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the past year; and the Committee ear- tion of sixteen Tracts ; one of which, nestly prayed for public support, that “ Reflections on the Death of the late they might both be enabled to liquidate much lamented Princess Charlotte,” has a debt of 2501. under which they la- met with such an extraordinary sale, boured, and be capacitated for greater that in the short period of four months, exertions in the cause.
nearly forty thousand copies have been A liberal collection was received. disposed of. The total number of Tracts
issued since the institution of this Society,
including the last year, exceeds three LONDON MISSIONARY SOCIETY. millions and a half. By reducing the
price of which to hawkers, who vend The Anniversary of this Society, com
then throughout the country, and by menced as usual at Surrey Chapel, on gratuitous votes of Tracts for special Wednesday morning, May 13, when purposes, the Society has expended an excellent and appropriate Sermon nearly seven hundred pounds. was preached by the Rev. Mr. Wardlaw,
In addition to various grants of reliof Glasgow, from Acts, xvii. 16. In the gious Tracts, for distribution in foreign evening, the Rev. W. Cooper, of Dublin, countries, extending even to India and preached at the Tabernacle, Finsbury, New South Wales, the Committee have from Isaiah, lxii. 6, 7; and on account afforded pecuniary aid to a considerable of the numbers who could not gain ad amount, to encourage the formation, and mittance, the Rev. Ms. Gilbert, of Hull, to aid the progress of Religious Tract preached at Albion Chapel, Moorfields. Societies upon the continent, which has Several other Ministers assisted in the enabled them to print and circulate a devotional services at both places. very, considerable number of Tracts in
On Thursday morning, this Society met various languages; and the Committee for business at Spafields Chapel, when have had the happiness to learn, that the meeting was opened by singing and very beneficial results have, through the prayer; the report, (in an abridged form,) blessing of God, been thereby produced, was read by the Rev. G. Burder, thé in exciting among the readers an inSecretary, assisted by his son, the Rev. creased attention to their most important H. F. Burder, of Hackney. The various interests, and several instances are almotions were moved and seconded by ready known, wherein satisfactory evithe Rev. Dr. Bogue, Rev. Mr. Wardlaw, dence has been given of real conversion. Rev. Dr. Henderson, Rev. Messrs. Among the foreign societies, aided by Bunting, Fccles, Berry, Philip; and J. the funds of this Institution, that, reWilks, and R. H. Marten, Esqrs.
cently established for Finland, at the Friday morning, another sermon was city of Abo, is not the least interesting. preached for the Society, by the Rev. It has been formed under the immediate Dr. Holloway, at St. Bride's Church patronage of the Archbishop, and has a and in the evening, the Lord's Supper very extensive field for its operatious was administered to the friends of the among a people, who are anxious to Society, (being members of churches,) procure such books as may improve at Sion, Silver-street, and Orange-street the mind. Another striking feature in chapels.
the Report, is, the facilities afforded through the medium of this Society, for
bringing the important truths of ChrisRELIGIOUS TRACT SOCIETY. tianity under the consideration of the
Chinese. It appears, that previous to
the death of the late Rev. J. C. Supper, On Thursday, the 14th of May, was of Batavia, he had established among held, at the City of London Tavern, the Chinese colonists in that city, Bishopsgate-street, the Nineteenth An- reading society, consisting of sixty pero niversary of the above Institution; and
sons, who were supplied monthly with such is the deep interest which continues sixty religious Tracts in their own lan. to be taken in the proceedings of this guage, which had been printed at MaSociety, that, although it was held at lacca, with the aid of the Religious the early hour of six in the morning, lo Tract Society, by the Rev. W. Milne. avoid interfering with the Missionary These Tracts, when read, were circuMeetings, upwards of a thousand persons, lated among their respective friends; of various denominations, were present. and, from the continued intercourse be.
