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commenced. These editions were exe- | that period. Mr. Lawrence, who, with cuted in the Bengalee character. An two or three native assistants, had been impression of the whole Testament in laboring there since the last Report was English and Bengalee (Roman charac- made, has recently gone with Mr. Anter) has also been commenced. The derson a missionary of the Parent Somissionaries have determined 10 attempt ciety, to Allahabad, contemplating the an improved version of the Old as well establishment of another missionary staas New Testament. To this work Mr. tion either there or elsewhere in the Yates has devoted himself. He bas Upper Provinces. At Patna, occupied nearly executed the Poetical and Pro- by Mr. Henry Beddy, there were six phetical books.
baptisms the past year. A native boys'
school had sixty scholars. Operations of the Parent Society. At Cutwa, where Mr. W. Carey is sta
SERAMPORE Mission. tioned with several native assistants, 11 persons have been baptized during the
We are indebted to the Feb. number of past year. At Birbhum, occupied by the Church Missionary Register, for the Mr. Williamson and three native assist - following general views of the Serampore ants,
the number of baptisms is eight. Mission. “ There are now eighteen misAt Monghur, under the care of Mr. sion stations, and eleven out stations. Leslie and iwo native assistants, there The surface over which the mission exhave been two applications for baptism, tends is very large. Delhi is as distant but no addition to the church. " As it from Serampore as the capital of Sweden regards schools,” Mr. Leslie writes,
is from that of England ; and the ex“ I have but one only; but that is taught treme distance between the stations is by a native Christian, and numbers more than that of Petersburgh from Lonnearly fifiy boys. I had, in former years, don. At these stations we have at least tried several times to get the children to fifty European and Asiatic laborers, attend a native Christian, but never
while the number is continually, though could succeed till about six or eight gradually, on the increase. Or these months ago. The present school is, fifty, it is particularly worthy of retherefore, a great triumph in this place, mark, forty-two or forty-three have been and abundantly shows how much the turned from darkness to light on Indian prejudice against Christianity is weak- ground; and of this number not fewer ening: I believe that more good will than thirty-eight were born in India. now be done by this one school, than, Thus, if we look at the seven Europeans, by the several schools which I had who taking their lives in their hands and formerly taught by heathen school- resolving to end their days in India, have
devoted their strength and talents to
these Eastern nations, we find that God "I am glad, also, to say that the has increased thein SEVEN-FOLD. But preaching of the Gospel, in the native when these fifty individuals are viewed chapel, is in general well attended by the in connection with their daily proclapeople: and that all the native mem- mation of divine truth, with the number bers continue to stand fast in their pro- whom they have already been successfession. We have had no exclusions ful in turning from dumb idols to during the year ; and nothing to call for serve the living God—as well as the discipline. Our place of worship seats number to whom they will be thus use200 at least; and it is sometimes well ful; and when with all this, we confilled. But alas ! we mourn the ab- trast its origin, forty-two years ago, sence of the Spirit of God, who alone surely even at this time it may be said, can open the hearts of the people to the What hath God wrought? reception of Christ.”
Such has been the Divine Goodness At Digah nine have been added to with regard to a work, which is not only the church in the East India Co's re a prospective one, but the highest gift giment quartered in that vicinity, within bestowed by the Saviour on his Church the last two years, but there has been below; for such, in truth, is the gift of no addition to the native church during the ministry.
