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years; and certainly it would free the present been passed, another Resolution was passed generation of young ministers from the appre- authorizing the sub-committee from which it hension of humiliations, that they know very had emanated to revise it for publication. many of their aged brethren to be enduring. When this had been done, it was officially
Allow me, then, very respectfully to request given to us for insertion in the Baptist Magathe above remarks may have a place in your zine, where it appears. The Report as it periodical.
Y. appears elsewhere was taken from one of the
copies which had been furnished to members
of committee before the meeting, and, conEDITORIAL POSTSCRIPT. sequently, before the sub-committee had
finally revised it. Though we have long discouraged anonymous communications, and have made it a We are requested to announce that on rule never to insert any intelligence that Wednesday, April 25th, after the Missionary came to us in an unauthenticated form, we
Sermon at Bloomsbury Chapel, it is the have been unwilling to adopt the determina- intention of ministers educated at the Bristol, tion now generally avowed by the conductors Stepney, and Bradford Colleges, to dine of respectable periodicals, to refuse every together at the Guildhall Coffee House, adja. article which is not accompanied with the cent to the Guildhall, London. Dinner is to name and address of the writer. It appeared be on the table precisely at two o'clock. to us not absolutely necessary to exclude The price is to be half-a-crown each, excluanonymous poetry or anonymous argument, sive of anything that may be taken to drink. and sometimes we have accepted pieces of It is intended to spend the afternoon in the parentage of which we were ignorant. conference of all the colleges united, or of The character of some anonymous commu- the colleges separately as may appear expenications which the editor has received during dient and necessary. the last few months, the apparent disposition of some of their writers to draw him into
Affairs at Rome become increasingly intercontroversy, and the tenacity with which ani- esting. The pope, who has been for some madversions on honourable men have, in some time an exile, is now, as a temporal ruler, cases, been urged, have, however, induced formally deposed. His spiritual supremacy him to resolve that in future he will not he is to be permitted to exercise, but he is notice such pieces in any way. He does not declared to be divested both in point of fact, shield himself from personal responsibility and in point of right, of all claim to temporal by concealing his own name, and he will not
power. A grand Te Deum was chanted on allow himself to be made a stalking-horse, the occasion of the proclamation of the refrom behind which others may privately shoot public, but, it is said that the clergy having their arrows. Henceforward, let all corre- refused to officiate, mass was celebrated by a spondents clearly understand, that though it military chaplain assisted by soldiers bearing is not always necessary that their names torches. An order was issued for the removal should be made public, the editor does not within three days of every emblem connected intend even to read communications which with the pontifical reign, and the arms of the do not bring for his personal information the pontiff, surmounted with triple tiara are only names of their writers.
allowed to figure on church porticos, and
over the residences of ambassadors supposed Anxious to give every facility for the full to hold merely spiritual intercourse with the discussion of the proposed incorporation of head of the church in reference to their the Baptist Missionary Society, we have various territories. Though no dependence published all that we have received on that can be placed upon the stability of the new subject; and we hope that our readers will arrangements, and it is not improbable that not think that we have allotted to it too efforts will be made by some of the military much space.
The question having been powers of Europe to restore the deposed asked repeatedly, Which is the correct copy pontiff to his former position, the facts are of the Report of the Sub-committee, that very remarkable, and countenance the exwhich appeared in the Baptist Magazine for pectation that Italy itself will be the centre February, or that which appeared at the of the great and terrific struggle which has same time elsewhere ? it may be desirable to yet to take place. May the rulers of this explain the origin of the slight variations be country be preserved from the temptation to tween them. A few copies of that docu- unite with others in fighting against God ! ment were struck off in the beginning of January for the exclusive use of the com- We have just learned that the Rev. T. mittee, that every committee-man might Moore is compelled by ill health to resign his have opportunity to deliberate upon its con- charge at Shadwell, where he has laboured tents before he came to the quarterly meeting twelve years, and that he intends, in pursuat which it was to be discussed. After the ance of medical advice, to embark in the Resolution that it should be published had spring for Australia.
PORT OF SPAIN. We present our readers this month with a view of Port of Spain, the capital town of the island of Trinidad, a town containing, probably, 20,000 inhabitants, the population of the island consisting of about 80,000. The Mico Institution being compelled to close its schools in 1843, this Society formed a station at this place, purchasing the premises which belonged to the Mico Institution, and Mr. Cowen, who had been their agent, becoming our first missionary. It has been said of this island, that its climate and productions have obtained for it the title of "the Indian Paradise," but when Mr. Phillippo visited it a few years ago he declared that, as compared with the peasantry of Jamaica, the lower classes were awfully demoralized, and it has been found that the difficulties of the missionary were increased by the prevalence of popery, combined, as is frequently the case, with the worst forms of African superstition. Up to the year 1797, the island belonged to Spain. It was then taken by a British force, and was ceded to Great Britain by the treaty of peace in 1801, and much of the leaven of false doctrine still remains; but the field was felt to be a very important and interesting one, and already the clouds which hung over it are beginning to disperse, and we feel sure that our readers have been gratified by the intelligence conveyed through this medium, from time to time, of the progress of the mission.
