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tions of the society had increased in extent, | Freemason's Hall, on Thursday evening, and the funds were in a satisfactory state. April 22nd. The large room was crowded, He deprecated any strong expression of and the appeals made for sympathy, prayer, opinion with regard to the Educational and holy effort on behalf of God's ancient Scheme of Government, as a day had been people, appeared to find a ready response appointed for the discussion of that mea in the hearts of all. The report presented sure.

indubitable evidence that the Divine blessThe report was then read to the meeting. ing is attending the quiet labours of the It stated that the principles on which the society's missionaries, eleven of whom are society was established, were : 1st. The engaged among the Jews in our own coandaily reading and teaching of the Holy Scrip- try, and one is successfully pursuing his tures, to the exclusion of catechisms or work on the continent. A brief notice was other formularies; 2nd. The guarantee of given of three instances in which there is liberty of conscience to parents to decide every reason to believe that the means em. what Sunday-school or place of worship the ployed were effectual to the conversion of child should attend; and 3rd. The main souls to God; and the report contained the tenance of local and separate committees to peculiarly satisfactory assurance, that in no elect their own teachers and to control their case had the hopes expressed of the converown schools. During the past year, the sion of individuals, referred to in former model school for boys had retained its high reports, been disappointed. The opening character ; 78 boys had been admitted during of a Jewish Mission College was an. the year ; making the total number, since nounced, and its claims on the liberal supits foundation, 29,595, The normal school port of the friends of Israel urgently pleaded. had been sustained with vigour, and the The meeting was addressed by J. D. Paul, students were very diligent; the number Esq., the Revs. George Clayton, P. La Trobe, had been 233; and the conduct of those who Dr. Leifchild, Dr. Beaumont, R. Redpath, had been sent to the schools had been satis. R.H. Herschell, S. A. Dubourg, Gloucesfactory. The normal school for females was ter, and John Henderson, Esq. also flourishing. 146 new schools bad been In addition to the instances alluded to in opened during the year in different but im. | the report, we have the pleasure to state, portant localities. Six gentlemen had been that another fruit of the society's instrucmore or less employed in visiting and in tions, a young Jewish teacher, from Russia, specting the schools of the society. The was baptized by the Rev. J. Houghton, at grants of the society for schools in England Trinity chapel, Edgware-road, on Thursday and Wales, amounted, during the year, to evening, May 13. The history of the young 9911. 3s. 3d. Attempts had been made to man, and of his conversion to Christ, is full increase the funds, but without effect, owing of interest and encouragement. to local claims. As the result of mature deliberation, the committee purpose commencing four branch normal schools; the

SOCIETY FOR TEACHING THE BLIND. first, near the centre of the cotton manu. factures; the second, in the heart of the This most charitable society, instituted clothing districts; the third, in the western in 1838, held its annual meeting, April district; and the fourth, in the eastern 22nd, in the Hanover-square Rooms, which counties. The sum would probably be, for were crowded by a fashionable audience. the first year, for buildings and supporting The Bishop of Oxford presided, and opened the schools, 20,0001.; and the committee the proceedings by a most eloquent address. powerfully urge on the Christian public the In remarking on the many cases of intellecnecessity of large pecuniary support. tual and moral capabilities of the blind, he

The Rev. G. Clayton, the Hon. V. | concluded by urging upon the audience the Smith, the Earl of Chichester, Mr. Sergeant | duty of becoming constant contributors to an Thompson, Rev. T. R. Hall, and Lord institution which enabled them to imitate their Ebrington, addressed the meeting on their Divine Master, by opening the eyes of the resolutions in an impressive manner; and at blind, or of comforting the heart of the the close of the meeting, Mr. Burnet being mourners. From the report it appears that loudly called for, and by permission of the more than 500 blind persons have been chairman, briefly, and in his pointed style, taught to read at the society's schools, addressed the meeting ; after which the pro which now contain sixty-seven pupils, ceedings quietly terminated.

boarders, and day-scholars. The education includes also music, basket and fancy-work, knitting, arithmetic, writing, and geography,

Branch schools have been promoted in many BRITISH SOCIETY FOR THE PROPAGATION

provincial towns, and in the colonies, and

other foreign countries. Several thousands The fourth annual meeting was held in / of embossed books have been sold or dis.


