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ful. Before leaving for Newcastle, I had the greater part of last winter we held a meetconversation with others, and on passing ing on the evening of every first day of the down to baptize I found a female who had week, on which occasions the facts, coinattended our meetings, cheerfully ready to mands, and promises of the gospel were set enter into the blessings flowing from the forth, to the best abilities of the brethren; cross; and as she preferred the river to the but we were compelled to discontinue these bath, the two were baptized that evening, in meetings for want of better attendance upon the presence of a large audience: they were them. It was then proposed to commence both from the world. Having occupied some proclamations of the gospel in some of the further time in conversing with other hear- surrounding villages, which has not yet been
a third confession was made, by the aged carried out ; indeed it is very difficult to get mother of Brother Ramshaw, whom I im- audiences at this season of the year, as men mersed on Saturday. I assure you it was to generally appear to have more relish for the me a delightful week's work: six souls, by verdant hills, the shady groves, and the rich gazing on an uplifted Saviour, drawn de- and beautiful drapery of a summer's sunset, voutly to conform to his death and resurrec- than for that marvellous manifestation of Jetion. May 7th, our dear Brother J. Moffat hovah's love in the gift of his son. Various spoke in the hall in the afternoon, and in the circumstances have combined to retard the open air afterwards to a large and attentive spread of the gospel in this quarter; but as audience, who crowded into the hall, where the church is “ the pillar and ground of the I was announced to speak at the close of his truth, we must endeavour to triumph over discourse; and the day terminated with ano- all difficulties. The work is before us, and ther distinct and intelligent acknowledgment so is the prize. If the disciples were to cease of the grace of Christ, and a confessed readi- disseminating the Scriptures and contending ness to obey the Lord, from the sister of one for the faith formerly delivered to the saints, of our newly-admitted brethren. I need not what would be the consequence ? That retell you, that it would be folly extreme in us ligion which speaks peace to the troubled to imagine that these blessed results were ef- soul, comforts the disconsolate, supports the fected by human learning, or the eloquence weak, and gives courage and hope at apof the schools : we possess neither. There proaching dissolution, would remain are brethren associated with us in this land, known. How important is it, then, that we whose qualifications, I think, might very ad- should strive to spread the knowledge of salvantageously be compared with our Ameri- vation which is entrusted to our care; that can brethren, their writings being the crite- we ought to remember that the labour of a few rion. That the education of many of us has evangelists is not all that is necessary for the been defective, is readily admitted; hence spread of the truth, but the combined effort we have seen it our highest wisdom, to be of every disciple in word and action. Jesus come simply the echoes of Christ's appointed prayed for his disciples that they might all be advocate, the Holy Spirit. He spoke to us one, that the world may believe the Father of the Lord, and enriched and blessed our sent him; and Paul says, “ Though I speak hearts with the exhibition of the manifold with the tongues of men and angels, and have glories of God's Messiah. His wonderful not charity, I am become as sounding brass, and copious evidences formed a strong rock as a tinkling cymbal.” So, although we had on which to repose with security; and in the evangelists with the reasoning powers of struggle of the Spirit our souls moved to their Paul, and the eloquence of A pollos, they inmost depths by love to our king. In this would be no better, unless the practice of the spirit we speak to the people; hence gladly disciples agree with their professions. How and rationally we say, it is the Lord's doing, pleasing and delightful is it to see the minds and wondrous in our eyes. Honored, highly of those who are in darkness enlightened, honored above all kings on the earth shall we the morally debased exalted and purified, and deem ourselves, should our Lord keep us in the servants of Satan turned to serve the our own place, lowly before him, and con- living and true God. But wbat a humiliatinue to use us as agents in drawing our race ting spectacle is it to behold such again sink from the misery and degradation of rebellion into intellectual blindness, moral degradaagainst Christ. Yours,
W. MACDOUGALE. tiou, and spiritual death. Truly it may be Cupar, May 6.—There is nothing particu. that man is worse than the first.” Yours in
said of such an individual, “ the last state of larly interesting to communicate to you at the one faith and hope,
J. M. present, the congregation here, as regards number3, remaining almost stationary, but Huddersfield.—The church of Jesus Christ being filled with joy and peace in believing. statedly meeting in the Philosophical Hall, We continue to walk in peace and love, and Ramsden-street, Huddersfield, after their I trust we are progressing in intelligence usual meeting on Lord's day afternoon, May and holiness. In the absence of any evan. 14, 1848, held a special meeting, and took gelist, we have been endeavouring to extend tea in company with a considerable number the knowledge of the Redeemer's kingdom of brethren from Halifax and Clickheaton, to by publishing the truth to the world. For take their leave of Brother William Thom
