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gentleman of the independent connexion, Chancellor of the Exchequer should have they were compelled to relinquish possession openly invited a public demonstration against at Midsummer, and must erect a temporary the measure.--Patriot, June 24. building for their future accommodation until the new chapel is ready for their reception. From the tone of some remarks which fell
Under these circumstances, they feel from the Chancellor of the Exchequer last assured of the sympathy of the religious night, and from Lord John Russell on a pre public generally, and of the baptist denomi vious evening, as well as from the animus of nation in particular. And the committee these instructions, we fear that the Ministry trust that, with the divine blessing resting on are not acting in accordance with their high their efforts, they will very soon be enabled to moral character--they are conniving at an commence this important work.
attempt on the part of the Post-office autho
rities to render the alterations as troublesome COLLECTANEA.
and obnoxious as possible.-Christian Times, POST OFFICE DELIVERY.
June 21. It reflects but little credit upon Her
REV. J. GIRDWOOD. Majesty's ministers that after advising the The Rev. J. Girdwood of Montreal has Queen to comply with the Address of her received a unanimous invitation to become faithful Commons respecting the closing of the pastor of the baptist church, New the Post Office on Sunday, and before putting Bedford, Massachusetts, and has accepted it. their orders for that purpose in force, the -Nonconformist,
THE WORKS OF JOHN CALVIN, it would be a reproach to our times if this To the Editor of the Baptist Magazine. noble enterprise were allowed to languish and
fail, when so large a mass of mediæval and Dear Sir,,We will thank you to permit modern trash, of a professedly religious us in your pages to commend the publications kind, is issued from the press and extensively of the “ Calvin Society" to the attention of circulated. your readers.
The works of Calvin now in the course of About seven or eight years ago this society publication by this society, are specially rewas formed, for the purpose of effecting a commended by the following considerations : wider circulation of the writings of Calvin 1. They are not a reprint of old translathroughout the church of Christ in these tions, which are very uncouth, and otherwise kingdoms.
faulty ; but they consist of new translations, The works of such a man need no recom- / which have been made by competent persons. mendation of ours ; hut we may, perhaps, bel 2. They are got up in admirable style, allowed to remark, that the general correct. The paper, type, and execution are what ness and scriptural character of their theology, every lover of Calvin's writings could wish together with the broad and comprehensive them to be. view of divine truth which they give, afford 3. They are surprisingly cheap. Four an admirable safeguard against some popular | volumes, each on an average containing 500 errors of the age ; while, at the same time, pages, are furnished for the sum of one their felicitous elucidation of sacred writ, 1 pound. their masterly style of reasoning, and the 4. They are issued in a way which renders spirit of holy unction by which they are per- their purchase easy. Four such volumes as vaded, must commend them to the approba. | we have just described are issued every year; tion of all the friends of taste and devotion. and thus, for a trifling annual outlay, a A large portion of his works consists of ex- library can receire so valuable an addition, positions of the word of God, and they are 5. “ New subscribers" (we quote from an thus well adapted to ministers, students, and address of the society) “may still be adall who desire to “ behold wondrous things mitted on the original terms, and obtain all out of his law.”
the works, on transmitting the contributions ; And yet, we regret to know that this or parties may take one or more year's books society has not been adequately sustained by at a time, and pay up the remainder of the the religious public, and is therefore strug. subscriptions at convenient intervals." gling with difficulties. We are apprehensive These works can be obtained through the that this edition of the works of so eminent a medium of any bookseller ; but the best reformer, divine, and commentator—one of method of procuring them would be by applithe brightest of the “burning and shining cation to the depository of the society at lights” of his age-has not received from our Messrs. Sutherland and Knox's, booksellers, own denomination the support which might 23, George Street, Edinburgh ; orto Robert have been fairly anticipated. We feel that Pitcairn, Esq., F.P.A., Calvin Office, 9, Northumberland Street, Edinburgh; from portion of the devotional exercises, a part of whom any further information may be ob- the worship we offer to God, through the tained.
