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appointed, and Mr. T. Stevenson appointed the hospitality of the Wisbech friends was Secretary
gratefully acknowledged at the close of the Messrs. R. Clarke, B. Gray, and R. Seals, sittings. Sermons were preached during the were appointed on the Foreign Mission Com. Association, by brethren Butler, Underwood, mittee, in the place of those who retired, and and J. Wigner, of Lynn. John Heard, Esq., and Mr. R. Seals, were The following are the Statistics of the appointed auditors. The report of the Connexion, for the year, as nearly as we can Academy, read by Mr. Goadby, was adopted ; at present ascertain :Messrs. S. Hull, W. Wilkins, and W.
Additions by baptism
1,184 Stevenson, sen., placed on the Committee ; and Messrs. Fred. Ewen, and T. Burditt,
Teachers appointed classical examiners, and Mr. Jones,
3,591 of March, the theological examiner for next
Total number of members 17,464 year. The Secretaries and Treasurer were
Last Year re-elected. The Tutor and Committee were
17,076 advised to consider the propriety and practi
388 cability of the students attending the lec. tures at the Leicester Proprietary school. The reports of the various Home Mission
GENERAL BAPTIST ACADEMY. — The anstations were read and adopted. An excellent
nual meeting of the Committee and subscri. letter on brotherly love," was read by
bers to this Institution, was held at Wisbech, brother Hunter, for which he was cordially on Wednesday, June 26. The Report of the thanked; it was ordered to be printed in the
Institution, prepared by the Secretary, with minutes, and an impression of 5000 to be
that of the brethren who had attended the printed for sale and distribution, in a separate
examination of the students, was read and form. The subject of the next circular
adopted. From this document it appeared, letter, is, “ Scriptural views of the ordinances that the course of studies pursued under the and institutions of the Gospel, and the bane.
present Tutor, (who is exclusively devoted to ful tendency of the popish perversion of
the duties of his office,) is more extended them, now widely spreading in our country;"
and liberal, than at any previous period in and brother Pike, of Derby, was requested
the history of the Institution. The circum. to write it. The cases of Smeeton, Earl- stance of Mr. Wallis being relieved from the Shilton, Pinchbeck, and Carley-street, Leices. care of a Church, places him in a position ter, were recommended to the pecuniary sup
far more advantageous than that occupied by port of the Churches.
former Tutors. His peculiar aptitude for Mr. J. Stevenson moved, and Mr. Burns
his present engagements, and the ease and seconded, that, “We have witnessed with de- promptitude with which he entered at once vout satisfaction and delight, the formation of into the very efficient course of instruction the British Anti-State-Churches Association adopted, cannot but be gratifying to all who —that we cordially sympathize in its spirit
wish for a well-instructed ministry. and design, and earnestly recommend its objects
At this meeting letters of thanks were and measures to the prayerful, zealous, and
presented from Mr. Horsefield, who is gone persevering attention and co-operation of
to serve the Church at Wendover; and from all our Churches." Mr. Goadby moved, as an
Mr. Orton, who is serving the Church at amendment, and it was seconded, that the
Morcott and Barrowden ; and an application question be deferred until the next Associa- from Mr. Lewitt, who is supplying the Church tion. A very animated discussion ensued, at Coventry, for a longer period of study. in which the original motion was supported
The students admitted on the Institution, by Messrs. J. Stevenson, Burns, J. Wherry,
who enter after the vacation, are, Mr. J. C. Winks, T. Stevenson, and others; and the Sarjant, Mr. J. A. Jones, Mr. Greenwood, amendment, by Messrs. J. G. Pike, Goadby,
and Mr. C. Springthorpe. Bulter, C. Pike, Jones, &c. It was ultimately May I be permitted to add, Mr. Editor, carried, on a division, in which there were
that the Institution is invested with the very 5l for the original motion, 31 for the
strongest claims on the sympathies, prayers, amendment, and five neutral. A resolution and liberality of the Churches, and to exwas passed, recommending the Churches in press my hope that it may supply our Concircumstances to do it, to support the schools
nexion with a succession of efficient minconducted on the system of the British and
