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REV, W. FISHER.

of six months. During this season he en- “In the frame of his mind, the upward di joyed a greater share of cheerfulness and rection of his eyes, and the expressions he vigour than had fallen to his lot for some gave utterance to, his end was like to that of years.

Stephen, 'He being full of the Holy Ghost, His next remove was to Chenies, Bucks. In looked up steadfastly into heaven, and saw April last be visited this place, and having the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the supplied for four successive sabbaths, his term right hand of God, and said, Behold, I see the of probation being ended, the church here heavens opened, and the Son of man standing gave him a unanimous invitation to become on the right hand of God.' Thus lived and their pastor; he complied, and entered upon died this saint of God, affording a noble proof his stated labours the second Lord's day in of the credibility of the gospel. We have May. He had previously taken a violent not followed cunningly devised fables,' but cold, which so far debilitated him, that it was “have a more sure word of prophecy wherewith considerable difficulty he completed the unto ye do well that ye take heed as unto a engagements of the day.

light that shineth in a dark place, until the From this time his health irrecoverably day dawn, and the day-star arise in your gave way; and, after patiently enduring the hearts.' will of God," he fell asleep in Jesus," the

* This lamp through all the tedious night fifteenth of November, 1848, in the thirty

Of life shall guide our way; eighth year of his age. He was born March

Till we behold the clearer light 20, 1811. His medical attendant bas given

of an eternal day.' the cause of his death to be pulmonary con

The funeral of Mr. Wyke took place on sumption. In relation to his last illness, his widow Friday

, the 24th of November, Mr. Lewis

, penned the following memorandum: “My ficiated on the occasion. On the following dear husband during his illness was troubled sabbath a funeral sermon was delivered by with doubts and fears respecting his interest Mr. Salter, of Amersham,

from Gen. v. 24. in Christ, not being favoured with those consolations the gospel is adapted to impart to the suffering Christian.

"On the 26th of October, when I took him up his dinner, he said he did not intend to

The Rev. William Fisher, pastor of the have any, as he had been praying hard, and baptist church at Padiham, and previously he wished to fast as well as pray; I however for many years at Bromley, Northumberland, prevailed on him to take a little in conside. died, November 21st, 1848, in the 58th year ration of his great weakness. He then re- of his age. quested me to let no one go into his room, as he wished to be alone.

"He afterwards told me, that having wrestled hard in prayer, the Saviour appeared to him, and, still praying, he told him Prickett, aged 67, foreman to Mr. John

On November 25, 1848, died Mr. Abraham that he had had no comfort or consolation to George of Brimscombe Post, Gloucestershire. support his mind during his affliction, and that he supposed this was part of the dis- He was for many years a member of the cipline appointed him. The Redeemer then baptist church, Eastcombs

, distinguished for

humility, benevolence, and sincerity. His gave him to enjoy what he had been praying for

; he availed himself of the privilege granted hope, in the hour of nature's dissolution, was him, exercised faith upon the Saviour, and Lord Jesus Christ; thus he lived and died,

fixed upon the blood and righteousness of the realized a sense of pardon with all its accom

and, doubtless, his liberated spirit is now panying blessings. From this time he was

among the glorified in heaven, enabled to

S. P. Read his title clear

To mansions in the skies.' With calm and peaceful acquiescence he said with Job, “All the days of my appointed Died, at Tregonissey, in St. Austell, Corntime will I wait, till my change come;" and wall, November 29th, aged thirty-one, Mary, ıt last cheerfully welcomed the messenger the beloved wife of J. H. Osborne, baptist leath, triumphing in those glimpses of heaven minister, Wells Town. She was an humble he was favoured to behold, ere yet he and devoted follower of the Lord Jesus reached the place.'

Christ, and her end was peace. Being asked “For some time before his death his speech by a beloved friend a little before she died, if for the most part became unintelligible; yet Jesus was precious to her soul, she instantly Was he much engaged in prayer, and in en replied, “ Yes, never so precious as now; deavours to represent to those around him death has lost its sting—I am sheltering in what he saw and felt of the glory and happi- the bleeding side of my Saviour.” Her last ness upon which he was about to enter, words were, “ The Spirit and the bride say

MR. A. PRICKETT.

