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of having five candidates for baptism. The Her sufferings at the last were very intense, late Rev. Richard Davis, then of Plymouth and for four days she was dying. She said, Dock, and Rev. G. Gibbs of Plymouth, were “ It is bard work." invited on the occasion, and also an ordination

“Come, ye angelic envoys, come, service was held, to publicly set Mr. Ferris

And take the willing pilgrim home." apart as the north Devon missionary. A large room was obtained at the Castle Inn She prayed earnestly that her patience might which was crowded to excess. The next hold out to the last, and her prayer was morning the ordinance of baptism was ad- heard. She pointed upward a few hours ministered in the river Taw, and the Lord's before her departure, saying, “I am only supper administered in the room to several of waiting my dismissal.” This was the last the baptists in the neighbourhood, together that was heard from her lips previous to her with the newly baptized. At that time their home and their heart was open to the friends Thus do our friends one after another leave of Christ, and the barrack obtained the name | us to mourn their loss in this wilderness. of " The Baptist Hotel.”

Her life was holy and useful, and her death In 1817 they had the pleasure of seeing a was happy. May we be followers of them church formed consisting of twelve members. who through faith and patience are now This was done in the “ upper room” where inheriting the promises. J. W. May. they were accustomed to worship. The ministers engaged were Rev. Messrs. Humphrey of Collumpton, and Sharp of Bradnich.

MRS. BLINKHORN. It would draw out this account to too Mary Jackson Blinkhorn, the wife of Mr. great length to tell all that was done; but Blinkhorn, St. John's Street, Cambridge, Mrs. Ferris by her zeal and activity, and and second daughter of the late Rev. John consistent piety, was one of the principal Rootham of Willingham, finished her course, acting agents.

Jan. 22nd, in the 47th year of her age. In In the year 1818 they were called to leave her life she feared death, in her death she Barnstaple, the barracks were sold, and they had no fear. were removed to Modbury in the same service. Here they remained a few years, till a similar event took place there. Thence

MRS. STONE. they removed to Plymouth, where they united On Lord's day, February 3, died at Hurn, with the church at Herd's Lane, under the near Parley, in the faith and hope of the care of Mr. Nicholson. There, if I rightly gospel, in the 35th year of her age, Mrs. recollect, Mr. Ferris was chosen a deacon. Eliza Stone, a useful member of the baptist One or two removes took place after this, till church at Parley for about eight years. at length their final remove together was to This is another among the several losses Taunton, where Mr. Ferris held the same which the church in that place has been office in the barracks. Then, about the year lately called to sustain. In this case the 1840 or 1841, our friend became a widow church and the sabbath school have been dethe second time. Mr. Ferris went to bed as prived of a valuable member, and the pastor well as usual, but in the morning he was of a sincere friend. She has left a sorrowful taken suddenly to his rest. About the year husband and six children to deplore their 1843, our widowed friend left Taunton for loss. No person in the congregation looked London, where she spent the remainder of more likely to live to be old than she looked her days. She occupied lodgings at various a very few weeks ago. Her death was imparts of the city and suburbs. There were a proved by her pastor, Mr. Alcock, on Lord's few valued friends with whom she regularly day afternoon, February 10th, to a crowded corresponded, amongst whom was the writer, congregation from 1 Peter iv. and part of and his late invaluable wife.

the 16th verse, "a Christian.” The first intelligence I had of her illness was by a letter from her companion, dated Jan. 29, when she appeared to be near her

MISCELLANEA. end. Her mind was calm and peaceful during her illness, and staid on the Saviour.

MARRIAGE WITH A DECEASED WIFE'S SISTER. By letters received from her friend who A circular has been issued by the commitresided with her, I learn some few particulars tee of the Baptist Union, from which the of her last moments. She said on the 28th, following statement is extracted :" Jesus will soon come and take his pilgrim home." She continually longed to be gone, "Up to the year 1835, the law of marriage and repeated the following lines:

Tin England had, for several centuries, not

| declared void the marriage of a widower with « Welcome, sweet bour of full discharge,

the sister of his deceased wife, but only made That sets our longing souls at large;

it voidable by process in the ecclesiastical Unbinds our chains, breaks up our cell, And gives us with our God to dwell."

