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is also a class of European youths under usefulness, and will, we trust, become a instruction, boarders in the college house. faithful evangelist in the service of Christ. Of these, two have been baptized and Another interesting fact in this connection joined the Mission Church, two have is the reception into the college of the united themselves with Christian churches grandson of our late venerated missionary, after leaving Serampore, and two have the pious Armenian Christian, C. Č. been removed to the home of our Father Aratoon. He is most anxious to follow in in heaven. It may be interesting to our his grandfather's steps as a herald of the readers to know that our young brother, cross. Mr. Etherington, who is about to go out as Thus is Serampore College fulfilling the a missionary from Bristol College, was for desires of its founders, and unostentasome years a scholar at Serampore, and tiously carrying out the great purpose of there acquired that desire for the missionary their lives. As years go on, and the life on which he will so soon enter. We number of native Christians increases, so must not omit to state that one of the will the institution become more and more native students is supported by Dr. Elton, useful, and be the alma mater of the of Exeter, and has been for three years

churches in Bengal. past. He is growing in knowledge and I


GENERAL. THE political history of the last month has been of comparatively little interest. Except on the occasion of a great party fight on Retrencbment, which, however, came to nothing, the proceedings of Parliament have been more dull and uninterest. ing than in almost any Parliament in our memory; and but for the interest of affairs in Italy and America, which are still in both countries full of importance, the same remark might almost be made respecting politics abroad. In America the tide of success flows still in favour of the Federals, though it appears as difficult as ever to calculate what the results of even the most complete military success would be.-The ceremony of canonization of the twenty-seven Japanese martyrs at Rome was of course a splendid affair; all that tapestry, disfiguring the grand architecture of St. Peter, music, and 15,000 wax candles of 4lbs. each, could do, was done; and as a show it is described as overwhelmingly imposing. A spectator describes a profane imposition of another sort. Three times a cardinal demanded of the Pope that these executed political Jesuits who had been made Beati 200 years ago should now be made Sancti. Each time the petitioner was sent back that the prayers of the faithful and the Holy Spirit might guide the Pope to a right decision. The third time he declared himself inspired to decree their saintship! And this farce, as a religious service, was gone through after 80,000 crowns had been spent in the getting-up of the display. The real ob

the display. The reg! ject of all was to gather & council of cardinals and bishops at Rome, who, as a last resource, should sign an address to the Pope denouncing the enemies of the temporal power.

suffered from the change of climate ; but at the early stage of his illness it was thought rest and care would soon restore his impaired health, However, notwithstanding the best medical skill and greatest care, Lord Canning gradually became worse, day by day, and during the last forty-eight hours of his life not the remotest hopes were held out by his medical advisers to his friends. His lordship rallied wonderfully on the Monday evening before his death, but only for a few hours. He was born 12th December, 1812, and was only, therefore, in his fiftieth year.

The anniversary meetings of the last two months hare disclosed few facts with which our readers were not already familiar; but the aggregate of results presented was full of encouragement, and served to stimulate hopes which seem prophetic of still greater successes. The prominent features were, the evident indications of the Divine blessing upon present operations, the opening up of new opportunities beyond the means of the several societies, and especially the larger share borne by the native churches thoroughout the world in the work of evangelization. Notwithstanding the depression experienced in many branches of trade, the financial aspect of the year is equally satisfactory. The Church Missionary Society has recovered its ground, and made up the deficit which at one time threatened serious restriction. Its total iRcome reached £160,000; that of the Wesleyan Society, £137,000; the London Society, £79,576; and the Baptist, £33,151 : giving in all £410,007. To this munificent sum must be added the sum of £196,472, on account of the colonial, continental, and other less important societies : making a grand total, exclusive of funds similarly appropriated in Scotland and abroad, of £606,479 dedicated to missionary work. The committees of inore than one society complain of the difficulties and loss entailed through the late payment of subscriptions into their treasury ; a fact which their friends would do

It is with sincere regret we announce the death of Lord Canning, late Viceroy and GovernorGeneral of India. The melancholy event bappened on Tuesday morning, 17th June. His lordship expired at a quarter past six a.m., at his residence in Grosvenor-square. Ever since his return from India, about two months ago, Lord Canning

well to bear in mind. The London Society has added | twenty-seven missionaries to its staff during the year.

