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priestly influence is not so painful.” Alle-street Female School." There has Chathams Free School." Many of the nothing very remarkable occurred, so as to schools under my superintendence have been demand notice, unless it be the circumstance most violently persecuted, and some of of its having been preserved from the vio- them still are, among which is the Chatham lent opposition to which many of the schools School : and when we speak of persecution in this country have been exposed during in this country, it may almost aniversally be the past year. Its way is prosperous, and understood as proceeding from the Roman its effects one of a beneficial character, but Catholic priests. Strenuoas efforts have we have not, as on some former oocasions, been made in several places completely to to speak of any of the pupils giving evj. break up the “ Biblo Schools ;” and in none dence of oonversion to God.

has the opposition been more violent than in “ The mistress has been visited with the parish where this school is situated ; some personal affliction ; but I am happy to but by the blessing of God, and the dilistate that she is now nearly recovered. genoe of the teacher, it is doing better than

• The school continues to be attended by could be anticipated. Thirty premiums for two respectable ladies of the village, one of correct repetition of the Scriptures have which is wife to the curate of the parish. been distributed, of which foar were Bibles,

The premiums distributed for correot the highest premium that is given. After repetitions of the Scriptures amounted to this statement, I am sure you will feel that the pleasing number of 43; which is a we ought to thank God and take courage,' proof of the diligence of the children, and and to persevere, and to pray for the contiof the attention of the teacher and the baed blessing of heaven upon our efforts.” ladies."

Dean-street Female School.-" It is in Bedford-court Free School.m" This is the same place, and conducted by the same one of the favoured schools which has the person as was stated last year ; and though countenance of the priest of the parish, and the most strenuous efforts have been made is therefore generally well attended. The by the Roman Catholic priest of the parish former teacher of this school was attentive to sappress all the Free Schools in it, and to his business, and whether the superin- some of the boys' schools have been greatly tendant were expected or not, he was always reduced, yet a kind Providence has watched at his post. He was, however, a sickly over this, so as to prevent its being much man,

his sickness bas, during the ast injured. The premiums given for correct fortnight, terminated in his death. He repetition were twenty, inoloding four Bibles. continued a member of the Roman Catholic Were this school permitted to 'proceed in Church, but was evidently attentive to the its operations without priestly opposition, it Scriptores ; and I bave often beard him, would be, in all probability, one of the best when a repetitioner has been at a loss, put in this part of the country; but we ought to him right without the aid of a book. But be thankful that, in the midst of so many whether he died a member of the church of difficulties, so much is done.” Christ or not, it would not be wise for us to Harlow Female School." It will not be determine. One of the inspectors was with uninteresting to know, that within the last him just before his death, and in the midst eighteen months more than one hundred perof a large assembly of Roman Catholic sons in this parish have renounced the erfriends, he said, 'I depend entirely on the rors of popery. Various causes have conblood of Christ.' A brother of the deceas-tributed to this change, but it is chiefly ed, who is equally competent to the under- owing to the very active exertions of a clertaking, has been appointed to succeed him gyman of the Established Church. This as teacher of the school.”

has occasioned very great opposition to the Carter-lune Free School. -—"It is situated Free Schools in the parish, and among the within two miles of Sligo, and is conducted rest, the Harlow Female school. But it by a very competent mistress, of excellent will be gratifying to its friends to know, character; bat in consequence of the most that the effects of that opposition has not determined and persevering opposition of been of so painful a vaturo as might have the Roman Catbolic priests, the number of been expeoted, for many of the children children in attendance is very small. But have continued constantly to attend the still it would be painful to abandon these school, and those who were not to be found few to ignorance and indolence, especially there, learned their lessons at home, and a as an inclination to rise superior to both is good attendance was still witnessed at the evinced by those who attend, and their pro- quarterly inspections, as appears from the gress is greater than could be expected if | list for the past year. At these inspectious the school were larger. Should there not thirty-three premiums have been distributed be an increase in the number of children in for correct repetition of the Scriptures, five a few months, perhaps it woald be advisable of which were Bibles. The receivers have

committed to memory twelve or more chap-1 I thought it advisable to dismiss the young ters in the quarter. Two of these wero woman, and did so in September last; but given at the last inspection to two girls, the school is now beld by a Miss Shaw, in who each repeated seventeen chapters for Friars Town, where there are already fiftythe quarter, and both the children of.Roman eight children in attendance, and there is Catholics. This statement will, I trust, every promise of the removal of the school encourage a continuance of the support the being an advantageous one, for it is in a above school has already experienced, from populous neighbourhood, and will be almost the benevolent Christian public of Harlow.” constantly superintended by one or more laHaddington Free School.

