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The Baptist Manual for 1846 lies on our table. We learn from it that there are 1872

baptist churches in Great Britain. Returns The following article illustrative of the from 773 churches united in associations, furgeneral state of the churches in Canada, fornish the following statistics :the year 1846, is taken from the Montreal

Register of September 16th.

Baptized, and by profession 5838

790 We have attended the annual meetings of

-0028 five of the associations of this province, viz., Decrease the Western, Grand River, Eastern, Haldi



Withdrawn.. mand, and Montreal. The statistics of

Died ....

1739 those associations, and of the Johnstown and

3734 Ottawa, are now before us. Ninety-six

Clear increase...

2894 churches sent reports, and the following are the results :

The Canadian churches exhibit a decrease of rather more than one to each church ; the English churches, an increase of almost four to each church.

The losses of the Canadian churches by ASSOCIATION.

death, have not averaged one to each church : the losses of the English churches from the

same cause, have averaged more than tro. Western

26 45 21 63 12 This may probably be accounted for from Grand River....


68 the fact, that the English churches are geneEastern


29 3 Haldimand ....

rally larger than those in Canada. At the 18 2

15 Johnstown

3 2

same time it must be borne in mind, that

6 2 Ottawa


population increases much more rapidly here Montreal


8 than in the mother country.

The baptisms in the Canadian churches do 96 127 52 183 63

not average one and a half to each church : We have omitted the additions by letter rather more than seven and a half.

the baptisms in the English churches average and the diminutions by dismission, because We cannot but conclude that the state of these do not affect the state of the denomi- religion in Canada, in our denomination, is nation. The persons included in those lists distressingly low.

The influence of the are still in the general body. Six are reported as added by profession. very feeble and limited. Whether this arises

churches on the surrounding population is These are most probably baptized persons, from the indolence of church members, or formerly belonging to pædobaptist communities. Thirty-five are reported as withdrawn, or from both causes, we do not at present

from the want of adaptation in the ministry, or dropped. Some of them have joined other inquire. The fact, however, cannot be denied

. denominations ; the remainder having been It is a melancholy fact, and should awaken long absent from their respective churches, deep concern among the people of God, are supposed to be dead, or otherwise lost to the denomination. The whole account stands promote a revival of religion, on scriptural

Prompt and vigorous measures, adapted to thus :

principles, should be set on foot throughout Increase

the province.

Let not those who lament Baptized

the existing state of things be discouraged by Profession

the coldness and indifference of others, but 185

engage at once in the work. Let them meet Excluded

for conference and prayer. Let them institute Withdrawn.

searching inquiries, and resolve to pursue those inquiries to their legitimate results, at all risks. It is not a time for accommoda

tion or expediency. The welfare of the There are fifteen unassociated churches, churches is at stake : that must be a para: respecting which we have no authentic in- mount consideration with all who love the formation,

good cause, and every thing must bend to it.





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It is peculiarly important to enlist the IV.-That every minister whose child shall reyoung in the service of God, and to bring ceive the benefit of this institution, shall pay £3 them under the influence of the church. In for the society in his chapel.

per quarter, and is possible make an annual collection order to this, how desirable it is that the

V.-That the education which each child shall number of intelligent and well-qualified receive shall be liberal ; comprising the usual ministers should be greatly increased! Is it branches of an English education, with French, not to be deeply lamented, that just at this music, and drawing, the discretion of the superintime, when such men are most wanted, suit

tendent being exercised. able candidates for the ministry are becoming above 12 years of age, and that the term of their

VI.--That no child shall be received under 8 or fewer and fewer, not only in Canada, but in the continuance in the institution shall not exceed four - United States, and in England ?

years. Arise, O Lord! plead thine own cause !”


Rev. JESSE HOBSON, High Wycombe.

JOHN WEBB, Esq., Dalston.


Rev. T. W. AVELING, Kingsland.

Rev. Dr. F. A. Cox, Hackney.

Rev. H. J. GAMBLE, Peckham. A brief statement of the present position Rev. R. Rorf, Cambridge. of this institution was presented at a general Rev. J. SPRIGG, M.A., Margate. meeting of the subscribers, held at 33,

Rev. F. TRESTRAIL, London.

