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Correspondence— The College Bazaar.

303 of Christ. He was confined to his by Mr. Marshall, of Loughborough, room for about twelve weeks, 'and and on the following Lord's-day, to an aged friend who visited him his funeral sermon was preached to most days, he always requested (to a large congregation by the Rev. E. use his own homely language) that Stevenson, from Job xix. 25-27., I he would say a few words in prayer know that my Redeemer liveth, &c. before he left him.' One evening His aged widow, to whom he was but a short time before his death united in 1809, survives him. He has this friend said, 'I think you will also left behind him two sons and not be here long, friend Sleath.' His one daughter. May they and all reply was 'the sooner the better, who read this simple memorial of if it be the Lord's will; ' and in this an aged disciple of the Lord Jesus, waiting posture he calmly fell resolve like the departed, that they asleep in Jesus without a struggle or will serve not mammon but God. a groan. There were with him Though the deceased was not very when he died some who are not extensively known beyond his own decided for Christ, but so peaceful immediate neighbourhood, or his was his exit that one of them im- influence felt except in the church mediately exclaimed with Balaam, with which he was connected, the Let me die the death of the righteous, writer believes there are but few to and let my last end be like his,

whom the Saviour's commendation His remains were interred in the would be more applicable, An burial ground belonging to the Israelite indeed in whom there is no chapel at Rothley, February 15th, Iguile.

Correspondenre.

THE COLLEGE BAZAAR. found their rich reward in the

success which has crowned their To the Editor of the General Baptist cheerful and self-denying toil. A Magazine.

large quantity of goods is yet un.

sold, and as the opening of the next DEAR SIR,—Permit me through the session at Chilwell is to be celebrated pages of the Magazine to convey by a soiree, it is proposed to erect the cordial thanks of the Associa. a few stalls on that occasion and tion to the numerous friends through- thus endeavour to dispose of part of out the denomination who so the articles left over. The time and kindly and generously contributed order of the soiree will be announced to the above object. While many as before, and I trust the meeting of the churches responded to our will be as excellent as it was last appeal, I deeply regret to say that year. I am desired by the treasurer many others from whom we looked to inform your readers that he has for considerable aid gave no assist- given notice to Mr. W. Stevenson, ance. Local circumstances perhaps of Derby, to pay off the £1000 owing will account for this. Still the to him on bond, in January next. Bazaar was a decided success, since Toward this amount the sum derived after the payment of all expences from the Bazaar is nearly all that is about £380 have been realized towards in hand. Mr. Marshall would feel the Purchase Fund of Chilwell very glad if as far as convenient the College. While great praise is due promises yet unfulfilled could be to all who assisted us, the ladies of paid in by or before Christmas, so Nottingham deserve special com- as to enable bim to meet his engage. mendation, and I am sure have ! ment on the purchase account, and

the Christian profession for nearly social prayer-meetings much to the seventy years, and the office of edification of those present; he deacon of the General Baptist church also for a number of years adminisat Rothley nearly fifty years. Our tered the ordinance of baptism; departed friend was born at Nor was treasurer of the church and manton-on-Soar, in the county of Sabbath-school, &c. ; in fact it is Nottingham, on the 24th of August, surprising that with a limited educa1772. His parents being in humble tion he was able to undertake and circumstances, and his father dying accomplish so much. He was much while he was young, Henry left interested in the success of the home for service in his early days. Foreign Mission, and was a subUnder the ministry of Mr. John scriber to its funds from its comTarratt, who preached at Kegworth, mencement. During a long life our Diseworth, Castle Donington, &c., departed friend was eminently a he was led to decide for Christ. man of peace, and if in the exercise The sermon which caused his of his office he had to reprove, it was awakening was from Matthew vi. always done with fidelity and affec. 24., Ye cannot serve God and mammon. tion. For several years before his It was about the same time and death he was incapacitated through under the ministry of Mr. Tarratt infirmity of body for taking the that that distinguished servant of active part in the affairs of thechurch God the late Rev. Joseph Jarrom, which he had done for so many

was led to a clear conception of the years, but as long as he was able he plan of salvation by faith in the continued to attend the services, and Lord Jesus Christ.'* Henry Sleath it was a great denial to him when was baptized with Mr. Jarrom and he could no longer tread the courts sixteen others in the river Soar at of the Lord's house, which he was Ratcliffe, near Kegworth, May 31st, not permitted to do for more than 1795, in his 23rd year, and united to two years. Those who visited him the church at Kegworth. From during this time will remember his Kegworth he removed to Sutton high appreciation of Christian Bovington, and from thence_to fellowship. He retained all his Rothley in the year 1806. The faculties, except eyesight which interest and anxiety he manifested failed him, so that he was unable to for the extension of his Master's read that word which had been a cause, and his exemplary conduct, light to his feet and a lamp to his path. led the friends at Rothley to elect Tbis he felt very keenly, but always him a deacon in 1814, an act which manifested a spirit of resignation. they never had cause to regret. A His memory was well stored with brother deacon now in the decline scriptural knowledge, and as a friend of life who was associated with him once observed, he seemed to know from the time he joined the church the hymn book by heart.' The at Rothley, says of him' be honour. hymn commencing ably sustained this office to the satisfaction of all his brethren for Let all our tongues be one, forty-nine years. He was a man