tributed. At intervals the pupils sang

BAPTIST IRISH SOCIETY. hymns, and read passages from the Bible,

The annual meeting of this society was and their elocution excited the admiration of the assembly. The meeting was addressed

held at Finsbury Chapel, on Tuesday evenby the Bishop of Tasmania, the Master of

ing, April 27th. It was respectably, but the Temple, Lord Dudley Stewart, and other

| not numerously attended : W. Vickers, Esq., gentlemen, all calculated to advance the

of Nottingham, in the chair. The proceedinterests of the society. It appears that the

ings were commenced by singing and prayer. receipts for the past year were 1,1971., and

The chairman then rose, and adverted with the expenditure, 1,1381.

much feeling to the unparallelled condition of Ireland ; and stated that through this and other kindred societies, the people had a

thirst for knowledge, and had become, comBAPTIST HOME MISSIONARY SOCIETY. paratively, a thinking and reading people,

and are determined to think for themselves. The annual meeting of this institution was held at Finsbury Chapel, on Monday The Rev. F. Trestrail then read the evening, April 26th. The attendance was Report, which detailed, as usual, the various very numerous, J. Colman, Esq., mayor of communications from the agents of the Norwich, in the chair.

Society, who had met with, on the whole, After prayer by the Rev. E. Davis, the

an encouraging measure of success. Some chairman in a brief speech said that he of the agents had been much employed in thought “this institution had not received relieving the distresses of the famishing that support which is due to it, and if we do

poor. The reports from all the districts of not look more to home missions, our foreign the Irish provinces, united in testifying the operations will not succeed. From that

gratitude, the patience, and surprise of the source our Foreign Society had derived its

people, who were amazed at the liberality of Careys and Yateses in the east, and our the English, for the Saxon and the heretic Birchells and Knibbs in the west."

had been their kindest friends. The funds The Rev. S. J. Davis then read an ab- had suffered on account of the existing disstract of the report. With few exceptions, tress. The treasurer then presented his the reports from the country stations were

accounts, which stated that the total receipts encouraging. Ninety agents had been em- |

raging. Ninety agents had been em for the past year, amounted to 2,2831. Ils. 70.; ployed at about as many principal stations, the expenditure to 3,9131. 3s. 10d. ; leaving and with the assistance of others, to subor.

a balance against the society of 1,6291. 12s. dinate stations to the amount of 223. Up- 3d. wards of 500 persons had been added to the

The Revs. J. Elven, T. James, T. churches, by the toilsome and persevering | Berry from Ireland, moved, seconded, efforts of the agents. Instruction had been and supported the first resolution, which given to 111 sabbath-schools, to 7,500 |

elicited much affecting information respectscholars.

ing the awful dispensation that has overtaken From the treasurer's report, it appeared, the poor of that country, and much symthat the total receipts of the Society, during pathy with them. The Revs. J. Wheeler the year, amounted to 5,1191. ls.; the ex and T. F. Newman moved and seconded the penditure to 5,1181. 28. 6d. ; and, after

next resolution, acknowledging the spontadeducting the 6001. that had been borrowed

neous efforts of the British public to alleviate during the last two years, left a net balance

the distresses of the Irish population, and against the Society of 5991. Is. 6d.

adverted to various historical and political The Revs. F. Tucker, J. Brown, J. H.

details that have tended to bring on the desHinton, J. Bigwood, and J. Higgs, movedtitution of Ireland, and urged on the audience and seconded the various resolutions, with the importance of greater efforts than ever, great ability and energy, and with reference

in order to evangelize the sister country. to the education measure, and also to the The chairman, in adverting to the large powerful opposition of the clergy and country

balance against the Society, urged on its gentry to our home missions.

supporters to double and (in London Motions of thanks to the officers of the

especially) to quadruple their subscriptions. society, with the appointment of the com- After the doxology and benediction, the promittee, &c., and also of thanks to the chair

ceedings of the evening terminated. man were moved and seconded by J. Low and P. Daniell, Esqrs., and by Rev. S. J. Davis and Mr. Bousfield. These were briefly disposed of, and after singing the doxology, BAPTIST MISSIONARY SOCIETY. the meeting separated.

