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thing as human virtue, there was nothing tianity seemed to dwindle into something naturally good in man. He rested his partial, little, and sectarian, and to lose argument on the assumed fact of general her grand character of Catholicity. Since depravity. A great deal had been heard Missionary labours commenced, Chrisof the natural innocency of man, and the tianity had become aggressive ; she had inutility of attempting to Christianize gone forth mighty to save, and nations savages, as tending rather to dete- have been visited and evangelized with riorate, than ameliorate, their condition. all the rapidity of apostolic times. No Certainly, infidels had been fond of this fresh revelation had taken place; but the slang, in their assaults against our common Missionary had gone forth with the Christianity; and there had been nomi- Bible in his hand, trusting
in the fidelity nal Christians, Christians by profession, of Christ, who said, “ Lo, I am with you who had been sadly wishful to underrate always, even to the end of the world;" the importance and glory of Gospel and the success had been evangelical suc. truth. Their statements had had some cess; the success purely of the Bible ; degree of plausibility in them; still, success that had indicated the operational he could never believe that the Gospel agency of God; success which might stated anything false in point of matter always be appealed to with confidence. of fact. It was necessary there should —Another fact established by Missionary be some kind of demonstration; they enterprise, was the elucidation of the truth, could not argue with an infidel upon that all providential endowments, every principles taken from a book which he thing God gave to nations, had a geneprofessed to disregard. Demonstration ral and ultimate object, that wherever was wanting ; research, Missionary en- he bestowed gifts by which mankind terprise, these had brought out the fact could be benefited, they never answered its that there was universal depravity. purpose till they went forth universal as the Amidst all the phases of Paganism there light. If they took, for instance, the was moral destitution; wherever man rationale of the Reformation, it did not was, the fall was ; wherever idolatry ex- appear in its immediate effects, in its isted, there was no virtue ; where there struggle with Popery, although many were no piety, no moral principle, where thousand converts were raised up; they God was unknown, there was no happi- should connect it with the revival of reli. ness; the heart was full of anti-social gion in the last century, which we now and anti-rational feelings; and men enjoyed; and with the spread of truth, the viewed existence as a mere bubble float. outpouring of the Spirit, to make it an ing upon the edge of the wave.- Another agent in the hands of God for evangelizfact which he would advert to, as estab- ing the world. Let them refer to our lished by Missionary enterprise, was the national history, our success in war, the sovereign efficacy of the Gospel. What preservation of peace, our commercial ever of truth there had been in false reli- greatness, every thing that gave elevation gions, had been borrowed truth, precise- and grandeur to the British isles ; all ly of the same kind as Joseph Smith's these must be connected with the great Bible, said to have been recently found enterprise of saving the world. The in America. All that was true in Ma- gift of our colonies, especially the East hometanism had resulted from the light of Indies, was the purpose of God, that we the Bible, or from the light of tradition. might convey truth, religion, and salvaHow was
our Reformation brought tion to one hundred millions of immortal about? By an appeal to the oracles of This was the elevation of Britain, -Gud. But in Pagan lands there was her distinction, the apex of her glory, nothing but darkness; no Seers were that for which she had been raised to raised up, no Prophets had been inspired; greatness.—Another fact was, that the these nations had been suffered judicially civilization of the world was to be carrier! to walk in their own ways. But the on and perfected through this medium. If Gospel had never been tried without they looked to any portion of the earth, some fruits. Wherever it appeared, the they would see how Christianity raised glories of Christianity had revived. It men, how it dignified men. Christianity assailed the various forms of Paganism, conveyed all the elements of civilization and was every where triumphant. Pre- without any of its evils, extracting the vious to the era of Missions, the glory of poison.- He might also advert to the fact, Christianity was a sort of matter of his- that God, in blessing the world, and actory, and was rather referred to by per complishing the purposes of his grace, sons who wished to have an apology for followed uniformly the track of his genefaith, than to find arguments for its zea- ral providence. They were not to look lous propagation,—it was an affair of to any disturbance of existing arrangeeducation or national profession. Chris- ments or existing moral laws. God had
given the church certain truths, and ex- inhospitable coust; and, in attempting pected the church to use them. He had to run the vessel on shore, the captain linked his agency with man's free instru- could only succeed in bringing her into mentality, of which the incarnation itself contact with a rock, surrounded with the was a beautiful and expressive type. boiling waves, and at a short distance When the church was called “the body from cliffs almost precipitous. A number of Christ,” what did that signify but of the crew were, almost in a moment, that it was the instrumental medium ; swept into eternity ; and one remarkable that as the soul did not act without the circumstance was connected with it -a body, so the church was the connecting woman, who had the spirit of a Missionlink between the Mediator and the world, ary, was engaged to the last in pointing the Church was to be the depositary of those despairing about her to Jesus. It his fulness, as Christ was in fact the was Christianity that prepared for a "fulness of him that filleth all in all.” course