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was about to spend the furlough granted | native land. He sailed with his family on him by the office in which he is employed, the 27th December. Previous to his dein a journey among the villages about Cal parture from Kandy, his station, a very incutta, with two other native Christians, in teresting meeting was held by his people to order to invite his countrymen to the bid him farewell, and to present to him a Saviour.
very handsome token of their affection and From northern India we have the follow esteem. On the Sunday previous, October ing interesting facts. After a conference 12th, Mr. Carter had the pleasure of ordainheld by the missionaries in Delhi, the Revs. ing to the pastorate of the native church one J. Gregson and T. Evans proceeded on a of his students, Mr. Samuel Perera. He was preaching tour towards Rohtuck, but with chosen by the unanimous voice of the people, the special object of visiting the village of who have also undertaken the burden of his Rona. The people among whom they support. Another of Mr. Carter's students preached were principally of the Jat caste. was settled in July last, as pastor of the Their attention, hospitality, and personal church in Matelle, and is also supported by kindness, gave no little encouragement to the liberality of his people. There is great the missionaries. Reaching Rona, they re- interest attaching to the settlement of these ceived a hearty welcome from their dear native brethren; for although other native native brother Subha Chand. When he be churches have pastors of their own countrycame a Christian, all his friends forsook him, men, these two are the only churches in including his wife, who left him for six Ceylon which have undertaken the maintemonths, taking with her all the cattle to her nance of their ministers; they are the first father's house in another village. He told instances in the island of independent native her to take all, for he could well afford to self-supporting churches. It is gratifying to suffer the loss of all things for Christ.
know that these native brethren live in the Although the zemindar, or landlord of the affections of their people, and that their prosvillage, his friends cast him out, and for pects of usefulness are very encouraging. seven months he lived alone (no, not alone!) Four other young men trained by Mr. under a tree in one of his fields. Day by Carter are engaged as evangelists in various day he visited his village to preach Christ. parts of our mission. He was insulted and abused in every possi Among the most valuable labours of Mr. ble way, but he reviled not again. He re Carter during his residence in Kandy, has turned a blessing for a curse, love for enmity. been the preparation and issue of a revised This living gospel soon told. A large num edition of the New Testament in Singhalese. ber of people began to admire his conduct. Mr. Carter is possessed of peculiar fitness A few visited him in his field at night, to for this work. Within four months of his hear him read, sing, and pray. Now there arrival in Ceylon he was able to preach in are fifty families in the village who are his the native tongue, and since then he has sincere friends, and who have even suffered acquired almost unequalled proficiency in themselves to be made outcasts by the other the knowledge of it. The translation has inhabitants on account of their attachment occupied more than three years in its preto Subha Chand. Of these one man is paration, and is adapted to the present evidently a sincere believer in Christ, but his usage of the Singhalese language. In the faith is weak. To the missionary he said, words of a Singhalese Christian, “the trans“I have come to the Cross, and I stand to lation is a clear one, and can be understood consider whether I can carry it or not." by all; it is one that gives great pleasure to
Subha Chand is respected by all who know the reader, and the profit of which is inexhim. Even those who refuse to associate pressible.” It is Mr. Carter's intention, with him confess to his virtues. When the while in this country, to proceed with a missionary asked the crowd to whom he was similar revision of the Old Testament. preaching, whether the Gospel had not im Besides this great work, Mr. Carter has proved Subha Chand, one, an enemy, said, also written some "profitable" tracts for the “Yes, it surely has, for before he was a rough Tract Society, and two books of lessons for rope of hemp; but now he is become a the more easy acquisition of the Singhalese smooth silken cord.” His wife, too, has and English languages. The same native returned to him. He says that she is now a brother says of the grammar, “There has Christian and a loving wife.
hitherto been no such grammar of the preThe Rev. Charles Carter, of Ceylon, has sent Singhalese. It was one very much been obliged, by failure of health, to visit his wanted.”
