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interesting, was, that one of those who sub. RETFORD.-On Wednesday evening, April mitted to this rite, was a granddaughter of 9, eleven persons were baptized by our esMr. S. Deacon, the aged, one of the first themed minister, after an impressive and ani. seven of the New Connexion of General mating sermon by the Rev. J. Tunnicliff, of Baptists; and that another was the wife of our Leeds, from Ps. cxix. 8. On Sabbath day, esteemed friend and missionary, Rev. W. Jar- April 20, seventeen persons were baptized on rom, who is sailing to China in a few days. a profession of faith in Christ. Our respected NOTTINGHAM.--On the first Lord's day in
minister preached two appropriate sermons April, we had a baptism at Stoney.street,
from Acts viii 12, and Aous ii. 42; and re. Nottingham; twelve persons were baptized.
ceived the newly-baptized into the church, by Mr. Hunter preached from I Cor. xii. 13, and
the right hand of fellowship. It was a season brother James baptized. We were obliged to
long to be remembered.
M. W. have forms in the aisles, so large was the STALYBRIDGE.- April 20th, the ordinance congregation. I understand there are thirty of believers' baptism was adıninistered in the candidates who wish to be baptized, and General Baptist chapel, Stalybridge, by our united to the church. In the afternoon our esteemed minister, Mr. John Sutcliffe, who venerable senior pastor gave us a short preached from Acts v. 29, to a very large and address at the Lord's table, from these words,
attentive congregation. He then descended Go forward. They were like the inspiring into the water and baptized nine individuals, words of a general on the field of conflict, to in obedience to the divine command. May his army, 'Go forward. All heaven says, they, and all who have begun to serve God, 'Go forward.' The church below, and the
be faithful unto death.
J. B. church above; truth, mercy, and love, all say, 'Go forward.'
TEA-MEEINGS. LEICESTER, Carley-street.-On Lord's-day, LONDON, Ænon chapel.-On Friday, Mar. April Oth, the ordinance of believers' baptism 21st, a tea festival and public meeting were was administered to five persons, one of held in the chapel, with the design of re. whom had been a Methodist, and another, an moving, if possible, the residue of a debt of Independent, for several years, the rest are £250., incurred by the erection of a school. teachers in our Sabbath-school. We have
room and the purchase of adjoining premises. reason to hope that the work of God is
The larger portion of the debt had been steadily reviving amongst us. J. G. W.
liquidated by subscriptions and collectingREVIVAL AND BAPTISM AT WIMESWOULD. cards, called in last Autumn; but a balance - This revival began in the latter end of No.
still remained of nearly £90. Further en. vember last. We had a special prayer meet
gagements were accordingly entered into, ing, one Sabbath afternoon, when our minister
and before the meeting separated, the entire was present, and delivered an address on
sum had been secured, and the very impor. revivals; from that time many of the friends
tant object in view fully achieved. Both the tea pledged themselves to live more to God, and festival and the meeting which followed were be more anxious for the souls of sinners.
more numerously attended than any assembly We began to hold prayer meetings every
of a similar character ever held in the chapel. night in the week, from house to bouse, when
The excellence and appropriate character of were crowded to excess; doors were
the vocal and instrumental music, conducted opened to us on every band. The conse.
by members and friends of the cause; the quence was, a powerful outpouring of the social, cheerful, and truly christian spirit Holy Spirit followed, such an one as we had
which pervaded the large assembly, and the never before witnessed; and many precious and subsequently grateful exultation which fol. immortal souls were plucked as brands from lowed the announcement, that the debt was the burning. We invited brother Stapleton, cancelled ;' the effective and appropriate ad. of Sheepshead, to spend a week with us.
dresses delivered by the Rev. J. Baker, of He came, and visited and prayed from house Portland chapel, by our esteemed pastor, and to house; and we trust his visit was made a
by two friends from a distance, one of them, blessing to us. On Lord's day, March 23rd, Capt. Knight, from America: all these things we had a public baptism, when fifteen be.
gave a peculiar interest to the meeting. Sinlievers, twelve males and three females, were
cerely could we wish that the debt on our buried with their Lord in baptism.
Our chapel were equally a matter of history' beloved minister, Mr. Bott, preached a most only, as is this debt on the school. impressive and eloquent discourse, from Acts
G. E. xiii. 40 and part 41; brother Osborne bap. BIRCHCLIFFE.- An interesting tea-meeting tized the candidates. It was a solemn and was held at this place, March 21st. At delightful opportunity. May the impressions half past two o'clock, Mr. T. Gill, from produced prove permanent. We distributed Burnley, preached a good sermon from, 'Sir, about 500 handbills at the time on baptism we would see Jesus,'. John xii. 21. Soon We have fifteen or sixteen candidates.
after four, more than 150 sat down to tea.
