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thorough Christian spirit, briefly stated the They neither toil nor spin;
objects of the society, and their reasons for And birds that never sow
convening that meeting, resolutions were Are fed and clothed by Him.
moved and supported by Kevds. — Woollacott, Oh, feeble worm, of little faith,
G. Bayfield, Wm. Leask, and Dr. Fletcher; JoHear what thy blessed Saviour saith. seph Payne, W. P. Tiddy, Geo. Palliser, Esqrs.,
and others, who, in addressing the meeting, Thy heavenly Father knows
more fully explained the principles upon Thou needest all these things,
which the society is based, the Christian moAnd from his heart it flows
tives which actuate its friends, and the beneIn love's perpetual streams.
fits resulting to the aged and infirm poor of 'This living spring shall never die,
Christ's flock. Nor cease to yield a rich supply.
On this occasion the attention of the friends Not all thy peevishness
and the public were more particularly drawn Shall ever stop its course,
to the especial object for which the meeting Nor make Him love thee less
was convened; viz. “to erect another asylum His portion and his choice.
as a useful and permanent memorial to reHe's of one mind. This is the prop
cord the goodness and faithfulness of God That bears my soul and all things up.
during the seven times seven years of the
existence of this Christian institution," earHis everlasting arms
nestly appealing to their friends to use their Are underneath his Bride;
utmost endeavours to carry out this benevoAnd through the raging storms
lent design. He'll keep thee near his side.
Several friends, sympathising with the obHis uncaused love shall thee uphold ject of the committee, liberally contributed Till grace his glory shall unfold.
towards the Jubilee Fund, including 101. from
the chairman, to which has since been added, And though thy foes accuse,
by an old and constant friend of the society, •He sees no fault in thee;
1031. The liberality and good feeling which Nor will He e'er refuse
prevailed at the meeting is taken as an enThy constant friend to be.
couraging token for good, and loudly appeals He's deaf to all thy foes can say
to every well-wisher of the cause of Christ to Against thy soul from day to day.
do what he can to help forward the work. With infinite delight
The committee feel that they have entered He views his joy and crown:
upon an arduous undertaking; but they sin
cerely hope to have the support and prayers Let this thy praise excite,
of all the friends of the aged pilgrim, and, Though all things on thee frown. Because He lives, thou shalt live too.
above all, the sanction and blessing of God, Be this thy constant theme, He'll bring water to drink in my name, because ye be
who hath said, “Whosoever giveth a cup of thee safely through.
long to Christ, he shall not lose his reward." St. Helier's, Jersey. J. LEVESQUE. It may not be known to all that this insti.
tution has been the instrument of relieving upwards of 1600 Christian poor, in all parts
of the kingdom, to the amount of 48,0002.; AGED PILGRIMS' FRIEND SOCIETY. and that at this time there are upwards of Instituted 1807.
400 pensioners receiving annual assistance
out of an income of 20001. per annum. JUBILEE MEMORIAL.
There is also a neat and commodious asy.
lum, for 42 pensioners, in Southampton Street, The above-named society, established for Camberwell, built on freehold ground, the the relief of poor aged Christians of not less munificent gift of the late William Peacock, than 60 years of age, and having not more Esq., where comparative comfort and rest than 78. per week (including rent), of every may be enjoyed by its inmates for the reProtestant denomination, and supported by mainder of the days of their pilgrimage. voluntary contributions, held a preliminary Contributions will be thankfully received public meeting, on July 15th, at the London on behalf of the Jubilee Fund, or for either Tavern, Bishopsgate Street, at which Mr. Al- the parent Society or the present Asylum, by derman Wire, one of the treasurers, kindly Mr. ‘Alderman Wire and R. Kenneth, Esq., presided, for the purpose of announcing to Treasurers, by the Hon. Secs., by any Memtheir friends and the public their intentions, ber of either of the Committees, and by and submitting plans for commemorating the Messrs. Smith, Payne, and Co., Mansion Jubilee of the society, upon which, by the House Street, the Society's bankers; and on kind providence of God, they have been per account of the Jubilee Fund, by Messrs. Hanmitted to enter, by the erection of another cock, Rixon, and Co., Cockspur Street. asylum on some eligible freehold land north
Reports of the Society's operations, and of the Thames, on a much more extended Rules, may be obtained of the Secretaries, scale than the present building at Camber. Mr. John Box, 13, Northampton Square, and well, for the use of a larger number of its Mr. W. Jackson, 2, Warner Road, Camberwell pensioners who may have been duly elected. and of any member of the Committee. After an appropriate address from the hairman, in which he eloquently and, in a
OUR BRITISH BAPTIST CHURCHES.
