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This station was divided into six districts, WESLEYAN MISSIONARY SOCIETY. and the rev. gentleman who had charge of one of them wrote, that “none have gone
Annual Meeting, May 1. back who had been long with us." At Cot. tayam, the Rev. J. Bailey had completed The chair was successively occupied by and printed a translation of the Holy Scrip. J. P. Plumptre, Esq., M.P., and Thomas tures and of the Liturgy in the Malayalim Farmer, Esq. language, and churches had been erected, The report was read by the Rev, E. Hoole, and were attended by large congregations and the Rev. John Beecham. It began by At Mallapalli, on the Travencore hills, a stating that the committee deemed it expewild and desolate district, where the people dient as in former years, to call the attention were fierce, brutal, and ignorant, many con of the members and friends of the society, verts had been made, and the sound of the in the first place, to the financial statement, gospel was now heard with joy by more than premising that it was necessarily made up 200 of these people, and 500 rupees had only to the close of 1842, whereas in reportbeen subscribed by them for the building of ing the state and prospects of the missions, a church. At Ceylon, the prospects were the committee availed themselves of the encouraging ; twenty-two converts had been most recent information. The gross income recently baptized at Nellore. The com. received for 1842, from all sources, was mittee, in concluding the report, impress on 98,2531. 12s. 8d.,' being a decrease of inall the friends of the church mission the come, as compared with 1841, of 3,4341. urgent need which existed for continuing 98, 8d. The gross expenditure of 1842 was those noble efforts by which its treasury 100,6631. 138. 9d., being an increase of bad been replenished; and they deprecated expenditure, as compared with 1841, of the notion that because so much had been 1,9091. 6s. ; and leaving a deficiency in the raised in the last year, therefore their efforts year 1842 of 2,4101, 18. 1d. To meet this should now relax. Neither was the call on deficiency, there was the surplus of income the Christian public limited to the support over expenditure in 1841, 2,9331. 148. 7d. of existing missions. New and sudden open By this addition of the surplus of 1841 to ings had of late been presented by the open the real income of 1842, the deficiency of ing of Central Africa, by the way of Sierra 1842 was wholly liquidated, and a surplus Leone and the Niger, and by the opening of yet remains, towards the expenditure of the great empire of China. Peculiar faci. 1843, amounting to 5231, 138. 6d. lities suddenly arising might be taken as an After a very lengthened detail of the indication of God's will; and with respect operations and prospects of the society in to Africa, an opening had now been offered various parts of the world, it presented the to the Society without any expense to itself; following general summary : and with respect to China, the Lord had Principal or central mission stations, called put it into the heart of one of his servants to circuits, occupied by the society, in the offer 6,0001. for that specific purpose.
various parts of the world enumerated in
265 The receipts of the year from all sources
Missionaries and assistant missionaries, are as follows:
including supernumeraries, and others General Fund...................... £104,177 15 7
who have for a time returned, or are reChina
360 .............. ....... 5,805 00
turning, home........ Foulah Bay .....
339 3 0
Catechists, interpreters, school teachers, Capital Fund.
. 3,715 13
&c., wholly employed at the expense of Disabled Missionaries, &c. ...... 1,063 10 9
Sunday-school teachers and other agents £115,100 107
whose services are only occasional and
gratuitous, upwards of ....... The expenditure of the year stands as Full and accredited church members......... 93,680 follows:
60,396 On the General Fund Account £92,446 1 9
Printing Presses .... Liquidation of debt . . . 6,495 18 11 The report concluded with an eloquent and
Since the accounts were closed on the 31st affecting appeal on behalf of Protestant misof March, a further payment has been made sions, in the new and trying circumstances on account of debt of 6,0001.
in which they now seem likely to be placed Thus, through the Divine bountifulness, by the efforts of Rome, aided by the power the debt of the Society, which at the com. of France. mencement of the year amounted to 13,5001., The meeting was addressed by the Rev. is now reduced to 10007.
Drs. Hannah, Alder, and Leifchild; by the The resolutions were moved and seconded Rev. Messrs. Jacobs (Pah-tah-se-gay), Morby the Bishop of Winchester and Archdeacon timer, Smith, Newton, Boyce, Huston, TurShirley ; Lord Sandon, and the Rev. Au. ner, Stinson, Reece, and Jackson ; also by gustus Hanson ; the Dean of St. Patrick's, M. A. Campbell, Esq., M.P.; C. Hindley, and the Rev. J.J. Weitbrecht; J. C. Col. Esq., M.P.; Captain Woodward ; and R. quhoun, Esq., M.P., and the Rev. F. Close. Wilson, Esq.
