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Crookall, and W. Stubbings. On Tuesday BLUNTISHAM.- Mr. F. W. Goadby, M.A., evening the Rev. C. Springthorpe preached. of Regent's Park College, bas accepted an Altogether the services have been the most invitation to the pastorate of the Baptist successful we have ever held. They were church, Bluntisham, Hunts. Mr. Goadby much enjoyed, and it is hoped lasting succeeds the late Rev. J. E. Simmons, good will result.
M.A., who was pastor of the church for LINCOLN, St. Benedict's.—The services thirty eight years. connected with the anniversary of this PORTSEA.—Mr. R. Y. Roberts, senior chapel took place on Sunday and Monday, student at Chilwell College, has accepted Nov. 8 and 9. Three excellent sermons the earnest call of the church in Clarence were preached on the Sunday, those in the
Street to become its pastor. The Rev. morning and evening by the Rev. W.
E. H. Burton, who has laboured there Underwood, L D., of Chilwell College, and since 1835, has become incapacitated for that in the afternoon by the Rev. W. F. his work by failing health; and the conClarkson, B.A., of Lincoln. Too much gregation, once large and flourishing, had cannot be said in praise of the spirit greatly declined, The probationary la. which gave utterance to these sermons. bours of Mr. Roberts have been richly On Monday a public tea was provided in blessed in the revival of the cause, and it the Corn Exchange, at which between is hoped that this incipient success will be three and four hundred persons sat down. but the earnest of permanent prosperity. All the trays were bountifully provided,
Portsea, with its surroundings, is now one and freely given by the ladies. In the
of our most populous towns, and we are evening addresses were delivered by the
sure that our young brother will have the Rev. T. W. Mathews, of Boston, and other sympathies and prayers of distant friends esteemed friends. The result was highly in his efforts to enlarge the church there. satisfactory, the nett prcfit amounting to £50 9s.
J. C. TODMORDEN, Wellington Road. — The friends worshipping in this chapel have
BAPTISMS. : been attempting to improve their service
CARRINGTON.-On Sunday, Nov. 1, six of song, and, at a cost of about £130, have
were baptized at Stoney Street chapel, purchased and fixed in the chapel a
Nottingham, by the Rev. J. Greenwood, medium sized organ of excellent tone. The organ was built by Mr. George Wood,
M.A., pastor, who preached to a large con
gregation a most eloquent and convincing of Middleton; and on Saturday evening,
discourse from John iii. 5. In the afterNov. 7, the opening service was celebrated
noon the newly-baptized were received by the performance of selections of sacred music from Elijah, the Creation, and the
into fellowship at Carrington in conjunc
tion with a sister dismissed from the Messiah, and an appropriate address was
General Baptist church, Arnold, by brother delivered by the Rev. Julius Brigg (Wes
H. B. leyan minister); and on Sunday, Nov. 8,
BURTON-ON-TRENT.-On Lord's-day, Sep. sermons were preached in the morning and evening by the Rev. J. Alcorn, of
6th, the Rev. J. P. Tetley baptized two; Burnley, and in the afternoon by the Rev.
and on Lord's-day, Nov. 1, seven. Of the J. Finn. All the services were well
latter number five young men were from attended, and the collections, with previous
the Episcopal church, and do not unite subscriptions, amounted to £66 5s. 7fd.
with us, but remain in communion with STALYBRIDGE-On Lord's-day, Sept. 13,
the church to which they previously two sermons were preached by the Rev. J.
belonged. The rest were received into Sutcliffe, late minister of the place, on
fellowship with us on the days of their behalf of our Sunday school. The con
baptism. gregations were good. The sum realized LONGFORD, Union Place.-On Sunday, by the collections and donations amounted Oct. 11, after a sermon by Mr. Cooper, of to £26 9s. 8d.
Coventry, one of our supplies, four perKIRTON LINDSEY.-On Lord's-day, Aug. sons were baptized in the canal before a 30th, anniversary sermons were preached large number of spectators. In the after. in the General Baptist chapel, by Mr.