The fifty-fifth anniversary of this insti. tution was held at Exeter Hall, on Thursday morning, April 29th. A large concourse of

friends was present, and on the platform blessing which the island of Jamaica has were many ministers, and the principal lay- received, and we shall then be repaid a men of the denomination. The chair was hundred-fold for all that we have done." filled by Joseph Tritton, Esq. The pro- | A motion of thanks to God for the safety of ceedings commenced by singing and prayer. the deputation, &c., was sustained by appro

The chairman, after a customary apology, | priate speeches from J. Sheppard and J. L. proceeded to welcome the friends of this Phillips, Esqrs. The motion of thanks to the society to another of these delightful anni. treasurers, secretary, and committee, was versaries, and to express his earnest desire made by the Rev. W. Fraser, and W. Bond, of the presence of their great Lord and Esq., in an impressive manner, to which Master. He gave an interesting review of Mr. Peto replied in a sympathetic and suit. what the missionaries and agents had been able address. Then, after singing a verse, honoured to accomplish ; and as to its per. this interesting meeting was brought to a petuity, the crown of all its excellence, close by Dr. Steane, who pronounced the while it baffles all our conceptions, it shall benediction. elevate our hopes, and animate our hearts, --of the Messiah's “ kingdom there shall be no end." (Loud cheers.)

BAPTIST TRANSLATION SOCIETY. The Rev. J. Angus then read the report,

This society held its annual meeting at which commenced by recording the death of

Park-street Chapel, on Wednesday evening, various exemplary missionaries, and the

April 28th. The place was filled by a recessation of others through infirmity and

spectable audience; and the platform was affliction. Several missionaries had been sent out. The mission in India was in a

crowded by ministers and the leading supprosperous state. A larger number of the

porters of this society; Henry Kelshall, Scriptures and portions of them, with many

Esq., in the chair.

The proceedings commenced by singing ; thousands of tracts, had been issued from

after which, Rev. Dr. Davies engaged in the press than for several previous years.

prayer. The chairman, in a brief address, The additions to the churches in India have

stated that this society was not in any sense amounted to 331, a larger number in one

opposed to the British and Foreign Bible year than the mission has ever known. The total number of members in India is

Society, but formed to aid the same objects, 1,842. The finances, also, are encouraging.

and to carry them out where that society Various trials of the African Mission are

had not. We can have no doubt, that we

are honouring God in endeavouring to send detailed, with the opposition of the Spanish

his word to every member of the human government. A deputation had visited Jamaica, to overlook the stations, and to afford

family. The report, as read by Dr. Steane,

stated what the mission press was doing with assistance where it was required, at the

respect to the Hindi Testament, the Sanadditional expense of 2,0001., which sum

scrit, and Bengali. The total number of has been nobly guaranteed by one of the

copies of the whole, or of parts of the word treasurers. The total number of stations

of God, sent out from the Baptist Mission is about 75 ; of ministers, 30; and members, about 30,000, 600 of whom have been

Press since 1831, was 387,137. The sum

of 2,0001. had been voted to the Baptist added during the year. The total number of members added to all the mission churches

Mission Society for the Calcutta translations.

The total receipts for the year were 2,125L. in the year, is 1,207; the sum total, in. cluding Jamaica, being 36,463. The day

16s. 6d., including legacies and donations. and sabbath schools are also flourishing.

And the committee expressed a belief, that The total receipts for all purposes are

the society was beginning to be better under28,2231. 11s. 73., being an increase within

stood; and that two clergymen had sent the year of 1,9241. 12s. ; the expenditure

them donations, with the intention of conamounts to 26,3991. 2s. ; and the balance

| tinuing their support.

The several motions were mored and has been applied to the reduction of the debt, which now amounts to 3,7111. 9s. lld.

seconded by the Revs. J. Sprigg, A, M. The Rev. D. Katterns and Rev. J. Stock!

Stalker, J. Winter, D. Gould, Groser, M. moved and seconded the first resolution with

Woolaston, Mills, and Dr. Burns, in an most able and impressive speeches. They |

animating strain, and adapted to encourage were followed by the Revs. c. M. Birrel

the further efforts of the society. The meet

| ing concluded by singing the 117th Psalm, and J. Angus-the deputation to Jamaica --in the most faithful, truth-telling, and effec

and prayer by the Rev. Mr. Swan. tive speeches, on the actual state and pro. spects of the churches in that island ; the

