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was visible to all present how feeble our dear old friend had become, and most gratified were the friends for this opporportunity to hear and see once more this aged servant of the Lord on the verge of Jordan's river. The meeting then proceeded, Mr. Milner took the chair, Mr. Pearce of Newton Abbott, prayed; Mr. Parsons of Brentford, addressed the friends on the “Holy Spirit's work in the Soul :" Mr. Hawkins on
“ The Holy Spirit as the Spirit of a Son;" and in his address said, the Lord had surrounded father Jones with social comforts as well heavenly. He had present all his children, one son, and six daughters, four-sonsin law, he has sixteen grandchildren, and ten great-grand children. Mr. Webster, on “the Holy Spirit as Comforter;" Mr. Attwood, Mr. Pearce, and Mr. Hazelton also followed
some precious characters of that blessed being, the Holy Spirit.
Right on to the present with tenderest
HARVEST THANKSGING SERMONS.
DEAR MR. EDITOR,—There is a pleasing service in connection with country churches which is almost unknown to those existing in London and the great cities, I allude to the harvest thanksgiving. Believers living in the country see more of the goodness of the Lord, on all hands they are surrounded by His wonderful works ; they realize the truth of the saying, “God made the country, man made the town.” They are able to trace almost daily the growth of the staff of life, first the blade, then the ear, and then the full corn in the ear; and are thus made to feel, more fully than others, their dependence on Him who holds the winds in the hollow of His hand, who giveth the early and the latter rain, and maketh his sun to shine upon the just and the unjust. Such a service was held on Tuesday, October 8th, at Farnborough Baptist chapel, Kent. The weather was gloomy, and threatened rain, yet our dear brother, S. Blake, of Dalston, brought down a goodly number of friends, so that we had a very good gathering in the afternoon to thank God for his mercy in permitting the ingathering of the precious fruits of the earth.
Brother Blake expounded the four first verses of the 104th Psalm, so graphically descriptive of the loving kindness of the Lord of the Lord and we found it to be a time of refreshing from His presence.
After tea a public meeting was held, the chapel being crowded. Unfortunately, the loved pastor, Mr. I. Ballard, was unavoidably compelled to be absent, otherwise the meeting, by the blessing of the Holy Spirit was all that could be desired, the great Lord of the harvest being truly in our midst. Brethren Haydon, of Tooting, Blake, of Dalston, and Brewers, of West Wickham, in turn addressed the people upon the rich spiritual teaching couched in the mysteries of earth's harvest-fields. The meeting, a
We thank Thee for spring-time, for life
giving showers, For bright summer sunshine, and bright
summer flowers, For fruit, and for grain by which we are
fed, And the millions of England provided with
bread. Our Ebenezer we raise, and lift up our
hand, With thanks for the favours conferred on
our land, For garners well stored with the bright
golden grain, We bless Thee, our Father, again and again. We thank Thee, our Father, for spiritual
bread, The Gospel by which Thy people are fed, We thank Thee for Jesus the gift of Thy
love, For foretaste below of the blessings above. We bless Thee that life still abides in Thy
Word, That Thy Spirit is still on the barren soil
poured. That sinners who seek Thee sincerely still
prove, Jehovah, unchanging, the fountain of
love. Hear now our prayer, oh, bless our land,
Within its borders still give peace, Let labour still, on every hand,
Be blest by. Thee with rich increase. Give to the powers which dwell on high,
To rule in justice without guile, That mercy, truth, and equity,
May reign supreme in Britain's isle.
For rich effusion on this place;
And sinners yield to sovereign grace.
Hear Thou the widow's plaintive cry, In Thee let orphan children prove,
A friend, a guide, for ever nigh, O let the Gospel's joyful sound, Soon spread o'er earth's wide harvest
field! From pole to pole Thy praise resound,
And earth to Thee her increase yield. The Lord is blessing Mr. Ballard in this place; he was privileged to baptize a brother and a sister at Eynsford, on Lord's day, October 12th, and there are others we trust who are not far from the kingdom of God.—Yours truly,
