execution, he met with the procession (i.e., of the mass), and, being moved with zeal, he would not give it cap or knee (would neither uncover or bow to it), but earnestly rebuked the idolatry and superstition of it. He was set in a pitch barrel, and the pile for burning him being made of green wood, he suffered great torment, till he was dispatched by mistake with a fagot stick by a bystander. Passing

by Dr. Rowland Taylor, rector of Hadleigh, whose story is so well known as having been burnt at Aldham Common, February 9th, 1553, with all the attendant circumstances, -the next name given is that of James Abbes, burnt at Bury, August 2nd, 1555. He was a young man, having a full persuasion of the truth of the doctrines taught in the reign of Edward VI. Being apprehended in this county, he was taken before Hopton, Bishop of Norwich, by whom he was persuaded to recant, and encouraged to persevere in his recantation by a present of money.

No sooner was he gone from the bishop but his conscience bitterly accused him for this sin against God: and after enduring much anguish of soul for some time, he went to the bishop, and telling him of his repentance, returned his money; and this time, notwithstanding much persuasion, he stood firm to his own belief, and was consequently consigned to the flames.

Concerning Robert Samuels, burnt at Ipswich, August 31st, 1555, it is related that he was at first carried to Ipswich gaol, where he met with many of his brethren, and passed his time pleasantly! but was soon removed to Norwich Prison, where the bishop and his chancellor caused him to be loaded with chains and almost starved, hoping by such cruel treatment to bring him to a recantation, in which they were disappointed, and therefore resolved to bring him to the stake with all speed. He was enabled to endure to the end.

Two women, Anne Potter, or Potten, a brewer's wife, and Joan Trunchfield a shoemaker's wife, were imprisoned

about the saime time, and were burnt at Ipswich, February 19th, 1556.

Roger Coo, of Melford, an old man, and by trade a shearman. Burnt at Yoxford, September, 1555. · Being asked if he would not obey the king's laws, he replied, “ So far as they agree with the word of God, I will”-quoting the example of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, as his warrant. His examination before the bishop, of which this question formed a part, shows him to have been well qualified to use the sword of the Spirit against his Popish adversaries.

Thomas Cobb, of Haverhill, butcher, was put to death in the like fire, September 1st, 1555, at Thetford. The questions put to him, and the replies given by him, were similar to those in the case of Roger Coo, and were nearly identical in effect in all cases where the confessors of the truth stood firm in their faith.

Thomas Spicer, labourer, John Denny, and Edward Poole, burnt at Beccles, in one fire, May 21st, 1556. Their crime was, that they would not go to the Popish church of their parish to hear mass. When brought to the stake, they recited their creed openly, which was in diametrical opposition to the errors of Rome.

Roger Bernard, a labourer, of Framsden, Adam Foster, husbandman, of Mendlesham, and Robert Lawson, a linen weaver, were all burnt in one fire at Bury, June 30th, 1556. These were faithful through all the pains of their cruel death.

John Fortune, of Hintlesham, blacksmith, died for the doctrine of the gospel ; but whether in prison, from hard usage, or at the stake, does not, says our writer, clearly appear; but goes on.to state that he was a man of mean education, but in spirit zealous, in the scriptures ready, in Christ's cause valiant, in his answers acute yea, marvellous—and in sufferings patient.

John Noyes, of Laxfield, shoemaker; burnt at that place, September 21st, 1557. He was apprehended for not attending mass, and cast into Aye

dungeon; thence takerr to Norwich, the mass, &c., they were enabled still to be examined by the bishop, who to maintain their constancy, and accondemned him to be burnt, remand- cordingly suffered the fiery death. ing him to Norwich prison, whence he Philip Humphrey, John and Henry was taken to Aye dungeon, out of David, brothers, were burnt at Bury. which he was carried to Laxfield to They had been tried before Chief the stake.

