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otherwise. In less than half an hour she meetings. At these latter me tings his loss called the nurse to her bed-side, requested her is now severely felt, as also in the leading to rub her hands; but in a moment or two the praises of the house of God. He was she clasped them together, and assuming the also naturally a man of good sense, and, conattitude of intense supplication, and with the sequently, in most matters, a very discreet language of prayer on her lips, she ceased to adviser. He was likewise a man of peace, speak. The veil was rent, and her happy and endeavoured to study the things that spirit left its frail tabernacle, exchanged it for made for peace ; and while he could state "a house not made with hands, eternal in the his opinion fully and freely on any subject, heavens."

he was quite disposed to bear with those who Thus the tender mother of six young thought and felt differently from himself, an children was suddenly and unexpectedly attainment which all the members of our removed, in the midst of her usefulness, and church would do well to cultivate. Mr. in the thirty-eighth year of her age. Surely, Jopling was a worshipper at our chapel as “ Clouds and darkness are round about Him, usual on the 29th of April last, and on the but justice and judgment are the habitation evening of that day led the singing, in part of his throne." “The cup which my Father at least, and prayed, in his usual health, and hath given me, shall I not drink it ?" evincing a considerable flow of animal spirits.

Her mortal remains were conveyed to their The last hymn sung that night was—" Tofinal resting place, in the burial ground morrow, Lord, is thine," &c. On the morn. adjoining the baptist chapel, Braintree, on ing of the 30th, next day, he was seized with 19th of January, when the Rev. T. Craig of a trouble in the chest, and died that night Bocking delivered an affectionate and solemn between eight and nine. This mode of learaddress to a very numerous audience who had ing us is a practical lesson to us of the truth assembled on the occasion. On the following of our Lord's exhortation, " Be ye also ready, Lord's day, the Rev. J. Angus, A.M., for in such an hour as ye think not the Son preached a funeral sermon to a very large and of man cometh,” Let us all take the advice, deeply affected congregation, from John xi. and “ work while it is called to-day, for the 14, 15.

night cometh wherein no man can work." Braintree, June 9th, 1849.

REV. JOHN SAUNDERS HUGHES.

MR. JOSEPH JOPLING.

On the 28th of May, at the house of Mr. The ancient church of Hamsterley, county John Williams, King Street, Carmarthen, of Durham, has been called to suffer in many his father-in-law, the Rev. J. S. Hughes, ways lately ; several of her very steady and baptist minister, Mount Pleasant, Swansea, useful members have been laid aside by old in the 27th year of his age, after a long and age and infirmities; several have removed severe illness, which he bore with Christian from our neighbourhood to different parts of patience and submission to the will of the the country, and some bave been removed by Lord. He was subject to deep religious imdeath. Among these may be mentioned the pressions at an early age, and was baptized following names:-Mr. Thomas Stephenson, at the age of fifteen at Aberduar, Carmar. aged 42, he was called hence by a severe ill. thenshire, by the respected pastor of that ness, after about a week's endurance. He church, the Rev. John Williams. He feared bad sustained the character of a good man God from his youth. At the age of sixteen and a useful member of the church for he began to preach the unsearchable riches eighteen years. The next, Mrs. Ann White, of Christ. The simple ministerial exercises an exceedingly spiritual and lively Christian, of the youth greatly affected the young, and and a person of a very liberal disposition. so induced the church to cherish the hope to She had been a member about twenty-three see him one day a man of eminence and years, and met death in a truly serene and great usefulness in the church of God. After Christian manner,

And the above Mr. Jo- making some progress in classical knowledge, seph Jopling had been a member for nearly first at Ffrua-vale, and afterwards in the twenty years. The family from which he Presbyterian College, Carmarthen, he entered sprang had been connected with the church Stepney College, but his health failed and for about two hundred years. His father had was compelled to cease from application. been a deacon for nearly thirty years, and he Receiving a unanimous invitation from the himself sustained the same office for nineteen baptist church at Mount Pleasant, Swansea, years. Mr. Jopling partook of the common he accepted it, and was ordained April 9th, lot of humanity, and like the rest of his fel. 1845. The blessing of heaven attended his low Christians, he was not without his spots labours ; the congregation increased, and and wrinkles, but he had some excellencies many were added to the church. As a pastor which rendered him a very useful member he was affectionate, careful, and diligent; he and office-bearer. He was constant and greatly loved his flock, and with thorough steady in his attendance at all our meetings, determination he devoted himself to the work not only the public but the private prayer of the ministry. During the last three years,

MRS. RANDLE.