isters of the Word of life, and that its Foreign School Society. The next Associa- revered president may be long preserved as a tion to be at Friar lane, Leicester : brethren guide to the rising ministry, and a blessing Burditt, of Long-Sutton, and Burton, of
to the General Baptist Body. C. S. Portsea, to preach : in case of failure, brethren Carey Pike, of Wisbech, and T. GENERAL BAPTIST FOREIGN MIssionHoe, of Spalding. A great amount of good ARY SOCIETY.-At a meeting of the comfeeling pervaded the various meetings, and mittee held at Loughborough, on Wednesday July 17, 1844, a letter was read from J. suitable missionaries, and to bless their W. Alexander, Esq., in reference to the efforts; the Committee earnestly recommend Calcutta station; his intention not being to it to the Churches generally to make it a continue the entire support of the station, matter of special prayer that suitable la. after the time specified. Mr. A., however, borers may he raised up; that a more abun. hopes that the labor bestowed on the Oreahs dant blessing may attend the labors of our in and about Calcutta has not been in vain. brethren in Orissa- and that the commence
Mr. Hudson.-A letter was read from one ment of our missionary efforts in China, of the secretaries of the Bible Society, offering may be under his special guidance and to supply brother H. with Chinese Scrip. blessing." tures, &c., A letter of a similar kind was also received from the Tract Society, offering
THE MISSIONARY Box sent from Notting. to supply the Chinese missionary with their ham, for the native preachers, &c., included, publications. A variety of information was together with many other things, thirteen given in reference to the best time for the de. separate parcels, each addressed to one of the parture of Mr. Hudson for China; when it native preachers, and containing for the was ascertained that there are ships sailing preacher, & good scarlet woollen frock, a for China every month, and that the best scarlet worsted cap, a scarlet comforter for time for sailing, is, April, May, or Jan- the neck, and a pair of woollen gloves; and uary, and that the summer months were for the preacher's wife, a piece of good un. least eligible. After considerable conversa
bleached calico, seven yards long; a work-bag, tion, it was resolved unanimously,—
in which were put, six metal table spoons, “ That the Committee think it desirable, one pair of scissars, several thimbles of differif possible, to send another brother to China ent sizes, bodkins, needle book and needles, with brother Hudson, and settle, that if there pincushion and pins, tape, thread, in balls and be a reasonable prospect of getting one,
on reels, &c., &c. Most of these thirteen brother Hudson may continue to January parcels, if not the whole of them, contained as the latest time for his departure; but that
also an affectionate note, addressed, by the if no prospect of obtaining a fellow-laborer party sending, to the individual native preacher appears, he shall then be at liberty to go for whom the parcel was intended; and exabout October, in the same vessel with Mr. pressive of christian sympathy, brotherly kindFairbrother."*
ness, and the most affectionate hopes and Mr. R. Ingham.—A letter from Mr. R. wishes concerning them, both as to the preIngham, of Bradford, which arrived too late sent and the future. for the last meeting, being read; in which
In addition to these thirteen parcels, there our brother expressed his readiness to go to were five others, each containing a similar China, rather than the mission should be suit of warm clothing, intended for other given up; the Committee resolved, that they native preachers, or left to the disposal of would be “ very happy to have brother i. our European missionary brethren, as they engaged as a fellow.laborer with brother may think proper; and, in addition to these, Hudson, and should the difficulties in his there were considerable quantities articles way be so far removed, that he can make an of the peculiar manufacture of Nottingham, unconditional offer of his services, they
for our European missionary sisters ; also would most gladly receive it.” The Com- various articles in cutlery and hardware, for mittee so fully approve of Mr. I., that they the missionary families; with penknives, will not look out elsewhere, so long as there quills, and stationary, for the schools; and is any hope of Mr. ngham's going; and a pins, needles, tapes, thread, scissors, thim. vote to that effect was passed.
