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Sirhowy Iron Works, August 9th, 1848. flatter myself that I am a good Welchman, -- My dear Sir: I am one of those un- but I am very clumsy in the practical part of fortunate creatures called aneducated mipis. the English language. My brother, John ters: that is the reason my English is so in- | Williams, of Newtown, the translator of the correct, though I can understand the lan- New Testament, is in a delicate state of guage just as well as my mother tongue. heaith; in my opinion he is the greatest I am a constant reader of your magazine, man we have in Wales. I am, yours faithand like it very much on the whole, espe- fully, Robt. Ellis, Baptist Minister. cially the writings of Mr. Campbell; and I consider Mr. Greenwell's superior articles.
OBITUARIES. I have read a great many of Mr. Campbell's works--his Debates with Macala, Owen, Huddersfield, September, 1848. — It Purcell, Rice, Jones, the Millennial Har: would be vain to deny that death is painful. binger, the Christian System, &c. Some It is an enemy, smitten with a heavy blow, years ago, I translated a few chapters from but still dreadful in aspect and in power. the Christian System into Welsh, and pub We instinctively cling to life though its lished them in the Star of Gomer, a monthly journey is crowded with dangers, trials and magazine, when some good ellows fcalled
woes. To look our last for a long time at the me a Campbellite. Indeed, Sir, I like the sun arising in glory, or the moon walking in views of Mr. Campbell better than the views brightness, or the stars gleaming in softened of Mr. Fuller or Mr. McLean, on many radiance- to bid farewell to the fields and subjects. The name of A. Campbell is ra bills of our youth, so sanctified in sweet ther an odium, or bugbear in Wales, but his memories of early days--above all, to sigh sentiments are very acceptable in some adieu to the old familiar faces and rich voices places, although they do not like the name.
of the household and the congregation-all In the year 1841 I published five lectures on this is rending and oppressive. Men somebaptism in a sixpenny pamphlet; that little times say to each other such a one has paid book contains all my Campbellism at full the debt of nature-death is a debt we owe length; but the name was unknown at that to nature; but this is both untrue and untime and therefore the pamphlet was well speakably painful. If death were natural received, a second edition being required in a we would not shudder so much, or moan so few months About three years ago. some heavily as the time of payment draws near. Baptists in North Wales joined to buy a We would fall asleep as gently as the tired press to print cheap books, and we (I was in child sinks into placid repose; and nature, the North at that time) commenced a three as tenderly as a mother, would draw the penny magazine, the Apostolical Witness. coverlet and the curtains over and around It is under my care, being 24 pages demy her slumbering offspring. But nature and 8vo. I think it is doing some good, espe
the heart of man both feel deeply that the cially in North Wales. My friends (w.l mysterious visitant who approaches with Jones, of Tremadoc, and R. Rees, of Rha- pangs and wasting, and tears asunder body iadr Park) are occasional contributors to it. and spirit, is a foe. No! death is not a debt The old Scotch Baptists like it better than we owe to nature, but a debt we owe to jusany other Welsh periodical, and the old tice—the wages of sin -- the capital penalty Welsh Baptists are willing to come forward of transgression against God-the austere towards perfection. Your friends in Wales, guardian of violated law. Yet dark as the in their zeal to counteract the Methodistical visitatiop is, a certain class have the sting and cant about experience, are in danger of run- the torment taken away, though pain and sorning into the other extreme, and losing all row may remain. We have had another Christian feeling. Mr. Campbell is very dif- such case. Our beloved Sister Heaps, after ferent from them in that respect. I intend to an affliction of many years duration, has write a sketch of A. C.'s life, for the benefit rested from her labours and her works will of my readers in the Witness, and if you follow her. Nearly six months ago she would have the goodness to furnish me with made a solemn confession of her faith in a few facts concerning his birth and educa- | the Son of God, accompanied with a frank tion, I shall be very thankful to you. I have disclosure of the human reasons which published the Amicable Discussion in the had kept her struggling against the conWitness, but wbere is the end of it? The victions of duty and privilege. With the Essay on Demonology is rather long, but the simplicity of a child her mind was revealed, sentiments are new and interesting. This is and in her own chamber she was baptized near the end of my story. I wish to have into the glorious name of the Father, the Son, the Family Testament, advertised on the co and the Holy Spirit. Continued illness, inver of the Harbinger for this month; I see creasing in severity, has not permitted her to that its price is 10s. 6d. but for how much seal publicly her devotion to the cause by can you send it here per post ? I should like sitting down with us at the table of the Lord, to see your hymn book; I am not satisfied but she declared to her husband and friends with our hymn books. I hope, Sir, that you around, her determination to be faithful if are able to understand my bad English; I Providence granted opportnnits. She earn. estly advised those connected with her to Illinois whose local advantages, soil, &c. are meet God and Christ in the ancient manner, more inviting to the emigrant than are and thus connected the solidity of her own Woodford and M‘Lean counties. The faith, and the triumph of her own hope, with churches in Southern Missouri and Northern the change she had undergone in religious Illinois are not included in this report, as position. We are not without hope that some | also many disciples who are not connected of those dear to her, may be led by the so with any church, being too remote from any lemnity and power of her counsel and exam | congregation; which, if added to the above, ple, to seek refuge in the sanctuary built by | would make about 35,000 disciples in these the Divine Head and his inspired Apostles. two states.]
