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MONTREAL BAPTIST COLLEGE.
More beef! more bread! less slops! These, the collectors, Mr. W. Muir and Dr. Davies, are necessary to your strength, and, will ye, obtained the sum of L60 28. The facts and nill ye, you must make up your minds to it. incidents connected with this mendicant effort Mind that!'”
furnish materials for many notes and comments, both curious and common.place ; but
we will offer only two, viz., that men of all An effort has been recently made in this classes, except Puseyites, are among the concity to collect money towards paying a debt tributors, and that our citizens in general are on the Baptist College. In view of the hard worthy of all respect for courteous and beness of the times, it was thought best to limit nevolent dispositions even in these trying the amount to one dollar from each contri- times. butor, that so the application might be made It was thought that similar attempts very generally among the inhabitants sup- might be made in other places, particularly posed to be friendly to educational institu- our large towns, in aid of the object. Will tions. As the result of a somewhat toilsome any friends of education try the plan in their canvass for this object among the community, I localities ?—Montreal Register.
BAPTIST BUILDING FUND.
To the Legacy of Dr. Newman, being .... £1000 To the Editor of the Baptist Magazine Has been added, by special donations DEAR SIR,-Returning seasons naturally
from various persons
316 excite reflection upon the past; and men in
By an application of a part of the annual
subscriptions, the amount has increased 319 the commencement of a new year should
And by the instalments returned in part closely examine the working of those experi- payment of the loans, being ments which they have promoted. It also is profitable for persons who are entrusted with Amount of invested capital the management of charitable institutions, supported by public benevolence, to aid the With this sum of £1950, twenty churches scrutiny of the subscribers, hy bringing before have been assisted by loan without interest, them a statement of their proceedings. and that amount of debt paid off. The in
Under a conviction of this duty, I ask the stalments have been regularly paid at Ladyfavour of your inserting in your journal the day and Michaelmas without a single following result of an alteration which has exception, and the amount receivable from recently been made in the constitution of the instalments at each of those periods is now Baptist Building Fund.
£95, that sum will be increased at each During the year 1845, the amount of the returning half-year, by the return from future annual subscriptions to its support was re-loans ; and will, at every period, be lent to duced to the sum of £523. In April, 1848, the church then standing first upon the list of the death of the widow of the late William approved applications. The amount of Newman, D.D., enabled his executor to divide annual subscriptions is in like manner disthe invested property in which Mrs. Newman posed of. Thus Sir, by lending money to had a life-interest, and as the will of the the necessitous a permanent fund has been doctor directed, to pay to the treasurer of created, and is accumulating ; it is invested, the Baptist Building Fund £1000. The not in public securities to lie idle, nor for a committee of that institution, upon receiving solitary purpose, it is spread and treasured the amount, adopted a plan suggested by Mr. throughout the kingdom. It first pays off Bowser, to relinquish the former practice of long-standing and oppressive debt, and its giving money, except in extreme cases, and return into stocks is secured by the voluntary under the authority of a general meeting of undertaking of respectable men, legally their subscribers, to commence a loan fund bound, to guarantee a repayment at the time, with the doctor's legacy, thereby establishing and in the manner specified in the engagea system of lending without interest, for the ment. The borrowers of the money, the repairing or building of chapels for the use of church, who previously had been compelled the baptist denomination; and stipulating to raise and annually to pay five per cent. for that the money so lent shall be repaid in ten interest, without lessening their obligations years, by twenty half-yearly equal instal- for the principal, are freed from that incubus, ments, and that repayment be secured by the and now are encouraged cheerfully to exert joint and separate note of hand of four re- themselves to raise double the amount under spectable persons belonging to the church or the animating certainty that in ten years their congregation. The result of this alteration anxieties will close with the annihilation of is as follows:
This plain statement of a regular process, , Bermondsey; or by the treasurer, at Union producing a certain and beneficial result, does Dock, Limehouse. not require any explanation or comment ; I am, dear Sir, it evidences that whatever sum is given to
Sincerely yours, the Baptist Building Fund, is not spent, and
JOSEPH FLETCHER, Treasurer. cannot cease its operation ; on the contrary, Deecmber 30, 1848. it first pays off a debt bearing interest, and then it half-yearly increases a permanent fund
INFANTICIDE IN ORISSA.-A HUNDRED CHILDin perpetual circulation, which fund, with
REN SAVED FROM SACRIFICE. the exception, perhaps, of some trifling defalcation, will be in vigorous and extensive
To the Editor of the Baptist Magazine. operation so long as there shall be one bap- MY DEAR SIR,--A most cheering event tist church in need of the assistance it is has recently transpired in Orissa, which should intended to render. Such a termination of be known throughout the world, and I have the labour of the society, or a want of proper much pleasure in communicating it for the recipients of its bounty, the most timid need information of your numerous readers. In not use as a reason for withholding their aid, the district of Goomsur, inhabited by the because UNERRING AUTHORITY has said, “ the Khunds, the practice of infant sacrifice for poor ye have ALWAYS with you.”
