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life, and yet they pay some two hundred dollars per year for the rent of their room and other expenses.
One of the brother Berrys is a printer and piano maker, and in conjunction with brother Gaskill, of Salem, he intends publishing a monthly sheet* at 50 cents per year, in order to publish the first and practicable principles of Christianity among their neighbors. They hope to do something by that means, in giving a better and more extended knowledge of our teaching than they can do in any other way. Brother Gaskill is said to be a sensible and worthy evangelist, and being in the habit of vending books, they think it can be thrown into many families.
The brethren desire that all Disciples visiting Boston would give them their aid when among them, and therefore, desire their place of meeting to be known through the Harbinger. If you can spare room for this brief notice of them, give it a passport through the Millennial Harbinger, and very much oblige them and your friend. On the third Lord's day of the present month I hope to meet with the Disciples in Philadelphia, on my way homewards. Wishing you health and peace,
I am yours as ever,
GEORGE W. ELLEY.
FRANKLIN, Ky., January 11th, 1848. BROTHER CAMPBELL:
Dear Sir:-Since I wrote to you I immersed one person near Allensville, and two near Russelsville, who became members of the church at Social Grove.
PLEASANT GROVE, January 17th, 1849. BROTHER CAMPBELL:
Dear Sir:-Wecommenced the year in worship at my own house, with my family and neighbors. We had a full meeting, and four persons were induced, through grace, to how to the king immortal, three of whom I immersed the following day, for the remission of their sins. All of them youths in the morning of their days, praised the Lord! I likewise immersed two young ladies near Hamersville, Brown county, Ohio, on the last Wednesday in last month. They had all the appearance of being noble sol. diers for Christ our Immanuel; and on last Lord's day, the second Lord's day of this month, I immersed one at Neville, for all of which we give thanks to the Father of mercies, and God of all our comforts.
JOHN T. POWELL.
Baton Rouge, February, 1849. BELOVED BROTHER CAMPBELL:
Since I left this city I returned to my family, now with my son-in-law, near Princeton, and left again for Port Gibson, some 5 weeks past. We had a delightful meeting at that point and at Grand Gulf. Our labors resulted in seven valuable additions, to the great gratification of the brotherhood. The sects there are well drilled in the lesson of keeping off as far as possible. From thence I made my way here again, and the results of our labors thus far are 16 valuable additions, making 57 in all.
J. T. JOHNSON.
*We have received the first number of this periodical called “The Gospel Advocate.” The 2d number will not be published till the 1st of May. Terms.- To single subscribers 50 cents. To any person paying for four copies, it will be sent gratis. Remittances of money to be directed to T. V. Berry, 252 Washington street, Boston, Mass. Letters pertaining to the Editorial department must be sent to D. Owen Gaskill, Salem, Mass.
W. K. P.
P. S. Our meeting continued several days longer, and the result was ten more additions, making 26. The church at this place now numbers about 100 members. It is a source of great gratification that so respectable a congregation has been established in less than four months; besides, they are now most nobly and liberally sustaining a preacher all the time.
J. T. J.
LIBERTY, February 12th, 1849. We have a meeting now in progress in this place with a prospect of some good. One 'confessed' last night, the eldest daughter of brother Payne.
W. A. MORTON.
February 12th, 1849. I have just returned from a general meeting in Troy, heard three discourses from elder Lowell, who got a good hearing. One intelligent young inan wished to obey our Lord, and was baptized (after cutting some 18 inches ice) in the great Hudson River. The congregation at Troy is small, but its members appear to be respectable and zealous. They have a house of their own to meet in. Their prospects are flattering-three more were added to the congregation.
S. W. THOMPSON. LITTLE FORT, LAKE Co., ILL., Feb. 12th, 1849 At Fort Hill there have recently been a number of additions. We are much encouraged from the recent effort. The congregations have been large and attentive, and are inquiring after the truth. Our hearts have been much refreshed recently by the truth that there is a ground in the gospel upon which all Christians can unite. Elder Knox, a Baptist minister, and lady at Fort Hill, have united with us upon the platform that the Bible is an all sufficient rule of faith and practice, and that all immersed believers who are living lives of piety, are constitutionally Christians, and should have communion and co-operation with each other for the promotion of piety and the spread of Christianity. Elder Knox is now advocating, with us, ihe ancient order of things, and expostulating with his brethren to do away their unfounded prejudices and misrepresentations, and to search for the old landmarks. (, that unity, humility, and peace might prevail, might prevail among Christians. L. J. CARRELL.
