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testimony he received of God; (4) his trans- / us ; so it would seem that the Lord is blessing lation; (5) where he now lives; (lastly) of his own word amongst us. To his own namo his present enjoyment. His character-a re- be all the praise. I trust that is only the generated, praying, humble, faithful soul, first fruits of a most abundant harvest. The and a prophet of the Most High. His con- Lord grant it for his name and mercy sake.” duct--walking in truth, love, and holiness ; I was much pleased with the above account, preaching righteousness and condemning sin. and hope that the little one may become a The testimony he received—that God had thousand.” pleasure in him, sympathy with him, and Yours faithfully in Jesus, approved of him. His translation from the

JOSEPI MOORE. . midst of ungodly men as proving the immortality of the soul : God took him to himself- BERKUAMPSTEAD COMMON, BERKS. to the prepared home, beyond the reach of sin

(WILLIAM MOORES is one of the few pastors of -to rest, to peace, to heaven, where he now

whom it may be said he is happy and useful among lives before the throne, in the company of his people, and his people contented with, and angels, in the blissful regions of love and joy. thankful for, their minister. This is not the case This enjoyment--uninterrupted communion everywhere. Our readers will be pleased with the with Jesus, sounding forth his praise, inhabit following :) Dear Sir, I send you a few lines ing the mansions, and inheriting the kingdom respecting our anniversary, at Berkhatnpstead of glory. The collections were very liberal. preached in the morning from Romans viii. 14. Ho Reading.

W. PERRETT. felt himself at home in the work. O how sweet to

sit at the Saviour's feet, and hear him say, LEIGHTON BUZZARD, BEDS, is the way, walk ye in it," The faces of many Our anniversary on May 7th, passed off re.

shone as though they were receiving some of that

oil which causes the face to shine, and the heart to markably well ; both morning and evening glow with love to the Saviour.' A good number we had the pleasure of hearing our good old dined with us. In the afternoon, our worthy friend, Mr Murrell, of St. Neot's; he seems friend, Wyard, of Tring, came up before the people still to enjoy good health, but complains of with Psalm cxxxvi. 1. It was a happy time indeed. loss of memory, although I am sure, to hear About 120 took tea. In the evening Brother Bloom

field came up as bold as a lion, and preached from him preach, you would suppose his memory to 1 Cor. i. 21. Our brother having to leave us, rebe as good as ever : he preaches the gospel in quested that the people would give a good colleca sober, sensible, way; his words are weighty, tion; and that the friends, with the plates, would and his sentences are full of meaning; he is go to the pews; so my old friend Collyer, with 80 simple, that the most ignorant can easily myself

, received what the friends were kind to understand him, yet his matter is so good, that bestow. After which, I related a little of the Lord's the most refined are well pleased with him. ber of church members : also of our outlay in paint

goodness towards us as a church, stating the num. In the afternoon, we had the pleasure of hear. ing and repairing; and my desire to pay of the ing our old pastor, Mr. Wilkins, now of debt we had contracted in building a little stable Brighton, his sermon was weighty and pow- adjoining the chapel. The Lord opened the hearts erful, and gave decisive proof that he is still a

of the people, and out came their money; and I man of deep thought, and earnest study. In was constrained to say – What has God wrought at the evening, our present pastor, Mr. B. us, and we trust still blessing the people; and we Davies, read a statement, in which, after shew. think there are many that are ready to say,

"This ing, our position financially, he stated that people shall be my people, and their God 'shall be during the past year, thirteen members have my God.”. The Lord is very good to me, a poor been added to the church, and two have thing in the path of tribulation, having to labour withdrawn from us; so that we have a clear times on Lord's-day. The exercise of my poor

hard at the anvil six days, and to preach three increase of eleven members, which is certainly Bul sometimes is great: I toil all night, and can an encouraging proof of the Lord's kindness take nothing ; but the Sabbath comes on ; here ! to usward. Throughout the day our congre- am before the people, with their eyes and ears all gations were good, and the proceeds of the leads us out of self into Christ, and to say, where is anniversary amounted to £10. "Truly we have the blessedness I knew when first I saw the Lord ? cause to thank our God, and press forward. O the importance of preaching the gospel of the Son

A FRIEND. of God to poor sinners! In our day, it is to be

feared, many are looking after pulpit talent more ROSS.

than the plain, simple truths of the gospel; and

this, I believe, is one reason there is so much dead[We give the following note with much plea- ness and coldness amongst professors. A minister sure.-ED.]

of the gospel is something like a merchant ship DEAR BROTHER. I received a note from which fetches her cargo from a far country;

he

often has to do business in deep waters. I'fnd Ross yesterday, which I think encouraging. this is the way to the kingdom : but, says Christ, The prosperity of Zion is at all times pleasing “be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” to the Lord's family to hear.

