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her dismission from the tabernacle was granted, and she entered on a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. A sermon was preached at the time of her interment, by her late minister, from Psalm lxxi. 7, a passage which she made choice of as descriptive of her own case.
Mrs. CARTER GARRATT, the beloved wife of Mr. Garratt, Baptist minister, Crich, departed this life July 9th, 1844, aged thirty-six. She had the honor of being converted in early life, having been a member of the Church at Kirkby-Woodhouse and that at Crich, about eighteen years. She was a steady, humble, consistent, and persevering christian. She, to an eminent degree, adorned the doctrine of God her Saviour in all things. About the latter end of last year, consumption attacked her feeble frame; but her heart was fixed, trust. ing in the Lord. About the commencement of her affliction she told one of her sisters that she had not had a doubt of reaching heaven of a long time. “I have lived,” she said, “ near to God in my health, and He does not forsake me in my affliction. Glory be to Jesus : I shall soon be as the angels in heaven. 'I know in whom I have believed, and I am persuaded he is able to keep what I have committed unto him against that day.' • I have fought the good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith : henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them that love his appearing.' A few days before her end, she said to her husband, “I had such a vision last night, that did my very soul good. O how I long
mains were afterwards borne to Kirkby. Woodhouse, and interred by the same minister, in the presence of a large con. course of weeping friends. On the Sabbath but one after, the Rev. R. Kenney, of Wirksworth, improved her death from Cor. v. 1; and the following Sabbath, brother Burrows improved it out of doors, at our branch, to a large congregation from Luke viii. 52. " I saw the black pall o'er her relics extended, I wept, but they were not the tear drops of woe; The prayer of my soul that in fervor ascended, Was, Lord, when thou callest, like her may I go."
MRS. MARTHA HOLBEMEY died at Gamston, August 2nd, 1844, aged 74. She was a stranger to saving grace until the year 1835, when, through attending the ministry of the word, she was brought to feel the burden of sin, and look to “ the Lamb of God which taketh away the sin of the world.” Having obtained “joy and peace through believing,” she was led to offer herself to the church, and was cordially received July 17th, 1836. She has had to endure afflictions of a very painful kind, yet patience had its perfect work. She died in peace.
Her interment took place on August 6th, and her funeral sermon was delivered August 11, from Isaiah xl. 2, “Her warfare is accomplished.” Numbers attended to shew their respect to her.
to be gone.
MARY MALTBY, widow, died Aug. 9th, 1844, aged 77. She had been a member of the General Baptist church, Broad-street, Nottingham, forty-seven years, being baptized by the Rev. Robert Smith in 1797. She had but a rough passage through life, and often with difficulty obtained support. Her partner was no friend to religion, and gave ber a deal of trouble, and some of her children did not give their hearts to God, though it was her daily prayer; this was a source of un. easiness. She was what I may call an old fashioned General Baptist; she lived by faith on the Son of God, who died to redeem her precious soul. It was often a comfort to her, " that Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners.” “I can go to him," she would say, as my Saviour, not as a saint, but as a poor helpless sinner. They talk about mormonites, and latter day saints, and second advent folks;l'll have nothing to do with any of them; my Saviour has supported me fifty years, and I know he will to the end." As she was wont to do, she went to lie down after dinner, and when they went to tell her tea was ready, she was dead! She was an humble, contented, thankful christian, did not murmur at every little disappoint. ment. One day in conversation with her friend, she said, " I have fought a good fight," which short sentence, Mr. Ferneyhough, her minister, made use of as the foundation
Jesus, my all to heaven I trust,
And die in smiles at thy command.'" When the physician had given her up, and said, “Mrs. Garratt, I can do no for you, you must die;" she turned her heavenbeaming eyes to him, and said, “Sir, you do not alarm me; I have a better place to
Both saint and sinner envied her situation, and retired from her bed-room with the wish, Let me die the death of the righteous, and let my last end be like hers. She had previously made an agree. ment with her husband, that when the power of utterance failed in death, she would give him a sign, if the Lord was precious to her. In her last convulsive moments, about an hour before her spirit took its flight to be with Jesus, which is far: better, she gave her sign. Her remains were carried by the members of the church into Crich chapel, and the Rev. J. Burrows delivered an affecting address, and her re
for some remarks and improvement of her the widow who cast two mites into the trea. death. The 411th and 366th hymns she sury out of her penury, so she in this way adopted as the language of her heart, and the did more than many a showy professor. expressions and sentiments she made her But she has done what she could, and is we own, and they were sung on the occasion. believe, a saint in heaven, ascribing salvation She was most respected by those who knew to God and the Lamb for ever and ever. her best, and was over ready to render assist
J. Smitu. ance to any in distress or affliction. Like
MIDLAND CONFERENCE.-This Conference having resigned his office, a vote of thanks assembled at Wimeswould, on Tuesday Sep. 17. was passed for his services, and Mr. Bott of The morning service was introduced with Wimeswould was appointed to the secretaryreading and prayer, by Mr, Peggs; and Mr. ship. Smith, of Hinckley, preached an interesting In the evening Mr. Goadby read and prayed, discourse on the final triumphs of the gospel, and Mr. Ferneyhough preached an excellent from Isaiah xi. 9, “The earth shall be full of discourse, from Mark ix. 23.“ All things are the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover possible him that believeth." the sea.” Mr. Hudson, missionary to China, The next conference is to be held at closed the service with prayer.