MRS. OSBORNE.

REV. D. DENHAM.

MR. H. COLLIER.

Come, and whosoever will let him come, and Association, addressing their communications take of the water of life freely." “ Blessed to Mrs. Reed, Cambridge Heath, Hackney ; word,” she exclaimed," whosoever will, let Mrs.Matheson, 1, Barnsbury Street, Islington; him come.”

Mrs. Meredith, 3, Durham Place, Lambeth. They recommend for adoption to similar societies, the following list of the subjects

for conference, that there may, as much as Died, December 8th, 1848, the Rev. Da- possible, be preserved a unity of spirit with vid Denham, pastor successively of baptist kindred associations. churches at Margate-Unicorn Yard, London, -and Cheltenham.

REGULAR MEETINGS FOR 1849.
Held at the Vestry of New Broad Street

Chapel, Bishopsgate.
At Thrapstone, Northamptonshire, De-

Subjects for Conference. cember 15th, aged sixty-three, Mr. Henry Thursday, January 18. Address to chilCollier, bookseller ; thirty-eight years a mem- dren by Rev. W. Jones of Stepney College. ber, and nineteen years of that time a deacon Friday, February 2nd. How may children of the baptist church in that town.

be brought to feel that divine truth can only be studied with success by dependance on

divine aid ? MISCELLANEA.

Friday, March 2nd. What are the best

means we can adopt to induce habits of BAPTIST MISSION,

reflection and self-examination in young The Committee of the Young Men's Asso

people ? ciation has arranged a series of meetings for

Friday, April 6th. The importance of Parents and Children to be held during the training children to those habits of self-denial next three months. Those for January are

or self-control, which will tend to fit them for as follows.

the privations of foreign service in the cause

of Christ. Jan. 2nd. New Park Street School Room, Southwark.

Friday, May 4th. How can we account 4th. Vernon Chapel, Pentonville.

for the indifference to religion manifested by 8th. Shouldham Street Chapel, Edg- many young persons who have been piously

educated ?
ware Road.
9th. Lion Street School Room, New

Friday, June 1st. In what way may the
Kent Road.

sympathy of children be so drawn to the 9th. Devonshire Square School Room, abounding objects of sin and misery at home Houndsditch.

and abroad, as will most effectually qualify 10th. Keppel Street Chapel, Russell them to carry out the great purposes of

divine love? 11th. Fox and Knot Court School Room,

Friday, July 6th. Meeting postponed. Snow Hill.

Friday, August 3rd. What is to be 17th. Alfred Place Chapel, Old Kent understood by a Christian education ? Road.

Friday, September 7th.

How may we 18th. North London School Room, Cal- inspire our children with proper confidence,

thorpe Terrace, Gray's' Inn and at the same time discourage self-conceit? Road.

Friday, October 5th. What are the best 22nd. Buttesland Street Chapel, Hoxton. Children under six, and from that period till

methods of conveying religious instruction to 23rd. Horsley Street School Room, Walworth.

they are fourteen or fifteen years of age ? 25th. Cotton Street School Room, Pop- tions in a parent or teacher are likely to

Friday, November 2nd.

What disposilar. 26th. Islington Green Chapel.

operate to the permanent disadvantage of a 26th. Lewisham Road School Room,

child ? Greenwich.

Friday, December 7th. What are the evils arieing from unsanctified intellect, and how may they be guarded against ?

Square,

LONDON MATERNAL ASSOCIATION.

RESIGNATION.

The meetings of this association, held on the first Friday of every month, at eleven o'clock, are always open to ladies from the The Rev. E. Le Fevre of Hail Weston, country, and the wives of missionarii s. St. Neot's, Hunts, thinking it probable that Ladies forming local associations, either in he shall resign his pastorate there, requests us town or country, are requested to open a to say that he is open to invitation among a correspondence with the London Maternal pious and devoted people.

