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to be resorted to, and that it is as useful for legal purposes, (both as a clue to the best evidence, and as containing within itself
as much of that evidence as can be obtained The Association of the Baptist churches, from any record not sanctioned by act of New Brunswick, was held at King's Clear Parliament, as it is at all likely under the Joly 9 and 10, 1827. They are twenty- present system of the law that such an Ineight in number. Total number of mem- stitution can be made to be.' bers, 1347, of which there bad been added
“That this Meeting therefore earnestly in the year, 195. Their next meeting is recommends to the body of Dissenters the fixed for “ the third Monday after the 20th of use of the present Registry, and would exJane, 1828;" and that Elder Richard Scott ceedingly regret that any difficulty or defect (formerly of Lyme, Dorset,) preach the in possible cases, which no voluntary instiintroductory sermon.”
tutions can avoid, should diminish its upiIn their Corresponding Letter they re
versality, and, consequently, its useful. mark, “ As to the state of our churches, we
ness.'” are sorry to say that the additions to our
“That the whole scheme of Registration numbers are not so great as in former years; of Births, Marriages, and Deaths, in this but the Lord has his set time to favour Zion, country, appears to this Meeting to be radi. and there are a goodly number here who cally defective; not only as being identified are earnestly praying that He may come
with the establishment, within whose circle down as rain upon the mown grass, and as
a great portion of the community are not sbowers that water the earth.”
comprised, and by whose institutions, thereWe have seen a letter from the charch at fore, their civil exigences cannot be proSt. John's, in which they express a strong vided for, but also as being in its details dedesire that a well-educated, talented minis- fective in many important particulars, even ter from England, being a single man, would for the limited purposes which it is calcu
lated to serve. come out in the Spring, to settle with them as their pastor.
««• That this Meeting feels that such a reform as would effectually remedy the evils
complained of (many of which affect ChurchDOMESTIC.
men as well as Catholics, Jews, and every denomination of Nonconformists, in a greater or less degree,) can only be looked to as
likely to spring out of a more liberal policy We request the attention of our readers on the part of the Legislature, with regard to the subject of the following Cireular, re- litical situation of persons differing from the
to the greater questions which affect the polative to the Registry of Births kept at Dr. establishment in matters of faith; and that Williams's Library; we think it is entitled with this conviction, the Meeting looks with to their most careful consideration :-
increased anxiety to the speedy agitation “ The Committee of the deputies bave of those important topics in a new Parlia.. for some time had under their consideration ment, through the common exertions of the the subject of the Registry of Births, kept Dissenting body, and of the friends of civil at Dr. Williams's Library, and they have and religious liberty." taken opinions of the most eminent counsel “ • That this Meeting recommends to the as to its efficiency, and the means of its im- Deputies to address circulars to congregaprovement.
tions, founded on these resolutions.' “ After maturely considering the subject, “ The Committee of Deputies subsequentthey, in union with a deputation of the body ly referred it to a Sub-committee consisting of Ministers, lately came to the following of legal members of the Deputation, to maresolations :
ture any practical improvements which might « • That it appears to this Meeting, that seem desirable. the present system of Certificates and Re
On the present plan, a person desiring to gistry at Dr. Williams's Library is of a register the birth of a Child must neceshighly important and valuable character. sarily make two applications to the RegisThat it is admiraby adapted to the great trar, the registration-fee being paid on issuins majority of purposes for wbich it is likely the forms, which can be had no where but ,
REGISTRY OF BIRTHS.
the Library. This to persons resident in Probably the writers referred to will now the country must often have occasioned great favour us with their sentiments on the above inconvenience and expense of postage, &e. Circular, as we are most anxious that the as the forms, when obtained, must be sent discussion of the subject shall be as free as to tbe parties to be filled up and signed, and possible. afterwards returned to be carried to the Re. It will be seen that the Committee of the gistry and registered.”
