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No friendly sympathies unite
Me with a throng so vain :
And love what I disdain.
Without a brother's love,
And not for joys above.
Without a pitying prayer,
Grant them his saving care.
Into this shady safe retreat,
The tempest clouds have driven,
Of my apportioned heaven.
From chasing pleasure's toy:
Deep draughts of holy joy!
Hath turnid my steps aside,
LETTER TO A FRIEND.
The "hard things” and “wine of astoMY DEAR FRIEND,—I have not forgotten nishment” are one and the same, and all your request nor my own promise, but God's own children must have their share numerous and pressing engagements have in some form or other, as he sees fit. And prevented earlier compliance.
I beg you to look at the words of David, “Thou hast showed thy people hard he speaks to the Lord and says, things; thou hast made us drink the wine hast showed us." He regards God's hand of astonishment.” (Psa. Ix. 3). These are in them all, although men and devils had the words upon which you desired my much to do therewith ; they were only the thoughts. But my poor thoughts, unas. ignorant instruments whereby the Lord sisted by the Holy Ghost will profit you worked upon his servant, and they only go little, for the Book of God is sealed to all so far and no farther. We shall assuredly human minds, so far as its spiritual mean. experience hard and astonishing things if ing is concerned, until He becomes the we are faithful to the truth ; our views will teacher. Then, oh the mercy ! such as are be misrepresented, and we shall be called fools in the world's esteem, shall not err hard names, and we feel it the more because therein.” Blessed be the Lord, he has not these things are done by the professed left you altogether in ignorance of his holy friends of the gospel. David's own son reword. Once you were blind to the beauties belled against him, and his most intimate of Christ as they shine in the glorious gos- friend and counsellor, Abithophel, became his pel of his grace, then you went to hear foe. Ab, when “one told David, Ahithophel those who set sinners to work for salvation. is among the conspirators,” (2 Sam. xv. 31) Now your eyes are open to see that Jesus, it was as the “wine of astonishment” to our glorious Substitute, did all the work in him, and he cried out in the anguish of his your stead, and you love to hear of him in soul, “ It was not an enemy that reproached all the grace relations he sustains, and the me; then I could have borne it,” &c. (Psa. lv. offices he holds. Yes, you love to
12). Ah, my friend, we cannot escape perse. “ Talk of all he did and said,
cution in some form or other. The Master did And suffered for us here below;
not : these are his words though spoken by The path he marked for us to tread, the prophet, “I was a reproach among all
And what He's doing for us now." mine enemies, but especially among my neighBut I presume he sometimes shows you bours,” (Psa. xxxi. 11); and in the former “hard things," and makes you to “drink verse he says, “My life is spent with grief the wine of astonishment." If so, you have and my years with sighing." His cup of therein a proof that you are in “ the foot- grief was completed on the cross, “ without steps of the flock," " the old paths" in the gate,” and we must go forth unto him which God's apcient people walked, and “ without the camp.” (Heb. xiii. 13). Yes, although it be rough, it is “the right way we must dwell outside the great camp of to a city of habitation," Psa. cvii. 7; and worldly professors, and be content to bear “your shoes shall be iron and brass, and as reproach for Jesus' sake. “Yes, you say, your days, so shall your strength be.” “ I know all this, but there are other hard (Deut. xxxiii. 29.)
and astonishing things in the Lord's deal
ing with me." No doubt, for this also is Friend is preparing your mansion, and by the lot of the saints to “ endure hardness" these “hard things” He is preparing you - hard fighting with Satan, sin, and for it; and by and-by he will come and reself — righteous - self as well as sinful. ceive you to himself, that where he is, you
Hard things in providence : you may be also, and behold his glory have an afflicted body, and often cannot,
“ There you shall see his face, 1 when you would, go the house of prayer.
And never, never sin ; The wicked around you are strong. “They
There from the river of his grace are not in trouble as other men :......
Drink endless pleasures in." have more than heart could wish.” (Psa. lxxiii. 5, 7.) Well, all this simply proves that May he bless you and yours abundantly we are the Lord's: “Thou hast shown thy with all you need, and often give you some
happy foretastes of your future bliss— people"--not other people. His are a poor,
some of the fruit of the land by the way. and an afflicted people. But he never deals
I trust you are all well and happy in unkindly ; it is only as “needs be” that we are in heaviness through manifold tempta: and of the happy times we had together in
your little church. I often think of you tion, and there is “soinething secret that the worship of our ever-gracious God. Resweetens all :" compensating grace. So that
member me kindly to the few people comwe can sing with the poet, when he says,
prising your Christian circle, and with best “I would not change my blest estate,
wishes believe me yours faithfully in the For all the world calls good or great." Lord Jesus,
A. And at the end glory awaits. Keep, my dear friend, that end iu view. The sinner's
London, April 3, 1869.
