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Ship-that the Expenditure, during the last corruption to which my friend has referred, year, over the Income is only 1,821l. This and to throw the weight of Tahitian Chris, is just the second time for the last twenty tianity into the scale against the corruptions years that we have been so near a balance. of civilization. Who knows but that, even This speaks well for the Institution. It is now, these confessors and almost martyrs to a great thing to be out of debt, and a great the faith may not be winning souls to God, thing to keep out of it. We are nearly out even from amongst their invaders, till at of it now, and the Meeting must keep us last they have occupied the position of the out of it. But this is not all. We may have sanctified and the free. Let it be rememescaped bankruptcy hitherto, and we rejoice bered that Tahiti is worth nothing to in it; but we must not fall into it in future. France. The expense of Tahiti is 100,0001. It is of great importance that the Institution a year, and there is no return whatever. should be enabled not only to keep the How long will France bear that? How long ground it already possesses, but to go on to will France continue to send her population the occupation of more ground. We can to the antipodes for nothing? How long not suppose that the money expended dur will they like to be banished to the South ing the past year is all that is necessary, all Seas? How long will they like to put up that is right, all that is binding on the Chris with this expatriated condition, their own tian world, in connection with the labours fair France separated from them by the of the Missionary Society. We must not diameter of the globe itself? If, however, say, Hitherto we have come, but will go nowe leave this in the hands of Divine Profurther. We must proceed in our work and vidence, we can look to the Report, which take up new stations-new stations in climes tells us that our Missionaries still are there already visited, and new climes, many of still we are represented in the mass of which, with their teeming myriads, we have that people, and the men who communed never yet visited; and the Meeting and the with them on the mountain can also comfriends of the Society throughout the coun- mune with them in the plain and in the try must aid in this extension of our work town, and then the principles which they of faith and labour of love.
have been taught will sustain a consistent The Report has dwelt at some length on profession on earth, and give them a better the case of Tahiti, and has very properly meetness for heaven. I see, therefore, nodwelt on it; and my friend who preceded thing connected with Tahiti to dispirit us. me has pressed that subject strongly. I do But look for a moment at the case of not despair for Tahiti any more than my China ; and that which was once said of a friend who has just sat down; but I must good woman in the Gospel is the best thing tell you that only yesterday there appeared that can be said for us-We have done in the papers a letter from Valparaiso telling what we could. I am not of opinion, that us that the Tahitians had been compelled the hasty selection of Missionaries as they to surrender to France. The French have offer is a good plan. I reckon it a bad and broken in on the mountain-fastnesses- they dangerous plan; and Missionaries have have destroyed their means of subsistence sometimes been hastily selected, and conby destroying the vegetation of the country; sequently as hastily rejected. We take it the natives have surrendered to them, and for granted that Missionaries must be well they have yielded without resistance. Their known and carefully selected, but especially surrender has been as peaceable and man for such a wondrous country as China. A like, therefore, as their stand in the moun country so little known to us till of late; a tains was in itself brave. I do not mean to country whose language is complicated-a say that I sanction standing to arms at all, country which requires so peculiar a cast but I can easily see the manhood of the and tone of mind cannot and ought not, spirit which draws itself off into the moun to be rashly and hastily supplied. tains, and remaining there, desires to be Looking to India, and finding, as the Refree rather than participate in the slavery port has directed our attention to it, how and the corruption of a better and secure much has been done there, can we not say, position below. But what could the people and say with great truth, there is reason to do when their means of subsistence were de- thank God and take courage ? Africa, it stroyed ? It would have been folly to have is true, suffers; but are we for a moment remained there to starve- to have resisted, to take it for granted, that light is to be when the resistance was totally useless. withdrawn when danger comes ? If civil The French bad nothing to do but to pour wars should arise in any country, is it not in their fire, and they would have been of great moment that we have here and annihilated. They have taken, therefore, there the people of God amidst the conflict, the wisest course; and now let us look to who are as much the subjects of his care in the men that made that stand upon the the rage of violence, as when in the quiet mountains. Who knows but that they have prayer-meeting they are offering their uncome down to expose, by the contrast, the disturbed affections to God. It is of great
'mportance that there should be ambassadors It is forty-three years, I believe to-day, of peace amongst surrounding wars: they since I first joined in the proceedings of an will frequently be found to operate as oil on Anniversary of the London Missionary the water.
