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CHESHIRE ConFERENCE will meet at Audlem, on Tuesday, Oct. 9th. Morning service at eleven. Preacher, Rev. W. Lees, of Crewe. S. HIRST, Sec. MIDLAND ConFERENCE.-The next Conference will take place at DUFFIELD on Tuesday, Oct. 16. Devotional Service, with Sermon by Rev. A. Firth, at 11 a.m. Business Session, with paper by R. F. Griffiths on the question, “Is a Baptist Church Admissible?” at 2.15 p.m. RoBERT SILBY, Sec.
THE EASTERN met at Louth, Sept. 13th. In the morning brother Bentley, of Wisbech, preached from Luke ii. 52. The Reports from the Churches shewed 55 baptized, 23 candidates, 27 received from other churches, since last Conference.
Gedney Hill.—Brother Bennett (in the absence of Mr. Wherry) reported the progress of the new chapel. Amount realized at stone laying, £42. Liabilities still very great, calling for the practical sym
pathy of the churches. Chapel opening to take place, if possible, on Oct. 10 next. Pulpit Supply for Weak Churches.— The church at Formcett to be advised to seek needed help from brother Taylor of Norwich. Brother Orton was thanked for his recent visit to Kirton Lindsey and hopeful report; and was requested to repeat the visit, and give advice as then deemed best. Grouping of Village Churches. – A recommendation was made “that the present Committee, consisting of brethren J. C. Jones, W. R. Wherry, and C. Barker, rouse itself and again urgently press this matter of grouping wherever practicable. Building Fund.—The attention of Conference having been called to the Association Minute, “That some person be appointed, by each Conference, to solicit and receive subscriptions,” etc., brother Orton was appointed to do the work. Evangelistic Work-A conversation took place upon this important subject, when it was resolved, “that the ministers present hereby express their willingCHURCH
ness to render service—each in his own neighbourhood—whenever possible, upon receiving expressions of desire for such help. SKEGNEss.-Mr. Jolly introduced the question, “What action ought the Conference to take towards putting up a Baptist chapel, or otherwise helping to build a Union Church 2" Mr. Jackson thereupon offered to accompany Mr. Jolly to visit, enquire concerning the number of Baptists, with prospect of aid, etc., and report to the Spring Conference. The offer was accepted. Arrangements for ensuing Conferences. —Places: for the spring, March; autumn, Grimsby. The preacher at March to be brother Bennett. Brother Payne was also requested to read a paper on “American Church Life” in the afternoon. Home Missionary Meeting.—This was held in Eastgate Chapel in the evening, the President of the Association occupying the chair, and addresses being given by brethren Barrass, Jolly, and Bennett. A collection for the Home Mission funds brought a good, but somewhat thinlyattended Conference to a close. CHAs. BARKER, Secretary.
THE LANCASHIRE AND Yorkshire CoNFERENCE assembled at Stalybridge, Sept. 12. Revs. S. H. Booth preached at 10.30, G. Eales, M.A., conducting the devotional part of the service. The afternoon session commenced at two o'clock, and the Conference gave a hearty welcome to the Revs. S. A. Booth and W. J. Avery, who were present as a deputation on behalf of the Baptist Union Funds. Their addresses were listened to with great interest, and we trust will have a practical result. The Conference resolved, “that we strongly recommend the Funds of the Baptist Union to the sympathy and support of the churches, and that the Secretary of the Conference be requested to act in concert with Revs. S. H. Booth and W. J. Avery in receiving subscriptions. A proposal to vote £5 from the Conference Fund to the Annuity Fund was unanimously agreed to. The Rev. S. H. Booth was then very heartily thanked for his sermon in the morning. It was subsequently resolved that a circular embodying a digest of the statements made by Messrs. Booth and Avery be forwarded to the churches. The churches reported a gain of sixtythree members. The Secretary tendered his resignation in consequence of his removal to Luton; and it was resolved, “that we much re
gret the removal of our brother, Rev. J. T. Roberts, from this district, and the vacation of his office as Secretary which it necessitates; and, in accepting his resignation, we thank him for his services, and desire that the divine blessing may rest upon him wherever he may be able to render service in the Master's cause. The Rev. W. Gray was re-elected as Secretary. The Rev. G. Eales, M.A., having accepted a call to Friar Lane, Leicester, it was resolved, “That we much regret the departure of Rev. G. Eales, M.A., from this Conference, and express our best wishes for his welfare and usefulness in his new settlement at Leicester.” It was decided, after a brief discussion, to postpone the consideration of the question, raised in a former Conference, on the expediency of admitting unbaptized persons into our churches to an indefinite period. J. T. RoberTs, Sec.
