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ple and definite nature of its plan, and the our opinion, the charch has most wisely evident importance of its objects, that it will “judged” in this instance, and those are to meet with the most extensive support. be blamed who have deviated from her
The following noblernen and gentlemen judgment. To the general disuse of these are appointed vice-presidents of the Society: compositions, since the period of the Resto
- Viscount Valentia ; Right Jion. Lord ration, we are disposed to attribute much of Calthorpe ; Right Hon. Lord Headley; the error, ignorance, and latitudinarianism, Right Hon. Lord Teignmouth; "Right Hon. which have prevailed among us since that Lord Radstock; Right Hon Lord Gambier ; time. The sermons of our divines would Sir Willian Pepperell, Bart.; Sir Thomas probably not have degenerated, as has been Baring, Bart. M. P.; Sir Thomas Bernard, the case in too many instances, into mere Bart.; William Wilberforce, Esq. M. P.; ethical disquisitions, had they been directed Thomas Babington, Esq. M. P.; Charles to the Homilies as their standard of doctrine.. Grant, Esq. M. P.
Nor would the mass of our population have The Committee consist of twenty-four become so deplorably ignorant of the first lay members of the Established Church, and principles of the Christian faith, liad these of all clergymen who are members of the So- expositions of it held a place in every cottage ciety. One Guinea annually constitutes a library. The Homilies were designed for muenber; but every clergynan subscrib- general instruction, and they are admirakly ing Half-a-Guinea annually is considered a adapted to serve that purpose. Their thcomember; and every clergyman contributing logy is sound and practical. They deal not a congregational collection, is entitled to re- in controversy, but they speak with authority ceive three-fourths of the amount in books at while they tell us wbat it is we must believe cost prices. Subscriptions and donations are and do. They adhere most closely to the received by the treasurer, Henry Thornton, spirit and to the views of the sacred writings, Esq., M. P., Bartholomew Lane; by the aud are peculiarly marked by the same secretary, the Rev. Henry Budd, A. M., catholicism which breathes in thenı; by the Bridge Street, Blackfriars, to whom all coin- same zeal for what is plain and practical in Imunications respecting the general objects religion, and by the same inditference to of the Society are requested to be made; by mere party questions. Even their somewhat the deputy-secretary, Mr. Thomas Smith, 19, antiquated language, while it does not ren. Little Moorfields; and by the following der them less intelligible, invests them with bankers : Messrs. Down, Thornton, Free and a certain venerable air, calculated to inspire Down, Bartholomew Lane; Messrs. Forster, respect and command attention. And if Lubbock, and Co., Mansion-house Street; there should be particular Homilies, which Nesses. Hoares, Fleet Street; Messrs. Dram. are less needed in the present day ihan at raonds, Charing Cross; Messrs. Hammer. the time when they were written, the plan of sleys and Co., Pall. Mall; and Messrs. Birch, circulating them in single sermons will leave Chambers, and Hobbs, New Bond Street. each person at liberty to select such as he
We are unwilling to quit this society with. may deem niost likely to promote edification. out adding a few observations upon it, in He may, in short, make the same sort of seaddition to those which we ventured to make lection which he would deern it right tu in our last number.