BAPTIST MISSIONARY SOCIETY. proceedings, it was stated, that the total
amount of the Jubilee Fund was 32,5001. The Fifty-first Anniversary, April 27. total ordinary receipts of the year amounted
to 21,1981. 38. 10d., being a decrease, as comThe chair was occupied by J. L. Phillips, pared with the preceding year of 15281.188.4d, Esq.; and after the Rev. T. Shirley had The summary stated, that the total number of offered prayer, the Rev. J. Angus, M.A. members added to the churches during the read the report, from which we learnt that past year, was 3569; the total number of the committee were gratified in being able to members in all the churches being 36,622. state, that the progress of the society had There were also about 18,000 inquirers, 165 been uninterrupted in its position and pros. stations, 79 missionaries, 59 female mispects, and was never more calculated to en. sionaries, with 78 native preachers. The courage and stimulate the exertions of its number of day-schools was 137 ; of schoolfriends. While they had to deplore the re- masters, 155 ; of children taught in day. turn or death of ten agents, including five schools, 10,226; and of children taught in missionaries, they were able to report that, . Sabbath-schools, about 15,000. The numduring the year, sixteen, including eight mis ber of volumes of the Scriptures printed was sionaries, had gone forth to this glorious 90,000. The total receipts for all purposes, work. The total number of missionaries 50,8061. 128., exclusive of the additional who had been sent out by the society, or sum of 2,8121., still due to the Jubilee fund. had been in connexion with it, amounted to The meeting was addressed by the Rev. 169; of whom 62 had been sent out within Messrs. Edwards, (Nottingham,) Birrell, the last ten years. The report then pro. Clarke, Mursell, and Elven ; and also by ceeded to detail the society's operations in the Rev. Drs. Alder, Leifchild, and Murch, the East Indies; and, after furnishing an and by H. Kelsall and W. B. Gurney, Esqrs. account of the progress of Biblical transla On the evening of the same day, an adtion, referred to the missionary schools. journed meeting of the society was held, There were, in India, in connexion with the C. Hindley, Esq., M.P., in the chair. Mr. society, 79 schools, being an increase of Angus read parts of the report omitted in four during the year, containing 2789 chile the morning, and addresses, in moving and dren. The total number of members added seconding the resolutions, were delivered by to the churches during the year had been the Rev. Messrs. Hamilton, Philip, and 173; the decrease, by death and removals, Merrick ; Mr. A. Fuller and others. including 17 through the continued machi. nations of the missionaries of the Propagation Society, 92; the total number of mem- LONDON SOCIETY FOR PROMOTING CHRISTbers being 1350. The report then adverted
IANITY AMONG THE JEWS, to the progress of the mission in the various stations, and went on to speak of Africa, Thirty-fifth Anniversary, May 5. The committee were glad to be able to state, that in a few months they had reason to The chair was occupied by Sir Thomas hope four missionaries, with at least eight Baring, the president of the society, several teachers, from Jamaica, would be employed hymns were sung by the Jewish children, in regular mission work at Fernando Po, and prayers were read by the Rev. J. B. Cart. the coast of the neighbouring continent. To wright, and the Rev. Dr. Marsh addressed render that agency more efficient, the com- the children. mittee had resolved on the purchase of a The Rev. W. Ayerst read the report, vessel for the use of the mission in Western which stated that the still growing interest in Africa. The West India missions were behalf of the Jewish cause has been mannext brought under review. In connexion ifested by the constant and increasing dewith the Baptist churches in Jamaica, there mands for the publications of the society, had been added, during the last year, by giving information respecting its operations baptism, 2925 ; by letter, 604; by restora. in the various departments of its labours. tion, 388: while the decrease had amounted The cause of the society has been pleaded in in all to 2062; leaving a clear increase of many pulpits, where previously it had not 1855. The number of inquirers was 14,353, been advocated ; and new openings are conand the total number of members 33,658. stantly being presented for making its claims The number of children in the mission known. The Irish auxiliary, amid the many schools was 6944; somewhat less than last difficulties of the times felt in the sister year, though the number of Sunday-school country as in our own, has continued to children had proportionably increased, being flourish. The sum remitted from that coun13,042. Reference was then made to the try during the year is 2,0471. 78. Ild. The new missions at Trinidad, Hayti, South aggregate amount of contributions received America, and Canada, all of which were in during the past year, towards the general a flourishing condition. With regard to home and special purposes of the society, is 25,0661.
