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two or three months ago to a Circular Dis- | able to dispense with such kind assistance, patch from Earl Grey to the Governors of we now need it more than ever.

In conthe Colonies, and to Suggestions for the esta sequence of diminished resources last year blishment of schools for the coloured classes we were compelled to close several schools, from the Educational Committee of the Privy and to conduct others with less efficient Council, the effect of which would be to agency than could be desired. We had also subvert the plans of education which the best to mourn over a great falling off in the numfriends of the negro race have been accus bers attending school, arising principally from tomed to follow.

the drought and distress which then preEighteen pastors of baptist churches in vailed. Now, we rejoice to say, nearly all Jamaica have drawn up and signed a state the schools are well attended-in some the ment respecting their educational efforts, to numbers have more than doubled, but for which they are anxious that publicity should want of funds we cannot re-open those that be given in this country, and which we com were suspended, nor are we able to yield to mend to general attention as illustrative of the earnest importunities of the people to subjects interesting to every philanthropist. commence new ones in destitute districts. Our brethren say, referring to the Despatch “ The improvement which has taken place, and suggestions,

and the increased desire for instruction which "By these documents it will be seen that has been manifested, we regard as indicative it is proposed to establish and to assist of a better appreciation of the value of schools, of a religious and industrial character, education amongst our peasantry, and we throughout the island; that the labouring feel encouraged to use every effort to conclasses shall be compelled, under heavy tinue, and as far as possible to increase the penalties, to send their children to those number and efficiency of our schools, that schools, or to others which have the approval our youth may not be surrendered to the of the government inspector, and that a new influences of a new educational establishment, direct tax shall be levied upon the people at which, judging from the state-supported schools large to support the contemplated educational now in existence, will be little fitted to train establishment.

them up in habits of manly independence, “ Believing as we do that it is no part of virtue, and piety. the business of the state to provide for the “ Under these circumstances we venture to religious instruction of the people, and that appeal to our English friends to renew their the system proposed is essentially unjust in efforts on our behalf, that we may be enabled, principle, and will prove most injurious in in connexion with brethren of various denoits consequences, we feel bound to protest minations, to impart a religious but unsecagainst it, and to refuse to participate in the tarian education to the rising generation of pecuniary advantages it offers.

this island, uncorrupted and untrammelled by “In adopting this course we cherish the state patronage and control. confidence that we shall not be deserted by “ The necessity of such aid will be evident those friends in England who have hitherto when we state that we have no wealthy perkindly assisted us, but that they will by their sons in our churches; that they are composed generous aid enable us to prosecute our efforts almost entirely of labourers earning from one for the religious instruction of the rising race shilling to one shilling and sixpence per day; in this colony.

that they are heavily taxed to support a “In connexion with the Western Union church from which they dissent, with the (which comprises about two-thirds of the prospect of an equally expensive educational baptist churches in Jamaica) we have at the establishment being soon superadded, while present time thirty day-schools and a greater they have to defray the whole expenses of number of Sunday-schools in operation. In our mission, and to bear the burden of debts the former there are 3000, and in the latter on school-houses and chapels. 8000 children, besides adults, under instruc “Of the importance of our schools little tion.

need be said. " Although the want of suit“ These schools are carried on at an ex-able agency (sickness and death having from pense of at least £2000 per annum, of which time to time deprived us of our most efficient nearly one half is raised by the weekly pay- teachers), and more frequently paucity of ments of the children and the contributions funds, have rendered it a matter of no small of our congregations : for the remainder we difficulty to keep the schools in existence; are dependent on the liberality of Christian and although the children have not attended friends in England.

with the regularity, nor remained the length “ The deficiency has, to a great extent, of time under instruction we could have been supplied by members of our own deno- wished, a vast amount of good has, with the mination and of the Society of Friends, and divine blessing, been accomplished. Many by grants of materials from the British and thousands have been taught to read the Foreign School Society and the Sunday School word of God; considerable numbers have Union.

made satisfactory progress in other branches “ We regret to state that so far from being of education, while the greater part of the

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teachers now employed, both in our Sunday At the annual meeting, which was held at and day schools, and others who assist in Long Buckby, May 25th and 26th, Mr. various ways in the work of God, are in- | Burdett presided, and sermons were delivered debted to them for whatever instruction they by Messrs. Pywell and Foster. The circular have received.

