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powerful flood of divine wrath broke in Therefore, under a deep sense of the upon the mind of my son John, and how gracious and special favour of our covegreatly all of you must must have been nant God to us, as a branch of his Zion, alarmed to see him move before his wife and children, and from one part of the city we desire to acknowledge his manifold to another, like a maniac, I here send you mercies ; for, notwithstanding we have a few lines by way of condolence.
been marked and pecked at as a speckled My dear souls, for you in your present bird nearly ever since we gave our presdistress I deeply sympathise, and hope that ent beloved minister a call to preach to he will by and bye allay the surges of your mind, and in their stead send a calm, out us in the name of the Lord, yet the Lord of which may spring a surface as placid | has been our refuge and present help in and serene as a May morning. The Lord our times of trouble ; blessed be his holy alone doeth wondrous things, for he hath name, he has not given us up to the will already turned bitter waters into sweet, of our enemies; nor has he dealt with us and out of the eater brought forth meat and now from the present thunderstorm as some of our sister churches have done, he can bring to our view a Pacific Ocean, who have cast us off, refusing to hold and this I hope he will do, and in the same fellowship with us, by not dismissing cause us to rejoice. In this sin-disordered removing members to us ; this we wish world, however, we may consider ourselves to leave in the hands of the Lord, thanksons and daughters of affliction ; but in that ful the offence is not our's, for as a church, bright world where God and angels dwell it will be otherwise. I long to see you and we acted cautiously and conscientiously to talk to John, but at present my engage in our movements and choice of our esments are such that I cannot be with you teemed pastor, Mr. Nunn, and we desire under three or four weeks. I am here in the midst of warm-hearted covenant God that we were ever directed
to bless and praise the name of our and undissembled brethren and friends ;
to hear his voice. but there are some few false and hypocritical professors, and here and there a Previous to the Lord sending him preacher among them, all lying in ambush among us our harps had long been hung to shoot at me; and they do shoot, and on the willows, and many times we had rave, and belie, and vilify me at a niad rate. wept at the low estate of our Zion—the I wish some one of you to write to me imi blasting winter breath had left us almost J. C. King, Edgecombe County, North Ca- like a withering tree; some of us held rolina. Your's in love, J. 0. together praying and hoping that the
Lord, in his mercy, would appear again The Harp taken down from the Willow. for our deliverance, but hope long deA MEMORIAL OF THE LORD'S UNMERITED ferred had made our hearts faint; empty
GOODNESS TO THAT PART OF HIS ZION pews, heavy expences, finances exhausted, MEETING AT BEULAH CHAPEL, SOMERS'these, with burdened hearts, had brought
us almost to the conclusion of giving up OF MR. JAMES NUNN, LATE OF IPSWICH.
our house of prayer, hardly knowing DEAR MR. EDITOR:— It was said of old, how to keep it open, when the Lord, in “When the Lord turned the captivity of his boundless mercy, 'heard our groanZion, we were like those that dream.” ings, and came down to deliver us,' by The tongue was employed in singing, calling, in his all-wise providence, Mr. • The Lord has done great things for us, Nunn to preach in our neighbourhood. whereof we are glad. Psa. cxxvi. As Several of our number heard the word a church we feel impressed, from the delivered by him, with great sweetness; singular kindness of the Lord manifested the news soon spread, and it was proto us, as a people, that we are called posed that he should be invited to preach upon to give thanks publicly, in acknow- at Beulah. But from various reports, ledging his goodness and mercy towards the mind of some were double barred
against his ever coming to preach among How vastly different the state of capti- us: but in the good providence of our vity to that of liberty, either of a church God, those friends were induced to go or a single individual; how delightfully and hear for themselves ; the word was blessed, therefore, when Jehovah, by his sealed home with power, the strong bars Almighty power and gracious applica- of prejudice were completely broken, tion, causes the soul of a believer to re- their hearts filled with holy joy, and thus vive as the corn, and grow as the vine ; a oneness of mind and heart was felt for nor is it less blessed when it is seen and Mr. James Nunn to preach the word of realized by a body of Christians.
UNDER THE PASTORAL CARE
the Lord to us.
