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shall therefore briefly notioe some
events of a prior date to those reExtract of a letter from Mr.
To corded in our last Number, and Williamson, Missionary in this dis- ) then resume the narrative there trict, dated,
given. Soory, 30th July, 1827.
Mr. Edward Baylis, who from his arrival "Qar native charch I conceive to be in Jamaica had been associated with Mr. much in the same state I noticed some time Philippo, at Spanish Town, in the manageago. I hope they are gradually gaining a ment of the school, and in the ministerial more full and adequate knowledge of gospel labours of the station, has removed to Mount truth, and their walk and conversation have Charles. At this station a public meeting certainly of late been more becoming the was held on the 15th of April last, when a gospel. They are almost all of them now church was formed, the ordinance of hapliving together around my residence, I may tism was administered to 77 persons, and say on the Mission premises ; which I con- Mr. Baylis was recognized as the pastor. sider a very important consideration, inas- ( A congregation at Old Harbour, also, though much as the close superintendence they so 36 miles distant from Mount Charles, is much require, can be so much more easily supplied on alternate Sabbaths by Mr. B, ; and efficaciously employed than if they were and a number of candidates had been proresiding at a distance, or even dispersed posed for admission into the infant society throughout the village. Indeed, they are at the date of his last letter, in September, so sitnated, that hardly any thing, even of | 1827. trifling moment, cản transpire without its Mr. and Mrs. Burton landed at Morant becoming almost immediately known. WeBay, August 27, and reached Kingston in have lately got up four female schools with safety on the 1st of September. Their great difficulty, containing in all about 35 voyage was attended with considerable dangirls. I hope we shall be able not only to ger, as the vessel sprang a leak in St, keep them in existence, but to increase George's Channel, and was completely distheir numbers, as well as the number of masted when off the island of Antigua. Mr. papils in each school. The people here are B. gratefully acknowledges the Divine goodexceedingly averse to female schools, but ness in their preservation while on the great not so to boys, and are not a little surprised deep, and in the continued enjoyment of that we should be establishing the one and health after their arrival. A later communot the other. I have repeatedly told them nication mentions his removal to Port Maof the probability of our being able to teach ria, since which he had been twice attacked their boys, although I have not as yet thought by fever, but was mercifully restored at the it advisable to risk the attempt of intro- date of his letter, Dec. 23. ducing any thing of a decidedly religious From Annatto Bay, Mr. Flood writes, on nature into any of them. A good many Deo.5," I trust the Lord is carrying on adults belonging to our native church, both | bis work here. We have at present thirtyold 'and young, are learning to read, but two candidates for church fellowship, whom most, I am sorry to say, are very backward. I expect to baptize next Lord's day mornThe education of our Christian youth is ing. My dear partner has commenced a very encouraging, and will, I hope, be ulti-Sunday school; about twenty-five children mately productive of much good. Our pa- and five or six adults asually attend. May tive preaching is carried on as fully as cir- the great Lord of the harvest deign to bless cumstances will allow, and I hope not with this humble effort to promote bis cause, so out effect, though that may not be very ap- 1 that the scholars may learn to understand parent. Four preachers are at present em- as well as to read the Holy Scriptures, ployed, who go two and two daily into the wbich are able to make them wiso unto salneighbouring villages, and whenever the vation, through faith wbich is in Christ Jeseason will permit, will considerably extend sus. Some kind ladies at Northampton their present circumscribed limit."
lately sent a very acceptable parcel of rewards for the Sunday school children, for which we would tender our grateful acknow
Previously to the departure of Mr. Baylis
from Spanish Town, Mr. Philippo had proThe great importance of recent cured an eligible successor in the manage. proceedings in this quarter, has
ment of the school, in a young man of piety
and respectable attainments, who had held a occasioned our more ordinary in
ainury similar post in the army. He continued to telligence to get into arrears. We receive applications to visit and preach in
the neighbouring parishes, from white per-Oar prayer meetings at day-break on Sansons of respectability, to an extent far be- days and on Thursdays are well attended; yond his means to supply. Hence his letters last Thursday morning there were from three contain, urgent requests that more Mission- | to four hundred persons present. This is aries may be sent over, to fill the posts the morning we set apart to pray particawhich as yet are supplied but partially, or larly for the Spirit's influence; without this not at all.
