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member, male and female. Let this be done within six months, more or less, (the sooner the better,) and the work will be done in such style as the wants of that community demand. In this summary way can all the great principles of the present Reformation be annually laid before all at the metropolis as may desire to know them. I acknowledge the receipt, per last mail, of forty dollars, from the church at Baltimore, which shall be by me deposited in bank, for said object.
We are obliged, for want of room, to defer the publication of the letter of our Baltimore brethren.
NEWS FROM THE CHURCHES.
DAYBURY, Ct., September 24, 1850. Brother Campbell: I have the pleasure to inform you that we have enjoyed the benefit of Bro. J. T. Lowell's labors among us for about two months, during which time we had the heartfelt joy of hearing 18 persons make the good confession that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the Living God, and were buried in the liquid grave of water, “into the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,” and 2 added to the congregation who had been immersed; some of these were from the Methodists, Baptists, and from what we are apt to call the world. We now number about 84 members, and have a comfortable house to meetin.
POMPEY HILL, N. Y., October 1, 1850. Brother Campbell: The New York State Meeting of Disciples was held, according to appointment, at Pompey Hill, and characterized by a general unanimity of good feeling-2 immersions.
H. KNAPP. NORTH BLOOMFIELD), O., December 15, 1850. Brother Campbell: I spent the months of September and October, in company with Bro. Wm. Hayden, in visiting a number of churches in Western New York. Seven weeks passed pleasantly away in constant, and sometimes arduous, but still joyful labors in the gospel. We were affectionately welcomed and heartily sustained in our labors in the different churches we had the pleasure of visiting. The brethren generally seem very earnest in their devotion to the cause of Christ, and, in most places, quite an enterprising spirit is manifested. At Clarksville, one mile from Auburn, a new and commodious house had just been completed; and in Throopsville, they are making arrangements to build a new house, in a more favorable location than the building they now cccupy. The prospects of the churches generally are bright, and growing brighter. There is no difficulty in obtaining a large hearing; and could you again visit that State, and cheer the brethren with your presence and labors, there would be immense throngs assembled to hear you. The following are the number of baptisms at the different churches during the period of our labors: Williamsville, Erie county, 7; Clarence, Erie county, 4; Auburn, (or Clarksville,) Cayuga county, 17; Throopsville, Cayuga county, 9; Cato, Cayuga county, 5; Butler, Wayne county, 15; in all, 57. Several hacksliders reclaimed, and 3 or 4 immersed persons from other denominations added.
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313 CENTREVILLE, Ky., October 4, 1850. Brother Campbell: I sunpose you have, ere this, heard from the Annual Meeting in Clintonville, in this county, (Bourbon,) last month; some 37 became obedient to the faith, nearly all new converts. A meeting which closed just before, attended by Bros. John Tompkins, Sam'l Rogers, and John Smith, (probably other preachers, also,) at Somerset, Mont'y county, resulted in 72 additions. Several were baptized at Cooper's Run, in this county, last (4th) Lord's day.
JNO. A GANO.
PLEASANT GROVE, Ky., October 5, 1850. Brother Campbell: At every point of my labors for the month of September, save one, we have had some additions. First Lord's day, at Felicity, we had 2 from the Methodist ranks, one of whom was an exhorter, and Had been immersed; the other was a lady, who had been sprinkled, whom we, of course immersed, upon the profession of her faith in the Saviour. Second Lord's day at Bethel, 1 was added, who had been immersed a few week's before. Third Lord's day at Unity meeting-house, Brown county, O., six miles north-west of Georgetown, we had 2 additions We need more efficient laborers.
JOHN T. POWELL.
Paris, Mo., October 9, 1850. Brother Campbell: At a meeting held at Middle Grove, in this county, embracing the 4th Lord's day in August, we had 10 additions. At Madison, embracing the fifth Lord's day in August and the first in September, we had 31. At Antioch, embracing the second Lord's day, we had 11. At Dover, embracing the third Lord's day, we had 15; and at our State Meeting in Fayette, embracing the fourth Lord's day, we had 8 additions; making, at the above places, 73. Yours, &c., HENRY THOMAS.
