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The Committee have been gratified to learn, from a respectable Gentleman, not connected with the Society, who has been lately in Ireland, and who visited some of their Sehools, that they are well-conducted, and that the scholars are making great improvement. A satisfactory proof of their utility will be found in the letter of Mr. Wilson, which gives an account of the subscriptions received this year from Gentlemen in Connaught, residing in their immediate vicinity, and who are, there. fore, well able to appreciate the advantages derived from their establishment. The Committee indulge the hope, as the scriptures is the only school-book in these humble seminaries, the promised blessing of the Holy Spirit will be afforded; so that many of the rising generation in our sister country will be emancipated from the bondage of superstition and vice, and become interested in all the privileges and immunities of the sons and daughters of the Lord God Almighty. The journals of the Irish Readers are very interesting.
Prom the Rev. J. Wilson to the Secretaries. through a considerable part of the counDublin, March 23, 1825.
ties of Clare, Limerick, Tipperary, and DEAR BRETHREN,
Galway, having preached in a number of You will perceive by this that I am places. Twice at Tomgrany, at Clonnow in Dublin, and have begun collect. mell, Mont Shannon, Moynoe, Tullo, ing our subscriptions in this city. It will Killaloe, Doonass, Limerick, Ballyorgan, bo gratifying to you and the Committee Kilfinan, &c.
To mention every partito hear, as it gives me great pleasure to cular would be an obtrusion on your state, that our subseriptions in Con- time, and might fill a volume. I preached naught this year amount to £150, in. at Kilsinan to about 200 persons on Lord'scluding a donation from the Marquis of day, Feb. 20 ; and the next morning, beSligo of £5, which is twenty-three pounds fore I was up, at seven o'clock there was more than any former year. And I will a person from Ballyorgan, on the borders here add, that one Gentleman, on hand. of the county of Cork, to request me to ing his guinea to the person I sent, said, go there to preach; not being well, and that “he paid it more freely than any Kiltinan, I feared I should not be able to
having that evening to preach again at money he spent within the year, because of the extensive good he was persuaded accomplish it; however, I went off
, preachthe Society is doing.” You will perceive, ed to a house full of people, and returned by the account of the Schools, that they to Kilfinan, after a walk of seven miles, and are recovering from the consequences of preached to a large congregation. I was the unexampled opposition made against greatly pleased with the progress of the them during the winter ; but I have not Sunday school which I established when I given, as is usual at this time, the pre in attendance, whom I examined in the
resided there. One hundred children were cise number of children belonging to them. For, in fact, it is impossible to Old and New Testaments, their improvegive a correct statement, the number being ment
and answers gave me the greatest So fuctuating, according to the conduct satisfaction. The exertions of Mrs. 0. of those who are so frequently endeavour. are most laudable. She is certainly one of ing to annoy them; on one day, tifty in Limerick on board some ships at the
“ the excellent of the earth.” I preached .children may be found in a school, next not more than twenty, and on the Quay; there were great crowds, who following there may be sixty or seventy.
heard with the greatest attention. I shall purposely defer any particular
Since my last journal, a man of the observations relative to the Schools till name of Valantine Thyné, called on me, a future opportunity, but will take care
who said that he took the liberty of that you shall have them in time for the coming to see me in consequence of a next Report.
