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RECENT DEATH.

uniformly received every demonstration with him. Departed saint ! the days of of respect and affectionate attachmeni. thy mourning are ended.

The following touching reflections are For the last two months his strength extracted from the last paper found in his continued rapidly to decline; he was writing ; it was written on his birth-day, soon fatigued with the slightest effort at June 5, 1829. “ Seven years ago, when conversation. His mind was, however, 1 concluded my seventieth year, I called preserved in the possession of peace and my family together, prayed with them, patience; he frequently intimated that gave them some advice, and read a paper, he was favoured with peace, thougb un. which I committed to their care. Of der much pain and infirmity; he was the domestic circle which then sur "s looking for the mercy of the Lord Jesus rounded me, no less than four are gone Christ.' The closing scene was one of to the grave before me. My dear wife; great debility and exhaustion, but it was my two daughters; my dear daughter a scene of peace.

Within a few hours of in-law, the beloved wife of my son his departure, he added his emphatical Henry-all gone! I, who am older than

and feeling “ Amen,” to a few petitions any of them, still spared! I complete offered by one of his sons; and at length, this day, my seventy-seventh year. A surrounded by his attached and beloved few days since I visited the spot where family, gently and serenely he yielded the mortal remains of the above are depo- into the hands of Him that redeemed sited, and in which soon this frail body of him by his blood, and so be entered into mine must be laid up. Oh, that with the joy of his Lord. them I may have a joyful resurrection to eternal life! The disorder in my face, Died after an illness of a few days, on of ten years standing, continues gradu- the 10th of June, at her residence, Penally, though slowly,' to increase, and with tonville, in the 37th year of her age, increasing pain, which I endeavour, daily, Martha Ann, the beloved wife of Henry to bear with patience. My chief com. Parker, Esq. of Gray's Inn, and one of plaint is the weakness of my frame.” the deacons of the church of Christ, as.

His sight, which had been gradually sembling at Claremont Chapel, Penton. failing, at length was entirely lost; yet ville. This estimable Christian lady even this total failure did not induce enjoyed, in her last hours, the consolahim to discontinue his beloved engage- tions of that religion which she had la. ment, in preaching the gospel of his boured to promote amongst the poor of Lord and Saviour. In this he was gra her neighbourhood, as a Visitor of the ciously enabled to persevere even up to Christian Instruction Society, and Treathe first Sabbath in March last; and ibat surer to the Dorcas Society. last day of his officiating in this sanctuary After having expressed her unshaken will not be forgotten. During the pe trust in the Saviour, she said, “ Lord riod of his blindness, his preaching had Jesus receive my spirit,” and almost been peculiarly marked by the power, immediately afterwards expired. and the rich unction, which distinguished Her unexpected removal naturally exhim ; and his characteristic simplicity cited a powerful sensation throughout and faithfulness were still evinced the church, of which she was one of the in his preparation for pulpit labours; first and most beloved members. but on this occasion there was a peculiar pathos, both in the topic and in the The Annual Meeting of the friends and manner of delivery. The subject was supporters of the Newport Pagnel Evan. 6. the man of sorrows His own per gelical Institution, for the Education of sonal sufferings were not forgotten, while young men for the Christian Ministry, he directed his bearers to the sufferings residing in London and its vicinity, will of his Lord; and if the afflictions of the be held at the Rev. J. Dean's Meetingservant abounded, so, also, did his con house, Aldermanbury Postern, on Wedsolation; and if he suffered for his Lord nesday Evening, the 11th July.

The on earth, he is now glorified together Chair to be taken at Six o'Clock.

NOTICE.

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS AND MINOR CORRESPONDENCE, Communications have been received from the Rev. Dr. Smith-Dr. WinterRev. Messrs. J. M. Cramp-A. Redford – H.J. Crump-S. J. Burges-W. L. Prattman- E. Prout-J. Burnet-Thomas Scales-J. Burder-A. Tidman.

Also from Messrs. Roger Lee-J. Jones, Joseph Cottle-Thomas Burden-J.S. Hardy-Snelgar-W. B. Kilpin-B. P. Witts-Little Faith-J. K. S.

We regret the error in our Lecture List, of which Dr Winter complains, and hope to obviate the recurrence of such mistakes in future. Several articles of intelligence are necessarily deferred until our next.

THE

CONGREGATIONAL MAGAZINE.

AUGUST, 1832.

HISTORICAL SKETCH

OF

THE CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH, CHISHILL, ESSEX,

WITH

BIOGRAPHICAL NOTICES OF ITS SUCCESSIVE MINISTERS.

of this paper.

