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last year raised the rent £20, and now deDied, December 26, 1848, Ann, the belov- manding an additional £10 per annum. ed wife of Mr. John Chappell, baptist minis
For Mr. Cater, as well as the church, much ter, Long Parish, Hants.It pleased God to sympathy will be felt, parting, as he does, call her to the knowledge of the truth before from a little flock who entertain for him the she was fourteen years of age ; and during kindest and most affectionate feelings. The nearly forty years she enjoyed much of the little flock from whom Mr. Cater is thus presence of God. Called to experience an separated, entertain towards him the most affliction of more than ten years' duration, she kindly feelings, and earnestly hope that found God faithful to his promises. The last Providence will overrule his removal from two years and four months she was confined Brompton for abundant good, and guide him to her dwelling. “ This,” she often said, “ is to a sphere of more extensive usefulness. a Bethel, for here I enjoy the presence of the The farewell services of their last sabbath great Refiner.” Her end was peace ; her evening were most affecting, and will be long last words being, “Perfectly happy."
remembered. The text was Isaiah xxi. 12. Mr. Cater's address is 4, King Street, Chelsea.
REV, J. WILKINSON,
RESIGNATION, Died, January 8th, in tranquillity and The Rev. W. Hamilton, intending to repatient hope, the Rev. Josiah Wilkinson. move from Ballina, where he has for some This estimable minister undertook the pas- years occupied a station in connexion with torate of the baptist church, Saffron Walden, the Baptist Irish Society, requests us to say, Essex, in October, 1809. His labours were that he is open to an invitation from any very successful for many years; but having strict baptist church which may be in want combined the work of a schoolmaster with of a pastor. that of a pastor, his constitution gave way when he was about sixty years of age, and he became inadequate to public exertion. He will be long remembered with affection by the
COLLECTANEA. inbabitants of the town in which he resided.
THE BRITISH BANNER.
As all our readers do not see this paper, MRS. MINNS.
it is probable that some of them would like Died, January 17th, Ann, the beloved wife to see a specimen. We will give them one of Mr. James Minns of Chelsea. Her case
which we find in the number for January 3, was remarkable. Above eleven years ago,
1849. she was seized with a peculiarly distressing
“ The Baptist Magazine opens with a good malady, for which science could afford no re.
Address' to the baptist churches, which it lief, and from that time forward the work were well that every baptist should read. assigned to her was to glorify God by the pa- The first question is, 'Do you take the tient endurance of bodily agony.
A firm Baptist Magazine ?' This is capital ! Let faith sustained her spirits; and her conversa the minister put it, the deacons, the visiters, tion exhibited habitually an extraordinary and the sabbath-school teachers, and every combination of submission to the divine wili, baptist to his fellow. Why ought not this with ardent desire for removal to the better magazine to be in every baptist family? The world, in which she looked for a far more ex. portrait of the ever-to-be-remembered William ceeding and eternal weight of glory.
Knibb is very properly prefixed to the first number of the year. The articles are various,
instructive, and edifying; at the same time, MISCELLANEA.
there appears to us to be greatly more space devoted to the thing called Intelligence,'
than is for the real good of the churches. Many readers of this magazine will learn This horse leech cry for News!' 'News!' with regret that the interesting cause at ought to have limits set to it by the public Alfred Place, Brompton, which has struggled press. What the world wants is, we think, through many difficulties, is at last obliged to not so much News,' as more solid informas be abandoned.
tion, — more intellectual culture, - more It was hoped that under the pastoral care thorough-going, bracing instruction. Here of the Rev. Philip Cater, who has laboured we have twenty-two pages consecrated to there for the last two or three years, it would general matter and notices of books, and be maintained; but the loss, by death and re- twenty-two pages to Intelligence,' so called, movals, of those members most able to assist that is to say, half and half; and this inin its support, has so reduced the numbers telligence is exclusive of Missionary Herald that they are unable to meet the heavy and and the Irish Chronicle. We should say, increasing liabilities; the landlord having were we in the place of the excellent editor,
• More beef! more bread! less slops! These, the collectors, Mr. W. Muir and Dr. Davies, are necessary to your strength, and, will ye, obtained the sum of £60 28. The facts and nill ye, you must make up your minds to it. incidents connected with this mendicant effort Mind that!'”
