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REVIVAL MEETINGS IN ENGLAND;
BAPTIZINGS IN AMERICA;
We wish specially to inform our But I feel there are a few things we must readers that an Appendix to the May make up our minds to, if we wish to be sucnumber of the EARTHEN VESSEL has cessful. been issued for one penny; and all our
First, we must thoroughly make up our readers who feel an interest in efforts minds to abide steadfastly by the great and made for the gathering of the yet un cannot believe God will own or bless any.
glorious truths of the everlasting gospel. I called elect of God are earnestly entreat thing else but his own truth. And if we ed not only to obtain the Appendix once come to anything like dependance on itself; but to circulate it among their our own doings, I believe the Lord will neighbours. We have entertained the leave us to see what we can do, or rather strongest hopes, that the perusal of the what we cannot do, in our own strength. It facts contained in that Appendix, may must be the “Sword of the Lord” in the be rendered a great blessing to thou- hand of faith. Second we must make up our sands in these lands.
minds to a steady uuflinching perseverance, In that Appendix we have given a make up our own minds to bear sneering at
“through evil and good report." We must careful digest, of all the most interesting not only by the world and mere professors, circumstances arising out of that great but by our members, our deacons, and eren Religious Movement which has been by some of our brethren in the ministry, gathering tens of thousands to hear But what of all this, if God be with us, prayer and preaching in America, who be- which I really do think he is : But we fore, were Galio like—"Caring for none must, thirdly, make up our minds to practice of these things.” We are not carried a little self-denial in the work. I should away with this excitement, We expect, like to see every minister of truth in Lonin a short time, it will considerably don with us in this movement. I should abate; but, that the hand of God is in it like the meetings to go through every one for the accomplishment of great and of our chapels, till, we came to the Surrey solemn ends, we feel quite certain; there- Tabernacle, and then from thence to the
Leviathan Hall. fore, let them sneer that dare; we dare
I was very pleased indeed with our brother not to think lightly of it.. We adore the Wyard's address and should have liked every goodness of our Lord, in that he has minister in the metropolis to have heard it. been pleased so to overrule the late com- Also with our Welsh brother Williams. mercial crisis of the United States, as to Likewise with our philosophical brother make it a precursor to the humbling Boxer. I still feel my own need of the and deep self-abasement, of thousands in Spirit's outpouring. I want to feel an abid. that immense world of wild, forward, and ing sense of our lamentable state ; and an proud speculators.
incessant spirit of wrestling prayer:
I We believe America is being prepared 7. Your's very faithfully in the Lord.
want to realize the fulfillment of Isa. lxii. 6, for a hearty and wide reception of the truth as it is in Jesus. In the “ Appendix” referred to, we in Unicorn Yard Chapel, Tooley Street,
This letter refers to the meeting held have briefly noticed " THE FIRST MEET
IN LONDON ON Revi. on Tuesday, May 4th. We have omitVALS :” and we give the following ex
ted the writer's name, because it was not tract from a letter since received from a designed for publication ; but we ministeriug brother, expressive of his anxious to shew the Lord is in some feelings on this subject. He says:
measure moving our hearts in a direc
tion which we trust will lead to & more May 5th, 1858, My Dear BROTHER successful proclamation of the Gospel of Banks. I cannot tell you how much I felt Jesus Christ. cheered at the meeting last night: it is indeed what I have been longing and praying
Since the meeting in Unicorn Yard Chapel, for, for years; and I could not help feeling
a conference and special prayer meeting has we were catching a few drops of the bucket "been holden in brother Flack's, in Wilton which were as an earnest of a more copious Square, New North Road; and arrangements outpouring.