BAPTIST TRACT SOCIETY.—On October 15, | ever obtain political ascendancy or tempo 1841, this Society was formed for the pur- ral jurisdiction in this country; but because pose of supplying deficiencies which neces- its fierce and beastly spirit, however modi. sarily exist in unsectariau societies. By fied by circumstances, is natural to the the publication of sinall tracts and treatises, system which sprung from it, and requires it seeks to disseminate the doctrinal and exposure as the best means of holding it in institutional views of strict communion check. The subtle and unwearied efforts Baptists. In pursuance of this object it has of Popish agents, priestly and laical-acissued 370 Tracts, 92 Handbills, 37 Chil- cepting descriptive terms for the sake of dren's Books, and 10 Tracts of a New convenience--are such as to call for vigiSeries on toned paper. The number of lant and enlightened action on the part of copies from all these publications amount sincere Protestants. And as the logic of to nearly five millions. Several of the issues facts serves to convince and impress more appear in German, French, Flemish, Swe- than recondite arguments, which are not dish, and the languages of the East. Other often listened to and seldom appreciated, translations are required ; and encouraging the publication of these timely tracts may testimonies to the value of its labours do much good. So may the one on are said to be constantly received. We can Popery,” which is adapted to the fleshly are glad to learn this, hoping funds will religion of the present evil world, and takes be supplied for new publications and grants mightily with various classes of both sexes, for gratuitous distribution.
young and old. The ungodly like it, for Amoug the tracts forwarded to us, and they can feel religious under priestly deserving special notice, we might select manquvres; the self-righteous like it, for
Sunday Pleasuring,” No. 365; "Special it improves them wonderfully by lifting up Providences,” 370; “A Couverted Deist's their unhumbled hearts; the newly conProfession of Faith,” 355; “Popish Perse- vinced like it, for the easy method it opens cutions in France, before or during the up of setting everything right by priestly Massacre of St. Bartholomew in 1572, in four interposition. Sentimentalists like it, for parts, Nos. 357–360; also Anglican it is “sweetly pretty," and the music Popery,” 354. We call particular attention is so good. Boys and girls, and youths to these last-named tracts, not because we of both sexes, like it, and will like it fancy, even for a moment, that Popery can a substitute for theatrical gratifica
tions. And what is to be done ? That is was the Archbishop of the Strict Particular everybody's question. Some are issuing Baptist Churches, wrote to him, and asked reasons in favour of the State Church, as a him which way, in his opinion, Dissenters preservative against Popery! But we are should vote in reference to the Irish Church happy to find the Baptist Tract Society has question ? After repeating the interroga. no sympathy with a State Church, but tion two or three times, my father wrote calmly proposes its disendowment and dis what is contained in the tract. The clergyestablishment; a wiser thing, we opine, man wrote again, wishing to know if he than issuing a hundred reasons on its had any objection to its being printed ; behalf. “We are nourishing,” it says, after a little consideration be (meaning Tract 354, p. 3, “ by our State-pay of reli. C. W. Banks) sent the following reply : ' He gion the very men who are striving hard to was not ashamed of his opinions, therefore banish true religion from the land, and to be had no objection to its being printed.' bring back the darkness and the despotism Again the clergyman wrote, asking whether of the Empire of Rome."
he had any objection to having his name
attached to it? The answer was, 'CerA Baptist's A ppeal to the Nonconformist tainly not.' This is its origin.”
Churches of England, Ireland, and Scot. Anybody may believe this who pleases ; land ; or, Ten Reasons in favour of a but whoever thinks he understands the Separation of Church and State. By R. whole by the sample here given, will, we HUTCHINGS, (a Baptist of nearly forty think, be much deceived. To us it seems a years' standing.)
good deal like the Bond-street mystery.
We do not blame Mr. Banks for attempt. A shrewd, clever parody on Mr. Banks's ing to make his father beautiful for ever. “Ten Reasons in favour of Church and The thing is natural enough; especially as State." It should be scattered broadcast his father is an “ Archbishop."
But, 1. over the land from one end to the other.
