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usefulness of which many living witnesses long an active and ornamental member, be now bear their grateful testimony. To the taught by this event, and by the word of the numerous cases from distressed Churches and Lord, to be not slothful but followers of individuals, which every year were soliciting them who through faith and patience inherit pecuniary aid, she was a liberal contributor. the promises ! Her solicitude was not to accumulate earthly Her funeral discourse was preached to a treasure, but to be rich in faith and good numerous congregation on Lord's day even. works, and through the grace of God, to have ing, Sep. 10, 1843, from 1 Pet. i. 10, 11. a better and an enduring substance in heaven, Her surviving family and friends have felt AFFECTING DEATHS AT
HINCKLEY.both rebuked and admonished, as well as Death reigns in this world, and attacks its pleased, with a remark which fell from the inhabitants under so great a diversity of lips of this aged pilgrim, at the close of the forms as to baffle the powers of imagination evening service of the last Lord's-day which to conceive; yet we never perceive in him she was permitted to enjoy. She was eighty- the least indication of weakness, or unwil. five years of age, she had been three times lingness for the work of destruction. at the house of God, and in the evening the In this town there is a family of the name weather was unfavorable: these things in. of Payne, butchers, with which we duced a friend who met with her at the door Church and congregation have for several when leaving the chapel, to remark,“ Well years been identified, and which has recentMrs, Graves, are you out again this wet ly furnished some remarkable instances of evening?' To whom she replied, “ Yes ; human mortality, and given us a most conI came this evening, for I did not know vincing proof that the inhabitants of this whether I might have another opportunity.” world are strictly sojourners: for during the This proved indeed her last opportunity space of little more than three months, no of public worship on earth. On the follow- fewer than six persons, nearly related, either ing day she was siezed with illness, which by birth or marriage, five of whom, be it obthough the symptons of it were not con- served, were adults, have passed beyond the sidered more alarming by her family than confines of time, and entered into the region they had witnessed in some former attacks, of eternity. she thought from the first would end in her The deceased that have occasioned the foldissolution. Her disorder continued with lowing remarks, left this world, as it were,
in certain variations till the Friday following. pairs, as if the Sovereign Disposer of all During these several days her tranquility events, would not permit one to remove out of of mind was uninterrupted, and her hope this life, in order to enter upon a new state, of heaven steady and lively. On one occa- without being speedily succeeded by another. sion in answer to an enquiry, how she did, The first of these departed friends, who she remarked, that she felt as if this afflic- acted as the precursor of the rest, was a son's tion would bring her to the end of her wife, who in Christmas week, was confined journey. On another, when reminded of of her second child, and having taken cold, the peace, and joy, and hope, to be derived she continued some time, mostly in a deliunder affliction and in the prospect of death, rious state, and finally took her leave of all from the knowledge of a Saviour, who died that she esteemed dear beneath the sun. for our sins and was buried and rose again The child impatient, as it were, of being from the dead on the third day according left on earth, in a few days traced the mortal to the Scriptures, she immediately, with her steps of its mother to the grave; left the accustomed cheerfulness, replied, in allusion shores of mortality, and wisely bastened to to the text of the preceeding Lord's-day even- participate in the felicities of that better ing, “So you preach and so we believed." country in which sin and sorrow, death and (1 Cor. xv. 11.) And even a little time before parting, are for ever unknown. This child in her departure, when death had imprinted, a short time was also followed to the house to a considerable extent, his image on her appointed for all living, by two of its father's once cheerful countenance, when reminded maternal uncles. of the saving excellency of Christ, her falter- The grandfather of the infant just mening lips with all the energy that exhausted tioned, had for several months prior to the nature could command, instantly rejoined, death of his daughter-in-law, and posterior “Oh yes, in him we hope, in him we trust," to that event, endured the most excruciating and presently after she fell asleep in the pains, occasioned by that terrible affliction, Lord Jesus. So composed were her last the gravel, which ai length became so viomoments, that relatives who surrounded her lent, and debilitating, that nature overwhelmbed could not distinctly ascertain that in ed with indescribable sufferings, could sustain which her happy spirit left the tabernacle its weakening attacks no longer, and on the of clay to take its mansion near the throne 29th of last month, he closed his mortal life, of God and the Lamb. May her surviving having forced his way to the grave through family, and the Church of which she was so paroxysms of the most dreadful agonies.