sermon he had heard me preach at Moy, in the west of the County Clare, last Sep
tember. I asked him from what I preachFrom the Rev. W. Thomas to the Secretaries. ed; he said, from Gal. vi. 14. *« God
Newmarket on Fergus, March 18, 1825. forbid that I should glory, save in the
Through mercy I have again arrived at cross of our Lord Jesus Christ,” &c. I home, after a long absence. I have been perfectly recollected it. I asked him, how he expected to be saved ? he replied, life.” Many of the children make the “ Through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.' most pleasing answers. I asked him, “ If his works would not assist in obtaining his salvation ?” he
replied, “ That works were good in their From a School-mistress in the County of i place, but that they were only the fruits Clare, addressed to the Secretary of the
of faith.” On enquiring of him how he Female Auxiliary Society in London. obtained a living; he said he was a LADIES, schoolmaster, but that since he had heard
I feel great happiness in being able to me preach he would go no more to mass; inform you, that my school (under the the priest bad dispersed his school, de. superintendence of Mrs. Boland) is doing prived him of support, and left him and well, notwithstanding the opposition of a helpless family to starve. I asked him our parish priest. I find the number of how many scholars could he get, who my pupils still increasing, and acknowwould not be influenced by the priest? he ledging themselves truly sensible of their said, from twelve to eighteen, who were obligations to the charitable Ladies, who the children of two or three families in have taken their bewildered staté into his neighbourhood, who had thrown off consideration. At present the improvepopery, that there were no others there. ment is tolerable, and, I trust, ere long, I then asked him if he could read the that gospel grace will bear its influence Irish language? he said he could. I got upon the mind of every individual in my an Irish Testament and tried him. He little seminary, so as to offer their sin read and translated the third chapter of cere supplication for the prosperity and John's Gospel perfectly. He said he had eternal felicity of every human being connever seen a Bible before he heard me cerned in our support and welfare. preach, and had only obtained one a
I am, Ladies, fortnight since, and that now he diligent.
With gratitude and respect, ly read it. I gave him an Irish Bible
Your obedient servant, and some school books and Testaments,
MARY RUTLEDGE. desired him to go and teach as many Kilanumery, Jan. 14, 1825. children as possible, to diligently read the Irish scriptures to the people, and endeavour to turn them from darkness to From a School-mistress to Mrs. Kitson, light, and to go forward in the Lord's Secretary to the Walwort Lion-street strength; that I would mention him to Society. the gentlemen of the Committee.
Riverstown, Jan. 14, 1825. The opposition which has been made to
MADAM, the schools has been over-ruled for good,
I have the honour to inform you, for and it will eventually tend to render the the information of the ladies composing triumphs of the cross more glorious. The the Walworth Lion-street Committee, Lord will make the wrath of man to praise that the number of females attending their him, and the remainder he will restrain. School at Riverstown, of which I have I trust the Lord will arise and have mercy the charge, consist at present of sixtyupon Ireland, and that the time to favour her will come ; yea, I hope the set time is eight, who attend pretty regularly, viz. The Irish readers have been dili- and six learning their alphabet. Several
Fourteen reading—forty-eight spellinggent, though greatly oppressed. After of whom commit the scriptures to me. an argument which Ryan had with a Ro. man Catholic, he offered to give Ryan mory. The greater part of these girls security if he would lend him his Testa: plers, plain work, and knitting. Some
can work, some of them very well. Sam. ment. 'I said to Macnamara, a Sabbath of the old scholars attend occasionally, Irish reader, and teacher, that if he went but from not coming regularly, their on as he did at present, the priest would
names have been erased from the list. not come to anoint him when dying ; he
I have the honour to be, replied, I will not trouble him, Sir, as I
Madam, hope to have the benefit of the blood of
Your faithful humble servant, Jesus. The Schools are increasing, and
MARGARET CONNOR, I hope in a short time will be as nume.
Governess of the Walworth Lion. I questioned one of the females, when she was reading that pas
street School, Riverstown. sage in the tenth chapter of John, “ I am the door," do you suppose that Jesus is a door, like that? pointing to the school
Religious Tract Society. room door ;” “ No, Sir, she replied ; “ but The Committee of this Society have he is the way of entrance into eternal kindly sent a large supply of Tracts to
rous as ever.
the Agents of our Society in Ireland; the heard from the lips of a rotary of infi. following is their Address in relation to delity. « The late Discussions in Ireland."
The subjoined list* points out some
Tracts which the Committee consider as
January, 1825. suitable for circulation at the present The Committee of the Religious Tract time, and if it appears that some of them Society have not overlooked the increas. have less immediate reference to the difing activity of the Roman Catholics, and ferences between Protestants and Roman their systematic opposition to the circula- Catholics than others, they would again tion of the Holy Scriptures. Indeed, it observe that they deem it not less imwould be equally contrary to the prin. portant to refer to the principles of the ciples of their Institution, and the line of Church of Rome than to its proceedings, conduct it has hitherto pursued, if they and that when the mind is, by the divine should view this contest with silence and blessing, grounded in the truths of the indifference. They desire to state, most gospel, error will not find a place therein; clearly, that with respect to points of a but the plainest Christian will be “ready political or merely controversial nature, always to give an answer, to every man they have no intention to interfere ; but that asketh a reason of the hope that is in the cause of Truth as opposed to error, in him, with meekness and fear.” It and with respect " to those Evangelical was thús simple artificers and poor unin. principles of the Reformation, in which structed females were enabled to stand Luther, Calvin, and Cranmer were agreed,” unmoved before the bloody Bonner and (see thé Address of the Committee,) they his associates, and finally triumphed over feel that it would be criminal for them to the sophistries and threatenings of their be silent.
