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LECTURES ON BAPTISM. By the late W. THE SOWER. Vol. xvii.

Shirreff. With a Preface by C. H. THE LITTLE GLEANER. Vol. xxv.
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THERE is an air of antiquity about the MR. SPURGEON is doing good service for Little Gleaner that seriously diminishes the truth, to which our churches witness, its attractiveness, and there is a pensiveby the publication of this volume of lec- ness that, we fear, must lessen its usefultures. Much as has been produced on ness. The paper is poor, the pictures are the subject of baptism, this volume is indifferent, and much of the material strikingly fresh, and is specially adapted wanting in brightness. It is not wantto convince minds that move slowly, and ing in excellent lessons, and in sober with much carefulness, from an old and counsel, but it is some distance below our long cherished position. Put into the ideal of a magazine for the young. The hands of persons with a penchant for SOWER scatters good seed, seed that will logic and logical modes of viewing Chris- yield large returns wherever it is received tian duties, and fettered by Pædo-baptist and nourished. associations, it will do real good. We We are very pleased to see that both should like to converse with the man these periodicals start the year in an who could go through through these lec- altogether improved style, and with better tures and yet remain a Pædo-baptist. paper, better illustrations, and a brighter

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Information should be sent by the 16th of the month to 51, Porchester Road, Westbourne Park,

London, W.
CONFERENCES.

to close his long and useful ministry. It
MIDLAND. — The Spring Conference

desires that the divine presence may be will be held at Ripley on Tuesday, March

with him in his retirement, and greatly 4, 1879. Devotional services at 11. a.m.,

cheer him till his Lord shall call him to and sermon by the Rev. J. J. Irving, of

final and perfect rest in heaven.” Swadlincote. Conference business at two

VII. Oficers for coming Year - Rev. p.m. Rev. J. Alcorn, Chairman. Public B. Wood, President ; Mr. Councillor meeting at six p.m. Addresses by the

Binns, of Halifax, Vice-President. Rev. J. W. Williams, W. H. Tetley, R. F.

Committees.-1. Business: Revs. B.
Griffiths, and other friends.

Wood, W. Gray, W. Dyson, Messrs. J.
J. SALISBURY, Secretary.

Binns, J. Bramley, J. Lister, and J. S. Gill.

2. Finance : Messrs. J. Lister, J. The LANCASHIRE AND YORKSHIRE

Binns, and G. White. CONFERENCE was held at Enon Chapel,

3. Evangelistic Work: Revs. B. Wood, Burnley, Jan. 22. The Rev.J. T. Roberts

W. Sharman, W. Chapman, Messrs. J. opened the service, and the Rev. J. Bent

Binns, Joseph Horsfall, and G. White.

VIII. Next Conference.-Place: Heploy preached from Luke ii. 52. Mr. Bentley received the best thanks of the

tonstall Slack. Time: Whit Wednesday. Conference for his excellent sermon.

The Rev. W. Reynolds, of Burnley, to read
Afternoon Session — There was a good

a paper; in case of failure, Rev. W. Dyson. attendance of delegates. The Rev. W.

Speakers for Home Mission meeting, Gray, president, in the chair, supported

Revs. J. T. Roberts, J. K, Chapelle, and by Mr. James Bramley, vice-president.

W. Chapman. Reports and statistics from churches

IX. Afghanistan.That this Confershewed sixty baptized since last Confer

ence expresses its very deep regret at the ence, and seventeen approved candidates.

conduct of the Government in regard to The following resolutions were passed :

Afghanistan, viz., involving this country
I. That we heartily welcome into this

in an unnecessary and unjust war, and Conference the Rev. J. T. Roberts, of

in entering upon that war in an unconWest Vale, and Rov. Wesley Wood, of

stitutional manner without the know

ledge and consent of Parliament. Infirmary Street Chapel, Bradford. Both

The usual Home Missionary meeting were present, and replied to the vote of welcome.