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practical sanction to this class of marriages, is neither contrary to the law of nature, nor proand they were freely formed by persons of

hibited by holy scripture; and that consequently it

cannot, with either justice or wisdom, or without all ranks. In 1835 an act was passed, by great mischief and wrong, be restricted by human one clause of which marriages of this de- legislation, scription are rendered thenceforth 'absolutely

"1. That therefore this committee disapprove BO null and void to all intents and purposes

much of the Act 5 and 6 Will. IV., cap. 54, as whatsoever.' Unwarranted in its principle, renders such marriages null and void. this enactment has been found also intolerably

"III. That in addition to the general reasons for oppressive and mischievous in its effects, so

dissatisfaction with this act, this committee, on the that a strenuous effort is now in progress for

one hand, looking at the ecclesiastical ground on which mainly it has been passed, and on the other,

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churches, regard it as at once a violation of the Commons during several sessions of parlia

religious liberties of nonconformists, and a source ment, that no doubt is now entertained of of extreme perplexity and distress. the readiness of that branch of the legislature

"IV. That this committee learn with satisfaction to adopt, by a decisive majority, a measure

that Mr. Stuart Wortley, M.P., is about to bring for abolishing the restriction complained of. into parliament a bill to amend and alter the said A formidable opposition is known to await act so far as relates to such marriages. such a measure in the Lords, but success is

« V. That with a view to aid the progress of the not on that account to be despaired of, if

aforesaid bill, this committee do petition both

houses of parliament according to the tenour of the as the subject is on general grounds, since it

foregoing resolutions. The petitions to be signed

by the chairman and secretaries on behalf of the largely affects both the happiness and morals

committee; and to be entrusted for presentation to S. M. Peto, Esq., M.P., in the House of Commons,

and Lord Wharncliffe in the House of Lords. existing among us. On the one hand, it is

« That information of these proceedings be conan attempt to enforce upon the whole popuoveyed in an explanatory circular to the baptist lation of Great Britain the law of the church churches throughout the kingdom, with such inforof England, that is, the canon law, so that it mation as may enable them to send petitions to raises at once the question of our religious / parliament, should they be so disposed." liberty; and on the other, it cannot fail to

BAPTIST BOARD. give occasion to a class of cases of discipline in themselves most trying, and of extremely At a meeting of the Board of Baptist difficult remedy.

Ministers residing in and about the cities of “Under these circumstances we cannot | London and Westminster, held in the Mission but deem that Mr. Stuart Wortley, who is House, Moorgate Street, Feb. 12, 1850, the about immediately to re-introduce the bill of Rev. James Smith in the chair, the following last session into parliament, deserves well of resolutions were passed unanimously :society at large, and of nonconformists in particular. The committee bave seen it

"I. That in the judgment of this Board, the

marriage of a widower with a sister of his deceased the

wife is scripturally lawful, and ought not to be proin favour of the measure, and sincerely hope hibited by human legislation, that the churches at large will promptly

«II. That in the judgment of this Board, the act afford it similar support. Should the church of 5 and 6 Will. IV., cap. 54, is improperly restricand congregation with which you are con- tive of the rights of individuals, and in many cases nected desire to concur in this proceeding, productive of immorality. you may, to save trouble, address a letter to “U. That this Board has learnt with pleasure this effect to Mr. B. R. Thomson, 56, that the Committee of the Baptist Union has issued

a circular recommending the churches to petition from whom you will immediately receive

for the passing of an act legalizing the class of

marriages thus prohibited, and hopes that they will (free of expense) forms of petition ready for

generally comply with the suggestion. signature. These, when the signatures are appended, you will please to return (unpaid)

“IV. That a petition in conformity with the pre

ceding resolutions be presented to both houses of to the same gentleman, by whom care will

| parliament, signed on behalf of the Board by the be taken that they are duly presented. / chairman and secretary, and that Mr. Hinton with What is done should be done quickly, as the the chairman and secretary be requested to prepare passage of the bill through the House of it.” Commons is expected to be rapid."

THE ANTI-STATE CHURCH ASSOCIATION. At a meeting of the Committee of the Baptist On Wednesday, the 6th of February, a

Union held on the 30th of January, 1850, a meeting of the council of the association The Rev. F. A. Cox, D.D., LL.D., in the was held at Radley's Hotel, Blackfriars, to

chair, the following resolutions were unani- deliberate on the time and place for holding mously adopted :

the approaching Triennial Conference, as well “ I. That in the judgment of this committee the as on the constitution of that body, and the marriage of a widower with a deceased wife's sister business to be brought before it.

