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either never have been brought forward at from our own enlightened population, and all, or would have been attended with no in the hope of contributing to the better
As it was, the motion in question understanding of so important a question was carried by the proprietors, in exclusion among ourselves; and, above all, to proof an amendment proposed upon it by the voke such increased exertions on the part of directors, and the following is a copy of all, wbu call themselves Cbristians, “ to such motion : "Resolved, that this court, cleanse our beloved country from the guilt taking into consideration the continuance of of blood, we sball now add a few further human sacrifices in India, is of opinion, that observations, having more especial reference in the case of all rites or ceremonies involv- to the practice of Sutter, as apprehending ing the destruction of life, it is the daty of that in the moment that so flagrant an evil a paternal government to interpose for their as that of widow-burning shall fall before prevention, and therefore recommends to the ark of the living God, the other dagons ihe Honourable Court of Directors to trans- of infanticide, burying alive, exposure of mit such instructions to India as that court the sick, and destruction of the dying, &c. may deem most expedient for accomplishing will equally fall, in their tarn, before the this object, consistently with all practicable earnest prayers, and well directed efforts of attention to the feelings of the natives." our Christian population.
It may not be generally known, that in 1. It appears from the papers published consequence of this motion of the general by order of Parliament, from the official reproprietary, the court of directors, bowever turns of the East India Company, that the defeated in their opposition to it, were sanguinary and rerolting practice of barning honestly desirous, as became tbem, of trans- living widows with the bodies of their demitting such resolution 10 India ; but on ceased basbands, under pretext of religion, submitting, as was necessary, their letter of amounted to not less than the number of instructions containing it to the late board 6572 in ten years, viz. from 1815 to 1824 of controul, that board determined that this inclusive, being an average of 657 per resolution, adopted, as it had been, after annum. two days' solemn discussion, and guarded 2. That of these sacrifices, it appears as it was from every imputation of precipi- from the same source, that the number of tance and intemperance, should not be seni to 5997 touk place during the period in quesIndia : in consequence of which, the solemn tion, in the single presidency of Bengal expression of opinion thus recorded at the alone ; demonstrating that the evil, lowever India bouse, has not, to this hoor, officially great where it prevails, is not generally diffound its way to our Indian empire ; and fused orer India, but is of a local character, half a dozen individuals bare thus thought it being confined to a comparatively small portheir duty to array themselves against the tion of that immense empire, and having, recorded vote of the great body of East therefore, no such connection with the geneIndia proprietors, and to contract the deep ral religious principles or feelings of India and dangerous responsibility of withholding at large, as bas been industriously reported. from an entire empire one of the greatest 3. That it is evident, from the most acboons which could bave been conferred upon curate translations of the sacred books of it, in answer to the wishes and prayers of the Hindoos, that the practice in Woestion, every friend of religion and humanity abroad bowever sanotioned by long usage, and sopand at home.
ported by a corrapt and interested priestSince the above motion was carried by hood, is no where expressly commanded or the Court of East India proprietors (now enjoined, as an essential part of the Hindoo nearly three years past), nothing has trans- religion, but is merely permitted by it, while pired at the India honse beyond an occa- the best interpreters of the sacred books are sional enquiry by different proprietors at the decidedly opposed even to the permission of general courts, whether any further informa- tbe rite. tion had been received, and whether any 4. That all late attempts on the part of hopes might be entertained that either the the Indian government to prohibit such sa. Indian government abroad or at home, were crifices as were understood to be contrary any nearer to the suppression of the many to the native regulations (such, for instance, atrocious and now recorded cruelties of the as the cases of the employment of force ; Hindoo idolatry. To these enquiries only the burning, in time of pregnancy; and the most general, and of course unsatisfac- when under the influence of intoxicating tory, answers have been obtained from the drugs, or below the age of sixteen), have directors, and thus the matter at present stands.
Under these circumstances, we bail, with * We understand that a public meeting, no little joy, the increased attention which in the city of London, is very shortly inthe deeply interesting subject of human tended to be held, for the parpose of peti. sacrifices in India appears to be receiving tioning Parliament on the subject.
not only entirely failed of accomplishing their | MINISTERIAL SUPPORT; A TIMELY ANT.