E. KNIGHTS. Brixton Hill.
PLYMOUTH.-Services in commemo- | and preached his first sermon from Hosea ration of the ninth anniversary of the xiv. 5, “I will be as the dew unto Israel,” ministry of Mr. F. Collins at Howe street he was persuaded that, if the Lord brought chapel, Plymouth, were held on Tuesday, him to settle there, he would provide for the 15th of October. In the afternoon, a him. From that time the dew had conmeeting for prayer and praise was held, tinued to descend, the holy anointing had commencing at three o'clock, at which an been realized, and God had blessed the address was given, founded upon the words feeble testimony he had borne to the in 1 Samnel vii. 12, by Mr. Vaughan, of saving of the lost. He was cheered, while Mount Zion chapel, Devonport. Mr. reading in THE EARTHEN Vessel of a few Vaughan expressed his unabated attach- months ago, a letter from his old friend and ment to the pastor and people of Howe street, brother Ward, it made him glad to find that and gave an affectionate address to the his friend, though in a distant settlement of people upon the Lord's help to them during Australia, continued to abide by the Gospel the past nine years. his help at the present, of free grace, and to sound forth the jubilee and the encouragement it afforded to faith notes of the finished work of our precious in the future. Several brethren engaged Christ. He did most heartily reciprocate
At half-past five o'clock the the kindly feelings expressed by his brother friends assembled partook of tea together, Ward, and wished him the continual prewhich was provided for the occasion; great sence of God his Saviour, and success in decorum prevailed, and all appeared to enjoy the ministry of the Gospel. Mr. Collins the social family reunion. The public stated certain reason why he should be meeting for the evening was opened at grateful: although so often he was the seven o'clock by singing a hymn selected subject of hardness of heart, darkness of for the occasion. Brother Foot, one of the mind, and miserable ingratitude of feeling, deacons of the church, offered prayer ; yet he desired to enjoy a grateful heart to another hymn from Gadsby's selection was God for his many mercies, and again exsung, when brother Westaway, another pressed his sense of kindness of the people. deacon, of the Church, rose to address the shewn him for the last nine years and again meeting. Mr. Westaway expressed his un- this evening. After singing a hymn, Mr. R. diminished interest in the peace and pros
Bardens addressed the meeting bearing his perity of the Church of Jesus in Howe street, testimony to the blessedness of the unity also in the welfare of the pastor, and the of the Spirit which prevailed among the successes of the ministry. He proceeded people, all flowing from the union of the to direct attention to evidences of the Lord's church with Christ their head, and to his gracious presence having been manifested own oneness with the truth, the people, to them during the periods of the establish- the cause, and his beloved pastor. Mr. ment of the church at Howe street for nearly Westlake, of Ebenezer chapel, Stonehouse, fifteen years. After some very pertinent and addressed the people upon the oneness of encouraging observations to the people, he the Church in Christ, dwelling upon the said he had a duty to perform, which gave word ONE, and expressed his hearty good him much pleasure, the friends had en- wishes for the prosperity of the cause. Mr. trusted to him a token of their affection to John Easterbook, made some observatheir pastor, and requested him to present tions upon the solemnity and importance the same. Turning to the pastor, he re- of the apostle Paul's direction to stand marked, “I now present you, my dear fast in the Lord, a direction especially imbrother, with this purse containing £18, as portant to the times in which we live; and a small but sincere token of the love the bore his personal testimony to the precious people bear to the Gospel you preach, and blessing of Gospel peace which prevailed their affection to you as a minister of Jesus in our midst. Mr. George Cudlipp referred Christ, and their beloved pastor.” Mr. in his address to several Scriptures which Collins rose, and stated that he accepted set forth the blessedness of cleaving to the present in the same spirit in which it | the Lord with purpose of heart, particuwas given. He appreciated the present for larly remarking upon the gladness of the its money value, but iar, far, more as it was heart of Barnabas when at Antioch, he saw a practical expression of their love to God's the grace of God; and so was his own truth, and to him as a minister of Jesus heart glad in seeing the grace of God at Christ. Nine years have passed since the Howe street. The meeting, which was of Lord brought him among them ; some who a most pleasing, and, we may hope, of a were with them then had gone to heaven; profitable character, came to a close. The some who were with them at their meeting singing of the hymns and anthems selected, nine years ago were at the meeting now. for the occasion by the choir, conducted by Others had, by God's grace, arose to fill the Mr. Griffiths, was very acceptable, and convacancies in the church militant of those tributed to the harmony of the occasion. who were called to join the church trium- The Lord be praised for past mercies, and phant. When the kindly Editor of The may he give us grace to trust him for what EARTHEN VESSEL wrote to enquire if he is to come. could supply a church for a month, he had
BOSTON.-We have an excellent paper no idea at that time that the place was from our brother D. Wilson, whose health Plymouth; and the Church was at Howe is better, and whose ministry is gathering street Baptist chapel; and when he came
many around him.
sympathy. It was only just before the meeting commenced the matter was made known to him. There were times when expressions of kindness unfitted a man for speaking; he appreciated this avowal of love and attachment. The money was valuable; he should be foolish to say he did not value it; but he viewed the testimonial from a higher estimate as the spontaneous utterance of the sympathy of his people.
