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delight they cannot fail to inspire ; while | ing them a guide, which will show them we reflect, with complacency, on the ho- the way, the truth, and the life.' Look nour this country has acquired in the esti- round on countries over which the Sun of mation of foreign nations, by an institution Righteousness once diffused its lustre, but which has gained their respect by the piety, which are now enveloped in the mists of and their affections by the benevolence of spiritual darkness and ignorance. Join its object; while we rejoice in the distin- your endeavours with ours to restore to guished privilege of being ourselves the al- them the long-intercepted light. Look moners of the bounty of heaven, and in the round also on your numerous brethren, who assurance so well substantiated, that by the are suffering affliction. Unite with us in distribution of the imperishable treasures of bestowing upon them that which will give divine truth and knowledge, we have been them real and abiding consolation. The the means of enriching those who were charity in which we invite your participapoor, of communicating instruction to the tion, is sanctified in its means and its end. ignorant, and consolation to the afflicted: We distribute not the meat that perishes, it behooves us, with your committee, to but that spiritual food which will gladden ascribe the origin and the whole success of and invigorate the soul. The effects of our institution to Him alone, to whom the your benevolence, thus applied, may exglory is due : and to say, with devout grati- tend to generations yet unborn ; and the tude, • Not unto us, O Lorch but unto thy prayers of those who are benefited by it, name, be the praise.'
may draw down blessings on yourselves, “Our joy thus chastened may be freely your children, and your country.' indulged; it springs from a pure source; it " These sentiments, which I trust are too is no selfish gratification, but that which deeply engraven on my heart, ever to be arises from the successful accomplishment obliterated, will afford a test of my unabated of a sacred duty, combining, in its object, devotion to the cause in which we are enthe glory of God, and the advancement of gaged; and I offer them as the most achuman happiness through time and eternity. ceptable return in my power, for the honour
“ I shall not expatiate on these topics be- conferred on me by your resolution. fore the present assembly, as motives to perseverance in our great undertaking; those who have tasted the luxury of bene- THE TWENTY-FOURTH GENERAL ficence, will want no inducement to con
MEETING OF THE MISSIONARY tinue their repast. But if my voice could
SOCIETY, reach any who have not associated themselves with us, I would affectionately say Held in London, on the 13th, 14th, and to them, borrowing an expression of my
15th days of May, 1818. right honourable friend, the Chancellor of We have now the pleasing task of prethe Exchequer, “Come, my Christian bresenting to the friends of missions to the thren, enjoy with us this feast of benevo- heathen a summary account of the late lence; unite your endeavours with ours, to Anniversary of the Missionary Society, the give refreshment to the weary and heavy- first public meeting of which was held as laden pilgrims of the earth, to dispense usual at that light which was graciously revealed to
SURREY CHAPEL. cheer the despondency of a benighted The prayers of the Established Churck world. Behold, and pity many millions of were read by the Rev. Rowland Hill, mi. your fellow-creatures, who are randering nister of the Chapel. The prayer which in the mazes of idolatrous superstitions ; preceded the sermon was offered up by the partake with us the duty and delight of gir- Rev. Mr. Morrell, of St. Neots.
The Rev. Ralph Wardlaw, of Glasgow, who little imagine that they are at all then preached a truly missionary discourse, chargeable with any thing of the kind. on Acts xvii. 16. “ Now, while Paul waited Our present bounds admit of no more for them at Athens, his spirit was stirred in than a mere outline ; for the filling up of him, when he saw the city wholly given to which we must refer our readers to the idolatry.”