MR. MASON.

his health was gradually failing, and when he united with this church he was earnestly saw that recovery was hopeless, he resigned pressed to undertake the office of deacon, but his soul to the hands of his Saviour and God his innate humility and diffidence prompted without the fear of death. His ho es rested him to decline doing so. On removing his on the cross, “ he feared no evil in the dark residence to Highgate, he took an active invalley of the shadow of death.” Thus interest in the baptist church there, but still the bloom of youth, and with the fairest continued to commune with the church in prospects of usefulness, he sank to an early Fetter Lane ; but subsequently, having regrave.

moved to Finchley, he found it impossible to maintain Christian intercourse with a church so distant. At Finchley, when he first re

moved thither, the cause of evangelical reliMay 23rd, 1849, died, in the 77th year of gion was at a very low ebb. There was, howher age, Mary, the beloved wife of R. Randle, ever, a small chapel at East End, where the nearly forty years a consistent member of the gospel was preached by the agents of the baptist church, New Road, Oxford. A life itinerant society, and later by the students of marked by activity was succeeded by a pain- Highbury College. Mr. Mason, in conjuncful affliction of two years and six months tion with some other Christian friends, had duration ; but a firm hope in the Saviour sus- formed the design of erecting a more comtained her spirits, and a more peaceful, easy, modious place of worship, when the proprietor happy death could not be desired.

of the building, which had been used as a chapel, suddenly refused the further vse of it

to the congregation. Mr. Mason without W. ACWORTH, ESQ.

delay got his own house licensed as a place of Died, June 5th, at his residence, Hale worship, and here religious services were held Cottage, Luton, near Chatham, in the 76th every sabbath for fourteen months, while the year of his age, after some months of suffer- present chapel was being erected, the funds ing, Mr. William Acworth, father of Dr. for the building of which were in great part Acworth, the president of Horton College, raised by Mr. Mason's assiduous and untiring Bradford.

exertions, seconded by the Christian liberality of the late Thomas Wilson, Esq. The chapel was opened in August 1830. Of the church

assembling here Mr. Mason continued to be It is seldom that a church experiences so the sole deacon until a recent period, super'severe a loss in the death of one of its mem- intending its secular affairs with equal judg. bers as has been felt by the dissenting church ment and kindness ; at first, while the pulpit at Finchley, in the decease of Mr. Mason, was supplied chiefly by the students of Highwho for several years had filled the office of bury College, and subsequently under the deacon, with eminent profit to the church and pastoral care of the Rev. J. Watson, and his honour to himself. Though connected with esteemed successor, the Rev. G. R. Birch. an independent church, Mr. Mason was After a sudden and brief illness, having been throughout his life decided baptist. seized with inflammation of the lungs, he was His early training had been in connection called to his rest and his reward on the morn. with the established church; but no deep or ing of Sunday, April 8, in the sixty-eighth abiding religious impression was produced year of his age. His end was tranquil and upon his mind, and he grew up to manhood painless, though soon after the commencement without any serious concern for those things of the attack he became delirious, and did not which can alone make for our peace. On regain the power of collected thought. A one occasion, however, in company with some few weeks only previous to his lamented other young men, he strolled into a church. decease, the members of the church and conHis associates soon went out again, but he gregation had taken an opportunity of testifyremained, and a sermon upon the text, “ They ing their affection and esteem for himself and that run in a race run all, but one obtaineth his beloved wife, and their grateful recognition the prize," arrested his attention, and was of their untiring devotedness to the service of blessed by God to his conversion. On mature the church, by the public presentation to reflection end examination, he became con- them of an easy chair and a handsome copy vinced of the correctness of the principles of of the Sacred Scriptures. the baptists, and at the age of about twenty- Mr. Mason has left behind him a name two was admitted as a member of the church which is hallowed in the recollection of all in Prescot Street, London, under the pastoral who knew his sincere, cheerful, and unprecare of the Rev. A, Booth. He remained a tending piety. His character exhibited a rare member of this church for several years, but union of unswerving adherence to principle subsequently became connected with that and large charity for those who conscientiously assembling in Fetter Lane Chapel, under the differed from him. He preserved the happy pastoral care of the Rev. Mr. Austin, and medium of consistently adhering to ant afterwards of the Rev. Mr. Elvey. While asserting his distinctive views on religious

