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Gospel. The epistolary intercourse with | wbich shine forth in the conduct of the true oar dear, brethren in those countries has and practical believer in the Christian reli. been maintained at this time to our instruc- gion. If we seek first the kingdom of God tion and comfort.
and his righteousness, we shall be instructed In contemplating those bighly important by the example of pious men, bat not blind truths to which we bave already adverted, to their infirmities; comforted by their sowę are renewedly convinced of the great ciety, but not dependent upon it; helped by need there is for a deep and constant sense religious conversation, but not disposed to of the infinite power and wisdom of God, enter into it bastily or superficially. If we and of the very limited faculties of the hu- are concerned aright for the cultivation and man mind. We ought to meditate on these cleansing of our own hearts, impressed with things in humility and sincerity of heart; the importance of our own stewardship anto and reverently and fervently to desire that God, and duly sensible of our own sins, and our understandings may be illuminated by great need of forgiveness from Him, we the Holy Spirit. Then will our faith in shall become very cautious how we converse their vital importance become more firmly on the failings of others, and anxious not to established, and our hearts glow more and violate that charity which is enjoined upon more with gratitude to God, for the inesti- all; that love which is the true badge of mable blessings provided for us in the Gos- discipleship. pel of life and salvation,
A real bunger and thirst after righteousWe are thankful that, as a Christian peo- ness will lead us gladly to embrace all opple, we are, through divine mercy, one in portunities of meeting togetber for the pub. faith ; but bow highly incumbent is it that lic worship of Almighty God. We shall we should be individually concerned, uot then feel it to be one of our greatest privionly to accept in simplicity the doctrinal leges thas to draw near unto Him, and to traths of Holy Scripture, but earnestly to unite in waiting upon and worshipping Him strive that we may he coming up in the in spirit and in truth. We shall rejoice to practice of every Christian virtue! Look seek after the influence of his love and then unto Christ, dear friends, we beseech power, and to pour out our souls in secret you ; that you may come to know him to supplication for the continuance of his “ dwell in your hearts by faith," and to rule blessing and preservation. At this time we there by the power of his blessed and eter- bave in an especial manner felt the advannal Spirit. Be awakened to the necessity tage of being constant in availing ourselves of working out yonr own salvation with of those opportunities which are afforded us fear and trembling." Let the knowledge of in the course of the week of coming before your proneness by nature to transgress the Him; occasions when we are called upon 10 law of the Lord, incite you to seek after a witbdraw from the cares and perplexities of death unto siu and a new birth unto righte- life, and to seek the Lord and his strength. ousness; and ever remember, that it is by Nor will our approaches to the throne of faith and repentavce, by prayer and obedi- grace be confined to the attendance of relience, that the work of sanctification is to be gious meetings. Impressed with the benefit carried forward.
and the need of a daily sapply of heavenly He that is concerned to live as becomes a help, we shall be often seeking for the recousistent Christian (a character to wbich newal of our spiritual strength; and in our we all ought to aspire), will often meditate private retirements, as well as in select upon the precepts and example of our bless opportovities in our families, for this pared Lord and Saviour : precepts which, as pose, as also for reading the Holy Scripa they regulate the life of man, increase his tures and the writings of pious authors, we happiness and usefulness, prepare him to shall seek to be imbued with a deep senso noeet with patience the trials incident to of the power and presence of the Almighty. humanity, and to look forward to a partici. Discouragements of various kinds may prepation in those joys which shall be here. vail and abound in the course of our pilafter revcaled. And as we are enabled to grimage ; but how obvious are the danger follow, though at a distance, the great and and folly of relaxing to “press toward the perfect pattern set before us in the Gospel, mark for the prize of the high calling of the heart becomes expanded in love to God God in Christ Jesus !" And sach are his and man; and all those passions and dispo- condescension and goodness, that he at times sitions are kept in subjectiou, the uprestrain- permits those who pat their whole trust in ed indulgence of which destroys the peace Him, consolingly 10 feel that there are no and harmony of civil and religious society. joys like unto the joy of his salvation.
