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self to supply, as far as possible, the place of Mr. Coultart during his stay in this country. The following letter from Mr. F. to the Secretary, dated February 12, contains some pleasing intelligence.
“My last of the 17th November apprised you of my removal (pro tempore) from Mount Charles to this city. I now propose to give you some account of my proceedings from that date to the present. My first intention was (in connexion with my engagements here,) to have preached every alternate Sabbath at Mount Charles, suspending my labours at Annatto Bay, till either Mr. Coultart should return, or some more labourers should be sent out, as hopes were entertained that that would soon be the case. Finding however, that the people at the latter place were exceedingly desirous of having at least some share of my attention directed to them, I was induced to alter my mind, and determined to divide so much of my labours, as my engagements in Kingston allowed me to devote to the country, between the two stations. Accordingly, in the course of four Sabbaths, I have spent two at Kingston, one at Mount Charles, and one at Annatto Bay. These engagements, with the travelling necessary to fulfil them, (one of the stations being near twenty, and the other full thirty miles from Kingston,) together with lectures, church meetings, &c. on the week evenings, you will easily conceive, furnish abundant employment both for my time and strength. My health has suffered some partial interruptions, but I have great reason for thankfulness, that hitherto I have not at any time been so ill as to be laid aside from my work. I baptized seventy persons here on Christmas day, and on Wednesday of the same week we had a most delightfully interesting day at Annatto Bay. At day-break, I baptized twenty-three persons in a river about a
mile from the place of worship; at half-past ten A. M. we met in the chapel; Mr. Knibb commenced the service by reading the Scriptures and prayer, and Mr. Tinson preached; in the afternoon Mr. Philippo preached, and I administered the Ordinance of the Supper, and received the newly baptized persons into communion with the church.
The congregations were large and attentive, and though on account of the unsettled slate of the weather, and the badness of the roads, the journey was attended with considerable fatigue and difficulty, yet the Brethren who had kindly accompanied me, and taken part in the Services as described above, declared they were more than compensated for their trouble by the affection and gratitude of the poor people for whose benefit they had laboured.
INtellige NCe has been received of the safe arrival of Mr. and Mrs. Burchell at Montego Bay, after a fair, but rather tedious passage of forty-four days from Plymouth. The early part of the voyage Mrs. B. was affected with such violent sickness, that fears were entertained for her life; but afterwards she grew better, though on landing, she was still in a state of much weakness. Mr. and Mrs. Burchell were received with much kindness by Mr. Mann and the friends at the Bay, and rejoiced to hear that the churches there and at Crooked Spring were in peace, and enjoying much prosperity. It was intended to apply immediately for a license for the neighbouring town and parish of Falmouth, where not less than 1,000 persons were waiting to receive instruction from their lips; but the new regulations, mentioned in a preceding article, had excited much alarm, and our Missionary brethren wait in anxious suspense, to see what the result of measures taken at home will be. “Our help standeth in the name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth.”
LEWES. * On Wednesday evening, March 21, a public meeting in aid of the Society was held at the Baptist Chapel, in Lewes, Thomas Dicker, Esq. in the Chair. The meeting was addressed by the Rev.
Messrs. Goulty, Carter, Drury, Haydon, Packer, Davies and Denham ; as also by the Rev. Eustace Carey, from Calcutta. It is hoped that the impression made by this service, and especially by the information given by our valuable Missionary, Mr. Carey, will not soon be lost, but that the fruit may be seen after many days.
WILTS AND EAST SOMERSET.
The second Annual Meeting of the Auxiliary Society for Wilts and East Somerset was held on Tuesday evening, April 3, at the Baptist Meeting House in Badcox-lane, Frome; it having been found necessary to assemble in that spacious place of worship, in consequence of the numbers wishing to attend being far greater than the other chapel, occupied by the Rev. Mr. Murch and his congregation, could contain.
Our much-respected friend, John Sheppard, Esq. kindly presided; and a statement of the receipts of the Auxiliary, which far exceeded those of the preceding year, was given by the Rev. W. H. Murch, one of the Secretaries of the Auxiliary.
The usual Resolutions were proposed and supported by the Rev. J. S. Bunce of Devizes, and Rev. James Coultart, from Kingston; Rev. W. Walton, of Trowbridge, and the Secretary of the Parent Society; Rev. Eustace Carey, from Calcutta; and Rev. C.