Deputies recommend the certificates being “It has been thought most advisable, for on paper : it appears to us that parchment the purpose of saving trouble and expense, is most desirable, as the little saved in exthat the blank certificates should be on pence by the former, will be lost in durapaper, and sold in quantities at low prices, bility. so as to encourage the keeping of a stock for use in the Vestries of Congregations throughout England ;-a few, which the com
STEPNEY ACADEMICAL INSTITUTION. mittee issue in the first instance gratuitously, The Annual General Meeting of the Stepwill reach you herewith as specimens of the ney Academical Institution was held, purplan. The printed directions are very ex- suant to notice, at the King's Head tavern, plicit as to the use of the certificates, and Poultry, Jan. 15, 1828. The attendance the Committee trust that there will always was perhaps as good as the season of the be some one connected with each congrega- 1 year and the state of the evening would tion who can explain and assist if an
At half-past six o'clock, W. B. calties should arise, and who will take care Gurney, Esq. was called to the Chair. that blank certificates are always at hand. The Rev. Dr. Newman opened the meet.
T'he duplicates, when fully filled up, must ing with prayer; after which the Report and be taken (as before) by the party or any the Treasurer's account were presented to friend or agent to the Registrar at the Li- the Society, and the following resolutions brary, who will cut off and bind up in his adopted. book the Grst certificate, which covers the
Moved by the Rev. J. Hughes, seconded whole front page, and sign and return the
by the Rev. I. Mann: other to the bearer, and will then receive his fee of one shilling, instead of receiving it (as approved, printed, and circulated under the
Resolved–That the Report now read be before) on issuing the form.
direction of the Committee, The Committee wish to urge on you the desirableness of giving every facility and
Moved by the Rev. S. Griffin, seconded assistance to the use of an Institution ob- by W. Gillman, Esq. viously so beneficial; and they may add,
Resolved --That the Committee having, that though this registration is not intended on mature deliberation, unanimously invited to supersede or discourage the due and re- the Rev. W. H. Murch to become the Theogular keepiug up of Baptismal Registries in logical Tutor, and the Rev. S. Tomkins, those congregations where Infant Baptism A.M. Classical and Mathematical Tutor, is practised, yet that even in those cases it this meeting do most cordially adopt and is desirable also to have the Birth duly re-confirin such invitation. gistered in a permanent general Record. A letter having been read from the TreaYour obedient Servant,
surer, resigning his office, it was ROBERT WINTER,
Moved by Joseph Fletcher, Esq. secondSecretary. ed by Mr. Ashwell :
Resolved-That the cordial thanks of this The Editors take the opportunity which Society be presented to Joseph Gutteridge, the insertion of the above Circular from the Esq. Treasurer of the Institution, for the Deputies presents, to acknowledge the re
very valuable services which, from its comceipt of two letters, the one signed " Al- niencement, he has constantly rendered ; tornatus," and the other “H. D." on the and that they very deeply regret he feels it above subject.
necessary to resign his oslice. These communications apply chiefly to
Moved by Mr. Bosworth, seconded by the observations in our Number for Decem.
Mr. Summers: ber, on the decision of the Vice Chancellor. The writers argue, that the testimony of
Resolved—That W. B. Garney, Esq. be the father and other person present at the requested to fill the office of Treasurer for birth, was the evidence on which the Vice the year ensuing. Chancellor decided, and not the Register. Moved by Mr. Weare, seconded by Mr. On more mature consideration, we think Dowson : this view of the question the correct one. Resolved-That the thanks of this meetBoth the letters being rather long, perhaps ing be given to the Committee for their serthis notice of them will be deemed satisfac. vices during the past year, and that the tory.
following Geutlemen be the Committee for
the year ensuing, with power to fill up va. | lowing is one of its luminous and nervous cancies :
“As Protestant Dissenters we have learnRevd. T. Griffin, Messrs. Fletcher,
ed, and as Protestant Dissenting Ministers Newman,
we teach, that a practice which is not warIvimey,
ranted by the Holy Scriptures, and much
more one that is in opposition to them, can Pritchard,
derive no religious authority or sanction Mann,
whatsoever from antiquity or custom ; but Steane,
we cannot refrain from observing, with reMessrs, Ashwell,
gard to the practice in question, that it is of Bartlett,
recent origin, and peculiar to England, a Beddome,
land of Protestants; and further, that we Birkham,
know of no similar abuse of a Christian rite Bosworth,
in any one of the churches of Christendom. Danford.
