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company in the city, incorporated by royal The first and weightiest objection is, that charter, having formed an opinion that it to ask any privilege from the state to enable would be for the interest of the concern to us to preach the gospel ourselves, or to assist amalgamate with another banking company, those who do so, is opposed to the first although not chartered, addressed a requisition principles of dissent. If it is necessary to to their board of directors, that a special hold houses or lands for such purposes, we general meeting of the proprietors should be must, as a Christian duty, conform to the called to consider the propriety of that mea- laws which regulate the tenure of property.
But the thing proposed is, to solicit a favour, A meeting was accordingly held on the and one which the state is quite as likely to 2nd March, and was numerously and re- refuse as to grant. By doing this we subject spectably attended, the solicitor of the bank ourselves to the charge of inconsistency from and other legal gentlemen having been the enemies of our nonconformity, who will say, present.
that when it suits the convenience of dissenters The proposed measure was very fully they can call for the patronizing help of the discussed : but as it was on grounds peculiar government as well as others. to the position and prospects of the two It is clear that we shall be asking a favour, establishments, there would be no propriety for the words of every charter declare, and in adverting to them in this paper. Some of we admit that it is granted, “Of the special the proprietors attached considerable im- grace, certain knowledge, and mere motion," portance to the company having a charter; of the sovereign. If instead of a charter but it was because the responsibility of each from the crown we solicit an act of parliashareholder was limited to double the amount ment, we give opportunity for the thousand of his stake in the concern, in which respect, members of the legislature to sneer at and there can be nothing analogous in the pro- condemn a course which the enemies of disposed charter for the Baptist Missionary sent in both houses will not fail to represent Society.
as at variance with our first principles. If Towards the close of the meeting, after a the bishops of Exeter or Oxford should free and full discussion of the proposed descend from their altitudes to notice the measure, the chairman informed the pro- introduction or progress of such a measure, prietors that the board of directors had taken it is easy to see what an ill-natured use may the joint opinion of the attorney-general and be made of such a golden opportunity. I another eminent counsel on some points of a therefore submit that we should be voluntarily general nature, which may serve to explain subjecting ourselves, as a religious body, to the position in which the Baptist Missionary reproach and the chance of defeat, for an Society would be placed under a royal charter. object not warranted by our own principles.
It is the joint opinion of the said counsel, With regard to the benefits to be derived that an amalgamation of the kind proposed from a charter, I am not so sanguine as the cannot be effected except by authority of sub-committee. I admit fully the inconparliament, or by the surrender of the present veniences of trusteeships, but I am not at all charter, which cannot be surrendered BUT sure that a charter, or even an act of parliaWITH THE CONCURRENCE OF EVERY MEMBER ment, would remedy them in all our colonies. OF THE CORPORATION.
In those which have local legislatures, such The counsel were of opinion that it would as Jamaica, Canada, and South Australia, be proper to allow the shareholders to meet and in those which are already regulated by and discuss the proposed union, but that the acts of the British parliament, such as India, chairman would noi be justified in putting a and others, I doubt whether any act of the resolution, recommendatory of the union, to imperial parliament would avail
, unless rethe vote.
enacted by the colonial authorities; and if so, Of course, not a single step could be taken any such re-enactment would be doubtful towards accomplishing such a union, however and expensive. desirable it might be, excepting by employing I object also to a charter or an act, as the cumbrous and expensive machinery con- limiting the present unrestricted freedom of nected with obtaining an act of parliament. the society. It is true that the great object This it was said would cost £800 or £900. of the society seems to be fully expressed in
the Draft Charter; but “ new circumstances"
may well be supposed by any lawyer of exTo the Editor of the Baptist Magazine.
perience, in which the charter may be found
to be an insuperable bar to the carrying out DEAR SIR,MAs the Committee of the of the wishes of the general body of subBaptist Missionary Society have invited the scribers. In confirmation of this I may say, attention of its friends and subscribers to the that I was present myself ten days ago at a proposed incorporation by charter or act of meeting of proprietors of a company incorparliament, it seems desirable that those who porated by charter, when, after several hours have formed an opinion on the subject should of discussion of a plan approved by a large express it.
