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Observer, Oct. 1, 'n.

Watch, lest in dark temptation's hour,
Thou, too, shouldst sink beneath its power.
Pity the frail, weep o'er their fall,
But speak of good, or not at all.

Intelligence of Churches, &4.

LETTER FROM W. HINDLE.—Dear Bro. / and to wish them all God speed. I wish, King,–In the good providence of God I at the same time, to salute all the brethren Arrived safe in dear old England after a in the churches where I have laboured in rather long but very fine passage over the past years, and all brethren in every church big waters. I am thankful that I am much and in every place. May grace, mercy and better in health than when I left Melbourne, peace, and every New Covenant blessing be so that I may be of some use in the good multiplied unto you all abundantly in Jesus

I work during my stay in this country, but I our Lord and Saviour. Yours truly in shall need to be careful, avoid too many Jesus,

WM. HINDLE. meetings, and keep myself from overtaxing MANCHESTER.-Within the past few the brain. I trust that with care and the weeks we have had a feast of good things, blessing of our Heavenly Father, I shall be and as it is out of the abundance of the able to work in the great harvest field for heart the mouth speaketh, so we desire to many years to come. I arrived in London express thankfulness to the Lord for the on Saturday, August 19th, and spent the seasonable visits and labour of dear brethren. Lord's day following with the brethren at Lord's-day, August 6th, previous to the Camden Town and Chelsea : and a very Annual Meeting, we were cheered by the happy day we had in the Master's service. presence of Bro. Ellis (being his first visit I preached in the latter place, to a very to our city), his earnest and faithful address attentive company. It was very refreshing to the church in the morning, and his to meet with old friends, who are more than powerful appeal to the world in the evening ever dear to me because of their love to the and following evening will be long retained Saviour and their steadfastness in His cause. in our heart's memory; feeling assured that I have spent two Lord's days at Blackburn, the teachings of the Saviour, as presented by having good meetings. I visited the breth him, had brought one or more almost to a ren at Manchester and Southport. In each decision, we prevailed upon him to return place I have received a warm and cheering to Manchester the Lord's-day following the welcome, and I feel sure that these social Annual Meeting; the result was that two meetings have been a real blessing to all who yielded to the Lord, and Bro. E. had the were present. I cannot doubt but that satisfaction of immersing them on the Wedimpressions have been made upon the nesday following into the name of the hearts of many, that will bring forth fruit Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. to the glory of God. We had a happy day The next Lord's-day, August 20th, Bro. at Wigan, yesterday, with the brethren in King was in our midst. Opportunely and the morning, and in preaching the grand seasonably was his.visit. His teachings on old gospel at night. We have a tea meeting the Lord's-day and during the week tended to-night, and I think there is good reason greatly to settle in the minds of the to expect that the blessing of God will rest brethren matters of importance that had upon these efforts, and that precious souls long been under consideration. will be won to the Saviour. I feel the On Lord's-day, September 3rd, Bro. more confident of this, because there ap: Strang paid us a farewell visit, on his way pears to be a more earnest and prayerful home to commence his labours with the spirit amongst the brethren in this district. church at Glasgow, &c. The searching, May this spirit be largely increased through earnest, loving discourses he delivered, toout all the churches, until one earnest cry gether with his friendly visits and the blessshall go up to God for a revival of His ing of God, yielded fruit of which he may work in the hearts of all His children, and hear in days to come. until one hearty, united and continued effort Bro. Adam having by this time reached shall be put forth by all the brethren, in Manchester to commence his labours, we every church and in every place, for the determined, at once, and without delay, to conversion of sinners. In concluding, allow give him a hearty welcome, so that on Wed. me to salute all the gospel labourers in nesday evening, September 6th, he found Great Britain who may read the Observer, I himself surrounded with a goodly company

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of brethren, at a social Tea Meeting, en- | thriving town and for nearly a year have livened by the presence of Bro. Strang, Bro. been meeting, and still continue to meet, at Hindle (just returned from Australia), a No. 1, Union Street, Lower Place, near Bro. Neill (lately, from New Zealand), and Rochdale, to observe the institutions of brethren from the neighbouring churches Jesus according to the Scriptures. We of Stockport, Ashton, Oldham, &c. It was have immersed two into the ever blessed indeed a happy re-union, and we made name.

