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wanted, and to that great emancipation bookseller, in which it was announced every other must yield the precedencé. that Mr. Pope made a very eloquent He moved
speech on the Protestant side of the ques“ 2. That this Meeting is more than tion, which, however, their limits would ever convinced that the diffusion of the not allow them to give, and then imme. pure and unadulterated principles of the diately after they gave five pages and a christian religioo, though it may not be half to Mr. O'Connell, all of which was in the only means, will nevertheless be found answer to Mr. Pope, of whose speech not the most effectual for relieving the wretch- a word was given. Not but that he thought edness and moral degradation of the peo- that the single line given to Mr. Pope was ple of Ireland.”
much more eloquent than a speech of an The Rev. Mr. Cramp, of London, con hundred pages; for no one could be so tended, that it was by the diffusion of blind, Protestant or Catholic, as not to be the scriptures only, that they could hope able to see through the artifice. He liked to overthrow the papal system, and it was those debates, for they served to draw in entire concordance with that principle all hearts closer together, throwing aside that the motives of the Irish Baptist Son minor differences in order that they might ciety were directed. Education was make one grand attack in the name of making rapid strides in Ireland, and not the Lord of Hosts. That those debates only was the present Society doing all in did good he was firmly persuaded, and its power in that way, but it was most he therefore most cordially moved, cordially seconded in its efforts by the “ 3. That this Meeting rejoices in the spirited exertions of several other Irish public discussions which bave recently Societies. It was a lamentable circum- taken place between Clergymen of the stance, however, that not only this So- Roman Catholic and Protestant Churches ciety, but many others, had to lament in Ireland, respecting the free circulation the decease or removal of some of their of the scriptures, being persuaded that most active members, though such mis. they have excited inquiries which are fortunes, instead of dispiriting, should likely to produce the most beneficial reonly stimulate to fresh and more vigorous sults.” exertions, for if each one would do a The Rer. Mr. Kinghorn, of Norwich, little, donbtless the work of their master highly approved of the Resolution, for ali Christ would be well performed, He he wished was to see the cause of truth concluded by cordially seconding the Re- triumphant. He wished the inquiry to solution,
be pushed not stiperficially but solidly, The Rer. Mr. Groser, of Maidstone, in so that the radical principles of both sides moving the next Resolution, observed, might be understood. Go to the Canons that though they had to fament the re- of the Council of Trent, and there see moval of several valuable members of the what the arguments of popery are! Go Society, yet, at the same time, they might with the feeling that you have a right to rejoice that they still possessed the ser- examine, and having examined' have a vices and support of their honoured Chair- right to decide ! Unfortunately the man, and which he had so kindly be. Church of Rome, while it claimed to itstowed upon them for so long a time. It self the right of examining into the scrip. was not against the professors, or the ad. tures, had not given up the right of pervocates of the opponent system that this secution of any one who took that right Society was arrayed; but it was against of examination upon himself, though great the system itself. The only difficulty pains had been taken to convince Eng. was, that the Catholics were themselves land that that was the plan on which the afraid of any contest, and did all in their papal church was now going. power to shut the door against any com The Chairman, in putting the Resolumunication with them. The first two tion, observed, that as the Resolution questions of a printed Catholic querist was a new one, he should perhaps be ex. were, whether they had ever been guilty cused for observing, that some years ago, of heresy, by going to any of the religious when Bonaparte had proposed to the Pope meetings held by the Protestants in Ire. toleration for the Protestants, the Pope land? The company had been informed, had decidedly refused it, as incompatible however, that great good had already with the principles of the Roman Catholic taken place from the discussions that had Church. Disturbances likewise, as they been entered into there, and he was sure all well knew, had taken place at the they could not doubt the information, for meetings in Ireland, in which the Prue truth need only be heard to prevail. He testanis had been conspletely exouerated held in his hand the report of one of hy all parties, and which had originated those discussious, which was published with the Pope's Legate. After those disby the Catholics, through a Catholic turbances, it was curious enough that
une fois pleasing 1 naodertake the
de Puer. Wr. Fishei sed with much p teed by Mr. Wils pled with him inspe a bear his testim > Sciety's labours Byta which had bee
Chairmar decli saben to a shew of ]
Meeting to sit ater to Almighty
fathers the child y be nerve him. * Burls
, Jun.s, and Gentleme in ga bare just toute me to be to listed that, labouring des of contendin aperactis dischar, ents need a la bigence, On t