THE OLD CHURCH BOOK. our prayers are directed, that He will be
pleased to direct you and incline your heart, No. III.
so to act as shall be most for his glory, and
for promoting the cause and interest of the UNICORN YARD CHAPEL.
dear Redeemer, &c., &c." This letter was signed by the deacons and sixteen brethren.
Mr. Evans' reply was to the effect that The wise man says, “In the day of prospe- being young in the ministry, and the church rity be joyful, but in the day of adversity not willing he should come, he begged to be consider: God' also hath set the one over excused. A second letter was written to Mr. against the other, to the end that man should Evans, in which the church stated they could find nothing after him;" and I believe all we not admit of his excuse, notwithstanding his shall find is, that God alone is the fountain being young in years, in experience, and in and source of prosperity, and that He alone the ministry,—they were not surprised that can support in times of adversity. Our last the thoughts of the greatness of the work, abstract was short, but savoury, a time of and his own insufficiency for it, should forbid prosperity, although towards the close an his compliance, since the great Apostle said, appareat decline; yet the unity of the Spirit Who is sufficient for these things?—the church was kept in the bond of peace. We now entreated him to look at the sufficiency there pass into a different scene-& time of is in Christ, and the efficiency of the Holy aftliction.
Spirit, and so engage in this service, remindIn our last, we referred to brother Lyons, ing him that he must not expect a call from who declined to serve as deacon. The writer the Lord by immediate inspiration; it was omitted to state that at a church-meeting, their heartý prayer that he might be qualiAng. 9th, 1728, the pastor informed brother fied for that service which the Lord in his Lyons that the church were not satisfied providence, by the unanimous voice of this with the reasons he had given for declining church, had called him to; the church earthe office of deacon, whereupon he accepted nestly requested him to carry this call to a office. He appears to have been a very use throne of grace, praying that the Lord might ful servant of the church in maintaining direct him. order, and on most occasions was their mouth- It would take too much space to give the piece. The last time his name appears is whole of this affair, which was about six Jan. 23rd, 1758 ; about this time I suppose months in hand: the church were earnestly he was called home, but they did not record bent,upon having Mr. Evans for their pastoron deaths; from circumstances related, he must the one hand, and there was a want of decision have been a member forty-two years. But on the part of Mr. Evans, and an unwillingness to return: the church was destitute of a pastor, on the part of the church to which he beby the death of that good and useful man, longed, on the other; so, for six months was Dir. Arnold. It appears at a church-meeting, this church kept in a state of cruel suspense. July 9th, 1734, brother Lyons reported that There are twenty letters entered from this himself and brother Stinton, being in com-church to Mr. Evans and the church at Brispany with Mr. Wilson after his return from tol to the board of ministers and two other the country, he had recommended to their individuals upon this subject. As all cannot notice Mr. Evans, a member of Mr. Fosket's be given, one letter to the board of ministers, church at Bristol, as being a suitable supply and the last letter to Mr. Evans, will contain for them; upon this report it was unanimously the gist of this serious disappointment. Sufagreed to send an invitation by the next post, fice it to say, he consented to come, supplied for and another letter to Mr. Fosket's church; several Lord's days, and was chosen by the they expressed their thanks to Mr. Wilson for unanimous voice of the church to be their pashis brotherly care of them, and desired him tor: 801. per annum was to be the consideto write to Mr. Evans, or the church, or both, ration, with a prospect of more. The church in their behalf. The toilowing is the letter to at Bristol only wanted him to assist in the Mr. Evans; another, of similar import, was ministry. sent to the church :
The following is a copy of the church's " To the Rev. Mr. Hugh Evans.
