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At the Twenty-second Annual Meeting of the Church Missionary
The Right Hon. LORD GAMBIER, Vice-Patron and President, in the Chair.
Accounts of the Twenty-second Year,
William Dealtry, it was
That the Report now read he received, and printed under the direction of the Committee:
On a Motion by the Right Hon. Lord Calthorpe, seconded by the Rev. Theophilus
Blumhardt, of Básle, it was
That this Meeting witnesses, with pleasure and thankfulness, the enlarged means and labours of the various Societies for extending the Kingdom of Christ, both in the United Expire and on the Continent of Europe and in America; and anticipates the day, when every Christian Church throughout the world will yield full obedience to the command of Christ to make known the Gospel to every creature.
On a Motion by W. Wilberforce, Esq. M.P. seconded by the Rev. John W. Cun
ningham, it was RESOLVED UNANIMOUSLY,
That this Meetiny, on a review of the progress of the Gospel in the Liberated Negro Towns in the Colony of Sierra Leone, to whose rapid improvement decisive testimony has been received from persons to whose statements their character and official situation give peculiar weight-cannot but record its gratitude to Almighty God, for the way in which it has pleased Him thus to prosper the labours of the Society, in a Mission which has been attended with peculiar discouragements and trials.
On a Motion by John Herbert Harington, Esq. of Calcutta, seconded by T. Fowell
Buxton, Esq. M.P. it was
That this Meeting, while it viers with thankfulness the extended lahours of various societies to evangelize India, particularly rejoices in the co-operation of the different Missió. nary Institutions in the Established Church to this great end, and in the sonction and support which these labours receive from the highest Authorities; and feeling that the statements respecting the scene of the Society's exertions in the East, brought before the Members in the Sermon preached on occasion of the present Anniversary, furnish the most cogent motives for renewed and increasing labours, returns its cordial thanks to the Rev. Marmaduke Thompson for the same, and requests him to allow it to be printed with the Report.
On a Motion by the Rev. John Langley, Secretary of the Shropshire Association
seconded by the Rev. John Brown, late of Belfast, it was RESOLVED UNANIMOUSLY,
That the labours of the Society in promoting the revival of the Ancient Christian Churches round the Mediterranean and in Travancore, the religious instruction of the Children in the West Indies, the civilization and conversion of the wild but noble natives of New Zealand in the farthest extreme of the Eastern Hemisphere, and of the wide'y-scattered Indians in the lately-adopted North-West America Mission to the farthest Northern limits of the Western Hemisphere, have the cordial approbation of this Meeting; and it desires to commend these extensive spheres of operation to the persevering prayers of all the Members.
Ou a Motion by the Right Hon. the Earl of Gosford, seconded by the Rev.James :
Haldane Stewart, it was
That the sincere Thanks of the Society be given to the Noble President of the Institution, to the other Vice-Patrons, and to the Vice-Presidents, for their continued protection; to the Treasurer, for his assistance; to such Clergymen and other Gentlemen as have, during the last year, prepared or supported Associations; to the Younger Friends of the Society; to those Ladies who, in various places, have very successfully exerted themselves in promoting its interests; and to the Committee, for their exertions.
1. THIS Institution shall be designated ** The shall constitute a quorum, shall be called at any Church Missionary Society for Africa and the time, at the requisition of the General Committee; East;" and shall be conducted by Pairons, Vice. or by any shirteen Members, on addressing aLetter Patrons, a President, Vice-Presidents, a Commit- to the Secretary, specifying the object of the Meettee, and such Officers as may be deemed necessary, ing. Ten days' notice shall be given in three publie mil being Members of the Established Church. Newspapers, of any such intended Meeting, and II. The office ot' PATRONS of the Society shall
of the purpose for which it is called; which shall be reserved for such Members of the Royal Family
be deemed sufficient publicity, as may honour it with their Protection. VICE. IX. None of the Rules of the Institution shall PATRONS shall be appointed exclusively from be repealed or altered, nor any new ones estas among the Peers, piri and Temporal. The blished, but at the Annual Meeting, or at a Special PRESIDENT shall be such Peer or Commoner, Meeting called for that purpose, and the VICE-PRESIDENTS such Commoners, us may be appointed thereto.
