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Churches, their Pastors, and

their People.





On Monday, Feb. 8, a very large concourse spirit for some time; and although it gradually of people assembled at three o'clock in the wore away, I had impressions that I must die; afternoon, at Zion Chapel, New Cross-road, that I had a soul that must live some where, Deptford, to welcome Mr. George Wyard 80. I thought I would try to do good. About to his new sphere of labour. Àr. T. A. this time, (I suppose I was about ten years Jones, read the Scriptures, and implored the old), a few boys, with myself

used to meet,

and read the Scriptures, and pray Divine blessing. Mr. John Foreman deliv

gether. ered an affectionate address, expressive of take the lead: that was the way we spent our

One boy, older than I, used to his sympathies with Mr. Wyard, and with evenings. For all this I loved sin, but wished the friends of truth at Deptford; exhibiting to escape hell. I thought by reading and also the chief design of the gospel ministry. prayer, I should do well; and some thought

I was getting religious. About this time, After the reading of a review of the origin, in our town there was a fair held, and progress, and general history of the Church I went; I went into a dancing saloon ; now worshipping in Zion Chapel, Deptford, and was just going to make an attempt Mr John Foreman introduced his ministerial to jump, (for i could not dance, though brother, George Wyard, by a few words, ex- I was light upon my feet,) when all pressing his entire confidence in Mr. W, as at once something seemed to say, “ WHERE an unflinching minister of truth.

TROU " I started of the Wyard then gave such an account of bis room. The feelings went deep into my soul; natural, spiritual, and ministerial life as to the night; and when I walked out, I

a dreadful state of mind, ensued : I dreaded rivet the attention, and powerfully to inter- thought the earth would open, and swallow est the minds of his audience. We cer

me up. “What should I do to be saved ?"' tainly esteemed it a privilege to be permitted I was as far from holiness, as I was from to listen to, and to sympathize with, an ad- heaven. I was at that time in want of a sitdress so fully deraonstrating the saving grace uation, as my father's circumstances were of God. The following is an outline. Mr. limited: and to Chatham I went, and walking Wyard said :

in various shops, I said, “ Want a boy, sir ?*

Some laughed at me, others seemed to pity me; ary on such occasions for questions to be asked; not been home long ere å situation was obI scarcely know how to begin ! It is custom- but I know I had to walk home without get

ing what I wanted; being ten miles. I had but as this is simply a meeting to welcome me to my new sphere of labour, those questions eleven,) I thought it a terrible hard one,

tained, (I suppose I was now about half-past therefore, have been dispensed with. There are but I kept it until another presented itself

, four books which I shall bave occasion to refer which was a better one. But I wanted to to, the book of Nature, the book of Providence, the book of Divine Revelation, and the book come to London, where I had brothers resid

ing. I think that the greatest reason for my of Godly experience.

wanting to come to the metropolis, was for “I was born in this county (Kent) about my soul, for I was still in deep soul trouble. thirty-five miles from this place; at a village I came to London in 1818 ; I came to George. called Milton, next Sittingbourne, of godly street, Portman-square, just at the back of parents, and if this Bible be true, and I know Blandford-street chapel. 'One Sunday morn. it is true, then they are gone to heaven, where ing, I went into Blandford-street chapel, I hope to meet them in that great day, My where dear old Mr. Keeble preached. He wore morals, of course, were rigidly attended to a large wig, parted in the middle, like a We were eight in family, I was the seventh son woman's hair, I thought him an exceeding in succession. I was kept from bad company. curious man. At the time, I went to hear I do not think I ever took an oath in my life, Mr. Keeble, he was going through Paul's nor was I ever given to speaking falsehoods. Epistle to the Romans. I heard him Never in my life was 1 intoxicated. I scarcely once on the following text, “Christ is the know at what period of life I had not religious end of the law, for righteousness to every impressions. There was a church at some dis- one that believeth.” I'his was the very tance from our village ; but a tower in the thing I wanted ; 1 had never heard any thing town with a bell, and when any body died, like it before, 'I could have danced for joy; this boll used to toll. I remember one occa- and truly could I have sung, sion the bell tolling, and my mother asked me for whom the bell was tolling? then very “This is the way I long have sought, thoughtless, I said, “Oh, mother, I dont And mourned because I found it not.” know, but not for me !" She turned to me, and said, "ah, but you don't know how soon it This was indeed a happy deliverance for may toll for you.” This weighed down my me.