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questions, without ever thrusting them for church of Christ; but while stating this fact wards noisily or obtrusively, and the result they are painfully compelled to express their was the cordial esteem and respect of all who regret, that their repeated appeals for pecuknew liim, whether baptists or independents, niary aid have not met an adequate response. churchmen or dissenters. “ The memory of Their collector, the Rev. Stephen Daris, has the just is blessed."

travelled far and made extensive and diligent applications in many counties with very small

The funds are now exhausted. MISCELLANEA.

The contributors, whose continued aid has

accomplished what has been done, are widely BAPTIST THEOLOGICAL EDUCATION SOCIETY.

located. The amount of their contributions The Committee of the Baptist Theological is not sufficient to justify the expense of a Education Society respectfully and very collector's personal application. Therefore, earnestly entreat the attention of the mem- the committee with deep regret are compelled bers of the baptist denomination to the fol- to announce that the existence of the society lowing statement.

is virtually at an end. They have, nevertheIt is generally known that this society was less, resolved before their separation to make instituted in the year 1843, to train young one more, and probably their last, appeal to men for the Christian ministry, by placing the denomination to preserve and render perthem under the care and instruction of ap- manent the advantages of this invaluable proved pastors, in whose families they should institution. They respectfully recommend reside for the two years, which, by the regu- to their friends the contributors resident in lations of the society, was the usual term of the country, to remit donations or subscriptheir engagement.

tions by post-office order, payable at the The operations of the society commenced Limehouse post-office to the treasurer, Joseph in January, 1845, and from a large number Fletcher, Union Dock, Limehouse ; or by of successive applications, ten candidates drafts on London bankers, crossed Bank of have at different times been selected, all of England; and they request that every such whom have completed their term. They remittance may be accompanied by directions were placed with the Rev. B. Godwin, D.D., as to its disposal, in the event of the disconOxford, Rev. J. Jackson of Taunton, Rev. tinuance of the institution; because, failing T. J. Gough of Clipstone, Rev. C. Daniell such instruction, upon the closing of the of Melksham, and the Rev. D. Gould of account, the committee will pay over the Dunstable; and all the tutors have reported balance remaining to the treasurer of the favourably of the character, conduct, piety, Baptist Building Fund, for the purposes of and application of the students. Their that society's loan fund. acceptability as ministers has been proved by The committee subjoin a general statement their several engagements as probationers, or of their account. A more detailed account settlement as pastors of the churches, at of receipts and expenditure with a list of the Ryde in the Isle of Wight, Athlone in Ire contributors will hereafter be given. land, Woodside in Gloucestershire, Emsworth in Hampshire, Torchester in Yorkshire,

Total amount received by Barnstaple in Devon, Folesham in Norfolk, donations and subscripand at Winchester. One student left his

tions.... tutor only a short time since, and another Paid for the board and inintends to pursue his studies for a few months

243 3 3 longer at his own expense. Thus eight out Paid the collector of the ten are either settled as pastors, or

Travelling charges.....

Printing have the expectation of being so where they

Postages

18 7 4 are now supplying.

Advertisements,stationery, Thus it has been proved, by an experiment charges at the Mission

House for committee, and necessarily conducted on a very limited scale,

d.

1267 99

struction of ten students 1024 6

120 00
55 18 10
28 11 5

incidentals in four years that the plan is good and has been eminently

243 39 successful — that suitable young men are ready, and would gladly avail themselves of The expences incurred in commencing the such assistance, that very competent men of society, by travelling and postage, would not long standing in the ministry are willing to again occur. The employment of a collector undertake the office of tutors, and to devote at a fixed salary, to travel the country and themselves to the required duties, and that make the society known, was necessary in our churches readily receive as pastors those order that the experiment might be fairly who have been thus educated.

made, and much credit is due to the collector The committee in presenting their report, for the exertions he has put forth. Had his respectfully declare their conviction, that if labours been more successful, bad the the system were liberally supported, and ex. amount given been enlarged to any considertensively carried out, it would, under the able extent, his salary and charges had still divine blessing, convey much benefit to the been the same, and the surplus would have

