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upon the mountains are the feet of him that few pieces, interspersed them between the bringeth good tidings," &c. The number in speeches, which made it very cheerful and the church is about as many again as when pleasing. Mr. Wilkins came. However, a change has Mr. George Firman, at the closing of his been permitted to take place. Some of the speech, stated that as he was walking the day members of the late Mr. Sedgwick's church, 1 before, and thinking of the meeting, he reBrighton, were very anxious to have Mr. membered hearing a child once sing a song, Wilkins to Brighton, to commence a new entitled, “I won't be a Nun!” from which cause; but his removal was strongly opposed circumstance he was led to write a few verses ; by the church and congregation, and tiey did and by the permission of the friends he would estrything they could to retain his services, read the following lines: and told him they believed the hand of God In Rome there are orders and forms not a few; was not in his remoral. The people at Brighton were still with him, as the widow Popes, Cardinals, Bishops, Priests, and Priestwith the unjust judge," until they obtained a Some high and some low, as their orders may

esses too;

(run; promise from him that he would go there. On Lord's-day, the 6th instant, he said, " Finally, Abbots

, Vicars and Abbesses, down to a Nun. brethren, farewell.” . On the Monday follow. In Protestant England, I'm sorry

name, ing a few friends met in the chapel for tea; The High Church, in spirit, is nearly the after which, they presented a small testimo. same; nial, as a token of their affection for him. But Zionites here with such follies have done; Peace and love reigned until the close. “We Save one grand exception--they must have, a part in body, not in mind.” Our minds con:

Nunn. tinue knit together by the principle of hea: Here sex, as distinction, is all laid aside; venly love. If the removal be of God, it will The term (or name) is the motto by which we prosper. We are looking to the band of the


(sun, Gud of Bethel. We hope for the best; and For the office most noble known under the that a gracious effusion of the Holy Spirit Is most hon’rably tilled, and maintained by a may be vouchsafed to brother W., and that he

Nunn. may be very successful in gathering in God's elect, redeemed, and quickened people.

We Hereon gratulations most fervent arise, know “it is not by might, nor by power, but By friends reassembled, whose hearts fraternize by my Spirit, saith the Lord of hosts." The In sweetest emotions, united as one, [Nunn. Saviour, who has given his Holy Spirit to his! To present to the church, and its minister, chureb, alone can give the man. "I will Those who now are seeking salvation to gain, gire you pastors after mine own heart." Wbich merits and duties can never obtain

May we, dear brother, in preaching a Sav. By all your good work, or your righteousness ioar crucified, feel much of the Master's pre- done ; sence, and while we are feeding the flock of But free.grace alone, as proclaimed by a Nunn. God, feed on the true manna; so prays, yours May you as a church have that best of all in Christ Jesus, WM. WOODSTOCK. peace;

[increase, Leighton Buzzard, April 15.

In Spirit, in love, wealth and numbers,

With your belov’d pastor, and when his work's ZION CHAPEL, SOMERS TOWN.


Provide you a Joshua, the son of a Nunn. The annual tea meeting of Zion Chapel, Goldington Crescent, Somers Town, was held May you, my dear brother, be by hearen as usual on Good Friday. By 5 o'clock, there



ner of grace as the was a good company. Shortly after 6, Mr. To spread wide the ba James Nunn took the chair; and I must say,

Of that church, you its pastor, in covenant there was something very pleasing, to see to shout Jesus' praises, a much-honored Nunn. between 300 and 400 persons with smiling countenances, as they were talking together The reading of which produced a good deal of during tea time. There appeared, indeed, cheerful feeling. At the close of the speeches kindness of disposition, union of feeling, and Mr. Nunn, as Chairman, summed up the association of interest in the one object for whole by á f'w, yet very appropriate, ideas. which they were met — the happiness and The meeting then closed, the amount from the union of God's people. There is a feeling tea (being voluntary) and collections, being pleasure in seeing the Lord's people happy; £22 16s. and, as far as external appearances speak, (both at the tea meeting and the public meet- SALEM CHAPEL, COGGESHALL. ing, when the chapel was literally full), we never saw a company with more peaceful DEAR BROTHER BANKS.-Knowing you are pleasure on their countenances; speakers, glad to see the grace of God manifest in the hearers, and singers, all appeared to be happy, hearts of poor sinners, I drop