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From that moment I never went back newly-recognised pastor giving out a hymn; again to such a black and dreadful state of Mr. Č. W. Banks invoked the divine blessing; soul. I will not detain you, but one more after which Mr. W. Palmer laid down a circumstance I must mention. I left that line, and in an instructing and able manner situation, and went to another; and reviewed the various methods of divine wor. and there I got into, what Bunyan calls, ship from the time of Adam in Paradise to "shame-faced street.” I seemed to try how the present dispensation. Mr. James Wells, far I mnight go without giving up my religion, of Surrey Tabernacle, was then called upon to Oh, I got into a sad position, my fellow ser address the meeting, and at great length, and vants used to say, I like that Wyard, he is with unusual earnestness, he descanted upon not like some religious people, he does not the most essential manner of preaching; care

on a long face; and so on. Oh, the horror fully and cheerfully noticing the most prowas then brought into ! I seemed to have minent points of Mr. Wyard's experience, denied my Lord and Master. (This part of with which Mr. Wells expressed himself Mr. Wyard's testimony was exceedingly pain- highly pleased and satisfied. 'Mr. Bloomfield, ful: he could scarcely speak for weeping; and with a face almost as full of smiles as the gosmany wept too. It was evident that this was pel he preaches is of precious promises, then a severe sitting from Satan; it alllicted his delivered a congratulatory address; into which soul to its centre; but, beyond all doubt, it he threw some excellent advice. Mr. Hanks, gave a tone to his experience most valuable of Woolwich, spoke in the bighest terms of in its results. Mr Wyard said :] Allow me his good brother Wyard, and believed his rehere to break off abruptly, and say a word or moval to Deptford would be honoured. Mr. two, respecting my call to the ministry. Box delivered a grave admonitory address;

Almost from the first of my impressions, 1 and Mr. Phillip Dickerson interested the thought I should like to preach, not then en meeting with a short speech cbaracteristic of tering into the feeling of the solemnities of that wholesome and happy spirit he has, dur. the office. While a member at Blandford street, ing so many years, breathed in the midst of I remember, when being called upon to pray, our churches, and by which, with God's blesshow my knees used to smite one against the ing, he has been maintained in a long course other; and when I had finished, I was all in of usefulness in Alie-street. a perspiration, and yet some how they used to like me to pray again and again. A few young FORMATION OP A GOSPEL CHURCH AT men used to meet for reading and expounding SWALLOWFIELD, BERKS. the Scriptures, and I met with them, but I do not think I did at any time make one com- On Monday, February 1st, a meeting was ment upon the chapter I read, others used, held in Bethel Chapel, for the purpose of for. but I do not think I did. Time rolled on, ming a Strict Baptist Church. The service old Mr. Keeble died, and I sought for a new commenced by singing one of Newton'shymns. home. I heard the late Mr. Joseph Irons, Brother Perrett read the Word, and prayed. and often wished I could preach as he did, I Brother Warren read a letter of dismissal or rewished I could tell out those blessed truths he commendation to the members of the church proclaimed. In the course of time I turned at Reading. Mr. Wale (the pastor) then my attention to Mr. John Stevens, whose addressed our brother Thorp; who (by the memory is deeply embalmed in my soul. It was grace of God) has been the means of establishat Mr. Stevens's, some thought I had a gift for ing the cau:e of truth there ; and taking the preaching, in fact one made an engagement hand of another brother, in the name of the unknown to me. I went; it was a village rest, he joined the two as a token of union called Greenford. I gave out my text, and and gospel fellowship; and from Matt. v. 3, atter speaking for some fifteen or twenty made some well grounded and appropriate minutes, I closed. Subsequently, after another remarks on the foundation, walls, and gates weak attempt, an old Welsh woman tapped me of the city; on the officers; citizens; pri. on the shoulder, and said, “0, young inan, if vileges; and their coat of arms, which this be your first sermon here, it will not be (being quartered) shewed 1st, in the Lion of the last.” So it proved. And have gone on, Judah, their power and defence; 2nd, the sometimes thinking I should give up preach- Lamb-their sacrifice and justification; 3rd, ing after all; indeed, a little time ago I did in the cross their thorny pathway with selfthink I should have given up altogether. denial; and, lastly, the crown, full victory and

