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There are some pleasing indications that the gang, and carried off by night. Last a good, though silent, work, is going on Saturday I met at Rahue, Captain Judge among them.
and another gentleman, who requested “I am happy to report favourably of me to accompany them on an errand of the attendance at public worship. It is, mercy to Durrow, some four miles from indeed, most encouraging; and I am Rahue, just the locality where the Earl doing what I can further to improve it. of Norbury was assassinated some years Here, perhaps more than in any other ago; when Mr. Judge told me that, in station in Ireland, this is the centre of that very parish, himself and party action. At this point the cause must be rescued, in 1821, one of these fair damsels consolidated, and from it our efforts thus won at a game of cards by one she must gradually extend themselves. I had never seen or heard. This state of feel this now more than ever; and I am things was aggravated by Ribbon and resolved to act accordingly.
White Boy Societies. To this I may add, “I ought to mention that we have that the first missionaries preached, and just completed the re-flooring and re- slept in houses where cocks, Lens, geese, seating of our chapel. The entire work ducks, pigs, and cows, were present. I has cost us about £150, which amount, slept myself in one house where, in the with the exception of a few pounds still room with me, there were a bull and to be gathered, we have raised among several cows; add to this, damp beds, ourselves. It has been a considerable little or no tea, after wading through a effort; but we are more than rewarded bog, or half swimming across deep, and by the increased comfort and convenience dangerous rivers. I had myself, up to my of the place.
breast' in a deep river, after preaching * Pray for us, dear brother, that the on the opposite side, to carry one of my great Head of the Church may own and congregation on my back. Now, thank bless our labours.
God! all these things have passed away; “ Rev. C. J. Middleditch."
no charms; no asses' shoes; no pil
grimages; few stations; no pigs or A TALE OF IRISH LIFE. cows in the congregation; well-aired
beds; the social and comfortable cup of
tea-security in one's lodging. One “ MY DEAR BROTHER,
night, in the west, there was a fight “In my last I gave you my re- where I slept, and the balls flew like hail collections of your first and earliest about my ears--a peaceful and peaceable agency in this country. Kindly now al. and sober population! Who, rememberlow me to enter more into detail. No one ing as I do, what was, and wiğnessing travelling through Ireland, at least Con- what is, can forbear exclaiming, , What nanght, at the present time could form hath God wrought!' and that our misany conception of the manners and sion was blessed in aiding largely this habits of the peasantry fifty years ago. social and moral change, I am sure, will Then on the threshold of every door be acknowledged by all the good and there was 'ass's shoe' to keep pious in these districts. The spiritual • fairies' and all evil spirits' outside ; change is also apparent. I do not won"charms' for toothache; "charms' to pre- der that brother Stokes, in his youth, vent the butter being taken from the should be desponding, but more mature dairy; stations for Pennance, numerous; age, will give him hope, for there is, indevotional in the morning-in the even- deed, a great change; for, by no means, ing drunkenness and fighting attended have the priests the power, or the dispoby thousands. The Reek Moyne, the sition to exercise the kind of power in Krese in the west witnessed these exercise fifty years ago; but not only gatherings; the Reek or Croagh Patrick
are the people generally better disposed, especially, where St. Patrick, with a and more under the influence of the light hazel stick, was supposed to have en- of the day, but many of them have betered into deadly conflict with the come true and decided Christians. I largest and last of Irish serpents, called, know that some of your early misby way of distinction, the Devil's sionaries can furnish you with more Mother. In my last I referred to the ample detail, and more abundant fruit, state of society, but not fully have I yet my recollections enable me to place described that state, for so low was before you no inconsiderable band.”' order, that actually young men would assemble and play at cards for a wife;
Mr. Berry gives a long list of con: of course, often the most beautiful and verts whom he himself knew, and worthy would be won by the lowest of
10 2 3 6 1 1 6
3 15 0 011 3
“These with others, whose names I can. shores of the Atlantic-a magnificent not recollect. All these, through your mountain behind our dwelling. As early agents, haverenounced sin, and accepted a as the lark, with my dog, before ten free salvation through the blood of Christ. years of age, on the mountain top, or Others whom I have known, declared that, with my fishing-rod plunged to the when they had arrived in America, they middle in the grand, great sea; but would openly profess the one Lord, the when the Bible was read, and the Lord one faith and baptism. Surely I have Jesus revealed, these vain thoughts cause of deep gratitude to God for all passed away, and a higher and nobler His mercies, and I trust I am grateful; ambition took possession of me. grateful to your mission; just then hav- “ Yours affectionately, &c., ing been, like all Irish lads, proud and
“ THOMAS BERRY." ambitious. I lived on the bold, grand, “Rev. C. J. Middleditch. Contributions received in behalf of the Baptist Irish Society, from February 18th, to
March 17th, 1864.