It appeared from the Report, that tween the Chinese colonists and their during the past year the Committee have native country, and the opportunities augmented the list of the Society's pubs embraced by the Missionaries of dise lications, in various forms, by the addi- tributing the Tracts on board Chinese
trading vessels, there is no doubt, that | ings of this Society, induced a very numany of them would reach the inhabi. merous and respectable assembly to tants of that empire, whose barriers throng, on this Anniversary, to the capa. exclude the personal intercourse of Eu- cious room of the Albion Tavern, on Sa. ropeans.
turday, May 16, 1818, at an early hour. In this vast field of the Society's ope- The assembly included persons of conrations, they have been much restricted siderable influence, from Ireland and by the limited extent of its funds, noto Scotland, as well as from England and withstanding which, much good has Wales; and more than one hundred mibeen effected; and, we trust, that the nisters, of different denominations, con. religious public will, with their accus curred to evince their common interest tomed liberality, enable the Committee in the maintenance of the rights of conto prosecule their object with greater science, which that Institution was eso vigour, in order to excite throughout tablished to protect. The promised at. the earth, a desire to attain to scriptural tendance of His Royal Highness the knowledge, whereby alone its inhabi. Duke of Sussex, increased also, to an tants can be made wise unto salvation. uncommon degree, the usual solicitude
Several motions, expressive of the sa. to be present on that occasion. lisfaction felt by the Society, and of its The Treasurer consented to preside ungratitude to God, for its increasing and til the Royal Chairman should arrive. beneficial operations, were made and Thomas Pellet, Esq. one of the Secre. seconded by clergymen and gentlemen taries, gratified the Meeting by the peof the Established Church, and of other rusal of the Minutes of the Committee denominations of Christians; and the during the last year, and thereby apMeeting appeared to be highly gratified prized the Meeting of the numerous and in passing a resolution, recoinmending recent objects to which their attention to the Comidittee, to endeavour to pro- had been required. cure the formation of Auxiliary Societies His Royal Highness then appeared, in the principal towns throughout the and was received with those spontaneous kingdom.
and cordial acclamations which rank alone could not extort, but which were
given as proofs of sincere gratitude, and HIBERNIAN SOCIETY. of unfeigned approbation, for the libera.
lity which his attendance displayed. On Friday morning, May 15, the An
After the Report was read by Mr. nual Meeting of this Socieży, was held
in John Wilks, the following Resolutions the City of London Tavern. Samuel
were then successively proposed, and Mills, Esq. Treasurer, in the chair. unanimously adopted: The Report was read, by which it ap
1. That this Meeting, including mempeared, that, notwithstanding the defici-bers of the Established Church, Dissent ency in the Society's funds, there had
ers, and Methodists, mindful of the past been an increase in the schools under and valuable labours of this Society, their care, of 45, and of scholars 4,740,
cannot but regret that in this country, since the last year, making the whole, and at this period, during the last year, at the present time, 592 schools, and so many circumstances, and especially 32,516 scholars.
the continued violations of the rights of Subscriptions and Donations for the Dissenters, as to the burial of the dead, ahove Institution, are received by the fol. as to their exemption from tolls--as to the lowing Bankers : In Dublin, the Hon. freedom of their meeting-houses, when David La Touche and Co.; Messrs. Ro- unproductive of profit from rates for the bert Shaw and Co.; and James Ferrier, poor--as to the registration of their Esq.-In Belfast, by Messrs. Gordon, places of religious worship and as to Batt, and Co.-By the Agent of the So their meetings for such worship unmociety, Mr. Albert Blest, Sligo.-In Lon. lested by disturbances and outrage don, by Messrs. Hankey and Co. Fen- have so repeatedly demonstrated its uti. church-street; and by the Treasurer, Sality by demanding its interposition. muel DIills, Esq. Finsbury-place.
