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THE SOCIETY OF HEAVEN: designed to en- of his disposition, as a christian friend, and
courage those who are marching to the by whom he is highly valued as a devoted celestial Canuan.
christian missionary. We doubt not, that Tuis reprint of an interesting work by one most of them will be glad of a remembrance of our aged ministers, should have been in the shape of a portrait, which shall tend to noticed some months ago. It is presented in bring him to their recollection, and thus a neat form, and is deserving of all the circu. enable them to live over again the times they lation its author can desire. It contains have spent with him in his recent visit to sketches of scripture worthies, who are this land. They have now the opporturepresented as relating to each other the nity of being gratified. A well executed enmercies God conferred on them on the earth, graving is now published. It is an admir. and stirring each other up to more delight in able likeness, representing him with a Hindoo Him who sits on the throne.
sbastre in his hand, as he often appeared in *There, on a green and flowery mount, the presence of expectant congregations, beOur weary souls shall sit,
fore le rose to address them. The publica. And with transporting joys rccount The labours of our feet.
tion of the portrait is the work of a private
individual. We sincerely wish it may yield PORTRAIT OF THE REv. Isaac STUBBINS,
ample returns, as the profits will be devoted Missionary to Orissa.
to the missionary society. It may be obWe are well aware that Mr. Stubbins, who tained, we believe, from any of our agents, bas recently left our shores, has left behind through the medium of Messrs. Winks, or bim a large number of friends, to whom he Brooks, of Liecester; Wilkins, Derby; or has become greatly endeared by the kindness Hilton, Nottingham.
OBITUARY. ELIZABETH KELHAM, the subject of obituary was, on the whole, highly satisfac. this brief notice, was born Dec. 17th, 1827, tory; but the writer looked much more at the at Lockington, a small rural village pear uniform consistency of her conduct than Castle Donington, in the county of Leices- even her experience, because, in certain ter, Blessed with parents who felt the states of the imagination, it is possible for the power of the grace of God, sh was early mind to exert the most delusive influence taught the great truths of our holy religion,
on itself. and there is reason to believe that when Miss Kelham having given credible evi. very young she saw the importance and dence of her faith in Christ, made a public value of true piety.
profession of her Lord, March 14th, 1841, The operations of the Holy Spirit on the at the Baptist chapel, Castle Donington; human heart transcend our conception. To and was the same day received into the some, God comes in the whirlwind and the fellowship of the church. Her deportment earthquake; to others, in the still small from this time to the hour of her dissolution voice. The change effected is so gentle, so was distinguished by the most anxious de. gradual, that it is difficult to point to the sire to walk worthy of the gospel. Though a precise moment when it commences : but mere child, exposed to the alluring influence the noiseless shower often as effectually of the ten thousand evils which infest the path saturates the earth as the falling torrent. of youth, her attachment to the cause, her Thus gently was our young friend brought zeal for the divine glory, her grief when relito the Saviour. She was emphatically gion was dishonoured, the consistency of her drawn with the cords of love.
attendance on the means of grace, ought to It seems, in the opinion of some men, as fill many a grey.headed professor with shame. if all persons must go through the same But one fact communicated to the writer mental process, (and that process often of deserves special notice. Our young friend the most visionary kind,) in the momentous was eminent for her devotional spirit; three work of regeneration; and, instead of ad- times a day, we have been assured, did she hering to the simple method adopted by the retire to hold communion with heaven. And first promulgators of the truth, questions the does not the strength of the christian lie most vapid and delusive are put. We have here? When, Owhen do we occupy 80 no more notion that a verse of a hymn or elevated a position as when we ascend bea passage of scripture, suddenly suggesting yond the turmoil of the world to converse itself to the mind, proves the conversion of with God? Why are professors so barren ? the soul, any more than that the reveries Why are churches unblessed! Is it not of enthusiasts prove them to be influenced because this sacred duty is neglected ? by the Spirit of God.
