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with the envoy to Ava, as interpreter. Mrs. Judson, as soon as the number of the new settlers would admit, commenced a native school which, at the time of her illness, consisted of about ten pupils. Of the state of her mind at the time of her death, we have not heard any particulars. We are assured, however, that every attention in the power of an experienced physician, and a few kind acquaintances, was bestowed with anxious diligence and care. Her disease was an intermittent fever, of nearly a month's continuance. By the latest account from Rangoon, the envoy had not returned, and Mr. Judson, therefore, had still to learn the afflicting intelligence of his bereavement.
A letter has very recently come to hand from Mr. Knibb, dated 7th April. We have much pleasure in giving publicity to his grateful feelings, on behalf of the kindness shewn to his School. It was nobly done of the scholars at Kettering, to send their own reward books to the little negroes in Jamaical
It will, I doubt not, afford you unfeigned pleasure to be informed, that the School under my care is in a very prosperous state. When I took it, I had but eighty scholars; now I have 280, and this, though public schools have been established. I frequently have more than 240 children in attendance, which in this climate are quite enough for one to instruct. I hope that there are some appearances of piety in a few of the children; four have taken tickets as probationers for the Church this year. O, that I may have the unspeakable happiness of meeting them in heaven' The sabbath school continues much as it was when I wrote last ; last sabbath was “Retrard day,” and about 150 children were present. I would just remark that I have received several valuable donations of books and small articles of rewards, from kind individuals in England. One of books for the adults and children, from the Bristol Sabbath School Union, which was very acceptable; rewards of pincushions, books, &c. from some kind ladies at Liverpool, and a grant of tracts from their Tract Society, and some from Kettering, from whence the children in the sabbath school sent their own reward books to the poor children
here. I have often wished that the kind donors could have witnessed the joy which their present produced among the children. I think they would have thought themselves amply repaid, and perhaps others would have been induced to go and do likewise. I should be obliged if you would publicly express our thanks for these valuable presents. I expect to baptize about sixty on Easter Sabbath. Many of their simple narratives have evinced that the Holy Spirit has communicated to them his life-giving power. One incident I think worth mentioning. Two of the candidates, young men, dated their first serious impressions from hearing a fellow-servant read the word of God to them in the evenings, and I am truly happy to add, that they make the number six, who have joined the Church, and who attribute their conversion to the same means, The young man purchased the Bible of me, and reads it in the evenings to his fellow servants. And God has thus blessed it to the conversion of six of those in the same yard. He is now an honourable member of the Church ; he was formerly a slave, but has obtained his freedom,
Extract of a letter from Mr. Burchell to the Secretary, dated April 6, 1827.
The churches at Montego Bay and Crooked Spring are in a very pleasing and prosper
ous state; all our meetings are delightfully
attended, and peace and brotherly love are enjoyed among us. On Sunday March 18th, I baptized seventy-five persons, who had previously given the most satisfactory evidence of their true conversion to God; the experience of some was exceedingly gratifying, and greatly encouraged and rejoiced our hearts. The members and friends of the Church were much animated by this addition to our numbers, and on the following Sabbath when the baptized were received into the Church the most pleasing spirit was manifested. It was a day of unusual interest and solemnity; there appeared to be a great shaking among the dry bones; many were moved to tears. Some enquired “What shall we do,” and others who had been before seeking, were anxious to be received into communion with us, and to unite in commemorating the love of Christ. We have every reason to hope there was joy in Heaven that day by the angels of God over the conversion of poor sinners.
