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to be with them a point of bonour, and I think rejoice in satisfactory, and ample measnres of it would be so with me, not hastily to relinquish success. The prejudices of any man, under attachments to that which is placed under the favourable circumstances, are not easily overban, and that which we regard as an inferior turned. Prejudice is a stubborn thing, hard to and comparatively prostrate condition. I think bear rebuke, and still more difficult to be dethat has been the case with the majority of the stroyed. These prejudices meet our brethren humbler rauks of Ireland; and no one would on every hand; and God be thanked! he is rejoice more than myself if we could trace in overruling these calamities in Ireland to undermystic or plainer characters, that Divine Pro- mine these prejndices. They will be met in the vidence would bring about, through the mysteri- spirit of zeal and tenderness; they will be met, ous sufferings of that country, the dissolution ' as oor brother has proved, and is capable of there between the state and the religion. proving, with a beart full of benevolence, Believing, as we do, in the spirituality of the lighted up at the Cross, and maintained by kingdom of Christ, that it was never intended , frequent visits to Calvary. Allusion has been for amalgamation with the princes and poten- made to the scenes

of agitation which have heretates of this world, we do long to witness that tofore covered that land; and you may permit, separation brought about. I am ready some in connexion with that reference, a momentary times to think that very few have regarded allusion to the renowned man whose voice was Ireland and the operations of this Society and employed so extensively and efficiently in that kindred Institutions in a proper light. There great work of agitation. '1 neither condemn the are very few who have contemplated Ireland as work, nor praise it. I leave it alone; but I am the sphere of missionary operations quite as sore this congregation will unite in the desire fully and distinctly as India itself. Christianity that that mighty mind- for it was a migbty is supposed to exist there in a somewhat mind-before it sinks for ever beyond the reach corrupted form; but still it is Christianity; and of boman passion, may have, directed full upon I do not think that we have impressed on our it, the noon-day radiance of that blessed gospel own minds the conviction that there is as great a which alone can bring life to a dead soul, and need for the distinct annonncement of the pure prepare man for the glories of an immortal day. doctrine of redemption through the blood of if O'Connell had been our worst enemy, that Christ, through the length and breadth of would be our earnest prayer, that befoie the Jreland, as there is in any part of this wide miud, shattered and enfeebled, shall lose all its world.' Touching on that point, I cannot but powers, the thoughts may be directed with express the gratification with which I listened intensest gaze to the Lamb of God, that taketh to the ample, yet deeply.stirring statements of away the sips of the world. I assure you ! our brother from Ireland. Do we not see sympathize deeply with every fet ling of attachthat in Ireland, as well as in India and ment that has been expressed towards our sister Jamaica, God raises up right men to do his island and the great cause of Christian missions own work, that he suits ihe labourer to the field established and carried ont in different departon which his energies are to be employed, and ments of the church in that portion of the that he prepares the labourer for the difficulties, United Empire. I humbly hope that ere long conflicts, and trials through which he may bave the period will come when, instead of system to urge his way when prosecuting the work of battling against system, and one church setting the Lord. May the ri hest blessings of heaven up the banner of array against another church, rest on our dearest brother, and all associated the great aim of all classes shall be to diffuse with bim in that part of missionary labuar; and throughout Ireland the knowledge of Him who when he shall again be permitted to visit this is able to save, even to the uttermost, all that part of the United Empire, may he have to tell come unto God hy Him. us that Dagon has fallen before the ark, that The CHAIRMAN, in submitting the Resolution, the superstructure of ignorance has been for said : Before the collection is made, I cannot ever removed. Let us deeply sympathize with help remarking upon the large balance against the men who are labouring in Ireland. They the Society ; I would submit to all my friends are not coltivating a soil which, like the prairies in the country, that if they were to double their of the west, need scarcely to be turned over before efforts on behalf of the Baptist Irish Society, it they produce a most luxuriant crop. Theirs is would tend much to promote its interests, and rather for the most part a sterile, hard, impene relieve it of the difficulties in which it is placed. trable soil : not naturally so; but rendered so But I would suggest to our friends in London, that under some malignant and hostile influence. if they quadruple their subscriptions, it will only There our brethren have before them the mighty be in proportion to our efforts in the country. mountain which must be levelled, the dell which The Resolution was then put and carried. must be filled up, the crooked places which After singing the Doxology, the Rev. S. J. must be made straight, and the rough places Davis pronounced the benediction, and the which must be made smooth, before they can meeting separated.