The residence of our missionary brother | speedy restoration to health, that he may in Ceylon has therefore been productive of render prolonged service to His cause among important results. May God grant him a the apathetic Buddhists of Ceylon!
Professor Jowett, of Oxford, Dr. Pusey, forsooth, THB foreign political news of the month chiefly
being one of the prosecutors! concerns the insurrection in Poland. The move. “The ceremony of baptism by immersion," says ment appears to be a very formidable one; but The Times, “ took place on Wednesday morning we can scarcely regard it as hopeful for the Poles, last, in Trinity Church, Marylebone. ImmeThe military conscription which was recently made diately after the termination of the usual morning throughout the kingdom, in the barbarously cruel service, the young lady who was to be baptized, fashion common to Russian conscriptions, seems accompanied by her friends and sponsors, proto have been the immediate cause of the revolt. ceeded to take her place near a large bath, specially The American news contains little of interest. constructed for the occasion, and placed imme. Perhaps the most important event is, the raising, diately in front of the communion table. The by the Confederates, of the blockade of Charles rector, the Rev. W. Cadman, read the baptismal ton; although, at the time we write, it remains service, and the candidate then underwent immeruncertain whether the blockade will not be re. sion in the cold water with much firmness, after newed. The Federals appear to be devoting all which she retired to change her wet clothes, their energy to obtaining some military success During her absence, the congregation engaged in of importance, and it would seem to be most im prayer on her behalf, and the remaining portion of portant that they should do so.-Prince Alfred has the service was read on her return. It is stated definitely refused-or the Queen has for him that the young lady was previously a member of the throne of Greece.-The quarrel in Prussia, the congregation." between the King and his Parliament, remains in statu quo.-General Garibaldi has sent from Caprera
On Friday evening, January 30th, a meeting of 100 francs as his contribution to the fund for the
the students and friends of the College for the relief of the distressed operatives in the English
Training of Baptist Ministers, in connection with cotton districts.
Mr. Spurgeon's church, was held in the Metro
politan Tabernacle. There were present, in addi. Parliament opened, as was expected, on the 5th
tion to about fifty of the students, the numerous of February. Nothing interesting has yet been done, though the Houses have met night after
professors, lecturers, and teachers of various
kinds, connected with the college and the evening night as usual. Sir John Trelawny has, however,
classes; also several of the elders and deacons of again introduced his Church-rate Bill, to be de
the church, and a number of other friends. It feated, we suppose, by the Tory Parliament of
appears that the weekly offerings of Mr. Spur1863; though Mr. Hadfield has carried, almost
geon's congregation, in aid of this institution, contrary to expectation, the second reading of his
amounted, on the Sunday previous to the meeting, Qualification for Offices Abolition Bill. The most
to £20 38. ld., and this sum, large as it may interesting news is, however, that we are really to
appear, is even under the average weekly contrihave a reduction of expenditure this year, though
bution of the congregation for the same object. not to the extent of more than three or four millions. The Naval Estimates for the year are
The present number of students in the college is
51 : students in the evening classes, 200. Besides to be reduced by the comparatively paltry sum of one million out of twelve; and the Army Ex.
supplying vacant pulpits, the students of this col.
lege occupy 27 preaching-stations in London and penditure is, it is said, to be reduced by about
the suburbs. There are 29 Baptist churches whose the same sum. Mr. Gladstone has announced his
pastors have been trained in this college. Its exintention to reduce the duty on tobacco; though
penses last year were £2,000. Of that amount this for the purpose of increasing, not reducing,
nearly one-half was raised by the before-named the revenue derived from the article.
weekly offerings of the church, about £250 by All Englishmen know by this time, that the
donations made by friends at the Tabernacle. marriage of the Prince of Wales is to take place
£592 by Mr. Spurgeon and friends who contribute on the 10th inst. The Princess Alexandra, the
through him. The Baptist Fund contributed £50. future Princess of Wales, is to enter London on
Mr. Spurgeon attends himself at the college every the 7th inst. The day will be observed in the
Monday and Friday, to ascertain the progress of the metropolis, and in many parts of the country, as a
students, and to communicate to them theological general holiday. The marriage ceremony is to instruction. After tea, of which about 150 students take place at Windsor.
