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periodical, “ The Christian Miscel- My residence in Scotland gave me lany." I also published a Sermon ample opportunity for reading and on Scriptural Election and General study, and here I conceived the idea Redemption, and pamphlets on the
Sketches and Skeletons of “Popery of Protestants," The Sermons,” for the use of lay brethren, Voluntary Question," &c. During &c. But in London events were these years I laboured heartily in occurring that were to influence my the old Temperance Society, and future labours and life. lectured and preached in the districts chapel had been erected in New all around. In Perth there was a Church Street, Paddington. After very promising young man, pastor considerable prosperity, a division of the Baptist church, Mr. Adams, occurred, the minister retiring with whose course, though bright, was three-fourths of the members, and soon finished. Here were several leaving behind some twenty-one highly talented ministers of Christ.
names on the church book, and The venerable Dr. Pringle, Dr. about forty or fifty hearers. At this David Young, and Dr. Newlands. crisis one of the chief friends reHere for three years my very much maining, and who had belonged to loved friend, Robert Thompson, was the Methodist New Connexion, sugthe Wesleyan minister.
gested that I should be invited to very popular, and filled the Metho-. spend a few Sabbaths with them, dist chapel on Sabbath evenings, but and on the 10th of May, 1835, I found Presbyterian Calvinism too preached my first sermon in the adamantine for very deep or general chapel of which I have been pastor impression.
ever since. It was while I was a minister in I was delighted on my first apPerth that my acquaintance com- pearance in this pulpit to see present menced with our esteemed brother my much honoured brother, the Rev. Mathews, the worthy pastor of Bos- John Stevenson, minister of Suffolk ton. He had.then recently returned Street, his chapel being under refrom Germany, and he, and one of his pair, and whom I had met at BirGerman brethren, passing through mingham several years before. His Perth, had the use of our meeting- cordial greeting helped me much in house, and greatly edified our friends the midst of the desolations that surwho assembled on the occasion. The rounded this congregational wreck. 97th Regiment of Highlanders, sta- A unanimous invitation followed the tioned in Perth for a considerable few Sundays I supplied, and I reperiod, furnished us with numbers turned to Perth to bid adieu to Scotof hearers, and I addresed them also land, and to begin earnest work in on special occasions in the barracks. my new and adopted sphere. It reIt was while on a purposed visit to quired no little faith both in God them, when they removed from Perth and man to undertake this shattered to Paisley, that I was among many cause. Small salary only could be others who were seriously injured given, even though the friends, and by the boiler explosion of a steam one especially, were most liberal ; coach that ran between Glasgow and small chapel, heavy debt of £1,400, Paisley, and where I was laid up twenty-one or two members, but with a broken leg for six weeks in some living at Portsea; my two sons the hospitable home of brother requiring education, with all the Mathews. By this accident four expences of London housekeeping, persons were killed on the spot, and &c. But our first text was the key several others severely injured. Mr. note of the enterprise, “ Arise, o Sargeant, of Leicester, was one who God, and plead thine own cause”suffered fearfully on the occasion. and with this we entered on the
A Retrospective Gossip about Men, Books, fc.
