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popery, the number reported bore but a sinall proportion to those who would cheerfully do so, if they were not prevented by the fear of persecution. He (Mr. D.) certainly little expected that so much good would have resulted from the disturbance at the meetings in Ireland, by the Roman catholic priests and lawyers; but he had no doubt that if the suggestion which had been so repeatedly given was attended to, to employ a greater number of suitable scripture readers, by the blessing of God the reformation would be greatly promoted. He earnestly entreated the friends of that work to pray for himself and his fellow-labourers, servently and perseveringly, for he was perfectly persuaded, that in proportion to the exercise of faith and prayer would be the success attending their labours. Rev. Dr. Newman, in moving the fourth Resolution, said that the Society was under great obligations to the Secretaries for their attention and zeal in the discharge of the duties of their office. But those respected individuals were not ambitious of praise; they required no incense of that kind to be offered to them. No ; the conscious satisfaction ol having faithfully discharged their duty was sufficient for them. Yet they were deserving of our praise; and it was a tribute which was due to them, and which ought to be paid. But they would have better thanks than that Meeting could render them: angels were looking down from their exalted stations and applauding their exertions, and Almighty God condescended to look upon their efforts with an eye of complacency; thousands of the inhabitants of Ireland would bless them, and children yet unborn would remember them with gratitude. The objects which this Society contemplated were of a permanent nature, and the people of Ireland, to the latest generations, would have to thank God for the exertions which were now making. Rev. Mr. Hawkins — It might perhaps be said, that this Society was sectarian. The name “Baptist,” was given to it only to discriminate between it and other Societies, formed for similar purposes, and to shew who were its conductors. It was liberal in its principles, and Catholic in its operations. There was much encouragement to proceed : this was not a day in which we should stand still. The Treasurer was said to be in advance ; this then was the time to press to the conflict. This Institution had ever been foremost in the van, and should it now fall back into the rear ! Let not its friends be weary in well doing, for in due season they should reap, if they fainted not. The Rev. Mr. Iviney gave out the hymn beginning: “From all that dwell below the skies,” &c. and the Meeting dispersed.
Per Mr. G. F. Angus ................ 1 Per Rev. M. Fisher.................. 34 From Eagle Street, one-third of its Funds ............................ 10 Per Rev. Mr. Davis ................ 55 Per Mr. Ridgway,.. Hanley.......... 1 Per Mr. Mair - - Per Rev. C. Anderson................ 40 Per Mr. Olive, Cranbrook............ 1 Per Mrs Phillips, Bristol............ 20 Per Mr. Jones, Oswestry............ 4 Per Mr. Gillmour, Aberdeen ........ l Per George Morris, Esq. Goodman's * ............................ 25 Per Mrs. Martin, Carter Lane Aux. iliary Society, Moiety of its Funds. 21 Per Mrs. Marlborough, Carter Lane School ..................... ... 13 Per Mr. J. Barker, Towcester ........ 5 Per Mr. Cox, Spencer Place Meeting 10 Per Mr. Wate, Woolwich School.... 14 Per Mr. Newman,
Miss Maywood .......... 1 9 0
Miss Starling ............ 0 is 0
A Friend ................ 2 0 0 4
Per Rev. Mr. Ivimey.........
Per Rev. R. Patmore,
Collected by Miss Patmore 4 + 6
- Box.................... 0 18 li
Per Mr. Medley, Hackney School.... Per Mr. Smith....... - - - - - - - ------Per Rev. M. Fisher, for the Schools belonging to the Baptist Irish Society. A part of the funds of the Lion Street, Walworth, Female Missionary Society, by Mrs. Chin........ -------For the “Provident School.”........ Ladies' Association, Hammersmith, by Miss Otridge, Treasurer..... ------Moiety of the East Lane, Walworrh, Female Auxiliary Society, by Rev. Richard Davis ........ - - - - - - - - - - -Seven Oaks Ladies' Association...... Devonshire Square Auxiliary Society. Blandford Street Auxiliary Society, in aid of the Baptist 7 s 2 Deduct for books & printing 0 8 0
Irish Society ....... ....