letter to the board of ministers: "HONOURED AND BELOVED BROTHER,-We, “Rev. Sira,—The kind assistance which this being destitute of a pastor by the death of church has received from you since our late oar dearly beloved brother Wm. Arnold, in our worthy pastor's death, the fitness that the present melancholy circumstances have heard neighbouring churches should be made acof the gifts and grace given to you for the quainted with the steps taken by a church in work of the ministry, and we hereby, as a their solemn call and election of a pastor, church of Christ, invite and desire you to that they may encourage or discourage as the come and assist us for a month or six weeks; conduct of the church may require; and the we have sent a letter by this post to the desire that we, as a church, may still be enchurch to which you stand related, to desire titled to your future favour, approbation, and of them that they will be willing to encourage kind assistance, make it suitable for us to acyou to this service, but 'tis to the Lord that quaint you with our solemn call and election
of the Rev. Mr. Evans, and the several steps toral care thereof upon him, would hold tip taken by us previous thereto.
their hands, which all did. It was agreed * Our deceased pastor, in his dying charze, that Mr. Evans should the same evening be advised us to wait on God, that He might give acquainted with our solemn call. us a pastor. Agreeable to that advice, we “ Thus, Rev. Sirs, we have acquainted you have ever since his death set apart every with the whole of our behaviour in this imMonday evening for prayer to God, that He, portant affair, and earnestly beg a share in his providence, would be pleased to direct in your prayers that the beauty of the Lord us to a suitable one. About twelve weeks our God may be upon us, and that we may ago we heard of the gifts and ability of the continue a reputable church, to the praise and Rev. Mr. Evans; and the church, at a church- glory of the dear Redeemer. Rev. Sirs, meeting, the largest we have had these thir.
- Yours in Him." teen years, did unanimously agree to call him [Signed by the thirty-one persons that to come to assist us, which he accordingly signed the call.] did, when he excused himself from settling. We a second time, on a Lord's day, did una. Thus this church believed that they had nimously agree, in the most solemn and succeeded in obtaining a suitable pastor; how pressing manner, to desire his assistance, and great their disappointment upon receiving a accordingly sent to him again. When he letter from Mr. Evans stating that the church came to London, several of us, when we heard was not willing to give him up! Letter sucof it, waited on him, and he was willing to ceeded letter, urging that he was called by preach to us every Lord's day, one part of the unanimous voice of a church consisting of the day. We no sooner heard him, but we | 140 members. No stone was left unturned were struck. There was such a suitableness to gain the object of their choice. The inbetween his preaching and our judgments and fluence of the board of ministers failed to affection, that our hearts, as one, were knit make him decide in their favour, or prevail to him, and many of us thought that God, upon the church at Bristol to give him up. whois a God hearing prayer, and has not said to The following is their last letter to him, which his people, “ Seek ye me in vain," had given will give some idea of the progress and result him to us as an answer of prayer.' The Lord's of this affair :day after, we were unanimous upon this re
" January 21st, 1735. solution, the question being put in the nega- “Rev. Sir,-Yours, with the church's letter, tive as well as the affirmative, that it was the came safe to us, and in love and faithfulness judgment of the church, from the trial they we send you this answer. After all, you say had made of Mr. Evans' gift, that they should your thoughts are as follows:- That without make choice of him as their pastor; and Mr. the church would give up their claim to you Evans was made acquainted with this resolu- and your gift, or the opposition was greater tion. The shortness of time he designed to and more material, or they likely to be as stay in town, and another circumstance, made well or better supplied, you fear you should it necessary for us to be more expeditious offend God in leaving them.' than we should otherwise have chosen. How- "To each particular we answer to the first, ever, we were desirous to be asking counsel we have a better right and claim to you than of the Lord, that we might be under the Di. they. Your gifts and