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liability, amounts to £250; any subscriptions, persons. There will be a school-room under to aid in removing this incumbrance would the chapel, 49 feet by 38 feet 6 inches, be gratefully received and acknowledged by which can be lengthened to 63 feet. There the pastor John H. Hall, or the deacons. are also to be three class rooms, a vestry,

and chapel keeper's rooms.

The proceedings were commenced by singing and prayer.

A bottle, containing a num

ber of documents and coins, was then deposited The recognition of the Rev. H. J. Betts, in a cavity prepared for it under the foundaformerly of Westminster, as pastor of the tion stone, after which the Rev. Dr. Acworth, church meeting in the Tabernacle, Leith with the assistance of the Rev. T. Pottenger, Walk, Edinburgh, took place on Thursday, the pastor, laid” the stone in the place it October 28th. The introductory discourse was designed to occupy, and then delivered upon the nature of a Christian church was an appropriate address. delivered by the Rev. T. Dawson of Liver- The doxology was then sung, after which pool. The usual questions to the pastor the company adjourned to the Lecture Room were asked by the Rev. W. S. Eccles of of the West Clayton Street Congregational Belfast, who also offered the recognition Chapel, where tea was provided by the ladies prayer. The charge was given by the Rev. of the congregation, of which upwards of 500 Dr. Innes of Edinburgh ; and a sermon to persons partook. After tea a public meeting the church and congregation was preached was held in the chapel, the Rev. T. Pottenin the evening by the Rev. J. Watson, co- ger in the chair. Pastor with Dr. Innes.

Addresses appropriate to and congratulaOn the following evening a public soirée tory of the occasion of the meeting, and was held, at which the Rev. Dr. Alexander breathing a spirit of brotherly and Christian of Edinburgh presided. Addresses upon the love, were delivered by the Rev. Messrs. necessity of the missionary spirit, the im- Pringle, Reid, Bell, Acworth, Carrick, and portance of sabbath-schools, the mutual | Stuart, and Messrs. D. H. Goddard and duties of pastor and people, and the value of James Wilson. The meeting was closed prayer, were delivered by the Revs. Messrs. with prayer by the Rev. G. Dodds, a minisWight, Arthur, Dawson, and Thomas. ter of the United Presbyterian Church. Deep interest was felt in the different services; and the pastor enters upon his labours with encouraging prospects of success.



At a meeting of the committee of the Baptist Building Fund held at the Mission

House, Moorgate Street, on Tuesday evening, The Rev. D. Crumpton having resigned November 9th, 1852, it was resolved : that the pastorate of the baptist church at Atch this committee record with unfeigned sorrow Lench, Worcestershire, has received and ac- the decease of Joseph Fletcher, Esq., who cepted the unanimous and cordial invitation for seventeen years zealously and faithfully of the church at Oswestry, Shropshire, and discharged the duties of treasurer to the entered upon his stated labours there on


Baptist Building Fund ; whose exertions to Lord's day, October 31st, 1852.

promote its objects, liberal subscriptions to its funds, principal attendance at the meeting of the committee, sound judgment and enlarged experience, materially contributed

to its present prosperity, They would glorify The foundation stone of a new chapel for the grace of God as manifested in the dethe Tuthill Stairs church and congregation, portment of their departed friend, whose was laid in Berwick Street, Newcastle, on character combined the sternest integrity the 9th of November, by the Rev. Dr. Ac. with firmness of purpose, and tenderness of worth of Bradford. The total expense of heart, and who through his unusually long the edifice, including the cost of the site, is life maintained an unswerving adherence to estimated at nearly £3000. The subscrip- the principles he professed. tions, either realized or promised, amount The committee hope that their Divine to about £1250. A further sum will Mister may in his good providence direct be realized by !he sale of the old chapel, them to a successor who shall fill the vacant and a hope is entertained that the remaining office as worthily and efficiently as he whose sum, about £600, will be speedily raised, so death they now record. They desire most that the chapel may be opened free from respectfully to express their sincere sympathy debt. The new chapel is to be in the Italian and condolence with the family of their late style of architecture, and built of stone. It esteemed treasurer, and earnestly pray that will be 74 feet 6 inches by 40 feet inside, God would bless and sanctify this bereavehaving three galleries, and sittings for 810 ment to their present and eternal welfare.



did not meet with the support which he Mr. John Compston of Preston, has re

thought they deserved from others. It was ceived and accepted the unanimous invitation principally to his determination and munifito the pastorate of the baptist church Inskip, 1 cence that Mr. Phillippo was indebted for his Lancashire, and entered on his labours there triumph over the opposition which he had on the second sabbath in November.

to sustain many years in Spanish Town, Jamaica.

