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he continued to visit even where there was known to be infectious disease. He would sometimes go out before breakfast in order to meet with some whom subsequently it would be difficult or impossible to advise or admonish. His death deeply affected pot only those who knew their piety from their love to their Christian brethren, but many strong men who had lived in great carelessness and ungodliness. He had been at pains to instruct and admonish Lord'sday pigeon shooters, gamblers, and many others.
Although Mr. S. was eminent especially as a visiting pastor, his natural abilities and his acquired stores were very respectable. He had read with care, and was able to relate the substanre of what he had read. He had given earnest and continued atten. tion to New Testament Greek, and was able to translate the inspired Greek with a facility and correctness beyond what is at. tained by many with superior earlier privi. leges. His thoughts he could correctly and appropriately express. His eminent con. sistency and readiness to do good secured for him a respect, confidence, co-operation, and affection, which the angular and irregular, the less kind and humble, and the
more bigoted, are incapable of commanding. His freedom from error and failing is not to be maintained; nor is freedom from trial by any means an invariable result of fidelity to conscience. On the Sunday before his last illness commenced he preached three times, and after the last service conducted an enquirer's meeting at which two or three young men remained who had lived very carelessly. On the fol. lowing evening (Monday) there were eight new enquirers, who are giving present evidence of sincerity. Mysterious is the death of our brother; but it must be right. The God of the spirits of all flesh mistakes not, nor is unkind. While many hundreds in respect for the deceased, sorrowfully fol. lowed his mortal remains to their final earthly resting place, not one could truly deny, that the Lord doeth all things well. In heaven our knowledge as well as holiness and love will be perfect. May the funeral sermons preached in all the chapels at Netherton, may the pattern of holy and devoted living our brother has left us, and may the sudden and unexpected character of his departure be sanctified to the present and eternal advantage of very, very many of us who survive.
THE INTERPRETER. By C. H. Spurgeon.
Passmore & Alabaster. This is a selection of passages of Scripture arranged for family worship, and briefly annotated by the hard working preacher of the Metropolitan Tabernacle. We have used this specimen number, and find the choice of passages of Scripture is made with striking aptness, and in a manner well fitted to exhibit the uses of the Old and New Testaments. The notes are brief, pertinent, and full of devotional stimulus. Many heads of families will find this a welcome help in their duties as “priests of the household."
A BATCH OF CHRISTMAS PRESENTS
FOR THE YOUNG. We have received the following books from the Religious Tract Society, and are glad to commend them in the most unhesita. ting manner to the attention of parents and Sunday School Teachers, as deserving a foremost place in the book-gifts they make to their children and scholars. They are works that the young folks will be sure to read; and when read, the mind will be stored with sound principles, correct representations of facts and good impulses.
Faithful, but not Famous, is a historical tale by the author of “Soldier Fritz,"
Maggie's Message," &c. It describes, in the most interesting way, the beginning of Protestantism in France. Its leading figure is Claude Leclerc, the child of a persecuted Waldensian, who is hurried away to Paris and forced to adopt the life of a monk. The poverty and suffering of his early life; his desire to see “ David's Royal Fountain ;" his interview with Dr. Lefevre and G. Farel; and introduction of the gospel amongst the students; his joy at finding Christ, and bis subsequent life as a colporteur-all these phases are depicted
with much pathos, striking naturalness, and artistic effect. The evils of Roman Catholicism are made more palpable by their contrast with the simplicity of the gospel of Christ. It is a thoroughly good story.
Our Forest Home; its inmates and what became of them, is an admirable piece of autobiography, told in a pleasing style, and seasoned with telling incident, and affect. ing adventure. Every right thinking father would be glad to have such pictures and lessons as these set before and affecting his children's minds. It will be a favourite wherever it is read, and it will help to pourish kindliness, openness of dispo. sition, and faith in God, in thousands of English homes.
Charley Hope's Testament is a pathetic story of the London life of an orphan lad left with no other treasure than his mother's Testament. It shows, in a most affecting way, the abiding influence of a mother's love, and the power of the word of God to guide and solace the weary spirits of those
who are reared in poverty, and have to do hourly battle with temptation.
