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PROFITS OF THE BAPTIST MAGAZINE. committee of the Union was held at Silver The half-yearly meeting of the proprietors street school-room, December 7th, in order to of this magazine was held on the i8th of make effective some very liberal library and January, when the following sums were voted | reading-room arrangements of the parent to widows of baptist ministers. The initials committee. After tea, Mr. H. Althans prealone of each widow are given, with the
sided, opening the proceedings in his usual name of the contributor by whom she was
impressive manner, Mr. Latter made a recommended.
luminous statement of the proposed arrange
ments. The Reading Room, 60, PaternosterRecommended by
row, had been founded when literary instituS. W.........Rev. Dr. Cox.................
tions were not; its subscriptions had been E. C.........Mr. Puntis...................
reduced to five shillings; and, under vigilant J. F.......... Wm. Stembridge
and energetic supervision, it had become the ..........
best theological library in London open to M. A.........J. H. Hinton...............
Sunday-school-teachers. A circulating deA. D ......... Henry Betts ................
partment had been opened ; valuable lectures A. M.........J. K. Holland
had been delivered ; yet the numbers availing W. C.........- Westley...................
themselves of these advantages had never A. P..........Dr. Cox ..................
exceeded 140. The committee had now H. P.......... Stephen Price ..............
determined to extend these important bene
fits, viz., to open the reading room from five E. W ......... Thomas Pierce...............
to ten every evening, at a nominal subS. D. .........James Richards ............
; scription of ONE SHILLING PER YEAR to every - T..........John Penny ..................
teacher in any Sunday-school subscribing to A. H..........John Williams .............
any of the four London auxiliaries, who shall C. J. ......... Benjamin Price
present a written recommendation from his ............
superintendent. This room is supplied with M. J...........Titus Jones .......
an invaluable reference library; with religious H. E.......... Edward Williams .........
periodicals of every denomination ; with six or eight religious newspapers; with globes,
&c., &c.; with lectures, and a circulating WILLENHALL, STAFFORDSHIRE, library of 1200 volumes, including such works The baptist chapel at Willenhall having as Macaulay's England, Alison's Europe, &c. been of late inconveniently full, and its en Teachers of unconnected schools would pay largement being contemplated, on Wednesday, the same subscription as heretofore. Mr. Dec. 26th, 1849, a tea meeting was held in Latter then alluded to the benefits derivable the national school, kindly lent for the occa. from the habit of reading good books. The sion by the Rev. G, H, Fisher, M.A., the following practical suggestions were elicited incumbent of the parish. This kindness and in the course of the conference, in which Mr. liberality were greatly enhanced by the fact Cuthbertson, Mr. Lewis, Mr, Porter, Mr. that a short time ago the Rev. gentleman was Gover, Jun., Mr. Hartley, Mr. S. K. Bland, left in a minority of eight out of three or Mr. Ingold, and one or two others, took part. four hundred (led on chiefly by baptists) in 1. If teachers do not qualify themselves an attempt to impose a church-rate for the better, Sunday-schools will sink lower than purchase, &c., of a burial ground. The they are at present. 2. Every superintendroom was very tastefully decorated, and be ent should aim at all his teachers forming the tween four and five hundred occupied the habit of diligent preparation for their work. tables. After tea, Mr. E. Jones the minister 3. It will help this, if superintendents sucof the above place of worship took the chair. ceed in inducing teachers to use the library On the platform were the Revs R. Davis and reading-room, as they will thus be and Watson Smith (independents), J. Voller, brought into contact with teachers who really J. Williams, D. Wright, T. E. Wycherly, prepare, and will be furnished with the best and J. Davis. After appropriate and im- materials for preparation. 4. Every superpressive addresses a subscription was started, intendent should determine that no effort of which reached the handsome sum of £190. his shall be wanting to induce every teacher The enlargement will furnish additional sit- in his school to join the library, &c., to be tings for about two hundred; the estimated now so extended. Let him, therefore, (a) cost is about £400, and operations will com- Set the example, by joining himself. (6) Exmence (D.v.) as soon as the weather will plain the matter to every teacher, inducing permit.
them to follow his example; taking down the
name and address of each teacher, and reCOLLECTANEA.
