list now before me states the number of these books purchased for circulation to be 3330. I have much satisfaction in the thought, that many of these books have gone far and wide, and may prove, with the Lord's blessing, productive of "fruit that will abound to our account."
The writer feels much hesitancy in thus descending to particulars and speaking of himself, but his design is to “provoke to emulation ;” “ to provoke to love and good works.” It is painful to see the paucity of books among the poor, and even among some professors; and the few that are seen often remind the writer of broken teeth, so irregularly and disorderly do they stand. Let these humble annals of the poor, and this brief sketch of the probable usefulness of a single book in more than half a century, encourage every pious mind “to do good and to communicate.” As it is written, “ Blessed are ye that sow beside all waters, that send forth the feet of the ox and the ass.”
ABOLITION OF SLAVERY IN INDIA. said, in slavery in the East. Fully and To the Editor of the General Baptist Repository.
honourably have we redeemed the pledge
we offered to the christian world, ten years My dear brother,—The abolition of since, of making personal freedom co-exten. slavery in India and Ceylon, and in the newly sive with the British dominions. We may acquired territory of Sciude, (how justly now at length enjoy without qualification the acquired I cannot take upon me to say) has gratifying boast, that wherever the British excited the liveliest interest at the Anti- standard wares, it waves over free men! Slavery convention in London, to which I and that slaves can no more breathe in our have been delegated by the Ladies Negro colonies than in our native land. We are Friend society of Birmingham, Wallsall, now exulting over our successes in AffghanWest Bromwich, Wednesbury, &c. &c. Io istan, in China, and in Scinde. Six times, the “ India Mail,” a digest of the contents during the last twelve months, have vic. of the last overland despatch, I observed tories the most signal been apnounced by the following account, which I doubt not royal salutes. Almost every mail has will interest all your readers.
brought out fresh rewards for the heroes who The act for the abolition of slavery passed have maintained the military reputation of the council April 7th, and every slave from their country. Yet, amidst all these trophies, Cape Comerin to the Himalaya mountains, the great victory we have gained in the among one eighth of the human race, has cause of humanity over our own prejudices been legally set free! The Friend of India and lukewarmness, is perhaps, if our heroes remarks:
will forgive the expression, a greater and “ That which two years ago appeared more lasting object of national exultation !" bopeless, owing to the want of moral To show the character of slavery in India, courage in those who ruled the empire, has particularly under the Madras Presidency, been accomplished without noise or parade, a single extract from the Parliamentary but finally and effectually. America can papers may suffice. “When we reflect on no longer taunt us with hypocrisy in taking those evils which are inseparable from even credit to ourselves for emancipating a mil. the mildest state of slavery, and consider lion of slaves in the West Indies, while we how large a portion of our most industrious continue to hold another million, as it was subjects are at present totally deprived of a free market for their labour--restricted by tensive acquaintance with Greek literature, inheritance to a mere subsistence-and sold eminently fit him for the very important and transferred with the land which they discussion which he bas undertaken. Every. till-policy, po less than humanity, would thing which has proceeded from the pen of appear to dictate the propriety of gradually Dr. Carson has been distinguished by un. relieving them from those restrictions which exampled discrimination and bonesty, and have reduced them, and must continue to piety of the most eminent description. The confine them-lo a condition scarce supe. amount of new matter in this work, new rior to that of the cattle which they follow above what the writer at first anticipated, at the plough!" .
will render it the most complete on this How great the boon to the myriads, if subject; and to subscribers the cheapest not millions of slaves in India. “ Let the book this country has ever seen. If the oppressed go free and break every yoke," General Baptist Connexion be made ac.
Yours' in Christ, quainted with it through your valuable
J. PEGGS. miscellany, it may be expected that many, London, June 16, 1843.
it is desirable that all who are able, should
become subscribers. To non subscribers DR. CARSON'S WORK ON BAPTISM. the cost of the work will be considerably To the Editor of the General Baptist Repository.
increased. No Baptist Minister should be
without it; and it would be found a very DEAR SIR,-May I beg you to call the at. valuable addition to the library of every tention of your readers to the proposed work Baptist family. Let me entreat you to give of Dr. Alexander Carson on Baptism. This it the sanction of your earnest recommenacute and able writer, I am informed, in- dation. With best wishes for the enlarged tends to answer every material objection, circulation of your publication and its ex. and to sist overy example, classical, patristic tended usefulness, I remain, dear sir, and scriptural that the opponents of the
Your's very cordially, Baptists have employed. His, perhaps un.
F. CAMERON. equalled critical acquirements, and his ex- Louth, 12th June, 1843.
TEN OBJECTIONS AGAINST THE Facto. the bill, in spite of dissenting remonstrance,
RIES' EDUCATION BILL; with an address that there was more nerve and resolutiou to the people of England, setting forth its displayed among the Nonconformists. They unlimited and despotic power-Sir Harry every where prepared themselves for a long Gliss' appeal to the nation-Lord John's and determined struggle, and resolved to Education Scheme—the peril and duty of petition and protest to the last; and then, Britons—Sir James's altered clauses--and should the uprighteous measure become law, the State's right to Educate erumined. to present to its operation that passive reIn Rhyme. BY SPENCER MURCH. sistance which is involved in refusing to pay Ward & Co.
the rates levied for the support of this in. VILLAGE DIALOGUES, between the Honour. cipient second church establishment.
