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nant thereof. And I assure you it affords of love to the children by two respectable me much pleasure to see how emulous planters in thiy harbonr, namely, Mr. J. they are to excel. I think there are Creker and Mr. W. Boyden, and by setwenty or thirty of thiem that now read veral young women, daughters of some in the New Testament, and who commit of the most respectable inhabitants; and parts of it to their memory, which they to George Skelton, Esq. Surgeon and repeat to their teachers on the Sunday Surrogate, I am under peculiar obligamoming-who did not know how to join tions, not only for his helping me in ile two letters together when the school be- school, bat also for his kindness in giving gan. And I doubt not it would have af- me the use of the Court House, a comforved you much satisfaction, could you modious place, to keep the school, and to have seen them wading through the snow, preach in whenever I think it convenient, in the depth of winter, in order to get to and in assisting me in the erection of our school, when at the same time the frost is chapel, as well as in forwarding, in every Drost intense. Add to this, they are kept other respect, the great work in which I from profaning the Lord's day by altend. am engaged. I find the inhabitants jog the school, which was the practice friendly, in general; and most of them of too many of them before it began. who could afford it, willingly contributed Besides, I hope that the many useful les- their mite' to assist us in building our sons which they receive froni the teachers house. The frame of the house is up and myself will do them good, and that and paid for; but as I am determined not the fruits of them may be seen after many to get in debt for building, I have thought days. The parents also of many of them it best to stand still vill the fall, as thig haie reaped advantage from hearing is the usual time for making collections in their children read the sacred word of this island, aud then attempt to get a God. I am greatly assisted in this labour little to assist us in going on with it.
BAPTIST MISSION IN INDIA. From the last Number of the Baptist Periodical Accounts, just published, we have great pleasure in making the following extracts, which, both as they contain very just general views of Missionary enterprizes and hopes, and state encouraging factsas to the important and increasingly successful operations of the Baptist Mission in India, will give great pleasure to all who wait "for the kingdom of God.” The extracts are taken from a Review of the Mission, dated December, 1817, by Doctors Carey and Marshman, and Mr. Ward.
“Relative to the work of conversion due consideration of apostolic times, we in India, perhaps all our expectations cannot complain that God or his boly have been far wide of the mark. We have word have deceived us : we have rather been so accustomed to fix our eyes on deceived ourselves, by not duly weighing a Pentecost, as to account every thing that which his word has revealed. short of it nothing. But have we reasoned “ This view of the subject, if it be just, wisely concerning this? Have we at all will prepare the mind for this brief review taken Scripture tor our guide herein? We of the Mission. It is not intended for a do not deny that God is able to take a review of conversions, of churches estabman, completely ignorant of every prin- lished, of days of Pentecost witnessed: it ciple of religion, both natural and re- is, rather, a review of feeble and impervealed, and at once create him anew in fect efforts to spread light amidst the Christ Jesus. But is this his general me. thickest darkness; to erect the standard thed in converting any people or nation of the cross where Christ has been Does luis infinite wisdom deem no pre. scarcely named ; to contend with the paration necessary? Did none precede spiritual rulers of the darkness of this even the day of Pentecost itself? A little world, and with the desperate wickedreflection on this, the brightest display of ness of the human heart, strengthened as the power of converting grace ever known, it is by prejudices which have stood the may be highly profitable to us, as it may shock of ages, and survived the revoluteach us to exercise faith according to tions of empire. It will show the manknowledge-a matter of high importance ner in which the Lord is gradually in the work of Missions; for, although the opening the way for the diffusion of light desire, when it cometh, is a tree of life, it throughout India, by the three grand is no less a fact, that hope deferred methods he is pleased to employ: Mission maketh the heart sick. And, if we have Stations, as furnishing the means for suffered our expectation to rise beyond putting things in motion : the Scriptures, the highest ratío warranted even by a by the cireulation of which light is diffused; and Schools, as enabling men to will come when the natives of India wint receive the light conveyed by the Sacred receive the Gospel as really and as effec. Scriptures.
