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A CLERICAL APOLOGY.
In the morning, the Rev. John Ely, of Some months back, two persons, named Rochdale, preached a rery interesting and James Horner and William Wood, ieachers instructive discourse, from Matt. xvi. 18, of a new sect called Baptist Revivalists. 19. In the afternoon, the Rev. Dr. Cope, visited the town of Newport Pagnell, with of Wakefield, preached from Isaiah XXXV. a case, soliciting subscriptions toward the 1.; and in the evening, the Rev. Joseph erection of a place of worship for their Cockin, of Halifax, from 1 Thess. iv. 15, 16. use. They went from door to door, and
All the services were highly pleasing, and received the smallest sums. At length the collections liberail. The cause of the they arrived at the residence of the clergy blessed Redeemer, in this neiglıbourhood, man, the Rev. William Marshall, who in has prospered amazingly, during the last stantly gave them in charge of the consta twenty years. Kipping chapel, situated in ble, and they were taken before a clerical the village of Thornton, in the parish of magistrate, the Rev. Mr. Lowndes, who,
Bradford, in the county of York, has been upon the oath of Mr. Marshall, that they
twice enlarged within that period ; and, were rogues and vagrants, committed them
notwithstanding there is in the village a to Aylesbury jail, where they were kept
large church-chapel, and a Methodist on the Tread Mill for more than twenty
chapel is now building, is capable of condays, until the health of one of them be
taining nearly 400 more.hearers than the came seriously affected, when the Hon.
population of the village. When the Rev. Robert Smith, member for the County,
Joseph Cockin, who had laboured in this hearing of the transaction, interfered, and
place fourteen years, left it, and removed the illegality of their commitment being
to Halifax, many of the neighbouring miapparent, these unfortunate men were re
nisters, as well as the people, concluded leased. J. Wilks, Esq. the indefatigable
that the interest must decline, and the Secretary of the Protestant Society, how
cause dwindle into ruin. But, after a peever, took up the business, and Mr. Mar riod of four years, the people were again shall has consented to the publication of
coinfortably settled with a minister. Unthe following apology, whichi bas appeared
der the ministry of the Rev. John Calvert in two other papers beside the Northamp
the cause revived--the truth prevailed ton Mercury; and also to pay a sum, in
the chapel became too small, and was encluding expenses, which we understand
larger in the year 1807 ; and inany were must amount to nearly £100. However
added to the church. This holy man was illiterate, or even fanatical, these indivi.
suddenly removed by death, on the 26th of duals may be, we cannot but rejoice, that
March, 1816, and entered the joy of his they have been thus delivered from the
Lord, aged 69 years. Since his departure, intolerance of a clerical magistracy, and
the congregation has greatly increased. trust that this will prove a seasonable
Nearly 100 have been added to the church, admonition to gentlemen of that tempera
and a great number of young people are ment,
now " taking the kingdom of Heaven by
violence,” and anxiouslyinquiring, "What To the Printers of the Northampton Mercury.
must we do to be saved? The present SIRS,- With reference to the charge
chapel seats upwards of 1,100 people, and preferred by me, against Mr. James
is generally well filled. The people, who Horner and Mr. William Wood, before
are, with a few exceptions, the poor of the the Rev. Mr. Lowndes, one of the Justices
world, have contributed very largely of of the Peace for the County of Bucking
their little savings to maintain the cause of ham, in the month of July last, in conse.
genuine religion amongst them. The quence of which they were committed to
chapel was built, and enlarged the first Aylesbury gaol; I think it but justice to
time, without any assistance from the pub. the parties to admit, that the charge was
lic but what they obtained at the openings; preferred by me under a mistake as to the
and although the congregation erected a meaning of an Act passed in the last Ses
large and substantial school-room, altosion of Parliament, and that I am now
gether detached from the chapel, capable satisfied these persons were not impostors,
of comfortably accommodating 300 Sabnor acting in an illegal manner, and sin
bath-scbolars, in the year 1819, yet they cerely regret the imprisonment and many
intend to defray the expense of the present inconveniences they suffered in conse
enlargement themselves. May He whose quence of that mistake.
glory they desire to promote, still continue William MARSHALL.
to bless them. May “his work appear Newport Pagnell, January, 1825.
