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bourhood, and from some places in PemNumber of churches in the association...54
brokeshire; to all of whom the most sincere Baptized
and grateful thanks of the committee are Received by letter
here publicly tendered. From the past they Restored
aire urged to thank God and take courage, Removed by death
and to hope that in a very few years the reDismissed
maining debt will be liquidated. It would be Excluded
ungrateful indeed not to record the prompt 172
assistance rendered by Mr. David Rees, merClear i crease....
chant, one of the deacons of the church, who, Number of meinbers...
besides subscribing very liberally, advanced Children
4219 all the money required for the building, above Teachers
what was collected, free of interest till the Village or other stations
day of opening, and to whom the congreThe next meeting is to be held at Bartho-zation are greatly indebted for their present lomew Yard, Exeter, on the Wednesday and comn:odious, compact, and elegant place of
worship. Thursday of Whitsun week, 1848.
On the following Sunday, Mr. Davies of Swansea preached morning and evening, and a collection was made at the
close amounting to upwards of £5; making NEW CHAPEL.
the whole of the collections in connexion
with the opening more than £120. CARDIGAX.
The new Bethany baptist chapel at Cardigan was opened for divine service on the
LEATHER LANE, LONDON. 27th and 28th of October last. At two
Trinity chapel, Leather-lane, Ilolborn, has o'clock the first day, a prayer meeting was heen taken for the stated ministry of Mr. D. held to invoke God's presence and blessing Denham, late of Unicorn-yard, Southwark, on the services that were to follow, when Mr. and having undergone a thorough repair, Rees Evans of Verwick, Mr. John Lloyd of painting, &c., it was opened in the baptist Penypark, and Mr. Henry Evans of Car- denomination on Lord's day, Oct. 31, 1847, marthen, prayed; and a short but very ap. when three sermons were preached ; in the propriate address was delivered by Mr. Daniel morning by Mr. Silver of Jewry-street, afterDavies of Swansea, founded on Luke xxiv. 50, noon by Mr. Branch, of Waterloo-roard, " And he led them out as far as to Bethany, evening by Mr. Denham; followed on the and he lifted up bis hands and blessed them."
Monday evening by Mr. Smith, of ParkAt six, Mr. David Davis of Tabor prayed, street, and on the Thursday evening by Mr. and Mr. Edward Roberts of Rumney, and Osbourn of America. Mr. John Jones of Merthyr preached ; and
The fervent pravers of the churches are Mr. Daniel Davies of Cardigan, independent, earnestly requested for the blessing of the closed in prayer,
At seven o'clock, the Lord upon this effort to extend his kingdom second day, the church met again for prayer. in the midst of a dark, depraved, a id dense At ten, Mr. Timothy Thomas of Newcastle
population. Emlyn read and prayed ; and sermons were delivered by Mr. Daniel Davies of Swansea in English, and Mr. John Jones of Merthyr, At two, Mr. William Williams of Glanpwll
ORDINATIONS. afon (who has attained his ninetieth year)
ST AUSTELL, CORNWALL. read and prayed; and sermons were preached by Mr. Edward Williams of Aberystwyth, The Rev. C. E. Pratt, late of Bamptor, Mr. Lot Lee of Newport (in English), and Devon, having accepted the cordial invitation Mr. Edward Roberts of Romneyutt. At six, of the baptist church, St. Austell, to become Mr. Nathaniel Thomas of Cilfowir read and their pastor, a public tei meeting was held on prayed, and Mr. David Jones of Middlemill the evening of Wednesday the 20th of («trand sir. Daniel Davies of Swansea preached. ber. A considerable number of friends beAll the sermons were delivered with great longing to the several religious denominations power, and the assembly listened with much in the town assembled on the occasion ; and delight. The congregation was so numerous after tea the meeting was addressed by the erery time, that standing room could not | Rev, J. Cope, independent minister of St. be obtained The chapel measures in the Austell, Rev. E. H. Tuckett, Truro, Rev. J. clear sixty feet by forty six and a half, and Teall, South Moulton, Rev. C. E. Pratt, and will cost, when it is fully completed, about Mr. Barlow, deacon of the church at Truro. £1890 ; out of which the sum of £1000 bas The friends present could indeed say, "It already been defrayed through the exertions is good to be here," and they trust that the of the congregation, and the kind aid received blessing of the Most High will rest both upon from Christian trieuus in the town and neigh. | the minister and the people,
about seven months, with much acceptance On Thursday, Oct. 21, the Rev. Edward and encouragement. In the evening, & Bedding, late of Speen, was publicly recog- public meeting was held on behalf of the nized as pastor of the baptist church, at Cud- Baptist Missionary Society, when addresses dington, The service having been intro- were delivered by the Rev. Messrs. Mullarky, duced by Mr. T. Terry of °Crendon, the Allen, M'Carthy, and Russell, which were nature of a Christian church was stated by listened to with deep attention and interest. Mr. W. Payne of Chesham ; a prayer for the It was a good day, and the congregations pastor was offered by Mr. J. Dawson of were large. Princes Risborough ; a charge delivered by Mr. P. Tyler of Haddenhain, and an address to the people by Mr. W. A. Salter of Amer. DOWNHAM MARKET, NORFOLK, sham. In the evening a sermon was preached On Lord's day, Oct. 31, Mr. John Bane, by Mr. Chappell of Waddesdon Hil.