ministerial abilities as vine guidance, direction, and blessing, in the a minister of Christ are from the Holy Spirit, choice of a pastor; and did, as a church, una- and are not, strictly speaking, at your own nimously, at the same time with the resolu- disposal, but at his, to be employed where He tion above, agree to keep the Tuesday in that calls and directs. If Providence has most week, and the Tuesday in the week following, plainly directed you to Bristol, then they have as days of solemn prayer for the said end, and the best claim; but if it has most plainly dito desire Mr. Evans not to engage himself to rected you to us, then we have a better claim any other church till we had kept those two than they. Lay your hand, then, on your days. Tuesday, the 17th September, the day heart, and begin where the providence of God, of prayer, being nearly over, there appeared in this affair, began with you. great enlargement and affection of soul in “When the Rev. Mr. Wilson was at Bristol the church. Then it was desired that those he saw you slighted, without due honour and who felt their souls disposed to choose Mr. respect; when he came home he acquainted Evans for their pastor, after having sought us with your uneasy situation, and he had the Lord several hours for direction, would your consent that he should make mention of hold up their hands, which all did. The you. We then by letter, as a church, gave church at the same time agreed that Mr. you a call, which was the first call you had Evans should be made acquainted with their of this nature. We sent a letter at the same disposition for him. Last Tuesday, being time to the church. When they considered September 24, was our other day of prayer; our letter, they had a view of the consethere was a very great attendance, and, in quences of your coming to London; but the judgment of those present, it was a pre- though you stayed there six weeks after, they cious opportunity, in which they had com- gave you no call. You then left your friends fortable apprehensions of the light of God's and acquaintances to put yourself under the countenance. Being near the close, the ques- providence of God, to see what He would do tion was put, that those who made choice of for you. Thus, with respect to that church, Mr. Evans for pastor of this church, and did you were free-free to fix where the Lord solemnly and earnestly entreat him, in the should provide you a place. When you came name and strength of Christ, to take the pas. Ito London you preached to us, a destitute
as ours was.
church, and you knew the utmost of our in- but we cannot see; for your hopes of success tention.
The church at Bristol saw and in the ministry will be proportionate to the feared the consequence of your coming to us; view you have in your own soul of the they stood still to see the event, and it fell out plainest dealings of Providence and best prosaccording to their foresight; every step suc- pect of usefulness. ceeded, every question with respect to you was " If you should have any thought in our facarried without one negative vote, and you vour, or inclination to have the judgment of were solemnly chosen by us. No plainer ap- the pastors in London on the questions above, pearance could either you or we wish for or we desire you would let us know in two or desire. The mind of Christ was now plainly three weeks at furthest. signified in our favour, and Bristol was out of “We are, dear sir, with hearty love, your the question. At last, after two months, brethren in Christ," [Signed]. they gave you a call; but not with unanimity, Thus ends this unhappy affair, which runs
We are content to stop here, over 24 pages of this book. It appears there and are willing to refer it to six or eight pas- was a happy union among the churches and tors of churches, either in London or the board of ministers, who each took their turn country, to determine whether they or we to supply this destitute church during this have the best claim to you, and whether any afiliction. The writer promised to give more law of reason or revelation directs or obliges this month; but has found a difficulty in givyou to stay with them. You say you are ing an account of this important affair in so ready to think that we cannot prevail with small a compass. God willing, we hope to them to give up their right to us, we glance at the next disappointment, and pass would not desire you to come; but in this, on to an interesting subject, viz. the particusir, you are mistaken. What we desire of lars of the call and settlement of the Rev. thern is merely that they may not perplex Thomas Flower, Jun.
