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liest days, look delight in attending on the her spiritual state was healthy, as she lived means of grace. In the seventeenth year of much in closet devotion. She loved christian ber age she was brought to the enjoyment of and experimental conversation. Her last religion ; and her father, who was a deacon illness was short. She was resigned and of the church, had the pleasure of baptizing patient, and had strong desires after God. her, Aug. 17, 1823. Her amiable disposi. She frequently repeated those expressivo tion, sincere piety, and correct deportment, words, 'I am in a strait betwixt two, having secured for her general esteem. At the a desire to be with Christ.'

G. C. close of the year 1832, she was married to Mr. Joseph Padgham, who afterwards be.

HANNAH ARMSTRONG was born at Leices. came Baptist minister of Egerton; and who,

ter, in the year 1781; and when old enough, under the labours and difficulties of the sent by her parents to the church christian ministry, has often been encou

Sunday school. It appears her mind was, raged and comforted by her counsels. Her when quite young, seriously impressed with solicitude for the salvation of her children

divine ibings; and as she grew in years and was earnest and prayerful, and her attend

stature, she had some youthful companions ance at the house of God, though at a dis

who strongly invited her to go with them to tance of four miles, exemplary. She was

some dancings; she hesitated a little, and diligent and active in domestic duties.

then refused, for she thought within herself, For many years, she was subject to a most

'Sometime I mean to be religious, and if I distressing pain in the head, the returns of

learn to dance, I shall have more to leave which were so frequent, and sometimes so

off; therefore I will not learn.' Her father acute, as almost lo deprive her of reason;

dying when she was a sprightly young girl, yet she was never known to utter & com- she came to Nottingham to live with an plaint, but with lamb-like patience sub.

aunt, and attended Castlegate meeting-house, mitted to the disposings of her Heavenly

but being invited by lier cousin, sbe went Father. On the 18th of January last, she

with her to the old tabernacle, to hear Mr. was delivered of two babes, and for a time

R. Smith, where, she said, her early im. proceeded favourably, but on the eighth day pressions were not only revived, but deepafter her confinement, experienced a

ened. She saw her state as a sinner against lapse, from which she never recovered.

God, and the danger to which she was es. Her state of mind at first was gloomy, posed; but by hearing the grateful news, but previous to her departure, she

that Jesus Christ died for sinners, she filled with consolation and joy. She

found peace and joy in believing: she say slept in Jesus, January 27th, 1845. The

friendship and love amongst the members, event was improved on the following Sab.

and soon resolved. “This people shall be bath, by her pastor, to a numerous and

my people, and their God, my God;' in much affected audience, from Rev. xiv, 13.

which resolve she continued to the day of

her death. She was baptized by Mr. ANN CROoks, of Bipbrook, near Louth,

Smith, in May, 1800. She was much departed this life Nov. 18th, 1844, in the

attached to him while he lived, and there is thirty-fifth year of her age. From the

no doubt she has united with him to earliest period of her life, her mind was, at

praise the Lamb, who redeemed her to God times, impressed by the word and Spirit of

with his precious blood. With patience and God. She was thus kept from evil, and resignation she endured a long, cancerous acquired a distaste for sinful and vain affliction, and died happy on Jan. 14, 1845. amusements. In her seventeenth year,

My sister had her imperfections, but she after severe exercises of soul, she obtained

was a christian above many. a sense of her acceptance through Christ,

ANN HALEY. and gave herself to his service. Being, MR. William Pegg was born at Keg. however, perplexed as to what body of worth, June 21, 1797. His father, Joseph christians she should unite with, she de. Pegg, was, for many years, an active and termined to be decided by a prayerful useful member of the General Baptist church appeal to the word of God. This led to in this village. He had a numerous family, her becoming a Baptist, and after encounter and William was his youngest son. From ing much opposition from her friends and a youth he was very thoughtful and steady, connections, she was baptized and united but appears not to have become decidedly with the Killingholm church. Her steadfast pious until he had attained his twentieth and consistent piety secured her many year. He was baptized on Lord's day, friends, and great enjoyment in the things June 24th, 1816, and remained an active of God. In 1833 she united in marriage member of the church to his dying day. with Mr. G. Crooks, and became a member In the year 1829 he was appointed by the of the General Baptist church at Maltby church to the office of elder, and attended and Alford. Though frequently unable zealously to its duties, until afliction laid though infirmity to attend the house of God, him aside. He never was a strong man,

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but was very active and industrious, and of heaven by the way. The writer feels was generally able to attend to bis secular a melancholy pleasure and satisfaction in duties with more than common diligence. paying this last tribute of affection to the All who knew him will bcar testimony to memory of one whom he sincerely esteemed, his diligence in business, and few will deny and concludes this account with the follow. his fervour of spirit. About two years ago

ing appropriate lines :our friend ruptured a blood vessel ; from the

Oh! I remember, and will ne'er forget, effects of this he never thoroughly recovered.