all oar doings will amount to very little. Mr. Barchell began the enlargement of his But surely the Lord will bear prayer for bis chapel at Montego Bay in November last, church, and what a mercy, that on tbis suband expected it would be finished in aboutject we cannot be too importunate-'give three months. A few weeks before, he had bim no rest.'”. beeu called repeatedly to administer the At the close of December, our senior ordinance of baptism. “ Sept. 16, Brother Missionary, Mr. Coultart, gives a very pleasAlsop,* of Black River, assisted me, when ing account of the examination of the school 65 were baptized ; and Sept. 30, Brother under the care of Mr. Knibb. “ Three hunHudson,* of Lucca, assisted me, when 78 dred children were present, and exhibited were baptized. Lord's day, Oct. 14, 120 specimens of their reading, writing, and of these were received into the church, when arithmetic. Many of the two latter were about 500 members commemorated the death admirable indeed. The girls presented speof Christ. At the close of the sacrament cimens of needlework, most of which are we held a special prayer meeting on behalf intended for kind friends in England.” Suitof the cause of God in this island, when a able rewards were distributed at the close spirit of supplication was poured out indeed. of the examination, which appears to have The feelings of the whole church were ex- been highly encouraging to Mr. Coultart and cited, and many importanate requests were his brethren. Our readers will remember presented to God.”
that the expence of this daily school for so The health of Mr. Tinson, pastor of the many children is defrayed by Mr. Coultart's second church at Kingston, has been some-congregation. what affected of late. Our readers will not be surprised at this, when they learn what We stated in our last Number, that our is the regular routine of his engagements, Missionary brethren in Kingston and tbe wbich may be taken as a specimen of the neighbourhood had been summoned to apexertions of our other Missionaries in the pear before the House of Assembly. Their island also. “Jacluding a prayer meeting examination was conducted by a Committee, before. day, we have four services on the consisting of three individuals. It was Sabbath ; and two schools between the ser strictly private, and lasted for several days; vices, one for adults and another for chil. the object, apparently, being to elicit such dren: a lecture on Thursday evenings ; | information relative to missionary proceedthree prayer meetings every month, one for ings as may furnish, if possible, some pretext the Mission, another for the schools, and a for the clauses in the late act which were so third before the ordinance ; funerals, sick justly disapproved by his Majesty's Governfolks to visit, classes to meet, twice almost ment. We have yet to learn in what manevery day into town to beg for the chapel, ner it is proposed to make use of the inforand continual labour with a school besides, mation thus obtained, or whether any new in this debilitating country, is quite as much restrictions will be laid upon the self-denyas I am able to bear.”
ing labours of our Missionary brethren. In a subsequent letter, he writes— With Would that our colonial fellow-subjects, inrespect to our church, we are, I hope, going stead of indulging weak and groundless on well, though slowly, at least compara- jealousies as to the objects and proceedings tively so. We have administered the ordi- of Christian Missionaries, would resort at nance of baptism once since we opened the once to the clear and decisive evidence of place, to about 25 persons, and more are facts. They are surrounded by multitudes now in waiting. Some have been added of of slaves, who bave listened to these "i secthose who were formerly with us, but who tarian teachers,” and received their docfor a time left us. Brother Burton preached trines with approbation and delight. Have twice at our chapel, and expressed himself they, or have they not, been improved by greatly delighted with the appearance of the the change ? Have not the habits of sobriety, congregation, and the apparent prospect of honesty, and general good conduct, been usefulness. May the Lord pour out his formed in those who were once the reverse holy spirit upon the people, and make them of all this? What, but the conviction of this a thousand times as many more as they are very fact, led a member of the House of
Assembly, lately deceased, not merely to
invite our Missionaries to instruct bis ne* Missionaries belonging to the General groes, but to contribute handsomely towards Baptist Society.