make, if he were to read the Homilies from When we read the 35th Article of the pulpit, or in the family circle. Church, in which the Homilies are affirnied Upon the whole, as tracts for general disto "contain a godly and wholesome doc- tribution, the Homilies are certainly entitled trine," and iu which the church expressly to the first regard of churchimen; and for jedges theia “ to be read in churches dili- this reason, among others, that bere there is gently and distinctly, that they may be un. 10 room for difference of opinion. Here all derstanded by the people," we cannot help members of the church are agreed to approve feeling and expressing our astonishment and to commend ; while in respect to no other that these compositions should bave fallen tracts could the saine universal concurrence into such general neglect. For churchmen of sentiment be expected. For our own what can be a nuore plain and obvious duty, parts, we cannot but anticipate the happiest than that of circulating the Huinilies? It etfects from their circulation. We cannot was most clearly the intentiou of the fathers believe, that the truths which breathed from of the Reformation, and is no less clearly, the lips of our Cranners, our Ridleys, our as the above article proves, the intention of Latimers, and our Jewels; which animated the church, that the people should be well them with the spirit of martyrdom; and aaquainted with these writings. And, in which served to plant the seed of divine life
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in the hearts of multitudes, in their day;
we sideration, their contributions, and their cannot believe that these truths have lost
prayers. their energy; and we look, with hope and confidence, through the Divine blessing, for BAPTIST MISSIONS IN INDIA. a rich harvest of good from their general The 22d Number of the Periodical Acdiffusion,
cowits of the Baptist Missionary Society, On the only remaining object embraced comprising aview of the progress of the Mis. by this society, the circulation of the l’rayer. sion from the beginning of October, 1810, book, there can exist no doubt, excepting to the end of March, 1811, las lately made what may arise from an idea what a new in- its appearance. From this it appears, stitution for that purpose is rendered un. that the Baptist Mission has now branchnecessary, by the labours of the Society for ed out into five distinct missions, viz tbe promoting Christian Knowledge. Though Bengal, carried on at five stations, Seran. that society bias never distributed the Homi- pore and Calculia, Divagepore and Sada. lies, it has distributed Prayer-books in great mah'l, Goamalty, Cutwa, aod Jessore; numbers. This is true. But it is no less true, the Burman, at Rangoon; the Orissa, at that there are great numbers of the clergy Balasore; the Bootao and the Hindoo. and laity of the Church of England, who do stban, at Patoa and Agra. At these difnot subscribe to the Society for promoting ferent stations they are proceeding with Christian Knowledge. Now, whatever be the more or less success. The number of cause of this backwardness, whether it arise Missionaries from Europe is nine, and of from the ballot, or from objections to certain those raised up in ludia seven, besides 12 tracts on the society's list; or from the extent Hindoo converts, who have been either of the sum to be paid ou admission (viz. 21.), ordained to the ministry, or are on probain addition to the annual subscription, cer- tion with that view. The whole mumber tain it is, that many who wish to enjoy in- in the communion of these churches is creased facilities in the distribution of the 310; of whom, 105 have been added in the Prayer book, do not derive them fron that year 1910, and 16 in the year 1811. society. While, therefore, we should re. Haring taken this general view of the joice in seeing the old society increase its state of the Mission, we will proceed, as numbers a hundred told, if that were pos- usoal, to give a few extracts from the Acsible, it seems still most important, that the counts. love and veneration of all churchimen for the
Calcutta, Oct. 5, 1810. Liturgy, should be brought into activity, and “ There are six caudidates for baptism, that they should enjoy the means of pro- and reason to expect more before the end curing, for distribution, at an easy rate, this of the month. The greater part of these admirable formulary of divine worship. The have to glorify God, in a peculiar manner, unity of the present plan, which renders it for the translation of the Scriptures into incapable of perversion, the easiness of ad- their native language, as scarcely one of znission, and the very low terms on which them, even of those who can smatter a clergymen, especially, may beconie inembers, little of our tongue, can comprehend tbe will, doubtless, strongly recommend it to the plainest parts of the Bible in English. It friends of the church. And it is to be ob.
is truly gratifying to see wbat profound served, that in whatever degree the new attention pervades the whole of our young sociely lessens the pressure for Prayer-books pupils, when we have worship in the Beoon the old, it allows the funds of the latter to galee language. This has induced me to flow in larger streams towards its missions, allow a larger portion of their time to be and other excellent objects. We are fully devoted to learoing it, and have therefore persuaded, however, that there is abundant this morning allered the plan of teachroom for the operations of both, in distribut- ing." ing the Prayer-book in England, in Ireland,
Calcutta, Oct. 26, 1810. in our colonies, and in the army and navy. “There are three additional caudidates And of such an object, as of the propagation for baptism; two of whom waited on Mr. of the Gospel itself, it may be said, that liere Carey yesterday, the other requesled to there may be the utmost zeal witbout rivalry ; be introduced to bim on the next visiting a generous emulation in doing good, without day. Christ appears to be very precious the slightest tincture of jealousy or envy. to these persons, and their minds are re
We conclude with most unreservedly and lieved from doubts and fears. These, add. cordially recommending the Prayer-book and ed to the sixteen mentioned at the last Homily Society to our readers;--to their con- church-meeting, make nineteen ; eighteen
of whom are indebted, under Divine grace, nence of representation to the energy, to the translation of tbe Scriptures for the talents, and the performances of the their conversion. They are uot very easy Missionaries employed by the Society for of belief ou these important subjects, promoting Christiaa Knowledge, of the especially the native Catholics, who find Rev. Dr. Brown, the Rev. Dr. Buchanan, a vast difference between the pure word of the Rev. Henry Martyn, aod others, beGod aod the fables and wicked inventions longing to the Church of England, or erea of their blind leaders. They are there. of the Missionaries of the London Mis. fore determined to be thoroughly satisfied sionary Society; if there is not an obvinow, lest they should be deceived again, ous disposition to throw a richer, fuller and to become well persuaded that they light on their own exertions; if there are at last in possession of the pearl of are not, in short, some indications of a great price.