Dear brother, there are reasons for rejoicing as The writer says, “ I am happy to inform you feel when the Lord brings me to his feet, and com

well as weeping: and O the sweetness I sometimes that our little cavse is going on as well as we

forts my soul ! With what pleasure can I then could reasonably expect, considering all things. adopt the language of Peter, and say, “it is good The congregation keeps up tolerably well, and to be here." Let us, as the ministers of Christ, try there were more present last night (i.e. Lord's- and get the prayers of the church ; 1 do prize them day, May 24th,) than I have seen before. The more than their gold and silver. Wben the church Sabbath School increases, and I am glad to tell love how good it is, and how heartily they can pray

and minister are bound up together in one band of you that we have four or five persons who for each other, and the Lord hearkens to such have expressed a wish to be baptized and join ' prayers as these. But when there is shyness

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between minister and members, O the danger they, to God there were greater developements of the are in-no real union-no speaking about the work of the Spirit in the hearts of Zion's children ! things of God. See, brethren, how earnest the On Sabbath evening, June the 7th, our three apostle Paul was when he said, “Brethren, pray friends, baptized on the 17th of May, were received for us." I think I have the prayers of the church into the church, and partook of the Lord's Supper at Berkhampstead Common, thougb I am unworthy with those members of the church then present. of such a blessing.

I have been favoured with meeting the Lord's June 8th.

Wu. MOORES. people around his table many times in various

parts of this Kingdom ; but on no occasion did I WANTAGE.

ever feel my mind more free from bondage ; my

soul seemed to be engaged with God, but how short The anniversary of the Baptist Church, Wal- those hallowed seasons. Something from within, lingford-street, Wantage, was held on Friday, or something from without, takes our mind away May 22nd. Mr. C. W. Banks preached two ser- from God, his word, and ordinance, and we seem mons; in the afternoon from John xvii. 22, 23- to fall into the arms of death, and all is grief and the matter fetched from this great subject was misery. May the great God bless this part of his overwhelming, heart-cheering, soul-comforting, church with more gospel light, liberty, peace, and God-glorifying, Christ-exalting, and many rejoiced prosperity;

and that she may live to the praise of at the joyful sound. The subject in the evening Zion's King. A POOR AND NERDY ONE. was 1 Jobn iv, 15, 16. The preacher's mind was lighted up by the Holy Spirit, and the great secrets of Jehovah's bosom were laid open in a most

BAPTIST CHAPEL, THAME, OXON. blessed manner. The attendance was far beyond MR. EDITOR.-Our anniversary services took all our expectation. A tea meeting was held in place on Wednesday, May 27th. Two excellent the Garston Chapel, kindly lent for the occasion, sermons were preached by Mr. J. Hazelton, of Our female friends provided the tea at their own London. He spoke in the afternoon from Psalm expense, and the whole produce was devoted to xcvii. 1, 2: “ 'The Lord reigneth ;” and delivered the building fund. The collections were very a faithful and profitable discourse. Upwards of satisfactory. A good feeling prevailed; we had sixty friends partook of tea ; previous to which, many, friends of other denominations uniting to Mr. Hazelton rose, and, in an appropriate speech, partake of the common bounties of God's provi- said, be had now a pleasing duty to perform, dence; and in the preaching we had living and which was to present to Mr. Thomas Juggins, in immortal food for the redeemed family of God, the name of the church and congregation, two sealed home with the power of the Holy Spirit. volumes, viz., Keach's “Exposition of the ParaIt has been said, that such a meeting was never bles," and " Key to open Scripture Metaphors." known at Wantage. The Lord has done, and is as a mark of esteem and respect for his Christian doing, great things for us, whereof we have cause character and gratuitous labours among them. Mr. to be glad. If any kind friends can lend us a Juggins, with much feeling, and evidently taken helping hand, so that a chapel may be built for the by surprise, thanked the friends for their kind numerous people that flock to hear the word of the present. After tea, the company enjoyed a delighLord, we, as a little church, shall feel truly ful walk in Mr.J. . Seymour's beautiful grounds : grateful- by contributions, however small, given the afternoon was very fine : all nature seemed to to Mr. Banks, or forwarded to us at Wantage. smile, and to join together to praise the God of Brother Banks was instrumental in forming the creation, reminding us of the words of the Pealmchurch some ten years since, and he can testify ist, when meditating on the works of God, “O to the prosperity that is now attending us. Breth- Lord, bow manifold are thy works : in wisdom ren, help us, if you can ; for Wantage is almost hast thou made them all: the earth is full of thy deluged with Puseyism; free and sovereign riches ;" while we poor sinners met to praise him grace, salvation by blood, and justification by for his goodness, and to acknowledge bis providence perfect obedience, are the blessed truths set at and grace. In the evening a goodly number naught and despised by every pharisee. “Never- attended, and listened to a most eloquent sermon theless, the foundation of God standeth sure, from Hebrews xiii. 20 : “Now the God of peace having this seal, the Lord knoweth them that are that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, his; and let every one that nameth the name of that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the Christ depart from his iniquity."

