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this subject to your attention, believing that his people from its curse. I had hoped that it will generally find a welcome approval, and the meaning of the phrase would be sufficientsincerely hoping that in substantial resultsly obvious; and must confess my surprise the missionary bazaar of 1851 may surpass that any explanation should be required; but any that bas preceded it, Signed on behalf as your correspondent asks for one, I proceed of the Committee. F. STEVENSON,
to give it. The exception taken to the clause M. WILD,
evidently lies against the word 'fulfil' as
M. A, PIKE, Sec. applied to the vicarious sufferings of the ReCommunications may be addressed to the deemer; and it is thought by the objector Secretary at the Rev. J. G. Pike's.
that a law can only be “fulfilled' by those to whom its requirements extend. If this be true, then the moral law must ever be unfulfil.
led by man, and therefore its threatenings must LOCAL PREACHERS.
ever remain in force against man; how then To the Editor of the General Baptist Repository. can he be saved ? To restrict the use of the SIR,-Would it not increase the usefulness
word 'fulfil'thus, is in my view, to be content of the Repository during the next year, if a
to be forced to the conclusion just pamed. Now monthly chapter could be devoted, particularly | N
Mr. Editor, I look upon a law as supposing adapted, to supply the requirements of Local
two things as to its demands,- obedience and Preachers : their work, its difficulties, helps,
penalty; and I also think that a law is fulfilled and encouragement? These papers might be
when its requirements are answered. The profitably interspersed with communications
law of God requires obedience, and thereupon from brethren engaged in the same cause,
promises blessing-he that doeth it liveth in thus affording mutual encouragement and
it,' but he that is disobedient must suffer for preparation for the work.
the wrong that he doeth. Now the law of It must have struck every person who is
God has been broken: justification by it is acquainted with the state of our churches,
therefore impossible; but in the sufferings of that a great many of them are dependent
Christ its required penalty has been rendered ; upon local agency; and therefore village
he was made a curse for us, and has therefore an. preachers, as a class, require some notice and
swered the requirements of the law, and thus, assistance in the denominational periodical,
in my view, has fulfilled it. In this plain and Yours obediently, A LOCAL PREACHER.
popular sense I used the word 'fulfilled ;' and I Derby, Nov. 22nd, 1850.*
am unable to perceive how such a use of it is
opposed to any scripture doctrine, or is likely * This arrived too late for the Dec. No.-ED.
to lead to any misapprehension of the work of Christ. It will from this be obvious that I
do pot intimate' formally, that the law deTRUSTEES.
mands & sacrifice; but that no mention is
made in the decalogue of sacrifice, is no proof SIR, -You would oblige by inserting the that one is not required by it. Assuredly the following queries, for the purpose of obtain law intimates that punishment must fall on ing answers, in the organ of our Connexion. the head of the transgressor, and that he must
Ist. To what source may we trace the bear its withering curse, unless some one will rise of trustees of our chapel property? Are | bear it for him ; to these conclusions I con. they of scriptural or purely secular origin? ceive we should have been led, had the law
2nd. Who, under the New Testament | been the last dispensation. Further, I think economy, ovght to nominate and elect trus. your estimable correspondent will agree with tees ?
me, that the moral law in its spirit and de3rd. Is it consonant with the spirit of the sign requires faith in Christ, because it deNew Testament, and in accordance with the mands a cordial belief in and reception of all character of their office, that christian minis. revelations of himself which God should give ters should become trustees ?
to man; as then the gospel has revealed London.
Christ crucified, the law demands that men should believe in bim. With these views I
do not think myself guilty of the charge im. THE CHARACTER OF CHRIST'S
plied in the words to maintain that the law DEATH.
