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Dec. 17, 1828, Daniel Sabin, was the man whose name is the BRANCH, ordained an evangelist, at Fairfax, Vt. and he shall grow up out of his place, Sernion, by Rev. A. Sabin.

and he shall build the temple of the Jan. 28, 1829, Mr Leonard Tracy LORD; even he shall build the temple was ordained pastor of the Baptist of the LORD ; and he shall bear the Church in Claremont, N. H. Sermon, glory, and shall sit and rule upon his by Rev. 0. Tracy of New Londou. throne, and he shall be a priest upon Feb. 4, Mr Isaac D. Newell, late a

his throne.” The right hand of felstudent at Hamilton, was ordained at lowship was presented by Elder John Warren, N. Y. Sermon, by Rev. J. Haynes, of Norway. Elder Hezekiah Blain.

Hull, addressed the newly constitute

church, and Elder Joseph Palmer, Feb. 11, Mr F. S. Sheardown, was prayed. The weather was pleasant, ordained at Catlin, N. Y. Sermon, and the union and delight apparent by Elder J. Sears.

among the saints, evinced that the Feb. 11, By request of the Baptist Lord was present, and encouraged an Church at Osego, N. Y. George Holt, interesting hope respecting the future jr. and Stephen Hutchins, were ordain- prosperity of this little band of chrised to the Christian ministry. Sermon, tian brethren. by Elder Benjamin Sawins.



Oct. 6. A Baptist Church was or

A new Baptist Meeting House was ganized at Walsingham, Canada, and opened at Hampton, N. Y. in October

last. consists of 58 members, 36 of whom

Sermon by Rev. Samuel C. have recently experienced religion.

Dillaway. A Baptist Church was organized in Meeting-house was opened in William

In December last, a new Baptist Willington, Con. Dec. 18, 1828, and a subscription is filled for erecting a

son, N. Y. where God has blessed his commodious Meeting-house.

people with frequent additions, so that

between fifty and sixty have been addFeb. 12. A Baptist Church was

ed to the church by baptism within constituted at Harrison, Courtland Co.

about two years past; and some atN. Y. consisting of 60 members. tention exists at the present time.

A pleasing revival of religion, has Dec. 19, 1828, the new and commofor some time existed in the north part dious Meeting House, in Surrey Co. of Paris, Me. and the adjoining part of Vir. erected for the Baptist Church Woodstock, and near Washburn's Mills, and Congregation, was opened with apand a number have been hopefully propriate services. converted to God. Twelve or fifteen have been baptized. On the 11th of

A new Baptist Meeting House was March, most of these, with others dis- opened at Mɔnmouth, We. Jan. 14.

Sermon by Rev. John Butler. missed from neighboring churches, to the number of twenty-two, were con

A new Baptist Meeting House was stituted a church, by the name of the opened in the village of Manlius Baptist Church of Christ in Paris and Squarc, January 29. Sermon by Rev. Woodstock.

Elon Galusha. A sermon was preached on the oc- A brick Meeting House was opened casion, by Elder John Tripp, of He- at Cambridge, Vt. Feb. 5. Seriaon bron, from Zech. vi. 12, 13: “Behold by Rev. A. Sabin.

As some highly respected friends have expressed a desire, that some suitable monument should be erected over the grave of Mrs Judson, we are authorized to say, that the Board of Missions will take upon themselves the responsibility of carrying their wishes into effect, provided the funds necessary for the object shall be deposited with the Treasurer, H. Lincolo, Esq. Boston ; and that they will also do the same for any other of their departed missionaries, for which similar provision shall be made. Shquld surplus money be contributed, it will be applied to the support of Burman Schools.

Account of Moneys received by the Treasurer of the General Convention of

the Baptist Denomination for Foreign Missions, from Jan. 21, to Mar. 20,


1829. By cash from Samuel Payne, Esq. Treas of the

Mr Wm. Stow, being a donation from Mr Sol. Madison Aux. Soc. N. Y.

