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ful. Before leaving for Newcastle, I had the greater part of last winter we held a meetconversation with others, and on passing ing on the evening of every first day of the down to baptize I found a female who had week, on which occasions the facts, coinattended our meetings, cheerfully ready to mands, and promises of the gospel were set eater into the blessings flowing from the forth, to the best abilities of the brethren; cross; and as she preferred the river to the but we were compelled to discontinue these bath, the two were baptized that evening, in meetings for want of better attendance upon the presence of a large audience: they were them. It was then proposed to commence both from the world. Having occupied some proclamations of the gospel in some of the further time in cop versing with other hear. surrounding villages, which has not yet been ers, a third confession was made, by the aged carried out; indeed it is very difficult to get mother of Brother Ramshaw, whom I im- audiences at this season of the year, as men mersed on Saturday. I assure you it was to generally appear to have more relish for the me a delightful week's work: six souls, by verdant hills, the shady groves, and the rich gazing on an uplifted Saviour, drawn de- and beautiful drapery nf a summer's sunset, voutly to conform to his death and resurrec- than for that marvellous manifestation of Jetion. May 7th, our dear Brother J. Moffat hovah's love in the gift of his son. Various spoke in the hall in the afternoon, and in the circumstances have combined to retard the open air afterwards to a large and attentive spread of the gospel in this quarter; but as audience, who crowded into the hall, where the church is “ the pillar and ground of the I was announced to speak at the close of his truth,” we must endeavour to triumph over discourse ; and the day terminated with ano- | all difficulties. The work is before us, and ther distinct and intelligent acknowledgment so is the prize. If the disciples were to cease of the grace of Christ, and a confessed readi- disseminating the Scriptures and contending ness to obes the Lord, from the sister of one for the faith formerly delivered to the saints, of our newly-admitted brethren. I need not what would be the consequence ? That retell you, that it would be folly extreme in us | ligion which speaks peace to the troubled to imagine that these blessed results were ef- | soul, comforts the disconsolate, supports the fected by human learning, or the eloquence weak, and gives courage and hope at apof the schools : we possess neither. There | proaching dissolution, would remain unare brethren associated with us in this land, known. How important is it, then, that we whose qualifications, I think, might very ad should strive to spread the knowledge of salvantageously be compared with our Ameri- 1 vation which is entrusted to our care ; that can brethren, their writings being the crite we ought to remember that the labour of a few rion. That the education of many of us has evangelists is not all that is necessary for the been defective, is readily admitted; hence spread of the truth, but the combined effort we have seen it our highest wisdom, to be- of every disciple in word and action. Jesus come simply the echoes of Christ's appointed prayed for his disciples that they might all be advocate, the Holy Spirit. He spoke to us one, that the world may believe the Father of the Lord, and enriched and blessed our sent him; and Paul says, “ Though I speak hearts with the exhibition of the manifold with the tongues of men and angels, and have glories of God's Messiah. His wonderful not charity, I am become as sounding brass, and copious evidences formed a strong rock as a tinkling cymbal.” So, although we had on which to repose with security; and in the evangelists with the reasoning powers of struggle of the Spirit our souls moved to their Paul, and the eloquence of Apollos, they inmost depths by love to our king. In this would be no better, unless the practice of the spirit we speak to the people; hence gladly disciples agree with their professions. How and rationally we say, it is the Lord's doing, pleasing and delightful is it to see the minds and wondrous in our eyes. Honored, highly of those who are in darkness enlightened, honored above all kings on the earth shall we the morally debased exalted and purified, and deem ourselves, should our Lord keep us in the servants of Satan turned to serve the our own place, lowly before him, and con- | living and true God. But wbat a humiliatinue to use us as agents in drawing our race ting spectacle is it to behold such again sink from the misery and degradation of rebellion into intellectual blindness, moral degradaagainst Christ. Yours, W. MACDOUGALE. tion, and spiritual death. Truly it may be
said of such an individual, “ the last state of Cupar, May 6.-There is nothing particu
that man is worse than the first.” Yours in larly interesting to communicate to you at
the one faith and hope,
J. M. present, the congregation here, as regards numbers, remaining almost stationary, but Huddersfield. The church of Jesus Christ being filled with joy and peace in believing. statedly meeting in the Philosophical Hall, We continue to walk in peace and love, and Ramsden-street, Huddersfield,' after their I trust we are progressing in intelligence usual meeting on Lord's dav afternoon, May and holiness. In the absence of any evan 14, 1848, held a special meeting, and took gelist, we have been endeavouring to extend tea in company with a considerable number the knowledge of the Redeemer's kingdom of brethren from Halifax and Clickheaton, to by publishing the truth to the world. For take their leave of Brother William Thomson. At this meeting, the following resolu. in person reign on the earth with risen and tion was moved hy Brother George Green- glorified saints, or not? I must say, for my well, the evangelist of the church, and se- own part, that there appears to be a lack of conded by Brother Henry Sbaw :-“ As Bro- evidence to support the personal reign. I ther William Thomson is leaving this place, may perhaps write a few observations, exand also contemplates a voyage to the United planatory of my view of Rev. xx. 1-11, upon States of America, something more than an which, I suppose, the chief stress is laid by ordinary farewell is demanded from us upon the literality. Yours truly, •**. the present occasion. For a period of two
| [Please to send us your thoughts on Rev.
