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SUBSCRIPTIONs and donations to the General Convention of the Baptist Denomination in the United States, for Foreign Missions, &c. should be transmitted to Heman Lincoln, Esq. Treasurer,

Boston. Persons visiting the city, to whom it may be more convenient to call at a central place, can lodge their communications with E. Lincoln, No. 59 Washington-Street, who is authorized to receive moneys for the Treasurer.


MEETING OF THE GENERAL Stations are cheering, and invite an

extended plan of operations. The deThe Sixth Triennial Meeting of the liberations of the Convention, not beGeneral Convention of the Baptist De- ing embarrassed with extraneous subnomination in the United States for For- jects, which have sometimes impeded eign Missions, &c. will be holden at its progress, may now be vigorously Philadelphia, at the Meeting-house of prosecuted with a simplicity of object, the Fifth Baptist Church, on the last and bear directly on the illustrious enWednesday of the present month. terprise of evangelizing the world.

The meetings of this Convention Let united prayers ascend to heaven,
have had a happy influence on the in- that the brethren may so enjoy the
terests of the denomination and of the divine presence, and discharge the
cause of religion generally, by bring. high duties of the Convention, as to
ing into personal acquaintance and receive a fresh impulse in their own
cheerful co-operation, brethren station- bosoms, produce deeper convictions of
ed at situations remote from each the value of the gospel, and return
other, and who would not otherwise again to their fields of labor with in-
have had opportunity to impart mutual vigorated strength and quickened zeal.
counsel and encouragement. By unit-
ed efforts, a healthful pulse may be

given to Missionary operations in our
churches through the immense extent

of territory over which they are scat-

(Concluded from our last, p. 102.) tered. The churches are many, and

* Jan. 9, 1828. The priest* came raththe members constitute a numerous

er earlier than usual this morning, and host; but they require to be marshall- in a few minutes after, a large number ed and called into action. As the of persons collected upon the zayat;

an old and guilty and miserable state of the heath- among the rest, was

rather respectable looking man, to en world becomes more generally whom the priest began to tell what the known, and the obligation of Christians new Scriptures say about an eternal to diffuse the gospel more deeply felt, God, &c. But,' said he, “it is strange, pecuniary resources for advancing the Gaudama, that Gaudama has said no

if there is an eternal God greater than object will be more abundant, and will thing of him. Gaudama told us particuenable the Board more extensively to larly about

Nat country, Brumah counprosecute the benevolent labors in try, &c. But he told us nothing about

this heaven, the residence of an eternal which they are engaged.

God greater than himself.' As he has The approaching meeting will be been harping on this string several held under highly favorable auspices. days, I ventured to ask him how he The prospects presented at the Mission * Referred to in the former part of the journal. APRIL, 1829.


knew what Gaudama said, and what Jan. 12. Had a meeting of the little he did not say.

• How do I know ? church. Moung Dwah, and Mah Lah, The sacred books tell me.' What evi- were examined and unanimously redence have you that these books are ceived as candidates for baptism. Have true? “Why, they are the instruc- felt this evening great pleasure in seetions of Gaudama, therefore they cannoting these two persons who, a short be false. Tell me how you know that time since, were worshipping idols, inGaudama ever taught what is in these volved in all the darkness of heathen books. Why! the sacred books say superstition, now coming forward and he taught what is contained in them.' requesting to have a place among the That is granted. But did those who followers of the Lamb. wrote these books write truly ? were 15. Had the priest the greater they disposed to write truly ? And if part of the day as usual. He said one they were thus disposed, had they at of the other priests had been talking the time of writing, the means of as- with him on the subject of a new recertaining the truth? The Beetakat ligion being introduced among the peoitself, states that it was not composed ple, and said, ' There is one teacher at until four hundred and fifty years after one end of the town, and another at Gaudama; that in Gaudama's time, the other, preaching daily, and the not a scrap of what he did and taught, people's hearts begin to be turned, was committed to writing. When their offerings to us are much less than four hundred and fifty years had elaps- formerly.--What shall we do? If it ed, the king of Ceylon directed the continues in this way, we shall have priests to write an account of Gaudama nothing to eat soon,' &c. So that it and his religion. They went about appears they begin to feel somewhat the work without a single written docu- alarmed, not so much lest their temment, or any other guide but oral tra- ples should be abandoned, as they are dition. If they had been ever so well lest their rice pots should be empty. disposed, had they the means under 17. Had one attentive listener whom these circumstances of writing a true I have not seen before. This after, account? Why! one part of the sa- noon Moung Dwah and Mah Lah cred books which I have once seen, were baptized. May many more folstates, that these books were written low them before the year is ended. in Gaudama's own time.' I called 18. Several individuals stayed and upon the people to listen to what the listened attentively a long time-prompriest was saying, that in one of the ised to consider this religion farther. sacred books which he has seen, it is One who stayed till near night, desired stated that the Beetakat was written in