£196ther less 11 of funds 606,479 de inore than iled

The Central United Bartholomew Committee is discharging the duties devolved upon it with commendable zeal and perseverance. In addition to some admirable lectures and tracts, the committee has now issued a volume of 520 pages, at the low price of four shillings, containing all the public documents relating to the Ejectment of 1662Acts, Declarations, Proclamations, Warrants, Proposals, Petitions, Addresses, Requests, Answers, Rejoinders, &c. All these are collected from the rare and costly works through wbich they were scattered, within one pair of covers. There will be no excuse for inaccuracies of statement now that the original authorities may be consulted in this accessible and convenient form ; no excuse, whether for the inaccuracies of Conformists or for those of Nonconformists, of both of which there have been sadly too many. The volume has nothing in it to offend the Churchmarı, unless the truth should offend, any more than the Dissenter. There has been no judicious selection of such documents as would give a Nonconformist colour to the history of the Ejection, No note or comment has been permitted to give a Nonconformist interpretation to the documents here printed. All have been given that were of any moment, to whichever of the two parties they bore witness; and they have been left to tell their own tale, no comment of any kind being added to them. The editor's sole care has been to give correct copies of whatever “ docu. ments” throw light on that period of our ecclesiastical history. The Committee, however, are preparing an Historical Introduction, which will give the interpretation they put on these documepts.

The prize of £5 offered by the General Baptist Association for a Catechism on Nonconformity, for the use of Sunday scholars and other young persons, has been awarded to the Rev. Thomas Goadby, B.A., minister of the Commercial-road Chapel, London. The adjudicators are the Revs. W. Underwood, E. Stevenson, and G. Hester. The catechism will be published at the low price of one penny.

Most of the Associations have held their Annual Meetings during the past month, Judging by the reports which have appeared in The Freeman, the proceedings would appear to have been generally interesting. The clear increase to the churches has been such as to call for thankfulness to Almighty God. Several of the Associations have agreed to aid the effort now being made by the Baptist Building Fund to enlarge its operations, and to increase its usefulness, At most of the Associations the Bicentenary of 1662 has formed a topic of discussion, and appropriate resolutions in regard to it have been passed. The Liberation Society has, as usual, received warm support. The Yorkshire Association has promised aid to the effort that is being made by the Baptist Home Missionary Society to establish a new congregation in the city of York.

We regret to announce the death, on Tuesday evening, June 10th, of the Rev. Jobn Burnet, the eminent Independent minister, of Camberwell. The rev. gentleman, who was born at Perth about the year 1788, entered in early life as a common soldier, and served for some time in the ranks. Having obtained his discharge, and devoted his mind to religious subjects, he became the minister of an Independent congregation at Cork. Nearly thirty years ago he removed to Camberwell, and presided over a congregation which assembled in Mansion House Chapel, on the west side of the Cam. berwell-road. A few years ago, his congregation having much increased, a handsome chapel was built for him at Camberwell-green, and of this he

remained a minister until the time of his death. Mr. Burnet was & man of strong common sense, and was always welcomed at public meetings, his style of speaking being highly attractive and amusing, without buffoonery of any kind. He was a sound, sterling, practical preacher, and drew around him a highly intellectual congregation. In the days of the anti-corn-law and anti-slavery agi. tations he was an active advocate on the Liberal side. It is said that more than one bishop of the Church of England offered him ordination; but he steadily refused to quit the ranks of Nonconformity, of which he was a bright ornament. Mr. Burnet's last appearance, and the enthusiastic reception he received, at the meeting for the presentation of the Miall Testimonial, will be remembered by many friends.

