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for such applications. Though they consider it proper thus to write, yet they do not despond, knowing “ whose they are, and whom they serve;" but they know also, that if they expect to reap, they must plough and sow, according to that divine direction—“ Be not weary in well doing, for in due season ye shall reap, if ye faint not.”
The two principal ends pursued by the Society, viz. the Schools, and the employment of Readers of the Irish Scriptures, ought to be brought before other persons than those of the Baptist Denomination, as objects which concern all friends to the Protestant cause in Ireland.
From Mr. Wm. Moore.
thunderstruck, and told him they could not Sligo, August 12, 1828. answer bim, but would consult me when I
would come. " That is wbat I want,” said Rev. Sir,
tell him I will meet bim next Sunday I Posted my last from this place, and from evening.” When I called, they told me in that day to ibis I was not three days in one great surprise that they could not answer place, and had various opportunities of read- hin, and of his challenge to me. I told them ing and conversing with people from differ- I would meet him, but from circumstances ent parts of five counties, many that never I could not attend at the time appointed. heard the Scriptures, and very many that He came, and not finding me, went off beard and did not understand. However, vauntingly, and told them I should meet the time is fast approacbing when every bim the following Sunday. I got the actongue that opposes them they will silence, count, but could not attend; so he cried and surely we must soon look for tbe accom- out that I dared not meet him, and it was plishment of these promises, for since the the opinion of others also. But the third first day the promise of the seed of the time I came. He did not wait to be sent woman was made to this present instant, for: he came with his wife and others. One there never was such determined opposition of the young ladies opened the subject, that against the Scriptures. I need not be en- he said Peter was the rock that Christ built larging, for probably all Europe has heard his church on. I said, “ A very bad founof the contest between light and darkness dation he laid.” They looked with surprise in this Gospel isle, and withal an isle of at me. “Why, (said he) is not Peter called darkness; and is at that pitch that it would a rock in the Testament ?” “ No, (said 1) be hard to judge which would prevail, were no where.” Said he, “Did not Jesus say, it not for the promise that the Lord will thou art Peter, and on this rock I will build consume the man of sio with the spirit of my church, &c. ?" “ Well friend, (said I) his mouth ; and I have no doubt but he will I will give you scope enough. Will you use supernatural agents also, for blasphemy not admit there is great difference between was never at the height it is now, no, not in this and that ?” “ Surely,” said he. “ Well, the days of persecution. For if the forty- if he had built his church on Peter, he two months are ended, as some think they would have said, on that rock I will build are, we have only to stand at our posts, and my churcb; but the word is on this rock.” the Captain of our salvation will do the bu- But I promised to prove that Peter is no siness at the instant the word is fulfilled. I where called a rock : I shewed in the 1st am encouraging every one in their stations, chapter of Jolin where Cephas is interand the feeble-minded, of which there are preted a stone, and that a rock is an immany, that think popery will prevail. No, moveable thing, and a stone is a moveable they have no such promise in Old or New thing. And in the Scriptures Jehovah is Testament.