X. An Anniversary Sermon shall be preached at some Church in London by a Clergyman appointed by the General Committee.
An Annual OF MEMBERS AND GOVERNORS.
Heport of the Society shall be printed for the use 111, Annual Subscribers of One Guinea and ap- of its Members. wards, and if Clergymen, Half-a-Guinen, with Collectors of Fifty.iwo Shillings and upwards per Annum, shall be Members of the Society during the continuance of such Subscriptions or Collec
ON THE COMMITTEE. tlone. Benefactors of Ten Guineas or upwards, XI, The Committee shall consist of Twenty. Clergy med making Congregational Collections to four Lay Members of the Established Church; and the amount of Twenty Guineas, and Executors of all suchi Clergymen as are Members of the sou puying to the amount of Fifty Pounds, shall be ciety. Eighteeu Members shall be annually ap• Members for Life.
pointed from the Old Committee, and six from the IV. Annual Subscribers of Five Guineas shall General Body. be Governors during the continuance of such Subscription; and Benefactors of Fifty Pounds and First Meeting in every year, either from amors
XII. The COMMITTEE shall elect, at their upwards shall be Governors for Life.
themselves, or from the other Members of the V. Members and Governors of Associations who Society, a Conmittee of Patronage, a Committee of contribute the above sums shall be considered as funds, a Commirtee of Correspondence, and a Members and Governors of the Parent Society. Committee of Accounts. Each of the said Com. VI. The Committee shall have the power of ap, shall report the same to the General Committee.
mittees shall keep minutes of its Proceedings, and pointing such persons as have rendered essential services to the Society, either Members fur Life,
XIII. The Office of the Committee of Parronage or Governors for Life.
is, to procure patronage and support to the So.
ciety; and to nominate, to the General Committee, OF GENERAL MEETINGS. proper persons, as Patrons, Vice-Patrons, and
Vice-Presidents of the Society. VII. An Annual Meeting of the Members of the Society shall be held in London, on the First Tuese XIV. The Office of the Committee of Funds, is day in May, unless that day shall fall on the 7th to circulate information respecting the Instituof May, in which case the Annual Meeting shall tion; to adopt proper means of augmenting the be held for that year, on Tuesday the 90th of Subscriptions and Benefactions; to obtain CollecApril. To such Meeting, those Members of the tions in Churches and Chapels; and to nominate, Society shall be summoned by Letter who reside from thme to time, to the General Committee, within ten miles of the Metropolis: when the Pro- suitable persons to act as agents for the Society in ceedings of the foregoing year shall he reported, the principal towns throughout the Empire. the Accounts presented, and a Treasurer and Committee chosen.
XV. The Office of the Committee of Correspond
ence, is, to seek for proper Missionaries, to su. VIII. A Special General Meeting of the Mem- perintend their instruction, and to correspond bers of the Society, at which not less than Thirty with them when sent out.
XVI. The Office of the Committee of Accounts day of nomination, a report shall be made by some 14, to see that the Subscriptions are duly received, Member of the Committee of Correspondence of regulate the accounts, and undertake the charge his qualifications, and the General Committee shall of fitting out and conveying the Missionaries to then proceed to ballot for him, unless any Member their places of destination.
shall declare that he wishes for further informaXVII. The General Committee shall receive the tion; in which case the ballot shall be deferred till Reports of the other Committees, shall appoint the ballot of either Committee, the agreement of
the next meeting of the General Committee. In the places where Missions shall be attempted, at least three-fourths of the Members present shall shall direct the scale uport which they shall be conducted, and shall superintend the affairs of
be necessary to his election. the Society in general.