furnish materials for many notes and com
ments, both curious and common-place ; but MONTREAL BAPTIST COLLEGE.
we will offer only two, viz., that men of all An effort has been recently made in this classes, except Puseyites, are among the concity to collect money towards paying a debt tributors, and that our citizens in general are on the Baptist College. In view of the hard worthy of all respect for courteous and beness of the times, it was thought best to limit nevolent dispositions even in these trying the amount to one dollar from each contri- times. butor, that so the application might be made It was thought that similar attempts very generally among the inhabitants sup- might be made in other places, particularly posed to be friendly to educational institu- our large towns, in aid of the object. Will tions. As the result of a somewhat toilsome any friends of education try the plan in their canvass for this object among the community, I localities ?- Montreal Register.
BAPTIST BUILDING PUND.
To the Legacy of Dr. Newman, being .... £1000 To the Editor of the Baptist Magazine Has been added, by special donations DEAR SIR,-Returning seasons naturally
from various persons excite refiectioa upon the past; and men in
By an application of a part of the annual
subscriptions, the amount has increased the commencement of a new year should
And by the instalments returned in part closely examine the working of those experi- payment of the loans, being. ments which they have promoted. It also is profitable for persons who are entrusted with Amount of invested capital. the management of charitable institutions, supported by public benevolence, to aid the
With this sum of £1950, twenty churches scrutiny of the subscribers, by bringing before have been assisted by loan without interest, them a statement of their proceedings. and that amount of debt paid off. The in
Under a conviction of this duty, I ask the stalments have been regularly paid at Ladyfavour of your inserting in your journal the day and Michaelmas without a single following result of an alteration which has exception, and the amount receivable from recently been made in the constitution of the instalments at each of those periods is now Baptist Building Fund.
£95, that sum will be increased at each During the year 1845, the amount of the returning half-year, by the return from future annual subscriptions to its support was re- loans ; and will, at every period, be lent to duced to the sum of £523. In April, 1848, the church then standing first upon the list of the death of the widow of the late William approved applications. The amount of Newman, D.D., enabled his executor to divide annual subscriptions is in like manner disthe invested property in which Mrs. Newman posed of. Thus Sir, by lending money to had a life-interest, and as the will of the the necessitous a permanent fund has been doctor directed, to pay to the treasurer of created, and is accumulating ; it is invested, the Baptist Building Fund £1000. The not in public securities to lie idle, nor for a committee of that institution, upon receiving solitary purpose, it is spread and treasured the amount, adopted a plan suggested by Mr. throughout the kingdom. It first pays off Bowser, to relinquish the former practice of long-standing and oppressive debt, and its giving money, except in extreme cases, and return into stocks is secured by the voluntary under the authority of a general meeting of undertaking of respectablemen, legally their subscribers, to commence a loan fund bound, to guarantee a repayment at the time, with the doctor's legacy, thereby establishing and in the manner specified in the engage. a system of lending without interest, for the ment. The borrowers of the money, the repairing or building of chapels for the use of church, who previously had been compelled the baptist denomination; and stipulating to raise and annually to pay five per cent. for that the money so lent shall be repaid in ten interest, without lessening their obligations years, by twenty half-yearly equal instal- for the principal, are freed from that incubus, ments, and that repayment be secured by the and now are encouraged cheerfully to exert joint and separate note of hand of four re- themselves to raise double the amount under spectable persons belonging to the church or the animating certainty that in ten years their congregation. The result of this alteration anxieties will close with the annihilation of is as follows:
This plain statement of a regular process, , Bermondsey; or by the treasurer, at Union producing a certain and beneficial result, does Dock, Limehouse. not require any explanation or comment; I am, dear Sir, it evidences that whatever sum is given to
Sincerely yours, the Baptist Building Fund, is not spent, and
JOSEPH FLETCHER, Treasurer. cannot cease its operation, on the contrary, Deecmber 30, 1848. it first pays off a debt bearing interest, and then it half-yearly increases a permanent fund in perpetual circulation, which fund, with
INFANTICIDE IN ORISSA.- A HUNDRED CHILDthe exception, perhaps, of some trifling de
REN SAVED FROM SACRIFICE. falcation, will be in vigorous and extensive
To the Editor of the Baptist Magazine. operation so long as there shall be one bap- MY DEAR SIR-A most cheering event tist church in need of the assistance it is has recently transpired in Orissa, which should intended to render. Such a termination of be known throughout the world, and I have the labour of the society, or a want of proper much pleasure in communicating it for the recipients of its bounty, the most timid need information of your numerous readers. In
because UNERRING AUTHORITY has said, “ the Khunds, the practice of infant sacrifice for poor ye have ALWAYS with you."
