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popery. But, marvellous to relate, not long tion from the same honoured society, to take since a revolution broke out in Rome itself - part in their general meeting in that very a revolution in the very metropolis of papacy, hall. He would willingly have shrunk from and superstition, and of error, and the Pope standing on that platform to address such himself became a fugitive. All this was very large audiences as were in the habit of meetencouraging, and if they humbly trusted in ing there ; but his conscience impressed upon the goodness and the grace of God, every him the necessity of going forward. He re. obstacle to their onward march would be remained still of the same mind, and he attended moved. The meeting could not relish the and performed the duties which had been appalling fact that had been brought under kindly imposed on him. That was followed their notice in the Report, viz., that the So- by an invitation from the London Missionary ciety was so much in debt. Did it not excite Society in the last year to preach for them, as their surprise to hear that the Society owed no well as to take a part on this platform at their less a sum than £4900 ? Tell it not in Gath, anniversary. He could not refuse to ascend publish it not in Askalon, let not the infidel the pulpit for them, acting in strict conformity know it, tell it not to the follower of the pope, with his conscience, he had felt himself contell it not in the senate. Let it not be thought strained to take the part assigned him. On for a moment that the ministers and the dea that occasion he had received a very kind cons of the church were willing to allow the invitation from their honoured friend, Dr. Society to remain under such a cloud. Let Steane, to take part in the proceedings of that them stir up the church to a lively sense of day; he felt that he was bound in conscience the pure love of God, and then come to a to show the same respect and love for their resolution, that this should be the last year of Society, as he had done to the others, know. debt. He had no fears for the Society; he ing as he did what their works had been, and should yet see it progress, until, where they honouring them for the labours of love in had now one missionary, they would have which they had been engaged. It might be two, and until their brethren were in all the asked what he could find in common in all places of the earth, and then, and not till those different societies, which could justify ihen, would the Christian church have him in appearing at and assisting in their realized the object of the Society-then would meetings." "He trusted he could show many the Supreme Majesty in heaven look down and good reasons for his conduct. Even had on them with benignity, and say, “ It is very the missionaries done no more than tend to good; my will is done on earth, even as it is the civilization of the world—even had they in heaven."

done no more than improve the temporal

condition of that portion of mankind amongst The CHAIRMAN said, it gave him much whom they had laboured-even that com. pleasure to introduce to their notice a friend, paratively low ground would justify him in whose presence, upon such an occasion, appearing there. Every one who desired the proved the value of the loving principle of benefit and the blessing of his fellow.man, ihe Holy Alliance. The Rev. J. Jordan, the must be glad of the privilege of taking part vicar of Enstone, would second the resolu- in support of such societies. As a patriot, he tion.

claimed the right to assist such societies.

What work had been done which was so The Rev. J. JORDAN.-As a friendly efficient in promoting colonization from this stranger come amongst them, he might be country--what would so much promote the allowed to explain the position he occupied, spread of the good Saxon, as an extension of standing on that platform, in favour of the the missionary system? There was another Baptist Missionary Society. It was but a view of the question, in which, as a patriot, few years ago that he had been invited to he should think himself justified in attending take part in favonr of any missionary society upon their anniversaries that was the manner but that connected with the church of which in which the missionaries had been the meang he was a member. Upon that occasion he of extending schools throughout the world, received an invitation to assist at the meeting and thereby promoting civilization and a of the London Missionary Society. He took knowledge of the true God. After highly the invitation into serious consideration, and, praising the noble exertions of the Society in looking at the matter in the light of his con- the missionary field, he seconded the resolu. science, he found that he could not refuse to tion with much pleasure. give the aid which they sought from him-he could not refuse to take the part which they The resolution was put, and passed unani. offered him, and therefore he willingly attended mously. their meeting. Very shortly after that, the Evangelical Alliance was formed, and be re. The Rev. HENRY Dowson, of Bradford, joiced at it, for it bad brought out that spirit moved the following resolution :of love which actuated all who felt themselves as one in Him, the Head of all. Shortly after by this Society, as exhibited in the Report, should

That the state of the various missions maintained that again, he was honoured with an invita- impress upon the minds of all its friends a more

lively sense of our dependence on God, should lead to to the Baptist Missionary Society, especially fervent prayer for the promised help of the Holy because I am here, in this kind of spiritual motives which influence our services, and to more parliament, as the representative of the Lonsystema:ic and self-denying liberality to promote don Missionary Society, and in some measure this sacred cause.

