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heathen countries which are the scenes a noble band of self-denying Missionaries of their operations, is to employ the in- are sinking beneath the burden and heat strumentality at their command in the of the day, and dropping one by one, planting of Christian churches, which worn down by excessive labour, into a shall ultimately become the means of premature grave,—that thrilling cry for extending Christianity in the regions help cannot be disregarded. The pecuaround, and of perpetuating it to gene- liar and touching appeal of the Westrations yet unborn. But those churches Indian Missions, in this the season of are not prepared at once to answer their their deep suffering—a suffering which, providential designation. They require beyond all doubt, has been greatly to be purtured and sustained, until the aggravated, for the present, by the fiscal Scrip'ures shall be translated, the art of regulations which this country has been reading communicated, and a competent led to adopt,—surely will not be made Native Ministry raised ; and were the in vain. And what can the Society adMissionary Societies to throw the churches vance as its justification, if it do not they have instrumentally formed too early greatly strengthen its Missions in Ceyupon their own resources, the danger lon and India, and take its proportionate would be that, unless Almighty God in- share of the work of imparting Chris. terposed as by a miracle, the light of tianity to the two hundred millions of Christianity might be again extinguish idolaters in that still-extending portion ed, or its truths become so debased by of the British empire, all accessible to intermixture with heathen superstitions, Missionary effort, and all possessed of as to lose their saving and elevating the additional claim upon our liberality, power. To support prosperous existing arising out of the consideration that they Missions, until they may be able to sus- are our fellow-subjects ? The Society's tain themselves, and extend and perpe- path of duty, for the present, appears too tuate Christianity in the countries where obvious to admit of mistake. Strenuous they have been respectively founded, is and persevering exertions to augment the thus obviously the first care of a Mis- Annual Income are required ; and when sionary Society; and any plans which it that noble spirit of liberality which the may contemplate for the enlargement of last year's income has exhibited shall its sphere of operations should be con- have provided for the liquidation of the sidered with due regard to the obliga- remaining debt, and afforded the neces. tions which it has already incurred. sary means for strengthening the exist. Recognising this principle, the Com- ing Missions of the Society, then will mittee do not venture to recommend any the way be clear to enter upon some new and extensive undertaking, until new and inviting field of Missionary the present urgent claims of some of the effort; and the Society, in such circumSociety's principal Missions be some- stances, will advance with a firm and what more adequately met. Opportunity unfaltering step, sustained by the conought to be taken of the present favour. viction that it is not seduced by the at. able crisis in the affairs of our South- tractions of novelty into practical forgetAfrican Missions, to strengthen those fulness of existing engagements, but Missions, and thus enable the Society to that it is following the guidance of that secure the vantage-ground which it bas same gracious Providence which has
The glorious openings in Western hitherto safely directed its onward course, Africa, and in countries leading into the and honoured its practical responses to central regions of that vast continent, the calls of duty, with the encouraging cannot be neglected without incurring sanction ever indicated by ultimate criminality,—especially when it is con- success. sidered that the elevation of the tribes The REV. ELIJAH HOOLE then and natives of Africa to the condition of came forward to announce a number of Christian and civilised people, would contributions, already received, in conpractically set at rest the momentous nexion with the present Anniversary, question, “ How shall the slave-trade- which, together with other amounts, rethat curse of Africa, and disgrace of ceived previously and subsequently to civilised Europe-be suppressed ?" The the Meeting, will be found in detail on extraordinary work of Christianity and the cover of the Number of the “Mis. civilisation in the country