bles, &c., &c., for the girls and females of the Missionary Designation. It was also asylum. There was also included a tin box, arranged that brother Hudson's designa- containing a very valuable present of iron. tion take place at Loughborough, about mongery, cutlery, &c.; sent by our esteemed a fortnight previous to his departure, and brother Ashton, of Louth. I think I am that a valedictory service be held at Ænon right in the name, and I do not know chapel, to be arranged by brethren Burns, whether there were any other persons associ. Stevenson, and Underwood.
ated in the sending of this box or not. Want of Missionaries. The paucity of
B. W. suitable laborers was again referred to; and
THE LINCOLNSHIRE CONFERENCE after some serious conversation, the following
held at Whittlesea, June 6th. Brother Yates resolution was adopted :
of Fleet, preached in the morning, from Matt. “Feeling how entirely we depend on the
xiii. 41. Fifty two persons were reported as Great Head of the Church to raise up
baptized since the last Conference, viz., at Castleacre, twenty-three; Chatteris, two;
Fleet, four; Lincoln, three; Morcott, one; * Mr. Fairbrother is connected with the Lon. don Missionary Society, and is expecting to
Pinchbeck, six; Spalding, six; Stamford, sail early in the Autumn.
three; St. James, three; Whittlesea, one.
The annual report of the treasurer of the wood, Yorkshire ; the collections amounting Home Mission was received, and grants were to the liberal sum of £23, 15s. 4 d. It is made to the stations at Stamford and Castle. pleasing to add that as our school increases, acre, for the ensuing year. The newly the funds supplied by the kindness of our formed Church at Pinchbeck, of which Mr. friends have been augmented. In 1842, 3, Simons is the minister, applied to be admit- and 4, our numbers were 200, 240, 283; and ted into the Conference, and was received. our collections £11. 13s. 64; £17. Os. 24 ; The following resolution on the subject of and £23. 15s. 44. THOMAS Booth. daily education, was unanimously adopted by
BAPTISMS. the meeting “ That this Conference recom. mends the Churches of the district, to keep
MANSFIELD.—On Lord's-day, June 23rd, in view the importance of providing daily
1844, six candidates, (two of whom were education for the children in the Sabbath.
Wesleyans,) were baptized in the reservoir,
about a mile from the town. schools; and where daily schools are re
An appropriate quisite, would decidedly recommend their sermon was preached on the subject by the establishment, upon the broad principles of
water side, by the minister, the Rev. J. Wood, the British and Foreign School Society, in
previous to the administration of the ordi. preference to denominational effort.” The
From five to six thousand individunext Conference to be at Stamford, on
als were supposed to be present on the Thursday, September 26th. Brother Maddeys, occasion, to witness the solemn ordinance. of Gedney Hill, to preach.
In the evening the candidates for fellowship J. C. PIKE, Secretary.
were publicly received, and the day was one
of unusual excitement and interest. CHAPELS.
WOLVERHAMPTON.-On Lord's day July 7, EARL SHILTON.-- This place of worship,
six persons, (females,) were baptized and which has been rebuilt and considerably en- added to the Church. larged, was re-opened for Divine worship, on
LONGFORD.—June, 1844, after a discourse Tuesday, July 9th, and on Lord's-day, July
by Mr. Chapman, on the subject and mode of 14th, 1844. On Tuesday, the devotional ex
Christian baptism, delivered to a respectable ercises were conducted by Messrs. Dicks,
congregation, (so far at least as (Independent minister, of Earl Shilton,)
bers are concerned,) we adjourned to Beales, of Leicester; Knight, of Wolvey, and
usual place, the canal, where an immense Cotton, of Barlestone; and sermons were
concourse of spectators were already assempreached in the morning and afternoon by
bled. Mr. Goadby, of Leicester; and in the evening usually felt on such occasions,
What added greatly to the interest
was the by Mr. Green. On the Lord's-day, Mr. Wigg,
circumstance of there being a baptism at of Leicester, preached in the afternoon, and
the same time and place, connected with our Mr. Cheatle, of Birmingham, in the evening.
