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MISCELLANEOUS, A MOTHERS' TEA MEETING in connection with the church and school at Spalding, was held, Nov. 13. Two hundred mothers sat down to a tea generously provided by Tyler Johnson, Esq. Rev. J. C. Jones took the chair. Mr. E. Foster offered prayer. Addresses, fall of illustratrations of the influence of mothers in moulding the character of their children, and showing the need of parents co-operating with teachers, were given by the Revs. J. Wool. ner, W. Robinson, and Messrs. J. Don. nington, F. Godsmark, and J. Brett. A hearty vote of thanks was accorded to Mr. and Mrs. Johnson for their kindness.
J. T. A. DR. WILLIAMS' SCHOLARSHIPS.-The successful competitors for the three vacant Williams' Scholarship in the Glasgow University this year are Mr. Suddard, of Bootle; Mr. Hammond, of Carmarthen; and Mr. Alfred Underwood, of Chilwell College, son of Dr. Underwood.
DEXTER--LACEY. - Oct. 30, at Archdeacon Lane chapel, Leicester, by the Rev. T. Stevenson, Mr. J. Dexter, farmer, Char. ley, to Mary, eldest daughter of Mr. J. S. Lacey, Loughborough.
MARSHALL MARSHALL. — Oct. 31, at Shore, by the Rev. J. Maden, Mr. Joseph Marshall, of Vale, to Miss Mary Marshall, of the Stones.
STEAD—FLATHER.-Oct. 12, at Clayton, by Rev. J. A. Andrews, Mr. George Stead, of Bank Top Horton, to Mrs. Hannah Flather, of Clayton. A copy of the Scriptures, handsomely bound and beautifully illustrated, the gift of the congregation, was presented to the newly married couple.
TETLEY-GILL. -Nov.5, 1872, at the G.B. chapel, Allerton, by the Rev. T. Gill, Mr. William Tetley, of Chellow Grange, near Bradford, to Mary, only daughter of Mr. John Gill, of Biscay Height, Dear Allerton
friend was a most affectionate wife, and un. tiringly devoted her energies to the good of her family, in all ways seeking their temporal and spiritual welfare, while by her Christian character she was an ornament to her profession, seeking to live the gospel, and in every way in her power to be useful in the cause of Christ. She will long be greatly missed, and deeply regretted, by the sorrowing survivors of her family, and by the Baptist church in Swadlincote.
COOPER. April 12, 1872, Ann, the beloved wife of Henry Cooper, of Newhall, near Swadlincote, Derbyshire, entered into rest. Our late sister was born at Donisthorpe, Leicestershire, July 1, 1821, of poor but honest parents, named Gent; but she was left fatherless when quite an infant. When a child she attended the Sun. day school at the Baptist chapel in Netherseal, and the instructions received left a good impression upon her youthful mind. On her leaving the school a New Testa. ment was presented to her by the teachers, which was greatly valued and carefully kept throughout her life. Afterwards she was induced to attend, for some time, at the Established Church, but derived no profit from these services. Subsequently she worshipped at the Baptist chapel, Overseal, and was led to decision of character in the year 1845, under the ministry of Mr. W. Norton, and was by him baptized and received into the church. In February, 1847, she was married to Mr. Henry Cooper, who, in 1849, came to reside in Newhall. Mrs. C. remained a member at Overseal until the establishment of the Baptist cause in Swadlincote, when she, with her husband, and several others, were dismissed to form the church in that place. In her benevolent sympathy voluntarily waiting upon a fiicted friends, she herself became a prey to disease, and after six days of partially unconscious suffering she passed away to the better world. Our
WINFIELD. - Feb. 8, of Stockbrook Street, Derby, Mrs. Ann Winfield, aged 78. She was the oldest surviving member of the G. B.church, St Mary's Gate, Derby. In early life she became seriously impressed under the ministry of the late Rev. J. G. Pike, and was baptized in 1812. She continued a faithful member of the church sixty years, until her death, which was remarkably sudden. Whilst sitting at the breakfast table with her aged husband, she reclined back in her chair, and gently expired. We rejoice to believe that though the event was sudden, she was ready to obey the summons, through the merits of her Saviour. Her Christian course, though long, was consistent. She lived near to God, and it was her great delight to attend the means of grace, and to see her family walking in the way of truth. May her sudden removal be greatly sanctified to her husband, family, and the church.