CHRISTIAN INSTRUCTION SOCIETY. latter gentleman concluded by the utterance of this petition, “God grant that our other The 22nd annual meeting of this society fields of labour may have a share of the was held on Tuesday evening, May 4th, at Finsbury Chapel, T. Challis, Esq., Alder- | BRITISH AND FOREIGN SAILOR'S SOCIETY. man and Sheriff in the chair. After singing,

The fourteenth annual meeting of this and prayer by the Rev. W. Tyler,

institution was beld at Finsbury Chapel, on The chairman, who was received with loud

Monday evening, May 3rd. The chair was cheers, rose and said, that the efforts in this

occupied by Mr. Alderman and Sheriff cause remain as great as ever. And if the

Challis. The proceedings commenced by visitors knew the entire results of their exertions, they would find enough to encourage

singing, and prayer offered by the Rev. Mr.

Baynes. them. All that I am anxious to impress

The chairman said, “When I remember upon you is, that we should rise up to the

how enthusiastic all are in thanking the full sublimity of the subject, to convert the

officers of our navy, I cannot think that we metropolis, to convert its masses. And no

are properly discharging, by anything we matter whether few or many obstacles in

have yet done for sailors, that debt of grati. our way,-if we only draw our supplies of

tude we owe them. The neglect of sailors strength from a divine source,-if we pray

must arise from the fact, that we do not more fervently, and leave the results to God,

consider their circumstances, the mischiefs then our encouragement will be greater.

to wbich they are exposed, and the misery Here we have no sectarian bias. We want

they suffer in consequence of it. Now, in to take the poor to heaven with us. This is

supporting this cause, we are not merely an object commended and commanded by our common Christianity, and I believe that

paying attention to our sailors, but cutting our exertions in London are intimately con

off from parties, who live for mischief, their nected with the prosperity, happiness, and

resources, and who inflict upon our seamen

the greatest possible evils. salvation of the world. (Loud cheers.)

The secretary then read the report, which The secretary then read the report, which,

first adverted to the deaths of the president, after noticing the affecting amount of sab

Lord Mountsundford, one of the vice-presibath desecration, adverted to the operations

dents, Admiral Young, and the late secre. of the society, which were as follows :-As

tary, the Rev. C. J. Hyatt, to whom it paid sociations, 98 ; families visited, 50,867 ;

a high tribute of respect. One agent, the number of visitors, 2,084 ; prayer-meetings,

Rev. C. Von Bulon, had visited 639 vessels 80: 1,033 persons have been prevailed upon to attend public worship, and yet but few

of various nations, selling testaments and

bibles, and distributing 4,340 tracts. The churches and chapels provided accommoda

Thames missionaries had been very successtions for the humble poor. The visitors had induced 1,748 children to attend the

ful, having paid 8,785 visits in the port of

London alone, to vessels from almost every sabbath, infant, or day-schools; and local

part of the world : 640 meetings had been schools had been opened in various places.

held afloat, at which 11,474 sailors had Bibles or testaments, to tbe number of 1,750

attended ; and 295 services bad been concopies, had been distributed. Open air and

ducted on sbore. The attendance of sailors tent preaching had been conducted in various

at the sailor's church had been encouraging. places with pleasing effects. In the past

Thirty additional loan libraries had been winter great destitution had been met with

furnished to various vessels, and 48,000 by the visitors, who had been the means of relieving 2,699 cases of affecting distress.

tracts had been given away in London alone.

The schools are in a prosperous condition. From the low state of the funds, the com

Her majesty had ordered 201. to be paid to mittee urged that small contributions from

the society in the name of the Prince of Each of the associations, or congregational

Wales. The total receipts of the society collections should be made ; and they ex.

amounted to 2,1281., the expenditure to pressed their hopes that the pastors and

2,0441, 198. 8d., with various outstanding churches of the metropolis would not be

claims. insensible to the claims of the society.

The Revs. D. Katterns, J. Kennedy, From the balance sheet it appeared that

J. G. Truman, C. Prest, H. Richards, J. the receipts for tbe past year amounted to

Boaz, from Calcutta, H. Gloster, Rev. Mr. 7151. 183., and the expenditure 7791. 48.

Stally brass, and Dr. Hewlett, eloquently In moving and seconding the resolutions of the society, its various claims were most

pleaded the cause of sailors; and, after the

usual motion of thanks had been carried, ably advocated by the Rev. Dr. Morison, by the Reverends J. Kennedy, J. Branch,

the meeting separated. W. Frazer, J. Viney, J. Thomas, and Mr. Pitman; and after the motion of thanks to the chairman had been responded to, the

CONGREGATIONAL UNION OF ENGLAND doxology closed the meeting.

