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too, as well as in my own country: but be at none, and going to ruin in the the Lord still delivered me from my ene. streets ;' the priests positively denied it, mies: I thank his kindness to me. Dear and said, “It is not better. Mr. Tho. Sir, if I could not read the Irish and mas, of Limerick, the superintendent of speak it, I could not travel among the the schools in the counties of Limerick, Catholics by any means. I have spent Clare, and Tipperary, says, "Nothing four weeks in the mountains of Donegal; can equal the desire of the people to have fifteen individuals abandoned their priest their children educated, were it not for here, by hearing the word of God read in the dread they bare of the priests' spiri. the Irish language. When the priest was tual authority, and of being deprived of informed of this change, he cursed any their labour, through their influence over person that would hear me or speak to the minds of their employers. I can say,' me the following Sabbath: bat after all adds Mr. Thomas, with perfect truth, bis exertions, they proved ineffectual, for that there never was such a spirit of reli. the people still came to hear me. One gious inquiry, never such a desire among evening, as I departed from a Catholic the children for education, never such house, where there assembled above forty anxious applications for copies of the Roman Catholics, I was way-layed by scriptures, and never such a desire to two persons, who would have destroyed hear the gospel preached. You must my life, only a gentleman providentially send us a large supply of Bibles and Tes. happened to be riding by.
taments, as very many can now read, who nerer could have been able but from
their having attended our schools.' Anniversary of the Irish Society.
“ Tbat a great difference of opinion The late period at which the Anniver- and feeling, in regard to the Society's sary has taken place, prevents our giving schools, exists among the Roman Catholic even a sketch of the appropriate speeches priests, the following extract will prove : that were delivered. ` It is sufficient to * "" ' have been credibly informed,' says say, that the following ministers and the writer, “ that a priest in my district, others were engaged.--The Rev. Messrs. from the altar, conferred many encomi. Middleditch, Edwards, Hawkins, Cramp, ums on the Baptist Society, by saying, Groser, Kinghorn, Dr. Steadman, Fisher, that it was worthy of approbation and Finch, Evanson, Shenston, and J. Parnell, support, and that it was the greatest Esq. The speech of the Rev.Josiah Wilson, blessing to the poor. He exhorted his of Boyle, one of the Society's Itinerants, people not to be lulled, or turned out of 'was very encouraging, as it proved the their course, by foolish babbling, and good effects of the Society's operations in thus to lose the opportunity offered for Ireland. The Rev. Mr. M'Farlane began the education of their cbildren.' He said, in prayer.
• that he had examined the book, which The Report was full of interesting were used in the schools, that had been facts: the following is an extract.
condemmed by some of his brethren, and “ In one instance, a school, in the had found them to be free from error ;' South of Ireland, which consisted of one and added, if other priests took the hundred and forty boys, and ninety-six same views of the Society that he did, girls, was violently scattered in April they would plead the cause of the insti. last by two Roman Catholic priests. They tution, pray for all with whom it oriaccomplished this by entering the school, ginated and was supported, and would and commanding the children to leave it, unite with it in circulating the scriptures, and by calling on their parents, and the knowledge of which makes men of threatening them with public excommu. every denomination good members of sonication from the altar on the next Lord's ciety, and makes them to feel themselves day, unless their children were taken to be amenable to the salutary laws of away from the school : the success of this their country.' measure of intimidation was so great, that “ One of the Irish Readers thus writes: five children only continued out of more - The following account has been comthan one hundred and fifty. It is added, municated to me by a person that was that many of the poor children wept much present at the time that the transaction when the priests drove them from the took place. A priest went into one of school, and during the next month, many our schools, and asked the children how of them returned to it notwithstanding far they were advanced as to the committhis opposition. But the priests renewed ting of the scriptures to memory; the poor the attack, by ill-treating the parents. children thought they would be rewarded When some of these poor people ventured by the priest for being so forward in a to reply, by saying, “It is surely bet. knowledge of the book of God, cupseter for them to be at that school than to quently they stood up manfully, and began their repetitions;- some of them was truly grateful to God who had given could repeat the entire of the gospel of ber health to attend long enough at the John, and several other chapters in the school to learn to read the Testament, as Ephesians, Galatians, sermon on the she had thereby become acquainted with mount, &c., but I believe the priest would Jesus as her Saviour. She was particu. rather not hear all they could have re. larly patient and resigned, saying, she peated. He left the school, therefore, was quite willing to die, that she might telling the Teacher that he was ruining go to Jesus. She added, the only thing that part of his parish by the scriptures which gave her pain was, that she was which he was teaching the children ;' and leaving her mother in such an awful state further added, that it would be better of darkness." for the parents to pay for their children, .66 One of the Irish Readers, who is an thần to have their heads spoiled with the inspector of the schools, gives the follow. scriptures.'
