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man, who said, if he was sure he tion for me to read and explain the would be damned in hell to all eter-word of God; without these it would nity, that he would not change his be utterly impossible. I have had religion. This man gave the family occasion to dismiss two of the Sunof more uneasiness than all in day readers, and to appoint two the country besides. The first time others in their stead. One of these I went there to read, he heard me
is brother to the lad I met with on very patiently; the second, he clasp the mountains, whom I have under ed me about my neck and kissed my care. There is also a converted me several times: but, to my sur- man who lives at
who reads prise, this last time he mostly did the Irish Testament well, who is a not part with us at all; and when I miracle of grace: he never spoke a was coming away, he asked me word of English; and, in the absence when I would be back again? I of will read to the neighbours. told him it would be long before I The progress of learning to read would go there again. He told me Irish is getting on so fast, that I not to do so; but begged I would hope we shall find many faithful come often, and if not, that they men able to do the same; at least would be down with me; and that that there will not be an enemy to it was better for me to come to them, the gospel soon. than for a number to come down
Your's, &c. and eat my bread and potatoes ! Here is a change; from the most
From the same, Aug. 21, 1815. determined hatred to the word, he
It is pleasing to see the flourishing now manifests the greatest love. state of the schools, particularly of But it would be tedious to mention those where the masters are themall the instances of the work of the selves intluenced by the truth. In Lord (according to appearances) in five of the schools(costing each about these most unexpected parts. But twenty guineas per annum,) there are you must recollect, there is a great upwards of 600 scholars. These difference between the people of masters are not only teaching the England and the wild Irish' here. children, but adults, and notwithSome that are true believers, and standing every opposition that can who, through grace, are enabled to be made, was made by the priests, make a clear confession of their faith, they are now actually dumb, and are disqualified from being either taking no heed. masters of schools, or readers of the hensive that another storm is gatherscriptures. But blessed be the Lord, I ing; but the more they have as yet there are some who are qualified to been opposed, the less respected are become either, or both. I have they even by those of their own proalready three schoolmasters in this fession. As for instance, in the part who are given me for my hire; place where the greatest struggle in and a fourth, who is lately brought the kingdom commenced, about a out of the dark gulph of popery month since, the priest stood up upon These will satisfy you to heart's con
the altar, and with great authoritent, viz. who has a flourishing ty commanded his flock to return, school of upwards of 100 scholars; every Testament they had in their
the same; and - the same. possession: and said ihat he had as There is - on the mountain side, great authority on that aitar, as God who has a good school, which he had on his throne in heaven. The has inaintained most manfully only effect produced was, that a against the greatest opposition in man and his wife went out of the the kingdom; for, although I made chapel, and have declared they will, the best interest in the country for
never enter it again : not one Testahis being supported against the oppo- ment was given up.
The next sition of the priests; yet if he him- sabbath, at another part of the seif had not persevered, all would parish, as this had failed, he stood have fallen to the ground. You are up, and wept bitterly that his flock to observe, that wherever a school was likely to be destroyed; but no is established, there is an introdųc- heed was given to him; and there
We are appre
never was so great demand for
MILDENHALL Testaments, from all parts, as since A new meeting house, at West Row, that time. Generally speaking, the Mildenhall, (for the Baptist congregation Lord is exciting a great spirit of in that place,) was opened in March.inquiry; but there are so few that can The Rev. Mr. Keeble, of Blandfordspeak to the people in IRISH: and any street, London, preached from 1 Cor. xvi. thing else is useless !~ I intend to go 13, 14, The Rev. Mr. Stodhart, of Pellsoon to the
Mountains, partly street, London, from Prov. xviii. 24. And in the counties of Sligo and Ros- the Rev. Mr. Paine, of Ipswich, from common. I have received a kind John, iii
. 16. The Rev. Mess. Cole, of Bury;
Norman, of Soham ; and Middleinvitation from an ancient man,
that 'I had not seen for twenty years tional services.