letter, written by Mr. Brown, is on “ The “On the continuance and efficient manage- Peculiar Necessity for Fervent Piety, arising ment of these schools the character of a from the pressing Public Duties of the Chrislarge portion of the next and succeeding tian in the present Day." The following generations in this colony depends. If resolution was assed : abandoned, the fruit of our labours and those

“ That this association, considering the present of our predecessors will, to a great extent, be posture of ecclesiastical affairs in this country, feel destroyed : our youth will probably become that it is high time for voluntaries to give in every a prey to the soul-destroying errors of possible mode a distinct enunciation of their views

and as one effective means of doing this, woald Puseyism, or to an equally dangerous in earnestly recommend to all the members of our difference to all saving truth; and the hopes churches who possess the electoral power, to with: long cherished of the evangelization of Africa

hold their vote from every candidate who does not

entertain Anti-State-Church principles." by the instrumentality of her emancipated children be blasted. We therefore earnestly

Statistics. entreat our friends not, at this crisis, to with

Number of churches furnishing reports... 30 hold the assistance they have in past years

Baptized....

136 Received by letter

30 so kindly extended to our schools, but rather

Restored..... to increase it, that we may be enabled to

171 provide for the religious instruction of the

Removed by death
Dismissed

29 whole of the rising race within the reach of

Excluded...

11 our influence, on the broad and catholic

Withdrawn

34 principles of the founders of the British and

148 Clear increase

23 Foreign School Society, and to place our schools on equal footing, in all other respects, The next meeting is to be held at Kettering. with those about to be established under government auspices.

HERTS AND SOUTH BEDS.

Six churches in Hertfordshire, and five in
ASSOCIATIONS.

Bedfordshire constitute this association.
St. Albans.....

.W. Upton.
NORTHAMPTONSHIRE.

Boxmoor

B. P. Pratten. Thirty-one churches in Northamptonshire,

Cranfield

.T. Owen.
Chipperfield.

S. Cowdy. two in Buckinghamshire, and one in Rutland, Dunstable.

D. Gould. are included in this body.

Hemel Hempsted..

T.C. Finch,
Luton....

H. Burgess.
Aldwinckle.

J. Brooks.
Leighton Buzzard

... E. Adey.
Barton Earl's..
.T. Phillips.
Markyate Street

.T. W. Wake.
Blisworth
..J. G. Stevens.
Rickmansworth

Dr. Murch, Braunston.

W. Wood.

Toddington
Braybrook
S. Walker.

.E. Hull.
Brington...
Buckby.

A. Burdett.

The annual meeting of the Herts and South Bugbrook..

...J. Larwill.
W. May.

Beds association was held at Boxmoor,
Burton Latimer

June Clipston

..T. T. Gough.

2nd, when the Rev. T. Owen of Cranfield Gretton

.J. Robinson.

preached in the morning. The usual business Guilsborough.. ........ W. Hawkes.

was transacted in the afternoon, and in the Hackleton..

...W. Knowles. Haddon West....

Cole.

evening the Lord's supper was partaken of by Harpole...

J. Ashford.

the members of the associated churches and Kettering

W. Robinson.

of other Christian communities.
Kingsthorpe
Kislingbury....

Statistics.
Moulton
.F. Wheeler.

11 Northampton, College-et....J. Brown.

Number of churches....
Do. Grey Friar's-st....J. Pywell.

Baptized, &c..

80 Oakham ....- Bumpas.

Received by letter

21
Olney.....
.....J. Simmons.

Restored...
Pattisball.
.T. Chamberlain.

104
Ravensthorpe ....
Wilkinson.
Removed by death

28
Road....
.G. Jayne.

Dismissed.

9 Rushden .J. Whittemore.

Withdrawn ...............

13 Spratton .T. Clements.

Excluded
Stanwick.

.J. B. Walcot.
Stony Stratford
E. L. Foster.
Clear increase.

52 Sulgrave

Number of members..

1278 Thrapston .B. C Young Sabbath scholars ............

1825 Towcester. ....J. Davies. Village stations ...

22 Walgrave..

....J. Marriott. Weston by Weedon ..........