the representative of the continent of India. We have two beautiful instances of Chris. In coming to the Baptist Missionary Society tian evangelical liberality in scripture history;

in connexion with India, it is like a traveller the first is that of the box of alabaster oint. tracing the stream to its spring. One comes ment with which the woman anointed the to see the place where the bubbles first head of the Saviour, anointing him for his sprung up, where the stream first shed itself burial. When Judas was adgry with her,

to the east, and to the west, and to the north, the Lord defended her. Bui" our blessed and to the south. I feel particular pleasure Lord reserved his highest eulogiums for the

in coming here this morning, because the poor widow who came with her two miles note has been a note of sorrow. Let us cheer and cast them amongst the Pharisees' gold in

it. We have been, according to the various the treasury of the Lord. Now, if you will speakers, in the clouds; at any rate, we have

beard pardon me, I will make one observation re.

great deal about small clouds and specting the good friends in London. I do large clouds. Now, I do not believe in clouds,

in reference to missions. I believe, not in pot like your collections. It is not on account of the gold and the silver there, but because I clouds, but in the promises; and I am quite see so little copper in the plates. I like, not certain, if we rest in the promises, we shall only to see the gold of the rich man, and the soon live beyond the clouds. I am quite silver of the man in moderate circumstances, and a society, in great difficulties, because

pleased that you feel yourselves as baptists, but the copper of the poor man. We want more of systematic liberality, that all should difficulties to meet. I remember, when a boy,

men always act like men when they have contribute according to the extent that God has prospered them. Then we shall not need

a member of the Society of Friends once to recall missionaries from the field of labour. standing by my side, in my native town, I would say solemnly and earnestly to the upon.its dark and stormy shore, and saying, honoured directors of the Society, that this seemed to encircle us,“My boy, do you think

whilst I looked upon the dense cloud that must not be done. I would say to the that those clouds are as dark as they appear Cbristians of this great metropolis,

to be ?” “I am not sure," was my reply. ought not to suffer it to be done.” The “ I tell you,” said he, “that if you had a Christians of this metropolis, the focus of telescope long enough to penetrate right civilization, the centre of commerce, the admiration of all the civilized nations of the bright beyond, and brighter, than it is below.”

through the cloud, you would see that it is as world, the place where Christian missions Now, I think, sir, that

you want the telescope have been cradled and fostered all these of faith to look right through those clouds, years,—are you going to abandon now the and to see far beyond them into the bright Baptist Missionary Society ?. No; and we, and glorious future. We never feel so much who are the representatives of the provinces, and the angels of the churches, will go back as we ought to feel, as Christians, as when

we get into the bright, clear, lucid, healthy to our various congregations and communi. ties, and tell them that they must not suffer doubis to the winds, rest upon the promises,

Let us scatter our

atmosphere of faith. it to be done.

and do our work like Christians and like

men. I feel this morning particularly pleased The Rev. T. Boaz, missionary from Cal- at being here, just because I think that I am cutta, a deputation from the London Mis- in the right place. I am among those who sionary Society, seconded the resolution as follows. Sir, in rising to address you on the the East. I am not unmindful of the fact,

were the substantial pioneers of missions to present occasion, I find myself subject to that the Danish king, to whom you most those feelings which have been expressed by appropriately adverted, was the first sovereign one of our sweetest poets, llenry Kirke who sent Christian missionaries to the East; White, who says, in listening to the bells of nor would I be unmindful of the fact, that the the evening,

Church of England, through the agency of “I'm pleased, and yet I'm sad."

The Propagation Society, was the second

agency that sent a few solitary missions to Pleased to think that there are so many hearts Oriental climes. Let us give all the credit that beat with high and holy expectation in that is due to all parties; then we can take a reference to the conversion of the world to firmer stand upon the basis that we have for Jesus; and sad to thiok that, afier the labour ourselves. Your missionaries were the effiof 1800 years, so large a portion of the human cient pioneers of Christian missions to the family should yet be held under the dominion East. "Nay, when the beloved Carey, and of the prince of the power of the air.”. 1 his associates, first arrived in that country, feel particular pleasure this morning in coming what was the kind of reception that they met

