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The anticipations that we ventured last month to make have been more than fulfilled: It is with pleasure, and with devout gratitude to God, we are able to announce to our readers that there is not only no deficiency in the funds of our Missionary Society, but that the Treasurer has a balance in hand of £2,732 15s. 6d. The total receipts of the year amount to £34,419 lis. 2d., the largest income the Sooiety has ever enjoyed. As compared with last year, which was £27,189 3s., this IB an increase of £7,230 8s. 2d. As there is a deerease this year in the expenditure of about £1,500, it will be thus seen that the additional contributions have more than made up the expected deficiency.

Until time has been given to analyze the returns from the churches, it is scarcely practicable to say how much of this increase is owing to augmented subscriptions, or to what extent it consists of donations that may not be repeated. But so far as the balance sheet of the Treasurer, laid before the annual meeting, exhibits the distinction, we find that £1,168 6s. have been received on acoount of last year's debt, and £4,866 Is. Id. for the special fund. The increase of subscriptions, which it is hoped may, to a large extent, be permanent, is over £5,000; thus showing that the effort to raise the regular income of the Society has been equally successful with the appeal for special contributions.

This.result cannot but be most gratifying to the friends of the Society. It is a reproof to the despairing, an evidence of the deep sympathy of the churches with the missionary cause, an expression of confidence in the committee and its officers, and above all a renewed mark of Divine goodness. It has awakened a large amount of interest in the affairs of the Society, and given an impulse to the liberality of the churches which will not, we trust, be allowed to cool. The friends of the Society will be .solicitous that the effort of the past year may not prove a merely spasmodic one. The organizations it has quickened, or given birth to, will have to be sustained, and the work of God supported by regular and continuous liberality.

Let the advantage now gained be per petuated, and our gratitude to the Head o the Church be seen by our retaining tin ground that has been won.

There is every reason why the chunks should not at this period restrain their aertions. Proofs are abundant that the loo; day of preparation in India is drawing to a close. The most orthodox of Hindu are affected by the progress of eratt Here is one who spends two hours daily the worship of his gods, who is deemed tit his countrymen to be in all respects a ten religious man, who is nevertheless willinj to assist in the establishment of a natire school in which the New Testament ii I school-book, all the doctrines of the Gospd are taught, and daily prayer is held fill the scholars to the only living and true God. Another Hindu, vjho boasts that be is a very "ripe" one, acknowledges tha the gods were very wicked and unworthy of a good man's regard; that an idol L1 nothing in the world; that caste is' merely social distinction and very inconvenient; that his offering of flower! to the idols is a mere act of homage to tie author of all beautiful things; and that in his own mind he worshipped onlj w God. A pundit is shocked at his departure from the faith of his fathers, and tells him that he has sunk into the mudol error. In reply he says that he has toon a good deal about Christians, as he hat received and read a Sanscrit Bible mi than thirty years ago from Dr. Carey, although he did not fully believe all it si yet its perusal had given him great pleasure and instruction.

It is in view of such facts as these that one of the missionaries writes:—" &' tensive results are accruing, wondroui events are happening; but they are not assuming a finished form. We are collecting Btores, and wood, and workmen. Our successors will buUd the temple of the Lord. We do not Bee all we desire j hal we see enough to make us dance and sinj with joy."

China, too, is presenting us with mo»t gratifying proofs of the power of Goi's word to convert the soul and make the simple wise. At a village some distance from Tentai, Mr. Kloekers placed one of his native teachers, A small school WM owned, and on two or three visits the Gospel was preached to the people. A few months since the missionary determined to pay a longer visit. He obtained permission from the villagers to take up his abode in a small building, used by them for the purpose of paying religious service to their ancestors. To this place the school was also brought. As soon as Mr. Kloekers, with his servant, a pious Chinaman, was settled, he began to have a daily service for preaching. The seed sown on his former visits soon began to appear. A goodly number of people came to worship and to hear of Christ Jesus. In a few days three men openly gave in their adhesion to the Gospel and sought admission into his fold. "Afterhaving learned to pray," said one, "I felt as if a heavy stone was rolled from my heart, after which I enjoyed a quiet peace." In the cold weather of December

he was baptized. His example impressed others.

