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Ox Friday, April 11, which was a real Good Friday at the Orphanage, the mothers and friends of the boys came to tea, and were most happy and delighted. The boys sang, and the President talked to the boys, and then tried to administer comfort to their widowed mothers, speaking to them of faith in God, and of his faithfulness to all who trust in him. That venerable man, Mr. Moffat, was there, and after expressing his pleasure at all he saw, he talked in tho most interesting manner to the lads, who will never forget his good advice and the pleasing stories which he told them. It was a great delight to hear that grand old man speaking to children as cheerily as if the dew of his youth was still upon him.

Tho London Baptist Association quarterly meeting was held at Mr. Varley's, Notting Hill, but the small attendance of ministers was very discouraging. Mr. Varley has erected a noble structure, and his schools are so large as to be second to none in tho metropolis. It was a great pleasure to see how largely the Lord has blessed him. Mr. J. A. Spurgeon, the President for the year, ably presided. The evening meeting, with the communion, was a hallowed season. God bless the London Association, and maintain and in crease its vital energy.

The College Conference was a holy festival, altogether unequalled in our experience. Tho attendance was numerous, and the spirit was warm, devotional, and full of promise Tho friends at tho Tabernacle entertained all comers, showing hospitality without grudging, for which we thank them heartily. The amount raised at the supper, £1,900, was larger than ever, and the enthusiasm of friends was equal to anything we have ever seen. The brethren assembled heard papers read by their brethren which were all profitable and able. Most of them will be inserted in tho " Sword and the Trowel," but it will take time, as we can only give spaco for them by degrees, for we have to consult variety in our articles. We bless the name of the Lord for this year's happy gathering. The ministers assembled

not somebody else discover that bread is poisonous, and cold -water deadly? There is room also for some enthusiast to get up an Anti-bread-and-butter Association. Where is the man?

pledged themselves to raise £1,000 if possible, for our New College home. We trust their churches will bo hearty in the effort, for there is great need, and we trust they will not fail to help. Our work is for God's glory, and not for self. Surely believers will generously take it up, especially those whoso pastors have been educated by the institution.

The Butchers' Annual Festival was held in the Tabernacle, April loth: Mr. C. H. Spurgeon in the chair. A large number of the meat salesmen and master butchers were present. About 1,200 men were regaled with a meat supper, and were afterwards addressed bv Messrs. H. Varley, W. Cuff, and C. H. Spurgeon. It was a noblo opportunity for proclaiming the gospel. A splendid Bible was presented to Mr. Varley, as a token of the gratitude of the butchers' men ami tho market porters. The result of the*; annual gatherings is observable in the improved moral tone of those employed in the markets. The effort is a noble one, and we wish it could be extended to other trades.

On Wednesday, April 16th, the last of the opening services of Victoria Chapel, Wandsworth Road, was conducted by Mr. C. H. Spurgeon. The evening meeting was a warm-hearted and enthusiastic one. and gave promise that tho new effort will be as successful as others which have gono before. We commend Mr. Henderson, the minister, to the best sympathies of all our friends in the neighbourhood.

In answer to many enquiries we beg to state that we have been offered by an excellent American firm the sum of £5,000 for twenty-five lectures, or at tho rate of 4200 per lecture. Further arrangement* are also to be made for one hundred or more lectures, as may be mutually agreed. We have declined these liberal proposal* solely because our work is to preach the gospel and not to lecture. Wo lecturo now and then for some object which pressingly needs help, but never for personal gain. Although the remuneration offered is very far beyond anything »ur

beloved people arc ever likely to give us, we prefer to live of the gospel, according to sur Lord's words, rather than to use the Lord's time for earning money for our own purse. If it be said that we might build our College with the money, we reply that is true; but we feel that our College, which is our own work, should be built by our own friends. We should not like it to be said that wo had to cross the Atlantic to build our College House because British Christians could not or would not do it. If all who believe in our work will lend a hand, the matter will soon bo accomplished. Those who have judged us faithful will greatly encourage us if, in this most needful enterprise, they

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will send us prompt assistance. Direct to C. H. Spurgoon, Nightingale Lano, Clapham.

The walls of the new chapel at Balham begin to appear above the ground, and the memorial stone will bo laid in June. More than £1,000 has been subscribed, in addition to the grant of the London Baptist Association.

The Collectors' mooting at the Orphanage, April 22, was a joyful one. More than £180 was brought in. Could not more of our young friends take cards or boxes, and so help the orphans?

Baptisms at Metropolitan Tabernacle by Mr. J. A. Spurgeon:—March 24th, nine; March 27th, fifteen.

100 0

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33 0

Mr. J. Woodward


Mr. O.Moore

Mr. R. A. James

Miss Maxwell 0 10

Mr. S. Thomson 1 1

Mrs. Stevenson 1 1

J.H.W „. 3 0

k. P.. 10 0

Mr.Daintree 2 2

Mr. H. Matheson 21 0

Mr. Toller 5 0

Mrs. Toller 1 0

Collected by Mr. It. Mills 0 5

MiesNay and Fiionds 0 15

Jlr. J. Deverell 2 0

Mr.S. Chew 5 0

ilr. Pettifer 1 1

CaptainH. M. ... — 2 10

A. Q. P 0 1

A Friend „ 0 10

Mr. Whittaker — •■• 5 0

Mr. W.Dunn 2 2

H. A. 1 13

Mr. Edwards „ 5 0

Mr. McArthur, M.l' 10 19

Mr. G. Fitch 1 1

Mr. E. Heritage 5 5

Hr.R. Harris «. 5 0

Mr. Padgett 5 0

Mr-J. P. Bacon 5 0

Mr. and Mra. Green i 3

Mr. D. Church 10 0

Mr. J. W.Brown... „ 2 2

Mr. W. Thomas 0 10

Mr. J. Duncan 200 0

*- Friend, per Mr. Duncan 10 0

Mr. B, May „ ... 25 0

Mrs. May 5 0

Mr. U. J. May

Miss Virtue

Miss R. Virtue

Mr. O. Pedley

Mr. Mills

Mrs. J. W. Brown

Mr. E. II. Brown

Mr. Budgctt

A Friend

Mr. J. Edwards

Mr. T. Hubburk

Mr. J. Wutchuxst ...

