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sion in this quarter, it is encou- and receive two into the church. I fully raging to find that Mr. Bourn is

expect in another month to baptize seve.

ral more, of whom I have reason to hope cheered by some instances of suc- well. The work appears to be going on cess. The following is extracted silently and powerfully, though not rafrom the last letter received from pidly; the congregation is as good, if him, dated

not better than ever, and so is the Sunday

school. Last ordinance day we were Belize, May 31, 1825. twelve in number, including whites, God has been pleased in some degree blacks, and browns. I have a young eto own my labours, and is still owning man who has been lodging with me ever them. The man I first baptized, pos. since January, who has been in the setsesses a mind superior to any coloured tlement three years, and sustained during person I ever met with. His improvement that time a good moral character; he had in scriptural knowledge has far exceeded been brought up among the Friends before my expectation; he knows the French, he left England, but seldom attended any and in part the Spanish and Musquito place of worship here, till he came to relanguages, preaches usually in the week, side with me ; since then he has conand holds prayer-meetings in different stantly attended, and there is good reaparts of the settlement. He usually at- son to think the word has been blest to tends at a fixed time for religious instruc- his soul. One Sabbath evening, a little tion at my house, and I have such con- while back, in some private conversation fidence in him, that I should feel no fear on the things of religion which I had with in trusting him to defend the cause of re- him, the word had such an effect upon ligion with any white man in the settle. his mind, that he wept for about two ment. I baptized last ordinance day two hours. He has had thoughts of going to elderly brown females, who gave very live at the shore, and endeavouring to satisfactory evidence of a change of heart; make himself useful, though he is doing and I am about to baptize to-morrow, well for himself here.

Contributions received by the Treasurer of the Baptist Missionary Society, from August 20, to September 20, 1825, not including Individual Subscriptions.

FOR THE MISSION. Devonport, Juvenile Missionary Association, hy Rev. Thomas Horton 15 0 0 Bradford, (Wilts,) Collection and Subscriptions, by Rev. Joseph Rodway 25 12 4 Norwich, Collected by Ann Thompson, a poor Milk-girl, 9 Years old 0 a 9

Sundries, by Rev. Joseph Kinghorn ................... 3 18 0 Eye, Collected by Three Young Ladies, by Rev. P. Saffery......... 11 17 0 Scarborough and Bridlington, Collections, &c. by Mr. C. Hill ...... 86 14 1 Lincoln, &c. Collection and Subscriptions, by Rev. J. Jarman...... 27 2 4 Rev. Thomas Puddicombe, Branscomb, by the Secretary ... Donation 20 0 A Friend, Southwark,............... by Thomas Smith, Esq. Ditto 10 10 0 J. H. L. T......................... by the Secretary .......Ditto

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TO CORRESPONDENTS. The thanks of the Committee are returned to Mr. Weston, for a parcel of Magazines, “ Gold Ends," &c. by Rev. John Bain; to the Rev. J. H. Hinton, of Reading, for a Collection of Magazines and other Pamphlets; and to a • Triend to the Mission' for six volumes of the Evangelical Magazine.

To many Correspondents, anxious to be visited by our much esteemed brother Mr. Eustace Carey, the Secretary has to state, with deep concern, that the health of Mr. C. is so much impaired that he is wholly unequal to the fatigue of much travelling and preaching. Whatever engagements may be found consistent with his strength Mr. Carey will gladly fulfil; but these must, of necessity, be very few for the present.

Printed lg J. BANFIELD, Wardour-Street, Solin.

BAPTIST MAGAZINE.

NOVEMBER, 1825..

MEMOIR OF THE REV. JOHN CHAMBERLAIN,

LATE MISSIONARY IN BENGAL.

MR. JOHN CHAMBERLAIN was affected, though no lasting imprese born at Welton, in Northampton. sion was produced. In the year shire, on the 241h July, 1777. He 1794, he went to reside at Burby, received the best education the cir- and heard Dr. Bridges, now of cumstances of his parents would Bristol. The state of his mind at admit, at a village school, where he this time, he thus describes-“ Here was the first of a considerable núm. I heard the glorious news of salvaber of children much older than tion. Here I began to think and himself-a circumstance which his read and pray. Dr. Watts's Psalms biographer mentions, as the first in and Hymns were my constant. comdication of that principle which led panions. I committed the greatest him in all, he undertook to labour part of them to memory, and was to excel. He was the subject of continually repeating them, whether serious impressions, at a very early walking in the fields, or working in period; he says in a note, “ Nor the barn. Morning, noon, and night did I dare even then to do any thing I was glad. But, alas ! how vain I thought sinful. I used to attempt and weak was I; puffed up with to pray. When I went to meeting pride! I formed resolutions, but I was delighted with the singing, sin revived! My futile efforts failand united with all my might to ed, and I 'rolled down the tide of give vent to my rapture. Some vanity. My heart, treacherous heart, times then, glimmerings of Divine beguiled me. I soon forgot my vows, truth illumined my mind, which at sinned vilely, and strove to lull my least prepared me for after days. conscience fast asleep. But in vain, I thank my God for parents who, it stood faithful, and with severe rethough poor, taught me to read the proofs chastised me for my sin. My Bible, and took me to hear the word guilty soul was overwhelmed with of God preached. Ah! how much deep remorse, shame, and bitter I owe to the care of my dear mo. pain." In 1795, he went to live at ther!"

