Imágenes de páginas
PDF
EPUB

ation would pray, 'Precious Saviour, Well, when the Jordan is crossed, we shut not thy bleeding heart, shut not shall meet in the same heavenly home, the door of mercy, shut not the gate of and see Jesus as he is. What a dignity heaven against me.

to be like Christ! The new Jerusalem “A guilty, weak, and helpless worm,

-what scenes will be there unfolded ! On thy kind arms I fall,' &c.

what company! There I shall meet my Recovering at one time from great ex

honoured tutor Ryland, my much-loved haustion he repeated the ode,

friend Coles, and Hall. I mention these

names not because they are denomina“. Vital spark of heavenly flame, &c.'

tional, but because I knew them. I love His mind seemed stored with a richvariety Christians of every name, and heaven of matter of this kind, so that instead of is peopled with all.' One morning he standing round the bed of suffering to commenced, 'I have just awaked from impart comfort, his beloved family often a terrible dream. Death presented received it. On Saturday and sabbath himself in all his terrors, and claimed in the evenings, the faintings and fits of ne for his victim; but, blessed Saviour, exhaustion followed in rapid succession. thou hast conquered, the sting is taken In the intervals he would exclaim, giv- | away, I am ready;ing vent to his agony, 'O let me die ! Is it kind thus to detain me? I long

“ "Now let the pilgrim's journey end.' to

As days and weeks of protracted debili“• Clap my glad wings, and soar away, ty succeeded one another, his longing to

And mingle with the blaze of day.' depart increased. 'Oh,' he would say, But, O my Saviour, let me not dishonour 'this dying life. Why tarry his chariotthee by my impatience, but, if it please, wheels so long ? The return of the come, come quickly and set the captive

sabbath was always a period of affectfree.'

ing associations to him. He had called “Watching one day one of his

it “a delight and honourable." His lips

uneasy slumbers, I heard him say, "Walk the had instructed many, and though now a golden streets, and then opening and prisoner on the bed of sickness, he still raising his eyes, he said, “And there I loved it. He would often say, “How I shall see Bunyan, that wonderful man

long to begin the sabbath above.' who traced the pilgrim's journey to the

“November 6th, an evident change skies ; Carey, the translator of the

was apparent, the restlessness of death scriptures; Fuller, the founder of the was upon him; the whole of this day mission, and the seraphic Pearce. But was one deeply afflictive; consciousness more than all I shall see Jesus, the had fled, and the one subject on which Lamb in the midst of the throne, and his mind revolved was that he was pre

Alas! he without that sight heaven would lose its paring for a long journey. attraction,' then quoted a favourite

felt not that he was going to his last

resting-place, his journey to the grave. verse

During the night following, owing to «* «We'll talk of all he did and said,' &c.

this impression, it was necessary to deAt another time he said, I am thinking vise every expedient to keep him calm that probably at this moment many are and tranquil. The morrow's dawn was in like solemn circumstances with my- awaited with much anxiety, it being self ;

evident to all that the pale messenger **Some are to the margin come,

was fast approaching. The final effort And soon expect to die.'

of exhausted nature took place about

VOL. XII,-FOURTH SERIES.

з н

two o'clock. One gentle sigh his fetters dom which delights also in peace, to broke, leaving a countenance sweetly which he would sometimes sacrifice his placid, without any wrinkle or indica- own just rights and consideration. As a tion of age or suffering.”

friend he was faithful and sympathizing; Thus far our correspondent. On the as a pastor, diligent and affectionate, following Tuesday, November 14th, the ever ready to attend at the bed-side of remains of this faithful minister of the poorest of his flock. Those who Christ were interred in the cemetery, knew him intimately in private life reOld Bath Road. The Rev. Mr. Crisp joiced to observe in his later years, a conducted the funeral solemnities, and softening of character, which added the sabbath evening following, the Rev. much both to his own happiness and G.H. Davis improved the event from the that of others. That he was a man of words, “ Enter thou into the joy of thy prayer none could doubt who heard him Lord,” Matt. xxv. 21. Sermons were pray; nor less that he was a constant also preached on the occasion at Chipp- student of the scriptures. It was his ing Norton, Northampton, and Bideford, practice, during the earlier period of his to the congregations over which he had ministry, to read the Greek Testament been pastor, the large attendance in through every year. On religious subeach place showing with what affection jects he was usually reserved as to any his memory was still cherished. details of personal feeling, on which ac

