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BAPTIST MISSION. East and in the West Indies. We
copy that part which refers to the FOREIGN INTELLIGENCE. latter portion of the great field;
persuaded that our readers will be JAMAICA.
gratified at the thought that this
opportunity was afforded of statBy recent intelligence from Kings- ing such facts and making such a ton, we learn that our friends in direct and manly appeal as to the that island have formed an Auxi- tendency of Missionary operations, liary Society, with the design of in the presence of several respectaiding as far as possible, the ope- able members of the most influenrations of the Parent Institution, tial body in Jamaica. The meeting, which was most nu
“ In the West Indies, to which we now merously and respectably attended, direct your attention, the Baptist Missiontook place in the chapel occupied ary Society bas but recently commenced its by Mr. Coultart and his congrega- operations. Though on this island there tion, in East Queen Street, Kings- themselves of the Baptist persuasion for the
have been very many persons professiog ton. Several magistrates and mem- last ibirty years, and greatly needing as well bers of the House of Assembly as earnestly soliciting the instruction which were present, and great interest it is the object of the Society to afford, we appeared to be felt in the proceed- friends the Wesleyans, who are laudably
were long preceded by our highly esteemed ings of the evening. This interest forward in every good work, and also by was not a little heightened by the the Moravians, whose praise is justly in all kind and friendly part taken by the churches : and we now rejoice to see our Wesleyan brethren, one of coming into this wide and interesting field
Missionaries from the General Baptist Sowhom, the Rev. James Barry, oc- ciety, and from the Scotch Society for Procupied the chair, and several others, pagating Christian Kvowledge; and to bear in connexion with the Missionaries that the Church 'Missionary Society has refrom our own Society, addressed cognized some of its zealous members on
this island as a corresponding committee, the large assembly, in moving and to advance that noble cause in wbich it is seconding the various resolutions. the privilege of the whole Christian world The Report read on this occa
to unite. sion, was drawn up by our senior
“ The object of the Society in establish
ing a Mission here, is in every respect the Missionary, Mr. Coultart. It com- same as that which first induced it to send prehends a brief, but judicious and its Missionaries to the East, to disseminate faithful account of the origin and the knowledge of the true God, and of the objects of the Parent Society, and sacred duties he enjoins, among all who of the success which has been miglit employ.
sbould become the bearers of the agents it granted to it-labours, both in the “Iu 1814, the Rev. John Rowe was sent out to occupy an important station on the | Mrs. Pbillips settled at the Bay, and were gnorth-west end of this island; but a wise highly respected and useful during their very and mysterious Providence removed bim in short career. A church of forty or fifty a short space of time from the sphere of bis members, chiefly from Kingston, was formed Jabour, to that state where the good receive then, and to that number was added about the reward of their tuil,
fifty more during Mr. P.'s ministry. Mr. “ Mr. Henry Tripp next visited that part Flood is now stationed there, and has alof the colony, and was supported by a re. ready met with many kind friends among spectable proprietor in that quarter, wbo the respectable and liberal inbabitants of had earnestly solicited bis labours for the the parish of St. George. We earnestly benefit of his negroes. Mr. Tripp gave the hope that by bis prodence and piety he may highest satisfaction to that gentleman until retain the respect be has already acquired, his removal, occasioned by relative and per- and at the same time promote with due dilisonal affliction. The society there greatly gence the objects of bis important mission. increased in numbers, and in knowledge, The church there consists of 300 members. and piety, during his faithful exertions. There is also a Sabbath school, in which
“Mr. Burchell has now the superintend- Mrs. Flood is suitably engaged ; and the ence of that, society which Mr. Tripp left, attendance is pleasing and encouraging. and bas been the instrument of collecting a “At Port Maria, there have been for six Jarge congregation at Montego Bay also, or seven years many poor people in need of from which a church has been formed of a judicious and faithful instructor. The 780 me bers. He has als commenced a Society has lately sent Mr. J. Burton to new interest at Ridgeland, where the So- that part, wbo has taken a house there and ciety has lately purchased eligible premises commenced his labours, looking to the Lord for a Missionary station.
of the barvest for the success be desires. “ At Falmouth, Mr. Mann has a church Your attention is now directed to Port of nearly a hundred members, and is labour- Royal, where preaching was commenced in ing zealously with the cheering prospect of a private house, in 1822. The numbers atconsiderable success.
