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devoted to accumulating stones and mortar, to ape the state universities, with their accompanying ruinous costly establishments.
Many to whom I have applied for the - ical Education Society have assured me of their good wi... but - the calls upon them are so multitutinovs. that they cannot possibly do what they desire for the old institutions, therefore they carnot contribute to any new society." Of this I cannot compain, and most sincerely do I sympathize with our ministers and deacons particularly by my long connexion I well know the
culty in which to posing - y is to be efficiently ed, this difficulty must in some way be surmour:ed; and though I have failed in my earrest and not inconsiderable effort, I shall joice if, as in the case of Ireland, another eat is speedily found who will at least
importance except to myself personally.
old work exists in the Dutch larguage, en
titled Van Brasht’s Bloody Theatre, or Mirror of Baptist Martyrs, and that a trans
lation of this work has been contemplated .
by the Council of the Hansend Knolly's Society. At a meeting of the Council last week, it was determined to prepare an English version for immediate publication ; and we have the pleasure to add that a specimen of it may be expected in our next number.
Dr. Cox and Mr. Hinton have returned in safety from the south of France. At Angoueme, Bordeaux, and Pau, they were received with corciality by pious people, many of whom have recently been brought to entertain right views of the ordinance of baptism, and to desire to conform to the will of the Lord in respect to it. A Spaniard who was educated for the Romish priesthood was baptized by Mr. Hinton in the Charente, near Angouieme, and Dr. Cox baptized a minister in the Basses Pyrenees. A good work has recently been going forward in this district, to which, we doubt not, the visit of our brethren will give a new impulse.
The “Manual of the Baptist Denomina
tion for the year 1847," issued by the corrmittee of the Baptist Union. is published, though, by some accident, it did not reach us time enoush to receive a full and deliberate notice. It contains lists of baptist churches in Great Britain, Ireland, and British North America, with such other statistical information as it is accustomed to furnish. One thing it is however important for its readers to remember ; we wish to call their attention to it particularly, in order to guard them against mistaken conclusions. The * General View of the State of the Denomination,” the “Tabular View.” &c. are necessarily drawn, not from the returns of this year, but from the returns made in the spring and summer of 1846. They are consequently more than : a year old. Any inferences derived from them respecting the present state of relion among us, or the progress that has been made of late. would be fallacious. They show, not what has been done the last tweive months, but what had been done in the year ending about midsummer 1846. The new association letters were not accessible when these tables and calculations were made: some of them are not accessible even now.
We have just received publications from the United States, giving an account of the annual meeting of the American Bartist Missionary Union. Our readers will be pleased to learn that it is said, “In reviewing the history of the past year, the executive committee have perceived so many marks of divine favour to the missions, and so numerous and gratifying instances of spiritual prosperity and enlargement, that they invite the attention of the board to a particular consideration of some of them, as an expression of their gratitude to God for his great mercies, and as an encouragement and incentive to a more vigorous prosecution of the missionary work. In almost every mission, we might ! say in every mission from which the annual i returns have reached us, God has distinctly manifested his gracious presence, and in most of them his power to create anew and to save. In several portions of our missionary field, the months of harvest and the rejoicing reaser have continued through all the year. Verily “the ploughman has overtaken the reaper, and the treader of grapes him that sowed seed.’”
A sentence in Mr. Fuller's excellent sermon in our July number will be materially improved by the correction of a small typographical error. In page 424, column 1, twenty-one lines from the bottom, the word “must” should have been “most.” The sentence should stand thus:– “You would like to die the death of the righteous, but | you do not desire to live his life, and you do not bear in mind that which daily observation teaches, that men most generally die as they have lived.”
Our information from India, this month, is unusually scanty. Mr. Fink of Chittagong, who is sojourning at Serampore with the view to the improvement of his health, which has suffered periodically the last eleven years, has had a milder attack than usual, and says, “By the blessing of the Lord, I am at present pretty well, insomuch that I am able to go about among the heathen around, and ls. Lord's day morning I had the privilege of performing worship in the native chapel at Jannagur, and preached to a large congregation. I also preach so other Lord's day afternoon to a good congregation of natives in the college. Mr. Pearce says, “Pardon me for reminding you how earnestly I have entrol the Committee to send out without delay men to be devoted entirely to natio work in the native language, missionaries to the heathen in the proper sense of
the word.” Mr. Morgan, of Howrah, writes as follows:–
Through the tender mercies of God, I am still permitted to work, although I am ploughing and sowing in hope, without much tangible success, yet there is cause for gratitude, for without cultivation there cannot be any rational hope of harvest.
