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Bucks. It is conducted, we believe, under COLONIZATION.
the superintendence of Mr. and Mrs. Hobson; To the Editor of the Baptist Magazine. and its claims to public support should have Wem, Salop, Oct. 15, 1817. been presented to the attention of our friends
earlier, had we possessed the requisite inSir, In Chambers’s Edinburgh Journal formation. We are informed that applicaor the month of September, page 185, there tions are very numerous and painfully urgent. is an interesting article on the founding of a
There is nothing but the want of sufficient new colony for Scottish emigrants belonging subscriptions to prevent the doubling the to the Free Church of Scotland, at Otago in number of pupils immediately. It may be the middle island of New Zealand.
advantageous to some of our ministering Allow me to call the attention of your brethren who have families, if we add, that readers to the article itself, as it is too long Mrs. Upton of St. Albans, who has a lady's for me to transcribe to your pages, and any school, receives the daughters of ministers on abridgment would appear to me to spoil the exceedingly liberal terms; and we trust that effect and force of the remarks. My reason
both she and Mr. Upton will excuse us for for addressing you is to endeavour to enlist
mentioning the subject thus publicly, without the feelings and talents of some of your able their cognizance, and adding that it is within correspondents, on the desirableness of form
our own personal knowledge that the daughters ing a similar colony for the baptist commu of ministers thus received are treated by them nity. Hitherto we have done nothing as a
with great kindness, and enjoy advantages denomination for systematic religious colo
which ought to be highly appreciated. nization, although perhaps no religious body possesses greater facilities for that purpose.
The editor has received several letters reThere is scarcely a place in any quarter of the globe where baptists may not be found. questing additional information respecting the
extract contained in our last postscript, reFamilies professing our tenets have from one cause or other been reduced in their cir-lating to the education of English students
for the ministry at Montreal. He has ancumstances, and when all hope of obtaining a comfortable livelihood in their native country wish to avail themselves of the proffered in
swered some, advising the young men who seemed to them lost, nothing but emigrating struction, to converse with their pastors in to our colonies or to a foreign land was the the first instance, and to request them, if they miserable alternative. They therefore emigrate without the means of being comfortable Cramp on their behalf. For the sake of
approve the desire, to correspond with Mr. or thriving in their new country; and it is no
others, to whom he has not had time to write, wonder that their isolated and wretched condition should drive them to a state of feeling suppose that our friends in Canada would pay
he adverts to the subject here. He does not approaching semi-heathenism. Now, it is to remedy this evil that I wish to suggest the the expense of the royage ; but if he underpropriety of establishing a colony of baptists Stands them rightly, they would be willing to
furnish board and education gratuitously, to either in New Zealand or South Australia, similar to the one about being founded at soung men well recommended as eligible for
the ministry in Canada, who would engage to Otago by the Scotch.
devote themselves after the termination of Hoping that this short note will be the their preparatory studies, to labour in that means of calling the attention of your correspondents, whose means and talents qualify finement, or what is called shining talent,
province. The qualities needed are, not rethem for discussing the subject, I conclude
but strong common sense, ardent piety, and with a quotation from the article referred to above: “ There is no doubt something in- hard in the service of the Redeemer. A
a readiness to endure privations and work vidious in favouring one sect beyond all others, letter containing all the particulars of the yet, as respects colonizing, the practice is not
case, addressed to the Rev. J. M. Cramp, without its recommendations. It forms an
M.A., Montreal, Canada, placed in the postinducement for a large body of individuals to
office on or before the second of the month, band together on a basis of common sym-fourteen pence being paid for it, will, how. pathy." I am, sir, yours truly,
ever, bring, at the expiration of about two S. T. Harris.
months, information far more definite and satisfactory than we can give. Except in
the winter, there is a mail also in the middle EDITORIAL POSTSCRIPT.
of the month. Dr. Davies and his family, after a six weeks' voyage, reached Montreal in good hcalth on
The Rev. J. J. Davies of Bootle, has in the 14th of September.
the press a volume, entitled “ Sketches from
the Cross: a Review of the Characters conOn an earlier page, our readers will ob- nected with the Crucifixion of our Lord." serve an account of the Society for the Edu It is to form one volume, royal 12mo., price cation of Ministers' Daugliters, lligh Wycombe, / six shillings, cloth.
