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though, in some cases, I fear, with and in the presence of the heart-i little effect, except to call forth the searching Jehovah, sing, censure of those whose prejudices. “My God the spring of all my joys,.. and interest I may have opposed. The life of my delights, My object in making this statement The glory of my brightest days, is, for the purpose of calling the And comfort of my nights !" attention of your readers, and espe. Or thus address the Saviour, cially of ministers, to this subject, 66 Yes, thou art precious to my soul! as I am afraid it is one that has not My transport and my trust : received that serious regard which Jewels to thee are gaudy toys, its bigh importance demands. If I And gold is sordid dust!" can, in any humble degree, co-ope. Surely, Sir, the impropriety and rate with your esteemed contributor sinfulness of such procedure as this, to correct the abuses which I fear must be so obvious to every enprevail in our congregations, I shall lightened mind, as to need no arunfeignedly rejoice.
guments to prove that it is an awful But it may be enquired, what anti- trifling with sacred things, a direct dote would you propose for the cure of insult on that glorious Being who the evil of which you complain? Or has declared, that he will not be how will you prevent persons from mocked with impunity; but that making use of language with their “ whatsoever a man soweth, that lips to which their hearts are shall he also reap." strangers, who by thus mocking What, we ask, shall an individual God, incur the awful guilt of hypo- make a direct appeal to the God of crisy? In reply I am free to con- heaven, Sabbath after Sabbath, that fess, that I see almost insurmount. he is the Sovereign of his heart able difficulties in the way of effect that he is the spring of all bis joys ing a radical cure; for so long as that he is the glory of his days, the praises of the church of God and the comfort of his nights-whose ascend promiscuously with those of heart is “ enmity against God!" men of the world, this evil will pre. Shall that man appeal to Christ vail less or more, in every assembly. that he is precious to his soul--that
But surely it is worth the effort he is his transport-his trust, and of every minister, and of every other his supreme treasure—whose affecfollower of Christ, to endeavour to ţions — whose hopes—and whose lessen this evil; by shewing the treasure are in the world! What, criminality of unconverted persons will a man, we again repeat, thus joining in those hymns especially, mock God to his face! To lessen this which breathe the devout, the grate- great evil, I would most respectfully, ful, and elevated feelings of one but most earnestly submit, whether whose heart is expanded with the ministers of the gospel who'“ watch love of God. For instance, what for souls as those who 'must give an pious mind is there, that is alive to account,” should not more frequentihis subject, that does not shudder ly, and more specifically bring this at hearing a choir of singers (per- subject before their hearers? And haps the greatest part of whom may whether in public worship, hymus be young persons, outwardly moral of a general nature should not be and virtuous, but alas! destitute of more frequently substituted for grace in their hearts )* stand up, those which bear particularly on
- Christian experience? * The Writer knows more than one The writer also begs leave to sub. choir of this description.
mit to his brethren in the ministry, if it is not of great importance, for I would close with expressing my them to inculcate frequently upon hearty assent to the sentiment of those persons in their respective your esteemed correspondent, “Mi. congregations who meet for iinprove- nisters should speak to their hearers ment in singing, (especially if they on this subject," and with the wish have any doubt of their piety) the and prayer, that every worshipper paramount importance oftheir hearts of God may have that scripture enand lips being in unison ?
graven upon his heart as with a pen By so doing, might not this evil of iron, “ Let us have grace whereby be diminished-the minds of many we may serve God acceptably with be saved from much painful feeling reverence and godly fear : for our
the souls of individuals from much God is a consuming fire! . sin-and the Divine Being from
Yours very respectfully, mach dishonour ?
A BAPTIST MINISTER.
intention to visit it, he kindly offered to call and take me next morning,
which he did in a conveyance. The LETTER, No. X.
pastor of this latter church is a Mr.
