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our number. Two of those, husband and
Obituary. wife, are from a Baptist church in the
WILLIAM BAYLEY, one of the elders of neighbourhood. Dissatisfied with the name and some of the practices of the Baptists
, the church in Wrexham, fell asleep in Jesus, with whom they had met, they were glad to September 16th, 1871, aged sixty-four connect themselves with a church based upon nected with the church of which he has
years. For forty years he had been con. the Scriptures alone. Another one, nearly been many years an elder. His kindness two years ago, and prior to coming toʻLeeds, and large-hearted sympathy has endeared was also in connection with Baptists. So him not only to the church, but to a large deep was his conviction of the unsatisfactory
E. E. W. and unscriptural nature of the one-man
JOHN DEARDEN, of Earlstown, departed ministry that he had determined never again to join a church where one man is Words cannot express the loss experienced
this life, October 26th, aged forty-two. the sole teacher. Being attracted to our meetings he gradually became interested, removal of this most active brother. He
by the small church at Earlstown, by the and has now associated himself with us, seemed always impressed with the idea with the determination to give his help to that he could not do enough for the Lord the propagation of New Testament teaching and the church. It is over fifteen years Another, who was immersed some time since he gave himself to the Saviour. At since, but had failed to continue in breaking the time of his conversion he did not know the commemorative loaf, likewise intimated her determination henceforth to walk in all all the letters of the alphabet; but deterthe appointments of the Lord. One young pressed on till he could not only read, but
mining to read God's word for himself, he man who made a brief and intelligent confession of his faith in the Lord Jesus preach the word, and but few men, in my Christ, we had the pleasure of seeing critical acumen in rightly dividing the
experience, have exhibited more clear immersed and added to the church. Two word of truth. Numbers have been turned we have received from a distant church, one has been transferred to another church, to the Lord by his instrumentality. His so that our net increase since the annual end was calm and peaceful. A large, and meeting is six, making our present number for the most part young family, mourn
his removal. But the Lord will be a thirty-five.
husband to the widow, and a father to the orphans.
EDITORIAL. ANOTHER eventful year has well-nigh closed. This writing is the last we shall find a place for in the Ecclesiastical Observer for 1871. Our work and that of our contributors, so far as this volume is concerned, is now finished. We trust and believe it bas not been done in vain. Some in the Churches have been instructed, and, as we have reason to know, not only instructed but stimulated to labours of love by our monthly visits. If the Lord will, we shall meet our readers, as heretofore, for yet another year. Such, at least, is our intention, but we know not what a day or an hour may bring forth. But, anyhow, let it be ours to "work while it is day, for the night cometh when no man can work."
We have no special promises to make. We certainly do not expect that our next volume will be inferior to the best which has appeared since our first issue. We shall leave the future to speak for itself. That as a people we are not doing what we ought to do by means of the press is perfectly clear, while it is not less so, that thousands of people can only be reached through that medium. We hope to snbmit to the Brotherhood some plan by which much more shall be thus accomplished than we have yet attempted.
The only new feature proposed for the coming volume is that of giving, in each number, a recently delivered sermon. We shall ask our preaching brethren to supply one each ; that, thus, those who do not see our evangelists may, at least, have a specimen of the kind of talk those listen to who are favoured by their presence.
We are not aware of any promise, made in regard to the present volume, which remains unfulfilled. If reminded that an intimation was given that a series of articles would be devoted to questions relating to the Eternal Future of the Wicked, we answer that such was, and is, intended. That topic was named with others, as to come under notice ; but it was not intimated that the whole could be accomplished during 1871. The other topics then indicated have been put before our readers, so that the way is open for dealing, ere long, with that which remains.
May the good Lord help both writers and readers to use our pages to His glory, to the spiritual profit of the churches and to the conversion of sinners.