$ .. LONDON
Liverpool, Pembroke Chapel, by Jos. Jones, Esq. 25 0 0 A Dorsetshire Baptist
11o Manchester-Union Chapel, by Wm. Bickham, A Friend, by Rev. F. Trestrail 5000 Esq.
10 0 Colman, Jeremiah, Esq. .
50 Markyate Street, by Rev. T. w. Wake Foster, R. S., Eq..
0 10 6 Northampton, by Mr. W. Gray, for Aged Agent 10 Hanson, Mrs., for Aged Agent
0 Norwich-St. Clement's, by W. Blyth, Esq. 8 10 0 Heaton, W, Esq.
0 10 6 Penzance, by Rev. J. Wilshere Hepburn, Frederick, Esq., 2 years
40 Pershore, by Rev. W. Symonds Marshman, J. C., Esq. 2 2 0 Ditto by Mrs. Risdon
0 Micklen, John, Esq., by Rev. J. H. Blake 110 Shrewton, by Rev. C. Light Pewtress, Thomas, Esq. 1o Somerleyton, Daniell, Rev. C.
0 10 0 Rains, John, Esq., for Schools 2 2 0 Southport, Craven, R., Esq., M.D.
1 1 0 Thompson, James, Esq., for Poor by Rev. J.
Surbiton, Butterworth, Mr. W. A. H. Blake 0 10 6 Walsall, Wilkinson, Mr., sen.
0 10 6 Whitmee, J Esq., by Rev. J H. Blake
110 Wellington, by Rev. G. W. Humphreys, B.A. By Mr. Gordelier.
Westmancot, by Rev. R Morris Benham, J. L., Esq.
Worstead, by Rev. J. F Smythe
4 4 0 Blake, Rev. W.A.
0 10 6
0 Bligh, Mr. J. S. 11
KENT. Bousfield, Mrs.
By Rev. E. Hands.
0 10 6
0 2 6 Colls, Mrs.
0 10 6
0 18 0 Gilman, Mrs.
2 18 8 Gurney, J., Esq.
2 2 0
2 1 2 Heriot, Mr. W.
3 2 6
050 Hill, Mrs. R. Ivimey, J., Esq.
St. Peter's Jeffreys, - Esq,
0 10 6
S ndhu st Kelsey, G., Esq
1 10 10 Lowe, G., Esq., F.R.S. 10
13 3 7 Lush, R, Esq., Q.O.
1 1 0
SOMERSET AND NORTH Devox. Maliphant, G., Esq.
0 10 6
By Rev. T. Wilshere.
1 1 0
7 0 0 Pat ison, S. R., Esq.
1 0 0
3 00 Rawlings, D., Esq.
1 1 0
1 14 0 Rippon, Mrs.
Minehead Woolley, G. B., Esq.
18 4 Weston Super Mare
4 0 0 Williton and Watchet.
1 10 4 Acknowledged before.
28 15 13
Wilts, SOMERSET, AND BERKS. Brearley, by Mr. John C. Fawcett
1 14 6
By Rev. W. S. Eccles. Carrickfergus, by Mr. J. Weatherup 4 15 9 Beckington.
1 10 0 Chard, by Rev É. Edwards 410 Bradford-on-Avon
2 7 6 1 Cheltenham, Beetham, Mrs., for Aged Agent 0 10 6 Caine-Less Expenses, by Mr. J. Crayford, by Mr. J. Smith
1 18 0 Chappell Crewkerne, by Rev. S. Pearce 2 14 0 Chippenham
0 18 0 Dartford, Wilson, Rev. W. J.
12 0 Dover, by Miss E. Kingsford 1 13 0 Devizes
18 18 Evesham, by Mr. Warmington
2 100 Frome. Exeter, Adams, Miss 2 0 0 Melksham
4 3 0 Gla-gow-North Frederick Street , by Mr. J. Irons 3 10 0 North Bradley
2 6 3 Ha denhamCambridgeshire, by Rev. T. A.
