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sions of fervent desire and prayer that God would arise and revive his work." This language may very appropriately be used with reference to many of the letters in the year 1867.
The old Association of Baptist churches held their annual meeting at Laxfield, June 4th and 5th, 1833. On that occasion the late Mr. Goldsmith, of Stradbrooke, was moderator; Mr. Sprigg, late of Stokegreen, Ipswich, and the late Mr. Wilson, of Tunstal, preached the second day.
The late pastor of the Laxfield church, Mr. Totman, is still living, and is occasionally enabled to attend the house of God; may his successor continue as firmly attached to, and as firm a defender of, the great fundamentals of vital religion as this now venerable servant of the Lord was in his days of health, strength, and usefulness.
Thus, respected friend, I have penned down a few particulars respecting the Suffolk Baptist Association, for the present year. Theitems are gathered from the notes of half a dozen different irdividuals who were present, who sincerely wish to see truth prevail, and God's cause prosper. By request I forward this intelligence for you to use in the VESSEL, or as you please, and should you this summer have occasion to travel to, or near, Halesworth or Lowestoft, pray give me a look; you will receive a hearty welcome, and friends around this locality who love the truth of God, would like to hear you preach. Whatever mistakes have occured in writing the above, pray attribute it to the weakness of
A Plain COUNTRYMAX.
and in wrecks, a night and a day in the deep,
My soul approves them well,
And vain the assaults of hell."
Thy flowing wounds supply,
And shall be till I die."
SEEKING FOR PARDON.
DEAR BROTHER IN THE DOUBLE BONDS OF GRACE AND NATURE—Like many more, you sent me a kind note and contribution to help in our Bethnal Green Mission, which I did not acknowledge; but I will show why, and sue out a pardon from yourself, and from all who have apparently been thus neglected.
First, take the following note written to you in a railway carriage :
To be thrown by steam and water hither and thither continuously may be a change, but to one's nature it is not so pleasant. To endeavour to make the best of it, I write a note or two, while some of my fellowpassengers are singing, others with children crying, some with music playing, and not a few
filling our travelling box with smoke, and savour most unpleasant. It is nothing compared with the great Redeemer's travelling. He being weary, sat down by the well. The great apostle was often in perils,
and gone, or from reading my simple testimonials in THE EARTHEN VESSEL Cheering . Words, and other books. At Wooburn Green, I saw father Howard and his good wife, the parents of Abraham Howard, the Birmingham pastor; and I may call them the father and mother of the cause of truth in that village, or small manufacturing town. I dearly love old Christian friends; and with them often mingle tears and prayers, although they know I am much despised by the elder, and the nobler brethren. At Wooburn green, I saw brother John Brunt, who is soon expecting to leave High Wycombe. He is a minister of high character; and of good ability; and is adapted to take the charge of any united church in any part of the world. I also saw the Penn Beacon pastor, Mr. Miller, who has long laboured on one of the highest hills in that country; and is a brother of a pure mind and of a very steady faith; quietly and honestly he serves his Master, and feeds the sheep committed to his
Then, finally, there is the prophetic voice of Christ, in the soul, which leadeth to an anticipation of the realization of the apostle's consolatory words, “When Christ who is our life shall appear, then shall we also appear with him in glory.” Have not you, my brother, for many years, had this threefold voice in your soul? Yea, I hope, as a family, we all have. I cannot resist a word or two, upon the unity, yet the singularity of the different branches of our brotherhood, I have no doubt, but that our mother carried all us four boys to the throne of Almighty grace hundreds of times. And is it not a cordial to your spirit, that all the family, girls and boys, profess, and I hope, possess faith inthe precious Christ of God? As regards yourself, I can never question your interest in Christ; I knew you in the days of your first love. I knew you, when I saw the true grace of Christ shining beautifully in you, and although you are nowa clergyman in the Church of England, I can never believe but you are qualified for, and designed to effect a good work in your trying and arduous position. Mother's prayers have been answered in you. Then, there is our brother Robert; perhaps the most faithful in all the family. When I think upon his self-denying labours travelling every Sunday morning from Bridge to Canterbury, from Canterbury to Pluckley, and from Pluckley to Egerton Fostall, then preaching there all day and returning back at night, when I consider he has done this for years, I feel it must truly be "a work of faith, and a labour of love." Mother's prayers have been answered in him. Then, look at our dear Samuel proaching the Gospel in Ireland; and suffering great deprivations there; I rest assured mother's prayers are answered in him; although I constantly wish he was in London, where more frequently I might commune with him. Surely, we are singular family. As regards myself, when I review the trying path I have had to tread; when I consider how afflictions in circumstances have oft o'erwhelmed me, when I hear how bishops, deans, and deacons secretly slay me; I stand amazed at the fact, that I am still called to labour in all parts of this country; and if I am not deceived, if the people deal not falsely with me, then, with Paul I may say, “the Lord stands by me.” Oh, it is the heart-bleeding prayer of :our poor brother, that in his eternal salvation, our mother's prayers may be answered; and the Lord glorified in not leaving one single hoof behind.