COLLECTANEA.

proposal of removing them in mass from the

house of God? After all, and we do not SEPARATE SERVICES FOR CHILDREN. speak in ignorance of facts, there is a large In the last number of the Evangelical body of children, both in the families of our Magazine, there is a paper, written by the friends and in our Sunday-schools, deeply editor, which we recommend earnestly to the interested in the services of the sanctuary, attention of all who are disposed to hearken and affording ample proof that they love the to the advice of Mrs. Davids, and others, pastor, that they listen with deep attention " that the practice of taking children to

to his discourses, and that they wi uld republic worship may be entirely abandoned by gard it as nothing short of a calamity, were all parents and in all schools.It may be the plans now in agitation carried into effect. remembered by some of our readers that when We believe sincerely that this class of children the Prize Essay on Sunday Schools by Mrs. may be almost indefinitely increased, if paDavids was first published, we did not unite in rents, and Sunday-school teachers, and pasthose expressions of approbation with which tors, will combine to discharge their duty it was honoured by most of our contem- towards them. As far as our observation has poraries. We then thought, after a careful extended, the evil complained of so bitterly, perusal of the work that some of the opinions and for the removal of which we are to run advocated by that lady were exceedingly mis- such tremendous risks, is but of very partial chievous; and we are glad to find that one of operation. Very few children belonging to them is now taken in hand by Dr. Morison, the regular families in our places of Worship, and repudiated earnestly and effectively. For misconduct themselves in the way complained the sake of those of our readers who have of ; while the great majority of them are not opportunity to read the whole article, we exemplary in their behaviour, and afford will extract three or four paragraphs.

pleasing indications of attention to the word,

and tender regard to the pastor. And as it **What habits,' asks our intelligent and re- respects any well-conducted Sunday-school, spected friend, Mrs. Davids, are really formed the instances of bad behaviour in the house by this practice ?'—that is, the practice of of God are, we thoroughly believe, the exceptaking little or ignorant children to the public tion and not the rule. We well know that services of the sanctuary?' Mrs. D.'s reply is some schools are most disorderly in the as follows : ‘The babits of sleeping, of inat- Christian sanctuary; but in such cases the tention, and listlessness, of day-dreaming and remedy wanted is not to be sought in the vain thoughts, and of dislike and aversion to removal of the children from all the hallowed the sabbath and the sanctuary !' Now we associations of our Christian pastrocy and are bold to say that all these phenomena are assemblies; but in a vastly improved mode of to be seen, in full perfection, in many adult conducting the exercises and discipline of the hearers of the gospel. What preacher has Sunday-school. Here, in our humble judgnot been afflicted with the sight of them ? ment, lies the great and crying evil, the And what careful observer of facts has not impression of which may be suffered to die beheld the sleeping, inattentive, listless, day- away by the adaptation of the plans now dreaming, vain-thought stage, issuing in con- under discussion, without the evil itself being tempt of the sabbath, and neglect of the in the slightest degree remedied. In wellsanctuary? Yet who ever has ventured to conducted schools, where there are pious propose that such adult hearers should be teachers, and a wise and energetic superinencouraged to withdraw from the public mi tendent, instances of bad behaviour, or exnistry of the word, because the habits they treme listlessness in the house of God, are are yielding to are so injurious in their ten- but rare, and are largely confined to a few deney? The advice we should rather tender mischievous children, who ought to be prewould be that ministers should adopt a more vented from mingling with their fellowe, tousing style of preaching, that they should unless they can be reduced to order and be less dry and consecutive in their modes of propriety. instruction, and that they should, by every "We fear that other more malign causes possible ingenuity, endeavour to fix the wan- than the fact of having frequented a place of dering thoughts of careless listeners. worship in early years, must be assigned for

" Doubtless there is a certain number of the wandering thoughts, distracted attention, children now attendant upon the sanctuary, and incapacity of attending to preachers con:belonging to our schools and to the families plained of by pious people. We should be of members and heaters, who are all that relieved of many painful impressions, if we Mrs. D. describes them to be ; but is the could trace them to so innocent a source. remedy pot rather to be sought in the in- We should fear that the cares of life, that a creased conscientiousness and assiduity of worldly spirit, that a feeble and indistinct parents and Sunday-school teachers, and in sense of religious obligation, that neglect of the better adapted services of the Christian mental culture and studious habit, and that pulpit to the capacities and wants of little Satanic temptations had far more to do with children, than in the alarming and hazardous the causes of such complaints than the olu

VOL. X11.-FOURTH SERIES.

