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in my law place as a transgressor; and after for several Sabbaths, but I could not obtain a little time, I did as the Lord commanded all comfort ; and, therefore, began to doubt again; that love Him, walked through his ordinances I could not feel my heart softened, and it was and was united to the Church, and dwelt for with a heavy heart I went to the Lord the two years in the love and zeal of the Lord. evening of the first Sabbath in the new year

But the time came, when I was removed when these words were delivered, “ Come from the breast, and' sharp afllictions were now, let us reason together, saith the Lord; laid on me and my household. Nevertheless, though your sins be as scarlet they shall the Lord did not remove the breathing of prayer be as white as snow ; and though they be from me, but wrought deliverance in his good red like crimson they shall be as wool.” They time and way, and for upwards of six years I sank deep, and ran through every fibre of my was enabled, by humble prayer and supplica- soul, with all its life giving power, and I said, tion to call upon the name of the Lord Jesus “ Bless the Lord, O my soul, who forgiveth Christ. Alas! my heart grew cold and in all thy sins; and praise him who redeereth different in the ways of the Lord ; I could thy life from destruction.” Blessings for ever neglect the outward means of grace, the on his dear name, he keeps my soul alive ; lam preaching of the word became a dead letter; kindly restored by my brethren to my former and some little thing, transpired in the privilege in the church, and I earnestly enchurch which my carnal mind did not like, treat an interest in the prayer of the righteand like a silly sheep I left the fold, not know-ous family of that God ing, and little thinking, the danger I was “ Who does my wandering soul restore : about to be exposed to. Prayer became a bur- Lord, let me stray from thee no more.' den: I mixed more with the world : became And unto a Triune Jehovah be glory for ever more worldly minded; and for upwards of two and ever. Amen.

H. H. years this death-like feeling grew upon me. I seldom went to the Lord's house; and when I did, it was with a sad and heary heart;—no word of encouragement from the people: no RECOGNITION OF MR. 8. COZENS, still small voice from the Lord :-and when

AS PASTOR OF BEULAH CHAPEL, ever I attempted to pray (which was seldom) it returned into my own bosom ; and like ono

OI APEL STREET, SOMER'S TOWN. of old, I said, “the Lord shutteth out my prayer.” I concluded I was an hypororite; and Tas London churches are wonderful places for ten-fold more the child of hell, than as if I new pastors, ordinations, recognitions, and other had never named the name of Christ.

exciting occasions. We fear that many of thern 1, therefore, resolved not to think upon it, gatherings than they are by the conversion of

are kept up more efficiently by these extraordinary and I would pursue something extra in this sinners, and the sweet confirmation of living life so as to fully occupy my thoughts and not saints. think of the past, but theso words were sent During the last twenty years, we have often and like an arrow entered my reins, “ LET HIM noticed that ministers and people go on very well ALONE.”. I tried everything in my power to together until ordination day is over :- then deresist the words, but they followed me like a the history.

clension comes, and a farewell sermon closes up stream, and I went more into the world, to

We sincerely hope it will not be so with our drown the thought. Nothing but death could honoured, our much-tried, and well-qualified be felt; banishment from God and that for ever ministering brother, Samuel Cozens, whose recog. for my sins; which were against light and nition took place on Tuesday, May 12th, 1857. knowledge. 'I shunned the people of God: neither gave his call by grace, his call to the would go any way rather than meet them; but ministry, nor his articles of faith. alas! I was plunged more and more into the When Mr. Cozens was first ordained orer a jaws of the arch enemy, and I said, “I shall church, we took a leading part in the services; and die in my sins—the Lord has let me alone, to a very solemn account he gave, then, of his confill up the measure of my iniquity, and cast version and of his call; but we suppose in the me into that burning lake for ever;" and I said, proved the truth of these events in the consciences “cut the cord, and let me go.” Oh, the dread- of the people that they did not require any formal ful thought. But at this extreme point, the declaration. He has grown a much greater man ever blessed Lord forgot not to be gracious; his since his ordination at Farnborough, in Kent. He thoughts were not my thoughts, nor his ways has been a pastor now many years; and he is my ways, although walking in darkness and growing into deserved popularity, both as an had no light. The Lord said,"return unto among our young men, that Londou can produce a