their support? What has induced other re.
spectable gentlemen, within the last few which it relates ; merely remarkmonths, to request that the Missionaries ling that the pres
ries ing, that the present pecuniary would visit their estates also ? The facts referred to are such as any proprietor may state of the wo
state of the Society renders it eseasily ascertain ; and while they ure before pecially desirable that all suitable us, we cannot avoid asking, On what prin- methods should be taken to render ciple is it, even of temporal policy, that its funds more adequate to the Ministers of the Gospel are thwarted and opposed in every practicable way, merely Sacreu
pely sacred purpose we aim to profor attempting to communicate to their poor mote. ignorant fellow-creatures the first prinoiples of the oracles of God? But there are con
SUNDAY SCHOOL MISSIONARY ASSOCIA
TIONS. siderations, whether we are alive to them or not, which far transcend all the calculations Experience has shewn that in the pecuof worldly policy. The advice of a grave niary support of the cause of God, small and learned senator of former times may be contributions are not to be despised. When saitably recommended to those who sustain diligently sought, and regularly collected, a similar character now. “ Refrain from they produce an aggregate of great value. these men, and let them alone : for if this The number of persons who take an incounsel or this work be of men, it will come terest in the progress of the gospel, is thereto nought: But if it be of God, ye cannot by at the same time vastly increased. overthrow it ; lest haply ye be found even to This class of contributors has not, how. fight against God.” Acts v. 38, 39. ever, been so extensively brought forward
But to return. Our readers have already as the interests of the kingdom of Christ been apprized, that the unavoidable, and require. indeed avowedly designed, result of the late 1 The design of this paper is to shew the proceedings in Jamaica, has been very largely desirableness of engagivg our Sabbath schoto maltiply the claims for pecuniary assist | lars more generally in the support of the ance for the Missionaries there, and for the mission. On them, benevolence has convarious benevolent objects in which they are ferred much of her patient and affectionate engaged on behalf of their respective con- solicitude; and they ought to be tutored in gregations. A considerable time must of the cultivation of a virtue, to the exercise necessity elapse before the benign intentions of which they are so greatly indebted. But of his Majesty's Government can be so re- a benevolent disposition is best acquired in alized as to avail to the diminution of the the school of practice. heavy burdens thus entailed on the Society. What object, then, shall we principally In the mean while, increased exertions must exhibit in our Sabbath schools, adapted to immediately be made to meet the exigency, excite the benevolence of the children, and or-for it is in vain to disguise the fact most worthy of their support? Shall it be the opponents of Christian Missions will local or general? The latter, undoubtedly, have to triumph in the withdrawment of should be preferred. Of all the valuable some of these laborious men from their institutions of the age, for the diffusion of arddogs and honourable posts. It is for religion, which shall be selected ? If we those who have been cheered and animated choose that which operates most directly by the remarkable tokens of a Divine bless in the fulfilment of our Lord's command, ing attending these labours, to determine Matt. xxviii. 19,--which is most needful to what course the Committee shall adopt. At the universal extension of his kingdom, present we must close, by reminding our which, considering the extent of its sphere, readers, that in the month of January, 1827, requires the largest pecuniary aid, -and we announced the opening of a “ West which supplies to its contributors the most India Favd,” to which there has been sab frequent, varied and interesting details ; scribed, since the Annual Meeting in June, then, assuredly, it must be the Foreign MisOne Pound.