ceiving their shillings. (c) Get them tickets
from 60, Paternoster-row; distribute them; SUNDAY-SCHOOL UNION LIBRARY.
arrange for his teachers to go in'ą body the An important meeting of the superintend- first night, with himself at their head, to ents of the London Sunday-schools and the show them the way. (d) Watch diligently, from time to time, that they make good use | ence, to be held this year, and for which preof the tickets so obtained. It was stated, that parations have already been commenced. forms of application for membership could be | The members of the council of the association had gratis; and catalogues would be ready, have been summoned to meet at Radley's at 60, Paternoster-row, on and after Decem hotel, on the 6th of Feb., for the purpose of ber 20th.-Sunday-school Union Magazine.
| determining the time and place for holding,
and the constitution of, the conference,
Nonconformist, Jan. 23.
RESULTS OF MODERN MISSIONS. 1. The sum of £100 for the best work on It is now 'nearly half a century since the
The Present State of our Manufacturing commencement of the modern missionary and other Working Classes, so far as such effort. The following table exhibits the brief classes are affected by Moral Causes, and by results of what has been accomplished in Personal Character and Habits, and the best these fifty years among the heathen: Means of promoting their Temporal and
2,000 missionaries. Spiritual Welfare."
7,500 assistants. 2.- The sum of £50, for the second best
4,000 churches. work.
150,000 converts. The above prizes not to exceed six printed
3,000 missionary schools. sheets, or about 144 pages of the usual tract
250,000 children and adults belonging size
to them. 1-A prize of £25 for the best tract on
200 dialects into which the bible is the same subject, not exceeding two printed
translated. sheets, or 48 pages of tract size.
32,000,000 of bibles scattered over the earth, 2-A prize of £20 for the second best
in languages spoken by tract of the same length. 3.--A prize of £15 for the third best tract
Christian Spectator. of the same length.
The works described are intended for general circulation, particularly among the labouring classes, and must be popular, and
FRANCE. suitable for the present times.
In a letter to the Religious Tract Society The manuscripts to be addressed to Mr. dated Oct. 31, 1849, the Secretary to the William Jones, Religious Tract Society, 56, Evangelical Society of France, the Rev. F: Paternoster Row, London, on or before the Monod, says, “ Our fellow-labourer the Rev. 31st of March, 1850.-Christian Spectator. L. Pilatte, has lately opened a new meeting
house in the Fauxbourg St. Marceau. His meetings, which take place twice a week, are
already attended by several hundred hearers, THE ANTI-STATE CHURCH ASSOCIATION.
belonging nominally to the Roman catholic The committee of this society are, we religion, but who show, by the earnest attenunderstand, preparing for a vigorous agitation tion with which they listen to the explanaduring the sitting of parliament. Last night, tion of the gospel, that they are inclined to the Rev. William Brock and the secretary accept the truth. It is easy to understand were to attend a public meeting at Chatham; that the dissemination of tracts is very much next Tuesday, Mr. G. Thompson, M.P., and extended by those works of evangelisation the Rev. D. Katterns, are expected to ad. undertaken in the Faubourgs du Temple, St. dress a meeting at Brighton; and on the Marceau, and St. Antoine, the three most 29th, and following days, Mr. Burnet and populous districts of Paris. They must be Mr. Kingsley are announced to be at Bristol, given by thousands to satisfy the demands of Worcester, and Cheltenham. Mr. Kingsley the pupils of our schools, their families, and is afterwards to visit Leominster, Kington, the hearers who attend the meetings. The Ludlow, and Rochdale; and then proceeds tracts must be given, not sold, for these three on a tour through Staffordshire with the Rev. faubourgs are exclusively inhabited by workJosepb Fletcher of Christchurch. The men and destitute persons, who accept the anticipated motion of Mr. Roebuck on the tracts with joy and gratitude, but cannot subject of the Irish church, is, we believe, afford to pay for them. Your committee engaging the attention of the committee, who will surely not call in question the necessity can scarcely fail to adopt measures for elicit- of such distribution, when they know that ing a strong expression of public feeling in those districts, the poorest and most populous support of Mr. Roebuck's object. Another in Paris, are also the most corrupted; this important item in the committee's programme was one of our motives for fixing there our of operations is the second triennial confer-' first centres of evangelisation. But if it
please the Lord to send us sufficient re- tion, men, and money ; and it is now clear sources, we hope to extend our labours to that the intrigues of Austria, Prussia, and other parts of the metropolis.”