author and as a preacher; and we hardly think, me, and I will have mercy on thee.". But as I much more studious and laborious man than is this looked within, I said “O my soul, how can favorite brother of whom now we speak. Younger the Lord have mercy on such a vile, backslid. men might learn a useful lesson from him : most of ing, sinful worm as mei it never can be." the older ones are too well satisfied with their jogSatan went his full length. It is with wonder trot method ever to learn of any one. We hope I stand, and with astonishment I behold, the so successfully that when some of the leaders are

Samuel Cozens will, with God's blessing, labour on loving kindness of the Lord thus lengthened taken home; when such men as John Foreman, out to me, and say “truly his mercy endureth James Wells, George Murrell, Samuel Milner, for ever;" for he constrained me to fall down George Moyle, James Newborn, James Nunn, and at his feet and confess my sin, and implore his James Shorter, have become worn out in the work, mercy and pardon; and again brought me under that, then, this, "The Lost Found and Thx the sound of the gospel.

REBEL SAVED," may be favoured to instrumentally

preside over the important interests of those I was again strengthened to go to his house churches who hold fast by the foundation princi

ples and never-to-be-divided ordinances of the said : -Having made you wheat, I shall now turn New Testament.

you into ground.

Some say, “If my Most of the men whose names we have men minister knew my heart he would expose me before tioned, have had a hard and a long day's work in the whole congregation." Ah, the minister will Zion; and, although John Foreman seems as strong surely find you out. I had some time back a reguto labor as ever, and James Wells is more valiant lar good-tempered man, a member of the Suriey and more successful than ever, yet, these, and the Tabernacle. "His wife one day remarked to me, much older men must go to heaven. The numerous “John is so good-tempered, he has not been out of churches which now fondly unite beneath their temper with any one for the last twenty years. ministry must loose them. The fathers must " Ah, madam, he has somelbing to go through “ finish their course;" and it is, therefore, cheer- before he goes to heaven," I replied. John-for ing to see, in this our day, that the Lord is not that was his name-was accustomed to say “Amen" unmindful of Zion's future wants. He is preparing after I had finished; but on one occasion I noticed a school of young prophets, and is training them, he did not do so. I said to him, “You did not we hope, for great usefulness in the church when say Amen to-night.” “No, sir, you went rather her present pastors shall have entered into their too far in experience for me." The last thing I rest : then, the Cozens's, the Chivers's, and the heard of John was that he had had something to Caunts; the Bloomfields, the bowles's, and the put him out, so as to cause him to be downright Butterfields; the Davises, and the Flacks; the angry. The next time I met him he held down Hanks's and the Hazeltons; the Meeres's, the his head. I called out, "Do not hold down your Parkers, and the Palmers ;' the Wilkins's, the head; I know all about it, and am glad of it." Williamsons, and the Whitteridges, with a host “ Glad of it, sir ?". “ Yes, glad of it; I knew you beside, will stand up to verify that beautiful must have something of the sort before you went prophecy—“Instead of thy fathers shall be thy home. You will hear me all the better to-night." children, whom thou mayest make princes in all so he did; for when I bad finished he cried out, the earth.”

“ Amen ; Amen;" and was the best clerk I ever But we must return to the recognition day.

had. Our reporter has furnished lengthened notes of

We should like to have given some portions of the striking and suitable sermons preached on the the church's history where Mr. Cozens now is occasion ; but we have not room for them. We the pastor ; but this must come another duy. can only give the following outline of the services.