Contributions received on account of the Baptist Missionary
ford . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .tl.00 0 0
—— 89 0 0 Barton Mills, Suffolk, collected by Mr. Secker........................ 5 11 6 Ravensthorpe, Collection, by Rev. W. Gray.......................... 9 3 6 Ecton, Ditto, by Ditto. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 7 6 Jeicester, Collections and Subscriptions, by Mr. John Carryer............ 78 8 1 Exeter, Subscription and Penny Subscriptions, by Rev. S. Kilpin........ 11 7 0 Wallingford, Collection and Subscriptions, by Rev. Jos. Tyso............ 26 9 7 Lymington, Ditto, ditto, by Rev. James Millard.......... ... . . . . . . . . . 24 1 6 Great Missenden, a moiety collected by Missionary Association, by Rev. S. R. Allom . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 | 6 Watford, Subscriptions and Auxiliary Society, by Rev. John Edwards, (including 31. 18s. for Female Education).......................... 12 3 0 Bromsgrove, collected by Messrs Harrison and Scroxton, jun............. 9 0 0 West Middlesex Missionary Union, Colnbrook, collected by Rev. E. Carey... 16 1 0 Little Wild Street, Rev. J. Hargreaves, moiety of Collection, May 6...... 3 0 0 Waltham Abbey, Subscriptions, by Rev. Mr. Blakeman................ 3 0 0 Camberwell Female Auxiliary Society, by Miss Gutteridge .............. 40 1 1 0 Perthshire Missionary Society, by Rev. J. Newlands.............. ... ... 20 0 0 Plymouth, by William Prance, Esq. (in addition to 30l. previously acknowledged . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 * * Brighton, Auxiliary Society, and Subscriptions, by Mr. Bailey............ 18 3 0 Chiltern (Wilts.) Penny Subscriptions, by Mrs. Wheeler................ 1 8 0 Poole, Subscriptions, by Rev. Samuel Bulgin ........................ 7 5 0 Wootton-under-Edge, Ditto, by Rev. T. Thomas ...................... 9 0 6 North of England Auxiliary, Maryport, by Rev. R. Pengilly ............ 10 0 0 Thomas Key, Esq. Water Fulford, by the Secretary ............ Donation 200 0 0 Mr. John Deakin, Birmingham, ... by the Secretary ............ Donation 50 0 0 J. G. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . by the Secretary ...... ..... Donation 10 10 0 A very old Right Hand, ........ by William Burls, Esq......... Donation 1 0 0 Mr. W. Richards, ............by the Secretary.............. Donation 0 10 0 Mr. Ranyard, Kingston, ........ by ditto (West India Fund) .......... 1 0 0 TRANSLATIONS. Berwickshire Bible Society, by G. C. Trotter, Esq..................... 10 0 0 SCHOOLS. Manchester, York Street Chapel, Youth's Auxiliary Society, by Mr. J. P. Culverwell . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 0 0
FEMALE EDUCATION. Collected by Mrs. Arnold, Bankside, Southwark ...................... 10 13 6 - MONTEGO BAY. Sundries, by Mr. Thomas King, Birmingham, viz. Dublin and Waterford ........ 8 1 6 Birmingham........ 1 18 6 Kidderminster . . . . . ......... 1 10 -6 — 11 10 6
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TO CORRESPONDENTS. Further Contributions for the Female Schools in Calcutta have been received during the last month, from the Females of the Church at Tottlebank, Lancashire; Friends of Missions, Frome; Friends at Brighton ; and Mrs. Blakemore, Birmingham. Thanks are returned to Mr. Barton, of Wallop, for a parcel of Magazines. . Our much esteemed Frome Correspondent, T. F. N. may be assured that no such impression as he ulentions will be made by the sentence alluded to.
Littlewood and Green, Printers, 15 old Bailey.
SINce the former part of this memoir was published, some additional particulars of the early life of this extraordinary man, have been received from Mr. Jonathan Fox, of King Street, Liverpool, which are here subjoined:— His parents were members of the baptist church at Bourton, under the pastoral care of the Rev. Mr. Beddome. He was born Feb. 14, 1736. After the death of his father, his eldest brother, a farmer and maltster, used to send him out into the fields when he was not more than seven years of age, to keep the birds from off the corn. At about the age of ten he one day sat down under a tree and wept, considering that his brothers were all provided for, and he had no prospect of support before him :—this led him to determine even at that early age, that he would go into some business, and pursue it till he had acquired property sufficient not only to
purchase the land held by his brother, over which he had so long watched, but also the entire of his native village and lordship belong
visitor at that time was the late Rev. Dr. Haweis. The Hady whom Mr. Fox married was by her mother, whose mai 'en name was Grimstone, a lineal descendant of Sir Harbottle Grimstone, a judge and member of parliament in the reign of king Charles II. After his settling in London, he frequently journied through the several counties of England; this afforded him opportunities of witnessing the deplorable ignorance of the lower classes of the popula: tion. He not unfrequently found many hamlets and even villages where the poor were in utter destitution of the bible; and ascertained that had the divine book been presented to them, not one in twenty could have read it. This case truly affected his heart, and led him to devise various means by which this lamented evil could be remedied; but the object appeared of such magnitude, that the friends whom he consulted, thought nothing short of parliamentary aid could effect it; he applied therefore, personally, and by letter to many members of both houses, but was soon compelled to give up all hope of assistance from government. He thus determined to attempt
ing to it; which object he steadily this object of universal education pursued till he accomplished this for the poor, by the means which his determination about forty years he possessed. In the year 1785,
afterwards. While he resided in Oxford, and when he kept house there, it was
calling around him a few friends, he laid before them his plan, and subsequently, as stated in our for
always open to any serious clergy-, mer number, he fixed upon a plan man in the university: his principal of a Society for Sunday Schools. - x
Vol. II. 3d Series.