a tract. Gaudama's own time; and every body 22. Have had several very attenknows that another book of the same tive hearers to-day, two or three of Beetakat, states that nothing was writ- whom professed to be convinced of the ten till four hundred and fifty years truth of what I said to them. But I after Gaudama. What further evidence shall know whether their professions is needed, to prove the Beetakat false, were sincere or not when I see wheththan what the priest has just now said ? er they come again : this is the grand If what he says is true, the Beetakat test. One said when he heard me is at war with itself. The priest saw talk he was convinced, but when he he was caught, and gave a significant went home his old opinions returned nod to the old man before mentioned, again. I urged him to pray for light as much as to say, 'We are down, we and wisdom, to enable him to distincan inake no defence."

As they re- guish between truth and error, and treated, I followed them closely, with God would enlighten his mind. He one blow after another, and the old has been to the zayat two or three priest bore it as patiently as a lamb. times before. At length he said, " It is a very diffi- 23. The first priest came again tocult case ; if I embrace the Christian day; but his appearance was very unreligion, I must discard entirely what promising. I felt that he had made I have reverenced, and held dear all up his mind not to come any more my life time; which, also, my fore- hear about the eternal God. He seemfathers esteerned and reverenced, and ed to be like one who was signing his become an outcast among my own peo- own death warrant without knowing ple: it is hard to bring the mind to this what he was doing; like one who was at once."

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and eternal misery, and would not be Feb. 6. Two persons from Siam persuaded to stop and look at the aw- came in and heard the truth with apful gulf just before him. I do not re- parent gladness. They begged for collect that I ever felt my mind so some of the sacred writings to tranburdened on accouat of any individual scribe. I gave them the tracts: Sevbefore. After he went away, I walk- eral others listened with attention, and ed the zayat in real agony, but could I feel encouraged to hope that before only say, I have done all that I could long, we shall see a work of grace in to enlighten his dark and supertitious this place.' mind, without effect; but he is still within the reach of thy mercy, 0 thou Saviour of sinners!

26. To-day I had rather more company at the zayat than usual; but they The Corresponding Secretary has were mostly new ones, whom I have received a letter from Rev. Oliver not seen before. Several from the Martaban side listened with apparent

Barron, containing a report of the secattention and interest; at their request ond annual meeting of the York AuxilI gave them a tract. The knowledge iary Foreign Mission Society at Wells, of the gospel is spreading extensively; Me. Dec. 31. Rev. William Godding, people from Martaban, Rangoon, Tavoy, Mergui, Yay, and various other Moderator, Rev. Oliver Barron, Secplaces, call, listen awhile, and take retary. Appropriate Sermons away with them the tract or some por preached by Mr. Clark of Saco, and tion of the sacred Scriptures. 28. The priest made his appear

