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THE EVANGELICAL TRACT
their minds, and they were astonished dies’ Boston Distributing Bible Associat their former ignorance, and dark- ation, in judiciously circulating the
He informed us that a change sacred Word through the different had taken place in his mind, that had wards of the city. Dr Codman, Mr enabled him to give himself up to Palfrey, Mr Potter, and Mr Malcom, the Lord, that since then he had felt severally addressed the meeting, and as if he were in a new world. He urged weighty and animating considexpressed an unusual joy and satis- erations to excite to continued and infaction in receiving religious instruc- creased efforts for diffusing the Word tion, and said bis whole mind was of life. constantly employed in meditating on God, and the things of another world; he enjoyed much comfort in prayer,
SOCIETY, his mind was continually engaged in
Met at the house of the Secretary, it; while at work and when walking on Tuesday afternoon. At this meetabout, he often found himself uttering ing it was voted that a portion of the aloud accents of praise to the Redeem- Society's Tracts be gratuitously diser. It appears he has been very ac
tributed, and that 2000 pages be granttive in communicating the light he has ed to each Baptist minister who shall received, to the other Indians. He
call season to receive them. In the said his wife, and her mother, were evening an appropriate sermon thinking seriously on the subject of religion, and asked if they might be Third Baptist Meeting-House, by Rev.
preached before the Society in the permitted to come to our morning service; their mother, he said, wanted which a collection was taken to aid in
A. Fisher, jr. from Eccl. ix. 10. After come and see how white people printing Tracts in Burmah. worshipped God. On being informed we should be pleased to see them come, they were early at the house of God, and were as attentive as though they clock, Rev. Ebenezer Néison, of West
On Wesnesday forenoon, at 10 o' could understand every word.”
Cambridge, delivered a Sermon at the Federal Street Baptist Meeting-house, on the interesting subject of Foreign
Missions, from Matt. xxviii. 18—20. ANNIVERSARIES IN BOSTON.
Our limits will not admit of an analysis During the last week in May, nu
of this interesting discourse; but it merous benevolent institutions cele
was heard with a fixed attention, and brated their anniversaries in Boston, exhibited the claims of this cause on which called an assemblage of minis: the disciples of Christ in a manner ters and brethren from the various calculated to excite awakened zeal sections of the State. The interviews and holy ardor in this noble enterprise. were highly interesting to the friends
MASSACHUSETTS BAPTIST of the Redeemer, and had a happy influence in elevating religious joys, and increasing Christian activity. It is be- This Society held its annual meetlieved that many returned to their dif- ing at 12 o'clock on Wednesday, at the ferent fields of labor with quickened Federal Street Meeting house. Its zeal and enlarged philanthropy. object is to render pecuniary aid to the
widows and children of deceased Baptist ministers in the State of Massa
chusetts. As many of the ministers The annual meeting of this Society of Christ obtain only sufficient means was held at the Old South Meeting for their annual support, it is apparHouse, on Monday evening, May 25. ent that their families must general
The Report of the Executive Com- ly be left in destitute circumtancess mittee was read by Dr Wisner, and at their decease. It is therefore stated that the Society purchased the earnestly hoped that the funds of this last year 1208 Bibles and 2030 Testa- Society may be greatly increased. ments. There have been distributed The Boston and Salem Associations, in the same time 96 large Bibles, 1102 and probably some others, have transsmall, 122 large Testaments, and 2433 ferred their funds to this Society; and small ones.
Honorable mention was it is desirable that each Association in made of the efficient labors of the La- the State should make this Society the
MASSACHUSETTS BIBLE SOCIETY.
depository of their funds and annual religion commenced a year ago. At contributions, and make a general that time, a church was organized coneffort to extend its means, and enlarge sisting of 13 members. It is now the sphere of its usefulness.
increased to 36.
“ Often,” he says, “in my visits to this place, has
my spirit been refreshed. My hands On Wednesday afternoon, at 3 o'clock,
have been strengthened in my work a General Conference of Baptist min- when I have seen the numbers who isters and brethren was held at the would flock together from the neighFederal-Street Baptist Meeting-House. boring hills, under very unfavorable Rev. Joseph Grafton, Moderator. The circumstances, and the eagerness with important subjects of State Conven- which they would listen to the word tions, Sabbath Schools and Bible Class
of life. The secluded and indigent es, Literary Institutions, Prayer for the situation of this people renders it imincrease of ministers, and Pastoral practicable for them to do much for Duties, were urged with Christian the support of the ministry. I view zeal and fervid eloquence on the nu
them in the fullest sense, objects of merous congregation which mingled in charity, and on them your beneficence the services. The Rev. Messrs. Jon- has not been bestowed in vain. They athan Going, C. 0. Kimball, C. P.
