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their chapels and other property, in order that, if it! The annual meeting was held at Faringshall be found necessary, advantage may be taken I don. May 28th and 29th. Mr. Maior was of the facilities proposed to be offered by a bill introduced in the Commons' House of Parliament
chosen moderator, and Mr. Bliss secretary. by S. M. Peto, Esq., as soon as that bill shall have Sermons were preached by Messrs. Statham become the law of the land."
and Lewis. The following were some of the
resolutions read and adopted :“That this association regarding it as the im perative duty of Christians to bear public and
“That the ministers and messengers of this assounited testimony to the spirituality of Christ's kingdom, rejoices to hear of the unanimity and
ciation, while acknowledging the desirableness of earnestness which characterized the late Triennial forbidding by legal enactment the practice of intraAnti-State-Church Conference, and with increased
mural interment, feel it nevertheless a duty to record confidence renews its recommendation of the Anti
their strong objection to the arbitrary and unconState-Church Association to the sympathy and sup
stitutional provisions of the Metropolitan Interport of the churches."
ments Bill, and especially to the clauses securing, under the pretence of compensation for the loss of
fees, the payment of a perpetual annuity to the Petitions to Parliament were adopted, to
parochial clergy. They do hereby protest against a be signed by the moderator and secretary on provision so manifestly unjust ever becoming a behalf of the association:
precedent on which future legislation may be
based.” In favour of marriage with the sister of a deceased wife.
“ That this association, believing that neither Against compensation to clergymen on the divine law nor popular feeling forbid the marriage
of a man with the sister of his deceased wife, but part of dissenters in the case of extramural
that on the contrary such marriages frequently interments.
commend themselves both to the conscientious Against the Irish establishment
convictions of duty and the most prudent resolves A petition was adopted also to the king of of religious men, and believing that the only reason
for forbidding them by legal enactment is found in Norway and Sweden, on behalf of the per
their being forbidden by the canons of the English secuted baptists in Sweden.
establishment, do hereby protest against any law
which binds the nonconformists of this realm to Statistics.
obedience to those canons." Number of churches making returns..... 46
“That the churches be recommended to forward Baptized .................
petitions to parliament without delay, founded on Received by le etter............ 125
the above resolutions."
Number of churches...... ................... 23 Excluded.......
Baptized ....... 231
Received by letter ......... Clear increase........
Restored Number of members..... 3719
132 Village stations. ...
Deceased Sabbath scholars ...
80 sun week, 1851.
Number of members.......
2399 Sunday School Teachers .....
326 Village stations...
37 OXFORDSHIRE. This association is composed of the follow
The meeting next year to be held at
Coate, June 3rd and 4th, Mr. Hull to ing churches :
SOUTHERN. Bourton ..................J. Statham.
This association held its twenty-sixth Burford
.W. Cherry Campden .E. Amery.
meeting on June 5th and 6th, at Beaulieu. Chadlington T. Eden.
It consists of the following churches :
Beaulieu Rails .........J. B. Burt.
Blackfield Common...R. Bennett,
Downton ...... ....-Collier.
Ebenezer ... ....J. Neave, G. Aroot. Hook Norton ...J. Blakeman,
.J. Smedmore. King's Sutton .......J. Simpson.
Hedge End .... ...J. Oughton. Lechlade.... ...A. Walsh.
.C. Cakebread. Middleton Cheney ...J. Price,
W. G. Ross. Milton .... ..........W. Cherry.
Longparish .....J. Ewing. Oxford ........E. Bryan
.J. Millard, J. Martin. Shipston... .......J. Morris.
Ludgershall ........J. Mead. Stow ...... .....J. A cock.
Milford ....................J. V. Gill, Woodstock ....J. Freer.
