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the beart, in leading persons who have others, who regretted the necessity of as tasted that the Lord is gracious,” to being absent. We understand, that the use their influence in attempting to bring accounts given of the state of the others to “ the obedience of faith.” churches were very gratifying.
BAPTIST MISSIONARY SOCIETY. STEPNEY INSTITUTION.
The sermon before the above Institu. The public services of the Baptist Mis- tion, was preached at Salters’-hall, by sionary Society, on the same day, were Mr. Coles, of Bourton, from 1 Timn. iii. i, attended by large congregations, in Great
“ This is a true saying, If a man desire Queen-street chapel. Mr. Griffin read
the office of a bishop, he desireth a good the scriptures; Dr. Ryland prayed; Mr. work.” Mr. Coles will oblige us by Cox preached, from Numbers, xxiii. 23, sending us so much of this sermon as will · Surely there is no enchantment against fill a few pages of our Magazine. The Jacob, neither is there any divination excellent advice, and evangelical sentiagainst Israel : according to this time it
ments it contained, demand for it a more shall be said of Jacob and of Israel, permanent form. It may do much good What hath God wrought.” The care of
to ministers in general. “Those who God, in protecting his church from dan exhort,” are much benefitted by such exger, was illustrated by a reference to the hortations. Mr. Anderson, of Dunstable, period of the Jewish theocracy, from the began; and Mr. Hoghes, of Battersea, time of Moses--in the time of the apostles concluded in prayer. The bymns were -at the period of the Reformation from read by Mr. Thomas Thomas, secretary Popery-and especially during the last to the Institution. thirty years. In the latter period, Mr.
In the evening, the Prayer Meeting, Cox noticed the attempts of Voltaire and for the success of missions, was held at bis triunvirate, to exterminate Christianity "Albion chapel, Moorfields. A report was from Europe, and the gradual but large read by Mr. Dyer, of Reading, the asextension of the gospel since that time. sistant secretary ; and an address deliMr. Watson, Secretary to the Wesleyan vered by Mr. Saffery, of Salisbury; prayer Missionary Society, concluded this service by Messrs. Upton, Winterbotham, of in prayer.
Horsley, and Paio, of Ipswich. The In the evening, at Sion chapel, Mr. hymns read by Mr. Shenstone. At all Thos. Thomas read the scriptures, Mr. the Missionary Meetings, a letter which Ivimey prayed, Mr. Samuel Saunders, offiad come to band on Tuesday, from Mr, Frome, preached from Psalms, “ O send
W. H. Pearce, was read; and, after the out thy light and thy truth !"
latter ineeting, printed copies were given The preacher, in a strain of powerful away at the doors of the chapel. We eloquence, represented the miserable state insert it for the gratification of those of of the heathen world, as destitute of the
our readers who were not present on light of the gospel; the adaptation of the these occasions, and to preserve so cheer. gospel to heal all its maladies; the rearing and important a missionary docu. sons why Christians uttered the prayer
of the text, and the blessedness which attended the fulfilment of the petition. Mr. Letter from Mr. William Pearce (sor of Wilkinson, of Saffron-Waldron, concluded
the late Rev. Samuel Pearce) to the Red. The hymns were read by James Hinton, of Oaford, dated SeramMessrs. Elvey, of Fetter-lane; Arlington,
pore, Jan. 1818. of Clapham ; Dr. Newman, Shenstone, My much esteemed friend and pastor, and others.
As a vessel is about to sail direct to We shall feel obliged, on behalf of our Liverpool, I embrace, with pleasure, the readers, if the preachers will imitate opportunity it affords me of conversing some of their predecessors in these la- with an absent, though not forgotten bours, and furnish a brief outline of their friend. sermons for insertion in the Magazine, The brethren have not been unmind
ful, that your annual meeting is in June, GENERAL UNION SOCIETY. and that you will then wish the latest
intelligence you can obtain. But, as I The Meeting of this Society, held at am confident that, should the review of Carter-lane, on Thursday morning, the the mission, which they hoped to have 25th, was well attended by ministers, forwarded by this vessel, reach you in and other brethren, both in town and time, the memoir of the translations will country; and, but for a Meeting of the be certainly too late, I have gleaned the Committee of the Baptist Missionary So following particulars respecting them for ciety, which was unavoidably held at the your gratification. In giving you these same time, would have been by several. sketches, I have preserved the order
pursued in the memoir for 1816, to wbieha and, in the Assam and Watch, to the I beg leave to refer you.
