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&c., &c. Balaji gave a history of the suf- him, and keep his commandments ; for, by ferings and death of Christ, and besought so doing, they would obtain lieaven. them to forsake their sins, and believe in
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ANNIVERSARIES OF RELIGIOUS INSTITUTIONS.
The return of the month of May brings with it not only the interest of the spring, but is hailed by multitudes of good men as being the period when the various religious and missionary associations which adorn our country, and bless the world, hold their annual meetings. The most that our very limited space will admit will be a very brief statement of tho chief facts contained in the reports, the names of the principal speakers, with one or two of the chief resolutions. As every true hearted dissenter has turned his attention to the project of Sir James Graham for the factory districts, it was not to be expected that the speakers at these meetings would avoid allusion to it, and it is delightful to know that every condemnation of it met with the most enthusiastic approval of the immense audiences collected together. It will be seen, that, notwithstanding the depres. sion of commerce, and the various obstacles ever in the way of doing good, the philanthrophic and missionary spirit still flourishes amongst us. BAPTIST MISSIONARY SOCIETY. seventy-nine missionaries, fifty-nine female
The fifty-first anniversary of this institu. missionaries, with seventy eight natire tion was held at Exeter Hall, on Thursday, preachers. The number of day-schools April 27th. Notwithstanding the threat. was 137, of schoolmasters 155, of children ening aspect of the weather, nearly 3000 taught in day schools 1226, in Sabbath. persons were present. On the platform schools about 15,000. The number of were the Rev. Drs. Alder, Cox, Godwin, volumes of the Scriptures printed was Leifchild, Murch, and Steane; the Rers. J. 90,000. The total receipts for all purposes Clarke, from Africa; J. M. Philippo and J. £50,806 12s., exclusive of the additional Merrick, from Jamaica; H. Kelsall, Esq.; sum of £2812 still due to the Jubilee fund. J. Tritton, Esq., &c., &c. The chair was The speakers at this meeting were the taken by J. L. Phillips, Esq.
chairman; Rev. J. Angus; Rev. J. Ed. The committee were glad to be able to wards, of Nottingham; Rev. Dr. Alder, state that, in a few months, they had reason Secretary to the Wesleyan Missionary So. to hope four missionaries, with at least eight ciety; Rev. Dr. Leifchild; Rev. c. M. teachers from Jamaica, would be employed Birrell, of Liverpool ; Rev. Í. Clarke; Rev. in regular mission work at Fernando Po, J. P. Mursell; Rev. c. Elven; Henry and the coast of the neighbouring continent. Kelsall, Esq., of Rochdale; W. B. Gurney, To render that agency more efficient, the Esq.; Rev. Dr. Murch; and Rev. Dr. committee had resolved, after lengthened Steane. consideration, on the purchase of a vessel The following interesting resolution was for the use of the mission in Western Africa. passed :—“That this meeting has heard In connexion with the Baptist Churches in with sincero pleasure of the success of this Jamaica there bad been added during the society in Jamaica: it is greatly cheered and last year by baptism, 2925; by letter, 604; encouraged by the zeal and liberality of the by restoration, 388; while the decrease had mission Churches in that island, which have amounted in all to 2002, leaving a clear now resolved to maintain the cause among increase of 1855: the number of inquirers them without pecuniary aid from the society, was 14,353; and the total number of mem- while they are largely contributing at the bers, 33,658. The number of children in same time to send the Gospel to Africa the mission schools was 6944, botnewhat This meeting affectionately commends them less than last year, though the number of to the care and blessing of the Great ShepSunday school children had proportionably herd;' assures them of its sympathy in all increased, being 13,402. The new missions their trials and discouragements; and will at Trinidad, Hayti, South America, and rejoice to hear of their increasing spiritual. Canada, were in a fourishing condition. ity and success." The total amount of the Jubilee fund was An adjourned meeting was held in the £32,500. The summary stated, that the evening, at the Finsbury chapel. C. Hind. total number of members added to the ley, M. P., in the chair. The speakers Churches during the past year, was 3569, were, the Chairman; the Rev.J. Angas; the the total number of members in all the Rev. W. Hamilton (of the National Scotch Churches being 36,622. There were also Church, Regent Square); the Rev. R. A. about 18,000 inquirers, 165 stations, Philip; the Rev. J. Merrick, from Jamaica; and the Rev. Alexander Fuller, a man of commenced and now in progress into the colour from Jamaica, and about to join the Karif tongue, by the Rev. A. Henderson, mission in Africa.
