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their best endeavours, and I believe a wife and one child. He is a skilled they will attend to it in a spirit of artizan, and when trade was good, promptness and kind consideration he could earn £1 14s. per week. that will comport with its delicate He has not had any employment at peculiarities. One of those ministers, his own business for more than for whom they will have to plead, eighteen months. All the money he said, not twenty-four hours ago, had saved is long since exhausted, that the income of his family the and he has been obliged to dispose last twelve months had been lese per of some of his household furniture. head than is allowed by the board At present he is a pauper on the of guardians.
parish, and although he has to work I remain, dear Sir,
on the roads, his allowance is only Yours most truly, four shillings and sixpence per week.
THOS. GILL. Out of this sum he has first of all Shore, Todmorden,
to pay two shillings per week for Manchester, December 16, 1862. house rent, and then he has two
shillings and sixpence left for food, LETTER FROM REV. J. ALCORN
fire, &c. Nor is this a solitary case ;
for I could give you at once the BURNLEY.
names of a score who are similarly
situated. Now this is the class of To the Editor of the General Baptist Magazine.
persons whom the benevolence of our
friends in the Midland district, and in MY DEAR SIR,– Will you allow me London, has enabled me to relieve. I through the medium of your Maga- can conscientiously say that a sight of zine to tender my unfeigned thanks the suffering which has been allevi. to our friends in the Midland district ated is heart-rending, and the gratiand elsewhere for the valuable assist. tude evinced for the relief tendered ance they have rendered in money would melt a heart of stone. and clothing to the General Baptist And permit me to add, that in the church statedly assembling in Enon midst of all their sufferings, my chapel, Burnley? I beg to assure people entreat me not to leave them, them that the money which they promise to make me comfortable have so generously placed at my when trade revives, and have redisposal, has gladdened the hearts solved by liberal contributions to of many of my people who have the institutions of the body, to repay been thrown into deep and dire what they have received. distress by the loss of work con- Hoping that our friends whom sequent upon the cotton famine with the Lancashire calamity has not which Lancashire is visited.
overtaken will continue, and if The church at Enon numbers 207 possible, increase their exertions on members. Two-thirds of these are our behalf, and that they will not at present dependent upon charity suffer our churches to be scattered, for bread. The relief administered nor our pastors torn from their by the board of guardians, is one affectionate flocks. shilling and ninepence per head,
I am, Mr. Editor, per week; and the relief adminis
Yours most truly, tered by our Relief Committee, is
J. ALCORN. two shillings per head, per week ; out of the sums obtained from either LETTER FROM Rev. W. SALTER, of the above sources, rent and taxes have to be paid.
LINEHOLME. That your readers may be enabled
To the Editor of the General Baptist to form some faint conception of the depth of the distress into which my
Magazine, people are plunged, permit me to Dear Sir, I cannot refrain from state the following case :-A.B. has expressing the warm thanks which Correspondence—Letter from Rev. R. Ingham.
our church feels to the kind friends | LETTER FROM REV. R. who have sent us help in the hour of need, and which I know is the
INGHAM. feeling also of our sister churches in the neighbourhood. It will please To the Editor of the General Baptist them much, I believe, to learn that
Magazine. the condition of the people is now better, and that the sources of supply have been opened up to the month is getting nearly to a close,
MY DEAR BROTHER, -Now that the arid desert, and the stream of be- and if this should be in time for the nevolence turned overthethirstyland. It was not till December 10th, if it is necessary to add anything to
next number of the Magazine, and that any of the nation's bounty through its central fund reached the
a letter which has been signed by homes of our district, and only a
myself, and, I presume, by some few weeks before this that a Local others, allow me to express my Relief Committee (after much delay gratitude to the Denomination for from local hindrances) commenced the response which they have given, operations, so that the nipping frost and are giving to the thrilling letter and the drifting snow of winter, loved brother, R. Horsfield. It has
of our deeply sympathetic and bewere felt by hundreds living only on the parish pittance; but now,
mitigated in many instances the to kind friends and a nation's appalling misery into which entire bounty, our sufferings are mitigated
cessation of employment had plunged and things wear a better aspect. who had become, and many of whom
many workingand deserving families Still it should be remembered that this calamity is not over, that the still remain, dependent on parish
or other relief. In some instances sufferings of the past have been
a small amount of labour is now long, that we are now dependent mainly on poor rates supplemented permitted partly in kindness to the by relief, and our churches share operatives, and partly to with the district in the great suffer- machinery from more rapid deterioing. In our church we have 82 ration, by, which the employed members, and 95 of our congrega. the amount they were receiving from
are enabled to earn in some cases tion receiving relief to a greater or less extent; but we are hopeful,
the parochial or relief funds, and in patient, and trustful, and think that would not trespass on the kindness
other instances a little more. All things work together for good to of the benevolent, but we are fully them that love God. here been pauperized. Not an able convinced that the sympathy of our bodied pauper known for years ; for some time longer, at least till a
friends will in these parts be needed no union workhouse ; no pawn. brokers shop amidst 30,000 people; greater improvement has taken
place. very few public houses ; and no common public female prostitution
In gratitude to the denomination, known to the police. In visiting who have aided to diminish distress,
to the nation at Jarge, and to all 300 families consecutively, I found the striking fact that two-thirds who and especially to the Giver of all
good, I remain, went to any place of worship, went to the General Baptists, about one
My dear brother, half of the population go regularly
Yours sincerely, to some place of worship. These
R. INGHAM. people are worth helping, and are thankful for help. Yours truly,
Vale, near Todmorden,
W. SALTER. December 20th, 1862. Lineholme, Todmorden,
December 19th, 1862.