you a line for and it is acknowledged to be one of the best the VESSEL. I do love to “rejoice with them meetings beld at Zion. Messrs. Jenkin, Fir- that do rejoice, and weep with them that man, Attwood, Brake, Sack, and Searle, were weep.” You know something of our weepengaged in the service of the evening. There ings, and I desire you should know something appeared to be life, love and liberty in their of our rejoicings. The dear Lord is blessing speeches. The singers, who had practised a his little flock at our Salem, Coggeshall. On


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Lord's-day, March 30th, our pastor, Mr. WELCOME TEA MEETING,
Collis, baptised four believers on a profession

of their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ-one
female, and three males. Our sister dates

On Thursday the 3rd of April. our beloved her first impressions from some solemn words pastor, Mr. W. Hawkins returned to his home that fell from our pastor's lips in one of his and the people of his charge; the members sermons, wben, speaking of the hardening and friends were anxiously longing to wel. nature of sin, he said, “Some of you seem to

come him, and therefore arranged a social tea get gospel-hardened: you come and go, and meeting at six o'clock, the day of his arrival, go and come, and no impression seems to be our school room was full

, and a lovely even? made on your sin-hardened hearts ; and liv. ing pastor and people enjoyed, fervent and ing and dying in such a state as this, where warm were the prayers that his recovery may God is you can never come.” Blessed be be confirmed, and the Lord's blessing richly God! there is nothing too hard for him. experienced, while much gratitude was expres. Two of our brothers were father and son--a ceived from the church of God in his heavy

sed for the very kind aid our pastor had repleasing sight to see. A very pleasing account could be given of these, but your space of thanks, was unanimously carried to Mrs.

affliction. At the close of the meeting, a vote will not allow it. Suffice it to say, it is a Hawkins and the deacons for the efficient way fulfilment of the Word of life. “There shall be one of a city, and two of a family." The in which the pulpit had been supplied, and other brother the Lord has done great things affairs managed during our pastor's absence.

J. E. for. He was with the Wesleyans for six or ! seven years, sat down at the table with them, shOWERS OF DIVINE GOODNESS ON and at the same time knew not what it was to feed on gospel things, but was bound up

DERBYSHIRE HILLS. in the ignorance of his own heart, until he On Lord's-day morning, as I was walking came to hear Mr. Collis, and then he, by the towards the Baptist Chapel, Charlesworth, teaching of the Holy Spirit, learned the way near Glossop, I saw crowds of people going tomore perfectly.

wards the chapel; as soon as I got to the spot, These, dear sir, are some of the blessings the chapel was crammed full.° A Mr. John the Lord is blessing us with. We believe Roebuck, of Yorkshire, gave out that truly the Lord is with us, and he will surely do us solemn hymn, good. There is real life in the ministry of the Word, and there is life at our prayer. And presently an aged man goes up into the

“How great and solemn is the work !" meetings. We have fellowship with our pulpit, and took for his text, " Why baptiseth God, and communion with his saints. “Bless thou P He first shewed why the Baptist did the Lord, O my soul!" is the desire of one baptise; secondly, Why they did beptise by the least deserving of all that have a name dipping; and thirdly, Why they baptised none and a place in his house, T. ROWLANDS.

but believers only. After the sermon, the April 19.

blessed hymn was given out, OLD BAPTIST CHAPEL, DUNSTABLE. And then Mr. Jesse Gwinnell led dine persons

“ Ashamed of Jesus ! yes, I may,” &c. On Lord's-day, March 23d, our pastor, Mr. down into the water and baptised them in as Carpenter, baptised four persons, upon con- solemn a manner as ever I saw. It was truly fession of their faith, like the Eunuch of old, good to be there. Many were affected to tears. testifying their belief that Jesus Christ is the Two of the persons baptised were from the Son of God. The text taken for the occasion Methodists, and one from the Independents. was from Ephes. vi. 17—“The sword of the We never had such a day in Charlesworth Spirit, which is the Word of God.” He since the Baptists have been here. dwelt, 1st, on the Spirit; 2nd, on the sword

A CONSTANT READER, of the Spirit; and 3rd, he shewed that the ordinance of Believer's Baptism was founded on

FARNBOROUGH, KENT. the Word of God. It was a most excellent, MY DEAR BROTHER BANKS.