Never, never, will the church become tri. The experience of the subject of this umphant in the earth, until she arises to a holier atmosphere, and learns to look with
she acccustomed herself to meet a number greater intensity to the throne of power, of little children in the chapel adjoining her relying on the mediation of our ascended father's house in Yarmouth, (where be at Lord.
that time was minister), to pray and to conMiss Kelham was warmly attached to the Sabbath-school, and during the last year
verse on religion. Happily, as she grew in
years, these serious impressions did not of her life, (having been honourably dis
wear off, but matured and ripened into demissed as a scholar), assiduously applied cided piety. Soon after her father re. herself to the important work of toaching
moved to Gedney Hill be had the pleasure the rising race. The last meeting she at
of baptizing her on a profession of faith in tended, was an annual meeting of the
Jesus, Nov. 24th, 1841. Though our de school teachers. Though far from being parted friend was of a peculiarly diffident well at the time, she could not be persuaded
and retiring turu of mind, yet to those to be absent. A few weeks after, it was
who knew her best there was in her a perceived that her constitution was rapidly goodness and unaffected simplicity of man. giving way. What seemed at first a mere cold, proved to be consumption. During affections.
ners, which greatly endeared her to their
She possessed a transparency her affliction her mind was calm, resting of character; she really was what she on the Lord Jesus Christ. Oh,' said sho
seemed to be. Her attachment to her once to her mother, what could I have
friends was sincere and constant, and her done if I had to seek religion now!' How
memory will erer be affectionately cherished important that all our young friends should
by them. give themselves to God in health and
The affliction which terminated the morstrength! This dying young christian, tal existence of our dear young friend, was though taken away in the bloom of youth, consumption. During a protracted illness could say, I can give all up. I have no
of more than twelve months, she was the doubts and fears.' Reader, what would be thy state is called to pass through the dark of considerable pain; but though confined
subject of extreme debility, and frequepuy, ralley
six months to her chamber, and, most of Miss Kelham felt deeply anxious for the
that time to her bed, not the most distant conversion of her brothers, and cousins.
murmur escaped her. Nothing was seen She said to one of them, a short period
or heard but patient resignation, or lively previous to her departure, with djep solem.
thanksgiving. With much sweet composure nity, Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth.' Should their eyes
she looked to God, and said, glance over this page, let them seriously
* Passive in thy hands I lie,
And know no will but thine.' ponder what their dying relative said. They have loved her here, and can they One day she said, ' Dear father, I think no. endure the thought of a final, eternal sepa. thing of my pain, I am in the Lord's hands, ration! He that believeth not the Son and what he does must be right. The Lord shall not see life; the wrath of God abideth does give me patience. Oh, I feel so reon him.' Our young friend sweetly fell signed, father. I can assure you all is asleep in Jesus, March 31st 1845. She was well.' Through her long and severe afflic. interred in the Baptist burging ground, tion her mind was not only kept in peace Castle Donington, and a fuperal sermon stayed on Jesus, but she frequently ex. was preached to a crowded audience by the perienced "joy unspeakable and full of writer of these lines.
glory.' The closing scene during the three • Death wounds to cure : we fall,
last hours of her life, passes all description; We rise; we reigo!
so far from fearing to exaggerate in the Spring from our fetters, fasten in the skies, Where blooming Eden withers in our sight.
representation, it must be acknowledged by Death gives us more than was in Eden lost.
those friends who witnessed the memorable This king of terrors is the Prince of Peace. scene that it is impossible to convey an When shall I die to vanity, pain, death, adequate idea of it to those who were not When shall I die? when shall I live for ever!'
eye and ear witnesses. Though for many ELIZABETA, daughter of the Rev. G- weeks she had not been able to speak so as Maddeys, Gedner Hill, died rejoicing in to be heard, without difficulty, by those the Lord, and triumphant over the last who attended her, yet then she was enabled enemy, March 25th, aged twenty-four to speak, and in a full and natural voice years. Blest with a religious education, repeated many impressive verses, and talked she was the subject of early serious im- to the friends who surrounded her dying pressions, evidenced by her fervency in bed, exhorting them to cleave to the Saviour. private devotion. When but eight or She appeared like a corpse preaching; when, nine years old, her parents have many on a sudden, as though the miseries of lost times listened to her ardent prayers when souls were open to her view, in a powerful Agonizing with her God: at this age, also, and solemn voice, she exclaimed, 'Miser.
able! miserable! miserable! Oh sinners! twelve at night; at midnight did her erer. sinners are dying! Oh father! sinners, sin lasting day begin. ners, what can be done for sinners? Father,
•I saw the black pall o'er her relics extended ; do not spare yourself a moment: God will
I wept, but they were not the tear.drops of woe ; stand by you.'