At this meeting, the following resolu. in person reign on the earth with risen and tion was moved hy Brother George Green- glorified saints, or not? I must say, for
my well, the evangelist of the church, and se- own part, that there appears to be a lack of conded by Brother Henry Shaw:"As Bro- evidence to support the personal reign. I ther William Thomson is leaving this place, may perhaps write a few observations, exand also contemplates a voyage to the United planatory of my view of Rev. xx. !-11, upon States of America, something more than an which, I suppose, the chief stress is laid by ordinary farewell is demanded from us upon the literality.
Yours truly, the present occasion. For a period of two
[Please to send us your thoughts on Rev. years he has been with us as a brother, and
xx. 1.11. It is the only passage in the voas a minister of the truth. We are happy to
lume of inspiration, Old or New Testament, testify that, as a brother, he has walked in holiness among us; and as a Christian thousand years; and from the manner in
which speaks of a reign of any kind for a teacher has contributed largely to the edifi; which the prophetic seals, trumpets, and cation of the body. We desire a continued interest in his sympathies and prayers, and been fulfilled, we greatly doubt the accuracy
vials of that symbolic book have hitherto promise that it shall be reciprocal. We cordially commend him to the confidential fel personal king upon this earth, so long as sin
of those interpretations which make Jesus a lowship of all congregations of baptized be
ful mortals inhabit any part of it.]
During the past month death has made an
heavy and unexpected stroke by the sudden Hymn Book, &c.--Embracing your gene
removal of their youngest daughter, Mary rous proposal in the last Harbinger, regard Elizabeth, aged 12 years. For two or three ing the Hymn Book, 1 enclose twenty-four days previously, she was poorly, as was suppostage stainps, that you may forward to my posed with slight cold, but in no way deprived address, by post, a specimen copy. What of her usual buoyancy of spirit, so as to cause may be further called for, will be by parcel the least suspicion of danger. On the mornthrough the medium of which I will
give you ing of the 17th, however, during the absence due notice. I have now to thank you for the
of her father on business, fever of the most insertion of the articles on Difficulties in
virulent character seized the brain, and on Churches, and hope and trust they will do the evening of the same day, about 'eight good. I should be glad to hear a favorable o'clock, death, ever steady to his appalling response from all the congregations in the commission, completed his work, to the as. land to the said articles. I wonder if any will tonishment and grief of the family and friends. venture to contradict the truths and policy and sister in their bereavement, knowing, by
We most deeply sympathise with our brother therein recommended. Should there be any you will no doubt give them a place in your experience, the feeling connected with the pages. The Reformation in Britain is greatly loss of children. How mysterious and in. wanting in concentration of strength and scrutable are the ways of God in his governunity of action. Powerless for good will it
ment of the children of men ! Boast not thy
for thou knowest not what ever be, till we all come to the unity of the self of to-morrow, faith and policy exemplified in the intercom
a day may bring forth. munion of the first churches, beautifully ex- The other family to which we refer is that hibited in the May number, page 218. The of the Fditor and his friends, by the removal events now occurring on the theatre of Europe of his senior brother George, aged 57 years, are much calculated to draw attention to the (whose wife, prior to her death some three or prophetic testimony. Would that the breth- four years ago, was a member of the church ren were more intelligent than they seem to in Nottingham.) By this event, which ocbe in apprehending and applying the word of curred on Sunday, the 7th ult. eight orpban inspiration. I see there will be a declaration children are left as a legacy to the world, of hostilities hetween the literalists and spi- four of whom are dependant on the kindness ritualists, as they are called; if hostilities of friends for the necessaries of life, educaare not already begun. To a controversy, cation, &c. The vacant place which this however, I, for one, have no objection, pro- event has occasioned, cannot be filled up; viding meekness of temper be maintained, but at the same time it furnishes another field and soft words and hard arguments be used for the exercise of pure and undefiled religion The question surely admits of a satisfactory before God and the Father, which consists in and scriptural answer. Will the Lord Jesus supplying the wants of the widows and come in person to destroy anti-christianism orphans in their affliction, and keeping unat the commencement of the millennium, and spotted from the world. "
sin has ever been, labor, and travail, and
sorrow have followed in its path. There is Western Star, February 28, 1848.—The
no country, no condition, without its own hearts of the saints bave been made to re
trials and griefs. Still, of all the human joice in seeing sinners turn to the Lord.