Baptist missionary at Honduras. And Dr.
Yates, it was further stated, was about to BAPTIST IRISH SOCIETY.
undertake the translation of the entire Bible The twenty.ninth anniversary of this into the Sanskrit, the classic and sacred institution was held at Finsbury chapel, on language of India; the probable cost of Tuesday evening, April 25th. D. W. Wire, which was estimated at £1500, towards Esq., in the chair.
which the committee of the Bible TranslaThe following resolutions were passed at tion society had voted one-third of the this meeting :-That the report which has amount." now been read, and which calls for ardent The claims of the society were very ably thanksgivings to the Great Head of the advocated by the Rev. Dr. Godwin, of ox. Church for the success with which he has ford; the Revds. R. Brewer, of Colesford; favoured the society during the twenty-eight Williams, of Agra; Birrell, of Liverpool; year of its existence, be adopted; and that Spashett, of Bideford; and Elven, of Bury. it be printed and circulated under the direction of the committee.”
SUNDAY SCHOOL UNION. « That, animated by the growing success The bearing of the Government bill for of the cause of evangelical truth in Ireland, Factory children on Sunday schools, gave persuaded that the Gospel is the power of increased interest to the Anniversary of this God unto salvation there as well as in hea. Union. Many of the speakers were very then countries, and assured of its ultimate strong and decided in their expressions of triumph, this meeting would cheer on their hostility to the bill, and these invariably heloved friends and brethren in the holy secured the entire sympathy of the vast work in which they are engaged, and would audience. still fervently entreat the outpouring of the The Annual Meeting of this Institution Holy Spirit, wbose mighty influences are was held at Exeter Hall, on Thursday essential to the accomplishment of our great evening, May 4th. Although every part undertaking."
of the large room was crowded to suffoca. The following gentlemen adrocated the tion, vast pumbers had to retire unable to claims of the society:-the Rev. S. Green; gain admittance. On the platform were, the Rer. S. J. Davis; the Rev. J. P Mur- among others, the Rev. Drs. Belcher, sell, of Leicester; the Rev. R. W. Overbury; Campbell, Cox, Jenkyn, Hoppus, and the Rev. J. Webb, of Ipswich; the Rev. Morison ; the Rev. Messrs. Archer, Green, Denis Mulhein, one of the society's agents Soul, &c. &c. The chair was taken at six in Ireland; the Rev. Mr. Pottinger; the o'clock by Lord Morpeth, amid the enthusi. Rev. F. Trestrail; and the Rev. J. Edwards. astic cheers of the assembly.
W. H. Watson, Esq. read an abstract of BIBLE TRANSLATION SOCIETY.
the report, which commenced by stating The annual meeting of this society was that the committee had had the pleasure of held on Wednesday evening, April 26th, in receiving numerous applications for assist. New Park Street chapel, Southwark, and ance on behalf of Sunday schools estab. was attended by a numerous and highly re- lished in the British colonies and foreign spectable audience. The chair was taken countries. Extracts from these communi. by C. B. Robinson, Esq., of Leicester. cations were then read from Denmark, Bel.
The report stated, that: “ since the last gium, France, Corfu, Van Dieman's Land, statement, published in 1841, by the Bap. Antigua, Jamaica, the United States, Nova tist missionaries in Calcutta, they had Scotia, and Canada. With reference to printed 89,500 copies of the Sacred Scrip. home proceedings, it stated that cash grants tures, or portions of them, in the Bengali, bad been made in aid of the expense of the Hindustani, the Hindui, the Persian, erecting Sunday-school rooms amounting and Sanskrit languages; and that these, to £254, making the total number of grants added to those of former years, made an up to the present time 228, amounting to aggregate of 282,900 vols., printed by them £5,073. The number of Sunday.school on behalf of the Baptist mission, the Ameri. lending libraries granted this year had been can and Foreign Bible society, and the 107, making a total of 966. T'he pecuniary Bible Translation society. The works now loss sustained from the grants of last year in progress amount to 99,000 vols, more in amounted to £299. The schools which had the Armenian, Bengali, Hindustani, Hin. thus been assisted contained 14,661 scholars, dui, and Sanskrit languages. Besides aid. of whom 8,259 were able to read the Scriping those versions in the East, assistance tures. The cash grants, in order to prohad been given to a translation recently mote the extension of Sunday schools in
this and other countries, amounted to £5); THE CHRISTIAN INSTRUCTION the book grants to £284. 18s. 20.
