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biguity is probably intended to lead to a more knowledge ; and that while they maincomprehensive investigation of all possible tained with the famous Samuel How, " The causes. Just, indeed, as in the bodily frame Sufficiency of the Spirit's Teaching without a local evil is often to be removed only by in- Humane Learning,” they yet esteemed human fusing vigour into the general system, so a par- learning in its appropriate sphere, and were ticular deficiency or inconsistency in the con- not destitute of it. The great struggle in duct is frequently to be remedied by no other which they were engaged is yet to be means than an elevation of the habitual spi- brought to a triumphant close, and their rituality of the soul. Afflictions may there weapons must be ours. fore be expected in many cases to have only this The historical value of these works is also general design. Bnt never let the child of great. They treat on subjects, which at God fear to look upon them as, for the most the time stirred to its inmost depths the part, involving some degree of displeasure-a popular mind, influencing to a very great displeasure which is perfectly consistent with degree the development of public events. the exercise of love, and which is in fact a The great conflict of the seventeenth cenpositive manifestation of love. Is it no con- tury was very much a religious one. The solation to be assured that we shall not be various combatants fought for the establishpermitted to continue at ease in iniquity ? ment of divine as well as civil right, and a that we shall not be suffered to sink under distorted view will be taken of the one unless the fatal drowsiness of the world? Would it corrected by a knowledge of the other. As it not destroy all genuine comfort in a renewed theological works they are characterized by soul to be required to regard God as a being fervour of spirit, deep study of the word of of unmixed leniency, instead of one who God, great facility of application of divine united with that quality the attributes of holi- truths to passing events, a holy attachment to ness and fidelity, and was at all times pre- the truth as it is in Jesus, clear and pungent pared, if needful, to reveal his love in the exhibitions of the way of life. Some of them form of disapproval, and to exhibit his ten- are now regarded by the universal church as derness in acts of paternal chastisement ? its dearest possessions next to the word of # The writer, on these grounds, cannot but God. reply, and that thankfully, in the negative, to There is also wanting for our congregathe inquiry of last month, “ Whether it be tional and family libraries works of this kind. altogether wrong to suppose that our heavenly As a body it is to be feared we are exFather ever corrects his childen while in this tremely ignorant of the rise, struggles, and world for any particular declension, indul- growth of those principles which we hold, gence, or sin into which they may fall.” and of the great and good men who lost all Liverpool.

C. M. B. in the maintenance of them.

people need information on these points.

With the exception of a few popular works WRITINGS OF EARLY ENGLISH BAPTISTS.

frequently reprinted, they are entirely unacSIR,--Allow me to suggest as worthy of quainted with them. consideration, whether circumstances and the Such a republication is also necessary in aspect of the times, do not render it important, our own defence. We may not look for a just if not necessary, that the writings of the representation of our sentiments by other early founders of the “baptized congrega- bodies. Past experience forbids the hope. tions" should be made more accessible to the And now that the Parker and Wycliffe socimembers of our churches. For the most eties are reprinting the works of those who part they are scarce, and to be found only in were the bitterest oppressors and calumniators large libraries or in private collections, and of the first confessors of our faith in this therefore, comparatively closed to the general land, it would ill become us to be so faithless reader. As the writings of men who held to the character and piety of our forefathers their principles often at the cost of life, they as not to provide their own reply to the are deeply interesting, -as containing the ele- charges of their enemies, strengthened by the ments, and frequently the full development, support which modern researches into the hisof those principles of religious and civil tory of those times supply. liberty which have ever characterized our body, The success of the societies just referred to, --they are of great value. And these are and the desirableness of the object, seems to times when the example and living energy of afford ample encouragement that sufficient our forefathers may aid us in a somewhat subscribers would be found, and that thus similar conflict.

works may be perpetuated which are daily The republication of these works would becoming more precious and costly by their prove that the baptist body were by no means scarcity. It is unnecessary to discuss at deficient in able and learned expounders of present the extent to which such republication their sentiments, and that a fair proportion of should proceed, or the form in which the their number were men eminent for their works should appear. I wish only to bring attainments both in classical and divine the subject before your readers generally, and

