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ing that the Head of the church would send “ We have now an interesting prospect of them a minister of their own denomination, usefulness before us should my health be having been " as sheep without a shepherd.” continued and my life spared. Since the They requested him to preach to them in the commencement of our cause we have raised Mechanics' Hall, during his stay, and he did a Sunday school of nearly 100 children, and an
When the vessel was about to sail for infant day-school of 107 children last annual Sydney, they entreated him to remain : he report. This school is supported by subscripwas unwilling to do so, but at length con- tions, and by a grant from the government of sented to continue with them another month, the same amount as the free subscriptions. sending on his family to Sydney and intend Having, by the divine blessing, waded through ing soon to follow.
our own difficulties, and been enabled to " At the expiration of that month," says establish a baptist church and congregation Mr. Han, “the large, spacious lecture room capable of supporting the ministry and other at the Mechanics' Hall was completely filled. expenses without aid or assistance from the This room will contain upwards of 300 government (which it has done from the people. When I was about to leave, and commencement), and while the government had taken my place for Sydney, several | would have given me £200 per annum for respectable and influential persons came for- my congregation, yet, I am happy to say, I ward and gave me a very pressing and affec- have never been inclined to take state-suptionate invitation to remain with them, and port, nor have I departed from the principles engaged to find me a salary amply sufficient i have maintained for the last twenty-five to support me and my family in comfort and years; and though [far from home and no respectability for the first year. This invita- society to assist me, I have been enabled to tion I felt it my duty to accept, as it was strik-carry out in this colony the voluntary system, ingly evident by the indications of providence which I have the pleasure to state is gaining that this was to be the scene of my future ground rapidly in this part of the world.” labours.
EXERTIONS ON BEHALF OF THE NATIVES, “I had now to send for my family back from Sydney, which I did, and by the kind “ Soon after the opening of our new chapel providence of God they all arrived in safety. in Dec., 1845," says Mr. Ham, "we began to Since that period the Lord has been with us, turn our attention to the commencement of a and every subsequent event has proved that it mission among the Yarra tribe of Abowas the design of divine providence that here rigines.' The particulars connected with the I should remain ; nor has the Redeemer establishment of this mission you will see in withheld from us the manifest tokens of his the newspaper I have sent. [This paper has favour. We now took the Mechanics' Hall not arrived.] at an annual rent, which we continued to “ This paper contains an account of one of accupy for about three years.
the most numerous and respectable meetings " In July, 1843, some months after the ever convened in this town for any religious commencement of my labours, we formed a or benevolent object. It was held in our church of sixteen persons, two of whom were chapel, which was crowded to excess; there ordained to the office of deacons. Since that must have been more than 600 people present, period we have gradually increased ; sinners and great numbers went away, not being able have been converted; baptism several times to gain admission. There were twenty black administered; and at present we are about children present, most of whom read in their forty members, with a certain prospect of different class-books. One boy read a part of further additions.
