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us, twenty-eight broke bread that morning. I appointed a committee to give effect to During the year twenty-four have been suggestions, for interchange of preachers, added; of these, three have been baptized &c. The next meeting was appointed to be by us, fourteen were not in connexion with held at Leeds, on Lord's day, July 14th. any church, three are from the Baptists, Dinner and tea were provided in the and four are from sister churches. Three School-room, and an enjoyable day was have gone from us to sister churches, spent. We look forward, with the Divine leaving a net increase of twenty-one, and blessing, to the churches being knit closer making our present number thirty-nine. together, and consequently for a more The three who have removed were among united effort and further spread of the the original eighteen, so that all who have truth.

G. H. S. been added are still with us. The increase BIRMINGHAM, SUMMER LANE. — With has been gradual. In April we added five, joy we report that the Lord's work is in June four, July, two, August two, prospering in this church. The evidence October two, November three, December of the same consists in the fact that within one, January four, and February one." the past few weeks we have had the pleaSince the foregoing was written one has sure of baptizing ten persons who have been immersed.

A. BROWN. confessed faith in Christ and repentance LEEDS.—We have settled down after a towards God. Two are from the Lord's season of some little excitement, arising Day School, making four from the school from some conflict with the Unitarians. within three months. There are other The Rev. J. E. Carpenter advertized a attentive hearers whom we hope shortly to course of lectures, inviting questions after rejoice over, even as we do now over those each lecture. Our church advised Bro. A. above-named. We have also just restored Brown to attend and take such steps as an erring brother. We are exceedingly might appear desirable. The result was glad to remark that these fruits appear that we hired a large hall and advertized mainly to be the result of a condition of that Bro. Brown would review the lectures unity and love existing in the church. and allow questions. We had good meet- May it increase more and more. ings, several questions were presented on

G. LLOYD. the first night, and the lecturer was con- SPITTAL, BERWICK-ON-TWEED.-I have giderably complimented. The second meet- lately paid a second visit to the brethren ing was excellent in point of number, and here, since the Annual Meeting ; but only the Unitarians were there in full force. for a few days. They have in every way The questioning was very much protracted, been greatly blessed, and that in a short the audience expressing enthusiastic satis- time. On March 26, 1871, they first met faction at the answers. The third meeting as a church, numbering thirty-seven. Forty was good, but no questions. Our Unitarian have since been added—thirty by faith and friends had, perhaps, married a wife, or baptism, and ten formerly baptized. They purchased a field, and could not come. The have had one death, four have removed to fourth and last night gave an excellent Bathgate, where, with several others, they gathering with a renewal of questioning have commenced meeting in church fellow and satisfactory replies. We have had a ship. The number of members now at fire opportunity for refuting error by ex- Spittal is seventy-two. The church edifies bibiting the truth, and making it apparent itself to general satisfaction and comfort. that if Unitarianism could be understood, They have several experienced teachers and which it cannot, it is nothing worth. G. exhorters, in whom the word of Christ

YORKSHIRE ASSOCIATION OF CHURCHES. dwells richly. One of their number, John - In compliance with a letter from Hud- Rea, does the work of an evangelist. He dersfield to the Yorkshire churches inviting labours in season and out of season, and has them to _a conference, delegates from won many to the Lord. He is very highly Wortley, Leeds, Bradford, Wakefield, Hud-esteemed in the church and out of it, for his dersfield and Mill Bridge district met in works' sako. The chapel is full of attentive Huddersfield on

Good Friday. After hearers on Lord's-day evenings. The prayer by Bro. Walker, of Wortley, Bro. neighbourhood is crowded with visitors in Winterbottom, of Huddersfield, was ap- the bathing season, when able evangelistic pointed chairman, and Bro. Grinstead, of help will be found very useful for extensive Leeds, secretary. The following resolution good.

ED. EVANS. was then passed :—"That the churches of CHELSEA.—The Lord is blessing us with Yorkshire form an Association for the pur- additions. We hare good meetings, and an pose of co-operating in the spread of the interest is awakened in the things that make truth.” The Wortley delegates not at for our peace. On Good Friday our esteemed present seeing their way clear to co-operate brother and sister Black entertained the withdrew. The Huddersfield elders were members of the church at Dinner and Tea,