50,00 omon Goodale, late of Conway, Mass. de. From Calvin Stockbridge, Esq. Treas, of the

ceased, per Col. Charles E. Billings, for Cumberland (Maine) For. Miss. Soc. it hay.

Indian Miss. 3,00-For. Miss. 108,00, 111,00 ing been received as follows, viz.

A friend, to aid in publishing the New Tes. From Young Men's Pri. Soc. Portland, 50,40

tament in Burman,

2,00 Female

do. 22,13

American Beneficent Society, it having been
do. N. Yarmouth, 31,00

contributed as follows, viz Female

do. 2!,08

Female Judson Soc. Richmond, Va. 37,00
Mission Box

Fem. For. Miss. do.

Minor Fem. Pri. Soc. for the education

Do. du. do do


22,63 of a Burman youth, named Ste

per Rev. Luther Rice,

140.06 pher Chapin,


E. Probyn, Esq. N. Y. per Rev. Dr Sharp, 50,00 Male Primary Soc. Freeport,

Primary Society, Montville, Me. 13,50

12,50 Female do. do.

do. do.

Do 21,00

Prospect, do.

Do. do. M. Stockbridge,


do. 1,00

1,88 Mission Box, Brunswick,


Per J. M'Crillis Treas of the
Waldo Aux Soc. in Belfast,

20,00 Female Primary Soc. do.

12,00 Rev. B. 'Iitcomb, do,


A friend, by Mr Bailey, Scituate, for the Bur-
D. Dexter and children, do.

man Scriptures,

2,25 Ephraim Brown, do.


Mr Philip Brown, Treas. of the New HampHenry Dimmock, du.


shire Bap. State Convention, contributed as Male Primary Soc. Bath,


follows, viz. Feniale do. do. do.

Male Primary Soc. in Milford,

69,54 Mission Box, do.

Female Miss Soc. do. 5,00

24,17 Female Pri. Soc. New Gloucester,


Contribution at the close of the Associa262,51

tion in Milford, Oct 15 & 16, 1828, 14,03 M. Mims, Esq. Treas. of the State Conven.

Per Mr Benj Cressy,

107,74 tion of the Baptist denomination in South

General Committee of the Charleston, S. C. Carolina, for For. Miss. 50,00-Withing.

Association, by M, Mims, Esq.

75,00 ton Station, 50,00,

100,00 Miss Elizabeth Cornelius, Alexandria, D. C.

H. LINCOLN, Treas.


1021,85 collected in her school, for Carey Station, 2,00 The following liberal donations Mrs Sophia Leonard, first payment to educate

have been received to aid in publishan Indian boy at Carey or Thomas at the option of the Board, to be named Abraham

ing the Scriptures in the Burman Faw,


language. Collection at missionary prayer meeting, Alexandria, D. C. for printing the Scrip.

By cash from E. Probyn, Esq. Y. N. per Rev.

Dr Sharp tures in the Burman language,

50,00 4,54 Mrs Leonard, for the same purpose,

Mr A. Perkins, Claremont, N. H. per Rev. 1,00

Leonard Tracy, Mrs Cornelius, for do. 5,00

50,00 A female friend, do.

Bap. Church in Hartford, Conn.

50,00 5,00

A friend to the Heathen, in do.
Received from Rev.s. Cornelius, Alex.



do. andria, D. C. per Rev. Dr Bolles,

50,00 Do.

do. do. SO.CO South Boston Fem. Pri. Miss. Soc. by Mrs

*250,00 Mary B. Hill, Secretary, 18,50 A Friend, Geeensboro, Ga.

50,00 Bap. Miss. Soc. Amherst College by Mr Chapin, 23,25 Mr Thomas Hill, Louisville, Ky.

50,00 Hiraa Richmond, 'Treas. of the Pri. Soc. Ashfield, for For. Miss.


