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£ 8. d.
£ s. d.
3 14 0
6 8 Contributions
6 Do., Sunday School 0 0 0 Contributions ........
60 05 Lilley, W. E., Esq. ... 40 0 0
9 8 6
Newcastle on Tyne, New Court-
9 6 9 Chester
5 19 0 Harling, Mr., for Debt 1 1 0
Do.,for Translations 2 1 0 Mollington
for Female Davies, John, Esq., for
1 7 6 Translations
2 2 0 Guernsey
A Friend, by Rev. S.
5 0 0
1 10 0 Burford and Milton-
Collections ............... 3 16 2
0 10 0 Paignton......
1 17 3
4 5 0 Oswestry
11 04 Contributions, for Contributions, for
7 10 0 Debt.
12 10 6 Ryeford-
3 6 9 SnailbeachLangham
1 1 0 Contributions Contributions
1 0 0 Contributions, for Debt.. 12 0 0 Withington
1 0 0
Collection Waltham Abbey
0 10 0 Colleetion
Burton on Trent-
5 12 1
Friend, by Dr. Prince,
for Oujit to Africa 20 0 0 St. Albans, on account 1000 Tamworth
5 0 0
EythorneCollection ............. 2 14 7 Collection ................ 3 9 6 Aldborough
2 0 0 Contributions 2 15 4
4 7 2 0 15 0 Bildestone
Do., Barnswell ......
12 0 0 Bury St. Edmunds Blakeney
13 5 0 Ramsgate, balance of Collection ............... 4 16 16
11 10 5 1846-7, by Rev. J. M. Contributions 0 60 Danieli
14 2 2 Do., Sunday and Do., Sunday School 0 16 2 Sevenoaks
Day Schools 4 11 7
0 13 6
Chelmondiston ............ Bourton on the Water
Collections (part)...... 11 16 4 Collection 287
18 17 Contributions
0 15 1
iCransford Contributions 7 10 6
2 14 1 Cheltenham
9 6 7 Sanderson, Serj.-Maj. 10 6
13 4 4 Coleford
Rochdale, West Street
4 10 0 Collection
11 14 10
2 17 0
2 13 11 Fell, John, Esq., for 27 18 4
2 0 0 Madras ............... 10 0 0 Rishangles.
Stonham.. 0 60
0 14 6 Expenses
2 11 1 27 12 4 LEICESTERSHIRE. Sudbury ....................
6 10 0
1 7 6
2 2 6 Collection
1 0 0
0 17 9 Fairford
1 0 0 Contribution
1 0 0 Collection
2 15 0
2 12 0 Contributions
94 16 7 Paul, T. D., Esq. 100 Longhope
Acknowledged before 50 0 0 Collection 2 13 0
44 16 7 Lydney
6 6 5
2 12 0
25 13 8 Dorking--
Contributions, by Miss
Vitou, for Africa... 4 100
1 0 0
3 5 4 Contributions, for
5 10 0 Forest Row4 4 0
3 3 0 Winchcomb
1 0 0 Contributions 3 5 7 Kettering
Collection., &c......... 21 12 Greene, Miss, the late 5 0 0
$ 8. d.
& a. d. Midhurst
5 2 6
Collections ................. 22 0 0
Contributions ..........100 19 11
Do., Juvenile 28 7 7
1 12 6 Contributions, Rye .... 5 00 Debt.
1 0 0
151 7 6 Uckfield
Acknowledged before 150 0 0 Collection
1 13 0
MONTGOMERYSHIREContributions 2 10 0
1 7 6
1 2 9
1 7 6
2 3 3 Birmingham, on account 23 11 0
11 7 6
5 73 Collection Atch Lench
0 12 2 Contributions
0 10 0 Contributions
8 12 7 4 2 4 Blaenau Gwent
Do., Juvenile.. Pershore
1 11 8 Contributions, for
2 17 0 Debt. 25 3 6 Caerwent
2 7 0 Contributions 6 0 6 Langorse
1 15 8 Contri ations, Collections.
2 0 0
1 13 10 Dumfer. lineContributions, for Sirhowy
Contrinitions, Debt ...................... 15 10 0
1 16 11
Ajri:a.. Press......... 12 15 0
11 18 0 Oban-
Frien? by Rev. John
Do., Sunday School 0 6 6 Collection 0 17 9
1 12 3 Miln's Bridge
Birt Collection 3 0 8 Broadhaven
Contri! tions, for Contributions 3 19 6 Collection 1 15 4 Dore......
100 Sheffield, on account 40 0 0 Groesgoch
1 6 6 Contributions
0 3 6
29 0 0
Nenagh Collection ............... 1 90 Collection
0 19 0 Contributions, for
2 18 6
......... 46 64
The contributions for the Debt from Gloucestershire, by the Rev. E. Carey, acknowledged in the Herald for December, included the following :
£ 8. d.
