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and read 1. Tim. jii. Rev. W. Haftly church, in the year 1815. They were prayed the ordination prayer, with lay- principally supplied by the students ing on of hands. Rev C. Whitfield gave from the Bristol Academy, till November the charge from Rom. xii. 6, 7, and con- 10, 1816, when they obtained a minister, cluded by prayer.

who has since been ordained over them. Met again at 6 o'clock in the evening. From the commencement, they have Rev. Mr. Fisher prayed, and preached been necessitated to worship in a small from 2 Cor. vui. 9; and Rev. R. Pen- room, till the month of July last, when a gilly concluded by prayer,

freehold house and garden were purchase Wednesday morning, met at 7 o'clock. ed at a public sale, by one of their memMr. Jopling, messenger, trom Hamsterly; bers, which is now converted into a very Mr Hallowell, messenger, from Shields; neat place of worship, capable of conand Rev. C. Whitfield prayed.

taining nearly 400 persons; and having Met again, at 10 o'clock.-- Rev. W. studied the most rigid economy, the Hartly prayed; Rev Mr. Pengilly whole expense of purchase and altera preached, fronu Luke, xi. 2; and Rev. tion amounts to about 4501. More than W. Hartly, fron Heb. xiii. 14. Rev. J. a fifth part of this sum has been already Williamson delivered a short address to collected in Wells, and its immediate the ministers and messengers present, vicinity; for the remainder it will be and concluded by prayer. The Divine necessary to appeal to the well-known presence was manifest in all these meet- benevolence of the religious, public, ings, which, we trust, will leave a lasting impression on all our hearts.

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On Tuesday, May 5, 1818, a new On Wednesday, the 13th of May, Meeting was opened at Walsham-le1818, the ministers of the Baptist Willows, in the county of Suffolk, før shurches in the central part of the county the Baptist denomination. On this ocof Norfolk, held their annual meeting at

casion, Mr. Cowell, of Ipswich, preached. East Dereham. The Rev. Jonathan from Acts, xx. 24; Mr. Paine, of IpsCarver, of Necton, preached in the wich, from Psalu lxxxix. 15; Mr. Cole, morning; the Rev. Charles Hatcher, of of Otley, from Zech. xiv. 8, 9; Mr. Great Ellingham, in the afternoon. The Ward, of Diss ; Mr. Garthwaite, (Inde

Middleditch, of Rattlesdon, pendent,) of Wattisfield; Mr. MiddleSuffolk, being on a visit in the neighbour-ditch, of Rattlesden; Mr. Çatton, of hood, very kindly complied with an in- Bury St. Edmunds; and Mr. Cooper, of vitation to preach in the evening.

Stoke Ash, assisied in the devotional The next annual meeting to be held at services. There is a pleasing prospect Wymondham, on Wednesday in Whit- for raising a canse to the Redeemer's sun-week. Put up at the White Hart. honour in this place.




On Wednesday, the 27th of May, WELLS.

1818, at Southampton, was opened, in On Wednesday, December 3, 1817, a East-street, a neat and commodious. new Baptist Meeting was opened in the place of worship, belonging to the Bapcity of Wells. The Rev. $. Saunders, of ist denomination; when appropriate Frome, preached in the morning, from sermons were delivered on the occasion : Deut. xxxiii. S; the Rev. J. Holloway, that in the morning, by the Rev. John of Bristol, in the afternoon, from Exod. | Ryland, D.D. of Bristol, from 2 Cor. XX. 24;" and the Rev. T. Gough, of xiji. 14; and that in the evening, by the Westbury Leigh, in the evening, from Rev. T. Grifin, of London, from Phil. Hebrews, ii. 3. The devotional exercises ii. 16. The devotional services were were conducted by Messrs. Burnett, conducted by Messrs. Saffery, of SalisChandler, Wiltiams, Seabrook, and bury; Atkins, (Independent) SouthCantle.

ampton; Miall, of Portsea; and Yar. For several years past, there have nold, of Romsey. The bymns were given been a few Baptists in this city, and out by Messrs. Clare, Clarke, Shoveller, their number increasing, it was consider- and R. Owers, the pastor of the church. ed advisable to form themselyes into a The blessing of him, whose favoar is

better than life, was largely felt. The Rep. J. Saffery, of Salisbury, preached

NEW CHURCH FORMED, the last sermon in the old place, the precedipg evening, from Exod. xxxiij. 14, 15. The whole of the services were numerously attended.

