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1846, more than 1000 are reported as the churches connected with twenty-nine out-
34,835 · A letter from Mr. Ingalls, received since the Balance against the Treasury, April 1, meeting of the Board, reports 3240 members of 1847
a Including Rangoon and Bassein churches. 1 Report of 1815.
c One a printer. d Reported. e Returns incomplete. s Type-cutter. g Physician. h Besides two preachers under appointment.
FOREIGN LETTERS RECEIVED.
.Clarke, J.......... February 23.
Thomas, J.........July 2 & 7.
..Davies, J..........July 10. .......Robinson, W.....June 16,
..Pearce, G.........July 1.
Allen, J............ July 9.
.Parsons, J......... May 25.
...Brückner, G......March 15.
.Rycroft, W. K....July 30.
Capern, H......... August 5 & 9,
Littlewood, W.... August 5.
....Lorriau, C.........July 10.
..Jenkins, J......... Aug. 23, Sept. 3.
..Delay, L. R.......
Harris, M... .August 7.
Webley, W. H....July 24.
......Buttfield, J. P....June 21, July 16.
Kingdon, J........ April 5, July 19.
BETHTEPHIL... ..Pickton, T. B....July 27.
.Tinson, J. .........August 5.
.Abbott, T. F......July 29.
Simnight & Co... August 5.
Clarke, J...........July 22.
Clarke, J...... August 6.
Day, D..... ..August 6.
Millard, B. August 5.
.Henderson, J. E.August 2.
The thanks of the Committee are presented to the following friends
Mr. J. Gillott, Birmingham, for & parcel of steel pens and holders, for the Mission Schools ;
books and useful articles, for Trinidad;
Mrs. Jordan, Cold Harbour Lane, for a parcel of magazines.
for very acceptable grants of books, for Haiti and the Grande Ligne Mission, to be
Rev. B., £ s. d.
1 1 0
2 0 0
2 2 0
£ $. d.
£ s. d Donations.
Gurney, W. B., Esq. ...200 0 0
30 00 Haiti
2 0 0 Gurney, Joseph, Esq.,
Do., for do. in Haiti 200 for Patna Orphan
Newton, Mrs............... 0 12 0 Refruge ......................
3 0 0
£ 3. d.
$ 8. d.
6 15 3 Waghorne, Mr., for
3 0 0 ley, additional
5 0 0
3 10 0 Cramp, Rev. T., for late of Dover, by Mr. Waterbeach
Siriss Mission, Ca.
10 0 0
4 2 9 rada Titford, Mrs. S. R., late
1 16 7
2 19 8 LONDON AUXILIARI ES.
1 3 0 Upwell-
Sunday School, for
0 11 0 Collection, 1846......... 4 0 0
Do., for Translations 0 100
2 5 0 OswestryCollection 4 9 0
Contributions, for Shakspeare's Walk
0 10 0
Do., for Doce......... 05 Do., Juvenile Aux
2 11 0
14 15 0 Contributions, for
1 0 0 Collection (part) ...... 18 4 3 Contributions, by Miss Contributions
31 18 10
Birmingham, by Mr. J.
H. Hopkins, on
... 14 19 0 CoggeshallCambridge
0 13 0 Contributions 24 40 Halstead
WESTMORELAND. St. Andrew's Street
Contributions, by Rev. Collections..... 53 48
Contribntions, by Miss
Foster, for Schools 51
14 7 1
6 09 Contributions, for Collection ............... 1 19 4
3 1 0 Contributions .........
0 15 0 Cottenham
HERTFORDSHIRE. Collection 16 6 8
3 0 0
MONMOUTHSHIRE. Church, Sunday
5 2 School, for Dove...... 1 10 0
8 MONMOUTHSHIRE, on acHarston
Do., Sunday School 0 10 0
count, by Rev. J. Collection 1 15 8
0 10 0 Collection ............... 10 9 6 Canterbury
Do., for Translations 0 10 Contributions 4 17 6 Collections... 13 17 3 Do., for Debt
1 2 0 Do., Sunday School 0 13 3 Contribution
1 0 0
Subscriptions and Donations in aid of the Baptist Missionary Society will be thankfully received by William Brodie Gurney, Esq., and Samuel Morton Peto, Esq., Treasurers, or the Rev. Joseph Angus, M.A., Secretary, at the Mission House, 33, Moorgate Street, London: in EDINBURGH, by the Rev. Christopher Anderson, the Rev. Jonathan Watson, and John Macandrew, Esq.; in Glascow, by Robert Kettle, Esq.; in Calcutta, by the Rev. James Thomas, Baptist Mission Press; and at New York, United States, by W. Colgate, Esq. Contributions can also be in at the Bank of England to the account of “ W. B. Gurney and others."
FAILURE AND SUCCESS.
We regret to state that the Committee have not been able to carry out their resolution to which we called attention in our last number. That resolution was forwarded to twelve ministers, but all declined to go; not from want of sympathy with the object, or any doubt of the propriety of the proposed step. Indisposition in some cases, engageinents for kindred institutions which could not be postponed or set aside in others, prevented compliance with the request tendered to them. Their replies, however, breathe a cordial spirit of good will, and express a very deep sense of pleasure in the fact on which the resolution was founded; and we feel assured, if next year similar openings should present themselves for out-door preaching, there will be no difficulty in carrying out the plan. We regret this failure, under present circunstances, as a recent extended tour in Ireland has confirmed all the notions which we have lately put forth on the growing desire to hear and know the word of God.
