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TNairnshire, Society for Propagating the Gospel, by Rev. W. Barclay ......
Dundee, Chapel Shade Penny Society, by Mr. Easson ..................
Worcestershire, collected by Rev. Eustace Carey:
— 13 11 1 Fast Dereham, Collection and Subscriptions, by Rev. John Williams ...... 15 10 0 Dublin, Union Missionary Prayer Meeting, by Rev. John West .......... 2 0 0 Boxmoor, Herts, Missiouary Box, by Mrs. Carey . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 0 0
Wantage, collected, by Rev. W. Glanville, (including 11.10s. for West India
Hull and East Riding Auxiliary, by John Thornton, Esq. :
Beverley ......... - - - - - - - - - Driffield . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - — 26 15 0 Mr. Biddle, Penzance, by Rev. James Upton .......... Donation...... 4 0 0 A Clergyman, Yeovil, by Rev. J. M. Chapman .......... Ditto ...... 1 0 0
Greenock, Port Glasgow, and West Renfrew Bible Society, by R. D. Ker, Esq. 20 0 0
For the information of our Female Friends, who may be kindly preparing articles to send to Calcutta, for the benefit of the Female Schools there, we beg to subjoin the following list of articles, suited for that purpose, which has been copied from the Missionary Chronicle. All the articles mentioned are said to fetch double the price in Calcutta they would do in England, a circumstance which will doubtless excite many, by this easy method, to shew their good-will to those of their own sex in a distant land.
Sketch-books for copying. Dressed dolls (not of wax) English or
Small ivory emery pincushions. Dutch white-willow for bonnets.
Card racks, reticules, charades, and Plaiu white worsted knit cravats [any screens. thing of silk and worsted sells high in Cal
Painted velvet bags. cutta.]
Bags with gilt clasps. Little (tidy) baskets lined with satin, and
Work done in bobbin-net, such as babies' purses. caps and collars. Infants' coloured worsted shoes, and little Pincushions, especially those filled with
lamb's wool socks. bran, are the least advisable to send, on acChildren's frocks, made of pretty stuff, count of their being such a temptation to
bombazin, or lustre, and little pelisses. vermin, which often occasion the destrucTape-work. tion of more valuable articles.
A parcel containing Decanter Stands, &c. has been gratefully received from some Ladies at Southampton.
Littlewood and Green, Printers, 15 Old Bailey.
Memoir of THE Rev. Thom As BALn- wix, D. D. LATE PAstor of the Secox D BAptist CHURCH IN BostoN, UNITED StATEs. o
(Continued from p. 103.)
DR. BALDw1N thus continues his narrative : — “Not long after I had obtained a hope of an interest in Christ, when meditating on the character of the Saviour, these words were impressed very forcibly on my mind, “These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth.’ I was struck with the thought, and wished that I might be one of them, for they seemed to me to be peculiarly blessed. But the question immediately occurred, ‘Where has the Saviour gone as an example for his people to follow !" I was first led to view him coming
from Galilee to Jordan, to be bap
tized of John in Jordan. I at once said to myself, I cannot follow him in this, nor am I required to. I have been already devoted to God in infancy; therefore this part of Christ's example can have no claim upon my obedience. Still the words followed me, –“ These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth.’ I at length resolved prayerfully to search the New Testament, with, I trust, a heart breathing the language of the Apostle, “Lord, what will thou have me to do?" “I had been educated in the
Baptism.” This work had been reprinted with a preface by eight Congregational ministers of the then town of Norwich, one of whom was my great uncle, under whose instructions I had been brought up. I thought very highly of the work, and had read it with much attention more than once, in order to furnish myself with arguments in favour of infant baptism. These arguments had satisfied my mind until now, when I read the Scriptures with different feelings. I wished to be candid, and to receive the truth wherever I might find it. But after all, when I perceived that the evidence appeared against my former sentiments, and in favour of the baptism of believing adults only, it required an amazing struggle to surrender the point. I concealed my conflicts from all my Baptist friends, but unbosomed myself freely to several Pedobaptist ministers, hoping that they might be able to remove my difficulties. But all of them proved physicians of no value. I had fully resolved to follow the truth wheresoever I might find it. I well knew, moreover, that all my earthly connections were decided Pedobaptists. I endeavoured to count the cost, and though I should forfeit their friendship, felt determined to follow the dictates of my own conscience. “During my unsettled state of mind, a respectable Congregational
principles, and what I now consider minister visited and lodged at my
the prejudices of the Congregation- house.
In the course of the even
alists. I had read little on the . |ing, he introduced the subject of
tismal controversy, except ‘Dic
- his visit, which was, he said, to in
enson's Divine Right of Infant vite me to offer myself a candidate
Wol. II. 3d Series.
for examination before the Association to which he belonged, with a view to my being licensed to preach the Gospel in their fellowship. But being so far convinced of the correctness of the distinguishing sentiments of the Baptists, I thought it improper to take any step until my mind should be decided. I thanked him for his friendly invitation; but frankly told him the state of my mind. I requested him, if he thought I was in danger of embracing an error, to endeavour to reclaim me. With this view, I requested him to tell me where to find a warrant for infant baptism. He immediately referred to Genesis xvii. and went at large into the ordinary argument founded upon the Abrahamic covenant. After conversing till a late hour, I informed him that I had hoped he would have convinced me that infant baptism was right; but was sorry to say, he had entirely failed. My conscience still preponderated towards the opinions of the Baptists. ‘Sir,” said I, in this case, what shall I do?” “Why,” said he, “if we cannot agree to think alike, we must agree to differ.’ We united in prayer, and retired to rest. “Previously to my baptism, I visited my friends at Norwich, Connecticut. I then took an opportunity of conversing with my former venerable pastor. He received me very kindly; and when at his request I related my religious exercises, was quite melted into tears. But when, towards the close of the evening, he suspected from some of my inquiries, that my mind was not established in the doctrines of Pedobaptism, he remarked to me, in rather a stern tone of voice, “Well, Thomas, if you renounce your infant baptism and are rebaptized, I shall reprobate you, notwithstanding all that you have
told me.’” I was much shocked at the remark, and after a moment's silence, replied, “I hope, Sir, I shall be directed to do what is right.” Thus we parted, perhaps. with mutual dissatisfaction. “He put into my hand at parting, “Wall's Abridgment of his History of Infant Baptism.” But all the help I derived from this was, to be confirmed in what I had before feared was true. Dr. Wall unhesitatingly acknowledges that the primitive mode of baptism was immersion, and blames the Presbyterians for changing it into sprinkling. Neither during my inquiries nor before them, had I ever seen a page written by the Baptists, except a small pamphlet written by S. Wilson, entitled “A Scripture Manual.' This I had read many years before. I once told a Baptist minister that I wished to have some conversation with him respecting Baptism, as I had some doubts in my mind on that subject. He replied, “Do you only read your Bible, and you will do well enough.’ I thought the advice correct, and determined to follow it. And whether now right or wrong, I can only say, that the Bible and my own conscience compelled me to be what I am. In the latter part of the summer of 1781, I was baptized by the Rev. Elisha Ransom, then of Woodstock, Vermont. “From my constantly speaking in public, I began to fear being suspected of aspiring to become a preacher. This impression I studiously laboured to prevent. An