Loughboro, Dec. 31. Mr. Hudson to preach The business of Conference commenced at in the morning, on “ The claims of China.” half.past 2 o'clock; the minister of the chapel
J. Peggs, Sec. presiding. The reports from many of the JUBILEE AT Sutton BONINGTON.--Fisty churches were of a very encouraging character; years having passed away since our chapel 163 having been baptized and 112 being can. was erected and set apart for the worship of didates for the sacred ordinance of believers' God, we agreed to hold special services, baptism. * Some very interesting tea meetings, and to improve the event by an effort to liquifor the reduction of chapel debts, have been date the debt remaining on the burial ground, recently held, particularly at Stoney Street, which we purchased a few years back. In Nottingham. The doxology was sung, and carrying out our intentions, brother Stanion Mr. Wigg, of Leicester, was requested to delivered two sermons on Lord's day, Sep. present the gratitude of the assembly to the 8th; and on the following Tuesday, the Rev. Father of mercies and God of all grace.
J. Edwards, of Nottingham, preached in the A very favourable report was given from morning. In the afternoon tea was provided Wolverhampton by one of the brethren who by some of our generous friends, and in the has lately visited that populous part of the evening a public meeting was held. The country. It is hoped that Mr. Derry will be Rev. E. Stevenson occupied the chair, and able to accomplish the liberal intentions suitable addresses were delivered by Messrs. cherished by many towards this infant cause.t Ball, Sheppard, Marshall, Bott, and Edwards,
The question proposed by the church at and the proceeds of our collections were Broughton and Hose, relative to the validity highly satisfactory. of the baptism of the Campbellites in their In taking a review of our history as a church, neighbourhood, was deferred till next Con- during the last half century, we are led to ference.
exclaim, “ what hath God wrought!” Signs The retirement of the churches constituting and wonders have been done by the name of the Derbyshire Conference was reported; and the holy child Jesus, and we rejoice to the secretary of the Midland Conference believe that there are a considerable pumber
* The following is our list taken at the time :Alfreton, no report; Ashby, ditto; Barton, ditto ; Beeston, baptized 6; Belper, no report; Broughton and Hose, bap. 3, candidates 3; Burton, bap. 4, can. 5; Castle Donington, bap. 6. can. 6; Crich, no report; Derby, St. Mary's Gate, bap. 7, can. 10, Derby, Sacheverel Street, bap. 9, can. 5; Fleckney, &c., bap. 4; Hinckley, bap. 7; Hugglescote, no report; Ilkeston, bap, 2, cani. 2; Kegworth, &c., bap. 2; Kirkby, no report; Knipton, ditto; Leake and Wimeswould, bap. 20, can. 6; Leicester, Archdeacon Lane, no report; Ditto, Carley Street, bap. 3, can. 3; Ditto, Dover Street, bap. 11, can. 7; Friar Lane, bap. 4, can. 3; Longwhatton, can. 6; Loughborough, bap. 18, can. 9; Mansfield, bap. 7 ; Market Harborough, can. 4; Measham, can. 4 ; Melbourne, bap. 2, Northamp
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ton, no report ; Nottingham, Broad Street, bap. 7, can. 4; Ditto, Stoney Street, bap. 14, can. 15; Queniborough, bap. 3; Quorndon, &c, can. 11; Rothley, bap. 2; Sheffield, bap. 4; Smalley, bap. 15; Sutton Bonington, bap. 4, can. 2; Thurlaston, no report ; Wirksworth, ditto.--En.