Previous to his doing so, two of the "His flock his own peculiar care, deacons waited upon some neighbouring Tho' now they seem to roam uneye’d, ministers who had been intimately ac- Are led or driven only where, quainted with Mr. Nunn for years ; they They best and safest may abide.” spoke so very highly of him that all dif- Our affliction has been greatly inficulties were at once removed, and we creased by the various reports circulated immediately invited him to preach to us against our esteemed pastor. Our deain the name of the Lord.
cons have searched into these reports, and Finally, Mr. Nunn came; the Lord were much grieved to find that ministers, was evidently with him to bless him and deacons, and members of various church
The water of life flowed freely, es, have joined in reporting, what they sweetly, and blessedly once more in our had not even the least shade of evidence to sanctuary, through his ministry ; souls support; and some driven so close that were refreshed, gladdened, and com- they were obliged to confess, that they forted; the cold shivering feelings of knew not from whom they had received winter began to pass away, and the voice the things they had reported. These are of the turtle was again heard in our land, awful and lamentable things to exist in through the atoning, blood, and com- the Zion of God. “ If it had been an plete righteousness of our once crucified, enemy we could have borne it,” said one but now reigning Lord; by the gracious of old. power and operation of the Holy Spirit. The tree of life bent its boughs heavily testify, that our beloved pastor, through
We feel great pleasure that we can laden with precious fruits ; faith was the grace of God, during his connection brought into lively exercise. Many with us, has been enabled to walk before plucked fruit
and enjoyed its invigorating us worthy of our example; we speak not power and blessedness.
The healing this to the praise of man, but to the glory virtue of its leaves were experienced by of our God; but it gives us great joy many; and a goodly number have been that we can thus honestly, as in the pricked
to the heart, and brought to tell of the Lord's goodness and mercy to- sight of our Lord, stand forth to witness
, wards them, through the ministry of our ourselves and our beloved pastor. Not.
what he has mercifully done, both for beloved pastor.
On Thursday evening, the 27th of July withstanding, feeling as we do, the weaklast, we were called to witness a heart ness of our fallen nature, the wicked. cheering scene, our place of worship filled ness of our hearts, the necessity of the with orderly spectators, to behold twenty: blessed Spirit, to keep us right and fruit
perpetual gracious operations of the four persons walk in the footsteps of their Lord, in the ordinance of believer's
ful in every good word and work, our baptism. This made the fourth time earnest desire and prayer to the God of the ordinance had been administered by sake us; hold thou us up, and we shall
" leave us not, nor forour pastor within the space of twelve
be safe," praying thus, by the power months. During the four years
Mr.Nunn has been with us, the dear Lord has added of our God, to be preserved from the
flesh, the world, and the devil, to the to our number one hundred and twenty persons, whom we hope are trees of his glory of his holy name. May the dear own right-hand planting—filling, our with yourself and the readers of your
Lord thus mercifully bless and keep us, house with attentive hearers; and we have every reason to believe that many
magazine, is the earnest desire of of their number are longing to say "the
Your's in him who ever liveth to inLord is my salvation.”
Amidst all these favours, we have had terceed for his redeemed. our portion of bitter herbs wisely and
EDWARD AUSTIN, mercifully mixed, though in their work
JAMES PORTER, ing, we could not see how they would JAMES FROST,
Deacons. but we have in some degree learned JOHN TOOLEY, what our pastor has often repeated:
THOMAS DAWLAND,) “That every dark and bending line
Read, and unanimously approved and Meets in the centre of his (Jehovah's) love,” signed, at our church meeting, Lord'sand that
day, August 20, 1848.
