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At the next anniversary of the missionary society at Epworth, Butterwick, and Crowle, I hope to hear of some guinea and half-guinea subscribers: there is suffi. cient property to expect this. May the thought of the millions perishing for lack of knowledge; may the love of Jesus to a fallen world; may a sense of gratitude to the mercy of God, move our friends to the discharge of their duty: and I trust that the various collectors which we got to commence in this holy cause, will then have been found to bave done their part.
H. HUNTER £xon CAAPEL, New Church STREET, The chairman in the closing address ex. ST. MARY-LE-BONE. Missionary Services. pressed himself delighted with the success -On Lori's-day morning, April 25th, the of the labours of our missionary brethren, Anniversary Sermon, on bebalf of the Gene- and most earnestly entreated the congregan) Baptist Missiou in Orissa, was delivered tion and children, steadfastly to continue by the Rer. J. Burns, from Ezekiel, xxi. 27, and increase in this great and good work. and on the following evening, the annual The friends in separatiog, agreed that it meeting was held, when J. S. Buckingham, had been by far the best missionary meeting Esq., presided on the interesting occasion. they had ever attended in the chapel; and The meeting commenced by singing an ap- we trust that their prayer was, propriate hymn. The Rev. J. G. Pike, of Derby, implored the blessing of Almighty
"Oh! may the Lord of harvest,
Abundant labourers send. God. The Chairman opened the proceed.
To reap the waving fields, ings by an affecting description of the state That satan's reign may end. of India, and a forcible appeal on the
And soon may every nation im poriance of education, and missionary
In joyous songs proclaim, erorts. He also dwelt largely on the lallelujah! power, and glory, necessity of females exerting their influence For ever to the Lamb !!! in promoting the interests of this great cause.
J. G. The Rer. J. G. Pike, gave several affecting West RETFORD. —A very interesting and truly interesting accounts of the con missionary meeting was held in the General Tersion of the poor benighted heathen. Baptist chapel, West Retford, on Monday The ministers present, were the Rev. J. evening, April 26th, 1841.
The chapel Stereoson, A. M.; J. Wallis ; T. Yates; was densely crowded. Thomas Bigsby, Esq. J. Preston; and W. R. Baker.
presided. The meeting was affectively ad. The Meeting was well attended, and the dressed by Messrs. Fogg, Johnson, (indefrien is greatly encouraged by the account pendent) Stocks, Smithson, (Methodisi) Fergiren of the increased success attending the nepough, and Grant, (missionary student.) labours of the children of Ænon Chapel The addresses were listened to with deep Sabbath-school, who had collected for the and animated attention. Mr. Stocks deli. mission, during the past year, £12. 6s. Od., vered one introductory discourse at Gamstun, although only 150 children in number! and two at Retford, on the preceding day.
MR. LACEY'S JOURNAL OF MISSIONARY LABOUR TO THE
EASTWARD OF CUTTACK. December 17th, 1840.- After a few days from Cuttack. I have with me Rama, Doitest from our southern journey, to-day 1 taree, and Somnath : the latter is a hopeful commenced a tour towards the coast. I young man, a late convert, and he is anxious arrived at this place (Págá hath) early in to become a preacher of the Gospel to his the forenoon; and before I could take break. countrymen. He was a brahmin, and of fast, I was surrounded by the market peo. respectable standing in society. After an ple, it being market day here. While I am hour's rest, and some breakfast, we com. making this entry, the people at my tent. menced our labours. I retired to the shade door are making various obsersations on of a mangoe tree, and was immediately sur. what they see. One man says, “ From these rounded by a crowd of people. The syren books knowledge will dawn on the world.” doctrine, that God tills all things, and is all * Then," says another " ask him for one." things, was soon stated in defence of idolatry, A third replies, “He wout give them for and a long argument ensued. It is often asking for, bat will distribute them at his very difficult to refute this doctrine so as own pleasure." One says, “ What! do you not to infringe on the divine omnipresence; like to seek bones ?” “Yes," says another, to day I adopted the following method :"be is thinking about bolting into the Bhe. After the brahmin had stated that God filled ringee's house.” This place is nine miles all things as the principle of life, I asked
whether he existed in a dead body. The and exhorted the people to put their trust in man hesitated for some time, and then said Christ as the only Saviour. I bave been “ No.” This involved him in perplexity; the more particular in stating the substance and I took advantage of the occasion to of what I said to-day, as it forms the subject state some things useful as to the divine of my daily communications with the peo. nature, exhorting the people no longer to ple. Rama followed me; and when he bad think of God as a man, a cow, a dog, or a concluded we gave away about sixty tracts, tree. The brahmin walked away unobserved. all accompanied with a word or two in exThe next serious inquiry was, as to whether planation of them. In the afternoon we or not sin was removable by an atonement attended a cloth market, but could do little