APPEAL ON BEHALF OF THE BAPTIST MISSION IN INDJA,
BY ONE OF ITS OLDEST MISSIONARIES.
There is another point to which I wish to tists who commenced the mission in faith, call attention, but what I have to say must be and who have carried it on so long in faith directed, not so much to you, as to our friends and patience, would have proved so unsteady, and supporters in England; and I beg their would have shown themselves so deficient in serious attention to what I have to lay before that unwavering, unrelaxing perseverance, them. There is, dear Christian friends, some which so characterized Carey and his assothing which causes great distress both to ciates both at home and in India.
You myself and, I believe, to every one in the despair, dear friends, of India, and you glory mission : it is the fear, the almost certainty, in your success, very rapidly obtained, in the that we are labouring in vain ; that the seed West Indies. We rejoice in that success, which we are now sowing will never produce and in the success of the mission in all places a crop; and that the expectations of the few, as cordially, we hope, as you do ; but will if there be yet a few who anticipate a rich you forgive your almost forgotten brethren in harvest in India, will be most painfully dis- India, if they tell you, that as they have not appointed. “What! no harvest to be hoped fallen into the whirlpool of excitement, as for in India! Are then all the labour and they fear you have, they cannot view all expense bestowed on the Indian mission to be things just as you do? Souls are valuable lost? This is gloomy indeed!" “ Yes,” everywhere, and the greater the number consay some, “yes,” say many (at least so it is verted by our brethren in the West, or in supposed), " this is just what we have long any other place, the greater the cause of joy; feared; and now our fears are corroborated by but, in a mission there are many other things the opinion, the publicly expressed opinion, to be considered, besides the simple fact that of the oldest Baptist Missionary in India ; a certain number have been converted. If nor do the other brethren appear to dissent we admit that you have been as successful in from that opinion." No, dear friends, I am the West as you once thought you had, what persuaded that all my brethren are very have you done! You have mustered a very much of my opinion on the point just stated. strong force to attack a very weak position; It requires no inspired prophet, no long ex- and now you complain and despond because perience to foresee the result of the present you have not carried a very strong position by state of things in our mission in India ; the a very weak force. You have won, as you most unpractised eye can clearly discern that think, an island, and we rejoice that someinevitable result.
thing has been done; but, dear friends, the You say, dear friends, that letters from plain, and we fear unpalatable truth is, that India are not interesting; that they all con. in winning an island you have almost lost a tain nearly the same matter, which has now continent. Yes! it is a fact, a mournful fact, become so stale as to excite little or no atten- that India is almost lost to our denomination. tion. And this is the reason, I suppose, that Christians of other denominations, who have, so few of our letters are laid before the public. it seems, more faith, perhaps not greater reThose on whom it devolves to publish the sources at command, are now coming to letters of missionaries, must of course consult cultivate that field which we have labourad the public taste, and give what will be con- to prepare for cultivation. Ichabod is most sidered interesting matter ; if they do not, legibly written upon our mission in India, they fear you will withdraw your subscrip- and you must send help, whatever becomes tions. But may an old missionary be faithful? of your favourite projects in other places, you May he tell you some plain truths? May he must send help to India, or your mission here venture to say, that there is such a thing as a can only struggle and die. I am inclined to vitiated taste, a taste that needs to be cor- say but little on the pain which you inflict, rected by the application of a little more and which you have long inflicted on your sound piety? Alay he be so bold as to brethren, the missionaries, in thus leaving express a fear that excitement, which is often them to labour without the hope of final injurious to the human constitution, has done success; but I must remind you, that they serious injury to the friends of the mission, are the men whom you selected and sent oui; and the baptist churches in Britain ? I the men whom you promised to support; could not have believed, had not the facts of whom you exhorted to persevere amidst all the case convinced me of the painful truth, discouragements ; to whom you said : “ God that the baptists, to whom even other deno- will bless you, and we will never cease to minations give some credit for sound judg- pray for you, and do all in our power to ment and steadiness of character,--the bap- strengthen your hands.” Did you not, dear
friends, say these things ? and was it not on day truth. Come to India, and you the faith of these and other similar assurances the shaking of the towers and the consternathat your missionaries came out to India ? tion of their defenders. Have not the last Was it not so ? But how stands the matter few years witnessed society after society now? Here your missionaries still are; but formed for the defence of Hinduism! Do they are only the feeble remains of a once you prop a firm building? Are not many, much stronger band; and though they do not yes, very many, and some of them men who boast of being perfect characters, yet they hate Christianity, just now forsaking Hinhave persevered in their work; they have, duism, because they feel it untenable ? Yes! generally speaking, been faithful, and they every month, almost every day, augments the wish to be faithful till death terminates their number of those who are making their escape labours; but they have not the consolation of from this almost dilapidated fortress. knowing that they have, what all faithful Nor can it be said that it is not the will of missionaries ought to have, the prayers and God to bless the labours of the baptist missympathies of all their Christian friends ; sionaries in India. He that asserts that God no! for clear it is, that those who will not has withdrawn his blessing, must endure the read their letters, and who feel no interest in mortification of a direct contradiction. It is their labours, are not the persons on whose not so; God has not forsaken us; it is men, prayers they can depend.
