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his life should be spared, and he continue to s asking with great seriousness for the Qurán, love the sacred writings, he may yet meet and not a few of the latter for some one or with the entire volume of God's word, and other of their sbásters ! and when informed thereby have his joy increased in God's sal- that the books are solely of the Christian vation, which appears to be the object of his faith, and distributed with the view of dissearch. A young Hindu pupil of the Rev. seminating the knowledge of that faith, in Mr. Moore's school at Agra, seemed anxious order to lead all men of all castes to believe to become fully acquainted with the meaning in Jesus our Saviour, and look for salvation of the New Testament, and when presented to him, they stare, and cannot be made to with a comment on the parables of our Lord, believe that God has sworn that to Jesus was very glad, and said, “This is what I every knee should bow, and to him every want! I wish to understand the New Testa- tongue confess that he is Lord, to the glory of ment."
God the Father. A little brahman boy of Delhi recognized me, and asked for a book, on which I offered
Effects of former efforts. him a tract: he refused it, and said he Ilth. The multitudes have bathed, and are wanted a gospel, the book of glad tidings! going away, this being the day of the full Oh, that this would become the general moon. There have been numerous parties desire and anxious wish of all the youth of to-day also, both to hear and take books, and India, even to have the gospel, whether the desire for both is rather on the increase. preached or in its written form.
Great numbers have heard, but certainly a Missionary efforts.
very small portion of the people of the fair.
Still it is matter of thankfulness that so many A few Punjabis who are located near us, have heard the word, and some hundreds have been amongst the most attentive of our taken the books and tracts offered for their hearers these three days. On the 7th and consideration. I have had evidence at this 8th we were much distressed by fierce west fair that the books and Tracts of former distriwinds and sand storms, which through a butions have, in some instances, been pre. great part of the day hindered our doing any served, and I may venture to express my thing satisfactorily; but some scores of men hope that those now so ardently desired and came to us at different times, and particularly so eagerly taken by numbers, will, to a certain at the close of these days. We read, dis- extent be preserved in the homesteads of the coursed, and prayed and sung at proper recipients, and the contents of them engage periods. Some few bairágis, who are mad their attention and occupy their thoughts. It upon icols, when the declaration against was in this way in years past that the seed of idolatry began to be read, rose and went the word was sown, and in a few honest and away, while the rest of the hearers continued good hearts it yielded the fruits of faith, love, to the last, seemingly impressed with what and obedience. By humble prayer we are they had heard, though every thing was con- led to look for the like results, when the truth trary to their views and practice. T'he greater shall have purified the heart, and the Spirit of part of those who heard were strangers to the grace have deigned to perform his office ; and doctrine of our books. One man, a Muham- may it be our happiness to learn in the course madan, was desirous to receive our contro- of time, that some poor soul has been awakened versial' tracts. On the 9th and 10th we had by the efforts of this season, by the slow greater numbers to hear the word, ask for the operation of the truths of revelation, and by New Testament and parts of the Old. Most the power of God the Spirit. Of this, how, of the latter were Muhammadans from Um- ever, I may be sure, that of those who heard roha, Chundansi, Bijnour, and Moradabad; the word, 'numbers carry away with them a and they were anxious also for controversial knowledge of divine truth they never posbooks and tracts, which they had heard of or sessed before ; and some few, a correct view seen. Many Hindus also were desirous of of the way of salvation and its relation to the Dr. Wilson's examination of their shásters. various forms of religion in the country. Of the successive crowds that came to us, There are also those at this fair, who are denumbers were unable to read, and had come parting to their homes with an increased desire only to hear, and so contentedly sat down to for our books, and whom it was difficult to listen to the reading, conversation, or dis- satisfy with the portions available for them.
