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this man for the loss of his treasuré, tors, or ministers, requesting them to procured him another. The Priest, promote the various important obon being informed of this, wished to jects proposed by the Union.” get it from him; but M. was so deter- As the period approaches when our mined not to part with it, that he told. Associatiońs in the Country will meet, the Priest, in the presence of bis re- we, in compliance with the above relations, who were bigotted catholics, solutions, in the name and on behalf that he would not part with his Bible of the Society, affectionately urge the whatever might be the consequence, consideration of this subject upon the and that he, from that time, disowned Ministers and Messengers of our reall spiritual subjection to the authori- spective churches. The expense atty of the Priest.

tending a journey to London, which

would be burdensome to an indiviGENERAL MEETING IN LONDON, dual, may be easily defrayed by a. To the Churches of the Particular united Assembly. May we not hope Baptist Denomination in the united also that those churches which are not kingdom of Great Britain and Ire- connected with Associations will deland.

pute their minister to meet their breBeloved Brethren,

thren on such an occasion ? Brethren, You are well acquainted with " the time is short.” A large part of the attempts, which have been made the portion allotted to us is already for several years past, to promote an passed away. Let us endeavour to Annual General Meeting of the Mi- a redeem” what may yet remain by nisters and Churches of our denomi- improving it to the most important nation. Many of you have expressed purposes. Some of our brethren in your ardent desire to co-operate in the Ministry, since we last addressed such an Union, and some of you have you, have been gathered to their faparticipated in the pleasure that has thers. Is it not desirable that we been enjoyed on these occasions. We should all prove that the fallen mantle feel a pleasing persuasion that this of a Sutcliff has not descended upon desire has not diminished; and that us in vain ? Let our younger breas the reasons for such a measure are thren especially remember that “other annually increasing, you will manifest men have laboured and that they are renewed zeal in encouraging this im- entering into their labours !" portant object

There is another subject, mentionAt our last Meeting several resolu- ed last year, which it is necessary for tions were passed, which it was thought us to repeat, viz. “ that it be affecwould tend essentially to the attain- tionately recommended that a public ment of the ends proposed by the collection be made in each of the Union, viz. “ to promote among bre- churches of the General Union, to be thren of the same faith an acquaint- applied, according to their own diance. with, and an affection for each rection, either wholly or in part to the other, and a mutual co-operation in

Baptist Mission "

”--the Particular the work of God." To further these Baptist Fund”-the “Widows Fund" ends it was resolved, . “ That our -the “ Baptist Itinerant Society"Associations throughout the kingdom the “Baptist Society for promoting be requested to depute one or more of the gospel in Ireland,” or to one of their members as messengers ; or send Academical Institutions.” a letter, signed by the Moderator, to

Signed the yearly Assembly, to report the

WILLIAM BUTTON. state of the churches, and any other

THOMAS THOMAS. matter that may contribute to the ge

JOSEPH IVIMEY. neral welfare of the denomination.” Feb. 15, 1815.

Secretaries. 2. “ That a Circular letter addressed to the Churches be sent, signed by the Nen Baptist Church in the Island of Secretaries, to some Minister con

Guernsey nected with each Association, and to This church was formed in Sept. other churches both in town and coun- 1812, of thirteen persons. Three of try, through the medium of their Pas- these had been members of Mr. Birt's


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church at Plymouth Dock ; one of the Thursday of June; and the second at church at Ashburtou; one of the Lanarchymedd, Anglesea, first Wedchurch at Reading; and another from nesday and Thursday in July. The a church at Edinburgh. During the increase in both these associations, same month one of the brethren above: the past year, is about three hundred. mentioned, named Charles Pollexfen, 'The half-yearly Association of the a builder in the Island, who had been Baptists in South Wales, was held, called to the ministry by Mr. Birt's the 6th and 7th of October, at Langachurch, was set apart to the pastoral dog, Carmarthenshire. Brethren Jones office. Since this he has baptized 11 of Landysul, Evans of Pantycelyn, more persons, making the number Williams of Salem, and Davies of baptized in the Island 19. They have Aberduar, prayed. James of Fishhitherto assembled in a Tobacco Store guard, Davies of Velin-voel, Evans, for worship, not being able to erect of Carmarthen, Herring of Cardigan, any place for the purpose. The num- Davies, sen. of Langloffan, B. Davies, ber of stated hearers is from 70 to and J. Harris, preached. a 100.

