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always understood to mean more; it is always vision necessary; and if in the discharge of understood to mean that those who go into this duty they make a collection every the gallery are expected to give silver, and Lord's day, they have the approval of the therefore if they do not they are where, word of God in so doing; and the same according to the spirit, if not according to bing may be affirmed of every other rethe letter of the advertisement, they ought ligious institution to which the ministry not to be. In short, this mode

open to gives birth. all the objections that lie against the other, With respect to 1 Cor. xvi. 2, I would and even more, for while it seeks to accom. remark, that it can only be brought to bear plish the same end as the other, it tries to against public collections by assuming that hide itself under milder terms. And if it be the money for this truly charitable object allowed that the latter of these plans is less was raised by each individual privately, but objectionable than the former, is there not that it was so raised is not in evidence; reason to suppose that those who have and in the absence of that, any one has an adopted the latter will be lead to exchange it equal right to quote this text to prove that for the former whenever it is thought that it public collections are Scriptural. It is al. will be more subservient to their purpose ? lowed that each individual mnight, during the I will not add to this list of objections, but week, lay up in store as the Lord had pros. commend it to the impartial consideration of pered him, but it is affirmed that the sum your readers.

so laid up was brought on the Lord's day to But before concluding this paper, permit the place of meeting, and there cast into a me to call your attention to the words by common treasury: the latter part of the which you have prefaced your quotatinn of verse, “that there be no gatherings when I 1 Cor. xvi. 2, (see Repository p. 240.) In this come,” is a proof of this. The laying up of short period you have cast doubt over our money privately is not, in the sepse in quesscriptural right to make any public collection tion, a gathering, and therefore it will be whatever, and therefore brought the whole difficult to make a number of such acts into practice under suspicion. It ought not, it gatherings. It is beyond all dispute that the cannot be left thus. If the practice be scrip. apostle recognizes the existence of gather. tural, let not the shadow of a doubt be cast ings, that he does not disapprove of them, upon it; if the word of God disapprove of that he directed them to hare their contribu. the whole course of public collections, let tions ready that there might not be any this be pointed out, and your correspondent gatherings when he came. This text then will never be a party to the making of does not disapprove of public collections, another. At present he holds that every but on the contrary it proves that such col. Church has a Scriptural right to make public lections were made, and therefore that it is collections, if they are voluntary. Christ lawful to make them, at least so it appears to hath ordained that those that preach the

Yours, &c, Gospel should live of the Gospel, therefore it

R. HARDY. is the duty of their friends to make the pro. Queenshead, Aug. 7th, 1844.

OBITUARY.

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Mr. JOSEPH LANE, honourable gratitude and joy. A minister belonging to member of the Church in Lombard Street, the Wesleyans was announced to preach in Birmingham, died June the 8th, 1844, in the open air ; curiosity led Mr. L. to hear the 85th year of his age. For more than him, and under the sermon his mind was forty years he lived without God in the

seriously impressed. “When the minister," world, a stranger to religion, and devoted to the said he, “ described the sufferings of Christ, service of'sin; at the same time he called him- his agony in the garden, and his sweating as self a churchman, though he could assign no it were great drops of blood, it so affected my reason for his assumption of that designation heart that I resolved I would go and hear beyond the fact, that his parents were of the him again.” He did not, however, venture Church of England. His prejudices against to do this at first in the open day, but by the dissenters were such, that he could not night, and secretly, lest his neighbours feel charitable towards them, and conse.

should brand him a Methodist. His courage quently never entered their places of worship. increased by degrees, and the reality of

To observe the different methods by which bis change could not be hid ; his sinful a saving change is produced in the minds of habits were laid aside, and he was never men, is at once pleasing and interesting; happy out of the means of grace.