Please to ser years he has been with us as a brother, and xx. 1.11. It is the only passage in the voas a minister of the truth. We are happy to
lume of inspiration, old or New Testament, testify that, as a brother, he has walked in
which speaks of a reign of any kind for a holiness among us; and as a Christian
thousand years; and from the manner in teacher has contributed largely to the edifi
which the prophetic seals, trumpets, and cation of the body. We desire a continued
vials of that symbolic book have hitherto interest in his sympathies and prayers, and
been fulfilled, we greatly doubt the accuracy promise that it shall be reciprocal.' We cor
of those interpretations which make Jesus a dially commend him to the confidential fel
personal king upon this earth, so long as sinlowship of all congregations of baptized be
| ful mortals inhabit any part of it.]
During the past month death has made an
inroad into two families connected with the EVAN JENKINS, J.
disciples of Christ. Brother and Sister Shaw DAVID BUTLER,
Deacons" of Huddersfield, have been visited with a John WINTERBOTTOM, )
heavy and unexpected stroke by the sudden Hymn Book, 8C.-Embracing your gene
removal of their youngest daughter, Mary rous proposal in the last Harbinger, regard
Elizabeth, aged 12 years. For two or three ing the Hymn Book, I enclose twenty-four
days previously, she was poorly, as was suppostage stainps, that you may forward to my
posed with slight cold, but in no way deprived address, by post, a specimen copy. What
of her usual buoyancy of spirit, so as to cause may be further called for, will be by parcel
the least suspicion of danger. On the mornthrough the medium of which I will give you
ing of the 17th, however, during the absence due notice. I have now to thank you for the
of her father on business, fever of the most insertion of the articles on Difficulties in
virulent character seized the brain, and on Churches, and hope and trust they will do
the evening of the same day, about 'eight good. I should be glad to hear a favorable
o'clock, death, ever steady to his appalling response from all the congregations in the
commission, completed his work, to the asland to the said articles. I wonder if any will
| tonishment and grief of the family and friends. venture to contradict the truths and policy
We most deeply sympathise with our brother therein recommended. Should there be any
| and sister in their bereavement, knowing, by you will no doubt give them a place in your
experience, the feeling connected with the pages. The Reformation in Britain is greatly
to loss of children. How mysterious and inwanting in concentration of strength and
scrutable are the ways of God in his governunity of action. Powerless for good will it
ment of the children of men ! Boast not thy. ever be, till we all come to the unity of the
self of lo-morrow, for thou knowest not what faith and policy exemplified in the intercom
a day may bring forth. munion of the first churches, beautifully ex The other family to which we refer is that hibited in the May number, page 218. The of the Fditor and his friends, by the removal events now occurring on the theatre of Europe of his senior brother George, aged 57 years, are much calculated to draw attention to the (whose wife, prior to her death some three or prophetic testimony. Would that the breth- | four years ago, was a member of the church ren were more intelligent than they seem to in Nottingham.) By this event, which ocbe in apprehending and applying the word of curred on Sunday, the 7th ult. eight orpban inspiration. I see there will be a declaration children are left as a legacy to the world, of hostilities hetween the literalists and spi- four of whom are dependant on the kindness ritualists, as they are called; if hostilities of friends for the necessaries of life, educaare not already begun. To a controversy, cation, &c. The vacant place wbich this however, I, for one, have no objection, pro event has occasioned, cannot be filled up; viding meekness of temper be maintained, but at the same time it furnishes another field and soft words and hard arguments be used. for the exercise of pure and undefiled religion The question surely admits of a satisfactory before God and the Father, which consists in and scriptural answer. Will the Lord Jesus supplying the wants of the widows and come in person to destroy anti-christianism orphans in their atfliction, and keeping unat the commencement of the millennium, and spotted from the world. Jo. J. W.. FOREIGN
sin has ever been, labor, and travail, and
sorrow have followed in its path. There is Western Star, February 28, 1848.- The
no country, no condition, without its own hearts of the saints bave been made to re
trials and griefs. Still, of all the human joice in seeing sinners turn to the Lord.