Last Monday morning, I set out for Wooburn Green, in Bucks, where I preached twice; and returned home same night.
For this good Miller there will be
A sweet reward in glory;
The wondrous Gospel story. Young master Edgerton is accepted in the ministry at Wooburn Green. So, also, is Mr. Kaye, who has engaged to be my curate at Squirries street in the month of July.
It was late last Monday night when I reached home; but early on Tuesday morning, I was on my way to Tunstall, in Suffolk; where, twice again I did the best I could to preach of salvation in Jesus, the eternal Son of God. I appeared obliged to preach there from these words, “Behold! I send you forth as sheep, in the midst of wolves;
ye, therefore, wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.” I think there are some wolves in the world; but I found none at Tunstall.
THE COMPARATIVE DARK STATE OF
ENGLAND. Tunstall chapel is very large. I feel sure a thousand people might be crowded into it. It stands almost alone, in a large open part of the country; not far from the sea-side. The Gospel of the grace of God, stands in Tunstall on rather a large scale. There is nothing of weakness nor littleness about it. The chapel is spacious; the congregations are numerous, the minister, brother A. Baker, is a man of no ordinary make; and for some years now, the Lord has much honoured his labours in Tunstall; and in seven or eight of the villages round. Brother Baker is a village preacher without doubt; is one of the happy crooks in Christ's hands, whereby the sheep are brought into the fold. And yet, the inhabitants of Tunstall generally speaking, are no friends to the Gospel preached by the Lord's servant at Tunstall. I hope, ere long, to give a likeness of this good soldier of Jesus Christ; a view of the
ADVANTAGES OF ANNIVERSARIES. At these country anniversaries, I frequently meet with many excellent godly ministers, whose friendship and fellowship I enjoy: I, also, am sometimes favoured to hear of spiritual good which Christians have received cither from hearing me years past
chapel and parsonage, and a history of the people in the chapel; and, by the good interesting life of parson, place, &c. The hand of God upon us, to work we all went. Tunstall people kindly received me. I did Brother Baker read the Word and offered my best to serve them; although I ap- prayer. I preached three times, Thursday peared to fall short of all I desired to do afternoon and evening; and again on Friin the ministry of the word. There is a day evening; and left there this Saturday most efficient choir in Tunstall chapel ; I morning; and have written these few lines enjoyed the singing much.
while roiling in a Great Eastern. Forgive Aldborough, on the coast of Suffolk, is all that seems wrong, and all that is wrong, now a growing watering place. Christian in these railway reflections by your brother, people seeking health by the sea-side will
C. W. B. find quietness in Aldborough ; and from At Mendlesham, many ministers have thence to Tunstall chapel will be found a laboured, who are scattered here and picturesque, romantic, rural, and pleasing there in many parts of England. They will walk.
