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and in the afternoon Mr. Pike, of St. Mary's Gate, admivistered to us the Lord's-supper, and received the newly baptized into the Church. It was a day of good things.
YARMOUTH.—On Lord's day, March 10th, two females were received iato the Church, by baptism. It was a good day with us. The conviction, that baptism by immersion is the only baptism of the Scriptures, gains ground. We hare several serious inquirers, and one candidate.
BIRCHCLIFFE.-Ten persons were baptized at this place on Good Friday, April 5th.
MACCLESFIELD-On Lord's day, April 7th, after an excellent sermon by the Rev. J. Alcorn, of Gillbent, from Rom. vi. 1-4, our pastor, the Rev. J. Lindley, immersed four females, teachers in our Sabbath-school. The congregation was good, and deeply im. pressed. We have more inquiring their way to Zion.
BARTON.--On Lord's-day, March 17th, the ordinance of baptism was administered at this place to four males and ope female. Two of the males were Wesleyans, and will continue in fellowship with their old friends.
J. C. PinchBECK.-On Lord's day March 17th, the ordinance of baptisın was administered in the river Glen, wbich runs through this village, when three persons were baptized by Mr. Everard, of Gosberton, (Mr. Simons being unwell at the time.) The morning was very cold, the wind boisterous, and the waves violent; but the candidates attended to the ordinance with great comfort and peace. We have a few more candidates.
It may appear proper to state, that Mr. Simons, who is a member of the General Baptist Church at Louth, accepted an invitation from the friends here, to become their minister, and commenced his stated labors on the last Lord's-day in January; and the writer feels sincere pleasure in remarking, that a field of extensive useful. ness is before him : the ministry of the Gospel is attended by crowded congregations, who listen with the most marked and serious attention, and others would attend, could they be accommodated. Under these circum. stances it became a question of importance whether an attempt should not be made to provide for the accommodation of such, and on Monday evening, April 1st, a meeting was held, and the matter discussed, when John West, Esq., who attends with us, rose and offered to give a peice of land whereon to build a chapel, und £10. towards the erection; a subscription was commenced, and about fifty pounds promised at the meeting, and friends appointed to solicit further subscriptions.
B. P. NETHERSEAL.-On Sunday April 7th, four persons were baptized, and received into fellowship with the Church.
CASTLE DONINGTON.-Five persons were baptized in this place, on Lord's-day, April 7th, when Mr. Owen, delivered a discourse from 2 Cor. iv, 2.
COLLECTIONS RECEIVED, -
d. Burton on Trent
1 13 3 Retford
I 5 3 Barton
8 10 0 Special Subscriptions for the expenses of Furniture, &c., for the Academy. We have much pleasure in announcing the following sums, collected for this object :Nottinghan, Broad-street.
J. Heard, Esq. 20 0 0
Biddle 3 0 0
George Baldwin 2 0 0 Mrs. Elliott
0 0 Rooke
1 0 0
W. Harrison 0 10 0
0 10 0
0 10 0 A Friend
05 0...52 0 0 Barton.
3 0 0 Leicester, Dover street. Mr. Harvey
3 0 0 T. P. Hull 2 0 0 Groocock
2 0 0 A Friend 1 0 0... 8 0 0 Mr. Noble, Belgrave
5 0 0 Winks, Leicester
2 0 0 Crofts, Wolvey
LEEDS. Byron Street. We have had the pleasure of adding one person to our Church by baptism; another person was baptized but has not joined us.
We are looking up a little.
There is a manifest improvment in our congregation and Sabbath school.
