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A sufficient number of subscribers at once The council refer with gratification to the appeared to justify the council in proceeding. handsome style and appearance of these Early in 1845, the publication of the volume volumes, and to the quantity of valuable of Tracts on Liberty of Conscience and Per- matter, amounting to 1154 octavo pages, secution, was resolved upon, and steps were which they have been enabled to retum for taken to procure the works requisite for the the moderate subscription received. This has uses of the society. A longer time, however, been done on the calculation that the 1500 elapsed than was at first anticipated, owing copies printed would be disposed of; and it to the necessity of preparing, as far as possible, is obvious that as the number of subscribers an acccurate list of baptist authors and their is increased, so the number of volumes writings, and of ascertaining the existence and annually issued will increase in the like proaccessibility of the works to be reprinted. portion. This increase is every way desirable, The difficulties also attendant on the formation if only to shorten the term of years that of a new society, the complicated arrange- must be occupied in the issue of any number ments to be made for the printing and distri- of volumes. Should, however, the list rebution of the volumes, with the importance main without any material additions, they
, of allowing ample time for editorial labour, will necessarily be confined to the issue of delayed the appearance of the volume to the two only in each year ; but even then equalspring of 1846. The general approbation ling, and in some cases exceeding, the average with which that work has been received, justi- of other similar societies. fies to the council and to the subscribers the Arrangements have been made for the propriety of the course adopted.
speedy committal to the press of the volumes Meanwhile, efforts were made to increase for the present year. The first of these will the number of subscribers. Lectures were be a critical and standard edition of the im. delivered at various places in London by the mortal Allegory of Bunyan. The Pilgrim's Rev. W. H. Black and Mr. Underhill; and Progress, as a literary production and work also in Abingdon, Oxford, Stroud, Bristol, of art, has, by common consent, taken rank Leeds, Bradford, Liverpool, and Birmingham. as the finest allegorical work existing in this Commendation of their object also reached or in any other language. But it is yet furthe council from several associations ; also ther endeared to the heart of Christendom by from Calcutta, Canada, Nova Scotia, and the its truthful delineations of the spiritual life of United States. It is with great pleasure the citizens of the heavenly Jerusalem. The they report, that a considerable number of great reputation it has thus acquired, has copies of their works have been subscribed rendered every particular relating to its corfor in India and Canada. From the United ception and first appearance of deep interest. States a considerable accession of subscribers Fears have, however, been excited, and reis likewise anticipated. The number of sub- peatedly expressed, as by the late Robert scribers now on the register amounts to 1044. Southey, that, owing to the numberless forms
The increase of business consequent on the and editions through which it has passed, publication of the volumes, rendered neces there have arisen many changes and variasary the engagement of a competent person tions, of no slight importance, from the to conduct it; the council have accordingly original work of ihe gifted author. Investiengaged the services of Mr. George Offor, gation has proved that these fears were not jun., at a small remuneration.
without foundation : some thousands of errors In the first month of this year, the council have been detected in professedly the most were enabled to complete the first year's issue correct of modern editions. by the publication of the Broadmead Re The attention of the council was early cords. The value of this interesting docu- called to this matter, and it appeared to them ment of church history cannot be over-esti- that no one could more suitably supply this mated. It exhibits the origin and internal desideratum-a correct edition of the original arrangements of a church of Christ, not only text-than a literary society of that body to at a most interesting period of its existence, which Bunyan confessedly belonged. Cir- that of its early struggles to follow the cumstances at the same time concurred to proteachings of the divine word in all their ful cure for the council the use of the only copies ness and integrity, free from human or tra- of the first edition now known to exist
. ditional legislation—but also during a series These belong respectively, the first part to d. of years of national commotion and change, H. Holford, Esq., the second part to the when the principles of its formation and executors of the late Lea Wilson, Esq. To their upholders had to pass through the these gentlemen the council and the commonordeal of bitter persecution. It is, moreover, wealth of letters, are greatly indebted for the the only known existing manuscript among permission so kindly and readily granted, to our churches, containing so full, and detailed reprint from their unique and therefore ex. an account of the sufferings of the communi- tremely valuable copies. The editorship has ties of the baptist faith and order, endured been committed to the able hands of George for righteousness' sake, in the reign of the Offor, Esq., and the council anticipate the second Charles,