sectarian feeling, that is far fronn pleased “You have no doubt heard of a wish ba. that persons connected with the Church ving been expressed by some ladies for the of Englavd, or with any other church ihan establishment of a school for the instruc- their uwu, should have taken precedence tion of indigent young femaler, upon a of them in the great work of evangelizing plan similar to our institution for the lodia, or should be thought lu bave boys. This is a most desirable olijeci." burne or to be bearing any part in ad
The English Editor of these accounts varicing those very biblical undertakings introduces at this place the following which form their chief ground of claim note. “It is not tor us to give accouot of as public benefactors." Had we thus any but our own proceedings; otherwise written, we should have felt that we haud the communications of our brethren written nost no fairly. The Editor would would enable us to speak with pleasure bave properly and briefly; replied., "It of the fruits of other evangelical labour's is not for us to give account of any but ju the city of Calcutta as well as our our own proceedings." But how much own. The above hint respecting a fe- inore unfair and uncandid is the attack male school, was from the friends of of the Reviewer, thau even the case which religion in the Lstablished Church." we have supposed. Dr. Buchruvan felt;
Weihink this a perfectly fair and natural as we hope and believe, a deeper interest course of proceeding, for wbich we cannot in the exertions of the church of which at all blame either the Baptist Mission. he is a minister, than in those of other aries or the Editor of their transactions. churches, But is it possible for any in. Jt is nut many months, however, sioce dividual, whose mind is not absolutely a writer in the Eclectic Review, when perverled by prejudice, to read his various giving an account of the Christian Re- works, his Memoir on an Ecriesiastical searches of Dr. Buchanan, thought pro- Establishment for India, his Star in the per to make the following observations. East, his Christian Researches, and to ** We are uot to be understood as imply. say that Dr. Buchanan has systematicaling that the Doctor bas used, with re. ly avoided to give due prominence to spect to the Missionaries, in this or bis the energy, talents, and performances of other works, any terms of a directly de- the Baptist Missiovers ?' We shall next preciating nature"-" but we read with expect to be accused ourselves, and it a very perverted apprehension, if there would be with the same justice, of invi. is not a systematical avoidance to give diously and systematically throwing the due promiuence of representation to exertions of these valuable inen into the their energy, their talents, and their per. shade. But we are desirous rather of formances; if there is not an obvious dis- apologising for the Reviewer, although, position to throw a fuller, richer light on perhaps, he may thank us as little for our the exertions, even the much more limit apology as for our censure. We take it ed and less important exertions, of other for granted that he is a member of the scholars; if there are pot, in short, some Baptist Society, and great allowauces indications of a sectarian feeling, íhat is should be made for him on this scure. far from pleased that persons not con- Every Baptist cannot be expected to be a nected with the Church of England should Hall or a Hughes in respect to expansion have obtained a precedence from which of mind. The members of small divisions they never can be displaced, in the biblic of Christians generally labour under this cal literature of the East," &c. &c. Vol. disadvantage, ihat every small sect is apt vii,pe. 574. Now what would this Review- to account itself the purest of alt socis, er have said of us, if, taking up the two or and its great meu the greatest of all men. three volumes of Baptist Reports which The Reviewer appears to have had the have been published, we should have re. whule field of his view filled up with his marked, as we might have done with far owo society, and probably knew very litlie more appearance of truth and fairness, about the proceedings of the Chuich of
We read with a very perverted appre. England or of the other denominations of bension, if there is not iu these Reports a Christians Wheu Dr. Bachanan, theresystematic avoidance to give due promi- fure, published a book giving soie bo
nour to these as well as to the Baptists, ful return he couceived himself capable he is both surprised and offended. Mon- of, on his recovery he made ber bis wife." taigne's fable is applicable to such a case. An account is afterwards given of the -"A young rat, who had lived all his life successful intercession of this Hindoo woin a large chest, scrambled up to the top man with the Commander-in-Chjes, to one day, when the lid chanced to be open, prevent the discontinuance of the religi-: and, looking over the edge, exclaimed with ous meetings held at ber house, of which great surprise, how wide the world is !" some one had reported unfavourably. When the reviewer gets out of the chest, Government has given Mr. Ward Icave and takes a larger view, be will probably to publish a work on the religion and speak less harshly of Dr. Bucbanan. manners of the Hindoos.
