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without great satisfaction and delight. We cannot more appropriately close our extended notice of this valuable work, than by quoting the concluding remarks of the author :
“ An union with our brethren of all denominations, and a prosperity, however unbounded, which are purchased at the expense of revealed truth and christian fidelity, should hold out no attractions for us. The bond of the one would prove a rope of sand, an association equally displeasing to God, and injurious to his people; and the brightness of the other, but the glow of the ignis fatuus, which
Leads to bewilder, and dazzles to blind !" Light is spreading. Truth is taking hold on the hearts of men. Darkness is receding. The spirit of enquiry is abroad. Revelation is assuming its rightful authority. Every religious pretension must, ere long, be brought to this lest. Our triumph is not distant; until it come, let every man acquit himself with a firmness and intrepidity, worthy of the glorious cause it is our honour to defend !"
Home Missionary Society for the Counties of Suffolk, Norfolk, Cambridge,
and Huntingdon. September 26th, 1844, the above Society held their Annual Meeting at Warboys, Hunts.
The Committee met at the Vestry of the Baptist Chapel, to transact the business of the Society, Mr. Turner, of London, was called to the Chair.
The applications to the fund were of an interesting character, and re, ported that a great amount of good had been accomplished during the past year, in the conversion of sinners and in the edification of saints. Many dark and benighted villages of the above counties are receiving the light of the glorious gospel; and great moral and lasting changes are being accomplished. Indeed, in very many parts, the wilderness has blossomed and become fruitful.
In addition to the stations already occupied in Suffolk and Norfolk, two others are undertaken, and two more of still equal importance have made pressing applications for assistance.
Twenty-one sums were voted to ministers, to help them in their village labours, in which many of them are very extensively and indefatigably employed,
The funds of the society were unequal to all these pressing demands, but the committee undertook and voted sums to FOUR stations, and to twentyone ministers, to aid them in their village labours; and glad will they be to enlarge their field of labour when the funds of the society will enable them to do so.
In the evening a Public Meeting was held. Brother Irish, the minister of the place, presided. After a brother had implored the divine blessing, the chairman stated the nature and objects of the meeting, and commented upon the great advantages that had already appeared from united cooperation, urging the claims of this society on the grounds of truth and usefulness.
Brother Cooper read the report of the society for the past year, which contains very much interesting and important matter.
Resolutions were then moved and seconded by brethren Collins, Muncey, Field, Cooper, Baldwin, Barnes, Whiting, Smith and Thornley.
A resolution was also put, and carried by acclamation, expressive of the thanks of the meeting, for the kind services rendered by the ladies, and for the very handsome manner in which they had provided and gratuitously supplied the ministers and company with tea.
After these resolutions had been pút, and unanimously passed, Mr. Thomas Ekins, of Warboys, (the old and tried friend of the cause, and of God and truth, and who has for so many years so liberally and kindly treated all the servants of Jesus Christ, who have passed that way--that his house has justly been called the • Pilgrims' Lodge for the Ministers of the Gospel,') then rose and addressed the meeting, expressing the high gratification he felt in the committee room in the business, and in the house of God throughout the service of the evening, most warmly commending this excellent society to the sympathy and support of his friends, on the ground of its principles, and the benefit it had been instrumental in conferring on others. Mr. Ekins then, in a most interesting manner, gave an outline of the rise and progress of the cause of God at Warboys, shewing how, from small beginnings, the Lord accomplishes the great purposes of his grace, and encouraged the members of the committee to aim at, and expect, under God's blessing, great things. The meeting appeared affected and delighted with this unexpected, excellent, and welcome address.
The chairman then made a few closing remarks, the doxology was sung, and the meeting closed by prayer.
The meetings throughout were both interesting and harmonious. The collection amounted to £12. Os. Od.
On the previous Tuesday, meetings were held in the Baptist Chapel, Cottenham, in aid of the same object. Mr. Sutton presided. These meetings, although not so well attended as in previous years, were very united, and truly interesting.
The following brethren addressed the meeting : Barnes, of GlemsfordThornley, of Swaversay-Bailey, of Cambridge--Whiting, of Needingworth–Irish, of Warboys---Cooper, of Wattisham-Nottage, of Cottenham-Bray, of Ditto-Baldwin, of Elsworth—Isaac, of Over—and Collins, of Grundisburgh.
The report will shortly be in circulation.
ANNIVERSARY, &c. The Anniversary of Providence Chapel, Charles Court, Featherstone Street, City Road, will be held (D.V.) on Lord's Day, December 8th, 1844, when Three Sermons will be preached : that in the morning by Mr. J. Foreman, of Mount Zion Chapel, Hill Street, Dorset Square ; that in the afternoon by Mr. Milner, of Rehoboth Chapel, Blue Gate Fields, Commercial Road; and that in the evening by Mr. J. Nicholes, of Queen Street Chapel, King's Road, Chelsea. Services to commence at a quarter before Eleven, at a quarter before Three, and half-past six o'clock. Collections will be made after each service, for the carrying on the worship of God in the above place. N.B. For the accommodation of the Sabbath School, the afternoon service will be held at Red Cross Street Chapel, Cripplegate.
The Ordination of Mr. John Best, over the Baptist Church, West Ham, Essex, will take place (D.V.) on December 25th. Several gospel ministers will take a part in the service. Dinner and tea provided.
INDEX TO SUBJECTS.
. . 232
292, 324, 414
385, 387, 388
225, 291, 323
lished Church, 82, 117, 177, 236, 322
36, 66, 100, 130, 161, 192, 222, 253,
291, 351, 382, 413
cular Letter of the Suffolk New
for the Constitution and Govern-
281, 319, 352, 408
J. M. ..
POETRY.-INDEX TO SIGNATURES.
J. SCOGGINS, PRINTER, IPSWICH.