fashioned habit of bringing children to the weekly observation of the church and conhouse of God, hitherto regarded as a virtue, gregation, and what may be the disastrous reand not as an offence. Instead of reaching sults ! the conclusion of our respected friend, that “Let Sunday-school teachers put forth their the process of bringing children, when very full energies in perfecting the sabbath-school young, to the house of God, would tend to system. They have ample field here, without make them listless and inattentive hearers in stepping out of their legitimate province. after life, we should, from a careful observa- Let them not seek to deprive the pastor of tion of the state of fact, be compelled to yield the place which he has hitherto occupied. to the very opposite impression. We have had Let not the great link between him and the opportunities of watching the mental develop- Sunday-school be severed. His influence has ments of two distinct classes of adult hearers, - hitherto been exerted for good, and he will the one class trained to an early and constant only discharge his duty to the Christian church attendance upon our ordinary sabbath services, by resisting the innovation proposed.

- the other having scarcely entered the house “Our own course is decided. We shall of God in early life ; both classes, it may be, keep our firm hold of the Sunday-school, and have become equally earnest and devout, but shall do our best, in the future as in the past, in intelligent hearing, powers of reflective to perpetuate and increase the interest which ness, and wakefulness to the minute lessons young people feel in our ministrations." of Christian truth, the former class has been immeasurably superior to the latter. The These remarks will not be understood to only exception to this rule that we have met imply objections to occasional separate serwith has been where there has been great vices for children, which may be, if disoriginal power, or superior intellectual culo creetly conducted, highly advantageous ; but ture. With all the drawbacks arising from objections to the withdrawal of children from human infirmity, and bad teaching at home, the usual public worship of the sabbath. we should greatly prefer an audience composed of individuals who from childhood had attended the Christian sanctuary, under a

LONDON MISSIONARY SOCIETY. faithful ministry, to one made up of persons who, in their early years had not frequented A public valedictory service was held on the stated and evangelical ministry of the Monday evening, November 20th, at the Poulword. Indeed we do not believe that good try chapel, on occasion of the departure of preaching is a listless or uninteresting thing the Rev. J. J. Freeman, one of the secre. even to very young children, as is constantly taries of the London Missionary Society, as being proved by every devoted pastor, in the a deputation to South Africa. The objects impressions produced by his ministry on the of bis mission were thus sketched an adminds and hearts of the beloved children of dress delivered by the Rev. Dr. Leifchild on his friends. We could point to many such the occasion. cases, of children from seven to ten years of “ It is not a tour of pleasure and relaxaage, who are deeply thoughtful hearers of the tion that you have to make. The demands word, and who are able to carry home the upon your time and energies, both of mind general outline and illustrations of most dis- and body, will be incessant. You will have courses to which they listen.

to make yourself acquainted with the cha“Our doctrinal theory is, that the Sunday. racters and labours of the missionaries and school is an appendage of the church, and teachers in different countries, and in different that its attendance on the pastor's instructions parts of the same country ; to investigate is the visible symbol of that relationship. Let facts, to balance evidence. You may have it be withdrawn from his ministry, and from to ascertain the state of missionary instituits present association with the adult portion tions, and to consider whether it may not be of our assemblies, and what palpable link of desirable to substitute, for a general superinconnexion between it and the church will re- tendence, district and financial committees in main ? The Sunday-school institute will then correspondence with the parent society, and become an isolated thing, looking, indeed, to to collect such a body of information upon the church for pecuniary support, but for little these and kindred subjects from all sources, else. We hear teachers constantly pleading, as shall enable the directors in this country and not without reason, that there ought to be to be, in a manner, present with their agents a larger amount of sympathy between the in those distant lands, so as to give them the church and the school. Will the removal of most suitable counsels and directions. Where the school from the public services of the misunderstandings may have arisen, what sanctuary augment or diminish this sympathy? occasion will there be, on your part, for the We apprehend it will most sensibly impair it. exercise of patience, forbearance, impartiality, The school is now a palpable fact, which can calm, deliberate judgment, to mediate so as not be overlooked,-a pleasing spectacle, upon to forfeit the esteem of none, and to obtain which the wise and the good look with an acknowledgment from all of the justice prayerful delight. But remove it from the and propriety of your decisions. This is no