AND WALES. The meetings of this Union of pastors and churches of the Congregational order, were

held on Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday, the VOL. XXV.

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11th, 14th, and 15th of May. The attend. May all our brethren remember, that useance was large, the spirit barmonious and fulness to souls is the grand object at which refreshing, and the deliberations peculiarly it becomes them to aim ! interesting and important. Dr. Hamilton presided with great suavity of manner, combined with dignity and impartiality. His

GOVERNMENT MEASURE FOR opening address, which has been printed and circulated, was regarded as one of his

EDUCATION. best efforts. What he said to pastors and Since we last addressed our readers on this churches, on the subject of accepting govern. subject, a triumphant majority in parliament grants, will, we trust, receive their ment has given its sanction to the governcalm and thoughtful consideration.

ment plan. We deeply regret the result; Many points of business were discussed, but the petitions of hundreds of thousands which we regard to be of great importance have been utterly disregarded ; and those to our denomination. We sincerely hope who have done their duty in the crisis may that the report of the committee which sat have an easy and approving conscience. at Birmingham, (and which was adopted by What, then, will be the duty of Disseaters the Union,) on the differences which have who have so nobly struggled to resist the arisen between the Irish Evangelical Society | measure which has passed into law? We and the Congregational Union of Ireland, take it for granted that no one in his senses will lead to an amicable settlement of the can deny that it is a measure recognizing pending difficulties. The Union agreed to State pay for the promotion of religious advise the two Committees to accept the education. It is so, whatever any man may terms of adjustment proposed. We think think or say. Can any consistent Dissenter, tbem fair and honourable to both parties then, receive one penny of the money? If concerned, and shall deeply regret if they he does, how can he say another word more are not cheerfully agreed to.

against the Establishment principle ? The fund from the Witness and Penny We so highly approved of Dr. Hamilton's Magazine, for aged ministers and providing remarks on this subject in bis opening addeferred annuities for them, continues to be dress at the Congregational Union, that we large and productive; indicating the great give them in full, for the warning and guidenergy and success of the indefatigable ance of our brethren : and worthy editor.

"Certain events, which have occured in The discussions on education were full of the course of this year, affecting our hisinterest, and will, we hope, be very useful.tory, cannot be overlooked. Brethren must bestir themselves, if Dis. “A measure, most unconstitutional in senters are to retain their present standing its form, most ensnaring in its character, in the noble effort to educate the poor. | has been brought into the Legislature, and They may be greatly tried by the late for the time has passed. Though we might measures of government; but if they are not agree to an absolute unanimity on cer. awakened to new zeal, in the cause of educa tain abstract and residuary points-as it tion, we have no fear as to the result. Let | was declared to be designedly and necessathem lean on themselves.

rily a scheme of religious educationThe deputations from Scotland and Ire. have, it is believed, with one voice, repudi. land were received with affectionate sym ated it. We, who object to all establishpathy; and the tie of brothely love was ments of religion, could not foster a new strengthened by their wise and loving appeals. one. We, who refuse all parliamentary

There was one scene in the proceedings of grant for religious purposes, could not the Union which can never be forgotten. accept this. We have been overborne. We refer to the visit of a Dutch clergyman, But our resistance has not been in vain. who has become the translator of several of Public inquiry has been aroused. Cognate Mr. James's useful publications, particularly questions have been provoked. Men begin his “ Anxious Inquirer.” The narrative of to search more keenly into the scope of this interesting and devoted man was over. government and the province of legislation. whelmingly affecting, and drew tears from An incredible extent of misinformation and all eyes. We wonder not that our friend prejudice has been detected, which has, at Mr. James was so much touched and sub | least, been surprised and shocked. All the dued by the palpable demonstration of the symptoms of misgiving have been betrayed. effect produced by his writings in a foreign Brilliant sophism was all tbat could be land. To hear, from the lips of an eye. afforded in answer to statistics and facts. witness, of the conversion of twelve young We have stood true. We have been found clergymen, by one little volume, translated faithful among the faithless. Its mockery into their native tongue, was sufficient to of fairness towards us, who could not defile move a heart less sensitive than that of ourselves with its benefits, we saw from the Mr. James.

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