After some weeks Mr. Eloekers was obliged to return home; but on a subsequent visit he found that many more were anxiously seeking the way of life, and be speaks of no less than ten persons as hopefully converted to G-od. Thus is China also yielding her first-fruita unto God. The Church is rooting itself in that long-closed and dark land, and our missionaries are encouraged by the manifest presence of God working with them. We are happy to add that our missionary brother Mr. Laughton, by his assiduous study of the language, is able already to speak with the people in their own tongue, and that just as the year 1863 was closing, Mr. and Mrs. M'Mechan landed on this interesting spot.


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Tra great event of the past month has been doubtless the visit to England of General Garibaldi. There is no need to speak hero of an e'*nt which has formed the chief topic of interest in every circle in the land: it ia sufficient to &T that the great Italian patriot has been waved as he deserved to be received, and that he •■u ?one back to his island of Caprera with cooours that would have been accorded to no other living man. All classes have been one in ^enthusiasm of their welcome. "The rich and the poor have met together" in doing honour to wibaldi. His visit will have taught something wEntrUshraen—we suspect that it will have taught fctoething more to the despots and the peoples of wrope.

Parliamentary affairs have been chiefly cbarae"&Kl by several small defeats of the Govern***■ Mr. Stanefeld and Mr. Lowe have both

- wa compelled to resign tbeir respective office?}— «te former especially having been attacked with • malignity of which even Mr. Disraeli might be ashamed. Mr. Gladstone, however, has carried L" "Budget" with a highhand. Thanks to him, ** are to have Bugar cheaper, and the income-tax "diced a penny, and the duty on fire insurances ■» reduced. Year by year the debt of gratitude powB greyer, which England owes to her Chan

• '«Uor of the Exchequer.

| -^ere is now before the House of Commons a ««, the operation of which, if it Bhould be *ried into law, will be to extend and legalize Uiurch-ratea in some hundreds of parishes where wey do not now exist. The Attorney-General has JJpared and brought in a second Bill for the couwidatiou and amendment of the Church BuildH and New Parishes Acts. Last year a measure ""mar to thiB in purport was referred to a select

committee of the House of Commons, who made their report so late in the session that it could not be proceeded with. This year, with some alterations, the Bill is re-introduoed, and it is to be read a second time on the day this magazine appears. The subject is attracting much attention, and we can but hope that the Bill will be deleated.

The Kev. Samuel Crowther, an African missionary, has been appointed, and is to be consecrated by the Archbishop of Canterbury in the course of a few weeks, bishop of the native churches in parts of Western Africa beyond the dominions of the British Crown. The episcopate is to be formed on the model of the Jerusalem and Central African bishoprics, under what is called the Jerusalem Bishoprics Act. The bishop nominate, who is a black man, was once a slaveboy, and being rescued by a British, cruiser, became a missionary teacher in Sierra Leone.

The Rev. "W. R. Fremantle writes that at a meeting of the committee of the Oxford Declarationists, held in Oxford the other day, it was calculated that the signatures up to the present moment amounted t.o about 11.000. The list will be closed at W hitsuntide, and ia now in the hands of the printer, in order to the presentation of the declaration with its signatures to the arohbishopa and bishops of the United Church.

We have this month to record the death of the Rev. Dr. Evans, of Cefamawr, North Wales. The reverend gentleman, who had been some time ill, died on Monday, March 2Sfch, at the advanced age of seventy-nine years. He had resigned the pastorate, on account of increasing infirmitiee, six years since. His funeral took place on the Thursday after his decease. A correspondent says :— "Dr. Evans's life has been truly a life of labour in season and out of season. He had a most grasping intellect, and his abilities as a Biblical expositor were of the first olass; he was well

read in theological and ecclesiastical lore; he made the study of Church history, next to the Bible, the principal study of his life. For the last forty years he had been engaged in gathering together materials for a ' History of the Baptists,' bur. owing to the want of patronage the publication of the work was delayed until 186), when the fir*t part appeared, entitled, 'History of the Bapti-ts, based upon the Fundamental Doctrines of their System.' Only foiir parts have been published. The work promised to be a most valuable history in every respect. It is to be hoped that the large mass of materials gathered by him will not be lost." Dr. Evans was widely known and much respected in Wales.

On Wednesday, March 30th. the Rev. A. Tanner (formerly an Independent minister) was baptized by the Rev. R. P. Macmaster, at Counterslip Chapel. Bristol. Previously to being baptized, the rev. gentleman gave a very earnest, impressive, and appropriate address in explanation of his change of views and practice in reference to the ordinance of baptism. In consequence of this change Mr. Tanner is open to an invitation from a Baptist church with a view to the pastorate; and applications may be made through Mr. Macmaster, Bristol, or direct to Rev. A. Tanner, Portishead, near Bristol.