The trays were gratuitously provided, and the CENTENARY SERVICES.—The church at proceeds, including £10. from J. F., Esq., Barton, Leicestershire, from which so many amounted to £31. 7s., towards the reduction of our churches have sprung, was formed of the debt on the chapel. Afterwards, a 1745; this, therefore, is the hundredth year meeting was held in the school-room, Mr. of its existence. Arrangements have been Hollinrake in the chair; when Messrs. made to celebrate the event by a series of Robertshaw, Crook, Gill, Stanisfield, Dobson, public services, on Thursday, May 15th. Lister, and Brewrly, addressed the meeting. Sermons will be preached morning and even. £30, was promised against next Good Fri. ing, and in the afternoon a public meeting day, when it is intended to wipe off all the will be held, at which after the reading of a debt on the chapel. About nine o'clock the memorial detailing the principal and most meeting separated highly delighted.
important events in the history of the church,
addresses will be delivered by brethren Goad. MISCELLANEOUS.
by, Stubbins, and Stevenson, of Leicester. DERBY, Sacheverel-street. – We are happy The services to commence punctually at halfto state that the church wears a pleasing past one, and six o'clock. A cold dinner, at aspect, considering that we are labouring under one shilling each, and horse accommodation circumstances so disadvantageous At the on premises lately in the occupation of Mr. commencement of the present year, the Joseph Turner. Tea will be provided in the subject of Mr. Smith's ordination came be. chapel and vestry. fore the church, and about half the members,
THE MAYNOOTA GRANT.-Her majesty's The deacons included, thought it not the proper time for bis ordination, and for that
government have introduced a measure, as all
our readers are aware, to endow the Roman reason, could not conscientiously support it. This caused a division in the church. The
Catholic college at Maynooth, to the amount deacons and trustees made Mr. Smith and
of from £20,000. to £30,000. a year. This his friends an offer of the chapel, provided
is an addition of some sixteen or twenty. they would release them from the responsi.
two thousand a year to a grant that has been bilities, but this offer they declined, and annually made to this college, and it is in. forthwith applied for the Brook-street chapel,
tended to be permanent, and also a prelude where they have commenced a new interest.
to the general state support of the Catholic The members that remain amount to about
clergy of Ireland. Thus Ireland will have
two endowed hierarchies. The motive that 140; those that retired being about 110.
influences Sir Robert Peel, is to conciliate We are happy to add that christian love and
Ireland. He fears the fidelity of the sister activity prevail. Our congregations far exceed our most sanguine expectations. Since
country in case of a war. The measure is the separation we have been supplied by of 147 foting, in a full house, for the second
very popular with the parliament, a majority brethren Felkin, Kenney, Stanion, Pege reading. The majority is made up of tory Jones, and the Rev. S. Ayrton, of Chesham, underlings, and of whigs and reformers, our once esteemed and beloved pastor. We are thankful to those ministers who have
many of whom yote directly against the
known views of their constituents. It is kindly assisted us.
curious that the very man, who for twenty ORDINATION AT Stowe BRIDGE, NORFOLK. years of his public life, opposed most stren-Mr. Julius Cæsar Smith was set apart as uously the concession of civil rights to the pastor of the General Baptist church in this Catholics, should now be the leader in the place, on Thursday afternoon, April 17th. endowment of their religion. But he is Mr. C. Pike, of Wisbech, opened the service a spinner. The dissenters generally have with reading and prayer; after whicb, he opposed the measure by petition, and will delivered an introductory discourse. Mr. proceed further to oppose it, by petitions to Taylor, of Tydd, proposed the questions, the Lords, and perhaps by an appeal to the and offered the ordination prayer. Mr. throne. We wish they could do it fairly. Scott, of Norwich, delivered the charge to the Why not repudiate the regium donum, and minister; and Mr. Yates, of Fleet, preached act on principle? Most of them do; but so to the people. The minister's confession of long as that paltry state bribe is in the hands faith was very scriptural and satisfactory. of any accredited dissenters, their opposition The congregations were very good, and much will be paralyzed. The church party oppose interest appeared to be excited.
to it the old 'no popery' cry. But they are ACADEMY LIBRARY.- Mr. Lilly, of Wis.
not averse to receiving public money. Sir bech, is about to forward a large map of the
Robert will carry his measure or resign ; and human skeleton, with sundry books, as a
O'Connell, who has professedly denounced donation to the library, with a subscription plimenting the ministry that cast him in
state support, is now very bland, and is com. for the cyclopædia. Mr. Dunch, of London, has also presented
prison, and is willing to receive the offered
bribe! an historical map, and Carson on baptism.
THE MORNING WALK.