gratification of shortly presenting the sub
scribers with a correct and standard edition of it is full of hope for the future. Many por“ The Pilgrim's Progress from this world to tions of the country, however, have not been that which is to come,” by John Bunyan; penetrated by our publications. A large reprinted from his own first editions, with a field lies yet uncultivated for the promotion collation of every other edition published of a sound and correct literature, which, under the author's own eye : so that the first while catholic in its spirit, shall neither avoid and last labours of this truly great writer, on nor withhold the enunciation of any portion this noble work of genius and piety, will ap: of divine truth. We have a history and a pear. The editor will prefix a bibliographical literature singularly illustrative of the divine notice of early English allegories, and much purposes of Him who is head over all things to interesting and curious information on the his church, and answering through every age versions and editions of this renowned work. to the prophetic intimation of the great
Other works, either determined upon or apostle of the gentiles,—“All that will live under consideration by the council, are : godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecuHenry Danvers' Treatise of Baptism, to be tion.” The productions of these suffering edited by the Rev. W. H. Black ; the early pilgrims are fitted to animate and cheer, to treatises of John Canne, on “the Necessitie of direct and guide, those who follow them, and Separation from the Church of England, and to endear to our hearts the noble principles the Unlawfulness of Hearing its Ministers,” which, even in the most favoured times, &c., to be edited by the Rev. C. Stovel ; the brought them under disadvantages and disawritings of the justly celebrated Roger bilities, both civil and religious, from which Williams on “the Bloudy Tenent of Persecu- their descendants are not yet wholly free. tion," to be edited by Mr. Underhill; the The individual efforts and recommendation works of William Dell, at one time master of of the subscribers are therefore earnestly Caius College, Cambridge, to be edited by the requested to enlarge the circulation of the Rev. B. Evans; the works of Christopher records of their thoughts and deeds, and to Blackwood, Benjamin Keach, Hercules Col- promote the extension of the principles of lins, John Smyth, and Thomas Helwys. truth and righteousness, which must ever Also a collection of the various Confessions stand in peril while the world practically of Faith issued by the denomination in the denies the supremacy of the Prince of the seventeenth century, and some historical kings of the earth. documents of importance necessary to the elucidation of early baptist history in this
It was then moved by Dr. Steane, seconded country.
by the Rev. T. Pottenger of Bradford, and A collection of the writings of some foreign carried unanimously : baptists, particularly those of Simon Menno, “That the gratifying report now read be approve and a translation of portions, if not of the ed, printed, and circulated among the subscribers whole, of the remarkable work known as the under the direction of the council. Dutch Martyrology, or Bloody Theatre of It was moved by the Rev. C. Stovel, se. Martyrs of Baptist Churches down to the conded by the Rev. J. Russell, and carried seventeenth century, have been proposed to unanimously :the council. Very much has to be done by way of wiping off the reproach so unjustly the officers and council for the year ensuing.
“That the gentlemen whose names follow be attached to the name of those sufferers for
Treasurer. conscience' sake. At the time of the Reformation, in opposition to every other reli
CHARLES Jones, Esq. gious body, papal and protestant, they
Honorary Secretaries. asserted the right of freedom of thought, and
Rev. B. DAVIES, Ph. D. sought the purity of the church of Christ.
E B. UNDERHILL, Esq. It is within the legitimate object of your so
Council.' ciety to translate and publish their writings,
Rev. J. AcWORTH, LL.D., to give in their own form the sentiments they
Rev. J. ANGI'S, M.A. held, and, through the medium of the deeply
Rev. C. M. BIRRELL. affecting narratives of their sufferings and
Rev. C. E. BIRT, M.A.
Rev. W. H. BLACK. martyrdoms, to place in the true light the
Rev. W. BROCK. principles and character of these despised
Rev. THOMAS BURDITT. and calumniated men. Whether this shall
Rev. J. BURNS, D.D.
Rev. F. A. Cox, D.D., LL.D. be done must rest on the general support and
Rev. T. S. CRISP. wish of the subscribers themselves.
Rev. B. EVANS. In conclusion, the council would remark
ODWIN, D.D. that, while the position of your society is
Rev. F. W. Gorch, M.A.
Rev. W. GROSER. encouraging and indicative of the warm sup
Rev. J. H. HINTUN, M.A. port of the denomination, they desire a yet
Rey J. Hory, D.D. wider circulation for the works they are privi
CHARLES T. Jones, Esq.
