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political differences—the representatives of reasoner than Dr. Carson? Is there an orithe different political opinions of the country ental scholar superior to Dr. Carey ? Is --and the representatives of the different there in the English language an essayist foreign nations-to-day representing only one profounder than John Foster? or a writer of interest. Gentlemen, my original plan had more classical purity and elegance than been to carry out this undertaking with the Robert Hall ? help of the Society of Arts of London, which The North American Review for 1836, had long and usefully laboured in this direc- gives a decided preference to Dr. Godwin's tion, and by the means of private capital and work on Natural Theology to that of lord enterprise.' You have wished it otherwise, Brougham, and of Dr. Wayland's work on and declared that it was a work which the ethics to that of Dr. Wardlaw. In Christian British people, as a whole, ought to under- biography where is there one superior to the take. I at once yielded to your wish, feeling memoir of Mrs. Judson by professor Knowles ! that it proceeded from a patriotic, noble, and in pulpit literature what is there nobler than generous spirit. On your courage, persever- the recent volume of miscellanies by Rev. ance, and liberality, the undertaking now William R. Williams?- Philadelphia Bapentirely depends. I feel the strongest confi- tist Record, dence in these qualities of the British people, and am sure that they will repose confidence
HORTON COLLEGE, in themselves — confidence that they will honourably sustain the contest of emulation,
It affords us great pleasure to hear of a and will nobly carry out their proffered
most interesting meeting which took place in hospitality to their foreign competitors. We,
the vestry of Sion Chapel on Tuesday evening. her majesty's commissioners, are quite alive
The object of the meeting was to present to to the innumerable difficulties which we shall
the Rev. F. Clowes, Classical tutor of Horton have to overcome in carrying out the scheme ;
College, a testimonial of gratitude from those
ministers who have left the College, but while but having confidence in you, and in our own
there were under his care. The testimonial zeal and perseverance at least, we require
consisted of a handsome timepiece of very only your confidence in us to make us contemplate the result without any apprehen
chaste and beautiful design, bearing upon a sion.”—The Herald of Peace.
silver plate immediately under the face of the dial, this inscription :
“Presented to the Rev. Francis Clowes, BAPTIST LITERATURE.
Classical Tutor of Horton College, by those It would appear from many indications, ministers who have enjoyed the benefit of his that our brethren of other denominations are able and indefatigable labours while resident apt to regard the baptists not only as quite in that institution, as a small token of their deficient in general learning, but as really
esteem and gratitude.- April 2nd, 1850."unworthy of a name in the literary world.
name in the literary world. | The Bradford Observer. Is this the fact ?
If it were so, some palliation might be THE ECLECTIC REVIEW,- DR. PRICE, AND found in the persecutions which they have
THE BRITISH BANNER. suffered from national establishments beyond
From our small but respectable baptist any other people. These have often crippled contemporary “ The Church,” we quote the their pecuniary resources, and prevented the following passage, because it relates to a growth of literary institutions among them, subject on which many of our readers will until of late years, and now chiefly in our wish for some information, and respecting own free land. Still God has not left himself
which our personal knowledge is incomplete. without a witness. Under all these disadvantages we have a literature which, even in We were much disappointed with the qualicomparison with others, is not to be despised. ty of the first numbers of “ The Banner, and
To say nothing of the fact that we may we suppose most of our readers were so too, safely claim all the Christian literature of the and that it circulates but little amongst them. first two centuries, and a large share of that it is, indeed, stated that from a circulation at belonging to the third and fourth--to go first of 17,000, it has sunk to not more than back no farther than the last two centuries, 4,000. Still we have always wished to treat the glorious fruits have blossomed and ripened Congregational Union's Editor General with on the tree of our baptist Christianity. Was respect and friendship, and “ The Bapner » not Milton a baptist? Was not Bunyan a has also treated us kindly and handsomely, baptist? Was not Roger Williams, the first Lest, however, any of our readers should be great champion of religious liberty, a baptist ? also readers of “ The Banner," we must enter