POSTSCRIPT. As might be expected, the contributions to the Relief Fund come in scantily. It is now time to see the general purposes of the missions amply supported. Many will say, Consider the times !--See how provisions rise in price !- Think of the almost universal depression of trade! We are not unmindful of these things.

We are fully sensible of the suffering caused by them. But holding back from the cause of God will not mend the times. Consider if you only give when times are prosperous, where is faith, and where, in fact, is principle? Cannot you trust your heavenly Father? Look on the bright skies--How copious and soft the showers have been ! See how the face of the earth is renewed ! Behold the promise of abundance on every hand ! Do not read the lessons which His providence teaches backward. He means to make us all feel our absolute dependence on His bounty and care ; and tells us very plainly to put our whole trust in Him.

We beg our friends to read with attention the following extract from one of the public prints published in the city of Cork. What our agents and the gentlemen on the Committee of the Pine Sireet depôt are doing there, most of the agents are doing elsewhere. Testimony from independent parties is most valuable, and ought to be satisfactory. If any inquire, how is the Relief Fund distributed? we say, look at this extract from the Cork Southern Reporter, of May 4th,

“RELIEF BY THE BAPTIST SOCIETY. “Some time ago we noticed the praiseworthy exertions of the Baptists of our city to contribute their quota of relief to the destitute poor by whom Cork was inundated. Since then the Comittee of that Association have been working silently, yet not the less surely, visiting the sick, relieving the suffering, and endeavouring to be of the utmost possible assistance to the afflicted and distressed. At the beginning of March a soup depot was opened in Pine Street, supported by voluntary coniributions, where food was gratuitously distributed. As the Committee were then but feeling their way, they commenced operations with one boiler, distributing at the rate of 250 quarts per day. They have since increased the quantity according as the subscriptions and donations became larger, and they have now two boilers at work and give 900 quarts of good substantial stirabout a day, or 5,600 quarts per week. The depôt is supported by subscriptions raised here and in England, the Irish Baptist Society in London is the chief contributor, having commenced with a donation of £50 and a monthly subscription of £30, which has since been doubled. We notice this fact to show how usefully the charity of the English Baptists has been employed. They sent their money to their friends in Ireland, by whom it has been expended in the way that could effect the utmost benefit for those for whom it was given. A Committee of ladies has also been formed here, who since January last have distributed among the poor of our city upwards of 1800 articles of clothing, bedding, &c., &c." To this testimony we need not add one word.

The numerous letters received, in reply to inquiries for information, all speak of almost unabated distress. The fever has risen to the upper ranks. Five magistrates of the county of Galway died last week. The state of the suffering poor may be inferred from such a fact.

Mr. HARDCASTLE, on whose caution and discriminative observation the utmost reliance may be placed,'observes in a letter dated April 30: “Distress has certainly abated with us, owing to the diminished price of Indian meal, and the operation of the temporary Relief Act. Like most government measures, it is very defective, with one-half of the expenditure our Relief Committees could do twice the good.”

The Relief Committee consisting of Messrs Green, Sanders, Watson, Burls, Beddome, George Lowe, with the officers of the Society, continue to dispense the funds which remain in hand, and hope to be able to distribute in money and food, the latter being by far the chief thing employed, £500 per montlı till September, if necessary. This will enable our brethren to go on with their present operations, and to meet exigencies as they arise. • But our attention must be turned to another matter. The mission must, in future, be made the primary concern. Our churches ought to address themselves to the higher object. Let the facts detailed in Mr. Hamilton's letters from Ballina, which are but a specimen of those received from other agents, animate our friends to renewed liberality and prayer. April 27: "We had ien of our poor Romanist neighbours with us yesterday morning, as inquirers, for reading and prayer, and we hope to have some young persons from the schools this evening, for a similar purpose.” Again : "The chapel has been quite full at our noon service for some

time, and I am getting many of the poor people together privately, to talk with them about their souls. I baptized Thomas Cooke, of Mountain River, yesterday. He is a relation of our reader there, and is an excellent man.” And on the 17th of May, “We have the intelligence of increasing usefulness: and a brighter spiritual prospect opens on the scene of temporal gloom and suffering. “On Thursday morning last, I baptized William Gray at Mountain River, who seems a steady, intelligent man. His wife will soon follow. The church at Easky has accepted another for baptism and fellowship, who will be baptized at Ballina, on account of the opposition of his wife."

