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home of worldly men-more corrupt, as who concur in the conviction, that false doctrine and heresy become more “a motley crowd of worshippers of disand more characteristic of its teachings cordant faith, or of no faith,” cannot and teachers. It is “in danger" of being “form a church," to hear the Divine “given over to strong delusions ” “ that voice which is now pealing through (its members] should believe a lie, be- England, — “ Come out of her my cause they received not the love of the people, that ye be not partakers of her truth [as revealed in the Holy Scrip- plagues ?” May God of His infinite tures] that they might be saved!” mercy enable them to “hear, that their

If our words could reach Dr. Pusey souls may live!”. and his followers and friends, we would beseech them to ponder well his own NICHOL's SERIES.The Complete Works true and solemn statements :

of Stephen Charnock, B.D.; with In“Many seem ready to sacrifice any troduction, by Dr. M'Cosy. Vol. I. principle (if indeed it is to them any sa Edinburgh: J. Nichol. crifice) to a supposed influx of numbers ;

Here is another in the goodly fellowas if men could do the work of the Spirit

ship of the Puritan fathers, most accuof God, and a motley crowd of worshippers, of discordant faith, or of no

rately edited and introduced to the faith, could form a Church, the temple

reader, in a style worthy of Charnock, of the Holy Ghost. True, as they say,

by Dr. M'Cosh. The following extract

from the introduction is wise and that a National Church ought to take in the nation. True, also, that the

weighty :Christian Church ought to take in the

“No treatise of divinity can accomplish the

high ends secured by the Word of God, with its world ; but by winning it to the truth, vivid narratives, its typical events and ordinot by becoming the domicile of its ·nances, its instructive parables, and its attractive

exhibition of God as living, acting, and lovingerrors, an aggregate of all its unsancti

all suited to the heart and imagination of man fied “ opinions," a Pantheon of all its as well as his understanding. A theological idols. Accessions of members, which system, when compared with the Word of God, are won to the truth, are the glory of

is at best like a hortus siccus when compared

with the growing plants in nature, or a skeleton the Church-the fruit of the blood of in reference to the living frame clothed with Christ-the travail of His soul which

flesh and skin. The most useful and effective

preaching must follow the Word of God as a He beholds with joy—the triumphs of model rather than bodies of divinity, and preHis perpetual intercession. Accessions sent God and His love in the concrete, and not in “ of members unconverted—unwon to abstract form. Still, systematic theology has the truth as it is in Jesus '-form but

t important purposes to secure, not only in testing

and guarding purity of doctrine in a church, but in a house builded on the sand, ensuring combining the scattered truths of God's Word, so its fall the more fatally by their acces

that we may clearly apprehend them; in exhibiting

the unity of the faith ; and in facing the misapsiona Babel-multitude, collected only prehensions, mistakes, and errors which may in order to be dispersed the more hope- ärise.” lessly.”

It always appeared to us that CharBecause the Anglican Establishment nock saw about as far as it was ever already answers to this awful descrip- permitted to man in his mortality to tion we deliberately adopt the language see of the glories of the Divine character. of Dr. Newman, and say that "nothing It is in keeping with the depth and short of a miracle” would make us clearness of his acquaintance with God, believe that its “motley crowd of wor- that "his love was as large as his knowshippers, of discordant faith, or of no ledge, for his benevolence was universal, faith, could form a church, the temple and his love took in whatsoever person or of the Holy Ghost." And Dr. Pusey thing had anything lovely in it." Mr. endorses the sentiment! Then why- Nichol has impaired the money value of oh! why ?-does he remain one moment some precious old folios on our shelves; longer in communion with it as a but we condone this offence, because of Church of Christ? Can nothing unstop the large benefit conferred by his publi. his ears, and the ears of all others cations on the larger number.

excellent tract contains a popular representation of truth excellently suited for distri. bution in localities where the Romanists are active. The melancholy human holocaust at Santiago is made the occasion of exhibiting the unscriptural and pernicious nature of the dogmas put forth bû Rome in connection with the Mother of the Lord.

The Bible in the Church: A Popular

Account of the Collection and Reception of the Holy Scriptures in the Christian Churches. By BROOKE Foss WESTCOTT, M.A., formerly Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge. London: Macmillan & Co. 1864.