H. LINCOLN, Treas. dolls. 450,00 * To be applied for printing the New Testament in Burman.

Account of Moneys received by the Treasurer of the Newton Theological In

stitution, from Jan. 1, to March 23, 1829.
Ephraim Wood,

Stillman Messer,

5,00 Mrs Fanny Shelton, 15,00 Mrs Smith,

Wm Cobb, 5,00

10,00 Friend, by Rev. J.D. Knowles, 10,00 Amos Bridges,

Peres Gill, 10,00

50,00 Richard Fletcher, 100,00 John Augustus,


Kev James D. Knowlęs, 25,00 Wm. Goddard, 20,00 Wm Minning, jr.

Asa Lewis. 5,co

5,03 Enoch Sutton, 5,00 Samn'l Eveleth,


Medfield. Willard Messer,

10,00 John Richards, H. A. Hovey, 10,00 Dea. Jacob Hiler,

Hannah Fisher, James Waldock, 10,00 Edward Smith,

3,00 Philadelphia. Dan. Messer, 5,00 Thomas Mann,

Noah Davis,

20,00 Joseph Woodcock,

10,00 Wm. Bittle, Wm. Keith, 5,00 B. Sweetser,

5,00 LEVI FARWELL, Treas.

5,00 5,00


3,00 3,00

The Agent of the Mass. Bap. Education Society has recently obtained the

following Subscriptions for Life Trustees of the Society. Edward Probyn, New York,

50,00 Male Members of the Baptist church and conBy male members of Oliver-Street church and

gregation in Hartford, to constitute Rev. congregation, to constitute Rev. S. H. Cone

Barnas Sears a Life Trustee,

59,00 and Wm. Hague, Life Trustees,

100,00 The fifth Baptist church, Philadelphia, to con. Rev. C. P. Wilson, Amenia, N. Y. by himself

stitute Rev. J L Dagg a Life Trustee, 50,00 and friends, in part,


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The subject of this Memoir was born in Virginia, the 15th of October, A. D. 1755. His parents were Moses and Sarah Matthews, who were poor, but reputable members of the “high church,” as it was then called, but without any knowledge of the regenerating influences of the Holy Spirit. Consequently, they taught their son nothing of the necessity of the new birth. While James was quite an infant, his parents moved to South Carolina, where he grew up to manhood, with scarcely any other improvement than that gained by the labors of the field in procuring the necessary support for the family.

It pleased the Lord in his 15th year to excite in him a solicitude about his future state. It was not, however, till August of his 17th year, that he became the subject of those heart searching convictions, which resulted in his being brought, about the middle of October, into the liberty of the Gospel, by faith in Christ. After enduring many doubts and fears for several months, he was baptized in March the following year, 1773, by Jacob Gibson, the venerable pastor of the Baptist Church on Little River, (of Broad River,) s. C. with which church he united. Under the ministry of Mr Gibson, he was nurtured for several years. About this time, also, his parents, much to his comfort, became hopeful subjects of divine grace,'and united with the same church-in which profession they lived happily, and died hopefully in a good old age.

Soon after our brother had obtained hope in Christ, his mind became impressed with the condition of his fellow-men ; and under a discourse from Elder A. Marshall, of Georgia, his feelings became so elevated, that ere he was aware, he was exhorting the people. After he united with the church, his desire to do good to the souls of his fellow creatures increased, and May, 1829


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he became more deeply impressed with the duty of engaging in the ministry. But he was still deterred by his want of suitable qualifications. To supply his lack of education, he endeavored to make attainments in learning, by every means in his power ; but for want of time and books, he never attained to that degree which he so much desired. The revolutionary war taking place, he was called into camp. Surrounded by loose, carnal company, he had but little opportunity, and less suitableness of spirit, for preaching. Still he could not be at rest.