be glad to learn that Mendlesham chapel is Tired as a hunted hare I went to rest in much enlarged ; the church and congregabrother Baker's parsonage, on the Tuesday tion has grown wonderfully, and the pastor night; but very early the next morning, Mr. Bartholomew, is God's mouth and he summoned me to a good breakfast, which
minister for the calling and comforting of he and his happy wife had prepared. many. Greater kindness I never could receive than was administered here. But the car- HAPPY SERVICES AT RYE LANE rier came to take me to the station, and
PECKHAM. through the groves and lanes at early dawn
On Monday, June 3rd, two interesting we sped our way, and still preserved, services were held at Rye Lane Chapel
, reached by noon Jireh chapel, on the as- Peckham. In the afternoon, at 3 o'clock, cending hills of East Bergholt, where again
a large number of friends met in the schoolthe Gospel was to be proclaimed. I was room behind the chapel, where two mehappy at Bergholt; but as a separate ac- morial stones were to be laid. The Sabcount is to be sent me, I stop not here. bath school in connection with Mr. Moyle's That night, after two long services I walked church under the able superintendent, Mr. with the Lydia of Bergholt, and her be
G. T. Congreve (author of “ Eight Acrostics loved son, Master Steggalls, to the White
on the Bible,") has been so largely blessed Horse, where a bed was prepared for this
with prosperity that the new school-room weary pilgrim. Mr. and Mrs. Deeks, who
so recently erected was found totally inmanage the White Horse at Bergholt, are adequate to accommodate the numbers degood people; and they make travellers sirous of joining. " The nursery at the back wonderfully comfortable; and charge next of the chapel" (as Mr. Congreve expressed to nothing for it, which suits a poor half
it) was to be enlarged to double its original paid workman like your brother. You
size by taking the end wall away and ex. rich and wealthy clergymen, may be gentle- tending the sides, with other additions and men, but, it often seems to me, that my
improvements; and when completed, we work is to be free indeed.
are promised a “ model school." WILFUL SINXING.
o'clock Mr. Moyle, mounted on a temporary As soon as I got into my bed room at
platform, surrounded by a number of warm the White Horse, I said, “ Bless the Lord,
supporters of Sabbath school instruction, for a quiet corner.”
opened the proceedings by reading and the I had not been in this room long, before there came across my
company singingsoul, this doleful word, "If we sin wilfully
Lord, assist us by thy grace after we have received the knowledge of
To instruct our infant race, the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice
Grant us wisdom from above, for sin ; but a fearful looking for of judg- 1
Fill us with a Saviour's love. ment; which shall devour the adversary!"
May we teach them day by day, The coming of such a word, after such a
In the house and by the way, happy day, staggered me, it made me feel ill.
When they rise and when they rest, I sat down to my Bible, read the passage ex
Till Thy truth shall make them blest. actly as it came to me : and I thought it was A portion of the 78th Psalm was read given me as a text for Mendlesham, where and Mr. George Webb (of Wild street), the next day I preached from it. The offered prayer. Mrs. John Bland, the lady particulars of it, and of “the dreadful who was appointed to lay the stone of the prayer-meeting,” I purpose to publish girls' school, was then introduced by the separately; as I cannot give it all in the pastor. A very interesting scene followed VESSEL. Next morning, up and at it again. on Mrs. Bland proceeding to perform her Paid my bill at the White Horse, walked to pleasing task, and considerable curiosity Manningtree railway-station, took my ticket was manifested to witness the proceedings. for Stowmarket, from whence, that praying Having duly laid the stone, the remarks Jabez, the Good Hart, drove me to Mendles- Mrs. Bland made were, then read. She ham, where I found pastors Baker and esteemed it a great privilege to take part Bartholomew in the vestry, Frederick in so interesting a work; she thought Runneckles in the singing desk; a host of much of the rising generation, and knew
what it was to have the anxious care of children, and could somewhat enter into Solomon's feelings when he said, “That the soul be without knowledge is not good.” Since she had known the Lord, if there had been one object more than another that had engaged her warmest sympathies, it had been the wish of doing good to the young. Thinking of the foundation stone just laid, her mind was led to the contemplation of the foundation stone God has laid in Zion for guilty sinners to build their hopes upon.
What was the nature of that hope ? Was it riches ? No. Long life? No. A name--when called to leave this time-state-- that her children might be able to say, my dear mother laid this foundation stone at Peckham Rye ? No; tbese would not bring the least satisfaction to her mind. The hope is this : that the act this day may be blessed by a Covenant God, who has purchased us by His own precious blood. Let our prayer be, that the children may feel a deep anxiety to come and be taught the letter of God's word, and may that word be powerfully applied by the Holy Spirit to the saving of their immortal souls; may we be living witnesses that many children taught here are the chosen of God, and redeemed by that all-atoning blood !
