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way of salvation, to give himself to his through the Divine blessing, have been the Redeemer, and enjoy his pardoning love. means of producing a pleasing revival.
D. W. Five persons have been added by baptism ; BAPTISMS.
one restored, and many appear to be deeply
concerned. A few are waitiog for baptism, WOLVERHAMPTON.-On Lord's-day, Mar. and some who have formerly wandered, at. 3rd, 1844, six persons were added to our tend the services of the sanctuary with apChurch; four by baptism, and two who stood parent profit. We have enjoyed the assistas members of other Churches. Mr. Shore ance of brother Fogg at some of our preached and baptized in the afternoon, when services. May many such seasons of grace our chapel was crowded to excess, and many be afforded to our Churches. W. G. were deeply affected ; and in the evening he administered the Lord's-supper. This was
Louth.—On a recent Thursday evening, a day of good things. We are happy in
six persons were baptized at this place by having to state, that since brother Shore
Mr. Cameron. Mr. Kiddall preached from
Romans vi. 17. came amongst us, our cause has assumed a most pleasing aspeet; numbers HALIFAX. On Lord's day morning have taken sittings. Our prayer.meetings March 10th, 1844, our minister, Mr. F. are well attended. As a Church we cannot Smith, delivered an excellent discourse, on but express our gratitude, through the medium the design of baptism, from Rom. vi. 3, 4. of the Repository, to the Conference and After which he immersed one male and six Connexion, for engaging to render us some females, in the presence of a numerous conassistance towards the support of our pastor. gregation.
D. W T. ALLEN, Deacon.
DISMISSAL. MEASHAM.-On Lord's day, March 3rd, four persons submitted to the ordinance of baptism, and received the right hand of
QUEENSHEAD,-On Lord's-day, February fellowship.
18th seven scholars were publicly dismissed
from the General Baptist School at this place. KIRTON-IN-LINDSAY. Revival and Bap- The minister, after preaching from Proverbs tism.-" The Lord hath done great things for i. 10, “My son, if sinners entice thee, con. us.” We were ready, at the close of 1843, to sent thou not,” and giving suitable advice, hang our harps on the willows; but a series presented each of them with a copy of the of extra meetings, commencing Dec. 31, Holy Scriptures.
MR. WILKINSON'S HEALTH. with you." It is scarcely necessary for me A letter of Mr. Sutton's, dated Dec. 17th, contributions of any friends for this impor
to add, that I shall gratefully receive the 1843, contains the following information re. specting Mr. Wilkinson :
tant object, the re-erection of a house for
God in a place wholly given to idolatry. “I have a note before me from Miss Derry, in which she says, 'Mr. Wilkinson
The probable expense will be about £80. is like a new man; he is able to go to the
It will gratify all your readers to learn that
the health of brother W. continues greatly bazaar daily, and preach in the Oreah. Mrs. W. and the baby are getting on nicely.""
Believe me, dear brother,
RE-BUILDING OF THE CHAPEL AT
LEICESTER.-Sermons on behalf of the DEAR BROTHER,– Will you oblige me Mission were delivered in the General by inserting in your next, the following Baptist chapels, Friar-lane, Archdeaconbrief extract from a letter recently received lane, and Dover-street; on Lord's-day Feb. from brother Wilkinson:-“ We are just 25, by brethren Pike, Stubbins, and Buck. going to rebuild the chapel at Berhampore : ley. The united public meeting was held you doubtless heard of its being destroyed. in Dover street chapel, on Monday evening. We begin to build in faith: you must beg The Rev. J. Wallis, tutor of the Academy, money for this purpose, and bring it out presided : addresses were delivered by the
above brethren, and the pastors of the by a visit from our beloved brethren Stubbins Churches. The interesting and spirit- and Buckley, on Wednesday, March 13th. stirring address of brother Stubbins, was Several kind friends gratuitously provided listened to with profound attention, and, trays for a tea meeting, at which about 200 it is hoped, his earnest appeals for aid to persons attended. After tea a meeting was the missionary cause, will not be in vain. held in the chapel, where an audience of Collections, &c., upwards of £100.
400 at least were delighted with addresses Whetstone.—On the following evening Buckley, and Stubbins. A more interesting
from Messrs. Stanion, Kluht (Independent), a missionary meeting was held in this
meeting has not been held here for many chapel; this being a branch of the Doverstreet Church, several friends from Leicester
years : lively gratification, generous sym: were present. Addresses were delivered by
pathy, tender emotion, appeared alternately
The the pastor, Messrs. Orton, and Pegg, stu.
to beam from every countenance. dents, and by brethren Stubbins, and Buck
immediate results of the meeting are, an ley. The statements of Mr. Stubbins
increased interest in the mission, & more
ardent affection for brethren Stubbins and awakened a lively interest. Col. £l 14.