of conduct more exalted than They were to use all the resources God mankind ever could have known, had it had given them, and to look for the evan- not been for that glorious revelation. A gelization of the world, and the consum- number of these poor creatures reached mation of their plans and hopes, by the rock, where there was scarcely clingtreading in the path which God had ing room. There they remained, in cir. marked out for them. Let others talk cumstances dreadfully perilous, while the of their miracles, or outbreakings of the strongest sensation was produced throughpower of the Deity; the Missionaries out the country. Numbers came to the had their miracles in the conversion of cliffs, who could speak to, but could not the savage to the faith of Christ; where reach them ; food could not be conveyed all conceivable difficulties were to be to them; and from Saturday night until grappled with, they saw that the Gospel the afternoon of Monday thus they conwas able to accomplish the renovation of tinued. Every effort was made to relieve man, and to bring about the salvation of the them,-a rope at last was conveyed from world.--After some further remarks, he one cliff to another, by which means proobserved, that the motion referred espe- visions were sent, and one after another cially to the augmentation of the resources was drawn up. Would it have been of the Society. He certainly had heard possible to look on the circumstances of that the expenditure had exceeded the these individuals without a strong feeling income by several thousand pounds, and of sympathy ? Could they be men who that they could go no further in Mission- would not be prepared to sacrifice a large ary operations without an increased in portion of their property in order to come. If they would gather fruit from the snatch them from ruin ? Was there a fields already tilled, they must have man who would not almost have risked more labourers, who must be sent out to his life to bring them relief ? Surely, all the most prosperous fields, in order the man who could have looked on coldly, that the glorious work might be continued and made no effort to rescue them,—who to future generations. In conclusion, he
could have withheld that which was alluded to that part of the Resolution necessary to purchase apparatus to save which referred to the necessity of the them from ruin, would have been looked effusion of the Holy Spirit upon our on as worse than a savage. There were Missionary Stations, and called upon none such in that country. Savage as them to plead while they gave, for when were some of its districts, and rude as the church was a praying church God were their inhabitants, on such an emerwould come to its help.
gency their hearts were filled with anxi. The Rev. THOMAS WAUGH, ety, and there was no sacrifice withheld to said,-Up to this time the church had done snatch their fellow-creatures from a watery a great deal, but these doings were only grave. But were the circumstances of these in their commencement; and if their persons, so wretched, so dreadful, as is the cause was viewed as it ought to be, condition of those who are without Christ, things more liberal would be accom- without hope, without God in the world ? plished than our hearts had yet devised. If they would have charged the blood of Not long ago, a disastrous circumstance those who perished from the wreck, on occurred within a few miles of the place those who might have extended relief where he was at the moment—he alluded and would not, what could be said of to the wreck of the Killarney steamer- those who turned a deaf ear to the appeals a vessel on board which were many of his made this evening, and said they were neighbours, who had attempted to reach not inclined or able to do what was re. this country, but were driven back by a quired, in order that souls might be saved dreadful tempest.
Failing of making from hell,—in order that their fellowthe harbour, they were driven on a most creatures might be rescued from an eternity of ruin? If they felt the value of the subject, and asked herself, “ What those for whom Christ died, when they preparation ought I to make against the saw the possibility of reaching them, coming Anniversary ? ” He should be they should not ask how little they could sorry to say, that there were not hundreds do to quiet conscience, but, in the over- present whose income was larger than that flowings of Christian benevolence, what possessed by this lady. She commenced was the utmost limit to which they might à system of curtailment, denied herself go, in order that God might be glorified many things, and took care to regulate and souls saved from death? The
feelings her family expenses by the strictest of the present congregation were now economy. From her savings alone, she about to be tested. He knew there was was prepared, when the Anniversary much Christianity in the world at this came round, to prove how deeply she felt moment ; and he hoped the continued for the misery of man. There were three interest which these Meetings called forth collections, and he had reason to know would prove that the former excitement that her teñ pounds were on the plate nad not been skin deep only, but was at each collection. This happened in a founded on principle. Such meetings country where it was said the people were gave strong evidence that there was a warm-hearted, but did not follow up their revival and spread of truth through the feelings. He could answer for the gratiland; and the result of these meetings fication which his friend experienced at would act upon themselves; and in pro- the part wbich she had taken ; and she portion as they acted, God's blessing was as well off at this moment as if she would rest upon them. To do their had not entered on that system, or not duty, and reach those who required to be contributed to the cause of the Lord of rescued, the church must make sacrifices Hosts.-Mr. Waugh conclded by a which they had not yet made; and what powerful appeal to the liberality of the were those sacrifices. He knew an in- Society on behalf of the Missions gene. stance in the case of a friend of his own, rally, and of the Irish Mission in pars who sat down and deliberately examined ticular.