Old Paths for Young Pilgrims. -One of the best books to put into the hands of a young Christian we have seen. It will quicken, gladden, and refresh those who are beginning life's pilgrimage to have the company of such a guide.
Rambles and Adventures in the Wilds of the West, by C. e. Hopley. This little volume opens up life in the wondrous Far West; describes its roads, much of its natural history, its towns and its people. Besides this information there is sufficient exciting adventure and apt illustration to make the book a favourite with boys.
The Scripture Pocket Book, 1873. The Young People's Pocket Book, 1873. These pocket books are “got up” with much good taste, full of useful information, enriched with prose and poetic gleanings, a passage of scripture for every day of the year, as well as
the ordinary contents of an almanack.
CONFERENCES. The next LANCASHIRE and YORKSHIRE CONFERENCE will be held at Dewsbury, on Wednesday, Dec. 18. The preacher will be the Rev. E. K. Everett.
J. MADEN, Sec.
The WARWICKSHIRE CONFERENCE was held at Gosford Street Chapel, Coventry, Oct. 22nd. After devotional exercises, the Rev. E. C. Pike, B.A., of Birmingham, read an able paper on “ The Importance of Fi. delity to our Principles as Nonconform. ists." After a vigorous conversation it was resolved, " That the thanks of this meeting be given to Mr. Pike for his excellent paper, and that he be requested to publish it in the Magazine."
The afternoon meeting commenced at half-past two. Mr. Carpenter, of Longford, prayed. The Rev. J. Whewell (Independent minister, Coventry), was voted to the chair. Reports from several of the churches, particularly Cinderbank, were of a pleasing character. Sixty-two had been baptized since the last Conference, and twenty-eight candidates.
The following resolutions were passed :
1. The recommendation of candidates for collegiate education from churches in this Conference, shall be left in the hands of a committee consisting of five ministers and five deacons to be chosen at each
autumnal meeting. That all applications on behalf of such candidates shall be made by the churches of which they are members, to the Secretary of the Conference. Brethren Pike, Parsons, G. Cheatle, and Patterson, of Birmingham; Lees and Marshall, of Walsall; Barnett and Carpenter, of Longford ; Lee and Cross, of Coventry; shall be the committee for the ensuing year.
II. “ That this Conference rejoices in the rapid growth of an enlightened movement in favour of the Liberation of religion from State patronage and control-expresses its entire and cordial concurrence in the mo. tion of which Mr. Miall has given notice for the next parliamentary session, and urges the churches and congregations to petition the House of Commons in support of that motion when it shall be brought forward."
III. " That this Conference feels deeply the loss, by death, of our dear brother Salter, the beloved pastor of the church at Netherton, and desires to record its deep sympathy with his bereaved widow; and also with the church now deprived of a valuable and much esteemed pastor; and humbly trusts that the Head of the church will grant grace to help in trouble, and ere long give them another pastor to break the bread of life among them."
IV. Messrs. Barton and Brittain, of Co. ventry, spoke of the blessings resulting
from the Cottage Prayer Meeting Associa- MIDLAND BAPTIST UNION. tion, in connection with the Gosford Street
The annual meetings were held at Church, and cordially recommended its adoption by the churches generally,
Loughborough, V. The next Conference to be held at
On Monday, Oct. 28, a prayer meeting Walsall early in April, 1873. The paper to
Rev. E. Stevenson presided. be written by the Rev. L. H. Parsons.
Rev. J. Fletcher gave the address. Subject left in the hands of a committee. On Tuesday, Oct. 29, Rev. W. R. StevenThe Rev. J. P. Barnett to be the preacher. son, M.A., presided and delivered an adBrethren Lees, Parsons, and the Secretary,
dress on “ The men of our large towns and to prepare the business. For the evening, villages : do our present Christian agencies Brother Salter was the appointed preacher.