made for special meetings in all those places
where brethren are willing to unite. This little the Methodists. Their ministers, in order to movement will be another test to prove the keep them in their communion, are obliged to sincerity of many man's zeal; but of these immerse them. Nothing else will satisfy the things we will not speak now : the desire to people. You have no idea tho hold Baptist be helpful (under God) of arousing the sleepy views have upon the community here. Seaportions of our churches is deep and abiding sons of fasting and prayer are being held in with us; and whenever the Lord opens the all directions. door for the purpose, we shall not fear to enter JEWETT CITY, R.I.-The Lord has visit. in.
ed Jewett City in mercy, and great has been The latest communication we have from the his power. Between sixty and seventy have United States, furnish information that “the been converted, and a goodly number have great work of God is extending, deepening, been reclaimed. The work has moved on and becoming more and more powerful ;” and with a solemnity and stillness never before facts of cases are furnished which we hope witnessed in this place. Old and young have and most earnestly pray may prove to be the been called upoon to seek the Lord. Thirtyharbinger of a glorious fulfilment of some of four have united with the Baptist church, to those rich clusters of promises in the pro- be followed by others. There has been but phetic field of truth, which have not, as yet little preaching; but prayer-strong crying been gathered into the bosom of the living to God. Church of Christ. There are two things we One of the pastors of Hartford, Connecticut, wish to avoid-the first is, we desire, in this says that within the last four or five weeks matter to have no countenance from men more than 1,000 persons have called on him who have not faith enough to see God's hand to converse on the subject of religion! This in it. Secondly, we would not discourage the reminds one of Whittield's week in London, weakest effort, if it come from faith and love. when he received a thousand letters from perWe could write sheets full, but we have only sons anxious about their souls. room for the following sentences catched It has been stated, in one of the prayerhastily from the mass of correspondence daily meetings in this city, that a club of profane coming to hand. It is painful to us to with infidels in Andover, Massachusetts, were rehold many most precious narrations of good cently discussing the subject of baptism, and being done, but here are samples.
using the Bible to ascertain what it said The Presbeyterian of the West, published about the matter. The result of their study at Cincinatti, of the 8th inst., gives the fol- to know what it taught on baptism, led six or lowing:
seven of them to Christ, and now they are re
joicing in the Saviour. “ At the Business Men's prayer-meeting, on Monday morning, in the First Presbyterian Church, MOUNT ZION CHAPEL, HILL STREET, Hon. Bellamy Storer, at the close of some excellent remarks, made in substance the following state
DORSET SQUARE, ment, which was listened to with thrilling interest. He said, on last Thursday morning, at ten o'clock,
TIe annual meeting of the Benevolent a gentleman rapped at the door of Rev. Dr. Fisher's Society in connexion with this cause was held study, at the Second Presbyterian Church. Being on Tuesday, May 18th. At 5 o'clock a goodly invited in, he inquired for the sexton, saying, i number sat down to tea, and about half-past am the editor of an infidel paper in the city of 6, the meeting commenced, the chair being New York; and travelling on the cars last night, taken by the esteemed pastor, Mr. John Foremy ears, Repent! repent I and it has been sounding man. The report gave great satisfaction, showin my ears ever since ; and passing by this house, ing the expences of working the Society to I saw in front of it a card stating that there is a have been very small; and the benefits conprayer-meeting in this house every noon. I wish ferred upon the poor members, to have been to send a request to that prayer-meeting for their
very great. Much regret was expressed on prayers in my behall.' Dr. Fisher conversed with
nt of the dangerous illness of the reshim for some time, and found him under the most deep and pungent conviction ; and they knelt down pected secretary, and much gratitude to God together, and united in solemn and earnest prayer. for his goodness, in enabling their beloved After which, at the doctor's request, he prayed for pastor to complete his 31st year of labour himself, and arose from his knees, rejoicing, in amongst them, without the least deviation from hope. Then he said, 'I once had a praying wife, the great truths with which his ministry was but by my infidel influence, she was induced to ebange her religious sentiments. I now ask for brother Green closed the meeting with prayer,
commenced. Brother Keyworth opened, and the prayers of that meeting for her,"
The claims of the society were ably advocated The American Baptist says : the aggregate by brethren Flack, of Wilton Square; Jones, of conversions reported in connection with of Jireh meeting; B. Davies, of Greenwich ; Baptist churches alone, during the month of and Hazleton, of Chadwell Street. March, is over 17,000. We hope many are The meeting was of a most pleasing characreal conversions to Gospel truth.
