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On Lord's day, December 31, 1848, the
new school room adjoining the baptist chapel, Seven persons recently baptized by the Beckington, was opened. Sermons suitable Rev. T. Clements, with nine others, were
to the occasion were preached by Messrs. formed into a Christian church on the 6th of Manning and Middleditch of Frome, and by November, 1848. At half-past four o'clock, Mr. John Hinton, who is recently chosen about eighty persons sat down to tea, the pastor of the above church ; and on the folwhole of the trays being provided gratuitous- lowing Tuesday, a tea meeting, given by ly, the profits being devoted to defray the twenty of the friends, was held, the proceeds expense of repairing and cleansing the chapel. of which, upwards of £14, went towards At six o'clock, a public service commenced liquidating the debt incurred by the church in by Mr. R. Baker of Thrapstone giving out the erection of the new building; the cost of a hymn; when George Cane, Esq., of Gren- which is estimated at £270 ; £40 towards den Hall, read the scriptures and prayed; this have been raised by the exertions of the after which, the Rev. W. Robinson of sabbath school teachers. Kettering delivered an appropriate discourse
After the tea, Mr. Hinton was recognized on the nature and duties of a Christian
as pastor of the church ; some statistics relachurch ; Mr. Clements then prayed. Mr. tive to the school and church were read by Robinson said a few words to the persons Mr. Joyce, and the meeting was ably address entering into fellowship ; after which, an ap- ed by the Revs. Manning and Middleditch, propriate hymn was sung, and the ordinance and Messrs. Skurray, Coombs, and Parsons; of the Lord's supper was administered to the E. Hancock, Esq., of Bath, being appointed church and other Christian friends. The
to the chair. A piece, or an anthem, was formation of a Christian church had not been
sung between each address, and the meeting known in Desboro before. This interest was
closed under expressions of satisfaction from commenced by the county mission of the
a crowded audience. particular baptist denomination, and is still chiefly supported by them. A full congregation has been gathered, and there is a good BLAENYWAUN, NEAR CARDIGAN. sabbath school.
The Rev. John Philips Williams of Pantycelyn, Breconshire, having accepted a
unanimous invitation from the church at ORDINATIONS.
Blaenywaun, Pembrokeshire, near Cardigan
Town, commenced his pastoral labours there SWAVESEY, CAMBRIDGESHIRE.
on the first sabbath of the present year, Wednesday, December 11, 1848, Mr. J. C. Wooster, a member of the baptist church
BISHOP BURTON, YORKSHIRE. at Spencer Place, London, was ordained rastor of the second baptist church at Swavesey;
Mr. J. Jefferson of Accrington College, when the Rev. W. Green of Cottenham be! I will commence his labours as pastor of the gan the morning service with reading the baptist church, Bishop Burton, the first sabscriptures and prayer ; the Rev. J. Åldis, bath in February. Maze Pond, London, stated the nature of a gospel church and asked the usual questions ; the Rev. G. Bailey of Haddenham prayed
RECENT DEATHS. the ordination prayer; after which the Rev. J. Peacock, Mr. Wooster's pastor, gave the charge, and closed the service. Met again at The following account of this estimable three o'clock, when the Rev. J. H. Millard man is given in a letter from his early friend, of Huntingdon read and prayed, and the the Rev. R. Pengilly :Rev. R. Roff of Cambridge addressed the “My first acquaintance with him was in church. In the evening at six, the Rev. E. his coming, in 1816, a solitary traveller from Davis of St. Ives prayed, and the Rev. J. Carlisle to my house at Newcastle, to present Aldis preached an impressive sermon. The his request for Christian baptism. He had services were all much crowded, and Mr. been for some time associated with the indeWooster's prospects are very encouraging. pendents of that city, but being thoroughly
REV. W. FISHER.
dissatisfied with the practice of infant baptism, before they were terminated in the grave, I and the unscriptural arguments by which that am not acquainted. practice was defended, he hesitated not to His dying experience, according to the acavow his conviction, and to seek to join him count I have received, may be expressed in self with those who maintained the practice of the beautiful language of Dr. Watts :the apostles. On hearing the account he gave of himself, and his views and principles,
“The gospel bears my spirits up; I delayed not to comply with his request.