· You

No, no

with from the government of the day? One that civilian, that gentleman, is a baptist. would have supposed that men, coming upon He is a Christian. (A voice: "That is such a generous and gratuitous mission as did better still.") Yes, it is better still. He is your brethren to the East-one would have now on his way to this country, and you will supposed, that the members of council would have fellowship with him. I had hoped that have hailed them with pleasure, and that the he would have been here to-day, so that in doors of the Government House would have his own person he might have borne testimony been thrown wide open for their reception. to this matter. One cannot help seeing that That was not the reception they met with the ways of God are not as our ways, and They were, in substance, told, "The vessel that the thoughts of God are not as our that bore you from Europe must bear you thoughts; for if that gentleman's father had back again.” Then came that striking and had his will, humanly speaking, his son had singular interposition of the Divine Providence never been brought to the knowledge of the in reference to Serampore. God turned the truth. heart of the governor of Serampore, as the When your brethren first reached India, streams of water in the south; and that the mind of the native community was governor said, in substance, to your brethren, diametrically opposed to their continuance though I believe he was a man not possessed and labour. In substance, the native gentleof a spark of religion, yet, from the generous man, and especially the native priesthood of impulses of his nature, resisting the oppression Calcutta, said, “If those Christian priests be exercised towards your brethren by the British permitted to live, and preach their gospel in authorities, he said, “If you will come to India, we cannot answer for the stability of Serampore, I will give you a place to live in, our religion ; and if our religion fail, we and a place in which to worship God." cannot answer for the stability of the governThey went, sir, and I think it is a singular ment.” Priesthood, sir, and priestcraft, are and a striking thing that the first house in the same things all the world over. Priestwhich those brethren obtained a resting-place craft--the office of priestcraft, is to bind the was the house of a publican or tavern-keeper. minds of men in the fetters of ignorance, I like to think of that fact, because they com- Then some of you will say, “Why you are menced their mission in India as the Lord speaking against your own craft. commenced his mission in the world, in the such thing we are not priests, sir. We do company of publicans and sinners. When not own the term. We are the ministers of a your brethren first “ reached India, you will better dispensation, and our work is to set have perceived from these remarks, that the the minds of mankind free. A great change mind of the government composed of Christian has since come over the masses of the priestmen, was directly opposed to their landing hood, and the intelligent gentry of India, on and labouring in India. So strikingly was the subject of Christianity. A singular illusthat the case, that it has been stated that one tration of this occurred in the course of my of the members of council said concerning journey from India to this country. Passing them, “If these men had belonged to the the island of Ceylon--and who can speak of English Church, and had been missionaries, Ceylon without thinking of your faithful and one might have borne with them. If they devoted Daniel?-a man whose memory has not had belonged to any of the more respectable yet been justified in your churches-a man worsects of the dissenters, they might have been thy of all praise, and more praise than he will tolerated. But to think of tolerating baptists, perhaps obtain, for he was indeed a faithful the smallest of the sects, and the straitest; man, and worthy of the entirest confidence of that is not to be borne." I believe, sir, that all the churches of Jesus ;--passing that you have been enlarged within yourselves island, a gentleman travelling on board the since that time, and that you would like to steamboat told me a singular history. Ceylon, hold communion with the whole human you will observe, is the Oxford of the Buddfamily. It is a remarkable thing that the son hists, and the high seat of orthodoxy; now of that very member of council, was, I be my companion stated that, in the city of lieve, brought to the knowledge of the truth Kandy, the central city of Ceylon, there was in one of the hill stations in India, by having a very sacred relic, and that this relic was a newspaper edited by a dissenter, and printed just a tooth of the very celebrated Buddh. at your press, containing an extract from the The British government (to their shame be it writings either of Baxter or of Doddridge, spoken) for many years patronized that tooth, and that, descending from his solitary hill and lest some crafty, dentist from Europe station to the plains, to seek godly and minis- should come and take it away, they appointed terial advice, the first station he came to was soldiers as sentries to guard it. They cola station of the Baptist Mission. I need not lected the revenues of the temple. They tell you, sir, nor this Christian assembly, that paid the priests. But owing to the “ presthe baptist minister who was at that station, sure without "—that was, from India and soon convinced this neophyte that it was his from Britain--that church and state conspecial duty to follow his Lord through the nexion between the tooth and the governwater ; and the consequence is this, sir, that ment was obliged to be dissolved. At last the

