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to the good cause while absent, and ported, and all felt that if our means then return to be a fellow-worker;- were enlarged, more might be done in holy, happy, and useful unto the king- this part of our work. dom of God.
In reviewing our Tract Work it was The Sittings of Conference were pre- gratifying to note that goodly numsided over by Mr. Miller, and Mr. W. ber had been circulated through the Bailey was appointed to assist the Sec. year; and that four new tracts had retary in writing the minutes. The been printed—three of them the probusiness that occupied our attention duction of Makunda Das. One of them was of even more interest and impor- was a poetic history of Joseph, and was tance than usual. Our Bible Work came especially intended for our Orphan under review; and the report showed a Schools. The same gifted brother large amount of work done, and a con- presented two new tracts in manuscript siderable number of Scriptures --or on well selected subjects, which will portions of Scripture-distributed, lar. be carefully examined, and if need be ger indeed than in any former year. revised before being printed. A conWe had to acknowledge the genero118
siderable number of our standard tracts help of the British and Foreign Bible were ordered to be printed during the Society through the Calcutta Auxiliary, year. It was reported that another and also of the Bible Translation Society; edition of Phulmani and Kurana, transnor in this acknowledgment was indi- lated by Mr. Stubbins, had been vidual effort overlooked — for though printed since last Conference. It is a I may not mention names and places, it book remarkably adapted for native will rejoice all who are interested in christian women, and by it its gifted the prosperity of the work in Orissa to authoress (the late Mrs. Mullens) being know that, during the last eight months dead yet speaketh. It was thought a christian friend has expended more very desirable to have a series of tracts than 500 Rupees (£50) in the purchase of the narrative kind, adapted to our of Oriya gospels, which he is distribu- native christians and orphan children; ting in a part of Orissa where such and brethren Phillips and W. Bailey distribution is more needed than in any were requested to direct their attention other part. I trust that the special to the subject. It was also thought blessing of the God of all grace will that a series of Biographical Tracts rest on this important effort. How might be very useful to our increasing interesting the circumstance christian community. It was felt that tioned of Baxter that he gave in one the record of such a life as that of year £100 to buy Bibles for the poor ! Gunga, or Rama Chundra, or Erun, or
In reporting the work done for the Lachman Das, or Jagoo, could not fail British and Foreign Bible Society, it of doing good. The question of proviwas stated that the separate books of ding School Literature in Oriya of a the Old Testament printed since last healthy, moral tona was considered Conference were, the Book of Psalms, in connection with the remarkable eduBook of Ruth, and Books of Isaiah and cational movement among the Oriyas Daniel. The completion of the Old in Sumbulpore district. The extent to Testament in one volume, the revision which female education is spreading in of which was begun nine years ago, that region is surprising; and the was also reported. I record this with ability to read will be no blessing devout thankfulness to Him in whose unless something better than the filthy fear it was begun, by whose help it shastres is put into their hands. has been carried on, and by whose Our hope of the evangelization of grace it is now finished. I reverently Orissa depends, under God, on an commit it to His blessing, and what- efficient native ministry; and it is thereever good be effected by it, will de- fore gratifying to state that our meetvoutly ascribe all to Him. But I do ing with the native preachers was a not forget that the precious fruit of la- very pleasing one. Anunta Das (whose bour of this kind is seen in its brightest father was one of the early converts at light when the labourer has ceased Piplee) was received on the list, having from his toil, and rests with his blessed completed his studies in the College. Master. The important work done for His conduct, while prosecuting his the Bible Translation Society was re- studies, has been worthy of his holy
structive and edifying manner. On the following Sabbath the memorial of the Lord's death was enjoyed. Addresses were delivered in Oriya and English-the former by Dr. Phillipe, from John viii. 12, the latter by Mr. Miller, from the parting promise, Matthew xxviii. 20, and prayers were offered by Shem and myself, joice to believe that the God of our fathers is with us, and desire to praise Him yet more and more.
John BUCKLEY. P.S. I am finishing this on the 27th, the thanksgiving day for the merciful recovery of the Prince of Wales. We had a thanksgiving service in Oriya this morning at 8 o'clock, and a very pleasing service it was. The attendance of our native christians was very gratifying. We shall have an English service at five p.m.
profession, and his profiting has appeared to all. Though not brilliant, he will, if he continue humble and prayerful, be very useful. It will interest many to know that Thoma was restored to his office, though, according to our usage in such cases, the first year is on probation. I doubt not that prayer will be offered that he may walk humbly with his God, and that his future course may be marked by increasing sobriety and vigilapce.
The additions by baptism during the year, though not so large as in some former ones, were still encouraging.