W. W

Mr. Tubby

The Misses Dranatk-ld

Mr. J. Finch

Mr. H. Bead

Mr. C. Russell

Mr. J. B. Mead

Mr. W. Rea

Mrs. Rni

Mr. C. Taylor

Mr. and Mrs. Marsh ... •>
Mr. and Mrs. Mnrsh, Jim.
Messrs. W. T. Marsh and Sons..

Mr. Matherson

Mr. and Mr». AJldis

A Friend from the Country

Rev. '1. Handford

Rev. D. Gracey

Rev. A. Fcrgusaon

Rev. O. Rogers

Mr. Isaac Rogers

Mr. W. R. Selway

Mr. R. Evans

Mr. Priest

Mr. r. Gordon Brown

Mr. W.C. Stinker... '.'.'.

A Friend

Mr. B. A. WooUard

Mr. H. Hadland

Mr. D. Greenuway

Mr. Creasey ...

Mrs. Creasey

Rev. J. A. Spurgeon

Mrs. J. A. Spurgeon

Mr. and Mrs. Mofiat

Mrs. Allder

Dr. Swallow

Mr. and Mrs. Harrison

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Collection at Cornwall Hoad Sunday

School, Brixton, per Rev. D. Asquith Miss Parker's Bible Class, per Rev. D.


Collection at Newcastle on Tyne, per

Rev. J. MallDS

Collection at Rothcsar, per Rot. 8.


C&Uecnng Box, per Rev. J. L. Gordon Collection at Burton on Trent, per Rev.

J. T. Owers

Mr. and Mrs. D. Camps, per Rev. J.


Collection at Colchester, per Rev. E.


A Friend, per Rev. O. T. Ennals

Mr. J. Folks, per Rev. H. Bradford ...

Collected at Ipswich, per Rev. W.


Mr. R. L. Everett 0 10 0

Mr. E. Edgeley 0 10 0

Mr. 8. H. Cowell 10 0

Miss Everett 0 S 0

Mr. J. Neve 10 0

Mr. C.Clarke 0 S 0

Mi. J. Coper 0 5 0

Hiss M. Everett 0 10 0

Mr. W. Wade „, ... 0 10 0

Mr. W. Taylor 0 8 0

Mi. W. Bayley 0 5 0

Collected, per Rev. J. Spanswuk

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Collection at Deptford, per Rev. D.


Collection at Grantham, per Rev. G.


Part Collection at Luton, per Rev. J.

W. Genders

Friends at Whitstable, per Rev. G.


Collection at Iladdenham, per Rev. J.


Collection at Vernon Kings Cross
Collection at Bromley, per Rev. Tessier
Collected at Winslow, per Rev. Julin


Mrs. W. Hnwley 10 0

Miss S. llawlcy 5 0

E. B 2 0

F.B _ 1 0

Master Smith 2 0

Murslcy ... ... ... 3 6

5 0 C

Church at Redruth, per Rev. E. J.


Collecting Box, per Rev. C. Evans ...
Collection at Lanfrlev, per Rev. G. Monk
■Weekly Offerings at'Met Tab., March 23

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.. 13

0 lo

0 15

1 5 30 2

40 0

41 16 3t> 7

£1851) 0 5

Captain 11. M.

s'ery Little Helps

Per Rev. W. E. Lynn :—

Miss Gallawav 0 10 0

francisM. Lyra's box ... 0 10 II

Mrs. Dcnnv


* widows kite;:; ;;.'• ..'.


"thorne and Ashley Sunday Schools,

,P« Mr. Marshall

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2 10 0 3

1 0 0

2 0 0
0 10 0
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0 9 11

2 4 0

0 10 0

3 10 0 0 5 0 0 10 0

Sundar School, Iladdenham, per. Mr.

J. Smith 0 10 (1

n. A 1 15 0

Collected at Ipswich, per Rev. W.

Whale :—
Mr. J. Hooding, Scnr. ... 0 8 6
Mr. J. Gooding, Jun. ... 0 2 6

Mr. R. Smith 0 5 0

Mr. W. Archer 0 5 0

Mr. R (iirling 0 6 0

Mr. W. Foulgcr 0 2 6

Miss Daims 0 10 0

Mr. S. II. Cowell 1 » 0

Mr. J. May, Jun. 0 10 0

Mr. E. Oxborrow, Scnr. ... 0 2 6
Master W. Carter 0 5 0

A Friend per Rev. G. Bowler

Mrs. Arnutape

Lectures at Waterbeach, per Rev. A. R.

Morgan 4 6

J. P 0 10

Mr. W. Ranford 1 0

J. W. li 1 0

Mr. Ford 0 5

Mr. Fvson, per Rev. J. Welton 0 10

M. M., Quebec 1 0

Rev. J. Smith 1 10

Mr. D. Macpherson 0 5

Mr«. Field 1 4

J. A. S 1 0

Mr. I'epg I 0

Mr. J. Williamson 0 2

3. B. C. 0 10

Thank-offering, per Rev. A. A. Rces ... 5 0

A. B 0 10

J. D. 0 10

Mr. Galloway 0 10

W. W. and Daughter «. 2 0

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