28. 6d., being an increase of 3661, 138. 9d. J. Blackburn, stated many most gratifying above the receipts of the preceding year. instances of direct usefulness. It then de. This amount has been contributed in the tailed the various associations. An abstract following proportions :
of the whole stands thus :General Purposes of the Society,
including the Jerusalem Mis
sion and Scripture Funds...... £23,618 13 3 Hebrew Church at Jerusalem ... 974 8 11 Hospital at Jerusalem ......
230 16 8 Jewish Converts' Relief Fund, Jerusalem ..
46 10 4 The several Temporal Funds... 195 13 4 After defraying the expenses of the year, London ....
Finsbury ........... 308 the society have for carrying on the work for
Mary-le-bone, .... 125 2,130 the ensuing year, the sum of 9,5001. vested
Westminster...... 190 3,655 in Exchequer bills, and 2,0761. 68. 7d. in the Tower Hamlets.. 794 18,136 hands of the treasurer, and on account of the
274 7,394 Lambeth ....
103 2,881 Temporal Relief Fund the sum of 3801. 178.
102 3,758 9d. At home, during the past year, the fol. Suburban .........
7,075 lowing Bibles and other works have been
107 2411 59,946 123 14 issued from the Depositary, from April 1st, 1842, to March 31st, 1843:—Hebrew Bibles,
The beneficial influence of these visits is 1830, and New Testaments, 2,056; Hebrew, also seen in the fact, that last year 1,421 German, Dutch, &c., Pentateucb, 3,257 ; copies of the Scriptures were distributed, Psalms in the same languages, 1,323 ; Book 2,686 children were directed to Sabbath or of Common Prayer, in Hebrew, 558; The day-schools, and 3,635 cases of urgent disOld Paths, English, Hebrew, and German,
tress were relieved by the agencies of this 675; Tracts, various, 13,680 ; Bibles and
society. Testaments, English, and in foreign lan
During the past summer, five tents were guages, 573. The committee took this
employed for the public preaching of the opportunity of thankfully acknowledging the gospel in the neighbourhood around the grant of 666 copies of the Scriptures, En.
city. It may be supposed that not less than glish and in foreign languages, from the 20,000 persons listened to the gospel through British and Foreign Bible Society during this instrumentality alone. the past year. The extension of the opera
That at no season of the year there should tions of the society has rendered new editions be wanting a special testimony on behalf of of several tracts and other publications saving truth, the committee renewed, on the necessary; and 18,500 copies have been return of winter, their courses of lectures to printed. Of the Hebrew Scriptures, the mechanics and young men. The series of committee have printed 2,000 copies of the lectures addressed to the former were dePentateuch with the Haphtorah, and have been
livered at Union-street chapel, in the Bocarrying through the press editions of 2,000
rough, which were heard by many persons copies of the Bible in Hebrew and Dutch,
of the class for whom they were prepared, interleaved, and in Judeo-Polish. A transla
whilst those to young men were on several tion of the first part of Bunyan's well-known
occasions crowded chiefly by those who will and useful work, Pilgrim's Progress, He be a blessing or a curse to the coming age. brew, has been completed, and an edition of
The committee had long felt that it was 1,500 copies is now in the press.
necessary to attempt to perfect the organi. Various facts were detailed relating to the
zation of existing associations, and it was operations and prospects of the society at resolved that it was desirable to secure the home and abroad, and the different resolu services of some minister who would act as tions were then moved and seconded by Lord
the general agent of the society for that pur. Ashley, the Rev. Drs. M'Caul and Marsh;
pose, and the Rev. James Mirams had been and by the Rev. Messrs. Bickersteth, Cas invited to take, and had undertaken that well, Stowell, Cunningham, Tottenham, office. The report then adverted to the loss Freemantle, and Pym.
which the society had sustained in the death of their late devoted assistant-secretary, Mr.
Frederick Pitman; and concluded by calling CHRISTIAN INSTRUCTION SOCIETY, on the meeting to renew their purpose and
their prayer to live and labour for the salvaEighteenth Anniversary, May 2. tion of men.
J. Pitman, Esq., presented the cash acChairman, Thomas Challis, Esq., the count, from which it appeared that there treasurer. Prayer was offered by the Rev. was due to the treasurer last year 1851. A. G. Fuller.