Over, in Cambridgeshire, was the first place certain glory. Prior to breaking of bread, I ever was settled as the pastor. I left there brother Vinden offered prayer, and before the and came to Soho. I will not go into partic. cup, brother Martin gave thanks. This deulars about the reason. I left there for Tring, lightful service was closed by brother Webb and from Tring. I have come here. I am offering prayer to the God of Zion for his here now; and I hope, by the kind providence blessing to rest on the proceedings. The of God, to remain here.

friends then repaired to a large room, where You know my principles. I have for twenty upwards of eighty persons partook of a comyears held two things, the cause of salvation, fortable tea. In evening, Mr Wale preached and the cause of damnation, the cause of sal- an excellent sermon calculated, under the vation is God; the cause of damnation is sin. blessing of God, to instruct, comfort and Mr. Wyard briefly summed up and conclu- 'establish in the truth, the family of God. ded. The venerable George Moyil, of Peck. The text, Judges vi. 14. The Lord looked ham, closed the atternoon service with prayer. upon him (Gideon) and said, "Go in this thy

Tue EVENING SERVICE commenced by the might.” He spoke ist, on the look; 2nd, the

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commission; 3rd, the instrument. First, the thought I never could stand up. Before I louk; that breaks the hard heart; removes left home, I had this text on my mind—“And prejudice, and all obstacles; kindles love in thou, child, shalt be called the Prophet of the the soul; confirms the feeble knees; gives Highest, to go before the face of the Lord, to power to grapple with the foe; chanyes dark- prepare his ways." I tried hard to get inside ness into light; weakness into strength, and the text, to view its contents; but found it obstinate souls into obedient spirits. Second, hard. There were four parts of it, however, the commission, “go," saith the changing I saw a little into-lst, The name given to God; who has his own glory combined with Christ, “The Highest." This led me to the salvation of his people in view; that word the glorious complexity of his person-the conveys power, and gives might, to plant the high, the holy, the essential offices he susstandard, unfurl the banner, invade the tains; the exalted position he occupies ; the enemies' camp, makes inroads among the inexpressibly delightful estimation in which hust of Midianites, stimulates to boldness, he is held in the hearts of his people ; and so produces in the soul, a holy rivalry and em. on. The margin of my Testament defines this ulation to go from strength to strength ; that term—"The Highest,” in this way, i. e., the he which is feeble may become as David, and really true, the eternal, the essential Son of the house of David shall be as God. Third, God; which definition is full bevond expres. the instrument, Gideon; of a mean tribe, sion. 2ndly, I saw John's office—“ Thou, even Manasseh; who received the cross-handed child, shalt be called the PROPHET of the blessing; and hinuself the least of his father's Highest.” The word Prophet is a large word: house; as the barley cake signified smallness, one of the branches of the Hebrew root would blackness, courseness, God's servants generally be rendered something like this—"one who are small in the estimation of the world, and lives in the heart of God, and looks out from in their own eyes; black, which they all thence into the hearts of the sons of men." readily, acknowledge; coarse as the barley One of Joseph's names was like this: also Dan. cake; but God puts the treasure in earthen iel's and John's; and even Paul was raised up Fessels, that the excellency of the power may very high into the chambers of electing and be of God. Gideon's reduced army lapping everlasting love; and being filled with the the warter ghewed their readiness and anxiety glories of this River of Life and Love, his to be in the warefare; the weapons (simple, very soul ran out in those amazing words, but effectual to the pulling down of the strong “0, the height and depth,” &c., and again holds of sin and satan) first, the trumpet that “That ye might comprehend with all saints," gives a certain sound, the gospel of Christ: &c. 3rdly, I saw the pre-ordained path in by the pitcher is seen human nature, in which which John was to walk-he was the light is kept burning with a steady lustre before the face of the Lord," and then his un perceived by the world; but when broke it work-he was " to prepare his ways." will shine forth as the stars in the firmament: I did not reach the Baptist parsonage long he concluded by application of the whole both before service time; but my cheerful brother individually and collectively which was very Wilson opened his door, his heart, and arms, much enjoyed by the friends who after singing to welcome me; and his most devoted spouse "praise to Godretired to their homes in gave me a good cup of tea; and my head and peace.