John Bradford's Conversion. cy, The Lord is my refuge-a very present help
in this time of trouble. Beset I am all around
with many of satan's tools, putting on the From the first number of “ Bunhill Memo- garb of saints; and then again, I have rials," we make the following extract:
within a thorn in the flesh, the messenger
of satan to buffet me.' But hitherto, blessed Mr. Bradford was in the early part of be God, his grace has supported me; and I his life a minister in the Established trust he will yet support me, though I walk Church, and curate of Frilsham, in Berk- in the midst of troubles and weakness, yet shire. From his own confession we have it, I know Jehovah's strength is perfect on that during that time he was an avowed my behalf. It is strange and painful to Arian, and denied the Divinity of Christ. find that those that hold the doctrine of a But when the Spirit of God regenerated, free grace salvation should be no better and made him a new creature, he then ac- employed than to raise any disrespectful knowledged that no man, by human wis- thing they may think of, and report the same dom, can understand the Scriptures; but, as though true ; but so I find to be the case that the Holy Ghost himself must open with respect to myself. There are persons them to the renewed mind. “I was writing,' who attend Abingdon, Wantage, and Walsaid he,' a sermon from these words, ' Ye lingford, many of them who never saw me, must be born again. I now felt as never and therefore never heard me preach; and felt before, I had sins presented to my yet they give the most contradictory statemind, which I had never thought of, and ments; some asserting that I am an Arnever considered to be sins: and this sin in minian, others that I am an Antinomian, particular, that I wore the livery and that I hold persons may live in any sin if received the pay of a minister of the gospel, they come to hear me, some assert that I whereas I was only an hireling. I now saw cut off all mourning souls, and souls that that I must be born again ; I was convinced are in real trouble. Now, brother Banks, of the necessity of the new-birth, and cried I know if the Lord had cut off such, I myearnestly, that I might experience the self should long ago have been cut off; but reality. I never finished the sermon I had this I know, there is no real comfort for begun; but, instead thereof, I burned most, troubled souls but as they are led to Jesus if not all, my old sermons. I was before by precious faith. Self-pity will never give that time an Arian. The first relief I felt comfort (nor yet the pity of others) to us; was from a view that Jesus Christ was God. but the love of Christ shed abroad in the I heretofore had not doubted but that such heart will give peace in the midst of troua man as Jesus Christ had lived ; I did not ble. Brother B. you got the tidings that behold him as God; his deity I now see as you disappointed a whole barn full of perthe ground of all my christian confidence. sons at Steventon, which was not true ; for I went to preach the next Sunday from what although persons asserted that you were to I felt, and the effect was wonderful. No less be there on a certain evening, yet not one than five persons were awakened under individual person put confidence in the asthat sermon.
sertion, so as to be there; but if you had “His immortal spirit” (saith the in- come, and we had given proper notice scription on his stone) “ascended to God, thereof, the barn might have been filled. July 16, 1805, in the 55th year of his On my return from London, I found the age, Born of a spiritual birth, he lived father of all lies had been at work as usual; the sweet life of faith on the Son of it was circulated both here and around us, God; and, with that ardour of affection, that you would have been at Steventon on and warmth of zeal for undefiled reli- the said evening but that I wrote a letter gion peculiar to a minister called of God, to you to prevent your coming. Now whathe publicly and boldly
declared those things ever slander might have been raised against which he had seen and heard; to the refu- me, I have generally kept silent; but in tation of detestable error, the liberation of this case, as a reproof to the first inventors sensible sinners from the galling chains of of the falsehood, it will be well for you to legality, and, to the establishment of many contradict the same in the next Vessel
. May christians in the truth as it is in the Lord our God overrule the same to his own Jesus. The substance of whose preaching glory. Your's in the bonds of love, was man nothing but sin, and Christ att
R. RANDLE, in all in the great salvation of his elect!”
Baptist Minister, Sutton Courtney.
[Brother Randle, I will only just say, I am Smiting a Neighbour.
grieved that such wickedness should exist among the professors of godliness,
but I find it every where abounds. So "Cursed be he that smiteth his neighbour secretly."
far from your hindering me from comDeut. xxvii. 24.
ing to Steventon, you have always pressed
me to come when I could. But I could BROTHER B-:-I am still living in the neither find time nor mind to come at midst of troubles; and wonder when the try- the period referred to; so I left it, as I ing scene will end; but I am persuaded not ever desire to leave all these things, in till I put off my tabernacle. I have one mer- the hands of the Lord.-C. W. B.]