To praise our God on high.' of uprightness and integrity, firmly attached to the cause of Christ and was a favourite with him, and he to the General Baptist denomination. I would, when giving expression to He was seldom absent from the his feelings, often say, public or private means of grace,

Where Jesus is I long to be, and always willing to assist the

I long that upper world to see.' cause of the Redeemer.' When the church was without a minister he He had a very strong sense of his was in the habit of conducting the own unworthiness, and placed his

* See General Baptist Repository for trust for salvation and hopes of February 1845.

heaven alone in the merits and death Correspondence- The College Bazaar.

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of Christ. He was confined to his by Mr. Marshall, of Loughborough, room for about twelve weeks, 'and and on the following Lord's-day, to an aged friend who visited him his funeral sermon was preached to most days, he always requested (to a large congregation by the Rev. E. use his own homely language) that Stevenson, from Job xix. 25-27., I he would say a few words in prayer know that my Redeemer liveth, &c. before he left him.'

One evening

His aged widow, to whom he was but a short time before his death united in 1809, survives him. He has this friend said, 'I think you will also left behind him two sons and not be here long, friend Sleath.' His one daughter. May they and all reply was the sooner the better, who read this simple memorial of if it be the Lord's will ; ' and in this an aged disciple of the Lord Jesus, waiting posture be calmly fell resolve like the departed, that they asleep in Jesus without a struggle or will serve not mammon but God. a groan. There were with him Though the deceased was not very when he died some who are not extensively known beyond his own decided for Christ, but so peaceful immediate neighbourhood, or his was his exit that one of them im- influence felt except in the church mediately exclaimed with Balaam, with which he was connected, the Let me die the death of the righteous, writer believes there are but few to and let my last end be like his.

whom the Saviour's commendation His remains were interred in the would be more applicable, An burial ground belonging to the Israelite indeed in whom there is no chapel at Rothley, February 15th, guile.

Correspondeure.

THE COLLEGE BAZAAR. found their rich reward in the

success which has crowned their To the Editor of the General Baptist cheerful and self-denying toil. A Magazine,

large quantity of goods is yet un

sold, and as the opening of the next DEAR SIR,-Permit me through the session at Chilwell is to be celebrated pages of the Magazine to convey by a soiree, it is proposed to erect the cordial thanks of the Associa- a few stalls on that occasion and tion to thenumerous friends through- thus endeavour to dispose of part of out the denomination who so the articles left over. The time and kindly and generously contributed order of the soiree will be announced to the above object. While many as before, and I trust the meeting of the churches responded to our will be as excellent as it was last appeal, I deeply regret to say that year. I am desired by the treasurer many others from whom we looked to inform your readers that he has for considerable aid gave no assist. given notice to Mr. W. Stevenson,

Local circumstances perhaps of Derby, to pay off the £1000 owing will account for this. Still the to him on bond, in January next, Bazaar was a decided success, since Toward this amount the sum derived after the payment of all expences from the Bazaar is nearly all that is about £380 have been realized towards in hand. Mr. Marshall would feel the Purchase Fund of Chilwell very glad if as far as convenient the College. While great praise is due promises yet unfulfilled could be to all who assisted us, the ladies of paid in by or before Christmas, 80 Nottingham deserve special com- as to enable him to meet his engage: mendation, and I am sure have ! ment on the purchase account, and

ance.

to render it unnecessary for him to that a single church in the denominaadvance any considerable sum of tion has tested its full merits. But money. Again thanking our friends from the imperfect approaches to it for their generous aid, and yourself in some churches we can gain some Mr. Editor, for your courtesy in ad. view of what would be its full mitting my frequent communications blessings if fully adopted.' into your pages,

To those churches in our own land I remain,

who are contemplating a trial of the Most truly yours,

plan we would again recommend JAMES LEWITT, them to read over carefully the

College Secretary. account given in the June number Nottingham, July 14th, 1863.

of our Magazine for 1861, page 229,

of the course pursued by the Broad. AMERICAN TESTIMONY IN RE- street church, Nottingham.

Yours truly, FERENCE TO THE WEEKLY

J. E. OFFERING SYSTEM.

Melbourne, July 6th, 1863.
To the Editor of the General Baptist
Magazine.