W. PERRETT. heart revived a little. Still, I was afraid of

the Saffron Walden pulpit; but I said THAXTED, ESSEX.

nothing. I found dear Wilson and his wife

had just received tidings of the sudden death To my Christian brother in affliction, Samuel of a brother in the flesh, which cast a gloom Foster, Sturry, Kent.

over them. To chapel we went, and I was As on your bed in pain you lay,

helped through. I hope some good might I've wander'd from you far away;

flow therefrom. The venerable Still, in my thoughts I frequent am

ther Nicholson, took me home, gave me sup: With my poor suffering brother Sam.

per, warmed my bed, and made me feel

thankful unto the Lord for such kindness. But I am no poet; so as I know you will Next morning, Christmas-day. I was to preach wish to know how I spent my Christmas, I at Thaxted, where brother Evans is now will, as I journey home this morning, give labouring. 'Before I laid down that night I you a brief account. After ploughing away obtained the text for the morning serviceas hard as I could with my pen and my “And we know that the Son of God is come; preaching in London up to Christmas eve, I and that he hath given us an understanding then left by the Eastern Counties Rail for to know him that is true; and we are in bim Saffron Walden, where I was to try and that is true; even in his Son Jesus Christ. speak in my Master's name. I did try once This is the true God and eternal life.” All before in that pulpit where the famous John the night long did I wake and think upon that Player preached the gospel so happily for mighty Scripture; but neither in private many years, and where my excellent and ten- meditation nor in the public ministry, could der-hcarted' brother, D. Wilson, is now pas. I enter into its vital beauties, although I tor; but when I was in that pulpit before I tried hard so to do. Oh! how oft I provecould not preach-I was bound up, shut up, that my mind and my mouth are little worth, and I feared ever to enter it again As I was unless the Holy Spirit unveil and reveal the to try once more, however, I did beg of the sacred word of God. Lord not to confound me before the people ; That good friend to Zion, and to Zion's but my poor head was so dreadful bad i servants, Mr. Hunt, the Draper, of Walden,

on, bro.


left his family and friends on Christmas-day, memoration of Mr. Bloomfield's settlement and drove friend Wilson and me to Thaxted. as pastor," than whom

have not, It was decidedly one of the grandest Christmas we think in London, a more cheerful and mornings in nature I ever saw—the sun shone happy looking minister of the gospel, for see gloriously, the air was soft and refreshing, the him when, or where you may, there always birds celebrated Christ's nativity in Nature's appears to be springing up from his heart, sweetest notes, the flowers were budding- into his smiling countenance, those words of blossom was actually on some trees-and all Paul—" For me to live is CHRIST!" On this things were expressive of the amazing good. occasion he was quite at home. ness of God. We met the country people Mr. Bloomfield then read the 67th Psalm; dressed in their prettiest style, with smiling Mr. Boxer, of Blackheath, called on the Lord, faces, all going out to spend their Christmas for a blessing upon the evening's proceedings. day. As we entered Thaxted the Church bells Mr. Bloomfield, who took the chair, then rang a merry peal, and the whole town had said, -Dear Christian Friends, I am pleased put on its best to welcome Christmas in. I to see so many present, on this occasion. was thinking of my text-"We know the We have a deal to bless God for in the Son of God is come,” &c.; but my poor mind past year: we have had a year of uninterrupwas like a dark lantern. Surely I knew the ted peace in our church meetings, nor have poet's words

we had one wry word or quarrel in the vestry. “All things in nature shew some sign

We have nothing to lament, we have been But this unfeeling heart of mine."

solemnised in his worship, and have had his Our carriage stopped at the parsonage. Those presence. “ Hitherto the Lord has helped us.

