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The WARWICKSHIRE CONFERENCE will be held at Gosford Street Chapel, Coventry, on Tuesday, October 22. In the morning a Paper will be read by the Rev. E. C. Pike, B.A., on “ The Importance of Fidelity to our Principles as Nonconformists." The Rev. W. Salter will preach in the evening. HENRY CROSS, Secretary.
The next LONDON CONFERENCE will be held at Commercial Road, London, on October 2nd. Committee Meeting at 11.30 a.m., to consider the proposals of the General Baptist Assembly. Conference Business, and Paper by Mr. Towers, at 2.30 p.m. Home Missionary Meeting in the Evening. All Ministers from other Conferences, who may then be in London, are hereby invited to attend both the Committee and Conference.
J. SAGE, Secretary.
Subject for the morning paper at the next Conference, Counsels on Reading, prin. cipally addressed to the Young in our Churches and Congregations," writer, the Rev. W. R. Stevenson, M.A. The Rev. J. P. Tetley read a paper on “The Conversion of the Young, and their reception into the Church." The subject was ably treated -the writer lucidly touching on the questions of depravity, responsibility, con. version, and evidences of piety in young people. A very interesting Conference followed. Both the papers above referred to are, by request of the Conference, for. warded to the Magazine for publication, The Rev. J. Wilshire preached to a large congregation in the Evening.
CHARLES CLARKE, Secretary.
The MIDLAND AUTUMN CONFERENCE met at Ashby-de-la-Zouch, September, 17, 1872. The day was very fine, and the attendance much larger than usual at an Autumn Conference. The Rev. J. Salis. bury, M.A, President, took the chair at 11 o'clock. The following brethren took part in the devotional exercises. W. Jarrom, C. J. Johnson, J. C. Pike, J. Cholerton, C. Clarke, E. Bott, T. Stevenson. At the Morning Session the Rev. J. Wilshire read a Paper on “ Individual Effort in Christian Work." A very interesting interchange of thought followed the reading of the Paper. In the afternoon a few items of business were attended to, (1) The Committee appointed for finding the Trust Deeds of the Bradwell Property reported that their search had not as yet been successful. (2) The Quorndon friends asked for a recommendation to the Home Mission Committee. It was stated that a grant of about £20 per year would help them to sustain a minister in that in. creasing village. Recommendation granted. (3) A communication from the church at Market Harborough was read. Resolved, that brethren T. Stevenson, Pike, W. Evans, and W. Bennett, visit the church with a view of conferring with them on the future relation of the church and property to the denomination. (4) A welcome was given to the Rev. C. J. Johnson who has settled over the church at Coalville. (5) The Conferences next year to be held at Old Basford in the spring; at Hugglescote, in the summer; and at Archdeacon Lane, Leicester, in the Autumn. The Rev. J. C. Pike was appointed President. The following brethren were elected on the business Committee, the Rev. Watson Dyson, and Mr. Burton, of Old Basford; the Rev. J. Salisbury, M.A., and Mr. Dennis, of Hugglescote; and the Rev. W. Evans and Mr. Winks, of Leicester.
CHAPELS. COVENTRY.—Jubilee Services.-On Sun. day and Monday, August 28, and 29, Jubilee Services of the Church, in Gosford Street Chapel, were held in the Corn Exchange. Mr. H. Varley preached to crowded audiences. Collections, £31 2s, 6d. On Monday, a monster and well-managed tea-meeting, at which a thousand persons sat down, was held, and a public meeting followed. The Mayor, W. H. Hill, Esq., took the chair. The pastor, Rev. H. Cross, gave a full description of our views, and a lengthy and interesting history of the church. The society was started by the Warwickshire Conference, and had enjoyed the pastoral care of the Revs. W. Jarvis, J. Pegg, J. T. Bannister, C. E. Keighley, J. Lewitt, and T. Goadby. Mr. Cross has held the charge since 1863, during which time a new chapel, costing £2400, has been built, and congregation and school have both doubled their numbers. The church now consists of 232 members, and the school of 500 scholars. £450 were raised at this Jubilee, and £50 more expected towards the reduction of the debt of £1000 remaining on the building. Addresses were given by Revs. J. Lewitt, T. Goadby, B.A., and H. Varley. These services were of a most completely successful character from beginning to end.