called the rock of ages, and three times in All the contest I had since I came bere the 18th psalm he is called a rock, and three is the following: what effect it will have I times in the 101st psalm. And in the 8th know not yet, but I write to sbew the wiles of Isaiah, that the Almighty bas laid Jesus as and stratagems the priests use, even by the “ a stone ofstumbling and a rock of offence.”' Scriptores, wbere they can get a sentence to I read for them 1 Cor.jii, where Paul shews wrest. Miss H., who is now in London, bas other foundation can no man lay than that two nieces bere, who are, according to their which is laid ; and said they in the wilderness age, not deficient in knowledge. . A man drauk of that rock that followed them, and who lives convenient, came to them, and that rock was Christ; with other passages. told them that St. Peter was the rock that "So friend (said I), we must see the barCbrist built his church on, and whosoever den which my rock will bear, and that which was not built on that rock must perish, and your rock will bear; for if Peter is the defied them to prove to the contrary. They rock which Christ built his church upon, not having considered the subject, were that rock must bear all the sins that is laid
on it. So in the very night that the Lord upon the ruins of his. We heard the chilwas betrayed, when the great load was laid dren read in Irish and in English the Scripon him, his sweat was as great drops of tures, and translate them to admiration ; blood falling to the grouud. What was your their answers and views in what they read rock doing then ? Why, sleeping. So there were correct. We found this poor man was a shipwreck made of the church built engaged in reading the Scriptures for a sick on Peter at the first trial, Next, when neighbour. One instance, in particular, I Jesus was buffeted, scourged, and crowned shall not omit, which occurred during our with thorns, what was your rock doing ? tay in the school : a young man came in Why, he was cursing and swearing that he and sat, to whom Mr. Nash gave an Irish never knew him. But Peter, who was a Testament to read; he took and read it very lively stone in the building, though not the fluently, and after a little conversation with rock, after he was converted, does not leave Captain D, he promised him an Irish Tesus ignorant; for in the second chapter of his tament, at which he was well pleased. I first epistle he shews you plainly that Jesus gave him also a Discussion Irish tract. The to you is a stone of stumbling and a rock of Captain and I had reason to conclude that offence, for you plainly stamble at the word." there were many such persons in that neigh
I said a great deal to them, but was my- bourhood, who, through the instrumentality self surprised to find most of them, after the of the master, could read the Irish Scripfirst onset, to be as meek as lambs ; they tures, and would also be desirous of having listened, not making the smallest contradic- Irish Scriptures to read of their own. tion, nor appearing to have any doubt; and We left this school under very pleasing we parted as friendly and thankful as bro- feelings ; upon which we resolved to visit thers. What the result will be I know not, the priest's school. Very soon we found bat I hope there are many will be prepared ourselves in it, and upov examination, the to meet the storm, which is perhaps ap- contrast was the most striking possible. proaching.
WM. MOORE. The children in this school that read knew
not what they said ; some children recited From a person belonging to another Society. from memory a part of the Catechism in To the Rev. Wm. Thomas.
Irish, but did not know how to read either Limerick, August 8, 1828.
English or Irish. I hope Mr. Nash's school
will prosper after a while, as the people Rev. SIR,
cannot but be enabled very soon to appreBeing persuaded of the zeal you manifest ciate its atility. I hope also that the in the extension of spiritual knowledge in good seed sown in Kilkee, will never be this benighted country, I proceed without lost through human artifice, but that the ceremony to narrate a few of the many inte. Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, &c. resting circumstances relative to Kilkee, hearing the message of salvation (which during a short stay I had there.
they heard in their own tongue) to the difAt my arrival,
there was no small stir ferent countries from which they came, about this way;" for Captain D. and Mr: might have a pleasing effect to the extension Busbe, the latter a reader to the Baptist of the Saviour's kingdom, and to the breakSociety, addressed the night before a large ing in sunder the shackles of superstition coucourse of people, who were partly inha- and error. And may the “ still small voice" bitants and partly strangers. I was intro; speak to them for ever, is the earnest wish duced to Mr. Bushe, with whom I travelled of him who begs leave to subscribe himself to the work whereunto we were called ; aud Mr. Bushe being recognized by several your inost obedient servant,
