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tual kre at heart, whether sain not what you whatever may be the astonishment
of our readers, we assure them that God knoweth !--nor is it made my bu. we have copied it verbatim et literatim. siness to investigate your religious state and character; but this I know,
“ The water” having been “ that you are one of the fallen sons of plied with the hand to the subject," Adam, who need that grace to which whether saint or sinuer,' this sign is ordained to point you. addressed in the following manner:
presume, was still unknown,) he was Observe then distinctly, I beseech you, and
Will you keep the Supper? Will stila lay it much to heart, if you are
stranger to inward penitence, you take your regular part in holdthat 'I baptize you with this water ing forth the word of life,' in chrisunto repentance;'-if a soul troubled lian worship, in doctrine, in discifor your sins, who have not found the pline, and in all parts of holy fellowpeace of God, that I advise you to re- ship and holy living, as a member in ceive this sign, for the remission of the church of Jesus ?" If this be not sivs,' i. e. as a wisely ordained means to direct you to it;—and even although indubitable, then farewell for ever
rendering the claim to originality you truly believe in Christ, yet, as a depraved man, that thus I baptize
all hope of success. you, that, faith in the grace which
In taking leave of this subject, for this water signifies, you may wash it is not our intention that it should away your sins' by calling upon the intrude any farther on our pages, name of the Lord,' while the sign we mention with regret, that, both passes upon you to help you in it.- in the “Address" and the“ Sermon" In this view, it appears to me a rea
we noticed allusions to a supposed sonable and a most delightful service, departure from truth, attributed, in. and so I hope it appears to you also, part at least, to love of dominion in and to this whole assembly; therefore the ministers of Jesus Christ. So now 'I baptize you,' &c.” p. 41.
far as we are concerned, our estimate Just here it was natural enough shields bim from any imputation of
of the author's piety effectually for us to pause, and, if possible, dis- insidious design ; but,' to some, cover in what manner the ceremony these passages may have the apwas performed. Immersion knew to be out of the question- set an incongruous system afloat, by
pearance of an unworthy attempt to certain hints, also, had led us to appealing to popular prejudice. doubt whether any other ordinary | Upon the whole, we are willing to mode, already in use, could be ad-hope, that, notwithstanding the at: mitted to the privilege of incorpo- tention Mr. Bass has already paid ration in this new formula. We to this subject, he will perceive the confess that, having read the fol- necessity of deliberately revising and lowing passage, “I adopt that mode of baptism which represents the im- however wide his present deviations
correcting his conclusions; and that, partation of the grace it signifies to from the express directions of the us; because we are not represented New Testament, he may be ultias being primarily conveyed into
to mately brought to make them his grace, but grace is represented as exclusive guide as to the subject and conveyed into us, to teach, renew, and mode of christian baptism. save us,” (p. 39,) we were totally unable to conjecture what novelty of administration was about to be introduced. But passing our eye, most opportunely, to the bottom LITERARY INTELLIGENCE. of page 42, our solicitude was relieved by the following note :
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The fifth Annual Meeting of the Society, instituted in London, A. D. 1818, for the Relief of AGED AND INFIRM Protestant Dissenting Ministers, of the Presbyterian, Independent, and Baptist Denominations in England and Wales, accepted and approved in their respective denominations, and who, having been settled pas. tors of congregations, have resigned their office in consequenceof incapacity by age or other Infirmities, was held at the King's Head, Poultry, May 27, 1823, James Gibson, Esq. Treasurer, in the Chair. Twenty-four ministers have been relieved during the past year, eleven of whom have been relieved four successive years ; six, some two, some three years; and seven have been ad. mitted and relieved the last year. The income of the Society for the year, from funded property, and donations and subscriptions, was £318 10$. 2d.; the exhibitions to ministers, £380.
