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daals, members with the Independents, feeble interests in large towns, and they having embraced the seatiments of the Bap- bave eminently succeededoz surely there is tists, united with a few others who had no nothing in our peculiar tenets to forbid connection with the old interest, and hired / emulation, or to neutralize zeal. a room, in which they carried on public The foregoing statement and appeal are worship regularly. They were subsequently submitted to those who may be situated beformed into a church, Dr. Steadman and yond the reach of a more direct application. other ministers assisting. Providence seem- The minister of the place would feel obliged ed to favour this effort. The Sabbath ser- by any communication on the subject. vices, conducted by neighbouring ministers

C. THOMPSON. and students from Bradford, were well at- Halifax, Oct. 1827. tended, and hopes were entertained of increasing and lengthened prosperity. On the resignation of Mr. Ackroyd, the Rev. C.

ASSOCIATION.. Thompson, then studying at Bradford, was invited to supply the vacant pulpit. The

SOUTHERN. church at that time numbered only twenty The Southern Association met Sept. 4 and members, and the congregation was very 5, 1827, at Meeting-house-alley, Portsea. inconsiderable. Indications of returning Tuesday evening, Mr. Fletcher prayed, prosperity, however, became manifest, and and Mr. Whitewood preached, from 1 Pet. the mourners over Zion's desolation began i. 17. to hope for better days. Mr. Thompson Wednesday morning, seven o'clock, Mr. frequently supplied, and ultimately yielding Cakebread prayed, and Mr. Draper preachto the solicitations of the people, and en-ed, from 2 Thes. ii. 13.-Half-past teu, Mr. couraged by the opening prospects, accepted Morris prayed, and read a portion of Scripthe pastoral office. He was ordained Au: ture; and Mr. Russell preached, from Ps. gust 3, 1826, Fifty-six have been added cxxvi. 5.; after which the Association reto the church in little more than two years, tired for business. a proportionate increase having taken place

Wednesday evening, Mr. Neave prayed. in the congregation.

Mr. Bulgin preached, and Mr. Miall conThus has God visited his people. His cluded the services with prayer. presence and evergy have gladdened many

The next Association is to be held at hearts, and have excited anticipations of Newport, on the Tuesday and Wednesday extended and protracted blessings. On

in the week after Whitsun-week. The bre. considerable disadvantage, however, attends thren Morris and Neave, are requested to this interest. The chapel is badly situated, preach : the latter, on the best means of and in its internal accommodation is wretch- promoting a revival of religion, especially edly inconvenient. Thus a damp is cast on in the associated churches. the zeal of the minister and people, for as all the other places of worship in the town are spacious, some even splendid, it is vain to hope that many will be found willing to sacrifice their personal comfort under such

ORDINATIONS, &c. circumstances. Add to this, in the absence of convenience at the chapel, it has been found necessary to administer baptism in exceedingly impure water, at the distance On Wednesday, Nov. 28, 1827, the Rev. of a mile and a half from the town. These | E. Probert was ordained over the Baptist things have presented, in not a few ascer. Church at Eastcombs, Gloucestershire. Mr. tained cases, insuperable objections to a Webly of Avening began in prayer. Mr permanent connection with the interest. The White of Cirencester described the nature friends of the place would provide better of a Gospel church, asked the usual quesaccommodation, but limited resources for- tions and received the confession of faith. bid the attempt. Oh, that some of our Mr. Hawkins of Stroud, the former pastor, wealthier brethren and churches would but offered the Ordination prayer; Mr. Fry ofencourage the erection of a chapel! an event Coleford delivered an impressive charge which, as far as human foresight can deter- from Acts xx. 28. and Mr. Cousins of King

mipe, would most effectually advance the stauley concluded in prayer. In the even| Baptist interest in this large and respectable ing Mr. Francis of Uley, began in prayer.

town. There is at present an extensive and Mr. Fry, in consequence of the disappointfavourable excitement, and land most eligibly ment of a minister in the neighbourhood, situated may be procured. Should the pre-judiciously addressed the people from Phil. sent opportunity be sacrificed, the cause ii. 29, and Mr. Deane of Chalford concluded may finally sink. Our Independent bretbren in prayer the very interesting services of are laudably zealous in patronizing infant or the day.