PAT. O'BRIEN. who heard bim before, they renewed their inquiry after truth. I was for a few days frequently appealed to for decision, and
From an Irish Scripture Reader: giving it according to rule, had often a pleasing effect; especially where ignorance
Coolany, August 11, 1828. did not too much prevail. Our lodgings and
Rev. Sir, the shore were in their own phrase) one For the last month I have witnessed continued scene of religious discourses and Scripture reading employed among the Ro. discussion. We have gained the confidence man Catholics in this neighbourhood, with of the people more than might be expected, as much eagerness and attention as at ang from the reception a Reader meets with in other period that I have noticed for a long other places; all is mutual friendship. I time past; they assemble at mine and other have accompanied Captain D. to a school places frequently for said purpose, and it is under the Baptist Society, which is only a truly pleasing to witness with what force few miles from Kilkee; and having learnt and propriety they apply. some Scripture from Mr. Nash (the master thereof) that texts, and quotations from the Fathers. the priest endeavoared to establish a school There are a few of them who continually
oppose the rest, although not clear in all
CONTRIBUTIONS. things themselves; the doctrines of the cburch of Rome compared with the word of In the Chronicle for June, a sum was acGod is always the subject; and each sup- knowledged as received by Mr. Barls from posing and insisting that they are severally Bristol and Swansea of £17. The followin their turns right, not unfrequently refer to ing were collected by Mrs. Phillips of Brissome person or persons present for a deci- toi, and transmitted by the Rev. Mr. Blussion. This claim sends the whole of us dell :back again to the Scriptures, to fiod proofs
£ for our opinions,
Small Subscriptions at Bristol.. 10 10 10 A few days ago I took a tour to some of | By Mrs. Jones, Cbepstow..... 1 12 6 the country villages, to see if I could fall in Received since by Mr. Ivimey. with some who might be inclined to bear the Subscriptions by Rev. Mr. Ayres, word of life. I met with some in Creevan, Keyosham.
7 0 0 read to them, and op my return passed Rev. T. James, by Mr. Wait, of through a large bog, south of this town, Woolwich
0 10 0 where most of the inliabitants get their turf. Mr. Lowther, by Rev.Mr. PritchLittle M. who has been taught in oor So- ard, ..
1 0 0 ciety's schools, particularly in Meemlogb, Joseph Garney, Esq.
10 10 0 was one amongst them. When I sat down Increase of Annual Sub.
1 1 with a few of them, the rest assembled, and W.B. Gorney, Esq. ditto.. 1 1 0 we had much conversation on religion, read Female Aux. Soc. Bexley Heath, several portiods, to which they attentively by Miss Waghoro...
9 0 0 listened, hat little M. said to the people, Collection at the Baptist Meeting, “ You have heard all that now; you do not Northampton, by Rev. J. Hol. say one word against it, and it is for reading
12 8 4 and hearing such that the priest has de From Fishguard, Pembrokesbire, nounced me. Can you blame me? Surely by Mr. James Richards...... 3 0 0 not.” The people, without a dissenting voice, said that they should not be prevented Collection after a sermon at the
Collected by Rev. J. P. Briscoe. hearing the Scriptures, nor be debarred the
Baptist Meeting-house at Lynn 4 use of them, and that their clergy was to- Thos. Torr, Esq.
1 1 0 tally wrong for so doing.
Mrs. Davey, Norwich
1 0 On last market day of this town, not less Small sums by Mr. Caddy
0 6 6 tha
eleven Roman Catholics at one time Cambridge:came to meet with me, to read and talk on
Miss Anne Gotobed
1 0 several tenets of their churoh ; four of these
0 10 were what is supposed to be critics, and
1 men among them who know their religion E. Foster, Esq. well. At or towards the end of our break
R. Foster, Esq., ing up, one of them exclaimed to bis fel
R. Simpson, Esq.
1 lows, “ Have you a word at all-can you A. G. Brimley
1 make no better defence ?” “No," replied
0 10 the other, “ you see the Scriptures are quite Miss Gotobed
0 10 0 against me. “ Then,” said the exclaimant C. Chapman, Newmarket. 0 10 very seriously,
“ 'Tis very odd the clergy Remitted from Newbury, by the say the Scriptures are the word of God,
Rev. Mr.Welsh to Mr. Pritchand at the same time against our religion
ard: you find them. I know not what to say."
1 Each of the four argued a while in his turn,
0 Mr. John Whitchurch
1 0 and seemingly under a sense of serious feel
0 5 ing, except one, the only namesake of mine
Mr. Joseph Winter
0 5 that calls to see me; he railed at me, and
0 even vociferated, while his own associates Olney Penny Society, per Mr.
