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pastor of the church, especially if, as a pre- | church in John Street, is still prevented by parative for determining the amount of a dona- indisposition from preaching more than once tion, they should some evening resolve to on the Lord's day. We understand it is the take a turn

two in “ Shakespeare's desire of Mr. Evans and the church to meet Walk."

with a minister who could regularly supply this lack of service. May the Great Head of the church direct them!

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LONDON MATERNAL ASSOCIATION.

REV. J. SMITH OF ASTWOOD.

The following are " Subjects for Conference,” for the year 1847, appointed by the London Maternal Association at New Broad Street Chapel, Bishopsgate. All mothers

A very interesting jubilee meeting took who desire information on the subject are place at the baptist chapel, Astwood Bank, invited to attend. The meetings begin at Worcestershire, on Dec. 31, 1846; when behalf-past eleven o'clock.

tween four and five hundred persons took tea

together. Afterwards a public service was Wednesday, February 17.- What is the held and attended by nearly seven hundred nature of the provocation alluded to in persons, when the Rev. James Smith was Ephesians vi., “Provoke not you children presented with a very elegant service of plate, to wrath ?"

consisting of a coffee-pot, tea-pot, sugarWednesday, March 17.- How far may basin, and cream-ewer, of the value of forty the love of praise be allowed and acted upon guineas, being a small token of Christian affecin childhood ?

tion from the church and congregation to Wednesday, April 21.– What instruction their beloved pastor, who had entered upon is given to us by the text, “ Foolishness is the fiftieth year of his ministry at that place, bound in the heart of a child, but the rod of Dec. 18, 1846. The meeting was addressed correction shall drive it far from him?"

by several ministers and at the close of the Wednesday, May 19.- What are the service the congregation retired highly deprevailing forms in which selfishness betrays lighted with the proceedings of the evening. itself in early life, and how should the principle be counteracted ?

Wednesday, June 16.– Examine the prayers offered up, and the blessings pro

SOHO STREET, LIVERPOOL. nounced by pious parents on their offspring, such as Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, David, &c. At a quarterly tea-meeting on the 28th of

Wednesday, August 18.- How may a December last, after the delivery of several mother best interpose to prevent the evils impressive speeches, a purse was presented to likely to arise from light reading in a family ? the pastor of the baptist church assembling for

Wednesday, September 15.-What dis- divine worship in Soho Street, Liverpool, positions of mind must be cultivated by the Rev. Richard B. Lancaster, with the parents in order to render home attractive following address :-“Reverend and Dear and happy ?

Sir,--We, the members of your church and Wednesday, October 20.—In what way congregation, desire to avail ourselves of the may mistresses acquire a good religious opportunity which is now afforded us, on the influence over their servants ?

return of this another of our quarterly teaWednesday, November 17.-What are meetings, of testifying how highly we esteem the leading characteristics of the excellent your persevering labours amongst us in woman as described by Solomon? Prov. xxxi. preaching the glorious truths of the blessed

Wednesday, December 15.- What com and everlasting gospel. Inadequate as we panions should we seek for our children ? know any acknowledgment of your invaluable

services to be, we cannot deny ourselves the It is particularly requested that ladies pleasure of presenting you with a purse forming local associations either in town or containing £41 ls. 6d. as a token of our country will open a correspondence with the respect and esteem. Praying that the God London Maternal Association. Communica- of all grace may continue to bless your tions may be addressed to Mrs. Reed, Cam- ministrations to the strengthening of bebridge Heath, Hackney ; Mrs. Matheson, lievers and the conversion of many souls, 5, Palmer's Terrace, Holloway; Mrs. Mere- that the bond of union which now so happily dith, 3, Durham Place, Lambeth.

exists between us may long continue, and that when we have done with the cares and troubles of this world pastor and people may

be received into everlasting glory, JOAN STREET, BEDFORD ROW.

“ We are, Rev, and dear sir, We learn with regret that the Rev. J. H.

Faithfully yours in Jesus." Evans, the much esteemed pastor of the

VOL. X.- FOURTH SERIES.

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CORRESPONDENCE.