OUR MAGAZINE FOR 1873.
EIGHT PAGES EXTRA.
MY DEAR FRIENDS,
I rejoice that by the resolution of the Association held at Nottingham in June last our Magazine is to be increased to the extent of EIGHT PAGES; and this without any alteration of the price.
Two of the additional pages will be devoted to the ever welcome sheet that carries tidings to us of the doings of God through our beloved brethren in Orissa. With more information about our Foreign Mission, surely our love for it will grow, and our help be more liberal.
The other six pages will be given to the Magazine proper. Our Magazine will then be one of the CHEAPEST ; and, if we may quote the witness of many friends, one amongst the “best denominational” magazines in the kingdom.
I have made arrangements that this additional space shall increase the variety, interest, and efficiency of our organ. A talented and popular lady-writer has been secured to give a series of BRIEF STORIES. These will appear in successive months, beginning with January. Able and widely known authors, our programme shows, will again interest and profit us with their productions. A larger measure of attention will be given to Local Preachers, Sunday School Teachers, Popular Aspects of Science, and to the direct efforts of the Church of Christ to improve the Social Condition of the People by such agencies as Temperance Societies, etc.
My chief wish is that this periodical should be the Magazine of all General Baptists in the nation; a real and effective help to all our denominational institutions, and to all who believe and teach an utterly unrestricted gospel, free as the infinite love of God, to the whole world, for whose sins He gave His Son as a propitiation. I wish to be a co-worker with our pastors in the task of making the churches strong, intelligent, hard-working, public-spirited, and efficient : and therefore I want the Magazine to have a place in every General Baptist home as well as in every General Baptist Church. To realize this every church of a hundred members ought to circulate rather more than thirty Magazines a month, or one for every three members. This is a low calculation, and yet it is not reached in some churches, whilst in others it is exceeded.
Now, dear friends, let me ask you to help your Magazine for 1873. The Association has little money to spend in advertising. We trust you. “Ye are our advertisement.” Every reader can aid in extending the sphere of its usefulness. Talk about it, criticise it, recommend it, give it away, lend it, announce it from the pulpit and in the school, and our most sanguine expectations will be realized. Ever yours, in the hopes and labours of the blessed Gospel,
JOHN CLIFFORD. 22, Alpha Road, N.W., Dec, 1, 1872.
NEW YEAR'S SACRAMENTAL COLLECTIONS FOR THE
WIDOWS AND ORPHANS OF MISSIONARIES. THE Committee of the Foreign Mission beg to remind their friends that the first Sabbath of the year is the time appointed for making Sacramental Collections simultaneously in the churches in aid of the Fund for the Widows and Orphans of Missionaries. The amount required to pay the several Insurance Premiums is nearly one hundred and fifteen pounds. It is most desirable that this should be raised apart from the ordinary funds of the Society. In no case is it contemplated that the poor of our churches should suffer by the Sacramental Collections All that is asked for is, that an extra effort be made on that day, and that the surplus over and above the usual collection be given to the fund. Should the first Sabbath of the year be found an inconvenient time to any church, it is suggested that the collection might be made on the first Sabbath of February or March.
It is requested that all Sacramental Collections may be remitted direct to the Treasurer or Secretary, and separately from the regular Contributions of the Auxiliary. Attention to this request will prevent confusion in the accounts, as it is particularly wished to keep the receipts for the Widows and Orphans Fund distinct from the ordinary receipts of the Mission.
THOMAS HILL, Treasurer.
EXTRACT FROM A RECENT inability to sleep at night; still I gained LETTER FROM MRS. BUCKLEY. strength. I kept better for three or We beg the earnest and prayerful
four days after our return, but have attention of our readers to the touch
again been very unwell with fever, ing statements and appeals of our be
cold, and diarrhea. My dear husband, loved sister. After describing her
too, is far from well. feeble state of health, she adds :
“I find my time is gone.