A faithful and unchanging God
Lays the foundation for my hope, The occasion was exceedingly pleasing. Find
In oaths, and promises, and blood ;" ing him prepared to defend our practice, I requested him to deliver an address at the And in the verse adopted by the memor. water-side. The spot is endeared to many of able Dr. Carey, for his tombstone at Seramour friends, for there I often baptized in the pore:early years of my ministry—at Paradise, on “A guilty, weak, and helpless worm, the margin of the Tyne, a little above New
On thy kind arms I fall, castle-thebirth-place of the lamented Thomas
Be Thou my strength and righteousness, Thompson, late missionary to Africa, and
My Jesus and my all." where in a small chapel" I long statedly Farewell, my dear brother ! “Pleasant to preached, and not without success.
me has been thy company ;” and though “I Brother Fisher being baptized, and disco- shall behold thee no more with the inhabitants vering gifts for the ministry, was patronized of the world," I indulge the pleasing hope of by the managers of the Baptist Fund, and renewed friendship with thee in the skies, and placed with me for two years to pursue a union in the songs of the redeemed before the course of English study, preparatory to the throne of God and the Lamb. Amen. sacred office. During that period he regularly supplied the church at Rowley and Hindley, and afterwards was unanimously invited to take the oversight of them in the Lord. Here, and in the wide vicinity, he
January 6, died Mrs. Martha Heyworth, of laboured with untiring zeal for nearly thirty Top of the Height, near Newchurch, Rossenyears. Within this period four chapels were dale, Lancashire, (widow of the late James built in four villages, all within the field of Heyworth, of Flowers, near Bacup) at the his ministry, and in them all he regularly protracted age of nearly eighty-five years
. She preached at stated times, blest with a larger member of the first baptist church in Bacup
had been an upright, consistent, and peaceable ineasure of success than any minister that had for the space of fifty-nine years and six preceded him.
Within the last few years of his labours in months to a day, being, at the time of her this quarter, the church amicably became two death, the oldest member of the church. She churches, and two chapels were assigned to late Rev. John Hirst, under whose ministry
was baptized on the 6th of July, 1789, by the each. Mr. Fisher took the pastorate of Broomley and Broomhaugh, generally called she with many others sat with great delight Tyne-side; another pastor, now our excellent until the time of his death. For the last brother, Mr. James Fyfe, occupying the twelve years she was deprived of her natural other two chapels at Rowley and Shotley-her God, that she went as long as age and in
sight, but such was her love to the house of field. As a preacher my beloved brother Fisher firmities would allow, some one taking her
by the arm. Fas strictly evangelical, exceedingly earnest and affectionate in his addresses both to saints
She was a woman of many doubts and fears, and sinners. In his public prayers, humility honour her profession ; but, by the grace of
often expressing such, lest she should disand fervour were breathed in every sentence. If he had a fault in these sacred exercises, God, she was enabled to hold out to the end; prolixity or diffusiveness was that fault ; but and a little while before her departure she never to be charged with tameness or dulness. was enabled to surmount them all, saying to In his natural temper he was one of the most her daughter, “I want to depart and go to atniable men I ever knew. In friendship heaven;" her last words were, “Happy, and affection I have no expectation of meet
happy." ing with his equal this side eternity. Ile had his weaknesses, but his virtues were much more apparent : long will he be affectionately
EDWARD MINES, ESQ. remembered in the wide field to which I have The subject of this narrative departed this referred, and by none more tenderly than by | life on the 4th October last, in the 73rd year myself and my family, with whom he was of his age. From the days of his youth he some time an inmate, and thenceforth a most was more or less inclined to the right ways of welcome visitor to the day of our final parting. the Lord, and habituated himself to attend
With his labours after he left the banks of an evangelical ministry of the word of lifc. the Tyne, which was but a short period / But it was not till late in life that he became
VOL. XII.--FOURTHI SERIE3.