tually as it is now received by the inha. “At Serampore, the seat of so many bitants of Britain ; and we feel no less years' labour, we are furnished with certain, that the Lord will hasten this in strong proofs of the truth of what has been his time, and that our business is dilialready advanced on the necessity of that gently to do the work now required, and previous illumination, that general diffu- daily to wait before him in cheerful hope. sion of knowledge, which, pervading the "In sixteen of the languages of India whole country, shall dispel its gross are the holy Scriptures brought into cir. delusions, and free the mind from those culation, in a greater or less degree: in fetters which even yet hold back the some of them, merely the Gospels are pronatives around from approaching suffi- claiming the Redeemer's name; while in ciently near the Gospel to discern what it others, the whole book of revelation is Teally contains. Till that period, the laid open to view. These versions, if the work of a Missionary will differ exceede reader examine the situation of Hindoostingly from that of a Minister of the Gos: 'han, will be found to include nearly all pel in a Christian country. There, the those countries which are most populous. anthenticity, the divinity, the supreme of the two hundred millions which, we importance of the Gospel being univer: are ready to think, Eastern Asia, exclu. sally allowed, the business of the preacher sive of China, contains, (as we are conis with the heart of each individual; and vinced it has been hitherto greatly underthe inquiries stirred up by conscience are, rated,) these versions will be found to * Am i truly converied to God? Do l include the languages of the greater part. really believe on the Lord Jesus, or am I “ The number of persons baptized, on deceiving myself with the form of true a profession of faith, in these three years, religion, while my heart is a stranger to including the brethren in the various regiits power?' Here, the inquiry is, if a ments, somewhat exceeds 400. Of the death-like torpidily suffer any to arise, exact number we cannot be perfectly • Is Christianiiy worry of attention? Is certain; but it appears to be somewhere there any truth in it? Is it not a sin even between 410 and 440. These, added to to inquire into its nature and design? the number baptized previously, 756, will Will not my merely listening to it en- bring the whole number baptized, of all danger the loss of cast, and all that is nations, in these 17 years, to nearly 1200; dear in life?' Till a favourable answer a number for which we cannot be suffito these questions shall be generally im- ciently thankful, when we consider their pressed on the public mind throughout value in India, and their situation as the country, a knowledge of human na- scattered over so great an extent of ture, and of the manner in which God has country. They comprise fourteen or fifo hitherto prepared men for the reception teen different nations, including those of the gospel, forbids our expecting that from the various nations of Europe broughé general attention thereto which is found to the knowledge of the truth in India. in Christian countries. But are we hence Nor do they appear to be thus selected to conclude, that, till this period arrive, without the excercise of the Divine wisthere is nothing to be done? How then dom. Their being of different nations is that light to be diffused throughout the seems far more likely to advance the whole country, which may hasten this cause in this country, than as though happy period? Our business is to form they had been all Europeans, or all natives a right judgment of the work to be done, of India. The Lord is wise in all his ways. that we may not suffer our minds to sink “ Relative to the number of churches because we do not see the full corn in the these form, it is scarcely proper to in. ear before the seed be sown, or even the quire: small as many of ihem are, even ground completely prepared for its re- to term them churches would almost misception. To these reflections our labour lead the reader; they are rather little at Serampore naturally leads us--a result groups, which may either sink to nothing, which we have no reason to think would
or become flourishing societies, as the have been materially different, had we Divine blessing shall be withheld, or confined our whole attention to this poured forth. Yet of these, the prospot, instead of attempting, as far as we mise of future good, in which ihe Gospel have been able, to send the light of the is really made known, though with much Gospel throughout India. Those glorious imperfection, and its ordinances adminiseffects of the Divine word, which we have tered, if we include our brethren in the already witnessed, however, have been field, there are now, in India and the such as to convince us fully, that a time isles, scarcely less than thirty."
FORMATION OF SOCIETIES. Having witnessed in London, and other places, the excellent effects of the association of young persons to obtain contributions for carrying on the work of God abroad, we have great pleasure in announcing the formation of the PENZANCE Juvemile Society in August last. By the activity, the leisure, and we may add, the influence of young persons of both sexes, who will always find many persous to encourage them in such a work, considerable sums may be raised, without at all interfering with the subscribers, obtained by the collectors of the Auxiliary and Brunch Societies, which, we are very glad to find, is very properly guarded against by one of the resolutions adopted at the formation of the Society of our Juvenile Penzance Missionary friends. The example of this Society will, we hope, be followed in many other parts of the county of Cornwall, where there are so many thousands who love Jesus Christ, and the cause he died to establish among all nations ;-and many hundrels, both of young persons who feel that they owe much to their Lord, and of parents and friends, who will be willing, nay, even anxious, to engage the hearts of their sons and daughters in a benevolent regard for their
fellow-creatures, and sarly exertions and interests in the work of the Redeemer. We advise the commitiees of the Penzance Javenile Society to transmit the rules of their institution to all their juvenile friends in the country.
The following is the preamble to the resolutions of the first meeting.
** This institution originated with some pious young men, who, having seen an account of a Juvenile Missionary Society in Guernsey, conceived the idea of forming a similar Society in this town. They accordingly communicated their design to several respectable friends, who encouraged them to proceed, and to give a general invitation to all well disposed young persons to join them in this benevolent undertaking. A public meeting was therefore convened at the Methodist chapel on Monday evening, August 10th, when the under-mentioned resolutions were unanimously adopted."
An Ausiliary Society for the CARLISLE District has been formed. The public meeting for this purpose was held in the New Chapel, Fisher-Street, Carlisle; and was numerously attended. The first fruits of this Society have been remitted to the Treasurer, and we trust they are indicative of large, future, and permanent exertions.
We have great pleasure in announcing the formation of another Missionary Society in the WEST INDIES. Mr.White brought the claims of Missions upon the benevolence of Christians, before the public of the island of St. Bartholomew, on the 7th of September, obtaining the willing aid of about 24 Collectors, who immediately commenced their exertions, and in a short time brought in donations to the amount of 121. 15s. sterling.