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Hamburg, March 11, 1823. *Donations and Subscriptions will be received by Sir James Esdaile and Allow me, my dear friend, to send you Co. Lombard-street.
the following, which I have translated from the “ History of the different religious denominations in Altona, by
John Adrian Boltens,” published in SYRIAN EARTHQUAKE.
Altona, 1790. I have extracted the
following particulars from a very long EXTRACT of a Letter from John Bar. story about things of very little con. ker, Esq. British Consul, dated Alep- sequence. If you judge them worth po, May 9:-“ I have informed your a place in the Baptist Magazine, you Worships of my preliminary steps to- are at liberty to publish them. wards the execution of your commands respecting the distribution of the A succinct Account of the Mennonite Charity to my fellow-sufferers by the Church at Altona, extracted from the earthquake. Opr difficulties increase German History of different Denomi. at every step; but ably seconded as I nations of Religion in Altona, by am by my worthy colleagues, the
John Adrian Boltens. French and Dutch Consuls, I hope to “ In the year 1536, was issued a surmount all obstacles, and in due severe decree in the six towns of Lų. time to give your Worships and the beck, Bremen, Rostock, Stralsund, Public a satisfactory statement of all Luneberg, and Hamburg, against the our proceedings. Meantime I can aş. Anabaptists, a name then given to the sure you, the infinite details of this de adherents of the reformed religion as licate business engross my whole at: well as to the Baptists (Taufgesinn. tention. I have already realized ten). In this decreé it was among 112,000 of the 118,000 piastres put at other things strictly forbidden that any my disposal, with a saving of agio, se- one should unite themselves to this ven per cent; and I make no doubt of sect. In 1555, however, it was par, being able to draw for the remainder tially rescinded, but put in full force on equally advantageous terms. Your again in Hamburg 1560, with this fur, hearts will bleed on learning the dis- ther prohibition, that no rebaptized astrous effects of the ophthalmia, during persons should be taken into employ, the month following the 13th of August. ment, or exercise any profession; and That extremely painful and dangerous for a long time after this decree was disease was so prevalent throughout read from the pulpits.of the city. These the district to which the earthquake violent measures, as well as the much extended, that I can venture to affirm greater toleration there was at the same not more than three persons in ten time to be found in Altona, were doubt escaped the infection! Of nine persons less the cause of many Baptists estawho composed my family, five were suf- blishing themselves in that town. Many ferers from that cruel disorder. Of the of this denomination indeed were to be survivors of the Jews at Aleppo (not found in Holstein in the middle of the more than 2400,) 74 lost their sight! sixteenth century. Menno' Simons And although the number of Turks and himself, who first systematized the docChristians here who became blind, im. trines held by the Baptists, (and from mediately after their providential es
whom they took the name of Mennocape from the earthquake cannot be nites,) filed about the last mentioned exactly ascertained, I can safely state period into Wustenfelde, a Holstein it to be more than 1500! The names village in the district of Fresenburg, of the most destitute of these will ap: where many of his own religious sen. pear in my future statements, and will timents had previously for a long very much increase the number of the time found a refuge from persecution, partakers of the charity. The people and to whom he united himself. It of Antiochia, and the neighbouring was in Wustenfelde where this vener. villages, were also afflicted with oph-able man died in the year 1561. At that thalmia, as well as those of Aleppo, but time the church at Wustenfelde was I did not hear of any person's having important for the number of its memlost his sight in consequence of it.-I bers, many of whom repaired time am happy to say, that six weeks have after time to Altona, and settled there now elapsed without an earthquake in 1570.” strong enough to be generally felt."
