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took its flight to the realms of light and joy | THE OPEN COMMUNION CHURCH IN and rest, of which Holy Land he had had so
ROSS. many views, and to that heavenly inheritance he had so long, so sweetly anticipated, August from Mr. Moore, with intelligence of church
In a recent number we inserted a letter 19, 1856, aged 58. His daughter, Anne Wells, who died two years and four months before matters. It appears from subsequent comhim, said on her dying bed, “ Father, you will munications, that in some things our correnot be long after me, your glass is almost run friends write of new causes-they would let
spondent erred a little. We wish-when our out ;meaning his hour-glass. On the follow the old ones alone; unless they can fully subing Lord's-day, August 24; the mortal remains of Mr. W. H. Wells were committed to the stantiate any exposure they may make of silent tomb, Bow Cemetery; surrounded by a
the proclamation of any dangerous doctrine, very great congregation, who were very atten
or fatal heresy. We would never flinch from tive, though the service continued two hours. a bold resistance of deadly errors; but any Three ministers and one friend took part pancies, or divisions, only gender strifé, which
reference to other people's deficiencies, discrewith deep solemnity and fervour. Mr. Parker commenced the solemn service,
we wish to avoid. If ministers- who profess. by giving out the well-known hymn of Dr. sistent, we should have no open communion
to be Baptist ministers-were honest and conWatis
churches. Expediency,” in the order of "Why should'we mourn departed friends, God's house, is a dangerous thing. We insert Or shrink at death's alarms,
the following letter simply on the ground of 'Tis but the voice that Jesus sends, justice to the minister and church referred
To call them to his arms."
Ross, October 24, 1856. Shipway, of Cave Aduliam, and Mr. Hawes, engaged. Mr. Kirkness concluded the solemn Mr. J. Moore, in the October number of the
DEAR SIR, --I have just seen a letter from service over the grave.
On Lord's day, August 31st, 1856, Mr. EARTHEN VESSEL. As it reflects seriously Kirkness preached the funeral sermon of Mr. upon the character and conduct of the Wells at Brunswick Chapel, Mile End Road, church under my pastoral care (to say nofrom the 57th chapter of Isaiah, 1st verse.
thing of my own), I feel bound to notice it. He said he had known Mr. Wells more than When you have read my letter, I trust you thirty years; while he was yet very young, can claim the same publicity for it, which
will see that, as a matter of mere justice, I he had a most ardent desire to become a preacher of the Gospel. About that time, he Moore did not make more particular inquiries
you have given to his. I am sorry that Mr. had deep and sore conflicts with the great 'adversary; but, being of a very reserved disposi- before he ventured to write ofa distant church tion, he did not tell any one then-he was pe
as he has. Our strict communion friends culiarly favoured with a heavenly mind. Mr.
were as well able as I am to expose the er
roneousness of some of his statements. Kirkness said more than once he had seen have repeatedly laid before them the facts of him called from the pew, to occupy the pul. pit, when he had preached with as much the case: many of these, indeed, lie within
Mr. Moore readiness and freedom, as if he had received their own personal knowledge. timely notice; so imbued was his whole soul states that the church under my care has with heavenly things: he was a remarkably been a Particular Baptist Church * only in happy man; he was a very great lover of the name.” This is a strange misstatement. I Bible; very peaceful to all men; like the can confidently assert that it is, and has ever Apostle, worked willingly with his own hands been, a Particular Baptist Church in relie
- knowing that he had in heaven an endur- and not merely in name. ing substance. He regarded not whatever
Mr. Moore continues, “ In this cause there aspect labour bore, for, during those hours, he) have been some really sterling men, whose held sweet converse with God and Heaven. minds have been led to understand the Lord's But he was also remarkable for nis great re- word, as to the character of his kingdom,” &c. serve. He had many trials, but we heard no.
