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brethren and Mr. Maycock there is our of our King and lawgiver, to be indifthis difference: they (Messrs. Bloom- ferent. O that this misled and blindfield and Anderson) were exclusively

folded world would see, that Christ doth devoted to the ministry; Mr. May

not rise and fall, stand or lie, by men's cock is the manager of a large manu

apprehensions."--(Letters, pp. 11 and 12.) facturing business in the city ; and

I am quite in harmony with the above;

for I do believe that my God's ordinances he has conscientiously realised the

are as his word, for it is a part thereof; fact, that a man whose mind, whose

and woe be to him who lives and dies an physical and mental powers are en- enemy thereto. I am able to make a difgaged the whole six days in secular ference in the case of Rutherford, and enterprises, cannot fulfil the impor- others, who may have been cradled, as it tant duties of pastor and minister of were, in the lap of ignorance and

supera London church. We have ourselves stition; although I do not see how it painfully suffered from this attempted is that they, as taught of God, do not amalgamation—to serve God and

in time find out their error, as Mr. PhilMammon; and we know, effectively,

pot, Mr. Tiptaft, and many others; but

for one who hath been delivered from such it never can be done. Before Mr. Maycock so far injured himself as to

mire to turn again to it, or what is the be fit for neither the city nor the

same, to turn his back on those things

they once received, as they believed from Church, he has resigned a pastorate heaven, it is painful to the last degree where the people loved him, and to think of. May my God ever keep you where the Lord honoured him. His and me faithful not only to his ways, &c., printed address, in which all is clearly but also faithful to those who turn away, and affectionately explained, can be not adding soft words or flattery to any had at our offices in Crane court. of them." Unto What, then, Were ye Bap

It will be seen from this extract tised ? Such is the interrogatory title that the writer of the pamphlet, of the first published reply to Mr. “ Unto what then were ye baptised ??? Thomas Edwards, of Tunbridge Wells,

is more zealous for “ the obedience whose letter, attempting to negative of faith” than many in this day. the ordinance of baptism, appeared We have not, from any impure moin our pages not long since. This

tive, used flattery, or soft words ; supplementary pamphlet can be had but, when we have received a man at J. Paul's, or our office ; six copies

as one sent of the Lord to preach His. free for six stamps. The author of this reply to Mr. Edwards, in a pri- other way than in the spirit of

Gospel, we fear to treat him in any vate note to us, says :

meekness.” Besides, broken bones, “ The copies of reply to Edwards are a broken and contrite spirit, a fear to safe to hand. I do intend, with the

wound and to grieve any of God's blessing and help of my God, to circu

children have, for years, been our late the whole of the copies. The 22nd and 23rd verses of the 15th chapter of

inward portion. And the wounded the 1st book of Samuel, have, for years,

are not fit for war ; unless the Lord. been a light to my path; also, a

fill us with the power of His Spirit, bar to my feet,

I should, long

we can only do as Paul said to one of ere now, have done as Saul did in his old, “For love's sake, I rather beday, and as many in ours have done, and seech thee." I fear will yet do. It is not a man's re- Winnowed Grain, dc. The fourth spectability or popularity is anything to edition of this little quarto is now me, either in the Church or out of it, in publishing by S. W. Partridge and religious concerns; neither do, or can I

Co., 9, Paternoster row. It contains believe that it is any account with my God, “ Selections from the Addresses of But I believe with the ancient Ruther

the Rev. J. Denham Smith."

