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to see all just debts paid. God has been pleased to send us a deep, experimental undershepherd. Many are .blessed and comforted, and some, we believe, are brought to the birth, and are only waiting for a clearer manifestation of “Jesus” in their own souls. If our debt was cleared off, it would be the means of a blessing to both pastor and people; and as the gold and silver is His, we are looking up to Him that He would give the £150 to clear off our debt. But He will be inquired for in these things; and may He grant us our request is the sincere desire of MINIMUM.
far before the voice of the chief Shepherd was distinctly recognised ; through Him the gladdening and soul-cheering strains of new covenant blessings, as treasured up in our living Head, Christ Jesus (as we have been wont to hear from our once beloved pastor and still beloved brother, Mr. D. Wilson, now of Boston) sounded harmoniously through the place; and ere the first sermon was over, we could adopt the 19th verse of the 2nd chapter of Ephesians. The Holy Spirit has enabled him many times since then to open the box of precious ointment, that the odour thereof has filled the house, and to the praise and glory of Zion's triune God, be it spoken, that the loving command given by the dear Redeemer to Peter, in the 21st of John, has been carried out by him, viz., “Feed my sheep.” The Lord has so filled his earthen vessel and enriched his mind with Gospel truths that every Sabbath day there are fresh discoveries of the dear Saviour realised; and we confidently hope greater things are yet to be seen. Mr. W. has been preaching here the last nine months on what is called probation, and has now accepted the pastorate. The Lord bless the union to the glory of His great name, and make it a long, loving, and prosperous one. I only add, I have often heard it asked by ministers, "Is he a Calvinist, a hyper, or what is he?" Such may perhaps be asked, of my brother Wilson. I answer-We indulge not in human distinctions; he preaches Christ as God's Bible speaks of him; he is a Christian and a man of God. Yours faithfully,
CLAPHAM.-DEAR BROTHER BANKS— In reading the EARTHEN VESSEL for this month, I find it stated on the cover that Bethesda, Cranmer Court, Clapham, has been sold to the Plymouth Brethren. Will you allow me to say that is not correct; the cause at Cranmer got into a very low condition ; the attendance was
very thin ; when some of the Plymouth Brethren (Í suppose hearing how matters were), made application to brother Flint to rent the chapel. He asked my advice. I at once said, let
them have it, the congregation has fallen off; you have money of your own sunk in the building. And I certainly thought it was better, under all circumstances, to allow the Plymouth Brethren to rent the place than to sell entire to the Bible Christians or any other Arminian sect. And it is only just to brother Flint to say that he had a great desire the place should remain in the hands of the Strict Baptist body. In fact, he offered to me, if I felt inclined, to try whether I could do any good ; and even now, if any Strict Baptist brother felt inclined to buy, I believe the P. B. would soon have notice to quit. But I think one Strict Baptist cause is quite enough for Clapham. Oh, that it were otherwise, for look which way, you will, Zion seems under a cloud. Wishing you every blessing, I remain yours in Gospel bonds,
W. CAUNT. [We thank Mr. Caunt for this note. It
confirms our statement that Cranmer Court is not now in the Strict Baptist interest. The only difference between our statement and our friend Caunt is, we stated the chapel was “sold” to the Plymouth Brethren, but it appears it is “let.” We could have wished that Mr. Caunt could have assisted Mr. Flint in retaining the same.-Ed.]