Jf we have to report failure here, we have to report success on the other side of the channel. The annual meetings in Dublin, in August, were most interesting, animated, and edifying. Ministers and friends of other sections of the church attended and took part in them with right good will. The letters from the churches were deeply interesting; Only three remained in the same condition as the previous year. Ninety-nine bare been added. The losses amounted to over sixty ; but one half of these had emigrated. Dublin revives. Banbridge in two years numbers thirty-one members, and a piece of ground has been purchased for a chapel. Conlig triumphs over all opposition, open and secret. Coleraine is happily settled with a pastor under most promising appearances. The infant cause at Belfast grows. Waterford, now without a pastor, will, we hope, ere long, be supplied.
But down in the Ballina district a great work is going on. The first proof we saw was a Sunday-school of nearly one hundred and twenty children, looking healthy, clean, and happy. They were singing sweetly as we entered. Ten months ago they were sunk in the deepest ignorance. Even these bave openly thrown off popery.
At the noon-service the place was thronged, chiefly by peasants. How they looked and listened! These also have openly come out of Rome. At the Lord's table we sat down with a goodly number, of whom sixteen have been within a few months brought out of darkness into marvellous light. The next day we met an inquirers' class, numbering twenty-seven, all of whom were seriously concerned about their souls. We were astonished at the sound scriptural knowledge they had acquired in so short a time. They had even got rid of the usual verbiage of Romanism. And when we asked them about the nature of the change which had passed upon them, their answers were of such a kind that we could not help exclaiming, this is the Lord's doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes.
“Did you know much of these things before you were led to come to this place?” “No indeed, sir,” they said, “ we were no better than cattle, without knowing God, or Christ, or ourselves.” “And do you find any difference in the state of your minds?” “Yes, indeed, now we have got peace, peace which we never felt before.” “You must expect persecution and trial, when they come perhaps you will go back again.” “No, sir, if it please the Lord, we would rather die first."
And they have endured persecution, but they have borne it meekly and in a Christian spirit. As their numbers increase they will gather courage.
Even now they and their children have lost their former superstitious fear of the priest. Connaught is thrown open, and yet the Commiitee can do nothing to enter
BANBRIDGE- PRESENT STATE AND PROSPECTS.
MORE OF A SIMILAR KIND.
and possess the land. May God in his mercy shield and comfort these poor but sincere and humble-minded brethren, and carry on the good work which has been begun.
It will be seen from the following gives, amor.g many, the following infacts, that the new cause at Banbridge stance of this is flourishing. It is young, but active. A spirit of zeal and concord prevails; and there is every prospect of Mr. I visited a poor Romanist family who were Bates's hopes being realized.
in fever. The father was glad to see me, and said, “ Sir, I never will forget your kindness in coming to see me and my family at
this trying time, and if you did not feel for I came here last November, he observes in
our souls you would not venture." I told his last letter dated September 8th, and it him I did feel for his soul, and that I would may be as well to state what has been done.
venture my life if I thought any one of my A few months before this the name of baptist fellow creatures would be willing to hear of was scarcely known. Now we have a church the salvation of Jesus Christ. “ Oh sir," said of thirty-one members. Deacons have been the poor man, “I am willing to hear of it." I chosen ; a prayer meeting established; a read suitable portions of scripture to him. Sunday-school set on foot, containing nearly He and his son and daughter paid the most one hundred and fifty scholars ; a congrega marked attention. I then prayed with them tion of about one hundred persons gathered ; and left. In three days after the old man a stock of twenty thousand tracts and hand.
died, I was glad that my steps were directed bills procured, and a piece of ground in an to him, as I found he was wishing to hear eligible locality has been bought and paid of Jesus. for, on which we intend to erect a place of worship.
A poor woman has been in the habit o
attending our Lord's day meetings. She Fas I have just baptized four persons on a pro a Romanist. She expressed a wish to be fession of faith. Last week the officers of the baptized some time ago, but we thought it church met two others who have been pro- better to keep her under instruction a little posed for membership. May the Lord give longer. She is still most attentive, and I us peace, purity, and zeal.
hope the Lord has blessed his word to her
soul. Her father, mother, and sister, are A REASONABLE REQUEST FOR A GOOD OBJECT. also all willing to hear the scriptures, and I
trust she will thus prove a blessing to the Could you give us eight or ten pounds whole family. I give them tracts, and visit towards fitting up a school ? A suitable
them once a week. teacher is providentially to be had, an excellent young Irish woman and a baptist. She has been for some years in the neighbourhood The school referred to in the suhjoined of London teaching, but her health failing, extract from Eneas MÓDONELL's monthly she came home. She wishes now to try in letter, was lately visited by four priests, her own country. I know your means are scanty, but I wish to work the station accompanied by a Romanist gentleman, thoroughly. If we have a school, we shall
a magistrate, and they all behaved in a get the scholars into the congregation. We very unbecoming manner, and frightened shall thus reap the fruit of our own labours, been taken to prevent such intrusions in
the poor children away. Means bare and secure as hearers many who do not now attend. (If this should meet the eye of some future, and the teachers have been diof our wealthy friends, we should be rejoiced rected to refuse admission to these gento receive the amount named, and hand it to try, and to keep the school-rooins brother Bates.]
locked. The result bas been good. The children acquire confidence, and
the intruders are made to feel that their The visits of our agents to the poor power and assumption are resisted and and sick, especially when smitten down despised. by dangerous fever, produce a deep impression on the minds of the peasantry. THE DISPERSED SCHOOL REGATHERED. They see the motive, and are sensibly Since my last letter the greater part of my affected by the disinterested benevolence scholars are returned again to school. The of such conduct. Pat. BRENNAN, in his alarm caused by the last visit of the priests letter of August 19, refers to it, and I is dying away.