W. F. M. ARNY. With composure of a signal order she resigned her spirit to the Lord Jesus, and serenely La Fayette, Alabama, April 5.—I have awaits in the appointed resting place the delivered a course of lectures to the citizens auspicious morn when the King will be mani of this place during the last sixty days, and fest in celestial splendour, to transform all his the result has been the foundation of a church people into the same likeness. Our Sister of nine members, to which we have had 15 died August 24th, aged 42. G. G. more added, making 24 persons. Metho
dists, Presbyterians, Baptists, Universalists, Loughborough, Sept. 10, 1848. - Dear
and persons of the world, came together as Brother: It is now cur painful duty to in a church of Christ, to take the word of the form you, that our dear Brother John Ward Lord as their only rule of faith and practice. fell asleep in Jesus this morning, aged but
John R. M'CALL. 22 years. For nearly two years, as you are aware, he had been sinking under the in
Elizabethtown, Ohio, April 5.-We have fluence of consumption, the progress of which just closed an eighteen days' meeting, with it was impossible to stay. He is gone to his 16 additions.
A. LEMERT. rest as a disciple of Jesus.
E. S. Liberty, Missouri, April 8.-On the 17th
March Brother J.T. Hudson and myself beFOREIGN ITEMS.
gan a meeting in St. Joseph, where we laMadison, Indiana, May, 1848. Brother boured seven days, the result of our meeting Campbell-During my absence from Bethany being 17 additions—5 by letter, 12 by conthe last seven months, I have travelled 4475 fession, 10 of whom were baptized in the miles, principally in the states of Missouri | Missouri river.
A. H. F. PAYNE and Illinois. Owing to the weather, bad
Elizabethtown, Kentucky, April 24.-roads, &c. I did not spend much time in In
On the third Lord's day in this month, Brodiana.-In Missouri I visited and heard from
ther Swinney visited the congregation on 197 churches, whose aggregate number of
Middle Creek, and we had 5 additions by members, as near as I could learn, is 16,286.