Very ford, “ that when Christ shall bring all

happy does this preacher appear in out in our blacks and whites; at that day when He shall cry down time and the

his knowledge of Jesus, in his assurworld, and when the glory of it shall lie

ance of interest in Jesus, and in his in white ashes, like a May flower cut down

manner and spirit while speaking of and having lost the blossom ; there shall Him to others. Mr. Smith, by his. be few, yea, none, that dare make any addresses, speaks to many thousands. point that toucheth the worship and hon- When we heard him we loved him;


he was then sound and strong in the Strict Baptists Right;" the other, faith, and spoke like one who lived " What it is to Baptised by the Holy in the closest communion with the Spirit.” We believe these are out of Lord. Truly, we thought, “ the life print. If so, if we had permission, he lives in the flesh is by the faith of we should be inclined to make some the Son of God, who loved him, and extracts from them on another occagave Himself for him.

sion. The book for young students of

We should be disposed to make our divinity is Owen Jones's Church of

December VESSEL a DOUBLE NUMthe Living God.'It has been laid

BER, and give some good replies before some of the best theological

which have reached us ; but we canbooksellers, who pronounce it a valu

not decide upon it yet. able and respectable volume ; its printing and binding are of the best The Three Graves, dc. The Narrakind. We send it from our office,

tive of the Great Oakington Commepost free, for thirty-six stamps.

moration has been issued by Hatfield Paradise Restored, &c. Dr. John and Tofts, of Cambridge, in a neat Mason's volume on Jerusalem dur

tract. ing the Millennium,” is declared to be a perfect gem ; but then, as we

NOTTING-HILL.-On Tuesday, Oct. printed it, we will only say it has

15th, the annual meeting of the Building been reviewed at great length by Mr.

committee was holden in Johnson street Isaac Pegg, in his Christian Dial, for chapel. Mr. James Wells preached in the October; and if Anti-millenarians

afternoon ; Mr. P. W. Williamson prewish to read a cutting criticism they sided in the evening; and presented a report have it there. We have suffered so altogether pleasing; and furnishing ample much in this sin-smitten world, and proof that the ladies and friends altogether we have so anticipated the tinal con

had worked well and successfully. Mr. quests, and gloriously revealed and Williamson has been the pastor of that possessed triumphs of Jesus, that we

church now nearly twenty years; and he cannot but believe Dr. John Mason,

is still surrounded by an affectionate,

and numerous Christian family; and the in many things, is of one mind with the Spirit and Word of the living hope was expressed that he might work on

with them for at least thirty years longer; God. Seeing so many despise these and that his ministerial jubilee might be lively hopes, we wish, like the Church

witnessed by hundreds who should be as to say,

Until the day break, and seals to his ministry, as souls for his hire. the shadows flee away, I will get me The very venerable C. Woollacott deto the mountains of myrrh, and to the livered a faithful and affectionate address. hill of frankincense." There, we The brethren Henry Hall, W. Flack, C. sometimes wait in hope; there we W. Banks, and Timothy Baugh also adoften weep in sorrow ; but there, we dressed the meeting. Mr. Williamson are favoured at times to say,

baptized the last Sunday evening in ter, it is good for us to be here !”

October, and we were favoured to conAnd,

verse with some young friends after the

meeting who were anxious to be united "If such the sweetness of the stream,

to the happy church there assembling toWhat must the Fountain be!"

gether. On the same evening, Mr. J. A A Conference betwixt a Papist and Jones's birth-day meeting was holden in a Jew, dc. Published by G. J. Ste- Jireh chapel, East road. The patriarch

This rare old tract was first was present at this his eighty-eighth printed in 1678; the riots around natal day; and addressed the friends. Mr. Murphy's tent in Birmingham The chapel was crowded; and several has caused its reproduction. It is a

ministers spoke good words on the occa

sion. We have noticed before Mr. May. grand old discussion, and to Jew and Gentile, to Romanist and Protestant,

cock’s resignation address at Hope chapel,

Bethnal Green; and Mr. Wilkins's to Ritualist, and every formalist, we

pastoral celebration at Soho. Shalom commend it with all our heart.

chapel, in the Oval, Hackney road, has On our table we have two sermons

been replenished and re-opened. Mr. by Mr. James Wells.

The one is

Myerson has been working too hard, headed, “Independents Wrong -- and has been unwell.

