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Mr. Ewing's intérpretations of the scendants of believers; and to this word baptism by the Greeks.” This baptism I am directed by every preis another specimen of our Re- cept and precedent of the New viewer's logical accuracy. I have Testament. Not only, again, is shown that the Greek fathers, who. “ immersion baptism” mentioned in understood their own language, use a single case; there is no other terms interchangeably with baptism, described in the New Testament, as which incontestibly signify to im- I have largely shown from the word merse; therefore I have confirmed itself; the places where baptism was Mr. Ewing's statement that baptism practised, the nature of the proceeddoes not signify immersion. The ing, and all the direct and incidental Reviewer speaks, on one occasion, allusions. But“from Scripture or ecof my having “ given my under- clesiastical history I cannot produce standing a holiday;" I am afraid he an example of the baptism of the so frequently treats his logical adult descendants of believers, or if powers in a similar manner, that I do the victory shall be conceded !" they grow wild and upruly amidst Take then the following:-Ambrose the inebriating festivity.

was born of Christian parents, was The statement respecting Pbilip instructed in Christian principles, and the Eunuch is so ridiculous, and not baptized till he was chosen that I cannot persuade myself that Bishop of Milan. Jerome, born of any sensible man will repeat it; if Christian parents, was thirty years he do, and comes in my way, I may of age when he was baptized. Auperhaps bestow a few lives to show gustine was of full age when he was its futility.

baptized. Gregory Nazianzen, who Niy demand for the production of was born of Christian parents in 318, a single case in which it is shown and his father a bishop, was not bapthat sprinkling is the radical idea of tized till about thirty years old. Bartw, and of a single instance of Chrysostom, born of Christian pasprinkling in the New Testament, or rents in 347, had attained nearly of a single command, inculcating twenty-one years of age when he was the practice, accompanied by the baptized. Your Reviewer I take to assurance of concession in such a be a man of veracity: will he then case, and concluded by the ques. fulfil his pledge, bis solemn pledge, tion, “ Will Mr. Ewing or any of his and “ concede to me the VICTORY ?" brethren venture to give me a simi- This may be taken as a brief hint to Jar pledge ?"-is met by the declara- anonymous opponents; if Mr.Ewing, tion, “ Yes, we will." Reluctant, or Dr. Wardlaw, or any man with a however, to try the metal of his name, choose to accept my proposal, sword, the destrous combatant im. I shall know how to proceed more mediately retreats, exclaiming, as he in detail. fies, “Let Mr. Cox produce one As there is no reasoning in the single instance of such baptism as pext paragraph about the final bra he practises, the adult descendants rial, I shal, at present, hold my atof believers, either from Scripture or tempted confutation of Mr. Ewing any ecclesiastical history, or a single to be unrefuted. . case in the New Testament of im Here I feel thoroughly disposed mersion baptism, and we concede to close my examination of the rehim the victory.". I answer, the bap- view; having omitted to potice two tism I practise, is the baptism of or three passages, because of ibeir adults, irrespectively of the question irrelevancy, and one or two others, whether they are or are not the de- because of their insulting violence of attack upon the denomination I a story which carries suspicion on represent. In humble imitation, the very face of it. We heard ;however, of the Reviewer's tactics, and so you will calumniate an indi. in leaping from the first page to the vidual or a body on report -some last of my book, I shall, for a mo. gossip's misrepresentation! A poment, leap back from the last to pular Baptist minister constrained the first of bis review, just to notice, to feel, and to confess, and to proin conclusion, a most extraordinary mise, and so forth-at the first onparagraph. " We heard of a po. set! What-strike at once on the pular Baptist minister, who lately first summons! Is it credible? Is made the very same assertion from it possible? “ Weak” as some of the pulpit—the argument oursthe us may be, I think our popular popular feeling theirs. Whether be Baptist ministers are not weak borrowed it from Mr. C.'s newly enough for this! I know not how published volume we cannot say, to believe it; and have no right to but when, after the service, this all. do so without some tangible evithe-argument-man was called upon dence. An anonymous statement by a Pædobaptist minister, who was of an anonymous occurrence may present, for a vindiction of his brag, serve the purpose of slander, but he was constrained to feel that he will never carry with it the force of had much less than he imagined, to truth. “ This,” it is however adconfess that he had not been aware ded, “ is not a solitary case within how much argument there was on our own knowledge." I am certhe other side, and to promise a tainly surprised-1 dare not severecloser attention to the subject in ly retort, but unless names and future.” These are pretty tales for' places are produced, I am a sceptic the amusement of children, and I still. am sorry that your Reviewer should

I am, Gentlemen, have thought so meably of his Pæ

Yours very truly, dobaptist friends to suppose they

F. A. Cox. would be amused by such a storyHackney, November 8, 1824.


To the Editors of the Baptist Magazine. professing Christians, agreeing with us

as to ADULTS only being the proper subDear Sirs,

jects of baptism ;-and when last in Many of your readers are aware that England, he kindly consented to fur. the Rev. W.H. Angus has visited vari- nish a compendious account of his traons parts of the Continent, partly with vels, in a series of letters, for insertion a view to advance the interests of the in the Baptist Magazine. Persuaded Baptist Missionary Society, of the that they will prove highly interesting, Committee of which he is a member, I have much pleasure jo handing you and partly to exert himself for the the first of these communications, spiritual benefit of seamen, among which has just reached me from whom many of his earlier years were Brussels. spent. In his various and extensive

J. D. journies, he discovered large bodios of . Fen.court, Jan. 1, 1825. • VOL. XVU.

No. 1.

