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soon as the most intricate question is | nation !' • If you do not promise nei. proposed by an adversary, she is able ther to keep, nor hear that book, I will to answer, though with meekness and have nothing to do with you !' • Well,' fear. She is convincing many of their said she, that promise I will never errors, even from their own catechism; make; so farewell! She now puts the but especially on the doctrine of tran- question to ber neighbours, · Dare any substantiation. She brings this so pow. of them say, that they are free from erfully to their understandings, that sin?” which none of them will affirm. many are convinced that when the priest She then tells them plainly, that by administers the wafer to them they re- their own confession they acknowledge ceive it to their ruin. At the commence- their own condemnation, and many of ment of her conversion, she withstood them are under strong convictions of sin. the priest, wbo kept hes more than an “ She publicly preached the gospel hour upon her knees. I had this from to two thieves on the gallows. When her own lips as follows: When she first the people begged them to invoke the saw the truth of the gospel, her first Virgin Mary, she said, • Do not heed enemies were those of her own house; what they are saying, for there is none that is, her father and mother, (but, can be of any service to your souls, but blessed be God, they are now recon- only Jesus! and therefore cast yourself ciled to her, and entreated I would often upon him.' One of them said, “Oh, I visit them.) They insisted, when the throw myself upon Jesus !! May the priest came there to hear confessions, blood of Jesus cover your sins,' said she. that she should attend; which she ob- The other thief paid no attention to stinately refused to do. To hear her what she said. The account of these state how trying she found it between two thieves is very remarkable. her duty to God and the fcar of man is “ This has been the bappiest journey very affecting. However, the flesh be- I ever made, though I took'a cold which ing weak, she went. When it came to brought on a severe deafness; yet my her turn, as is usual, the priest asked comfort was greater than my adiction. her, · How long is it since you con
( W. M." fessed ?' She told him. • What sins have you committed since ?' •As to partioular sins,' said she, I have none to men.
SUGGESTIONS tion ; but yet I have broken the law of God, and, therefore, I am brought in Religious Instruction of Merchant guilty.' . He paused, and then said,
Seamen, while in Harbour.. Are you ready to take your Lord ?' (This is their mode of expression when they are about to administer the wafer.) that an experiment was made by a nii
Many of our readers will remember, She replied, “I would be glad to know on what condition 1 am to take him? nister of our denomination, by preachHe said, “If you take him free from ing on board a merchant ship, in the
river Thames, whether sailors would sin, he will be eternal nourishment to you; and if otherwise, eternal damna gladly hear the word of life. The extion to you!' She said, Then I will periment was repeated, and the notice never take him on those conditions, for of a sermon was always productive of
numerous and attentive hearers. This I know that I am a sinner; and in the
result has led to give the subject a greavery act a sinful thought might pass through my mind.'
Oh,' said he, I in contemplation to fit up a large vessel
ter degree of consideration. A plan is forgive your sins.' • You cannot forgive
as a commodious chapel, to be moored your own sins,' said she, there is none
in a convenient part of the Pool, (the can forgive my sins but Jesus, who suffered for my sins. •I see,' said he, Thames), to be under the joint patron
birth for merchant ships in the river .. that you are a preacher.' not,' she replied, '1 never
age of the several hodies of dissenters, preaclier.' • Then how is it you come
and in which the gospel shall be preachby the preacher's words ?! She said,
ed twice on every Lord's day to the
seamen who may assemble from the vesThey are the words of the Testament.'
sels in the river. • If you adhere to that book you are certainly damned !'. . This is strange;' habits from early life, prevent their mix
The very nature of sailors formed by said she, when this is the only booking with landmen in places for public which tells me how I inay escape dam
worship on shore, and there appears to
some persons to be, therefore, at least A term applied to all who read the as great a propriety, if not an equal nescriptures by the priests.
cessity, to send preachers expressly to
them, as to the heathen, or to dark vil- | emulation. Several heads of families łages, or to the sister kingdom.