Rev. J. VINEY, Bethnal Green. Moorgate Street, London, June 21st, 1847,

DANIEL HEARNE, Esq., High Wycombe.' from which the following particulars are ex Jesse HOBSON, Esq., London. tracted :

JOHN HOPPE, Esq., London.
Since the establishment of Dumpton Hall

W, HUXTABLE, Esq., Hackney.
School, as an institution for the Education of
Ministers' Sons, it occurred to the minds of
many individuals that an attempt should be

ASSOCIATIONS. made as soon as practicable, to provide a similar institution for their daughters. For EAST AND NORTH RIDINGS OF YORKSHIRE, some time previously a private individual had provided part of the expense attendant upon

The following churches constitute this the board and education of six children ; but association :in order to meet the wants of the case, and


...R. Dolomore.

.R. Johnston. provide for the very numerous applications

Bishop Burton

..J. Voller. which were continually presenting themselves, Boroughbridge

W. B. Davies. it was found that something more than private Bridlington.

.E. Trickett.

...J. Dunning. generosity must be relied on.

Hedon.... From the numerous applications which Hull, S. House Lane........ D. N. Thomson. were made, thirteen young ladies were selected

George-street......... .J. W. Stewart. by the committee, and have been for some


...J. Dunning. time resident in the institution. Of these

Masham ........

.....D. Peacock. thirteen, ten were received under the auspices Malton.....

W. Hardwick. of the committee, and the remaining three by

Scarborough ......

.B. Evans. individual kindness.


........A. Dyson. The expense involved, combined with the At the annual meeting held at Hull on the incidental outlay for books, printing, postage, 1st and 2nd of June, Mr. Stuart presided. and other matters exhibited in the cash Mr. Evans preached ; and the circular letter, account, amounts to £146 12s. 1d. Towards written by Mr. Davies, on “ The Influence this expenditure, £116 12s. have been re of the World upon the Church,” was read ceived, leaving a balance due to the treasurer and adopted. Resolutions were passed, exof £30 Os. Id.

pressing the conviction of the body that the • The following rules exhibit the principles education of the people is not the proper upon which the institution is conducted : duty of the state ; recommending members

1-That this society be called “The Society for of churches entrusted with the elective franthe Education of Ministers' Daughters," and that it chise to withhold their votes from any canpossess for its object-assistance to those ministers didate who acknowledges the right of the whose incomes are inadequate to provide a re

state to interfere in matters of religion ; and spectable education for their children.

urging the hearty support of the Anti-state11.—That the daughters of dissenting ministers of Church Association. different denominations be admitted to its privileges. III.-That an election of children to be admitted

Statistics. to the institution, take place half-yearly at Mid

Number of churches in the association...15 summer and Christmas; and that a list of candidates shall be sent to each subscriber, who shall have as

Baptized ................ 80 many votes as he contributes 10s. in the then

Received by letter............... 19 current year for every child to be admitted at such

Restored..... election,


Beverley .....

........ 27


Leake & Wimes would {


Leicest. {

Removed by death


Derby.... C. Springthorpe.


Camb.... B. Stenson.


Kegworth & Diseworth. Lricesi... J. Taylor. 89

Killingholm ...... Lincoln. . C. Grooks.

Kirkby Woodhouse ..... Notis..... Clear increase


........ Lincoln . S. Cookman. Number of members


Leiceel.... W. Hatton. Sabbath scholars

803 Bible classes.......................... 127

E. Bott.
Village stations ........


Yorksh... R. Horsield. The deputation appointed to the West Leicester, Archdcn.-lane

T. Sieveneon. Riding, to seek a union of the two associations,


J. F. Winks. Dover-street.

J. Goadby. reported the result of their mission ; after

Friar-lane ....

S. Wise which it was resolved unanimously,


S. Wright. “That this association receives with satisfaction Lineholm

Yorks... W. Crabtree. the report of the deputation, and at the close of its London, Borough-road .. Surrey... J. Stereoson. present sittings will dissolve itself, and meet for the

Commercial-rd. Midd8... G. W. Pega. future with the West Riding Association."

New Church-st.

J. Burns.

W. Underwood The county association is to meet at Scar.


Ward... W. Cuspman. borough on the Tuesday, Wednesday, and


James Slaw.

Lincoln.. 'i hursday in the Whitsun week in 1848. Long Sutton........