blood of the everlasting covenant. It was a rich J. BEACOCK, Pastor, gospel sermon; the Lord opened the mouth of the P.S.-Our little chapel is still crowded, and preacher ; and while speaking of his Master bis many are obliged to stand outside, and have the whole frame quivered with emotion, and he seemed windows open to hear.

filled with an holy fire. The people listened with

as much eager atiention as if they had not heard BROSELY, SALOP.

a sermon for a long time. The services closed, BIRCH Meadow Chapel, Brosely, Salop:

On leaving a sweet savour on the minds of the people. Sabbath evening, May 17th, Henry Veale, who has The collections were good, been near three years preaching a free-grace “ Then give all the glory to his holy name, gospel here, baptized three persons, who gave evi. To him all the glory belongs : dence of being blessed under bis ministry. The Be ours the high joy to sound forth his praise, Lord was present with us : the attendance was And crown him in each of our songs.” good; the people gave good attention to the word

E. C. BIRD. spoken; and it was a solemn time. Our senior deacon gave a short address to the people : he said, My dear friends, I felt great solemnity of mind

A LETTER WITH while our minister was speaking. Our text was GOOD NEWS FROM AUSTALIA, John iii. 23 : “And they came and were baptized.” We spoke in the following order : 1st, "who they BY JOHN BUNYAN MCCURR. were that come :" 2nd, to whom they came : and 3rd, " the end and design of their coming.”

MY DEAR BROTHER.-In a former comWe hope the Three One Jehovah will remember this part of his professing church on earth after 80 munication, which appeared in the VESSEL, you much division and trouble arising from the works was informed that we had been united together of the flesh, and that we may enjoy peace and see as a church; that we had opened another place better days. My heart is pained within me when of worship, at a rent of £2 per week. We thus I think of Zion. She doth not seem to be much continued for some time; but I could not feel Husband the Lord Jesus Christ. There are great that the Lord was with us: there was the abdevelopments of the corruption of the flesh. Would I sence of love, union, spirituality and prayer;

NO. I.

indeed, from the commencement to the close, ful in being able to say that wo are all well, there were two canker worms continually eat- and desire our love to you and all our dear ing off the root of our peace and union. I am friends. I am waiting to hear from Hadlow, thinking of giving you an account of the man and then I will write again. ner we, as a church, was treated by them; Wishing you peace and prosperity in body however, it has come home to them both, they and soul, I remain, my dear brother, yours in are in the Lord's hands. And seeing it is a

our precious Lord Jesus, righteous thing with God to recompense tribu

JOHN BUNYAN MCCURE. lation to them that trouble you (1 Thess. ii. Moorabool-st., Geelong, Feb., 1857. 1,6), it is only for us to stand still while the Lord renders to every man according to his A GOSPEL REMEDY deeds. Rom. ii. 6.

They succeeded in making their party, FOR HEALING BREACIES, therefore we were no longer at peace among

&c., C., ourselves. I felt to have but little confidence

IN OUR GOSPEL CHURCHES. in the people as a body, and was persuaded that we could not go on much longer; indeed, A LETTER TO MR. WILLIAM FENNER, it appeared to be such a cold, half-hearted aifair, it was not desirable that it should.