have declared, that they could not now On the cessation of the war, tens of live without the gospel. People come from thousands of seamen were discharged neighbouring towns and villages to fetch from the navy, and are now out of the New Testaments: and we confidently reach of the Naval Bible Society; and at hope, that the word of God will, at last, this moment have not the peculiar care leaven the whole lump. The following of any associated body to watch for anecdote may serve to illustrate its effects : their spiritual good. Yet Englishmen “ About three months ago, a always speak with rapture of the bra- whose name is Anthony S. came from a very and unrivalled skill of their tars, neighbouring parish, on a visit to a family and that they owe them very greatly here, when a pious yonng wonian of 20, their warmest gratitude.
named Francisca, used to read the New It appears, that it is now the time to Testament to the rest. Anthony listened shew i hat gratitude, by treating them as also, but laughed, and derided it. After fellow men; by teaching them their some time, he paid another visit, heard greatest duties, and the way to enjoy again, but scoffed and blasphemed, partihereafter the highest felicities. If the cularly at the passage, John. iii. 16. Perpreaching of the gospel in barbour could ceiving that the young reader rose, much be combined with a Bible Society, on grieved, and shut up the book, he said, ' I an extensive scale, to supply every beg your pardon, I did not mean to offend ship's company going from the Thames
you; but I do not believe either in this with at least one copy of the scriptures book, or in the priests : the whole is a for perusal on the voyage, such means, lie,' &c. (Isaiah, lix. 20.) Francisca watered with earnest prayer, might be answered, in a solemn tone, - You do not expected to produce results ' unspeak offend me, but God; whoever offends this ably beneficial to our seamen.
book, offends God himself; for it is the Some friends to the former, purpose word of God. But that you may not sin assembling on Thursday, the fifth day of still more grievously, I will go away.' February next, at twelve o'clock at
Matt. vii. 6 She took the New Testanoon, at the City of London Tavern, ment, went into her closet full of sorrow, Bishopsgate-street, to meet such dis- wept, and prayed, 'Lord, lay it not to his senting ministers and lay men, who may charge, but graciously open his eyes.' be willing to countenance and assist the Anthony went away, but could not get the plan. It is hoped, that the importance New Testament out of his mind, either by of the scheme will induce many to vo- day or night. Once, awaking out of a lunteer their services.
dream, it suddenly struck like lightning Any suggestions or communications into his soul,. What have I done? I have which may be addressed (post paid) uttered blasphemies against the word of " To the Friends of British Seamen, at God!' His conscience was roused; he the City of London Tavern, Bishopsgate had no rest, and determined to return, beg street,” will be thankfully received, and pardon, and recant. This he did the will meet due attention.
very next Saturday. The first person whom he met was Francisca, whom he
asked, whether she still had the New TesBIBLE SOCIETY.
tament? “Yes,'answered she;". but not for
you.' Anthony, the man who had foró To the Editors of the Baptist Magazine. the most affecting manner, with tears, to
merly been so hardened, now began, in In reading the Thirteenth Report of the ask pardon for his profaneness, and told British and Foreign Bible Society, I was her how the Lord had convinced him of 50 pleased with a Letter, page 218, that I his sin. Francisca gave him her New wished to promote its more extensive cir. Testament, in which he read for days to. culation. I solicit, therefore, its publica- gether. Soon after, he came as a heavytion, in your useful miscellany.
laden sinner to us; and that very pas
BARNABUS. sage which he had ridiculed, became the “ From Letters addressed to a Roman Cabalm to his wounds, and the solace of his
troubled heart." tholic cleryman, by a clergyman of the same church, February 20, 1817.