Justice Higham; and although the Richard Yeoman, curate to Dr. Tay- Queen was ill past recovery, he was lor, at Hadleigh, was burnt at Nor- so hasty in suing out the writ for wich, July 10th, 1558. He was ap- their execution, that they were brought prehended in the night, whilst in bed to the stake but a fortnight before with his wife, and taken to the cage,

her death. to be kept till day. Here he found The same old chronicler, in giving one John Dale in the stocks, in which an account of the names and sufferhe had been three or four hours, for ings of the martyrs in the county of speaking against superstitious wor- Norfolk, who were burnt at the stake, ship. They were both poor and aged furnishes the following particulars remen; and the justice before whom specting their names, the places where they were brought in the morning, they suffered, and some attending cir. on that account wished to deal merci- cumstances :fully with them. The Popish priest, One Babram, a certain godly man, however, who had caused them to be and constant martyr of Jesus Christ, apprehended, insisted upon their being was burnt in Norfolk. in the month of sent to Bury gaol, where they were July, 1499. loaded with irons, and thrust into a T'homas Norris, for the profession of nasty dungeon. Poor Dale died there, the gospel, was burnt in the city of Yeoman was soon after removed to Norwich, March 31st, 1507. Norwich, and burnt.

One Thomas, a priest of Norwich, John Cooke, a sawyer, Robert Miles was burnt at Eccles, 1510, when he was (otherwise Plummer,) a shearman, in prison. Having been persuaded to Alexander Lane, a wheelwright, and deny his opinions, he would, for penJames Ashley, were burnt in one fire ance, be carried to the stake on sharp at Bury, in 1558—absence from Popish hurdles, made of thorns. services having occasioned their appre- Thomas Bingey, an old and reverend hension. Being examined as to their man, was burnt at Norwich ; date not belief, they all stood stedfast in avow- given, ing abhorrence of Romish idolatry, Thomas Hitton, of Marstham, an and were accordingly sent to heaven, honest religious man, and lover of like the rest, in a chariot of fire. God's word, to avoid persecution

Alexander Gouche, of Woodbridge, journeyed towards Dover, intending and Alice Driver, of Grundisburgh, to cross over to France, but was inwere burnt together at Ipswich, tercepted on his way, and apprehended November 4th, 1558. When under by the bailiff of the Archbishop of examination before Chief Justice Canterbury, and, after some months' Higham, at Bury assizes, they boldly imprisonment, and several examinaasserted the truth of the gospel, and tions by his Grace, was burnt at Maiddefied the Pope and all papistical stone, in 1528. trash. Alice Driver likened the Queen John Lambert, a learned man and to Jezebel for her persecuting, which eminent martyr, whose history is well 80 angered the judge, that he ordered known, born and brought up in Norher ears to be cut off presently, which folk, was burnt in London, 1538. He was accordingly done, and she as joy- went cheerfully to the stake, and laid fully bore it. Being removed to Ips- down his life for the truth, exclaiming wich, for examination by the bishop's with his latest breath, “None but chancellor on the test questions about Christ! None but Christ!"

William Allen, a labouring man, of Thus far from the old chronicler. Walsingham, was burnt at that place, No doubt a full history is given of all September, 1555. He showed such these in “Fox's Book of Martyrs,” constancy at his martyrdom, and had but that is a treasure not possessed by such credit with the justices by reason the present copyist. It would be an of his well-tried conversation among interesting inquiry to endeavour to them, that he was allowed to go un- ascertain how much gospel light exists, tied to his suffering, and there being and how many lovers of the

truth are fastened with a chain, stood quietly, to be found, at the present time, in the without shrinking, until he died. places named, as having been the

Simon Miller, a merchant, of Lynn, scenes of the death of these faithful a godly and zealous man in the know- witnesses for Christ. ledge of the gospel, was condemned on Barnsbury.

R. H. his confession of faith, and burnt at Norwich, July 13th, 1557. With him was burnt Elizabeth Cooper, a pew

THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF MR. terer's wife, who, when the fire came

PHILIP DICKERSON. near her, shrank a little at it, and cried

Continuation of my Narrative. out.“ Oh !" But Simon encouraged her to be strong, and of good cheer: MY DEAR BROTHER, -- We must now “For,” said he, "good sister, we shall go back for a short space. In the have good supper !” which words so year 1840, the writer was called upon encouraged her, that she stood still and to preach in a district of Sussex, called quiet to her death.

