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MB. JoiiS' BAsStrf. On the 22nd Nov., 1831, died, at bis house in Great Smith-street, Westminster, Mi. John Basnett. He was descended of an ancient and respectable family, of Oswestry, in Shropshire, where he was born on the Mrd January, 1764 (O. S.) Mr. Basnett had resided, during the greater part of his long life, in Westminster; and was converted, above half a century since, under the preach, iag of the Rev. Torial Joss, at the New Way chapel; at which place he became a constant attendant. He was honoured with the confidence of the Rev. Dr. Peckwell, the then stated minister, whose remains he attended to the family vault, in the Cathedral church-yard at Chichester. The circumstances which occasioned the premature death of this eminent clergyman were published by Sir. Basnett, in a Narrative, which went through two editions, the profits of which were given by him to a charity, entitled, The Sick Man's Friend, instituted by Dr. Peckwell. Of this charity Mr. Basnett was one of the first, and, as regarded the Westminster branch, the last remaining visiter. When the congregation attending the New Way removed to Queen-square, Mr. Uasnett went with them, at that time under the pastoral care of the late Dr. Percy. Here he continued to attend, until June last, under the ministry of the Rev. Mr. Shepherd. It pleased Providence, at this time, to visit him with an attack of paralysis; but, during his long confinement, his confidence in his divine -Master never forsook him. On the Sunday previous to his decease, he entreated his daughter to cast all her troubles upon God, for he would sustain them, adding, " He has sustained me; 1 have found Israel's God to he my God." The same day, after some time spent in silent prayer, he repealed aloud,
"Jesus, our great High priest,
Offer'd his blood and died;
Xo sacrifice beside."
"No," said he, " I want no other."
On the day preceding his death, he was visited by the Rev. Mr. Shepherd, and Mr. I'ercy, the son of his former minister; to hoth of whom he gave evident proof of his being made an inheritor of the Father's kingdom. The latter, on taking leave of him, said he would say to him, as Hopeful did to his brother Christian, "Be of good cheer, for I have found bottom;" to which the dying saint replied, "Aye, and sound bottom.
On the morning of his decease he fell into a sweet sleep, and so remained till about 6»e minutes past five o'clock in the evening,
when, without a sigh or struggle, the spirit quietly departed to him who gave it.
His bereaved widow and family can bear witness to his Christian walk and conversation; he was never known to be betrayed even to an intemperate expression. During life he was honoured with the acquaintance of many eminent characters, particularly of Mr. Wilberforce. His manners were quiet and unassuming, and he always considered himself a debtor to sovereign grace for every mercy he experienced.
His funeral sermon was preached at Queensquare chapel, on Sunday morning, Dec. 4th, by the Rev. Mr. Shepherd, from 1 Thess. v. 2, 3.
REV. JOHN WILSON, Died, at his residence, in Nottingham, April 2nd, the Rev. John Wilson, in the 77th year of his age. He exercised his ministry as pastor, successively, of the Independent churches at Stafford, Market Drayton, in Shropshire, and Matlock Bath, Derbyshire. At the latter place he was the highly-respected and beloved minister twenty-three years; and relinquished the pastoral office, in consequence of growing infirmities, about a year and a half a^o.
KEV. DAVID PAllKUlt.
We have, with deep regret, to announce the almost sudden death—at the comparatively early age of forty-five, of the Rev. David Parker, minister of the Independent church at Sidmouth. On Sunday, the 11th of March, he preached to his people in usual health and vigour. Early on Wednesday, the 14th, he was attacked by a complaint he had been occasionally subject to; from which, however, be was so far relieved by medical skill, as to give prospects of recovery, till within a few minutes of his decease, which took place on the following morning.
Of Mr. Parker, it is not too much to say, that his intellectual ^endowments—his theological learning—his sound and dispassionate judgment—his powers as a preacher—and the eminence of his piety, class him with those who may truly be denominated the "great men who have fallen in Israel." If, as such, he was not extensively known, it is to be attributed solely to the great modesty and humility of his character, which induced him, whenever practicable, like his great Master, to shun the multitude—and made him content to "dwell among his own people," by whom, as well as by all who had the happiness of intimacy with him, it is difficult to say whether he was more revered or beloved.
Public Meetings In May.