To our own nation belongs the unhappy disMoved by Mr. Russell, jan, seconded by tinction of desecrating the solemn ordinance Rev. E. Steane :
of the Lord's Supper, by applyiug it to seResolved—That the cordial thanks of this cular and political uses ; and this humbling meeting be presented to the Rev. J. Blun- consideration should surely arouse both our dell, for his services as Secretary, and that patriotic and our Christian zeal, to roll away he be requested to continue them during the the reproach from our beloved country.” ensuing year.
The instructions supplied by the commuThe several resolutions were passed with nication from the “Committee for directing appropriate observations from the different the application,” &c. include important sagspeakers ; the meeting, though not large, gestions, and forms of petition composed in was harmonious; a good feeling seemed temperate and constitutional language, which prevalent; and our prayer, in reference to
we trust will be judiciously imitated in all the future, is, “Make us glad according to
the petitions which may be presented to Parthe days wherein thou hast afflicted us, and liament. As it respects petitions, they say, the years wherein we have seen evil : let
“ The Committee again earnestly caution thy work appear unto thy servants, and thy their more zealous friends against the use of glory unto their children ; and let the beauty their petitions. The Committee will thank
any intemperate or offensive expression in of the Lord our God be upon us, and establish thou the work of our hands upon us, and respectably as possible, and then to
you to get petitions signed as numerously yea, the work of our hands, establish thou transmit them, either to such Members of it."
the Houses of Lords and Commons as you may have an opportunity of personally interesting in our behalf, (which will be the most eligible mode,) or to Mr. Smith, the Chairman of the Committee."
The directions also as to the manner of We have received printed and written forwarding petitions deserves particular atcommunications from the “General body of teption. Protestant dissenting Ministers,” &c. from In relation to the same subject, we quote the “ Committee for conducting the Appli- the last resolutious in the paper transmitted cation to parliament for the repeal of the to us from the « Committee for the protecCorporation and Test Acts ;” and from the tion of religious liberty,” &c. “That they “Committee for the protection of religious also entreat that all congregations who have liberty," on the subject of petitioning the deferred their petitions, will cause petitions legislature for the repeal of these obnoxious to be prepared and forwarded without forstatutes.
ther delay; and they assure them if they We regret that our limits will not allow need any information, or desire to transmit us to present these valuable papers to our their petitions through this Society, that at readers in their entire form. This, how the office of John Wilks, Esq. Finsbury ever, is not of so much importance, as we Place, petitions will be received and inforbelieve the sources from which they ema- mation supplied. nate will give them a very extensive, if not We also requested to insert that a universal circulation.
Thomas Hayter, Esq. of Brixton bas con“ The address of the General body of sented to become Treasurer to that IostiProtestant Dissenting Ministers,” &c. is a tution, instead of the much lamented Treamost able performance, and cannot, we surer deceased, to him or the secretaries, think, be heard or read attentively, without annual contributions or donations may in making a powerful impression. The fol- future be sent.
ON THE REPEAL OF THE CORPORATION
AND TEST ACTS.
PERSECUTION SANCTIONED. cuit steward, to offer to sell it him ; that,
though forced to leave it himself, some one (From a Correspondent.)
might possess it who would continue the You are doubtless acquainted, through worship of God in the place. The suffering the medium of the public papers, with the veteran had part of his house beaten down, failure of a prosecution at the Berks quar- every window broken, and which even now ter sessions, held at Abingdon, Oct. 16, are not repaired, through fear of further against the disturbers of religious worship damage, and himself and poor old wife exat Charney, a village about seven miles from posed to the chilling night air while in bed, Wantage. The decision of the Magistrates, having no other defence than a curtain that there was a flaw in the indictment, inas- drawn across the shattered casement. Wbile much as no copy of registration was in pos. they were assembled in one room for the session of the Clerk of the County Sessions, worship of God, the little provision made has caused great uneasiness in this neighbour. for the minister, before his walk home at hood.