LEICESTER AND LEICESTERSHIRE BAPTIST PREACHERS’ ASSOCIATION.
THE fifteenth Annual Conference was held on Sept. 6th, at Barrow-on-Soar, Mr. J. Thornton presiding. The president said, there were two millions of the inhabitants of rural districts living without the means of grace, and contended that the present system of public worship was not sufficient to reach them. After tea the Rev. C. W. Wick presided at a large meeting, and there were also present Messrs. J. Thornton, G. Payne, T. D. Briggs, W. Hill, H. Hammond, J. Dawley, J. T. Harvey, S. Curtis (Whetstone), M. Lovett (Sutton Bonnington), T. Hunt (Mountsorrel), Russell, and W. Herring (Sec.) The Report stated that on April 27, 1868, five lay preachers formed themselves into what was now called “The Leicester and Leicestershire Baptist Preachers' Association.” Since then seventy-six members had been enrolled, but as fifteen years in the history of any association brought many changes, that had naturally been their experience —some of their members in the ministry, some in the mission field, and others in foreign lands. At present they numbered twenty-seven in-town, and fourteen out-town members, making a total of forty-one. Their financial position was not a very serious one, as their expenses were small and liabilities few, and were fully met by an annual subscription from the members of not less than 1s. The association supplied twenty village pul. pits. A gentleman had given twenty
three vols. towards the establishment of a library in connection with the association.
BERKHAMPSTEAD. — The chapel has been thoroughly restored, at a cost of upwards of £100. The pastor, Rev. J. F. Smythe, preached at the re-opening, Sept. 9. An “Old Scholar” sent £10.
CREwe.—Our Bazaar was opened, Sept. 13, by J. Clifford. Results, £202.
MACCLESFIELD.—Preacher, Rev. Alexander Pitt, of Liverpool. Collections, 4:33, £2 more than last year. The annual Flower Service was held Aug. 26. The gifts of flowers were numerous. The Rev. Z. T. Dowen preached, and the congregations were large and appreciative.
BIRMINGHAM, Lombard Street.—Sept. 16. Preachers, J. Clifford and W. F. Clarkson, B.A. Tea and public meeting on Monday. Chairman, R. Argyle, Esq. Very good report read by the secretary, W. Taylor, Speakers, J. Clifford, A. Mursell, and A. T. Prout. The pecuniary and moral results exceptionally good.
GREAT GRIMSBY.—Aug. 29. Preacher, Rev. C. Barker. The Service of Song, “Little Dot,” was given in the afternoon. Public meeting on the Monday. Rev. W. Orton presided, and addresses by Rev. C. Barker, and Messrs. Green, Jeffs, Lachman, and others. Colls., £20 18s. 3d.
CARRINGTON, REv. E., of Swadlincote, has accepted an invitation to Sheffield, and will commence his ministry there in the month of November.
CHAPMAN, REv. D.C.—Recognition services in connection with the settlement of the Rev. D. C. Chapman as pastor of the Oxford Street Church, Grantham, was held Sept. 9. Preacher, morning and evening, the pastor; afternoon, the Rev. F. Standfast. On Tuesday, Sept. 11, a public tea and meeting was held, the ExMayor, Mr. Alderman Slater, presided. The charge to the pastor was given by the Rev. J. J. Fitch, and to the church by the Rev. J. Maden, of Old Basford. Addresses were given by the secretary of the church, Mr. A. Gibson, and the pastor; also the Revs. F. Standfast, J. F. Parr, F. W. B. Weekes, G. D. Thompson, and Mr. J. S. Chesterton. Services very successful and encouraging.