race, we have much reason to be grateful. Brother J. H. Jones visited Morton in
But favors received and blessings multiplied January, and pleaded the cause of the Re
are not often followed with corresponding deemer a few days; and, by the blessing of gratitude and devotion. We have suffered the Lord, ten were added to the congregation much this winter in affliction. My wife's --seven by baptism. The next week I mother, Mrs. Bakewell, has been at the visited Wooster, and nine were added there
verge of life for two or three months. One --seven by baptism. A few days since I of my daughters was for a time dangerously visited Chardon, where eleven made the ill
, but is mercifully preserved ; and my wife, good confession, and were buried with with these afflictions and her embarrassments, Christ in baptism. May the Great Shep: Ilias been often in ill health. Still we are herd of the sheep guard and keep them and all most mercifully dealt with, and are in the us in the way of life everlasting, is my prayer. daily recipiency of many, very many,
blessA. B. GREEN.
ings. Macomb, M Donough county, Illinois,
I fear the encouragement for much evanFebruary 29, 1848.--Řemember that at this gelical labor in England this year will not place we have a congregation of disciples, be sufficient to induce any one to go. The numbering about one hundred. We have sickness, distress, and the public excitebeen organized about two years. We meet
ment of the whole community, in pursuance on the first day in the week to show forth of French affairs, will all conspire to render the Lord's death till he come again. Brother ineffectual all attempts to do much this year. A. J. Cane has been the principal evangelist I have not heard from Brother Burnet since in this work. May the Lord bless the ef- I got a copy of a letter from you to him. forts of all those who contend for the faith The only difficulty that I had to encounter once delivered to the saints. We need help with him, in urging him to go, was the in this country-some to proclaim the life shortness of the time he could spend there. giving word. W. H. FRANKLIN.
No one ought to visit England for less than
a year. Brother Ferguson, whom I hoped Marion, Grant county, Indiana, March to send, has married a wife, and now en11, 1848. —There have been about 120 addı- gaged, as his brothers are, as evangelists in tions to the churches under my teaching their respective localities. One edits a paper during the last year, and most of that num- at Nashville, and other two itinerate at large; ber by immersion; the others having been they are all, as you say, clever men and good immersed before. I send my Christian love speakers. Burnet, however, if he could to you and family, and all the holy brethren spend a year, is our best man that is avail.
J. B. New. able. I intend to correspond monthly with Chagrin Falls, Ohio, March 14, 1848.- you, if possible, and to secure from you
one monthly epistle. I feel much interest I much long to see you and yours, and hope to visit Bethany with my wife in July next. fore the throne of grace is always pleasant.
in you all, and my remembrance of you beNeither have I given up all hope that you will yet visit the Reserve and York State What a blessing that we can all meet there, before your labors in the Saviour shall cease.
and that the Lord is pleased that we should I know you have not been well used by the thur meet before him! I have nothing spe
cial at this time to communicate. Touching Northern brethren, and go a great many France, we are all astounded in America. think; but those who think so are those who, We hail the revolution there, and augur like myself, have not hitherto been able to help it much. But prospects favor the hope good from it. But I have not much conof a better time shortly.
fidence in the French. They are a nation of Atheists, with a small remnant excepted. Their lands must be drenched with blood.