the promotion of the fertility of the soil is If, Sir, persuasion, impressed by conviction very prevalent. The philanthropy of the of certain utility, could operate to induce British vernment is vigorously hunting to every member of our denomination, accord- death this monster cruelty, and we have now ing to his ability, to give one donation of to record the rescue of more than a hundred one or any number of pounds, to this sacred victims, and provision made for their support investment for the promotion of the public and education under the watchful eye of the worship of God, that one donation, once, missionaries at Cuttack and Berhampore. and only once given, would render the The Rev. W. Miller thus refers to the subresources of the Baptist Loan Fund, adequate ject :to pay off at once all the existing debt with- “ You and all our friends in England will out reducing the capital invested in this joint rejoice to learn that one hundred Meriah vicstock bank, and also (as that capital revolvedtims have been rescued from the Khunds, without reduction) to assist in the future and are to be placed in the orphan asylums erection and repair of chapels and school of Cuttack and Berhampore. Indeed the rooms, divested of the cost and consequences, Berhampore brethren have already received and free from the hazard of mortgages, their portion. Those for Cuttack will be created and suffered to secure interest. And detained until the cold season, when the be it observed, that so long as the payment roads will be in a fit state for travelling. of the interest exists, it assuredly weighs The government has generously offered two down the laborious and deserving pastors of rupees and three quarters per month for our churches, because the continual and hope cach for their support, and something to assist less provision for the annual payment of them on entering into life.” interest, discourages and cripples the exertions The Rev. W. Bailey, of Berhampore, of the poor members to provide for their under date October 3, 1848, gives a very inminister. He suffers, not from their want of teresting account of the arrival of "the prey affection, but through their inability. This taken from the mighty, and the deliverance should afford a motive sufficiently operative of the unhappy captives." He says, to remove the cause, and abate the pressure “On August 17 we received from the agents upon those who cannot complain.
for the suppressing of the Meriah in Goomsur May this representation, Sir, prove an ap- fifty-one children, namely twenty-five boys peal sufficiently availing to induce some and twenty-six girls. The agents were very members of our denomination to become anxious to establish schools on the borders of depositors in this peculiar fund, which, like the Khund country, and have the children the widow's cruse," amply supplies without trained under their own care ; hence various exhaustion, and carries a blessing to the giver plans were recommended to the government, with the gift. The business of the society is but none of them obtained their approbation. conducted with very little expense, all services At length it was proposed that the younger are gratuitous, except those of the collector: children should be given over to the Orissa no poundage is paid upon donations. And missionaries, and that the government should if the fund were increased twenty thousand bear the expense of maintenance and educafold it would not make any material differ- tion. To this the government assented, and ence in the cost of management. Donations the agents despatched as soon as possible the by draft on London bankers, crossed Bank of fifty-one children, all under twelve years of England, or post office orders payable at age, with the understanding that they would Limehouse, will be thankfully received by send us more if we wished. These children the committee, the secretary, Mr. John were all appointed for sacrifice, and would in Eastty, Victoria Terrace, Grange Road, their turn, as they were fattened, have been
cut to pieces alive by the cruel Khunds, had of our Sunday scholars being converted under they not been rescued by a humane govern- the public means of grace is deeply affecting, ment. It is very affecting to hear the boys and ought to raise in the minds of pastors talk of the way in which their cruel parents as well as teachers the inquiry, What is the sold them to this barbarous race. I intend cause ? Having been intimately connected at some future time to write some of their with Sunday schools more than half a century, histories, as I think a brief account night be I have seen very many instances in which the interesting to our friends. I shall not soon familiar addresses of the teacher or superinforget the day on which they came. Some of