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After this description of “ the true formed, who gave a guinea per month to church of Christ," given by the Pope, we regular cases, are subscribing to the select another from the pen of inspiration : Society £20 per annum. I have seen a

And upon her forehead was a name list of sume already put down, varying
written, Mystery, BABYLON, TUE GREAT, from £20 to £4, amounting to between
The MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMI: £300 and 400 a year; to say nothing
NATIONS OF THE EARTH." Rev. xvii. 8. of one individual that subscribes £150

IOTA. .
per annum, I am, Sir,

Yours,

A Well-wishor to the Society. Mahomelan Opposition to the Bible.

CORPORATION AND TEST ACTS. The Sultan of Persia has published a

It is understood, that " the Deputies, Firman at Aleppo, on August 12, 1824,

representing the Dissenting Congregaprohibiting the introduction of the Bible tions in and near the Metropolis ;” The into his dominions. He has comisanded

“ General Body of Protestant Dissenting that all the copies possessed by his sub- Ministers of the three Denominations ; jects, should be given up and burnt: and “the Protestant Society for tho Prethreatening to hang those who refuse to tection of religious Liberty," have come obey his mandate! It is added, “ Catho- to a resolution to make an application to lics, as well as other Christians, believe Parliament, in the ensuing Session, for the Firman has been issued at the instance the repeal of the Corporation and Test of the Roman Catholic clergy."

Acts; but that they have no intention to
invite congregational petitions on this

occasion.
BAPTIST BUILDING TUND.
To the Edilor of the Baptist Magazine.

ORDINATIONS, &c.
Sir,

Tho acrount you gave last month of Ordination of the Rer. J. T. Jeffery, at "The London Baptist Building Fund,"

Gray's Walk, Lambeth, has already produced a considerable impression in its favour. A minister, On Tuesday, December 7, the Rev. J. writing from the country, says, concern. T. Jeffery, (formerly Missionary on the ing the plan : " I must be excused if I Scilly Islands,) was ordained pastor over express my warm sense of the wisdom the newly-formed Baptist Church in and bevevolence shown in its formation, Gray's Walk. The Rev. F. A. Cox stated It will, doubtless, prevent many serious the nature of a gospel church, and asked evils, both to ministers and churches, the usual questions. An address was who may need the assistance of their delivered to the minister by the Rev. more opulent brethren in the metropolis ; John Edwards; and, in the evening, a and, in future, Cases will be more likely sermon was preached to the church by to be assisted according to their merits the Rev. James Upton. and necessities, rather than in proportion to the begging qualitications of their respective advocates." Another country Ordination of the Rev. T. Price, at gentleman is so much pleased with the Deronshire-square, London. design, that he has signified his intention of giving a donation to the Society. I On Thursday, November 18, the Rev. mention this, Mr. Editor, as an example T. Price was ordained co-pastor with of importance, and hope there will be the Rev. Timothy Thomas, (who had fonod, in different parts of the kingdom, that day completed his forty-fourth year many gentlemen who will deem it worthy of ministerial labours,) over the Bapof their imitation. If but ten, or twenty, tist Church meeting in Devonshire-square, would copfer a donation of ten or twenty London, Mr. Steane, of Camberwell, guineas each, to be funded, it would be commenced the service by reading and laying a foundation for the permanent prayer; Dr. Newman delivered the inexistence of a Society, that may prove a troductory discourse; Mr. Thomas, the blessing to generations yet unborn. Ap- senior pastor, prayed the ordination plication, on behalf of the Society, is now prayer; Mr. Edmonds, of Cambridge, making to the benevolent in London, and gave the charge to the minister; and Mr. its environs, which, I hope, will prove Berry, of Broad-street, (Independent) abundantly successful. Some, I am in concluded the morning service. In the

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evening, Mr. Grillin commenced; Mr. their applications, therefore, is intended Cox addressed the church; and Mr. Price, to be made, must stand over until the of Coate, concluded.

next distribution.

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“ New Series" of the Magazine, comThe following Sums were ooted out of the mencing in 1818, have been conscientiously

Profits of this Work, to the Widows of and exclusively devoted to the widows of Baptist Ministers, on 17th of December our ministers; amounting to the sum of last.

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96 Evening, January 18, inst. at the King's From several of the Wdiows usually Head, Poultry. Chair to be taken at assisted, no letter has been yet received ;

Six o'Clo precisely.