A very useful, trustworthy, and handy treatise on one of the most important questions that could be raised amongst Christians. It will be found invaluable to our ministers as a text book for their advanced Bible-classes, or for lectures to their congregations on the Canon of Scripture; and it will suggest reflections upon the authority of our Sacred Books which deserve the attention of all Christians, and especially of the members of our own body. These inspired writings have gradually won for themselves the pre-eminence which they now hold, and which the founders of our churches have always asserted on their behalf. A true historical criticism, as exhibited by Mr. Westcott in this book, only serves to confirm our testimony in this respect, and to equip our churches for the great controversies of our times.

The Conflict of Opinion. An Essay by CHARLES CHAPMAN, M.A. London: Jackson, Walford, & Hodder. 12mo., pp. 95.

After pointing out some of the sources of that diversity of opinions which cannot but arise, seeing what man is, Mr. Chapman draws certain conclusions on the spirit and method in which controversy should be conducted. The essay is calm and thoughtful; and deserving of a wide circulation.

The Earnest Missionary. A Memoir of the Rev. HORATIO PEARSE. By the Rev. THORNLEY SMITH. London: Hamilton, Adams, & Co., 1864. 12mo., pp. 277.

Mr. Pearse was a missionary; and, for a time, general superintendant of the Wesleyan missions among the Kaffirs of the Port Natal district in Southern Africa. These duties he seems to have fulfilled with credit, industry, and success. Mr. Smith has brought together the chief incidents of a somewhat eventful life in an interesting manner ; but has failed to produce a vigorous or effective portraiture of the man. We can, however, very well believe that Mr. Pearse was a sincere Christian, and, although in no sense a remarkable man, yet one of those earnest workers who do God's work in quietness, and then enter on their reward.

The Daughters of Mary. London: Hunt, Duke-street, Manchester-square; Partridge Paternoster-row. Price One Penny. This

Intelligence.

MINISTERIAL CHANGES. The Rev. W. Page, B.A., late of Regent's. park College, has accepted the unanimous invitation of the church at Truro.-The Rev. J. Sprigg, M.A., has resigned the pastorate of the church at Westbury Leigh, Wilts. – Mr. W. Jones, of Pontypool College, tas accepted the unanimous invitation of the church at Tongwynlas.—The Rev. P. W. Grant, has resigned the pastorate of the church in Darlington.- We are

requested to mention that the address of the Rev. Dr. Hoby will henceforth be Broomfield, Caterham, Red-hill, Surrey.The Rev. F. Edwards, B.A., late of Leeds, has accepted the invitation of the church and congregation to resume the pastorate of the Baptist church, Harlow, Essex.The Rev. John Price, late of Amersham, has accepted the pastorate of the church at Alberton, Port Adelaide, South Australia, and will shortly sail for that colony.--The

Rev. W. Lewis, Moriah, Dowlais, has ac- ORDINATION AND RECOGNITION cepted the unanimous invitation of the

SERVICES. church at Velinvoel, Llanelly. The Rev. WHITEHAVEN, Sept. 19th.-- The Rev. J. S. Jones, of Llanfair, has accepted an F. A. Charles was publicly recognized as invitation from the church at Saron, Rhym- pastor of the church in this town. The ney-vale. - Mr. W. E. Williams, of the Revs. S. G. Green, B.A., D. Kirkbride, J. Baptist College, Llangollen, North Wales, Burns, and Arthur Mursell conducted the has accepted the unanimous invitation to services. become the pastor of Hephzibah Church, WELLINGTON-STREET, LUTON.-Services Bedwas, Mon.-Mr. John Minett, of the in recognition of the Rev. H. Ashbery as Rev. C. H. Spurgeon's College, has ac- pastor of the church were held on Sept. cepted the inyitation of the church at 26th. The Rev. T. R. Stevenson, of Union Stantonbury, Bucks.-- The Rev. G. Haigh Chapel, and the Revs. T. Hands, D. Gonld, has resigned the pastorate of the church at of Dunstable, and Brewin Grant, B.A., of Bessel's-green, Kent.— The Rev. W. S. Sheffield, also delivered kind and approChapman, B.A., formerly of Amersham, priate addresses. has accepted the unanimous invitation of CHELTENHAM.—The ordination of Rev. the church at George-street, Nottingham. T. Foston as pastor of the church at Salem

