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at of heathenism, separated from all | Aradhodi was a member of the church dol worship, does not number less | at Sooazan. She was taken ill on a than nine thousand five hundred Sabbath day after attending the persons. It will thus be seen how wide worship of the sanctuary. She soon od important are the labours of the was convinced that she should die ; Tissionaries. But even these numbers but she was ready to go. Her pastor do not exhaust the extent of their in asked her about her hope in Christ. fluence. The report mentions that in She said, “I did not become a ChristIelhi, there is, for example, a part of ian that I might be rich as regards the ina city where is found an entire row world's goods, but that I might through of houses, the occupants of which, in the infinite grace of God and the merits COExquence of the teaching of the | of His Son become a partaker of etermissionaries, have ceased to serve nal happiness.” She shortly asked her idols, but who have not yet attached pastor for her remission. Much moved, themseites to the Christian Church. he took her hand and said, “Well, Another incident is mentioned where a sister, I give you into the Lord's village in Jessore was discovered to hands. I must go, for many are have a number of people possessing the dying around, and I must be with New Testament, and who had formed them also.” She shook hands and for themselves some sort of creed out of took farewell, and an hour after had it, having cast off the service of idols. gone to be with her Lord. She had Thus it would appear that the Gospel | been amongst the Christians eighteen 3 like leaven, producing important or nineteen years, and had always results far beyond the direct range of borne a consistent character. the missionary's daily work.

Horichund had been a Christian But the missionaries have numerous | about fifteen years. Soon after his zethods of reaching the population. seizure he read a portion of Scripture There is the distribution of Scriptures himself, and at his request the native and tracts, the employment of Birle pastor conversed and prayed with him. Fomen and colporteurs, the visiting The disease rapidly overpowered him. from house to house, the lessons of Having rallied a little, the pastor said, Laety given in day and Sunday schools. “ Horichund, you know that being li appears that the Society sustains born into this world we must die, and tenty-two day schools, having two after that there is a judgment." He borisand seven hundred children | replied, “I do not fear death, since inder instruction, while there are Jesus has overcome it. And as for the fore than six hundred persons seek | judgment, why should I be judged? ng adinission into the churches by | My confidence is in the atonement of aptism.

Christ." Next morning he fell asleep The Report gives a few very striking in Jesus, with the Bible he had been

istrations of the power of the reading still resting on his breast, and Tospel, some of which we hope at a , apparently in the act of prayer. ature time to place before our readers. These instances will suffice to show

o will here only give the dying tes the reality of the work in which the winnies of two or three of the converts missionaries are engaged. Myriads

the district of Backergunge, in are even now before the throne, Bergal.

gathered out of these distant nations, In this part of India the missionaries clothed in white robes, washed in the the Rev. J. C. Page and the Rev. blood of the Lamb. 4. Ellis. During the year the We think it necessary

We think it necessary to add, to Blara invaded the country, and a avoid misapprehension, that the figures mundred and fifty of the native Chris- | given above do not include the churches daus had fallen a prey to its ravages. / and missionaries in Jamaica.



late of Fakenham, but now the elected as

cessor of Mr. Lewis, opened the meeting wu: THE great question of interest during the past | praver, and addresses were delivered by u month has been the Reform Bill. The debate Revs. F. S. Barden, of Denton (Independent on the Second Reading of the Bill has occupied J. Webb, of Ipswich, W. Warren, of Waite no less than seven or eight nights, and nearly field (Independent), H. Platten, of Tbs all the most eminent members of the House brooke, and S. B. Gooch, late of Fakenbar of Compions have taken part in the discussion. The chairman, in his introductory remark At the time we write the vote has not been stated that Mr. Lewis's ministry commen taken, but not much doubt is entertained that the at Diss the last Sunday in May, 1837, and ! division will be in faveur of the Government, a singular coincidence terminated the line who have announced their determination to Sabbath in May, 1865, thus exactly compistin “ stick to their Bill” at all costs, and who, twenty-eight years of faithful and devotes by this decision, have gathered around them efforts ; during which time he had bapt re selves the enibusiasm of all true Liberals, and added to the church 245 persons, bend both in the House and the country. Pro otbers whom he had baptized, and who be bably, by the time this page appears, the Bill united with other churches. For many yeu! will be in Committee, and the Government he toiled under the great disadvantage of * will have explained their intentions in regard old inconvenient chapel, in a remote and very to the great subject of the redistribution of ineligible site, but through his indefatigabit seats. We trust that their second measure of exertions there is now in the centre of thi Reform will as much deserve support as town an elegant and commodious sanctuary their first; and that both measures will be erected at the cost of £2,100, the wbole o carried by the hearty support of all lovers of which is liquidated, £500 being contribute progress and of the people.