The prayer of my soul that in fervour ascended Just before she died, she said, 'Bless the
Was, Lord when thou callest, like her may I go.' dear Saviour;
A FRIEND. • Happy, if with my latest breath
DIED, on May 4th, of consumption, I may but gasp his name,
Charlotte, the eldest and beloved daughter And shout while in the arms of death, of Mr. and Mrs. John Kent, of Laurie Behold, behold the Lamb.'
Terrace, St. George's road, Southwark, in * Sweet, sweet religion !' Religion, what the twenty. third year of her age. A memoir treasures are untold,' &c. Among her last of this amiable and devoted young christian, words were, 'I am happy.' She died at will be given in a future number.
INTELLIGENCE. THE YORKSHIRE CONFERENCE was held No alteration at Allerton and Clayton, which at Shore, May 13th, 1845. In the morning is visible. Two have been baptized at Mr. W. Robertshaw was ordained to the pas. Queenshead, and they have one candidate. toral office over the church meeting at this Ten have been baptized at Birchescliffe. At place. The business of the Conference was Heptonstall Slack they have a few candidates. attended to in the afternoon.
They are improving at Shore. The same at The extension of the General Baptist inter- Lineholm. At Burnley they have baptized est to Colne is left with the church at two. No visible change in other respects. Burnley.
The next Conference to be at Allerton, The church at Halifax expressed its grati- August 26, 1815. Brother H. Hollinrake tude in a letter to the Conference for minis to preach, on brotherly love. terial supplies, and requested a continuance
J. HODGson, Secretary. of them till the next meeting. A supply was therefore arranged for them.
THE WARWICKSHIRE CONFERENCE was A written report was received from Leeds. held at Coventry, Tuesday, May 13th, 1845. They are united ; and their congregations about There was no service in the morning ; in the same; they have three candidates for the afternoon, Mr. Shore, of Wolverhampton, baptism, and their Sunday school is in a opened the meeting with prayer. From the thriving condition. They are anxious that reports of the churches it was found, that, the churches in Yorkshire should collect for since the preceding Conference, forty-five them. The conference concluded to divide had been immersed, and that eight others the funds of the Home Mission between were waiting as candidates for that ordinance. Bradford and Leeds.
The only resolutions passed were Our friends who are attempting to form 1. That brother Chapman act as Secan additional Home Mission station at retary, pro lem. Ovendon, requested advice, whether they 2. That this Conference has heard with should be formed into a separate church. regret and alarm of the proposal now before This was postponed; and there was the legislature of this country, for endowing arrangement of gratuitous supplies till the the Roman Catholic College at Maynooth; next Conference.
that this Conference believes such a step A change in conducting the public worship would inflict an injury upon the civil imand business of the conference having been munities of the inhabitants of this empire, proposed, it was agreed to adopt the improved and grossly outrage the principles of religious plan.
freedom, by erecting another establishment; As it was the time for reporting the pro- and that, believing as it does, that all naceedings of the Home Mission, our friends at tional churches are unscriptural and anti. Bradford and Leeds were desired to furnish christian, this Conference pledges itself, by the secretary with the necessary information, all constitutional and christian means, to and the treasurer also to furnish a finanical seek the overthrow of the alliance between statement. Messrs. H. Hollinrake, J. Hodg. church and state, now existing in these son, W. Gill, W. Crabtree, and W. Robert- realms. shaw, were nominated as the persons to 3. The next Conference to be held at whom the report might be read for approval. Cradley, on the second Tuesday in Sep. Mr.
The statistics of the churches are as fol. Shaw, of Longford, to preach lows :- At Bradford, a little improvement. In the evening, Mr. Shore preached an
interesting sermon, from Col. iii. 11, 'But voted missionary proceeded to take his leare Christ is all, and in all.'
of us, in his own faithful, earnest, and affeeW. CHAPMAN, Sec, pro tem. tionate manner. An effect was produced, that
will, we trust, be of real and permanent ANNIVERSARIES.
benefit. The candidates were received into
the church by Mr. Derry, and at the partieuDERBY, St. Mary's Gate,- The third an
lar request of the friends, Mr. Stubbins ad. niversary of the General Baptist chapel, was
ministered the ordinance of the Lord's-supheld on Lord's day, May 25th, 1845. The Rev. J. P. Mursell, of Leicester, preached in
per. His last sermon was preached in tbe
evening, to a large and deeply affected con. the morning, from Psalm ii. 4. and in the
gregation, in the chapel at Barlestone; and evening, from Rom. i. 18; and the Rev. I.