many years pastor of the baptist church at Aylsham, was ordained to the pastoral office
over the baptist church at Downham Jarket, PERTH, SCOTLAND.
when Mr. George Graves, sen., of NorthOn Monday, October 25, Mr. Robert wold, and Mr. Henry Skeet of Bexil, were Haldane Carson, son of the late Dr. Carson ordained to the office of deacons in the same of Tubbermore, who had ministered for some church. Mr. Hodgkins of Bishop Stortford time to the church lately under the care of stated the nature of a gospel church, and his venerated father, was publicly recognized asked the usual questions. Mr. James Puntis as pastor of the baptist church in Perth. In preached in the afternoon to the pastor and the early morning the church met for deacons, and in the evening to the people. united supplication, and in the evening the May the union thus formed be long useful recognition service was held. An intro- and happy! ductory discourse, from Matt. xiii, 44, was preached by Mr. Landells of Cupar, life. The charge to Mr. Carson, founded on Coloss.
HARTLEPOOL, DURRAM. i. 28, 29, was delivered by Mr. Samuel
Mr. James Smith, jun., son of the Rer. Green of Walworth, who was in the neigh- James Smith, of New Park-street, after purbourhood on behalf of the Baptist Irish So- suing a course of study under the patronage ciety; and a solid, useful sermon to the of the Baptist Theological Education Society, people was delivered by Mr. Bates of Ban- has received and accepted a unanimous invibridge, who was also visiting Scotland at the tation to the pastoral office from the church time. The devotional services were con
at Hartlepool. ducted by Mr. Grant of Tullymet, and Mr. Henderson of Dundee, Mr. Carson settles under encouraging prospects, and the church
SHREWSBURY. at Perth appears to be in a thriving, promising condition.
Mr. W. P. Williams, of Bristol college, and previously of the Baptist academy,
llaverfordwest, has accepted a cordial inviATILLONE, IRELAND.
tation from the first baptist church, Clare
mont-street, Shrewsbury, entering upon the Interesting services were held in the baptist pastorate upon the last sabbath in November. chapel, Scotch Parade, Athlone, on Thursday, Oct. 28. In the morning, at half-past eleven, a meeting was held for the purpose of setting apart Mr. T. Wilshere to the work of the mi
RECENT DEATIIS. nistry, and recognizing him as the pastor of the church. The Rev. E. H. Allen, presbyterian minister, opened the service by reading and Mrs. Clapham was the youngest child of prayer.' The Rev. T. M'Carthy of Kilbeg, the late James Greenwood, Esq., of Haworth, gan preached; the Rev. W. Thomas of York, and died in January, 1847, in the Moate read the hymns, asked the usual / 49th year of her age. Her parents who questions, and received the confession of were both members of the second baptist faith. The Rev. M. Mullarky of Birr offered church, Haworth, long occupied an important the ordination prayer, after which the Rev. and influential station in the neighbourhood, J. Russell of Greenwich (Mr. W.'s former and by their sterling excellences adorned the pastor) delivered a solemn and affectionate sphere of society in which they moved. charge to the minister, founded upon 1 Thess. They have long since gone to their reward, ii. 4, and concluded with prayer.