Tti (.sua Y, May 1.—Morning, at 11.—Mating of the Church Missionary Society, at Exeter Hall.
Evening, at 6.—Meeting for the Christian Instruction Society, at Fiusbury Chapel. Right Hun. Lord
Henley in the Chair. Evening, at half-past C—Sermon for the Irish Society, at St. Clement's Dane, by the Hon. and Uev. Baptist W. Noel. Wkdni.sday, 2.—Morning, at II,—Meeting of the British and Foreign Bible Society, at Exeter Hall. Evening, at half-past 0.—Meeting of the Society for Promoting Ecclesiastical Knowledge, at the Loudon
Coffee House, Lndgatc Street. John Brown, Esq., in the Chair. Evening, at half-past C—Sermon for the Prayer-Book and Homily Society, St. Mary's, Strand, by the very Uev. the Dean of Salisbury. Thursday, H.—Noon, at 12.—Meeting of (he Prayer Book and Homily Society, at Exeter Hall. Right Hon. Lord Bexley in the Chair. Noon, at li.—Western Religious Tract Society,at Willis's Rooms. Marquis Cholmondeley in the Chair. Evening, at half past 6.—Sermon for the London Society for Promoting Christianity among the Jews, at
St. Clement's Dane, by the Rev. W. Jowett, M. A. Evening, at 0.—Meeting of the Sunday School Union, at Evcter Hall. Right Hon. the Earl of Roden
in the Chair. Evening, at half-past 0.—Sermon for the Newfoundland and British North American School Society, at St. Barnabas, King Square, by the Lord Bishop of Calcutta. Friday, 4.—Noon, at 12.—Meeting of the London Society for Promoting Christianity among the Jews, at Exeter Hall. Evening, at fi.—Meeting of the Book Society for Promoting Religious Knowledge, at Exeter Hall. Rev. Rowland Hill in the Chair. Saturday, 5.—Noon, at 12.—Meeting of the London Hibernian Society, at Exeter Hall. Marquis Cliul
monkley In the Chair. Monday, 7.—Morning, at 12.—Meeting of the British and Foreign School Society, at Exeter Hall. Lord John Russell, M. P., in the Chair. Morning, at 12—Meeting of the Port of London and Bethel Union Society, at the City of London Tavern. The Hipht Hon. Lord Mountsamlford in the Chair. Evening, at 6.—Meeting of the Luidon Itinerant Society, at Kinsbnry Chapel. Rev. W. B. Collycr, D. D., in the Chair. Tu I'.sday, 8.—Morning, at 0.—Meeting of the Religious Tract Society, at the City of London Tavern. -Morning, at 10.—Meeting of the Congregational Union, at the Congregational Library. Morning, at half-past 10.—Sermon for the Port of London Society, on board the Floating Cbnpel, by the
Rev. Joseph Fletcher, D. D., of Stepney. Noon, at 12.— Meeting of the Naval and Military Bible Society, at Exeter Hall. Evening, at 0.—Public Meeting of the Irish Evangelical Society, at Finsbnry Chapel* Evening, at half-past 0.—Meeting of the Aged Pilgrim's Society, at John's Street Chapel, Doughty
Street. Lord Mandevillc in the Chair, Evening, at hall-past 0.—Sermon for the Newfoundland and British North American Schoul Society, at St. Clement's Dane, by the Rev. H. Melville. Wednesday, 9.—Morning, at half-past 10.—Sermon for the London Missionary Society, at Surrey Chapel, by the Rev. J, Thompson, D. I)., Paisley. Evening, at 6.—.Sermon for the London Missionary Society, at the Tabernacle, by the Rev. John Morison, D. D., Brornpton. Thursday, 10.—Morning, at 10.—Meeting of the London Missionary Society, at Exeter Hall. Nuon, at 2.—Sermon fur the General Society for Promoting District Visiting, at Portman Chapel, Baker
Street, by the Lard Bi^!i>>p of Chester. Evening, at 6.—Sermon for the London Missionary Society, at Tottenham Court Chapel, by the Rev. John Jones, Birmingham. Friday, 11.—Morning, at half-past 10.—Sermon for the London Missionary Society, at St. Ann's, Blackfrtars, by the Rev. W. Holland, A. M. Morning, at 11.—Meeting of the British Reformation Society, at Exeter Hall. Evening, at ti.—Communion of the London Missionary Society, at Sion, Orange Street, Silver Street Chapels, &c. c\c. SATURDAY, 12.—Noon, at 12.—Meeting of the Anti-Slavery Society, at Exeter Hall. His IL.yal Highness
the Duke of Gloucester in the Chair. Monday, 14.—Noon, at IS.—Thirty-fourth Animal Meeting of the Protestant Union, for the benefit of the Widows of Protestant Ministers, at the Congregational Library, Finsbnry Circus. Evening, at 0.—Sermon for the Home Missionary Society, at the Poultry Chapel, by the Rev. G. Clayton. Tuesday, 13.—Evening, at 0.—Meeting of the Home Missionary Society, at Exeter Hall, Strand. Tliunws
Thompson, Km]., in the Chair. Wednesday, ll>.—Morning, at lt>.—Sale of Useful Work for the Home Mi.-sionary Society, at the Crown
and Anchor Tavern. Thursday, 17.—Noon, at 12 —Meeting of the Genera) Society for Promoting District Visiting, at Exeter
Hall. The Marquis of Cholmomtclcy in the Chair. Friday, 18.—Noon, at 12.—Meeting of the Society for Diffusing Information on the Punishment of Death.
