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donations, collections, and bequests, ( Moreton in Marsh.ö.o.co. 4.10 6 which, when its operations are practi- Shipston on Stour.

3 12 0 cally shown, cannot but bc anticipated, Coate..

3 11 0 it would be a moderate computation to Kingham

2 13 6 suppose its capital will soon be 10001. Eatington and Kineton. 2 2 0 which, in the period specified (24 years) Burford.

1 10 0 will place at the disposal of the deno- | Received by Mr. Ivimey: mination a sum of 10,000l. for the repairs, From Mr. Upton's Conenlargement, and increase of its places gregation .

14 14 0 of worship ; and should the thoughtful From Mr. Salter.

1 0 0 friend pursue his calculations still fur. ther, he will be gratified to find how

Names of the Trustees. large a capital would be at this society's

Dr. Stenson, Bourton on the Water. controul in the course, of 30 or 40 years.

J. N. Wilkins, Esq. ditto. And as we are now reaping the advan.

James Ashwin, Esq. ditto. tages of our forefathers' exertions in the Mr. John Beale, ditto. cause of religious liberty, we may indulge

Rev. Thomas Coles. the pleasing, prospect of our children's children enjoying the benefits of our liberality. It is ardently hoped, there

NOTICES. fore, that many churches will be inclined to enter with zeal into the design. All 'communications addressed, free

The annual serions for the Baptist of expense, to the secretary, 36, Hunter mission in London will be preached, Street, .will be inmediately attended w;(Providence permitting,) on Wednes. or to eitlier of the Committee, to whom day the 24th of June, by the Rev. S. the enquirers may be known.

Saunders, of Froine; and the Rev. F. A.

Cox, of Hackney. The morning service J. Marshall, Esq. Treasurer.

at the Methodist Chapel, Great QueenRev. J. Ivimey Mr. R. Nichols

street; and the evening at Sion Chapel. Rev. G. Pritchard Mr. J. Penny

Other particulars in our next. Mr. C. Barber Mr. J. Phillips The anniversary of the Bedfordshire Mr. C. Cadby Mr. J Rose

Union of Christians will be held at Bur. Mr. S. Cadby Mr. R. Storks

ford on Wednesday, May 20, when Mr. Mr. S. Keene Mr. S. Summers Thorpe, of Bristol, and Mr. Hobson, of Mr. T. Mason Mr, J. Sweatmian Malden, are expected to preach. Mr W. Napier Mr. J. Walkden Jonathan Dawson, Secretary.

The next meeting of the Bucks and Herts Association will be held at Risborough, on Wednesday, May 27 ; ser

vice to begin at 10 o'clock. Subscriptions received for the late Mr.

Anniversary at Harrow on the Hill.-Bradley's Family, since our last. On Whit Monday, May 11, 1818, two

£ 3. d.

sermons will be preached: that in the Bourton on the Water (in

morning by the Rev. James Elvey, of

Fetter-lane; and that in the afternoon cluding a donation of £20 from Dr. Cox, Overn, near

by the Rev. William Farmer, of Henley,

Siaffordshire. Services to begin at halfBristol)

72 6 0 Chipping Norton

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past ten in the morning, and at three in

the afternoon. The Friends meeting in Can. non-street, Birmingham, by

The Chapel for Seamen, moored near the Rev. I. Birt:..

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Monday, May 4; when two sermons Alcester...

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morning by thc Rev. Rowland Hill, and Hook Norton (including a do

that in the afternoon by the Rev. T. i nation of 10l. from Mr.

Roberts, of Bristol. The services will John Wheeler)

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commence at eleven in the morning and Abingdon

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11 Tewkesbury

6 The eleventh annual meeting of the Evesham

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London Female Penitentiary will be Stow on the Wold.

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May 11. Charles Grant, Esq. M. P. is The Sunday School Union, the Tract expected to take the chair,' at twelve Society, and the Hibernian Society, hold o'clock at noon precisely.

their meetings on the mornings of Wed. The Protestant Union for the Protec-nesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday

of the same week, at seven o'clock, at tion of Religious Liberty will be held at lialf-past ten, Saturday, May 16, at

the City of London Tavern, Bishopsgate

street. the Albion Tavern, Bishopsgale-street.

The Soc for the Relief of Superannuated Baptist Ministers will hold

Poetry.
their annual meeting at Bristol, on
Wednesday, June 10, when the Rev.
John Foster will preach on the occasion.

In the interim, the beneficiary members, annual subscribers, and congrega

RETURNING BACKSLIDER. tions, who are disposed to aid the funds Oh the pains of once backsliding, of the society by a collection, are re- From the Saviour's easy yoke; spectfully requested to pay their several Always follows dreadful chiding; subscriptions and collections

All our peace must long be broke. member of the Conimittee, who are de Satan tempts to shrink from duty, sired to remit all suins received on account of the Society to the Secretary, Points us out in haste its beauty,

Or commit some direful sin ; the Rev.'J. P. Porter.

