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The Committee have the satisfaction of announcing that they have made the following arrangemeuts for the coming Annual Services.
The Rev. William Brock, of Norwich, lias engaged to preach the Annual Sermon, on Friday Evening, April 23, at the Weigh Horse CHAPEL; the use of which has been kindly granted by the Rev. T. Binney and his friends.
The Annual MEETING will be held at FINSBURY CHAPEL on Tuesday Evening the 27th instant. The chair to be taken at sıx O'CLOCK, by WM. VICKERS, Esq., of Nottingham. Dr. Price and Rev. T. JAMES, of London, Revs. T. Wheeler, of Norwicb, T. F. NEWMAN, of Short wood, H. Dowson, of Bradford, and T. Berry, of Abbeyliex, Ireland, are expected to address the meeting.
At a meeting of the Subscribers to the Society, and Baptist ministers friendly to its principles, held at the Mission House, April 27, 1846, among other resolutions, the following was passed unanimously :-
“ That it be suggested to the Committee to revise the constitution of the Society, and to submit the result of such revision to a meeting of members, to be called for that purpose, before the next anniversary.”
The Committee appointed a Sub-Committee to consider the subject, and report thereon. That Report was received, and after some amendments, adopted. According to Rule 8, a requisition was presented to the Secretary, signed by seven members of the Committee, to call a special meeting to consider it, and for the transaction of other business relating to the Society.
A special general meeting of the members of the Society will therefore be held at the Mission House, Moorgate Street, on Monday morning, April 26th. The chair will be take at 10 o'clock. A full attendance is most earnestly desired. At this meeting the following document will be submitted for consideration to the members present.
CONSTITUTION OF THE BAPTIST IRISH SOCIETY. 1. That the name of this Society shall be the “ Baptist Irish Society.”
2. That the object of this Society is the diffusion of the gospel of Jesus Christ, by the employment of missionaries and readers, the establishment of schools, and the distribution of bibles and tracts.
3. That a donor of ten guineas or upwards at one time be a member of this Society for life.
4. That every person subscribing ten shillings and sixpence a year or upwards, and every Baptist minister making an annual contribution or collection for the Society, and one of the executors, on payment of a bequest of fifty pounds or upwards, be considered members thereof.
5. That the concerns of the Society be managed by a Treasurer and Secretary, and a. Committee of not less than twenty members, to meet in London once every month, or oftener if necessary, five to be a quorum. The Committee to be empowered to fill up Facancies.
6. That a general meeting of members only be held every year, at which the proceedings of the past year be reported, and the officers chosen for the year ensuing.
7. That a general meeting of the Society may be called by any seven members of the Committee by giving a month's notice in writing to the Secretary.
8. That the Treasurer present to the Committee, half-yearly, an account of the state of the funds ; and not pay any bills on behalf of the Society, without an order signed by two members of the Committee.
9. That all ministers, members of the Society, be at liberty to attend all meetings of the Committee.
10. That a public meeting of the Society shall be held annually, when the list of the Committee and officers shall be read, accounts presented, and the proceedings of the previous year reported.
Subjoined is a copy of the present rules of the Society:
1. That a Society be now formed, and designated, “THE BAPTIST IRISH SOCIETY FOR Promoting THE GOSPEL IN IRELAND, instituted in the year 1814."
2. That the principal objects of this Society be, to employ itinerants in Ireland, to establish schools, and to distribute Bibles and Tracts, either gratuitously, or at reduced prices.
3. That a subscriber of ten guineas at one time be a Governor of the Society for life, and eligible to be on the Committee.
4. That any person subscribing one guinea annually be a Governor, and eligible to be on the Committee ; or any person subscribing half a guinea annually, or five guineas at one time, shall have the privilege of voting at all its public meetings.
5. That the concerns of the Society be managed by a Treasurer, Secretary, and a Committee of twenty-seven Governors.
6. That a general meeting of the Subscribers and Governors be held annually in London, in the third week in June (now changed to the end of April or the beginning of May], when the Treasurer, Secretary, and two-thirds of the Committee who have most frequently attended, be eligible for re-election.
7. That the Treasurer present to the Committee, half-yearly, an account of the state of the funds; and not pay any bills on behalf of the Society, without an order signed by two members of the Committee ; and that Auditors be annually appointed by the general meeting to examine the accounts.