Our young

PARENTAL INTERFERENCE WITH BAPTISM,

80 lead to its consideration. A better oppor- Pond, on the evening of Tuesday next, when tunity for this could not perhaps be found his predecessor in the college at Montreal, Dr. than at the approaching meetings of our Davies, will deliver an address. The volume ministers and brethren in London. To them, which Mr. Cramp had announced entitled therefore, I commend the subject, and beg to “ Lectures for These Times” is ready for subscribe myself,

delivery, and we hope to take an early opporYours most truly,

tunity of directing attention to it more fully in EDWARD B. UNDERHILL. our review department. Avening House, near Nailsworth, March 15, 1844.

Referring our readers to the wrapper for a general list of the approaching annual meetings, and to the Missionary Herald, the Irish Chronicle, and the Quarterly Register of the

Baptist Home Mission for the details relating Sir,-A young man of sixteen years of to their respective societies, we subjoin a few age is converted under my ministry; he ap: words respecting other public bodies and their plies to me for baptism; I feel satisfied with

arrangements. his character, and agree to administer to him

The secretaries of the Baptist Union inform that ordinance. His father, a pious man, but a pædobaptist, objects to his son being im- be held at the Mission House, Moorgate

us that the thirty-second annual session will mersed on a profession of faith, and requires Street, and will be opened on Thursday, him to abstain from carrying out his intention, April the 18th, 1844, at ten o'clock. The I beg leave to ask on this case :-1. Should I Rev. Robert Roff of Cambridge, in the chair. advise the youth to postpone his baptism? The session will be further held at the same 2. May I consider that the father acts, as a place, by adjournment, on Monday, April Christian, improperly in preventing his son

the 23rd, at ten o'clock. The public meeting following out his convictions ; or would his of the Union will be held at Devonshire consistency be impugned by permitting his Square Chapel, on Thursday April the 25th, child to observe what he regards as un

at half-past six o'clock. The Union is exscriptural ? Yours much obliged,

pected to adjourn for refreshments, and to

resume business in the afternoon. A Junior PASTOR. The ministers educated at Stepney College March 10, 1844.

are invited to breakfast together at the Guildhall Coffee House, King Street, Cheapside, on Tuesday morning, April the 23rd, at halfpast eight o'clock precisely; the attendance

of all being specially desired. The ministers EDITORIAL POSTSCRIPT. educated at Bradford are also to breakfast

together in the same house, and at the same A “ village pastor” complains that within time. the last two years he has received twenty-nine circulars, chiefly chapel cases, which have cost him four-pence each. His residence is four

The day fixed for the proposed Anti-Statemiles from a post office, and the custom is in Church Conference, in which many of our such cases to charge for every letter one penny thirtieth of April. It is expected that it will

readers doubtless take a lively interest, is the per mile. He mentions the case of another

. hold morning and evening sittings, during village pastor, whose salary is under £30 per three successive days. Papers on several annum, and who has to pay for every letter sixpence. This deserves the attention of all questions are to be read to the conference, we who issue circulars, especially when the object

are informed, and will be the basis of its is not the advantage of the recipients but of deliberations: these, Doctors Cox of Hackney, the senders. In such cases, justice demands Young of Perth, and Wardlaw of Glasgow, that in letters sent to places at a distance from

and Messrs. Mursell, Boothby, and Edward post towns, as many penny stamps should be Miall, have engaged to prepare. It will be inclosed as will compensate the receiver for open however to every representative to bring the compulsory payment to which he is sub- forward any relevant motion on giving å

The place for meeting jected. Unless care be taken, the strenuous prescribed notice.

is the Crown and Anchor Tavern in the supporters of the voluntary system may un

Strand. consciously impose a tax for religious purposes on that very portion of the community which is the least able to bear it.