General Bantist. chapel" by Mrnoon of the same day, after a sermon by Smart, of Great Grimsby, in behalf of the the Rev. H. Cross, the newly-baptized Sabbath school attached thereto. The
were received into the fellowship of the collections amounted to £3 8s, 6d., and at church. It was a good day to many souls. the close of each service appropriate ARNOLD.-On Lord's-day, Oct. 4, three pieces were sung. On the following day young persons were baptized on a profesthe scholars had their usual treat of tea sion of their faith, and received into the and plum bread, and games in a field church on the same day. Two of them kindly lent for the occasion.
are from our Sabbath school.
who were received into fellowship in the evening of the same day.
BROUGHTON -On Lord's-day morning, Nov. 15, two active teachers in our Sabbath school were baptized. After the afternoon service the two baptized went round part of the village distributing tracts, thus shewing to the world they were not ashamed of Christ. May we have many such happy days.
SHEFFIELD, Cemetery Road.-On Lord's. day, Nov. 8, after a powerful and convincing sermon by our pastor-subject: “ What mean ye by this service ?"-nine persons were baptized, six of whom are scholars in our school, and are the fruits of earnest and devont teaching. Congregation large and attentive.
J. F. H. NOTTINGHAM, Stoney Street.-On Lord's. day, Nov. 1, we baptized five candidates,
THE COLLEGE. The following sums have been received since the last acknowledgment in October Magazine:
£ 8. d. Broughton Collection .. .. 2 i 6 Rent of Land at Chilwell .. .. 15 10 0 New Basford Collection .. .. 2 11 0 Kirkby do. .. .. 3 3 0
N.B. — The next general committee meeting of the College will be held in Derby, on the morning after the Mis. sionary Conference, viz., Dec. 9, at ten o'clock.
Notes on Public Events.
The election of General Grant to the Presidency of the United States, by an immense majority, is regarded as a happy event. The anticipations of its good results in America itself are very sanguine. Men of all parties, North and South, East and West, have faith in the justice of the new President's purposes, in the moderation of his views, in the tolerant tone of his mind, and in the sound sense which governs his public actions. He has declared his policy to be, that such a degree of peace may prevail, that a man may speak his mind in any part of their great country without hindrance or injury. It is expected that the difficult questions long pending between this country and America will be settled before the new President takes possession of White House."
In Spain the form of Government has not yet been determined. Garibaldi ad. visés the Spaniards to proclaim a Federal Republic, and immediately nominate & Dictator. The Republicans are reported to be active, united, and rather numerous.
The most exciting events of the month have been our own Elections. They have been attended with some scandalous scenes of outrage and violence, and even of blood, more or less disgraceful to all parties, but especially so to the one which claims to be the Conservative or Constitutional party. The result of the elections is adverse to the interests of this party, but in some instances it has gained unexpected tri. umphs. Taking advantage of the defective machinery of the new Reform Bill, and of the disgraceful disunion which has marked some of the Liberal constituencies, the
Tories have won some seats from which they had long been excluded. The ques. tion of the Irish Church has also elicited all the latent political zeal of the clergy and the State Church gentry in the sup. port of the existing Ministry. But their victory is one which will probably cost them too much, and which may prove more disastrous than defeat. If the pri. vileges of a State Church are used to thwart the policy of the State itself, it will soon become a question in England, how long such privileges shall be continued ? The clergy ought to be comparatively neutral in questions such as now occupy attention; and a few more manifestations of the kind recently given will tend to prove how small is their stock of either modesty or piety!
The London University has been fortunate in selecting as its first representative a man so enlightened and able as the Right Hon. Robert Lowe. At his unopposed election, he made a speech which deserves to be long remembered. He spoke of the House of Lords as a mass of absurdities and anomalies-a vexatious drag on the wheels of legislation. He would revolutionize it altogether, and assimilate it to the Senate of the United States. He advocated equal electoral districts-complete religious equality-the disconnection of the State from all sectarian disputes--and a system of education national, secular, and compulsory, to be supported by local rates.
The new Archbishop of Canterbury is Dr. Tait, the able Bishop of London. He is succeeded in the Metropolitan See by Dr. Jackson, Bishop of Lincoln; and the vacancy caused by the transference of the latter is filled by Dr. Wordsworth, Arch deacon of Westminster. These appointments have given much satisfaction to Churchmen generally, but the high Tory section has expressed strong disgust that the Premier should have preferred those whose politics are Liberal before others who claim to be Conservatives. In reality, the effect of them on the outward relations of the church will be small, as all these dignitaries are earnest advocates of estab. lishments both in England and Ireland.
