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PRIVATIONS OF MINISTERS' FAMILIES.
EDITORIAL POSTSCRIPT. To the Editor of the Baptist Magazine.
The fact that some ministers are blessed The Secretary of the Young Men's Mis with ample competency is no reason for sionary Association, in aid of the Baptist overlooking the circumstances of others, to Missionary Society, requests us to say that whom or to whose families the Saviour might the lecture of the Rev. J. Aldis, on the Consay, as he did to the church in Smyrna, “I nexion of Idolatry with Architecture, which know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty; was to have been delivered in the evening of but thou art rich."
Wednesday, January 17th, is, in consequence In the Baptist Magazine for January, of the meeting of the London Association on 1348, reference was made to the possibility that evening, postponed to Wednesday, Jaof lessening the privations of ministers' nuary 24th. widows, by a plan suggested in that communication; and the writer, being only a narrator A mistake occurs in our Supplement in of what others have done, may, without any reference to the address of a member of seintention of giving a report of proceedings, veral committees, George Stevenson, Esq., state that ten experiments have now proved which it is desirable to rectify. His present the utility and acceptableness of the plan, residence is at Blackheath, Kent. So that there is scope for bidding God-speed to those who, with limited means, have supplied appropriate articles of clothing to the
The secession of the Hon. and Rev. Baptist wives, widows, or other female relatives of Wriothesley Noel from the Established ministers, while there is good ground for say- Church, which was anticipated in our last, ing to others, “Go and do likewise."
has now taken place. On the first Lord's The writer could, if it were needed, give day in December, he took leave of his conextracts from letter after letter to show that gregation in St. John's Chapel, Bedford Row, a kindness thought but little of in the quarter in the presence of crowds who had been atfrom which it emanated, has been welcomed tracted by the circumstances. A principal as if it had been the communication of an
reason, though not the only reason, we beangel from heaven.
lieve, for Mr. Noel's withdrawal from the One female whose case was made known church to which he belonged, is derived from by a home missionary, mentions both her his perception of the unscriptural character surprise and delight in a sentence which she and baneful tendency of the union of that concludes thus, " nothing of the kind having church with the state: on this subject he has ever taken place before in this county that been engaged for some time in preparing a ever I heard of.” She then adds, “Could volume which is now ready. Mr. Noel, as you have heard the remarks of my little girl, many of our readers are aware, is a man of who is eleven years of age, you would have acknowledged talent, thoroughly evangelical, been amused. How did the lady know you and an influential speaker both in the pulpit wanted that ? and then, How did she know and on the platform. He is a brother of the that would do for me?" &c.
Earl of Gainsborough, and has been for some Two females also, both wives of ministers time one of her majesty's chaplains. He is in one of our large northern counties, write now in the fiftieth year of his age; and his conjointly, and say,
“We cannot reward the connexions and abilities would probably have society for their kindness, but believe that secured him ere now a seat upon the bench they will be recompensed at the resurrection of bishops, had not his ecclesiastical advance of the just."
ment been impeded by his conscientious libeThe writer need not mention that when a rality of opinion. The sacrifice which he has box is furnished, various items, besides cloth- made is very great. May be be guide and ing, suggest themselves to the thoughtful; prospered in his future course by that gracious and, in some of the letters, where the appro- Master whom it is obviously his desire to priation of the particulars is specified, is
honour! reminded of days of privation in former times when Providence wore somewhat of A new edition of Mr. Hinton's Memoir of the aspect of a miraculous dispensation, Mr. Knibb, whose portrait adorns our present
J. FREEMAN. number, is in the press. It is revised, but Maryland Point, Stratford, Essex, not abridged, though its price will be reduced Dec. 11, 1848.
to six shillings.
DEPARTURE OF THE “DOVE” FOR WESTERN AFRICA.
Our readers will see on the other side a view of the “Dove" starting from Gravesend for Fernando Po. It was intended that she should leave about the 1st of December, but through an accident in anchoring at Gravesend she was obliged to put back into dock, where she was detained for a week in order to be repaired. The accident was in her rigging and spars only, and the expense will not fall on the Society.
She left Gravesend on Friday, Dec. 8, having on board Captain and Mrs. Milbourne, Mr. and Mrs. Newbegin, Mrs. Saker, and Mr. and Mrs. Yarnold-the latter going out to Fernando Po as teachers. The presence of these brethren will be warmly hailed by the missionaries who are already in the field ; and we trust that the Great Head of the church will give them a speedy and prosperous voyage.