We should like to kuow the name of this Editorial Jealousy: A Letter by John anxious clergyman, and his address. 2. WATERS Banks, addressed to the Editors We should like to know, how it happened of “ The Gospel Herall” and “ The Voice that the author of these “Ten Reasons" of Truth.” Published by Robert Banks, wrote in the third person to this clergy30, Ludgate-hill. Price 1d.
mau ? For, in quoting from one of these
letters, the quotation is given in inverted Some time since an unusually scurrilous commas, and the father is made to write in tract made its appearance as No. 1, en- the third instead of the first person. How titled, “ The Inquisition of Dissent,” which, did this come to pass ? 3. The tract is not judging from internal evidence, owed its in the shape of a letter to a friend. There existence to the same author as the tract is nothing epistolary about it. 4. The subunder notice. We can understand the stance of the tract is not analogous to the strong emotions of a filial inind viewed in question put. The question was, in which relation to paternal injuries, real or sup- way the Dissenters should vote in reference posed, and pity that mental condition which to the Irish Church; and instead of a seeks relief in epithetical vituperation; but letter in reply to this clergyman, here is a the present effusion is so rank and bitter tract with an introduction, “Ten Reasons as to challenge the strongest inclinations in favour of Church and Stute," and a sort to compassion and forbearance. The author of peroration, the whole addressed not to a charges us with vicious designs and impro- clergyman, but “to the Nonconformists of per language; but had he thought for a England, Ireland, and Scotland !" Upon moment that two offenders can reprove the face of all this, we submit that there is each other with only small effect, he would ground for suspecting, not perhaps the have first cast the beam out of his own truth of what is stated, but the fulness and eye, that he might have seen clearly to fairness of the statement. There was evihave pulled the mote out of ours. What dently a correspondence between the author is curious, after having made himself sole of the “ Ten Reasons" and some unknown confessor to the secrets of the heart, re- clergyman, while between the question and vealed our thoughts, and headed his tract the tract there is a wide difference, which “Editorial Jealousy," he turns round upon the ostensible “ origin" of the tract fails to us and demands our motives, declaring he account for. will not rest till he obtains them!
The tract itself brought deep shame and The birth of the “Ten Reasons,” we are disgrace upon the Baptists, and made the told, was on this wise: “A clergyman,' author contemptible in the eyes of many, the author says, “who knew my father who up to that time had held by him. personally, and who knew likewise, that he We accord to every one the unquestionable right of uttering in whatever language, i to outward coercion, and of religion to and setting forth in whatever way he secular interference, are conclusions which pleases, the whole of his mind; but we also have been reached only after the throes of maintain the right the public to criticise centuries, and which even now, in many whatever is thrown upon it; and if a mau directions gain but a bare admission. But makes an ape of himself, as many a public they are true, and “truth is mighty, and man does, even in the house of Peers, he must prevail.” is bound to take the consequences, and “The Irish Church Question" is the when held up to ridicule or contempt to question of the day. Ecclesiastics are loud accept the penalty as “a just recompense of in their support of their ancient institureward.” When a Dissenter, a minister, a Bap- tion, while not a few timid spirits tremble tist minister, and a Baptist minister of nearly lest the severance of Church and State forty years' standing, becomes recreant to should be the downfall of the ark of God, his principles, sells, barters, or flings them and, like Uzzah, do not scruple to attempt away, just when he ought to exhibit its support by unsanctified means. But them; when he not only surrenders them to while it is scarcely surprising that churchthe State Church party, for State Church men should assume the attitude of defence, purposes, but makes that very church from it excites not only surprise but disgust, which he dissents a true church and writes that any who profess dissent, should so far Ten Reasons on its behalf, he is not entitled forget the principles they profess and the to admiration or esteem. It is puerile, if claims of common consistency as to chamnot contemptible, to wince and whine under pionize on behalf of an institution from rebuke, and foully asperse men who vindi- which they voluntarily separate, and whose cate public principles and public interests, unscriptural character their separation because the honour of some favourite hap- tacitly avows. Hence, had “ Ten Reasons pens to be impugned. True, our notice of in favour of Church and State ” been the tract could hardly be called a review, penned by a Conservative Churchman inin the ordinary meaning of that word. stead of by “A Baptist Minister of forty But in our judgment the whole of the years' standing," no surprise would have affair was an outrage upon decency, upon been excited; and had their influence been religion, and upon the principles of dissent; confined to the limited sphere of an obscure wetherefore treated it with scornful derision. individual, a merited oblivion would probaIt is time the public should know that bly have been their only reward. But the whatever influence Mr. Banks may have employment of them as a means of misin some of the Baptist churches, that he chief by a public body has prompted reno more represents the collective views of joinders, of which the pamphlet under the Strict Baptists than Mr. Brewin Grant notice is the principal. represents the views of the Independents. Mr. Palmer is always a powerful antago.
nist, and to be subject to the destructive Would the Sepiration of Church and State fire of his adverse criticism is never an
be the Overthrow of the Protestant Cause ? enviable position. In this respect Mr. Palor An Examination of “ Ten Reasons by mer's last production is worthy of himself. a Baptist Minister, in favour of Church One by one the sophisms employed in the and State." By W. PALMER, Homerton. “ Reasons are demolished, and his anta. London: Houlston & Wright, Paternos- gonist is followed to his very citadel, overter-row. Price 9d.
