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brethren from the sister churches. The whole of Thursday was deThe Rev. W. R. Stevenson, M.A., voted to business. The College pastor of Broad-street, and classical report

read and adopted. and mathematical tutor of the The treasurer announced that Chilwell College, presided-assisted £1,000 was still needed to complete by Revs. H. Hunter, of Nottingham; the purchase of the Chilwell and Thomas Stevenson, of Leicester. property, that some brethren who The chapel was densely packed, had made promises two years ago the seats, the aisles, and the pulpit had not yet fulfilled them, and that stairs; the vestries and the organ others had been called away to their recess were equally crowded. Úp- reward. The College Bazaar, wards of 1,500 communicants were however, which was held in the present. A deep and hallowed feeling Mechanics' Hall, and in which pervaded the meeting. Some thought Nottingham abundantly showed its of friends far away in the missionary well-known good taste and skill field, and some of those who through has yielded with its several days' faith and patience now inherit the sales, when all expences are paid, promises. Many a tear of joy £380. The ladies of the town of Notttrickled down the cheeks of strong ingham are deserving of the highest and stalwart men, and all hearts praise for the unwearied zeal with burnt within them. The Redeemer which they laboured to promote the was felt to be not simply a memory success of this Bazaar. but a Presence, His promise a living At twelve o'clock the Association wordthere am I in the midst of them. Letter was read, the subject being If such joy is possible on earth- State aid to education in connection who shall measure the fulness of with Nonconformist day-schools,' that joy which the saints shall have and the writer, Rev. W. Underwood, above? The service closed with President of Chilwell College. The part of the hymn,

conclusion arrived at in this able

and masterly letter was-that it * Hail, sweetest dearest tie that binds, &c.' is not consistent with the highest

patriotism and the soundest policy, It was the first instance of such a still less with Nonconformist service. It will certainly not be principles, either to apply for such the last.

grants, or to accept them when The Foreign Missionary meeting offered. Some dissension was ex. was held in the evening, J. Heard, pressed from several of the positions Esq., in the chair. As a report maintained; but the letter was of this meeting will be given in the adopted, with a cordial vote of Obserrer, we may content ourselves thanks to the writer, and ordered to by naming the speakers-Revs. J.J. be printed in the ‘Minutes of the Goadby, of Leicester; Dr. Burns, Association.' of London ; H. Wilkinson, of Nor- In reference to the very kind and wich; T. W. Mathews, of Boston. fraternal sympathy of the Baptist The proposition to get rid of the Lancashire Relief Committee in indebt by inviting the aid of 300cluding the churches of our own ladies, each of whom was to give Connexion in their distribution of or collect £5 by next Christmas, was assistance during the past winter, warmly received, and in a subse the following resolution was unaniquent sitting of the Association, at mously passed : That this Asonce adopted. Several ladies have sociation has heard with great already volunteered their services, pleasure of the

aid and we sincerely hope that those to afforded by the Baptist Lancawhom the secretary, Mrs.Wilkinson, shire Relief Committee to the has forwarded a circular since the General Baptist churches of LanAssociation, will accede to her cashire and Cheshire during the request.

generous

recent severe distress; that it offers

on behalf of our distressed brethren / your honourable House to reject its warmest thanks both to the com- every proposal which may contemmittee and to the subscribers they plate any alteration of the recent represent for the timely help; while policy of this country towards the it hails the spirit in which that help States of America. was given as an expression of “ And your petitioners will ever brotherly love, and as a means of pray, &c." drawing the two sections of the A right loyal and dutiful address Baptist body into closer and more of congratulation to the Prince of practical union.'

Wales on his auspicious marriage The subject of slavery in the was also adopted. G. Stevenson, Confederate States of America pro- Esq., Solicitor, of Leicester, gave voked a warm and interesting dis- some valuable suggestions in regard cussion, the Revs. T. W. Mathews, to chapel deeds, and their registry, T. Goadby, J. F. Winks, J. B. Pike, and advised caution in adopting the S. Allsop, and others, taking part. provisions of Sir Morton Peto's Afterwards the following resolution Act. The claims and stability of was agreed to:

the National Society for the support 1. That it is with grief and of Aged and Infirm Baptist indignation this Association has Ministers were advocated by Rev. learned that ministers of religion B. C. Young, a deputation, and of various denominations, including were ably supported in a lucid Baptists, in the Southern States of speech by Rev. James Martin, B.A., North America, have issued a of Nottingham, one of the commanifesto appealing for sympathy mittee. An address from the to all Christians throughout the Temperance Societies of Nottingworld, in their maintenance of ham was ordered to lie on the table. slavery. That this Association do, Of purely denominational business in the most emphatic manner, record the most important of Thursday their protest against this most un. afternoon's sitting was the proposal just and impious principle.

to publish by subscription a series 2. That, in view of Mr. Roe- of volumes containing selections buck's motion to be presented to from the writings of General Bapthe House of Commons on the 30th tist authors of the past and the of this month, for the recognition present centuries. The committee by this country of the slaveholding appointed to consider the subject Confederacy, it is the duty of this made the following report:Association to aid the expression ‘After considering various sugges. of public opinion, by petitioning tions the committee recommend-1. the honourable House against such That the series of volumes be pubproposal.

