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right of vote purchasable by any person even to half the number of the nine hundred whatever his religious or moral character may contributing churches, it would be well worth be. The Committee of the North Wilts and the trouble and expense of printing four East Somerset Auxiliary is formed on the plan hundred and fifty names if the sympathy of now suggested.

the friends of the society can be thereby It may be said that we should still have a more generally secured. money qualification, nor can it be altogether With sincere desire to promote the prosdenied; yet some act of adhesion must be re- perity of an institution which must be dear quired on the part of every church so repre. to every Christian, and with the hope that sented, and as it would be the act of a number this, or some other plan, may be conducive to of Christian men, united in church fellow- its welfare, ship, it is hardly to be put upon the same

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C. J. MIDDLEDITCH. vote by the payment of a fixed sum by any Frome, May 8th, 1849. individual who may be disposed to subscribe. Possibly some better mode of connecting the churches with the society may be devised. PROVISION FOR AGED AND INFIRM MINIS

TERS. II. Notice and Nomination Papers.

To the Editor of the Baptist Magasine. Let notice be sent from the Mission House to the secretaries of the district committees Dear Sir,- On the first sabbath in the on the first day of January, requesting those present month I was requested to preach for committees to nominate on or before the first a neighbouring minister, who, after more than day of February, thirty-six persons to form forty years of labour, as pastor of the same the executive committee.

church, has been laid aside for many months

from his ministerial work, with little hope of III. Lists of Nominations and Voting resuming it. Papers.

After the usual morning service, and the On or before the first day of March, let a administration of the Lord's supper, the micomplete list of all the nomination papers be nister of the place, though extremely weak, sent to each of the district committees for the intimated that the collection to be made at election of thirty-six members; the voting the table on that day was intended for the papers to be returned to the Mission House support of aged and infirm ministers in poor on or before the first of April, signed by the circumstances. It was an affecting sight to chairman and secretary of each district com- me, to witness a servant of Christ, worn with mittee; the thirty-six persons having the age, labour, and infirmities, thus necessitated majority of votes from all the districts to to plead for himself and many of his breconstitute the executive committee of the thren, especially when it was but too well society; the election to be declared at the known that the result of his appeal would be general meeting of members.

trifling. Two objections may be made to this plan. The circumstance, however, revived thoughts

1st. The difficulty of forming districts. which I had often entertained ; viz. that if But this is an objection that may be urged such a collection could be annually made in against any plan of representation, and does all our churches, it would lay the foundation not apply peculiarly to this. I do not think, of a fund for the relief of aged and infirm however, that the difficulty would be so great baptist ministers, more extensive and effias might be at first supposed.

cient than any at present in existence amongst 2nd. The number of nominations that us. Shall we say that there are 1000 churches would be made, and the length of the list of our own denomination in England and that would have to be compiled, printed, and Wales; and is it too much to expect, that forwarded to the districts. But we are not these churches would contribute, on an avcto suppose that the fifty or hundred districts rage, 21. each towards such an object? There that might be formed would supply so many is reason to believe, that if due notice were different lists of thirty-six names. The given, the sacramental collection for that day nominations would be the result of deliberate would be larger than usual, and a better procounsel among a number of men as to per- | vision would be made for our ministers in the sons best qualified to serve the society. They season of age and infirmity. must not, therefore, be confounded with the The following is the outline of a plan which individual nominations now made in the open I have contemplated. I submit it to your meeting of subscribers. The probability is, consideration, in the hope that something that the majority of the men who have long may be accomplished. served the society would be found in every Let each church resolve to devote one nomination paper, and that the number of sacramental collection in the year to the sup. nominations over and above the thirty-six to port of aged and infirm baptist ministers. be chosen would be comparatively small. Let this contribution be made on the same But let the number of nominations extend | day throughout the denomination ; riz, on

the first sabbath in January, or on any other , persons for whom they have been written, it day which may be deemed more eligible. will greatly rejoice, Let annual subscriptions or donations be

Mr. Editor, received at the same time; and if it should

Yours very sincerely, be thought advisable, let a collection be made

Edw. A. CLAYPOLE. in the congregation generally, through the Ross, May 18th, 1849. whole or any part of the day.