Is there a more learned commentary, or a our protest against the editor's whole promore complete body of divinity, than that ceedings in respect to “ The Eclectic" and of Dr. Gilī! Is there a better practical or Dr. Price, as disgraceful beyond parallel in polemic divine than Andrew Fuller? Is religious journalism, and worthy only of There a, finer biblical critic or masterly “ The Times” or “ The Weekly Dispatch." Of the personal qualities of the editor we aware that Mr. Linwood'schange to orthodoxy know nothing, but we certainly never saw was so recent, and thinking, after all that had more painful exhibitions of self-importance, ar-passed, that Mr. Linwood could not carry on rogance indeed, and of bigotry, in writing the Review successfully, resumes the editor
Dr. Price was compelled, by the state of ship himself. This, however, is not sufficient. his health, to seek another editor for “ The Dr. Price is a baptist (though pledged to Eclectic.” The gentleman to whom he sold unsectarianism in “ The Eclectic,”') and the property in it, had been a rationalist, but “The Eclectic " is of the most advanced had avowed an entire change of sentiment on section in politics and ecclesiastical matters. the fundamental doctrines of Christianity. Dr. Vaughan is a pædobaptist, and his ReDr. Price conceived, naturally, that one who view, “ The British Quarterly," is the organ had been led astray into the popular errors of of dissenting moderatism ; hence--as we can the day and renounced them, would be a but fear from the way in which both are person peculiarly suitable to meet and oppose brought forward-a vote of no confidence in them. Dr. Campbell thinks that there is “ The Eclectic " is given by “The Banner," reason to suspect that the new editor's con- | and “ The British Quarterly” is announced version was too recent and questionable to | as being, since its rise, the chief organ of warrant confidence. Instead of kindly point evangelical nonconformity ! We have been ing this out to the parties most concerned, he informed that the said “British Quarterly ” endeavours to the utmost of his power to ruin is supported much more by the subscriptions “ The Eclectic,” by pouncing upon a single of wealthy “no progress” men, than by its passage, the meaning of which we affirm, circulation; and Dr. Campbell, we suppose, after reiterated examination, he grossly, we hopes now to overthrow the organ of “ proshould like to hope undesignedly, perverts, gress," by raising the old cry of infidelity and and raises the canting cry of infidelity, for a anarchy. Well, Dr. Price is a baptist. sentiment identical, as we understood it, with Baptists have long been used to such vituperathe apostle's in 1 Cor. xv. 19.
tion, and we hope he will not be easily frightWell, Dr. Price owns that he had not been ened.
THE CONSTITUTION OF THE MISSIONARY | remuneration. For their guidance and enSOCIETY.
couragement the prayers of the churches To the Editor of the Baptist Magazine. I should be ever presented.
SIR,—It is time the constitution of our 3. All that is really desired, so far as I missionary society were settled, and placed understand the feeling abroad, is, such a beyond annual discussions, by which our change in the mode of electing the comattention is distracted from the true objects mittee as would ensure a tolerably fair of the society's existence. As the matter is representation of the various sections of the now before the committee, there is ground to country, without confining it to the same believe that such will be the case. May I individuals. At present the committee is be allowed a few sentences on the subject? elected by the brethren who happen to
1. To me it appears that it is not a attend the annual members' meeting. A mechanical change in the constitution, but a number of names are promiscuously nominadynamical change in themselves, that our ted, without any reference to their localities ; churches need for the revival and extension and from these the electors choose thirty-six, of the missionary spirit. Were we to reflect as their knowledge or their partiality may on the facts detailed by our honoured dictate. As the members of the committee brethren in the field till we felt more deeply, are well acquainted with one another, and and prayed more earnestly, we should have comparative strangers to the new nominations, but few thoughts left for constitutional defects they naturally vote for each other; and as or reforms. Still, if there be any mode by thirty-six votes will secure a return, the new which the society may be presented more committee becomes almost a stereotyped satisfactorily to the brethren at large, it is copy of the old. Then we brethren in the clearly of the last importance that it should country most legitimately grumble, that if be adopted.
