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295 settled; and it was agreed, that the objects of the Association should be, "1. To promote union and affection among the Churches; 2. To preserve a record of their increase or decrease; and, 3. To act as an Auxiliary to the Baptist Home Missionary Society, with reference to the spread of the Gospel in this district."

The Churches in the following places then associated by common consent. In Devon, Ashburton, Bovey Tracey, Brixham, Dartmouth, Devonport, (Morice Square, and Pembroke Street,) Kingsbridge, Modbury, Plymouth;-in Cornwall,-Calstock, Falmouth, Redruth, Saltash, Truro.

At seven P.M. met for public worship. Brother Matthews of Saltash read the Scriptures, and prayed. Brother Nicholson of Kingsbridge preached, from 1 Thes. ii. 19, 20. Brother Sprague of Bovey

cible spirit which consecrated this imme-
diate soil to freedom, intelligence, and
inviolable glory. The state of Ireland had
long been a reproach to the wisdom and
liberality of Great Britain. A vicious
system of policy, during six centuries,
counteracted the beneficial effect which the
contract of the Irish mind with the civilized
institutions of England would have in-
evitably produced: and this will be stated
for the purpose of shewing that there
was no inherent diabolism in the Irish
character; its degradation was not na-
tural, but superinduced. The vice of
that policy was now seen and acknow-
ledged, but the evil was too inveterate to
be removed by any sudden operation.
All the frightful evils of Ireland had a
moral origin, and must have a moral cure.
The principle of her regeneration must
come from the same source as that of Eng-
land-from education. He could notTracey concluded.
quit the subject without adverting to
the aid which the Committee had received
from the fair associates of their Charity.
It was to the Gospel that woman was in-
debted for the station which she held in
society. She had in part repaid the obliga-
tion, by being instrumental in diffusing that
politeness of the heart, that amenity and
decorum which distinguished the manners
of the Christian world above all other
communities, where barbaric pride or
Pagan debasement, or even classic stern-
ness, forbade that amiable ascendancy,
which ornamented while it assuaged the
manly character, and gave its finest ani-
mation to the virtues of charity. When
woman was engaged in the task of diffusing
the light of instruction, and pouring on
the wounded spirit the balm of holy
consolation, she might, indeed, be com-
pared to that dove, which carried to the
wanderer on the troubled waters the
olive-brance of peace."


IN consequence of the dissolution of the Western Association at Chard last year, a meeting of ministers, and other representatives of Baptist Churches, in the South of Devon, and West of Cornwall, was held at Plymouth, June 9 and 10, 1824, to discuss the expediency of attempting a union of the several churches in this district, of which meeting the proceedings were briefly as follow.

Met on Wednesday, June 9, at half past six, A.M., when prayer was offered by Brethren Gillard of Modbury, Pearce of Calstock, Heath of Gwinear, Nicholson, Jun. of Kingsbridge, and House of Dartmouth. At half past ten A.M. met for business. Brother Widlake of Brixham prayed; Brother Nicholson of Kingsbridge was chosen president. It was then resolved unanimously,.

"That the formation of an Association of Baptist Churches in this district was desirable;" the doctrines which should be regarded as the basis of the union were

Thursday, June 10. Met at eleven A.M. Brother Horton of Devonport prayed, and the business yet remaining was transacted.

At seven P.M. met for worship. Brother Dore of Redruth read and prayed. Brother Clark of Truro preached, from Psalm xvi. 3. Brother Nicholson of Plymouth concluded.

It was agreed, that a Circular Letter should be drawn up for the present year by Brother Clark, on the Design of Associations, their attendant Advantages, and the Evils to which they are chiefly liable. The next Association to be held at Truro, on the second Wednesday and Thursday in May, 1825. Brother Wilcocks of Devonport to preach, on the Certainty of the Final Triumphs of Christianity in the World. The other discourse on that occasion to be delivered by Brother Horton, or, in case of failure, by Brother Sprague. Brother Wilcocks to draw up the Circular Letter, on the Prosperity of Christian Churches, and the best Means of promoting it.


On Wednesday, August 11th, the Rev. JOHN YOUNG was ordained Pastor of the newly formed Independent church, Folkestone, Kent. Mr. Anderson, of Sandwich read the Scriptures and prayed; Mr. James, of Woolwich, Mr. Young's late Pastor delivered the introductory discourse, asked the usual questions, and received the confession of faith; Mr. Vincent, of Deal presented the Ordination Prayer with the laying on of hands; Mr. Gurteen, of Canterbury delivered the charge to the Minister from 1 Tim. iv. 16. and Mr. Belcher, (Baptist,) of Folkestone closed the morning service with prayer.

In the evening the Congregation again assembled. Mr. James delivered a short address on the Ordination of Deacons, read the Scriptures, and prayed, with the imposition of hands on two brethren who had been chosen to that office; Mr, Slatterie, of Chatham, then addressed the Deacons and Church from Heb. xiii. 17. and Mr. Clark, (Baptist,) of Folkestone closed the solemnities of the day with prayer,

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Theological Review.

OCTOBER, 1824.


JAMES V. 14, 15.

"Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord, And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him."


"All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness; that the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works." But there is a very considerable diversity observable, both as to the relative importance of the instruction conveyed in the Scriptures, and also as to the force and clearness with which it is presented to the mind. All that is really essential to our eternal salvation, is inscribed as it were with a sun-beam. It is made so clear, that even he that runs may read it; and "the wayfaring man, though in other respects he might be considered as "a fool," yet, bringing to the investigation of the path of truth, a simple, humble, teachable disposition, "he shall not err therein."


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But there are portions of the Sacred Word which are not made so perfectly manifest; they appear to be involved in a certain degree of doubt and obscurity, which can only be removed by a careful examination of the circumstances of time and of place under which they were written. A knowledge of these passages, it is true, is not absolutely essential; but they acquire importance, when we consider, that from the exercise of unsanctified learning upon them, errors and corruptions of the grossest kind have sprung up, which for ages have been fastened upon the consciences



of men, as emanating directly from the authority of the apostles, and founders of the Christian church. Such is the case with the passage selected for present discussion; it has formed a subject of some doubt and dispute amongst Protestant Divines and Commentators; and in the Romish Church, it is taken as the authority for a superstitious rite, or sacrament of the most delusive nature, and altogether at variance with the spirit and design of the Scripture itself.

In venturing to offer a few observations upon the subject, I would desire to do so with all humility and caution; conscious of the presumption which attaches to a confident opinion upon a point, which has produced hesitation in the minds of eminently wise, learned, and good men. I would only present my remarks as cursory hints, to be received with affection, and considered with candour.

Fully to understand the recommendation contained in these verses, and to be enabled in some measure to determine, how far it is binding upon the present and every age of the church, it does appear to me to be necessary, that we should recur to the means, which at the period when this Epistle was penned, were most commonly employed for the purpose of removing diseases: a consideration which will, I think, at once lead us to the necessity, the propriety,


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