by the respective families of Mr. and Mrs One measure-which may almost be called Lewis. In the course of the evening a pre a measure of religious liberiy-has been prac sentation was made to Mr. Lewis, consistio tically carried. The Parliamentary Oath

of a complete tea and coffee service, inclair Bill, which is intended to remove from the cream ewer, sugar basin, and salver, of best oath taken by Members of Parliament cer tiful workipanship and solid silver, with tain words which have always been offensive

purse of gold. Mr. Lewis not being able i to Roman Catholic membert, and to prescribe

be present, this splendid and costly terim a uniform oath for Roman Catholics and Pro

mini was received on his behalf by the Reveal testants alike, has been carried in the House

Webb, his friend and relative, and ackom of Cominons by a very large majority, and has

ledged in suitable terms. The deepest syte been accepted, though with gruinbling, by the

pathy with Mr. Lewis, and the highe House of Lords. Lord Derby did not like the

esteem for his character, were expressed measure,-of course he did not; but he did not

all the speakers, and responded to be t think it desirable to come into conflict re entire audience. specting it with “the other House."

SOUTHAMPTON.—The Carlton (new Bar While we write, our Annual Meetings are

tist) chapel was opened for public waru being held. We must defer remarks on them on Tuesday, March 20th. Two very imprese till our next number.

sive sermons were preached by the Rer,
A. Spurgeon, formerly pastor of the churco
The services were weli attended, in the even
ing especially the chapel was very full.

the Thursday a public meeting was held. DOMESTIC.

the chapel, when addresses were delivered by

the following ministers of the town :-Ren Diss.-On Good Friday evening, March T. Atkins, C. Williams, S, March, T. Sisert 30th, a public meeting was held in the Baptist R. Caven, G. Gregg, and R. T. Skinner, al Chapel, Diss, which was crowded to excess, of whom congratulated the church on its ple for the purpose of presenting a testimonial to success and future prospects. The chair w th- Rev. J. P. Lewis, of Diss, on his resign taken by the Rev. J. Collins, the pastos, ing the pastoral office in consequence of

the collections at the three services amounted physical prostration. The Rev. C. Elven to £26. During the past five years the mo occupied the chair. The Rev. W. F. Gooch, I gregation for whose use the new chapel bas

yen erected has worshipped in the Carlton College. On the Monday, at half-past ten, 17-08, and the church, which was formed in an address on “ The Nature of a Christian sl, numbers at the present time upwards Church," was given by the Rev. S. Jones, of 240 timbers. The new place of worship Llanhiddel. The usual questions were pro

markably well situated, and is a plain but posed by the Rev. E. Williams, which were santial building. The site chosen is in a | Bati-factorily answered. Mr. Williams then sy where a B ptist chapel was require i, offered the Ordination praver. The charge

is surrounded by an increasing population. to the church was given by the Rev. E. ha 12,200 have been expended, not includ. | Evans, of Dowlais, and the charge to the *baprire of the ground, and of this amount minister by the Rev. T. Thomas, D.D.,

1.200 have been raised. The chapel president of Pontypool College. At two wil summodate nenrly 700 people, but o'clock an address on “ The Office of Deacon" stutisments have been made for the erection was given by the Rev. E. Evans, followed by of panies at some future time, by wbich the ordinution of six deacons, by the Rev. E. Dec 30 additional sittings will be secured. Williams, and a sermon by the Rev. S. Jones. Tort s at present no schoolroom, but the At six o'clock, the Revs. J. Pritchard, of der and aungregation intend fitting up Nodati, Abersychan, and E. Williums,

ta noms under the building, as soon preached. The several services were introAs their monetary position shall be such as to duced by the Revs. E. Williams, J. Roberts, estry the outlay.

E. H. Davies, of Pontypool, D. B. Jones, of LINEHOLME.- On Good Friday, March

Canton, Cardiff, A. Hughes, of Blaenavon, Hi, and Sunday, April 1st, very interesting

and E. Evans, of Dowlais. The services bervion were beld in connection with the or

were well attended, and deeply interesting. draation and s-ttlement of the Rev. J. Wol ACTON.-On Thursday, April 5th, the refanden, as peator of the General Baptist cognition of the Rev. J. Keed, as the first Chureb, Ládebolme. The Rev. D. Blag pastor of the new church at Actiin took place. bragt, of Sowerby-bridge, gave out the In the afternoon, the Hon. and Rev. Baptist peung hymn, rearl, and prayed. The Rev. | Noel preached to a numerous attendance irom