3

2

....... 11

SUFFOLK AND NORFOLK NEW ASSOCIATION. | cular letter he had prepared on The Effi

ciency of Christian Churches,” which was Twenty-four churches in Suffolk, and two approved. It was determined to forward a in Norfolk are associated in this body.

protest to the Baptist Union, as in former . Wattisbam............

-Cooper.

years, against the plan of holding the annual Beccles.

Wright. meetings of the union in provincial towns. Halesworth..

.Brown.

It was also resolved :Rattlesden

Parson. Hadleigh..

“That the association, being deeply impressed Bardwell........

..Smith.

with the conviction that the small increase of Friston.....

Brown.

members in the associated churches during the last Grundisburgh.

Collins.

year calls for humiliation and earnest prayer, Norton...

.......Backhouse. recommends that each church should, on the third Waldringfield...

......... Pawson.

Monday evening of every month in the ensuing Somersham

Crook.

year, have special reference to this want of spiritual Bury St. Edmonds, 2nd church... Baldwin. prosperity, and should most earnestly entreat of Cransford.

God an enlarged communication of the influences of Earl Soham...

.. Service.

the Holy Spirit.” Tunstal...

..Day. Little Stonham. ..Smeeton.

Statistics. Occold...

Revell. Glemsford

Barnes.

Number of churches furnishing returns...10 Wetherden...

...Abbott.
Baptized....

35 Pulham St. Mary..

.Taylor.
Added otherwise.....

4 Crowfield...

.Last.
Received by letter...

17
Chelmondiston
... Saxby.

56 Stoke Asb...

Oakley.
Removed by death.

19 Sutton

.Clarke.
Dismissed

15 Ipswich, Zoar Chapel

Austin.
Excluded

6 Saxlingham...

...Boast.
Withdrawn.

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46 The annual meeting was held at Occold on

Clear increase...

10 the 8th and 9th days of June. Mr. Cooper pre Number of members

884 sided, and Mr.Wright was re-chosen secretary. Sabbath scholars...

.....1175 Sermons were delivered by Messrs. Galpine,

Teachers.

167 Irish, Wright, and Collins. The circular

Village stations.. letter is on Baptism in its relation to the The next meeting is appointed to be held Lord's Supper."

at Margate, on the 30th and 31st of May,

1848.
Statietics.
Number of churches...

.26
Baptized
Received by letter.......... 32

NEW CHURCH.
Restored

7
130

TAUNTON.
Removed by death. 46
Dismissed

34

On Thursday, Sept. 9th, a new baptist Separated...

41

church was formed at Taunton, consisting of 121

thirty-nine seceders from the church in Silver Clear increase..

9

Street, in consequence of that church having Number of members

2205 Sabbath scholars.....

introduced the practice of mixed communion.

1062 Village Stations...

83 They had received an honourable dismission

for the purpose ; and five others were added The next annual meeting is to be held at

to them, having received a dismission from Wetherden.

other churches. The Rev. J. Little of Street presided, and the Rev. D. Wassell of Bath

delivered an appropriate charge from “Well EAST KENT.

done, good and faithful servant ; thou hast This association consists of eleven churches. been faithful over a few things,” &c. The

Lord's supper was then administered to the Ashford.........

T. Clarke.

newly-formed church, and between thirty and Brabourne.

.T. Scott. Broadstairs

..J. Brook.

forty members of other baptist churches. In Canterbury

W. Davies. the afternoon, the Rev. J. G. Fuller, of Dover....

..J. P. Hewlett. Stogumber, delivered a lecture on “ The Eythorne..

Connexion between Baptism and ChurchFolkestone.

.D. Parking
Do. Uphill..

...J. Clarke.

fellowship.” And in the evening three Margate

J. Sprigg, A.M. addresses were delivered ; on “The EdificaNew Romney.

W. Hedge. tion of Saints,” by the Rev. J. G. Fuller ; Ramsgate

.F. Wills.

on “ The Conversion of Sinners,” by the Rev.. The annual meeting was held at Canterbury J. H. May of Prescott; and on “ The Attenon the 22nd and 23rd of June. Mr. Scott tion due to the Young,” by the Rev. D. was chosen moderator, and Mr. Hewlett Wassell. At the close of the evening sersecretary. Messrs. T. Clarke and Hewlett vice, a collection was made in aid of a fund. preached, and Mr. J. Clark read the cir- for the erection of a new meeting-house. VOL. X.-FOURTH SERIES.