Few ministers who have “fulfilled their count the communications he was led course” for half a century, have main- to make in his last illness, a few of tained a more blameless reputation than which we have above recorded, were the the one whose life we have thus imper- more grateful. Spared so long to live fectly sketched. It may be said of him and labour for his Master, who can that he had a good report of all, and deem his removal immature ? “Blessed was most esteemed where best known. are the dead which die in the Lord; yea, Alive to the importance of purity of saith the Spirit, for they rest from their conduct, he was a partaker of the wis- | labours, and their works do follow them.”

THE CONSTITUTION OF THE AMERICAN BAPTIST MISSIONARY

UNION.

As the constitution of our own Bap- of its founders many are now at rest. tist Missionary Society is likely to The interval elapsed is the ordinary undergo discussion with a view to its life-time of a generation. That period amendment, it may be agreeable to seems to many, perhaps, 'time whereof many readers of the Baptist Magazine the memory of man runneth not to the to have at hand the organization adopt- contrary. A course or system of that ed by our American brethren when they date is to some clothed with the auremodelled their Missionary Association thority of an antiquity immemorial and about three years ago. The history of uncontrovertible. Yet were our fathers the modifications it had undergone was who founded that most honoured and given officially in a report presented useful body to return to our earth, and last year in the following terms :- to resume the unfinished tasks they be

“ Twenty-seven years since, the Bap- queathed us there, we see no reason to tist General Convention was chartered. suppose that they would have framed in

1848, with the benefits of the experi- | the wise and due despatch of their apence of a quarter of a century, the propriate business. It became, howsame system which, comparatively in ever, a growing and a general conviction, experienced, they adopted in 1821. in the body itself and in our churches, The convention was composed of dele- that this was not the proper employgates or representatives (for the consti- ment of the convention, and that to tution uses either term), made such by local or specific agencies they might the payment, annually to be renewed, more wisely commit other objects, and of one hundred dollars. These dele- concentrate their own cares and coungates represented either individuals, or sels on the single theme of foreign churches, or associations, or voluntary missions. In 1845 an amended constisocieties, or state conventions of our tution was conditionally adopted. In churches. On the same platform, and March, 1846, the legislatures of Pennwith à vote alike weighty, stood the sylvania and Massachusetts passed, on representative who but spoke for him- request of the convention, the acts self singly, and the representative who altering their appellation to that of the assumed to speak for the 20,000 or American Baptist Missionary Union, 70,000 baptists of an entire State. and limiting their objects to the single, Would it not, in any other organiza- but in its singleness vast, field-the tion, have seemed strange representa- diffusion, by missions, of the gospel of tion, thus to give an equal influence to Christ throughout that world of which the solitary township elector, and to he is the rightful and predicted Lord. the senator who rose up in the name of In May of that year, the constitution an embodied State? Here at least was thus already conditionally accepted, and strange inequality. The objects of the by these statutes legally recognized, was convention, again, were multiform and adopted, unconditionally and definitiveill-defined, if not illimitable. In the ly." session of 1826, for instance, the body The constitution of the American passed resolutions on bome missions Baptist Union then established and now and on foreign, on the Sunday-school, in force is as follows:and on the tract cause, on books, on the

"OF THE UNION. private character of agents, and on colleges. Was it strange that at the

“This association shall be styled The Ameri

can Baptist Missionary Union. same session they found it necessary to

The single object of this Union shall be to protest by solemn resolution against diffuse the knowledge of the religion of Jesus the fears of baptists in the Western Christ, by means of missions, throughout the States, that the body might attempt to

world, interfere with the independence of the members. All the members of the Baptist

"3. This Union shall be composed of life churches ? Could, however, such pro- General Convention who may be present at tests, or their own personal principles the adoption of this Constitution, shall be and rare excellencies of character, have members for life of the Union. Other persons saved the churches ultimately from the may be constituted life members by the payinevitable workings of the system? If ment, at one time, of not less than one hundred

dollars. all these objects came legitimately " 4. The Union sball meet annually on the within their powers, and the appropri- third Thursday of May, or at such other time ate field of their duties, they were and at such place as it may appoint. At every virtually a denominational congress ; ballot a President, two Vice-Presidents, a

such annual meeting the Union shall elect by and then a session of one week, or of Recording Secretary, and one third of a Board two weeks even, was not sufficient for of Managers.

