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assuredly the publication of the statement, 19th ultimo, are not in a sufficiently complete whether it were truth or fiction, was not state yet to be published. Though the letters adapted to create a high estimate of his exhibited an entire absence of any indicahabitual generosity. We are sometimes tions of discord, and some of the churches reminded of this fact by accounts which had received considerable accessions of numwe are requested to lay before our bers, there were several others in which a readers of presents to ministers. It seems as positive diminution had taken place. This though some of our correspondents thought was attributable, however, not to any great that to show any kindness at all to a minister deficiency in the number of baptisms, but is so extraordinary a procedure that it ought partly to the unusual number of deaths which to be chronicled. A letter now before us occurred while the pestilence raged last affirms that an individual bas presented to summer, partly to the great number of disthe religious teacher whose instructions he | missions which have taken place from some enjoys, a volume which, if he gave the full of the older churches to churches which price for it, must lave cost him seven shil- have not yet been united to the association, lings and sixpence; and this we are requested but which may probably join it speedily, and to publish! It was probably very kind on partly to a revision of church books which the part of the donor, and very acceptable to has removed many names of merely nominal the receiver ; but such a friendly token of members. After the letters had been read, regard cannot be announced to the world | Mr. Aldis and Mr. Baptist Noel delivered without implying that such things are rare in very impressive addresses. the circle in which the incident has occurred. We are informed also that a pastor has re
RECENT PUBLICATIONS ceived from an assembled company, as a token of their esteem, a handsomely bound
Approved. bible for the pulpit. Now if a better pulpit
Continued from page 96. bible was required it was right that one
Horse Paulina ; or, the Truth of the Scripture should be furnished; but it was no more an act History of St. Paul evinced, by a Comparison of the of special kindness to the pastor, than it would Epistles which bear his name with the Acts of the have been to have had the pulpit windows Apostles, and with one another. By WILLIAN
PALEY, D.D. With Notes and a Supplementary mended, had they been broken. Occa
Treatise entitled Horæ Apostolicæ. By the Rev. T. sional presents to ministers ought to be en- | R. BIRKS, A.M., late Fellow of Trinity College, couraged ; they cheer, and animate, and Cambridge. London : R.T.S. pp. 412. cement affection; and the publication of such transactions is desirable, when they are The Bible of every Land; or, a History, Critical really testimonies of attachment after long
and Philological, of all the Versions of the Sacred
Scriptures, in every Language and Dialect into which continued connexion, or when they are ex
Translations have been made : with Specimen Poramples worthy to be held up to the imitation Itions in their own Characterg: and Ethnographical of others; but the wish that the most trivial Maps. Part VIII. Class III. Indo-European
Languages. -Division E. London: Bagster and act of kindness should be made known, indi
Sons. cates so low an estimate of what faithful and affectionate pastors deserve from their people, The Congregational Year Book for 1849, with a that we should think it anything but respect.
Calendar for 1850 ; containing the Proceedings of
the Congregational Union of England and Wales, ful towards the parties to comply with such and its Confederated Societies for that Year. Togerequests.
ther with Supplementary Information, respecting the Associations, Ministers, New Chapels, Schools,
and Publications, of the Congregational Body On the 12th of January, one of the days
throughout the United Kingdom. London: Pubwhen the roads and streets of the Metropolis lished for the Congregational Union, by Jackson and were in an extremely slippery state, the Rev. Walford. 8vo., pp. 256. J. H. Hinton fell and broke his right arm about two inches above the wrist. Of course Spiritual Blindness: the Result of Man's Volunhe is unable to write, and many of his usual tary Opposition to the Truth. A Discourse deliver
ed to the Baptist Church assembling in Bristol St., occupations must be necessarily suspended
Edinburgh. By ANDREW ARTHUR, one of their for some weeks. He has endured much Pastors. Edinburgh : James Hogg. pp. 29. severe pain, but he is progressing favourably.
The Young Converts. By the Rev. G. HALL, The Rev. C. A. M. Shepherd, who had | Carlton, Beda. London: Tloulston and Stoneman. assisted the late Rev. J. H. Evans, at John pp. 24. Street for some time past, has accepted an
Christ Revealed; or the Scriptural Lock and Key invitation to become pastor of the neighbour
to the passages which Testify of Jesus Christ in the ing church in Henrietta Street, whither it is old and New Testaments. "By the Rev. W. CARUS understood that he will be followed by some WILSON, M.A. New Edition, Re-arranged, with attached friends.
an Introduction. London: Houlston and Stoneman. Pp. 88.
The statistics of the London Association, The Christian Mirror and Family Journal. Janu. the annual meeting of which was held on the ary, 1850. London : Partridge and Oakey.
TRINIDAD. Trinidad has been called the Indian Paradise. It was discovered by Columbus on his third voyage, in 1498, and was then densely inhabited by Caribs, whose disposition is represented as mild and industrious. The inhabitants now are chiefly Europeans and negroes; but a few hundreds are left of the aborigines. They have fallen before the edge of the sword, Spanish cruelty and outrage, and European vices.
