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• The Rev. Andrew Brandram read an." At a general Meeting of the Society, Abstract of the Report. It stated that, held at the Freemasons' Hall, on Saturday during the last year, 116,539 Bibles, and the 30th of April, 1825; His Royal High164,116 Testaments, had been sent out ness the Duke of Gloucester, the Patron from the Depository; making a total of and President, in the Chair. . 3,722,987 copies of the Scriptures issued « The Report of the Committee was in this country by the Society in twentyread and approved, and ordered to be one years.
printed for circulation ; and the following, The Cash Account for the year was as amongst other Resolutions, were adopted. follows:
66 Resolved, That this Meeting feel Free Contributions from
themselves called upon to express their • Auxiliary Societies .... 40,332 11 0 deep regret and disappointment, that so Receipts for Bibles and
little progress should hitherto have been Testaments, Reports, and
made, in carrying into effect the benevo. • Monthly Extracts .... 39,584 19 2 lent intentions of his Majesty's GovernLegacies ................ 6,044 3 ' ment, the unanimous resolutions of ParSundry other sums ....... 7,323 12 0 liament, and the wishes and prayers of the
Nation at large, for the mitigation and : Total Net Receipts.... 93,286 5 2 eventual extinction of Colonial Slavery ;Total Net Payments - 94,044 3 5 That the threats of determined resistance,
on the part of the colonists, to the proSerenty one new Auxiliaries, Branch posed measures of reform, appear to de. Societies, and Bible Associatious, have stroy all rational hope of 'relieving their been established since the last Anniver- bondsmen from the evils that press upon sary.
them, except by the direct interference of · The usual Resolutions were then seve. the supreme Legislature ;–That, Parliarally proposed and adopted.
ment, therefore, they trust, may be in. The speakers were :-The Earl of Har. duced, without further delay, to enact rowby, the Rev. William Dealtry, B.D. and enforce such measures as are requiRector of Clapham, the Earl of Rocksa- site for effectually meliorating the condi. vage, the Hon. C. J. Shore, the Rev. tion of the slave population throughout Sereno Dwight, Lord ('althorpe, the Dean the British dominions, and for raising of Salisbury, the Rev. Mr. Monro, Mr. them to a participation in those civil Robert Grant, Rev. G. Hamilton, Sir rights and privileges which are enjoyed George Rose, Professor Tholuck, Lord by other classes of his Majesty's subGambier, J. Č. Esten, Esq. Chief Justice jects.' of Bermuda, Mr. J. Thornton, Sir Stam. " Resolved, That deely convinced of ford Raffles, Rev. J. Dyer, Sir S. T. D. the moral guilt, as well as of the political Acland, Rev. Robert Newton, and Sir R. inexpediency of Colonial Slavery, thiş H. Inglis.
Meeting further laments the continuance Though it has not been the practice of of those commercial regulations, which, the Society to make a collection at its by imposing a much higher duty on sugar, Annual Meeting, the sum of £130 was the produce of free labour, than on sugar presented at the door, including £50 prce grown by slaves, force the latter into con. mised by Mr. Newton in his speech. sumption, in this country, almost to the
exclusion of the former :--That in thus
giving a large bonus to the holders of ANTI-SLAVERY.
slaves in their competition with free la.
bour, this country is pursuing a course, We understand that 33,000 copies of the which, while it is at variance with all interesting Document from which this is just maxims of commercial policy, poweran extract, has been printed for general fully and fatally tends to aggravate the circulation, with the title of the
miseries of the slave, and to perpetuate “ Second Report of the Committee of the
the evils of colonial bondage ;-and that, Society for the Mitigation and gradual
therefore, they earnestly recommend to Abolition of Slavery throughout the
all the friends of their cause, to employ • British Dominions.*
their best exertions to put an end to a state of things which makes the people of
this country the real and efficient, though * The publications of the Society, which reluctant, upholders of that system of are sold very cheap, may be had by appli Slavery, which they unequivocally reprocation at 18, Aldermanbury. Persons in bate as immoral and unjust, as inconsist. the country should direct their booksel.
ent with the principles of British law, lers to get and send them in the monthly and highly injurious to the national in. parcels.