Mr. James of Great Falls. Earnest ance again to-day, but has most evi- desires were expressed by those who dently made up his mind to continue a attended, that missionary zeal and disciple of Boodh, and venture the ardour for the extension of truth, may consequences. Several persons listened attentively, and seemed very favor- be diffused through the Society, which ably inclined towards the new reli- does not at present exhibit encouraggion.

ing prospects. 30. Not a great deal of company at

The next annual meeting is to be the zayat. I suspect the priests and some of the principal men of the place holden at Alfred, on the last Wednesbegin to feel alarmed for the religion day in December, 1829. of Gaudama, and are exerting what influence they have to prevent the common people from coming to listen lest they should become convinced of the folly of feeding and praying to dumb A communication has been receive idols; and what is still dearer to the

ed by the Secretary from a respected priests, lest they should grow negligent in their usual offerings, and their friend in Homer, N. Y. Feb. 21st, rice pots not be well filled. But what, which announces several gratifying ever influence they may exert, I feel items of intelligence. An increasing persuaded that the gospel will prevail here, and the idols be rejected as things interest on the subject of missions, is of nought; and that, too, before a apparent in this section, which appears very long time shall have elapsed: for to be the result of information, and esthe gospel commends itself to their tablished principle, rather than the minds as truth, as soon as they hear it; and they readily acknowledge that effect of temporary excitement. Cethey dare not say it is not true, while phas Bennet, who has been appointed they confess that they have no positive printer to the Burman Mission, is enevidence of the truth of the Beetakats. Nothing, however, can be done to: gaged in obtaining collections. A Sowards changing the hearts of the peo- ciety, styled the Cortland Auxiliary ple without the influence of the Spirit Society, was organized in January, unof God. I feel that it is most true that der circumstances which warrant the he that planteth is nothing, and he that watereth is nothing, but God who hope, that it will annually furnish effigiveth the increase.

cient aid. The course generally pre


ferred by brethren in this part of New REVIVALS OF RELIGION. York, is to form an Auxiliary Society in each Association, and thus have a In our Magazine for January, we ofregular channel of communication with fered a few remarks on the happy revithe Treasury, and a connexion with vals of religion, with which the churchthe Convention of the United States. es in the United States have been favor

On Lord's day, Feb. 15, at the Bap- ed; and the interest which they had tist Meeting House in Homer Village, recently excited on the other side of public notice was taken of the appoint- the Atlantic. The English publications ment of Mr. Bennet. In the morning exhibit an increasing solicitude for the a discourse was delivered from Isa. ii. enjoyment of similar visitations of the 2, 3; and in the afternoon, from 2 Tim. Holy Spirit, and indicate, among difii. 1. In the evening, a public prayer ferent denominations, simultaneous zeal meeting was held, in which the minis- and effort for the desired object. Nuters of different denominations in town, merous sermons, on the nature, the took a part. The season was interest- means, and the happy effects of reviing, and a collection of forty dollars vals, are announced from the most diswas taken up. Mr. Lyons, the Presby- guished preachers; pastoral letters are terian minister in Cortland Village, circulated by watchful and zealous kindly evinced an interest in the ob- shepherds; and meetings for united ject, by proposing a public prayer prayer are multiplied. In almost every meeting and collection at his place of number of the London Evangelical and worship; but the object was nearly Baptist Magazines, communications are defeated, by a tremendous storm. inserted, either to excite prayer for

At the annual meeting of the Madi- the object, or to trace the causes which son Auxiliary Society at Delphi, Feb. have obstructed the free course of the 18, a collection of 20 dollars was taken word of the Lord among their churches, up for the Mission. At the close of A national establishment of religion the business, a number of brethren is assigned as one obstruction in Engfrom different parts, being present, ef- land, as it naturally leads to a depenforts were made to extend the 50 dol- dence on an arm of flesh, instead of lar subscription, for printing the Bible presenting strong cries, with tears, to in the Burman language, and the fol- Him who alone is able to grant the lowing persons subscribed each 50 showers of his grace. It is apparent, dollars for the object :

that the happy religious freedom enAlfred Bennet, Elon Galusha, Sam- joyed in the United States is highly uel Payne, John Blain, James Nicker- favorable to the prevalence of piety, son, and S. Munroe, Esq. James and should therefore excite daily Nickerson and John C. Holt, also en- thanksgiving from every pious bosom, gaged each to furnish 30 dollars, for the Substituting an engagedness in public education of a Burman child.