The distress of the christians at the new village, near Berhampore, was considered, and it was felt by all that they must be helped. The crops have almost entirely failed, not only there, but throughout the Ganjam district: the Government is rendering help by public works and other ways.
We are bound to help our brethren of the household of faith.
Our last sitting was a Free Conference with the native brethren. Among the questions discussed were those of temperance, the weekly offering, what more could be done to extend the kingdom of Christ, and the desirableness of occupying Sumbulpore as a station. Prayer was then offered by Shem, and this important Conference closed.
I must not, however, long as this letter is, lay down my pen without briefly describing the public services. The first sermop was preached on Lord's-day, the 11th, by Tama Patra, froin Matthew vi. 10, “Thy kingdom come.” It was carefully prepared, and adapted to interest and profit. Some of his illustrations to show the benefits resulting from the extension of Christ's kingdom were very impressive. I was particularly struck with his exposition and amplification of the beautiful figures in 2 Samuel xxii. 4, and Isaiah xxxii. 2. In the afternoon Dr. Phillips preached from Revelatiuns xxii. part of 17th verse. It was a word in season just the discourse needed to show us all that every converted man and woman has a work to do in inviting others to come. The English service in the evening was a very pleasing one. Mr. Hill preached from 2 Chron. xiv. 11. The sentiment of the text was felt to be very encouraging, and it was elucidated and applied in an in
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THE ROMAN MISSION. To the Editor of the Missionary Observer.
Dear Sir, I can hardly conceive any one so hardy as to accuse Mr. Cook of egotism in becoining the advocate of the Mission to Rome, when, in fact, he is the sole author of the suggestion. It appears to me a peculiar proof that the idiosyncracy of modern civilization is not opposed to the spirit of evangelical enterprise, to find the most successful impresario of monster excursions the instigator of the boldest and (I think) the most promising of all recent proposals for the extension and revival of the gospel in Europe. A few considerations will show that Mr. Cook has propounded a design which has a richer array of arguments in its favour than perhaps any other we could name.
I. The recent transformation of Rome from an ecclesiastical theocracy to a political city, governed on the acknowledged principles of modern civilization, of itself constitutes the region a new field for gospel labour.
II. The Romans gave us christianity : let us give it back to them, expurgated of the errors with which they corrupted it.
III. To convince and to convert subscriptions might be conveniently one Roman to genuine christianity is a entered into. triumph of higher potential value in With the most sincere admiration of relation to future propagandism than Mr. Cook's valour and originality in to convert fifty Hindoos, imprisoned in making the suggestion, for which I peninsular isolation, and paralysed by think he richly deserves the thanks of Asiatic apathy and caste.
the whole Connexion; and with the IV. Rome already totters. Prussia most unshaken belief in the perfect has boldly defied her. France has re- practicability and high promise of the signed the protectorate of her. Italy enterprize, triumphs in a freedom freshly won I remain, dear Sir, from her toils and scarecrows. Austria
Your's very faithfully, plays the part of a reluctant lover,
FREDERICK STEVENSON. looking out for an excuse to declare
Nottingham, April 7, 1872. “ off.” Russia simply awaits the extinction of an inveterate foe. Spain, wallowing in brutality; and Ireland,
PERSECUTION IN JAPAN. sunk in superstition, torn by faction and sapped by treason, only, of all PERSECUTION rages in Japan. The European powers, can be reckoned on authorities there are consistent Stateher side. Let England only turn the Churchmen, determined to prescribe lantern of divine truth on her face, the faith and worship of subjects, and and she slinks from view, overwhelmed to punish all who are guilty of the with ignominy and glad of oblivion as crime of nonconformity. They are apher final resting place.
parently alarmed at the progress made V. Other denominations are moving by Christianity. The strange religion into the field. Even the Unitarians wins victories over idolatry. The have a missionary there. Why should Prince of Soga is the chief zealot, and not we take a share in the harvest to a high official named Ewakura his be gathered ? It is a grand work to assistant. Already some two thousand overthrow the great fabric of christian native Christians have been doomed idolatry; and such valiant iconoclasts to die, and sixty-seven were included as we have proved ourselves to be in in the first order issued to the exethe East, gives us a title to try conclu- cutioner. Starvation, imprisonment sions with the enemy in the West. without light or clothing, exposure
The point to be settled, then, is, unclothed on frozen ponds with hands where and when shall this great and feet bound, and forcing a burning theme be first mooted, and what prac
coal into the mouth, are among the tical steps shall follow the decision, if exquisite cruelties by which martyrfavourable to action.