« Resolved, That it be most earnestly dination of the Rev. Ebenezer Swain, recommended to the friends of this so over the newly-formed church at Sumciety, in all parts of the United Kingdom, mer's Town, near Oxford, will be publicly to employ their strenuous efforts in form- recognized. Mr. T. Coles of Bourton on ing Anti-slavery Associations, for the the Water, is engaged to deliver the purpose of diffusing information respect. charge; Mr. W. Gray to preach the sering the state of Slavery; of exciting and mon to the church ; Mr. Pryce, of Coote, keeping alive a feeling of strong interest and other ministers, will take the other in the unhappy lot of our colonial bonds. parts of the service. Worship to begin men, and of producing a suitable impres- at three o'clock in the afternoon, and at sion among all classes, and especially half past six in the evening. among the young, of the paramount obli. gations attaching to us as men, as Britons, and as Christians, to leave no means un attempted for alleviating their condition,
Mr. W. Gray, of Chipping Norton, bas and for raising them from their present
accepted the very cordial invitation of the state of mental darkness and brutish sub.
Baptist Church at College-street, Northjection, to light, liberty, and the hope of ampton; and, Providence permitting, inthe Gospel."
tends to remove to Northampton, with his We wish we had room for all the Ro.
family, at Michaelmas next. port: we can give one extract only:
“ In the mean time, however, the slaves are suffering and perishing. The depopulation of our colonies is proceeding at a
NOTICES. rate which can be explained on no principle but that of the severity of their treat. Anniversary of the Baptist Chapel Homer. ment. They still labour under the whip without wages. They are still chattels.
ton-row, near Hackney. They are still not the subjects of law, but The Third Anniversary of the Baptist of individual caprice. They are still Chapel, Homerton-row, near Hackney, without any civil or political rights. Even will be on Tuesday, July 26, 1825. Mr. their marriages are still unsanctioned and J. Smith, of Ilford, to preach in the unprotected by any legal recognition. morning at eleven; Mr. Stodhard, of Their evidence is still generally inadmis. Pell-street, in the afternoon at tbree; sible. Their manumission is still obstruct. Mr.T. Powell, of Peckham, in the even ed : and, even after being made free, ing at half-past six,- Dinner and tea at a they are still liable to be reduced again moderate expense. to slavery if unable to produce proof of freedom. The master may sell or transfer at his pleasure, without any regard to · New Chapel to be opened at Crigglestone. family ties. He alone still regulates the measure of their labour, their food, and On Wednesday, July 20, 1825, a new their punishment. He may still brand Chapel will be opened, for the use of the them, whether men or women, in any part Parsicular Baptist Denomination, at of their bodies, with a heated iron; con. Crigglestone, near Wakefield, Yorkshire. fine them in the stocks ; load them with The Rev. J. Mann, M.A. of Shipley ; J. chains; strip them naked, and cartwhip Aston, of Lockwood; and Dr. Steadman, them at his pleasure. He may still deprive of Bradford, are engaged to preach on the them of half their night's rest, and leave occasion. them no alternative, with respect to the employment of Sunday, but that of toiling for their subsistence, or carrying their pro Mission Premises at Serampore. dace to market; and he may still shut them out from the means of religious in- TAE LITHOGRAPHIC Print, in this struction. He may thus, and in a variety Number, from a sketch by the Rev. John of other ways, make their lives bitter Lawson. gives a representation of the first with hard bondage.”
premises purchased at Serampore, as described in Periodical Accounts, Vol. II.
page 44. Since that period many other ORDINATIONS, &c.
premises bare been added to the Mission.
property, and lately, a large college, Ordination of Mr. E. Swain, at Summer's within about three hundred yards of it, Town, near Oxford.
has been erected. These are the premises ..On Thursday, August 4, 1825, the Or.
which have been so much injured by the
inundation which took place in October, House, in the sixty-fifth year of his age, 1823, as described in the Missionary His courtesy of manners, kindness of dis, Herald of August, 1824. It will be position, and public spirit, ensured him perceived by the print, that the river general esteem and regard: whilst his Ganges, on which is seen a boat, flows worth as a Christian will cause bis loss very near the house,
to be long and deeply regretted by the members of that religious society with
which he was more immediately connect. Dien,-At Darley Abbey, on Mon. ed, and amongst whom his many excellen, day the 20th of June last, Thomas cies were best known and appreciated. Ward Swinburne, Esg. of Mill Hill
Musings in a Time of Affliction,
LINES .. BY THE LATE DR. RYLAND, Written by the late Dr. RYLAND, Mareh, 1825.
during his last Illness.
THOUGH often my mind is dejected,
Yet will I not dare to repine ;
My trials, I kpow, are selected
By wisdom and goodness divine..
My father's severest correction,
Shall work, in the end, for my good;
Nor ought I to doubt his affection,
Though all be not yet understood. Dismal my prospects were, and dark, Hopeless my case indeed.