Let a distribution of the monies received be made twice in the year, (or only once, if

APPRENTICESHIP SOCIETY. this should be thought preferable), when the

To the Editor of the Baptist Magazine. merits of each case presented shall be considered by a committee chosen for this purs DEAR SIR,– Will you kindly allow me a pose.

short space in your excellent magazine to All ministers of the baptist denomination plead the cause of a society which is neither to be eligible as beneficiaries ; but, in consi- so well known nor so well supported by the dering the claims presented, a preference shall Christian public as it deserves to be. I mean be given to those whose churches have aided "the Society for assisting to apprentice the the fund by sacramental collections, or in children of Dissenting Ministers of evanany other manner.

gelical sentiments.” This benevolent society It would be necessary that a committee effects much good in a noiseless manner, at a should be chosen, and, if possible, in London. small expense to its supporters, and with The labour, however, devolving on them would delicacy towards its beneficiaries. The trifl. not be great. By making the collections ing sum of five shillings annually entitles a simultaneously, or nearly so, it would be subscriber to a vote at each half-yearly elecknown early in each year how much there tion of candidates ; which excludes but few would be to be distributed, and no large por- members of our churches, through want of tion of time would be required in the distri- means, from participating in this laudable bution. The success of the scheme must, of method of showing kindness to the families course, depend on the energy with which of their pastors. The candidates are chosen ministers and churches will co-operate in car- by a majority of votes, so that young persons rying it into practice. But surely they will of the most sensitive feelings cannot find not be wanting here. It has long been felt theni wounded by being regarded as objects and acknowledged, that some plan of the kind of any particular or individual charity, which is greatly needed amongst us. Ministers need upon all independent minds has the effect of it. In most instances, their incomes, when at once weighing down the spirits, and parain health and fitness for labour, are but scanty, lyzing energy. On the contrary, being placed and afford no means of making provision for on a footing with other youths, by having had old age or incapacity for work. Churches a premium paid at their apprenticeship, they need such a plan. By means of it they would feel they have an equal right with them to be be relieved of ministers who are incapacitated taught the business they have chosen, without for the cares and duties of the pastorate, from being under greater obligations to those to which they would themselves willingly retire, whom they are apprenticed than others; and if they had any resources on which to rely for having acquired the knowledge of a good support. It is too bad to leave such men business, it is their own fault if they do not destitute. Surely the Christian dispensation equally get forward in life. Though it may was not intended to be more negligent in be thought that ministers' sons ought to be this matter than the Jewish.

able to take a higher position than to enter It may be hoped that the more affluent into trade, unless they give a decided proof members of our own body will render some of a literary taste or a call to the ministry, assistance to such a fund by donations or le- they would do well to gain a knowledge of a gacies. I remember some years since men- respectable business, which would enable tioning to a friend, now dead, some of the them not only to support themselves and particulars which I have specified in this families but also to assist in carrying on the letter, when he said, “Show me such a fund, cause of Christ. It is generally conceded, and I will leave 10001. to it. It is just the that if, instead of devoting their time and institution which I have desired to see amongst talents to the work of the ministry, dissenting us." Poor ministers are certainly a portion ministers had entered into business, or bad of the flock of Christ; and the poorer mem- pursued either of the professions, they could bers of our churches, for whose benefit the have made as good a provision for their famisacramental collections are chiefly designed, lies as others have done, and, therefore, when would willingly share them with these aged they are removed by death, their families and afflicted servants of the Redeemer. have a claim upon the Christian public, and

Should you approve of these observations, are entitled to the assistance which they too perhaps you will insert them in the maga- often need. It is a well known fact, that zine; and if they should contribute in any comparatively few dissenting ministers are way, however slender, to benefit the class of able at their decease to leave their widows and children in easy circumstances. Not: but delicacy forbids. It is sufficient to refer withstanding, those families of ministers who your readers to the annual report, and hoping are well-conducted, right-minded persons, many will be induced by its perusal to become feel that they would much rather labour to contributors to the society,* who may not support themselves than become burdensome hitherto have been acquainted with its merits, to the friends of their deceased parents,

Believe me, dear Sir, they can enjoy the bread of industry, but are

Yours sincerely, oppressed by the bread of charity. And

M. C. H. many, though the claim on the public might be kindly ceded to them, have too great a respect for the vocation of their departed EDITORIAL POSTSCRIPT. relatives, and are too desirous of inheriting their spirit of self-denial, to be willing “to A step has been taken by the Committee live of the gospel,” when the service to the of Stepney College, the consequences of gospel ceases to be rendered. There cannot, which may be very important. They have then, be a greater kindness shown to the invited Mr. Angus to take the office of families of ministers than to enable them to Resident Tutor. He has now to consider, on support themselves; and if by the small the one hand the claims of the institution of contribution of five shillings or ten shillings which he has been for several years the es annually, ministers can be assisted to appren- teemed secretary, and on the other the optice their children to respectable occupations, portunity of devoting his attainments and it is an easy way of helping their families to experience to the training of ministers for the help themselves.