and friends partook, Mr. Spurgeon adverted with Many of our readers have heard of the book on much satisfaction to the pleasure these social the Pentateuch, which has been recently pub. gatherings afforded him, and to the good results lished by Bishop Colenso, of Natal. The book which were likely to flow from them. The college has excited extraordinary interest, partly on ac had risen from a single student to fifty, and the count of the nature of its contents, and partly on evening classes were attended by about 200. account of the position of the author. Convocation These classes afforded a gratuitous general educahas appointed a committee to examine the book, tion to young men engaged in the City during the and to report upon it. Of course, a rote of cen day, and most of whom were occasionally emsure, which, however, has not the slightest effect ployed in preaching. Their labours had been in law, is the object of the proceeding.-A pro. abundantly blessed; they felt that they were ensecution for heresy has been commenced against / gaged in God's work, and they had no fear but
tent of Estimatrativel the Army about
Monday and Fridevas himself at the
qam, in about of Boumons patea.
that they should be well supported in the future, the place. Interesting congratulatory addresses as they had been in the past. The weekly offering were delivered by the following ministers: of the congregation had reached £40, and averaged The Revs. J. Baxter, B. C. Young. W. Varley, £25. In addition to supplying pastors for the R. Nightingale, T. Hanson, W. Jackson, and J. R. churches of this country, one student had been Carey. The chapel with its side and end galleries sent to Newfoundland, where he had been very will accommodate 650 persons ; it presents a very successful; and others would be sent to foreign neat and substantial appearance. The total cost lands as opportunity might offer. They were not of the structure, including land, school-rooms, such very "raw hands" after all. Many of them class-room, and vestry, is about £1,600. had raised churches where none had existed; and FIFEHEAD, DORSETSHIRE.-A new chapel was in Glasgow two of them had been wonderfully
opened in this village on Tuesday, Jan. 27th. The blessed. Mr. Spurgeon said that, in his opinion, Rev. J. Hannam, of Wincanton, preached in the the age of societies was at an end. In this
afternoon, and the Rev. R. P. Erlebach, of Mere, opinion, there are yet a few, we suspect, who will
in the evening, and between the services about & venture to differ from Mr. Spurgeon.
hundred persons sat down to tea. On the following Sabbath, two sermons were preached by the
Rev. J. Toll, of Bourton. Fifehead is a small DOMESTIC.
village, about five miles south-west from GillingABERDARE, GLAMORGANSHIRE. — The chureh ham, in the midst of an agricultural district. The under the pastorate of the Rev. Thomas Price is Gospel in connection with the Baptist denominaworking with all earnestness for the extension of
tion was first introduced here by the Rev. J. the Redeemer's kingdom. On the 7th and 8th of
Dunn, of Gillingham, whose labours, in connection December, 1862, public services were held in con
with another brother, were sanctioned by blessing nection with the opening of Bethel, a new chapel
from the Lord; but from want of a suitable place situated a little less than a mile to the east of Mr.