G. F. Keme, Esq. leged to issue. As the first direct effort ever
GEORGE LOWE, Esq., F.R.S. made to provide a denominational literature, Rev. W. H. MURCH, D.D.
Rev. J. P. MURSELL.
The Rev. J. Hossack, late tutor of the
Boys' Mission Institution, Walthamstow, and
previously of Spring Hill College, Birming. Rev. T. PRICE, D.D.
ham, has accepted the unanimous invitation Javes Read, Esq.
of the baptist church at Stourbridge, to beRev. R. ROFF. Rev. J. RUSSELL.
come their pastor, and entered on the pasRev. J. SPRIGG, M.A.
torate on the 6th of June,
MILL END, HERTS.
The Rev. Thomas Carter, after labouring The meeting was closed with prayer by nearly four years at Fenny Stratford, has re the Rev. W. Groser.
signed his charge there, and accepted a una
nimous invitation from the church at Mill Since the preparation of the report the End, intending to commence his pastoral following resolution has been come to with work there on the first Lord's day in July. regard to the work referred to above.
" That in the opinion of this council it is both exceedingly desirable and important that Van
MRS. TIDD. ology, should be translated and published by this society, as proposed by the excellent Henry Dan. Mrs. Tidd, relict of the Rev. N. Tidd, late vers, in his Treatise on Baptism in 1674-who of Diss, Norfolk, was born in Chatham, speaks of it as 'Most worthy to be translated into the English tongue for public benefit and satisfac Nov. 1, 1772. When very young she was tion."
seriously concerned about the salvation of
her soul. About the year 1792 she heard NEW CHAPEL.
Mr. Knott of Chatham preach from Ezek.
xvi. 6, “I passed by and saw thee in thy BUCKINGHAM CHAPEL, CLIFTON. blood, and said unto thee, Live." She fre This place of worship was first proposed quently mentioned the way in which this six years ago, and finally resolved upon in discourse was blessed to her. It was her aim 1843, when land was purchased and vested in and delight to train up her children“ in the trustees; the total cost of which, and of the nurture and admonition of the Lord.” For building now placed on it, is about £4000. many years she was called to pass through It was opened with a prayer-meeting at seven very severe trials. In 1823 she became in the morning of Wednesday, June 2, an- totally blind, but the Lord enabled her to other service took place at eleven o'clock, bear it with cheerfulness and resignation to when a sermon was delivered by Mr. Hinton, his will. In 1836 she lost her husband ; of Devonshire-square, London. In the even when thus blind and widowed, she found her ing Dr. Cox, of Hackney, officiated. The Redeemer to be her Husband and her Friend. collections amounted to nearly £100. There Being supported by his grace, she cherished are to be three services on the sabbath, morn- the many precious promises with which in her ing, afternoon, and evening, and a week-day younger days she had stored her mind. In service at seven o'clock on Wednesday even- March, 1847, she was brought to her last ings.
illness, which though a very painful one, was to her a blessed one, for the Lord gare
her strong confidence and sweet peace. On ORDINATIONS.
Friday, April 2, 1847, she fell asleep in
Jesus, without a struggle., The Rev. Edward Bryan, who some months ago accepted the unanimous invitation of the church at New Road chapel, Oxford, was or
REV. T. CHALMERS, D.D., LL.D. dained pastor on the 2nd of April last. The This eminent man was found lifeless in his introductory discourse, explanatory of the bed on Monday morning, May 31st, after nature and constitution of a Christian church, having attended public worship on the prewas delivered by the late pastor, the Rev. ceding day. The following brief account of Benjamin Godwin, D.D.; the usual questions his last hours is taken from the funeral ser. were proposed, and prayer was offered by the mon by Mr. Bruce. “ On the evening of Rev. C. E. Birt, M.A., Wantage, and the last sabbath he went out into the garden becharge to the minister was given by the Rev. hind the bouse, and suuntered round it, and Thomas Swan, of Birmingham, formerly the then he was overheard by one of the family, pastor of Mr. Bryan. In the evening, the near to whom he passed, in low but very ear. church and congregation were addressed by nest accents, saying, “Oh, Father, my heathe Rev. J. H. Hinton, M.A.