ing account, the truth of which is çorro« In the next parish to the above, we borated by Mr. Wilson :have a school in the Roman Catholic Cha. “ E. Č., about thirteen years of age, pel, and when I inspected it last week, who was educated at D. School, departed The priest was present while I was ex. this life lately, in a well-grounded hope, amining the several classes, and he ap. enjoying consolation in prospect of etera peared to be very friendly to the Baptist nity. Her neighbours remonstrated with Institution.''
her a few days before she died, on the ?“ The Rev. Josiah Wilson, speaking of necessity of sending for a priest to give the Schools under his care in the counties her the rites of the church : she told of Sligo, Mayo, Leitrim, and Roscommon, them, that if a man could be of any service says, At the last examination of the to her soul, that Christ had died in vain! schools, I gave more Bibles as capital Notwithstanding, the priest came,(though rewards than on any former occasion. I unsent for) to visit her. He asked her, if had promised that premium to any pupil she wished to be anointed ? She answered, that would commit to memory, and repeat with a wisdom far above her years, that correctly, twelve additional chapters to she would not trouble him for any cereinony what they already knew, at the end of of his, that her priest was placed on high, the quarter. In the Trowbridge School in whom she trusted, who is the way, the were given six, one child having learned truth, and the life.' Where did you get 14 chapters, another 17, another 19, two that knowledge ?' asked the priest. I. 21, and one 22; all of which, and several am indebted,' she replied, 'to the Baptist more, were repeated with great correct Society, Mr. Wilson, and the ladies, for ness. In some other schools, one Bible the instruction I have received ! may the only was obtained; but in one of them Lord reward them for what they have there were twenty-two rewards bestowed done for me!' on those who had committed to memory, "An Irish Missionary, belonging to the during the quarter, five or more additional Methodists, Mr. John Feely, gives the chapters. Many of the scholars had, be following account of one of the schools, sides, made good proficiency in arithme. which may be considered as a specimen tic.' 'Mr. Wilson adds, “Several adults of the whole. In a letter to Mr. Wilson, have, during the past winter, attended dated Castlereagh, April 11, 1825, he the evening schools, and evinced a great says : anxiety to be able to read the Bible for ' *. I visited a fine school of yours in themselves, which some of them are able the county of Sligo, near C. taught by to accomplish, and are exceedingly de- Mr. G. I heard a class of lovely boys lighted with their acquirements."
read in the Holy Gospels. The school *** The following pleasing anecdote, is very promising; I felt gratitude to God communicated by Mr. Wilson, will lead on seeing such an establishment in so the members of the Society to form some perfectly benighted a part of the country." conception of the probable good effects “The spelling-books given away by the resulting from scriptural education upon Society the past year have amounted to the minds of the children :
five thousand. Five hundred Bibles, and 66 A little girl, about twelve years of nineteen hundred Testaments, in the age, who had been rather more than English and Irish languages, have been twelve months in one of our schools, died circulated, without expense to the Soof a rapid decline. After she had been ciety, through the kind assistance of the for some time confined by fllness, a lady Committee of the British and Foreign Biresiding in the village visited her. The ble Society.” girl expressed gratitude for her kindness in thus coming to see her, and also while 7 We intend to give the speeches in she had been in the school. She said she our next Number,
BAPTIST MISSION. the provincial papers, and create undue
uneasiness among the supporters of the Mission.*
The first of the Annual Sermons was preached at Great Queen-street Chapel, on Wednesday morning, by the Rev.