WHITTLESEY. - Harvest Thanksgiving Services.-On Lord's-day, September 15, the services were conducted by the Revs. T. Barrass, of Peterborough, and S. H. Firks, of Ramsey. On Tuesday afternoon the Rev. H. Watts, of Barnsley, preached the thanksgiving sermon. A good number attended the tea-meeting, and Revs. T. Barrass, H. Watts, T. Watkinson, and Messrs. Heath, Burton, and Crofts, gave addresses. The chapel was beautifully decorated with seasonable reminders, as well as with the fruits of the earth. Proceeds, £17 14s. 6d.
BAPTISMS. CARRINGTON.–Our school-rooms, erected BIRCHCLIFFE.—Aug. 18, two, by W. Gray. about eighteen months ago, not being COALVILLE.- Aug. 25, five; Sept. 1, six; thoroughly finished for want of means, one a Primitive Methodist, by C. T. John. were closed during three weeks in August for painting, ventilating, draining, and im- CONINGSBY.-Sep. 1, one, by W.Sharman, provement in the gas fittings.
DERBY, St. Mary's Gate.-Sept. 1, seven, was re-opened, August 31, with a tea. by J. Wilshire. meeting, and a musical entertainment by HITCHIN.-Sept. 4, two, by J. H. Atkin. Mr. Stevenson's tonic sol-fa class. W. Brogdale, Esq., presided. The singing LONG EATON.-July 24, five, by J. Woolley. was in a creditable style, and the addresses LOUGHBOROUGH, Baxter Gate.Sept. 1, by Messrs. W. Finch, J. Burton, and W. seven, by E. Stevenson. Richardson, were entertaining and instruc. MELBOURNE. Sept. 5, four, by D. tive. During the evening Mr. H. Truman McCallum. presented, on behalf of friends of the PETERBOROUGH.-Sept. 1, three, by T. church and school, to Mr. and Mrs. Belton, Barrass. a beautiful ebony and walnut inkstand RIPLEY.—Sept. 15, three, by E. H. and a splendid album; also to Mrs. Belton, Jackson, from her Bible Class, a pair of elegant SAWLEY.-Aug. 28, four, by J. Stenson. vases and a butter cooler, as a token of esteem to commemorate their wedding, and in recognition of their labours in connection with the cause at Carrington during the last ten years.
DACK-WHITNEY.-Sept. 17, at the G. B. SMALLEY.-School sermons were preached
chapel, Whittlesey, by the Rev. T. Watkin. on August 18, by Rev. J. Jolly, of Boston.
son, Mr. G, Dack, of Cambridge, to Miss The chapel was well filled, and collections
Whitney, of Whittlesey. amounted to £8 2s. 6d.
KILBOURNE — TOOGOOD.-Aug. 25, in the SWADLINCOTE.- On August 18, our school Baptist chapel, Sawley, by J. Stenson, Mr. anniversary was held in the Market Hall, Samuel Kilbourne, to Mary Ann Toogood, when two sermons were preached by the
both of Sawley. Rev. G. Hester, to large and attentive congregations, that in the afternoon from
OBITUARY. 2 Kings xiii. 20, 21, the evening sermon
BUTLER.-Aug. 28, at Nottingham, Mary from Hebrews ii. 14, 15. The collections,
Anne, relict of the late Alfred Butler, aged &c., amounted to nearly £20.