Sermon itself, which, with the other ser
mons will, we hope, speedily be printed. Having introduced the subject by a brief The Rev. W. Roby, of Manchester, cona sketch of the general state of ancient cluded by prayer. Athens, and particularly noticed the point of light in which the great apostle of the Gentiles, consistently with his character as a Christian Missionary, chiefly regarded it,
TABERNACLE. Mr. W. proceeded to observe, how much room there still exists for the exercise of This place being filled at an early hour, the same feelings as those by which his notices were distributed at the doors, inspirit was stirred; so very large a propor- forming those who could not gain admittion of the population of the world being at tance, that a sermon would forthwith be this day, after the lapse of eighteen centu- preached at Albion Chapel, in the neighries, “ given to idolatry.” To keep alive, bourhood, which had readily been granted and stimulate the missionary spirit, (the on the occasion, by the Rev. Alexander great design of these Anniversaries) he Fletcher, minister of that place. proposed to consider the sentiments, feel At the Tabernacle the Rev. Mr. Maslen, ings, and desires, which the contemplation of Hertford, prayed before the sermon, and of the idolatries of the heathen is calculated the Rev. Mr. Johnson, of Farnham, after it. to awaken and to cherish. He illustrated The Rev. William Cooper, of Dublin, the four following particulars. Such con- preached on Isaiah Ixii. 6 and 7. templation ought to inspire-st, Indignant * After viewing the text and its connexion grief for the dishonour done to God ;-2dly, as the words of Jehovah Jesus to his people, Amazement at human weakness and folly; and as referring with a peculiar emphasis -3dly, Abhorrence of human impiety ;- and force of application to Gospel times, he and Athly, Compassion for human wretch- divided its contents into a promise and' an edness.
I. The Promise. He remarked, that Haring endeavoured, by the illustration the form of expression “ I have set,” was a of these interesting topics, to rouse the spirit Hebraism frequently used in the prophetic of missionary zeal, Mr. W. in concluding, parts of Scripture, probably to denote the pressed upon the attention of his audience absolute certainty of the future event thus the following observations in the way of predicted:-That the Church was here further practical improvement:-1. That designated Jerusalem, because it is really, all the sentiments and feelings described as Jerusalem nominally was, a city of ought to be principles of active and zealous peace; because it is a place of safety, the exertion--founding this remark on the es- residence of God, and the scene of his ample of Paul, as recorded in the imme- worship- that her ministers were called diate context :-2d. The necessity and Watchmen, to indicate the vigilance, value of Divine revelation : -3. That the fidelity, and boldness, which ought to feelings expressed in the text imply the op- characterize preachers of the Gospel-that posite emotions of delight in witnessing the God gave such ministers, and in his infinite contrary scene --and, 4. That the guilt of wisdom appointed the stations of each, idolatry, it is to be feared, attaches to many often contrary to their own wishes, and the VOL. II....No. 6.
general anticipations of those around them, The Rev. Mr. Bull, of Newport Pagnell, yet always in a manner calculated to show prayed before, and the Rev. Mr. Turnbull, that he did all things well-and, lastly, lale of Ottery, after the sermon. that ministers, whom God had appointed and qualified for their office, were laborious and indefatigable in the discharge of their duties--" Never held their peace day nor TOTTENHAM COURT CHAPEL. night;" but, by their fervent zeal and de.
The Rev. Mr. Johnston, of Edinburgh, voted conduct, exhibited the brightest preached on Matt. xxiv. 14. “ This Gospel image which mortals could exhibit of their of the kingdom shall be preached in all the Lord.
world for a witness unto all nations, and II. The Exhortation. He observed, then shall the end come.” In the introthat it was addressed to Christians, whoduction, Mr. J. viewed the passage as a alone are men of prayer, and therefore de prediction of the extensive promulgation of scribed, in the text, as those that make the Gospel previous to the destruction of mention of the Lord; and that it was here Jerusalem, and pointed out its exact fulfilenforced upon them as a solemn obligation, ment. He then proposed to consider the that they should pray earnestly and con. text as pointing to the universal diffusion of stantly for the universal spread of the Re- Christianity previous to the second coming deemer's kingdom.
of our Lord. He, first, directed the attenHe then noticed, that from the text the tion of his hearers to the subject to be following doctrines might be deduced : preached, and gave a general view of the
1. That God would provide a succession doctrines and facts comprehended in the of faithful Ministers and Missionaries for his phrase the gospel of the kingdom. In the Church, whoever died, or deserted their second part of his discourse he considered stations.
