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concern about their souls were invited by
Mr. Thorne to converse with him; and his LONGSIDE, ABERDEENSHIRE,
house and heart were ever open to receive In the month of October, 1847, Mr. Thorne, them. A few embraced the various opporsupervisor of inland revenue, having been tunities given them of conversing with Mr. appointed over the north-east district of Scot- Thorne and others on the things that related land, came to reside in the village of Longside. to their present and eternal weal; and it was Being joined hy his family in the beginning of found that, by the blessing of God on the the year 1848, and tasting again the sweets of preaching of the gospel, conviction had been domestic life, he, like the patriarchs of old, produced, minds enlightened, duties discovered, erected an altar to his God. During Mr. hearts changed, peace obtained, and some Thorne's short stay in Longside, he discovered, expressed their willingness to follow Christ in a few instances, a desire among the people through good and through bad report. to converse on religious subjects, while many But the question naturally arose, how were around were resting satisfied with a bare they to enjoy the fulness of the blessings of attention to the outward forms of religion. the gospel in Christian fellowship? There Anxious to fan the flame of love to Christ was no church in the vicinity with which they where it had already been kindled, and to be could now conscientiously unite ; for they say instrumental in quickening those who were it to be their duty to put on Christ by baptism, dead in sin, he invited a few of his neighbours and to join with those only who professed to to his house one Lord's day evening, to unite be united by faith to him. There were in the with him while attending to family worship. surrounding district a few isolated baptists, Encouraged by the apparent interest they who had long sighed for a church with which took in the exercises, he invited them to con- to cast in their lot; but hitherto they had no tinue, at the same time informing them that leader. Now the Lord seemed to appear in he would be happy to meet with as many their behalf; and Mr. Thorne and those more as might feel disposed to come. The baptists who attended his services, after much result was that on future evenings of the consultation and prayer, resolved to form sacred day of rest a goodly number came themselves into a church. Accordingly on the together pretty regularly. Mr. Thorne, who | 11th of February of the present year, 1849, for several years had preached the gospel in eight persons surrounded the table of the England and Wales, feeling his soul stirred Lord, and it is hoped that they enjoyed the within him, conferred not with flesh and blood, presence of the Master of the feast. but straightway began to preach Christ unto The church, hearing that the Rev. W. them ; his first address was from that interest | Arthur of Edinburgh was soon to be in ing portion of God's word contained in Acts Aberdeen, requested him to visit them, viii. 5–8; and the striking coincidence Mr. Arthur most readily complied, and along between Philip's going down to Samaria and with some other friends came to Longside on Mr. Thorne's coming down to Longside, gave the second sabbath of May. As there were to the meeting an interest which cannot be six candidates for baptism, Mr. Arthur inexpressed, but which was deeply felt by many tended to preach in the open air; but the present. After this, Mr. T. continued from morning being rainy, the services were held in sabbath to sabbath, in his own house, to pro- the place of meeting, where a clear and scripclaim the unsearchable riches of Christ to his tural view of the nature and subjects of bapfellow men, for their salvation,-exhibiting tism was given to an attentive audience; after Jesus in all his dignity and glory, as well as which Mr. Arthur and the people repaired in his great condescension, in becoming bone to the side of a small rivulet that runs through of our bone and flesh of our flesh, that he the village; and after singing portions of two might be fitted to suffer, bleed, and die, the hymns, &c., the six persons already referred just in the room of the unjust, that the vilest to were baptized by Mr. Arthur in the name of the vile who believe on him might obtain of the Father, and of the Son, and of the pardon and eternal life. Whilst thus exhibit- Holy Ghost, in the presence of a large coning the grace of God and the love of Christ, course of people. In the forenoon the that sinners might be drawn by the cords of church “came together to break bread,” when love, he neglected not to warn them of their Mr. Arthur preached an excellent sermon danger, and urge them, with earnestness and from Ephesians v. 18, “ But be filled with the affection, to flee from the wrath to come; show. Spirit." He preached again in the afternoon ing them their responsibility, and urging upon a very appropriate sermon, Mr. Thorne assistthem that it was their immediate duty to ing him in the devotional exercises. In the believe and be saved. A number of those evening, the members of the church met Mr. who attended Mr. Thorne's ministrations at Arthur and other friends from a distance, first gradually withdrew from circumstances who suggested to them the propriety of a of a local nature which it is needless to state; formal organization, and the appointment of but their places were soon filled up by others, one of their number to take the oversight of 80 that in general the attendance has on the them in the Lord, and one at least to fill the whole been good. Those who were under deacon's office. The church agreeing to the
proposal, Mr. Arthur, who presided, read attend our brother Pottenger in his new
ful social tea-meeting, at which about two After suitable portions of scripture were read hundred persons sat down, Mr. B. Arthur of relating to the office of deacon, Mr. G. Rennie Bath was ordained to the pastoral office over was chosen to that department, and he also the baptist church Bideford, North Devon. accepted office. Mr. Arthur then gave out a Mr. Ball of Appledore read the hymns ; hymn, and supplicated the great Head of the Mr. Beaton, independent minister of Bideford, church to give his blessing ; after which read the scriptures and prayed; Mr. Winter another friend gave a short but very appro- of Bristol gave a short statement in reference priate address to the church in reference to a gospel church, and put the usual their privileges, pointing out the peculiarities questions ; Mr. Thompson of Great Torrington of the congregational form of church polity, offered up the ordination prayer; after which showing its scriptural character, and its Mr. Winter gave a solemn and affectionate superiority to episcopacy on the one hand, charge, first to the pastor and then to the and presbyterianism on the other. May church from Heb. xiii. 22," And I beseech the dew of heaven descend on the members you, brethren, suffer the word of exhortof this little church, that peace may be within ation,” and closed the service with prayer. its walls, and prosperity within its bulwarks. The attendance was very numerous, and it
is hoped that the delightful feeling then pro
duced will not soon be forgotten.
