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will; and may God hasten on the We desire the continuance of the happy day.
fraternal correspondence which has Beloved brethren, we ask your been so pleasant and profitable to us. prayers
for us as a Christian denom. In behalf of the Freewill Baptist ination, and for our nation that God General Conference. would sanctify our afflictions to us
I am, yours truly, for good, and yet make us a strictly
SILAS CURTIS, Secretary. Christian nation.
Concord, N.H., June 9, 1863.
the wife of a member lately united
to us ; the other the second daughter THE NORTH DERBYSHIRE CONFERENCE and the second addition from the assembled at Wirksworth, on Good youthful family of a valued deacon Friday, April 3rd, 1863. Brother of the church. Our Father' is Argyle, of Ripley, presided. Fifty- increasing His family here from three had been baptized since last the families of His people. This Conference, and there were twenty: increases the interest and deepens nine candidates reported. Several our joy.
F. M., H. of the churches neither sent repre- EAST LEAKE.-On Sunday, June sentative nor letter.
21st, three persons were baptized by 1. There was a lengthened con- Rev. G. Staples, after an excellent versation again relative to Home sermon from I am not ashamed of Missionary efforts, with some the gospel, by one of the candidates, special reference to the state of Mr. J. Smith, of Goscote House things at Belper, but nothing very Academy, Wymeswold. definite was decided upon.
WALSALL.-On Lord's-day, June 2. The secretary was directed to 28th, fourteen converts were bap; write to those churches that failed tized, nine men and five women, all to send the small annual subscrip- of whom received the right hand tion to the Conference fund.
of fellowship on the following 3. A bill being before the House Lord's-day.
W. L. of Commons, relative to the closing of public houses on the Lord's-day, ANNIVERSARIES. Resolved, that the churches in this Conference be advised to petition in SUTTON COLDFIELD.-On Lord's. favour of that bill.
day, June 28th, the annual sermons 4. The next Conference to be at were preached by the Rev. J. Crich, the first Monday in August. Harrison, of Birmingham. The A revival meeting to be held in the congregations were large. On the evening.
following Monday, tea was provided There was a revival meeting at in a marquee, kindly lent by the Wirksworth in the evening. Brother neighbouring farmers for the ocArgylepresided. Brethren Needham, casion, when over 300 persons were Calladine, Carrington, and Roper present. In the evening, a public spoke. May all redound to the meeting was held. Rev. J. Harrison glory of God.
presided, Mr. Councillor Atkin, Mr. THOMAS YATES, Secretary. Patterson, and othergentlemen being
Some lively addresses BAPTISMS.
were delivered by the Revs. J. S.
Cholerton, of Sutterton; H. Cross, Hose. On Lord's-day, June 7th, of Coventry: and Mr. Chambers; two persons were baptized; one I and poems composed for the oc
Intelligence-Anniversaries, Ordinations, fc.
casion were read by Orlando Wright. | sea; and the pastor, the Rev. T. T. The interest of the meeting was Wilson, delivered addresses. heightened by selections of music KIRTON LINSEY.—Interesting Tea from the great masters, performed Anniversary.-On Good Friday, April by members of the Birmingham 3rd, we had our annual tea meeting Choral Society, assisted by neigh-in the chapel and school-room. The bouring and distant friends, under trays were provided gratuitously, the superintendence of Messrs. It was decidedly the best tea meeting Worton and Barnes. The proceeds we ever had and will be long reof the anniversary, with a few membered. The object of the meetdonations, being upwards of £10, ing was to remove a debt which had will be appropriated to some useful for years hung heavily upon us. improvements upon the chapel. The Our noble hearted brother Mr. Hall, cause at Sutton is prospering. of Hull, who has on previous oc
H. I. casions given strong proofs of his IBSTOCK.-On Lord's-day, June liberality, offered to givetwohundred 28th, two very appropriate sermons pounds on condition the church were preached in the Baptist chapel, would give the remaining fifty Ibstock, by the Rev. E. Stevenson, pounds, the amount of our debt. of Loughborough, in support of The church and a few other friends the Sabbath-school. Congregations at once responded to the offer ; one good. Collections £14 9s. 68. "On brother gave ten pounds, three others the following day, the children were gave five pounds each, and several provided (by some friends) with tea, smaller sums with the profits arising plum cake, &c., which they very from the tea meeting were added. much enjoyed.
We are now free from debt. After LONG CLAWSON (A branch of the tea several short and appropriate
We then Hose church).-Anniversary services addresses were given. were held in the chapel of the above most heartily sang, place, on June 28th and 29th. Rev. Praise God from whom all blessings flow.” G. Staples, of Wymeswold, preached. Mr. S. also presided over the tea meeting on Monday.
J. P., K. Addresses were delivered by Messrs. Wileman and Hind, Wesleyans; F. Mantle and
ORDINATIONS, &c. Jas. Smith. T'he services were highly satisfactory, both in nature May 26, three services were held in
Rev. J. FINN.—On Whit-Tuesday, and result.
