Page images
PDF
EPUB

POSTSCRIPT. Our kind friend, the Rev. J. Webb, of Ipswich, say's, “160 churches, giving you 101. each, would pay off your debt, and I will engage for the church at Stoke to form one." The idea is a good one ; and we wish sincerely the proposal may striko our friends in the same way.

We have received from a Steady Contributor, who will not let his name appear, 501. towards the support of either Mr. M‘Namara or Mr. Moriarty; and Mr. Katterns, of Hackney, promises 101. towards the same object. We hope one or both may be thus engaged, special funds being supplied for that purpose. The Committee are determined, and very rightly, not to incur any fresh liabilities. It is not good for societies, any more than individuals, to get into debt.

As the accounts from Ireland are most distressing, and Mr. Green, who is now there, writes to the effect, that it is impossible for words to describe the scenes of misery which he has already witnessed, we think it right to state, that the agents arc supplied with the means of relieving distress, as far as the state of the funds will justify, and that on the farm at Ballina, there are now employed forty men, besides women and children.

The contributions received during the month of March will be acknowledged in the Report; we should not have room in the Chronicle for them even if twothirds of the space were devoted to that purpose.

CONTRIBUTIONS SINCE OUR LAST.

£ 8. 1.

£ 3. d. Collection, Annual Sormon................... 27 10 2 | Wallingford-by Mr. Scorey

3 0 0 Ditto Annual Meeting 22 16 9 Biggleswade-B. Foster, Esq.

1 1_0 Clipston- by Rev. T. Gough 2 6 0 London - Mrs. Lugsden..

2 0 0 Graham's Town-Mr. Wilson... 1 1 0 Bury St. Edmund's – Rev. J. Elven... ......

1 0 0 Coventry-by Mr. J. Hine......... 5 3 6 Woolwich-Contributions .....................

1 18 0 Parson's Town-by Rev. M. Mullarky 8 8 0 Newtown-by Mr. Morgan....

6 17 2 Dublin- by Rev. Jas. Milligan .............. 11 17 4 Chesham-Contributions.......................

2 1 0 Short wood-Mr. Underhill. ................... 0 10 0 Broughton-Collection...........................

3 13 0 Church Street, Blackfriars 7 10 4 | Andover-Contributions ........................

5 8 0 Portsea-Contributions 16 16 6 Lymington-Contributions

2 60 Payne, Mrs., for Debt.....

5 0 Mitcham-Welsh, Mr....

1 1_0 Our best thanks to Mrs. Cozens, Mrs. Bartram, John Street-by Mr. Elsey

.......... 10 00 and Miss Kitchre, for valuable parcels of books and Trinity Chapel-Ladies' Auxiliary

0 0 clothing

0

Subscriptions and Donations thankfully received by the Treasurer, JOSEPH TRITTON, Esq. Lombard Street; and by the Secretary, Mr. FREDERICK TRESTRAIL, and Rev. JOSEPH Angus, at the Mission House, Moorgate Street; and by the pastors of the churches throughout the Kingdom.

OF THE

BAPTIST HOME MISSIONARY SOCIETY.

BAPTIST HOME MISSIONARY SOCIETY.

The Annual Meeting was held at Finsbury | Redeemer; if we would have our own country Chapel on Monday, the 23rd of April. Not free from sin, and suffering, and crime, sure I am withstanding the inclemency of the weather that we must support Home Missionary Sothe attendance was very encouraging. Mr. cieties. Let me entreat you to-night to give ALDERMAN CHALLIS presided. After prayer the Home Missionary Society a united and by the Rev. Mr. MORRIS, of Southampton, generous support. the Chairman rose and said : · I have great pleasure in meeting you on the

The Rev. S. J. Davis, the Secretary, then present occasion, and for such an object as that read the Report, which, after alluding to the which you have in view. I the more readily political condition of the continent during the give expression to this feeling, because, whilst past year, went on to say: I rejoice in all that has been done abroad, and “ While the tempest has raged around us we my sympathies go with those who desire that have been sheltered by a gracious Providence much more should be effected in that depart- as in the cleft of the rock.' We have ment of Jabonr, yet I cannot help lamenting that scarcely felt the remotest, the faintest vibrations more has not been accomplished for home. of the shock which has upheaved the instituAllow me to congratulate you on the period at tions of our peighbours. In the end we shall which this meeting is held. It is a matter of obtain, it is hoped, the substantial benefit great propriety and fitness that we should coin without having paid the dreadful price of civil mence those great meetings which show to the war. While abroad all things have been world the fruits of our Christianity, by present- violently thrown out of their ordinary course, ing a report of what has been done in our own the peace of var domestic hearths has been country. We cannot be too deeply convinced uninvaded ; our industrial machinery has perof the inseparable connection between efforts to formed its accustomed evolutions; the enterdiffuse Christianity at home and abroad. We prises of trade and commerce have not been cannot be indifferent to the diffusion of know- stopped for a single day; and the agents of our ledge and truth throughout our land, without religious societies both in our towns and in our endangering the noblest institutions connected villages have gone quietly on with their 'lawith it