18. lld., the total receipts amounted to The report, which was read by the Rev. 1,1521, 68. 7d., the expenditure to 1,1921, 58. 6d., leaving a balance against the society to 31st March, 1,7471. 48. 4d.; proceeds of of 391. 188. Ild.
sales, 43,0641. 148. 9d. Gratuitous issues The meeting was addressed by the Rev. amount to 6,6491. 78. ld. ; being 1,6681. Messrs. Burnet, G. Smith, T. Smith, and lls. 3d. beyond the amount of benevolent Blackburn; and by the Rev. Drs. Leifchild, contributions, without any charge or exCox, and Campbell.
penses whatever thereon. Legacies, 9991. 198. Total receipts, 52,6051. 78. 9d.
Addresses in proposing and sustaining the RELIGIOUS TRACT BOCIETY.
resolutions, were delivered by the Rev.
Messrs. D. Wilson, J. Clayton, W. C. Forty-fourth Anniversary, May 5. Wilson, J. B. Condit, (Portland, America,)
A. W. Hanson, H. Hughes, J. Angus, John Labouchere, Esq., presided, and the T. Mortimer, G. Smith, and the Rev. Dr. Rev. Dr. Henderson offered prayer.
Krummacher. William Jones, Esq., the corresponding secretary and superintendent, read an abstract of the report. It briefly referred to BRITISH AND FOREIGN SCHOOL SOCIETY. the operations of the society and its auxili. aries in China, Java, Burmah, Assam, India, Thirty-eighth Anniversary, May 8. Ceylon, Australasia, New Zealand, South Sea Islands, West and South Africa, Spanish
Lord John Russell presided. America, West Indies, New Providence, the Henry Dunn, Esq., read an abstract of United States of America, British North the report. It commenced by noticing the America, Newfoundland, Labrador, France, decease of His Royal Highness the Duke of Switzerland, Belgium, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Sussex. It then stated the general proceedHungary, Carinthia, Lower Saxony, Wir. ings of the society. The new normal schools temberg, Iceland, Denmark, Russsia, the were opened in June last, when Lord John Mediterranean, and adjacent countries. In Russell presided. The female establishment noticing the home proceedings, the commit. is now approaching completion. The amount tee expressed their regret at the retirement raised is 17,0871. The sum required to deof Mr. John Davis, the Society's superin. fray all expenses, 21,5001; 4,5001. must, tendent, the duties of which office he dis. therefore, yet be provided. The ladies' charged for nearly twenty-four years, in a committee have raised 1,0451., and the faithful and conscientious manner. The fol. teachers of the society have presented a dolowing grants of publications were reported: nation of 2501. During the year, 207 can-For Sabbath-day circulation, soldiers, didates have been in training in the normal sailors, and rivermen; Home Missionary, school ; 58 have been recommended to boys' District Visiting, City and Town Missions, schools ; 62 to girls' schools ; 13 have sailChristian Instruction, and other kindred ed for foreign stations ; 21 have withdrawn; societies ; British emigrants, prisoners, hos. and 53 are now on the list. Owing to diffipitals, workhouses, railway workmen, fairs, culties on the question of inspection, only races, foreigners in England, special occa. 15 applications have been made to the sions, public executions, convict ships, and committee of council. The aid granted is other important objects, amounting to 1,5771. The schools thus aided will accom1,677,936. Grants to Scotland, Wales, and modate 2,504 children ; and the cost of the Ireland, 302,557. The value of the fore. buildings will be 5,5731. Forty-five schools going grants is 2,6681. 188. 106 libraries have also been established, which have rehave been granted during the year to schools, ceived no aid whatever from Government. destitute districts, and union houses ; also The resolutions of the committee on the a grant of books value 601., at half-price, Factories Education Bill, the foreign opehas been made to form libraries for the rations, and financial affairs, were then no. police. The report further stated the pro- ticed. The amount expended during the posals of the committee for the formation of year, for general purposes, was 6,8631. factory libraries, and the issues of cheap 138. 2d.; the amount received, 6,7771. 158. books, and their efforts to counteract those 9d. Balance due to the treasurer on the principles which are opposed to the Reform- expenditure of the year, 851. 178. 5d. ation. The new publications of the year The usual resolutions were moved and were 218. Publications circulated amount seconded by Earl Fitzwilliam, Lord Montto 16,469,551; making the total circulation eagle, the Rev. Drs. Reed and Alder, the of the society, in nearly 90 languages, in Hon. and Rev. Baptist Noel, the Rev. cluding the issues of foreign societies assisted Messrs. Green and Burnet, Colonel Fox, by the Parent Institution, to amount to M.P., and J. Barton, J. Cheetham, and nearly 377,000,000. The total benevolent J. Beldam, Esqrs. income of the year amounts to 4,9801. 158. 10d. ; special donations received for China,
THE SUNDAY SCHOOL UNION.