SOUTH WALES AUXILIARY To the glory of God we are constrain
BAPTIST MISSIONARY SOCIETY. say, that
many read the word of God with jog, and derive from it, according to
WESTERN DISTRICT. the measure of their understandings, com
The annual meeting of this district was fort and encouragement, so as to excite others, both in and out of our parish, to held at Haverfordwest, July 15 and 16,
1817. In the course of the services, the following Sabbath, under very pro.
On May 14, 1817, a new meeting. parts of the services were conducted by house was opened at Calne, Wiltshire,
for the Baptist congregation, formerly Messrs. Harries, late of Brixham; and
under the care of the late Rev. Isaac Reynolds, of middle-mill; Messrs. Bulmer , of Haverfordwest; Harris, of Pem- | Taylor, and now of the Rev. Joseph
Stennett. The Rev. Henry Page, of broke; and Davies, of Castle Wilia, In
Bristol, preached, froin Exodus, xxv. 21, dependent ministers; Mr. Jenkins, mi. nister of the United Brethren; and Mr.
22. The Rev. Mr. Holloway, of Bris.
tol, from Matt. xviii. 20. and the Rev. Hayman, of the Wesleyan Methodist con
Mr. Elliott, of Devizes, from 1 John, nection in Haverfordwest.
iv. 1. Collections were made after every service, amounting in the whole to 271. 15s.
CHERTSEY. NEW MEETINGS OPENED. On Wednesday, Sept.3,1817, at Chert.
sey, Surrey, a neat and substantial
meeting-house, with a small gallery, was LIVERPOOL.
opened, in the Baptist denomination, On Thursday, the 2d of October, a Three sermons were preached that in chapel was opened for public worship in the morning by Mr. Rowles, of Coln. Sir l'homas's Buildings, Liverpool; on brook, from 1 T'hess. i. 5 ; that in the which occasion, the Rev. Messrs. Fisher afternoon by the Rev. Dr Rippon, of and Lister had been announced to
London, from Psal. Ixviii. 28, 34; and that preach; but Mr. Fisher being unexpect, in the evening by the Rev. Mr. Terlin, edly called away by the sudden and
of Harlington, from Exod. xx. 24. The much lamented death of the Rev. Tbos. other devotional parts of the day were Littlewood, of Rochdale, his place was conducted by Messrs. Dawson, Langoccupied in the morning by the Rev. worthy, Shoveller, Chapman, and Ives. Dr. Stewart, who preached from Eccles. The weather being remarkably fine, a ix. 10. In the evening, the Rev. Mr. respectable and crowded congregatios Lister preached, from John, i. 3. The de- attended; aud the presence of God was votional parts of the services were con- eminently enjoyed throughout the day. ducted by the Rev. Messrs. Philip, Inde. The collection amounted to 25l. 9s. 4d1. pendent minister; Barr, minister of the Although the strictest economy has been Scotch church; Edwards, Calvinistic observed, the erection of this place cost Methodist; Breese, Welsh Indepen. 3401, dent; and the Rev. J. Shoveller, at present supplying as minister. The chapel was well filled in the morning, and in the
DUBLIN, evening was crowded. The building is neat and commodious, capable of accom
On Lord's-day, October 26, the meetinodating about 500 persons, and is si-ing-house in Mass-lane, Dublin, was open, tuated in the very centre of the town, ed for religious worship, by some friends, at a distance from any other place of who are members of Particular Baptist worship. It was formerly a Roman Ca- churches in England, but who now reside tholic chapel, but has been purchased. in Dublin. The Rev. Moses Fisher, of with the view of raising a new interest, Liverpool, preached two sermons on the which will be considered as a branch of occasion : in the morning, from Eccles, the church and congregation in Byrom-ix. 10; and in the evening, from 1 Cor, street, under the pastoral care of Mr. ix. 16. The attendance was respectable. Fisher. The attendance has ever since The Rev. J. Wilson, from the Baptist been very encouraging, and the number Academy at Stepney, is at present supply. of hearers is on the increase. "A Sunday ing as minister: there is a pleasing pros. school was opened in the same place on pect of success. Some persons have exs pressed a desire to be baptized, and it is church, consisting of twenty to thirty expected that a church will soon be members, has been formed. The church formed. The meeting-house belongs to met for divine worship in a straw thatchthe Scotch seceders, from wbom the use ed school room, with a clay floor, and of it has been obtained, at a moderate open to the roof, till the roof gare way, rent.
and endangered the lives of the people.