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added to the number of students ; for had don. After public breakfast on the morning their number been fifty instead of ten, the of the 13th, addresses were delivered by chief additional cost would have been the Messrs. Elven, Sherman, Tindall, Griffiths, remuneration of the tutors.

and others. In the evening, a public tea The committee can only mourn that it is meeting was held, of which more than five their duty thus to record a failure, when the hundred persons participated-all the trays cause demanded a different result. They being gratuitously provided. After tea, an rejoice, notwithstanding, that good has been adjournment took place to the chapel, when accomplished, and sincerely hope that the George Ovenden, Esq., of London, took the members of the baptist denomination will chair. After singing and prayer, the Rev. J. yet feel it to be their duty and privilege to T.Wigner, the esteemed pastor, gavethe report do all they can to train holy and gifted men of the finance committee, and made the for the great work of the Christian ministry. gratifying communication that the debt was By order of the committee, entirely extinguished, and a balance sufficient

John Cox, Secretary. remaining to defray all ex pences. The Rev.J. Woolwich, May 21st, 1849.

Bane of Downham and Griffiths of Necton having addressed the large and joyous andi. ence, an unexpected scene was exhibited,

which electrified and melted the meeting. In conformity with the recommendations of Two of the deacons came on the platform, the Baptist Union, special services have been and in the name of the church and congregaheld here to invoke the divine influences of tion presented Mr. Wigner with a handsome the Holy Spirit, for the revival and extension gold watch and chain, and Mrs. Wigner of religion in our churches. They com

with an elegant and costly skeleton timemenced on Lord's day, June 10th ; and piece. The pastor, as well as his overcharged united public services were held on succeed- heart would permit him, briefly returned ing evenings of the week at Heneage Street, thanks, and the Rev. C. Elven in his address Mount Zion, and Cannon Street chapels feelingly acknowledged this exuberance of Prayers were offered or addresses given by affectionate liberality on the part of Mrs. brethren Morgan, sen., Pitt (from Ireland), ed by the Rev. S. Pike of Wisbeach, Har

Wigner. Addresses were afterwards deliverHull (late of Watford), Walsall (late student at Bradford), Saunders (late of Sydney), court of Sutton, Messrs. Groves, and J. Keed, Taylor, Mackay (from Scotland), Daniell, and T. Dawban, Esq. After votes of thanks Swan, Roe, and Harwood Morgan, The

to the finance committee, the ladies for the meetings were well attended, and it is hoped this series of deeply interesting services were

excellent tea, and to the worthy chairman, these interesting services, and similar ones convened throughout the country, will, under closed by the doxology and benediction. God, be introductory to a great revival of religion among us.

YORKSHIRE BAPTIST VILLAGE MISSION.

The fourth annual meeting of the Baptist

Village Mission was held on the 6th of April, LYXX, NORFOLK,

in the preaching room, Armley, when upStepney chapel was opened for divine wards of 130 subscribers and friends took worship in June, 1841. The sum total tea together. The meeting was presided which has been expended on the fabric, in- over by Mr. William Gatenby of Skipton. cluding some interest money for the first four The report, which was of the most cheering years, is £2829. In November last, the nature, showed that during the past year two debt was £520, when it was resolved to make missionaries had been employed, -that upan effort for its extinction; in six months wards of 3,400 household visits had been from that time, at the expiration of which a made,-500 meetings held for preaching and series of services were devised to give the religious instruction,--27 persons baptized finishing stroke to this undertaking, frequent on a profession of faith, at the Kirkstall, special prayer meetings were held for six Armley, and Woodhouse Carr stations, weeks to invoke the blessing which has so and that a church had been formed at Armeminently been dispensed.

ley. It was also reported that 5000 tracts On Lord's day, June 10th, three sermons had been distributed,–1700 cheap religious were preached and collections made after magazines sold, 200 children taught in the each, those in the morning and evening by sabbath schools, 60 of whom had been inthe Rev. J. Aldis of London, and that in the structed during the week evenings in writing afternoon by the Rev. J. Tindall (Wesleyan) and arithmetic,—that tours had been made of Lynn.