8. That a general meeting of the Society be called by any seven members of the Committee, on giving one month's notice to the Secretary.
9. That all ministers, who are members of the Society, be at liberty to attend and vote at all meetings of the Committee.
It is gratifying to us that there is a necessity for publishing a double number tbis month. The contributions to the Relief Fund have been both numerous and liberal: but the Mission itself has not been forgotten. Nor in Ireland does the famine prevent the work going on. Indeed, all our agents find it more easy to get at the people and gain Their attention. We trust they are right in their opinion that the hold of the priesthood is loosening. If so, on every ground we rejoice; for the Romanist clergy have been one of the grand hindrances to Ireland's social and religious improvement.
Mr. Eccles, in a letter dated January | one of the results of the terrible visita30, while adverting to the absorbing tion which has fallen on Ireland. concern about food felt by all classes,
THE BEST RELIEF. shows, too, that the bread of life is not broken in vain.
For instance, John Monaghan writes, since
my last I have been endeavouring as much as A GOODLY ADDITION.
possible to comfort and console my neighbours The week before last, on Friday evening, all around through reading God's word. And, I had the pleasure of immersing six excellent indeed, now is the time to administer comfort. young females into the name of the Trinity. Not a village nor a house can you enter withTo me the favour was peculiarly pleasant, as out seeing the comfortless and the sick. it had been altogether unexpected. I knew While they breathe out their sorrows they nothing of their resolution till it was intimated listen to me. Surely any one
who has tasted to me by themselves. By mutual conver- that the Lord is gracious, must now be alive sation, they had settled the question, and in His work. fixed this line of conduct, before I understood they had been thinking of it at all in a serious
At Dunmore, Mr. M-Clure states, way. They all bear a most excellent charac- there are many who used to go with the ter as Christians. Brother Hamilton, from multitude to do evil, who are now conConlig, who happened to be with us at the stant in their attendance on the means time, delivered a very profitable address. The whole service was peculiarly solemn and inte of grace, and are carefully reading the resting: May every “ token for good” enable word. Three persons have given good us to double our diligence in the work of the evidence that they have believed througla Lord !
A CASE NEEDING HELP, AND WHICH HAS HAD IT.
the growing attention to divine things as extent. I have been obliged to discontinue
visiting some families, because I had not the him to the bread of life. Before I went I means of helping them to buy food. It would asked him what value extreme unction was occupy one person's time to answer the to him now. Taking up a pinch of ashes, knocks at my door, morning and evening, by he replied, 'As much as this! Jesus was the poor. A grant from the Relief Fund wounded for my transgressions. His blood Fould greatly assist me. I can testify that atones for my sins. He died for me, and my fellow countrymen are feeling increasingly rose again for my justification.' I had to grateful for the kindness shown to them. spend more time in reading in this part. Could I give temporal food, it would greatly There is a great thirst for the word. increase my opportunities of breaking the On my return from E-, I got into a bread of life, and, by God's blessing, spiritual small cottage, and found a family sitting good would be imparted to their souls. around a boy who, by a glimmering light,
was reading in the Irish testament,
As I Pat. BRENNAN finds the same state of bad often visited them before, they were glad miod in many of the people in his dis- to see me again. They are anxious for a
knowledge of divine things. trict. In his monthly report up to the
The Lord is working a mighty work in our December 31, he states :
land, which all the priests will not be able to ASKING FOR THE BREAD OF LIFE. gainsay or resist. The most ignorant about us Although surrounded with scenes of misery, see it. May the God of all grace work in us, yet the Lord seems to be carrying on his own and by us, for His name's sake. Fork in the hearts of the people. I find the poor very willing to hear the word of God. Thomas Cooke mentions several intcThey admit that He is justly punishing them resting facts which show the gradual for their rejection of it. A few days ago I progress of the truth. He also speaks of visited a poor family, and was told that not the efforts made to obstruct it. We one of them had eaten a morsel for two days give a striking example, even during the except one meal. I opened the 6th chapter prevalence of famine and death, of of John, and read what Jesus says of himself, that he was the bread of life come down from heaven. "Ah,' said the poor man, The priest of K - warns the people, the value of that bread is indeed great. from the altar, of the smiling man from the O God! give us that bread.' Before night mountain, or he will catch you, and you will I got a shilling for them to buy some food. surely be lost for ever. Lately I have had
two or three Romanists attending the bibleTHE WORD SUCCESSFUL.
