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country, in a manner calculated to secure of the baptist church, Burslem, and comtheir confidence and affection, and to meet menced his stated labours among them on their limited pecuniary means. Again, when the 25th November, 1849. we look at the asylum which the western world affords to thousands of wandering emigrants, who annually flock from Britain
RECENT DEATHS. to its shores, and there find a home, the
MRS. JOHN STOCK. founders and supporters of the institution do conceive that the influence diffused therefrom The subject of the following brief notice will be deeply appreciated by all who love was born at Spalding in Lincolnshire, on the education, not only for its own sake, but who 15th April, 1822. From her childhood she value it in its connection with the extension was carefully instructed in the religion of of civil and religious liberty, and appreciate Jesus, nor were her anxious parents left it in its power to aid the church of God in without early evidence that their labours for her exertions, instrumentally for the salvation her soul's benefit were effectual. of the world."
While yet very young, she appears to have Letters of commendation from the Rev. E. exhibited great tenderness of conscience, A. CRAWLEY, D.D., Hon. J. W.JOHNSTON, and combined with “a meek and quiet spirit.” other gentlemen of the provinces, addressed Indeed, so early and gradual was the work of to different societies and individuals in the grace upon her soul, that she could never reUnited Kingdom, are in possession of the fer to any particular period at which she was deputation.
conscious of its commencement. This, in after years, often occasioned her considerable
uneasiness. Yet, all who witnessed the ORDINATIONS.
loveliness of her character, the devoutness of
her spirit, and the blamelessness of her life, CHELSEA,
were compelled to admire the grace of God It was announced a little more than twelve in her. months ago that the editor of this Magazine | She enjoyed the benefit of a thorough and was making an effort to revive the congrega-liberal education, which, in the position that tion at Paradise Chapel, Queen's Road, | she afterwards occupied as a minister's wife, Chelsea, which had become very small and she turned to the best account. The Creawas greatly dispirited. During the year for tor had endowed her with an attractive perwhich he undertook the pastorate a few were son; and this, combined with the sweetness baptized, and others were received by letter of her disposition, and the accomplishments from different churches, the number of hear which she possessed, gained her many ers meanwhile gradually increasing. At the admirers ; so that, before she had reached expiration of the period, the church, consist the age of nineteen, she had received several ing then of fifty-eight members, unanimous offers of marriage, all of which, however, she ly and earnestly requested him to take the declined. It was the privilege of the writer office permanently. Two brethren who had to win her young affections, and afterwards recently been added, and had previously to call her his wife. And devoutly would he sustained the deacon's office elsewhere, and thank the Father of mercies for the benefit two who had acted as assistants to the which he derived from his seven years' asso. deacons formerly, consented to take the ciation with her in the matrimonial relation, deaconship now in conjunction with one who Miss Harrison's union to the object of her had been for some time sole deacon; and choice was solemnized at the Independent this having been done harmoniously, Mr. chapel, Chelmsford, Oct. 12th, 1842. Her Groser thought it his duty to accept office as husband had at that time been recently orpastor. On the 15th of December a special dained pastor of the baptist church meeting meeting was held to implore the divine bles- in Zion chapel, Chatham. Among that peosing on these arrangements. Dr. Morison ple Mrs. Stock was permitted to labour for of Brompton had engaged to address the
nearly six years, and gained their universal deacons on the occasion, and Dr. Cox of affection and confidence. The delicate state Hackney the church ; but the former being of her health, however, precluded her from disabled by illness, the latter kindly per- engaging so fully as she desired in laborious formed both services, and Mr. Brown,
efforts for the good of the cause; yet to the Wesleyan minister of Chelsea, Mr. Soule of
extent of her physical capabilities she was Battersea, and Mr. Leechman of Hammer
ever ready to serve the church of God. sanith, united in offering appropriate and In May, 1848, Mr. Stock was removed by fervent prayers.