there be any honour in belonging to the 2. The chief conduct of the society must committee, or any delight in going to town rest with our London brethren. The provi every quarter, or any opportunity to serve the dence of God has determined this. To them mission in these periodical visits, these pleasant the grateful thanks of the whole denomination things should not be more generally disare due, for their devoted attention to a work tributed. involving great anxiety, making large de- 4. Now it seems to me the brethren have mands upon their time, and producing no the remedy very much in their own hands, The only mode of general representation is the mover, though in the hurry of forming by delegation. The only meeting to which the resolution it was not expressed. delegates can or ought to be sent is the I beg to offer, in conclusion, my thanks to annual members' meeting. To send them to the secretaries for their publication of the the quarterly meetings would not only be an proceedings of the quarterly meeting. The enormous expense, but would convert the more information imparted of what the comcommittee into a house of Commons, where mittee determines, and the grounds on which it is all talk and no work. But to the annual it proceeds, the more confidence will be meeting every association, every auxiliary established. committee, every church, may now send its May the spirit of our fathers rest upon us, representatives, provided only they pay the that we may hand down the mission to our expenses, which none of our brethren could children strengthened and increased a thoudesire to come out of the mission funds. sand-fold ! And were every association to embrace the Yours in our Lord Jesus, privilege, it would be attended with the best
GEORGE HENRY Dayts. results. The associations meeting immediately Bristol, May 7, 1850. after the public anniversaries in London, their delegates would on their return spread amongst their brethren the enthusiasm awakened in themselves. For such delegation EDITORIAL POSTSCRIPT. there needs no alteration of any existing law.
We regret to say, that as yet no progress 5. The members' meeting being thus, or in has been made in reference to the contemany other manner, constituted, care should be plated deputation to India. The brethren taken that in the election of the committee, who had been selected have not seen their the centres of influence, the large cities and way clear to undertake the service. towns- Liverpool, Manchester, Norwich, Leeds, Birmingham, Leicester, Bristol, &c. should be represented. The great object of
The fullest account of the baptist annual having quarterly meetings is, I apprehend, to
meetings in London that we have seen this secure the consent of the country to the
year has been given in The Christian Times. decisions of the London directors. Can this
This is a comparatively new paper, and it is be otherwise effected than by electing brethren
probable that many of our readers are un
! whose position enables them to exercise an acqu
acquainted with its merits. Its principles amount of influence in their own localities are good, and the talent with which they are But this, again, requires no new law. It is
advocated is highly respectable. It is alive only necessary for the object to be kept in
to the evils which result from the connexion view in the nomination, and in the balloting.
of ecclesiastical bodies with the state, and 6. To prevent monopoly, some law might at
it appears to be at the same time exempt from be introduced prohibiting the election of any
denominational partialities. We do not trace brother for more than three years in
in it the influence of what are ealled “men succession. This would give the opportunity
of mark,” or of any clique; we know not for large numbers in their turn to be initiated
who the editors are, but they seem to us to into mission business, and so secured to the P
pursue an independent course. Respecting mission interests. It may be objected that
the religious state of Continental Europe, such a rule would shut out some London
it gives more information than any other brethren, whose intimate acquaintance with 10
journal with which we are acquainted. It is our missionary operations "renders their published every Friday afternoon. presence almost indispensable. But this inconvenience might be met by electing such We are informed that at the annual meetbrethren honorary members. This, then, ing of the society for the relief of aged or seems to be the only alteration that is required infirm baptist ministers, commonly known as
if this. And if the adoption of such a the Bath Society, which is to be held in King rule would terminate dissatisfaction, and leave Street chapel, Bristol, on Wednesday the all free to devote their energies to the culti- 26th inst., at half-past nine o'clock, a quesvation of the mission spirit, I doubt not the tion believed to be of great importance to committee will have but little hesitancy in beneficiary members will be decided. The its recommendation and adoption.