Alcorn, of Burnley, delivered an eloquent “ The Great Commission," A splendid Freiarse en the nature and constitution of a marquee was fitted up, where an ample tea Evian Church. The questions to the and cold collation was prepared, which was barb and pastor were propored by the Rev. attended by about 300 gentlemen and ladies, C. Springthorpe, of 'Heptonstall Slack, to and other friends. At hali-past six, the public auch very satisfactory replies were given. | recognition was celebrated. The Hon. and r W. Green wood, in responding on behalf | Rev. Baptist Noel delivered a charge to of the Churchi, took occasion to refer to the the pastor. This was replied to by the pastor 390 which had attended the efforts of the in a brief sketch of the “special circumflag minister during the sixteen months he stances " surrounding and affecting his whole

presided over them as a church, and the life, leading him to early decision for God, and *, earnestness, and untiring energy he had early entrance on the work of the ministry. brought to bear upon the great work of The Rev. Jesse Hobson, of Salters' hall, Inding the Redeemer's kingdom. The London, then gave an address to the church. Eer, W. Gray, of Bircbcliff, offered the ordi The Rev. Samuel Green, of Hammersmith, Latre prayer. In the afternoon, the Rev. T. addressed the congregation. The Rev. Wm. rl, Shore, conducted the preliminary fer Isaac, of Ealing, addressed the young. The Them The Rev. R. Ingham, of Vale,

deli devotional services of the day were susFored a solemn charge to the newly-ordained tained by the Revs, Philip Bailhache, of Petr, from 2 Timothy iii. 16. The Rev. T. | Hammersmith, W. P. Baltern, of Springvil coecluded ihe service. In the evening vale, J. Varley, of Notting-hill, the pastor, the service was opened by the Rev. J. Wolfen and others. The chapel was filled in the en, after which the Rev. R. Hardy, of evening, and the influence of the meeting was Qaugsbury, delivered a very practical address of the most hallowed character.

the daty of church menibers to each otber New-WELLS, MONTGOMERYSHIRE. — A and to the world. On the Sunday evening

public meeting was held at this place of worblowing, the Rev. B. Wood, of Bradford,

ship, on Thursday evening, March 22nd, in Selivered the cbarge to the church.

order to present the Rev. M. Morgan, tho TALTWAIX, Mox.-Special servicce in minister of the place, with a testimonial, from pation with tbe ordination of Mr. R. bis church and congregation. The Rev. E. Ten, of Pontypool College, were held at Roberts, Newtown, commenced the service

*Tuly wain, Monmouthshire, on by reading and prayer. John Owen, Esq., March 4th and 5th. Sermons were preached of Dolnorwin Castle, was then appointed to de Sunday, morning and evening, by the the chair, and in a pointed and suitable

L. Williams, of Aberystwith, and in the manner he introduced and explained the chief Engon, by Mr. J. Roberts, of Pontypool object of the meeting. At the close of his address, he took a purse in his hand, the gift | the Rev. J. L. Whitley, to the pastorate of of Mrs. Owen, containing 25 sovereigns, and the Baptist Chapel, St. George-street, Salford, presented them, in the name of the congrega- | was held in the school-room beneath the tion. Mr. Morgan then rose, and responded chapel, when the frieuds sat down to & subin his usual interesting and affectionate stantial tea. Excellent speeches were de manner. Mr. John Thowles, of Llangollen livered by the Revs. A. Mursell, F. Bugtp, College, then delivered a short speech of con Dickersun Davis, M.A., L. G. Lee, Alesers. gratulation, and the Rev. E. Roberts, of P. Bury, T. Frost, Crossley, Woodhead, and Newtown, delivered a racy and humourous Bowker. The report for the past year was address. Other friends that were present very encouraging, many additions baring were to address the meeting, but as the time been made to the church, since Mr. Whitley's did not allow, it was now brought to a close settlement in Salford. Salford presents a wide in the usual manner.

field of usefulness, there being more than SHEFFIELD.-The first anniversary of the

100,000 inhabitants in the Borough, and this settlement of the Rev. Giles Hester, as the being the only Baptist Chapel. pastor of the Cemetery-road Baptist Chapel, MINISTERIAL CHANGES.—The Rev. John Sbetfield, was celebrated on Wednesday, April Brown, A.M., of Conlig, Newtownards, 4th, by a tea-meeting, at which a goodly num Ireland, has accepted a unanimous invitation ber were present. After tea a public meeting | to succeed the late Rev. Joseph Harbottle, in was held, presided over by the minister, when the pastorate of the Baptist church at Oswaldaddresses were delivered by Messrs. G. Hiller, twistle, Accrington, Lancashire. – Mr. J. Ward, Atkinson, Middleton, Wright, Cham Roberts, senior student of Pontypool College, bers. Cox, and Colman. The affairs of the has accepted a unanimous invitation to the Church are in a very prosperous condition. pastorate of the Baptist church, York Place, During the past year the congregation has Leeds.- Mr. D. Howells, of the same College, trebled, and the Sabbath school has doubled. has accepted a cordial invitation to become A Bible class has been formed, and num the pastor of the church at Mount Vernonbers fifty young persons over sixteen years of street, Liverpool.-Mr. W. Davies, of the same age. Various other efforts bave been put College, has accepted a unanimous invitation forth for carrying on the work of the church. to the pastorate of the churches at LlanThe report showed that the expenditure had gyndeyrn and Meincian, Carmarthenshire. exceeded the income, in consequence of several Mr. D. Davies, of the same College, bas improvements having been made in the accepted a cordial invitation from the churches chapel. On the motion of Mr. Middleton, at Lian vihangel,Crucorney, and Ewias Haroid. seconded by Mr. Wright, a subscription was - The Rev. Edward Morse, late of the Hatod, at once entered into, and in a few minutes Swansea, has accepted a very cordial invitaconsiderably over £20 was placed to the credit tion to the pastorate of the Baptist church a of the church.