reach them ? and if not, why not?” Re“ But the Master bad need of him." solved, “That this Union recommends to The Rev. L. H. Parsons, of Birmingham,
tbe churches (1) That greater attention be preached an excellent sermon from John given to the elder youths and young men ii. 11. HENRY CROSS, Sec. in the Sunday school, with a view to bring
ing them to Christ. (2) That all try to make Sunday evening services as hearty as
possible, and make strangers feel that they The LINCOLNSHIRE CONFERENCE was held are welcome. (3) That the members of at Boston on Nov. 14th. Brother Allsop
our churcbes be recommended to aid the preached from 1. John v. 14, 15. The re
movement for the establishment of British ports stated 59 persons baptized, 17 re. Workmen's Homes or Public-houses with. ceived, and 19 candidates.
out strong drink. Magdalen.-Brethren R.Wherry, Alisop, The Secretary's report stated that the and Winks, were requested to communicate Union included 84 churches, having in all with the friends at Magdalen, in order to 10,982 members, 2367 teachers, and 19,125 bring about the harmonious working of the
Sunday school scholars; that 607 persons church.
had been baptized during the year, and The Missionary Meeting Committee for that 77 members and 351 scholars reprevillages laid a plan of proposed operations
sent the clear increase. before the meeting. It was received.
Resolved.-I. That this Union, recognis. Isleham.-Resolved, “This Conference ing in the present position in Great Britain strongly recommends the union of the and Ireland of the question of the relations friends at Isleham Fen, with the church of Government to religion, that the final under the care of Brother Towler."
struggle on the part of Free Churches for The best means of providing for aged and religious equality, and on the part of the infirm Ministers and their Widows and Or. different sections of the English Establishphans.—Resolved, “That we encourage ment for supremacy over the whole, be. our members to contribute towards • The comes every day more imminent and canNational Society,' and the churches to not long be delayed; and also being firmly make their ministers beneficiary members persuaded, that in the establishment of any thereof." The Secretary was instructed to form of faith by the State, and especially send this resolution to the churches, to- in the attempt to rule and govern the gether with a copy of the National Society's church of Christ, the State oversteps its report.
proper and legitimate functions; and fur. The relation of the Church to the State.- ther, being deeply convinced of the anomaly Resolved—“That this Conference, regard- of the continuance of the English Estab. ing the existence of a State Church as a lishment as the church of the nation, violation of the principle of Religious having its legislative sanction and enjoying Equality, hereby expresses its cordial sym- the ancient ecclesiastical revenues of the pathy with Mr. Miall in his efforts to pro. kingdom, when at least half the nation mote the disestablishment and disendow. is outside its pale and otherwise provides ment of the so-called Church of England; by its own free-will offerings for the public and that a copy of this resolution, signed by worship of God, and the preaching of the the chairman and secretary, be forwarded gospel,—therefore this Union urges upon for publication in the Nonconformist news. all its members and upon all friends of paper.
religious freedom and equality throughout A vote of hearty welcome was passed to the’land, warmly to support and aid in all Brethren Lawton and Parkes, who were suitable and appropriate ways the movepresent for the first time as ministers of ment that has been set on foot for the dis. the Lincolnshire Conference.
establishment and disendowment of the The Conferences of next year will be in Presbyterian Church of Scotland and the April and September; the next Conference Episcopalian Church of England and at Wisbech, and Brother Parkes is the ap
Wales. pointed preacher. W, ORTON, Sec. II. That a petition to Parliament based on the resolution just moved be prepared minutes account of his tour in the United and signed by all the delegates present. States. He referred mainly to his reli.
III. That this Union retains its una. gious and temperance work. During the bated dislike to all National Sectarian evening was sung the late Lowel Mason's Education as unjust and mischievous, and exquisite piece “ Bethany," and Miss Maria recommends the members of its churches
Walker sang, by special request, “The to watch, and in every possible way to op
Star Spangled Banner.” A more agreeable pose, the working of the 25th clause of the evening was never spent in the history of Elementary Education Act, and to prefer,
our church. where practicable that candidate for a seat
LONGFORD, Union Place.-On Sunday, in Parliament who will vote for its entire Nov. 3, three sermons, characterized by abolition.