The humble endeavour to observe the The great importance of caltivating true precepts of the Gospel leads to parity of piety and virtue, is what we are at this boart and conduct; it induces strict inte time concerned earnestly to press upon every grity in all our transactions, and gives rise one. If this become, as it ought to be, the to the exercise of that meekness and charity main object of our lives, the fruit of the
Spirit will be apparent. But we are con- | charch at Road, Northantptonsliire. Mr. stantly to bear in mind, that this is not the Barker of Towcester proposed the ques. place of our rest. The warfare must be tions ; Mr. Gray of Northampton addressed maintained; we can at no period put off the the minister from Col. i. 28; and Mr. Simarmour with safety; we bave an unwearied mous of Olney the charch, from 1 Thess. enemy to contend with, whose temptations v. 13; and Mr. Cuttriss of Ridgmount are diversified, subtle, and insidious ; the preached in the evening from Matt. vii. 11. path of life is an arduous one ; but, thanks Mr. Smith, Bristol student, Mr. Knowles be unto Him who is omnipotent, his grace is of Hackleton, Mr. Hands, Missionary from all-sufficient. As he is daily sought unto, Bellory, Mr. Wheeler of Bagbrook, Mr. he strengtheneth our souls, and increaseth Howlett of Barford, Mr. Clark of Long our confidence in Him; and if we faint not, Backby, and Mr. Steers of Cranfield, were but persevere unto the end, he will give the also engaged in the other services of the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
day. “ Unto Him," then, “ that is able to do It is earnestly boped that the edifying exceeding abundantly above all that we ask discourses and the delightful devotions of or think, according to the power that work. this occasion, may long be in the profitable eth in as, unto Hin be glory in the church remembrance of the large assembly preby Christ Jesus, throughout all ages, world sent. without end. Amen." Signed in and on behalf of the Meeting,
LEIGHTON BUZZARD. by Josiah FORSTER,
On Thursday, June 25th, the Rev. EdClerk to the Meeting this year. ward Adey, late a student of the Newport
Pagnell Evangelical Institution, was dained pastor of the Baptist Church at
Leighton Buzzard, Beds. The Rev. ThoORDINATIONS, &c. mas Terry, of Princes Risborougb, com.
menced by reading and prayer. The Rev,
J. Brooks, of Fenny Stratford, explained FFYNON, PEMBROK ESHIRE.
the principles of nonconformity. The exa
wivation was conducted by the Rev. T. On Wednesday, May 20, brethren Theo - Middleditch, of Biggleswade. The Rev. T. philus Thomas and Richard Phillips were
Uppendine, of Hammersmith, offered up the ordained co-pastors of the Baptist church at ordination prayer; the Rev. T. P. Bull, Ffynon, in the county of lembroke. At Tutor of Mr. Adey, delivered an appropriate ten, A.m. brother D. Phillips of Pennel, charge from 1 Cor. ix. 17. The Rev. E. commenced the public service by reading Daniels, of Laton, addressed the church the Scriptures and prayer; brother W. Ha- from Phil. ii. 2. “ Polfil ye my joy.” And vard delivered the introductory discourse; the Rev. M. Castleden of Woburn, conbrother T. Williams, Salem, offered up the cluded the solemn services of the morning. ordination prayer ; brother T. Jones, Rhyd- The hymus were given out by the Rev. wylim, delivered the charge to the young Messrs. Aston, Denton, Gann, Hitchin, ministers, from Acts xx. 28.; brother H. Phillips, Skeen and Wayne (Independents,) Davies, Llangloffan, addressed the church The Rev. Samuel Hillyard of Bedford, from 1 Cor. iv. 1.; and brother J. H. Tho preached at night, and the Rev. Samuel mas, Moleston, preached to the congrega- Hobson of Maulden, at the preparatory sertion at large (chiefly in English) from Matt. vice the preceding evening. xüi. 31, 32. and concluded in prayer. Divine service was conducted in the same and gratifying, and the attendance numeroas
The engagements of the day were solemn place the previous evening, when three of
and respectable. the brethren were set apart to the office of
The friends of this interest desire to redeacons. Brethren M. Morris, T. Jones, cord their gratitude to the Great Head of B. Thomas, and S. Evans, were severally the church for the enjoyment of peace and engaged in the different exercises of this
the appearance of prosperity. We are interesting service.