Newport ................W. Jones.
viewed the history of the church, and expressed Parley .................P. Alcock.
his joy in its large increase and present peace Portsea, lst church...C. Room. , 2nd church...H. Williams.
and prosperity, but most affectionately urged Poole ......................S. Bulgin.
upon the young the value and importance of Poulner ........ .......... W. Brown.
that religion which from a long experience he Ryde ............ ............W. Newell.
had found to be the only source of true Romsey ................... Salisbury .................J. W. Todd.
happiness amidst the sorrows of life, and Southampton, 1st ch. T. Morris.
which he assured them would be to all who 2nd ch. A. McLaren.
professed it, the sovereign balm for every Whitchurch ............C. Smith. Winchester ............J. Davis.
woe, their solace in death, and their guide to
everlasting life. After tea a public meeting Two sermons were preached by Messrs. was held in the spacious chapel, when apDavis and Goodman. The Circular Letter
propriate and heart-stirring addresses were which Mr. Martin had prepared was read delivered to a crowded audience by brethren and adopted. Mr. Birt was chosen mode Middleditch, Lewis of Diss, Lord of Ipsrator and Mr. Morris secretary.
wich, and Murch of Sudbury ; thus closing
a day long to be remembered, and which it Statistics.
is hoped will be eminently conducive to the Number of churches making returns ... 24 revival of the church and the glory of God.
Baptized.............. .............. 97
On the 12th of June, 1850, the church at
- 122 White's Row, Portseá, opened their new Clear increase
chapel in St. Paul's Square, Southsea. The Number of members..... ....... 2780
Rev. W. Brock preached two powerful serSabbath scholars ............
mons on the occasion. The attendance was The next meeting will be held at Poole on large, and the collections were liberal. The the first Tuesday and Wednesday in June. church and congregation accustomed to meet The sermons to be preached by Messrs. in White's Row, will in future worship in Collier and Martin.
the new chapel.
THE SUFFOLK BAPTIST HOME MISSIONARY
BYROM STREET, LIVERPOOL.
This chapel, the purchase of which we The annual meeting of this association,
announced some time ago, was re-opened for comprising the following churches, viz. :
divine worship on Lord's day afternoon, Aldborough, Bildestone, Botesdale. Brad- June 23rd, at half past two o'clock. The field, Bury St. Edmunds, Diss, Eye, Ipswich
Rev. J. Hervey of Bury read and prayed, (Stoke Green), Ipswich (Turret Green),
and the Rev. H. S. Brown of Myrtle Street Stradbrooke, and Sudbury, was held on | preached from Ps. cxxvi. 3. The chapel Thursday, July 4th, at Bury, when from the was filled to overflowing, which is hoped to statistics it appeared ninety-geven had been | be an earnest of good things for the cause. baptized by the eleven churches during the The Rev. James Smith, late of New Park past year, and a clear increase was gained of Street, had engaged to supply the pulpit for more than six to each church. In connexion | the next five Lord's days. with the usual business of the associated churches, a public tea-meeting was held in the Corn Exchange, of which more than five
NOTTINGHAM hundred persons partook, in celebration of In Derby Road, Nottingham, a new chapel the jubilee of the baptist church at Bury, was opened on Tuesday the 9th of July, for which was formed in July, 1800, when ten the use of a baptist church formed two or persons were baptized and united in church three years ago, and now under the pastoral fellowship, three only of whom remain to care of the Rev. J. A. Baynes, B.A. this day. The Rev. Thomas Middleditch, In the morning, after prayer, by the Rev. now of Calne in Wiltshire, is one of the S. M'All, Mr. Baynes preached from the survivors, and his presence with us added words, “I will make the place of my feet considerably to the interest of our jubilee. | glorious.” Dr. Hamilton, who had been exIt was peculiarly gratifying to see our vener- pected, having failed through sudden illness, able and esteemed brother after fifty years Mr. Baynes stated at the close of an able of a Christian profession, in such good health discourse, that as they had only been apand mental vigour, and to listen to his iin prised of this on the previous evening, by pressive address, in which he not only re- electric telegraph, he did not think it just to
allow any other than himself to bear the The collections on the day of opening brunt of the disappointment. The evening amounted to £132 lls. 4d.; to which was discourse was delivered by the Rev. A. J. added on the following Lord's day, after disMorris.
