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TESTIMONIALS TO THE REV. DR. AND MRS.
chosen to the office of deacon. Having been taught the worth of his own soul, and feeling the great importance of divine truth, he de
Mr. W. S. Alcock, son of the Rev. Paul sired to be useful to those who were living in Alcock, Parley, was drowned, in his 24th a state of rebellion against God, and he com- year, March 16th, 1844, crossing the river menced preaching on sabbath evenings in Fox, Bristol, Illinois, North America. His the neighbouring villages, and frequently en.
exemplary piety endeared him to all who
knew him. gaged in two different villages on the same day. These labours were continued till age and infirmities rendered him incapable of
MISCELLANEA. exertion; and they were not in vain.
The last eighteen months of his life his strength failed rapidly ; but, being naturally of a robust constitution, he continued in part
The Rev. Dr. Murch, having been obliged his labours of love till within about two by declining health to retire from the duties months of his death, and was not confined to his room till a fortnight before his departure. very affectionately come forward to present
of Stepney College, his former pupils have His last affliction was borne with patience him with a token of their respect. The occaand with resignation to the will of God. “Ision of its presentation seems to have been desire," said he,“ to die as a sinner saved by
one of much interest. The ministers educated grace.” He had no ecstacy of joy; but his at Bristol, Bradford, and Stepney colleges mind was firmly fixed upon Christ, the rock breakfasted in the same place, and on the of ages. He enjoyed an inward peace, which Satan was not permitted to disturb, and an
same morning, although in different apartticipated that eternal rest which is prepared ments, namely, in the Guildhall Coffee-house, for the servants of God. His mind was en
on April 25th, and united, after their meal tirely delivered from all fear of death, and, that hotel, for the purpose of witnessing the
was over, in the handsome public room of feeling the truths he had preached to others ceremonial. About two hundred ministers to be a sufficient foundation to rest upon in
were present, gathered from nearly all parts the prospect of an unseen world, his confi
of the kingdom. dence in Christ was firm and unmoved to the
The testimonial consisted of a valuable last.
and elegant timepiece, measuring between two and three feet in height, by about one and a half in breadth. It is composed of a square
block of highly polished black marble, the Died, at Leighton Buzzard, May 28, after front surface of which presents the dial-plate, a protracted illness, aged seventy-five, Mrs. while the upper sustains a beautifully wrought Elizabeth Abbot, a worthy member of the figure, in bronze, of an aged fisherman, reposchurch under the pastoral care of Mr. Adey. ing on the implements of his recent toil,
anchor, oars, and nets. It bears the following inscription :
Preceptori optimo et amantissimo Died, June 3, 1844, Mrs. Mather, wife of GUL. H. MURCH, S. T. D. et P. Mr. Francis Mather, of Greenhill Lane, Der
Ejusque Conjugi eximiæ byshire, in the thirty-sixth year of her age.
Discipuli She was for sixteen years an active and con
In Academia Stepniensi sistent member of the baptist church at Swanwick and Riddings; and her death is lamented by her pastor and her fellow-members. She was the fond and affectionate daughter of Mr. James Tagg, a deacon of the The Rev. C. M. Birrell of Liverpool read church, and the indulgent and untiring mother the following address, in the name of the of seven interesting young children, for whose ministers and missionaries educated under welfare she felt deeply concerned during her Dr. Murch. prolonged and heavy affliction. But the
“REV. AND DEAR SIR,-It was with singrace of God, which was working in her
cere regret that we heard of your resignation effectually, enabled her at length to resign of the theological tutorship of Stepney Colher dear offspring into his keeping; and, re
lege. We trusted that divine providence lying simply on the blood of Christ for salva- would, for a much longer period, have contion and eternal life, her spirit departed with tinued your health, and enabled you to dediout a struggle.
cate your talents and your influence to the welfare of the rising ministry. Your retirement called forth in the hearts of your former pupils the most affectionate remembrance of
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your conscientious exertions on their behalf, | small amount, but its moral worth is, in my and led to a desire to seize the first opportu- estimation, of incalculable value. Testimonity of meeting to assure you of the existence nials of this character often proceed from a of those feelings. Their spheres of labour desire to repair a breach, or to heal a woundare, for the most part, so far distant from ed feeling. I accept this with the greater each other and from the metropolis, that the pleasure because, in the present instance, present is the earliest opportunity since your there has been no breach to repair, nor any resignation that it was in their power to wound to heal. It has been my happiness choose for such a purpose.