The divine presence happy to state that ihe increased number was manifestly enjoyed on the occasion, and of bearers, renders an enlargement of the the very large assembly, about 2000 per. Meeting-house desirable and necessary. sons appeared deeply impressed by the solemnities of the services.
On Thursday, Aug. 4th, Mr. Titus JenROAD, NORTHAMPTONSHIRE.
kins, late of Stepney Academy, was ordained July 15, Mr. Jayne, Jate of Campden, pastor of the Baptist Church at Ramsey, was recognized the pastor of the Baptist Hantingdonsbire. The Rev. J. Dobson of
St. Neots, commenced the service with read- preached from James i. 5. and concluded ing the Scriptures and prayer; the Rev. J. with prayer. Hemming, Kimbolton, stated the principles Prayers were also offered by the Rev. of dissent, and asked the asgal questions; Messrs. Horlick of Mitcheldean, Evans of the Rev. S. Green, of Thrapstone, offered Abergavenny, Jones of Blakeney, and Campup the ordination prayer; the Rev. T. C. bell of Chepstow; and suitable bymps were Edmunds, M. A. of Cambridge, addressed read by the Rev. Messrs. Claypole of Ross, an impressive charge to the minister founded Williams of Ryeford, Prain of Little Dean, on 1 Cor. xiv, 12, and the Rev. S. Thodey Owen of Chepstow, Wright of Lydbrook, of Cambridge, preached to the people from Burroughs of Llandogo, Winter of Bristol, Ezek. xxxii. 30–33, and concluded in Davies of Rodborough, and Fry, Minister prayer.
of the place.
The meeting house was first bailt about thirty years ago. It was enlarged in the year 1815, and rebuilt in 1828. It is now
51 by 40 feet iu the clear, with a deep galOn Thursday, Jan. 1, 1829, a new Bap-lers in front of the pulpit, and there are tist meeting was opened at Corsham, Wilt, pleasing prospects of future usefulness. shire, when three sermons were preached ; in the morning by Mr. Viney of Beckington, in the afternoon by Mr. Sturges of Melksham, and in the evening by Mr. Thorpe of Bristol. Several neighbouring ministers On Tuesday, April 7, a small neat chapel were present, and took part in the services, in the Particular Baptist denomioation was which were all well attended.
opened at Kenilworth. Morning service The following brief notice of the rise commenced at eleven o'clock : Brother Jeand progress of this cause is subjoined, rard of Coventry, Independent, began by with a view to encourage the friends of the reading and prayer; brother Morgan of Saviour who may be similarly situated to Birmingham preached froin 2 Cor. x. 4,5 ; undertake or persevere in a similar attempt. and brother Percey, of Warwick, Indepen
In February, 1822, two or three pious dent, concluded, persons commenced a meeting for prayer in Afternoon, three o'clock, brother Peggs, a destitute part of the town, with which | General Baptist, of Coventry, began by they connected the reading of Whitfield's, reading and prayer ; brother Swan of BirBeddome's, and other sermons. The Lord mingham preached from Isa. xl. 1; and was pleased to bless this effort for bis glory, Mr. Franklin of Coventry concluded. to the conversion of several individuals, and Evening, at six o'clock, brother Jarvis, the room becoming too small for the in- jun. near Coventry, commenced the service; creased attendance, the friends purchased brother Mursell of Leicester preached from some ground, on which they at first erected 1 Cor. xiii, 12; and brother Jones of Wols. the present vestry, the overflowing congre- ton coucluded. gations in which have encouraged, and in- Hymns were given out by brother Cole, deed necessitated, the building of the meet- minister of the place. The congregations ing. Thas in waiting apon God they have were very good and respectable, especially increased their strength.
in the afternoon and evening, and the collections, including a donation from brother Morsell of 51., amounted to more than 251.
