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The following Report of our recent Anniversary Services cannot fail to excite among our readers the strongest feelings of holy anticipation, as well as of adoring gratitude, in connexion with the advancement and prospects of the Missionary cause. Its details will strengthen every previous conviction of the Christian mind, that the great work which engages the energies and resources of the Society is really uplield and directed by the hand of God; that, in all its departments, it enjoy's the clearest marks of His favour; and that He continues to acknowledge it as one of His most honoured instruments for exhibiting the riches of His grace in the heathen world.
The several Services were of the best character, pervaded with a spirit of deep devotion and sacred ardour; supplying a strong assurance, not only that the present wants, but the ever-growing claims of this great enterprise will be met with a proportionate increase of Christian liberality. The Churches have many gifts and sacrifices yet to lay upon this altar, but they will count nothing too precious to offer for the furtherance of that kingdom which is at length to be the joy of the whole earth.
Under these heart-cheering convictions we commence another year of labour in a cause which the lapse of time has only served to render more dear; looking, in earnest prayer and humble faith, for the continued presence and more abundant blessing of Him whose promise secures its constant enlargement and perfect victory.
MONDAY, May 7th.
NEW BROAD.STREET CHAPEL. An Iatroductory PRAYER MEETING was held, specially to implore the Divine blessing on the several Services of the Anniversary.
WEDNESDAY, May 9th.
SURREY CHAPEL. The Rev. JAMES SHERMAN read the Prayers of the Church of England; after which, the Hon. and Rev. Baptist W. Noel offered Prayer.
The Rev. J. A. James, of Birmingham, preached from Zech. i. 5; and the Rev. T. James offered the concluding Prayer.
TABERNACLE. The Rev. J. Roberts, of Truro, read the Scriptures, and prayed ; the Rev. Joax Rob. son, D.D., of Glasgow, preached from Isaiah liii. 11 ; and the Rev. H. Addiscott, of Taunton, concluded with Prayer.
FRIDAY, MAY 11th.
POULTRY CHAPEL. The Rev. H. Allon, of Islington, read the Scriptures and prayed; the Rev. J. HARRIS, D. D., preached to the Young, from John iv. 34-39; and the Rev. H. B. Jeula, of Green. wich, concluded with Prayer. VOL, XXVII.
MONDAY, May 14th.
TOTTENHAM Court CHAPEL. Rev. JAMES STRATTEN presided. Ad Rev. Dr. HENDERSON presided. Addresses dresses by Revs. Dr. ARCHER, A. BUZA COTT, by Revg. T. MANN, T. M. Newxes, and and W. Isaac.
J. A. MILLER.
Hanover CHAPEL, Peckham.
HARTLAND. Rev. Arthur Tidman presided. Ad.
Trevor CHAPEL, Chelsea. dresses by Revs. W, LEASK and J. ADEY.
Rev. James Parsons presided. Addresses Islington CHAPEL.
by Rev. J. Stoughton, and the Hon, and Rev. A. Fletcher, D.D., presided. Ad. Rev. B. W. Noel. dresses by Revs. W. Spencer, H. Aljon,
GREENWICH TABERNACLE. and H. MARCHMONT.
Rev, John Burner presided. Addresses St. Thomas's-SQUARE, Hackney. by Revs. E. STALLYBRASS, T. SLATYER, Rev. W. H. STOWELL presided. Addresses and T. Timpson. by Revs. J. Kennedy, E. CRISP, J. Wat.
ECOLESTON CHAPEL. son, and J. Dean.
Rev. GEORGE SMITH presided. Addresses STOCKWELL CHAPEL.
by Revs. Thomas Boaz and SAMUEL MAR. Rev. Caleb Morris presided, Address TIN. by Rev. T. G. STAMPER.
THURSDAY, MAY 10.