T. L. DERBY, Sacheverel Street.-On Sunday, April 7th, nine were added to our number by baptism; four males and five females. In the morning, Brother Wilders, of Smalley, preached a convincing baptismal sermon, from Jer. vi. 16 “ Ask for the old paths.” Mr. Smith, minister of the place, gave an address to the candidates, and baptized;
PRAYER FOR LABOURERS. At a committee meeting of the our ministers generally would cheerGeneral Baptist Foreign Missionary fully concur in it. God has signally Society, held at Loughborough, on favored us in the laborers he has Monday, April 8th, it was determined, raised up for our Mission. We want that, as Mr. Buckley will go out more such. We want men such as alone, he should travel overland, pro- God will give; men whose minds are viding the expense would not be well furnished, whose hearts are warm materially increased. In the event of with love to God and compassion for this arrangement being carried into the perishing and the lost; men of effect, brother will not leave strong constitution, great courage, England until August next, instead of firm resolution, who are willing to June. His designation is to take spend and be spent for Christ. The place at Derby.
life of a devoted Missionary is no The fact, that, after having deter- sinecure; it is a life of labor ; it remined to send out five additional quires faith and patience; but it is a Missionaries to Orissa, and having life which angels might envy, and cherished the hope that two or three of which is the most honorable, as it is that number would go this year, the the most difficult, in which the minisCommittee are under the necessity of ter of Christ can engage. The
reports sending Mr. Buckley alone, and that we receive from Orissa, tell us that not because there is any fear of the the truth is felt among the Oreahs, requisite funds being supplied, but and its progress is certain, providing solely because of the absence of suit- we have the Missionaries to make it able and qualified applicants for mis- known. We have every encouragesionary labour,—engaged the serious ment in our work, but we want the attention of the Committee, and in
Is not the Redeemer saying to duced them to feel that it was incum- our Connexion, as regards Orissa, bent on them to draw the attention of “Lift up your eyes, and look on the the Churches to this subject, with a fields : for they are white already to view to excite the spirit of prayer to harvest.” “ And he that reapeth God, that he would raise up amongst receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit us labourers to enter into this impor- unto life eternal.” And shall we not, tant field. It was suggested as de- in this painful emergency, regard his sirable, that the ministers in our injunctions as to our proper conduct respective Churches should be affec- in it? He said unto his disciples, tionately requested to allude to this “ The harvest truly is plenteous, but subject in their discourses; and that the laborers are few; pray ye, therewhat is a duty at any time might not fore, the Lord of the harvest, that he at all times be omitted, it was agreed will send forth laborers into his to mention the first Lord's-day in harvest.” June as a period when the Society's Since writing these lines, the resodearth of Missionaries, and the impor- lutions of the Committee have been tance of prayer to the Lord of the received. harvest, on this special account, might “ Agreed, that, if Mr. Buckley can go be urged on the attention of our overland to India, with no very material Churches. This suggestion was made
addition of expence, he go that way.” under the conviction that God hears
"That his designation take place at prayer, and with the persuasion that Derby, on a Tuesday, about a fortnight
before his departure.”
“ That the Committee recommend with the Derby Foreign Missionary Auxiliary special prayer, at meetings called for were held on Lord's.day, the 24th. ult., and that purpose, on the Monday after the on the following Monday. On Lord's-day first Sabbath in June, that the Lord
two excellent sermons were preached in the would raise up and send forth persons
Mary's Gate Chapel, that in the morning
by the Rev. J. Wallis, of Leicester, and that suitably qualified as Missionaries, and also recommend that the attention of
in the evening by the Rev. I. Stubbins.
In the afternoon a service was held in Brook congregations be called to the subject Street Chapel, when Mr. Stubbins addressed on the Sabbath."
the Sabbath scholars, and other members of the juvenile association. The chapel was crowded to excess, and reminded many of
the happy Sabbaths they had spent within its MISSIONARY ANNIVERSARIES.
hallowed walls. On Monday evening the BIRMINGHAM. - Lord's day, March 17th,
Missionary meeting was held in Mary's 1814, sermons were preached at this place
Gate chapel. The Rev. J. G. Pike occupied on behalf of the mission, by Messrs Buckley
the chair, and annimating addresses were and Stubbins. On the following Tuesday
delivered by the Revds. J. Corbin, J. Buckevening, the public meeting was held. Mr.
ley, and I. Stubbins. The attendance was Hopkins in the chair. Resolutions were
exceedingly good; much interest was pro. moved and seconded by the Revds. J.
duced by the information communicated by Hammond, T. Morgan, Dr. Hoby, J. Buck
our estimable brother Stubbins, and those ley, H. Morgan, I. Stubbings and F. Cham.
feelings were excited which we trust will berlain.
issue in an increased attachment to the This was a very interesting anni. versary. Collections and subscriptions £46.