of worship, and other causes, the effort was abanPrice's chapel. This is one of the neatest chapels
doned for about five years. Through the desire of in the country; it measures forty-four feet by
the people, and by wish of Mr. Dunn, the cottage thirty six, with a good dwelling-house attached to
was opened again last year by the Rev. J. Toll, of it. At the opening services, sermons were
Bourton; but the place of meeting was so unsuitpreached by Messrs. Williams, Llanglotfan; Jones,
able, it was thought right, in dependence on the The Docks, Cardiff : Phillips, Trefforest; Jenkins,
Lord, to erect a small building. A piece of freehold Troedyrhiw : Evans, Dowlais, and the venerablo
land was at once purchased, and a contract signed Jones, Tongwynlas. Again, in the first week in
for the erection of a small chapel. The cbapel is February, the friends had the pleasure of opening
regarded as a village-station connected with Boura new chapel called after the name of the estate,
ton, and is supported chiefly by lay brethren. It Ynyslwyd Chapel. This is situated about half a
will seat nearly one hundred people, and has cost mile to the south of Mr. Price's chapel. The size
less than £100, towards which including the colis fifty feet by forty feet, with front and side
lections at the opening) £54 have been already galleries, vestries, and all complete, in fact quite
collected. a model of neatness and convenience. The ser MONTACUTE, SOMERSET.-On Monday, Feb. 2nd, vices were begun on Sunday, Feb. 1, when the a highly interesting meeting was held in this place church met for prayer in the morning at eleven to celebrate the 38th anniversary of the opening of o'clock. At pix o'clock the minister, Mr. Price, the chapel, and the ordination of the pastor on the preached the first sermon, from the words, “The same day. After the tea-meeting, the public ser. whole counsel of God.” after which he baptize 1 vice commenced by singing and prayer. The Rev. seven believers. On Wednesday and Thursday, J. Price then gave a brief epitome of the history Feb. 4th and 5th, sermons were preached by the of the church, and his connection with it for more Rev. Messrs. Lewis, Dowlais : Davies, Wauntro than forty years, and also the proceedings of the dau ; Johns, Llangedeirne; Evans, Neath ; Lloyd, day commemorated. A most affectionate and Merthyr; Jones, Swansea ; Roberts, Pontypridd ; touching address was then read by Mr. Jobu and Emlyn Jones, A.M., Cardiff. The devotional Staple, one of the deacons, on behalf of the parts of the services were led by Brethren Phillips, church and congregation, and a very elegant time. Trefforest; Jones, Pentyrch; Nicholas, Aberaman; piece, with a purse containing the balance of the and Harris, Mill.street. It is the intention of Mr. contributions, amounting together to £34, were Price and the church to form in these new chapels presented and suitably responded to. Affixed to two new churches of some 200 members each.
the time-piece was the following inscription:WILLENHALL, STAFFORDSHIRE. - On Tuesday,
“ Presented to the Rev. Joseph Price, who has January 20th, Mount Calvary Baptist Chapel, in
been for more than forty years the faithful and this town, was opened for Divine worship. The
beloved pastor of the Baptist church and congre. first service commenced at three o'clock. After
gation at Montacute, on the 2nd of February, singing and reading appropriate lessons, the
1863 (being the thirty-eighth anniversary of his dedication prayer was offered up by the Rev. A.
ordination), by his attached and grateful people." Gordon, LL.D., of Walsall, and an impressive
This inscription having been read by Mr. Staple, sermon was preached by the Rev. J. Jenkyn
he proceeded to address the pastor and church in Brown, of Wycliffe Chapel, Birmingham. In the
terms of affectionate congratulation. Rev. R. evening, at seven o'clock, the Rev. Charles Vince,
Laver (Independent) and the Rev. Evan Edwards, of Mount Zion Chapel, Birmingham, preached.
