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But the DAWN IS NEAR ; and soon every beauty, vigour, grace adorned," shall eye is open, every foot astir, and the give Him loving welcome; and He shall busy, waking life of men again begins. shine, to set no more, on “the new The fleecy clouds that hang on the eastern heavens and new earth, wherein dwelleth horizon grow ruddy with gold; and the righteousness." arrowy light shoots its bright rays ath- London Missionary Society Report. wart the clear blue sky. The dust and!
i foulness which the night has hidden stand revealed. But in the forests and
LADIES' WORK FOR THE hills the pulses of nature beat fresh and
ORISSA MISSION. full; the leopard and the tiger slink The friends who have been engaged in away; the gay flowers open ; the birds working for this object will be glad to Alit to and fro, and with woodland music learn that a box has been sent out conwelcome the rising day. In the city all taining articles to the value of £90. Our forms of life quicken into active exer- thanks are due for the belp they have cise. The trader sits ready on his stall; given us, to the friends at New Church the judge is on the bench; the physician Street, Paddington (our largest contribuallays pain; the mother tends her child tors); to the ladies of the Praed Street The claims of human duty come again Dorcas Society, Paddington; to friends into full force ; benevolence is active; at Tarporley, Wisbech, Ford, Wolvey, suffering and disappointment, forgotten Sawley, Melbourne, and Long Wbatton. in sleep, press with new weight on weary One contribution deserves especial nohearts. What a mighty change one hour tice, and has not been acknowledged in has made.
any other way, from the orpbans in the Long has the night of heathenism and Home for Sailors Daughters, of twelve of wickedness ruled over the world. dozen reels of cotton, six dozen thimbles, “ Darkness has covered the earth, and and a quarter of 1000 needles. gross darkness the people." But the gun
M. STEVENSON, Secretary. has fired, and “THE MORNING COMETH." Derby, August 18, 1868. The foulness of the night has been revealed. The nations once wrapped in gloom are waking to life and truth.
BAPTISM AT CUTTACK. Divine light is quickening all the pulses On Lord's-day, July 5, four persons of buman thought; tbe heart beats more were baptized at Cuttack by Damudar. warmly; the eye looks upward, and the One of the candidates was his daughter, great world is drawing nearer to its and two others were from tbe male Father. The Gentiles are coming to the orphanage. Ghanushyam preached on the light, and kings to the brightness of His occasion from Romans vi. 11, “Reckon rising. And when at length the Sun of ye yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, Righteousness shall rise in power, His but alive unto God through Jesus Christ new creation, “ with verdure clad, with our Lord."
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A GOOD MAN.*
HAVING thus briefly expounded the being of the church and congrepassage to which our attention has gation. This brought us into frebeen directed, I shall now proceed quent intercourse; and this free and to make a few observations upon the friendly intercourse speedily ripened character of our deceased brother, into an attachment to each other Mr. Booth, from which I flatter my- which lasted with unabated warmth self it will be seen that we are jus- until death robbed us of the man tified in the belief which we all en- whose memory we cherish to-night tertain, namely, that “after he had in our best affections. On my first served his own generation by the coming amongst you, Mr. Booth was will of God,” he fell asleep in Jesus. a Christian of many years standing; And here permit me to premise that but, as some of you know, his views I shall not speak of Mr. Booth upon as to the method of a sinner's achearsay evidence, but as I found him ceptance with God were so cloudy during the very intimate and confi- that he was frequently in such a dential relationship which existed state of perplexity respecting his between us during the more than own salvation as to feel constrained seven years of my residence amongst to give utterance to the well-known you. For seven years Mr. Booth stanzaand I lived on terms as intimate and
“ 'Tis a point I long to know, confidential as can well exist between
Oft it causes anxious thought; two Christian men who hold each Do I love the Lord, or no ? other in mutual respect and esteem.