Westerham Ladies' Association ...... Part of a Collection at the Rev. Jas. Upton's, Church Street, Blackfriars. Amersham, Bucks, by the Rev. R. May .............................. Mr. Chapman, Dormans Land, Surry. Tewkesbury, by Miss Jones.......... Penny-a-week Society, St. Clements Chapel, Norwich.................. Collection at Wallingford, by the Rev. Jos. Tyso..................... ----From Newbury, by the Rev. I. Mann,
(in addition to 171.5s. 6d. before paid)
Biggleswade penny-a-week Society, by the Rev. Thos. Middleditch .... 2
Rumsey, Hants, by Rev. – Yaruold... 1
Eynsford Female Society .. 3 o 0
Collection at Cirencester, by Rev. D.
“A freewill offering” from a few fe-
female schools in Ireland .......... 2 4 Rev. Edward West, Chenies ..... ... I 1 Chenies Sunday School, per ditto.... i to For sight of portraits of different Mimisters, by Mr. Merritt ......... ... I 10 A friend at Raynham, by Mr. Giles ... 1 0 Mr. Steane, Oxford ........Anu Sub. 1 1 Mr. Hicks, do . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Do. 1 1 Mr. Joseph Sanders.............. Do. 1 i Mr. Joseph Ivimey, Jun. ........ Do. 1 1 Mr. John Parr ...... ------ ...... Do. 1 1 Rev. James Elvey................ Do. 1 i William Croggon, Esq. 23, Upper Stamford Street .................... Do. 1 1 Mr. James Willis ........... ..... Do. 1 1 A friend, by Mr. Tomlin ............ 1 0 A friend, by Mrs. Millard............ I 1 Miss Mary Ann Porter ............ ... 1 1 Mr. Thomas Phillips ........... ..... l I Towards the increase of Irish Scripture Readers....... -------------- . 1 0. Collected at the doors, Gold ................ 15 17 0 Silver................ 31 13 6 — 47 10 Per D. Harvey, Esq................. 10 10 Per Mr. Shenstone, Air St. Female Auxiliary Society ............ ... 10 0
ANNUAL MEETING OF THE BAPTIST MISSIONARY SOCIETY.
At the close of another of those interesting occasions which annually draw together such numbers of our Christian friends from various parts of the country, we shall attempt to supply a hasty narrative of the proceedings. This account, we are aware, will be expected by our readers with more than usual interest; and it is with grateful joy we state generally, that in the concurrent opinion of many who were present, the various meetings were peculiarly distinguished by the spirit of harmony and devotion. As it was anticipated that a larger number of ministers than usual would be present, the open meeting of the general committee was held on Tuesday morning, June 19, at the place of worship in Devonshire-square, instead of the Missionary House. About three hours were spent in communicating information on the affairs of the Society, especially in reference to the questions lately discussed between the Committee and Dr. Marshman. This information, which had been anxiously desired by many, but which could not, of course, have been given with propriety till the discussions were closed, was received with unequivocal marks of approbation. On Wednesday morning, an immense congregation assembled at Great Queen: street chapel, when the Rev. Robert Hall, A.M. of Bristol, preached from 1 Pet. 11. 21. “Learing us an erample, that we shor:ld follow his steps.” The necessity of imitating the example of Christ was enforced by the eloquent preacher by a variety of arguments, stated with all the clearness, and urged with all the fervent paths”, by which he is distinguished. At the commencement of this service the Scriptures were read by the Rev. Dr. Cox, of Hackney; prayer was offered, before sermon, by the Rev. C. E. Birt, A.M. of Portsea; and at its close, by the Rev. Dr. Henderson, President of the Missionary College, Hoxton. As many more flocked to the chapel than could find admission, another sermon was preached at the same time at Little Wild-street chapel, by the Rev. John Statham, iately arrived from Calcutta. His text was 1 Cor. xiii. 8. “Charity never faileth.” In the evening, the friends of the Society met at Surrey Chapel. The Rev: Isaac Mann, A.M. of Maze Pond, Southwark, read a portion of Scripture and engaged in prayer; after which a very able and impressive discourse was delivered by the Rev. Joseph Fletcher, A.M. of Stepney, founded on 1 John v. 19. “And "e know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness”—-language which was considered, 1st as implying a conviction of the truth and divinity of the Gospel; and 2dly, as exhibiting an affecting view of the condition of the world. After illustrating each of these particulars at considerable length, the preacher, in conclusion, enforced the necessity of Missionary operations, and the imperative obligations devolving on the Christian public to support them; reminding his. hearers, at the same time, of the duty of each individual to examine his heart as to his own interest in the blessings of salvation. This admirable discourse was closed with a fervent exhortation to humility, zeal, and prayer, in the prosecution of Missionary labours, connected with a brilliant exhibition of the promises and encouragements by which success is rendered certain and triumphant. The Rev. Thomas Finch, of Harlow, closed the service in prayer. On Thursday morning, at Eagle-street meeting, Messrs. Edwards of Watford, Nicholson of Plymouth, and Welsh of Newbury, engaged in prayer; and the address was delivered by the Rev. Moses Fisher of Liverpool. At eleven, the Annual Meeting, for receiving the Report of the committee and transacting the business of the Society, was held at the chapel in Great Queenstreet, when there was a very numerous and respectable attendance. The 117th psalm, S. M. by Dr. Watts, was sung, and prayer for the divine blessing was offered by the Rev. James Acworth, M.A. of Leeds. Sir Thomas Baring, Bart, M.P. who had kindly undertaken to preside upon this occasion, having been prevented from attending, Joseph Gutteridge, Esq. was called to the chair, and began by expressing his regret at the unavoidable absence of the worthy Baronet, from whom he read a letter, giving assurances of his cordial attachment to the Society, and enclosing a draft for twenty pounds. The Chairman then, after briefly observing that some of the statements to be laid before the Meeting would be found of a painful nature, but that others would be pleasing, as exhibiting the triumphs of the Cross, called on the Secretary to read the Report. - [In order to communicate the information contained in the Report as curly as possible to our distant friends, we deviate from the usual plan, by inserting it at once; though it
Before your committee proceed to narrate as usual, the foreign operations of the Society, they deem it proper to refer to certain occurrences at home, in which the friends of the mission have felt a lively interest, and on which they may justly claim full and explicit information. A notice has already been published, stating that thenceforward the Society at home and the missionaries at Serampore would constitute two distinct and independent bodies. In a measure so much at variance with the hopes and inclinations of the committee, they did not hastily concur; not have they failed to use all such means to avoid it, as in their deliberate judgment appeared consistent with their duty to those for whom they acted. In the new and difficult circumstances in which they have been placed, they have earnestly desired to maintain a conscience void of offence both towards God and man ; and in appealing, as they now do, to the body by whom they were appointed, they feel it incumbent, upon them to state the circumstances which have led to the result alluded to. It is well known that soon after Dr. Carey was joined, in the year 1799, by the brethren Marshman and Ward, a way was opened in Providence for such an employment of their respective talents, as without materially interfering with missionary labours, proved a source of considerable and increasing emolument. To obviate the danger of a secularizing spirit, they mutually stipulated that no individual among them should appropriate any part of the proceeds of his labours to his own private use, but that all should constitute a common fund, conse crated, after supplying their own necessary demands, to the service of God and the propagation of the gospel around them n the course of years the missionary premises at Serampore were purchased, and other property acquired at that station. What degree of information was possessed