This year they have built a chapel, ca. NEW CHURCH FORMED,
pable of holding 300 people, which has cost 2701. The debt is so far liquidated
as to leave 1401. remaining. Of all the BEXLEY, KENT.
interesting spots to which the allentiou In our Magazine for October, 1811, of the public was directed, few are more we gave an account of a church being so than this. founded at Crayford, and of the ordi
A neighbourhood surrounded with nation of J. Row to the pastoral office. popish darkness; but here hath the It at first consisted of four members,
true light shined, and we hope will conand had increased to twenty-five. Four-tinue to shine to the perfect day. teen of whom, with their pastor, have sought and obtained dismission from the church at Crayford, and have formed
LOUGHTON. themselves into a separate church at
On Wednesday, December 17, Mr. Bexley, where the place of worship had Samuel Brawn, late of Stepney Academy, been shut up.
was ordained to the pastoral office in the Whilst they lament over those cir- newly-formed church at Loughton, Essex. cumstances which rendered their sepa. Mr. West, of Chigwell-row, commenced ration necessary, they have every reason
the service by reading the scriptures, and to hope, from the numerous attendance
Mr. Ragsdell, of Thrapston, (Mr. at Bexley, and the liberality with which Brewn's former pastor,) delivered the inthe people have come forward to sup- truductory discourse, asked the usual port the cause, that it will eventually questions, and received the confession of turn out to the furtherance of the gospel. faith; Mr. Collison, of Hackney, offered
the ordination prayer; Mr. Cox, of Hack. ORDINATIONS.
ney, gave the charge, founded on 2 Cor. iv. 2; and Dr. Newman addressed the
church, from Matt. x. 41 ; Messrs. Smith, INSKIP.
of Ilford ; Finch, of Harlow; and Berry, Oct. 16, 1817, the Rev. Jos. Lake. of Hatfield Heath, engaged in the other lin, late of Cannon-street, Birmingham, parts of the service. was ordained to the pastoral care of the Baptist church in this place. Mr. Jack
AYLSHAM. son, of Accrington, read and prayed; BIr. Mann, of Shipley, discoursed on
JULY 24, 1817, Mr. John Bane, who the nature of a gospel church, asked the
was brought to a knowledge of the gospel usual questions of the church and the while a prisoner of war at Ărras, in France, minister, received the confession of under the ministry of Mr. Wm. Whittle, faith, and prayed the ordination prayer,
was set apart to the pastoral care of the accompanied with the laying on of particularBaptist church at Aylsham, Norhands. Dr. Steadman, of Bradford, gave folk. The Rev. Samuel Green, of Derethe charge, from 2 Cor. iv, i. Mr. Fisher, ham, commenced the services by reading of Byrom-street, Liverpool, preached an appropriate portion of the scriptures, to the church, from 1 Thess. 7. 12. 13.
and stating the principles of a gospel and Mr. Capper (Irdependent minister, church. After which, the congregation of Lancaster) concluded:
listened to very interesting details of the At six, P. M. Mr. Jackson prayed; footsteps of divine Providence, which led Mr. Mann preached, from Psal. cxvii. to this happy union, from both church and 25. Dr. Steadman preached from Isa. ministry; which was immediately suclii. 7, and concluded. Inskip is in ceeded by Mr. Bane's confession of faith. the Fylde country between Preston and The venerable D. Kinghorn, late of BiLancaster. Most of the inhabitants in shop-Burton, Yorkshire, offered the ordi. the adjacent country are Roman Ca- nation-prayer, with laying on of hands ; tholics. About three years ago, the
the Rev. J. Kinghorn then delivered the Baptist Itinerant Society for York and
charge, from Acts, xx. 19; the Rev. RiLancaster sent some of its labourers into chard Clark, of Worsted, addressed the this part. Many have been brought to people in a very impressive discourse, the knowledge of the truth; and a
from Heb. xiii. 17; the Rev. Mr. Pickard,
of Ingham, concluded the whole with Tour habitually to conform themselves prayer. The services of the day were thereto, in a constant dependence on the conducted with decorum, were highly in- gracious influences of the Spirit of teresting and impressive, and, we trust, God." will long be remembered with feelings of gratitude, such a scene being never before
NOTICES. witnessed in Aylsham.