NEAR BROWNSBURG, Ia., October 18, 1850. Brother Campbell: Since the first of August last, there have been added to the Disciples within the bounds of Bro. Thomas Lockhart's labors, above 90 persons. He has been occasionally assisted by other laborers or teaching brethren. He is certainly one of the most untiring laborers we have in this part of Indiana, and is doing a large amount of good. Yours, in the one hope,
GREENWOOD, Mo., October 23, 1850. Brother Campbell: Bro. Allen recently reported 80 additions, as the result of a tour I made through some counties on the Mississippi, in August and September. Since then I visited Canton, in Lewis county, and labored twelve days. The result was 61 accessions. Our cause is rapidly advancing in Lewis, under the faithful labors of our devoted Bros. Shank's and Frary, who reside there. Bro. Henderson recently had 20 additions in Callaway. Affectionately yours,
S. S. CHURCH.
ASHLAND, 0., October 28, 1850. Brother Campbell: We have just closed a meeting of seven or
days the gospel, and were buried with their Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ in baptism, and rose again, as we trust, to walk in newness of life. They were all young people, in the bloom of youth and in the morning of life. One old lady united from the Baptists, making 13 in all. We enjoyed the labors of Bro. Hartzel, of Marion county; Bro. Chase, of Adrain, Michigan, who fortunately happened in with us; Bro. Vanvoorhes, of Knox county, and Bro. John St. Clair, of Carrol county, who was passing through our place and tarried with us a few days; besides Bro. A. Burns, Jr., who labors with us most of the time. They are all most excellent brethren. M the Lord bless them! We were all greatly e.lified and encouraged, and separated with the best good feelings towards one another.
The brethren here would esteem it a great treat if they could have a visit from you, at any time that suits your convenience. Yours, in the Christian's hope,
LOUISVILLE, Ky., October 30, 1850. Brother Campbell: Within a few weeks, in this county, (Jefferson,) 60 have been added to the cause of the Redeemer-37 at Chinoworth's Run; 10 at Goose Creek, and 13 at Newburg. Many more might have been gained could our efforts have been continued. The prospects for good are improving in this region. To the Lord be all the praise forever! Also, at Middleton, about 27 were added to the church recently; making, in all, 87. And again at Jeffersontown, about 10 more; all within two months, in this county. Thus you see how much has been done in so short a time-about 97 confessions for Jesus our Saviour. Again we say, To the Lord be everlasting praise!
MONMOUTH, II., October 30, 1850. Brother Campbell: With feelings of gratitude to our Heavenly Father, I now take my pen to inform you of the glorious results of a meeting which our beloved Bro. Creath has just closed in this place. He labored faithfully for seventeen days. The result was 63 additions~17 from the Baptist church, 4 reclaimed, 4 united from other congregations, and 48 by confession and immersion.
WILLIAMSBURGH, Pa., November 5, 1850. Brother Cumpbell: The cause we are pleading is steadily onward and upward, in South-Western Pennsylvania. Our Annual Meeting, which commenced on the 23d and closed on the 26th of August, was one of the best “Big Meetings" we have ever had here. The general marked attention on the part of the whole audience, the christian love beaming forth in the countenances of the brethren, and demonstrated in their friendly greetings, contributed much in rendering the appropriate teaching of our brethren effective. The teaching brethren present were A. Campbell, W. K. Pendleton, Va.; A. S. Hayden, Ohio; James Darsie, F. B. Lobengier, Fayette county, Pa; David While, Greene county, Pa.; and Shidler, Teagarden, Milligan, and Streator, of this county. On Monday, 5 made the good confession, and were immersed at the elose of the meeting. Since then, we have had meetings at Pennsville, 9 additions; Cookstown, 2; Redstone, 6, in Fayette county; and at Williamsburgh, 2; West Finley, 3, in this county. There is a growing interest in this community to hear the word of the Lord. Yours, in the labor of love, L. P. STREATOR.