Independence, promptitude, and decision, were conspicuous features in Mr. Fletcher's

character. Whatever he did he did with his The Rev. Jerrard Blackman having been whole heart, and he seldom, if ever, retired compelled through ill health to resign bis from an enterprise in which he had engaged. pastoral charge, so recently entered on, at To his principles he was always firm ; and his High Wycombe, the church has given a opinions of men and measures when once unanimous invitation to the Rev. E. Davis, formed were not easily altered. Upright late of Romford, which he has accepted, pur- and frank himself, he set a high value on posing commencing his pastoral duties on the transparency of character in others. Oppofirst sabbath in December.

sition to his plans he could bear, when he believed it to be honest; but if he detected, or

thought that he detected, any thing like KEPPEL STREET, RUSSELL SQUARE,

clever manæuvring, his confidence in the

individual was lost irretrievably. The writer We are informed that the Rev. W. H. of this notice, having had much intercourse Bonner, late of Unicorn Yard, has accepted with him during the last few years, often felt the invitation of the church in Keppel Street, himself bound to express his dissent from Mr. to become their pastor, and that there is a Fletcher's views of public men, and public pleasing increase in the attendance at the business ; but he never had reason to think chapel.

that this displeased him. He was rigid in his adherence to general rules, and in his requirement from others of what he thought

justice demanded; but this was comlined RECENT DEATHS.

with great tenderness of spirit, and princely generosity.

An incident illustrative of his large heartOctober 26, 1852, the Rev. George Prit- edness occurred in the last week of his life. chard, formerly pastor of the baptist church On the Monday preceding that on which he at Keppel Street, London, departed this life died, having learned that a physician of in the seventy-ninth year of age.

His end eminence had declared it to be necessary was peace.

A more extended notice of this that the eldest surviving son of the editor of faithful and devoted minister of Christ may should be transferred without delay to a

this magazine, who was just coming of age, be expected in a future number.

milder climate, and had recommended a

voyage to the southern hemisphere, Mr. JOSEPH FLETCHER, ESQ.

Fletcher wrote immediately some lines ex

pressive of sympathy, offering also a first Died, on Monday, Nov. 1st, at his re- class passage in a vessel which was about to sidence, Lordship Lodge, Lordship Lane, sail for New Zealand. The following day Tottenham, Joseph Fletcher, Esq., seventeen he wrote again to explain some details and years the efficient Treasurer of the Baptist hasten the decision; and on Saturday evenBuilding Fund.

ing, in answer to a note informing him that In early life Mr. Fletcher joined the the editor and his son had seen the ship, that church in Little Prescot Street, of which his they would be quite content with the second parents had long been members. After class accommodations, and that they did not some years, removing to Tottenham, he took wish to intrude further than that upon his an active part in the formation of a baptist kindness, he replied thus:-"I have arranged church in that large village, and in the erec- with Capt, Neagle that your son is to be protion of a spacious chapel, with adjacent vided with a comfortable berth below and a buildings. He afterwards erected a noble seat at the cuddy table as first class. Excuse place of worship at Hastings, and for many my saying that when the comfort of our years contributed largely to the support of children, especially the preservation of their ministers who successively occupied it. At health is concerned, things should not be Horsell in Surrey also, a baptist church was done by halves. You and I shall have no formed principally by his exertions, which he wifficulty with the pence."--All who have has ever since continued to assist. To many known Mr. Fletcher intimately will agree of our public institutions he subscribed liberal- that it would not have been possible for him ly; and he delighted in taking up cases which' to indite a more characteristic note, had he sat


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down with that express purpose, aware that the following Friday, and Mr. Philpin, Alit would be the last he should ever pen. cester, delivered an appropriate and impres

