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of the Lord. In the evening, a public meeting "THE PROMISE OF HIS COMING" was holden in the chapel, when the afternoon
PULFILLED AT READING. preacher took the chair, and opened the meet. ing, by stating that he was painfully acquainted (For the following letter, we are more thankful with the serious injuries which had been sus
than any words can describe-Ep.) tained by the cause of God in that place; but MY DEARLY BELOVED BROTHER Banks.-I drop he was not there at that time either to defend a line to you, in reply to many kind enquiries the injured, or to condemn the extravagant or made, knowing the deep interesi you have felt unwise conduct of the oppressor; he came as done so 2 or 3 years back would have been difficult a peacemaker, and as the whole history of the and painful; solemnly true is it “ the Lord waits to cause at Rotherfield, with its afflictions, was to be gracious." Twelve months ago, the 10th of be published in a faithful forra, he should not this month, was that never to be forgotten day allow any mention of it to be made on that when our brother Wale was ordained our Pastor; occasion. After some other wholesome re- and some of us will remember that day as long as marks, he called upon Mr. Pascoe, the minis memory retains her seat in our minds. At 7
I believe a moro ter, Mr. Ashbourne, and Mr. Smith, of Tun- solemn season was never felt in that place, it bridge, to address the meeting. There has seemed as though the Lord condescended to come been much conceit, ignorance, presumption, into our midst to bless us indeed; we met indeed and covetousness, influencing and deceiving for prayer, yet every one seemed afraid to speak, the people in these parts for å length of time. lest we should be permitted to ask presumptuously, I hope more pure light, more holy motives, our minds, and the Lord broke in with blessed more gospel grace, and more real spiritual and sweetness : one after another broke down in tears evangelical prosperity may be found among us of joy and gratitude. Gratitude that the Lord Sussex folk. As soon as it was announced had not written Ichabod over the door; and joy that C. W. Banks was coming to Rotherfield, that he had appeared for us and raised up and sent some of the low and easily misled Standard- amongst us a man whom we hoped he would bless
in our midst. At half-past 10, our esteemed bro. ites, cried out.“ Ob ! he is only a letter-man;'
ther Bloomfield was in the pulpit; you recollect and thus they prejudiced the minds of some how very affectionately he stated the nature and people. While we have so many weak-minded design of a Gospel church; and how kindly he administers in our pulpits, and while so much dressed the church; his labour of love is not fordarkness covers the spirits of our people, these gotten. Then came the afternoon, as I had to take antagonistic cries will be heard, but I rejoice that all present seemed happy. In the evening,
a part in that service, I shall not, say more than to learn from many quarters that this so-called was your charge to brother Wale, and your address letter-preacher is still of great use in our to the church. The solemn and exceedingly churches. May the Great Shepherd of the weighty things laid down before us will live in sheep abundantly help and honor him; and our minds to the end of our journey ; so full of restore to Rotherfield Baptist
church, that rich Bible truthfulness ; it had a most impressive effect
on the minds of all present. You will now say blessing, the glorious gospel of the ever-blessed Well, what has been the result? I will tell you. God. So prays
The Lord laid these words on brother Martin's AN OLD WIDOW AT TUNBRIDGB WELLS. mind, “the Lord has done great things for us
(I may add to these few lines of my friend, whereof we are glad." And so it is. And you that after our meeting, brother Pascoe, would be glad, I know, to look in sometimes and myself, and brother Robert Comfort walked to the little man'; and sometimes in the ful
see every pew full; and every eye and ear intent through the dark-road, and under drenching ness of his soul s feelings to hear bim call out, showers, down to Froghole Farm, where " Oh, magnify the Lord with me! with me exalt Mr. Comfort has a compact little chapel, his name !" Brother Banks, I tell you sincerely, and beneath whose hospitable roof
we have no reason to regret the steps taken ; but rested for the night. We had some oppor- goodness of the Lord in Reading, and there find
are hopeful that many will yet flow together to the tunities of ascertaining the amount of Mr. wheat, and wine, and oil. Yea, I tell you truth. Comfort's labours. I should hardly think fully, “ Providence Chapel" is becoming too there is any man in this kingdom who is more straight for us, I have proved the truth of the devoted to a close and critical examination of words brought to me the first morning Mr. W. things connected with Zion's welfare, than came to Reading, namely," the law of kindness is Mr. Comfort is. He has written some thous. As a minister, all can testify the Lord is gradually ands of pages ; and although I think he has leading him deeper and deeper into the mines of a power to detect every error, and a determi. Gospel and Experimental truth. Ever since he nation to defend every essential truth, still, I has been here, there has been a steady increase am not prepared to pronounce him a perfect Holy Ghost has directed the word like an arrow,
Sovereignly the commentator, but finding him wiiling to help and many have fallen down under it;
that ancient destitute churches now and then, I did think cry has been ibeir's, “what must I do?” &o. it likely, if he could travel through those por- since brother Wale has been here, 81 bave been tions of our Zion who need ministerial aid, it added to the Church; 21 by baptism; and 10 from would tend to expand and strengthen 'his other Churches. On the 1st of this month, 10 mental
powers. It appeared to me a great were baptized, by brother Wale; every one bearpity that a man so favoured of heaven as he ing testimony to the power of the word under his
You will say, this is good indeed. So assured us he was, should be shut up in Frog. say all of us. The Lord grant it may continue for hole Farm.