Pontrhydyryn, Monmouthshire.-Mr. Norris, EYTHORNB.—The usual annual services in

having left the Primitive Methodist connexion, connection with the Baptist Church at Ey

and resigned his charge at High Wycombe, thorne, Kent, under fthe pastoral care of the

has accepted the pastorate of the Baptist Rev. C. W. Skemp, were held on Good Fri

church at Little Kingshill, for twelve day. In the morning the church assembled,

months.-Mr. Bax, late of Tunbridge Welle, when, after devotional exercises, the mem

having supplied the pulpit for six months bers' names were called over, and the balance

has been elected pastor of the Baptist church sheets of the various funds furnished by the

at Mecpham, Kent.-The Rev. S Hawkest: church and congregation for home and foreign

has accepted the invitation of the church at purposes presented by Messrs. Troward and East Dereham, Norfolk.-- The Rev. W.1 John Harvey, the treasurers. The Rev. W. Leach, late of Plumstead Tabernacle, having T. Henderson, of Devonshire-square Chapel,

supplied the pulpit in Carmel Chapel, WoolLondon, preached an excellent sermon in the

wich, for three months, has accepted to afternoon, on “The frailty of man and the

unanimous invitation of the church to idimperishableness of the Gospel." In the

tinue his labours among them.-The Rev. Ai evening, addresses of a character adapted to

W. Osborn, of the Metropolitan Tabernacle, interest and profit the ditterent classes which

has received and accepted a unanimous composed the large audience, were delivered invitation to the pastorate of the church by the Rev. W. Barker, of Hastings; G. E. Gamlingay, Cambridgeshire.--The Rev. 1 Sargent, Esq., of Whitfield ; the Rev. J. T. Evans, late of Waterford, Ireland, has Bartram, of Deal; and the Rev. A. W. accepted the unanimous invitation of the Heritage, of Canterbury. Between the ser

church at Pontesbury to become their pastor. vices upwards of 300 persons sat down to

---Mr. Ebenezer M'Lean has accepted the tea.

invitation of the church at Greenock, Scoto 1

land. SALFORD.-On Monday evening, April

+16 first anniversary of the settlement of


"Built upon the foundation of the Apostles and Prophels, Jesus Christ himself being

the chief corner-stone.'

JUNE, 1866.



I SEPARATE these words from the narrative in which they appear (Matt. TII. 8), because I think that of themselves they suggest certain important traths connected on the one side with Christian doctrine, and with Christian experience on the other, the consideration of which will be instructive and prontable. The transfiguration of our Lord, totally dissimilar as it is in all its Curcumstances to the scenes of Gethsemane and Calvary, is nevertheless intimately connected with them, and was designed to prepare Him for them. for Him alone, but His disciples also, and especially the three whom He chose to be " with Him in the holy mount.” They were afterwards to see Him in His agony. It was an instance of His wise and gracious forethought to take them with Him, now, that so when les contrasted the solemn gloom of that scene with the celestial glory of this, their faith might receive the less damage in that day of darkless and terrible distress. While Jesus lay in the tomb they were "driven by the wind and tossed” upon a stormy sea, but they did not Make shipwreck of faith ; and when He reappeared, at His restored presence the storm subsided, and the weakest believer of the twelve could exclaim in al ecstasy of reverential love, “ My Lord and My God !”. On the mount, also, He was hidden for a season from their view. A bright cloud enwrapt Alim, opaque by its very radiance

“Dark through excess of light;"' 3. "they fell on their faces and were sore afraid.” But, 29 in the Sher case, it was only a temporary alarm. A loving hand was stretched wrth to touch them, and a well-known voice addressed them, “ Arise, and be aut afraid.” Thus reassured, they lifted up their eyes, and saw Jesus standlug before them in His usual form. But He stood alone; the glory was cone, the cloud of light was gone, the oracular voice was gone, the celestial isitors were gone, and they saw no man. but JESUS ONLY,

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