as prescribed by the Hindoo priests. The good among the people; we therefore set people universally answered “Yes.” I en. out for a village at a small distance, named deavoured to show them that they were Lockhee narayau poor, where we proceeded mistaken; that the passages they quoted to the office of the zemindar, and attempted had been inseried by their priests; that their to interest the minds of a number of people philosophy held out no hope of removing in a religious conversation; they however sin by atonements; and that the inost their refused to hear what we had to say, and emshastras could be cousidered as promising, ployed themselves in ridiculing the christian was deferring the punishment due to sin, natives, and in uttering predictions of the till the pleasure due to holiness had been fall of European power. e njoyed. I instanced several persons, emi. 18th.— I moved from Paga háth early in nent for truth and holiness, who neverthe- the morning, and after a two hours ride ar. less had suffered the demerit of their sins. rived at Sálpoor. Here pitched my tent I also read over before them the following close to a small temple of Párbottee; and piece from the Bhagbot, in a clear and de. taking my native helpers, started on foot to liberate manner. “Shouldst thou say that Bhodamundee market, no great distance atonements destroy sin, thou greatly errest: from Salpoor. We found a large concourse atonements cannot destroy sin; the most of people, and were presently surrounded that an atonement can do, is to defer the by a large congregation of Hindoos and punishment of sin. It is said, indeed, that Mussulmans. After some altercation with the name of Sree Krishpoo destroys a moun. a speculative and contentious usurer, we lain of sins, as a spark of fire destroys a commenced preaching, and continued by inountain of cotton. But how does fire de. turns to address the people for three hours. stroy cotton? It reduces it to ashes. But Much information was disseminated, and wbat fire will you bring to burn up the many objections overturned. ashes? So is sin indestructible, except by friend Somnath made his first essay here, the suffering of its penalty; otherwise, it will and spoke with some effect. His manner fall into the ocean of your merit, it will form is pleasing though not popular, and his a mud there from which every evil and de. statements clear and simple: at present, his lusive thing will spring, in the progress of information is limited. We had not many your future destiny. Sin is not destroyed books with us at the time, but disposed of by atonements.” These observations pre- all we had; and as we returned, met others, pared my audience to feel the awful state which were dispatched by a native preacher they were in-covered with sin, and without for distribution. After I gained my tent, hope of escaping its punishinent, as well as till ten o'clock at night, the people came to consider the vicarious sufferings and death around me, and we were engaged in con. of Jesus Christ. I closed by delaring and stant disputation. explaining the atonement of the Gospel;
(To be continued.)
ANNIVERSARIES OF RELIGIOUS INSTITUTIONS.
BAPTIST MISSIONARY SOCIETY. never before been experienced in a single
year. Some of the missionaries had died, A very numerous meeting of the sub. and others had been obliged to return home scribers and friends to this Society, assem to recruit their health. Editions of the bled at Exeter Hall, on Thursday, Ap-il Scriptures, however, in whole or in part, 29th, to celebrate its 49th anniversary. W. had been translated, and the issues from the B. Gurney, Esq., presided.
depository during eight months had been The Rev. J. Dyer, read the report, which 28,777. Several members had been added stated, that on the continent of India the to various churches. The mission in Ceylon Society had been exercised with a succession was very prosperous,
With reference to of bereavements and afflictions such as had the West Indies it stated, that from the re
turns handed in to the Association held at prevented from occupying new spheres of Falmouth, in February last, it appeared that labour, although there were claims for sixty the namber of members in full communion missionaries, and a larger number of promis. Fas now 27,706— nearly 3000 more than ing candidates than had ever presented, last year; of inquirers, the number was themselves before. The only exceptions stated to be 18,984; marriages celebrated, had been a deeply interesting mission to 1256. It then detailed the progress made the Gold coasts, and one to the Ashantees, at the various stations; and after referring for which a special fund had been raised. to the formation of a mission to Western The total receipts for the year 1840, inclu. Africa, concluded by adverting to the home ding the Ashantee mission, were £90,182. proceedings. During the past year 17 mis- 8s. 8d. ; whereas the expenditure had amoun. sionaries had been sent out. The total re. led to £109,226. 15s. 10d., being an excess ceipts of the year amounted to £26,656 175. of £5,209. 98. 9d. over the preceding year. 21., being an excess of £7332. 53. 4d. above The actual deficiencies of the society, up to the income of the preceding. The expenses the 31st. December, 1840, were £39,916. 68. had increased in an equal proportion, and Ild., against which there was due to it £12, the balance now due to the treasurer was 322. 198. 20. wbich had been advanced as £1958. 133. 4d.