night, of seven miles, was stolen in another. The impression is, that no places of reli- One fellow came in with a blackened face, gious worship, registered since the act of stopped the preacher, and d
--d the con52 Geo. III. are safe from interruption. In gregation. fact, such an idea prevails among the per- One man, coming to the meeting, was secutors themselves, and they continue to struck in the side by a stone, and in the eye threaten, not interruption only, but death; by a rotten egg, and afterwards knocked for their ruffian-like language is Go who down by the rioters. A woman was strack will to preach, they'll beat their brains out !” | in her side by a stone, in her way from the
You will understand, Sir, that in reference service, and after her return home, six panes to the register, the certificate of its registra- of glass were broken by stones thrown at tion was produced in Court, siguied by the her windows. Mr. Flint, the minister, and ecclesiastical registrar of Salisbury; and is Mr. Allen, a local preacher, were obliged to not this all that are required of Dissenters to escape with the greatest haste, amidst stones produce ? Living, as we do, fifty or sixty and brickbats. Of their escape the rioters miles from Salisbury, to which place there were ignorant, and kept pelting the poor is no regular conveyance of any kind from cot for hours after; and wheelbarrows full hence, must we necessarily journey thence of stones were wheeled away the next mornto bring up the bishop's registrar, to prove ing, some of which were given to a neighthe certificate of which we are already in bour, to help build a stable. Nor, Sir, was possession, whenever our religious assem- this the only outrage ; there had been three blies may be disturbed ? Or, if it be the or four before, nearly of equal atrocity, and duty of the registrar to certify to the county the Gospel is now driven from the place, as clerk that such places have been registered, no minister can make his appearance in the are we to be nonsuited, and exposed to every village. Not that the ministers of this insult, through his neglect of duty? If so, neighbourhood are intimidated through fear it is high time that our ministers and socie- of personal danger-no; they “count not ties, of all denominations of Dissenters and their lives dear unto themselves, so that Methodists in London, who live near the they may finish their course with joy, and seat of the Legislature, should endeavour the ministry they have received of the Lord to obtain some new enactment, that shall Jesus, to testify of the Gospel of the grace release as from such disabilities. Little do of God;" but, without further protection, Christians in London know what their bre- they have no safety for their hearers, nor thren in some parts of the country endure, any hope of meeting peaceably for the wor. through want of faithfulness and impartiality ship of God. in county magistrates, many of them bigoted Wantage.
W.G. parish priests ; nor can we hope for much improvement, until the repeal of the odious P.S. It has been said that the attorney
Test Act shall place on the bench more men for the prosecution was negligent in procurof religion and intellect.
ing documents, bat all concerned freely exThe Wesleyan minister has just been with onerate him ; for even the able counsellor the writer, saying that the poor old man himself did not expect the objection that iu whose house the outrage in question was led to the aoquittal of the defendants, and committed, (and who was nearly killed by strongly protested against it. the throwing of stones, when kneeling in prayer with his wife at their bed side,) call- Whether the Society of Deputies, or the ed on him this morning, bitterly lamenting Protestant Society, have undertaken to set that the parish officers would neither give this matter to rights, we cannot say; but him money nor work, unless he sold his there can be uo doubt it will be taken up, little cottage, and that he was gone off to and prosecuted with vigour. A most gross Lamborne, to Mr. Burls, a respectable cir- outrage has been committed upon the privi
leges of Protestant Dissenters, which if afterwards the Rev. Wm. Hartley was or"the laws, as they exist at present, will not dained pastor. He bad been a member at panish, we feel confident a respectful ap- Wainsgate, and had received some instrucplication to his Majesty's Government will tions from Dr. Fawcett. Mr. H.'s ministry lead to instant and effectual relief. We was attended with much success, the conshould not bave expected that any magis- gregation increased, and many were baptrates could have come to such a decision, tized. He removed in 1779, and was sucviz.—that the neglect of a public registrar, cecded in the same year by the Rev. J. duly to enter the transaction of which a certi- Hindle, who had studied under Dr. Fawcett, ficate was granted, should invalidate the and is said to have been a very eloquent and claims of the Dissenters to protection from popular preacher. It was soon found necesbratal outrage, and exonerate their cruel sary to enlarge the chapel, and for ten years persecators from liability to punishment.- Mr. H..continued to preach to overflowing EDITORS.