“At a meeting to be held immediately after in their judgment, occasion may require. A the adoption of this Constitution, the Union printed notice of the time, place, and object or shall elect an entire Board of Managers, con-objects of such meetings, shall be sent, at least sisting of seventy-five persons, at least one six weeks in anticipation, to every member of third of whom shall not be ministers of the gos- the Board. pel. Said Board shall be elected in three equal “12. All officers appointed by the Board classes, the first to go out of office at the first shall continue to discharge the duties assigned annual meeting; and thus, in regular succes- to them respectively, until superseded by a sion, one-third of the Board shall go out of new election. At all meetings of the Board office at each annual meeting, and their places fifteen shall be a quorum for business. shall be supplied by a new election. In every case, the members whose term of service shall “OF THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE. thus expire, shall be re-eligible.

“13. The Executive Committee shall hold “5. The President, or in his absence one of its meetings at such times and places as they the Vice-Presidents, shall preside in all meet- may appoint. A majority of the whole numings of the Union.

ber shall be a quorum for business. The “6. All the officers of the Union and its Corresponding Secretaries and Treasurer shall Board of Managers shall continue to discharge not be members of the Committee, but they the duties assigned to them respectively, until shall attend its meetings, and communicate superseded by a new election,

any information in their possession pertaining “7. Special meetings of the Union shall be to their respective departments, and aid the called by the President, or, in case of his death Committee in its deliberations. The Commitor absence from the country, by either of the tee shall have power to appoint its own Chair. Vice-Presidents, upon application from the man and Recording Secretary, and to fill any Board of Managers.

vacancy that may occur in their own number.

“ 14. It shall be the duty of the Executive OF THE BOARD OF MANAGERS.

Committee to carry into effect all the orders of “8. All members of the Union may attend the Board of Managers ; to designate, by adthe meetings of the Board of Managers, and vice of the Board, the places where missions deliberate on all questions, but members of the shall be attempted, and to establish and super. Board only shall vote.

intend the same; to appoint, instruct, and "9. Immediately after the annual meeting direct all the missionaries of the Board, and to of the Union, the Board of Managers shall fix their compensation ; to direct the Corremeet and elect by ballot a Chairman, a Record- sponding Secretaries and Treasurer in the ing Secretary, an Executive Committee of discharge of their duties; to make all appronine, not more than five of whom shall be priations to be paid out of the treasury; to ministers of the gospel, as many Corresponding appoint agents for the collection of funds, and Secretaries as they may judge to be necessary, to prescribe their duties and arrange their a Treasurer, and an Auditing Committee of compensation ; and in general to perform all two who shall not be ministers of the gospel. duties necessary to promote the object of the At this meeting the Board shall determine the Union, provided the same be not contrary to salaries of the Corresponding Secretaries and this Constitution or the instructions of the Treasurer, and give such instructions to the Board of Managers. Executive Committee as may be necessary to “ 15. The Executive Committee shall preregulate their plans of action for the ensuing sent to the Board of Managers at its annual year. The Board shall also have power, when meeting a report containing a full account of ever they think it necessary, to appoint an their doings during the preceding year, of the Assistant Treasurer, and to specify his duties condition and prospects of every missionary and fix his compensation.

station, of their plans for the enlargement of “ 10. The Board shall meet annually at such contraction of their sphere of operations, and place as may have been appointed for the in general giving all such information as will annual meeting of the Union, at least two enable the Board to decide correctly respecting days previous to such meeting, to hear the re- the various subjects on which it is their duty, ports of the Executive Committee, the Trea- as the agents of the Union, to form or express surer and the Auditing Committee, and to an opinion. review with care the proceedings of the past “ 16. The Executive Committee shall have year, the result of which shall be submitted to power, by a vote of two-thirds of the whole the Union.

number, to remove, for sufficient cause, any “11. Special meetings of the Board may be Corresponding Secretary, Treasurer, Auditing called by the Executive Committee, whenever, Committee, or Missionary, and to appoint

others in their places, being always responsible give a written certificate of the result to be for such exercise of their power to the Board of entered upon the records of the Board of Managers.