pass by the ambiguity of this sentence (I thing of them; many interpositions of Pro- sincerely
hope an undesigned one), for it may be vidence, but they are not noted; he had many did not understand the Lord's Word just as
understood to imply that those members who deliverances, but we hear nothing of them; here he was at fault. As a minister of the their strict communion brethren did, were Gospel
, he was sound, warm, and vigorous not really sterling men." I would only noto the last for he loved his Master's work tice the immodest presumption which charac. dearly, and ever manifested such content terises the latter part of the quotation, which ment in all the movements of his dealings nionists do not understand the Lord's
'insinuates so broadly that we open commu. with him, that it is no marvel that he should word” in relation to a point upon which the fall asleep in Jesus, saying, Happy, happy! best and wisest of
men have held different Happy, happy! closed by that beautiful hymn, of which he opinions. was very fond:
Mr. Moore goes on to say, “ Whatever may
have been the notions of others upon these “ Vital spark of heavenly flame.”
subjects, they, is e. our strict communion And never did hymn suit the departed saint friends, have been enabled to measure spiritu more, or sung with sweeter melody.
ual things by the measure of the sanctuary, A CHRISTIAN LADY.
and they have given preference to God's rule
and measure in these matters." Here is an- / rent for a long period until it should be setother insinuation. I beg to assure you and tled, and it is still unpaid. Another, when I him that we too endeavour “to
measure proposed a person for church fellowship, acspiritual things by the measure of the sanctually moved an amendment to the effect, tuary, and give preference to God's rule and that no additional members be received until measure in these" and in all “matters.” We the communion question be settled." It is, are glad to believe that our strict communion moreover, incorrect to call the recent decision friends are conscientious in maintaining their of the church" a change in its laws." The peculiar views; that they have a zeal for original law of the church was, as I have God (though we cannot think it is a zeal ac- proved, that open communion should be alcording to knowledge); why cannot Mr. lowed; and this law has never been formally Moore believe the same of us? We conscien- repealed. tiously believe that the principle of open Mr. Moore says that our strict friends have communion is in accordance with the will been driven from their long-loved home." of God, and of the great Head of the church; They withdrew voluntarily, and in opposition as well as expedient in itself. Is not Mr. I to the written opinion of the church, that Moore's charity large enough to give us credit they might conscientiously remain, and that for this? He says that he endeavoured to it was their duty to do so. He adds, “ They show the newly-formed church, “ that true have fought the battle nobly and unflinchChristian love was first drawn out and mani- ingly.” That they fought it unflinchingly I fested to the great Author of salvation, and freely admit; but when I remember the inthen to his people.” I am not aware how he sulting language which more than one of illustrated this topic. Did he mean to insi-them addressed to their pastor in open church nuate that ours is a false Christian love because meeting, I am forced to question the propriety it is “first drawn out and manifested to of the other epithet. Christ's people, and then to the Saviour? If I have felt it my bounden duty to write in so, he has greatly mistaken its character. this strain, as Mr. Moore's letter appears to me
To quote again from Mr. Moore's letter, - to call for notice and censure, on account of “ The subject of open communion has fol- the insinuations and misstatements which it lowed the advocacy of loose doctrinal views, contains. I am, dear sir, yours truly, and has for a great number of years been
FREDERICK LEONARD. the source of many unhappy debates : but till recently the majority were always on the strict side of the question.” Any one of the friends who have lately left us could have
HIGH WYCOMBE. told Mr. Moore that these statements are inaccurate. " The subject,” preceded the ad
BROTHER CAWSE has received and accepted vocacy of all doctrinal views whatsoever. It the unanimous invitation of the church at is recorded in the church book that on the Newland to become their pastor, and has now very day on which the church was formed, a threefold settlement - first, in the confi. “ with the exception of one individual it was in ministerial usefulness; thirdly, in the pas
dence and affections of the people; secondly, agreed to admit members of Independent tor's cottage beside the 'chapel, his address churches to occasional communion.” It is not, therefore, true that “till recently the ma- Newland, High Wycombe, Bucks.” This good
now being —"Mr. Cawse, Baptist Chapel, jority were always on the strict side of the brother having been brought out of the Conquestion."