1 2 6 Williams
1 12 6 Trowbridge-Back Street, by Rev. W. Harlow, by Miss ė. Miller :
5 0 Barnes.
13 18 5 Haverfordwest, Rees, Mr. and Mrs.
. 10 0 0 Ditto, Bethesda Ifracombe, by Rev. J. E. Taylor
0 5 0 Wantage Huntingdon, Philips, Mr. J. Á 0 10 6 Warminster
1 17 6 Leeds, by J. B. Bilbrough, Esq. 7 0 6 Westbury
1 10 0 Leicester-Belvoir Strett, by J. Bedells, Esq.
2 16 6 Balance 0 12 6
75 3 3 Liverpool — Pembroke Chapel
, by J. Underhill
, Esq. i 0 0 The thanks of the Committee are presented to Mr. R. Hannam for a Parcel of Magazines, and also to Mrs. Risdon, of Pershore, and Mr. Scorey, sen., of Wokingham, for very valuable nenlaces of clothing.
ADDRESS DELIVERED AT THE ANNUAL SESSION OF
THE BAPTIST UNION, APRIL 25th, 1864.
BY THE REV, J. P. MURSELL,—LEICESTER.
PERMIT me, Gentlemen, and Chris- dowed Church, occasioned, very natian Brethren, to ask your attention turally, much commotion among the to a brief paper on recent events, members of that Institution. The and on the obligations they appear charge of heresy was preferred to me to impose.
against one of the authors, and Since the last Session of the argued before the suitable judicial Baptist Union, circumstances have tribunal
, and after a long and learned transpired which have filled thou- investigation, the writers of the sands among us with surprise, which objectionable works were acquitted of are destined sooner or later to be having published anything which productive of momentous results, legally disqualified them for holding and which will occupy a conspicuous official place in the communion they place in the historic story of the preferred. day.
The members of the Baptist body Some time ago, a volume known would be the last persons in her by the name of “ Essays and Re- Majesty's dominions to abridge the views” appeared, the production of right of private judgment, to limit men of distinction and position, the freest circulation of opinion, or which was widely circulated and to arraign the decision of the highest read. This is not an occasion for court in the realm. They are accuspronouncing an opinion on the tomed to regard the jurisprudence of merits of these works, for criticizing the country, whether in its principles their respective or comparative lite- or its administration, as being, with rary claims, otherwise than just to all its defects, among the highest observe that they present us with ornaments and strongest bulwarks the results of daring, rather than of of the land. They may, in their profound thouglit, and tend to un- fanaticism, anticipate the arrival of a dermine the foundations of our faith, day in which lords spiritual and civil, and to prejudice those views of grave lawyers, and graver divines, Divine truth which are held sacred will not be required to sit in solemn by the great evangelical school. conclave, and decide on the merits These papers, written by gentlemen of Christian doctrine by prayerholding official stations in the En- books, and articles, and homilies
-the compilations of men-rather tacle grows upon us, as we observe than by the unerring Word of God. those who hold the tenets so openly
But what appears so strange to avowed, retaining their connection those of us who are not within the with the Church. If the thunders favoured pale, who stand outside the of the law cannot disturb, the whisfence within which the great pugi- pers of conscience might admonish. lists contend, is, that the opinions Secession from any community is broached by the Essayists, and em- open to us all, and moreover is braced by their admirers, should be eminently graceful when our symreceived as though they were novel, pathies with it are impaired. But
- that notions as old as the Gnostics, division is a vice, and one we have gathered up and put into systematic been accustomed to associate with form in a later age by Faustus So- vulgar or envenomed minds. We cinus, which have periodically be- have a right to think as we please, wildered the great dreamers of Ger- but we have no right to sow discord many and haunted like pale ghosts in the bosom of an associated comthe purlieus of the Church of God munity. It is easy to frame palliain all times, should be treated as a tives for such a course, and to dress vision, as the discovery of more than them in plausible guise, but sensitive usually enlightened and puissant honour and true nobility of nature minds. It is recorded of the Gibeon- recoil alike from the sin and its ites, in olden times, that "they put excuse. It is the obvious duty of old shoes and clouted upon their those who conscientiously imbibe feet, and old garments upon them; opinions at variance with those reand all the bread of their provision tained by the body, they may for a was dry and mouldy.”