but still live in the affectionate remembrance Mr. Wilshere, who was one of the first of many who shared in their kindness and students received by the Baptist Theological bounty. Education Society, has laboured in Athlone Respecting the early history of Mrs. C
nothing very particular calls for remark. She, called “particular baptists." Her opinions in common with the other children of the were not hastily formed, nor her actions family, received the usual quantúm of edu- rashly determined: hence her steadiness of cation then given in the boarding schools of character. As to her mental endowments, the day; and subsequently was trained, under may be observed, that if she was not disthe fostering care of her maternal parent, in tinguished by brilliancy of talent, yet she those habits of propriety, order, and domestic possessed good sense in a degree that is industry which she tenaciously retained to seldom found even in the minds of the the close of life.
highest order. It appears from several hints given in Mrs. C. was a person of fine and delicate some papers she has left behind, that in sensibilities, a good judge of character, and her early years she was not without serious quick to discern anything like impropriety exercises of mind about her soul. From her of behaviour; being, however, somewhat rechildhood she was brought up in a regular served in temper, there might to a stranger attendance on the means of grace, and sat appear a little shyness in her manner ; but under the ministry of the Rev. M. Oddy. such an impression entirely vanished upon Even then she evinced that sedateness of closer acquaintance. temper, that kindness of heart, and correct Enlarged benevolence was a prominent ness of deportment which so eminently dis- feature in her character. Not only did she tinguished her all through life.
give of her substance to many of the societies Aithough the writer of this is not pos- and cases of her own denomination, but to sessed of much information as to the means those of others also. She showed by her by which our departed friend was brought deeds that real charity knows not name, nor to the knowledge of the truth, yet there is sect, nor party. Many a widow's heart has reason to believe that the work of grace she made to sing for joy, and hundreds are in her was gradual, by increasing enlighten- now living who have tasted of her bounty. ment and repeated impressions. The most It may be added that one remarkable trait authentic particulars relating to her con- in her character was the quiet way in which version are contained in a letter of her own she dispensed her favours. There was no writing, addressed to the church previously to ostentation about her kindness--no “ soundher admission as a member. That letter ing a trumpet before her.” If one wanted (which is too long to be inserted here) affords relief for some poor creature, there was no a fair specimen of that simple style in which need to stand reasoning and entreating ; it she always spoke and wrote. The charac- was enough simply to mention the case, and teristics of humility, modesty, and good assistance was promptly and cheerfully given. sense which mark that document were con He who pens these lines can testify how often spicuous through her whole career. She “the blessing of him that was ready to made no more parade of her religion than perish” came upon her. she did of her charity, both were genuine Many instances might be given, did our and unobtrusive. She was baptized on the limits allow, to show the esteem in which she 18th of August, 1822, and joined the second was held by the indigent of the town and church, Haworth, on that day, and con- neighbourhood. One of a singular nature tinued a member of it until the day of her may be mentioned. Mrs. C. was generously death.
kind to the numerous Irish of the locality ; In 1825 she was married to S. B. Clapham, and on more than one occasion it is stated, Esq., of Keighley, in which connexion she when she was dangerously ill, Mass was said enjoyed much happines. Her affectionate for her at the Roman catholic chapel ! partner still lives to mourn his loss. Three Unique as this fact may seem, it is no unchildren were the fruit of the marriage, two meaning comment upon her character. “Her of whoin died in infancy, and one yet works praise her in the gates.” She needs survives.
no other epitaph. This is far above the As she held a high rank in the esteem of studied panegyric, the proud escutcheon, and all her friends and acquaintance, there is no the sculptured marble. doubt that the qualities ! before named, to But let it not be supposed that active gether with her tenderness of heart and un benevolence was substituted for personal affected benevolence, raised her to such an piety, for both wrought in harmony. The eminence in the estimation of all who could rising morn and the “dewy eve” saw her discern real worth. Thus, without any at- peruse the sacred page, and bow the knee tempts at display, or efforts to gain applause, before Him “who sees in secret.”. Many it was her lot to possess the good opinion sighs and prayers have been breathed to and cordial attachment of persons among all heaven on behalf of her beloved family. Oh, denominations and in all grades of society, may those pious aspirations be answered from the highest to the lowest.