was held in the evening. The Rev. J. II. That with regret we accept the

Turner presided. JOHN S. GILL, Sec., resignation of Rev. W. Sharman as Secre

Greenfield House, Todmorden. tary of the Conference, thanking him for his efficient services, and deeply sympa

CHURCHES. thizing with him in his illness, pray that ASHBY AND PACKINGTON. Annual he may soon be restored. That Mr. J.

members' meeting, Jan. 29. Weekly S. Gill, of Todmorden, be appointed offering in four quarters of last year. Secretary for the next three years, and Treasurer bas balance in hand. The that he be asked to commence his duties Hymnal to be introduced on first Lord'sat this Conference. Mr. D. Wilson, of day in March. A youthful member Halifax, was thanked for his services as recommended to the Chilwell College Treasurer, and re-appointed.

Committee to study for the ministry. III. That when churches seek aid to Resolved to have an organ for the Ashby secure a pastor, in every such case they Chapel. An evening service had been shall ask the advice of Conference in the commenced at Packington, conducted by selection.

young members of the church. The eldest IV. That the case at Northallerton and son of a much esteemed deacon, now doBrompton, Yorkshire, be referred to the ceased, proposed for membership. MeetCommittee on Denominational Property. ing of deep interest, and great cordiality.

V. That we approve of the withdrawal LONG EATON. — All communications, of the church at Manchester, and its promises of money, etc., for the new union with the Cheshire Conference. chapel, should be forwarded to the Secre

VI. The Rev. Richard Hardy, of tary, Mr. C. G. Day, or the Treasurer, Mr. Queensbury, having retired from the T. Hooley, North Villa, Long Eaton, regular pastorate, the following resolu- Derbyshire. tion was unanimously passed :-" That LONDON, CHURCH STREET. — At the this Conference learns, with regret, that annual church meeting it was resolved to the Rev. R. Hardy has felt it necessary re-seat and otherwise improve the interior

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love." We are sure our brother may solace himself with the conviction that he will be remembered by many when they bow the knee to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. May the strong consolations of the Eternal God be with thee!

JOHNSON, Rev. C. T., has accepted the pastorate of the church at Longton. On leaving Long Eaton, a purse containing ten guineas was presented to Mr. Johnson. Mr. J. commences his ministry at Longton forthwith.

REYNOLDS, Rev. WALTER, has resigned the pastorate of the Ebenezer Church, Burnley, accepted an invitation to Gosford Street, Coventry, and will commence his ministry there on the first Sunday in March. During a ministry of seventeen months at Burnley, forty-six have joined the church by baptism, eleven by letter, and three by restoration, making a total addition of sixty members. There are six candidates.

of the chapel at the cost of about £600. Promiges of nearly £400 were given.

LOUGHBOROUGH, WooD GATE.-Jan. 26, sermons by H. Crassweller, B.A., and collections towards cost of new American organ, and complete set of new books for choir. The organ is one of Estey's 68 guinea ones. Total cost incurred about £73, which is all paid off. Members' annual tea meeting on the following day; quite an average attendance, and very happy meeting after, Mr. T. W. Marshall presiding. Total amount contributed for all purposes during the year £494.

LOUTH, NORTHGATE. We recently purchased a minister's house for £420. Have just had our annual sale, which realized £65. This, together with the proceeds of last year's sale, and £200 worth of shares in a building society, has enabled us easily to secure this desirable acquisition to our chapel property, and thus increase our pastor's income.

MORCOTT AND BARROWDEN.—Annual meeting, Jan. 30. Over £115 raised for all purposes. Five pounds were presented to the pastor (Rov. S. Peacock). It is proposed to spend a considerable sum, during the year, in chapel improvement. Mr. Burnham, one of the Metropolitan Tabernacle Evangelists, is engaged to hold special evangelistic services in March.

NANTWICH.-The Home Mission sermons were preached, Feb. 9, by the pastor, Rev. R. P. Cook, and Rev. F. J. Greening. Attendance good.