Though it is really distressing to see our into the grave, which was immediately joined beloved friends fall victims in the gloomy by that of his son, there to repose till the valley, even in active conflict with the king great and last day when the slumbers of all of terrors, it is still more affecting to behold mankind must be broken, that they may them unsuspectedly drop at our feet, whilst appear in judgment. they are harmless unexpecting witnesses of In compliance with the request of the the dreadful struggle.
bereaved and mourning family, the deaths of On Tuesday morning, the day before Mr. the father and son were improved to a very Payne's interment, a son, who had been ap- large, respectable, and seriously attentive pointed by his mother, to superintend those audience, from these words, " Therefore, be affairs that related to his father's funeral; ye also ready.” May these unusually and who was afterwards expected to act as solemn instances of mortality be sanctified the head of the family, went to some land, not to the eternal benefit of all their relatives, far distant from the town, at the same time and more especially to the spiritual improve. taking with him a young horse, and a cart. ment of the mother; and may all, at a future On his return home, having placed a boy period clearly see that the sudden stroke was upon the horse, which being frightened as is given by the hand of love and mercy. supposed, through its norel position, galloped Hinckley.
T. SMITH. off as fast as its circumstances would permit.
MRS. JOHN WROUT died, aged fifty, at He, seeing the dangerous condition of the lad, and being deeply concerned for his safety, been a member of the Church eighteen years,
Long Sutton, Nov. 14th, 1843. She had held him on its back, as long as he could, then seizing the reins and pulling its head
and was highly respected by a numerous
circle of friends. Her funeral sermon was towards him, it planted its foot on his boot, by which disaster being stunned, fixed to the
preached on the following Sabbath to a very
crowded congregation, by the Rev. T. Bur. place, and out of breath with running, he
ditt. It was a truly solemn and impressive was deprived of self command; the shaft instantly knocked him down, and one wheel
opportunity. ran over his body. Though his painful Mrs. Ross, a member of the General situation was soon preceived, and surgical Baptist Church at Long Sutton, died, ad. aid obtained as speedily as possible, no effec- vanced in life, in Dec. 1843. She was a tual remedy could be applied. He requested weary, afflicted pilgrim, in humble circum. the people about him to keep the report of stances. Her experience, in life and in the accident from the ears of his mother, at death, was that of a sincere christian. the same time expressing bis hope that he
MR. JER. WINKLY died, aged 51, at Long should soon be better, but alas! he gradually Sutton, Jan. 8th, 1844. He had long been grew worse, and terminated his mortal career in the space of half an hour after the
the subject of distressing and painful afilicoccurrence of this painful accident, confirm.
tion. The last few days of life, the disease ing this greatly neglected, and much abused
so overpowered his mental faculties as to
leave but few opportunities for the converportion of divine counsel,“ Be ye also ready, for in such an hour as ye think not, the Son
sation of friends. During the lucid interof man cometh."
yals however, he expressed his confidence
in the Saviour as the only foundation of his On the Wednesday, it was awfully affect. ing, to see the coffin of the father first hope. He was a member of the Baptist brought into the street, and afterwards that
Church at Long Sutton, and was baptized of the son, surrounded with spectators of
at Fleet, in July, 1830. His death was im.
proved by the Rev. T. Burditt on the follow. various grades and character, that knew the latter person had been smitten with the hand
ing Lord's-day. of death very suddenly, and taken away in DIED at Chilcote, on the 31st of March, the midst of his days, without warning or Joseph Copestake, aged 73 years. The leave to bid adieu to his mother or brethren. deceased had been a consistent member of The corpse of the father was first lowered the Baptist Church about 30 years.