ter, and the prospects of this admirable society I must say that the present Revival is es. are most encouraging. It was stated during sentially different from all others that I have the meeting that when Mr. Foreman first witnessed. In them, a large amount of human came to the cause they found difficulty in machinery was manifest; in these, human raising £80 a year, but the Lord had so blessed agency seems to be entirely ignored, and the them, that now their charities alone produced Spirit of God alone is the moving power. above £200 per annum. Ye little struggling
Thousands are immersed who unite with causes and pastors, take encouragement from other churches. This is so particularly with this, and trust in the Lord.
PROVIDENCE CHAPEL, BRIDGE and waiting upon the Lord, under a sense of
guilt, for an assurance of her interest in him, STREET, GREENWICH.
on the 16th anniversary of her birth day, the DEAR BROTHER-Our Anniversary has calls is the best birth-day presents
Lord gave her that she sought for, which she
and repassed off exceedingly well. The congrega- relates it in the following words : tions were remarkably good, and the collec
" It was Sabbath day; I awoke early, rememtions were much more than we expected to bering it was my birth-day : my thoughts have, falling a little short of twenty pounds. ascended to God' in prayer, that he would Our former Pastor, Mr Wilkins, leaving us make it a day never to be forgotton in my at the end of 57, shook the cause considerably, soul's experience for good ; and would that but under the ministry of our young brother day enable me to believe in him as my Saviour Davies, we are again revived, and things look and my Redeemer. I was still confined to my much more cheering and encouraging. It has bed; and after breakfast, I read a portion of seldom fallen to my lot to hear three sermons God's word with much pleasure : my heart with so much pleasure and profit as I did on was warmly seeking for an assurance of God's the day of our anniversary: Our brother love and my interest in him, so that I said, Davies seemed quite at home in his work, al.“ O Lord, this is my birth day; the anniverthough evidently laboring under a very se, sary of the day, on which
thou didst please to severe cold. In the morning he preached bring me into this world. O grant it may be the from Eph v. 25, “Christ also loved the Church day on which thou wilt bring me into thy fam. and gave himself for it.” And in the evening ily, and make me a child of God, an heir of from James i, 25. “ But whoso looketh into heaven. O bless me to day! and give me a the perfect law of liberty, and continueth birth-day present! Thou dost know that notherein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but thing but thyself will satisfy my soul. O a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed grant me some assurance of thy love ! shew in his deed." Our good brother John Fore- me some token for good! Let me feel that thy man in the afternoon, gave us a good, power- banner over me is love; and hear thy voice." ful and savoury discourse from Psalm
I had scarcely finished speaking, when these iv. 8, “ I will both lay me down in peace, and words came with such power to my mind, in. sleep, for thou Lord only makest me dwell in deed it seemed as if I heard a voice saying, “I safety.” The blessing realized on the Lord's- have loved thee ; and given myself for thee !"' day made us hope for a continuance on the O Lord, I exclaimed, let me not be deceived. day following, and we were not disappointed. If they are indeed thy words let me hear the Our brother Wells, of the Surrey Tabernacle voice again. I paused and as distinctly as begladdened our hearts by shewing us the ex. fore, but with more power, the words came, cellency and glory of Jehovah's temple. So I have loved thee, and given myself for thee." that according to his text, (Jonah ii, 4) many My heart was melted ; and I said, Lord, I bewere constrained to say, I also will look again lieve ; help thou my unbelief." Then my to the holy temple.