Long Whatton.


E. Sterenson.

Lincoln.. F. Cameron.


Honls....R. Compion. The New Connexion of General Baptists Magdalen & Slowbridge Norfolk..J. C. Smih.


Cheshire.G. Madders. comprises the following churches :


Lincoln..J, Kiddell.

Lo aresh.
Alfreton and Ripley...... Derby J. E. Bilson.


Noits.... J. Wood
Yorks. ... J. Ingham,


Camb....J. Jones,
Ashby and Packington . Leicest... T. Yates.
Cheshire. J. S. Thursfield.

Market Harborough...... Leicest... R. Millar.

Measham & Netherseal. D. & L.. G. Staples. Austrey, &c. ............... Warw.... J. Barnes.

Melbourne & Ticknall... Derby.... T. Gill. Barton, &C....

J. Derry and J.

Morcott & Barrowden... Rutland. W. Orton.

Notts. ....R Pike.

H Rose.


Morfolk T. Scott. Berkhampstead, Trirg, Herts. .... J. Heathcote, S.

J. Ferneyhongh.

Nottingham, Broad-st... and Chesham Bucks. ... Ayrion, J. Sexton.

W. Pickering and Billesdon Leicest...


H. Hunter.
Yorks.... H. Hollin rake.


North.... W. Peniney. Birmingham... Ware... G. Cheatle.


Hanta.... E. H. Burton. Boston Lincoln. . T. W. Matthews.


Lincoin,, A. Simons. Boughton ................... Notte.... J. Robertson.

Queniborough and
Bourne ...................... Lincoln.. T. Deacon.

Yorks.... R. Ingham.


Yorksh... R. Hardy.
Broughton and Hose .... Nolts..... R. Stocks.

Quorndon & Woodhouse Leic 8t... J. Staddon,
Lancas... J. Batey.

Ramsgate .......

Kent...... J. Puckin, Burton-upon-Trent ...... Stutt'ord. J. Peggs.


Staford. J. Sutcliff.
Castleacre, &c............. Norf. .... J. W'herry.
Castle Donington.......

Leicest.... W. Goodliffe.

Rothley and Sileby.
Leicest... J. J. Owen.


Wills..... W. White.
Derby.... W. Norton.


Kent...... F. Smith.
Camb. ... J. Lyon.



, T. Horsiell. Clayton Yorksh... R. Hogg.


Yorksk... W. Robertsbaw Colwell.. 1. of W.W. Rogers.


Derby.... Congleton

Cheshire. C. Crowther. ...........


Kent ..... T. Rolle.
Lincoln.. G. Judd.


Lincoln. Coventry

Cradely Heath ............. Stafford.

Staley Bridge............... Lancush. J. Sateliffe.

Lancash. J. Harrison.

Stoke-upon-Trent ......... Stafford.
Derby, Sacheverell-st....

R. Stanion.

Lincoln.. J. Golsworthy.
St. Mary's Gate.

J. G. Pike.

Sutton-in-Ashfield ......... Notis.....

J. Lewitt
Sutton Bonington.........

W. Wilders

Tarporley, &c........... Cheshire. M. Shore.
Wilts. ... W. S. Clifton.

Thurlas on...

Earl Shilton.
Leicest... R. Verow.

Tydd St. Giles... Cumb.....
Epworth & Butterwick. Lincoln.. D. D. Billings.

Walsall ..

Stafforel, R. Hamilton. Fenstanton ...... Hunts.... S. Ratclitf.

Warsop.. Fleckney and Smeeton . Leicest...


Bucks.... A. Smith.

Wheelock Heath... Cheshire. R. Pedley.

Camb..... T. Lee.
Bucks... W. Hood.

Wirksworth................ Derby.... R Nightingale.
Norfolk .J. King.


Camb. ... J. C. Pike. Gamston and Retford... Notls..... W. Fogg.

Wolverhampton........... Stafford. J. Burrows. Gedney Hill................. Lincoln.. Gosberton....................


........ Ware... J. Knight.
H. Everard.

Yarmouth.... ....... Norfolk.. W. Guss.
Halifax ...................... Yorksh...J. Pike.
Hathern ...