Whatever to him brings me nearer,
From earth, and from sin, wins my Merit none.
heart, Call I mine own;
Makes Christ and his Spirit still dearer,
I ought to receive in good part.
I know what perverse contradiction,
My dearest Redeemer once shar'd;
And light is my present affliction,
With joy everlasting compar'd.
The conquest and crown are at hand;
When I, to his kingdom ascended,
Secure in his presence shall stand.
That happiness daily expecting,
In patience my soul I possess; This hope shall like an anchor be, And earth and its shadows rejecting, For ever firm and sure.
To glory eternal would pass.
Calendar for July.
1. Moon passes Herschel, V, morn. 14. Moon passes Mars LX. 24 aft. 1. Mercury passes Mars.
15, New Moon X. 25 aft. Too far 10. Sun (as to longitade) between the south to cast her shadow on the Earth.
Earth and Mercury, VII. morn. 16. Moon passes Mercury XI. 15 morn. *12. Herschel south XI. 54 aft. Alti. 17. Moon passes Jupiter IV. 15 aft. tude 18° 46'.
26. Mercury passes Jupiter VII, MOED. '12. Ceres south IV. 55 aft. Altitude 26, Venus passes Saturn X, aft. 54° 49'.
29. Full Moon XI. 57 aft. Too far north 12. Moon passes Venus VIII. morn. -
to pass through the Earth's shadow. 13. Moon passes Saturn V. 15 morn.
IRISH EDUCATION INQUIRY. “The anxiety and apprehension which
we found to prevail among the Roman The first Report of the Commissioners Catholic clergy, with respect to prose, of the Inquiry into the State of Educa. lytism, induced us carefully to inquire tion in Ireland, has been printed: we whether many children had in fact been merely extract that which refers to the converted from the Roman Catholic faith Schools founded by the Hibernian and through the immediate instrumentality, Baptist Societies :
either of the Schools of the Kildare-place " It forms no part of our duty to notice Society, or of the other Societies with any of these Societies, but such as are which it is connected; and we have no connected with the establishment of reason whatever to believe that the conSchools; and of that class we found that version of any children has taken place the London Hibernian and Baptist Soo in any case in which they cannot be suffi. cieties were so conducted as to excite a ciently accounted for by the religion of greater degree of distrust on the part of one or other of the parents. The Roman the Roman Catholic clergy than any of Catholic clergy, however, do not rest the others.
their opposition to these Societies on the “ It is true, indeed, that general die ground that proselytism has actually been rections are given by these Societies, that affected by them, but on an allegation no attempt shall be made in their Schools that such is their object; that such ix the to instil Protestant doctrines into the tendency of their Schools, and that such minds of the Roman Catholic children. might be the effect of their system if it The chief object is to give them scrip- were allowed to prevail. Whatever may tural instruction. They are required not have been the nature of the opposition only to read the scriptures in the Schools, which the Roman Catholic clergy have but to commit considerable parts of them given, we had abundant opportunities of to memory, for which purpose it becomes seeing that it had been very generally necessary that they should take the book exercised, and its effects were apparent to their respective homes. Scripture at the time of our inspection, in the al. reading by the children of all ages is the tered state of by much the greater part of predominant and almost the sole object the Schools. That their exertions to reof instruction; and it is the avowed wish move the children are not made with of the Directors, that the children should equal success, or with equal resolation thus obtain for themselves an acquaint. in all cases, is naturally to be expected; ance witb the doctrines of Christianity, but that they have been to a great degree without reference to any particular form successful, and will to the utmost be perof creed or worship.
