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it of vital importance that the Conven- Resolved, That brethren J. L. Dagg, tion, at this moment, should make a Heman Lincoln, Noah Davis, David friendly expression of countenance to Jones, and Levi Farwell, be a Comthe College by furnishing a nomina- mittee on the Indian Missions. tion out of which Trustees for the next Resolved, That D. Benedict, J. D. three years may be elected: wherefore Knowles, C. G. Soinmers and Peter
Resolved, That the requested nomi- Ludlow, be a Committee on the Pubnation of at least fifty persons, from lications of the Board. which number a new Board may be Resolved, That John Peck, E. Ga. elected by the contributors, be granted. lusha and N. R. Cobb, and W. Colgate,
Resolved, That the following persons be a Committee to consider and propose compose the list desired :
measures to increase the funds of this Robert B. Semple,
body. E. Reynolds,
Resolved, That J. D. Knowles, A. George Woods,
Sherwood, and Archibald Maclay, be John McLean, do.
a Committee to inquire respecting the Richard M. Johnson, do.
propriety and the means of enlarging Wilson Lumpkin, do.
the Missionary operations of the ConNathan Towson, do.
vention. M. St. Clair Clark, do.
Resolved, That brethren Cone, Joseph Gibson, do.
Manly, Sherwood, Brantly, and Crane, Charles K. Gardner, do.
be a Committee on the Burman MisJ. L. Skinner,
sion. Isaac Clarke,
Resolved, That brethren A. BenSamuel Cornelius, do.
nett, C. G. Sommers, D. Benedict, B. John L. Dagg,
Penn. Jacobs, A. Sabin, and J. C. Murphy, Jesse Mercer,
he a Committee on State Conventions. David Benedict, R. I.
A communication from the Hudson Wm. T. Brantly, Penn.
River Association was received, read, Elon Galusha,
and referred to the last Committee.* Eli Ball,
Invitations that the Convention be William W. Todd, N. Y.
held in Boston and in New York, were John B. Yates,
laid on the table. Daniel Corey,
Adjourned to 3 o'clock. Nicholas Brown, R. I.
Prayer by brother Train of Mass. David Cooper,
Ma. A. W. Clopton, Va.
3 o'clock, P. M. Thomas Stokes, N. Y.
Prayer by brother Galusha. John F. Wilson,
S. C. Adiel Sherwood, Ga.
By vote of Convention, the entire Basil Manly,
Minutes of the Board for the last three Heman Lincoln, Mass.
years were read. Lucius Bolles,
Adjourned to 3 o'clock to-morrow. Daniel Sharp,
Sung 133d Psalm. James D. Knowles, do.
Prayer by brother Going of Worcester. Jonathan Going,
do. Spencer H. Cone, N. Y.
Saturday, 3 o'clock. William Colgate,
Convention met-Prayer by brother Charles G. Sommers,
J. C. Murphy-Minutes of yesterday David Woodson,
were read. Peter Ludlow, S. C.
* The following is the minute referred to above. William Staughton,
peWilliam Crane, Va.
culiar satisfaction, the progress of our denominaJohn Kerr,
tion towards a state of happy and united co-ope, Robert Ryland, do.
ration, in the formation of State Conventions and Levi Farwell,
Local Associations, for the purpose of concentra
ting the energies of our already numerous churchNath. R. Cobb,
We feel impressed with the belief, that the John M. Berrien, D. C. time has arrived, when we should have some rege B. M. Saunders,
ularly constituted bond or centre of union, to
wards which, as a denomination, we might look. Thomas Cooper, do.
We do therefore respectfully request the Baptist John Culpepper,
N. C. General Convention for Missionary purposes, to Platt Stout,
take into consideration, at its meeting in PhiladelJohn M. Peck, INI.
phia, in April, 1829, the propriety of forming an
American Baptist Convention for General pur. Abner Blocker, Ala.
poses, to assemble triennially, in some central S. M. Noel,
part of the United States."
The Committee on STATE CONVEN. who were members of the last ConTIONS, reported in full, and were dis- vention, and of the Board of Managers, charged. See Appendix, [A.]