service of the coming age. Many of our readers Another reason which should recommend will we trust unite with us in the prayer, this society to the notice of the Christian pub- that his mind may be so guided by Him whó lic, is the entire absence of exclusiveness and knows in every case what is most conducive denominational preference which characterizes to the interests of the church, that his de it. The liberal minded, excellent individual cision may be such as he will review with with whom it originated himself a pædobap satisfaction when earthly illusions shall have tist, made it a fundamental rule of the society, for ever passed away. that its benefits should be conferred on the families of " dissenting ministers of evangeli- Mr. Saunders, late of Sydney, being cal sentiments,” irrespective of their differ- thoroughly restored to health by his return ences of opinion on minor points; and so to Britain, is now open to an invitation from strictly has that rule been observed that by a a destitute church. His address is at Edgbasreference to the annual reports of the society, ton, Birmingham. it will be seen that baptists and pedobaptists have alike shared its bounty. It may not be Many of our friends have doubtless heard generally known to your readers that the first that alarming riots have taken place at meeting of this society was held at the house Montreal, where the Governor-General has of a baptist minister, when the first candidate been pelted, the legislature attacked and diswas elected - the son of another baptist persed, and the parliament house burnt down. minister. This youth served his apprentice- The Montreal Register says, “ the enormous ship to a respectable trade, and settling in guilt lies at the door of men high in social business became a subscriber to the society position and arrogating to themselves all the which assisted him to enter into active life. loyalty of the land, who style themselves Nor is this by any means a solitary instance Anglo-Saxons, but who in truth are des of the good effected by this society, which scended from the Goths and Vandals. They from its commencement may be said to have are the very men who would fasten on had an equal claim on the sympathy of both Canadian necks the galling yoke of a domidenominations; and so weil have its affairs nant prelatical church, who have resolutely been conducted from its formation, a period opposed the reform of our public colleges, of nearly twenty years, that it has in no way and who are pledged to perpetuate the forfeited that claim. If any should think it crying wrongs done to the country in the a society not needed, and but little appreciated matter of the rectories and the reserves, by ministers and their families, let them take Yes, it is the Tories and high-churchmen of up some of the half-yearly polling papers, Montreal, who have taken the lead in insult: and the short but touching statements they ing the Queen's representative, and hurrying contain of the temporal circumstances of things to their present pass." many in the ministry, will convince them that some of those who are dispensing " the bread of life” in the present day must learn to live

* The treasuror is, T. Challis, Esq, Alderman ;

the secretaries are, C. J. Metcalfe, Esq., Roxton themselves on faith. I could add much on House, St. Neot's, Huntingdonshire, and the Rev. J. the pecuniary difficulties experienced by Spong, Mortimer House, Mortimer Road, Kingsland. ministers from private sources of information The oface of the society is next door to the London

Missionary Society's house, Blomfield Street, Finsas well as from facts elicited by this society, bury.




The Annual Meetings of the Society commenced, as last year, in unfavourable weather, but the public meetings were, upon the whole, well attended, and the spirit that pervaded them was gratifying to all our friends.

The Prayer Meeting, with which the services began, was held on Thursday the 19th of April. It was conducted by Mr. Branch of Waterloo Road, and the brethren Wigner of Lynn, Hamilton of Ballina, Walcot of Stanwick, W. L. Smith, and Dr. Hoby engaged in prayer.

On the evening of the same day, after prayer by Brother Larom, of Sheffield, the Rev. James Sherman preached at Surrey Chapel from the last verse of Mark's gospel. From this passage the respected preacher found occasion to illustrate the employment of human agency in the service of Christ, the combination of divine power with human agency, and the confirmation that ensued, a confirmation which was to be seen in the miraculous powers imparted, in the overcoming of mighty difficulties, and in the decision of believers amidst sufferings and persecution.

On Lord's day the 22nd, Sermons were preached at most of the Baptist chapels in and near London, and in the afternoon special services were held in several of them for the young, at which the attendance was very good.