arduous work, and have, by God's we could do little with our conhelp, continued to this day. Mr. nexionalism. Our congregations Wileman, who had built the chapel, were largely composed of persons was fully devoted to the cause, and who had never heard of the General though his prosperous business occu- Baptists, and therefore knew nothing pied nearly all his time, yet his of the differences of " Old” and promptness, punctuality, earnestness, “New,” of General or Particular. and generosity, materially helped to This was specially applicable to us keep the machinery of the church in as an entirely new church in a disactive operation. Our increased at- trict of London where there were tendance, and considerable accessions, few Baptists of any kind whatever. cheered our hearts, and strengthened To reduce our chapel debt I pubour hands, and God, our own God, lished the second series of “The did bless us. Our revered brother Christian Sketch Book," and devoted Wallis, Mr. Stevenson, and myself, the profits to that object, and for often exchanged pulpits, and no root some years managed to produce saleof bitterness ever marred, or inter- able volumes every few monthsrupted for an hour, our union or in- “The Christian Daily Portion," or tercourse. With regard to the se- exercises on the person, and work, ceding church occupying a small and glories of Christ—" Christian chapel about half a mile away, I had Philosophy"-"Mothers of the Wise nothing whatever to do, their differ- and Good”—the Sketches and Skeleences I was not competent to judge tons of Sermons, in four volumesof, and my own duties were suffi- "Pulpit Cyclopædia"; and besides ciently onerous to absorb all
I edited the “ London Temperance time and attention. Ultimately, how- Weekly Journal” for about seven ever, the church was unable to bear years. I also established and contheir expenses, and their esteemed ducted “The Preacher's Magazine" minister removed to Nottingham, during the six years of its publicaand the members were dispersed | tion; and to fill up the crannies of abroad. The odour of these conten
spare time, wrote
“ Life of Mrs. tions was not inviting, or favourable Fletcher" “ Youthful Piety" to our prosperity, and the only thing Youthful Christian” — and then we could do was to live, and work it added eight volumes more of down. We were in the midst of a Sketches and Skeletons of Serdense population, ever increasing, mons," and about a dozen of smaller and to keep the gospel net at work books, of which, most happily, none was our obvious duty, and God suc- have had to go to the butter shop or ceeded the labour of our hands, and trunk makers. For several years I graciously sent us prosperity.
published also a “Sunday Scholars' I had been a constant reader of Annual,” which was largely circuthe Repository, and was acquainted lated. Of course my London paswith "Taylor's History of the Con- torate was favourable to authorship, nexion,” and had corresponded with and it brought me into close contact the worthy writer while resident in with the chief editors and conductors Perth, and now I was in personal of our religious periodicals. Of contact with the ministers and insti- these I may make mention of Dr. tutions of the denomination.
Morrison, Dr. Styles, and Mr. Groser. We had then a London Conference, In my second year's pastorate and our visits to Wendover, Chesham, (1836) I united myself with the new and Berkhampstead, were not with- temperance movement, known under out interest. So also we had to do the name of teetotalism; and I with the churches at Sevenoaks, believe that my physical health and Smarden, &c., but in London itself mental vigour have been greatly
promoted by avoiding stimulating Beardsall, myself, and a very few drinks, and the fact of only one others. The conclusion of the letter Sabbath's absence through illness ended in a warm demonstration in from pulpit duties in nearly thirty- | its favour, and when Mr. Beardsall five years, I think, speaks conclu- wished to reply, he was simply sively on that subject. We felt clamoured down. A sturdy reprethirty years ago that it was desirable sentative from the Stoney Street to have a sacramental wine free from church now tried to have a say, but alcohol, and though some stumbled he was kindly told to sit down, at it, yet that step has given us which he felt it difficult to do. I unmixed satisfaction, besides placing was so astonished with this pecumore than £100 additional aid for liar way of doing religious business, the relief of the poor members of that for a while I was confounded. the church. On all accounts we At length I ventured to rise and rejoice in our vestry and chapel expostulate, and concluded with a being entirely free from the presence request that at least for five or ten of intoxicants of any and every kind. minutes Mr. Beardsall should be Teetotal work of necessity greatly permitted to speak. This was earadded to my labours, but it gave nestly supported by John Stevenson, additional opportunities of useful- and the waves that had threatened ness both in our church and out. to swallow us up respectably retired,
I must, however, not overlook my and the favour was conceded. Of introduction to our ministers and course the “letter” had to be critibrethren at the first Association I cised, and I was told that my free attended in 1836 at Bourne. My remarks would certainly entail on coach companion to that gathering me the abiding displeasure of the was our brother Carey Pike, then a venerable writer. But I found then, student at Stepney. Being an entire as I have ever found, that an open stranger to nearly all the Connexion, and outspoken line of procedure will I was indebted to brother Stevenson
never give abiding offence to any and one or two others for an intro
whose friendshipis worth having. duction to the ministers and repre- I met dear Mr. Jarrom in London a sentatives assembled.
