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of God. The European congregation is that she has made as much progress as generally about sixty, which is a large myself :-indeed, in the speaking depart. proportion of the residents of the station, ment, she has made much more, as she is and the church consists of fourteen nem more in the habit of speaking to the ser. bers. The schools amount to seven, and vants and the people around her. Her the progress of the scholars is as much as grand object is to acquire as much of the could be expected.

language as will enable her to meet with Eliza and myself are studying the lan- the native Christian women, to instruct guage as well as we can do with a moon, them, as she will be able to say many shee who does not understand a sentence things to them which ought to be said, of English. And I am glad to tell you and which I cannot say.

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Contributions received by the Treasurer of the Baptist Missionary Society, from
March 20, to April 20, 1823, not including Individual Subscriptions.
FOR THE MISSION.

d. Trowbridge, Collection and Subscriptions, by Mr. Wearing

23 8 Bilderston, collected by Mr. Osborn..

0 0 Wick and Pulteney, Missionary Society, by Mr. Cauldwell. Worcester, Collection and Subscription, by Rev. Henry Page

34 Evesham, Ditto Ditto, by

Ditto

24 16 Norwich, Baptist Chapel, Union-place, by Rev. Mr. Lemare

010 Great Missenden Missionary Association, one Moiety, by Mr. Potter 24 7 0 Chesham, Collected at Rev. W. Tomlin's

7 16 Mrs. Hall's Young Ladies.....

1 1

8 16

0 Leicester, &c. by Mr. John Carryer: Collections, by Rev. R. Hall..

67 12 0 Penny Society

33 14 0 Sunday School Children

1 10 9 Independent Church, Lutterworth.

0 Thurnby, a few Friends, by Miss Wait.. 15 0 Subscriptions and Donations

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108 2 Norfolk and Norwich Society in Aid of Missions, by T. Brightwell, Esq. 10 0 J'enzance, Missionary School Union, by Mr. Spasshatt..

2 Kettering, Baptist Meeting Society in Aid of Missions 15 18 6 Subscriptions..

3 13 0

19 11 6 Birmingham Auxiliary ; viz..... Warwick...... 2 0 0

New Hall-street

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0 0 Cosely...

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0 Upton ..

3 0 0
Bridgnorth .......... 18 5 0
Harley Hall.

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Cradley
Dudley

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Sundries, Birmingham. 5 16 11

89 16 0 Arnsby and Husband's Bosworth, Collections, &c, by Mr. Carter.... 28 Garway, &c, Contributions, by Rev. Mr. Williams

12 Lymington, Collection and Subscriptions, by Rev. James Millard.. 24 10 7 Shoe-lane Auxiliary, by Rev. James Elvey

10 0 Hitchin, collected by Miss Bradley

12 15 4 Miss Davies, Walthamstow, by the Secretary

Life Donation 10 10

TRANSLATIONS, Mr. Biddle, Penzance, by Rev. James Upton

..Donation 0 0 Sorn & Catrine, Association for Religious Purposes, by Rev. G. Barclay 5

0 Saltcoats, Female Auxiliary Bible Society, by Ditto

5 0 Edinburgh, a few Friends, by Mr. Frazer

10 10 FEMALE EDUCATION. Dublin, Female Education Society, by Miss Gardiner

9 16 It is particularly requested that Friends who may have Magazines, &c. to send from the Country, will retain them till some opportunity offers of gratuitous conveyance.

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BAPTIST MAGAZINE.

JUNE, 1825.

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MEMOIR OF THE LATE REV. JOHN KEEBLE,
Pastor of the Church, meeting in Blandford-street, London.
Extracted from a Funeral Sermon by the Rev. John Chin, of
Walworth.

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“OUR departed friend was born ing my bad conduct, my wife and I in the city of Londonderry, in Ire- seldom had an angry word. This,' land, of which place his mother was says he, to be attributed å native. When he was about nine principally to our mutual affection, years of age, he removed to England, and partly to prudent management; and resided in Suffolk, the neighbour- for, if I came home intoxicated, and hood of his father's native place, my wife began to complain, I used The seeds of human depravity, un- to say, It is in vain to talk to a restrained by education, and foster- drunken man; I am not in a condied by evil example, grew luxuriant, tion to attend to any thing you say and 'manifested themselves in the at present. And, when I got sober, fruits of ungodliness ; and he was and she resumed the conversation, led captive by the devil at his will. I told her it was a pity to repeat old As he grew in years, he became grievances, and I would take care confirmed in vice, and suffered little such conduct should never be reor no remorse of conscience. Singa peated.' So that forbearance on the ing profane songs, together with the one hand, and soft answers on the love of sinful company, led him to ober, generally turned away wrathi. frequent public houses, where be And, while they mutually endured indulged in excess of drinking, till the pain of pinching poverty, each at last he became an habitual and was more distressed on account of almost a confirmed drunkard. the privation of the other. Such was