Some made inquiries, and a few Muhammadan applicants seem hardly satispandits and brahmans joined in singing the fied without each having the Pentateuch and Artee or Adoration of Jesus. Numbers heard New Testament entire, and pandits among of the Saviour for the first time, and to several the Hindu applicants are equally urgent for the account appeared to be glad tidings, and the account of our Saviour's birth, its date, worthy of further inquiry, which they hoped the country where and the people among to prosecute with the books they had in hand. whom he became incarnate. The generality The ignorance of some people, Muhamma- of the people, Hindus in particular, like tracts, dans and Hindus, is very great as to the kind and some go away satisfied with a single tract, of looks we offer them; some of the former the contents of which may have particularly
interested them. A few brahmans seemed superiority to the sordid motives that now pot indisposed to embrace Christianity, but prompt some worldly minds to barter for a found their future means of support to be a Christian profession. great difficulty, from their never having learnt a trade, and having been the objects of adora
Scriptures, 8-c., distributed. tion of the other three classes of the Hindus. The scriptures and tracts distributed this They ask for support by an assignment of season amount to upwards of two thousand land, on the part of government, or a pension eight hundred, the former consisting of volequivalent to their gains as family-priests, umes of the scriptures, such as the entire and then they say they will be free to embrace New Testament, the Psalms, and the Gospels, the gospel. The examples of individuals and and Acts, and smaller portions, as the Profamilies, and tribes, are before their eyes, who verbs, Genesis, and Exodus, und Isaiah and under the Muhammadan emperors renounced Daniel, and the separate gospels. The tracts the faith of their fathers, and were rewarded were single, and stitched together. as above stated; but they have yet to feel the operation of a new principle, the love of Christ, leading them, without benefit or reward, to forsake all for the honour that cometh from God only, by believing in and
2 following Christ, according to his word. It is
28 150 200 378 true that this principle has been developed in
20 200 300 520 several instances at the various missionary
61 400 1166 stations where the heathen or
35 150 14 199 have given themselves up to God in the gospel
43 53 of bis Son, but the light reflected by such Bengálí instances has been, in general, a dim light,
53 74 and its lustre has been tarnished by human
Grand Total.... 159 918 1776 2853 infirmity. Yet this divine principle will pre vail, will satisfy observers of its heavenly It is my earnest prayer that these precious origin and blessed effects ; and lead them depositories of divine truth may not have first to admire, and then to lay open their been distributed in vain, but, under the Spirit hearts to the admission of this principle, the of grace, serve to diffuse the knowledge of love of Christ, and convince others' of its Him who shall justify many.
SALTER'S HILL AND MALDON. A letter has been received froin Mr. Dendy, dated the 3rd of January, giving a very satisfactory account of the progress of education in the schools connected with his station. He saysSunday schools.
discussions take place, having for their object
the promotion of their efficiency and useful. There has been a considerable improvement ress. These meetings promise to become in the Sunday schools during the past year in very beneficial to the schools. the attendance both of teachers and scholars. The Sunday school at Salter's Hill appears There are still difficulties with which we have to consist of 263 children and eighty-nine to contend, but which it is hoped by steady adults, who are instructed by seventeen teachperseverance will be surmounted and over- ers, who meet once a month for the purpose come. Education is generally progressing. of transacting the business of the school, and There are now in these schools 269 reading once a fortnight for three hours on a Saturday in the sacred scriptures, and the scripture morning for self-improvement, when the sacred classes are committing to memory the portions scriptures and books of a useful character are of scripture arranged and published by the read, and other exercises attended to calculated Sunday School Union. These are generally to increase their stock of useful knowledge. repeated to the minister previously to the The Sunday school at Maldon appears to commencement of public service on Sunday consist of 140 children and ninety-eight adults, morning. The teachers of the four schools instructed by fourteen teachers. Teachers' meet in union once in four months, when the meetings of the same character as those at state of the schools comes under review, and Salter's Hill are held here, and the inconvenience which has been experienced from In connexion with this school, one of the the room being used also as a place of wor teachers has opened a school three evenings in ship, is removed, the congregation now the week at Hines Mountain, which is attended occupying a newly erected place of worship. I by sixteen children.
HAITI. A letter has been received from Mr. WEBLEY, dated Jacmel, the 6th of February, containing information which will, we doubt not, gratify all our readers; and not having room for the whole, we will present an abstract rather than defer the noticing it.
It states, first, that he and Mrs. Webley have returned from a visit to Jamaica, and that the voyage has been blessed to the restoration of the health of both of them.
Secondly. That the political state and prospects of the island have undergone a great change for the better, and now assume a brighter aspect than they have for some time past.
Thirdly. That the schools have been resumed with numbers equal to those of which they before consisted.