twenty little farmers met for the purpose don, had contrived to make the other
one would depart that Meeting without his audience to join him in cursing those furnishing his quota, but in men to send scandalous rascals, his very words, the to Ireland who should be worthy of ud. Bible readers, and afterwards called in dertaking the task of the Society. It was the same way on them
to join him in curs. not enough to meet the mere outside of ing the young man. This the lad, whose popery; that might be done with disad. name was Robert, resisted, and said, vantage. It was of no use quibbling “ please your reverence, I am no rascal; about how far the Catholic priesthood I am honest, and my father is honest, were empowered to pronounce absolution and my only fault seems to be the read. or not; the grand question was, whether ing of a book which has made me a better absolution itself was to be tolerated. man." This speech had so enraged the That was the citadel of the faith, and if priest that he rushed from the altar, and that was overturned the whole would be would have sprung upon the young man overturned. In Proston, in Lancasbire, but for the interposition of the audience, out of thirty thousand inhabitants there and more especially the women. They were ten thousand Catholics, and be however, all joined intreating him to would venture to say, that there were koeel down, and beg bis reverence's more Catholics attending at the great pardon.
“ Í shall do no such thing," Roman Catholic Chapel there, than there said Robert, " he has called me a rascal, were Protestants at all the other places and that's more than any man can prove of worship in the town; and by the polite me.” He, therefore, refused to go; but manner in which visitors were received shortly after, the priest seeing him in the at the Catholic institutions throughout market, trying to separate two men who the country, a very favourable impression were fighting, the priest interfered, and was spread abroad of the Roman Cathoflogged him severely, under the pretence lics. All this was very frightful, and it that he was the aggressor, though the ought to make true Protestants search real reason was his reading the Bible. tho more diligently for the nerves and Not content with this, he had likewise sinews of the Popish faith, so that it procured his dismissal from his situation, might be entirely destroyed." They knew by which he supported himself. This ac. that the downfal of popery was predicted, count being sent to him (Mr. Butterworth) and therefore all that they had to do was he sent some relief, and saggested the to go on steadily and perseveringly in idea of Robert's being appointed a Scrip. doing what they could to promote that ture Reader to the Society; but such was cause, which was in fact the cause of the animosity excited against him by the God. He moved, priest, that it was declared that he could
“4. That this Meeting laments the not any longer remain there without his loss, by death, of so many useful and ho. life being in danger. He, therefore, had noured ministers and other cordial friends thirty shillings given him, and was sent of this Society, during the past year: it to London. When he arrived, he (Mr. has occasion, and does hereby express its Butterworth) asked him how he had dis- gratitude to Almighty God for the restoposed of his passage-money; to which ration, though partial, of the Treasurer Robert replied, that his father was but of this Society, William Burls, Esq. from poorly off, and be had given him half, a long and alarming illness, that his and by walking from Liverpool to Lon health may be perfectly restored, and
christian symp 2 the Reglution
circumstances those espressions, lection. I retra
hans of the past nohemor has in me naghly valued na bim bow as prised: he is abse tis morning! - In prateful thanks by expressed, I tagly felt; and d my father, to eru enfeebled in to the Members o maced no decay frum assisting in
prayers are belos may incre
wealness that this Society hange portion of Spirit, by whos
under this pleasing bope, requests that Institution, the grateful acknowledgbe will undertake the office for the year inents of this Meeting are due, and are ensuing."
hereby presented, as well as to the Rev. The Rev. Mr. Fisher, of Liverpool, had Joseph Ivimey, and the Rev. George listened with much pleasure to the facts Pritchard, the Secretaries, who are re. detailed by Mr. Wilson : as he had tra quested to continue their offices for the velled with him inspecting the schools he year ensuing; that Messrs. W. Paxon could bear his testimony to the utility of and Ebenezer Wilkinsoo, be the auditors; the Society's labours, and seconded the and the following Gentlemen the Commotion which had been just proposed. mittee to co-operate with them in further
The Chairman declined putting the Re. ing the designs of the Institution :
Gilbert Blight. the fathers the children might be raised
J. M. Buckland.
William Cozens. tion you have just passed, it would ill
John Haddon. imperfectly discharge my duty, and con
Job Heath, sequently need a large portion of your
James Law, indulgence. On the one band, I am
Stephen Marshall. strongly impressed with the kindness and
Paul Millard, truly christian sympathy which character
William Napier. ize the Resolution; and, on the other,
Richard Nicholls. the circumstances which have called for
William Paxon. those expressions, are brought to my re
John Penny. collection. I retrace the sufferings and
Joshua Russell. alarms of the past year, and though Pro.