Chapel took place on Sept. 28th. The Revs.
Dr. Gotch, Mr. Haycroft, G. M'Michael,

N. Haycroft, and other ministers took part
ANNIVERSARY AND OPENING in the proceedings.
SERVICES.

Hay, Sept. 28 and 29.-The ordination

of Rev. G. Rees (of Haverfordwest College) CALNE.—The chapel at Castle-street was

took place. The Revs. Dr. T. Davies, T. re-opened on Sept. 22nd, after considerable

Hughes, G. Phillips, R. Lloyd, L. Jones, improvement. Mr. Hollyock, of Bristol

and C. W. Smith conducted the services. College, kindly preached in lieu of Rev. W.

TOTTENHAM-COURT-ROAD, LONDON.- A G. Lewis, of Westbourne-grove, absent

very interesting meeting was held on the through illness. On the following Lord's

26th of September at Kingsgate Chapel, day, the Rev. C. J. Middleditch preached.

Holborn, in connection with the recognition ZION, FESTINIOG, MERIONETHSHIRE.

meeting of the Rev. H. C. Parry as pastor Services in connexion with the opening of

of the Welsh Baptist Church meeting in the above chapel were held on the 19th,

Tottenham-court-road, London. The Rey. 20th, and 21st Sept., the Revs. H. Morgan,

Jesse Hobson took the chair. Mr. Evans, of Dolgellau, R. Ellis, of Carnarvon, J. G.

senior deacon of the church, gave a very Owen, of Rhyl, and W. Morgan, D.D., of

interesting statement of its history from its Holyhead, taking part in the services

commencement to the present day. The BRADFORD, YORKSHIRE.---The seventh

meeting was afterwards addressed by the anniversary of the formation of the church

Revs. G. W. Eyans, Upton Chapel; M. in this place was held on September 18th,

Evans, Moorfields ; W. Lloyd, Aldersgate; and commemorated by the presentation of

C. W. Banks, and H. C. Parry, the recogseveral handsome gifts from the church and nized minister. congregation to their beloved pastor, the Rev. H. J. Betts.

MISCELLANEOUS. WESTON-SUPER-MARE.—The new Baptist chapel in Wadham-street, in this town, South KENSINGTON.—The Rev. S. Bird's was opened on Sept. 30th. The new edi. congregation have erected an iron chapel fice is erected on the site of the former upon the ground which has been secured building, which had become too small for with a view to the erection of a more the increasing congregation. The chapel is solid structure. This temporary chapel calculated to seat 750 persons. Two school was opened on Sept. 13th, when a sermon rooms communicate with the chapel by was preached by the Rev. C. Stovel, and a folding doors, and in cases of necessity can public meeting was held in the evening. be used as a part of the chapel, and would TORQUAY, Sept. 22nd.—The ninth anniaccommodate 250 more at the least. The versary of the pastorate of Rev. J. Kings cost of the building, including the school was commemorated by the presentation of rooms and offices, was £1,100, of which a purse of sovereigns as a token of affection sum about £700 had still to be made up on from the church and congregation to their the morning of the opening. The sermons were preached by the Revs. N. Haycroft, GEORGE-STREET, NOTTINGHAM, Oct. 4th. and R. P. Macmaster, of Bristol.

--An interesting ceremony took place in

the presentation of a testimonial to the Rev. J. Edwards, late minister of the Baptist Chapel, George-street. When Mr. Edwards's resignation was made known, several friends thought that the faithful labours of nearly thirty-four years ought to be acknowledged in some suitable manner, and it was finally resolved to present the reverend gentleman with a purse of gold, to which has since been added a valuable gold watch. The testimonial was presented

ial was presented by John Heard, Esq. The testimonial consisted of a purse containing 100 guineas, and a handsome gold watch bearing the following inscription :-“ Presented to the Rev. J. Edwards upon his retiring from the ministry of the Baptist Church, Georgestreet, Nottingham, after thirty-three years' faithful service, by his numerous friends.August, 1864."