ABOUT the mouth of November, 1816,

the itinerant preachers enšployed by tlie ROWBOROUGH, SOMERSET. Baptist Itinerant Society, for the coun

ties of York and Lancaster, visited On Wednesday, July 15, 1818, a Wakefield. They found a Baptist or peat and commodious Baptist Meeting two in the town ready to encourage them was opened, at Rowborough, Somerset. in their work. In Januury, 1817, they Three sermons were preached on the engaged a school, in which divine wor. occasion. In the morning, by Dr. Ry.. ship has been regularly carried un'; bat, land, from Luke, i. 17; in the aftemoon, as the situation was inconvenient, and by Mr. Williams, of Huntspill, from too small, a place of worship, occupied Psalm cii. 16; and, in the evening, by previously by the Methodists, in conMr. Seabrooks, of Glastonbury, from nection with the late Mr. Kilham', who Luke, xv. 10. Several other ministers had then abandoned it, was rented. In assisted in the devotional exercises. this place, on October 24, 1817, public The services, throughout the day, were worship was attended to. NÍr. Scarlet, very interesting, and the attendance and of Gildersome, prayed'; Dr. Steadman, apirit, for hearing, highly encouraging. of Bradford, preached, from John, i. 25,

and concluded in prayer: after which,

three persons were baptized in the river PERRITON.

below the town, by Dr. Steadman, at. On April 4, 1817, a new Meeting. lended by 5,000 spectaturs. In the house, for the use of the Baptists, was

afternoon, Mr. Trickett, of Bramley, opened at Perritoo, near Minehead, So- prayed: Mr. Aston, of Lockwood, merset.

preached, from Eples. v. 2; in the Mr. Tyso preached in the morning, evening, Mr. Hughes, à student from from Psalm xxvii. 4; and in the evening: Of Ogden, preached, from Mark, xii, 57.

Bradford, prayed; and Mr. Hargreaves, from Mal, iji. 10. pendent) Stone, preached in the Since then, preaching has been regularly afternoon, from Psalm cxviii. 35.

continued. The people had been accustomed to On April 21, in the evening, Mr. Bot meet in private houses for years past, tomley, a student from Bradferd, prayand by the labours of our brettiren ed; Mt. Mang, from Shipley, preached Humphry and Tyso, and others, several, from Acts, xi. 23, and concluded persons were brought to the knowledge April 27, 10 A. MMMr. Sample of the truth; some of whom joined the prayed; Mr. Mann preached, from church at Stokegomer, and others the Rom. vi. 4, and after the sermon bapchurch at Watchet.

tized two persons. In the afternoon, Mr. Many attempts had been made at Sample preached, from Psalm cxxxiii. 1, various periods io obtain an eligible spot and concluded. Immediately, five pesof ground, but without success, till at

sons were formed into a church of the length application was made to Lord Particular Baptist denomination, and King, who, in his reply, spoke of the the Lord's Supper administered, in Baptists, as a body, in the most respect which service Mr. Mana presided: two Al terms, and added, “He had no ob- or three more, are expected very soon jection to a colony of them being planted to unite with this small band on his estate;" and, as a token of his Seven in the evening.-Ms. Sample good wishes, he gave the ground for the prayed; Mr. Scarlett preached, from erection of the new place, and timber for Psalm xvi. 11, and concluded. the roof.

The services excited considerable inOn the 18th of May following, a new

terest. A little one is formed in this church of the Particular Baptist deno- large town, which, we hope, by, the mination was formed by Mr. Tyso; con- blessing of God, will soon become a aisting principally of persons dismissed thousand, from the church at Watchet, and that of Stokegomer., Mr. Samuel Gill, late student at Bristol, is their present minister, * Two persons, previously baptized, and the sphere of usefulness is very ex- and members elsewhere, have applied tensive.

for a dismission, to unite-with-them.

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On Wednesday, May 13, 1818, Mr.
J. B. Pewtress was ordained pastor over

On Wednesday, June 30, 1818, Mr. the Baptist church, at Lewes, Sussex. Joseph Gaunt was ordained as pastor The Rev. Mr. Packer commenced the over the Baptist church, at Sutton in solemn service of the day, by reading the Craven, Yorkshire. The crowd was so 132d psalm, and praying. The Rev. Mr. great that the services were conducted Forster, of Uckfield, described the na- in a neighbouring field. ture of the service, asked the usual ques- Half-past 10, A.M.--Mr.Nathan Smith, tions, and received the confession of of Barnoldswick, read 1 Tim. ïï. and faith. The Rev. Mr. Edwards, of Little | párt of Exek. iii. and prayed. Mr. Oddy, Wilde-street, offered up the ordination of Haworth, discoursed on the nature of prayer, with the imposition of hands, and a gospel church, from Psalm cxxxiii. 1; likewise gave the charge from Cot:i: 27, asked the usual questions of the church, 28. The Rev. Mr. Kirby concluded this and the minister. Dr. Steadman, (Mr. part of the service by prayer.