An event of the deepest interest took place on Thursday, May 29th. On that day eight hundred emigrants sailed from the East India Docks for New Zealand-these eight hundred being the first portion of the thousand or more who are to found the Nonconformist colony in that country. The account both of the departure and of the previous meeting are given at length in the weekly papers : we can only here but express our earnest hope-a hope in which we are sure that our readers will join --that the blessing of God may abundantly attend the enterprise, and that it may be the means of advancing the interests both of the colonisers themselves, and of that kingdom of the Lord Jesus with which their name and profession identify them. We observe that one of our Independent contemporaries expresses regret that the minister appointed to accompany the emigrants as their pastor and teacher is a Baptist minister. We can hardly be expected to share in this regret, the more especially as so considerable a proportion of the persons who have gone out are of our own denomination. Those at least who know the Rev. S. Edgar will not suppose him likely to "make too much” of baptism; and his well-known abilities and zeal will, we trust, go far to secure his acceptance among the people of his charge. We venture to bespeak the prayers of our brethren, both on Mr. Edgar's behalf and on behalf of the colonists generally, that they be preserved amidst the dangers of the deep, and that the presence of Him who dwelt in the bush may be with them in their new home.

DOMESTIC. WILLENHALL, STAFFORDSHIRE.--The memorial stone of the Mount Calvary Chapel, Upper Lichfield-street, Willenball, was laid on Monday, May 19th, by the Right Hon. Lord Teynham. The chapel lately occupied by the Baptists in Gomerstreet has suffered to such an extent from mining operations, that the trustees found it necessary to dispose of it, and, with the purchase money and the subscriptions of friends, efforts have been directed to the erection of a new building in Upper Lichfield.street. The new chapel is on a much larger scale than the old one, and the schools at the back of it are so built that the size of the chapel can be increased, should the future requirements of the congregation demand it. When completed, the chapel will contain 556 full sittings, and the portion occupied by the schools will furnish nearly 250 more; these, however, may not be wanted for some years to come. The total cost is estimated at £1,600. The building, it is expected, will be completed by Christmas. According to the plans, it will be a substantial brick structure, and will present a neat, plain appearance. A little decoration will be bestowed upon the front, which will be relieved by pilasters and mouldings of a Doric

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cast. The proceedings on the day named commenced with a sermon by the Rev. D. Evads, of Dudley, which was followed by a short address from the Rev. Dr. Gordon, of Walsall. Lord Teypham then proceeded to lay the memorial stone. Beneath it was placed a glass bottle, containing a copy of The Freeman newspaper, a short account of the Baptist Chapel in Gomer-street from its commencement, the names of the trustees, a copy of hymns sung at the ceremony of laying the memorial stone, and a circular announcing the event, and bearing an illustration of the chapel. After bis lordship had laid the stone, the Rev. J. Davies, of Willenhall, presented him with a silverplated trowel and mahogany mallet, used on the occasion. Lord Teynham then delivered an earnest and most impressive address. At two o'clock a dinner was served up, to which about 120 sat down. Among those present were the Revs. J. Davies, Dr. Gordon, W. Lees, Walsall; D. Evans, W. Jackson, Bilston; J.P. Carey, Wolverhampton; R. Pritchard, G. Peake, Willenhall; J. Boxer, Little London ; D. L. Matheson, Wolverhampton; and J. Cadwallader, Wolverhampton. The Rev. Dr. Gordon presided, and, after speeches from the ministers named, the proceedings were brought to a close at about five o'clock.