temporary loans for the erection of chapels The following were the speakers at this at foreign stations, &c, meeting: The Rev. T. S. Crisp, of Bristol; The Rev. J. Beecham then read an ab. Rer, William Lewis, of Chatham ; Rev. Dr. stract of the general report which referred Vaughan; Rev. W. Brock; Rev. J. G. Pike, to the society's missions, and on the whole of Derby; Rev. T. Archer; Rev. Mortlock represented them as in a very prosperous Daniel; Rev. George Pearce, (a missionary state. Intelligence had been received of returning to India); John Shoard, Esq., of the death of nine missionaries; nineteen, Bristol; and T. Aked, Esq.
including seven returning to their spheres The chief resolutions were,-That this of labour, had been sent out since the last meeting heartily rejoices in the commence. anniversary. The central associations oc. ment of a mission to Western Africa, and cupied by the society, were 280; the num. in the zealous dispositions shown to aid it ber of missionaries, 380, besides catechists, by the Churches in Jamaica, all which they local assistants, school teachers, and other hope may be regarded as the earnest of the agents. The communicants at the various dawning of that day in which 'Ethiopia stations, were upwards of 80,000. shall stretch out her hands unto God."" The speakers were, the Rev. Dr. Mahel
“ That the success of the appeal for lar, Moderator of the church of Scotland; strengthening and extending the mission in Sir. G. Murray; J. P. Plumptre, Esq., various quarters for relieving the Society M. P.; Edward Lytton, Esq., M. P.; Sir from the debt of last year, together with the Robert Bateson, M. P. for Londonderry; steady increase of the ordinary receipts, and Rev. B. Shaw, from Africa; Colonel Conelly, the aid afforded by the Bible Translation M. P.; Mr. Sergeant Jackson, M. P.; Rev. Society, towards the printing of the Holy D. Cargill, missionary from Feegee; Rev. Scriptures in the languages of the East, call S. Candish, of Edinburgh; C. Hindley, for devout thankfulness, while the corres. Esq. ; Rev. J. B. Gillmau, from Ireland; pondent success of the mission, and the in. Mr. J. Westhead, of Manchester; Rev. J. crease of its expenditare call for suill more Dixon, of Sheffield ; J. Musgrave, Esq., of vigorous exertion. That this meeting, there. Leeds. fore, would affectionately urge on every Resolutions.-"That while lamenting the Church, and the friends of the mission, to interruption which the missionaries have make systematic and strenuous efforts on again experienced in Tonga, from the vioits beball."
lence of heathen persecution, this meeting
rejoices at the prosperous state at the mis. WESLEYAN MISSIONARY SOCIETY. sions in the other islands of the friendly
group, and in New Zealand, and is especi. The annual meeting of this Institution ally encouraged by the opening prospects was held at Exeter Hall on Monday, May, of the society in the populous islands of 3rd. The weather was very unfavourable, Feegee." the rain had been falling for hours, but “That the success which has attended every part of the large room was crowded. the efforts of the society in behalf of the The chair was taken by J. E. Tennant aboriginal population of British North Esq, M. P.