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by the union of the families. M. Camilon the old French fashion. When M, Camilon also sometimes meets them, but not regularly. kissed me on one cheek, I forgot to present They have family worship in the evening on the other, but he did not omit the entire ordinary days.

ceremony: To my surprise I found Mr. Clarke in the M. Barbez expressed his conviction that evening at my hotel. M. Barbez also had with the divine blessing the service was likely accompanied him from Orthez. They had to be followed with important results. He come I believe with the view of baptizing M. did not doubt that the report of it would Camilon. I explained to them what had produce a strong impression on many minds, passed, and the grounds of our difficulty. and perhaps excite some salutary public

3rd. This was a day of much conrerse agitation. with M. Barbez and M. Camilon, and of

5th. As I had enjoyed ample opportumutual explanations. M. Barbez, who was nities in conversation both with M. Barbez the instrument of M. Camilon's conversion, and Mr. Clarke of ascertaining the general and who manifested the deepest interest in state of things at Orthez, upon Mr. Hinton's him and the people, elicited that Camilon rejoining me this day, we concluded it was adhered to his objections to publicity, but not not necessary to extend our journey thither, and from any fear-solely on a ground of humility. therefore returned to Pau, on our way home. He said he had a conscientious scruple about

About nine persons, it appears, including declaring what he was going to do, fearing it M. Barbez himself, had been baptized on the was ostentatious, and on this account he re- preceding sabbath by Mr. Clarke at Orthez. fused to publish the time to the church, as Others, it is believed, will very soon follow we had wished, on the sabbath. Publicity this example. They may be called lively in itself considered he did not dread, having Christians, but have imbibed deeply the senalready suffered obloquy and persecution. timents and adopted the plans of the M. Barbez proposed that he should in- Plymouth brethren. M. Barbez is their form the people when it was settled, and leader, and like Camilon at Nai, really their invite them to attend ; and requested me to pastor. He is a man of excellent sense, baptize M. Camilon. I agreed to do so, upon real piety, and ardent zeal. He lives from the ground that his private feeling was over- day to day in entire dependence on Providence, ruled by the nature of an avowal as distinct and glories in his necessities. They have, he and public as the circumstances would admit, says, been always, and divinely, supplied. and that the reason of its being domestic and 6th and 7th. Left Pau at three and reached not in the river, was his health. Accordingly, Bordeaux the next morning about eleren, we fixed on the next day, M. Barber having a distance of 120 miles. In the evening, to return. This, to my great regret, pre- spent an hour or two with our friends the cluded the attendance of my brother Hinton, Crowes. Found that Mrs. and Miss Crore who was among the mountains; but M. had not yet been baptized, and delay rather Barbez naturally pleaded his deep interest increased than diminished the difficulties. in his son in the gospel, whose profession he Miss Crowe was unhesitating, and her brother desired to witness, he having been himself expected to baptize her and her mother next baptized within a few days. Barbiez is a week. We endeavoured to encourage them man of decision and zeal, and has far less of to a speedy decision, assuring them that the hypochondrical constitution than Camilon. universal experience proved that delays only

We held a meeting with the people from multiplied obstacles. the villages in the afternoon, when M. Barbez 8th. Met our friends in the chapel erected prayed and gave a long but rather impressive by. M, La Harpe, at half past nine, Mr. address.

Hinton preached, but scarcely any one was I retired very early, for in addition to the there besides the family of Crowe. general excitement about our religious con At one, attended the worship conducted cerns, it was a day of intense heat and of usually by M. Alphonse La Harpe ; but in high market, from an early hour in the morn

his absence his brother Henri, on a visit from ing till night, hundreds of the country people Geneva, officiated. In the afternoon at filling the square and neighbouring streets, three went to the protestant church. A and every room of the hotel.

miserable exhibition. Dined at M.La Harpe's. 4th. This was the important day of Ca The average congregation at M. Alphonse milon's baptism. I repaired to his house at La Harpe's may be 150. The place accomthe time appointed. About ten were present, modates perhaps from 200 to 250. Proteschiefly his relations. M. Barbez began in tantism is feeble in this part of France, prayer; I then delivered an address, and wherever it exists. solemnly baptized Camilon in the name of the Trinity. M. Barbez then read and expourded Rom. vi. 1-14, and concluded in

WEST INDIES. prayer and singing.