Exeter Hall. The Fifty-fifth Annual Meeting was held at Exeter Hall, on Thursday, the 10th of May. At a very early hour the large room began to fill; and, long before the Chair was taken, was crowded by an auditory of the highest respectability. At ten o'clock, the Duke of ARGYLI, accompanied by the Directors, appeared on the platform, and was received with loud and cordial plaudits. His Grace immediately took the Chair, supported on the right by WILLIAM ALERS HANKEY, Esq., and on the left, by Sir Culling EARDLEY EARDLEY, and the plat. form was, as usual, fully occupied by ministers and laymen,
The proceedings commenced by the Rev. E. Prout giving ont the 1st Hymn, Missionary collection, commencing,
" Assembled at Thy great command,
Before Thy face, dread King, we stand ;" and, at the close of the singing, the Rev. Dr. MORison offered up a deeply solemn and highly appropriate prayer.
The Noble CHAIRMAN then rose, and said: first,- if not the very earliest and first, to -It gives me the sincerest satisfaction to have give to the Protestant Christianity of Eng. the honour of presiding over a meeting of this land a missionary character. I rejoice, too, Society, which was one of the earliest and the to observe, from the appearance of this assem. bly, that the interest always evinced in the cumstance with any unchristian feeling-we proceedings of this Society has not abated, are not come here to censure others : we are but I trust it will go on increasing. It is not come here to express our own convictions, my intention, in opening the engagements of and we are bound to conclude that the Bishop the day, to dwell upon the duty which lies of London has acted from conscientious mo. upon all Christians to extend the knowledge tives, and that some new light has struck upon of the Saviour to those who know Him not. his mind, on which he feels himself bound to The days are now past,—but only too lately act. This I will only say to members of the past,—when any Christian doubted this truth: Church of England, It is in your power-in it is now acknowledged by us all, and practi. the power of those of the community who discally acted upon by many. We are well aware agree with such proceedings—to counteract that the command, to go and preach the Gos- every evil effect which it may have a tendency pel to every creature, is a command addressed to produce. It is in your power to give your to every Christian, and not merely to the sincere and hearty concurrence to your fellow ministers of the Christian Religion. Neither Christians, when forwarding the interests of shall I dwell upon another point, which is the kingdom of Christ. Let me tell you this, now also well known and universally acknow and I say it with a conscientious and deep ledged : I will not impress on you the truth, conviction, that the interests of the Church of that, of all the nations of the earth, this obli. England will be better served when all its gation lies most heavily upon the English members do not place Episcopacy in the front people. I do not need to remind you that of Christianity. The interests of the Church we rule over an enormous portion of the of England will be better consulted when they globe; that we exercise dominion over mile do not put their Episcopacy-highly as they lions of heathen people; that we have increased may value it-in front of Christianity, but, at our riches, our wealth, and our commerce, from least, some steps behind it. these lands. It is unquestionably our duty, In opening the proceedings of this meeting, more than all the nations of the earth, to it would be out of place to anticipate the Re. spread the knowledge of Christ among those port which will be read to you by your Foreign millions.
Secretary. Perhaps, however, I may be alNor need I dwell, in this assembly, on lowed to run rapidly over those great quarters another point. I need not tell you that it is of the world in which the operations of your our duty to merge all minor differences in Society are conducted. The South Sea Islands spreading the knowledge of our common have been one of the principal and most suc. Christianity. I see myself surrounded by cessful fields of the labours of this Society. representatives of many of those sections into There is something in these Islands which inwhich that Christianity is, perhaps unfortu. vests them, especially to Englishmen, with nately, divided; but we are united in the wish, peculiar interest. The inhabitants are island. that the knowledge of Christ and Him Cruci« ers, and so are we : they were discovered by fied should be made known to the heathen our own Cook; and moreover, the dominion through our common instrumentality. I have which we have held so long over the sea bas recently