W. Lepard Smith, vidence has in mercy spared the life of
Samuel Summers. my highly valued father, still it is not
Joseph Warmington, with him now as it was in days that are
Thomas Watson. passed : he is absent from your assembly
Eleazar Wilkinson." this morniug! In his absence, accept Von Bulow, who secunded this mo. my grateful thanks, which, however fee- tion, was surprised at the opposition bly expressed, I can honestly say are offered to this Society by the Irish Rostrongly felt : and permit me, on the part man Catholic priesthood, for both Ca. of my father, to assure you, that, how. tholic and Protestant professed to believe ever enfeebled in body, bis' attachment in salvation through the faith of Jesus to the Members of this Society has expe- Christ, and it was the propagation of rienced no decay; and though prevented that belief which was the main object of from assisting in your labours, I am sure the Irish Baptist Society. Nothing, in his prayers are not wanting that your his opinion, was better than the enabling means may increase ; the sphere of your every man, in every country, to read the usefolness be enlarged; and, above all, scriptures, and a Society which had so that this Society may be blessed with a laudable a purpose for its object would large portion of the infuence of the Holy always meet with his sincere support. Spirit, by whose aid alone it can truly The Rev. Mr. Pritchard returned thanks prosper."
for himself and his colleagues. The Rev. Mr. Elvey moved the appoint The Rev. Mr. Finch, of Harlow, observ. ment of the new Committee. He lament. ad, that about £2600 had been expended ed that, bitherto, he had done nothing, by the Society during the past year, and that he might have been able to do, to though that sum was but small, yet if the forward the objects of the Society; but good that had been done by that sum, were he wished that every one present
would considered, the Meeting would be surprised come to the determination that he had how extensive an effect had been produced, just made, which was to enrol his name by so small a cause. When the inhabitants as an annual Subscriber to the Baptist of Ephesus shouted for hours “ Great is Irish Society. He moved,
Diana of Ephesus,” it might be taken for “5. That to William Barls, Jun. Esq. granted that St. Paul had already done who during the illness of his father, has much in the Christian cause; and, in the rendered very important services to this same manner, the energics employed by
the Catholics of Ireland evinced the pro our sins, and that there is salvation in gress which the Irish Baptist Society was none other, or no help to save in our making in that land. The Resolution, prayers, fastings, er penance; how may he could not doubt, would be carried we know that we are pardoned ? I refer. unanimously, for every one present would ed him to Hebrews xii. 14, where it is rejoice as he did that so good a cause written, Witbout holiness, no man sball had been so well promoted. He moved, see the Lord; and that this is the sure
“6. That this Meeting expresses its sign of the Holy Spirit working within thanks to those Ministers, Auxiliary So- us, giving us new affections and inclina. cieties, and private individuals, who tions, which we should demonstrate to have contributed during the past year to the world, that the grace of God, which wards the funds, and by whose aid the bringeth salvation, hath effectually taught Treasurer has been enabled fully to meet us to deny all ungodliness and worldly the expenditure of the Society.”
Justs, and to live soberly, righteously,
BAP The Rev. Mr. Evanson seconded the and godly in this present world, looking Resolution. The good that would arise for that blessed hope, and the glorious made so evident by the mass of evidence viour Jesus Christ, who gave himself for bom that had been adduced, that it would be us, that he might redeem us from all in. ludicrous in him to attempt any argument iquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar to convince the Meeting of the fact. people, zealous of good works. I gave ANS
The Rer. Mr. Shenston moved the the above W. Haran an Irish Testament, thanks of the Meeting to Joseph Butter and desired him to attend John Galworth, Esq. for his conduct in the chair. lagher's school, who would teach him to This motion was seconded and carried read it perfectly, which would enable unanimously.