venly Father.' It was a season of close and
endeared communion with his God. He then seemed almost too much to see Christian supped with his family; and, as if he had friends from England really come to give us kept the brightest and most beaming of that affectionate advice and encouragement, and day's smiles for the close, and the fondest of to inquire for our state. I know that dear his utterances for his own, that supper, to has written to you in a desponding himself and all around, was the happiest strain, relative to the state of the churches; season of a very bright and happy daybut I do not :think we should be so greatly After family prayer he retired to rest ; and discouraged while there exists still so great a it could not have been very long afterwards spirit of hearing. It is true, there is much in (not more, perhaps, than an hour) when the the habits and conduct of the people that
In a season of perfect quiet does not come up to the standard we should and composure, he had laid himself gently like them ever to keep before them; but we back upon the pillows, which were so placed must make much allowance for their former as to elevate bim nearly into a sitting pos- debased habits, and peculiar circumstances of ture; just then his heavenly Master came, and trial and temptation.” called, and he departed. It must have been In a second letter to another relative the wholly without a struggle. The expression same writer says,—“We have been highly of the face, as seen in the morning—that of a gratified and very thankful for the visit of the calm and dignified placidity—the position of deputation from England. It will do a great the body, so easy, that the slightest ruffle of deal of good to the Jamaica churches, as a conflict would have disturbed it--the very many subjects, which caused their ministers lie of the fingers and the hands, known to difficulty and perplexity, have been discussed, ench familiar eye of those around him as and will be settled so as to prove beneficial being that into which they naturally fell in in their results to all parties." "Mr. Angus the moments of entire repose-all showed and Mr. Birrell were both with us during a that, undisturbed by even the slightest strife great part of one day, which was, as you may with the last enemy, his spirit had moved suppose, a great treat to us. It seemed aray, and ascended to its own place of bless- almost too much to see Christian friends from edness and glory in the heavens.”
England, and to feel assured that the interests of the Jamaica mission are still remembered
with affectionate sympathy by the Society, MISCELLANEA.
and by the churches of England. We en
joyed the pleasure of Mr. Angus's company THE LATE DEPUTATION TO JAMAICA.
for a much longer time. He came on the We have been favoured with the following Friday, preached most excellent sermons extracts from letters recently addressed by a morning and evening on Sunday, spent Mon. lady in Jamaica to a relative. They will day also with us, and departed the next mornafford pleasure to many of our readers :-- ing, when
and I, with others, accom“ Had you, my dear been in town a panied him to Mount Carey, where Mr. month or two later, you would have seen Birrell was, and where a public meeting was Mr. Angus and Mr. Birrell themselves, and held the same day. Very many of the they would have given you some little account smaller stations were visited by only cne of of their visit to us, and of the different scenes the deputation, as they had so much travelin Jamaica which will now be somewhat ling and general business to accomplish. familiar to them. I cannot tell you how After this friendly conference (effecting more much we enjoyed their visit. It seemed to than could be done by 1000 letters) we know bring the whole of Christian England one the Society will still call its friends here little stage nearer to us. They were ex agents," as a father will call his own tremely kind-entered into all the difficulties sons,” though they may not all be dependof the missionaries-and, by judicious aident on his resources. Those active labourers (not such as would lessen the independent here will never claim anything unjust of the spirit of the people) they cheered the spirits Society because they possess the style of reof those who, like dear -, were despond. lationship.” “ It seems to be a season of ing.” “On all points mentioned in the general sifting and trial, but we hope the circular sent home, satisfactory arrangements effect will be such as to glorify God. There have been made, and there is now a very kind are still here thousands who are ready to and pleasant understanding among all parties. hear the truth, and we trust with ultimate The deputation have, we believe, and so they profit. There is more work than ever for the express, been very much pleased with their missionaries to do." visit to the island; and I am sure they have rejoiced and encouraged the hearts of all who saw them. As for dear and I, we were so thankful that we scarcely knew what to do. We could sleep, for we
On Monday evening, March 8th, the enough to make that almost always possible, members of the church and congregation at but we could scarcely eat a morsel. It | Mare-street chapel, Hackney, assembled for
TESTIMONIAL TO DR. COX.