He was then in his customary health, and sive address on the occasion. He was a the following morning he attended public young minister, of a sound mind, and deep worship as usual, and was much interested piety. He loved his flock, and was also in a discourse which he heard from the Rev. | loved by them. His end was peace. F. Trestrail. His mental and physical ener- ed are the dead who die in the Lord.” gies were apparently unimpaired, though he was in his eighty-fourth year. In the evening he felt poorly, and retired early. In the middle of Monday he suddenly became He perceived that his end was ap

Died, on the 8th of October last, in the proaching, expressed calmly his confidence 67th year of his age, at his residence, Bury St. in Christ, and prayed earnestly for his family. Edmunds, Suffolk, the Rev. Robert Howell An attendant saying, “Though I walk Clark. The deceased was born at Freltowin, through the valley of the shadow of death,” | in Cambridgeshire, where he continued during he interposed, adding, “I will not fear, for the early period of his life. He had a pious thou art with me." These were his last mother who early instilled into his mind the words : he began to doze, and soon afterwards principles of Christianity, and from a very expired.

early age he became the subject of deep religious impressions. On arriving at maturity he united himself to and became a member of an independent church. Further investi.

gation led him to believe that baptism by The Rev. John Morris was born at Hy- immersion on a profession of faith in Christ bont, Cardiganshire, South Wales, Septem- was the only faithful interpretation of the ber 11th, 1823. He was early the subject of teaching of the New Testament, in the direligious conviction, and was baptized at vine inspiration of which he was through life Talybont, Oct. 22, 1837. He was a useful a firm and unwavering believer. member of the church there, and took an Having joined the baptist denomination, active part in the sabbath school, and was he was ordained to the ministry in the year regular in his attendance on all the means of 1824, and settled over the church at Long grace ; the friends thinking they perceived Buckby, in Northamptonshire, in the pastoral in him talents suited for the ministry, en- care over which he continued for a period of couraged him to exercise in public in his about eight years. He continued as stated native village and in the neighbourhood. minister severally over the churches at KingsHis preaching, even at this early period, was thorpe, in Northamptonshire, and Leighton highly acceptable ; and after some time ap- Buzzard, in Bedfordshire, up to the time of plication was made for admission to Ponty: his removal to Bury, on his acceptance of pool College, which in due time proved the appointment of town missionary in 1840. successful. His conduct at college was such During the last two or three years he has as to secure to him the esteem of his tutors regularly supplied the pulpits at Felkwell, in and fellow students. His progress in his Norfolk, and preached to that congregation studies was satisfactory. He had a native in his usual health on the 26th of September. thirst for knowledge, but loved especially the Having caught a severe cold on the occasion study of theology. At the close of his aca- of his last journey there, he was attacked by denic course, he supplied the baptist church severe spasms at the chest on the Thursday at Shipston on Stour, Worcestershire, and following. Medical advice was procured and received from them a cordial invitation to be shortly obtained relief. He continued the pastorate. His ordination took place apparently recovering, and wrote to his August 4th, 1846, when Messrs. Thomas friends at Felkwell the following Thomas, Ponty pool ; Cubit of Thrapstone; Tuesday, informing them that he hoped to Tood of Salisbury ; Stalker of Blockley, be with them on the sabbath. Long before now of Leeds, respectively took part in the that sabbath had arrived he had breathed his services. There he continued to labour, with last. The sudden event caused the deepest increased acceptableness, till his heavenly gloom and sorrow amongst the people. On Master called him from his labour to his the Thursday morning he expressed himself reward. For more than six months before as much better, and his medical attendant his death he suffered great and severe bodily considered him so far recovered as not to reaffliction, but he endured it all with calmness quire further attendance. and resignation. All," he said, " is well for He had taken a walk in the afternoon and eternity ;"—and turning to his beloved wife, though on his return he expressed himself as he said, “ My dear, I have given you up to " much fatigued,” he did not otherwise comthe Lord, and you must do the same with plain. During the evening he seemed unme.” On Saturday, October 2nd, 1852, he usually calm and happy. He was observed slept in Jesus. His funeral took place on at times to appear absorbed in thought,


