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rence to the opinions of others must immersion will, as a union party, be be cultivated and displayed.
more successful than either of the But what shall be done with Chris- others. The reason is obvious to tian baptism ? The advocates of persons of reflection. So long as it union in all parties ask this question is written, there is but one baptism, with profound interest and feeling. the intelligent and conscientious will The unionists of the present day are not accept a substitute for it ; nor very sensitive and full of speculation will they allow that a divine precept on this point. Baptism, in its rela- can be a matter of indifference to any tive aspects, will become as important man who expects to give an account to Christendom, as in its intrinsic of himself to God. value and signification. There are The Pædobaptist union party may three schemes before the public. One be appealed to in proof of the justclass of unionists are spiritualists- ness of our reasonings and inferences (Quakers, in fact, on this point.) The on this momentous question. They other class are the indifferent Metho- can never succeed in effecting a union dists, Presbyterians, Independents, of any extent or permanence amongst &c. They say sprinkle, pour, or dip. believers—amongst those who tremble The third are for one baptism, and at the word of the Lord of Hosts. As only one.
then an expedient to effect the union Now which of these three systems of all good men in the bonds of one is best adapted to the union of all | universal co-operation to build up the men who believe the gospel, is a ques- walls of Zion, and to restore peace tion of much practical importance. and prosperity to all her habitations, On that I shall offer but two argu | I argue it is the duty of all the truements at present.
hearted and loyal friends of Jesus, to 1st. The Quakers and Methodists preach and teach one Lord, one faith, have tried their schemes of spiritual- and one immersion into Christ, for ism and indifferentism for a consider the remission of sins: Acts ii. 38. able time, and the experiment shows For twelve hundred years after Christ, that the Christian party in all parties immersion for the remission of sins cannot unite, never will unite on the was the practice of the whole Christian one or the other of these two bases. | world—Hebrews, Greeks, and RoThey both, in fact, annihilate the or- mans.
A. C. dinance as a divine institution, and convert it into a human expedient of Note.—Such is the magnanimous little or no value.
and Christian spirit manifested by 2nd. The conscientious and God
A. C. in reference to union and cofearing, in all parties, never can give
operation amongst all immersed beup a believing immersion into Christ's gospel. In proof of this see the thou
lievers of the Lord. This spirit, while sands and tens of thousands in Ameri- | maintaining firm hold, and embracing ca annually taken from the best por-comprehensively the facts and institutions of Pædo-baptism-I mean the tions of Christianity, exhibits entire most conscientious and intelligent of | freedom from that tyranny of opinionthem. They who lay a scriptural
ism, narrow-mindedness, and party emphasis on baptism, outstrip all parties in their permanent and vigo
| pride, which so lamentably characterrous growth, and therefore the most ize the present age. If the Son, by logical conclusion is, that of the three his truth, make you free, then shall —the spiritualists, the literalists, and you be free indeed.—ED. the compromisers—the literal believers and practisers of believers'
RE-UNION OF THE JUST.
for the last fire to consume but the
objects and the slaves of concupiON THE RE-UNION OF GOOD MEN IN A scence.
LETTERS FROM EUROPE. re-union of good men in a future state infused a momentary rapture
No. VI. into the mind of Tully ; if an airy
LONDON, June 28, 1847. speculation, (for there is reason to MY DEAR CLARINDA-In the fear it had little hold on his convic- World's Metropolis I attempt to gations) could inspire with such delight, ther up the reminiscences of the last what may they be expected to feel few days, before, in the municipality who are assured of such an event by of objects around me, they fade away the true sayings of God! How from my memory. Ere this reaches should we rejoice in the prospect of you, I hope you have received my spending a blissful eternity with those last from Nottingham. I continued whom we loved on carth, of seeing there until the 2nd ult. making but them emerge from the ruins of the one visit to Newark, where I delivered tomb, and the deeper ruins of the one lecture in the City Hall. I had fall, not uninjured, but refined and the pleasure of forming many valuperfected, “ with every tear wiped able acquaintances during my very from their eyes,” standing before the pleasant sojourn of nine days in the throne of God and the Lamb. What ancient city of Nottingham. I think delight will it afford to renew the I informed you of my begun labors, sweet counsel we have taken together, both in the chapel owned by our to recount the toils of combat, and brethren, which admits some eight the labour of the way, and to approach | hundred persons; and also in the the throne of God, in company, in Mechanics' Hall, the largest room in order to join in the symphonies of the city, which is said to seat some heavenly voices, and lose ourselves two thousand five hundred persons. amidst the splendours and fruitions In this splendid Hall I delivered in of the beatific vision ?