other friends, at Union Place chapel ; but no Mr. Jarrom, of Northampton, and Mr.
inconvenience arose from this interesting Smith, of Hinckley, prayed. Messrs. Winks,
fact. Mr. Shaw delivered the address, and Verow, and Chamberlain, gave
out the hymns. The congregations were good, and
Mr. Chapman gave out the hymn, and then the collections liberal, amounting to £42.
immersed six persons, one male and five females.
J. WRIGHT. May the Lord send prosperity!
SHEFFIELD.-On Lord's day, June 16th, ANNIVERSARIES.
1844, the infant cause at this place received WOLVERHAMPTON.-On Lord's-day, June
into its fellowship, three individuals by 23rd, 1844, sermons were preached in be. baptism. Our respected brother Bott, of half of our Sunday School, by the Rev. M.
Wimeswould, was supplying us at the time, Shore, and the Rev. J. G. Pigg, B. A.,
and after a useful discourse, suited to the (Independent.) Collections, £8. This, for occasion, baptized the candidates. In the our infant cause, we consider excellent. afternoon the Lord's-supper was administered, We are happy in having to state, that
and the newly baptized received the right during the last six months, we have been
hand of fellowship.
L. enabled to clear off a debt of £80, which
WAITTLESEA.–On Lord's-day, June 30th, was remaining upon our school-room: T.
1844, three useful sermons were preached Brenton, Esq., kindly gave us twenty in the General Baptist chapel, by the Rev. sovereigos, and the rest we have succeeded in
W. Butler, of Heptonstall Slack, when colbegging from other kind friends, both at
lections were made for the chapel debt. On the home and abroad, to whom we feel sincerely following Monday, ninety persons partook of grateful.
an excellent tea, provided gratuitously by BURNLEY.- July 16th, 1844, the anni. friends; after which addresses were delivered versary sermons in behalf of the General
by brethren J. Wherry, Swanton, E. Steven. Baptist Sunday-school at this place were son, Loughborough, W. Butler, Slack, and J, preached by the Rev. T. S. Baker, of Mill. Peggs, Ilkeston.
H. B. H.
Infanticide in China.-It appears from credible testimony that one third of the infant children in China are destroyed. From a number of cases given by Dr. Abeel, we select the following:-At a village called Aunai, about ten miles from Amoy, I was informed that about one third of the female children were destroyed. My informant said that he had killed two out of four of his own. At Lunchiu, distant one tide from Amoy, it was the belief of the one with whom I conversed, that only one half were preserved, His estimate was backed by a confession that he himself had saved two, having destroyed three. A patient from Pulamkio, who had lived with us a long time, and had frequently heard me express my opinion of this abhorrent practice, was candid enough to acknowledge that he himself had killed one last year, and one the year before. His reason was, that he had already had three, and was unable to sustain this additional expense.
I asked & man from Ngotong about the custom of his native village. He said that the inhabitants were very poor, and rice dear; that a large majority of females where early put to death; and that he himself had killed two, saving but one alive. During the summer of 1842, two Chinese nurses were engaged by the families then on the island, one of whom acknowledged that she had mur. dered two of her own children.
Shanghae.- Dr. Lockhart states of this place that it has a large and important trade, and it is said that about 4,000 junks resort hither every year, from the northern and southern provinces, Manillia, Siam, and Singapore. The population may be, perhaps, 300,000 for the city and sub. urbs. The city has, as its chief officer, a Taon. tae, who has also the governance of Song-keang. foo, and Soo-chew-foo. All Chinese cities are very filthy, and in this respect Shanghae does not differ from others. There are large numbers of very rich shops, and many residences of wealthy families; the people seem to be healthy and well fed; and much bustle and activity pervade all the business streets.