J. L. D. melody in our hearts to the Lord. Bro. Har- WIGAN.-Special efforts have been made vey presided. Bro. Strang gave the keynote: in presenting the truth, both in-doors and “How beautiful upon the mountain tops out. Eight have been added by immersion are the feet of them that bringeth glad since our report to the Annual Meeting. tidings, &c.” Bren. Evans and Ferguson

J. M. caught the spirit, and gave a few spirited New BRINSLEY.–We were refreshed by "go on thoughts. Bro. Neill made our witnessing the immersion into Christ of six hearts glad with the effects produced by the who had confessed His name. Two forproclamation of good tidings upon the merly with us have been restored to fellowmountains and in the plains of the Anti- ship. podes. Bro. Perkins then addressed a few BULWELL.—Two young females of the stirring and earnest words of welcome and Lord's-day School have been recently imencouragement to Bro. Adam, and formally mersed and added to the Church. May introduced him to the Meeting and to the they continue faithful to Him to whom they church. The burden of his intelligent and have given themselves. W. J. D. well-pointed remarks were: “I desire to

MANSFIELD.-Three females, wives of know nothing among you, save Jesus Christ, three brethren, were immersed at Bullwel and him crucified.” Bro. Hindle wound up from this place within the last month. in a telling and happy strain, delivering good

W. J. D. news to thirsty souls, from those who had

DERBY. - The Church here is gratified by gone out from us to distant parts, and the immersion into Jesus Christ of the especially of one dear brother (M. Green) husband of one of its members, brought in whom he had laboured with side by side in through the labours of Bro. Adam. that distant colony, and of whom he spoke

R. M. in terms of the highest worth, as a devoted

A SPANISH CONVERT.-Mr. Knapp, writand faithful servant of the Lord. Inasmuch ing from Madrid, Spain, says : "I have as Bro. Green was first brought to a know- just baptized a remarkable case.

A young ledge of the truth amongst the brethren in

man of talent, speaking French, and knowManchester, and commenced his laboursing Latin, Greek, and Hebrew fairly, a here, we ought, he contended, to rejoice in writer for the papers, came to us, and after the Lord, and take courage. Bro. Hindle laboured to infuse fresh life and vigour into He studied with D’Aubigne in Geneva ;

some three weeks' probation was received. the soldiers of the cross in his hearing. So but after a few months, perceiving that we separated joyous in spirit, after singing Protestantism, as he said, was only a sort of together the hymn

patched-up Romanism, and did not at all “We speak of the realms of the blessed, That country so bright and so fair;

agree with the Bible, he abandoned Geneva, And oft are its glories confessed;

owing to a discord with his Professors on

the subject of Christian Baptism. He has W. P.

lived at Barcelona and Madrid all the time, HUDDERSFIELD.—We have been favoured in ignorance of our church, or of the existwith a visit from Bro.D. King, who remained ence of such a church anywhere. By a proviwith us the week following the Annual dence he met Bro. Calleja in the cars, and Meeting. His stay was peculiarly accep- thus heard of us, came, and was baptized. table, succeeding as it did, the excitement He had lost much of his interest in religion, and interest of the preceding week. On seeing that neither Catholic nor Protestant the Lord's-day evening he spoke to a large followed that which Jesus taught, and this audience, on "The Gospel," Mark xvi

. Xe fact, that no primitive Christians existed, also gave addresses on the Tuesday and was a sore trial to his faith. He is now Thursday evenings. Bro. D. Scott was with clear and happy."

FREEMAN. us the two following Lord's-days and kept up the interest. His energetic labours, including considerable out-door speaking, Hindmarsh.-Since last report two have

appreciated by us all. We wish his been added to the Church in this place by visit could have been continued longer, faith and baptism, one from the Plymouth feeling sure it would have been attended brethren, and restored.-THOMAS with substantial results.

G. H. S.

PORTER. ROCHDALE.—A few disciples of the Lord Reeve's Plain, May 22.-Since are scattered about the suburbs of this report in the February number of the

But what must it be to be there?"

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Christian Pioneer eleven have been added at present exist, of a rich harvest being to the Church, seven by faith and baptism, reaped in this district. There are also other and four by commendation. W. districts lying around us, into which we

Hotham, Melbourne, May 23.-We have desire to carry the standard of Zion, and to report fifteen additions to our number proclaim the tidings of great joy, although since the last notice in the April number of we have been prevented as yet, by necessary the A. Ç. Pioneer. Four of the above were

causes. May God give us strength to overreceived by letter from sister Churches, and come, and crown our labours with success. eleven by submission to the requirements of

THOMAS FERGUS. the Lord Jesus.

