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Golsworthy, Knight, and Noyes. A new generation has meanwhile arisen to take their places. May God grant that more of their spirit who have gone before may descend upon those who remain. .
Monday evening brought many ministers and representatives to Boston. As the train drew near the town, “ Boston Stump,” as it is colloquially called, standing like a tall sentinel over the houses which nestle beneath, at once arrested the eye of those who had not seen it before, and of those who felt that they could not see it too often. This beautiful structure stands three hundred feet high, and is surmounted by an elegant octagonal lantern, which may be seen more than forty miles out at sea.
Our brother Mathews was coming up to meet the friends as the train entered the station. After tea the brethren hurried off, some to the devotional meeting at our own chapel, and others to the Annual College Committee meeting, which was held at a chapel kindly lent for the occasion. Rev. J. Stevenson, M.A., presided over the devotional meeting, and brethren J. C. Smith, of Leicester, J. Batey, of London, J. Noble, of Brighton, K, Sanby, of Nottingham, and W. Winks, of Chilwell College, prayed. Important business was transacted at the College Committee meeting. It was announced that two students retired at midsummer-Mr. Evans, who has received an invitation to the church at Staleybridge, and Mr. Smith, who is at present open to a call to the pastorate. Mr. Tetley, who has received a call to serve the church at Measham, was granted a fourth year at the College, the Committee leaving it optional with our young friend whether to remain the whole term or leave before its completion. Three candidates were received on the usual probation-Messrs. Shaw, of Longford, Chapman, of Melbourne, and March, of Leicester. The treasurer reported that the balance in hand was nearly £100, and that about £400 yet remained to be obtained on the purchase account.
On Tuesday morning at ten o'clock the chairman, Rev. R. Ingham, of Vale chapel, Todmorden, gave his address. It was described by one of the brethren as saturated with divine truth," and called attention chiefly to the need and the manner of defending our principles at this juncture. He commented in severe language on the numerous sects im. the so-called Church of England, and declared that men who had all sworn to the same articles might now be found within her pale “occupying every position of unbelief above the infidel, and every position of superstition below the Pope,” The chairman was thanked for his address, and requested to hand it to the Association secretary, to be printed in the Minutes. Mr. Alderman Wherry, of Wisbech, was appointed vice-chairman, and Rev. S. Allsop, of Longford, assistant secretary. A resolution welcoming Christians of all denominations to be present at the sittings of the Association was unanimously passed. A long discussion soon after followed on petitioning Parliament to abolish capital punishments. Brethren Mathews, who had drawn up the petition, Hunter, Dr. Burns, T. Stevenson, R. Kenney, T. Watts, J. C. Jones, G. Hester, W. Underwood, W. R. Stevenson, J. A. Jones, took part in the debate. The resolution was carried.
A letter from the secretary of the Baptist Union was read, and this, together with the rules describing the constitution of the Baptist Union, were ordered to be printed in the Magazine. The bretbren also agreed to the following resolution upon the circular :-" That this Association rejoices to hear that it is proposed to hold an autumnal
Our Annual Association.
meeting of the Baptist Union at Birmingham during the present year, and recommends the churches of this Association to send delegates to that meeting."
The Committee meeting of the Foreign Missionary Society was held at Salem chapel at five o'clock, Dr. Burns in the chair. The grave condition of the funds awakened the deepest concern of the Committee, and several plans were suggested in order to bring the Society into a healthy financial condition. The Committee recommend that the second Lord'sday in Sept. (11), be devoted to special prayer for Divine guidance, and that the subject of the present condition of the Mission be made the chief business of the forthcoming autumnal Conferences. We may say, however, that gloomy as the prospects looked at the committee meeting, they brightened considerably before the close of the Association sittings, as will hereafter appear.
The HOME MISSIONARY MEETING was also held the same evening. It will be impossible for us to present even a brief account of the various addresses. Îhe chief interest centred round our German brother, Rev. J. G. Oncken, of Hamburg. The rise, progress, and present condition of the German Baptist Mission was described by our brother in his own earnest and graphic way. He said that the chief cause of their great success, under God, had arisen from their firm belief in the idea that every member of the church, man or woman, should be a home missionary, which belief had been zealously carried out. After illustrating in how many ways Christians of every class might tell the truth to others, he earnestly contended that the great hindrance to the spread of the Gospel in the present day was not in the world, but in the church. His address occupied nearly two hours, and was listened to with rapt attention.
On Wednesday morning, at nine o'clock, the adjourned meeting of the Foreign Mission Committee was held. At eleven the first public service was held. Rev. E. Stevenson, of Loughborough, read and prayed, and afterwards preached an earnest and practical sermon from Jude, latter part of the third verse- Earnestly contend for the faith which was önce delivered to the saints.” The chapel was filled in every part. In the afternoon, Rev. W. Taylor, of Norwich, read the Scriptures and prayed, and Rev. H. Wilkinson preached from Rev. v. 9,—" And they sung a new song.” At the close of our brother's elaborate discourse, the ordinance of the Lord's-supper was administered. Rev. T. W. Mathews presided, and Revs. G. Cheatle, B. Wood, J. G. Oncken, and F. Chamberlain took part.