government convened an assembly, or synod, round a book; and, asking what they were of the priests, and said to them," Gentlemen, about, they said, “We were looking into the our connexion with this tooth is about to be epistles of Titus and Timothy, to see where it dissolved, and we wish you to take care of is stated that a bishop should be accompanied this precious relic yourselves.” Now, the by two silver sticks." When your brethren priests of the Fast are very ingenious, and, first reached India, there were in that country like most priests, very clever when their craft large numbers of slaves. There is not legally is in danger; and they said, “ No, we would a slave India now. By one stroke of the rather not take it. It is a very oppressive pen one of the governors of India made all thing: When our own government possessed men in India legally free. That great fact the island, they had this tooth, and it ruined fell upon the ear of the churches in this them. The Dutch next took possession of it, country like lead. And why? Why, the and it crushed them; and now you English people of England do not like any thing that people think that you are going to lose your they do not pay for. If we had come from grasp upon the island, and you want to have India with knouts, and chains, and lacerated done with it too. No," said they, “we would backs, and asked you for twenty millions of rather that you should pay our salaries as compensation, you would have cheered loudly usual, and take care of the temple.". Now, when granted, because you had paid for it. it strikes me forcibly, that that is the kind of But in India our people made all men legally thing that would happen in other countries, free, and they asked you nothing for the under similar circumstances, if such a propo- boon. It is a fact, and one in which you and sal were to be made to the priests. It is an all Christians should rejoice, illustration, in some degree, of the state of When your brethren first reached India, things in reference to the priesthood of the there were no such things as schools, in which East. They feel, and must feel, that their Christian truth was taught. Now, within a circle system is tottering to its base.

of six miles, in Calcutta alone, there are 6000 When your brethren first arrived in the young men receiving an enlightened Christian East, there was scarcely a page of the in- education ; and a very curious and interesting spired volume translated for the millions of circumstance occurred in the course of a India. Now, for a large section of the great visitation that I made of that district; for Indian family, either in whole or in part, the though I be not the bishop of Calcutta, 1 yet sacred scriptures have been translated; so very humbly think that I am a bishop of that that I anticipate that, for ninety, out of the city in the strict sense of the term. As a 150 millions, there are the means to

bishop in that neighbourhood, I made a sort “Allure to brighter worlds and lead the way."

of visitation of schools, and, during that visie

tation, I happened to come to one of a class God had a great work to do in India, and of schools peculiarly called " anti-missionary;" one of the first things to which he directed because, within the walls of these institutions, the attention of his servants, and one of the it is said that the Christian religion is not things they have done best, is to translate, in taught. The proprietor, who was standing at the incipient stage of Christianity in the East, the door, seemed to wish to prevent my en. the bible, and especially the New Testament trance. I stated 10 him, however, that I was portion of the sacred word. So that, in deal- going to Europe, and that I wanted to visit ing with Hindoos and Mohammedans, Papists, the schools to ascertain the number of pupils, infidels, and Buddhists, we can at the very and the kind and degree of education given; beginning of things say, "To the law and to when he said, “ If that be the case, you may the testimony," and if they be not according enter.”. Upon entering, there was a shrewd to these, we will not receive them. A singu- little fellow, a pupil, sitting upon one of the lar and amusing instance of this kind occurred forms near the door, who had overheard the in Calcutta some time back, and I relate it, discussion, and he said, “You know they not out of any disrespect to the worthy, don't teach Christianity in this school, but diocesan of Calcutta, but as an illustration of we learn it.” Indeed,” said I, “how do the temper of the native mind. The bishop you manage that ?” “Why,” said he, “don't of Calcutta, who is an excellent Christian, you know they teach Shakspeare here ?" and a most excellent preacher, went to visit - Shakspeare," said I, " what has he to do one of the schools of instruction in Calcutta, with Christianity ?" “ Why, if you like, I and he went, as all bishops do, in the pomp will prove your doctrine of the atonement and and circumstance of episcopal state. "You of the resurrection out of Shakspeare.”. And know there is no harm in that, if people be- it is in those schools, in which Locke and lieve in it. And, amongst others, he was Bacon, and all your western histories and accompanied by two men, who are generally biographies, and even Shakspeare himself are the attendants of great men in the East, and taught-though I should not have thought of who carry in their hands large silver sticks quoting Shakspeare as an authority in divinity a sort of shepherd's crook. When the bishop -it is in those schools that the children learn had left the school, one of the teachers those great truths; and yet, from those very poticed a group of Indian youth gathered institutions, the founders and sustainers of them declare that Christianity is excluded. thing to be done for India. You must not Now, we say, multiply such schools a thou. relax your efforts. More men, more native sand fold; only let ihe Christian church take agents—that is the secret of India's regeneracare-I am sure I shall not offend in using tion-more prayers, more buoyancy in your the expression here-let the Christian church efforts. Don't let your secretary be downtake care to “ baptize" that spirit of inquiry cast, and come to you with a funeral oration wi:h the true spirit of Christianity.,