BEDFORD, February 15th, 1849. DEAR BROTHER CAMPBELL:
We have just closed a meeting in our congregation in which we received twenty-three additions, amongst which was my partner in business, Mr. Hillman, and his wife, also Mr. Comstock and wife. Brothers Collins and Green were with us. Your brother in hope,
J. W. ROBINSON. MILFORDTON, Knox Co., 0., February 20th, 1819. BROTHER CAMPBELL:—We have just closed a meeting of sixteen days in the Brushy Fork congregation. Eighteen, broken in heart and contrite in spirit, submitted to the authority of the Lord Jesus, being immersed in his One joined from the Baptists.
WM. HAYES. DOVER, Mason Co., Ky., February 26th, 1849. BROTHER CAMPBELL:—We have recently had a fine meeting-some sixty odd added to the church, under the labors of Elders J. Rogers and S. C. Perrin. The meeting closed on the 12th of February.
JAMES L. JOHNSON.
CINCINNATI, O., February 27th, 1849. BROTHER CAMPBELL:- I think I wrote to you that we were blessed with occasional accessions at Christian Chapel, “8th and Walnut," and that especially on Sunday the 18th instant, I baptized another of my brothers, Jacob Burnet, jr., a lawyer, with four others. I doubt not you rejoice with me! The next evening three others obeyed, and since then I have enjoyed the presence and co-operation, most of the time, of brothers Challen, Melish and Thompson, and an addition of some nineteen altogether has been realized. I expect to continue on Thursday night, as my last discourse issued in four confessions. Yours in the love,
D. S. BURNET.
GEORGETOWN, April 3, 1849. DEAR BROTHER CAMPBELL:-Another of the brightest patterns of Christian character has faded from our inidst, and another jewel has been set in the Redeemer's crown. On the 1st inst., just before day, sister Amanda Shepard, wife of brother T. J. Shepard, of this place, sweetly and quietly, without a groan or a struggle, was released from the sorrows and sufferings of earth, and taken home to the bosom of her father and her God. Our hearts are filled with inexpressible astonishment and grief. For several weeks past she had been confined by fever; and although her situation was known to be very critical, yet for the last day or two more favorably symptoms had inspired strong hopes of her recovery. But death, that insidious foe, was secretly and silently doing his strange work, and in a moment, and with but a moment's warning to a most affectionate and devoted husband, his sad mission was completed. Our sister breathed her last, and her emancipated and happy spirit was at rest.
This is indeed a sad bereavement to many hearts; to the husband who mourns the loss of an almost idolized wife, whose many virtues rendered his fireside the seat of domestic happiness and religious enjoyment; to an only son, who has committed to the tomb a fond and doting mother; to servants who have lost a kind and indulgent mistress; to the Church, from which a member so ardent, zealous, faithful, pious and influential has been removed; and to society which weeps over one whose amiable deportment and winning manners constituted her in no ordinary degree the ornament of the social circle. What a chasm is left! How many hearts lie crushed and bleeding !
For about seventeen years she was a member of the Christian Church, and during all this period, her life was a bright example of holy devotion to the cause she so deeply loved. One trait of her Christian character deserves especial notice, and is worthy of all commendation. She was a praying Christian. She loved to commune with God, and supplicate his blessings upon her husband, her much loved son, the Church, and the world. She prayed in secret; with her husband in the family circle; and her place at the Church-prayer meetings was never vacant but from necessity. If friends were on a social visit to her family, she would affectionately invite them to accompany her to the place of prayer. If she was on a visit herself, at the first sound of the bell she would rise, apologise, and take her leave for a gathering more congenial to her heart. If the weather was inclement, she would often, although in feeble health, brave the exposure to mingle her prayers and sympathies with the people of God. We feel that we need not add to this-indeed that we cannot—that no higher eulogy can be written, even if it were our object to eulogise. The Christian that prays much will never be found deficient in any other duty. We expect to find such always in “ the van of the host," patterns of propriety and pillars in the Church. Thus was it with our departed sister ; 'and when she came to die, death had no terror, no sting, and the grave no victory. Sho looked with calmness and composure upon her approaching dissolution, counselled her son to meet her in the better land, expressed but one desire in reference to her departure—“that it might be easy;" and that desire was answered to the full.
“She set, as sets the morning star, which goes
But melts away into the light of heaven.” May the Lord bless the deeply bereaved husband, from whom, within the last three months, has been taken away, a mother, a brother, a wife, and a servant, by death; and pour into his bleeding bosom the balm of consolation, and sanctify these severe afflictions to all the friends and relatives of the departed. Most affectionately,
J. T. JOHNSON. Died, on Tuesday night, the 20th inst, (March, 1849,) at the residence of her son-in-law, Robert S. Barr, Esq., of Columbia, Mrs. Mary Duncan, in the 74th year of her age.