many years to come, and that his name may be There are many causes of truth in these great and glorious in this place! The church now parts. I was glad to hear that both the Bap- midst. Our prayer' meetings are good ; and brother
numbers over 100; and I may say peace is in our tist causes in Tunbridge Wells, Mr. Edward's, W. is happy in the work. The anniversary of the and Mr. Whittaker, at Hanover Chapel, are commencement of his labors here in June, you doing well.-C. W. B.]
have noticed. One anniversary was not enough;
we had another on the anniversary of brother | about fifteen hundred person from the words, Wale's ordination, and spent a very pleasant “ the Word of God." Rev xix. 13. Notwithstandevening, with tea in the chapel; many of the ing the great number present, the strictest attenmembers giving short addresses to brother Wale | tion was manifest thoughout. The increasing eonand the deacons ; it was a nice meeting. Our finan. gregation, and the great attention paid, encourages cial position has greatly improved ; and on this me to persevere; and, above all, I bare bad the occasion there being a balance of £10 08. Od. in blessing of God,' and 'the presence of his Holy the hands of the treasurer it was cheerfully Spirit with me in the services. I have been blest handed over to brother w. God Almighty grant with a stronger faith, more earnest prayerfulnese, this to be only a beginning of brighter and better and greater spirituality of mind; in a word, my days at Reading, Brother Wale, has of late been soul been blessed in the deed ; and I feel too, preaching in tne open air. I think last Sabbath that my bodily strength bas been increased, he had above a thousand people to hear him and I realizing the promise, that “as thy day is thy bope good was done. Just sing one verse, and I strength shall be !" O, my brother, the more we have done,
work for our precious Jesus, the greater our “ All hail tbe powers of Jesus name." &o, strength of body and soul becomes. I would say Brother Banks, give us an interest in your in the spirit of humility, love, and encouragement, prayers; and may Israel's Triane God, abundantly to all my ministerial brethren, “ go and do likebless you. I am, ever affectionately in the bonds of wise."
B. B. WALE, the gospel,
JOIN VINDEN, Reading, Aug., 1858.