BAPTIST COLLEGE, HAVERFORDWEST. The annual meetings of the above institution were held on Wednesday and Thursday, May 28th and 29th. The students were examined this year in several branches of study, by means of written questions. The Rev. D. M. Evans, of Llanelly, examined the senior class on the doctrine of the Atonement, and the Rev. G. W. Humphreys, B.A., of Merthyr Tydfil, examined the same class in Butler's three sermons on Human Nature. The second and third classes answered in writing a series of questions on “ Butler's Analogy," prepared by the Rev. C. Short, M.A., of Swansea. The second class was also examined in the same way in Mental Science by the Rev. W. B. Bliss, of Pembroke Dock. The vivá voce examination in Theology was conducted by the Rev. James Rowe, of Fishguard ; and in the languages and mathematics by the Rev. C. Short, M.A. These gentlemen reported very favourably of the manner in which the students generally had acquitted them. selves. The president's report showed that the session commenced with thirty-five students, of whom seven had received and accepted invitations to become pastors of churches, one had died, and one had not returned after the autumnal recess. Twenty-six students now appealed to the committee for aid in prosecuting their studies. There were twenty-six fresh applicants for admission. All these candidates were highly recommended, and they earnestly asked to be speedily admitted. The treasurer's report showed that the funds had been quite exhausted. The arrears of collections and subscriptions would barely suffice to meet the expenses of the society to the close of the financial year, viz., August 1st, 1862. Under these circumstances the committee, after much patient and painful deliberation, resolved that all applications should stand over until the annual collections and subscriptions, due in October and November next, should be received. In the meantime a special appeal is to be made to the generous promoters of ministerial education, to aid by donations in opening the doors of the college to at least eight or ten young men who have been a long time waiting for the privilege. A sum of £160 added to the year's income would enable the committee to carry on their work with fresh vigour. The public service was held at Hill-park Chapel. The Rev. James Jenkins, of Newport, read the Scriptures and

prayed; the Rev. James Rowe preached an admirable sermon to the students; and the Rev. W. Owen, of Middlemill, concluded with prayer. The meetings were deeply interesting, and all present rejoiced in the efficient way in which so many worthy young men were trained in this institution for the work of the Christian ministry.

BAPTIST COLLEGE, PONTYPOOL.-The annual meetings of this institution were held on Tuesday and Wednesday, May 20th and 21st. The examination of the students took place at the college on Tuesday. The theological department was conducted by the Rev. John Evans, of Abercanaid, and that of the classics by the Rev. E. Roberts, of Pontypridd. 'After dinner, the senior student, Mr. Thomas Jones, read an essay in English, on “The Right of Private Judgment in Matters of Religion." The Welsh service in the chapel, at seven o'clock, was introduced by the Rev. Daniel Jones, of Tonewynlas; and the Rev. John Lloyd, of Merthyr, preached a very excellent sermon from 2 Tim. ii. 15. The English public service commenced at eleven on Wednesday morning. The Rev. E. Edwards, of Llanfihangel, read and prayed, and the Rev. H. Stowell Brown, of Liver. pool, preached an admirable sermon from Titus i. 7-9. This meeting was concluded by the Rev. J. W. Lance, of Newport. As soon as the congregation had dispersed, the meeting for business commenced, Henry Phillips, Esq., in the chair. From the report it appeared that the number of students was thirty-seven-a greater number than had ever been before. The income of the society, notwithstanding the depression of the times, has kept pace with the expenditure, though the amount of that expenditure has considerably increased during the last year. The meetings were all very numerously attended ; and on no former occasion has there been a more lively interest evinced in the welfare and the prosperity of the institution. The reports of the examiners were highly creditable both to tutors and students. It is earnestly hoped that this college, which has done so much, not only in providing pastors for the churches of the principality, but has now many of its students settled in England, and is training young men for the missionary field, will not lack that aid from the Christian public which its increasing requirements deserve. There are several promising young men now anxiously waiting for admission. The increase of the number of pious and talented young men as candidates for the Christian ministry in the principality is an en. couraging sign of the times.

ONSLOW CHAPEL, BROMPTON.-- On Friday afternoon, June 13th, Robert Hanbury, Esq., M.P., laid the first stone of a new school-room in connection with the above chapel. The weather, fortunately, notwithstanding its very unsettled state, continued favourable all the time. The building, which has been rendered absolutely necessary by the large increase in the number of the children in attendance at this Sunday school, and is estimated to hold from 400 to 500 persons, is being erected immediately behind the chapel, and is intended to be used as a place for public meetings and lectures, as well as for a school-room. Mr. John Forster, one of the school librarians, is the architect, and Mr. T. Slimpson the builder. The Revs. J. Bigwood, pastor of the church, W. G. Lewis, T. Alexander, M.A., and R. Hanbury, Esq., M.P., took part in the proceedings. In the evening a public meeting was held, when addresses were delivered by the Revs. J. Bigwood, F. Trestrail, and C. J. Middleditch, and the financial statement

was read by Mr. Barnaby. From this it would I appear, that the entire cost of the building, includ. ing heating and lighting, is estimated at £1,000. Towards this about €650 has been promised and collected, leaving £350 yet to be raised. Active exertions will be made to raise this sum before the completion of the room. A vote of thanks to Mr. Hanbury and those ministers who had so kindly acceded to the request of the committee to take part in the proceedings, was carried unanimously ; and the meeting was closed by singing the Doxology, and prayer by Mr. Bigwood.