M. .W GREEN.

The foregoing news from Australia and Maryborough, May 2, 1871.--Since the New Zealand is from the PIONEER for last communication from here (in February) June. we have not had any additions. The congregations continue encourageing, and our Bru. Jas. Wright labours with acceptance.

Obituary. We have much to contend with, but have confidence in the truth, and are assured if we are but faithful good will result.

GEORGE HESKETH, ELIZA CROZIER, wife of E. Crozier, of Beechworth, May 8, 1871.— I have much Wednesbury, aged thirty-six years, has pleasure in intiniating that since my last fallen asleep in Jesus. Immersed into report four more have been added to the Christ in 1868, she continued faithful to Church here by faith and baptism, and the end. During the last few weeks her that we are living in pease and harmony, sufferings were considerable, but calm steadand are unitedly striving for the faith once fast confidence in the Lord continued to delivered to the saints. J. INGRAM.

the end.

C. F. Forester's Hall, May 22, 1871.-So far,

THOMAS JONES, of Rossett, aged sixtythis month, only one has been baptized-eight, expired suddenly, from the breaking a fearful falling off in numbers converted. of a blood-vessel, September 4, 1871. He Our audiences have been better this month, had been in the Church nearly forty years, and we are sowing seed in hope of reaping and many years a deacon. He was at the after awhile. There seems to be a quies. Lord's table the day before his death. cent state throughout Melbourne, reli- Being always ready in person and in means giously speaking. Let us hope that many to aid the Lord's work ; his removal will will count the cost and act accordingly. be severely felt by the Church here. O. A. CARR.

W G. ROBERT RICHARDS, departed this life NEW ZEALAND.

August 22, 1871, aged forty-six, after many Wellington, May 4, 1871.-I have to months of failing health, leaving a wife and report three additions since last report, one large family. He had been in the Church by faith and baptism, and two from the from its earliest formation in this town, and Baptists. The Church is living in peace maintained a steadfast attachment to the and harmony. GEO. GRAY. truth of Christ.

G. L. Hampden Moeraki, Otago, May 12.-I JOHN PEPLOW, of Shrewsbury, fell asleep have much pleasure in reportirg an ac- in Jesus, August 13th, 1871. He was one cession of four to the ranks of the faith of the members who formed the church at ful, and the favourable symptoms which its commencement, in 1840.

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EDITORIAL.

THE first eleven pages of our present issue are commended to the reader's special attention. They contain remarkably clear testimony, from a Clergyman of our Established Church, to leading truths advocated, year after year, in our periodical literature. Taking into consideration the quarter from which this present testimony comes, its clearness and extent, we consider that the sentences we have reproduced should be circulated, far and wide, by those who contend for a return to the good old paths of apostolic simplicity. We have, therefore, under the title, “ A Voice from the State Church in favour of the Primitive Church,” reprinted the address in question ; for particulars, see cover. Are we correct in concluding that the testimony thus produced is most weighty and worthy of extensive circulation? Those who so think will, no doubt, make reasonable effort to place it in the hands of persons likely to be advantaged thereby.

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THE UNION OF CHRISTIANS & PRESENT DAY MOVEMENTS.

The question of Union is forcing itself more and more on the attention of Protestant Christendom—the stern “ logic of events” pushing even the lethargic and the faint-hearted into rapid advances of the bigoted denominationalism of the past. The marvelous decadence of Papal authority and influence in the old world, accelerated by the decree of the Pope's Infallibility, which has driven many of the noblest minds in the Roman Catholic Church back to the catholicity of anti-papal times, and is leading to a rivival of ancient Catholicism, and which has divorced the sympathies of even Catholic governments from the Church, so that her own children refuse longer to grant her political consideration and insist on relegating her authority exclusively to spiritual affairs, has opened the way, in the very heart of Popery, for Protestant enterprise; and furnishes fields of activity for the lovers of the Bible and the friends of civil and religious freedom which might well task the combined energies and zeal of the entire Protestant world. Spain, Italy, Austria, and now the Catholic portions of the German Empire, are largely freed from the ecclesiastical control of Rome; the interdictions of the past are lifted away, and Papal anathemas have lost their terror; and French imperialism-Rome's best protection-is in a worse plight than even the Pope's temporal sovereignty. On the other hand, the rapid growth and bold encroachments of the Papacy in America, with its shameless avowal of the most despotic doctrines of medieval times, call for a united opposition; and this conviction, slowly and reluctantly formed by repeated outcroppings of grasping ambition and the bold denunciations of free schools, free speech and free conscience, has been intensified by the New York riots, the timorous policy of Catholic ecclesiastics towards the rioters, and the bloodthirsty spirit breathed by several Irish Catholic papers since the date of that disgraceful affair. Not one meeting has been held by Catholics to purge themselves of suspicion of sympathy with the spirit of the mob; and the significant reticence of Catholic pulpits, compels the conviction that, whatever may be the honest indignation of intelligent Catholics, the ecclesiastical authorities do not mean to range themselves on the side of law and freedom. It is not surprising, therefore, that the question of union among Protestants should excite unusual attention. The weakness of Protestantism is in her sects—the impossibility, owing to the prevalence of the sect-spirit, of concentrating her sympathies and forces in any grand enterprise such as is needed to take possession of the fields that the Papacy is vacating in the old world, and to confront the solid and growing forces of Catholicism in the new.