When far advanced in age, he wrote to a friend, that from the first dawn of his Christian hope, his mind was impressed with the duty of publicly exhorting, though he had no expectation of entering upon the ministry—nay, the very thought was too much for him-but he could not suppress the desire to do good to his fellow

He was much disposed to solitude, and sought occasions to ride alone to meeting. One Sabbath morning, when thus riding alone on a private road, he was impressed to turn aside for prayer. He did so, and while at prayer, the words,

I have chosen you to preach the Gospel," seemed like thunder to burst from heaven into his heart. But instantly he felt a violent opposition to what seemed to him the will of God. He went to meeting in extreme anguish. At the close of the prayer, the minister said, “Send thy Gospel far and wide; and for this end take thy Gospel ministers near thee.” At hearing these words, he seemed to himself to be taken near, even into the arms of the Saviour, and the words, “ I have chosen you to preach the Gospel,” rushed with double force on his mind, and he trembled, so that he could scarcely regain his seat. This left an abiding impression on his mind that God had called him to preach the Gospel to a dying world. But still he hesitated, under an appalling sense of his want of qualifications.

In the mean time he had married a Mrs Jenkins, a member of the church, by whom he had one son. But it pleased God soon to remove her from him by death. This trying bereavement was the occasion of his becoming excited to a more active discharge of his duty, to which he was also encouraged by having received the approbation of the church to preach the Gospel.

In 1782, he moved into the State of Georgia, with his little motherless boy; and united with the Red's creek church, under the care of Elder L. Savage, in Columbia County. He preached among them, and travelled as he had opportunity for two or three years. Having gained their approbation and esteem he was called to ordination, and came under the imposition of hands by a Presbytery, namely, Elders, L. Savage, D. Tinsly, S. Walker, and A. Marshall in 1785. With these excellent men he lived in high esteem, both as a Christian and as a minister, during their lives. He now went forth as a missionary of the cross, filled with a fervid zeal for the Lord, and an ardent love for the souls of men. He soon acquired general esteem; and his career promised, as it has by the grace of God accomplished, much usefulness. He married his second wife in 1786, Miss Rebecca Carlton, who is

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now his mourning relict. She proved to be a help meet for him indeed, and helped him much in the Gospel.Of their twelve children, three of the sons and an infant daughter, as also his first born son, are gone to their long home. One of the sons has, since the death of his father, been ordained to the gospel ministry. The latter is a hopeful exhorter; and the other three are moral and respectable citizens. The three daughters all profess hope in Christ.

It was not long before our brother attracted the attention of the churches, and was called into their service. The first church he was engaged with was situated on Briar Creek, in Burke County,

AT BOTSFORD'S OLD MEETING-HOUSE. This church was constituted before the revolutionary war, under the ministry of that venerable man of God, Rev. Edmund Botsford, after whom it is called to this day. During the war it had dwin: dled almost to extinction; but after his connexion with it, the work of the Lord prospered under his labors. Anå in one year he had the unspeakable joy to lead seventy hopefully redeemed sinners into the yielding stream, and bury them in baptism with Christ, in hope of a glorious resurrection with him into eternal life. The work spread, and two other churches were constituted, and the foundation of another was laid, which afterwards was built up. The two constituted were at Buckhead and Mobley's Pond. In the former he baptized about fifty; and many others in the latter, as well as at Rocky Creek, a branch of one of the churches. But falling sick, and remaining with his family in a declined state of health, he deemed it expedient to leave the low country. He moved to Wilkes County, and settled a farm on Clark's Creek, which was his unchanged residence till death. Here he soon became a member, and the pastor of the church,

AT CLARKE'S STATION. He undertook the pastoral care of this church about the year 1789, and continued it about fifteen years. During this period he enjoyed much satisfaction. He had the esteem and confidence of church and people ; and labored much night and day for their good. His zeal and fervent mind for the prosperity of the church and for the salvation of his congregation, are embalmed with his devout prayers

and many tears, in the tenderest recollections of his numerous and affectionate surviving friends. But the season was barren-a wide spreading religious dearth afflicted the State in many sections, and few churches suffered more than that at Clarke's Station. From the records of the association it appears, very few were added to this church by baptism during his connexion with it. At length a contention took place in the church, which disposed him to resign his office, and to unite himself with the sister church



Of this church also, he became the pastor a few years before his death. In this relation he continued as the pastor in much affec

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