mind was led sweetly to contemplate the words At five o'clock our spacious school room was and the more I thought about them, the quite filled with our friends who were looking sweeter they seemed. 0, to think, that the after a cup of their favourite souchong, which King of kings, and Lord of lords, should say, by the kindness of our ladies had been pre- to a poor sinner like
me, “I have loved thee !". pared much to the satisfaction of all present. O what love! how great ! how vast! and not Boon after six the public meeting commenced, only that, but “ have given myself for thee." our brother Butterfield gave out a hymn, and On reflection, I shed tears of gratitude; and brother Attwood engaged in prayer. Lively longed to know more of the love of God, and encouraging addresses were delivered by which passeth knowledge. It is quite true, our brethren Wells, C.W.Banks, Wyard, Flack that love begets love : and we love him beand Boxer, brethren Fenlon and Whitter- cause he first loved us, for no sooner did I idge also taking part in the meeting. The feel assured that Jesus loved me, than I speakers gave us some most excellent counsel, thought I could not love him too much : and with respect to the means which should be no sacrifice would be too great to prove my employed in reviving the cause of God. Their gratitude to him. I said, “O
Lord, if thou hast advice we have, and still hope to carry out; loved me, and given thyself; enable me to and believing that Jehovah will bless us we
use all my powers to thy glory. May this be desire to thank God, and take courage. I am, my motto in all I do : dear brother, your’s affectionately.
“ TO THE GLORY OF GOD." Union Wharf, East Greenwich.
O, WHAT shall I render? ob, what shall I bring?
With praises to God, who deserves all my love, THE BIRTH-DAY PRESENT. While I dwell on this earth, till I meet him above.
'Tis there ; oh, 'tis there, that I hope to resound DEAR BROTHER BANKS—It hath pleased My loud note of praise to the grace I have found our Heavenly Father to bereave me, and my Myself, and my crown I'll cast down at his feet. dear partner of our daughter, aged 17 years. I send you an extract from her manuscript, Thus was my heart_filled with joy and which she wrote the last week she was able to peace in believing, and I went on my way reuse her pon. After much exercise in seeking Ijoicing. The language of my heart was,
“I have found the pearl of greatest price
My heart doth sing for joy,
Oh ! what a Christ have 1."
“ SORROWFUL, YET ALWAYS REJOICING.” experience the best birth-day present is an
A cup of sorrow mix'd with joy, interest in God's love.
My gracious Lord has given; This assurance she was enabled to bold fast 0 let not sin my soul destroy, unto the end of her short race, at which she
Or hinder me from heaven. arrived on Lord's-day morning, May the 9th, Sorrows and joys while here below 1858, at about two o'clock. Some of her last Become a poor believer; words were “It is well; I am happy; I am
In wisdom God designed it so not afraid to trust him," &c., &c.
And mixed the two together. We committed her poor body to the silent
Thongh sorrowful, I still rejoice, tomb yesterday in our burying ground at
'Mid scenes of tribulation,
When I can hear that still small voice, Penn, in the presence of a multitude of followers and witnesses.
Say “I am thy salvation." Brother Cawes officiated. May the Lord
Though pains and evils never cease,
Which makes my way uneven, sanctify and overrule this solemn visitation
Yet nothing shall I lose by this for our good ; and the good of many others. If I get safe to heaven. She has left several manuscripts of short
Though waxing, waning, like the moon, meditations on passages of Script ure. I will In Christ my hope's unshaken ; send you a sample for CHEERING WORDS. I do expect deliverance soon, Wycombe Marsh, May 17th. J. P. MILLER. And can I be mistaken ?
What sorrows had those saints of God
Of whom we read in Scripture;
Well represent my picture.
If, therefore, thou wilt keep me low, [The following query was placed in our
O, thou most wise Jehovah ; hands, while preaching in Cuddington, near
The reason thou wilt let me know,
Wben all my pains are over. Aylesbury : -We promised esteemed
ELIZABETH. brother that we would lay the matter before
Tilbury, April 8th, 1858. the Lord, and, give such replies to his queries as may appear to us to be in accordance with
“Him with whom we have to do.” Should any brother have clearer light into the passage than we may OF THE LATE MR. THOMAS BIDDLE, be favoured with, we shall be glad to receive his communication.-ED.]