XXVI. A Candidate thus chosen shall receive
instruction in such parts of knowledge, and be XVIII. The General Committee shall meet on prepared in such a manner for his future employthe Second Monday in every Month, and oftener
ment, as the Committee of Correspondence shall if needful, the other Committees as often, and at
XXVII. If, during such preparation, any Two of Prayer composed for that purpose, or one or Members of the General Committee should see more suitable prayers selected from the Liturgy. cause to disapprove of his principles or conduct, Five Members shall be necessary to compose a Ge. they may submit the subject to a special meeting neral Committee, and Thrte each of the others.
of the Committee ; and, if deemed proper, the In case of equality of votes, the Chairman shall
Committee may appoint another ballot to deterbe entitled to a second or casting vote.
mine whether he shall be continued as a Candi
date ; of which special notice shall be given to XIX. The Patrons, Vice-Patrons, and President, each Member. Vice Presidents, and Treasurer, shall be considered eDoofficio Members of all Committees.
XXVIII. Each Candidate shall consider himself
as engaged to go to any part of the world, and at XX. Governors, being Members of the Esta- any time, which the Committee shall choose; reblished Church, shall be entitled to attend and spect however being had to his personal circumvote at all Meetings of the General Committee.
stances, or to any previous stipulation made by XXI. All Payments on account of the Society he shall keep a regular Journal of his studies and
him with the society. As soon as he quits England, shall be signed by Three of the General Committee, proceedings ; a copy of which he shall send, as in Committee, and the Secretary or Assistant Se. often as opportunity shall serve, to the Secretary. cretary.
XXIX. Each Candidate, after due prepara ion, XXII. A Secretary, Assistant Secretary, and shall, if not admitted to Holy Orders, be apCollector, shall be chosen by the General Com- pointed by the Committee to act as a Catechisi. mittee : and whenever they shall deem it necessary, If adınitted to Holy Orders, he shall be appointed for the well-conducting of the affairs of the Insti, a Missionary. tution, that any additional Officer be appointed,
XXX. The Missionaries who go out under the they shall have the power of so doing, subject to
direction of this Society shall be allowed to visit the approbation of the next Annual Meeting.
home, permission having been previously obtained XXIII. Five Auditors shall be appointed by the from the General Committee : and after having Committee annually, for the purpose of auditing laboured in the cause of the Society to the satisthe Accounts of the Society, of whom Three shall faction of the Committee, at the Stations commit. be chosen from the General Body. Three shall be led to their care, until age or infirmity prevent a Quorum,
further exertion, suitable provision shall be made
to render their remaining days comfortable. The XXIV, The Life Subscriptions, or a sufficient General Committee shall have the power to assist part thereof, to be equal to the Subscriptions of also, in particular cases, the dependent relatives of the existing Members for Life, shall be placed in those Missionaries, who, by devoting themselves the Public Funds, in the names of Four of the Ge. to the service of the Society, are prevented from neral Committee; who, on their acceptance of the contributing to their support. trust, shall sign a declaration of the nature of it,
XXXI. A friendly intercourse shall be main and that they will relinquish the same whenever
tained with other Protestant Societies engaged in called upon for that purpose by the General Com.
the same benevolent design of propagating the mittée.
Gospel of Jesus Christ,
XXXI). It is recommended to every Member of XXV. In the appointment of Candidates for the the Society to pray to Almighty God for a blessing Missionary Office, the following course shall be upon his designs, under the full conviction, that, pursued. The Committee of Correspondence uuless he "prevent us in all our doings with his having found a person supposed to be suitable most gracious favour, and further us with his conshall determine by ballot to nominate him to the tinual help," we cannot reasonably bope to meet General Committee. Previous to the day of nomi with persons of proper spirit and qualifications nation, each Member of the General Committee to be Missionaries, ou expect their endeavours to shall receive notice of such nomination. On the be crowned with success.
Kurakall, Hindoo Schoolmaster.
BOMBAY AND WESTERN INDIA MISSION
Richard Kenney, Missionary.