His wife, and to the way in which his conversion was then unacquainted with religion, and his effected, Mr. L. often referred with feelings of former companions, took an alerm, and concluded, as the world often does in such cases, he invariably, before engaging in prayer that he was insane; but he continued his among his christian friends, gave out those attendance on the services of religion; and beautiful words of the poet,by the consistency of his deportment, and the

“ His saints are lovely in his sight; altered circumstances of his family, gave He views his children with delight; evidence that he was not mad, but had become He sees their hopes, he knows their fear, wise unto salvation. Our esteemed friend

And looks and loves his image there." was one of the poor of this world, and often Till the infirmities of old age came on, he greatly tried. On one occasion, his wife was was regular and constant in the means of heavily afflicted, his children almost wanting grace; and when disabled from filling up his bread, and himself without employment; in place, he recommended religion to all who these gloomy circumstances he called his visited him. Through all the affliction family around him, and said, "we must go to which, terminated his life, his mind was prayer, for the Lord bas told his people to tranquil: of death he had no dread. “Why,” call upon him in the day of trouble, and has said he should I fear to die? I want to be promised to deliver them ; this is our day of with my dear Saviour who died for me.” trouble, and we will try this promise.” Indeed, if any thing, he was too impatient to Accordingly they knelt before the throne of depart. On one occasion, the writer entered grace ; the good man poured out his soul in his chamber, and found him in close comprayer, and his petition was heard, for before munion with God; when after a little time, the close of the day he was provided with the he said, “I was egging." It was asked, means by which to obtain the necessaries of What were you beging for? he replied, “I life. Indeed Mr. L may be said to be a man was begging my dear Saviour who died for of prayer, for not only in private, and in his me, to take me to himself.” At another family, did he call upon his God, but in interview he said, " I suppose you have meetings for prayer he took a lively and heard people sing, “ Home, sweet home." active part; and as he never acquired a Yes, was the reply. “Ah," he added, "that knowiedge of letters, it was surprising with is just where I wish to be; at home, sweet what fluency and correctness he would quote home.” Such was the happy experience of passages from the word of God. Whenever our venerable friend in his last moments; he thought the opportunity favourable, he and of him it may truly be said, “ This poor was never backward to introduce the subject man cried, and the Lord heard him, and of religion; and though his mode of address delivered him out of all his troubles." was somewhat abrupt, and his language

G. C. B. unpolished, he was doubtless the means of good to many. At one time, being in WILLIAM SQUIRE was born at Woodhouse, company with a person who was pointing in the county of Leicester. Through the out the beauties of a painting, he siezed the poverty of his parents, he received little opportunity of recommending him also to or no education besides that wbich he received study the sacred Scriptures; but the man in the Sabbath-school. He was many times, spoke disrespectfully of the Bible. This led in the earlier part of his life, convinced of the him to put the question, What, then, do you reality of the Christian religion, but like think of Jesus Christ? The individual Felis, deferred it till a more convenient replied, that Jesus Christ was only a man.

When entering on his nineteenth Only a man! said Mr. L., and referring to year, he was bidden to a wedding; but on the Saviour's miracles, he inquired, Could a going to the place where it was to be cele. mere man do these things ? then, having brated, the thought powerfully impressed his taken the person to be a Jew, he exclaimed mind that he was going to a wedding not with considerable vehemence,“Oh you wicked having on a wedding garment. When they Jews ! you killed the prophets, you put Jesus arrived at the church they were too late, for Christ to death, you slew the apostles : Oh the door was shut; this circumstance produced you wicked Jews !” The man was astounded, such convictions in his mind as were never and quailing before him, said, “I am not a erased. Early in the spring of 1841, a Jew, I am a member of a Church in this revival of religion commenced in the village, town; I am a Unitarian." Oh, replied Mr. when a number of young people became L. coolly, I thought you had been a Jew; anxious about religion ; among whom was well, go and read the New Testament for our departed friend ; after many prayers, he yourself. The person some time after called obtained peace and joy through believing. at the house where this colloquy had taken He offered himself a candidate for place, and said, Well, I have taken the old baptism, the day was appointed, but the man's advice, and I find he was right. In Church thought it advisable that W. S. the latter years of his life he became more should remain till the next time that sacred and more impressed with a sense of the love ordinance was administered. The morning of God, and especially its manifestations at length dawned when the candidates were toward the saints. As an evidence of this, about to profess their attachment to the

season.

as

Saviour, but our deceased brother was absent, a year, during which time he was removed to
This thought affected his mind : before going the Leicester Infirmary: but all efforts to
to chapel, he retired to bis closet and restore him were useless.
besought the Almighty that he would direct During the whole of his illness, his patience
him aright; he arose from his knees with was remarkable ; towards the close of his
this impression,

except a man be born of life he was heard thus to give vent to his water," &c.