| race, we have much reason to be grateful. Brother J. H. Jones visited Morton_in But favors received and blessings multiplied January, and pleaded the cause of the Re
are not often followed with corresponding deemer a few days; and, by the blessing of
gratitude and devotion. We have suffered the Lord, ten were added to the congregation much this winter in affliction. My wife's -seven by baptism. The next week I mother, Mrs. Bakewell, has been at the visited Wooster, and nine were added there verge of life for two or three months. One --seven by baptism. A few days since 1 of my daughters was for a time dangerously visited Chardon, where eleven made the ill, but is mercifully preserved; and my wife, good confession, and were buried with with these afflictions and her embarrassments, Christ in baptism. May the Great Shep- | lias been often in ill health. Still we are herd of the sheep guard and keep them and all most mercifully dealt with, and are in the us in the way of life everlasting, is my prayer.
daily recipiency of many, very many, blessA. B. GREEN.
ings. Macomb, M Donough county, Illinois,
I fear the encouragement for much evanFebruary 29, 1848.--Remember that at this
| gelical labor in England this year will not place we have a congregation of disciples,
be sufficient to induce any one to go. The numbering about one hundred. We have
sickness, distress, and the public excitebeen organized about two years. We meet
ment of the whole community, in pursuance on the first day in the week to show forth
of French affairs, will all conspire to render the Lord's death till he come again. Brother
ineffectual all attempts to do much this year. A. J. Cane has been the principal evangelist
I have not heard from Brother Burnet since in this work. May the Lord bless the ef
| I got a copy of a letter from you to him. forts of all those who contend for the faith
The only difficulty that I had to encounter once delivered to the saints. We need help
with him, in urging him to go, was the in this country-some to proclaim the life
shortness of the time he could spend there. giving word. W. H. FRANKLIN
No one ought to visit England for less than
a year. Brother Ferguson, whom I hoped Marion, Grant county, Indiana, March to send, has married a wife, and now en11, 1848.—There have been about 120 addı- | gaged, as his brothers are, as evangelists in tions to the churches under my teaching their respective localities. One edits a paper during the last year, and most of that num at Nashville, and other two itinerate at large; ber by immersion; the others having been | they are all, as you say, clever men and good immersed before. I send my Christian love | speakers. Burnet, however, if he could to you and family, and all the holy brethren spend a year, is our best man that is avail. with you.
' J. B. New. able. I intend to correspond monthly with Chagrin Falls, Ohio, March 14, 1848.
you, if possible, and to secure from you I much long to see you and yours, and hope
one monthly epistle. I feel much interest to visit Bethany with my wife in July next.
in you all, and my remembrance of you be
fore the throne of grace is always pleasant. Neither have I given up all hope that you
What a blessing that we can all meet there, will yet visit the Reserve and York State
and that the Lord is pleased that we should before your labors in the Saviour shall cease.
thus meet before him! I have nothing speI know you have not been well used by the Northern brethren, and so a great many
cial at this time to communicate. Touching
France, we are all astounded in America. think; but those who think 30 are those who,
We hail the revolution there, and augur like myself, have not hitherto been able to help it much. But prospects favor the hope
good from it. But I have not much conof a better time shortly.
fidence in the French. They are a nation of Atheists, with a small remnant excepted. Their lands must be drenched with blood.
All Europe will be shaken ere long. I am EXTRACT OF A LETTER
prepared at any time to hear of other atFROM A. CAMPBELL.
tempted revolutions, and of tottering thrones BETHANY, Va. April 7, 1848.
and fallen monarchs. Please remember me
most affectionately to your Eldership, and Beloved Brother Wallis-My dear Sir
the brethren and loving members of your Your kind favor of the 10th ult. is to hand.
beloved family. In the hope of seeing you We are all glad to hear of your welfare, and
some day in the New World, and if disapthat of your family, so dear to us at Bethany
pointed in this, of meeting in heaven ; and who have been with you. I thank the Lord
with much affection for every one of your for his kindness in this time of great na- own family, I remain, as ever, yours in one tional affliction and distress. We have not
A. CAMPBELL. your troubles, but we have our own. Where!"opes..
-Rome, Papal Rome, once the ecclesiastical despot of the world, has lost her influence over the minds of her former votaries, even within the precincts of the city. The temporal power and dominion of the Pope is gone; and it is affirmed that Pius the XIth will be the last Pope appointed to rule over men. Our prayer is, that all the would-be Popes, whether ignorant and uneducated, or intelligent and educated, throughout the world, may fall at the same time, to rise no more for ever.