We have been watching the various developments in behalf of union with eager attention. For

years the union of the people of God has been our plea. It was the special object of the Reformation plead by the Campbells and their associates at a time when the plea was ridiculed in Protestant pulpits as Utopian, and the object condemned as impracticable and undesirable. Gradually it has gathered adherents and made its power felt, and the unfoldings of Providence, during the last half-century, have turned the hearts of good men of all parties away from the controversies of the past to grasp new and living issues more in consonance with the spirit and aims of primitive Christianity. The authority of creeds has waned. The dominion of sects has crumbled. The sacredness of hierarchical pretensions is no longer conceded. Christianity, in public estimation, has become less a body of speculative doctrines, less a question of ecclesiastical policy, and more a life; and just as this phase of it looms up into import

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ance and sacredness, the evils and mischiefs of the sect-spirit become apparent.

But while we rejoice in every advance into clearer light, we are far from satisfied with any of the recent movements towards union. They are none of them up to the plea which the Disciples have urged for fifty year past. Let us see: Leaving out the claim of the Roman Catholic Church to unity-a unity which rests on tradition, and is maintained only by the surrender of soul-freedom to the claims of human authority as embodied in councils and popes—the various pleas for union on the part of Protestants may be thus classified :

1. The Ecclesiastical. This is the plea of the Episcopalians. They present the church-a ministry and sacraments of unbroken succession, through which has been a continuous flow of episcopal grace for the world's salvation—and ask all believers in Christ to believe in this “One Holy, Catholic Church,” and accept of the sacraments from her true ministry. We do not hesitate to say that this plea cannot succeed. Apart from the danger of interposing the church between the sinner and his Saviour, and making questions of ecclesiastical polity questions of central importance, it is evident that this thing of apostolic succession is a figment, and that the hierarchical pretensions of this church can never command the assent of the larger portion of Protestants.

2. The Denominational. Perhaps if we were to say the sectarian, it would more sharply define the position; but it might be regarded as offensive, and our purpose is not to offend. It purposes a union of denominations, as such, on some common denominational basis, as in the union of Old and New School Presbyterians, and the proposed union of Methodist sects. While we rejoice in all such movements as a tribute to the cause of union, it does not need to be argued that it is entirely too narrow and too meagre to be recognized as Christian union. It results simply in a more powerful sect, on a sect-basis, and does not even propose to be catholic enough to meet the demands of Cristians at large.

3. Another phase of the Denominational. This proposes to continue the denominations as they are, each retaining its peculiarities, and new ones being admitted as fast as they can fight their way to recognition ; but all agreeing to a mutual recognition as branches of the Church of Christ, and uniting in all undenominational enterprises on a common footing. This is a popular phase of the union doctrine, because of its professed liberality, and because it leaves sectarian pride untouched. It is but a counterfeit presentment of union. All who are read in the history of parties are aware that so long as party pride and ambition remain unsacrificed, a hearty union is impossible. If sects decrease in number, it will be on Darwin's principle of Natural Selection, whereby the stronger triumph over the weaker, presenting only a grander type of sect; but that in any lawful spiritual evolutions such sects will ever develop into one holy catholic church of Christ, is about as vain a dream as the development of man from monkeys. In both cases there is a chasm that has never been bridged. We may rejoice in the decadence of sectarianism which allows of the co-operation of sects, but it is too feeble and shallow to meet either the demands of the New Testament or satisfy the awakened conscience of the religious world. The New Testament knows no such denominations. As the love of Christ takes possession of men, these denominational differences become distasteful; and as they had their origin in circumstances no longer existing, and a plea for existence in necessities of the

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