2. That the attention of the Society to legislative proceedings in Parliament,ap
pears to this Meeting peculiarly impor. PROTESTANT SOCIETY,
tant, and that they rejoice that by their
interference a provision has been insert. For the Protection of Britisk Liberty. ed in the new « Act for the amendment
of the Laws for the relief of the Poor,”RECOLLECTION8 of the interesting that the children of the poor, who are proceedings at the former Annual Meelo compelled to solicit parochial assistance, are " to be at liberty, without impedi- conscience' sake, by affording to them all ment, to attend divine worship, on Sun- the benefits which British correspondays with their parents or relations, dence, advice, co-operation, and assist. and shall not therefore be made unwil. ance can supply. ling proselytes to the Established Church. 8. That, whilst this Meeting congratu. And they especially rejoice, at such in lates with pleasure the congregations in the terference, as they learn that, by the rural parishes of Pailton, in Warwickshire, probibition of the attendance of Dissen. Tisbury, in the county of Wilts, and in the ters and Methodists, when compelled by town of Devizes, on the success which has unmerited misfortune to inhabit work- hitherto attended the efforts of the Socie. houses, at those places of worship which ty, on their behalf, to protect them from they prefer, even parochial relief has poor rates, riots, and tolls, they must also been perverted to an instrument of per- acknowledge, with satisfaction, the intelsecution.
ligence, the zeal, the liberality, and the 3. That the regard manifested by the perseverance, worthy of men succeeding Society to the interest of a Dissenting io the ancient Puritans, with which those academy, in Yorkshire, receives from this congregations liave afforded to the ComMeeting a cordial approval, and that mittee iheir co-operation and assistance. they invite their Comipiitee not to relax 9. That this Meeting cordially present their exertions, to procure for those useful their thanks to the Committee, for the institutions relief from all avoidable taxa.
past year, for the prudence, but firmness, tion.
for the activity, but caution, with which 4. That the liberality of this Society, they have most beneficially conducted in conferring its assistance on persons of their affairs, and that the Committee, for every denomination, and even on those lhe ensuing year, consist, with the Trea. resident in Scotland, enhances its excel. surer and Secretaries, of the following lence in the estimation of this Meeting, ministers and laymen in cqual proportion: and entitles it to proportionate and uni. Rev.J. Brooksbank, D. Allan, versal support.
W. Bateman, 5. That such support this Meeting G. Collison, J. B. Brown, would additionally recommend and in- F. A. Cox, Jas. Emerson, treat, as without affecting to entertain T. Cloutt, Jas. Esdaile, needless alarms, or excite ainong their R. Fletcher, Col. Handfield, friends unusual apprehension; they R. Hill,
T. Hayter, conceive that the appearance of affairs, T. Jackson, J. M'Kenzie, and various measures recently adopted, Dr. Newman, J. O. Oldham, require that all the real friends to reli- W. F. Platt, Jas. Pritt, gious freedom should be vigilant and Dr. Tracey,
W. Townsend, firm, and should concentrate their ener- J. Townsend T. Wontner, gies in an institution which may give to Mat. Wilks, T. Walker, those energies importance and effect.
Mark Wilks, Jas. Young, Esqs. 6. That this Meeting learn, with satis
10. That with equal satisfaction they faction, that some County Associations renew their thanks to Robert Steven, have publicly expressed their attachment Esq. their Treasurer, for his continued to this Society, and would anxiously ex- attention to the welfare of this Society, hort every County Association, of all de
as well as for his endeavours to diminish nominations, to urge their members to the abuses in the Charter Schools in Ireremit an annual contribution, and to pre- land, and to promote, in that country, serve among their people an attachnient the diffusion of knowledge and the ultito those right principles, as to religions mate triumph of liberty and truth.
freedom, by wbich real piety will be 11. That to Thomas Pellatt, Esq. and prompted, and the final and beneficent John Wilks, Esq. their Secretaries, they triumph of such principles will be ensured. also again offer those sincere acknowledg.
7. That notwithstanding the regret of ments, which their persevering, gratuitthis Meeting at the inadequate funds of ous, indefatigable, and useful exertions, this Society, and that the annual receipis abundantly deserve, and accompany yet remain unequal to the expense, they their thanks, with their solicitations for decidedly and confidently rely upon their continued assistance, in the situatheir congregations for extended aid, and tions they so honourably occupy. concur with the request made to the 12. But that this Meeting cannot adeCommittee by the gentlemen who origin- quately express their gratitude and es ated, in London, the Tricentennial Com- teem, to his Royal Highness the Duke of memoration of the glorious Reformation, Sussex, for presiding upon this occasion, that this Society should extend its pro- where no political interest could induce tection to all Protestants suffering for such kindness, nor any general popula.
