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cedent, since it is well known that many places, now held by Arians and Socinians, were built and endowed expressly by, and for, Trinitarians only. Mr. B. Mander having been encouraged by us to undertake this suit, in which many hundred pounds have already been expended, and having, as an individual, (with the exception of some small donations,) supported Mr. Steward and family out of his own private purse since the commencement of this contest, we must now beg leave to appeal to the best feelings of our Christian brethren, not doubting but they will see it to be their interest, as well as their duty, to assist in bearing the expense of so great an undertaking.

We therefore recommend to our Brethren in the Ministry to make this Case known as early as possible, and to have a public collection, or subscription, in their respective places of worship. in aid of this good, this great undertaking.

All contributions thus collected are requested to be transmitted, in a Banker's draft, or in any other convenient form, to Mr. JOHN MANDER, Wolverhampton; or to Mr. JAMES PEARSALL, 145, Cheapside, London; by whom the same will be thankfully acknowledged.

The full particulars, with the history of the Chapel, will be published when the case is decided.

October 1, 1817.

J. A. JAMES, Birmingham.
THOMAS SCALES, Wolverhampton.
JAMES COOPER, Westbromwich.
J. HAMMOND, Handsworth.
JOHN RICHARDS, Stourbridge.
J. DAWSON, Dudley.


October 22nd, a newly formed Church of the Baptist Denomination, meeting at Paradise Walk, Chelsea, was publicly organized; after which Mr. Owen Clarke, previously a member of the Baptist Church in Fetter lane, under the care of the late Mr. Abraham Austin, was ordained their pastor. Mr. Elvey of Fetter lane read the scriptures and prayed. Mr. Pritchard of Keppel street, briefly and correctly described the nature, duties and privileges of a gospel church, and having asked the usual questions, received Mr. Clarke's confession of faith. Mr. Penny late of Portsea offered the Ordination prayer with imposition of hands, assisted by Messrs. Dunn, Elvey, and Pinchbank. Dr. Newman, President of the Baptist Academy Stepney, gave an impressive, serious, and affectionate charge from 1 Pet. v. 1-5. which he considered as delineating the Pastor's office, the spirit of his office, and the re

wards that shall be bestowed upon those who faithfully discharge its duties. Mr. Hoby of Maze Pond addressed the peo ple, from 1 Cor. iii. 9. in which he beautifully illustrated the figures employed as descriptive of the Christian church, and from the nature of the labours of ministers deduced the duties of the people committed to their care. Mr. Dunn concluded with a very appro priate prayer. Messrs. Morrison, Sloper, Bruce, and Pinchback assisted in the devotional services.

On Wednesday, Nov. 5th, Mr. James Elvey, late of Wandsworth, was invested with the pastoral office over the Baptist church, in Fetter Lane, London, late Mr. Austin's charge. Mr. Ivimey of Eagle Street, introduced the services of the day by reading the Scriptures and prayer. Mr. Geo. Pritchard of Keppel Street, offered the customary apology for their proceedings, by stating his view of a Christian church, in which he dwelt chiefly on its Unity as a body, particularly as that unity respects the articles of faith, order, privilege, power, feeling, &c. &c. Mr. Pritchard is an ingenious young minister, and he seemed anxious on this occasion to introduce a little of novelty into this trite and hackneyed subject. What he said respecting the necessity of faith in a Christian church was just enough; but unfortunately he never once told the congregation what the truths or doctrines are that a church of Christ must believe, and in which their unity must appear, nor did he even explain what it is to believe. So that on this leading topic he left us just as wise as we were before. Yet even this surprised us less than his illustration of the order of a church of Christ. This is evidently a point concerning which Mr. Pritchard has much to learn. Instead of stating the Scriptural order of the house of God, according to Acts ii. 42. Rom. xii. 4-8. and other passages; he told us that in this order there were the following things: first, Conviction, namely of sin; secondly, Confession, or profession (of the faith); thirdly, Submission, (to baptism); fourthly, petition, (of admission into the church.) Now we put it fairly to Mr. Pritchard," What has all this to do with the order of a church? These things are all of them antecedent to churchmembership! And indeed we might thus go on and shew how little to the purpose most of his illustrations were, did our limits permit. He pleased us, however, when speaking of the unity of feeling (or sympathy, 1 Cor. xii. 26.) which ought to exist in a Christian church, by his candour and regard to truth, which led him to confess that this mutual feeling is rather what ought to be, than what actually is found