America, and the black and coloured popuThe Rev. Dr. Bunting presented the lation of the West Indies, calls for special financial report which stated that from the acknowledgment; and that this meeting, want of funds, the society had been almost recognizing the necessity of continued exertions in the cause of negro education and Dr. Morison; Rev. W. Morton, from India; conversion, rejoices that the oldest missions Rev. Dr. Halley; Rev. F. Monod, from of the society in the West Indies are now Paris; and Dr. Parker, American mission. making praiseworthy exertions to provide ary, from China. by local contributions for their own pecuni. Resolution.—“That this meeting regards ary support; but that, at the same time, it with grateful pleasure the kindness and cannot but solemnly recognize the claims of liberality with which the appeal recently British India on this, and other missionary made by the Directors in aid of its funds societies, as entitling it to increasing atten- was received. It most sincerely entreats tion and effort, from its vast population, its the friends of the Society throughout the providential connexion with us as a nation, empire, by a liberal advance in the amount and the awfully degraded condition of the of annual subscriptions on the part of the millions of its idolatrous inhabitants." affluent, by encouraging and directing the
“That, while rejoicing in the successful missionary ardour of the young, especially foreign exertions of the society, this meeting in Sabbath and other schools, and by regrets to learn that the income of this multiplying well organized and systematic institution has for several preceding years efforts to meet the circumstances and sustain been materially insufficient to meet the the zeal of all, to prevent in future the regularly increased demands, which have necessity of special efforts,' and to enablo been enevitably created even by that very suc. the Directors not only to preserve undimin. cess itself, which has called forth from year to ished the present number of the Society's year its grateful acknowledgments; and devoted agents, but adopt others whom God earnestly recommends to the committee the has raised up in answer to our prayers, and arrangement and adoption of prompt and to enter on some of the fields which he is effectual measures for raising the regular opening as the result of our exertions, and annual income of the society, to an amount, where the multiudes that hare long sat si. equal at least to the maintenance of its lently in darkness, now awakened to a sense existing missions in a state of complete of their misery, earnestly implore the light efficiency, as well as for the eventual extinc- of life.” tion of the heavy debt, occasioned by the inad ate income of the three las
BRITISH AND FOREIGN BIBLE
SOCIETY. LONDON MISSIONARY SOCIETY.
The anniversary was held at Exeter Hall, The anniversary of this Institution was on Wednesday, May 5. Ou the platform held at Exeter Hall, on Thursday, May were the Bishops of Chester, Winchester, 13th. Lord Morpeth in the chair.
and Litchfield; the Earl of Chichester, Lord The report was read by the Secretaries, Teignmouth, Lord Mountsandford, the Dean the Rerds. J. Freeman, and A. Tidman, of Salisbury, J. P. Plumptre, Esq., M. P., which stated, that during the past year, General Mackenzie, Colonel Phipps, &c. seven champions of the cross, in the vigour The chair was taken by Lord Bexley. of manhood, and four faithful women, had The Rev. A. Brandram read the report, entered into rest. Thirteen others, six which detailed at great length the foreign males and seven females, had been con. operations of the Society, from which it strained by the sorrows of bereavement, or appeared that its labours had been very exhausted strength, to return to their native successful, particularly in France. The land. The directors had sent out thirty-six total receipts of the Society during the past devoted friends, either to supply the places year had been £101,322 9s. 2d., being £10, of the fallen, or to enter upon new scenes of 127, 3s. 11d. less than last year; but that boly condict. Their distribution had been was accounted for by the fact, that last year as follows:-six to Polynesia, eight to Afri. legacies had been received amounting to ca, eight to the East Indies, and fourteen £13,000. The amount received for sales, to the West Indies. The total receipts included in the above sum, £57,585 178.8d., during the past year, were £80,100; the leaving for general purposes £42,742 12s. 5d. outlay, £92,734. The sum of £2500, espe. The total expenditure amounted to £132, cially contributed on behalf of the widow 9341 8s. 9d, being larger by £10,000 than on and family of the martyred Williams, was any former year. There had been issued included in the above debtor and creditor during the past year 900,912 copies of the amounts.
sacred Scriptures, making a total, since the The speakers were, the Rev. J. Ely, of establishment of the Society, of more than Leeds ; Rev. W. Carter; Rev. Dr. Leifchild; 13,000,000, which, added to the issues on Rev. Dr. Alder; Rev. T. Archer; Hon. and the concident of Europe, and in America, Ror. Baptist Noel; T. Thompson, Esq.; made a grand total of more than 22,000,000.