CLARE, SUFFOLK.-On Sunday, September 24, 1866, Mr. S. Wilson, late of Swansea, delivered his first message in the Baptist Chapel, Clare, to the church and congregation then assembled. He was in this part of Suffolk a perfect stranger after the flesh; I am not aware he was known to any one that then heard him, only by name. Our Lord says in the 10th of John that His sheep know His voice, and a stranger they will not follow, but will flee from him. Our highly esteemed brother had not proceeded
BATH-BAPTIST SUNDAY-SCHOOL, EBENEZER CHAPEL.The teachers of the Sunday-school have for some time past felt the desirability of giving to Mr. Wheatley some manifestation of their appreciation of the most valuable services he has rendered the church and school in having for many years most faithfully and efficiently discharged the duties of superintendent. Being anxious to make the testimonial one worthy his acceptance, and which should convey something beyond a token of love and esteem from the teachers, the subscription list was left open to give the friends of the chapel and school the opportunity of contributing. The presentation was made on Friday, September 27th. After the usual prayermeeting, the minister (Mr. J. Huntley) said he had a most pleasing duty to perform, and he was happy that he had been chosen as the medium through which a testimonial was to be presented to Mr. Wheatley. In the course of his remarks, he referred to the trials Mr. W. had been called upon to bear, and he trusted that the testimonial would tend to cheer and encourage him. He then handed over the testimonial, which consisted of a handsome purse of sovereigns, and an address engrossed on parchment and framed. Mr. W., in returning thanks, was so much moved that he could scarcely speak; his heart appeared too full for many
words. He most heartily thanked them all, for it was what he had never expected, and trusted he might prove himself worthy of their confidence. It was a matter of great joy to him, for at times when contemplating his many trials and crosses, he was inclined to think that he had grievously sinned against God, and therefore he was punished; but when he compared his afflictions with his blessings, his loss of health and losses in business appeared as nothing; and he was thankful that God had blessed him with so efficient a band of teachers. He again thanked them all, and sat down and wept. The meeting was closed with prayer. May God bless His churches here and elsewhere with many such happy seasons.
KINGSBRIDGE TRINITY CHAPEL. DEAR BROTHER BANKS—We held our harvest thanksgiving service on Thursday, the 10th of October. Mr. Vaughan, of Devonport, preached two stirring and appropriate sermons. Not being able to accommodate more than 200 persons in our own chapel, we deemed it wise to engage the Town Hall, both for our tea and services. The Hall in the afternoon was comfortably filled; in the evening it was crowded to excess, and a great many obliged to stand. A great number sat down to tea, talking together of the goodness of the Lord. Surely, the Lord is with us. Our chapel on Sunday evening is well filled. I have not got to preach to empty seats; and I have every reason to believe that the Lord is blessing the word to
precious souls. May the Lord make the little one to become a thousand. Our chapel is somewhat hidden; but those who love the truth as it is in Jesus find it out. How sad it is to find so many preaching a yea and nay Gospel!-creature works, ceremonies, ritualism in the Established Church and out! Our dissenters are stepping after them as fast as possible.--Yours in the Gospel,
JOSEPH PEARCE. P.S.-Since I wrote you last, I have had to pass through an ordeal of affliction. In March I was laid low with bronchitis ; before I got well, my dear old father was taken ill, and expired. My sister has been ill for many weeks; through mercy she is recovering slowly. Surely, it is a tribulated path ; but
“It will cease before long, Then, oh how pleasant the conqueror's song!"
BIGBURY, DEVON.-The cause of truth established for many years in this place has a promising appearance at the present. It has a supply of the ministry of the Word in the personal ministrations of Mr. R. Bardons, of Plymouth, and Mr. Bastend, of Frogmore. On the morning of Wednesday, September the 11th, the friends assembled at the river side, when the ordinance of Believer's Baptism was administered in the open air, this being the first administration of that ordinance in the village
for nearly 20 years. Mr. T. Collins, of Hove West, Plymouth, discoursed to the people from the words of our Lord, recorded in Matthew xxviii. 19, 20, after which Mr. Bardens conducted a believing sister into the river, and immersed her in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. The service was conducted with good order throughout, and the blessing of the Lord appeared to rest upon the people, the effect of which there is reason to hope will be seen in days to come. In the afternoon and evening of the same day, harvest thanksgiving sermons were preached in the Baptist chapel by Mr. Collins. The weather was unfavourable, but the congregations were good; the Lord blessed His Word to the comfort of the people; it was a day not to be forgotten; there are tokens of more prosperous times for the little church of Jesus in this place. The same day, and in the same village, the minister of the State Establishment held harvest thanksgiving services, who had as his auxiliaries the Volunteer corps and band belonging to a neighbouring town. The Lord reigneth, and the truth is, will be, and ever must be triumphant. Political Popery is dying in Italy; ecclesiastical Popery is rapidly spreading in England. Still
, Jesus reigneth—the truth cannot die. The elect are being gathered, and the Redeemer shall go on to gather until all the ransomed shall return and come home to Zion, for He must reign, reign till he hath put all enemies under his feet.