All Europe will be shaken ere long. I am EXTRACT OF A LETTER
prepared at any time to hear of other atFROM A. CAMPBELL.
tempted revolutions, and of tottering thrones
and fallen monarchs. Please remember me BETHANY, Va. April 7, 1848. Beloved Brother Wallis-My dear Sir, the brethren and loving members of your
most affectionately to your Eldership, and Your kind favor of the 10th ult. is to hand, beloved family. In the hope of seeing you We are all glad to hear of your welfare, and
some day in the New World, and if disapthat of your family, so dear to us at Bethany pointed in this, of meeting in heaven; and who have been with you. I thank the Lord with much affection for every one of your for his kindness in this time of great na
own family, I remain, as ever, yours in one sional affliction and distress. We have not
A. CAMPBELL. your troubles, but we have our own. Where
-Rome, Papal Rome, once the ecclesiastical despot
of the world, has lost her influence over the minds Sir-Can you, or any of your readers, reconcile a
of her former votaries, even within the precincts of statement made by A. Campbell, in reply to a Baptist
the city. The temporal power and dominion of the minister, on page 116 of vol. 3 of the Christian Meg.
and it is aflirmed that Pius the XIth senger, old series, commencing “ I am taught,” &c. 18 lines from bottom of said page, with the two arti
will be the last Pope appointed to rule over men. cles on Difficulties in Churches, pages 186 and 218 ignorant and uneducated, or intelligent and edu
Our prayer is, that all the would-be Popes, whether of the British Millennial Harbinger, April and May, caied, throughout the world, may fall at the same 1848 ? By so doing you will oblige, yours truly,
time, to rise no more for ever. A CONSTANT READER. ANSWER.—The paragraph referred to reads as O GRAVE! WHERE IS THY follows:-“I am taught from the record itself to de.
VICTORY? scribe a church of Christ in the following words : It is a society of disciples professing to believe one 0, yes ! to go to the silent tomb, Grand Fact, voluntarily submitting to his authority And mix with the clouds of clay, and guidance, baving all of them in their baptism Unconscious of a life to come, expressed their faith in him and allegiance to him, And the light of a glorious day, and statedly meeting together in one place, to walk Is two-fold death; for mortal pain in all his commandments and ordinances. This so
Hath the writhing body tos't, ciety, with its bishop or bishops. and deacon or dea- And still no rays of hope remain, cons, as the case may require, is perfectly indepen
For a world of bliss is lost. dent of any tribunal on earth called ecclesiastical.
But shall the Christian shrink from death? It knows nothing of superior or inferior church judi.
Shall the Christian warrior brave catures, and acknowledges no laws, no canons, nor
Be slow to gain the promised wreath, government, other than the Monarch of the Universe
By a victory o'er the grave ? and his laws. This church, having now committed to it the oracles of God, is adequate to all the pur
Expected contest! fears he now poses of illumination and reformation, which entered
Corruption's host to meet ?
Salvation's helmet guards his brow, into the design of its founder. But to be more ex
And Gospel-peace his feet. plicit in expressing my views of the meaning which the church is to use for the salvation of the world, I
His loins are girt about with truth; would remark that, having the record or testimony
His lips are breathing prayer ; of God in it, and every member professing it, it be.