Resolved, That the Convention reResolved, That brethren H. Lin- member with mournful pleasure, the coln, N. Waterman, William Colgate, , piety, zeal, and faithful services, as S. Chapin, and A. Sherwood, be a well as the private virtues, of their deCommittee to report a nomination for a parted brethren; that they cherish for new Board of Managers.
their memory, a strong sense of reResolved, That brethren Brantly, spect, and pray that God will be pleasDagg, and Staughton, be a Committee ed to sanctify their death to their famto apply to the proper authority, to de- ilies, to the churches with which they termine whether an alteration in the were connected, and to the Convention. style of the Convention, can with fa- Resolved, That brethren Williams, cility and safety be made, and in such Sharp, and Lincoln, be a Committee to case, that it be altered so as to be call. prepare rules for the government of ed " The Baptist General Conven- this Convention, in the conduct of bution," and that the first article of the siness, and report at this session. constitution be amended, to read as Resolved, That the thanks of this follows, viz. “ Article I. That this body Convention be tendered to the Rev. J. be styled The Baptist General Conven- D. Knowles, for the very satisfactory tion : and its aim shall be to promote manner in which he has executed the Foreign Missions, and other important important service of preparing a Meobjects relating to the Redeemer's moir of the late lamented Mrs Judkingdom.”
son; and that this body entertain a Řesolved, That the thanks of this grateful sense of his liberality in the Convention be presented to the Rev. gratuitous tender of this valuable book Dr Sharp, for his interesting ser
for the benefit of the cause of Mismon at the opening of the Session, and sions. that a copy be requested for the press. Adjourned. Dr Bolles and Mr Knowles were ap
Prayer by brother Sabin of Vt. pointed to communicate this resolution. Resolved, That Wednesday evening
3 o'clock-Afternoon. next be set apart for special prayer in Prayer by brother Peck of N. Y. reference to the sailing of Mr Cephas The Committee to prepare rules, &c. Bennet, and wife, and that a collection requested time to report at the opening be made on that occasion. [Mr Ben- of the next session, which was granted. net goes out as printer to the Mission,
The Committee on INDIAN Misand carries the cast-iron press lately sions reported, and were discharged. purchased by the Board, together with
See Appendix, (D.) à quantity of paper. The
types have been cast at Calcutta.]
Resoloed, That brethren Bolles and
Lincoln, be a Committee to wait on Prayer by brother Jacobs, of Cam- the Secretary of War, and other pubbridge, Mass.
lic officers, to put them in possession
of the views of the Convention in refAdjourned.
erence to Indian reform.
The Committee on RELIGIOUS Monday, May 4th. 9 o'clock.
PUBLICATIONS reported, and were Prayer by brother Taylor of Rich- discharged. mond.
See Appendix (E.) The Committee on the BURMAN M19. Means reported, and were discharged.
The Committee on WAYS AND SION reported, and were discharged. See Appendix, (B.)
See Appendix (F.) The Committee on ENLARGING o'clock, a season of devotion be observa
Resolved, That to-morrow at three THE OPERATIONS OF THE CONVEN. ed in reference to the important objects TION reported, and were discharged. of this Convention.
See Appendix, (C.)
Resolved, That we now elect the Sherwood, Crane, Going and Maylin, be a Committee on the African Mission. Adjourned.
Whereas it has pleased God to re- Prayer by brother Sherwood of Ga. move from his church on earth since the last session of the Convention, our
May 5, Tuesday. brethren STEPHEN GANO, WILLIAM Brother Webb, of New Brunswick, GAMMELL, and ABNER FORBES, prayed.
The Committee on the AFRICAN lishment, and vigorous prosecution Mission made a report, which was in all our churches and congregations. accepted.
Resolved, That as the Missionary See Appendix, (G.)
operations of this Convention do so Resolved, That this Convention deeply affect the glory of God, we view with deep concern the deplorable , recommend to the Churches representdestitution of ministerial labor which
ed in this Convention to observe the exists in many parts of our country. first Monday in the three following They know that very many of our
years, as a day of fasting and prayer, own churches have no settled pastor, that God would crown with abundant and seldom enjoy even the preaching success, their efforts to spread the of the word. Feeling an unspeakable blessings of the Redeemer's kingdom. anxiety to see “ the knowledge of the
Resolved, That in view of the im. Lord,” cover the earth, they cannot portance of the Missionary enterprise, but take a profound interest in all
and with a firm belief that the blessmeasures calculated to bring forwardings of God alone can secure the sucsuitable young men for the ministry.