Society. In looking back upon that period If I look to the West Indies, I find the of nearly half a century, I recognise that I Report states, in connection with those have been a participator of its labours, of its Islands, some circumstances at which I am joys, and of its success; and now I feel not at all depressed – I mean the results of delighted (at the same time that I am conthe importation of labourers from India and scientiously called upon to declare it) to Africa. I recollect, Sir, holding common affirm that I never cherished towards this views with your honoured father
upon that Institution a profounder respect, a warmer question, and we then anticipated the mis- affection, a deeper sympathy, and a more chiefs that would arise ; therefore we were entire and unhesitating confidence than I not surprised at their occurrence. But do at this time. The review of the period when we come to reflect that this is the to which I have alluded brings to my recolresult of Commercial Policy, struck out by lection the beautiful language of the Prophet minds that are but little influenced by any- "All flesh is as grass; the grass witherthing that makes not a commercial return, eth, the flower fadeth, but the word of the we must still with patience sustain our Mis- Lord endureth for ever." This, like every sionaries in the midst of the difficulties, and other word of Inspiration, has been fulfilled; endeavour to meet the rising corruption the grass of that day has withered, the with the pure discoveries of the Gospel of flowers have faded, but verdant and fresh Christ. We have no other way in which is the cause over which those flowers shed we can meet them as professed followers of their fragrance, and cast their beanty. the Lord Jesus.
What venerable forms rise before my imaUpon the whole, the Missionary Society gination in this hallowed moment, of men is, in my estimation, at this moment on as that have gone successively to their rest high ground as I ever saw it occupy, and I and their reward. Mortal are the instrutrust that that ground it will continue to ments, but immortal the cause which they sustain; so that the more the ship is shaken, subserved. Whoever dies, the Church will the more closely its timbers will adhere one live. The Church is safe, though all else to another ; and the more it is exposed to perish. God has taken from us the former storms, the more will be manifested its
generation of Directors, but he has given competency to ride them out; and while, us others equal in ability, in skill, in fidelity. with the great Head of the Church as the He has taken from us Treasurers. HardPilot of the vessel, we may look forward to castle, Hankey, and Wilson, are removed the many seas through which she is destined from us—though one, I rejoice to say, still to make her way, I hail the anticipation lives—but he has given us Sir Culling of the period with joy, when those who have Eardley Eardley. He has taken from us so often sustained her at home shall see her Secretaries--Burder, Orme, Ellis, Arundel, come in again, decked with the colours of though two of them yet live amidst some all nations-for she belongs alike to all-to infirmities — may God be their supporter tell that “the earth is the Lord's, and the and comforter! but he has given us--and fulness thereof."
thank God for the boon--as a precious The Resolution was then put, and carried. gift, TIDMAN and FREEMAN. To take
The Rev. J. A. JAMES moved the next up the illustration of my friend Burnet, Resolution:
ever since our Vessel was launched amidst
the storms of the French Revolution, no one "That the striking and gracious dispensations of Divine Providence, which have opened to the
has lacked zeal for the Barque. . We have Christian Church the vast and populous regions of
never wanted Sailors to man her, por idolatry in the East, present to the friends of Officers to command her, and to His praise Missions in general, and to the members of this Society in particular, an imperative claim for
who holds the cause as his own, we have more strenuous effort and enlarged liberality.”
reason to say, that the Divine Pilot has
never forsaken our deck, nor abandoned As an old friend of the Society, (said our helm. Take courage, friends of the Mr. James,) I have been requested to Missionary cause! whatever baffling winds move this Resolution; and I value, I claim, may blow, and whatever billows may rise, and I acknowledge, the honour of the the Ship is safe, the Pilot is still on board. designation. I am a friend of the Society, Look up at the flag that floats at her mastas I am sure every feeling of my heart, and head--the Cross! Look at Him whom the I believe, every action of my life attests. I winds and waves obey, and who has underhave given to it the ardour of my youth, taken to steer. Shall we be wrecked ander the vigour of my manhood, and now offer these circumstances? No-on the vessel to it all that remains for me to present—the goes, and if her sails be filled with the breath approaching years of decay and declension of prayer, wrecked she cannot be.
