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The exertions which are now making are very great, by the various Societies formed in England, in order to convey all the blessings of the Reformation to the sister kingdom. The importance of employing well instructed Irishmen to read the Irish scriptures, which was first adopted, let it be recollected, by the Baptist Irish Society, is now generally felt, and bids fair to be acted upon to a much larger extent than has yet been attempted. There is no species of agency so well adapted to the condition of the Roman Catholic population: as the readers and expounders of the Scriptures in the Irish language can obtain access and secure a hearing, where ministers of the gospel would find it impossible to do so. Then the unexpensireness of such labourers. To Mr. William Moore, on account of his age and the eminency of his talents for such employment, the Society has paid forty pounds per annum. To those others who devote their whole time to itinerant reading of the scriptures, they pay thirty pounds. And to others, in general their schoolmasters, who read the scriptures only on the Lord's day, they pay four pounds. Qf the usefulness of this class of labourers, the next annual Report will afford ample proof. The desirableness of increasing these agents cannot be too often repeated, nor too strongly urged. Could not thirty pounds per year be raised by some of our larger congregations, in addition to what they now give, for the support of such an humbie missionary 2 Are there not rich individuals who would undertake to support each a labourer of this description, besides what they now contribute towards the evangelization of Ireland.” To have urged this subject ten years since would have been useless, as it would have been impossible to have procured suitable men; but now, out of the large number of boys that have received instruction in the schools, and from those adults who have learned to read the Irish Testament, and, it is hoped, to feel the power of the gospel on their hearts, many such may be found. It is painful to think that any Irishman who has himself embraced the principles of the Reformation, and is able to read the Irish scriptures, should stand idle all the day, and if asked, why he has not gone into the vineyard 2 to reply, “Because no man hath hired me.” O, that pious readers of the Irish scriptures might be so increased as to be “a thousand times so many as they are.”
The friends of the Society are respectfully reminded that the Annual Meeting will be held on Friday, June 22nd, at the City of London Tayern. Breakfast will be provided at six, and the doors thrown open, when the chair is taken, at seven o'clock.
From the Rev. John West to the Secretaries.
DEAR BRETHREN, April 24, 1827. I have written to the Rev. Messrs. Wilson, Briscoe, and Thomas, to request they would obtain as correct a statement as possible, from our Irish readers and schoolmasters, who are in their respective districts, of the number of adults whom they have taught to read the Irish language, since they have been employed by our society, and to furnish the account in time for the annual report. I think such a statement will be of great utility at your meeting. The letters by Mr. Wilson's readers are pleasing. The work of reformation is going on in the districts of our schools. As my health, through mercy, is much better, Providence permitting, i shall set off to collect at Waterford and Cork, the 3d of May. I fear I shall not do much.
The Irish Society have an auxiliary society
From the Rev. J. P. Briscoe to the Secre-
of 20l. and their loan of 25l. together with 10l. advanced by myself, it is all paid for, at which I rejoice, and trust that through the divine blessing upon the means of grace, which I am happy to say are well attended, I shall hereafter have to tell that some were born here. I wish (if you think well of it) that you would send an account of the opening of our meeting-house to the Magazine. And if you felt no objection to state the expence of fitting it up, and to request in my name the contributions of my friends in England, I think something might be obtained towards defraying them. You might direct any contributions to be forwarded to you. But I submit this to your judgment. At any rate the account of the opening might be inserted in the Magazine, I am, Yours affectionately, Jo HN PAUL BR Isco E.
From the Rev. J. Wilson to the Secretaries. Boyle, April 18, 1827.
DEAR BRETH REN, It is so short a time since I wrote my last to you, that I should excuse myself from writing now were it not to congratulate you, on the increasing success that is attending the labours of some of our Irish Readers, of which you will find satisfactory evidence in the journals that accompany this.
The statements there made in reference to the persons who have renounced the errors of popery, may be fully relied on, and if, instead of for one you were to read ten, it would not amount to the number who have been released by the agency of our society from the mental degradation in which they had been so long previously held. In reference to the labours of our venerable friend William Moore, it would scarcely be too much to say, that each department of them is effectual to a greater or less extent; but though he has long been very useful, his latter days seem, in this respect, to be most eminently his best days; God is honouring him more than any individual within the sphere of my acquaintance. He has recently been in a very alarming state of illness, in consequence of exposure in the severe weather of last month; but thanks to a kind Providence he is better; his bodily health has not been good for several months past.
However, were it the pleasure of him in whose hands our breath is, to remove him ; I am sure, in consequence of the recent success that has attended the progress of divine truth, that his language would be that of good old Simeon, “Lord now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace ;” for thou hast wiven me, in some measure, to see my heart's desire.