* The public rocognition of Mr. Samuel Cozens, MR. MOYLES' NEW PARSONAGE. as pastor of the church meeting for Divine worship at Beulah, Somer's Town, took place on Tuesday, Lane Chapel, Beckham, on Monday, May 11th, to

A TEA ani pablic meeting was holden in Rye May the 12th, 1857. sent we noticed Mr. J. Wilkins, of Greenwich; aid the erection of a parsonage for their esteemed Mr. W. Plack, of the New Road; Mr. Hazelton, pastor, Mr. George Moyle. About 200 sat down to of Mount Zion, Chadwell Street';

Mr. Benjamin tea; and at a quarter to seven the meeting comDavis, of Leighton Buzzard ; Mr. Dickson, late of menced by singingDover.

“Dear Lord, we now together meet, The morning service commenced by Mr. Dick. And flock around thy mercy seat," &c. SON reading portion of cure and prayer. After which, Mr. Moyle read a Psalm. Ir, G. After wbich,

Wyard, of Tring, implored the Divine blessing. MB. JAMES WELLS preached from—“But all these Mr. Moyle then said : Dear friends, I thank you worketh that one and the self-same Spirit, dividing for your company on the present occasion. We to every man sererally as he will." Mr. Wells

are brought together to-night for something rather divided his subject into four distinct departo particular-it is to erect an house for the minister, Inents

for me; whether it be a long time, or a short time, First-Diversity.

I shall want it. If death or Providence removes Second - Unity.

me, there will be an house for the minister who Third-Sympathy.

shall stand in this pulpit. The church has unani. Pourth-Design.

mously agreed to it. Mr. Congreve said: Two For fall one hour and a half this rapid speaker months since we had a meeting for the building of illustrated and opened the different sections of his an house for our pastor: at that time we had not subject. About 150 sat down to dinner; and entered into a contract with a builder, but since Dearly 300 to tea. In the afternoon, Mr. J. E. that time we have done so : it will cost £315. The Bloomfield delivered an able address from the collecting books and donations were called for. words "Ye shall know the truth, and the truth The money collected by books was £61 6s. Id. shall make you free." But the most powerful and Donations received the same evening, 612 14s. 6d. delightful part of this day's privileges was the Subscriptions received before, £25. The Chairman perfectly original and profoundly interesting ser- then said £100 bas been gathered all but 9s. and 5d. mon in the evening, when Mr. James Wells took A gentieman then said : We must make it up an for his textm"Behold! the days come, saith the $100 this evening. This was done. Addresses Lord, that the ploughman shall overtake the were then delivered by Mr. Bloomfield, on The reaper, and the treader of grapes him that soweth Pillar of Cloud and Fire; Mr. Milner, on Tho seed; and the mountains shall drop sweet wine, Passage of the Red Sea; Mr. Meeres, on The and all the bills shall melt." Noticing,

Smitten Rock ; Mr. Austin, on The Daily 1.-The reaper.

Manna ; Mr. Attwood, on The Brazen Serpent; II._The ploughman.

and in the absence of Mr. Bland, the Chairman III.-The treader of grapes.

called upon Mr. George Wyard to speak upon “The IV.-The mountains.

Promised Land.” Mr. Wyard said : Though he This discourse was full of experimental and mini- liked the promised land, he found it was too late to sterial truth. We only give å morsel :-Election travel there at that hour of the night. He made a is often made a scythe. One evening wbile preach- few practical remarks, and the happy meeting ing, a woman ran into the surrey Tabernacle out closed with prayer by the pastor. of the way of a dog-fight, and ber husband (as all good husbands should do) ran in after her. I was speaking about those whose names were written

IPSWICH. in the Lamb's Book of Life. They went away; The sixteenth anniversary of Bethesda Chapel, the woman said to the man, “I don't like that Ipswich, was held on Lord's-day, April 26, when man; yet there is something in him I do like.” three sermous were preached by Mr. J. E. Bloom. They came again : both were brought to know the field, of London. More than a thousand persons truth.