all five lectures, to very large and To that state all the pious on earth attentive audiences. We had, inare tending, and if there is a law deed, very attentive, as well as crowdfrom whose operation none are ex- ed audiences in the Chapel, as well empt, which irresistibly conveys their as in the Hall. To these I delivered bodies to darkness and to dust, there three discourses, making in all, eight is another, not less certain or less discourses in Nottingham. powerful, which conducts their spirits To these crowded assemblies, after to the abode of bliss, the bosom of having laid down the evangelical their Father and their God. The premises, I adopted a method of sowheels of nature are not made to roll | liciting confessions of faith, which I backward ; every thing presses on think preferable to that generally towards eternity; from the birth of practised in the United States. It time an impetuous current has set in, seems more simple, rational, and which bears all the sons of men praticable, than that of calling upon towards that interminable ocean. persons to come forward in the midst Meanwhile heaven is attracting to of singing; or singing for the purpose itself whatever is congenial to its of giving an opportunity to come nature, is enriching itself by the forward. When I presumed the auspoils of earth, and collecting within dience had sufficient data and suffiits capacious bosom whatever is pure, cient evidence before them, I called permanent and divine, leaving nothing upon such as had never publicly, or
at all, confessed their faith in Christ do it. He must spend months and or his gospel, to rise up in their place, years in Corinth, Rome, and Ephesus, and openly avow their faith in him before he could do any thing so great and their purpose of heart to obey as to found a church. In Athens, him in all things. We then made a where he spent but a few days, only solemn pause. I desired them to try a lady, called Damaris, and a few iheir faith and repentance, exhorting others, associated with that great them to express their own language, Apostle. True, indeed, the seed their convictions and purposes of may be sown in a few discourses, and submission to the Lord. On the first some of it may take root in good and occasion three persons arose. The honest hearts; but that any immeconfession on which the Lord Jesus diate harvest can be gathered, is no said he would build his church, was more rationally to be looked for than the only we could receive in order to that we should both sow and reap in baptism. It was therefore submitted. the same day. A solemn stillness prevailed while My last meeting in Nottingham three persons declared in turn, “I was, indeed, a very interesting one. believe that Jesus is the Christ, the We appointed it for the purpose of Son of God.” These terms having receiving in writing or otherwise any been fully developed, the professors difficulties or objections in the minds were acknowledged as proper subjects of those desirous to become Christians, of baptism. We afterwards repeated that we might assist them in removthis in every discourse. We always ing them. We received several, and had one or more to confess at every it was during and after these explanameeting. Six were immersed the last tions that some four persons then evening, and six at our previous meet- confessed the Lord. ings. Some other immersed persons The baptistry in the Chapel is very joined the brethren during our stay. convenient. It is immediately under
We left brother Henshall at Not the desk, and admits of an easy destingham. On his arrival here he cent, without the necessity of any informs us that some six or seven person going into it with the candimore have been immersed during his date. Our brother Wallis, on my addresses there ; so that some twenty last evening, with great solemnity, in or more have been added to the my presence and in that of a very brethren in Nottingham, and the deeply impressed audience, immersed prospects are very favourable for six men, the only baptisms I have yet more. It is only, however, where witnessed in England. I could not churches already exist and are known attend the other baptisms. to the public, and are of fair reputa | More confessed their faith than tion, that any thing can be done in were baptized during my stay in that the way of making immediate addi- city. I ascertained the reason in two tions. I would as soon expect to cases. One of the candidates desired change the current of the Thames by to stipulate that he might have the two or three discourses in London, or privilege of " worshipping in another in any city of the twentieth part of congregation.” He was informed its inhabitants, as by simply address that we could not baptize him, or ing it two or three times on any anyone else, into disobedience. If Christian topic, to found a new that community, to which he had church, or build up one hitherto un- been accustomed to resort, kept the known or unapproved by the com- ordinances, we had no objection ; but munity in which it may be located. if, on the contrary, they did not, we Paul, with all his gifts of miracles, could not encourage him in making knowledge, and tongues, could not 'the Christian profession. Another lady, making the same request, was dered skull-cap, nor the stone coffin answered in the same manner. We dug out of the Abbey, nor of the ought not, when any one stipulates monkish chapel and its furniture, nor for a licence to disobey the Lord by of all the old pictures, nor even of the willingly absenting himself from the things around the fish-ponds, the garassembly of the saints, to give him dens, the pleasure-grounds, the cotany encouragement. On the con- tages, and summer-houses; the devil's trary, he ought to be faithfully deep dark wood, Byron's monument dealt with, and shown the error of to his faithful dog, and the hundred his way. Indeed, any such proposi- charms which Art has thrown around tion must be understood as an indi- this venerated spot, as you saw them cation of a want of a clear and full all and admired them all. I will understanding of the import of the only tell you that everything has imChristian profession. Such persons proved since you were here, and that certainly need to be taught the way the old gardener, Mr. Parr, is still of the Lord more perfectly.