The ANNUAL FOREIGN MISSIONARY MEETING was held in the evening, G. Noble, Esq., J.P., of Brighton, in the chair. The chairman referred to the fact that he
was the only surviving member of the committee which established the Foreign Missionary Society forty-six years ago. Dan Taylor was in the chair, and, said the speaker, a tall thin young man, whose whole soul seemed on fire with missionary zeal, was also present. That young, man was the late secretary of the mission-Rev. J. G. Pike, to whom the Society owed so much, and whose labours in its behalf no one on this side eternity can ever adequately estimate. The Revs. Dr. Burns and H.
. Wilkinson spoke with more than their wonted energy and power, which is saying a great deal. A subscription was soon after started toward the debt, and the subject was then transferred to the next day. Revs. J. H. Beevers, of Bradford, and W. Taylor, of Norwich, spoke briefly; but, owing to the late hour of the meeting, no others followed. It was remarked by Dr. Burns, that as Boston had been the birthplace of the Mis
sion, Boston seemed a most suitable place for its resuscitation. - We sincerely pray that the events of the next few months may confirm this unanimous desire of every lover of our Orissa and Khond Missions. :- 17
The whole of Thursday was devoted to business. After the College Report and other matters connected therewith had been received, the appeal for subscriptions was again renewed. We rejoice to be able to say that nearly £500 were speedily promised. Is it too much to hope that the remaining thousand will be forthcoming before the end of the summer? Let our churches deeply ponder these words of Mr. Marshman in his “Story of Carey, Marshman, and Ward.” They are the declaration of one whose judgment is sound and whose knowledge of missions is extensive. The proposition to recall some of the Serampore missionaries gives rise to the following solemn words :-" The resignation of two of the European missionaries was accepted, and one station was discontinued. These and other reductions brought the expenditure within 2,000 rupees a month; but they brought also the painful and unquestionable conclusion that a mission which can be maintained only on the principle of contraction, already passed the meridian of its strength, and is hastening to decay."
The Association Letter, prepared by Rev. W. R. Stevenson, M.A., of Nottingham, Classical Tutor of Chilwell College, was read soon after twelve o'clock, a little extra time having been allowed for the mission business. The subject was : “ Amusements and Relaxation in their Relation to Christian Character and Life.” The writer, with remarkable judiciousness, first discussed the question whether amusement in itself were right or wrong. He contended that it was right, but was careful to define what constituted, in his judgment, lawful amusement. He next answered the question, “ When may amusements be innocently enjoyed, and of what kind ?” The writer touched with great skill on the numerous points suggested thereby. There was but one opinion of the general excellence of the paper. A discussion followed, after dinner, in which brethren Burns, È. Stevenson, J. C. Jones, J. Lewitt, S. Allsop, W. Underwood, T. Hill, H. Mallett, J. F. Winks, H. Hunter, R. Kenney, and others, took part. We commend the Letter to the attention of all our readers, young and old. It will appear in the forthcoming Minutes.
Various other matters of interest came before the associated brethren. The Bible Translation Society was commended to the attention and liberality of the churches. The Catechism and Manual of the General Baptists were referred to, and a resolution adopted urging the churches to a more extensive use of both, believing they would • tend to the wider diffusion of the principles peculiar to us as a denomination, and the establishment of our young people in the great doctrines of Christianity." The desirability and feasibility of establishing a General Baptist Building Fund was also discussed, and the maturing of some suggestions upon it for the next Association committed to five brethren. The Magazine, it was also decided, should be under the entire management of one Editor, and that during the remainder of his term of agreement with the Association he should be relieved from his present obligations thereto. The Editor has great pleasure in adding that various brethren have promised help during the coming year, among whom are Revs. W. Underwood, President of Chilwell College, i W. R. Stevenson, M.A., Classical Tutor of the same, Dr. Burns, W. Dyson, Long Sutton, C. Clark, Halifax, J. Salisbury, Hugglescote, C. Clarke, Ashby, W. Landels, Regent's Park, London, &c.
Two new churches were received into the Connexion-Birchington, near Margate, and Nantwieh. The Committee for the Reception of Theology.
245 Ministers into the Connexion reported that Rev. S. Cox, the pastor of the church at Mansfield Road, Nottingham, “was so well known as to need no testimony from them, but they cordially recommended him to the fraternal welcome of the body.” It was suggested by some brethren that in future ministers coming amongst us from the other Baptist body should not be expected to pass through any preliminary examination. The Association expressed its pleasure at hearing that a testimonial was about to be presented to Mr. J. F. Winks for his services to the Baptist denomination generally, as Editor for so many years of the Baptist Reporter.-The Chairman of the Association was requested to reply to the fraternal letter from our American brethren.
The attendance of ministers and representatives at the Association was very fair, considering the distance of the place of meeting from the great bulk of our churches. The arrangements for the convenience and comfort of the visitors made by our hospitable friends at Boston deserved and obtained the hearty thanks of the Association. It was reported at the close by the Secretary that about eleven hundred had been added during the year to our churches by baptism, and that the clear increase was about three hundred. Of the Friday's trip to King's Lynn, and the very hearty reception and entertainment of the entire party by Rev. T. Wigner and his friends, we hope to give a detailed account next month.'