The vacant Classical and Mathematical tutorship in the Baptist College at Rawdon has been filled up hy the appointment of the Rev. William Skae, M.A., of Ediubuigh. Mr. Skae has long been honourably known in that city as a most accomplished scholar and a highly successful teacher, as well as an occasional preacher in connection with the Scottish Congregational body. For some years past, as we understand, his studies have been much directed to the point* in dispute between the Baptists and the Pa^dobaptists, and the result has been his deliberate adoption of Baptist principles, lie has therefore been baptized by the Rev. Jonathan Watson, and, as above stated, is about to enter into official connection with our denomination in England. Mr. Skae has, wo believe, become very favourably known to some of our best scholars by his contributions to *' The Scottish Educational Journal,1' *( The Journal of Sacred Literature," and to the new edition of Kitto's Biblical Cyclopaedia.


Suiklet, Hants.—On Tuesday evening, March 29th, a most interesting service was held in the Baptist Chapel, Shirley, to celebrate the completion of a new school-room. This room has been erected at the back of the chapel, and is very spacious and commodious, being 30 feet by 30 feet Q inches, and 14 feet in height, with open roof. There is in this nothing remarkable; but the feature which calls for special observation is the mode hy which the work Whs done. It is a fact that every brick in that building was laid, every piece of timber squared and fitted, and every nail driven, by the freely-given labour of the handicraftsmen forming part of the church and congregation. They felt the want, and they set their hands to the work, and being unable to contribute to the payment of Bkilled workmen, they did contribute that which they had it in their power to give, their own time and energy and skill. After the labours of the day were over, denying themselves the rest which they often sorely needed, they repaired to the wo;k to which they had consecrated **"

selves; and far into the night might be heard tka sound of axe and hammer, trowel and plane, slowly but surely the walls were being reared, now the work is done from roof to foundation, building is complete, and the members who that room on March 29th, and sat down to a comfortable tea, could well appreciate the ai of self-denyine labour which had been beato upon it. A meeting was held in the chapel the tea, presided over by the Hon. James T of Yewberry House, and there were also I the Revs. R. Caven and J. Collins, of Sout ton; J. B. Burt, of Beaulieu; J. Wato Freemantle; and Dr. Perrey, the pastor church. AfteraBhort address from the CI upon the Necessity and Benefits of Religious action, the Treasurer presented his report, which it appeared that £97 3s. 7d. had been and £101 17s. Id. expended for materials,] a balance of £4 13s. 6d. due to the Treasurer) about £10 6s. outstanding bills, and further: sary outlay, being altogether about £15. wh: hoped would be raised by that meeting, speeches which followed from the rev. gentli above named were characterized by eulogy a Christian effort displayed, and earnest appr all present to consecrate themselves to the holy service. The meeting was brought to a elusion shortly aftpr nine o'clock, after an ad< from Dr. Perrey, full of detpthankfuhiesBfor past, and hopeful trust for the future of the cbra over which h« presides. We "are happy to be« to record that through the liberality of' friends of the cause present, almost all thai needed was raised at the meeting.

Norlands, Near Halifax.—On GoodFri March 25th, a Baptist church was formed i place. The circumstances connected witl il of the new interest were somewhat unui interesting. The persons now constitul Baptist church had for some time been i munion with a Reform Methodist Churcafc.. neighbourhood, but recently, rigid terms rfj scription having been presented as the groitf future fellowship, secession was determined! An upper room was furnished as the pi** meeting pro. tem., and opened for Divine r about twelve months since by Mr. John ( . member of the First Baptist Church, Halifax, j this time the question of Christian Baptism^ gaged the attention of the new congregati of whom were already baptized. The 1 inquiry and deliberation was that the ] decided for baptism, and applied to tha Thomas Michael, of Halifax, who accordi merged them on the 25th February, at Pell Chapel, in the presence of a large cong On Friday, the 25th March, the following were held by the Revs. T. Michael, of Hal J. Green, of Hebden Bridge. In the morn: Green discoursed on the Nature 'and Ob. Christian Church, and Mr. Michael on 1 of a Bishop and Deacons; alter which a' of doctrine, in the words of Scriptur* that which the people generally * on this basis, Mr. Michael f church. Subsequently were elected, and the with the celehraij friends fron ing been


assembly on the Relations of Church and Congregation.

