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ANNUAL SERMONS. The Committee have pleasure in announcing that the Annual Sermons on behalf of the Society will be preached by the Rev. JAMES SHERMAN, of Surrey Chapel, and the Rev. Octavius Winslow, of Leamington.

The former (who was prevented by the illness of the late lamented Mrs. Sherman from fulfilling a similar engagement last year) will preach at Surrey Chapel on the evening of Thursday, April 19th, and the latter will preach at Bloomsbury Chapel, on the morning of Wednesday, April 25th.

NOTICE TO AUXILIARY SOCIETIES AND CONTRIBUTORS. The Treasurers of Auxiliary Societies, and other friends, who may have money in hand on account of the Society, are respectfully reminded that the Treasurer's account for the year will close on the 31st of March. All payments, therefore, intended to appear in the Appendix to the next Report, must be made in the course of this or the following month.

It is requested that the respective accounts may be sent, properly balanced, to the Secretary, Baptist Mission House, Moorgate Street, accompanied by the list of subscribers, &c., in alphabetical order.

It is respectfully requested that where it is practicable the friends in the country ordering Missionary Cards, &c., would at the same time kindly mention the name of a country bookseller, and his London agent, through whom the parcels may be sent, or such other mode of transmission as may most economise the Funds of the Society.

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS.
The thanks of the Committee are presented to the following friends

Mr. J. Neal, Liverpool, for a jar of seeds, for Rev. W. Newbegin, Bimbia ;
Mr. Cradock, Barton, Lancashire, for a parcel of magazines;
Ladies at Turret Green Chapel, Ipswich, for a box of clothing, &c., for Rev. G. Couen,

Trinidad ;
W. L. Smith, Esq., for a parcel of books, for Rev. J, Wenger ;
Miss Huntley, Bow, for a parcel of magazines ;
A few friends (place unknown), for a parcel of useful articles and twenty shillings;
The Misses Phillips, Pontypool, for a box of fancy articles, for Haiti;
Mrs. W. Miller and friends, Edinburgh, for a case of clothing, medicines, &c., for Rev. J.

Merrick, Bimbia ;
Joseph Gurney, Esq., for bibles, for Missionaries in Calcutta.

The respectful thanks of the Committee are presented to Messrs. Bowser and Son, for repairs and fittings supplied gratuitously to the “Dove."

CONTRIBUTIONS,
Received on account of the Baptist Missionary Society, during the month of

December, 1848.
£ 8. d.
£ 8. d.

£ 8. d. Annual Subscription. Jeremiah xxxv. 6 ani 8 0 10 6 Trinity Chapel, by Mrs.

W. Gover

2 13 Sherwin & Cope, Messrs. 1 i 0 Pope, Mrs., Tottenham,

for Africa

3 0 0
Sutton, Mr., box by...... 1 1 10
Donations.
Wagon, Mr., Tunbridge

BEDFORDSHIRE.
Angus, Rev. Joz., box

Wells, for Debt........ 0 10 0

Lutonby..... 0 4

Contributions

12 00 Cobb, F. W., Esq., Mar

Legacies. gate, for Debt.

20 00
Edwards, Mrs. E.,
Kidd, Mrs. Jane, late of

BUCKINGHAMSHIRE.
Champion Hill 10 0 0 Hull, part of residue 75 05
Friend, Leighton Buz-

Mitchell, Mrs. Ann ....... 90 0 0 Haddenham zard, by Dr. Hobs, for

Sunday School, for
Debt

0 10 0
LONDON AUXILIARIES.

Dove .......

1 6 6 Howard, Miss, Totten

Missenden, Greatham, for Schools 2 10 0 Henrietta Street

Collection

4 13 0 J. G., special acknow.

Contributions

17 6 2 Stony Stratfordledgment 10 0 0 Do., Sunday School

Contributions

5 0 0 Jackson, Mrs., Dorking,

Girls

Do., for Dore ......... for Africa ............... 10 00 Spencer Place

7 12 7

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£ s. d.
£ 8. d.

£ s. d. CAMBRIDGESHIRE. Woodside

Stanwick
Cambridge

Collection
3 0 0 Contributions

3 14 0 Contributions

6 8 6
Contributions
600 5

Do., Sunday School 0 6 0 Lilley, W. E., Esq.... 40 0 0

9 8 6

NORTHUMBERLAND.
Expenses

0 B 0
CHESHIRE.

Newcastle on Tyne, New Court

9 2 6 Collections... Chester

9 6 9 Contributions

5 19 0 Harling, Mr., for Debt 1 1 0 Mollington

Do., for Translations 2 l 0 HAMPSHIRE.