I have "I have been obliged to go from
been writing you in the midst of inhome for a few days together, and
terruptions. Oh! do, my beloved have paid a flying visit to Piplee,
brother in Christ, stir up the churches where I had not been for seven years.
to send us out more labourers at once. I remained there three days and two
My dear husband and I must soon ennights, and felt much better whilst
ter on the rest of heaven, or for a seathere-it was a great rest. The mar
son leave our work. We cannot drag riages of several of the girls obliged
on in this way much longer. me to return to make the necessary preparations; and the cares of home,
LETTER FROM THE REV. W. and varied toil, soon brought back my
BAILEY. sufferings. Then I spent two days and a night with our kind friends Mr. and
Berhampore, Oct. 3, 1872. Mrs. MacMillan, and since then I have A LONGER time than usual bas passed been with my husband to Chaga. A away since I sent any communication to way from home I rally wonderfully ; the Observer. For some weeks I have and at Chaga so many of our native been suffering from the effects of a low christians were sick I was visiting fever, which has been very prevalent them from house to house, and by in the district. The season has been pursing and medicine trying to relieve unusually unhealthy, owing to the their sufferings. I felt much better heavy rains following a long drought. myself, and was quite free from my | Through mercy I have regained my complaint. My appetite greatly im- strength, and as soon as the cold proved. The only drawback was my weather sets in, I shall be ready, I trust, for itinerant work. With a popu- to our house and said that his mind lation of more than twelve hundred was at last made up, and he would be thousand in this Zillah, sunken in all baptized at once. It was arranged the abominations of idolatry, there is that he should be baptized in the aftercertainly need to put forth all the noon. The morning, however, was far strength one can command. It will be advanced, and water was so scarce found, we think, when the census re- that for once in my life I felt it was turns are complete, that we have not now not easy at all times to carry out one's on our own field more than one mission
principles; the water had to be carried ary to eight hundred thousand of the in small earthen vessels nearly a mile; population. This is certainly a most but with great effort we managed to appalling and startling fact. We are fill the baptistry in time for the sernot upmindful of the efficient help of vice. The chapel was crowded, and our native brethren; but several of an interest seemed to be awakened these, like ourselves, have passed the which reminded me forcibly of memomeridian of life, and as in England so rable days in England. The whole here, there is a painful lack of earnest service was conducted by Anthravady, young men to supply their place. We and his earnestness and propriety in trust the connexion at large will ponder the administration of the ordinance will well the timely and forcible remarks not soon be forgotten. Scarcely had of the chairman at the last association, the service ended than Surja Narayan's and speedily reinforce our strength. relatives arrived, and their wild rage Our confidence in the purpose and and terrible curses told us but too promise of God is not shaken; but we plainly that “a man's foes are they of confess that, at times, we have painful his own household." No one but those and gloomy forebodings in reference to who have witnessed these scenes can the future of the Mission. It requires form any idea of the bitter persecution not days but years for a young man,
a Hindoo has to endure when he em. whatever his talents may be, to become braces christianity. Surja Narayan is fully qualified for missionary work; the clerk of a wealthy native merchant. and this gives additional importance to Two days after his baptism he went to the appeals which the missionaries his employ as usual, but he was treated have so coustantly made.
in the most contemptuous manner, and For many years past, a Telegoo, every possible indignity was heaped living near the mission premises at Ber- upon him. His wife and son would hampore, has been in the habit of visit- not allow him to enter his own house, ing the missionaries, and has many and he was compelled to live in a times expressed his determination one wretched but alone. He visited me day to confess Christ, and the only frequently, and I endeavoured to enexcuse for delay was the intense bitter
courage and strengthen him for the ness of his wife and family, Twenty- conflict. His family, from the first, five years ago, when Anthravady was were determined to get him to return stationed here with his regiment, Surja to Hindooism, and the most subtle Narayan was the first person to en- plans were adopted for the purpose; courage him and unite with him in
gradually he succumbed to their in: prayer, and ever since Anthravady fluence. I cannot think he is lost, and has felt an earnest longing for his sal- | I am not without hope that he may vation. In the month of April last yet be reclaimed, but for a time our joy Anthravady came here on a missionary is turned into mourning, and our enetour, with six converted sepoys, mem- mies triumph over us. bers of his church. He soon sought
ANOTHER BAPTISM. out his old friend, companion, and helper in former days. He reminded On the evening of the 5th of August him of his promises made so many years we had the pleasure to baptize a chrisbefore, and most affectionate and earn- tian officer of the Madras army. Berest appeals were made to him not to hampore will ever be memorable as the delay any longer. When Anthravady place of his conversion ; and it will now returned from his journey to the south, be additionally so as the place where he feared he should have to leave his he openly confessed Christ. He had old friend as he found him. At the never seen the ordinance of believers' close of our morning service, the-last baptism administered, and for a time Sabbath in May, Surja Narayan came had no sympathy with our views.