NEWTHORPE, Notts.—The yearly church meeting was held, Feb. 11.

A goodly number met to tea, after which accounts were read and audited, and the deacons and officers re-elected.

NORWICH, ST. CLEMENT's.—The Band of Hope gavo a successful entertainment on Jan. 30. The Rev. G. Taylor occupied the chair, and Miss Mallett presided at the harmonium. The spacious school-room was filled, and so successful was the entertainment that it was repeated the following Monday in the large room of the Free Library, by request of the U. K. Alliance. The room was packed.

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BAPTISMS.
BOURNE.-Thirteen, by W. Orton.
HALIFAX, Lee Mount.--Five, by W. Dyson.
LONDON, Praed St. and Westbourne Pk.-Eight.
LONDON, Commercial Road. — Five, by J.
Fletcher.

MACCLESFIELD.-Two, by J. Maden.
MOSSLEY.—Three, by S. Skingle.
NORWICH.-Three, by G. Taylor.
OLD BASFORD.-Seven, by J. Alcorn.
PETERBOROUGH.-Four, by T. Barrass.
STAPLEFORD.-Four, by W. Myers.
WALSALL.-Eleven, by W. Lees.

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OBITUARIES. KENNEY, REV. R., departed this life, Feb. 6, in the 76th year of his age. It may not be out of place to name a singular coincidence. He died on the same day in the year as one of his few fellow-students died, John Underwood, of Boston, but at the distance of forty-five years. Mr. and Mrs. Kenney have bequeathed To Wheelock Heath Chapel Nantwich Chapel

200 General Baptist

Home Mission 400
Foreign Mission.. 800
College

300 Building Fund 150 Protestant Dissenting Minister's

Fund, three denominations 200

..£500

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MINISTERIAL. BARKER, Rev. G., has resigned the pastorate of the church at Beeston, and commenced his ministry at Blaby and Whetstone.

GREENWOOD, Rev. J., of Barton.-- Wo rejoice to hear that our beloved brother is recovering from his very severe and dangerous illness. In a letter just to hand Mr. Greenwood says he will be thankful for “the prayers of Christian people, and specially of my fellow students, that I may soon be restored again to the work I

£2,050 A Memoir of Mr. Kenney will shortly appear.

BAKEWELL, ELIZABETH, of Kilburn, Derby. shire, born March 9, 1847, died Jan. 6, 1879, was an exemplary Christian, and a thorough Baptist, sure to be found at the Conference and Association gatherings when practicable. She join d the church when about twelve years of age. Though not the oldest of the family she was the first to join the church, and she lived to see all her brothers and sisters baptized (six of them). In all departments of Christian work she was earnest and useful. Her remains rest in Smalley Chapel yard, in sure and certain hope of a joyful resurrection. J. B.

BOTHAMLEY, MARY ANN, the beloved wife of Parkinson Bothamley, Derby, after many years of patient suffering, passed to her rest January 19th, aged fifty-four.

THE

MISSIONARY OBSERVER.

MARCH, 1879.

Missionary Committee Meeting.

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A MEETING OF THE COMMITTEE of the Foreign Missionary Society was held at St. Mary's Gate Chapel, Derby on Tuesday, Feb. 18th. The meeting was numerously attended, and a considerable amount of important business, in relation to the Mission, was transacted.

THE TREASURER'S FINANCIAL STATEMENT showed that the amount received from many of the churches was below that of last year-a circumstance which is, doubtless, owing, in a great measure, to the severe and long continued depression of trade. By improved organization, by “gathering up the fragments,” and by a higher scale of contributions on the part of those who have the means, it is sincerely to be hoped, not only that all financial difficulty may be avoided, but that the Committee may be enabled to enlarge the sphere of the Society's operations. It was announced that our late highly esteemed friend, the Rev. R. Kenney, of Wheelock Heath, had bequeathed to the Society the sum of £300.