I am aware we meet to-day ander circum- ing. The former Institution, although in its stances a little trying to our faith and infancy, has sent two Missionaries to patience-the details of the Report make China-one has been sent back by the prothis sufficiently apparent. Tahiti has been vidence of God, through ill-health ; but dwelt upon at length, and I need not again that is not our fault; two men have gone touch it. In Madagascar the tigress Queen from us to China. Homerton, where are is still upon the throne, still braving Omni- your Missionary Students for China ? Hackpotence; but we have reason to hope that ney, where are your Missionaries ? ManChristianity is approaching that throne. chester, whose Representatives are here, Have we forgotten it, friends of this Society! where are yours ? Rotherham, Bradford, that it is only a few years since the and Exeter, what are you doing for China ? Emperor of China passed an Edict making Have you none to send? And while I call it death to convert his subjects to Chris- upon the Colleges to contribute Mistianity; and now an Act of Toleration has sionaries for China, I call upon the Conbeen passed by the Emperor, granting stituents of the Colleges to support these liberty of conscience throughout the whole seats of Learning, that they may educate of his vast Dominions. Does not this en- more Missionaries; and then I call upon courage us to hope for Madagascar? Ever them better to support the Missionary Sosince the first martyr's blood was shed, I ciety, which requires funds to send them have viewed the Island as baptized for out after they are educated. Cbrist, and Christ will claim his own. In the few remaining remarks I shall Have we forgotten the first ages of Chris- make, I will allude to a paper in the present tianity, that there were Emperors, if not number of the Evangelical Magazine, writQueens, who set themselves against the Lord ten by a returned Missionary, The paper and his Anointed, and persecution raged. to which I allude is designated—and I trust Yes, but then the imperial dove chased that the Press will give it wing, and let it the imperial eagle before her, and Chris- fly through the land—“ Prayer is the best tianity, with the diadem on her brow, and Hope of the Missionary Cause.” If that is the purple on her breast, ascended the throne not worth recording, I am sure that nothing of the Cæsars, before which she had been I have said, or can say, deserves to be redragged as a criminal and condemned as a membered. Let it be circulated in ten malefactor, and there gave laws to the thousand echoes throughout the country; world. Shall we doubt for Madagascar, let every platform and every pulpit ring while we have this record upon the page of with it; let it be the text of a thousand history?
sermons, and the subject of ten thousand After referring to the case of South Africa speeches ; and if we were walking this day as affected by the Caffre War, Mr. James in procession, with music and with banners, continued :
I would claim that this should be the song As to India, I shall leave that subject to of our march. I would ask that the richest a respected Missionary, who can do it more and largest of the flags should have this justice than I can, and for one moment emblazoned in golden characters, that the touch on China. There is a great deal in multitudes of the pious who observed our the present condition of various Missionary progress should catch the theme and be Stations that is exceedingly painful ; but let awakened by its inspiration--"Prayer is one messenger come and tell me,
the best Hope of the Missionary Cause." is lost;" I reply, “China is open." Let a Let that shout be raised throughout the second come and tell me, “ All the stations land, and every idol will totter on its basis; in South Africa are broken up;" I still hell will tremble, heaven rejoice, and earth reply, “ China is open ;"_and let him next to its very extremity be glad. A great deal give the doleful intelligence that Madagas- is said about money. I wish there was no car is closed; my answer still is, “ China is need for saying so much. For one, I could open." - And were all the Missions we be content that not a single syllable about bave in existence at the present moment money were uttered for the whole of the destroyed the next hour, standing upon the next year, and that the subject of our mournful rain, after I had wiped away a
speeches and sermons should be of prayer. tear of regret for this extended devastation, Why, say some, would not this stop the I would lift my heart to God in thanks- supplies ? But I am quite sure that the giving and say, “ Blessed be thy name! more we have of prayer, the more we shall China is open to us !" And again, were we have of money. And I am equally sure to employ ten Missionaries, where we are that the more we have of money, the more employing one, for the conversion of China; we ought to have of prayer. We cannot I would still say, “ What are they among succeed without divine help, which we obso many?" May I here for a moment, as tain by prayer ; and God will not do without Representative of Spring-bill College, say a our money, which we call forth by appeals word to the Metropolitan Schools of Learn- to the liberality of the Church. Now, breth