baptism; 1 nther confessed, but her parents - I cannot describe my feelings when at the
were not willing ske should be baptized by " borders of civilization” I cast my eyes
us, as they are Methodists, and it was still across the broad prairies and contemplated
her desire that one of their preachers should the beautiful farms and other evidences of
baptize her. When will the traditions cease improvement, where, but a few years ago, it
to be taught i
S. L. HOGDEN. was a perfect wilderness, inhabited only by the wild, the savage Indian and heasts of
Warren Trumbull County, Ohio, April. prey. In some places, where, ten years ago,
-The congregation here appears to be in a the wigwam of the red man was seen, and more flourishing condition than formerly: 5 the war-whoop heard, now we have churches
persons have been added by immersion, and from whence ascend to the throne of God
as many wandering sheep brought back to praise and thanksgiving.-In Illinois there the fold. One of the number had been a Pres. are 162 churches, with a membership of
byterian for many years, and he came among 11,636. There were added to the churches I us with
dea to the churches ! us with many erroneous impressions in refevisited since I left home, 119 persons, by rence to our views and teaching; but after confessson and immersion. We had pleasant | hearing for a time, he became convinced that meetings, at various points, especially at
he had been wrongly informed, and that he Walnut Grove, Woodford county, Ill. and
had never obeyed our Lord's commard to be Bloomington, M'Lean county. During my
JAMES E. GASTON. visit to those places there were twelve added to those churches, amongst whom were the Sparta, White County, Tennessee, May children of brothers Davenport and W. T. 13.-Last Lord's day I immersed three perMajor. The latter has nine children, and sons, one of them a very excellent and intelduring our meeting he had the pleasure of ligent Presbyterian lady, formerly from seeing the iast of them buried in baptism and Georgia. Trust she will be very useful in added to the church. Much feeling and in- | the Sunday school and bible class, as well as terest are manifested in the cause of the Re- in other relations. I rejoice with her friends, deemer by many of the brethren at those many of whom are zealous disciples. places. I found no portion of the state of
E. A. SMITH.
y-a day k
s account (beinty of all true
Clermont County, Ohio, May 17.-Wel THE BETHANY GRAVE YARD. closed a meeting at Neville on Monday last, Dear Brother Campbell-I have spent many sad which continued three days, and which re- sweet hours atnong the dwellings of the dead, and sulted in six accessions to the fa:thful in ny silent and solemp communings have beeu by no
means the most unprofitable moments of my life. Christ. two by inmersion, and four who had | The thoughts which such scenes awaken are often been immersed; and at our March meeting tinged with melancholy; but it is a melancholy that with the church at Belmont, Campbell co. I love to cherish : and if the following lines, written Kentucky, we had three additions; and at
some years ago, at the quiet burial spot where so
many dear to you sleep in the hope of a glorious reUnity church, Brown county, Ohio, we had surrection, should canse the foot of a single stranger three confessions, two of whom were im to wander there, and raise in his heart thoughts of mersed.
J. T. Powell.
heaven, or sooth the hearts of any of those who often
seek that hallowed place, the object of the writer will Hannibal, Missouri, May 23. -- Elders
be accomplished :Thomas and Wilson, of Monroe, spent a few
Here, in this calm, sequester'd spot,
Repose the silent dead; days with us recently, and gained eight by
And oft, at dewy eve, the tear confession and baptism; one was restored,
Falls on their dreamless bed. and two added by letter. J. D. Dawson.
Here fond affection's streaming eye
Will oft delight to turn,
To pour its silent tribute forth ANNUAL MEETING AT BETHANY COLLEGE.
Upon the mould'ring urn; We have had the pleasure of receiving, through
And oft, when Spring's first flow'rets wake, a kind friend, from a student at Bethany college, the
From out their wint'ry bed, following brief but interesting account of the annual
The hand of guileless childhood shall meeting of its President, Professors, and Students,
Bestrew them o'er the dead. held for examination of the classes, conferring de
Here age and youth together lie; grees, &c. and to celebrate the glorious achievement
T'he sire, the babe, are here; of the ever memorable 4th of July-a day kept sa.
The mother, sister, brother, friend, cred in the memory of all true Ainericans. Though
And all the heart holds dear. this account (being an extract from a private letter) was not written or intended for the public, yet we
At mem'ry's call these sainted forms feel no doubt of its being received with great interest
Oft seem to hover nigh, by all our readers :
And whisper in the spirit's ear, “ Day dawned, and the sun broke through a dense
“Come, meet us in the sky! and heavy inist, portentons of a fine day, and usher
And 0 ! what thoughts come rushing in ed upon the world the 4th of July, 1848. After break
Upon the stricken heart, fast and the toilet, all assembled according to cus
While sweeter tines than those of earth, tom, in t eir respective Society Halls; and the orders
Thus call us to depart. of the day being arranged, both Societies, the Ame.