Buckley, and a renewal of confidence in KEGWORTH.—A large and lively mission. them as missionaries, ten pounds to the fund ary meeting was held in the General Bap- for additional missionaries, and the promise tist chapel at this place, on Wednesday of a double barreled gun* for brother evening Feb. 27. Brot! Stubbins was Buckley. absent on account of indisposition. Effective addresses were delivered by Messrs. Wilders,
DONINGTON AND SAWLEY.—The anni. Buckley, and the Secretary. It is hoped the
versary sermons, for the Foreign Mission missionary spirit will revive in all our
were delivered in these places by brethren
Stubbins and Buckley, on Lord's - day, Churches.
March 10. A delightful missionary meetBURTON-ON-TRENT. Our missionary ing was held at Donington, on Monday anniversary was held on Sunday and Mon. evening. Mr. Owen presided. Addresses day, Feb. 18, 19. On Sunday afternoon, were delivered by the chairman, brethren our excellent friend Mr. Stubbins delivered Buckley, Pike, Goadby, Stubbins, and an interesting address to the children and a Wesleyan brother. On the following teachers of the Sunday school. In the eren. evening a meeting was held at Sawley, when ing he preached a very appropriate and im. Mr. Keetley presided, and addresses were pressive sermon to a full congregation, who delivered by the above brethren, with the went away delighted, resolving to be present exception of the secretary. It is pleasing to on the Monday night. The public meeting add that the collections in this Church are was unusually well attended, and improving, and that zeal for the mission, suitably and efficiently addressed by Mr. keeps pace with the improvement of the Stubbins, Mr. Pike, of Derby, Mr. Josiah Church. A benevolent friend, who last year Pike, and Mr. Buck, of Burton, (Indep.) liberally subscribed £20 to the fitting up of The people were much interested and pro- the binding office at Cuttack, has this year nounced it one of the best meetings they munificently devoted £100 for the assistance had ever attended. Collections and sub. of the mission. scriptions for the year, between £28 and £29, considerably better than last year. J. S. LONGFORD, first Church. — A more in.
POSITION AND CLAIMS OF OUR teresting missionary meeting than the one
MISSION. held in our chapel, March 5th, 1844, has not taken place for these eight or ten years past.
The following circular from the committee
has been sent to all our Churches. It is Indeed it reminded us of days and seasons long since passed away. Then such oppor
thought desirable that it should appear in tunities were hailed as some of the most
this publication. We trust it will be profavored means connected with our little hill
ductive of great good.-ED.
DEAR BRETHREN.- We have received of Zion. In the afternoon brother Pike
from our beloved and laborious Brother preached a very excellent discourse, from John i. 14. In the evening a crowded and
Sutton, an earnest appeal in behalf of our
interesting Indian Mission. He appeals to very attentive auditory listened with thrilling interest to the addresses delivered by brethren
us, and he appeals to you for help, and his Chapman, Shaw, Buckley, Stubbins, and the
statements prove how greatly that help is
needed, yet while entreating help, he seems secretary. We are happy to say, that our collections and subscriptions have nearly
to write in almost a desponding strain, and doubled this year, being upwards of £25.
*This is a necessary part of the travelling MELBOURNE. - Missionary tea meeting.
furniture of some of our Missionaries, who are
often, on their tours, dependent on a fowling. The friends of the mission here were cheered peice for their subsistence.-ED.
has had, alas ! too much reason for such “ I could not have believed ten years ago despondency. Listen to his statements. that in 1813, notwithstanding all the cheering
“In sending home our annual report, prospects around we should be so I feel as if I could not complete my task, hampered on every side for want of men to without calling your special attention to the occupy our few stations, or to enter on new present state of the Mission.
and promising fields of labour. But the fact “Midnapore is again without a Missionary. is so, and now it becomes to me a painful
“ Khunditta. This post is at present question, whether as a professedly Mission. destitute.
ary body, we ought not to acknowledge our “Cuttack. Here are brother Lacey and unworthiness, and invite other Christians to myself, with Mr. Brooks in the Printing come and share the delightful task of giving Office, and more I suppose we cannot expect. to these dying myriads, the bread of life. But it should be borne in mind, that Mr. Let the members of our society travel in Lacey is the only labourer among the people; imagination, inile by mile, from Midnapore and the growing Church, widely scattered, to Berhampore, right and left, glancing at the requires much of his time. Whether I shall thousands of clustering villages, and the ever be less tied to home is doubtful. If we several large cities in their way, then let receive the contemplated addition of fifty them stretch their vision over the bills and Kbund Girls, we shall need assistance, for jungles, tracts for hundreds of miles north the health and strength of my beloved wife, and west, let them think of the large tribes are totally inadequate to any additional of Sabaras, Bhumijas, Santals, Khunds, and labour.
