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ns, with five more, one of whom was courses. and determined never to about fourteen; several were lately return again to folly. added to the other church in commu- “ But mark-Even now my soul nion with us who were not older. was without an anchor. The vessel
Speaking of himself, when at Ket- was no less in danger than before, tering, he says, “I for a long time only the sea was more calm. My reattended the house of God, not for the formation sprang not from a sake of profit, nor from love, but be- heart, but from temptation having cause others did so. I went chiefly occasionally subsided.
Indeed 1 to see and be seen ; more particularly went backwards and forwards, from for the company of some that were the card-table to the worship of God, there. The same motive that induced and from that back again to the cardme to attend at the house of God table. O, what an unhappy life! might bave led me to the card-table, I often remember Mr. F's words, or the ball-room. At length I heard “Many people have just religion Mr. F. preach from these words, enough to make them miserable.” I “ Choose you this day whom ye will did not at present see the necessity serve : but as for me and my house, that a Saviour should begin and carry we will serve the Lord.” This ser- on the work. I endeavoured to do mon lay with great weight on my it myself: but to my sorrow I found mind; it would often recur to me that that sin was not thus to be overcome. the conduct of my companions ought The more I strove against its power, not to be the rule of mine. He after- I sinn'd and stumbled but the more wards expounded these words, “If The stronger my resolutions were, the thy right hand offend thee, cut it off, more easily they were broken in the &c." which he explained not of sins, hour of temptation. But mark what but of that which caused us to sin. follows ; I can much better feel the “ If you have a companion, said he, joy which these words gave me than who is as dear to you as a right eye, express it. or a right hand, and his acquaintance Till late I heard my Saviour say, lead you into evil, give him up. You “Come hither, soul, I am the way.” had better go to heaven without your The Saviour now appeared to me the companion, than to have your compa- chiefest among ten thousand, and alnion and go to hell.” I have to thank together lovely. I was at this time deT. S. for juducing me to attend prayer- sirous of showing my love to him by meetings, and F. B. for recommend- obeying his commands, but had not ing me to read The Pilgrim's Progress. sufficient resolution to declare my I had seen it before, but saw no beau- desires to any one. ty in it. By his persuasion I was in- • After I came hither, I was very unduced to read it again, and found it happy. Being a servant, I had not my more interesting than any book that I time at my own disposal. I was also a ever read. I could searce look into stranger to the place and the people. it but I found something that suited But the principal cause of my unhappimy case.
ness was, that my time during a part “ About this time I had many strug- of Lord's day mornings was occupied gles of mind. Sometimes I seemed in slaughtering cattle, and in selling on the side of Christ and religion, and meat, for my masters. As long as I enjoyed much delight on waiting upon lived in this way I was cold in prayer, him, both in public and private ; at and duty seemed a task. But having other times on the side of sin and after some time gained my sabbaths satan. One while I was drawn aside for myself, I became anxious to join to a dancing-party, at another to a the church. I was at first afraid of card-party; after such conduct the not being able to give the church horrors of a guilty conscience would satisfaction concerning my being a torment me; and now I had to begin christian, but at length the Lord was my Pilgrim's Progress again,
again. I pleased so to order it that I was inseemed to see him
running over a wide vited to unite with them, which I and field, with his back to his own house, my wife both did as has been related." and to join with him in crying, “ Life, On a review of the whole he says, Life, eternal Life!" Thus I gathered ' I scem for a long time to have rea little strength, shunned my evil sembled the lame man at the pool o
Bethesda: whilst I was coming, some actual commission of evil, but all apone stepped in before me.”
proaches to it. You may propose to About the time that he was bap- yourself to be only a spectator, and tized, he speaks of a minister, a Mr. not an actor ; but remember that you White of Philadelpbia,who preached at are to temptation what the needle is New York, from Matt. xxvi. 41. Watch to the load-stone. Keep out of the and pray that ye enter not into temp- way of evil ; go not near it. The tation; whose discourse seems to have strongest resolutions and promises left a deep inspression on his mind.” before-hand will be of no avail. If
Hesbewed, says he, the importance the tempter once prevail upon you of these duties being joined together, to rush into the way of sin, he will and the danger of separating them. prevail upon you to sin. If you associIf we watch without praying, we shall ate with evil companions, he will sugo be overcome, for we take the work gest it is no greater sin to unite with into our own hands; and to pray them than to be a spectator. Wicked without watching is presumption. Sball companions are themselves great
“ Lead me not into tempters; and the unregenerate heart temptation," run directly into temp- cannot withstand the temptation." tation ? It is not enough to shun the
he who prays
DOMESTIC RELIGIOUS INTELLIGENCE.