the thirteenth chapter of Matthew, after “Besides this, we have built a very neat which the mayor, who occupied the chair, and handsome place of worship, all neatly presented him with a New Testament. pewed with cedar, with a front gallery. The “Such an interesting, imposing, and affectdimensions are tifty-four feet by thirty-seven. ing scene I never witnessed before, nor any With great care and economy we have been one in these colonies. I only wish the same enabled to complete it for something more scene could have been exhibited in London, than £800; building and material being cheap Birmingham, and other places, and then I at the time, but labour and materials are so feel assured we should not have to rely on the much higher at present, that now it could resources of these colonies alone to support scarcely be built for double the money. so great, so important, so noble an undertak
“ It has been erected and completed withing. You will see by the report we have out a fraction from the government, who only had these children wholly under our would have freely given us £300 if we had only instruction for the last four months. asked for it. I am also happy to say it is all “ In this enterprize I admit we have many paid for within £200, and ten of our friends difficulties to encounter and many prejudices have come forward and engaged to get or give to overcome, as many persons still think they ten pounds each during the next twelve will not remain with us beyond a few months, months, so that, with a sinking fund we and then return to their old wild and wanderintend to establish, we expect to pay it all off ing habits, but we do not fear it ourselves. in about eighteen months,
The progress they have already made proves
that their mental powers, abilities, and per-| 1846. Joseph Fletcher, Esq., Treasurer, in ceptions are quite equal to any white children the chair. After prayer by the Rev. James in the colony. The only mission besides this Smith, the following Report was read :now in existence for the benefit and religious instruction of the numerous tribes of this is now very generally acknowledged, and many who
“The importance of education to the rising ministry colony is the Wesleyan mission at Bunting are anxious for the prosperity and increase of our dale, more than 100 miles from this place; churches have long felt that a course of tuition and the tribe they have is not so large as the differing in some respects from college training in
required. tribe we have taken, only they take the * It seems very desirable to meet the case of those adults and support them as well as the candidates for ihe sacred ministry, to whom a children, but we only take the children.
college education is not altogether adapted, or who,
having had a good general education, wish that their “We intend to pursue the same plan as term of study should be devoted more especially to the one adopted there, and take but one tribe immediate preparation for their great work of at one time, as this plan is now found to preaching the gospel and labouring for the good
of souls. Fork much better than the amalgamation of
"It has been proposed to meet this requirement the tribes, there being such a determined by placing young men with suitable tutors, the hostility existing among the tribes to each pastors of baptist churches, who shall be able to other, which presents an insuperable barrier direct their studies and by every possible way
endeavour to train them up to be useful preachers, to their ever being united in one mission faithful and laborious pastors. establishment.
"Various appeals have been made to the churches,
In their last report " The lowest estimated expense of this and not without some effect.
the committee stated that three young men were mission in its present limited form will be
then pursuing their studies, two were located with £300 per annum, which expense, for the last Dr. Godwin of Oxford, and one with Mr. Jackson of four months prior to the jubilee meeting, has Taunton. Some time after that Report was published been borne by the liberal contributions of my
both the tutors were under the necessity of resigning
their engagements, Dr. Godwin through the failing own people; but being intended as an experi- of his bealth, and Mr. Jackson in consequence of the ment only, we decided on not calling a public connexion he had formed with the Baptist Missior.meeting until the expiration of that period. ary Society. The committee are happy to state that
other tutors were immediately provided, so that no Previous to the meeting held May 12th, I
time was lost to the students. sent out an appeal to the inhabitants of this " To these students another was added at the province on behalf of the Aborigines, which commencement of the present year, two of the num.
ber are with the Rev. C. Daniell of Melksham, and was published gratuitously by all the local
the other two with the Rev. D. Gould of Dunstabli, journals. ...
The tutors continue to report favourably concerning "We have at present twenty-two children the students as it regards their character, progress in the school, but we expect more as soon as
in learning, and acceptability as preachers.
“Two other students were received at Midsun:the blacks see that the establishment is likely mer, and bave been placed with the Rev. T. J. to be permanent, and I have no doubt but Gough of Clipstone; these have just completed ve shall shortly have all the children in the their probationary term of three months, and have tribe, amounting to nearly forty, this being students of the society.
been recommended by their tutor as permanent rather a large tribe, mostly residing in the “On April 2nd the committee engaged the Rer. vicinity of the town, except in the winter S. Davis (late with the Irish Society, to be their season, when they go to the ranges.
collecting agent for one year. He has been untiring
in his efforts, wbich have been attended with con“ This time last year I was in Sydney, siderable snccess, and it is hoped that he will be having made an exchange with Mr. Saunders able to induce many members of our churches to for three months, who, when he was here, give their contributions to this good cause. expressed an anxious desire that something received from the church at New Park Street,
• A collection amounting to £17 68. 6d. has been should be done for the Aborigines of this London, under the pastoral care of the Rov. James colony, and has since promised to raise a sub- Smith. The Rev. R Roff of Cambridge and his scription among his friends to aid us in this friends have kindly promised £25 towards the ex
pense of a student received from them, and Mr. cause."