COLLECTIONS AND DONATIONS, RECEIVED IN CONNEXION WITH THE LATE ANNIVERSARY. The following statement of the Collections and Donations, received in connexion with the various religious services and meetings, during the late Anniversary, shows the noble and heart-cheering amount of £6933. 195. Od. The Committee make this announcement with unfeigned gratitude to God and to their generous friends; and take these results as a further earnest of that still more abundant support which the extensive and increasing Missions under their care so imperatively require. The particulars are as follows :
123 17 8 Collections on Sunday, April 29th
590 10 4 Collection at Exeter-Hall Meeting, April 30.......
260 1 6
Exeter-Hall, April 30th, or received soon after the Meeting,
1598 4 3
3000 0 Francis Riggall, Esq., Alford..
£6933 19 €
LONIYON :- Printed by James Nichols, 46, Hoxton-Square.
Subscriptions and Donations in aid of this Society will be thankfully received at the Baptist Mission House, No. 6, Fen Court, Fenchurch Street, London; or by any of the Ministers or Friends whose names are inserted in the Cover of the Annual Report.
FOREIGN INTELLIGENCE. and so both within and without the canton
ments it furnishes an extensive and inte
resting field of evangelical labour. The EAST INDIES.
church consists both of European and naOur readers are aware that the Mis- tive members, and therefore requires both sionary stations and agents which, for
an English and native ministry. The total several years past, have been directed
number at present in communion is forty
two. and supported by the Serampore Union, are now transferred to the care of the Society, and have become dependent on
JESSORE. its funds. Of these stations we subjoin Missionary—Mr. J. PARRY. a brief account, principally taken from Native Preachers —NEELMUNEE, SHURUN, the tenth number of the “ Friend of
BUNGSHEE, and RAMDHUN. India.”
The district of Jessore lies in the very CALCUTTA.
centre of Bengal, and is of great extent and
agricultural wealth. It is one of those porMissionary-Mr. W. Robinson.
tions of the country in which there are no Assistant Missionary—Mr. W. Thomas. other missionaries besides the above, alNative Preachers—GUNGANARAYUN, RAM- though its population amounts at least to a HUREE, RAM-SOONDUR, RAM-JEE.
and a quarter of souls. At Calcutta, Mr. Robinson is chiefly oc- Mr. Parry, always assisted by one of the cupied with the care of the church meeting native preachers, resides with the principal in the Lall-Bazar Chapel, which consists of part of the church, all the members of which two equally important parts, requiring the are natives, at the chief town of the disministration of the gospel both in English trict, the seat of the functionaries of goand Bengalee. In the latter he is assisted vernment, and of their courts of law and by Mr. Thomas and the native preachers; revenue, which is called indifferently Jeswho are, however, more generally employed sore, Sahebgunge, Kusba, and Moorley. amongst the native converts, who have Badpookereeya, one of the subordinate stabeen brought into the fellowship of the tions, lies about forty miles to the northchurch from a number of villages lying to ward, and Bhursapore, the other, about the south of Calcutta, at the distance of a fifty-six miles to the southward of the cenfew miles, and have now the gospel, with tral station; and the former is occupied by all its ordinances, dispensed amongst them one native preacher, and the latter by two, at their own homes. The last report men
one of whom also teaches a school for the tions that the number of members in these education of the youth, both Christian and villages was nearly fifty; and that about heathen, of the station. one hundred and thirty persons were con- The following is part of Mr. Parry's renected with the station altogether as mem- port for 1836 : “ With regard to the conbers and inquirers.
version of the heathen, I am happy to add
-thanks be to God for his rich mercy and DUM DUM.
grace—that six poor blind sinners have this
year been turned from the error of their Missionary—Mr. W. B. SYMES. Native Preacher-SOOBHROO.