, and enfeebling the right arm of our bours of love'-summoning their countrymen strength. If the sun of British Christianity were to repentance towards God and faith in the to lose its light and heat, what would become of Lord Jesus Christ.' those foreign churches which it has planted and “Nor have the messengers of mercy been nourished, and which live by its influence and permitted to labour altogether in vain in the power? But the home nissionary spirit is Lord.' The returns from some of your stations necessary to the prosperity of our own churches, indicate, indeed, but little progress ; there has to the growth of our own piety, and the increase been preparatory toil rather than the reward of of our own faith. This spirit is imperatively labour ; it bas been sowing time, not reaping demanded by the state of our country. The time; the ground has been cleared, the soil has enormous amount of ignorance and religious been upturned, the seed of the kingdom has destitution presented to us in the reports of been cast in, and in due season the fields will this and kindred societies, is sufficient to fill the be white unto the harvest,' the labourers will mind with astonishment and dismay. Think of 'reap if they faint not. From a few of the the fact that in Britain, in the nineteenth stations the accounts are positively and afflictcentury, Christians form but a fraction of the ively discouraging. The labour and expense of inhabitants. Think again, that in the struggle years have appeared to result only in the which is going on in our country between good trial of faith and patience. The work must and evil, light and darkness, the church and the be abandoned, or begun afresh and done over world, how frequently we see numbers, intelli- again. But while a simple, honest representagence, wealth, and station, all arrayed on the tion of things as they are requires these modiside of evil. If we would lay these things to ring and humiliating statements, from the heart; if we would have those institutions majority of the stations, and from some more prosper which are the glory of our country and particularly which in previous years were the honour of our Christianity; if we would inproductive and discouraging, your Comhave our missionaries sustained abroad, and the mittee are thankful to be able to state that the little Aocks which surround them encouraged by reports of the missionaries are well calculated our efforts; if we would have our churches to awaken lively gratitude, and stimulate to instinct with life, and blessed with a disposition inore earnest and devoted effort. to spend and be spent for the canse of the The vumber of central stations supported

soon

rither wholly or in part from the funds of the absolutely necessary hence forward to reduce Society during the year is 111; the number of their expenditure to egnality with their income.' subordinate stations is 186, making a total of While the Committee have deemed it im297. The missionaries calculate that they perative to pass the above resolution, and will preach the gospel weekly to about 23,000 of feel bound 'if re-elected to act upon it, they their countrymen; receiving ,very valuable cannot but express the earnest entreaty and assistance in their work from a considerable hope that some of the stronger auxiliaries will body of unsalaried “fellow helpers to the generously come to their help for the sake of truth.” In connection with each principal and the weaker; that the weaker, by putting forth in some of the subordinate stations there is a their utmost efforts, will become less dependent sabbath school. Large and small, the number on assistance from without; and that the friends of schools is 115, containing 7,000 scholars; of the Society, both in the metropolis and elseabout 1,000 teachers are employed in conduct where, will augment their contributions, so ing their operations. Much has been said that the equalization of the expenditure with recently on the alleged want of interest, at any the income may not seriously interfere either rate manifested interest, on the part of pastors in with the extent or efficiency of its operations. sabbath schools; much which ought not to “ The passing are pot times for lesseping; have been said.' The Committee cannot allow on the contrary, they imperatively demand the present opportunity to pass withont ex. the extension and improvement of home mispressing their decided conviction that, as a sionary agency. Although the majority of the body, your missionaries are not only free from churches of our own, and very many in some blame in this matter, but are worthy of the other denominations are composed for the warmest commendation for their earnest efforts most part of those who live by their daily toil, to render efficient this important department of it is a melancholy fact that a large portion of usefulness. It has pleased the Head of the the working classes of the community still church to give efficacy to the word of his manifest most afflictive estrangement from God grace, not indeed to as great an extent as could and from his people. A false philosophy is have been desired, but in a measure far greater engaged in teaching them that prosperity must than we deserved, and which ought at once to be expected from without rather than from induce thankfulness and encourage effort and within; from the arrangements of the comhope. Comparatively small as are the mis-manity rather than from the efforts of the sionary congregations, for as as they | individual; from the virtue of society, as become large and consequently self-supporting, though there could be such a thing apart they cease to be connected with the Society, fiom the aggregate virtue of its members; thus the number of additions to the churches during placing in imminent peril their self-respect, the year has lieen 562 ; the present number of self-reliance, self-government, and filling their members is 4335.”