. The number dies, an advantage which, in its former of children in attendance has not been equal situation, the school never had. And I am to what it was in former years, but it is far sure you will think with me, that the alterabeyond what might be expected by those tion it has made in the house where it is who are acquainted with the violent oppo- held is a good one, for a billiard room has sition that has been manifested to all the been converted into a school room; and I Bible Schools in this part of the country. doubt not but that you will be encouraged to The teacher of this school, J. Tanzey, has continue your kind assistance towards its publicly renounced the errors of popery, is support.” very attentive to his Bible, and to the Providence Free School.--" This is one of preaching of the Gospel, and always evinces the few schools that have hitherto escaped an anxiety to communicate to his more igno- the opposition of the Roman Catholic priestrant neighbours the little scriptural know- hood, and the consequence is, a generally ledge he has attained, and bis conduct is, I good attendance of the pupils, and a correbelieve, unimpeachable.”

sponding proficiency in their tasks. This Lion-street, Walworth, Female School.-- school has also the advantage of occasional “It may truly be said of it, that it has visits from the curate of the parish, who is preserved the even tenor of its way,' not an active, well-disposed man, which will of having been subjected to those violent at- course have its influence in keeping the tacks from the enemies of truth which many teacher to his duty, were he inclined to others have during the past year experienced. neglect it. The cause of the number being This, in fact, is almost the only peculiarity so small at the inspection in the month of about it; for it remains in the same place, Jane, was, if my recollection serves me, the is taught by the same person, is parsuing prevalence of a contagious disease.” the same objects, and is occasionally visited Rye Free School." When the opposition by the same ladies. Twenty-nine premiums is considered, which, in common with many have been distributed for correct repetition other schools, this has experienced, it is of the Scriptures."

very encouraging ; particularly as the school Lyme Free School. This school has is not more than half a mile from the Roman been preserved by a kind Providence from Catholic chapel in which this teacher kept a the violent opposition to which many have school under the sanction of the priest, and been exposed in this part of the country, for leaving it has incarred his particular and the attendance of the children has there- displeasure, which is evident from the folfore been very encouraging. The country lowing circumstance:-Being Queasy in his in the neighbourhood of this school had mind, by reflecting on his former notoriously enjoyed but very few advantages of a reli- wicked conduct, he went to the priest for gious nature, but since its establishment advice. But on being asked if he did not mocb good bas resulted, not only to the keep a free school, and replying in the afchildren, but to their parents and neigh- firmative, he was told to go about his busibours, as particularly evinced in a very ness, for no confession would be heard until extensive desire to read the Scriptures, and he gave up the school. On remonstrating to hear the Gospel preached. May their with the priest, and stating that when he souls be benefited thereby!”

was living in the indulgence of almost every North End, Crayford, Female School.- vice he was not treated in this sort of way, « The attendance of the children at the but now that he wished to live a different quarterly inspections has not been so nume- life, and was anxious to obtain peace of rous as in former years, nor was their pro- mind, and to attend to his religious duties, gress in their Scripture lessons equal to he thought it hard and strange that he should what it ought to have been. On investiga- be treated in such a way; his only answer tion, I found that this was attributable to was, to be gone, for that while he kept a two causes; viz. opposition from the priest, free school he would be considered as a and inattentiou on the part of the teacher. heretic, and as excommunicated from the As it is a Protestant neighbourhood, I was church. This treatment, it is hoped, will sure that by attention and perseverance the have a good effect, in inducing him to read former might be overcome ; but as the lat- it more, and to attend on the preaching of ter continued after two or three admonitions, the Gospel, which he has occasionally done ever since he became a teacher for the | The former was always a nominal Protes. Baptist Society.”

tant, the latter a Catholic, and clerk to the Trowbridge Free School." It is situated priestin B, and I never in my life had a better in the town-land of Cashel, parish of Kile- hope of any individual I ever baptized. He numery, county of Leitrim, and is still under considers himself much indebted to my the care of John M‘Kenny, who was the ministry; but it is only just to state, that teacher when the last report was made of it. he was brought to a knowledge of the truth In the parish where it is situated, within through the instrumentality of Sam. Brown, the last eighteen months very many persons one of my inspectors and general readers. have renounced the errors of popery, prin- | You will consider the conversion of this cipally in consequence of the very active young man of some importance, when I tell exertions of a clergyman of the Established you that he was a sworn Ribbonman, and Church ; of course other causes have con- he assures me that they used to meet at tributed, one of which was the above night, in a field between Ballina and Killala, school, and the circulation of the Scriptures to the amount of 1000, and he, being a good by its meaus. But this circumstance has scholar, used to read letters sent to them occasioned great opposition to the free by the Ribbonmen from Munster and other school, as well as every other effort that is provinces ; but that wben he began to read made to enlighten the minds of the people. the Scriptures, he was convinced of the And it is painful to state, that here, as in sinfulness of such associations, and withother places, the opposition has been carried drew from them. From that time to the to open violence on the persons of many present he has been greatly persecuted, bat who have ventured to think for themselves. his conduct has manifested such a mixture Bat though this opposition has diminished of firmness and meekness, as leads me to the number of children in the school, yet it hope that he is indeed sincere. is likely to do well, of which there being Some months ago I recommended Ed. half the usual number at the last inspection, ward Hart and Thomas Berry to be emmay be considered as decided evidence. ployed as inspectors and general readers, There have been distributed twenty-five the former at 241. the latter (living in the premiums for correct repetition of the Scrip- town of Eusky) at 30l. per annum. I will tures, three of which were Bibles. The thank you to let me know the decision of progress of many of the boys in writing, the Committee, that I may communicate it figures, &c. has been of a praiseworthy to them. character, as here attested by the superin- The church in Swift's-alley being destitendant of the district.

