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The LANCASHIRE AND YORKSHIRE met at Todmorden, Jan. 17, 1883. At the morning service we had a paper on “Missions; and the Relation and Duties of the Churches thereto,” by the Rev. J. E. Barton. A pleasant conference followed; the writer was cordially thanked; and a resolution passed urging on the churches more effective organization, and more liberal support. Afternoon session at 2.30. Rev. W. Sharman presided. I. The reports given showed 55 baptized since Sept. meeting, and 28 candidates. The doxology and collection followed. II. A cordial welcome was given to Rev. D. MACCALLUM, and all good wishes for his welfare. III. It was agreed that the evening meeting of Conference shall be in support of “denominational institutions, and that each shall be represented more and not less, and the collection given to each in turn. IV. A resolution was passed expressive of sympathy and good feeling towards Rev. J. LAwTON, and assuring him of our best wishes and prayers in his retirement from the ministry. W. The new elections for the year are –President, Rev. J. K. Chappelle; VicePresident, Mr. Joseph Horsfall. The Treasurer, Mr. J. Lister, was thanked
and re-appointed. The Secretary, Rev. W. Gray, was cordially thanked; and Rev. J. T. Roberts, of West Vale, was appointed for the next three years. VI. Next Conference to be held at Burnley, Enon, on Whit-Wednesday. Rev. R. Heyworth to preach in the morning; and the speakers for the evening, Revs. W. March, W. Sharman, J. E. Barton, and Mr. B. Midgley. W. GRAY, Sec.
The MIDLAND met at Old Basford on Tuesday, Feb. 13. The Rev. J. H. Atkinson, chairman for the year, presided. A devotional meeting was held in the morning. The Rev. E. Carrington preached from Matthew iv. 19.
Reports received, at the afternoon session, from 51 churches, stated that 492 bad been baptized during the year, 63 restored to fellowship, and there were 101 candidates.
The Secretary also presented his reports, from which the following statistics were given:-According to “the General Baptist Year Book” and Society reports of 1882 there are in the midland conference 85 churches, 11,239 members, 37 ministers, 200 local preachers, 2,332 Sunday School teachers, and 20,598 scholars. 85 churches contributed to the Home Mission €193 5s. 11d.; 36 gave to the College £334 7s. 8d.: 69 to the Foreign Mission #1,533 is. 11d.
The Rev. J. F. Makepeace, of Nottingham, was appointed to preach at the next Conference, to be held at Coalville on Whit-Wednesday, May 16. The Rev. W. R. Stevenson, M.A., was requested to prepare a paper, to be read at the afternoon service, on “the Duty of our Churches towards Lapsed Members.”
A public meeting was held in the evening, at which the Rev. T. Goadby, B.A., presided. Addresses were delivered on Home, Foreign, and Sunday school work, by the Revs. T. R. Stevenson, R. Silby, A. Firth, and others.
J. SALISBURY, Secretary.
HEPTONSTALL SLACK. – Young Men and Chapel Debts.-On Saturday, Jan. 20, our young men made a most praiseworthy effort to liquidate the debt on the chapel. 224 persons sat down to tea, which was served by young men, who also gave the entertainment afterwards. John H. Beaver, Esq., Heptonstall Slack, presided, and in a short address explained the object of the meeting, and spoke of the persevering and untiring efforts of the young men in their endeavours to clear off the debt, and also of the desirability of freeing it from such an unpleasant incubus. The remainder of the programme consisted of addresses, readings, recitations, dialogues, glees, songs, and performances on the violin and concertina. Proceeds, £52 13s. 7d.
HEADcorn.—A week of evangelistic services has just been held, conducted by the Rev. W. Harvey Smith, assisted by the Revs. T. Thatcher, J. Birdseye, and the pastor, James A. Andrews. The attendance and interest were remarkably good. These services have been the means of creating an interest in the means of grace, and have led some to decide for Christ. We are much indebted to brother Smith for the deep interest he takes in our cause.
BIRMINGHAM, Longmore Street.—A large company met at a social meeting Jan. 29. The spirit of interest, unity, and love, which prevailed made this meeting one never to be forgotten, surpassing, as it did, any of its predecessors. During the evening the pastor, A. T. Prout, on behalf of the church, presented Mr. F. W. Stephens (late organist) with some choice musical works, including Gounod’s “Redemption.” The choir enlivened the proceedings with song.
BULwFLL.—Tea meeting on Shrove Tuesday. Attendance nearly 100. Full
of interest. Addresses by Messrs. Cox, Mager, Redmile, Oldham, and Holmes. The pastor, J. R. Godfrey, presided.
CLAYTON.—The annual tea and festival on Shrove Tuesday. An excellent knife and fork tea was provided. 370 present. Mr. N. Drake presided. Number of members is 205. Addresses were given by the Revs. R. Nichols and J. Haley, Mr. Joseph Holt, and the Rev. W. Hambly, pastor. Proceeds, £8.15s. 3d.