courses by the Rev. J. T. Brown, a further One of the local papers, The Nottingham sum of £82. Mercury, says, that the building taken altogether may safely challenge for beauty of design and excellence of workmanship any
NEW CHURCHES. ecclesiastical edifice within many miles of it. The following is part of the description which
ABARAMAN, GLAMORGANSHIRE, that paper gives of the structure :
On Monday, June 3rd, Mr. John Morris,
Merthyr, was ordained to the pastoral office “ The building is 110 feet long and 40 | over the English baptist church in this place, feet wide in the clear between the walls. / which was constituted a church according to Owing to the narrowness of the site, the the rules of the New Testament, at the same buttresses on the side are curtailed in their time. The Rev. T. Davis, of High Street proper proportions, and are almost flattened chapel, Merthyr,stated the nature of a Christian against the walls. At the termination of church ; and after reading over the names of the label moulds of the window arches are those that were to be united in Christian felcarved male heads. A flight of 15 stone | lowship, proposed the questions to the church steps leads to the principal entrances to the and minister. The Rev. J. Jones of Zion chapel. The nave is about 86 feet long, chapel, Merthyr, offered the ordination which with the side aisles and galleries will prayer, accompanied with the imposition of accommodate about 1000 persons. The seats hands ; after which the Rev. T. Davis deare all open benches constructed of stained livered the charge to the newly-ordained wood ; and they form a novel and pleasing minister, and the Rev. J. Jones addressed feature in a dissenting place of worship. The the church. In the afternoon the Rev. W. baptistery is quite open to the chapel, placed Edwards of Aberdare, and the Rev. J. Jones in the chancel at the end of the nave, and is preached, and in the evening, the Rev.Mr. Price 25 feet by 18 feet. The screen and pulpit and D. B. Jones, Abaraman. The meeting are built of beautiful white stone from Caen separated highly gratified by this interesting in Normandy, and are beautifully moulded service, and enriched with ornamental designs. The pulpit is covered on the ledge and front cushion with blue cloth and gold. The ex
CREWE, CHESHIRE, terior of the edifice is built of Bulwell stone, A small baptist church was formed in this with Coxbench stone dressings. In the in- place last autumn, the deacons of which give terior the chapel is 55 ft. high from the floor the following pleasing information: “Through to the roof, and is designed in the Gothic the great kindness of the Rev. W. Butler, style of the time of Edward II. The roofs | M.A., of Christ Church, Crewe, we have are open timbered, with framed rafters, Clus- been permitted to use one of the National ter columns support the chorestry in the school-rooms for public worship on the nave. The capitals are foliated, and just Lord's day evenings until now. By the above them are carved heads of the twelve blessing of God we have held together, and apostles,
we have good grounds to hope the work * « The style of its gracefully light columns, of the Lord is progressing in our midst. with their richly carved capitals, and lofty The number of church members is small, pointed arches, carry the mind back to the being five male and five female. For some period when those beautiful edifices were time past there has been a desire to raise a house erected in this country, which have obtained for God, but as our means are not such as to the name of modern, or latter Gothic, of warrant so great an undertaking, we have which the Temple church in London is one fitted up a commodious room capable of of the most celebrated examples. The height, seating one hundred persons, which was both of the pillars and the arches springing opened the last sabbath day in June. The from them, in the baptist chapel, are some- | Rev. H. Barker of Buralem preached two what less than those of the Temple church, impressive sermons to attentive audiences. still they are sufficiently lofty and delicate in On the Monday following (July 1) we held their construction to fill the mind with the a public tea-meeting, when about 250 friends finest ideas of the architectural beauty of of all denominations, including many of the this description of edifices, and which appear church of England, partook of the social to have attained their highest degree of per- repast. Several ministers kindly came from fection during the fourteenth century ; from a distance to rejoice with and encourage us, which period the architecture of this beauti- and to help in the service of the evening. ful chapel, both as respects ornament and We may mention the Revs. J. Harvey of construction, may be said to have taken its | Bury, W. Barker of Burslem, J. Shore of
| Tarporley, R. Pedley of Wheelock Heath,
H. Cocksey of Andermy, and C. Brigley Liverpool. A most lucid and impressive (independent) of Crewe. Mr. F. Carter pre- charge was delivered to the pastor by the sided. It was a very interesting meeting, Rev. J. Acworth, LL.D., president of Hor. and a sweet and happy feeling pervaded the ton College. The Rev. V. M. White, of the whole; not a jarring note was heard." Irish presbyterian church, closed the service
of the morning with prayer, after which an
adjournment was made to the spacious school BIRMINGHAM.