REHOBOTH, SHADWELL. DEAR BROTHER BANKS.-I was glad to find by
On Tuesday, August 3rd, the Church of Christ the last number of the VESSEL, that Mr. Wells, meeting as above held its twenty-eigth anniversary, and his brother ministers, in and about the Me on which occasion brother Isaacs, of Brighton, de tropolis, had convened a meeting for the purpose yesterday, to day, and for ever.” Afternoon,
livered a solid discourse on the sameness of Christ, of organizing a systematic plan of open-air preach brother Wýard, of Deptford, preached an exceling; and that they propose commencing the spirit- lent sermon, on Christian experience; and in the ual inroad upon the kingdom Greenwich Park. The necessity, the importance, evening, brother Bloomfield, gave us a stirring and the probable benefits resulting from such ad discourse on the fallen condition of man: the dresses have been very much upon my mind for means made use of, under Divine command, for some time past. Perhaps my mind has been exer
restoration and salvation; and the glorious results
Several friends exeised on the subject in a special manner. For it that followed such means. is exactly three years ago the ifth of this month, pressed a desire to have it printed. A goodly that the Lord called me to a knowledge of himself, number of persons took supper in the school-room, and the instrumentality he used for that purpose when addresses were delivered on gospel subjects was the words, “open-air-preaching." I was by the brethren Bloomfield, Isaacs, Wyard, Walsitting in a little room alone, very much depressed ters and Pells, and at balf-past 10 o'clock the happy in spirit from brooding over some heavy temporal proceedings of the day were brought to a close. losses which I had recently suffered, (but from the Brother Field, (Pastor) and his friends said it had mca of which, I was in the habit of seeking been a good, solemn and happy day. relief by reading a profusion of novels and
CLAPHAY-The sixth anniversary of the laying romances,) when I took up one of the early num: the foundation stone of Garner Baptist Chapel, bers of the “Christian Cabinet," and my eye fell was held Aug. 10th. Mr. J. Wells preached in the upon the words, “open-air preaching." The morning from Ezek. xxxvi. 37. In the afternoon, power that came with them no language can ex: Mr. Moyle read and engaged in prayer. Mr. 8. press. I fell upon my knees, burst into tears, and Milner, preached from Job xxii. 21. In the evenexclaimed, "O God I there are men in the world ing, Mr. J. Foreman preached from Ps. xxxvi. 18. living for thy honor and glory, and what a wretch The attendance and collections through the day were I have been; why bear with me any longer? why satisfactorily encouraging, and the Lord's presence not cast me into hell at once ?" The burden of
was experienced. Halleujah! we will still pray guilt and sin which lay upon my soul and con, and sing, science then would have crushed me, bad I not Gracious God with wheat fill Garner. soon be delivered from it. So terribly and clearly did I feel, and see the justice of God's holy law, that I almost longed to be cast into hell, that my sufferings might, If possible, satisfy its righteous de- Our Australian Mail. mands. While memory lasts, that hour will never be forgotten. Within the last two months, that sontence “open-air preaching," bas been brought
AUSTRALIA, MELBOURNE.—To the Editor. Dear very powerfully back upon my soul,
till I could
re- brother, I drop you a line by our brother Mills, sist it no longer, feeling and believing it to be a just returning to London. command from God to go out and preach the gos. shone out of obscurity, during seven years.
We have gradually
We pel in the open air; and though pride, and ineli- have just been enabled to raise a chapel here at the nation, and a love of ease, said, " stay at home, cost of about £1,550; $1,250 of which is paid ; preaching twice a day is quite enough, you will and all within six months of the purchase of the only get sneered at, &o., &c., I could refrain no
ground. We bave baptized six belivers in the longer; and on the last Sunday in July, I went out Lord Jesus Christ since the chapel has been opened ; and preached for the first time in the open-air, on the Lord has been very gracious to his called peo the "Forbury," (which is the Greenwich Park of ple; and has been please to call others--1 send Reading). The congregation consisted of about 500 persons, composed chiefly of the middle
classes, Baptists in this place, they say, "you do not preach
you my answer to the slander of the Fullerite tradesmen, &c. They were exceedingly quiet and to Sinners." Also, our * Articles of Faith," and attentive. I preached from James iv. and part of
verses composed at the laying of the corner-stone, the 14th verse,“ What is your life ?" nature; life in its use ; life in its purpose ; life in God to rest upon you, and your laboure, I am your's
Life in its and opening of the chapel. Praying the blessing of its religious character : life in its results. The affectionately in Jesus, second Sabbath in August, I preached there again
DANIXL ALLE. to about a thousand persons. (iae congregation had
March 30th, 1858. doubled), from those words in Timothy, “ Having [The account given us by Mr. Mills, of Pastor the form of godliness, but denying the power.” Alien's success in Melbourne, as a minister, is Yesterday, August 15th, I preached again to cheering. We hope to hear more soon.-Ed.)
Believer Rejoicing in the Manifestation of Mercy.
PUBLIC RECOGNITION OF MR. PERRETT AS PASTOR OF YATELY CHURCH.