wish me to be their organ to express Grosvenor, D. Sharp, and H. Loomis, their gratitude to the Society, and to severally took a part in the addresses solicit a continuance of your liberon this occasion. Much important
ality.' information was communicated; the
This Missionary brother also labor
ed several weeks at Woodstock. Here was productive of animated pleasure; and a deep conviction ap
he had the satisfaction of witnessing a peared to be impressed on the audi- work of grace; and was called upon ence, of the importance of unreserved
almost at every visit, to administer the
The church devotedness to the interests of Imman- ordinance of baptism. uel's kingdom.
has increased within the past year, from fifteen to thirty-seven. At Hebron and Woodstock, Mr H. succeeded in establishing Bible Societies, so that,
tu use his own language, “ the prosThis Society met on Wednesday pect now is, that their destitute will evening, at the Federal Street Baptist soon be supplied with that precious Meeting House.
book.” At Paris he spent one Sabbath Dr. Sharp, the Secretary, read the and baptized 8 persons. The work of following Report:
God still prevails in that place; and it
is expected that a church will soon be In performing the service intrusted
constituted. to us at the last anniversary of this Society, we appointed the Rev. John
Vermont. Haynes as our Missionary for three months in the State of
Mr Peter Chase has been employed
by the Board as their Missionary for 6 Maine.
months. His sphere of action has been The manner in which he has fulfill- chiefly limited to two towns. In a letter ed his appointment has been highly to the Secretary, dated last September, satisfactory to the Board. A sinail he remarks : “I have succeeded, with church at West Hebron have express- the blessing of God, in gathering two ed to us their grateful acknowledg- little companies of disciples in Willisments for the seasonable visits they ton and Huntington. I have generally received from him. The Board have visited Huntington once in two weeks, heard with much pleasure that a and have almost every time had one to member of that church has erected baptize. The number has increased a house of worship at his own expense, since last winter, from 8 to 20, all which cost about twelve hundred dol- heads of families. There is no meetlars. It is believed, that with a little ing-house in the town; but the prosaid, this congregation will become pect is good, that with continued exerpermanently established, and may be tion we shall have one soon.” At the means of doing much good. Williston it was proposed to build a
Mr Haynes spent three weeks at house 30 feet by 40, the upper part of Hanıblen's Grant, where a revival of which was to be used as an Academy, JULY, 1829.
BAPTIST MISSIONARY SOCIETY OF
and the lower room as a place of wor•
For several years, however, Mr ship:
John M. Peck has been aided by this Massachusetts.
Society. His services in Missouri,
Illinois and Indiana, in the Bible, Tract, Agreeably to a request of the Board, Sabbath School and Missionary cause, our esteemed brother, Wm. Bentley, have been great and successful. It has visited Billerica, and remained there long been with him the sowing time, seven weeks.
His conversation and but he now begins to reap the harvest. preaching were attended with a di. In a letter received from him since the vine blessing. Many, it is believed, above was written, giving an account were turned from the error of their of three months' labor under the patways, and received the gospel. He
ronage of the Board, he expresses had the happiness of baptizing nine
great confidence that his efforts to persons, on a profession of their faith, promote the interests of literature and and of assisting in the constitution of a
religion will be followed with the blesschurch consisting of twenty-seven ing of God. He writes, that “withmembers.
in two years, more has been gained Rev. John Peak has spent 3 months
to the cause of Christ in improving in the service of the board. In Har- the condition of society and bringing wich and vicinity he labored 5 weeks, forward plans of usefulness, than in preaching and visiting from house to
the former period of six or eight years. house. He found professors of religion Years have been employed in toils, in a declining state. They were scat- privations and difficulties, to break up tered as sheep without a shepherd. the tallow ground, and prepare it for His age and experience, qualified the reception of the crop, which now him to set in order the things that begins to produce the blade, and the were wanting. And in a good degree
ear, and now we look forward with he succeeded. He attended three joyful prospect to a future harvest of church meetings, and administered the full corn in the ear.” It is presumed Lord's Supper to a people who had not the Society will be gratified to learn enjoyed this privilege for 18 months.
that the Literary and Theological SemiSince this visit, the Society have taken
nary at Rock Spring, established by down their old meeting-house, remov- the laudable efforts of Mr Peck, is in ed it to the centre of the town, and
On the last Saberected it anew.
bath in April, six of the pupils, having He concludes his journal by stating, given hopeful evidence of their conthat, during his mission, he has preach- version, were baptized, and joined the ed 59 times, attended 8 church meet
church lately constituted there. ings, administered the Lord's Supper 6
A religious weekly newspaper has times, and made pastoral visits to more
also been established at Rock Spring, than 100 families. He experienced called, “ The Pioneer of the Valley of much consolation in dispensing the gos- the Mississippi.” Judging from the pel to the destitute, in conversing with character of the two numbers we have established Christians and anxious in- received, we confidently expect that quirers, and in praying with the afflict- its influence will be salutary. ed and dying.