minds with visions of social good most exAfter giving a variety of extracts from the travagant and pernicious, and doomed to the letters of the agents, the Report proceeds bitterest disappointment. A false Christianity, thus :

in the shape of out-spoken popery, or of a “Recently the attention of the Committee system essentially popish in doctrine and spirit has been specially directed to a subject of disguised under other names and forms, besides grave importance, and which, as indicated in contributing to confirm these delusive notions the last Report, bas for some time given them in relation to the present world, is doing unconsiderable solicitude. Having, after pre- speakable mischief by engendering similar liminary discussions, appointed a sub-com notions in relation to the world to come, teachmittee carefully to ascertain the financial his- ing that men may be saved by a ceremonial relitory, position, and prospects of the Society, gion worked by a certain separate and peculiarly that body reported : 'That its expenditure is endowed order of their fellow men; the whole several hundred pounds per

annum in advance system being more or less directly the carrying of any income likely to be obtained from out of the deep-laid scheme of a fraternity ordinary sources ;—that the legacies of which whose very name is identified with all that is they are at present advised are not sufficient execrable in duplicity, cunning, and cruelty; in amount to meet existing liabilities :—that and who having twice become intolerable by each auxiliary, with scarcely an exception, their vile intrigues and disastrous intermedrequires that the funds raised within its own dlings, have twice been driven out of the limits shall be expended within those limits, greatest nations of Europe. Infidelity too leares leaving the Committee scarcely any resources no means untried, nor allows any to fail through for general purposes; and that the system pur- lack of earnestness, to draw away the thinking sned by them for several years of incurring part of the population intellectually, practically, heavy debts in order to supply deficiencies, has and in heart, from those true Christian leachoperated injuriously on the self-reliance of not ings and principles, the hearty reception of a few of the churches, practically giving them which is essential both to present and everthe unfounded impression that the Committee lasting happiness. Meanwhile emigration have other sonrces of income than those which sends forth its thousands, and will, it may be the friends of the Society themselves sopply.' safely predicted, pour forth its tens of thouAfter receiving this report and anxiously re- sands, to our colonies and other thinly popuconsidering the whole subject, the Committee lated portions of the world, who will prove a came unanimonsly to the following resolution :- blessing or a curse, planting wherever they go That the Secretary be instructed to lay before either synagognes of Satan or churches of the auxiliaries of the Society the facts con- Christ according to the principles, and habits, tained in the report of the sub-committee, and and character they carry away with them from to apprize them that the Committee deem it their native land.' Surely under such circum

stances as these the home missionary enter- The Rev. J. BRANCH, in seconding the reprise has claims on the attention and sympathy 'solution, said: I think it has been demonstrated of the churches very far stronger than they that there is as great a necessity for efforts of have yet generally apprehended, and in the the kind made by this society, among our rural exhibition of which it is scarcely possible to popnlation, as there is in the great metropolis exaggerate."

in which we reside. I hope we shall never be Mr. J. R. BoUSFIELD, the Treasurer, then brought into the position of doubting whether presented his accounts, from which it appeared the gospel is able to do its own work. There that the total receipts of the Society during the is no class of the human family, however deyear had been £4,644 10s. 2d., while the ex- graded, which the gospel has not power to penditure amounted to £4,645 7s. 11d., leaving elevate and to spiritualize. I had a great a balance due to him of 17s. 9d. There was desire to see a man whose case was reported also a balance against the Society, due on loans, by a brother missionary, and I went to Westamounting to £530.