“I bave now fifty inquirers here which I meet in three separate classes. We need to be much in prayer that the Lord may give the Spirit in an abundant manner, that this poor people may be brought to a knowledge of salvation.” May our friends remember this remark, and in their supplications at a throne of mercy, remember these fifty inquirers, that they may speedily become true disciples of Jesus. Here is indeed a rich reward for all your recent liberality, and a double blessing is given. Once more we say, the Mission MUST NOW BE YOUR PRIMARY OBJECT OF SUPPORT.



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£ Coll. after sermon, by Rev J. Aldis... 12 14 9 C. B. M.

50 00 Do. Annual Meeting

22 17 6 Tewkesbury, Conts. by Rev. J. Berg 3 2 2 Peto, s. M., Esq., (don.) Belfast Chapel 10 0 0 Wotton-under-Edge, do. Rev.J.Watts 1 50 Freeman, John, Esq. do. 2 10 0 London, Churchfst. Juvenile Assocn. 3 100 Adams, Peter, Mr.,

do. 2 10 0

Hammersmith, Miss Oltidge .. 0 10 9 Lowe,: Geo., Esq., F.R.S.

5 00
Bugby, Mr., Jun.

0 10 6 Melksham, Miss Fowler

0 10 0 Wood, Mr., by Rev. I. M. Soule 1 00 Halifax (a friend).

0 10 0

Walworth, Liopšt. Female Soc. 16 00 Burwash, Mr. Nokes,..

2 00
John Street Auxiliary

15 00 Wallingford, by Rev. J. Tyso 3 16 1 Littlemore End, by Mr. Bamber

2 00 Dublin, Subscriptions .. 19 13 4 Roade, by Mrs. Hinton

2 00 Moate and Athlone, do...

3 00 A. E. Z. Coventry,

Collection and Subscriptions 17 17 2 Bedford, by Rev. T. King . Bury St. Edmunds, collected by Mrs.

Chipping, Sodbury, by Miss Pearce... 1 10 6 Ridley and Miss Quant

10o Feibane and Rubue, Subscriptions..... 5 76

5 00 8 60

33 33

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110 5 00


Canada, by Rev. J. M. Cramp 14 10 2 , London, Meard's Court Collection, by
Blockley, by Rev. J. Stalker... 6 00

Rev. J. Sterens
Wolvey, by Rev. W. Crofts .

2 06

Friends, alter dinner, at 19, Boston, by Rev. T. Matthews


Finsbury Circus Stowbridge and Walton

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Miss Ireland...
Few poor children who are sorry the Upton-on-Severn, a Friend
Irish have no dinuer

0 16 Collingham Collection ....... .£7 4 0 St. Ives, a friend, by Rev. E. Davies... 0 50 Nicholls, Mrs.

500 Taunton, by T. Horsey, Esq.. 5 6

12 40 Talyshyn, friends, by Mr. J. Morgan 1 00 Stratton, The Church, by Mr. J. OverCrayford, Collection by Mr. J. Smith 2 11 0 bury Jamaica, Collection at St. Ann's Bay 14 15 0 Necton, by Rev. C. Griffiths. Do.

Ocho Rios 10 150 New York, by Wm. Colgate, Esq. (2nd) 285 14 Rev. B. Millard .

100 Loscoe, by Rev. J. Edwards .. Mr. James Gibson

100 Manchester Union Chapel (additional) 200 Brown's Town, by Rev J. Clark 10 0 0 Braintree, Miss Hait. Biatton, by J. Whittaker, Esq. 911 0 Hertfort, by the Rev. Mr. Whitehead 2 0 0 London, Wilmshurst, Mr.

0 5 0 Botesdale, by Mr. Angus Lush, R., Esq., by Dr. March 5 50 Thanks for parcels of clothing from Mrs. Cozens, and Mrs. Burls ; a few friends at Worstead and Ingham, by Mr. Silcock; the Sunday-school children, Saffron Walden, by Miss Rumkay ; Mr. Risden Pershore, and Mr. Pratt, Mitchain. Other

parcels have come to hand, but the Secretary have not been advised by the parties sending them.