Dr. Candlish has been addressing the Theological Students connected with the Free Church of Scotland on the importance of bearing a clear and strong testimony to the civil magistrate's duty to regard the Church of Christ as independent of the State in all matters spiritual. He contended that the doctrine of the present Prime Minister, that all canses, whether civil or ecclesiastical, should be subjected to the control of the Crown and the Courts of Law, is one which threatens great mis. chief to the free churches of the country. He did not wonder that the Church of England should idolise the Royal Supre. macy as her great palladium, because it was that supremacy which liberated her from the Papal yoke by simply taking its place, though it is hard to say what the change has done in preserving her peace and purity. He urged that the English Nonconformists ought now to be fully alive to the threatened danger, since men of all sorts and shades were combining to bring all the churches under the civil yoke, in order that religion may be moulded to their own minds. To prevent this mischief, he desired a counter confederacy of true Christians. He then adduced the case of the Free Church of Scotland as a living testimony of the possibility of a dis. endowed Church being really national, and fulfilling all the functions of a Church of Christ, without the adventitious help of State support or State pay.
nity which calls itself episcopal, he says it is the earthly pride of the Church which has hitherto been the obstacle to any real increase in the episcopate : adding this startling observation_“A general appeal to the State on the part of church men, headed by their spiritual fathers themselves, to relieve the bishops of their parliamentary duties, would be the grandest thing that Christendom bas seen for many an age.” The right of the Bishops to sit in the House of Lords is one of the many flagrant wrongs which arise from the union of Church and State. Our old favourite, Blackwood, gravely entertains the question of the times, under the title of “ Disestablishment and Dean Alford,” and after try. ing to foreshow what the position of Anglican Christians would be on the morrow after disestablishment should have been brought about, he adds that, • a collection of dead and disjointed bones would alone express the actual fact. The Church of England, by the mere act of disestablishment, becomes an aggregate of individual Christians of various kinds, who had formerly been knit together in an organized society.” That is tantamount to the confession, that the very paragon of churches is no Church at all apart from the State. Spiritually considered it is nothing, but politically regarded it is paramount and supreme! We thank “ Maga” for an idea so bold, and probably quite true. Still more remarkable is the article in Fraser_"Facts and Phantasms on the Ecclesiastical Question.” Adverting to Mr. Disraeli's peroration on the marriage of authority and religion, and to Lord Shaftesbury's opinion as to what would constitute National Apostacy, the writer observes : “A company of free churches kneeling round the throne, lifting hands of prayer to God for the welfare of the Sovereign and the kingdom, or the free churches of England, Scotland, and Ireland, as at the present moment : this, in the view of Lord Shaftesbury, would be national apostacy. This would bring down upon us the wrath of God; while the infinitude of confusions and disorders at which we have glanced, the spectacle of a state of ecclesiastical anarchy unexampled in the planet, is believed by his lordship to be, in comparison, well pleasing to the Creator. Had Shakespeare ever dared to attribute to an imaginary character so astounding a contravention of all reason and truth, his knowledge of human nature would have been called in question."
Some of the leading Monthly Magazines are discussing at great length the principles and prospects of State Establishments. În the Contemporary Review, Dr. Alford has followed his article on the “ Church of the Future,” by a second paper on “Prin. ciples at Stake." To expose the absurdity of pleading for the Established Church as a “bulwark of religion," he records the fact that " every year is witnessing greater and greater departures from the faith of our forefathers, and from the terms in wbich it was confessed.” On the want of better episcopal supervision in a commu
It is painful to be obliged to contrast with this honest and manly mode of treating the vital controversies of the day, the time-serving duplicity of the President of
the departed was shown in the demeanour of the numbers attending his funeral. The solemn impression resting upon all present seemed to be, that they were conveying to the tomb the mortal remains of a man of God, a wise, faithful teacher of righteousness, and an affectionate friend.
“Long do they live--nor die too soon,
REV. J. LYON. We have to record the death of the Rev. James Lyon, for forty-three years pastor of the General Baptist church, Chatteris, Cambridgeshire.
This mournful event took place on Sept. 26, after an illness of five weeks—an illness borne with the same Christian patience and resignation manifested by him in many a season of affliction, in a life extending over a period of seventythree years.