Braunston. Here he was required to Mr. Chamberlain in his infancy promise not to go to meeting: to this was very weak and delicate, and by he agreed, only insisted upon going to a fever lost his hearing in one ear, hear Dr. Bridges at a neighbouring which he never recovered: he was church, where he attended, every brought up to the farming business other Sabbath. Having been preas a likely means of strengthening vented from going to church for bis constitution. This occasioned three Sabbaths, on the evening of his removal to Market Harborougb, the third he said to his mother, “I where he attended the ministry of have not been to church a long time, Mr. Gill, and was occasionally much I wish you would let me go to meet. VOL. XVII.

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ing; it is not right to break the Sab. Mr. C. was recommended to the bath in this manner." His mother Committee of the Baptist Missionsaid, “ Why, John, if you go once, ary Society. On September 20, you will want to go again, and that 1798, he was received as a proba. will not do. You may go to-night.” tioner, and placed under the care He went-Mr. Simmons (now at of Mr. Sutcliffe, of Olney. Here Wigan) preached - Divine power he continued about a year; during accompanied the word to his heart. which period his diary furnisbes Speaking of that night he says, “My ample proof that he paid the most joys overflowed! such wondrous scrupulous attention to the state of things I felt. O, it was a happy his heart, and rigidly examined the season!” The Sabbath after he motives by which he was influenced. again .solicited permission to go to On November 1, he writes, “I feel the house of God; it was granted, myself condemned, and fear nothing but with a strict charge, never to but selfish motives have induced ask any more. Persecution follow- me to propose myself as a mission, ed, and, in 1796, he removed into ary--the thought of being a great a serious family. In the summer of man, such as John Chamberlain, that year he, with his master, one of Missionary in India ;-but, cursed his fellow-servants, the house-keep. be the motive, or, such motives as er, and eleven others, were baptized these, if such are in my beart. If by Mr. Simmons, at Guilsborough, such things move me to engage in 1. It was in October, the same year, this work, O Lord, overturn them, that his mind was first impressed turn them to foolishness !" · He was with the state of the heathen. He often dejected with a sense of us. beard of Messrs. Thomas and Carey, worthiness, discouraged by thoughts and continually wished to be with of unfitness, and overwhelmed with them ;-their very trials fapned the the responsibility of the undertaking flame, till it was like a fire in his he was here exercised with deep bones. He read the sermons preach- searchings of heart. Before Mr. C. ed at the formation of the London had been a year at Oloes, it was Missionary Society, and says, “I concluded, that as the Baptist Misthen felt a burning zeal for the wel. sionary Society had no immediate fare of the heathen. Sometimes I need of his services, he should be thought I could die in the cause, advised to continue his studies at and triumphi in the tortures of a Bristol, with a view to the ministry; fire. My hopes were directed to leaving it to future circumstances 10 Iódia, though I saw no way how determine his final destination. Al. they could be fulfilled. Involved together uncertain respecting his in labyrinths, I walked in darkness." path, he prepared to quit Olney, Considering it impossible to realize with a heart overflowing with gratihis desires, he went to live with Mr. tude to his beloved tutor, and the Haddon, at Newry, in 1797; but, family and society in which he had a true missionary spirit is the same lived, bowing to the will of God. in all places, and Mr. C. here evinc- .“ I am satisfied to resign and reed the same devotedness of heart sume my former station (he writes) - for which he was subsequently so and to take hold of the scythe or distinguished. Intending to change plough with cheerful submission." his occupation, that he might be He was, however, immediately idmore at liberty to serve God, the vited to ministerial labours, in ditsubject was mentioned by his mas- ferent parts of the country, till be - ter to some ministers, and by them entered the Academy at Bristol, where he proved himself to be a di: that was near and dear to him, and ligent scholar, a pious christian, and to spend and be spent in the cause a true philanthropist. His diary of Christ. Does this agree with my during his residence at Bristol, fure experience ? Could I leave all for nishes many interesting particulars; Him? Not of myself; but if I our limits forbid our transcribing should be then called, will he not more than the following: On seeing assist me?" i s , was in a ship launch, he writes, “it brought Dec. 29, 1799, Lord's-day, “Have to my mind this reflection; we been reading the life of that dear must launch into eternity. When man of God, John Elliot, the apostle our time is come, our heart-strings to the Indians. O that I were of his will begin to break, and we shall spirit !' what love to God'and man; soon be gone. At tirst our souls what indefatigable zeal did he ma. will begin to Autter, as the ship nifest! Was much affected to-day when she just began to move; but in hearing my tutor mention what when released, they will move with Mr. Carey had said, viz. that it is a force which nothing can impede. the bounden duty of christians, to Not dear relations and beloved chila expect great things from God, and dren, nor any, nor all the enjoy- to attempt great things for him; and ments of this world, can cause our that we, as christians, ought to be souls to stop one moment: no; ashamed and confounded before swift, like an arrow, they will dash God, because we have attempted into the boundless main, whencé po greater. On hearing this, I they will not returu till the heavens wept much. Blessed be God that are no more, &c." :: ill. any impression was made on my