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and was heard to ejaculate in a low voice For the last few hours of her life she was “My blessed Saviour" “My blessed Sa- not able to utter more than a single word viour." Nothing however occurred to cause at one time. Twice, pointing with her finger any apprehension that his end was near, and and gazing upwards, she said, “ Heaven," and in reply to inquiries during the night, up to once afterwards, placing herself in the same a very short period before his death, expressed posture she said, “ Joy !" himself as

no worse," and asked that the These were the last words of this aged dislight might be put out, thinking it might ciple of Jesus Christ, who finished her course prevent his sleeping. About five in the with joy, in the 78th year of her age, after morning, while apparently sleeping, he seemed maintaining an honourable profession for to breathe harder than usual; alarmed at nearly sixty years. the change his beloved partner and daughters whom she had called to her aid attempted to awaken him. They observed that his bosom heaved two or three times and that he Mr. Bateman of Little Addington, Norththen ceased to breathe. Not a muscle moved, amptonshire, was born at Islip in the same nor was a feature distorted, and thus, while county, June, 1774. as in the repose of sleep, the vital spark had He was brought up in connexion with the för ever fled, and the mysterious principle of established church of which his parents were life had abandoned the henceforth motionless members, but lived a stranger to evangelical form to decomposition and decay. His re- religion until he was eighteen years of age, mains were committed to their kindred earth when it pleased God in the merciful arrangein the baptist burial ground on the Wednes- ments of his providence, to bring him under day following, and on the sabbath his death the faithful ministry of the gospel. This was improved by the Rev. C. Elven, from was blessed to his conversion, and in 1795 he Job xiv. 10, “ Man dieth and wasteth away ; was baptized by the Rev. Reynold Hogg, of yea, man giveth up the ghost, and where is Thrapston. Two years later he united with he?"

some others in forming the baptist church in that town,- was chosen a deacon in 1807, and remained in honourable communion with

it until his death,--having been a member MRS. LYDIA ROOTHAM.

fifty-four years, a deacon forty-five. The subject of this notice was the widow His piety was deep and fervent; his of the late Rev. John Rootham, for thirty- adherence to principle, firm and uncomeight years pastor of the first baptist church promising ; his attachinent to the house and at Willingham, Cambridgeshire, who entered ordinances of God strong and self-denying ; into rest on the 5th of December, 1827. and his love to the saints ardent and

Mrs. Rootham was called to endure much catholic. afliction during the last ten years of her life; He knew what it was to suffer for righteousshe could say most truly,“ Wearisome nights ness' sake, having some years since been are appointed to me ;" but though severely ejected from his farm on the ground of tried the Lord upheld her.

principle, and refused another for which he Surrounded with infirmities, her attendance had negotiated, because he would not conat the house of God was not regular, though form to the established faith. “ But he her residence was near ; this, to her was a endured as seeing Him that is invisible.” great trial, for she prized the public means For some years he resided at a distance of of grace most highly, and when her seat was five six miles from Thrapston, but unoccupied her fellow worshippers knew it continued, until a short time before his wils because the usual occupant could not be death,-a regular attendant upon the means there.

of grace.” On the first Lord's day in October, believ- His consolation abounded during the ing that another opportunity of communing affliction which preceded his death, and with the church at the Lord's table would many found it good to visit that sick never be afforded her, she made quite an

chamber. His end was emphatically peace. effort to be present, and succeeded.

Almost his last words were, “ Grace be with Although no one supposed that her end all who love our Lord Jesus Christ in was close at hand, yet during the week it sincerity and truth. became apparent that the earthly house was He died on Monday the 25th of October, about to be dissolved, and on the following:852, and was interred in the presence of a sabbath day, the time for her departure came. large assemblage of persons on the following At noon on that day, 10th of October, her sabbath. spirit took its flight to our Father's house.