+ We have received a note from brother Derry, in which he states that he has not received a quarter of the sum proposed. It is very desirable that the station should receive the proposed assistance, as our brother Shore, who is very useful there, is depending upon it for his subsist. ence. Any friend who is disposed to assist may forward his contributions to any of our ministers, for Mr. Derry.-ED.
before the throne, of whom it will be said, prayed with unusual energy. Mr. Thomas that they were born here; and there are Carver was then called to the chair. The others now travelling towards the house not chairman occupied the clerk's desk; on either made with hands, who have frequently found hand were the singers, whose sweet and this house of prayer to be a Bethel to their sacred harmony added greatly to the insouls. At other times, however, the ways of terest of the meeting. The chairman said, Zion have mourned because few have attend- “ That he had taken a great interest in the ed her solemn feasts. A spirit, the very op- enlargement of this place of worship, and he posite to the spirit of the gospel, has pre- rejoiced to see it so well filled; he believed vailed, and during the last three or four years, it was the intention of the meeting to clear we have sometimes thought that Ichabod has the chapel of debt that evening; it had been been written on our walls. At present ap
enlarged,” he said, “ at an expence of sixpearances are more favourable, and we have teen hundred pounds, just ten years ago, and some evidence that the gospel is preached this sum had been reduced to one hundred with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven, guineas.” At this period of the meeting, and our prayer is, that this may be the time, the secretary, Mr. Taylor, brought in the yea, the set time, when the Lord shall favour account and handed it to the chairman, when Zion, and when his servants shall take plea- after reading over a few items, he seemed sure in her stones, and favour the dust thereof. quite confounded; the fact was, that instead
of having to make up any part of the amount ANNIVERSARIES.
after tea, it was found, that the weekly subNottingham, Stoney Street Chapel.—The scriptions, the collections on the Sabbath, friends connected with this place of worship, and the product of the tea, amounted to have had one of the most interesting meet- two guineas more than paid the whole of ings which has ever taken place in connection the debt. The whole assembly stood and with the General Baptist cause in Notting- sung, ham. The church appointed a large com. “Praise God from whom all blessings flow,” &c. mittee of fifty persons to make arrangements The meeting was then addressed by brethfor the meeting; when the committee met, it
ren Pickering, Hunter, Jones, (student,) was agreed, that this should be the last an
Elsey, Stevenson, James, Roberts, Booker, niversary for the removal of the debt which
Kerry, and Hodges. Reference was made to still remained on this spacious place of wor
the erection of another house for God, in this sbip. The two pastors, Messrs. Pickering large and populous town. Several sums and Hunter, were requested to preach on the
were mentioned,* if such a project should Lord's day, when collections should be made.
be taken up. The chairman and others said It was also agreed that on Monday evening,
that whenever such an undertaking was Sep. 16th, there should be a tea meeting thought necessary, they would cheerfully coheld in the body of the chapel; the ladies
operate with the church in raising another were requested to present their trays gratui.
sanctuary, where the gospel might be preachtously, and after tea the committee proposed to raise whatever might be necessary to
ed to hundreds now perishing in their sins.
Votes of thanks were passed to the collectors, remove at once, and for ever, the remainder
the committee, and to the forty-two ladies of the debt. A floor was thrown over the
who had generously come forward to assist in pews in the body of the chapel, from end to
this good work. A vote of thanks was tables were then placed thereon, flowers
moved and seconded by the pastors, to the and evergreens adorned the pulpit, the lamps
chairman, who delivered a very touching and round the front of the gallery and the tea
interesting address. “ Africa," was then tables. Some entertained fears lest there
sung by the singers, and the benediction was should not be as many as would fill the
pronounced by Mr. Hunter. There is no tables; these fears soon dispersed. The whole body of the chapel was completely
boasting here; all is of God; our property,
health, comfort, are all from him. Christ filled, and many had to go into the gallery
is all and in all; the Alpha, and the Omega, until the friends below had finished, when
the channel through which every blessing they exchanged places with each other.
flows from God to man. “ Thine is the king. Forty two ladies had nobly responded to the call of the friends; and there they were, each
dom, the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen."
A FRIEND. at the head of her table, while in many in. stances, tables were twice supplied with LEAKE.--On Lord's day, Sep. 15th, two christian friends who had come to be present sermons were delivered in this place, by the at the last anniversary of Stoney Street Rev. J. Goadby of Leicester, when collections chapel. It was very pleasing to see some were made towards the liquidation of the from other branches of the church of Christ chapel debt. The chapel was rebuilt in present, to share in the spiritual enjoyment 1838, and the remaining debt was about of the evening After tea Mr. Hunter gave out a hymn, and Mr. Pickering prayed--and
* One, we understand, of £200,-ED.