From what has been said it will be gathered, She was unflinching in her adherence to the that she was not one of those who wish to be views and principles she had early embraced, "seen of men;", nor did she make prewhich were those generally held by those tensions above what she realized. Her re
ligion was modest and noiseless. The decrest ( Though much enfeebied by successi te waters are the stillest.
attacks, it was not until within a few days of As to what may be termed her dyiag ex his decease that it became apparent his de perience, little can be said, for the nature of apartare was at hand, and then, gradually her complaint and the stupifying effect of the welding to the decay of nature, he peacefully medicines administered, almost incapaci |rentered his rest on the tenth of July las, tuted her thinking or speaking. She was being in the eightieth year of his age. without fears, and had a calm, settled conhdence in her Redeemer. The manner of her death was in remarkable keeping with her life; it was relying, placid, and peacetyk. Mes. Phebe Evans, Fountain Hill, PemBut if we have not her dying testimonyx the interakeshire, died on the 12th of August, in the have her living one, which is of more conse seventy-seventh year of her age. Mrs. Evans quence. And by it " though dead she yet was blessed with strong mental abilities, which speaketh.”
she used and improved as a disciple of Christ ; But while for her " to die was gain,” for much of her time being employed in reading us it is loss, and that of no ordinary kind. and meditation, she obtained a large portion Not one of her numerous friends but feels it of scriptural and general knowledge. She was to be such. To the writer, as well as to the not satisfied with the mere name of a Christchurch over which he presides, it is a heavy ian, but, studying diligently to understand the stroke. Long, very long will our nature of the kingdom of Christ, was able to glorified friend be embalmed in the memory distinguish it from the kingdom of the world, of her domestics and neighbours, to whom and adhere closely to its rules. She was an she was much endeared. And among the honourable and useful member of the baptist poor she has left a numerous family of sincere church at Ebenezer for fifty-one years. Her mourners. “The righteous shall be had in hospitality, and liberality in supporting the everlasting remembrance.” The painful cause of Christ, in its different branches, were event was sought to be improved by her well known and highly valued by the churches, pastor to a numerous auditory, from Heb. xiii. 5, “He hath said, I will never leave
MRS. CRUMPTON. thee, nor forsake thee.”
Died, in faith, Nov. 6th, the beloved wife
of Mr. Jonathan Crumpton, of Shrewsbury. Mr. Gilbert Blight was born at Topsham, in Devonshire, but in early life removed to London. At the age of nineteeen he was Mrs. Oppenheim, on the 9th of November, admitted to the fellowship of the church was removed from our world after a short under the pastoral care of the late Rev. Dr. and painful affliction ; when Mr. Oppenheim Rippon, and after being a member thirty- was bereaved of an affectionate wife, five reven years, was elected to the office of a young children of a fund mother, the baptist dencon, in which connexion he continued a church in Farringdon of a useful member, further period of twenty-four years. In the the pastor and a numerous circle of a sincere active duties of life, whether in the church, and endeared friend, and the town of a re the family, or the world, bis deportment was spectable inhabitant. such as to evince that he lived for eternity as It was the happiness of our departed well as for time, continually holding the friend to be numbered with the few who fear end in view, and seeking by his walk and God in their youth, and serve him with sinconversation to exemplify the doctrines of cerity in riper years. At that season, when the gospel. His conduct in the various the spirits are lively and the heart generally Christian societies with which he was asso- thoughtless, she was savingly brought to a ciated, was characterized by humility and knowledge of the truth. At an early period integrity of purpose, and whilst much of his she united herself with the church of Christ, time was thus occupied, his seasons of retire- and by divine grace was enabled to maintain ment were devoted to other means of usefulher Christian profession through several years, ness, so that by the productions of his pen, and experienced the sweetness and power of “he being dead yet speaketh.”
religion to the end of her days. Her death In the autumn of 1837 he was seized by was improved by her pastor, the Rev, A. serous apoplexy, accompanied by paralysis. Major on Lord's day, Nov. 14th, to a large Occasionally his sufferings were very acute, and deeply affected congregation, from Rev. the nature of his disease precluded any in- xiv. 13. One of the peaceful and faithful in telligible conversation, his language being per- Israel has fallen. verted from the idea he endeavoured to express; yet it was evident he possessed a calm
MRS. CASEWELL. assurance beyond the reach of physical suffering
A heavy afiliction has befallen the Rer,
MR. G. BLIGIIT.
MR. WILLIAM ABBEE.