rity reward such condescension; but that As we expect to be favoured with the this Meeting derive peculiar pleasure presence of many of our brethren, from from the demonstration which he has different parts of the kingdom, in the thereby additionally afforded, that the course of this month, we very much wish attachment of Protestant Dissenters to their opinions, on a subject of such vital his illustrious house bas not been forgot- importance to the interests of the Reten, and that the sacred principles of re. deemer's kingdom. ligious liberty are dear to his heart. The objects we have chiefly in views
1. To prevent an improvident expenBAPTIST CASE SOCIETY.
diture of property.
2. To see that the house, and other It was the commission of our Lord to property, belonging to the churches, be his apostles, “Go into all the world and legally secured to them. preach the gospel to every creature;"
3. To discountenance improper per. and to this was added the gracious pro- sons collecting money for approved mise, “ Lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the world !" In obedience to 4. To lay down such regulations, as this command, and depending on this may generally apply to the expenditure promise, many of our brethren have gone of the persons collecting, and to the reinto the villages and hamlets of our mittance of the money collected. country, to make known the glad tidings 5. To give, as much as possible, comof salvation. It is gratifying to find, bined facilities to those ministers, who that by these means, numbers have been are employed in collecting for cases, exbrougħt from the ways of sin and folly, amined, approved, and recommended by to serve the living and true God. In their neighbouring brethren. most of these instances, they have been Communications are requested from the poor of this world, who have received our friends, addressed to the Secretary the words of eternal life, and are unable, of the Baptist Case Society, (post paid,) of themselves, to erect houses for the at the Committee Rooms, 22, Paternosworship of God, in which his word and ordinances may be statedly administered. In the year 1784, a Society was form
ASSOCIATIONS. ed in London, to afford pecuniary aid in such cases, designated “ The Society for
HANTS AND WILTS. assisting poor Baptist Churches in the Country, in building and repairing Meet
On March 25, the Hants and Wilts ing-houses." And, in proportion, as the Association, in aid of the Baptist Mission, Gospel has been extended, the applica- held their first meeting, for the year, at tions to this Society have increased. Newport, in the Isle of Wight. Mr. At the last general Meeting of the So- Bulgin preached in the morning, on ciety, it was resolved, that a Committee Peace, from Gal. v. 22. The afternoon be appointed, to consider whether any was occupied in business. Two sermons plan can be adopted for the regulation of were preached in the evening, one by Country Cases, so as to do away the evil Mr. Millard, from 1 John, ii. 1, and the arising from their being collected upon,
other by Mr. Saffery, from Matt. xiii. without previous examination. Their re- 36–43. Mr. Hawkins preached on the port will be laid before a general Meet preceding evening, from Heb. xiii. 8.ing, on Friday evening, June 5, at the The devotional parts of the services were Comunittee Rooms, 22, Paternoster-row, conducted by the brethren, Bruce, Mil. at 6 o'clock precisely, when the atten- lard, Dore, Read, Hawkins, Saffery, dance of the ministers, and all persons Potts, and Tyreinan. disposed to promote this object, is ears The next Association will be at LyimDestly requested.