following regulation, which was proposed for One word more. The terms of the reso-adoption last year, will be brought forward lution by which this matter is entrusted to in accordance with rule 19:-“ That an the committee only bind it to the considera- | alteration be made in the third rule of the tion of Mr. Pryce's plan. But I hope our society, as follows: "That every beneficiary brethren will feel themselves at liberty to member be requested to make [instead of discuss the whole subject, and recommend shall make 'j a public or private collection any plan which may approve itself to their annually in aid of the funds of this inwisdom. This, at least, was 'the design of stitution."
The Annual Meetings of the Society commenced, not as in the two preceding years, in unfavourable weather, for it was fine, and consequently the attendance was better, and the number of visitors from the country unusually large. The spirit which pervaded them was solemn and devout, and we have reason to know was gratifying to all our friends.
The series of meetings began with a Prayer Meeting on Thursday morning, April 18th. It was conducted by Mr. Bowes of Blandford Street, London, and all the missionary societies connected with the denomination were commended to the Divine blessing by the brethren EUSTACE CAREY, Stewart of Hull, SUTTON of Orissa, and J. AS er, a coloured brother from Philadelphia, who engaged in prayer.
In the evening, after prayer by Rev. C. E. Bint, M.A., of Wantage, the Rev. F. TUCKER, B.A., of Manchester, preached from the following passage of the first chapter of Deuteronomy, “Behold the Lord thy God hath set the land before thee, go up and possess it," from which the preacher took occasion to illustrate the field, the work, and the call to do it.
On Lord's day the 21st, Sermons were preached in behalf of the Mission in most of the Baptist chapels in and about London; and in several places special services were held for the young, at which there was a numerous attendance.
On Tuesday the Annual Meeting of the Members of the Society was held in the library of the Mission House. J. L. PAILLIPS, Esq., was called to preside. The Rev. Fred. TRESTRAIL gave out a hymn, and the Rev. C. J. MIDDLEDITCH of Frome engaged in prayer.
The minutes of the last General Meeting were then read and confirmed.
The Secretaries laid upon the table the Reports of the Committee and of the Treasurers for the year.
On the motion of Rev. Dr. Cox, seconded by Rev. SAMUEL Brawn, resolved unanimously,
That W. B. GURNEY, Esq., and 8. M. Pero, Esq., M.P., be respectfully requested to continue their services as Treasurers for the ensuing year, and that the thanks of the Meeting be presented to them for their past services.
On the motion of Rev. R. Rorf, seconded by Rev. I. M. Boule, resolved unanimously
That the Rev. Frederick TRESTRAIL and E. B. UNDERHILL, Esq., be respectfully requested to continue their services as Secretaries.
On the motion of Rev. F. TRRSTRAIL, seconded by Rev. 8. Green, resolved,
That WILLIAM DOWHER, Esq., CHARLES BURLs, Esq., and CHARLES Jones, Esq., be Auditors for the year ensuing.
The Meeting then proceeded to the nomination of the Committee, and the ballot being taken, scrutineers were appointed to examine the papers, and the following names were afterwards brought up as the Committee for the ensuing year, Rev. JAMES ACWORTH, LL.D. i Bradford. Rev. WILLIAM BROCK . . . London. JOSEPH H. ALLEN, Esq. . . London. Rev. Francis A. Cox, D.D., LL.D. London. Rev. JOSEPH ANGUS, M.A.. . London. Rov, SAMUEL GREEN . . . London. Rev. CHARLES M. BIRRELL
Liverpool. Rev. WILLIAM GROSER . . Rev. CALEB E. Birt, M.A., . Wantage. Rev. Joun H. HIntox, M.A. . . London. Rev. WILLIAM B. BOWES . . London Rey. JAMES HOBY, D.D. . London. Rev. SAMUEL BRAWN . . . Loughton. Rev. DANIEL KATTERNS . London.