ABOUT CANDIDATES FOR To the Editor of the General Baptist
CHURCH FELLOWSHIP. Magazine.
To the Editor of the General Baptist DEAR SIR,-The following sums
Magazine. have been contributed for the relief of ministers in the distressed dis- DEAR SIR,—To the enquirer after tricts :
truth, I believe it may be safely
£ s. d. answered that the practice in our Derby, per Rev. W. Jones 5 0 0 churches is, not to accept a candiT. D. Paul, Esq., Leicester,
date except unanimously. For as per Rev. J. J. Goadby 10 0 0 church membership is essentially Leeds, Call-lane
1 0 0 a matter of mutual confidence, if R. Wherry, Esq., Wisbech 5 0 0 any one were admitted in spite of Leicester, Dover-street 1 0 0 expressed objections, that confidence Nottingham, Mansfield-rd. 100.0 would not only be wounded, but Boston
6 14 4 annihilated. At the same time, it Small Sums
0 8 6 is the manifest part of charity for
two or three brethren to £39 2 10 ascertain, and at the next meeting
testify to the church that the ob
jecting brother has reasonable J. EARP, Treasurer. grounds for his objection, and will
do his best to have those grounds Melbourne, December 15, 1862.
T. W. M.
teresting conversation this
subject, heightened by the presence THE MIDLAND CONFERENCE met of one ministerial brother who had at Wood-gate, Loughborough, on recently visited the suffering disTuesday, December 2, 1862. Rev. tricts, it was unanimously agreed : J. Staddon opening the morning (1) That this Conference, deeply service, and Rev. W. Chapman, of sympathizing with our brethren in Melbourne, preached from 1 Chron. Lancashire, Yorkshire, and Cheshire, xii. 32, And of the children of Issachar, now suffering so fearfully, earnestly which were men that had understanding recommends the churches in of the times, to know what Israel ought the Midland district to contribute to do. The attendance at the after- by collections or subscriptions, noon meeting was good. Rev. J. weekly, such sums, according to Taylor, of Kegworth, prayed, and their_several ability, as will allow Rev. Giles Hester presided. From the Relief Committee, established the reports it appeared that fifty-six by the Yorkshire Conference, to had been baptized since the last give our suffering friends occasional Conference, fifty-nine are now can assistance. (2) That Revs. R. Horsdidates for baptism, and four have field, of Leeds, J. Stevenson, of been restored to fellowship. After Derby, and Mr. J. Earp, of Mel. the reading of the Minutes of the bourne, be requested to act as a previous Conference, the following Committee for receiving and disbusiness was transacted :
tributing benefactions designed es1. Distress among our brethren in pecially to help our brethren in the Lancashire. After a painfully in- I ministry.
2. College Bazaar. The circular and that the help will be continued issued concerning the College as long as it is required. Bazaar at the forthcoming Asso- As there was so little business the ciation was read by Rev. J. Lewitt, time was occupied in conversing on the Secretary, and its claims urged subjects of interest and of practical upon the Conference.
importance. 3. John Arthur James. That this The next Conference was appointed Conference disowns any connection to be held at Boston, on Thursday, with the man calling himself John March 5th, 1863; and brother Orton Arthur James, of Leicester. of Louth, was requested to preach
4. Congratulatory address to the in the morning. Prince of Wales. That this question Thomas BARRASS, Secretary. be recommended to the attention
P.S.-The following plan will be of the Association.
submitted for consideration at the Collection for incidental expenses next Conference. of Conference £2 2s.
1864. The next Conference will be held
Bourne at Kegworth, on Easter Tuesday,
Sutterton April 7, Rev. J. C. Smith, of
Spalding Leicester, to preach.