The letter, too, from the Alie Street School mistress is gratifying, the young woman mentioned has long given evidence of genuine piety; and the mother was, when her children first began to go to the school, as bigotted a woman as any in Connaught. I send also a private letter for your perusal, connected in part with the same subject; it is from the Lady of the Clergyman of the parish to me. You will observe that while some of the journals lament over severe opposition being given to the schools, others rejoice that there is now no opposition ; both are true, as applied to the different situation in which the writers live. In one parish, the most violent opposition is given by a young priest who has just left Maynooth college, and this is the gratitude he is evincing for the advantages offered him by government. Since my last, I have been to Ballina, to assist in opening a very neat small place of worship there, fitted up by our esteemed brother Briscoe, who is, I think now, where he should be. Last Lord's day evening I preached in Ballina-carrow, to, as usual, a good congregation, nearly one third of whom are Roman Catholics; and last evening I had a very large congregation in Mohill, whence I have just returned. I sincerely hope as soon as the funds will admit of it, that the Committee will permit Mr. West to get some of the second spelling books printed, for we are greatly at a loss for them. Yours affectionately, J. W1 Lso N. P.S. – If Brother Davis, while he is in London would procure some small books to give away in the schools as premiums, it would be very desirable ; and I should be glad to get as large a share them, as my 32 schools may seen to claim.
The following is the note referred to by Mr. Wilson. Alie Street Female School. Dromahair, April 12, 1827. LADIES, I have much pleasure in informing you that my school has been well attended during the winter, and that many little ones have begun to read the word of God since my last communication to you. I am also highly gratified in being able to add that one of my pupils, grown up to the years of reflection, has publicly embraced the Protestant faith on Sunday the 1st inst. as did her aged mother on the same day under God through Her means. I am, Ladies, your much obliged, Humble Servant, SARAH WAlker.
From a Gentleman who superintends one of
I HAL the pleasure of receiving your letter enclosing bank notes for 4 l. for the master’s salary of the Garryhill School due the 1st. of April next, and for which I beg to return in the name of the numerous poor of this neighbourhood, my best thanks! when I consider the situation the wretched poor of this neighbourhood were in before your benevolent Society gave your assistance, and the happy state they are now in respect to education, it calls for my unfeigned gratitude. Their School Houses were the most wretched hovels, such, in general, as were too bad for any person to live in, without seats of any kind except sods and stones, and the masters of the lowest description and in general depraved in their morals. In the Garryhill School, I am happy to be able to say, they have a comfortable house that has cost upwards of 200l. in the building, and fitting up" with fires constantly kept in them all the winter, and every convenience and accommodation that is necessary for their comfort and usefulness, and a master whose moral conduct is not only irreproachable but exemplary. The number at present on our books is sixty-eight, all of whom attend with the usual regularity. We make a new register to the beginning of every year, which makes the number on the books at present appear small, but I have no doubt, in the summer season, it will increase considerably. As we have no fund for supplying the School with books, or slates and pencils, if you conld assist us with two or three dozen of each or more if convenient, we want them
I remain, Dear Sir, yours faithfully,
Extract from the Trenty-first Report of the London Hibernian Society. Inspectors, Scripture Readers, and General Superintendance. York Committee still adhere strictly to the system of inspection pointed out in their former reports, and are more and more convinced of the importance of proportioning the remuneration of the Teachers to the actual progress made by the Scholars, as determined by the combined results of the quarterly and cursory inspections. The least relaxation of vigilance in this part of your system, would immediately be followed by a diminution of the progress made, not only in Scriptural knowledge, but in all the other branches of education. Your Committee speak with the more confidence on this point, from an opportunity which has
* This was not built at the expense of the Baptist Society.
been afforded of ascertaining the actual state of some Schools formerly in connexion with your Society, but now under other control; where, though the same masters are employed, and more liberal provisions made than your funds would allow, the degree of proficiency is by no means equal to the former standard. The number of persons employed as general and cursory inspectors, or as village and Sunday Scripture Readers, has been reduced during the last year to forty-nine. Your Committee cannot but regret this reduction, having received continual testimonies through the year, of the beneficial effects produced by these persons on the Schools in general, and more especially on the ignorant and neglected part of the adult population. The employment of Scripture Readers has been especially brought under the consideration of your Committee in the past year. One of your most respectable Auxiliaries recommended the Committee “to consider the propriety of discontinuing this part of your system, as calculated to remove prejudice, to enable them more effectually to repel the charge of proselytism made against the Society, to give a more undivided attention to the instruction of the rising generation, and as a probable means of increasing its subscriptions.” Your Committee feel it, however, their duty to adhere to the plan which has been found so eminently beneficial. They are firmly convinced that no alteration in your system will remove prejudice so long as the sacred Scriptures are taught in your Schools; —it is by the reading of those Scriptures to persons who have never before heard , of them, that many are led to desire instruction for themselves or their children. The reduction of expense effected by the proposed measure, would be very small, unless, together with the Scripture Readers, the system of inspection was also abandoned, than which a more injurious step to the cause of education could not be adopted. It is important to retain the Scripture Readers, not only as a means of awakening attention to your Schools, and communicating Scriptural information to thousands of ignorant persons, who would otherwise derive no advantage from your Institution, but also as valuable instruments for the distribution of the Holy Scriptures. They visit the most obscure, retired, and neglected parts of Ireland; they carry with them Irish as well as English Scriptures, and ofttimes, when the latter are unheeded, the former are eagerly and anxiously desired. Your Society has distributed since its formation one hundred and sixty-seven thousand nine hundred and sixty-one Bibles or Testaments in the English or Irish languages; for which they are chiefly indebted to the liberality of the British and Foreign Bible Soeiety.