Am I His, or am I not ?" How this strong attachment arose
He had not listened many weeks between us, I shall now endeavour to my preaching and conversation to explain.
before he clearly discovered that a When I came to this town Mr. sinner has not to perform a round Booth was the senior deacon of this of duties, or work himself up into a church, and as such it devolved upon high state of religious feeling, before him to consult with me in reference he may venture to come to the conto all matters pertaining to the well- clusion that his sins are forgiven; * An extract of a Sermon preached to a crowded congregation in Ænon Chapel, Sept. 13th, 1868,
by the Rev. J. Alcorn. Vol. LXX.—New SERIES, No. 23.
but that he has simply to trust his a child of God? Who could truthall for eternity on the perfect sacri- fully charge him with seeking his fice for sin which Jesus finished on own things, and not the things the cross, and there and then rejoice which are Jesus Christ's ? We all bein the blessedness of the man whose lieved in the sincerity and thoroughiniquity is covered, and to whom the ness of his consecration to the serLord imputeth righteousness without vice of our divine Master. None of works. The clear discovery of this us could entertain a doubt that the grand gospel truth dispelled his prosperity of this church was the former darkness, perplexity, and object of his soul's intense desire. doubt; filled his heart with holy Would he have laboured for it as he gladness, and induced him to be- did if its stability and extension had come an attached and steady friend not been the joy and the rejoicing of to myself, and one of the most ap- his heart? How often was he absent preciative lovers of my humble min- from the weekly lecture? He was istry. Having thus derived personal always present except when business benefit from my labours, he often or sickness detained him, and that, privately and publicly expressed his upon an average, was not more than gratitude that in the good provi- twice or three times a year. How often dence of God my footsteps were was his seat vacant at the Lord's-day directed to this place; and when services ? Certainly not seven times during the cotton famine I one day during the seven years of my resiasked him whether I had not better · dence amongst you. In his regular accept an invitation which had been attendance upon divine worship, the given me to labour in another part conduct of Mr. Booth was à reof England, he said with tears in his proach to many, and a model worthy eyes-“If you leave us now I will the imitation of us all. In what never be a party to invite another department of labour was he not minister; I will struggle no longer willing to work in order that the with the responsibilities of the place.” good cause to which his energies This avowal on his part at once de were devoted might be promoted ? cided me to remain in the sphere to Of his worldly substance he was which God had called me. It was always ready to communicate accordthus that our friendship wis formed; ing to his ability ; his services were and during the seven years that we cheerfully rendered in the Sabbath lived and laboured together, an angry school, of which he was for many or a disrespectful word never passed years a superintendent, and where between us. The other day when I he was the object of a love and committed his mortal remains to veneration which it was a sacred their kindred dust, I felt that I had pleasure to behold; he delighted to lost a friend whom I esteemed and attend the cottage prayer meeting ; loved, and one from whom I had his visits to the sick were as highly received nothing but the most gen- appreciated as they were lovingly tlemanly treatment which any minis- paid ; and let me add, that he was ter could desire to receive at the at once so exalted and so humble hands of a deacon.
that he would either ascend this Of his exemplary conduct as a platform and preach Christ and Him Christian I can speak without any crucified to the people, or render his secret misgiving, and in terms of assistance in cleaning the chapel, unqualified approbation. Who ever Brethren, I have not the difficulty suspected him of being destitute of in improving the death of Mr. Booth that love to the brethren which is an which I have sometimes felt on simiinfallible proof that its possessor is lar occasions, for I can hold him up as a model worthy the imitation of of which he was an ornament. When every man amongst us. Without inquiring after his health during his any hesitation I can say—“ Be ye last melancholy illness, rich and poor followers of him, even as he also have told me that in their opinion followed Christ." If all our churches there was not a better man in Burnwere composed of Thomas Booths, ley. Churchmen and dissenters have we should have such a glorious revi- agreed in affirming that if there were val of religion in our land as Eng- a Christian living, Thomas Booth land never saw.