Then succeeds assent to win. The first public meeting of the General Lest we should his end discover, Wesleyan Missionary Society, will be

He the evil hides from view, beld in the City-road chapel, London, Tells us " pleasures round it hover, on Monday, May 4.--The religious services connected with this meeting

Present pleasures are but few." are as follow: On Friday, May 1, ai | Thus he leads to sin's commission, eleven o'clock in the forcnoon, the Rev. Ere the cousequence we weigh, Adam Clarke, L. L. D. will preach in But’tis comfort's abolition ; Great Quuen-street chapel.-- In the

Peace will now no longer stay. evening, at half past six, the Rev. Tho. Conscience home the matter bringing, mas Roberts, of Bath, will preach at Fills the heart with vignant ef; Hinde.street chapel, Manchester-square. Yet it will not cease from stinging, And on Monday evening, May 4, at Nor admit the least relief. seven, the Rev. Robert Newton, of Liverpool, will preach in the City road God our former help in trouble, chapel. Collections, in aid of the fo

Grants no more a cheering 'smile; reign Missions, carried on under the di- Frowning makes the anguish doublé, rection of the Wesleyan Methodists,

Nor can ought the pain beguile. will be made after each of the serioonis, Satan, ere the foul transaction, and at the public meetings both of the Cloth'd the sin in beauteous dress; Auxiliary Society and of the General | But aipidst the soul's distraction, Society.--On Sunday, May 3, sermons He upbraiding adds distress. will be preached, and the usual annual If within our eyes be turning, collections for the above-mentioned

There's a heart as hard as stone; Missions will be made, in all the chapels Once with love to Jesus burning, of the Wesleyan Methodists in the Lon

Now completely callous grown. don circuits.

The annual meeting of the Church Fears of hell the soul tormenting, Missionary Society will be held May 5, Doubts of e'er aright repeating,

Who this agony can bear? at the Freemasons' Tavern, chair to be

What can follow but despair ?
taken at two o'clock.-Sermon at St.
Ann's, Blackfriars, Professor Farisli, of Pious youth the Saviour loving,
Cambridge.

Shun the first approach of sin ; The annual meeting of the Bible so. If you dread the Lord's removing, ciety will be held, May 6, at the same

Keep your garments white and clean place; cbair taken at 12 o'clock. Though you now enjoy the morning, London Missionary, Society.-13th, Take, Oh takc, this dear bought warning,

Sin may soun becloud your day; sermons at Surry chapel in the morning,

And for him who warns you pray. Tabernacle in the evening.- 14th, Tot. tenham Court.--Ministers: Messrs. R.

DEBRATOR MISER. Wardlaw, of Glasgow; William Cooper, of Dublin, and Johnstone, of Edinburgh.

Baptist Magazine.

JUNE, 1818.

MEMOIR

OF THE

LATE REV. THOMAS LITTLEWOOD,

OF ROCHDALE.

We are sorry that our materials upon the whole, indefensible. Had for composing a memoir of this Brainard, or Edwards, or Whitexcellent and useful man, are so field, or others we could name, few. In a book found among his done so, of how much good would papers, containing the diary of a the ministers and friends of evanfew weeks, written nearly two gelical truth have been deprived! years ago, he mention's his hav. But from the materials we have, ing kept a diary for years, but we draw up the following acwhich he had since destroyed.- count: Mr. Littlewood was born He expresses his regret at having at Lidget, near Clayton, a village destroyed it. We express our re in the parish of Bradford, in gret on the same occasion, as all Yorkshire, on the 17th day of the hope of becoming acquainted March, in the year 1753. Of his with the exercises of his mind in childhood and youth, few partigeneral, as also in the most inter- culars worthy of notice have esting periods of bis life, cherish- transpired. His parents, though ed by his family and friends, are not opulent, were in respectable , hereby extinguished. Nor can and comfortable circumstances, we omit to avail ourselves of this His father died when he was opportunity of expressing our seven years of age. He had as earnest wish, that good men good an education as the circum. would not be so unkind to their stances of his parents enabled them surviving friends, and to the reli- to give him, and his future pros. gious public, as to destroy the pects seemed to require. It did private annals of their own lives. not go beyond that of writing, Let them occasionally peruse arithmetic, and book-keeping; in them, and expunge what may be which branches he made a much improper to be made public ; greater proficiency than most of but let them not destroy them al- his equals. He was bred up to the together. For though we readily worsted manufactory, the trade admit, that motives arising from of the neighbourhood in which modesty and humility, may have he resided; and afterwards enled some good men to such a gaged in the business of a woolmeasure, we cannot but think it, stapler, In the year 1778, he