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Edward Swaine, Esq., was called to the some of the delegates; a hope being exchair, and the business wis commenced by pressed that the friends of the association in the reading of a report from the Executive London would give practical proof of their Committee, containing a detailed plan re- approbation of such a proposal. It is also specting the conference. This having been proposed to hold a social ten-party during received, and a number of letters, containing the sittings of the conference, to afford an various suggestions from absent members, opportunity for the free expression of opinion, having been read, the several passages of the and for the communication of information on report were discussed seriatim, and the whole, the part of the country delegates. A great with some slight alterations, was adopted. public meeting is to be held as usual but the

It was arranged that the conference should place is not yet decided upon. be held in the week occurring between the Several subjects were mentioned as proper Baptist and London Missionary Societies' to be brought before the conference, the anniversaries, to begin on Tuesday, April 30, most important of them being,--the Regium and to sit on that and the following two days, Donum, the Irish church, recent events in from 10 o'clock A.M., till 4 o'clock P.M. The the state church, the anti-state church press, theatre of the City of London Institution, and the increase of political power on the Aldersgate-street, will be engaged for the part of those who hold the society's princioccasion. The committee had applied for ples, by obtaining possession of the franchise. Crosby Hall, but the use of it was refused on With respect to the election of the officers, the ground that a committee of churchmen, the Executive Committee and the Council, who had engaged it for lectures to young men, which forms part of the business of the had stipulated that it should not be let for Triennial Conference, a change in the mode political purposes.

of election is proposed. Hitherto they have The conference is to consist of (1) dele- been chosen by the whole conference, but as gates appointed by public meetings or meet- it is found impossible by that method to ings of congregations publicly convened ; obtain a legislative and executive body, comand (2) of delegates appointed in writing by posed of parties known to be willing to act, persons residing in any town, borough, or and fairly representing the supporters of the parish, or in more than one united; the sig- society throughout the country, it is intended natures of not fewer than fifty persons being to submit to the conference that it shall required for one delegate, and not fewer than appoint a committee of twelve (three being one hundred for two delegates. At the last members of the old Executive Committee), conference members of the association were to prepare lists of officers, Executive Comadmitted ; but in order to preserve the repre-mittee, and Council, such lists being aftersentative character of the assembly it will onwards separately submitted to the conference this occasion be confined to delegates. for its approval. The members of the conInquiry was made whether they could be ference are to be requested to send in the admitted as spectators, to which it was replied, names of suitable parties to the committee. that in all probability the theatre would not 1 The discussion on these and other questions afford room for others than delegates. As a was carried on with considerable animation, set-off against this alteration, the signatures and in a most amicable spirit. At the close of fifty persons only is required to elect a of the business relating to the conference, delegate, instead of one hundred as formerly. the Executive Committee presented a special It is, however, expected that in the majority report on the subject of Mr. Roebuck's inof instances the election will be by public tended motion on the Irish church. They meetings convened for the purpose; and it were prepared to commence a vigorous agitawas urged, that when meetings of congrega- tion in support of it, and wished for the tions are held, not only should delegates be opinion of the council whether an attempt appointed, but advantage taken of the occur- should be made to carry on the movement in rence to disseminate anti-state church princi- London, by means of a committee composed ples. The 13th of April is the day named of persons favourable to this specific object. for sending in nominations.

The result of the conversation was a resolution The travelling and other expenses of the to the effect that the committee should employ delegates are to be defrayed by the delegates the resources of the association, and avail or their constituents; and as heretofore each themselves of the advantages which their delegate is expected to be furnished with the organization gave them. means of defraying a fair proportion of the expenses of the conference. All these expenses are to be met by special contributions,

COLLECTANEA. and not by the application of any portion of the local subscriptions, which will be required | THE ESCAPE OF DR. ACHILLI, AS DESCRIBED for carrying on the ordinary operations of the

BY HIMSELF. society.