CHAPEL DEBT EXTINCTION AND THE UNITED I have spare capital and desire to make a safe KINGDOM BUILDING AND INVESTMENT SOCIETY. investment, procure shares in this society. To the Editor of the Baptist Magazine.

They will ultimately realize their principal,

with liberal interest, and an ample fund will DEAR SIR, --In your last number a corre. be realized to satisfy the demands of our spondent very judiciously alludes to the churches in distress. incalculable boon which has been conferred 2nd. “ That the borrowers will pay a upon our churches by the loan fund in opera- much greater proportion than they receive." tion in connexion with the “ Baptist Building This inference is quite incorrect. If this Fund Society,"and argues that its excellency society were formed upon the mercenary surpasses all other modes for accomplishing bidding system, 1 fully agree with your correthe desirable object of liberating our churches spondent that to apply its operations to the from their present pecuniary incumbrances. church of Christ would be illegitimate, and I If the fund referred to by your correspondent would almost add sacrilege. But what is the could be made as efficient as it is “excellent," fact? I will place but one simple illustration doubtless it would render all other efforts in this letter from which you and your unnecessary; but ere this consummation can readers will draw your own conclusions, be realized, our Christian friends must make premising that this illustration is equally and a strenuous effort, and place at the disposal uniformly applicable to any amount ad. of the committee the sum of £180,000 to vanced by the society. I will suppose a church £200,000, not as an investment, either to is desirous of borrowing £300 during the first produce simple or compound interest, but as year of the society's existence, in which case à guaranteed loan fund to provide for the they would be required to take five shares, extension of denominational churches in this and upon which shares have to pay 10s. per and future generations. The conception is month each during a period of thirteen years; bold and majestic, but I fear will never be thus you will perceive they realize an immerealized. I shall, however, have much diate advance of £60 per share, which with pleasure if the united efforts of the Baptist simple interest at five per cent. amounts to Building Fund Committee should eventually £99, and for which they return to the society, attain this desideratum; but until then, surely during a period of thirteen years only, the every practicable and legitimate means should sum of £78. I have annexed a debtor's and be adopted to lessen or remove existing creditor's account, so as to render it intelligiburdens. Impressed with this view, I was ble to all your readers. induced to co-operate with the committee of Chapel in Account with the United Kingdom Building the “ United Kingdom Building and Invest

and Investment Society, ment Association," which was formed almost

Dr.

To advance of £60 per share on 5 shares ... 1 300 for the express purpose of liquidating, by an

To 5 per cent, interest on do. for 13 years... 195 easy and gradual process, the debts on our chapels and schools, and which society during

Value of advance..... the first year of its existence has proved that its benevolent constitution has been fully

By payment of £30 per annum for 13 years

at a ratio of only £2 108. per month £39) appreciated by those who had previously Balance in favour of borrowers

105 Bought relief in vain. Your correspondent, however, urges four objections to the operations of this society, the whole of which, if he This clear statement of facts will, I trust, were acquainted with our rules he would sufficiently convince your readers, and also discover, as I shall endeavour to prove, are your correspondent, that neither of his prefallacious.

ceding allegations in respect to this society Ist. He remarks it is “inefficient to re are correct. move the debts." Can he direct us to any Thirdly, " That the borrowers have to pay society more efficient? If not, the remark the whole of the expenses." This objection has no force against this. Surely he must be is also erroneously urged. The expenses of fully aware that the combined efforts of all conducting this society are equally borne by existing societies have been hitherto unable to every member, whether depositor or borrower; conquer this growing obstacle to our pros- but they are of so trifling an amount as to perity ; but if any society is adapted to render it almost certain that the fines for effect the permanent extinction of our chapel nonpayment, and other incidental contribudebts, it anpears to me, the “United King- tions, will amply suffice for the payment of dom Building Society ” combines all the re- all necessary expenses during each successive quisites for that important object. Let all who year of the society's existence.