Subscriptions and Donations thankfully received by the Treasurer, EDWARD Smith, Esq. 60, Old Broad Street; Rev. J. Angus, and by the Secretary, Mr. FREDERICK TRESTRAIL, A. the Mission House, Moorgate Street, London; and by the pastors of the churches through out the Kingdom,

1 140

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3 10



BAPTIST HOME MISSIONARY SOCIETY. The Anpyal Meeting of the subscribers and included in the Report. Upwards of 500 perfriends of this Institution, was held at Finsbury sons had been added to the churches, not as the Chapel, on Monday evening, April 26th. The result of special movements, but as the fruit of attendance was very numerons. J. COLMAN, the ordinary, unpretending, but often toilsome, Esq., Mayor of Norwich, took the chair, persevering, efforts of the agents. The majority

The proceedings commenced by the Rev. E. of the Missionaries reported a considerable Davis engaging in prayer.

number of inquirers. Instruction had been given The CHAIRMAN then rose and said: I wish, in 111 Sabbath-schools, by 1196 teachers, to for yoor sakes, and that of the cause we have 7500 scholars. Partly through the operation of met to advocate, that a more efficient person causes, from which all denominational Instituthan myself had been called to occupy the posi- tions had suffered, the Committee had been tion which I now sustain. I may, however, compelled to borrow £400. This together with state, that I have often thought that this Institu- £200 borrowed to meet the deficiency in 1845, tion has not received that sanction and support left the Society in debt £600. The present, for which are doe to it. If we do not look more obvious reasons, was not deemed a favourable to our Home Missionary Society, I conceive time in which to make a special effort for its rethat our foreign operations will not succeed. It moval. If the churches would only aid the is by the labours of the former that the latter are Committee by GENERAL, REGULAR, and, it possopported. From that source, or Foreign sible, sIMULTANEOUS DISTRICT COLLECTIONS, Missionary Society has derived its Careys and not only might the income and expenditure be Yateses in the east ; our Burchells and Knibbs kept in tolerable harmony, but assistance might in the west. I have lately been reading the be rendered to many places, which, in a comlife of that (I was about to say,) immortal hero, paratively short time, would be able to render Kuibb. We sometimes atlach, I think, too assistance to others. much importance to heroes such as those of The TREASURER then presented his accounts, Waterloo, but I think, that when we compare from which it appeared, that the total receipts our hero Knibb with men of that character, we of the Society, during the year, amounted to have much more reason to rejoice than those £5) 19 ls. ; the expenditure to £5118 2s. 6d.; who aduire them. I will not further detain the leaving a balance in hand of 18s. 6d., which meeting, but will call on the Secretary to read deducted from the £600 that had been borrowed, the Report.

left a nett balance against the Society of Rev. S. J. Davis then read an abstract of £599 Is. 60. that document. After referring to the trying The Rev. F. TUCKER, of Manchester, rose to circonstances in which many of the Missionaries move, bad been placed, in consequence of the distress

That this meeting sympathizes with the agents prevailing in some of the agricultural districts, of the Society, in the discouragements under which It went on to state, that their chief difficulties, many of them are called to labour ; that it rejoices in however, had arisen from another source. They their steady perseverance in the path of duty; that hrad been made to know that there was an Es it expresses its devont thanksgiving to Almighty tablished Church in this country ; that it had God for the success which has attended their lubours';

and that the Report, on which these sentiments are assumed a position of earnest antagonism to

founded, be printed and circulated under the direcDissent ; that many of its friends were wealthy, tion of the Committee.” influential, and determined to promote its ascendency at any cost of personal sacrifice; and It is with much pleasure, though with some that many more, besides possessing these or distidence, that I appear at your meeting this kindred advantages, were not very scrupulons evening. It is with pleasure I do now appear, in asing means which every truly honourable as having been once an agent of the Foreign and enlightened mind must condemn. The Missionary Society. As you sir, bave hinted, Committee have employed, during the year, it has sometimes happened that these two great ninety agents who had laboured at about as Institutions bave been pitted against each other many principal, and, by the valuable assistance most unreasonably and most unwisely. If the of many "fellow-belpers to the truth,” at 223 one, like the telescope, has brought within our subordinate stations. They had given assist, view the state of distant lands and tribes, ance also, both in England and Wales, to several -the other, like the microscope, has made us occasional applicants, whose statistics were not more familiar with the immediate sphere beneath