season have approved and served, to It appears to us an anomaly that leave that body in uninterrupted such opinions should be promulgated possession of the doctrines and pracwithin the precincts of a church tice it prefers. . Dissenters from the whose creed, services, and sacraments English Church have been denounced are prepared for it, stereotyped and as schismatics, but this is the name imposed by authority,—within which
proper to those, whatever their rank no one who ministers at its altars
or pretensions, who renouncing her can legally change a petition or in- leading tenets, still continue within troduce a collect. Such a deviation her pale. Attempts are made to from recognized standards would not
cover this policy under the veil of be tolerated in the free churches of independency of thought. None of the land. Any pulpit among Dis- us would interfere with the entire senting communities, which should freedom which this phrase impliesbe the seat and centre of contra- we claim it for ourselves, and courdictory tenets, of doctrines as varied teously and heartily concede it to in their import as human fickleness others; but let us take the penalty could render them, would soon be with the privilege. Others exercise purified from its inconsistency, or their thoughts as well as we. If the the preacher would become as one great majority of those with whom I crying in the wilderness. Is the have been accustomed to unite in the Established Church, as it is some- way of instituted fellowship, see that times vauntingly called, to be the my ideas on matters vital to its most unstable and equivocal pre- healthful and harmonious continuceptress in the realin ?
ance are utterly at variance with But the strangeness of the spec- theirs, and I readily admit it, and yet Icleave to the fellowship—if Icease to become increasingly distinct, we sustain those views and truths which have too high an opinion of the great I was solemnly sworn to build up, but body of them to suppose that the yet I remain in the communion, I endowments they inherit would renam doing my utmost to destroy; this der them deaf to its appeal. The selfis not independency, but licentious- sacrifice involved in such a course ness of thought. When men take to would meet with an ample reward, thinking through the medium of and the material benefits relinquished their desires, they are in danger of be more than compensated by those leaving the bracing region of inde- which would be speedily created. pendency, and of straying into the The hope of amendment may lead relaxing precincts of expediency. them to hesitate to rend themselves
Like all other innovators, these from the Institution they adorn, a hope, , gentlemen give us nothing in re- however, which, since the memorturn for that which they take away. able decision of the Privy Council, Treading in the footsteps of their rests, in our opinion, on very slender school
, they follow the path of nega- grounds. When the Queen, as its tive theology, a course which, when Head, decides through her highest once entered, it is not usual to for- Court that every variety of religious sake, and which opens out into wide opinion may be held by those who but most dreary wastes. They quietly, take orders in the Episcopal Church, moreover, ignore the thinkers and the door is thrown open by a hand writers who have preceded them. which no inferior power can paralyze, Grotius, Lardner, Warburton, Whit- and it needs no great sagacity to see by, Howe, Owen, with the galaxy to that less regard than ever will be had which they belong, are left in the to doctrinal tenets by those who seek oblivion which awaits all who reject admission to its pulpits. If the the philosophy of a progressive Chris- latitudinarian ground taken in the tianity, who believe that as a scheme “Essays and Reviews” be pronounced of truth it is perfect, sufficient and legally consistent with the subscripdivine. Yet, strange to say, these . tion, oaths and solemn asseverations enlightened instructors who would which meet the novice on the very be the guides of others, do not agree threshold of the Church—if Episcopal among themselves, but indicate vary- ordination, with the prestige of aposing attainments in their new re- tolical descent, can be enjoyed by searches, so that it is difficult to those who hold doctrines of which choose among them, or to decide at the Apostles never dreamt, and deny whose feet to sit. They agree only in those which these inspired teachers removing the ancient landmarks, and conveyed, he must be sanguine inindulging in conjectures of their own. deed, who sees notwithstanding all
The state of affairs is rendered the this a prospect of improvement. No, more complex by the presence of a there is in it the presage of increasing large and exemplary body of evan- spiritual decay="a kingdom divided gelical labourers in the bosom of the against itself cannot stand.” The Church. It is not for us as lookers- light of example bright and strong on to dictate to these gentlemen the is not wanting to guide thoughtful path they should pursue. They can and conscientious men amidst their best appreciate the difficulties as well embarrassments. Who among them as the responsibilities of their posi- can forget the early Reformers ?-or tion. Should the voice summoning affect to ignore the Puritan Fathers ? them to separation wax louder and or fail to call to mind a Whitfield