The support of this object has engaged the attention of many of the worthy and
disinterested labourers in the schools of our HOME PROCEEDINGS.
denomination; but to the greater part of them, we may yet say, “Go and do thou
likewise." To shew what has been done, We cheerfully comply with the and to give an idea of what may be expectrequest of a highly valued Cor ed, if there should be a general concurrence respondent, by inserting the fol- in the plan, the following list of Sunday
school contributions has been copied, in the lowing paper, suggested by his.
order they occur, from the Report of the own experience, on the subject to. Baptist Missionary Society for 1827. Other
schools, doubtless, have yielded similar | sidered a committee :that they from time contributions; but these only appear in the to time explain the nature and objects of report.
the society to the children and their paNewport Pagnell
£2 0 0 rents : and that one of the teachers be noAudlem ....
0 10 0 | minated treasurer, and another secretary. Falmouth .........
17 6! 5. That the minister of the congregation Portsea, Lakelane
0 0 with which this school is connected, be reMarie-la-bonne ...
19 9 quested to act as president; and to attend Bessel's Green .......
0 12 9 at proper times for the purpose of commaCanterbury
0 12 | 8 nicating Missionary intelligence to the chilFolkestone .......
1 12 4 dren. Leicester, Harvey-Lane
01 6. That the subscriptions be paid over by Lincoln .............
is the collectors, at the close of the school London, Alie-street ...
2 | every Sabbath afternoon, to the treasurer, Goswell Street
4 6 i who shall pay in the amount at the monthly Baptist Free School . 9 2 6 committee meeting of the
Branch Henrietta Street
o Associatiou in aid of the Baptist mission. 0 7. That an annual meeting be held, when
5 the amount collected shall be reported, and Lynn ............
6 an address or addresses be delivered by the Norwich, Sprowston-lodg
4 president and the friends of the missionary Newark...
1 cause. Blockley .......
2 Brighton, Bond Street ........ 1 0 0 Let it not be thought that such an assoBirmingham, New Hall-street .. 2 15 7 ciation, merely for Sunday schools, will be Scotland, Garleton....
1 18 6 useless. However small their contributions, Haddington .......
1 3 0 | they will probably be increased by such a In addition to the above, the writer has measure ; while the management of the whole pleasure in stating, that the school with will be rendered easy and regular. No exwhich he is connected, became an auxiliary pense need be incurred. The rules may in the good work several months ago. be written, and hung up in the school. The
In prosecuting this design, different me- few transactions of the committee may be thods appear to have been adopted. Some entered with the other memoranda of the schools have made occasional collections; teachers' meetings, and the accounts kept on some have employed that unwearied, ever the collecting cards published by the Parent asking, but unobtrusive collector, the mis- Society. siopary hox; while others, doubtless, bave According to the above rules, the teachsolicited periodical subscriptions. The ers should subscribe ; not only to support greatest effect will, however, be likely to the cause, but to strengthen their appeal to arise from the establishment of a well or the children ; or if they should be members ganized association in each school ; with of an auxiliary, it would be desirable to which the services of the box, and an occa- transfer their names to the school association. sional collection, may be beneficially com- The smallest subscription should not be bined. The following rules of such an as- refused. sociation are respectfully submitted for con- Great attention should be paid to regusideration, subject to such alterations as larity in collecting. By cmploying the elder local circumstances may require.
children as assistants, they will be trained 1. That this society be called “ The ap as collectors, and will probably acquire
Baptist Sunday School Association, in an interest in the mission which hereafter aid of the general objects of the Baptist may be most advantageously exerted : but Mission.”
in selecting them, a sound discretion must 2. That all the teachers and children be exercised, and the collectors must carewho shall subscribe one penny, or any lesser fully superintend their work. Without this, or greater sum, weekly or otherwise, be the measure will be injurious. considered members of this association. It will be highly necessary that the col
3. That the snbscriptions be collected, lectors should explain the objects of the asunder the appointment of the committee, sociation both to parents and children ; and by one male and one female teacher, assisted supply the latter regularly with the quarterly by those boys and girls in the Bible class, papers, a sufficient quantity of which the who have been longest in the school, who are secretary should obtain through the nearest able to write and cipher, and who are most auxiliary, or from the mission house in entitled to esteem and confidence for the London. general propriety of their conduct.