£250. On Monday evening, a delightful tea SMALLEY,-On Lord's-day, September 8th, meeting was held, when it was found that the 1844, the ordinance of believers' baptism collecting cards and tea, produced about was administered to fifteen persons, by £43. This meeting was addressed by the brother W. Fogg, of Retford, Nottingham. Revds. E. Bott and J. Goadby, and Messrs. shire, six females, and nine males; five males Osborne and Marshall. It was proposed at and two females, were formerly scholars. the meeting that during the next year, the There were from fifteen to sixteen hundreds debt should be reduced to £100; though of well behaved spectators; in the afternoon some thought it would be better to discharge the chapel was crowded to excess. We have the whole debt. Several sums were promised, a number of hopeful inquirers, who will and it may be hoped that the most sanguine follow the Redeemer in the same divine ordiexpectations will be realized.
nance in a very short time.
Another correspondent adds, “Happy the LONGFORD, Union Place.- August 26th, minister,” referring to the late Mr. Wilders, 1844, we held our anniversary tea meeting “whose last days are his best days.” for the liquidation of the chapel debt, wbich was well attended. The friends, with few ex
BURTON.ON-TRENT.-On Lord's day, Sep. ceptions, brought into the treasury the dona
tember 1st, after a sermon from Jeremiah, tions promised, and we have now in hand
xlii. 6, four candidates were baptized in the upwards of £58. towards this object. The
presence of a very crowded congregation; on singers, with several ministers and friends, in.
the same day they were admitted to the terested and edified the audience on this oc.
table of the Lord, and the fellowship of the casion, and we were greatly encouraged.
church. We have five others waiting to
follow their example. BAPTISMS.
MAGDALEN.-On Lord's-day, July 21st, FLECKNEY. On Lord's day morning, Sep. 1844, the ordinance of believers' baptism 8th, 1844. The ordinance of believers' bap
was administered to seven persons, five tism
administered to three young males, and two females, in brother North's females, by W. D. Smith, of Leicester.
pond, after a very appropriate sermon, deThree excellent sermons were preached in
livered by our esteemed minister, Mr. Smith, our chapel; brother Hawley, of Leicester,
at the water's edge, to between four and five preached in the morning, from Acts ii. 38;
hundred attentive hearers. and in the evening, from Rom. v. 11; and brother Smith in the afternoon, from
MISCELLANEOUS. 1 Cor. xv. 58. This was a day of feasting LONGFORD, Union Place.-Sep. Ist, 1844, and of good things.
by the teachers' request, Mr. Shaw, our min
ister, delivered an address to the children of DERBY, Sacheverel Street. We had a
our Sabbath-school, and presented twelve of baptism on Aug. 25th, of nine persons, five of them have joined us from the Methodists, scriptures: another copy was sent to a
the scholars with beautiful copies of the holy and this latter circumstance created great
scholar who has left the village. Believing interest; the chapel was densely crowded.
we have found “a more excellent way, 500 tracts were distributed at the doors.
these scholars are not dismissed, but having Mi. A. Smith preached and baptized, and in the afternoon received the candidates into
been the full time appointed for them in the
school, they are formed into a senior class, the church, and Mr. Carey Pike, of Wisbech, administered the Lord's-supper.
that they may be ready to teach others when
called for. Two of them are members of WOLERHAMPTON. On Lord's-day, Sep.