EALEs, REv. G., M.A., of Dewsbury, begins his pastoral work at Friar Lane, Leicester, Oct. 7.
FITCH, REv. J. J., of Broad Street, Nottingham, has accepted the pastorate of the church Houghton Street, Southport, and commences his work there in October.
RoBERTs, REv. J. T., is now residing at Hitchin Road, Luton.
TAYLoR, REv. W. BAMPTON.—On the occasion of his leaving Norwich for his new sphere of labour at Chesham, Bucks, Mr. W. B. Taylor preached a farewell sermon, Aug. 26. A farewell tea was given on the 30th. Henry Trevor, Esq., presided at the after-meeting. Revs. G. S. Barrett, B.A., J. Percival, G. Taylor, J. Way, Messrs. Dakin, Smith, and Weyer, took part. A. Kent, Esq., presented a testimonial, consisting of several useful articles, and a purse of £40, the gift of the congregation, and of other Christian friends, as an expression of their good will, and high appreciation of the service Mr. Taylor has rendered during the repeated and serious illness of his father. Mr. Taylor responded in suitable terms.
EARP.-Sept. 15th, after a protracted affliction, John Earp, of the Church House, Melbourne, in the 80th year of his age.
FRANKs, WILLIAM, well known for many years as a local preacher and deacon in connection with the church at Fleet, and pleasantly and particularly remembered by many now, both in and out of the district, as superintendent of the school and General Overseer at the branch chapel at Gedney Broadgate almost from its commencement, fell asleep in Jesus somewhat suddenly on Wednesday, Aug. 22, 1883, at the age of sixty-five. Notwithstanding his naturally desponding temperament his influence for good was real and widespread, as was most abundantly made manifest by the large numbers who gathered both to pay respect at the grave, and after to hear his funeral Sermon from Rev. xiv. 13. Sorrowing friends who mourn his loss, and feel it will be difficult to fill up the gap his translation has caused, will put up a tablet in the branch chapel in loving memory; but his best memorial will be in living souls concerning many of whom he was able when here to say, “Ye are our epistles.” C. B.
ERRATUM. — The Obituary Notice of Hall, #: in our last issue, should be HULL, red.
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WE received from several of the brethren notes of preaching tours for
which we were unable to find space in the Annual Report.
following may be regarded, therefore, as supplementary, and will be found interesting and encouraging both for private reading and at missionary
prayer meetings. Pooree, writes:—
Mr. Waughan, respecting a tour in the district of
I have just returned from a three weeks' preaching tour, and will now send a short account of it. We left Piplee on the 9th of November, and as the ground was too damp for tent life, remained in Government Bungalows, here and there, for a few days. After leaving our brethren at Bonamalipore, we went to Balipatna, attended the market there, and visited some large villages in the neighbourhood. Whilst staying there, two youths, one of whom is learning English, came for conversation; and were very desirous of knowing what “Jesus Christ's religion” really is. We had much talk with them, found them intelligent, and were pleased to hear that they had read “Jagannath Tested,” and were quite prepared to admit the soundness of its conclusions. These lads were very frank; and it was clear that Hinduism had no strong hold upon their judgment. There was no disposition to defend idolatry in these villages; but an old Brahman, who knows a little Sanscrit, followed us to the market, and other places, and favoured us with no little abuse.
We afterwards went to an exceedingly
large market, and had an excellent
opportunity of speaking; hence resolved 30
to visit it a second time. The first day we disposed of one rupee ten annas' worth of books, and on the second occasion disposed of a good number. One of the preachers walked a considerable distance to this market a third time, and was tolerably successful. Many books purchased at this place will find an entrance into villages to which we could not go. Near this market is the tomb of an old Byragge, who is said to have cured many people. Two men went from Pooree to test his claims, one of whom bound his leg and falsely told the Byragge that he had a bad sore on it. The old man replied, “If there is a sore, it will soon get better; if there is no sore, there will be one.” The bandage was removed, and the tempter found to his dismay that there was a deep gash on his leg | This old man's son still receives the homage of the people for his father's sake, but is not considered so clever as his sire. We had some conversation with him, but were grieved with the blasphemy of his pantheism. His father's fame is spread widely in those parts.