ways. One gave up caste, a Hindoo, and
has been residing with our brethren at Dum-Dum is a military station about Bhursapore for some months past. He has seven miles north-east of Calcutta, and the made some progress in Christian knowhead-quarters of the Hon. Company's Ar- ledge. He has begun to learn to read. tillery, both European and native. It is when I saw him last he knew his letters, surrounded with a dense native population; I and I dare say by this time he is able to
read. He is about forty years of age, and “ At Badpookureeya, three candidates for has no family but a son, who has forsaken baptism were proposed at our last church him since he came amongst us.
meeting there, the wife and brother of “ Aradhun, another Hindoo, who has for Ramdhun, the native preacher, and a poor many years past been in the habit of read- old widow. She has been attending on the ing our tracts and visiting our Christian means of grace for a year. She and her friends, has discarded the whole system of daughter were favoured with the light of Hindooism, and admires the purity, consis- the gospel about twelve years ago, but they tency, and divine origin of the Christian never sought to walk in the way of life. religion. Formerly, he used warmly to The poor daughter, about a year and a half oppose the truths of the gospel. He had ago, was suddenly overtaken by death, and, often before wished to embrace Christianity, I fear, quite unprepared.
This event, but an aged mother, who is deaf and ex- through the mercy of God, has been made tremely ignorant, threatened to destroy her- instrumental to warn her of her danger. self if he did so, which hitherto prevented The whole number who appear to have rehim. About eight months ago, he happened ceived the grace of God are ten ; and, if it to attend the court of this place on business, please God, in a short time we hope to reand took opportunities of calling on me ceive them into the church, to the praise frequently. I warned him most seriously and glory of that blessed Saviour who shed of the danger of delaying to come to Christ, his blood for us all.” and told him that he required us to give up all, even parents, for his sake; exhorted him to prefer Christ to all things else; hea- DINAGEPORE AND SADHAMUHAL. ven to all earthly joys; holiness to sin.
Missionary-Mr. H. SMYLIE. Shortly after he left this, he called on our
Native Preacher-BHOODOO. friends at Bhursapore, and, for the first time, voluntarily ate with them, and told The district of Dinagepore, lying towards them he would no longer delay in making Bootan, in the northern part of Bengal, is an open profession of Christianity. He is of great extent, and has a population of no much respected by his neighbours, can read, less than three millions. It is likewise one and has got through the greater part of the of the districts in which there are no other Bible. His sister-in-law seems willing to missionaries, and is that which enjoyed the embrace Christianity also. He has a grown early labours of Carey and Thomas, soon up son, a young man, who is quite indiffe- after their arrival in India. The church rent about his salvation. The poor mother here was raised by the instrumentality of of our brother is so perfectly deaf, that it is the late Mr. Fernandez, who had residences quite impossible to convey to her any idea both at Dinagepore, the chief town of the of the gospel.
district, and at Sadhamuhal, a village about “Jeebun-Krishna, an old Hindoo, of twenty-four miles to the north-east, which about fifty, heard of the Saviour through he bequeathed to the mission. Mr. Smylie some of his neighbours. Many years ago resides statedly at Dinagepore, and visits he embraced the tenets of the Hindoo sect, Sadhamuhal occasionally; whilst Bhoodoo, called Vyshnubs, thinking that by being a the native preacher, resides chiefly at Sadfollower of Krishna he might obtain salva- hamuhal. tion. But still he was dissatisfied, as he Mr. Smylie and his wife have suffered could not believe that one sinner could save greatly from the inhospitable climate of the another. He hailed with joy a Saviour district, and have met with severe discouwho was holy, and had given his life a ran- ragements; but they continue faithful and som for sinners. Old as he is, he has com- zealous in their labours, and appear now to menced learning his letters, and I suppose be reaping abundantly the fruit of them. by this time he is able to read.
In the report for 1837, Mr. Smylie re“ Besides, there are three other Hindoos marks, under conviction, viz., Kebul-ram, Saphul- • The church here and at Sadhamuhal," ram, and Ram-Krishna. I have built them he says, " are enjoying much, and we have a place of worship in their village, at their about fifteen who wish to be baptized. own request, where they all meet as often Some of these were Hindoos but a few as they can on week-days, but regularly on months ago, and others Moosoolmans, and the Sabbath. They do no kind of work on some the children of Christians; but mostly that day. This testimony was borne before Moosoolmans. I would have baptized them me by their heathen neighbours; and they before this time, but my health has been also added, that these who were about em- very poorly, and my means for going to bracing Christianity were good and respect- Sadhamuhal so scanty, that they have not able men, their conduct being blameless. received that instruction I could wish before On my last visit, I was delighted to hear they are baptized.” such things of my new converts.