DEAR FRIEND.-I received your kind note, About this time, it pleased the Lord that I wherein you express a desire that the subshould pass through great trials in my busi- stance of our Sunday evening's address previness, and the very moment that was the case there were some who appeared thankful in persons—the whole of whom had witnessed a

ous to receiving into our communion nine having an opportunity to make a thrust at me, good confession-should be given in Tur that I might fall; they reported the most cruel, EARTHEN VESSEL. As I have this week foul and libellous things of me that they could. travelled into Sussex and Essex, and am now I have no desire to expose them by particu. on the rail for Gloucester and Wales, your relarizing, the sore trials I experienced through quest has followed me; and I have felt it laid them; the Lord has over ruled it for my good, heavy on my spirit to accede to your request; therefore I will record his mercies, for the

Lord therefore while jolting in cars and 'busses, I was on my side, and for me he has graciously have resolved to endeavour to gather up a appeared, according to the precious word he few of the fragments if I can. gave me, Psalm lxxi. 20, 21. He has fulfilled

It would ill become me to slight your rethis in my business, for the Lord has in this

quest, because

you respect done great things for me; but especially of the word as spoken by me ever since the

have been a steady hearer in the more sacred, and to me the more desir- Lord restored me to my delightful work. able, privileges of church fellowship. A few Your house, your heart, your hands, have alof us are now united together in heart as a Par. ways been opened to receive and encourage ticular Baptist Church, and we have, indeed, me; you have continued with me in all my great cause for thankfulness, because we are tribulations; you have watched and known of one heart and one mind : and the Lord has me in all my trials; you were instrumental shown himself on our side in a way that he in opening Windmill-street Chapel for me to never did before, in giving power and life speak in on Wednesday evenings, where many with the preaching of his precious word. The souls were blest;

you opened Hephzibah Chabackslider is reclaimed; the sinner converted, pel for me to preach in on Friday evenings, and the doubting soul has been comforted; where for more than seven years I spoke to indeed, the Lord has revived us again so that many hundreds of people ; and I know some his people rejoice in him. We have some

were called out of darkness, and not a few pleasing instances of the Lord being in our joined our church, through the word preached midst. I will get some of our friends to give by me at Mile End. Moreover, your late you the particulars of some of the cases referred venerable father and mother were both most to after they have been baptised. We have excellent friends to the gospel kingdom. services every Lord's-day morning and evening, Your late beloved wife was one of the most and Wednesday and Friday, evening. I do spiritual and devoted members of our commu. believe that the dear Lord has appointed nity; almost all your children have sat under brighter and happier days for his Zion in my ministry; and none of them have wan. Australia than what we have seen.

dered from the truth. I foel bound, thereI feel that the last nine months is an earn fore, by many sacred ties, to do as your note set for good, and a token from the Lord; and demands. Before I do so, allow me to express especially those instances of his converting a hope that your request, and my compliance, and reclaiming grace, which he has displayed may be ultimately found to the Divinely apin our midst. Praise ye the Lord! We trust pointed means for constraining both you, and that we sball be able, through the mercy of your present useful and spiritual partner in the Lord, to report progress in the ways of the life, to cast in your lot with us; and no longer Lord from time to time.

to turn a deaf ear to that sacred injunctionI believe the VESSEL will make head way “This DO, IN REMEMBRANCE OF ME." It out here. I will do all that I can to keep has been our happiness, as a church, of late, her on.

to gather in many precious souls; and our The dear Lord has been pleased to visit us church meetings have been refreshing and by the hand of death, by taking to himself one comforting unto our souls. of the twins, eight months old. I am thank- When I came to address the church, the

congregation, and the new members, Paul's Solemn the stroke! but 'twas a Father's hand words entered very pleasantly into my mind That plucked the tender flower from the polluted _“Wherefore receive ye one another, as Thy race on earth was very quickly run. Christ also received us unto the glory of And now with earthly things thou art for ever God.

done. I find it quite impossible to give you the address this month, but you shall have it in We thought we should-yea, hoped to see thy August, if the Lord will spare your grateful and hear thee'tell as of the boisterous main. brother in the faith,

But, ahl our hopes and thoughts are gone, are CHARLES WATERS Barks. fled. Written near Cheltenham,

The doleful tidings came, “ Thomas, thy son, is June 16.

dead." Thousands of miles from us thy body's in the dust,

Yet, when the archangel's trump shall sound, we DEATH OF THOS. STRINGER, Jun. Lines on the Death of my dear Boy, Thomas 'Twill rise in Jesu's likeness, dwell on high,

Stringer, who died of the yellow fever in Brazil, Joined to thy soul immortal, never more to die. South America, May 29, 1856, on his voyage to Farewell, dear boy, and let my sorrow cease; Madras, East Indies (aged fourteen years and we then shall meet again, and live in joy and five months), which painful intelligence I re. peace; received on Friday, May 29, 1857, one year Although on earth we shall not hear thy voice, after his departure.

Together, then, in Christ we shall rejoice. THOMAS, dear child, thou art with us no more ; Our Father, God, oh help us to be still; Thy happy, spirit's fled (we trust), to ponder what thou hast done, is but according to thy will; peaceful shore.