requires a sacrifice wonld be to confound the
dispensation of the law with that of the MR. EDITOR.-In your last number, I find gospel.' a letter from brother Scott of Norwich, in With this I might conclude my reply ; wbich he asks me or any one else to help but, as brother Scott has assumed that the bim to understand' a passage contained in a objectionable phrase can neither be explained discourse printed in your Octoher number, nor defended, except in the sense in which he page 450. The passage is as follows, In interprets it, and therefore proceeds to fix bis death he fulfilled the law by redeeming upon me the consequences of his interpretą. tion ; I am bound in justice to myself to offer , saying that he bore its 'real penalty ;' between a few more observations. Having admitted this there is both a distinction and a diferthat the judge on the bench fulfills the law by ence. I hold it as a firm conviction, that the executing it; thus confounding the fulfilment divine Saviour rendered in his death an of a law with its execution, and administra equivalent in moral government to what the tion of it with obedience to it, my brotber everlasting destruction of all sinners would goes on to ask, “Did Jesus suffer the real have been, had there been no eye to pity and penalty of the law ?' On this subject my no arm to save, so that God can now be just discourse did not touch; and it is purely an and the justifier of him that believeth in assumption, that I look upon the blessed Jesus. I stand then on the same holy Jesus as suffering the identical punishment ground' with my brother, and hope that he due to mankind from an offended law. There will now see that when I draw near the is nothing in what I have said that implies cross of Christ I would not on any account dethis. I thoroughly disavow this doctrine; | base the theme by low and vulgar allusiops., the words real penalty' are the objector's and In the exercise of the charity that thinketh not mine, and the absurdity to which his no evil, and with gratitude for an opportunity argument leads, must be charged upon an of removing an erroneous impression as to imaginary opponent. I can understand how my doctrinal views, I remain, Mr. Editor, Christ might be said to bear the penalty of the yours in Jesus, law by bearing its curse; but this is far from Coventry.
her father-in-law, J. Thursfield, pastor of the REV, H, ROSE.
church, and was frequeutly heard to express the great joy which beamed in her soul
while following her dear Saviour through The Rev. H. Rose, our late minister at the waters of believer's baptism. Bradford, after four or five weeks of great September 5th, 1837, she entered into the bodily weakness and suffering, departed this
marriage union with Robert Thursfield, dea. life on the 30th of Nov. His end was peace. con of the General Baptist church, Audlem, • Blessed are the dead wbich die in the Lord,' whom she has left with three children to de&c. It is pleasing to state that the greatest
plore their loss. Her affiction was of a very sympathy and kindness was manifested by
painful nature during the long period of ministers of various denominations in the
four years. town. He was interred in our burial ground,
Nothing of a triling nature would ever Dec. 4th, 1850, and his funeral was attended detain her from the house of her God; and by the principal part of the dissenting minis when unable to occupy her usual seat she ters; amongst whom were the Rev. Drs. Ack.
had an easy chair placed in the chapel, while worth and Godwin. The following ministers she was with difficulty supported on the road took part in the solemn service. The Rev. J.
to the place where she was wont to mingle Glyde offered prayer before the corpse was
her prayers and praises with the people of removed from the house. At the chapel, the God. As her bodily energies grew more Rev. R. Horsfield read suitable portions of enfeebled, and as she approached her latter Scripture, and the Rev. H. Dowson prayed.
end, her faith became stronger and brighter. Dr. Godwin, delivered a very affecting and For several weeks before her departure she sublime address, and the Rev. J. G. Miall
desired that none of those who visited her prayed. The mournful procession then re.
would enter into any conversatien concern. tired to the grave. Here R. Hardy of Queens
ing the present world; for she said, 'I have head gave a short but touching address, and done with that.' She would often exclaim, J. E. Bilson concluded this solemn service by
'Here I am: only waiting for my heavenly prayer.
J. FIELDING. Fatber to take me home.' On her husband
leaving her one Lord's day to join with the JANE THURSFIELD died at Audlem, Ches, church in partaking of the Lord's-supper, as hire, of consumption, Feb. 16th, 1850, aged he left the room she said, 'I shall no more thirty-six years. She had been a member of drink of the fruit of the vine till I drink it the General Baptist church, Audlem, thirteen new in my heavenly Father's kingdom.' years, during which time she lived under the Those beautiful lines were often repeated by influence of sterling and deep piety, and was her, therefore consistent in her profession as a
Jesus can make a dying bed.
Feel soft as downy pillows are, member of a cbristian church. She was
While on his breast I lean my head, baptized, along with three of her sisters, by ! And breathe my life out softly there,'
And under a sense of her own unworthiness | ing with immortality and eternal life ske would exclaim,
sapk into the arms of death. . 'Nothing in my hand I bring,
Her death was improved by the Rev. J. Simply to thy cross I cling.'
