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Lore the Lord and serve him with your whole heart; be not ashamed of his cross which you have borne bitherto, and which you will bear to the end, if God give you wisdom. I recome mend to you always the inheritance of Christ, poverty and the cross; thereby you will be led to eternal riches and glory, if you continue steadfast to the end. (Luke xxii. 28-30.)
But thou, O Lord, who once spakest to thy beloved Peter; When thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren,' do thou speak also effectually to me thy servant:' since thou bast turned from vain and useless pursuits to the one thing needful, teach thy brethren to do so likewise.' But I call all those my brethren who call upon the name of Christ, and not only those, but also all those who, like unto myself, are partakers of flesh and blood, and are descended from Adam and dwell
the terrestrial globe.
Thus far Comenius.—He in this speaks unto us also and di. rects us to the one thing needful. May the Lord, our Saviour, bless his words and bring them powerfully home to our hearts. Amen.
ANNUAL MEETINGS IN LONDON.
(Continued) Home Missionary Society -The fourth Anniversary of this Society was held on Tuesday evening, May 20, at Spa-Fields chapel ; Wm. Walker, Esq. in the chair. The Gypsies had been visited by the Agents of this Society in their tents and fugitive dwellings, and received their visits kindly. Thirty more villages are visited (making in the whole 189,) and two new stati, ons are established. The gospel is preached to 15,000 persons, and 28,000 children are enrolled in the Sunday-schools. The total expenditure of the year was £4,266 11s. 1d. the total receipts £4,311 ls. 9d.
The Continental Society. The fifth Anniversary of this Society, whose object is the diffusion of religious know..
Jedge over the Continent of Europe;" was held on Wednesa, day. May 21, at Freemasons' Hall; Sir Thomas Baring. Bart. M. P. President, in the chair: Rev. Mr. Saunders (Rector of St. Ann's, Blackfriars,) read the report, which briefly stated the progress of the Society on the Continent. In the South of France the principal agent of the Society is a Protestant Swiss Minister, who has established meetings on the first Monday of each month, for communicating information respecting the spread of the gospel, which are resorted to by great numbers, and excite much interest. He is diligent too in distributing the Scriptures, amongst both Protestants and Catholics. In the north of France, it was hoped no less than three hundred souls had been converted by the instrumentality of one active minister, who has formed a circle of seven churches. In Germany, the Bible was working its way; but the Missionaries of the Society had not yet gained access to Spaiu. In France, the Society chad made great use of thie colporteurs, or hawkers, by whose means they had extensively circulated the Scriptures, and, in short, had '
made them Missionaries instead of colporteurs. Much opposition had been encountered by the Society's agents, even from the Protestant preachers; and one of the agents who had ventured to preach in a field, was severely fined and imprisoned. The funds were in a good condition.
London Society for mitigating and gradually abolishing the State of Slavery throughout the British dominions. -The objects of this Society cannot be more clearly and comprehensively defined than in the following resolutions, which were unanimously adopted at the first meeting: That the individuals composing the present meeting are deeply impressed with the magnitude and number of the evils attached to the system of slavery, which prevails in many of the colonies of Great Britain ; a system which appears to them to be opposed to the spirit and precepts of Christianity, as well as repugnant to eve.
rý dictate of natural humanity.and justice. That they long in. dulged a hope, that the great measure of the abolition of the
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slave trade, for which an act of the legislature was passed in 1807, after a struggle of twenty years, would have tended rapidly to the mitigation, and the gradual extinction of Negro bondage in the British colonies ; but that in his hope they have been painfully disappointed; and after a lapse of sixteen years, they have still to deplore the almost undiminished prevalence of the evils which it was one great object of the abolition to remedy. That under these circumstances they feel themselves called upon by the maturest consideration of their duty as Christians, by their best sympathies as men, and by their solicitude to maintain unimpaired the high reputation and the solid prosperity of their country, to exert themselves, in their separate and collective capacities, in furthering this most important object, and in endeavouring by all prudent and lawful means to mitigate and eventually to abolish the slavery existing in our colonial possessions. That an association be now formed, to be called “The London Society for mitigating, and gradually abolishing, the state of Slavery throughout the British dominions ;” and that a subscription be entered into for that purpose. With respect to the means of carrying these objects into effect, they must in some measure depend upon circumstances. For such as are more obvious, particularly the obtaining and diffusing of information, considerable funds will be required ; and it will therefore be necessary to promote subscriptions, not only in the metropolis, but in all parts of the kingdom.S. Hoare, jun. Esq. (at Hoare, Barnett and Co's. Lombardstreet,) is the Treasurer.