were present to hear a full and freo salvation, pubUnder the head of The Ploughman, Mr. Wells lished, in no mean manner, by one who they bad long known, and now loved such preaching, and members of the Old Church thought well to remain such a preacher. Our good brother felt, on seeing in the Old Chapel, where, for many years, the 80 many who had known him from his childhood, Lord bad fed his flock like a shepherd. 'We have unusually excited, and appeared as though he could since been organized into a little charch; and the not say enough in praise of his gracious God and Lord has increased our number to twenty-one, Master ; but he was enabled to speak blessedly, and For a period we were supplied with gospel bread to crown bim Lord of All. May his Master stand by three of the Lord's servants; but after united by him, and make, and keep him, faithful unto persevering prayer, the church was led to make death. Collections amounted to £21. “ And, again, choice of Mr. Bartholomew, who has been with us praise the Lord all ye Gentiles, and laud him all ye the last fourteen months. His labours have been people.” Rom, xv, 11.

J. Poock, greatly blest : the presence of our God is richly May 9th, 1857.

enjoyed in our midst, and he hath done great

things for us, whereof we are glad. THE BAPTIST CHURCH AT BEDMOND. On Lord's-day, April 5th, we held our anniver

Brother Banks.- I desire to express my grati- sary services, when three sermons were preached tude to you, and our almost unknown friend, Kealy, by our good brother, Mr. Cornelius Slim, of Hail. for your kind interposition on our behalf. It 18 sham, Sussex. The truths spoken came not to us true 1 live a distance from the place of about four in word only, but in power in the Holy Ghost, and miles : and in wet weather I find the journeys very

in mucb assurance. trying ; but I have been hitherto enabled to go and

On the Monday following, we had a social tea speak in the Lord's name; and I trust, in many meeting : about 135 sat down. At the public instances, he has blest my feeble testimony. In meeting, brother. Curtis opened the service by justice to the church, I desire to say that my labors prayer; after which, our minister addressed the are not altogether free from expense. I proposed, meeting at considerable length, shewing how, in about ten months since, to establish a fund for the providence and in grace, the Lord had brought him sick

and poor, which is supported solely (at present) among us. It was stated, during the evening, that by the money collected at the Lord's table; and

the friend (who owns the chapel as his own probrother Rickett immediately proposed to make an perty) resigned it into the hands of the church for effort to remunerate me for my services. I did not three years; to be renewed at the expiration of ask for it, or require it: but I have since found that term, at the nominal rental of $41 what has been done useful ; and it was then agreed

Brother French, minister at Mark Tey, gave us a to have Quarterly church meetings; and balance short address; expressed his satisfaction of our accounts, and what was remaining after all expen- procedure. He believed the Lord was on our side, ses were paid, was to go to the pastor: Last and felt constrained to wish us God speed. Our Quarterly collection our brother Rickett (the dea- brother Slim addressed some powerful, weighty, con) handed me over £1. This may seem a small and striking remarks to the friends on the subject sum in the eyes of some of our brethren; still, it was

-“ The walls of Jerusalem built in tronblous more than I expected. Then there is the balance times." His visit will be remembered for many of the anniversaries appropriated to the

same days; and trust it may be seen in some future person's use.

time. There was a needs be for it. I mention the above because some might think

Brother Wheeler, of Braintree, concluded the that I have nothing. Beside this, I have received interesting service in prayer : and although it was several presents ; and also Mrs. Hutchinson has near ten o'clock before the meeting broke up, they received presents, but these are all voluntary.

said it was too soon, and sang that soul-inspiring, Tuesday, May 5th, we had our anniversary. concluding hymn, Brother Milner preached in the morning, from “ Come, Christian brethren, e'er we part, Ezekiel xx. 37 : noticing, first, the covenant; Join every voice and every heart." second, the bond of the covenant; and, third, the act of bringing them into the bond of the covenant.