The soil is fertile, and the land covered with gigantic and magnificent vegetation. Forests of palms, groves of citrons, hedges of spices and perfumes, beautiful rivers, surmounted by a deep azure sky, render the interior of the island a scene of unequalled beauty. Beneficial and abundant dews cool and invigorate the atmosphere, and give a vigorous luxuriance to vegetation. The forests are filled with trees of the noblest growth, among whose gnarled roots the traveller with difficulty picks his way. The margins of the rivers are hid in the dense foliage of the cocoa-tree, here and there interspersed with the brilliant and golden foliage of the Bois immortel, a lofty umbrageous tree, covered with clusters of scarlet blossoms of exceeding brightness, and shining like brilliant velvet in the rays of the sun ; while the lovely butterfly-plant, fluttering on its almost invisible stalk, adds beauty and variety to the traveller's path. The low grounds are marshy, and the passage through them rendered extremely difficult by the entangled vegetation which covers them,
Amid these glorious scenes labour our brethren Law and Cowen, assisted by eight other teachers. During the last year twenty-two persons were baptized, and there have been gathered from the degraded population about 120 persons into Christian fellowship-plants that shall flourish in the Paradise of God.
The hope expressed by our brother Thomas in the Missionary Herald for November, has, through Divine mercy, been fulfilled. On the last Lord's day in September six believers made a public profession of their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ at Bow Bazar, consecrating themselves to Him in baptism, and were admitted to full communion on the following sabbath. In a letter dated November 8th, Mr. Thomas further informs us, that “ brother Leslie baptized a European last sabbath, and on the same day brother Pearce baptized a man, formerly a Mussulman. I hope to baptize at the close of the month. Thus you see we are not left without some tokens for good, and if we can but get over the difficulty about funds, I hope we shall yet see better days."
MONGHIR. Under date of October 31, 1849, our brother LAWRENCE favours us with the following communication. His remarks on the deficiency of the Society's funds, the present wants of India, the encouraging prospects daily enlarging before our
missionary brethren, and the self-denial endured in his missionary life by our esteemed brother, will be found worthy of particular attention.
It is with deep regret I learn that the therefore, of little use for me to write more Society continues so much in debt, and that on this subject, as both means and agents are in consequence it is necessary to restrict the wanting. I pray " the Lord of the harvest" operations of the Society within narrower to dispose the hearts of his people to greiter límits. I hope that this will be only a tem- liberality, and to send forth more labourers porary measure. Surely there must be silver into this part of the missionary field, and gold enough amongst the baptists in Britain to enable the Society to maintain all
Retrenchment. its usual operations with vigour. After all In reference to the resolutions on reduction the good that has been accomplished by of expenditure, to which you have called our means of the Society, surely none can fail to attention, I may remark that you are doubtsee its growing worth and importance. And less aware they can scarcely be considered can it be that when the Society is advancing lapplicable to Monghir. As we draw from in usefulness, the professed friends of the the Society's funds nothing but our own Redeemer in our denomination are declining salary, it is impossible for us to reduce our in zeal and liberality? I hope that this is allowance from the Society except by giving not the case. But from whatever cause the l up a portion of them. To relinquish any deficiency of funds has arisen, it is deeply to portion of my salary would subject me to be deplored. It is most painful to reflect difficulties, for although we live in a very that the amount of pecuniary aid afforded to economical style, we have nothing to spare at the East India Mission must be curtailed the year's end. I have never drawn the full just at a time when we need more help in
extra allowance for a missionary's family, and every way. We want more men, as well as since I have been at Monghir I have kept more money.
the mission house in repair out of my salary, Wants of Paina and ils vicinity.