Rijwijk. Notbing could be more bosTexel, Oct. 2, 1820. pitable and affectionate than the recepMy passage from the Helder, from tion I met with from him. He offered whence I last wrote, has been favouri me, from his heart, both bed and board, able. Mr. Hookstra saw me safe on and pressed me to tarry there some board. The Mennonite Baptist church time. I was very sorry the lateness of nearest the spot where I landed, lay at the season obliged me to decline this a distance of about three miles, in a offer. He regretted I should bave village called Burg; and where also taken up my quarters at an ind, but Mr. Fenstra, its pastor, lives. I walk hoped ere long to receive me under ed there without delay with a person bis roof as a friend and brother. Mr. who served me both as porter and guide. R. is a very zealous and benevolent At the first call I did not find bim in, character, and has contributed by his nor at the second. A message, bow- pen much to the instruction of the ever, came some time after to the inn youth of his denomination. Mr. F. to say, that he would be glad to see having to go his pastoral ronnds with me in the evening at six, and I went one of his deacons, left me soon after accordingly. At first I thought my re- our arrival at the Horn. These pastoception rather cold and phlegmatic. ral rounds are pretty common, espe He was very inquisitive, and the ques- cially in North Holland, among the tions were such as soon convinced me Mennonite Baptists. On such excur. that I bad to do with a shrewd and in- sions among the flocks, the pastor is telligent mind, which by the way is no accompanied by one or other of his disadvantage to a good and great causé. deacons, wbo take it in turn. Each As we proceeded into the subject of buusehold is visited on such occasions, ibe Mission, I could perceive more and should there be any offences or affability in Mr. F.'s manner, and more quarrels between members, or any confidence. I was glad, among other thing out of joint in other respects, things, to learn from bim that there care is taken to set all to rights prewas another Baptist church about the vions to the administering of the Lord's centre of the island, at a village called supper, which takes place four times the Horn, and as I bad expressed my in the year, so that cach member may
come up to that solemn and affecting veyance from the Texel to the coast ordinance to the edifying of each of Friesland, where, however, a packet other in love. After 'dinner I walked goes from twice a week across the Zuiback with Mr. R. to Burg, where the der Zee. As I cannot leave this for evening was passed at Mr. F.'s in com- the opposite coast before next week, I pany with a clergyman of the reformed shall, in the mean time, do wbat I can church. Our conversation flowed in to deepen any Missionary impression I almost one unbroken stream, upon may bave made on my first visit to this topics connected with the spread of the place. I am anxious to be amongst Redeemer's kingdom, and this lasted the churches in Friesland, where I untill ten o'clock. It is very pleasant to derstand the Mennonite Baptists are observe, that brotherly love and mutual more numerous than in any other part forbearance in matters of religion are of the United Provinces ; till I have visibly on the increase; and it cannot be that pleasure, I remain doubted that Missions have much con.
Yours always, tributed to this happy change, I say
W. H. ANGAS. a change, for many recollect when it was far otherwise. The Baptists exchange pulpits now with the reformed Dissenters' Registers of Births. church in many parts of Holland. This, fifty years ago,'would have been thought as 'extraordinary as for a Protestant To the Editor of the Baptist Magazine. minister to preach for a Roman Catho: Sir, . ii. lic, and vice versa.
I am induced again to trouble you The two Mennonite Baptist ehurches with a few lines on this subject, from on the Texel are composed of about reading a letter in your last month's eight bundred members, and wbich, if Magazine, signed G. 1 I am correctly informed, make about The writer thercin states, that " I one' half of the population. Piloting omitted to notice one species of Regis. ships in and out of the Zuider Zee, ter which became primary evidence fishing, extensive rabbit warrens, and whenever it could be established, and feeding sheep, for which the island ap- upon which therefore it was important pears well-suited from the richness and no doubt should be thrown,", viz. a delicacy of its grass these are the prin- Register in the family Bible by the cipal sources -of subsistenee to the in- parent. habitants of the Texel. I purpose set-i: In answer to this I should first obting off to-morrow for the sea-coast in serye, that my letters in the Magazines search of a vesset to embark for Fries- for August and September last, treated Jand. I am always yours,
of those Registers, and those , only W. H. ANGAS. which were peculiar to. Dissenters.
Now a Register (if it may be so called;
I should rather say a private memoranEnkhuizen, October 4, 1820. dum) in a family Bible, is, I appreThe day after I last wrote you, the hend, as frequently made by members ministers of both Baptist churches in of the Established Church as by Dis. the Texel, walked with me about four senters., miles through the rain, and saw me However, your correspondent goes safely embarked and under sail. On ou to observe, that “ Many cases bad arriving off this port our vessel hove occurred in wbich property had been to and made a signal for a boat, which lost by the continuance of the custody took me on shore, wlien she filled her of the Bible in the family, and the epsails again for Amsterdam, her final tries being acknowledged as part of destination. This was the first time, the family history being incapable of and perhaps may be the last in my life, proof." This statement certainly seems I shall said in a vessel where captaió, to me to throw more doubt upon such erew, and passengers, were all Bap. Registers than any omissions of mine tists. : You are no doubt already aware, t'especting them, when the subject did that I wrote you from this place on my not relate to them, could do. , , way up to the Helder. My return here I am afraid, Sir, that your Correswas occasioned by rbe want of a con- pondent's letter will have a tendency
to make Dissenters 'rest contented with fact as to the general principlc we both the imperfect mode of registering which agree. they now adopt. I will suppose a suit Upon the whole, therefore, I see no instituted in the Court of Chancery, reason why the Dissenters should not, that the birth of one of the contending but am rather the more convinced they parties, was, on the hearing, consider- should, immediately consult what can ed a material feature in the case-that be done to set this question at rest. I the party was a Dissenter--that no bave yet to learn whether there be any Register of Baptism could be produced, solid objections to the propositions conand that the only evideuce to prove the tained in my last letter inserted in the fact was, the entry in a family Bible. number for August being acted upon. This question must then be sent to a ' A Baptist, registered at jury to decide; who on such evidence
Dr. Williams' Library. as your Correspondent mentions, as baving been produced on the recent trial at York, would most likely be satisfied. Admitting then. that such . Extraordinary Munificence. evidence could be produced, (but at the same time remembering how very,
Godfrey HAGA, Esg, a citizen of often the contrary would happen) the
Philadelphia, and a member of the fortunate Dissenter would incur all
Church of the United Brethren, died the expense of a trial at law, to prove
last February, leaving an estate of more that, which bad bis parents exerted
than three hundred thousand dollars, themselves as they ought to have done,
a which he disposed of by his Will in the to procure from the legislature a proper
er following manner : Registry, the production of an extract
OLLARS from it would have instantly settled the To the Pennsylvania Hospital : 1000 question.