the 'Extent to which the Gospel is to be 2. That the Church was to become made known in all the world: and after aduniversal, permanent, and glorious-an verting to the declarations of our Saviour event suggested by reason, and required and the prophets on this subject, he stated by the word of God; for which event, in some of the grounds on which we anticipate the words of the text, we are taught to pray. the ultimate and universal diffusion of the
3. That we must not expect this to be glad tidings of salvation, and showed that accomplished by miracles, but must use the this assurance is the most powerful support appointed means; by seeking preachers in of Missionary exertion. In the third place, our respective Churches ; affording them a Mr. J. directed our attention to the DESIGN proper education; properly equipping for which the Gospel is to be preached in them; helping them at their stations; and all the world; and pointed out briefly the remembering them in our prayers. nature of the testimony which the Gospel
He concluded, by inquiring whether, gives to the character and perfections of while sceking to send Watchmen to distant God ;-here he called upon professing lands, we, as individuals, had listened to Christians to seek a personal interest in the the Watchman's voice at home.
blessing which they are sending to the At Albion Chapel the Rev. Mr. Gilbert, Heathen, and while they send the Bible to of Hull, preached on Jerem. xxxi. 34. others, to study and believe it themselves. “ And they shall teach no more every man In conclusion, he turned our thoughts to his neighbour, and every man his brother, the second coming of the Lord Jesus; after saying, Know the Lord, for they shall all the Gospel has been universally promul. know from the least of them unto the gated, then shall the end come. Mr. J. greatest of them, saith the Lord,"
closed his discourse with an exhortation to
diligent preparation for this great event--to Pyne, Towne, Vautin, Williams, and 'T. be as those that wait for the coming of the Williams. Addresses were delivered by Lord.
the Rev. Messrs. H. Cox, Greenwood, and The Rev. Mr. Whitridge, of Carlisle, J. Hyatt. Hymns were given out by the prayed before the sermon; and the Rev. Rev. Messrs. Forsaith, Roberts, Aldridge, Mr. Harrison, of Woburn, after it. Watson, and Platt. The Rev. Matthew
Wilkes concluded with prayer.
AT. ST. BRIDE'S CHURCH.
The Rev. Mr. Ray, of Sudbury, près rally granted by the Rev. Vicar and the sided. The communicants were addressed Churchwardens of the parish. Text-Acts by the Rev. John Burder, and Rev. T. viü. 29, 30, and part of the 31st verse.
Turnbull; and the spectators by Mr. Wray, “ Then the Spirit,” &c.
Missionary, from Berbice. The hymns After an introduction, relative to the were given out by Messrs. Goode, Raban, conversion of the Ethiopian eunuch, and
and Thomas. The elements distributed the honour which God was pleased to put by Messrs
. Gore, Davies, Jones, Richards, on the ministry of the word in his case, the Purkis, and Brown; and the service con: preacher proceeded to show, 1. What are cluded by the Rev. S. W. Tracy. the evidences of that knowledge which bringeth salvation; and 2. The means through which this saving knowledge is to be communicated, the principal of which he
ORANGE-STREET. showed to be the preaching of the Gospel,
Dr. Collyer presided. Prayer was offered which is so remarkably adapted to the ge- by the Rev. Jos. Slatterie, J. Townsend, nius of Divine truth, and suited to the natu- Dr. Winter, and Rowland Hill. Hymns ral constitution of man. From hence, 3. given out by Messrs. G. Townsend, BlackHe recommended the diligent use of these bum, Chapman, Yockney, and Roby. means as a Scriptural and Christian obliga- Addresses by Dr. Collyer, Rev. Messrs. tion—as an obligation of gratitude as the Struther, Philip, and Reynolds. Elements claim of Christian philanthropy—and as distributed by Messrs. Lewis, Roby, 'enforced by the signs of the times.
Townsend, Winter, Chapman, Dunn,
Rayson, Kiness, Washbourn, Gilbert, Jack-
son, Cloutt, Johnson, Harrison, &c. &c.