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A HYMN

FOR THE FIRST SABBATH IN THE NEW YEAR. Great God! with joy to thee we raise From sin and Satan keep us free, The tribute of our humble praise, And let us find our heaven in thee; That we within thine house appear, Through the whole year thy smile inpart, And live to see another year:

And live and reign in ev'ry heart; And, having help'd us hitherto,

And, baving help'd us hitherto, Lord, help us all our journey through. Lord, belp us all our journey through

Resign'd to all thy future will, Ten thousand blessings from on high,

May all our restless thoughts be still; Have yielded us' a rich supply;

And, Oh! Vat this our aim may be, And ev'ry month, and ev'ry hour,

To die to self, and live to thee! Has shewn thy goodness and thy power : And, having help'd us hitherto, And, baving help'd us hitherto,

Lord, help us all our journey through. Lord, help us all our journey through.

And, when our years have rollid away, Thro' joys, and cares, and paths unknown, This, this, our cheerful

song shall be,

And open'd an eternal day, We travel to thy heavenly throne;

Throughout a long eternity: O'er every step do tbou preside,

Thou, Lord, to all thy promis true, And deign to be tly people's guide.

Didst help us all our journey through. And, having help'd us hitherto, Lord, help us all our journey through. Saffron Walden.

W.

Calendar for Jantary. 1. Moon passes Saturn IX. 30 aft. 16. Mercury (as to longitude) between 3. Ceres south V. 20 moro. Altitude the Earth and the Sun, VIII. 15 alt. 500. 10.

18. Moon passes Mercury VI. alt. 4, Full Moon XI. 39 ast. Too far 19. New Moon III. 43 morn. 'Too far

soutb to pass through the Earth's north to cast her shadow on the shadow.

Earth. 6. Sun (as to longitude) between the 21. Moon passes Mars VIII.30 art.

Farth and Herschel, IX. 15 morn. 22. Moon passes Vênus XI. aft. 6. Moon passes Jupiter. Vill alt. 28. Earth (as to longitude) Detireen the 12. Herschel south, XI. 35 morn. Alti Sun and Jupiter, V. alt. tude 130. 30'.

28. Moon passes Saturn 1X. 30 aft.

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To the Secretaries.

and jesuitical manquvre: but you shall Boyle, Nov. 20, 1824.

see the whole. GENTLEMEN,

I had also the pleasure of attending It is with gratitude to a kind Pro. the Roscommon Bible meeting, which vidence, that I am now able to state that also went off peaceably : but six priests I am quite recovered from my late indig. wanted tickets of admission, which would position, which was occasioned by neg- only be given on their promising not to lecting a cold, and then venturing to interrupt the proceedings, which they detravel too soon. I have preached at clined doing; thereby showing, that to three of my usual stations, and inspected disturb the meeting was their object. some of the schools, which inspection,

In contemplating such, and even worse from various causes, has not been so sa- proceedings, what pleasure does the tisfactory as is generally the case.

Christian feel in recognising God as the During the last month the children author of the Bible, and his honoar as have been employed by their parents, being intimately connected with its dispicking the potatoes, and, in some parts, semination, and the effects it shall prothe measles have been so prevalent and

duce, fatal, as to keep even the small children

Already, this open opposition has, at home. I enclose a paper, given me by within my knowledge increased the ose of the teaciers, accounting for the number of readers of the Bible, and of absence of many of the children, just to subscribers to the Bible societies. give you an idea of the extent of the dise! The journals of the Irish readers, which ease; and, in the school nearest to the accompany this, will also give additional one referred to, three of the children have evidence, that the scriptures are not read died, and indeed, considering their ex.

in vain, even among the most ignorant posed state, it is surprising ihat multi and superstilious of their neighbours. todes do not become its victims. But,

Yours sincerely, another cause of some of the schools

J. Wilsox. having been so thinly attended is, tbe systematic and continued opposition of the priests; and it has been more expli.

To the Secretaries. citly than ever stated by them, that the

Uskane, near Clogh Jordan cause of their opposition is the Bible.

