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to promote his cause among men;
ON SUICIDE. our hearts will glow with grateful affection towards him ; and our tongues will repeat his praise. Tothe Editors of the Baptist Magazine. Gratitude to God will not only discover itself towards his cause, As I was passing lately through but also towards his people :- a town in the West of England, “ My goodness extendeth not my attention was arrested by a conunto thee, but to the saints that course of persons in the streets, are in the earth, and to the excel- and by a considerable number of lent in whom is all my delight.” shops and houses being shut up. The Saviour has encouraged us The occasion I soon discovered to this, by saying, “ Whosoever to be, that funeral rites were shall give to drink unto one of about to be performed for one of these little ones a cup of cold the most respectable inhabitants water only, in the name of a dis- of the place, who, a few days ciple, verily, he shall not lose his before, had taken away his own reward.” It is also a present life. The verdict of the Jury was happiness; for “ it is more bless- Insanity. ed to give than to receive."
On seeing and hearing these We live in a day highly favour- things, my thoughts flowed in the able for the display of this prin following channel :-“ Marks of ciple. Never was there a period esteem for departed worth are in which Christian benevolence certainly proper; and had the could flow in so many channels, death of this individual been a or to greater and nobler purposes. natural one, they would have The various institutions that have been so in the present instance. recently been formed for the But whatever may have been his good of mankind, and the glory previous respectability, the closof God, all claim the assistance ing scene appears to me to have of Christians; and while they drawn a veil over it, and to have render them their support, they required that the corpse should may gratefully say, "Now there be interred in the most private fore, our God, we thank thee, manner. These marks of reand praise thy glorious name. spect, in a country professivg the But who are we, that we should meek, the holy, and the selfbe able to otfer so willingly after denying religion of the Bible, this sort ? For all things come of seem to be somewhat like sancthee, and of thine own have we tioning the horrid crime,-a given thee.” Among these insti- crime of the greatest infamy, tutions, the missions to India and which was the last, the finishing the East, with the translations of act of the deceased; and a most the sacred writings rapidly ad- daring insult offered to the Mavancing there, must be consider- jesty of heaven! A fellow-mored as very important. May the tal, from some base and selfish love of Christ constrain us to principle, dares to rush into the support his cause in every direc-presence of his Maker, with his tion, and may our grateful efforts hands reeking with his own be crowned with increasing suc- blood !" My heart was oppressed. cess !
« These marks of respect,” continued I, seem to say, ' It is no great crime which thou hast com
mitted. We well know that the Surely, they must be led to ima. Bible prohibits it under the most gine, that it is not very wicked ; awful penalty: but we will now and that, though it is forbidden do THEE honour, whatever be in the Bible, yet it is not very comes of the honour of God! Are criminal for a man, when his not the laws of God hereby pride is somewhat mortified, to treated with contempt, and his take the opportunity of stepping honour trampled under foot, in a out of life by his own hands. country called Christian? What Nay, may not some person be must be the impression made hereby emboldened, when he is upon the minds of those who wit-called to encounter the evils of ness these marks of respect, as to life, to commit the same diabolithe crime itself, of self-murder? cal deed ?
“If death were nothing, and nought after death-
To run away
But it is worthy of inquiry, | Hast thou no one to pity thee? how it is that in almost every
- Like as
a father pitieth his instance where the suicide has children, so the Lord pitieth them filled a respectable situation in that fear him." Psalm ciii. 13. life, the verdict of the Jury is, IŅ- Hast thou no one to attend on sanity; whilst, where this does thee, and to comfort thee? “ Are not happen to have been the case, not the angels ministering spirits, the law is suffered to take its sent forth to minister for them
Whatever others may who shall be heirs of salvation,” do, let Christians study to act by Him who " saith to one, Go, consistently with their character, and he goeth ; and to another, and endeavour to impress upon all Come, and he cometh ?” Heb. around them the awful import- i. 14. Matt. viii. 9. Hast thou ance of death, and of the judg- lost a beloved husband, or a bement to come!