minster for the pnrpose. About four years and The Rev. A. M. STALKER, of Leeds, rose lodging-house, where he saw two men sitting by

a half ago, that inissionary went to a 3d. to move :

the fire; he addressed a conversation to them, " That this meeting desires to express its grati. read a portion of the bible, and requested them continent has been the scene of commotion and to kneel down to prayer. One of them had bloodshed, the agents of this and kindred institu- been a medical officer in the army, and they tions, contemplating the spread of the gospel in our obtained their living by travelling into the beloved country have not been interrupted in their country with papers, published on the Saturday great work from any similar cause ; that it would night, containing a fall and true account of the which has been vouchsafed to the gracious opera- last dying speech and confession of a man to be tions of the Divine Spirit ; that it cordially sympa- executed on the following Monday morning. thizes with the missionaries, particularly in the The missionary found that the medical man was rural districts, under the difficulties against which possessed of great intelligence, and the latter they have to contend ; and that the Report which commenced a discussion respecting the inspirahas given occasion to the expression of these senti- tion of the sacred volume. At its close, the ments be printed and circulated under the direction missionary, in his manly, kind way, said, “My of the Committee."

friends, in all probability I shall never meet you The institution whose interests we have as. again, till I meet you at the judgment-sent of sembled this evening to promote, is certainly Christ; if I never do, remember that you will of a voluntary character. It is the professed have to give an account for the statements I fruits of oor attachment to Christ who loved us

have made, that Jesus Christ will judge you, and gave himself for ns. His religion is pre- and that you will be condemned for your rejeceminently a religion of love. It came from tion of the gospel.” Two years and a half that world where love, is the pervading ele: passed away, and when addressing a company ment. It expects to be sapported in love. It of juvenile thieves, two men came up and stands in no need of anght which is uncongenial accosted him, whom he found to be these idenwith its nature. This institution is not only of tical men. He inquired what they were doing, a voluntary but of a missionary character. It to which they repled, that they had talked over tains on inan an intelligent eye-a compas- the matter on which he spoke to them, that sionate gaze. It sees what he is—a sinner, they reasoned about it, and then began to pray guilty, polluted, perishing: It sees where he over it; that they were not able to shake off the is-in a world that has enthroned Satan as its conviction that what he had told them was true, god - a world where he moveth as in his and that they had both reason to believe that element, and sitteth as at the very vestibale of they were truly converted to Christ. They had hell, subjected to an artillery supplied by broken off their nefarions practices, and one of spiritual wickedness in high places. While them has since obtained a situation to aid the the Society drops a tear over the abounding chaplain of a gaol in disseminating religious iniquity around us, it desires to go away straight truth among the poor unfortunate inmates. from the Cross-that tree of life, laden with its This case proves that the gospel is sufficient, by blessings. Every evangelical missionary $o- the power of the Spirit, to reach the heart of the ciety has ample reasons to hold on its way its greatest sinner, and bring him to the cross of message is its glory - Believe and be saved.” Christ. I rejoice in the schools that you have Under the Divine Spirit the traths it imparts formed. It is a great thing to apply the truth convey peace to the conscience of man, kind. before iniquity has made deep scars in the pess to his heart, tenderness to his sensibilities, moral constitution. This society is doing all it and grandeur to his entire nature, raising him possibly can to save the chairman a vast amount to the " highest style of man.” Most cordially, of trouble in his magisterial seat. I hope that baptists though we are, do we wish to all if he be spared to reach the age of threescore kindred iustitutions great and good success in years and ten, as he walks down Newgatethe name of the Lord. Nevertheless, we are street, he will see a board on the building at baptists, and not a blush finds its way to our its extremity, annonncing, "These premises to cheeks when we make the avowal. We ask be let-an eligible site for a spacious chapel.” our agents to quote scripture out and out. “He

The resolution was then put and carried. that believeth and is baptized shall be saved." We rejoice in the success of this institution 'The Rev. H. S. Brown, of Liverpool, rose in the number of its stations, agents, schools, to move :and scholars. We think we hear the question

“That while this meeting is thankful for the repeated by not a few on their thrones of Christian agency employed by this and other societies light, “ What hath God wroght!"

for the evangelization of our own countrymen, and

for the measure of success which has followed its the language of the resolution, an afilictive operations, and while it distinctly recognizes the estrangement from God manifested by the fact, that the majority of the churches of our deno

working-classes of the community. We should mination are composed, for the most part, of those who live by their daily toil, it cannot but deplore endeavour to obtaiu an accurate account of the the afflictive estrangement from

God and from his forty counties in England and the twelve in people, still manifested by a large portion of the Wales. True it is, that the people we want to working classes of the community; and would Christianize are not naked' savages or the solemnly record its conviction that this painful state worshippers of Juggernaut; on the contrary, of things demands, with the view of ascertaining its they have reached the pionacle of civilization, remedies, a measure of attention from the churches they are an industrious and an enterprising of Christ, far more searching, candid, and prayerful, people ; but, notwithstanding these advantages, than it appears hitherto to have received.'