of Chard, also delivered addresses, and after a few The opening services were continued on Sunday,
appropriate remarks by the pastor, the meeting January 25th. The Rev. D. Evans, of Dudley,
concluded with the doxology. preached morning and evening, and the Rev. W. JAMES STREET, ST. LUKE'S.-The first anni. Lees, of Walsall, in the afternoon. The collections versary of the opening of the above chapel was amounted £51 28. 2d. On Tuesday, February 3rd, commenced on Sunday, 8th February, when the the opening tea-meeting was held. About half Rev. W. H. Hooper, of Walthamstow, preached past six o'clock the company retired to the chapel, in the morning, and the Rev. W. Burnett, of where a public meeting was held. In the un
Woodford, in the evening. The following 'Tuesday avoidable absence of W. Barnett, Esq., the chair evening a public tea-meeting was held, wben 120 was occupied by the Rev. J. Davies, minister of persons sat down to tea, E. Clarke, Esq., in the
ning, at seven monel. Birminghad on Sunday,
ons to the
then rose, in
chair. After singing and prayer by the Rev. J. , a considerable number of people gathered on the Deighton, the pastor presented a short statement, spot, and the proceedings were commenced by the in which he said the general attendance on the Rev. T. Thomas, pastor of the church, giving out means of grace had been encouraging, and a hymn and engaging in prayer; after which, Mrs. that twelve members had been added to the Crowther, of Lockwood, proceeded to lay the stone, church during the year. Tbe tract distribution the Rev. 1'. Thomas presenting to her, in the name had been very successful in inducing persons to of the church, a silver trowel for the purpose. attend the chapel and in bringing children to the Addresses appropriate to the occasion were deSunday school. Upwards of 200 families were livered by Mr. Alfred Crowther, of Lockwood, the ander weekly visitation. The Sunday school also Revs. J. Barker, of Lockwood, and H, Watts, of formed a very important and a very encouraging Golcar. Prayer was offered, and the doxology feature; the average attendance of children had sung, when the company adjourned to the schoolncreased to 180. The senior classes were very room for tea. The meeting after tea was addressed opeful; for some time past a weekly prayer by the Revs. H. Watts, J. Barker, Messrs. Broad. neeting was held among them. John Templeton, bent, Mitchell, Sykes, and Berry, the Rev. T. Esq., F.R.G.S., treasurer to the Building Fund, Thomas in the chair. The new chapel is intended hen presented his statement, which showed re to be in the Italian style of architecture, and to seipts to the amount of £126 38. 11d., leaving a accommodate about 600 people. It is expected to balance of £454 16s. ed. Addresses were then cost, including ground and fencing, about £1,800, delivered by the Revs. S. Pearce, W. H. Hooper, towards which £1,200 have been already promised. W. Whittingham, Esq., and H. Holland, Esq. It is hoped that by the time the building is com
SAEPPARD'S BARTON, FROME.-On Friday, Jan. pleted the whole amount required will be raised. 6th, a deeply-interesting meeting was held in this Diss, NORFOLK.--The annual tea-meeting of the lace, for the purpose of taking farewell of the Rev. members of the Baptist church was held on
Manning, who has accepted an editorial appoint Tuesday, February 3rd, in the commodious school. vent in connection with the Religious Tract So. room beneath the chapel, which was most taste. iety. The large school-room was densely crowded fully decorated. This annual gathering is looked
the occasion. Mr. Manning having spoken of forward to with much interest, and proved this is fifteen years of labour in that place, and grate year, as on former occasions, a season of pleaally acknowledged the success with which he had surable social and religious intercourse, and high een so largely blessed, adverted to the erection spiritual enjoyment. During the evening's proad repeated enlargement of the place of worship, ceedings the senior deacon, in a neat speech, pre. andered necessary by the steadily-increasing con. sented the pastor, the Rev. J. P. Lewis, in the
regations, to the erection of new and most com- | name of the church, with a handsome copy, :lodious school-rooms, and to the numerous addi. elegantly bound, of “Kitto's Pictorial Bible,” in ons to the church. John Sheppard, Esq., the four vols., imperial octavo, in appreciation of his nior deacon, then rose, and in terms of great labours among them. The next day the friends speet and warm affection, presented to Mr. gave to the teachers and parents of the children lanning a purse containing sixty guineas. The of the Sabbath school, a public tea in the same levs. W. Burton and Cloake, H. Houston, Esq., place, when 150 sat down to a bountiful repast, [essrs. Biggs, Anderson, and Harvey, likewise after which they were suitably addressed by the ddressed the meeting, expressing the universal pastor, teachers, and neighbouring ministers, on gret felt throughout the town and neighbourhood their parental duties, morally, socially, and reli.