lished by subscription on the reThat the following petition, there. sponsibility of the Association or fore, be signed on behalf of this its committee, and that the price Association by its chairman and do not exceed 3s. 6d. per volume. secretary, and be forwarded for 2. That the series be compresentation :

pleted not later than 1870, the " " The petition of the Association hundredth anniversary of the of General Baptist churches, as denomination. 3. That it be called sembled from various parts of the the “Centenary Memorial Library." kingdom at their annual meeting, 4. That the volumes be assigned as held at Nottingham, June 25, 1863, follows:-One to the early General • “Humbly sheweth,

Baptists; one to the Taylors; one ““That your petitioners highly to the Deacons, their contemporaries, approve of the conduct of Her and immediate successors, inMajesty's Goverment, in hitherto cluding the names of Freeston, declining intervention in the present Felkin, Orton, Pickering, &c.; one quarrel in America ; and entreat to Mr. Pike and the early mission. The Rev. James Sherman.

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aries ; one to the names of Jarrom, of the ministers and delegates. The Wallis, Jones, Stevenson, Goadby, chapel was often rendered op&c.; and one to the annual Circular pressively hot through the large Letters. 5. That the first volume be attendance, and the noises in the ready next year, if a sufficient 'street hard by were a perpetual number of subscribers can be ob- annoyance; but when it was protained, and that prospectuses be posed to adjourn to a larger chapel, issued as soon as possible.” On the the brethren at once showed their reception and adoption of the report appreciation of the kindness of the it was suggested that an additional Broad-street friends by consenting, volume be issued containing an ' notwithstanding the discomfort and historical review of the denomina- inconvenience, to remain, tional history for the century.

The next Association will be held The secretary announced that the ' at Boston, Lincolnshire, Rev. R. statistics of the year showed ad- Ingham, of Vale, Todmorden, to be ditions of over 1,600 members, but the chairman ; Rev. E. Stevenson, a clear increase of only about 450. of Loughborough, the morning The total number of members in preacher, or in case of failure, the Connexion is not quite 21,400. Rev. H. Ashbery, of Sheffield ; and

Votes of thanks were passed to Rev. H. Wilkinson the afternoon the chairman, vice-chairman, as. preacher, or in case of failure, Rev. sistant secretary, preachers, and Giles Hester, of Loughborough. the friends at Nottingham. It The letter is to be written by Rev. would be ungrateful not especially W. R. Stevenson, M.A., the subject to acknowledge the kind and to be · Amusements and relaxation judicious forethought of the friends in relation to Christian Life. at Broad-street to secure the comfort

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And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.'—DANIEL. “In labours more abundant.'—PAUL.

Servant of God well done! They serve God well
Who serve His creatures.
What's done is what remains ! Ah blessed they
Who have completed tasks of love to stay,
And answer mutely for them, being dead!

Life was not purposeless, though life be fled.'-MRS. NORTON. We do not believe in the cynical theory that under favourable circumstances feebleness and folly will suffice for popularity. Popular men may say and do foolish things, but no man ever yet gained popular suffrages, much less kept them without corresponding elements of power. Mr. Sherman had not the lofty rhetoric of McAll, nor the intellectual beauty and fervour of Harris, nor the massive force of Angel James, nor the sententious wisdom of Jay, nor the classical brilliancy of Sortain, nor the thrilling passion of James Parsons ; but he had a pervading unction, & sympathetic tenderness, a contagious sensibility that were peculiarly his own. His sermons were suffused with feeling that over-powered all indifference and even all criticism.'-ALLON. MR. ALLON has given to the church Many of our modern religious an exceedingly interesting and in- biographies are spoiled and unfitted structive specimen of Religious and to accomplish the object sought in Ministerial Biography. It is well conceived, ably written, lively and

Memoir of the Rev. JAMES SHERMAN,

including an unfinished Autobiography picturesque in style, and what is By Henry Allon. London : Nisbet and best of all, admirably condensed. Co., 1863.

their compilation by reason of their themselves a person to represent in whom extreme bulkiness. Three or four actions both greater and smaller, public volumes of considerable magnitude and private have a commixture must of on the same subject have a frighten- a necessity contain a more true, natire, ing and forbidding aspect.. Com. and lively representation.''For Lices,' prehensiveness of outline, combined the same noble author continues, with conciseness of detail, especially I do find strange that these times in the record of a man's life, are have so little esteemed the virtues qualities which give a book an in- of the times, as that the writing of viting aspect and a permanent value. lives should be no more frequent. Brevity is not only the soul of wit, For although there be not many but the salvation of wisdom, when sovereign princes or absolute comthat wisdom is embodied in a manders, and that states are most biography.

collected into monarchies, yet there Religious biographical memorials are many worthy personages that dewhen well conceived, and well exe- serve better than dispersed reports or cuted, form very entertaining and barren elogies. For herein the inedifying reading. They are links in vention of one of the late poets is the chain of history. Biographical proper, and doth well enrich the notices give life and freshness to ancient fiction : for he feigneth, that history. Clarendon's History of the at the end of the thread or web of Rebellion, and Macaulay's History of every man's life there was a little England are fascinating and enter medal containing the person's name, taining, not only for the historical and that Time waited upon the shears; details which they contain, but also and as soon as the thread was cut, for the many striking photographs caught the medals, and carried them of the distinguished characters to the river of Lethe; and about the which they bring before you.