class, and Lord's day morning meetings. By Since my last one of my neighbours has these means they have heard so much of the given good evidence that the word of God nature of popery, that they do not go either to has come with power to his heart. He has mass or to the priest. He tried to keep these attended our meetings for some time. He poor men from getting employment on the told me lately that he felt uneasy that he had | Public Works. But I wrote for them to the delayed to confess Christ. When Mr. Jack- Secretary and Chairman, and succeeded in man comes here I hope he will be baptized, getting them work. Brother S-'s school His early days were spent as a soldier, and is greatly opposed by the priests. Were it he often Jaments the careless life he led. not so, we should have more than one hundred Now he blesses God that ever he was brought scholars. Their opposition would not avail here.
much, but for their influence in putting the
people on the Public Works. RICHARD MOORE, a reader, stationed in another district, gives a similar testi
Nearly thirty families have applied to be mony. Thus we see that the state of admitted to our church. I was told that mind described is almost general, inas- some papers were put up, in public places, to much as it is observed by all the agents, come to me, and they should have £5 if they both missionaries and readers.
did. I explained to them the mistake, and THE VALUE OF HUMAN RITES.
that they must give themselves to the Lord,
then the people of God would find them out, After inspecting a school, I remained that and receive them, but that honest New Testaday and part of the next, reading the Scrip- ment baptists could not do otherwise than I tures to poor Romanists. Many are neither had done. ashamed nor afraid to declare they believe the priests have not the truth. I'visited a man who would have perished for want, but The len places where I hold prayer-meetfor the assistance you sent him. I directed (ings are going on well. I visit some every
NO PROSELYTING THE STARVING,
MANY PLACES FOR PRAYER.
week, others once a month, the rest as I can. sentiments and feelings of the Irish The meeting up the mountain-side promises people. Straws show which way the to do well. Three Romanists named H wind blows. So do things, seemingly are coming out, and are making inquiry after trifles in themselves, answer the same the truth.
purpose as indicators of popular opinion. In addition to the pleasing intelligence from Richard Moore's letter for Decem
For this reason, we quote the following from Coleraine, we invite attention to ber, which supplies examples relating, extracts from Mr. Hamilton's last communication from Ballina, where the
FIRST, TO THE PRIESTS. cause seems to be going on with an I met a man who had been to chapel the encouraging degree of success.
last Lord's day, where he heard the prie :
make mention of my name to his parishion. IMPROVED ATTENDANCE ON THE WORD.
He read a letter and a tract wbich had We had ninety-four persons at our noon been sent by some good friend to a man service last Lord's day, and the Sabbath- named C-, who had often argued with school is doing well, and I trust the Lord will me on the principles of popery. I was susgive His blessing. The priests are raging ! pected for sending the tract, in which the One of our brethren had a prayer-meeting in duty of searching the scriptures was enBrook-street on Sunday night. A mob forced. “ Yes," said he, “search the Scripgathered, and would not let the people out tures ; it is every man's duty to do so." Sureuntil a priest came, and looked the people in ly this is a great change in a man who had, the face. They also go to the school, and in former times so often committed the Bible take down the names of the children and to the flames, their parents, and use all their efforts to scatter them. But they cannot succeed.
SECONDLY, AS TO THE PEOPLE. Our Relief Committee was requested to Many Romanists came to my place to hear name nine of their number to be added to the me read the Scriptures to them. One was Committee of Public Works. I was chosen there when I came home yesterday, who is, I to be one. This will be for good.
trust, thirsting after the word of life. I gave him as clear account as I could of the gospel,
and that all who really desired the gift might Mr. Berry gives an example of the drink of the water of life without money moral influence which may be acquired and without price.” by our agents in this fearful crisis, when
On my way to Easky, I met a Romanist they have the means of helping the driving his ass to the bog for turf. In con. starving poor. We feel truly thankful versation he compared his priest to the animal that on the interesting occasion to which which he drove. Surely this man must have he refers, he had to act in the way he a very low opinion indeed of that person, did.