A Visit to the Scilly Islands. Extract of a letter from Mr. John
Jeffery to the Rev. G. C. Smith. The Islands of Scilly are five in You well remember that a visit to number, the principal of which is St. the Islands of Scilly has long been imMary's. They lie directly off the pressed on my mind. On Friday Nov, Land's end, and are distinctly scen 3, a very favorable opportunity prefrom different parts of the coast. The sented itself: a friend proposed a visit Packets generally run over from Pen- of benevolence, and kindly offered to zance in about six hours. The in- bear my expenses. We landed at St. habitants are numerous, and chiefly Mary's about 2 o'clock the following supported by fishing, and a trade car- morning. The same day I began my ried on with the fleet passing up labours, with Bibles, Testaments, and Channel. The Methodists have some Tracts, sent you for distribution by the societies on those Islands, and have a Baptist Itinerant Society. I walked Minister who resides six months there through the villages of St. Mary's, and then exchanges with another from called at the doors of the cottages, and the Penzance circuit.
received the grateful acknowledgments Mr. Jeffery, who wrote the following of the poor people, in return for the Letter, is a humble, pious, and zealous precious little books. The houses are young man, indefatigable in his exer- generally covered with straw, and tions to carry the news of salvation secured by ropes of the same kind; through the Villages. He was taken looking at them, I thought, perhaps from the plough about two years since some of these homely dwellings conby Mr. Smith, and has now to struggle tain the most valuable jewels. I hard through life, with a wife and child, knocked at the door of a poor widow ; on 30l. per annum. Should this state- poor indeed, in the eyes of men, but ment meet the eye of any benevolent rich in the estimation of Jehovah. I individual, some small donation would 'found that she wanted many temporal be a real charity, and excite additional necessaries ; but the chief source of exertions. The Scilly Islands afford her grief was that she had no Bible, a large field for usefulness, and a young nor money to purchase one. Ah, sir, man sent from the Baptists to labour scenes of this nature are not new to among them would be a real blessing. you; therefore you know in some
measure the good it did my heart when boatman a New Testament. I preachI saw the gratitude of that humble ed on the Island to a great number of disciple of Jesus. The silent tear which , people from John xix. 6. They were seemed to steal insensibly from her very attentive and seemed athirst for uplifted eye, thanked God in louder the word of life. May our covenant terms than articulate sounds could God add his richest blessing. The possibly have done. I called at the next morning I distributed near 250 house of a respectable farmer, who tracts, gave a word of exhortation, and Jived in the delightful little village returned to the Island of St. Mary. called Holly-vale, who kindly offered Hiring a boat I went to St. Agnes, me the methodist-meeting, and sent distributed a great number of tracts, two or three of his servants to an- and preached from Acts xvii. 30, 31. nounce my preaching. The house was The following day I returned to nearly filled—“The Lord was really Penzance, praising God for all his mermindful of us and blessed us."
cies, and now take the liberty of sendLord's day I took a boat and visited ing you this brief statement, as it may the Island of Tresco, delighted to find prove gratifying to those who believe a great number of people, and en- is the Isles shall wait for his law." deavoured to do something for my
J. JEFFERY. Lord and Master. I got Mr. J. T. to accompany me to another Island called Brier. The boatman, who ap. In aid of the Baptist Mission in India. peared an honest hearted fellow, related a simple but very affecting tale To the Editor of the Baptist Magazine. concerning his friends. He said he Sir, had an afflicted wife andthree children.
I was much pleased with the in. I said, “I hope you read the Bible teresting account inserted in your and pray
with h your family.”. “I have Magazine for last month relative to got no bible, sir, and times are so hard the exertions of the churches in the that I fear another winter will pass Hants and Wilts Society, in aid of away before I shall be able to afford the Baptist Mission in India. I do
I landed on the Island and think, with brother Saffery, that all the went from house to house, distributing Ministers in the denomination, ought religious tracts. Talking with a poor to be equally concerned, and accord. family about Christ, they seemed much ing to their ability and influence, to affected, I asked for their room to engage in this good work of helping preach, (the Methodists have no ser, the Parent Institution. vice on this Island) they seemed very Much has been done for this blessed glad to have it in their power to oblige cause by regular subscriptions, dona
A young woman was present tions, and annual sermons, but this who said she had been taken by her source of assistance has been obtainfriends to hear Mr. Smith preach at ed chiefly from the purses of the midPenzance; she added, “I hope, sir, I dle-ranks and independent classes of shall never forget that Saviour of whom the community, but I think much he said so many glorious things." more might be done among
poor The people being assembled, I gave Disciples of the Redeemer, in our them an exhortation. The greater churches, congregations, and their part wept very much. O God, fasten neighbourhoods, I mean by the univerthy word as a nail in a sure place! sal establishment of penny-a-week soWhen the service was over, I asked cieties, throughout the kingdom; this them some particulars relative to the trifling sum might be spared weekly inhabitants of the Island called Samp- without mucha difficulty, but for the son, and was glad to find several of poor to give or subscribe only a few them among my audience. I gave shillings at one time would be genetwo of them some books, they being rally inconvenient. the only persons that could read. My Such societies, formed in all the heart, sir, was truly filled with reve- Churches, and conducted by active verential awe and holy love, on wit- Committees, with two steady and pernessing the tears that stood on the face severing persons appointed to receive of almost every individual.
the subscriptions in the vestry at the Returning to Tresco, I gave the close of the morning-service every.