And what does Mr. Moore mean by “ the gregational infant-sprinkling churches, we su vocery of loose doctrinal views," which hope at his public settlement to have the plea
sure of recording the manner by which the he says precedeu many years of recent un. happy debate ? He seems refer to the Lord led him to unite himself with our deministry of the Rev. E. A. Claypoie, which spised section of the Church. extended from 1828 to 1849. But the statement that Mr. Claypole was an “advocate of
MR. FLACK'S MINISTRY. loose doctrinal views," is one wholly without foundation, and which Mr. Moore would find On Tuesday, Nov. 18, a crowded inceting was it very difficult to prove.
holden in Dorchester Hall, Mintern-street, in To quote again, However, there has been the New North-road, Hoxton, to congratulate a change in the ministry, and by a determined Mr. Flack and his friends on the good success effort there is now a change in the law also." the Lord favoured them with in the publicaYour readers will certainly infer from this tion of the Gospel. After tea the meeting language that my predecessors in the pas- was addressed by the pastor Flack and by the toral office held on the subject of communion brethren Samuel Cozens, P. W. Williamson, diflerent views from those which I hold. Joseph Wilkins, Charles Waters Banks, DisThis, however, is not the case. Every one son, &c., on the Gospel of God. It was a of them was, like myself, an open commu- model meeting; the subject was well sus. nionist. They may also infer that the recent tained; the brethren were all in the right decision of the church was mainly brought spirit. Could such meetings be more frequent, about by me, or by the open communion we think, under God, they would revive our members. The fact is, the strict members drooping churches. Brother Flack is much themselves loudly demanded a settlement of honoured. We hope God will help them to the question. One of them (one of the chief build a good chapel in that new and populous supporters of the place) withheld his pew- neighbourhood.
A LITTLE CHURCH.
But some years since a Mr. Knott went down STURRY, NEAR CANTERBURY, KENT.
as a supply, and although from weighty causes MY DEAR BROTHER, I have long been wait- not for conscience sake suffer him to remain,
the influential members and deacons could ing and hoping to hear from you, but have he opened another place of meeting, and took waited in vain. Your heavy trials and aflictions away with him about two-thirds of the church have laid heavy on my mind, and often have and of the congregation. What a scourge for carried them to a throne of grace, that the Lord the people of God was this ! You will, perwould appear for you. Perhaps you thought haps, and many of your readers, remember I was gone home. No, my brother, I am still Mr. Knott, as preaching years ago London, in the wilderness, in the sorrowful vale with first at Squirries-street, Bethnal Green, and all the trials attendant on so long and painful subsequently at Bloomsbury Chapel, Comafflictions. Bad indeed have been my suffer. mercial-road, where Mr. G. Bayfield now sucings; still, as my day my strength has been; cessfully labours. In a town of nearly thirty the visits of his grace are very sweet. This thousand inhabitants, it seems as though betmorning, after waiting upon the Lord with ter things might be hoped for. There are also some sweetness and liberty, this verse came with life and power,
some rooms opened by another cluster of
friends, also divided off from Providence " Fear not; I am with thee, O, be not dis-Chapel. Mr. Gunner was preaching for them may'd,
on the 26th. With the blessing of God, I !-I am thy God, and will still give thee aid; should say a powerful and truthful preacher I will strengthen thee, help thee, and cause of the Gospel would meet with support. thee to stand,
There are several free-will places in the Cpheld by my righteous, omnipotent hand.”
town, both Baptist and Independent; but the Then this portion of his holy Word, “ As one flock of slaughter can only feed upon those whom his mother comforteth, so will I com- very truths, and drink at those waters which fort you; and you shall be comforted in Je- such characters defile with their feet. rosalem." Bless the Lord, O my soul. I I hope next month to send you a lengthmust tell you a little good news. A strictened review of the cause of iruth in John Baptist church was formed here in August Bunyan's old town, if you think it will be acby Mr. Gerrard of seven believers; one ceptable to the church of God. added since; and on October 28th, four were
JOSEPH PALMER. baptized, and last Sabbath were added to the 8, Cranbourn-street, Leicester-square. church: the dear Lord was with them. Two of them were Brother Fulforth's daughters-
THE VOLUNTARY PRINCIPLE. seals and first-fruits of Mr. Hancock's min- A LARGE and very pleasant meeting was istry; the other two were males to whom the holden in “ Zion,” Goldington Crescent, Old Word had been much blessed. So the little St. Pancras Road, on Monday, Nov. 10th. Mr. band now consists of eleven members and James Nunn, the pastor, presided. Mr. Marks, their pastor.
They are dwelling together in the worthy and indefatigable deacon, gave a love and unity; the Lord is with them, and cheerful and interesting report of the progreatly blesses the Word. What hath' God gress of the cause during the past six months. wrought!