Pastor of the Baptist Chapel, Brock ham. TO THE EDITOR,
[Before this useful servant of Christ finished his “Dear BROTHER-I believe you wish to course, he requested a friend to furnish us with be useful to God's tried people. If you will
some portions of his writing. We hope, occas
ionally, to insert them, as they breathed the give us your thoughts on the following
feelings of a true believer's heart-ED.) passage, I do hope it may, under God, be very useful to many :-Rom. vi. 14. I know
THE PASTOR'S CHIEF DESIRE. one poor soul that has been tried for years
All I want, and all I wish for, about that passage; please to give us your
Is to serve the God of truth;
I read and spread his glorious gospel, thoughts on it next month, if possible. May
Love to see its precious fruit. God the Spirit be your teacher. There are
Feed his purchased flock of slaughter, two things God's tried ones want to know :
Lead and guide them in the way ; One is-does sin have dominion over the open Cheer the hearts of tried believers, backslider? It is plain he lives in known sin, Comfort those who weep and pray. but even then, does sin have dominion in
In the dust of self abasement the way the Apostle means ? The other thing
Lay the rebel sinner low; is — we want to know if there is not a And to him thus filled with anguish, difference between a partial and absolute All the love of Jesus show. dominion?"
W. MEEKINS, Great things here, O Lord, I seek not,
But to serve thy Church and Thee;
Thy dear Saints on earth to comfort; [The words of Paul above referred to, are
Those in bondage to set free. these,_" For sin shall not have dominion This I wish, and this I pray for, over you; for ye are not under the law ; but Grant me Lord this one request; under grace." Since the above queries were
To thy wisdom, grace and mercy, laid before us, our minds have been much ex
Lord, I would leave all the rest.
THOMAS BIDDLE. ercised upon them; and on two occasions we were favoured with special unction and liber- [A large stock of Poetry on Chistian experty. An article or two shall immediately be ience is waiting for room ; but three things given, if we are spared--if not, we hope there are desirable. First, we want “ Poetry,' are many well-taught brethren who will be not mere rhymery. Second, we want Poetry able most clearly both to open and to illustrate of a Biblical Expository Character. Thirdly, this notable text.-Ed.]
we want short, pithy, savoury pieces.-ED.)
efforts are being made to convinco our deeply fallen fellow-creatures of the degradation into
which they are plunged. We shall most “Sermons and Special Lectures, fic. By Rev. heartily rejoice to know that Mr. Maguire is
Robert Maguire, M.A., Incumbent of honoured of God to lead many into a vital Clerkenwell. London : Partridge and Co., acquaintance with the saving powers of soverand B. Seely, Islington Green.