Romans; while, in the Bruj Bhassa, alIn the memoir, the whule of the scrip. Though a delay has arisen, in consee tures, in the Opriya, were represented quence of the distance of brother Cham. to have been printed.
berlain's station, who was superintendo I have now the pleaspre of informing ing the version, we are prepariog to proyou, that a new edition of the New Tes- ceed with the printing as before tament, of 4000 copies, has been some In the Kurnata, we have finished little time begun, and the printing ad. Mærk, and are proceeding with Luke; vanced to the middle of Matthew. while, in the Kunknua, the Moolianee,
In the Bengalee, in which, of course, the Sindhee, the Kashmere, the Bikathe version will be now as accurate as neer, the Nepal, ihị Ouduypure, the the brethren can expect ever to make it, Marwar, the Juypore, and the Khasseo, and in which the opportunities for dis- not much progress in the printing bas tribution are becoming daily more ex- been made since the last Repurt, access tensive, we have commenced a new edi- to them, in ryany cases, being difficult, tion, of 5000 copies, of the whole scrip- and their prosecution interfering with the tures, in a new and much reduced type; supply of countries more extensive and reduced by brother Lawson, when he more easy of approach. As soon, huwe resided at Serampore. By means of ever, as the Hindee and Sungskrit verthis alteration, we shall be able to com- sions are completed, it is the intention of prise the whole Bible in one large octavo the brethren 10 proceed with them; volume of 850 pages, which has hitherto while the return of brother Carapeit, as occupied five volumes, of 800 pages hereafter mentioned, afforded a most facach: The brethren intend to print 3000 yourable opportạoity of distributing the additional Testaments, forming a thin gospel of St. Matthew, already priuted, volume, of about 180 pages.
in four of these languages. In the Sungskrit, the Latin of the Although the printing of the Serameast, and intelligible to almost all the pore translations has been in some degree learned men throughout Hindoosthan, retarded, by the printing of several ele. the historical books have been com- mentary works for the Bengalee schools, pleted, and the printing advanced to the as well as of the Roman Malay and Armiddle of Jeremiah. We therefore ex. menian Bibles, for the Calcutta Auxiliary pect to complete this volume within the Bible Society (a cause not much to be next three months, and shall then have regretted), you will be pleased to hear, printed the whole of the scriptures in that they were never proceeding with that language.
more rapidity than at present. The of. The Hindee Bible is still further ad. fice now furnishes our venerable editor, vanced; and we fully expect that, with Dr. Carey, independently of the Chinese in a month, the last part will be ready proofs it forwards to Dr. Marshman, with for distribution. We shall then have twelve proofs per week, on an average. printed the first edition of the whole You will be gratified to hear, that our scriptures, with a sccond edition of the opportunities of distributing the scripNew Testament.
tures, when printed, are becoming more In the Mabratta, the historical books extensive. Our much esteemed brother, have been printed off, since the last me- C. C. Aratoon, being desirous to return moir, and the Hagiographa advanced to 10 Surat, to fetch his family, left us in the middle of Proverbs.
November last, intending to proceed up In the Sikh, the Pentateuch is just com- the river as far as Agra (four months pleted, and the historical books begun. journey), to supply the different stations
In the Chinese, we have just com- in his way, with scriptures and tracts, pleted the Pentateuch, and are now pro- and then to cross the country to his late cceding with a second edition of the station. The last letter we received from New Testament,
him was dated Benares, and he had In the Telinga, the New Testament is then, in his journey, distributed himself, printed as far as the Thessalonians: and
or left for distribution, at the different we hope to have finished the volume ere stations tbrough which be passed (inthis reaches yoų.
cluding Cutwa, Berhampore, Moorshed. In the Pushtoo Testaipent, the print- abad, Monghir, Patna, Digah, and Being is advanced as far as the 1st of Peter; nares), no less than 10,250 books or
pamphlets, of which a large proportion * Dr. Marshman has it in contempla. were volumes of the scriptures, in Bention, I believe, to carry on the printing galęe, Persian, Hindee, Sungskrit, Kasko of the Psalms and New Testament toge- inere, Mahratta, Arabic, Sikh, Bulochee, ther; and we have lately increased our Bruj Bhassa, and Chinese. The brethren supply of men in this department. wish bim to proceed, over land, to Surat,
distributing in his way the gospels they strós the outward obstacles to the spread have printed in the Jypore, Oodipore, of the gospel; but we want, too, those Bikaneer, and Marwat languages. The influences of the Spirit of God, which countries in which these are spoken, shall effectually convince " the world of could not be traversed by an European sini,” and incline thiem heartily to èmwith safety; though we hope thing our brace the Saviour, as the only • hope set brother, being an Armenian, may pašs before them." through them without much difficulty ; As to myself, I have abundance of emthe universal engagement of his country- ployment, and that of the most useful men in commerce being his passport. kind. Alas! that it is so osten engaged We are chiefly deficient in means of éir- in with so littie desire after the divine culating the Qoriya, Kutnata, Telinga, approbation, and concern for the divine and Mahratta scriptures, and anxiously glory. I can claim rið mëtit for coming desire, that you could send out one of here. I hope to be kindly treated, and two brethren, to occupy å station near to have food and raiment, with an emBalasote or Cuttack; by means of whose ployment motë agreeable to that desite labours the scriptures, in these languages, of Heing useful, which God in mercy had now printing or printed, may obtain an given me. I have found them all. extensive circulation.