Such a

HISTORICAL associations often tiring before those of Esses into impart interest to a spot which Cambridgeshire, or before those of cannot boast of any native at- Cambridgeshire into Essex. There tractions, or of those adornments is reason to think that the spot was which art supplies. This remark also selected by them as near to is sustained by the circumstances the residences of many of their of that humble village whose Con- friends, as we find that, after the gregational Church is the subject ejectment, the Rev. Robert Billio,

. Seated on the jun. who was turned out of the bleak contines of a wild and open living of Bedworth, Warwickshire, country, its inhabitants are few, “ settled at Chishill Parva, where scattered, and generally poor, he taught school, and preached in without groves or gardens, modern his turn at Cambridge."* mansions or ancient castles : it is man as Mr. Billio could not reside only in connection with its moral in any neighbourhood long, withplantations, the husbandry and out seeking to instruct those the building of God, that it will around him in true religion. It supply any thing that can interest was not until the death of Mr. the Christian stranger. Chishill, Holcroft that the people under his though in Essex, is immediately care, who had been often described on the border of Cambridgeshire, as the Church of Christ, in Camand there is a shady secluded lane, bridgeshire, consented to embody just by, which forms the boundary themselves into separate, yet sister between the two counties. During churches. In 1694, several distinct the Stuart persecutions of the Non- societies were thus settled, and conformists, the venerated Messrs. amongst them Mr. Robert RobinHolcroft and Oddy often used to son has enumerated that of Chismeet their friends at midnight, in hill and Melbourne.f. Many of the the well-known spot on which they were safe froni the attacks of Vol. I. p. 528.

* Palmer's Nonconformist's Memorial, the officers of either county, re + Pusthumous Works, p. 265. VOL. XV, N. S. NO. 92.

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earlier Congregational Churches of those by whom he was surwere accustomed to meet at alter- rounded. Under a conviction of nate places for the mutual conveni- his own unworthiness he was about ence of their members residing at to retire, when a prayer was uttered them, until they became sufficiently that God would show mercy to numerous and respectable each to some individual then present: this sustain a pastor, and the expenses of petition being repeated, led him to public worship. Thus our churches pause, cherishing the hope that it have doubtless been multiplied might perhaps be answered in himby what a recent writer has been self. Whilst he was yet lingering pleased to call their divisions, with his mind greatly burdened, the and if he can derive any satisfac- words of Jehovah came powerfully tion from such occurrences, he and to his recollection, “ Is there no his party are right welcome to all balm in Gilead,” &c. “ I knew, the comfort they can supply. says he, “that it was God's word,

The first pastor of this united and now, as his voice, it came church of Chishill, Essex, and home to my stony heart, and arose Melbourne, Cambridgeshire, was there as the day star which guided The Rev. JOHN NICHOLLS. me to the Saviour Jesus. I then We regret that our inforınation saw he must be my only physirespecting him is extremely limit- cian,” &c.* He left the place ed, yet all we know is honourable deeply affected, and rode home in and interesting. He was born in the dusk of the evening, meditatthe parish of Hatfield Regis, ing on the peculiar feelings he had Essex, of respectable parents, who experienced, and when he returned resided on their own estate in that to his family, he with much earparish, which be afterwards in nestness introduced the subject of herited, and where he dwelt at personal religion to them, and the time of his conversion to God. with

affectionate

fidelity The account which he has given warned them to flee from the of that event is characterized by wrath to come. This and subse. much simplicity, and exhibits in a quent conversations produced a striking manner the power of di. powerful effect on the mind of his vine grace on his own heart. It elder sister, so that she became appears, that during the severest the first fruit of his labours to part of the persecution which be. God. There is some reason to fel the Nonconformists, in

think that he was connected in quence of the intolerant acts, that Christian fellowship with the Camhe was led, apparently by acciden- bridgeshire Church, and that it was tal circumstances, to attend a meet- under the auspices of Mr. Hussey, ing for prayer in a private dwell. of Cambridge, he was introduced ing house, where a plain man to the pastoral office at Chishill, commenced with prayer in a very which he appears to have sustained scriptural and earnest manner. anterior to 1712. The people of Whilst the exercise continued, Melbourne, in 1723, built a meetMr. Nicholls felt convinced that ing-house for about 400 persons, these humble and persecuted and there was a second at Chishill, people were indeed the servants in which he also laboured and was of God, and could not fail to con afterwards interred. His little trast the darkness and impenitency of his own mind with the religious

Nicholls' Method of Divine Grace knowledge and Christian feeling with fallen Man, p. 94.

an

conse

treatise,' already quoted, is dedi- an affectionate attachment for his cated to the Congregational Church tutor till his death. Mr. Sutherat Chishill, Essex, and Melbourne, land's invitation brought Mr. WatCambridgeshire, and in the epistle son from Scotland, whence he " he begs them to receive it as a “ arrived safe at Walden, June portion from a spiritual father, a 3d, 1741," and on visiting the spiritual legacy, a pledge and church at Chishill and Melbourne, token of my dying love and last became their accepted pastor. care for your precious souls." The Mr. Watson was held by the infirmities of advancing years now people and neighbourhood in high began to be heavily felt by him, esteem, and traditionary reports and rendered it necessary that he tell of his usefulness, though it is should be assisted in his duties. certain that his elocution was not A young minister, Mr. Leonard popular. Fisher, from the church at Keysoe, In 1743, he married Anne, the was employed for that purpose daughter of John Hanchett, Esq.of until his death, which occurred at Chrishall Grange, in the county of Chishill, 1740.* This honoured Essex,by which marriage he became pastor was interred, as we have possessed of an estate and manorial stated, in the meeting-house there, rights in the manor of Great Chisbut no monument perpetuates his hill