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TIONS,

The fourth objection relates to the profits | uniform monitory gauge in provident societies realized by depositors; in reply to which I generally? The Manchester unity of Odd would only remark, if this society can confer Fellows has already many lodges spread over such an unprecedented boon on the borrowers, all England on one system. The various life it must be by the prompt investment of assurance institutions have agents in almost capital by depositors, and to induce such all the towns in the kingdom. Surely the investments they ought to show a fair re- difficulty is not insurmountable in respect to muneration for such outlay; upon these princi- societies founded on right principles, and havples the society was founded, admirably ing an object of importance second only to adjusting the rights and interests of both that of evangelical religion ! parties; upon these principles it has prospered One other point deserving of consideration berond the most sanguine expectation of its is the desirableness of an unsectarian directororiginators, and if your correspondent is really ship. We have already too many denominaanxious for the liberation of our churches from tional organizations, and should, in a case like their pecuniary embarrassment, permit me to this, cultivate common ground and catholic commend to his attention a copy of the rules principles. Mutual provision for sickness, of the “United Kingdom Building and &c., is alike important to persons of all Investment Society," and I entertain the creeds, religious and political, and therefore most sanguine expectation that he will enroll provident institutions should be governed his name among its future supporters. unitedly by men of all creeds. Provident I am, dear sir,

acts are not essentially religious, but pecuniary Yours faithfully,

acts, and therefore it would be well if money

PETER BROAD. affairs were undertaken by men of business Tavistock Villa, Shepherd's Bush,

rather than ministers of religion. Reverend January 4, 1847.

names may give confidence to the pious of the same faith and order, but are apt to

prejudice those of other sects, and also the ON THE FORMATION OF PROVIDENT INSTITU moral who are unconnected by profession

with any denomination, a class which above To the Editor of the Baptist Magazine. most others it would be the object of such Dear Sir,- As the establishment of provi- societies to benefit by preserving them from dent or benefit societies on an equitable and contaminating associations. Christian mermoral basis is occupying the attention of chants and tradesmen could be found in large many philanthropic individuals, I feel anxious communities who would become officers and to offer one or two suggestions on the subject. trustees, and thus sectarian aspects might be

A respected minister has recommended the avoided. If it be urged that ministers are establishment of ten independent institutions better qualified from their station and characin England and Wales, having their respective ter to give weight to a society, then such depots in as many large central towns. The influence might be superadded by their sancchief objection to this plan is its lack of uni- tion through the press, and by individual fornity. In this age of locomotion members recommendation without their becoming proFuld be continually getting out of the dis-minent patrons and managers. trict of the society to which they belonged,

ANOTHER LOVER OF PURE MORALS. and hence a continuation of payments and

Berkshire. reception of benefits would be inconvenient if Dot wholly impracticable. It appears, then, of paramount importance that a society

EDITORIAL POSTSCRIPT. should be formed in the metropolis for the Our friend Mr. Evans of Calcutta considers purpose of promoting district provident in the portrait in our January number a very stitutions in various suitable localities on a fair representation of Dr. Yates as he last certain uniform pecuniary basis. Each of appeared in the pulpit. He gives some inthese institutions might embrace several teresting particulars respecting the drawing counties, might have the care of its own fund, from which the engraving was executed. It the appointment of its officers and board of was taken by Mr. Grant of Calcutta whilst management, the adoption of its laws, &c., Dr. Yates was in the act of delivering one of only recognizing one well-digested and ap a series of lectures on popery by the united proved scale of payments and beneits, by missionaries in Calcutta, in the Durhumtula which members removing from one locality to Chapel-a chapel occupied by a congregation another might with ease and equity be trans- connected with the London Missionary Society, ferred to the district in which they were about and selected for the purpose on account of its to reside. Much has been spoken and size and central situation. The subject of printed on the incalculable advantages which the lecture was the nature and constitution would have resulted had there been a uniform of the Christian church. “ It was a discourse gauge in the early history of railway projec- so clear and satisfactory," says Mr. Evans, tions ;--would there not' be a similarly in that I should be pleased to see it in its estimable good arising from the adoption of a entire state transferred to the pages of the