Healthiness of the Country. - The country around the city is a level flat, there being no hills within thirty miles of the walls. It is intersected by various canals and rivulets, is remarkably fertile, being covered with a rich alluvial soil, and produces large quantities of wheat, cotton, and various vegetables. I have walked out in several directions for four or five miles, and found the country very beautiful, and in a high state of cultivation, I had been led to suppose, from the observations of others previous to my visit, that this place was very unhealthy, but I see no evidence of it, though I have paid particular attention to this point: in fact, the people appear to be strong and healthy. It is true it is now the winter season; but, if disease prevailed to any great extent here during the summer, I think there would be more evidence of it than I have found. Since wheat and vegetables are the chief products of the fields around the city, the ground must be dry, and not such a marsh as exists in and around Tinghae, or even around Ningpo. I am thus led to hope, that, under the blessing of our heavenly Father, we shall enjoy a good state of health if permitted to labor in this neighbourhood.
Dr. Lockhart. Persecution in future to be mitigated in Turkey. In August last, an Armenian youth of 18 or 20, who has turned Mahomedan, and afterward re. turned to the Christian religion, was beheaded at Constantinople with circumstances of great barbarity. Sir Stratford Canning, the British ambassador, exerted himself to save the youth, but in vain. The general question was earnestly and energetically taken up by him, and also by
the French and Prussian ambassadors. In the event the following “ Official Declaration" was obtained, dated March 21, 1844.—
It is the special and constant inention of His Highness the Sultan, that his cordial relations with the High Powers be preserved, and that a perfect reciprocal friendship be maintained and increased. The Sublime Porte engages to take effectual measures to prevent henceforward the execution and putting to death of the Christian who is an apostate.
At an audience which Sir Stratford Canning had of the Sultan on the 23rd of March, His Highness declared, “ Henceforward neither shall Chris. tianity be insulted in my dominions, nor shall Christians be in any way persecuted for their re. ligion.” Glory be to God, for this incalculably important concession! To the firm and decided course taken by Sir Stratford Canning in this business, in which he was cordially and effectually supported by the British Ministry, is, under God, to be ascribed the favorable issue to which it was at length brought.-Church Miss. Record.
Feejee Islands.—The horrid custom of strangling widows obtains in these islands. A man had died in some expedition, and the signal being hoisted when the canoes neared the shore; the missionary repaired to the house to endeavour to dissuade the widow from being strangled, and the people from doing the horrid deed. He entreated her also to love her own life, and to love her children, and live to attend and take care of them. At all this she was very much annoyed and angry; and frequently asked, " Why should I live? Of what use is it? My husband is dead : for what then should I live? No," she added, "I will not live. If you will not strangle me, I will be buried alive, or jump over the cliffs." I could have wept over her delusion and blind infatuation; but she was determined not to live, and resolved to die.-Wesleyan Notices.
Burying the sick alive also attains to a fear. ful extent. Take the following as an example. A poor man, very ill, one day begged his friends and relatives to be “ of a good mind toward him, and bury him." His friends said, they would, if it was his particular wish ; but that, if they did so, they would not see each other again, for he would at once go hence. “Yes,” said he,“ only let it be easy for me to go. Go and dig my grave.” He then blackened his face and body, and tied on a new head dress. He cautioned his relatives not to come near him, lest his disease should seize them; for he and a very bad disease had met together. When thus prepared for burial according to the Feejeean custom, they called him out, and seated him on the ground a few yards distant from the spot where they were still employed in digging his grave, On looking at the men who where thus engaged, he remarked that the hole which was being dug was exceedingly small, and scarcely big enough to cover ban. anas; and added, “Let it be mine oply; dig away, children." The undertakers then laid him back, in order to wrap him up in the mats and masi which they had prepared for that purpose, On their doing this, the sick man began to cry out in good earnest, and asked, “What! are you going to bury me? Have you no love, then, to me? O desist! desist! and let me live." At this they derided him, charged him with cowardice, and asked whether they were not doing thus in compliance with his own request. They soon tied him up, and trod him down into the narrow hole. The poor man bitterly cursed them from his grave for trampling on his body; and he con. tinued for some moments to cry out from beneath the sod, until the sound grew fainter and fainter, and at length dwindled away.- Ditto.