OBITUARY NOTICE OF MR. ROBERT ROGERS, OF NEWPORT, R. I. Mr. Robert Rogers was born in New-, a specimen of the exercises of his mind port, R. I. on the 18th of April, 1758. during the whole period of his illness, He became a subject of divine grace at the following expressions, written down the age of 16, and soon after united with as they dropt from his lips, during a night the 1st Baptist church in Providence. of intense suffering, and while he was The following year he was graduated at supposed to be in the article of death, Brown University, of which he was sub- will be read with interest. After his sequently Trustee and Fellow for nearly pastor had engaged in prayer for him, he 49 years. On leaving College, he in- lay still for a few moments and then exmediately joined the arnies of his coun- claimed, “0, I will put my trust in Aim, try, just commencing her arduous strug- for He careth for me. o, it is a blessed gle for freedom, and honorably sustained thing to pass through the valley of the the post assigned bim, as a lieutenant in shadow of death calmly, and to have a the R. I. Line. On retiring from the good hope through grace."! His pastor army, he devoted himself to literary remarking, “ What a blessing, that you pursuits, and for many years conducted have not a Saviour to seek now," he reà classical school in his native town 'plied, “ O yes, it has convinced me of with distinguished ability and success. the wretched, horrid situation of those For 20 years he was also Secretary, who are crying out in their dying moTreasurer, and Librarian, of the Ancient wents, Save nie! Save me! and have Redwood Library. In the year 1826, no hope in Christ. My hopes huve long Mr. R. became a member of the 1st been fixed on the Lord Jesus, and though Baptist church in Newport, now under I have orien strayed from the fold, yet the pastoral care of Rev. John Dowling, he has brought me back again with and in 1830 was chosen clerk of the weeping and supplication, and he will same, the duties of which relation he not, no, he will not forsake me now.” discharged acceptably till the commence- His pastor, desirous to know wbat were ment of bis last illness. I his fatal sick- his dying views of the person and charness, protracted through several months acter of the Redeemer, said, " Should of extreme sutsering, began in April last. you feel such a blessed hope and confiThe first four or five weeks of it he filled dence, did you not believe that Christ is up with almost constant exhortations, an Almighty Saviour?" He replied addressed to the numerous relations and with more than common animation, friends who called to see bim, and “O no! nothing but the blood of an characterized by pungency, fidelity and Almighty Saviour would give me any affection. At a later period, supposing consolation now. If he were not God, his departure to be nigh at haud, be it would be a creature making atonement would frequently summon the members for a creature, which is a paradox. He of his family around his bed, and in the is an Almighty Saviour, and therefore most touching manner, give them his he is able to save me now. Blessed be parting blessing, commend then to God, his name. At a later hour of the same and bid them farewell. He also ad- night he uttered the following language: dressed his pastor in terms of warm af- "O my God, let me not be deceived ; fection and respect, exhorting him to seek let me not bave the lamp of profession the peace and prosperity of that “ dear without the oil of grace.” And again, church," a designation habitually on his , “ Blessed be the Lord, he will sustain me lips, and invoking the blessing of God according to his word. O the precious, on his faithful ministrations. During precious promises of the Gospel. What I the last two months of bis sickness, his do thou knowest not now, but thou shalt resignation to the will of God was know hereafter.” And then, as if fanstrikingly conspicuous. Instead of mur-cying that his heavenly Father was muring at his severe, and protracted suf- calling him, “ Child, come home.” ferings, be frequently expressed his gra- Son, be of good cheer, thy sins are all titude, that God had permitted him to blotted out." “ Last day-0 what an remain long enough to give his dying assembly-clothed in white robes of testimony to the value of religion, and righteousness." " Jesus, come-Jesus, to make some efforts for the best interests master, O Lord Jesus, come quickly.' of those wbo were nearest bis heart. As On Wednesday, the 5th of August, it
was manifest that the hour of his dissolu- but not my will but thine, O Lord, be tion was rapidly drawing nigh. But his done.” For the last hour of his life, he faith did not fail. To one of the officers was almost constantly engaged in prayer, of the church, he said, “O I am happy, and just as the clock struck 12, with the perfectly happy-God is love. I could accents of prayer quivering on his lips, have wished to live a little longer for he peacefully fell asleep. the sake of my family and the church,
Account of Moneys received in Donations, by the Treasurer of the General
Convention of the Baptist Denomination in the United States for Foreign
Missions, from July 15 to August 15, 1835.
to be expended under the supervision of Rev. E. Skinner,
$200,00 Pawlucket, R. I. Hon. Oliver Stark weather, his bequest to the
Convention,-by his son, Hon. James C. Stark weather, Ex'r., Providence, R. I. 4th Bap. Ch. Fem. Miss. Soc., to ed. Bur. females,--by Mr. R. Morey,
6,25 Richmond, Va. 20 Bap. ch. the donation of Mary Dorsett,
by Rev. J. B. Taylor,
Harriet Anderson, 1; J. T. Anderson, 2; Pine Fleasant, col.
5, Rev. Allied Bennett, Ag't of Board, sudry collections, Saratogi, N. Y. Bap. Assoc. Dea. J. A. Waterbury, Treas., 99,28 Burnt tills, N. Y. Fem. Mile Soc., for Bur. schools, by J. 1. Waterbury,
16,23—115,53 Hudson Riv. N. Y. Bap. Assoc., to be appropriated at discretion of the Board, by Rev S. 11. Cone,
124,08 Troy, N. Y. 131 Bap. Ch. Fem. Bur. Miss. Soc., for
8, Orange Ch. by do.