sisted in, we are led seriously to appre" The opinion which is formed by the hend.” Roman Catholics of the character and in. The result of this inquiry is thus extentions of the London Hibernian and pressed : Baptist Societies, must naturally be the “On the fullest consideration which result of a consideration of the whole, we have been able to give to the subject, and not of a part of their proceedings; we are of opinion, that it is desirable to and in this view it is important to ob- unite children of the different religious serve, with respect to the London Hiber. persuasions in Ireland, for the purpose of pian Society, that the circulation of the instructing them in the general objects of Holy Scriptures generally in Ireland is literary knowledge, and to provide faci. one of the declared objects of the Society, lities for their instruction separately, and that it also employs a class of readers where the difference of relief renders it who are constantly engaged in travelling impossible for them any longer to learn through those parts of the country wbich / together.” are inbabited by Roman Catholics, and' « According to the returns made by the in reading and expounding to them the ministers of the Established Church, the scriptures. So likewise, with respect to total number of Schools in Ireland (Sunthe Baptist Society, its declared object day Schools excepted) is 10,387, and is not only to establish Schools, but' to they contain 498,641 pupils. According promote the gospel in Ireland,' by the to the Roman Catholic returns, the numemployment of itinerant preachers, and ber of Schools is 10,453, and the number by the distribution of Bibles and Tracts, of pupils 522,016.".. either gratuitously or at reduced prices. The plan recommended is, to bave masters of the different denominations in life lately jo a well-grounded hope, and each School, as there shall be found chil. consolation of a happy eternity. Her dren of the Established Church, Presby. neighbours remonstrated with her a few terians, and Roman Catholics, who are days before she died, on the necessity of to be taught their respective Catechisms. sending for a priest to give her the rites No provision is made for the Protestant of her church. She told them, That if a children of other denominations; as reli. man could be of any service to her soul, gious principles are to be taught the chil. that Christ had died in vain. Notwithdren in the school-room on separate weekstanding, the priest did come to visit her days. Both the Received and Douay ver- (unsent for), asked if she wished to be sions are recommended to be used : the anointed. She answered, with a wisdom means of support to be provided partly far above her years, that she would not by the State, partly from parocbial as- trouble him for any ceremony of his, that sessments, and partly from payment by her priest was placed on high, in whom the pupils.
she trusted, who is the way, the truth, Should this plan be adopted by the and the life. Where did you get this Parliament, it is probable the Hibernian knowledge ? said the priest. “ am in. and Baptist Societies may lose the pecu. debted,” said she, “ to the Baptist So. niary support which they have received ciety, Mr. Wilson, and the Ladies, for from Ireland: it will still, however, be the instruction I had received. May the necessary for them to pursue their la. Lord reward them for what they have bours; both out of regard to those Pro. done for me." I have also to inform you,
or you, testant children which are excluded, un- that J. G. when he first heard you preacha less they consent to learn principles which in Thornhill, was so deeply interested, their parents disapprove; and because of that he could not suppress his astonishthe children in those districts, where ment when you concluded your discourse; neither ministers of the Established or of but began to inquire of me immediately the Presbyterian Church will be found, concerning the sermon, which seemed so to inculcate the necessity of scriptural strange to his ears. But the last time instruction, in order to their being made you preached there, I was surprised and acquainted with the principles of the Re. delighted to hear him repeat most of the formation. We feel persuaded we shall sermon, which brought a full conviction not want pupils in our Schools, nor those to his mind, that you spoke according to pecuniary contributions necessary for the oracles of God. His parents reasonTheir support: while we most devoutly ed with him, and said, that he should de. wish, that the Parliament may never sist from his scriptural arguments, and sanction the recommendation of this Ca- humble himself to his father confessor. tholic Report!
He answered and said, That he heard by a certain person, that confessing to a
priest and receiving absolution, encouTo the Rev. Josiah Wilson.
raged people to persevere in wickedness Collooney, June 7, 1825. instead of forsaking it; I confess, said Rev. Sir,
he, that I am a heinous sinner, bnt as There is a promising field of useful. the priest is a sinner also, I never will dess in the villages where I have been ask forgiveness of him who cannot forexercised since my last. The people in give himself; but will, by divine aid, these several places were anxiously on endeavour to crave pardon of the Captain the inquiry when it would be their turn of our salvation, who invites sinners who to hear again the glad tidings of salva. are weary and heavy laden, to come unto tion. And many are the pleasing evi. him, and promises that all who como dences, that those tidings have not been unto him in his own appointed way, he proclaimed in vain. In Cashel, near will in no wise cast out. Drumconnor, they entreated me to remain
I remain your faithful servant, a night with them, where, as usual, I
J. O'BRIEN. endeavoured to spread the light of the glorious gospel : to which they gave such From a Sabbath Reader to Rev. J. Wilson. earnest heed, and shewed so strong an Rev. Sir, attachment, that they begged of me to I have great consolation at present leave them the Irisb Testament, (which to inform you how prosperously I am get. they acknowledged to be the word of ting on among the Roman Catholics ; I God, that they might lose no opportunity am continually invited by them to read of hearing it often, which gave them the scriptures in Irish for them. The such cause of rejoicing. I bave been Lord enabled me to make some remarks credibly informed, that E. C., who was on the same. I still pray to him to direct educated at D, school, departed this me. I met with some difficulties here