was one. The testimony of the pubIt was a good choice which the lic, therefore, as to his moral worth, church made when it called him to sustains me in affirming that no man fill the honourable office of a deacon in the town stood higher for ChrisThere have been deacons whose con- tian consistency than did the senior duct has been a scandal to Christi- deacon of this Christian church. anity, and who, instead of being But perhaps some one may be disblessings to the churches which they posed to inquire whether he was were appointed to serve, hàve been absolutely perfect--whether none of their greatest curses. From the sel- those infirmities attached to him fish indolence, the sneaking intrigue, which the best of men have been the contemptible ambition, the petu- known to confess and to deploré. lant tyranny, the overweening self- To this inquiry I will honestly reply, conceit, the unreasoning self-will, the he was not perfect as Jesus Christ burning envy, the cruel and revenge- was perfect, for during my interful jealousy of all such usurpers of course with him I frequently found authority among the saints, may the that whilst he was a man of like good Lord in mercy always deliver passions with ourselves, and encomus. But Mr. Booth was a type of a passed with the common frailties of higher, a holier, and a nobler class humanity, he was the subject of one of deacons. Of him we can say, infirmity which I often lamented. without fear of contradiction, that It was not a sin; it was only an inhe “ used the office of a deacon well, firmity of his nature which he was and purchased to himself a good de- unable to master. But before I degree, and great boldness in the faith scribe it, permit me to recommend which is in Christ Jesus." He served that if any of you have the happithe church as he served his God, ness to possess a friend who has with humility, and zeal, and fidelity; only one prominent infirmity, value and the tears which flowed at his him highly, and never forsake him; grave were eloquent of the esteem for such a friend is unquestionably in which his brethren held him. If an inestimable treasure. What, the young men who succeed him as then, was Mr. Booth's infirmity ? deacons will prayerfully and studi- It was reserve carried to excess. Upon ously endeavour to imitate the vir- some matters-only upon some-he tues by which he was endeared to us did not open his mind as freely as all, I can promise that the church could have been desired. But this will hold them in high reputation, failing, which I sometimes deplored and that I will thank God for them, and urged him to overcome, had a and take courage in my work. leaning to virtue's side. He was too
And now having spoken of Mr. reserved because he was afraid to Booth from my own personal know discourage by telling all he knew. ledge, permit me to observe that he For example, soon after coming to stood as high in the estimation of labour amongst you I became aware his fellow-townsmen in general as that a large debt rested as an incuhe did in the estimation of the church bus upon this place of worship, and I was naturally anxious to know the and laboured to promote; but in his exact amount for which we were re- case the loss we sustain in this responsible. Some said it was so spect is more than compensated by a much, others said it was so much, whole life of consistent Christian and in my perplexity I went to Mr. walk and character. John Newton, Booth, and asked him how much. I a godly minister of the Church of soon perceived by his reserve that he England, who flourished during the was afraid to discourage me, and latter part of the last century, was therefore he put me off by saying wont to say—“ Tell me how a man that he had not lately looked up the has lived, and I will tell you how accounts, but he thought it was he died.” So, in the case before us, somewhere about so much. And we are free to aver that after such a never did I know the exact amount life as he lived we need nothing until a few months ago. It was so further in the shape of dying utterwith him in other matters, but chiefly ances to confirm us in the belief that in financial matters; and I could Thomas Booth sleeps in Jesus, and always observe that when he was too that while we are here worshipping reserved the idea that haunted him in the sanctuary below his ransomed was that if he were to divulge the spirit has joined “the general assemwhole, his friends might be discour- bly and church of the firstborn” aged. With such a small infirmity above, and is holding high and bliss as this, none need be astonished that ful fellowship with the spirits of he was the object of such general just men made perfect” on the hills esteem ; nor need any be surprised of immortality. Take him all in all, to learn that this infirmity—venial I have no expectation of meeting a as it was enlisted against him a few better man on this side the grave; envious and jealous and censorious and as long as I live I shall fondly enemies.
cherish the recollection of his many Owing to the melancholy nature virtues. of his last affliction-softening of "Sweetly he rests ! the soldier now the brain—and the sudden and un- From battles, wounds, and strife; expected manner of his death, he
The wreath of conquest decks his brow
With rays of endless life. was unable to leave behind him his dying testimony to the sustaining
Sweetly he sleeps! the pilgrim worn,
Leaving his weary road, and comforting power of that gospel
In peace awaits a glorious morn, . which he had long believed, and lived, And slumbers with his God.”
CHURCH AND STATE.*.
“ My kingdom is not of this world.”—John xviii. 36. LORD Bacon, quoting, somewhat adventures thereof below: but no freely, the remark of a Roman poet pleasure is comparable to the standand philosopher, saith, “It is a ing upon the vantage-ground of pleasure to stand upon the shore and truth (a hill not to be endangered, to see ships tossed upon the sea : à and where the air is always clear pleasure to stand in the window of a and serene), and to see the errors castle, and to see a battle and the and wanderings and mists and tem
* A Sermon preached by the Rev. J. H. Lummis, of Swadlincote, at the Autumnal Conference of the Midland General Baptist Churches held at Lenton, near Nottingham, September 15, 1868. Published by request of the Conference.