To meet them in those realms of light, rican and Neotrophian, inarched forth, their respec
Where, from all sorrow free, tive representatives at their head; after these, the graduates, according to their rank in the honors of
The soul enjoys the glorious gift the college, and then the members according to their
Of immortality! respective heights, both formning but one column,
In such a hallow'd spot as this, two abreast, the Americans being on the left hand,
When earthly scenes shall close, and the Neotrophians on the right, each distinguish. I'd gladly lay my weary head, ed by their different badges-in all a body of about
And there find sweet repose. 120 young men, to meet the President and Profes
WM. BAXTER. sors, but owing to the illness of Mrs. Campbell were prevented going to his house, aud were met half way by the Faculty. Being turned, the band came tirst, THE CHRISTIAN'S GUIDE TO CANAAN. then the Faculty, and then the rest as before men. tioned, all returning in procession to the college,
THOUGH Jesus from sense be withdrawn, where the performances came off, as you will see, by
Believing in him we rejoicethe following programme:
The roll of his acts make him known Order of Exercises at the seventh annual com
The record still echoes his voice. mencement of Bethany College, July 4, 1848.-Mu. This record we have for our guide, sic, Prayer, Music. American Eras, an oration by
As we throngh the wilderness go:
Midst darkness and dangers below.
Before us our Leader has gone
O'er Jordan, the stream that divides Salutatory, by B. R. Salgrove, of Indiana, 7 minutes.
This desert where death's spoils are strown, Music. Latin Salitatory, by H. M. Fowlkes, of Vir.
From the land where life never fades. ginia, 17 minutes. (1st honour shared by the Greek
Since Jesus our leader is there, and Latin orators.) Music. The True Path of Ho
Possessing the heavenly land, nor, an oration by T. L. Ricks, of Alabama, a repre. How certain shall those with him share, sentative of the Graduating Class, 18 minutes. Mu
Who faithful abide to the end. sic. The Influence of the Mexican War on Ameri. can Literature, an oration by C. A. Caroland, of New
With a hope so glorious and sure, Brunswick, a representative of the Graduating Class,
We'll hold to our leader and guide; 29 minutes. Music. Inte mission;--Music. Report
Determind that nought shall allure, of Examinations. Music. Val-dictory Oration, by
And fearless though fools should deride. Alexander Proctor, of Missouri, 25 minutes, (2nd
J. D. A. honour.) Music. Conferring of Degrees. Baccalaureate Address by the President. Music. Bene Printed by Edmund Renals, at his Office, No. 2, diction."
South-parade, in the parish of Saint Peter, Notting. The Baccalaureate Address delivered by Brother ham, and published by the Proprietor, JAMES Campbell, with other interesting items, we intend ! WALLIS, of Park-terrace, at No. 12, Peck-lane, giving in the current volume of the Harbinger. J.W. in the said Parish.-Monday, October 2, 1848.
AN ADDRESS ON WAR. LADIES AND GENTLEMEN,
HAS ONE CHRISTIAN NATION A WHEELING, May 13th, 1848. RIGHT TO WAGE WAR AGAINST ANORev. and dear Sir-- At a meeting of the Wheeling Lyceum held this day, upon motion it was unani. THER CHRISTIAN NATION ? mously resolved"T at the thanks of the Wheeling Lyceum, be
On propounding to myself, and tendered to the Rev. Alexander Campbell for his very able, appropriate, and eloquent address on the even much more to you, my respected audiing of the Ilth instant."
tors, this momentous question, so afit was further resolved" That Messrs. James Paull, S. Clemens, and J. G. M'Clellan, be a com. mittee to communicate the foregoing resolution ag thanks to the Rev. A. Campbell; and also, on behalf
the destiny of our own country and of the Lyceum, respectfully to request a copy of his that of the Christian world, I confess address for publication.”