MINISTERS FUND IN THE DEAR SIR, -Most of your readers DISTRESSED DISTRICTS. will recollect with feelings of deep interest the visit of the Rev. D. M. To the Editor of the General Baptist Graham, to this country. While

Magazine. here he manifested considerable interest in the subject of the weekly DEAR SIK, — Will you oblige me by offering plan which had just been inserting in your next Magazine the introduced in some of our churches, following sums received during the and on his return he took with him month for the above object.

Yours truly, a number of tracts relating to the subject.

J. EARP, Treasurer. It appears from the

£ s. d. minutes of the Conference, 1862, that Mr. Grabam has been the

Hose

1 5 0 means of introducing it with the London, per Rev. T. Goadby,

1 0 0

(4th remittance)... most pleasing results in many of the American churches. The fol. lowing is taken from their report: FRATERNAL LETTER FROM * The Rev. D. M. Graham, pastor of

THE FREE-WILL BAPTISTS the church in Portland, affirms that it (the Weekly Offering) has suc. OF AMERICA. ceeded beyond expectation. The brethren of that church are elated [The following letter was received at its success, and it was stated at by the Secretary too late for prethe last annual meeting recently sentation at the Association.] held, that during the whole progress Ed. G. B. M. of the cause in that city, the financial affairs have never been The Eighteenth General Confer. found in so encouraging a condition ence of Free - Will Baptists in as they are this year of the war. America, to the Ninety - fourth The general opinion is that the plan Annual Association of the New is a wonderful success in the church. Connexion of General Baptists in The pastors in Portsmouth and England. Boston, have affirmed in these times BELOVED BRETHREN, of war it has saved these churches. The last session of our Conference It is further affirmed that it is an which was held in the College chapel exact guage of the spirituality of the at Hillsdale, Michigan, on the first membership. It can hardly be said I week in October, 1862, was a very

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interesting and memorable season. We thank you, dear brethren, for The delegation was larger than we the kindness and Christian sympathy ever had before. An unusual degree manifested in your last epistle toof harmony and brotherly love per: wards us while our nation is passing vaded all our deliberations and through this mighty struggle for discussions. A large amount of human freedom. While many of business was transacted with much the wealthy, haughty aristocrats of unanimity among the members.

England, with those who desire The anniversary meetings of the gold and cotton for themselves more benevolent societies were well at than the freedom of 4,000,000 of tended and the exercises were in slaves—those who hate free governteresting. More than one thousand ments, and oppose the elevation of dollars were raised for our mission the poor, are giving us the cold societies.

shoulder-building ships for rebel The epistle from the last session pirates-running our blockades, and of your Association was read in the otherwise affording aid and comfort Conference and entered upon the to our enemies it rejoices our journal. The minutes of our Con-hearts to learn that the common ference are herewith forwarded to people, the labouring classes, the your present meeting, from which lovers of liberty, and the friends of you may learn the statistics of our human rights and progress are denomination and the state of re- sympathizing with the loyal men of ligion among us.

this country, and ardently desiring The prosperity of our mission and the success of our arms, and the educational interests are much re. everlasting overthrow of the actarded on account of the financial cursed institution of American embarrassment occasioned by the slavery. civil war which is still raging in I doubt not you will

rejoice with our country. In fact all our religious us in the fact that our President has enterprises, including the support issued the proclamation of liberty of our pastors, and the expense of to all the slaves in the rebellious sustaining the stated means of grace States, and they are now flocking by in our churches, are sensibly affected tens and hundreds of thousands to by this awful scourge in our land. the standard of liberty. It is estiMany of our ministers and their sons mated that at least one half million with thousands of church members of slaves have obtained their freedom have enlisted in the army, and are since this war commenced. About now engaged in the suppression of 15,000 have already been mustered this slaveholder's rebellion.

into the United States service as Still we have enjoyed some good soldiers ; and it is expected that the degree of success and religious number of negro soldiers employed prosperity: God has not forsaken by our government will exceed

The labours of our ministers 200,000 before the close of next and brethren in winning souls to autumn. Christ have been blessed ; as you will see from our statistical table

The system of slavery in our land that more than Six Thousands have

has received its death blow. The been added to our churches by bap- is generally admitted on all sides.

wound can never be healed. This tism during the past three years. No compromise will ever be made be

Our beloved brother Rev. O. R. Batchelor has returned to his former tween the North and South to restore field of labour in Orissa. On account

this God-abhorred system to its of these war times and the exceed- former position. It may be many ing high rates of exchange we shall months, and even years before it not be able to enlarge our mission entirely expires—there may yet be ary force in that country during the severe struggles and mighty death present year.

throes--but die it must, and die it

Us.

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