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left my dear native village, at the might be turned to purposes of high call of the Village Mission Com social interest; and in that spirit I mittee, and repaired first to Lough- began this work, and, with increased borough to prepare for my mis- convictions of its utility, have consionary work, which commenced in tinued it until this day. But my the November following, in the little friends did not all view it in the county of Rutland—my work lying same light; and when I thought I on the borders of the three counties was doing good service in taking of Rutland, Northampton, and Lin- away thousands of the youth of coln, with Stamford as its chief Leicester from the dangers of the centre. I was then a very young race course, I was censured by my and very timid traveller, and though minister of that day (peace to his placed with those who afterwards memory!) and others for making proved very kind friends, I remember such arrangements on the day of how desolate I felt my situation on our chapel anniversary; and that the first night after my esteemed censure was never withdrawn or brother and counsellor, the late Mr. qualified. But, strong in the conJ. F. Winks, had consigned me to viction of rectitude and propriety of the Christian sympathies of the aims and purposes, I have continued minister and church at Barrowden. to extend these operations wider Previous to that time I had lived, and wider every preceding year, laboured, and rejoiced in the fellow- until I am now within a comparaship of a devoted band of “old tively short distance from Jerusalem, disciples," by whom the church at and I feel a yearning anxiety that Melbourne and Ticknall was, under some of my General Baptist brethren God, mainly sustained ; and leaving (and sisters too) should be enrolled that church, I found that I should in my party for the early months never again meet with a people in of 1869. Lord Bacon says that whom I could so fully confide, and 6 travelling is a sort of education," for a long time I felt the loss of and I feel that such a journey as I their wise counsels and watchful now propose might be turned to the care—and a distance of fifty miles most useful account in the interests at that time was more than equal to of the General Baptist pulpit, the five hundred miles in the present College, and the Magazine. The day. But work upon which my great facts of the gospel history heart was set soon reconciled me to which are being brought to light by strangers, and as long as the Village the explorations and investigations Mission existed in active force I in Palestine and Egypt cannot fail continued in the service, my duty to have a powerful influence on the being to point the way to Jerusalem. interests of truth; and the churches
Passing over a few years of varied of other denominations are doing a trials and changes, in 1841 I took good work in providing their minisup my residence at Leicester; and ters with the means to enable them here it was that I first began that to visit the lands of the Bible. In strange eventful course that has led Scotland this is done to a great to my present (in the estimation of extent, and the ministers return many) singular vocation of tourist richly laden with treasures of facts conductor—a work in which I have corroborative of divine truth. I tried to be useful in a sense higher take it that a couple of months spent than that of a mere caterer for plea- in Palestine and Egypt might do sure seekers. My first impressions more for ministers and congregations were that the newly developed than years of theoretical studies. I powers of railway and locomotion wish your Nottingham (Chilwell)
school of prophets could spend a ministers whose salaries will enable session of study in Jerusalem, on them to appropriate the same inthe banks of the Jordan, and in the come for such a trip; but there other cities and places immortalized are churches that could do it by a in gospel story. I am sure that little effort, and it would be a nice both tutors and students would be new year's gift to a minister to highly benefited by such a change of qualify him for such a trip. I locality for the prosecution of their referred to ladies, and have little great work.
