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fallen man, who would have half, and, as I was, but was obliged to return withrather more, of the glory that belongs to out a crumb ; my soul robbed and God alone; but such preachers and spoiled of all sweet feelings, of desire preachings as these my soul abhorreth and and love; but filled instead with disloatheth. Oh my soul enter thou not appointment and vexation : oh, thought into their secret, unto their assembly I, here is a pretty state of things, one mine honour be not thou united.' Sabbath a man gets up and speaks of

Well, dear sir, if you can muster up the precious truths relating to the security patience to hear me out, I will proceed and blessedness of the one church of to say — I have been in this part now a Christ; of the free, unmerited, sovereign year and a half; and since I have been love and favour of God in Christ to that here I have been wandering up and down, church, which neither men nor devils here and there, to one chapel and another, shall ever be able, in the slightest degree, if so be I might find the blessed joyful to hinder, alter, or impugn. The next sound of the gospel trumpet, proclaiming, Sunday, up gets a man in the same place, · Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye endeavouring all he possibly can, covertly to the waters, and he that hath no money, to overthrow the free grace of God to come ye, buy and eat; yea, come, buy poor sinners, and the yea and amen wine and milk without money, and with-gospel of God; and instead thereof to out price.' But alas ! alas ! how miser- bring in a wretched yea and nay system, ably I have been disappointed from time which cannot possibly be of any benefit to time; such a miserable jargon of law to poor lost sinners; but may serve to and gospel, grace and works, yea and please hypocrites, who never yet have felt nay, mixed up, or rather attempted to be their need of a Saviour, and therefore mixed up together; I have found that it are going in their own conceit to save had well nigh sickened me of all preach themselves, at least to do a good part ers, and chapels too. Well, a few weeks towards it. ago, I had intimation that a man from Thus, dear sir, I have finished my Alvechurch, named John Freeman, was story; I hope you will excuse the liberty going to preach at Studley Baptist I have taken, and if you think it worth Chapel, on Wednesday evening. I went while to reply to this, and tell me when to hear him, and I trust I can say not John Freeman will be at home, I shall without profit'; for contrary to my ex- be much obliged. Wishing the Lord may pectation, I did find a man who, as far bless you, and according to his own as I am enabled to judge, did manifest gracious promise, be with you and enhimself as being taught of God; rightly able you at all times and in all places to dividing the word of truth,' and 'seperat- speak as you ought to speak, is the ing between the precious and the vile.' sincere desire and prayer of I heard again the same good old fashioned

Your's, for the truth sake, truths my soul loves, and this gave me a

WILLIAM H. CHARMAN. longing desire to hear the man again. To Mr. John Freeman, Baptist Minister, Well, the Sunday before last I went to Alvechurch, Worcestershire. Alvechurch for that purpose, and there again, I trust I can say, the Lord did bless the word to me, even to the com