The following Minutes relating to matters of general interest were adopted by the Committee.

REV. W. MILLER'S RETURN TO ENGLAND. Mr. Miller's return to England for a season being considered, in the opinion of his medical advisers and the brethren, essentially necessary

RESOLVED,—That we express our sincere sympathy with our beloved brother in his affliction, trust that by a visit to England his health may be restored, and accord to him and Mrs. Miller a cordial welcome.

SUMBULPORE.

The Minutes of Conference, and other correspondence in reference to the occupancy of Sumbulpore as a mission station having been read, ,

it was

RESOLVED,—That we approve the desire of the brethren to occupy Sumbulpore, and of Mr. Pike's going there to commence operations; pledge ourselves to supply him with a colleague as soon as possible; request him, in conjunction with the Cuttack Committee, to take steps towards securing Mission premises, and to submit their suggestions, together with plans and estimates, for our consideration.

SPECIAL SERMONS AND PRAYER FOR THE MISSION.

RESOLVED,—That we affectionately request the ministers of our churches, our local preachers and Sunday school teachers, to give special prominence to the subject of Christian Missions in their sermons and addresses on the first Lord's-day in April, and recommend that the Monday evening following be devoted to special prayer for God's blessing upon our Mission work in Orissa and Rome.

Will our stated ministers, local preachers, Sunday school teachers, and friends in general, allow us to call their particular attention to the foregoing resolution, and to express the earnest hope that they will comply with the request of the Committee. It scarcely seems needful to offer any suggestions as to the subjects of sermons, addresses, or prayer. It occurs to us, however, that, where there are two services, prominence might be given in one to Mission Work in Italy and Rome, ancient and modern; and in the other to Mission Work in India and Orissa. The Secretary will be happy to forward, on application, a copy of the pamphlet on "THE ORISSA MISSION.

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In the account of the Committee meeting, as well as in Mr. Miller's letter, which we print elsewhere, reference is made to the occupancy of Sumbulpore as a mission station. Our most recent information is to the effect that Mr. Pike was in Cuttack en route for this new, extensive, and important field of labour. The report of the last census, which was more carefully taken than any former one, gives the population of Sumbulpore and; district as 1,152,534 souls. The town is 158 miles from Cuttack; but via Sonepore, which is the route generally preferred, it is 194 miles.

In the Observer for last year, page 363, we had the pleasure to acknowledge £10 from a working man, not a member of our denomination, towards a Mission to Sumbulpore. This same friend, in a letter from St. Albans dated Feb. 9th, writes :

I have read Mr. Wood's letter in the £2,000, and this sum could be raised Baptist for Jan. 17, also Dr. Buckley's if one hundred persons would promise account of Conference in the Observer for £20 each. If the wealthier brethren could February. Brother Pike expresses a

undertake it as their special mission, and desire to commence at Sumbulpore alone. also support it when established, our God I rejoice in his decision.

The Lord give would abundantly bless them. I suggest him right views concerning a Mission this that the general Mission should not there. I notice one item of very great suffer, and the Sumbulpore Mission spread interest was discussed, and consider the over a few persons. Conference has been very discreet. That As you meet on the 18th at Derby, I take I admire. Wisdom must be exercised in the liberty of writing, and just say that so grave a matter. Other stations must if it can be accomplished, I will give not suffer. But I notice Dr. Buckley's another £10 toward this Mission, and remark, “Sumbulpore is incomparably £l yearly toward its support. If the the most important place we could select effort should be made I will forward, you for a new station.” I think the work £5 on account. I so long for the work may be accomplished with faith, prayer, to be done. Do, beloved, consider it. and effort.

Time is short for us to put forth the May I, although a stranger, suggest my effort. Wherever I am Sumbulpore is in views. My first and present view is my thoughts. the same. Purchase of ground, houses,

Yours in the gospel, chapel, etc., would, I think, require

SAMUEL BROOKS.

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