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married Anna, the daughter of tifies it, and its general contents Mr. Thomas Thornton, a very indicate that it was written about respectable manufacturer in the this time. In it he bewails him. neighbourhood, who died at the self as one who had long strove advanced age of 95 years, in the against conviction, and sinned month of February, 1816. At against light and knowledge ; bethe time of his marriage, Mr. moans his hardness of heart; Littlewood was a wool-stapler; seems to apprehend his case to but being brought into considera- be singular; and expresses his ble difficulties, by the fraudulent fears that such a sinner as he, was, proceedings of some impostors most probably, beyond the reach in London, who professed to lend of mercy. We are sorry we have money on bond security, he re- no means of tracing the progress linquished that employment.-- of his convictions, nor any partiThis event, though painful in it- cular information of the time or self, was productive of very hap- means of his relief. He himself, py consequences, and led on to as has been above related, de. the most important affairs of his stroyed his own private memolife.

randums; and all his religious The father and mother of Mr. associates, at that period of his Littlewood were members of the life, have been since removed to Baptist church at Bradford, as an eternal world : nor was he was also his step-father, Mr. much in the habit of relating to William Pritchard, to whom his any of his younger friends the mother was married some time details of those early days, owing after his father's death. He had to a great degree of diffidence therefore the advantage of a reli- which attended him through life. gious education, and was, from Most probably, the ministry of his early years, brought up under Mr. Crabtree was the means of the ministry of the venerable Mr. bis relief. He however did not Crabtree, the pastor of the church, make a public profession of reli, of which his parents were mem- gion until he removed to Rochbers. But though his general de- dale. Thither he went in the year portment was blameless, and he 1780, in consequence of an ap. was, at times, the subject of those plication from Thomas Smith, transient impressions not uncom- Esq. an opulent manufacturer, mon to young persons in his cir- who resided in the vicinity of that cumstances, there is reason to town. Mr. Smith concluding think that the great change did from his hand writing, which not take place until his twenty- was very fair, and from other in. seventh year, and that the diffi- dications of a superior mind, that culties into which he was plunged, the humble situation he then ocabove referred to, were the means cupied was beneath what he ought the blessed God saw fit to em- to fill

, engaged him in his own ploy in effecting that change.-employ, and placed him as prinIn it the exercises of his mind cipal clerk in his counting-house. were very painful, as appears In this situation, Mr. Littlewood from a letter found among the acquitted himself with the greatest papers of the late Dr. Fawcett. fidelity and diligence, and thereby This letter is without a date, and secured a very high degree of rehas no name subjoined to it; but spect from his employer. Not the hand writing sufficiently iden- was it without extreme difficulty

and regret, that Mr. Smith was means nothing; hence they could prevailed upon to part with him only talk, and wish, and pray, from that important post, when without daring to hope, that they he found himself compelled to should ever live to see their derelinquish it in order to engage in sires in any degree accomplished. the stated exercise of the minis- They used to travel on Lord's try; and for a considerable time days, either to Bacup, at the disafter he had left his employ, he tance of eight miles, or to Wains. was regularly engaged by Mr. gate, at the distance of fourteen, Smith, at stated periods, for the longing for the time when they purpose of inspecting his books. should have the privilege of wor.

Some time previous to Mr. shipping in the way they thought Littlewood's removal to Roch- right in their own town. dale, the foundation of the Bap- Frequently conversing with tist church, in that town, was the ministers, whom, after laid, of which, as well as of its many a painful step, they were progress, we beg leave to present accustomed to hear, they at last our readers with the following ac

determined to request them to count, chiefly extracted from a visit them, and preach occasionmanuscript in Mr. Littlewood's ally amongst them. One great hand writing, we only premise difficulty however lay in their this remark, That at this period, way; they had not even the means Rochdale, though a town of con- of accommodating the ministers siderable extent and population, when they should come, except containing at least 5 or 6000 in- by procuring them lodging at the habitants, and surrounded by a public inns. This difficulty, the populous country, was in a state zeal and disinterestedness of the of great ignorance, and had no ministers enabled them to surother evangelical preaching than mount; and the Rev. James what was found among the Wes- Hartley, of Howorth; Fawcett, leyan Methodists. The account then of Wainsgate ; Crabtree, of referred to, has no date affixed to Bradford; Hirst, of Bacup; and it, but from the circumstances some others, visited them, and related in the close of it, we con- preached in private houses, and clude it must have been written assisted and befriended them in within the last three or four years. various ways. The labours of The substance is as follows:- these good men, all of whom are About forty years ago, some

now called to their rest, were members of the Baptist churches owned to the good of many who meeting at Bacup and Wainsgate, united themselves to this little settled at Rochdale, and finding band, and thereby strengthened a few others of the same way of it. The increase, however, was thinking with themselves, they gradual, but such as encouraged used to meet together for prayer, them to resolve on taking a room, and to consult what steps could and to attempt to carry on the be taken, with the probable hope worship of God regularly on of success, for extending the Lord's-days. This, with consiknowledge of what they judged derable difficulty, and in the face to be the truth, in the neighbour- of great opposition, they at length hood in which providence had effected. The opposition gradufixed their residence. Their num-ally subsided, and the labours of ber was very small, and their the ministers sent to them, were

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