4 10 0 rebuked him, and said, that so far from his baving religion, the shadow of it did not Mrs. Fletcher, per Mr. Cozens i i o
1 1 appear.
Erratum in the last Chronicle. ** The pouRTEENTH ANNUAL REPORT
Sums collected at Bedford, &c. &c.-inof the Society is printed, and will be sent stead of eleven read fourteen pounds. to the contributors. Should any of these be neglected, they may obtain it by applica- Subscriptions received by W. Burls, Esq. tion to the Treasurer, or Secretaries. 56, Lothbury, Treasurer; Rev. J. Ivimey,57,
Devonshire Street, Queen Square ; and Rev. G. Pritchard, 10, Thornhauyh Street, gratuitous Secretaries.
0 0 0 0 0 0
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. that was lost and is found. In addition to
this, another instance of exclusion has oc
curred. A short time afterwards the indi. FOREIGN INTELLIGENCE.
vidual was summoned into the world of
spirits, leaving behind him, alas! but little CALCUTTA.
ground for the consolatory reflection, that he
bas joined the company of the redeemed From the Ninth Annual Report before the throne of God. of the Auxiliary Missionary So
From the notice of these events, it is ciety conducted by our brethren cheering to turn to those of an opposite in this city, at their public meet- description. In the midst of judgment God
and lest his servants ing on the 30th of October last, we should be swallowed up with over much present the following extracts re- sorrow, graciously vouchsafes to mingle lating to native work at that sta- comforts with their trials. An addition to tion.
the church has been granted of two females,
one of Portuguese extraction, the other a A short time after the departure of Mr. Hindoo. There are also two or three inYates, Mr. C. C. Aratoon was appointed to quirers, concerning whom they have hopes, the office of pastor of the native church one of whom stands as a candidate for bapduring the interval of Mr. Yates's absence. tism. The change of sentiment produced The duties of this office he has continued to in this individual was, under the divine discharge with assiduity and attention, and blessing, in a great measure brought about with much care for the spiritual welfare of by her observing the superior conduct of his flock. The residence of two or three of some Christians who resided in the neighthe members being fixed at Howrah, and bourhood. The Committee would notice there being also others living there, who this circumstance, as affording a pleasing were desirous of church communion, it was refutation of those attacks, which of late deemed advisable to give them a dismissal, have been summarily made on the character in order to form a branch church on that of native converts. There are also two or side of the river. They are now united three other inquirers concerning whom they under the care of Mr. Kirkpatrick, by whom have hopes. the gospel and its ordinances are statedly The Committee have not anfrequently had administered. In consequence of this ar. their attention directed to the propriety of rangement, the number of communicants in erecting, for the use of the native church, Calcutta bas of course experienced a de- a more convenient and durable place of
The Committee would feel happy, worship; and although nothing as yet has had it been diminished from no other cause. been altempted in the way of raising a fund They judge it, however, to be their duty to for this object, they would express their add, that the church has been compelled to hope, that in the ensuing year measures will exclude from its communion one of the bre- be taken for its accomplishment. thren who formerly occupied a useful and In closing this part of their statement, important station. Their sorrow under this the Committee beg to present their grateful circumstance is, however, somewhat miti- acknowledgements to the Calcutta Bible gated, by recent signs of repentance, which Association, for their donation of a copy of induce them to indulge the hope, that ere Mr. Yates's Bengalee translation of the long they may be permitted to rejoice over Book of Psalms to each of the members of him, as one that was dead and is alive again, the native church. They cannot but highly esteem such a gift, convinced as they are added an extensive distribution of the sacred of the necessity of an enlarged acquaintance Scriptures, and of tracts. It is pleasing to with the word of truth, in order to tbe for- reflect, that the importance of this very easy mation of the Christian character.