The Christian Times having been favoured The committee stated their intention to with the perusal of a pamphlet, about to arrange, if possible, for the entertainment of be issued by Sir C. E. Eardley, Bart., in

reference to the case of Dr. Achilli, gives the the magistrates of the Holy Inquisition, he following extract from a letter of Dr. Achilli, replied, 'I am very glad of it.' Admonished dated, Paris, Feb. 3.

to tell the truth, and to recognise in this “On the morning of December 24-a day fact the justice of God and not the vengeance usually consecrated in Rome to the con- of man, he replied to the first part, 'I promise gratulations and good wishes of friends—my to tell the truth;' on the second he was good gaoler came to me to say that an order silent." had come from the French general, to allow At this point he produced a quire of paper, me to have free communication with a certain covered with writing, and began to read the Dr. Bambozzi and another person with him, first page, from which I perceived that it was whenever they might come to see me. The the minute taken down the second day of my good gaoler, not knowing, as I did, who the imprisonment, by a judge of the Cardinal parties were who had such ample permission, Vicar, consisting of a general interrogatory denied in every other case, to converse with on the whole of my life-that is to say, my me, endeavoured to persuade me that they education, my studies, my public functions, were really two of my friends, who had by my occupations, my journies, and especially great exertions succeeded in obtaining what had that to the Ionian Islands, Malta, England, been granted to no one else. But I was not &c. till my return to Rome ; what I had deceived. The more so, when I knew the done during the Roman Republic ; and next day that the adjutant of the fort, a finishing with my imprisonment. All this, devoted friend of the priests, had asked and confronted anew with numerous questions, obtained from the cardinals a confirmation of formed the subject of my first interview with the order. I said to myself, either this is an Monsignor Bambozzi and his companion. agreement and understanding between the In a moment, the whole Castle of St. cardinals and the French general, or the Angelo was full of the news that the Judges cardinals have performed one of their com- of the Inquisition, with special permission of mon maneuvres to engage and compromise the French authorities, had come to take the French authorities in a matter altogether possession of me. You can imagine the in their interest. My fellow-prisoners, to indignation felt, and the severe expressions whom I communicated my doubts, fully employed against the priests and the French. agreed with me, Eight days elapsed, and I alone smiled in the midst of the universal Dr. Bambozzi,, announced with so great excitement. Four days afterwards the two interest, had not yet appeared. This made magistrates of the Inquisition were again my fellow-prisoners and myself constantly announced. Thereupon, a new and very long laugh at the name of my visitor and at his interrogatory (still in Latin) ensued. expected visit. December 31, I was asked [Dr. Theiner, a Priest of the Oratory, for by two persons, who announced them- subsequently visited Dr. Achilli, and gave selves as “ visitors.” The door opened, and him books to read, with the view of bringing in came a priest, in fact a Monsignore, whom him back to the Roman church.) I recognised from his purple tippet, and I was in the middle of the third visit of another person, both strangers to me. They the Padre Theiner, in the full fervour of our received me with great gravity, and, after controversies, when the Captain of the having looked at me from head to foot, Castle came to inform me that two Chasseurs made me a signal to sit down. I then disa de Vincennes were arrived, to take me to the covered that they were two judges, and knew French Council of War, to give evidence in the quarter that they came from. (I after- the cause of Signor Cernuschi, Deputy of wards ascertained that the priest was Mon- the People under the Republic. I was not signor Bambozzi, the Fiscal of the Inquisi- more surprised than my theologian, who was tion, and the other the Advocate De Do- even more unable than myself to comprehend minicis, Chancellor of the Inquisition.) how I, separated from the rest of the world After we were seated all three round a table, by virtue of the laws of the Inquisition, the priest made a sign to the other to write, could be summoned before a military tribunal and began to dictate to him in Latin. “A by a foreign authority. The Captain added, certain man (homo quidam) appeared before that there was the permission of the Cardinal me, who declares his name to be Giacinto Vicar. “Let us go, in the name of the Achilli, son of ... born at ... aged about Lord,” was my thought. The Padre Theiner ... dressed (here follows a description of accompanied me to the carriage, in which my dress from head to foot), committed to two soldiers, armed with carbines, sat by my this prison, &c., who, being interrogated side. The tribunal is held at the Ecclewhether he knew why he was imprisoned, siastical Academy, in the Piazza di Minerva. replied, “I have been here for six months, The Capitaine Rapporteur was alone. He and I do not yet know why I was arrested,' put a few questions to me about the person Interrogated if he knew by what tribunal he of Cernuschi, and said some other things to was now arraigned and examined, he replied, me.... He then remanded me to the “I wish to be informed.' And being told castle. that that he was arraigned and examined by! The next day, the 19th January, my theo