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Our Churches, Our Pastors, and Our people



"Wishing you every success in your present mission, and a safe return to your family, believe me yours sincerely,

6. Joun GRAY. " To the Rev. J. B. M'Cure.”

Our brother has safely reached England from Sydney, New South Wales. His appeal to the churches was given in the EARTHEN VESSEL last month. The following letters he brings with him, which express the favour and mercy he found on the voyage, and the use the Lord was pleased to make of him. We have read portions of his log-book, which we hope will soon be published, and that the object of his mission here may be attained is our ost hearty desire. We believe he is open to be invited to preach. Letters addressed to our office will find him. The following letter is from Lieutenant

John Gray, R.N.R., Commander of the
S. Ship “Great Britain":-
“S. Ship 'Great Britain,' at Sea,

16th Oct., 1867.
To the Rev. John Bunyan M'Cure.

“ DEAR SIR—We, the undersigned fel. low passengers, on the eve of what we trust will prove a prosperous voyage, beg respectfully to assure you of the warm esteem and approbation with which we view your conduct during our passage from Melbourne to Liverpool- your devoted attention to the spiritual wants of the numerous souls on board, your praiseworthy and humane care of the sick and dying. The many difficulties you met with tended rather to stimulate your exertions than to damp your ardour in a good cause.

That your future prospects in this world may, under God, be rendered as smooth and peaceful as the onerous responsibilities of your calling will allow; and that you may never cease to strive for the possession of that inestimable crown of life, the gift to those good and faithful servants of your heavenly Master, is onr united and heartfelt prayer." (Signed by 62 passengers.)

“S. S. Great Britain,'

Oct. 18, 1867. 4 MY DEAR SIR-I cannot allow you to leave the ship without expressing to you my appreciation of your very great kindness and exertions for the religious, moral, and intellectual improvement of both passengers and crew, also for your kind attentions to the dying, and the last sad duties to the departed.



(BY A CORRESPONDENT.) Something there was, what, none presumed to

say, Clouds lightly passing on a summer's day; Whispers and hints, which went from ear to

ear, And mixed reports no judge on earth could

clear. Not long since, a new Strict Baptist church was opened in the North Brixton Hall; and happily the Divine blessing evidently has rested upon the undertaking. Mr. Glenny, the enterprizing deacon, and indeed the promoter of the cause, thought that as all “ parties” were having meetings, why should not the Strict Baptists arise from their sloth and show their independence, as others have done? With this motive, a most novel programme was issued for a day's services to be held on Tuesday, October 15th, when eight sermons were announced to be preached on one day, and a prayermeeting to precede the sermons, that is, the opening service was to commence at seven in the morning. This programme, as it appeared publicly, met with much a failure—the idea of eight sermons in one day! And had it been a failure, small noises would have been heard in small quarters;

but it began in a hunible
He that is down need fear no fall,

He that is low no pride,
He that is humble ever shall

Have God to be his guide. Thus beginning lowly, these services ended nobly, beginning with a desire for the glory of the great Head of the Church, they finished, as the last hymn at the conclusion of the last sermon of these services expresses it

Grace all the work shall crown,

Through everlasting days,
It lays in heaven the topmost stone,

And well deserves the praise. Now to the programme. As early as seven in the morning, several of the faithful in Christ met, and prostrated themselves at :he mercy-seat, beseeching the

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presence of the Holy Spirit during the Lord spake often one to another; and the day's services. Breakfast followed. The Lord hearkened, and heard it; and a first sermon was then preached (at nine book of remembrance was written before o'clock) by Mr. Thomas Attwood." Text: him for them that feared the Lord and “Glorious things are spoken of thee, that thought upon His name. And they Zion," &c. The first preacher was well shall be mine, saith the Lord of Hosts, in selected; his utterance and appearance that day when I make up my jewels.". is like the morning dew-soft, and pure, Mr. 'I'imothy Baugh is an independent and gentle; as kindly affectionate to his thinker, and an eloquent speaker, and will brethren as to be an example to them. never be one of a party or clique; steady