It is a consolation to his bereaved family and sorrowing friends that he retained his faculties to the last, and preached twice only four Sundays before his death.
His pulpit ministrations were dis. tinguished by simplicity, earnestness, and a judicious view of Scripture truth. Pos. sessing a memory well stored with facts and ideas obtained from extensive and varied reading,-a sound discrimination that rejected all that did not immediately subserve his purposé as one who lived to benefit his fellow creatures by expounding to them the doctrines of Christianity, and taking a large-hearted, loving interest in all that affected man's destiny here and hereafter,-his sermons supplied material for serious and edifying reflection.
With a disposition eminently social, and a spirit free from bigotry, he had for years won the regard of many belonging to all sections of the Christian church, who saw in him a man whose life illustrated the power of gospel truth.
This general feeling of deep respect for
SALSBURY.-On October 21, at 6 a.m., the spirit of Mr. George Salsbury ascended. He was born at Melbourne, Derbyshire, on April 25, 1847, so that he had only reached his twenty-first year at the time of his decease. He became early impressed with the necessity of an interest in the death of the Redeemer. At eighteen he avowed his attachment to the Saviour, was baptized, and from that time all the mildness of his character, the consistency of his conduct, the ardour of his love, and the high sense of his responsibility, were made to bear · upon the interests of that cause to which he had given his allegi. ance. By his kind disposition and Chris. tian deportment he won for himself the esteem of all who knew him. Beyond the bosom of his own relatives, in whose inmost affections his name will be embalmed; beyond the circle of his Christian friends, among whom the most of his blameless and useful life was passed; even among those who were not in any way connected with him, will his departure be felt and lamented; but our joy and boast to-day is,
Stone of Sisyphus could gather no moss. He was successively a musician, schoolmaster, serving-man, husbandman, grazier and poet: more skilful in all vocations than thriving in any. He traded at large in oxen, sheep, dairies, grain of all kinds, to no profit. Whether he bought or sold, he lost; and when a writer impoverished himself, and never enriched his landlord. He spread his bread with all kinds of butter, yet none would stick thereon. Yet I hear no man charge him with vicious extravagancy, or visible carelessness, imputing his ill success to some occult cause in God's counsel. However, none were better at the theory, or worse at the practice, of good husbandry.-Fuller's Worthies, I., 518.
By Thomas Tusser. WHAT wisdom more, what better life, than
pleaseth God to send ? What worldly goods, what longer use, than
pleaseth God to lend ? What better fare than well content, agreeing
with thy wealth ? What better guest than trusty friend, in sickness
and in health P What better bed than conscience good, to pass
the night with sleep? What better work than daily care from sin thy
self to keep? What better thought than thought of God, and
daily Him to serve ? What better gift than to the poor, that ready be
to sterve? (starve). What greater praise of God and man than mercy
for to shew? Who merciless, shall mercy find, that mercy
shows to few ? What worse despair than loath to die, for fear to
go to hell ? What greater faith than trust in God, through
Christ in heaven to dwell ?
The foregoing lines are from one of the earliest didactic poems in our language, entitled, “Five Hundred Points of Good Husbandry." This poem contains some lines which have found currency in modern times as rhythmical proverbs, such as, “At Christmas play, and make good cheer,
For Christmas comes but once a year." And“The stone that is rolling can gather no moss;
For master and servant oft changing is loss.” The truth of this sentiment was illustrated and confirmed by his own experience. For Thomas Fuller tells us that Tusser, “while yet a boy, lived in many schools, and when a man, he lived in many counties ; so that this
BEWARE OF FLATTERERS.-A Tale of the Mistletoe.—“I have a proposition to make," said the Mistletoe. “Let me take up my quarters in your branches till Christmas, and if I am fetched to any of the houses, I shall bring back with me plenty of good things, and we will have a jolly time of it." The Apple-tree's weak point had been touched. He allowed the Mistletoe to take up his quarters with him, thinking it would only be for a short time, and he would be well remunerated for it. At first Mistletoe was pleasant enough, saying many flattering things; but when he had firmly established bimself, he assumed airs as if everything belonged to him. Not satisfied with occupying by himself more room than had originally been agreed upon, he invited his friends and relations; and after the door had been once