Grace, truthful discourse; the Lord blessed it to mercy and peace be with you from God the many souls; and we can say we found it good Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ. I am reto be there. The Triune Jehovah manifested quested to write you, to return our most his approbation of this much-despised ordi- grateful thanks to you for all favors you have nance, and again verified the truth of his shewn to us as a few of the Lord's people at Word, “Lo, I am with you alway." The Farnborough ; more so, as the instrument in scene at the ordinance was very impressive. the Lord's hand in sending amongst us our Two of the candidates were daughters of Mr. good friend and brother Nicholas; he has Ruth, many years pastor of the Baptist spoken the Word of life amongst us since the Church at Eaton Bray; one being very young second Lord's-day in December. I humbly --not 16-attracted great attention. The trust there has been a union of soul felt Lord grant, if it seem good in his sight, that amongst us. The church has given Mr. many a one in that throng (for the chapel was Nicholas an invitation to take the oversight, crowded to excese) who gazed upon her, may which he has very kindly responded to. have to testify that there the Lord met with May the Lord bless the ministry of our dear them, and pricked them in the heart, and led brother Nicholas; may souls be added to us, them to cry out from heart-felt experience such as are saved with an everlasting salvaGod be merciful to me a sinner.”





EARL STREET, LONDON ROAD. [We give the following for two reasons—first (To the Editor of Earthen Vessel) -in hope it may lead to the finding out of DEAR SIR,- I have this day attended at some little Bethel where God's truth is pro- Earl St. London Road, a very neat place of claimed in the midst of Manchester's niany worship, opened by Mr. Cornford, in the Bapthousands, and hundreds of thousands--and tist connextion; a clever young man, who secondly, if no such place be there, we has been a missionary. But I find there is a should be pleased to know this note is in- difference in his Bible and mine, and I write strumental in stirring up some of the Lord's you upon the question in dispute. The minisanointed ones, again to unite together for ter expressly said in his sermon about electhe proclamation of the Gospel in th-se tion, that " ee are elected when we are conparts. While we thus write, we have a verted." I find by my Bible, we were elected conviction that to find a faithful, powerful, long before we were born. What a pity that efficient, and devoted minister of Christ, a man, with so many abilities, should be al. adapted for Manchester, is indeed, a most lowed to get up to mislead the people difficult task. The fact is, the great bulk I believe this half and half preaching the of our ministers are far behind the age in Word the greatest curse that possibly can which they live; while the Manchestercome upon a city; calling upon the dead to folk, are onward a-heid. There is another come to life as if they had power without the point. It is hardly a question with us, if Spirit of God. I very much question whether, some who profess the gospel in that large in all the Word of God, we are justified in city, have not fearfully wounded the Re- calling upon dead sinners to come to life. Ι deemer in the house of his friends; and he look upon the minister of the word's duty has left them to reap that which they have solely to exalt the Lord Jesus Christ, and to sown; but, we add no more now, Our lay the sinner low in the dust, we have no. thoughts of Manchester are many and deep' thing to do with the conversion of sinners, -our desires for the prosperity of Zion that is God's work. Only let us aim to exalt there, none can fully describe. To know the Redeemer; to preach him as having fin. that the Lord had set a Watchman on the ished the work of salvation; as having paid valls there, would be joyful news indeed; the debt, and made an end of sin; and brought and we do not despair, although our faith in an everlasting righteousness, and I am has long been tried.-ED]

quite sure the Lord will not lose his own

sheep. He will not let one perish for want (To the Editor of the Earthen Vessel.)

of means, DEAR SIR,-Having been a constant reader Oh, for more faith, to see that salvation, of your valuable and well-conducted mis- from first to last, is all of sovereign grace. It eellacy for some time past, and having gained was only the other day that I heard one of much pleasing information therefrom, I can- these free-will men making a mock of one of not help contrasting the writings and preach- Toplady's hymns, and if all the hymns of the ings of the present day therewith; and am free-will writers were put together they would ready to cry out with astonishment, that it is prove a cypher compared to that precious high time the ambassadors of Christ should verseawake from their slumbers, and buckle on “ I to the end shall endure, the whole armour of God, to plough up the As sure as the earnest is given : Arminianism of the present day. Really it is More happy, but not more secure fearful to think to what an extent the un.