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in commemoration of their twentieth In the thirty-first year of her age, ELIZAwedding-day. The assembly took place in BETH COLLIN, the wife of George Collin, and the School-room, which was tastefully eldest daughter of Bro. G. Greenwell, fell decorated. The church desirous of showing asleep in Jesus, in Carlisle, on the 23rd of their appreciation of the untiring labours of March. She was immersed into Christ in our good brother and sister, in behalf of the the 14th year of her age. She was beloved cause here, presented them with a handsome by all who knew her. Sociable, affecsilver tea service, having the following tionate, and frank; she had a welcome inscription. “Presented to Mr. and Mrs. word for all who named the name of Jesus. R. Black, as a token of love and esteem, by Her hospitable desires reached far beyond the Christian Church meeting in College our means; and within the inner circle of Street Chapel, Chelsea.” The

meeting was friends, her friendship almost amounted to edified by singing, readings, recitations and passionate devotion, ever ready to manifest short speeches, all of which savoured of love itself in self-sacrifice for the good or comand unity; and all present seemed deter. fort of others. As a mother, she felt her mined to preserve the unity of the Spirit in responsibility to a young family, and sought the bond of peace.

B. ELLIS. to discharge it in the fear of God. She WHITEHAVEN.-Three persons bave re- neglected not to teach them the simple cently put on the Lord Jesus, by baptism lessons of the Divine Word, and they were into His name, and one has been added to her constant companions to the Lord's the church, formerly baptized.-C. A. B. Table, where her place was never empty

BIRKENHEAD.-About eighteen months except by necessity. The Lord gave her ago the Birkenhead church numbered about to me nearly seven years ago, to be my ten members, some of whom were often un- wife, and from that day until the day when able to attend owing to distance and other He called her to Himself, she was the crown unfavourable circumstances. About that of my earthly happiness. In all my strug; time some six brethren came to reside here gles and difficulties her hopeful spirit and from other churches, and about seven word of cheer gave me strength and months ago it was decided to take a room courage; she shared all my joys with the in the Queen's Hall, Claughton Road, which passionate warmth , and simplicity of a would seat about eighty people. The meet child, and bore my cares with the strength ings were advertised, the attendance good, of a woman. In my feeble endeavours to and the results cheering ; so that in four spread the knowledge of our Redeemer's months after we found it necessary to move love to man, her encouragement and sym. into a larger room. The meetings still pathy sustained my spirit. It is not easy increase. We now number thirty-six to understand why such unity should be members, and walk in love, and peace, and broken asunder, but we can confide in joy. We have had the labours of brother God's infinite wisdoin and goodness in all Scott one Lord's-day out of three, brother his providences; and though it is with a Hindle visited us once, brother D. Collin heavy heart, it is with a clear faith we say, three times, and the Liverpool brethren have The Lord gave, the Lord hath taken away, joined heartily in the good work. We thank blessed be the name of the Lord. He has God for the blessings that have followed graciously allowed me the companionship the efforts put forth.

of one so precious to show me how true and sweet, even earth's friendships can be,

when consecrated and cemented by the Obituary.

grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the JOHN PAYNE departed this life on the hope of glory ; and he has thus early re20th March, in the fortieth year of his age, called her to His rest, I trust, to weld having been for several years a consistent another golden link into the chain of hope member of the church in Carlisle. He that binds the spirit to the heavenly home. was known for his strict honesty and quiet During an illness of nearly nine months' persistence in the path of duty, whatever duration, she exhibited great courage and that might be. He had been long a suf- patience, seldom encouraging any hope of ferer, and had borne his affliction with recovery. For several weeks before death patience and fortitude. His last illness she had entirely separated her life and lasted nearly twelve months, during which affections from every earthly asso on, time he gradually sank; but while the expressing only, and constantly, her desire outward man was perishing, the inward to depart. She loved to have us singing man was renewed day by day ; remaining the songs of hope and triumph. Ten conscious to the last, he fell asleep in Jesus, minutes before she expired, at her request I in the sure and certain hope of a glorious lifted her out of bed into an easy chair, ard resurrection. He leaves a helpless widow while I sang of “The beautiful land on high,". and three young children to mourn his death put his hand upon her, and she rests death.

with the redeemed. GEORGE COLLIN.

Observer, April 1, '72.