body of the proprietors, the chairman read FOL. XII.-- FOURTH SERIES.
the opinion of the attorney-general, that it Stepney College is again without a presiwas not within the scope of the charter, and dent: considerations having no reference that the chairman was not warranted by law either to the institution or to any of its in even putting the question proposed, and inmates have led the Rev. W. Jones to he refused to put it accordingly, and broke resign his office. Dr. Murch has kindly up the meeting
acceded to the wish of the committee so far In conclusion I may say, that the very as to undertake to discharge temporarily the great expense attending either a charter or an duties of resident tutor, but he continues to act would more than counter. balance, in my spend the Lord's days with his congregation opinion, the saving with regard to trust-deeds at Rickmansworth, as usual. and their renewal. As to the inconveniences to the committee, I do them the justice to We are requested to state that the pulpit believe that it does not weigh much in their of the chapel in Henrietta Street, Brunswick consideration.
Square, will be supplied for some time to It is not sufficient for the sub-committee come by the Rev. T. D. Reynolds late of to argue this question before the great body Earl's Colne, he having accepted a unanimous of the subscribers, even if the arguments invitation from the church to spend three were worth more than they appear to be. 1 months there with a view to the pastorate. have little doubt that the pious feeling of the
We are informed that the Annual Meeting majority is opposed to this project, and I
of the British Anti-State Church Association trust it will be quietly interred. I am, dear sir, yours,
will take place this year on Wednesday, May WILLIAM P. BARTLETT.
2nd; and that Exeter Hall having again been
formally refused for that purpose by the proOxford, March 14.
prietors, the meeting will be held in Finsbury
Chapel. To the Editor of the Baptist Magazine. A crowded meeting was held at Exeter
MY DEAR Sır,- Will you have the kind- / Hall about ten days ago, occasioned by the ness to insert the following communication in imprisonment of the Rev. James Shore, who the next number of the Baptist Magazine?
is now a prisoner in Exeter jail in conseAt the quarterly meeting of the Worces
quence of proceedings taken against him by tershire Association of baptist churches held the bishop of Exeter. It will be remem. at Atch Lench, March 6th, 1849, it was re
bered that Mr. Shore was minister of a solved on the motion of brother A. G. Fuller, proprietary chapel in that diocese, whose seconded by brother F. Overbury :
evangelical sentiments and popularity were
offensive to the bishop ; that finding that his “ That this meeting is anxious to avail itself of diocesan had taken measures which would the present opportunity of expressing its sentiments prevent his officiating longer there as a clerBaptist Missionary Society. Convinced that the gyman, he went to a neighbouring magistrate chief glory of that institution has ever been the and took the oaths as a dissenting minister, eminently simple and spiritual character of its origin at the same time, with the consent of the its legal incorporation without feelings or appre proprietor, registering the chapel as a dishension that the small advantages which such a senting place of worship; that he then offi
ciated in it, supposing himself to be secure counter-balanced by the injury which would accrue to the spiritual ains and interests of the society, canonical obedience, and prosecuted him in
but that the bishop claimed from him still and the limits which it would impose on its exertions."
courts, by which he was condemned to pay F. OVERBURY, Secretary.
heavy costs. The meeting to which we refer Pershore, March 9th, 1849.
took place as soon as his incarceration was known. Charles Lushington, Esq., M. P., presided, and the principal speakers were
Messrs. Binney, Brock, Burnet, Baptist EDITORIAL POSTSCRIPT. Noel; and Messrs. Stoddart and Craig, mi
nisters of the established church. The Rev. C. M. Birrell, adverting to a
Whether series of resolutions adopted by the Com- relief of Mr. Shore is doubtful; but a bill
any thing can be effected at present for the mittee of the Liverpool Auxiliary to the has been brought into parliament for the Baptist Missionary Society and extensively advertised, requests us to say that in conse
protection of other clergymen who may be
come dissenting ministers, and it is strongly quence of the state of his health he was not
hoped that it will pass. present at the meeting at which they were passed, and that it appears to him that all Several ministers of the National Rethe opinions specified there are untenable, formed Church of France have recently reand that the closing advice arises from a linquished their connexion with it, among misapprehension of the nature of all trust whom is M. Frédéric Monod, secretary of deeds.