Missionary cause, and in a more vigorous 8s. 5d.
effort for its prosperity. The collections,
at the whole of the services, amounted to CRADELEY HEATH.-On Monday even. nearly £35. The juvenile association have ing, March 18th 1814., a missionary meeting raised during the year (including the collec. was held at this place, when the claims of tion on Sabbatlı afternoon) upwards of £20. the heathen were advocated by the Revds. G. Cheatle, J. Buckley, and I. Stubbins. The
LEAKE, WIMESWOLD, &c. - On Lord'sattendance was good, and considerable interest
day March 31, and the four following days, excited. Collection, £1. 12s. C. C. F.
a series of missionary services were held at
Leake, Wimeswold, Wysall, and West Leake, TICKNALL.-On Lord's day, Mar. 3, Rev. at which we were kindly assisted by the I. Stubbins preached at Ticknall, and on the
Revs. I. Stubbins, J. Buckley, J. Goadby, following evening, a missionary meeting was
E. Stevenson and R. Stocks. The weather held in the Wesleyan chapel, which was was delightfully fine, the congregations were kindly lent for the occasion, as it is much large, the interest excited was pleasing, and more convenient and larger than ours. The
the results we trust will be permanent. meeting was addressed by Revds. R. Stanion, Collections, and subscriptions for the year (chairman) W. Kluht, (Independent) J.
BAZAAR AT NEXT ASSOCIATION. another meeting was held at Hartshorn, in the Wesleyan chapel. Revds. R. Stanion, J. To the Editor of the Missionary Observer. Buckley, and Mr. J. H. Wood, addressed the DEAR SIR,-In reference to a notice on meeting. Brother Stubbins was not able to
the cover of your last, allow me to state, attend in consequence of indisposition. that the subject of a Missionary Bazaar at Collection, including Mr. Sharp's mission. the next Association, engaged the early ary box, £1. 16s. 7 d.
J. B. and anxious attention of our friends, and
had it been coucluded to hold one, they LOUGHBOROUGH, --The annual services in support of the General Baptist Mis
would have given timely notice of their intention in your pages.
Peculiar local sionary Society, were held on Sunday and Monday, April 7th, and 8th. On Sunday
circumstances, over which they had no conmorning a sermon was preached by the Rev.
trol, appeared to render the thing impracti. J. Farrant, and in the evening by the Rev.
cable, and therefore, though reluctantly, it I. Stubbins, late missionary in Orissa. The
was resolved to abandon the design. I public meeting was held the following even
believe our friends were the first to begin ing. the proceeds of the services amounted
this good work, and I need not say, that all to £16. 16s.
who know them believe that they would be
among the last causelessly to shrink from DERBY.--The annual services connected any benevolent exertion, or to grow weary
in well-doing. Trusting that those kind Gospel truth; and ere long they will traverse friends, who have been in the habit of con- the length and breadth of Southern America. tributing to our Missionary Bazaars, will be One of the next things you will hear of will enabled for this year to devise some other be, that converted hindoos are going to China, equally substantial way of testifying their Japan, and Western Tartary. The Gospel attachment to the cause of the heathen, and knows nothing of centralization, except as a that all who have been in the habit of means, a combination of intelligence and making purchases will contribute the amount piety, for its wider diffusion. The light of those purchases as an extra offering to cannot be confined under a bushel. The the collection, at the annual meeting of the negro said, “ The seed is sown; they cannot society, Believe me,
pick it up.” The leaven will ferment and Yours in Christiau bonds, expand; the seed will germinate and grow
J. C. Pike. into a tree; the child of our benevolence in Wisbech, April 11th, 1844.
the plains of India will not lose its energy ; the root of our missionary zeal, planted in the dreary jungles of Orissa, will not be
deprived of its vitality by our giving exercise APPEAL ON BEHALF OF CHINA. and expansion to that heaven-born charity
which requires the Gospel to be preached“ to March 15th, 1844.
