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On Wednesday, March 18, 1818, a 400 tons, is capable of accommodating most crowded aud respectable meeting from seven to eight hundred bearers; was held, pursuant to a notice published and it is confidently hoped, that a large in our last Number, at the City of Lone number of sailors will be found willing don Tavern, Bishopsgate-street, to form to avail themselves of the opportunity a new institution for the benefit of sail. | furnished for their benefit, and promise ors, nominiated “ The Port of London ing such important and inestimable reSociety for promoting Religion among sults. Merchant Seamen.”

R. H. Marten, Fsq. America-square, Benjamin Shaw, Esq. M. P. was called Minories, was elected Treasurer. The to the chair. R. H. Marten, Esq.stated Rev. N. E. Sloper, of Chelsea; Mr. J. at large the object the meeting, and Thompson, of Brixton-hill, and Mr. W. urged it by a variety of suitable and Cooke, of Prescott-street, were ap. forcible arguments upon the attention of pointed gratuitous Secretaries, to whom all classes present. The Rev. Drs. Collo all communications respecting this insti. yer and Rippon; the Rev. Messrs. tution are to be addressed, Vowles, Ivimey, Hoby, Harper. Smith, This Society having been informed Hyatt, and Evans, with Messrs. Cowen, that individuals wholly unconnected Jennings, Munu, and other gentlemen, with it have been collecting in its name, severally addressed the meeting upon thinks it necessary to caution the public the inportant and interesting features against giving to any persons whose of such a society the advantages likely characters are not sufficiently known to to accrue from its operations, and the recommend the application. obligations which all who value the souls of men must feel themselves under 10

ORDINATIONS. promote it. A liberal subscription was opened. The numerous assembly de

HAVERFORDWEST. parted at a late hour of the day amply gratified with the accounts they had

On Wednesday, October 1, 1817, the received, and with the new and inter- Rev. J. H. Hinton was ordained pastor esting measure of Christian benevolence of the particular Baptist church in Ha. which had been proposed to their ato verfordwest, Worship was begun by tention,

Mr. Rees, of Froghole; and the ordina, From the report of the Provisional tion-service conducted by Mr. Reynolds, Committee it appeared, that in full re

of Middle-Mill. The charge was deli. liance on the public liberality, a ship is vered by Mr. Harries, of Swansea, from already purchased, and in a forward Acts, XX. 28; and Mr. Herring, of Cara state of preparation for the principal digan, addressed the church, from 1.Cor. object of the Society, namely, the ix. 1. Mr. Evans, of Caermarthen, preaching of the gospel twice every preached in the evening. The service Sunday to the sailors upon their own was highly interesting, and the prospects element. The ressel, which is nearly are very encouraging.

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BRAINTREE.

Addition to the List of Moneys received for

the Baptist Missionary Society, inserted On Tuesday, December 23, 1817, Mr.

in our last Magazine. Richard Millar was ordained pastor over the particular Bapti-t church at Brain. Paid to Dr. RYLAND, by Mr. BUTTON tree, Essex. Mr. Craig, The Indepen.

£ s. d. dent n;inister, of Bucking, began the Hitchin Church and Congregaservice : by reading and prayer; Mr. tion Collection, by the Rev. Garrington, of Burnhàm, delivered the Mr. Geard

23 00 introductory discourse, asked the usual Folkestone Auxiliary Society, questions, and received the confession of by Mr. Stace

21 12 0 faith; Mr. King, of Halsted, offered the A Friend, by the Rev. J. Roordination prayer; Mr. Pilkington, of gers, Eynsford, Kent.co... 1 10 Rayleigh, gave a serious and impressive Lady Frances Harper, for charge, from Phil. ii. 20; Mr. Wilkin- translating

1 10 son, of Saffron-Walden, preached to the Lady Frances Harper's Servants 4 10 0 people, from 1 Thess. v. 12, 13; Mr. J. R.

0 15 0 Carter, of Braintree, (Independent minister,) concluded with prayer.

Subscriptions received by Mr. Button, for

the late Mr. Bradley's Family. FENNY STRATFORD.

ds. d.