decided for God. Upwards of twenty years he lamented this, and said, “ If I had reliago he removed to Diss, Norfolk, on the occa- gion or a Saviour to seek now, I could not do sion of a second matrimonial alliance, and the it." Let this be a warning to all, not to put firm religious decision of the family with which off the concerns of the soul, and preparation he allied himself, was mainly instrumental, for eternity, till they come to the chamber of under God, in leading him so steadfastly to sickness or the bed of death, for that is the renounce the world, and identify himself with worst place and time to attend to the most the people and cause of the Redeemer. This important of all concerns, those of the imhe acknowledged and feelingly said during his perishable soul. But our departed brother, last illness, that he “should have to bless having sought and found a Saviour, could, in God to all eternity that ever he came to the extremity of his weakness, rejoice in the Diss."
thought that “Like as a father pitieth his About fifteen years ago, he united with a children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear few others in originating the independent him ; he remembereth their frame, he knowcause in Diss, and on the formation of the eth they are but dust.” One evening, after church was chosen one of its deacons. After having poured out his soul in fervent prayer, a few years he withdrew, and attended, with and repeated many passages of scripture, he his family, the ministry of Mr. Lewis at the feelingly exclaimed, baptist chapel. Having embraced scriptural views of the ordinance of Christian baptism,
*Other refuge have I none,
Hangs my helpless soul on thee, in the summer of 1847 he was baptized, to
Leave! oh I leave me not alone, gether with his only child, on a profession of
Still support and comfort me." repentance and faith, when he addressed the crowd of spectators at the water's side, stat- He told his pastor on one occasion, that he ing the way by which he had been led, and thought the Lord would not have given him giving a reason of the hope that was in' him. an inclination, as he had done for the greater About two months after this he was taken ill, part of his life, to associate with his people, and lingered for twelve months, gradually and linger, as it were, about his sanctuary, if growing weaker to the day of his death. he had not had some designs of mercy toDuring the whole of this long affliction his wards him, “Surely," he said, “ he will not great delight was in the holy scriptures ; no cast me out.” It was replied in the words other book was of equal interest or gave him of the Saviour, “ Him that cometh unto me, the like satisfaction. “ Let me have the I will in no wise cast out." word of God,” was his general request. His The unremitting kindness of a beloved weakness was extreme, and, therefore, he relative who attended him professionally could read but little, but he derived much through his long illness, was often referred to comfort from religious conversation, the repe- by him with much feeling, as well as the tition of hymns and texts of scripture, and constant visits of his dear pastor, which he the prayers of his Christian friends. When daily looked for with much interest, and when these exercises were concluded, he would referring to the kindness he so often received often say with tears, “ Bless the Lord, O my from friends, he would say, “ It is the Lord's soul.” One hymn, each verse of which ends goodness to me,” and would then offer up with the words,
earnest petitions to the throne of grace on
their behalf. « Sweet truth to me,
He gradually acquired increasing confidence
in God as his latter end drew nigh, so that he My Saviour see,"
could and did adopt this verse as his own,he liked much, and would say, " That time
"And when I'm to die, will soon come.” Many of Watts's lyric
Receive me, I'll cry,
For Jesus hath loved me, poems were precious to him, particularly that
I cannot tell why; entitled, “A sight of heaven in sickness."
But this I do find, Worldly or triting conversation he would
We two are so joined, seldom allow, but to converse on such things
He'll not live in glory
And leave me behind." as pertained to the kingdom of God, always gave him pleasure.