able and Reverend Allcraft Incubus, A.M., Among the missiles of war, small pamph. Rector of Keep'emdown, and Nephew tó lets, of the kind mentioned at the head of the Earl of Cunningforce—his wife, son, this article, were likely to have become ex. and daughters ; his friends, the Reverend ceedingly numerous and effective; so much Doctor Hook'em, Sir Janies Gammon, and so, that had the bill passed, it would have others. By Rowland Hill, the younger. been necessary to enact laws for their supLondon: Simpkin and Co.;
Noble, Boston. pression. One act of tyranny and wrong
invariably prepares the way for another; CAORCH EDUCATION AND Ethics Re- and, indeed, requires it. Thus, liberty of By W. PALMER, Chatteris.
speech, and the liberty of the press, would The withdrawment, by the government, have to be curtailed. The preamble of an of the hateful and hypocritical Factories act of parliament, passed in the reign of Education Bill, has put a stop, for the pre. Edward, says that some new arrangement sent, to the fierceness of dissenting war in the Church was ridiculed by the people against its nciples and provisions. It “ in dialogues, rhymes, songs, plays, and was delightful to observe, as the aspect of jests :" and the act enacts, that the rhyme. Sir James became more determined, and sters and singers, &c., shall suffer the “im. the time drew near when he was to carry prisonment of their bodies and fines at the into effect his purpose of proceeding with king's will and pleasure." Under such a
regimen, the writers of our pleasant pamph- This beautiful edition of Mr. Leighton's lets would have very poor chance of escape. Joseph, will constitute, when complete, a The dialogues would be sure to be burnt. very suitable present for our youth. It They contain too much truth and point to will be completed in ten sixpenny parts, to escape the vengeance of our holy (1) estab- appear every month. lishment.' The Rhymes would fare little If the parts now before us are, as we better, though the wit and point is not equal; doubt not, fair specimens of the style and and the author of Pietas Ecclesiæ would be character of the work, we can have no hesi. come a striking illustration of the church's tation in expressing our admiration at the zeal. By the way, the first part of the Dia- judgment and piety with which this most logues has pleased us so much, that we hope interesting narrative is illustrated, and its the retreat of Sir James will not prevent important lessons enforced by Mr. Leighton. part II. from appearing.
The embellishments, too, are of a superior
order, Joseph, a MODEL FOR TAE YOUNG, Es
pecially for Young Men. Beautifully Il- BRIEF THOUGTHS ON THE TAINGS OF lustrated with steel engravings. Parts 1. GOD AND THE SOUL; in words of One and II. By EDWARD LEIGHTON. Lon- Syllable. By EDWARD DALTON, Secredon: Hamilton, Adams, $ Co.; Allen, tary to the Protestant Association. Wright Nottingham.
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MERCY WARNER was the eldest daughter fortable, and I could'nt tell what to do. I of the late Thomas and Hannah Freer, of went to the mecting one Sunday night, and Fleckney, more recently Hannah Brown, Mr. Amner preached, but I could get no of Loughborough. She was born in the comfort. I went home and went to bed, but year 1799, and was favoured with the ex. I could not sleep. Well, in the morning I ample, instruction, and counsel of pious got up and tried to pray, but I could'nt parents from her infancy. During the say a word; so I went down stairs, and as period of youth she was often the subject of I was going about the house, getting the serious impressions, but she trifled with children's breakfast ready, (her husband these convictions, and quenched the opera- being an agricultural labourer, was gone to tions of the Holy Spirit, resolving within his work,) these words struck my mind, herself, that when she was settled in life she • Beliere on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou would attend to religion. She was united in shalt be saved,' Acts xvi. 31. Believe, I marriage to Joseph Warner in her twenty. thought, only believe; well, then, I can befirst year, and the cares of the world, and lieve !" here she paused, and gave vent to an increasing family, soon began to crowd the grateful feelings of her heart in a flood in in quick succession upon her mind, and, of tears: she could say no more, but alas! alas! she now found herself equally, if not more, unwilling to take upon her the
“From that glad hour her chain was broke," yoke of the Saviour than before she ex. and she found joy and peace through be. changed the single for the social state, and lieving. This pleasing change took place though she frequently attended the General about the end of the year 1822, or the be. Baptist chapel at Fleckney, and listened to gioning of 1823, and shortly afterwards she the faithful warnings of the late Mr. Wm. offered herself to the General Baptist Church Jones, then minister of the Church at Fleck at Fleckney as a candidate for baptism and ney, yet she remained anmoved until Mr. Church fellowship, and was accepted, and James Amner, a member of the General baptized by Mr. Jones, January 18, 1824; Baptist Church at Hinckley, came and and from this time she remained “faithful settled at Fleckney, to assist Mr. Jones in unto death.” the ministry. Through the instrumentality Our departed sister moved in an humble of Mr. A. she was led seriously to consider sphere of life, and during her earthly caher latter end, and induced to give her heart reer was called to endure much personal as to God. Respecting her conversion there well as domestic affliction, for during the was nothing very remarkable, except that last six years of her life she never enjoyed her transition from darkness to light was one day's good health. She was the mother sudden; and perhaps it cannot be better of thirteen children, six of whom were called described than in her own words, as she before her to the house appointed for all once related it to the writer, when referring living, - four of them died within the space to that interesting and important period of of five months, in the year 1811, when a her history. She said, " I was very uncom- malignant fever prevailed in the village, Vol. 5. -- N.S.