Packer of Emsworth has contributed L25 for a
Another Mr. Ham is anxious that the British young man received from that place.
friend has offered to subscribe £10 should a candidate churches should know what is doing by the who has lately applied be accepted. This, it is extwo churches in Melbourne and Sydney—the pected, will be the case in a short time. only two baptist churches in the whole region
"These instances of liberality, together with -to teach the black cbildren of that land the others, which will be found amongst the list of sub
scribers, have encouraged the committee to go forway of salvation. He asks the prayers of his ward, and they now carnestly entreat further aud English brethren, and begs them not to more extensive aid. expend all their sympathy on the natives of
“ The two young men who are studying under the
Rev. D. Gould will complete the allotted period at other regions and with hold it from the sable the close of the present year, and it is expected that tribes of Australia Felix.
two others will commence their studies in January.
“The committee foel it to be their duty to secure
the completion of the engagement with the students ANNUAL MEETING,
now under their care by retaining sufficient funds as
security for the purpose. They have many applicaBAPTIST THEOLOGICAL EDUCATION SOCIETT. tions from young men well recommended and quali. The second annual meeting of this institu- for the reason they 'haro stated, although suitable
fied for the ministry whom they cannot encourage tion was held at New Park Street, Nov. 19, ministers are so much needed at home and abroad ;
the committee hope that an institution calculated invitation to become pastor of the baptist under the divine blessing to furnish them will not church at Long Sutton, and entered upon be allowed to languish for want of support."
his labours on the first sabbath in January. It was then moved by the Rev. S. J. Davis, and seconded by the Rev. A. G. Fuller,
LOCKWOOD, NEAR HUDDERSFIELD. "That the report now read be adopted and circulated under the direction of the committee, and that Mr. James Barker of Horton College, this meeting, deoply, impressed with the necessity Bradford, having accepted a unanimous which exists for such an institution as the Baptist invitation from the church at Lockwood, Theological Education Society, earnestly recommends it to the support of the denomination.
commenced his pastoral labours there on Moved by the Rev. E. Davis, and seconded the first sabbath of the present year. by the Rev. I. M. Soule,—
" That this meeting rejoices to hear of the progress which the students have made and their accept
RECENT DEATHS. ability as preachers, and entreats the prayers of the brethren on their behalf, that they may become
REV. JOHN GEORGE, able ministers of the New Testament, either as missionaries abroad or pastors at home, as the
Mr. George expired, at an advanced age, Lord of the harvest may appoint."
on the 20th of November last. He had been Moved by the Rev. S. Davis, and seconded pastor of the baptist church at Shouldham by the Rev. W. Walton,
Street more than thirty years. "That the following gentlemen do constitute the committee for the ensuing year."
MR. BENJAMIN WILLIAMS. Thanks to the chairman were moved by the Mr. Benjamin Williams was born at Rev. W. Groser, and seconded by the Rev. Bampton in Oxfordshire in the year 1770 James Smith.
or 1771. When a boy he removed with his The list of the committee, to whom the parents to Reading, and was apprenticed to Rev. Joshua Russell has since been added, the late Mr. Avery Benham, whose business, on and an outline of the cash accounts will be the removal of that gentleman to London, he found in the Supplement to the Baptist took. He was baptized and received into the Magazine for 1846.
church at Hosier Street in 1791, when he was Messrs. Wilshire and Hume having com about twenty years of age, and he remained a pleted their term have left Dunstable, and member of the same church until his death, are at liberty to accept invitations to any a period of fifty-five years. He sat under fire churches that may need their aid. Two successive pastors, Mr. Thomas Daris, Ir, other students under the patronage of the Holloway, Mr. Dyer, Mr. Hinton, and Mr. society have been placed with Mr. Gould. Statham. In his early life he was a frequent A seventh student has just been accepted by attendant on the ministry of the late Mr. the coa..ittee.