At the ministers' conference it was

unanimously agreed, that it is the New Chapel opened.

duty of Christians to exert themselves Oct. 6, 1814. A new Chapel was in promoting missionary societies, opened at Horsham, a populous market town in Sussex, The solemnities of the day were conducted by Mr.

On the 3d of Nov, brother D. Tho. Upton and Mr. Stodhart of London

mas was ordained over the Baptist

; and Mr. Chapman of Lingfield. His church at Aberavon, Glamorgansbire, Grace the Duke of Norfolk has evinced by prayer and imposition of hands, his liberality of sentiment, and noble Brethren J. Harris, W. Michael, D. generosity to Dissenters, by a dona- Richards, and B. Davies, were en: tion of 501. The pecuniary exertions gaged on the occasion. of the friends at Horsham have been remarkably liberal, and the congrega- Also on the 22d and 23d of Nov. tion sincerely hope, that, when the a new meeting house, belonging to particulars of the case shall be stated the particular Baptists, was opened in te congregations and individuals, it Landybie, Carmarthenshire. Brewill not fail to insure their assistance.

thren J. Davies, W. Evans, J. Wat

kins, D. Evans, T. Williams, J. Her. welsh ASSOCIATIONS, &c.

ring, and D. Saunders, were engaged. The Baptist Association in North Wales was held the two last days of

An auxiliary Baptist Missionary June, 1814, at Dolgelly, Merioneth- Society is intended to be formod at shire. Brethren H. Davies, junr. Ti- Swansea, and it is in contemplation mothy Thomas, John Morgan, John to hold a public meeting annually, Davies, John Jones, C. Evans, s. with a view to carry the design into Davies, Francis Hiley, Thomas Tho- effect; to commence next summer, mas, D. Davies, Abel Vaughan, and of which notice will be given. John Edwards, were engaged.

On the two first days of July, a se- The quarterly meeting belonging cond Association was held at Holy- to the North Wales Baptist Associahead, in Anglesea. Brethren Job tion, was held at Denbigh, Dec. 26 Edwards, John Jones, John Herring, and 27, 1814. Sermons by Messrs. Robert Edwards, Henry Davies, John R. Edwards, Evan Evans, W. WilJaines, Thomas Davies, John Davies, liams, John Edwards, Samuel EdThomas Jones, C. Evans, Francis wards, T. R. Davies, and T. Davies. Hiley, John Jones, Thomas Thomas, The devotional parts by Messrs. 1. Şimon James, 'John Morgan, and Edwards, R. Edwards, A. Vaughan, Thomas Davies, were engaged.

and J, Parry. The hearers numerous, The next Associations in N. Wales who paid serious attention. The will be held, the first at Ruthin, Den- cause of Christ in those parts is in a bighsbire, the last Wednesday and prosperous state.

By Mr. John Lawson, Missionary at Serampore, in the East Indies;

Received November 17, 1814.

the cross,

See Faith, with upward eyes,
Beholds the distant land;
Her fair possessions in the skies,
And waits with outstretch'd hand.
She leans

And sheds a tear or two;
But glory plays in either eye,
As beams in early dew,
She smiles in deep distress,
In storms she stands serene;
The whirlwind idly rages by,
Unmov'd she views the scene.
The world beneath her feet,
She' heeds not or disdains;
* Iler thundering foes are slain, or bound
In adamantine chains.
She waits the voice of God,
That calls her to the skies;
Then soars aloft, in glory veild,
And in fruition dies.

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St. James's Church, Leeds. The religious public having often been solicited to contribute to a case carried through the country hy a person of the name of Waugh; the foundation of which was a cause in Chancery_Waugh v. Rev. J. King-which has been pending near 20 years, we think it our duty to the public, that they may no further be misled by any future applications, to inform them that it was decided, Tuesday, Feb. 14th, in favor of the defendant.

As soon as the Lord Chancellor bad called the attention of the court to this long contested cause, the issge of which involved the ownership of St. James's Church, in Leeds, the Rev. J. King rose, and requested permission to address a few remarks to his Lordship, on some particulars of the case, which lad been industriously circulated to mislead the public and injure himself-he hoped, therefore, that his Lordship would not suffer the cause to go out of court, without giving his decided opinion, as to what had really been his conduct toward the plaintiff Lee. At the conclusion of Mr. King's address his Lordship replied, “Mr. King, as to the allegations contained in the pleadings, I think it rigbt to say, and I do say it, without any hesitation, that there does not appear any thing that can, with justice, reflect upon your character, or can in any way. impeach it, as having been unbecoming the character of a clergyman, a gentleman, or a christian. His Lordship then turned to the court and, having summed up the evidence, observed that whatever there might appear in it to the plaintiff of disappointment or hardship, that the bill had not been supported in any of its parts, and must therefore be dismissed with costs,

Smith, Printer, John Street, Edgwarc Rond.