next year. Let him come with a pæan of When your brethren first arrived in India, triumph, and begin it to-day. Wipe off the there had been no preaching of the gospel debt! Wipe it off! Don't disgrace the among the people. Now, it is every where com- name of this great Society by leaving this hall mon. And, in reference to the preaching of that with a paltry £4000 in debt. I am sure the gospel, I can state, and my brother Sutton is Chairman will set the example. Ah, you here to corroborate what I say, if it be true, clap; but are you going to follow the ex. or, to deny it if it be false, that, through her ample ? Pay it off! Four thousand persons length and breadth, India is perfectly open to at a sovereign a-piece, and it is done! Now, the preaching of Christ's gospel. More free Christian friends, I have somewhat exceeded than Britain! I have come to England my time, but I had a very good example in to witness that marvellous anomaly, of your Secretary. He transgressed full ten one professed Christian priest shutting up minutes from his own rule, and I most heartily another in his prison-house for preaching the forgive him, for it was an excellent Report, gospel. Now that, I think, could not happen and well read, and will bear well reading in in India. The government of India, in India, private. I have very great pleasure in being do for all missionaries that which every present with you this morning, and in offering government should do for ministers of religion my testimony to the efficiency of your missions -no more or less; they give the amplest in the East, to the high character of the men civil protection, without the slightest religious who sustain them, to their disinterestedness interference. Many persons speak against and zeal, and to the success with which God the government of India, and I am not here has crowned their labours in our great doas its apologist; but the faults connected with minious in the East. the government of India are not usually with the officials in India. All the mischief is in The resolution was supported by CHARLES that rightly-named house, in a rightly-named Cowan, Esq., M.P., and was then put from street, in that city of London, that my brother the chair and agreed to unanimously. who spoke first, so bighly eulogised - Leadenhall Street. I mean to say that, if any good The Rev. Amos Sutton, late missionary of thing comes out, either in England or India, the General Baptist Missionary Society in for India,-if

you

want to make it an or- Orissa, moved the following resolution :ganic remain,” you have only to send it to

That in the momentous events now transpiring Leadenhall Street. If you complain that in the world, this meeting recognizes the hand of India is not what she ought to be, then, I God on behalf of His church; it rejoices that in

the power is with yourselves. You have many lands long closed against the gospel, the the power of ruling India --especially the the changes that have occurred among the nations wealihy among you : you can buy East India as loudly calling on all who are actuated by Christian stock-you can become East India proprie. principles to renewed exertions in the diffusion of tors and directors, and you have the “Gor- that truth which is the only sound foundation of

private virtue and of national prosperity. dian knot” in your hands. There, in Leadenhall Street, is the spot to move in reference One of the speakers has referred to a memoto the regeneration of India, in a political rable remark of the late Mr. Cecil, give mo point of view.

leave in reference to the impressive prospects There is one more subject to which I suggested by the terms of this resolution to will advert, since the residence of mission refer to another remark by the same eminent aries in British India, infanticide and suttee and excellent person : “With respect to the are in that country what they are in this number of perishing souls around me," said

- legal murder. Not only is man himself he," I see on the one hand multitudes rushing free, but the land is free, and every thing in daily to their eternal destruction, I see on the connexion with religion may be as free us the other hand, the crucified Saviour of mankind air, we breathe, and the grace we preach. stretching forth his cross to receive and to save Moreover, the iniquitous connexion between them.". With these two ideas to occupy my the idolatries of the land and the government mind I need no third. In Christian Eng--that, too, is nearly extinct. One faint thread land, with the gospel in our hands, two im. connected with Orissa binds the government portant reflections in reference to it seem to to idolatry. I should wish that Mr. Sutton be powerfully suggested on occasions like that might have to carry back with him to India which has brought us together this day; the this one cheering note, that the authorities in one, that we should bring our minds, thus Leadenhall Street had at last abolished this privileged as we are, to feel more deeply the last link of the evil. But there is still some value of the gospel to ourselves; the other that

say,

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