In this endeavour, he was accused by some of the clergy, and by more than one of its dignitaries, of a design to proselyte, and render sectarian the objects for whom he was desirous of providing instruction : he was inundated with letters to this effect, and visits were made personally to him by direction of the hierarchy, to endeavour to ascertain correctly whether this was not his intention. He however found ample means for convincing them that his only desire was, that the poor might be able to read the Holy Scriptures; and he assured them that he had laid it down as a fundamental rule that the reading in the schools which he meant to establish, should be entirely confined to the Bible. As one proof of this intention, he was enabled to appeal to the clergyman who officiated in his native village, as to his conduct towards the children who were instructed, and the men and women who were clothed at his expense, whose constant appearance at the parish church, proclaimed that his was not sectarian but pure christian philanthrophy. Indeed, the clergyman was so impressed with his conduct, knowing him to be a protestant dissenter, that he gave notice of his intention to preach a sermon to those who were the partakers of Mr. Fox's bounty, and earnestly entreated him to honour him by coming on that occasion to church. This, however, he declined, from a fear lest what he only thoughtonly a humble return to the Father of mercies, who had made him the almoner of his bounties, should be lauded and magnified. In the sermon, which was very interesting and affecting, and preached to a crowded congregation, Mr. Fox was very highly complimented.
It is but fair to state, that all
the bigotry was not confined to the clergy of the church of England; even dissenting ministers expressed their fears that their church was in danger! The following letter will afford evidence of this remark: who the person was to whom the letter was addressed is not known to the writer.
“Mr. For to Mr. , occasioned by his objecting to the Sunday School system, on the ground of its being likely to injure the Dissenting Interest.
“That a faithful follower of the Redeemer should refuse to support a cause evidently calculated to promote his glory, and the good of this as well as future ages, because it interferes with his own particular interest, is what I can scarcely persuade myself exists.
“Animated with love to Christ, and a desire of saving souls, let us not waste a moment in the enquiring “Who is of Paul and who of Apollos ?” but as the great work of instruction and reformation depends, under providence, on the exertions of every denomination of Christians, let us make a united effort to save a guilty land from ruin, or at least prevent the evils that now exist from descending to future generations. And where, Sir, can means be found sufficiently extensive, or that promise advantages equally comprehensive with those held forth in the establishment of Sunday Schools? Here, at an easy rate, the poor become acquainted with that inestimable book, which is able to make them wise unto salvation. And permit me, Sir, to say, were we sufficiently acquainted with its worth, and properly affected with the important truths it contains, we should not only pray for a blessing upon it, where
it is, but should strive by every means in our power to send it where it is not. “Would it be possible for us Sir, to behold, unmoved, criminals dying victims to the laws of our country 7 or could we riot in luxury, while our neighbours were perishing with hunger? And shall we, while in the possession of every spiritual blessing, view with unconcern the multitudes who are erishing around us, for lack of owledge? Forbid the thought. What! has Christ laid down his life for us, and shall we refuse a cup of cold water to these little ones 2 “To teach to read the Bible, inconceivable as the blessing appears, is not the only object of this institution, Sabbath-breaking, the inlet to all other sins, is hereby prevented, and the children are conducted clean and decent, as circumstances will admit, to places of public worship. And what have we not to hope? How many have gone to the house of God through mere curiosity, and others from more unworthy motives, when that word they meant to ridicule, sharpened by the Spirit of the Lord, pierced them to the heart? And should one soul be brought to glory by these means, how amply should we be repaid! ' He that winneth souls is wise, and they that turn many to righteousness, shall shine as the stars for ever and ever.’ “After all that has been said, can any of us be so bigoted as to have our minds absorbed in the little distinctions of interest in which we were educated; and judge every thing unworthy our notice, that does not immediately tend to promote it? We should do well to consider the ground on which we stand:—Are we for Christ? then we should love our neighbour as
ourselves:—then we should endeavour to do good to all.
“But to conclude: If teaching persons to read the Bible, and placing them under the sound of the gospel (for all the dissenting children and some of the church go to meeting), should injure the dissenting interest, it must be an interest unworthy of our support. Give me leave just to add, that in consequence of plans sent to Colchester, all the ministers, churchmen and dissenters, to the number of sixteen, including a speaker among the quakers, assembled at the Rev. Dr. Forster's, and unanimously agreed to support the institution in that place. Trusting my good friends at will not be outdone in acts of humanity, christianity and liberality, by any other friends in any other place, and hoping ere long to hear of your success,
1 am, &c.
It would not be proper to leave this part of the narrative, without stating that Mr. Fox had many active coadjutors among the clergy, and also the dissenting ministers. Of the former might be mentioned, the Dean of Lincoln, Dr. Kaye, the Rev. Joseph Easterbrook of Bristol, the Rev. Mr. Watkins of Odiham, and the Rev. Mr. Docker of Holybourn, near Alton; and of the latter, Dr. Caleb Evans of Bristol, and Rev. Daniel Turner of Abingdon, and the Rev. Mr. Wilkins of Bourton.
The following advertisement, bearing date London, 26 July, 1785, about a month before the first meeting, was circulated by Mr. Fox, and before he had heard of Mr. Raikes's plan of Sunday Schools. To the Benerolent and the Humane, in
farour of the Illiterate Poor. You cannot be entirely unacquanted with that extreme ignorance in