doubt of having some to accompany It is a lamentable thing to hear me, if I can assure them of the perthe unceasing complaints of want of fect safety and practicability of their success in the circulation of your undertaking such a journey. Many Magazine. Suppose a trial was made brave women have already accomof sending a special editorial com- panied me on my longest journeys, missioner to Jerusalem, to gather up several having ascended to the suma store of facts and personal observa- mit of Vesuvius, and scaled other tions with a view to the enrichment high mountains. I shall give the of the pages of the denominational offer of my first ten tickets for Jeruorgan. In a trip to Rome two or salem to ladies, in addition to which three years ago, I was accompanied I do not intend to give more than by a representative of one of the twice that number to gentleman, as popular religious periodicals, whose it is not my desire to make the party expenses were paid by the proprie- unpleasantly large. tary of the work, for the purpose of I intend to start about the first of securing a series of short monthly March ; to go through Italy, stoppapers ; but a journey to Rome in ping at Rome for the so-called Holy the miscalled “Holy Week” would Week; then calling at Venice; from be of trifling worth in comparison thence proceed to Trieste, and there with a trip to Jerusalem. I remem embark for Constantinople, taking ber with what intense interest I the course of the Dalmatian and read the report of Dr. Burns's trip Albanian coasts, the Ionian and to Rome, which was given in the Grecian Islands, the Dardanelles General Baptist Magazine a few years and Sea of Marmora, to the Golden since. Depend upon it there is no Horn of this wonderful city. After class of magazine literature more spending a week here, we may, ifattractive than that of notes of desired, make a trip to the Crimea, travel; and nothing could afford and see the ruins of Sebastopol, and greater scope for an observant Chris- the graves of thousands of British tian writer than a journey to the soldiers ; and then take the coast of Holy Land. I intend to make this Syria, calling by the way at Athens, tour as cheap and as popular as Smyrna, Ephesus, and the sites of possible. I hope to accomplish it others of the seven churches; from for a hundred guineas for ten weeks Smyrna proceed to Jaffa, and there -travelling and hotel accommoda- land for Jerusalem, visiting all praction included-a sum unprecedented ticable parts of Palestine; afterwards in the history of Eastern travels; proceed to Cairo, for the purpose of and if a hundred friends will con- seeing the pyramids, and then retribute a sovereign each as a Christ- turn by Alexandria to Italy by the mas gift in the interests of the shortest sea route, and over Mont Magazine, I will contribute the other Cenis for Paris and London, com. hundred shillings in furtherance of pleting the whole by the middle of the object. I doubt there are not May. This will give April, the best many, if any, General Baptist month in the year, for Palestine...is
· Such a tour cannot fail to be most weaken ásperities' and 'annihilate valuable in its practical results. If sectarian exclusiveness, but nothing visits to famous places intensify the to shake the first love of strong thirst for information and drive in- . denominational attachment, which quiring travellers to books and other is not incompatible with feelings of sources of intelligence, how intense high esteem for all who love the must be the interest of Bible stu- common Saviour. . -' , dents in contemplating and examin
Yours very truly,. ing those countries and places where
THOMAS COOK. the greatest events of the world's P.8.-I expect to be at home by history transpired, and where infi- the time your December number is delity and scepticism stood abashed issued, and shall be glad to hear from before existing monuments and me- any who desire to communicate with mentoes of historical truth. The me, at 63, Granby Street, Leicester. Times said recently that Scotland was indebted for its popularity as a
On board the “ Principe Tomosso,” off tourist country to the sentiment
Ancona, Nov. 11, 1868. created by the genius and writings My dear Sir,-Since writing you of Scott ; but what is there in those from Constantinople, I have enwritings to compare with the stories larged my designs touching a proand records of holy writ which have jected tour to Palestine, &c., and I invested Egypt and Greece and shall be much obliged, in the event Palestine with a halo of glorious of your publishing my letter, if you sentiment, which pervades all earth, will so far correct it as to say that I and rises to the heavenly Jerusalem, purpose to give three departures of which the earthly was once a bril- from England—the first about the liant type, and from the events of last week in January, for three which the believer draws his hopes months, and to include a trip on the of immortality, and his perfect de- Nile as far as the First Cataract; to liverance from the house of bondage. include Memphis, Thebes, and other
Please, dear Mr. Editor, excuse famed places and monuments on the the length and the plainness of this banks of the Nile, or adjacent thereto. letter. I do not tħus write for the This trip will be about six hundred mere purpose of obtaining tourists : miles up the Nile from Cairo. my small party will be easily made My second departure to be about up when my programme is issued a month later, in time for the tourists on my return to England. But I to meet me at the Pyramids on our wished first to invite some of my return from the Nile. esteemed General Baptist friends to The third a little later still, after accompany me ere the list will be the Easter week at Rome. That completed. I have travelled very party to fall in with us at Alexanfar, and seen many exhibitions of dria, and all go together or in secwhat is called religion in papal and tions, to Palestine, Turkey, &c.-all pagan lands; but at the end of these getting back about the 1st May. « forty years in the wilderness” of I shall thus give to this Eastern sentimental heterodoxy and ritual- expedition three months at the very istic ceremonial, I can find nothing best time of the year for seeing the so beautiful in its simplicity and famed places dear to every Christian really Godlike in its tendencies as and to every student of antiquity. that old form of faith and practice The fares will be regulated in acwhich characterized my early General cordance with this three-fold scheme, Baptist associates at Melbourne. I but I cannot yet quote the exact have seen much in travelling to figures.