Cadogan; he was, however, throughout the whole period a warmly attached member of
the church to which he belonged. He was ORDINATIONS.
very punctual in his attendance at churchAPPLEDORE, DEVONSHIRE.
meetings; he took a uniform interest in the On Thursday, Nov. 26, Mr. John E. Ball, | labour, when labour was wanting, for the
proceedings of the body, and was ready to one of the agents employed by the trustees advancement of its welfare. He took an of the late Mr. Thomas Boyce, was recognized active part in the successive enlargements of as the pastor of the baptist church at the chapel in Hosier Street, and most assiduAppledore. The Rev. J. Teale of Southously aided the erection of the new chapel in molton commenced the service by reading King's Road. He felt a peculiar attachment and prayer; the Rev. W. Aitchison of Barn- to the early sabbath morning prayer-meeting, staple delivered the introductory address ; which for many years he conducted with the Rev. William Grey of Bideford asked exemplary punctuality and fervour. In the the questions and offered the ordination-year 1831 he was chosen a deacon of the prayer; the Rev. T. Winter of Bristol de church, an office which he held for fifteen livered the charge; the Rev. C. Chapman of years. Not without obvious faults, his faults Barnstaple closed the service with prayer. were not inconsistent either with the sincerity In the evening the Rev. Jerome Clapp, of his piety or with his general nobleness and independent minister, read the scriptures and worth.' He was a man of strong understandprayed ; the Rev. C. E. M. Sheppard of ing, and although little favoured with educaNewton Tracey preached to the people, and tion or with subsequent mental culture, he other ministers engaged in the service.
acquired a large amount of practical and
valuable knowledge. He was a man of unLONG SUTTON, NEAR WISBEACH. blemished integrity, frank, open-hearted, Mr. H. L. Tuck of Cirencester, formerly generous, and hospitable. He was an affec. of Stepney Colleg-, has accepted a unanimous tionate parent and a warm friend. He dis
played much public spirit, and took an house. Subsequently he purchased premises interest in all that concerned the welfare of in the extremity of North Street, where he his fellow men. At the commencement of regularly conducted public worship, our the Mechanics Institution formed in Reading friend being one of his congregation and a he was chosen its president, and he was zealous supporter of him. From this period throughout life an ardent and consistent may be dated the honourable career of Mr. friend of liberty, civil and religious. A con- Horsey and the diffusion of orthodox sentisiderable time before his death he gradually ments in Crewkerne. After preaching for retired from business, and for the last fourteen about two years Mr. Willy left the town. months of his life he resided at North Court, The cause, howerer, which he was the means near Abingdon, with his sister, Mrs. Leader, of originating still flourished, so that, after to their mutual gratification and comfort. much deliberation, advice, and prayer, the His latest days were marked by an evident friends resolved to build a chapel. A suitable ripening for a better world which, indeed, had site in North Street being offered for £180, been observed in him since his retirement our departed friend generously paid the from business. His last illness was short, money, and also made advances towards the and a fatal termination of it was not antici- erection of the building. In March, 1820, pated; it was indeed expected that he would the chapel was opened for stated worship, the recover until within a few hours of his death. Rev. Messrs. Viney of Bridgwater, Claypole During the early portion of his sickness his of Yeovil, and Smith of Bath being the mind was in joyful anticipation of a better preachers on the occasion. On the 18th of porld, and when his end evidently drew near June following, the church, consisting of six he took a solemn leave of his relatives, whom persons dismissed from other communions, of he gathered around his bed. Almost his last whom the deceased was one, was formed by words were, “ Lord, now lettest thou thy the Rev. Richard Horsey of Taunton. In servant depart in peace.” He died on the the letter of our friend's dismissal the follow1st of December, 1846, in the 76th or 77th ing passage occurs :-" It is our earnest and year of his age. No fewer than thirteen sons sincere prayer that the sanction of heaven and daughters and sons and daughters-in-law may attend your proposed union, and that attended his funeral.