the French Missionary Society. In con
course would secure would be far more
sequence the Archives du Christianisine, of Missionary Society, at Surrey Chapel. Mr. which he is the editor, has ceased to be the Sherman, the esteemed minister of that place organ of the orthodox party in the National had engaged, it may be remembered, to per. Church, and announces that it is to be de- form this service to the society last year, but voted to “ the principle of free and personal was prevented by the illness of Mrs. Sherman, adhesion." On the other hand M. Pilatte, who has since been removed to a better a zealous protestant preacher, not receiving world. He has kindly undertaken it on the state pay, has been fined on these pretences; present occasion. that though liberty is granted by law to particular forms of worship, it is not to con
FRIDAY, APRIL 20TH. ferences on matters of religion, and that M. Pilatte discussed and criticised a legally seventh annual session of the Baptist Union
In the forenoon, at ten o'clock, the thirtyrecognized worship, that is, Romanism. The will be held in the library at 33, Moorgate bias towards popery of those statesmen who are now in the ascendant in France is in- taries say, “ In order that time for due at
Street. Respecting this meeting, the secrecreasingly evident.
tention to business may be secured, it is very The abolition of the inquisition in the city desirable that brethren who attend should of Rome has been followed by an undertak- make arrangements for devoting to it the ing of the most auspicious character. In whole day, until five o'clock, refreshment the immediate precincts of the Vatican, we
being provided at two o'clock in the Mission are informed, the Christian scriptures are
House." They desire also to call particular being printed in the Italian language, under attention to the fact, “ that the committee the superintendence of Dr. Achilli.
have, for the present session made an im
portant alteration in the general arrangeOur readers who are familiar with the ments. They have resolved to discontinue the name of John Poynder, Esq., as a frequent customary public meeting, in which of late speaker at the India House in discussions re- but little interest has been manifested,) and specting government support to idolatry, and to introduce in its stead an introductory disthe freedom of missionary action, will learn course, to be delivered at the opening of the with regret that that gentleman was removed session by one of the brethren. They have, from this world on the 18th of March. to their high gratification, prevailed on the
Rev. T. Morgan of Birmingham, to render To many of our friends it will doubtless this service for the present year; and he will
accordingly address the Union immediately be pleasant to see a fuller account of the ar
on its assembling, on Friday morning, April rangements for the approaching annual meet
20th, at ten o'clock. By a resolution of the ings in London than could be given either on the Chronological Page or on the wrapper. will be open to any Christian friends who
committee, this portion of the proceedings We shall therefore mention them here, as far as they have come to our knowledge. Some may wish to attend." are not yet completed, but with regard to the following, there is, we believe, no greater seven o'clock, at the Weigh House Chapel,
In the evening, service is to commence at uncertainty than that which belongs to all prospective views of human transactions. Brock is to preach on behalf of the Baptist
Fish Street Hill, when the Rev. William We shall speak of what will be done, mean Society for promoting the gospel in Ireland. ing thereby that it is intended to be done; but recognizing the propriety of the apostle
APRIL 22nd. James's admonition respecting the dependence of all our projects on the will of Him in For the arrangements respecting the ser. whom we live and move, and have our being, mons to be preached at the various baptist an admonition which the experience of all places of worship in and near the metrowho have been accustomed to assist in making polis on this day, we must refer to the such arrangements illustrates and enforces. Missionary Herald. THURSDAY, APRIL 19TH.
MONDAY, APRIL 23RD. In the forenoon of this day, at eleven In the forenoon, at eleven o'clock, the o'clock, the annual meeting to supplicate the annual meeting of members of the Baptist divine blessing on ensuing meetings and on Irish Society is to be held at the Mission the societies whose interests they are intended House. Every person subscribing ten shillings to promote, will be held in the library of the and sixpence a year, or upwards, and every Mission House, 33, Moorgate. This meeting baptist minister making an annual contriis usually well attended, and affords pleasure bution or collection for the society, is entitled to those who are able to be present.
to be present at this meeting, at which the
proceedings of the past year are to be reIn the evening, at half-rast sis, a sermon ported, and the officers chosen for the year will be preached on behalf of the Baptist ensuing.