T. C. .
THE GENERAL CONFERENCE OF THE FREE-WILL
BAPTISTS IN AMERICA.
BY THOMAS GOADBY, B.A.
The Triennial Conference of the Free will Baptists of America was held in October last, at Buffalo. The sittings extended over eight days; and the delegates about seventy in number, who are appointed by the different yearly meetings, seem to have been nearly all present. It was in every way a most important and memorable Conference, and will mark an era in the history of the Free-will Baptists. The state of the country, the close of the civil war, the change passing over the Southern States, the opening of vast fields at home for Christian labour arnong the freedmen, the tendency on the one hand to union amongst all Free Communion Baptists in the States, and on the other to separate action in some matters among the Free-will Baptists in the West and in the North, the desire and determination to attempt greater things for Christ's kingdom both at home and abroad, give special significance and interest to the discussions and decisions of the recent Conference. It is gratifying to note that on the whole a wise spirit of forbearance and mutual concession characterized the proceedings, and that enthusiasm and zeal kindled their fires afresh as friendly debate went on, and the prayers of the brethren ascended to God.
The organization of this Conference is more complete than that of our Amnual Association. There is a considerable staff of officials--a moderator, a secretary, a clerk, and assistant clerks. The roll of delegates is read every day, and the attendance registered. Over twenty standing Committees upon every imaginable subject that can fairly come within the notice of the Conference introduce original resolutions and suggestions, or special reports upon matters referred to them, Nothing escapes the supervision of this argus-eyed body, from peace, temperance, and moral reform, up through all the denominational institutions to church polity and doctrine. Volumes of talk are poured forth, a good stroke of business is well and earnestly done, and the story of the proceedings from day to day is told by their newspapers
to the whole denomination. It is evident from the reports that the recent Conference was full of life and spirit. There was no lack of social cheer, of friendly greetings, of healthy mental and religious stimulus. The prayer meetings were “brimming over with soul and fervour;" the public meetings throbbed with the pulse of a quick and vigorous enthusiasm ; the preaching was rich with choicest thought and eloquence, and full of inspiration and power; the communion service gave sweet refreshment to the spirit amid the jading toil of business ; and the excursion out into God's fresh pure air away to the Falls of Niagara, that scene of unparalleled beauty and grandeur where the Father of Waters, rainbow-spanned, sits throned amid mighty thunders and the thousand - voiced chorus of the foaming torrent, afforded a most agreeable change, and broadened the soul's psalm of praise into unison with old prophetic song.
The Statistics of the Denomination are not given at large, but an increase in the number of members is reported amounting to 9,420. Some General Baptists of the west, 2,000 in number, have joined the Conference; 5,000 more are to follow in a few weeks; 10,000 Free Baptists in the South are said to be ready to join; and a deputation was welcomed bringing friendly salutations from 6,000 Free Christian Baptists in New Brunswick. The indications are that the Free-will Baptists, now that slavery has disappeared from the States, will gain great accessions of numbers from various quarters. The noble stand they took against communion with slaveholders and pro slavery never diminished their numerical strength; but the battle of freedom has been won, and no longer will the negro be à cause of division in the church. The Free-will Baptists already number between 60,000 and 70,000 in church fellowship, and unless their rate of progress is checked they will soon be at least eighty or ninety thousand strong.