DEER ISLAND, Parish of West Isles, N. B., Oct. 12, 1850. Brother Campbell: Will you be kind enough to give publicity in the Harbinger to the encouraging prospects of the Lord's cause, in this corner of the Lord's vineyard? In the first part of the month of September, Bro. Charles Berry, from Boston, on a visit to see his parents, (who reside in the Parish of St. Andrews, N. B.,) on bis way home called to see us, and to ascertain the state of the Lord's cause, and to form a further acquaintance with the brethren residing in this vicinity. After some considerable deliberation on the present state of religious affairs, we thought it advisable to notify such of the brethren and sisters (believing in the ancient order of things) of our intention to organize then into gospel order; and accordingly we did so. And on Lord's day, (the 15th of September,) after two addresses had been delivered on the object for which they had been previously notified, Bro. Berry and I gave out the notification that all who were willing to unite to walk in gospel order, would come forward and give in their names, or signify the same by rising up"_and sixteen unitedly agreed to live according to the order of the ancient gospel.
In the vicinity of St. Andrews, also, the prospects for doing good, by the force of truth, are very encouraging on the side of the apostolic gospel.
By giving this a place in the Harbinger, you will conser a favor on the newly organized church in this place. JAMES B. BARNABY.
MINOR'S NURSERY, October 12, 1850. Brother Campbell: The co-operation meeting for the country south of Green River, commenced last Saturday, at Corinth, near Trenton, and closed the following Monday. Besides the good accomplished in bringing so many brethren together-messengers from sixteen congregations, and their harmonious deliberations, which we trust will result in the spread of the gospel in distant regions—10 volunteers were obtained to the cause of our Saviour. We were happy in having with us Bro. Enos Campbell, Bro. Street, and Bro. Enoch Brown, who, from the force of circumstances, were compelled to leave at an early stage of the meeting, after delivering each one discourse. Father Ferguson remained long enough to deliver two discourses, and Bro. Mulky remained till the close of the meeting. The exhibition of Messiah's Kingdom, the conditions of pardon, and the duties and privileges of the Disciples, were set forth scripturally and powerfully; They all acted as though the cause and the glory belonged to Jehovah, and that their business was to set forth his cause with earnestness and sincerity, and leave the result between Him and those who heard. Bro. Sims, Bro. Billingsly, and Sister Sebill, long known as members of the church, witnessed each a lovely daughter bowing to the authority of Christ.
On the fourth Saturday and Lord's day in last month, I had the pleasure of speaking at Salubria, in the Methodist meeting-house, and felt refreshed iu spirit, in witnessing such a pleasant and joyful time-4 young men were added to the 25 or 30 Disciples already in that place. On the Saturday before the 5th Lord's day in September, Bro. Day and myself commenced a meeting at Bethlehem, (another house opened by the kindness of our Methodist brethren,) which terminated on Lord's day night with 9 confessions; and the next day, at the water's edge, 2 more were added to the number, making 11 who were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.
I learn from Bro. Day, that 4 became obedient to the faith at Philippi, a congregation near Elkton, on the 4th Lord's day in September.
God grant that the Disciples may take as their model the Lord Jesus, the " shepherd and bishop of their souls." And may the proclaimers turn “many to righteousness," and "shine as the stars forever and ever!" Your brother in the best of bonds, J. D. FERGUSON.
CONNELLSVILLE, Pa., November 16, 1850. Brother Campbell: The cause of the Lord in this region is onward. The Disciples, walking together in the fear of the Lord and the comforts of the Holy Spirit, are edified and multiplied. There have recently been added at Washington 7, Pleasant Valley 11, Cookstown 3, Redstone 11, Jacob's Creek 9, and prospects for further additions encouraging. The brethren who labor regularly in this field are L. P. Streator, F. B. Lobingier, and myself. Yours, in the bonds of peace.