the Magnus Apollo of the premises, Before leaving Nottingham I re- to whom I gave your flower-seeds solved to visit Newstead Abbey, the which you promised him, and which celebrated residence of the greatly- he received with many thanks and gifted but unhappy Lord Byron. We compliments too long to tell. fixed on Monday the 21st ult. for that. But for the benefit of those who visit. Our company consisted of have not been here I will add, that brother and sister Wallis, and their “ Newstead Abbey was founded by four eldest daughters, son Thomas, Henry II. soon after the murder of brother Coop of Wigan, brother Thomas-a-Becket, and was one of the Henshall, and myself. We filled two pious acts he performed to atone for phætons ; and passing through Sher- the slaughter of that prelate. The wood Forest, the celebrated theatre priory is dedicated to the Virgin Mary. of “ Robin Hood,” “ Little John,” | At the dissolution of the monasteries and his “ merry men all,” we safely by Henry VIII. the monks were comarrived at the hotel near the broad pelled to abandon it, and the monarch spreading oak, under whose shade conferred it upon Sir John Byron. you stood—whose sculptured bark, Newstead sustained a considerable faithful to the penknife, gave to me a siege in the war between Charles I. token that you once were there, about and his Parliament. Lord Byron, in ten o'clock in the morning. We whose possession it then was, held walked down to the Abbey, and were with his brother, Sir William, high courteously received by the house- command in the royal army. Newkeeper, Colonel Wildman and his lady stead, in the reign of Charles II. again being gone to London to celebrate enjoyed peace. It then passed down the Waterloo victory. The house in a line, until the late Sir George was in fine order. I need not describe Gordon Byron became its possessor, to you the rooms through which we the last and most illustrious of his race.” passed, nor the antique furniture, nor With some traveller who lately the bed-rooms of the different kings visited Byron's residence, I will say : of England that sojourned there on “ Shade of Byron ! were it possible visits ; nor of Queen Elizabeth's I would recall thee to this earth again, mirrors, nor of the most elegant state- and teach thee to devote thy talents room, with all its “boasts of heraldry at the shrine of religion, and thy life and pomp of power;" nor of Lord to the practice of virtue. But, alas ! Byron's bed-chamber and old-fashion- to teach thee is impossible—to pity ed furniture, nor of the haunted room thee is useless ; yet when I view thy close by it, nor of the silver-embroi- | monument, and the stone that covers thy remains, I will drop a tear and Christian church. To bid this veneexclaim, Alas for pride without hu- rable brother a long, indeed a last mility ! for true genius without reli- adieu, was really an affecting scene. gion and morality !”
I formed a very pleasant acquaintance When we returned to our carriages with Brother Greenwell, the Evanit began to rain. Brother and sister gelist, and other brethren, of whom I Wallis and daughters Mrs. Frost, cannot now speak particularly. BroSarah-Ann, and Priscilla, with Bro- ther Greenwell is a strong argumenther Henshall (who had to speak at tative speaker, and delivers himself Loughbro' that evening) started in the with great clearness and power. He rain. As they returned by the phạton is well qualified to edify a Christian and horse by which myself and bro- community. ther Henshall had come to Newstead, On Tuesday the 22nd, accompaand had almost reached the city, the nied by Sister Henrietta Bakewell, of mischievous horse, displeased with Stafford, a lady of very elegant atsomething, suddenly became furious, tainments, the cousin of your mother, galloped off, and kicking most wicked- who came up to attend our meeting ly, had well-nigh crippled those at Nottingham, I left for Leicester, within. Brother Henshall leaped some thirty miles distant, and safely out at great hazard to himself. Sister arrived at the residence of Mr. ManWallis narrowly escaped a fractured ning, who received us courteouslylimb, and by a most remarkable pro- another connection, an old and highly vidence all escaped without material respectable citizen, and member of injury, except the disasters to the the late Robert Hall's congregation, phæton. The scene was very fright-of that city. But of Leicester and ful, sufficient to appal any man. This Shrewsbury I must write in my next. unhappy incident seemed likely to
Affectionately, throw a deep shade over the pleasures
A. CAMPBELL. of the day ; but as it terminated without serious injury to any one, it only
HINTS TO YOUNG MEN. served to make our visit to Newstead
No. III. more memorable, and all of us more grateful and thankful to God our Fa- WE judge of men, in all cases, by ther, who keepeth the path of his their habits, and consequently it is saints, and shieldeth them from every important to form good habits, if we harm and danger. To him be the wish to be useful in society. I would honor and praise for ever ! My com- | inculcate upon all young men, but pany waiting till the rain was over, especially upon all young preachers, did not arrive at Nottingham till some the necessity of employing their time hours after, and were happily exempt usefully, either in learning something, from even witnessing a disaster so or in teaching something. A lazy, full of peril.
loitering habit should be avoided as On Tuesday morning we took the the certain forerunner of inanity. parting hand, and bade a painful Many waste their time in this way adieu to one of the most amiable and (when they should be reading, or interesting Christian families it has reflecting in a prayerful spirit that been my happy lot to become acquaint- they may preach to the profit of the ed with. While in Nottingham I hearer), and the consequence is, that enjoyed the hospitality of Father neither saints nor sinners are beneHine, one of the main pillars of the fitted. church in Nottingham-a man full of Above all things, cultivate the faith and zeal, greatly dovoted to the heart. Meditate much with yourself, peace, union, and good order of the. and commune with your own thoughts.