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incorporation for the Baptist Missionary So- To the Editor of the Baptist Magazine. ciety. I seek for them the favour of insertion in your magazine, because it appears to MR. EDITOR,— Will you allow the insertion me to be only just and fair that the members of a few facts which bear on the above subject of the society should have before them both in a practical point of view, more particularly sides of a question on which their judgment as reference is made in the “report” to the is sought. I have only to add the expression several joint stock companies and their priviof a sincere desire that the course of the leges as corporate bodies ? committee, on this most important question, Ist. There are but two banks and two may be such as to perpetuate the harmony of insurance offices that have charters of incor. a society, which, whatever it may have to poration, all others are established under boast, has certainly none of the element of various acts of parliament. cohesion to spare.
2nd. The older companies have specific I am, sir, yours sincerely,
acts for themselves, which enable them to sue
J. P. MURSELL. and be sued in the name of one of their officers, Leicester, February 8th, 1849.
instead of in the names of all their members, and the more recent companies have a similar
privilege under 7 and 8 Vic. cap. 110. To the Editor of the Baptist Magazine. 3rd. The older companies are obliged to
DEAR SIR.—Before the constituents of the enrol the names of all their members and Baptist Missionary Society are called upon every change of membership in the Court of for an opinion about the proposed incorpora- Chancery, at times convenient to themselves tion, some further information seems to me or before any legal proceedings can be taken ; desirable.
and the newer companies are obliged to make 1. We should be glad to have the names of a return of every change in membership, to the sub-committee whose report is printed, the registrar general of joint stock companies, and to know whether the report was adopted in the months of January and July in each by them unanimously, or otherwise. avoid misapprehension, it may be right to say, 4th. All these companies have trustees that I am in total ignorance of the number appointed, by the intervention of whom they and names of the gentlemen who formed that hold property and securities amounting, in sub-committee.
many cases, to upwards of millions sterling. 2. As the opinion of counsel has been 5th. As to the possession of property in the obtained, we should like to read it. That Colonies, and India, it might be patent to the document is at least as important to the world that the various English railway comformation of a correct opinion, as the report panies for constructing roads in such parts, already given to the public.
cannot purchase an inch of ground without 3. Many of your readers (I acknowledge the consent of the local government in each myself one) are probably ignorant of the amount of responsibility which the proposed The bearing of these facts on the proposal charter would entail on the members of the to obtain a charter for the Baptist Missionary society. In the case of a banking company, Society are just these. every shareholder is accountable with his 1st. That the society would not be relieved whole property; would membership in a from the expense and trouble of trust deeds corporate missionary society make the mem- to any considerable extent. bers in like manner responsible?
2nd. That besides obtaining an act of in4. The members are, by the charter, to corporation, at about an expense of £800, have power to make such alterations as are there would exist the necessity of a similar not “inconsistent with the object of the grant from each separate colony or state society.” Who is to judge what is, or is not, where the society holds property. inconsistent with the object of the society ? 3rd. That the society would be at the
5. If the society had been incorporated in enormous expense and trouble of registering 1832, would it not have been compelled, to every member i.e. every subscriber of ten say the least, to disown all participation in shillings and upwards, also every change of William Knibb's anti-slavery operations ? membership, by lapse of subscription, by
I write thus briefly because you will pro- death, by ladies' marriage, by new subscribers, bably have many similar communications. and all these not only direct subscriptions, but Allow me in conclusion to express the con- the thousands through the various auxiliary fident hope, that the committee will come to societies. no decision on this matter, excepting at an 4th. By acceptance of a charter, the annual meeting, nor then without giving the society receives a favour or privilege from fullest notice of its intention.
the state, whereas the ordinary law of uses, by I am, dear Sir,
which their property is now held through the Yours respectfully,
medium of trustees is no favour, but a matter
W. ROBINSON. of right. Query, is this a desirable connex. Kettering, February 12, 1849.
ion for the society to be placed in ?
5th. At the expiration of the charter, which let intending purchasers endeavour to obtain would of course be granted only for a limited copies minus the said brackets, if they would period, the society would be liable to con- avoid interpolated ones. ditions for its renewal which might be incon- Willenhall.
E. JONES. venient and highly objectionable.
A. T. Bowser.
CONTEMPLATED PROVISION FOR AGED 12, Cottage Grove, Bow Road, Feb. 16, 1849.
To the Editor of the Baptist Magazine.
