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Observer, Sept. 1, '71,
On Thursday evening Bro. King presided, and the following brethren gave short and encouraging addresses : Evans, Ellis, Coop, Hay, Ferguson, Black, Brown, Mott, Frazer, Strang, Smith, Aitken, Scott, Tener, Adam, and Foote. The subjects of address were much as follows: An open
door from trial and for the spread of the gospel; the certainty of an open door to the faithful who live as citizens of heaven; forbearance the possession and knowledge of and adherence to God's word a sure source of freedom; the bringing of those outside in through the open door; the enemy always ready to close the door against us; the way to true greatness ; obedience to Christ better than sacrifice; the need for preaching Christ as a Divine Saviour; conditions of success in efficiently filling open doors; gratitude and encouragement; why we were all present–because we had found an open door ; the debt of gratitude due to Bro. King, because of his devotedness to evangelistic work and to preparing young brethren for that work; the motive power actuating the heart in filling open doors ; and the probability that we should not all meet again in the flesh. The meeting was one of large enjoyment, encouragement, and benefit. The appropriate, earnest, and affectionate words of encouragement and warning given by bro. Foote will long be held in grateful remembrance.
ANNUAL MEETING IN SCOTLAND. This Annual Meeting was held on Saturday, July 15, in Roxburgh Place Chapel, Edinburgh. There were present in addition to the leading brethren in Edinburgh, Bros. Coop, Wigan; Forsyth, Auchtermuchty; Walker, Grangemouth; Crockett, Perth; Wilson, Dalkeith; Williams, Pathhead; Harrow, Pathhead; Shaw, Crofthead; Anderson, Carluke; Penman, Crossgates; Clark, Bridgeton ; Rea, Spittal; Collins, Carlisle ; Watson, Newcastle; Henderson, Whitehaven; William McLintock, William Linn, and Alex. Young from Glasgow; also, Bros. Hurte, Strang, and Alex. Brown, evangelists.
Bro. T. Coop being called to the Chair, the meeting was opened with devotional exercises, after which the secretary read letters from Dundee, Perth, and Moree, Ireland.
The secretary then read the annual Report, which, with the cash statement of receipts and expenditure, was unanimously approved of.
The receipts for the year were, including balance on hand from last year, £192 9s 5d, and the expenditure £141 14s 8d, leaving a balance on hand of £50 14s 9d. The Reports of the Delegates were next received, when it appeared that, the smaller churches in Scotland were not in a prosperous condition, they desire more visitation from sister churches ; that the larger churches were in a prosperous and hopeful condition, and entered upon the new year with confidence in the prosecution of the work of the Lord.
Bro. Hurte, Edinburgh, gave a report of the visits paid by him and Bro. Aitken to Falkirk, Grangemouth, Perth, Auchtermuchty and Pathhead. The churches gave them a warm reception, and were refreshed by their visit. Bro. Strang gave an interesting account of his labours in Banff, Carluke, etc., and he trusted that some fruit would shortly appear therefrom.
The meeting then proceeded to the engagement of Evangelists.
Bro. Alex. Brown's engagement was left in the hands of the executive. Bro. Strang
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reported that he could not engage with the committee, as he had entered into an engagement with the Glasgow brethren. The executive were empowered to engage during the year, such other suitable brethren as they
Brethren from Dalkeith, Pathhead, and Spittal, made special appeals on behalf of the Building Funds of their respective chapels.
It was then arranged that the work of the Evangelist Committee be carried on by the office-bearers of the Roxburgh Place Chapel for next year, with power to call in such assistance as they deem advisable.
The following was unanimously adopted :That this meeting records its deep sense of the loss sustained by the church by the death of Bro. John Somerville, who was held in much esteem for his many valuable Christian qualities.