73. For fifty years our departed sister UPTON-ON-SEVERN.-On Sunday, August was a member of Stoney Street church, 25, two sermons were preached_in the and for the last three years of Broad Baptist Chapel by the Rev. J. Feek, of Street. Her end was emphatically peace. Redditch, on behalf of the Sunday schools. From Genesis xviii. 19 the preacher showed An INQUIRER asks whether there are any the duty of the State as to secular educa. churches in the G, B. Connexion which tion, and of the churches of Christ as to adhere to the Sixth “ Article of Religion". directing the young and tender mind to as adopted and signed by our forefathers the great religious truths of the Bible. in 1770, with regard to the divine ordiMuch credit is due to Mr. Woodward, nances, and if so may such church or the superintendent, who taught the chil. churches be communicated with, since he dren their music, and to the orga- desires to unite with one? nist, for the efficient way in which the children sang. On Tuesday the children ERROR.-Will our readers erase the were regaled with tea and cake in the bottom line on page 274 (Sept.) and subschool-room, and afterwards adjourned to stitute the name of R. C. TRENCH for that a field for youthful sports kindly lent by of H. W. BEECHER? It was a pure acci. Mr. Whatton.
dent caused by sending the slip on page 313 of this month and that on the “ Worth of Prayer" together, and having no chance
of seeing the latter after it was printed. MINISTERIAL.
EDITOR. Rev. W. SHARMAN.—The members of the church and congregation, Coningsby, “ No one can live in God without being have recently presented the Rev. W. Shar- a channel for God. The vessel that reman with a purse containing six guineas, ceives its supply from an exhaustless as a mark of their esteem for him.
source must overflow."-Pulsford.
BARKER.-In Dec., 1871, Hannah Barker, of Diseworth, finished her course. She had been connected with the Baptist So. ciety many years; and she is now among those who "have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb." Her last illness was long and trying; but she had delightful communion with Jesus sometimes, and was anxious to depart and dwell with him! Her husband mourns bis loss; but all sufficient grace has been be. stowed upon him; and he anticipates a reunion, in God's good time
“ There is a world above,
Translated to that glorious sphere." GREEN.-Charles Green, sen., of Diseworth, was very suddenly called to his eternal home, one Sabbath morning. He was found dead in his bed, aged 82. Ho bad been a soldier, in the East Indies, more than twenty years, and had witnessed dreadful scenes in the wars. After his return to England he became a “soldier of the cross," and was much esteemed by his Christian friends. He seldom alluded to his military adventures, unless questions were pointedly put to him; and then he would reply as briefly as he could. He had no delight, as some old soldiers seem to have, in talking about "blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke."
He was tenderly affected often, when conversing about the Saviour, and “the rest which remaineth for the people of God." The following brief account of some martial exploits, in which he had to take part, has been given to me by a respectable pensioner, who is now residing in Kegworth, and who was also engaged, (though not with Charles Green) in the Indian wars. “ As I have served in India eleven years, I can firmly believe all that C. Green bas told me about bis doings and sufferings in that country. He had two medals; one for Java, and the other for Bhurtpore: these always deco. rated his breast when he came to receive his pension. He has told me that at Java, the French completely divided the English troops, and took up a position between the two divisions. A private in the horse artillery voluntarily engaged to take a dispatch from one English officer to another; and he did take it, notwithstanding the im. minent perils which surrounded his path. His bravery was acknowledged and re. warded. At Bhurtpore, C. Green belonged to the storming party! Many of his comrades were blown up on entering the forti
fication; but he was mercifully kept from injury. Some Englishmen were captured, and conveyed to the top of a high moun. tain, where they were ignominiously exeouted. But happily for Cbas. Green, he escaped such a cruel murder as that. It is now twenty years or more since I first became acquainted with Charles Green, and I never knew him to be the worso for drink. He always came to receive his pon. sion clean, and conducted bimself respectably. He was much esteemed by all who knew him." Well, the old warrior is now gone to the realms of eternal peace and rest!