DEAR SIR,— The leaves of your magazine, ON THE ARTICLE BAPTISM IN KITTO's
and other periodicals of the same description, CYCLOPÆDIA.
have within the last few years often testified To the Editor of the Baptist Magazine. that there is an impression existing in the
DEAR SIR,—It is known, doubtless, to Christian church among us, that the claims of many of your readers that the article “ Bap- aged and faithful ministers are not felt and tism," for Kitto's "Cyclopædia of Biblical responded to, in such a way as their character Literature," was first offered to Dr. Neander, and circumstances demand. the church historian, and professor of theology Various plans have at times been suggested in the university of Berlin. In a foot-note, as likely to remedy this matter of acknowhowever, appended to the said article, and ledged regret and obligation, but none of them inserted in the above-named work, we are told have secured that attention to the subject that “ His (the doctor's) multiplied engage which its sacredness requires. Agitating the ments induced him with the editor's consent, subject, may have induced some ministers, at to coasign the subject to the Rev. J. Jacobi a painful sacrifice, to seek shelter from the of the same university. The MS. so prepared apprehended evil in the promises of a life was accompanied by the following note from assurance society, and others it may have the doctor,—“As my other labours would reminded of a desideratum they had little not permit me to work out the article (on chance of obtaining, but it has failed to baptism), I requested a dear friend, J. Jacobi, awaken the benevolent sympathies of Christian to undertake it, who, by his knowledge and churches generally. The Wesleyans are the critical talents, is fully qualified for the task; only people that have taken up this subject and whose theological principles are in unison denominationally. They have done it, and with my own.”
it is well known that those of their ministers Well, sir, through the kindness of one of who have faithfully devoted their best days to my deacons, I became possessed of a copy of the service of the church, are not permitted this invaluable work-an example, by the to suffer want when enfeebled by age. And way, which, in numerous instances, might be it is believed that if those on whom the usefully imitated. Some time ago, I paid a business of providing for the pastor's necesvisit to a brother minister who was on the sities rightfully devolves, were to present this eve of quitting his charge in this neighbour- subject becomingly to the minds of the memhood for one in the metropolis, whose friends, bers of our churches and congregations, they as a testimonial of esteem, had presented him would be found ready to provide as amply for with this, along with some other biblical aged ministers as the Wesleyans do. works. Taking up the first volume of Kitto, Under these impressions allow me to sugit was my intention to read to him an extract gest a plan for the accomplishment of this from the remarkable paragraph commencing object that appears to me practicable. Supwith the honest, straightforward avowal,- pose every church, at the settlement of a " Infant baptism was established neither by pastor orer them, were to present him with a Christ nor his apostles :”—but to my utter policy assuring him, say (for example's sake amazement and perplexity it was not to be only) thirty pounds per annum after attainfound ! I went through it very circumspectly, ing the age of sixty. This would in few cases and read the title page, thinking it possible I require more than ten shillings per month. held in my hand a " second edition, with Long as the minister continued his labours in additions,"--and subtractions too; but found that place, the premium should be regularly there no such intimation.
paid for him, but if he removed, the policy The fact is, sir, part of the original article should be given up to him, that the people of is suppressed in my friend's copy, and some his next charge might continue the required thing else substituted, which is, to say the payments, till the contemplated period was least, but a sorry compensation for the noble run out. testimony of two great and independent If something of this kind were generally minds, careful only to set forth what they knew established, it is probable we should not see and felt to be the truth, despite, too, of their churches so often unwilling to invite the sectarian bias. But, sir, what is more amaz- services of ministers of advanced, though not ing still, to this mutilated and interpolated enfeebled age ; nor Christian pastors so often article the names of Neander and Jacobi are unhappily clinging to their ordination titles, still appended.
or chapel endowments, as the only security On these facts I make no comment; but they had for partial support in their declining
years; and certainly it would free the present | been passed, another Resolution was passed generation of young ministers from the appre- authorizing the sab-committee from which it hension of humiliations, that they know very had emanated to revise it for publication. many of their aged brethren to be enduring, When this had been done, it was officially
Allow me, then, very respecifully to request given to us for insertion in the Baptist Magathe above remarks may have a place in your zine, where it appears. The Report as it periodical.
Y. appears elsewhere was taken from one of the
copies which had been furnished to members
of committee before the meeting, and, conEDITORIAL POSTSCRIPT. sequently, before the sub-committee had
finally revised it. Though we have long discouraged anonymous communications, and have made it a
We are requested to announce that on rule never to insert any intelligence that Wednesday, April 25th, after the Missionary came to us in an unauthenticated form, we Sermon at Bloomsbury Chapel, it is the have been unwilling to adopt the determina- intention of ministers educated at the Bristol, tion now generally avowed by the conductors Stepney, and Bradford Colleges, to dine of respectable periodicals, to refuse every together at the Guildhall Coffee House, adja. article which is not accompanied with the cent to the Guildhall, London. Dinner is to name and address of the writer. It appeared be on the table precisely at two o'clock. to us not absolutely necessary to exclude The price is to be half-a-crown each, excluanonymous poetry or anonymous argument, sive of anything that may be taken to drink. and sometimes we have accepted pieces of It is intended to spend the afternoon in the parentage of which we were ignorant. conference of all the colleges united, or of The character of some anonymous commu- the colleges separately as may appear expenications which the editor has received during dient and necessary. the last few months, the apparent disposition of some of their writers to draw him into
Affairs at Rome become increasingly intercontroversy, and the tenacity with which ani- esting. The pope, who has been for some madversions on honourable men have, in some time an exile, is now, as a temporal ruler, cases, been urged, have, however, induced formally deposed. His spiritual supremacy him to resolve that in future he will not he is to be permitted to exercise, but he is notice such pieces in any way. He does not declared to be divested both in point of fact, shield himself from personal responsibility and in point of right, of all claim to temporal by concenling his own name, and he will not power. A grand Te Deum was chanted on allow himself to be made a stalking-horse, the occasion of the proclamation of the refrom behind which others may privately shoot public, but, it is said that the clergy having their arrows. Henceforward, let all corre- refused to officiate, mass was celebrated by a spondents clearly understand, that though it military chaplain assisted by soldiers bearing is not always necessary that their names torches. An order was issued for the remoral should be made public, the editor does not within three days of every emblem connected intend even to read communications which with the pontifical reign, and the arms of the do not bring for his personal information the pontiff, surmounted with triple tiara are only names of their writers.