MIDLAND CONFERENCE.—This meeting was held at Burton-upon-Trent, on Tuesday, April 9th. Mr. Kenney opened the morning service by reading Psa. lxxii. and Isa. lii., and prayer. Mr. Cotton, of Barton, preached a useful discourse, on the improve
ment of spiritual gifts, from 1 Cor. xiv., “ Seek that ye may excel to the edifying of the Church.” In the afternoon, Mr. Butler, of Slack, who was present, opened the meeting with prayer, and the minister of the Church presided. The statements from the
Churches were, as usual, of a diversified resolved, that this case should be referred to character; ninety-two were reported as having to the Midland Conference. been baptized, and eighty-seven as being Ashford.— It appears, from the state. candidates for the ordinance of believers' ments of Mr. Kenney, that, on account of baptism.
the burial-ground at the place being so fully Power of the Registrar in licensed chapels. occupied, the Independents are purposing to -Mr. Winks was requested to give a report erect a new chapel, and resign this old place upon this subject at the next Conference. into our hands. How desirable that these Much diversity of opinion prevailed.
decayed interests should be resuscitated. Bradwell.-Mr. Kenney, who was present, Belper.- A letter was read from this laid the case of this chapel before the Con- town, “subscribed on bebalf of a number ference. It was resolved, that the Primitive amounting to eighteen or twenty persons," Methodists are at liberty to occupy it, at the representing a very unpleasant state of present nominal rent, till the close of their things, and asking the advice of the Conferlease in Jan. 1846, upon condition of keeping
These friends were willing to submit the place in repair ; but we are not disposed their differences to arbitration; and the two to renew the lease, or sell the place.
deacons who were present chose Messrs. Delegates to the Anti-state Church Confer. Pike and Pegg, of Derby, and Peggs and ence.- This subject elicited a very animated Barton, of Ilkeston. These brethren are and useful discussion, It was considered desired to visit Belper, to promote the peace best for the Churches to act in their individual of the Church. capacity.
Anti-state Church Conference.—Consider. The relation of the Derbyshire with the able discussion arose upon this important Midland Conference.-- The friends subject.
determined to request prising the Derbyshire Conference Messrs. Stevenson, Burns, and Underwood, requested to consider whether they could not of London, or any lay brethren they might merge their conference meeting in the general select, to represent this Conference in the Conference of the district, or act as a dis. approaching meeting. tinct body.
Question on attendants at our Conferences. Wolverampton.-- Brother Derry was so. -As a general principle, it was considered licited to prosecute his efforts to aid this advisable that only members of our Churches
The report of brother Warren was should be permitted to attend the discussions. very encouraging.
Berridge's Letter.—This was commended Şwadlingcote, near Cauldwell. — Brother to the attention of the friends present, and Norton was advised to retain possession of some copies were taken. the ground in question, with the hope, that The next meeting to be at Ripley, the ultimately a place for divine worship might first Monday in August. Tea was provided be built upon it.
in the school.room, which was much crowded. The next Conference to be at Hugglescote, In the evening a revival meeting was held, on Whit-Tuesday, May 28th. Mr. Pike, which was aldressed by Messrs. Boroughs, of Derby, was engaged to preach on the Wilders, Crooks, Peggs, and Abbott. evils of infidelity contrasted with the benefits
J. PEGGS, Secretary, of Christianity. In the evening an interesting revival meeting was held, which was THE LONDON CONFERENCE was held at addressed by brethren J. G. Pike, Kenney, Beulah Chapel, Commercial Road, on Easter Warren, Peggs, and Staddon.
Tuesday April 9. Brother Heathcote opened J. PEGGS, Secretary. the meeting with prayer, and brother Hudson,
now supplying the pulpit at Beulah Chapel, DERBYSHIRE CONFERENCE.--This Con- was appointed Chairman. The substance ference assembled at Ilkeston, on Friday, of the Reports from the churches is as April 5th, and was numerously attended. follows: Brethren Taylor and Boroughs commenced Berkhampstead. Lord's day congregation with prayer. The general statements from improved, especially the morning. Sunday the Churches were encouraging.