The Comiuittee thankfully acknowledge the receipt of a fine folio Dutch Bible, from Mr. W. Baynes ; a gold seal ; seven copies of “ The Youth’s Theological Dictionary," from Mr. Dowson; A parcel containing presents for the scholars of the Mission Schools; two casks of Sheffield goods, for the Mission at New South Wales; and two packages for Mr. Shaw, South Africa, from Mr. Elsworth. Contributions to the Mişsionary Fund, received by the General Treasurers since the
Account published last Month.
£. $. a. In a Letter bearing the Leeds posto
The Female Missionary Association mark,“ Two Mites for the Mission
in the City of Durbam, hy Mrs. F. Mr. Hunt, for the Birminghamn dist. 100 Received from Broseley Josepla Butterworth, Esq. London
Mr. Allen, for Macclesfield District zo W. Morgan, Esq. for First Welsh
Rev. J. Waterhouse, Reading
J. Ashworth, Esq. for Halifax dist. 127 Dr. Adam Clarke
Tlos. Ho.y, Esq. for Sheffield dist.
C. Wawil, Esq. for Newcastle dist.
8 0 0 Mr. William Young, Woolwich Mr. Lee, for Carlisle circuit
Tbe Rev. G. P. by Mr. Norman, 14,
WARRIORS of the cross adieu,
Now your laurels gaily bloom ;
Every soldier bravely died,
Shouting, “ I have vanquish'd hell:”.
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Many brilliant stars are set,
Seraphs chaunt the solemn lay, But she sun's immortal light
Pious Vasey is no more; Shines with living lustre yet,
Bright and brief his modest ray, Brighter, and for ever bright.
Open wide the pearly door. Tho'lpon your quiet sleep
“ Godly men are failing fast," Death hath set his awful seal;
Useful Needham prostrate lies; Many eyes for you shall weep,
Like a ruin ’neath the blast; Many hearts for you shall feel.
“ Help, O Lord!" arise, arise ! Many pens your worth recile;
Some in climes beyond the main, Many tongues your loss deplore ;
Perish'd in the prime of years; One lone muse bestows a mite,
But their memories remain Griev'd that she can do no more.
Water'd by the negro's lears. Zion hear a tale of woe,
They have purchas'd early graves, Faithful Bramwell sleeps in dust; 'Neath a vigour-wasting sky; Let lliy tears for ever flow,
But their zeal for injur'd slaves, O'er the memory of the just.
God hath register'd on high. His was sure a life of faith,
Oft the toil degraded slave, Love and prayer united ran,
Shall each Sabbath sit and weep; (Sweetest Howers !) and form’d a wreath By the willow-crowned grave To adorn the holy man.
Where“ guod Buckra massa" sleep: Patient « in his lot he stood,''.
Near the sweet banana grove, 1511 the sky-writ summons came; Where their holy ashes lie; Then he sprang across the flool,
Future Missionaries shall rove, Rapid as electric flame.
Eye the spot, and heave a sigh. Story, too, his course hath run,
Warriors of the cross, adieu! (He was one of other days;)
Now your laurels gaily bloom ; Setting like a summer's sun,
May I live and die like you, All serene his parting rays.
Praying till I reach the tomb. Zion, hear the solemn sound,
Not where tempests scour the main, Brackenbury's cross'd the flood;
Not where “ garments roll in blood Sit in sables on the ground,
You the wreaths of glory gain, Mourn the generous, wise, and good. But in meekly doing good. Travelling thro' our vale of strife,
“ Daughters of Zion,” weep, With the weight of years opprest, Their holy path pursue, Bardsley slip away to life,
Tho' now in death they silent sleep, In the sinless realms of rest.
They often wept for you. Jesus welcomes with a smile,
To heaven's pearly gate, Owny his aged servant dear;
“ They turn the battle's rage;" Fifty years of holy toil,
And patient the last conflict wait, Crowns with heaven's eternal year. Before they quit the stage. Patient herald of the cross,
Now all the strife is past, Parkins meekly smil'd in pain;
The final battle won, O how great the church's loss!
And they have victory gain'd at last, Greater still our brother's gain !
Through God's Eternal Son. When such lustres disappear,
Not one but died in peace, “ Stars in the Redeemer's hand;"
And witness'd when he died, How shall " Zion's pilgrims” steer, The triumphs of redeeming grace, Safely to the promis'd land?
Through Jesus crucified, “ Zion's pilgrims” they shall steer, I see them burst the clod, 'Tho' the night were ne'er so dark;
In fiery conflict sharp, Christ the pilot still is here,
I see them reach the throne of God, He protects the little bark.
And seize the golden harp. Let us not in talents trust,
No pencil can define, Wisdom no man can devise;
No poet's fancy trace, Hare had gifts, but ah! in dust,
The extacies of bliss divine Cold and silent, now he lies!
Which beam on ev'ry face. Free from all polemic strife,
I hear the golden lyres, " Where the living waters roll;"
I see the city walls; Now he drinks immortal life,
But al, my muse already tirest Error cannot pain his sonl.
And, lo! the curtain falls !
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