QUERY Sir-Can you, or any of your readers, reconcile a statement made by A. Campbell, in reply to a Baptist minister, on page 116 of vol. 3 of the Christian Megsenger, old series, commencing “ I am taught," &c. 18 lines from bottom of said page, with the two articles on Difficulties in Churches, pages 186 and 218 of the British Millennial Harbinger, April and May, 1848 ? By so doing you will oblige, yours truly,
A CONSTANT READER. ANSWER.-The paragraph referred to reads as follows:-“I am taught from the record itself to de. scribe a church of Christ in the following words : It is a society of disciples professing to believe one Grand Fact, voluntarily submitting to his authority and guidance, having all of them in their baptism expressed their faith in him and allegiance to him, and statedly meeting together in one place, to walk in all his commandments and ordinances. This society, with its bishop or bishops. and deacon or deacons, as the case may require, is perfectly independent of any tribunal on earth called ecclesiastical. It knows nothing of superior or inferior church judicatures, and acknowledges no laws, no canons, nor government, other than the Monarch of the Universe and his laws. This church, having now committed to it the oracles of God, is adequate to all the pur. poses of illumination and reformation which entered into the design of its founder. But to be more ex. plicit in expressing my views of the meaning which the church is to use for the salvation of the world, I would remark that, having the record or testimony of God in it, and every member protessing it, it becomes the duty and high privilege of every member of it, to be a preacher of the gospel in the only sense in which any person can now be called a preacher." We scarcely comprehend what“ A Constant Reader" wishes us to reconcile, as contradictory, in the foregoing paragraph, with what is said in the two articles on Difficulties in Churches, already referred to. The only standing tribunal that can, by the law of Jesus, exercise authority in any church, is the body herself, with her constituted officers. Still she may surely have power to invite the Eldership of another church to hear and decide upon a case of difficulty, without constituting thereby that, or any other foreign Eldership, into a standing ecclesiastical tribunal to try all other cases within a given distance. We want no diocesan bishopric establishing-there are too many of them already yet we know breth. ren who have frequently been invited to hear cases of difficulty in newly-formed churches, the result of which has been attended with the most beneficial effect; not, indeed, to the self-willed and stubbornminded, but to all the humble and peaceful disciples of the Lord Jesus. Good has been an inevitable consequence. An isolated church, not co-operating with neighbouring sister churches, will accomplish but little towards the conversion of sinners, or the edification of itself in love.-J. W.
O GRAVE! WHERE IS THY
And mix with the clouds of clay,
And the light of a glorious day,
Hath the writhing body tos't,
For a world of bliss is lost.
Shall the Christian warrior brave
By a victory o'er the grave ?
Corruption's host to meet ?
And Gospel-peace his feet.
His lips are breathing prayer;
He reads his title there.
He grasps the Spirit's sword :
The soldier of the Lord ?
The slimy worm may streak
That lingers on his cheek ;
Or on the breathless breast,
To riot and to rest:
Its faded house of clay,
With joy it casts away,
To hide from every eye;
Soars deathless to the sky. TIME.--Spend your time in nothing which you know must be repented of. Spend it on nothing which you might not pray for the blessing of God Spend it in nothing which you could not review with a quiet conscience on your dying bed. Spend it in nothing which you might not safely and properly be found doing if death should surprise you in the act. The active only have the true relish of life.
PASSING EVENTS. Who can speak of the multifarious forms in which passing events present themselves to the public mind - the rapidity with which they cross the politica horizon-or the magnitude of their extent ? One event, however, is most exhilarating to the feelings
from God alone, these are but the COMMUNINGS IN THE
faint emanations, but the scattering SANCTUARY.-No. III.
rays of that divine love which first “I will abide in thy tabernacle for ever; I will created and now redeems. And oh! trust in the covert of thy wings.”—Ps. lxi. 4.
how weak are our noblest efforts ; How truly incomprehensible and how cold our warmest thoughts ; how beyond comparison is the love of God faint our most vivid conceptions, for man! Inscrutable as his ways, when contrasted with this love! unsearchable as his judgments, deep Yet we are here assembled in preas the exhaustless mines of his wisdom sence of these sacred emblems to and knowledge, his love but partakes consider it in the most wonderful of of the infinitude of his nature, and all its manifestations. “In this was the ineffable glory of his perfections. love, not that we loved God, but that How, then, can we hope to fathom he loved us, and sent his Son to be its depths, to estimate its value, or to the propitiation for our sins.” Earth's realize its power! Were we to add highest evidence of love is, that a together all the emotions of love in man should die for his friends. To all human hearts—every feeling of heaven belongs the love that brought affection, every sentiment of kindness, Christ to die for his enemies. Earth every form of attachment_parental, can supply no comparison by which filial, fraternal, social — the love of it may be illustrated, and the human the espoused—the love of lovers—all / soul possesses no powers by which would fail to express, or even typify, it may be fully appreciated. He the love of God. Of all these kindforsook those realms of joy where and affectionate emotions, these foun- the love of God for ever reigns; he tains of earth’s joys, without which abandoned the honors and wealth of this world would be a dreary waste, heaven, to assume our nature, to take God is himself the author. For God the position of a servant, to become is love in its abstract and unoriginated a pauper, an outcast, a houseless essence; and since love can proceed wanderer! He came to endure