A FEW WORDS ADDRESSED TO A MINISTER OPPOSED TO SUCH SERVICES.
DEAR BROTHER ***-I once heard out by Christ : in apostolic writings, and you preach at our little Chapel on Cricket especially in the work and witnessings Hill, much to the comfort of my soul; of the Holy Spirit in the experience of therefore your unkind note touching our all who are savingly called to a knowsettlement services, only tended to stir ledge of the truth. These testimonies up my soul with a desire to shew you being taken into the soul by the eye, ear, that we have some ground to hope the and hand of a living faith, will make union between us and our pastor has been a sinner's heart rejoice. As these testiof the Lord, I will give you a few words monies are revealed in, and applied to, as far as I can call them to mind descrip- the heart of the Lord's people, they tive of the day.
will have a three-fold effect,
They On Wednesday, Sept. 15th, the pub- make private meditation delightful; the lic recognition of brother Perrett, as Pas- chambers of the soul are sometimes filled tor of the Yately Church, took place. A with holy fire, purifying and enlightening very large number of friends from all parts the mind. Again, when a man's heart round about, came to rejoice with us. rejoices in these testimonies, they make Our kind brother Wale read and prayed, his ministry lively, powerful, discriminathen C. W. Banks asked the questions. ting, and decided; and fling an earnestBrother Perrett's account of his conver- ness into it for the welfare of others. Yes, sion to God, was satisfactory and well a hearty and holy reception of these tescommended to the consciences of the timonies will give you comfort and pleapeople ; so were his other answers. After sure in private meditation, and often draw the union had been fully recognised, you to it. he was addressed by our brother Banks If we have no pleasure in Bible study, from two different Scriptures. Of the we soon forsake it; but, when the Scripmany things spoken to our new pastor, I tures open to us the holy mysteries of recollect a few, which I thought might the covenant-the glorious Persons in tend to remove prejudice from your the Trinity-the amazing beauties of the mind; and help you to pray that the heavenly world, and the compassion of peace so long enjoyed at Yately might a Saviour's heart towards poor sinners; be continued ; and connected with a then, we take delight in close and conmeasure of solid success. Mr. Banks stant meditation : if they are the resaid, Brother Perrett, I will first, speak joicing of your heart, you will contend a few words for you. Secondly, endeavour for them earnestly, you will preach them to lay a few things before you that the with love, delight and liberty; and, Lord may make useful. In the position although at tinies you may be bound, you occupy to day, you have practically burdened, cold and contracted; yet, the said, as David wrote in the 119th fire being lighted inside, it will frequently Psalm :- Thy testimonies have I taken warm your own soul, and make your as an heritage for ever : for they are the ministry too bot for carnal worldlingsrejoicing of my heart. The word ' testi- for mere professors, and for all who are monies' is expressive of those many ways in enmity against the truth: but never whereby the Lord has been pleased to too hot for God's dear children, who reveal, and to open up bis mind unto his long to feel again the love of Christ shed people. And these testimonies are found, abroad in their hearts by the Holy Ghost, first, in his Providential dealings with through a faithful and fruitful ministry. the patriarchs of old; and with all his A large party took tea on 'Cricket Hill.' people; these testimonies are found in It was a pleasing sight. The evening the prophesies of the ancient prophets; service commenced early, when Mr. in the promises and proclamations given Banks again addressed his brother Perrett
VOL. XIV.-No. 162.
A BRIEF SKETCH OF THE
TO THE EDITOR,
from Peter's words — Feed the flock | people. Then you must go to the homes of God which is among you. He said — and houses of the tried, and tempted, and Peter received these words, first, from converse will them. You will often see his own dear Master, who, after putting God's wonder-working hand towards those close questions to him – Simon, them. In these, and in many other ways, son of Jonas, lovest thou me ?' he said prepare to feed ihe flock of God among • Feed my sheep-feed my lambs.' This you. holy work Peter had carried on, and now, Mr. Wale closed the services by an as he is about retiring, he earnestly able address to the church. I think, exhorts the elders whom he is about to brother T. T., had you been with us, your leave behind, saying, 'fced the flock of yellow fever would have been cured. I God which is among you.' In this charge am, still, your old friend, of Peter's there are these things to be
THE WOKINGHAM FARMER. considered, - first, the persons toward whom your attention is specially to be directed-the flock of God; • my sheep,' (said Christ) and “my lambs.' Secondly, LIFE OF MR. JOHN SMITH. the Preparation of Provision implied. Wisdom has not only builded her house, sent forth ber maidens, but she has killed her beasts, &c. The gospel is sometimes
DEAR SIR-I feel that I should be guilty compared to a dinner ; sometimes to a tian public, were I to conceal the circum.