F. M., H.
Wellington-roadchapel, Todmorden, MARCH, Cambs. — Sunday - school in connection with the ordination Festival.-On Lord's-day, July 19th, of the Rev. J. Finn as pastor of the annual sermons were preached the church and congregation at this by the Rev. J. C. Jones, M.A., of place. The Rev. T. Gill, of Shore, Spalding, to full congregations. opened the morning service with Collections were about the usual reading and prayer, after which the average. On the succeeding Tuesday Rev. C. Springthorpe, of Heptonthe scholars to the number of 300 were stail Slack, delivered a discourse regaled with an excellent tea, pro- upon the nature and constitution vided for them in a marquee kindly of a Christian church. Rev. W. lent by Potto Brown, Esq. After- Gray,of Birchcliffe, put thequestions wards, about 400 of the friends of to the church and minister, which the school took tea together. The were satisfactorily answered by the erening proving wet, we adjourned Rev. J. Finn, and Mr. J. Lord to the chapel, which was soon (deacon) on behalf of the church. crowded in every part. The Revs. Rev. R. Ingham, of Vale, offered J. Keek, of Cambridge; Wylie, the ordination prayer.
At the conof Ramsey; S. S. Allsop, of Wittle-clusion of the service about sixty
persons sat down to an excellent |tion to become theirminister, and Mr. dinner in the school-room. In the Cross stated the reason which had afternoon, the Rev. J. Alcorn, of induced him to accept the invitation. Burnley, opened the service with He also thanked the meeting for the reading and prayer. The Rev. interest they manifested in his wellW. Underwood, President of the fare by their presence that evening, Chilwell College, delivered the and for the cordial greeting they charge to the minister. The Rev. had given him, and said he should R. Horsefield, of Leeds, addressed need their sympathy, co-operation, the members of the church on their and prayers in the discharge of his obligations to their minister,' after high and holy duties. The chair. which about 130 persons sat down man then declared the union to tea. In the evening a public publicly ratified, and, on behalf of meeting was held, presided over by the ministers of the city, gave Mr. the Rev. W. Underwood, and ad- Cross the right hand of fellowship, dresses delivered by the Revs. T. and a most cordial welcome in their Gill, W. Salter, and J. Finn. The midst, wishing him great success whole of the services were well at in his new sphere of labour. Im. tended, and were of a highly in- portant and interesting addresses teresting and profitable character. were then delivered by the Revs. Mr. Finn is greatly beloved by the J. Harrison, McNaughton, Forth, members of his church and con- and J. Lewitt. gregation. Since his call, two years Rev. E. STENSON has resigned his ago, seventy-nine persons have been charge at Sutton St. James, and is added to the church, a new gallery open to an invitation from any has been erected in the chapel, and destitute church. Address-Kislingthe congregations greatly increased. bury, near Weedon, NorthamptonMay the Lord still continue to bless shire. both pastor and people for many
RE-OPENING. years to come.
COVENTRY.-Re-opening of White
- Our chapel evening, June 8, a tea meeting was held in St. Mary's Hall, to recognize having been closed for five weeks, the Rev. H. Čross as minister of &c., at a cost (with a new class
whilst undergoing repairs, painting, White Friar-lane chapel, Coventry: room) of £60, was re-opened for A very large and respectable divine worship, on Sunday, July 12th, company sat down to tea, including when two sermons were preached by friends from Wolvey, Longford, and the Rev. Henry Cross, minister of other adjacent places. After the tea, the Rev. W. B. Davies was
the place. On the following
Monday called to the chair, and was sup- Birmingham, preached a powerful
evening the Rev. Charles Vince, of ported on the platform by the Revs. Naughton, of Wolvey ; J. Harrison, towards the expences, amounting to J. Lewitt, of Nottingham; J. Mc: sermon to a large and attentive
Collections were made of Birmingham ; H. Cross, and W.611 Os. 6d. In addition to this sum, Forth, of Coventry. apologized for the absence of the about £40 have been subscribed by Revs. E. H. Delf, P. C. Backer, J. the friends of the cause for the same Libree, and W. H. Bambridge, who object. During the time the chapel were out of town. He also ex
was closed, the congregation, through pressed the pleasure he felt in assembled for worship in St. Mary's
the kind permission of the mayor, taking part in the interesting en
Hall. gagements of the evening. Mr.