Thus terminated a most bappy and inte
resting day, and one that bas been longed The Baptist meeting boase at Coleford for for years. having been rebuilt and enlarged, was open- Kenilworth, situated in the centre beed for divine worship on Wednesday, March tween Coventry, Warwick, and Leamington, 25, 1829. In the morning, the Rev. T. is five miles from each place; and had never, Winter of Bristol commenced with reading so far as is known, a Baptist church in it the Scriptures and prayer; our much la- till within the last six or seven years. Its mented friend, the Rev. W. Winterbotham, population, for a village, is very considerwas announced to preach the first sermon, able, being estimated at 3000, a circumbut was prevented by the affliction wbich stance abundantly more claiming the attention has since terminated in death; the Rev. of real Christians, than any thing connected John Davies of Rodborough very kindly with its justly celebrated scenery, The consented to supply bis lack of service, and charch now consists of 24 persons. These, preached from John xii. 21. “We would with the congregation, are in humble life; see Jesus.” In the afternoon, the Rev. they, however, raised a sum sufficient to T. Winter preached from Acts iv. 31, 32. purchase the land for the building : their In the eveniug the Rev. W. Jay of Batb friends at Coventry exerted themselves, and
raised upwards of 1001. This bas been required will not be less than 5001. besides very properly felt and met at Birmingham, the materials from the old building; of this and at syme few other places, so that the som nearly 2001. will be raised at Isleham, monies subscribed amount to near 3001.: and towards the deficiency, it is confidently full 2001. more will be needed, for which an boped that the friends of evangelical trath appeal will be made to Christian liberality. will, when called upon for that purpose, May this rural spot, under the blessing of cheerfully contribute. beaven, blossom and bud like the rose ! The necessity of the case will appear,
when it is affirmed that there are families who for years could not be accommodated
with seats; that the Sabbath school might ISLEHAM.
be increased to nearly double ; that there is The old Dissenting interest at Islebam
in Islebam a great spirit of bearing amongst originated in the labours of that devoted an increasing population of nearly 2000 servant of Christ, Mr. Holeroft, who, with persons ; and especially when it is asserted many other distinguished ministers in the
that our anxions fears, and the opinion of church, was ejected by the Act of Uni- of the old building, were more than com
the builder relative to the dangerous siaie formity, which took place August 24, 1662. firmed, by taking it down. Such was the After the ejectment, he preached with indefatigable exertion in very many of the vil- decayed state of the walls and timbers, that lages in Cambridgeshire ; and in some of
it appeared to persons who saw them, an them churches were formed, over which be that it did not give way at a time when the
astonishing instance of preserving mercy was considered the pastor. At the death of Mr. Joseph Oddy, the companion of Mr.
people were assembled. Huleroft in labours and sufferings, those notwithstanding the unfavourable stale of
On Monday morning, the 27th of April, societies became separate churches. One of them met at Islebam, and continued for the weather, a very considerable number of many years in corinection with Barwell, the persons assembled on the site of the old only dissenting cause in this part of the hymn, ihe first stone of the new chapel was
building, when, after singing part of a county. Most of the churches in this neigh; laid by the minister of the place, and prayer bourbood are branches from thə original stem at Islebam; this is more especially the
was ofl'ered by the Rev. T. May, the Indecase with the churches at Newmarket, Bar- pendent minister at Fordham. The assemton Mills, and West Row, Mildenhall. Als bly then retired, on account of the rain, to though there have been many branches from
a spacious barn, which had been kindly lent this church, it still lives; and under the and fitted up for the use of the congregation smiles of an approving Providence, it is during the interval of rebuilding their meetboped, will continue to exist, as a 'fature ing house. Here a great number of persons blessing to many persons in this populous
were convened, besides those who were village.
present at the laying of the stone, and atfriends of this ancient cause was not only Isaiah xxvii. 16. delivered by the Rev. The meeting boase lately occupied by the tentively listened to a most affectionate,
and appropriate address, founded on very incommodious, but was considered to be in a dangerous state ; the walls and roof Edmunds. The devotional exercises in the
C. Elven, Baptist Minister at Bury Saint being much decayed. About two years ago | barn were conducted by the brethren Ela meeting of the principal persons in the church and congregation was called, and it lington of West Row, Mildenhall, and Buckwas resolved, if practicable, to beighten the pits or Burwell. end walls and one side, take down and re
May the deeply interesting and affecting move the other side wall, twelve feet back. solemnities be remembered with sacred de and to put on a new roof, the expences of light, through the changing scenes of time, which would have been chiefly defrayed by cities of a heavenly world!
and amidst the serene and undisturbed felis the friends themselves. But on examination by an eminent and disinterested builder, Mr. Biggs of Linton, he gave it as bis de. cided opinion, that the old walls would not support such an alteration. The only alternative was, therefore, either to build a new
The Berks and West London Association chapel, or to continue to meet in the old will hold their annual meeting at Reading, one, with all its disadvantages and dangers. on Tuesday and Wednesday, the 8th and 9th After much deliberation and prayer for di- of September. Mr. Southwood to preach. vine direction, it was determined to build a vew one, 40 feet by 32 feet in the clear, with Erratum--Page 331, 1st col. line 12, lor one gallery, and a small vestry. The sum " act" read “ art."