Though the day was very unfavourable, On Tuesday, Oct. 16, 1827, the Rev. the attendance was considerable, and the Jolin Dore, late of Redruth, Cornwall, was people present appeared deeply interested publicly recognised as the pastor over the in the services of the day. l'articular Baptist church at Wimborne, A few serious individuals resident in this Dorset. The Rev. Samuel Spink (Inde- dark village and its vicinity, commenced pendent minister of the town) commenced this infaut cause at Michaelmas, 1826, by the service by reading the Scriptures and having stated preaching in a carpenter's prayer; the Rev. James Hoby, of Wey- shop, which soon proving too small to conmouth, delivered the introductory address tain the increasing number of hearers, in and prayed ; after which two sermons were the spring a large barn was kindly lent preached, one by the Rev. Sam. Bulgin, of during the summer months, by a gentleman Poole, on the nature and importance of the of the Independent denomination. But as ministerial office, from 1 Tim. iii. 1.; an

the barn could not be retained any longer other by the Rev. James Millard, of Ly-than till harvest, the friends were under the mington, on the duty and privileges of the necessity either of abandoning the cause, members of churches, from Phil. ii. 1-4. and dispersing the congregation, or of erect

In the evening the Rev. Henry Gill read ing a place wherein to meet. After serious the Scriptures and prayed ; the Rev. James deliberation, united with earnest prayer, Hoby delivered a discourse on the nature of they resolved to adopt the latter mode of the kingdom of Christ, from Ps. ii. 6 ; and proceeding; and now a large and attentive the Rev. W. Davis (Independent minister / congregation is collected, and the prospects of Dorchester) concluded in prayer. are of an encouraging nature. Although

The services of the day were well attend the most strenuous exertions have been ed, and highly interesting.

made by the friends at Langley to defray the expences wbich have been incurred, a part

of the debt still remains, for the reduction GOITRE,

of which an appeal will be made to the geOn Wednesday, October 17, 1827. Mr. nerosity of the Christian public, B. Williams, of Trosvant, was ordained On Tuesday, Jan. 1, 1828, seven persons pastor of the Baptist church at Goitre, Mon-wero organised into a church of the Partimouthshire. Brother W. Williams, intro- cular Baptist denomination, hy the Rev. daced the services of the day by reading the J. Wilkinson, of Saffron Walden. Scriptures and prayer.

Brother D, Phillips, of Caerleon, delivered the inproduc

DISTRIBUTION OF PROFITS. tory discourse, asked the usual questions, Widows relieved from the profits of this received the confession of faith, and offered work, Dec. 21, 1827 :op the Ordination prayer. Brother D. S. J...

£4 | J. F.

£3 Roberts, of Trosnant, Mr. Williams's pas- M. B.

Ε. Α. tor, delivered the charge from 1 Tim. iv. 16. M. R.

M. J. Brother J. Michael, of Sion ohapel, address- E. J.

A. G. ed the church from 1 Thess. v. 13. and E. C.

5 A. H.

4 concluded the interesting services of the H. N.

5 morning in prayer. Three other services were held in con

NOTICE, nection with the above, in which brethren

The Baptist Missionary Prayer-meeting W. Thomas, Blaenau ; J. Lewis, Llanwenarth; D. Lewis, Penuel; W. Richards, Salters' Hall Chapel on the first Monday in

recently instituted in London, to be held at Penyrheol ; and M. Lewis, Chapel-y-ffin ; the month, for the spread of the Gospel

, were engaged.

will be held on the 4th inst. at half. past six

o'clock, when it is hoped that the Rev. LANGLEY, ESSEX.

Isaiah Birt will deliver the address. On Tuesday, Oct. 9, 1827, a very plain, Errata.--The following Welsh Baptist bat neat meeting-house, 34 feet long by 26 Churches were inadvertently omitted in the feet wide, belonging to the Particular Bap- list at p. 28 :tist denomination, was opened in this place,

MONTGOMERYSHIRE. on which occasion three sermons were preach- Kerry

John Jones. ed; that in the morning by the Rev. J. Rhyd-felen Meakin, of Cottenham, Cambridgeshire, Llandrinio..... from Isa. liv. 17; that in the afternoon hy Wespry

Joseph Ashford. the Rev. T. Sutton, of the same place, from

CARMARTHENSHIRE, Isa. xvi. and part of the 4th verse; that in Waun-chan-da.... Lewis Lewis, the evening by the Rev. T. Watts, of Oak

RADNORSHIRE. ington, Cambridgeshire, from Ps. xxxv. 27. Maeg-yr-helem.... Abraham Evans.


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interests of the party which gave them Greece. --The ambassadors of the Al

circulation. lied Powers have left Turkey, and we

Of the Administration now forming, look with an anxious and foreboding the Duke of Wellington is to be First spirit to the next scene in the Turkish Lord of the Treasury, the Right Hon. drama. Our apprehensions are cer

Henry Goulburn, Chancellor of the Extainly not diminished by what has oc

chequer, &c. curred, and is occurring in other nations.