The meeting was subsequently addressed by Messrs. Palmer, Wall, Wigham, G. Webb, Meeres, Alderson, Green, &c, each expressing their sympathy with the cause of Soho, and their esteem for the present pastor.
A great part of the evening was occupied by the young friends singing various pieces, some of which were executed very creditably, in fact, it may be said to be a "singing meeting.” Mr. Wall humorously observed that he was pleased to hear so much singing; he liked a singing religion, as in this world there was plenty of gloom. The tractarians were enticing the young by musical displays; it was therefore very important among dissenters to cultivate this beautiful part of worship, which alike influenced the young and delighted the aged. The Romanizers well knew if they could get the young they would also have the more advanced, and so sought by every means to entrap them.
MR. WILKINS' FIRST
ANNIVERSARY AT SOHO CHAPEL, OXFORD STREET. Last Tuesday was a day of special interest to the worthy pastor of Soho. Not only was it the first anniversary of his settlement in London, but also the anniversary of his first entering the ministry, and likewise his birthday. On such an evenful day the friends of Soho testified their sympathy for their pastor by presenting him with a very handsome testimonial.
During the afternoon, the friends met for the purpose of taking tea. At half-past 6 o'clock the public meeting commenced; the evening was very unfavourable, but the chapel was well filled. Mr. Wilkins presided, supported by several brethren.
Mr. Wall opened the proceedings by engaging in prayer.
The Chairman then said he must make a few observations. First, a word of welcome to his friends, brethren, and sisters in Christ, members of Soho, and to others present, who form part of the congregation, He also welcomed friends from other churches, and most heartily did he welcome his worthy brethren, the deacons, and his brethren in the ministry, to whom he tendered his most sincere thanks. His esteemed brother Faulkner was absent through illness, and his brother Cox through old age. He had received a letter from brother Maycock, who was absent through press of business. Brother Foreman was preaching tour in Yorkshire. Brethren Wilson and Wyard were engaged at other meetings. Having said this much, he would offer a few words about himself. That was the first anniversary of his settlement at Soho ; it also happened to be the 39th anniversary of his birth; it was also 18 years since he commenced his ministry, with the following words, “Narrow is the way that leads to eternal life," he being then 21 years old. Now, in reference to the cause over which he was called to labour, his brethren and he were working together in perfect harmony ; still, during the year that was past, many things told them this was not their rest. He was pleased with the success of their Sabbath school; some of the teachers he had baptized, others were inquiring. He had baptized twice during the year; he did not give numbers, neither did he know how many had been added. He believed his hearers received the Lord with profit and comfort. He hoped the meeting would be characterized by sobriety, but he was anxious also that it should be cheerful, social cheerfulness without levity.
The senior deacon, Mr. Jeffries, then, after a few suitable remarks in the name of the nds, presented Mr. Wilkins with a very handsome time-piece, a purse containing eleven guineas, and a very nice bookknife, the latter being the gift of members of the Bible-class.