ington, July 22. Mr. Owers is appointSeeking mutually to benefit those who ed to preach in the morning on Longgive, by regulating and securing the ap- suffering as a Fruit of the Spirit; and plication of their benevolence, and the Mr. Hawkins in the evening. "Mr. Miall churches which collect, by introducing is expected to preach on the previous their cases, properly recommended to the evening. religious public; their only aim being the welfare of the interest at large, they
-SHROPSHIRE. confidently anticipate more general cooperation, as the necessity and nature of The quarterly meeting of the ministers the Society ate more publicly known. of the Shropshire Association was held at Whitchurch, December 24 and 25, 1817. ducted by Messrs. Manning, of Spalde On Wednesday evening, Mr. Palmer wick; Ragsdell, of Thrapston ; Sim. preached from Matthew, xvii. 27; and mons, of Olney; Brown, of Keysoe; on Thursday morning,
from John, xvii. 4. Anthony, of Bedford; and WhittenIn the afternoon, Mr. Phillips preached, bury, of Daventry. from 1 John, i. 3; and in the evening, Mr. Davies preached, from Psalm iv. 6, and Mr. Cooke from 1 Tim. i. 11. А
OSWESTRY. collection was made for the Itinerant Fund, which has improved lately. It On Thursday, Nov. 27, 1817, Mr. appears also, froin accounts given at this Thomas Cooke was ordained pastor of meeting, that twenty-one persons, for- the Baptist church, Oswestry, Shropmerly members of the church at Shrews. shire. Mr. Jones, of Newtown, began bury, under the care of Mr. Palmer, the services by reading suitable portions have lately received their dismission, to of scripture and prayer. Mr. Palmer form a church at Ministerly, and have delivered an introductory discourse on called Mr. Mayberry, the Itinerant, to the nature of a Christian church, asked be their pastor. There is also the pros- the questions relative to the present setpect of a small church being formed at tlenient, and received, from Mr. Cooke, the Rolla, wbere Mr. Thomas regularly a full and satisfactory account of his ex. preaches. At Drayton, where, on the perience, his motives in devoting him. 22d, two deacons, were ordained by self to the work of God, and the docprayer offered by Mr. Hinmers, with trines wbich were to be the subject of his imposition of hands; Mr. Palmer having ministry. He, and two deacons, were delivered suitable addresses to the bre. then solemnly ordained by prayer, offer. thren, the deacons and congregation, ed by Mr. Palmer, with imposition of from 1 Cor. xiv. 40, and xvi. 14. There hands. Mr. Birt, of Birmingham, fosbeing twenty-seven persons members of merly Mr. Cooke's pastor, delivered the the church at Whitchurch, it is expected charge, from 2 Tim. ii. 7. Mr. Hinmers a church will soon be formed.
addressed the church, from 1 Cor. xvi. 10. In the evening, Mr. Palmer preach
ed from Rom. xii. 1, and Mr. Jones from WILTS AND SOMERSET. 1 Cor. i. 21. On the preceding evening, The twenty-fourth meeting of the
Mr. Birt preached from 1 Pet. i. 19. Wilts and Somerset Association, for the
There has been a considerable revival encouragement and support of Village Mr. Cooke came amongst them. A Sun,
in the church and congregation, since Preaching, was holden at Calne, March day school has been established, which 25, 1818, when Mr. Porter, of Bath, is in a prosperous state. A penngar preached in the morning; Mr. James, of week society, in aid of the Baptist MisDevizes, in the afternoon; and Mr. sion, has been formed, and preaching in Edminson, of Bratton, in the evening. the villages is well attended, so that the The next meeting will be at Melksham, on the second Tuesday in October; Mr. pleasing. May, what the Lord hath Tee
prospects of usefulness, at present, are Saunders, of Frome, to preach.
cepily done for this people, be a pledge of greater good, that they may continue
abundantly to enjoy and hold forth to ORDINATIONS.
all around, the word of eternal life.
MILE TOWN. On Wednesday, March 25, the Rev. Mr. William Mills, late member of the J. Hemming, A. M. was publicly recog. Baptist Church, at Woolwich, under the nized as pastor of the church at Kim pastoral care of Mr. Adam Freeman, and bolton, Huntingdonshire. Mr. Hall, of formerly pastor of the church at SmarKettering, delivered the introductory den, was ordained over the particular discourse, and asked the usual questions; Baptist church, Mile Town, Sheerness
, Mr. Hillyard, of Bedford, offered the
on Wednesday, September 24. Mr. ordination prayer; Mr. Waters, of Per- Newman, of Feversham, preached from shore, delivered the charge to the pastor; Psalm, lxxiv. 22, In the evening, at 6 and Mr. Moule
, of St. Neot's, addressed o'clock, Mr. Tirrey, of Queenborough, the church and congregation. Mr. Hillo began by reading and prayer, ; yard preached in the evening. The de Rogers, of Eynsford, asked the usual rotional parts of the services were con questions ; Mr. Newman prayed. Mr.