School Aourishing. Have ten candidates. Chesterfield.—Letters were read from our -Chesham. Congregations very good. friends, Messrs. Smith and Bombruff, re- Baptized fourteen since last conference. porting favorably of the progress of this Downton. " The great work is gloriously home mission station. Several sums were progressing, and our once almost extinct paid to the treasurer, Mr. Ward, of Ripley, Church presents exhilirating indications of and the Churches were requested to appoint an outpouring from on high.” Preaching a brother in each Church to attend to the three times on Lord's days. Baptized five. collection of the requisite funds.
Many inquirers. Sunday-school increasing, Bradwell. A letter was read from Mr. and well supplied with teachers. Colwell. Lindley, of Sheffield, respecting their chapel, The Church at peace. Isleham. Congre. and the necessity for its repairs. It was gations never so good as now. Baptized Vol. 6. -- N. S.
five. London, Commercial Road, has been ing was held, which was addressed by
WARWICKSHIRE CONFERENCE. · This happy. Have greatly improved our accom.
Conference assembled at Union-place, Long. modation for Sabbath school purposes at
ford, on Tuesday, April 2nd. The services considerable expence. Baptized nine.”.
of the day were introduced with reading and New Church Street, The cause fourishing. prayer, by Mr. Smith, of Hinckley, and Mr. Benevolent institutions, for teaching the
Cheatle preached, on the heavenly state, young, visiting the sick, &c., in active opera. from Heb. xii. 16, “ But now they desire a tion. Baptized sixteen.- -Praed Street, Pad.
better country, that is a heavenly. dington. Congregations generally very good
In the afternoon, at half-past two, the Baptized nine; have six candidates.- brethren met for business. Mr. Cheatle (by Lyndhurst. “Moderately prosperous." Bap
the request of Mr. Shaw, minister of the tized three. Rushall. The state of the place,) presided. The following resolutions Church not much altered the last half year.
were adopted : Sevenoaks. Baptized one; have four can.
1. That the consideration of the following didates.- -Smarden. One baptized. Sun- plan for the holding of the Conference be day-school in a prosperous state. -- -Tring.
deferred until the next meeting :Baptized one; have two candidates. Wen
Wharton. dover has been well supplied since the
May ..........Coventry. lamented death of brother Talbot, by neigh.
September...Cradeley. bouring ministers, and the congregations have
1846.January......Longford. rather increased than otherwise. Mr. R.
May ..........Austrey. Horsefield, from the Leicester Academy, has
September ...Birmingham. accepted an invitation to become our minister,
1847...January...... Longford, and will commence his labours (D. V.) in
(Union Place.) June.
May ......... Wolvey. N. B. From Ford and Portsea no report.
* The Conference to be held the second Cases.
Tuesday in each month. Downton.-Favorable intelligence having 2. That the Secretary be requested to ask been received respecting the Church in this the Churches at Hinckley and Thurlaston place, it was resolved,- 1st, That the Confer. whether they will admit of the Warwickshire ence congratulate brother Clifton and his Conference being held there. friends on the revival of religion among 3 That the application for advice and them; and suggest the propriety of having assistance from the trustees of the Coventry a new Trust Deed executed for the due pro- chapel be referred to the Home Mission tection of the property ; and also that brother Committee. C. should seek the counsel of brethren ap
4. That Mr. Chamberlain be requested to pointed by the conference to negotiate on undertake the office of Secretary. this business.-2nd, that brethren Bissill, of 5. That our next meeting be held at Praed Street Church; Dunch, of Commercial Wolvey, on the first Tuesday in October. Road; and Gover and Kent, of Borough Mr. Chamberlain to preach. Road, London, be requested to form a com This meeting was well attended; the mittee to advise and act in relation to the
the Churches were encouraging, deeds of the Downton property, with power
and the various services calculated to conto visit D. for these purposes if they should strain those present to "press toward the find it necessary to do so.
mark for the prize of the high calling of God Melton Place, Euston Square, London.- in Christ Jesus. Mr. Derry preached in This Church, of which Mr. Preston is the the evening, from Psalm lxxiii. 24. pastor, applied for a recomendation to the
F. CHAMBERLAIN, Sec., pro tem.
KIRTON -On Friday, April 5th, 1844, Anti-State-Church Conference.—The Con- the Rev. W. Stubbings was publicly set ference appointed brother Hudson and apart to the pastoral office over the General brother T. Parr, representatives to the ap- Baptist Church, Kirton, Nottinghamshire. proaching assembly in the Crown and In the morning the Rev. W. Easterbrook, Anchor Tavern, Strand.