Coles, for whom no man careth, and to “ Ganjam or Berhampore must be also whom no messenger of Christ has been sent, reckoned destitute; brother Wilkinson yet then let them look at the few men they wavers as to where he ought to settle.
support, while they might easily support a “Choga is presenting an interesting field, much larger number, would all and each full of promise, and calls for frequent and assist; let them look at our schools, which diligent cultivation.
demand to be supported with vigour; at our “Pipply, &c., remains still unoccupied, rising churches, some with no shepherd for because we have not the men to send.
the little dock; at our young men with no “ The whole Khund country needs a adequate system of means employed to make Missionary to seek its welfare.
them fit successors of our native preachers ; “ I have thought upon the field of labour at our stations in part unoccupied, or just before us, and the responsibility which rests kept up, and when they have done this upon us to cultivate it, till my feelings have thoughtfully, as Christians hastening to assumed rather the character of despondency eternity, let them in the attitude of prayer than of hope. Not that we have any reason before God, ask what the Lord would have to despair of the most complete and enlarged them to do. success, could we bring to bear and sustain “ Is not the cause worth this? Does not among the people the ordinary and estab. the case of these dying multitudes demand lished means of Evangelization, but because this? Does not the fact of your Mission of the inadequacy of our employment of being so reduced as to labourers, some of those means, and because of the coldness, whom from their length of service it were with which our appeals for further aid, and unwise to reckon upon for much longer more generous co-operation on the part of continuance, make this imperative at your our denomination have been met. We have hands? furnished much pecuniary aid ourselves, bare “ Nor would I rest satisfied in pressing the had generous friends raised up at home and enquiry before God on the members of our abroad, but as it would seem without kindly Churches generally, but in addition and in generous enthusiasm in thousands of the
an especial manner, urge it upon the hearts members of our body. This leaves the and consciences of our young preachers and conviction in my mind that our
students. While they believe that Christ has no place in the sympathies of died for all and commanded his gospel to be number of our people. Notwithstanding preached to all, let them answer, why are all the aid obtained in various ways from they seeking a settlement at home-what do abroad, and in money, tracts, Bibles, schools, they hope to gain by it, what to avoid by it? and notwithstanding our members have been Do they think their course ensures their doubled, we have fewer Missionaries appointed Master's smile? Are there not others to do by our society, than we had in 1828. It is their work at home, while there are none to true that, poorly qualified as we feel our. do it abroad? Is not a “ Well done,” selves to be, we strive to grapple with our though it follow an early grave, enough for difficulties and meet our pressing necessities, a servant of Christ? Come my dear brethren, but how imperfectly is much of our work come over and help us! I invite you, it may accomplished ! and how much are we obliged be, to toil and sorrow and sickness perhaps, to refrain even from attempting !
but I invite you certainly to a work angels
might love to do; I invite you to honors no existing stipulations between certain Indian calling on earth can rival: I invite you to authorities and the British Government; usefulness, no labours elswhere can ensure; and further stating, that“ pilgrim-hunters” I invite you to an enterprize whose founder
-persons inciting others to pilgrimages to is Christ, whose first friends were his apostles, Juggernaut-were encouraged by the Governwhose witnesses are in heaven, whose trophies ment; and that parties, employed in our are found among men of every clime and police there, were in the habit of persuading race, and to have been associated with which
people to participate in the service of that will, I doubt not, through eternity, be deemed idolatrous worship. Immediately on the the most exalted characteristic of a Christ- publication of that pamphlet, a despatch had ian man."
been transmitted to the Governor-General, Christian brethren and sisters, the fervent enclosing a copy of it-positively enjoining and stirring remarks of our brother are, alas! that none of our Indian police should be em. true. The Connexion does little for the ployed in inducing, still less in enforcing, millions of India compared with what its involuntary service of the Hindoo idol. In. numbers might perform. Many Churches quiries had also been made as to the existence raise nothing for the Mission. In the income
of any stipulation between the Indian Goof the last year, no contribution was included
vernment and any Indian authorities as to from forty eight Churches. It is true two the continuance of some allowance for the or three of these may have raised something support of that idol. Hitherto no reply had which was not remitted in time to appear been received to this communication; but in the accounts, and several of them are when it was received he should be ready to small Churches, yet in the whole they lay it before the House. return above three thousand two hundred members, the far greater part of whom regularly and entirely neglect the dying
OREAH EVENING HYMN. milions of the heathen world. In many cases friends to religion that are not actually
The following is from brother A. Sutton. members of Churches contribute freely to
He says, as to an application from the Madras the Mission, so that what may be announced government, “I fancy we shall not obtain the as received from any Church, is by no
children from the Madras government. They means to be considered as contributed by its
have given no answer to our application, and members only, yet were the whole that is
I learn, that Captain M. has given away all contributed derived from the members only,
the children to Hindoos and Mussalmen, with the average contribution in a number of
very few exceptions. Nor bave we received instances would be distressingly small. With
any other Khund children from our commisall the aid received from public collections
sioner. Just to fill up the sheet, I transcribe and contributions of friends who are not
a literal translation of the “ Oreah Evening members, the contributions from three
Hymn,” which our children usually sing at Churches, by no means small ones, amount
evening worship. not to an average of three-pence, a member O Jehovah ! listen to prayer; yearly, from another not to four-pence, from
Keep our souls in peace thy sacred footstool six others not to six-pence, from four others
(Chorus.*) not to eight-pence, from nine others, partly large and flourishing Churches, not a shilling,
Lord, our evening song of praise, and from six others not to eighteen-pence.