Baptist Magazine, and also if possible in future, as well as the past, nothing being so a cheap form, for general distribution in this great a hindrance to the progress of religion country and America, where the lecturer was around as discord among ourselves. A right extensively known and respected." There is spirit pervaded, also, both the letters and another drawing of Dr. Yates extant, repre. the public assembly. A few years ago we senting him in his study, intent on his great attended a public meeting of this association, work as a translator of the scriptures, but at which, we confess, we were alarmed. this was not taken so recently as that which There had been extraordinary additions to was laid before our engraver.

many of the churches, and with the expres

sions of gratitude, there seemed to be a tone It affords us pleasure to learn that the of exultation perceptible that excited our opinion that immersion is essential to salva- fears. On this occasion there was nothing of the tion, advanced by Mr. Seacome Ellison in a

kind. The spirit breathed in the letters and work which we reviewed last December, is prevalent in the meeting was solemn, devout, not held by the churches with which he con

earnest, and humble. siders himself to be in fellowship. The pastor of one of them, we believe, Mr.

It will gratify our friends to learn that the Reynoldson of Wisbech, says, “ The truth is, spontaneous contributions of congregations Mr. Ellison alone, he has advisedly stated, and individuals for the relief of the distressed is responsible for the sentiments on baptism multitudes by whom the agents of the Baptist which he has published; for many of them, Irish Society are surrounded, far exceed the and especially that which the reviewer objects original anticipations of the committee of to, are not the sentiments of the body of that institution. A sub-committee is appeople with whom Mr. Ellison is connected, pointed to superintend the distribution, who nor of any individual members, I have reason have been delighted to find that more than to believe, beyond Mr. Ellison himself. His £1800 have been placed at their disposal, friends are altogether opposed to those senti. and have already sent large sums to Ireland. ments and exceedingly regret their publica- The prevalence of want is, however, appalling; tion.” This explanation, which we give but we have no doubt that what can be done gladly, would have appeared in our last for its relief by private charity may be done number according to Mr. Reynoldson's re

as effectually, to say the least, and as securely, quest had it been received in time, but his by remittances to the committee of the letter was not written till the day the last Baptist Irish Society, as through any other sheet went to press.

channel whatever. Mr. Law of Trinidad says, in a letter

Two meetings have been held at the Chaprecently received, “We are all greatly de

ter Coffee House, St. Paul's, from which lighted with Mr. Angus's visit. By a personal through the pressure of other engagements knowledge of our stations, labours, and diffi

we were compelled to be absent, the result culties, he will be able to do much for this of which has been the re-publication of Mr. dark part of the earth. By such visits the the low price of one shilling. The loss that

Baines's valuable Letters on Education, at missionary cause will be greatly advanced, will be incurred is to be defrayed from a fund and I trust the present visit of our beloved brother is the commencement of a system of We do but echo the sentiment of the intelli

to be raised by contributions for the purpose. missionary superintendence and consultation.”

gent portion of the baptist denomination, in

advising our readers to make themselves acThe London Association of Baptist quainted with this seasonable work. Churches held its annual meeting in New Park Street Chapel, on the 20th of January. It may be convenient to some of our friends The number of churches comprised in this to be apprised, that the annual meeting of union is thirty-one, thirty of which made the the Baptist Missionary Society in Exeter customary returns. The number baptized Hall, is fixed for Thursday, April 29th. The in these, during the year 1846, appears to day for simultaneous sermons in London, on have been 432, and the number removed by behalf of the mission, will consequently be death 112. The clear increase in the whole April 25th. body seems to be 252, averaging rather more than eight per church. This, though ma Mr. Angus has arrived in Jamaica. Since terially less than in some former years, is the Herald went to press, letters bave been more than in others; it shows an advance, received from him, dated Kingston, Dec. 18. though not an advance satisfactory to Chris- He landed on the 15th, in good health, tian zeal. Some other things in the letters Mr. Birrell having missed the boat at Jacwere of a decidedly cheering aspect. As far mel, would be detained another fortnight in as could be learned from the brief reports Haiti; and Mr. Angus intended to spend the given, every church was in the enjoyment of time while waiting for him, in visiting all internal peace; a fact which brightens the the south side of the island.

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