The next Association will be held at Lombard Street chapel, Birmingbam, Rev. T. W. Mathews, of Boston, to be Chairman ; Rev. T. Goadby, B.A., the morning preacher; or, in case of failure, Rev. J. Clifford, B.A, B.Sc. ; the Rev. H. Hunter the afternoon preacher; or, in case of failure, Rev. J. Salisbury. The Rev. T. Barrass, of Peterborough, was appointed Secretary to the Association for the ensuing three years. The subject of the Letter is, “ The Discipline of Christian Churches,” and the writer Rev. R. Kenney, of Burton-on-Trent.
THOUGHTS ON RELIGIOUS the throes of its own painful agony, DEPRESSION.
never ought to despair of calmness, MINISTERS of the Gospel are con- peace, and joy. It requires, however, tinually meeting with those who are a knowledge of spiritual anatomy to suffering from mental depression and deal with these cases. The causes religious dejection. The finest minds of spiritual depression may be variand holiest characters are not free ous. Sometimes it arises from phyfrom these experiences. The Psalms, sical debility-from a relapse into sin which are a mirror of the human soul --from wrong views of God's characunder spiritual influences, contain ter--from falseviews of God'sgovernmany allusions to the waves of sor- ment—from the working of the Spirit row and the billows of trouble. “The of God in the heart. Whatever be bread of sorrows" has been eaten, the cause of the malady, a knowledge and “the waters of affliction” have of the remedy to counteract it is been drunken by all the saints of very desirable. - Reading a sermon God. The day of trouble precedes of Hooker's the other day, I came the day of triumph. The groan of across some very striking thoughts conviction is the harbinger of the on spiritual darkness and mental song of conversion. The soul, in depression. They are found in the
first sermon-a sermon of marvel-No, God will have them that shall lous breadth and commanding power. walk in light to feel now and then Coleridge, in referring to some pas- what it is to sit in the shadow of sages in it, says:- “ These para- death. A grieved spirit, therefore, graphs should be written in gold. is no argument of a faithless mind.” 0! may these precious words be The following graphic picture is written on my heart! I can re- often realized by those who suffer member no other discourse that from mental depression and spiritual sinks into and draws up comfort dejection : “ We are clean crost from the depths of our being below out of God's book; he regards us our distinct consciousness, with the not; he looketh upon others, but clearness and godly loving-kindness passeth by us like a stranger to of this truly evangelical God-to-be- whom we are not known. Then we thanked-for sermon.” Speaking of think, looking upon others, and real Christians in a state of spiritual comparing them with ourselves, their depression, and alluding to the tables are furnished day by day; causes of it, Hooker says: “Another earth and ashes are our bread : they cause of dejection of mind is, they sing to the lute, and see their chiloften mistake one thing for another. dren dance before them ; our hearts St. Paul wishing well to the church are heavy in our bodies as lead, our of Rome, prayeth for them after this sighs beat as thick as a swift pulse, sort:
-The God of hope fill you our tears do wash the beds wherein with all joy of believing.' Hence we lie: the sun shineth fair upon
error groweth when men in their foreheads; we are hanged up heaviness of spirit suppose they lack like bottles in the smoke, cast into faith, because they find not the corners like the sherds of a broken sugared joy and delight which indeed pot: tell us not of the promises of doth accompany faith, but so as a God's favour, tell such as do reap separable accident, as a thing that the fruit of them; they belong not may be removed from it; yea, there to us, they are made for others. The is a cause why it should be removed. Lord be merciful to our weakness.” The light would never be so ac- Hooker closes his sermon in the ceptable, were it not for that usual following beautiful and encouraging intercourse of darkness. Too much language :-“Simon, Simon, Satan
« honey doth turn to gall; and too hath desired to winnow thee as much joy, even spiritually, would wheat;' here is our toil: “but I make us wantons. Happier a great have prayed for thee, that thy faith deal is that man's case, whose soul fail not;' this is our safety. No by inward desolation is humbled, man’s condition so sure as ours : than he whose heart is, through the prayer of Christ is more than abundance of spiritual delight, lifted sufficient both to strengthen us, be up and exalted above measure. we never so weak, and to overthrow Better it is sometimes to go down all adversary power, be it never so into the pit with him, who, behold strong and potent. ing darkness, and bewailing the loss must not exclude our labour: their of inward joy and consolation, crieth thoughts are vain who think that from the bottom of the lowest hell, their watching can preserve the city • My God, my God, why hast thou which God himself is not willing to forsaken me ? than continually to keep: and are not theirs as vain, walk arm-in-arm with angels, to sit, who think that God will keep the as it were, in Abraham's bosom, city, for which they themselves are and to have no thought, no cogita- not careful to watch ? The hustion, but I thank my God that it is bandman may not therefore burn not with me as it is with other men.' his plough, nor the merchant forsake