We live in an age of moral improvement favouring the belief, that in all other cases, has been done for the temporal and spiritual except those expressly prohibited, the sanotion of the British government was intended benefit of mankind, there remains yet much to be given to the sacrifice ; an impression deal has been written and said in favour of
more that might be performed. A great very naturally encouraged by the painful ministerial support ; but it is not enough to of a resident British magistrate is now, in all talk and write, we must act, for " whilst cases, directed to be given before the sacri- the grass is growing the steed is starving." fice takes place ; the effect of which has the season is near at hand, when many been to legalize an act, which before was of people feel it their duty to bestow Cbrist questionable authority, and virtually to make mas gifts on those around them, as a token the government itself a party to the destruc- the world to seek and to save that which
of their gratitude to Him who "came into tion of its most defenceless subjects.
5. That although in the course of the was lost.” The ministers of Christ should voluminous evidence collected upon this
not be forgotten at this season of the year. subject by Parliament, a very few instances Every Christian congregation would do well may be found in which opinions are record- to make a private collection when they meet ed, which are in some degree unfavourable the friendly circle, and send it to their ministo our interference for the suppression of ter who employs bis time, talent, lealth,
and sometimes sacrifices his life in their this evil, yet, that the great, and almost entire current of testimony, runs in a totally service, and for their everlasting interest. opposite direction; and that the most abund.
Many congregations have adopted this ant and numerous statements from the plan, and annually forward to their pastors bighest civil officers, judges, magistrates, done with pleasure to the congregation, and
This has been often collectors, and other functionaries of the East India Company, concur in establishing,
received with gratitude by the minister, who in the fullest and most satisfactory manner, therefore is often obliged to weep alone. I
cannot so well plead his own cause, and the perfect safety with which the prohibi: wish all congregations would go and do tion of this unpatural practice would be attended; while it is further observable, likewise ; for it would have a iendency to that these are not merely the opinions of wipe the tear from his eye, and comfort ibat such persons as have quitted India, and heart which so often aches when his people
know it not. would not be personally affected by the consequences of an
I hope you will, Mr. Editor, insert the erroneous judgment, but of accredited agents, now holding the above in your Magazine for December, that most public and prominent situations, and the deacons of churches may take up the actually residing in the midst of the people, looking to God for his blessing, that minis.
sobject with spirit in town and country, 6. That the whole course of British policy in India has been invariably opposed need help whether they complain or not
ters may be benefited ; for I am sore they to the authority and influence of the priest-il what has been written should be the hood, whenever it was found necessary for the general security; and that the Bramins means of adding to the comfort of any miare daily made amenable, both in their nister of the gospel, it will answer the
end of persons and property, to the criminal code; while the well known and recorded triumphs
ΦΙΛΑΝΘΡΩΠΟΣ. . of our Christian government over the san. guinary sacrifices of idolatry at Saugor, Juanpore, and Guzzerat, afford so many practical evidences of successful interfer At a Meeting held in College Street Meetence on our part, in the suppression of ing-house, on Thursday evening, May 21, bloodshed and crime, rendering it equally for the purpose of fixing a Plan to regulate certain that while the natives have invari- the Admission of Cases, the following Re. ably acquiesced in the protection afforded solutions were adopted : by government to 80 many defenceless
1. That we consider it incumbent upon members of societ They will, with equal us as Christians, and as Protestant Dissenreadiness, submit to any enactment which ters, to render occasional assistance, accordshall have the further effect of contributing ing to our ability, to those congregations, to the preservation of human life.
particolarly of our own denomination, wbo
NORTHAMPTON BUILDING FUND.
of bailding, enlarging, and-repairing their hamlets are in a state of deplorable darkMeeting houses.
ness. May this effort to promote the spread 2. That a Society be now formed, to be of the gospel at home be owned and blessed designated The College Street Building Fund by the great Head of the Church ; the harSociety, its operations to be conducted by a vest truly is plenteous, but the labourers committee, treasurer, and secretary.