of a great dereliction of duty to the Chris. supper ; a meal to give strength, and a stances relative to the death of Mr. Jonn season preparing for rest. There are Smith, who, for about forty years of his life, many ways by which you will prepare to was an active disciple of our Lord and Saviour feed your people. I had almost said, Jesus Christ. there are many markets to which you and Susanna Smith: he was born April 21st,
JOIN SMITH was the second son of John must go, in order to furnish your minis- 1787. His parents kept the • Red Lion, terial table. 1. You must go to the Horselydown Lane, Southwark ; where they Mercy. seat, if you can. I always wish to carried on a very prosperous business in the go there first; although many times I wine and spirit trade. He must have been
At the seem to have neither time nor inind, still, very young when he lost his father. I feel quite sure, a servant of Christ age of fourteen, he was apprenticed to a res
pectable tea grocer, then residing at Clapham, cannot get on successfully, nor comfort. where he served the full term of his appren, ably, unless he goes much to the throne ticeship. His mother contracted a second of grace. I think I can see a great deal marriage with a Mr. Wells, who was a lighter in those few words of our Lord, . Men man; she still carried on the business. After
a few years, her partner died, and she again ought always to pray, and not to faint.'
found herself a widow. 2. You must go to the Bible ; it is best,
Mr. Smith bad now obtained the age of and safest, to read and search for texts; manhood; and having commenced business sometinies they may come to you without, for himself, and as seculiar anxieties increased, but I have found the Lord does bless the he felt a necessity to have a help-meet;' hé reading of His Word. 3. You must
soon fixed upon the object of his choice, and
was married to Matilda Moss, who was a most sometimes go to the little streams which exemplary christian young woman, though he flow from the one great river. Men may was not, as yet, a decidedly christian characsay, they do not want dead men's brains; ter; for he frequented theatres; and as he nor do l; but if the Lord was pleased to let possessed good sound ability as a singer, he John Bunyan go into Bedford jail fortwelve at the request of his acquaintances, sung long years, in order that he might write also on Drury Lane stage. During the war * Pilgrim's Progress, and other works ; with France, he volunteered his services as a if the Lord has been pleased to bless those River Fencible, to assist in bringing the works, and to preserve them anong his Danish fleet from Copenhagen to England; churches, I do not think he will be dis- and with the prize money he obtained, he pleased with me for reading any of those When at sea, the ship that he was in, was
purchased some silver plate in the year 1807. good men who lived for Christ, and who overtaken by a terrible storm, and he was now reign with him. I love to read now filled with consternation lest he should be lost. and then a morsel of Caryll, Owen, Bun. Distressed in mind, he reviewed his past yan, Flavell, Brooks, or Huntington;
and career with feelings of dismay, and resolved, you may read them, too, to the profit of return to England, to alter his course of life; your own soul, and to the good of your but like all resolutions performed in human
strength, they proved abortive; for he was no tences, and exclaimed, that's ‘it brother.' of sooner ashore, than he returned to his former what avail (continued he,) would temporal habits ; still, he could not stifle conviction, things be to me now? I hold them all as nor silence conscience. One night, when he secondary. I look higher.
The supreme was at Dury Lane Theatre, as he gazed up at object of my soul is Jesus, and he is all-suffi. the ceiling, a drop of water fesl from the cient.' The passages I quoted to him among ceiling upon his head, which startled him; his others were, I will never leave thee, nor for. conscience became immediately alarmed; and sake thee ;' so that we may boldly say (under a voice seemed to say, as if upbraiding him for any circumstances) the Lord is my helper.' his conduct, is this thy gratitude for the de. When thou passest through the waters I will liverance thou didst experience at sea ?' He be with thee; and through the floods they instantly left his sent, which was in the pit of shall not overflow thee; when thou walkest the theatre; he got out, he hardly knew how, through the fire, thou shalt not be burned ; and never afterwards entered the doorway of a neither shall the flame kindle upon thee. theatre.