allowed to figure on church porticos, and
over the residences of ambassadors supposed Anxious to give every facility for the full to hold merely spiritual intercourse with the discussion of the proposed incorporation of head of the church in reference to their the Baptist Missionary Society, we have various territories. Though no dependence published all that we have received on that can be placed upon the stability of the new subject; and we hope that our readers will arrangements, and it is not improbable that not think that we have allotted to it too efforts will be made by some of the military much space.
The question having been powers of Europe to restore the deposed asked repeatedly, Which is the correct copy pontiff to his former position, the facts are of the Report of the Sub-committee, that very remarkable, and countenance the exwhich appeared in the Baptist Magazine for pectation that Italy itself will be the centre February, or that which appeared at the of the great and terrific struggle which has same time elsewhere ? it may be desirable to yet to take place. May the rulers of this explain the origin of the slight variations be- country be preserved from the temptation to tween them. A few copies of that docu- unite with others in fighting against God ! ment were struck off in the beginning of January for the exclusive use of the com- We have just learned that the Rev. T. mittee, that every committee-man might Moore is compelled by ill health to resign his have opportunity to deliberate upon its con charge at Shadwell, where he has laboured tents before he came to the quarterly meeting twelve years, and that he intends, in pursuat which it was to be discussed. After the ance of medical advice, to embark in the Resolution that it should be published had spring for Australia.
PORT OF SPAIN.
We present our readers this month with a view of Port of Spain, the capital town of the island of Trinidad, a town containing, probably, 20,000 inhabitants, the population of the island consisting of about 80,000. The Mico Institution being compelled to close its schools in 1843, this Society formed a station
this place, purchasing the premises which belonged to the Mico Institution, and Mr. Cowen, who had been their agent, becoming our first missionary. It has been said of this island, that its climate and productions have obtained for it the title of "the Indian Paradise," but when Mr. Phillippo visited it a few years ago he declared that, as compared with the peasantry of Jamaica, the lower classes were awfully demoralized, and it has been found that the difficulties of the missionary were increased by the prevalence of popery, combined, as is frequently the case, with the worst forms of African superstition. Up to the year 1797, the island belonged to Spain. It was then taken by a British force, and was ceded to Great Britain by the treaty of peace in 1801, and much of the leaven of false doctrine still remains; but the field was felt to be a very important and interesting one, and already the clouds which hung over it are beginning to disperse, and we feel sure that our readers have been gratified by the intelligence conveyed through this medium, from time to time, of the progress of the mission.
A letter has been received from Mr. LAWRENCE, dated 29th November, expressing his regret at having heard of the depressed state of the funds of the Society, and stating that the friends there felt deeply concerned, and had all given their mite towards the liquidation of the debt. He proceeds to state that no conversion had taken place of late, but that he was labouring in hope, and that in the meantime it was gratifying to reflect that the church continued in peace, and that there was much unity and good feeling among the members ; that there had been comparatively little illness and no death, and that there had been a valuable addition to the congregation by the removal of a family from Benares, two of whom were members of the Baptist church in that place. He then states, Brother Hurler has removed to Bhagulpore,
Native assistants. where he has built himself a comfortable
It is cause for thankfulness that our native house, all at his own expense. We have assistants have been favoured with good health
been able to send him an excellent native throughout the year, and have been permitted . Christian as an assistant in the mission work to pursue their labours without interruption. there. He draws no support either from our They have been much employed this year in or any other society, but depends for support visiting the villages and towus around Mon. on his own resources. We have promised to ghir. Nainsutch takes great delight in itinhelp him from our local funds to sustain a erating, though advancing in years, and by school as soon as he shall be able to undertake no means so strong as he was, yet his zeal the superintendence of it. This is all the and diligence is nowise diminished. He assistance he expects of a pecuniary kind. I continues to labour to the utmost of his pray that the Lord may bless his labours there strength, and sometimes beyond his strength, as well as ours here. He purposes making a for the salvation of his countrymen. tour on the hills, in the month of January ensuing. Dear brother Parsons will accompany
Bazar Schools. hiin.
We have been compelled to dismiss one of