powered by the force of his reasoning and We read concerning the “last days" the caustic of his illustration. The "Ten that “ many shall run to and fro” and Reasons" are severally subjected to the
knowledge shall be increased;" and if the process of mental anatomy, and the fallacies unwonted activity and general progress of employed made manifest to the plainest present times lead to the supposition that observer. Yet the religion of the Establish. we are approaching a great crisis, the con- ment and the Establishment by which it is elusion can scarcely be challenged.
fettered are carefully distinguished, and the Whatever individual mistakes may have conclusions drawn are founded on the imbeen made, it is beyond question true that mutable basis of truth and justice. the world has ever been steadily progress
Besides being valuable as a polemical ing towards a great future; and the ad. work on a popular topic, the pamphlet con. vance of liberty is not the least feature in tains much useful information-historical, that progress. Man may have been slow political, and ecclesiastical, on the various in learning that he is man; but the lesson subjects involved in the argument. The has at length been mastered, and the in- constitution and limits of civil governments alienable rights of humanity are everywhere are clearly unfolded—so clearly, that two gaining respect. The superiority of mind centuries ago the enunciation of the senti.
ments here advocated would have been
Perhaps the only fault of the work is its interpreted as treason ;-while the incon profundity, if indeed this can properly be gruity of amalgamating religious authority called a fault. Mr. Palmer is an exhauswith secular control is as plainly proved. tive writer, and not until his point is The principles of civil and religious free. thoroughly discussed does he leave it. If dom are powerfully advocated, and statis- effeminate minds refuse the application tics produced to show the special necessity necessary to a mastery of his arguments, for the liberation of religion from connec. they will amply repay the honest enquirer, tion with the State in Ireland at the pre- and are calculated to stimulate the Nonsent time : and while man's natural rights conformists of the present day to be folare upheld, the spirituality of Christ's king- lowers of those who, in a dark age, and dom is maintained. The whole is supple- at the risk even of life, advocated the prinmented by an Appendix, in which the ciples here laid down. The book deserves general features of the argument are more a wide circulation among all classes. fully developed, or facts adduced to prove
J. T. B. the assertions made.
STRICT BAPTIST MISSION. certainly have been angry. One day I had
occasion to visit a friend, a morally good ORDINATION OF MR. ANDRIESZ.
man, who gave me a book he had got from IN connection with the above Mission in
a Christian soldier called, “ Hell opened to Colombo, an interesting and impressive Christians.” I began to read it, and while service was held on the evening of Feb. 2, doing so terror seized my heart. From to set apart publicly Mr. Andriesz, one of that time I began anxiously to search the the missionaries (a Portuguese by birth), Scriptures, to see whether all was right. for mission service. The meeting was Then hidden sins appeared like mountains held at the Pettah Baptist Chapel, kindly to my view. I made a book, and wrote lent for the occasion. Mr. Pigott presided, resolves to guard against committing such and was supported by Mr. James Silva, and such sins, and then went on resolving, Mr. VanGeyzel, and others. The chapel breaking, and resolving, till I was tired of was well filled. Mr. VanGeyzel on behalf myself. The scales fell from my eyes, and of the Strict Baptist Mission in England, I clearly saw that I was a lost sinner, stated that Mr. Andriesz having fulfilled a utterly undone and ruined. Then all the term of probation, in connection with the terrible things I read of in that book came Mission, was now received as its accredited against me, and for the first time I knelt agent in Colombo. The Chairman, after down with fear to pray. I took my Porreading suitable portions of Scripture, tuguese New Testament in my hands, and called upon Mr. Andriesz to give some par- two passages came before me: “The blood ticulars of his call by grace and to the of Jesus Christ cleanseth us from all sin," work of the ministry.
and, “ Him that cometh unto me, I will in Mr. Andriesz then gave a long and most no wise cast out." Trying to grasp these, interesting statement, from which we give I had grace given to me, and was enabled the following condensed report.
to believe with joy that Jesus had obtained “From my earliest years, I had been the pardon of my sins, and that God was accustomed to lead a morally good life, and reconciled to me through him. But the was a regular attendant at the Dutch Pres. devil was not quiet, and tried to upset my byterian church. When I was a youth I mind by doubts as to whether I had not believed it my duty to join a church, so I committed the sin against the Holy Ghost. joined the Walfendahl church by its pre. I was again put to it, until, by my Testascribed form, that of being confirmed. I ment, with the help of a commentary, my was after that a strict attendant on the mind was settled. And now the same means of grace, and had a great desire to blessed Spirit that convinced me of sin establish prayer meetings, though I knew and brought me to the foot of the cross, not how they should be conducted. I instilled int my heart a strong desire to thought by all this I should please God make the precious gospel known to others. and get admission into heaven. I never I was now twenty-five years of age, and once thought that I was a sinner before still kept my place in the church of my God, and if any had told me so I should childhood. About this time, however, a