Nov. 22, 1824, This has also been stated, and, in some MY DEAR SIR%, instances, not in the most courteous man. You have, probably, heard that Mr. ner, at various public meetings of Mis. Hassell has removed from Clogh Jordan sionary, School, and Bible Societies, to Haverfordwest, where he is expected some of whose proceedings you have of to continue, therefore I was invited to course seen. I have been able to attend meet his late charge, to advise them in three Bible meetings lately: the first, in obtaining another minister. I preached Sligo, which was numerously and re at C. J. yesterday morning, and met alspectably attended, and all was perfectly most the whole church after worship: but barmonious; the second was in Carrick, it is in such a state of disorder, through where the priest of the town interrupted neglect of discipline, and the funds for the proceedings; the consequence of the support of the ministry are so dewhich was, that a public discussion was ranged, if not entirely dissipated, that appointed between three Protestant and nothing definitive could be determined. three Roman Catholic clergy men, on “ the I have recommended their application to propriety of the voiversal distribution of Mr. Hutchinson at Abbeleix, to preach the scriptures," which took place accord- to them once a month, if possible, as he is ingly. "But this is a mode of warfare the nearest minister; to which, I trust, that I think will not be pursued by the the Committee will have no objection. enemies of the word of God, because, It is an important station if a suitable when kept to the point, they have abso- minister can be procured, and he might lutely nothing like an argument to ad. preach at Burros O’Kain, four miles rance in favour of their sentiments. distant, where I had a good congregation

On the present occasion, it must be yesterday evening; and at Nenagh, eight admitted, that the talent was all on one miles distant, where I also preached last side, and, consequently, the weak side week in the Methodist house, and #t had not the usual display of soplistry, other places,

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The school at Nenagh is doing as well than £100 subscriptions, and am very
as could be expected, or indeed better, anxious to be entirely delivered from the
considering that it is composed entirely olaims of workmen, and from the stones
of Roman Catholic children, and is and mortar.
greatly opposed. 108 were present last I expect to preach at Roscrea to-mor.
Wednesday, and 20 of them repeated the row, at Templomore the following even-
two first chapters of the Epistle to the ing, at the Hills on Friday, and Thurles
Ephesians, in a satisfactory manner. next Lord's day. I Thess. V. 25.

Since I last wrote I have visited Cork, I am yours devotedly in best bonds,
Mallows, and Yayhal, and had the plea.

S. Davis.
sure to preach a baptizing serinon for
Mr. Briscoe, to a good congregation.

To the Rev. Mr. Wilson. Mr. B. is going on very well, and, I trust, a church to the Redeemer's honour

Collooney, Nor. 19, 1824. will be raised under his ministry. His Rev. Sir, friends are anxious to do what they can I bare again to inform you, that in to support the cause, and one of them despite of the opposition of the priests, (Mr. Jones) has exceeded what could I am frequently invited and received into have been at all expected; but his heart villages and houses, with an interest appears to be greatly set upon hav- which I have not words to describe; and ing a church of our denomination esta. it is delightful to mark the effects, which, blished there on gospel principles, and in many well authenticated cases, are Mr. B. is also anxious to itinerate as produced by reading the Irish scriptures, much as possible in the neighbourhood, and spreading the knowledge of the Sa. in which I trust he will be encouraged. viour, in the way commanded by himself,

I left Mr. Clarke at Clopmel, to sup- and employed by his apostles with sucply for me yesterday week, when I was In the conversion of James Quin, at Thurles; and I expect my son preach. (brother to the schoul-mistress of Manored yesterday, and must next Sabbath hamilton,) the dispensation of divine also, as I shall not be able to reach home grace has been prominent, particularly until that is past. It is a peculiar plea- when the visitation is viewed in consnre to me that he is so acceptable to the nexion with his former character. When congregation, that they now come out as first I advised him to read and study the freely in my absence as when I am at holy scriptures, I found him destitute of home; but the week-evening services are one correct idea on the subject of reliobliged to be discontinued, as he cannot gion, and under an influence of enmity leave his business on such days. I hope against divine truth; but when I visited he will go to Bristol Academy by and by; his place again, and addressed him, I but his apprenticeship is not quite ex was surprised in perceiving that he was pired, and his constitution is so weakly, the subject of a marvellous change: his That I should be afraid for him to devote quickness of perception, of the import himself to close study at present; besides and sense of the scriptures, occasionally which, his labours in my frequent ab- referred to in our conversation, and the sence will, I hope, be useful io himself deep sense he expressed of the riches of as well as to the congregation.