On Tuesday, June 17, 1823, was held the Annual Meeting of the Baptist Home Missionary Society, at the City of London Tavern; E. Phillips, Esq. in the chair.
" The objects of this Institution are, to introduce the preaching of the Gospel ;-to promote the circulation of the Scriptures and Religious Tracts ;-and to establish Sunday-Schools and Prayer-meetings in all places destitute thereof, whether in England, Scotland, or the adjacent Islands of Guernsey, Jer sey, Scilly, and Man.
In effecting these objects, the Society now employs SEVENTEEN Missionaries, beside affording aid to upwards of Eighty stated and occasional preachers of the gospel, whose labours are carried on at about Three hundred and fifty stations. One hundred and eight Sunday-Schools have been established by the agents of this Society, in which many Thousands of poor children have been gratuitously instructed both to read and to understand the Holy Scriptures; some of whom are now, by the grace of God, useful missionaries abroad; and others are employed in shewing the way of salvation to their fellow-countrymen at home. Whilst, in many instances where small churches have long existed, the things that remained, and that were ready to die, have been strengthened: new churches have been formed, chiefly composed of the fruits of missionary labours in former years ;' for them pastors and teachers have been provided, and hereby the preaching of the gospel' to the poor and ignorant has been happily united with “ the edifying of the body of Christ.”
On the 18th and 19th of June, were held the usual Annual Meetings of the Baptist Missionary Society. On the 18th, two sermons were preached,--thatin the morning at Great Queen-Street Chapel, by the Rev. Dr. Steadman; and that in the evening at Surrey Chapel, by the Rev. G.Barclay of Irvine. On the morning of the 19th, at nine, a prayer-meeting was held at Eagle Street. Immediately after the prayer-meeting, a very large and respectable assembly met at the Chapel in Great Queen-Street, to hear the Reportof the Committee, and to transact the annual business of the Society. Benjamin Shaw, Esq. Treasurer to the Society, was called to the chair. After the chairman had addressed the assembly, the Report was read by the Junior Secretary, and the various resolutions were moved and seconded by the Rev. J. Kinghorn, and W. C. Wilson, Esq. (M. P.) the Rev. G. Barclay and J. Leifchild; the Rev. E. Irving,. M. A. and. J. Butterworth, Esq. E. Phillips, Esq. and Rev. J. H. Hinton;
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I. Sheppard, Esq. and Rev. J. Arundel ; Rev. J. Kilpin, and W.-Giles ; Rev. J. Hoby and Jabez Bunting, M. A. &c. &c.
The Meeting appeared to be exceedingly interesting, and afforded a rich display of christian sympathy and affection, and of powerful eloquence.
June 20.---The ninth Anniversary of the Baptist Society for promoting the Gospel in Ireland, was held at the City of Lon. don Tavern; J. Butterworth, Esq. in the chair. After the Report had been read, the meeting was addressed by the Rev. Messrs. Barclay, Hoby and Davis, Lieut. Gordon (R. N.) J. S. Taylor, Esq. &c. &c. Much interest was excited and a very large collection made.
" The number of the Sabbath and Itinerant Irish Readers of the Scriptures is twenty-four. Some idea of the usefulness of the Sabbath Readers may be formed, from the report of the labours of five men in the county of Clare. They have read the scriptures in the Irish language in more than two hundred and fifty distinct cabins. One of them alone has taught fortyseven adults to read the Irish perfectly.
“ The Committee report that there are ninety-two dayschools, and fourteen evening schools for adults, beside several Sunday schools. There are in Tipperary, Cork, Westmeath, Longford, and Kilkenny, eleven; in Clare and Limerick seventeen ; and in Sligo, Mayo, and Roscommon, sixty-four. The schools, contain about 7500 children : all these belong to Roman Catholic parents, excepting about 500, whose parents are Protestants."
We know not how to close our report of these interesting Anniversaries more appropriately, than by subjoining, from the Christian Observer, a statement of the receipts of Religious Charities in 1822–23. It will be seen that in this list are included only those Societies which are of general interest, and -the-centre-of-whose operations is, therefore, found in London, Many, very many local Institutions are of course omitted, and