at Exeter It.ill. His Royal Highness the Duke of Sussex in the Chair, Tuesday, 22.—Noon, at 12.—Meeting of the Temperance Society, at Exeter Hall. Bishop of London i» the Chair. Evening, at half past 6.—Meeting of the Society for the Promotion of Peace, at White Hart Court, Grace-church Street. Wednesday,2J.—No ui, at 1,—Meeting of the Association for Promoting Rational Humanity lowardi the Animal Creation, at Exeter Hall. The Right Hon. Lord Porches ter, M. P., in the Chair.
FOR MAY, 1832.
ARRANGEMENT OF THE SERVICES AT THE THIRTY-EIGHTH ANNIVERSARY.
MONDAY, May 7. Evening, Poultry CAape/.-—Public Meeting forpiayer for the influences of the Holy Spirit, on the Society and on all Missionary operations. W ith a short Address.
WEDNESDAY, May 9. "'
Mtrning, Surrey Chapel Rev. James Thomson, D.D., Paisley, to preach.
Evening, Tabernacle.—Kev. John Morison, D.D., Brompton, to preach.
Homing.—The Public Meeting will be held at Exeter Halt., In The Strand. The Chair will be taken precisely at ten o'clock.
Admission to the Hall will be by Tickets, for the Platform, the Central Seats, and Rahed Seats, respectively.
The Platform will be appropriated to the Directors of the Society, both town and country, andoiher individuals who may take part in the proceedings of the Meeting, together with all Ministers who are members of the Society. For the Central Seats, Tickets will be furnished :—
To Annual Subscribers of Five Pounds, or to a family contributing Five Pounds, or upwards, either to the Parent Society, or to an Auxiliary or Branch Association —One Ticket. To Presidents, Treasurers, and Secretaries, of Auxiliary Societies—One Ticket each. To Collectors of Five Pounds per annum, and upwards—One Ticket each. For the Raised Seats, Tickets of admission will be supplied to all other persons, Subscribers or Contributors to the Parent Society, or to its Auxiliaries and Associations, so fails the Hall will admit.
N.B. No Individual can be entitled to a Ticket in more than one capacity. A Committee for the delivery of Tickets will attend at the Mission House, Austin Friais, from twelve o'clock till three, on Friday, Saturday, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, the 4th, 5th, 7th, 8lh, and 9th, days of May.
Ministers, who are members of the Society, will be supplied with Tickets for themselves and friends, on their sending, on any of the above-mentioned days, a list of such as aie tiuitled to them, and wish personally to attend. Evening, Tottenham Court Road Chapel, Rev. John Jones, Birmingham, to preach.
FRIDAY, May 11. Morning.—In the Church of St. Andrew Wardrobe, and St. Ann, Bluchfriars, Rev. William Holland, A.M., Vicar of Swineshead and Frampton, Lincolnshire, Domestic Chaplain io the Right Honourable Lord Teignmouth, and late Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge, to preach.
Ec/ning.—The Sacrament of the Lord's Supper will be administered at the following places of Worship, to those Members and Friends of the Society who are Sluted Communicants, and who produce Tickets from their respective Ministers; viz.