persecutors. Former Committees have frequently re- The Committee conclude this address ferred to the active circulation of Tracts by an extract from the Fifteenth Report by the Reformers as a pattern and exam of the Society, already referred to. ple for themselves to pursue, and in va. rious Reports of the Society, have stated In contemplating the means which the
they desired to tread in their foot. Religious Tract Society employs for the steps.” They have considered themselves universal diffusion of divine truth, your (see the Report for 1814)“ as followers Committee gladly observe, that they in a of those illustrious characters, not only great measure resemble those which provin the mode of diffusing knowledge, (by ed, under the blessing of God, the in. Tracts,) but also in the doctrinal and struments of effecting the great work of practical substance of their instruction;" the Reformation. At that memorable
they have considered the Luthers, period, not only was the volume of in. the Melancthons, the Calvins, the Tin: spiration, after a lapse of many ages, put dals, the Cranmers, the Latimers of a into the hands of multitudes, who had so former age, as their patterns in sound long sat in darkness and the shadow of doctrine and active exertion.”
death; but the venerable confessors of The Committee earnestly call upon all those days also published, and widely to whom scriptural truth is dear, not to be circulated, a variety of short, scriptural, indifferent to this most important subject; and impressive Tracts. Several of these they would exhort that it be not taken up compositions yet remain, as historic proofs as a party or a political matter, but as a of the pious activity of our forefathers; duty incumbent upon every follower of and clearly demonstrate, that much of Christ with a reference to its important the light of the Reformation was diffused influence upon the souls of men. They through the influence of Religious Tract earnestly recommend increased activity distribution. The writings of Fox the in the circulation of those Tracts which Martyrologist, and other cotemporary place the leading truths of the Protestant historians, fully confirm and elucidate religion in a prominent point of view; this statement. One of the Popish comsuch as the atonement, salvation by faith plainants against Protestant zeal, during through Christ alone, and the necessity that eventful struggle for spiritual liberty, of a free circulation and unrestricted perusal of the Holy Scriptures. This last Nos. 23-25-28-29-56--65-67point they would particularly notice as, 74-86-98-101-110-111-115— 124 with reference thereto, the church of - 125 --126-128-130-132-133-141 Rome and the powers of infidelity appear
-143-153-158-160-163-164-171 to have upited; and the advocates of the --172-174-187-190-193-201-202 see of Rome bave not hesitated to adopt --501----524-570. Also a short series of language from which the British public Tracts, now in course of publication, enlately shrunk with horror when it was titled “ The Lollards;" and some others,
says, « The Gospellers of these days do are of the same opinion you will probably all the realm with so many of their noi. give them a corner in the Magazine. some little books, that they be like to the
I am very truly yours, swarms of locusts which did ipfest the F--
J. B. land of Egypt.”-Your Cornmittee will Lo a spot of land most glorious! rejoice in being enabled, through the li
Arm'd with rocks, and girt with sea; berality of the public, to imitate the ex.
Where in triumph reign victorious, ample of these Gospellers of the Reforma.
Faith, and Law, and Liberty : tion, and to add swarm to swarm of their
Happy nation! little books, till they abound in all the
Still more happy let her be. regions of the earth, But the Members of the Religious Tract Britain! 'tis a name enchanting,
To all countries far and near; Society have the gratification of knowing that they are followers of those illustrious Rich in mercies to the wanting, characters, not only in the mode of dif
Blest are all within thy sphere : fusing knowledge, but also in the doc
Let them be from year to year! trinal and practical substance of their instruction.