TOTNES.-A new, neat, and commodious Baptist chapel was built at Totnes, and opened for public worship about one year since.
The building, though unpretending in appearance, is in a very favourable situation; it is the only place of truth, and the only Baptist cause in the town, being strict in its order. Harvest thanksgiving services were held in this chapel in September, when sermons were preached: afternoon, at 3 o'clock; and in the evening at half-past 6 o'clock. In the afternoon the text was Psalm cxviii. 3; and in the evening from Revelations ii. 10. The chapel was filled with an attentive and devout congregation, gathered together from various churches in the neighbouring towns and villages. The presence of the Lord was enjoyed, and the people were encouraged in the Lord their God. The aspect of this rising cause is very cheering and encouraging to the heart of our brother Brown, the minister of the place. May the Lord increase them an hundred-fold !
STREET, SOMERSET.-On Monday, October 7th, the jubilee of the Baptist chapel, and the tenth anniversary of Mr. Roberts, the present pastor, was celebrated. It was indeed a joyful Oceasion, and will long be remembered by those who were present. Tea was provided (of which quite 130 partook), and given for the benefit of the minister by some members and
friends of the church and congregation. The meeting after, which was a full one, was presided over by Mr. W. Gould, the senior deacon, who gave a very interesting account of the rise and progress of the cause, bringing out of the treasury of his lengthy experience “things both old and
He had been connected with it nearly 60 years. Preaching was commenced in a cottage, at which time there was not a dissenter (the members of the society of friends excepted) in the entire parish. They had to endure some petty persecution; but by the help of their Covenant God, in a short time they built their chapel, in which they had been favoured, for more than fifty years, to worship and adore Him. They had seen many changes, had lost many friends, and not a few from them had departed in the Lord, and were now perfectly happy in the rest of the blessed. There are only three of the members now living who were present at the opening of the chapel. They had had four pastors, all of whom had been honoured of God, and made a blessing to the people. They love the good old way, and are determined to stand fast and firm in the glorious Gospel of the blessed God. Many a feeling tribute of love was paid to departed worth by the minister as well as by others, as bygone times were referred to. He had buried nearly 40, some of whom had “finished their course with joy,” and of whom it was pleasant even now to think.
Addresses were also given by Messrs. Kick, Westlake, Impey, Ward, and Gullop, each making instructive and happy reference to the jubilee of the Jewish dispensation; but inviting attention more particularly to the glorious Gospel jubilee, by which men of all nations and
all ages (even as many as the Lord our God shall call) are to be restored to God, to liberty, to joy, and to life everlasting.
HERTFORD.-We had the pleasure of hearing Mr. Robert Bowles in Ebenezer chapel, Hertford, during the past month, and were glad to find that he is in peace with the Church over which he presides. The discourse from the words, “Sirs, we would see Jesus," displayed a well-stored mind of Scriptural knowledge, and an experimental acquaintance with the sorrows and difficulties that more or less mark the Christian pathway in this world, often making him desire to see Jesus by faith here, and thus increasing his longing anticipations to see Him in the bright and better world without a veil between. Tho people appear to appreciate the ministry, and the result is found in the Christian affection that exists between pastor and church. We were deeply pained to hear from Mr. Bowles that a very heavy domestic cloud has now for more than six months rested over his family circle. Mr. Bowles's eldest son has suddenly been lost. A quiet, intelligent, well-disposed youth, about 16 years of age, was in a situation in
London, in which position he was highly respected, not only by his employer but by every one in the establishment. He was, in the discharge of his duties, occasionally sent out on business. Some six months since he left the house of his employer upon some errand, and has not since been seen or heard of. Being a youth of quiet and domestic habits, it is the more mysterious. Home was his delight, and anything in the nature of a roving disposition was the very opposite of his character. Every effort, both by the parents and the master have been made to discover what has become of the lad, without the slightest clue being obtained. Deep is the sorrow of the family, and we share in that
that yet this dark cloud may disperse, and all may be able to say
Behind a frowning Providence
He hides a smiling face. HOXTON-Zoar Baptist Chapel, Evelyn street, New North road, was opened on Lord's day, October 13th, when three sermons were preached by Mr. W. Haydon, future minister, and by Mr. Joseph Cheshire. On the following Monday evening, a public meeting was held. Mr. Cheshire invoked the divine blessing. Mr. Haydon, the Chairman, spoke of the way the Lord had led and instructed him since first opening his mouth in the Master's name. He commenced preaching in the open air some six years ago; a people had been gathered, many of whom had attended, summer after summer. At length a school room was opened in Vincent street, Old street road, two years ago, and a Sunday evening and week day service carried on until the friends were compelled to leave, which led to the opening of the present comfortable place of worship. A plan of future proceedings was proposed and warmly approved by the friends; there will be no collections, but the cause will be supported by the envelope system. Brethren Field, Eaton, and Cheshire delivered addresses; brother Delamere prayed, and the Chairman pronounced the benediction.