When, the last sabbath he spent on earth, Though he generally felt he could trust the it was said to him, “Do you not want someSaviour, he could scarcely be said to possess thing to take ?" he replied, “I want Christ.” the joy of faith through the greater part of His request was then to have some verses or his affliction, for he often deplored the dark scriptures repeated to him, which being done, state of his mind, and would say, “ I want a he said, " I do thirst and pant for Christ." view of Christ.”. During the latter part of Though his decline had been very gradual his his illness bis weakness became so great that change at last to the circumstances of death he suffered much from a lethargic state of was rather sudden and unexpected. But mind, số that he could only attend to read feeling the sentence of death in himself, he ing, conversation, and prayer, at intervals ; said,
I shall arise,
« Oh for an overcoming faith,
In affliction's dark day
The Lord was his stay,
of suffering he never complained : The last hour or so of his life, his breathing Resigned to God's will, only allowed him to utter a short sentence at
He bore every ill,
And a bright crown of life has obtained. a time ; looking at a friend in the room, he said,
The angel of death * Noro will I tell to sinners round,
Quickly took his last breath,
And bore his blest spirit av
Where, redeemed from hell,
In bliss it will dwell, He began, but could not finish,
With the ransomed for ever for aye. ** Lo! glad I come, and thou, blest Lamb,
Let survivors press on,
To gain that blest crown,
And join those once mourners below: together with many other short sentences,
The rest that remains, indicating the happy state of his mind, Makes amends for all pains, breathing after heaven. Presently, awaking There fountains of pleasure still flow. from a short dose, in which his spirit seemed
The conqueror slain, to have intercourse with the unseen world, he Even death will be gain, said, “O! I have been in such a happy, A joyful and blessed release : happy place.” “ Blessed are the dead which
In bondage no more
of the flesh as before, die in the Lord,” but could not finish it.
The heir of a kingdom of peace. Again he exclaimed, “ Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear To my brother farewell, no evil, for thou art with me.” “Dying is
With him it is well:
God will bring him again to our sight, but going home,” and continued, " My in- When he comes in the air, ward foes shall all be slain," and said, His dust to repair, * Finish it,” which a friend did, by saying,
And clothe him in garments of light. “ Nor Satan break my peace again.” After
There all tranquil he lay, this he became speechless, and was soon re- As he sighed away, leased from the suffering, sinful body, to be
His breath like a soft zephyr breeze :
So calm and so still, present with the Lord. A more peaceful, He seemed taking his fill, easy, happy death could not be desired.
Of the river of life at his ease : Who is not prepared to say, “Let me die
Whose waters glide on, the death of the righteous, and let my last
Near the heavenly throne, end be like his ?" but in order to this he
To gladden the circling band, must live the life of the righteous. Were it of the faithful around, desirable to exhibit the life and character of
In the book of life found, the departed, no words could more appropri
And who nearest the Lamb ever stand. ately do so than those of Paul to the Colos- They hunger no more, sians, “ Since we heard of your faith in Christ Nor thirst as before, Jesus, and of the love which ye have to all
And never again shall the sun
With parching heat smite, the saints," for he thought well of, and felt
Nor the pale moon ere blight, kindly towards, the followers of Christ of They have fought-and the battle is won. every denomination. His house and his
S.S. heart were always open to the servants of his Lord, especially to ministers, who were always welcome to the kind hospitalities of his establishment. He was interred in the
MR. JONES, HARLOW. family vault at the baptist chapel, Eye, where his father-in-law, the late Rev. W.W. Simp; earthly course in peace, November 25, 1848,
The subject of this brief notice finished his soni, exercised his ministry; and his funeral in the eighty-first year of his age. From his sermon was preached at Diss, by his pastor, profession as a schoolmaster, his long connecRey, J. P. Lewis, to a large congregation, tion with the church at Harlow, Essex, and composed of different denominations, from the deep interest which he took in public 2 Cor. v. 8.
psalmody, Mr. Jones was well known to On looking at the remains of my dear many of our readers in London and the ad
jacent counties. His fondness for music, and departed brother-in-law, Edward Mines, his fine powerful voice, so greatly admired by wloch he forsook, October 4th, 1848.
his friends, were equalled only by his correct "The soul was gone before we knew
sense of harmony and his readiness to assist The stroke of death was passed.” - Nexton. others. This talent he cultivated, however, Released from all care,
not as a profession with a view to gain, but as Our brother lies there,
a native passion, a constitutional enjoyment, Unabaken by sorrow or pain :
which sometimes rose even to enthusiasm. Wrapt in slumber profound,
As the fruit of this endowment, he began Till the trumpet shall sound, And awake him to rise there again.
while a youth to officiate as clerk, and to con