only Mediator, the Lord Jesus Christ, and we We remain, dear Sir,
are commanded to sing with the heart, and Yours cordially,
| with the understanding also. But can it be F. A. Cox, Hackney. consistent with this view to sing hymns JAMES WEBB, Ipswich. | addressed to sinners, which are neither
prayer nor praise? THE GREEK WORDS RENDERED ORDAIN. It not unfrequently happens that after a To the Editor of the Baptist Magazine.
solemn address from the pulpit to unconMYDEAR SIR, I am glad to see that you are
verted sinners we have a hymn of this
description given outcalling attention incidentally to the practice of the translators of our English bible, in translat "Sinner, O why no thoughtless grown ?" ing the same Greek word by different words in English. Your labours are appreciated both Or,in the east and in the west ; and your lists
“Hasten, O sinner, to be wise." have been re-published in Calcutta and in the States. Allow me to suggest that in due I cannot, as an individual, feel it right to time you proceed to notice the converse stand up and sing to sinners. If I am right practice of translating different Greek words in my feelings on this subject I should be by the same English term. A specimen glad to awaken in the minds of other Chriswill explain my meaning: “ordain," in our tians an inquiry also, but if I am wrong I New Testament represents various words in shall be very thankful to be set right. the original,
I cannot but think there are many hymns In Acts x. 42, xvii, 31—The original means
in our selections that are of a directly con
trary order, that are perhaps equally inapdetermined. In 1 Cor. ii. 7-fore-determined.
propriate for public worship, such as convey In Acts xii. 48; Rom. xiii. 1; Gal. iii. 19;
the ardent feelings of deep piety and holy 1 Cor. ix. 14-ordain, with the idea of
longing for deliverance from this sinful world,
very sweet and refreshing for private devotion, setting in order.
but not suitable for a public mixed assembly, In Acts xvi. 4-decided, In Eph. ii. 10 (as translated in Rom. ix.
and yet frequently so used.
An answer to this Query will be very 23)-prepare. In 1 Tim. ii. 7 (as in 2 Tim. i. 8 ; Acts xiii.
thankfully received by a constant reader of
your Magazine, and 47, xx. 28)-appoint. In Heb. v. 1, viii. 3-constitute or establish.
A FEMALE MEMBER OF THE CHURCH
OF CHRIST. In Jude i, 4-to write up in the face of men, i. e., denounce, or to write concerning a
EDITORIAL POSTSCRIPT. thing before hand. And in Acts i. 22; and Rom. vii, 10; there The three orphan children of our late
is no corresponding word at all in the brother Moore need the kind consideration original.
of those who respect his memory. There I am not prepared to maintain that the are two boys, one aged ten and the other meaning I have given in each case is perfect: nine, and a girl aged about six, left among but if it serves to show the difference be
strangers at Sydney – Christian strangers tween the words in the original, my end is
indeed, but strangers on whom they have no gained.
claim arising from knowledge of their father, Yours very truly,
or of his persevering and ill-requited labours. J. A.
They are remaining with the benevolent
friends who received him in his debilitated QUERY ON HYMNS SELECTED FOR PUBLIC
state and soothed his last hours, and it will be probably best for them that they should
continue where they are ; but it affords us To the Editor of the Baptist Magazine.
pleasure to say that the committee who DEAR SIR,-Will you permit me through raised the fund for Mr. Moore's passage to the medium of the Baptist Magazine to beg Australia, when this was thought to be the the thoughts of some of your able correspond- most promising means of saving his life, are ents on a subject which has long agitated my making efforts on their behalf. Mr. Bowser mind, and that at a time the most undesir- of Catharine Court, Tower Hill, is ready to able, disturbing the holy calm which the act as treasurer ; and we trust that these worship of God is calculated to inspire. It fatherless and motherless children will be is with regard to the hymns proper to be graciously remembered by Him who has all used in the public services of the sanctuary. hearts and all resources at his disposal.