Crowborough, about eight miles from William Crashfield, of Wymond- Tunbridge Wells, in connection with ham, was burnt at Norwich, August the late Joseph Sedgwick, of Brighton, 5th, 1557. He suffered with much The place of meeting was an old barn, patience. Thomas Carman was appre

standing in a wild and almost solitary handed at the same time for pledging place, very few houses near; yet a him, and was burn soon after.

considerable population scattered Cicely Ormes, wife of a worsted within the radius of a mile. The weaver, of Norwich, was taken at the scene was rough, and the appearance death of Simon Miller and Elizabeth of the people more so. The above Cooper, because she said she would mentioned old barn had been hired a pledge them in the same cup, they

short time before, by our late friend, drank of. She had been made to re- Mr. George Doggett, who lived in the cant her Protestant opinions about district, and, after a few months, his twelve months before; but the con- brother-in-law, the late J. T. Betts, stancy of the two suffering saints under Esq., being on a visit, they went to their cruel torments, seems to have the old barn; and, understanding it been the means of restoring her faith was for sale, Mr. Betts purchased it, and courage. When at the stake, she with two or three old cottages, and declared her abhorrence of all popish generously invested it in trust for the tenets; and when the fire came near use of the Baptist cause for ever. Difher, laid her hands across her breast, ferent ministers came and preached; the and never stirred them until the Holy Spirit owned the truth prosinews brake, and her arms fell down,

claimed ;

; many poor people flocked to and died as quietly as if she felt no hear the word of life, and their hearts pain.

being touched with a live coal from William Seaman, husbandman, of off the altar, a desire was expressed Mendlesham, in Suffolk, and Thomas by several to be baptized, and for a Hudson, a glover, of Aylsham, an church to be formed according to the honest laborious man, were burnt with order of the New Testament. Under Thomas Carman, aforesaid, at Nor- these circumstances the writer was rewich, May 19th, 1558, in one fire. quested to go down for that purpose;

was no

Depart, ye cursed.»ye blessed,” or

and in the month of June, 1844, he paid a visit to Crowborough ; embracing the Lord's day previous to the anniversary as most convenient for the object in view. He felt himself, at the time, in quite a new sphere of action. There church. He sent a message to those who were desirous of being baptized, desiring them to meet him at the chapel on Friday evening. Seven men and three females came, and told their tale, of how the Lord had met with them, opened their eyes, convinced them of sin, and brought them to Christ for salvation. We prayed, wept, and rejoiced together. That evening was one which we have never forgotten. The afternoon of the next Lord's day, we met in a meadow, a short distance from the chapel (which we then called theold barn.) In this meadow there was a large pond. The friends put up two tents, at a distance from each other, for the accommodation of the candidates. It was a beautiful day, and the novelty, of the circumstance, a public baptism of men and women, having been announced, a large concourse of people gathered together, supposed to be five or six hundred. The scene was very imposing to the eye, and produced feelings of no ordinary degree of solemnity. Near to where we stood, there were grouped together on our right and left a number of young men, many of whom were literally “men of stature,” men of unusual size; and before we commenced, we observed they appeared to be in the humour for a lark, and we could easily perceive if they chose to do so, they could toss the administrator into the pond. We confess we felt some unbelieving fears. But our God raised up our heart to Him in prayer, which being concluded, we spoke thus :-Dear Friends,—We are English men and women, and, as such, possess the right to worship God in that manner which our conscience dictates, and we desire you to consider that we are worshipping. God; that God who made the world, and that Jesus Christ, who died to save sinners.