short time before he crossed the This my first Association visit. mortal river, and his warm shake of was in some things unfortunate. the hand and hearty good will were Mr. Beardsall had been lecturing most fervently manifested. and discussing both teetotalism and But how many persons of that my the "wine question," and a contro- first Association are gone : the chairversy had been waging in the man, Mr. Ingham ; moderators, Mr. Repository, in which no little spici- Goadby, senior, and Mr. Bissill; the ness and acrimony had been ex- secretary, Mr. J. Goadby; the tutor hibited. The Association Letter of the College, Mr. Jarrom. Besides had been prepared under the influ- these, the then pillars of the denomiences then agitating the Connexion, nation-Pickering, Stevenson, Pike, and of course was dead set against Cameron, Pegg, Hobbs, Butler, the new wine innovation. The Wigg, Winks, with many others, venerable writer of the letter was all gone. I can scarcely realize that too feeble to read it, and it was Thomas Stevenson, and his brother therefore placed in the hands of the John, and myself, and T. W.
, Rev. J. Goadby, of Leicester, who Mathews, are among the oldest pasread it with his usual masterly and tors in the Connexion. But so it is. commanding manner, to the unut
The generation of 1835 has passed terable delight of the anti-teeto- away, and another generation of tallers, and the dismay of brother brethren has risen up. How altered
“Serve God and be Cheerful."
69 the phases of our denomination since the officers have passed away,
but then. New place for the College ; the denomination abides. new president and tutor ; the offi- Our fathers, where are they? cials of the body-all fresh men.
All passerl away and gone,
From toil and conflicts here below, Not one minister now who was
To stand before the throne. then pastor in Nottingham, Derby,
Finished, their work on earth;
Begun, their joy in heaven; Loughborough, Birmingham, Brad- The battle fought,--the victory won,ford, Wisbeach, or Leicester, except
The Saviour's welcome given.
Fresh labourers now possess brother Thomas Stevenson. New
Their varied, onerous spheres, editor of the Magazine, new secre
Like them, they labour for the Lord,
'Midst strifis, and doubts, and fears, taries and treasurer of the Foreign
Be this our hope and song,– Mission—all new. The ministers
The Master ever lives;
And our dependence is the grace have gone, but the gospel remains ;
That Jesus freely gives.
"SERVE GOD AND BE CHEERFUL." Was the sensible motto of John winter in a garden where summer Hacket, the good bishop of Lincoln, foliage and fruit should always in the troublous days of King abound. As the beauty is united Charles the First. He could scarcely with the fragrance of the rose; the have had a better at any time. Amid light with the heat of the sun; the the violent strife and ceaseless change ruddy cheek, nimble step, and of that period it was peculiarly appro- merry laugh, with the exhaustless priate and specially helpful. God's energy of the young; the perfect service is perfect freedom, and to strength with the gentle grace of the willing and honest hearts it is also Son of God; SO spiritual work perfect pleasure. Work faithfully should be allied with cheerfulness done for the love of God and of by bonds that cannot be broken. souls can never fail of its reward. Whoso serves not God has no right It is itself a spring of cheerfulness to a glad and sunny life, and whoso that never runs dry; a tree of glad- works for Him in a prison of gloom ness that bears fruit all the year reared by his own hands, bars out round. We work for the joyful the light that would transfigure God, and are messengers to men everything to its own brightness, of His overflowing gladness, or- and fill him with an ever-strengthendained, anointed, and qualified by ing joy. His Spirit.