We to thee devoutly raise; All these profess to prize the Gospel, and to Bid thy holy light on us in radiance appear be anxious for the diffusion of its blessings; To thy guardianship divine, and is this all that the claims of millions
Soul and body we resign; dying in sin demand, and that the love of
Safe from every evil, Lord, O thou wilt keep Christ deserves ?
us there. To be continued.
While in this vain world we stay,
May we never from thee stray;
By day, by night, may we to thy blest feet BRITISH SUPPORT OF IDOLATRY
repair. IN INDIA.
In a world of sin we're born, In reply to a question proposed by Sir R. Works of merit we have none; Inglis, March 15, Sir R. Peel said, that Be propitious; let us in thy merey share. in the course of the last session a pamphlet had been published (by a Mr. Strachan, wo
Holy Saviour! toward thee
May our faith still firmer be ; [ensnare. believe), stating, among other things, that a
So shall no device of Satan e'er our souls sum of 56,000 rupees were annually paid by the Indian Government for the support of
* Repeated after every verse. The hymn is in the idol Juggernaut, and in consequence of this precise measure.
The meetings of the anniversary of this Society will be held as follows.
On WEDNESDAY, April 17, a Lecture will be delivered on Ireland, and its claims on Christian sympathy and effort, at the Hall of Commerce, Threadneedle Street, by the Rev. J. W. MASSIE, A.M., of Manchester.
On TUESDAY EVENING, the 23rd, at six, the Public Meeting will be held also at the Hall of Commerce. JOSEPH TRITTON, Esq., of Battersea, in the chair.
Some persons are much engaged in forming unions for various important purposes; others are seeking to destroy those which already exist. Some are saying, we have too much union; others tell us we have not enough, and never can have too much. It is a subject, therefore, of considerable importance. It is exciting great attention in these times; and, certainly, if the word of God be deemed an authority on such a question, few questions are of deeper moment. How earnestly Jesus laboured to promote it! How earnest and importunate his prayers for its success and extension ! “ That they all may be one; as thou Father art in me, that the world may know that thou hast sent me.”
Dear friends, there is little union in Ireland. Party spirit rages fiercely. Protestant against catholic, and catholic against protestant. The members of the endowed church are taking up a hostile position against dissenters. Those who possess civil rights and political influence and power, are trying to prevent the extension of them to their fellow citizens. The rich and poor are widely separated, not more in circumstances than feeling. There is little sympathy between them. The mass of the people are united on one object, the repeal of the union between their own country and Great Britain. All admit the undesirableness of such a step; but plead for it on the ground of necessity. But even on this subject there is not a hearty union one sentiment and one feeling. Though the whole land is in a state of submission to Antichrist, and the people love their bondage too well, yet rents and divisions are seen even here. All is in commotion. The deadly uniformity of stagnation is broken. Ripples appear on the surface, betokening the coming breeze. The dead sea of spiritual lifelessness and mental degradation is at last moved! Tell it through the land, the Bible is no longer a prohibited book ; nay, more, it is a RECOMMENDED BOOK!
And how should British Christians regard this scene of agitation ? Are they to look on, and fold their arms, and take no interest in the spectacle? Are they to be still when mind and heart, so long benumbed and prostrate, are beginning to show signs of life? We know what
say. You are eager to assure us of your willingness to help us. Ireland's woes, and wrongs, and wants, have never been faithfully exhibited to our British churches, without awakening the deepest interest, and calling into exercise Christian liberality.
Friends of Christ! we speak to you through this medium, whom we can address in no oiher way. A great crisis is at hand. You have the means of healing the waters of strife. As there are no bonds so firm, no union so perfect and lasting, as that cemented by Christian love, we call you to the high purpose of uniting Ireland to England by this tie. Who will now say, " the time is not