NEWTON ABBOTT. - The annual harvest thanksgiving services were held in the Baptist chapel, Newton Abbott, on Tuesday, the 1st of October. Sermons were preached in the afternoon and evening by Mr. F. Collins, of Howe street, Plymouth. The Lord gave us fine weather, good congregations, and liberal collections. It was. a matter of thanksgiving to the friend of the truth as it is in Christ, that the Lord has so graciously sustained our brother Pearce, notwithstanding the trying circumstances through which our brother has been called to pass. A new chapel has been built. Influences have been employed to weaken him, yet the old chapel is filled, all the seats are let, and the contributions are as large as before any division took place. The friends all appear willing to strengthen his hands, and encourage his
heart; the thanksgiving services were of the Lord blessed, to the joy of many hearts. May God still bless his servant and his
CHEERING NOTE OUR ESTEEMED BROTHER Mirson.—MY DEAR SIR, -Father wishes me to write to you, and express his thanks for your repeated thoughtfulness and kindness to him; I assure you he esteems it a great kindness. Many an hour he has spent over Mr. Wells's sermons, and he likes them much. The Gospel Guide speaks of Popery coming on England with gigantic strides. It is, indeed, dear sir, a melancholy fact, that tue church clergymen here are but one step behind the Roman Catholic, as they are having crosses put up everywhere, and the Virgin Mary with the Babe of Bethlehem ; and the clergyman at Shelfanger is now preaching for the confirmation that is shortly to take place. He said in his sermon, on Sunday week, the moment the bishop places his hand on the head of a person the sins fly out of them. We are thankful to say that we are going on very comfortably at our chapel now. Mr. Horne, the minister who has been with us for nearly nine years has left us, and is gone to a larger church at Norwich; but the Lord has been pleased to fill his place with one liked by the people, even better than he was, so that our congregation is increasing very much, while several have been added, and more are expected soon to do so. Hoping this may meet you and yours well as it leaves us. Father and mother send their Christian love to you. Please to remember me very kindly to Miss Mitson., Wishing you every blessing, believe me dear sir, most sincerely yours,
BERTHA WEBSDALE. Roydon, March 4th, 1867.
many times. Many other ministers I have heard many times, very nicely. And since I have been at the Grove (Camberwell) I hear Mr. Tay very well. Sober, solid, spiritual discourses; nothing exciting, but solid heart-work; and hope my poor heart and soul is right, for I know and feel
That all my trust
On Christ I stay." Her last words to me, her now bereaved partner, were :-"I feel this mud wall cottage shake, and think it now must fall.
• Oh, may I live to see the place,
And sing His name to harp of gold."" In the article of death she said, They are all ministering ;" and as her dear spirit was departing my dear son filled up the sentence, “ Are they not all ministering spirits sent forth to minister to them who shall be heirs of salvation ?" John TAYLOR. [This was a sober and solid sister in Jesus.
And happy days were they to the Gospel at Crosby row to which she refers. They are fled for ever.]