Do.,

for Female Davies, John, Esq., for

Education

1 7 6 Translations

2 2 0 Guernsey

A Friend, by Rey, S.
Spurgeon

5 0 0
DEVONSHIRE.

OXFORDSHIRE.
Lockerley-
Devon port, Morice Sq.,

Collection

1 10 0 Burford and Milton on account.............. 20 0 0

Contributions

1 0 0 Collections............... 3 16 2 Paignton..................... 1 17 3

Contribution ............

0 10 0
HEREFORDSHIRE.
Essex.

SHROPSHIRE.
Ross-
Colchester-

Collections.

4 5 0 OswestryContributions, for

Contributions

11 04 Contributions, for Debt. 12 10 6 Ryeford

Debt

7 100 Langham

Collection

69 SnailbeachContributions, for

Contributions
1 1 0 Contributions

1 0 0 Debt

12 0 0 WithingtonWaltham Abbey

Collection

1 0 0 Collection

Contributions

0 2 18 3

0 10

STAFFORDSHIRE. Contributions 3 2 4

Burton on TrentDo., Juvenile.. 5 12 1

HERTFORDSHIRE.

Friend, by Dr. Prince, Do., for Debt 1 11 6

for Outfit to Africa 20 0 0 St. Albans, on account 1000 Tamworth

5 0 0 GLOUCESTERSHIRE.

KENT.
Arlington,

SUFFOLK,
Eythorne-
Collection

2 14 7
Collection
9 6 Aldborough

2 0 0 Contributions

2 15 4
Do., Barnswell 0 15 0Bildestone

4 7 2 Do., Sunday School 0 13 9

Contributions

12 0 0 Bury St. Edmunds BlakeneyRamsgate, balance of

Collections.

13 5 0 Collection

4 16 16
1846-7, by Rev. J. M.

Contributions

11 10 5 Contributions

0 6 0
Daniell

14 2 2 Do., Sunday and Do., Sunday School 0 16 2 Sevenoaks

Day Schools

4 11 7 Bourton on the WaterCollections (part....... 11 16 4 Chelmondiston

0 13 6 Collection

2 8 7
Contributions

0 15 1

......... 18 17 1 Cransford Contributions 7 10 6

Framsden

2 14 1 Cheltenham

IpswichContributions, for

LANCASHIRE.

Collection, Public
Debt....

15 8 6
Bury-

Meeting
Sanderson, Serj.-Maj. 106

Stoke Chapel-
Coleford-

Collection ..............

13 4 4 Rochdale, West StreetCollection

4 10 0
Juvenile Association 8 15 7

Contributions 11 14 10 Contributions 23 8 4 Spark Bridge-,

Otley

2 17 0 Fell, John, Esq., for

Rattlesden.

2 13 11 27 18 4 Madras 10 0 0 Rishangles.....

2 0 0 Expenses 0 60

Stonham.....

0 14 6 Stowmarket

2 11 1 27 12 4 LEICESTERSHIRE. Sudbury

6 10 0 Cutsdean

Waldringfield

1 7 6 Collection

2 2 6
Husbands Bosworth -

Walsham

1 0 0 Fairford

Collection (moiety). 0 17 9

Wetherden......

1 0 0 Collection

1 0 0 Contribution

2 15 0 Contributions

2 12 0
Leicester-

94 16 7 Longhope

Paul, T. D., Esq. 100

Acknowledged before 500 0 Collection

2 13 0 LydneyLINCOLNSHIRE.

44 16 7 Collection .............

5 6 65 Contribution ...........

1 i 0 LincolnMaisey HamptonCollections............... 27 11 9

SURREY. Collection

2 12 0

Contributions ........ 25 13 8 DorkingContributions

0 15 7 Do., Sunday Schools 3 3 4 Contributions, by Miss Do., Sunday School 0 5 9

Vitou, for Africa... 4 10 0 Naunton and Guiting .. 5 7 9 Stow on the Wold

NORFOLK.