the promotion of the fertility of the soil is If, Sir, persuasion, impressed by conviction very prevalent. The philanthropy of the of certain utility, could operate to induce British government is vigorously hunting to every member of our denomination, accord death this monster cruelty, and we have now ing to his ability, to give one donation of to record the rescue of more than a hundred one or any number of pounds, to this sacred victims, and provision made for their support investment for the promotion of the public and education under the watchful eye of the worship of God, that one donation, once, missionaries at Cuttack and Berhampore. and only once given, would render the The Rev. W. Miller thus refers to the subresources of the Baptist Loan Fund, adequateject:to pay off at once all the existing debt with- “ You and all our friends in England will out reducing the capital invested in this joint rejoice to learn that one hundred Meriah vicstock bank, and also (as that capital revolvedtims have been rescued from the Khunds, without reduction) to assist in the future and are to be placed in the orphan asylums erection and repair of chapels and school of Cuttack and Berhampore. Indeed the rooms, divested of the cost and consequences, Berhampore brethren have already received and free from the hazard of mortgages, their portion. Those for Cuttack will be created and suffered to secure interest. And detained until the cold season, when the be it observed, that so long as the payment roads will be in a fit state for travelling. of the interest exists, it assuredly weighs The government has generously offered two down the laborious and deserving pastors of rupees and three quarters per month for our churches, because the continual and hope each for their support, and something to assist less provision for the annual payment of them on entering into life.” interest, discourages and cripples the exertions The Rev. W. Bailey, of Berhampore, of the poor members to provide for their under date October 3, 1848, gives a very inminister. He suffers, not from their want of teresting account of the arrival of “the prey affection, but through their inability. This taken from the mighty, and the deliveranco should afford a motive sufficiently operative of the unhappy captives.” He says, to remove the cause, and abate the pressure “On August 17 we received from the agents upon those who cannot complain.
for the suppressing of the Meriah in Goomsur May this representation, Sir, prove an ap- fifty-one children, namely twenty-five boys peal sufficiently availing to induce some and twenty-six girls. The agents were very members of our denomination to become anxious to establish schools on the borders of depositors in this peculiar fund, which, like the Khund country, and have the children “ the widow's cruse,” amply supplies without trained under their own care ; hence various exhaustion, and carries a blessing to the giver plans were recommended to the government,
conducted with very little expense, all services At length it was proposed that the younger are gratuitous, except those of the collector : children should be given over to the Orissa no poundage is paid upon donations. And missionaries, and that the government should if the fund were increased twenty thousand bear the expense of maintenance and educafold it would not make any material differ- tion. To this the government assented, and ence in the cost of management. Donations the agents despatched as soon as possible the by draft on London bankers, crossed Bank of fifty-one children, all under twelve years of England, or post office orders payable at age, with the understanding that they would Limehouse, will be thankfully received by send us more if we wished. These children the committee, the secretary, Mr. John were all appointed for sacrifice, and would in Eastty, Victoria Terrace, Grange Road, their turn, as they were fattened, have been
cut to pieces alive by the cruel Khunds, had of our Sunday scholars being converted under they not been rescued by a humane govern- | the public means of grace is deeply affecting, ment. It is very affecting to hear the boys and ought to raise in the minds of pastors talk of the way in which their cruel parents as well as teachers the inquiry, What is the sold them to this barbarous race. I intend cause ? Having been intimately connected at some future time to write some of their with Sunday schools more than half a century, histories, as I think a brief account might be I have seen very many instances in which the interesting to our friends. I shall not soon familiar addresses of the teacher or superinforget the day on which they came. Some of tendent have been the means, under the divine them were very weak, and most of them blessing, of producing a saving change; but were poorly clad. They were all placed in very few instances have come to my knowa room, and their names