CARROLLTON, Ky., October 23, 1850. Brother Campbell: I have again taken my seat to tell you of the success, in this part of our State, of that cause for which you have labored with unwearied dilligence for so many years, and which I believe to be dear, indeed, to you. When I wrote your last I had but just removed from Paris to this place. Since that time I have been preaching in Carrollton and its vicinity, and have had, in all, over 50 additions, when I was alone, or nearly so, 80 far as public speaking was concerned. A few weeks ago we were favored with a visit from our good Bro. J. T. inson, who spent some days with us; and while he was laboring with us, we had, in all, 13 additions to the
churches at Carrollton and Ghent. Bro. Johnson, although sixty-two years of age, appears, in his preaching, to possess all the vigor of thirty. He often preaches twice a day for weeks, without the least apparent exhaustion, or without growing boarse, although he speaks with great earnestness. Indeed, he is a remarkable man; for although sixty-two years old, "his eyes are not dim," nor does his natural “ force seem to be abated." His praise is in all the churches. He contemplates visiting us again in November, and remaining a much longer time.
From every part of the surrounding country the news is cheering. Many are turning to the Lord from the world, and some from the sects are coming over to “the foundation of apostles and prophets;" and among them, an occasional one who promises more than ordinary usefulness. I received a letter a short time since, from our good Bro. Stemons, of Paris, from which I will give you a short extract, which speaks for itself:
* Myself and wise have just returned from a visit to Lincoln county. We were last Lord's day at a District Meeting at Hustonville. Bros. Kendrick, Steel, and Despain, were the principal speakers. There were 10 addi. tions-8 by confession and 2 by letter. Two of the former class were Logan Williams and wife. He was raised near that place, by Presbyterian parents, and educated for the ministry; à graduate of Centre College; a young man of unblemished character, fine intellect, a fine scholar and ora. tor. He arose in the church and spoke some ten or fifteen minutes, ex: plaining why he dissolved bis connexion with that, and joined this church. He was convinced that immersion only is baptism; and the only creed authorized of heaven is the Bible; on this only can all God's people be uni. ted. This was thrilling, indeed. We were made to rejoice in the Lord and take courage."'*
Bro Stemons also tells of 36 additions at Clintonville, during the Annual Meeting a short time ago; of some 20 additions at two meetings conducted recently by Bro. Raines. Thus, from all quarters, the news is cheering.
But while our prospects are bright, and brightening every day, we are not getting along without a usual amount of opposition. No sooner did the people, in this part of Kentucky, begin to turn to the Lord, than a furious opposition began to be waged against us. The preachers in the opposition, it seemed to me, were more reckless in dealing out abuse upon us than I had ever known the same class of men to be before; but the result has been, that some of their good brethren have abandoned them and come over to the Bible. Thus has their envy punished itself.
One thing has been to me a matter of great surprise, and that is to see the Missionary Baptists uniting in a protracted meeting with the most uncompromising sprinklers, for the sake of keeping up an opposition to us. At New Liberty, in Owen county, some eighteen miles from this, during the past summer, and when the Baptist preachers were weary, they called in a Methodist preacher to assist them, whom I have heard declare thal, “in the christian world, not one in a hundred ever learned immersion from the Bible;" and in a like reckless way, oppose immersion for near two
* Cases of this kind are becoming more frequent than formerly. Another trophy gained by my quondam friend N. L. Rice, D. D., in the Lexington debate, was the loss of one of the most intelligent elders of his church in Kentucky, the last season. Having sat under the ministry of N. L. Rice, D. D., and officiating in his congregation, and after reading the debate, and maturely investigating both sides, I learned he corresponded with Mr. Rice on some of his alledged strong points But seeling less and less satisfied the more the Doctor reasoned, argued, and proved his point, this elder became perfectly assured that the Doctor was on the wrong side, and finally buried his doubts and his reasonings in christian immersion, and now rejoices in the light and freedom of the gospel.