And now being satisfied that the Lord is with Brother Parsons, of Chesham, preached in the us, and has made

room for us, we have pamed our afternoon, from 'Psalm lxxiii. 1 "Truly God is chapel “Rehoboth,” (Genesis xxvi. 22), which good to Israel: noticing, first, God's preserving on the evening of the 26th April, which was a

words our minister, Mr. Bartholomew, spoke from goodness ; second, his ministerial goodness; third, goodness; fifth, his supporting goodness; and, shall be glad to make it known to the church of his sympathizing goodness; fourth, his pardoning season (to many present) never to be forgotten. sixth, his conquering goodness. About fifty sat down to tea in the chapel : that being ended, brother

Christ through your VESSEL. Milner (on the behalf of the cburch) presented the the friends, both at the Old and at the New Baptist

[Intimately connected, as we have been, with pastor with-"Keach on the Parables ;" and some very wholesome advice both to pastor and Chapels in Coggeshall, we are pained at the separa. people. Brother Milner again preached in the place,) and Rowlands, with their friends there,

tion. Brethren Collins, (the pastor of the new evening, from Isaiab xliii. 1. Many said they have laboured untiringly to build up a prosperous never heard brother Milner preach better than he gospel cause in that old'English town where John did that day. There was a sweet savour attending owen once sowed the good seeds of truth and the word.

We had a good day: may the Lord prosper the righteousness ; and although tribulation has little one. As to our chapel, we want more room;

attended their path, God has conferred upon them but we know not what step to take, as we are all

the honor of building a house for his name; and poor.


we hope it is a happy Bethel to many. If the Lord is pleased, also, to bless brother Bartholomew's

ministry in the old place, as the above report COGGESHALL, ESSEX.

declares he has done, we can but be thankful ; and OLD BAPTIST CHAPEL,

“ RENOBOTH." wish both churches a solid peace and steady MR. EDITOR.-I forward the subjoined notice, prosperity.-Ed.] trusting you will find a place for it in the pages of your VESEL, which has oft refreshed the weary

DEATH OF MR. HILL, with its monthly treasures, and brought some renewal of praise to the sacred Three in One. MINISTER OF THE GOSPEL, LODDIS WELL.

EDMUND CROSSBY. MY DEAR FRIEND AND BROTHER IN THE In the year 1855, the majority of the church, LORD.--It is my painful but pleasing duty to formerly meeting in this place, built a new house inform you of the death of our dear minister, right to do so : nor ind

fault with them in this Mr. Hill, which took place on Thursday, matter ; but would bid them “God speed." Five April 30th, after one month's illness, during



which time he enjoyed many precious visits | fact, his recent removal from Stonehouse to from the Lord. He said it was

Clapham appears to have been a providential “ Sweet to look back and see his name and ministerial mercy both for the church at In life's fair book set down;

Garner, and Mr. Rowland himself. In conSweet to look forward, and behold sequence of the severe and protracted illness Eternal joys his own."

of their late much beloved pastor, Geo. Elven, The love of Christ was his darling theme, the former were greatly in need of a sound as manifested to his never-dying soul. He and comprehensive ministry : while the latter would say it was a sea without bottom or (Mr. Rowlands) was anxious to find a people shore. He spoke sweetly of that river John among whom he could comfortably settle. spoke of in the Revelation ; on either side was They have been brought together for a time. the Tree of Life proceeding out from the The chapel is crowded with hearers, and throne of God and the Lamb. He seemed to some hope is entertained that great good will anticipate by faith the glorious inheritance in flow out of those singular and mysterious that land, where every hour shall

events which are connected with the history find sweet employ,

of this somewhat recently formed church at In that eternal world of joy."

Clapham. Though he had many dark seasons, and

The works to which we have referred may privations of communion with the Lord, yet be had in the vestry of Garner Chapel; of he said, “The foundation of God standeth that dear and long, afflicted man of God, R. sure," and heaven was his home.