MISCELLANEOUS. John Knight, on the part of the church, referred at length to the BARTON.-Day-school Anniversary. circumstances which led them to -On Thursday, the 28th of May, the give Mr. Cross an unanimous invita- I twentieth anniversary of the above
day-school was held. This school or his wife, and secretly viewing is conducted on the British school them as simple and stupid. They system. There are now ninety- are far more shrewd than is genefive scholars in attendance. It is rally supposed. Then the pastor's supported byvoluntary contributions, wife, a town lady perhaps, may not receiving no aid from government, like her position. The house is too and is open to children of all de small or too humble-looking; her nominations. The public exami- garden is not a pretty one; the nation of the children in reading, kitchen chimney smokes ; the cellar grammar, geography, mental arith. | is under water in the spring; the metic, and history, occupied the retirement is unbearable, or the afternoon from half-past one o'clock neighbourhood dull. She thoughtuntil four, when tea was provided lessly complains to her maid, who in the school-rooms belonging to the straightway carries it into the village. chapel, and in a marquee erected in Or perhaps neither husband nor the adjoining field; the trays being wife knows much of housekeeping; found gratuitously. More than 400 they try to live as town's-people do, sat down to tea. In the evening, but their income proves insufficient. at six o'clock, a public concert was The pastor preaches above the comgiven by the choir, assisted by prehension of the people, of whom several friends from a distance. he really knows nothing ; the church Mrs. F. Stevenson, of Nottingham, grows more and more empty. He sang several selections from Haydn's thinks that if he were but in a town, Creation, and also Handel's song, his talents would meet with due ' Angels ever bright and fair.' Mr. recognition. The habit he falls Dennis also gave the national song, into of attributing his want of acRule Britannia,' in the chorus of ceptance to the stupidity of his which he was joined by the choir, flock, not to any defect of his own, which also performed several quiets his conscience indeed, but choruses by Mozart, Haydn, Handel, rouses anger and opposition in them. and Himmel. In the interval for And no doubt the preacher in the rest Mr. F. Stevenson delivered a city has an easier task than his very humorous and eloquent ad. country brother. His congregation dress. The choir concluded with is larger ; natural endowments find Handel's chorus, 'Wortby the more who are attracted by such. Lamb.' The collection in the The pastor of some small country evening amounted to £16 85., which, districts has a very difficult lesson together, with the proceeds of the to learn-faithfulness in little things. tea, realized the handsome sum of Each youth, each child, each useless £37 8s.
E. H. B. man, weighs upon his spirits. He Town versus COUNTRY PASTORATES.-- must take thought for them all; Young ministers born and educated must often seek to con liate them in cities find it difficult to get on in in a manner trying to his own pride. country parishes. Very often they Now, in the town, ten may remain bring with them a contemptuous away unnoticed ; ten others will estimate of farmers and labourers, come in their places. But, on the and think that they must let them- otherhand, the country pastor has selves down to their level. And as the great advantage of coming into soon as the latter discover that more intimate relations with his their pastor considers himself their flock, and of thoroughly knowing superior, and assumes a condescend. individuals. He who is faithful over ing manner in his intercourse with little shall be set over much. A them, it is all over with his chance thorough experience of any single of doing good. Least of all can thing, a thorough knowledge of any country people tolerate any artificial, one heart, is better than a wide, superaffected attempt at doing the ficial acquaintance with manypopular' on the part of the minister Ministerial Experiences.
Flotes of the month.
ECCLESIASTICAL. and post office clerkships, upon the OUR Papist neighbours across the distant friends and relations of the channel are really very kind to us. hungry clients of a Prime Minister's The latest instance is—what do our local constituents, the sooner the readers think? the opening by canonries and stalls are swept them of an Establishment in Eng. away the better.' The Bishop of land for 'mortifying the flesh'in the London's Fund has already reached most approved continental fashion. £70,000. Its object is, the extension Whips and other instruments are of the parochial system throughout supplied, and
even duplicates his diocese. He is sanguine of of some used in the Inquisition. raising £1,000,000 in three years ! The terms vary according to the This is voluntarism with a witness. nature of the sins to be expiated! The large sums given to the Fund We shall not be surprized after this by various gentlemen in London is if a veritable Tetzel makes his at once an honour to their liberality appearance in our streets, and in and an incentive to Nonconformists his offers of indulgences outstorms to go and do likewise. Colenso is the noisy green-grocer on the week. still dribbling out his heresy. In his day, and the proselyting Mormon last instalment of hashed up missionary on the Sunday. The scepticism he defends his same ' neighbours' have an emperor use of some portion of the Prayer who is also a reverend. As eldest Book by appealing to the reson of the Church' Louis Napoleon cent avowal of the Primate in the is canon of the Patriarchal Church House of Lords — 'that he would of St. John Lateran at Rome, and incur any risk rather than use the has recently shown his good wishes burial service indiscriminately.'-towards his reverend colleagues by The Wesleyans held their Confergranting the Chapter an annual ence this year in Sheffield. More allowance of 24,000 francs. Of than forty circuits are said to be course the Canons have expressed clamouring for Punshon, whom their profound sense of his munifi- Palmerston has dubbed “the emperor cence in the most sonorous Latin.- of preachers.' There were 130 Jobbery is still rife in the Anglican candidates for admission into the church. A canonry at Canterbury Wesleyan ministry, and the fiftybecame vacant by the death of Dr. eight who were on probations of Russell, described as a man of mark, three years have been received.and the stall is at once offered by The Primitive Methodists have the Premier to a Mr. Drinkwater added nearly two thousand to their Bourne, whose only qualification for society during the past year, and the post seems to be that he was the still continue building chapels at son-in-law of a Tiverton lawyer. the rate of more than one per 'If canonries of Canterbury,' says an week.—Dr. Ackworth has resigned indignant church organ, 'are to be the presidency of Rawdon College, bestowed, like tide - waiterships and the classical tutor, Mr. Green,