It may interest our friends to know that the “Dove ” takes out a new and valuable printing press for Bimbia—a special gift of friends in Scotland and Norfolk, through Mr. Newbegin. She also takes out a small sugar mill, the gift of Mr. Peto. A large quafitity of stores and provisions is also sent out for the use of the mission. Two Fernandians and a native of the Eboe country are among
When our brethren teach the field of their labour the Society will have in Africa, including the wives of missionaries, eleven European agents and eight native preachers and teachers.
Since 1841 the bread fruit tree, the pomegranate, the mango, the avocado pear, and the mammeo-productions of great value, and all suitable to the climate, have been introduced by our brethren; garments sufficient to clothe not less than 20,000 persons have been distributed; many hundreds of the natives—it may be said thousands-have received medical assistance ; three principal stations have been established ; and about eighty persons have been baptized. An Introduction to the Fernandinn tongue has been written by our friend Mr. Clarke, and, with specimens of translation, has just been published by him at Berwick. The Gospel of Matthew, the book of Genesis, and Scripture Extracts in Isubu have been published by Mr. Merrick at Bimbia ; and Mr. Saker is engaged with the Dewalla at Cameroons.
Judging from these fesults, and comparing them with the results of the first seven years of labour la India or other fields, we cannot büt regard the labours of our brethren in Africa as very encouraging and important.
The expense of the "Dove ” for outfit and stores for the year amounts to about £600. We trust our young friends, to whom we have hitherto looked for meeting this expense, will make an additional effort this year to raise the whole amount. It will be impossible to meet it through the ordinary income of the Society, which is already taxed to its utmost limit.
Since the above was written, we learn that the “Dove" has been detained for several days in Ramsgate harbour, where our friends have received much kind
The thanks of the Committee are especially due to the church meeting in Cavendish Chapel, and to their pastor, from whom we have received the following note, dated Dec. 16th, and to the Rev. Edward Hoare, incumbent of Christchurch.
I just drop you a line to say the “Dove ” | board, and prayed with them just as she was left our harbour this afternoon between three going out. One of the members of our church, and four o'clock, all well on board. I was on who is a seafaring man, and who thoroughly understands the whole of the English coast, evening, if the “Dove" should remain in the generously offered his services gratuitously to harbour. We accepted his invitation, and all pilot the boat all round the coast to Plymouth. the friends spent a most pleasant and, I hope, I introduced him to Captain Milbourne, who profitable meeting. He invited many friends readily and cheerfully accepted his services, to meet us, and prayer was offered specially and he is gone off with him. We paid our for the friends and 'mission generally. Mr. steam-tug to pull them safe out of the harbour, Newbegin gave us an address on Monday and our ladies have made and presented the and Wednesday evenings, and we collected Captain with a new silk fag, with the Dove after the prayer-meeting £2 123., to pay har. and olive branch, which was waving in the bour dues. Several ladies of Mr. Hoare's breeze. I think it right to state that all our church sent to offer beds, or any other accom. friends have manifested a great deal of kind- modation, for our friends while they remained, ness, and a very deep interest in the mission but the members of my church and congregahas been felt. "The Rev. Edward Hoare, in. tion had made all necessary provision of every cumbent of Christchurch in the Vale, called kind. Our ladies began work, and furnished on me last Monday morning, and having ex. shirts for the three Africans on board, and on pressed his interest in the mission, invited the Thursday twenty met together to prepare a whole of the friends on board the “Dove" to box of clothing for Africa, and many presents take tea and spend the evening, with Mrs. were made. I think there was a kind proviWills and myself, at his house on Tuesday deace in the “Dove" visiting us.
We have received from Mr. WENGER, under date of October 7, 1848, the following information in reference to his labours. General Review.
Translations. I hope the review of this year may prove somewhat more cheering than that of the last The Sanscrit Old Testament is proceeding. two or three years. We have all been per- The printing has advanced to Joshua ix. The mitted to introduce into the churches rather New Testament, which we are now reprinting, more new members than usual. As far as I has advanced to the beginning of Mark; a am concerned, I must acknowledge that suc- new edition of the Bengali New Testament to teks is not owing to increased labour, but the beginning of Luke, and the carefully solely to the sovereign mercy of God, who revised Bengali Old Testament to the 2nd of ordains the seasons of spiritual as well as of Judges. temporal blessings.
BARISAL AND DACCA. It is not often that the stations above named are visited by missionaries of other societies than our own. They lie to the north-west of Calcutta, and out of the usual track of travellers. Recently, however, Messrs. Danforth and Stoddard, of the American Baptist Missionary Society, have visited these districts on their way to Assam. Extracts froin their journal cannot fail to interest our friends.