SOCIETY The following are the numbers of schools,
Held its eighteenth annual meeting in teachers, and scholars within a circle of five Finsbury chapel, on Tuesday evening, May miles from the General Post office :
The numerous attendance showed Schools. Teachers. Scholars. the high esteem in which the society con. South 84 1,807 .... 16,172 tinued to be held. T. Challis, Esq., the East.... 135 2,539 25,349
treasurer, occupied the chair. West
2,402 23,857 The chairman made a number of startNorth 234 2,598 24,674 ling statements, from which we select the
following: “We have in London a million 491 9,346 90,052
of human and immortal beings for whom The sales of publications at the Deposi. no christian instruction is prepared, who tory during the last year had amounted to have no place of worship, upon whom no £8,827, Os. 24d., being a decrease of Sabbath io sanctify ever dawns. There are £727. Is. 3d. on the sales of the provious 30,000 persons living in London by theft years. That falling off had been occasioned and fraud; 10,000 children are in London by the distress which has prevailed during training for crime; 3,000 houses are con. the last year in those parts of the country tinually open for the reception of stolen where Sunday.schools were so generally goods; 4,000 persons are annually comestablished, and had not been so consider. mitted for criminal offences; I make this able as might have been expected, The distinction because more than six times that demand for the publications sold at the number are constantly committed ; 10,000 Depository was, however, again reviving. are addicted to gambling; 23,000 are taken Various publications had been issued by up by the police, helplessly drunk in our the union; donations had been received streets, annually; 150,000 are habitual ginamounting to £166 13s. The proceedings drinkers; and as many are living abandoned of the union with reference to the Factory to systematic debauchery and profligacy. Districts Education Bill was then detailed. Three millions of money are annually spent On the obnoxious clauses of the bill being in gin. Where is the antidote to all the read, they were received with general hisses, sources of misery which I have described ! while the efforts of the committee to over. The Gospel of Jesus Christ. Who are the throw them were loudly cheered. The to. most fitting persons to employ! Who are tal receipts of the benevolent fund were likely to feel most strongly their duty to £1,474 10s. 74d.
propagate the Gospel ? The Churches of Heart-stirring speeches were made by the metropolis. The first object that the Rerds. J. W. Richardson; J. Smith; G. society proposes is, that every Church shall Smith; T. Archer; Dr. Cox; Dr. Jenkyn; become a missionary society for London, and C. Hindley, Esq., M. P. Altogether and every Church member a missionary." this was one of the best and most effective
An abstract of of the various associations meetings ever held by this Society.
presents the following facts and figures.
2 254 7,626 16
808 7,701 Marylebone
125 2,130 2 Westminster
0 190 3,655 10 Tower Hamlets.. 26
4 794 18,136 32 Southwark
3 274 7,394 25
102 3,758 4 Suburban
2 261 7,075 18
14 2,411 59,946 123 “ The beneficial influence of these visits £185 ls. Ild. ; the total receipts amounted is also seen in the fact, that last year 1,421 to £1,152 6s. 70.; the expenditure to £1,192 copies of the Scriptures were distributed; 5s. 6d., leaving a balance against the society 2,686 children were directed to Sabbath of £39 189. ijd. or day schools; and 3,635 cases of urgent The speakers were, Revds., J. Burnet, distress were relieved by the agencies of this Dr. Leifchild, Dr. Cox, J. Smith, Dr. society."