tendent have been the means, under the divine them were very weak, and most of them blessing, of producing a saving change; but were poorly clad. They were all placed in very few instances have come to my knowa room, and their names were called over by ledge, in which the attendance on public the person who brought them, prior to their worship has appeared to be productive of being delirered to our charge. One name benefit, and I think we are indebted to Mrs. after another of the boys was called over, and Davids for having drawn the attention of our at length the name of Dasia was called, and churches to the subject. a boy named Philip, who has been with us But your readers should be made aware about five years, clapped his hands, and ex- that Mrs. Davids has not laid down her proclaimed with joy and surprise, “Dasia, Dasia, position to the extent represented by Dr. that is my little brother !” and he ran to him Morison in the quotation you have made. with all haste and embraced him. I said to She refers to the elder and better instructed him. “How do you know that he is your children under the new system, as to be found brother !” He replied, “Oh! I do know, in the general congregation, and it is clear I am sure Dasia is my brother ; I well re- that her wish is, that separate services shall member the day when he was sold, but now be provided for only the younger of the chilI see him again !” Philip soon published the dren, whether in Sunday schools or in families. tidings all around, that his “ brother who was The Rev. Samuel Martin, whose practical lost, was found again.” He was so delighted acquaintance with the working of Sunday for some hours, that he could scarcely con- schools, as well as his deep interest in the tain himself. I was reminded of the touch young, entitle his opinion to great weight, ing scene when Joseph and his brethren met. makes the same distinction. In a paper read Two or three instances of this kind have by him at the meeting of the Congregational occurred before in the history of the Orissa Union at Leicester, he says, “ It is desirable mission. I feel very thankful that these that separate religious services should be conchildren have been entrusted to our care. ducted for all children whose intellectual and Many of them I trust will become pious and moral capacity is considerably below the useful to their degraded countrymen. Two powers of the adult, and whose condition and Khund boys who were trained here, are now circumstances involve strong contrasts with sustaining important situations in Goomsur, the circumstances of the adult. The preach80 that we have reason to hope that great ing which is adapted to the adult cannot be good may result from our efforts. Our highly supposed to suit the case of the child. Both esteemed friend, J. P. F. Erg, is now study- worship and preaching, as administered in our ing the Khund language, and has already ordinary public services, contemplate mainly, made considerable progress, so that “the if not exclusively, the state of the adult.” i wanderers on the mountains ” will be able ere would copy the whole of this section of Mr. long to read “the scriptures which are able Martin's address, for the whole is excellent, to make wise unto salvation."
but that I hope those who desire to form a In reading this interesting account, we are correct judgment will read it before they ready to say in reference to the British career decide. in India, “O si sic omnia !" Oh, if thus all Every one is aware that the talents of our things, how would the glory of our country ministers vary exceedingly. Some have a and of our common Christianity have been simplicity of style and an engaging mode of promoted ! Compared with such real glory, address, which render their conversation and "The laurels that a Cæsar reaps are weeds !" their preaching interesting to the young, to
Your helper in Christ, some even when very young; while others Burton-on-Trent,
JAMES Peggs. cannot condescend to children-even when January 16, 1849.
they attempt it they fail—the words they em
ploy are of a class to which the children can THE ATTENDANCE OF CHILDREN ON PUBLIC
attach no idea, and their illustrations are by
objects unknown to children. Then it is not To the Editor of the Baptist Magazine.
only the style of the sermon, but the length DEAR SIR,- As you have introduced the of the service, which renders it irksome and subject of separate services for children, 1 repulsive. Take for instance, a service where trust it will meet with the consideration its the prayer is of twenty minutes duration, and importance demands. The circumstance of the sermon from an hour to an hour and ten So very small a number out of the thousands minutes,thewhole serviceoccupy ing,ordinarily,
VOL. XII.- FOURTH SERIES.