Our meeting spots, our chosen, sacred hours; He regarıled this affecting visitation as a Our burning words, that uttered all the soul; loud call to him to set his house in order. Our faces beaming with unearthly love : He lingered until the 16th day of May, 1844,

Sorrow with sorrow sighing, hope with hope

Exulting, heart embracing heart entire ; when death put a period to his sufferings. As birds of social feather, helping each His removal was improved to a crowded His fellow's flight, we soared into the skies.' congregation, by his respected friend,

W. BUTLER. Mr. Wilders, from Ps. xvii. 15. He has

W. Rore, second son of Mr. T. Rofe, left three sons and one daughter, to deplore Baptist minister at Smarden, in the county the loss of a kind and indulgent father; and

of Kent, died suddenly, Jan. Ist, 1845, from a widow, to mourn the departure of her enlargement of the heart, aged twenty years. dearest earthly friend. "A father of the

He rose in the morning, it was thought, as fatherless, and a judge of the widow, is God

well as usual, went down stairs without in his holy babitation.' May this recollec.

speaking to any one, and walked to Mr. tion sustain the ininds of our friends, under Unicume's, his brother-in-law; such a thing their painful bereavement! Our departed

as he had never been known to do so early brother was very mercifully supported, dur. in the morning. As soon as he reached the ing his long affliction ; and had no doubt of shop, he fell on his knees without speaking bis acceptance with God. Those friends

a word, and, in less than a quarter of an who visited him on his death bed were much hour, he was a corpse. On the previous edified by his conversation. He would fre- day, after intimating the increase of his quently say, 'I have been subject to many disease, he said, “This is the last day in peculiarities; but I have loved my Saviour

this year. This has been the best year I many years, and now I find bim my strength have ever known.' 'In what respect? I and my all. I am firmly fixed on the Rock

asked. He replied, 'In every respect.' I of Ages.' 'He died,' (says his eldest son,) repeated my inquiry, wishing to know if • rejoicing in hope of a resurrection to eter.

religion was included. He again, smiling, nal life. His end was like the son of a

answered, “In every respect.'

We spent summer's day, that sets without a cloud.' nearly the whole of that evening reading It is quite true that our friend had his pe. Moffat's lectures to the family. We thought culiarities, as he justly acknowledges : these

he breathed rather worse. Father wished were constitutional, and sometimes annoyed him to rest awhile: he desired to continuo bis best friends. But he was in the main a

till he had ended the chapter, in consequence worthy man, and a useful member of the

of feeling greatly delighted with the work. church. His loss will be severely felt by

His sudden death, we trust, was sudden his family and christian friends. This

glory. The funeral solemnities took place brief memorial is drawn up by one who

on the 6th, when a suitable address was has known him intimately for many delivered by the Rev. W. Grigsby, Indeyears. The associations connected with pendent minister, of Staplehurst. On the the recollections of him are of the most in.

following Sabbath he improved the death by teresting kind. Few were more intimate:

a very impressive sermon, from John xi. they have often wept and prayed together, 25, 26, to a large and very attentive congre. while they have talked of the Saviour and

gation.

E. J. ROFE.

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INTELLIGENCE. 1. THE YORKSHIRE CONFERENCE assem. their present state, and requesting advice bled at Queenshead, March 25th, 1845. Mr. and an arrangement of ministerial supplies Robertshaw, of Shore, opened the public till the next Conference. The meeting reworship in the morning by reading the scrip- ceived their report gladly, and, after a lengthtures and prayer; Mr. W. Butler, of Hepton- ened conversation, nominated a supply. stall Slack, preached on humility.