logian visited me again, and plied me with to try if it were so ... In an antechamber vehement arguments, and which I answered were several sets of military accoutrements. with arguments still more vehement. Our In a moment I had dressed myself cap-à-pie subject was the bishopric of St. Peter at az a French soldier. The doors on to the Rome, and the privilege of succession be- landing were open, and the ingress not queathed to the popes; Dr. Theiner all guarded by a single individual. It was halfintent on demonstrating, and I on confuting past five in the evening. I did what any one it. In the midst of the discussion, which else would have done, and I did it with a had now lasted some time (it now being smile. I descended into the Piazza di nearly dark), my gaolor came to tell me that Minerva, passed through the Strada Pic the two chasseurs were come back again to di Marino, the Piazza del Collegio Romano, take me to the military commission. “ Fare- and walked through the Corso, disguised as I well, Padre Theiner. Offer my respects to was. I changed my dress at where the Cardinal Vicar, and thank him in my money was prepared for me. A carriage name for your visits, which have given me with post-horses was speedily ready, and a real pleasure; I hope that both of us may passport. At seven, P.M., I passed the walls derive profit from them, to confirm us more of Rome, blessing the Lord, and committing and more in the word of God!" Having to hiin my country, my brethren, and that said this, I pressed his hand, and got into the infant church which will one day be an carriage between the two soldiers. This example to all the churches, so that it may time the carriage was an open one, and, again be said of the Romans, that “their traversing the long street from the Castle to faith is spoken of throughout the whole the Minerva, I saw and was seen by many world,” in six hours I arrived at Civita persons. A novel sight indeed! A prisoner Vecchia, rested till daylight, presented several of the Inquisition held in custody by the arms letters, and embarked on board a steamer of of the French Republic ! The Capitaine war. The whole of that day (20th) I passed Rapporteur was very obliging, and I am sure in the port, engaged in thanking my God, felt personal sympathy with me. I will not and in praying to him to provide for me in all repeat the conversations which I had with respects. I wrote a farewell letter to the him. ... I will only say that I was greatly brethren in Rome, which I got a person to cheered, and I could not help feeling as if I post. The next day we sailed for Toulon were free and my own master. I determined and from thence I went to Marseilles,"

CORRESPONDENCE.

BAPTIST MISSIONARY SOCIETY—PROPOSED invite the exercise of their deliberate wisdom CONSTITUTIONAL CHANGES.

in the spirit of reverent obedience and humble To the Editor of the Baptist Magazine.

dependence towards our Great Master. The

resolutions as they now stand, if adopted by DEAR SIR,,In reply to many enquiries the general meeting, will occasion certain and kind suggestions from esteemed brethren changes in the constitution of the society, on the subject of the resolutions to be brought which we think are required by the faithful forward by us at the next annual meeting of application of scriptural principles, and by the Missionary Society, which appear in the the necessity which is strongly felt among us last report, we take the liberty of requesting to unite our society more completely with the insertion of a few sentences in the pages those on whom it must depend for support. The of your Magazine. The attention which changes will consist, first, in the abolition of during past months we have been able to give a fixed amount of pecuniary contribution as to the subject, and the kind communications a condition of membership; secondly, in the of brethren, have led us to a conviction of the substitution for it of a religious qualification, importance of thoroughly discussing these viz., connection with a church by which the resolutions as connected with the welfare of missionary society is approved and supported; our society, and the maintenance and enlarge- and thirdly, in the transference of the control ment of the sympathy and support of our of the society from persons possessing the churches in its proceedings. We purpose, property qualification, and only such as therefore, if life and strength permit, to bring defined by the present law,) to the representathese resolutions, in the form of which we tives of contributing churches who are to have given notice, under the consideration of moet once a year for the despatch of business the annual meeting, and desire, by thus carly and the choice of officers. reminding our brethren of our intentions, to the first resolution to be brought forward VOL. XIII.FOURTH SERIES.

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