Samuel Saunders, of Frome, who had ANNUAL MEETING.
most kindly undertaken the service, when
it became doubtful whether Mr. Eustace Having been permitted, by the good Carey would reach this country in time providence of God, to enjoy another of from America. The text was from John our annual Christian festivals, we hasten xvii. 17. Thy word is truth; a passage to discharge the pleasing duty of commu• which the preacher proposed, in the first nicating to our numerous friends in dif. instance, to explain and illustrate; and ferent parts of the country, such parti. then to shew what use should be made of culars as we are able to furnish for the the sentiment. After remarking that all press in the very short interval allowed men are actuated by what appears to for that purpose.
them to be the truth, even those who are On Tuesday morning, June 21, the under the impulse of base and unworthy open Committee Meeting was held as passions, he argued, with much force, usual at the Mission House in Fen-court. the conséquent importance of an acquaintAbout sixty friends, chiefly ministers, ance with immutable truth. This he prowere present; when various matters of ceeded to shew, was contained in the business were arranged, and information word of God, and there alone-since this was given of the proceedings of the Com. divine revelation had all the features of mittee. It should be observed, that on truth-without any mixture of error- or these occasions, the Committee hope for any deficiency. These various particuthe company of their ministering brethren lars were advantageously illustrated by generally, whether resident in town or a reference to the Hindoo mythology and country, together with that of any other philosophy. In applying the subject friends, who are accustomed, in connec: Mr. S. remarked, that the privilege of tion with Auxiliary Societies, or other having free access to the truth of God was wise, to take an active part in promoting unspeakably great-that as a nation, the interests of the Society. They would Britain had derived great advantages be happy, if their accommodations were from possessing it that it became us to sufficiently extensive, to include their fe- be very careful to form our characters by male friends in the invitation; but this, the word of God and to be very solifor the reason alluded to, they are obliged citous in our efforts to diffuse it. În conto decline.
cluding his discourse, which we are Among other documents read at this very conscious we have most imperfectly meeting, was a letter received a day or reported, the preacher adverted to the two before from the Missionaries at Se, operations of the Baptist Missionaries in rampore, describing more particularly the translating and circulating the scriptures, injury done to the Mission premises there by an inundation of the Ganges, which had taken place about fifteen months be- * It may be allowed us to suggest, that fore, and of which an interesting state- previously to circulating intelligence, dement, from the pen of Dr. Carey, was rived from private sources, it would inserted in the Herald for August, 1824. be advisable to inquire, at the Mission This is mentioned the rather, because House, as to its authenticity, especially some friend of the cause, evidently sup. when it is of an unfavourable nature. posing the event to be recent, had, un Some weeks since, we understand, it known to the Committee, inserted a pa. was currently reported, in some parts of ragraph with the intelligence in the Times the country, that Dr. Carey was dead; newspaper of the same morning, which and it was apprehended that, in some had excited considerable alarm; and places, funeral sermons had been preach. which it is probable may be copied into ed for him! VOL. XVII.
and to the loss which the Society had suse the attendance was as numerous and re. tained by the recent decease of some of spectable as in any former year. The its earliest and most zealous friends. Meeting was opened by a bymn of praise,
Prayer was offered at the commence. after which prayer for the divine blessing ment of the service by the Rev. Dr. Stead. was offered by the Rev. E. Steane of Cam. man, of Bradford, and at the close by the berwell. The Treasurer of the Society, Ben. Rev. Joseph Ivimey. The scriptures were jamin Shaw, Esq., then took the chair, read by the Rev. James Payne, of Ips- and proceeded to the business of the day. wich, and the hymns given out by the “ It is highly gratifying," said Mr. Rev. Moses Fisher, late of Liverpool. Shaw, “ to every Christian mind, to ob.
