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A rigorous effort is being made, fully explain the nature of its embarrassencouraged by the Committee, to raise a ment: self-supporting church in the important town of Romford, Essex. A good place
The Baptist Chapel, Bideford, Devonshire, of worship is indispensable; and the has reached an affecting crisis. The question few friends in Romford, encouraged by is now asked, What is to be done? Must all
the efforts hitherto put forth, be lost; and we, the generous assistance, personal and
as a denomination, recede, to our great and pecuniary, of G. Gould, Esq. of
lasting dishonour? The money received on Loughton, have determined to have one. loan, is demanded ;- legal proceedings are Mr.Gould has contributed £100; Mr. threatened; and if there be not prompt payMarlborough, Brixton, £50; Mr. Sker-ment, the church must be thrown into the ritt, Loughton, £10; and several other greatest dismay and perplexity. , friends at Loughton and Romford, £5 Those united together in Christian fellow
each. The following circular has been ship, although few and poor, are prepared to issued from Romford. The Committee make considerable sacrifices in helping to re. most cordially recommend the case to move the debt; but as the sum owing is £545, the attention of their friends.
they cannot, without the liberal help of others,
meet the demand. Their urgent cry is, for ROMFORD contains a population of about IMMEDIATE assistance. They desire to speak five thousand, and is very inadequately to the holy, sacred sympathies and principles supplied with the means of grace. Desirous of every lover of Zion, and pray for their that the word of life should be more ex- cheerful aid. May the commiserating grace tensively proclaimed to these multitudes, of Jesus excite every heart, and lead to a some friends, a few years back, purchased noble generosity, equal to the extremity of and put in trust a piece of freehold ground, the case ! and erected a commodious vestry, in which Three members of sister churches, deeply public worship has been hitherto conducted. concerned for the spiritual interests of this The Lord has graciously smiled on the work sea-port town, and anxious for the well-being of bis servants, and circumstances seem to of the Baptist denomination in the North of indicate that the time is now come for the Devon, have promised £125; another gentleerection of a larger place of worship. The man, £50 ;-yea, more, the Rev. Thomas church, finding the labours of the Rev. E. Pulsford, the Evangelist, intimately acquain. Davis very acceptable and useful amongst ted with the importance and necessities of the them, have given him a unanimous invitation case, has kindly offered to collect £100:to become their pastor, which it is hoped he thus £275 is guaranteed, SUBJECT, however, will accept. After mature deliberation the i to this condition, that THE DEBT BE EXTIRELY friends have determined to erect a chapel REMOVED WITHIN THE PRESENT YEAR. This 52 feet by 37$ feet, which, according to an fact must be distinctly understood ; - ONLY estimate they have received, will cost about CONDITIONAL must be remembered by those
The church and congregation Christian friends receiving this appeal. have raised £ and believing that the It may be necessary to state, that the work in which they are engaged is in accord- Chapel is neat and commodious;- that it will ance with the will of their Lord, and that a seat about seven hundred : and if this burden promising field of usefulness is opened to is removed, we anticipate, under the Divine them, they affectionately and earnestly appeal blessing, much spiritual good. There is a to their fellow Christians for help. Donations wide field of usefulness, and a spirit of bearwill be thankfully received by G. Gould, Esq. ng in the town. treasurer, Loughton ; and by J. S. Davis, We hope that Christians will kindly and Secretary to the Baptist Home Missionary prayerfully consider this plea, and appear for Society, 33, Moorgate Street.
is in this time of darkness and distress-reThe Committee would also earnestly than to receive.”
membering that “it is more blessed to give direct the attention of their friends to the critical circumstances of the church Donations received by Mr. Robert Dyer, in - Bideford, Devon. The following Accountant, Bideford ; Charles Vesey, Esq. circular which it has just issued will lor Rev. David Thompson, Great Torrington.
Contributions received since last Register will be acknowledged in the forthcoming Annual Report. £5 from E, is acknowledged now because no receipt could be forwarded to the donor. Donations and Subscriptions will be gratefully received on behalf of the Society, by the
Treasurer, J. R. BOUSFIELD, Esq., 126, Hounsditch ; or by the Secretary, THE REV. STEPHEN JOSHUA DAVIS, 33, MOORGATE STREET, LONDON.
Post Office orders should give the name in full. Collector for London : MR. W. PARNELL, 6, Benyon Cottages, De Beauvoir Sq., Kingsland.