The discourse delivered on feelings in prayer, “ O Lord thou didst that occasion was founded on “blessed are prepare a chariot for one of thy distinguished they that do his commandments," &c. servants, to take him to heaven, but thou When the administrator came up out of the hast not prepared chariots for all, lest the water, he rushed to the water-side, exclaim. shogging of the chariot, and the rattling of ing, "What doth binder me to be baptised ?". the wheels, should affect their crazy bones ; the answer was given him “ If thou believest but thou hast prepared angels to carry them with all thine heart, thou mayest.” He to Abraham's bosom." A few days before he replied, “I believe that Jesus Christ is the expired, a friend visited him, and inquired Son of God ;” and to the astonishment of a where he placed his hope: he quickly crowded congregation they went down into answered, “ In the Saviour : while I live I the water, and he baptized him. In the after- will cling to the cross, and I know through noon the right hand of fellowship was given the love I have to the Saviour he will ere him, and he was received as a member the long take me to heaven." On Lord's day, next Church meeting. Ever since that April 7, 1844, I visited him for the last time; period he has been regarded by all who he was then insensible; I could plainly see knew him as a consistent christian ; one of that his eyes were becoming dim, his cheek the most distinguished characteristics of his pale, and his tongue almost silenced with life was, that whenever the house of God was death. About four o'clock the following mornopen for worship, unless prevented by illness, ing he fell asleep in death. His remains our departed friend was there: he could adopt were interred in the General Baptist burying the language of the Psalmist, and say, I ground; and his death improved the follow. have loved the habitation of thine house, and ing Sabbath, by Mr. I. Bailey, to a deeply the place where thine honor dwelleth.” On affected congregation, from the words of Paul, one occasion, being asked the state of his “ For me to live is Christ, but to die is gain." mind, he replied, “ My heart is like a garden In his death the town has lost a quiet in. of weeds, but I am trying to pull up some habtiant, the Church an honourable member, of the weeds of impiety, and to destroy the and the Redeemer has received another of rubbish of selfrighteousness.”

But his his followers home. “Blessed are the dead piety did not exempt him from affliction ; that die in the Lord.” he was the subject of affliction for more than

W. B.

INTELLIGENCE.

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DERBYSHIRE CONFERENCE.-This Confer. improvement, and the good of the cause." ence assembled at Smalley, on Monday, Mr. Smith of Chesterfield was present. August 5, 1844. Mr. Kenny commenced by It was resolved, “ That each Church should prayer, and Mr. Wilders, the minister of the appoint a friend to collect the Home Mission Church, presided. The statements from the subscriptions.” The committee, with the Churches were not generally of an encouraging deacons of the Churches present, were re. character. Since the last meeting eleven quested to meet before the evening service. have bean baptized, and there are seventeen Ashford and Bradwell.-It was stated that candidates.

the Independents have relinquished the old Chesterfield. In the letter from this Home chapel at Ashford, and are building a new Mission station it was reported,-“ Since the one; and that the chapel at Bradwell is out last Conference, our congregation has fluc. of repair. Mr. Kenney was requested to tuated. Several of our members have in the visit these places, and bring his report to the course of Divine Providence, removed, to next Conference, reside in some neighbouring towns. While Relation of the Derbyshire with the Midwe regret this, we have cause of joy; three land Conference.—The attention of the meethave been added to us by baptism, and we ing was drawn to a resolution of the Midland hope some more will be induced by their Conference upon this subject; when, after example to follow the Lord.

We

much consideration, it was agreed unanipersuaded, if we had a resident minister, it mously,-“ As the Midland Conference comes would be much better for our spiritual so seldom into this district, and as our Con.

are

ferences have been well attended, and have cheered us, and, as it were, with a " still proved interesting, we respectfully separate small voice, bid us go forward, trusting in from the Midland Conference, and purpose the Lord. May the Lord prosper Zion. to hold our own Conference."