ditch, of Rättlesden, assisted in the devobefore last week; who pressed me to come where he lives, and bring the Irish Testament with me: this I cannot omit. I had not intended
NOTTINGHAM. to visit this place till I met with
On Wednesday, Aug. 16, a large and this old acquaintance. We shall commodious Baptist meeting house, lately NOW compass a
large tract of erected in George-street, Nottingham, country. I shall extend my labours was opened for divine worship. The Rev. to the East to the South. I Thomas Morgan, and the Rev. Isaiah hope will be appointed for the Birt, of Birmingham, preached in the West; there is no man the Lord morning; and the Rev. Thomas Rohas fitted better for this purpose; berts, of Bristol, in the evening. The he is as míld as a lamb, and as
collections toward defraying the exstout as a lion; and there is no
penses of the erection (including those disturbing him in his temper, by Roberts, on the following Lord's day)
made after two sermons preached by Mr. any means whatever; and he ven
amounted to £'317 15s. tures to go, where either of us would be too timorous to go at all. Mr. B. has appointed
long ago to go to the North.
KEIGHLEY. We are happy to find that, at the On March 29, 1815, a new chapel was annual association of the Baptist opened at Keighley, in the West of Yorkchurches in Ireland, held at Cork, shire, of the Baptist denomination. In on May 12, 1815, some very im- the morning Mr. Trickett, of Branuley, portant regulations were adopted, introduced divine worship by reading the which we doubt not will prove ad scriptures, and prayer. Mr. Stephens, of vantageous. A more particular ac
Manchester, preached from Psalm cxxxii. count of this meeting may be ex
18. Mr. Lister, of Liverpool, then preach.
ed from 2 Cor. iii. 8, and concluded. In pected in our next.
the afternoon Mr. MFarlane, of Rawdon,
began divine worship by prayer. Mr. NEW CHAPELS OPENED.
Mann, of Shipley, preached fron Haggai,
ii. 7.; and Mr. Steadman, of Bradford, RATTLESDEN.
from Micah, vii. 20, and concluded. An
interest was set on foot here, five or six Tue Baptist meeting house at Rattles- years ago, by a few individuals who were den baving been greatly enlarged, it was members of the Baptist Church at Hare-opened on Tuesday, the 1st of August. worth, a village about three miles from The Rev. T. C. Edmonds, M. A. of Cain. Keighley. Since that time, Mr. Joseph bridge, preached from Psalm I. 2. “ Out Shaw has been invited to labour there. A of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God church has been formed consisting of hath shined." The Rev. J. Smith, of Il- eighteen members. The place will seat ford, from John, iji. 30. “ He must in about 500 hearers, and is yet encumbered crease.” And the Rev. W. Weare, uf with considerable debi; for the liquidating Ipswich, from 1 Cor. i. 21. The devo- of which, application must be made to the tional services were conducted by the Rev. churches of Christ, around. Keighley is a Mess. Cole, of Bury; Thompson, of Grun considerable market town; and the interdisburgh; Weare and Paine, of Ipswich; est has long been in a very low state Cox, (independent,) of Hadleigh; Brown indeed there; every effort made to enand Bloomfield, of Stowmarket; and Tip- courage it there is highly deserving the per, of Otley.
patronage of the Christian public.
Halsted, as a tribute of respect to Mr.
Compeer, who had been one of their GREAT DRIFFIELD. teachers; requesting him to employ it for
the use of the negro children of bis con Mr. James Normanton was ordained
gregation. pastor of the Baptist church at Great Driffield, Yorkshire, on the 28th of June. Mr. Arbon, of Hull, commenced the ser
ASSOCIATION. vice of the day with reading. Mr. Burry,
BECKINGTON. of Bishop-Burton, prayed. Mr. Harness,
The Wilts and Somerset half-yearly as. of Bridlington, delivered the introductory discourse, and asked the questions. Mř. sociation was held at Beckington, Sept. Pilling, of Goodshaw chapel, Lancashire, 26. Brother Ayres,of Keynsham, preached offered the ordination prayer, and gave
in the morning, from 2 Tim. ii. 10. Brothe charge to the minister from Isaiah, ther Macfarlane (who is supplying at Trowlxii. 6. Mr. Arbon addressed the church bridge) in the afternoon, from Psalm lxxxix. from 1 Thes. v. 25. Mr. Burry preached, 15. Brother Dear, of Paulton, in the
evening, from 2 Cor. v. 20. Brethren in the evening, from John, xxiii. 16.