unto his servants, and his glory to their
children." Chapels opened.-On July 6th, 1824, Kipping Chapel was re-opened for divine Jan. 28.-The chapel at Epsom, Surrey, worship, after having been thoroughly re- which will contain about 500 persons, was paired, and considerably enlarged. Three re-opened, when the Rev. George Clayton, sermons were delivered on the occasion. preached in the inorning, and the Rev. James Stratten in the evening. This place the pastoral office, was in the highest deof worship is of long standing, and formerly gree encouraging. Of this he was deeply was well attended, but the interest gradu- sensible; and I had indulged a hope, ally diminished, till at length the chapel when called to attend his ordination in the was shut up. In the year 1805, it was cb. mouth of June, that, with a mind at ease, tained by an annual rent, and since pur and with prospects on every account ex. chased and placed in the hands of trustees. hilarating and cheering, he might be useIt was supplied by various ministers, till fully employed in the service of the sancthe late Rev. John Atkinson went to reside tuary, to which bis heart was fervently there, who preached regularly. After his devoted. Such was not the will of God. removal, for want of suitable management, Twice he enjoyed the privilege of adminisit declined, and the decay of the roof made tering to his dock the memorials of that it unsafe for occupation. Of late, several. grace on which his own liopes were built. families in Epsom, feeling for the spiritual One member was added to the church; wants of the inbabitants, proposed to raise others were proposed. Every preparation £100. for the re-establishment of an evan- too was made for domestic comfort, and gclical ministry, to which a friend in Lon on the 3d of August lie left Norwich, don added £50. In consequence of these alas! not to return after a few weeks, as encouragements, the chapel has been put we all hoped, with the dear friend who into substantial repair, and contributions was to have been a sharer with him in all for the liquidation of the remaining debt the joys and sorrows of life; but--to reof £350. are respectfully solicited through turn no more. The fatal attack, to which the medium of the Rev. Thomas Lewis, of there had been for some months a constiIslington. It will be supplied from Hox- tutional tendeney, took place on the 10th ton Academy, until a suitable minister is of August. On the following day, he arobtained.
rived at Little Baddow. Every succeed
ing week was marked by increasing debiSickness and Death of the Rev. Stephen lity: his religious joys increased in the Morell, Jun. late of Norwich. Some inac
same proportion. His lively faith, his curacies respecting the departure of the
growing spirituality, his communion with above excellent young minister appeared God, which he assured me, several weeks in the number of the Congregational Ma
before his death, was inexpressibly degazine for December, which we can scarce lightful, were indicative of the scenes that ly regret, as they have produced the fol
were quickly to be unfolded. At length, lowing interesting letter from his esteemed
not more than a week before his removal, father the Rev. s. Morell, of Little
it became iny solemn duty to apprize him Baddow, Essex; with whom we sincerely
of the certain event that was before him. sympathize in the mingled feelings which I knew, he would be able to bear it ; but this bereavement must produce in his mind. little expected the perfect composure with We regret that a press of matter prevented which he received it. His answer was, its insertion in our last number.
with a smile upon his countenance, "I " The account of the illness and death have thought for some time that my case of my late beloved son, in your number was dangerous, and now I hope it will for December, being not quite correct, I please God to hasten the end : I fear noam induced, by the repeated solicitations thing so much as a long lingering conof many of your readers, to send you a 'sumption. I have often put my soul into short statement ; which you will perhaps the hands of Christ, my intercessor, and have the goodness to insert in your next he has accepted it. I am not afraid to number.--Although his removal at the die, and I am prepared to stand before last took place much sooner than I had ap- ' my God.'-- Sentiments of the same imprehended, the event itself was not unex. port, with increasingly strong expressions pected or sudden; as he had been resi- of joy, were repeated daily and hourly.-dent with me nearly three months after an • I long to depart. I am looking forward attack of bæmorrhage, attended with cir 'to eternity without trembling; and why cumstances that scarcely allowed the in- should I tremble ? My affections are dulgence of even a faint hope of his ulti. 'not on the earth ; my soul has long been mate recorery. But fears, which I was given to Christ. - If I could now choose, anxious to hope would prove groundless, I should prefer to die. Every thing here were seriously awakened by circumstances appears to me so low, so mean, so gross, : which I will not now particularize, but I should be glad to break the trammels which produced a depression of spirits, of mortality to-night, and enter into a and, I fear, an effect upon his bodily state pure and refined, fit for an imhealth from which he never afterwards mortal soul.' --This state of mind he was recovered. His introduction to the Church favoured to enjoy for five days, without assembling in the Old Meeting at Norwich, interruption. He was not confined to his and the affectionate cordiality with which bed; he even walked out on the day prehe was accepted by them, and invited to ceding his death and sat up with us later than
usual. In the evening he enjoyed some sleep ant, Lacey, Hunt, Varty, Dubourg, Smith, for a few hours after he withdrew; be. May, Schofield, Harper, Forsaith, Pbilicame evidently worse about one o'clock on more, Irons, and Haynes. The pall was the morning of Thursday, October 21st; supported agreeably to his own request and after uttering such language expressive by Messrs. Knight, Percy, Johnston, of spirituality and joy, with scarcely any Widgery, Dallison, and Churchill-then interruption for three hours, as I had ne followed his relations, and the members of ver before listened to, or exactly conceiv the church and congregation, two and two, ed, he expired, almost without a strug after them a large company of the inhabigle , I refrain from stating more, as a tants of the town. The solemu service Memoir of his Life, and a full account of was conducted as follows:-Mr. Jackson, the closing scene, is now preparing, and the Senior Secretary of the Surrey Miswill be offered to the public within a few sion, began by reading and prayer, Mr. weeks.