tending in that ancient and wretchedly de“Within the last few years, Mr. Godden, moralized place, induced the Society in now deceased, collected a very attentive England to purchase a house on an eligible congregation in Spanish Town, and formed site, and fit it up for the accommodation of i society of some hundred members. That the increasing and attentive congregation. society is now favoured with the affectionate That has recently been enlarged ; and, care of Mr. J. M. Phillippo, by whose dili- through the divine blessing on the labours gence a chapel has been erected to accom- of Mr. Knibb, there is every prospect of a modate the increasing numbers who flock to crowded and attentive congregation, even hear. The premises were purchased and after the considerable enlargement, though paid for by the Society in Eugland; but to the town is very small. There is a Sunday ihe erection of the present chapel the re- schonl now established there, which would spectable inhabitants and the members of no doubt be very prosperous, would Mr. K.'s bis society bave liberally contributed. At other duties permit bim to give it constant Old Harbour there is a promising society attendance. rising up under Mr. P.'s superintendence. “ 'There are now two churches in KingsIn Spanish Town and there, the members ton; Mr. Tinson baving removed from the amount to five or six hundred. The Sab. vicinity into the centre of the city, where he bath schools at Spanish Town contain 140 bas a neat place of worship, and an increas. children.
ing congregation. Mr. Ti's flock, the ob“ At Mount Charles, in St. Andrew's, aject of bis arduous Jabours and constant house and land have been obtained for the solicitude, will now be more prosperous, we purposes of this Society. There a numerous have reason to bope, since it is separated congregation meets on the Sabbath, avd be- from the noxious ard multiform material tween one and two hundred members sit which formerly marred it. In his new place down at the Lord's Supper. Mr. Baylis, he was re-commenced bis Sabbath school, the resident Missionary there, is very laud- which at present answers bis most sanguine ably extending the sphere of his toil, and hopes. visiting other destitute places in the neigh. « It is interesting to take a retrospect of bourhood.
the church wbich meets statedly within these “ With Annaito Bay, rery melancholy walls. Eleven years ago, it was composed thoughts associate themselves in our minds of a small number, compared with the preOn the Society's premises there, its first sent; that number being in appearance and valuable missionaries sleep the long and practice a great contrast to the now large, unbroken sleep, which is not to be dis- attentive, and orderly body. We began in torbed until the last congregating of the a very small and inconvenient place, erected creatures to be judged. In 1824, Mr. and for a place of worstrip, but by those who
had scarcely an architectural idea beyond f of the Society, for its care, and toil, and laying one brick upon another. This place expenditure? The only reward received or was enlarged during the brief days of Mr. looked for is the saccess which follows the Kitching, whose name, as a faithful and use- preaching of the gospel and the instruction ful missionary, is still cherished with Chris- of the poor. God has condescended to own tian affection. In 1822, we came to this and succeed with bis blessing the labours of more eligible building, where we have, this Society's agents : be bas deigned, through through be kindness of Providence, enjoy them, to impart to handreds of the varied ed without intermission our Christian privi- classes addressed those moral perceptions leges, and advanced some little in the at- and spiritual energies which bave led them tainments and enjoyments of a Christian to despise and shun the vices so predomichurch. We were the only church of this nant in these parts of the world--vices, the denomination for years : now we see four most hateful to God and most degrading to others that have been formed with its mem
These are the only rewards which bers. When we review these churches Christian societies seek : in the enjoyment formed from this, and think of the numbers of these all have already participated, and removed by death, and other circumstances confidently anticipate still greater success, peculiar to this country, (say 500 at a very on the ground of that infallible revelation, moderate computation, and when we reflect which declares that the kingdoms of this on the numbers still in attendance and in world' shall become the kingdoms of our communion, we are compelled to say, 'What Lord and of his Christ.' bath God wrought !- The Lord bath done great things for us, whereof we are glad.' By the returns made on this oc
" The school belonging to the church casion, it appeared that the total meeting bere is in its present prosperous number of persons in connexion
a source of considerable pleasure with our Mission in Jamaica was Nearly 300 boys and girls are in constant attendance, and the first classes are in pos- 9895 : viz. Communicants, 5742, session of such useful and scriptural know- Catechumens, 4143. ledge as will, with the divine blessing, be of immense benefit to them through their future days. The Sabbath school is toler- The following extract will af. ably well conducted by two or three of the ford more particular intelligence members, who are truly to be commended for the interest they feel in its continuance. respecting our station at Kingston. Both adults and youth are reaping the bene
From Mr. Tinson, dated Kingsfit of their zealous labours.
ton, March 3:“ We have thus hastily glanced at the different stations which the Society occupies “ Brother Coultart's chapel is still nuin Jamaica, and at the success which has merously attended, and many, we bope, are attended its labours in this island, as well earnestly enquiring what they mast do to be as at the object it has in view in such an saved. Respecting our other church in occupation of the stations as has been named; Kingston, I trust we are not left without and we now close this report with asking witness that God is with ns. We have the enlightened and liberal part of the com- added about ninety to our number daring munity what cause it bas to deprecate the the last twelve months, and there are others existence such a society ?—what cause to who appear much concerned for the salva. allege against it or its Missionaries covert tion of their souls. We bave for some time designs and base practices, which the lowest past bad prayer meetings, to pray more es of mankind would sparn, (unless we may pecially for the effusion of the spirit opon except sach as condescend to employ them- oar churches, and I do think the Lord is selves in the groundless aspersions now cir- giving us some intimation of our prayers culating.)