It would be premature to pass any We do not say war has actually begun, opinion on an Administration at present nor even that it will take place, but we

incomplete, and we wish not to surrensee and hear enough to convince us, that der ourselves too much to the influence in those quarters where the power exists of party names, but to wait for their to avert such a calamity, every prepara

political movements. By their fruits tion is being made to meet it.


ye know them.” France.--By the Moniteur and the

A very singular document has just Gazette de France, it appears that the been issued by the Ministers and Elders first efforts of the new Ministry are of the Scotch Church resident in Londirected to the extirpation of that bane- don, entitled—“A Pastoral Letter from ful influence which, under the patron

the Scotch Presbytery in London, adage of Corbiere and most of his col- dressed to the baptized of the Scottish leagues, the Jesuits were fast regaining Church residing in London and its viin France. With this view, the official cinity, and in the southern parts of the Gazette contains a report from Count island.” Portalis to the King, recommending the

This document contains the following appointment of a Commission to inquire statement:into the state of the Ecclesiastical

“Of the tens of thonsands of our counSchools, for the purpose of securing this city and neighbourhood, (of whom it is

trymen and their descendants resident in the execution of the laws in them, and reckoned not less than a hundred thousand to place them in harmony with the Po- have received baptism at the hand, and are litical Legislation. The Commission therefore members, of the Scottish Church, includes several of the inost respectable for whose souls she is responsible,) not one names in France, so that there is no thousand present themselves at the Table of reason for supposing that the inquiry and join themselves to the body of Christ,

the Lord, to renew their baptismal covenant, will not probe the subject to the bottom, for their spiritual nourisbment and growth and prove a death-blow to the perni- in grace.” cious influence of the Jesuits.

What proportion these items bear to The Report bears the Royal appro- corresponding items in churches simibation of the 20th January.

larly constituted, we cannot tell; but
does not the lamentable fact here stated

furnish demonstrative evidence of the The national interest has been ab- folly of attempting to rear a spiritual sorbed during the past month, by the edifice of other materials than those disorganized state of the British Cabi- which have been previously constituted net, Lord Goderich's resignation hav. “lively stones,” fitted and prepared by ing been foll

red by that of his minis- a divine hand ? terial associates. In this unsettled A petition for the repeal of the Test state of things, a successiou of rumours and Corporation Acts was carried on the has been afloat as to their probable-suc- 24th ult. by the Mayor, Aldermen, and cessors in office, receiving their shape Common Council of London, only three and colour from the hopes, or fears, or hauds being held up against it.

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The Committee have been very desirous that the persons employed by them as Readers of the Irish Scriptures, should be men of sound principles, of good character, and of competent talents. For the information of the Friends of the Society, the Secretaries have lately addressed to their Superintendents some pointed inquiries in respect to the Readers, which will be found to have already produced most satisfactory answers. One of these, from our excellent friend, Major Colpoys, a most respectable Magistrate, is given without abridgement. The Chronicle for the present month will be confined to the operations of the Society in the province of Munster.

To the Secretaries of the Baptist Irish Society. stronger and stronger. The priests comLimerick, Nov. 16th, 1827.

mand that there should be no dealing with

those who leave them ; that their money MY DEAR SIRS,

should not be received for provision, and AGRECABLE to your desire, I send you an- that no one should bave any communication swers to the queries which you sent, and whatever with them, but to be hooted and which I put with some additional ones to abused ; this you will see by the Major's the Itinerant and Sabbath readers. Some letter. I can most confidently assure you, bave not yet come to hand. You have them that there is the greatest anxiety in the answered in their own hand-writing, which people to read the Scriptures, to hear the I believe to be strictly true, from what I gospel, and to educate their children, and have seen and beard, and as they are pious, that they think it the greatest hardship to zealous, and devoted men who have hazard- be prevented by the priests. One of the ed their lives in the glorious cause : these queries which you put is, “what evidences facts are supported by a letter from Major are there of the priests' influence being lesColpoys which I send, who is one of the sened.” I think very great. The people most respectable gentlemen and magistrates wish for, and wonder the government does in the county, which would be affirmed by not interfere for them, and prevent the proothers if necessary. This is a cause for gra- ceedings of the priests, that they and their titude even from me, as they are the acknow- children may enjoy the benefits offered them ledged fruit of the Lord's blessing on my by Scriptural instruction and education. (See humble labours, they were benighted, they Thos. Bushe's and Pat. Guning's Journals.) were deluded papists. What a happy change! This is a very general idea and opinion. Read their Journals, count the multitude of Notwithstanding all the priests say or threatmiles they travel, the hundreds, the thou- en, the people hear and speak, but not to sands to whom they read and expound the the extent they otherwise would, for fear. Scriptures in the English and Irish lan- The Society had grent difficulties to conguages, the numbers taught to read them. tend with in the commencement, and since, M.Namara, the Irish teacher and Sabbath not only from opposition, but for want of a reader, alone says, “ that when he has eight sufficient supply of suitable agents, to work completed whom be is now teaching, he with. I had only one sent --- a Protestant will have 104 finished capable of reading school-master when I commenced the Sothe Irish Scriptures." Great anxiety and ciety's labours in these parts, all the rest enquiry have been excited by their laboars. were papists ; now I have only one popish Maltitudes have been led to doubt the truth school-master, and he can hardly be consi. of popery, and some have turned away, great dered one. The Lord having greatly blessnumbers would, were it not for fear of star-ed the labours of the Society, they now vation and death ; but the people will get only want support, and a continuance of His