LONDON, New Church Street -On Lord'sRevival Meeting. - It was suggested that the speakers at the evening meeting should

day, July 14th, three sermons were preached

in aid of the Sabbath, schools connected with be previously furnished with their subjects, viz., addresses to Church members, in.

the chapel; in the morning and evening, by

our esteemed pastor, J. Burns, and in the quirers, backsliders, undecided, young, &c. Order of the Conference. — The secretary

afternoon by the Rev. W. Overbury: after

which services, several of the children were was requested to prepare a plan for the next meeting.

examined as to their knowledge of the Holy The next Conference to be at Belper, on

Scriptures. In connection with, and at the Christmas day. Mr. Kenney to preach in

close of all the services, the children sang the morning, on believers' baptism. Service

appropriate hymns and pieces, which gave

universal satisfaction; the friends especially to commence at eleven o'clock precisely. After tea an open air service was held; and a

felt deeply in beholding many of infantile

age lisping their “Hosannas to Jesus," revival meeting in the chapel, which was

The attendance throughout the day was most addressed by brethren Wilders, Sims, Gar

cheering, and the collections considerably ratt, Crooks, Kenney, Gutteridge, late town missionary at Boston, and Peggs.

surpassed those of former occasions. J. G. J. Peggs, Sec.

QUEENSAEAD.-On Lord's-day, July 21st, THE MIDLAND CONFERENCE will meet two appropriate sermons were preached in at Wimeswould, on the third Tuesday in

the General Baptist chapel at this place, in

behalf of the Sabbath-school connected with the present month (Sep. 17th,). Messrs. Smith, of Hinckley, and Ferneyhough, of

that place of worship, by the Rev. R. Stocks. Nottingham, are expected to preach.

The congregations were large, and the col.

lections amounted to £23. 16s. ld. The half-yearly Conference of the London district will be held at Chesham, on Tuesday,

BAPTISMS. Sep. 24th, at eleven o'clock in the forenoon. LONGFORD, Union Place. June 23rd,

1844, six males and one female were added ANNIVERSARIES.

to our rising Church by baptism, and the London, Praed Street. – On Lord's-day, right hand of fellowship at the Lord’s-table. July 21st, the annual

for the This was a high day to many. The congreSunday-school, were preached ; in the morn- gations were large, particularly at the water. ing by Mr. Underwood, in the afternoon by side, where we were joined by Mr. Chapthe Rev. Thos. Archer, M.A., of Oxendon man and his friends, who had a baptism at chapel, Haymarket; and in the evening by the same time and place, and who took a the Rev. R. Redpath, M.A., of Wells-street. part in the happy services on the occasion. On the following day a numerous company The public call this, “the double baptism,” took tea in the school-room, and afterwards it being the first time two baptisms have met adjourned to the chapel, when addresses together in this village, each minister im. were delivered by the pastor, as chairman; mersing his own candidates. by Rev. T. Yates, of Fleet, and hy Messrs. Wileman and Bissill. A paper was also LEEDS, Byron Street. On Lord's-day, read by Mr. J. Chapman, the superintendent,

July 7th, three persons were baptized in which he was requested to send for insertion

a new baptistry, recently built in our chapel. in tbe Repository. All the above services

The congregation was good, and the scene were extremely well attended, and the col.

unusually solemn. Our new baptistry is a lections, together with the profits from the

beautiful place, by the common consent of tea, amounted to upwards of £34.

all who have seen it; even the Wesleyans

admire and I think mean to patronize it, as BELPER.-On Lord's-day, July 14th, two three of them have already been baptised excellent and impressive sermons, in aid of in it. We want yet twelve pounds to reour chapel funds, were delivered in this place, move the debt upon it: the pædobaptists will by the Rev. J. G. Pike, of Derby. The at- help us. I wish some kind-hearted Baptist tendance and liberality of our Christian would set us free; we are few and poor. The friends, from neighbouring Churches, far Derbyshire friends have sent us eight pounds exceeded our most sanguine expectations. towards its cost, which will be, in the whole, Amount of collection £8. 10s. On the en- including necessary alterations for the ac. suing day, a donation of £5., was kindly commodation of candidates, £24; a few sent by Jed. Strutt, Esq., of this place, to pounds have been obtained among our own be appropriated either to the chapel, or school friends. funds. This, amidst all our difficulties, August 4th, four persons were baptized,

sermons

one an aged and much-respected Wesleyan, prospects are encouraging. and three persons, the fruit of our own

MISCELLANEOUS. labors. We are improving, and expect still to improve.