To the Northern Dispensary - 1000 - As to the plan suggested concerning To the Southern Dispensary - 1000 Wills, it seems to me that innumerable To the Deaf and Dumb Institution 1000 objections would occur. In the first To the German Society - - - 2000 place, how mapy Dissenters have no- To the Bible Society - - - 4000) thing to leave-if they have, then im. To the Widows' Asylum - - 5000 mediately after a child is born a Will · To the Orphans' Asylum - 10,000 must be made- and at every birth or To sundry Persons . - . 50,500 marriage, either a fresh Will or a Codi. To the Brethren's Church (the cil must be drawn-most likely a pro Moravian Church) in Philafessional man would be employed each
2000 time, and thus an endless expense For the relief of superannuated would be incurred. If the parents Preachers and Missionaries, themselves dictated the Will, then and their Widows, of the there would be the risk of its being am- Brethren's Church - - - 6000 biguously expressed, and thus give rise To the Society for propagating to a Chancery Suit. The case also of the Gospel among the Heaposthumous children occurs to me, how then - - - - - - - 20,000 could tbis be provided against ?
The last-mentioned sum is to constiAs to what your Correspondent re- tute a fund, the interest of wbich will commends, of the son reciting in bis be expended in the education of pious Will who his parents were, 'it cannot young men for the work of the misurely be supposed, that at any time nistry. in this will form as good a Registry as. The residue of his estate, valued at the parochial ones; for what is to bin- more than two hundred thousand dollars, der an unprincipled man from reciting is bequeathed to the said Society for some richi persons to have been his propagating the Gospel among the parents, calculatiny at some time or Heathen, to be appropriated from time 'other, the advancement of his family by to time as the Society shall direct. It such means? But this suggestion as is calculated that the interest of this to Wills, your Correspondent recom- money will constantly support twentymends only in case of “no general five Missionaries. Register being provided," and thus in. Mr. Haga, who had no patrimonial estate, acquired his large fortune by world, but of that class who are unindustry and economy. He was a happily prone to mingle oddities and man of eminent piety, and hononrably witticisms with their discourses. His distinguished among his fellow-citizens text was found to be “ Almost thon as the friend of the poor, and the liberal persuadest me to be a Christian," and patron of charitable institutions. For as be proceeded, inany ludicrous ex. his connexions, both in the United pressions escaped him, not at all to the States and in Germany, he had made taste of his professional hearer. This provision in his life-time: he was gentleman was, however, particularly therefore just, as well as generous. struck with the effect of this mode of May his noble example find many imi- preacbing on a person who stood near tators!
him, and who appeared to be a very American Baptist Magazine. respectable and intelligent young man,
After listening some time with great
attention, but with evident and grow. ANECDOTE.
ing indications of uneasiness and dis
gust, he bastily retired from the scene, An eminent medical practitioner,
muttering, in an audible tone, “ If this who is also a man of true picty, was
be preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ,
I know nothing of the meaning of the called, not long since, to attend a pa
New Testament. Almost thou pertient on the Lord's day, at such a distance from his own place of worsbip, as
suadest me to be an infidel." to render his attendance there impos
This incident was related in my sible. Not willing, however, to Joso
hearing, by the gentleman who was the benefit of public worship altoge
present. I forbear any comment: but ther, he repaired to a neighbouring
shall heartily rejoice if it produce a sachapel; but as the service was far ad
Jutary effect on any who may be temptvanced, and the place much crowded,
ed to such a wretched prostitution of he could get no farther than the door.
the sacred office of the Christian miThe preacher was a man long and de
nistry as is referred to.
Delta. servedly esteemed in the Christian
Obituary and Recent Deaths.
JAMES GREENWOOD, ESQ. with his wife, joined the church then Of Haworth, Yorkshire.
under the care of the venerable James Hartley, of which church they conti
nued members until removed by death, James GreenWOOD, of Bridge House, The precise time when the subject Haworth, Yorkshire, ended his mortal of this Memoir commenced bis religicareer on the 25th of March, 1824. He ous course, the writer of these lines has left a widow and eight children to cannot correctly ascertain. During the lament their loss. May it be their greater part of bis life he attended the happiness to partake of the same pre- ministry of the Rev. Miles Oddy, the cious faith, and to exhibit the same present worthy pastor of the first Baptist Christian graces, that shone so con- Church at Haworth; but afterwards he spicuously in the life and conversation united with the people of whom somo of him wbose death they deplore!-Our notice will be taken presently. In redeparted friend was born at Bridge lating his religious experience to the House in August, 1763. His father, church before bis baptism, he stated Mr. John Greenwood, in the former that his first permanent impressions part of his life, attended the established were produced by a sermon he heard church, but being convinced of be- preached from 2 Sam. xxiii. 5, “ AlLievers' baptism he was baptized, and, though my house be not so with God,"