BURY ST. EDMUND's.-For no less than forty years has the Rev. Cornelius Elven filled the important and responsible post of minister of the Baptist Chapel, Garland-street, Bury St. Edmund's, and during the whole of that long period his earnest devotion to the duties of his position, which he has ever sought to discharge faithfully, together with his large-hearted Christian charity and kindness of disposition, have continued to secure for him the unbounded esteem, not only of his own congregation, but of his fellow townsmen generally. On Tuesday, May 27th, a presentation was made to him, on behalf of his friends and fellow townsmen of all denominations, of a testimonial of the high esteem and affection in which he is held by them. The meeting was held in the Athenæum Hall. After tea, at which upwards of four hundred persons were present, C. Beard, Esq. (Mayor), was called to the chair, and in a few appropriate remarks opened the proceedings. Mr. John Barrett then rose, and, on behalf of the subscribers, made the presentation. It consisted of a purse of £200, and was accompanied with an address expressive of the “ardent love and unabated esteem” in which Mr. Elven is held " for his person, character, and work." Mr. Barrett preceded the presentation with a touching and eloquent speech. Mr. W. Freelove also presented Mr. Elven with an excellent portrait of himself. The Rev. C. Elven, who was manifestly labouring under considerable emotion, then rose to reply, and met with a most cordial reception. It is needless to say that Mr. Elven's address was characterised by all his usual simplicity, pathos, and power. Addresses were also delivered by the Revg, H. Lewis, of Diss, J. Richardson, incumbent of St. Mary's, Bury, Mr. George, the Rev. A. Tyler (Independent), Mr. Cowell, Mr. Stiff, and Mr. B. Cooke. The proceedings were closed in the usual manner. It may be added that when Mr. Elven became pastor of the church it comprised only fifty members. Since then, upwards of 1,200 persons have been added to the church. The testimonial, as has been stated, is from persons of all denominations and all positions, and may be regarded as expressive of the high esteem in which he is universally held.

DRIFFIELD, YORKSHIRE.-The original chapel of the Particular Baptists, in Driffield, was erected in 1786, and is the oldest Digsenting place of worship in the town. In consequence of its obscure and inconvenient situation, and its limited proportions, a desire had long been felt to erect a larger and more commodious edifice, which it was considered would be more conducive to the progress of the church. About seven months ago a proper site was purchased in the principal street, and in September last the foundation-stone of a new chapel was laid. The opening of the new edifice was fixed for Wednesday, May 28th. The services commenced with a sermon in the morning by the Rev. Dr. Evans, of Scarborough, assisted in the service by the Rev. J. W. Morgan, of Bridlington. The Rev. J. P. Chown, of Bradford, had been announced to preach in the morning, but, in consequence of the train in which he was travelling having broken down, he was not able to reach in time, and his place was occupied by Dr.

Evans. In the afternoon Mr. Chown preached, assisted in the service by the Rev. J. Osborne, of Kilham; and in the evening the Rev. Dr. Evans again occupied the pulpit. After the morning service a cold collation was provided for the ministers and friends in the vestry of the old chapel, and tea was supplied in a booth in the yard behind the chapel. The attendance at the different services was good, especially in the evening. A special train brought a large party from Hull and Beverley. A bazaar was opened on the same day, and was well patronised. The collections amounted to about £50.