AN ENGLISH SCHool.
We pitched our tent near to a Government aided school of fifty-two lads, all of whom learn English. We heard the received very reluctantly. The brothers were evidently wealthymen, but strangely devoid of good manners. I afterwards learnt, that their father had been fined a large sum, many years ago, for unjust behaviour towards some tenants, who had become Christians. I am told, also, that some Bibles were formerly burnt in the village: I trust the New Testament I gave may be reserved for a better end. One of the brothers had a stentorian voice, which I heard for a considerable time after leaving the house. I was reminded by one of them that if I wished to speak to the people the public road was the place, hence did not weary them with a long stay. This is the first time I have been treated with disrespect by wealthy men: as a rule all classes are exceedingly polite. We were well received in the village, and our day's visit was quite a success. Probably we should have ensured a better welcome if we had taken our tents; but as I merely rode a pony, and partook of a meal in a shady grove, returning on the eve of the same day to my tent; and as our preacher did not travel by palkey, there was no special reason for according it to us. As is my want, I politely declined to answer the frequently recurring question as to the amount of my salary (though I stated the price of my pony); hence, doubtless, the Zemindar found it no easy matter to settle the social position of a sahib who merely came to preach in the villages. May the Lord constrain him to read the New Testament we left, and bless its perusal to highest ends.
boys read, and had much talk with the three masters. They were very pleasant, and quite disposed to think favourably of Christianity. I found that the head master had an English Bible, and had read from Genesis to Numbers, underlining the principal verses. He had not commenced the New Testament, but promised to do so at once. I was pleased to meet a reader of the English Bible in such an out-of-the-way place, and the more to find that he was marking important passages. The teachers encouraged the boys to take our books, hence we sold a goodly number, including an English Testament and some Bengalee Tracts. In the village near, we had conversation with a respectable Hindu, who also knew some English. He attempted to spiritualise and refine everything objectionable in his religion, but admitted that he and his friends of the same cast of mind, were forced to go with the crowd, and to observe customs the evil of which he was ready to admit.
We spent one day at a large village, where a rich Zemindar and his brothers resided. They have built a large twostoried house, and have made some beautiful gardens. We called to see them on our arrival, but were unsuccessful, hence went again. After standing for some few minutes, I was asked to sit down on the bare floor, which, as there were chairs to hand, I declined. I offered a New Testament, which was
Mr. Heberlet has sent an account of a journey from Cuttack to Berhampore in order to take over charge of the station from Mr. Wood
on his departure for England.
After giving a description of the
journey by the canal and river to False Point, and thence by sea to
Gopalpore, Mr Heberlet remarks:—
The journey over I must tell you something of what I saw at Berhampore. The first Saturday I was asked to attend the meeting of a “Young Men's Association,” a thing not long started by the junior native preacher, BalunkiPadhan. About fifteen were present, young men and lads; some of whom were Hindus who came occasionally to hear and see. A short address on “Covetousness” was delivered by one of the members, after which each one present delivered himself of a text or moral axiom. Singing and prayer, of course, formed part of the meeting, and I was requested to preside and address them the next Saturday, which I did. One feature of the proceedings amused me somewhat. After the address some
one gets up and says, “According to our practice it is fitting that we give thanks and praise for the excellent address to which we have just listened l’” How often does this principle govern the action of more august assemblies who do not as frankly confess to it! The next day, Sunday, the services, morning and afternoon, were conducted by two young candidates for the ministry. Their applications were considered by the Conference, but “not entertained.” The following Sabbath the morning service was taken by the senior deacon, Babu Daniel Mahanty, who gave us a nice sermon; and I preached in the afternoon. On the next and last Sunday of my stay the ordinance was administered, the