A. M. yon. Why should you think, if we cannot prevail upon them to give up their right to us, we should not desire you to come? They
HAVERHILL, SUFFOLK. have no right to withhold you or to send you. The Baptist Chapel at Haverhill has been Your gift is the Lord's; to Him we appeal. for many years in the hands of one Joseph And you, sir, are obliged to go where He in his Bridge, harness maker, who, by some means providence directs. His providence, we con- or other, has had sole possession. He lived ceive, has been plainly for London, and against in the vestry, as sole trusteo ; he occupied Bristol; so that, if you resist to come, you the pulpit, and has been speaking to about wrest yourself from the guidance of the Di- six persons and upwards. Many pounds rine providence, which may be attended with have been collected to pay off the mortgage, manifest tokens of the Divine resentment. but it is still owing. Mr. Thomas Lay, draper,
* Your next particular is, “ unless the oppo- and his wife (members of the Baptist Church, sition was greater and more material. How East Street, Walworth, and fruits of Mr. great and how material an opposition you Chislett's ministry'there), have been directed, would expect to see before your way to us in the providence of God, to this place, and, would be plain, we cannot tell; but, accord- finding no Baptist cause but this-also, that ing to your own account, it seems to us both it was impossible to identify themselves with great and material. Had any with us de- it in any way, after two years' sighing over clared they could not benefit by your minis- their loss, and praying that the Lord would try, we should have thought that a great and open for them a house of bread, they have material objection; but according to the best succeeded in obtaining the chapel of Mr. accounts we have from Bristol, if you let slip Bridge, by giving him twenty pounds; and this opportunity, which God in his good pro- having the chapel vested in a proper trust, vidence has given you, of coming, with an they opened it for divine worship on August agreeable prospect, to London, it is likely to 7th, when Mr. Chislett, and Mr. Pells of Clare, be great and material enough to make you preached to overflowing audiences. It was a uncomfortable as long as you live.
day that will be long remembered by the ** Your last is, ' unless they were likely to dear Lord's people assembled on that occabe as well or better supplied;' and this, ac- sion. A spacious tent was erected outside, cording to your own thoughts, they may easily so that accommodation was afforded to those be, since you say there are several persons who could not get into the chapel, under come out in the ministry that are your supe- which a comfortable tea was enjoyed. riors, by whom we (and by a greater parity These services were characterized by the of reasoning, they who have an able pastor solemn and ballowed presence of Him who and are not unanimous for you) may be as said, “ Lo, I am with you alway.". And we well or better supplied.
trust a token for God was realised by both * Thus, sir, we have answereà each particu- preachers and hearers. Mr. Chislett preached lar, and pray God it may make a suitable im- three times on the following Lord's day, pression on your soul. "Tis above six months sweetly enjoying his Master's presence, to since we began with this affair; and unless large congregations. Many thanks are due we shall receive an encouraging answer, this to the Clare friends and beloved brother will be our last. If you refuse us, you have Pells, for their sympatlıy and co-operation. solemnly trifled with us, and probably may We trust our brother Wilson of Saffron do more hurt than you can compensate for as Walden, with brother Pells, will have their loog as you live. What ground you have to eyes upon this little sister, “ And often say, expect the Divine blessing, you best know; What shall we do for our sister ?”
THE ORDINATION OF MR. JOHN PELLS, | livered out of the horrible pit, and that his AT CLARE.