rooms under the chapel, where a cold collaIn the Circus chapel, Bradford Street,
tion was provided by the ladies of the conBirmingham, the ordinance of baptism has
gregation free of charge. The rooms were been administered twice; first, by Mr. Chew's
decorated with the flowers of the season, and baptizing three disciples, and on July 7th
every provision made that could be desired by Mr. Landel's baptizing six more. On
for the comfort of the company. Upwards
of 200 persons sat down to dinner, the Rev. sabbath afternoon, July 14th, these, with about forty others, who had been members
C. M. Birrell occupying the chair. After
dinner interesting and appropriate addresses of baptist churches in the town and else
were delivered by the chairman, the Revs. where, and who had mostly received letters
Dr. Acworth, J. Edwards of Wavertree, of dismission, were formed into a church.
B. C. Etheridge, V. M. White, S. Manning Brother Swan read the scriptures and
of Frome, and w. Graham, and by Messrs. prayed, brother Roe read the letters and
T. Urquhart and John Houghton. After a names of the brethren and sisters who were
short interval for recreation in the open air, to compose the church, and, at his request,
which, owing to the brightness and beauty of they gave to each other the right hand of fellowship. Brother Roe then delivered to
the day, all were fully prepared to enjoy, a
re-union took place in the school-rooms, them an appropriate and impressive address,
where tea was provided. In the evening an and offered solemn prayer for a blessing on
able and instructive sermon was preached to the important union. The Lord's supper followed, at which brother Morgan, sen., pre
the church by the Rev. Richard Fletcher
(independent) of Manchester, and the ensided, assisted by brethren Landels, Swan,
gagements of the day were brought to a and Roe. On this interesting occasion there
termination with devotional exercises conwere present a large number of members
ducted by the Rev. W. Walters of Preston. and deacons from all the baptist churches in the town, who attended to express their sym
In the course of the day the Revs. R. Kirkus,
J. Tunstall of Kirkdale, and T. R. Hoskin of pathy with this new society, and to unite
Great George Street Chapel, Liverpool (inwith them in partaking of the memorials of the Saviour's death. A large congregation
dependent), also took part in the services. attends, and several candidates for baptism
The young pastor enters on his interesting
work under the most favourable auspices, are expected to be added soon; it is hoped
and we trust that his highest and best hopes the divine blessing will largely accompany this effort for the advancement of the Re
and those of his flock as to future prosperity
and usefulness, may be more than fully deemer's cause.
The Rev. W. B. Davies, late of BoroughAn interesting ordination service was held bridge, Yorkshire, having accepted the coron Tuesday, the 4th of June, in connexion dial and unanimous invitation of the baptist with the settlement of Mr. David B. Joseph church and congregation meeting in Greek as pastor of the church worshipping in the Street, Stockport, entered upon his pastoral baptist chapel, Bootle, in the immediate | labours on the 21st of July, 1850. vicinity of Liverpool. The engagements of the day were commenced with devotional exercises conducted by the Rev. B. C.
DUNDEE. Etheridge, pastor of the church at Bolton from which Mr. Joseph had lately been We are informed that the Rev. James transferred. An able introductory discourse Blair has resigned the pastorate of the explanatory of the principles of noncon-church in Stirling, having received an invita. formity as developed in congregationalism tion from the church assembling in Rattray's was preached by the Rev. John Stent of Court, Seagate, Dundee, where he formerly Soho Street Chapel, Liverpool. The state- laboured for some time as an evangelist, and ment on behalf of the church was made by saw numbers turned to the Lord and added Mr. J. Russell, deacon. The questions were to the church. He intends to enter on his asked, and the ordination prayer offered, by pastoral duties there in the beginning of the Rev. C. M. Birrell of Pembroke Chapel, this month.
| look escaped her, but a smile of sweet tranMISS MARY COWELL.