It was arranged that the next Annual Meeting be held in Glasgow. The thanks of the meeting were tendered to the executive for the services of the past year, and also to Bro. Coop for presiding over the meeting. In the evening the brethren assembled for tea in Roxburgh Place Chapel, when addresses were delivered on various interesting subjects. The following are the principle items of the
REPORT OF COMMITTEE.
year has been one of considerable anxiety to your Committee, owing to the continued demand for labourers, and the scarcity of supply. At an early period of the year Bros. Linn and McLintock were deputed to proceed to Newcastle, with a view to urge upon the Meeting there the propriety of allowing bro. Strang to labour in his native land. Their efforts were so far successful that his services were secured for six months ; and he has been labouring with great zeal and much acceptance in Banff; he has also visited Edinburgh, Perth, Carluke, &c.
Bro. Rae continued to labour in Dundee for four months, after last Annual Meeting, when he expressed a desire to retire from the field. Your committee felt the loss of Bro. Rae very much, and desired him to reconsider his determination, but the efforts were fruitless.
Bro. James Scott laboured for nine months, principally in Sanquhar, Glasgow, and the North; he also visited Crossgates. The brethren, generally, express satisfaction with his aid in building up the churches.
Your Committee also made an engagement with Bro. Alexander Brown; but at the urgent request of the brethren at Wortley, who were very desirous to continue his services, he was allowed to labour amongst them: the Committe being satisfied that if souls were saved he was doing the Lord's
work. Bro. Hurte, of Edinburgh, kindly offered his services (during week days) to hold meetings for the proclamation of the Gospel, were he might be directed; but as he could not follow up these meetings with attendance on the Lord's day, we, as well as others to whom his offer was submitted, did not deem it desirable to accept of his services.
Bros. Hurte and Aitken have recently visited a number of the churches, including Falkirk, Grangemouth, Perth, Auchtermuchty, Orossgates, Pathhead, &c.
ANNUAL MEETING IN WALES. The Annual Meeting of brethren from churches in Wales was held on July 24. There were present W. Watkins, Llanfair; W. Williams, Criccieth ; Price Jones, Wrexham; D. Williams, Rhos Llanerchrugog; Oliver Thomas, Cefn Mawr; W. Williams, evangelist, of Tredegar; J. T. Morgan, Merthyr Tydvil; W. Jones, Portmadoc; and T. Coop, of
T. Coop, of Wigan, was chosen to preside, and J. T. Morgan as secretary.. The schedules from churches and balance sheet having been read, W. Williams stated, that he had been labouring as an evangelist from the 21st of January, when he went to Rhos Llanerchrugog and remained labouring in co-operation with the church there until the end of June. During his stay at Rhos he had been engaged in proclaiming the gospel in the chapels, in cottages, and in the open air whenever the weather was favourable. One addition was made to the church. He had also visited Glyn Cerriog and Cefn Mawr, and had removed to Llanfair a few weeks ago.
Oliver Thomas said that the labours of W. Williams at Cefn Mawr were very much approved. If more of his time had been given to Cefn Mawr instead of to Rhos much more good might have been done.
From the amounts promised for the ensuing year and the present state of the fund, it was seen that unless some assistance was afforded by the Annual General Meeting at Huddersfield, we should not be able to retain the evangelist's services for the entire year. It having been ascertained that the labours of Bro. Williams were perfectly satisfactory to the churches, after some deliberation it was resolved, that should we be able to retain him in the field throughout the year, his labours should be devoted to Llanfair until the first Lord's day in September, then to Penmachno for one month, then to Llanfair until the Spring, afterwards to Merthyr and Tredegar until the Annual Meeting.
The following resolutions were also adoptedThat the Welsh Evangelist Committee consist of Bros. W. Williams, of Criccieth, treasurer; J. T. Morgan, of Merthyr Tydvil, secretary; W. Jones, Portmadoc ; 0. Thomas, Cefn Mawr; and John Davies, Portmadoc.
That should the committee have sufficient funds at their disposal, they be empowered to spend £5 in Welsh tracts.
That the place and time of next meeting be left in the hands of the committee.
That the best thanks of this meeting be given to the committee for their past services ; to the chairman, and also to the brethren at Llanfair for the kind and hearty reception.