Having thus been honored by the body we represent that I rather shrink from its investias the medium of the communication of the preceding resolves, we deem it, dear sir, not superfluous to add
gation, than approach it with full to the one the assurances of our own gratification : confidence in my ability to examine and to the other, our hopes that the request it em. bodies may meet a favorable response.
it with that intelligence and compoWith sentiments of high esteem, we have the
sure so indispensable to a satisfactory honor to be, reverend and dear sir, yours, &c. JAS. PAULL,
decision. With your indulgence, S. CLEMENS, J. G. M'CLELLAN,
however, I will attempt, if not to deRev. A. Campbell.
cide the question, at least to assist BETHANY, VA., May 20th 1848.
those who, like myself, have often, Gentlemen--On my return from Pittsburg to-day, I had the honor of receiving from you, as the committee of the Wheeling Lyceum, expressed indeed
the desolations and horrors of war, as in very flattering terms, a request for a copy of the
indicated in the sacrifice of human Address I had the honor to deliver to your Lyceum on the 11th instant. I cannot, gentlemen, but yield to the request of the Lyceum ; regretting, however, that I had not time to give that concentration of
the immense expenditures of a peomind due to a subject of such absorbing importance
ple's wealth, and the inevitable deto us-only wishing that I had had both more leisure and ability to have executed it in a style more worthy terioration of public morals, invariably of your acceptance, With much respect, I have the honour to be, gen
attendant on its existence and career. tlemen, your obedient servant,
If, with Dr. Dick, of Scotland, we
A, CAMPBELL. Messrs. J. Paul, S. Clemens, and J. G. M'Clellan. should put down its slain victims to
the minimum of 14,000,000,000; or, we examine the terms in which it is with Burke, of Ireland, at the maxi- expressed. More than half the discusmum of 35,000,000,000 ; or take the sions and controversions of every age mean of 24,500,000,000, what imagi- are mere logomachies, verbose wrangnation could reach all the miseries lings about the terminology of the and agonies inflicted upon the slain respective combatants; and more than and upon their surviving relatives half the remainder might be comand friends ? And who could com- pressed into a very diminutive size, pute the millions and millions of if, in the beginning, the parties would wealth expended in the support of those agree on the real issue, on the proper immense armies whose butchered mil- terms to express it, and the proper lions can never be exactly computed ? | definition of them. If Great Britain alone, from the revo-! As public faith or commercial lution in 1688, to the overthrow of credit, founded upon an equivocal Napoleon in 1815-during her seven currency, on its exposure suddenly years’wars, occupying 65 years of 127, shrinks into ruinous dimensions, at expended the sum of £2,023,000,000 | once blighting the hopes and annihisterling –a sum much more easily | lating the fortune of many a bold expressed than comprehended by adventurer ; so many a false and even the most accomplished finan- dangerous position, couched in ambicier ; how can we compute the aggre- | guous terms, though magniloquent gate expenditures of all the battles and fascinating, when pruned of its fought and wars carried on during a luxuriant verbiage, divested of its period of some 5000 years! Yet captivating but delusive elocution, these millions slain and the millions and presented in an intelligible, deexpended are the least items in its finite, and familiar attitude, is at once desolations, in the optics of an en- reprobated as unworthy of our receplightened Christian philanthropist. tion and regard. When we attempt to reflect upon one On comparing the literature and human being in the amplitude and science of the current age with those magnitude of his whole destiny, in a of former times, we readily discover world that has no limit; and also how much we owe to a more rigid survey the capacities and suscepti- analysis and a more scrupulous adopbilities of his nature, according to the tion of the technical terms and phrases Christian revelation, how insignificant of the old schools, to which the whole are the temporal and passing results world at one time looked up as the of any course of action, compared only fountains of wisdom and learnwith those which know neither mea- ing. When submitted to the test of sure nor end ! How important, then, a more enlightened criticism, many of it is, that, in investigating a subject their most popular and somewhat whose bearings on society arithmetic cabalistic terms and phrases, have cannot compute, nor language express, been demonstrated to be words withwe approach it with a candid and out just or appropriate ideas, and have unprejudiced temper, and examine it been “ nailed to the counter” as with a profound and concentrated spurious coin : others, however, like devotion of our minds to all that his- pure metal in antique forms, have tory records, philosophy teaches, and been sent to the mint, recast, and religion enjoins!
made to receive the impress of a more But, before entering upon the pro- enlightened and accomplished age. per examination of this transcendant The rapid progress and advancequestion, expressed in the popularment of modern science is, I presume, currency of the age, it may be of much rather owing to a more rational and importance to a satisfactory issue, that philosophical nomenclature and to the