A letter has been received from Mr. LAWRENCE, dated 29th November, expressing his regret at having heard of the depressed state of the funds of the Society, and stating that the friends there felt deeply concerned, and had all given their mite towards the liquidation of the debt. He proceeds to state that no conversion had taken place of late, but that he was labouring in hope, and that in the meantime it was gratifying to reflect that the church continued in peace, and that there was much unity and good feeling among the members ; that there had been comparatively little illness and no death, and that there had been a valuable addition to the congregation by the removal of a family from Benares, two of whom were members of the Baptist church in that place. He then states, Brother Hurter has removed to Bhagulpore,
Native assistants. where he has built himself a comfortable It is cause for thankfulness that our native house, all at his own expense. We have assistants have been favoured with good health
been able to send him an excellent native throughout the year, and have been permitted . Christian as an assistant in the mission work to pursue their labours without interruption. there. He draws no support either from our They have been much employed this year in or any other society, but depends for support visiting the villages and towns around Mon. on his own resources. We have promised to ghir. Nainsutch takes 'great delight in itinhelp him from our local funds to sustain a erating, though advancing in years, and by school as soon as he shall be able to undertake no means so strong as he was, yet his zeal the superintendence of it. This is all the and diligence is nowise diminished. He
pray that the Lord may bless his labours there strength, and sometimes beyond his strength, as well as ours here. He purposes making a for the salvation of his countrymen. tour on the hills, in the month of January ensuing. Dear brother Parsons will accompany
Basar Schools. liin.
We have been compelled to dismiss one of the teachers (a heathen) for bad conduct. i engage in business; still many of the children This occasioned the breaking up of the school do every year learn something of the gospel for a time, but we have succeeded in re- which they never can wholly forget, and establishing it. The chief object I seek to which may, through the divine blessing, prove attain by these schools is the teaching the of the highest benefit. I am thankful to say children to read, and the making them ac- that the members of our mission families have quainted with the gospel. In this we succeed enjoyed, with the exception of Mrs. Lawrence, but imperfectly, for as soon as the boys can pretty good health. On the whole, I think read pretty well, they are taken away to her health is not worse than in former years,
MADRAS. The Committee have had the pleasure of receiving a letter from Mr. Page, dated the 10th of December, stating that Mrs. Page, who had been ill with fever, was better, and that they were both in good health, and conveying the following information.
I am happy to inform you that we have ning of the year, and have put forth an adverhad some additions since I last wrote, and are tisement that a class will be formed in January expecting others. Two persons, a respectable for young persons of fifteen years of age and tradesman and his wife, were baptized on the upwards, who may desire to devote themselves 3rd ins : The wife of the young man whom to native female education. I intend to have I first baptized, has also been received by the them meet every morning from seven to nine. church, together with a young person residing Three days in the week I shall teach them with them. In the latter I gather the first myself, the other three days I shall employ a fruits of my bible class in the Sunday school. Moonshee to teach them the Tamil grammati
cally. They all speak the language in common Sunday Schools.
use, but cannot read it. I shall be well You will, I am sure, rejoice to hear that satisfied if I get half a dozen to begin with. our friends are maintaining two Sunday
The expense, I calculate, will be for Moonshee schools at Madras, and that we have in both books, &c., about £20 a year. For this I of upwards of a hundred children, many of whom course am responsible. "I look upon the are the children of Roman catholics. I am should fail I shall not be either surprised or
movement as an important experiment. If it only waiting for suitable premises to com- discouraged
; if it succeed I shall then aim at mence a day school. Where the support of the establishment of a large training instituit is to come from I am not quite clear, but I hope to make it nearly self-supporting.
tion on a broad catholic basis.
East Indian society.