SAMUEL FOSTER. That chapel had been built and opened six [This young Mr. Hancock is the immediate years. li cost 14001. As near as possible, descendant of a family greatly honoured of they had paid off 100l. per annum, besides all the Lord. The Editor of this magazine first other expenses, the pastor's provision inlaboured in the same place, and is therefore cluded, and the maintenance of a good Sundeeply grateful to find the Lord has raised day school. Even during the last six months, up another minister to feed the family of near fifty pounds had been contributed toHeaven in those parts. We shall ever pray ward the building fund. A steady onward that great peace and real prosperity may with course had been pursued ; the Gospel had them be found.-Ed.]
been faithfully, experimentally, and success
filly preached, and Mr. Marks hoped they CHURCHES IN MAIDSTONE. shouiu live to see the whole debt cleared off. DEAR FRIEND, I send a few scraps about C. W. Banks said it was his privilege to preach the cause of God at Maidstone. It is, indeed, one of the sermons at the opening of that very low there, and that, as it appears, through chapel. The text was Zech. viii. 12:4" The strife and division. I spoke for the friends seed shall be prosperous; the vine shall give at Providence Chapel, Moat Road, on Lord's her fruit, and the ground shall give her in. day, October 26th, but the place was so very crease, and the heavens shall give their dew; thinly attended, and produced within me such and I will cause the remnant of this people to a heavy depression of spirits, that it was with possess all these things." He said, “The report difficulty I got through the day. There are brother Marks had given of the six years evidently some few gracious souls connected they had been in that place fully convinced with that place, and the Word seemed to fall him, that those precious promises had been acceptably upon their souls. But the cause fully verified in the work of the ministry, is evidently under a cloud; but perhaps some in the experience of the people, and in the day they may prove the poet's words true,-. success of the cause.” He said, " One of the "Prayer makes the darkest cloud withdraw." names given to Jerusalem-Aholibah—which Mr. Leader, Mr. Dappel, and Mr. Slim have is translated— My tent and my tabernacle is each in turn been pastors over this church. in her,' -seemed to him to represent Mr. It has in past years known much prosperity: Nunn's position. In that sacred enclosure
wherein "Zion' stands, is both his 'tent;' | BETHESDA CHAPEL, IPSWICH. for rest and refreshing, and his tabernacle On. Lord's day, November 6th, the ordi. for worship. Mr. Nunn was something like nance of baptism was administered to six perthe harvestman, who, after hard toil, retired sons, by T. Poock, in Bethesda Chapel, Ipsto rejoice with the joy of harvest. The joy wich; on which occasion he preached from of harvest was said to be threefold :-a joy Col. ii. 12, to a large and attentive congregaof safety-the crops gathered in; a joy of tion. The candidates were truly and blesssufficiency-enough to meet all demands; a edly helped to enjoy the presence and power joy of satisfaction. When a man realises the of their Lord in his own appointed way. Perfruit of his labours to the content of his heart, haps not very frequently is seen a more afhe can then rejoice. So the Christian: when fecting sight. One of the candidates had her sheltered in Christ he is safe; when he viers aged ungodly parents, who, having heard, by faith the fulness of Christ, he discovers a came from a distance to see their daughter sufficiency for all his needs; and when he go through the ordinance. Mr. Poock ada goes into the tabernacle, eats the shrewbread, dressed them in a very touching way, with holds communion with God at the mercy- their daughter's hand in his from the head of seat, and is enlightened into all the glorious the baptistery; the poor old man and woman mysteries of the kingdom of grace, then he hung their beads and appeared somewhat afis satisfied." Mr. Jenkins delivered a stirring fected. O that our God mav overrule it for address on the privileges of a faithful Gospel his glory in calling them from sin, and quicken ministry. Messrs. Thomas Attwood, Firman, them to life. And one other came willingly and Searle were present, and took part in the forth, trembling and crying as though his meeting, and the choir sang several beautiful heart would burst. This man had been a pieces, which added greatly to the sacred cruel drunken husband, who had gone on to pleasures of the evening.
such lengths of iniquity, that he appeared to have had a legion of devils in him; and one
night he went home tempted to murder his HOXTON TABERNACLE.