Resolutions were advocated by the Bishop Tuesday evening, May 4th. The Hon. W. of Winchester; Jobo Plumtre, Esq., M. P.; Cowper, M.P., in the chair. the Bishop of Litchfield and Coventry; The Rev. J. Blackburn read the report, the Rer. T. Smith, of Sheffield; the Rev. which presented a grand total of 103 assoF. Monod, Deputy from the Paris Bible ciations, with 151 praver-meetings, 14 sti. Society; the Hon. and Rev. Baptist Noel; pendiary agents, and 2,268 visitors, who call. the Rev. J. Aldis; Dr. Parker, an American ed twice a month upon 59,549 families, physician, lately residing at Canton; the which probably included 298,000 indivi. Rer. D. Cargill, missionary from Fegee; duals. The gratuitous agents principally en. the Rev. Robert Daly, Vicar of Powerscourt, gaged in the loan of tracts to the families they Ireland; the Rev. Mr. Brown; the Dean of visited; 59549 families had been so visited, on Salisbury; and the Earl of Roden. an average, it was presumed, of 20 times each
during the past year, so that about 1,200, RELIGIOUS TRACT SOCIETY. 000 visits had been paid, at each of which, The forty-second anniversary of this In
a tract-book, usually containing two tracts, stitution was held at Exeter Hall, on Friday,
had been lent; thus 2,360,000 religious May 7th, J. Labouchere, Esq., in the chair.
tracts had been circulated amongst the poor The Secretary (Mr. Jones) read the re
during the past twelve months. During the port, which gave a cheering account of the
same period 1,286 copies of the Holy Scripoperations of the Society both at home and
tures had been issued. The visitors had
succeeded, since the last report, in gathering abroad. The number of tracts and other
3,667 children into the infant, Sunday, or publications issued from the depository
day schools of the respective neighbourduring the year, amounted to 17,799,562,
hoods. The 151 stations for prayer-meetmaking a total, since the institution of the Society, of 337,000,000. The contributions
ings, and the exposition of the scriptures, received from the Auxiliaries were £2114
ought not to be overlooked, as there were
held at each, on an average, more than two 14s., being a decrease of £308 10s. 3d. The donations and life subscriptions amounted
services a week, making a yearly aggregate
of at least 16,000 services. to £1006 10s. 5d. The annual subscrip.
The attendance tions were £2123 8s. 9d., being an increase
varied from half a score to 200 persons, of £21 5s. 3d. The Christmas collecting
giving the gratifying weekly average of cards had produced £217 19s. 6d. The
6000 who uvited in these humble services.
Several gratifying instances of success in the Congregational collections had realized £84 63. 3d. The total benevolent income for
several departments of the society's labours the year, including £66, the collection at the
were marked. last anniversary, and £49 163. 3d. Pen.
From the treasurer's accounts, it appeared
that there was a balance against the society tonville ground-rents, amounted to £5662 158. 20.; being a decrease of £451 10s. 10d.
of £270, 4s. 10d. The gratuitous issues for the year, includ.
The speakers were the Hon. W. Cowper, ing money grants to foreign societies, paper,
M.P., Rev. G. Clayton, Rev. J. Young, Sir
: C. E. Smith, Rev. J. Aldis, William Tooke, and publications, together with the grants for libraries, amounted to £7817 Ils. 100.,
Esq., David Wire, Esq., Rev. J. Jenkyn, being £2154 168. 8d. beyond the total
and the Rev. J. Blackburn. amount of the funds placed at the Society's disposal. The legacies received amounted
BAPTIST HOME MISSIONARY 10 £689 14s.
SOCIETY. The Society's total receipts amounted to The annual meeting was held at Exeter £58,966 12s. 6d., being a decrease on the past year of £2151 48.28., arising partly from
Hall, on Monday evening, 26th, of April. the reduction made in the prices of many of "th
J. Aked, Esq., in the chair. the Society's works.
The Rev. S. J. Davies read an abstract The speakers were the Rév. E. Bicker
of the report, and the Rev. C. H. Roe read steth; Rev. Dr. Bart, of Wartemberg; Rev.
the Treasurer's accounts :-Total receipts J. Young, of Albion Chapel; Rev. J. Hill,
during the past year, £4172 178. 20.; total formerly of Calcutta; Rev. T. Archer; Rev.
expenditure, £412958. 90.; balance in Carr Glyon; Rev. J. Hazlegrave, of Isling
Treasurer's hands, £42 11s. 5d. ; the Society, ton; Rev. S. J. Davis, of Salter's Hall; Dr.
however, being under engagements to the
extent of £500. Steinkopf; and Gurney Hoare, Esq.
The speakers were, the Rev. T. S. Crisp, CHRISTIAN INSTRUCTION SOCIETY.
my of Bristol; Rev. J. H. Hinton; Rev. T.
Morgan, of Birmingham; Rev. ). Sprigg, The fifteenth Annual Meeting of this of Ipswich; Rev. C. Stovel; Rev. J. Burton, Society was held at Finsbury Chapel on of Amersham; Rev. W. Brock, of Norwich.