The Rev. J. Fyfe of Shotley Bridge has
ELDON STREET, LONDON, stated the principles of dissent, proposed some questions to the minister and people which
Rev. B. Williams, late of Liverpool and were responded to in appropriate answers;
formerly of the Tabernacle, Merthyr, GlamorMr. Spurgeon of Neatshead received the ganshire, having accepted the unanimous inminister's confession of faith ; Mr. Keen of vitation of the church meeting at Eldon Street, Worstead delivered the charge to the pastor, will commence his pastoral labours (D.v.) on and Mr. Venimore of Ingham preached to
Lord's day the 12th of August.
Lessness Heath, Kent. In the morning, Mr.
after which Mr. W. B. Bowes preached. In
the afternoon Mr. Box of Woolwich read and We are informed that our friend the Rev. prayed; Mr. W. B. Overbury stated the G. Sample, who has laboured at New Court nature of a gospel church; Mr. W. A. Blake and Tuthill Stairs chapels upwards of thirty asked the usual questions, received the years, has been compelled to resign the duties confession of faith, and offered the ordination of the pastoral office on account of an entire prayer with laying on of hands ; Mr. W. H. and unlooked-for prostration of his strength, Bonner delivered a solemn and impressive and a consequent inability to serve the church charge from the words, “Take care of the of which he was the pastor. His resignation church of God.” In the evening Mr. John took place on the 11th of March last, and he Box of Woolwich gave an address to the is happily succeeded by the Rev. T. Pottenger, church and congregation. The services of the late of Islington Green. Our best wishes day were well attended.
PROFITS OF THE SELECTION.
REV. DAVID DOUGLAS.
The annual meeting of the trustees was
held on the 27th of June, when grants were At Hamsterley near Bishop Auckland, Dur- | made from the profits of this hymn book to ham, July 4, aged 60, the Rev. David Douglas, fifty widows of baptist ministers. the much beloved pastor for twenty-seven years of the baptist church in that village, and
Recommended by well known as the historian of the baptist churches of the north of England. In a little Mrs. G......... W. Colcroft, J. Foster...........£50 time a more detailed account of Mr. Douglas's P..........W. Yates, J. Berg
5 0 Christian character and ministry may proba- C. .........J. Sprigg, Dr. Steane
5 0 bly appear in this publication,
N.......... Dr. Steane, S. Green ............ 5 0
A.........J. H. Hinton, Dr. Murch 50 REV. THOMAS TERRY.
J..........J. Edwards, J. Wilde............ 50 Died, June 21, 1849, at Long Crendon,
S..........J. T. Brooks, John Haigh...... 5 0 Bucks, in the 66th year of his age, the Rev. H.........M. Kent, W. Keay..
5 0 T. Terry. Mr. Terry commenced his minis. K.........J. T. Brooks, E. Adey
5 0 try at Queenborough in Kent, and removing C.......... Dr. Murch, W. Groser
5 0 thence, was settled over the baptist church
50 Princes Risborough, Bucks, July 27, 1820,
A.............. where he continued pastor fourteen years.
50 Mr. Terry was afterwards the pastor of a
M...... .B. Evans, R. Johnstone......... 50 baptist church at Askett, and finished his H.........G. W. Fishbourne, Dr. Cox.... 5 0 mortal career at Long Crendon, having been H.........D, Rees, John Aldis
5 0 recognized as pastor of the church in that
G .........W. Brock
5 0 village April 23, 1846. Deep affliction of body
N.........B. Evans, G. H. Orchard 5 0 and mind preceded his departure. His
B.........I. M. Soule, J. H. Hinton ...... 5 0 remains were interred at Princes Risborough amidst numerous spectators.