3, Family of Dr. Skinner, by Rev. H. R. Knapp,
1,75 Hancock, Ms. 0. Eldridge, by Mr. Turner,
5, Staten Island, Bap. Ch., by Rev. A. R. Martyn,
5, Transmitted by William Colgate, Esq., N. Y.
239,10 Hamilton, N. Y. sundry individuals, by Rev. N. Kendrick, D. D. 10,30 Mr. Eli ll. Lide, 100; Mrs. E. Williams, 40; Salem Cl.);
Piedmont Ch. 4,13; Calvary, col. 11,75; Fellowship, col. 6;
200, Boston, a Friend, for For. Miss.
19,50; Karen Miss., 13,73; Mr. Wade's school, 25,94;
H. LINCOLN, Treas.
(Continued from p. 355.) A THIRD element of scriptural piety, which should not be overlooked in our particular view, is faith. This term is sometimes employed in a restricted sense, to denote that first act of believing in which an individual makes the transition from a state of condemnation to a state of acceptance before God. But I here use it in a wider import, as expressing a general habit of confiding in God, and of relying on the truth of all which he has spoken. No one will deny that faith, in this larger view of it, is an essential part of that which constitutes one a Christian. This ingredient of a scriptural piety is also, like those which have already been considered, found in a high or a low degree, in a condition of comparative strength or feebleness, correspondently with the general state of religion in the soul. The symmetry of the Christian character is not often seen impaired by a fair and full developement of one of its parts, while the others can barely be said to exist. The doctrinal views which nurture the various pious feelings, are closely allied. It is scarcely possible that a part of these views should dwell in the mind in a state of entire insulation and separateness from the rest. It seems, therefore, to be the law of spiritual progress, that there shall be a simultaneous and nearly proportional growth of all the constituents of piety.
But whether this connexion between the virtues of religion is admitted or denied, is a matter of no importance to my more special object. It is enough for my purpose, if an enlarged measure of faith can be shown to be necessary to the vigorous prosecution of the missionary undertaking. I am aware that much has recently been said on this subject; but this is no reason why I should not briefly express my own views, without either studiously conforming them to what others have said, or carefully avoiding such coincidence.
A firm confidence in God and an unshaken reliance on his promises will lead the church to form bold and generous plans for the spread of the Gospel. There is nothing of narrowness in the views which genuine faith takes. She measures her schemes of good to mankind by no cautiously rigorous estimates of what may be done by a given quantity of effort, regarded simply as so much human instrumentality. She looks to the large and liberal promises which God has given the church. She believes that the kingdom of Christ will infallibly come to have a universal prevalence. She knows that the power of God is adequate to accomplish this. She also knows that human agency is the grand channel through which the divine blessing usually passes to reach men. Hence faith, when it shall be sufliciently strong and general in the church, will lead Christians to form wide and energetic plans for the diffusion of Christianity.
Infidels and men of the world may laugh at such projects as foolish and chimerical; but the Christian, who puts his trust in the Lord, knows that an undertaking may seem rash to worldly men, who judge of it by mere worldly rules, while yet it is in itselt wise, and fraught with unspeakable blessings to the souls of men.
The value of faith in prosecuting the missionary work may further be seen in its power to sustain the laborers iu this enterprize, under all the discouragemenis ubich thry may meet. He is but little acquainted with the hi-tors orbe propagation of the Gospel in the world, and very imperincely aware of the nature of the opposition with which Clwani web ve io contend before she can make the conquest oi se pud's efnt heathco nations, who does not see that many of the filmjeis, te ponecas especially, in this service, will be called to visit approbardships and discouraging reverses. Now, what is n stridlu these first adventurers under their complicaied isiels? Wht i to preserve them from becoming inconstant in their purpo-e, and it miss in their efforts? What shall inspiie them wil ning and perseverance in the prosecution of plans involving frequent and paintul sacrifices of ease and safety? I know it that i'iere is a single principle which imparts vigor io the condae of voldly mon in trying emergencies, of suflicient power to sain the missionary in the midst of his toils and dangers. This p culinity of lis situation ents him off from the sym abies lille bli pois, and deprives him of the invigoration which mig i bedrived from any worldly principle. But, in the confidence vittich he repo-es in God, he experiences a support incompa ably more poneral and steadfast than any man, not a Chriwan, cverdind in any conjuncture from an inferior source. It is in te raiure of faith to keep the soul from sinking, when notining cle can. It imarts a decision and fortitude, which no circumsa?ces of danger nor aspects of death can weaken. And this principle, which is of such unfailing efficacy in the breast of the missionary, is equally powerful to sustain the church amidst discouragements and reverses. A body of Chris