Fleet A revival meeting was held in
HALIFAX.-On Lord's-day, Nov. morning service with reading and 30th, Mr. Clarke baptized seven prayer, and brother Watts preached believers; and again Dec. 14th, from 1 John iii. part of verse 2. six others put on Christ by baptism. Brother Chamberlain preached in We are thankful that the work of the evening.
the Lord is prospering here. In the afternoon, prayer was
J. A. R. offered by brethren Cotton and Chamberlain, and the reports from
LOUTH, Walker-gate.-On Lord's. the churches were read, from which day evening, Dec. 1st, four believers we learned that sixteen had been made the good profession of baptism baptized since the last Conference, before many witnesses, and thus and seventeen remained candidates gave themselves first to the Lord for baptism.
and then to his people, according to The Secretary was requested to
his word. prepare a list of the times and places at which the Conferences shall be
ANNIVERSARIES. holden during the next three years, and present it for consideration at MACCLESFIELD.-On Lord's - day, the next Conference.
Nov. 9th, 1862, two sermons were The Lancashire Distress having preached by the Rev. E. Stevenson, been referred to, it was resolved :- of Loughborough, on behalf of our That we rejoice to hear that some of Foreign Missions; and on Monday the churches in this neighbourhood evening, Nov. 10th, we held our have made collections for the relief public Missionary Meeting, when of the distress in the Cotton | addresses were delivered by the Districts, and we sincerely hope Revs. G. B. Kidd, S. W. McAll, the others will follow their example, l (Independents), J. French, (Wesleyan), G. Ramsden, (New Con- | best, making it at once one of the nexion), E. Stevenson, J. Maden. neatest and most comfortable places The chair was occupied by. J. of worship in the town. CollecWalker, of Poynton. · Collections tions, exclusive of subscriptions, were made after each of the above £41 15s. 5}d. services in aid of the Missions, amounting in all to £9 8s. 2d.
MISCELLANEOUS. CHATTERIS, Cambs.-On Sunday, Dec. 14th, 1862, sermons in support of the General Baptist Mission were LOUTH, Walker-gate.-On Monday, preached by the Rev. T. Wilson, of the 8th inst., the friends at the March, Rev. Field, a student above place held their annual tea from Cheshunt, taking part in the meeting in the Council Chamber of afternoon service. On the following the Town Hall. About 200 persons day, the annual missionary tea and sat down to tea. In the evening public meetings were held in the there was an excellent meeting. same place. Addresses were de Rev. T. Horsfield, minister of the livered by Mr. James Halford, place, presided. The meeting having chairman; Revs. W. Wylie, of been opened with prayer, the chairRamsey, H. Wilkinson, of Norwich, man delivered an appropriate introin his usually effective manner, and ductory address, and then called upon T. Wilson. The meetings were Mr. W. Newman to give a brief good, but not quite so well attended sketch of the progress of the church as usual. The proceeds about £12. during the year. Addresses were
J. L. subsequently delivered by Revs. T.
W. Mathews, of Boston ; J. Taylor, RE-OPENING.
of Alford; W. Orton, R. Cheesman,
and T. Burton, of Louth. AltoBRADFORD, Tetley - street. Our gether the meeting was of a very chapel having been closed for several interesting and profitable character, months to repair a defect in the and the friends felt much encouraged south wall, which rendered the and delighted by the generous sympabuilding insecure), and to make ex- thy accorded to them on the occasion. tensive alterations and improvements, was re-opened on Sunday, BURNLEY-VALLEY, Lineholme Sewing Nov. 16th. Three sermons
Classes.-These classes are now in preached. In the morning and even full operation. They meet five times ing, by the Rev. W. Underwood, a week, two hours each time, and president of the college ; in the have an average attendance of thirtyafternoon, by the Rev. J. G. Miall, nine. Under the experienced man(Independent), Bradford. On Tues- agement of Mrs. Salter they present day evening, Nov. 18th, the Rev. a delightful aspect of order, disC. Clark, of Halifax, preached. cipline, and propriety. Pinafores, On Sunday, Nov. 23rd, the Revs. and petticoats, 'brats' and 'bishops' J. H. Betts, preached in the morn- are here manufactured by the dozen; ing, H. Dowson, (Baptists), in the and while the fingers ply the needle afternoon, and J. MacKenney, sweet voices sing the Sabbath(Wesleyan), in the evening. All school melodies, and the listening the services were well attended ; ear drinks instruction from the books and all parties unite in com- read. No wages in money are paid, mendation of the improvements but all will have sixpence per day effected. The Rev. #. Dowson in garments, reckoning the material stated that he was at the opening of at prime cost, till all are decently the chapel, and also on several other and warmly clad. The cost, at the occasions when improvements had present rate, is about £10 per month, been made, but he thought the supplied hitherto by private benevopresent improvement decidedly the leace, and not from the Relief Fund.