The seventy-eighth annual meeting was
Heptonetall Slack......... Yorksh... W. Butler.
Leicest... T. Smith.

held in Stoney Street chapel, Nottingham, Hugglescoto.................

H, Smith,

June 29th and 30th, and July 1st and 2nd :


Fleet and Holbeach...... Lincol. { "and k. Kenney.

Chairman, the Rev.Jabez Burns, D.D., mode

NEW CHURCH. rators, the Rev. E. H. Burton and the Rev. J. F. Winks, Leicester; the Rev.S.Wiggs, Leices

KIRKSTALL, YORKSHIRE. ter, secretary. This was one of the largest The first efforts to raise a baptist congremeetings of the body ever held, the number of gation in this place, were put forth by two or ministers and representatives amounting to one three brethren, members of neighbouring hundred and sixty-five. circular letter, on churches, who lived in the village. Feeling the “ Duties and Responsibilities of the for the perishing multitude, they were anxious Deacon's office," written by Dr. Burns, was that the truth as it is in Jesus should be adopted. A deputation, consisting of Mr. brought before the people; and to accomplish Goadby and Dr. Burns, was appointed to the this, they met for consultation, prayer, and Triennial Convention of the Freewill Baptists divine direction. They first commenced with of America. Among the resolutions passed tract distribution and sale of the scriptures, were the following:

of which above twelve hundred copies have “ After an extended conversation on the incon been sold, prayer meetings, and cottage venience of making provision at inns for the ac- preaching, supplied by brethren from surcommodation of brethren at the annnal association, rounding churches. A room was afterwards objection to visiting public houses, and earne:tly taken and a sabbath-school commenced. hope that in future suitable provision will be made They had many difficulties from opposing by the friends at the place where the association may influences and many discouragements arising be held.”

from the indifference of the people to bear “ That although the numerous petitions of dis- and receive the gospel. The school for a have been disregarded and rejected by the House of considerable time was very discouraging, the Commons, this association desires to record its con number small, about twenty. One brother firmed and increasing conviction of the gross injus. had to labour nearly alone, sometimes ready tice of that measure. And whilst this association recommends the members of our churches to con

to give up in despair. But the Lord helped tiuue and increase their exertions for the diffusion of him, brought frieads to his assistance, the education by sabbath schools and day-schools, it work prospered, and above seventy scholars advises them most earnestly, not on any account to are now in attendance. In 1844 a committee receive government assistance."

was formed for more determined efforts. A Statistics.

missionary was employed to preach regularly, Number of churches in the connexion...129

and visit the inhabitants from house to Baptized...


house. This has been continued with much Received

labour, and one and another have been led to Restored

feel their ruin, and lay hold on the hope set

1430 Removed by death..

before them. These have put on Christ by Dismissed

a public profession in baptism; and on the Excluded.

7th of September last they were publicly Withdrawn............. Removed....


recognized as a church of the Lord Jesus, or.

1395 ganised after the apostolic model, twelve in Decrease (as reported in the minutes).... 47* number, four of whom were dismissed from Number of members.....

18,018 other churches. Sunday scholars


Mr. Colcroft of Stanningley commenced Teachers......

3,681 Chapels

by singing, reading the scriptures, and prayer; Preaching places...

199 Mr. Brewer of Leeds gave the nature and The next meeting of the association is to

constitution of a Christian church; Mr. be held at Boston, Lincolnshire.

Macpherson of Bromley formed he church and addressed the members. After tea the

church and friends were addressed by Messrs. NEW CHAPEL.

Macpherson, Colcroft, Hogs, Whittaker, and

Jones. The attendance was good. The BETHLEJIEM, NEAR CARDIFF,

Lord's presence was delightfully felt. It will A new chapel, called Bethlehem, situated be a day long to be remembered by its deon the road side between Cardiff and Merthyr, voted friends. May it be said of this church was opened on the 13th of May last. On as of the first church at Jerusalem, “ Great that and the following day sermons were grace was upon them all.” preached by Messrs. L. Evans, M. Lewis, W. Williams, T. Evans, W. R. Davies, W. Lewis, and W. Davies ; and devotional ser

ORDINATIONS. vices conducted by many other respected ministers.