are few : may the Lord of the harvest send 3. That, from a conviction, many and forth labourers into his barvest. Subscripserious evils arise from the usual practice tions and donations will be thankfully reof personal application, it is our determina- ceived by Mr. Doughty of Lincoln, Trextion as a Society, to give assistance only to gurer ; the Rev. $. Marston of Grimsby, such cases as are sent by letter, to be laid Secretary ; the Rev. J. Craps of Lincoln ; before the committee for their consider and the Rev. J. Blackburn of Carltou. Doation.
nations of books and religious tracts will be 4. That every subscriber of not less than | very acceptable for distribution in the vilten shillings shall belong to the Committee. lages.
5. That the funds of this Society be raised by annual subscriptions and donations and a public collection once a year.
ORDINATIONS, &c. 6. That suitable persons be appointed by the committee, to collect and receive the subscriptions and donations, who shall pay
SHEPHERD'S BURTON, FROME, the same to the treasurer, as the committee
On Thursday morning, Sept. 3, the Rev. shall appoint.
W. Jones, formerly of Stepney and since at 7. That the appropriation of money be Edinbargh, was ordained pastor over the made twice in the year, in the months of Baptist church in Shepherd's Burton, Frome. June and December : that the proportion of The Rev. P. J. Saffery of Salisbury delimoney voted to cases, be regulated by cir- vered the introductory discourse, proposed cumstances attendant thereon, together with the usual questions, and received from Mr. the state of the finances of the Society, of Jones a most interesting relation of his reliwhich the committee for the time being gious experience, and of his views and feelshall decide, seven of whom sball' be pre-ings in reference to the Christian ministry; sent, in other meetings of the committee, to the Rev. J. Viney of Beckington, offered up be held in the last week of March and Sep- the ordination prayer ; after which the Rev. tember, five shall form a quoru in.
J. Hoby of Weymouth delivered an impres8. That the contributors to this Society, sive and animated charge. shall have power to alter and add to the
In the evening, the Rev. W. Murch, rules at ibeir annual meeting.
Theological Tutor of Stepney Academy, 9. The subscriptions to be considered as preached to the people a sermon of great beginning at Midsummer next.
power and interest. It was consolatoryand io. That Mr. W. Rice be requested to delightful to observe a church so cordially be Treasurer, and Mr. T. Bumpas, jun.united in the choice of a minister, whose Secretary, to whom, or to the Rev. W. Gray, ordination was only twelve months distant all communications are to be addressed (post from that of his beloved, and lamented, and paid.)
valuable predecessor, the late excellent Rev. E. Daniei.
LINCOLNSHIRE HOME MISSIONARY SO.
On the oth inst. the Rev. Samuel Diprose Ou Tuesday, Aug, 25, a Public Meeting was ordained pastor over the ancient Genewas held in the Baptist Chapel, Lincoln, ral Baptist Church, at Ford, Bucks, when for the parpose of forming a Home Mis- Mr. Terry of Princes Risborough, delivered sionary Society for the county. The Rev. J. the introductory discourse ; Mr. Hobbs of Craps, minister of the place, was called to Berkhamstead, (Mr. D.'s father-in-law) the cbair, and the resolations were moved proposed the questions to the church and and seconded by the Rev. Messrs. Marston minister, and offered op the ordination prayer of Grimsby; Gladstone of Lincoln, (Indep.) with laying on of bands; Mr. Sexton of Blackburn, of Carlton ; Clegg, of Lincoln, Chesham, delivered the charge from Jobn (Wesleyan); Thomas of Gainsborough; xv. 5, last clause ; Mr. Tyler of HaddenWall of Lincoln, (Indep.); Pope of Sat. ham, preached to the people from 1 Thess. ton : and Kingsford of Lincoln, (Gen. Bap.) v. 25 ; Mr. Brooks, Fenny Stratford, preacliFrom the statements whicb were made by ed iu the evening from Rev. xxi. 6. Messrs. the different speakers, it appears that the Field, Gnnn, Jones, Brockley, Adey, Brooks, number of Baptist churches in Lincolnshiro Butcher, Tyler, and Diproxe engaged in is very small, and many of the villages and other parts of the service. During the day
the attendance was very numerous and re- raising a second Baptist interest in this spectable, and we doubt not it was a timo town. It was opened on Monday, February of refreshing from the presence of the Lord. 9, 1829, when two sermons were preached.