“ Notwithstanding the intolerant decrees aforementioned, the Menno- of dyeing in blue: hence the new wites from Fresenburg increased in church, which was built chiefly by his Hamburg, and at length liberty was efforts, received by way of ridicule granted them to mect for religious wor- the epithet of the blue church. He ship, but only in a restricted manner. did not follow this calling long, but Forthis as well as some other privileges gave afterwards lessons in penmanship, they were indebted to Francies Noé, in which he greatly excelled, and a Mennonite merchant, who himself other instruction to young persons. afterwards settled in Altona; where He travelled into Spain, Portugal, and also at the close of the sixteenth Italy, and visited the cities of Archcentury full toleration was given, and angel, and Moscow, previously to his a piece of ground presented them by being chosen an assistant minister to Ernestus, Duke of Holstein, for the the above named church, which office puspose of erecting a church, building he entered into Sept. 20, 1684. Shortdwelling houses, and burying their ly after this he went to supply small dead. This site was called the Freio destitute churches in Lubeck, Dantheit, or Liberty.”
zig, &c. and returned to Altona, and “ The free exercise of religion being there preached in the large Mennonite now obtained in Altona, many Menno church, and occasionally in Fredericknites resorted thither, particularly stad. In Altona his preaching beprior to the breaking out of the thirty came so popular as to be attended by years war in Holstein, as well as great numbers of different denominaprior to that event. Thus their num- tions of christians, Lutherans, Reformber kept continually increasing, ed, and even pious Roman Catholics. to which increase the intolerant- de- His learning was not extensive, but crees of Hamburg did not a little con- he possessed the gift of a winning and tribute. ' In course of time a difference persuasive eloquence in a very high of opinion arose as to the mode of degree. His preaching was frequentbaptism. This was the cause of the ed by the nobility of various rank. Mennonites now in Altona, which The Duke of Holstein, and even the were one church, separating into two late King of Sweden, under the title jaterests. The one maintained the of Prince Gottorp, were occasionally mode by pouring; the other adopted of his audience.' that by immersion, and were therefore “ His son was the celebrated pain. distinguished by the name of Immer- ter, Balthasar Denner, and his son-ingenten, This separation continued law was Dominicien Van der Smissen, until the year 1666, though efforts had who also excelled in the art of painting. been made towards a union, but with. On the occasion of the preacher's death, out the desired effect. Of the two Brokes, the celebrated Hamburg senathe Immergenten were the most nu- tor, honoured his memory in some merous, and a new church was erected poetical compositions of his own, and by them out of the profits of the whale busts were taken of him in bronze.” fishery, in which many of their mem- The present Mennonite church in bers were engaged. In 1683 these Altona stands in that part of the town two interests became one, though each called the Freiheit, or Liberty, and had its own preacher ; and the new the Rev. Isaac Goos is church having had the misfortune to sent its pastor. The number of its be burnt down by the Swedish troops members are about two hundred and in the siege of 1713, a larger one was fifty; and (as in the Mennonite church. afterwards built. The last of the es in Holland) the mode of baptism Immergenten ministers died in 1746, is administered by pouring, to persons since which time the church has been who have arrived at the age of dissupplied by one.”
cretion, and the ordinance of the From the records of the ministers Lord's supper is administered once of this church, they appear to have every quarter of a year. Mr. Goos been, for the most part, men more re. preaches alternately in Dutch and markable for piety and moral worth, German, and supplies occasionally than learning and talent. Among the Dutch reformed church in Altona. them however for talent Jacob Denner stands an exception. He was born in Hamburg, Sept. 20, 1665. His MAY 28, the BUCKINGHAM. father was Balthasar Denner, a deacon SHIRE ASSOCIATION of Baptist of a church in that city, and a staunch Churches, assembled at New Mill, defender of the Immergenten. His Herts. Mr. Williams read and prayed; son Jacob learnt in his youth the art Mr. West, Chenies, preached (Matt.
vi. 33); Mr. Tyler, (Ezra v. 16;) Mr. JULY 29, Rev. Cornelius Elven was Elvey, London, concluded.-Evening, ordained pastorof the ParticularBaptist Mr. Collett commenced; Mr. Hopley, Church at BURY ST. EDMUND's, Hemel Hempstead, preached (1 Thess. Suffolk. Mr. Dickenson of Rattlesden i. 10,) and concluded, Baptized with began the service with reading and in the year, 50. Clear increase, 29. prayer; Mr. Cole of Ottley delivered The churches supply thirty villages the introductory discourse, and asked with preaching, and instruct in their the usual questions ; Mr. Cooper of Sunday-schools about one thousand Stoke-ash offered the ordination prayer; children. The next Association May Mr. Hoddy of Clare gave the charge 20, 1824, at Great Missenden.