Bie.yheim Chapel, Leeds.—On Good Friday I aerricesin connection with the opening of Blenheim "Chapel, Leeds, were held, and attracted numerous Jitbermgs of friends from the neighbourhood. The new buildings consist of a chapel capable of ^aocommodating 600 persons, a school-room in the rear 53 feet by 30 feet, a lecture-room, infante' eli's-room, and three other class-rooms beneath Ike school-room, vestries, a tea-room, »nd various other apartments and conveniences. The sermon on Good Friday morning, by the Rev. H. S. Brown, gf Liverpool, was preached to a crowded audience. The collection at the conclusion of the service tmounted to over £50. A little before one o'clock abont eighty ladies and gentlemen partook of a cold collation, provided in the school-room. In addition to some of the gentlemen present at the Mraoo were the Revs. H. S. Brown, W. Thomas, pr. Crofts, R. Horsfield, &c. After ample justice had been done to (he repast, the pastor, the Rev, Dr. Brewer, pave a short address, and called upon Jk. Arton Binns, the chairman of the building committee, to submit a statemeut of its proceeding! The total cost of the land, buildings, and furniture U little over £5,000, towards which about £4,500 is already paid or promised, leaving a balance of about £500 to be raised at the opening Hrrieee and at a bazaar. Speeches were afterwardi made by Mr. Holroyd, Mr. Paull (archit«ct), Mr. Thomas, Dr. Crofts, and Mr. Brown. At fire o'clock a very numerous company partook °'tei After introductory remarks by the Chairm»n(Eer. Dr. Brewer), the Rev. J. Makepeace gave an address on "The Church of Christ in {WMion to Individual Effort;" and the Rev. W. f«tf B.A., on "The Church of Christ in Relation to the World."

Bocth Parade ChApei., Leeds.—This building, vnich has been closed since the 1st of February, wu aiaUn rosed for Divine service on Sunday, April 10th, when sermons were preached, in the Morning by the Rev. J. Makepeace, of Bradford, aJ»d in the evening by the Rev. Robert Newton lonng, to large congregations. The alterations aude include the re-pewing of the body of the c"af*l, i better system of lighting, the erection of » new organ, the improvement of the Suuday|TMwl accommodation, and general decoration of we interior and painting of the exterior. The 'onus hare been executed under the superintend•aofMr.W. Hill, architect, of Albion Street, 3L* total cost of £1,078. To meet this the **& connected with the place have subscribed 2«t*nd the sale of the small organ previously *Wand of the pewing, Ac., has realized £79; «*iog abont £150 to bo met by the opening serP* and further contributions. Towards this pant the sum of £30 was collected on the Sun

■ named. On Tuesday, April 12th. the new fc*n was formally opened, when Mr. Wm. Holt,

■ Leeds, the builder, presided at the instrument, jw displayed its powers to great advantage. The P*eton of music included many favourite pieces, *M was exceedingly well received. The collection *Jthe close of the musical performance amounted ff£l6. l'he services were continued on the Jtnreday evening following, when the Bev. W. **jdels, of London, preached an able sermon; JTM on Sunday, April 17th, when sermons were p»ched by the Revs. AV. Best, B.A., paBtor, and *.K. Condor, M.A.

Wo>bbook, Gloucestershire. — On Good Utn the foundation-stone of a new Baptist "•pel was laid by Dr. Batten, of Coleford. The Prooeedhiga commenced at three o'clock, when

Mr. Wntkinson, the pastor, gave out the opening hymn, and the Rev. M. S. Ridley engaged in

Erayer. Then Dr. Batten laid the stone, and on it e Btood and addressed the auditory with a few suitable preliminary remarks—and from the Bame stone the Rev. J. E. Cracknel], of Cheltenham (successor to the late Rev. J, Smith), gave an excellent address, after which he closed with singing and prayer. Several sums having been laid upon the stone, the friends met to the number of 321 to tea in the assembly-room at the ** Anchor Inn." After tea ther reassembled, and filled the spacious room, when Dr. Batten, of Coleford, took the chair. After singing and prayer, the Chairman called upon Mr. Watkinaon to read the report, which included several items, such as buying the old chapel for £108, the beautiful site for the new chapel and land for cemetery (which is enrolled for th» Baptist denomination) for £80, and included funds of the day for upwards of £80. Two kind friendB had also promised £50 towardB the debt. The report having been read, excellent addresses were delivered by the Revs. P. Frees, Cinderfordj M. S. Ridley, Lydnev; W. Nicholson, Parkend; J. E. Cracknell, Cheltenham ; and by Messrs.W. Rhodes, Cinderford; C. Roberts, Ross. Mr. Tyudall, of Wbodside (after thanks being recorded to Dr. Batten, Mr. Rudge, Mr. Kancorn, and the ladies), concluded the meeting with prayer.