and interesting mode of disse ninating divine There are at present belongivg to the truth is daily increasing, in proportion to Society four Bungalow chapels in Calcutta. the more extended establishment of schools, Their situation differs somewhat from that and the impression thereby communicated in stated in the last Report. The reason of favour of the Christian religion. this was as follows:-Some months ago, The service mentioned in the former Rethrough the exertions of two or three young port, as having been established at the Bappersons belonging to the Juvenile Society, a tist Mission Press, bas been continued, with fund was raised for the purpose of erecting some interraprions, to the present time. a native chapel at Baliah Ghaut; but in Many of the workmen have attended, and it consequence of the removal of one of these is boped not without benefit, one of their friends from Calcutta, the object was laid number having recently manifested a decided aside, and the sum which had been raised attention to the Guspel. was, with the consent of the contributors, transferred to this Society, for the building of a chapel for Hipdoostbanee preaching.
Letter from Mr. George Pearce Their benevolent design has been since car- to Mr. Dyer, dated Calcutta, ried into effect, by the erection of a com- March 4, 1828. modious place of worship in Jaun Bazar. After the completion of this chapel, the Some time baving now elapsed since I last Society was in possession of more stations addressed you, I feel admonished of my tban with their present means could well be duty, and delay no longer in discharging it. attended to ; and the Rev. E. Ray, of the It gave me pain to learn that you did not London Missionary Society, baving taken receive my first letter, sent immediately up his residence immediately adjoining the after my arrival in this country, for which I place of worship in Bow Bazar, it was cannot account, as it went by the same ship deemed advisable to make bim an offer of the Duke of Lancaster) that conveyed one it, on payment of its estimated value. This in safety to my father. You will be happy offer being accepted, the native chapel in to learn that the cold season, which has lasted Bow Bazar is now occupied by our Inde- longer than usual, has proved exceedingly pendent brethren.
beneficial to iny health, and enabled me to During the past year, the message of attend with pleasure to my various duties. salvation has been statedly and diligently The English and Bengalee school mentioned proclaimed by Mr. Carapeit C. Aratoon, in my former communications, has yielded assisted by two younger brethren, who are much encouragement, and continues to proscandidates for missionary service, and a per; the present average of attendance is native Christian, formerly attached to the about 60. The industry of the boys is truly church at Dinagepore. Thus has the word gratifying. In addition in daily attention to of life reached the ears of multitades of our the school, I have not been unmindful of fellow sinners, both Mussulmans and Hin- the instruction of the multitudes around me, doos. On several occasions very interesting and have at length, though io much weak, conversations have occurred, which we trust ness, commenced what I bave so long armay have been the means of conveying to dently desired to do, the preaching of the the minds of the inquirers much information Gospel among them. Not feeling myself respecting the doctrines of revelation. And sufficiently master of the language to deliver though as yet we hear not of their saving a regular discourse, I have preferred visiting conversion to God, it will not be thought them from house to house, seeking opportuunreasonable to admit the hope, that in nities of collecting together small compasome instances it may bave proved effectual nies, and sitting down familiarly in the to the accomplishment of this blessed pur- midst of them, to whom, by reading and pose. The missionary who, in the midst of conversation, I have on many occasions a vast and ever varying population, stauds made known the word of God. On these as the mouth of that wisdom which “crieth occasions I bave generally met with much without, which utlereth her voice in the civility, kindness, and attention, and have street, in the chief places of concourse, is sometimes repeated my visits in consequence as a fisherman who casts his net, but has it of earnest invitations. Now and then, not in his power to wait and watch the re- however, the ignorance and enmity of the sult; or as the sower, who in the morning beart have been displayed when I have disows his seed, and in the evening withbolds rected their minds to the Gospel, and I have not his hand, knowing not which shall pros. been obliged to leave them, followed by per, whether this or that.
sneers and evil language. Some little time To the preaching of the Gospel has been ago, brother Carapeit und myself made a