SUSSEX. Collection ................ 1 16 7 Cossey

1 0 0 Contributions 0 17 0 Lowestoft

BattleStroud

Collections ............ 14 60 Collection, &c.
Contributions,

for
Contributions

5 10 0 Forest Row
Debt.
4 4 0

Collections

3 3 0 Winchcomb

Horsham
Collection

2 11 0
NORTHAMPTONSHIRE.

Contribution

1 0 0 Contributions 3 5 7 Kettering

Lewis -
Greene, Miss, the late 5 0 0 Collection., &c......... 21 12 6

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£ . d.

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NORTH WALES.

HaverfordwestCollection ...............

5 2 6 Contributions

Collections ................. 22 0 0 DENBIGHSHIRE 1 2 6

Contributions .........100 19 11 NewickWrexham

Do., Juvenile

...... 28 7 7 Contributions

1 126 Contributions, for Rye. 5 0 0

1 0 0

151 76 Uckfield

Acknowledged before 150 0 0 Collection ................

1 13 0

MONTGOMERYSHIREContributions 2 10 0

1 7 6
Do.,for Translations 1 0 0
Newtown

Letterstone-
Contributions, for

Collection

1 2 9 ..................... 25 0 0

Contributions

1 7 6 WARWICKSHIRE.

Langloffan Birmingham, on account 23 11 0

Collection

2 3 3 SOUTH WALES.

Contributions
MONMOUTHSHIRE-

Pembroke Dock-
WORCESTERSHIRE. Bethany

Collections...

5 7 5 Atch Lench

Collection

0 12 2
Contributions

0 10 0 Contributions 4 2 4 Blaenau Gwent

Do., Juvenile......... 8 12 7 Pershore

Collection

1 11 8 Contributions,

Contributions ......... for

2 17 0 Debt

25 3 6
Caerwent

SCOTLAND.
Upton-

Collection

2 70 Contributions 6 O 6 Langorse-

Dundee Westmancote

Collection ...... ******

1 15 8 Contri rations, for Collections ...............

2 0 0
Magor-

Dor

0 12 9 Worcester

Collection

1 13 10 Dumfer lineContributions, Sirhowy

Contrih itions, for Debt .................... 15 10 0

Collection ...............

1 16 11 Africar Press......... 12 15 0 Contributions

11 18 0 Oban-
Usk-

Frien: by Rev. John
YORKSHIRE.

Collection ...............

1 90

Campoall

...... 10 00 Contributions

0 7 4
Millwood-
Collection

0 17 9
Do., Sunday School 0 6 6

IRELAND.
Contributions

1 129 Miln's Bridge

PEMBROKESHIRE

Birt Collection 3 0 8 Broadhaven

Contril tions, for Contributions 3 19 6 Collection 1 15 4 Dore..

1 0 0 Sheffield, on account ... 4000 Groesgoch

Dublin
Stipley-

Collection
1 6 6 Contributions

46 64 Contributions 13 30 Contributions

0 36 Do., for Debt 29 0 0 Sheep LaneHarmony

Nenagh Collection 1 90 Collection

0 19 0 Contributions, for
Contributions
100 Contributions

2 18 6
Dore.....

0 14 0

for

The contributions for the Debt from Gloucestershire, by the Rev. E. Carey, acknowledged in the Herald for December, included the following :

£ s. d.
Isaac Hillier, Esq., Nailsworth. ...............

5 0 0
Mr. Francies,
ditto...........................................

1 0 0
Mr. Flint,
ditto......

1 0
Samuel S. Marling, Esq., near Stroud....................................

2 0
Nathaniel S. Marling, Esq., ditto.............................

2 0 0
W. Hunt, Esq.,
ditto...............

2 0 0

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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."

IRISH CHRONICLE.

AN APPEAL

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 by 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 1815—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 usefulness 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 band is worth more than the balance, the funds will not ultimately suffer.

In 1846—7 Ireland was risited with famine. Noble efforts were made by our churches to forn 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.
SAMUET. GREEN.
JOSEPH SANDERS.
WILLIAM SWINSTEAD.

THE PROGRESS MADE IN A YEAR.

We

Mr. Eccles writes, Belfast, January 15, thought of us now, posterity will thank us for and bis 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. In my 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. 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 syınpathy and help. Baptist Union for the statistics of the current year, after deducting excisions and emigra

BANBRIDGE. tions, 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! brightest jewels 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.

ANOTHER BAPTISM.

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