Leightoh, Beds. — On Thursday, March 17, the foundation-stone of the new Baptist chapel, Lake Street, Leighton Buzzard, was laid by the Rev. Joshua Russell, of Blackheath. The proceedings commenced with singing and prayer by the Rev. G. H. Davies, of Houghton Regis; after which the Rev. W. D. Elliston, the paster of the church, briefly stated the circumstances which had led to the erection of a new building for the worship of God in that place. The Rev. Edward Adey gave a brief review of the past history of the church, and gave kind expression to feelings of confidence and esteem towardB the present pastor. The Rev. Joshua Russell then proceeded to lay the stone; after whioh he delivered a most admirable address, and one very appropriate to the occasion. A hymn was then sung, and prayer offered by the Rev. H. C. Leonard, M.A., of Boxmoor; and the company adjourned to tea, when upwards of 150 persons were present. After tea, the Rev. D. Gould, of Dunstable, on behalf of the churoh, proposed a vote of thanks to the Rev. J. Russell, for his kindness in officiating at the ceremony of the afternoon, and embraced the opportunity of saying some quickening and encouraging words to the church, and of expressing bis kind regard towards the minister. The proposed vote was seconded by Mr. Joseph Herington, one of the deacons, and supported by the Rev. ThomHS Hands. At half-past six o'clock the Rev. W. Chalmers, M.A., of the Scotch Free Church, Marylebone, preached from 2 Tim. ii. 9. Tbo service was opened by the Rev. H. C. Leonard, M.A., of Boxmoor. About £70 was received by the Treasurer during the day, including the proceeds of the tea-meeting.

Bath Street, Glasgow.—The annual aoirde of this chuich was held on Tuesday, April l*2th, in the Scottish Exhibition Rooms. Mr. Bonldinp, the pastor, occupied the chair, and was supported by the Rev. Messrs. Alex. Macleod, Medhurst, Glover, Field, Dr. H. Sinclair Patterson, Dr. James Paterson, H. Batchelor, and several officebearers of the church. There was a large attendance of friends from the various churches int he town. Alter tea the Chairman gave a Bhort Bketch of the progress of the church from its formation two years ago, and reported on the Sabbathichoolfi, Bible cl.iaaos, district meetings, Boreas Society, and other operations. What had been done, however, he looked upon as only indications of greater things to be accomplished, now that the church had got into working order. A chapelbuilding fund had juBt been commenced, the result of which he hoped would be, that they would be able to meet, ere long, in a building "simple but beautiful, like the Gospel which will be preached in it." In the course of the evening one of the office-bearers presented Mr. Boulding with *'Dr. Smith's Dictionary of the Bible," in three large volumes, together with a purse of sovereigns. One of the volumes bore the following inscription :—" Presented to the Rev. J. W. Boulding, by members of the Bath Street Baptist church and congregation, Glasgow, as a token of respect and appreciation of his ministry." The meeting was afterwards addressed by most of the gentlemen above named,

Corton, Wilts.—The annual meeting of the Baptist church and congregation here, held every Good Friday, was more than usually interesting this year, in consequence of its being made the occasion of the re-opening of the chapel on the completion of internal alterations and repairs. In the afternoon a sermon was preached by the Bev. J. Penny, of Clifton; and in the evening, after tea, a public meeting was held. The chapel was well fined on each occasion. The chair at the evening meeting was occupied by Mr. T. Hardwick, of Warminster; and addresses were delivered by the Revs. J. Penny and W. C. Jones; and by Messrs. J. "V. Toone, the pastor of the church, Hardwiek, Stent, and Llewellyn, of Warminster. Prom the financial statement made by Mr. Toone, it appeared that the total expenditure had amounted to about ,sfi73, of which, through the kind assistance of friends in the neighbouring towns and the efforts of the congregation, only some ^"13 remained unpaid. The alterations consist of the redistribution of the seats, the rearrangement of the gallery so as to admit more light into the body of the chapel, lowering the pulpit, making good defective portions of the floor, anof the substitution of elegant pendant lamps for the old mode of lighting by candles, besides some other minor matters. The chapel is considerably improved both as to appearance and comfort.