Eve, of Balham-hill; or of Robert Banks and His love towards his church and congrega- Co., Dover-road, Southwark. tion was great; so much so, that even in dy. ing circumstances he expressed a desire if he could be but carried to the chapel to see them, NEW GERMAN REFORMATION, Fould be a great gratification to him. He preached so long as he could well stand, to

MR. J. G. ONCKEN, proclaim the truth of the ever blessed gospel,

TIE HAMBURGH MISSIONARY. and the love of God in Christ towards poor, perishing sinners before the foundation of the DURING the last two months, professing world, through the teaching of the Holy Christianity has been exceedingly

busy, and a Spirit

large variety of meetings have been holden A few hours before he died, he prayed that nearly every day in the public buildings and his heavenly Father would cut short his work, spacious chåpels of the metropolis. We could and take him home to himself, that he might only attend two of them the Society for live and reign with him for ever. As he carrying the Gospel to the Jews, and "The lived, so he died, believing, trusting, and rest, Continental Evangelisation” Society. Our ing on the oaths and promises of his Lord object in noticing the latter is, for the purpose and Master. His end was peace. After of calling special attention to the good and having faithfully preached and served as pass the great work which, we believe, Mr. Oncken, tor of the Loddiswell Independent Chapel, under God, has been the means of effecting. Deron, forty-eight years, was taken from the And as we had a fair opportunity of hearing church militant to the church triumphant that devoted man's account of his labours, above, in the 70th year of his age; was inter- trials, and persecutions ; as we personally red in the tomb with his beloved wife on the witnessed his noble and his unflinching deter6th of May, 1857, in the presence of a great mination to stand by the principles and the concourse of people. He was highly re- practice of the New Testament, although Dr. spected, and his name much revered.

Steane, and Baptist Noel, had endeavoured, Loddiswell, May 8.


publicly, to censure the German Baptist

Churches for their strict communion alle"ROWLAND'S DREAM," giance; and, furthermore, because we have

every reason to believe that Mr. Oncken has "EXPOSITION OF THE TWENTY-THIRD PSALM.” | been sent into the work by the Lord; and,

consequently, has been called to suffer many THOMAS ROWLAND is now the useful mini. things, while, by heavenly help, he has been ster of Garner Chapel, Wirtemberg-place, instrumental' in planting many churches, Clapham; and the author of the above two gathering in many precious souls, and spreadpamphlets; the first, a metaphorical dialogue, ing, far and wide, in Germany, the namo and illustrating the love of Christ to his church fame of that glorious Shiloh, of whom the the second, an exposition of the twenty-third inspired patriarch said" And unto HIM Pealm. Our brother Bowland being deprived SHALL the gathering of THE PEOPLE bo;" of his natural sight, and consequently debar- therefore, we feel it to be our privilege, this red from the advantages of those most excel-month, to publish it as our most decided conlent privileges, reading and writing, cer- viction that Mr. Oncken, and the German tainly could not find authorship to be a very mission, deserve the sympathies, the prayers, easy matter. Both these works, however, and the practical co-operation of all the are calculated to be very useful to believers, churches in Great Britain who stand fast by and especially to doubting and distressed those revelations and laws which our Lord and souls, and it has been our happiness to move Saviour, and his apostles after him, left for among some good Christians who have not our instruction and obedience until the end of only derived much comfort from these works, time. but also from Mr. Rowland's ministry. In We have not room, this month, to enter so


fully into the history and present prospects of obtained the indulgence while on a visit to the German Baptist Mission as we could wish. England, authorised Mr. Oncken to procure

Mr. Oncken, in the course of a lengthened as many Bibles for ready money as he wanted, address at the meeting we have referred to, in his name. But when the secretary of the said