On Tuesday, Sept. 14, public services were * There is probably inaccuracy in some of the held at Romney-street chapel, for the purpreceding items, as they would show an increase of thirty-five instead of a decrease. The total number

pose of recognizing Mr. Henry John Betts of members reported in 1946 was 18,084 ; this year

as the pastor of the church meeting in that 1847, it is 18,018.

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Bowes of Blandford-street stated the nature which intervened he was supported by the of a gospel church; the Rev. G. Pritchard hopes of religion; and the last words which asked the usual questions; the Rev. W. Gar- fell from his lips were an allusion to that wood of Ramsgate offered the ordination passage in the epistle to the Hebrews, prayer; and the Rev. H. Betts of Yarmouth i. Wherefore he is able also to save them to gave the charge. In the evening, the Rev. the uttermost," &c. His loss is deplored by J. Smith of New Park-street preached to a widow, a numerous family, and a wide the people. May the blessing of the Lord circle of friends ; but they sorrow not even attend the union !

as others which have no hope. The consistency of his life forbids a doubt that, through

the merits of Christ, in whom alone he trusted, BEDALE, YORKSHIRE.

he is now happy in heaven. His sorrowing On Thursday, Sept. 30th, Mr. D. Dola- friends, sensible that their sympathies are not more was ordained to the pastorate of the needed by him, are chiefly anxious that a baptist church, Bedale. The services, which stroke so sudden and severe may be made a were well attended, were conducted by the blessing to survivors. Revs. B. Evans of Scarborough, D. Peacock of Masham, D. M. N. Thomson of Hull, and W. B. Davies of Boroughbridge.

On Wednesday, the 13th of October, at

Bedford, the Rev. Thomas King, aged 78 HARLINGTON, MIDDLESEX.

years, for upwards of thirty-one years pastor The Rev. W. Perratt, late of North Curry, of the strict baptist meeting house of that Somersetshire, having accepted a unanimous town, sincerely and deeply regretted. invitation to the pastoral office from the church at Harlington, commenced his stated labours there on the third Lord's day in October.

Died, Oct. 6, in the seventy-second year of his age, Mr. John Stevens, many years

pastor of the baptist church at Meard'sThe Rev. Samuel Walker having resigned court, Soho. Some peculiarities of sentiment his pastoral charge at Braybrook, bas ac- prevented Mr. Stevens from taking an active cepted an invitation from the baptist church part in our public institutions, or associating meeting in Bethesda chapel, Trowbridge, and very generally with his ministering brethren purposes, D. V., commencing his labours there in the metropolis, but we have been informed the second Lord's day in November.

that he was an eminently devout and holy man, as well as an able preacher.






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The church at Hackney, under the pastoral The baptist church in Salford has recently care of Dr. Cox and Mr. Katterns, has susbeen called to sustain a heavy loss in the retained a severe loss by the death of Mr. moval of one of its oldest deacons, Mr. Thos. White, who has been, during the last eight Bury of the Adelphi. He was made a sub- years, one of its deacons. ject of divine grace in early youth, and joined Mr. White had been ill for many months, the church at Accrington, then under the his disease being of the nature of consumppastoral care of Mr. Jackson, since of Taun- tion or decline. He had entered the fiftyHe subsequently became a member of sixth year of his age, and departed this life

, the church at George-street, Manchester, at his residence in Hackney-terrace, on the from which, in company with several others, evening of Wednesday, Oct. 20, 1847, learhe was dismissed a few years ago, to com- ing behind a sorrowing widow, but no children. mence a new interest in Salford. The infant He did not speak much about the state of his church elected him to the office of deacon, a mind, in reference to the eternal world; but mark of their confidence he retained till an awful sense of his nearness to it seemed to death.

occupy his thoughts, much of his time being The bright example our departed friend spent in silent meditation on the solemn prosexhibited for thirty years of his life was so pect. At intervals, however, he expressed lemnly enforced by the manner of his re- himself cheerfully, as “ without a doubt.” moval. In the afternoon of the 31st of From a feeling that he might, at his time August he seemed in usual health, but while of life, be more useful than he had been engaged in conversation with his father, was heretofore, he avowed a desire to live, were it seized with a stroke of apoplexy, which, according to the will of his heavenly Father. enrly next morning, terminated his earthly He remained quite sensible to the last

, and in existence. During the few lucid moments / him patience had her“ perfect work."

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