We are in the habit (and I think justly so) of considering the songs of Zion to be one We are informed by the Rev. Thomas
Price of Aberdare, Glamorganshire, that he nitively augmented.” It says that “ a lesson has been requested by the Committee of of malice has, by these Masters in the School the Baptist Academy, Pontypool, to visit of Defamation, been thus set to music for London on behalf of that institution, and them” [their readers] ; " and it is but too that he intends to do so in the course of the probable the bulk of their disciples will sing present month.
on as they are bid, asking no questions."
In another part of the paper is the adverIt has been our custom for some years to tised Address, which occupies more than five present our readers occasionally with “ Col columns. It speaks of a lesson of spite lectanea." The articles inserted under this and hate,” “unblushing falsehood," and head have generally been derived from pe- “ cunning malignity.” These are speciriodicals conducted by brethren of other mens of the phraseology which the editor denominations, whose information on matters of the British Banner, the Christian Witness, of general interest we found to be superior and the Christian's Penny Magazine, applies to our own. When there has been internal to ministers of long standing in Yorkshire, as dissension among them we have seldom well as to ourselves ; to them, for recording adverted to the fact; as, for instance, in the their opinion of certain publications, to us, recent May meetings, when it was resolved, for quoting it. There are some other para. after much discussion, that the Christian graphs belonging exclusively to the editor of Witness and the Penny Magazine should be this Magazine. He has given offence by no longer regarded as the official organs of saying, “ the fullest account of the baptist the Congregational Union ; respecting which annual meetings in London that we have we said not a word. But the recent attacks seen this year, has been given in The Chrison Mr. Noel and Dr. Price, members of our tian Times.” This, the editor of the British own body, and principally we believed be. Banner has partially quoted ; but he has cause they were of our body, we considered suppressed the words “ The Christian Times," it right to notice or permit to be noticed in putting a dash instead of them, that his our pages. It never entered our thoughts readers might not know what paper was that to quote from another magazine laid us referred to; and he has altered the former open to the charge of conspiracy. Last part of our sentence, putting in two words of month, however, we took a paragraph from a his own, so as to make it nonsense! Now, small periodical edited by four well-known if any of our readers think that this is a style baptist ministers in Yorkshire, relative to the of writing that ought to be encouraged, let treatment of Dr. Price by the British them by all means send the “ Five Postage Banner-a newspaper which we are not in Stamps." As to ourselves, we have done our the habit of seeing--prefixing to the extract duty by Dr. Campbell. Five years ago we this sentence :-“From our small but re- cautioned him respecting the consequences spectable baptist contemporary, The which would ensue from his habit of mis. Church,' we quote the following passage, quoting. When he had greatly misreprebecause it relates to a subject on which many sented our language, we said mildly, “ All of our readers will wish for some information, this we deem incautious; but if he should and respecting which our personal know- persevere in this style of quotation in conledge is incomplete." This fact was followed troversy, some day or other he will meet by the appearance of an advertisement in the with an opponent who will take a harsher Patriot to the following effect : “ The British view of the case, and express it in other Banner of Wednesday next, June 19th, will terms.". The correctness of this anticipacontain an Address to the Baptist Churches, tion he has already realized, but as yet, with their pastors and deacons, upon articles alas! there is no amendment. In the same which have just appeared in certain Baptist article, we ventured to intimate to some of Periodicals, relative to the recent contro- our correspondents, whose ardour we thought versy on the subject of infidelity and the it necessary to restrain, that we had had for Eclectic Review. Let every baptist read some time a settled conviction that it was not both sides of the question: "Strike, but the destiny of the editor of the Christian hear!' Five Postage Stamps addressed to Witness to be. written down by any other the British Banner Office, 69, Fleet Street, pen than bis own. And, now, as all further London.” Accordingly, on the appointed warnings would be out of place, and the day, a leader appeared in that paper, headed, united efforts of his friends to save him have “ THE CONSPIRACY.” It charges the editors proved unavailing, we can only say, Let him of the Church and the Baptist Magazine go on; the faster he writes the sooner he with “& flagrant falsehood, a deliberate will destroy the remains of an influence which calumny, impacted successively in the he misuses, and the more impressive will be columns of two periodicals devoted to the the lesson that his history will teach to the instruction of a Christian denomination.” | Adonijahs of a coming generation. It declares that “ the web of malice is woven with a double woof, and the decoction of hemlock has its mortal pungency indefi- !