H.........Henry Trend, F. Roleston...... 5 0
50 T.........Dr. Murch, A. Tolly
D.........Dr. Murch, G. W. Fishbourne 5 0
5 0 PROFITS OF THE BAPTIST MAGAZINE.
J.......... Isaac New, Thomas Swan ...... 5 U
5 0 The half-yearly meeting of the proprietors of this magazine was held on the 20th of
F .........H. W. Stembridge, J. Collins... 2 10 July, when the following sums were voted
G.........T. Nicholson ......................
... 2 10 to widows of baptist ministers. The initials C.........J. T. Wigner, S. Green
2 10 alone of each widow are given, with the M. ......J. Webb, Thomas Clarke 2 10 name of the contributor by whom she was
H........J. H. Hinton, Dr. Steane 2 10 recommended.
D......... T. Wheeler, W. Brock
2 10 Recommended by
E......... Thomas Morgan, T. Swan ...... 2 10 E. G.......... Rev. Joseph Preece............ 23
W. ......Dr. Cox, J. H. Hinton
2 10 P. T.................. Samuel Kent ............ 3
W. ......I. M. Soule, A. Wayland 2 10 E. A................... Wm. Kitchen............. 3
H.........C. Elven, J. H. Hinton
2 10 M. E. ...............T. Thomas
V.........J. Simmons, Joseph Lea 2 10
2 10 E. W. ................ Benjamin Williams 2
T .........S. Kent, E. Manning
2 10 M. E. ............. Wm. Morgan.......... 2
P.........J. T. Brown, T. Philips . 2 10 J. J................... Thomas Swan ......... 3
M......... W. Roberts, John Webb 2 10 M. M. Thomas Thomas 2 W. ......J. H. May, R. Serle
2 10 E. G.................... Samuel Nicholson 2
S..........B. Evans, W. J. Stuart ......... 2 10
2 10 M. V. ...............G. B. Phillips
A.........B. C. Young, W. Kitchen ...... 2 10 H. B................., Cornelius Elven 3
C......... Thomas Morgan
2 10 E. H.... .Thomas Young......... 3 J.........D. Evans, J. S. Hughes
2 0 Thomas Wigner 3
D......... W. Jones, Thomas Davis 2 J. A. .................. Wm. Kitchen ........ 3
E.........J. W. Eyans ........................
J. C. .........
BRISTOL BAPTIST COLLEGE,
us to express their regret at the loss it has The annual meeting of the friends and sustained by the resignation of the Rev. subscribers of the Bristol baptist college took B. Wilkins after a successful pastorate of place on Wednesday, June the 27th. A twenty-one years, during which he has bappublic service was held at eleven o'clock in tized about two hundred persons, and seen the Broadmead chapel, when essays were read by church increase from about 80 members to two students, Mr. John Davey and Mr. 160. They earnestly recommend him to any William Roswear. The essay of the former other church, as a faithful devoted minister of was on the prophetic office, that of the latter the gospel. on the inquiry whether mental peculiarities among mankind are intended to be perpetual.
The Rev. S. M. Bell, pastor of the church A suitable and impressive address was delivered to the students by the Rev. E. Clay: to resign his charge, the health of Mrs. Bell
at Welshpool, Montgomeryshire, being about pole of Ross. At the public meeting, which requiring a removal in the opinion of her was held immediately after the service, the medical advisers, he is open to an invitation report of the committee and those of the from any church of open communion prinexaminers were highly satisfactory. The two
ciples. senior students are about to continue their studies in Scotland. The number of students during the last year was greater than usual. The session terminated with twenty-one, and
COLLECTANEA. the following session will commence with an equal number. The expenditure was necessarily increased, but by no means in the same
Of Erromanga, where the devoted Williams proportion as the number of students. It has fell a victim to the dark and cruel deeds of exceeded the income, but the deficiency is preceding voyagers, our missionaries write, nearly supplied by legacies, with which the
“Our prospects for that unhappy island
are as dark as ever. The natives now use college has been lately favoured.
every scheme to get foreigners within their reach. They come off swimming with one
arm, concealing a tomahawk under the other, BIRMINGHAM.
and with a bag of sandal-wood as a bait.