Shore, of Tarporley, from,. For me to live is And under the excruciating pains she was
Christ; and to die is gain,' to one of the
largest congregations ever known to be col. called to endure, sang,
lected in this neighbourhood.
James COCKCROFT.-In paying the last
tribute of respect to the memory of a departThe conqueror's song.'
ed friend, we sometimes find ourselves in.
volved in considerable difficulties, especially One night, when no doubt she was medita in writing memoirs of aged people, with whom ting on the responsible daties attached to the
we have only had a few year's acquaintance, christian life, she called to her husband with
and at all times accompanied with pain and all the earnestness her feeble voice would
sorrow; yet in reviewing these solemn moadmit, Work while it is called to day, for ments, the religion of Jesus Christ sheds & the night cometh when no man can work,' stream of light over the valley and shadow for you see I can do nothing now.'
of death more pleasant than the summer's Though most tenderly attached to her cbil
breeze, and louder than the voice of sceptidren, her affectionate heart could freely sur. cism proclaims, “tby brother shall rise again.' render them, with all worldly prospects, and James Cockcroft, of Ovenden, departed say, 'Not my will, but thine, O Lord, be done.' this life May 29, 1850, in his eighty-fourth Every power of her mind seemed to expand year. He was baptized at Ovenden, and with love to Christ. What distinguished her received into church fellowship by brother for some time before her departure was the George Brearley, an old man and an occa. delight with which she anticipated the time sional preacher, on the 23rd Sep., 1849, being when she should be welcomed into the joys then about eighty. three years of age. His of her Lord. While conversing with a friend
end was calm and peaceful. He was buried, she said, “You know last spring but one I at his own request, at the Methodist chapel, was better; but last spring I was worse ;'Ovenden, by Mr. Brearley, where I underand then added, but next spring I shall be stand he had been a steady and highly rein heaven.' A short time before her death,
spected member for more than a quarter of a while conversing with her husband, she en.
century, and a laborious and useful Sunday. tered into all the particulars respecting her school teacher for more than forty years. He funeral, and expressed a wish that the chil.
began to attend divine service in our preach. dren's mourning clothes should be then
ing room, Ovenden Cross, in the year 1846. made, with as much calmness and composure | He was soon noticed for his regular and conas if she was about to take a short journey.
| stant attendance, and was ultimately conShe was exceeding anxious that her dear vinced of the importance, and even necessity children might be early brought within the
of believer's baptism by immersion, through fold of Christ, and used frequently to entreat hearing & sermon on that subject, preached her husband, when she was no inore on
by Mr. Brearley. His death was improved earth, not to neglect their eternal interests. hv his aged friend and (to use his own The day before her death she enquired of
expression) spiritual father in Christ Jesus, the medical man who attended her if he
to a crowded congregation, on Lord's day, thought she was dying. She said, “Tell
June 16th, 1850. me; for if it is the case, it will be no un.
Perhaps it is worthy of notice, that the welcome news to me.' He told her she was
subject of the above memoir was not the first going through the dark valley. She then baptized at Ovenden above eighty years of desired the children to be brought to her, one
age, since the General Baptists have opened at a time, in order to bid them farewell and
their place of worship, in 1845. On the 3rd pray to God to bless them. She then re: October, 1847, one Nancy Whitely was bapquested her husband to read a portion of
| tized and received into church fellowship, Scripture, and pray with her for the last
aged eighty.one. She had laboured under time, after which she said, 'Othat I could
conviction as an awakened sipper for more tell you what I now feel, but I cannot.' Her
than forty years, but could not see her way last words were, 'Bless the Lord, O my soul,
clearly to unite with the Methodists. She and all that is within me praise bis holy
began to attend our meetings in 1846, and name. Christ is all and all to me;' then found peace with God through Jesus Christ, waving her arm, she said, Victory, victory; and in the full and confident enjoyment of I have gained the victory through the blood
that peace left this world, 1848, we hope and of the Lamb. Into thy hands I commit my trust to reign with Christ in another and & spirit, Lord Jesus.' So with a hope bloom · better world.
| this part of her duty by the appeal of our pas
tor, the Rev. W. J. Garratt, who has been LEEDS.-On Lord's-day, Dec. I, 1850, five blessed with additions to the church for the more candidates (one of whom is connected last six successive months. May the Lord with the army) were immersed by our pastor, I still prosper Zion, and add unto us daily such the Rev. R. Horsefield, after an excellent ser- | as shall be saved.