If the minister at whose place of worship 4. That the teachers of the school, as the school attends, would, in his visits to the sembled at their monthly meeting, be con- school room, say a few words on the sub
ject, and communicate striking facts and lished, there is no return of the schools anecdotes, his labour will not be in vain. connected with them ; but surely there can. At the annual meeting, the attendance of not be less than four or five hundred Baptist one or two neighbouring ministers would Sunday Schools in Great Britain. If they enliven and encourage both collectors and will but adopt in this work the Cornish subscribers, and might be rendered profit- motto, “one and all,” the Mission will able to the welfare of the school.
derive from them not much less than £1000 Should it be objected, that we are impos- per annum. ing a tax on the gratitude of the children, The effect will not, however, terminate it is only necessary to refer to the cheerful here. A body of subscribers will be raised countenances with which they usually offer up, who, it may be hoped, will continue and pay their subscriptions. In every in their support to larger Auxiliaries, after stance, the subscriber should be encouraged they have relinquished their seats and conto contribute willingly; and he should be tributions in the school to other3. The taught to consider bimself bonoured in because of the mission will be entwined among ing enabled thus to add a mite to the sap- the early remembrances of a numerous porport of the Redeemer's cause. .
tion of our youth. The energy of our inIf it should be urged, that the application defatigable teachers will become identified is unreasonable, we acknowledge that some with our attempts to preach the gospel of the scholars are poor indeed, and from among the heathen ; and a missionary imthem nothing should be received ; but the pulse will be given to the piety and zeal majority are in the habit of frequently ob- of many of the members of the Sabbath taining pence from their parents to spend in School Association; who from having contrifles. This spending money devoted to tributed their weekly mite to the support of the Missionary Association, is not only bet-missions, will aspire to become Missionaries ter spent than it would be otberwise ; but themselves.. the children may be taught to feel more gra- If, fellow labourers, these considerations tification in thus employing it, than they approve themselves to your judgment, let could derive from any other mode.
the love of Christ and the urgent claims of The annual produce of this source of the beathen world constrain you to add to contribution, will almost entirely depend on your present services the interesting work the energy of the teachers. The preceding which has been set before you. Any relist, which may be considered as a moderate marks or saggestions on the subject, forspecimen, gives a total of £54 19 5. from warded to the Secretary in London, will re24 schools ; so that, without being too san-ceive from him, no doubt, the most prompt guine, or calculating on uncertain data, we attention. may anticipate an average of £2 5 0 from each school. It is to be regretted, that in Truro, Feb, 16, 1828. the lists of our churches occasionally pub
Contributions received on account of the Baptist Missionary Society,
from January 20 to February 20, 1828, not including individual Subscriptions. FOR THE MISSION.
£ s. d. Legacy of the Rev. R. G. North, late of Ware, (Executors, Messrs. J. Cowell and T. F. Haslam,)...............
......... 37 0 5 Cornwall, Auxiliary Society, by Rev. Edmund Clarke :Falmouth Branch, (including Schools £1 12 6, and Female Education £2) ....
...... 44 194 Helston Branc
13 10 3 Penzance Branch, (£5 3 0 Translations at Serampore).... 28 17 6 Redrath Branch, (Schools 15s.)
26 87 Truro Branch ..
...... 50 3 4
- 163 19 Salisbury, Collection and Subscriptions, by Mr. W. Long, Treasurer ...... 700 0 Oxford, Collected for the School in Spanish Town, Janaica, by Mrs. Copley 17 12 0 Barton Mills, Suffolk, Penny Subscriptions, by Mr. Secker .............. 017 4 Harpole, Collection, £2 8 7, Walgrave, Do. £2 3 0, by Rev. W. Gray.. 411 7