tate, I am snpplying them for two or three “ J. WILSON." Sabbaths; besides which, I have opportu

nities of preaching to the sailors, and I trust From the Rev. Mr. Briscoe.

that my feeble endeavours will not be alto

gether in vain. In about a fortnight or Dublin, Jan. 22, 1828. three weeks I hope to return to my post, DEAR BRETHREN,

and resume my usual labours. You will perceive, from the date of this With best wishes for the Society's inletter, that I am at present in the metro- creasing prosperity, I remain, dear brethren, polis. I have been here about a week or yours affectionately, ten days, and my object in coming is to

J. P. BRISCOE. collect a little money to repay the 25l. lent me by the Committee, as well as 101. which I have myself expended, in fitting up my meeting-house in Ballina. At present I

CONTRIBUTIONS. have collected about 7l.; but cannot say to Received by Mr. Iviney. what extent I shall ultimately sacceed. In

£ 8. d. deed, I am not very sanguine ; if, however, For the Rse School, by Mrs. I can get enough to repay the Committee, I shall not be very solicitous about repaying


5 myself.

For Harlow Female School, by The operations of the Society in my dis- Miss Lodge.....

8 trict are going on steadily. My congregation is on the increase, the Readers are diligently employed, and the schools present an appearance, which, to say the least, is

Suðscriptions received by W. Burls, Esq. far from discouraging. Notbing extraordinary has recently occurred, except that on 56, Lothbury; Rev. J.Ivimey, 51, Devonthe 27th of last month I baptized two per- shire Street, Queen Square ; and Rev. G. sons in the neighbourbood of Easky. These Pritchard, 16, Thornhaugh Street. were Wm. C. of B, and R-M- ofC.


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Subscriptions and Donations in aid of this Society will be thankfully received at the Baptist Missionary House, No. 6, Fen Court, Fenchurch Street, London : or by any of the Ministers and Friends whose names are inserted in the Cover of the Annual Report.

BAPTIST MISSION. reach the place in the course of three nights,

for you must know that the heat is so great

that I can hardly go to the outside of the FOREIGN INTELLIGENCE.

door in the course of the day. The night before last was what is called the Chu

ruck poojah, that is, the time when men MONGHYR.

are suspended high in the air, by iron books

through the flesh of their backs, Three The letter, of which the follow-men were so suspended, each about ten ing is an extract, from Mr. Leslie of books. None of the native Christians

minutes, I attended with my ammunition to a relative in this country, was could go with me, as at such a time they dated the 15th of April last :- would have received much ill treatment. I

penetrated into the vast crowd alone, and “ There is at this time an unusual degree was treated with much respect, excepting by of excitation among the Hindoos, on the one or two Brabmins, who were evidently subject of Christianity. In one of my cold enraged to see me there, knowing their craft day excursions I entered a village about was in danger. They called me unclean. I three or four miles off. About a month ago mildly replied, that they said what was true, I was visited by a man of the village who for I was unclean, because I had sinned. had seen me there. His mind seemed to be They then tanntingly asked, “Who made in a very bewildered state: he talked in such sin?” As I knew what they were aiming at, a way that I thought him a little insane. Il merely said, that it did not matter who told him of the love of Christ. He left us, made sin. We know tbat sin is, and the taking with him a tract, and I saw and important question is, Is there any Saviour? heard no more of him till yesterday, when Finding that I was not disposed to enter he appeared again. He had been reading upon the question of moral evil, a question the tract; he had been talking of its con- which the Brahmins are fond of puzzling us tents to the villagers : some approved, others with, they left me, giving me some horrible literally called him a fool ; but he appears looks. followed them some time in the in his right mind. He seems fixed, and crowd, but shortly lost them. has invited me to the village, to make “ The Brahmins here are a shocking set of known the riches of salvation. To-morrow men. They hate us with a perfect hatred. I intend to dispatch some of the native Many of the people, however, seem very Christians, to see how things are, and on favoarably disposed to Christianity, and I their report I shall proceed. A consider- really think that things never looked so well able landholder, with a number of his people, as they do at present. One of the native from a village about fifty miles off, bave Christians told me last night, that he has been here. They appear wonderfully affect- been visited by a native banker, for the exed by the Gospel.