By Mr. Ivimey=from the Ret. Mr. James Crudge, late pastor of the Mr. Cole and friends at Popparticular Baptist church at Bythorn, lar

3 13 6 Hants, has been unanimously chosen pas- From a friend of the Rev. Mr. tor of the Baptist church at Fenny Strat- Thomas, of Abergavenny. 1 0 0 ford, Bucks; and on the 23d. July last, “ The Orphan's Mite, to the was publicly recognised by that church Rev. W. Bradley's family' 1 00 as their pastor. The Rev. Mr. Keely, of Inclused in a note, signed, Ridgmount, asked the usual questions ; " The Writer"

1 00 the church, by one of its deacons, related Thomas Olive, Cranbrook the leadings of divine providence, and the consequent stops they had taken, which had issued in the business of the

Poetry. day; Mr. Crudge recited the leading ar. ticles of his faith; Mr. Keely addressed the pastor from Matt. xxv. 21. The Rer. F. A. Cox, M. A., of Hackney, addressed

HYMN I. the church from James, i. 9, 10. The devotional parts of the service were con

Our Father, which art in Heavena ducted by Messrs. Hobson, of Maulden, Wilson, (now of Dublin,) and Simmons, O! Thou o'er all things Lord supremes of Olney. The services were concise,

Whose Providence fills earth & sky, solemn, and interesting.

Thy praise for ever be our theme,

Our Father, yet the God most high. GOSWELL-STREET ROAD.

What gracious, oh! what mighty love,

Dost thou for sinful mortals bear, On Tuesday, August 19, 1817, Mr. That thou whilst thron’d in light above, 1 John Bolton was ordained pastor of the

Shouldst keep us with a Father's carc. Baptist church in Spencer-place, Goswell-street road. Mr. Keen commenced

Not only being, life, and breath, by reading the Scriptures and prayer;

linmortal Father hast thou given; Mr. Sowerby asked the usual questions,

But to preserve us e'en in death, received the confession of faith, and stat.

Thine only Son was spar'd from heav'ı. ed the scriptural nature and foundation Ob! the ecstatic blissful thought, of a gospel church; Mr. Trivett, of That Christ our elder brother came; Yorkshire, offered up the ordination His hreast with tender inercy fraught, prayer; Mr. Shenston gave the charge To change for Son the alien's name! from 1 Tim. iv. 16; and Mr. Carr concluded the morning services by prayer.

May bis benignant grace inspire In the evening, Mr. Rodgers commenced | Oh! could we serve our heavenly Sire

Our hearis with filial love to Thee; with prayer; Mr. Keeble preached to the church from 2 Cor. xiii. 11, and con

As sons of God from error free! cluded in prayer.

H. LE

London : Printed by J. BARFIELD, 91, Wardour-Street, Soho.

Baptist Magazine.

MAY, 1818.

MEMOIR OF THE LATE REV. BENJAMIN FRANCIS,
PASTOR OF THE CHURCH AT HORSLEY,

GLOUCESTERSHIRE.
(Continued from page 125.)

MR. FRANCIS composed and enlargement of the place of wor. printed several elegies for his ear-ship: the day was appointed for lier correspondents and intimate the opening, but was unfixed, acquaintance, for Mr. Whitfield, Dr. Ryland being called that day Mr. Day, Dr. Caleb Evans, Mr. to attend the funeral of Mr. Williams, of Cardigan, &c. Some Pearce, at Birmingham; and Mr. of his elegies were in Welsh, Francis's own illness rapidly inwith various other poems. On creasing, the same friend, who his death-bed he composed an had been solicited to preach at elegy for Mr. Pearce, of Bir- the opening of the meeting-house, mingham, who was just deceased. was called upon to improve the He would weep at the remem- mournful event of committing the brance of his dear acquaintance, remains of this excellent servant such as the Rev. Joshua Thomas, of God to the tomb. of Leominster, with whom he

It appears that Mr. Francis kept up a constant correspond adopted a method, of which he ence for many years; the Rev. probably took the hint from Dr. D. Turner, of Abingdon, &c. Cotton Mather, of proposing and looking up toward beaven, questions to himself every mornhe would call it “ the residence ing of the week, to assist him in of his most numerous friends, the best method of doing good containing far more of them than in all his connections. death had left him to enjoy on

Lord's Day morning.--What earth.”

can I do more for God, in the God rendered the latter years promotion of religion, in the of his life honourable and useful church over which I am pastor? in a very high degree. Large ad

Monday.--What can I do for ditions were made to the church;

my family, as a husband, a faand the rest he was grati- ther, or a master?

among fied with being called to baptize both his own daughters. The

Tuesday.--What good can I congregation was multiplied to

do for my relations abroad? that degree, as to require a third Wednesday.-What good can

YOL. X.

some

I do in the societies of which I earth, he expressed a wish to am a member?

enjoy a final interview with the Thursday.- What good shall officers of the church; and no I do for the churches of Christ sooner had they entered his at large ?'

chamber, than he felt such vio.

lent emotions as forbade his ut. Friday.-What special sub- terance for a time; but when he jects of affliction, and objects of had a little recovered himself, he pity, may I take under my parti- counselled them to watch over cular care ? and what shall I do the welfare of the church with the for them?

tenderest sympathy, and to pro Saturday.-What more have I mote its welfare with the utmost to do for the interest of God in assiduity. He cautioned them my own heart and life?