Evans, from Padang ; Rev. Tidman, of
Frome; and Rev. P.J. Saffery of Salisbury; Rev. James Viney of Beckington and Rev. T. Gough, of Westbury. Prayer was offered at the commencement by Rev. Davies, of Bath, and at the conclusion by the Rev. Mr. Byron, of the Wesleyan connection.
Several congregations, not previously united, have contributed towards the funds of the Auxiliary during the last year; and though, in some of the manufacturing towns in the district, there is a considerable depression arising from the present state of trade, there is every reason to expect that the cause of Missions will continue to receive cordial and efficient support from our numerous friends in this quarter.
due season all who are engaging, in a proper spirit, in the service of God among the heathem, shall reap if they faint not.
At and near Palamcottah, in the District of Tinnevelly, the Rev. C. Rhenius and the Rev. Bernhard Schmid have laboured for some years: the blessing of God had rested on their endeavours to train up Heathen Youths in the knowledge of Christ: many of these have given good evidence of true conversion to God; and some of them are now acting as Christian Teachers of their countrymen, among whom a great work of God is now begun. From Mr. Rhenius's communications we collect the following account of the commencement and progress of this work of grace : —
“In August, 1823, eight persons were baptized in a village, 20 miles south-east of us: they had for several years been impressed with the truth of the Gospel, had forsaken idolatry, been instructed in Christianity, and had suffered many cruelties from their heathen neighbours. In October of the same year, people came from another village in that quarter, begging to be instructed in Christianity, as they found no satisfaction in heathenism: a few days after, I went to see them, and instructed them in the nature of Christianity: this is now a Christian village, which we have called Arooloor, or “Village of Grace.” In December, one of our native assistants went to a fair in a village called Satangkoolam, 27 miles south of us, and preached and read tracts, when a number followed him, and came to us with the resolution of embracing Christianity. In January 1824, some of our Assistants were sent to this village to instruct the candidates for Christianity: they found 21 families decided to embrace it: at the end of the same month, I and Mr. Schmid visited the place; and were rejoiced to see a very large congregation waiting for us to hear the word of God. In the beginning of February, our people in Arooloor had to suffer much, being beaten and robbed, but they remained stedfast; and, notwithstanding these troubles, several families in other villages renounced idolatry, and requested Christian instruction. In September 1824, ten families of Secadivaily, 10 miles south of Satangkoolam, destroyed their idols, and joined themselves to the Christian Church. About that time, by means of one of the new converts, the people of another village, and several families of two more in its neighbourhood, renounced idolatry: in February 1825 I visited them, when I found the stone idol cast out of the Temple, and that building prepared to be a place of Christian worship; the next day they burnt, in my presence, the
other relics of idolatry. The attention which, in justice, was paid to the grievances of the Christians by the Magistrate, hecame known, of course, all over this part of the District, and was, probably, one of the causes which excited many more villages to listen to Christian instruction, and to renounce idolatry; so that, in May 1825, we numbered thirty-five villages in which we had congregations. We were thus obliged to select some pious young men to go and teach them the word of God. Seven were sent for this purpose: they found a ready reception, and great willingness to hear and learn the word of God, among all, particularly the women. These young men, with others of our seminarists, having been stirred up to make known the way of salvation to their countrymen, had visited, in different directions, the most famons places of idolatry, during the time of the heathen feasts— discoursing, and reading and distributing tracts and gospels, to vast crowds, who used to come together, on such occasions, from all quarters. In about three months from the time when our young men were first sent out thus, the villages, in which new congregations had arisen, were no less than ninety; and they have now (in September 1825) increased to One Hundred and Twenty-five ; in these villages, more than a thousand families are under Christian instruction.” The Missionaries add some remarks, which shew that they well understand the state and dangers of the people — “How far they have advanced in true self-knowledge, in justifying faith in the Redeemer, and in the sanctifying grace of the Spirit, we cannot say: but, from what we ourselves have seen, we cannot but confess, that, in all the Congregations, there are at least some who have begun to experience this work of God. We have many instances of their tractableness, of their acknowledging their faults, of their speaking the truth, of their endeavouring to suppress their evil passions, of their desire to pray, of their wishing well to their enemies, and of their keeping the Sabbath Day holy. There are, indeed, still many shades in them, but we cannot wonder at it, when we consider from what gross darkness they are emerging, and what a mass of wicked and superstitious habits they have to unlearn. “These people have endured beatings, spoliation, and wanton imprisonments, with a stedfastness which cannot but be ascribed to a reality in their Christian profession. “Thus have we arrived at a very interesting period. We would lean on the Holy Spirit to help us, and to give us understanding and wisdom, that we may advise and guide and instruct these Congregations aright and with power, so that their affections may be drawn closer toward their Re
deemer and Heaven, where He sitteth at the right hand of the Father; whereby they may be enabled to overcome all the temptations and troubles of this life, and more especially their own innate corruptions. “ That the Teachers, whom we have placed among them, are all, we have reason to believe, truly desirous of serving the Lord and doing good to their fellow-countrymen, is a matter of no small congratulation, and of much gratitude to God: we desire they may be particularly remembered in the prayers of all our Christian friends.