LoNDoN, Commercial Road.—The Rev. J. Fletcher's ninth anniversary tea and public meeting took place on Tuesday, Feb. 13. G. Carter, Esq., in the chair. Speakers, Revs. J. Morgan, E. H. Ellis, and R. H. Gillespie. The meeting was most enjoyable. The printed report of the year's work shows an addition during the year of thirty-four members by baptism, and nine by letter. The weekly offering is £21 beyond last year. This is an advance for the ninth year in succession. The new organ, which cost about £172, has been paid for, and there is a balance of £11 16s. 6d. in hand. There is also in hand £31 19s. 3d. from the last Christmas tree. But all this will will be quickly swallowed up in beautifying the school-room, and in effecting sundry other improvements in various parts of the building. The general receipts of the year from weekly offerings, collections, subscriptions, etc., for all purposes, amount to £834 17s. 9d.
HUCKNALL TorKARD.—Jan. 29, a hundred of the members took tea together. The income of the church during the year amounted to £574. Out of this sum £160 had been devoted to the reduction of the debt, £80 in payment for painting and beautifying the chapel, and £35 toward a new warming apparatus; the remainder in support of the minister, in meeting incidental expenses, the interest on the debt, and the carrying on of the Sundayschool. The tone of the meeting was decidedly hopeful.
BRADFord, Tetley Street.—Our Christmas-tree and sale of work realized over £60. It was opened by Mrs. W. H. North, one of our own friends, who kindly gave ten pounds. Our usual annual Christmas tea was a grand success.
HUGGLESCOTE BAZAAR,--"And still,” as our advertisement sheet shows, “they come.” The ancient church at Hugglescote has been “a succourer of many;” and churches she helped in days past are now dwelling in a large place. Three new chapels in twenty years have been built by
OUR MINISTERS. MADEN, Rev. JAMES, of Sheffield, has accepted a very cordial invitation to the pastorate at OLD BASFORD, NOTTINGHAM, and commences his ministry March 4.
TEMPERANCE. LOUTH, Eastgate. - In Dec., 1882, a Total Abstinence Society was formed, which now numbers 60 members. Its first entertainment was given Feb. 7, and developed considerable onthusiasm.
our friends, and it is in the heart and on the conscience to build a fourth at Ellistown. With the debt on the Hugglescote chapel reduced they will be free for this advance in Village Nonconformity. This is a good work, and deserves aid.
NOTTINGHAM, Hyson Green. - The " Evergreen Bazaar” was opened by Mr. Alderman Burton, and has resulted in a nett gain of £260 to the Building Fund, The church and pastor are very grateful for the kind and generous aid they have received. This important movement progresses. R. Johnson, Esq., is giving £50 this year; Henry Ashwell, Esq., £20; James Ashwell, Esq., £10; and the church at Broad Street is taking up the matter right heartily. This work has long been voted “urgent."
NOTTINGHAM, Woodborough Road.The Alpine Village Bazaar was opened by the Mayor, Ald. Lindley, Lieut.-Col. Seely, M.P., and Sir John Oldknow, and the pastor, Rev. G. H. James, taking part in the ceremony.
Business was brisk, patronage generous, and the takings £720.
SWADLINCOTE -A conversazione and sale of articles was held, Jan. 16 and 17. Joseph Spray, Esq., of Nottingham, opened the proceedings. The result exceeded the most sanguine expectations. Nett result, £80,
Westbourne Park.-Thirteen, by J,
LOUGHBORO', Wood Gate.-Four, by C. W. Vick.
PETERBOROUGH.-Eleven, by T. Barrass; but three of them remain in connection with the Primitive Methodists.
SHORE.-Two, by J. K, Chappelle.
BURTON, MRS. SARAH, widow, Prospect Place, LOUTH, Eastgate. — Anniversary ser Radford, Nottingham, finished her course Jan. vices were conducted on Feb. 11 and 12, 81, 1883, aged 76 years. Her early life was 1883. Preacher, Rov. James Maden,
chequered. She was twice married, bereaved
of her husbands, children, and also of an of Sheffield. Proceeds £11 18s. 3d. The
adopted neice. It was not till after her second report of the school showed a degree marriage that she sought and found the of prosperity in excess of all former
Saviour of sinners. She was baptized on Aug.
7, 1859, at Nottingham. For twenty-four years years.