The meetings for worship and preaching were full of intense interest and well attended. Lord's day morning the church met for the breaking of the loaf at nine o'clock. 0. Thomas, of Cefn Mawr, preached at ten o'clock, and W. Williams, Criccieth, and W. Jones, Portmadoc, in the afternoon. In the evening T. Coop, of Wigan, and W. Jones, of Portmadoc, proclaimed the ancient gospel, and on Monday evening Oliver Thomas and W. Jones proclaimed "the truth as it is in Jesus to a very attentive audience.
J. T. M.
Intelligence of Chunchas, &4.
JAMAICA. -Kingston, July 26th, 1871.- expectation has failed, and matters are Dear Bro. King, I have long had in mind to growing worse with us every day, I have write to you respecting the cause in Jamiaca resolved to make an effort to lay before you and to enlist your sympathies, and those of our true condition, trusting that the Lord the brethren generally in England, on our will dispose your heart aid your suffering behalf, but various causes have prevented. brethren in this distant Isle of the sea. In the first place, my time is so fully occu- I believe you are acquainted with the pied with other duties that I really have history of the Jamaica mission up to the Iittle or no leisure for letter writing. In period of Bro. Beardslee's return to the the next place, I have been hoping each U.s., in June, 1868. But it may not be amiss month that the next would bring us some to state here, that he was sent out to this encouraging news from America, but as this | Island by the A. C. M. S., in February 1868,
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and organized the first Christian Church in mission, and have done nothing for it since Kingston on the 9th of May following, con October, 1869, when they discontinued the sisting of six members including himself yearly appropriation, 1,200 dollars, U. S. and wife.
currency, towards the support of our native Notwithstanding the opposition he en- brethren. Being thus suddenly thrown countered from the various sects, the truth entirely on their own resources they have continued to gain ground, and almost every suffered keenly from want of the very nonth witnessed accessions from the dif- necessaries of life, but have still kept to their ferent denominations, as well as from the posts and most of them doing good service, world. Calls were made from other parts I have till within a very recent period of the Island resulting in the formation of supplied the board in America with monthly new churches, native helpers being also reports from each of our churches, and have raised up to take the oversight of them, at various times laid our case before them. Bro. B., visiting them each in turn, but Bro. B., too, loses no opportunity of pleading labouring principally in the city. His for Jamaica and keeping up an interest in removal to the new station at Blerburgh the cause for which he laboured and suffered and his subsequent absence of several so long, but apparently with little success. months on a visit to his native land told At their last annual convention in October, unfavourably on the cause in Kingston, and 1870, they decided to send out a man as his final departure to join his family, in soon as a suitable one could be found and June, 1868, gave a blow to the entire mission to raise the amount required for the repairs from which it has never recovered. Indeed of the chape), and the secretary, Bro.Munnel, from that time we have been gradually wrote me to that effect, but this is the last going down till now we have little more I have heard on the subject. than a name.
It is true that most of the Now, dear Bro.King, can you not help us ? country churches have held together very Will not you or some other brother from well and in some there is even a gradual the mother counry at least pay us a visit increase, but in Kingston we have gone and see what can be done ? Are the down sadly. If we had been favoured with enemies of our common cause to rejoice intelligent meu among us, capable of con- over us saying “Aha, Aha, so would we ducting the services, and of fair speaking have it”? A failure here would be detriabilities, this church might not have suffered mental not only to the few faithful ones loss, though we would still have failed to among us but to the cause of primitive draw a congregation and to increase our Christianity in general ; and who is he that ranks, from the fact that there is a decided will be found ready to " Come up to the help preference in this community for preachers of the Lord, to the help of the Lord against from abroad, especially old England. But the mighty.” If you are unable to leave the work has devolved almost entirely on your field of labour can you not incluce myself and Bro. McHardy who holds a some Christian brother of good speaking public situation, that not only engrosses abilities, pleasing address, well versed in his whole time during the week, but very the Scriptures, and above all
, with a heart frequently on the Lord's day. As I have burning with love to God and zeal for souls, also to supply one or other of the country and of strong faith, to visit us during the stations one or two Lord's days in each coming fall and spend, say three or four month, the congregation in Kingston is months if not more, visiting the churches, often left without a speaking brother. The and making an effort to resuscitate more consequence is that many have become especially the cause in Kingston.