dom has been consummated. In vain submission to your judgment, sir, and have the European Consuls expostuthat of your readers, and with great lated and protested. At length these gratitude and respect for the able officials have laid the facts before their services of the present Foreign Mis- respeetive governments. But what can sion Committee, I venture to think Christendom do? A well-read Japanese that so large a design, and one that might retort on the representatives of claims so strongly the interest and Germany, France, and England that support of the whole body, ought first their nations have claimed and exerto be discussed in the open meeting of cised the right of inflicting penalties the people's representatives at the on such as' refuse to conform to the Association.
established religion. If so great a If the Association resolve to under- bigot as the Prince of Soga reads histake the enterprise, a certain Sunday tory, he could remind the consuls of might be set apart for simultaneous France and England of St. Bartholocollections throughout the Connexion mew's-day, and other black-letter days for the object; and I have no doubt made memorable by the punishment of such a sim would be raised as would Dissenters. In any case, it is difficult fairly set the thing agoing; and after to deny the political right of Japan to such a public initiation the work of do as it will with its own subjects. getting together annual and regular | This, however, makes it yet more incumbent upon Christians to sympa- we prepared for the worst. Think of thise with and pray for their Japanese our joy and wonder when we saw the brethren. Like the converts in Mada- natives in English dress, and heard gascar a few years since, the disciples some of them speak in the English of Jesus in Japan are passing through language ! On that very island the their baptism of fire. May their future next Sunday we heard the gospel resemble the history of the island of preached. I do not know what you the south, and Japan soon cast away think of missions, but I know what its idols to worship and to serve the I do."-Spirit of Missions. God of the Christian martyrs.- The Freeman.
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS. "I KNOW WHAT I THINK."
The Rev J. Buckley and Mrs. Buckley A SEAMAN, in returning home to Scot- wish to present their acknowledgments land after a cruise in the Pacific, was for the following :asked, “Do you think the missionaries “ Lessons from Lilies," from Rev. have done any good in the South Sea James Woolley. Islands ?" "I will tell you a fact which “The Supremacy and All-sufficiency speaks for itself,” said the sailor. “Last of Christ," from Dr. Jabez Burns. year I was wrecked on one of those Sundry small books for schools from islands where I knew that eight years Messrs. Winks & Son. before a ship was wrecked and the And to a Friend (Derby), per Rev. crew murdered; and you may judge W. Hill, for £1 18., which will be dehow I felt at the prospect before me- voted to the good cause. if not dashed to pieces on the rocks, Mr. Buckley also appreciates the to survive for only a more cruel death. kindness of a Friend who occasionally When day broke, we saw a number of sends a Cambridge paper. canoes pulling for our poor ship, and March 4, 1872.
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GENERAL BAPTIST MAGAZINE, .
THE WORLD NOT YET SUBJECTED TO CHRIST.*
BY THE LATE REV. GEORGE WARD PEGG,
“We see not yet all things put under Him.”—Hebrews ii. 8. WE are accustomed to regard these than the conversion of the world, is anniversaries as seasons of joy, and a glorious one; and if, in our cirwe are fully justified in doing so. cumstances, it is well to rejoice in That heart must be strangely formed recorded success, it is still betterthat can participate in services such it implies a more elevated state of as ours without happy emotions. To mind--to temper joy with serious assemble as the representatives of our reflection and strict inquiry. After various churches scattered through- having laboured thus long with the out the land- to receive new and word of God for our guide, and the enlarged accounts of their stedfast- promise of God for our encourageness and success- to know that we ment, we may well inquire why we are pledged to one object, and that have accomplished so little. Our the noblest and the best that can successes have been very partial at occupy the attention or engage the the best. We have often failed where power of the human mind-to offer we ought to have succeeded, and met common prayer and thanksgiving to with discomfiture when we ought to the great Father of all for the salva- have achieved the victory; and it is tion of all—these are, together, cir- certain that if the success which has cumstances of great joy. Nor is it attended our labour in the past to be wondered at if, sometimes, should be the measure of success under the excitement of these cir- accorded to the church for all future cumstances, our joy may have so far time, ages must roll away before the predominated as to weaken or ex- divine purposes can be fulfilled ; and clude other sentiments, and we may manifold generations of men, in long have been tempted to carry ourselves and fearful succession, must live and rather as those who divide the spoil, die without hearing of that redempthan as those who have still to carry tion which it is our privilege to enon the conflict and to achieve the vic- joy. Surely, then, it is not unfitting tory. The work to which we are for us, on such an occasion as this, confessedly pledged, which is no less to pause in our course to review our
* This Sermon was preached in the year 1856 before the Association held at Spalding. The Minutes of that year state, “This was an excellent sermon, listened to with the deepest attention, and the preacher was requested to print it.” We have frequently heard the fame of this discourse, and we are glad that the kindness of Mrs. Pegg affords us the great pleasure of presenting such timely, able, and eloquent words to our readers.-ED.
VOL. LXXIV.-NEW SERIES, No. 30.