A Bunch of Grapes.
but that the work will be interesting and
valuable to the churches of Christ generally. BELOVED EDITOR :- I have sent you one the denomination they were connected with,
Beside the names of the ministers, we have out of the many bunches of grapes which my late valued and venerable pastor departure out of this world of sorrow; and
the scenes of their labours; the time of their brought down from the heavenly Canaan.
Believe me your soul's well-wisher and occasionally some little historical, experifellow traveller to a better home.
mental, and practical features connected W. A. HALL.
with the time-standing of several eminent
servants of God, which will renderit not only 55, Upper Marylebone St., Portland Place.
useful as a book of reference, but valuable Christ has opened the kingdom of hea- as a Literary Monument of the faithfulness ven to all believers, and the doors will not of our covenant God in keeping up in every be shut until the last elect vessel of mercy age, preserving, and making use of a succesis safely housed. Faith in the atone-sion of men who have served their day and ment-love to the atoner and an hatred to generation in the ministry of the gospel, sin, will damn no man. The christian can and have then entered into rest. never loose any thing from this world's There is one thing in the work which we stock without God sending a permit; his do not like; and we have received a letter interest also in eternal realities is above from a Christian brother, expressing his loss-death itself cannot meddle with high disapprobation of the same : it is the things.
mixing up Unitarian ministers with the “Thechristian's object of adoration is self. “ blessed living dead." We do not believe existent; who never began to be, and will that Unitarians ought ever to be reckoned never cease to be; who has all life in him, among the servants of the Lord Jesus self and of himself, and cannot be loved Christ : and we do trust the Editor will and adored without advantage. God never be constrained to confine himself to the intended that the comforts he bestows upon recording of such men, and such only as us in this lower world, should be as cur- were contenders for the faith once delivered tains let down to hide his face, for every unto the saints. kind providence has a voice, “Remember me.' God never puts a man in the cruci-“ Prayer, by the Rev. Joseph Irons, on Sunble without design, and when he can see day, June 25th.” London: Benjamin L. his own face in the silver he will put the Green. fire out. Regeneration lays the foundation This is the title of a smart looking little of all spiritual obedience, and whenever the book that has been sent to us for review: Spirit becomes an operator, the Saviour be- and whether we offend or please, we will comes an object. The certainty of salva- say, this beats everything in the way of tion is wrapt up in the glorification of the publishing that ever we yet met with. Saviour. The Lord wisely postpones our What!” we said, "have they now begun to triumphs for a time, until he is pleased to publish Joseph Irons's prayers, as well as send for us to chaunt his praises before the his sermons ?" Yes ! verily it is true; and blazing throne. Christ could not be a truly disgusted are we at this most abomisaviour without being a sufferer; he knew nable trafficking with the house and worbefore hand what his wedding-day would ship of God. Will Mr. Irons countenance cost him. All the trials of the chris- reporters in his chapel on a Lord's-day tian are but expressions of a father's care, morning to take down his prayers, in order and what he will not prevent, he will help that his printer may dress them up in beauus to bear. Holiness without Christ is a tiful borders and coloured wrappers, and dream; faith without Christ is a fancy. A then sell-“MR. IRONS'S PRAYERS defective religion is a religion the devil THREE-PENCE EACH ?" If this is not worse traffics with, and will melt like a snow than Popery a thousand times, we are deball under a burning sun. Christ was made ceived. the first born of all the Father's house, the Only imagine, for a moment-Mr. Irons, great Lord of the establishment, the primi- in the Lord's house, on the Lord's-day tive heir of all the family, the person in solemnly engaged in prayer to Almighty whom the whole church is involved, the God, and close beside him, a reporter empattern of the house standing in his hu- ployed to take down the prayer, in order manity, and the glory of the house in his that it may be published. Will the churches divinity.”
countenance such a thing? Ah, that they
because it is Mr. Irons's. Well, we say Christian Reviewer.
-although we know we shall bring down the wrath of hundreds of professors upon
our heads, for this declaration-we care “Bunhill Memorials. Sacred Reminiscences not. We say, it is an act against which ofa portion of the Blessed Living-Dead, whose every God-fearing man ought
to lift up his Mortal Remains rest in hope, in Bunhill voice. We are solemnly persuaded a Holy Fields,” &c. Edited by J, A. Jones. Lon- God will never countenance such proceeddon : James Paul.
ings : and we beseech Mr. Collingridge to We have carefully perused the first number pause, ere he persists in such unholy trafof“ Bunhill Memorials;" and have no doubt fic.