With a dissatisfied and have united with other large family to provide for and very limited denominations. Our chapel too is sadly means, I am unable to promise much, but out of repair and presents a most uninvit- shall be happy to render whatever aid or ing appearance ; indeed, if something is not encouragement I can to any such brother. done to it before long it will soon be unfit for Apart from the good to be accomplished, a use. To expect to raise the means here for few months sojourn in our lovely Island putting it in order is out of the question, would well repay any cost or sacrifice for our number is exceedingly small and attending the undertaking, and a man with most of them extremely poor, and there is the necessary qualifications would be almost a large amont due to Bro. Beardslee and my- sure to meet with success. self for the purchase money. The Society
I shall wait with anxiety for your reply in America wrote out some time ago to en- and trust you will favour me with one at quire the probable cost, or the desirableness your earliest convenience. of selling these premises to purchase others, It is now sometime since I have had any and thus raised the hope that something tidings respecting the progress of the definite would be done for us, but hitherto cause in Great Britain as I have not seen a we have been doomed to disappointment. copy of the British Harbinger since Bro. For some reason or other they seem to have Beardslee left. lost altogether their interest in the Jamaica I sincerely trust that the labours and
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efforts of yourself and co-workers are con- were delivered to good and attentive tinuing to meet with success, and may the audiences. His visit will long be remembered great head of the church still continue to by us; his week-day discourses, visits to bless you and make you a blessing, and many brethren, winning and affectionate may you at last receive your reward in manner, combined with deep reverence for heaven.
the truth, have made an impression upon I remain, dear Bro. King, your brother in each one of us.
On Lord's day morning, Christ,
John MURRAY. July 31, he gave an impressive address on P.8.-We number now in Jamaica, “The breaking of bread,” calculated to stir churches, 14; members, 650 ; preaching up the brethren to a more constant and brethren, 7; nearly every church has a intelligent attendance at the Lord's table. Sunday school.
His addresses bearing upon the design and HUDDERSFIELD.—We have been much benefit of trials have been especially suited cheered and edified by a visit from Bro. E. to us. We desire to testify to his being & Evans, extending over three Lord's days. “workman that needeth not to be ashamed," His Lord's day evening discourses upon
and to express earnest hope that we may Life, how lost and how regained;" during the ensuing year be favoured with as “ Christ our passover slain for us;" many visits from him as possible.
G. H. S. “ The handwriting against us blotted out;"
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PATIENT CONTINUANCE. There is an old story that, at the credit of it. If a soul is saved clearly battle of New Orleans, half a century and directly by our instrumentality, ago, a volunteer fighter from the it is certainly a legitimate matter of back-woods, not connected with any rejoicing. If the word of warning company or regiment, came on the or of cheer proved to be just the field and went into the contest with right word at the right time, and great courage and enthusiasm, and helped a soul through despond, or that he attracted attention by his out of the grasp of despair, we have intense desire to know the effect of a right to be glad ; and indeed, if we his ball. At every shot he mounted are not glad, we must be curiously the breast-work and peered anxiously constructed Christians. The Lord into the smoke to see if anybody of the harvest gives these encourage.
ments, now and then, to His reapers, His conduct seemed to us slightly lest they grow weary. unreasonable. The smoke was thick, Nevertheless, even this gladness and he could not see all that took needs to be watched, lest there get place among the enemy. Moreover, into it something of vainglory, which, many rifles were aimed in the same if not absolutely sinful in itself, direction, and it was impossible to detracts from its value in the sight to ascertain the precise effect of each of God, and proves a dead fly in the of them. The extempore soldier precious ointment. We ought to ought not to have lessened his share look for present results, and yet not. of the victory by wasting time in be feverishly anxious. We must not trying to identify it.
be so intent on this Divine recogni. Yet we
are prone to copy the tion of our labours, that we become example of the inconsiderate and discouraged and half-angry if the anxious warrior. In urging reforms, desired evidence is not given. For in preaching, in teaching, it is possi- ordinary times, and the general work, ble for a vein of self to get into our we need a self-forgetful zeal which zeal, and we become anxious, not cheerfully and patiently toils on, only to do good, but to have the never chilled by delay, undismayed