Naples are at work to prevent bis holiness placing himself in the power of the French."
-The Patriot, Jan. 24. The Paris correspondent of The Christian Times, writing on the 14th of January, 1850, refers to a new journal, entitled the Napoleon, designed to become the medium of commu
DR. ACHILLI. nicating to the public the private opinions of the head of the state, and says, “In this Dr. Achilli is still in prison. The rumour same journal, the Napoleon, we find the fol- of his liberation was only a ruse, adopted by lowing piece of news, which will have already the Jesuits to deceive his friends.-Christian reached you, but which I forward though Times, Jan. 18. but to show you how the journal of the President understands religious freedom and equality :- During the past week meeti which have been held in the hall of the Rue
TAHITI. de l’Aubalète, by one Léon Pilatte, calling himself a minister of the gospel,-meetings The Sémeur contains some interesting inin which, under the pretext of discoursing telligence concerning Tahiti, “M. Lavaux, upon religious subjects, the individual just the governor," says the captain of a vessel in named indulges in political remarks of a the service of the Jesuits, (“ Society of nature calculated to excite the hatred of citi. Oceania,") “received me politely, talked to zens against each other, AND EVEN in attacks me of his projects, and disclosed his plan of upon the catholic religion.
opposing English protestantism by French “ You are aware in what an arbitrary protestantism. He had written to the manner this place of worship was shut, minister for French protestant ministers to without previous intimation and without | be sent out, considering the time for cathoany legal notification of the facts of the case. licism not to be yet come at Tahiti. No The affair has been brought under the notice more than two catholic missionaries were of M. F. Barrot, who was formerly a warm tolerated as chaplains of the garrison, and friend to religious liberty, and who, it is said, this on condition that they should make no is now in a somewhat difficult position. But, proselytes among the natives. The French as you may suppose, the friends of religious captain found Tahiti far less flourishing than liberty will not fail to use every proper when he left it in 1844. The country, whose means to secure its triumph. The appeal resources were not equal to the consumption, made by M. Pilatte, from the decision of the seemed exhausted; and the governor appeared judges by whom the cause has been already to think that the present establishment must heard, to the Court of Cassation, came on, sooner or later be abandoned,-indications unexpectedly, on the 10th Jan.; our friend's which destroy all confidence in the minds of counsel, informed of this while on duty as a the colonists. The statement, that the renational guard, addressed the court without sources of the country are exhausted, comes preparation, and made a very admirable with an excellent grace from the men who speech on behalf of his client, but the appeal uprooted or burnt down every fruit-bearing was rejected ; 80 that the sentence of the tree that came within the reach of their court below is confirmed, by which M. Pilatte destructive hands. For the rest, we are glad was condemned in a fine of 2009. A repe- to have a confirmation from so unexceptiontition of the offence involves the penalty of able a source as this Jesuit mariner, of the imprisonment.”
opinion expressed by another voyager, that the protectorate would soon be found a too
expensive toy.- Patriot, Jan. 24. The present position of parties in France is anything but satisfactory. The Priest party and the Legitimists are pushing matters to an
HUNGARY. extreme; and it is the opinion of individuals well able to judge, that an immediate out
Hungary has attracted, during some break isimpending.-Christian Times, Jan. 18.
months, the attention and interest of Europe. All were astonished to see a nation which,
for so long a time, had scarcely been spoken THE POPE.