Mr. J. Birch requests us to announce,

as ready for publication, a work which he has Our friend Mr. Cramp expects to embark translated from the German, entitled, The for Canada, with his family, in five or six days. Religious Life and Opinions of Frederick A valedictory service is to be held at Maze William III., King of Prussia.

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WEST INDIES.

JAMAICA.

The

The view of Clarkson Town, one of the new villages that have been established in different parts of Jamaica since the abolition of slavery, will be regarded with additional interest, if the account of its opening be perused, which Mr. Phillippo has given in bis volume entitled “ Jamaica, in its past and present State," as illustrative of the progress of social improvement throughout the country.

This township is beautifully situated in the contrast a garden reclaimed from the wide centre of a long valley or glade, formed by waste around by the arts of peaceful industry, two ranges of mountains, rearing their sum. In consequence of the reverberation of sound mits to the clouds, and nearly meeting at along the narrow defile which the township their base. Beheld from a mountain pass occupies, a shout of the voice was all that immediately in the rear of the settlement, was necessary to attract the company to the two or three sugar estates are visible in the place of meeting. Accordingly at the apdistance; and beyond them, by an accommo- pointed hour, the words, " Come to prayers,' dation of the foreground to avoid obstruction being vociferated two or three times by one of from the trees which are in process of being the most robust and active of the villagers, cleared away, are seen the towns of Kingston who ascended the summit of a detached hill and Port Royal ; whilst, as an additional for the purpose, every individual in the settleelement of interest and beauty in the picture, ment was seen wending his way to this rural the ports disclose their shipping, and the har- sanctuary ; the aged and infirm supporting bour the small craft, that are perpetually themselves on a staff, and others more vigorskimming to and fro over its surface, with ous climbing the steep ascent with quick and now and then a merchantman or man-of-war eager step : all, at the same time, with counhomeward or outward bound.

tenances that betokened the pleasure which The settlement is already of considerable such a summons had created. extent, and is gradually increasing.

The pulpit was a rude table, covered with cottages are of comfortable size, containing a white cloth, and situated close to the huge about three rooms each, and are very sub- trunk of one of the group of trees already stantially built. The township contains at mentioned. The hearers were seated almost present but three principal streets, one of in semicircles on planks attixed to uprights which, by an angle in its centre, is divided placed in the ground beneath the shade of into two, named Victoria and Albert. Along the wide-spreading branches, altogether prethese, leaving a piece of garden-ground in front, senting a most novel and interesting spectacle. the cottages are ranged on either side, at equal The writer commenced the services, and distances. The interesting ceremony of open- delivered an address containing, as is usual ing the township took place on the 12th of on such occasions, advice on the subject of May, 1842. A considerable number of people personal and relative duties, urging on all were attracted by the occasion ; and, as its present the advantages of a conscientious and principal objects were to secure an oppor. faithful discharge of them, both as evidences tunity of preaching the gospel and administer of their piety towards God, and as necessary ing advice, accommodation for a large auditory causes of their temporal prosperity and haphad been provided beneath a cluster of old piness. The Rev. Thomas Dowson preached forest trees, on the mountain-side, and in a an energetic and appropriate discourse, resituation which commanded a view of the lating, in an especial manner, to the spiritual whole settlement. It was a most romantic interests of the hearers. The service was then spot-the mountains forming an amphitheatre, closed by prayer and praise. covered with trees and shrubs of varied foliage These preliminary engagements being ended, and beauty, arresting the clouds as they the writer proceeded to the ceremony of naming floated along the sky,

the town, and accordingly proposed its being

called “Clarkson Town," in honour of the “With thicket overgrown, grotesque and wild,

celebrated philanthropist of that name, to Access denied, and overhead up grew Insuperable heights of loftiest shade,

whose long and untiring efforts on behalf of Cedar and branching palm,"

the African race the great boon of emancipa.