Lord, let us not against thy will repine ; Delivered from a world of sin, of toil, and pain, To thee ourselves, our child, our all, we would Never to mix with us in trials, in griefs, or cares resign. again.

Gravesend.

T. STRINGER.

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I u bilee Services AT SIBLE HEDINGHAM, ESSEX; AND A REVIEW OF THE ORIGIN

AND HISTORY OF THE BAPTIST CHURCH IN THAT PLACE.

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[JUBILEE services and ministerial jubi- earth.” This, he said, may be true in a two lees are not events of common occur

fold sense. As a nation we have just got out How

of war with Russia, and are now at war with very few—even of the most successful ministers-labour with far shalt thou go, but no farther."

China and India. To these God says, “Thus

He one church for fifty years ! And how maketh wars to cease unto the ends of the very seldom are we favoured to record earth; "he breaketh the bow and cutteth the the jubilee even of a Christian Church ! spear in sunder.” The bow and spear meanThis has made us the more anxious to ing instruments of war. But there is another furnish an account of the jubilee services the Lord began to work by his Spirit in your

Do not you remember the time before at Sible Hedingham in June ; and our heart ? Were you not at war with him at efforts have not been in vain, we have war with his people ? at war with his truth? brief notices of these meetings ; but, and at war with Jesus Christ ? and declared in upon the whole, the most comprehensive your heart, We will not have this Man to is the following; for which, as well as Has he not made this war to cease ? and given for the others, we sincerely thank our you to feel a desire after him ? Yes! and kind correspondents.-ED.j

as a consequence you feel a very different

kind of war now. “ He maketh wars to BELOVED SIR, I will try and give you a cease.” Yea, have you not most assuredly line relative to the Jubilee at Bedingham. felt and proved this to be true for I speak to The weather was rather unfavourable, but a you who know what darkness and distress, and goodly number of people assembled; some misery and bondage is. I say in the midst of ministers also ; such as brethren Thurston, of this, you never hate Jesus Christ, do you ? Halstead ; Powell, of Keddington; Simpson, In the worst seasons of darkness and soul of Sudbury ; Mr. Tann, now supplying at desertion, you never feel to hate him! O no! Hedingham; and young Pells, of Clare, who you don't hate him, but you want to love him read and prayed in the afternoon; after which, more. “He maketh wars to cease." He Mr. Bloomfield took for his text 2 Cor. i. 21, burneth the chariot in the fire, which may "Now he which stablisheth us with you in serve to illustrate that long train of false Christ, and hath anointed us, is God." From religions which must ultimately be burned in which he preached blessedly for nearly an the fire of God's wrath. He knows his own hour and a half; and spoke sweetly upon the work and can approve of no other. He anointing under several heads. I noticed one burneth the chariot in the fire. “ Be still and in particular, namely, “the preciousness of know that I am God.” This, I think, is a the anointing." He said that the name of much harder lesson than many are aware of. Christ was so fragrant and so perfuming that If God had said “Be active, and know that one cannot walk with him without carrying I am God: be diligent, and know that I am the savor ; he will savor of Christ wherever he God; be careful, and know that I am God." goes. What was it made the clod of earth It might have appeared reasonable and profitaso beautiful in smell? It is but a clod of ble, but to be still and quiet, when everything earth, from whence then hath it this fra- within and without seems to be crossed and grance? It has been bedewed with the rose. overturned; yea, and every prospect seems to Thus it is with the minister; he is but a clod of be blighted, is hard work. There, (says a earth: from whence then is this fragrance? man) I put that seed in the ground yesterday; He dwells with the rose of Sharon; and must and its not come up yet: again the next day carry the sweet fragrance wherever he goes. go and look for it, just the same, not come up Also, the man that reads his Bible much; yet.”. This is just our sort of way in looking having its blessed truths written in his at things : when we are calculating upon heart, will carry the contents of it wherever anything we cannot wait, but we want the he goos: he will savor of the Bible : yea, he fulfilment of it immediately: and if Jacob will be like a walking Bible. “Read the can't have things his own way and at his own Bible!" (said the good man) "Do read this time, then he cries out, “ All these things blessed book; though you should pass by all are against me.” And depend upon it we that I have said, read the word of God." are not better than Jacob. And these things

After tea, Mr. Bloomfield preached again, which we suppose are against us are the And after a hymn was sung, he read the 46th things that God intends shall work for our Psalm, and expounded it. On that part-good, for he makes all things to work together "come, behold the works of the Lord: what for good to them that love him; hence he desolations he hath made in the earth, he says, “Be still and know that I'am God." maketh wars to cease unto the ends of the But to be still then we say is most emphatia

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