entries from Henry Hardin, Pastor of
1861 18 May (Sat) Went by rail to Blisworth and thence in Mr Gallard's carriage to Towcester. On Sunday 19th, preached on 1 Peter 1 v3,5 in the morning, Col 1 v14 in the afternoon and Ezekiel 36 v36 in the evening. Bless the Lord, I have had a good day today. I have felt the presence of the Master. The chapel is very badly situated, and the congregations are small,, but there appears to be a good prospect of success for a hard-working minister.
31 Jul (Wed) Received a letter from Towcester to supply for two months.
1 Oct Invited to the pastorate
10 Oct Went to College. Wrote to Towcester accepting the invitation
19 Oct Went to Towcester
20 Oct Conducted 7 am prayer meeting. Preached both morning and evening, and addressed the children in the afternoon
1862 Feb. 6th Married to Jane Gray at New Park St. Chapel, Southwark by Mr.
J. Spurgeon. May the Lord bless us, shine upon
our path and crown our journey's end.
1862 31 Jul My ordination. Thank the Lord, we have had a good day. He has sustained me and granted me success, to his name be the praise. May He keep me from falling; when tempted to sin, may I remember the vows that I have publicly made today. I tremble when I think of the great responsibility now resting on me, but He has said, “My grace is sufficient for thee”. Oh may I prove it to be so. May the Holy Spirit help my infirmities, keep me from falling and bless my ministry.
1862 Dec. 9th. Went to laying foundation stone, New
1863 13 Jan Went to court to oppose Church Rate summons. The magistrates dismissed summonses.
1863 March 10th. Marriage of Prince of Wales. Processions and meetings: Each child presented with medal, half pound cake, poor families 2 to 7 pound meat. Races, sports, etc. Town illuminated in evening.
1863 Nov. 26th. Went to opening of College St. Baptist Chapel
1864 11 Nov Appealed against Income Tax assessment with success
24 Dec Very small congregations
1865 7 Mar Jane woke me this morning at six o’clock – she had just found our dear little baby dead.
8 Mar The inquest was held today on the body of dear little Jane. The verdict was, “Died by the visitation of God.”
1866 5 Nov Conducted
prayer meetings at 5 am, 10.30 am, 12.30 noon, 3 pm and 7 pm. This was a day
set apart by the
22 Nov Bible class. The engine of the Towcester Railway was seized for debt last night, consequently all trains are stopped.
1867 24 Mar A heavy flood last night, in consequence of which we could not have service in our chapel today.
11 Jul This week engaged with T and G Mickley and others in whitewashing and painting the chapel.
21 Au Intended to go to Matlock today, but could not get the pony out of the field soon enough.
1868 20 Sep Preached
in the Baptist Chapel,
1869 24 Jan Church meeting. Gave notice of my intention to resign and was requested to wait a week before deciding. Oh Lord, lead me in a right path.
1 Feb Decided
to go to
4 Feb Church meeting. Resolution proposed and carried requesting me to withdraw my resignation, and granting me 12 months leave of absence.
1869 Sun. March 2lst. Evening preached my farewell
sermon, Heb. 13, 20. Very full prayer meeting, followed at which Independents
united with us. Notwithstanding Bishop of Peterboro' at
1869 Mon. 22nd. Tea Meeting at 5. Public Meeting afterwards. Mr. Davis presented me with an address and photograph on behalf of Teachers and Bible Class and an address and £15 on behalf of Meeting
1869 Wed. March 31st. Sent the goods off. The Lord bless the people for their kind assistance. Went round with Jane to bid them farewell; a heart-breaking work.