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in modern churches! In this, indeed, we are perfectly agreed with him-for in regard to this particular, what two things can well be imagined more dissimilar than the apostolic and the modern churches? It deserves enquiry, however, whence does this arise? Is not the gospel the same now that it was then? Surely this is a serious matter, and deserves consideration; for we may depend upon it that the evil may be remedied, by a proper attention to the laws of Christ's house. Dr. Newman addressed the pastor from Col. iv. 17. " Say to Archippus, Take heed to the ministry which thou hast re

ceived of the Lord," &c. And Mr Hutchings the people, from I Thes. v. 12 Mr. Elvey is a young minister lately gone over from the Pædobaptists, of good address and agreeable deportment; and if he can be persuaded to lay aside human systems of divinity, and give his days and nights to the study of the scriptures, he may in time become an able minister of the New Testament; but he certainly has much to learn before he attains that maturity of judgment in divine things, which so eminently distinguished his predecessor.

Original Poetry.


WHY slow and solemn peals the knell of death?

Thought we not to have heard another sound

Than this?-and, why that gloom,

Which seems funereal, shading every brow

In sorrow-and the eyes, suffus'd with tears,

That once we deem'd, would brighten'd have with joy?
List, stranger-I will tell to thee, a tale,

So sad, so deeply sad, that, if thine eye

Have tears, or heart have feeling,

Thou wilt also weep, to hear that tale,

There was a Flower that rear'd its head aloft,

And bloom'd most fair, most lovely to the sight-
Of fairest, sweetest promise, was that Flower,
And all who saw it, gaz'd on it and smil'd
With joy to view it flourishing.-

And as they gaz'd, they could not help but bless
That Flower so sweet, and meditating, scan
Its future use and loveliness-

Pray'd they not too, that o'er its gentle head,
No ruthless winds of Winter e'er should sweep,
Nor sombre cloud, burst in its angry gloom?
Yes, they did pray-but Heav'n, for wisest ends,
Oft deigns not answer, ev'n when Nations pray.-
Ah me!-the skies assum'd an aspect dark,
And lurid clouds were flitting angrily-
There was a wail, a cry, at midnight heard-
The wind has passed o'er that Beauteous Flower,
Scatter'd its leaves and blossoms in the dust,
And now full low, and prostrate it is laid,
Wither'd and gone-O! ne'er to bloom again!
Stranger-go mix, in yonder busy crowd,
And as in giddy whirl, they pass along,
Seeking as may be, this world's fleeting pelf,
Allur'd by insect Pleasure's painted wings,
Or chusing other earthly vanities

Read in their ear, this lesson-and if one,—but one
Stop in his mad career and change his course-
Then, then, this Flower can ne'er have fall'n in vain.



W. V





Academical plagiarism exposed, 369.
Accursed from Christ, meaning of, 304.
Advice from a father to his son, 288.
Adult schools, 350.

Anecdotes, 240, 370.

Consolation, divine, how connected with
poverty of spirit, 139.

Covenant of royalty with David, illus-
trated, 73.

1 Cor. xiv. 30. explained, 367.

Assurance without evidence, shewn to Crisp, Dr. vindicated, 368.

be a delusion, 16.

Austin, Mr. A. Memoir of, 1, 65.

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Elegy on his death, 9.

his Sermon on the deity
and influences of the Holy Spirit, 135.

Baptism, remarks on the controversy con-
cerning, 22.

Baptist Mission to India, 126, 256, 282.
Missionary Meetings, 219.

Ministers superannuated, Society
for their relief instituted at Bath, 210.
Itinerant Society, 218.
Irish Society, 249.
Bilney, Mr. his interesting account of him-
self, 271.
British and Foreign School Society, 28,
62, 126, 181, 284, 319, 349.

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Bible Society, 92,

125, 155, 186, 284, 313.
Brotherly Love, its exercise in churches
enforced, 172.
Bulls, Papal, against Bible Societies, 157,


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Psalms, their meaning how perverted,
observations on the, 266.