CHIPPERFIELD, HERTS.-The reopening of Chipperfield Baptist Chapel took place on Thursday, May 22nd, when two sermons were preached : that in the afternoon by the Rev. J. Beazley, minister of the Congregational Church, Blackheath, from Luke ii. 49; and that in the evening by the Rev. J. H. Hinton, M.A., from Heb. xii. 23. The devotional services of the day were conducted by the Rev. C. H. Leonard, M.A., and the Rev. J. J. Steinitz. A bazaar was held under a tent in an adjoining meadow. The proceeds of the bazaar amounted to £45, and the collections to £25 17s. 10d. ; tea, £4; total, £74 178. 10d. The services were continued over the following Lord's-day, when the Rev. C. Bailhache, of Watford, preached in the morning from 1 John iii. 1-3, and in the evening the Rev. W. Upton, of St. Alban's, from Psalm cxxvi. 6. During the evening service a hymn was sung by the congregation, composed for the occasion by the Rev. Dr. Steane, who for a few months past has been resident in the village, and to whose kindness and liberality the friends at Chipperfield are principally indebted for the renovation of their chapel, which, in addition to repairs, has been repewed, and the baptistry fitted with Minton's white encaustic tiles and marble steps. Six additional windows have been introduced, three in each side, the access to the gallery improved, a Bible-class room erected, and the entrance to the cbapel at once beautified and rendered more convenient by the erection of a neat and well-designed portico. These alterations and improvements have been effected at a cost of about £200, wbich, by the assistance of Dr. Steane and his friends, we are thankful to add is wholly defrayed.

ABERDARE, GLAMORGANSHIRE.Ou the after. noon of Tuesday, May 20th, an interesting meeting was held at Bethel, one of the branches of the church under the pastorate of the Rev. T. Price, for the purpose of witnessing Mrs. Hasgood lay the commemorative stone of the chapel pow being built there. A commodious school-room had been erected there in the year 1856, but it was now found absolutely necessary to take that down, and erect a good chapel, measuring forty-four feet by thirty-six feet, with front and side galleries. The four schools belonging to the church met in Calvary Chapel at five o'clock, each child and teacher wearing a beautiful medal. A procession was formed, led by a number of ministers, and followed by the school choir, who sang all the way. Having arrived at Bethel, the assembly numbered about 1,300 souls. On the platform were a number of ministers and ladies and gentlemen of the neighbourhood. A hymn having been sung and prayer offered, Mr. Price introduced the service by giving a brief history of the Baptist cause in Aberdare for the last fifty years, when he introduced Mrs. Hasgood, who in beautiful style laid the massive stone intended to commemorate the event. Addresses were then delivered by the Revs. W. Williams, Mountain Ash: W. Harris, Mill-street; T. E. James, Glynneath ; and J. E. Jones, A.M., Cardiff,

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HOLMFIRTI.--Three years ago, the Town Hall, Holmfirth, was engaged for public worship by the Revs. T. Thomas, of Meltham, and J. Barker, of Lockwood. Since that time the hall has been regularly supplied by preachers of the Baptist denomination, both ministerial and lay. In the meantime seventeen believers have been baptized upon a profession of faith in the Lord Jesus, and on Wednesday, May 28th, a meeting was held in the hall for the purpose of forming a Baptist church. The Rev. A. Bowden opened the meeting by reading and prayer; the Rev. J. Hanson gave an address on the nature of a Christian church; the Rev. T. Thomas, on the mutual obligations of the members of a church to one another; the Rev. H. Watts, on the duty of the church to the congregation; the Rev. J. Barker, on the church's duty to the world. The Rev. T. Thomas presided, and broke bread with the brethren present. Two deacons were elected, and the meeting broke up highly profited. Upwards of 100 scholars have been gathered together in the Sunday school. The congregations are good, and generously bear all expenses incurred. A chapel is very much needed.

