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OUR CHURCHES, (continued)
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Cracknell, J. E.
Cozens, S.
Drake, T.
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Marston, C. H.
Palmer, Joseph
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The Great Mystery and Perfect Glory of
the Gospel Dispensation

The Spirit willing, the Flesh Weak
The Coming Revival
The Three Crowns
The Power of Grace
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And Christian Record.

A New Year's Address,


FELLOW-MORTALS, AND CHRIstian Men,In commencing the fourteenth volume of this work, there is a large variety of subjects which present themselves as candidates for our contemplation and discussion; but as our limits are scant, and the demands upon our columns overwhelming, we are compelled to hold in the reins of our thoughts, and simply address ourselves, in a few practical words, to five distinct classes of persons.

First, To our Readers.

Christianity, but who might be induced to read such notable stories as we this month give of the martyrdom of the Christian woman of Chipping Sudbury; and, thereby, under God's blessing, might be led to consider of their ways, be pricked in their hearts, and to cry out, "What must I do to be saved ?" And to meet such an inquiry, we are deeply concerned at all times, that the Holy Spirit should enable us, ministerially and editorially, to "go through the gates,"that is, to open up the way of salvation as

Secondly, To our Correspondents.

Thirdly, To our Fellow-labourers in the purposed in the covenant of grace; as fully Ministry.

accomplished by the dear Redeemer; as declared in the gospel, and as revealed in the hearts of the whole election of grace by the Eternal Spirit himself;-to gather out the stones, and to lift up a standard to the people, that so we might, as Paul says "by all means save some.'

1. To our Readers. We confess we are sensible of the imperfections of our work, and therefore, that so many of you, perhaps more than ten thousand monthly,-should have continued to look upon us, and still Are any of our readers of this class now hold up our hands, is a marvel; especially saying, "Oh, but my sins, my sins are greater when we know that not a few of the than can be forgiven! The difficulties of my pastors of our churches use all their in- salvation too great to be overcome?" We fluence to denounce us;-when we reflect would say to such, as John Flavel once said,— upon the immense number of other publi-"There is merit enough in his blood, and cations constantly issuing, and when we con- mercy enough in his bowels, to justify and sider the huge difficulties under which we have save such as thou art." And if there is in laboured, we are anxious most unreservedly one corner of thy poor penitent heart the to thank you for the patronage you have be- smallest grain of grace that can be, if there stowed upon us; and as we have testimonies, be in thy poor weeping eye the most imperfect not a few, that THE EARTHEN VESSEL has looking unto Jesus for a full and a free salvabeen an instrument of good to many souls, we tion, although thy sins burden thee, and Satan earnestly crave your continued and persever- hinders thee, yet certain it is, ing support, beseeching you, not only to read it yourselves, but that you circulate it in your neighbourhoods, among your friends, and that you send it to other shores, and other climes, where multitudes of our countrymen are now migrating, and are truly pleased when tidings from British Zion come to their hands.

Fourthly, To our Benefactors.
Lastly, To Ourselves.

There are, at least, six different kinds of readers for whose soul-profit we would labor.

(1). Such as are yet strangers to Christ, and have no saving knowledge of his dear name. When we commenced this EARTHEN VESSEL, one desire we had, was, to publish the essential truths of the gospel in such interesting and attracting forms, and by such soul-stirring facts, as might catch hold of the minds of many who would not read dry arguments, or naked essays on the doctrines and duties of VOL. XIV.-155.

The time of love will come,

When thou shalt clearly see Not only that he shed his blood, But you shall say, FOR ME. Self-deceiving souls, is another class of readers we would labour to be useful to. This is an extraordinary day for making the gospel amusing, pleasant and suited to the natural desires of the natural mind. We have the gospel and tea-gardens, religion and bazaars, preaching and public excitement, all so associated together, that the old-fashioned way of taking up the cross and following the Saviour is almost unknown; and the pathway of tribulation is despised; and those who contend for that salvation which begins in broken hearts, and is evidenced by a suffering for Christ, are looked upon as enemies to the