which, a few sionary Notices" for June and July. years ago, was only spoken of as savage The Rev. DR. ALDER announced and cunnibal New-Zealand, must not at that several distinguished individuals, this interesting juncture be left without whose attendance had been expected, adequate support. The importunate cry were prevented by duties of a public from dark and sanguinary Feejee, where nature from being present. Sir Emerson Tennent--who had rendered most would have been preferred to me, or any valuable services to this Society during other gentlemen, but under the influence his residence in the island of Ceylon, of reasons convincing to the minds of the (hear, hear,) where he had filled a high officers of the Society, I felt it my duty office in connexion with the government
as a humble member of the Society,—but of that colony-had authorised him to one as sincerely attached to it as any of state that, although unable to be present its most honoured members,—to accept on this occasion, he hoped to attend the this office, and to render the best service anniversary of the London District So- in my power on an occasion which I ciety, at Great Queen-street chapel, on the regard to be one of the most interesting 15th of May, when he would be happy in its nature, and the most important in to bear his testimony in favour of the its results, to our section of the Christian Society's Mission to Ceylon. (Hear, church, and to the common interests of and cheers.) ......... From the Earl of that world which our Saviour Christ bas Mountcashell he (Dr. Alder) had re- given us to bring under the saving power ceived the following note :-“I can of Gospel truth. (Hear, hear.) Having, assure you most sincerely that few therefore, accepted this post, I should things would have afforded me greater feel it a violation of all propriety if I satisfaction, than to have had it in my were to presume to occupy much of your power to be present at the Anniversary attention ; and, as a reason to justify my Meeting of the Wesleyan Missionary craving your indulgence, I will promise Society this year. It, however, unfor not to abuse it. I will at once proceed, tunately happens that I am engaged on therefore, without wasting your time in a select Committee in the House of making anything like an apology or useLords, which I ought not to absent my- less preface. I am satisfied that I shall self from ; and this will render it im- fully express your sentiments and feel. possible for me to attend your Meeting. ings when I convey to our Right Hon. On some other occasion I hope that no Chairman the sense of obligation under impediment will offer to prevent my
which he has placed us, as your cordial taking part in the Christian and philan. and hearty cheers have testified, by the thropic labours of your Society.” (Hear, honour and service he has done us in hear, and cheers.) Mr. Charles Buxton accepting the office of our President on also desired to express his regret that this occasion. (Hear, hear, and cheers.) pressing business prevented him from I trust I may also venture to express on being present; and for the same reason your behalf, as well as on my own, that they were deprived of the presence and
I think it a matter of no small importassistance of their valued friend, Mr. ance that we are favoured with the preJoshua P. Brown Westhead, M.P. for sence of a member of the Free Church of Knaresborough ; of the Rev. John Jor. Scotland in our chair to-day. (Renewed dan, Vicar of Enstone, and others. cheers.) I can most cordially recipro
JAMES HEALD, Esq., M.P., who cate the sentiments which he has so was loudly cheered, said, -Mr. Presi- kindly and generously uttered in referdent, Ladies, and Gentlemen, I can ence to the Wesleyan body, with senti. scarcely justify to myself, and therefore ments of regard and affection for that I think it will be very difficult to justify most interesting section of the Christian to you, my acceptance of the first Reso- church, of which our Chairman is so lu ion, which I have been called upon to worthy a member. I have always consubmit for your consideration and for sidered, from the first separation of the your adoption. In submitting my own
Free Church from the mother Church, judgment and feeling to the judgment of that there was a peculiar similarity and men whom I have from my youth up analogy between the circumstances of been taught to respect, I am giving what
that Church, and the rise, progress, and I consider a personal illustration of that present position of the section of the submission which is due to authority.