In the evening, the second sermon was serve the prosperous circumstances of the delivered, (after prayer by the Rev. Moses various societies that have recently held Fisher) by the Rev. Thomas Griflin; who their public meetings; to witness the selected for the basis of this discourse, the continuance and enlargement of their words of David to the princes of Israel, resources, and the considerable additions as recorded in 1 Chron. xxii. 19. Arise, that have been made to their annual inand build ye the sanctuary of the Lord God. come: but it is still more gratifying to After some general remarks on the ve hear of the religious success that has atracity of the divine promises, and the ob- tended their efforts, and the great good ligation of the divine commands, with a that has been effected by their means. contrast between the material fabric to But though last, yet with us not the least which David referred, and the spiritual in estimation or importance, is the Anvi. temple now to be erected ; Mr. G. pro- versary of the Baptist Missionary Society, ceeded to speak, 1. Of the grounds on which we are this day assembled to celewhich such an exhortation rested, and brate. Our means are not equal to theirs. 2. The reasons why it should be regarded. They have many talents, and if we have Under the former head he remarked, that but one, for that, and for that only, are
God is righteous, and expects a suit we responsible: be it our care rightly to able return for the gifts he has bestowed occupy that which we have, and then who on man-all men have neglected these shall presume to say what, with the blessclaims, especially the heathen-means ing of God, may be our ultimate success? perfectly efficient are prepared, and com- Let no one imagine that contributions to mitted to us we have considerable power Missions abroad, will diminish exertions over these means, and should employ it in at home; zeal for Foreign Missions will the service of God. The reasons that always be accompanied by correspondent might be urged to enforce the exhortation, zeal for Home Service. Our sun shines were taken from a consideration of the upon us with no diminished ray, because misery of the heathen without the gospel, it shines also upon Eastern countries : the and the lamentations they might employ- waters of the Atlantic are not less benethe fact that the divine power was equal to ficial to us, because they wash also the the salvation of the pagan world--that in shores of the Western world. Let us not this life only can the attempt be made- forget the injunction of our ascending that awful punishment awaits all who Saviour; 'Go ye, teach all nations, bapneglect it-that nothing more effectually tizing them in the name of the Father, promotes the spiritual interests of Chris- of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost;' and tians themselves, than engagements on then we may depend on his faithfulness to behalf of others-closing with a reference his promise, 'Lo, I am with you always, to the love of Christ for us. The hymns even unto the end of the world. I canwere given out by the Rev. Josiah Wil- not forbear remarking the vast chasm kinson, of Saffron Walden; and the Rev. which has lately been made among the W. Copley, of Watford, closed in prayer. active agents of our Society. Not only
At the prayer-meeting at Eagle-street, have we lost the aged, who might be exon Thursday-morning, the address was pected soon to terminate their career of delivered by the Rev. Thomas Middle- service; but we have suddenly been beditch, of Biggleswade, from Luke xv. 10, reaved of some who were in the midst of Likewise; I say unto you, there is joy in their days, and from whom we hoped for the presence of the angels of God over one much future usefulness. Besides the sinner that repenteth. The Rev. Messrs. names mentioned in the Report, we mourn Bain, of Potter-street; King, of Hal- the loss of one, whose zeal in the cause, stead; and Slatterie, of Chatham; led combined with activity of character, exthe devotions of the assembly.
tensive legal knowledge, and considerable At eleven o'clock in the forenoon the general talents, rendered his exertions Annual Meeting for transacting the bu. for the Society at all times peculiarly siness of the Society, was held at the valuable. Let us hope and pray, that Chapel in Great Queen-street; when others may be raised up to supply their places. May the descending mantle of of conversion from the heathen world, is our departed brethren and fathers, rest peculiarly important. The value of a upon their successors.” The Chairman soul in England is the same as in India ; concluded, by calling on the Secretary to but the conversion of a heathen possesses read the Report.