Rev. Dr. Bogue presided. The Rev. Mr. Brook prayed. The elements were distributed by the Rev Messrs. Britain, Bryan,
SPA FIELDS CHAPEL Coulson, Creake, Emblem, Hockley, Hopkins, C. Hyatt, Langford, Lockyer, Lloyd,
Was much crowded on Thursday morn M'All, Sanderson, Sturtivant, Warr; and ing, when the Annual Meeting of the Sociby the Rev. Messrs. Brooksbank, Browning, ety for the despatch of business was held. Cadoret, (from France) Evans, Gale, William Alers Hankey, Esq. the treasurer, Knight, Macdonald, Mummery, Oates, was requested to take the chair; a bynau
was sung, and the Rev. Mr. Browning earth. And I trust there bas been many a prayed for the presence and blessing of prayer offered up, that a double portion of God on the Society and its operations. the Holy Spirit moy be poured out upon us, The plan of the Society, agreed upon at its and that we may speak, and hear, on subfirst establishment, was then read by the jects relating to Missions, with all that Rev. Mr. Platt, together with the fun- solemnity, and with all that ardent zeal for damental principle of the Society, disclaim- advancing the cause of Christ, which those ing all party and sectarian views.
who are redeemed by his blood, ought to Mr. Robert Steven then stated, that seve. feel. ral other Missionary Societies having been We met in this place at the commenceformed since the institution of this in 1795, ment of the Society, in the year 1795. some confusion had arisen for want of a title Those of us that were then present, may more distinctive than that which was then recollect what were then our feelings. adopted; and that other Societies, at home And what are they now? Have we been and abroad, having generally given us the disappointed? No; far from it. We have appellation of the London Missionary Soci- reason to adore the goodness of God, that ety, he proposed, and it was unanimously the Saviour has smiled upon our under. agreed, that hereafter in all the publications taking, and displayed his highest approbaof the Society, its title shall be thus ex. tion of it. What has been contained in the pressed ;-" The Missionary Society, in- Report presents to us a most delightful stituted in the year 1795, usually called scene. And, that Report is strengthened The London Missionary Society." by letters which I have received from the
The Report of the proceedings of the Missionaries themselves; and when I read Directors for the past year, but considerably of their diligence in learning languages, of abridged, was next read by the Secretary, their zeal in preaching, of their pains in assisted by his son, the Rev. H. F. Burder. translating the Scriptures, and their care to
The Treasurer then presented a detailed circulate tracts, and to establish schools; account of the Receipts and Disbursements and of their interesting journeys to distant of the Society for the year ending March places to preach the Gospel ; I count it a 31, 1818. Not having room for particulars, matter of the liveliest joy. I have no fear we can now only state the gross amount of relating to ultimate success. Here are the the receipts from Subscriptions and Collec- means employed and the promise of God tions, &c. which is 22,132. 1s. 641. has secured to us his blessing.
Dr. Bogue then moved, that the Report Some think there is nothing done until be received, approved, and printed, accord- they hear of success. But suppose a ship ing to the discretion of the Directors. were lying at anchor in the harbour, day
The Doctor began by expressing that he after day—a ship that is seaworthy, and felt a difficulty in speaking on a subject, well manned, and laden with a cargo of the part of which related to himself; he there. finest wheat, for a distant part of the world, fore moved, that “ Every other part of the to feed the needy inhabitants—an ignorant Report should be received." I doubt not, landsman might say, Why continue here said he, that what you have heard, relating so long ? She will never be able to reach to the progress of tbe Gospel, will till every the destined port.” A sailor might reply, heart with the liveliest joy. We are met " Do you not know, that the wind has been on a most solemn occasion, and should con contrary ?-by-and-by it will be favourable, sider ourselves in the presence of the Lord and then we shall make progress.” Now, Jesus Christ, engaged to promote his cause thus it is with respect to the success of the in the world, and to extend the borders of Gospel. Where its ministers are labouring his kingdom to the remotest ends of the we may expect, with confidence and as