being heard. “ The Society and its Missionaries bare “Since writing to you last, we have had given proof sufficient, we presume, to rea- an interesting day at the re-opening of our sonable and unprejudiced minds, that they chapel, which had been shut up for some have had no other object in view, during weeks to erect galleries. It was re-opened their fourteen years' continuance in this the 24th ult. Brother Coultart preached sphere of labour, than the instruction and in the morning a very instructive and intersalvation of men, which God has commanded esting discourse from Gen. xxviii. 16, 17. all Christians to promote. It has already After which, he gave a short but clear acexpended many thousand pounds in sending count of the economy and government of Missionaries to tbis island, in their support our churches, and shewed from the Scrip. here, and in the purchase of premises and tures, the duty of all united in charch felthe erection of soitable places for the wor- lowship to contribute as far as they were slip of God and what has been the reward | able, towards the support of the ministry
which they enjoy. About 401. were col- Coultart, Kingston; James Pbillippo, Spanish lected after the service. Brother Flood Town ; William Knibb, Port Royal ; James preached in the afternoon from 2 Cor. iv. 6. Flood, Annotta Bay; Edward Baylis, Mount and brother Burton in the evening from Charles ; J. Barton, Port Maria. I could Matt. xiv. 34-36. The place was crowded not send the case to our brethren in the west all day, and the amount of all the collections end for signature ; hat in a letter I received was 65l. 14s. 2d. and a gold ring, which from brother Mann last post, be thus writes some one gave in the evening, probably for on the subject-o We will not cease to pray the want of money. Yesterday we baptized for you, that he who was Abraham's God, 37, and received them into the church, the may be the breaker up of your way, and names of whom, we hope are written in the that you may speedily return laden with Lamb's book of life. May the Lord enable their bounty, and in the fulness of the blessthem to walk worthy the profession they ing of the gospel of Christ.'” have made.
“Our chief object in erecting galleries so soon, has been to render the place more
HOME PROCEEDINGS. cool,, as well as make provision for an increasing congregation. Many who attended
CORNWALL. for a time, discoutinued on account of the heat, whicb at our union meetings, such as
The annual services of the Auxthe weekly and montbly lectures, Missionary iliary in this county were held in quently in the palpit above 100 degrees of Birt of Portsea; and. Copley of and school prayer meetings, &c. was fre- the month of July, when Messrs. Fabrepbeit. To preach in such an 'atmosphere you will readily allow was greatly to Oxford, kindly attended as a deendanger health. We bave now taken away putation, and employed their enerpart of the floor, and made a complete chapel of it, which will accommodate 1000 peor the cause of the Baptist Mission.
gy and eloquence in advocating ple. This alteration has been attended with considerable expense, the people here have strained every nerve, and are still exerting Public meetings of the Associations comthemselves to the utmost. But we want posing this Auxiliary were held at Truro on help.
the 8th, Redruth 9th, Falmouth 10th, Hel. “I believe I informed you in two of my ston 11th, and Penżance 14th of July. former letters, that it was thought advisable Sixteen sermons were preached for the beby my brethren that I should go to America nefit of the Mission ; eight by Mr. Birt, at and beg for the purchase money, with a Truro, Grampoand, Chacewater, Falmouth, view at the same time of recruiting my Redruth, Gwennap Pit, and Helston ; and health, which, Providence permitting, I am eight by Mr. Copley, at Falmouth, Flushabout to carry into effect speedily. ing, Truro, Penzance (Jordan chapel and
My bealth renders it necessary for me Queen-street), and Penryn. to leave my present arduous duties for a Our thanks are due to the Methodist bre. time, and this is recommended as the best thren for the use of their chapel at Helston, plan both for the mission and myself. Now and the obliging offer of their spacious to shew you that I am not acting thus, with chapel at Gwennap, should the weather be out due consideration, I will transcribe unfavourable for preaching at the Pit; and the recommendation which brother Cooltart likewise to the Independent brethren, for has written to my case, and wbich is sigoed the use of the chapel at Penryn. by the names I shall copy. « We consider The eighth anniversary of the County it our duty on bebalf of the church, to tes- Auxiliary Society was held in Jordan chatify, that its members are a poor people and pel, Penzance, on the 14th of July. In incapable of doing much towards the sup- the afternoon, at a missionary prayer meetport of their esteemed pastor, who, for the ing, which was well attended, brethren last five years has laudably exerted bimself Beddow, Bond, May, Clarke and Shoveller, in the duties of a school to relieve them, engaged in imploring the divine blessing. and the friends of the Baptist Missionary In the evening the public meeting was Society at home, from the onus of his sup- connected with that of the Penzance Branch port. "His health being impaired by the Association. On this occasion Thomas discharge of such raried and arduous duties Ellyett, Esq. of Portsea, fulfilled the duties as those of a school and church combined, of Chairman with great ability and zeal. we with the church unite in recommending The business of the Penzance Association a visit to the continent of Ameriea ; that be having been briefly attended to, the Secremay acquire by the blessing of God, healtb tary read the eighth report of the County and strength for his future labours, and aid Society, from which the following passages his poor and affectionate people in the liqui- are extracted :dation of tlieir heavy debt. Signed James " Your Committee cannot forbear express
ing delight, that considering the limited gratifying and satisfactory to the extent of your Society, and the confined
friends of the Institution.