Down lanes and through fields, as musing, I stray,
discourse, in which he delineated the
vastness and importance of the field to At the General Baptist chapel, Baxter. which the missionary labours of brother gate, Loughborough, on Wednesday, Hudson and his colleague were to be March 26, Mr. T. H. Hudson devoted, and glanced at the mode in solemnly set apart to the important which scripture indicated that those work of proclaiming the gospel in the who engaged in this work should be empire of China. The spacious chapel designated to it. Mr. Derry, of Barton, was well filled, and the amount of in- proposed the questions to the missionary, terest excited, exceeded our most san- which were replied to in a calm, clear, guine expectations. The service was and highly satisfactory manner. Mr. commenced by a hymn, given out by H. touchingly alluded to bis long deMr. E. Stevenson, the pastor of the sire for missionary labour, his successchurch; after which, Mr. Goadby, of ful engagements in the isle of Jamaica, Leicester, read suitable portions of holy his ill health and return; to the scripture, and offered the general prayer. struggles of mind he had endured in Mr. Ferneyhough, of Nottingham, de consequence of his retirement from livered a very excellent and appropriate missionary labour, and the conviction that had very constantly been on his own expense, a substantial cold dinner, conscience that this step was the great in the school-rooms, at which near 200 error of his life ; to the difficulties he of the friends attended; the proceeds, at had experienced in connection with the one shilling each, being devoted to the thought of any future missionary la. funds of the mission. In the evening, bour; and to the satisfaction he en- the congregation again assembled, and joyed in having an opportunity of Mr. Hudson, Mr. Jarrom's colleague, entirely devoting himself to the China offered public prayer, and Mr. Stubbirs mission. The whole congregation lifted delivered an animated discourse from up their hands as a pledge that they 1 Cor. xv. 58, “Therefore, my beloved would remember our brother at the brethren, be ye steadfast,' &c. Mr. throne of grace. Mr. Wallis, tutor of Yates, of Fleet, concluded the interest. our Academy, offered a most appropriate ing services of the day, with prayer. Mr. and affecting prayer, which was accom- C. Pike, and Mr. Scott, of Norwich, panied by the imposition of hands; after gave out the hymns, Our brethren, which Mr. Pike, the secretary of the
Messrs. Hudson and Jarrom, are exMission, delivered an affectionate and pected to embark on board the “Duke appropriate discourse, founded on Phil. of Portland," at Portsmouth, on Thursii. 16, .That I may rejoice in the day day, May 8. * of Christ,' &c., in which he reminded The ordination of Mr. Bailey, as misthe missionary of the object of all missionary to Orissa, will take place at sionary labour; the spirit in which it Broad-street, Nottingham, on Tuesday, should be performed ; and the great May 13, and not on the 20th, as an. reward with which it would be crowned. nounced in our last, an alteration in the Brother Jarrom, Mr. Hudson's colleague, arrangement having taken place. gave out a hymn, and brother Hunter, Mr. Millar's ordination will take place of Nottingham, concluded with prayer. at Heptonstall Slack, on Tuesday, May Mr. Stubbins preached in the evening, 27; and Mr. Stubbins's valedictory serto a large congregation. These services vices will be at Dover-street, Leicester, were very solemn and impressive, and on Tuesday, June 3rd, as announced will long be remembered with profitable in our last. pleasure.
We are requested to add that, on the The Rev. W. Jarrom was publicly afternoon of the day of Mr. Stubbins's designated to the important office of a farewell service, Mrs. Stubbins will dischristian missionary to China, at the pose of a number of Hindoo gods, shasGeneral Baptist chapel, Ely place, Wis- tres, &c., and other oriental curiosities bech, on Wednesday, April 16, 1845. to enable her to take out useful articles The congregation assembled on the for India. occasion, though not crowded, was large and respectable, including friends from Long Sutton, Fleet, Spalding, March, LETTERS FROM MR. AND MRS. Chatteris, and other places even more
WILKINSON. distant. Mr. Wigner, of Lynn, read
January, 1845, Mission tent, Gomgon, select portions of Holy Scripture, and forty miles N. W. of Berhampore. prayed. Mr. Goadby, of Leicester, delivered an introductory discourse on the
(From Mr. Wilkinson.) propriety of Missions to China. Mr. MY DEAR BROTHER GOADBY,–1 am Taylor, of Tydd, proposed the questions happy to inform you that a very farourable to Mr. Jarrom, whose replies were lucid, change has taken place both in my own ample, and highly satisfactory.
and Mrs. Wilkinson's health, for a long
time we were invalids, though not so much designatory prayer was offered by Mr.
as to lay us aside from our work. Still very Jones, of March, who was joined in the
ofteu we have found our duties painful imposition of hands by several pastors from our want of strength to attend to them then present; after which Mr. Pike, of
efficiently. We hare been called to endure Derby, addressed a suitable charge to much affliction, both in our bodies and in the missionary, from Acts xx. 24, But
. If any christian friend is desirous of for. none of these things move me.' Mr.
warding a line to them, to be received as they Burditt, of Sutton, concluded the solemn leave our shores, the letter should be posted be service with prayer.