I should have no doubt of success if there I am very anxious to do something for the were a greater number of pious East Indian education of the female portion of the East families, but, as you may suppose, it is not to Indian community, many of whom are sadly be expected (perhaps not to be desired) that neglected, and my reason for this is not only any would give themselves to so self-denying the benefit they would themselves get, but the a work as the education of the poor native benefit they might confer on the down-trodden girls who are not moved by the love of Christ. natire women of India. I am anxious to have that God would raise up devoted Christian an East Iadian girls' school, from the elder young men and women from the descendants scholars of which young persons might be of the British parents settled in India. What selected and trained (as in the Borough Road a noble work would be before them! Well, institution) for the general education of the with God all things are possible, and why native female community. I have been think- may we not pray, and labour, and hope for ing very much on the subject, and am most that blessing. I think if I could see an active decidedly of opinion that the great desideratum East Indian church taking up the work of is a band of well trained female teachers, and evangelizing India as if there were no Christhat they cannot be supplied so advantageously cians in the world to toil for it but themselves, from any community as from the East Indian. I should bless the day that I lost sight of old I am going to make an attempt at the begin. England as the happiest of my life.
SAUGOR, CENTRAL INDIA.
By letters from Agra, which came to hand three months ago, the Committee were informed of a missionary tour which Mr. Phillips and Mr. Dannenberg had made to this place, the expenses being defrayed by an excellent friend residing there, and who had offered a contribution of 600 rupees (about £60) per annum towards the support of a missionary at Saugor, besides other sums for missionary objects. On their return, the matter was deliberately discussed, and the brethren in Calcutta were consulted, and the result was, that it was felt to be expedient that Mr. Makepeace should proceed to that place, which is at the distance of 275 miles from Agra. A letter has now been received from Mr. Makepeace, dated Saugor, 23rd November, stating that he had set out on the 16th of the previous month, the benevolent friend referred to having remitted funds for the conveyance of his family, &c.; that lie considered the arrangement as for twelve months, leaving the question of this becoming permanently his station to be decided by the appearance of usefulness it presented. He proceeds to say,
Our journey hither was, on the whole, very their religious books, and compared them with agreeable, though not very favourable to some of ours, he must be pretty well acpreaching among the heathen. Soon after we quainted with the arguments against their left Agra I was attacked by fever, which was system and in favour of Christianity. He is succeeded by such a hoarseness as thoroughly very much esteemed by the friends who know to unfit me for duty. I have, however, two him in Saugor. very pleasing incidents to record. At a place There is another pleasing occurrence to called Khié a venerable old man visited our which I may refer. When halting one morntent after nightfall, presenting me with a letter ing at a village while Mrs. Makepeace's of introduction from our friend brother Rae, bearers went to Riahunta, a buneya (a shopfrom which I found that though once a Mus- keeper) accosted me, opening at the same sulman, he was now a sincere and humble dis- time one of the gospels, and pointing to the ciple of the Lord Jesus. He is private instructor following passage, inquired the meaning of to his highness the raja of Tehri. It appeared our Saviour's words when he declared, “I am from his conversation with me, that he had in the Father, and the Father in me.” Mrs. long been an anxious inquirer. He had read Makepeace said she felt as though she would much, "searching diligently" into the Ma- have stopped at the village the whole day, so homedan and Hindu systems of belief for the that the poor inquirer might be instructed means of pardon and peace, but after toiling more thoroughly, and the real state of his through a long night of darkness and distress, inind after the perusal of the gospel be ascerhe found none. Last year, however, he visited tained. Thus much has come to light in rela. our brethren when halting at Tehri, and re- tion to the result of the brethren's labours last ceived from Bernard (brother Phillips' cold weather, and who can tell to what extent agent) a copy of one of the Rev. G. P. the leaven of divine truth has already opePfander's works, and he procured also a copy rated ? Surely it was an interesting and heart. of the four gospels. By reading these he stirring thing to be solicited thus by a simple found that there was no salvation but in villager in the midst of a dark and benighied Christ. Brother Phillips recommended him population. to go to Saugor for advice, which he did, and gave full proof that the root of the matter was
Saugor as a station. in bim. He has already introduced the gospels Regarding Saugor itself, I regard it as a into the palace, having read in the hearing of fine sphere for missionary operations. Thou. the raja five chapters of Matthew's gospel. sands upon thousands crowd its territories and He will probably visit Saugor in the course of those of the Nerbudda, and yet there is not a a few days for further instruction, and perhaps solitary messenger of the cross to proclaim in baptism. I mentioned his case to brother their hearing * all the words of this life.” Williams in a letter I wrote shortly after my The climate is exceedingly favourable to misarrival, and his opinion, which I give, is in sionary operations, being much cooler than perfect accordance with my own. He wrices, that of most of our stations. I hope by next ** It strikes me that the Mussulman of whom mail to be able to prepare a detailed statistical you speak may, with some training, prove account of the station and surrounding disuseful to you in the great work of preaching." trict. At present appearances are cheering, He may be of great use indeed, in silencing and there are baptisms in prospect, and if the and subduing his benighted brethren, for state of my health be allowed to weigh, you having examined so closely and intensely could not do better perhaps than fix me at