Mrs. Burton held on the even tenor of her way. STOKE-ON-TRENT.—The annual tea took Her house became a pilgrims' rest, a home for place Feb. 5. 200 were present. A pub both pastors and pulpit supplies. There lic nieeting was afterwards held in the
Pickering, Hunter, Syme, Lewitt, Plowright,
Shaw, and others, found a hand ever ready chapel, the pastor presiding. 51 scholars with the grip of welcome. On special occareceived prizes from Mr. W. M. Grose for sions, such as baptisms and anniversaries, for attending 104 times during the past year,
many years our sister invited the candidates
and ministers to partake of her hospitality. and many others were awarded the school
Her social position was a real and timely prizes—distributed by Rev. S. Hirst-for acquisition to the feeble cause at Friesland, as making a smaller number of attendances. it was then designated. The Christian charac
ter of Mrs. Burton, like her person, was The report, read by Mr. Alfred Wright,
stately, erect, and decided--a staunch Baptist; showed the school to be in a generally in trade exact, highly respected by all who satisfactory condition, though it had knew her best, and particularly esteemed by
those who had business transactions with her fallen off slightly in numbers during the
for half a century. In reproof faithful and last quarter
The Young Peoples' Ser severe, in counsel wise, sober, devout, and vice, Christian Band, Band of Hope, and always courteous, regular, and cheerful. A the Juvenile Missionary Auxiliary, were
friendly neighbour, she was a great bene
factor to the sick, poor, and aged. It was all reported as being in a healthy state,
the privilege of the departed to witness and increasing in numbers; the last men the erection of the second sanctuary, and to tioned had raised £25, during the year,
assist in nearly freeing it from debt; and towards the sum of between £40 and £50
besides making a liberal provision for her
relations, “she did what she could” for the remitted to the Orissa and Home Missions. institutions of the church and the claims of
local charity. Towards her latter end, increasing weakness and more frequent absence from the means of grace were observed. “She was missed;” yet her descent into the valley was gradual. “As sets the morning star, which goes not down Behind the darken'd west, nor hides obscured ; the tempests of the sky, but melts away Into the light of heaven.” In harmony with her active life, our sister duly arranged her earthly affairs now, and then whispered “a desire to depart to be with Christ;" and having just survived to congratulate the deacons on the report of the past year, the success of the Christmas party, and the happy annual meeting, she gently fell asleep in Jesus. It is gratifying to record that two of the four deacons are nephews, and about a dozen more relations are members of the same church. Her life-story was the subject of an address to an overflowing congregation, Feb. 11, 1883, by the writer, W. RICHARDson. HINMAN, ELIZABETH, died at Hinckley, Jan 17, 1883, aged 89 years. She united with the Baptist church under the ministry of the Rev. James Taylor, and continued a consistant member more than forty years. Our departed friend was distinguished for her extensive acquaintance with the scriptures, and for her prayerful and trustful spirit. She will be lon remembered as a striking instance of cheerf and unaffected Christian piety. J. S. KNIGHT, WILLIAM CoRNELL, of Louth, died Jan. 22, 1883, aged 63. For 28 years he had been a member, and for 17 years a deacon, of the Eastgate church. NICHodson, CARo1.1NE, the beloved wife of Mr. Benjamin Nicholson, of Mornington House, Sheffield, was born on the fourth of Feb., 1815. Her father died while she was very young. Her mother was a most pious and devoted Wesleyan, and she joined the same society at a very early age. After marriage and settlement in Sheffield, she and her husband continued a considerable time with the Wesleyans, but finally joined our friends, then worshipping in Eyre Street, and were both baptized about twenty years ago by the Rev. H. Ashberry. She has been a peaceful, loving, devoted, and generous member of the church in Cemetery Road. Very many pastors have enjoyed the comforts of her hospitable and happy home. “She hath been a succourer of many, and of myself also.” In her sickness she was resigned to the Divine will, and was cheered by a “good hope through grace” as she anticipated the full enjoyment of the heavenly life. She saw her ten children comfortably settled in life, and was spared through her forty-seventh wedding-day, Jan.25, but early on the following morning she fell asleepinJesus, and entered into rest, aged sixty-seven years. At the funeral, in the General Cemetery, very many friends showed their profound sympathy with the bereaved husband and family, and on the first Sunday evening in Feb. the Rev. J. Maden preached her funeral sermon from Rev. v. 9, 10, “And they sing a new song,” etc. The pastor expressed the hope that her birthday (Sunday, the 4th of Feb.,) might be joyously spent in her Father's house, and that among the singers of the new song, she might recognize her dear departed son-in-law, Mr. H. T. Green, formerly one of the organists in Cemetery Road Chapel. J. M. QUINEY, WILLIAM, the venerable and well known senior deacon of Commercial Road Chapel, London, finished his earthly course on Sunday, Jan. 7, 1883, at the age of 80. Giving his heart to the Lord 64 years ago, he became a member of the church at Commercial Road in 1829, and he remained a devoted and active member of the same church to the day of his
death. At the time of his departure he had been a deacon for 29 years. He was a thorough General Baptist; and no man was ever more attached to his own place of worship. His place was never empty as long as he could get out of doors at all. He was at all meetings on Sundays and week-days alike, in winter and in summer. In this respect his life will always be a pattern to those who come after him. In his latter days he shared the conservatism so common to advancing years, and consequently he was not fond of change. Nevertheless he took very kindly to all the alterations of the last nine years; and many a time his eyes would fill with grateful tears as he saw the oodness of the Lord to church and people. A * congregation assembled at the funeral, and the pastor preached his funeral sermon to an overflowing audience from theiwords in 2 Tim. iv. 7, 8, “The fight he fought, the course he finished, the faith he kept,” furnished admirable topics for bringing out the leading features of our friend's character, whilst “the crown that will be his” enabled him to speak of the blest assurance with which Mr. Quiney, like “Paul the aged,” greeted death and anticipated the coming of his Lord. J. F.