him to be useful to his illiterate neighThe Chairman then briefly returned bours, Yes, said he; but I would wish 24 1825, thanks, and the Meeting concluded, as you to explain these scriptures for me Stapel'
: B usual, with a hymn of praise.
yourself, as I have found much comfort
mer 10th in what you told me concerning them;
and surely, said he, we ought to pray To the Rev. Mr. Wilson,
for the good people who sent these holy
scriptures among us, which were liid from Collooney, April 20, 1825. us until now. In these dark villages, REVEREND SIR,
where I have introduced the glorious I have been exercised this month as truths of the gospel, which have been reusual, by endeavouring to impress on the ceived with gratitude, priest H-- has minds of my fellow sinners (from the been equally active in communicating scriptures of truth) how awfully they were
errors, and advising the people not to exposed to the dreadful curse which de believe the scriptures which I read for stroys the soul for ever; and how they them. He inquired of them of the doc. should seek justification by the free grace trine I bronght into their house, of which of God, by coming before him as criminals, they gave so favourable an account, that imploring pardon, and pleading his mer: he abused them with all the names that cy and promises, in Christ Jesus.
I nalice and ignorance could suggest. have visited W. H.'s cabin on the side of MT—-, who had been converted from Glan mountain, who taught a school for papacy, continues to adorn the doctrine some time, but is now paralytic and un
of God our Saviour, and is not ashamed able to teach.
I endeavoured to open to confess him before those whom he left, the scriptures to him and his family, and shews cogent reasons from the scrippointed out to him the fallacy of these tures, for coming out from among them, practices which are calculated to deceive, though he is often the subject of their intreated him to search the scriptures, insults, which he suffers patiently, and which, by the influence of divine agenoy, endeavours to prove to them, that if they would bring him to the knowledge of the were acquainted with the religion of the Saviour, as the way, the truth, and the Bible, they would adopt a contrary life. Haran said, admitting that we do conduct. believe that Christ came to save us from
Subscriptions or Donations received by William Burls, Esq. Treasurer, 56, Lothbary; Mr. Ivimey, 20, Hurpur-street, and Mr. Pritchard, 16, Thornhaugh-street, London, Secretaries.
ad that there is
or so bep det
We should be
ciety have considerably increased during ised bupe, int
the past year; and thankfully acknow.
ledges the kindness of those Christian the great Gud, brist, what Home Proceedings. friends, to whose exertions that increase
is owing-especially of those Ministers
who have travelled to collect for the Soinly usd need 38 of goed ANNUAL MEETING.
ciety, and of the Ladies who have inte.
rested themselves in the sacred cause." Haro a las hia to attain
On the motion of the Rev. Spedding »), who was
RESOLUTIONS of the General Curwen, of London, seconded by the ly, said mat Meeting, held on Thursday, June Rev. Thomas Finch, of Harlow, ctul to be
23, 1825, at Great Queen-street It was resolved unanimously, said be; tar / set o these procede Chapel: Benjamin Shaw, Esq. Trea IV. “ That the sincere thanks of this hare lan Dede surer to the Society, in the Chair:
Meeting be presented to those Gentlemen
who have conducted the affairs of the Soid ke, Herren
On the motion of the Rev. John Birt, ciety during the past year—that the 'Trea-
tinue in their offices--that Mr. John
Danford, Mr. Joseph Hanson, and Mr.
William Burls, Jun. be the Auditors--
W. H. Angas,
George Barclay, Irving,
Isaiah Birt, Birmingham.
John Birt, Manchester.
Thomas Blundell, Luton. cretary to the London Missionary Society,
John Chin, Walworth.
Thomas Coles, Bourton,
F. A. Cox, Hackney.
T. C. Edmonds, Cambridge.
William Giles, Chatham.
William Gray, Chipping Norton.
Thomas Griffin, London. which call for earnest prayer that God
Robert Hall, Leicester, would raise up and qualify others for
J. H. Hinton, Reading. active service, and grant larger measures
James Hoby, London. of that divine influence which is essential
Reynold Hogg, Kimbolton. to the success of all Missionary labours."
Richard Horsey, Wellington.
William Innes, Edinburgh,
Joseph Ivimey, London,
John Jarman, Nottingham.
Joseph Kinghorn, Norwich.
James Lister, Liverpool.
spel, which tak
th the rest