our pledged friends, that have withdrawn or Yes, dear friends, the Indian mission is greatly diminished their aid, not God that dying, as some of you, no doubt, have long has withheld his blessing. Never has the supposed ; and we fear that this intelligence mission been without some tokens of the will cause little regret to some at least, for divine favour. Labourers have been removed men do not bitterly regret the failing of an or died, and our operations diminished, but undertaking in which they have long felt but where labour has been continued, there some little interest. But suffer me, dear friends, success has been obtained. There was a seriously, and as in the sight of God, to time when but little of a divine blessing was inquire into the causes of this expiring state manifested, a time which every one that loves of the Indian mission. Will you then lay the mission remembers with regret; a time the blame on your few neglected, broken- , when all was not peace; a time when stations hearted missionaries? Have they been un. were abandoned, and valuable labourers dis. faithful ? Are they seriously deficient in missed for want of funds to support them; piety, and are they men of very inferior but even in those days the work of the Lord talents, and hence unsuccessful?' If they made progress. The Spirit we may well are, why did you send them out ? Have suppose was grieved and offended, but he did they been loiterers in the Lord's vineyard ? not forsake us ; there were still hopeful conIf you think they have been loiterers, they versions, and baptisms, and additions made have certainly the pleasure of knowing that to our churches.' Our stations to the south you are somewhat singular in your opinion. of Calcutta were formed and flourished too Is then our little success to be attributed to even during that very period. But now all the invincibility of error and wickedness in is peace ; sweet peace has long reigned, and this part of the world ? Must it after all be may it always reign! but the mission, generadmitted that Satan's strongholds in India ally speaking, does not prosper, though we are quite impregnable, and that there is no can mention a place or two in which converts hope of their being pulled down by the are much more numerous than at any former weapons of the heavenly warfare ? And period; yet where is that lengthening of must we say, that the lessed predictions of cords, that strengthening of stakes, that breakthe scriptures will never be fulfilled relative ing forth on the right hand and on the left, to India ? This cause is also inadmissible. which a time of peace and prosperity ought I will venture to assert, that neither of the to witness ? Our stations are diminishing in above causes is admissible. I will say number instead of increasing. The Allahabad nothing of myself, but I am bold to affirm station, which we held thirty years, has been that my brethren are pious, faithful, laborious relinquished for want of men and money to men, and that there is a sufficiency of talent carry it on. But what is the cause of this among them for carrying on the great work little success ? The causes already mentioned committed to them. And as to Satan's have been shown to be inadmissible ; hence strongholds in India being impregnable, the I must now request attention to another idea is but a dream of apathy and unbelief. probable cause, and that I would plainly and Impregnable !—They are not;-I see his faithfully state as in the sight of God. That towers tottering now while I am writing ; cause is the want of support. The mission his strongholds are shaking to their very has been neglected for years; and must not foundation ; those within ihem feel them our churches at home be responsible for this shaking, and while some are trying to prop neglect ? Yes, dear friends, you have not and strengthen them, others, presaging their held the ropes as they were held in Fuller's fall, are fleeing out of them. This, I assure days, and for some years after his death, you, is no poetry, no fiction ; it is plain, every The stream of your benevolence has not, we
know, been dried up, but it has been so at present be sent to India. But soon another divided that little of it now Hows to India. claimant comes from the West; another You complain of the want of success, when, plantation, and then another, want a mission. excuse my plainness, no adequate means are ary. The claim is responded to ; “ Can so used to obtain success. Look at the paucity many souls be left to perish, souls, one of of your missionaries ; look at the restrictions which is of more value than a thousand souls under which they are laid. A ship for in India?" But now another claim appears, Africa, and not a one-oared boat for India. A missionary from the West stands up and Missionaries have been poured into the West pleads for the erection of two or three larger Indies, while India has