3. The church at Bradford reported, 2. The members from different churches through the medium of a letter, their finanuniting their exertions to form a missionary cial as well as their spiritual condition. station in Ovenden, presented a letter to the They have had to take the roof from their Conference, describing their proceedings, chapel, and place a new one on it. This has

this year.

been a very serious circumstance for them. of the General Baptists, we regard its appro. They and their friends have had to raise priation to the propagation of extreme Cal£107., which has been paid to repair this vinistic sentiments, as highly inconsistent want of good management in the architect. and improper.—That a copy of the above By this their ability is so far weakened, that resolution be transmitted by Mr. Goadby they can only collect for the Home Mission both to the minister and the church, accom

panied with remonstrances on the above in4. The church at Halifax reported its gra. consistency, and appeals to their sense of titude for ministerial supplies, and desired justice and equity on the subject. another arrangement to serve them till the 2. Case from Kirton in Notts. It was next meeting.

resolved, That this Conference does not see 5. The case of Leeds was again brought its way clear to decide upon this case,

but rebefore the meeting, and Mr. John Earp's commends the churcb at Kirton to obtain the report of the extent of financial co-operation assistance of judicious friends in their neighfrom the Midland Conference, was communi. bourhood, to bring the case to a speedy cated. The Conference engaged to raise conclusion. £40. this year for Leeds. The representa- 3. Maynooth Grant. Resolved, That tives present were advised to recommend it to this Conference believes all grants to religious their churches, and for the churches to appoint establishments unscriptural; and believing a committee to effect the object, and remit the popery to be a system of idolatry and wickedmoney to Mr.Jas. Hodgson, Stubbing House. ness, devised by satan, for substituting pa

6. The people at Burnley have com. ganism in the place of christianity, and menced preaching at Colne, in Lancasbire ; under its name, views with abhorrence the and, as there is a chapel to sell in the town, attempts to support such a system from the Mr. Thos. Gill gave a description of it, and national revenue. That all the churches of the amount of money for the purchase of connected with this Conference, are therefore it. The Conference replied, “We receive the entreated to unite in determined opposition report of Mr. T. Gill with pleasure; but we to the ministerial plan for the endowment of are sorry to be compelled to state, that our popery, and by petitions to the two houses of circumstances are such that we have not parliament, and by letters to their representaability to pay for it: nevertheless, we desire tives, to use all their efforts for defeating this Mr. Gill to continue his labours at Colne.'

wicked device. 7. Statistics of the churches. No ma.

4. American slavery. Resolved, That terial alteration has taken place at Leeds.- this Conference having learned that the Rev. At Bradford two have been baptized. They C. Torrey, Captain Jonathan Walker, Messrs. have a few candidates and inquirers.-No Work, Thompson, Burr, and others, are change at Allerton which is visible.--At confined in the dungeons of the United Clayton the congregations are improving, States, for assisting men who were robbed of and the aspect encouraging. They have two their rights and liberty to escape from slavery, candidates for baptism at Queenshead. At desires to express its sympathy with these Halifax the congregations are improved.- martyrs for freedom and christian benevoThey expect to baptize about ten in a short lence, and its high approbation of their contime at Birchescliffe. --There is too much duct; while it views with abhorrence the coldness at Heptonstall Slack; yet they are

conduct of men whose national constitution peaceable, and have baptized eight since last is based on the principle that all men are meeting.--At Shore the congregations are

born equal as to freedom and rights, but wbo very good, and several have been restored to exercise the most cruel oppression to keep the fellowship of the church.—No visible millions, thus born, in slavery and heachange at Lineholm.-At Burnley they have

thenism.—That the laws under which our baptized four, and they have two candidates. honoured brethren are suffering, are laws

The next Conference will be held at Shore, as wicked as those edicts which required the on Wbit Tuesday; Mr. Tunnicliffe to preach.

Hebrew worthies to bow down to Nebuchad. JAS. HODGSON, Secretary.

nezzar's golden image and Daniel to refrain

from offering prayer to his God and Father. MIDLAND CONFERENCE.—This Conference —That the men who enforce such laws act assembled at Stoney-street, Nottingham, on in a way as base and tyrannical as did the Tuesday, March 25th, 1845. Mr. Picker- Babylonish tyrant, when he cast into the ing, the senior pastor of the church, presided. fiery furnace those servants of God that From the reports of the churches repre. would not worship his idol, or as did the sented, it appeared, that sixty-seven had been counsellors of Darius when they corsigned baptized since the last Conference, and that Daniel to the lion's den.-That these laws 107 remained as candidates for that ordinance. being wicked, and their supporters wicked,