Mr. Manniog's departure. On the previous giously. The proceedings were enlivened by hursday evening the Sunday-school teachers had several pieces of sacred music; and there was a resented Mr. Manning with a very handsome and general feeling that it was good to be there, ostly time-piece, as an expression of their affection
MAINDEE, NEWPORT, Mox-Services were held ad gratitude.
on Sunday, Feb.8th, in connection with the cause reCHESTERFIELD.-The new Baptist chapel in this cently established at Maindee; the object of which wn was opened for public Divine worship with was to promote the erection of a neat and commoje following services. On Wednesday, January dious chapel for Divine worship in that populous th, a sermon was preached in the afternoon by and pleasantly situated locality. The Rev. Evan be Rev. C. Larom, of Shetlield, and in the evening Thomas preached in the Town Hall, in the aftery the Rev. J. P. Campbell, of Sheffield; on noon, to a numerous congregation ; and sermons Thursday, January 8th, two sermons were preached were also preached in the room now set apart at y the Rev. Arthur Mursell, of Manchester; on Maindee for that purpose, when the Revs, J. Wil. ord's-day, January 11th, two sermons were liams, and T. L. Davies, the pastor, oiliciated. On reached by the Rev. C. Larom; and on January the Monday following, a public tea-meeting was 8th, two by the Rev, B. Evans, D.D., of Scar. held in the Town Hall, wbich was most encouorough. The whole of the interesting services ragingly attended. The Rev. T.L.Davies occupied tere brought to a close with a tea-meeting in the the chair. The Revs, N. Thomas, G. Cousens, Dr. arge school-room of the new chapel on Tuesday, Thomas, of Pontypool, J. Williams, of Newport, he 20th, after which F. E. Smith, Esq., of Shetlield, and other ministers and friends, addressed the tas requested to take the chair, and deeply. meeting. The church in this place was formed in nteresting addresses were delivered by the Revs. January, 1862. It numbered then seventeen ; it . Larom, Dr. Evans, J. P. Campbell, Messrs. De numbers now twenty-six. A piece of freehold ine, Sawyer, and W. Sissons, Esq. The whole of land, 60 feet by 180, has been purchased in a he services were well attended, and were full of most eligible site, at a cost of £100, and it is the encouragement for the new effort. The collections intention of the friends as soon as possible to mounted to upwards of £50. The members of build a chapel. Upwards of £100 has been his newly-formed church, being deeply anxious to already collected for the purpose. liquidate the remaining debt, intend holding a
SOUTH PETHERWIN.-On Thursday evening, bazaar in May next, and any contributions of use.
January 15th, a public thanksgiving service was tul or fancy articles will be thankfully received.
held in the Baptist chapel, South Petherwin, to MELTHAM, YORKSHIRE.-The foundation-stone celebrate the entire removal of the debt from the of a new Baptist chapel was laid at Meltham on place, which has been accomplished during the Christmas Day. At three o'clock in the afternoon | past year. Many friends from Lifton, Greystone,
Lewanwick, and those in the immediate neighị UPTON-UPON-SEVERN, WORCESTERSHIRE. - On hourhood, aggembled at five o'clock to a social
Wednesday, February 4th, a public tea-meeting tea, after which a public meeting was held, when was held in the Baptist chapel and school-room in the chapel accounts were read by Mr. R. Peter,
this town, when nearly 300 sat down. The prowhich showed that upwards of £60 had been raised
visions were kindly given by several of the friends. during the year. Many kind letters were read from
After tea a public meeting was held. The Rev. distant Christian friends who have contributed
J. R. Parker, who has for the last four months towards the object. Interesting addresses were
been preaching with great success, took the chair, then delivered by the Rev. J. A. Wheeler (Lifton), and the Rev. W. Symonds, of Pershore, and Messrs. Cardell, Pyner, Bennett, and Dymond. several other brethren, delivered appropriate ad. The evening was ooncluded by singing and prayer. dresses. The object of the meeting was to obtain
BUXTON, NORFOLK.-The church at Buxton funds for the erection of a new Baptist chapel at held a meeting on January 29th, to recognise the Naunton, a gentleman in that neighbourhood Rev. Benjamin May (of the Rev. C. H. Spur. having given a piece of land and £10 towards the geon's College) as their pastor. The Rev. G. object. Gould, of Norwich, delivered an excellent address
MINISTERIAL CHANGES. - The Rev. W. Best, on the Nature of a Christian Church, and the Rev.