during the whole period of my connexion “ If the testimonial which we bring in our with Stepney College, to enjoy the uninterhands is not too trivial for your acceptance, rupted confidence both of the committee and we shall feel ourselves much honoured by of the students; and for this signal favour, I your receiving it as an expression of our sin- now offer to the Author of all our blessings cere respect and affection. Its intrinsic my deep felt gratitude. worth, notwithstanding the desires of many to “ It belongs to human nature to be fond the contrary, was intentionally limited, be- of office. If I have made a mistake by retirlieving that you would rather reflect upon its ing from public duties at too early a period, I moral value as the prompt and simultaneous have erred with the few, and certainly not utterance of many grateful hearts.
with the many. I hope, however, I have “ We trust that we shall be forgiven, for not violated the command of him who says to having united with our expressions of regard every one of his disciples, Occupy till I for your official character, an allusion directed come. My health and spirits failed ; and, to a more private object. The remembrance at my time of life,-for sixty summers have of Mrs. Murch's assiduous attention to our passed over my head,—there was no reasoncomfort, and of her amiable and affectionate able prospect of recovery without repose; interest in our general welfare while under and, without restoration to health, there could your roof, will never be obliterated from our be but little prospect of useful occupation in hearts, and demanded even more than the the arduous duties of the college. During brief record which we have felt ourselves at the short period of probation that may still liberty to inscribe,
be continued, I trust that, in the more private “ It must be, reverend Sir, to you, as it walks of life, such service as can be rendered certainly is to all who have pursued their will be cheerfully given. studies at Stepney College, whether under
“I relinquish my official connexion with your tuition or at an earlier period, an occa- the college under the most auspicious circumsion of much gratitude that you leave that stances. Its standing in the London Univerinstitution in a state of prosperity not sur sity, with which it is incorporated, considering passed at any period of its history. That the limited number educated within its walls, that prosperity will not only be continued, is certainly not inferior to that of any other but augmented, every successive year, we college associated with that noble institution. have all reason to hope from the divine bles. Of its continued and augmented prosperity, I sing on the labours of the learned and able cannot but entertain the fullest confidence, men who now conduct its affairs. We shall by the divine blessing resting upon the laever esteem it an honour to place our services bours of my late colleagues and highly at their disposal, in any way they think pro-esteemed successor, all of whom you justly per to command them, for, as far as the ad- designate as learned and able men,' and in vancement of that institution is regarded, reference to whom permit me to adopt your their wishes and our own are identical.
own language, 'I shall ever esteem it an “ We take our leave of you, reverend and honour to place my services at their disposal, respected Sir, with the most fervent prayers, in any way they may think proper to comthat the blessing of an unchanging God may mand them, for, as far as the advancement of rest upon yourself and your beloved partner; that institution is regarded, their wishes and that long after you have been gathered to my own are identical.' your fathers your children may continue to
“ But, truly, what can tutors accomplish ? prolong your influence in the Christian church ; and that, when the Lord Jesus A learned ministry they may give us, and Christ comes in his kingdom and glory, you students to attain; but it is not within their
many excellent things they may enable the may receive the gift of an everlasting crown.'
power, nor that of the committee, to raise The Rev. Dr. Murch replied, with deep | ard of usefulness for which they are designed.
