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sentient opinions by absolute silence on the “ Although the ministers of proprietary sabject. But this is a fearful course for a chapels are not placed under this legal compulminister of Christ. Was he not placed by sion to desecrate Christ's ordinances, yet, by Christ in the church as a witness for the adhering to the establishment, they sanction truth? Is not concealment of the truth at and support the whole system; and must be once an infidelity to Christ, and a wrong to the responsible for that corrupt union of the church Forld ? His silence prevents the overthrow of and the world through which Christ is diserror, and confirms others in mischievous delu- honoured and souls are ruined.” pp. 468, 469. sion. Besides, in his circumstances concealment is falsehood; for he has subscribed to the The awful responsibility of evangelitruth of the prayer-book, and only on that cal men who remain in the establishcondition is he allowed to retain his living : 80 that the effect of his silence is to induce the
ment as upholding a system by which people, the clergy, and the bishop, to think that multitudes are led to perdition, and the he maintains the prayer-book to be wholly spread of true religion is impeded, is consonant to scripture. Silence, too, is almost set forth impressively. “The union of impossible. Occasions must arise when to say the church with the state,” it is shown, nothing would be equivalent to an avowal of dissent from the prayer-book ; and in such an
“authorizes the blind to lead the blind, emergency he would be strongly tempted to the dead to be bishops of the dead ;" defend himself from the suspicions of zealous and the question is solemnly asked, conformists by professions not entirely sincere. “Ought they who see the enormous evil To avoid this pain, however, there is another to perpetuate it by remaining within course which the pious Anglican pastor may
“The union take. He may exaggerate the importance of
the establishment ?” the union, extol “the church' as the purest and checks the progress of religion in the best in the world, persuade himself that it is country by placing the Anglican the chief bulwark of protestantism; he may churches under the ecclesiastical fill up his time and thoughts with the duties of bis ministry, and may resolve not to read, government of worldly politicians asspeak, or think on those disputed topics. Thus sembled in parliament, including Roman be may strive to hide out the errors of the catholics and unitarians, who control prayer-book, and avoid every conclusion re- them in spiritual things, determine the specting the legal fetters of his ministry, mode in which their pastors are to be shielding himself under the thought that many excellent men do all that he is called to do;
chosen, perpetuate their false doctrine, and that matters so trifling ought not to
and prevent the exercise of discipline;"> endanger an institution so venerable and so —“by giving undefined and arbitrary necessary.
power over the churches to prelates, " Symptoms of this state of mind are, I think, who, being the nominees of politicians, common.” pp. 281–283.
"The evangelical minister of an Anglican must be often as worldly as their church is thus placed in a miserable position. patrons ;"'—" by giving to worldly paHe must not preach Christ in private houses, trons the right of naming the pastors nor enter into any neighbouring parish where of the churches ;"_" by investing these an ungodly minister is leading the people to worldly nominees of worldly patrons destruction ; he must baptize the infants of ungodly persons; he must teach his parishion with exclusive spiritual jurisdiction, ers, against all observation, that these infants under the bishops in their respective are members of Christ, children of God, and parishes ;"_" by leading to a common inheritors of the kingdom of heaven; he must
belief that Anglican pastors are mercetake unregenerate young persons at the age
of fifteen or sixteen to be pronounced regenerate nary;"—“by checking the activity of by the bishop ; he must admit all sorts of per- the Anglican churches ;" — and " by sons to the Lord's table, though they are not perpetuating schism.”
“ Those," says invited by Christ; and must finally, when they Mr. Noel, “who uphold this corrupt and die, express his thanks to God that they are taken to glory, when he has every reason to paralysing system, beneath which worldthink that they are lost for ever,
liness must luxuriate and spirituality
must die, by which the churches are victions on a subject of paramount im corrupted and the whole nation injured, portance, that instead of offering any are answerable for the consequences.” critical remarks we are prompted to
present our humble thanksgivings to It is nothing worthy to be called an Him who is the source of all spiritual abstract of the work which we have good, for enabling his servant to disnow presented to our readers, but charge so well the onerous duty which merely specimens of its more promi- had devolved upon him.