they are almost Christless, and therefore deSach societies as these are indeed a great mand our sympathy and aid. blessing, and the fact of their existence calls tion, said, It has special respect to the working

The Rev. S. GREEN, in seconding the resolu. live is remarkably wakeful to the condition of classes, and to their sapposed alienation from the people, and, it is confessed that socially, the efforts we are making to Christianize all morally, and financially, we are not in a healthy around us. I think, however, that one or two state. There is no lack of professed remedies, mistakes have been made on this suhject. It but nothing will avail for a soul-sick people, has been talked of, comparatively, as though it except that

prescribed by the Great Physician were greater now than it had been at any preof souls. This society takes the plain gospel ceding time. I belonged to the working-classes of Jesus Christ, and endeavours to extend a myself; and in the town where I resided they knowledge of it throughout the country, and we

were then farther off from a devout attention to have reason to magnify God for granting us

the things pertaiving to their peace than they some measure of the much-longed for result

are at this moment. We must pot talk of the the much-prayed-for increase. It may, how working-classes being driven from us, if that ever, be said, that our success is very small; to

term is understood to mean that we ever had which I reply, that our means are very small. them in close sympathy with us. There is Give us more men, and we believe that we

another mistake against which we must carehave found a fulcrum, and obtained a lever, by fally guard. The resolation does so, but I which we shall be enabled to move England mention it that the audience, in speaking, and from the bed on which it has been reposing, and thinking, and praying, may be preserved from to lift up the souls of its inhabitants from the it. I have seen a great deal of discussion in horrible pit and the miry clay in which they print respecting ministers of the gospel addresshave been so long sunk. The world may say ing the working-classes with thoughts, and feelthat our success is small, bist it knows nothing ings, and habits similar to their own.' I am, in about it. It may calculate pounds, shillings, this respect, a levellest. The gospel of Christ and pence, but it knows nothing about the worth brings the rich and poor together, and presents of iminortal souls. Such fractions are too volgar to them the same blessings. If we would gain for its calculations. There are other intelli- the attention of the working classes, we must gences, who form a very different estimate of speak to them with kindness and with manly the success which has crowned the efforts of simplicity, addressing their hearts and their this society. They weigh things in an even

consciences; and then we shall see God's balance, they take eternity into account, and blessing resting abundantly upon the efforts we they proclaim that the conversion of a soul to

are making. The iniquity that prevails amongst Christ is a matter of serious and surpassing us is regarded as presenting an insurmountable moment. But, wbile we are thankful for snc.

difficulty. It may, however, be overcome. Let cess, yet it is disgraceful to our country, that

us address ourselves to the contest with the after the possession of a reformed faith for three weapons which God has provided, and in de hundred years, it should still be necessary to pendence on his aid; and then, be assured that send missionaries throughout our own land.

we shall not labour in vain. If Wickliffe were to rise from the grave, he

The resolution was then put and carried. would exclaim,“ What! are you not yet gospel

GEORGE LOWE, Esq. moved, and the Rev. ized ?" If Ridley, and Hooper, and Cranmer J. CUBITT seconded :were to revisit us, they would inquire whether

“That the thanks of this meeting be presented to we meant to let the candle which they had the committee, for their services during the past

the treasurer, the other officers of the society, and lighted be extinguished. Onr nonconformist year; and that J. R. Bonsfield, Esq., be the treasurer, forefathers would ask, how it was that England that the Rev. S. J. Davies be the secretary, and that was still a wilderness-why the desert had not the following gentlemen be the committeo for the rejoiced and blossnmed as the rose. Baxter year ensuing." (Names read.] would be astonished that so few were seeking The resolution having been pat and carried, everlasting rest; and Banyan that the pilgrim's the Doxology was sung, the Benediction propath was so little trod. There is yet, to employ nounced, and the meeting separated.

Donations and Subscriptions will be gratefully received on behalf of the Society, by the

Treasurer, J. R. BOUSFIELD, Esq. 126, Houndsdilch; or by the Secretary, THE REV. STEPHEN JOSHUA DAVIS, 33, MOORGATE STREET, LONDON. Much trouble will be saved, both to the Secretary and his correspondents, if in making payments by Post Office orders, they will give his name in full, or, at any rate, advise

him of the name they have communicated to the Post office authorities.

« EelmineJätka »