Mr. Wilkins replied that he was taken somewhat by surprise by this expression of
MR. GEORGE WYARD ON THE LATE
W. PALMER. DEAR MR. EDITOR, -I was somewhat moved in my feelings, on hearing of the sudden departure of brother W. Paimer, late of Plaistow, and I was somewhat more moved when I read the short account of him, as recorded in the VESSEL for this month, because it brought to mind so vividly the feeling created in my heart towards him when I once heard him pray; and it was the only time I ever did hear him; and, indeed, the only time, I think, I ever saw him to recognise him. I had heard of him, but nothing that very much commended him to my affections and regard. Excuse me, dear sir, but we are so apt to be influenced by hearsay—God forgive us. The circumstance to which I refer is as follows: -A few ministerial brethren were invited to spend an hour or two together, in united prayer and praise, at Trinity chapel, Boro', and myself among the rest. I went, not knowing whom I might meet. But, recollecting the exercise for which we were ga. thered together was a very honourable and scriptural one, I did not very much concern myself about who might be there. I suppose there were present twelve or fourteen. All gave out a verse of a hymn, and all prayed; short and acceptable_acceptable to God and ourselves. One of the brethren that prayed was a very white-faced man, whom I did not know till I heard his name announced-it was brother Palmer, then of
Plaistow, but now no longer of Plaistow but of Paradise above. He prayed as one accustomed to have fellowship with God; as one having the life of God in his soul, and the good of Zion at heart. Nature had given him a fine manly voice ; and grace had taught him to use it for God. When I heard him pray I felt much union of heart, and said within myself he is a good man, and I love him ; I'll make myself better acquainted with him, if I can; and if I had known he had been so near heaven as his unlooked for death has proved he was, I should have been prompt in carrying out my inward and silent determinations. But now all is over; he has gone beyond my reach; he will not come to me, and I cannot go to him until the Father of mercies shall be pleased to say, “ Child, it is enough; come home.” The spirit and tone and earnestness of his prayer is still with me; and I could not help dropping the tear of sympathy when I read the account of his short illness and death, and of the circumstances connected therewith. God bless his widow and children, and take care of the church. Ministers die, but the Master lives. Yours in common salvation,
GEORGE WYARD, SEN. 197, Downham road, Islington,
October 8, 1867. N.B. I felt I must bear this testimony. Would to God that ministers more frequently met together for prayer. I question whether there would be so much shyness, and distance, and hard thoughts of one another as there is now. God, stir us I
Alie street (the President of the Association). After singing and prayer, the chairman introduced the business of the evening by a most interesting and appropriate speech, detailing some of the circumstances of his early itinerant labours, and the gratifying results attending them. He
congratulated the Association on the encouraging aspect of the meeting, and called on the Secretary to read the report which was of a most pleasing character.
The report stated that the Association originated in a frequent meeting of a few ministerial brethren as long back as Sept., 1850, its original name being “The Baptist Ministers' Mutual Instruction Conference, of which Mr. Cousens was the Secretary. The place of meeting being altered from time to time, it was finally arranged by the kind permission of the pastor and Church at Alie street to hold their monthly meetings there.
The present objects of the Association are:
1st. The mutual instruction and encouragement of its members by holding monthly meetings for the discussion of theological subjects:-A text of Scripture is proposed for consideration at one meeting, and discussed at the next. The time of meeting, the first Tuesday in each month, from 7 till 9.
For seventeen years past, the brethren have thus continued to meet, although the numbers present have, at times, been small.
2nd. To afford facilities to causes requiring occasional, or more regular, supplies for the pulpit, application being made to the Secretary, who keeps a list of names of brethren, able and willing to preach the Gospel of the grace of God, wherever his Providence may open a door. This Association, though quiet and unassuming, has been a help to many causes which, not being able to maintain a pastor, have been assisted by the services of the brethren belonging to this Association.
3rd. A further object kept in view is the opening of places of worship in neighbourhoods where causes of truth do not exist, but in this respect little has been done for want of adequate funds. Some attempts have, however, been made which bave been attended with encouraging results. We may mention the Baptist cause at Buckhurst Hill, where our brother, Henry Cousens, sustains the pastoral office. This cause originated by some of the brethren of the Association preaching
in a cottage in Snakes lane, Woodford. The people in that locality, who loved the discriminating doctrines of grace, rallied round this unfurled banner of truth. This proved a home to some. Their numbers increased. They removed to a larger place, a church was formed. Our brother Cousens, in the Providence of God, was called to take the oversight of the newly formed church, to whom he continues to break the bread life.
[We have read this note with grateful,
humble, and prayerful emotions of soul. We thank our excellent brother Wyard for it, and so will thousands we are persuaded. He has written like a father in Israel, and like a brother in the Lord. The late brother Palmer made our acquaintance on his first setting out in the ministry ; and many times we have communed together, and in public have laboured together, and never for one moment did we question his sincerity in the faith of Christ. We can pray with brother Wyard, that the Lord would stir up in all his ministers and churches a great spirit of faith, of earnest prayer, and of unity of heart and hand in the cause they espouse.--Ed.]
LONDON ITINERANT BAPTIST
MINISTERS' ASSOCIATION. THE public meeting of this Association was held at little Alie street chapel, Whitechapel, on Tuesday, September 3, 1867. An excellent tea was prepared by friends connected with the chapel.