At resources of the churches of, which it is composed, the Cornwall Auxiliary does not Cradeley and at Bromsgrove circome behind in its support of the Parent cumstances rendered it necessary Institution. Its receipts for the year ending to hold the anniversaries about July 1827, were 1631.
19s, making in seven three weeks ago, and the kindness years a total of 13421. 165. 2 d. receipts for the current year will
, it is and zeal which the friends in those confidently expected, equal or exceed the places have long cherished towards amount of the last year.
the Mission were apparent in col“ Your Committee rejoice that the exer- lections, which, for their circumtions of Sunday school children, in favour of the good cause, have been considerably stances, may be deemed liberal. increased.
On Lord's day last, July 20, sermons “ They are also happy to
were preached in aid of the missionary persuasion, that the interest of their con
cause--at Coventry, by the Rev. J. Dyer; stituents in the operations of the Parent at Birmingham, by the Rev. Messrs. E. Society, and their attachment to its excellent Carey and s. Saunders ; at Bilston and and long-tried principles, were never so Coseley, by the Rev. F. Franklin; at Bretgreat as at the present moment. That the tle-lane, Netherton, and Coppice, by the Baptist Missionary Society should be op- Rev. s. Green, and at Dudley and Proviposed by the god of this world, and sub-dence, by myself. jected to severe and afflicting trials, cannot
On Monday evening, July 21, the annual be considered surprising. No strange thing meeting of the Coventry Branch Society was has befallen it in such a visitation. If any held in the Rev. F. Franklin's meetingof its friends, forgetful of its principles, house, which was crowded with a respecthave gloried too much in men, is not pater- | able audience, who evinced a deep interest nal love manifest in every trial which recals in missionary undertakings. The proceeds them to humble dependence on that God of this branch during the year amount to who will not give his glory to another ? upwards of 1001. On the following evenViewing the afflictions of the Society in this ing the anniversary of the Auxiliary was light, it becomes thrice dear for all its held in Mount Zion chapel, Birmingham, in sorrows ;' and will doubtless, when tried, which the Rev. T. Thonger ofliciates. This come forth as gold.'”
large chapel was well filled, and the appeals The resolutions were moved and seconded made on that occasion by the various speakby Messrs. Beddow and Spasshatt, Copley ers, among whom were the Rev. Messrs. and Bond, Burchell and Birt, May and E. Carey, J. Dyer, S. Saunders, J. A. James, Lane. In the course of the evening an T. East, T. Waters, and S. Green, proextra subscription was proposed by our duced a deep impression and lively interest zealous friend Mr. Spasshatt, and promptly in favour of the mission. Trials and affliccarried into effect. The glowing zeal and tions have befallen the conductors of this impassioned eloquence of the speakers pro- mission, but all who were present at this duced a powerful impression on the assembly; meeting must bave felt, that notwithstandso that "the multitude were of one heart ing any imperfections which may have atand of one soul," as to the grand object for tended the frail beings whom the Lord the promotion of which they had been con
descends to employ in his work, either Vened.
at home or abroad, the interest which true All the services of this anniversary have Christians feel in the missionary cause does been animating and delightful. The labours not suffer the slightest abatement. Wben of our highly valued brethren Birt and the Secretary of the Parent Institation had Copley have been traly acceptable; and distinctly referred to the pecuniary inconvethroughout their interesting tour, the Great niences which the Society feels, in conseHead of the Church has afforded the most
quence of the late proceedings in Jamaica, evident indications of his presence and and appealed to the meeting, whether any of blessing.
our agents abroad should be recalled for want of funds, the Rev. J. A. James rose a
second time, and with much feeling and BIRMINGHAM.
energy stated, that he was not aware of the
embarrassments in which the Committee July 31, 1828.
were involved by the circumstances which The various meetings connected bad been mentioned, that immediate efforts with this Auxiliary have been held paght to be made to relieve them of this during this and the preceding weeks, for 101. if the meeting would raise 1001.
burden, and that he would pledge bimself and the result has proved highly extra for this parpose. This kind and gene