Freed from embarrassment in temporal With respect to the distribution of the affairs, with a snug habitation and affec. Chinese, we have lately sent a box of tionate wife, surrounded by, and engaged scriptures to Java : and hope, that we with, the most devoted of men, in the may be able to distribute, with advan- best of causes. What sacrifices have I tage, many more than we have yet done made? I recollect the privations with on that island, as brother Robinson com: which those who preceded ine had to plains that our supply has been, liitherto, struggle, and trace in the the operatoo scanty. The late unsettled state of tions of that simple love to the Saviour's Amhoyna has prevented our supplying cause, of which I have given no pledge. Jabez Carey with any, very lately; but, Pray for me, that I may possess the spirit as tranquillity is now nearly restored, we of a missionary and a martýr. shall not neglect that quarter. We ex- I am advancing, though not rapidly, pece likewise, every day, two Ameriéan in the knowledge of Bengalee, which I wissionaries, proceeding to Rangoon, 10 very much like, and in which I hope, ere assist our breihren there. By them, we long, to talk to the Hindoos, with Auenshall likewise seild a supply of Chinese, cy, of the holy Saviour. as we bope that, independent of the Chi- Brother Jüdson is, we understand, gone nese who visit Rangoon and its neigh to Chittagong, to obtain a Mug Christian bourhood, one of our bretlireni may be as an itinerant. He will be grieved to stationed in one of the Chinese provinces find poor De Bruyn in the silent tomb. of the Burman empire, in which case a Mr. Ward intends, next month, to take regular supply will be indispensably nè. à tour to visit the different stations, and cessary.
ascertain their wants and prospects. He I entertain great hopes, that the re- will, probably, be absent two months. view of the mission will teach you in We anticipatë much good as likely to time, and shall therefore say very little result from bis visit. on the subject. We heard yesterday the Your truly and affectionate friend, melancholy intelligence, that Mrs.
V. H. PEARCE. Moore, of Digah, was dead. Brother Moore, with whom we affectionately the annual meeting in London, in June.
P. S. I hope this will reach you, by sympathize, being unwell, was gone to Buxar for advice, and had not returned when the event happened. At Benares, brother Smith is successful. He has bap- BAPTIST IRISH SOCIETY. tized a Brahman, and hopes, very shortly, to baptize three more enquirers. At This Society held its Annual Meeting Cutwa, this year, brother W. Carey has on Friday morning, the 26th inst. at the baptized four; and in Bheerbhoom, City of London Tavern, at 7 o'clock. where Mr. Hart is now stationed to su- Mr. Butterworth being prevented from perintend schools, three more. The Ben- being present, the chair was taken by galee schools prosper, -no less than Mr. William Barts, the treasurer, and an 7000 children were under instruction, at interesting Report read by the secretary, the close of the year, in schools superin. Mr. lvimey. From this it appeared, tended by the brethren, and 5000 more that the number of schools had been ir schools, supported by Government, more than doubled since the last Anni. and the Church Missionary Society. versary—they now amount to 65, and Much machinery is in operation to de. contain 3680 children. Fifty-seven of
these have been lately established, at the occasions of this kind. We understand, small expense of £8 per annum; the that £311 14s. was collected for the other eight being provided by resident Baptist Mission ; and £266 3s. at the gentlemen, who recommend the master, meeting of the Irish Society The Baptists and inspect the schools. There are four areunder great obligations to the Christian readers of the Irish scriptures, and five brethren of other denominations, for the itinerant preachers, The affairs of the affection they have shewn towards them society are very encouraging; and the by lending their places of worship for funds have been so liberally supplied, these ser vices: but is it not a little exthat there is enough in hand to meet the traordinary, that a denomination of 600 expenses of the current quarter. The churches in England and Wales, and annual expenditure is about £1200. upwards of 30 of these in London, The serious and animated, and, in some should have no place of worship of its instances, eloquent speeches, which were own in the metropolis of the British em. delivered, cannot now be given, but may pire, sufficiently large to contain those be expected through the medium of the who wish to attend an Annual MissionPhilanthropic Gazette of next week. ary Prayer Meeting? Paul would, The speakers were, Messrs. Winterbo- probably, have said, “ Shall I praise tham, Ballintine, Bowles (Independent you for these things? I praise you not ?" minister of Edmonton), Wilkinson, Saf. We hope the time will yet arrive, when fery, Dr. Newman, Pritchard, Ander- the Baptists will not be compelled to son, Finch, Saunders, and Cox. Mr. apply for the use of the chapels of others : M'Carthy, one of the itinerants from Ire- but, till then, we trust, they will still Jand, and Mr. Dobney, who has lately be as affectionately accommodated as returned from visiting and inspecting the they have hitherto been. schools, related many pleasing anecdotes of the good that had been communicated to Ireland, through the exertions of the institution.