Philips, Robarts, Parsons, Edminson, and
Seymour, engaged in the other services. CHIPPING,
SUDBURY. After each sermon, a collection was made August 23, the Rev. Ezra Horlick, ing. The next association is to be held at
for the encouragement of village preachfrom the Bristol Academy, was set apart Crockerton, on the last Tuesday in April, to the pastoral office over the Baptist 1816. Brother Edminson is appointed to Church at Chipping Sudbury, Gloucester
preach. shire ;
Mr. Griffiths, of Wooton-underedge, began the services by reading and prayer; Mr. Vernon, of Downend, deli- ASSISTANT MISSIONARY SOCIETY. vered the introductory address, asked the questions, and received Mr. Hor
HANTS AND WILTS. lick's confession of faith; Mr. Porter, of July 19, the churches of Hants and Bath, offered up the ordination prayer, Wilts, composing the Assistant Missionary with laying on of hands ; Dr. Ryland Society for those counties, held their gave the charge, from Jeremiah, xxiii, 22; second Meeting at Downton. The breMr. Porter addressed the people, from thren Bulgin, Russell, Miall, and Giles 1 Peter, ii. 5; and Opie Smith, Esq. of preached appropriate sermons. The de Bath, concluded in prayer, Dr. Ryland | votional parts of the services were conpreached, in the evening, from Acts, ducted by the brethren, Dore, Roberts, xxvii, 23, latter part.
Miall, Tilly, Saffrey, and Giles. A cols
lection was made in aid of village preachDESIGNATION OF A MISSIONARY.
ing Mr.Lee Compeer, a Baptist Missionary,
Poetry. about 10 proceed to the West Indies, to instruct the slaves upon the estate of a humane and benevolent gentleman, was
A THOUGHT publicly set apart to that work on Wed- OF DEATH AND HEAVEN. nesday evening, Oct, 18, at Mr. Sbenstone's meeting, Little Ailie-street, Lon
Swift as my fleeting days decline, don. Mr. King, of Halsted, (Nir. Com. The final hour draws nigh, peer's pastor) began the service by reading When, from the busy scenes of time, the scriptures, and prayer. Mr. Ivimey I must retire and die! delivered an introductory discourse upon
0! may this solemn thought pervade the importance of missions to the heathen, founded upon 1 John, v. 19.; asked Mr.
And penetrate my soul!
Goveru my life. through ev'ry stage, Compeer the usual questions, and received his answers. Mr. Roberts, of Bristol,
And all my pow'rs control! prayed for the missionary, accompanied by Lord, draw thine inage on my heart, imposition of hands. Dr. Ryland, of Bris. And show my sins forgiv'n; tol, delivered a solemn and instructive And all that holiness impart charge frona 1 Cor. ix, 19, 22, 23. Mr. W bich fits the soul for heav'n! Shenstone concluded in prayer, after pre- Then welcome the kind hour of death, senting Mr. and Mrs. Compeer, cachy,
That ends this painful strife! with a Bible; the former, from the chil
The band that stops this mortal breath, dren belonging to the Sunday school at
Will give eternal life!