Christian church to which it is my privi. (Hear, hear.) I have not had one mo. lege and honour to be attached ; (hear, ment's personal communication with any hear ;) and I venture to say, that if it gentleman on this subject. I have not shall please a gracious Providence to asked that the reasons should be assigned swell the amount of success and pros. which have induced the Secretaries or perity by which hitherto the first efforts Committee to place me in this highly of that Church have been distinguished, honourable position. I received, late on to swell the stream into a full flood Saturday evening, a request that I would tide of success, we shall not be vexed undertake this duty; and, being per
on that account. (Hear, hear, and fectly satisfied that no such request cheers.) We trust, also, that if similar distinguishing tokens of the favour of Any man is safe who commits himself our heavenly Father continue to be to such a Resolution. I never felt a movouchsafed towards our section of the ment's hesitation, after perusing the church, our friends of the Free Church abstract of the Report which has been of Scotland will still retain towards us read, and a copy of which one of the all those feelings of common and Chris- Secretaries did me the honour of sending tian brotherhood which we now so cor- down to me on Saturday night,--I never dially reciprocate. (Hear, hear.). I am felt a moment's hesitation in undertaking always anxious, when I attend Meetings to submit to you this Resolution. Sir, of this nature,—and, in the country, it is our Society is not receding ; (cheers :) frequently my privilege to be summoned its influence is not diminishing ; (cheers ;) to occupy one post or another, -I am its friends are not withdrawing. (Renew. always anxious that they should, in the ed cheering.) The evidence of that is to very outset, be marked by an earnest and be found in the fact that its funds are clearly-expressed desire to supplicate and increasing. (Cries of “ Hear, hear," and obtain the blessing of God on every part cheers.) But, more than that, Sir, surof their proceedings. But, Sir, you have vey the entire Missionary map,-projustly called our attention to the fact, as ceed from Europe to the East; take a I ventured to do two years ago, when I circuit embracing Australia, Polynesia, had the honour of occupying that chair and the Friendly Islands ; visit the conon a similar occasion, that it is most im- tinent of Africa, and examine the state portant in this great metropolis, and at of the Missions in the south and west one of the earliest of a series of Meetings of that continent; take into view, too, which follow in rapid succession every those important and growingly-interestday of the present month, that the key ing Missions in the British North Amenote sounded in this Hall should be rican colonies,--and in all you find eminently one of profound homage to symptoms of life, of power, and of Almighty God; (hear, hear:) that our growth. (Hear, hear.) You see Misproceedings should begin under a simple sionary Stations the centres of a sanctify. and supreme conviction that we are his ing and regenerating influence; and the servants, in his presence, engaged in his circles over which that influence extends work ; that there is no influence that is are widening in every direction. But to adequate to sustain, to control, to guide, us it must be a matter of extreme interand to succeed us, but that which the est to examine what is the Missionary baptism of his own Spirit supplies. I progress reported in all our great colonial conceive that, on an occasion of this possessions. It strikes me as a very kind, we should meet in that spirit singular indication of the guidance and which actuated the disciples in the city overruling providence of Almighty God, of Jerusalem, when they came together that our Missions are just now striking looking out for, and waiting for, and their roots the more widely wherever the earnestly supplicating, in all the strength great tide of emigration is setting in. and confidence of faith, the influence of Australasia and Polynesia, the districts that Spirit which alone can give life, of Southern Africa, that interesting copower, and success to our efforts. Ilony, especially, which is springing up trust that such have been our convictions at Natal, which possesses such abundant and feelings on this occasion; and I con- resources, and from whence specimens gratulate you, Sir, I congratulate this of cotton have already been received in Society, and I congratulate all those Lancashire, all have been brought under great interests of our common race which the influence of Missionary operations. are so much depending upon the result, We may, also, look with interest and that the deliberations and discussions of hope at the Missions at Cape-Coast, in such assemblies as this are characterized Western Africa. I travelled last week by so much earnest and devout attention with the President of the Manchester as we have witnessed hitherto to-day. Chamber of Commerce, and, in talking (Hear, hear.) The Resolution I am about the Gold-Coast Mission, and the called upon to move is,