J. T.

COVENTRY.-Mr. J. Lewitt, late of the

Academy, having supplied the General BapLONDON, New Church Street. On

tist Church in this city for a few Sabbaths, Thursday, July 25th, the ordinance of baptism was administered to four persons, on a pro

with very encouraging prospects of success,

has accepted a unanimous invitation to serve fession of their faith in the Lord Jesus

them for one year. Mr. Lewitt enters on his Christ, after an appropriate address by our

stated labors the first Lord's-day in Sep. pastor. We trust soon to report respecting

We are truly happy to learn that the congreothers who have followed these, so far as

gations have very decidedly increased. May they have followed Christ.

J. G.

the Lord revive his work. LONDON, Praed Street. On Wednesday evening, July 31st, five persons, one of

BARROWDEN.-Mr. W. Orton, late of the wbom is a member of the Church of Eng

General Baptist Academy, Leicester, has land, were baptized by the pastor of the

engaged for the present to serve the Church Church, after a sermon by Mr. Farrant, now

at this place. We are happy to learn that of Manchester.

both here and at Morcott there are pleasing

indications of revival. ROTHLEY. - On the 16th of June, six persons were baptized at this village, and MANCHESTER, Oak Street.—Mr. Farrant, added to the Church. The congregation was

late of the Leicester college, has engaged to large, attentive, and apparently serious. serve the General Baptist Church here. May the word preached prosper, to the end

SEVENOAKS.-A beautiful service for the for which the Lord sent it.

Lord's-table has been received, bearing the SMEETON. On Lord's-day, July 28th, inscription, “For the use of the General three persons, one male and two females, Baptists of Bethel chapel, Sevenoaks.” It is were added to our little flock by baptism. supposed to be the gift of a munificent hearer The sacred ordinance was performed in the at the above place of worship. canal, about a mile from the chapel, in the

Rev. J. FELKIN.-We understand that presence of six or seven hundred spectators.

Mr. Felkin's conection with the Church at Messrs. J. Gray, Cook, and Challaton were

Sevenoaks will terminate on the 25th inst. engaged in the various services of this in. teresti day.

G. H. CONTRIBUTIONS from friends in the congre. Staly BRIDGE.-On Lord's-day, March 3,

gation at Stoney-street chapel, Nottingham, four-June 23rd, three- and July 28th, two

towards the purchase of a Cyclopædia for persons were baptized by our highly esteemed

the General Baptist college, Leicester.

£. s. d. minister, Mr. J. Sutcliffe. At the above

Mr. Carver services the congregations were large and

Mr. Stevenson, Sneinton

Mr. J. Truman orderly.

Rev. H. Hunter August 11th we were favoured with two

Mr. Kirkby highly interesting and arousing discourses Mr. Pole

0 10 from our esteemed friend, Mr. W. Butler,

Mr. Roberts, senr.

Mr Roberts, junr. who, at the close of the afternoon service,

Miss Smith administered the Lord's-supper, to

Mrs. Taylor, Haughton Street unusually large number of communicants.

Mr. G. Truman We have received by baptism twenty-one,

Mr. Booker

Mr. Butler since the commencement of the present year. Mrs. Coulthard Sutton BONINGTON. On Sunday, June Mr, Palethorpe

Mr. Pegg 16th, we had the pleasure of adding four to

Mr. Starr

5 our numbers. Brother Marshall, of Lough. Mr. Taylor, Sussex Street borough, preached in the open air, and Smaller sums..

7 brother Ball baptized the candidates in the

Total, £10 2 0 canal, when the greatest decorum prevailed

[We are very happy to insert the foregoing amongst the by.standers.

list of contributions. The object contemDownton, Wilts.-On Lord's-day morn. plated is praiseworthy; the collections were ing, August 11, 1844, after an appropriate obtained by two students during the vacation. and animated discourse, from John 3rd chap. The library is disreputable as belonging to and middle clause of 5th verse, by our beloved our Academical Institution, and inadequate pastor, Mr. W. S. Clifton, the ordinance to the positive necessities of the students. of baptism was administered to two male Any sums collected by our benevolent friends, persons, aged respectively 69 and 80 years. for this object, will be thankfully received by We have several anxious inquirers, and our the tutor, and judiciously expended.—ED.]

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