JOHN FREEMAN'S ANSWER. forting, encouraging, and establishing of my soul in the truths of the blessed DEAR BROTHER IN THE FAMILY OF gospel. Well, I was not satisfied with THEM WHOSE NAMES ARE WRITTEN what I had received, or rather, I had not IN HEAVEN :-Grace unto you, and had enough of it (and never shall till I peace be multiplied. I received your kind get home); so, again, to Alvechurch letter this morning, which contains a did I go on last Sabbath morning, with portraiture of myself, as it regards exa longing appetite for some more real perience; but I scarcely know how to gospel food; but alas ! alas! how miserably reply to it, but in order to give you disappointed I was, instead of John some idea of my present state, I must Freeman, I found a somebody, I don't briefly state to you how the Lord hath know who, in the pulpit; and instead of brought me by a way which I know not, gospel bread, fit food for living souls, to become a witness for him, of the truth such wretched husks and chaff were dealt in this day of trouble, rebuke, and blasout that I could not eat a morsel, hungry phemy, wherein the faithful witnesses of the whole gospel of salvation have ble. I had no friend within the circle of to prophecy, clothed in sackcloth, for my acquaintance to open my mind to, truth is trampled down, and he that de- but the Lord who had made my heart parteth from evil maketh himself a soft, and the Almighty who had humbled prey. I was once a preacher of Christ me, knows the sleepless nights, and the and Co., or Christ a cypher, and man severe struggle which was going on in the figure. This period of uny life took up me, the poor Shulamite, between the ten years, from the age of twenty to company of two armies; and in the order thirty, but mark, my brother, although of his providence, I had a little book I really believed, and preached univer- put into my hand, called the Christian sal redemption, suspended, as to its Crucible,' written by Mr. William Giles, saving benefits, on the conditions, re. of Liverpool. This book just met my pentance, faith, and obedience, and all experience, but still I could not emthese conditions to be performed by brace it, because of the unpalateable fallen man, which system I plainly see, truths which it contained ; but to cut now, shuts out the whole human race the matter short, this man, Mr. Giles, from even a possibility of being saved was sent of God to Alvechurch, in July, at all; but was I at ease? no: verily not! 1844, and proved to be the honored inbecause there was as much opposition strument of bringing my soul out of between my creed, and my experience, prison. He came and preached honestly as there is between darkness and light. The precious truths of God, which I I was perpetually being short in the never before heard, and the Lord who performance of my pharisaical condi. knows that my soul had been wearied, tions, and therefore, whenever I at- by a perpetual conflict between truth tempted to balance accounts with my and error, and humbled, and melted Maker, of course I found myself deeply down, softened and made willing; yes ! in debt; therefore I had to take refuge the Lord did the work, under that disin Christ as a make-weight, or help-out, course; he sealed me, and gave me the to make my scanty garment broad earnest and foretaste of heavenly bliss enough to cover me, and my bed long in my heart; and from that moment enough to rest upon: but I am convinced till the present, Christ is my all and in that as at that time, I was miserable all, in faith, in practice, and ministry. indeed, because leaning upon myself, I never conceal the truth from any ; but instead of an unchangeable Christ; I wherever I go, it is my aim to declare am perfectly convinced, that wherever as far as is given me to do, the whole there is a real work of grace in the heart, counsel of God. But think not, my such an individual cannot rest satisfied dear brother, that I am at ease, far from with that miserable trash, which you it; I am placed, and have been, for nearly have so properly pictured out in your two years, to preach the gospel to a letter. Well, what did I do in this state people who neither know, nor love it ; of mind ? I endeavoured to be a man of yea, worse, they trample it under their no creed, and deal only in generals; but feet, and turn again and rend me; and try being an enemy in my heart to the truths in every possible way to injure me in of the gospel, frequently would the en- my character, and to lead people away; mity of my heart manifest itself, whilst yea, drive them from under the word, preaching, in speaking evil of that way and prevent others from coming to hear which I then knew not. “But sing on the word of God. Such hath been my heavens, and be joyful ob earth, the situation; I have obtained grace, suffiLord had his love upon me, I was forced cient to preach the gospel to a people contrary to my inclination, to resign who turn up their noses at it like swine, my place as a preacher, and being then and are ready to spit in my face, amid living at Alvechurch, I attended the poverty, privation, and want of bread; chapel, but alas ! alas! there I heard such and such is theingratitude of the people, a contradictory system, one man con- that no effort appears likely to be made tradicting another; yea, speaking the to render it possible to abide among truth in the morning, and contradicting the people, and I have resolved, after it in the afternoon; yea, more, contra- trying every possible way, to procure dicting themselves even in one discourse, a honest livelihood, by manual labour that my poor soul was as sick as possi. at my trade; but find my means insuffi

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cient, I have not a single friend as I landlord; and he told the farmer he was know of, who cares as they ought to do going to London, and when he returned, for my state ; but enough, I have more this gospel preaching in his house should than I deserve.

be altered. He went to London ; but, Dear Brother, I was at Bilston last mark the hand of God; that day fortLord's-day, as they are without a pastor, night he came home, but it was in his I consented, at their urgent request, to coffin ! supply there for one Sabbath, but I fully | The event frightened the parson and expect to be at home, on next Lord's- the enemies of the gospel, and caused day, for this one thing keeps me living persecution to cease. There are numat Alvechurch, knowing that I am setbers of cases of a similar kind to this for the defence of the gospel, so that if | in our own country going on still!' I should be out, I will write and let you know, but if I do not, you may de Death of the late James Weller, pend on my being at home. I am, dear

Of Robertsbridge, Sussex. Brother in Christ, your companion in tribulation,

EEMAN. FROM the following extracts from letters To Mr. H. Charman,

which we have received, it will be seen

that this dear serrant of Christ has, after The Protestant Charitable Society.

a long affliction, entered into rest. A

friend writes as follows:At Union Chapel, Cumberland Street, "DEAR SIR:—This comes in acknowCurtain Road, Shoreditch, Sept. 19th, ledgment of the receipt of -~, from was held the 170th anniversary of the you, to Mr. Weller, on the 9th. It was Protestant Charitable Institution.

very thankfully received. But, I am This Society was established in Miles' sorry to inform you, at this same time, Lane, 1677, to give assistance unto the that Mr. Weller is now no more in this family of God in times of persecution. life. He departed about seven o'clock Mr. James Wells, of Surrey Tabernacle, on Lord's-day evening, September 12; (says a correspondent) preached a most very happy in his soul; and, in this, we blessed sermon, in which he shewed his friends, around him, are happy also ; himself a scribe well instructed in the and, we doubt not, the whole church at mysteries of truth. Our prayer is that large will be to hear the same things.” the Lord would pour his blessings upon Robertsbridge, Sept. 13, 1847. R. W.” the solemn and weighty statements made from Rev. xii. 11- And they