DUTCH BAPTISTS. It was suggested to the consideration of tradesmen, both in England and in Ireland, whether it was not a desirable Extract of a Letter from the Rey. T. Roand practicable measure to establish a
berts of Bristol, to Mr. Ivimey. panufactory of hosiery in the province of Connaught, for the employment of the
Hague, Holland, June, 1818. children now receiving instruction in the schools of the Baptist and Hibernian
My dear sir, Societies: the cheapness of provisions,
I preached in Rotterdam twice, on and the destitute state of the inhabitants the Lord's day, in the Scotch church, for want of employment, rendered such which Mr. Angus procured for me, by a measure extremely important. In introducing me to the clergyman. The deed, affectionate solicitude for the congregations were small, but very atwelfare of our fellow-countrymen in Ire- tentive. I have made particular inqui. land, mingled with expressions of deep ries concerning our denomination in this regret, that she had been suffered to country. I am perfectly astonished at sink so low in the scale of nations since the indifference of the English Baptists her connection with England, were the
to this body of people—they are upwards burden of all that was said on this me. of 30,000 in number, very rich, and morable occasion. The meeting was powerful; their ministers very learned, begun by singing the 117th Psalm, of various sentiments--some evangelical, “ From ail that dwell below the skies," others sadly degenerated. I have no &c. Mr. Pilkington implored the divine doubt but much good might be done, at blessing: and instead of its concluding,
a little expense, if our denomination as usual in such meetings, with thanks would exert themselves. to the Chairman for his excellent con
suaded, that, by prudent management, duct in the chair, &c. it ended by under a divine blessing, this immense ascribing “ Praise to God from whom body of Dutch Baptists might be brought all blessings flow," both of a temporal into the field of missionary exertions ; and spiritual kind.
might again have the ordinance of bapIt is truly gratifying to find, that the tism restored to its original purity, and, interest which has been excited among eventually, be evangelized to the profesthe churches in our denomination, by sion of the truth, as it is in Jesus. these Annual Meetings, has, by no
Remember me affectionately to the means, diminished. The present year
committee. 1 remain, my dear friend, has witnessed congregations as large, as
Yours, very sincerely, devotional, and as liberal as on former
I feel per
London: Printed by S. BARFIELD. 91. Wardon Street Soho
MEMOIR OF THE REV. EDWARD STENNETT.
EDWARD Stennett was pas- Justice ; and the house is so sitor of a Sabbatarian Baptist tuated, that assemblies could church, at Wallingford, Berks, in meet, and every part of religious 1686; how much earlier we have worship be exercised in it, withnot been able to ascertain. The out any danger of a legal convicfollowing account extracted tion, unless informers were adfrom the life of his son Joseph, mitted, which care was taken to prefixed to his works:
prevent ; so that for a long time “The part Mr. Edward Sten- he kept a constant and undisnett took in the civil wars, being turbed meeting in his hall. A on the side of the parliament, ex- gentleman who was in the composed him to the neglect of his mission of the peace, and his very relations, and afterwards to many near neighbour, being highly indifficulties. He was
a faithful censed at an assembly of this and laborious minister, but his kind so near him, after having dissent from the established made several fruitless attempts church, depriving him of the to get his emissaries admitted into means whereby to maintain his the house, in order to a convic. family, which was large, he ap- tion, in the rage of disappointplied himself to the study of ment, resolved, together with a physic; by the practice of which, neighbouring clergyman, to do it he was enabled to bring up his by subornation of witnesses. children, and to give them a good They accordingly hired some education, nètwithstanding he persons fit for their purpose, to bore a considerable share of the swear they had been at those aspersecutions which the Dissenters semblies, and beard praying and underwent at that time. While preaching there, though they had I speak of his sufferings, it may never been in the house on those not be amiss to preserve an ac- occasions. The clergyman's concount of one very extraordinary duct in this affair was the more deliverance he met with, and censured, because he had prowhich I have heard his son relate fessed a great esteem for Mr. in the following manner : Stennett, and was under consi
“He dwelt in the castle, at derable obligations to him, hayWallingford, a place where no ing often had his assistance, in warrant could make a forcible the way of his profession, as a entrance, but that of a Lord Chief physician for his family, without VOL. X.