This week the Jubilee School must be closed, through want of funds. Those that did support it are either dead, removed, or changed in their circumstances, that they cannot any longer help us. I tried others, and the answer was, that they could not do it consistently because they are churchmen and we are baptists: so it is better for the children to grow up ignorant churchmen than to have their minds cultivated by baptist missionaries.
Since the commencement of the year many persons belonging to our congregation have either died or removed. Among them there were some whom we hoped would be soon numbered among the followers of the Lamb. At present we have not a single candidate for
baptism in either the English or the native church. In the latter there is much to comfort, though the poor people are much tried in various ways. | The native congregation on sabbath morning presents a cheering aspect, through the presence of the teacher and a goodly no of the children from one of the schools a mile off. These boys now come as a matter of
which was granted. A mob came to rescuelin. Hurrish told his relatives that he had each Christian food, and refused to go home.” them. After that men were set in all dio tions to take him, dead or alive, so ho be could not go out unless I was with him. During the first year I supported him at of own expense. Within the two years that he was with me, he went through a great Port” of Euclid, read the Greek Testament through, and could at last, with ease, bring "P" hundred verses, and was, on the who promising lad. At this point he was enticed away by the agents of the Fo Society with a promise of admission to . Bishop's College. I then addressed so letters to the Bishop of Calcutta, through the press, and Hurrish was not admitted to the college, and came back to Howrah, and was received on trial. After some time on" Christian of some property offered him his daughter in marriage," which he acopo When he called the other day he informe
me that he was in government employ
salary of fiftyrupees amonth. He expresso gratitude to me in strong terms, and said :
though not now connected with o: yet he does not neglect the opportuno t g he has of making Christ known. Since.” marriage, oi were made to receive. into the church of England by sprino
course, and I really wonder that the parents. His answer was, “If you give me this church, let them come, for I repeatedly failed to set and all the property belonging to it, I never up a school in that place. will be baptized again.” A few weeks ago I received a visit from my first convert, Hurrish Chunder. A brief
The heat has been most trying for Io account of him will give you some idea of
979 in the house, with closed doors and win.
our trials in India. Hurrish was a brahmin from a respectable family. At the ege of sixteen he sought protection at my house,
dows. Brother Lewis, with his family, o arrived. They are a lovely pair, and to glad we are to see them.
In this important city, which contains above 200,000 inhabitants, among whom superstition has long exercised a peculiarly despotic authority, our brethren are labouring with great diligence. As they receive assistance from local contributions, they have published for circulation in the district a “Report of Schools and other Missionary Operations, carried on by the Agents of the Baptist Missionary Society at Benares, during 1846;” an abstract of which will be acceptable to many of our readers. After expressing their thankfulness to friends by whom they have been enabled not only to meet all the expenses connected with the educational and other schemes for usefulness commenced in previous years, but also somewhat to enlarge their sphere of labour, they say:—
Another ground of thankfulness to the such a seminary. His other engagements, Author of life is, that neither by death nor by however, did not permit him to be present sickness has any member of the mission above three or four days in the week. He families been removed from the station, or had reason in general to be satisfied with the considerable extra funds will be required, with the schools, the study of the languages,
necessitated for any considerable period during the year to be absent from his post or alter his usual course of occupation. Only one change of consequence to be recorded has occurred with regard to the disposition of the forces, in the removal from Benares to Chunar of the Rev. Mr. Heinig and his family. This latter place has hitherto, that is during the last thirty years, been regarded as a substation to Benares, having never till now enjoyed the benefit of a missionary of our Society resident on the spot. Mr. Heinig, originally one of Mr. Start's missionaries, had, after labouring for several years at Patna, taken up his abode at Benares in the beginning of 1846, and entered with much zeal on the duties of his new station. But much as his active co-operation was there esteemed by his missionary colleagues, the strong claims of Chunar, backed as they were by a call from the lively little baptist church at that station to Mr. Heinig to become their pastor, induced them to join in a recommendation to the parent society to sanction his removal thither, which took place in the beginning of October last.
In noticing further particulars concerning the mission, we begin with labours among the young.