in order that I might spare the funds of the
Mission. And, excepting about 600 rupees Some of the Society's stations cannot be realized from the proceeds of the Digha maintained much longer without a more houses, with which I built "a large wall to liberal supply of both. Patna has now no secure the house against the encroachments missionary belonging to our Society. The of the river, and partly rebuilt a stable, I Refuge and the church have been broken up have never drawn any extra sums from the by Mr. Beddy's removal. And though there funds of the Society. I am not sure, howis one valuable missionary there, who, I have ever, that the resolution No. 4 is intended to no doubt will do all he can in looking after apply to the salaries of the brethren. I do the few believers that remain, as well as in hope that the Society will not be so urgently preaching to the unbelieving; yet what is one pressed as to make it necessary to reduce the man in so large a city? It is very much to salaries of their agents; but should this be be lamented that our Society has not an agent the case, I will cheerfully bear my share of to go to Patna immediately; there is abun- , the burden. dance of room, not for one only, but for three or four missionaries. Not only is there Liberality of the church al Monghir. a vast population in the city of Patna, but
You are aware that we have local funds there are many towns and villages around it, which must be supplied with the light of thé by which all the current expenses of the gospel from Patna. Gva is about sixty miles Monghir station, our salaries excepted, are from Patna, and is a very important place in
defrayed. These expenses amount now to the estimation of the Hindoos. Vast num
more than £7 a month. bers of pilgrims from all parts of India visit
Some of our members, sympathizing with there, and generally remain for a week, or
the Society in its difficulties, have been ex. two weeks, so that there are good opportuni-erting,
erting themselves to collect contributions ties of preaching the gospel to them. But towards he
"But towards liquidating the debt. Already 300 at this place there is no missionary, and there rupees, or £30, have been collected, and we is not one residing nearer than Patna. Behar hope to realize something more, when the and Tikaree are two large towns, with no amount will be forwarded to Mr. Thomas. missionary nearer than Patna. Several other
Prospects. large places I might name, which have no missionary nearer to them than Patna; but No additions have been made to our conyou are doubtless fully aware of the im- gregations, or to the church, since last May, portance of having our mission re-established of importance. We anticipate an increase to in that large city, and I feel persuaded that both in a few months. Several of the inthe Committee would most gladly send quirers in our Christian community continue agents there if it were in their power; it is, to afford us satisfaction, and it is probable that some baptist friends from other stations to take a pleasing degree of interest in what will take up their residence here.
was said to them; some of the poor people Account of tour.
even offered us pice and food. One poor
woman, after listening to Nainsukh for some During the greater part of August, and the time, expressed her approbation of what she first half of September, I was from home in heard, and desired her son to present him company with our native brother Nainsukh. with two annas (30.), begging him to do her We visited the villages on the banks of the Gun- the favour to accept of it, and apologizing for duk, a stream flowing into the Ganges a little the smallness of the sum. She said many below Monghir. We visited about sixty-two brahmans and teachers had come to her different places, gave about 154 addresses to as house for what they could get, but none had many as 5647 hearers, and distributed about ever told her such excellent things as she had 50 single gospels, and 200 tracts and other then heard ! Such incidents serve to show books. Very few of the village people are that the preaching of the gospel makes an able to read, the distribution of books was impression even upon the apathetic Hindoos, therefore small. Our reception by the people and to strengthen our belief that it will be in general was encouraging. We found on instrumental, through the power of God, in this occasion very little of that bitterness of the salvation of their souls. Though confeeling and decided opposition which were versions have been few at present, still our manifested when we visited them a few years hopes are brightening. India at no yery disago. In many villages our hearers appeared | tant period will be converted unto God.
In a letter of earlier date, September 28th, to a relative, Mr. LAWRENCE enters somewhat more into detail than in the above. After referring to the receipt of Evangelical Christendom from some kind friend, he continues,
We have also heard from Mr. Brock's
Idolatry failing. bible-class. The letter is a very excellent one; sensible, and full of Christian affection
At a Hindoo festival which has just been and sympathy. We were much gratified concluded, it was customary in former years to with it, and shall be glad to hear from them
make a large subscription among the rich again. It would be a delightful thing for
natives, to get up a farce in honour of their god the Society if all the young people connected
Ram; but this year, with one or two exceptions, with the baptist churches in Britain felt inin/ none were found willing to contribute, and con
One terested in its operations, and would exert sequently the farce fell to the ground. themselves according to their abilities to help reason assigned by those who declined giving the good cause. Then, I believe, the Society
| I have been told was, they thought what the would not be long in debt. I hope its pre
Christians say is true, viz., that this farce is a sent difficulties will arouse the churches to burlesque on religion, and an insult to God, exert themselves on its behalf. It is painful and therefore they would not give any more. indeed, that the Society should be obliged to
to Such incidents show, I think, that the preachcurtail its operations in India now. for 'I being of the gospel does make some impression lieve that India never appeared more pro
po on the native mind, though not all we desire. mising, and never more needed increased help then it does at present. A great deal
In:eresting journey. more might be done if we had more mission. In my late journey with our native Christian aries and more money to carry on more preacher, Nainsukh, I met with several enextended operations; but as these will not couraging incidents, which led me to believe come at our bidding, we must patiently wait, that the villagers generally have a much earnestly pray, and press on in the best way more favourable opinion of Christians, and we can, until the Lord shall be pleased to Christianity, than they used to have. Vilappear for our help.
lages in which we could obtain no hearers
two or three years ago, when visited on this Additions to the church,
occasion we found the inhabitants ready to
receive us with great respect. Men, women, At this place we have had some encour- and children came round us, and seating aging additions lately. In April we baptized themselves on the ground, listened for an three Europeans, and we hope to baptize hour or two with great attention while we again soon. There are several natives who explained to them the truths of the gospel, appear to be concerned for the salvation of and exposed the follies of Hindooism. their souls. The services which we hold for On one occasion a poor man who had the benefit of the heathen continue to be well heard me speak for some time, offered me a attended. Though many have not been con- | portion of his food (which consisted of a kind verted, still these services have not been of melon, very common food among the poor without some good effects,
| in the months of July and August), saying