openings into Dahomi and Ashanti, that “ That the Report, of which an ab- gentleman informed me that the first stract has been read, be received and bale of cotton had been received in Lanpublished ; and that this Meeting offers cashire from the kingdom of Domonasi ; its grateful acknowledgments to Al- and he said, “ I think we are now learnmighty God for His continued sanction ing the secret how the slave-trade is to and blessing vouchsafed to the Wesleyan be effectually put down.” (Hear, hear.) Missionary Society, and other similar “ Teach the rulers of these Àfrican kingProtestant and Evangelical Institutions." doms, that the mechanism of their sub
jects' hands, and the power and energy moment of attempting to controvert it, of their minds, may be appropriated to that the unsanctified nature of man is useful industrial labour; and conduct per se opposed to Divine authority. that labour in the right direction, and (Loud cries of “Hear.") The Bible is the Kings of these countries will then the book which contains the law; and learn that their subjects are more valu- if you attempt to substitute reason for able when retained on African soil, pro- revelation, you attempt the subversion of ducing a raw material, saleable to the that law, and, as far as in you lies, the manufacturers of Great Britain, than sold benevolent and gracious purposes of to slavers." (Hear, hear.) This may, Almighty God. That is my position, then, be a part of that instrumentality (Hear, hear.) That principle ought to which, by the blessing and providence be carried out by Societies, and by corof Almighty God, will ultimately lead porate bodies, as well as by individuals, to the destruction of the slave-trade. and in domestic life; and we should be (Cheers.) I wish, before I sit down, jealous of everything that would prevent to give expression to another sentiment its right, proper, and successful mainwhich has fastened upon my mind, and, tenance. Our Chairman has indicated I have no doubt, upon the feelings of the that the world is awakening to this conMeeting. I have, Sir, endeavoured fee- viction, that Governments can never exbly to express our sense of obligation to pect to find any permanent basis that you for coming among us and presiding dies not rest its authority on the book here this day; but I wish to add that of God, (hear, hear,) any more than you have greatly increased that obliga- churches can, (loud cheers,) or than tion by the key-note which you struck Societies can, or than individuals can in in your opening observations. Sir, the any relation of life. (Renewed cheers.) time has come when we must make up I am glad to see such a conviction our minds to this great principle,—that arising, especially after the examples it is revelation, and not reason, that is which have been lately set before us on the sufficient and safe guide for the the continent of Europe. You, Sir, have government of the world. (Hear, hear.) referred to the state of France. A fortI see that a contrary hypothesis is agi- night ago, in the House of Commons, tating the minds of men. Now, I do a nobleman, known to most of you, and not fear the minds of men being agi- whose name all would honour were I to tated, if the moral influence and power mention it, read an extract from the last which we possess is only made to bear report of the Minister of Education in upon the awakened mind of the world; France; and what is the testimony borne but it would be an awful state of things by that Minister on this subject? It is if the first seed thrown into the opened that all experience proves this,—and the furrow were anything contrary to the history of France especially illustrates clear and incontrovertible testimony of the principle,—that if knowledge is to the word of God. It is the characteristic benefit the people, if it is not to be not of this day, as it has been of all former merely worthless but dangerous, educadays, for unsanctified human nature to tion must not only be based upon reliresist authority. (Cheers, and some gion, but religion must be the top-stone hisses from the body of the Hall, met by of education. (Hear, and cheers.) Now, renewed cheers; the interruption pre- this and other similar Protestant and venting Mr. Heald from proceeding for evangelical Societies, wherever they move, some moments.) Allow me to say, that are proclaiming this principle. Do you although others may have something in object to it? (Loud cries of “ No, no," their minds that does not bear upon the and cheers.) I am certain it is the direct subject of our Wesleyan Mission. principle we all acknowledge by our preary Anniversary, I entertain no feeling sence in this Hall; and it is one which, of the kind. I have no reference what in every situation in wbich it may please ever in my mind to any matter that is in God in his providence to place me, I dispute. (Hear, hear, and cheers.) It will endeavour to maintain as faithfully is a fact that you cannot controvert; and as, I trust, I have so far shown myself I am quite certain, if you will hear me, an attached member of the Wesleyan you will admit it, for there is not an Missionary Society. (Hear, and cheers.) individual present who would think for a I beg, Sir, to move the first Resolution.
(To be concluded in our next.)
LONDON : PRINTED BY JAMES NICHOLS, HOXTON-SQUARE.