LERWICK CHAPEL.—The following contributions have been received :

£ s. d. Mr. S. Dusautory, Hampshire... 0 10 0 Rev. D. Crumpton, Salendine

Nook................................. 0 5 0 W. Shaw, Esq.....

....., 1 0 0 Mr. W. S. Brook.................... 0 5 0 Mr. John Y. Gourley, Sunderland 1 0 0 Mr. Edward S. Gourley............ 1 0 0 Mr. Richard Oliver.................. 1 0 0 Mr. William Harty .................. 1 Mr. Thompson Oliver, and dona

tion ................................. 1 0 0 Collection by Mr. Robert Coates,

Bradford, second remittance ... 5 0 0 Mr. Geo. Sievwright, Aberdeen... 0

2 6 Mr. John Wallace, Orkney.........

By Rev. J. Stock, DevonportRev. W. Cloake, Beckington...... 0 5 0 W. L. Smith, Esq., St. Albans ... 2 0 0 J. S. Hicks, Esq., Looe ............

5 0 W. Hicks, Esq., Looe.............., 5 0 Mrs. L. Blair, Rothsay ............

2 0 0 E. & R. ......

........ 0 10 0 G. J. E ..........

Collected by Rev. D. Mills, DundeeMrs. Nicholson ...................... 0 5 0 Mr. W. Scott ........................ 2 0 0 Mrs. R. MacIntosh .................. 0 5 0 Mr. John Ewan Mr. A. Balfour .............

5 0 Mr. Jas. Spankie..................

10 0 Miss E. Lamb .............

5 0 Mrs. Jas. Littlejohn

5 0

Mrs. D. Mills ............

... 1 0 0 Collection in Rev. D. Mills' Church ......

............ 6 16 2} Collection in Sec. Baptist Church 1 2 4

Collected by Rev. T. Oliver, SunderlandMr. Martin Lorie .................. 1 0 0 Mr. R. H. Potts ........

............ 1 0 0 Mr. Henry Davidson .......... 0 10 0 Mr. Edward Graydon............

0 10 0 George Hodson, Esq. ............... 0 10 Mr. John Arnstrong ...............

0 10 Two Friends ......................... 1 0 0 Mr. Peter Campbell, sen., Perth 1 8 0 Mr. J. Graham, jun., Magherafelt, Ireland .....

.............. 1 0 Mrs. James Graham ............... 1 0 0 Miss Carson ........

.............. 1 0 0 Contributions will be thankfully received and acknowledged by the Rev. John Stock, Baptist Minister, Devonport; or by Mr. G. Henderson, Merchant, Dunrossness, Shetland.

CARDIFF.- August 16th, the memorial stone of the new Bethany Chapel, now being built in St. Mary's-street, Cardiff, was laid by Thomas Hopkins, Esq. The Rev. Rees Griffiths, the pastor, was assisted by the Rev. J. W. Lance, of Newport, and by some of the ministers of the town. We may intimate that the building is progressing rapidly, and will be opened early in the new year-we should be pleased to add free from debt.

Harlow, Essex.--August 23rd, a public meeting was held in the Baptist chapel, Harlow, in connection with the resignation of the Rev. T. R. Stevenson, who for upwards of three years has filled the pastorate of the church worshipping there. The chair was taken by Charles Barnard, Esq., of Harlow Bury, and addresses expressive of esteem and sympathy toward Mr. Stevenson were delivered by the Rev. F. Edwards, B.A., of Harlow; W.Cuthbertson, of Bishops Stortford ; J. Wood, of Sawbridgworth; and Mr. Whitaker, one of the deacons of the church. In the course of the evening a handsome drawing-room timepiece, and a purse containing £22, were presented to Mr. Stevenson.

ALDBOROUGH, SUFFOLK.-September 6th, meetings were held in Union Chapel, for the nu the purpose of taking leave of the Rev. T. M. Roberts, B.A., who, after a pastorate of four years at Aldborough, has accepted a call to Newbury, Berks. Addresses were delivered by the Rev. G. Pope, late of Collingham, Notts, by the deacons, Messrs. Lincoln, C. Smith, and Wills; and by Mr. R. Taylor, of Notting-hill. In the name of the church and congregation, Mr. Lincoln, the senior deacon, presented to the retiring

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pastor a handsome tea service, together with an inkstand, in token of the affection of his late charge.