The meeting was addressed by the Rev. Messrs. J. W. Richardson, J. Smith, G. Smith, and Archer ; by the Rev. Drs. Cox and Jenkyn; and by C. Hindley, Esq., M.P.
Portieth Anniversary, May 4.
CONGREGATIONAL UNION OF ENGLAND
May the 9th and 12th.
The chair was filled by Lord Morpeth, and prayer was offered by the Rev. J. Yockney.
Mr. W. H. Watson read an abstract of the report, which commenced by stating that the committee had received numerous applications for assistance on behalf of Sunday-schools established in the British colonies and foreign countries. Extracts from these communications were then read from Denmark, Belgium, France, Corfu, Van Diemen's Land, Antigua, Jamaica, the United States, Nova Scotia, and Canada With reference to home proceedings, it stated that cash grants had been made in aid of the expense of erecting Sunday-school rooms amounting to 2541., making the total number of grants up to the present time 228, amounting to 5,0731. The number of Sunday-school lending libraries granted this year had been 107, making a total of 966. The pecuniary loss sustained from the grants of last year amounted to 2992. The schools which had thus been assisted contained 14,661 scholars, of whom 8,259 were able to read the Scriptures. The cash grants, in order to promote the extension of Sunday schools in this and other countries, amount. ed to 511.; the book grants to 2841. 18s. 2d.
The following are the numbers of schools, teachers, and scholars, within a circle of five miles from the General Post-office.
The meetings of this union of pastors and churches was held at Crosby-ball, Bishops. gate, on Tuesday and Friday, the 9th and 12th of May, the Rev. J. Reynolds, of Rom. sey, in the chair. The attendance, espe. cially of ministers, was highly encouraging, and the spirit pervading the assembly was such as to indicate the cordiality and affection which obtain in the congregational body. Deputations from Scotland, Wales, and America, were received by the Union with demonstrations of lively joy, and the presence of the Rev. J. B. Condit (the succes. sor of Dr. Payson) from Portland, in the State of Maine, added greatly to the interest of the assembly. The annual letter on Christian love, drawn up and read by Mr. Stratten, of Hull, was full of holy counsels, richly illustrated by an appeal to the word of God. Much interesting matter was laid before the Union, on the subject of British Missions, on the necessity of taking vigorous steps for resisting the tide of Puseyism which now sets in upon our country, on the best means for resisting Sir James Graham's mis. chievous Education Bill, on the importance of a cheap denominational magazine, and on other measures connected with the progress of the denomination and the cause of Christ. There was an unusual feel. ing of solemnity thrown over the assembly by the circumstance that, at the time of its sittings, the respected chairman's near con. nexion, the Rev. Dr. Fletcher, a brother beloved by all, was lying in a state of almost hopeless indisposition. When his former activity in the cause of Christ was called to mind, the lesson on every heart was peculiarly impressive.
Schools. Teachers. Scholars. South................ 84 ... 1,807 ... 16,172 East ................ 135 ... 2,539 ... 25,349 West .......
2,402 23,857 North ............ 134 ... 2,598 ... 24,674
HOME MISSIONARY SOCIETY.
The sales of publications at the Depository during the last year had amounted to 8,8271. 08. 2 d., being a decrease of 7271. 18. 3d. on the sales of the previous years. That falling off had been occasioned by the distress which had prevailed during the last year in those parts of the country where Sunday-schools were so generally established, and had not been so considerable as might have been ex. pected. The demand for the publications sold at the Depository was, however, again reviving. Various publications had been issued by the Union. Donations had been received amounting to 1661, 138. The proceedings of the Union with reference to the Factory Districts Education Bill were then detailed. On the obnoxious clauses of the bill being read, they were received with general hisses, while the efforts of the committee to overthrow them were loudly cheered. The total receipts of the benevolent fund were 1,4741. 108. 7}d.
Twenty-fourth Anniversary, May 16,
W. Alers Hankey, Esq., occupied the chair.
The Rev. Dr. Matheson read the report, from which it appeared that there were 150 principal stations under the care of the society. There were 80 missionaries, and 70 pastors preaching in villages; making 150 agents, the largest number ever connected with the society. The educational depart