The friends at
fore the 6th of May, and addressed to them,
* To the care of Captain Hamlin, On board the Wisbech generously provided, at their Duke of Portland, Portsmouth.'
our family since we left bome; but in all, to the people when it should become too hot we trust we can see the hand of a kind and for me to stay. While I was speaking I gracious God. Since my recovery from the heard some say, “When he was bere before severe attack of the dysentery I had about he could only speak Oreab crookedly, but a year ago, I have had frequent slight re. now how he speaks it !!" I have seldom turns, which have kept me very weak and met with such an attentive congregation, nervous; at times, too, during the year I and could not help thinking they were a have had a distressing palpitation of the people prepared for the word of the Lord. heart, but on the return of this cold season, Just as I was leaving, Barligee and Deenoo. I felt my strength and spirits return, and bundoo came up.
I introduced them to have been able to travel and preach as much the congregation, and added, I must go as on any previous year. Five months ago on as I could not travel when the sun was I feared we should be obliged to go to sea, high, but my brethren would remain and or to the hills, for our health ; now, I feel preach for a lime. When Baligee reached 80 well that I am encouraged to hope MANY the tent, he was accompanied by a man years will elapse before I am obliged to who had come with him several miles, and leave my work. You ask me to make you who appeared very much concerned about acquainted with some of our encourage. what he had heard; he said, “ I have been ments. These have been and are more bewildered in the mud of delusion for years, than we could have expected, if we compare and know not where to find true wisdom." He ourselves with many inore worthy labourers listened with much apparent delight, and in the field. I trust each department of asked many interesting questions, such as, labour has been attended with the Divine “How do you act when you pray? what do blessing, and I am sure, could our friends you say to God? What idea do you conceive have watched the state of things as I have of God when you kneel down and pray." He done, they would feel with me that there is appeared much delighted as we answered very much for which to thank God and these questions. I talked with him for some take courage.
It would, in my opinion, be time, telling him of the Saviour, who said, a mistake for a missionary to look only at “Come unto me all ye that labour and are the number baptized for an evidence of his heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” He success, or for his encouragement. In this left us saying, “I will come here to see you respect, however, I trust the Lord has again, if you stay; and I will most certainly wrought among us; during the last twelve come to Berhampore.” We have had no months ten have been baptized, and we need to travel to find a congregation this have now eigbt candidates, most of whom evening, for a crowd of people have as. we regard as anxious inquirers, whose bap- sembled under a tree close to our tents; tism we hope will take place in due time, Barligee, Deenoobundoo, and Tama, have (From Mrs. Wilkinson.)
been engaged most of the day with them, in
preaching, singing, or reading. After din. MY DEAR BROTHER GOADBY,-Thus ner, brother Buckley and myself took our far Mr. Wilkinson was able to proceed. I chairs, and when we had induced the people find from the next day's journal, that in. to be again seated, we took ours in the disposition prevented his doing more. He midst of them. I think I have never before writes, 'I am nervous and unwell again, but seen so interesting and attentive a congrebope it is nothing serious; think I have gation. They continued with us till after been too long out this morning in the sun.' the sun had gone down; the man who Apother day Mr. Wilkinson writes, I am came in the morning to the tent was thankful to say I am better ; we are sur. among them. He listened with the greatest rounded by natives who are without the attention. We have great hope of seeing word of life, eren now, a large congregation this man again as an inquirer.' is waiting outside the tent till I have sent Such is the journal of one day; the off this letter.' In Mr. Wilkinson's letters whole account of the cold season labours to me I am generally furnished with an will, I doubt not, be furnished at some account of their labours. I have received future time. As you have requested a few one lately, which I think may be interest. lines from me, I feel disposed to continue ing to you.
It is written from the tent. the subject which Mr. Wilkinson has com. . We are now fully in Goomsur; we left Asra menced, viz., our encouragements: and first, this morning before daylight, and had a I may mention the ordination of our two very pleasant ride of about fourteen miles
native brethren, Barligee, and Deenoobunto this place. On our way we passed the spot doo. This was a cause for joy and thankwhere we had our tent pitched on a former fulness, and was calculated to animate us visit. I went to the village that was near, in our work. The circumstance, too, that and had no difficulty in obtaining a large Deenoobundoo was a Ganjain convert, was congregation. They all recognized me. I an additional encouragement.
This was took Tama, intending to leave him to read truly a season of refreshing from the