SUTTEES. We have much pleasure in acquainting our readers that an important step has been taken towards the abrogation of the burning of widows, and other similar practices, in India. The subject was brought forward in the Court of Directors on March 21, and by adjournment on the 28th, in a long and able speech of four hours and a half, by John Poynder, Esq. who concluded by moving — “That this Court, taking into consideration the continuance of human sacrifices in India, is of opinion that, in the case of all rites or ceremonies involving the destruction of life, it is the duty of a paternal government to interpose for their prevention; and therefore recommends to the Honourable Court of Directors to transmit such instructions to India as that Court may deem most expedient for accomplishing this object, consistent with all practicable attention to the feelings of the natives.” The motion was seconded by Sir Charles Forbes. The Chairman, however (Sir G. A. Robinson), conceiving the motion was unnecessary, proposed an amendment, expressing the entire confidence of the Court in the solicitude of the Directors to follow up so desirable an object, and to abolish the practices alluded to, maintaining a due regard to the feelings and prejudices of the natives of India. This amendment was afterwards withdrawn (a most unusual course), under an understanding that the original motion did not imply that force should be employed in abolishing the Suttees; and Mr. Poynder's resolution was carried, in a numerous Conrt, with only four or five dissentient voices. We shall be anxious to learn what practi. cal effects will result from the adoption of this wise and humane resolution, and doubt not the gentlemen who have made this auspicious commencement will continue to keep the subject steadily in view.
Contributions received on account of the Baptist Missionary Society, from March 20 to April 20, 1827, not including individual Subscriptions.
FOR THE MISSION. £ s. d. Worcester, Collection at Silver-street Chapel, by Rev. E. Carey.......... 47 2 9 Suffolk, Auxiliary Society, by Mr. Pollard ; Otley. . . . . . . . . . . . . ... ... 4 12 6 Lewes, Collection and Subscriptions, by Rev. J. Denham... ... 23 7 6 Dover, collected by Mrs. Wright ........................... . . . . . . . 0 14 0 Eastcombes, Collection, by Rev. J. O. Mitchell. ........................ 3 5 0 Lynn, Weekly Contributions, &c. by Miss Keed ...................... 1 12 0 Devonport, Juvenile Society, Subscriptions, &c. by Rev. T. Horton........ 34 4 0 Clapham, Society in aid of Missions, by Rev. G. Browne................ 10 0 0 Henley, Society in aid of Missions, by Rev. R. Bolton.................. 5 0 0 Gloucester, collected by Mr. Rees, by Mr. G. B. Drayton ... .......... 1 10 0 Kington, Auxiliary Society, by Rev. S. Blackmore .................... 10 0 - 0 Thetford, two Friends, by Mr. Green............................ . . . . 2 0 0 Loughton, Missionary Association, by Rev. S. Brown .................. 5 9 I Monifeeth and Broughty Ferry, Society for Propagating the Gospel, by Mr. Paterson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . * 0 ° Reading, Collection and Subscriptions (including 15l. for Native School, &c.) 123 l 6 North of England Auxiliary Society, by Rev. R. Pengilly: viz. Newcastle (including 11. for Tran- Broughton ............ 14 16 6 slations). . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 l 6 || Tottlebank ............ 6 15 4 North Shields .......... 5 10 0 — Hamsterly.............. 11 7 0 || 75 104t Wilts and East Somerset Auxiliary Society, by Benjamin Anstie, Esq. Treasurer : Received at the formation of the Philips Norton ........ 4 2 6 Society, April 1826 .... 38 2 4 || Westbury ............ 5 8 0 Devizes................ 59 4 6 Chippenham . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 19 11 227 14 3 Melksham .............. 7 3 6 | Previously remitted .... 82 5 2 Corsham . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 1 0 Bratton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 1 0 145 9. 1 Frome . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77 11 6 Hitchin, collected by Miss Bradley. ... ............................. 13 7 0 St. Alban's, Auxiliary Society, by Rev. W. Upton ...................... 21 0 0 Camden Hill, collected by Miss R. Williams.......................... 1 0 0 Edinburgh, sundries, by Rev. William Innes.......................... 99 11 0 Romsey, Collection and Subscriptions, by Rev. W. Yarnold............. 8 0 6 Arley Hall, collected by Mr. Mowbray .............................. 4 15 0 Mr. Robert Dyer, Bideford . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Donation 1 0 0 Mr. Collins, Sun-street (West India Fund) .................. Donation 0 10 0 FOR THE TRANSLATIONS. Clapham Society in aid of Missions, by Rev. Geo. Browne .............. 10 0 0 FOR FEMALE EDUCATION. Birmingham, for Birmingham School, by Mrs. Blakemore................ 15 0 0
TO CORRESPONDENTS. During the last month we have received, from Female Friends in different parts of the country, several valuable presents of articles fo, the benefit of the Female Schools in Calcutta, viz. from Mrs. Colman and Mrs. F. Bignold, Norwich. | Friends at St. Alban's.