divine Providence to Salendine Nook, Huddersfield, and was accompanied to that
important sphere of usefulness by his beloved BURSLEM,
companion. But, alas! the fearful malady The Rev. W. Barker late of Cradley, -the seeds of which had been sown in her Worcestershire, bas accepted the invitation delicate frame many years previously-there
developed itself with affecting rapidity; so to flow as a river until her last sigh was much so, that after living among her new heaved. friends sufficiently long to obtain a high Many were the solemn charges which she place in their esteem, it was found necessary gave to her beloved relatives, and to the serto remove her to the more genial air of the vants in her father's family, and precious south. This placed her in a position pecu were the encouragements which she addressliarly painful, inasmuch as she was unavoid ed to her weeping friends. So perfect was ably separated from her husband during a the tranquillity of her spirit, that she gave great portion of her last illness. Neverthe directions with regard to arrangements to be less, she never murmured, but quietly sub. made subsequently to her death, without the mitted to what was manifestly the will of least repugnance. The surrender which she God. Had there been the slightest hope of made of herself, and of all her beloved relaher recovery, her husband would have tives (not excepting her only living child), to resigned his charge in the north, and sought the care of God, was unreserved and cheera sphere of labour in a milder region ; but ful. Those beautiful hymns commencingas the highest medical authority asserted “ Rock of ages, cleft for me," &c., “ Jesus, that it was utterly vain to indulge in any lover of my soul,” &c., “ To Jesus, the such hope, he felt it his duty to retain his crown of my hope," &c., were often read to existing pastoral connexion. However, her, and fragments of them repeated by her. through the kindness of his flock, he was Among her dying sayings may be recorded permitted frequently to visit the dear sufferer, the following :-_“I can now give up everyand to spend the last month of her sojourn thing, that I may but be with Jesus." "I on earth in her society. And gratefully am not afraid of eternity.” “I shall soon would he adore the Divine goodness which eat of the fruit of the heavenly. Canaan." permitted him thus to perform the part of a “ I know that He is able to keep that which spiritual instructor to the wife of his youth, I have committed unto him until that day." amid her conflict with sickness and death. “ I long to be gone;" and then bursting into His mind, too, was relieved of much anxiety tears, “yet I hope I am not impatient." during his weeks of separation from his - That text, 'My times are in thy hand,' is suffering companion, inasmuch as he knew very precious," “All my hope centres in my that she was sheltered beneath the roof of her Saviour.” affectionate parents, whose attention to her On the morning of Monday, the 5th of comfort was tender and unremitting.
November, a change took place in the sensa. At the commencement of her last illness, tions of the patient, and in the aspect of her Mrs. Stock was deeply and painfully exer countenance, which plainly indicated that cised in her mind. She often mourned over the mortal struggle was soon to terminate. the opportunities of doing good which she The king of terrors stood brandishing his had neglected ; and was but little comforted, dart at the bedside of the sufferer, prepared when reminded that her delicate health had to strike the fatal blow; yet the happy saint not permitted to her greater activity. She could look upon the fearful weapon without was overwhelmed with her perceptions of the alarm, for on it she discovered the stains of divine purity, and once said, “I am about to | Immanuel's blood. appear before a Being of such infinite know. From one until two o'clock of this day, her ledge, that I fear he will find in me sins dying pains were great. When they were at which I have overlooked and failed to morti- their height, she exclaimed, “This is hard fy; and he hates sin with such an unutter-work;" but immediately added, “ Yet it is able intensity, that he cannot fail to reject nothing when compared with what my Sathe subject of one unmortified transgression." viour endured for me." At two o'clock her This state of mental distress continued for agonies abated, and from that time she Beveral weeks; but prayer was made to God suffered but little. When speech had nearly on her behalf without ceasing, by her pious failed, she fixed her piercing gaze upon the relatives, and by the church at Salendine domestic who was in the room, and with Nook; and graciously did the Lord hear and difficulty exclaimed, “Sarah," but could not answer these petitions.
say more. Again she tried to speak, and Saturday, October 20th, was the most with great difficulty uttered this weighty and painful day which the invalid had yet passed, comprehensive charge, « Sarah, meet me in as to her physical sensations; but it was heaven !" The expiring saint then kissed memorable as the period of her release from her beloved husband and all her other relaher spiritual darkness and depression. She tives who were in that solemn chamber, and felt that the blood of Jesus could and would bade them “adieu” with an imperturbable cleanse her from her sing, and again rejoiced serenity. On being asked, some few minutes in hope of the glory of God. She ex- | after, if she still found her Lord with her, pressed a wish, at the close of this Saturday, she could only faintly articulate “ Yes." that the next day (the sabbath) might be At five minutes to three o'clock her happy spent by her with Jesus. From this time spirit took its departure to the Saviour, so her peace was never disturbed, but continued gently, that for some moments her attendants
Fere unaware of the fact. Thus she died, larly led to the house of God." But still he as she had lived," in perfect peace.”