cess which we desire; and from a They therefore would urge upon their conviction that the prayers of the debrethren throughout the country, to
nomination have been mercifully anpray with constancy and fervor, that swered in the late signal outpourings the Lord would send forth more labor- of the Holy Spirit, upon our Mission to ers into the harvest of souls; and that Burmah; therefore it is recommend when youth are found, evidently call-ed, not merely to every member of ed of God to this work, they may re
this Convention, but to every member ceive every requisite aid in obtaining of the Baptist churches throughout such education, as may make them the United States, to spend an half mighty in the Scriptures.”
hour every Sabbath morning, as soon
after the rising of the sun as may be Resolved, That this Convention rejoice in the blessing of God, bestowed convenient, to implore the continued upon the labors of the Baptist Gen. outpouring of the Spirit of God upon ERAL TRACT SOCIETY; that it views this body, upon our beloved country,
the Missionary stations connected with with special interest their efforts for and the world. the publication of Tracts in Burmah,
Resolved, That a printed statement and other foreign countries, and recommend the Society to the patronage of lar to that presented at the opening of
of the receipts and expenditures, simiall the churches.
this session, be furnished by the Board Resolved, That the thanks of the at each future meeting of this conConvention be presented to
the vention. AMERICAN BIBLE SOCIETY, for Resolved, That the next Conventhe donation of $1200 to assist in the tion be held with the Oliver street publication of the Sacred Scriptures church, in the city of New York. in Burmah.
Resolved, That the Rev. W. B. Resolved, That the thanks of this Johnson, of s. C. be appointed to Convention be presented to the BIBLE preach the Sermon at the opening SOCIETY OF PHILADELPHIA, for the of the next Convention. In case of donation of $100 to assist in printing his failure, Rev. Dr. Chapin of D. C. the Scriptures in the Burman language. Resolved, That the printing and dis
tribution of the Minutes be committed Resolved, That the thanks of this
to the Board of Managers. Convention be presented to the AMERICAN TRACT SOCIETY, for its dona- Adjourned. tion of $300 toward printing Burman Prayer by brother Maylin of PennTracts, and also 25,000 pages of Tracts sylvania. for the Liberia Mission.
Afternoon—3 o'clock. Resolved, That the valuable and
The time was spent in _prayer, gratuitous services of the Honorable singing, and exhortation. Eight or HEMAN LINCOLN, as Treasurer of ten brethren took part in the exercises, this Convention, entitle him to the af- which were of a peculiarly solemn and fection and sincere esteem of this body. affectionate character. Resolved, That this Convention view
The Minutes having been carefully with lively interest, the increasing at
read, corrected, and approved, the tention paid by the religious public
Convention adjourned. to Sabbath Schools and Bible Classes,
ROBERT B. SEMPLE, President. and earnestly recommend their estab- HOWARD MALCOM, Secretary.
CONTAINING DOCUMENTS SUBMITTED TO THE CONVENTION.
The Committee to whom was referred the consideration of State Conventions, beg leave to
REPORT: That after a deliberate investigation of this most important subject, they have experienced great pleasure in contemplating the existence of ten efficient and prosperous State Conventions, embracing the growing interest of the Baptist denomination in as many of the United States. Some of these have contributed to missionary and other objects contemplated in the formation, and under the supervision of this Convention. A statement of what has been accomplished by the different State Conventions to promote the empire of Immanuel would have been made; but the Committee found it impracticable, owing to the absence of their several Annual Reports.
Your Committee respectfully suggest the importance of recommending not only the formation of Conventions in all the remaining States of the Union where such Institutions do not already exist; but, that each State Convention be affectionately solicited to transmit to this body at its triennial sessions, an account of the number of Baptist churches and members within its bounds, together with the amount of moneys expended for Foreign and Domestic Missions, Education, Tract, Bible, and other important objects connected with the interests of our denomination; and also a statistical account of Sabbath Schools, Bible Classes, and revivals of religion within their respective bounds; so that an accurate view of our denomination in this country, at least so far as information can be obtained, may be spread upon the pages of our Report.
Your Committee beg leave further to report, that in their opinion this Convention does in the most perfect manner, embrace within the bounds of its purview, all that appears to be contemplated in the recommendation of the Hudson River Baptist Association, as expressed in the 38th Article of the Minutes of that body, for 1828. All which is respectfully submitted,
ALFRED BENNETT, Chairman.