B.A., of Coleford, Gloucestershire, has accepted a W.T. Price, of Yarmouth, asked the usual ques. tions of the church and pastor, and offered the
unanimous invitation to the pastorate of the Bap.
tist church at South Parade, Leeds. He com. dedicatory prayer; after which the Rev. W. G.
mences his ministry there in the course of the Lewis, of London, delivered the charge to the pastor in an earnest and eloquent discourse, and
present month.-The Rev. G. Ward, of Nayland, the Rev. T. A. Wheeler, of Norwich, faithfully ex.
has accepted the cordial and unanimous invitahorted the members of the church and congrega
tion of the Baptist church at Walton, Suffolk,
and entered upon his new sphere of labour on tion to co-operate with their pastor in every good
Lord's day, February 15th.-The Rev. J. Upton work, and to esteem him very highly for his work's
Davis, B.A., of Sabden, Lancashire, has accepted sake. A good dinner was afterwards provided for the friends, at which several ministers and mem
the pastorate of the church at South Street, Full, bers from the neighbouring churches expressed
recently under the care of the Rev. John Pulsford. their hearty sympathy with the church, and warm
-Mr. T. Phillips, of the Baptist College, Haver
fordwest, has accepted a unanimous invitation attachment to pastor and people,
from the church at Burslem, Staffordshire, and MANCHESTER" STREET, OLDHAM.-This place of enters on his labours on the first Sabbath in April, worship, which bas been closed for twelve months,
with auspicious prospects of success. -The Rev. the church formerly worshipping in it having re A. Macdonald having been called to the pastoral moved to a larger chapel, was re-opened on the charge of the church meeting in the Baptist 4th of January last, when the services were con chapel, Hill Street, Ballymena, has intimated his ducted by the Rev. Dr. Acworth, president of intention to decline the invitation. His present Rawdon College. The pulpit has since been sup address is 23, Abingdon Villas, Kensington, Lon. plied by some of the leading ministers of the don, W.-The Rev. Caleb C. Brown has signified Baptist denomination in Lancashire and York his intention to resign the pastorate of the Baptist shire. On the 1st of February, a church was church, Battle, on the 25th of March next, and is formally constituted, on which occasion Dr.
open to an engagement in or around London.Acworth presided, and twenty one persons gave to The Rev. J. Young, of Drayton Parslow, Bucks, each other the right hand of fellowship. No col having resigned his charge in that place, is at lections were made at the opening services, the liberty to supply any destitute church.-Mr. chapel having been thorongbly cleaned and re H. W. Hughes, of the Baptist college, Pontypool, paired at the expense of the trustees. The con has accepted an invitation to the pastorate of the gregations from the first have been very encou.
vedbury, Herefordshire, and entered on raging; and while there is ample scope for labour, his labours on the lat February. there is also every prospect of success.
Editorial Postscript. MANY of our readers may be interested to hear, that the two Prizes for the best Essays on “The Deacon's Office,” which, as we stated some time since, were offered by the Editors of The Freeman, have been gained respectively by the Rev. G. B. Thomas, of St. Neots, and the Rev. E. Dennett, of Lewisham. The essays, which are of sterling worth, are appearing in the columns of The Freeman.
The subscribers to “The Bunyan Library” will be glad to be informed, that the first volume of the series, for the new year, will be a volume by the famous John Foster. It will consist of various unpublished pieces, but chiefly of an “Essay on the Improvement of Time,” which, though it has existed in manuscript in the hands of Mr. Foster's family, has never before been given to the world. The volume will be competently edited, and will be introduced by a Preface from the pen of Mr. John Sheppard. Such a volume as this will give special value to the series of which it will form a part.-The volume of the “Library” now due, and which will be issued in the course of the present month, is a most interesting Memoir, &c., of the Rev. Christmas Evans, by the Rev. D. M, Evans, of Llanelly.