1. Billesdon case. Resolved, That the every servant of the Lord of glory is bound property at Billesdon having been purchased, by allegiance to him, to disregard and break and vested in trustees, for the exclusive use these laws, and to look upon the men that would enforce their observance, as the enemies Suspension of church members. The con. of truth and righteousness, and the sup- versation on this subject was resumed, but porters of oppression and tyranny.—That, nothing particularly interesting or decisive while this Conference laments the sufferings was elicited. The prevailing opinion at the of the servants of God consigned to American Fleet Conference was, that suspension is a prisons, for imitating their Lord in befriend. scriptural mode of discipline, (see 2 Thess. ing the oppressed, we congratulate them that iii. 14, 15.) their conduct has freed them from the stain Norfolk branch Conference. Brethren which rests on their dishonoured country, Pike, Taylor, and Yates, having been reand which makes American liberty stink in quested to officiate at the ordination of the nostrils of the nations of the earth; and brother J. C. Smith, of Magdalen, on the this Conference would animate these servants next Conference day --Resolved, to appoint of God, as soon as the term of their cruel them as a deputation from this to the Nor. imprisonment ends, again to break these folk branch Conference in April next. wretched laws, and would call on all in A letter was read from

stating the America, whom their voice can reach, to pity very trying circumstances in which brother the oppressed, and to scorn and trample on - is placed, owing to adverse and afflic. the unrighteous edicts of the oppressor. tive providences. Resolved, that we deeply That a copy of these resolutions be for. sympathize with brother

and request warded to the brethren thus suffering in the ministers pow present to lay this case American gaols, and to the American Anti. before their respective churches, and appoint slavery Society.

brother to receive any moneys which 5. That the church at Gamston and Ret. the friends may now or hereafter be disposed ford be recognized as belonging to this Con- to give. Between four and five pounds ference.

were immediately contributed. 6. The next Conference will be held at The next Conference to be at Gedney hill, Broughton, on Whit Wednesday;* Mr. Goad- on Thursday, June 12th, 1845. Brother by, of Leicester, to be the morning preacher. Orton, of Barrowden, to preach.

At this Conference Mr. Wallis, of Leicester, preached in the morning, from John vii. 46, DERBYSHIRE CONFERENCE.—This ConferNever mun spake like this man. During ence assembled at Wirksworth, March 21st. the day, brethren Goadby, E. Stevenson, and Mr. Peggs opened the morning service by Bott, engaged in prayer.

reading Psa. Ixviii., and prayer. Mr. Dunkley E. BOTT, Secretary. preached, on the duty of our churches at the THE LINCOLNSHIRE CONFERENCE was

present crisis, from Luke iii. 10, “The people held at Bourne, March 19th, 1815. Brother

said, What shall we do?' In the afternoon, Simons of Pinchbeck, preached in the morn

Mr. Sutcliffe, of Rocester, opened the meeting, from James ii. 24. ‘Ye see then how

ing with prayer. In the reports from the that by works a man is justified, and not by

churches, it appears that very few have been faith only.' Brother Yates preached in the

baptized since last Conference, but there were evening. Ten persons were reported as

candidates for baptism : at Alfreton, one ; having been baptized since the last Confer.

Belper, four; Crich, two; Ilkeston, sixteen;

and Smalley, twenty-seven. ence : — at Fleet, four; Spalding, four; Boston, one; Morcott, one.

1. Rocester. This church, which, though Fenstanton. Brother Samuel Ratcliff was

in Staffordshire, is within five minutes' walk present; he had been preaching at Fenstanton

of Derbyshire, was cordially received in to the

Conference. for two months, and the report he presented

2. Ashbourn. A friend from this town exto the Conference was on the whole epcou. raging. A letter was also read from the

pressed considerable anxiety for the revival of

our interest. Mr. Kenney engaged to pay church at Fenstanton, in which they ex

a visit or two before the next meeting. pressed themselves as grateful for brother

3. Chesterfield. R.'s services, and desire that he should

Our esteemed friend, continue with them. Resolved, to leave this

Mr. W. Goodliffe, of Kirton.in-Lindsey, has

removed to this home mission station. He case still in the hands of brethren C. Pike

The and Yates

reported favourably of the infant cause. A letter was also read from Mr. Paul,

secretary was requested to address a letter to stating that it would be a matter of conveni

the church, stating that, as the Conference ence to him' to resign his stewardship, in

purposes to raise £15., they will be expected relation to Fenstanton, but at the same time

to make vigorous efforts to raise at least £10. he doubted his authority to transfer it to

towards the support of the minister. any one not named in the deeds of the

4. Crich. A letter was received from this property.

Church, stating that their minister had left

them, and become a town missionary at ManAltered at the request of the Foreign Mission

chester. It was considered advisable to supCommittee.

ply this place for twelve months, and that

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the friends should make vigorous efforts to including some from each denomination of reduce their chapel debt.

christians in the town, sat down to take tea 5. Wardlow and Bradwell. A letter has together. Unusual interest was excited by been addressed by Mr. Kenney to Mr. Birley, the fact that the estimable pastor, the Rev. of Wardlow, between Ashford and Bradwell, J. Staddon, had just resigned his pastoral but no reply bas been at present received. It charge, and was about to remove to Quornwas considered very desirable to place an ac. don, in Leicestershire. After tea, & public tive minister at Wardlow, which is about equi. meeting was held in the chapel, which was distant to their decayed interests.