He thinks of Heaven, and-sage or youth
He reads his title there. comes the duty and high privilege of every member of it, to be a preacher of the gospel in the only sense
He bears the mystic shield of faith ;
He in which any person can now be called a preacher.”
grasps the Spirit's sword : We scarcely comprehend what“ A Constant Reader”'
Thus panoplied, what power can scathe
The soldier of the Lord ? wishes us to reconcile, as contradictory, in the foregoing paragraph, with what is said in the two arti- What, though within the noisome tomb cles on Difficulties in Churches, already referved to. The slimy worm may streak The only standing tribunal that can, by the law of
And revel on the faded bloom Jesus, exercise authority in any church, is the body That lingers on bis cheek ; herself, with her constituted officers. Still she may What, though on eyes that sparkled bright, surely have power to invite the Eldership of another
Or on the breathless breast, church to hear and decide upon a case of difficulty,
Foul reptiles gather day and night without constituting thereby that, or any other fc
To riot and to rest: reign Eldership, into a standing ecclesiastical tribu.
The spirit once escaped controlnal to try all other cases within a given distance.
Its faded house of clay, We want no diocesan bishopric establishing—there
The earthly garment of the soul, are too many of them already-yet we know breth.
With joy it casts away, ren who have frequently been invited to hear cases
Enjoining earth the frail bequest of difficulty in newly-formed churches, the result of To hide from every eye; which has been attended with the most beneficial
Meanwhile itself, in glory drest, effect; not, indeed, to the self-willed and stubborn
Soars deathless to the sky. minded, but to all the humble and peaceful disciples of the Lord Jesus. Good has been an inevitable con
Time.--Spend your time in nothing which you sequence. An isolated church, not co-operating know must be repented of. Spend it on nothing with neighbouring sister churches, will accomplish which you might not pray for the blessing of God. but little towards the conversion of sinners, or the Spend it in nothing which you could not review with edification of itself in love.-J. W.
a quiet conscience on your dying bed. Spend it in nothing which you might not safely and properly be
found doing if death should surprise you in the act. PASSING EVENTS.
The active only have the true relish of life. Who can speak of the multifarious forms in which passing events present themselves to the public mind Printed by Edmund Renals, at his Office, No. 2 - the rapidity with which they cross the politica
South.parade in the parish of Saint Peter, Notting.
ham, and published by the Proprietor, JAMES horizon-or the magnitude of their extent ? One
WALLIS, of Park-terrace, at No. 12, Peck-lane, event, however, is most exhilarating to the feelings in the said Parish.-Thursday, June 1, 1848.
from God alone, these are but the COMMUNINGS IN THE faint emanations, but the scattering SANCTUARY.-No. III.
rays of that divine love which first “I will abide in thy tabernacle for ever; I will created and now redeems. And oh! trust in the covert of thy wings.”—Ps. lxi. 4.
how weak are our noblest efforts ; How truly incomprehensible and how cold our warmest thoughts; how beyond comparison is the love of God faint our most vivid conceptions, for man! Inscrutable as his ways, when contrasted with this love! unsearchable as his judgments, deep Yet we are here assembled in preas the exhaustless mines of his wisdom sence of these sacred emblems to and knowledge, his love but partakes consider it in the most wonderful of of the infinitude of his nature, and all its manifestations.
“ In this was the ineffable glory of his perfections. love, not that we loved God, but that How, then, can we hope to fathom he loved us, and sent his Son to be its depths, to estimate its value, or to the propitiation for our sins.” Earth's realize its power! Were we to add highest evidence of love is, that a together all the emotions of love in man should die for his friends. To all human hearts—every feeling of heaven belongs the love that brought affection, every sentiment of kindness, Christ to die for his enemies. Earth every form of attachment-parental, can supply no comparison by which filial, fraternal, social — the love of it may be illustrated, and the human the espoused—the love of lovers—all soul possesses no powers by which would fail to express, or even typify, it may be fully appreciated. He the love of God. Of all these kind forsook those realms of joy where and affectionate emotions, these foun- the love of God for ever reigns; he tains of earth's joys, without which abandoned the honors and wealth of this world would be a dreary waste, heaven, to assume our nature, to take God is himself the author. For God the position of a servant, to become is love in its abstract and unoriginated a pauper, an outcast, a houseless essence; and since love can proceed wanderer! He came to endure