common weal; they are denounced as bigote, a guilded napkin, and then turned them off and scorned, shunned, and shut out of the into hell. Ministers, Deacons, and gospel pale of the fashionable Christian circle, as the professors all!— Many of you have slandered feper was in olden times. The number is not us because we have been over willing in trying small in these days, "who easily take up a to do good-and we have been too often in satisfaction of their interest in Christ;" and error, we will confess-but unto many of you, immediately, many of them become zealous we dare to say-(for we know some of you teachers, lecturers, preachers, or missionaries, better than you think we do-we say), beware, while there is much cause to fear they knowlest, at last, it be said to you-"Remember, neither the terrors of the law nor the sove- thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things," reign remedies of the gospel. "Remember, &c., &c. Oh, covetous professors, beware. friend (says a Devonshire deep taught scribe), There are also loose and careless hearers of remember, whatever plausible encomiums men the gospel. The Lord help us, to contend for a may pat thy dark head with, however much holy faith, and for fruits becoming the real thou mayest flatter thine own soul that disciples of Christ! heaven is thine, remember, thy final sentence is not yet come from the mouth of thy Judge; and what, if after all thy self-flattering hopes, and groundless confidences, a sentence should come from him quite contrary to that of thine own heart, and to that of thine own favourite minister, WHERE ART THOU THEN? What an awfully confounded sinner thou then wilt be! Christless, speechless, and helpless, all at once!" Oh, be not deceived! if thou art building for eternity, be sure that our poet's words must be the vitalizing expression of thy very soul,

There are some who have been great sinners but they have obtained mercy; we would labour to stir them up to give full proof of the verity of that word, where much is forgiven, that much forgiveness produces an abundance of love to the Great Forgiver. There is one more class of readers, they are those who live on Christ-with Christ-and for Christ. Oh, happy men! to cheer you, and comfort you, shall be our constant aim, by all the mind and material our Lord shall give.

On Christ, the SOLID ROCK, I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand.

In olden time, God appointed three leaders, to lead his ancient people safely-Moses, the law-giver, led them out of Egypt through the sea to Sinai; Aaron, the priest, led them to the bleeding sacrifice, and to the tabernacle, to seek for the blessings of pardon and peace; David, the king, led them to victory, to the ark of the covenant, and to the kingdom. The law must be our schoolmaster until Christ


To be of sin the double cure,

To cleanse you from its guilt and power.

Secondly, In addressing our Correspondents, we are confounded. Their liberality has so far exceeded our limits, that our arrears are dreadful to look upon. Many are offended, and consider we deserve to be driven from our editorial chair; we are often of the same mind; but as there is a difficulty in finding another Issachar (please to read Genesis xlix. 14.) we must continue to do the best we can, so long as the Providence of God, and the patience of the people, permit us here to toil. We have a number of valuable papers which we hope to give shortly-and communications experimentally, and historically, illustrative of the Grace of God in Zion, will at all times receive our most careful attention.

Thirdly, To our Benefactors-those kind friends who have responded to the proposition Then-and only then, can he say to you of the committee for the redemption of this "Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the publication, we are specially grateful. Somekingdom prepared for you from the foundation thing like £80 has been subscribed towards the of the world." We are exceedingly jealous: £250-the price at which THE EARTHEN because we fear soul-deceiving work is now VESSEL was transferred again to us. The rampant and to unmask the mere letter-sums contributed have been, for the most part, preacher to undeceive the priest-ridden, small; but the testimonies of usefulness forshould be our aim, and the great aim of all warded with those sums, have encouraged our who are ambassadors indeed for Jesus Christ hope that our labour is not in vain. There Covetous worldly-minded professors are an- are few, if any who know the painful position other class of readers we would labour to reach. we occupy, in pecuniary matters. Our prinWe boast not. No.-God forbid. But we cipal desire for time, is, to live and labour, may say, we have spent the greater part of until it shall be seen that our faith in the proour life-and many hundreds of our own- mises which lay at the end of the ninety-first and of other people's stores-in endeavouring Psalm, has not been of a false and fatal to publish THE PURR GOSPEL OF CHRIST. character. We have been dashed hither and thither, while sailing in the gospel ship, and all that has been | given us, we have as freely given again. But, Oh, what wretched clenching of fists; what covetous souls; what defrauders of Zion, have we known and seen! To them we would say Beware! lest the dust of the earth so get into thine eyes that thou never see the beauty or the necessity of Christ. There have been thousands, who have had their pews, their places, and their pompous persons in the visible church, over whose eyes Satan has drawn

Fourthly, To our Brethren, the Pastors and Ministers of the word, we are disposed to write at some length, but space cannot be allowed: this privilege is deferred; although The Present Character and Condition of the Gospel Ministry is a subject which an able and an impartial mind might discuss to great advantage.