remained a stranger to that faith which workHer remains were interred on Saturday, eth by love. He soon endeavoured to throw the 10th of November, in the vault in front off parental restraint, and disregard parental of Zion chapel, Chatham, in the presence of admonition, Thus he went on in the fora large assembly of weeping friends.
wardness of his heart for a season, when it of Mrs. Stock's character the writer will pleased God to stop him in his career of sin not attempt any elaborate description. Her and folly. Speaking of this, he says, “ But excellencies were too well known to those God who is rich in mercy did not give me up who had the privilege of enjoying her friend to an impenitent heart; he caused me to feel ship, to render such details necessary for their that the way of transgressors is hard; by the information, and it is for them principally operation of the Spirit through the ministry that this memoir is composed. The writer of the word he was graciously taught to cannot, however, forbear stating, that, during know and feel the evil of sin, and by prayer the ten years of his acquaintance with the and supplication to seek for salvation through dear deceased, he never once saw her betray faith in the Lord Jesus Christ ; nor did he ed into a passion, or even into the exhibition seek in vain. In due time he was admitted into of feelings bordering upon such a state. And the baptist church at Eythorn, Kent, under yet he has often seen her brought into cir the pastoral care of the late Rev. W. Giles. cumstances which were peculiarly trying. He was then about eighteen years of age. It Would that all ministers and ministers' wives pleased the wise Disposer of all events to more closely resembled her in this particular! remove him from his birthplace (Canterbury) In the social and domestic virtues she pecu-to Ashford, where he lived many years much liarly excelled ; and in the guidance of her respected; was honourably and affectionately household affairs ever manifested a spirit of dismissed from the church at Eythorn to the pradence and economy. It was from the church at Ashford. They soon ascertained first her determination to “owe no man any he possessed talents for usefulness, and called thing," and from this principle she never him to the work of the ministry. He ladeviated. Happy would it have been for boured in the neighbouring towns and villages some ministers of Jesus, if their companions with acceptance, and frequently supplied the had practically carried out the same deter vacant pulpit at Brabourne; and ultimately, mination! May the writer be permitted to by the unanimous call of the church, settled add another statement ? Mrs. Stock never among them as their minister. His labours brought her husband or any other individual were greatly blessed ; many were added to into trouble by an imprudent use of her the church. He was indeed made a blessing tongue. She knew when to be silent. And to the people. He continued their pastor should this memoir be read by a youthful until it pleased his Master to call him to that minister of the cross, who is looking round house where there are many mansions, after him for a suitable companion, let him take a pastoral service of rather more than twelve this friendly caution,- Above all things be. years. His end was peace. His public lavare of uniting yourself to a gossip, for be bours were distinguished with earnestness and sure such a wife would utterly ruin your use fervour. His statement of evangelical truth fulness. But we must not further enlarge, | was clear and practically enforced; he knew but will close this brief notice by ascribing to the worth of souls, and endeavoured to show the grace of God all the honour of the excel them the way of salvation, by pointing to the lencies of the departed; and by exhorting our Lamb of God that taketh away the sin of the readers to be “ followers of them who now, world. As a father, master, and friend, he through faith and patience, inherit the was greatly esteemed. promises."
The pastor of the independent church at Salendine Nook. JOHN STOCK. Hythe, to whom the reader is indebted for
the preceding sketch, adds, “ The writer, in
his removal, has lost a fellow labourer and REY. T. SCOTT.
excellent friend, in whom he could confide. Died, October 31st, 1849, Thomas Scott, We often took sweet counsel together, our pastor of the baptist church, Brabourne, friendship of more than forty years' duration Kent, much beloved by the church and con- was never interrupted. But my brother is gregation, and greatly esteemed by a large no more seen among men, he is gone-not circle of friends. The deceased was blessed lost-but gone before, he rests from his labour. vith pious parents, to whose beneficial train. At the earnest request of his family I endeaing he made special reference at his ordina- voured to improve the death of my brother, tion in 1837, in these words, “ It was my on the 11th of November, to a very crowded privilege and happiness to be born of Chris- and afflicted congregation, from these words, tian parents, whose anxious care was to bring " What I do thou knowest not now, but Be up in the nurture and admonition of the thou shalt know hereafter." May the Lord Lord. For me daily prayer was presented to sanctify this bereaving dispensation to the the throne of grace, and by them I was regu- family, church, and congregation !"