At the conclusion of the service we had a brief conversation, and then took leave after The attention of our readers was called

EDUCATION IN JAMAICA.

two or three months ago to a Circular Dis- | able to dispense with such kind assistance, patch from Earl Grey to the Governors of we now need it more than ever. In conthe Colonies, and to Suggestions for the esta sequence of diminished resources last year blishment of schools for the coloured classes we were compelled to close several schools, from the Educational Committee of the Privy and to conduct others with less efficient Council, the effect of which would be to agency than could be desired. We had also subvert the plans of education which the best to mourn over a great falling off in the numfriends of the negro race have been accus bers attending school, arising principally from tomed to follow.

the drought and distress which then preEighteen pastors of baptist churches in vailed. Now, we rejoice to say, nearly all Jamaica have drawn up and signed a state the schools are well attended-in some the ment respecting their educational efforts, to numbers have more than doubled, but for which they are anxious that publicity should want of funds we cannot re-open those that be given in this country, and which we com were suspended, nor are we able to yield to mend to general attention as illustrative of the earnest importunities of the people to subjects interesting to every philanthropist. commence new ones in destitute districts. Our brethren say, referring to the Despatch “ The improvement which has taken place, and suggestions,

and the increased desire for instruction which “ By these documents it will be seen that has been manifested, we regard as indicative it is proposed to establish and to assist of a better appreciation of the value of schools, of a religious and industrial character, education amongst our peasantry, and we throughout the island ; that the labouring feel encouraged to use every effort to conclasses shall be compelled, under heavy tinue, and as far as possible to increase the penalties, to send their children to those number and efficiency of our schools, that schools, or to others which have the approval our youth may not be surrendered to the of the government inspector, and that a new influences of a new educational establishment, direct tax shall be levied upon the people at which, judging from the state-supported schools large to support the contemplated educational now in existence, will be little fitted to train establishment.

them up in habits of manly independence, “ Believing as we do that it is no part of virtue, and piety. the business of the state to provide for the “ Under these circumstances we venture to religious instruction of the people, and that appeal to our English friends to renew their the system proposed is essentially unjust in efforts on our behalf, that we may be enabled, principle, and will prove most injurious in in connexion with brethren of various denoits consequences, we feel bound to protest minations, to impart a religious but unsecagainst it, and to refuse to participate in the tarian education to the rising generation of pecuniary advantages it offers.

this island, uncorrupted and untrammelled by “ In adopting this course we cherish the state patronage and control. confidence that we shall not be deserted by “ The necessity of such aid will be evident those friends in England who have hitherto when we state that we have no wealthy perkindly assisted us, but that they will by their sons in our churches; that they are composed generous aid enable us to prosecute our efforts almost entirely of labourers earning from one for the religious instruction of the rising race shilling to one shilling and sixpence per day; in this colony.

that they are heavily taxed to support a “ In connexion with the Western Union church from which they dissent, with the (which comprises about two-thirds of the prospect of an equally expensive educational baptist churches in Jamaica) we have at the establishment being soon superadded, while present time thirty day-schools and a greater they have to defray the whole expenses of number of Sunday-schools in operation. In our mission, and to bear the burden of debts the former there are 3000, and in the latter on school-houses and chapels. 8000 children, besides adults, under instruc “Of the importance of our schools little tion.

need be said. Although the want of suit“ These schools are carried on at an ex- | able agency (sickness and death having from pense of at least £2000 per annum, of which time to time deprived us of our most efficient nearly one half is raised by the weekly pay- teachers), and more frequently paucity of ments of the children and the contributions funds, have rendered it a matter of no small of our congregations : for the remainder we difficulty to keep the schools in existence; are dependent on the liberality of Christian and although the children have not attended friends in England.

with the regularity, nor remained the length “The deficiency has, to a great extent, of time under instruction we could have been supplied by members of our own deno-wished, a vast amount of good has, with the mination and of the Society of Friends, and divine blessing, been accomplished. Many by grants of materials from the British and thousands have been taught to read the Foreign School Society and the Sunday School word of God; considerable numbers have Union.

made satisfactory progress in other branches “We regret to state that so far from being of education, while the greater part of the

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