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APRIL 1815.




Extracted from. Benedict's History of the American Baptists. Mr. Backus was one of the they were harassed and persemost useful ministers, that has cuted by the ruling party. His ever appeared among the Ameri- mother, when a widow, and some can Baptists. For about fifty of his relations, were cast into years he was a laborious servant prison for adopting religious prinof their churches; and a consi- ciples contrary to law. It was in derable part of about thirty of the midst of the New-Light Stir, the last of them, was devoted to that the subject of this inemoir historical pursuits. This excel- was brought to the knowledge of lent map still lives in the memo- the truth, in the 18th year of his ry of thousands of his brethren; age. He united with a Pedobapbut scarcely any biographical list church in his native town, and sketches of his life are preserved, began in the ministry, in 1746. except what are found in his own About two years after, he was writings.

ordained pastor of the church in Mr. Backus was born at Nor. Middleborough, of the same perwich, Connecticut, Jan. 9, 1724. suasion. In this town he spent His parents were pious and re- sixty years of his useful life.' In spectable members of the Pe- 1749 he was married to Susanna dobaptist church in that town, by Mason, of Rehoboth, with whom whom he was brought up in the lie lived in the greatest harmony nurture and admonition of the above fifty-one years. Accord. Lord. His mother was a descen- ing to his own words," she was dant of the family of the Win- the greatest blessing which God slows, who came over to Ply- ever gave him.” As yet Mr. mouth in 1620; his father sprung Backus was a Pedobaptist of the froin one of the first planters in separate order; and the church of Norwich. In the New-Light which he was pastor, was of the Stir, in Whitfield's time, some of same character. They experienced Mr. Backus's connexions united blessings from the Lord, but perwith the Separates, for which secutions from men.

The pubVol. VII.


licans of the parish soon began to church in Boston, then lately dedistress them for the support of ceased. This agency was merely their worship. Mr. Backus, a- . in civil affairs, and was executed mong the rest, was taxed, seized by him, who was entrusted with and imprisoned a short time; and it, with much ability, and to some then released without paying the effect. Our brethen in this gotax, or coming to any compro. vernment were then su continualmise. Dispules concerning bap- ly harassed for the support of the. tism were agitated in this church established clergy, that they found about this time, which were con- it necessary to have some one tinued a number of


upon the watch, to advise on sad some of the members were con- den emergencies; and io afford strained, from time to time, to go assistance to those who were in into the water. In 1751, Mr. trouble. Their great object was Backus was hinself baptized, to obtain the establishment of with six of his members, by elder equal religious liberty in the land, Pierce, of Warwick, Rhode- which the predominant party were island. Proin this period, until determined to prevent." About a 1756, this church practised open year before Mr. Backus accepted communion; but in that year the agency of the churches, be those that had become Baptists was requested to write their his came out, and formed a church tory, which he accordingly set upon the gospel plan, and Mr. about, and published his first voBackus became its pastor. This lume in 1777. was the nineteenth Baptist church When the disputes came on in the three states of Massachu- which terminated in the revolusetts, New Hampshire, and Ver-. tionary war, and the independence Mont. Froin this date to the of the United States, the Baptists death of this venerable man, was united with the rest of the Amea period of about fifty years. rican people in resisting the arbiNothing remarkable appears to trary claims of Great Britain ;. have occurred in the discharge of but it seemed to them unreasonahis pastoral duties; but the part ble that they should be called which he took in the general wel- upon to contend for civil liberty, fare of the Baptist churches, fur- if after it was gained, they should nishes a puniber of incidents still be exposed to oppression in which ought to be recorded. religious concerns. When, there

Mr. Lückus early imbibed a fore, the first continental Consettled aversion to civil coercion gress met in Philadelphia, the in religious concerns; he was Warren Association, viewing it as taught its iniquity, both by expe- the highest civil resort, agreed to rience and observation; and few send Mr. Backus, as their agent, men have exerted themselves to that convention, “ there to fol. more than he in support of the low the best advice he could üba equal rights of christians.

In tain, to procure some influence 1772 he was chosen an agent for from thence in their favour.” the Baptist churches in Massa- When he arrived in Philadelphia, chusetts, in the room of Mr. Da- the Association there appointed vis, formerly pastor of the second a large committee, of whom Dr.

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