by the conductors of the mission at home, respecting the property thus accumulated is uncertain; but there appears reason to believe that it was purchased with the joint funds of the missionaries at Serampore and the Society, and it was fully understood, upon the most convincing evidence, that it belonged clearly and unequivocally to the Society, and was held by the resident missionaries in trust for the Society, of which they formed a part. the lamented decease of Mr. Fuller (which occurred in May 1815) the affairs of the mission devolved upon those who were but very partially acquainted with the details of its history, or the circumstances in which it stood. # became therefore obviously needful to make inquiries on these subjects. Though it was understood generally that the Society had considerable possessions in India, not an individual knew the tenure by which they were held, or the manner in which they were secured. Such information it was fit desirable to obtain ; and a letter which arrived soon afterwards from Serampore brought the subject distinctly and forcibly before the committee. This letter, dated March 1816, was ad
dressed by the late Mr. Ward to Mr. Burls. Though bearing the signature of Mr. Ward only, it was written avowedly in the names of the three Serampore brethren. . It stated that these brethren, “aware of the uncertainty of life, and at the same time of the great importance and necessity of providing for the future carrying on of the mission station at Serampore,” and securing “ the immensc property” in land and moveables there, had agreed upon certain “principles of the last importance to the preservation of the cause.” Among these principles the proprietorship of the Society was expressly recognized; but as the plan had not been finally digested, it was to be again revised, and sent to the Society “for their opinion, and if approved, for their ratification.” This important document was considered
mingham in Oct. 1816; and about two months afterwards, by the sub-committee then assembled at Oxford. At the last of these meetings, the committee felt disposed to adopt the suggestion of a professional gentieman from Calcutta, at that time in London, who had recommended that the Society's property in India should be vested in trustees, some resident there, and others in England. The names of eight gentlemen were then mentioned, who might be requested to act as trustees, subject to the approval of the general committee, who were to be summoned finally to adjust the points, whenever the revised plan should arrive from Serampore. Till June 1818, a period of a year and a half, no further steps were en by the committee, because this expected document had not reached them from Serampore. But at that time a letter of great length was received from the missionaries there, the contents of which filled the committee with surprise and concern. It appeared that the proposal to invest the premises at Serampore in the hands of Trustees appointed by the Society, (a proposal which, though suggested, had never been actually adopted) was regarded as unjustifiable in itself, and as indicating a distrustful and unfriendly spirit. It was affirmed that the property in question, though devoted to the cause of God, had never been given to the Society; and to guard themselves. Against any inconvenience which might follow a claim of this nature on the part of the Society, they executed a legal instrument formally excluding from any “title to the property or administration of the premises,” all persons belonging to the Baptist Missionary Society, unless elected as trustees by the Serampore Missionaries themselves. To this unexpected communication a reply was sent, dated June 26, 1818. In it the brethren were implored to consider the nature and consequences of the step which they had taken. They were assured that, so far from regarding them with suspicion or distrust, the committee felt such confidence in their wisdom and faithfulness, as to be willing, as far as they were personall concerned, to resign everything to their so management; but that, in the measures then adopted, they could not acquiesce without surrendering the interests confided to their care.