TH POLICY OF POPE PIUS IX.

slight and easy task; and, with all your tact | Prince Albert, requesting him to preside and experience, you will not be able to per- at the meeting for the announcement of form it without special assistance from above. the adjudicators and the distribution of I cannot forget the manner in which you dis- prizes, offered to working men, for essays charged your delicate embassy to the West, written by them on the temporal advantages and I advert to it to encourage the pleasing of the sabbath to the labouring classes, of bope that in your present enterprise you will which there were 1,045 competitors, the folnot be less successful. One object, I learn, lowing answer has been received through Lord of your mission will be to reduce as much as Ashley by the adjudicators :- His royal possible the expenditure of the society, by highness Prince Albert has desired me to exurging upon the congregations abroad, and press his regret that he is unable to comply especially those which are made up, in great with the request of the memorialists, and part

, of European residents, the duty of sus take the chair at the distribution of the prize taining their own churches, and of helping essays on the sabbath. His royal highness, forward the great missionary cause, It has however, feels a very deep sympathy with been a great gratification to my mind that the the striking and meritorious efforts of the directors have authorised you to assure Dr. working classes, and he concludes his letter Philip of their sympathy with him in the by saying, “I think that now that more infirmities brought upon him by the services prizes are being collected for the hitherto of the society, and of their readiness to con- unsuccessful candidates, I can best contribute tribute the necessary funds for his support towards the object by giving ten of the addiand comfort whether he return to this his own tional five pound prizes, and asking you to native country or spend the remnant of his be kind enough to present them to the sucdays where he now is. I am glad that the cessful authors in my name.' "The Pearl of directors have not, for fear of a splenetic Days has interested and pleased both the outery against the lavish expenditure of the queen and myself extremely.'”—(Signed) society, indulged here a niggardly parsimony. ASHLEY. There are Christians who have been benefited temporally and spiritually by the labours of God's servants, who, in strange contrast to

The policy of the fugitive pontiff is, and the conduct of men of the world towards has been, truly pontifical. It is proper that those who have toiled for them, would cast whoever occupies the Roman see should them off in old age, and forsake them “speak lies in hypocrisy,” and this Mastai when their strength faileth. I trust such Ferretti has done from the beginning. After will never find a justification for their con his accession, yielding to the necessity of the duct in that of the directors of the London situation, he made a feint of encouraging poMissionary Society. An opportunity, it may litical reform, relaxed the severity of governbe, will be given for being again near to that ment, a severity no longer practicable, gave island which was the early scene of your an amnesty from which formidable criminals, labours. You may find some remembrances and especially all priests, were carefully exof your labours there, and of those of your cluded, and, at a very cheap cost, purchased former colleagues. You will seize the occa- the credit of being humane and liberal. A sion, if afforded, of promoting the re-opening spark, gleaming in so dark a place, did look of European intercourse with that island, very brilliant at first. A few trifling police and renewing the work, retarded but not de improvements threw the Italians into raptures, stroyed, for the evangelization of that land. but no one thought of demanding that the Such a prospect, after what you have suffered Roman inquisition should be abolished, and in the disappointment of your former hopes, its dungeons emptied. will cheer po heart like your own.

We live

The politics of Italy, in themselves conin times of public embarrassment, and it sidered, are of little importance to us. The behores all institutions to economise their new emperor of Austria may settle his quarrel means and expenditure to the utmost of as he can with the new governments of the their power, as this society is doing; but peninsula, while we Englishmen may be coneven that may be overruled for good. It tent in the assurance that the King of nations may lead them to turn their attention more will overrule all things well, but we cannot, earnestly than ever to the raising up of native in conscience, refrain from pointing out the teachers among the heathen, and the putting policy of the bishop of Rome as contemptibly of the congregations formed there upon their dishonest. No sentimental sympathy with own resources."

the frighted priest restrains us from exhibiting his double-dealing as an exact type of the church which still owns him as her head, and

listens to his voice, according to the Spanish We find the following article in the Chris- Heraldo, as to the voice of the living God, fian Times :

whose infallibility, horribile dictu, has been "In answer to a memorial forwarded confiscated by Roman demagogues.The through Lord Ashley to his royal highness Christian Times.

PRINCE ALBERT.

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