hy the Rev. Messrs. Morgan and Swan of BirSALISBURY.
mingnam. Messrs. Smith, Matthews, Rogers On Wednesday, the 16th of September, of Dadley, Maurice, Wheeler (now of Ateh the new Baptist chapel in Salisbury was Lench), Dorney, and Brindley, took part in opened for divine worship, on which occa- the services of the day. On Monday, sion sermons were preached, in the morning September 14th, a Baptist church was by the Rev. F. A. Cox, LL.D.; in the af. formed iu the above place, consisting of 18 ternoon by the Hon. and Rev. G. H. R. members. The services cominenced at half. Curzon; and in the evening by the Rev. past three P.M., the Rev. W. Maurice C. E. Birt, JA.M. The Rev. W. Copley of (supplying at Providence, near Dadley) read Oxford preached on the preceding evening, the 12h chapter of Romans, and prayed. in a chapel with which the congregation The Rev. H. Smith, M. A. of Kidderminhave been kindly accommodated, during the ster, delivered a concise, but impressive erection of their own, by their Wesleyan address, on the design of the meeting, and friends. The collections amounted to 1661. the nature of a Christian church. He then 12s. Between 7001. and 8001, were raised, read over the names of the brethren, and in addition to tbis sum, before the end of sisters who were about to form the union, the week, making the amount of contribu- and who had received letters of dismission tions in the congregation, to this object for that purpose from the churches of alone, upwards of 20001, during the past Brettle-lane and Cradley; after which, year.
Mr. S. requested them to hold up their right hands, in token of their desire to unite ; and also in the appointment of two
of their brethren, whom they had selected On Wednesday, Sept. 9, 1829, a neat and commodious Baptist chapel was opened the right hand of fellowship, the Rev. S. H.
as deacons. And Mr. S. having given them in the village of Atch Lench, near Evesham, W. Miles, supplying at Breille-lane, closed Worcestershire, and the Rev. B. Wheeler, the service by prayer. The Rev. T. Matthews late a student of Bradford Academy, was of Cradley delivered an interesting discourse ordained pastor over the church formed in the evening. there, June 8, 1825. The Rev. W. Liddell, of Alcester, commenced the services by considerable ; the place is well attended ;
The population of Stourbridge is very reading and prayer; the Rev. J. Price, of Alcester, explained the nature of a Gospel ihren have already joined them, and several
the prospects are encouragivg ; some brechurch, and asked the usual questions ; the others will obtain disinissions from their Rev. D. Davies, Evesham, gave the
respective churches for the same purpose. charge; and the Rey. J. Smith, of Astwood, offered the ordination prayer.
Sept. 26th, 1829. In the afternoon, the Rev. W. Downes, of Evesham, engaged in prayer, and the Rev. W. Copley, of Oxford, preached to We are requested to state, that on Lord's the people.
day, December 13th, the Rev. Eustace The Gospel was introduced into this vil. Carey will preach on behalf of the Baptist lage nearly a century ago, and was long Missionary Society, at the Rev. 0. Clarke's fostered by the late venerable Mr. Romford, cbapel, in Somerset-street, Bath. The Rev, who bequeathed the ground and a boose Sobn Leifchild, of Bristol, has kindly coufor the minister. His sons, residing in the sented to advocate the cause in the same village, have carried the wishes of their place on Monday evening, the 14th ; and a father into effect, by erecting this place of public meeting will be held there in the worship, and subscribing liberally towards following evening when several ministers, it. The whole of the services were truly together with Mr. Carey, are expected to solemn and interesting, and lively feelings attend. were excited for the welfare of this bill of
We are authorised to state, that in order Zion. May the little one become a thou
to secure an equivalent for the freehold of sand!
the alms-houses adjoining Dr. Rippon's
meeting-house, in Carter-Jane, which will HEMPLAND, STOURBRIDGE. shortly be taken down, on account of the A commodious place, originally used as a approaches to the New London Bridge, the school-room, but since occnpied as a Bap- sum of 15001. 4 per cents, bas been transtist chapel, in Hempland, Stourbridge, hav. ferred at the Bank of England, into the ing become void (by the removal of the names of the Deacons of The Church, in existing society to their new place), was Carter-lane, in connexion with that of a taken by some friends, for the purpose of respectable Minister of our denomination.