at a meeting of the commmittee held at Bir
In a more numerous meeting of the committee, held at Birmingham in the following August, the subject was again considered, and several resolutions were passed, recording the conviction of the committee, that they were responsible to the public for the due application of the Serampore premises, and earnestly recommending the missionaries there, so to secure them as to meet the approbation of the Christian public in Britain.” When our late friend Mr. Ward arrived in England, in May 1819, it soon appeared that he felt as much anxiety as ever respecting the settlement of the property at Serampore, and was wholly dissatisfied with the arrangements then existing. Anxious to bring the matter to a final termination, the committee, conversed repeatedly with Mr. Ward, and embodied their own views in a series of resolutions, dated Dec. 31, 1819. These re-asserted the sentiments previously adopted at Birmingham, in more full and explicit language; and having been communicated to Mr. Ward, he, without pledging his brethren at Serampore to similar views, declared his own concurrence in them. Soon after these resolutions reached Serampore, the brethren then at that station answered them by others, dated July 14, 1820, expressing their regret that it should have been supposed that they entertained any wish to alienate the property from the Society, and their willingness to make, if it were practicable, such alterations in the deeds as might render them unexceptionable. Had measures been taken to effect this object, the discussion would, of course, have brought to an immediate and agreeable termination. Subsequent letters, however, did not fulfil such an expectation; but, on the contrary, indicated unabated dissatisfaction with, the proceedings of the committee. With a view to dissipate this impression, and set the whole question at rest, a full explanatory letter was drawn up in April 1821, in which the assurance was repeated, that the committee had been actuated by no design towards their Serampore brethren but that of protecting their reputation, while, at the same time, they had been constrained to fulfil their own duty to the public. It was added, that having ão all that appeared practicable, they must close the correspondence by again declaring that the mode in which the property was still settled, was not satisfactory. In August, 1822, Mr. John Marshman arrived, and soon after held repeated conferences with the committee on this point. A memorandum was afterwards prepared, stipulating, on theJ.' of the Serampore missionaries, that they should yet frame their plan “for securing the establishment there to the great objects for which it was instituted, so as to avail themselves of the aid, co-operation, and interference of the Society at home, if necessary”—an arrangement in which the committee were induced to acquiesce, rather than prolong discussions which promised no beneficial result.
.* See an account of this j and a circular issued from it in the periodical ac
Since the date of that memorandum, no information has been received on the subject; nor has it been formally resumed, though the committee have, subsequently deemed it right to intimate that their opinion on the case has undergone no alteration. While these discusions were in progress, another subject was brought forward, which eventually affected, in an equal degree, the connexion between the Society and the missionaries at Serampore. This was the establishment of the Serampore, College, in 1818. Upon this undertaking the advice of the committee was not solicited, nor was it ever considered as connected with the Society; but the expense thus incurred absorbed the funds which had been previously devoted by the Serampore brethren to missionary efforts, and it became necessary for them to solicit British aid even for the maintenance of the college itself. Application being made to the committee for this object, although they could not consider the funds entrusted to them as generally available for such a purpose, yet in order to meet the wishes of their brethren, as far as they could with propriety, they engaged to relieve them from the expenses attending the preparation of pious natives for the Christian ministry. ix months afterwards, Mr. John Marshman applied for pecuniary aid towards the missionary stations also, the support of which the Serampore brethren had formerly taken upon themselves, and which they now regarded as their own, exclusive of the Society, but which, for the reason already stated, they were no longer able to maintain. Upon this occasion it was resolved, “That on being furnished with a statement of the stations and missionaries, for whom support was needed, the committee would take such part of the same on themselves as their resources would allow.” . Without waiting, however, for a formal reply, a grant of 1000l. was voted, and two other donations, each of an equal amount, have since been made. In addition to this, at the request of their Serampore brethren, Mr. Robinson, still supported by the Society, was permitted to occupy the station at the Lall Bazar chapel in Calcutta. Mr. Williamson, also, another European labourer, was, on a similar application, taken on its funds. By these two arrangements an expenditure of nearly 600l. per annum was transferred from the Serampore missionaries to the Society. On the arrival of Dr. Marshman, the subject of pecuniary contribution was again urged on the committee, with a view to render the arrangement as permanent as the nature of the Society would admit. It was felt objectionable, indeed, that the stations had been, and all their contemplated missionary efforts were to remain, identified with the college; but waiving this, it was reed, at the proposal of Dr. Marshman, that one tenth of the general receipts of the Society should be remitted to Serampore— it being stipulated at the same time, on the part of the committee, that regular information should be given of the mode in which the money so voted was expended. In less than three months, Dr. shman
informed the committee that the expenses of
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