May that nent parts.
The volume is one which heavenly Patron on whom he has had all who have opportunity to do so will the courage to cast himself—his only find it advantageous to obtain and study, patron now—watch over his course, dias its intrinsic qualities, independently rect his steps, and strengthen his heart! of the interesting circumstances under The determination of Mr. Noel to spend which it appears, entitle it to respectful some time in retirement before he enters attention. This it will receive, we on public engagements is one which doubt not, from many in the higher cir- commends itself to our judgment. In cles who have never before considered that retirement may heavenly illuminathe subject with any seriousness. The tion be imparted, to preserve him from style in which it is written is admirably every error which would be detrimental adapted to promote its efficiency. It is to his future usefulness, and to prepare so calm, so dignified, so simple, so devoid him to render many eminent services of everything likely to excite prejudice, to that comprehensive church of which so suitable to the character of a man of he has long been, and of which he still God announcing his conscientious con- is, an esteemed member!
The Congregational Year-Book, for 1848, with are very valuable and useful; and altogether to
a Calendar for 1849; containing the Pro- discontinue either would be most undesirable. ceedings of the Congregational Union of It has, therefore, seemed best to the committee, England and Wales, and its Confederate under these circumstances, for the future to Societies for that year. Together with Sup. combine both books, publishing all the strictly plementary Information, respecting the Asso- denominational intelligence hitherto given in ciations, Ministers, New Chapels, Schools, the Calendar for current reference, and in the and Publications, of the Congregational Body Year-Book for permanent record in one manual." throughout the United Kingdom. London: The intention thus announced is now realized, Published for the Congregational Union, by and a highly respectable compendium of conJackson and Walford, 18, St. Paul's Church- gregational statistics is the result. It includes yard. 8vo., pp. xxvi., 270,
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in our own Baptist Manual, with much inforIn the Report of the Congregational Union mation of a cast similar to that given every adopted at its annual meeting last May, it was December in the Supplement to the Baptist stated that experience did not seem to sanction Magazine, and in addition, articles not to be the continued publication of two yearly found in either of our publications, such as admanuals, both a Calendar and a Year-Book dresses delivered and papers read at the public * The sale of the former," it was said. "alway meetings of the Congregational Union. Our insufficient to cover its cost, bas this last year independent brethren are, in some respects, been most seriously lessened by competition ; wiscr than their baptist neighbours : they do and that of the latter being much less than the not starve their union, and their union is, committee had hoped to realize; while the ex- therefore, able to give to their workmen the tent of the book, in proportion to its price, is hire of which they are worthy. The secretaries 80 great, that only a very extensive sale could having salaries amounting to two hundred a bring it near to sell.support. Yet both books year, with some assistance from a clerk, they
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On Lord's day, December 31, 1848, the Seven persons recently baptized by the Beckington, was opened.
new school room adjoining the baptist chapel,
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 addressentering 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 known in Desboro before. This interest was
sung between each address, and the meeting
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. 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 helplees worm, the margin of the Tyne, a little above New
On thy kind arms I fall, castle-the birth-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 had been an upright, consistent, and peaceable
protracted age of nearly eighty-five years. She preached at stated times, blest with a larger ineasure of success than any minister that had member of the first baptist church in Bacup preceded him.
for the space of fifty-nine years and six 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
was baptized on the 6th of July, 1789, by the each. Mr. Fisher took the pastorate of late Rer. John Hirst, under whose ministry 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, thut 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 was strictly evangelical, exceedingly earnest by the arm. and affectionate in his addresses both to saints often expressing such, lest she should dis
She was a woman of many doubts and fears, and sinners. In his public prayers, humility honour her profession; but, by the grace of and 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 yout” 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
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