great power, were preached by Nar-Kar. IV. That this Union avows its convic
Wa, an Indian chief from the far west. tion that the Parish Burial Grounds of this
The spacious chapel was densely crowded, country are the property of the English
and many were obliged to go away, being people, irrespective of differences of re.
unable to get in. Collections exceeded the ligious creed, and consequently asserts the
expectations of all friends. On the 5th a right of Nonconformists to inter their
tea meeting was held in the school-rooms dead in such grounds, with the use of
and chapel, when a large company of whatever religious observances appear to
friends sat down to an excellent repast. them to be most becoming. This Union,
Nearly fifty trays were given by the ladies
and friends of the church and congregamoreover tenders its thanks to Mr. O. Morgan, M.P., for his efforts to obtain for
tion. In the evening a public meeting Nonconformists legislative sanction to their
was held, presided over by the pastor, the rights, and trusts that he will continue
Rev. G. D. Richardson, when stirring these efforts until they are crowned with
addresses were delivered by Nar-Kar-Wa, deserved success.
the Indian chief, Revs. H. Cross, J. Kiddle,
T. S. Greathead, and others. V. That this Union rejoices in the effect
NORTHALLERTON.--Anniversary sermons that has recently been given by the proceedings at Geneva to the principle of " In
were preached, Oct, 13, by the Rev, J. ternational Arbitration instead of War,"
Maden, of Shore. On the following day
the annual tea meeting was held, which and trusts that the example thus set by
was numerously attended. At the public England and America will be followed by
meeting afterwards addresses were given all civilized nations, and hasten the time
by the Revs. J. Maden, R. Anderson, J. when the rulers of Europe shall agree to a
Myries, W. Stubbings, and G. Dowson, mutual disarmament in order that the
Esq. We thankfully acknowledge the myriads of human lives and millions of material treasure that are now wasted upon
following sums for Northallerton Chapel
debt: W. B. Wrightson, Esq., Doncaster, war may be employed in peaceful industry, and in the promotion of the intelligence
£20; Mr. Oakes, Halifax, £5; W. J. Dun. and morality, the health and happiness of
can, Esq., Edinburgh, £2 2s.; J. C. Ryley,
Esq., Wigan, £2; R. Cory, Esq., Cardiff, mankind.
£1; T. Foster, Esq., Farsley, 10s. The annual sermon was preached in the OVENDEN.-A bazaar was held in this evening in Wood Gate Chapel by the Rev. new chapel for the reduction of the debt J. T. Brown, of Northampton, on John
on Nov. 7, 8, 9, and 11. Seven stalls were xvii. 11. J. FLETCHER, Sec.
set out with goods, &c. The weather was not propitious, but still a fair number of
purchasers put in an appearance. The CHAPELS.
receipts amounted to £133. One class.
was filled with curiosities, and HITCHIN-Correction. — 152, and not another by a complete set of gas making “ 15" trays, were collected at the anniver.
apparatus in full work, from the retort to sary reported on page 339.
the burning flame. No raffling was perLONDON, Church Street.—The annual mitted, and no intoxicants sold, Music sermons were preached by Dr. Burns on and singing by a glee party, and by the Oct. 20. The annual church social tea scholars in the gallery, enlivened the promeeting was held on the 21st, when the ceedings. lecture hall was uncomfortably crowded, PINCHBECK.-Oct. 6, Rev. B. Hackett, of and the ladies trays taxed to their utmost Holbeach, preached the anniversary sercapacity of supply. The public meeting
Public tea on the 7th, when a good in the chapel was crowded. Prayer was number of friends from Sutterton, Gosberoffered by the Rev.W. A. Blake. Addresses ton, and Spalding, joined the Pinchbeck were given by Revs. E. Davies, Dawson friends at the tea tables. After tea a platBurns, J. Blake, J. Doxsey, J. S. Stanion, form meeting was held, when addresses and Dr, Ellis. Dr. Burns thon gåve a ninety were given by the pastor, Rev, J. Staddon
in the chair), Revs. A. Jones, E. Bott, J. Ellis, and Messrs. Sharman and Godsmark.