W. S. mon, from 2 Kings, v. 12. . . Are not Abana and Pharpar, rivers of Damascus, better than LEEDS, Call Lane.-On Dec. the 3rd, the all the waters of Israel ? may I not wash in ordinance of believers' baptism was adminis. them and be clean ?' At the close of the ser.tered to seven persons, four males and three vice a large and deeply devotional prayer- females, who have since been received into meeting was held.
the church, the formation of wbich bas taken
place since our last report. We have six NOTTINGHAM, Stoney-street.- On the 1st more candidates for baptism.
A. of December, ten persons were baptized by our pastor, three of whom were children of WYMESWOLD.—Since our last report we deacons of the church. They were all receiv have been favoured by some grounds of ened at the Lord's table in the afternoon, with couragement. Several have joyously reone who had been restored. The congrega. ceived the word' and made a profession of tions continne good, and more candidates are love to the Saviour, in connection with our coming forward.
E. M. B.
cause. On July 14th, four were baptized at SHEFFIELD, Eldon-street.- On Lord's.day,
Wymeswold, after a discourse on the imDec. 2, an addition took place by baptism, of
portance of regarding christian ordinances six persons, four of whom are males. Four
according to the manner of their first institution.'
L. W. of the six were from Chesterfield, and had withdrawn from Pædobaptist societies 'for the truth's sake.' One of them has long been
LEICESTER, Dover-street.-On Lord's-day,
Dec. 8th, three young persons were baptized an occasional preacher.
D. T. I.
by the Rev. S. Chew, minister of the place. FLEET AND HOLBEACH. - On Lord's-day, Nov. 24th, after a very clear and convincing
ANNIVERSARIES. discourse by Mr. Chamberlain, five candidates
LONDON, Commercial Road.-On Lord's. were baptized at Fleet, on a profession of day. Oct. 27th, and following evening, we their faith in Christ. They have since been held the fifth anniversary of our pastor's setreceived into the church. It is a pleasing
tlement among us, and the first since the refact that four of the newly-baptized are con
opening of the chapel. Sermons suitable to the nected with the cause at Holbeach, where the
occasion were preached by our minister on prospect is now very cheering.
the sabbath; in the morning, from 1 Samuel LONGFORD. Since our last report we have
iii. 19, and in the evening from Acts xxvi. 27, had three baptisms. One in May, when five
23; after which, collections were made in aid here, and ten from Nuneaton were baptized |
of our building fund. On the Monday evening into Christ; another in September of nine,
a large number of our friends took tea in the and one last Sabbath of seven,- two were
chapel, which was kindly provided by the from Nuneaton. Three of those in Septem
ladies of our church and congregation; after ber were brothers, and one of those last Sab
which, several ministers and friends addressed bath, a Wesleyan of seven years standing.
the meeting, warmly congratulating both
minister and people on the auspicious return LONDON, Commercial Road.-On Lord's. of the occasion on which they had met. Al. day morning, Nov. 3rd, our pastor baptized lusion was made to the fact, that auri eight persons, after a sermon from Acts ii. 41. last five years, upwards of forty persons have In the evening of the day seven of them, with been added to the church by baptism. The two other friends from sister churches, were
proceeds of the anniversary amounted to welcomed to the Lord's table in the usual rather more tban £90, making up the sum of way.
£500, paid by the church and congregation
within little more than twelve months, in aid MANCHESTER.-On Lord's day, Dec. 1st, of our Building Fund, Great praise is due 1850, the sacred ordinance of believer's bap. to our young friends, who have contributed tism was administered in Zion chapel, the sum of about £18 towards the object. Broughton-road, Salford, Manchester, to one We have been so greatly blessed of God in young female, who had been a member of the our late efforts, that we feel much encouraged Wesleyan body. She had been convinced of in relation to the future. One friend, not connected with us, manifested his kind feeling of wbich are already perceived by an increase towards us at the above meeting, by promis. of congregation at all our services. On the ing £10 towards our next ipovement in the Tuesday following, a tea.meeting was held, to erection of new school rooms, which we hope give our respected brother a welcome amongst to commence in the ensuing spring.