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Liberal Offer to Collectors for the Mission.- Missionary Services. 387 He was led into the truth by the care- do more. My firm opinion is that at ful study of the New Testament. Be- present, many of our adult friends are fore the administration of the ordinance, never visited by a collector at all ; and, in a few earnest and appropriate words, as a consequence, we lose their contri. he stated the reasons for thus wishing butions. The object of my offer was to openly to confess his faith in Christ. promote the organization of regular colIt may not be generally known, but it lectors throughout the denomination, in is a pleasing fact, that so many cbrig- the proportion of one to every twenty-five tian men who have been converted in members, And, as a STIMULUS AND ENIndia, have adopted our views in refer- COURAGEMENT, I promised a subscription ence to this ordinance. An officer in
of a penny a week to each of such collecanother part of the country, on hear- tors. My penny is not given on condi
ing of our dear brother's baptism, tion that the collector secure twenty, de, at
wrote to me as follows: “I was re- five pennies from other twenty-five joiced to hear that has been led subscribers; but that he collect as to carry into effect that which has much as he is able.” Hoping that this always, since my conversion, appeared matter will now be clearly understood, to me a very plain command of our and very earnestly wishing it may be gracious Master, and that which seems taken up heartily, and worked right to have been the practice of believers vigorously by the churches throughout
the times of the apostles. It is a the connexion, beautiful setting forth of death and
I am, yours obediently, wild raz resurrection; the believer thus, in a
Geo. TAYLOR. bat tu figure, acknowledging himself utterly Sutton on Trent, near Newark,
condemned in the flesh, and identifying Nov. 9th, 1872.
were held during last in believers' baptism, if looked at from month at KEGWORTH AND DISEWORTH,
a scriptural point of view, as there is LOUGHBOROUGH, (Woodgate), and OLD treato in breaking bread and taking wine- BASFORD, attended by brother Thomas
the memorials of the broken body, and Bailey, as the deputation. At ASHBY shed blood of the Lamb of God.". and PACKINGTON, by the Secretary and
Mr. T. Bailey. At MANSFIELD, and THE LIBERAL OFFER TO COL
WIRKSWORTH and SHOTTLE, by brother LECTORS FOR THE MISSION.
George Taylor. At SHEFFIELD, and
DERBY (Osmaston Road) Juvenile SoTo the Editor of the Missionary Observer.
ciety, by the brethren H. Wilkinson DEAR SIR,-Permit me to refer and T. Bailey. As a whole these serfirst, briefly to the very liberal offer of a vices have been of a very gratifying “ Warm Friend of the Mission (see
character. At Kegworth and DiseMissionary Observer for Sept. 1872) the worth it was said that the meetings terms of which have evidently not been were the best they had had for many understood by several friends of the years, and regrets were generally exgood cause.
pressed that of late they had not done The other day I had the pleasure of more for the Mission. meeting with the generous brother who made the offer; and asked him how its Miss LEIGH, a young lady sent out terms were to be interpreted. His re- by the Society for the Promotion of ply was, in substance, the following: - Female Education in the East, to take
While satisfied that our young people the place of the late Miss Guignard at are doing nobly for the Mission, I Cuttack, sailed from London, on Sept. am persuaded that the members of our 15th, in the Walamo, for Bombay. We churches might do much more than they trust that ere this she has been weldo. And I feel sure that had we but a comed by our friends in Orissa. When regularly organised staff of collectors, shall we have to announce similar inwith a secretary and a treasurer-in telligence in reference to Missionary connection with each of our churches- brethren going forth to that important the members of those churches would field ?