Public meeting commenced a little before seven; a large number of ministers and friends assembled. The chair was occupied by Mr. P. Dickerson, the highly esteemed pastor of the church at Little
Testimony of an encouraging nature has often been given respecting the labours of those who have been tbus employed; many a mourner has been comforted; many a captive liberated; many a thoughtless sinner brought to penitence and prayer; many anxious inquirers directed to Christ, and many of the Lord's family edified and blest. Not a few of the brethren who were members of this Association have been called to the pastorate, among whom may be mentioned brother Dearsley, of Dalston ; Bracher, of West Ham; G. Webb, of Somers Town; William Webb, of Staines; Lodge, of Cumberland street, Shoreditch, and Cousens, of Buckhurst Hill, as previously mentioned.
The members of the Association have not ouly been employed in various parts of Loudon and its suburbs, but in many of the counties : Kent, Surrey, Essex, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire, Northamptonshire, Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire, and Sussex. The causes at Staines, Sunningdale, Harrow, Weald, Romford, and Lessness Heatb, have been for years past the sphere of labour supplied by the brethren; thus many a babe has been nourished by the sincere milk of the Word, and many an old pilgrim revived and strengthened by the old wine of the kingdom.
The Association admits none to membership who are not honourable members of a Strict Baptist Church, deeming it disorderly for brethren to go and preach the Gospel while they are not associated with some Christian Church.
The chief object in holding this public meeting is to make known the existence, and to explain the objects and operation of the Association, so that if a few Christians should be located where the Truth is not clearly preached, and desire to make some efforts for its establishment amongst them, this Association will be happy to aid them as far as possible in opening some suitable place, and sending them supplies.
The adoption of tho report was then moved by Mr. Dearsley, and seconded by the patriarch, Mr. Felton.
The second resolution was moved by Mr. Wyard and seconded by Mr. Cousens :
That this meeting, agreeing with every effort to publish the name and fame of Jesus, desires prosperity to this Association.”
The third resolution moved by Mr. Flack and seconded by Mr. Woodard :
That this meeting, deploring the prevalence, of error in its various forms, pledges itself to countenance and encourage the ministerial brethre in their work of faith and labour of love."
The fourth resolution, moved by Mr. Bracher ard seconded by Mr. Hall :
“That this meeting sympathizing with those who live in places destitute of Gospel preaching, rejoices in the efforts put forth by the members of this Association to meet such cases."
The fifth resolution, moved by Mr. Austin and seconded by Mr. Chipcbase :
* That the thanks of this meeting be given to the Chairman and President of the Association, to the respected pastors for their presence and service, and to the brethren at Alie street for the use of the chapel."
All the speeches were to the point, interesting, and profitable, and it is believed that almost every lover of Christ, and His truth and cause were ready to say—It is good to be here.
Communications to be forwarded to the Secretary, Mr. J. Austin, Hertford House, Manor Road, South Hackney, N.E.
SIBLE HEDINGHAM REHOBOTH CHAPEL-DEAR MR. EDITOR -On Tuesday the 8th inst. we held our third anniversary of the opening of the above place of worship, when our brother Stringer preached in the morning from the 69th Psalm, last verse—a very encouraging, and Christ-exalting sermon. He dwelt chiefly upon the name of Jesus, the name above every other name. The afternoon service was commenced by singing * Glorious things of thee are spoken,
Zion, city of our God.” Brother Dyer having read and implored the Divine blessing, took for his text the two last verses of the 3rd of Matthew. Having spoken upon the Three in One God in connection with a sinner's salvation, and the ordinance of Believers Baptism, he came upon the latter clause of the last verse—" In whom I am well pleased”-in His Son, in His person, work, and offering, &c. At half-past 5 about 120 persons partook of an excellent tea, after which brother Boanerges, in the person of T. Stringer, again ascended the platform, preached a very warm and animated sermon from Ezekiel 'iv. 3, 5. He noticed-First : “And the Spirit took me up." Not yourself, no; nor did He pick you up, and set you on the road to the heavenly Jerusalem, and leave you there to get on the best way you can. 2nd. He brought me into the inner court, into the hurch court, not into formal worship, but into internal worship, and finally the glory of the Lord filled the place. Thus ended another day at Rehoboth; and we believe many have cause to say, “It was good for me to be there.” And we earnestly hope that some sinner or sinners were arrested, and to Jehovah Shammah be all the glory. I am sorry to say our collections were not what we could have desired, which I believe is owing to the excessive flatness of the slate trade, which is a great endurance in these parts. Just now, believe many a one of God's dear family have scarcely enough of that bread which perisheth. If this should meet the eye of any of those who have a little of this world's goods to dispose of, it would be very gratefully and thankfully received by our treasurer, J. Newman, Coal Whari, Sible Hedingham. We are very anxious