J. HADDON, PRINTER, CASTLE STREET, FINIBIRY.
During the residence of Mr. Har- ing of God rested on all his efforts. greaves at Ogden, he was compelled to add His school prospered. His temporal to his scanty income from the church, circumstances improved, and he became which never in any year reached £10, a kind benefactor of the poor, as well by keeping a school. His early dis- as a liberal subscriber to various reliadvantages which would have dis- gious societies. qualified a less conscientious man, were Mr. Hargreaves did not receive from compensated by his laborious and self- his people in Ogden that general and denying application to study. He , cordial co-operation which is so essential thirsted for knowledge, and searched to permanent ministerial success. A for it as for hidden treasure. The mid- lethargy prevailed in the hearts of night hours were consumed in its pur- many, and in a few there was a spirit suit, and he was never unequal to the of ungenerous envy on account of his trust he had undertaken to fulfil. It success in his school. The additions to may be mentioned as a proof of his the church were neither so large nor so conscientiousness that the parents of frequent as he desired, and even hoped the children placed under his care for. He became anxious and unsettled, were always told that he considered ' and this state of feeling was increased the claims of the ministry to be by invitations which he received from supreme, and that should the duties Bradford and Rawden in Yorkshire, of the school-room ever clash with the Pendle Hill in Lancashire, and Poole in former
, the latter must always give Dorsetshire. Ultimately these invitaplace to the higher obligations under tions, thuugh extremely flattering, were which he was laid. By a wise economy declined, chiefly from a fear of offending and arrangement of his time, this colli- 'Gol by leaving Ogden. In the close of sion was of rare occurrence. The bless- the year 1307, the church at Ogden
VOL. X.--FOURTH SERIEE.
again revived. The congregation in- | embittered this portion of his life, it creased. Mr. Hargreaves felt greater will be enough to state that his efforts freedom in preaching and increased to restore purity to the faith and the earnestness in his work. Many were discipline of the church terminated awakened, and some were baptized; but in his resigning his connexion with it, at this crisis an event occurred which amidst the profound regret of the was to him pregnant with perplexity majority of its members. It was, perand sorrow.
haps, more than a coincidence, and it The Rev. Mr. Lyons, the pastor of was, at all events, a remarkable fact, the baptist church in George Street, reflecting the highest credit on the Hull, became a unitarian, and resigned character and past labours of Mr. his charge. Mr. Hargreaves was invited Hargreaves, that he received an into become his successor. Uncertain vitation from the church at Ogden what was the path of duty in this case, to return and resume the pastoral his tears were his meat day and night. oversight, which was read and signed, Hundreds of times with weeping eyes not only the same day, but the very did he exclaim,
same hour, in which he resigned his "O that the Lord would guide my feet
charge at Hull. The intimation of God's In ways of righteousness ;
will appeared to him too plain to admit Make every path of duty straight
of doubt or of delay, and on the 2nd of And plain before my face !"
July, 1809, he appeared again as the At length, in concurrence with the pastor of the church in the pulpit at opinion of the Rev. Andrew Fuller, who Ogden, surrounded by old and increasvisited Hull while Mr. Hargraves was ingly attached friends. He always resupplying the pulpit in George Street, garded his trials at Hull as the rod and with the urgent advice of the Rev. of the Almighty on account of his leavDr. Steadman and the Rev. Mr. Little- ing Ogden. How far this opinion was wood, he accepted the invitation. On justified by all the facts of the case it is, the 13th of November, 1808, on the perhaps, not for us to determine. The completion of the fortieth year of his congregation at Ogden had greatly age, he preached his farewell sermon at suffered during the absence of Mr. Ogden. For some time the prospects of Hargreaves, but it now began to improve, Mr. Hargreaves at Hull were very en- and the church also increased in numcouraging. The congregation was greatly bers. Although obliged to recommence increased, and like the apostle, he was his school, which soon became as large “in labours more abundant.” He visited and as prosperous as before, he was all the members and endeavoured to engaged more than ever in preaching ascertain the religious state and ex-" the glorious gospel of the blessed perience of each. This close examination God” in neighbouring towns and vilof the church at length discovered to him lages; and numerous were the applicaa fact of which he was not previously tions he received to preach for religious cognizant,—that discipline had been institutions and on public occasions. long neglected, and that among the His labours at this period of his life members there were conflicting senti- were really astonishing. While he rements, some holding Sabellian, and fused no call that was made upon his some even Socinian opinions. Without time and strength for the cause of giving in detail the various trials and Christ, yet in the discharge of the difficulties with which Mr. Hargreaves duties of his school he lived in all good had to contend, and which painfully conscience before God. Among our