BURMAN MISSION. The Committee to whom was referred the consideration of the Burman Mission, beg leave to
REPORT : We regard the subject of the Burman Mission as one of the very first magnitude, and preferring claims to your regard, which should be carefully pondered and duly appreciated. Your Committee are of opinion that a period so rich in success, so bright with expectation, and so inviting to benevolent and renewed effort, has seldom distinguished the history of any Christian enterprise ; and it is certain that the Burman Mission never before assumed an aspect so much adapted to the excitement of intense solicitude.
The tide of intelligence which has lately rolled in upon us from that remote and gloomy region, sweeps off from our minds those misgivings which previously paralyzed our endeavors, and once more rouses to action our dormant affections. Indications which cannot be mistaken, are markirg out the Burman Empire as the future scene of Gospel churches ; and many redeemed souls, as we ardently trust, have already followed the Saviour's footsteps amid the baptismal waters, and are now enjoying the peace of God, which passeth understanding.
Upon a careful examination we most cordially approve the plan of operations which your Missionaries in that quarter have pursued, and upon which your Board have bestowed their sanction. The changes which have taken place, and the locations which have been sought, in consequence of the fluctuating residence of the natives, have all been the obvious result of prudence, and an untiring devotion to the missionary cause. The brethren have evinced in all their transactions the frankness, humility, and self-denying spirit of faithful ministers. All their plans have been submitted to your Board, and no important step taken without its advice and approbation. Whilst this disposition on the part of the Missionaries to conform to the intentions and directions of your institution remains as it now is, a harmonious and successful prosecution of the work may be confidently anticipated.
Were it possible, we would rouse the slumbering energies of every Baptist in the Union, in reference to the mission now under consideration. This globe hardly presents a more ample field for exertion in the cause of Christ. The climate of the country is, on the whole, not adverse to human life. The numerous rivers with their branches which water it, afford an abundance of fertile land, capable of supporting a dense population; and hence, contiguous towns and villages, containing from 200 to 1000 inhabitants, may be found to an almost indefinite extent. Rice and poultry, with a great variety of fruits and vegetables, are the principal articles of food. The state of those useful and domestic arts by which the accommodations indispensable to comfort may be obtained, is sufficiently advanced for all the coinmon purposes of life. In addition to the facilities already stated, we must not omit the fact that most of the male Burmans are able to read. By this circumstance they will be rendered accessible by means of the press, and tracts and copies of the Scriptures may be diffused among them to any extent.
We feel a peculiar interest in presenting to the notice of the Convention the custom of the Missionaries in bringing into the field of active labor the services of native Christians. Whilst such assistants may be employed at an expense seven eighths less than what is necessary for American or European teachers, they exert a more direct and powerful influence. The continuation of this practice is therefore strongly recommended. A brother in New-York, with his wonted liberality, engages to furnish annually, should no intervention of Provi. dence hinder, the sum requisite to support one native preacher. This will be about $100 per annum, and we do confidently hope that many others will be found both able and willing to imitate this noble example.
The plan submitted by Mr Boardman, for the establishment of native schools is wise and judicious. It requires no arguinents to prove that the most likely way to the demolition of the abominable idolatries which enfetter the souls of the heathen is the introduction of rational and Christian education among the rising generation. We therefore earnestly recommend the adoption of the plan as far as may be compatible with the means at command.
We find that the accounts of your Missionaries have been faithfully and regularly transmitted to your Board, and that the utmost economy and frugality have prevailed in their
expenditures. In conclusion, the Committee would express their unfeigned and heartfelt thankfulness to the God of all grace for the signal manifestations of his favor vouchsafed to the Burman Mission, and pray that he may continue to smile upon your Missionaries and native teachers and Board of Managers in all their future efforts to spread abroad the savor of the Redeemer's name. Respectfully submitted,
S. H. CONE, Chairman.
ON ENLARGING OPERATIONS. The Committee appointed to inquire respecting the expediency and the means of enlarging the Missionary operations of the Convention,
REPORT: That they have considered the subject referred to them, with a strong conviction o! its importance; and their reflections and consultations have led them to a decided opinion, that the Convention owes it to the Head of the church, to the denomination which it represents, and to a world lying and perishing in wickedness, to multiply its efforts to diffuse the knowledge of salvation through Jesus Christ. They feel, that our churches possess ample ability to prosecute missionary endeavors, of a far more enlarged range than those in which the