(Indep.) of Tuxford, commenced the solemn The next Conference to be held at Ches. services, by reading the Scriptures and prayer, ham, on the last Tuesday, in Sep. 1844, at and described the nature of a Gospel Church; eleven o'clock, A. M.
the Rev. J. G. Pike, of Derby, proposed the In the evening of this day a revival meet- usual questions to the Church and minister,
and offered a very comprehensive and im- were gratuitously provided, and about 200 pressive designating prayer. The Rev. J. friends assembled. A brief account of the Wood, of Mansfield, delivered a highly rise and progress of the Church in this place instructive and affectionate charge to the was given by Mr. Hollinrake, the venerable minister, from 1 Tim. iv, 16.
pastor. From his statements, it appeared, In the afternoon the Rev. J. G. Pike, that, since 1808, £1470., and upwards, had of Derby, preached a very appropriate been expended on the chapel, ground, and sermon to the Church, from Heb. xiii. 17; school rooms. The debt now remaining is a deep and solemn interest prevailed through- about £105. Suitable addresses were deout the services. May the dews of heaven livered by several brethren. The meeting descend both upon pastor and flock.
was a very delightful one, and the proceeds,
including £5. from J. F., Esq., amounted to ANNIVERSARIES.
£23. U s. 6d. BARTON. Anniversary of the Benevolent CHESTERFIELD.-On Tuesday evening Society. -The usual services in aid of this
last, the teachers and friends of the General institution were held on Thursday, April 1lth. Baptist Sunday school held their social A public meeting was held in the afternoon, meeting in their meeting room, Soresby at which Mr. Derry presided; and, after a Street, Chesterfield. About fifty individuals few explanatory remarks by brother Cotton, partook of tea. The room was very prettily addresses were delivered by brethren Pegg, decorated: an alcore, formed of evergreens Yates, and Goadby. Tea was provided in and artificial flowers, in three arches, was the school rooms. In the evening, after
carried across the room, and wreathes from reading and prayer by brother Goadby, the walls were festooned to the ceiling. brother Yates preached. Collection, with Transparencies, with appropriate Scripture the profits of the tea, upwards of £4. mottos, executed in a very neat style, were
suspended in different parts of the room.
The chair was filled by Mr. James Smith;
and interesting and appropriate addresses
were delivered by the chairman, Messrs.
Bombroffe, Bowring, &c. A number of
anthems, and other peices of sacred music,
were sung in a pleasing and creditable style
were characterized by genuine Christian furnished gratuitously, and the proceeds
feeling. The decorations, we understand, applied to the same object. The collections
were the work of Mr. Saynor, of Chesterfield,
on whose taste they reflected great credit.
WOLVERAMPTON.-The Lord still con.
day, April 7th, we had another addition of
five persons; four by baptism, and one
gave to each the right hand of fellowship.
meeting, for the liquidation of the debt on
our spacious school-rooms.
All the trays tea and the collection amounted to £33., and
were given by kind friends. A large number about £70. was promised for the next of persons assembled to partake of the anniversary.
refreshing beverage. The meeting was
afterwards addressed by brethren Shore, TEA-MEETINGS.
Chamberlain, &c. This was a most interest. BIRCHCLIFFE.-An interesting tea-meeting ing season, but one feeling seemed to per. was held at this place on Friday, April 5th, vade the wnole; and the proceeds of the the object of which was to reduce the debt of meeting, which were very considerable, were £130. remaining on the chapel. The trays devoted to the object contemplated.