In this school there are three departments, the English, the Bengali, and the Hindustani. About two-thirds of the scholars are Bengalis, and of these nearly three-fourths are brahmans. The attendance has fluctuated a good deal during the year, but latterly the average has been decidedly above what it was a twelvemonth ago, there being seldom under 100 actually present. This school has continued to be under the particular superintendence of Mr. Small, whose previous residence for four years in Bengal, having the charge of the Intally Institution at Calcutta, peculiarly qualified him for taking the oversight of
progress made. 2.—Sudder Bazár Schools.
being near Rājghāt, where Mr. Smith resides, has been for the most part under his particular charge. The attendance has been pretty uniform throughout the year, but on the whole the average is higher than at its commencement, being from 35 to 40. This, as also the Sudder Bazár Schools, is used as a sort of preaching station whenever any considerable number of persons gather about the verandah to hear the children catechized and their lessons explained and impressed. Mr. Smith's boarding school has gone on as in former years. On the sabbath forenoons Mr. Smith's son-in-law, a deacon of the church, has conducted a Sunday school, consisting of about a dozen young people connected with the church or congregation, Mr. Smith's boarders, &c. Mrs. Small continued to take charge of her little English school down to the end of August last, when the misbehaviour of her female assistant (previously a member of the church), the diminution in the number of her pupils from the commencement of the hot weather, and the failure of her own health, induced her to give up entirely for the present this important means of usefulness. She purposes however, God willing, to open a native day school at Rájahát about the commencement of the coming jor which 4 F
and special contributions are respectfully solicited.
II.-Parachixo To THE NATIves,
which is undoubtedly the grand object for
and English preaching, he has been unable during the year to engage to any great extent
|. proclaiming to the natives in their own
tongues the wonderful grace of God. He has, however, about once a week at an average, taken part in the services at the different preaching places in the city, and every Monday morning during most part of the year, he was in the habit of giving a short address, from some portion of scripture, to a collection of mendicants, who then assembled at his bungalow, and received each a small portion of grain. The average attendance on these occasions was ei-hty, exclusive of the members of his own household. To these last Mr. Small has continued to read and expound the scriptures in order, they being all assembled daily for family worship. He has on several occasions also conducted native services at Mr. Smith's chapel on the Lord's day, and taken his turn at the monthly missionary (Hindustání) prayer-meeting.
during the past year:— Mr. Heinig, during his stay at Benares,
“The Lord has preserved me up to the was most regular in his attendance, almost close of this year, and has enabled me to, daily, at one or other of the native chapels in make known the unsearchable riches of Christ the city. In this, his much-loved work, he among thousands of the deluded heathen and was indefatigable, being gifted with strength Mohammedans. At the Allahabad fair, in of lungs and physical constitution in no comJanuary, I, in company with brother Mack- mon degree. Much of his time, too, was intosh, and our late native preacher Bhagwān spent during the day in conversing with Dás, as well as several other missionaries of native inquirers; and twice a week at leas: other societies, declared the message of God he visited the Sudder Bazar Schools, for to crowds of people and distributed a large preaching as well as examining the scholars. number of scriptures and tracts, in several In the evening he frequently visited the languages. On my way thither and return- Sepoys' Hospital, whither Mr. Small also ing, I also visited a good many villages,' occasionally accompanied him or went alone. preaching the gospel and giving copies of the Much of Mr. Heinig's time has been occuword of God and tracts to those who were pied in carrying on translations of one or two able to read them. valuable works. We specify particularly
“My little chapel and the verandah con- Wenger's Scripture Doctrine of the Church, tinue to be filled every Lord's day, when and Clark's Scripture Promises, both into about 150 natives, mostly Hindu beggars and Urdu, and part of the former also into Hindi.
devotees, are present, and appear to listen always very attentively.
“At present I preach at the Blind Asylum every Monday morning, where I have a very attentive audience of from forty to sixty infirm or destitute natives. On Tuesday morning I visit the Bangalitolah School. On Wednesday preach at a chapel in the city: on Thurs. day visit the Chauhattá Bazar School: Friday preach at another chapel (Britkal): Saturday visit the schools at Sudder Bazar, Secrole; and on the Lord's day preach, once or twice, in my little chapel at Rajghat.”
Mr. Smith, in the evenings, usually walks along the banks of the river, and preaches or engages in religious conversation with the natives that constantly frequent that place of universal resort. And in the course of the day he often spends hours in conversation with natives of all grades and creeds, who are in the habit of visiting his well known domicile.
Mr. Small's time being chiefly occupied
The English services continued last year to be held on sabbath, and Thursday evenings at Mr. Small's bungalow, near Secrole, till on his removal thence to Rājghat | about the end of the year, the Lord's day services connected with the church were all transferred to Mr. Smith's chapel there, and the Thursday evening meeting to the newly openeds chapel connected with the London Mission at Secrole, where Mr. Small will continue to officiate alternately with one or more of his brethren of the London Missionary Society. It may be mentioned here that this week-day service had for several years previous to Mr. Small's arrival in Benares been wont to be held at the London Mission House, and it was only from circumstances making it more convenient that during the last two years the meeting took place at Mr. Small's bungalow in the immediate neighbourhood. The attendance on the whole,