Another hymn having been sung, “Our Solicitor," (as Mr. James Mote is now called by our Strict Baptist friends) had to lay the memorial stone of the boys' school ; and we had a cheerful address on the great benefit Sabbath schools have been to England. Mr. Mote is well adapted for these kind of gatherings, as his addresses abound with sound argument and sterling advice, enlivened with some happy thoughts thrown in here and there off-handed, but always to the point, and well directed. After Mr. Moté had declared the stone duly and properly laid, and had given his address :
Mr. G. T. Congreve, in a few words, proposed votes of thanks to the lady and gentleman for having performed their task 80 well. The vote
very cordially given. Mr. Congreve remarked that they did not intend making any collection in the afternoon ; but we felt quite sure when we heard this that our friend had some deep design on the friends' purses, the way to which he appears to be a master in discovering. Tea was abundantly supplied in a marquee erected in Hanover Park at the rear of the chapel. In the evening, at half past 6, a public meeting was held in the chapel. This meeting was of a twofold character-to mark the nineteenth anniversary of Mr. Moyle's pastorate, and to , assist the school building fund. Our esteemed friend, Mr. Thomas Pocock (a name which must now be familiar to all our readers), occupied the chair, supported on his right by the pastor of the church, and on his left by the superintendent of the school, and snrrounded by Messrs. Silverton, Geo. Webb (Wild-street), Baugh, Att
wood, Anderson, Florey, Dixon, Meeres, Rogers, Jackman, and others.
Mr. Pocock, in opening the proceedings, said he was there out of respect to them as a Church and love to their pastor, whom he had known since a boy; and as he looked back that evening at the 77 years he (the chairman) had been preserved in the wilderness, he felt that he and their pastor had much cause to praise and bless the Lord for his preserving care to them for such a lengthened period ; they were living witnesses to the truthfulness of the promise, “As thy day, thy strength shall be.” When a youth, he spent some of his happiest days in the Sabbath school connected with that good man of God, Thomas Cranfield, under whose ministry he received much real profit. He was a Sunday school man, and a strong advocate for employing as teachers only such persons who had been called by grace. Two main branches of truth should be prominently put before the children. First, impress upon their minds the fact that they are born in sin, and that the blood of Jesus Christ alone can cleanse that sin away. Respecting their worthy pastor, he understood, should he be spared tiīl next October, he would then complete his twentieth year with them. This was a great thing to say in these days of constant changing, when one month you read of a "settlement under pleasing prospects," and the next month, or very soon after, we are told that our brother is about "removing to a larger sphere of usefulness." What was the secret of his brother Moyle's continued usefulness amongst his people? Prayer. For where a people lay near a pastor's heart, he will often be found at a throne of grace pleading there for the prosperity of the Church ; and so it will be with the people for their pastor. Those Christian friends who know what it was to retire to their closet, and there in secret plead with the Lord, knew with him that there some of the happiest moments were spent; wo can tell him what we could tell no one else. He believed his brother Moyle understood this truth, and therefore he gave him the right hand of fellowship. (Here Mr. Pocock shook Mr. Moyle heartily by the hand, and the scene of two aged Christian gentlemen thus evidently warmly attached to one another, was a sight that moved not only the chairman but many in the congregation to tears.)
Mr. Moyle next spoke. He was happy to meet his brother Pocock; for many years they had known and loved one another in the truth. The first Sunday in October, 1847, he came amongst them at the old chapel on probation; it was a very anxious time to him ; the cause was very low, the church numbering 30 members. He should ever remember with feelings of great affection his dear brother Congreve, one of the deacons then (the father of their present deacon); he was a man that had a tender regard for ministers, and he knew well how to speak a word in season-when the mind
with the ground and other extras, 500. would be required. What they wanted that evening was to make the amount up to 3502.
He knew where the other 1501. could be borrowed without interest. We now understood why Mr. Congreve told us there was to be no collection in the afternoon. He had made up his mind for 100%. on the occasion, and very wisely reserved all the strength for the evening meeting, and the amount was more than obtained. The following is a portion of the list :-Mr. Moyle, 5l.; Mr. and Mrs. Congreve, 202 : Mrs. John Bland, 101.; Mr. James Mote, 5l. ; Mr. Pocock, 31. 3s.; Mr. Rogers, 5l.; Mr. Cowtan, 5l. ; Mr. Higgs (the builder), 51 ; Mr. Creasey and family, 10l. 10s.; collected by Mr. Spencer, 101., &c.