of, courageously make head against the
formidable forces of two powerful empires. The pope's return is farther off than ever. The cry which that nation uttered at the He still refuses, they say in Paris, to return moment of her fall has found an echo in the to Rome, notwithstanding all the sacrifices hearts even of those who condemned her, made by the French government in reputa- and the blood of some of her boldest defend
ers, shed on the scaffold, has produced every., unhappily perverted by the Jesuits, 'and where a mournful and generous emotion. spurned her from her feet, saying, “ Begone,
But it is not sufficiently known that Lutheran prostitute!” Hungary has especial claims to the interest of Joseph II. restored to the Hungarian proevangelical Christians. Four millions of protestants, by the edict of toleration, their pastestants are found among the Maygars, and, tors and their churches, but the oppression but for unheard-of persecutions, nearly all under which they had groaned for more than Hungary would be protestant. The misfor seventy years rendered this benefit almost tunes of protestantism in France, the cruel illusory. It was necessary to procure, on a laws solicited by the priests, granted by the sudden, nearly 3000 pastors. They accepted civil power, and executed by the dragoons in all they could find, and put at the head of different parts of this kingdom, have long new churches men who were unworthy. At since attracted the attention of evangelical a later time they founded, at Vienna, a deChristendom. But if the history of Hungary | plorable theological college. The rationalwere known, the misfortunes which our ism, the worldliness, the sensuality of the fellow-believers have endured in these remote majority of the pastors, did more harm to the countries, would, perhaps, surpass in interest evangelical churches of Hungary than persethose of the Huguenots under the houses of cution itself. The schoolmasters were still Valois and Bourbon.
worse than the ministers; and if a peasant At each coronation the king of Hungary had a child who was good for nothing, he deought to take an oath of fidelity to a consti- voted him to these functions. tution which guarantees the equality of reli- In this state of things a pious pastor of gious confessions. But, alas! what is this Hungary, animated by that faith which but a constitution for the agents of the worketh by love, asked from God a remedy papacy! In 1669 (under Leopold I.), at for the miseries of his people. He thought the request of the Jesuits, the evangelical the first thing to be done was to procure for ministers were cited to Presburg. They were the protestants of Hungary the word of God. imprisoned in the dungeons of Tyrnau; some The holy scriptures were so scarce there, that were constrained to abjure, others were when a father of a family died, the brothers, banished, others again, after frightful tortures, who easily came to an agreement on the were led, loaded with chains, to the galleys of division of the worldly property, were often Naples. Some were tormented even to seen to dispute for the bible, and even to carry death. From 1712 to 1783, the evangelical the affair before the tribunals, which usually churches of Hungary, with very few excep ordained that the bible should make the tour tions, remained destitute of pastors. Some of the family, remaining three months in districts, placed under the Turkish dominion, each house. The Magyar pastor at first enjoyed religious liberty. But these countries, brought bibles from London, but the second having returned under the sceptre of their convoy was stopped at Vienna. “We do ancient princes, this liberty was torn from not want remittances from foreign societies," them anew. If protestant Christians, ex- said the minister of the emperor to our cluded from public functions, dared to com- brother, “Ah, well,” said the latter, there plain, they were subjected to heavy fines and is one way of arranging the affair; it is to corporeal penalties. If a Romish procession print the bibles and testaments in Hungary happened to pass before a protestant temple, itself." The minister consented; a printing and was able to enter, the priest murmured press was founded, and henceforward (for some prayers, and in this way took possession about ten years) 20,000 copies of the holy in the name of his church. Such a proces- scriptures have been printed, under the sion was to be made at Vadasfa ; the pro-direction of our friend, in six different lantestants, fearing that their adversaries coveted guages, and have been scattered among the their church, surrounded it with carriages, several Magyar nations. and formed all around it a solid entrench- | Still, the wants of the children and of the ment, while they themselves mounted guard schools spoke loudly to the heart of our in the interior. Suddenly the chants re- friend. He resolved to do something to echoed, the grand popish procession ap- remedy the deplorable state of elementary proached. Some of the most zealous of the instruction, and founded an institution for devotees attempted to destroy the entrench- schoolmasters. The buildings which he must ments, and a battle ensued, in which, un- raise required sums which surpassed all his happily, a catholic was killed. Immediately resources. Twice he thought that he was on this locality was subjected to military occupa | the point of seeing all his projects fail; but tion; numerous arrests were made, and the one day the lord of the place, seeing his venerable pastor, M. Fabrey, in spite of his grief, took a pen and wrote him an order to innocence, was put in chains himself, in the take from the forest all the wood necessary prisons of the Comitat. His unhappy wife for his erections. Another day, our brother, hurried to Vienna, threw herself, with a cry having gone to Silesia to collect, was inof grief, at the feet of Maria Theresa ; but troduced to the king of Prussia, who was this princess, so gentle, so enlightened, was there at the time, and this generous and
Christian monarch, having asked him how | battle-field, or on the political scaffold, have much he wanted to complete his work, gave there found an asylum. But misfortunes him the necessary sum.