Ten o'clock. Preacher, Mr. Thomas in speech, words rightly chosen, makes Steed (minister of Rehoboth chapel, Shad- him deservedly a "rising man.” well). Text: " And he led them forth by Four o'clock. Preacher, Mr. Isaac the right way, that they might go to a city Comfort. Text: “And the yoke shall of habitation.” The ten o'clock preacher be destroyed because of the anointing.” is of a different stamp to that of Mr. Att- Comfortable words indeed, without assumwood. Thomas Steed is somewhat like ing, without denunciation, “high in docSt. Peter; he cuts off not only the right trine, lowly in mind.” ear of the priest, but cuts at anything and Five o'clock. Tea provided, a goodly everything which stands opposed to his number partaking of the social beverage. views of the “eternal decrees' of the Al- Six o'clock. Preacher, Mr. B. B. Wale. mighty. But Thomas Steed is an Text: “I will not meet you as a man.” flinching advocate of those truths which A high-toned intellect, with more educaare too much ignored in the Church. tional endowments than generally falls to

Eleven o'clock. Preacher, Mr. Thomas the lot of Strict Baptist ministers. Young Wall, of Gravesend. Text: “This honour men especially would do well to study have all His saints." The venerable and the discourses delivered by Mr. Wale. godly Thomas Wall preaches what he Thoughts of the noblest, spoken in feels

. No deep thought, no eloquence. polished English. If a college could be Like the perpetual dropping of water, inaugurated for young men in connection which makes visible impress even on the with our churches, Mr. Wale would be the adamant; sentence after sentence falls right man for the professor's chair. from his lips, and makes the deep im- Seven o'clock. Preacher, Mr. E. J. pression on the hearer that the words Silverton. Text: “ The angel of the Lord spoken by the preacher are words of truth stood by." A good preacher, who is not and soberness. The doubter and un- at all particular that he pleases all. He believer would not have the feeling of un- is content to know what he does is right, belief while listening to the counsel of this and does not things because others do rightly revered father in Christ.

them. Mr. Silverton has the fiery zeal of Twelve o'clock. Preacher : Charles Whitfield, and now and then eloquent Waters Banks (Editor of THE EARTHEN passages are dashed into his fiery speeches

. VESSEL.) Text: “And you hath He So, gentle critic, eight sermons by eight quickened who were dead in trespasses clergymen in one day. All went off and sins.” Mr. Banks is certainly a capitally—all were pleased; and above workman that needeth not to be ashamed


, permanent good was done. Another -rightly dividing the word of truth; barrier to bigotry has been kicked down; deep thought, a well-read mind, a fluent and the few other barriers that are left utterance, yet now and anon a sarcastic are rotten, and will soon follow. word fixes the attention of every hearer. In a theological point of view, we can best describe the preacher by the words of

PECKHAM–RYE LANE. - On Tuesday Thompson

evening, Oct. 8th, a very interesting meeting was held in Rye lane Baptist chapel

, Ascend While radiant summer opens all its pride,

Peckham, to celebrate the opening of the Thy hill, delightful sheen! here let us sweep enlarged Sunday school and class rooms. The boundless landscape.

At five o'clock a large number of friends Of course these hasty notes of some of assembled in the beautiful school-rooms

the stewards of God's mysteries' are la- at the rear of the chapel, and were bounticonic, and must be accepted by their reve- fully supplied with an excellent tea (prorences as such.

vided gratuitously by the ladies of the At the conclusion of the sermon by Mr. congregation), thus allowing the whole Banks, several friends partook of a cold proceeds of the same to go towards the collation.

debt incurred in erecting these schools

. Three o'clock. Preacher, Mr. Timothy In the evening, at half-past six, a public Baugh. Text:" Then they that feared the meeting was held in the chapel. Thomas

lighted and ventilated, erery accommodation is provided, and we think deserves the title of “ Model Sunday School.” On the opening day it was tastefully decorated with flowers, evergreens, banners, and mottoes.