loved wife? Be a Christian; and I cannot conclude without ob- then thou mayest say, “The Lord serving, what a striking testimony liveth; and blessed be my Rock.” this crime bears to the excel- Psalm xviii. 46. And thou wilt lency of the Christian religion. also enjoy the unspeakable conWe can scarcely wonder at its solation of exercising, in addition having been committed by Bru-to thy own, the paternal or ma. tus, by Cassius, by Cato, by De- ternal duties, of the dear deceased mosthenes, and by many others, parent, towards thy beloved offwho were without the knowledge spring, training them up
with of the dreadful criminalty of this double diligence" in the nurture desperate act, and of those glori- and admonition of the Lord," and ous supports, consolations, and by protecting and piloting their prospects, which our holy reli- frail and feeble bark amidst the gion exhibits. But this crime, in dangers to which it is exposed on countries where his name is the dangerous sea of human life. known, who “ delivers the needy Art thou a child ? hast thou lost when he crieth, the poor also, a father? did that father forfeit and him that hath no helper, his life to the laws of his country? (Psalm lxxii. 5,) is surely inex- and hast thou also no mother to cusable. The Christian religion comfort thee under the severe contains grounds of support and stroke? My dear child, be a consolation under every trouble Christian; and then “ thou wilt which can possibly arise. My see all thy father's sins which he fellow-sinner, art thou without hath done, and wilt consider, and hope, and without God in the wilt not do the like; and thou world? “ There is balm in Gi-shalt not die for the iniquity of lead; there is a Physician there.” thy father, but shalt surely live." Jer. viii. 22. Do thy sins appear Ezek. xviii. 14, 17; and thou to thee unpardonable? “ Believe wilt also enjoy the blessing and on the Lord Jesus Christ, and protection of Him who is “ thou shalt be saved.” Acts xvi. 31. Father of the fatherless, and a Art thou poor? Be a Christian, Judge of the widows, in his holy and thou wilt have no occasion to habitation,” Psalm Ixviii. 5. Art despond.
thou a poor
stitute creature, “ The God of heaven maintains his state, on a dying bed ? Soon, and “thy Frowns on the proud, & scorns the great; soul shall be carried by angels Bat from his throne descends to see
into Abraham's bosom." Luke The sons of humble poverty."
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xvi. 22. In a word, my fellow- They speak afterwards of be. sinner, be a Christian, and then, ing baptized upon a profession “ Si fractus illabatur orbis,
of their faith, and thereupon Impavidum ferient ruinæ;" added to a people of the same Though the world, being dashed principles and practice in Lancato pieces, fall into destruction, shire, then under the pastoral care the ruins of it shall indeed strike of the Rev. Richard Ashworth. thy head, but thou wilt have rea
“ There being none nearer,” say son after all to be fearless and they, we then knew of, with undaunted.
whom we could conscientiously AN OBSERVER.
hold communion; and there not being, as we then thought, a
competent number of us to form HISTORY
a church of ourselves. But the
Lord, having still more work to BAPTIST CHURCH
do in this neighbourhood, by his good providence directed the
above-named William Mitchell to RAWDEN,* IN YORKSHIRE.