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JAMES FERRIER, of Millseat, Mill of read with interest by the brethren :-“My Craigston, Turriff, departed this life on the father was born February 21st, 1795. He 24th of March last, aged eighty-two years. joined the Particular Baptist Church, at For several years past the winter months Grimsby, in 1824, and was an active memhad always taken a severe hold of his feeble ber of that church until he left Grimsby, in frame, and during the late storm he had | 1830. After leaving there he went to been unable to resist it, for on the day Beverley, where he became acquainted with above named he was moving about as usual the Scotch Baptists; and, after comparing in the house, went to bed at six o'clock, and their views and practices with the New by ten o'clock he quietly fell asleep in Jesus. Testament, was persuaded they were more Bro. Ferrier was well known by a large Scriptural than those of the Particular Bapcircle of Brethren, and was ever ready to tists, and, therefore, resolved to join them, advocate the apostolic order, both by the which he did. He continued an activé tongue and pen and by his own practical member of that church until 1841, when, on aid, was a contributor occasionally to the account of corruptions that had crept in, he pages of the Harbinger. He was born in was constrained to leave, and was unconnecthe parish of Banff, in 1790, and his parents ted with any church until 1846, when, after being poor he received no education, and mature consideration, he joined “The Diswhat he had was picked up by his own dintciples” in Hull; having been acquainted of application. He was engaged in farm with the writings of A. Campbell and service until 1808, when he then enlisted his co-adjutors from their introduction as a soldier, and during his service in the into this country. While he was conarmy was ordered to go to Holland, during nected with the church of “The Discithe war with France ; was in several en- ples,” in 'Hull, he devoted much of his gagements, and when peace was proclaimed time to its oversight and edification, which he was discharged. He connected himself continued until 1859, when he left Hull to with the Established Church, but as he saw reside in Liverpool, where he united with more light he left it, and went amongst the “The Disciples," and endeavoured to make Independents ; he, however, soon began to himself useful till age and infirmity comdiscover they did not adhere to all the pelled him to retire from service. Throughordinances of Christ, and that Infant out his life he steadily used his influence Sprinkling was not Christian Baptism, but in whatever he considered calculated to & human tradition, so he accordingly left advance the good of mankind; religiously, them, and was immersed in September, politically and socially; and wherever he 1830, and joined the Scotch Baptists ; but lived he gained the respect and esteem of all he could not accept the Calvinistic creed, who knew him, for his uprightness and firm and left them also. Then the writings of adherence to principle. * Blessed are the Bro. A. Campbell, of America, began to be dead who die in the Lord: they rest from published by William Jones, of London, their labours, and their works do follow and they fell into his hands and others, so them.""

G. Y. T. that a few proposed to act along with him- ANNIE NEISH, at Ballarat, on the 29th self on the apostolic plan, and so he con. December, 1871, fell asleep in Jesus, aged tinued to the end of his life. Like a sheaf forty-seven years. Early in life she had of corn fully ripe, he has been gathered into been connected with the Methodists, but the garner of the Lord. "The memory of having had her attention directed to the comthe just is blessed."

J. G. A. mand of her Saviour, she was among the WILLIAM GODSON, Sen., fell asleep in first to be baptized at the Dawson Street Jesus on the 30th of March, at the age of Meeting House, in October, 1865. An seventy-seven years. His life and example affectionate husband and five children sorhave been a great blessing to the church in row for their loss, yet not as those without this place. As senior deacon for several hope. Her illness had been long and years, he “did what he could” to lighten lingering ; but, at last, she quietly passed the sorrows and relieve the wants of the away in the very act of thanking her Lord poor brethren, and gained for himself a that she feit a great deal better. Two of name that will long be tenderly remembered. her children, with their father, are members The following brief outline of his life has of the Dawson Street Church. M. been handed to me by his son, and will be

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“On Earth we part,

With breaking heart;
But on the Heavenly plains,

Love hath no broken chains :
Renewed, rejoined at Life's pure river,

The golden links entwine for ever."

Observer, May 1, '72.

Family Room.

And you

DOMESTIC GOVERNMENT.-No. IV. CHILDREN differ as widely in dis- have been an increase of the fury position and character as men and and insubordination of the horse. women do. But let me suppose, for What, then, did he do; Why he the sake of getting a proper entered the stable with the utmost background for my picture, that coolness and self-composure; he watched yours are of the very worst class for his opportunity, and artfully put heedless, disobedient, headstrong, a powerful strap upon the horse's they do not mind you. They seem legs; next with a skillful hand he to take pleasure in thwarting and threw him down flat upon his side; provoking you. They are everlasting- and then it was easy to get upon his ly doing something that you have head and hold him down in spite of forbidden, or failing to do something all struggles to rise. The effect of that you have required. Your life is this was almost like magic. In a misery to you and you are glad to surprisingly brief space of time the get them off to school or into the horse surrendered unconditionally, and fields, anywhere out of sight and acknowledged the mastery of the man. hearing. Now the truth is that This was the first step—the establishthere is no government here at all. ment of authority. It requires calmYour word is empty : it conveys no ness, presence of mind and firmness, authority, and consequently exercises combined with an unflinching applino control.