"The partner of his youth was a often their extreme need, that they prudent, industrious, and excellent were destitute of necessary food. young woman, even while destitute He says, Many times have I gone of real and personal religion. And, forth to mow, and to reap, for a though she was happily preserved whole summer's day, without a mor. from a participation of his folly, sel of bread, and my wife has reshe necessarily had to share in the mained at home under similar cirsad' consequences of his extrava. cumstances; and frequently, when gance, being frequently reduced to we have gone to the cupboard in want the commou necessaries of the morning, and found ouly a piece life. These afflictions she bore of bread, too small to be divided, with unusual fortitude and patient she would insist upon my taking it, submission, and endeavoured, by saying, I can do better without food. sootbing kindness, to overcome thau you, who have to labour hard evil with good.' Hence, he remarks, in the fields ; and this she did when in one of his letters,' Notwithstand she had a sucking child at her bo.

VOL. XVII.

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som. Surely the way of transgres- took all the money that remained, sors is hard. This state of things went to the ale-house, and there did not continue without some re- continued drinking and carousing flections of bitter remorse, The till I had spent every farthing. Thus feelings of the husband, and the my best efforts proved but as the beauty po parent, would occasionally rise morning cloud, and as the early dew me out above the brutalized passion of be that passeth away, Hosea xiii

, 3. senkes the sotted sensuality. The cries of af These faint effor flicted innocence, and the tears of renewed, but with no better effect. in his sou neglected virtue, would at times He spent many years in this miseras vite

, a make such powerful appeals 10 bis ble round of sinning and repenting with con conscience, as to arrest the progress But about the time he arrived at the women of folly, and overwhelm his soul age of twenty-five, it pleased God in Ipsmic with insupportable anguish. In to produce an effectual and lasting skete of describing one of these scenes of change upon his heart and conduct

, and was to sorrow he writes thus:--- All this of which he relates the following s dalles. time my mind was filled, day and circumstantial account: At the night, with horror; and I deter- time of my conversion to God, I mined most resolutely to reform my lived next door to a good man,

who conduct, and to pursue a different used to go three or four miles every hour and course. This resolution I carried Lord's-day to meeting, and who also biri sabba into effect to a considerable extent. kept up family-worship at home.zed. I For more than three months I for- There was but a slender partition sook my wicked companions. I between his house and mine; and, spent my evenings at home; and by listening attentively, I could hear we lived as happily as was possible his devotional exercises, which i

til at that for people in our humble situation. often did with great seriousness; astion I felt a strong desire to learn to and it made a very deep impression read, and for this purpose I bought on my mind. But my wife becoming the a spelling-book, and, by my wife's alarmed lest I should become conassistance, I made a little progress. taminated with this man's religios, During this period, we not only anxiously advised me to desist from lived comfortably out of my earn- my practice,' saying, " These people ings, but laid up a little money to are what they call Anabaptists

, and pay our rent; and I had great plea- they neither believe the Bible, nor sure in thinking I should now ap- hope in Jesus Christ for salvation.' pear the sober and honest man, by I replied, 'I do not know what they paying my rent promptly on quarter- believe, por what they are called, day. But a few weeks before that but I know they are much better period arrived, a friend called, and than we. They pray, we swear; by fair promises got me to lend him they keep the Sabbath, we break it; my money, which was to be return they read the Bible, we neglect it! ed in a short time; when rent-day And so, comparing my conduct came, I applied for the payment, with this man's, I felt a longing debut, to my great disappointment, sire to be in bis condition. And this was told I could not be paid. I was desire continued, and increased for so much grieved and mortified at a considerable time; and, at seathe loss of my hard-earned little sons, I cried earnestly to God for store, together with the credit of my mercy and salvation ; this was the new-formed character, that I des« prevailing desire of my heart, and, paired of making any further effort to obtain which, I determined to use at reformation. I went home, and every possible meaus.

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"I mention these things to show tained a quiet conscience, before he HUESE

, that, while he was under the in- knew the depths of his disease, or ; and come luence of much ignorance, the the worth of the only remedy that yfirlei spirit of God was evidently God bath provided. Having at. sed buried working upon his

mind, by tended scrupulously and constantly as there's drawing out the desires of his to most of the external forms of

Het heart for the blessings of salvation, Christianity, he felt great confidence forts to That light had just begun to dawn in the goodness of his state, and 10 betta

upon his soul that shineth more thought he only needed to be bap. s in this and more, until the perfect day! tired to make him the perfect y and mop While his conscience was thus par- Christian. So vain was he of his

tially awakened, he went one Lord's. attainments, and so much elated it plesiell day to lpswich, a distance from his with his condition, that, when his

own house of about three miles. His fellow-labourers sat down in the rt and ce errand was to purchase provisions field to eat their morsel, he took his the king and clothes. On his return home, seat at a distance from them, lest, 10:="! he met some religious people going by coming near, they should defile for be to meeting. Their appearance and him. And thus, in the true spirit of good conduct made him ashamed of his Pharisaic-pride, he said in his heart,