every creature." MY DEAR SIR,-Remarks on the empire “ Who does not mourn over the mental of China, and the projected mission to that lethargy of China, and wish earnestly that pagan land, have occasionally and very some benevolent and persevering foreigners properly appeared in the pages of your would take the lead in enlightening that vast periodical. As some of your readers are pation ?" And why should not Britain be anxious to know more respecting the that honored nation ? Why should not land of Sinim," and the people; and, as British, baptized Churches, form the devoted some information on these subjects may be brotherhood to carry the glad tidings of interesting, and promote the extension of the heaven's mercy to this “world of souls ?" Redeemer's kingdom, I feel inclined, with “ China demands the attention of Christian your permission, to encourage the friends of philanthropists, with regard to the antiquity missions in their work and labour of love." of its origin, the extent of its territory, the “ He who will not give himself any concern amount of its population, and the advance of about an evil a thousand miles off, shall have its civilization. In nearly all these respects the calamity under his own table.”
we shall find that it rises superior to every My difficulty is compression. The field is other unevangelized country, and stands so wide, and the different aspects in which forward with a prominence which bespeaks China may be presented are so interesting it the greatest of pagan nations." Yet this and impressive, that I fear your patience and “world of souls” is emphatically without space will scarcely tolerate what might be God, alienated from Christ by the whims of usefully said. As you have Christian and its sceptical philosophers, and destitute of all missionary readers, the history and popula. hope by confining all its expectations to one tion of China; its religion and language; its of the grosser forms of a material fancy. moral condition; the obligation which rests Bewildered in the atheism of its own vain on baptized Churches to send them the Gos. philosophy, or perishing in the vile corruppel; and the prospects of success,-may tions imported ages ago from India in the perhaps be allowed a few of your valuable abominable idolatries of Budha, its millions pages. This letter will contain a few general are daily hastening to the tribunal of God, remarks. “My words are not selfish, but where atheism cannot find mercy, idolatry for the aid of the virtuous."
obtain remission, nor the impurities of paganThe General Baptist Orissa Mission is an ism pass unpunished. Study, my brother, honor to the Churches, and reflects great this great nation of intelligent and responsi. credit on the zeal and piety of our beloved ble beings, involved in the miseries of the missionaries. All things considered, it has suc- darkest unbelief, and employ your energies ceeded well. Our friends need help, and they to awaken our sympathies, and stimulate our should be sustained in their arduous under- energies, to send them the glorious Gospel taking; but the claims of China need not be of the blessed God. The children in our entirely overlooked. India and China are not Lord's-day schools might do very much for rivals. Missions to both would help Orissa China, if enlightened respecting its condition, rather than diminish its resources. The friends and their energies combined for this purpose. of India will feel for China; and the lovers of Then our regular resources might still be China will not forget India. Such is my applied to India. See the “ appeal for conviction. The enlightened negroes, from missionaries" in our March Repository, by the bloody scenes where slavery once tri. M. J. S. umphed, are now supplying Africa with “The Chinese empire occupies no inconsiderable space in our map of the earth's typing the thoughts of perishing millions, of surface, and fills up nearly the whole of their which they have gained possession. The own. No wonder, then, that the Chinese Word of God is not bound; the Gospel is for should consider their country as the middle the world's population ; for every creature, kingdom, including all within the four seas; dying, yet immortal! The Koran has been and that with them the world and their translated, and its follies exposed; the empire should be synonimous terms.” The Sanscrit, the sacred words of the east, has government of that country extends an influ- been conquered; and the abominations of the ence over nearly as much of the earth's Indian shasters have been brought to