NEW BASFORD.-On Monday, May 19th, a tea. meeting was held in the school-room of the Baptist Chapel, Pepper-street, in this place. After tea, there was a public meeting in the chapel, over which R. Birkin, Esq., Mayor of Nattingham, presided. At the close of this address, the chairman called upon the Rev. J. Edwards, of Nottingham, to introduce the business of the meeting, who did so by presenting to the Rev. C. Forth a purse containing fifty sovereigns, contributed by the inhabitants of the village and friends connected with the school and congregation, as a mark of the respect in which his character and ministry are held by them. The rev. gentleman, in responding to the kindly feelings thus manifested towards him, expressed a hope that the union which had now for six years subsisted between them, might be still further cemented and productive of the best results. During the evening, appropriate addresses were delivered by the Revs. J. Martin, B.A.. W. R. Stevenson, M.A., J. Hewitt, of Nottingham, and J. Lovekin, of Old Basford.

WESTBURY LEIGH, Wilts.—On Thursday, May 29th, the 200th anniversary of the formation of the church at Westbury Leigh was celebrated at the Baptist Chapel, Southwick, by services, at which

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the Rev. J. Sprigg, M.A., of Westbury Leigh, and the Rev. J. Huntley, of Bath, preached sermons. At five o'clock nearly 400 members and friends, many of the latter from Trowbridge, Westbury, and Bath, sat down to tea; and after tea a public meeting was held, at which a large number of persons were present. W. Fowler, Esq., presided. Mr. Eyres, of Westbury Leigh, read an interesting account of the history of the church, which appears to have sprung 200 years ago from that at Southwick. The chairman, the Rev. J, Sprigg, the Rev. Mr. Rodway, and Messrs. Clift, Huntley, and Davis, also addressed the meeting.

HACKLETON, NBAR NORTHAMPTON.-On Tues. day, June 3rd, services were held in the Baptist Chapel, Hackleton, to open the new school-rooms wbich have lately been built. Lord Teynham preached in the afternoon and evening. A tea. meeting was also beld in the afternoon. The buildings have cost about £240, of which about £180 bave been collected already. All the meet. ings were very well attended.

MINISTERIAL CHANGES.-The Rev. John Wil. liams, of Glasgow, has accepted an invitation to the pastorate of the second English Baptist Church in Newport, Monmouthshire, and has commenced his labours.-The Rev. W. D. Elliston, late of Kimbolton, has accepted the invitation of the church at Leighton Buzzard, Beds, and has com. menced his ministry there.-The Rev. J. Beard, of Tenbury, Worcestershire, has announced his intention to resign the pastorate of the church at Tenbury, and is therefore open to invitation. The Rev. Samuel Mann, of the Baptist College, Bristol, has accepted the unanimous invitation of the church in South-street, Exeter, and com. menced his labours as pastor on the 1st of June. The Rev. E. Pledge has resigned his pastorate of the church at Upton-upon-Severn, and accepted a unanimous invitation to the first Baptist Church, Downham Market, and enters upon his labours the first Sabbath in July.-Mr. William Nicholson has undertaken the pastoral charge of the infant church at Park End, Forest of Dean, and begins his stated labours in July.-The Rev. E. Hands has resigned the pastorate of the Baptist Church at Pontrhydyryn, near Newport, Mon. mouthshire. His address is now, 21, Adelphi. terrace, Old Ford-road, London, N.E.

Editorial Postscript. We have the utmost pleasure in presenting our readers, this month, with what many of them at least will recognise as a very admirable portrait of the Rev. Dr. STEANE, of Camberwell. We take this opportunity of expressing our acknowledgments to many friends for their favourable remarks in reference to the Portraits which appear in our Magazine from time to time. The next Portrait, which will appear in October, will be that of the Rev. ARTHUR MURSELL, of Manchester.

The second year's issue of the BUNYAN LIBRARY claims a word of notice from us. The first volume of that issue was published on the first of last month, and consists of a Selection from the Prose Writings of John Milton, accompanied by a very interesting memoir and introductory essay by the Rev. S. MANNING. The prose writings of Milton form an invaluble exposition of the ecclesiastical and political opinions of the Puritans, an acquaintance with wbich is almost essential to a right understanding of the position of the ejected ministers of Bartholomew's Day, 1662. It is for this reason, and especially that it may be available for lecturers and others during the great controversy of the year, that the volume of Milton is placed first in the second year's issue. The next volume, which is to appear in September, is Dr. Evans's work—an entirely original one--on "The Early English Baptists."

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