thus closed the services of a day that will Stubbins, in the afternoon, from 1 John iv. 16.
never be forgotten. The Lord grant that The sermons were listened to with great interest. On the following Monday evening,
they may be productive of great good, and
that our beloved brother, and his not less a very interesting tea meeting was held, on which occasion the trays were kindly given labour, happily, and successfully, amongst
beloved partner, may long live, and long by various friends. Upwards of 200 were
the benighted millions of Orissa J. C. present, and very animating addresses were delivered, by Revds. J. Gawthorne, of Derby; CONINGSBY.-On Lord's-day, May 25th, J. P. Mursell, of Leicester ; Rodway, of the ordinance of believers' baptism was ad. Gloucester ; J. B. Pike, of Shrewsbury; and ministered to two persons, by brother John J. G. Pike, of Derby. During the past Starbuck, after a sermon from Gal. iii. 27, year, the members and congregation, meet- by the minister. The chapel was full, and ing in St Mary's Gate chapel, with the kind we are hoping to see better days. assistance of some friends from Melbourne,
Boston, Lincolnshire.-On June, the 5th Castle Donington, and Nottingham, have
Mr. Mathews, our pastor, baptized thirteen been enabled to raise £1000. towards the debt on the chapel. The church would
persons; on the Sabbath previous two, and
last Sabbath two, making an addition of retarn their sincere thanks to those friends
seventeen within the last fortnight. We have who have so liberally contributed to this
several candidates, and our prospects are important object. It is with much pleasure
F. M. they have to acknowledge the goodness of God to them, since the opening of this place Coventry.— On Lord's-day, May 4th' of worship, which in general is well attended; eight individuals were baptized and received 120 have been added to the church since
into fellowship, in the General Baptist that period, and others are about to unite
chapel, in this city. Many spectators came with it. The collections, including the pro- to witness the ordinance, whom, we hope, ceeds of the tea ineeting, amounted to £55.
from the very able manner in which the mode 8s. 8fd.
and subjects of it were defended, would be QUORNDON.-Sermons were delivered in fully satisfied of the seripturalness of our the General Baptist chapel in this place, on
views conoerping it. Lord's-day, June 8th, by the Rev. J. Goadby, of Leicester. The congregations were very
ISLEHAM.—On Thursday, June 5th, four large; the collections amounted to about £17.
persons put on Christ by being buried with
him by baptism. On the following evenitg the children were regaled with tea, provided by private con- SEVENOAKS.- Lord's.day, May 18, after an tributions; after which they paraded the appropriate sermon by brother Smith, (pastor town; and then assembled in the chapel, of the church,) the ordinance of believers' bapwith a considerable congregation, when ani- tism, was administered to three persons, one mated and effective addresses were delivered male, and two females, in the General Baptist by Messrs. Staddon, Smith, and Goadby. Chapel, Sevenoaks; and in the afternoon of BAPTISMS.
the following Sabbath, the 25th, the ordi
Dance of the Lord's supper was administered, Barton.-Lord's.day, June 1st, was to and the newly-baptized received into church the friends at Barton, a day of pleasing and fellowship. solemn interest. In the morning, after a
CASTLE DONINGTON.-Two persons were sermon by Mr. Cotton, the ordinance of baptism was administered to seven females, by ington, on Lord's day, June 8th. Mr. Owen
baptized at the Baptist chapel, Castle DonMr. Derry. Mr. Chamberlain opened the preached a sermon on the occasion from, service in the afternoon, and our beloved brother, Mr. Stubbins, preached his farewell
Prov. xxiii. 23, · Buy the truth and sell it
not.' The chapel was crowded; and when, at the close of a very able and interest. SMALLEY.-On Lord's day, June 8, 1845, ing discourse on the love of Christ, the de. the ordinance of believers' baptism was ad.
ministered at the above place to eighteen engaged as & travelling preacher in the persons; the Rev. J. Felkin preached in the Methodist New Connexion, having embraced morning to an overflowing congregation, from the sentiments of our denomination, has beMatthew xxviii. 19. Although the weather come a member of the General Baptist was unfavourable a large concourse of spec- church at Stalybridge,-we, the undersigned tators were collected at the water side to minister and deacons, can cordially recom. witness the administration of the ordinance. mend him to the attention of any church that The utmost decency and silence prevailed. may be destitute of a minister. The services of the day were peculiarly in.