We work with Him No trait of character is more atand partake of His nature; and the tractiv han cheerfulness. Other more we work the larger is our joy : virtues are more solid and substanand the greater our joy, the more tial, but there is not one with wider acceptable the sacrifice of labour we range, more subtle and penetrating present to Him. Never, therefore, influence, or richer results. It is an should the two branches of this brief additional grace to womanly tenderlaw be kept apart. They have one ness, and supplies the requisite trunk and one root. Christian ser- sweetness to manly strength. It is vice is not efficient without cheer- the chief fascination in light-hearted fulness. Cheerfulness lacks authen- youth, and it sits as a serene and tic warrant without service. As soothing charm on the countenance God causes the delicate and fragile of age. Wisdom is more welcome twigs to grow on the strong, gnarled, when it wears this garb, and genius and knotted bough, so has He put more mighty when it speaks in this these two precepts together, and to language. Not even devotion can separate them is to make perpetual well dispense with its presence, and
the severest sanctity is a thousand which is justly due to him. More fold more divine as well as human credit is sometimes given to it than when it brilliantly reflects the mirth is due, but yet we cannot part with of the “happy God.”
its aid without seriously injuring Cheerfulness is never out of place. the usefulness of our service. The Home joys luxuriate in its smile like
pastor whose spirit is bathed with plants in tropical climes, and social the joy of the Lord is better able to life revels in its effusions. Parents lead the people to pastures fresh and feel younger as they see it in their new, and will not rarely discover children, and children leap with paths of righteousness that unbendgladness as they recognise its welcome ing Genius cannot see. The Sunin a father's word and a mother's day school teacher will fare very ill caress. Affliction itself is encir- if he does not meet the glad hearts cled with a halo of glory when borne of his children with a frank, full, with a spirit of placid resignation, and genial response; for the nearest and the tears of sorrow twinkle like way to the soul of a child is through stars, when lit up with the radiance its love of pleasure. And who of a joyful hope. Care takes to shall visit the sick, if not such as itself wings and flies away as it sees can speak comfortable words, and “delight in the Lord” offering its pour the balm of Christian symstores of satisfaction to the heart, pathy into wounded hearts without and piety becomes more purifying stint? We must be cheerful if we and ennobling as it rises from would go about doing good. peace, on through tribulation and
No one can tell the good a cheerpatience, up to "joy in God through ful Christian does. He fills the atour Lord Jesus Christ, by whom mosphere with vitalizing power, and we have received the atonement."
you can no more trace his influence Three sights on earth transport us in all its far-extending results than with their pleasures: the exuberant, you follow out in all its consequences innocent mirth of a child prattling the shining of the sun for a single of God and His home as if it had day. As the air of mountain heights just come from a seat beside His braces the wearied traveller and throne; the serene and subdued makes him forget his burdens, so gladness of an aged saint already the goodly fellowship of the glad within hearing of the music of strips us of the dark robes of desponheaven, and eagerly listening to the dency, gives the oil of joy for mournangel-harpers while waiting with ing, and the garment of praise for patient expectation the coming of the spirit of heaviness. We feel the Lord ; and last, but not least, that there are exhilarating currents the ever-brightening cheerfulness of of life about us, and confess that we a worker for God who pours out of are made happy in spite of ourselves. his well-stored heart the treasures of Cheerful men
carry blessings of sympathy, prayer, and enthusiasm which they are themselves as unconfor the enriching of all who need. scious as the lamp is of its shining.
As a pioneer in serving the Lord, They move on human life as stars cheerfulness is most efficient, pre- move on dark seas to bewildered paring the way to minds that other
mariners, as the sun wheels along, wise would not open, just as the bringing all the seasons with him morning sun coaxes the flower to from the south.” They shine unfold its leaves, and receive his
“With rays of love divine blessing in its very heart. As a
Through darkest nooks of this dull earth,
Pouring, in stormy times, their glow of 'quiet servant, such is its success, that it often eclipses the glory of its master, An enemy hath said that there are nd steals unwittingly the praise Christians of a very gloomy order