Managers. “ 17. In case of the death or resignation of a Corresponding Secretary, Treasurer, or mem

MISCELLANEOUS. ber of the Auditing Committee, the Executive

“21. The President, Vice-Presidents, and Committee shall have power to supply the Recording Secretary of the Union, the memvacancy until the next meeting of the Board bers of the Board of Managers, the Executive of Managers.

Committee, the Corresponding Secretaries, the

Treasurer, the Auditing Committee, and all “OF THE CORRESPONDING SECRETARIES.

missionaries employed by the Executive Com“ 18. The Corresponding Secretaries shall mittee, shall be members in good standing of conduct the correspondence of the Board and regular baptist churches, of the Executive Committee, excepting such “22. All moneys contributed to the Treaas shall relate to the Treasurer's department, sury of the Union shall be expended at the and perform such other duties as the Board discretion of the Executive Committee, except or the Executive Committee may from time such as may be appropriated by the Bcard to time require. They shall preserve copies of Managers for the salaries of the Correof all their official correspondence, which sponding Secretaries and Treasurer; but sball at all times be accessible to any member moneys or other property given for specified of the Board or of the Executive Committee. objects shall be appropriated according to the

will of the donors, provided such an applica“ OF THE TREASURER.

tion shall not be contrary to the provisions of “19. It shall be the duty of the Treasurer this Constitution, or to the instructions of the to take charge of all moneys and other proper- Board of Managers, in which case they ty contributed to the Treasury of the Union, shall be returned to the donors or their lawful and to give receipts thereof; to keep safely all agents. the moneys and funds of the Union, and all “ 23. The Union, the Board of Managers, their evidences of property; to keep fair and and the Executive Committee, shall each have accurate accounts of all inoneys received and power to adopt such By-laws or Rules of Order expended; to invest and deposit moneys, and as may be necessary for the government of make payments and remittances according their own proceedings, provided always that no to the directions of the Executive Committee; such regulations shall contravene any part or to exhibit bis books, accounts, vouchers, and principle of this Constitution. evidences of property, whenever required, to “ 24. Alterations may be made in this conthe Board or to the Executive and Auditing stitution only upon recommendation by the Committees; to make out an annual state- | Board of Managers, and at an annual meeting ment of receipts and payments, and of the of the Union, by a vote of two-thirds of the condition of the permanent funds and other members present." property, for the information of the Board of Managers ; and to perform such other acts as

“The number of members now in may be necessary to the faithful discharge of the Missionary Union,” says the Report the duties of his office.

for 1848, “constituted such by the pay

ment of one hundred dollars each, is “ OF THE AUDITING COMMITTEE. “ 20. The Auditing Committee shall not be 1,458, of whom 661 have been made members of the Executive Committee, but members by churches, 354 by associashall at any time, when requested, attend its tions, conventions, and missionary someetings to give information respecting the cieties, and 425 by their own contribustate of the Treasury. It shall be their duty tions or those of their friends. Of the once a month to examine the books of the whole number, 91 reside in Maine, 50 Treasurer, particularly and thoroughly, with all the vouchers and evidences of property in New Hampshire, 33 in Vermont,325 thereto belonging. A certificate of the result in Massachusetts, 75 in Rhode Island, of this examination shall be entered upon the 67 in Connecticut, 414 in New York, books of the Treasurer, and a copy furnished to the Executive Committee to be entered 50 in New Jersey, 9 in Delaware, 143 upon their records. They shall also examine in Pennsylvania, 85 in Ohio, 9 in the annual statement of the Treasurer, and Indiana, 9 in Illinois, 21 in Michigan,

« AnteriorContinuar »