West Vale, near Halifax.-On Saturday, Oct. 18, we had our annual tea meeting, trays all given. After tea a public meeting in the chapel. In the absence of the pastor, through indisposition, Mr. J. Horsfall, our treasurer and senior deacon, presided. Addresses were given by Revs. I. Preston, W, E. Cantrell, J. S. Gill, and J. Holter, &c. On the following day two sermons were preached by the Rev. W. E. Cantrell.
SKINGLE, REV. S.-Interesting services have just been held at Whitchurch, Hants, in connection with the ordination of the Rev. Samuel Skingle, from the Metropoli. tan Tabernacle College. On Oct. 20, two
were preached by Professor Rogers. On the 21st, a large number of friends took tea together, after wbich there was a public meeting for the recognition of the new pastor, when the chair was taken by the Rev. Francis Wills. After the opening exercises a statement was made on behalf of the church, showing the circumstances which had led to an invitation being given to Mr. Skipgle, who then related the history of his conversion, and the steps by which he had been led to accept the office of pastor. A charge to the minister, full of wise counsel and good wishes was delivered by Professor Rogers, and an address to tbe members of the church was given by the Rev. P. G. Scorey, of Wokingham, formerly one of their number. The chapel has just been cleaned and painted, the old pulpit removed, and a platform erected in its place.
SCHOOLS. CARRINGTON.-When our new school. rooms were built part of the work had to be deferred for lack of means. In August it was resolved to get the work done before winter set in. Subscriptions were obtained from several friends, and on Lord's-day, Sept. 29, barvest thanksgiving services were held. Mr. J. Ford preached in the mornivg, Rev. J. Ackrill in the afternoon, and Dr. Underwood in the evening. The chapel was crowded to excess in the even. ing, and the collections for the day were liberal. On the Wednesday a public tea meeting was held. The improvement effected by painting, new gas fittings, ventilation, draining, &c., gave the utmost satisfaction to the teachers and subscribers. After tea the chair was occupied by Mr. W. E. Baker, when a musical entertainment was given by the Tonic Sol Fa Class, led by Mr. A. Stevenson; and suitable addresses were delivered at intervals by Messrs. W. Beardsall, W. Richardson, and H. Hopewell.
SPALDING.–On Sunday, Oct. 27, two sermons were preached by Rev. J. Clifford, M.A., LL.B., and an address was given in the afternoon to parents, etc.
On the Monday a public tea was provided. 350 partook of tea, after which addresses were given in the chapel : the pastor, Rev. J. C. Jones, M.A., in the chair; Rev. J. Staddon opened the meeting by prayer; Revs. J. Clifford, E. Holyrod, and J. Wool. ner, addressed the meeting. The chapel was crowded on the Sunday and Monday evenings, and the anniversary was the most successful that has been held for some time past. The proceeds amounted to £16 15. 8d.
ASHBY.-Oct. 30, three, by C. Clarke.
CARRINGTON.-Oct. 6, three, at Old Bas. ford, by W. Dyson.
CHELLASTON.- Nov, 10, one, by G. Slack.
CLAYTON. Oct. 20, three, by J. A. Andrews.
COALVILLE. Oct. 27, seved; Nov. 3, four; by C. T. Johnson.
DERBY, Mary's Gate.- Oct. 30, eleven, by J. Wilshire.
HALIFAX, Ovenden Branch.-Oct., five, by I. Preston,
London, Borough Road.—Oct., six, by J. Harcourt.
Praed Street.-Nov. 6, five.
.-Oct. 30,one, by I. Watts. MELBOURNE. --Nov. 10, four, by D. Mc Callum.
PETERBOROUGH.-Oct. 27, three young men, by T. Barrass.
TODMORDEN.-Oct. 30, ted, by E. W. Cantrell.
WENDOVER.-Oct. 31, two, by J. Sage.
MINISTERIAL. Mc CALLUM, -Rev. D. Mc Callum, Mela bourne, bas received and accepted a very cordial invitation to the pastorate of the G. B. church, Chesham. He hopes to begin his labours there on the third Sunday in December.
Total reported in quarter ending Dec.,
1872.. 207 Total in year 1870