against the love of the world, and From the preceding sketch, exhorted them to beware lest a idea

may be formed of the carnal spirit should abate their nature of true religion, as exem- zeal, and cramp their exertions. plified in this faithful servant of He earnestly besought them to Jesus Christ.

lay themselves out for the benefit As to the frame of bis mind of the whole community, and to during his last illness, it did not prefer the interest of Zion to seem to be raised to that height their chief joy. With the ut. of rapture with which some have most fervour he recommended to been indulged, but habitually them to cultivate the Christian placid, and supported by strong temper; and as all his views of consolation. One morning, hava practical religion were connected ing his Welsh Bible put into his with the doctrine of the cross, he hand, he directly referred to his burst forth in a strain of evangefavourite Psalm (the 23d), and lical exhortation—"O! cling to when he came to the last verse- the cross, to the cross, to the “Surely goodness and mercy cross! Here learn all you want shall follow me all the days of to know; hence derive all you my life: and I will dwell in the wish to possess; and by this, achouse of the Lord for ever,” he complish all you can desire to discovered the strongest emotions perform.” He took them, at of gratitude ; saying, that he had parting, each by the hand, and ever been a living evidence of the comprised his whole prayer for truth of such divine beneficence. their welfare in the final address Then fondly embracing his Bible, of Paul to the elders of Ephesus, he laid it by his side, as if only Acts, xx. 32,

bresatisfied when that blessed word, thren, I commend you to God, all whose promises and consola- and to the word of his grace,, tions he called his own, was near which is able to build you up, at hand, to brighten his passage and to give you an inheritance through the valley of the shadow among all them which are sancof death, and encourage his faith tified.” in his conflict with the last Thursday, Dec. 12, he apenemy.

peared to be struck for death, On Lord's-day evening, Dec. and was from this time rapidly 1, finding his illness increase, declining. Stretching forth his and being very apprehensive that hand to each of his family he this would be his last sabbath on said, “ Come, as we must part,

66 And now,

inward peace.

we had better now take our mu- « The church of Christ, which tual farewell, and then you shall worships' statedly in this place, withdraw, that I may languish has been blessed, for above forty softly into life.” About this years, with one of the best pas time he would frequently repeat, tors that could preside, over a in the most pleasing accents, Christian society. Alas! that these lines,

very day two months, that I,

and many now present, attended "Sweet truth to me, I shall arise, your venerable pastor to his And with these eyes, iny Saviour see.”

grave, I was preaching the fune

ral sermon for brother Pearce, of Saturday, December 14, was Birmingham, cut off in the midst the day appointed to terminate of his years at 33. Now they all his sufferings. About two

are both gone! We have lost the o'clock in the afternoon, his facul- most active, diligent, humble, spities appeared nearly lost; yet he ritual, zealous, successful miniswould faintly lisp out hints of his ters, within about eight weeks of

Standing by his each other. You cannot but side, a relative whispered in his

mourn,

and all our churches ear—"Though I walk through mourn with you. This neighthe valley of the shadow of death, bourhood, especially, for a wide I will fear no evil ;" he replied, extent, has suffered a great loss.

No, no,” adding, for thou No more shall that man of God, art with me, thy rod and thy whose soul glowed with such staff they comfort me.”

tender concern for the salvation Though his dissolution was of souls, take his circuit round unusually lingering and painful, the country, to publish the glad yet not a sigh heaved his bosom, tidings to perishing sinners. I por a trace of melancholy ap-hope God has not said of all who peared on his face, nor did one stopped their ears to his charmconvulsion agitate his body: he ing voice, They are joined to still, when sinking into the armus idols, let them alone --He that of death, retained that affec. continued impenitent under the tionate, endearing smile, which awakening ministry of my servant through his life was the beauty FRANCIS, let him be given up to of his countenance; and thus, a hardness of heart for ever!.” quarter past eight in the evening, We shall close the account of he sweetly fell asleep in Jesus. Mr. Francis, by giving an ex: His remains were interred in tract from a letter to a friend, the meeting burying ground under some of his severe trials; (where he had chosen a spot which were the means of forming before hand) on Friday, Dec. 20, him for extensive usefulness in 1799, aged 66. Dr. Ryland deli- the church of God. vered an address at the grave, “In my afflictions and and on the following Lord's-day confinements, I have felt inexpreached a funeral discourse, pressibly for perisbing sinners ; from 1 Thess. iv. 17, 18, “So especially for those under my shall we ever be with the Lord. own ministry; and I would, in Wherefore comfort one another every sermon ! preach, enjoy with these words." The sermon much of that compassion which was printed, from which we dwells in the heart of the deap make this short, extract.

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