were called over by ledge, in which the attendance on public the person who brought them, prior to their worship has appeared to be productive of being delivered to our charge. One name benefit, and I think we are indebted to Mrs. after another of the boys was called over, and Davids for having drawn the attention of our at length the name of Dasia was called, and churches to the subject. a boy named Philip, who has been with us But your readers should be made aware about five years, clapped his hands, and ex- that Mrs. Davids has not laid down her proelaimed with joy and surprise, “ Dasia, Dasia, position to the extent represented by Dr. that is my little brother !” and he ran to him Morison in the quotation you have made. with all haste and embraced him. I said to She refers to the elder and better instructed him. “How do you know that he is your children under the new system, as to be found brother ?” He replied, “Oh! I do know, in the general congregation, and it is clear I am sure Dasia is my brother ; I well re that her wish is, that separate services shall member the day when he was sold, but now be provided for only the younger of the chilI see him again !" Philip soon published the dren, whether in Sunday schools or in families. tidings all around, that his “ brother who was The Rev. Samuel Martin, whose practical lost, was found again." He was so delighted acquaintance with the working of Sunday for some hours, that he could scarcely con- schools, as well as his deep interest in the tain himself. I was reminded of the touch young, entitle his opinion to great weight, ing scene when Joseph and his brethren met. makes the same distinction. In a paper read Two or three instances of this kind have by him at the meeting of the Congregational occurred before in the history of the Orissa Union at Leicester, he says, “ It is desirable mission. I feel very thankful that these that separate religious services should be conchildren have been entrusted to our care. ducted for all children whose intellectual and Many of them I trust will become pious and moral capacity is considerably below the useful to their degraded countrymen. Two powers of the adult, and whose condition and Khund boys who were trained here, are now circumstances involve strong contrasts with sustaining important situations in Goomsur, the circumstances of the adult. The preachso that we have reason to hope that great ing which is adapted to the adult cannot be good may result from our efforts. Our highly supposed to suit the case of the child. Both esteemed friend, J. P. F. Erg, is now study-worship and preaching, as administered in our ing the Khund' language, and has already ordinary public services, contemplate mainly, made considerable progress, so that “the if not exclusively, the state of the adult." "I wanderers on the mountains ” will be able ere would copy the whole of this section of Mr. long to read “the scriptures which are able Martin's address, for the whole is excellent, to make wise unto salvation."
but that I hope those who desire to form a In reading this interesting account, we are correct judgment will read it before they ready to say in reference to the British career decide. in India, “O si sic omnia !” Oh, if thus all Every one is aware that the talents of our things, how would the glory of our country ministers vary exceedingly. Some have a and of our common Christianity have been simplicity of style and an engaging mode of promoted ! Compared with such real glory, address, which render their conversation and The laurels that a Cæsar reaps are weeds !" their preaching interesting to the young, to Your helper in Christ,
some even when very young; while others Burton-on-Trent,
JAMES Peggs. cannot condescend to children-even when January 16, 1849.
they attempt it they fail—the words they em
ploy are of a class to which the children can THE ATTENDANCE OF CHILDREN ON PUBLIC
attach no idea, and their illustrations are by
objects unknown to children. Then it is not To the Editor of the Baptist Magazine.
only the style of the sermon, but the length DEAR SIR, -As you bave introduced the of the service, which renders it irksome and subject of separate services for children, I repulsive. Take for instance, a service where trust it will meet with the consideration its the prayer is of twenty minutes duration, and importance demands. The circumstance of the sermon from an hour to an hour and ten so very small a number out of the thousands minutes, thewhole serviceoccupying,ordinarily,
VOL. XII.-FOURTH SERIES.
two hours and a quarter ! and let us ask our- , so, and my address being ended, the teacher selves, must not such a confinement produce looking to the girls, inquired, “Who put the repugnance in the children in whose minds we questions ?" Six or eight girls rose and replied, desire to produce an attachment to our public "We put the questions;" the other pupils ordinances ?