In the evening, at half-past six, the annual
FRIDAY, APRIL 27th. meeting of the Baptist Home Missionary Society is to be held at Finsbury Chapel. journed public meeting of the Baptist Mis
In the evening, at half.past six, an adThomas Challis, Esq., Alderman of London, sionary Society will be held in Finsbury has engaged to preside.
Chapel. The chair will be taken by Joseph
H. Allen, Esq. TUESDAY, APRIL 24TH. In the morning, at ten o'clock, the annual It is scarcely to be expected that any of general meeting of members of the Baptist our friends should be present at all these Missionary Society will be held, for the trans- meetings, however much interest they may action of business, at the Mission House, feel in the societies whose claims are to be The persons entitled to attend and vote are advocated. It has been suggested to us, “all persons subscribing ten shillings and however, by a gentleman who has lived part six pence a year, or upwards, either to the of his life in the country and part in the parent society or to auxiliaries, donors of metropolis, that it might be advantageous to ten pounds and upwards, pastors of churches give a hint that some of the congregations which make an annual contribution, and within five miles of St. Paul's do not furnish ministers who collect annually for the so- a fair proportion of these annual assemblies. ciety; also one of the executors on the No man knows the demands made upon the payment of a bequest of fifty pounds or time of a Londoner, but one who has been a upwards.” At this meeting, the committee Londoner himself. Yet our London baptists and officers for the ensuing year are to be should remember what must be the impreschosen, the"auditors of accompts appointed, sion on the minds of persons who have and other business pertaining to the society travelled scores or hundreds of miles, at is to be transacted.
considerable cost, if they find that the meet
ings are not attended by Christians of the In the evening, at six, the annual public same class with themselves, who live within meeting of the Baptist Irish Society will be a walking distance of the places in which held in Finsbury Chapel, Richard Harris, they are held. They are led to suppose Esq., M.P. for Leicester, in the chair. either that in the judgment of their metro
politan friends the societies themselves are of WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25TH.
little worth, or else to form an estimate of In the morning, at eleven, service will London zeal very much to the discredit of its commence at Bloomsbury Chapel, (near the inhabitants. It is not, we believe, as much British Museum,) when the Rev. Octavius considered by them as it should be, that preWinslow of Leamington will preach on be
sence at these meetings, if there be nothing half of the Baptist Missionary Society.
more than presence, affords encouragement
to those who are gratuitously spending inMinisters educated at Bristol, Stepney, and estimable hours on committees, and toiling at Bradford colleges will dine together at the private work which few men would have Guildhall Coffee House, at two o'clock.
sell-denial enough to perform, and that it
cheers and inspirits friends of the institutions The annual public meeting of the Bible who have come from a great distance, and Translation Society is to be held on Wed- who seldom visit our immense city. nesday evening, at New Park Street Chapel, On another subject we will venture a sugSouthwark, the chair to be taken at half-past gestion having respect to those meetings six.
which are to be held in Finsbury Chapel. If
we advert to what respects the comfort of THURSDAY, APRIL 26TH.
speakers there, all who are accustomed to At eleven, in the forenoon-not ten, as on
attend such meetings will know that we some former occasions—the annual public speak disinterestedly. The vestries behind meeting of the Baptist Missionary Society the platform, which afford in some respects and its friends is to be held in Exeter Hali
. valuable accommodation, are in other respects S.M. Peto, Esq., M.P., one of the treasurers, very annoying. When friends who live at a will preside.
great distance from each other meet, they
often have much to say ; and the temptation In the evening, at half-past six, the an- is strong to continue conversation after a nual meeting of subscribers to the Hanserd meeting has commenced, or to enter upon Knollys Society will be held at the Hall of private communications before it has terCommerce, Threadneedle Street, the chair minated. In the vestries it may seem to to be taken by Dr. Acworth.
them as though they were hidden from the At six o'clock on the same evening, we are assembly, but it is not so. What is going requested to state that the annual meeting of forward behind the platform sometimes interthe Baptist Tract Society will be held in feres with decorum in a manner of which Eagle Street Chapel; the chair to be taken those who are in the vestries have no conby Robert Lush, Esq.
ception. Sapientibus verbum sat.