Rash and unguarded expressions, cen-
sured, 51, 107.

Redeemer's glory, remarks on, 27.
Religion, its nature, importance and rea-
sonableness, 198, 233.

Religious liberty, stated and defended,
52, 151.

Remonstrance with ministers on their
assumption of titles, 237.

Resurrection of Christ, its import shewn,

Rewards, will be diversified to the righ-
teous in heaven, 285.

Righteousness of Christians, in what re-

spects it must exceed that of the Pha-
risees, 76.

Robinson, Rev. Thomas, Memoirs of, 161.
Rom. ix. 1-5 illustrated, 302.

Sanctification, its twofold view explained,

its progressive nature de-

fended, 342.
Scriptures, their excellency shewn, 166.
Self, an idol to many ministers, 18.
Socinianism shewn to be subversive of
the gospel, 354, 364.
Sonnets, 160.

Strictures on modern preachers, 111.
Stock, Dr. his letter to Mr. J. Rowe, 274.
Substance of a speech in defence of home
Missions, 238.

Superville, Monsieur, some account of,

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Austin, Mr. A. 1, 65.
A. C. R. 176.
Allen, William, 181.
Adam, Mr. 351.

A Constant Reader, 369.
A Friend to Evangelical
Truth, 370.
Anecdote, 370.

B. 17.

Babington, T. Esq. 184.
Bergman, 128.

Bennett, Rev. Mr. 216.
Bedford, Duke of, 181.
Bickersteth, Rev. Mr. 186.
Butterworth, Joseph, Esq.

Bogue, Dr. 192, 214.
Booth, Mr. A. 5, 17.
Bromley, Capt. W. 320.
Buxton, T. F. 182.

Campbell, Rev. J. 249.
Carpenter, Dr. Lant, 274,

Caroline, 368.
Cissus, 96.

Cephas, 268, 288.
Clarke, Mr O. 383.
Chalmers, Dr. 189.
Clayton, Mr. J. 59.
Collyer, Dr. 114, 126.

Cowan, Rev. T. 335.

Cudworth, Mr. 2.

George, 111.
Grierson, Esq. 251.

Hawtrey, Rev. Mr. 183,
Hervey, 2.

Hall, Rev. R. 316, 347.
Hutchinson, John, 365.
Hill, Rev. R. 59. 183.
Howard, Mr. 326.
Hume, Mr. Joseph, 58.
Hughes, Rev. Joseph, 29.

James, John Angell, 17.
Jackson, Sir J. 58, 181.
Jenkins, Dr. Joseph, 257,
272, 286.
J. W. 293.
J. W-n. 288.
J. K. 51.

I. T. 301.

J. M. 144.
J. R. 145.

Kattegary Sultan, 186.
Kinghorn, Rev. Joseph,


Liverpool, 288.

Littlewood, Rev. T. 352.

Martin, Mr. John, 9.
M'Lean, Mr. A. 174.
Mackintosh, Sir James,

Cunningham, Rev. J. W. Mason, Dr. 183.

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Marsh, Rev. W. 185.

Mary, 204.

Pritchard, Rev. G. 285.

Robinson, R. 21.
Robinson, T. 161.
Rogers, Mr. 250.
Rowe, Rev. John, 274,

Ryland, Mr. John, 3.
Ryland, Dr. 351.

Sandeman, 2.
Saurin, Mr. 21.

Schawbe, Rev. Mr. 58, 59,
Simeon, Rev. C. 185.
Sutton, Mr. 351.
Smyth, C. B. Esq. 251.
Smith, Mr. John, 29.
Steadman, Dr. 250.
Sussex, Duke of, 28, 57,
60, 182.
Stock, Dr. 276.

Stevens, Mr. John, 333.
Sunday Reading, 10.
Stratton, Rev. Jos. 249.
Stephens, Mr. W. 9, 65.

Stephen, Mr. R. 59, 249.
Styles, Dr. 215, 216.
Syphax, 334.

T. B. L. 32, 160, 320.
Taylor, John Sydney,
Esq. 251.

Taylor, Rev. Dan, 33.
Townsend, Mr. J. 59, 181.
T. S. A. 96.

Mayor, Rt. Hon. Lord, Townley, Dr. 216.


Terry, G. Esq. 287.

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