from 1 Tim. iv. 5 ; Mr. Reynolds of Wattisham addressed the church from
Ephes. v. 1, 2; and Mr. Hoddy of The Baptist Churches of the MID Bildeston concluded with prayer. LAND District met in ASSOCIA- Messrs. Reynolds and Dickenson gave TION at Coleford, May 20 and 21, out the hymns, and Mr. Baker of 1823. Mr. Fry was chosen Moderator. Stowmarket preached in the evening. The preliminaries and letters ''
were read at the commencement. The church at Withington, Herefordshire, was added to the Association. : Ser- JULY 30, a place of worship was mons by the Rev. Messrs. Birt of Bir- opened at NITON, Isle of Wight, mingham, (1 Thess. ii. 12,) Page of when four sermons were preached by Worcester, (Rev. xi. 12,) and Waters Messrs. Mileham, Tilley, Draper, and of Pershore, (Prov. xix. 21.) The de- Saffery, from Isa. lii. 7, Psalm xxvi. 8, votional exercises by the Rev. Messrs. Acts xix. 32, and Acts v. 42. Messrs. Page of Worcester, Williams of Rye- Caston, (Independent,) Franks, Clay, ford, Morrell of Brettell-lane, Fry of Flood, Read, and Arnott, conducted Coleford, Ragland, Drayton of Glou- the devotional services. Níton is a cester, Davies of Withington, Waters village ht miles from Newport, on of Pershore, Coombę of Ross, Beddow the s side of the island, about a of Coseley, and Birt.-The Circular mile from the sea ; 'and with the surLetter by Mr. Drayton. Mr. Fry to rounding parishes presents a considerdraw up the next Letter. Clear in- able population. A zealous friend to crease (of 28 churches) 92. The next evangelical truth, a member of Mr. annual meeting to be at Coseley, at Franks's Church in Newport, has been the usual time. Messrs. Butterworth anxious to provide it with a faithful and Morgan to preach,
dispensation of the gospel, and for this purpose has converted a large malt
house into a remarkably agreeable JUNE 10, Rev. John Dunn was or place of worship, with a good school. dained pastor of the Baptist Church,
room appended.-Mr. Arnott of PortHOLY CROSS, Staffordshire. Rev. John Scroxton of Bromsgrove deliver, Chale, (a village two miles distant,)
sea purposes to preach at Niton,-and ed the introductory discourse, asked
tor some months. He is pow assisted the usual questions of the church and by the Baptist Home Missionary Sominister, and received the confession ciety; and if intimations of the Divine of faith. Mr. Birt of Birmingham blessing are granted, he will probably prayed the ordination prayer, and de.
settle with his family at the former livered a most interesting address
the place --Persons well acquainted with Rev. T. Morgan of Birmingham ad. stances, contemplate the effort with dressed a judicious discourse to the
great satisfaction. The whole expense church from Eph. iv. 31, 32, and v.
of this undertaking will be moderate, 1 and 2, and closed in prayer. The endeavours of Mr. Dunn to recommend has been most active in the establish
yet the praiseworthy individual who Christ in this village have been
ment of the interest cannot be expectentinently blessed. The little banded to sustain the charge. He intends have risen from six members to
to convey the premises to Trustees, twenty, and the congregation is greatly and thus to make them the property of increased.—May the Spirit's influences the public, to whom application will largely descend, that the disciples be nade ; and we think few cases of may be comforted and edified, and that this description can be produced with converts to Zion, here and elsewhere, better claims to the attention of the may be numerous as the pearly drops pious and the liberal. of morning dew.