The glorified spirits in heaven." erring word of truth is mangled and trampled Oh, that we had more such men as Toplady, upon in this great city (Manchester). We Owen, Romain, and others, to exalt the Lord, formerly had one in Oldham Street who but they are nearly all gone out of the way. We sounded the gospel trumpet, but through have, now-a-days, a different kind of preachsome mismanagement, not his, I believe, he ing, 'nothing but' do, do, do,-instead of all bas removed to some distant part, where it done, done, done. I firmly believe when we has pleased our blessed Lord to place him. come to die, nothing then will avail but the Now, Mr. Editor, with great respect for our dying work of Christ, our Saviour. British Baptist Churches, I am not aware of Your constant reader,

HONESTY. any other church upon earth who contends so earnestly for that blessed but much despised [Our friend "Honesty” has been rambling. ordinance, believer's baptism, which will

The hings he speaks rf are verily so; the still continue to proclaim to the world the

vital savour, and the sterling truths of the glorious gospel of our blessed Lord and Sa. gospel, are rarely to be found; and where viour Christ Jesus, which with many other

they are, satan stirs up strife and division ; divine things, might be mentioned as belonging

and we cannot but sometimes tremble for to our Particular Baptist Churches; and when

the ark, as Eli did. We advise “ Honesty," I join the term Particular, I say the church of in future, to keep fast by the fields of Boaz. Christ cannot be too particular, in ascertain

-ED. ing previous to joining the church the nature and qualification of the members they are to


We are favoured to receive pleasant tidings Greenheys, Manchester, April 21st, 1856. from this part of Suffolk. A correspondent

says, of our brother Pells, “I hear him to

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my soul's satifaction; the word spoken by him overflow, his memory is renewed-in fact, he seems so suitable and so relieving to my poor has become another man—“Old things are feeble soul. Our prayer-meetings are full, passed away, and all things are become new, and our chapel is nearly full, and thiugs are and in this renewed life he cannot live any looking well

longer with the swine of the world. By this Indeed 'tis quite spring time at Clare, operation of the Divine Spirit be is brought to Since brother Pells has preached there.

himself, and now the language forced from The outline of a sermon by Mr. Pells we hope heart, is, “I will, I will arise! this won't do

his mouth, by reason of the cogitation of his to give in our next.

any longer; this land is loathsome-it stinck.

eth; here is famine and death. I will arise MOUNT ZION CHAPEL,

and to Mount Zion, the place of my CHADWELL STREET, CLERKENWELL. Father's abode, for there is plenty there!" On Thursday evening, February 28th, our

So we see the poor man would not go until he pastor, Mr Hazelton baptised four males, and was made willing. Our great coinmanding five females in the name of the Holy Trinity.

Jehovah says,

They shall be made willing in Our brother Mote of Horsham, preached a the day of my power;" and I maintain that good sermon on the occasion upon the spiri- nothing short of the almighty power of God, tual signification of believer's baptism, from who said, “Let there be light, and there was Romans vi. 4. “Therefore we are buried with light," can bring the dead singer into life, the him by baptism into death, that like as Christ dark sinner into light-the carnal sinner into was raised up from the dead by the glory of spirituality, for we discover in the conversion the Father, even so we also should walk in of the above named, that though God the newness of life.”