Sion Chapel Rev. George Collison to preside.
Oi'.ANGE-sTitEKT Chapei Rev. Robert Winter, D. D ————
Silver-street Chapel Rev. James Bennett, D. D.,
Kensington Chapei Rev. George Clayton
Ci.are.mont Chapel Rev. John Angcll James, Birmingham
St. Tiiomas's-square Chapel .... Rev. Joseph Fletcher, D. D.
The Horning Services to begin at Half-past Ten, and the Evening Services at Six o'clock. A Meeting of the Directors of the Society, both Town and Country, will be held at the Mision House, 26, Austin Friars, on Tuesday, the 8th of May, at Three o'clock in the afternoon.
Missionary Hymns (New Enlarged Edition) price Sixpence, may be had of the Publishers of this Magazine, and at the Doors of the Chapels, tot, x, X
LONDON MISSIONARY SOCIETY,
Extracts of a letter from liev. James Dawson, recently received; addressed to the Directors of the Louden Missionary Society.
Honoured Fathers And Brethren,
.My last letter to you was dated the 15th December, 1830. In that communication I mentioned that my health was not good, and, I regret to say, that, with the exception of a few intervals, it has been in a declining state ever since; and during the hot season I expected every day to be laid aside from my labours by sickness. I have a complaint in my breast, with frequent difficulty in breathing, accompanied with debility and depression of spirits. This, I consider, has been brought on by the effects of repeated attacks of severe fever, and the influence of the climate, together with that of my numerous engagements. At present I am quite unable to give you a detailed account of the mission : but should my health improve, now that the weather is more favourable, I hope to be able to write you more fully in my next.
Exigency of the Mission.
My object at present in writing to you is to request you will take this mission into your serious consideration, and provide for it. In consequence of my state of health, the anxiety I feel respecting the mission has added to my indisposition, and greatly depressed my mind. May I be allowed to beseech you to consider what a multitude of souls aie here perishing for lack of knowledge 1 I sincerely hope you will feel interested in their behalf, and not leave them without the means of instruction. It is unnecessary to mention that the seed of the word of God has long been sown among many in this place and neighbourhood, and accompanied with fervent prayer for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit to render it effectual; and I have no doubt that, after the seed time, the harvest will follow; and I trust those whom you send will be honoured to gather in the fruits in their season.
I am happy to say there is an increasing desire among those who read and hear the subjects of religion, ^to understand every thing they contain. The questions put to
me respecting passages not easily under stood, give me reason to believe they havi inquiring minds, and anxiously wish to un derstand every thing respecting the religioi of the Bible; and I can say, in reference t< many under Christian instruction here, tha they are not far from the kingdom of heaven. It gives me much satisfaction to perceive tha many have teachable dispositions. Seldorr do any of those I am instructing bring forward the least objection to any thing the\ read or hear in the sacred Scriptures; on the contrary, in general all admit that the subjects are excellent, and their desire is daily to understand them better, and fee] their influence on their hearts. They are regular in their attendance, and evidently give a decided preference to the religion of Jesus Christ, the blessings of which I hope they will ere long enjoy, and renounce every vestige of idolatry, and be not ashamed or afraid publicly to profess the truth. I have often much regretted that the state of my health has prevented my enlarging on the subjects which seemed so much to engage their minds. The day of heavenly light is dawning upon them, and every interesting religious tract or pamphlet, lately put into their hands, they read and explain to each other with gratitude and pleasure. I requested the Keligious Tract Society of Madras to print the three first chapters of Genesis in Teloogoo, in the form of tracts, which give an account of the Creation, the State of Innocence, and the Fall of Man; to which proposal they kindly acceded, and sent me a good supply, which I made the subjects of the Teloogoo services for a time. Afterwards I proceeded to expound the Epistles to the Corinthians, both of which sections of Scripture have been attended to by the hearers with much satisfaction. Lately I received a few copies of the first part of the Pilgrim's Progress, translated into Teloogoo by the Rev. Mr. Howell, of Cuddapah, which the people read and hear explained with interest and pleasure; and their knowledge of the character of the pilgrim, and other characters there represented, far exceed my expectations, as they had never seen such a book before. The most intelligent natives, who have read the Scriptures, are delighted to read and hear the similitude of the Christian pilgrim leaving the City of Destruction, and the circumstances connected with his journey towards the Celestial World. The questions they ask respecting the different characters evidently show they are inquiring after the
truth of the Christian religion in every way it is brought to their view. I sincerely hope that this (to them) new and valuable book will prove a great blessing, especially to those who hive been accustomed to hear the doctrines of Scripture, and are prepared to pursue, with interest, subjects founded upon the word of God.