J. D. Casewell, of which he furnishes the her heart was alive to the glories of Christ as following particulars.
God over all blessed for ever. She felt his
propitiation_his great atonement-to be the In cherishing holy and beautiful recollec-balm, the refuge, the salvation of her spirit. tions of the departed, we not only act accord- A few days before her illness she wished her ing to a law of our nature, btt we gather husband to read to her a discourse entitled, strengthening influences around our religious" It is just like Him: or, God's unspeak:ıb.e principles, and bring ourselves more directly Gift." After which she said, with much emunder the powers of the world to come. It phasis, “Oh, niy dear, those are the sentiis not only soothing to the heart, but i is mepis.” Slie spake afterwards of the glory invigorating to our holiest affections to listen
and preciousness of Christ, and fed upon hiin to the voice which speaks to us from the tomb. as the bread of life." Two days belore she In the case before us there are peculiar cir- died she said, “ There is a heavenly world, cumstances which give to that voice more and thither I am going.” She uttered this than an ordinary amount of tenderness and with the calm and sweetness of heaven resting power. Eliza Townshend Casewell was an
upon her countenance. The arms of her affectionate wife, a young and tender mother, faith embraced the precious Saviour-the with bright prospects of earthly happiness, in antidote of death. In him she was complete. the bloom and vigour of life, and surrounded This afflictive providence was improved by by relatives and friends to whom she was en a suitable discourse preached from Ps. xvii. deared and by whom she was deeply loved, 15, to a large and attentive congregation, by yet she is cut down ; God, in the sovereign her pastor, the Rev. A. G. Fuller. May his and mysterious movements of his providence, solemn appeals be productive of much good; changes her countenance and sends her away, and pay the death of the departed Christian,
On October the 18th, after severe and who is now robed in the glories of eternity, lengthened suffering, she gave birth to a be the means of the spiritual life of many ! daughter. Soon after this, symptoms of dan- The sun of her earthly existence set in glory; ger became visible. Medical skill was in and, through rich and sovereign grace, she vain: in much suffering, endured with unfail- has now entered into the joy of her Lord. ing patience and sweet Christian resignation, she lingered here through twelve days and nights, till the 30th of October, when her gentle and pious spirit left its house of clay and passed on to eternity. She died in the On Thursday morning, Oct. 28, 1847, Mr. Lord Jesus, and is blessed,
William Abbee, who for thirty-six years had By nature she was averse to the gay honourably and usefully sustained the olfice frivolities of fashionable life, and was fond of deacon in the church at Mill End, Herts, of the retired and tranquil pleasures of was suddenly called to his rest.
He was the domestic circle ; it was in the fa- born Nov. 12, 1779. His religious character mily that the peculiar qualities of her na- determined when about twenty years of age, ture unfolded themselves in all their power under a sermon preached at Hamper Mill, and beauty. These qualities marked her near Watford, by Mr. Smith. In the year character from early life. She did not pro- 1811 he was baptized by the Rev. W. Groser, fess to be influenced in her feelings and con sen., of Watford, being the first baptized in duct by the high and spiritual principles of Mill End. Soon after was chosen deacon, true religion till a few years before her death. which office he filled with credit till his death. The means to which she referred as the in- For nearly twenty years he has been totally strumental cause of the divine life in her soul blind, and of late years very infirm, but never was a funeral sermon prenched by her now permitted his blindness or other infirmities to bereaved and sorrowing husband, from the prevent his attendance at the worship of text, “ Be ye also ready, for in such an hour God's house, if there was any possibility of as ye think not the Son of man cometh." | his being there. There is not a member left Peculiar power was given to this discourse who attended the chapel so often as he did. by the fact, that she had just come from the Leaning on the arm of a beloved daughter or dying bed of an aged and near relative, the other friend, he might be seen halting on his mother of her beloved father, of whom she way to the sanctuary, whenever its doors was accustomed to speak in terms of sweet were open. His hospitality, and especially and strong affection. In these circumstances to ministers, is worthy the imitation of those the renewing influences of the Holy Spirit who like himself were raised above want. came down upon her, and she passed from his house and table were ever open, and but death unto life. After marriage she made a little short of 500 ministers have crossed the public profession of religion, was baptized in threshold of his habitation, and by their the name of the adorable Trinity, and re presence and converse Leguiled the dark hours ceived into the church at Mill-street, Eves of this sightless saint. But he is gone to the ham, in communion with which she died. land of light; the chimney corner is vacant,
Though she entered not into controversy, but the seat in heaven is filled. Being called