approbation and blessing, which he bas pro- 1 is also something very conciliatory in his mised on his own word, and I have no doubt manner, the result not only of natural good but that He will open the hearts and the temper, but (I should hope) of Christian , hands of his people, to come forward in aid principle. of His most glorious cause, against anti- I consider Thynne as very inferior, in christ, the great enemy of his blessed Soo, point of talent as well as in acquaintance and the deceiver and destroyer of immortal with the Scriptures, to Ryan, and you may souls.

remember I was somewhat disappointed in I bave only just returned after a long tour him when he first came here on trial ; but of preaching and inspection ; with this I now after keeping a very close eye on him send a statement of the schools, and list of ever since his arrival, and subjecting bim Itinerant and Sabbath readers under my to the inspection of some who would be glad superintendence, established in the counties to point out a fault in him, I am convinced of Clare, Galway, Tipperary, and Limerick. he is a man of sound religious principle, From tlíe severity of the weather, the late sincerely desirous to do bis utmost in makness of the season, and the rigorous and ing the word of life known to his benighted unabating persecution of the priests, I neighbours, and labouring hard to enable scarcely expected to find any children in the himself to do so. He attends my morning schools, but they exceeded iny expectations. lectures at the schools twice a week, and at Some were doing extremely well. I came the Sunday school here, and the Sunday upon them unexpectedly, and found all right. evenings lecture. In our lectures at the In one of the female schools a little more schools (where I proceed by propouvding than three months established in place of questions on the portion of Scripture read one elsewhere, broken up by the priest, se- more than by any direct exposition of them,) veral of the girls repeated 10, 12 and 18, I refer to Thyone for parallel texts op evers each to the amount of 217 chapters : they subject, and he has acquired great facility have an excellent mistress, well worthy of at pointing them out. In short I am now encouragement, and very extraordinary. I so well satisfied with his desire to be useful am informed the priest has become very in the cause of religion, and his gradual imfriendly to the school, and consequently it provement, that though he is still far inwill increase and flourish.

ferior in talent and in knowledge to some of W. THOMAS. your other readers, I should if called on by

the Society for my opinion, recommend his

being continued. As to the distance to From Major Colpoys, to the Rev. William which he itinerates, and which I believe you Thomas.

thought too confined, I cannot help differing

in opinion with you. The district in which Ballycarr, Dec. 3, 1627.

he acts is a very populous one, two Market MY DEAR SIR,

towns, Sixmilebridge and Newmarket, the

large and populous village of Kilkishen and In consequence of the inquiries you have Clare, and several of the most populous been making respecting the Society's Scrip. hamlets in the county being within the circle. ture readers. I take this opportunity of He goes occasionally to Mr. Synges, eighstating what I know of those now on the teen Trish miles from bence. I am entirely borders of this county. I know nothing of opinion that a smaller circle would be personally of Bushe or Nash, but I am well better than a larger one. With people who acquainted with their proceedings from good cannot read the Scriptures, frequent repetiauthority ; they have both audergone a great tion is necessary. "Precept upon precept, deal of persecation, yet they have continued line upon line,” otherwise they will forget, steady to their engagements, and active and before a second visit from the reader comes zealous in the cause they have espoused; round, what they learned from the first; and I and you must be pretty well aware now should think it the duty of the reader, wherewba: firmness of mind and devotion to the ever he has reason to think some religious cause, are necessary to enable them to bear impression, or some removal of error, may up against the violent efforts, made, not only have been brought about in an individual or to alienate the minds of all their neighbours, in a family, to follow it up. I am anxious to but even to excite (as is often done), their embrace the opportunity of transmitting this own families to the greatest animosity against by a person jast departing for Limerick, and them. Your other readers, Ryan and Thyone, must conclude with kind regards for yourI have known personally for some years. I

self and Mrs. Thomas, in which Mrs. Colpoys look on Ryan to be the most talented man of cordially joins, assuring you that I remain them all, well versed in the Scriptures, always truly yours, quick and clever at referring to apposite

J. COLPOYS. texts on every occasion, and I believe very sincere in his religious professions. There

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