may fret and scold cation of coercive force. and whine and complain, the live cannot fail to perceive that previous long day; you may even fly into a to the establishment of his authority rage and flog them now and then; the will of the man could have had but it does no good If anything, no controlling influence upon the the children grow worse and worse; horse whatever. But now notice: until at length you become thorough- when he is really conquered, and ly discouraged and fancy that your brought to recognize the authority trials are greater than mortal woman and dominion' of a master; in other ever endured before, and, what is words, when the government is more, that they are hopelessly established ; there is immediately a incurable.

radical change in the mode of proBut there is a simple and, I think, cedure. With a steady hand the infallible remedy for all this trouble. horse is kept in subjection, while Your children are like some of those every subsequent action is marked terrible kicking and biting horses by gentleness and kindness. The master that Rarey used to tame; and you strokes his intelligent face, pats his are to adopt the very same principle arching neck, soothes his trembling that he did. Now you may be sure spirit, recognizes and adapts himself that he did not go into the stable to the peculiarities of his nature and with a long whip, and working him- thus gradually implants the second self up into a great passion halloo conviction, namely, that while he is and fret and scold at the noble his master he is at the same time animal while he lashed him for his his friend. And this is the entire outrageous behaviour. It stands to process. Nothing remains now but reason that he never could have patiently to teach him what he is to tamed him in that way. The only do and see that he does it. And effect for such a proceeding would what an apt scholar he is! How

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soon he learns to yield submissively | this happy state of things! When and promptly to the slightest in the point is raised (and among such timation of his master's will ! The children as yours are supposed to be ! gentlest touch upon the rein, the it will very soon come up), that is, softest word, the merest hint, is all when something occurs that makes that is necessary.

That horse is it necessary for the question of governed; he is governed by a authority and mastery to be decided; master, but by a kind and good one--you are coolly and deliberately, and he is happy in it.

without one symptom of angry I beg you to notice particularly passion, and without the least elevathat this plan is successfuluniformly tion in your voice, to take the child and invariably successful. It is not and punish him, and continue to like some charlatanry that succeeds punish him, if it require an hour or in one case and fails in another : it a week, until he thoroughly and never will, it never can fail, just unconditionally surrenders. Mark you, because it is founded upon nature the work is not done if it is a moody, and sound philosophy, or, if you pouting, reluctant, reserved surrenplease, because it recognizes and der. It is to be without any terms proceeds upon the true principles of or qualifications, either expressed or government.

implied. Parental government must And now let me add that these be an absolute despotism, or nothing. principles are of universal application. I cannot impress upon you too Whenever a state, a church, an army, forcibly the importance of deliberation a navy, a school or a family, is well and coolness in this contest. You may governed, it is done in this way. easily sweep down your little boy Either half of this plan, like the half with a flood of passion—more easily, of a pair of scissors, is by itself good perhaps, than you otherwise could; for nothing. Neither force nor but the effect of it is altogether evil. kindness will succeed alone. They To say nothing of the influence of must be combined; they must such an example, or of the undefined mutually complement each other; feeling of contempt for you which and then the government is complete. arises in his heart, the governmental

To apply this matter to the case effect is simply a conviction that of your children—whom, by sort of he is to dread your anger, and license, we are regarding as outra- to obey you when you are in a passion. geously self-willed and disobedient, Prove, then, I pray you, your right the

very first thing to be done is to to govern him by first governing establish

your authority. Until this is yourself. Then the calm and resolute accomplished you need never speak determination with which you go to to them again by way of command work will itself accomplish half the ment or threatening—it is simply task. And I do assure you if you wasting your breath. You must get thoroughly and properly accomplish the mastery, at whatever cost of labour it once, and will not yourself, undo it or of time, and at whatever sacrifice by mismanagement, the work will of tender feeling. The predominence seldom or never have to be repeated. of your authority must be a settled | Once or twice the child may test you, point; so settled that your children just to see if you mean to be conwill not think of making daily and sistent in adhering to your plan ; hourly experiments to see whether it but if upon the first intimation of is settled or not.

It must be placed rebellion, you will promptly take the not only beyond question, but beyond case in hand, begin your quiet prethought of question.

parations, without being at all And how easy it is to bring about disconcerted, and without any show

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