Stepney Academical Institution. CHATHAM.
The annual meeting of this Society On Thursday, December 18, Mr. Wm. will be held (Providence permitting,) at Giles, (late of Lymington,) was settled the King's Head, in the Poultry, on Tuese over the Baptist church at Chatham ; Mr. day evening, January 13, 1818, to com. John Knott, the late highly-respected mence at six o'clock. The subscribers pastor, having several months since' re. and friends to the J.nstitution are earnestly signed that office. On this occasion there invited to attend. were three services. In the morning, Mr. Shirley, of Sevenoaks, stated the nature of Commemoration of the third Centenary of a church of Christ; Mr, Exall, of Tenter- the Reformation in 1517. den, asked the questions of the church, The following notice has been extenand the pastor. The replies, and Mr. sively circulated : Giles's confession, were highly satisfac. “ A general public. meeting of Pro. tory. Mr. Knott prayed the ordination testant Christians of all denominations prayer. In the afternoon, Mr. Ivimey, of will be held for the above purpose at London, gave the charge, from 1 Tim. iv. the City of London Tavern, on Wed6. In the evening, at the Rev. Mr. Slat- nesday next, at eleven for twelve o'clock terie's meeting, Mr. Chin, of Walworth, precisely, at which meeting his Royal preached to the church, from 3 John, 8. llighness the Duke of Sussex will pre. Mr. Slatterie concluded the services of the side.”, day. It is due to this excellent ininister Our readers may expect particulars to say, (which was affectionately stated of this meeting in our next Number. by Mr. Wm. Acworth, the deacon,) that the Baptist church at Chatham is under IMPOSTOR.-A man, calling himself a great obligations to Mr. Slatterie, for his Scotchman, named Wallis, and making affectionate advice and atteution to them use of the names of the Rev. Messrs. since they have been destitute of a pastor. Gibbs, and Davis, of Plymouth; and C.
Anderson, of Edinburgh, has been colLEWISHAM-STREET. lecting money : our friends are desired December 10, 1817, Mr. Henry Paice looking fellow, about thirty years of age,
to be upon their guard. He is an ill. was settled with the Baptist church of light hair, and about 5 feet 7 inches Lewisham-street, Westminster. Mr.
high. Hutchings described the nature of a church of Christ, asked the questions, and received the confession of faith; Mr.
Poetry. Pritchard gave the charge, from Rom. xi. 13: Mr. Shension prayed for a blessing A NEW YEAR'S SONG. to attend the union; Mr. Barnett' cona
My soul, with ardent gratitude survey, cluded in prayer. In the evening, Mr. Upton conducted the service, and address: The various changes of another year; ed the church, from Heb. xiii. 7. Mr. And raise the gladsome tributary lay
To him, whose mercies are for ever near. Paice has requested that the following articlé, from bis confession of faith, might To him, ye saints, your loftiest anthems be made public. We apprehend this was raise, the condition on which the above-men. Who gives the seasons their appointed ed respectable brethren agreed to take
round; part in these services:
And thou, my soul, enkindle into praise, " I am fully persuaded that believers Till Heaven shall echo with the blissful
sound. in our Lord Jesus Christ are under the strongest, and absolutely indispensable, Thus while the past suggests a grateful. obligations, to regard the preceptive will song, of God concerning them, contained in I'll leave the future to his wise controul; 'the scriptures of the Old and New Tes. While he is pleased my minutes to tament (including the moral precepts of prolong, the law,) as the rule of their moral aud | And shme with beams of mercy on my religious conduct; and, also, to endea
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