wife and dear children, and just as his doorOn Sabbath day, Sept. 27th, the seventh was opened the God of Heaven suddenly annual services commemorative of the ordina- alarmed his guilty conscience, to feel the evil tion of Mr. J. P. Searle were held in the above of his sin, when, instead of committing the chapel. The pastor preached as usual, though horrid act of fourfold murder, he falls at once labouring under severe indisposition. On the against the door, and for the first time prays following Monday the annual tea and public "God be merciful to me, and bless my wife meeting was held, which was numerously and my dear children.” For some time he attended, the proceeds of which, with the sub- laboured undera dreadful state of mind, but seription made by the church and congrega- has found mercy; left off drinking for years tion, were given to the pastor as the annual anything but tea and water, and God made token of love and esteem for his work's sake. him a blessing to her he was tempted to mur
The meeting was effectively addressed by der. They both bend at the same family our old, tried, and constant friend, Brother altar, were baptized the same day, and are Thomas Jones, in one of his cheerful speeches, both' members of the same church. Halleby Brother Jenkins, Brother Nunn, and lujah! others.
Mr. Counsellor Payne favoured us with his ORDINATION OF MR. HENRY LAST: company, and gave us a most appropriate and On October 3rd, 1856, the ordination of telling address, founded on the words of an Mr. Henry Last 'over the Baptist church old harvest narrative, which he adapted to at Waldingfield, Suffolk, took place. Mr. the seven years' pastoral labour which we Poock, of Ipswich, stated the nature of a were that night met to commemorate, alluding gospel church, taking Acts xiv. 23, as the most sweetly to the continued progress of the ground of his remarks. His statements were work, in which he showed we had ploughed to the point-clear, honest, and faithful. He well in the conversion of sinners, sowed well thoa called upon Mr. Last solemnly and truly, the good old doctrines of our holy furnin, as in the sight of the Lord, and in the hearreaped vell the old corn or tried saints, or ing of the assembled church of God, to give else they would not have continued with us, an honest account of his call by grace, his moun well the mass or feeble ones, carried call to the ministry, especially his call to that well those who had continued with us till place in particular, his views of divine truth, death; housed well at last in the heavenly what doctrines he had preached, and what, by garner above. Thus he showed that God had divine help, he intended to preach. Mr. Last not permitted one load of his own wheat to be rose up, evidently impressed with the solemn overthrown, but watched over his own work, importance of his position, and gave a very sending fruitful showers and ripening sun. simple, truthful, unvarnished, satisfactory acLike Barnabas," he was glad when he came count of the Lord's mercy and goodness to and saw the work of the Lord," and exhorted him, and by him, that warmed our souls most us all with purpose of heart to cleave unto blessedly. The senior deacon told the deal. the Lord, saying we had indeed cause to sing ings of God to them as a church, and how s& the “ Harvest-home,” which he praved we tisfied they were the Lord had sent brother might all do in the final harvest of the resur- Last to them. Mr. Poock called upon the rection. Our anniversary services terminated church to confirm their call by holding up with two good sermons preached by our friend their right hands, upon the deacon to give C. H. Spurgeon From a Correspondent. the right hand to Mr. Last, upon Mr-Last. to do so to the deacon, and to brother Felton to with motives of mischievous malignity;' give his in token of recognising Mr. Last as a speaks of the "tiny-headed arrow of strict brother in the Lord, and a fellow-labourer in communion ;' snarls in contemptuous mockthe Gospel, which he most affectionately did. ery at a letter of remonstrance: aud in a preMr. Poock declared his own feelings, gave a vious article, we find him baptizing, or rather congratulatory short address, and concluded aspersing, the City Press, 1, Long-lane, Lonby solemn prayer.
don, by the dyslogistic name of the headBrother Felton, of Zoar Chapel, Ipswich, quarters of Antinomianism !' prayed most ardently in the afternoon, and These few words are sufficient to show what gave a charge to our brother Last worthy of kind of charity and sympathy we may look being in print. from 2 Tim. iv. 2, “ Preach the for from that section of the professing world word." He pointed out his work as to matter represented by the Patriot. We hardly think and manner, encouragement and discourage there is another section of the Christian comment, dwelling clearly upon the blessedness munity so deeply persecuted as the Particular of preaching Christ, the Word, in all the will, Baptist Church. Surely this is no bad sign? work, and way of God's salvation to us poor sinners; his very heart appeared to be affec- DEATH OF MRS. ANN BRASSINGTON. tionately engaged for the glory of his Master, FELL asleep in Jesus, on Lord's day, Oct. and for the good of his cause.