MEMOIR OF MR. GEORGE ANGAS, SENIOR, For many Years a Deacon of the Baptist Church at Rowley and Hincly, WHO DIED ON THE 21ST OF AUGUST, 1815,
Aged Ninety Years. There are several families of and his grandfather Henry, the name of Angas, in the south- brought up their family in the west part of Northumberland, way of truth : all of whom were and that part of Durham bor- partakers of the grace of God. dering upon it, descended from Jonathan Angas was, as I find
common, original, whose in the church book, ordained a love to the Reformation, in the deacon in 1720, and served his sixteenth century, had obliged brethren in that honourable them to flee from Angus, in office, affectionately and faithScotland, to avoid persecution, fully, for fifty years. He was a about the time when the famous man of sterling piety, and as Buchanan fled to France from loyal a subject in his day as any Cardinal Beaton's power. They in the surrounding country. And have been generally Noncon- it deserves to be recorded, in formists, and many of them honour to his memory, that, in Baptists. Henry and Mary the rebellion in 1715, when the Angas were baptized the 14th inhabitants of the district were day of the third month, 1653. convened publicly for that They had three sons, named purpose, Jonathan Angas was William, John, and Titus. the only man present who deJohn, their second son, mar- cidedly and publicly avowed ried Abigail Hall, of Monkfield, his determination to adhere, at near Hamsterly, by whom he all events, to the house of had three sons, Jonathan, John, Brunswick. This was, indeed, and William. Jonathan, the the universal sentiment of Proeldest, married a good woman testant dissenters, though many of the name of Angas, by whom of the sons of the hierarchy vahe had seven daughters, and cillated. This good man, howone son, named George, the ever, was as devoted to his subject of this memoir. His God as loyal to his king, and, father and mother, being godly bringing up his family in the people, and members of the great principles of the gospel, same church as his father John, had the happiness to VOL. VII.
most, if not all, of them pro- private and domestic worship. fessors of religion in an early I first became acquainted with period of life. His son George him in 1770. And those who was born in 1725, and became had known him from the begina member of the same church; ning affirmed, that his manner and though the minute of his of life had been considered by baptism in the church book, his brethren as uniformly unis not dated, it must have blameable and irreproachable. been about his twentieth year. Col.i. 22. 1 Thess.iii. 13, v. 23. His conduct and conversation The same humble deportwere so becoming his profes- ment appeared when circumsion, that the church chose stance required, or he was dehim unanimously, in 1770, as puted by his brethren to disa deacon, in the place of his pense reproof to others. Nor father, then living, but inca were any more observant of that pable, through age and its in- divine rule contained in Matt. firmities, to act any longer in xviii. 15, than he. By inattenthat capacity. And this office, tion' to which, in whispering with equal faithfulness, he sus- abroad the real or supposed tained till his death in August, errors of their friends, so many 1815. Thus the father and have injured the characters and son, which is a rare thing, grieved the hearts of the innoserved the same church in the cent, instead of checkmg the same office, for near a century. backslidings and gaining the The father died in his ninety- souls of the guilty. fourth, and the son in the ninety- In domestic life, Mr. Angas first year of his age.
was a most affectionate husAs a man, Mr. Angas was band, tender parent, and good temperate and industrious, and master. His family worship discharged the duties of his consisting in reading the sacred station in civil life with a punc- volume, and, on Lord's day tuality, which rendered him re- evenings, causing children and spectable and respected among servants to read in rotation, men. As a Christian, and a with prayer to God: and no member of the Christian church, absence of his servants, on any his whole conversation was pretence, or in the busiest sealovely and becoming the gospel. sons, was allowed or connive His attendance in the house of at. His house was always open God was constant; and though to receive evangelical ministers, at some distance from the places and to obtain a congregation of public worship, the one from the neighbourhood to hear being four, and the other fif-them. On such occasions, he teen miles distant, he and his was well pleased to see a full family were generally among house, and prayed for a blessthe first. He rose on the Lord's ing to follow. And, no doubt, day as early as on others, and but his family and neighbours though his family of children were benefited by it. and servants was rather nume- As a deacon in the church, rous, he had always time for he affectionately served his bre