The Board have made appropriations States bordering on the Mississippi. in linois and the other in Missouri,
axiliary Mission Societies, one In these States there is an immense- with a view of encouraging their pious ly important field for Missionary law and charitable efforts. From the Misbor. The tide of emigration has long sionaries employed by these two Sobeen flowing to the West, and there cieties, under the direction of your are thousands of new settlers in the fer- Board, the most gratifying intelligence tile and extensive Valley of the Mis- has been received. But as this has sissippi, who have no suitable means already been published in the Ameriof religious instruction. Your Board can Baptist Magazine and the Chrishave often been deeply affected with tian Watchman, it is deemed unnecesthe statements they have received from sary to repeat it. It may be sufficient that portion of our country. But they to say, that in several districts where have been able to do little more than these pious men have labored, interest. to mourn, and to pray the Lord of the ing revivals of religion have taken harvest that he would send forth la- place. borers; for truly the harvest is great, Permit us to express the earnest hope but the laborers are few.
that the wants of this vast region will
call forth more than they have here. will encourage us much in the work tofore, the sympathies, the prayers, in which we are engaged.” and the liberality of those who are statedly favored with the word and
American Baptist Magazine. ordinances. The friends of religion and
The Treasurer has received since morality in that far distant section of the last anniversary, 378 dollars, as our country, look to the East, and with profits from this publication, while it supplicating voice entreat help. It is was under your innmediate patronage our heart's desire and prayer to God, and control. It is now the property that they may not look and ask in vain. of the Baptist Board of Foreign Mis.
The following persons have also sions. Yet we may be permitted to been appointed Missionaries for the express our earnest desire for its more periods respectively affixed to their extended circulation. As a repository names:-Benjamin Oviatt, 3 months of sound theological sentiments, and a Simeon Crowell, 3 months—Ferdinand herald of religious and missionary inEllis, 2 months-Eliab Going, 3 months. telligence, in which our denomination
are particularly interested, we do most Aid to Churches.
especially recommend it to their peru
sal. The Trustees have made donations
Christian Watchman. the past year amounting to more than one thousand dollars, in aid of poor and Watchman has again presented one
The Proprietor of the Christian destitute churches, We have good hundred dollars to this Society. The reason to believe that no part of our funds has been more usefully appro- their funds. This, however, is the least
Board are grateful for this accession to priated. The Pastor of one Society thus assisted, remarks, “I write by part of the aid which the “Watchrequest of the Baptist Church in this inan” renders to the Missionary cause. place to express their sincere thanks The principles which froin week to to the Baptist Missionary Society of week it inculcates, and the heart-stirMassachusetts, for their sympathies ing appeals which it so frequently and liberal assistance in the time of makes in favor both of Foreign and Doneed. They now appear to feel more
mestic Missions, give it a value as an than usually interested in the Mission
auxiliary to these objects, that is above ary cause.
And poor as they are, they any pecuniary estimate. propose to form themselves into a
The Trustees would also mention Missionary Society auxiliary to yours. with gratitude to Him who disposes Sinners are converted, and backsliders his people to support his own blessed reclaimed. Seventeen have been late- cause, that Elizabeth Allen, late of Saly added to our number. I expect to lem, Mass. kindly remembered this baptize several next Lord's-day.” We Society in her last Will and Testament, might give similar extracts from other by bequeathing to it the sum of three churches that have been aided, of an hundred dollars. We trust that others, equally encouraging character. who can do it consistently, will imitate
Last summer, the Board received her praiseworthy example. a communication from the Ohio Bap- Much is yet to be done. And the tist State Convention, giving an ac- Board in closing their Report, would count of their organization, and re- respectfully suggest whether more questing, should we deem it expedient, systematic, efficient and general measthat we would aid them in their at
ures ought not to be adopted, for the tempts to supply the destitute, with accomplishing of those great and dethe preaching of the gospel.
sirable objects for which this Society had frequently employed missionaries was originally established. They feel in that State, we considered it a more persuaded that were our churches in desirable arrangement to enable the New England alone, fully awake to Convention to perform this service, their duty and obligations, they might and, therefore, appropriated $100 for enable this Society to enlarge its operathat purpose. This token of our in- tions and usefulness to an almost interest in the objects of that Convention conceivable extent. and of our desire for their prosperity, DANIEL SHARP, Sec’ry. was very kindly received.
In acknowledging the donation, the Sec. The Rev. Mr Babcock moved its retary says, “ Please tender our thanks acceptance, seconded by Heman Linto your Board, our hearty thanks; it coln, Esq. who severally adverted to
many interesting topics in connexion
RECEIPTS. with the subject, and urged the power- 1828. ful claims of our own country for mis- May 27. By cash of James Brown, Hamilton, 1,00 sionary labor. The vote of acceptance
» A friend of Missions,
» The Federal-St. Bap. Ch. and passed unanimously.