VOL. X.-FOURTHI SERIES.
the purpose of presenting a testimonial to , tain contrary opinions; that this Society be their long-esteemed pastor, Dr. Cox, in cele composed of persons subscribing one shilling bration of the thirty-fifth anniversary of his and upwards per annum to the Society's ministry among them. The chair was occu- funds, and schools subscribing five shillings pied by the Rev. D. Katterns. Upwards of and upwards per annum, such schools to send four hundred persons sat down to tea in the one representative to the general committee; chapel. After tea, one of the senior mem and that this Society be conducted by a combers having engaged in prayer, the proceed- mittee of twenty-four gentlemen, including ings were opened by the chairman, who read the treasurer and secretaries, to be chosen an interesting and suitable letter from Mr. annually by the members and the repreWhite, one of the deacons, who was absent sentatives from the subscribing schools. on account of severe indisposition. The tes- Ministers favourable to the Society are contimonial was then brought in and presented sidered honorary members of the committee. to Dr. Cox, accompanied by an address, read David Williams Wire, Esq. is the president; by Mr. Luntley in the name of all the dea- Mr. Daniel Pratt, Patriot office, Bolt-court, cons, and on behalf of the church, expressive Fleet-street, treasurer; Mr. H. Denby, 17, of their continued and unabated attachment Wellington-street, Blackfriars-road, and Mr. to his person and ministry, and of such sen- J. E. Tresidder, U, York-terrace, Charlestiments of affection and sympathy as the cir- street, Albany.road, Camberwell, Secretaries. cumstances of the church rendered suitable. This address was responded to by Dr. Cox with much feeling and at some length. The
RAYLEIGH, ESSEX. other deacons, Messrs. Allard, Huxtable, and Hare, and a few of the older members, then On Wednesday, May 19th, the village of gave brief addresses, in the course of which Rayleigh witnessed a series of interesting sermany interesting recollections of the events of vices, such as cannot but be of rare occurpreceding years were laid before the meeting, rence. They were intended to celebrate the which imparted an additional zest to the 50th anniversary of the settlement of the pleasures and congratulations of the occasion. Rev. J. Pilkington at this place. Ravleigh It was an eminently delightful, and, it is was selected by the Essex Baptist Association hoped, profitable opportunity, and evinced, as the first scene of their efforts in sending in no ordinary degree, the spirit of harmony the gospel to those then totally neglected and love by which the church at Hackney parts of the county, and thither they sent has been so long distinguished.
Mr. Pilkington, as their first missionary or The present was an elegant silver cande- itinerant. Last year the association celelabrum, prepared under the direction of Mr. brated its own jubilee at Braintree, in Essex, Percival Daniell, and valued at one hundred and this year it was agreed to hold the guineas. A massive and richly decorated annual meetings at Rayleigh, to celebrate tripod stand, supporting a chased column, the jubilee of Mr. Pilkington. After the surmounted by three branches, and so ar usual business of the association had been ranged as to form either a candelabrum or an transacted, Mr. Pilkington was addressed by epergne. The three sides of the base con the Rev. N. Haycroft of Saffron Walden, tained suitable inscriptions, and the work and presented in the name of the church and manship, no less than the design, excited congregation, and his numerous pupils and general admiration.
friends, with a splendidly bound copy of May a connexion so long continued, so Kitto’s Biblical Cyclopædia and a purse of prosperous, and happy, be yet a source of fifty sovereigns. Two other addresses folcomfort to ministers and people for many lowed ; one by the Rev. J. Garrington of years to come.
Buinham, presenting in the name of the teachers of the Sunday school, the Memoirs
of Dr. Yates and Mr. Knibb ; and the other ANTI-STATE-EDUCATION SOCIETY,
by the Rev. C. Rust, of Colchester, preAn association has been formed under this senting in the name of the scholars of the name, the objects of which are to oppose all school, the last volume of the Congregational government grants for educational purposes; Lectures,- Dr. Hamilton on the future state to assist, by every legitimate means, schools of rewards and punishments. not receiving the government grant; to pro The circumstances of the day were further mote the establishment of day and evening commemorated by a most happy and clever schools, in connexion with Sunday-schools, poetical effusion by the Rev. — Jacob of and to extend and improve those already in Great Wakering (Independent) delivered at existence; and to print and circulate tracts, the public dinner, and again to a still larger pamphlets, &c. calculated to advance the auditory at a tea meeting in a spacious booth objects of the Society. Resolutions were erected on Mr. Pilkington's grounds. All passed :—That in carrying out the objects of the events of the day, the religious services the Society a spirit of Christian courtesy shall as well as the social meetings, were of the always be evinced towards those who enter most cheering and animating description, and