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crowded by numbers of friends anxious by Lord send by whom he will send.'

their presence to express their high esteem 6. Endowment of Popery. The secre- of Mr. Staddon, Interesting and impressive tary was requested to draw up a form of addresses were delivered by Mr. Sanders, Mr. petition against this evil, and send it to each Walker, Mr. Tunley, (Wesleyan), the Rer. of the churches.

W. F. Buck, (Independent), Rev. R. Morris, 7. Berridge's Letter in French. A letter (P. Baptist). After which, it was unani. was read from the Rev. T. Toase, of Paris, mously resolved that a subscription should stating his efforts to circulate this excellent be immediately entered into, to convey to the protestant tract in France. Subscriptions are respected pastor of the church, some practi. wanted for this object.*

cal expression of the value in which his The next Conference to be at Crich, the eight years of indefatigable and useful lafirst Monday in August, to commence at two bours, among his people and in the town, are o'clock.

held. Mr. Douglas, (P. B.), commenced Dinner was provided in the chapel, for 9d. the subscription with two guineas; and from each; and tea for 6d.

the universal esteem in which our brother is In the evening a revival meeting was held, held, there is no doubt but that a suitable when addresses were delivered npon specific sum will be obtained. subjects, by brethren Sims, Peggs, Sutcliffe, Goodliffe, and Dunkley.

LEICESTER, Dover street. The annirer. J. Peggs, Secretary. sary services for the liquidation of the debt

on this place of worship were held in Easter The London CONFERENCE, at Ænon cha.

week. The Rev. W. Underwood, of London, pel, St. Mary-le-bone, March 25th, 1845.

preached two sermons on the Lord's day; and After prayer offered by brother Stevenson,

The tea meeting was held in the new schoolbrother Burns took the chair.

rooms on Monday evening ; after which The Conference was happy to learn that the friends at Chesham, and the neighbour.

several eloquent and spirit stirring addresses

were delivered by the Revds. J. Goadby, J. hood, were engaged in collecting funds for

Wallis, T. Stevenson, J. Green, W. Jarrom, the erection of a new chapel at Aylesbury, and

J. F. Winks, &c. The entire proceeds of strongly recommended other churches to

these services, with the sums previously render their assistance.

promised, amounted to nearly £90., which is The churches not immediately committed

exclusively appropriated to the reduction of to the pecuniary support of the Aylesbury

the debt.

J. Y. case, were recommended, in the course of the ensuing year, to collect for the cause at Seven

BAPTISMS. Oaks.

BURNLEY.-On Lord's-day, Feb. 12, our be. This Conference agreed to suggest to the

loved pastor, Mr. Gill, baptized two females, Association the eligibility of endeavouring to

who were in the afternoon received, along engage suitable ministerial brethren to visit

with a brother, to the fellowship of the church. distant rural districts, to preach, and hold

On Lord's day, April 6, another went through other religious services, and also to suggest

the water to the fold-a promising young man the propriety of defraying the expense of such

- who was in the afternoon admitted to fel. deputations out of the Association fund.

lowship. There are others inquiring the It was agreed, that the next Conference

way to Zion, with their faces thitherwards. should be held at Trivg, Sep. Oth; to com.

We intend to erect a new school room at the mence at two o'clock,

end of our chapel. The Lord has done great Joan STEVENSON, Secretary.

things for us, whereof we are glad. O Lord ANNIVERSARIES.

revive thy work. BORTON.ON-TRENT.—On the 21st March, CAESHAM.-On Sabbath morning, April being Good Friday, the annual tea-meeting 6th, there was a baptism of eight, in the was held in the General Baptist chapel at General Baptist chapel. this place, when a large number of friends,

DOVER-STREET, LEICESTER.-On Lord's.

day, April 6th, three females were baptized in * They will be received by Rev. J. Peggs, nkeston, and for him, by the Editor, or any of our

this place, after a sermon from the commisministers.

sion. What rendered this baptism the more

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