been left destitute. chapels, not to be built of mats and straw, It was but for a missionary from the West like many of our native chapels in India; to appear on your platforms, and tell you an such ought to do for negroes in the West as affecting tale, true enough no doubt, of the well as for natives in the East; but no! they destitution of the poor negroes; it was but for must be of brick or stone, commodious, gen. him to tell you that the begroes at a certain teel, ornamented. But, say some, and with plantation had no instructor, and that if the great truth, " The funds of the Society must locality mentioned were supplied with a not be expended on such objects; we have preacher, numbers from other places would sent the negroes preachers, let them erect soon become his hearers ; it was but for him chapels at their own expense." • But the to make these statements, and a missionary negroes are poor, and they cannot erect such was appointed almost by acclamation. Who chapels.”. That may be ; let them theo then thought of India? Who said, " Re- erect such as they can afford." “ But stop; member India, to which we have long been if we may not take the Society's funds for pledged ?" India alas ! is far off; the mis. this purpose, we may request individuals to sionaries employed there are neither expected assist such an object by specific donations for nor allowed io return for the mere purpose of that purpose.". “O yes! a good plan, and pleading the cause of their mission before the as the wealth of our denomination is unlimited, public; they are expected to persevere till we must not allow ourselves to think that any death; never to pause to ask assistance ; one will give the less to the general purposes never to stop to take breath. They are a of the mission because he may give largely to sort of forlorn hope, that must, at once, this specific object.” Fine indeed! but who either conquer or die. But a letter arrives does not know that even the Euphrates was from a missionary in India; he tells you not made shallow by turning the current another that a labourer is wanted for a locality that way? And it really appears to our commun will furnish a few hundreds of hearers, but intellects in India, that the more people give he asks for a preacher for a whole county or to one object, the less they will have to give zilla, and a county containing a whole million to another. And has not the result exactly of perishing sinners. What is the result? verified this common sense view of the subA million deserves the preference to a thous- ject ? and. Very true; but such is not the esti About fourteen months ago one of our poor mation of many in our churches ; we wish brethren expressed a wish for: a grant of a they understood the rule of proportion better; hundred rupees, i. e., beloved reader, ten there is a sort of rule of reverse, by which one pounds; yes! he had the impudence to ask is made to appear of more importance than a ihe enormous sum of full ten pounds to erect thousand, and a thousand of more importance a chapel, in which to preach to the natives, than a million. This, strange as it may seem, in lieu of a former chapel which had fallen is the rule by which many a problem on down. And did he get this sum? Get it! missionary labour has been worked. But why should he get such a sum for so useless a the letter from India is laid before the Com- purpose ? He was refused. Had a missionary mittee; and judicious men, who know the from the West Indies appeared oa your platimportance of India, wish that not only one, forms stating the wants of the poor negroes, bui twenty missionaries could be sent to that he might, for anything I know to the extensive and populous country; but, say contrary, have got ten thousand pounds for they, “ The publication of this letter will such an object; but the natives of India can draw little attention; it is not exciting enough; meet, if they please, under a tree, or in the it does not dazzle ; our churches will not open air. What have their dense skulls to respond to it; here is no mention of numerous fear from a tropical sun ? and let the missionconversions and baptisms, nor does it present ary learn to make his skull as dense and as the immediate prospect of any. We wish the insensible to solar heat as theirs. But persupporters of our mission would think more haps our poor brother had not learned to bear of India, but we cannot stem the mighty an intense solar heat on his head; or it may current of public opinion.” The missionary be, his knowledge of geography led him io is addressed in terms of very sincere Christian suppose that a tropical sun on the continent friendship, this we gladly own; the writer of India is quite as hot as a tropical sun in an sympathizes with him, but he cannot give island fanned by sea breezes in the West; him any hope that even one missionary will but whatever may be his views on these