objects in the place of personal piety, is We record with unmingled pleasure also named as an obstruction to revivals the awakened zeal among our breth- of religion. It was anciently said, ren in the cause of Christian benevo- “They made me the keeper of the lence, which this communication so vineyards, but mine own vineyard happily announces : Let the heavenly have I not kept.

No services can flame burn with increasing intensity, supply the absence of personal piety, and rapidly communicate its light and and habitual intercourse and daily comheat, till the denomination at large shall munion with God. In a day when the participate in the blessing:

Christian world is called to diversified

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objects of public benevolence, it great- • Already are results of pious combinaly concerns every Christian to mingle tions for prayer for revivals of religion an ardor of devotion with his public apparent; and the period is confidently efforts. This is indispensable to the anticipated, when the divine and doveultimate success of the public objects, like Spirit, which has so long brooded as well as to the promotion of vital over the western churches, will spread goliness at home. In relation to per- his wings across the Atlantic, and shedsonal piety and public objects, our Sa- a portion of his reviving influences on viour's remark is appropriate—“ This the barren churches of our beloved ought ye to have done, and not to leave land.' the other undone."

Revivals of religion, however, are The English Magazines state, that not peculiar to any land, or any age. the 10th of December, according to They have been enjoyed, in a greater previous appointment, was observed by or less degree, in all periods of the almost the whole of the Baptist church. The Acts of the Apostles reChurches in London, as a day ot fast- cord numerous joyful reasons, when ing and prayer, to seek the special ef- the Holy Spirit was copiously imparted, fusion of the Holy Spirit. Most of the which resulted in the happy effect, churches assembled at their own places that the work of God in the conversion of worship in the morning, and in the of sinners was illustriously extended. evening several neighboring congre- Succeeding ages enjoyed similar blessgations united. It is stated to have "ings. The present is, indeed, conbeen a day of peculiarly solemn and spicuously favored; and each succeed. interesting feelings, and of great fer. ing age may be expected to be more vor and earnestness of supplication. signally blessed, till the millennial sun

The Congregational Board in Lon. shall arise, with healing beneath his don have held several meetings in rela- wings. tion to the subject. On the 26th of Nov. forty-nine ministers assembled at the

A late number of the London EvanPoultney chapel, with a view to pro- gelical Magazine contains a letter from mote a revival of religion among them. Wales, Oct. 30, 1828, detailing a happy selves, and in the churches with which

work of they were connected. The Evangel- called Gewtheren, a parish containing

grace. It began in a place, ical Magazine states, that a spirit of about 500 persons. We select the follove and holy excitement prevailed at

lowing particulars. the meeting. It was adjourned to the 3d of December, when 51 assembled. eminently useful in bringing a refor

“The Sunday-schools have been Prayers were offered and addresses mation ; by the instruction of their delivered, which indicated a deep so- teachers, the young people licitude for the rich blessing. They brought to see the sinfulness of atassembled again on the 17th of Dec. been the ruin of many. The families

tending wakes, fairs, &c. which have which was a season of peculiar solem- have been brought to see the duty and nity. Fervent prayers ensure bless. privilege of worshipping God in their ings from the skies, agreeably to the families; believing that the Lord would Saviour's promise,—“ Ask, and ye shall that call not on his name. By degrees

pour his wrath upon all households receive; seek, and ye shall find.” the word preached, had a great effect These circumstances presage some

upon the hearers, and the members of great blessing for the English churches. the small church of Christ began to

pray earnestly in private, and in their The New Baptist Miscellany remarks, public worship, for an outpouring of



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