SAVILLE, STEPHEN, died at Hugglescote, Jan. 1, 1883, aged 77 years. His wife, Jane Saville, died on the 13th of August last, aged 73, after a consistent Christian course. They were both baptized in April 1830, and united with the church during the ministry of the Rev. T. Orton. Mr. Saville honourably filled the office of deacon of the church for many years, until he was obliged to relinquish his duties about two years ago through the infirmities of age. He was a good man, of unswerving integrity, of blameless reputation, and of a remarkably meek and quiet spirit, and continued ardently attached to the cause of Christ to the end of his days. J. S.
Scott, MATTHIAs, was born at Kings Newton, 1808. His father is still remembered by a few as a deacon of the church at Melbourne, and as the occupant of a farm house where Christian visitors, especially ministers, were received with the most cordial hospitality. This third son was apprenticed to the trade of a draper and grocer at Castle Domington, under Mr. Thos. Bakewell, a remote relative. At the expiration of his apprenticeship he took a situation at Wirksworth, and soon succeeded to the business of his master. Being baptized by Mr. Richardson, he became an active member of the church at Wirksworth and Shottle. In the course of a few years he began a second business at Melbourne, removed his own residence thither, but drove to Wirksworth every week—a distance of more than twenty miles— to superintend his establishment there. Haveing remained single until he was over forty i. of age, he married Miss Bissill, of Suterton Grange, which, like the house of his own father, has been long known as a minister's temporary home. In the year 1852 he disposed of his business at Wirksworth and Melbourne, and succeeded to the ownership of the Sutterton Grange farm. On settling in this rural home he joined the church at Sutterton, and was speedily chosen to be a deacon. In this capacity he continued, rendering valuable help to its interests, by his presence and purse, to the end of his active life. Like his own sainted father he was a minister's friend, and a liberal supporter of our connectional institutions. Once he was appointed chairman of the General Baptist Association. Advancing age and failing health caused him to retire to Boston, where, after a long confinement to his bed, he calmly breathed his last, Oct. 30, 1882, aged 74. He was buried among the graves of the Bissills and Mrs. Bampton, of Orissa memory, in the chapel ground at Sutterton. W. U.
The Orissa Conference,
Cuttack, Jan. 10, 1883. OUR Orissa Conference has again been held at Cuttack, and has been a time of more than ordinary interest. Once more it devolves upon me to give the friends of the Mission a brief account of what has been done. And I begin with
THE PUBLIC SERVICES, which began on Lord's-day, Dec. 24. The first Oriya sermon was preached at 8 a.m., by Gideon Mahanty, from Jeremiah xxiii. 28, “He that hath my word, let him speak my word faithfully.” He was rather young to be selected to preach on such an occasion before grave and reverend seniors, but the sermon was creditable to the head and heart of the young man. The afternoon sermon was by the writer, on the importance of a firm adherence to the one gospel, and was founded on Gal. i. 8, * Bat though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel,” etc. In the evening Mr. Pike preached an earnest and impressive sermon in English on consecration of heart to the service of God from 1 Chron. xxix. 5, latter part, “And who, then, is willing,” etc. The attendance at all the services was good, but especially so in the afternoon. A daily service was held as usual through the week, one being held in the College, another at Peyton-sae and a third at Sutahat, the others were held in the chapel. On Wednesday evening Mr. Miller read an appropriate and practical paper on the importance of scriptural discipline.
THE CONFERENCE MISSIONARY MEETING was held on Thursday evening: the attendance was all that could be wished, and the meeting was the best we have ever had; or, to say the least, one of the best. Mr. Bailey presided, and addresses were delivered by Ghanushyam, Shem Sahu, and Makunda Das. All felt it good to be there. The temperance meeting was on Friday evening. Dr. Stewart presided; and as it was a mixed congregation he spoke both in Oriya and English. Addresses were also delivered in English, urging the claims of the cause, by Mr. K. Bond, Babu Muddhoo, Sudan Das, and Mr. Mulholland; and in Oriya by Makunda Das. The attendance was larger than