From another friend, who says, overcame him by the blood of the Lamb. “ DEAR FRIEND :-I received yours of and by the word of their testimony: this morning. Our dear brother Weller and they loved not their lives untó departed this life at a quarter past seven the death. I cannot forbear sending o'clock on Sunday evening, quite sensithe following circumstance mentioned ble to the last. He has felt quite willing, by Mr. W. He said ‘I was not aware and at times, longing to depart, for this of such a Society being in existence. I

| last fortnight; and has been very comam sorry I knew not of it before. Afortable in his mind generally during few weeks ago I was preaching in a that time. He had a most blessed visit place about 17 miles from London.

from his dear Lord last Sunday fortnight, There was no gospel there until a farmer exceeding all that he ever had before; opened his house for public worship. since which time I have not heard him This gave offence to the farmer's land- express a doubt. His hope was fixed on lord, and to the parson of the parish. the Rock-Christ. He said to a friend The landlord threatened the farmer that who was with him a short time

| who was with him a short time before unless he closed his house against it, he his spirit fled- DEATH IS SWALLOWED should pay rent for it. (which up to this UP IN VICTORY. His poor wife and time he had not paid) · Very well,' family were with him ; to whom he gave (said the good man) the Lord, no doubt, suitable advice, and died in peace, withwill help to pay for it.' He did so. The out a struggle. The day appointed for landlord still continued to be offended. the funeral is next Friday, at two o'clock and discharged two or three of his poor in the chapel. Mr. Cowper will offici. labourers, who went to the house. The ate on the occasion. • T. T." farmer was again threatened by his “Robertsbridge, Sept. 15, 1847.".

The People of God led forth by a Right Way.


LETTER IV. MY FRIEND AND BROTHER IN THE and Godhead he silenced the storm, and TRUTH-A necessity seems to be laid conducted the vessel safe into harbour. upon me to attempt a further elucidation Christ not only walked upon the sea, of the plan which I have purposed to lay in proof of his eternal power and Godbefore you. It was this : that the first head ; but, like Jonah, he went down six sons of Jacb were typical of the rich into the sea, and he did the greatest provision of that everlasting covenant business there, that ever was accom. which David says, was ordered in all plished. It was there he laid hold of things and sure.' By reference to my sin, and death, and hell, by their very former letters you will find I have spoken roots; ah! and he pulled them up too of Reuben, of Simeon, of Levi, of Judah, root and rine, and cast them into the and of Issachar. Zebulun, then, is the depths, the utmost depths—what Joel next to be considered; and he was the (ii. 20) calls the hinder part toward last of the first division; and as Issachar the utmost sea;' and though they be represented Christ in his mediatorial sought for, they shall never be found. character, so, in and by Zebulun it is de- It is true, as Joel says, that in this world, clared that Christ should be a dwelling the poor church is sadly pestered with place for his people, both in time and in an ill stink and an ill savour that does eternity.

come up from the fountain of iniquity : The interpreters agree that Zebulun and this often makes the poor spouse of meaneth an habitation, or dwelling-place : Christ to be sick and bad. But, then, and that this pointed to Christ in his Christ is a 'Good Physician ;' he will glorious complex character, (and as that send her health and cure; and more * secret place of the Most High ;' in whom than all, he has prepared for her a most the whole election of grace were hidden delightsome land, where neither violence, from all eternity,) appears to be con- sickness, nor sorrow shall ever be known. firmed by the beautiful revelations which the Holy Ghost made of Christ, in the

There, everlasting spring abides, patriarchal, and prophetic ages.

And never withering flowers,

Death, like a narrow sea, divides How heavily laden with rich gospel

This heavenly land from ours. and experimental matter is that prophecy of Jacob's! (Gen. xlix. 13.) “Ze

Sweet fields, beyond the swelling food, bulun shall dwell at the haven of the sea;

Stand dress'd in living green; and he shall be for an haven of ships;

So, to the Jews, old Canaan stood, and his border shall be unto Zidon."