, by which his connection with memory, save the continuance of the neighbourhood was continued that church which his labours long after his official relations to established:

the church had terminated. His bereaved people applied to In 1745 arrangements were the Rev. James Sutherland, the made for the separation of the two excellent and learned pastor of congregations, and the people at the church at the neighbouring Melbourne chose for their pastor town of Saffron Waldon, to recom the Rev. Richard Cooper, who was mend to them a candidate for the ordained over them in July of that pastoral office. He introduced to year, and continued to labour with them

them till his death, 1789. The Rev. JAMES WATSON, A large family of nine children

This gentleman was the seemed to demand better means of son of a farmer at Aberdour, in education than this secluded spot Aberdeenshire, where he at that period supplied, and Mr. born 1713. After the usual course Watson therefore left those quiet of grammar-school learning, he scenes, where he had spent twenty was entered as a graduate in the tranquil years, for the bustle and ancient university of Aberdeen, excitement of the metropolis. It where, in due time, he took a is only necessary to add, that he Master of Arts' degree, and was afterwards became pastor of the employed as a tutor in classical church that now assembles at and general literature, and amongst Union Street, Southwark, was his pupils he numbered the pious chosen secretary to the body of the though eccentric Alexander Cru- dissenting ministers, and received den, the laborious author of a diploma of Doctor of Divinity, the Concordance, who cherished from his alma mater; and after a

life of usefulness, be sunk by * Congregational Magazine, Vol. 2. pp. gradual decay into the grave, in

Congregational Magazine, Vol. 2. PP: the enjoyment of the consolations 696, 697.

M. A.

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and hopes of the Gospel, July, his old friends at Chishill, from 1783, aged 69 years.*

Rev. vii. 14., but a few weeks beUpon the removal of Mr. James fore his death. Watson to London, his hereditary The life of Mr. William Watpossessions gave him a local inte. son was holy and blameless; and rest in the place and people, which although he cannot be classed was strengthened by the resin with eminently useful preachers dence of his brother, as a minister of the Gospel, yet his memory amongst them, and by his own was cherished with affectionate occasional visits, which partook of respect by those who had attenda pastoral character still.

ed on his ministry. He died in The Rev. WILLIAM WATSON peace, Jan. 6, 1793, in the 71st was a younger brother of the pre- year of his age. His funeral serceding gentleman, and was born was preached by the late in North Britain in the year 1722, Rev. James Philips, of Clapham. where he enjoyed the advan- He was interred in the parish tages of grammar-school learning, church-yard, where a plain headbut never received any academical stone preserves, the above dates, instruction with a view to the together with Rev. ii., 17th verse, Christian ministry. It is supposed, a portion of scripture of which he that being a man of piety and in was peculiarly fond. telligence, bis brother encouraged The death of this venerated man him to preach, and eventually in- gave the people of Chishill, now troduced him to supply the pulpit greatly reduced in numbers, an opat Chishill. He is described to portunity of choosing a pastor, who have been a judicious and evan- might raise up the waste places gelical preacher, but possessed of of their spiritual Zion. Their à voice naturally unmusical, which choice was happily directed to was made still more unharmonious their late pastor, who was honourto a southern ear, by a broad Scot- ed of God to place this village tish accent, so that his labours church in circumstances of greater were far from popular with the prosperity than it ever before witmultitude.

notwith, nessed. standing those disadvantages, a

The Rev. JAMES DOBSON was man mighty in the Scriptures, and native of Lancashire, from his mind was so well stored with whence he was early removed by their contents, that it was scarcely his parents to the metropolis, possible to name a single text to where he was soon called to kuow which he could not at once refer, all the privations and sorrows, specifying the book, chapter, and which follow the loss of both paverse, where it might be found.- rents. The God of the orphan, As Mr. Watson did not undertake however, was pleased to visit bim the pastoral office, his brother the with his grace in early life, and on doctor, when visiting his estate, entering upon business, he proved administered the ordinances of that he possessed talents capable Baptism and the Lord's Supper to of the most honourable and sucthe people; and the last sermon cessful application to secular purhe ever composed was delivered to suits, and which were under the Hanbury's Historical Researches, &c.

sanctifying controul of those sup. 45. W. Wilson's History, &c. Vol. 4, perior principles which true relipp. 206–209.

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