been made acquainted with a circume given us a peculiar interest in them. It is imstance I feel it my duty to mention. I shall possible to read the Report of the Society,withrefer to it without asperity, though I shall out the deepest thankfulness for the success mention it with deep regret. I, myself, am with which its labours in these Islands have not a member of the Church of England, but, been blessed. An anecdote was mentioned in I can sincerely say, that I entertain towards my hearing lately, upon another platform, that Church feelings of great respect, and I which has been confirmed by the Secretary of should be glad, and rejoice to see its influence the Society, and which I shall mention for extended in spreading the knowledge of the the satisfaction of this meeting. From one Saviour. I am told that, since the commence of the islands of the South Seas, Rarotonga, ment of the Society, it has been the practice which has been discovered only in recent times, every year to have a sermon in support of this a young man lately came to London, and he Missionary Institution in a Church of the Es. saw, for the first time, in the Mission House, tablished Religion. This year, for the first one of the idols which his fathers worshipped ; time, I deeply regret to inform this assembly, so completely had every vestige of idolatry that a prohibition has been issued by the been swept from that island. Bishop of London against supporting this I pass to another division of the globe -- the charity. Now, let me not speak of this cir. Continent of Africa. On us this part of the world has peculiar claims; for, though we conversion of the heathen in heathen lands, were the first to give the great example of will be those most disposed to spend on the emancipation to the slave, we never can for. heathen of our own country. Let not this get, that, for many long years, this Christian objection, then, stand in the minds of any. country not only continued to possess slaves, It is unquestionably our duty, pre-eminently but resisted the extermination of the Slave- our duty, to extend the knowledge of Christ trade. It is our duty, unquestionably, to do to our own people ; but, “this ought ye to all we can to extend to the children of the have done, and not have left the other unrace of Ham the knowledge of Christ. I be- done." One word more, and I close. It lieve that all, who have had an opportunity of is a melancholy consideration, and it might observing the negro race, will confess that sometimes stagger some of us, that, in this there is in them a docility of disposition and a nineteenth century of the Christian era, but warmth of heart which are calculated to make a very small portion of the globe has been them eminent Christians, when they have converted to Christ; but we must remember been converted.
this, that sudden impulses sometimes go forth, From Africa I pass to India ; and need I, in and enter millions of the human race. It was addressing a British audience, impress upon so at the first propagation of Christianity-we them the claims it has upon the Christianity trust it will be so again. There is a unity in of England ? No small portion of our national the human mind, from which sometimes there wealth-our commercial riches our national arise most extraordinary results. The im. glory, has there been gained. There, too, pulse given to one portion-perhaps but a the operations of the Society are conducted small impulse-goes, like a mighty wave, over not, indeed, with such great success as in the thousands and thousands of the human race, South Sea Islands, because in the East Indies and we know not how soon the Word of God we have to conflict, not with vague, unsys. may go forth in power, over the moral, as it tematised superstition, but with an ancient did over the material world; we know not religion, an ancient civilisation, and an highly how soon it may be said by Him, “Let there intellectual people. Still, there is every rea- be light, and there shall be light." son to hope that a great era is opening in In. The Rev. A. TIDMAN then read an abstract dia. The superstition of India has always of the Report, commencing, as usual, by a been intimately connected with the false no. reference to the state of the Society's Mis. tions they have entertained in matters of phy- sions in POLYNESIA. During the past two sical philosophy; but the education we are years, three Native Evangelists had fallen extending to that people is gradually under. victims to the violence of the people in the mining the foundations of their faith, and it New Hebrides, and the prospects of the Gosis our duty to see that, in place of that faith, pel in that group were still dark and uncer. we plant the faith of Christ..