sat during the examination. The former I cannot help hoping that if the discussion examined the latter on the subject of my of the question should not at present lead to speech, and did the work much better than Í an arrangement for separate services, which could have done. This exercise over, the probably it may not, though I persuade my teacher asked, “Will any girl repeat Mr. self that will be the ultimate effect, it will Robertson's speech as nearly as possible in produce an effect on our services, by simplicity his language ?" A girl rose and almost rebeing more studied, and the time occupied peated my speech verbatim. The Messrs. being, in some instances, restricted, which I Chambers of Edinburgh visited this school a am certain will tend to the spiritual improve- few months after, and having seen much more ment of the ad alts, as well as the comfort of than 1 had seen, they inserted in their Journal the children.
a flaming article respecting the Aberdeen I perfectly agree in a suggestion made by ragged school. And these scholars were taken Mr. Martin, that were a separate service es- off the streets, many of them were orphans. tablished, it should, if practicable, be conducted Before being received into the House of Inin a building distinct from the school, and dustry, most hardly knew what it was to set apart for that particular object. “A chil. sleep in a bed ; carts, wheelbarrows, sheds, dren's chapel,” suggests the idea of a place for and outhouses, being their usual dormitories public worship, and thus lays the foundation at all seasons of the year. One may receive of the habit of attending public Christian more useful hints from such a school, than ordinances.
from all the treatises and essays that have I am, dear Sir,
been published on education. Your constant reader, As catholics, Puseyites, and others are January 5, 1849.
W. B. G. straining every nerve to secure the young,
are we not called upon as dissenters to use
our greatest efforts to bring our youth, not to To the Editor of the Baptist Magazine. priests, but to Christ-not to a church of dead
SIR,—The remarks of Dr. Morison in your forms, but to churches in which they will be last, on the essay of Mrs. Davids, appear to invited to make choice of God as the guide of be just. When, in my last charge, I occa- their youth ? Let our young people be told, sionally examined the children on the sermon that when God has any great work to perform I preached in the morning ; the congregation he very frequently employs the young; Satan was dismissed, none remaining along with me too employs the young as his agents, what but the young people and their teachers. At good—what evil—-have the young not done? other times the teachers also examined the If the agents of God-ditfusing light and love, children in a similar manner. As all my and the knowledge of salvation. If the serleading ideas were readily recollected by the vants of Satan—like the fabled Upas tree, children, these examinations excited consider- diffusing death and destruction all around. able interest, and induced the little folks to Todd, of America, frequently preaches to give attention when I was preaching. As the the young-has separate services. His ex. sabbath school here is superintended not only ample is worthy of imitation. But whether by baptists, but also by Wesleyans and we are to have separate services or not, never, Primitives, I have not the same opportunities never let us think of withdrawing the youngest of questioning. The scholars attending my of the young from the house of God. bible class are duly interrogated respecting
Joan ROBERTSON. the sermons they hear; I sometimes desire Middleton Teesdale, Jan. 11, 1849. the boys to examine the girls, and the girls the boys, on my lectures and sermons. It is not To the Editor of the Baptist Magazine. difficult to render the public services interest- MY DEAR SIR--I have read with much ing to the youngest as well as to the oldest ; satisfaction the extract from the Evangelical the lambs must not be overlooked. We Magazine contained in your last number. ministers must never forget the divine injunc- The question of separate services for children tion, “ Feed my lambs."
I must regard as a very important one; feelI recommend my brethren who are teachers, ing convinced that the plan, if adopted not only to read treatises on the subject of generally, will operate injuriously, I shall be teaching, but what is of more importance, to obliged by an opportunity of stating my views visit other schools. A few years ago I visited on the subject. a ragged school in Aberdeen-can any good The following are some of my reasons for come vut of Nazareth ?- from the pupils of being desirous that our schools and the chil. that school I learned several lessons. Having dren of our families should continue to have entered the school-room, I was desired by the a place in our Lord's day congregations: school-mistress to address the children, i did 1. The law which makes it obligatory on