quillity illuminated her countenance. Although from an early age the subject of A few extracts from a correspondence religious impressions, it was not till the de- which she carried on with an absent brother ceased was about eighteen years of age that during her affliction so long as decaying she was brought to full decision for Christ, strength permitted, will exhibit some view of and led to cast herself as a helpless and the general state of her feelings. On one undone sinner upon the mercy of the Lord occasion, having then been six months in the Jesus by faith, looking for redemption | furnace of affliction, during which time, through the blood of the Lamb. Having as was the case throughout the whole of her herself tasted that the Lord is gracious, it illness, she was quite prevented from reaching became henceforth her aim to seek to lead the house of God, or even leaving her home, others to that fountain of living waters whose she says, “ Being alone, yet not alone, I take healing efficacy she had herself experienced. the opportunity of attempting a little silent Thus influenced, she devoted herself to the converse with you. Although I often on a work of tract distributing, visiting, and con sabbath morning feel solitary when most of versing with the poor of the surrounding the family are gone to chapel (particularly neighbourhood on the things which make for when the minister is staying with us, as is their peace; and great was the pleasure that the case to-day) yet I turn away my thoughts she experienced in her work of faith and from this, and go to my silent companions, labour of love. In the work of sabbath my books, especially the bible, and from school teaching she had engaged previously. thence I draw comfort. What a blessing it In her twenty-first year she united herself is that, although friends may be absent, God with the baptist church at Old Sampford, is not, but is everywhere present, as well in her connexion with which she was enabled the abode of the afflicted as in the public to adorn unto the end with a walk and con- sanctuary, where in spirit I often am when versation as becometh the gospel. One prevented from being there in person ; but Christian grace prominent in her character God knows the thoughts and desires of my was humility, which induced in her a reluc heart, and can impart tranquillity to the tance to speak much of herself and her mind under the consideration that he apChristian attainments, exemplifying at the points my daily lot; and reflecting on this, I same time in her conduct the words of the hope I desire to feel passive in his hands, apostle, “ Let each esteem other better than knowing that he does all things well. True, himself.” She was eminently a practical this is a scene of pain and suffering, but the Christian, and with holy jealousy watched Lord deals gently with me. His strokes are over herself as one that must give account. not severe. May they accomplish the deBeing naturally of a weakly constitution, she sired end, for I know I need the chastening frequently suffered from severe indisposition, rod.” In another letter, alluding to the especially during the months of winter, and excessive heat, she writes, “ I think I bear it for above a year previous to her last illness, better than might be expected, being supshe was much confined by lameness occa- plied with innumerable comforts and mercies sioned by an accidental fall from which she from my heavenly Father. My cup runneth had but partially recovered, when in March, over. I have no room to complain but of 1847, she was seized with fatal symptoms of my sinful self, but Christ is the anchor of my consumption, which was destined, in spite of soul.” On one occasion, after alluding to every effort used to stay its progress, to con the means employed to arrest the disorder, sign her to an early grave; but she was / she writes, “ What I think of my poor body graciously strengthened to meet with forti is this, that it resembles a worn out garment, tude the stroke which from its commence which at various times has had many patches ment she believed had received its com- put upon it, and will bear but few more; but mission to cut her down, and in it all she when this is put off, I hope to have a pure recognized the hand of her heavenly Father, and spotless one, in which I shall appear and expressed the fullest satisfaction that her before a righteous God in that happy world lot was at his disposal, feeling that she could where the Saviour is the light thereof." At there leave it, fully acquiescing in his deci another time, referring to two Christian sion who seeth not as man seeth.
friends, who after seasons of protracted sufIt is a sweet, yet mournful task to the fering about the same time, fell asleep in writer, to trace her course in the lingering Jesus, she writes, “ Their sufferings are ended, descent through a period of twenty months they have entered into rest. Oh, what a down the valley of the shadow of death. change from a world of sin and sorrow, to a Here her light shone with distinguished world of true peace and holiness! We too lustre in suffering the will of God, through hope to have an inheritance there, where we the trying scenes of the decay of the earthly shall see and dwell with our Saviour, who by house of her tabernacle, exhibiting the same his sufferings has purchased for us unworthy cheerfulness of spirit as distinguished her in creatures these infinite blessings." Thus in health. No murmuring or repining word or patient waiting, in a frame of tweet tran.