thren in the Ministry, and brethren out of and cheer the Church. It is prayer, chiefly, the Ministry, let us, from this year, take up that we want; and if we have the prayers a determination that from hence there shall of the churches in Britain for India, your be more earnest and united prayer. Let us men, and your money, and your strength, hear the voices that come to us from every will flow to us adequately and at once. Our quarter, “ Brethren, pray for us!” The motto is, “ A praying Church, a successful Directors, amidst their arduous labours, Church.” Your past conduct towards India, pressing difficulties, and sore trials, say, coupled with your present position, leads * Brethren, pray for us!” The Secretaries, me to anticipate the day when her children under their deep perplexity, and solemn shall be free as the eagle that soars above responsibility, say, “Brethren, pray for the peaks of her lofty Himalayas, and when us!” The Missionaries, amidst insalubrious the Church shall become more abundant in climates, with enfeebled constitutions and peace and love than the everlasting spring great discouragements, say, “Brethren, pray of her bright and gushing rivers. British for us!” The Missionary Churches, amidst India is a vast and promising field for the idolatry perpetually tempting them to relax Christian Church to exercise her energies. and to apostatize, say, “ Brethren, pray for In Northern India, we have a population of us!” The whole world, groaning and tra- upwards of ninety millions, without young vailing together until now, if not by the Egypt, as we call it-the newly acquired voice of entreaty, yet by the extremity of territory of Scinde, or the Punjaub. Ia their misery, say, “ Brethren, pray for us!” this field, vast in its territory and vast in its Whatever storms roll over us—and we may population, are ninety millions of immortal expect them-yet, in the progress of our beings, held either under the influence of history, Prayer is the conductor that ex- Hindooism, or the still more paralyzing and tracts the bolt from the cloud, and guides withering influence of Mohammedanism, it innocuously to its grave in the earth. all of them (with the few exceptions that Whatever difficulties we may yet have be- have been gathered by our Missionaries) fore us, they must be overcome. I see the without the knowledge of God and his Son cloud of commercial embarrassment, darker Jesus Christ. That surely is a field that every hour, rising upon the horizon of our should command your attention, excite your country, in the shadow of which all our In- sympathy, call forth your prayers and your stitutions must, more or less, be involved. benevolence, and lead you promptly to send The spirit of infidelity and false philosophy forth Missionaries for the work. are working their way throughout the world. Now, I will just tell you what is the state Worldly-mindedness, luxury, soft effemi- of things in Calcutta at the present monacy, are enfeebling the Church of Christ. ment, in connection with Missions. There Tahiti is gone from us ; Madagascar is are in that City eight Churches connected closed; the stations in South Africa are with the Episcopalian Communion; one partly disabled from their usual work. But church connected with the Established let me see the Church of God rising in the Church of Scotland; one connected with power of faith and prayer, and I cast my the Free Church of Scotland; three confears to the wind. I am full of hope for the nected with the Baptist fellowship; and cause ; assured, as I am, that the importu- your own five churches. On the day that nate, combined intercessions of a Praying I left Calcutta, there were in the different Church, will soon be swallowed up in the schools in that City upwards of 6,000 pupils, hallelujahs of a Redeemed World.
young men, the greater portion of them reRev. T. Boaz (Pastor of Union Chapel, ceiving an education equal to any that you Calcutta,) said: I have been deputed by the could obtain in yoar Colleges at Oxford and brethren and churches of India to visit this Cambridge, and the larger portion of these land for the purpose of conferring with young men directly under the inflathe Directors of our Society, and frater- ence of our Missionaries. Your own Instinizing with the brethren and churches in tution contained 780 on the day that I left; Britain, with a view to stir up a stronger and I had a letter oply yesterday, telling feeling of sympathy between British India me that the number is rapidly increasing, and England, and of exciting your prayer- and that they were urged into expenses they fal consideration towards the Missionary wished to avoid ; but, so many coming in, work in that land; and I am confident that, they were obliged to increase their expenif the proposition which has just been made diture. Thus, you see, that as it regards by Mr. James—so much in accordance with Christian instruction and Christian schools my own feeling, and that of my brethren, and churches, a great work has been ac. were acceded to by this Meeting, and you accomplished in the City of Calcutta. Bat would devote one Sabbath through all your that is not all. You have had from these churches to prayer for the conversion of schools, and from the preaching of your India-I am confident, I say, that we should Missionaries, several very interesting consee a work begun there that would astonish verts. One that I have spoken of in this hall, at another meeting, forfeited his pro- Christian Public for the suffering people in the perty to the amount of 5,000l. for the sake Hervey Islands, and in Southern Africa; and it of Christ; and, when he sacrificed that pro
hereby gives its assurance to the devoted Mission
aries labouring in Jamaica and British Guiana, perty, he said to me, “I put Christ into the that the Society will cheerfully afford them all one scale, and all the property into the
needful aid, under the influence of any adverse other, and the property is lighter than
events which they may be called to bear." nothing and vanity.”