when he could speak thus of him,
MORE OF THE SAME KIND. I am rejoiced that the rice has come to Many of the poor penple about here have hand. I was advised not to trust it in my nothing but cabbage and turnips to live on. own house, lest it should be forcibly taken | Many have died for lack of food. They say away ; and by all means to have some of the that God's judgment has come upon them; police at the distribution, to preserve order, and that priestcraft has destroyed them. I was determined to rely on the moral power Many families I visit openly declare that of the impression made by English bounty, popery is contrary to the Divine word. upon the people. My experiment has suc In going to the bog of C-, I got into a house ceeded. Not a soul stirred about my house of one whom I knew. Many followed me. at night to disturb, and the five or six hundred I read and explained the Scriptures to them. people who came yesterday, were as orderly The man of the house stood up in the midst, as if drilled by a recruiting sergeant. They and said, that a priest should no more handle formed a circle round the door, and some had his money as the price of salvation, to remain for hours ; but they waited patiently Scriptures declared it was without money till their turn came, and they departed with and without price.' gratitude. My pleasure was great, I could not help offering up many silent prayers for the dear friends whose kindness had given me In this way, going from house to house, so much joy, and enabled me to do so much teaching and instructing the ignorant, and good to the people.
exhibiting Jesus as the way, the truth, and the life,' I could, for the past month
only, fill whole sheets' bearing the same tesGreat changes are taking place in the timony.
BAD ADVICE REJECTED.
A GOOD SUMMING-UP.
It is gratifying to know that the schools 80 thronged as usual, owing to some of the have not been deserted during this time stronger being engaged in the Public Works, of want. The relief fund has enabled yet the proficiency made by those who come the missionaries to feed both body and has compensated for the deficiency in nummind. The attendance of the children ber. Many seem to have their minds strong!! is thus kept up. What follows applies impressed with the leading truths of the gosto
pel. The answers given to some questions
quite surpassed my most sanguine expectaTHE SCHOOLS IN THE SLIGO DISTRICT. tions. I have an humble confidence that During the past month, I have inspected many in our schools will yet become a seed the schools. Though the attendance is not to serve the Lord.
And now in conclusion, we may ask, is not the cause going on in Ireland ? Is the Mission not doing a great work? Are not our agents worthy of support, and ought not the Society to be more liberally supported, that its means of usefulness might be enlarged. At this moment the important post of Limerick is nnoccupied. The committee dare not increase its expenditure. Oh, when shall this sad deficiency of funds cease to render it needful to leave such spheres of labour without a missionary, and cease to cramp the operations of such an institution ? If all subscribers of a sovereign would only make it a guinea, and every subscriber of ten shillirgs make it balf a guinea, the thing would be done, and a missionary sent to thi post.
We find it more necessary than ever, to impress on our friends the necessity of sustaining our agents, by sending their contributions for the relief of the suffering Irish, through the society. Having formed committees in Conlig, Dublin, Cork, and other places, the brethren are devoting themselves, with the utmost zeal, to their work; and aided as they are by the counsel of others, they are more likely to distribute the bounty of the churches in an efficient and impartial manner.
Again let it be understood, that the relief is given without the slightest regard to creed, except to take care that the members of our churches do not suffer. No relief is given indiscriminately, but the parties, in all cases where practicable, are first visited. The relief committee at Cork is not composed only of our friends there, but of Presbyterians, Romanists, and members of the Society of Friends. They are now in full operation, in the Pine Street Depôt, which they have rent free, and which tradesmen have helped them to fit up at a cost of only ien pounds, 60 great has been the desire to assist them. They can give 240 persons one meal each of stirabout, which is more nutritious than sour, for every one pound subscription. The Ladies' Dorcas, too, unite with them in finding homely apparel and straw beds for the destitute.
An extract from the Cork Southern Reporter, by one of their own staff, who was sent out into several back streets and lanes of the city, will interest our friends. “ I did not in Barrack Street, as in Peacock Lane, meet with instances of lives saved by a generous exercise of private charity, as in the case of the Rev. Mr. Bentley, whose visits to that quarter, and the relief consequent thereon, have been the means of rescuing many unfortunate creatures from a most miserable death. 1 perceive by liis letter, published last night, that a depôt is about to be opened in Pine Street, which I presume will be founded on a similar plan to that carried on when giving food at his own house. I can bear witness that there are hundreds of families in Cork who must either receive relief by private charity, such as that afforded by Mr. Bentley, or get none at all. Every man acquainted with this city, will agree, that the Baptists have gone much better to work, and