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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1872 Excerpt: ...Stephen Walton, a relative of Mr. Blackett's by marriage, and, probably, a deacon of the church. At this meeting a number of important questions were debated. These chiefly refer to the New Testament, as the rule of Christian faith and practice; anxiety to promote discipline in the churches; and the due support of ministers. Singing, however, had not, as yet, become the general practice of the churches; but as to the theory of the question, the members of the churches were left to their individual liberty; only to preserve peace, they were not to make it a matter of public debate. In the following year (1700) the Association was again held at Newton Cap. This was the first associated meeting of a new and remarkable century, in the last ten years of which were formed the Baptist Missions--foreign and home. As if prophetic of this, one of the questions debated was, "What can the Church of Christ do more than it does for an increase of converts?" The substance of the answers was, "A more humble sfnd heavenly conversation, importuning one another to diligence, in attending on public worship, and bringing of the gifts of the Church into exercise; family religion, and a greater amount of liberality than hitherto. 1701-1705.--During the five following years, the associated churches held their meetings at Bitchburn, the residence of Mr. Henry Blackett. In the last of these years, the valued possessor of the house in which they had long been wont to meet, was called to his heavenly rest. This happened on the 23rd October, 1705, exactly that day sixty-four years, that he had been so singularly preserved from a premature grave in 1641. Besides his immediate descendants, Mr Mr. Blackett had one son, named Silas, whose son, Henry, was married to Mary Walt...
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