It will be in the recollection of most of the You have heard in the Report about the Constituents of the Society now present, great efforts that have been made by the (said Mr. Miall,) tbat a Select Committee, infidel party. But you will rejoice to hear which was appointed to consider the finanthat only about a week before I left India cial position and prospects of the London the chief agent in that infidel movement Missionary Society, brought up a Report at was baptized into Christ by a Missionary. its last Annual Meeting, in which it was He stated that it was the very temperate and
stated that the Directors had held out to Christian conduct which was manifested by them the hope that they should be able, the Missionaries that first of all impressed during the coming year, to diminish the him ; for, he said, if it had been ourselves Expenditure by the amount of 10,0001. we should have got into a rage ; but you
Now I wish to have it most distinctly imwere mild and gentle, and, instead of doing pressed upon the minds of all the Chrisus any harm, you gave us the Word of God tian Friends who are present, that this proand bid us God speed. I retired to the posal to diminish the Expenditure did not house; I thought over it; and now I seek originate with that Committee; that, so far for baptism, and wish to cast in my lot with from having in any way suggested it, it was you." There are many such things occur- suggested to the Committee, as a possible ring, and now all we want in India is men; thing, on the part of the Directors themand I have to ask this Society, for that selves. I wish to take this opportunity of part of India from which I have come, for referring to that part of the Resolution which five Missionaries. It is a moderate request. I have read, and to express for myself—as I should like fifty, and I will undertake that a Member of the Select Committee-my my people in Calcutta, those with whom I firm conviction, that had the Directors, am associated, will pay all the local expenses under the altered circumstances of the last connected with the labours of fifty Mission- year, hesitated to do just what they have aries ; but I ask only for five, and yet your done with regard to the subject referred to Secretaries have told me positively that they in this Resolution, I should have deemed it can get no young men to go out as Mission- much more worthy of censure than of aparies. My friend, Mr. James, has appealed plause. I think it would ill become a Soto Homerton, Hackney, and Highbury, and ciety so great as this to withdraw, under other Educational Institutions, for young any consideration whatever, the hand of men for Christian Ministers in China. I its ready and generous help from any of ask the Tutors in those Academies if they
those who are in so much need of its extenhave no men for India. I like a noble sion. I think it would augur ill for the furivalry, and I should be glad to see fifty ture prospects of a Society like this, if at men for China and five men for India, Now any time, when Missionary Brethren were I leave this matter in your hands, only ask- calling out for help, it should deem itself ing you to look to the Missionary work restricted from holding out its helping hand. with an intelligent eye, to look to it with
I have far too much confidence in the energy an informed sympathy, to deal with it in of Christian character, as well as in the fervent and persevering supplication before strength of the Voluntary Principle, to beGod, and to rise up to your work in the lieve that, when there shall come a time of exercise of an untiring faith - a faith that danger-a crisis of difficulty-the hearts of shall lay hold of the Divine strength, and
the Constituents of this Society will be coldly prevail with the God of Missions, to bless shut, under the influence of any calculating his own cause with a peaceful and glorious feeling whatever. Let us remember what victory.
was said when the first Baptist Missionaries The Resolution having been put and car
went out to India, and the representation ried, the Collection was made.
that was made to those who were left beThe Rev. J. G. Mall, of Bradford,
hind:-“We are descending into the mines, moved the next Resolution, to the following
and you have to hold the ropes above." effect:
That was very strikingly brought to my
recollection, when, on one occasion, I wit** That this meeting deeply sympathises with its nessed the process of a diving-bell, and saw Missionary brethren in vitferent parts of the the men descending to their work far below world, who have, during the past year, been subject to various painful visitations of Divine Pro
the waters, and how entirely they were devidence: it cordially rejoices in the means of re- pendent upon the agency of those above to lies which have been liberally supplied by the supply them with the air necesary for their