bank there were many birds flying * History' says Lord Bacon, 'which up and down, that would get the may be called, Just and Perfect medals, and carry them in their History, is of threekinds, according to beak a little while, and then let them the object which it propoundeth, or fall into the river : only there were a pretendeth to represent: for it either few swans which if they got a name representeth a time, or a person, or would carry it to a temple, where it was an action. The first

call consecrated.' Chronicles, the second Lives, and the Man in the complexity of his third Narrations, or Relations. nature, the vicissitudes of his Of these, although the first be the experience, and the grandeur of most complete and absolute kind of his destiny must of necessity present history, and hath most estimation an interesting field of study, and and glory, yet the second excelleth it there is no life of any dimensions, in profit and use, and the third in but contains inspiring lessons of verity and sincerity. For history of encouragement, and impressive times representeth the magnitude of lessons of warning. Passion with actions, and the public faces and her flaming torch and principle with deportments of persons, and passeth her even balances appeal to us from over in silence the smaller passages the records of the dead. and motions of men and matters. Much of the Bible—the embodi.

But such being the workmanship ment of God's character and willof God, as He doth hang the greatest comes to us in a biographical form. weight upon the smaller wires, The Divine shines through the "maxima e minimis suspendens ! it human, the heavenly treasure is put comes therefore to pass, that such into an earthen vessel. The candle histories do rather set forth the is from heaven, but the lantern is pomp of business than the true in- from earth. The characters of ward resorts thereof. But Lives, if Scripture are exceedingly numerous they be well written, prorounding to and strikingly diversified. We see

we

Biographical Form of Scripture.

289 human nature in all its aspects. We Apostles contains the record of the have in the same book, full-drawn sayings and doings—the persecutions portraits, and side glimpses of a and sufferings of two remarkable great number of individuals. There men-Peter and Paul. It embraces is a life-like freshness in these two circles of church historybiographical paintings. There is no Peter is the centre of one circle, repulsive caricature — no fulsome and Paul of the other. Peter's work adulation. All is true to the laws is preparatory to Paul's. Peter takes of life. Adam, Cain, and Abel the gospel to the Jews, and his impress us with their true characters. ministrations are almost entirely Enoch and Noah--Abraham and limited to the circumcision. Paul Isaac-Jacob and Joseph-all have takes a wider radius. He is chosen their distinctive features, and each to carry the lamp of Life to the teaches us some particular lesson of Gentiles, and his labours are de. life. The extended life of Moses, voted chiefly to the uncircumcision. the expansive life of Samuel, and Peter's centre of influence is Jeruthe still more expansive life of salem - Paul's centre of action is David, are exceedingly rich with first Antioch and then Rome. Peter lessons of Divine instruction. The speaks Hebrew-Paul, Latin and trials, sorrows, disappointments, Greek. The early history of the deliverances, joys and triumphs of church-the persecutions and trials life are all made to pass before us which gathered around its cradle with dramatic interest. We in a came to us chiefly in connection with great measure read the history of the lives and labours of these rethe nation in the lives of its leaders. markable and divinely commissioned

Very much of the historical part men. of the New Testament is presented The history of the church in the to us in a biographical shape. We present day is to a great degree stand in silent reverence, and pro- embalmed and preserved in a found awe before the simple and sub- biographical form. As the great lime biography of Him who was the and the good, the active and the Father of Eternity, and the Son of useful, go one after another into the a Virgin, the Ancient of days and darkness of the grave, and into the the contemporary and companion of light of the Lamb, those who are Peter, James, and John-Of Him left behind gather up with pious who built the beautiful heavens, and interest and affectionate regard the hung the golden orbs of light in memorials of their sayings, doings, the sapphire vault, but was found in and sufferings. There are monuthe manger at Bethlehem as a ments of love in books as well as in helpless babe — Of Him who was marble. the Prince of Life, the Lord of The life of a good, earnest, active Glory, and yet died on the cross and man enshrined in a well - written was laid in the grave-God mani. book is a treasure to the individual, fested in the flesh- The Lamb of an honour to the church, and a God—The light of the World—The blessing to the world. Saviour of Sinners-the Biography Such a book we have in the of Him who was, and is ;-all this, memoir of the Rev. James Sherman and infinitely more, must possess by Henry Allon. Mr. Sherman was the most transcendent interest, and a man of deep piety, of wide-spread contain the most inspiring and heart. influence, and of extensive usefultouching lessons. The Life of Christ ness. He was not so great in in. is the blossom of the Prophecies, tellectual power, or so remarkable the root of the Epistles, and the in intellectual attainments as some germ of the Apocalypse. It has a of his contemporaries. The heart four-fold form-a face beaming with was the seat of his subduing power, love for each quarter of the world. and the source of his great influence The book called the Acts of the over the minds of the people. He

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