feet might be set upon the rock Christ; but
the Bible appeared to him a sealed book, and On Tuesday, July 29th, services were held the heavens as brass. Sometimes he would at the Baptist Chapel in this town, to recog- gain a little comfort under Mr. Wells' minisnise Mr. John Pells as pastor of the church try, but it was in the perusal of the expeassembling for worship in that sanctuary. rience of Caroline Morgan, in the EARTHEN
The morning service was commenced by VESSEL for June, 1846, that his soul was set Mr. Philip Dickerson, of London, reading the at liberty; that blessed invitation of Christ was hymn of praise. Mr. Bridge, of Ridgewell, powerfully applied to him,-“ Come unto me, read a portion of the Word, and invoked the all ye that labour, and are heavy laden, and I divine blessing on the services of the day. will give you rest.” He then found, as Dr. Mr. Collins, of Grundisburgh, then proceeded Hawker was accustomed to say, “ The Lord's to state the nature of a gospel church. After commands are the Lord's enablings.” It was some introductory remarks on the univer- rest such as never before had been experisality of the government of Christ, and his enced. He was overcome with joy, beni his authority necessarily resulting therefrom to knees in prayer, and praised the Lord for his plant churches wherever He pleases, he no- goodness, telling Him the news seemed too ticed the materials and the model of a New good for one so unworthy. He subsequently Testament church, that the materials must found the glorious truths preached by Mr. be living stones (1 Peter ii. 5), and the model Wells to be a savour of life unto life, and on in strict agreement with the revealed will of December 19th, 1849, was the last of fortyChrist as contained in the New Testament. four who were baptized in the Surrey TaberThis alone must be the rule and directory in nacle. Mr. Collins then asked Mr. Pells for seeking for this model. All the laws needful an account of his call to the ministry. In refor the observance of a church are there re-ply he said:-Soon after he joined the church corded; therefore by-laws are not only un- some friends, judging from his conversation necessary, but in many instances they prove and prayers, had an inward impression he detrimental, for human laws are never per- would be called to preach the everlasting fect, and frequently those made by a church Gospel. In April, 1850, was again taken ill, are soon found inefficient. A New Testament and believed he would not recover, but a good church should be entirely independent of the brother thought otherwise, and that by the State. Ecclesiastical history amply testifies benefit of the country air he would soon be to the evils accruing from a union at variance restored, and tell poor sinners what God had with the description given of his kingdom by done for him. On a certain Sabbath afterChrist,—“My kingdom is not of this world” noon he felt a very solemn feeling while en(John xviii. 36). Such an union destroys the gaging in prayer, and intimated he was about glorious liberty of Christ's church, as is ob- leaving those he loved most dear for the Gosvious by the necessity of obtaining permission pel's sake, and sorrowed he should see their of the legislature to allow certain officers in faces no more. During the time he was in the Episcopalian establishment to resign. prayer his good brother Cox was solemnly afChrist never intended, when He directed his fected and impressed that he would not die, Apostles concerning a gospel church, that but live and declare the works of the Lord. civil rulers should interfere with its govern- At a prayer meeting held at Mr. Chivers ment and order.
house on a Monday evening, he was called Mr. Collins then asked Mr. Pells to give an upon to conduct the meeting
and expound the account of his call by grace. The following Scriptures in his absence. With considerable is the substance of Mr. Pells' reply :-He was diffidence he commenced speaking from Isaiah born of Christian parents at Beccles, and at- Ixiv., but was set at liberty and enjoyed much tended the heart-searching ministry of Mr. while speaking. The friends considered this George Wright, which induced a circumcised was only the beginning of greater things. ear but not a circumcised heart. Under the Soon after he had left London he was called influence of strong convictions he vainly re- upon to speak in a cottage at Rushmere; he solved in his own strength to amend his life. felt very uneasy, anything but fit for so grest In the autumn of 1846 he absconded from a work. He did not see his path clear, yet home and obtained a situation in London, and dare not leave the work and suffer the cottage through excessive labour suffered a serious to be closed. He was about this time much illness, during which, and the following tried, and fully doubted his call to the ministwelvemonth, he was totally unconcerned try. He told a friend that he must give it about the welfare of his soul. While resid- up. He replied, “I suppose you want an ing at Bungay, in 1848, there was a renewal audible voice from heaven." He did not exof his former anxious spiritual concern, but pect that, but was anxious for an unmistakeit was not till he again lived in London that able evidence of his call by grace and to the he had a true knowledge of his lost and ruined ministerial office. Soon after he was called condition as a sinner. It was while under upon to preach at Walton. With trembling the ministry of Mr. James Wells that he ex. heart he went, but the Lord helped him. He perienced this great change, while he was returned to his old situation in London soon preaching from 1 Peter ii. 24. It was then after this. He was delighted to see his old he felt that unless Christ had borne his sins friends, and believed he should be at ease and in his own body on the tree he must for ever not be called on to preach; but God had deperish, and reap the just reward of his own termined otherwise. He again returned to evil doings. He prayed earnestly to be de- | Beccies in ill health. There he remained