Campbell, T. Smith, of Rotherham, and From the cash account it appeared, that J. Blackburn. there was due to the treasurer last year
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INORDINATE CARE INCONSISTENT WITH THE CHRISTIAN
CHARACTER. The transcendent excellence of the christian religion appears in its peculiar adaptation to the varied circumstances of human life. It lays the basis of our present and eternal happiness. Its promises, threatenings and instructions are eminently calculated to expand the mind, to elevate the affections, and to control the wayward passions of the soul. If the mind be encompassed with the gloom of ignorance, christianity communicates the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ; if the heart be polluted and depraved, it directs to the Lamb of God who taketh away the sin of the world; when assailed by strong temptations, it commands us to look unto Jesus, who is the author and finisher of our faith, who possesses boundless power and love, and has in the most emphatic language engaged to throw around us the shield of defence. Christianity contains instructions not only in reference to our spiritual and eternal welfare, but it teaches us how to live, how to moderate our desires, how to place our confidence in a superior power in seasons of calamity and distress. If its momentous injunctions were universally obeyed, this world would speedily assume a different aspect. The murmurings and groans of discontentment would be hushed into silence, and the voice of thanksgiving and praise would echo from every human habitation.
We are not to suppose, however, that our holy religion encourages apathy and indifference in trying circumstances, but it calms the tumult of the mind by assuring us that there is a kind and tender Father subordinating all the events of Providence to the most merciful designs, causing them to work for his people a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory. Religion does not deprive us of those blessings which the Father of mercies showers in rich abundance on the children of men; but it represses the influence of those passions which would grasp the world and crave for more. Its sacred influences in these respects is sufficiently obvious from the following interesting passages :—“Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink, nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Behold the fowls of the air, for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns, yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?”—Matt. vi. 25—34. “ Be careful for VOL. 5.-N. S.
nothing, but in every thing by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known unto God." Let none however, imagine, that these encouraging words sanction inactivity or listlessness. Indolence is an evil of incalculable magnitude, and were it universally to prevail, the most deplorable consequences would inevitably ensue. In every part of creation we perceive unceasing activity. Those bright intelligences who are in the immediate presence of God, are represented as serving him day and night in his temple. And are we to suppose that man, who has been endowed with such exalted powers, has been brought into existence merely for self-gratification. To cherish a supposition of this nature, would not only be pregnant with mischief, but would be a direct attack on the wisdom of the Supreme Being. It is the duty of all to be useful members of the community of which they form a part. Indolence dissipates the mind, enervates the frame, degrades the character, and invariably entails degradation and misery. An indolent man is a mere drone in society; a worthless recipient of favours which belong only to the infirm and the aged; a listless, inanimate, and loathsome cumberer of the creation. Nor is it to be supposed, that the passages to which we have referred encourage carelessness and indifference. The careless man can have no concern for his reputation, or the glory of God. Sagacity and care are indispensably requisite in order to manage our affairs with prudence and discretion. If destitute of these important virtues, our character as christians will be justly doubted, and those who seldom distinguish between the intrinsic excellence of religion, and the character of those who are its ostensible friends, will reproach the sacred name we profess. What the inspired penmen condemn, is inordinate anxiety about the things of this world. Distracting and heart-rending care is not only injurious to our own minds, but directly at variance with the genius of the Gospel.
So overwhelming is the anxiety of some persons relative to temporal things, that if circumstances at all appear gloomy, their minds at once yield to the baneful influence of despondency and sorrow, they become wholly unhinged, and spend their days in a state of continual agitation. This immoderate and solicitous care is highly sinful in the sight of God; it implies a want of faith in his gracious promises, and a distrust of his fatherly protection. “Oye of little faith, consider the lilies of the field, how they grow, they toil not, neither do they spin, Wherefore if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to-morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you.” Has he not said, “Lo I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world.” If inordinate anxiety is criminal, so also is that worldly care which tends to alienate our affections from heavenly realities. Let it be borne in remembrance, that all the grandeur of earth is temporal; and it often happens that riches make to themselves wings and fly away, as an eagle toward heaven. The titles of nobles, the achievements of heroes, the dignity of kings and emperors, all are temporal. Emptiness and brevity characterize all things visible, and whatever promise they may give of long continuance, they must eventually yield to the devastations of time, and the period is approaching when the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements melt with fervent heat.
“Why should this earth delight us so,
Why should we fix our eyes
And every pleasure dies.”