MR. T. WREN.
| were interred in the burial ground belonging
to the baptist chapel at Breachwood Green, Died, on the 20th of November, 1849,
1849, on the 23rd of November. An attempt was Mr. Thomas Wren of Breachwood Green,
| made to improve his death on the following King's Walden, Herts, aged eighty-three
sabbath, in a sermon founded on Psalm xvii. years, for more than sixty of which he had
15; a passage selected by the departed, in been a consistent follower of the Saviour.
prospect of his removal, many months ago. The last twenty-four years of his life were spent in connexion with the baptist church at Breachwood Green, he having received his
MR. J. ROWLANDS. dismission from the church at Hitchin (then under the pastoral care of the late venerable
Died, on December 5th, at Old Dole Farm, John Geard, but now of the excellent Rev.
near Cheltenham, Mr. John Rowlands, in J. Broad). for the purpose of uniting with the seventy-eighth year of his age. His life and strengthening this cause, then in its in
was characterized by eminent piety, and his fancy. For some years he sustained the
death was peaceful and happy. His remains office of deacon with other beloved brethren;
| were interred in the burying ground attached which office he continued to hold unto his
to the baptist chapel at Naunton, Gloucesterdeath. “He was a good man, and feared
shire, and his death improved by a sermon God above many."
by the Rev. J. Teall, from the words, “ As He was confined to the bed of suffering
for me, I will behold thy face in righteousand pain for several weeks previous to his
ness; I shall be satisfied, when I awake with dissolution ; during which the promises of
thy likeness," on December 13th, in the God were to him a source of the richest con
presence of a numerous congregation.
preser solation ; one of which he especially mentioned repeatedly, with much heart-felt
MRS. DOBINSON. delight, that in Isaiah liv. 10, “For the
Died, at Norton, aged 67, in the faith of mountains shall depart, and the hills be re
the gospel of Jesus, Mrs. Dobinson, a memmoved; but my kindness shall not depart
ber of the Stockton baptist church for nearly from thee, neither shall the covenant of my
half a century, widow of the late Mr. Wm. peace be removed, saith the Lord that hath
Dobinson of Cornsay, in whose house the mercy on thee." His confidence in the Re
glad tidings of mercy were proclaimed for deemer did not forsake him; and when the
upwards of thirty years, in the midst of a dark symptoms of his disorder indicated the
and benighted neighbourhood, so that it may approach of his latter end, he expressed himself as perfectly submissive to the will of
verily be said of them, that they were set for
the defence of the gospel. God, either to live or to die; saying, “I know whom I have believed, and that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day,” adding, with
MISCELLANEA, much emphasis, " I know he is.” For many
BAPTIST BUILDING FUND. months previous to his illness, his mind had become familiarized with the prospect of his
The committee of the Baptist Building removal. He was waiting for the coming of Fund at its last meeting having taken into his Lord: and often did he repeat the inter- consideration the draft of a model trust deed. esting lines of Dr. Watts —
recently published by the baptist union re
solved: “My flesh shall slumber in the ground, Till the last trumpet's joyful sound,
"That the constitution of the Baptist Building Then burst the chains with sweet surprise,
Fund requires that the churches assisted shall be of And in my Saviour's image rise."
the particular or Calvinistic baptist denomination ; that no church has hitherto been assisted without
the place of worship being secured by its trust deed He was accustomed to read the hymns for
to that denomination ; and that the committee feel singing in public worship; and some favourite themselves bound in their future gifts or loails to verses with which his memory was stored | adhere to the same practice." afforded him the sweetest consolation on his sick and dying bed, especially one in the seventy-fifth hymn, second book, Dr.Watts
LONDON MATERNAL ASSOCIATION.
At the regular meetings for 1850, on the "Millions of years my wondering eyes
first Friday in every month excepting July, Shall o'er thy beauties rove, And endless ages I'll adore
at the vestry of New Broad Street Chapel, The glories of thy love."
Bishopsgate, which will be always open to
ladies from the country, the following are the His physical sufferings were sometimes great; subjects for conference:but amidst them all his mind was constantly cheered with the joyous prospect before him, Tuesday, January 15th, at 12 o'clock. until the hour of his dismission arrived, when | Address to children, by Rev. J. Harrison, of he sweetly fell asleep in Jesus. His remains Camden Town.