press purpose of inquiring into the Gospel ; “ They have gone home, taking the Gos- and be also said, that at present there were pel with them; and have promised to seud more disposed to inquire and hear than there a messenger in ten or fifteen days for the ever had been at any previous time. In native Christians to visit them. I intend to Bengal, the people, I understand, are turnwait till the time has expired, bat should no ing in bodies to the Lord; whole villages messenger come, I will nevertheless send off are renouncing idolatry for Christianity. We two of the native brethren, and shall in all cannot say any thing like that of Hindoostprobability follow them myself. I shall han, but we may hope that the shower that is falling in Bengal will come op bere. The tized. To complete this interesting “houseBengalees have had the Gospel preached to hold” was wanting an old female servant them twenty years longer than the people who has lived with them some years. She here.

is now rejoicing in the Lord with them,

and, God willing, on Saturday evening next Various further particulars re- will, with seven other persons, openly prolating to this station will be found fess her attachment to the Redeemer, by in the

Of these seven “ Extracts of Correspon being baptized in bis name. dence” appended to the Memoir of persons, one is a conductor of ordnance,

a man who fears God above many. Two Mrs. Leslie, which, as our readers

are soldiers' wives, natives of this country, will perceive, by referring to an- who were formerly Mahomedans. The other other part of this Number, has just four are young men belonging to the Euroleft the

pean Regiment. The deportment and spirit press.

of all, I am happy to add, is such as to adorn the Gospel. Oh that our gracious Redeemer

may preserve them, by his mighty power, DIGAH.

through faith anto eternal salvation !

In the surrounding villages from two to It will be seen, by the followirg sit miles distant, I have now seven native statement from Mr. Burton, that he schools, and one on the Mission premises.

One of these in turn I visit every morning has been cheered, under the afflic- before breakfast ; and after examining the tions he has had to endure, by children in reading the New Testament, some gratifying“ tokens for good.” and repeating Watts's Catechism, and the

commandments, I read a portion of ScripDigah, April 26, 1827. ture to them, and conclude with prayer. In “I wrote to you last from Serampore, the eight schools there are now about 250 which I left on the 4th of January, and children in constant attendance, fifty of coming up by land arrived at this place on whom read in the New Testament. When the 26th, just three months ago this day. my dear friend, Mrs. Rowe, left Digah, Mentioning Serampore, I cannot omit ac- there were three native female schools, but knowledging how greatly I am indebted to these I have been obliged to discontinue. all the dear friends there, for their unmea- Besides being the most direct and hopeful sured kindness to myself and children, dur-channel for communicatiog to the people at ing our stay among them.

large the blessings of religious instruction, “ Never did I dread any thing so much as the collateral benefits of native schools are the loneliness awaiting me bere ; never did very great. They are the best assistants to I experience feelings so deatbly as those the young Missionary in the acquisition of with which I first glanced round my for the language; thoy use him to a simple and saken bungalow. On finding, however, that familiar method of converse with the peoall things had gone on remarkably well at ple; they undermine the prejudices of a the station during my absence, and particu- gloomy and vile superstition ; whilst in his larly that the native schools were in better visits to them, the Missionary has the very order than when I left them, I soon reco- best opportunities of preaching the gospel vered composure, and applied myself to my to adults, who though they may not endure several duties.

to be personally addressed, will attend (and Reviewing the last three montbs, I see it may be with conviction) to all that is said much cause for expressing unfeigned grati- to a child. tude to the God of all grace. He bas, You will have heard that a young man indeed, as ever, been better to me than any has been sent up from the Serampore colfears. If my sorrows have abounded, my lege as a Missionary to Patna. He arrived consolations also have much more abounded. about a month ago, and I trust he will be A short time previous to my departure for made very useful in that large city. He is Calcutta, a family of Roman Catholics, of the only light to a quarter of a million of Portuguese extraction, consisting of a young souls. The brethren have requested me to man, his wife and mother, seemed seriously superintend his engagements, and as soon as inquiring after the good and the right I can spare time I shall endeavour to help way. One of the native brethren attended bim in the establishment of schools, &c. At almost daily at their bouse for the purpose my request one of the native brethren is of reading the Scriptures and prayer. The gone from hence to reside with bim, as well Lord opened the hearts of all, gladly to re- for company as to assist him in bis labours. ceive his word; and last month these three Their house is in the beart of the city, about persons, with two young men from H. M. ten miles from mine." 13th Regiment Light Infantry, were bap

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