that grace to which he was indebted, for I am glad to be informed, that I am the happy deliverance he had experienced. likely to be permitted soon to make the Upon the whole, I had reason to concollection in London for our new house. clude, that he had been with the Saviour, Many have already heard the gospel in it heard his voice, and that all things had who never attended the former place; become bew. The day following, he acand I hope the late public meeting has companied me to Mrs. Golden's school, done good, and will do more in bringing and told me that the priest sent for him, out the people. It is universally ap. to know the cause of his leaving the proved as a neat erection, and has cost church of his ancestors, or what fault more than £200, which has been paid; could he find against so ancient an estaand we have contracted for £100 more to blishment. "I can,” said Quin, “but I complete the concern, when the society do not wish to repeat them, lest you will have a good house, and apartments should be offended.” “I promise you I for the minister, who will be required to will not," said the priest. “ In that pay the ground-rent, so that the society case," said Quin, “ I inust candidly conwill have it entirely free of all charge. i fess, that I have been reading the Bible, hope arrangements will be speedily made and could not find that ancient religion to allow me to collect, for some of the yon mention contained therein; and, borrowed money is grently wanted to be moreover, I have been in the habit of repaid, and the contractor cannot go on confessing to you, and endeavouring to for want of money. I have obtained more perform the penance you enjoined, which

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I fand, an excitement to persevere th night and stopped until bed-time, I hope
wickedness, considering that when I paid it will prove useful to him. About three
or cleared up the old reckoning, I might months ago, there came a poor man to my
begin a new one, and have recourse to house from the county of Mayo, who had
the same mode of cleansing from sin at no means of supporting himself but by
any future period. And again," said he, begging; however, I began to read for
"if the ointment heals the soul for ever, him, and shew that there is free redemp-
as you say, and that the same soul is de tion in Jesus Christ for believing sinners.
tained in purgatory until it is redeemed, He attends my house very often since that
by the propitiating sacrifice of the mass ; time, and, I hope, he has benefited by it,
these doctrines are contradictory, and for I can hear that he declares the truth
unscriptural; and the poor man, who has to others. A few days ago he went into
no money to pay for these masses, may a Protestant house, and the woman of the
remain in purgatory through an endless house asked him did Christ die for all
eternity. And, at any time, I never be- men; he answered, that he did not die
lieved the doctrine of transubstantiation,” for those that would die in unbelief,
"And what do you believe ?" said the
priest. “I believe," said he, “the tes-
timony that the scripture gives of the

To the Same.
Saviour; that he is the way, the truth,
and the life ; and that none cometh to the

Boyle, Nov. 20, 1821.
Father but by him.” “ Now, my lad," Rev. SIR,
said the priest, “ [ perceive that

I dated my last from this place, alter

you have discovered the north-east passage to taking a county, Lutrim, round, and staid heaven." He met him frequently after

at that time eight days in this neighwards, and never offered a word on or bourhood, in which place, at leaving, concerning religion, but passed him with. I was greatly gratified, it being my out speaking a word.

native part, and some of my relations I remain, Rev. Sir,

living there, many of whom I had never With very high ésteem, your faithful seen, which I found in the most gross igand very humble servant,

norance of the plan of salvation : but to J. O'Brien. say the truth of them, they were going a.

bout to establish their own righteousness, To Rev. Mr. West.

which in every place I travelled, from

the commencement, is the rock that they Boyle, Nov. 20, 1824. all have split on. About sixteen months

ago, this was the state I found them in. I did not go from home this month I staid some time amongst them, and inbat I endeavoured to be as useful as I structed one young man to read the Irish possibly could, at night, rea ling the Irish testament, which, sooner or later, will testament for the neighbours, and as ma- prove a blessing, when the present storm ny as came to hear the word of God. I is over: and though it is but one month think they find much pleasure in coming since I left this, be assured there is great to hear the scriptures read, for they ge- agitation in every part I travelled since, herally are talking of what passes at night even in my own part of the country, when they come together themselves. A which is the best governed part of Con. few days ago there were tive or six men nught, or, perhaps, any part of the kingdigging potatoes in a field, and one of dom. them began to tell the rest of what he Where the protestants are thinly scatheard the night before, and said he, if tered, their hearts are beginning to fail what I heard Pat Brennan read last them for fear, and looking for these things night be true, we are all astray, for cer- that are coming on the earth, these are or tainly he proved out of his book, that every denomination of protestants, not there is no man on earth has power to only the lower order, but some gentlemen, forgive sins, and that there is no good in both of ability and fortune, are measy, praying for the dead, and several other and surely this is not strange, when we things that are believed by us, which he see, in every direction, boldly, and bareshews to be contrary to the word of God. facedly, and contemptously, 'every exerBut, in the course of the day, I was pass- tion attempted by the people of God, oping by the same field, and one of them posed. called after me in order to question me After leaving this last month I weirt to concerning the same discourse again, so Sligo, and was requested by a Mrs. Arms I took the testament and read as many strong, who has a lodge near the sea passages as I thought sufficient to prove shore, to call at her place, and that she the subject; we parted with each other would collect a number of Catholics & on good terms: the same man came every hear the Irish testament read;

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