"O! speed thee, Christian, on thy way,
“There is a battle to be fought,
An upward race to run;
T. Y. KIDDALL.-August 23, 1872, at Louth, aged 79, Nancy Kiddall, relict of the Rev. James Kiddall, and was interred in the Louth cemetery, August 26.
SCHOFIELD.-September 2, at Sheffield, very suddenly, Alice Scholfield, aged 22. She was born at Crowle, in Lincolnshire, in 1830, and was early received as a scholar in the Sabbath school. Her good conduct and fervent piety gained her the esteem of her teachers, and after a few years she was called upon to become a teacher, and on decision for Christ, was baptized by the Rev. W. Saunders, on Sunday, July 17, 1864. She was highly esteemed by the members of the churches at Sheffield and Crowle, for her eminent and sincere piety. Her last illness was short and severe, but she was divinely supported by the Saviour's presence. Sickness gradually.reduced her; but even then she made an effort to sing those beautiful lines which have cheered many Christian pilgrims when called to cross the narrow stream of death.
“Not Jordan's stream, nor death's cold flood,
Should fright me from the shore." Her mortal remains were interred in the cemetery at Crowle, September 4, in the presence of numerous relatives and friends. The solemn services were conducted by the Rev. J. Stutterd, who, the Sabbath-day following, still further improved the event in a sermon from Psalm xxiii. 1, and 1 Thess. iv. 18. “Depart to where, in climes of bliss serene, Thy sainted spirit shall for ever rest, Where the bright smiles of heavenly mercy beam, To lean on Jesus' breast."
A PARALLEL AND A LESSON. BUT when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd. Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; PRAY YE THEREFORE THE LORD OF THE HAR VEST, THAT HE WILL SEND FORTH LABOURERS INTO HIS HARVEST.
THE PROPOSED MISSION TO ROME.
WE have received the following letter from our valued friend, Mr. Thomas Cook, who has now started on his great tour round the world. A few sums have been received, and we happen to know that it is in the heart of others to contribute. Would it not be practicable to gladden our brother, ere he returns, by taking some decisive step in the matter? It would seem as if the money only was needed, and that already the man had been found. At any rate Mr. Wall had told Mr. Cook of a minister who might at once be engaged for about £100 a year, a locale costing about an equal sum. The minister referred to is an Italian, who only wants the encouragement of assured support to give himself to “ the work of an evangelist.”
DEAR SIR, I wish I could obliterate, ability which God gives them, rather or rather I wish that others would ob- than give a pledge for five years. literate, the second word in the above Moreover, this plan was pretty sure to heading. I am almost sick at heart in diminish the amount of subscriptions, writing and talking about a proposed as the most careful and prudent would General Baptist Mission to Rome. It be afraid of reverses or diminution of is now nearly twelve months since I income, and this would deter them was prompted by what I saw and felt from promising anything beyond the in Rome to write you from Genoa on very minimum of their present means. the success of scriptural teaching, It seemed, however, at the time to be where the people had long perished for the only way of disarming hostility, lack of scriptural knowledge. I thought and for that reason it was acquiesced that our denomination, that has always in by those who were prepared at once stood at the very antipodes of the to take up the work. Two numbers of papacy, would respond with joy to an the Magazine have since made their appeal for united action against the appearance, and the subscriptions protrembling foe.
And then when we mised afford no hope of a commencemet at Nottingham, and there was ment of missionary work in Italy in the much counselling and drilling for various coming season, nor are there yet any kinds of action, at home and abroad, I signs of that great effort which some felt morally certain that our little band promised to make for the enlargement would "go up to the help of the Lord of Indian operations. There is, it is against the mighty.”.