our academical institutions to that full standfeeling, in the following terms :
Under God, this, my beloved brethren, rests “ Rev. and dear Sirs,—I return you my chiefly with you, who are the pastors of our most sincere thanks for this testimonial of churches. On your wisdom and discretion, your esteem and affection, and for the kind and zeal and energy, our academical instituaddress with which you have been pleased to tions must depend for sending them rightaccompany it. Its intrinsic worth is of no l minded and right-hearted youths. In the
name of my successor and his colleagues, and, | late those stores of knowledge which now I may add, in the name of the tutors of other afford us continual assistance in the discharge colleges,-two of whom I see here, and whom of our sacred duties. I have the happiness to call my friends,-I While, dear Madam, we feel that your say in their names, I take the liberty of say- tender care for some of us during seasons ing, send them suitable men, men of God and of affliction, and your self-denying labours men of prayer, men who have clear heads for the general and permanent good of the and large hearts, and deep convictions and students, can never in this world be adeuntiring energy,-men who give undoubted quately compensated, and that, even if it promise of being able to preach and willing to were possible, the bare suggestion of any work. We want none but such. I entreat thing of the kind would be repugnant to your you to send to our colleges men full of hu- feelings, permit us to beg your acceptance of mane and Christian sympathy, who can feel the accompanying piece of workmanship, as for the perishing millions around them, and a small token that you still live in our mewhose living voices shall pierce through the mory, and will never cease to be the object vast sepulchres of the spiritually dead. of our grateful esteem.
“My dear friends, it is to me peculiarly We feel convinced that the value which gratifying, that on the present occasion you you will set upon this trifle, will not be prohave associated Mrs. Murch's name with my portioned so much to its intrinsic worth as to
She always felt the deepest interest in the motives which have prompted us to make your welfare. She continues to do so, and, the request; nor will it be diminished by the with myself, enjoys great satisfaction in the knowledge that it is the work of an African thought, that so many of you are honourably of the Eboe tribe, about fifty years of age, filling stations of the greatest usefulness and who spent by far the greater part of his life importance in the church. She desires me in a state of slavery, but is now a respectable to return her best thanks, with mine, for all tradesman in the town of Falmouth. The your kindness and confidence during the pe different kinds of wood are all of Jamaica riod we resided together under the same roof, growth, and a plan will be found in one of and for the present respectful expression of the drawers which will give the name of each your unabated regard. She unites her prayers particular piece. with mine for your continued welfare and in- And now, dear Madam, begging an interest creased usefulness, and with me trusts that, in your petitions at a throne of grace, and through the righteousness of the Redeemer, fervently praying that your valuable life and we shall all at length stand accepted at the that of our beloved tutor may long be throne of glory."
spared ; that you may have the unspeakable The meeting was then addressed by the happiness of seeing each and all of your dear
children devoted to the service of Jehovah; Rev. W. Brock, C. Stovel, Joseph Tyso, T. and of knowing that those who from time to S. Crisp, A.M., J. Acworth, A.M., and Dr, time leave the halls of Stepney for scenes of Davies, the last three being the theological activity and usefulness, are the means of tutors 'of Bristol
, Bradford, and Stepney turning many to righteousness, Colleges respectively. The greatest satisfac
We remain, tion appeared to prevail with the interesting
Yours, with respect and esteem, proceedings of the morning.
BENJAMIN BULL DEXTER,
John HUTCHINS, The missionaries in Jamaica who had
EBENEZER Jos. FRANCIS, formerly been students at Stepney, had pre
HENRY John DUTTON, viously testified their grateful feeling towards
John EDWARD HENDERSON, Mrs. Murch, in the following letter which ac
BENJAMIN Millard, companied the present of a handsome work
EDWARD WOOLLEY, table.
MARRIAGES. persons who were once the happy inmates of your family, will greatly surprise you. We Douglas, May 18th, Mr. John Hall of Monkfield to
At the baptist chapel, Hamsterley, by the Rev. D. trust, however, that you will receive it with Miss HANNAH MORRAS of Edgeknowl. that kindness which you ever manifested to us while connected with the institution under
At Masham, North Riding, Yorkshire, by the Rev. your superintendence, and that of your es- D. Douglas, May 21, Mr. GEORGE ATKINSON of teemed and venerated partner. To that
Barton Grange, near Darlington, to Miss Rider of
the Mains, near Masham. kindness we feel that we were indebted for many of the comforts which we then enjoyed, and by which we were enabled with greater Rev. Joseph Fox, May 27th, Mr. Aaron DIAMOOR
At the baptist chapel, Counterslip, Bristol, by the vigour to pursue our studies, and to accumu- to Miss THYPHENA JORDAN, both of that city.