Fourthly. That there is much in the congregation calculated to afford encouragement: that there is reason to believe several individuals to be the subjects of converting grace ; that having baptized one candidate previously to sailing for Jamaica, he is about to baptize three more, one of whom has been for some time in the habit of inviting his neighbours into his house on the Lord's day morning, and reading and explaining to them the scriptures, for which Mr. WEBLEY considers him well qualified; and that there are several others whom he considers as in a hopeful state.
Fifthly. Mr. WEBLEY presents an application, in our opinion a very cogent one, to his fellow Christians in Great Britain to provide his congregation with a chapel, there being no difficulty in rendering the tenure secure, which had been conceived by some to be the case in consequence of the law preventing foreigners holding landed property. This application he urges on several grounds. 1. That the house, of which the room used as a chapel forms a part, is situate in a marketplace, the noise and confusion of which (very far beyond those of an English market) are so intolerable as to compet the closing of every door and window in that part of the house which is surrounded by the market, during the whole of the service, but that even with the doors and windows closed, the worship is frequently interrupted by the shouting and cursing of persons at the doors, and the jingling of money on the window-sills, sometimes by all the noises together, forming, to use a common expression, a perfect Bedlam. 2. That the house, of which the room used as a chapel forms a part, is completely at one end of the town, which contains a scattered population of 7000, and that the distance from the centre of the town and the lamentable indisposition to exertion prevent the attendance of those who have not learned to appreciate the worth of gospel truth. 3. That the class among whom they are called to labour feel a very strong prejudice agaiust worship conducted in a dwelling-house. 4. That the room used as a chapel is also employed as a school-room, and that the desks and benches have in consequence to be removed two or three times a week; that great difficulty is frequently felt in procuring persons to remove them at the time required, and the missionary family have to perform that work themselves, thus employing time and strength which are valuable for more important purposes, and producing an exhaustion immediately before divine service, which it is highly desirable to avoid ; and, further, that this continual removal is attended not only with trouble and expense, but with injury to the articles removed, so that some of them are already rendered unfit for use, and their renewal at an expense of fifty or sixty pounds must be looked for every three or four years.
Mr. WEBLEY states that a chapel capable of containing a congregation of 300 might be built for about £500; that it is not improbable the land would be granted as it has been on another occasion, by the government; that he expects a contribution of about £50 from the churches in Jamaica, and is about to make exertions in Haiti, so that if he could rely on from £250 to £300 from home, the object which he represents to be so important, in which we fully concur with him, would be accomplished.
JUVENILE MISSIONARY ASSOCIATIONS. The Young Men's Missionary Association recommend the following rules for the guidance of those who feel interested in the formation of Juvenile Auxiliaries.
1. That a juvenile missionary auxiliary be the congregation, and all the scholars being formed in connexion with each Sunday school, invited to attend, when addresses shall be deand that the young people of the congregation livered, a different field of missionary labour, be invited to co-operate.
such as India, Africa, China, &c., being selected 2. That the auxiliary be conducted by a for each successive meeting. committee consisting of the whole of the teach- 12. That an annual meeting of the auxiliary ers, and that the business of the auxiliary form be held, when a report of the past year shall a part of the business at the ordinary teachers' be presented, and resolutions of a simple and meetings.
earnest character proposed. 3. That the pastor be requested to become 13. That the meetings commence punctually president, the superintendent of the school at the time announced, and close within two ireasurer, and the secretary or librarian secre- hours; that they commence with singing and tary, if they should be able to give the time prayer, and that one or two appropriate verses wbich is requisite.
be sung between each address-no address to 4. That the accounts be kept by the secre- occupy more than twenty minutes. tary in a book provided for the purpose, the The “ Young Men's Missionary Associasubscriptions transmitted to the parent society, tion ” feel it desirable to impress on their quarterly, and the accounts audited annually friends who are teachers, that whatever is by two members of the auxiliary.