Stafford.—The foundation-stone of tjio new Baptist chapel in this town was laid on Easter Monday. At half-past ten the ceremony was commenced by the Rev. W. H. Cornish, the pastor of the church. The Rev. W. Jackson, of Bikton, read the 84th Psalm, and conducted the devotional part of the services; after which J. H. Hopkins, Esq., of Birmingham, adjusted the stone into its proper place, and delivered a very interesting and appropriate address. The Rev. S. B. Brown, B.A., of Sallord, and Mr. J. Brown, the senior deacon, also delivered congratulatory addresses. The doxology was then sung; and the friends retired to the school-room, in which luncheon had been provided; after which Mr. Hopkins and Mr. Brown again addressed the meeting. At five o'clock the tables were spread for tea. The room was Boon crowded in every part. After tea Mr. J. Brown was called on to preside. Valuable and interesting addresses were delivered by the Revs. G. W. White (Weslevan New Connexion), — Davis, of Smethwick (independent); W. Jackson, of Bilston; W. H. Cornish; and Messrs. Rudge, E. Lovett, and J. T. Evans. A vote of thanks was then given by the church and congregation in the most enthusiastic terms to a lady who has generously assisted in sustaining the church from its

commencement, and haa rendered valuable aid a large contribution.

Highgate.— On Thursday, April 7th, some foresting services were held at the Baptist Cha; Highgate, in connection with the settlement of Rev. John H. Barnard, of the Metropoli Tabernacle College. In the morning, the fiev, H. Spurgeon preached to a crowded audience ft Ezekiel xxxvi. 9, and in the afternoon addres the friends assembled for dinner at the Highg Working Men's Institute. At the recognil; service, held in the chapel at six o'clock, the H J. Corbin, of Hornsey, made the usual inqnu of the church and pastor respectively as to reasons which had led to their present connects Thomas Bousfield, Esq. (one of the deux replied on behalf of the church, and then the I J. H. Barnard gave a simple and affecting «cc of the steps by which he had been led to pew dedication to the Gospel work, to the Metropoli Tabernacle College, and eventually to Highg The Rev. George Rogers addressed some sit able counsels to the pastor, and the Rev. Ja Viney offered some excellent and judicious adi to the churoh. The other parts of the Mp were conducted bv the Rev. Samuel Manning, Rev. S. S. Hatch (the former pastor of the char Mr. Gracey, and the Rev. William Brock, j The services were well attended, and were to followed during the ensuing week by meeting! special prayer.

Bbthei, Chapel, Cabdiff.—The friends of above chapel held a tea-meeting on Easter Hon for the purpose of opening a new hannoniom of getting rid of the remainder of a floating f on the promises. Some 300 to 400 friend* down to tea in the school-room, which was di rated for the occasion. At the public mee' held in the chapel the chair was occupied by J. Billups, Esq. Mr. G. L. Stowe, one d deacons, made a financial statement, from w it appeared that the chapel and preniiN* * built about five years ago at a cost of w towards which £1,100 had been reoeived fro8, sale of the old chapel; donations, collections £2,090; total, £3,190; leaving a debt upon miuister's house of £300, and a sum of £1W to the Baptist Building Fund in London, dresses were then delivered by the KeTBailey, on " Congregational Worship," and bj Rev. N. Thomas, on the " Present Claims of' diff on the Exercise of Godly Zeal." The B# Howe, pastor, made some pleasing remarks on kindness and hospitality of Christian friends had contributed to the funds of the chapel. meeting, which was of a pleasing, profitable < racter, concluded about ten o'clock.

Goodshaw, Lancashire.—Services in' nection with the laying of the foundation-ston a new Baptist chapel in this place were htV Good Friday. In the afternoon a large concoi of persons assembled, when the stone was U>< H. Kelsall, Esq., of Rochdale, to whom » * trowel was presented. The Rev. J. Jeffersoi Southport (formerly minister in the old cha; offered the dedicatory prayer; after which Rev. B. Evans, D.D., of Scarborough, deliver* interesting and appropriate address. Tea provided in the Assembly Room, Crawshaw-bo and in the evening a public meeting was hew this place, presided over by L. Whitaker, J Esq., of Haslingden, and addressed by the K B. Evans, D.D., J. Jefferson, C. Williams (Acer ton), R. Evans and J. Stroyan (Burnley),£• « and W. J. Stuart (Haslingden). The chapeli accommodate 750 persons, and will have side end galleries. Tlxe cost, exclusive of land, heat

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