At the baptist chapel, Parley, by the Rev. Paul At the baptist chapel, Hinckley, by the Rer. John Alcock, May 30, Mr. ANDREW LEGG to Miss Eliza- Spooner of Attleborough, June 14th, Mr. Isaac EsBETH KEPPEN.
sex, late of Wolvey, to Miss DORCAS ARMSON of
Attleborough. At the baptist chapel, Lockwood, by the Rev. W. At Eastgate Chapel, Lewes, June 20, by the Rev. Walton, June 5th, Mr. SAMUEL KENWORTHY to E. Davis, Mr. JAMES J. Robson of Woolrich to MARY ANN, daughter of Mr. Joseph BEAUMONT, JEMMA, third daughter of the late Mr. Elliot of all of Golcan.
MARRIAGE WITH THE SISTER OF A DE- / which had been suspended by the show of
hands on the former occasion, was now reTo the Editor of the Baptist Magazine.
affirmed by a majority of more than eleven to
one! We trust that this fact will deter reDEAR SIR,-Should you be so kind as to insert the following queries in the Baptist spectable men from attempts to make open Magazine, and should they be answered, meetings courts of appeal, or introducing into either by yourself or any of your judicious them critical questions for decision; as it
must be evident that in this instance, at correspondents, you will confer a favour, not only on the writer, but also on many others least, whatever might be the merits of the who feel interested in the subject they in- case, the decision of the public meeting was
no fair criterion of the judgment of the society volve.
1. Do the scriptures, directly or indirectly, respecting it. prohibit the marriage of a Christian with the Mr. Cramp and his family arrived at Que sister of a deceased wife ?
bec on the twenty-fifth of May, and hoped to 2. If a Christian conscientiously believes reach Montreal on the twenty-seventh. While that, in reference to such a marriage, the crossing the Atlantic, they encountered a succivil law and the ecclesiastical canons, have cession of contrary winds which hindered not only no foundation in scripture, but are their progress and increased the discomfort of in themselves unjust, unnatural, and oppres- the voyage. In the beginning of May they sive, do the scriptures require him to submit met wit a large field of ice, twenty miles to such enactments ?
broad, and saw many icebergs. A mail was 3. What influence ought remaining popu- just ready to leave Quebec at the time of lar prejudices to exercise over the mind of a their arrival, to which we are indebted for Christian on such a subject ?
A letter from Mr. Edwards, received too
late to be made use of in the proper place, W.
informs us that he has removed from Strat
ford on Avon, having taken charge of the EDITORIAL POSTSCRIPT.
baptist church in Leeming Street, Preston. The remarks which we took the liberty of
Mr. Katterns of Hammersmith also has making in our last number respecting the incompetence of a promiscuous assembly such relinquished his pastoral engagement, and as is usually drawn together at an annual accepted an invitation to assist Dr. Cox at meeting in Exeter Hall, to decide satisfacto- smith on the 21st of June, at which he and
Hackney. A meeting was held at Hammerrily any critical question on which the friends his friends there exchanged their expressions of a society differ, have received this month of cordial regard, and kind wishes in reference a singular confirmation. The question relat
to the future. ing to the admission of slave-grown sugar, to which we then referred as having been carried Our most recent intelligence from Calcutta by Mr. George Thompson at the meeting of is contained in a short letter from Mr. George the Anti-slavery Society, against the Com- Pearce. He says, April 19, “ We are all in mittee, has been argued again, before a special pretty good health, with the exception of Mrs. meeting of the members of the Society, called Yates, who has been very poorly for some for the purpose. To this meeting every per- time past. The present is indeed a very fearson was summoned who could by the most ful time, for sickness and death are raging liberal interpretation of the rules be deemed around us, and multitudes are being carried a member, and none but members were ad- off. The small-pox and the cholera are the mitted. The discussion occupied nearly seven chief meszengers of God's solemn providence. hours, and was conducted with great calm. Not less than ten or twelve Europeans have
At the close, the votes being taken, fallen within three or four days past by the the decision of the public meeting was re- cholera. Oh that a salutary effect might folversed by an immense majority. The rule, low in the hearts of the people!"