Spirit took him in hand, he would not resign Here Jesus still maintains his throne,

until necessity compelled him to return. And as his kingdom grows,

Human nature is so spoiled that it will not Fresh honours shall adorn his crown

submit to the righteousness of Christ as long And shame confound his foes.

as it can rest in any part of the righteousness of the creature; they all must become as filthy

rags before the sinner will give them up. In A VOICE OUT OF SUFFOLK. this state of feelings we are made glad of a

free-grace gospel- not till then will any sin

ner love “the truth as it is in Jesus;" and I DEAR MR. EDITOR, -As a constant reader of am happy to say such rich provision of freeyour valuable periodical, I beg leave to write a grace your little Vessel is laden with from few words to you by way of encouragement, time to time, and I hope I may say more so begging the great Head of the church to com- of late, since you have taken "A Little One" mand his blessing to rest upon your labours of on board, for it is so full of discrimination, love. I can assure you, (ear Sir, that I hail that it really separates the precious from the your Vessel with great delight for its rich vile, debases human nature, and exalts our cargo that it brings from a far country, the great Emanuel. But I find in the April sweet spices of mercy for the wretched, free- VESSEL that a terrible blast is likely to come grace for the miserable, balmy blood for the upon him. I hope this blast will not frighten guilty, salvation for the lost, bread for the and shake this “ Little One," nor cause any hungry, clothing for the naked, everlasting mildew to come over him, as we know little love for those that were at enmity, unchange ones are soon scared; but I think this “ Little able love for those that are full of changes-One” will stand a strong blast, so I am in hopes with such rich stores as these wbo can perish ? he will weather the storm. I am not sure who and, what endears it to my poor starving soul, this “Little One" is, but I have a near guessits all free, “without money and without ing. I have heard him in Suffolk, and his lanprice;" it is suited to those that are so poor guage betrays him; but he is very seldom down that there is not anything left, that have ex. in this part, tor we have so many pious parsons, perienced the holiness of God's righteous law, and such safe-walking, self-keeping folks, and the fierceness of his wrath, the majesty of his such mongrel parsons, that they don't wish justice, saying “Pay me what thou owest," for such dangerous ministers, that preach such and then the poor sinner goes in search for dangerous doctrines, so called; consequently, payment; but, alas! instead of finding a they won't take the trouble of sending for sufficiency, he finds, to his great surprise, he him; I wish they would. And, dear sir, ns has nothing; and where there is nothing it you are wishing the “Little One” to give you supposes a famine: "And there arose a a definition upon “the whole armour of God," mighty famine in the land.” Well now, in I have a work by me which shews it very this state he begins to be in want; but still clearly to my satisfaction; and for an example there are a few husks which the swine feed I will give you an outline. In conclusion, upon. He will try and satisfy his hunger the author says, "The believer has the truth with a little more creature doings, but he of God bound round his mind; hope in Christ cannot live here any longer. Well now, what for an helmet upon his head; faith upon is the result? The scene is changed, his Christ, for a shield to ward off the devil's fiery appetite is changed, his thoughts are changed, darts; love to Christ, for a breastplate upon his his enmity is turned into love-his eyes are heart; the wordof Christ, as a sword in his hand, opened. His ear unstopped, his mouth with which he fights; the two shoes of God speaks plainly, his heart breaks, his eyes the Father's will and God the Spirit's power shall be fixed upon his feet, by which he walks tian system, are ignored among both the Nonto Christ, in Christ, with Christ; and with the ! conformist bodies, to an extent which it is artillery of prayer pouring from his soul, the awful to contemplate. The Cross has become devil may roar, the world may oppose, and an offence, even with those whose avowed the flesh may resist, but he can shout victory, mission it is to preach and proclaim Christ in the midst of tribulation, and when his and him crucified. Puseyism is not contined fighting days are over he will possess within to the Church of England. It is fearfully the rail a life of joy and peace. But I do not prevalent, though in some different form, in wish to be beforehand with the “ Little One," the pulpits of the two great Dissenting deno. for I hope he will give you his thoughts upon minations. The difference between the Puseythe same. Your's in tribulation's path, ism of the Church and Dissent is this—that in

A LOVER OF FREE-GRACE. the former it assumes the shape of making the (Pray excuse a feeble worm.) Church and her ritualism everything; whereas Suffolk, April 11th, 1856.