two hours and a quarter ! and let us ask our- 80, and my address being ended, the teacher selves, must not such a confinement produce looking to the girls, inquired, “ Who put the repugnance in the children in whose minds we questions ?” Six or eight girls rose and replied, desire to produce an attachment to our public “We put the questions ;" the other pupils ordinances ?
sat during the examination. The former I cannot help hoping that if the discussion examined the latter on the subject of my of the question should not at present lead to speech, and did the work much better than I an arrangement for separate services, which could have done. This exercise over, the probably it may not, though I persuade my- teacher asked, “Will any girl repeat Mr. self that will be the ultimate effect, it will Robertson's speech as nearly as possible in produce an effect on our services, by simplicity his language ?" A girl rose and almost rebeing more studied, and the time occupied peated my speech verbatim. The Messrs. being, in some instances, restricted, which I Chambers of Edinburgh visited this school a am certain will tend to the spiritual improve- few months after, and having seen much more ment of the adults, as well as the comfort of than I had seen, they inserted in their Journal the children.
a flaming article respecting the Aberdeen I perfectly agree in a suggestion made by ragged school. And these scholars were taken Mr. Martin, that were a separate service es- off the streets, many of them were orphans. tablished, it should, if practicable, be conducted | Before being received into the House of In. in a building distinct from the school, and dustry, most hardly knew what it was to set apart for that particular object. “A chil. sleep in a bed ; carts, wheelbarrows, sheds, dren's chapel,” suggests the idea of a place for and outhouses, being their usual dormitories public worship, and thus lays the foundation at all seasons of the year. One may receive of the habit of attending public Christian more useful hints from such a school, than ordinances.
from all the treatises and essays that have I dear Sir,
been published on education. Your constant reader, As catholics, Puseyites, and others are January 5, 1849.
W. B. G. straining every nerve to secure the young,
are we not called upon as dissenters to use
our greatest efforts to bring our youth, not to To the Editor of the Baptist Magazine. priests, but to Christ-not toa church of dead
Sir,—The remarks of Dr. Morison in your forms, but to churches in which they will be last, on the essay of Mrs. Davids, appear to invited to make choice of God as the guide of be just. When, in my last charge, I occa- their youth ? Let our young people be told, sionally examined the children on the sermon that when God has any great work to perform I preached in the morning ; the congregation he very frequently employs the young; Satan was dismissed, none remaining along with me too employs the young as his agents, what but the young people and their teachers. At good—what evil—have the young not done? other times the teachers also examined the If the agents of God-ditfusing light and love, children in a similar manner. As all my and the knowledge of salvation. If the serleading ideas were readily recollected by the vants of Satan-like the fabled Upas tree, children, these examinations excited consider- diffusing death and destruction all around. able interest, and induced the little folks to Todd, of America, frequently preuches to give attention when I was preaching. As the the young-has separate services. His exsabbath school here is superintended not only ample is worthy of imitation. But whether by baptists, but also by Wesleyans and we are to have separate services or not, never, Primitives, I have not the same opportunities never let us think of withdrawing the youngest of questioning. The scholars attending my of the young from the house of God. bible class are duly interrogated respecting
John ROBERTSON. the sermons they hear ; I sometimes desire Middleton Teesdale, Jan. 11, 1849. the boys to examine the girls, and the girls the boys, on my lectures and sermons. It is not To the Editor of the Baptist Magazine. difficult to render the public services interest- MY DEAR SIR, --I have read with much ing to the youngest as well as to the oldest ; satisfaction the extract from the Evangelical the lambs must not be overlooked. We Magazine contained in your last number. ministers must never forget the divine injunc- The question of separate services for children tion, “ Feed my lambs."