G. Clayton delivered an appropriate adThe Death and Funeral of the Rev. John dress, and Mr.Lacey concluded with prayer. Whitehouse, of Dorking, in Surrey.He At half-past six o'clock, a large congregadied on Saturday, January 22, 1825, in tion assembled again in the chapel, when the thirty-eighth vear of his age, and the Mr. Churchill commenced the service with twelfth of his ministry at Dorking. The prayer ; Mr. Lewis preached from Philippiety of his heart, the mildness of his pians, i. 21. ; and Mr. Knight concluded manners, and his disinterested zeal for the solemnities of this truly affecting day God, endeared him to all who knew him with prayer. He has left an afflicted widow and five Recently died after a short illness, the children to lament for him. To the church Rev. C. SLOPEK, of Hitchen, Herts. and congregation over which he presided,
Notices. the loss is great ; indeed, he is a public loss. The Surrey Mission, of which he
Wilts Association. The next half yearly was one of the most active Secretaries, will inceting of the Wilts Association, will be long remember his labour's of love, to
holden at the Rev. Mr. Goode's meetingpromote the interests of that important
house, Sarum, on the Wednesday in Institution. The high esteem in which he
Easter week. Mr. Jay is engaged to was held, appeared on the day of his in- preach in the morning, and Mr. Elliott in terment, a day which will be long remein
the evening. bered by those who were present on the The Rev. Robert VAUGHAN, of Worces. occasion. The following is a correct ac
ter, having been unanimously invited to count of the order of the day. At three succeed the Rev. JOHN LEIFCHILD, at o'clock the corpse was removed from his Kensington, which invitation he has aclate residence to the chapel, preceded by cepted, will commence his labours there, the following ministers :-Messrs. G. Clay- on the first Sabbath in April. ton, Lewis, Jackson, his medical attend.
Answers to Correspondents, &c. COMMUNICATIONs have been received this month from the Rev. H. Evison-J. Hayter Cox-Joshua Shaw J. A. James J. Winterbotham-T. Golding-C. N. Davies W. H. Stowell—T. Jackson-Joseph Fletcher-W. Orme-J. Blackburn-John Alexander.
Also from H. Heudebourck-A friend to Missions-H. R.-Rob. Boyle J. B. Wil: liams--Amicus-B. Hanbury-E1.--J. S. H.--A. B.-N.--W. H. S.-A.- Viatorius Mercator-Quidam-T. L.--E.T.--J. H.
A. is thanked for his Communication, but is informed, it is a standing rule with us to admit no anonymous Reviews.--There are particular reasons which prevent the wish of our respected correspondent A. from being complied with. Our friend Viatorius, &c. is thanked for all his attentions. We are always glad to hear from him, and his Com. munication on Statistics will be peculiarly acceptable. We doubt whether the Biography of Gervase Disney would be sufficiently interesting. --A. Correspondent, who signs A. B. complains of the inaccuracy of some modern editions of standard works, and wishes to give a hint to the editors of such reprints. He says, that in the Leeds edition of Doddridge's Works, he made, some time since, a list of thousands of Errata. The persons concerned in all such undertakings should print from the best editions, and revise the press with great care, as the devotions of a family may be very unpleasantly interrupted by the occurrence of such mistakes in the course of reading.--T. L.'s poetry is well-intended, but unfit for publication.-E. T. wishes to know where he may find a Memoir of Thoma de Laune, and who was the editor of his “ Plea,” that speaks of himself as his fellow-prisoner for non-conformity? Amicus (Beds) is informed we have it not in our power to answer his queries at present.