We may appear to have given a dispro- On the subject of biblical translations portionate space to tbis discussion, but the following intelligence is given. we were desirous not to let slip so fair au “In the month of March, 1811, the New opportunity of giving a lesson of candour Testament in the Hindee and Mabratia to our Christiau brethren generally, as languages, the Pentateuch in Sungskrit, vell as to the Eclectic Reviewer; and we and the prophetic books in the Orissa trust that what we have said may prevent language were finished at press. The the repetition of such unfounded and un- progress of the translations is as follows: seemly imputations, as those on which
“1. Bengalee.-The whole Old and New we have animadverted. We must now Testament translated and printed. A seretury to the Baptist Missionaries. cond edition of the Pentateuch in the
Calcutta, March 8th, 1811.-.“ Our press, and priuted to about the middle of friend, Mrs. W. of the Fort, who invited the Leviticus. missionaries to preach in ber house, made “ 2. Sung skrit.-An edition of one thou. ne a visit yesterday, with some others, sand five huvdred copies of the N. T. for the first time. I was much gratified translated and printed. The O.T. Transby the zealous spirit which she evinced, lated to Ruth, and printed, to the end of as well as by her anxiety to join the the Pentateuch. cburch. She has hitherto waited to see “ 3. Hindee, or Hindoost'hannee.--The if the Lord would bless ber endeavours to N. T. translated and printed. The 0. T. draw her husband into the right way. translated, except the Pentateuch. See what a blessing this native woman “ 4. The Mahratta--The N.T. transaims to be to her European husband. She lated ard printed. The Hagiographa nearwas, if I mistake not, before he took her y translated. as a slave, a Hindoo of the vilest deserip- “ 5. The Orissa - The N. T. the poetic tion. This man was serjeant of artillery and prophetic books, translated and printin the late war, under Lord Lake, and bad ed. an active part in most of the bloody con- “6. The Punjabee, or the language of the ficts of the time. This woman's attach. Seiks.-The N. T. trauslated, and the ment to her partner was so strong, that printing of it begun. Tbe 0. T. traoslat. she accompanied him in the heat of everyed to Numbers. battle, and often lent him a hand when “7. The Chinese.Matthew and Mark exhausted, and supplied his place at the translated and printed. guns. In one of these scenes Mr. W. re- “ 8. The Telinga.-The N.T. transla. ceived a musket-ball about the temples, ted; and the 0. I. to Numbers. N.B. A which penetrated nearly through his fount of Telinga types about finished. skull, carrying a part of the brass hoop of “9. The Kurnata, or Carnata.-The N. his bat along with it. He justantly drop- T. translated, and the 0. T. to Numbers. ped down, to all appearance dead. She, 10. The Gujuratte.-The N. T. transhowever, neither lost her fortitude nor Jated. hier afiection: even in this trying mo- “11. The Cashmeera.--The trauslation ment, when, in additiou to the situation of the N. T. begun, and a fount of types of her partner, the shot were falling like about completed. hail-stopes about her own head, she took “ 12. The Burman.--A pamphlet con-, him upon her back, with the intent of tajning important Scripture extracts trans. performing the last friendly office, that of lated and prioted for immediate circulaburying him, and carried him clear out of tion." the scene of action! It pleased God to re
(To be continued.) store him; aad, to make the most grate
Ie are again under the necessity of apologizing to many of our Correspondents, as we!? as to many public bodies, for the delay which has necessarily arisen in inserting various interesting articles of religious intelligence. We hare considerably enlarged our limits, with. out being able to embrace a fourth part of the Religious Intelligence which lies before us.