The following day Juvenile Services were held at Surrey, Bloomsbury, and Bishopsgate chapels, at which, notwithstanding the inclemency of the weather, upwards of 3000 children were present.

On Tuesday the Annual Meeting of the Members of the Society was held at the Mission House.

J. L. Paillips, Esq., of Melksham, having been called to preside, the Rev. J. Angus gave out a hymn, and the Rev. Dr. Godwin engaged in prayer.

Part of the Minutes of the proceedings of the Committee was then read, and various questions in reference to matters

of business asked and answers given. The Secretary laid upon the table the Reports of the Committee and of the Treasurers for the year.

After the reading of the Minutes, it was moved by the Rev. Dr. Cox, and seconded by the Rev. T. F. NEWMAN, and resolved,

That this meeting regard with the highest satisfaction the determination of the Committee, as expressed in their resolution of April the 18th, to abandon the proposerl application for a charter of incorporation, and record their opinion that the measure, as it has been submitted to the judgment of the subscribers, would, if adopted, be attended with serious injury to the Society; and their confidence that the peace and progress of the Society will not be endangered by any introduction, by the Committee, in future, of this or any similar measure

On the motion of Rev. W. Robinson, seconded by E. B. UNDERNILL, Esq., resolved, That a Special Committee be hereby appointed to prepare a schedule of all the property



vested in Trustees in the name and on behalf of the Baptist Missionary Society, stating the following particulars, viz.:

1. The nature of such property, whether chapel, school, mission-house, or otherwise. 2. The place in which such property is situated. 3. The tenure by which such property is held, whether freehold, leasehold, copyhold, or as

the case may be. 4. The names of the Trustees in whom such property is vested. 5. The original cost, and as nearly as can be ascertained the subsequent outlay on such

property, its encumbrances, if any, and its present estimated value. And that the said Committee present, at the next General Meeting, their report on the above mentioned points, together with any other particulars connected with the property, and the influence which it exerts on the welfare of the Society.

Resolved, also, That the following be the members of the Sub-committee :-Messrs. PEWTRESS, UNDERHILL, RUSSELL, Bowser, STEVENSON, and ROBINSON.

Rev. J. P. MURSELL gave notice that, at the next Annual Members' meeting, he should move the adoption of the following resolutions :

That inasmuch as the Baptist Missionary Society has purely religions objects in view, it is the opinion of this Meeting that its constitution should be purely of a religious character, and therefore it is proposed that henceforward its affairs be conducted by a Committee chosen by representatives of the churches connected therewith.

That in accordance with the foregoing principle, the following amendments be made in the plan and regulations of this Society, to take effect at the Meeting 1850.

Instead of the present reading, the rule respecting "members " to stand thus:

That this Society shall consist of the officers and members of those churches who make an annual contribution towards its funds.

That in the rule respecting "General Meeting of Members," for the words “ General Meeting of Members,” there be substituted the words “General Meeting of Representatives of the Churches,” both in the title and body of the law; and after the word “transacted," that there be inserted the following paragraph

This meeting shall consist of representatives of all churches which shall have made a con. tribution towards the funds of the Society during the past year. Not more than the pastor and two other representatives to be allowed to each church.

Rev. J. VENIMORE gave notice that, at the next Annual Members' meeting, he should move the adoption of the following resolution :

That no proposal to alter the constitution of the Society shall be submitted to any General Meeting for decision until (six months) after notice of such proposal shall have been conspicuously inserted in the Missionary Herald, and that further notice of such proposal shall be given, with every official notification of the meeting at which it is to be decided ; or otherwise, shall be sent, with a notice of the meeting, in a circular to every member of the Society.

Resolved, on the motion of Rev. S. G. GREEN, B.A., seconded by Rev. Dr. Cox, That the foregoing notices be published in the Minules of this meeting.

The Meeting then proceeded to the nomination of the Committee, and the ballot being taken, scrutineers were appointed to examine the papers, and the following names were afterwards brought up as the Committee for the ensuing year. Rev. JAMES ACWORTH, LL.D.


London. JOSEPH H. ALLEN, Esq. .

Rev. FRANCIS A. Cox, D.D., LL.D. Hackney. Liverpool. John DANFORD, Esq.

London. *Rev. CALEB E. BIRT, M.A. Wantage.

Birmingham London. Rev. SAMUEL GREEN Rev. SAMUEL BRAWX Loughton, Rev. WILLIAM GROSER





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