His mind was happy and calm, and When a child he was tempted to murder Not a wave of trouble rolled his elder brother with a knife, that he had
Across his peaceful breast.' wontingly taken out of his brother's pocket. It was while he was looking at the blade, that ble time, I said to him, 'I shall
be obliged to
After having stayed with him a considerahe was strongly tempted to job it into him," leave you, my dear Mr. Smith.' Shall you,' as his brother lay asleep: he instantly exclaim he replied with much earnestness, I am sorry ed,
'O God ! O God! and in the hurry to for it. I told him that I would look in again close the knife, lest he should be detected, he this seemed to satisfy him, and he said, "good cut his finger, the scar of which he carried bye, Simmonds. I called again in the even. with him to the grave. At this time he was ing;-- he was gone : his spirit had taken its about five years old, and from that time he was fully convinced that there was a God' who had
flight kept him from perpetrating the horrid deed. “To the regions where the mourners cease He kept the circumstances of this severe trial,
to mourn.' as he used to call it, a secret for some twenty And he is with the Saviour, whom he loved years; and afterwards disclosed it to bis bro- on earth; and glorying God in the temple ther, whom he visited on his dying bed. that is not made with hands, ' eternal in the
The honoured instrument in the hands heavens.' of God of Mr. Smith's conversion was I feel that I have lost a true, spiritual friend Mr. Jonathan Franklin, minister of the Gos- and father, in the loss of dear Mr. Smith. I pel in Red Cross Street; by whom he was never knew any one whose Christian exper. baptized, upon a profession of his faith, in a ience corresponded so much with my own as Triune Jehovah; and profited considerably his did; and it was a source of comfort to under his ministry. Some time after, Mr. have him speak to me. To say the least, he Smith was married, he took an apartment at was a holy man-a sinner saved by, gracehis mother's house, and resided with her on and though he had those eccentricities of the premises, in order to assist his mother in character and temper, which perhaps did not the business. At his mother's death, he came always commend him, which rendered him into full possession of the same; but finding very peculiar in his manner, yet he was a the public line not congenial to his religious lover of God's word; most uncompromising views and sentiments, he disposed of the house in principle, and unflinching in his advocacy and business for conscience sake.
and adherance to that which he believed to Mr. Smith was by far my senior in years as be the truth. well as in grace; having for upwards of
a laborious, active, and useful forty years made a profession of the gospel. Christian; engaged in his office as City DeI gained much by his counsels, and kind puty Corn Dealer, he nevertheless transacted christian experience, as I was constantly in business as a Tea Grocer, &c., and devoted a the habit of visiting him.
considerable portion of time on week days, as On Tuesday, August 10th, I called to see well as on Sundays, in holding prayer meethim. He was at the point of death ; but per ings and conducting religious services at varfectly sensible, and in the full possession of ious preaching stations in different parts of his faculties. He was glad to have me with the metropolis. He was wont to encourage bim, and seemed very much to enjoy my others, particularly young men whom he con. spiritual conversation and prayer. Myseli, sidered gifted, with the root of the matter in and a sister in Christ, then, for the last time them,' to speak in the name of the Lord; and with our dear friend on earth, partook of the he was quick in discernment, of acute pene. memorials of the Saviour's love, which shew tration, soundness of judgment, and posessed forth bis death till he come; and syeetly ex: strong powers of mind. He was most scruperienced blessed communion with Jesus, and pulously exact in his dealings, so that his very with one another; and felt our souls greatly enemies were compelled to admit that he was refreshed. He told me, that his only hope rigidly just, if not generous. 'I like to bring was in Jesus; that he felt him to be all suffi- young men out, (he used to say,) you know cient; and he believed that God would not we may all speak in our order ; and though forsake him now.' He derived much comfort we are not all endued alike with gifts, yet if from several passages of God's word which I influenced by God the Holy Spirit, we may quoted to him; and he expressed his joy by all speak one by one, for the mutual comfort squeezing my hands, as I repeated the sen- ' and edification of one another. Through his