He has commanded us to preach the gospel to every creature, and has also said, “Lo, I am with you alway, even to the end of the world.” That Jesus is now present; He sees us, and sees all our hearts ; He now looks down from the skies upon us, and it will not be long, at the longest, before He will come in all the glory of His Godlike Majesty to judge the world, when we must all stand before Him, and receive the sentence from His mouth of " ,

We, therefore, beg you will be quiet and respectful while we administer the solemn ordinance of baptism, in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost; for we feel we are worshipping Cod, and the persons to be baptized are required to worship God in such a manner only once in their lifetime. We then proceeded to the work of baptizing; all was quiet, but several looked ready to burst into laughter; however, when we brought the first candidate out of the water, we heard the noise of suppressed weeping; this continued to increase as every fresh candidate was immersed ; until by the time we had finished, the emotions of many of those rough-looking fellows, gaining liberty, they arose to loud weeping, almost amounting to howling, evidently to no small annoyance to themselves; and at the conclusion of the service, they stole away as if they had been guilty of something bad. Many of those who formed that large concourse, were unknown to our friends, and what were the results of that day will not be known to us, until “ the Day shall declare it.” But one incident occurred several years afterwards. The writer met with a man who told him the address at the water that day was blessed to his conversion. He said he was filled with solemn awe at the thought that Jesus was looking down from the skies upon

He said that day was his birthday. We hope there were others; our God has said : My word shall not return unta me void, but shall accomplish


that which I please; and it shall " Peace be within that sacred place, prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.”

And joy a constant guest;

With holy gifts, and heavenly grace, At that time they had a minister

Be her attendants blest.” preaching to them regularly, whose name was Mose, whose ministry was, We conclude by adding: So let the we believe, much blessed to the people. dows of heavenly. love descend upon The latter part of the summer, the the hills of Zion. pext year (1845), we went down again

So prays : by special invitation to baptize, and Yours affectionately in Jesus, unite them as a church. The Lord's

P. DICKERSON. day was fixed upon for the convenience of the people. In the morning, the writer preached, and baptized FAVOURITE HYMNS AND THEIR seven more candidates; and, in the

AUTHORS. afternoon, addressed the friends who

No. 7. desired to be united in church fellowship. upon the nature, duties, and

Desiring to know and love Him more. privileges of such a relation. At the close of that address, the persons who

“Thou lovely source of true delight, had been recently baptized, with some

Whom I unseen adore, two or three, who were members of

Unveil Thy beauties to my sight, other churches, gave to each other the That I may love Thee more. right hand of Christián fellowship,

“ Thy glory o'er creation shines ; and were then solemnly declared to be a Church of Christ; and, after prayer

But in Thy sacred word

I read in fairer, brighter lines, for the divine sanction, and blessing, the writer told them they possessed the

My bleeding, dying Lord. right and privilege of choosing their “ 'Tis here whene'er my comforts own Pastor, and desired them to do

droop, They then unanimously chose And sins and sorrows rise, Brother Mose to be their pastor, which Thy love, with cheerful beams of he having accepted, prayer and

hope, addresses were delivered to both pastor My fainting heart supplies. and people; after which, the newlychosen pastor administered the Lord's “But ah, too soon, the pleasing scene supper.

Thus solemnly closing a Is clouded o'er with pain ; public service, which was as exhaust- My gloomy fears rise dark between, ing to the writer as any he eyer recol- And I again complain. lects.

Jesus, my Lord, my life, my light, By this time the “old barn,"

O come with blissful ray, had become too strait; a new part

Break radiant through the shades was erected with stone walls, and

of night, slated roof, since which time, a dread

And chase my fears away. ful hurricane shattered the old building to pieces, and a new part has been

“Then shall my soul with rapture erected with stone; also a comfort

trace able house for the minister, with out

The wonders of Thy love; buildings suitable to the situation of

But the full glories of Thy face the place; and we rejoice in saying

Are only known above." all is paid for.

Many poor people flock thither on Miss Anne Steele, the writer of the the Lord's day; and, from our annual above hymn, and others of equal visits, we have become identified with sweetness and fervour that appear in the place, and from our souls we our selections, was the daughter of say:

Mr. William Steele, a Baptist minister,

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