While the bag is being hauled into the boat, A resident in Birmingham says, “I am they dive under the keel, tip it over, and sorry that in the Baptist Manual for 1849 then strike at the white men with their there are several considerable mistakes re- tomahawks. They have taken several boats specting our churches here. Respecting lately in this way. The Elizabeth,' CapChapel House Street,' there certainly never tain Brown, a sandal-wood barque, went has been a baptist church there; and regard- ashore last February in a gale in Dillon's ing 'St. Ann Street,' more properly ' Ann Bay; it is supposed that all perished in the Street, there was a small body of baptists wreck, except two, who reached the shore, met there, in the Infant Schoolroom, but for but were killed directly. This savage state more than a twelvemonth have discontinued of things is not to be wondered at, as the it. You will therefore oblige Mr. O'Neill sandal-wood vessels are constantly firing upon (and others), respecting whom there is also them. We know of some who, if they get a an error, by inserting in your next number native chief within their reach, will keep him the following corrected list of baptist churches prisoner until the people fill boatloads of in this town.
sandal-wood for his release. We have heard, VOL. XII.--FOURTH SERIES.
IGNORANCE AND CRIME IN BIRMINGHAM.
THE LATE REV. MICAIAH HILL.
too, of natives being first mangled on board with a cutlass, then thrown into the sea and
The annual criminal returns prepared by shot at. They call this redress for previous the superintendent of police in Birmingham, crime; but these are the very things which exhibit a considerable reduction in the numhave made Erromanga what she is, and they ber of juvenile offenders, taking the two are hindering our labours to a fearful extent past years as the standard of comparison. in many other islands.”—Missionary Chron
In the first year, of the 845 committed for icle.
trial 117 were under sixteen years of age; in 1848, of the 436 so committed only 59 were under that age.
In the first year, 24 of these youths were “ The death of Mr. Hill took place on the sentenced to transportation, in the latter year 3rd of February, at a quarter past nine, a.m., only 5; the remainder being punished by in a native boat on the Ganges, 'about short terms of imprisonment. The offences in twenty-four miles below Benares. The im- which these boys are concerned are princimediate cause of Mr. Hill's death was a vio- pally pocket-picking and cases of simple lent attack of diarrhæa, continued for several larceny.
The returns exhibit the usual results with weeks, added to the exhausting effects of a severe cough, from which he had long suffer- respect to the criminal classes, deplorable ed.”-Missionary Chronicle.
ignorance. Here are the results :
Neither read nor write............... 1634
Sunday School Teacher's Magazine. ceedings of “the Supreme Court of the United Presbyterian Church” last May. From it we learn that the subject of reading discourses from the pulpit having been brought
It has been calculated by Mr. Edward before the Synod, the following resolution Baines that the number of our Sunday was, after much discussion, adopted :—“ The school teachers is not less than 250,000, and Synod having considered the memorials de- that of our scholars 2,000,000. 'Of these clare that the reading of discourses in the 250,000 teachers, probably 200,000 are from ministrations of the pulpit is contrary to the the ranks of the labouring classes.--Standard practice of this church, and enjoin presby- of Freedom. teries to take care that their brethren do not deviate from the ordinary practice of the church in this matter, except in cases where, for reasons shown, leave may be asked and The Assembly of the Free Church met in obtained from the presbytery.” At a subse- the Canonmills Hall, Edinburgh, on Thursquent sitting, however, it was agreed to day, 24th May. After sermon by the retiring declare, “ That their decision relative to the moderator, Dr. Clason, Dr. Mackay of reading of discourses in pulpit ministrations, Dunoon was elected moderator for the year. shall not be understood as prohibiting from It is noticed by the newspapers that the moderausing their MSS. in the pulpit, such ministers tors of the assembly have assumed the cocked as have been accustomed in time past to hat, a piece of ceremony to which they were employ this mode of address."
accustomed in the days of their connexion with the establishment, and the resumption of which
we have not seen explained. The mission DR. FLETCHER OF FINSBURY.
secretary reported the following contributions At the annual meeting of the Supreme the past year,Home missions, £5320; edu
to the various schemes of the church during Court of the United Presbyterian Church, a committee reported that “ they had held full, cation, £15,198 ; College Fund, £4189 ; free, and pleasant intercourse with Dr. Flet Foreign Missions, £11,065; Colonial Mischer, and, in consequence, unanimously Building Fund, £4130 ; Canton de Vaud,
sions, £4007; Jewish Mission, £948; recommended that he be received into Chris- £2587. Total, £49,214, being an increase tian and ministerial fellowship with the United Presbyterian Church.” The Synod
over last year of £397.
For special pur: having unanimously adopted this recommend-poses, distinct from the above, donations had ation, Dr. Fletcher was formally admitted a
been made amounting to £20,600. During member and minister of the United Church, the nine years prior to the disruption the sum and being present, briefly addressed the collected for missionary purposes by the Synod in acknowledgment of the decision."
Church of Scotland was £108,778. During the six years since that event, the amount contributed to the same purposes by the
FREE CHURCH OF SCOTLAND.