29,81 Mr E. Lincoln, the Treasurer, re
Lincoln & Edmands, Agents of
the Am. Bap. Mag. collected on ported his annual account as follows:
the accounts due prior to trans
ferring the work to the Foreign The Baptist Missionary
» A legacy from Elizaheth L. Rich. Massachusetts in Account with E.
ards, per Mr D.R. Griggs, 30, Lincoln, Treas.
» From subscribers in Salem, 55,
Collection at First Bap. Ch. do. 25,37 EXPENDITURES.
Do. Second do. do. 9, 1828.
From Bap. Ch. and Soc. in Cam. May 27. To balance due at settlement, 111,19
bridge, viz. June 9. To cash paid Second Ch. Cambridge, 65.CO
1,00 31. To amount paid Whitman Metcalf,
S, 14. To cash paid Harvey Ball, for services
Charles Everett, S, at Hingham,
Prudence Farwell, 10,
1,50 July s. Rev. Wm. Collier, for service at
E. Hovey, jr.
Eunice Nichols, 10. » For support of preaching at
Mics. box at vestry, 38,14
Do. Male Pr. meeting, 343
II, 17. Church at Belfast,
Do. Female 50,
1, » Henry Davis, for missionary labors, 50,
» Benj. Kent,
1, Sept. 10. » For rent of Hall for preaching in
» Bartlett Pease, Dunstable, N. H. 1, Watertown,
West Cambridge Ch and Soc. 8, 15 Rev. Peter Chase, for labors in
Rev. Benj. Putnam,
» Rev. Asa Niles,
1, 16. Do. do. do. 65, » Rev. Joseph Grafton,
I » Baptist Ch. at Abington,
The Treas. of the Mass. Bap. Ed19. Church at Dunstable to support
ucation Soc. interest on the
400, Churci in East Cambridge, 50,
June 2 » Charlestown Ch. and Soc. per » remitted the Committee for Mis
22, sions in Missouri,
The Female Pri. Soc. CharlesOct. 15. Rev. Wm. Bentley for preaching
25, at Chelmsford,
7. » Second Bap. Ch. and Soc. Boston, 94,65 18. » Harvey Ball,
73, » Sam'ı Glover, for missionary la.
» A friend to missions, Roxbury, be. bors at Hinghain,
ing i dol. per month from July 13. » Wm. Nichols, or alcount B.Oviatt, 29,75
12, 26. Church at Gloucester,
» A friend of missions for Missouri
5, 28. » Rev. P. Chase, for missionary la.
I, bors in Vermont,
15 The Bap. Ch. in Weathersfield, » Rev. F. Clarke, preaching at Saco, 50,
Ct. for the western mission, » Bap. Ch. in West-Cambridge, to
per Mr Gilbert,
8, aid the support of preaching, 50,
At the Boston Association, viz.
From Feniale Dom. Miss. Soc.
18,62 » Rev. Benj. Oviatt, being amount
Fem. Bap. Miss. Soc. due on three appointments, 149,09
5,50 w Townsend church to aid the sup
Male do. do.
5,75 port of preaching,
Newton Fem. Miss. Soc. 30,57 23. Scituate Church in aid do.
Cambridge do. Ben. do. 35,50 » For rent of Hall at Watertown, 21,37
8. Dividend Columbian Bank, 30, Jan. 20. Rev. John Ilaynes, for missionary
Fem. Miss Soc. of 3d Bap. Ch. labors in Maine,
Boston, per Miss Clouston, Treas. 33, 22. » Bap. Church at Dover, N. H. 50,
26. » Dea. Ahner Freeman, Orleans, I, Committee in Missouri,
1829. For preaching at Watertown, 20,
Jan. 8. » Fem. Miss. Soc. in South Berwick, 15, Feb. 18. Ohio Bap. Convention,
16. Rev. E. Loomis, Hudson, N. Y. 1,50 Mar. 31. » Dunstable Ch. per Rev. Mr Pease, 37,50
» Asa Baldwin, Townsend,
I, Apr. 16. » Church at Billerica,
5,06 29. D). Dover,
23. » Michael Shepard and Robert Cogs» Simeon Crowell, for Missionary
well, executors, a legacy from labors,
Elizabeth Allen, Salem, 300, 23. » In support for preaching at Wa.
Michael Shepard, Treas. Salem tertown,
Marblehead Fem. Cent Soc. 10, Dolls. 2153,20
Male Pri. Suc. 2d Ch. Haverhill, ro, 25. To balance to new account,
Newburyport Bap. Ben. Soc. 1,76 Dolls. 2992 ,CO
Do. Fem. do do. 2,38