given by the children should be their own 5. That the subscriptions received be purely free-will offerings, contributed from an inthe free-will offerings of the children, that terest in missions, and in order to this, that they be received by the teachers in their they should inform the children of the miserrespective classes every Sunday in the mis- able state of the heathen, especially of the sionary box, each child being invited to con- young; that they should be made to feel, as tribute one farthing per week, if so disposed. far as possible, the value of their own souls,
6. That the young persons of the congrega- and the greatness of those privileges by which tion, and some of the senior scbolars, whose they are themselves distinguished from the interest in missionary objects is ascertained, be children of heathen parents, and that care furnished with collecting books in which to should be taken to guard against the idea of enter the names of subscribers, and boxes to preference being shown to those children who receive their subscriptions, and that the contribute. Many may be willing who may amount be returned to the secretary monthly. not be able. It is hoped that such an interest
7. That the subscriptions received be de- may be excited, that the 150 day and Sunday voted to some special field of labour, such as schools connected with the various missionary the schools connected with a particular mis- stations may at no distant date be entirely sionary station.
supported by the children in our schools. , 8. That a missionary working class be contribution of a farthing per week from each formed in connexion with each auxiliary, or, scholar would effect the object. where it is thought advisable, two; one for the
But in order to excite this interest preparayoung persons of the congregation, and the tion will be requisite on the part of those who other for the scholars; that they meet once a conduct the meetings. They must furnish fortnight, or once a month, as may be found themselves with information of the country, most expedient, the female teachers conduct- its features, climate, productions, &c., and the ing the classes and reading extracts from the character and customs of the people, particuJuvenile Missionary Herald, or some other larly with reference to their state of heatheninteresting work; the expense of the materials ism, and to illustrate such addresses a large for work being defrayed from the funds of the map of the world, and also drawings, rejected auxiliary, if not otherwise provided for. idols, and as many objects peculiar to those
9. That missionary information be con- countries as can be obtained should be prostantly placed before the members of the vided and explained to the meeting. In order association, and that the Juvenile Missionary the better to accomplish this a missionary Herald be furnished gratuitously to every museum, to which access can be had, is felt regular subscriber.
to be indispensable, and the association have 10. That a monthly address on Christian determined to take immediate steps for the missions be delivered in the school on a formation of one, in which they hope their Sunday afternoon, after which a missionary friends will kindly and promptly aid them by prayer meeting shall be held for half an hour. the donation of articles of the nature referred
11. That a quarterly missionary meeting be to, which will be thankfully received at the held in conjunction with each auxiliary society, Mļission House, Moorgate Street. the parents of the children, young persons of
A Meeting for Special PRAYER, in connection with the Baptist Missionary Society, will be held in the Library of the Mission House on the morning of Thursday, April 19th, at eleven o'clock.
ANNUAL SERMONS, APRIL 19th & 25th. The Committee have much pleasure in announcing that the annual sermons on behalf of the Society will be preached by the Rev. JAMES SHERMAN, of London, and the Rev. Octavius Winslow, of Leamington. The former will preach at Surrey Chapel on the evening of Thursday, April 19th, and the latter at Bloomsbury Chapel, on the morning of Wednesday, April 25th.
Service to commence in the evening at half-past six, and in the morning at eleven.
SERMONS, LORD'S DAY, APRIL 22nd. The following are the arrangements (so far as completed) for April 22nd.
The afternoon services marked thus intended for the young.
Rev. H. S. Brown
Rev. J. Clarke Brixton Hill (Salem Chapel)... Rev. T. T. Gough...
Rev.J.H.Hinton,M.A Bloomsbury Rev.J.H. Hinton,m.A
Rev. W. Brock Camberwell
Rev.J.Leechman,M.A Rev. R. H. Marten* Rev. S. Nicholson Chelsea, Paradise Chapel Rev. R. Roff .......
Rev. Dr. Godwin Church Street, Blackfriars...... Rev. J. C. Batterworth
Rev. J. Bigwood
Rev. A, Major
Rev.N.Haycroft, M. A
Rev. Dr. Acworth Eldon Street............
Rev, B. Williams ... Rev. B. Price......... Rev. B. Williams Gravesend, Zion Chapel......... Rev. E. 8. Pryce,B.A.
Rev. E. S. Pryce,B.A. Greenwich, Lewisham Road ... Rev. J. Russell
Rev. R. H. Marten Hackney
Rev. Dr. Cox ......... W. H. Watson, Esq.* Rev, T. F. Newman
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