Subscriptions and Donations in aid of the Baptist Missionary Society will be thankfully received by William Brodie Gurney, Esq., and Samuel Morton Peto, Esq., M.P., Treasurers, or the Rev. Joseph Angus, M.A., Secretary, at the Mission House, 33, Moorgate Street, LONDON: in EDINBURGH, by the Rev. Christopher Anderson, the Rev. Jonathan Watson and John Macandrew, Esq.; in Glasgow, by Robert Kettle, Esq.; in Calcutta, by the Rev. James Thomas, Baptist Mission Press; and at New York, United States, by W. Colgate, Esq. Contributions can also be paid in at the Bank of England to the account of “ W. B. Gurney and others."
FOR THE CONSIDERATION OF PASTORS, DEACONS, AND CHURCHES
The financial condition of the society having engaged the serious attention of the committee, we, whose names are appended to this statement, were appointed to consider the subject and report thereon. Our report was received and adopted br the committee, and we are requested to carry out its recommendations. We therefore respectfully invite your attention to the following statement.
The present debt began in 1842. It has gone on increasing, not from incautious expenditure, but from inadequate income. During the years 1841–1844 the average annual excess of expenditure was £259 ; but, during 1845–1848, it has been reduced to £129; while during this period the income has increased about £140 per annum.
The expenditure in Ireland could not be materially reduced without dismissing long-tried and faithful agents. The reduction which has been effected is the result of the strictest economy in its working expenses there. On this head there has been a saving of £332, or about £80 yearly. Moreover, the committee hoped that, as the usefulvess of the society increased, its funds would have increased also; but in this they have been painfully disappointed.
At the close of 1844 a change took place in the secretariat. This could not be accomplished without considerable expense. For a time the home expenditure was increased; but having a secretary wholly devoted to his official duties, the committee were enabled gradually to reduce it; and they felt that a considerable augmentation of income might be reasonably expected.
A saving was also effected when Mr. Davis retired from the office of collecting agent, as the secretary undertook nearly the whole of the travelling and collecting, in addition to his other duties. The gratuitous supply of the Chronicle to several religious publications was stopped ; and the expense of printing the Report was diminished one third. By these arrangements the home expenditure has been reduced to the amount of £150 per annum. But, as the average yearly debt has been about £1,200 for the last eight years, nearly £500 has been paid for interest alone, during that time: a very large sum to be added to the usual working expenses of so small a society.
The publication of a History of the Society, about four years ago, involved an expense of £70. It was thought that by this publication the society's operations would be better known, and its funds increased ; this item is included in the home expenditure, and will account for its apparent increase ; but as one half this sum has been repaid by the sale of the work, and the stock in hand is worth more than the balance, the funds will not ultimatel: suffer.
In 1846—7 Ireland was visited with famine. Noble efforts were made by our churches to forin a relief fund. But the contributions to the general purposes fell off, in consequence, £500. The past year was one of almost universal pecuniary distress. But in spite of these difficulties the committee were enabled to sustain the society's operations with an increase to the debt of only £127, which is a matter of grateful surprise when we know that the Scottish collections for that year were less than usual, by at least £150.
The present liabilities amount to £2,000! This sum, in addition to the usual contributions, is necessary to keep the society in operation. It should be raised
within the next six months! We purpose to lay these facts before a few tried and liberal friends—to appeal to our more wealthy churches and to solicit a special contribution from those churches which have not assisted the society for these two or more past years.
We have entered into these particulars to show how the debt originated, and to prove that its increase has been unavoidable. The expenditure has been reduced as rapidly as circumstances would allow; but the income has not increased so as to leave a surplus with wbich to pay off any portion of the debt.
The committee having confided this matter to us, we earnestly press the foregoing statement on your notice. We shall be glad to hear from you, through the secretary, what you purpose doing to relieve the society from a burden, under which, if left alone, it will soon sink.
Signed, Joseph TRITTON, Treasurer.
FREDERICK TRESTRAIL, Secretary.
THE PROGRESS MADE IN A YEAR,
Mr. EccLEs writes, Belfast, January 15, , thought of us now, posterity will thank us for and his report is highly encouraging. not having despaired of Ireland. The report though brief, will show what bas been
Mr. Bates is enabled to speak hopefully of the cause at Banbridge. At the
time we write he is in England, seeing The Lord continues to regard us with a
what pecuniary aid can be obtained very encouraging share of favour.
towards the building of the new place, last, I believe I mentioned the baptism of which is now become almost necessary two persons, a labouring man and his wife. to the existence of the church. We I have now the pleasure of reporting an addi- heartily wish him success. He has great tional increase to our number of three persons, difficulties to contend with just now, one of them received by letter from brother owing to the stagnation of trade and the Pike's church in Derby. Our present number great poverty of the people, hence the is thirty-eight, implying, as reported to the greater need of syinpathy and help. Baptist Union for the statistics of the current year, after deducting excisions and emigrations, a clear increase, from January, 1848, to January, 1849, of eighteen members. The We have much cause for humiliation of congregation, too, continues to increase heart before God, yet we are favoured with steadily. The ground floor is filling fast. some tokens of the divine blessing. We have New doors of usefulness are opening in vari- been favoured with ous quarters. Many of the common people hear us gladly; and the language of Providence seems evidently to be," Go up and possess the land.” Ours is yet the day of small
A few nights ago I preached from Luke i. 6, things, but it is full of hope for the future.