Miss Keed, Lynn. Mrs. Chamberlain and Miss U.Sibly, Ipswich. Mrs. R. Bartram and Miss E. Bumpus, Nor- || Misses Morris, Southampton. thampton. A few young friends at Moulton.
We are requested to add, that articles of this kind may be sent to the care of Mr.W. L. Smith, James-street, Covent-Garden, or Mrs. Gouldsmith, Hackney, as well as to Fencourt; and that whatever is intended for this benevolent purpose must be sent before the 31st instant.
Thanks are returned to Messrs. Fauntleroy and Burton, for a quantity of Watts's Hymns, Catechisms, &c.; – Mr. Bayman, of Harlow; Mr. Hotham, of Moulton; and a Friend to the Society, for Magazines, &c.
Littlewood and Green, Printers, 15 Old Bailey.
M Extol R of WILLIAM Fox, Esq. Founder of the Sunday School Society.
MR. Fox was born in the year 1736, at the village of Clapton, in Gloucestershire; and was the youngest of eight children. His father dying when he was only two years old, his amiable and pious mother found it difficult to bring up so large a family in the comfortable way they had been accustomed to live. She rented the Manor Estate, and her eldest and youngest sons were early employed about the farm : in consequence of which, Mr. Fox's advantages for learning were very slender; this he lamented even in childhood, and when occasion-ally favoured with a little schooling, he endeavoured to supply the deficiency by remaining at his books while the rest of the boys were at play. In proof of his abilities and general good conduct at this early period, he was selected from the other children, and recommended by his master to a brother of his, who lived at Abingdon, and who was in want of an apprentice. Elated at the idea of going out into the world, he cheerfully entered upon his new employ, but the work being too hard for a delicate child of ten years of age,
he was glad to return home at the
expiration of six months, to his beloved mother, who had very
curred in the village, the usual exclamation was, “Go to Mrs. Fox.”
The farm again, with the same scanty portion of learning, occupied him till he was nearly sixteen; when one of his brothers, who happened to see some verses he had written, insisted upon his being removed to a more advantageous situation. Being himself settled in Oxford, he placed him with a Mr. R , a draper and mercer in that city. Here, his conduct was such as might have formed a model for young men in similar situations; and verified the remark made by a Clergyman, when speaking of Mr. Smith of Watford, that “character is power:” * for he was very soon placed at the head of the business; and two years before he was out of his time, his master gave up to him his house, his shop, and his whole stock of goods, to the amount of between three and four thousand pounds. This was the more extraordinary, as Mr. R. was a man of miserly habits, and placed no confidence in either of his nephews, who were both older than Mr. Fox, and fellow apprentices with him. Another circumstance added to the surprize which this step excited, was, that with regard to his ideas of business (and indeed of almost every thing else), Mr. Fox was the very reverse of his master.
The latter made no scruple of
reluctantly consented to his going. serving on the sabbath, or of
Of her character, some estimation may be formed, when it is remarked, that whatever advice was wanted, or whatever disaster ocVol. II. 3d Series.
* See An Address by the Rev. John Foster, M.A. Rector of Serratt, in our Magazine for the year 1822, p. 326. s