After the collection, the school children, who occupied the gallery, sang most sweetly a beautiful piece, Mr. Congreve's daughter leading with the harmonium; Messrs. Alderson, Silverton, Baugh, Meeres, encouraged the friends in their work. Cordially Mr. Pocock was thanked for his presence, a verse was sung, the benediction pronounced, and considerably after 9 o'clock the happy gathering dispersed. R.
is dark, the spirit cast down, we think the spring is dry, and we have no more to say, and we are of no use, it is a great blessing to a minister to have a brother to cheer you. Such a man was the late Henry Congreve; he could opine one's thoughts; and with a cheerful face, a sweet promise, and a hearty shake of the hand, he would cheer you on the way. (Might the writer suggest the careful reading of this paragraph to those brethren in office who sometimes forget the pastor has a heart?) Since then they had gradually increased, not rapidly, never with a flourish or a spring-tide, but steadily, and that had been a great mercy for him; for had they prospered greatly, he might have become proud and haughty ; and had not he seen a little progress, then he was of that depressed spirit, he would not have been able to continue. What was the cause of their success ? The truth had been preached, the ordinances had been maintained. He could say, there was not a more united Church in London. As to the Sunday school, he must not say much, but he must blurt out a word. It was a sort of secret-the sum of £100 was wanted towards the expense.
He wished they might get it, and as a proof of the sincerity of his wish would give £5 towards it.
Mr. Congreve would tell them all about it.
Mr. G. T. Congreve was pleased to meet the chairman, and though it was the first time he had presided over them, he hoped it would not be the last. Whatever difference there might be on some points, he was sure the meeting was unanimous on one, and that was, they were all glad again to meet their pastor on the occasion of his nineteenth anniversary; and for himself, his brother officers, for the church, and for the congregation, he wished him many happy returns of the day, and was glad to find him as vigorous in mind as he was nineteen years ago. Might he be spared to them many years to come! The Lord was still blessing them as a church; not with a rushing torrent, but with the silent, peaceful, flowing on of the River of Water of Life. During the past year, twenty-one members had been added to the church ; the year previous twenty-three were added; the seats were let, and the chapel well filled; and they had now a large family of children. Only yesterday he examined the register (being the family nursemaid), and found they had 185 numes there. I'wo teachers and three scholars had recently been added to the church. He had, more especially, to deal that evening with the school enlargement, and the expense. The school had so rapidly increased that the immediate enlargement was sary. The business he had in hand was the money department. At their st October meeting, they commenced the fund; at that meeting they gathered £56 13s. 2d. In Christmas week they held a bazaar, which realized upwards of £140. They had now in hand £211 ls. 9d. The contract for the enlargement was 463l. ; and
MR. JOHN CORBITT DEFENDED.
Mr. EDITOP, -Allow me to write in defence of the Gospel in the West. The editor of the GOSPEL GUIDE, for April 19th, has recorded the sayings of "A Bird oi Passage." The so called bird has pointed at three ministers and places of worship in Plymouth and Devonport, but appears to have its eye more particularly on Trinity Chapel, Plymouth, in the deience of which I write, leaving others to defend themselves.
It is well known that the Gospel has been preached at Trinity Chapel for many years, but never more fully and faithfully than it now is by our friend, Mr. John Corbitt. A more malicious libel cannot be uttered than to say, as "The Bird" has, in reference to Trinity, its minister, and the order of the Church, I feel language is not strong enough to give a decided contradiction to the assertions there given.
I would ask the so-called “ Bird" what part of God's eternal truth has Mr. Corbitt denied or offered for sale ? Has he ever denied the resurrection of the body of Christ, or asserted that the blood of Christ shed on Calvary is not the blood of the Covenant ? Has he denied the resurrection of the body of the just and the unjust
, and advocated the doctrine of the Sadducees? Has he denied the life of God in the soul as the alone work of the Holy Ghost ? and set up or advocated Arminianism ? Does he set aside the ordinance of the Lord's Supper, knowing it is said—“As often this, ye do it in remembrance of Me?" Has he denied or offered for sale Believer's Baptism by immersion, as instituted by Christ in the New Testament, and put in the place of it infant sprinkling? What part of God's eternal truth is offered for