congregations ; but being uvhappily of an
irritable disposition, a mere trifle discomHISTORY OF THE BAPTIST CHURCH AT posed him, and ne abandoned his post in
1789. He finally settled at Manchester, HALIFAX.
after frequent removals, and there, for the As there is no document in the possession first time, his talents failed to attract. This of the church at Halifax, containing a regu- was too much for a man of his temperament. lar detail of its rise and progress, it is diffi- He yielded to despondency, and at last sunk calt to furnish historical data with absolute under excessive anxiety. exactness. From the records of neighbour- Mr. Hindle was succeeded in the ministry ing churches, and the biographies which at Halifax hy the Rev. J. Cherry, late of have been consulted, it appears that this Wellington, Somerset. His continuance, interest commenced about the year 1755 ; however, was of short duration, A consimut by what particular instrumentality the derable number, more remarkable for their first members were collected, the writer of captiousness than their piety, evinced disthis article cannot ascertain. Mr. Crabtree, satisfaction with the ministry. Party spirit of Bradford, was, at the time referred to, ran high, discontent raged, and Mr. Cherry commencing his ininisterial career; and as at last yielded to the opposition, in 1790. there is mention, in the Memoir published It is impossible to refer to that period by the Rev. 1. Mann, of Mr. C.'s having without the deepest regret. The congregabaptized some persons at Halifax, it is rea- tion had previously been in a most flourishsonable to suppose that he was a means of ing condition, including some of the most forming the Baptist interest in that place. respectable families in the town ; but during The Rev. C. Bamford was the first pastor. the above mentioned disputes, numbers forHe was a member of the church at Bacap, sook the place, never to return, whilst disand commenced his ministry at Halifax cord and desertion took place of peace and sometime in 1755. He removed in 1760, prosperity. The interest bas never since and was pastor of the churches at Acering- acquired its former strength, and can ton, Totilebank, Heybarn, and Polemoor, scarcely be said to have redeemed its former successively; at the last of which places he character. In 1792, the covenant already died, full of years and in the midst of use- referred to was renewed, in presence of Mr. fulness.
Crabtree, Mr. Hartley, and Dr. Fawcett; Mr. Bamford was succeeded by the Rev. and in the following December Mr. Hartley J. Wood, who had been a minister amongst resumed the pastoral charge. He removed the Independents at Wakefield, but, chang- again in 1795, and was succeeded by the ing his views on the subject of baptism, he Rev. Mr. Wade, who had been pastor of the accepted an invitatiou from the church at church at Accrington. He relinquished his Halifax, and was ordained August 6, 1760. charge in 1799, and removed to Hull, where The cause at that time was low, and the he continued, as pastor of the church at worship was conducted in a room. In 1762 Salthouse-lane, until age and infirmities Mr. Wood was concerned in the purchase of obliged him to submit to superannuation. land for the erection of a chapel. During He is still living. Soon after Mr. W.'s his ministry, Sandemanianism obtained departure, the church invited the Rev. Wm. amongst the members to..such an extent, Ackroyd, at that time a member at Hebden that the church was thrown into confusion, Bridge, to the pastoral office. He comand twenty members were excluded. These menced his ministry in 1800, and presided events led to Mr. Wood's removal. He over the church nearly twenty-five years. afterwards settled at Salendine Nook, where He resigned his charge January 1825, and he died. In Dr. Fawcett's Memoirs bo- died on the 30th of April, 1826. pourable mention is made of his talents A short time before Mr. Ai's resignation, and character. In the year 1772, a “church an attempt was made to establish a separate covenant” was formed, and immediately Baptist interest at Halifax. Some indivi