make his abode and residence
among us, where he exercised his The Baptist church at Raw- ministerial labours till his last den is one of the oldest Baptist breath, when it pleased the Lord churches in Yorkshire. Perhaps to order this faithful labourer to there were not above two or three
house; whiclı, though others in the county which exist- it was gain to him, was a ęd previously to it. Of its rise stroke to us; for in him we lost a and formation those who then minister, orthodox in principles, composed that church thus write: pious in his life, and indefatigable “ It pleased our gracious Lord, in his labours.” Mr. Mitchell in the dispensation of gospel died about the year 1706: Mr. light and grace, to visit us, (re- John Wilson succeeded Mr. siding at and about Rawden and Mitchell. Of him we are informHeaton, and assembling at the ed, that he was a member of the meeting-houses there,) with the church at Furness, in Lancashire, same, by the ministry of several and that he was ordained at of his servants, whom he provi- Rawden, August 31, 1715. On dentially raised amongst us some this occasion, they, among whom years ago; particularly the late Mr. Mitchell had laboured, were Rev. William Mitchell, whose la- first formed into a church. The bours were blessed with such suc
members of the church in Rosencess, that we hope many amongst dale, who lived about Rawden, us were turned from darkness to
now assembled at Rawden Cliff. light, having our understandings The church in Rosendale, of which opened, whereby we saw o’r lost they were members, and which state through the fall, and per- had previously met at Baccup, ceived that we were under the
them a letter of dismission covenant of works, and admired to form
separate church; and adored the rich and free which, together with Mr. Wilgrace of God through Christ, in son's dismission from the church the salvation of perishing sinners.” at Tottlebank, in Furness, was
* This village is about seven miles read. In the formation of the N. w. of Leeds,
church, and ordination of the
pastor, the Rev. Richard Ash-, of the church in Dale-street, Liworth, pastor, and Thos. Green-verpool, from which church the wood, George Hargreaves, and son was dismissed, and ordained Richard Moulden, elders, from at Rawden, August 14, 1755. the church in Rosendale ; and The Rev. Messrs. Piccop of Bacthe Rev. Thomas Richardson, cup, Hartley of Haworth, and pastor, and John Swaneson, elder, Oulton, senior, of Liverpool, from the church at Tottlebank, assisting. After a long and holy in Furness, assisted. The num- / life at Rawden, Mr. Oulton died, ber of members was 22. In 1742, May 15, 1804. The church rethis church had three branches: mained long destitute after Mr. Heaton, Gildersome, and Hart-Oulton's death. Many applicawith.* In a paper signed by the tions were made to different mibranch at Hartwith, May 28, pisters to settle amongst them, 1742, it appears that that branch without success; till Providence consisted of 13 members. Mr. directed them to the Rev. Peter Wilson died in November, 1746: M‘Farlan, then a student under his funeral sermon was preached Dr. Steadman. Mr. M'Farlan by the Rev. Alvery Jackson, of accepted the invitation, and was Barnoldswick, from 2 Samuel ordained at Rawden, April 17, xxiii. 5. After some time, Mr. 1811; the Rev. Messrs. Trickett, Jonathan Brown, (whose bro- Lister, Ody, Steadman, and ther, the Rev. Mr. John Brown, Langdon, assisting. After some was, for nearly twenty years, pas- time, the appearance of things tor of the Baptist church at Ket- was so gloomy, as to induce Mr. tering, in Northamptonshire) M'Farlan to think of removing; came and resided here as the and on November 26, 1815, he pastor of the church, and was resigned his charge, and removed ordained May 24, 1750. Mr. to Trowbridge, in Wiltshire. Sedgefield preached from 1 Thess. The church at Rawden is again v. 12, 13; and Mr. Palmer from looking forward to the settlement Coloss. i. 28. Here Mr. Brown of a pastor. Mr. Hughes, from continued till the latter end of the academy at Bradford, is exJuly, 1752; and it is believed, pected soon to be ordained over removed to Hull, and from Hull them. to Battersea, where he died. In The following ministers have 1753, and part of 1754, the Rev. been sent out by this church : Thomas Wilbraham preached Alvery Jackson, who was a here with great acceptance; but member of that branch of Rawhe being blind, and the members den church which met at Heaton, of the church living at great dis- He began to preach September tances from each other, it was 7, 1716, and died at. Barnoldsout of his power to visit them : wick, December 31, 1763. his settling amongst them as a John Mitchell, 1747; who died pastor was therefore objected to, soon after. and he removed. In March, 1754, Joseph Gawkrodger, 1752; application was made to the Rev. who died at Bridlington. John Oulton, M.A. who had been Jacob Hutton, late of Brougha student at Bristol, under the ton, Cumberland; but who now Rev. Bernard Foskett. Mr. Oul- resides in America, ton's father was then the pastor Shipley. * Hartwith is near Ripley.