Ab! but is there not a nation The firm basis of doctrine and scrip- Near thee, on the western shores, tural interpretation on which this Society Claims to thee a near relation, rest, is that of the great body of the Eng- But deprived of thy rich stores ? lish and foreign Reformers. They can 'Tis Hibernia, appeal with confidence to the system of Who thy gospel-aid implores. truth comprised in “ The Harmony of the
Yes, we have a little sister; Confessions of the Reformed Churches,' both at home and abroad; to the writings Shall we not henceforth assist her?
Shall she be neglected still ? of their most esteemed individuals; and
Yes, we ought, we can, we will: to the avowed principles of the thousands
Good Britannia who then burst from the iron yoke of
Shall her horn of plenty fill. Popish domination. They consider the Luthers, the Melancthons, the Calvins, Now with warm affection glowing, the Tindals, the Cranmers, the Latimers Moved by her plaintive cries ; of a former age, as their patterns in sound More and more their ardour growing doctrine and active exertion. 'They de- They assemble,-they devise; sire to follow them, as they followed Now they hasten Christ.
With the Gospel's rich supplies.
Through Hibernia's iste to spread;
Peace divine, and joy are given,To the Editor of the Baptist Magazine. Guilt and darkness captive led :
Superstition Dear Sir,
Fears, and faints, and drops her head, Having just had occasion to refer to Go ye on, increase in numbers, a volume of a contemporary publication
On the arm of Jesus rest; for the year 1816, the following lines ar- Let not one indulge in slumbers, rested my attention. They seem calcu
And our sister-isle is blest!
Yes, so blessed,
The Subscriptions from Lancaster, Kendal, Yeoland, Rochdale, and Bacup, collected by the Rev. Moses Fisher, in October, 1824, have been duly received by the Treasurer, and will be acknowledged, with the names of Subscribers, in the next Annual Report.
NOTICE. The Treasurers of Auxiliary Societies, and other friends who may have Monies in hand on account of the Society, are respectfully reminded that the Treasurer's account for the year will close on the 1st of June, which renders it necessary that all payments intended to appear in the Appendix to the next Report, should be made in the course of the present month. It is requested that the respective accounts may be sent properly balanced to the Secretary, No. 6, Fen-court, Fenchurch-street, accompanied by the lists of Subscribers, &c. in alphabetical order. Due attention to this Notice will prevent delay in the closing of the Society's accounts, and consequently facilitate the early publication of the Report.
The Annual Sermons for the Society will be preached, Providence permitting, on Wednesday, June 22, and the Annual Meeting held, as usual, on the following day. Full particulars of the respective Services will appear
in our next Number.
BAPTIST MISSION, of the Female Committee. Of this sum,
an equal division was made, as usual, between the Church and the Baptist Mis.
sionary Societies. On behalf of the former Home Proceedings.
of these Institutions, there was present the Rev. — Edelman, Secretary of the
South Bucks Auxiliary Church MissionGREAT MISSENDEN, BUCKS.
ary Society, who gratified the meeting with a condensed statement of the ope
rations conducted by our zealous friends On Easter Monday, April 4, was held in the establishment, and a similar ac. the third Anniversary of the Missionary count, in reference to the Baptist Society, Association formed in this pleasant vil. was given by the Rev. John Dyer, from lage; and the very numerous attendance, London, Several other clergymen and far exceeding that of any previous meet. dissenting ministers of various denomi. ing, clearly proved what an interest is nations took part in the proceedings of taken in the great object of sending the the day; and the whole appeared emi. gospel to the heathen by the inhabitants nently calculated, not only to serve the of this rural district. The chair was oc- Missionary cause abroad, but to promote cupied by James Stephen, Esq. Master in the feelings of mutual regard and Chris. Chancery, who has a residence in the im• tian affection at home. Hitherto, we be. mediate neighbourhood, and who opened lieve, this Institution, as to its peculiar the business of the day in a most appro- feature of combined effort, stands alone; priate address. The report of the Asso- and we are quite aware that serious ob ciation for the preceding year was read jections would arise to its general adop. by the Rev. Richard Marks, Vicar of the tion: but we are inclined to think that parish, from which it appeared that near. few could witness this rural festival of ly Fifty Pounds had been collected since thought and feeling without wishing that the last meeting, in small weekly sums, the laudable example might be followed exclusively (we believe) by the agency wherever practicable. VOL. XVII.