Dare, Esq., presided, and was supported by a number of ministers and gentlemen. The chapel was full, and the gallery was occupied by the Sabbath school children. Mr. Cowdry offered prayer. George Thomas Congreve, Esq., of Coombe Lodge, the secretary (under whose able superintendence, and the blessing of the Lord upon the same, the schools have so rapidly increased), gave a pleasant and interesting statement of their growth and present position, showing what a large amount of good may be effected by unity and perseverance. Mr. Congrere's address was warmly received by the meeting. Addresses, of an interesting character, were delivered by Messrs. George Webb (of Little Wild street), Mr. Crumpton, Mr. Timothy Baugh, and others. Mr. George Moyle expressed his gratitude to the ladies who provided the tea; to the friends who had that evening handed in their subscriptions so liberally; to their excellent neighbour who had presided; and to all who had attended the meeting, and helped the movement. In the course of the evening the children sang several pieces in very excellent style; among them the following, composed specially for the occasion by Mr. Congreve, was sung, and as we think it worthy of wide circulation, we here find room for it:

HOME! SWEET HOME! Beyond the dark river a land I behold, A country all fair, and a city of gold; Sweet home, where the burdened and weary

find rest; The home of my Father—the land of the blest.

Home, home, sweet, sweet, home,
The home of my Father-there's no place

like home,
How soft is the air, and how pure is the light!
How clear is the sky, never darkened by night!
The beams of the sun neither scorch nor grow

pale; The waters of life ever flow-never fail.

Home, home, &c. There Jesus, with all His redeemed shall ap

pear; His soft hand so gently shall wipe every tear; No sorrow, so sighing, no sickness is there, And angels immortal the rapture shall share.

Home, home, &c. The crowns in those mansions shall always be

bright; The robes of the ransomed shall ever be white; The harps of the blessed-their music how

long! Salvation ! Salvation ! how sweet is their song. Home, home, &c.

G. T. C. The Secretary announced that the subscriptions, profits of the tea, and other sums received that evening, amounted to about £63. A vote of thanks to the chairman being given, and the benediction pronounced, the friends separated. The school has been enlarged to double its former size, is beautifully

JIREH CHAPEL, EAST ROAD, LONDON.--- The entrance into the eighty-ninth year of his age was commemorated on the fifteenth of October last by Mr. J. A. Jones and his friends. A goodly number met in the afternoon when Mr. Hazelton preached an admirable sermon. The text was Exodus xt. and 8th verse, “ The Lord reigneth for ever and ever, The chapel was deemed ful to tea, but was crowded in the evening as it had been announced the respected veteran would be present. And present he was, cheerful and gratified, though exceedingly feeble; very many friendsgladly took this opportunity of shak. ing hands and bidding once more farewell. Having been helped to stand up he spake as follows : “My dear Christian friends, I see a full house, but I am not surprised at it, for I expected it, and I am glad to see you." After a pause he proceeded to say, “I wish you all knew yourselves as sinners in the sight of God, and that, as I did many years ago, you each fled to Jesus as the only way of salvation and God.” And having again resied a little he said, “ All who seek find. If God did not intend you to find, He would not, I was going almost to say, He would not have taken the trouble to make you seekers. You may know a great deal of other matters, but you know nothing if you know not Christ. Oh, it is a great matter to have the fulness of the blessing of Christ. I am, my dear friends, a supra-lapsarian, I glory in love in Christ above the fall. Love above blood, and then through blood to be holy and without blame before Him in love through all eternity. Ever since I knew the Lord I could not do as I did before. If there areany who have not been stopped in doing the ways of sin, they have not yet felt that living holy change which makes the new creature. The Lord bless you, and sanctify all your bitters, turning them all into sweets, and making them to drive you more to look to Jesus. Ah! looking to Jesus implies one thing, what is it? why, that you have eyes to see! I am soon going home, I don't expect to be here any more, but may the Lord be with you, and bless you every day and always, and for ever. I thank you for all your kindness to me,

I pray the Lord may return it into your bosoms sixty-fold.” It

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