A few words must suffice. And first of all, we would express our most hearty thanks unto all who have in any measure co-operated with us in labouring to disseminate the truth as it is

Jan. 1, 1858.]

all sailing in one ship-and on our banner is inscribed,


in Jesus and even to those good and gra-
cious men who do not recognise us, we can
most heartily say-as the sainted John did to
his well beloved Gaius-" beloved, we wish
above all things that thou mayest prosper,
and be in health." The times which have
been passing over our churches in London,
have been severely trying. An extraordinary We are all looking toward one port―
and an unusual excitement like a whirl-wind,
has been driving through us: nearly every
church in the metropolis has been sifted and We are all anxious to enter into one city—
shaken: some few ministers have been
shaken too. The excitement has been

The desired haven.

The city of the living God.

Sovereign grace o'er sin abounding!

We are all sailing under one Captain

JEHOVAH JIREH Immanuel God with us!

The narrow stream of death.

Dust thou art-and unto dust thou must return.


enough to scatter our churches to the winds; We must all pass over one Jordanbut it has not done so: with one or two exceptions, every minister of truth has stood his ground-and the greater portion of the We shall all descend to one level— living in Jerusalem have stood fast by their ministers; and although we are far from a very prosperous state of things, still, upon the We all hope to appear in the likeness of His whole, there is a great cause for thankfulness, and we trust that the sanctifying and the sav. ing TRUTH of the New Covenant will be seen to be more triumphant than ever, after these We all pray to be received with one welcomeexciting influences have found their level; and we by no means wish to insinuate that the excitement has been productive of evil; it has stirred all the churches to their very centre; and we hope the best results will follow. Albeit we must speak again.

The dead in Christ shall rise first.

Come ye blessed of my Father.

Ministerial brethren, let us be heard for one moment. There is gathering around us a large amount of the profession of truth without the power of it. There are many who are running, and many more are seeking hard to run, who have a clear sounding bell, but we fear it is not the golden bell; neither is there the pomegranate with it; the consequences are divisions, dissatisfactions, and weaknesses. We want living, soul-feeding, edifying, ministers. The churches, from one Hankses-meditative Hazletons- sterling end of the land to the other, are crying out Flacks-angry Gunners-out-spoken Greens for ministers who have weight and sterling-timid and trembling Whitteridges-loudworth about them; but they are rarely to be trumpet Haslops - courteous and kindly found. Brethren, we want that "double Wyards-sharp and shrill little Meeresesportion" of the Spirit's unction, which shall en- patient and particular Moyles-hot-hearted able us to open up two deep places-the word Parkers - Lutheran Stringers - attracting of God-and the sinner's heart. It is not talk-Vaughans-high and holy-minded Luckinsing about the word, nor talking to the people, teaching Ponsfords-literary Wilkinsesthat effects the vital change: we must carry-all-before-ye Corbitts-soft and savoury through God enter into the word and through Wigmores-learned Brunts :--Yea, whatever it into the souls of the people; then, and not may be our natural cast, or our Gospel positill then, will our Churches revive. We have tion, let us, one and all, "Cease to do evil, and some men of this character; and their min- learn to do good." Let us study to shew ouristry is a great and a growing blessing. The selves approved unto God, workmen that need Lord long spare them, we pray. Brethren- not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word pray for us and aid us, in contending for all of truth; and if we cannot love one another that is vital-for every branch of Truth which as, perhaps, we should aim to do, let us strive comes from heaven-and for that ministry to provoke one another unto love, and to good which commends itself to the consciences of works, and that with the great apostle we may men-driving out Satan with all his base de- say, "And his grace which was bestowed upon lusions. As instruments in the hands of the me was not in vain, but I laboured more abunAlmighty, it lays with you, brethren in the dantly than they all; yet not I, but the grace ministry, to give us an immense amount of of God which was with me." Whatever others help in the year now commencing. You can may do, we say, Good Lord! let this be the send us communications of a valuable character one great aim of THE EARTHEN VESSEL. drawn from your own studies, from your own experiences, and from your own observations: and you can speak for us, if the Lord shall so stir up your pure minds, as to constrain you to remember THE EARTHEN VESSEL. It we are ministers of Christ's own making, we are

Lastly, A word to Ourselves. We have looked into the glass of the Holy Word to see if there was any confirmatory resemblance. In the distance, we saw something like it in the builders of the second temple; but our views thereof; and our views as 'regards this


And then we shall all unite in one song

Worthy the Lamb, that died, we'll cry,
For he was slain for us.