us. Sereral kind friends who have frequently
supplied our pulpit whilst without a pasSTOKE-ON-TRENT.-On Monday, the 11th
tor, were specially invited, in order to return of Nov. à tea meeting was held at the above
them our sincere thanks for their past favours. place. The Methodist school-room was se
Our room, which is ordinarily too small, was cured for the occasion. The object of the
completely crammed. After a suitable intromeeting was to interest the religious public of
duction, our pastor gave a most appropriate the neighbourhood in the plan formed for
address, on the ministerial office, especially in the erection of a new chapel for our friends,
regard to large towns; after which a very who have been much retarded and injured in kind letter. received from the church over being confined to a small upper room, most
which our brother was lately pastor, was read ineligible for the purpose. The meeting was to the meeting, commending both him and numerous; about 250 partook of tea. The
his dear partner to our affectionate regard. Rev. Messrs. T. Gill of Melbourne, W. R.
The reading of the letter produced a visible Stevenson A. M., and Josiah Pike, of Derby,
impression on the meeting, testifying as it E. Stevenson of Loughborough, and several |
did to the esteem in wbieh they were held. ministers of other denominations, addressed After encouraging addresses from Mr. C. the meeting. It is pleasing to record that Lindley, late of Nottingham, and Mr. W. friends of other bodies contributed trays,
Lindley, of Sheffield, in the course of which members of the Establishment among the
they congratulated the church on the prospect rest; Mr. J. Earp of Melbourne being unable
of having such a neat and convenient chapel, to be present through illness, sent a kind note
and that in so good a situation as had been enclosing £5. Would that others would do
chosen, several of our brethren supported the likewise. The conviction of the brethren
vote of thanks before alluded to, when res. from a distance was that the opening is de
ponses were give by the friends to whom they cidedly favourable and most worthy of the
were presented, testifying to the kindness they liberal support of the body.
had invariably received, and their good wishes STALEY BRIDGE.-On Lord's day, Nov. for our future prosperity. Several of them hav. 17th, the annual sermons of the General Bap ing previously manifested their good feeling by tist Sunday school, Staley bridge, were preach-subscribing, unsolicited, to our new chapel ed by the Rev. E. Stevenson of Loughborough. though of a different persuasion. Since the The discourses delivered were strictly of a doc. above, another interesting tea-meeting has trinal, yet evangelical nature, and at once
been held, to forward the interests of our new showed that they were the productions of a
chapel, which, in consequence of the winter scholar and a christian. The collections season being so far advanced, we have defer. amounted to the handsome sum of £35. 10s.
red commencing till spring. At some future
W. S. opportunity we shall be glad to furnish par.. LEAKE.-On the 22nd of September two
ticulars in reference to it; and at the same discriminating and useful sermons were de
time, if convenient, present the readers of the livered by the Rev. T. Stevenson of Leicester,
Repository with a view of it, if you can proto good and attentive congregations, after
mise us space. which collections were made on behalf of the
MISCELLANEOUS. debt remaining on the chapel at Leake. On
Midland SCHOOL FOR MINISTERI' Sons.the following evening a tea meeting, was beld,
We have been favoured with a prospectus of highly gratifying to our friends. The atten
an Institution about to be formed in Birming. dance was very good. The trays were gratuitously provided; the proceeds were en.
ham, under the guidance of a respectable com
mittee of ministers and gentlemen, which pro. couraging; and appropriate addresses were delivered by the Revds. T. and E. Stevenson,
poses to give board and education to the sons
of ministers at half-price. It is open to all W. Harcus, W. Griffiths, Mr. T. W. Marshall,
denominations, and is not to be restricted to and others. The collections and proceeds of
the sons of ministers. It has the smiles of tea, &c., amounted to £18 179. 14d. L. W.
most of the ministers in Birmingham and REMOVALS.
neighbourhood, and will, we trust, receive the
support which it deserves. Contributions MANCHESTER. Removal of the Rev. M. and correspondence may be addressed to the Shore.-On Lord's-day, Oct. 6th, the Rev. M.
secretary, (who will be happy to give any inShore, late of Tarporley, Cheshire, commenced formation) Rev. T. H. Morgan, Church Hill, his ministerial labours in connection with Handsworth, near Birmingham. the cause at Manchester, the beneficial effects