have so abounded in Hungary, that succour The institution was founded. Pious and has become very rare. The work of our intelligent masters came, especially from brethren, deprived of the contributions which Prussia and Saxony, applied themselves to it once found among Hungarian protestants, their work, and, taking no part in political claims for this year at least, the subsidies of matters, henceforth established a useful and foreign brethren. Shall it be in vain that Christian system of education. A report on Hungary has drawn on herself, in so high a this institution has been made by Dr. Hagen- degree, the general attention! Shall not we, bach and the pastor Le Grand, in the thir- the protestants of western Europe, hearken teenth circular of the Ecclesiastical Protes to the voice of our brethren! Shall we not tant Society of Bâle.
look upon the Magyar church as a member One Christian work gives birth to another. of our own body -- unknown, almost lost, Hungarians of a wealthy class having visited until this hour, but which now throws itself the schoolmasters' institution of the Magyar upon us in the midst of such great sufferings? pastor, felt an eager desire to see their sons It is there, stripped, wounded with many receive an education as solid and as evan- blows, left half dead-shall we pass on the gelical. The place was wanting, but they other side, like the Levite and the priest ? again set to work, and soon fifty young Shall we not be touched with compassion persons were receiving, in a separate building, shall we not bind up its wounds ? instruction very superior to that which they We will finish with a fragment of a letter, gave them in the Hungarian colleges. The addressed (in French), by the director of the pastor earnestly desired power to do some- Magyar institution, to the writer of this thing towards training young Christian minis- article, on the 28th September, 1849:ters capable of doing good to the protestant “God, in whom we trust, knows that we churches of his country, and alteady, by the desire nothing else than the salvation of souls goodness of God, some of the young men in Jesus Christ. It is for this alone we trained under his direction desire to consecrate labour, it is for this we pray. It is for the themselves to the ministry of the word. protestant church in Hungary that our insti
We will not mention here all that the tutions have been founded, and it is astonishMagyar pastor has done for his countrymen. ing to see how the Lord has, in so short a There is scarcely a branch of Christian phi- time, blessed our work. For four years we lanthropy in which he has not rendered some have laboured, and more than six hundred service. He has introduced vaccination into young hearts have been instructed by us, not Hungary, though the people entertained the only in all the elements of the sciences, but, greatest prejudice against it. It has happen- above all, in the word of God, which, alas! is ed that, in one single day, more than three too much forgotten in the other schools of hundred infants have been vaccinated by his our country. We doubt not this seed which band and that of his wife. In concert with we have sown will bear fruit according to the lords and the peasants he has begun to the promises of God; and the Lord has alabolish slavery, by employing means which ready granted us the joy of seeing the first both the parties interested have found advan- fruits of the harvest which our labours are pretageous. He has introduced new methods of paring. Support us this year by the gifts of agriculture, and has taught his peasants to your charity. So devastated is this country surround their houses with shrubs and by the consequences of the events which have flowers.
passed here, that without your aid, we shall But it is the present state of the Magyar not be in a state to maintain our institutions. institution that we desire to make known. Should we be forced to interrupt out labours, The misfortunes which have overwhelmed the most mournful consequences would result, Hungary have fallen upon it also, and more The reign of God, and of his beloved gospel, than once in the course of this year, 1849, is at stake, in a country where his Word has its pious directors have thought their work subsisted notwithstanding great trials, and about to be destroyed, but the Lord has come where many have made, and still make, a to their aid. In the month of July last, good confession before many witnesses. twelve pupils, who had finished their studies, Dear brethren, it is probable we shall never had been dismissed from the establishment to see each other face to face here below, but commence their work. The director spoke before the throne of our Lord we shall bear before a numerous auditory on this text testimony that your charity has consoled us • Keep that which has been committed to in our great affliction; and the Lord, who thee,” and, at the end of his discourse, his will recompense a cup of cold water given in tears, and those of all his audience, was the his name, will richly recompense you for the only language heard.
love you will have testified towards us, in a Twelve new pupils have been admitted into time when your succour is so necessa ryto us." the establishment; and moreover, several or- - Dr. Merle d'Aubigné, in Evangelical phans; who have lost their fathers on the Christendom.