The Mission Church.
I am happy to inform you that I have reason to be satisfied with-the conduct and Christian deportment of the church members, excepting some little differences which have taken place among them, but which, I hope, are now settled. They keep together as a little flock surrounded by enemies to religion, and are persecuted for religion by those who call themselves Christians. They attend regularly to family worship, and occasionally hold social meetings among themselves, when they read the Scriptures, and three or four engage in prayer. You would be delighted to hear how fervently they pray for the conversion of the heathen, and the out-pouring of the Holy Spirit to render the means of grace effectual among them. Some of them, not long ago, were heathen, and others, who stand nearly related to them, still continuing such, naturally dispose the former to seek their salvation. They are never absent from public worship, unless sickness prevent, or when it happens that any of the men are on guard. By their exemplary deportment and kind entreaty, they bring many of their neighbours with them to hear the gospel; and several persons who live near them join in their family worship. Since I last wrote you three members have joined the church. The small society which I mentioned in my last communication, which was formed among the members of the church, and a few others, to aid by monthly subscriptions the fund of the schools, hitherto supported by local contributions, has not declined; but, by the active exertions of those who have the management, they have been enabled (not without considerable labour) to collect the usual monthly subscriptions. It is among those who are not the members of the church they find the difficulty of collectmg the money. At the monthly missionary prayer-meeting a small sum is collected, which is as much as could be reasonably 6*pected, as mast of those who contribute •w poor, and also give their monthly subscnption to the society above referred to.
The School Department.
The schools are the same in number as formerly stated, and are doing well, with the exception of one which is not in a good situation; but as yet 1 have not been able 10 pt a school-house in a more suitable place j and should I not succeed in pro«nng ground to erect ft house, nor find one
to rent, I intend, should my health permit, to do away with the said school, and open a new one in a village in the country, where several of the inhabitants have often requested me to begin a school among them. The teachers and scholars in general continue to give me satisfaction as to their progress in learning, and especially in their increasing acquaintance with the Christian religion. We had a public examination, in March last, of all the best scholars in seven of the schools in and near the town. The Directors will be glad to find I have two valuable friends in the excellent Chaplain of the station, and Major Brett, whose kindness and hospitality the Deputation from our Society experienced when in the south of India. The chaplain and the major both engaged in the examination, and several friends to the instruction of youth were present. The chaplain, in a solemn and interesting manner, examined several classes of the best scholars on chapters of the Teloogoo Testament, which they read each by a verse in rotation; and the chaplain put the questions in English (being then unacquainted with the language) from the same verses. I was interpreter, and put his questions in Teloogoo, and gave their answers in English and Teloogoo, that all present might understand them. Every question which the worthy clergyman asked was very important, and the answers he received were, beyond his expectation, satisfactory. The major heard the lessons of the younget classes in catechisms, &c. Some of the scholars wrote verses and answers to questions of catechisms, by dictation, on Palmyra leaves, and on sand, in a neat and correct form. Considering how quickly they wrote the verses, &c, their examiners were highly pleased with the progress they had made in the knowledge of the Scriptures; and their readiness in giving answers was considered as a proof that they were acquainted with the subjects on which they were interrogated, and had, for a considerable time, been conversant with them—which was the case. Much labour has been bestowed, and pains taken, to make the native youth (many of whom are sixteen, eighteen, and some twenty, years of age) well understand the word of God. The Westminster Assembly's Catechism is now in use in the schools, which the teachers and the best writers among the scholars are writing on the Palmyra leaves, that those who have committed to memory the three catechisms, formerly used in the schools, may begin this excellent catechism.
Circulation of Scriptures and Religious Tracts.
A few months ago I applied to the Auxiliary Bible Society at Madras, for a fresh supply of the Gospels of Matthew and Mark, and the gentlemen of the Committee kindly voted an additional supply of all the gospels, and tent me one hundred and fifty of each;