eign grace. To all benevolent Christian phil. Mr. Maguire is, in some respects, a Nehe- anthropists, the pamphlet will be useful and miah of modern times. We cannot say, that might greatly aid them in their walks among like that good old biblical reformer-the those who are out of the way. son of Hachaliah, and the companion of “ Conversations on Scripture.” Nos. 1, & 2. Hanani-that the zealous incumbent of
Mr. Billing, Livery-street, Clerkenwell has “sat down,
Birmingham. and mourned certain days, and fasted, In short, plain, and instructive dialogues, and prayed before the God of heaven," on these papers carry forth much Bible-truth: account of the afflictions of Jerusalem, and, We are anxious to see more of them. more than all, on account of his own once faroff condition as a sinner in the sight of a Holy
“ The Saint's Death: a Sermon by T. W. Med. God: we cannot say for certain that he has
hurst, Baptist Chapel, Kingston-onwrestled hard in prayer, as Nehemiah did,
Thames. Occasioned by the death of Mrs. pleading by faith in the covenant-keeping
Sarah Ruff, aged 73." Robert Banks & Co. character of Jehovah : we cannot answer for
There are sufficient evidences in this ser. the deep experimental knowledge of Mr. Ma. mon to prove two things: first, that Mrs. Ruff guire, as regards his being enabled, with was an exercised, but genuine Christian woJohn, to say,
“and truly our fellowship is man. Secondly, Mr. Medhurst, in preaching, with the Father, and with the Son Jesus is an advocate for that gospel which embodies Christ :" but we can refer to those increasing the great doctrines of grace, the essential opefforts of Mr. Maguire which prove his zeal, erations of the Spirit, and the fruits of grace his ability, and his success, as a great Moral in the character and conversation of those who Reformer, and Noble Benefactor, in that im- profess to love the Saviour's name. Mr. mense district to which his labors are now Medhurst is a young man of considerable zeal; principally directed. Clerkenwellgreatly needs and from those who have received good å laborious man like this bold, out-spoken through his ministry, we have heard, he is gentlemanly, and devoted priest of Irish ori- growing in the right direction. We hope gin, but now of England's Protestant Na. the Lord will keep and prosper him. tional Church ; and in all his labours for the "Salvation by Grace : a Funeral Sermon suppression of evil and the enlargement of right preached in Wiverhoe Chapel, near Colchesand wholesome principles, we heartily wish ter, upon the Death of Mr. Thomas Sandhim abundant victory, and increasing prosper- ford. 'By J. Collins, Baptist Minister, Col. ity. He has succeeded in crowding a recently chester. empty church ; and in many ways, he is in- Here are sixteen pages of wholesome gospel strumentally conferring blessings upon those matter. One of the best funeral sermons we committed to his care. Beyond all question, ever saw. It might be placed in the hands of there are some men designed for external young seekers for truth, to great advantage. work; there are others for internal work. In Letters of Counsel_to Young Servants." the erection of new carthly temples, there is a London : Cash, 6, Bishopsgate; Birmingstriking difference between those powerful ham : T. Ragg. men who go, first, and cut down the trees, grub A cheap and useful four-penny book, which up the roots, break up the ground, dig down mothers and mistresses may present to those for the foundation; and those who come when under their care with some hope the house is finished, and furnished with every good.
effecting domestic and requisite homely comfort. Even so, between those giant-like men who
“ Eternal Union; or Grace Relationship beforth
go among the rude masses, and reprove them for tween the Righteous and their Righteous their unighteous ways; and lay down the law
Head," &c. By Arthur Wilcockson. Secbefore them; and such soul-comforting inside
ond Edition. London : H. Wilcockson, men, as Mr. Maguire's neighbours, the bre- 13, Roll's Buildings; to be bad of the thren Abrahams, Hazleton, and others; there
Author, 2, Nuckell's Place, Broadstairs. is a vast difference. Still, as the one is as need.
The Author of this poem is a promising ful as the other, it is not for us to say, they young minister, and is favoured with ex. are not equally the Ambassadors of Christ. cellent gifts, deeply sanctified by grace and This six-penný pamphlet under the title of heavenly teaching. As a writer, we hope “ Sermon, and Four Special Lectures,” con he will meet with encouragement. tains, first, an intelligent and telling discourse “ The Three Curacies under the Pillar of on the character and observance of the Lord's- Providence." By a Chaplain. London: day; and four Lectures on “Sunday Buyers, Partridge and Co. 124, pp. One-shilling. Sunday Sellers, Early Payment of Wages, and To us, this narrative is one of surpassing Early Closing." Those of our readers who interest : furnishes a beautiful outline of the have, with us, mourned over the awful flood struggles and successes, the disappointment. of iniquities which run down our streets on ments and deliverances of a life labouring the Lord's-days, can but be thankful that any under heavy loads, for the glory of God.