While Jordan roll'd between. There was a literal fulfilment of this pro-|| But, there are yet thousands of little phecy (in measure,) as is briefly declared churches of Christ-like so many ships, in Joshua xix. 10–16; but if you con- tossing about upon the boisterous ocean nect the prophetic blessing of Moses of this world; and not a few of them are (Deut. xxxiii. 18, 19,) with the one I at this very time most severely afflicted have quoted from Jacob's mouth, you by that tempestuous wind called Eurowill find a sweet setting forth of Christ, clydon. This word Euroclydon (says a as the refuge, the hiding place, and the learned writer) is compounded of two eternal habitation of his people.

words : one signifies the east wind : the Surely, that great and wide sea is re-l other, a billow ; it was called by variferred to, in Scripture, as a figure of the ous names, always indicating that it was world, which may be said to hang be- a black, violent, gusty, ship-wrecking tween the wrath of heaven, and the wind, bringing destruction with it; a yawning gulf of the bottomless pit! striking figure of that east wind which Upon this dark and dismal ocean of sin comes up from the dreadful mouth and death Christ walked. He was in of satan, and which, when it blows the ship with the church when the hea- hard upon the sea of man's corruption, vens gathered blackness; when the hur- is sure to raise a most dreadful storm, by ricane threatened to make a total wreck which millions of sinners have been of the whole; and by his almighty power driven headlong into hell; and many even of the election of grace, have, in in flames of temptation; in clouds of these storms, lost every thing but their darkness; in pits and snares; and in vital union to their God and Saviour, thousands of satan's devices. And to the Lord Jesus Christ.

| what end are they thus baptised ? To I say ; look, ye servants of Jesus bring up, (through the power of the Christ; ye chosen ship-masters, serving Holy Ghost working in, and by them,) under our glorious Admiral, our blessed elect, and redeemed sinners, from a Zebulun ; look, I say, how correctly the death in trespasses and sins to a life of Holy Ghost hath described the manner righteousness and peace : for, 'whether of our being brought into this service, in we be affliced, it is for your consolation that twenty-seventh of the Acts—' And, and salvation, which is effectual IN THE entering into a ship of Adramyttium, we ENDURING-(mark that!) in the endulaunched,' &c. Adramyttium meaneth ring of the same sufferings which we also 'the court of death the mansion of suffer.(2 Cor. i. 6.) Now, as the death. How strikingly significant was apostle argues, seeing our whole ministhe name of this ship to the circum-| terial life is a life of labour, conflict, temstances into which it was to be plunged ! pest-tossing, and experimental deathAnd how certain it is, that when the a dying to every thing that is gratifying, Lord of life and glory is pleased to put and satisfying to flesh and blood-seeing a man into the ministry, he enters upon that it is not so much in this life that that service which introduces him into we have hope in Christ - What shall the courts of death. Such a man is sure they do that are baptised for the dead, if to have the sentence of death within : the dead rise not at all? Why are they, and death will be written upon every then, baptised for the dead? Why, inthing by which he is surrounded ; and deed! But, we know that a full reward even the ministry of the word will often- shall be given ; for God is not unrighteous times work death in him, while it will to forget your work, and labour of love. be a dispensation of life to others. One But, in returning to the 27th of Acts, of our old sailors, who has long since left let me notice, this baptism of suffering, the service, and has entered the mansion this Euroclydon tempest, comes not at of glory—was once writing to some of the beginning of the voyage. For, alhis friends—(1 Cor. iv. 9.)—and he very though there may be many contrary nicely describes this court of death- winds, and our sailing may be but very • I think, (says he) that God hath set slow, yet, many of our bargemen, and ship forth us, the apostles, last, as it were ap masters have, at first, been indulged pointed to death; for, we are made a with some pleasant cruising in the place spectacle unto the world, and to angels, which is called the fair havens.' Oh, and to men.'. Why, a minister's life is how softly did the south wind blow upon just what Paul declares it—a dying daily my soul, the few first years that I was -a fighting daily—a being consumed sent out to sea! In fact, it was not sea ; daily. I am not certain that it is not it was only a little pleasuring up and more especially of real ministers that down the streams of that river which Paul speaketh, than it is of any other maketh glad the city of our God.' But, class of persons, when arguing about after this, there arose (see Acts xxvii. the resurrection of Christ-(1 Cor. xv. 8–20.) a tempestuous wind; it carried 29, 30.) he says— Else what shall they the ship into the bowels of the storm ; do which are baptised for the dead, if the many helps were used ; but the tempest dead rise not at all? Why, are they, lay on so heavy, that all hope of bethen, baptised for the dead? What ing saved was taken away. Zebulun, baptism is that? Who are they which however, doth dwell at the haven of the are said to be baptised for the dead ? sea; he is a safe harbour to run into, Well, I believe in my very soul that they when the billows of wrath from above, are the real ministers of Jesus Christ : and floods of corruption from beneath, the men that go down to the sea in ships; threaten destruction to the whole. Like that do business in great waters; these Paul, I have euffered the loss of all see the works of the Lord, and his won things; the beautiful ship that was built ders in the deep.' These men are not for me to sail in, crew and all; but the only baptised with the essential baptism storm has been overruled for good; it of the Holy Ghost; but they are baptised has driven me to take shelter in Christ, in mental sufferings; in floods of sorrow; in such a way as I never did before. I

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