Am I One of the Church of Christ?
MY DEAR SON IN THE GOSPEL OF LIFE, LIGHT AND LOVE. Your letter of the 15th of June, I got from Heb. x, 15, ' For by one offering safe, and rejoice in the mercy of our God he hath perfected for ever them that 80 freely bestowed, maintained and ex- are sanctified. But I bless my God he pressed. The Earthen Vessel, I find, re- hath done it; it is so, and you know, minded you of gone by days, while on its dear David, I have for years past been pages you perused my · Lily among honest enough to say that what the Lord Thorns.' The fire appeared to burn doeth standeth fast for ever. No, no, the while
you ran through ten years of mer- church is safe enough, that never troucies with a feeling peculiar to those only bles me, my trouble is, am I of the in whose heart the Holy Ghost acts the church ? I believe through his sweet part of a 'remembrancer.' I find I bap- grace I am, but believe me, my son, betized you on Good Friday, 1838, with fore my God, my greatest trouble this three others; since that time how many day is, because I have walked and worked changes we have seen, the Lord only so unlike a true son of the church. Pray knows, yet in some measure, I trust, les- don't be troubled about the church; perhaps sons of benefit have been taught, and you mean a church; if so, I can sympa. since you have ventured to step with me thize with you, and weep I would day on board the Earthen Vessel unpressed, and night between porch and altar, and and volunteer to meet with her, and me, pray him in mercy not to remove the the dangers of the winds and sea to which golden candlestick, but to snuff and trim she is and will be exposed, I am not it until the brightness thereof go forth as ashamed of the vessel in which I have a lamp that burneth, by day as well as by had a berth kindly granted me, nor of night. And what of the devil, and what you, should you pass the quarter-deck, of self, you say there is plenty to disand be mustered among the crew. courage; that there is indeed, and so I
I find, dear David, the time of your find it; but do you know my sorest first feeling the power of God attending plague, and most hateful foe, is my own the word to your soul, excites both joy self ; not that I am without foes of various, and grief in your mind. I am glad it is yea, I believe, of every kind ; but that sort so; you speak of your trammels then of thing I can leave with the Almighty being knocked off; how you then longed Jesus, who looks on, governing the whole for the Sabbath ; the liberty you felt; to his own glory, and at times filling how
your affections were raised to things them with confusion and disappointment, above, and then you could and did run in and while I have had to learn, the men the ways of God with pleasure and de- of this confederacy have brought me light, &c.; and up to this day you say even to the border ; "the men that were you look upon me as the instrument, and at peace with me have deceived me, and since you say so, I believe so; to our prevailed against me; they that did eat God be all the glory. But seven years my bread, have laid a wound under me.' have nearly rolled away since you left my Obad. vii. I firmly believe some have ministry, and business led you to leave been convinced, and others will be, ' For Cambridge. Six years, last March, I their violence against their brother Jacob, solemnized marriage between you and shame shall cover them.' I feel peryour dear wife, to whom also I have hope suaded my prayer for them at this early my God made my poor labours a bless- hour of five in my study, is as profitable ing. Cares of various kinds have arrested for me and them, as all they have, or can you, such as business, which, with all its say or do will ever be, and hence you see inconveniencies, must be properly at- 'Had I not a throne of
grace to tended to, Rom. xii. 11. The world, and a friend to tell my rising grief and also, while we are in it, is to be used and tale of woe, I should be of all men the not abused, 1 Cor. vii 31. The church most miserable ; but glory to my lovely is complete in Christ, Col. ii. 10.; if I Saviour, he is my friend, my throne of thought otherwise, I should have to grace, and he does hold my eyes waking undo all that I tried to prove on Lord's and draws me to himself at times with a day last, while preaching to my people \' Lord, make me more humble, tell me VOL. IV.-PART XLV.-Oct. 1848.