Friday, February 1st. How may children, our prayers by directing us to a site in the be brought to feel that divine truth can only most populous part of the High Street; this be studied with success by dependence on land we have secured by an agreement for a divine aid ?
lease for 999 years at an annual rent of £15. Friday, March 1si. Parental anxieties. We have room for a good chapel fronting the
Friday, April 5th. How may the Chris. High Street, and land for a minister's house tian mother best attain and preserve a high in John Street: the outlay for these premises degree of piety amidst the numerous duties is estimated at £1500." which daily and hourly devolve upon her?
Friday, May 3rd. Consider the directions given to parents in Deuteronomy vi. 6, 7. Friday, June 7th. Sins of the tongue to
RESIGNATION. which the young are peculiarly disposed. The Rev.G.W. Rodway having resigned the
Friday, August 2nd. Lessons to be de pastorate of the baptist church at Bingley, on rived from the history of Rebekah as recorded account of frequent interruptions in his health, Genesis xxvii.
on Friday evening, Nov. 23rd, a special Friday, September 6th. How can we best meeting was held of the church and congreinduce young people to be interested in the gation, when a very handsome service of study of the word of God ?
plate was presented to Mr. and Mrs. Rodway, Priday, October 4th. How far is it prac- consisting of teapot, sugar basin, and cream ticable and desirable for boys and girls to be jug, and a memorial to the Rev. G. W. Rodeducated together!
way, expressive of gratitude that God had Friday, November 1st. In what way may enabled him to labour so long, earnestly, the sympathy of children be so drawn to the faithfully, and diligently amongst them; abounding objects of sin and misery at home that separation would be deeply felt; of best and abroad, as will most effectually qualify wishes for his future health and welfare, and them to carry out the great purposes of divine earnest hope that, still remaining one in love !
heart, his course may be useful, his end peace, Priday, December 6th. How can we ac- and his welcome to heaven,“ Well done good count for the indifference to religion mani- and faithful servant, enter thou into the joy of fested by many young persons who have been thy Lord.” Mr. W. Pickard engaged in piously educated ?
prayer; Mr. Thomas Tettey presided, and Mr. Beauland read and presented the me
morial. RYDE. An account of the formation of the baptist church here in January, 1849, having
COLLECTANEA. been inserted in this Magazine last year, the writer has forwarded an account of its subse
THE BAPTISMAL REGENERATION QUESTION. quent history and present prospects.
The arguments before the Judicial Commit
tee of the Privy Council, in the case Gorhamn "Our church,” he says, “has increased v. the Bishop of Exeter, were resumed on from eighteen to thirty baptized members. Monday and Tuesday, and were brought to a Beside these we have several who commune termination by the reply of Mr. Turner; with us who have not yet put on the Lord when Lord Langdale intimated, that the Jesus by baptism. Since our commencement Court would take time to consider the we have been supplied by Mr. W. Newell, judgment. Mr. Badeley's main argument the first student under Dr. Godwin, educated in his pleading on Monday, was, that the by the Baptist Theological Institution, to articles and the formularies of the church are whom in the last month the church gave a of equal force and validity; that, so far from unanimous call to the pastorate which he has the former controlling the latter, the Book of accepted; though the only salary our present Common Prayer ought rather to control and circumstances warrant us to offer was £52, correct the articles. As a code of faith, the we of course hope to increase this as the articles, he maintained, are far from complete. cause advances, the only obstacle to which is Mr. Gorham rested his case solely upon the our present confined and otherwise unsuitable articles, while he, (Mr. Badeley) contended, place for worship, which being long since too that to dissent from the doctrines of the strait for us, the cause is no doubt suffering Prayer Book was, if possible, a greater deconsiderable injury for want of a more comparture from the doctrines of the church, modious and respectable place. To obtain than even any difference about the articles this has been the object of our anxious soli- might be. On Tuesday, when the council citude, but in a thriving town like Ryde took their seats, Lord Campbell informed building land in a public situation is very Mr. Badeley, who had stated his inability to difficult to obtain; yet we trust that God in find any such words as "prevenient grace,” his gracious providence has at length answered that the words " gratia prevenions" occur in
VOL. XIII.-FOURTH SERIES.