Thames, at anchor, the same evening; Bruxelles, Dec. 20, 1824.

but the wind Nying round in the night to

the eastward, and bringing in with it so MY DEAR BROTHER,

high a sea, obliged us to run from our I sit down to redeem my pledge, to anchorage to Sheerness barbour. Here furnish, for the Magazine, a series of de- we rode in shelter four days. The day tail of a journey through Holland, &c. we put to sea again, our vessel struck, in connexion with the Mission. I in her course down the North Channel, must, however, begin by stating, that upon the book of the Gunfleet Sand; my first residence on the Continent, bot, there being fortunately a smooth was solely with a view to prosecate sea, and a flood tide, we came off the study of the French and Datch nearly as we went on. In two days languages, in order, some future day, more, the Dutch coast was in sight; to advance the spiritual welfare of sea- but the captain mistook Scheveling men. A stay of some months in Rotter- for the Brill, and overshot his port. dam, brought me into a most pleasing This error was discovered by one of acquaintancewith Mr.Meschaert,pastor the passengers, a Dutch fisherman, of the Menonite Baptist Church in whose knowledge of the coast the that place. Previous to this, I bad captain doubted at first, antil the other thought the denomination was con- exclaimed, in bad English, and in a fined entirely to England and America. tone of self-confidence and dipleasure : Trom Mr. M. however, I learned, tbat“ Vat, I not know mine own town? I there were pot only thirty thousand knows it so as myn right hand." To Baptists in Holland, but that their recover the ground lost by this overcharches were scattered over different sight, it took a day and a night's conparts of the European Continent, in tending against a bigh wind, and a goodly number. It was scarcely pos- higher sea, before we arrived at Rotsible that a piece of intelligence, to me terdam, the tenth day. The distance at once so new and valuable, could has been performed in two. In the fail of soon giving birth to the project unusual length of the passage, the of one day bringing this interesting smallness of the vessel, her crowded class of Christians into connexion with state, both as to passengers and goods, their English brethren, and so, if pos- our close and scanty accommodations, sible, to engage them in the good work in all this there was soficient to un. of faith, and labour of love, among the hinge any one in a much more perfect heathea.

state of health than our dear, and now, Shortly after my return to England, departed brother Ward; but his deporthaving been absent for nearly three ment the whole way through was altoyears, I thought it somewhat extraor- gether so lovely, that I shall never look dinary that I should bear, by letter, back upon these ten days spent on the from Brother Anderson, of Edinburgh, waters, without associating therewith of Mr. Ward, and his intention to visit sentiments of the most delightful the Continent, for the objects of the kind. Mission, provided I would accompany For lack of leisure, let this suffice him. It easily uccurred how greatly for the present; whilst, in the hope of the end of such a journey would be following up the above details, promoted by the appearance in person I remain, yours most truly, of one of the Mission's brightest orna

W. H. ANONG.: inents. On a little further reflection, I N. B. I make no apology for having concluded, that now was the right time here used the term Baptist, in refer to carry into execution my long formed rence to the Menonites, since, in the project. (I think these circunstances different parts of Europe, (except in worthy of being related, as they mark France, where they are very numerin a peculiar manner, the leadings of a ous,) in the title-pages of all their relimysterious Providence in the case.) In gious books I bave ever seen, as well as a post or two, therefore, every thing from their account of themselves, it is was decided upon relative to the jour sufficiently evident that they are known ney intended.

as much by the one of these names as Accordingly we both embarked, by the other. In France they are August 10, 1820, with a fine promising called, or rather miscalled, Anabreeze, and were at the mouth of the baptists.

Familiar Illustrations of the sacred then rashed into my arms and barst Writings.

into tcars. I could sooner have cut off my arm than have then struck him for

his fault: he had taken hold of my No. I.

strength, and be hai made peace with DEUT. Xxxiii. 19. They shall suck me."

TOLLER. of the abundance of the seas, and of treasures hid in the sand."

Job vi. 6. “ Can that which is unsa" AMictions teach us the wortb of voury be eaten without salt? Or is there our Bibles. The Bible is (comparatively) any taste in the white of an egg?' but an insipid book before amictions * This text is exemplified in bring us to feel the want of it, and then Reproof without commendation, how many comfortable passages do we Admonition without example, find, which lay neglected and unknown Obedience without the principle of before! I recollect an instance in the love, history of some who fled from this Conversation witbout wisdom, ; country to that, then wild desert, Ame Preaching without Christ, rica. Among many other hardships, The ordinances of the Lord without they were sometimes in such straits his presence."