We have not changed our principles, we two noble pieces of ministerial mortality-the constantly feel our dependance on God, and brethren Powell, of Keddington, and Evans, feel our support is of God, by Him have we of Thaxted, opened the door, and bid us God- been helped. We have not the pleasure to speel in the work of the day, and truly we night to tell of so much increase, as on forcould say, “How good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity." The past year, between twenty and thirty, much

mer occasions; we have taken in during the service began, brother Wilson read and prayed; more than we have deserved. I have one I went up and tried to preach, and did speak thing to state, that gives me pleasure ; that some solemn truths, but the savour and

this church is entirely out of debt, and we anointing of the Spirit was not on my soul. have in the treasurer's hands, 15s. 14d. I have

In the afternoon we had an excellent party always said of this church, and do not alter to tea; and in the evening, a large company my opinion now, that." bring a good thing of precious souls assembled. Our brother before them, and you will bave no difficulty in Evans, the pastor, opened the meeting in a humble, Christian spirit. He has laboured delivered by Messrs Moyll, Dickerson, Field,

getting the money." Addresses were then hard to raise the cause there ; but the mone- Wyard, Chivers, Woodward, and Ball. Mr. tary influence in the other places, and the Anderson closed the meeting with prayer. strong prejudices, forbid his stay there. I do hope the Lord will open for him a more effectual door. Brother Powell of Keddington,

A FRUITFUL UNIVERSITY FOR reviewed the history of the old cause in a THE TRUE SERVANTS OF CHRIST. warm and loving address. It was quite a picture to see his noble, smiling face, and to COTTENHAM, Cambridgeshire, is a place listen to his gospel words: but next came our that bas been highly honoured of God, for excellent and well-read brother D. Wilson, of many years, in the success of the gospel. The Saffron Walden, whose mind was led out very present account, commences from A.D. 1809; largely on the grace and glory of the Gospel. forty years since. At that time, the Baptist I understand that owing to the ill health of cause there, divided between Mr. MEEKINS, his beloved wife he will be compelled and Mr. CREAM; Mr. Meekins continued to leave Saffron Walden. His friends there at the old chapel in peace, avd abundant sucwill be sorry to lose him: but all of us must cess, until he was unable to preach, and died say, "the will of the Lord be done." I felt only a few years since, a good old man and great liberty in describing the position of the full of years. Mr. Cream stopped with the old Baptist cause at Thaxted, from those split, and in 1812, a new place, called “Ebewords, "The daughter of Zion is left as a nezer Chapel” was built for him. Between cottage in a vineyard, as a lodge in a garden the year 1812, and the year 1835, it pleased of cucumbers, as a besieged city.” I do hope the Lord to call seven persons to the ministry, for the truth's sake, Thaxted may vet re. who were, at the former date, members, or vive.

C. W. B. hearers, at one or the other of these places ;

some of whom have been highly honored of MR. J. E. BLOOMFIELD'S ANNUAL the Lord in their work, and all of them have

lived ;

and five of them have died like their MEETING.

Master, leaving some behind to speak eril, MEARD'S COURT, DEAN STREET, sono.

and some to speak good of them; but none On Tuesday evening, (our reporter says,) of them without several seals to their ministian meeting, was holden in Salem Chapel, tenham, and John Corbitt of Norwich. a very pleasant, practical, and truly Christry; The first and last of these seven are

still alive; namely, Thomas Sutton, of CotMeard's Court, Dean Street, Soho; in com

Tuomas SUTTON was called from follow



ing and feeding a flock of sheep, as David | of our habitation are set," that we cannot was, to feed the flock of Christ's sheep: he pass; and that the Lord sends by whom he was successful in getting and continuing a will send, and when and where he please. congregation, and an increasing church, until, John Notrage the grandfather, and John through weakness, he gave up his office by Nottage, the father of the before-named, the request of his friends, in honour crowned and my father, were amongst those who first with numerous seals to his ministry, and his erected the “ Ebenezer Chapel;” and though head crowned with hoary hairs in the Lord's I have travelled some thousands of miles,

preaching the gospel, and attended some bun. Thomas Watts was called from his tai- dreds of prayer meetings, I never yet met lor's bench, to feed the little flock of the with such a regiment of well disciplined prayLord's sheep at Okington; from there he be. ing men as at the two chapels in Cottenham. came the settled pastor at Streatham, in the God bless the ministers, and people--for Isle of Ely, Cambridgeshire : in that position though I am at a distance from it, I can say, he continued in honour, until the Lord called “O Cottenham, I love thee still! thou art him home several years since.