the church, and three more are inquirers. 1st, four persons were baptized and added This is encouragment for Sunday-school to our church; one of these had been clerk teachers. in one of he churches in this town for eight Rev. T. Ewen, OF March.-A corresponyears. It 's with pleasure we state that our dent at Magdalen writes,-I am sorry to say congregations have so much increased, that
our esteemed friend and pastor, Mr. Ewen, has we can scarcey accommodate the people. been obliged to decline labouring amongst us
on account of extreme feebleness, and old RETFORD. Cord'sday, Aug. 18th, 1844,
age, and is now expecting and waiting for four persons were baptized by Mr. Fogg,
his change, in the enjoyment of the consolaafter a sermon "rom Mark xi. 28. In the
tions of that gospel, he has so often and so afternoon it was pleasing to see so many faithfully made known to others. around the Lord's table, the greater part of whom had been aded to the church within COVENTRY.—A very interesting and dethe last nine years We have established lightful tea meeting was held in Saint Mary's class meetings, and Vected nine persons as Hall, in this city, on Monday, Sep. 9th, the leaders, and hope that 'ood will result. object of which was to welcome Mr. J, Lewitt
W. F. (late of Leicester college) on bis commencing his ministerial labors in the church as. ecclesiastical business, he was about to sembling in White Friar's Lane. About 350 return homeward on August 16. He reached individuals, many of whom were connected the quay at Liverpool, whence he was to take with other churches in the town, partook of the steamer to Belfast, a considerable period the refreshing beverage, the trays, for the before the hour of sailing; and, while walking most part, being gratuitously provided by leisurely upon the wharf, he pulled out his the members of the church and congregation. watch to ascertain how long time would elapse After tea, the Rev. W. Chapman, of Longford, before the vessel would leave the harbour. was called upon to preside, and, in a very While in the act of looking at the time-piece, appropriate speech, introduced Mr. Lewitt he unconsciously approached too near the to the meeting, and expressed the warmest edge, and, in an instant, was precipitated wishes for his happiness and prosperity, sen. into the tide. The fall to the water was timents which were most cordially and about nine feet, while the depth of the liquid heartily responded to by all who were present. element was twenty-five feet more. No Mr. Lewitt then being called upon, alluded sooner, however, had he sunk than a small to the movements of Providence in directing boat from the quay was pushed off, and imhis steps to Coventry; explained and defended mediately on his rising to the surface he was the principles of dissent and expressed a placed in it. His arm, which had been disdesire to cherish the warmest sympathy located at the shoulder, was speedily adjusted, towards all the other denominations of and the injury sustained did not appear so christians in the town, and to co-operate great as to forbid his being conveyed to his with them in diffusing the blessings of our berth in the Falcon, then about to sail. common christianity. Other suitable and The passage was unusually long, extending encouraging addresses were delivered by the to about twenty-four hours; and, although Rev. E. H. Delf, (Independent) Mr. every attention was paid to him while on Weighem, and Mr. Jerard, Junr. It was board, it was found, on his arrival in Belfast, truly gratifying to witness the oneness of that he was in a state of extreme debility, feeling which seemed to pervade the whole although it was not conceived of danger. assembly; and the sympathy and interest He was removed to the residence of the Rev. which were manifested by the friends gen: Mr. Wilson, Baptist minister, where he reerally towards this long drooping interest mained till his decease. He had not been long augur favorably for its success, and give us there when symptoms of congestion of blood reason to indulge the hope that the cloud upon the lungs presented themselves; but, which hus for so long a period been hanging under the judicious treatment of Drs. Moffatt over it is passing away, and that brighter and Purdon, joined by his son, Dr. Carson of and happier days are beginning to dawn. Colerain, it was expected that the attack Not the least encouraging feature connected would be arrested. On Friday evening, howwith this meeting was a proposition made by ever, an unfavourable change presented itself, one of the speakers, not connected with the and, on the morning of Saturday, he breathed cause, to make an effort to reduce the heavy his last. He retained the full vigour of his debt remaining on thechapel.
mental faculties throughout his illness, api position he supported by the promise of a evinced the greatest calmness and composu'e sovereign; others caught his spirit and under the visitation. He was in the 6th followed his example, and, before the meet- year of his age. ing closed, upwards of £13 were promised, Of Dr. Carson's character and labors cone and a resolution passed to make a strenuous who were acquainted with him can sprak in effort to raise £50 towards the object proposed any other terms than those of the righest in the course of the next six months. The admiration. Ever since the period (we be. proceeds of the tea, which amounted to about lieve of 1801) when, from the purestmotives, £11, will be applied towards the support of and in obedience to the dictates of onscience, the cause.
he felt constrained to abandon the communion P. S. Should any of the readers of the of the Synod of Ulster, then in a state of Repository feel disposed to assist in carry. grievous declension, he maintaired the posi. ing out the above named object, their tion of one of the ablest of ourmodern theodonations will be thankfully received and logians. His works upon the subject of chrisacknowledged.
tian baptism are regarded as the ablest in de
fence of the views which he espoused - views DEATH OF THE REV. DR. CARSON, OF to the adoption of which he may have, perhaps, TUBBERMORE.-It is our melancholy duty to been led by the laxity wiich too generally announce the death of this distinguished and prevailed in regard to th administration of venerated divine, which took place Aug. 24th. that important ordinance. Although, however, The circumstances of Dr. Carson's decease, he devoted a considerab) portion of his time which were in all respects most trying and and talents to this subjeet, he took a lively affecting, are as follows : having been for a interest in the affairs & the universal church. few weeks in England, where he had gone on