true, a stimulating proposal from Bourn, Since the association I have been the results of which have to be seen. eager to get a first sight of the G. B. The little debt wbich alarmed the timid Magazine, to note the progress of the has been amply covered by one of those proposed five years' special subscrip- copious windfalls which our excellent tion for a Mission to Rome. Not that foreign treasurer so earnestly invoked I had any great faith in this five years' at the annual meeting. proposition. There are many who In a newspaper report of the Wesleyan would prefer to contribute according to Missionary Society, I saw it stated the exigencies of the occasion, and the that for the Italian Mission and the debt of the society more than £28,000 the early departure of the Pope. A had been raised by special effort. Thus rent or fissure has been discovered in it seems that our sagacious Wesleyan the dome of St. Peter's, which is refriends have utilised a new and popular garded as an omen of the speedy fall of movement to pay off an arrear of obli- Roman Catholicism. The best of all is gations. The very name of the Mission of the word of God is not bound," but a to Rome carries with it a power of ap- great and effectual door is opened for peal to christian liberality, which has the instruction of two millions of people proved eminently successful, and the in " the truth as it is in Jesus." funds of both Baptist and Wesleyan Baptists, as such, are by name scarcely Missions have been increased by it. known in Rome, but the principles and Our good brother Wall, of whom I have practice of New Testament disciples written you so frequently, has spent a are most forward, and believers, guided month chiefly in London, and he has by the New Testament teachings, and obtained promises to the amount of aided by the discoveries of ancient nearly £2000 towards the £6000 re- baptistries and illustrations of scriptuquired for the purchase of a suitable ral baptism, naturally take their way house for evangelistic purposes. Several " through the flood” to the church. sums have been entrusted to me for the The Baptist occupies the best standpurpose of aiding Mr. Wall, incidentally; point against popery, regarding the and, at his request, I have been able to wbole system, from the font to the exfurnish a neat service for the commu- treme unctiou, as a delusion, a mocknion table of his little church in Rome. ery, and a snare. From a Highland congregation at the In my observation of these Roman United Presbyterian church at Oban, christians, I have been powerfully reafter a Sunday evening address, I mined of the simple, unsophisticated, picked up five guineas in aid of evan- earnest disciples of Christ who flourished gelistic work in Rome, which I shall be on and around Charnwood Forest, from perfectly justified in appropriating to 50 to 100 years ago, when surrounding our purposed Mission.
Had I time to churches, some of them now of great tell the story of these operations in magnitude, acknowledged Barton as other places, I could soon raise twenty " the mother of us all." The spirit of times the amount of that Oban collec- those early Leicestershire General Baption. Leicester is contributing liberally tists would not have required a year's in response to an appeal from Mr. Wali, prompting to raise a paltry £250 for and the £6000 required will soon be the support of a Mission to Rome, at a raised if active friends continue to make time when the seat of the papacy is proper applications.
There is great undergoing one of the most astonishing
in Rome in the coming winter. The church. famous Van Meter of New York, the That little sum of money is now all founder of the mission to the little that is wanted to commence immediate Arabs of that city, has gone to Rome operations. I have been told of a good to commence school operations ; Dr. man and true, a converted Italian Cote returns to resume his work; Mrs. minister, who could be at once engaged, Gould is still actively labouring for the ready to go to work, at a salary of about "little ones;" the Wesleyans have, I £100 a year, and about £100 more believe, secured their great home, for would pay the rent of a locale, or preachwhich two gentlemen contributed ing room, leaving £50 for incidentals. £20,000; and in addition to all these If the General Baptist Mission Commitand other evangelistic operations, the tee desire the reference, I can give it great Dr. Guthrie is going to spend the to them. best part of the winter in supplying the I deeply regret that I shall not be pulpit of the late Dr. Lewis, in the Scot- able to take further part in the work tish Free Church.
for the next six or seven months. In The government of Italy gains few days—before this letter can reach strength against the ultramontanes, the eyes of those for whom it is intendand church properties are about to be ed—I expect to be on my way to the expropriated; the priests are beaten in other side of the world. My itinerary every contest by the Roman people, embraces the great Ainerican continent, and there is now great probability of from New York to San Francisco; from