Bible Society found this out, he refused to His object in coming to England at this allow Mr. Oncken to have any more copies. time was twofold-to awaken in the hearts Therefore (said Mr. Oncken) I called on that of all who love Christ greater and greater in- gentleman, and, with a fearful curse and an terest in the spiritual condition and necessi- awsul imprecation upon me for preaching the ties of the continent of Europe, and to secure Word of Life, he declared that I should bare active co-operation in the work in which he no more Bibles. “What do you know about and his brethren are engaged. Every mission- preaching P" said he; and then smiting his ary effort of the right stamp would be sure breast, he exclaimed,“ We are the men-we to meet with opposition; persecution ought not are the men !" And the poor man got into to be thought surprising, for the Master him such a rage, that I thought of what Paul said self had distinctly told his disciples—and the about fighting with wild beasts at Ephesus. declaration applied to those who live now as It was, therefore, under the most unfavourable well as to his immediate followers-that in circumstances that the work of revival was the world they should have persecution. It commenced in Germany. The ecclesiastical was his lot more than twenty-five ago to and civil power united to prevent any efforts begin to labour as a home missionary in being made for the spread of the gospel out of his native country. His work was to go into the pale of the National Church; and, ever the heart of Christendom, and to proclaim to since the Reformation, till the Baptist morethe people with a loud voice, “ You are no ment, twenty-five years ago, none did ever take Christians ;" and this solemn charge he addu- place. As pioneers, the Baptists had been ced evidence to prove. At the close of the obliged to bear the heaviest persecution. And last and the commencement of the present let this ever be borne in mind, that all persecentury, there was little else left of the glori. cution for conscience' sake, in Germans, had ous German Reformation besides the errors been originated and carried on by the National which Luther unhappily embodied in his cat- Protestant Church. echisms. Twenty-five years ago, out of the He believed that there had been given to the large number of ministers in the city of Ham. nonconforming Christians generally in Gerburg, there were only five who maintained the many a spirit of great wisdom, so that they doctrine of the divinity of our adorable Lord, had never provoked persecution, which would all the rest were Ratioralists And it seemed be a wicked thing. 'On the contrary, every that this state of things would continue, for means that could be employed had been used out of thirty-four students for the ministry to conciliate and prevent persecution. Before who applied for examination at the hands of he was incarcerated, he went to the head of Dr. Rambach, only one professed his faith in the police, then a distinguished member of the the proper Divinity of Christ. Consequent senate, and asked him, at a private interview, upon such teaching in the pulpit the churches not to employ his measures against the Chrisa were deserted; for out of a population of tians to the uttermost. But that gentleman 150,000, in the city of Hamburg, not more replied, “Whilst I can move this little finger than 4,000 attended the places of worship. it shall be moved to your destruction." Mr.

He had heard a home missionary in Aunt- Oncken replied, “You will find it is all labour ingdonshire say, in a tone of deep lamentation, lost. You are a scholar, and know history, that in that country, numbering 60,000 people, and must be aware that persecution has never only 33,000 attended places of Worship on the succeeded in its desiga.” He replied, “If it Lord's-day. For himself, making the com- does not succeed in Hamburg, it shall not be parison between that county and his own city, our fault.” And that gentleman had kept his he felt the proportion of attendance was most word. The police were constantly on the alert delightful and encouraging. Only think of for the suppression of the Baptists; and many the difference,–150,000 people, and only 4,000 of them were imprisoned, as he was also him. worshippers, and 500 of these attended the self, and his goods confiscated and sold. But poor humble Baptist chapel. And let it not be the Word of God and the power of God was supposed that Hamburg was the worst city or not; and when the place where the one church district in Germany. In the Grand Duchey used to meet was closed then it multiplied of Mecklenberg, for example, things were still into twelve churches ; so that Christian life worse. In one district it appeared that a was not only not destroyed, but fostered and minister went to his church twenty-nine times strengthened. Their success had been won. with a sermon in his pocket, but had to return drous, and all the glory must be given to God, as often without preaching it, because not a for it was clearly his work. Twenty thousand living soul went near the place.

precious souls and more had been converted In Hamburg, when he began his labours to the faith, seventy four churches formed, twenty-five years ago, the ministers of the and 586 preaching stations opened.

The National Church were utterlyand irreconcilably church members numbered some 7,000, and opposed to the circulation of the Scriptures about 1,500 good and devoted Christians had except by means of themselves ; and he, not emigrated to the far west of America. being a Lutheran clergyman, was looked upon We hope to furnish our readers with facts as a heretic. He could not therefore, obtain and comments connected with Mr. Oncken, Bibles in his own name from the depot. But his work, his opposers, and his friends, in the pastor of the Independent church, who had future numbers.

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