among the Dissenters Negativism, if we may

invent a word, is the idol which is set up. In NOTES AND SHORT REVIEWS. both cases the result is the same-a ban is put

on all that is vital in the gospel. In many of

our Dissenting pulpits the doctrine of the A pamphlet, which has already run through Atonement-the glorious sun of the gospel several editions, has been published by Mr. system-is preached with as much reserve as Collingridge, City Press, Long Lane, entitled, it is in Puseyite pulpits. We will go further " The Controversy on Important Theological than this. We speak from the evidence of

Questions ; between the Eclectic Review,' our own eyes and ears; we but testify to what the Rev. Newman Hall, Rev. Thomas Bin. we have seen and heard, when we say, that ney, and thirteen other ministers of the gos- even in the sermons of the most noted Tracpel, on the one side, and Mr. James Grant, tarian clergy, the name and work of Christ Elitor of the Morning Advertiser,' on the are more frequently to be found, than in the other."

pulpit ministrations of many Dissenting minisFor years, we have repeatedly declared that ters, who have acquired' some reputation in the great bulk of what is considered “the stead of, like Paul, glorying in the Cross of

the bodies to whom they belong. InGospel ministry of our. T'imos,”- there was littlé, if any, spiritual discrimination ; no pro- stead of being able to say with that holy and

Christ, they seem asbamed of the Cross. Inminent defence or development of old-fashioned Gospel doctrines-nothing like decision devoted servant of the Saviour, ‘We preach for the glorious Person, and perfect work of not ourselves, but Christ Jesus our Lord,' our Almighty Immanuel-God with us! Nor they do preach themselves. It is their own scarcely any testimony borne to the Personal. talents, or acquirements, as intellectual men, ity and work of the Divine Spirit. But our

not the Person or the Work of the Redeemer, feeble notes disturbed none of them. Recent that they hold up to the admiration of their ly, however, the Morning Advertiser reviews hearers.' Who then shall wonder that there the butterfly poetry of one of our metropoli is so much coldness and lifelessness in our tan divines; and there discovers a quantity of

Dissenting Churches ?” words put together in the shape of rhyme ;

Again !--how true, how awfully true is

this entitled-" Hymns for the Heart and Voice," but whether the author of these hymns was

“We never hear, under the ministrations 2 believer in the essential, co-essential, of these semi-Neologist Dissenting preachers, eternal, co-equal, the distinct, yet everlast- of any of their audience crying out as Peter's ingly united, Persons, Offices, Doctrines, hearers did, “What must we do to be saved ? Promises, and Blessings of the Great Cove" No wonder, though everything deserving the Dant of Grace, or not, Mr. Grant could not tions-no wonder, though men go to hear

name of piety is extinct in their congregatell. Albeit, the Editor of the Eclectic had pro, them merely from custom – no wonder, nounced these Hymns “

very good," and highly recommended them to the Christian smaller and smaller, until Nonconformity as

though their congregations are getting Churches. This was a signal for the commencement of such a controversy as has not a cause seems in danger of perishing entirely. been known lately. The price of the pam- All is cold, heartless, cheerless. Their places phlet is only six-pence. We recommend it of worship are regions in which real religion to the notice of our readers; and if they but regions in which it cannot exist. Never

not only cannot flourish in health and vigour, are not already convinced that imbecility and cold formality, with either a direct or inI was evangelical religion, not merely as a sendireet denial of almost all the

saving truths of timent of the heart, but also as a fruit to be the gospel, is fast rolling in upon us as a

shewn and seen in the life, in so low a state Christian nation, this pamphlet will furnish as it is at the present moment in the Nonconthem with very painful proof. For the pre- we rejoice to say, very many, blessed excep

formist bodies. There are, of course, many, sent, we only give a sentence or two from the tions; but speaking generally, the picture "Concluding Observations."

The Editor of this pamphlet, in closing his we have drawn, dark and sombre as are its labours, says,

shades, is unhappily true to the life, or,

rather, exhibits too faithfully the spiritual * The distinctive doctrines of the gospel-death which prevails in our churches. those which constitute the glory of the Chris- “ It is with a pain and sorrow we cannot

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