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our eyes; both are absolutely necessary to our inducement to love their neighbours as they love full discovery of truth and perception of duty. themselves, Then, just with the wane of SoLet us never dash the two instruments one cialism came the wide distribution of the Scripagainst the other. We should do no good to tures. In our Manchester districts, in one either, but perhaps do great injury to both. In- single year, 97,000 copies of the Word of God deed, I cannot conceive that we take a right were sold among the people. Oh, happy, deview of these two great Societies, unless we re- lightful omen! We know who has said, "My gard them as parts of one great whole. They word shall not return unto me void.” The are not rivals, they are auxiliaries; the one is artizan has been sitting in his cottage, like the absolutely necessary to complete, to implement, eunuch in his chariot, reading the Scriptores, the efforts of the other. All that our foreign and your agent has gone, like Philip, and joined Missionaries can do is to light up the great himself to the chariot, asking.“ Understandest thoroughfares of the world, and put a lamp thou what thon readest ?" and then has begun here and there in the midst of the great at the same Scripture, and preached to him darkness; and happy and honoured is the man Jesus. Yes, we must gird ourselves for the who is permitted to kindle or to watch the tlame; work; we must cast ourselves on the rich re. but this, after all, is not doing much good, un sources of our noble voluntary system. That less there be some such Societies as yours to system wlrich in the first ages carried on Chrisspread the illumination wider, to carry it into tianity so well, has lost little of its might and every county, village, and cottage in the land. vigour now. That systein which in Scotland Success to both. Let never a whisper be heard some men have employed, when they descried of one against the other. The resolntion alludes and found, under the shadow of Benloven and to the discouragement of the agents of your Pentland, mines of gold and silver. Oh, let Society, and the Report which we have just us put it to the test in England! Our work is beard states, that one of the chief discou- great and noble ; let us try to raise it to its full ragements is in connexion with the existence of dignity, never disparaging the efforts of those the Established Church. Now bear with me who have toiled so well for the temporal prosif I attempt, for a moment, to express on this perity of the nation. Let us remember that our matter what I believe to be your own sentiments high vocation, as disciples of Jesus, is to scatter as well as mine. There is a distinction most spiritual blessings on every side, to invoke the clear and obvious to every one of us, which our influence of the Spirit of all grace ; and never opponents on this question will persist in over may we desist to pray and labour, till ours is looking, I mean this :-it is one thing to be a the happiness of the people whose God is the foe to the establishment of the Church, it is an- Lord. other thing to be a foe to the Church that is es Rev. C. E. BIRT, of Wantage. It has been tablished. With regard to the Episcopal church brought as a charge against the religion of the in this land, with some modifications-important New Testament, that it supplies no room and modifications I admit - I think we can all sin allows no scope for some of the noblest virtues cerely say we are not its foes ; only let it but that adorn human nature. Friendsbip and stand by itself, with no other head but Christ, patriotism, so highly exalted by every other and no other support than the contributions of system of religion, it has been declared, receive its friends. Happy in our estimation the day no countenance from the doctrines of the Gospel. that shall see all men Christians, even though They who bring this objection against onr it shall see them all Episcopalians. The king- Christianity want the candoar to distinguish bedom of God, in my opinion, is not meat and tween the expansion and the elevation of virtue, drink, but righteousness, joy, and peace, in the and what they would regard as its extension. Holy Ghost. That is one thing; but on the Our patriotism is not that of Greece and Rome, other hand and with all solemnity I would say made up rather of various antipathies towards it-Jet the Episcopalian Church remain esta other countries, than anything of charity or coblished, or let any other church take its place, hesion at home. The patriotism of Christians, for it would be much the same, and we see in like every other virtue that is formed in the that one fact, the source of innumerable mis- school of Christ, is sanctified by the Spirit of chiefs; we see religion secularized, and not the God. The patriotism of Christians will never state Christianized : we see the grand hindrance be found to clash with universal benevolence. to the union of the godly, and one of the great We shall not seek the prosperity of one country obstacles to the couversion of the world. My at the expense of the general happiness of man. resolution speaks of circumstances that are kind; but as Christians and Englishmen we favourable, as well as of some that are dis should feel the claims and attractions of our couraging. In the north of England we have native land. The land of our fathers' sepulcbres, been rejoicing in a decline of Socialism as a the land which is ruled snbstantially by equal great and awful system of infidelity. It has de. law, under the administration of a gentle sove. clined like every one of its predecessors, and reign, to whose constitutional force her loyal consolatory it is to the Christian to remark, and affectionate subjects bear testimony with how, while there may be awful infidelity, ipfidel one acclaim that it is without a flaw. We do systems must be short-lived ; they are all feel the attractions of our native land, where suicidal; they carry the elements of self-des-civil and religious liberty is enjoyed to a greater truction within themselves. How delightful in extent than in any other country in Europe, the north, has it been t know, that the agents where opportunities for the propagation of the of your Society have gone to the adherents of Gospel to those at home and abrvad are greater this wretched system, and presented to them than in any other nation under heaven. But in wholesome and heavenly socialism, which our love of country we must be allowed to enteaches men first to love the Lord with all their force the Scriptural principles we hold. We hearts; and this lays them under the strongest are told that righteousness exalteth a nation,

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