The Rev. G. T. Day, now editor of the Morning Star, and honoured with a diploma in divinity, gave to the brethren
an account of his visit to the General West. As the Star appeared fixed and Baptists of England at the Association not planetary, and the needs of the at Loughborough two years ago. He West demanded it, another paper, the specially referred to the cordial and Christian Freeman, was started at Chienthusiastic reception given to Pro- cago, under the able direction of the fessor Dunn and himself, though they Rev. Dr. Graham, whom our churches came without credentials, and declared had the pleasure of seeing and hearing that the welcome of the Association in in 1860, and Mr. F. W. Dunn, who, spirit and noise was like the enthusiasm with his father, was present at Loughof a Western political convention. He borough in 1866. It was determined said kind and generous things of us, at the recent Conference to accept the and was, on the whole, favourably im- Christian Freeman as a denominational pressed with the earnest and devout organ, encourage the projectors and spirit shown by our brethren, and the their work with a grant of twelve culture and piety of the ministers. He thousand dollars from the establishwas specially pleased with his hospita- ment at Dover, set apart ten thousand ble welcome to the homes of friends in dollars for the establishment of a third the midland counties, which he con- paper in New York, or some central siders form almost a paradise. He said, place, and remove all three papers from “If there is a place anywhere in this the control of the Conference by placing world where the domestic life of the them in the hands of " Corporators," human race is beautiful and touching, who should divide the profits between it is in the domestic circle of the mid- the denominational institutions, and dle classes of England." The Com- report their financial condition to Conmittee on Correspondence submitted ference for information only. The deresolutions gratefully recognizing the cision has taken everybody by surprise, generous and honouring welcome given Dr. Graham says, in an editorial, “If to the Rev. G. T. Day and R. Dunn the best thing has been done on the by the General Baptists of England, whole subject of papers, we shall be specially desiring continued intercourse, most happy to confess our error in appointing the clerk to represent the judgment." Dr. Day says, “The reConference by letter, and nominating sults . . . are not probably what were the Rev. G. H. Ball, of Buffalo, and expected by a single individual, ... Dr. Graham, of Chicago, to attend as they are the fruit of much compromisdelegates our Centennial Meeting. Mr. ing, ... they were accepted by a Day spoke of the Association at Lough- vote which had little emphasis, and borough being a year ago last June-it much half-reluctant acquiescence in it;" was two years ago; and the resolution and he even deplores the policy which speaks of our Centenary as next year, tends, he thinks, to localization, not -it is not until 1870, but we shall unity, which will probably deprive the greatly rejoice to see the brethren next benevolent institutions of the body of year, if they come.
the customary help, which will make it The business done at the Conference hard for any paper to exist at all, and was unusually important. For years which has dissolved the dream of the denominational organ has been the a vital and vigorous denominational Morning Star, published at Dover, in literature just when it was on the eve New Hampshire, under the able man- of realization. Few of us but will agement of the late Mr. Burr, this sympathize with these forebodings, but paper, and the whole printing estab- let our brethren all take courage. What lishment, have been very successful, they have done is a purely American yielding a large profit annually to be thing. Had they done less they would divided amongst the denominational have been faithless to their national institutions. Under the new editor- spirit. The sons of the founders of a ship of the Rev. G. T. Day, the Star republic that stretches from the torrid shines with even increased brilliancy, to the frozen zone, that includes the and is one of the best religious papers white man, the negro, the Red Indian in New England or the whole States and the Esquimaux, and is an epitome But for some time it has been thought of Europe and the world; the repredesirable to remove the Star from sentatives of a people who build cities Dover, or to start a new paper for the of “magnificent distances," and lay