this may prove the foundation of a large accession to the Redeemer's interest among
you." This prayer, uttered so fervently, was MR. JOHN HORSEY.
in great measure answered in the life of Mr. This exemplary Christian was born at Horsey, for he lived to see 194 persons added
to the church hich he had been the means of Crewkerne in the year 1776. His father,
Soon after the church was Mr. James Horsey, was a member of the originating. baptist church, Yeovil, though owing to the formed, Mr. Horsey was unanimously chosen distance of this town from Crewkerne he to be one of the deacons. This office he filled nsually attended the presbyterian chapel death, which took place on the 1st of Decem
with fidelity and influence to the day of his (now unitarian) of his town, excepting on ordinance sabbaths, when he worshipped with ber. He had in general enjoyed good health, his family at Yeovil. It is not known when and till within four days of his decease or by what means the subject of this memoir pursued his daily vocation with his usual was brought to the knowledge of the truth. diligence. On the Friday, however, previous But it seems after his father bad left the to his removal he appeared unwell, and on town he attended but seldom the presbyterian the following day medical aid was procured. chapel, and usually sat under the ministry of But notwithstanding all that was done for Messrs. Toms, Price, and others, who occa
him by his physician, and the many prayers sionally preached in the neighbouring villages offered for him by his friends that he might The preaching of these good men led him, it be spared a little longer, he gradually got
weaker and weaker till the Tuesday after. is supposed, to yield his heart to God and to consecrate his life to his service. Hence on
noon, when his disembodied spirit soared to the 18th of September, 1818, he was baptized blessedness of those who die in the Lord.
the regions of purity and peace to realize the by his uncle, the Rev. Richard Horsey of Taunton; his brother, the senior deacon of the church there, assisting him into the water. At this time the gospel was rarely preached in either of the places of worship in Crew This respected deacon of the baptist church kerne. Presbyterianism had degenerated into at Stalybridge, Lancashire, died in his eightSocinianism; and the parish church echoed the ieth year on the 29th of December. Whilst wondrous doings and infallible doctrines of passing through the lobby of the house he fell Joanna Southcot. It appears however from down in an apoplectic fit and died in a short the church book that in 1813 Mr. Willy, a time. He had sustained the deacon's office baptist minister, came to reside in Crewkerne, ever since the formation of the church in where he opened a school, and shortly after- 1815. On the last sabbath in the year his wards established a meeting for prayer in his pastor, Mr. J. Ash, preached a sermon to
MR. JAMES HIRST.
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SIIAKESPEARE'S WALK CHAPEL, SHADWELL. It will gratify many of our readers to learn in London as an assemblage of affluent and that a chapel, of the elevation of which this is fashionable people, would look upon it with a view, is about to be built for the use of the the utmost astonishment, if they could be church under the pastoral care of Mr. Timothy induced to proceed far enough into the Moore. The place in which they at present “ Walk” to catch a glimpse of the structure. worship is not only delapidated, but bears A piece of ground has, however, been purevidence of having been erected in times chased in Devonport Street, between Comwhen it was wisest for baptists to worship mercial Road and the Back Road, in the where they were least likely to be discovered. midst of an improving neighbourhood, and The "Walk," as it is called, in which the one unprovided with any place of worship. building is situated, is not a thoroughfare ; it Encouragement and assistance have been is characterized by almost every thing that is afforded by kind friends; and though the repulsive, and the entrance to it from the Baptist Building Fund cannot according to street is down a flight of dangerous steps. its constitution aid any case in the metropolis, Many good people in the country who think we doubt not that help will be cheerfully of a baptist minister in London as a highly given by many who know the devotedness privileged personage, and of a baptist church and persevering diligence of the respected