Sums received by Mr. Burls.
Per “Right Hand.” &c....... 1 0 0 Rev.W. Gray, of Northampton 16 14 2
Mr. W. Grover, Tring Wharf (annual subscription) .......... 1 1 0
—— 3 2 0
46 4 2
Deduct expences. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 3 2
44 1 0
Per Rev. James Hargreaves, Moiety of Collection at Little Wild St. ...... 3 0 0
Plymouth, by Rev. J. Nicholson...... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 17 1
Received by Mr. Ivimey. From Northampton, by Mr. Hobson ................................ I 19 9 Mr. Biddle, Penzance, by Rev. Mr. Upton .. ... 2 0 0 John Deakin, Esq. Birmingham . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 2 0
Street, Mecklenburgh-Square; Rev. G. Pritchard, 16, Thornhaugh-Street; or by Rev. S. Davis, 2, Grays-Inn-Lane, who is at present collecting for the Society in London.
The Friends to this Mission are respectfully informed, that the ANNUAL MEETINGS of the SOCIETY will be held in LONDON, in the course of the present Month, according to the following arrangement:
TUESDAY, MoRNING, 11.-The Committee of the
square Meeting House, when the Company of all Ministers of the Denomination who may be in town, is particularly re
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 20. MoRNING, 11.-Sermon for the Baptist Missionary Society, at Great Queen
street Chapel, Lincoln'
A. M. of Bristol. Evening, 6. – Sermon for the Baptist
s-inn-fields, by the Rev. Robert HALL,
Missionary Society, at Surrey Chapel,
Blackfriars-road, by the Rev. Joseph Fletcher, A.M. of
Morning, 9.-Prayer Meeting for the Mission, at Eagle-street Meeting House.
Some minister from address.
the country is expected to deliver an
11. – Annual Meeting of the Baptist Missionary Society, at Great Queen-street Chapel, Lincoln’s-inn-fields.
CALCUTTA. The following interesting epitome of the operations of our brethren at this important post, has arrived since the publication of our last number.
Calcutta, Nov. 11, 1826. VERY DEA R BRETHREN,
It is with no ordinary feelings that we have again the pleasure of addressing you concerning our work and prospects. You are not unacquainted that our trials have been various and repeated ; that we have been called to lament over the graves of some who once took an active part in our engagements, and with whom we took sweet counsel; but we sorrow not for them as without hope. “They sleep in Jesus.”
“The labours of their mortal life
End in a large reward.”
We have had our fears frequently excited by the severe sickness of some of our sur
on all the goodness of God to the asslicted and deceased, we desire to be still, and know that he is God, and that he will provide, if we make him our trust. We not only feel it our duty to trust God, but to praise him ; for he hath made us glad by the light of his countenance. He hath done great things for us, whereof we are glad. We have seen his goings in the sanctuary. We have felt the powerful influence of his Spirit, in confirming the weak, restoring backsliders, rousing the thoughtless, reclaiming the prodigal, and granting to those who ininister in holy things an unction which has frequently produced such meltings of heart as to prevent utterance, and caused their
| doctrine to distil as the dew, and as rain
upon the tender herb. For this we desire to feel gratesul to the Father of Spirits, and to lift up our hearts in praise to him, who is the giver of every good and perfect gift. We would earnestly implore that the Spirit of all truth would for ever abide with us, working all the good pleasure of his will, and fulfilling the glorious promises of the divine word. We know that it is not by might, nor by power, but by the Spirit of
viving brethren; but God has been better | God, that this valley of dry bones is to be
to us than our fears.
He has graciously filled with spiritual worshippers. The Lord
restored the afflicted, and granted them re- hasten it in his time.
newed health and strength. When we reslect
We have reason to feel thankful that in our