STRIKING SENTENCE FOR MINISTERS.-A young brother, writing from a distant part of the country, and speaking of his numerous and varied labours, says, “But I shall go out no more; my health is bad; my constitution is weak; I have now a flock to feed ; and require time for meditation and prayer; for I am assured of this that in the closet THE BATTLE IS LOST OR
“Praying the Lord may bless you, and sustain you, and help you through your numerous toils and difficulties. I know you have your share of these, and grant you many of his precious love visits, to cheer you, amidst perplexing, changing, turbulent affairs of life.”
THE LATE MRS. TAYLOR.—The following remarks were found written by my beloved wife, Jane Taylor, some time previous to her decease:
'Oh, how many times, ah, many a time, has my soul been blest, and my poor drooping spirit been refreshed at Zoar (Great Alie street). The first time I heard that servant of God, Mr. Taylor, of Manchester, I never shall forget it.Oh, how he fed my soul during his stay in London that first visit (1843). I can truly say my soul mourned his absence. Mr. Taylor was a perfect stranger to me, so that I had no partiality to him as a man. And at Crosby road, under our pastor C. W. Banks, oh, how I have sat and feasted while he has been preaching. Sweet times, and much love to some of the people. And again, how many times has my soul and spirit been comforted in hearing Mr. John Wigmore. The precious things that I have heard from his lips will never be forgotten while I live; once most especially, from " Tell me, Othou whom my soul loveth;" and the sweet things he said I hope never to forget. Then, that's not only once but
“ A Man of Truth” says, Mr. John Foreman has been into Yorkshire, visiting Mr. Anderson, Mr. Crowther, and other good men in the north ; and that he has been preaching “visitation sermons” in different places. This is like placing the seal of approbation upon all the changes and removals which have recently taken place; and it is thought that that great county of Yorkshire, which has been considered so destitute of Gospel truth, will experience a great revival. There is in that county plenty of room, plenty of people, plenty of property, and hundreds of thousands of hearts beating warm with zeal for the Gospel. We hope they will see better days.
Marriage. On Wednesday, October 16, at the Metro
politan Tabernacle, by the Rev. C. H. Spurgeon, the Rey. John Alexander Brown, of Drummond road, S.E., to Amy Elizabeth, second daughter of George Thomas "Congreve, Esq., of Coombe Lodge, Rye lane, Peckham.
As we were finishing up this number of our Magazine, we received the intelligence of the death of this deep-taught servant of the Lord. Mr. Abrahams was not a minister whose name was continually before the Christian public; he was not what is termed an anniversary preacher ; or one who was often found away from his own flock. For more than thirty-five years he has been pastor over the church from whose midst he has just been removed by death. With that people the Lord very signally blessed his ministrations; the deepest affection existed between pastor and people ; and up to the last, the church and congregation, both for unity and numbers, continued in full strength.
It will not be possible at this late period of the month, to do more than to record this heavy loss to the church. Next month we shall hope to furnish some fuller particulars.
On Wednesday, Nov. 20, 1867, Mr. George Abrahams, the pastor of the church meeting in Regent street chapel, City road, quietly passed away from this world of sorrow and sin, to be “ for ever with the Lord.” For a long period, Mr. Abrahams had been suffering from a very serious affliction, and his medical advisers had decided that it would be necessary for him to undergo an operation. With this object in view, it was thought advisable that Mr. Abrahams should for a time reside in the immediate neighbourhood of a very eminent medical gentleman, who took the deepest interest in Mr. Abrahams' case, so that the patient might have the advantage of three or four daily visits. This arrangement was complied with ; but before many days had elapsed, and previous to any operation taking place, Mr. Abrahams was attacked with inflammation of the lungs, which proved the means of relieving him from a body of affliction, and ushering his happy soul into the presence of Him for whom he had so many years laboured with much love and ability, to set Him before thousands who were wont to listen to his peculiar accents.
On Tuesday, the day previous to his death, he remarked to his devoted attendants that he knew he was dying; and very calmly he gave certain directions respecting some matters, and expressed a wish that Mr. Luckin and Mr. Robinson should officiate at his funeral. The day following, Wednesday, when he was evidently fast sinking, and when the power of speech had left him, Mr. Nunn said to him, “If you are happy in your mind, press my hand," and the dying saint, in answer to the request of his devoted brother, several times pressed his hand with a firm grasp.