light. surface, and more of its population, than Hindooism totters, and Juggernaut is shaken. either England or Russia, and makes its Now the mysterious symbols of “the emorders heard and obeyed from Peking to pire of ten thousand ages,' have been deE-le, and from the capital to Canton, amongst ciphered; and a Morrison, or a Marshman, several millions of people. By its new will ere long declare to the millions of China, accessions of territory, China has come into in their own venerable and venerated tongue, the neighbourhood of the British possessions; the wonders of redeeming grace. Japan will and, though originally so distant from us, be opened, too, and that voice of mercy will seems to shake hands across the Himalaya be beard on the rocky mountains and deso. mountains, and invite western nations to late hills of the empire of the rising sun. publish amongst them the glad tidings of Soon, we hope, the cry will be heard, 'Come joy, which shall be to all people. The “son over to China, to Japan, and help us. Come of heaven” has maintained absolute and and hold forth the word of life, lest we die!'' unlimited sway over the materialized children “Who will go for us? and whom shall we of “the celestial empire,” and barred her send ?” Who will now say, “Here am I; massy gates against the seductive influence send me?" “God shall enlarge Japhet, and of“ barbarous” Europeans; but “the heathen he shall decree in the tents of Shem,” Let have raged, and the people imagined a vain “the half-tribe of Manassuth send forth thing!" War is hateful, and deeds of blood labourers into this vast harvest, and soldiers' are revolting to every Christian heart; yet of the cross, who will study 'to please the God has everruled the wars of contending great Captain of their salvation.'" The nations, and the selfish policy of human conflict is severe, but the victory is sure. governments, to throw down the barriers
I remain yours truly, which prevent human intercourse, and to
PHILANTHROPOS. rge the kingdom of the Prince of love
“ I have set my kingdom upon my holy hill of Zion; will declare the LECTURE ON BRITISH INDIA.— An interdecree : the Lord has said unto me, 'Thou esting lecture on this subject, was delivered art my son; this day have I begotten thee. on Monday evening, in the British School. Ask of me, and I will give thee the heathen room, Chesterfield, by the Rev. J. Peggs, for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of Ilkeston, formerly a missionary in Orissa. of the earth for thy possession.”
The lecturer commenced by remarking on China's pride has been subdued; she is the enormous extent of the territory called possessed by British power to some extent; British India, which was 2000 miles square, and Providence has opened a door before the and contained no less than forty different paChurches of Britain. The sons of science, tions. He went on to sketch the manners and and the merchants of our cities, will be eager customs of the people of Madras and Orissa, to enter, to realize fame and amass wealth. describing minutely their style of dress, of Shall not the children of the Redeemer's living, of speech; the servile condition of kingdom, constrained by the love of Jesus, the women; the institution of caste; the hasten to publish glad tidings, and to realize babarous practice of infanticide, &c. He the triumphs of grace in the conversion of observed that he had been present at a the benighted milllions in “ the land of “ suttee," a burning of a widow with the Sinim ?”' Near to China is the empire of dead body of her husband, of which he gave the rising sun, the Japan Islands, containing an affecting description. The lecturer gave 25,000,000 of pagans: and can the mandate an interesting account of Juggernaut, which of an heathen emperor long continue to he had visited on several occasions. After exclude the light of life, whose enlivening a brief sketch of the rise of British power in beams will soon gild the whole of the Indian India, the lecturer concluded by warmly Archepelago, which borders on its shores ? recommending the interests of the Christian The monopoly of paganism must fall before mission in that vast country to his auditory, the science of revealed truth. Commercial observing that the subjugation of India by restrictions cannot long bind the fetters Britain was doubtless intended by God to be of a pagan people, where education pre- a means of spreading the light of Christian vails. Pagan priests and heathen philoso- truth among the benighted millions of its phers have no heavenly patent for stereo- population.