tion was mainly to be attributed, detailing whilst their sides, and the extended and some of the difficulties this venerable man lovely valley below, presented in beautiful I had to encounter, and the sacrifices he was

called to make, in the prosecution of his jesty's name and that of her royal consort (a arduous work, deducing from the whole his general case in all the new townships) with pre-eminent claim to their most grateful re- their social prosperity and happiness. And membrance. This address was received with on his saying aloud, "I name this street cordial responses, and the designation,“ Clark- /. Victoria,' in honour of our beloved soveson Town,” by men, women, and children reign, by whose gracious will and pleasure united, resounded throughout the valley. the great boon of freedom was bestowed upon ** The venerable Clarkson, and his associates you and your children,” all united in loud in the great work of securing liberty to the and successive cheers, followed by singing in slave! May they live to hear of still greater chorus two or three verses of the national triumphs of their philanthropy! May they anthem. The circumstances attending the persevere in their benevolent efforts until naming of the street in honour of Prince slavery and the slave-trade shall perish in Albert were similar, as were also those which every land ; and may they be at last crowned accompanied the naming of the remainder, with immortal honour and happiness in among which was“ Gurney Street,” in reheaven !” was repeated by the crowd with membrance of Joseph J. Gurney, Esq., who, the greatest enthusiasm, and followed by as described in his “ Winter in the West loud and long-continued cheering.

Indies in 1841," visited the settlement, and A statement of the circumstances which led was delighted both with its appearance, and to the establishment of the township, together the manners, intelligence, and hospitality of with the leading incidents which had hitherto the people. marked its history, was then read; an ex- At the conclusion of the business of the day tract from which, designed especially to show the two ministers who conducted the cerethe advantages of its locality, is here subjoined. monies, together with the friends who ac

“ Although the settlement is at present companied them, retired loaded with caresses small and insignificant, it is probable it may and followed by benedictions, until the insoon become of considerable magnitude and teresting spot had vanished from their sight. importance, as a plan is conceived of cutting The writer could not help speculating, as he a canal from a little above Kingston harbour paced the winding solitary ascent to his to the foot of the mountains near which the home, on the emotions of which the venertown is located--a design which, if executed, able Clarkson and his noble coadjutors in will be of almost inconceivable advantage to the cause of African liberty would have been the estates in the neighbourhood, bring a the subjects had they but witnessed the scene vast tract of land into cultivation now aban- -had they beheld the activity and lightdoned in morass, afford facilities for the con- heartedness manifested both by young and veyance of produce from the adjoining parishes, old, from the earliest dawn of day. Had and thereby increase cultivation in them to they heard their mutual salutations—their an extent hitherto unprecedented.

hearty cheers and enthusiastic benedictions “ May this infant township rise under on the instruments of their deliverance from the blessing of Almighty God, and may its temporal and spiritual bondage! Had they inhabitants, to the most distant posterity, but seen the evidences of their industry and united in bonds of Christian love and fellow- providence-of their contentment and happiship, be as one family, with one feeling to ness-these noble-minded men and women prompt, and one principle to govern!" would have required no other recompense,

This part of the ceremony concluded, the they could have desired no higher honour. writer proceeded to name the streets of the Nor will their names or their deeds ever be town, and arriving at the most convenient forgotten they will descend to succeeding part of the principal street, he prefaced the generations embalmed in the grateful recoldesignation by a short address, congratulating lection of the whole posterity of Ham, when the peasantry on their loyalty to their sove- the memorials of the tyrants that oppressed reigo in desiring the association of her ma-' them shall have perished.

We have been expecting for some time to receive and lay before our readers a compendious account of the present state of the baptist churches in Jamaica. In the interim, pleasure may be derived from the indications of success in the work of Christ in different parts of the island furnished in the following extracts from recent numbers of “The Baptist Herald,” published at Falmouth.

A new baptist church was formed at Hast- suitable portion of scripture and implored the ings on Tuesday, the 26th December, 1843 divine presence and help. Mr. T. B. PickThe services of the day were commenced by ton, the minister of the place, then briefly Mr. W. Dendy, of Salter's Hill, who read a stated the nature of the business of the day" ;

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