The Committee of the Baptist Irish Society are compelled to call earnestly upon their friends to assist them with pecuniary help, as the Treasurer is very considerably in advance.
To the Secretaries of the Baptist Irish not disgrace the pages of the Irish Chronicle Society.
in the Baptist Magazine. I expect a great
deal from this yonng man, with the Lord's Camas, neur Bruff, Oct. 19, 1829.
blessing. He has a good character; I beMY DEAR FRIENDS,
lieve be is sincere, and knows the gospel. After arriving here on Wednesday night, I am anxious that the gentlemen of the comI explained a chapter in the family. Imittee would employ him as a reader, and preached twice on Thursday, twice on Fri- give him a trial for a few months. He has day, twice on Saturday, twice yesterday, finished his education as a good English the Lord's day, and again this morning. scholar. I trust be will be a useful man, Shall preach again, please Providence, this and that the Lord's people will encourage evening, and to-morrow morning, if I am the committee to employ and support him, let go there. How pleased you would be, His name is Michael Lynch. This is the my dear Sir, and all the friends of the So- second time I bave been here since my last ciety, to see such pombers hearing atten letter, and endeavoured to exert myself in tively, some with many tears, the word of the same manner that I have now mentioned. life, which is the power of God to salva On last Satarday week I went 25 miles, tion. There was a large congregation at to Kilfinom, south of Limerick, and preached ten o'clock yesterday morning. I did not on Lord's day. A considerable number atexpeot to see so many, as I thought they tended, and I returned on Monday. Tueswould have gone to mass. The priest rated day I expounded the 3-1th psalm to several in a desperate manner, that he would de- respectable persons who came to my house ; nounce and deny the rights of the church to and on Wednesday morning, before I came any that would bear the -- new light, bere, 35th of Isaiali, to a number of persons turn out and never allow any to enter bis wlio requested I should, in another house in fine new chapel, that would. One of my Limerick. The first Lord's day of this month hearers, of whom I have decided bopes, said, I was at Clooghjordan as usual, to preach and “ be may when I trouble him." But after administer the ordinance of the Lord's Sup. all, the priest said, it was pleasing to see per. I expounded the Scriptures about five the spacious and closely-seated room crowd- miles from it in the evening; the next at ed out in tbe afternoon at three o'clock. Claremont. Clouglijordan is about 30 Irish Notbing can exceed the exertions of the miles east from Limerick.
On the preeminent, pious, and bighly-talented Mrs. ceding Lord's day, the last in the former M-B whom I lately baptized in month, I preached at Mount Pelier and the cause of her blessed Lord. May all O'Brien's Bridge, and next day inspected who have put on the Lord Jesus Christ, so the schools in these places, which were walk in bim! After considerable exertion, doing very well, and the Society's western I was up last night till near twelve o'clock, Irish school under John Nash at Kilsera. answering the inquiries and explaining the The person from whom he rented the school. truth to some who came five, ten, and twelve house in which he lived has given bim notice miles to hear, wbo were kindly asked to to quit the 25th of March next. We must stop for the night and this day: when the get another school- house, and shall want soal destroying, Christ-degrading doctrines fornitore for it. of popery, the smoke of the bottomless pit,
W. THOMAS. were contrasted with the truth, some appeared stunned, and could not have believed from the Rev. Josiah Wilson to the Secrethey were so deceived.
taries. With this I also forward to you a juvenile poetic production of a young man, eighteen
Sligo, Oct. 19, 1829. years old, who has heard me here. It was DEAR BRETHREN, written and dedicated to Mr. Bevan, on bis It gives me pleasare to state, that anoowu departure from popery. I think it would lther month has passed over without any