tain. Contrasted with this was the encouIn the beginning of the observations I have raging progress of the Samoan Mission, where addressed to this meeting, I observed, that no the New Testament had been translated, the one now disputes the general proposition as to Christian Sabbath was honoured, and Churches the duty which lies upon all to extend the formed, containing, in the aggregate, about knowledge of the Saviour. I have heard one 2000 members. The Georgian Group was objection made, not, indeed, to the general still under French Dominion, but the Society proposition, but to the particular fields to Islands continued to enjoy their independence. which our efforts should be directed. I have In Tahiti, 700 copies of the Bible had been heard it lately said, that it is not our duty to purchased by the people, and the sum of 2801., extend Christianity to the heathen, while we as the result, had been transmitted to the ourselves are surrounded, in our own country, Bible Society. by a population which is nominally Christian, In South AFRICA the stations were ra. but heathen in reality. I never hear this re. pidly reviving from the effects of the late Caffre mark made without thinking of that alabaster War. The Kat River Settlement was returnbox of ointment—of spikenard very precious, ing to its wonted state of prosperity, and the which was poured on our Saviour's head. regions to the North presented a delightful “Why was not this ointment sold for three scene of Missionary diligence and success. hundred pence, and given to the poor?" Aye, In the stations beyond the great Orange but if this spikenard had not been so poured, River, there were 1500 Native Cbristians in would it have been expended on the poor? Church-fellowship, and the interests of eduThe fact is, those who spend most upon the cation, civilisation, and social order were
steadily and powerfully advancing. In Mahuman mind. We admit it. They, therefore, DAGASCAR the sufferings of the Christians ought to be our friends-we are theirs—and had not abated, but their faith and courage we are aiming to accomplish the work which bad been upheld, and their numbers increased they profess to have at heart, by means more by the accession of new converts. The Den direct and more efficient than they can com. putation of the Society to Africa, Rev. J. J. mand. They would advance civilisation, proFreeman, had safely arrived at Cape Town, mote man's temporal improvement, mitigate and entered on the fulfilment of his Mission. his sorrows, and multiply his joys. We, too,
In the West INDIES, notwithstanding the would do all this: we would raise the savage operation of many adverse events, social and into the civilised man, but we would also raise political, the congregations generally had been the civilised man to a condition only a little good, the additions to many of the Churches lower than that of angels. Their efforts will numerous, and their future prospects en. not obstruct ours-ours will consummate couraging; while the amount contributed by theirs. Moreover, permit me to ask where them, towards their own support, exceeded are their means, their appliances, for accomthe sum of 50001.
plishing this noble purpose? It is one thing The zealous efforts of the Missionaries, to to draw a beautiful picture of the improving introduce the Gospel into China, had als influence of science, and another to bring that ready been followed by results the Directors science to bear on the minds of a horde of had not ventured to anticipate. They had wandering savages. It is comparatively easy now nineteen European Agents labouring in for the philosopher to sit down and speculate that empire, at four different stations, at each in his study on the moral improvement of of which places of worship had been erected, man by the introduction of science; but where and congregations and churches formed; and are the agents that philosophy has ever emto the latter, several new converts (including ployed for carrying its schemes into practical six at Hong-Kong) bad recently been added. effect? Where are the men of science, and of A native ministry was also in progress of literature, who have been willing to forego the formation, with most cheering prospects of comforts of life, and live for years in the success, and several Native Evangelists were society of barbarians, that they might lift already actively employed in spreading the them from their abject condition? Direct us Gospel among their countrymen.
to a single nation which has been so raised ; In India the labours of the Christian show us the moral triumphs which you have husbandman had been greatly honoured and achieved ; point us to a single tribe or class blessed. The aggregate number of schools which mere science has ever reclaimed, from there established by the Society was 337, the wandering babits of the chase to those of containing 12,500 scholars; and in these order, industry, and social happiness. were included 1700 female children. There But traverse now with us the field of Chriswere 25 Native Churches, comprising 1000 tian Missions. Pass over with us to the Isles members—including many additions, obtained of the Sea. What is it, in many of those through the blessing of God, in the past year. Islands, that has put an end to human sacriThe Missions of the Society in India greatly fice; that has stopt the career of desolating needed a reinforcement of Missionaries. The and exterminating war; that has multiplied Report concluded with a powerful appeal to the nation and increased its joy; that has the Churches to supply the necessary resources rescued the new-born infant from the deadly for this purpose.
grasp of the destroyer; that has exchanged The Financial Statement (which was accom- the instruments of death for the implements panied by various remarks and explanations) of husbandry; that has spread the sail of shewed that the Income of the Society for the commerce; that has introduced learning and year had been 64,5081. 38. 8d., and the total the useful arts; that has caught the floating expenditure 67,2381. 12$. 9d., exbibiting sounds of a merely spoken dialect, and given an excess of expenditure over receipts of them form, and pressure, and embodiment, in 27301. 98. ]d.
a written language; that has taught the art of The Rev. James Hill, of Clapham, in printing-that mighty engine of mental and rising to move the adoption of the Report, moral improvement ? What but the labours after a few prefatory remarks proceeded as of Christian Missionaries. As members of follows:-Much has been said by the friends this Society, we can never think of those of science, of literature, and of philosophy, Islands, without a thrill of the liveliest emo. as to the tendency of these pursuits to raise the tion. They were our first love; the freshness