I must regard as a very important one; feelI recommend my brethren who are teachers, ing convinced that the plan, if adopted not only to read treatises on the subject of generally, will operate injuriously, I shall be teaching, but what is of more importance, to obliged by an opportunity of stating my views visit other schools. A few years ago I visited on the subject. a ragged school in Aberdeen--can any good The following are some of my reasons for come vut of Nazareth ? - from the pupils of being desirous that our schools and the chilthat school I learned several lessons. Having dren of our families should continue to have entered the school-room, I was desired by the a place in our Lord's day congregations: school-mistress to address the children, I did 1. The law which makes it obligatory on
adults to attend the public services of the to be trained to habits of decorum and attensabbath, ought to be regarded as rendering it tion in the house of God without receiving equally obligatory on them to cause their | any direct benefit from the ministry, that children to attend. We come together on attendance could not fail to involve the emthat day for the exercises of prayer, praise, ployment of most salutary self-discipline. His and the study of the word of God, because ability to observe rules, to repress for a season we believe it our duty to do so; that duty his animal spirits, and in some degree to being indicated by the nature of our relations fix bis attention, would be developed and to God, the injunctions of scripture, and the strengthened, and thus he would become practice of the early Christians. But our possessed of the means of subsequent and children's relations to God are similar to our life-long improvement. But, second, the habit own, and the precepts and practice of inspired of attending divine worship on Lord's days men were intended to influence their habits will thus be originated. Who will not admit no less than our own. When God requires the importance of this habit, and especially his creatures to engage in the performance of on the part of those classes that will be any duty he virtualiy requires those to whom shortly, to a great extent, composed of the is committed the determination of their pro- children now in our Sunday-schools ? Let it ceedings to facilitate their doing so.
but be secured, and our country will not fail to adopt measures which shall have the effect to become virtuous, and prosperous, and of necessitating a neglect of such duty, is not happy to an unprecedented extent ; to enonly to fail to co-operate with God, it is to deavour to create it is surely one of the duties place our authority in opposition to his. To of parents and teachers. When can it be this statement of the case I can imagine the formed so easily as during the season of early, following reply: “What God in all cases de pliant childhood? But, third, by this practice mands is intelligent service; from inability to there may be secured the co-operation of understand the language employed in our
ministers and teachers in the work of impartordinary sabbath services, the children can | ing information, forming virtuous habits, and not render it, and therefore their obligation creating religious impressions. Only let a to attend, and ours to enforce their attend- teacher duly appreciate the preaching of the ance, necessarily ceases.” But, Sir, I venture gospel himself, occasionally examine his chilto assert that if it be true that the language dren on what they have heard from the pulpit, of our pulpits is generally unintelligible to and accustom them to ask him for explanathe children in our schools, it must be sadly tions of any part of the sermon in which they Fanting in adaptation to the great majority felt some interest, but which they did not of our adult hearers, and that it is high time fully understand, and the preaching would that we should cease thus to "darken counsel undoubtedly become, at the same time, a by words without knowledge.” The utmost vehicle of interesting and important informa** plainness of speech” is compatible with the tion, and an effectual means of education. greatest richness and variety of thought, and Often will it fall out that the minister will is essential to the proper and profitable con
relate some circumstance, or make some apduct of our ordinary religions services. Sup- peal peculiarly adapted to the character or posing, then, the allegation to be true, what present circumstances of certain of the chilis needed is not "children's chapels,” but dren, often too will he explain a text or that our ministers, in order to make them- enforce a duty about which the teacher has selves understood alike by children and by been recently conversing with them; then is their hearers generally, should set themselves the time for the intelligent and devoted at once and diligently to the study and prac- teacher by the pressure of the hand, or the tice of the "science of simplicity." Let but significant glance of the eye, to arouse the this be attained, and the institution of sepa- attention and awaken the interest of his rate services would involve an unnecessary, children; such co-operation could not but do and of course, because unnecessary, most un- good. Let me add that I here write of what desirable and injurious multiplication of ma- I have known to be repeatedly done, and in chinery.
many cases with the happiest results. 2. The regular attendance of children on 3. The presence of children in the house our sabbath services is calculated to confer a of God supplies the minister with material on variety of important incidental benefits, none which he may hope to operate more successof which could be so well secured by any fully than on any other; to this reason for other means. As among these I may men
their attendance I attach the utmost possible tion, first, the exercise of early self-discipline. importance; of its existence I imagine no The communication of information is un- doubt can be entertained ; on the compaquestionably of great importance, but of still ratively unsophisticated minds of children the greater is the discipline of the mind; the strong and graphic statements of scripture latter is education, the former can scarcely cannot fail to exert a peculiarly powerful inbe so called. Now, providing it were possible fluence. On their susceptible hearts its for a child to attend regularly our sabbath affecting narratives, and simple, touching ap; services from four years of age till seven, and peals, cannot but make some impression and