own; and his convictions of the Stand by, for I am more holy than ; and we evil of Sabbath-breaking were much thou.' Under the influence of this bip 18 increased. He carried home his frame of mind, he made known his nder pet, provisions, and determined, by the wish to join a Christian church to a dBits help of God, it should be the last good minister in his neighbourhood, i, legale escursion of the kind he would whom he afterwards called his spi

take on that holy day; and this de- ritual father. This good man said

termination be never after violated. to him, • Do you suppose by this Disfres: Having opened his mind a little to means you will obtain the favour of je beter bis wife, and taken some refresh. God, and merit the salvation of your

ment, he returned again to Ipswich, soul?' He replied, Yes, most cersome with a view, if possible, to find the tainly I shall.' His friend pitied his

meeting house." But, when he ar. ignorance, and expounded unto him rived there, he was ashamed to en- the way of God more perfectly; ter the congregation, but went to opening to bis mind such' truths as the back of the house, and took his these : Not by works of rightestation where he could hear the mi. ousness which we have done, but, nister without being observed; and, according to his mercy he saved us, says he, I heard with astonish- by the washing of regeneration, and ment; they were things I had never the renewing of the Holy Ghost," heard before. It brought a deeper Titus iii. 5. . There is none other conviction of the evil of sin into my name under heaven given among soul than I ever had before. I was men whereby we must be saved, not only convinced of a guilty life, but the name of Jesus.' Through but of a polluted nature. It was now this man is preached unto you the I began to see something of the forgiveness of sins.' And ' by him desperate wickedness of my de all ibat believe are justified from all praved heart, and how impossible things, from which they could 'not it was for a sinuer like me to obtain be justified by the law of Moses," salvation, but as an act of God's Acis xii. 38, 39. free and distinguishing grace. He " To this friend's house he used now became a regular attendant to go nearly every evening, after the upon the means of grace, and ob- toilsome labours of the day; and

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God was pleased to bless these appeared for the relief of his faith. palebo means of instruction, and to make ful servant, exciting the compassion en sti the gospel thus administered the of a farmer in the adjacent parish, power of God to salvation.' Re. who sent for bim, and engaged bim ste o ferring to this period of his expe- immediately in his service, to his or eventi rience, he says, When I was great comfort, and the confusion of sense brought to believe that Jesus Christ his persecutors. was made unto me “ wisdom, and “ These enemies of religion anal follo righteousness, and sanctification, having failed in this attempt, deter. De tror and redemption," I enjoyed a very mined on a more formidable expert heaven upon earth. " Whether I dient. They summoned this poorst, that was in the body, or out of the body,” man before a quarterly meeting or the fun at seasons I could scarcely tell. magistrales, which he attended, and no And, sometimes, when I have been was placed before their worships in reaping in the fields, my communion due form for a hearing. His ac. with God has been so transporting, cusers being called upon for their and my meditation of him so sweet, charge, one stepped forward and that, though unconscious of it my- said, This man is a disturber of the church self, I have often spoken so loud as peace of our parish; he has a prayer-faded to be heard by my fellow-labourers; meeting in his house every week, and have a fe and I have been brought to my re. sometimes preaching. The magis. xur! collection by their calling out to me, trate asked Mr. Keeble if his house “ John Keeble! what are you mad ?" was licensed ? and being answered These were happy days, when I first in the affirmative, and the licence obtained the knowledge of salvation being produced, be turned to the by the forgiveness of sin.'

farmers, and said, Gentlemen, at, in Living remote from any place have you any other charge against tored in of social worship, he opened his this poor man? Does he break your heart house for a prayer meeting, which hedges, or steal your turnips, or is lie had duly licensed. This gave he à drunken and riotous man? great offence to the neighbouring They said, “No, he is very sober farmers, on whom he and his family and honest.' Then,' said the ma. were dependent for employment gistrate, you have committed a and support. Tbey reproached him great error in bringing him here: for his conduct, and commanded you bave no more right to interrupt him to desist, upon pain of his be- or interfere with his religion, than ing driven out of the parish. They be has with yours. After his ac. had a parish meeting, and sent him cusers had received suitable reproof a deputation with a message to that and advice, they relurned home, effect. To which be replied, 'Gen- abashed and disappointed, and ever ilemen, you know how ready I have after suppressed their malice, been to serve you by night or day; " For some time after his couver. and I am as willing to do so as ever sion, his whole literary store was a in any thing that is in my power; Spelling-Book, and, having made but, having opened my house for some progress in reading, le bethe worship of God, I cannot shut came anxious to possess the word of it, come on me what will.' This God, but his poverty forbade the threat, however, was carried into purchase. At last, by self-denying execution: he was dismissed from means, lie saved one shilling, with his employ by a combination that which he bought an old faltered had determined to starve him out Bible, without a cover, and to preof the parish. But God presently serve it from ruin, in its frequent

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