The last three days previous to the one on which she died, her suffering was very great,

MRS. BLAKE, SEN. but her hope, which never failed, was as an Mrs. Blake, a member of the church of anchor to her soul, sure and stedfast. Shouldham Street, and mother of the pastor,



the Rev. W. A. Blake, and Rev. J. H. Blake | people. Under the influence of her “first of Sandhurst, Kent, fell asleep in Christ, love” her regard to her pastor and her fellow on the 25th of October, after a few hours' members was strong and lively. She freillness, aged sixty-two. Her death was im- quently rucurred to it in her subsequent history, proved by the Rev. G. Hall of Ipswich, on and always regarded it as the best and hapLord's day evening, October 31st, to a piest part of her religious experience. Ancrowded congregation, from Hebrews ix. 27, xious to be useful she became a teacher in 28.

the sabbath-school. This office she continued to fill, with great zeal and punctually, for fourteen years. For several years she was the superintendent of the girls' school. These

labours of love yielded her the purest and Mrs. Chew, a member of the church at Shouldham Street, was called to her rest on

most exalted pleasure ; nor will they soon Lord's day, October 31st, aged eighty-two. be forgotten by those dear children who

were committed to her care. Her benevoShe had for more than half a century been

1-nce was extended to the temporal as well as a consistent follower of the Lamb; her end was peace. Her pastor, Mr. W. Á. Blake, the spiritual welfare of those around her.

She was the true friend of the poor and the improved her death on Lord's day evening,

distressed. November 14th, to an attentive congregation

She took a very active part in

a clothing charity that was established in tlie from 2 Timothy i. 12.


the benefit of the poor and destitute.

In the year 1844 she was united in marMRS. COLCROFT.

riage to the writer, who found her to be a Mrs. Mary Colcroft of Wakefield, was help meet for him, a woman of consummate born at Horsforth, March 31st, 1801. prudence and the strictest integrity. This

She was the descendant of a very respect. | important step led her to remove her residence able family. Her father was the late Jona- to Stanningley. than Stables, Esq., a person of considerable Her old connections at Horsforth felt eminence in his profession as a surgeon. great reluctance to part with her ; hence in Her mother at the death of her parents came her letter of dismission to the church at Stanto the possession of a handsome property. ningley, they stated it to be a trial to lose one

Mrs. Coleroft was brought up to the habit to whom they were all so much attached, of attending worship in the established church one whose conduct had been so exemplary, in connection with the rest of the family. and whose support to the cause was so cheer

This habit she continued until she arrived at ful and steady. her 29th year, when it pleased God of his infi- Local and domestic changes frequently nite mercy to open the eyes of her understand- diminish the activity and zeal of professing ing to discern the value of personal religion. Christians ; this, however, was not the case By the teaching of the Holy Spirit she clearly with Mrs. Colcroft; though she had taken the saw her once guilty and lost condition as a charge of a family of four children, and had sinner, and that the only way to heaven was necessarily much to occupy her time in her doto commit the soul into the hands of the mestic relations, yet she manifested the same Lord Jesus Christ.

devoted zeal for the cause of God in her new One of the first effects produced by the sphere which had distinguished her amongst happy change which had now passed upon the people to whom she was first united. her was a sincere love to the gospel and an The sabbath-school soon guided her attenardent attachment to the followers of Christ. tion, and received the benefit of her labours. About this time, the late Rev. John Yeadon Nor could she be satisfied without attempting commenced his labours amongst the people to form a Dorcas society similar to that at at Horsforth. The favourable report which Horsforth. She had the satisfaction to see Mrs Colcroft heard of this devoted servant this effort crowned with success. This of Christ disposed her to go and hear him. society still exists, and has done much good. Being much pleased and profited by what In the year 1848 Mr. Colcroft resigned she heard she continued to attend his minis- his charge at Stanningley, and accepted the try occasionally for some months, and at unanimous invitation of the baptist church at length offered herself as a candidate for Wakefield, to take the oversight of it. The church fellowship. The church being fully cause at Wakefield at this time was exsatisfied as to her experience and character tremely low; the congregation was very small; cordially received her, and she was baptized and the debt upon the chapel heavy and upon the profession of her faith in the burthensome. Yet Mrs. Colcroft was the first Redeemer.

to encourage her husband to enter upon this From this public and solemn surrender of difficult post of ministerial labour. She fully herself to Christ she, like the eunuch, went concurred with him in believing that a graon her way rejoicing. Her supreme delight cious and wise Providence was now directing was in the house of God and the society of his their steps to this part of the Lord's vine

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