· Bap. Mag., April, 1845.
- THE PITCH LAKE, - Among the most singular natural phenomena of the island of Trinidad, where our brethren Law and Cowen labour, is the lake Brea, or Pitch Lake. It is an area of about 150 acres on the north-west side of the island, and thirty miles from Port of Spain. It is thus described by a recent traveller :
Imagine a black surfaee-a dreary, deso- / water fissures are quite deep, afford good late black-spread out to the length of nearly bathing, and are tolerably well stocked with half a mile, by an eighth in width--slightly fish. varied by many fissures some of them but a Near the lake I found a coloured man enstep across, same just too wide to juinp (as I gaged in boiling the pitch in several large found by trying)=a few of these fissures boilers. A part of this he sells after boiling, filled with short shrubbery, but most of them in a pure state, and to the rest he adds a mere ponds of water-ef water clear as the portion of lime, when it is shipped as mastic. mountain spring ; and then imagine the He says he has cut from the lake a great whole bordered by a thiek growth of trees, many hundreds of tons, but he never peneand the graceful bending bamboo, and this trates more than ten or twelve inches below whole border thiekly hanging with a profu- the surface, and the hole is always filled sion and variety of beautiful Aowers--I know again within two days after the cutting. The not the spot elsewhere where the eye can supply is doubtless inexhaustible. But the rest on sueh a profusion of flowers at a glance pitch is not confined to the spot I have en-and this may possibly convey some general deavoured to describe. There are masses of idea of the peculiarity of a general view. it extending miles inland, and at several For a eloser inspeetion of the central part of points it extends to the sea beach. At the the lake I was obliged to repeat my visit the last place it is cut out in large quantities to next marning, securing the services of a negto ship to this city and some of the islands to to carry a plank te bridge the unjumpable use in building, and in tlagging the streets. fissures.
It is used by the steamers, being largely I then found spots where the surface of the mixed with coal for fuel, and is recently pitch would gradually sink beneath my feet, coming into use in the manufacture of petroso that in a few moments I stood in a cavity lium. But wherever these cuttings are made ankle deep. In other places it seemed to be -on the lake, inland, or on the beach-the boiling below; for the surface around me was quantity is almost iinmediately made good, bubbling and simmering like that of a pat and in some places gradually increases. The over the fire, while the gas thus disengaged neighbourhood is in motion, very slow to be was very strong. Though the surface of the sure, yet there is, as it were, a growing up of lake is generally too hard to receive a foot- the surface in spots, so that the houses in La print- -just hard enough to cut readily with Brea are found now and then to have a side an axe-there are places where the pitch or an end raised a few inches above its oppo. oozes aut in nearly a liquid form, so that one site, may dip it with a spoon. Some of the
In a brief note, under date of May 3, 1850, our brother Wenger in the following words gives us the highly important information of the establishment of religious liberty in India.
I write just a line to call your attention to government of the East India Company, as the act passed on the Ilth April by the inflicts on any person forfeiture of rights or Governor-General in council, of which the property, or may be held in any way to following is a copy. I omit the preamble. impair or affect any right of inheritance, by
“ So much of any law or usage now in reason of his or her renouncing, or having force within the territories subject to the been excluded from, the communion of any