far more relative importance than the After the Report had been read, the conversion of an individual among us Chairman, as Treasurer, read a statement who had before been only a nominal of the Receipts and Disbursements for Christian. Consider the previous cire the past year. The receipts, including cumstances in which every heathen had several considerable legacies, were been placed, the mighty barriers that £15,684 ; being an advance of nearly opposed any departure from the superfour thousand pounds on the year pre- stitions of his fathers, the total want of ceding. This the Treasurer considered every thing like congeniality of feeling as an indication of the growing pros- with the professors of Christianity, the perity of the country, and of a grow. immense sacrifices he must incur by reing interest in Missions; and as affording nouncing idolatry, and then contemplate the friends of the Society abundant cause the splendid triumph achieved by the gos. for gratitude. They might well adopt the pel in the conversion of every Hindoo. thankful and admiring language of David Some scriptures, it must beacknowledged, on surveying the oontributions towards seem to have lost much of their original the building of the temple : “ Who am I, force, when connected with instances of O Lord, our God, and what is my people, conversion in this country; but things that we should be able to offer so willingly are very different in India. Our Lord after this gort? for all things come of directs, “If any man will come after thee, and of thine own have we given me, let him deny bimself, and take up his thee.”
cross, and follow me;" and describes his The various resolutions, which will be followers as “leaving houses, and bregiven in our next number, were then thren, and sisters, and father, and mother, moved and seconded, and carried unani- and wise, and children, for his pame's mously ; and many interesting addresses sake." These passages, and such as were delivered, to the great satisfaction these, which require considerable explaof the meeting.
nation to make them applicable in most The Rev. John Birt felt great pleasure cases here, are perfectly intelligible and in moving the adoption of the Report, and applicable there. Every single Bramin especially of such a Report. “I might that embraces Christianity, sacrifices safely," said he,“ read the resolution, more than any of us, perhaps more than and leave it without adding a word to all who are now assembled put together, recommend it, as ample reasons for its He renounces all his emoluments and hoadoption are already before you. This, nours, and rank in society, and literally however, would not be respectful to the becomes an outcast. He can enter, by Meeting, but I shall confine myself to experience, into the full meaning of the a few of its leading features. The present apostle, who described himself and his Report is substantially the same as for- brethren as accounted “the offscouring mer ones. Whateverchanges have occorred, of all things.” No wonder that, on a every Report has been predominantly view of these difficulties, ungodly men pleasing; we have always had more say, You cannot convert a Hindoo. But cause for joy than for sorrow. All the what is impossible with men, is possible Reports have been very satisfactory, but with God; this is the Lord's doing, apd this is pre-eminently so. It is highly it is marvellous in our eyes. The benefigratifying to observe the attention that cial effects of the conversion of one heahas been paid by those who have drawn then are not easily to be estimated. The it up, to the grand end of all Missionary contrast between his former and his prelabours. The first questions that a Chris. sent state is most decided and apparent ; tian would ask, are—Have sinners been it is a deduction from the ranks of idoconverted? Have transgressors been latry, and an addition to the cause of turned from the error of their ways? Have Christ; it is an enemy become a friend. any of the heathen been brought to the Nor must we consider ourselves as come knowledge of the truth as it is in Jesus? to the end of our prospects. As God said These questions are answered in the Re. to Abraham, “I will bless thee, and port before us. Many have relinquished make thee a blessing,” so we have reason the worship of dumb idols, for the service to expect he will act towards those who of the living and true God; and have ex. are made partakers of his faith, that changed the abominations and impurities every converted pagan will be made a of paganism, for the purity and holiness blessing to those around him. This is of the religion of Christ. Every instance more especially applicable to the native