On reading the life of Edwards, bard unaffected heart..sia,1931 he says, “ What holy resolution! . When the news of Mr. Grant's what a fervour of mind ! O may I death arrived, the writes, "My mind imitate bis example, especially his was impressed as though I must go guard over his words; his grave de. to India, to fill up the place of my portment on the Lord's-day; his dear brother, removed to the world moderation in eating and sleeping; above.,,it'. ito ibis. his early rising; and his habitual The motto on a pioneer's eap, close thinking! I am persuaded this "Aspera non terrent,” wliichion one is the only way to improvement.” occasion powerfully arrested Mr. On hearing of the death of Mr. Chamberlain's attention, and is so Pearce, and of his experience rela truly descriptive of his missionary tive to his going among the beathen, character, is not less applicable to he writes, “My soul, let these things his labours while a student at Bris. deeply affect thee; let them be tol:--be commenced preaching in powerfully impressed upon thee. the streets of the city; and both Remember the importance of being out of doors, and in such rooms as united to Christ; this union is an could be obtained, he made known everlasting one; death will but com. "the unsearchable riches of Christ." plete it. · O my Saviour! be thou His diary, describing these engagemine, and I ask no more. Mr. ments, is as truly missionary, as Pearce's feelings brought my past any of bis communications from experience to my mind. What pie- Hindostan; nor did he labour in ty is manifested in what he wrote! vain, or spend his strength for what love to souls! what disinte- nought. He says, “ My public rested regard for the glory of God! work I see to be good and glorious; He was willing to leave every thing but when I survey the manner in which it has been performed by me, prayer. To these purposes he imI have cause for great self-abase- proved it. He cndeavoured to sament before God. O what a work, tisfy himself that he was called of and what a worm to do it! I be- God to the work, made a proper lieve Jehovah thrust me out into the estimate of every sacrifice required, city, to preach the gospel to my and every privation and suffering to fellow sinners, and this has encou- be endured:-having counted the raged me almost beyond any thing cost, he renewed the surrender of before."; Thus, well trained for his himself to God, and imploring his arduous career, Mr. C. received in. blessing, resolved to go forth in his telligence that more missionaries strength. . In these exercises he exwere to be sent out. On Decem. perienced great delight, and laid the ber 14, 1801, he says, "Since there foundation for future conteutment has appeared any probability of my and tranquillity. going to Bengal, to engage in the On April 29, 1802, he married work, I can truly say my heart has the daughter of Mr. T. Smitli, a been much revived. When the im, deacon of the Baptist Church at portant question was put to me, Walgrave; and with this pious com

Are you willing to go ? though I panjon of his labours, sailed for Inexpected my mind would be stag, dia, by way of America, the followa gered at it, yet I was composed and ing month. They reached New unmoved by fear, and with pleasure York in July, and sailed again from answered, 'I am willing.' Since Newcastle on August 16th. His opthen I have never repented of my portunities for usefulness on board answer, but have found it afford ship were few; he laments that the increasing satisfaction to my soul. captain was averse to religion. The I now view the prospect of going state of his own mind may be aswith solid joy and steadfast plea- certained from his observing, sure. O that I were more devoted « Prayer keeps all the powers of to God, more absorbed in the will body and soul in order, and adjusts of my heavenly Masfer.” Shortly all things in due proportion. By this afterwards he left Bristol. The in- the rising passions are quelled and tenseness of his application, and the restrained, the sinking spirits are fervour of his piety, may be con- supported and elevated : ibis pres ceived of, from the fact that he was vents our fears, encourages our often engaged nineteen hours every hopes, silences our murmurings, day; and while literary objects were produces resignation, and leads the pursued with avidity, he was ac- soul from the valley, of sorrows to customed to read (besides other de the mount of rejoicing.” With little votional books) fifteen chapters of opportunity for the exercise of zeal the Bible each day, five in the on the passage to India, Mr, and morning, five at noon, and five at Mrs. C. were called to endure a night, and he was particularly fond most severe trial of their faith: an of reading it in the original lan- event not anticipated was realized. guages.

On the 6th of December Mrs. C. Mr. C. anticipated the period gave birth to a daughter. Through which would intervene between his the kindness of the captain and genleaving Bristoland his embarkation, tlemen on board, every thing was as likely to afford an opportunity done which could conduce to her for contemplating the great object comfort; but the babe was born, with becoming seriousness, and for 'only to weep and die. “He gave observing days of fasting and me my dear child,” says Mr. C.

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