In the death of this “mother in Israel,” society has been deprived of one of its most valued members, and the Church of Christ one of its most zealous, devoted, and brightest ornaments. The deceased was born in eastern Virginia, and emigrated from that State to Kentucky, in an early day, when it was almost a wilderness, and the Indians constantly invading the country
It was her good fortune to unite her destiny with that excellent man, Daniel Duncan, who settled in Paris, Bourbon county, where the deceased spent the greater portion of her life ; and it was there that she publicly professed her faith in the Son of God, and was immersed on the 29th day of February, 1828, and became a member of the Church of Christ in that
In the ever memorable year of 1833, her husband was taken from her, during the prevalence of that scourge, the cholera, and soon thereafter she came to Missouri, to spend the evening of her days with her two daughters, who had settled in Boon county. She attached herself to the Church of Christ in Columbia, and lived a worthy member until her Saviour bid her come higher. “Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord.”
“She hath gone from the trials and sorrows below,
To that land where the rivers of pleasure do flow;
Whither Jesus, her Saviour, hath entered before." A. In the “Observer and Reporter,” published in Lexington, Kentucky, I observe that Sister Rebecca L. Shelby, died on Tuesday, the 13th of March, 1849, at Richland, the residence of Mr. Isaac Shelby. It is with deep regret that I see the death of this amiable and excellent sister announced. In her death the Church of Christ has lost a most valuable and devoted member-her husband mourns the loss of a kind and affectionate wife-her children weep over the grave of a fond and doting mother-and society is deprived of one of its most interesting, amiable and useful members.
Sister Shelby was the daughter of the Hon. Judge Williams, of Knoxville, Tennessee, and became a resident of Saline county, in this State, shortly after her first marriage with the late Dr. Mitchell, of whose sup, port and protection she was soon deprived by his death. It was her good fortune to have been educated by that excellent Christian teacher and instructor, Elder P. S. Fall, near Frankfort, Kentucky, where she was also taught the great science of christianity, and became familiar with “ the faith once delivered to the Saints." When she found herself in the extensive and fertile prairies of the " Far West,” where there was no proclaiming of the original gospel near, and she being anxious to participate in the "common salvation,” she wrote to brother Fall, inquiring where a Christian teacher lived in Missouri, that could visit her county, so that she might once more hear the truth and obey it, and by it be made free from sin. Brother Fall informed her that I had removed from Kentucky, and settled in Boon county, and urged her to invite me to Saline, which she accordingly did with most pressing solicitude; he at the same time writing to me of her anxiety to obey the gospel, and of her intellectual and personal worth. In compliance with her solicitation I visited the county, and on the first Lord's day of August, 1842, she confessed the Saviour, and was immersed with one other in the presence of a large congregation. From that time to the hour of her death, she was greatly devoted to original and primitive christianity, being beloved by all who knew her, for her personal, intellectual, moral, and christian worth. She was almost a pioneer in the good cause in her section of the country, and boldly contended for “the faith once delivered to the Saints,” contrary to the views of many near and valued relatives and friends. Much more could be said of the piety and excellencies of this beloved saint; but I know that your pages are pressed, yet I trust you will find room for this short notice, which I consider alike due to the departed worth and memory of sister Shelby, and the cause of christianity. I shall ever remember her with a heart full of affection. Your Brother,
T. M. ALLEN.
PITTSBURGH, April 28, 1849. BELOVED BROTHER CAMPBELL:-Sister Scott, the wife of our beloved brother Walter, is no more. She fell asleep in Jesus this morning, about half past ten o'clock. She bore her illness with that Christian patience and resignation characteristic of her life.
« Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord, from henceforth! Yea, saith the Spirit that they may rest from their labors; and their works do follow them." Yours in the Lord,
CHARLES D. HURLBUTT. I have heard, with profound sympathy, this, to me, unexpected event. But a few days ago I was at the house of brother Scott, and although neither he, nor his beloved consort, were in full health, yet I presumed that there were yet many years in store for them. True, indeed, to sister Scott, whose many Christian excellencies were long known to me, and always admired, and whose character 'was no where known but with admiration and respect, the change of state is, no doubt, more to be envied than lamented. But alas! we all do fade as a leaf, and wither and die. Infancy and manhood, youth and old age, beauty and deformity, the good and the evil, all pass away as a shadow, and there is no continuance.
But the righteous hath hope in his death: May the Lord comfort the afflicted family of our bereaved brother, and prepare us all for a place amongst the spirits of just men made perfect!
THE CHRISTIAN MELODEON. This work, it appears, was got up in pursuance of the following resolution, adopted at a public meeting in Ohio:
Resolved, That Brother A. S. Hayden be requested to prepare, in connexion with such brethren as he may call to his aid, a new music-book suited to the wants of the Churches; and that we pledge ourselves to do all in our