Now, then, brethren-whether we be noble Foremen - deep Wells-men- pre-existerian Murrel-men-high minded Milners-logical Palmers-pithy and pleasing Bloomfields— determined Joneses sturdy Williamsons Baptist-despising Abrahamses-witty Bowleses steady Attwoods-wing clipped Birds—afflicted Nunns-fine-threaded Chiverses-profound Cozenses-argumentative Boxers-fruitful Butterfields-lively Davises-affectionate

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LAST month we recorded the terrible calamity of the loss of a vessel, called "The Dunbar," whereby 139 passengers sank to rise no more in this time-state, and among them the eldest daughter of the venerable Mr. Dowling, her husband, their six dear children, and servant. From the following deeply interesting letters, much comfortable information is derived as regards the family here referred to. Indeed, it is to us very plain that Mr. Dowling's daughter was deeply convinced of the nearness of her departure, although she never, it may be, thought that it would be in such a way. This is proved by the verses she sent to her brother, and which are given below. (To the Editor of THE EARTHEN VESSEL.)

DEAR MR. EDITOR.-ENCLOSED are copies, and extracts, of letters received from (Launceston) Henry Dowling, Sen., and Henry Dow ling, Jun.; they will be read with much interest and sympathy by many friends who know Henry Dowling, Sen., and his family; it is wonderful with what resignation the grace of God enabled the dear old man to bear such dreadful tidings.

Henry Dowling, Jun., was in his official capacity, as Mayor of Launceston, engaged relieving emigrants on the Sunday afternoon, and had just sat down from prayer and praise to God for their safe arrival, when a letter was put into his hand from Sydney, containing the dreadful intelligence of the wreck of the "Dunbar," and loss of 139 passengers and crew, out of 140 (only one man, Johnson, remained alive); among those were eight of his own family; a sister, her husband, and six dear children, within sight of the harbour.

You have doubtless seen all the particulars, in the papers, therefore I need say no more. I leave it in your hands, and remain, yours in Christian bonds, THOS. STIDSTONE, 7, St. George's Place, Brixton, Dec 12, 1857. Mr. Kilner Waller, the devoted husband of

pastor Dowling's daughter, was baptized by

the late David Denham, some years since, in Unicorn Yard Chapel. He was considered a sound hearted Christian man, and some prophesied that he would live to occupy Mr. Dowling's pulpit whenever it should please the Lord to call him home. But alas! how vain are all our thoughts, many times. We rejoice to know this catastrophe was but a chariot to take him and his beloved wife home to glory. Oh! what a sudden transition! Ah! who can tell what that is, to be "Absent from the body, and present WITH THE LORD?

We give, first, the following communication from the Junior Mr. Dowling, the Mayor of Launceston. It is headed—


On the night of Thursday, the 20th ult., through the melancholy wreck of the ship Dunbar, near the entrance of Sydney harbour, after a previously prosperous voyage from London-Mr. Kilner Waller, aged 41 years, son of the late Captain Edward liers, and brother of Mr. J. G. Waller, of WynardWaller, of H.M. 87th Regiment Royal Irish Fusisquare, Sydney; also Hannah Maria, his wife, and daughter of the Rev. Henry Dowling, of Launceston, Tasmania; also their six children, Mary Dowling, aged 13 years; Edward Kilner, aged 9 years: Kate Elizabeth, aged 8 years; Maria Theresa, aged 6 years; Arthur Henry, aged 4 years and three months; John Leonard, aged 3 years; and the servant accompanying them, were Extract from a letter from M. G. Waller, Sydney:

all lost.

"I discovered my darling Maria thrown up in one of the bays of the harbour, about three miles clad in ber night dress, and having all the apfrom the scene of the disaster. She was decently

pearance of a placid death, and a cheerful and confiding submission to the will of a wise and never erring God. Poor Polly (her daughter) lying close

beside her."

MANY friends of my late sister and her beloved husband, will feel an interest in this melancholy recital. On a very recent occasion, writing to a christian friend here, she expressed an apprehension that she should not live to reach her adopted country; and gave utterance to some desires in event of her husband and children being deprived of her maternal care. In this letter she enclosed a paper, with her initials attached, which, to her family, possesses much interest, for in her letter she expressed her appropriation of the verses to her own experience and desires.

The one subject-"Nearer to Thee"seems peculiarly and almost sublimely adapted to associate with her recent departure and present employment. The other subject is a fitting exhortation, as from her sainted lip to her sorrowing relatives and friends, that they bow submissively to her Heavenly Father's will. HENRY DOWLING. Launceston, 8th Sept. 1857. lines she enclosed: The following two beautiful pieces are the

"NEARER TO THEE." NEARER, my God, to Thee,Nearer to Thee! E'en though it be a cross That raiseth me; Still all my song shall be, Nearer, my God, to Thee,

Nearer to Thee!

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