Lords-day, and the Minister occasi- Stepney Academical Listitution. onally giving an exhortation when he The annual Meeting of the Subscrisees the institution declining, would, bers and friends of the “ Baptist AcaI am persuaded, be of importance to demical Institution at Stepney" will the great object
be held (providence permitting) at the Such a Society as we wish to New London Tavern, in Cheapside, obtain a universal establishment, has on Tuesday the 17th. Instant, at six been set on foot at Hammersmith, o'clock in the evening, when the reand our manner of conducting it is by port of the Committee will be read; a a Committee, two Receivers of sub- Treasurer, Secretary, and a Committee scriptions weekly; and on the Fri. chosen for the ensuing year, and other day evening at the prayer meeting, 1 business transacted of importance to frequently read some of the most strik- the welfare of the Institution. ing extracts from the Periodical Ac- The Chair will be taken at the exact counts from India, and at the close of time. the year, before making up the sum to transmit to the Treasurer of the
TO CORRESPONDENTS. Parent Society, we have a sermon,
We have received a letter from the with a view to rouse the negligent, Rev. Messrs. Bogue and Bennett, in to pay up their arrears, and to in- answer to that which appeared in our crease the number of Subscribers; number for November, signed “Gaius.” and this we find keeps the object Instead of attempting to prove their warmly impressed upon the mind. The assertion, “ that the Baptists had no fruits of our humble attempt to serve distinct communion until the time of a Mission that is dear to our hearts Luther," the point in debate ;-they (and has been abundantly blessed of refer to their History, in which they God) has been, the first two months have said, “there were persons who in 1812, we transmitted to the maintained the opinions of the Baptists Treasurer,
£ 10 2 6 in the earlier ages, and that there were In the year 1813,
43 11 6 Baptists among the Waldenses.” They In the year 1814,
45 10 () deny, however, that “any thing has Hammersmith.
been adduced to make it evident that THOMAS UPPADINE. they were a distinct body, which ex
cluded others from their communion.”
They are of opinion (they say) that “the New Church formed.
state of the Baptists among the Wal
denses, the Bohemians, and in the earAugust 21st, a new place of worship lierages of the church," resembled that was opened in the large and popu- of the Baptist members of the church lous town of Taunton, by the parti- at Bedford, which has Pædobaptist cular Baptists. The services were members and a Pædobaptist pastor !!* conducted by brethren Cherry, Hor- No proof whatever of this assertion is sey, and Tyso. Since which brother produced, and we are persuaded none Horsey has constantly preached there: can be found. As they have therefore a Church has been formed; the place given up the subject of dispute, and inis well attended, and the prospect is troduced that of mixed communion, we very encouraging.
see no propriety in admitting their letter.
* The congregation at Bedford, of which the celebrated John Bunyan was Pastor, is produced as a proof that Baptists may be found in Societies where they do not exist as a “ distinct body.” Does the reference to this congregation relate to what is now, or to what it was then ? Mr. Bunyan, and all his predecessors in office, viz. Gifford, Burton, Whiteman, and Fenn, were Baptists! Have not the writers of the “ History of Dissenters considered this church, and many others in Bedfordshire constituted upon the same principles, at the period of the Reformation, as belouging to the Baptist denomination ? Or will they undertake to prove that the churches at Oxford, Leicester, Battersea, &c. &c which admit Pædobaptists to communion, are not of the Baptist denomination? Though there has always existed a difference of opinion among the English Baptists, as to the terms of communion ; yet it was never thought that admitting Pædobaptists excluded a church from the denomination ; furnished evidence that the Baptists were not a distinct body.
On Mr. W. B. of Oxford, who died in that City, June 8th, 1814; Æt. 36.
In the short period of 3 weeks after he had commenced business.
To stop a mortal's progress to the tomb!
And bids us tarry but to mourn their doom.
Yon grave wide opens to receive its prey ;
“At twenty five the youth was snatch'd away."
O'er the bright summit of the eastern bills:
And the full radiance of his orb conceals
He's trav’hing 'on, tho' hid from mortal eye;
He'll shine the brighter in the morning sky.
So sunk his frame beneath affliction's blow;
And shine when suns and stars expire below.
Faith's eye discover'd the celestial prize ;
And wept that any should that path despise.
In ev'ry path your mournful feet frequent;
The smiling Angel ’gain a weeping saint?
Thus to his weeping friends he left below:
“And gives to God the moments as they flow.”
And be ye also ready for the tomb;
LINES To a poor Cottage Boy, who on being exhorted to go to a place of worship,
replied that his clothes were not good enough. Yet go, poor Rustic, tatter'd as thou art,
Tho' men may 'scorn thee for thy outward robe,
The eyes, that with a glance survey the globe,
And then no monarch's vest shall equal thine :
Shalt soon to glory rise, and Jesus' love adore.
B. H. D. Smith, Printer, Jehn Street, Edgware Road