churches in Lancashire which have been ness he brought back to the fellowship laid under lasting obligations to Mr. of the gospel alienated hearts, and Hargreaves is that in Oldham, which to through the influence of his conciliatory a great extent originated with him, and spirit he gathered around himself the on behalf of which, to collect for the warmest sympathies, and around his debt on the chapel, he took several long, flock the renewed affection, of his miniswearisome, and painful journeys. One of terial brethren. The attendance inthese was to London in March, 1821. creased, and between fifty and sixty It is probable that his exertions for members, the fruits of his ministry, Oldham, and more especially his journey were added to the church. But amidst to London, led at last to his removal all this outward prosperity, a worm was from Ogden. The church, suffering at its root; and on the 31st of June, possibly from his frequent absence, 1828, he sent in his resignation to the again wore a discouraging aspect. church. His farewell sermons were Some of the senior members, between preached on the 28th of September, in whom and himself a cordial sympathy the same year. existed, were removed by death. During the connexion of Mr. HarChurches in the neighbourhood seemed greaves with the church in Wild Street, to give expression to his own unex- the London Baptist Building Fund was pressed feelings and to anticipate his formed, principally through his influence, final decision by sending him invita- and he became its first secretary, an tions. Among the most urgent of these office which he sustained with great was one from Accrington. But pre-credit to himself and advantage to the viously to his going to the metropolis denomination until his removal to with the Oldham chapel case, one of the Waltham Abbey. His sentiments on members of the church in Little Wild war have already been noticed. In the Street, London, visited him in Lanca- year 1816, a society was formed for shire, and pressed his supplying them “the Promotion of Permanent and on probation. To this he consented, Universal Peace." of this society he and although he had many inducements became a member in 1818, and on his to decide in favour of Accrington, he removal to London he was immediately at length yielded to the call of the added to its committee. On the resignachurch in Little Wild Street, and tion of Thomas Bell, Esq., as its secreentered on his labours there on the tary, he was urged to take the vacant second Lord's day in January, 1822. office, with which request he complied, This removal was not undertaken until and held it, though latterly in conjuncafter much prayer, and was accom- tion with the Rev. Mr. Jefferson, until panied by deep solicitude and many his death. The sense which the comheart-rending pangs. In his new sphere mitte of that noble and Christian instituof labour he had to struggle against tion entertain of his great services in many difficulties within the church, its cause will be best expressed by the and prejudices against it without. following extract from their minutes, "If ever," he said, “I laboured for dated September the 19th, 1845 :God, it was here.” With great care he" That the committee of the London prepared for the pulpit. With a wise Peace Society receive the information and holy sagacity he formed plans for of the decease of their venerable friend the revival of the church and for the and valuable secretary, the Rev. James habitual exercise of a just and affection- Hargreaves, with feelings of submission ate discipline. By his unremitting kind to the divine will ;--they are thankful
that it has pleased the Supreme Dis- | hundred years from the opening of the poser of all events to spare him to a chapel, in which the worship of God good old age, and to enable him to was then conducted. maintain a consistent character through In his own brief memorial of the a long life, and to consecrate the energies past, he says, “On coming to Waltham of his mind and heart to the cause Abbey I felt a very strong and prevailof sacred truth and the glory of the ing desire to discharge my duty, so as to divine Redeemer;—they would especially keep my conscience clear from guilt, express their thankfulness that he was and so as should best promote the cause permitted to witness the advancing pro- of God, the happiness of the church, and gress of those pacific principles of Chris- the welfare of the town;" and for more tianity to which he was so ardently than sixteen years did he watch for attached, and for the diffusion of which souls there as one that must give an he had so long and so disinterestedly account. laboured ;—they cherish the recollection His last sermon was preached from of their past intercourse with him with Romans iii. 24, “ Being justified freely great satisfaction, and feel that to his by his grace through the redemption enlightened judgment, his great pru- that is in Christ Jesus.” Mrs. Hardence, his catholic spirit, and his firm, greaves, on the return of her husband yet conciliatory manner, they have often from the pulpit on the Lord's day, often been greatly indebted ;--and they would, said to him, to ascertain his state of in conclusion, affectionately commend feeling, “Well, how have you preached his bereaved and aged widow, and his to-day ?” and his almost invariable devoted and attentive niece, to the kind reply, with a smile, was, “I have sympathy and care of that God who preached as well as I could.” On the comforteth them that are cast down, occasion of his last sermon, when the praying that they may be graciously same question was proposed, he replied sustained by his divine power, preserved with great earnestness and solemnity, to
“I earth, and finally be re-united to him my life, I have preached it this mornwhom they have so long loved and ing.” This was on the 8th of June, 1845. watched in the regions of everlasting He was then too unwell to take the joy and peace above."
evening service. On the following day Upon the resignation of his charge at at a Bible Society meeting he became Wild Street, Mr. Hargreaves had several | seriously ill, and for seven or eight invitations to other places. His own weeks remained in a very critical state. impression at this time was that his for a short time he revived; but a work as a pastor was done, and that relapse, the fatal termination of which although he might occasionally supply was at the last somewhat rapid and a vacant pulpit, it was now his duty to unexpected, closed his long, and useful, retire from the office which he had so and honourable life on the 16th of long sustained. He was led, how- September, 1845, in the seventy-seventh ever, to see that he had mistaken
year the will of his heavenly Master. In the former part of his illness his On the 11th of January, 1829, he sufferings were so acute that conversaaccepted the invitation of the church tion with him was forbidden. He had a in Waltham Abbey to be their pastor, desire to recover, “ not,” he said, “ that and his public recognition took place on I am afraid to die, but I think I can do the 4th of May in that year, just one I something more yet for my Lord.” He
of his age.