19th, at the good old age of ninety years, In the evening brother Large read and Ann Brassington, of 9, York-street, City-road, prayed; brother Collins was expected, but member of the Church of Christ meeting for illnes prevented, so brother Poock gave the the worship of God in Mount Zion Chapel, people a charge from Deut. i. 38, “ Encourage Chadwell-street, Clerkenwell. She was a live hird." The congregation was good, solemnly ing witness of the faithfulness of her coveattentive, the sermon was weighty, and we nant God in Christ, in whom she had been doubt not the blessing of God will crown the brought to trust for more than half a century, services of that day. "May every blessing a tree of the Lord's right-hand planting, rest upon our brother, upon his labours, and rooted and grounded in love, and evidenced upon the church at Waldingfield. Amen! by bringing forth the fruits of righteousness,
which are by Jesus Christ to the praise and
glory of God. She was a hoper in the dear 'THE STRICT BAPTIST SOCIETY, Redeemer, lived upon Him, fell asleep in Him, FOR PROMOTING THE DOCTRINES, PRECEPTS, and like Him.
and now is for ever satisfied, being with Him AND ORDINANCES OF THE GOSPEL.
Her mortal remains were deposited in the Such is the name of a new effort to con- silent tomb at Abney-park Cemetery on Tuescentrate ministerial power and influence for day, October 28, in the presence of a great the furtherance of the truth as it is in Jesus; many interested spectators and friends; upon at least, so it is declared; but we are not yet which occasion her pastor, Mr. Hazelton, 'adin a position to venture anything more than dressed the friends from the appropriate words, 3 passing notice. We observe Mr. Thomas "Sleep in Jesus,”-three words, but a volume Jones is the corresponding secretary; and in in them. First, the precious name of Jesus his heart, head, and hands, we have confidence. to the true believer; secondly, the blessedness A man so disposed to do good to Zion is not of union to Him; and, thirdly, the glorious to be found every day. We hope he will see effects="they sleep in Him until the resurmore prosperity in connection with this ef. rection morn." fort than he has been favoured with in pre- On Lord's-day evening, November 2, Mr. vious associations.
Hazelton improved the solemn event by The society is but in its infancy; young as preaching to a large congregation from the it is, a wild Hare has made a fierce attack upon words chosen by our aged friend in Psalm it. The noble secretary beat off the ani- cxvi. 7:- Return unto thy rest, O my soul; mal; and Mr. Palmer has attended to its for the Lord hath dealt bountifally with wounds. And in two letters, published in thee." He spoke sweetly and experimentally, his pamphlet entitled, “ Protesters and Peace first, of the glorious and only rest of the Makers," we plainly perceive that the attack quickened soul-the person, work, blood, and referred to has been considered in a very se- righteousness of the great Son of God; serioas light. One or two sentences rather condly, the ardent desire of the true Christian rudely torn out of Mr. Palmer's letters will expressed—"Return unto tky rest;" thirdly, give our distant friends an idea of the un- the argument used for the Lord hath dealt happy attempt made by the Patriot to cast bountifully with thee." contempt upon the new society. Mr. Palmer, Thus aged saints, matured by grace, are writing to the editor respecting the editor's being transplanted from this little garden of animadversions, says,
the Lord to bloom immortally where everlastNow for his articles on the Soho meeting, ing spring abides; but thanks to bis holy held by the 'Strict Baptists.' They, and par- name, He is bringing others in and watering ticularly their ministers, are described as a the seed sown, making it productive to our very peculiar class,' but of utter insignificance; souls' welfare and his own eternal praise. sneered at as 'the little knot;' contemned as * nameless inventors;' stigmatized as "a So- FEAR OF Death.-I cannot say I have so ciety of Baplist Stokers;' branded as 'incen-lived that I should not be afraid to die; but diaries;' accused of concocting a plot;' and this I can say, I have so learned Christ that brutalised by the compound epithet of Soho I am not afraid to die. Stephen Marshall, Pursuers. "The same journal charges them Puritan.