Jay. for bread, that the very crusts of their


J.B. former tables in England would have been a dainty to them. Necessity drove the women and children to the sea. Remarks on the Argument for side, to look for a ship, expected to dobaptism, from the Baptism of bring them provision : but no ship, for Households. many wecks, appeared ; - however, they saw in the sand vast quantities of

It is argned, that as all the males in shell-fish, since called clams, a kind of a household were commanded to be muscle. Hunger compelled them to

circumcised, so, from the same mode taste, and at length they almost fed

of expression being used, are we not wholly on them, and to their own as

naturally to conclude, that all the chil tonishment were as cheerful, fat, and

dren of a Christian parent ought to be Justy, as they had been in England. baptized! But are a man's children with their fill of the best provisions. A

the only members of wbat is called his worthy man, one day, after they had all

household ;--does not this include bois dined op clams without bread, returned

wife as well as his children? Now, thanks to God for causing them to

when a man's housebold is said to be "suck of the abundance of the seas,

circumcised, if this ordinance had not, and of treasures hid in the sand;"ma

* from it's nature, been exclusively applipassage of scripture till then ninob

cable to males, can we suppose that served by the company, but which ever

om the wife would not have been included

in the bousehold as well as the chilafter endeared the writings of Moses to them."

dren? While, then, females are to bé Robert Robinson.

baptized, if the old law of applying tho ordinance to a man's household is to

be observed, must it not include tho Isaiah xxvii. 5.“ Let him take hold wife as well as the children? But how of my'strength, that he may make peace docs this comport with the apostle, with me, and he shall make peace with speaking of a believing husband having me."

an unbelieving wife? The apostle " I thick I can convey the moaning commands such a believer to remain of this passage so that every one may with her. Here, then, is an unbeliever, understand it, by what took place in one of his household, and she must my own family within these few days. cither be baptized, though an uube One of my little children had com- , liever, or it must be admitted that the mitted a fault, for wbich I thought it law of circumcision, which required my duty to chastise him. I called that this rite be administered to all the him to me, explained to liim the evil of members of a man's household, who what he had done, and told him how were capable of receiving it, is a law grieved I was that I must punish him which, in the case of Christian bapfor it: he heard me in silence, and tism, is not to be applied.


An Extract from Robinson Crusoe.*

On the return of Crusoe to his Island, it is stated, that it was thought necessary the English sailors, who had taken the female savages to wife, should be married by a formal ceremony. The priest considered it desirable the women should be first baptized-but he felt ibe difficulty of performing ibat rite, be. cause they bad not been instructed in Christianity. At this intimation, William Atkins, the son of a clergyman, but who was a most dissolute abandoned fellow, went away to converse with his wife on the subject of religion : the following is part of the relation which he gave to Robinson Crusoe, and the priest, relating to it,

R. C. Priest. “ But did you tell her Wife. “ Why you say, your God what marriage was?

make all ? W. A. “ Ay, ay; there began all our W. A. “Yes, child, our God made dialogne. I asked her, if she would be the whole world, and you, and me, and married to me our way. She asked all things; for he is the only true God; me what way that was. I told her there is no God but be. He lives for marriage was appointed by God; and ever in heaven. here we had a strange talk together, Wife. Why you no tell me lons iodeed, as ever man and wife bad, I ago ? believe,

W. A. “Tbat's truc, indeed; but I p" N. B. This dialogue between W. have been a wicked wretch, and have Atkins and bis wife, as I took it down not only forgotten to acquaint theo in writing, just after he told it me, was with any thing, but have lived without as follows:

God in the world myself. Wife. “Appointed by your God! Wife. “What, have you de great why, have you a God in your country? God in your country, yon no know

W. A. “ Yes, my dear; God is in him? No say ( to him? No do good every country.

thing for him? That no possible. Wife. “No you God in my country: W. A. “ It is truc cnough for all my country have the great old Bena. that. We live as if there was no God muckee god.

in heaven, or that he had uo power on W. A. “ Chill, I am very unfit to earth. show you who God is : God is in hea. Wife. “But why God let you do so? ven, and made the heaven, and Why be no makee you good live ? earth, the sea, and all that in them W. A. “ It is all our own fault. is.

Wife. “ But you say me, he is great, Wife. “No makee de earth ; no much great, have much great power; your God makee de earth: no makee can makec kill when he will ; why he my country.

no makee kill when you no seen him ? “ Will laughed a little at her ex. No say O to him! No be good pression of God not making her mans? country.].

W... “ That is true: he might Wife." No laugh: wby laugh me? strike me dead, and I ought to expect This no thing to laugh.

it; for I bave been a wicked wretch, [He was justly reproved by bis that is true ; but God is merciful, and wile; for she was more serious than he does not deal with us as we deserve. at first.

Wife.“ But, then, do not you tell W. A. “That's true, indeed: I will God, Thankce for that God? not laugh any more, my dear.

W. A. “ No, indeed; I have not

* It is not generally known, that this popular fiction, in its original form, of the celebrated DANIEL De-Foe, first published in 1719, contains sentiments the most evangelical, as well as moral maxims the most valuable for the different stations of human life. The above Extract is takon from Walker's Edition, printed 1808, containing 638 pages, 18mo.

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