We have at length reached our long looked - and then again so narrow as scarcely to for home. We started from Calcutta on the admit a boat to pass us. Sometimes we 14th of April, in the steamer “ Jumsur," seemed to be in a small lake, then passed passed down the Hoogly until we reached into a little inlet, then crossed a large river ; Sauger Island, and then turned into the thus we continued our way for three or four " Sunderbunds.” Here, for the space of a hundred miles. The banks on either side wetk, were we passing to and fro in every were covered with a dense jungle. The possible direction, - now going north, now shrubbery is very low; but so thick as to soath -now east, and again west. Some- ren ler it impossible to penetrate it. It is times the river was five or six miles wide, inhabited only by wild beasts. Tigers are so numerous that it is dangerous for persons to of promise ! and yet the only missionary there go on shore.
They have in a few instances lies upon a sick bed, unable to do any thing ventured into the river and carried off natives for these precious souls. There is no misfrom their bonts. This singular place can sionary nearer than Calcutta on one hand, scarcely be called any thing else than the and Dacca on the other. Our hearts were Bay of Bengal, thickly studded with islands. filled with sympathy and sadness. After a The land is, probably, nothing more than a season of prayer, we left him to the care of deposit, brought from the country above. that Being who says, " I will never leave nor All the rivers in this region are exceedingly forsake you.” muddy, and ever changing their course. The Stopped over night at Dacca. Called on river may be traced out one year, and the brother Robinson, a missionary of the Baptist next season will find it completely filled up, Missionary Society. Having been in the misand a new channel cut out. "Hence the great sion for many years, he was able to give us difficulty of giving the topography of the much useful information. Were much interrivers. Two men, one on each side of the ested in an interview with father Leonard (an boat, were constantly employed in sounding, Irish missionary associated with brother Rofrom the time we left Calcutta till we reached binson). He is seventy-six years of age, but Gowahatti.
he still preaches : has been in the work fortyFormerly the Sunderbunds are said to have four years. How encouraging to see this old been inhabited; it is now nothing but a veteran, about to lay down his arms and resolitary waste. The atmosphere at certain ceive a crown of glory. His wife is still seasons of the year is almost death to the living. Dacca was once the capital of Bengal, traveller. Farther up we found the country and though it has lost much of its former densely populated in some places. The in- greatness, it still contains a large population, habitants are Bengalis.
together with numerous populous villages
around it. Yet there are but two missionaries Revival at Barisal— Dacca; a veteran
here. Four or five more could not meet its missionary.
The Romanists have planted them
selves here, and, as in all other places, are We stopped a few hours at Barisal (a very zealous for ihe mother church. station about 400 miles from Calcutta by After passing through many rivers, we at river). Went ashore and called on
a length reached the Brahmaputra. It is a brother missionary (Mr. Page) residing there. noble river, sometimes five or six miles in He was sent a short time since from Calcutta, width, with a very rapid current. The into gather in a harvest of souls, which the habitants of the populous villages thronged Lord had been preparing. About a year the banks, and gazed on us with wonder. since, a revival of religion commenced here Their degraded, miserable appearance called among the lowest castes, and 150 souls were loudly to us for pity and assistance. But hopefully converted. The instrumentality what could we do? Nothing but pass on, was so very small (there being no missionary and leave them to their destruction. There on the ground), that all were forced to ac- is not a missionary between Dacca and Goknowledge that it was of God. What a field wahatti, a distance of more than 400 miles.
A letter has been received from Mr. Parsons, dated the 8th of September, the following extracts from which will be interesting to our readers. Burth's Church History in Hindee. Mr. John Christian, who is a good Hindce
scholar. An edition of 1000 is being printed, An interval has occurred since my last 500 of which are the Tract Society's, on conletter to you longer by two mouths than I sideration of their furnishing, paper for the usually allow to elapse, I having had, iu both whole, and paying for the binding of their instances, hindrances to writing, which I hope own copies. The responsibility of the rest will be sufficient to exculpate me from the lies on me, for which I hope (D.v.) I shail charge of neglect. A good part of the month be able to provide. And as I have no idea of July I was using all the time I could of profit, but my earnest desire is to get the muster from out-door engagements in finishing information contained in the work speedily the translation of " Barth's Church History," into the possession of the native brethren, and which I was privileged to do on the 20th, yet experience seems to show that the gratuiwith the exception of having to finally correct tous distribution of books is not, at all times, the manuscript of the “ Fourth Period,” after desirable, but it is rather advisable to begin to revision by an esteemed member of our chureh, accustom our native brethren to purchase