KINGSBRIDGE, Devon.—September 6th, a meeting was held to take leave of the late pastor, the Rev. T. Peters, who has accepted an invitation to the pastorate of the church at Watford. J. Scoble, Esq., presided, when interesting addresses, abounding in expressions of esteem for Mr. Peters, and of regret at his removal, were delivered by various friends. A purse of £30, contri. buted by the church and congregation, was presented to Mr. Peters by Mr. Balkwill, as an expression of their affectionate regard and appreciation of his ministry.

BISHOP BURTON, NEAR BEVERLEY.The centenary of this church was celebrated by sermons on September 25th, preached by Rev. G. C. Catterall, and a public meeting held on the 27th. The Rev. J. Dawson, the pastor, read an account of the history of the church. The chapel was opened in 1770, and Mr. David Kinghorn, the father of the Rev. Joseph Kinghorn, of Norwich, was the first pastor. There have been (including the present) ten pastors, two of whom held the office fifty-nine years; namely, Mr. Kinghorn twenty-nine years and Mr. Berry thirty years. The meeting was addressed by Dr. Evans, of Scarborough; the Revs. G. C. Catterall, of Wakefield; L. B. Brown, of Hull; S. Brown, of Beverley ; A. Bowden, of Driffield ; and W. C. Upton, of Beverley.

HEMEL HEMPSTEAD, HERTS.—The third anniversary of Marlowes Chapel, Hemel Hempstead, was celebrated on the 27th September. Sermons were preached in the afternoon and evening by the Rev. James Mursell, of Kettering. Collections were made on behalf of the chapel-building fund.

time she had been declining in health, and for the last four months of her life was confined to her chamber, and mostly to her bed, waiting and longing to “depart and be with Christ, which is far better. She was anxious-perhaps too anxious—to leave the world, and felt disappointed at being detained so long in the body, wondering why the Saviour did not send some heavenly messenger to convey her home, praying, and longing, and hoping to " be. hold His face in righteousness." But just at the right time her desire was granted, and she took her flight, we doubt not, from earth to heaven, bidding adieu to mortal woes—to pain, and sin, and death.

Steadily she looked to Jesus, depending on His finished work alone; and the thought of what He is and has done, yielded her “strong consolation" on the bed of death. She had, indeed, but little, if any, fear of death, during the whole of her illness, and was very grateful to Christian friends for their little attentions, feeling the comfort of the presence and unremitted attention of a kind sister, who continued with her till she sweetly “slept in Jesus." Long had she felt that it must be “far better * to be with an immortal Saviour, sharing in His smiles, than to live here always exposed to death. And well might she and others exult in that saying "Death is swallowed up in victory!”—as it surely will be, when He who is “the Resurrection and the Life" shall appear “in the clouds of heaven," in the last day. The thought that where Jesus dwells there is no more dying, suffering, sinning, is animating to the believer, and was to her. But she now lives to die no more-lives to bless Him for the displays of His providence and grace towards her; for His guidance and protection through life; and for His sustaining power in the hour of death, when flesh and heart failed. Peaceful was her end, and peace to her memory. “Let me die the death of the righteous!” But does the reader say so ? then he must live the life of the righteous, which is a life of faith on the Son of God. “This is our victory, even our faith."

The pastor of the departed buried her “in sure and certain hope of the resurrecSion unto eternal life," and endeavoured to improve her death from Phil. i. 23:4" For I am in a strait betwixt two," &c.-50 ex. pressive of the state of her mind. “ Where thou art gone my soul would be, And faints my much-loved Lord to see! Earth, twine no more about my heart,

For 'tis far better to depart." Winchcomb. ROBERT GRACE

RECENT DEATHS.

Mrs. Ann FREEMAN. The Spirit of God has said, “Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord;"-and thus died Mrs. Ann Freeman, May 25, 1864, in the sixty-fifth year of her age.

For a long time the departed had been a disciple of Christ, and walked consistently. She first united in Christian fellowship with the Independent Church at Bromsgrove, but subsequently was baptized, and joined the Baptist Church at Winchcomb; and felt interested in the prosperity of the Redeemer's cause here. Her late husband had been one of the most pious and consistent members of the church, he left her a widow eleven years ago. For a long

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