JOHN SUTCLIFFE, Minister, eresting.
FLECKNEY.-On Tuesday, May 13, 1845,
the annual tea festival was held at the Gene. Mr. J. Sutcliffe, late a member of the church
ral Baptist chapel, Fleckney, when nearly at Heptonstall Slack, was ordained to the pastorate over the General Baptist church at
ninety persons took tea together in the
chapel and school-rooms-some of the trays Stalybridge. In consequence of the Sunday. school jubilee in this town being celebrated
were gratuitously furnished by members of
the church. The whole proceeds, including on the former part of the day, the ordination
collecting cards, &c., amounted to nearly £5 services did not commence until two o'clock.
towards the liquidation of the whole debt on The Rev. J. Sutcliffe, F. A. S., of Ashton,
the above school-rooms. In the evening & (Independent,) commenced by reading suit. able portions of the scriptures and prayer.
public meeting was held in the chapel, when
Mr. R. Senior presided. Mr. Bellamy, of The Rev. R. Ingham, of Bradford, de.
Leicester, opened the meeting with prayer, livered the introductory discourse.
and suitable addresses were delivered by Hodgson, Esq., of Stubbing house, proposed
Messrs. J. Barrows, T. Glover, W. Miller, the usual questions to the church and minis.
T. Stanion, and the chairman. ter, and received the profession of faith. The Rev. H. Holinrake, of Birchcliffe, offered the NOTTINGHAM, Broad-street.—The friends ordination prayer with imposition of hands at Nottingham, Broad-street, desire with by some of the ministers; and the Rev. W. sincere and adoring gratitude to the 'giver Butler, of Heptonstall Slack, (Mr. Sutcliffe's of every good gift, and every perfect gift,' to lale pastor), gave a faithful and affectionate announce the entire extinction of their chapel charge to the minister from, 1 Tim. iv. 16, debt. The subject has occupied our atten. * Take heed unto thyself and unto the doc. tion for some time past, but in consequence trine, continue in them, for in doing this of several other special pecuniary efforts,thou shalt both save thyself and them that such as, the removal of the Academy debt, hear thee. The Rev. A. Dyson gave out the for which we subscribed and collected £52, hymns, and the Rev. J. F. Farrent, of Man. in the full confidence that other churches chester, concluded the services with prayer. would exert themselves in a similar manner; In the evening the service was commenced by and the cleaning and beautifying of our meet. the Rev. F. C. Dawthwait, (Indep.), ofing house, on which we expended upwards Stalybridge, with reading the scriptures and of £80., the whole of which was raised at the prayer, and the Rev. J. Tunnicliffe, of Leeds, time-we were induced to defer it until Nov. delivered an impressive address to the people, last. At a meeting then convened for the confrom Phil, ii. 29, Receive him, therefore, sideration of the business, it was resolved, to in the Lord with all gladness; and hold such attempt the annihilation of this encumbrance in reputation.' The Rev. J. C. Jones, of by the second Monday in the following June. Leicester college, gave out the hymns and Numerous sums were promised, varying from concluded the services with prayer. The five shillings to £30., and collecting cards sacred transactions of the day were of a were issued. On the day specified, the 9th highly interesting and impressive character. inst., we assembled for the paying in of the May the Great Shepherd of Israel grant that donations and contributions; when, with an the pastor may approve himself unto God, by admirable promptitude and cheerfulness, which purity of doctrine, fidelity in preaching, and convinced us that the effort was one of prin. holiness of heart and life, and that the ciple and fixed determination, the friends church may hold him in reputation, and en. came forward and fulfilled their engagements. courage him in the important work, by their The debt of £240., and £6. interest, were prayers, and a continued uniform obedience extinguished, and a surplus of £28. realized, to the Divine will, so that the pleasure of the which we appropriated to the liquidation of a Lord may long prosper in our hands.
debt on the school-rooms, incurred by a re
cent enlargement of them for the accommoda. MISCELLANEOUS.
tion of senior classes. After an excellent Rev. AMoS Dyson, Mossley.—This chris. tea, for six-pence each, which yielded a profit tian minister who has for many years been of seventeen shillings, we spent the evening