honoured highly of thy God!" ELLIS MUNCEY' was called from the cop

JOHN CORBITT, per's empty sound, to minister in holy things,

Pastor of Orford Hill, Norwich. and to become a successful builder on Zion's wall; and though he found some burden bearers cease, and much rubbish in the way, şet, like an ancient one, and with his sword MR. THOMAS BIDDLE. in one hand, and trowel in the other, continued unto the end an honor to his calling:

ANOTHER faithful servant of God is gone He was settled at Bottisham Lode several to his rest. Our notice of the event here is years; but finding some too hard for him, brief. A few weeks since Mr Biddle wrote us he left, and took the charge of the church, his desire that his papers should be entrusted at Willington, where he died, an honoured to us, from which selections calculated to be instrument of the Lord, much beloved, and useful to the church of God now on earth lamented by his people.

might be made. We expect, therefore, to John Smith, late of Waterbeach, was calle have this privilege. The following is from a ed of God to exercise bis talent in the minis. correspondent :try under Mr. Mevkins, at Cottenham; and Dear BROTHER BANKS.—I have painfully the Lord made him abundantly useful in con. to inform you that my dear Friend, Counsellor, verting sinners. When he was very young Preacher, aud Pastor, Mr. T. Biddle, late of he became the settled pastor at Elsworth, Brockham, died on Tuesday evening last, at Cambridgeshire, and was very useful there for half-past seven o'clock, Feb. 9, 1858. A friend several years. After leaving there, he became from Dorking called on him about the middle a constant itinerant at Dry Drayton, Great of the day; he was nearly speechless ; it was Wilham, Swaffam, and Isleham, and numer, though he would not speak again ; but towards ous other places ; and no man lived and died evening he revived, and told John Stone, he more firm in doctrine and practice than he had “ God and Glory :" "tell the did; and God so honoured his last end, as to Church,” he said, “ I am gone to Glory;" and make him triumphant, and sing in the arms lifting up both hands, with eyes sparkling, of death

called out, “Glory! Glory! Glory !” Thus " It is my happiness below

departed another champion of that faith once
Not to live without a cross ; delivered to the saints.
But the Saviour's love to know, I first became acquainted with Mr. Biddle
Sanctifying every loss."

at Brockham, in the month of September, He died on the 3rd of June, 1857.

1837, I was removed from Brighton to DorkJOHN Nottage, was called to the pastorate ing by Providence; but as I could not find at Earith, Herts, where he stayed a few years, the Gospel preached at Dorking, I was necessi. and then became the pastor of the Baptist tated to seek elsewhere; and after seeking diChureh, at Saxlingham, Norfolk, where he rection at the hand of the Lord, was led to died, I believe, in the year 1855, on the very Brockham. In that little sanctuary was God day he was to preach his farewell sermon. made known by his faithful servant to me. I

WILLIAM Nottage was called for several left Brighton in a fearful blacksliding state of years to preach at Okington, near Cambridge; soul, having wandered far from my Lord and and continued to do so, and carried on his Saviour: so that tears were my meat day and business at Cottenham, until it pleased the night; and sorrow was so depicted in my Lord to call him home in Nov., 1857. William countenance, that the men with whom I laNottage was an honor to his profession; a boured thought I was a murderer; and ven. self-taught man, a great reader of Scripture, geance would certainly overtake me. I called and a powerful retainer of its history, and on Mr. and Mrs. Biddle several times; was could converse on any part of it with pleasure glad to find a sympathizing friend; who after and profit; as a speaker he was elegant and hearing my sorrowful tale, Mr. Riddle said oratorical; he was famous on a platform; “if you are a child of God you will suffer for truthful in his creed; warm and powerful in it.”. This I found to be true. Mr. Biddle his preaching. I have wondered he was kept said he would carry the matter to the Lord. within so small compass, and encumbered A few sabbaths after, in the afternoon, he with business; but I remember, " the bounds preached from these words, " and they said


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