Gaunt's tutor,) offered


the ordination Met again in the evening, the Rev. prayer, accompanied with laying on of Mr. Kirby began the service by reading hands. Mr. Trickett, of Bramley, (Mr. and prayer; the Rev. Mr. Dicker, pastor Gaunt's pastor,) gave a very serious and of the Baptist church, at Hailsham, deli- impressive charge, from 2 Chron. xxix. vered a salutary address to the church, 11; ard Mr. Jackson, of Ackrington, from 1 Thess. v. 12, 13. Mr. Pewtress concluded with prayer. concluded in prayer,

Three o'clock, P. M.Mr. Allison, of A pleasing revival has taken place in Idle, prayed; Dr. Steadınan proached this church within these last six months ; to the church from 1 Cor. xvir 10 ; and, several additions have been made to it, | Mr. Scott, a student at Bradford, conand the present prospect

very encou-

cluded with prayer. raging.

Quarter before 7, in the evening. N. B. The Rev. Mr. Cox, M. Al of Mr. Mamy, of Shipley, prayed, and Hackney, was to have delivered the preached from Gen. xvii: 1; and Mr. charge, (having been the late pastor of Winter, a student from Bradford, con. Mr. and Mrs. Pewtress,) but owing to a

cluded with prayer.



***And he which is filthy, let him be filthy still."
What! say th' “unclean spirits" hous'd in clay,
That “ sin can do the Christian soul no harm ?"
That they may wander," sound in faith," astray!
For this, let Zion's watchmen sound alarm
Tear off the mask that hides a devil's face,
Thus trampling under foot redeeming grace.

What! sin can do no harm ? What has it done?
What gave to earth her pestilence and storms?
What made the flood, the lake of Sodom run?
What now makes horror stalk in frightful forms?
<And may the Christian in the scene be gay,
And with the scorpion innucently play?

What made the couch of David flow with tears,
When he perceiv'd“ his foot had nearly slipt ?"
What gave the bold apostle sudden fears,
When he went out in bitterness and wept?
When the cock sounded on his ear alarm,
Did he believe that sin could do no harm?

What brought the harmless martyrs to the stake!
Rome was, we know, the guilty cause of all-
Bat hail'd they not the flames for conscience'-sake!
And death preferr'd to Rome's licentions thráll ?
When Cranmer to the fire stretch'd out his arm,
Did he conceive that sin had done no harm?

What was it wrung' a Spira's soul in death?
Apostate, let thy conscience here reply:-
"Twas sin that troubld his departing breath,
And gave thy cursed axiom the lie.
“ The sting of death is sin,” if in thy heart
It hold a place, thy doom is seal'd“ depart!"

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worse for mending, wash'd to fouler stains !"
Thus doing despite to the grace of God;
No pleading sacrifice for you remains,
You turn his sceptre to a venging rod.
Who scorns alike the loyal who aspire,
Or the wash'd swine who wallow in the mite.

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Joseph Stennert was the son made conscience speak, while of Edward Stennett, of whom a my childish tongue could but brief account' was given in our stammer: this is a branch of thy Number for the last month. He Divine bounty and goodness; for was born in the year 1663, at which my soul'' shall for ever Abingdon, in the county of Berks. bless thee.” At an early age he gave satisfac- Having finished his grammar tory proof of a serious regard to learning at the public school ih religion, and made great profi- Wallingford, he soon 'mastered ciency in literature. Being the French and Italian languages; trained up in a family where became a critic in the Hebrew, there was so much genuine and and other oriental tongues; sucundissembled piety, with the cessfully studied the liberal blessing of God upon his father's sciences, and made a considerministry, he became a happy able proficiency in philosophy. instance of that early conversion, And it was with an early view which, in some of his printed to usefulness in the character of discourses, he has so well recom- a divine, that all his diligent apmended to others."

plication to his studies tended. What an early and just sense As to divinity, though he carehe had of the advantages of such fully read the Fathers of the first an education, appears from the ages, and impartially examined following passage, written when and considered the most cele he was very young, and found brated schemes which later times among his papers since his death: have produced : 'though he paid “ O God of


salvation, how a due deference to the works of abundant was thy invaluable mercy! Thou didst judiciously laboured to remove season my tender years with a the difficulties objected to our religious education; so that i holy religion : and though he was sucked in the rudiments of Chris- willing to receive light wherever tianity, as it were, with my mo- it was to be found; being fond ther's milk, by the gracious ad- of no opinion, either for its no. monitions and holy discipline of velty or antiquity, if it did not my godly parents. This was ali appear to be true; nor ashamed antidote sent from heaven against of any notion in religion, because the corroding poison of sin: this it was grown out of fashion : yet

• Printed from the Life of Mr. Stennett, prefixed to his Works.

2 T VOL. X.

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