REPORT OF THE REV. JOHN FRANKS, OF, and determined man, and amidst almost an.
THE SUPERIN- equalled difficulties bas stood his ground, TENDENCE OF THE REV. JOSIAH WIL- and kept together a large and prosperous SON OF SLIGO.
school, in which he has been greatly enTo the Committee of the Baptist Irish So- couraged by soine of the neighbouring gen
Carter Lane Female School-Is on the Limerick, July 24, 1829. estate of Richard Wood, Esq. superintended GENTLEMEN,
by the Misses Wood, and its order, and AFTER I left Mr. Briscoe, according to cleanliness, as well as general good state, your instructions, I visited Mr. Wilson, and bighly creditable to the mistress, and the accompanied him in an inspection of the ladies who watch over the children with schools under his superintendence, a report peated from three to twenty-four chapters
constant solicitude; twenty of whom reof wbich I now send you. Sligo Infant School-Establisbed 1828,
with admirable correctness; one of them and the mistress well qualified for her inte only eleven years old, committed to memory resting employment.
in the last quarter fifteen chapters, and reMill-Brook School – In a good state, peated them with scarcely a mistake. The under the patronage of E- P.
ladies employ much of their time in making Esq. who pays the rent of the place in which op articles of sale to purchase the children it is beld, and has it in contemplation to clothing, and told Mr. W. and myself, build a room expressly for the object; it
" that such is the desire for learning in the is inspected twice a week by a young lady neighbourhood, that many of the girls have of the neighbourhood.
gone to service for three or six months, to Lion Street Walworth School—Is well earn a few sbillings to parchase clothes to conducted, the proficiency of the whole of come to school.” We had one instance of the children creditable to themselves and the kind before us : the poor girl was tben the diligent mistress, and regularly super
in service, and such was her anxiety to be intended by Mrs. Young, a lady in the neigh- at school, that she obtained permission to bourbood, who kindly supplies the girls in attend the examination, and repeated fourpart with work.
teen chapters. Boyle School - Large and prosperous,
Dunagold School-Established last year, the children spell and read correctly; thirty- and succeeded well, till injured by opposisix of them repeated from one 10 forty-six tion, which at present has in a chapters ; twenty writing, twelve in aritb- abated, and the school is recovering its metic, in which some of them have made
former prosperity. considerable progress, and two are going a
Gerb School - Troly satisfactory. A boy second time through Gongh's Arithmetic.* only seven years old, (brother to the little Twenty-two premiums were awarded for girl in the Carter Lane School, that comthe last quarier, and to which only those mitted to memory fifteen chapters in the are entitled, who have in that time com
last quarter,) repeated thirty-five chapters. mitted five chapters to memory:
Deahamead School --Established SeptemDeer-park School--Opened April last, the ber, 1828, in a populous neighbourhood, room in which it is conducted is completely where a school liad not been known to crammed, and could a larger one be ob- exist; has been greatly opposed, but from tained, more children would attend : libe- the steady support of some of the neighral offers are made for building one.
bouring gentlemen, by whom it is patronized, Brickliff School - Commenced about a
and a comfortable school-room provided, month ago, in a populous neighbourhood, bas maintained its stand. The master is and under very encouraging circumstances. pious and diligent, and his amiable spirit, It is on the estate of a nobleman who will and conduct, bave made many of his former immediately build a school-room.
opposers his friends. Rye School-Has been, and the master
Lyme School-Was formerly much opalso, violently opposed; but he is an active posed, but without the least effect; the
parents determined and persevered in send. ing their children, not even one of them
was kept away, and is at present going on In this country a very popular work of peaceably and successfully. the class.
Drumshambo Female Sobool ---Com