to Pontefract, Skipton, Castleford, &c.,On Wednesday, the 13th, two sermons that through the missionaries' visits to Skipwere preached for the same object, one by ton, a most important and hopeful door for the Rev. C. Elven of Bury, and the other by preaching the gospel of the kingdom had the Rev. J. Sherman, Surrey chapel, Lon- been opened, and that Skipton had been

made a permanent station,- that for the society to the Rev. J. E. Richards of Limevarious missionary operations £150 had been house, for the important services which, as received, -and that a growing interest was one of the secretaries, he had rendered to the manifested in the operations of the society. institution during the period of nineteen years. It was also stated that a mission chapel, with He is succeeded by the Rer. T. Kennerley of school, is about to be erected immediately at Mitcham. The reports from the sereral staKirkstall, towards which £130 had been tions were of an encouraging character, and promised.

numerous instances of usefulness were detail

ed as the effect of the divine blessing on the SURREY MISSION.

labours of the devoted missionaries. The The fifty-second anniversary of this society Surrey Mission is identified with no party; it was held on Tuesday, April 12, at Hanover militates against nothing but sin, and its chapel, Peckham. The Rev. Thomas Ad powerful auxiliaries, ignorance and infidelity; kins of Southampton preached an appropriate it seeks no interest but that of Christ and and useful sermon on Isaiah xiii. 4, last mankind; it aims at uniting the talents, the clause. A public meeting, at which D. W. zeal, the influence, and labour, of the friends Wire, Esq., presided. In the various other of the gospel of every name. services of the day the following ministers were engaged, Revs. Messrs. Hill, Bean, Hunt, Rogers, Thomas, Gamble, Adey, Brom. The Rev. Henry Evans has resigned the field, Burnet, Dr. Massie, Richards, and charge of the church at Pisgah, PembrokeSoule. The report stated that the effort on shire, after labouring there six years and a behalf of the Jubilee Fund had been suc half. During that time he has had the pleacessfully completed, and that a new district, sure of baptizing seventy-one persons, but, to as the result of this effort, would forthwith the great regret of the congregation, he finds be commenced. A resolution was unani- himself unable to sustain the exertion which mously passed, presenting the thanks of the the station requires.

RESIGNATION.

CORRESPONDENCE.

OOMMITTEE.

THE ELECTION OF THE BAPTIST MISSIONARY | founded their claim to rote, not on their sub

scriptions (though they generally subscribed), To the Editor of the Baptist Magazine. but on their being pastors of collecting

MY DEAR SIR,—Before your readers are churches. Of the 170 who attended this hurried away by the spirit of discussion give year, 116 were pastors of churches, and me a quiet corner for a few facts in reference nearly all the remainder 54 (within a dozen) to our mission and the election of its com- were deacons ; so that the real electors of mittee. Since the last annual meeting, I

our committee are brethren, all of whom are have examined the list of attendances at the members of baptist churches, and nearly all members' meetings of the society for several of whom (within a very small fraction of the years, and hand you the results.

whole) are already honoured with the confi1. It seems that no member of the society dence of the churches to which they belong. has ever since our constitution was changed

4. While all the actual electors of the attended and voted at that meeting (where committee have always been members of the committee are chosen) who was not at churches, and the large majority of electors the time a member of one of our churches have been country members of the society, So that all who have taken part in the elec- it is pleasing to find that these country election of committee have been at the time pro-tors have come from all parts of the kingdom, fessed Christians and baptists,

and though not clothed with delegated 2. Of the electors of the committee the authority, they have really represented the great majority have always been composed of different missionary districts of the country members of the society residing in the coun- with very fair exactness. The following table try. Of 109 electors who attended in 1848, will illustrate this statement : 61 were country members; and of 170 whó attended and voted in 1849, Ill resided in From Cambridge, Essex, Hunts,

Electors present in 1848 the country.

So that the committee are Lincoln, Norfolk and Suffolk...... 11 really chosen by a meeting, the large majority From Kent, Sussex, and Hants

16 of whom belong to our country churches. From Wilts, Somerset, Deron, Here3. Of the 109 electors who attended the

ford, and Gloster meeting in 1848, 78 were pastors of churches, From Leicester, Notts, Stafford, and

17 and nearly all the remainder 31 (within From Oxford, Berks, Bucks, Beda, about 6) were deacons. Most of the former

Herts, and Surrey..

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