VIEW OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS.
his Berlin and Milan Decrees were to be In Spain, no events of moment have as yet considered as in full force. This hope, howe arisen out of the capture of Badajoz. The ever, has been damped by the disclosure to French forces uuder Soult, which had ad- the American Government, and also to Convanced to its succour, immediately retired, gress, of a correspondence which the Gallinot without some loss, in consequence of can party have construed as proving an their rear being pressed upon by some of attempt, on the part of our Government, to our troops. The force, under Marmont, effect a separation between the northern which had threatened Almeida and Ciudad and southern states of the union. The facts Rodrigo, has also begun to withdraw. An of the case are simply these :- In the year attack made on the former fortress was gale 1809, when war was loudly talked of in lantly repelled. Some partial successes the United States, and many threats were have been obtained by Ballasteros in An- used respecting the invasion of Canada, Sir dalusia.--We are sorry to perceive that James Craig, the governor of that province, the flame of war is again kindled between thought it his duty to send a Mr. Heury Buenos Ayres and Moute Video; and that into New England in order to procnre accuthe Brazilian force has taken a part in the rate information on the state of politics, of contest in favour of the latter.
general feeling, of military preparation, &c. Bonaparte bas at length quitted Paris, in in America ; and to ascertain what was the order to join his armies in POLAND. Alex- likelihood, in the event of a war, of being ander has also quitted his capital, to place able to detach the northern states from the himself at the head of the Russian force general union. Mr. Henry was employed collected in the same quarter. Peace, however, for some months on this service, but was reis not yet made between Russia and Tur- called when the arrangement made by Mr. XEY; a circumstance which the French Ein- Erskine had removed the apprehension of peror will know how to turn to his advan. immediate hostilities. The mission had also tage. Every thing in this quarter bears the been undertaken without the knowledge of aspect of the approach of another severe
his Majesty's ministers, and had terminated struggle; on one side for dominion, on the
even before they knew of its existence. Mr. other for existence. The Austrian troops Henry applied to them for a remuneration are said to be in motion with a view to assist of his services, and was referred back to the the French. As for PRUSSIA, she may be Canadian Government, which best knew the considered as a province of France, and all circumstances of the case. Henry appears her fortresses are garrisoned by French sol
to have been exasperated by this treatment, diers. The policy of Sweden is still doubt which he probably considered as an evasion ful. It is rumoured, and indeed generally of his claim; and on his return to America, believed, that she has concluded a treaty of he was led, it is alleged, by the offer of a alliance with us, and that she intends join- large sum of money, io place the whole of ing in a coalition against France. If Ber- the correspondence on this delicate subject nadotte could be fully relied on, such a mea
in the hands of the American Government. sure might prove highly advantageous at the The proper conduct for America to have purpresent crisis. A Swedish army, conducted by sued, while the relations of peace continued olie of the ablest generals of the revolution
to subsist between the two countries, was to ary school, thrown into the rear of Bonaparte, have communicated the information to the would necessarily erabarrass him, and might British Government, and to have demanded lead to his disconfiture. But these are vain
an explanation. Instead of this, the papers speculations. We must patiently wait the
were at once laid before Congress, acconcourse of events.
panied by a message in which the Britista It is towards AMERICA that we look with
Government was directly charged with enthe greatest solicitude at the present mo- deavouring to produce the dismemberment ment. We had hoped that the Declaration of the United States. The hostile intention recently issued by our Government, on the of such a proceeding is too palpable to be subject of the Orders in Council, would have mistaken. At the saine time we admit, that had the effect of allaying the irritation felt there was much in the whole transaction in the United States against this country, calculated to excite dissatisfaction on the coupled as it would naturally have been with part of Anierica, and that it behoves our the expresa declaration of Bonaparte, that Governmeut to disavow most unequivocally.