“And they were both righteous before God, The Lord is practically declaring to us, “My walking in all the commandments and ordiword shall not return to me void ;” and we
nances of the Lord blameless," and baptized rejoice to believe that “the little one shall
two young females in the river. May every become a thousand,” that the land of our
addition to our number prove to be an addiheart's best affections shall yet arise from its tional blessing. Oh that the Spirit may be degrading attachment to a strange superstition, poured out from on high, then we shall have and however down-trodden, distressed, and times of refreshing from the presence of the reckless hitherto, shall constitute one of the
Lord! est jew in the Redeemer's crown. While we toil, amid unimagined difficulties, upon a stubborn soil, isolated from our Mr. Alexander Hamilton, assistant brethren, dejected in spirit, our souls having missionary for districts occupied by no rest through fightings without and fears brethren Mulhern, Bates, and Eccles, within, we feel that the dawn of a happier day has been labouring for the past three is already evident, and that, whatever may be months in Belfast and the vicinity.
Several out-stations which the pastor hearing me attentively, said, “Oh, then, I could not visil, except very rarely, are
have spent my days in sin and rebellion now regularly attended to.
against God, but in my youthful days we had no bibles, nor good men to teach us their
sacred contents. May it please the Lord to Though Mr. Eccles will from time to time pardon my great ignorance and neglect. But furnish you with information regarding the you, addressing his family, have now the opchurch in this town, yet I may just add, that portunity offered, and I earnestly beg you al the truth is evidently progressing. There are to embrace it.” This poor man died a few still persons being added to the church, and days after, and I trust we have some reason the denomination is becoming more generally to hope that his confidence was placed in the known.
Lord Jesus. I have been able to open seren stations for preaching. At some, however, of these, The proposed payment of the Romish the attendance is small, but at others it is priesthood agitates even the peasantry very good, and at all it is increasing. A few in this remote district. of the people attending these out-stations are now beginning to come to evening service in
VARIOUS OPINIONS ABOUT IT. our chapel. So far this is well and en.
Within the last few weeks a general cry couraging, and invites us to expect other fruits in God's own time. I may say that in has been raised among the lower classes that all cases my visits are thankfully received, and their priests are about to accept a governalso that I am frequently invited to preach they think it will put an end, for the future,
ment stipend. Some of them seem glad, as amongst the people.
to their severity and harshness. Others suppose, if they accept of it, that it is a sterling
proof that they are not infallible guides, as The following facts are from the re- they have hitherto pretended to be, and thereports of the readers in the Connaught fore they will not be regarded as their spi
What this agitation of district. They continue to prove the ritual instructors
. usefulness of this agency. It is a matter mind may end in, none can tell. But God of constant regret to the committee that will bring good out of evil. the offers of service which they so fre
SUPERSTITION CONQUERED. quently receive from persons eminently qualified for this work, are necessarily
I have visited pretty often lately, a woman
who is a Carmelite, and wearing three rings declined from want of funds. This is the more to be regretted, because some Dominic, and St. Francis, together with :
on one finger, in honour of St. Joseph, St. of the agents labouring among the scapular, and other consecrated cords and largest populations, as Cork and Water- badges, 'which she obtained from friars and ford, have no assistance whatever. others who traffic in such consecrated
trumpery. THE POWER OF THE WORD.
On meeting with her last week, strange tı) On entering a house where I had been in tell, I missed the rings. Not seeing them in the habit of reading for some few months their old berth, I said to her, “Biddy, what past, the woman living in it gave me a hearty did you do with the consecrated rings ?” She welcome, saying she longed to see me again. replied, “I have cast them off for ever, for Having asked why, she said, “You know my I need not trust in them when God's word son, since his father's death, turned a bad boy tells me that the blood of Christ washes to us. On one occasion I complained of him away all sin.” “ Don't believe what she says," to the priest, but it was of no use. You observed a young woman, “ for in quilting commenced to read the scriptures for us, and her petticoat last week, she hid the rings in to tell him of the evil consequences of his it.” No," said Biddy, “I would cast a conduct ; and blessed be God, he seems not thousand of them away, if they were gold, only changed himself, but strives in a proper that I might put my trust in Christ alone.” Fay to advise and counsel others in the family, who were following the evil example set for them. So I am glad you are come, I have no hesitation in saying that the and hope you will come often, and counsel people are increasingly reverencing the the others who need it as much as he did.” authority of scripture rather than the comAbout eighteen months ago, this very woman mandments of men. The tracts you gave refused to let me read the word of God. It me for distribution lasted no length of time. is a great change indeed.
The children in the school took the greater THE ENTRANCE OF THY WORD GIVETH LIGHT.
part of them away. Those who could read
were eager for getting them, and they are so I lately visited an aged sick man, who after careful of them, that they most commonly
THE WORD PREVAILING.