ANNUAL MEETING OF THE GENERAL BAPTIST MISSIONARY
The Annual Meeting of the General Sometimes, he said, that even, in reBaptist Missionary Society
, was held at lation to Missions, afflictions were a the General Baptist chapel, Ely Place, great blessing. They taught our depenWisbech, on Wednesday, June 26th. dence on God, and led us to seek his After
prayer had been offered by brother help and his grace more fervently. The T. H. Hudson, (who has been finally visit of brother Stubbins to this country accepted as a missionary to China,) Mr. was through affliction, but it would be a R. Pegg, of Derby, was called to preside. blessing to our Churches.
He was a The secretary, the Rev. J. G. Pike, of the right stamp; his dear partDerby, read abstracts of the Report. ner, too, was
a devoted missionary. Various details were given of the pro- (cheers.) May God bless them, restore gress and labors of the missionaries. their health, and grant that they may Among others, an excellent military return to the land of their labor, and officer was mentioned, who had dis- make them instrumental in emanciplayed great facility in acquiring the pating hundreds and thousands from language of Orissa, and zeal in the pro- the thraldom of idolatry and sin. “I motion of the interests of the mission; have often been with him," observed who was expected shortly to devote him
Mr. H., “at missionary meetings, and self to the great work of evangelizing have always been delighted with him. the heathen.
By his powerful and ever-varying appeals, The Rev. H. Hunter moved,
my heart bas been made better. Mr.
Buckley, too, who is now on the bosom “ That the Report, abstracts of which have of the ocean, is a man of a right spirit. been read, be adopted ; and that it be pub. I never met with any man more devoted lished under the direction of the committee." to his Master's cause. O that his life
Mr. H. remarked, that there was one may be preserved, that Christ may hold feature of the Report with which he was him as a star in his right hand, and much pleased, viz., its fidelity. We wish that he may reflect a light which shall our friends to know the real state of the illuminate the dense darkness of Orissa.” Mission. While it was undesirable to Reference had been made to a box sent misrepresent in any way the state of the from Nottingham. The suggestion was Mission, he could not but feel grieved made by brother Stubbins, that articles when any thing was written or pub- of clothing would be of great service to lished with a view to discourage its the native preachers. It was taken up by friends. There was much in the Mission one of our friends, and to each native à to give encouragement. Whether our number of useful articles were forwarded, attention was directed to the native accompanied by a letter, a reply to schools, to the children rescued from which was anticipated with great insacrifice, to the character and ability of terest. A Mission to China had been the native preachers, or to the distribu- contemplated. The committee had detion of religious publications, there was cided on that day, that Mr. Hudson
to " thank God, and take should go to China. He, Mr. H., hoped courage.” It was delightful to hear, that all our ministers and friends would that so many Christian villages had encourage their friends steadily to supsprung up in that desert land, where the port and pray for this Mission. Those Gospel was formerly unknown; and to Churches the most devoted to missionary know, that, among the Oreahs, the do- objects were the most flourishing. All mestic altar had been erected, that Christians ought now to be active, hymns were sung, and the daily prayer both at home and abroad, for Puseyism was offered up unto the living God. was making rapid strides, and Popery How interesting must these things be to was gathering fresh strength. Mr. Hi, the missionaries themselves; to behold concluded by recommending the estabthe dead rising up to life and hope! lishment of juvenile missionary associaVOL. 6.-N.S.